PRESS RELEASE: 4,000 NC Film Jobs Threatened By Tillis’ Refusal to Support Tax Credit

4,000 NC Film Jobs Threatened By Tillis’ Refusal to Support Tax Credit

June 23, 2014
Contact: Ben Ray
(336) 615-1462
BenRay@ForwardNC.com

** For Immediate Release **

RALEIGH— As budget negotiations move forward this week House Speaker Thom Tillis’ opposition to the film tax credit and more than 4,000 jobs the film industry brings to North Carolina is going to be back on full display.  Tillis has attempted to hide his opposition to the credit, but the truth is clear:  by sending his staff to whip votes to kill the measure in committee, he put the political wishes of Charles and David Koch over middle class North Carolinians.  

Tillis is aware of the political danger he’s in for putting the Kochs over North Carolina jobs.  When called out on his opposition by Representative Susi Hamilton, Tillis lost his temper and accused her of making comments “born out of emotions.”

This weekend the Asheville Citizen-Times reported on major projects that are on hold pending the renewal of the film tax credit:

[Film liaison Tammy Hopkins] says she’s recently received calls from two film production leaders who want to bring their movies to North Carolina. But both are also waiting to find out the fate of the 25 percent refundable tax credit, set to expire at the end of this year.

“They are waiting to see what happens,” Hopkins, with Film Brevard, said, noting that one production is deciding between Virginia and North Carolina; the other between Georgia and North Carolina.

“We are the top choice, but they will go” elsewhere if the incentives disappear.

The film tax credit is a net positive for North Carolina’s budget, bringing nearly $25.3 million more into state coffers than the cost of the program while supporting a billion dollar industry and providing more than 4,200 jobs with an average wage of $66,000.  If the credit was allowed to expire, North Carolina would lose 4,046 jobs and more than 1,000 North Carolina small businesses would lose a combined $164 million in revenue.

“More than 4,000 hard working North Carolinians could lose their jobs, but Thom Tillis is putting the Koch Brothers over North Carolina jobs,” said Ben Ray, a spokesman for Forward North Carolina.  “North Carolina deserves leaders who put North Carolina first, not special interests.”

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Contact these folks today and tell them you are a voter and you support the current NC Film Incentives.:

Speaker Thom Tillis
PHONE: 919-733-3451
EMAIL: Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net
TWITTER: @ThomTillis

Gov. Pat McCrory
PHONE: 919-814-2000
EMAIL: Pat.McCrory@NC.gov
TWITTER: @PatMcCroryNC

HERE’S THE CONTACT LIST FOR ALL NC HOUSE MEMBERS, CONTACT THOSE IN YOUR DISTRICThttp://keepncfilm.org/contact-nc-representatives/

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 02/24/2014

under-the-dome-cbsAuditions were underway this morning as Peter King and his team are heading up the stunt department for the second season of Under the Dome.  And congrats to Peter and Jimmie and his whole gang! Many of us saw them while working on The Squeeze and before that Tammy last summer.

Our adorable love, Colin Ford, has made into town this weekend and he is ready for season two of Under the Dome.  He’s officially getting settled in his new digs! So glad the cast is all coming in! Welcome back to Wilmywood!

VanessaNcastingLast night, Vanessa (NCasting)had her open call for extras and stand-ins at Post 1200/Giant Culture.  Good Gravy!!  Did you see the line out of the door!  WECT did a little story on it, and they said one lady came from PA!  Poor Vanessa is probably still passed out.

Over the weekend, we announced another crew call for The Red Zone.  They are looking for an editor to handle dailies. The job begins around March 3rd and could run for three or four weeks.  Please send your resume to: jamesbinnola@gmail.com with EDITOR in the subject line. They are looking to hire immediately.

OTHER CREW POSITIONS: The Red Zone is also accepting resumes various positions for the television pilot that is shooting here in Wilmington in mid march.  Please send your resume to: productionredzone@gmail.com with your crew position in the title.

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Juliette_STandInAs production begins later this week for Secrets & Lies, the stars are out and about around Wilmington.  Juliette Lewis was seen at O2 Fitness in Hanover Center looking beautiful as usual.  Spot anyone yet?  Let us know!

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Delaying HOUSE OF CARDS in Maryland due to their film incentives being up in the air. Sound familiar?

In a letter to Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley, which you can read at Deadline, the Senior Vice President of Television Production, Charlie Goldstein, states that while he absolutely loved filming the first two seasons of House of Cards there, because of the incentives being up in the air (vote to come in June), they pushed production until after the vote and they are currently obligated and have already been looking at other states with great incentive packages.  He went onto say, if the incentives don’t continue, they will move the production elsewhere.

If there is any doubt in any legislators minds, read the article, they are not bluffing.  This will happen to us if we lose our film incentives.  Other states will gladly welcome productions with open arms, and we will be left in the dust.  Thousands of jobs gone, million in revenue halted, small businesses damaged and/or shut down.

In the meantime, thank you Dr. Ernie Ward who is running for NC Senate, District 8.  And yes see for yourself.  WHAT DOES ERNIE WARD STAND FOR?tweet_ernie_ward

Scott_KevinIn case you haven’t seen this, Scott Davis did announce  a date for the The Celebration for Cuz.  It will be March 16th, at Hugh Macrae Park from 2 pm to 6 pm. This will be held at  Shelters 5 and 6 with the Volley Ball court between them. This will be a picnic style celebration so please bring food and drink for you and yours. Due to the public park rules, we are having to limit music to a DJ format…. Classic 80s and 90s Rock should be appropriate. There will be a small stage with a microphone set up so that those of you who wish to share something will have an opportunity…..Our family continues to be lifted by your words and gifts…. For those of you who have a schedule conflict, I am sorry. This was the best available. Again I look forward to hugging each and everyone of you….

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filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOB STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab you one while they last at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens) Offices are open from 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.  Please one sticker per person please.  They will run out fast!  Thanks!

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That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 02/20/2014 – Secrets & Lies, The Red Zone, Sleepy Hollow and more.

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Holy Chiptole Batman, 5 blogs!  Oh yeah, yesterday was super busy for this little town which by the way is having a birthday today!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILMINGTON, NC!!

Yep, 275 years old!  Here’s a few pics from back in the day! Make sure to visit New Hanover County’s Government web site to see a whole lot more!

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Now onto all the exciting news that came out yesterday afternoon, plus some new stuff too!

christyKaDee Strickland and Ryan Phillippe will be man and wife! Yep!  The Private Practice star will play Ben’s wife, Christy!   And the adorable Belle Shouse has been cast as the youngest daughter of the couple, Abby!

ABC’S Secrets & Lies Extras Casting Director Ashli Bogart is in need of more children in her database.   Kids of all age ranges will be needed for “Secrets & Lies” for various scenes.  Parents, if you haven’t already done so, please visit www.extrassignup.com and register your child with our online database.

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The Red Zone is accepting resumes for the television pilot that is shooting here in Wilmington in mid march.  Please send your resume to: productionredzone@gmail.com with your crew position in the title.

AlbertKimLast night, The Hollywood Reporter, well, reported Nikita writer/producer Albert Kim has been named co-producer for the second season of Sleepy Hollow.  Besides Nikita, Kim has worked on projects such as Modern Family, New Girl, Bones, Glee, The Crazy Ones and Sons of Anarchy.  GET MORE DETAILS NOW

ReelTealTomorrow night get ready for the 8th annual The Reel Teal Film Festival, a student-organized film festival Come out to UNCW’s Lumina Theater on February 21st, 2014 at 7pm! There will be a teal carpet, photographers, raffles, great films, and admission is FREE. 7pm-10pm GET MORE DETAILS NOW!

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filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOB STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab you one while they last at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens) Offices are open from 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.  Please one sticker per person please.  They will run out fast!  Thanks!

MOST POPULAR BLOGS THIS WEEK: 

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning we do “What’s Up in Wilmywood” at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila_brothers@yahoo.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

NC Film Misnomer: “Production Crew Members Do Not Live in NC”

NCFILM_MisnomerWe keep hearing from misinformed public officials that the film industry creates jobs that are not permanent and that private contractors come in from other states and leave when the film or television productions are over. This is one of the most twisted ideas that is thrown out there all the time. Although some outside workers do come in, most of those are producers, actors, and some department heads. NC has a leg up after 30 years of making films and television shows.  We have department heads that have made NC their permanent home.

The first thing people have to understand is that North Carolina has a crew base unlike many states since we have been making films since the 1980s. A huge number of NC film crew members also work on films in Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana which strengthens those states’ crew bases whenever there is no work due to political uncertainty in NC.

There are thousands of skilled workers across the state that have made NC their home for the past thirty years (welders, drivers, carpenters, electricians, etc….) that work full time in the film industry. There are many that are born and raised in NC that have entered the film industry when other industries slowed down due to unfair trade agreements, shipping jobs over seas, etc.  Again, another example of legislators creating economic conditions that ruin industries.

DCWhen crew members worked on “Dawson’s Creek” for 6 years, quite a few rolled over to “One Tree Hill” for another 9 years. They would most certainly say that 15 years of steady work is not part time contracts. This is a just one example.  Many crew members will end a show after 6 months on a Friday and start a new production that following Monday.

Let’s talk about how much a film industry worker puts in in labor hours. The average film crew member works 70-80 hrs a week, and for a select few that could be more.

Most film crews work in 6 months what it takes your average 32-40 hr a week worker a full year to do. These are dedicated hard working North Carolinians.

When the snowball effect of productions rolling in one after another is in full swing due to legislators creating the economic conditions, then most film crew workers will put in more hours than an average NC worker would have worked in two years in just 12 months.  These are not part time jobs.

under-the-dome-cbsNC is now home to some of the highest rated TV shows airing on television. “Sleepy Hollow”, “Under the Dome”, “Homeland”, “Banshee.”  If these networks had to fly in all 200 workers per show from other states, put them up in hotels, and give them per Diem for six to eight months at a time,  then it would not make any economic sense to film in NC.  This is yet another reason why we have so many television shows come here to do business.

But here is the clincher.  They HAVE to hire locals across the state to make it a viable business plan. If they don’t hire locals, then they would not  benefit from the incentive because the expenditures would offset anything that they would save from the incentive.

The fact is we have THOUSANDS of crew members that live in North Carolina.  They owns houses, send their kids to NC schools, pay taxes.  Thousands that call North Carolina their home, not their little vacation town.  This only scratches the surface. Remember we also have major motion pictures rolling in our state as well. Just take “Iron Man 3” for example. They had over 300 crew members working 70-80 hrs a week for 10 months in NC.

FACT: WE HAVE FULL TIME PERMANENT WORKERS THAT LIVE IN NC.