NC FILM INCENTIVES – Open letter from Rosin IATSE Local 491

Dear Film Friends:

Our mission remains the same: Do all we can to return the healthy film industry to North Carolina.

During this legislative session, while the exodus of our friends and jobs accelerates, the North Carolina House of Representatives has passed several economic development bills that could be used to address the harm done to the film industry. The Senate has not acted on a single one, and seems uninterested in economic development, even as Volvo, another auto plant, announces it is opening a new facility in South Carolina.

The news in the last few days has reported a total state coffer surplus of $1.1 billion. This reflects $400 million more in collections and roughly $70 million in existing reserves. So the argument that “tough times” is why we cannot return the film industry to a competitive national level simply will NOT fly this year. We should also ask, why does JONES STREET have a surplus, but MAIN STEET does not?

During the “Ironman” season, $84 million was granted as incentives for that banner year. As a result, our industry grew by leaps and bounds! Small business start-ups took root in Charlotte, Wilmington, Asheville and across the state. This year, legislation to increase the feeble $10 million grant amount has been introduced in both chambers, as well as a bi-partisan economic development bill which has been introduced in the House with the old film program included. But the fact is, at this late stage in the game, it’s all about a “grant.”

Representatives Ted Davis, Frank Iler, and Susi Hamilton continue to fight for our industry. The House has never been the challenge. Last year Representative Davis, with help from Frank and Susi, passed legislation that would have basically returned us to the film credit system we have long enjoyed, only to see that proposal die in the Senate.

Your House delegation is fighting hard for you, and I feel certain they will in the short term be able to increase the amount of the grant significantly when the House budget is rolled out soon.

We need to thank them and support them.

Whatever they are able to cobble together, and it will not be easy, we must demand that the Senate add a like amount to the fund. Please be clear on what I am saying: for every $100 the House puts in, the Senate needs to add a $100, or $200 total. Otherwise the Senate has not done anything!

Jason Rosin
IATSE Local 491
“Concerned for the Future of Film and TV in NC!”

To contact your legislatures:
NC HOUSE CONTACTS 
NC SENATE CONTACTS

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FILM INCENTIVES UPDATE: Saturday, August 2, 2014

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Because of Susi Hamilton, Ted Davis and Frank Iler’s incredible efforts, we have managed to keep the film incentives debate front and center.

As of this moment SB763 is still alive.

And just so you know, it has a lot more than film within it.  There are things in there that is needed badly for North Carolina to continue to do business.  Bill 881,  the adjournment resolution, that has 763 and all the film language within it, has been sent to the Senate. The Senate reconvened at 11:15am this morning only to adjourn w/out taking up adjournment resolutions. Back next week.  I believe the Senate will reconvene this Tuesday at 10 am.

So, the battle begins all over again.

As for HB1224, the bill that many of the Senate members want so damn bad, the House refused to take it on yesterday and they did not take it on today.  It’s still sitting in the rules committee.

So once again, PLEASE send your emails and make those calls and THANK Hamilton, Davis and Iler for kicking some major ass for us!

Susi Hamilton
919-733-5754
Susi.Hamilton@ncleg.net

Ted Davis
919-733-5786
Ted.Davis@ncleg.net

Frank Iler
919-301-1450
Frank.Iler@ncleg.net

A CALL TO ACTION TO COME – MORE DETAILS SOON…

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FILM INCENTIVES: Passes in the House – Ted Davis is our champion!

Our buddy  Rep. Ted Davis of New Hanover County has thrown the Hail Mary pass on the House floor, the one year extension that we’ve been praying for for the past couple weeks.  This amendment is not a grant but what is similar to what he originally proposed and got shot down early on in the short session.This time  they would the cap the credit amount for the year at $40 million with the refund to go down to 22.5%.  This part was something that was in his original plan and also what the production companies said they could live with.The amendment to also would lower the max amount a feature or TV production could get from $20 million to $15 million, which is just fine.  Iron Man 3 was the only one who has reached that limit (to my knowledge anyway).  And what we’ve also asked for as we made the 1000s of phone calls and emails, another study to see just how film impacts our state.

A film or TV production would also be required to put an NC logo at the end of a film or TV show as well as identity of each location where they filmed.

It was a very emotional and beautiful speech to the House. “I feel like I am at a murder trial,” said Ted Davis as he began his plead to the House to vote on the amendment. “and there is a death sentence for the North Carolina film incentives.”

I will have the audio up soon. (it will blow your mind)

After Davis poured his heart out, some of Representatives got up to either support or oppose the amendment.

Rep. Charles Jeter from Mecklenberg supported the amendment.

Rep. Paul Stam from Wake County opposed it.

Rep. Jeff Collins from Nash County opposed it.

Rep. Michael Speciale from Craven County opposed it.

Rep. Larry Pittman from Cabarrus County opposed it.

Rep. Kelly M. Alexander, Jr. from Mecklenberg County supported the amendment.

Rep. Frank Iler from Brunswick County supported the amendment.

Rep. Mike Hager from Rutherford County opposed it.

Speaker Tillis from Mecklenberg County supported the amendment.

The vote in the House was:   77 YAY  and  36 NAY

PLEASE CONTACT: Ted Davis, Susi Hamilton, Frank Iler, Charles Jeter, Kelly M. Alexander, Jr., Thom Tillis and THANK them for their support!!!  Great job everyone!

Next step – 3rd reading is tomorrow for the entire bill 763, not just the amendment.  Then, it goes to the Senate!

UPDATE: I am now hearing that the Senate will reconvene tomorrow morning, only to take a two week break and join up again to vote on the amendments set forth.  I should have more details tomorrow. I will keep you posted!

Bill Vassar, Executive Vice President of EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, NC responded: “We are absolutely thrilled at the passion of Rep. Ted Davis and the miracle that occurred this afternoon. We want to salute and thank Ted Davis for his unwavering efforts and support. We also want to thank NC House Speaker Thom Tillis for his passionate speech in favor of the bill on the House floor. We hope our colleagues in the NC Senate will see the same value in this bill as it moves forward.” – See more at: http://studios.euescreengems.com/film-incentive-rep-ted-davis-amendment-house-successful/#sthash.L3WYRqhD.dpuf

WHO VOTED YES AND WHO VOTED NO?

DEMOCRATS VOTED YES: Representative(s): Adams; Alexander; Baskerville; Bell, L.; Brandon; Brisson; Carney; Cotham; Cunningham; Earle; Farmer-Butterfield; Fisher; Floyd; Gill; Glazier; Graham, C.; Graham, G.; Hall, D.; Hall, L.; Hamilton; Hanes; Holley; Insko; Jackson; Lucas; Luebke; Martin, G; Meyer; Michaux; Mobley; Moore, R.; Pierce; Queen; Reives; Richardson; Terry; Tine; Tolson; Waddell; Wilkins; Wray

REPUBLICANS VOTED YES: Representative(s): Brawley, R.; Brawley, W.; Brody; Bryan; Burr; Catlin; Conrad; Daughtry; Davis; Dollar; Faircloth; Hollo; Holloway; Horn; Hurley; Iler; Jeter; Johnson; Lambeth; Lewis; Malone; McNeill; Moore, T. (CHAIR); Ramsey; Ross, S.; Saine; Samuelson; Schaffer; Setzer; Shepard; Steinburg; Tillis (SPEAKER); Torbett; Turner; Warren, H.; West

DEMOCRATS VOTED NO: Representative(s): Goodman; Harrison

REPUBLICANS VOTED NO: Representative(s): Arp; Avila; Bell, J.; Blust; Boles; Brown, B.; Bumgardner; Cleveland; Collins; Dixon; Dobson; Elmore; Ford; Hager; Hardister; Howard; Jones; Jordan; Langdon; Martin, S; McGrady; Millis; Moffitt; Murry; Pittman; Presnell; Riddell; Speciale; Stam; Stevens; Stone; Szoka; Wells; Whitmire

HB 1142 filed to prevent ‘Sunset’ on NC Film Incentives.

Remember these names!   Susi Hamilton, Frank Iler, Ted Davis and Becky Carney (Mecklenburg County). These folks just got together and filed HB 1142 in the NC House. Take note they are a mix of Republicans and Democrats.  This house bill would keep the state’s tax incentives for film projects from ending or as we call it “sunsetting.”  Read HB 1142 NOW

Remember however, there will be short term wins and losses over the next few weeks.  So, don’t get too excited, but it’s definitely worth smiling over.HB1142

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