DOR releases their report for 2014 direct film spending in NC.

The Department of Revenue released their report for direct spending. Productions spent $241,372,169 in North Carolina on goods, supplies, wages and employee benefits in 2014, receiving $60,343,039 (25%) in rebates.

Just a quick clarification from the NC Film Office: the numbers released by the NCDOR reflect what productions SUBMITTED on their required forms–which they can file at any time the production is ready– and does not necessarily mean that is what was spent or jobs created that specific year. For example, the NCDOR report does not have the full season of “Secrets and Lies” and its “Sleepy Hollow” numbers are for a previous year (not 2014’s S2); thus the total number is not ALL of what was spent in 2014. There are also productions listed that filmed prior to 2014, like “Well Wishes” and “Los Jets.”

Now, that being said, taking the top spot was who we expected. Sleepy Hollow spent a hefty $43,648,743. The Fox production also took the top spot when it comes to hires. Sleepy Hollow employed 1593 folks (Season One).

Our CBS show, Under the Dome spent $35,158,244 and employed 500.


The Cinemax series Banshee brought us $35,051,297. (no employment # listed)

Homeland was not far behind, spending $31,029,540. (no employment # listed) Submitted from 2013.

Other productions of note include The Longest Ride which spent $23,345,745 and hired close to 600 people. Another big job giver was the family film Max which hits theaters in July.  They spent $18,630,757 and employed 1082 people.

Further breaking down the report, productions spent $136 million in New Hanover County and just over $95 million in Mecklenberg County.

In total, $241,372,169 was spent in North Carolina by film and TV productions last year with 8381 jobs created. Check out the links below to see what’s film has spent in North Carolina over the last 9 years.

Spending in NC from 2005-2014


THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 09/25/2014 Banshee, Homeland, Under the Dome, South of Hell, Paper Towns

Howdy!  As you can tell, I have not been posting everyday.  Why?  Well, with the NC film incentives coming to an end in December, there are no new productions that are making announcements, no new offices setting up.  It is simply bone dry.  So, yes, NC Film obviously affects my little small business I call a blog.  I do have some tidbits to share however. So, let’s get right to it.

Sadly this week, Banshee (pictured above) and Homeland in Charlotte are tearing down their sets down and relocating them to other states due to the film incentives expiring at the end of the year. Banshee will relocate to Louisiana while Homeland won’t return to Charlotte next season. The location for Homeland is yet to be determined.


Thank God, Producer Marty Bowen (who was just here for The Longest Ride) has returned to Charlotte to set up offices for one of the last films to come to North Carolina this year. It’s called Paper Towns and stars Nat Wolff.  Nan Morales has been named Line Producer. Production begins in November. There is not a an email set up yet, but you can send your crew resume via fax: 855.593.5484.  (Fax?  Who does that anymore?)

Battlecreek decided not to head to North Carolina. They will be filming in Mississippi after all.

Under the Dome extras casting director Vanessa Neimeyer will relocate to South Carolina for the project South of Hell for WEtv. Also headed that way are many of the crew members, office staff and a producer from Under the Dome as well. No word yet on where Under the Dome will be shooting for season 3. GET MORE DETAILS NOW


Cucalorus needs your help and you have 22 days left to make a donation to Cucalorus. Your donation will support more than 250 artists who will be presenting new work at the 20th annual Cucalorus Film Festival in November. More than half of your donation will go directly to filmmakers. Each year Cucalorus provides artists with over $50,000 in direct financial support. Help them in their mission to bring people together to celebrate, discover and create independent films. DONATE NOW

Sleepy Hollow is on hiatus this week and will return to a shoot schedule next week. Secrets and Lies stayed in their Porter’s Neck Location and the sound stages most of the week. But they did sneak out one day this week off Brandon Road.

Jason_ReturnedThe Returned returns to ABC!  Well, we know it as Resurrection which films in Georgia, but yes we do have that local connection!  It is based on the book written by our local author Jason Mott. Season Two premieres Monday night on ABC!

On the political front, William Osborne is running against President Pro Temp Senator Phil Berger for the NC Senate 26th District Seat.  Berger MUST GO!  So, feel free to spread the word to folks you know in Guilford and Rockingham Counties.

Please view the complete list of all the members of the House and the Senate. You will see statewide, who is for and who is against the current film incentives. We need to make sure the General Assembly FEELS the affects of the film industry, ESPECIALLY at the polls!




REGISTER TO VOTE: If you have not yet registered to vote, you must do so NO LATER THAN October 10, 2014 by 5pm or you will NOT be able to vote in the General Elections on November 4, 2014.

ABSENTEE VOTING BY MAIL: Absentee voting by mail begins September 5,2014 and runs through October 28, 2014

EARLY VOTING (ONE STOP) PERIOD: October 23, 2014 – November 1, 2014



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.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  Got Scoop?  Email me:  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB  or on Twitter You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!


Wilmywood Crew Member gets Emmy Nomination!

(pictured on right) HUGE congratulations to Wilmywood crew member Larry Long who just received an Emmy nomination for his fabulous sound mixing skills on Homeland!  He is currently working on Under the Dome, in the same field of course. This is his third Emmy nomination for Homeland.  He was nominated in 2012 and 2013.  Let’s hope third time’s a charm!  Larry has been working in the North Carolina film industry since at least the early 1990s.  Make sure when you see him today to give him a pat on the back, a high-five, a fist bump and a big old bear hug!!

Larry Long

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 07/10/2014 Gov’s False Claim of Abuse, Emmy Noms for NC Film and More.

In an excellent article in the Star News, film supporters and industry leaders are firing back at the Governor’s claim of abuse of the film incentive and we have proof that his statements are completely false.

starnewsPat McCrory said the state paid Comedy Central $400,000 when The Daily Show with Jon Stewart came in and covered the democratic convention. But after checking the audit records, the production company received $190,211 from the incentive not the 400k. They spent a total of $760,846 here in North Carolina.

Now, we all know the truth, however, the general public only hears so much. These are the kind of things that get people to believe all the false rumors and myths about our film industry. McCrory just spews out misinformation and goes about his business. I would like a retraction from him on his statement, and I think we should all call for it.  It is our industry that the governor is abusing, not the other way around.  READ ARTICLE NOW!

And if you would like to join me in asking our governor to retract his false statement, please do!

Gov. Pat McCrory
PHONE: 919-814-2000

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So where’s everyone at today? Under the Dome, is in Currie and Soundstages, The Longest Ride back at the Cameron Art Museum, and Sleepy Hollow had a long day and night.  They will resume shooting this afternoon.

Special thanks to The Today Show showing a Sunrise Shot from Wilmington , N.C. , with background music of John Legend singing,  “All Of Me “!

homelandThe Emmy Nominations are out and we congratulate our North Carolina Productions.   For Best Lead actress in drama series, it’s Claire Danes for her performance in Homeland which was shot in Charlotte and yes our own Sleepy Hollow got a nod too for Outstanding Original Music!

Catch up or refresh your memory at you can watch full episodes of Sleepy Hollow . Right now they have episodes 9-13 up for your headless enjoyment. You can see the full season by going to Fox On Demand or just wait for the DVD release September 16th and binge, binge, binge!


Don’t forget Orlando Jones Comedy Night this Saturday at Theater NOW 7pm and 9:30 show.

Orlando COmedy Night


LOOKING FOR THESE STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab one at 25 N. Kerr Ave. (near the intersection of Market and Kerr across from the new Walgreens).  Offices are open 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.


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.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  Got Scoop?  Email me:  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 – 07/02/2014 Rumor: Bolden! casts lead, Tammy Afterglow, Alan Alda and more

Did you miss the premiere of Under the Dome? Well, you have options! You can watch “Heads Will Roll” either at or flip on your TV’s tonight at 9pm EST on CBS for an encore presentation.

Our Domies are shooting on the sound stages today.

Sleepy Hollow is over at St. Thomas Preservation Hall.

You’ve been asking, so here ya go. Alan Alda is here and on set today of The Longest Ride! Yay! They will be filming today at Cape Fear Community College.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the early premiere of Tammy. And thank to Jimmie Lee who brought the awesome car and jet ski that Melissa drove in the movie.  Hope you had a blast, I know I did! Here’s a few pics from last night!

The Wilmywood Tammy Premiere got some love from the local media:


Look for an article later today for more from The Star News.

Susan Sarandon was on Good Morning America this morning and she will be on Jimmy Kimmel tonight! Meanwhile Melissa McCarthy was on the CBS Early Show and she will be on Chelsea Lately tonight.


Without the incentives, this is what we plan to lose if the current incentives do not stay in place.  Under the Dome remains up in the air in regards to where they will be shooting season 3 in Wilmington.  FX’s How and Why are planning on shooting in January.  Where is still unknown.   Secrets & Lies planned on shooting in Charlotte if they picked up a second season, without the current film incentives, they will go to Georgia.  Homeland, which will be coming back to the states after this upcoming season in South Africa will not return to Charlotte.  The Civil War based Disney pilot will go to Virginia – they plan to go into production later.  If a decision is not made soon (a good decision), we will lose a lot of projects!  No one like to wait and plans need to be made.

GaryCarrThe rumors are flying that Gary Carr (Downtown Abby)has landed the part of Bolden! which was originally played by Anthony Mackie. Now that they are back from about 7 years ago, they are about to do it all over again and this British born handsome devil is looking good for taking the lead.  Once I get confirmation, I will let you know.

Homeland’s James Rebhorn Passes Away


by April Vickery

Sad news for an NC Film production. One of the stars of ‘HOMELAND’ James Rebhorn has passed away at the age of 65. His agent, confirmed the information earlier today.

James played the father to Claire Danes’ “Carrie Mathison”. James will be remembered most as for characters in the law profession. He played attornerys and special agents in many of his films. James was a Wilmywood actor as well having been in 1985’s CAT’S EYE.

Not many knew, but James was also a stage actor as well. He was the mainstay of the Roundabout Theatre Company. His theatre resume includes TWELVE ANGRY MEN and PRELUDE TO A KISS.

R.I.P James. You will be missed.

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 01/09/2014 Sleepy Hollow, The PCAs, PaleyFest and More


Yep, only 4 more more days until, Vessel! Episode 11 – “The War between good and evil has resumed,” Ichabod says as dark times lay before him.  Here’s the promo that was released yesterday from FOX as well as the synopsis from

“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 1.11 – “Vessel”  
When Capt. Iriving’s daughter, Macy, becomes the target of evil forces, he makes a desperate plea to Crane and Mills for help and seeks answers that lie within Washington’s Bible. Meanwhile, a frightening chapter of Jenny’s past is revealed.

What, you think that’s all I got?  Oh no, my friends!  There’s more!  Here’s the scoop on the epic 2 hour Season finale which airs Monday, January 20th at 8pm EST.

“Sleepy Hollow” Episodes 1.12/1.13 – “The Indispensable Man and Bad Blood” Season Finale Combo! 
Ichabod and Abbie discover a dark secret buried within the pages of George Washington’s Bible and unearth the shocking true nature of the founding father’s death. Meanwhile, Capt. Irving makes a near-impossible decision for the sake of his beloved family that drastically changes his future. Then, the battle between good and evil comes to an explosive head.  Sacrifices must be made, worlds collide, loyalties are tested, and the town of Sleepy Hollow will never be the same.


The full PaleyFest 2014 slate has been revealed, and Sleepy Hollow has got a panel/event.  On an unrelated Wilmywood note, if you are a Lost fan, a reunion marking the 10th anniversary has got everyone talkin’!  What is Paley Fest?  It’s pretty much a 2 week celebration of TV, but see for yourself.  Watch this:

The two-week celebration of TV, takes place at the Dolby Theatre (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre) in Hollywood.  The festival kicks off March 13th and goes until the March 28th.  Sleepy Hollow’s event will take place Wednesday, March 19 at 7 pm.  And if Lost is your thing, the 10th Anniversary Reunion it’s coming up Sunday, March 16 at 7pm. Wanna go?  Tickets go on sale to the general public on Jan. 19. Head to for details.


Robert Downey Jr. accepts the People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Awards were live on CBS last night it look 90 minutes to get our first NC Film winner.  Robert Downey Jr. won for Favorite Action Movie Star and Iron Man 3 took the award for Favorite Action Movie.  Downey stole everyone’s attention with his lovable self.  He asked for some reverb, a spotlight, then some triumphant music.  With all three wishes granted, he proclaimed in a deep voice, “I am Iron Man.” He then raised his award and shouted, “and this is for the people!”  Awesome! Also, it wasn’t included in the live award show, but we can tell you Homeland nabbed a PCA for Favorite Premium Cable TV Show.

IM3Before the PCA’s on Wednesday, the BAFTA nominations came out.  Although ‘Gravity’ leads the British nominations with 11, NC Film is getting a little love from across the pond.  Iron Man 3 was nominated for Best Special Visual Effects.  Here is Stark’s competition:

“Gravity” — Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” — Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds
“Iron Man 3” — Bryan Grill, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick 
“Pacific Rim” — Hal Hickel, John Knoll, Lindy De Quattro, Nigel Sumner
“Star Trek Into Darkness” — Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton, Patrick Tubach, Roger Guyett

The awards ceremony will be February 16th at the Royal Opera House in London.


Dean Norris will accept the award for Under the Dome today at Variety’s Breakthrough of the Year Awards.  It’s being held during the 2014  International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas.

McDuffy_LetterFinally, the boys from McDuffy will be in the Sunny studios this morning around 8:15am.  I can safely say we haven’t had this much press for a short film in years.  But hey we love ’em!  Tickets are only $5 and THEY WILL SELL OUT for the screening Saturday night, 7pm, so BUY THEM NOW!  The screening also coincides with the grand opening of GIANT Coffeehouse, which is connected to Post 1200 on N 23rd St., right across from Screen Gems.


  • JAN 10 – Friday: Banshee Season Two premieres on Cinemax
  • JAN 11 – McDuffy: The Urban Eagle will screen at the fabulous Post 1200. Tix are $5, buy them now before they sell out!
  • JAN 13 – Monday: Sleepy Hollow Episode 11 “Vessel” –  9pm EST on FOX
  • JAN 15 – Voting ends Wednesday for Encore’s Best of 2014 VOTE NOW.
  • JAN 20 – The epic two hour season finale of Sleepy Hollow at 8pm EST on FOX.
  • JAN 29 – America’s Got Talent Auditions Greensboro Marriott Downtown.


That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks). Got Scoop?  Email me:  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!


THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 01/08/2014 TV Guide Cover, Bad Grandpa Deleted Scenes, Hank and Jed, PCAs and Much More!


Howdy! Another freezing morning, but we got lots to chat about that will make us all warm and fuzzy, much like my brain before coffee.  Let’s start off with our adorable dynamic duo Ichabod and Abbie of Sleepy Hollow!  Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison look fabulous on the cover of TV Guide, don’t you think?  And let me just add how much I LOVE the opening to this TV Guide article by Aubry D’Arminio.

“The end is nigh for Sleepy Hollow‘s first season. And it looks extremely…busy. It’s a stinging-cold December morning at Wilmington, North Carolina’s EUE/Screen Gems Studios. In the nearby woods, a stuntwoman wearing a low-cut, corseted frock is being pulled through the air on a thick cord and dropped nose-first onto a safety mat. “Can she be yanked even harder?” director Ken Olin (thirtysomething) asks the crew member at the other end of the rope. Yes, she certainly can.”

Wilmington.  North Carolina.  EUE/Screen Gems.  Crew – So many of my favorite buzz words in the opening paragraph!

READ TV GUIDE’S “Inside Sleepy Hollow’s Shocking Season Finale”

“Sleepy Hollow collects the most tweets per minute of any current Fox show and is the second most popular new series on social media after The Originals, with nearly 1 million fans across Facebook and Twitter alone.”


under-the-dome-cbsNew characters are coming to Chester’s Mill.  from reports not one, not two, but three.   He says Season 2 will introduce three new characters, including:

Sam: a gruff kinda guy who lives in the woods.  The locals call him a “crazy drunk” which to me translates he will have answers to some dilemmas this season.  He is a relative or was once someone close to one of the characters we know well, but they aren’t saying who.

Rebecca: a 30 something teacher.  Big Jim wants her to get a Dome school going, but of course his motivation isn’t higher education.

A “new girl” in town: A very vague and ageless description, but we know that she is “in to” Joe and Norrie, so we can assume she’s a teen.


MTV is so kind.  Now that the North Carolina shot Bad Grandpa is officially available for digital download, they gave us a bonus!  Here’s an exclusive look at one of the film’s many deleted scenes.  A gem, MTV says,  that’s as good as the pranks that made the final cut.  “Bad Grandpa” will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on January 28.

Bad Grandpa DeletedCLICK

TONIGHT: The 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards air live on CBS  at 9 p.m. EST.  Take a look at the list of 2014 People’s Choice Awards nominees.

39th Annual People's Choice Awards - Show

Here’s the categories and our NC shot productions which might just take it home! To see who they are up against, GO HERE:

  • Favorite Movie – Iron Man 3
  • Favorite Movie Actor – Robert Downey Jr.
  • Favorite Movie Actress – Jennifer Aniston
  • Favorite Movie Duo – Jennifer Aniston & Jason Sudeikis (We’re the Millers)  AND  Robert Downey Jr. & Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man 3)
  • Favorite Action Movie – Iron Man 3
  • Favorite Action Movie Star – Robert Downey Jr.
  • Favorite Comedic Movie – We’re the Millers
  • Favorite Comedic Movie Actress –  Jennifer Aniston
  • Favorite Horror Movie – The Conjuring
  • Favorite Premium Cable TV Show – Homeland
  • Favorite Cable TV Actress – Claire Danes
  • Favorite New TV Drama – Sleepy Hollow

Congratulations to our local production company, Hank and Jed Movie Pictures!  Their Battlefield Friends Facebook page surpassed 100,000 likes at 7:17pm last night.  Yeah, I watched it, I’m a geek like that; refreshing the page every 3 seconds!  Why?  Cuz damn!   That’s a lot of fans!


regular folksIf A-Listers never went to Hollywood: Finally, this got me laughing out loud, so I thought I would share.  If the hottest celebs were regular folks and they did without their personal trainers, stylists and nutritionists, they might look something like this.  Thanks to the power of Photoshop and Danny Evans, who has got mad skills, we get to see what some famous celebrities would look like if “they didn’t take the Hollywood career path.” Some of these photoshop jobs are flawless.  This guy is REAL good!  You gotta see the others as well.  Hilarious shots of  Rihanna, Britney Spears, Johnny Depp, and more.  SEE PHOTOS NOW


  • JAN 9 – Thursday: Variety’s upcoming Breakthrough of the Year Awards, at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  Dean Norris will be on hand to accept the award for Under the Dome.
  • JAN 10 – Friday: Banshee Season Two premieres on Cinemax
  • JAN 11 – McDuffy: The Urban Eagle will screen at the fabulous Post 1200. Tix are $5, buy them now before they sell out!
  • JAN 13 – Monday: Sleepy Hollow Episode 11 “Vessel” –  9pm EST on FOX
  • JAN 15 – Voting ends for Encore’s Best of 2014 VOTE NOW.
  • JAN 20 – The epic two hour season finale of Sleepy Hollow at 8pm EST on FOX.
  • JAN 29 – America’s Got Talent Auditions Greensboro Marriott Downtown.


That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks). Got Scoop?  Email me:  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!