MIKE VOGEL goes Under the Dome for Season 3

Mike Vogel goes Under the Dome. During the CBS Press Junket for Season 3 , we caught up with Mike who plays Barbie on the show.  We ask questions from the fans, give some shout outs to Brazil and discuss his taste in music!  Enjoy!

Under the Dome‘s two-hour premiere is Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 9pm-11pm EST on CBS!

UTDradioCamera Crew:
Charles Roarke
Jonathan Herring

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MACKENZIE LINTZ goes Under the Dome for Season 3

Mackenzie Lintz goes Under the Dome. During the CBS Press Junket for Season 3 , we caught up with Mackenzie who plays Norrie on the show.  We discuss Jorrie of course!  Also, music, college, bubble wrap and more. Enjoy!

Under the Dome‘s two-hour premiere is Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 9pm-11pm EST on CBS!

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Charles Roarke
Jonathan Herring

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KYLIE BUNBURY goes Under the Dome for Season 3

The countdown is on!  9 days until Dome day!  Our Wilmywood shot TV show Under the Dome is gearing up for season 3! As we continue the countdown,  we’ve got one of our newest cast members to chat with – Kylie Bunbury.  She’s already got quite a fan base from her time spent on the show Twisted.  This time around she plays Eva, a not-so-nice newbie to Under the Dome. During the CBS Press Junket for Season 3 , we talked about playing the bad girl, her love for Wilmywood and what it’s like like working with Marg Helgenberger. Enjoy!

Under the Dome‘s two-hour premiere is Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 9pm-11pm EST on CBS!

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Charles Roarke
Jonathan Herring

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NC Senate wants only $10M in NC Film Grant

Well, we’ve been waiting to see what the Senate would do with film for their budget.  While the House gave $40M per fiscal year, the Senate wants to keep it at $10M.  That’s according to Sen. Harry Brown, who is speaking at budget outline press conference.

Now the House and Senate will battle it out to see what number we will actually get.

Jonathan Kappler says the NC Senate Appropriations subcommittees will meet at 4pm to review their portions of Senate budget. The whole budget will be posted tonight.
Stay Tuned.

 

MAX EHRICH goes Under the Dome for Season 3

Counting down the days until Dome Day! Max Ehrich aka Hunter is the center of attention today! During the CBS Press Junket for Season 3 , we discussed Hunter’s shift in season 3, whether good or bad, the Hounds of Diana and he answers questions from the fans. Enjoy!

Under the Dome‘s two-hour premiere is Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 9pm-11pm EST on CBS!

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Charles Roarke
Jonathan Herring

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NC House gives final approval for budget.

According to the Associated Press,  The NC House has given final approval to its two-year state government spending plan with a rare showing of broad bipartisan support for a budget.

The House chamber voted 93-23 this morning for the measure that would spend over $22 billion in the year starting July 1.

As it stands, the NC House has the NC Film Grant at $40M per fiscal year for the next 2 years with no change in the language of the grant. Now, it’s off to the NC Senate.  They will have a budget of their own next month.

 

NC House drops NCFilm Grant to $40M

A few hours ago, I got word that the initial proposal for $60M for the film grant has dropped to $40M in the latest version of the state’s two-year budget.   This is what we anticipated. What I can tell you is that it could have been worse.  Our concern at this point is what the Senate will do.  They are a much tougher sell, than the House, just like last session.  Best case scenario, they leave it alone and we get a $40M grant for a two year period.  But from what I am hearing, that is unlikely.  Still, I am hoping for the best. However, even with $40M the money won’t be enough for us to be as productive as we were in 2014, but it will put a lot of our crew members back to work.

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NC FILM UPDATE: House Budget to be released.

NCFILM UPDATE:
According to Representative Chuck McGrady, a complete draft budget will go on-line at some point today. Then…

“When the budget is approved by the full Appropriations Committee, most likely on Tuesday, a new version of the budget will be available on-line. It will be that version that the House is expected to take up on Wednesday and Thursday (and hopefully not Friday).”  SEE MORE NOW

Then it’s off to the Senate.

I don’t know if we will get the $60+ million that was in the original bill from the House and Senate. We will see what the House comes up with. A few folks are also saying the Senate won’t be as tough on film as they were last session. Hopefully we will see some good numbers so we can get our crew back from other states, from unemployment and generate some cash-flow into our small businesses.

I’ll keep you posted!

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

NC FILM: The 2015 Grant Recipients.

Raleigh, N.C.- North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced three productions will receive funds from the newly established North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant.

The three productions altogether are expected to have direct in-state spending of about $61 million across North Carolina this year with the grant program. Remember, just 6 months into 2014, the North Carolina Film Office reported an estimated $268 million in direct in-state spending when we had our previous 25% film incentives.

According to the NCFO, the film and entertainment grant recipients include:

Under The Dome (Season 3) shooting again in Wilmington. The television series uses the cities of Burgaw, Southport and Wilmington to create its fictitious town of Chester’s Mill. The eligible grant amount is $5 million.

An Untitled Lionsgate Television Project will also receive funding and is expected to shoot in Western North Carolina. The eligible grant amount is $4 million. (I believe this is Dirty Dancing, but don’t quote me on it)

Late in the Season is a story of a 31-year old Seattle stockbroker with a mysterious past who walks on to a small North Carolina college basketball team and inspires his struggling teammates’ lives with hope as they reach for a championship. The production will use the picturesque Davidson campus as its main location and will base in the greater Charlotte area. The eligible grant amount is $1 million.

In 2014, they boasted about nearly 19,000 job opportunities for North Carolinians. No mention yet how many job opportunities they are as of 2015.

During the past six years, productions have had a direct in-state spend of more than $1.3 billion.

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