NC FILM UPDATE: “5,700 production days, $254 million in spending and 25,000 job opportunities in 2013”

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Television Series Fuel Strong Year for Film Industry in North Carolina

5,700 production days, $254 million in spending and 25,000 job opportunities in 2013

DECEMBER 17, 2013 • JOBS AND THE ECONOMY

PRESS RELEASE:  Raleigh, N.C. — Popular television productions fueled one of the strongest years experienced by the film industry in North Carolina.

More than 60 productions registered with the N.C. Film Office and filmed in North Carolina in 2013. Those productions amassed a record-high of more than 5,700 production days with filming taking place in more than 30 of the state’s 100 counties.

“In addition to our state’s beauty, we’ve developed the workforce and artists that make North Carolina an ideal place to produce quality projects efficiently,” said Governor McCrory.

Year-end projections show television and film productions had a direct in-state spend in excess of $254 million and created more than 4,000 well-paying crew positions for the state’s highly skilled workforce. These productions created nearly 25,000 job opportunities (full time equivalent and temporary jobs), including talent and background extra positions, for North Carolinians. These numbers are the second highest in the industry’s history for in-state spending by productions as well as total job opportunities created.

Television series headlined production in North Carolina in 2013. Five major series—the summer’s top show “Under The Dome,” this fall’s breakout series “Sleepy Hollow,” the second season of Cinemax’s top series “Banshee,” the third season of the award winning Showtime series “Homeland” and the final season of HBO’s “Eastbound and Down”—all filmed in the state.

Production on the feature films “Tammy,” “Careful What You Wish For,” “The Ultimate Life,” “The World Made Straight,” “Grass Stains,” “The Squeeze,” “Captive” and “Tusk” also took place in North Carolina. Made-for-television movies also had a strong presence as “Christmas In Conway,” Norman Rockwell’s “Shuffleton Barbershop” and “The Perfect Summer” all were filmed and aired in 2013. National commercials for Mountain Dew, ESPN, NASCAR, Planters, Audi and Fiat also shot in the state.

“The film industry continues to have a major impact on the state’s economy and provide job opportunities for thousands of North Carolinians,” said Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker. “It is great to see our state continue its success in the industry.”

Beyond the more than $254 million in direct spending, additional spending and job creation has taken place on numerous lower budget projects and commercials.

“The past three years have produced unheralded numbers in direct in-state spending and job opportunities,” said NC Film Office Director Aaron Syrett.

Established in 1980, the North Carolina Film Office is part of the N.C. Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development in the N.C. Department of Commerce. Its primary responsibilities are to recruit productions to the state by marketing the many assets—including the resources, crew base, established infrastructure and locations statewide—North Carolina has to offer. In addition, the film office assists productions with permitting and other logistics and works hand-in-hand with regional film commissions in the Wilmington, Research Triangle, Piedmont Triad, Charlotte and Western regions of the state. Since its creation, 400+ projects have filmed in the state, directly spending over $1 billion and creating more than 100,000 job opportunities for crew, talent and extras.

– See more at: http://www.governor.state.nc.us/newsroom/press-releases/20131217/television-series-fuel-strong-year-film-industry-north-carolina#sthash.g18bealv.dpuf

 

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WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD 09/05/2013, Cucalorus, American Bible Challenge, Out on DVD

CUCALORUSSTRAIGHT FROM THE MONSTER’S MOUTH!  Cucalorus needs your help! We’re looking to you, our friends and fellow artists, to make a donation to Cucalorus. Your donation will support more than 250 artists who will be presenting new work at the 19th annual Cucalorus Film Festival in November.

Roughly half of your donation will go directly to filmmakers. Each year Cucalorus provides artists with over $35,000 in direct financial support (that’s more than half of all ticket sales!). The remainder of the funding will be used to rent the equipment we need to show movies! It’s really that basic. We hope you’ll help us in our mission to bring people together to celebrate, discover and create independent films. VISIT CUCALORUS KICKSTARTER PAGE

AmerBibleChallengeAuditions for the American Bible Challenge hosted by Jeff Foxworthy is coming to Charlotte, Saturday September 14th from 10am-4pm at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton!  Our girl Holland Weathers is casting.  If you are from the Wilmington/Raleigh area, please let Holland know you are coming by emailing her: BibleChallenge2014@gmail.com.  Also, we are scoring from swag to give away courtesy of Holland as well!  Stay tuned for that!!

Out on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download is Season One of NBC’s Revolution as well as Authur Newman (Colin Firth, Emily Blunt).  WECT’s Ashlea Kosikowski reported:

According to the North Carolina Film Office, Arthur Newman shot for approximately 45 days in New Hanover, Pender, Robeson, Duplin, Wake, Durham and Alamance counties.

Numbers from the NC Film Office show the production had a direct in-state spend of more than $6.8 million and hired more than 500 employees during production, including approximately 150 crew positions.

Sleepy Hollow is replicating yesterday’s schedule.  Stage 10 then some driving scenes on MLK Parkway (23rd St. ramp to N. Kerr intersection)

Say good-bye to Hallmark!  Christmas in Conway wraps today.  They are shooting their final day just off 17th St.

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning (unless something breaks) and every weekday morning at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila@1045sunnyfm.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  Or just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

WHAT’S UP IN WILMYWOOD 07/12/2013 – Under the Dome shattered records in Canada, NC FILM spending report, Perfect Summer TV Premiere

 

NCFILM OFFICEBased on the press release sent out by the NC Film office, out NC Film Industry remains strong! ( :::::SHOUTING AT TOP OF LUNGS:::: Are you PAYING ATTENTION politicians?  Sorry, you know I had to do that.)

Six months into 2013, the North Carolina Film Office reports a production tally of $250 million in direct in-state spending and 25,000 job opportunities for North Carolinians. As of July 1, more than 35 productions had filed “intent to film” forms indicating that they have filmed or will film in the Tar Heel State. The resulting activity accounts for more than 4,300 production days spread across at least 30 counties. The job opportunities include more than 3,000 crew positions for the state’s highly skilled film professionals, 1,000 well-paying talent.

EmmyYoungThe extras casting director has been named for the Hallmark Movie, Christmas In Conway.  Congrats to Emily Young of Taboma Casting, more details to come within the next two weeks.  Production begins August 5th.

PerfectSummerThe Perfect Summer premieres Saturday and Sunday night on the Up Network at 7pm, 9pm & 11pm.  Up is on Time Warner Cable channel 283.  Sydney Penny who stars in the flick along with Eric Roberts joined us in the studio.  LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW NOWTony Silvagni, who was Eric Robert’s surf double in the film is going to miss the private premiere party, but for good reason.  He is being honored tomorrow night at the Pipeline to a Cure which benefit’s the Cyctis Fibrosis Foundation.

Here’s our Under the Dome Promo of the Week:

Under the Dome is breaking records all around the world, this time in Canada.  The show annihilates the competition and broke a Canadian summertime record.  Coming out of Toronto, Global TV stated that the show garnered nearly 2.6 million confirmed viewers, making it Canada’s #1 summer drama premiere of the past decade. Ready for season 2?  Um…YEAH!  The folks are  staying under cover from the rain shooting at Screen Gems Studios today.  Eastbound and Down heads back to Masonboro Sound Rd.

That just about does it for me; I will have more Wilmywood updates for you tomorrow morning and every weekday morning at 7:30am & 8:30am LIVE on Sunny 104.5.  Got Scoop?  Email me: sheila@1045sunnyfm.com.  Or message me on Wilmywood’s FB .  Or just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!

THIS JUST IN: Production plans reflect $250 million in spending, 25,000 job opportunities

NC Film Industry Remains Strong, Mid-Year Figures Show

NCFILM OFFICE

Production plans reflect $250 million in spending, 25,000 job opportunities

RALEIGH, N.C. — Six months into 2013, the North Carolina Film Office reports a production tally of $250 million in direct in-state spending and 25,000 job opportunities for North Carolinians.

As of July 1, more than 35 productions had filed “intent to film” forms indicating that they have filmed or will film in the Tar Heel State. The resulting activity accounts for more than 4,300 production days spread across at least 30 counties. The job opportunities include more than 3,000 crew positions for the state’s highly skilled film professionals, 1,000 well-paying talent opportunities and 21,000 background talent positions.

“North Carolina continues to be a preferred location in the film industry,” said North Carolina Film Office Director Aaron Syrett. “Our talented crew base, vast array of locations and the state’s tax incentive -while not the largest in the nation, it’s certainly the smartest – provide filmmakers and industry leaders the right mix for bringing their productions here and showcasing them to viewers worldwide.”

Television series have chalked up a large number of production days, starting with the final first-season episodes of the hit NBC series Revolution. Next came the pilot for Sleepy Hollow, which FOX Broadcasting Company picked up; the series begins filming its entire first season later this month in North Carolina. Returning series BansheeEastbound & Down and the multi-award winner Homeland were joined by the CBS summer breakout series Under the Dome. In addition, several reality series have been shooting in the state.

In regard to films, the studio feature Tammy recently wrapped its production while the independent features Careful What You Wish ForThe RemainingAn Evergreen ChristmasThe World Made Straight and Grass Stains have all hired North Carolina film professionals and talent during their production.

Made-for-television movies including The Ultimate LifeThe Perfect Summer and Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop have also used North Carolina as their backdrop. In addition, national commercials for Fiat, PepsiCo, Planters Peanuts and NASCAR have been filmed in the state.

The mid-year figures are a strong follow-up to 2012’s record-breaking year-end totals, which showed more than $376 million in direct in-state spending over 4,100 production days. The activity created nearly 20,000 job opportunities, including more than 4,100 crew positions.

Over the past five years (and before 2013), productions have had a direct in-state spend of more than $1 billion. The state has seen a sharp increase in production since 2010, when lawmakers passed bi-partisan legislation that increased the refundable tax credit to 25 percent on all goods and services purchased from North Carolina vendors and for wages paid to those performing work in the state. Productions must spend at least $250,000 in the state to qualify for the tax credit, which is given back only after productions have completed their in-state spend and the North Carolina Department of Revenue has performed an audit.

The North Carolina Film Office is part of the state Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development within the Department of Commerce. Its primary responsibilities are to recruit productions to North Carolina by marketing the state’s assets, which include the film incentive, the crew base, established infrastructure and locations statewide. The NCFO also assists productions with securing permits and handling other logistics and works hand-in-hand with film commissions in the Wilmington, Research Triangle, Piedmont Triad, Charlotte and Western regions.

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CONTACT:

Aaron Syrett
(919) 733-9900
aaron@ncfilm.com

Margo Metzger
919-733-7420
margo@visitnc.com

 

FILM INCENTIVES EMERGENCY

**UPDATE** I spoke with Carey Jones, Vice Chair of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission this morning on the air about Bill H994 and the Rally.  Here’s what she had to say: LISTEN NOW

Remember the great press release that sang praises for the first quarter of this year due to the film industry boom in NC?  Let me refresh your memory:

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“As the first quarter of 2013 comes to an end, the North Carolina Film Office (NCFO) continues to see record-breaking numbers for the state’s film industry.  Over 20 productions have indicated they intend to film, or have already begun filming, in North Carolina, with a total direct in-state spend in excess of $138 million while creating more than 13,000 job opportunities, including 2,100 well-paying crew positions for the state’s highly skilled film professionals.”

With the reminder being put in place, an unsettling panic from every branch of the film industry has spread across the state as a bill is being introduced by our “representatives” of North Carolina.

This reminded me of another article in the Star News that came out just before Azalea Festival.  If you remember there was a little talk with completely skewed low numbers coming out of some of the General Assemblies’ mouths.  Billy Saffo was outraged by their comments.  After I read it, I sure as hell wanted to slap somebody.  But I thought, wow, they’re ignorant, and shook my head because they was no way anyone could take them seriously…Was I wrong?

State Reps, Rick Catlin and Chris Millis and (along with others) have submitted the first draft of what many are calling a JOB KILLER BILL, H994.

So, what is all this mess about?  From what I understand, the intent of this bill is to repeal the cash rebate and replace it with a tax credit.  And they want it retro to January 2013.  I can’t imagine CBS, Warner Brothers, and NBC being okay with that.  I believe that is called breach of contract.   We all can conclude, however, if this did happen and the filming well went dry, as many think it would, how long would it take to get things back the way they are now?  It took, what, 6 years to get the 25% tax incentive in the first place..

Last year, productions spent over $376 million in North Carolina and created more than 4,100 well-paying crew positions and nearly 20,000 job opportunities.  So, the question is would North Carolina like to have 75% of $376 million or nothing at all?  Again, let me remind you, this year alone the film industry has already spent “$138 million while creating more than 13,000 job opportunities, including 2,100 well-paying crew positions for the state’s highly skilled film professionals.”

But it not only affects the thousands of people hired for each film, but it will have a major impact on the vendors as well i.e. hotels, local mom n pop shops, lumber, paint stores, restaurants, tourism.  The list goes on and on.  The productions spend the money where we need the money to go.

The media picked up on this ire from the film industry quickly.   Star News’ Cassie Foss jumped right on it: Local film leaders say bill would end N.C. film industry.   Kudos to our Mayor to continue the support.  Julian March posted this WATCHDOG ARTICLE today.

So what can you do?

1) JOIN THE RALLY!  Filmmakers, Actors, Set Dressers, fans of the film industry, YOU, all of you, are invited to attend a rally!

Saturday, April 20th – Riverfront Park (Market Street and Water) – 1:45pm.   

The Facebook invite says: “Bring your family, call your co-workers, reach out to your vendors, invite your neighbors, make sure your friends that work as extras are are aware. Contact your DGA friends, make sure the Teamsters and their families are aware. This bill is designed to end the film industry in NC. It is up to all of us to change the course.”

Here’s another link from the Wilmington Regional Film Commission urging you to attend the rally.

2) SIGN THE PETITON – I am sure it will get signatures, dunno if we can get 100,000 but I like to be optimistic.

3) WRITE YOUR REPRESENTATIVEYep, the tried and true method, let them hear from you.  Especially the vendors I mentioned above.  You need to let your voice be heard if you would like to keep what we have.

Bill H994 is only a first draft, so no need to panic, but I can certainly understand it.  Let’s hope it ends up on the cutting room floor.

Lemme know your thoughts, and if I understand everything correctly.  If not, lemme know.  School me and the rest of NC.  Everyone needs to know. Post your comments below or email me: sheila@1045sunnyfm.com