Governor McCrory’s Updated Proposed Budget

Under Senate Bill 842, the updated budget proposal has been released.  The Film incentives begins on the bottom of page 70.

It begins with:

REFORM PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT WITH A NEW TAX CREDIT PROPORTIONAL TO TAXES PAID BY PRODUCTION COMPANIES ON QUALIFYING EXPENDITURES SECTION 12.8.(a) Chapter 105 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new Article to read: “Article 47.  “Motion Picture Production Tax Credit.”

There is a lot to sort out as it is in legalese and nothing is set in stone at this time.  Remember that as you read. Let’s stay strong and keep up the positive push to keep the film incentives, end the sunset and keep productions coming!  READ NEW BUDGET PROPOSAL NOW

So, far I can tell you, in the proposed budget, productions need to spend at least one million dollars to qualify (it’s at $250,000 now)and the max they can receive back is $6,000,000 (it’s at $20M now).  They cannot exceed the amount of taxes a production pays in North Carolina.

What this seems to be saying is nothing flat and cut and dry like as it stands now we have like how we now have a 25% rebate and Georgia has a 30% tax credit.   The budget is based on categories. 4% here, 5% there and waiving certain taxes such as the gas tax. It also seems to put the pressure on the local counties, rather than the state.

WWAY reports that the new proposal is offering:

-5.3 percent of money spent on payroll
-4 percent of money spent on goods and services from non North Carolina-based companies
-5 percent of money spent on goods and serves from North Carolina-based companies

They are also leaving a sunset in place in which the film incentives would expire, yet again, on January 1, 2018. More to come.

Kevin Wuzzardo at WWAY has more on the story.  READ NOW

FYI: These are the folks in the NC Senate that are sponsoring this proposal.  Remember their names too: Harry Brown(Jones, Onslow);  Kathy Harrington(Gaston);  Neal Hunt(Wake);  (Primary)  Brent Jackson(Duplin, Johnston, Sampson)

Meanwhile, the North Carolina Production Alliance responded to the budget proposal with a clear, cool head.  “We recognize that the General Assembly now has a role in responding and crafting the final legislation. We look forward to collaborating with all parties to keep our industry competitive at the Tier 1 level.”

So, remember, our legislature writes the final legislation. We are early in the process. All we can do is keep calm and keep filming NC.

RELATED ARTICLES
Governor’s budget bill proposes big changes for NC film incentives [WWAY]
McCrory’s budget proposal makes big changes to film incentives [Star News]
Governor’s proposed budget includes major changes to film incentives program [WECT]

 

THE WILMYWOOD DAILY – 05/08/2014 Chat with Nicholas Sparks, Stuntman Peter King, Today’s Locations and more.

Good morning!  Happy Thursday.  Let’s kick it off with the Entertainment Weekly Community article that highlighted our AWESOME stunt coordinator, Peter King:

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Today we have a couple of productions that will be out and about today.

  • Max Steel – Our super hero team heads to Brookwood Ave today.
  • Under the Dome – Our Domes venture away from the sound stages to Kenwood as well as Creecy Ave.
  • Sleepy Hollow – Our Sleepyheads will be in Castle Hayne for the day.

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A HUGE thank you to one of our favorite UPMs here in Wilmington.  We’ve asked you to write a letter to the governor asking for his help and Dale did just that:
WUIW_longMay 7, 2014

Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

Dear Governor McCrory:

My name is Dale Williams and I am a twenty-five year employee of the North Carolina film and television industry.  I am currently employed as a Production Manager on a major network television series in the Wilmington region.

Today, there are seven productions in the Wilmington area: two television series, one television pilot, and four feature films.  Additionally, other projects are shooting in the Charlotte region while more are scouting locations in other parts of the State as well.  The film and television industry in North Carolina is doing well.  However, with the film incentive set to expire in eight months, all of these current clients will not consider additional business in our State beyond December 31.  As you might imagine, this is of great concern to approximately four thousand residents of our State who are full time workers in this industry.

On behalf of the film workers in the Wilmington region, I am respectfully requesting an opportunity for the workers to meet with you in Wilmington or Raleigh to discuss their future in our State.  I look forward to your response.

Dale Williams
Unit Production Manager

Dale, you are so loved in this town!  Thank you for leading the way!  tscc3Also, I posted an article earlier this morning from a station owner in Greensboro who attended the rally.

“I was totally amazed at the outpouring of community support at the Wilmington Film Rally. I have covered rallies for over 20 years and never seen the togetherness of the film workers and the local government leaders at any event.”  READ MORE NOW

TONIGHT: The premiere screening of Keep It Rolling on May 8, 2014 at Satellite Bar and Lounge in Wilmington, NC. Starting at around 7:00pm, they will kick off the evening with a few animations made by their UNCW classmates Whitney Polk and James Cobb, followed by Keep It Rolling and A Brewing Community, directed by Zach Boylston. Please come and see this incredible documentary!  Here’s the trailer: 

NCFIlmPendantPerry’s Emporium has the exclusive NC Film Pendants in stock now! They also ship everywhere, so call them to order one or stop by and pick one up! Perfect for Mother’s Day all you film moms! Price: $39.95 Located at 2520 Independence Blvd in Wilmington 910-392-6721  They are open Tues – Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.  I am wearing mine proudly!

There is so much more to do before the short session May 14th as they decide the NC Film Incentive’s fate.  Please send a message or phone call to our governor Pat McCrory as well as Sharon Decker and ask them to please HELP us!  Here’s the deets:

PAT MCCRORY 
PAT.MCCRORY@NC.GOV 
919-814-2000 
Twitter: @PatMcCroryNC

SHARON DECKER
SHARON.DECKER@NCCOMMERCE.COM
919-733-3449

filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOBS STICKERS? Sunrise Broadcasting has a few.  Feel free to stop by and grab one while they last 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.

FIlmWilm2WE GOT MORE!  Last time, they flew out of here in 24 hours!  Thanks to Jed and the gang over at Image Monster, you can now pick up these fab stickers at the Sunrise Broadcasting, too! Film=Jobs folks!  Spread the word!

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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.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  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 – 04/21/2014 – Under the Dome, Max Steel, The Sin Seer and more.

Hippety-Hoppy Monday!  Hope you had a great Easter/Passover weekend!  I tell you what I am soooo done with the crappy weather.  Seriously, moving to Tahiti if this continues!  Okay, done venting, let’s do this!

UTD_DVDUnder the Dome will be running two units. They will be heading back to Chestnut St. today as well as running to Currie.  Looks like CBS is back to do some cool interviews that we will I am sure before the premiere which will be June 30th!  Our Domies are going to have a busy day!– Argh! Why can’t I work at CBS! I so wanna be there.

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Our leading man Ben Winchell made it into town over the weekend as he gears up to play Max McGrath in Max Steel. His awesome counterpart, Ana Villafane who will play Sydney Gardner arrives tomorrow!  Looks like the awesome producer Julia Pistor (Lemony Snicket/Spiderwick Chronicles/Charlotte’s Web) will be making her way back to Wilmywood as well for the Mattel flick.

They will be shooting at Indochine next week!  Look at that, film supporting local businesses! Imagine that!

If you’re lookin’ to work on this flick, Marty Siu is looking for teens at the moment.  Visit her Casting FB Page for all the deets!

 

There’s a big announcement from EUE/Screen Gems Studios and you will hear it first on Sunny 104.5 tomorrow at 8:30am. So make sure you tune in!

ICYMI: Greg AllanMore cast has been added to the TV movie, The Sin Seer which will begin production at the end of this month here in Wilmington, NC. Earlier this week it was announced that Isaiah Washington, Michael Ironside, Lisa Arrindell Anderson and C. Thomas Howell signed on to the supernatural tale from Overflow Entertainment.  Now it looks like this guy barely had time to wash his clothes and straighten up his kitchen before coming back to our Port City. Gregory Alan Williams who was just here for ABC’s Secrets & Lies, returns to play Rose’s father, Clarence Ricard. Also added to the line up is Angeline-Rose Troy who will play Abagail Landers.

They will be shooting next week on Shandy Ln, Princess St. and Anderson St.

ncfilmNow all of this is great, but if we lose the film incentives, read my lips!  WE ARE SCREWED! You won’t be getting the daily film updates because there will be nothing to report on! I have been hearing some things lately that are making me shake at the knees. We need EVERYONE to help! Have you contacted your legislators yet?  If you work in the film industry, I am at the point of bitch-slapping you! We are fighting for 1000s of lives folks.  Thousands of NC families!  You think the incentives will pass with no help from you?  You are sorely mistaken. Yes, we know you are busy, but take two minutes during your lunch break and do it! Your job is at stake here! Okay, apparently has some more venting to do!  I am done…at least for now!  CLICK HERE for who to contact in your district and DO IT TODAY!  Wanna contact Pat McCrory? Please do!

filmjobsLOOKING FOR THOSE FILM=JOBS 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 8:30am-5:30pm M-F.

FIlmWilm2WE GOT MORE!  Last time, they flew out of here in 24 hours!  Thanks to Jed and the gang over at Image Monster, you can now pick up these fab stickers at the Sunrise Broadcasting too!

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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.  And on Thursdays during Cape Fear CW‘s Primetime News at 10!  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 – 12/19/2013 Letters to the Gov’na, Sleepy Hollow Not Done Yet and More!

Hey!  Happy Thursday!  Hope you are in the Holiday spirit.  Tis the season for giving back!  I have an idea for you.  Here’s a way you can help the community, and well, the state for that matter!

euesgsThe lovely Susan Dosier who does PR for Screen Gems Studios put out a blog post yesterday asking you for a small favor that will only take 5 minutes of your time! As you know, a couple of days ago, the Gov sent out a press release and made this statement:

“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.”

Now is the time to keep the support strong and thank McCrory for his actions, letting him know we agree.  Susan said in her blog, “Please ask your colleagues, friends and family to send a note of appreciation directly to Governor McCrory’s press office before the end of the year.”  SEE DETAILS NOW  Seriously, 5 minutes of your time will help greatly!

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Sleepy Hollow of course is one of our favorite shows, but it’s getting kudos from more than just the locals!  WECT sites a Time Magazine writer as a fan of the show.  James Poniewozik puts Sleepy Hollow on his top 10 list.

banner-tunedinBut James isn’t alone.  The good folks at Tom-Mison.com has scoured the web to find more kudos for the show and Tom Mison himself.  Lists from TV GuideTelevision Without Pity, HitFix, Buddy TV and Newsday

For those who have a “thing” for locations, Jonathan Spiers of The Port City Daily wrote a nice little piece on what Sleepy Hollow uses as an exterior for the police station:  Our historic NHC courthouse on S 3rd St.  READ ARTICLE NOW.

sh_crewHollywood pretty much shuts down by the 2nd week of December, but not the folks of Sleepy Hollow.  They were hoping to wrap Season One by the weekend but some are saying they don’t know if they will even be done by Christmas.   The NC Film Crew along with the cast need a Christmas Bonus!  Are ya listening Fox?  The Sleepy folks are shooting on the lot today, then they “head” to the Bellevue Cemetery for the attack at the graveyard scene.  Looks like they are pullin’ an all-nighter…again.

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39th Annual People's Choice Awards - Show40th annual People’s Choice Awards will air live on CBS on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. ET.  I checked again this morning and yep VOTING is still open for  Favorite New TV DramaVOTE NOW FOR SLEEPY HOLLOW!

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 .  You can also just post your comments below!  Until then, that’s a wrap!!

Azalea Festival Queen and Celebs for 2013

The upcoming Azalea Festival is April 10th-14th.  The North Carolina Azalea Festival line up has been revealed.

Jennifer Wayne was named queen of Azalea Festival this year.  She  just finished shooting The Amazing Race and she also rocks out in a band called Darlington Abbey!   She also happens to be John Wayne’s granddaughter.

The Parade Marshall this year is our own North Carolina Governor, Pat McCrory.

Other celebrities include:

Colonel Joe Kittinger  (Space Jumper – set four world records jumping to Earth from 19 miles up.  He was also the capsule communicator for Felix Baumgartner’s big jump last year.

Peyton List (Disney Channel star Jessie/Diary of a Wimpy Kid/27 Dresses)

Alexa Allemani (Minor Actress Mad Men/The West Wing/Criminal Minds)

Emily Maynard (Speed Channel/The Bachelor/The Bachelorette)

Chris Corchiani (NC State/Boston Celtics basketball player)

Benjamin Bourgeois (Champion Surfer)

Arlie Honeycutt (Miss North Carolina 2012)

Win McMurry (Journalist for the Golf Channel)