NC doing boffo business with film productions

Posted July 25, 2012

— Halfway through 2012, film productions in North Carolina have already set a record for in-state spending, officials said Wednesday.

At least 35 productions plan to film in the state this year, and officials project they will spend more than $300 million and create more than 15,000 jobs, including 3,300 for skilled film crew workers.

"It’s great to see this industry thriving again in North Carolina, and we must continue to build on this momentum by creating even more of an economic impact,” Gov. Beverly Perdue said in a statement.

Film work has or is expected to take place in 30 of North Carolina's 100 counties, led by "Iron Man 3," which has filmed scenes from the Triangle to the coast; "We're the Millers," a Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy; and "Safe Haven," which is based on a Nicholas Sparks book.

Television production has also increased in the state, officials said, with cameras rolling on the second season of the award-winning Showtime series “Homeland” and new series “Banshee” on Cinemax and “Revolution” on NBC, as well as the most recent season of “The Bachelorette” on ABC. National commercials for Under Armour, ESPN and Mountain Dew have also filmed in the state this year.

Officials credited the growth in North Carolina’s film industry to bipartisan legislation to enhance the state’s film tax incentive, which was approved by the General Assembly in 2010 and extended this year.

Under the incentive, productions receive a 25 percent refundable tax credit based on their direct in-state spending on goods, services and labor. Productions must spend at least $250,000, and the credit is given to the productions only after they have completed their spending and have been audited by the state Department of Revenue.

“We have one of the smartest incentives in the nation, and when combined with our talented crew base and diverse locations, it makes our state ideal for filmmakers,” North Carolina Film Office director Aaron Syrett said in a statement.

The projected spending and jobs figures don't include work on numerous lower-budget projects and commercials that don’t meet the minimum requirement for the tax incentive, officials said.


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  • frankwinstead Jul 26, 2012

    So North Carolina's stand on traditional marriage has not caused the media producers to go elsewhere?

  • ConservativeVoter Jul 25, 2012

    Unfortunately most of the people hired by the movie studios live elsewhere and temporarily reside in North Carolina during the shooting of the film productions.

  • bljnnc2004 Jul 25, 2012

    Was Bofo was way to get more people to read the article? Looks like it worked.

  • pm2 Jul 25, 2012

    Only because the NC tax payers foot the bill through tax credits!

  • uncbabie Jul 25, 2012

    Lots of residents on the coast have full time jobs because of the movie industry. I know set designers, painters, transportation people, caterers, all kinds of movie industry folks. Triangle Rental Car got big from the movie industry. They do travel often, to New Orleans and other places that filming is popular to work, but a lot of them reside here.

  • gonefishin0202 Jul 25, 2012

    Boffo....YOLO...wait..That should be Marco...Polo...

  • Roland K. Jul 25, 2012

    boffo? Boffobull usage here. sounds like advertising copy. this is supposed to be a journalistic enterprise. gimme the facts, I'll add words like boffo later.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 25, 2012

    I must say, I'm having a boffo time reading these comments.


  • mmtlash Jul 25, 2012

    it's boffolicious!

  • momnextdoor Jul 25, 2012

    How many of those jobs are actually going full-time NC residents? The film industry is famous for throwing around these kinds of numbers, and the General Assembly believing them, without much proof. Have you tracked the tax returns on the "thousands" of jobs created by previous film projects? My guess is it's really just a few hundred, mostly to people who do not reside in state permanently but follow the film stuff around. This would be a good thing for our new Republican legislature to look into. If they dare.