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Film productions spent $240M in NC in 2014

Posted April 30, 2015
Updated May 1, 2015

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— The film industry spent just over $240 million on productions filmed in North Carolina last year, according to an audit released Thursday by the state Department of Revenue.

The numbers show that the industry employed about 8,400 people and will receive tax credits of about $60 million for productions filmed during 2014.

The figures show 35 productions were filmed in the state – a number that includes commercials, television series and feature films.

The television series "Sleepy Hollow" spent the most, at almost $44 million. The series "Under the Dome" was next, with spending of just over $35 million.

Both productions were filmed in the Wilmington area.

The tax credit program ended in 2014, and state lawmakers replaced it with a grant program. That prompted "Sleepy Hollow" and many other productions to pack up and move to other states with more lucrative incentives programs.

"Under the Dome" will receive the lion's share of the $10 million of available state grants in 2015, officials said last month.


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  • Dean Logan May 1, 2015
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    Let's see a break down of those jobs. All that pay under $10 / hour and then the rest.
    I'm guessing that most film jobs are daily minimum wage set dressing. If they could pay extras $0, they would.

  • Amy Singleton May 1, 2015
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    It makes sense because film making is synonymous with liberal Hollywood which must be shut down at all costs, praise Jesus. NC shall not enable such heathens!

  • Amy Singleton May 1, 2015
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    Sad the jobs and local revenue were lost to ideological attacks on an industry instead of any genuine, feasible financial basis. Even with industry tax incentives it was still paying taxes and creating jobs, income taxes. The GOP's decision was it was better to have no revenue than some revenue in order to shun liberal Hollywood. Straight pandering.

  • Jake Goode May 1, 2015
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    I'm not one for many government subsidies, but with the exposure film making provides for our state it doesn't make sense to let it die.

  • Fred Kozlof May 1, 2015
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    If you combine info from today's story, and the one earlier in'll see that Film expenditure is going from $244M, down to $60M. That's a HUGE loss of jobs and materials consumption from the NC economy. To allow that to disappear, is just plain POOR BUSINESS on the part of lawmakers in NC. The grants and tax benefits provided a huge boost to the economy. Now it's been wizzed away.