NC rakes in millions from movies, TV productions in 2012

Posted December 20, 2012

— North Carolina raked in a record $376 million and saw more than 4,100 jobs created from movie and television productions in 2012, state officials said Thursday.

Nearly 50 movie and television productions registered with the North Carolina Film Office during 2012. The productions spent $376 million in the state and created 4,100 paid crew positions, along with 20,000 jobs for talent and extras. The films were shot in more than 30 of the state’s 100 counties.

The numbers surpass last year’s record-breaking $220 million in spending and 3,300 crew jobs, officials said.

“It is amazing to see what has taken place in the past two years in North Carolina,” N.C. Film Office Director Aaron Syrett said. “Not only were we able to exceed our own record-breaking numbers from 2011, but we continue to grow throughout the state.”

Films shot in the state in 2012 include “Iron Man 3,” “We’re the Millers,” You Are Here,” “Safe Haven” and more. Television productions include “Homeland,” “Revolution, “The Daily Show with John Stewart,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “The Bachelorette.”


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  • JohnnyVoodoo Dec 21, 2012

    ncpilot is correct...most of the jobs are indeed temporary. Gone are the days of the studio employees/crews/actors that are actually on salary whom at one time was the bulk of any production. Nowadays it's a mostly freelance environment consisting of contractors who come into town to work wherever the job takes them, and afterwards, they're back to the drawing boards looking for the next job. The only monies that REALLY stay in state are the restaurants and hotels that benefit from the crews commerce while in town. As far as the independent filmmakers/crews within the state, THAT is where revenue is homegrown and stays here simply because the filmmakers don't have the funds to "go hollywood" on a project and set up shop for production right here in North Carolina. And ncpilot is correct when saying the film office does very little indeed to help the indie scene. In other words, if it's not a decent size budget're on your own.

  • ncpilot2 Dec 20, 2012

    The N.C. Film Office, a very political entity, is misleading with these figures. While it is great to have these productions taking place, a fraction of the money actually remains in the state and most of the "jobs" created are temporary.

    The Film Office also does very little to help independent productions in the state that, while not as high in revenue, due collectively add a lot and have most of that revenue remain within the state.