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Rolling: Perdue reauthorizes N.C. Film Council

Posted November 12, 2009 4:05 a.m. EST
Updated October 27, 2011 6:49 a.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Film Council is staying in business.

Gov. Beverly Perdue signed an executive order reauthorizing the council Thursday at EUE Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington.

“As I continue working to create jobs and build for North Carolina’s economic future, I believe it’s critically important to maintain and improve North Carolina’s competitive edge in the global film industry,” Perdue said in a statement.

The executive order also calls for developing protocol to measure film activity in the state and helping with a marketing strategy and incentives to attract more film production to North Carolina.

Earlier this summer, Perdue signed a film tax credit bill that provides a 25 percent tax credit for film projects in North Carolina, up from the previous credit of 15 percent.

More than 2,500 North Carolinians are employed in the film industry. In 2008, it contributed $92 million in direct spending to the state economy, down from $160 million in 2007.

The governor appoints members of the Film Council, which is made up of film-industry professionals, business leaders, and citizens. The council advises and offers guidance in the interest of the state's film industry.