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6.11.09

My Turn, Your Turn: Film incentive

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By Gary McNair - bio|email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - You've probably heard by now how close Wilmington was to landing the new feature film starring Miley Cyrus. 

Close - as they say - but yet so far away. 

In this case over $15 million and 500 summer jobs went right down the coast to the land of the peaches - Savannah, Georgia.

Georgia, like most other states competing for this business, gives better tax incentives than North Carolina.  We offer 15% credits and they offer 30. 

What really bothers me is the fine folks in our General Assembly have known for quite some time what we are facing and what is at risk.   Bills have been introduced aimed at closing the incentive gap, yet there doesn't seem like much interest or urgency in moving this along for passage and time is running out. 

If this bill does not pass - the lights, the cameras, the action and all the money will go elsewhere.

The people in Raleigh need to get moving forward on this, otherwise the film industry could be saying ‘that's a wrap!' for North Carolina.  I don't think too many people here in Wilmington want to see that movie. 

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at yourturn@wect.com.

Viewers' emailed response:

I enjoyed your commentary re: NC tax incentives re: film making in the state, particularly the Wilmington area.

As authors, many of us have an interest in the possibilities of having one of our published works accepted as a future film or TV series.  We have often heard that many of the citizens of Wilmington itself are opposed to the film making process, considering it disruptive, etc., etc. 

I would appreciate your opinion on the depth of that opposition.  Thank you for bringing this matter to your viewers.

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