Gov. Perdue signs film council executive order

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WIMLINGTON, NC (WECT) - Governor Bev Perdue reauthorized the North Carolina Film Council Thursday.

She went to EUE Screen Gems Studios to sign the executive order, which re-solidifies the state's commitment to bring big name productions to the area.

"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," said Perdue in a statement.

In addition to reestablishing the council, the new executive order will add duties related to the following:

  • assisting in ongoing development and growth of the N.C. film industry;
  • supporting fiscal incentives that help North Carolina remain competitive in recruiting films;
  • assisting in developing a marketing strategy for the N.C. Film Office; and
  • monitoring the North Carolina film industry and assist in developing protocol to measure filmmaking activities in North Carolina.

In August, the governor signed the film incentive bill that will increase the tax break incentives from 15% to 25%.  Senate Bill 943 was formed in effort to attract more film industry jobs to North Carolina.

Industry insiders say the film incentive bill is needed to keep films from leaving North Carolina for other states with better offers.

According to the Governor's office, more than 800 movies have been filmed in the state.  NC boasts a variety of filming locations from the mountains to the coast.

Recent major motion pictures filmed in the state include "Nights in Rodanthe," "Leatherheads" and "The Secret Life of Bees."

The N.C. film industry is also home to the CW Network's "One Tree Hill" TV series as well as hundreds of commercial and industrial productions each year throughout the state.

Wilmington's EUE Screen Gems recently opened the largest film and television production soundstage on the East Coast.

For more information about the film industry in North Carolina, click here.

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