WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Saturday, hundreds of people gathered inside of EUE/Screen Gems Studios to recognize former Representative Danny McComas.
He served in the North Carolina General Assembly for more than 10 years and is considered to be one of the champions of the film incentive program, which has been a big boost to the local economy. McComas is now serving as chair of the State Ports Authority.
At his celebration, film leaders discussed the industry's growth.
"It's increased every year," said Bill Vassar, the Executive Vice President at EUE/Screen Gems Studios. "I've been involved in business for 10 years and it's increased every year." Vassar says that's partly because of the film incentives program.
At Saturday's event, WECT asked McComas if the policy has the support to sick around.
"There are several people on the left who are opposed, several on the right, but a lot of us in the middle are for the economic benefit of it," said McComas.
Vassar says it's more than just the incentives policy, he says Wilmington has the resources needed to attracted major motion films. He also said the fact that the new Captain America film chose to shoot on location in Cleveland, as opposed to Wilmington, has nothing to do with the city.
"Marvel [Entertainment] is very pleased with the studio, the equipment, the community," said Vassar. He says the company behind Captain America and Iron Man 3, now knows the Port City is capable of serving as the backdrop for major motion films.
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