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What's next for the film industry in Brunswick Co.

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More film productions could soon be coming to the area, according to Wilmington Regional Film Director Johnny Griffin. More film productions could soon be coming to the area, according to Wilmington Regional Film Director Johnny Griffin.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – More film productions could soon be coming to the area, according to Wilmington Regional Film Director Johnny Griffin.

In front of dozens of business and community leaders, Griffin shed some light on the movie industry on Wednesday.

Griffin spoke to a large crowd at the annual Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce breakfast. He said it's important to make good community relationships with local leaders so they can use those resources for location information to attract potential productions.

He recently returned from Los Angeles where he met with movers and shakers in the industry –who are looking to do business in North Carolina.

Griffin says projects like Iron Man 3 and Revolution prove that our area can be a quality host for large productions.

Griffin pointed to productions like Safe Haven that prove the film industry benefits the community.

The goal of his speech was to encourage community members to push politicians to extend the state's film incentives program which expires January 1, 2015.

"About 80-90% of film projects made these days utilize some sort of incentive," said Griffin. "So it's a key part of the financing package and it's a key part of their (production companies) decision making. If we don't have that to offer, then we won't be one of those places that is considered regularly."

Griffin added that there are about five different states that North Carolina competes with in the film industry - all of which have film incentives in place at this time.

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