WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – State Senator Thom Goolsby (R-New Hanover County) said he believes there's enough support to extend the state's film incentives. However, lawmakers likely won't address the issue until they meet again next May.
The incentives expire in 2015.
State legislators talked about making changes to the program while they were in session but they didn't take action to repeal or extend them.
Some say the inaction has caused damage to the industry.
Aaron Syrett, who heads the NC Film Office, said it's going to be a tough sell to get new TV shows to come to the state.
That's because studios plan three seasons out when determining their film schedules and location.
He said shows won't choose to come here knowing they could lose the incentives.
Still, opponents of the program say the state can't afford it.
Last year, North Carolina paid out $60 million to productions but Syrett says the state recouped that money and then some in direct and indirect spending by the film industry.
"We took in 346 million in direct spend," he said. "It generated a tax base and jobs. People bought homes and cars. That number ($60 million) only shows what was paid out and not what was brought in."
Syrett said on average, there are 40 productions in the state a year.
So far this year, Syrett said the film industry has spent $250 million in the state.
Right now, Sleepy Hollow, Eastbound and Down and Christmas in Conway are filming in Wilmington.
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