Big name in Wilmington film community moving to GA. The reason? Incentives


WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A big name in the Wilmington film community is moving to Georgia. The reason? She's concerned about the future of film incentives in North Carolina.

Jackie Burch has been working as a casting director for more than three decades.

She moved from Los Angeles to Wilmington in 2008.

Her name has been attached to some of the biggest movies filmed in the southeast, including Iron Man 3, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and 42.

Her early career includes The Breakfast Club and Die Hard.

Burch posted on Facebook that in March she is moving to Atlanta.

However, she plans to keep an office in Wilmington and she wrote that she will consider North Carolina actors for every project she works on in Georgia.

Georgia's film incentives program offers movie makers a 30 percent tax credit on what is spent in the state. It has no sunshine date, which means the incentives are not going to expire.

North Carolina offers a 25 percent tax credit; however, the program is set to expire at the end of the year if lawmakers don't extend it. The General Assembly is expected to take up this issue when it meets in the spring.

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