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McIntyre pushes federal film incentives

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Congressman Mike McIntyre is calling for the renewal of federal film incentives that expired at the end of 2013. Congressman Mike McIntyre is calling for the renewal of federal film incentives that expired at the end of 2013.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Efforts to extend North Carolina's film incentives are in full swing as lawmakers prepare to return to Raleigh later this month, but work is also being done in Washington to support the industry. 

Congressman Mike McIntyre is calling for the renewal of federal film incentives that expired at the end of 2013. 

Known as the Runaway Film Credit, the measure is designed to prevent productions from fleeing to other countries. 

The incentives would provide credits of up to $20 million per qualifying production, McIntyre said Friday during a stop in Wilmington. 

"We know what it means for jobs," McIntyre said. "We know the ripple effect on the economy. And we know that it's a clean industry and that it's an opportunity to bring in people to work here to generate that ripple effect." 

McIntyre is a co-sponsor of legislation that would renew the tax credit. The measure is currently sitting in committee. 

During a visit to Wilmington Friday, McIntyre met with Bill Vassar, executive vice president of Screen Gems, and Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission. 

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