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'Sleepy Hollow' cast and crew wait for action on film incentives

Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison on the set of 'Sleepy Hollow' in downtown Wilmington. (Source: WECT) Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison on the set of 'Sleepy Hollow' in downtown Wilmington. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

With the future of film incentives still uncertain in North Carolina, the cast and crew of Sleepy Hollow are closely watching the debate.

The current 25 percent film tax credit is one of the reasons the production chose Wilmington for its first and second season. The program, however, expires at the end of the year.

Lawmakers are hotly debating the future of the program and could replace it with a $10 million grant program, which productions would be forced to fight over.

Sleepy Hollow's writer and co-executive producer Damian Kindler said the production is unsure what these changes could mean for the future of the show in North Carolina, if it is picked up for a third season.

"Definitely no decisions have been made," he said. "Nobody wants to leave. It's one of those things where there are always casualties to government policies. That's just the way it goes. From our end, creatively and personally, no one wants to do that but I have no idea what's going to happen."

Kindler said he wishes state lawmakers would travel to Wilmington to see the impact the film industry has on the community.

"For us it's a no brainer, we see not just the crew and employing people directly but all the indirect revenue with restaurants and hotels being booked out," he said. "You just see firsthand the economy being positively affected by film and TV so I wish people from the state capitol would come down and see what's going on more."

Lyndie Greenwood, who plays Jenny Mills on the show, attended a rally in support of film incentives earlier this year.

"I met so many people that live and work here in this industry, it's hard to not feel for them and hope that the film incentives stick around," Greenwood said on set Tuesday. "It brings a lot of jobs to North Carolina."

Sleepy Hollow is currently filming its second season in Wilmington.

The show premieres September 22 on FOX Wilmington.

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