Adding insult to injury for those working to lure film projects to North Carolina with a scaled-back incentive program, a recent report from the Atlanta Business Chronicle says productions in Georgia are at an all-time high.
That state has cameras rolling on 35 movie and television productions in March alone, according the report, which cites information from Projectcasting.com.
Meanwhile, North Carolina’s film industry has seen interest decline since this state’s tax credit for productions expired in January, replaced by a grant program that is currently capped at $10 million per year.
Industry advocates have pushed for that ceiling to be raised, since half of that total is expected to go to the CBS drama Under the Dome, which will film its third season in Wilmington this year.
Other high-profile productions have gone elsewhere in search of more lucrative incentives — like Sleepy Hollow, for instance, which will be headed to Atlanta for filming if renewed for a third season. Or Banshee, the Cinemax series that left Charlotte last year in favor of Louisiana, citing incentives as the reason.
The Triangle Business Journal noted that Gov. Pat McCrory, in his $21.5 billion budget proposal revealed last week, has asked for $10 million more for the film grant program. However, the budget has yet to be worked over by legislators, so that additional funding is far from a sure bet.
By Jen Wilson