North Carolina citizens, business owners and filmed-entertainment tradespeople implore our State Representatives to REPEAL THE JANUARY 1, 2015 SUNSET from our current Film Incentive Program.
The current Film Incentive Program is Competitive, Easy-to-Navigate, Profitable and Sustainable. Since becoming law in 2010, the Program has: created thousands of crew positions, along with many more opportunities for on-screen talent; driven hundreds of millions of dollars into the North Carolina economy; bolstered tourism across the State.
A stable Film Incentive Program encourages meaningful investment in infrastructure as companies locate their businesses in North Carolina to support productions taking advantage of the rebate. Repealing the January 1, 2015 Film Incentive Sunset will send a clear message to producers, studios and networks that North Carolina is permanently open for feature, TV series, commercial and industrial production.
The current Film Incentive Program is effective and THE SPIRIT OF THE EXISTING LEGISLATION (HB 1973; HB 713) MUST NOT BE ALTERED. Adding caps and unnecessary bureaucracy (project oversight, script approvals, et-cetera) would immediately make our popular (yet by most measures, conservative), Film Incentive Program less competitive and would drive business to other markets.
Repealing the January 1, 2015 Sunset is easy and will have an immediate, measurable effect on North Carolina's ability to attract more productions and the myriad ancillary long-term benefits derived from this business.
NOW is the time to permanently set the foundation for a new North Carolina industry that was poured in 2010 by Repealing the January 1, 2015 Film Incentive Sunset.