North Carolina officials call for location filming incentive to be made permanent
Officials in North Carolina – home of the first Hunger Games film – have called for the state’s location filming incentive to be made permanent. The existing 25% rebate is set to expire at the start of 2015, but Charlotte City Council wants to remove this ‘sunset’ date.
John Autry is with Charlotte City Council and spoke to WBTV: “Having the film industry tax incentive package is a real boon to the film industry - it brings production to North Carolina. We're providing a 25% rebate to money spent in North Carolina with North Carolina companies and North Carolina crews, capping at USD20 million. That's good for business.”
North Carolina has had big recent successes with The Hunger Games and Iron Man 3, and hosts high-profile TV shows like the much-feted drama Homeland. Nevertheless, there are concerns about the long-term security of the state's filming incentive programme.
(Hunger Games still: Lionsgate)
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