A recent article in The Location Guide covered the effects of the filming incentive and why Under the Dome’s dome may be relocating itself come next season.
Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo mentioned that while the future remains uncertain, he doesn’t want North Carolina to lose business to nearby states. “It’s not dead as of yet. I know they are still working on it,” said Saffo. “It could be a very last-minute deal that will happen. What it will look like when it’s finished and done at the legislative level, no one really knows. We just want to make sure that it’s competitive, that it’s fair, that we aren’t losing a lot of our business to Atlanta, which it seems like a lot of the business seems to be going and may end up going.”
Though the incentive will likely be renewed to some capacity, it may not be as filmmaker friendly as it is now. As Saffo mentioned, filmmakers may flock to the nearby Atlanta, which offers a 20% base filming incentive. Shows like Under the Dome and Sleepy Hollow, which have filmed in North Carolina and recently announced a new season, have yet to comment on whether or not they will return for the next season.
North Carolina Representative Susan Fisher talked of the importance of the renewal for the economy of North Carolina in a Citizen-Times piece. “We know that the film industry in North Carolina is strong and it means jobs for our people,” she said. “I have heard, and continue to hear, from many of my local constituents that they want the film incentives preserved in our state. Hopefully the Senate and House conferees will be listening as well.” (The Location Guide, Citizen-Times)