film incentives (page 14)

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    State film incentives: who’s in, and who’s out

    North Carolina’s film tax incentives face sunset at the end of 2014, though there is a campaign to have them extended. My column in Carolina Journal this morning takes a look at other states who have either gotten out of the game or never got in: Wisconsin‘s program…
    Jon Sanders, October 16, 2013
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    Remember when they changed NC incentives to satisfy Miley Cyrus?

    I wonder, amid all the reaction to Miley Cyrus’ weird, lewd, and flat-out bizarre performance at the Video Music Awards (go ahead and search for it if you wish; I doubt I could find a sufficiently unoffensive image from it here), if anyone remembered how important she was to the…
    Jon Sanders, August 27, 2013
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    A crutch that turns Tiny Tim into Superman?

    That is how the film industry treats North Carolina’s film tax credit, as my newsletter discusses. With the tax credit, the state’s film industry is an economic dynamo, but it’s an economic dynamo that absolutely could not survive any change to the state’s film incentives. Sound self-contradictory? Well, as…
    Jon Sanders, August 21, 2013
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    I want my money back

    The latest movie to benefit from North Carolina’s taxpayer funded film incentive scheme, We’re the Millers, was released this week.  I’ll admit I haven’t seen it, but it looks like some quality cinema.  Rotten Tomatoes summed it up with this: Blandly offensive (or perhaps merely offensively…
    Julie Tisdale, August 9, 2013
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    Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker says incentives are here to stay, despite tax reform

    It looks like corporate incentives are here to stay, at least for a while, even with the possibility that lawmakers will reform the tax code. Decker “I think we’re going to be living with them,” Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said during a journalist roundtable discussion on Monday. “If the…
    Barry Smith, July 9, 2013
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    Taxpayer funded sitcoms

    The Winston-Salem Journal is reporting today that the city of Greensboro is loaning $300,000 to Black Network Television, a local station, to help fund production of a new sitcom.  The thinking?  A successful sitcom produced in Greensboro will create jobs, raise the profile of the city, and possibly attract…
    Julie Tisdale, June 25, 2013
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    Connecticut kills its film industry suspends its race to the bottom

    News from the Wall Street Journal: More than 80 movies featuring stars such as Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins and Michael Douglas have been filmed in Connecticut over the past seven years, thanks largely to $137.4 million in tax credits to film production companies. But the parade of stars may…
    Jon Sanders, June 18, 2013
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    My morning errand interupted by RUDE film incentives

    On my way to the post office, I was walking towards the state capital and saw a crowd of people.  Normally walking in a downtown area there are crowds of people around a number of amusing things found in city streets, so I thought nothing of it.  To my surprise,…
    Sarah Curry, June 4, 2013