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North Carolina boosts TV filming appeal

Good BehaviorNorth Carolina has amended its filming incentive support to boost its appeal to television producers.

The eastern US state offers a base 25% rebate to movie and television producers but until recently the programme had a ‘sunset’ clause that meant the support did not officially extend past mid-2020. 

The clause has now been removed, according to the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, which is likely to make the state more appealing as a filming location to TV producers across the US. 

Producers generally dislike filming incentives that have to be renewed every couple of years, as it creates uncertainty about the availability of long-term financial support - something that is especially important for TV series.

Officials want to attract more productions like TV crime drama Good Behavior (pictured), which was awarded $9m earlier this year to shoot its second season in Wilmington on the state’s Atlantic coast. 

“The elimination of the sunset will allow a television series to start a production in town and settle in for the long-term,” said Bill Vassar, executive vice president at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington

“We can again focus on attracting television programmes that run many years. The industry will keep local people employed and local businesses busy. Our goal is to recruit shows such as Dawson’s Creek that ran for six years and One Tree Hill that ran for nine.”

North Carolina is keen to reclaim the popularity it once enjoyed as a TV location before its filming incentive was downgraded a few years ago.

Neighbouring Georgia is a major US production hub, with a generous filming incentive and world-class studio infrastructure.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in North Carolina.

Main page image: Siebert. Article image: Turner Broadcasting System