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Dec 20, 2019

Top Stories No. 3: Film, TV On A Roll In Port City

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Dec 20, 2019

From feature films to TV, cameras rolled on five productions this year, indicating a return of Wilmington’s film industry.   Area film leaders are hopeful that trend will continue, although as of press time no regional projects were confirmed to come to town next year.   “We certainly have reason to believe that things will continue very strongly ...

Dec 12, 2019

Industry Leaders Shed Light On Gov. Cooper's First Film Council Meeting

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Dec 12, 2019

Film support and education were among several industry topics brought to the table this week during a meeting of the minds and first gathering of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Film, Television and Digital Streaming. The advisory council was established by Gov. Roy Cooper, who made a trip to EUE/Screen Gems in Wilmington in October to announce the group a ...

Dec 6, 2019

Filming Reels In Jobs, Spending

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Dec 6, 2019

The film and TV industry has played a major role in the Wilmington economy over the years. That impact is about $1.6 billion in direct spending from area productions since 2000, said Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission.   This year, that impact is estimated at about $150 million in spending by local productions, significantly higher t ...

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Nov 5, 2019

Latest Project Could Take Film Spending To $150M

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Nov 5, 2019

The Wilmington region's latest film project could shoot this year's film spending to $150 million, Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, said Tuesday. Filming for The Georgetown Project, a working title, began Monday. The movie stars Russell Crowe and is being produced by Miramax. Meanwhile, filming for Hulu’s Reprisal a ...

Oct 22, 2019

State Creates New Film Council

By Johanna Cano and Vicky Janowski, posted Oct 22, 2019

Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday announced the creation of a Governor’s Advisory Council on Film, Television and Digital Streaming during a conference at EUE/Screen Gem Studios. “We are here today to announce efforts to support even more something that we already know: that North Carolina is the ideal home for the film industry,” Cooper said. “It's ...

Jul 18, 2019

Halloween Likely To Film In Wilmington, Mayor Says

By Cece Nunn and Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jul 18, 2019

While still awaiting an official announcement, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said Thursday that the Port City may be the location of the next Halloween film. At the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association event at The Terraces on Sir Tyler, Saffo mentioned the film when asked about whether the film industry is coming back to the city. "So, the good news is ...

Jun 19, 2019

Reprisal Slated For More Than $10M In Film Grant Funds

By Cece Nunn and Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jun 19, 2019

The locally shot TV series Reprisal is slated to get $10.7 million through the N.C. Film and Entertainment Grant, the N.C. Department of Commerce stated in a news release Wednesday. The film, which is still being produced by A+E Studios in association with The Littlefield Co., is still being shot in Wilmington. The series will be available on Hulu when complete. The sto ...

Jun 12, 2019

Welcome Home Angel, a Wilmington nonprofit that helps children with significant health conditions by redesigning and creating functional spaces in their homes, has filmed five episodes that will premiere this month on The Design Network. “We have been overwhelmed by the support of our incredible Wilmington community as we change lives by improving homes,” Lo ...

Jun 7, 2019

Looking At NC's Film Industry Future

By Jenny Callison, posted Jun 7, 2019

Discussions this week aimed at reconciling differences between the North Carolina House and Senate versions of the biennial budget come as the N.C. Film Office and Wilmington Regional Film Commission are wooing several projects. “There is additional project interest; we have a steady stream of project inquiries for [locations] all over the state,” said Guy G ...

Jun 6, 2019

No Second Season For Wilmington-filmed Swamp Thing

By Johanna Cano and Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jun 6, 2019

Crew members have been told that DC Universe’s Swamp Thing, which was shot in Wilmington and at EUE/Screen Gems Studio, will not be picked up for another season, officials said Thursday. Wilmington Regional Film Commission Director Johnny Griffin said that while he has not gotten word directly from officials about the news, he has heard from two cast members, ...

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