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Jan 26, 2024

Wilmington Film Company Creates 'hart-felt' Documentary

By Jenny Callison, posted Jan 26, 2024

What do you get when you combine a nationally known comedian, a bank and a Wilmington film company?   The mixture yielded Hart of It All, a film created by Lighthouse Films, produced by Chase Bank and starring comedian and actor Kevin Hart.   Its focus is on promoting financial literacy, generational wealth and entrepreneurship to communities that often lack ...

Nov 14, 2023

Dan Brawley thinks the timing of Cucalorus 2023 – kicking off on Wednesday – is a happy coincidence.   “I think we're looking at Cucalorus as a way to celebrate the end of the strike,” he said Monday, referring to the recent SAG-AFTRA agreement ending its 118-day work stoppage. “So, the timing in that regard is great. I have a lot o ...

Oct 20, 2023

New On The Scene: Ownership Change For Studios Could Boost Film Industry

By Jenny Callison and Audrey Elsberry, posted Oct 20, 2023

Even as the film industry remains in slo-mo as an actors strike drags on, foundational developments are taking place in Wilmington that could attract more film projects in the future. The recent sale of EUE/Screen Gems’ Wilmington and Atlanta studios to Cinespace Studios, with facilities in Toronto, Chicago and Germany, marked a historic change for the region&rsqu ...

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Oct 6, 2023

Just because “school’s” out, that doesn’t mean the students aren’t learning.   The SAG-AFTRA strike continues to pause most film production, even though the Writers' Guild of America (WGA) action has been resolved. The production halt has motivated area crew professionals to find new opportunities. In Wilmington, a “frightenin ...

Sep 27, 2023

EUE/Screen Gems In Wilmington Sold

By Audrey Elsberry, posted Sep 27, 2023

Toronto-based film company Cinespace Studios bought the EUE/Screen Gems studio campuses in Wilmington and Atlanta, officials announced Wednesday. Cinespace declined to comment on the terms of the deal.  Ashley Rice, president and co-managing partner of Cinespace Studios, said in a news release, “Through the strategic acquisition of these wel ...

Sep 15, 2023

By investing two days of their time next month, area residents could get a whole new lease on a career.   The North Carolina Film Office has teamed up with two veteran film producers to offer a workshop on becoming a film Office Production Assistant. The workshop, held Oct. 14 and 15 at Wilmington’s Dark Horse Studios, is currently open for applications. &nbs ...

Aug 14, 2023

Film Workforce Training Program Continues Despite Strikes

By Jenny Callison, posted Aug 14, 2023

Despite the current film industry strikes, New Hanover County’s film workforce training program participants have stayed busy.   Twelve idled crew professionals agreed to work with the program interns on a project that would involve a whole range of skills, according to Susi Hamilton, chair of the Film Partnership of North Carolina.   “We paid the ...

Aug 4, 2023

Dark Horse Trots Out Its Expansion Project

By Jenny Callison, posted Aug 4, 2023

As the film industry navigates the actor and writer strikes that have shut down most productions, one Wilmington studio marked an expansion milestone this week. Officials hope the project will position the area for more production work once deals are reached in the national labor dispute. Busy shovels and flying dirt as well as dramatic film stunts regaled a large crowd ...

Jul 25, 2023

Amid the current shutdown of much film activity because of strikes by scriptwriters and actors, there is still some good news in the local scene, according to Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission.   Some reality TV projects, for example, are still shooting. And although they usually go where their projects dictate, sometimes they scout ...

May 17, 2023

Although production of what’s called the Untitled J&L Series has paused in Wilmington because of the strike by the Writers Guild of America, two other film projects continue to shoot in other parts of the state. A romantic drama series, Untitled J&L stars Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff. It was shooting on locations throughout Wilmington before stop ...

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