#ncga: Lights, Camera … WELFARE !!!!

Well, they approved $45 million in corporate welfare after turning down TWENTY MILLION for being too much last session.  Movie incentives also got shot down.  So far, this year it appears all bets are off.  momoney

It appears Senator Bill “Tax-Hike ” Rabon is teaming with Senator Mike Lee of Wilmington to create a, um. “special fund” within the Department of Commerce to give away all kinds of taxpayer cash to the movie people.  Here are the gory details: 

[…] The funds are reserved for a production on which the production company  has qualifying expenses of at least the following:

 a. For a feature-length film, five one million dollars  ($5,000,000).($1,000,000).

 b. For a video or television series, two hundred fifty thousand dollars  ($250,000)one million dollars ($1,000,000) per episode.

 c. For a commercial for theatrical or television viewing, two hundred  fifty thousand dollars ($250,000).

(2) The funds are not used to provide a grant in excess of any of the following:

 a. An amount more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the qualifying  expenses for the production.

 b. An amount more than five ten million dollars  ($5,000,000)($10,000,000) for a feature-length film,film for theatrical viewing,more than five two million dollars  ($5,000,000)($2,000,000) for a feature-length film for television  viewing or a television or video pilot or episode for a television or  video series, or two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) for a  commercial for theatrical or television viewing.moneycount

(3) The funds are not used to provide a grant to more than one production  company for a single production.

(4) The funds are not used to provide a grant for a production that meets one or more of the following:

a. It contains material that is “obscene,” as defined in G.S. 14-190.1, or that is “harmful to minors,” as defined in G.S. 14-190.13.G.S. 14-190.1.

b. It has the primary purpose of political advertising, fundraising, or  marketing, other than by commercial, a product, or service.

c. News programming, including weather, financial market, and current  events reporting.

d. Live sporting event programming, including pre-event and post-event  coverage and scripted sports entertainment. For purposes of this  exception, a live sporting event is a scheduled sporting competition,  game, or race that is originated solely by an amateur, collegiate, or  professional organization, institution, or association for live or  tape-delayed television or satellite broadcast. The term does not  include commercial advertising, an episodic television series, a  television pilot, a music video, a motion picture, or a documentary  production in which sporting events are presented through archived  historical footage or similar footage taken at least 30 days before it is  used.

e. Radio productions.film

f. It is a talk, game, or awards show or other gala event. For purposes  of this exception, an awards show is television programming  involving the filming of a ceremony in which individuals, groups, or  organizations are given an award.

g. It fails to contain, in the end credits of the production, a statement  that the production was “Filmed in North Carolina,” a logo provided  by the North Carolina Film Office, and an acknowledgement of the  regional film office responsible for the geographic area in which the  filming of the production occurred. Additionally, the production  company will offer marketing opportunities to be evaluated by the  North Carolina Film Office to ensure that they offer promotional  value to the State. […]