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.
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,
fiveone 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
fiveten million dollars ($5,000,000)($10,000,000) for a feature-length film,film for theatrical viewing,more than fivetwo 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.
(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.
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. […]