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Source:  Asheville Citizen-Times/Spotlight 12/30/12Film

…and according to the N.C. Film Office, year-end projections show productions had a direct in-state investment of over $376 million, and created more that 4,100 film crew jobs.  In all, film productions created almost 20,000 job opportunities in the state, including talent and background extra positions.  These numbers topped last year’s record-breaking $220 million in spending and 3,300 crew jobs.

Nearly 50 productions registered with the N. C. Film Office and were filmed in North Carolina during the past year. Filming took place in more than 30 of N.C.’s 100 counties.

Highlights of 2012 include the blockbuster “Iron Man 3”, and season two of the television drama “Homeland.”  Other pictures filmed in N.C. include “Safe Haven”, “We’re the Millers,” The Occult,” and “Jessabelle.”  Independent studio features included “You Are Here,”  “Goodbye To All That”, and the Toronto International Film Festival selection “Writers”.

N.C. also served as backdrop for the NBC series “Revolution,” as well as the first season of HBO’s “Banshee”.  National commercials for Mountain Dew, ESPN, NASCAR, Under Armour and Hillshire Farms all shot in state, as well as TV spots for “The Daily Show with John Stewart” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

Much of this success can be attributed to the bipartisan tax-credit incentive legislation that went into effect in 2010, under which film productions receive a 25% refundable tax credit based on direct instate spending on goods, services and labor.

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