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Film industry workers on Saturday held a forum in Charlotte to defend the state’s film incentives program and urged colleagues to help educate the public about its benefits.
Some lawmakers in Raleigh had targeted the program for elimination but no action was taken by the Republican leadership before the recent legislative session ended. Gov. Pat McCrory has yet to take a position on the program.
“If the incentive goes away, it decimates this industry,” said Aaron Syrett, director of the state film office.
Film incentives have received a lot of attention since 2010, when lawmakers and then-Gov. Bev Perdue expanded the tax breaks after losing a feature film to Georgia.