North Carolina officials have approved a quintet of film and television projects to being filmed in the state as a part of its 25% rebate on production expenses, with shooting starting by the end of October. The news was announced Tuesday, six months after almost the entire entertainment industry halted production due to the COVID-19 pandemic. State officials said the new projects will generate a direct in-state spend of more than $107 million while creating 8,671 job opportunities, including 650 crew positions for the state’s film professionals.
The National Basketball Association on Thursday announced it was pulling next February’s All-Star Game from Charlotte to protest a state law that eliminated anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. All-Star weekend is one of the flashiest and most lucrative events on the league’s annual schedule.
With a political trifecta that includes close races for president, U.S. senator and governor, TV stations in the state, especially in markets west of I-95, could see record political ad revenue this year after a slow-ish start. Kantar Media’s Steve Passwaiter, says predictions of $100 million-plus aren’t crazy. Above, President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greet people on the tarmac after arriving at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base in Charlotte, N.C. (AP photo/Susan Walsh)
A+E Networks and 21st Century Fox may refrain from filming future projects in North Carolina if the state does not repeal a controversial law that bars local LGBT anti-discrimination ordinances. The companies have stopped short, however, of withdrawing current projects from the state.