Film, TV producers say NC may lose future features

POSTED: 8:26 PM Aug 10 2013   UPDATED: 8:52 AM Aug 11 2013
RALEIGH- -

The nation's major film and television series producers are warning that North Carolina could lose thousands of jobs and millions in economic investment if it doesn't extend a state incentive program set to expire at the end of 2014.
    
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the Motion Picture Association of America's senior vice president for government affairs wrote to state officials four days before the Legislature adjourned.
    
Vans Stevenson wrote that the unwillingness of lawmakers to extend the program is already having an effect on the state and meant North Carolina would no longer be considered for major future feature films.
    
Bill Vassar, head of the state's major film studio, said he had nothing to do with the letter and was "disturbed" to hear about the MPAA's demand.