Date: 1st September 2000

North Carolina Studios Booming Again

The North Carolina Film Commission says that film producers have descended on the state en masse, halting the recent "runaway production" tide to Canada. The Raleigh News and Observer quoted film commissioner Bill Arnold as attributing the rise in production activity to the threat of a possible strike by the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild next year. "There's a frantic scramble to get things into the pipeline before the strikes," Arnold told the newspaper. "Studios that usually do three pictures are now trying to do six." Arnold also told the NandO that filming in Canada may be losing appeal, because the country's volume of business exceeds its capabilities. News reports from Hawaii also noted recently that virtually all members of the film technicians' union there are currently employed and that the state cannot currently accommodate additional productions.

Source: Studio Briefing