Wilmington-based film experts predict another banner year

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – 2021 has been a successful year for the Wilmington Regional Film Commission. After contributing just north of $300 million to North Carolina’s total industry profit of $416 million, the films turned southeastern North Carolina into a major profit last year. .

This year shouldn’t be much different. With several months left in the year, Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, says it’s too early to tell, but expectations are very close to last year.

“We know it’s going to be another banner year for us, we just don’t know exactly what that number will be yet,” Griffin said. “We are only six months in the year. And we already have, you know, a lot of projects here, we have more that we’re talking to, that are hoping to launch later this year.

While many more movie studios are popping up in the Southeast, production companies are still lining up to secure their place in Wilmington. Griffin attributes this continued success to the local quality of life.

“You hear people talking about it all the time. But it means something when our people come here and realize that if I’m going to be somewhere for six months, it’s a great place.

While the commission doesn’t have exact numbers on what it might do this year, says Griffin in the film industry, anything can happen.

“We never know, until the projects come along. And when you have these TV shows, and some of these bigger projects come in, they spend, you know, 40, 50, 60 million dollars at a time. So all it takes is a few projects.

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