Angie Harmon brings star power to Studio Charlotte initiative

Angie Harmon brings star power to Studio Charlotte initiative

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on January 16, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 9:01 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Star power showed up at Thursday’s Charlotte City Council meeting.

Actress Angie Harmon is the newest board member of Studio Charlotte. Harmon lives in Charlotte and says she says she's behind this project 100 percent.

"I chose to raise my family here because of the city of Charlotte, because of how wonderful it is," said Harmon.

It's not every day that a major celebrity asks for some time to chat with Charlotte City Council members, but Thursday, actress Angie Harmon did just that.

Studio Charlotte plans to turn the old Eastland Mall site into sound stages, a film school, restaurants and much more.

"It just seems like it's a no-brainer for me. The studio is, you know, eight sound stages. That's an amazing project -- the arts magnet school that would be there," said Harmon.

Not to mention she says the trickledown effect it would bring for the local economy.

"I mean when you think of the millions and millions put into a production, the production value would then now be in Charlotte. That goes all the way down from dry cleaning, to restaurants, hotels," said Harmon.

Studio Charlotte executives say they're thrilled to have the star power backing them.

"When we told her what our plans are, for making this all about jobs, jobs and more jobs, and making this an educational center, then she said ‘I'm on board,’" said Studio Charlotte Senior VP Barbara McKay.

This is in addition to the person benefit. Harmon has to commute to Los Angeles much of the year and says she'd love to shoot her show “Rizzoli & Isles” here in Charlotte, not to mention future projects.

"I'm directing now. I'd be able to bring projects here and direct them and be able to sleep in my own bed at night," said Harmon.

Studio Charlotte executives are expected to be back here in front of the council on Feb. 20. One major factor in bringing the project to Charlotte is the 25 percent tax incentive that is up for renewal in the legislature.

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