Charlotte businesses worry about losing Hollywood productions

Charlotte businesses worry about losing Hollywood productions

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 4 at 11:00 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A major Charlotte industry is in danger.

Hollywood productions bring a lot more than just a spotlight.

We're talking hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars.

But some legislators are talking about reducing the tax incentives those productions are counting on.

The Fourth Ward Bread Company has only been open six months and the word is already out.

“The biggest thing was when people saw that we were on Homeland. They were like, ‘We know that place,’ and you would not believe the amount of people that came just from seeing that episode,” owner Ken Schneider told NBC Charlotte.

The Showtime hit borrowed the cafe for a day for a prominent scene and paid to feed the crew for days.

“It’s a huge deal for the local people and the local residents,” Schneider told us. “If the state does away with the incentives, everything is going to leave.”

Legislators are considering lowering the incentives, and the governor admitted Monday there will be some "revisions,” while acknowledging the importance of the movie business.

“I’m concerned as a business owner but more so I’m concerned as a resident of North Carolina,” Schneider said.

“Mostly all the sets -- everything you see is made of wood,” Rick Parris said as he gave NBC Charlotte a tour of H&S Lumber.

The family-owned lumber company in east Charlotte says a full third of business in recent years comes from Hollywood.

“It used to be we'd get a movie and now with the TV shows -- Homeland, Banshee -- it’s turned to a year round business.”

He, too, is considered if the tax breaks go, so will the productions.

“Yes ma’am, they will leave,” he said.

The governor’s office released a report showing the film industry provided $254 million in spending and 25,000 job opportunities in 2013.

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