Will North Carolina film industry benefit from political backlash?

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The cameras are rolling in North Carolina’s Hollywood East, also known as Wilmington. The coastal city has hosted a slew of film and TV projects over the years, from “Dawson’s Creek” to the in-progress series “Hightown” and upcoming space thriller “I.S.S.”

And more could be coming.

“We think this will be the biggest year we’ve had in 10 years,” said Johnny Griffin, head of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission.

And it could get even bigger, as one of North Carolina’s biggest competitors when it comes to film sites — Georgia — has a public relations problem. Reports show that Georgia’s new voting law is getting staunch criticism from Hollywood — potentially the kind of outcry that causes production companies to ship their projects elsewhere.

“I see incredible opportunity for North Carolina to target film production and other related multimedia tech jobs,” said economic development expert John Boyd.

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