Rogue Sites Legislation Will Help Preserve Jobs in North Carolina and New Mexico
Author:  Paul Hortenstine
Date:  11/10/2011

The film and television industry supports 2.2 million middle-class people in all 50 states.  They work behind the scenes in production, and in small businesses like equipment rental, transportation, construction and food service. 

Currently, there is legislation in Congress that will preserve these jobs while targeting those who profit from selling stolen content.  The PROTECT IP Act (S.968) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) in the House have bipartisan support and are backed by businesses and labor groups.   The legislation will preserve American jobs and target foreign websites that steal and profit from counterfeit goods and stolen creative content like books, movies and music.

Two articles this week illustrate the jobs that rogue sites legislation will help preserve. 

In North Carolina, the blockbuster franchise “Iron Man” will shoot its third installment in Wilmington next May, “creating an estimated impact of more than $80 million while creating 550 crew jobs.”  The motion picture and television industry is responsible for 9,280 direct jobs and $200.5 million in wages in North Carolina, including both production and distribution-related jobs. Over 2,800 of the jobs are production-related.

The Wilmington based Star News stated that “North Carolina's film incentives program is essential to keep the industry flourishing and competitive, five experts said during a discussion Wednesday morning.”  And “government and industry officials have touted [tax incentives] as a key ingredient in landing ‘Iron Man 3.’”  In North Carolina, tax incentives include a 25% credit of up to $20 million on productions that spend more than $250,000 in the state. From 2009 to 2010, 15 films and television projects were based in North Carolina, including the television show “One Tree Hill.”

New Mexico has also recently benefited from film and television productions. The New Mexico Business Weekly reported on current movie and television productions in New Mexico that are employing hundreds of workers and their large economic impact.  From July 2010 to June 2011, 21 major productions shot in New Mexico.   They spent $232.1 million directly, which had a financial impact of $696.3 million.   About $73.8 in tax credits were awarded during that time period as part of New Mexico’s 25 percent credit on production expenditures.  The paper also reported that “Since 2003, there have been 162 major productions shot here with a direct spend of $1.4 billion, according to the state film office.”  Recent major production in New Mexico includes the television show Breaking Bad and the movies The Avengers and Cowboys & Aliens.

There is a Western television show in production:
“’Tin Star,’ a pilot episode of a Western drama series, has been filming in the state since late October, says a Nov. 7 release from the New Mexico Film Office.”  The production will run through early November and is shooting in Galisteo, La Cienega and the Valles Caldera. It is employing about 130 New Mexico crew members and more than 350 principal actors and extras.

And a film is shooting in New Mexico:
“And the Film Office announced the an independent feature film, ‘Stars,’ is shooting in Santa Fe, Española, Galisteo and Pecos through late November. It will employ about 45 New Mexico crew members and more than 125 principal actors and extras.”