‘Under the Dome’ to receive $5 million in state film grants

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The premiere episode was written by bestselling author and executive producer Stephen King, who also makes a cameo appearance, and was filmed on location in Wilmington, N.CPhoto: Brownie Harris/CBSВ©2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The premiere episode was written by bestselling author and executive producer Stephen King, who also makes a cameo appearance, and was filmed on location in Wilmington, N.CPhoto: Brownie Harris/CBSВ©2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The popular, locally shot CBS series, “Under The Dome,” is getting a boost of $5 million from a state grant.

The grant, which was announced by N.C. Commerce Secretary John Skvarla and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. on Friday, is part of the newly established $10 million North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant.

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In addition to “Under the Dome,” two other productions will receive grant funding.

An untitled Lionsgate Television Project expected to shoot in the western part of the state is slated to receive $4 million and “Late in the Season” –about a 31-year-old stockbroker with a mysterious past who walks on to a small North Carolina college basketball team and inspires his struggling teammates’ lives–will receive $1 million. The latter film will shoot on the campus of Davidson College, just south of Charlotte, and be based in the greater metropolitan area.

The three productions combined are expected to have direct in-state spending of more than $60 million across the state this year.

“The grant recipients reflect a good mix of productions that will film on our coast, in our mountains and in a major metropolitan area,” Skvarla said. “These productions will showcase our state’s amazing diversity of resources.”

The North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant, which provides financial assistance to attract productions, has replaced the state’s film incentive, which expired in December.

The credit provided a 25 percent tax break for productions that spent at least $250,000, with a maximum per production of $20 million. In its place is a scaled-down, limited grant fund, which caps the amount of awardable credits to $10 million statewide, with a per-production limit of $5 million for feature films and TV shows and $250,000 for commercials.

Recently, a group of local officials and film advocates announced their intention to push for a grant maximum above the $10 million approved by lawmakers.

“North Carolina has a rich tradition in the film, television and commercial production industry and we look forward to continuing to showcase our state and the crew members’ hard work on the large and small screen,” said Guy Gaster, director of the North Carolina Film Office within the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. “Our first grant recipients will make their presence felt across the state and will give us a chance to leverage some partnerships to further promote North Carolina.”