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In 1984 Italian movie producer Dino De Laurentiis arrived in Wilmington to build a studio. Since then over 350 films, television shows, and commercials have been shot there. The industry also has moved to other parts of the state, like Charlotte, Asheville, and the Appalachians. Last year, producers spent around $254 million in the state which created 4,000 jobs and 25,000 part-time and temporary ones. Financial incentives from the state have helped keep this industry working in the state. However, unless the incentives are renewed in June by the Republican-controlled NC General Assembly, they will expire at the end of 2014. What happens then to the film industry is uncertain.
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