Much of 'Iron Man 3' was filmed in Wilmington, boosting the local economy.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – An new analysis report conducted by
MNP LLP says the filming of Iron Man 3
is responsible for $179.8 million in spending across North Carolina. It also
says the film created more than 2,000 jobs in the state.
"These findings are just the latest evidence of the economic
benefit that film and television production has meant for North Carolina," said
Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of
America, in a news release.
The report takes a look at the economic impact of the
production filming I the state between December 2011 and December 2012.
"Thanks to a reliable and refundable production incentive,
North Carolinians have been able to reap the benefits of direct spending and job
creation across the state," said Dodd in a statement." Marvel's Iron Man 3, like
so many productions that choose to shoot in North Carolina, generated hundreds
of millions of dollars in spending for local businesses in dozens of
communities and thousands of jobs for North Carolina workers."
According to a news release, the production is responsible
for $104.1 million in labor income across the state. The report goes on to
explain that spending associated with the film "engaged 719 vendors in 84
communities across the state."
Iron Man 3
received $20 million in state incentives. Earlier this month, a North Carolina
House bill that would end tax refunds for film productions was filed.