NC sets state record for film production spending

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has set a record for in-state film production spending this year with five months left to go.

The North Carolina Film Office reported Wednesday that 35 films in 30 counties have accounted for $300 million in spending this year. The previous record of a little more than $220 million was set last year.

A news release from Gov. Beverly Perdue's office estimates the films have created more than 15,000 jobs and 3,300 crew positions.

A spokesman for the film office said the movie companies self-report the estimates.

Movies that have filmed in the state this year include "Iron Man 3," ''Safe Haven," ''We're the Millers," ''Jessabelle" and "Writers."

The governor's office credits the upswing to 2010 legislation that provided productions with a 25 percent refundable tax credit.

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