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NC Film Industry Braces for Strike

Wilmington's Screen Gems Studios

By Catherine M. Welch

Wilmington, NC – The contract between the Screen Actor's Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expires at 12:01 July 1st,and now the state's film community is bracing for a possible actor's strike.

The Screen Actors Guild says it will keep negotiating after its contract expires. But its strong demands for more money on DVD residuals have much of the film industry worried about a possible strike.

A television series and feature film are currently shooting in the state. North Carolina Film Commissioner Aaron Syrette says many other productions are holding off from making a commitment.

"The projects we are working on they're all taking the wait and see attitude. We're still actively recruiting them, but the message we're getting is that we're not going yet until we see where this thing is headed."

Syrette says the state's film industry should be bustling once SAG negotiations are done.

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