Hollywood has come to Mooresville, but now that HB2 is law, how long will the cameras keep rolling?
The TV series, "Shots Fired," is being filmed now in the Charlotte area. 21st Century Fox says they don't have plans to pull the plug on the show, but say they'll "reconsider" future projects, if House Bill 2 is not repealed.
And A&E, which is producing a mini-series right now in North Carolina, told Variety.com that future film shoots in the state are off the table because of the new law.
HB2, a law which prevents local governments from approving protections for the LGBT community at restaurants, hotels and shops, was passed by NC lawmakers last week.
Shawn Carter, Senior Booker with Evolution Talent Agency in NoDa, says each film project usually involves hundreds of jobs.
Carter said, “It's already been difficult with losing the tax incentives last year so this literally is just another kind of ‘punch in the gut’ in terms of that. You definitely have companies that are not going to tolerate this sort of intolerance that’s going on and will choose to shoot their pilots or series or commercials or whatever it is in other states.”
Below is the full statement from 21st Century Fox, the parent company of 20th Century Fox Television:
"On behalf of our creative partners and colleagues who made commitments to shoot in North Carolina prior to this bill being signed, we join the growing coalition of businesses that hope to see this act repealed. In addition, we will reconsider future filming commitments in North Carolina if the Act is not repealed.”