‘Under the Dome’ Staying in North Carolina for Season 3

Under the Dome Staying North Carolina

CBS has decided to keep the production of “Under the Dome” in North Carolina for the drama’s third season, even though the state has scaled back its tax incentive program.

“It is our pleasure to return to North Carolina for our third season of ‘Under the Dome,’ ” said Kevin Berg, exec VP of production for CBS Television Studios. “The film community in the state, and particularly in the greater Wilmington area, is simply outstanding.”

The show will return EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, where it has been based since its inception in 2013.

In August, North Carolina legislators ditched the state’s longtime film and TV incentives program amid a conservative push to cut back on such government support.

North Carolina’s current 25% incentive program — which is covering about $300 million in production expenditures this year — and is being replaced next year with a grant program for movie and TV productions with a total annual cap of $10 million in grants, with a cap of $5 million for an individual TV series.

CBS received a $8.3 million rebate for $33 million in expenditures for the first season of “Under the Dome” in 2013. The rebate for the second season is still being processed but will probably be slightly higher, according to Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission.

Supporters of the current incentive program contend that North Carolina will lose production to other states with more robust incentives — such as Georgia and Lousiana. Griffin said supporters plan to lobby the legislature when it reconvenes in January for more funding.

Bill Vassar, exec VP at EUE/Screen Gems Studios, said, “Retaining the production of ‘Under the Dome’ provides economic stability for hundreds of North Carolina film workers and several hundred of Wilmington’s small businesses. Renewal of this production was critical to our local area.”

“Under the Dome” is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. King and Steven Spielberg exec produce with showrunner Neal Baer, Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank and former DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider.

 

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  1. John Riordan says:

    We have been extras in UTD and are so glad that CBS decided to keep the production in North Carolina. We are hopeful that the NC Government will see the error of their ways and renew the Film Credits. Thank you, CBS, for remaining faithful to us UTD crew and extras in the Wilmington area.

  2. Tina Gough says:

    I can’t wait to see under the dome series 3..loved series1 and 2…can’t wait.

  3. Mohammed D konneh says:

    well I must admit,I am really lack of words to scale how excited and pleasurable I felt after monitoring “under the Dome season 2″I and my entire family are looking forward to witnessing “Under The Dome season 3″I live in Liberia,Monrovia,precisely West Africa.How do we get it¿

  4. terri souter says:

    I live in Michigan and just finshed watching season 2, disc 4, want to finish watching the rest of the series but don’t know where to find it. Is there going to be more in Michigan that can be watched and when i live in Grand Rapids Michigan

    • terri souter says:

      I live in Michigan and just finshed watching season 2, disc 4, want to finish watching the rest of the series but don’t know where to find it. Is there going to be more in Michigan that can be watched?and when? I live in Grand Rapids Michigan

      • J. Spencer says:

        It’s on Amazon Prime for free if you are an Amazon Prime member. You can stream it to your PC or to your own TV if you have an Amazon Fire box or ROKU box or Google Chromecast box, or if you have a Blu-ray player or newer TV that supports these kind of streaming services.

  5. John Riordan says:

    We’re excited to have UTD back in the Wilmington area. After all, they can’t escape to another location and have to explain were all the new people came from. No better place to film than in Hollywood-East with a cadre of experienced crews and extras!

  6. Jacques Strappe says:

    Expect more production cost cutting to compensate. Under The Plastic Wrap sounds about right

  7. Omar K. says:

    I’m really excited about this Show. Want to know how it all ends. I wish CBS continues Under The Dome, no matter what happens.

  8. It would probably cost a lot to move that dome to another filming locale anyway. It’s really big!

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