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CHARLOTTE -

Tinsel town is tarnishing and Carolina is taking over.

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti declared a state of emergency for showbiz in Hollywood.

“We’ve lost the blockbuster films. They don’t film here anymore. Tax credits around the world and around the country have taken them away,” said Garcetti.

That’s because they are filming other places, like Charlotte, that provide tax incentives.

Charlotte city council unanimously agreed to move forward in the $500 million plan called Studio Charlotte to turn the empty Eastland mall in East Charlotte into a Hollywood-like studio. Developer Burt Hesse is hoping for the city’s blessing as they review and scrutinize his plan over a 6 month period to see if what he is promising is true.

“It will show the film industry that Charlotte is serious about attracting the US film industry,” Studio Charlotte CEO Burt Hesse told Fox 46 Carolinas. “But more importantly, this isn’t about attracting filmmakers outside of Charlotte, this is about building the industry inside of Charlotte.”

The run down and deserted 80 acre lot is also 1.2 million square feet and is on track to be completely transformed into a world class studio. It would include a 30-acre movie studio, 8 sound stages, production offices, hotels, film school, and a studio event center.

The goal is to not only produce movies at the new Studio Charlotte, but also give tours of the center.

Hunger Games, Iron Man 3, the Patriot along with countless other movies and TV shows were all shot in North Carolina. What’s bringing movie, TV crews and the stars to our tar heel state is a 25% tax break that Hollywood hasn’t matched.

“The Hunger Games is an example of a film that really took advantage of the incentives and was here not only because of the location but because of the incentives that were offered,” NC Film Council member Marci Kelso told Fox 46 Carolinas.

Hesse says the project won’t cost tax payers a single dime, but the city is not sold on that just yet.

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