Less than five months after Showtime’s “Homeland” announced it would move production from Charlotte to South Africa, it appears the city may be losing another high-profile cable TV series.
There has been no official announcement about crime drama “Banshee” from HBO, which operates Cinemax. However, one of the stars of the show – which has been shot in Charlotte for the past three years – tweeted on Wednesday that it’s all over.
“Today is our last day of shooting in #Charlotte #NC,” wrote Hoon Lee, who plays computer hacker-transvestite Job on “Banshee.” “Thanks... to the good people of #Charlotte (who) have welcomed us and given us a home for 3 years.”
Executive producer Greg Yaitanes also took to Twitter to thank Charlotte, although he didn’t directly come out and say “Banshee” was leaving.
“Thank you #charlotte and @ncfilmoffice for giving #Banshee such a great home these past 3 seasons,” Yaitanes tweeted Wednesday. “It’s been amazing.”
Film productions are presumed to be fleeing North Carolina because of the elimination of a state tax credit program that has allowed companies to get a 25 percent credit up to $20 million on qualifying expenses. The incentive program – one of the country’s most attractive – expires Dec. 31.
The budget approved this month by the state House and Senate has no credits, instead offering grants totaling $10 million to be divided up among productions. As a point of comparison, under the current incentives program, the state gave out $61.2 million in credits in 2013.
Despite the tweets and other social media chatter, a “Banshee” representative cautioned in an email Wednesday that the show is not officially done with Charlotte: “We have not green-lit a Season 4, so (there are) no plans on shooting anywhere as yet.”
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