WILMINGTON, N.C. — Netflix has stopped filming in North Carolina because of a bill that bars municipalities from passing LGBTQ protections.
Jonas Pate, who created the show “OBX” that was going to film in North Carolina, is still pushing for filming to be done there.
From the Wilmington News-Star:
But late last year, the streaming giant seemingly passed on the state after deep negotiations because of the remnants of House Bill 2, the bathroom bill that sparked a firestorm in 2016 and pushed production companies away because of its anti-LGBTQ language. The bill was eventually repealed partially, but some pieces remain in a replacement bill called HB142.
Pate said one specific piece of HB142 — a clause forbidding municipalities from passing an ordinance excluding them from the bill’s restrictions — is a sticking point for Netflix, one of the largest and most influential media companies in the world.
The clause expires on Dec. 1, 2020, but Pate said if state legislators can push for an immediate sunset, he thinks Netflix could reconsider bringing the show and dozens of crew positions to Wilmington.
“This tiny law is costing this town 70 good, clean, pension-paying jobs and also sending a message to those people who can bring these jobs and more that North Carolina still doesn’t get it,” Pate said.