In a recent interview with WECT, McCrory said: "We need to have some compromise on it because, frankly, there was some abuse of it."
Asked by the StarNews this week for examples of abuse, McCrory spokesman
Speaking to the StarNews editorial board last week, McCrory said the state paid Comedy Central
But an analysis of audit records shows the production received
Though McCrory didn't mention it, "Late Night with
Asked for further examples of abuse, Tronovitch said he would check with the N.C. Film Office, which is a part of the
But on the heels of McCrory's visit to
"Every show that has received incentive money has gotten that money lawfully," Vassar said.
Vassar and other industry leaders agree, however, that rules about what types of shows are eligible for an incentive should be tightened, the statement continued.
"It made me cringe," Griffin said, noting that perhaps the governor would have been better served by suggesting that the film incentives program needed some adjustments to ensure that it was encouraging the type of business intended.
"To me, the word 'abuses' is rather strong because when I hear 'abuses' I think it's somebody that has done something that is illegal, that has manipulated the system in some way, something like that," Griffin said. "'The "Daily Show,' based on guidelines and rules as they are written, fully qualified to be able to come here."
At the same time, Griffin said, some people may "look and say that wasn't our intent."
"If that's the case, over time, any time you have a program you have to evaluate it and look at it and make some changes because you end up with unintended consequences."
But, he said, Comedy Central would probably be "highly offended" as being referred to as an "abuser of the system." An inquiry to Comedy Central's press office was not returned.
"When you claim abuse, that starts to taint all of us because we're all a part of this business," Griffin said.
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