Network Says $300,000 Show Is Worth It For Taxpayers

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Greensboro, NC -- Three hundred thousand. That's the number of dollars coming out of your pocket--your tax dollars--for a new sitcom being filmed in Greensboro.

That might sound like a lot of money, but the folks at Black Network Television say the investment is worth it.

"You're gonna see, the city of Greensboro is going to be excited 12 months from now, 24 months from now when all the exposure continues to come in," said BNT President and CEO Michael Woods.

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The state's only black-owned television network continued taping its new sitcom, "Whatcha Cookin" Thursday in Greensboro.

Several celebrities are involved, like actress Kim Fields, who's been in many TV shows and is best known for playing Tootie in "Facts of Life."

Woods says $300,000 is a small price to pay for what a strong television or film industry could bring to Greensboro.

"The impact is tremendous," said Woods. "The city is really paying at a discount when you talk about taxpayer dollars. You look at Wilmington, you look at Atlanta, they're bringing in billions of dollars from the entertainment industry. So, Wilmington knows the impact this will make and Greensboro will soon find out as well."

Woods envisions the network could create even more shows in Greensboro and that could create more jobs.

The show should be ready by the middle of August, with the hopes of getting picked up in the fall or early 2014.

WFMY News 2

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