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Even though “Treme” is thematically based in New Orleans, Wilson says there is enough talent in Wilmington to have sustained a production of its caliber. “The crew base in Wilmington could rival anywhere. It could rival New York; it can rival Hollywood any day. ‘IronMan’ being filmed here and all the other things too, which coincide with incentives — but the bottom line if we’re talking about the crew? Totally talented enough to do that,” he says. “… The crew in Wilmington is top of the line. A lot of these people have been doing it the same number of years I have.” Wilson, a graduate of John T. Hoggard High School, in Wilmington, North Carolina, turned 20 when he picked up a job at DEG, Dino De Laurentiis’ production company on 23rd Street in Wilmington, North Carolina, now the home of EUE/Screen Gems. The wannabe writer’s first gig was chauffeuring costume designer Clifford Capone. Wilson would later go on to design costumes for “Dawson’s Creek” and “The Wire.” 32 WBM july 2013


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