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Film industry sets spending record in Georgia

ATLANTA – The past fiscal year was another record for the Georgia film industry.

This story also appeared on the Capitol Beat News Service

Film and television productions spent $4.4 billion in the Peach State in fiscal year 2022, which ended June 30, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday. That’s more than the previous record of $4 billion set in fiscal 2021.

Georgia hosted 412 productions in the last fiscal year, including 32 feature films, 36 independent films, 269 television and episodic productions, 42 commercials and 33 music videos, according to the Georgia Film Office, which promotes and markets the industry in the state.

“As the pandemic hit, we in Georgia worked hard to communicate with our partners in the Georgia film, television and streaming industries,” Kemp said.

“Together we have found a safe and equitable way to allow the film industry to return to operations and deliver Georgia Made productions to eager consumers around the world — even as some states remain closed and stifle the industry’s return to normal.” .”

Movies shot in Georgia occupied four of the top six spots for domestic-grossing films: Avengers: Endgame (#2), Spider-Man: No Way Home (3), Black Panther ‘ (5), and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (6).

Streaming episodic and limited series programming, Georgia continued to choose successful programs including Netflix’s fourth season “Stranger Things”, the Netflix hit “Ozark”, HBO Max’s “The Staircase”, Disney+’s “Loki” and FX’s “Atlanta “.

The various productions are accompanied by the construction of studio complexes. Reynolds Capital is investing $60 million in Athena Studios, a new soundstage development in Athens.

Cinelease Studios-Three Ring has broken ground on a $144 million studio expansion in Covington, and Capstone South Properties and Domain Capital Group are building the world’s first LEED Gold-certified film and television studio campus built from the ground up at Stone Mountain.

During the development of Doraville GM’s former location, Gray Television recently announced a new partnership with NBCUniversal Media (NBCU) to lease land for content creation and to manage all production facilities, including Gray’s studios.

MBS Equipment Company (MBSE), the world’s largest studio-based film, television and events equipment company, opened its new East Coast headquarters at Trilith Studios in Fayette County last fall.

“It is very gratifying to see the continued commitment to the Georgian film industry through local investments in sound stages, support services companies and educational programs across the state,” said Lee Thomas, director of the Georgia Film Office. “We send a big thank you to the companies that have invested here and to the communities that are working so hard to make movie dreams a reality for their local residents and the economy.”

The only potential cloud on the horizon is Georgia’s “heartbeat” law, which bans most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The law went into effect following a court ruling late last month, prompting some film industry insiders to swear not to film in Georgia.

However, the generous tax credit that the 2008 General Assembly passed for the film industry continues to make filming in Georgia much cheaper than in states like California and New York, a financial reality that could dampen any momentum toward raising the stakes here.

This story is available through a news partnership with the Capitol Beat News Service, a Georgia Press Educational Foundation project.

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