Film's Economic Impact in Georgia

August 09, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia-lensed feature film and television productions generated an economic impact of more than $7 billion during fiscal year 2016. The 245 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia represent $2.02 billion in direct spending in the state.
 
“Georgia’s film industry provides a significant impact on our state’s economy, employing thousands of Georgians while developing infrastructure and boosting small businesses,” said Deal “The film industry has created a home in Georgia, and I am committed to retaining this relationship by constructing a strong, film-ready workforce that will continue to help the industry thrive.”

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Georgia Film Academy

August 09, 2016

As a result of the High Demand Career Initiative in 2014, developing the film and In 2015, Deal created the Georgia Film Academy, a collaborative effort between the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia to fast track students into the film and television workforce. Since its opening, the program has been adopted at eight Georgia campuses. By the end of the year, 610 students are projected to have completed Course One, and 274 students will complete on-set production internships and receive certification.
 
“Georgia’s film industry is on a steady rise year over year and now ranks number three in TV and movie productions, just behind California and New York,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Commissioner Chris Carr. “As long as we continue to deepen our crew base and add even more studios and businesses to support the industry, Georgia is ensuring its place in the film industry well into the future.”

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Georgia's Entertainment Infrastructure Growth

August 09, 2016

In addition to the increase in production expenditures, Georgia has experienced enormous infrastructure and business growth, including the opening of Atlanta Metro Studios in Union City and a significant expansion at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville. More than 130 new businesses have relocated or expanded in Georgia to support this burgeoning industry, creating jobs for Georgians as well as economic opportunities for communities and small businesses.
 
Georgia-filmed movies will take over the big screen in 2016 with “Solace,” starring Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins onSeptember 2; “Sully,” starring Tom Hanks, Anna Gunn and Laura Linney on September 9; “The Birth of a Nation,” starring Nate Parker and Armie Hammer on October 7; and “The Accountant,” starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick and Jon Bernthal on October 14. Upcoming Georgia-filmed television productions premiering within the next few months include “Atlanta,” on FX; “The Walking Dead,” on AMC; and “Halt and Catch Fire,” on AMC.

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The 2016 Great American Main Street Award winners have succeeded in making their towns an exciting place to live, work, play and visit through implementing historic preservation-based methodology for downtown revitalization.

CNN

May 24, 2016

I had such a great experience filming in Dahlonega. The city and county representatives are extremely helpful and eager to support film productions in any way possible. It’s pretty remarkable to come to a small, quaint mountain town like this to find such a professional, production ready atmosphere. Not only are you dealing with great people, but you’re also in one of the prettiest areas in Georgia!  I hope to be back soon!

Walter Thompson, Locations Manager

May 24, 2016

Downtown Dahlonega is a sparkling example of how careful planning, small business support and historic preservation can combine to create a thriving downtown. Its downtown district, art galleries, restored theater and courthouse stand out in North Georgia, making Dahlonega a viable place to do business. 

Patrice Frey, National Main Street Center

May 23, 2016

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