Athens looks to get more of state’s booming entertainment industry

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Athens has everything going for it to cash in on the booming Georgia entertainment industry … except one thing: We’re too far away from Atlanta.

The movie and TV business is burgeoning in Atlanta, and to a lesser extent in Savannah, thanks in part to a generous 30 percent Georgia tax credit and, more recently, a North Carolina bathroom room law perceived as anti-gay, which persuaded some entertainment and other businesses to pull out of the Tarheel State.

Atlanta’s busy Hartsfield airport is also a big help.

“The tax incentive is what changed everything for the state,” Craig Dominey, manager of Georgia’s “Camera Ready” program, recently told a small group of people in a forum sponsored by Letterbox Legal of Athens and presented by the University of Georgia’s student Sports and Entertainment Law Society.

See more at Athens Online.

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