In film, as in real estate, it’s location, location, location.
That was the message delivered recently by Craig Dominey, a location specialist with the state Department of Economic Development’s film office in Atlanta. He was part of a panel brought to UGA by Letterbox Legal, Deborah Gonzalez’s law firm, and presented by the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Other panel members were Lisa Ferrell, a producer who works with Georgia Public Broadcasting, and Jeff Montgomery, Athens-Clarke County’s public information officer.
When he started with the film office in 2000, Dominey was happy to see five productions a year. In 2016, there were more than 300, and the film industry in Georgia has become a $9.5 billion business, thanks to a 30 percent state tax credit. “When someone is shooting a $200 million film, getting 30 percent back in tax savings is significant,” Dominey said.
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