Although the 2007 recession wasn’t the direct cause, it certainly sped up the process of several state governments making tax incentive deals with major movie studios. Come to our state, support our local talent and we’ll give you a huge tax break. Because of the warmer climate, southern states such as Louisiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Florida became obvious choices but in the decade since all of this wheeling and dealing started no state has fared better than Georgia.
According to industry monitor FilmLA, 16 of the top 100 movies from 2016 were shot in Georgia, the most of any state and two countries (England and Canada). Dominating the industry since well, forever, California slipped to fourth place with 12, still far ahead of New York and Louisiana with six each.
Georgia-lensed feature films and television productions generated an economic impact of $9.5 billion during fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) and the 320 feature film and television productions that shot in Georgia spent $2.7 billion state-wide during this time. Current box office behemoth “Black Panther” alone spent $84 million locally during a full year of production. The film industry is also responsible for more than 92,000 jobs currently held in Georgia.