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So many exciting things happening in the entertainment industry this week. Pinewood makes an equity transfer, Deborah Riley Draper has a new film, Mark Damon gets $150 million to film in Georgia, AnimationFest from SCAD is locked and loaded, Rome festival gets a grant, Savannah Jazz is rebranded and much more. See below and here for the news.

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EVENT ALERT: The Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala. The Gala will honor key professionals for their contributions to the local film and television industry. The theme of the event will be “Old Hollywood” – and wait until you see this venue – Victory North. Take a look at the announcement and ways you can attend or support this excellent affair. See more

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Recent Coverage

Mark Damon’s DCR Finance Receives $150 Million for Financing Georgia Films- Most of the post-production will take place in Georgia, and Cohen told Variety that the funding should lead to new studio and post-production facilities along with training programs that will include significant hiring of personnel.
Award-winning filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper takes on immigration issue in new short film, “Illegal Rose,” starring Jasmine Guy- Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper, the film stars Jasmine Guy (“A Different World,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Vampire Diaries”) and introduces newcomer Lucca Rodriguez-Pedraza.
Third annual SCADFILM festival AnimationFest announced- "SCAD AnimationFest celebrates the oldest genre of filmmaking. From special screenings to in-depth panels with industry professionals, this year's programming is sure to delight fans of this celebrated medium. And AnimationFest is much more than a good time." Paula Wallace
TV shows and films currently in production in Atlanta- Perry’s says he’s set out to create a show that tells the story of a family placed in the White House by people of power while also highlighting the personal side and everyday lives of the staff who run the inner workings of the nation’s most iconic residence.
Rome International Film Festival receives grant, announces plans for growth- Rome’s film festival has been awarded a grant that will foster artistic growth in a younger generation of artists and filmmakers throughout the region and beyond.
Pinewood Group sells equity in Pinewood Atlanta Studios to joint venture partner- Pinewood will provide sales and marketing support for the Studios in Atlanta for a period of up to 18 months. The Studios will remain branded and operated as a Pinewood facility during this time.
Savannah Jazz, A New Brand Celebrating the City’s Jazz History and Future- With support of the City of Savannah, Savannah Jazz will continue to be internationally known for producing the Savannah Jazz Festival going on 38 years, bringing acclaimed jazz performances to its highly diverse audiences.
How a Film Gets Made “from Concept to Shelf”, Erin Bethea of Argentum Entertainment- Erin Bethea is owner/producer of Argentum Entertainment. Today she talks to us about the process of walking a great idea from a thought to an actual product for millions to enjoy.
World Box Office: Pre-teen comedy Good Boys performs well above expectations- It borrows much of its tone from 2007’s Superbad, whose writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg also served as producers through their company Point Grey pictures. It also opened in 13 minor markets, and in the UK, making $2.1 million in these for worldwide earnings of $23.1 million.

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2019/2020 Georgia Entertainment Resource Guide

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Sapelo Insurance (Insurance, Production) – 912-352-3800 – Rob Jones

Sapelo Insurance is a Georgia based independent insurance agency. Contact us to take advantage of the incredible Georgia Film Tax credits by working with a Georgia based agency. We work with film and tv productions to provide these insurance services, Film Production Packages, General Liability, Auto Liability, Workers Comp, Guild Travel, Producers E&O, Rental Equipment Packages.

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