County Attorney Jayson Phillips gave his opinion Tuesday, Aug. 13, to the Paulding County Commission about the building authority’s obligation to repay the county government for making payments on the bonds the authority issued to build the studio in 2012.
Coming To America was a massive success upon its release in 1988, grossing $288 million worldwide. Fans had long anticipated a follow-up movie, with the sequel finally being confirmed in January.
Academy Award Nominee Gabourey Sidibe has made waves in the entertainment industry since her debut as the lead role in Lee Daniels’ drama, indie film “Precious.”
“I just got here yesterday and my brother showed me all around and it is absolutely beautiful here in Columbus,” White said. “I want to come back. I (would like) to live here one day. It’s just beautiful.”
Rise Against Hunger is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. It’s mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.
“Our citizens always benefit when people become aware of everything Lanett has to offer,” he said in a news release. “The festival helps to highlight the wonderful businesses and opportunities available in our city and surrounding areas.”
The film industry in Georgia has shallow roots, and recent legislation has Hollywood running back for the hills. Film Impact Georgia and its filmmaker activists have taken up metaphorical arms via film grants and education to keep the burgeoning industry alive, even if Hollywood leaves.
We may also add networking events for Saturday, Oct. 12. Most of our regular events – Investment Conference, Indie Game Showcase, College Fair, keynote presentation, game dev tracks and the like will return. We are also adding a Professional Development Track for people already working in the game industry.
I am very tied to my life’s work and higher calling, so I had to take a moment and realize that this work was a part of my purpose. When I realized that this was bigger than me, that’s when I was ready to do it because there was work to be done.
The novels, which feature a group of teens battling (presumably) paranormal creatures like a classic vampire or goblin, sold over 80 million copies worldwide. We hope the movie will bring just as many thrills to their nostalgic audience, especially those of us in Georgia who can hopefully witness the cast in action.
“Netflix paid $107,000 to off-duty cops for security,” Buzza said. “Production spent more than $1-million at various locations, $15,000 for parking, and $165,000 per diem for various expenses.”
The bill, which would cover five years with a $50 million annual allocation, was approved by Senate Governance and Finance Committee and is now headed to the Fiscal Senate Appropriations Committee.
The development is now in Phase 1, which is projected to bring 166 houses and 40,000 square feet of retail space, as Pinewood Forest president Rob Parker told Curbed Atlanta on a recent tour.
Louisiana Economic Development officials said the agency’s bankruptcy court filing reflects its position in the dispute and declined further comment. Attorneys for Element Pictures did not respond to requests for comment.
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Chairman & CEO Charles H. Rivkin today announced the appointment of Emily Lenzner as Executive Vice President for Global Communications and Public Affairs. Lenzner will report to Rivkin and oversee the trade association’s communications team in the U.S. and internationally.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Garden Films Productions LLC – based in Culver City, California – for failing to protect employees from hazards while filming a movie. Proposed penalties total $9,472.
Jason Statham and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson left the competition in their dust as Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw finished its second frame in first place with $86.2 million worldwide.
Lee is the only woman to be inducted into both the Country Music and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame. In addition, she is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Brenda Lee is featured in Ken Burns’ Country Music, a sweeping, multi-episode series premiering on GPB on September 15th.
Currently residing in Los Angeles, California, Brooks was raised in Cartersville, graduating from Cartersville High School in 1998. Before being known by her stage name, Brooks went by her given name — Beth Cousins — when she lived in Georgia.
Clark said for decades, big movies were few and far between in the region but that has steadily changed since the New York State Film Tax Credit began in 2004. He said a new analysis confirms what he’s witnessed.
John Snyder, the most recent recipient of OffBeat’s Best of the Beat Lifetime Achievement Award for Music Business Education, has resigned as head of the Music Industries Program at Loyola University in New Orleans and has joined Tweed Recording.
Buckhead Film Group and Reel One Entertainment Worldwide announced today that Vertical Entertainment has acquired the North American rights for Robert Eagar’s faith-based sports drama, FULL COUNT. The film is slated for a U.S. theatrical and VOD release on Friday, October 25, 2019.
What has not been determined is if the show will be coming back to Georgia, where the last two seasons have been filmed. Rumors circulated that the show would be filming in New York City. FX has not responded to 11Alive’s inquiry regarding that matter.
VisitColumbusGA president and CEO Peter Bowden told the Ledger-Enquirer that the Columbus Film Commission also can help film projects obtain city permits, scout locations and identify local resources, such as catering, transportation and hotels.
The heads of the studios and the distribution platforms and otherwise who are making the decisions whether or not to keep the production in Georgia or to increase their production.
Filming will begin soon for the new feature film “Electric Jesus” being shot entirely in the Fountain City, and one local face will be on the big screen.
Film and media projects in Chicago brought in an estimated $474 million of economic spending last year, according to the State of Illinois.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw led the pack in a strong worldwide frame that ended season-long tensions about an overall slow summer. Universal’s Fast & Furious spin-off took $180.8 million from its global debut. US sales for this Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham-led pic, at $60 million, were career highs for both actors outside of movies in its parent franchise.
Workers in Savannah’s film industry are worried about the nearly $10 billion economic impact it has on our state when film crews stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants, and spend their money in Savannah.
One of our favorite shows is Netflix’s Stranger Things and we thought that you would love to see some of the great locations standing in as Hawkins, Indiana, Chicago and more!
FILM Augusta is proud of its accomplishments as the film commission for the City of Augusta. This division of the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau continues to successfully position and promote Augusta’s River Region as a preferred destination for film production.
It’s hard to keep track of the TV shows and movies filming in Georgia, so The Credits podcast host Kalena Boller occasionally stops by On Second Thought with an update. She’s moderating a podcasting panel at the Macon Film Festival Aug. 17. It’s called “Making Room at the Table: Women in Georgia’s Film Industry.”
Georgia’s tax incentives and spending credits made it such a darling of Hollywood that the state surpassed California as the favorite setting for TV and film production in the U.S.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), in 2003. It has evolved into the largest environmental film festival of its kind.
The Peach State is now better known as the Southern Hollywood – or “Y’allywood.” A bold tax policy has helped spur the creation of about 92,000 jobs statewide and brought in billions in spending.
Georgia Music Partners has been advocating on behalf of Georgia’s robust music industry for nearly ten years. To remain competitive, attract investment, and create job growth in the music sector, GMP forged a relationship with Sound Diplomacy several years ago.
Her father Jared financially supports her; however, he has found new love and is engaged to be married for the first time. Her grandmother Grace is the glue that keeps the family together.
“What they don’t have in Orlando or Cocoa Beach are free standing buildings that fit the authentic look of the time period,” Martinolich said. “The story takes place between 1958 and 1969 so free standing buildings from then would have been built in the 1920s and 1930s.”
“They will be filming at the Strand and around the Square today and tomorrow,” Bruton said. “We also have a couple of others that are filming in neighborhoods.”
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Ed Spivia, who served as the state’s first film commissioner and is the person we credit for making Georgia’s film industry what it is today. Since he was appointed by Governor Jimmy Carter in 1973, film has become one of the state’s top industries.
As part of California’s expanded Film & TV Tax Credit Program, Warner Bros.’ “Sherlock Holmes 3” is among the films granted a tax credit for filming in California, with the third in the Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law franchise to receive a $20.8 million break.
Spivia, 78, was surrounded by family at his home on Lake Lanier when he passed away from complications brought on by Lewy body dementia, which he had lived with for several years, according to his wife, Barbara Spivia.
The highest base salary for 2K players is $37,000 plus free housing, travel, and benefits like medical insurance and a retirement plan. They can also sign endorsement deals to earn more income.
Playing video games might sound like the most unlikely way to pull a college scholarship, but an increasing number of students are doing just that: Scoring a college education because of their gaming skills.
That was enough to beat stablemate Spider-Man: Far from Home, but short of The Lion King’s domestic top finish of $75 million. Sony’s USA first-and-only opening is a rare strategy for a film with clear global appeal but looks set to pay dividends overseas next frame as widespread fan buzz adds to already glowing critical reviews.
“Atlanta has been a music, sports and media capital for a long time, and now it’s also a film and video game development capital,” said Wendy Hensel, who was the College of Law dean until being named interim provost. “This seemed like an exciting opportunity for our students.”
Tre Native producer David Kwon Kim, director Scott Lazer and Spotify Originals executive producer Charlie Clark share insights from their partnership with Spotify and Sprite on “The Break,” a three-part documentary series exploring the economics of hip-hop.
Held in the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre on beautiful Marietta Square in Marietta, Georgia each year, this festival is a meeting place for filmmakers and people who are interested in the world in all its variety and different approaches to life.
More than 2,700 people lined up outside of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre donning various team jerseys and holding signs.
The General’s Daughter was my first opportunity to work on a feature film. After working that production, I knew this is what I wanted to do. Some way, somehow.
The fifth annual digest-sized guide features the wildly popular nomination-based “Georgia’s 100 Plates” list; a feature on five noteworthy female chefs; a guide to the best places to sample peaches, barbecue, craft beer, international cuisine and Southern dishes; as well as an exceptional selection of the state’s best food and drink festivals.
Given those conditions however, it’s appropriate that the first-ever Fortnite World Cup has resulted in a hastily arranged team of strangers landing in a rented house in Georgia and fending for themselves as the stakes keep getting larger and the competition keeps getting nastier.
Chris Pratt will be shooting his fifth movie in Georgia in five years, this time a sci-fi film called “Ghost Draft.”
Atlanta-based Swirl Recording and Film Inc. is the new owner and operator of Paulding’s movie studio after paying $4 million for the 78,000-square-foot facility, said Robert Crouse, director of the Paulding County Industrial Building Authority.
It was then that Patterson and Stepakoff announced that Zach after the ceremony would tour the Pinewood Atlanta studio lot, meet some of the production vendors and visit a live set. They said that once filmed, the movie will be edited and screened at Pinewood Atlanta.
Scripted television remains the bright spot in the L.A. production picture, according to the latest quarterly data from FilmLA. On-location filming within that jobs-rich sector increased in the second quarter, while feature, commercial and reality TV production lost ground.
There was only going to be one king of the jungle this weekend and Disney’s The Lion King announced itself to the world with a resounding roar. John Favreau’s live-action adaptation of the beloved early nineties children’s cartoon made $185 million in its US debut and $269.4 million overseas.
The movie, filmed in Athens in 2012, is being projected onto a billboard across from Gigi’s Cupcakes on Pulaski Street. It is part of a “Public Access” series by the entertainment company in which a select few of its movies are shown for free in the towns where they were filmed.
DreamHack, the premier gaming and digital lifestyle festival, today announced its agreement with American telecom company AT&T, who will take on a key role in DreamHack’s North American events, including the recent CORSAIR DreamHack Masters Dallas in June and the upcoming DreamHack Atlanta in November.
During the three-day festival, filmmakers from all over Georgia and some international films presented their work to local film lovers. On Tuesday, festival operators Laine Kirby Wood and Brent Lambert-Zaffino celebrated the winners along with benefactor Bill Grant.
In its 30th festival season, SMF presented 107 performances in 15 venues throughout Savannah, bringing in 625 artists and personnel from 25 countries. Total paid attendance for the festival was 29,065, 39% of which was made up of patrons from out of town.
The Georgia film office does not keep track of active productions on a daily or even monthly basis so there is no record of where the state was at a year ago. But Emily Murray, spokeswoman for the film office, said she considers 40 active productions busy so 46 is a solid number.
The first Savannah Film Alliance Honors Gala will recognize those that have made a difference in the region as it relates to entertainment. Bo discusses ways companies and organizations can get involved and support this important event. SavannahFilmAlliance.org
If you love music, mischief, and a memorable coming-of-age story, then you’re going to want to have Summer Night on your upcoming watch list. In his directorial debut, Big Little Lies actor Joseph Cross follows two best friends on the night leading up to their performance at a local music venue called The Alamo.
During the recent two-week Foundation Camp, 13- and 14-year-old participants got to try their hand at filmmaking under Rome International Film Festival Director Seth Ingram on the Georgia Highlands College campus.
The Suicide Squad should set up shop there sometime in September. It might be a contractual matter, but Gunn is obviously not going the way of his Hollywood compatriots, including ones also with Marvel.
When I see other millennials creating thought-provoking media and harvesting conversations around identity, I think that it could go in so many different ways. One thing I would encourage is to really just pay attention, not only to the creative side, but to the business side as well.
Skillshot Media announced Esports Summit 2019, a business-focused esports conference that will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center November 14 – 15, in the days leading up to the international gaming festival Dreamhack Atlanta 2019.
Crowd estimates at the festival in Byron range from 150,000 to 600,000 people. There were limited bathrooms, no showers, and it was hot. Temperatures surpassed 100 degrees. “My friend came from McRae with a truck full of watermelons and he made a killing,” Russell said.
The filming began Monday morning and will continue through Wednesday. The show will be shooting at 25 Technology Parkway and on Governors Lake Parkway.
Michael Hofstein is the owner of EuroPacific Films. His company produces films all over the world, yet he talks about why Atlanta is home.
In his new role, Bensussen will help enhance member service and organizational efficiency by overseeing key initiatives and helping teams work together for maximum effectiveness, in collaboration with SAG-AFTRA’s executive leadership and senior management teams. He will also serve as senior counsel for specialized matters.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that participants in the New York State Film Production and Post-Production Tax Credit Programs will see a “small reduction” in their tax credit, with the extra money going to a fund for job training and workforce development in the entertainment industry.
Films from all around the world including Australia, Ireland, Colombia, Germany, The U. K., and across The U.S. that have been vying for the coveted awards and cash prizes will be screened at Le Chat Noir in downtown Augusta over the three day festival weekend.
The Georgia Studio & Infrastructure Alliance, the state’s only organization dedicated solely to representing local investment in Georgia’s film and television production industry, announces a new leadership team that will steer the group through the next two years.
Film crews are once again setting up shop in the Chattahoochee Valley for a new feature film. “Electric Jesus” will be shot in Columbus and the movie’s director wants to get the community involved.
The film-makers believe that, while homegrown casts and crews are working instead on Hollywood and overseas productions, the increasing dominance of US online streaming platforms will drive up costs further and ensure that stars on whom they rely to attract crucial financing are even less available.
Now the actor Robert De Niro is jumping on board. A group of investors, including Mr. De Niro and his son, Raphael, are buying a five-acre parcel in Astoria, Queens, with plans to build a sprawling production and film studio.
“Amazon is proud to serve customers across Georgia and throughout the southeast region of the United States,” said Roy Perticucci, Vice President of Customer Fulfillment at Amazon. “Amazon has found an outstanding workforce, strong local support, and incredible customers in the state, and we look forward to creating 1,000 new, full-time jobs with industry leading pay and benefits on day one.”
Sony opted to open their latest Spider movie two days ahead of the midweek national holiday in the US. Their six-day haul through Sunday was the studio’s biggest ever, and the three-day take of $93.1 million is the second biggest ever for an Independence Day frame after 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($97.8 million.)
Peach Maria Productions will be shooting an esports reality television show in the greater-Atlanta area this summer (2019) and is currently seeking amateur gamers to be cast as part of the episodic series. Application deadline is Friday, July 19 at 11:59pm.
The Gwinnett Place Mall has been in decline over the last few years. The once-bustling shopping center is now riddled with vacant storefronts and shuttered doors.
11Alive’s The A-Scene found several posts on Paul Walter Hauser’s Instagram, who is no stranger to production in Georgia. He also starred in “Cobra Kai,” also filmed here in Georgia.
Special Events include a keynote speaker, networking lunch and the opportunity to recruit young aspiring people looking for jobs in the game industry. Come on out and meet developers from the southern part of Georgia and see what projects student have made.
In response to requests from both our professional and academic attendees, SIEGE is delighted to announce its first Game Research Conference (SIEGE2019R). The SIEGE Game Research Conference focuses on presenting research impacting the game industry.
Entertainment will be the focal point of this red carpet event. The Savannah Film Alliance (SFA) will invite its membership of filmmakers, musicians, and actors to show off their talents throughout the night.
Created by Jordan, Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters centers on 16-year-old fraternal twin sisters Sterling (Maddie Phillips) and Blair (Anjelica Better Fellini) Wesley, who after joining forces with a veteran bounty hunter Bowser Simmons (Kadeem Hardison), dive into the world of bail skipping baddies.
Ten students at Columbus State University recently served as interns on the set of “The Long Night”, an action thriller produced by Randall Emmett and George Furla and starring Bruce Willis. Executive producer Alex Eckert worked with the university to place the students on the production.
Graduating professional actors from the prestigious drama school, LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) will perform in Atlanta this autumn, demonstrating their skills to industry professionals. The student led initiative will take place on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 October at the 7 Stages Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia.
Interest and activity in Savannah as a film location has slowed recently. While local leaders say it’s hard to pinpoint what’s contributing to the slowdown, the impact of Georgia House Bill 481 or Heartbeat Bill has been at least one factor with two productions announcing plans to film elsewhere.
“The way the class collaborates with others, it’s really a specialty class that needs to be offered in the summer so that the other classes can do their parts before the summer class ever begins,” said Davis. “Really, a television pilot class over nine weeks is, if you don’t have help, it’s not going to work.”