News
ME Film Festival Rolls On

The virtual ME Film Festival kicked off last week, with a selection of 7 animated short films on Stream Moko. Each film had a designated start date and will be available to watch on the MOKO platform for a duration of one week. 

News
Can Massachusetts become a destination for green film production?

Some see this time as a chance to lower the field’s carbon emissions, grow the green economy and even position Massachusetts as a leader in green film production. With a wide range of enthusiasm levels, however, the consensus among those interviewed suggests that getting there would take a lot of doing.

News
World Box Office November 1-7, 2021: “Eternals” Triumphs

The movie about an immortal race of superheroes who made an impact on the Earth’s history and civilizations, and starring Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, and Salma Hayek, debuted on top in all major overseas markets with international and global hauls of $90.7 million and $161.7 million, respectively.

Features
SCAD Savannah Film Festival announces 2021 competition award winners

Savannah College of Art and Design announces the award winners for the 24th annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival. A key stop on the festival circuit leading up to the Academy Awards, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival screened more than 150 films, including 45 narrative films, 15 documentary films, and 97 shorts, with 14 world premieres in 2021.

News
Update from Moonshine Post-Production and Bare Knuckles Creative

Moonshine and Bare Knuckles started preparing for this year’s Halloween in September 2020 on the stage and cutting room of Creepshow Seasons 2 and 3. Amidst a global shutdown, we helped make back-to-back seasons for Shudder’s streaming platform and AMC television—just in time for spooky season.

Features
Savannah Regional Film Commission named “Outstanding Film Commission” by LMGI

The Savannah Regional Film Commission was nominated for its work on The Underground Railroad, a 2021 television series that chronicles Cora Randall’s desperate bid for freedom in the Antebellum South. Five other film commissions were also nominated for the award including Estonian Film Institute, Bath Film Office, Screen Queensland Australia, Liverpool Film Office, and Hamilton Music & Film Office.

Features
ME Film Festival President Speaks Out about Festival Changes​

Festival organizers for the ME Film Festival have announced the festival will be going virtual. “Putting safety guidelines in place doesn’t save money, time, or extra headaches, but if it helps keep one person from getting sick, it’s worth it,” says Jeremiah Bennett, president and chair of the board for the ME Film Festival.

News
SAG-AFTRA Opens Fifth Convention

Under the banner theme “Virtual / Vital / Visionary,” SAG-AFTRA kicked off its fifth biennial National Convention Friday afternoon. The convention began Oct. 15 and runs through Oct. 18. SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher officially opened the event by inviting first responders, active duty and veteran delegates to lead the pledge of allegiance.

News
Strike averted as TV and film crews, producers reach agreement

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), which represents crew members ranging from technicians to makeup artists, came to an agreement with the group that represents producers such as Netflix, Viacom, Paramount and Disney. IATSE has 6,000 members in Georgia and 60,000 overall.

News
PiperMed busy across the country

“Our team is stronger and deeper than ever. We’re so grateful for everyone who works with us – for their constant vigilance and endless oversight – who help us do what we do! We’re now offering rapid molecular testing via Cue devices. With Cue, we can test over a dozen people in about 20 minutes.”

News
Georgia film and television union threatens strike

Roughly 17,000 set designers, make-up artists and other behind-the-scenes film and TV production workers who helped make Georgia an East Coast rival to Hollywood might walk off the set if their national union and the producers’ guild don’t negotiate a new contract.

News
SIEGE2021 Announces First Speakers

We are glad to announce a mix of new and veteran SIEGE speakers when SIEGE2021 goes online Nov. 5 & 6, with great presentations online and safe networking events in person. The first sessions we have announced include:

News
World Box Office, September 13-19, 2021

Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s well-received feature adaptation of roughly the first half of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science-fiction novel, debuted impressively in the international market, especially in Russia, Italy, Germany, and France.

News
DreamHack Atlanta Postponed Until 2022

The decision was made in light of the current situation surrounding Covid-19 and the rapid spread of the Delta variant of the virus as part of ongoing efforts to keep the health and safety of DreamHack staff and visitors a priority.

Features
PiperMed Continues Success in Georgia and Beyond

We’ve also successfully wrapped two Netflix shows, where our team of COVID Officers (with production and medical background) worked diligently to keep massive crews tested and safe for the entire multi-month run. Never enduring a shutdown is a badge of honor for us!

Features
Capstone South Sells Third Rail Studios

“We set out to make Third Rail Studios a special, welcoming place for our productions as well as a catalyst for good in the community. We’re happy that we’ve exceeded those goals and are passing the torch on a high note,” said Third Rail Studios President, Dan Rosenfelt.  

News
California Recall Could Threaten Hollywood’s Prized Tax Credits

The industry’s top concern at the Capitol is the film and TV tax credit, which provides a 20-25% discount on eligible production spending in the state. In July, Newsom signed a two-year expansion of the program, bringing it to $420 million a year, and indicated he would support making that increase permanent.

News
$5.8 Million in Aid Directed to Georgia’s Tourism Industry

Governor Brian P. Kemp announced the allocation of $5.8 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to Explore Georgia, the tourism division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD). Kemp shared the news with tourism industry professionals from across the state at the Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference, an annual industry event.

News
ME Film Festival Announces New Festival Dates and Location

Previously known as the Milledgeville-Eatonton Film Festival, the ME Film Festival is announcing new dates and a new location for screenings. The 8th Annual ME Film Festival will be taking place Nov. 15 – 21, 2021 in Eatonton, GA. Screenings will be shown at the Plaza Arts Center located at 305 N Madison Avenue in downtown Eatonton.

News
Fandemic Dead Tour Postponed

In light of the recent Delta variant surge and fan feedback regarding travel, mask mandates and increased risk, the Fandemic Dead event, originally scheduled at the Georgia World Congress Center for Sept. 17-19, has been postponed to March 18-20, 2022 in the same locale.

Features
Interview with Randy Davidson, Georgia Entertainment News

This week, we talk with Randy Davidson, publisher of Georgia Entertainment News (GEN)! GEN publishes a regular emailed newsletter of top entertainment news, hosts events for leaders in the industry across the state, produces podcasts with interesting people in film, TV, production, gaming, and music, and offers a Resource Guide for productions active in Georgia.

Features
SCAD Students Win Record Number of Emmy Awards

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is thrilled to celebrate our students who have achieved the highest honor in the television industry.  This week the Regional Southeast EMMY Chapter announced the winners of the 2021 Southeast Regional Student Production Awards.

News
The Atlanta Opera Releases Films of Two Major New Productions

Home audiences around the world will have the chance to see two major new productions from The Atlanta Opera next month, with Spotlight Media’s release of The Threepenny Carmen, starring Megan Marino, Richard Trey Smagur and Michael Mayes (Aug 12), and The Threepenny Opera, featuring Jay Hunter Morris, Ronnita Miller and Gina Perregrino (Aug 19).

News
The FRIENDS™ Experience wraps soon!

With less than a month left, The FRIENDS™ Experience wraps its massively successful run in Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 26.  The 18k square foot immersive experience created by Superfly X, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Warner Bros. Television Group, won’t be back in the Peach State, so there is a very limited time to still check it out.

Features
Columbus Film Commission Quarterly Meeting Announced for Local Professionals

 As a result of the success of Georgia’s film industry and specifically the progress in Columbus, GA, the Columbus Film Commission will host it’s next quarterly meeting in-person on September 22, 2021. These events connect entertainment professionals, artists and local businesses. The next event will be held at the River Center for the Performing Arts beginning at 3:00 PM.   

News
The FRIENDS Experience Atlanta extended from Sept. 6 to Sept. 26

The FRIENDS™ Experience Atlanta has caused such excitement since opening on July 15that the end date has been extended from Sept. 6 to Sept. 26. Fans can continue revisiting some of the most iconic moments from the hit series, FRIENDS™ at the 17,959-square-foot immersive experience created by Superfly X, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Warner Bros. Television Group.

Features
Apply for Dec. 3 SIEGE Investment Conference

The SIEGE Investment Conference is the oldest investment conference in the Southeast that focuses on video games and related industries. It gives entrepreneurs in these industries an opportunity to pitch their business concepts to potential investors.

News
Leyland Blue Opens in Trilith’s Town Centre

“It is a dream come true to bring our first physical storefront to the Trilith community,” said Leyland Blue founder and owner Kaylan Griffie. “Since 2013, this idea has been brewing, so we are excited to finally bring our carefully handpicked selections and unique products to Trilith Town Centre.”

News
Savannah Jazz receives grant from Georgia Council for the Arts

The Bridge Grant provided funding for operating support to 135 organizations, the Project Grant will help fund 54 arts projects, and the Arts Education Program Grant was awarded to 77 organizations. Additional grants for Vibrant Communities and Cultural Facilities programs will be awarded in the Fall of 2021.

Features
Mighty Shorts: Get in on this Comedy Sketch Class!

In this 8-week online course taught by Madison Hatfield, you’ll learn the fundamentals of writing comedy scenes, explore idea generation, and work to develop good writing discipline and habits. You will learn scene structure and editing techniques as well as explore writing in proper script formatting.

News
GGDA: Join Us to Test Great Indie Games

The GGDA has grown to value livestreaming play tests, and August has a number of great opportunities for you to join us as we do so. From Aug. 3-6 (noon EST), Andrew Greenberg livestreams playtests of a new version of Holistic Design’s Noble Armada: Lost Worlds PC game on Youtube.

Features
Cloud to Ground: Activity Update, New Hire

Another big piece of news:  we are in the process of moving to a larger space to accommodate our growing business.  We are always ready to give you a tour to check out all that we have to offer, including all of your production equipment needs, a soundstage and green screen.

Features
Etowah Film Festival will be back in person for Year 3 at the Historic Canton Theatre in Canton

Etowah Film Festival will be back in person for Year 3 at the Historic Canton Theatre in Canton, Georgia October 7-10. Hosting a wide variety of local and international films, panels, a screenplay competition, and networking parties throughout the weekend, EFF’s mission is to reinvigorate the theatrical experience through unique, thoughtful, curation and a hell of a lot of fun. 

Features
Indie Filmmaker Unveils Plans for Savannah Studio Project

David Paterson, partner at Arcady Bay Entertainment, said the new studio will be the first one in the city built specifically for film and TV production. The Savannah College of Art and Design operates three sound stages in a converted meat-packing plant, and recently announced plans to expand the facility.

Features
Georgia Council for the Arts Awards More Than $2 Million in Grant Funding to Support Arts Throughout Georgia

The Georgia Council for the Arts, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), today announced the recipients of its Bridge, Project, and Arts Education grants as part of its initial disbursement of grants for fiscal year 2022. A total of 266 grants were awarded that will provide more than $2 million in funding towards arts initiatives throughout the state. 

News
The Top 11 Payroll Pain Points and How to Solve Them

In Part I of our three-part blog series on payroll pain points, we explored five of the most prevalent challenges small businesses face, including dealing with compliance issues, managing manual and time-consuming processes, and grappling with understaffing challenges.

Features
Announcing the 40th Savannah Jazz Festival 2021: LIVE in Forsyth Park

“We are beyond grateful that the City and WSAV will continue their lead partnerships to deliver the 40th Savannah Jazz Festival, poised to reach our biggest audience ever,” says Paula Fogarty, Interim Executive Director. Last year’s festival was live streamed from Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum reaching 175,000 people around the world and all shows will be streamed again this year in front of the largest live audiences.

News
Inaugural Olympic Virtual Series Successfully Concludes

The winners of the Olympic Virtual Series Baseball, Motor Sport and Sailing Events received an Olympic Virtual Series Plaque (winner, 1st runner up, 2nd runner up). The winner (first place only) of each of the competitive events will also have the opportunity to hold the Olympic Virtual Series trophy at a special awarding occasion to be organised later in 2021, subject to travel possibilities during this global pandemic.

News
FANGORIA Studios meets Weretiger with “SITORA”

SITORA is inspired by a lost Malay horror film from 1964 entitled SITORA HARIMAU JADIAN. The film was written and directed by Malaysian auteur P. Ramlee and was shown at least once on Radio Television Malaysia. The film is rumored to have been destroyed in a flood.

News
Women in Music Atlanta: Five City Music Tour

Women in Music (WIM) Atlanta connected with four fellow WIM Chapters to feature women leaders and performers in five of the top music cities in the U.S. — Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville and New York City in June. The online event, entitled WIM Atlanta Presents: Five City Music Tour, was free for WIM members all over the U.S. 

1 2 3 37