SIEGE is doing a number of things differently this year. First of all, SIEGE will officially run Sunday – Tuesday, over Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 14) at the KSU Center. Most of our regular events – Investment Conference, Indie Game Showcase, College Fair, keynote presentation, game dev tracks and the like will return.
With the only university-run casting office in the country, SCAD helps drive the multibillion-dollar film and television industry in Georgia. Of the nearly 15,000 SCAD alumni from entertainment and digital media disciplines, more than 3,000 work in the Georgia film industry.
Tyler Perry’s colossal Southwest Atlanta film studio has a little bit of everything needed to make movies of all genres. It’s been about four years since Perry, a movie mogul and now prominent real estate developer, scooped up some 330 acres of former U.S. Army base Fort McPherson for a cool $30 million.
Peter Bowden was among the state’s top tourism professionals recognized at the 2019 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference. Bowden received The Tom Kilgore Lifetime Achievement Award, which is named for Rep. Tom Kilgore of Douglasville, an early tourism champion. This award recognizes an individual who exemplifies outstanding lifetime commitment towards tourism.
After collecting one of the most coveted awards of the Fall festival season – Venice’s Golden Lion – and surviving an ocean of controversy, Warner Bros’ Joker broke the October box office records, taking $96 million from 4, 374 theaters in the US and Canada, and $140.5 million from 73 overseas markets, for a worldwide take of $247 million.
De Niro wanted to do a read-through of the Joker script before shooting, but Phoenix preferred to skip a read-through and take a “let it happen” approach. “I’m in between a rock and a hard place because Joaquin’s like, ‘There’s no &$*#ing way I’m doing a read-through,’ and Bob’s like, ‘I do read-throughs before we shoot, that’s what we do.’”
“It is unfortunate that a well-respected academic institution that counts some of the greatest filmmakers, directors and actors among its alumni, is promoting this fundamentally flawed research.”
There is no minimum spending requirement, but some categories – including documentary films and instructional videos – don’t qualify. A portion of the funding is allocated to the state’s post-production tax credit, which offers a 30% reimbursement on post-production costs incurred in New York City, and 35% upstate.
Due to confidentially agreements, the film is being coded as ‘El Dorado’, but according to production weekly, the film has been confirmed the working title for: Suicide Squad 2.
“We are an industry (in Georgia) because we save people money,” Ceesay said. “(Filmmakers are) coming here to save money in addition to having a multitude of locations. But really, it’s about the bottom line. It’s about the dollar.”
The Georgia event kicks off Oct. 26 with opening night film “The Aeronauts,” directed by Tom Harper, and closed Nov. 2 with a gala screening of Mr. Rogers biopic “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” directed by Marielle Heller and starring Tom Hanks.
Back in June, Perry explained during his BET Awards acceptance speech that “when I built my studio, [it was in the] poorest Black neighborhood in Atlanta so the kids can see that a Black man did that and they can too.”
The Fall Line Jam will take place the first weekend of November in just a few weeks. The production team is formidable. A brilliant public relations whiz from Atlanta, Andrew Dietz, has been paired with Jeanette Vaughan, a world-class professional storyteller whose home is Hancock County.
The Honors College student is also pursuing a double major in psychology and neuroscience. When he’s not inflicting damage to opponents inside the “Smite” battle arena, he’s in the psychology lab exploring how virtual reality and other emerging technologies can treat anxiety.
Downton Abbey came in next in third place on the combined chart taking $24.5 million. $10 million were earned overseas while it made $14.5 million in the US where it finished second. Global sales for this British drama now total $58.5 million.
It was announced last year, before Franklin’s death, that singer and actress Hudson would play the role of the Queen of Soul. The actress, who an Oscar for her work in 2006’s Dreamgirls, was handpicked by Franklin.
Perry made the remarks to The Associated Press on Friday while discussing the upcoming opening of a massive new Atlanta-based studio. Some celebrities have urged TV and film companies to abandon the state after Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the restrictive abortion bill in May.
The festival has become a distinguished stop on the road to the Oscars: hosting exclusive screenings, competition films, feature films, documentaries, shorts, animated films, panel discussions, and workshops at SCAD’s historic theaters and industry leading studios.
The star-studded event had the theme of “Old Hollywood” and was open to the public. It was a night of “Lights! Camera! Action!”, and the entertainment community pulled out all the stops that evening, evoking classic Hollywood with lights, a red carpet, live music – even paparazzi.
The Walking Dead, Stranger Things and Ozark are just a few examples of what has been filmed in Atlanta and a couple of other spots in the state. Be on the lookout for these seven feature films and shows that are being shot around Georgia this fall season.
With a Montana International Film Festival screening of their latest movie, “Robert the Bruce,” in the can, a group of local filmmakers is intent on making Livingston the Hollywood of the North.
Shannon is a seasoned film professional who has worked in the industry for 25+ years. Shannon’s early career included working on large studio films like Demolition Man, Heat, The Postman, and Eagle Eye.
Country Music Superstar Miranda Lambert, Atlantic Records’ Lanre Gaba, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy honored for outstanding contributions to U.S. music community
Languishing in development since the late 1990s, Gemini Man began life as a Disney property with the late Tony Scott initially set to direct. Various big stars were attached over the years including Harrison Ford, Clint Eastwood and Sean Connery.
“Our world-class workforce is a direct result of our top-ranking colleges and universities, and Georgia Quick Start, the best workforce development program in the nation. The state’s innovative and comprehensive logistics network makes Georgia a gateway to the global economy by land, air, and sea.
Well, the job is still critical listening. As a mixer, I not only have to listen for clean dialogue, and listen to make sure I hear what I am supposed to hear, but more specifically, I have to listen for what’s NOT supposed to be there.
Cine Gear Expo returns to the Atlanta area for the second consecutive year with its hallmark industry leading exhibits, seminars and events. Renowned Pinewood Atlanta Studios will once again open its doors for the exhibition on October 4-5, 2019.
Most productions find us based on knowing us! Productions know that we can provide hospital props, ultra-modern computer servers, bank interiors and more. Companies have a good experience, and they come back to get the newest, best props for their show.
Kelsey Moore is the Executive Director of the Georgia Screen Entertainment Coalition. Today she talks about the diverse company types that benefit from entertainment in the state.
Chris Escobar talks about how Georgia can keep more money by encouraging intellectual property development in the state. Chris provides examples of what happens currently and how we can adjust.
Rick Strawn is President and CEO of Paradigm Security Services. The firm works with various industry segments including film, music and gaming companies. Today he talks about providing prices to those interested in seeking reliable security services.
“What happened was everybody rushed to Florida and they used all the money in the first two years,” stated Kelly Paige, past president and current board member of Fim Florida, responsible for representing the Florida film industry.
Sonny Deriso is Chariman of Atlantic Capital Bank and this year’s Chairman of the Georgia Chamber. Today he discusses the chamber and it’s legacy of helping businesses succeed and nurturing Georgia’s business climate.
The group’s worldwide advocacy and content protection operations will now have a single, consistent name and logo – reflecting the global entertainment industry and following other recent changes to equip a more globally aligned organization that can better serve its member companies.
SAG-AFTRA has achieved a significant victory that further ensures only real employers are signatories to our Commercials Contracts.
It was a perfect match of supply and demand. Georgia Tech needed reclaimed materials to build its environmentally pioneering Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design. Georgia moviemakers had an abundance of lightly used materials that could be repurposed.
Veteran faith-based filmmaker Joth Riggs (Heartfall, Push) rounds out the producing team as consulting producer. FULL COUNT is presented by Buckhead Film Group and Reel One Entertainment Worldwide; Vertical Entertainment has acquired the North American distribution rights.
The Georgia attorney general’s office has closed a criminal investigation into Warner Bros.’ use of tax credits on the Clint Eastwood film “Sully,” after state revenue agents declined to pursue the case.
SIEGE is doing a number of things differently this year. First of all, SIEGE will officially run Sunday – Tuesday, over Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 14) at the KSU Center. 12. Most of our regular events – Investment Conference, Indie Game Showcase, College Fair, keynote presentation, game dev tracks and the like will return.
The 2019 Georgia Film Festival on the University of North Georgia campus in Gainesville features more than 60 short films, including two produced by people with Athens connections.
Virginia’s current package includes a 15% tax credit. For comparison, Georgia is 20%, with an additional 10 under certain conditions. New Mexico is 25 to 30 depending on the type of production.
Global sales for the horror heavyweight have reached $323.3 by now. This sequel is still a ways off of the original’s horror movie record-setting $700.4 million take. Numbers from this frame, however, have made It Warner Bros.’ latest billion-dollar franchise, with total sales from the two films sitting at $1.023 billion.
Another difference in the Southbox model is the type of films it co-finances which can include projects with budgets as high as $100 million that might include sprawling sci-fi epics, the latest comic book franchise, or international thrillers.
Acclaimed by fans as the true heir to the “Star Trek” legacy, “Prelude to Axanar” has more than four million views on YouTube.
The event is an interactive, up-close and personal Entertainment Expo highlighting the abundant resources and information available within DeKalb County and the State of Georgia for DeKalb companies, organizations, professionals and residents in search of to establishing a presence in the film, television, music, and digital entertainment industry.
How apt that our city’s early leaders chose these seemingly diverse symbols to represent our community. Individually, art and commerce have each been important influencers in our area’s development, but we are now seeing the true power of their potential when combined together.
Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah and DIRTT will host a special screening in honor of Veterans Day on Thursday, November 7th, at Service Brewing Company. A social hour at 5:30 p.m. will kick-off the event; the program begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Global Commerce Division supported the creation of 28,960 new jobs – generating more than $7.4 billion in investment through the location of 332 projects – while 399 productions filmed in Georgia resulted in a record $2.9 billion invested in the state.
A new semester kicks off at the College of the Arts with several new faculty members in our ranks. Their addition to the Arts family on campus augments a world-class team of practicing professionals who regularly perform, exhibit and present their research at home and abroad.
Franklin, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2018 at age 76, will be played by Oscar-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson. Hudson performed both at Franklin’s funeral and a tribute concert to honor the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer.
That is why the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is home to the new exhibition “Georgia On My Screen,” which takes visitors on a walking tour of archival material from Gone with the Wind to Stranger Things.
It’s “Hollywood on the Hudson” with Thursday’s announcement of a new $100 million dollar production facility in Yonkers, N.Y. from Lionsgate Studios. The new facility — just beyond the New York City border — joins a growing list of planned film production facilities in the area.
Music continues to be a key driver of Internet culture, and engagement around music and artists powers much of the popularity of many social media and technology platforms. On social media, musicians are among the most-followed users worldwide.
Headquartered in Belgium, Barco designs technology to enable bright outcomes around the world. Barco is focused on three core markets: enterprise (from meeting and control rooms to corporate spaces), healthcare (from the radiology department to the operating room) and entertainment (from movie theaters to live events and attractions).
To ease the burden on creators, a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Alberta recently investigated an AI system that can automatically generate commentary. They say their approach outperforms existing work and lays the groundwork for future studies.
During the 1970s, there was no bigger name in endurance racing than Hurley Haywood, and this year’s Vintage Auto Film Exhibition will honor his legacy with an appearance by the man himself.
Major companies like Netflix and AMC, which film popular television shows in Georgia, were among companies threatening a boycott during the days and weeks of outrage over pro-life laws. Now that the furor has died down, those shows are staying put.
Writer, Director, and Executive Producer, Ladon Whitmire is a native Atlantan. She is known for A Night in Jail with Michael Madison (Sundance 2017), South of Hope Street with Judd Nelson and Michael Madsen (2020), Breathe (2018), and now Waste (2019).
In its first year, the event will launch in partnership with A3C, the annual music, tech & culture festival and conference that draws in over 35,000 attendees each year.
“I came here with nothing, lived off Sylvan Road, ended up homeless and starving, but I was always praying and believing. I was always keeping the faith, knowing that if I worked hard, did my absolute best, kept my integrity, honored every blessing, and remained grateful through it all that everything would work out.”
The RIFF Student Film Contest is divided into four categories – 3rd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, high school and college. Categories may be subject to change depending on the amount of entries received in each category.
She’ll make a total of five stops, beginning in Georgia and ending in Tennessee, the same route she’d drive countless times trying to make it big in Nashville.
“The number-one question we always ask is, did we place our students in a job in their field of training, or as close as possible to their field of training? Part of our success has been not letting that mission creep come in and trying to be all things to all people.” President Kathy S. Love
Nick Laing, then senior producer on Forza, proved a very popular speaker when he first joined us in 2016. Now senior publishing producer for Amazon Games, he returns to give us even more insights into producing games, working with producers and becoming a producer yourself.
The digital version of the magazine offers an interactive experience, with featured stories about the 2019 Commercials Contracts, the union’s newest agreement with Netflix and more. Also, get details on the resolution of the strike against BBH, this year’s national convention and the latest updates on events throughout the country.
I was born and raised in central Florida where I met my wife Genevieve. I enlisted in the Army as a medic, served for five years, and completed a one-year deployment to Iraq. After the military, I attended SCAD for film and television production while working with local producers on industrial and documentary work.
Horror entry Ready or Not from Fox Searchlight made $7.5 million in its debut and took sixth place, and The Lion King became the ninth best-selling picture of all time.
That math, according to Affleck, included Georgia’s tax incentives. Films and TV productions can apply for a 30% rebate on expenses. Those incentives have helped turn Georgia into a film powerhouse. The Marvel movies, Stranger Things, and The Walking Deadall shoot there.
In “Giants,” she worked as an extra. In the follow-up, “Fireproof,” she was a production assistant, a grip for “Courageous” and for “War Room” an assistant director. Shortly after graduating from the University of Georgia in 2012 with a film degree, she moved to Nashville.
“Atlanta is such a big player in the movie industry to me it really sets the tone for the possibilities that exists in the rest of the state,” Augusta CVB President and CEO Bennish Brown said. “That becomes a huge selling point and opportunity for Augusta.”
About a year ago, through a mutual friend, Columbus Film Commission production coordinator Joel Slocumb heard about the Hord’s 5,500-square-foot house on the 880-acre organic farm and asked if he could visit.
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.
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.
“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
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’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 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.
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.
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.
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.
What began as a marketing photoshoot quickly transformed into a passionate social commentary highly relevant in the current social climate.
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.”