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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Announcing the 40th Savannah Jazz Festival 2021

“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.  

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GA Music Foundation Partners With Lost Art Music Festival

Experience music again! Lost Art Music Festival debuts June 12, 2021 at gorgeous Foxhall Resort in Douglasville with a lineup featuring St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Shovels & Rope, The War and Treaty, Ben Nichols of Lucero and The Pink Stones, plus a Friday Night Kickoff Show with Aaron Lee Tasjan.

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Kemp visits Gwinnett Tech for groundbreaking of $37.8 million project

Gov. Brian Kemp and a few dozen state and local officials visited Gwinnett Technical College on Monday to celebrate the beginning of a $37.8 million project that aims to educate more students interested in careers in cybersecurity and other emerging technologies as well as some bread-and-butter courses such as welding and physics.

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Groundbreaking Expansions Coming To Savannah’s Film Industry

Georgia’s film industry continues to flourish, not just in metro Atlanta, but in several regions across the state. One of the most promising film production hubs is the charming coastal city of Savannah, which brought in an outstanding $266.3 million just in 2019 thanks to the expanding industry.

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Teen makes dream come true at Atlanta film studio

Each year, kids living with critical illnesses are granted life-changing wishes. For one special young man from Cartersville, GA, that wish is one step closer than before. Make-A-Wish Georgia partnered up with Trilith Studios and The Georgia Film Academy to bring to life the wish of 16-year old Zach, whose wish is to create his very own film.

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Film Savannah Update

Devotion, a major motion picture filmed in the Savannah region, wrapped in April.  During filming of the movie, Joe Jonas also starred in a commercial filmed locally titled This Summer’s Forecast: Sunshine in a Glass with Tanqueray Sevilla Orange & Joe Jonas.

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Sande Chen to Keynote CIMFest June 12

Sande Chen earned a Writers Guild nomination for her work on Witcher and leads the IGDA’s Game Design special interest group. Join us June 12 as she keynotes CIMFest with “Flavored by Authenticity: How personal experiences amplify narrative.”

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Moonshine: National Brands Select Full Post in Georgia

Through seamless collaboration across sound, picture, and VFX, our trifecta of companies provide state-of-the-art, globally-competitive post, servicing all advertising needs for the nations most elite brands—not to mention, accomplished entirely within the State of Georgia.

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GPP June Meeting: The State of Independent Music

The State of Independent Music: Yesterday, Today, and Beyond was the title of GPP’s June meeting. The panel was presented on their Facebook page and free to all. The meeting highlighted a discussion around new opportunities that have been created for the music industry. 

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International Federation of Actors Elects SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris as First U.S. Leader to its Highest Office

Delegates to the International Federation of Actors (FIA) 22nd World Congress elected Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) President Gabrielle Carteris to serve as the organization’s president — the first time an American leader has been elected to helm the nearly 70 year old global union federation.

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ESPORTS HELPS MORRIS BROWN COLLEGE START ITS NEXT CHAPTER

Founded in 1881 as one of Atlanta’s HBCUs, Morris Brown lost its accreditation in 2002. While enrollment at the school fluctuated between 30 to 50 students over the last nineteen years, receiving reaccreditation approval in April 2021 means that the college can apply for federal financial aid this coming academic year. 

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EXPOSED: A Conversation with Erica Lumpert

Erica Lumpert is CEO of Security Associates of Coastal Georgia. In this edition of EXPOSED, she talks about how the company managed in 2020, business activity in the security space, technology that is being adopted to keep workers safe and her thoughts on the film, event and entertainment industry. 

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Corporate Compliance

Corporate compliance programs are an instrumental tool to prevent the fallout from infringement of applicable laws and regulations. Failing to comply with regulations, from local to international, can result in steep penalties and land your business in hot water with the government, so building out the best possible compliance program is critical.

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Spotlight on Georgia: A Producers’ Perspective Tomorrow, April 28

With all eyes are on Georgia, please join EP’s Joe Chianese for a conversation with a dynamic group of producers and industry & incentive experts, as they discuss what’s happening in Georgia, including COVID-19 protocols & practical applications, digital production tools & solutions, the current audit process & pending agreed upon audit procedures, as well as a legislative update on the Georgia Incentive Program, and much more!

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SCAD Plans Largest US College Movie Studio

SCAD says its Savannah Film Studios will include at 10.9-acre backlot, a new digital stage and three new soundstages. The first stage of the expansion will open this fall with the backlot completed by 2023. The project will also include a building for set design and costume design and classroom space.

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Aprio: Top-3 Fraud Vulnerabilities Associated with Remote Work

COVID-19 has changed American culture in more ways than we could possibly address in this article, with a permanent impact reaching from education to healthcare and, especially, the workplace. One of the most radical changes many companies continue to reckon with stems from the rapid and lasting transition to remote work.

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GSEC: Legislative Update, Final Week

The legislature reconvened, Monday, March 29 for legislative day 39 and will work through yesterday for Sine Die. Sine Die is the final day of the 2021 legislative session, and the date by which a bill must be approved by both Chambers in order to be sent to the Governor’s desk for approval or veto.

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Georgia Game Developers Association Update

This is your last week to apply to speak at CIMFest June 12! The Columbus Interactive Media Festival (CIMFest) gets better every year, and grew even as we went virtual in 2020! This year’s event will be hybrid, with most of our sessions happening online, but with Columbus State University opening to a 50-person socially distanced event on site.

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Music and Entertainment Community Statement on Final Passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

The American Rescue Plan provides absolutely essential economic relief for workers in the American creative community who continue to face an uncertain path back to work due to the pandemic. This legislation’s extension of CARES Act and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation benefits into early September, as well as critical tax forgiveness for the first $10,200 of unemployment insurance claimed in 2020, will provide much-needed certainty for creative community workers and their families.

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State Arts Grant Director Lilly to Lead Georgia Council for the Arts

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced that Tina Lilly will be the new Executive Director of Georgia Council for the Arts, effective immediately. Lilly has served Georgia Council for the Arts for the last 14 years, most recently as director of the organization’s $2 million grant program.

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Georgia May Start Taxing Digital Products in July

Lawmakers in Georgia are looking to extend the state’s sales and use tax to digital goods and services. If House Bill 594 is enacted as written, audiovisual works, electronic books, video games, and a host of other digital products and services would be subject to sales and use tax starting July 1, 2021.

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TEN LEAVES DILATED Premieres at SXSW Film Festival 2021

The 14-min. film uses audio interviews of mothers, doulas, and birth professionals alongside a visual exploration of cabbage birthing myths and fairytales throughout history in order to investigate the modern-day cabbage patch fairy tale and its connection to the lack of candid discussion about birthing in our society.

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GSEC: Legislative Update

The legislature reconvened Monday, March 22 for legislative day 36 and will work through Thursday, March 25 completing legislative day 38. Wednesday, March 31, will be Sine Die, which is the final day for a bill to be passed by both chambers before being sent to the governor’s desk for approval or veto.

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