Legend has it that while lost in the swampy wilderness of Northwest Florida for seven days and nights, Cebe Tate was attacked by gnawing insects, starved, got bitten by a snake and was driven to madness before finding his way out and collapsing to his death near the town of Carrabelle.
On June 21, 2019 at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Pharaoh’s Conclave delivered another standout event for the gaming community, the 3rd annual GA High School eSPORTS Invitational.
Kids Video Connection, with support from the DeKalb Entertainment Commission, will host its Children’s Film Festival Family Day on June 29 at Emory University. The event includes workshops on the film industry for kids and their parents, plus a showcase of youth-produced films.
This teen-led initiative will include a screenwriters competition, film screenings, and interactive workshops, as well as activations leading up to the event throughout the fall to engage youth from across metro-Atlanta and around the globe.
The compromise and the conference report does not specifically list a $31 million commitment toward the film and production grant program in fiscal 2019-20 that was in the budgets of the House and Gov. Roy Cooper.
Fans of “Gone With the Wind” gone wild! At least, that’s what we expect might happen once news catches on that one of the homes that inspired this epic award-winning 1939 film has gone up for auction—and for a potential pittance, with a starting bid of $1 million.
June’s been an exceptionally busy month for film and television production in Atlanta. We’ve got a full house of movies, shows, and everything in between. Here’s what we saw and where we saw it.
“We have made the decision to tell this compelling story — based on real people and events — in the locations where it actually took place, which is in and around Atlanta. As is always the case, we worked closely with our production partners to determine how and where to shoot this film, in order to best reflect authenticity in the storytelling.”
Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos, in a lengthy sit-down with Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries, covered a host of topics, including talent agencies producing content, Disney’s streaming outlook and Netflix’s M&A future.
Clint Eastwood is set to start filming this summer his latest film, “Richard Jewell.” The movie is about the security guard who was initially accused in a pipe-bombing that rocked Atlanta’s 1996 Summer Olympics.
Festival Director of the South Georgia Film Festival Jason Brown discusses the importance of creating a welcoming environment for the film industry and how it impacts the region.
Peter Bowden, President and CEO of Visit Columbus, “We are thrilled with the participation of local businesses showing their commitment and collective engagement toward this growing segment of our economy. We generated several leads at the event and look to continue the positive momentum as we head into the last half of 2019 and 2020. ”
“My original goal was to work in movies, but that was back when they were only being shot in California and it was kinda hard to get out there at that point,” said Reynolds.
Award-winning actors Terri J. Vaughn and Keith David hosted BronzeLens’ official film selections announcement on Facebook Live, revealing a diverse slate of national and international filmmakers originating from eleven countries, representing almost 100 projects.
After careful honing and polishing, your sequence is now practically a katana of visual storytelling. But right before you export, a pang of doubt makes you pause. Does that locked-off clip clash with the handheld footage next to it?
The four projects include “Besa,” featuring Palminteri; a tragic romance called “The Atlantic City Story,” starring Jessica Hecht; a thriller called “Emergence,” set in Kearny, New Jersey, and “Gimme Liberty,” a prequel to the 2014 film “Gimme Shelter” that tells the story of Kathy DiFiore, a New Jersey woman who founded an organization to help homeless women and pregnant teens.
“There’s a lot of people, there’s a lot of things that are… lot of moving parts. But of course, this is my second time being in Georgia. Columbus has been amazing; the people are super friendly.”
The studio’s expansion into New Mexico comes as part of its 10-year venture with Garcia Realty and Development to redevelop an empty free-span warehouse in Albuquerque into facilities that will house two sound stages and offices.
The Recording Academy recently announced its newly elected Board of Trustees, voted upon at the organization’s annual spring Board of Trustees meeting in late May. Managing partner of Placement Music and Georgia Music Partners VP of Legislative Affairs, Tammy Hurt will serve as Vice Chair, and Record producer Harvey Mason Jr. has been elected as the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
We know that registration and orientation can be a whirlwind, after all there’s a lot to know about background work. We’ve got you covered with all the information you need to book a job and be successful at Central Casting.
Since announcing the Columbus Film Fund at Sundance, dozens of prospects have reached out to consider the area for their film. Several films are in negotiations. This, combined with unprecedented activity in the gaming and music sector have created incredible momentum for the region.
It was a winning idea that has put Enterprise and Lishers at the heart of Georgia’s film and production television opportunities.
“Indigenous communities in Canada are rich with unique stories, and organizations like imagineNATIVE, The Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) and Wapikoni Mobile are vital to ensuring these voices are heard,” said Stéphane Cardin, Director of Public Policy, Netflix Canada.
Georgia is now the leading state in the country for film production, status that has been boosted by the state’s film tax credit. How much of Savannah’s success is due to this incentive?
”Compared to Hungary and Saudi Arabia,” a veteran publicist wrote me last week, after I’d urged a boycott of Georgia, “Atlanta is a pipsqueak.” So should we remove ourselves from Hungary, Saudi Arabia, maybe even China, and every other state that doesn’t support basic human rights?
The Greater Cleveland Film Commission said the tax credit created 5,000 full-time equivalent jobs and generated nearly $700 million in economic impact.
Two previously successful franchises opened their most recent titles this past weekend – and failed. One of them – Universal/Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2 – technically became a franchise with this sequel and, apparently, went fine, taking the top of the North American (the US and Canada) box office with $47.1 million.
An application to establish a television- and film-related charter high school in Fayette County was unanimously turned down by the Board of Education on May 20.
Delivering on Georgia’s ongoing mission in becoming a primary destination for the film and television industry, producers Randall Emmett and George Furla of Emmett Furla Oasis have begun shooting its upcoming full-length theatrical film, “The Long Night,” starring Bruce Willis, in Columbus, Georgia.
The 24-hour-a-day event was jam-packed with pro esports tournaments, collegiate and high school esports matches, world famous LAN party, music concerts, cosplay championship, panels, art gallery, arcade, virtual reality, expo and more; sponsored by Monster, Chipotle, Corsair, Twitch.
“We’ll get them excited in an industry that is different from music. It’s different from athletics. And it’s something that they can do even without a college degree,” says College Park Councilmember Ambrose Clay who worked very closely with the Artist Spotlight to get the camp established in the Tri-Cities area.
Abrams said she pushed the crowd to recognize that their window for action is not just a few months but a few years because of the expected legal battle. Next year’s legislative election and the 2022 race for statewide seats, she told them, could upend Georgia’s political dynamic.
“Living and working in Columbus, it’s easy to see the natural beauty and creative culture of our workforce. The Entertainment 100 event provides an outlet to show productions that Columbus is committed to their success in every way.”
Ariel Kaplan, a native Atlantan, got her first job as a prop master because of her knowledge of the city’s geography and businesses.
Ashley Miller got his start as a screenwriter on the TV series Andromedaand as a co-writer on Agent Cody Banks. He’s gone on to co-write comic book blockbusters like Thor and X-Men: First Class.
Laurence Fishburne will direct the documentary as part of a series his company “Information Matrix” is doing. The series will highlight other counties across the nation.
“Well, I think he should come and visit downtown Columbus,” Elyse Callahan said, “because it’s one of the prettier parts of Columbus. The RiverWalk is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been and I think it’s definitely worth seeing.”
When you took the time to visit EUE/Screen Gems several years ago, it was clear that you understand not only what it means to be a business owner, but that you also value opportunity and jobs for hard-working Georgians around the state.
The DeKalb Entertainment Commission and film industry veteran and producer Linda Burns will give students the answers needed to begin their journey into the world of TV & Film.
Entertainment industry leaders have been divided over how to take action over the abortion law. Many have taken a wait-and-see approach, as the law will not go into effect until at least 2020 and could face a lengthy court battle, thwarting its implementation.
Erin Bethea is owner/producer of Argentum Entertainment. Erin is highly accomplished in the industry and since moving back to Georgia with her producing partner, she has dedicated her time to networking and advising others.
Right now they are making their own special cards that go in those slots, but we can imagine that aftermarket (NVIDIA!!!) will likely find a way to build for that slot as well.
A top Hollywood producer is adding more ammo to the industry’s fight against the onslaught of anti-abortion legislation.
Godzilla: King of Monsters stomped into theaters this weekend with $179 million in global receipts. Its US take of $49 million, while good enough for first place, wasn’t exactly earth-shattering.
It’s been a busy month for film and television production in Georgia this May. Here’s what we saw, where it shot, and how to spot it in your neighborhood.
Greg has decades of experience working on major studio productions with credits that include Avengers: Infinity War, Zombieland 2, Grimm TV series, Gremlins 2, Fight Club, Sleep Hollow, American Horror Story and others.
The nominations for the 2019 CMT Awards, which focus on country music videos, have been announced, and lots of Georgians are among them. Here’s a quick rundown
“The response on the ground has been incredibly gratifying,” Chernin, CEO of the Chernin Group, said. “On the ‘Fear Street’ set, a number of women staff have given incredible feedback. Departments like the camera people on ‘P-Valley’ are starting a crowdfunding campaign to give to the ACLU as we have.”
“I think many people who work for us will not want to work there, and we will have to heed their wishes in that regard. Right now we are watching it very carefully,” Iger told Reuters.
Disney’s Aladdin got all of its wishes and soared off to a $114.3 million start over Memorial Day weekend in the US. With that figure, it earned the fifth highest opening ever for the beginning of the summer holiday.
The SCAD Savannah Film Festival is seeking diverse short films — about the South, set in the South, or directed by Southern filmmakers — exploring a variety of themes and perspectives that best represent the voices from the South
“Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there, while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”
We’ve learned that actress Mikaela Hoover (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Emma Roberts (We’re the Millers) have just been cast to star in Netflix’s upcoming romantic comedy “Holidate,” produced by McG’s Wonderland Productions, and have just touched down in Atlanta to shoot for the next few weeks.
“SCAD’s nearly 4,000 fashion graduates are now design leaders at Anthropologie, Marc Jacob, Kenneth Cole, Kate Spade, Abercrombie, Chanel, Lily Pulitzer, and just about every other major brand,” said SCAD President & Founder, Paula Wallace.
From the former stay-at-home mom who now has a steady job as a zombie to the farm boy who was a paid extra on “Stranger Things” and now leads movie tours, to the once sleepy, postcard-perfect town of Senoia, which has served as a giant set for “The Walking Dead,” so many Georgia workers, property owners and service industries rely on film and television income that the region.
Hundreds of producers, writers, designers, and industry leaders are set to descend on Duluth in October for the annual Catalyst Content Festival (formerly ITVFest). A new tax incentive program would give them one more good reason to return and stay.
We are excited to have someone with her depth of knowledge and experience lead the CFC. We are confident that her prior experience, both in Production and Government, will well serve all the stakeholders who work in the motion picture and television industry here in California.
“Serious productions that are already there, it’s so expensive to move a show, it’s very, very difficult to do that,” she observed, noting that the Georgia law will be tied up in courts for years before it’s ever, if ever, implemented.
Bowen will discuss film and television production in the area, including existing barriers to its continued expansion and the risks presented by potential boycotts. Bowen’s law firm specializes in commercial and entertainment law, and he has expanded his involvement to larger interests in the film industry.
Most recently, Ideas United expanded its infrastructure to develop original content, including five television pilots based on the top concepts submitted from nearly 1,000 of its top emerging creators worldwide.
The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) continues its AJFF Selects screening series with Tel Aviv on Fire, a big-hearted satire where a soap opera writer finds himself caught in the crossfire of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
However, regional film commission officials say economic impact studies have shown the state reaps a return of nearly $2 on every dollar of movie production spending.
The Republican made a closed-door visit to Pinewood Studios and met Wednesday with students at the Georgia Film Academy, saying in a statement he appreciates an industry that “generates economic opportunity in every corner of our great state.”
Paul Gessing is the President of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. The Rio Grande Foundation is an independent, non-partisan, tax-exempt research and educational organization dedicated to promoting prosperity for New Mexico based on principles of limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility.
Andrew Greenberg, Executive Director of the Georgia Game Developers Association, discusses the many ways they are developing the gaming workforce, including online live-streamed workshops.
From “Carol” to “The Old Man and the Gun,” Cincinnati has been featured in a slew of movies thanks to a tax break Ohio gives to productions doing business there.
Resurrecting momentous events in her personal history—including the physical spaces where they occurred—deftly-introspective British moviemaker Joanna Hogg created The Souvenir, a semi-autobiographical drama which centers around a film student drowning in a detrimental love affair.
Tariffs and enhanced tax enforcement are going to raise the price of the gear you use every day to make your films.
According to Tammy Smith Casting Hillbilly Elegy, based on the memoir by JD Vance, will also be filmed in Clayton, Georgia, as well as Atlanta.
There are thousands upon thousands who go to MomoCon every year, and each has their own reason for attending the four-day celebration of gaming, music, costuming, comics, visual arts and voice acting.
Sleeping in is a nice perk, but it comes with work; work that also happens to be rather fun. SoaR Gaming is an eSports company and brand, with Georgia as their home base. Several members of the team call metro Atlanta home, even though they’re drawn from all over the map.
Drew Sawyer says content creation is how Moonshine got started. Today he tells us how more original content from already talented people in Georgia will set us onto another level of success for the state.
Detective Pikachu came very close to unseating the reigning box office champion, but its $58 million opening was just short of the incumbent film’s $63 million third frame take.
I absolutely and completely support anyone’s right to free speech. However, I’d like the folks who are considering abandoning Georgia to consider the most immediate victims this action.
While you won’t find its name featured prominently on movie posters alongside well-known castmates that include Diane Keaton, Pam Grier, Jacki Weaver and Rhea Perlman, Del Webb’s Sun City Peachtree served as an unexpected star of the show in the newly released movie, Poms.
“We’re trying to create a sustainable industry and basically what that’s going to require is us to do training locally, on the local level and so we’re working with our high school to develop programs that trains, hands-on training for the various parts of the film industry.”
“We’ve been building up our individual careers for years,” the group notes in its petition, “and many of us are active in various industry organizations, uniting to ride the ups and downs that so many of us experience in this business.”
Kemp spokesman Cody Hall said that the trip would now take place in the fall, and that the governor plans to soon tour Georgia film production firms and meet with employees to show support for the industry.
Alex Brownley is the General Manager, Post Dailies and Rentals at SIM International Atlanta. Today he talks about how Georgia’s growth has created numerous opportunities for people to further their careers in the entertainment industry.
It’s a bittersweet moment as we prepare for the end of an era with the final installment of the Avengers saga, Avengers: Endgame. To celebrate its release, we are taking a look back at the 12 Marvel Cinematic Universe films that have shot with Pinewood Group.
Chairman & CEO Mitch Glazier announced new members of his leadership team with the promotions of Morna Willens to Chief Policy Officer and Karen Silhol to Chief Financial Officer, and the addition of Ken Doroshow as Chief Legal Officer. Each position is effective immediately and reports to Glazier.
Perez’s full-length film Burnt Offering, a horror/thriller created entirely around metro Atlanta with Blackhall Studios, can be streamed on Amazon Prime and rented through Redbox.
“So I will be meeting with the director on Monday where we’ll start discussing in what particular roles he would want them to serve,” said Dr. Richard Baxter, CSU’s vice president of Engagement and Economic Development.
“This is a very exciting time for us,” states Sheena Wiley, producer and host of Georgia Box Office. “Amazon is great fit for GBO as we continue to grow our audience across different platforms.”
2019 marks the 38th Annual Savannah Jazz Festival, featuring 27 free performances highlighting regional, national and international world-class jazz in the Lowcountry.
On its second week out, Avengers: Endgame has met and surpassed all expectations, easily sailing past Titanic ($2.187 billion) to become the second-highest worldwide grosser with $2.189 billion global. Only Avatar ($2.8 billion), still the top worldwide, stands in its way.
Celebrating its 15th year, MomoCon is among the fastest-growing “all ages” conventions in the country, with more than 110,000 turnstile visitors expected in 2019.
Noting the success of 1972’s “Deliverance,” Gov. Jimmy Carter created the state’s film commission in 1973, and, more importantly, kicked-off a tradition of “can do” in Georgia.
Missouri’s tax credits don’t actually help the state or its residents, but he says the film tax credit might be different. “It has a lot of guaranteed money” spent in the state, he said, so it could actually be worth it.
Simon, also the author of the industry bible, Storyboards: Motion In Art, 3rd Edition, got his storyboarding start while working at HBO with OJ Simpson on the hit series 1st and 10.