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New Jersey awards over $6M in tax credits for film projects

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.

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Recording Academy Announces Georgia Music Co-founder Tammy Hurt as National Vice Chair of Board of Trustees

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.

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Commentary: How Hollywood Can Beat the Dictators

”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?

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All Bruced Up in Columbus, ‘The Long Night’ underway

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.

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SIEGE Returns Oct. 13-15 at KSU Center

With our regular SIEGE hotel undergoing renovations, we had thought we would put SIEGE on hiatus for 2019. However, a number of you have asked that we move forward with it, and KSU has made a great offer to host us.

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Stacey Abrams Urges Hollywood To Stay And Fight

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.

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Bold-named entities have committed to stay and fight the legislation

“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.”

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New York Times: Hollywood Invested Big in Georgia, A New Law Causing Some Tensions

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.

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Fans of anime and gaming to come out and play

Similar to San Diego Comic-Con and Dragon Con─held in Atlanta during Labor Day weekend─MomoCon focuses on Japanese and American animation, gaming and comics. The event also features celebrity panels and attendees participating in cosplay.

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Commentary: New Mexico’s Film Credits Are Money-loser

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.

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The 2019 Atlanta Film Festival Recap

An entire month’s passed since the 43rd annual Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) brought together nearly 30,000 passionate filmmakers and cinephiles for 11 days of cultural discovery, artistic growth and opportunity.

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eSports house a sign of growing industry in Georgia

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.

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Fitzgerald, GA film industry on the rise

“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.”

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