He says right now, 18 other states have or are considering similar legislation, and it hasn’t actually been implemented in any of them. Bowen says the bootom line is the production companies decide where to film, and they aren’t the ones calling for a boycott.
Governor Brian P. Kemp. “Not only does our state welcome a record number of visitors each year, but travel and tourism creates jobs for 471,000 Georgians. The industry’s continued growth reaffirms that travel matters to every community in Georgia and makes our state a great place to live, work and do business.”
Friend of the entertainment industry and strong advocate of business in Georgia, Representative Josh Bonner talks about the state’s pending opportunities to improve the business environment in the state of Georgia.
Noel Braham (B.A. ’11) continues to find success in the film and television industry, recently taking home two Daytime Emmy nominations for his original short film, “Watchtower.”
The Stewart Detention Center, which is contracted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is located in Lumpkin, and serves as the film’s focal point.
Under pressure as production fled the home of Hollywood for more tax lucrative realms like Georgia, the state introduced an incentive program in 2009 that the CFC ran.
Seven films by African American filmmakers were shown in Macon this weekend as part of the first-ever Tubman African American Film Festival.
The timing could not have been better. Creature Comforts was celebrating its fifth year right as ‘Endgame’ hit theaters. The team got a private showing of the film to celebrate.
Bo Bowen is the founder of The Bowen Law Group based in Savannah and serving clients all over Georgia. Today he speaks about growing the entertainment business in the region and how 2018 was a break out year but opportunities and challenges remain.
After a small stumble with Dumbo earlier this month, the empire has struck back, and Disney is once again on top of the charts. Avengers: Endgame put up a record-shattering $1.2 billion global debut, the biggest of all time, and in less than a full frame Marvel’s latest super hit is already the best-selling movie of 2019.
The 31 Days of Jazz will kick-off with Live from Woodruff Park on Wednesday, May 1. This free event will happen every Wednesday in May from 5 – 8 p.m. The first Live from Woodruff Park event will feature a performance from Atlanta’s own Gritz and Jelly Butter.
Three teams of Georgia State students collaborated with Burmese Rohingya, Karen and Kurdish community members, including students and alumni of Georgia State’s Perimeter College.
“Our biggest competitor has not been Los Angeles – they do primarily TV now – but Georgia. We now have a much better ability to compete with them. Because we have such close proximity to Los Angeles – [it’s] a two-hour flight so producers and actors can fly home for the weekend.”
Rakowiecki created an entirely animated video, focused on deterring the demand that fuels human trafficking, that will be used in training sessions for IHTI volunteers and for social media campaigns.
Late last year, we sat down with Ricky Hawkins of the Alida Hotel in Savannah. The property was nearly ready to open and the entertainment industry was already top of mind. Now that the hotel is in full swing, we can say it is certainly ready for primetime.
Kit Vinsick has joined Craig Miller Productions (CMP) as a commercial and film director. Kit hails from New York, and is a proud Georgian by choice. Before moving to Atlanta she was gaining notoriety as a commercial and indie filmmaker.
Host Kalena Boller visited the Savannah College of Art and Design to find out how the university is teaching cultural changes in the film industry. She also visited the set of a student produced sitcom called G.R.I.T.S., which is short for Girls Raised in the South.
Rome Communications Director Kristi Kent said the film industry is one of five main targets for her marketing efforts, along with leisure travelers, groups or meetings, sporting events and wedding business.
‘In a research paper, Florida TaxWatch stated that film incentives support “high quality, high paying jobs” with an average salary 68 percent than the national average. Florida needs to stop losing film business to Georgia.’
The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Love Takes Flight was filmed in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, Parade shared. DeLoach said this was perfect for her because it was just 90 minutes from her hometown and family. “What a dream!”
Alex Travis, Community Engagement Coordinator with Troy University-Phenix City, talks to us about the university’s support of the Way Down Film Festival and Society and discusses their meet and greets and screenings that occur monthly.
Those getting the tax credit must submit tax verification reports with the state, according to an eight-page fiscal note. No more than $5 million may be requested from the Department of Commerce each year and no more than $7.5 million from the Department of Revenue.
These figures are compiled through the Solid Waste Task Force, a joint program between the MPAA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The Task Force was designed to promote environmentally friendly practices across the film and television industry.
Esports, or gaming, is one of the most lucrative, fast-growing sports in the world. Now Georgia is one of only five states in the country to recognize it as an official sport.
From Priyanka Chopra Jonas previewing the projects she’s working on this year (a book, a Bumble partnership, and numerous shows and movies) to Stacey Abrams teasing a presidential run (“Nothing is holding me back”), the first full day of the 10th annual Women in the World Summit was brimming with women leaders and notable conversations.
It was the worst Easter box office in 25 years. Out of 16 weekends so far in the current year, this was also the 13th time in which results were below those of 2018. As Hollywood is back in its gloomy mood, Avengers: Endgame, out in a few days, couldn’t come soon enough.
When Jeremiah Bennett came to Milledgeville in 2012 to work as a production assistant on the reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” he found much more than an interesting family that captivated America’s television audience.
“The Duke Ellington Tribute Concert is a beloved, long-standing tradition for Coastal Jazz Association. It’s our most popular monthly concert with a sold-out crowd year after year” says Howard Paul, board president for Coastal Jazz Association and President of Benedetto Guitars.
Kris Bagwell is EVP at EUE/Screen Gem Studios in Atlanta. Today he talks to us about issues that could impact the tax credits including social legislation and adding on items to what is already one of the best programs in the world.
The Georgia Southern University Department of Information Technology (IT) hosted TekLAN 46 throughout the IT building. Put on each semester by IT students, the event includes gaming, board games, movies, coding and networking, both on the computer and socially.
The Festival begins on May 3 with a 7 p.m. screening of the film “Tell Them We are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities at the Grand Opera House.” Special guests get reserved seating and are invited to a pre-screening reception and meet and greet with the filmmaker.
According to FilmLA data, Feature film production decreased 13.0 percent in the first quarter, to 708 SD. Timing appears to have played a role in the decline.
Film professionals say Missouri is missing out on millions of dollars in revenue – especially in small towns and rural areas. Senator Denny Hoskins of Warrensburg’s bill would bring back a tax incentive for bringing movies to Missouri.
Stepakoff’s goal is to turn Georgia into Y’allywood, the next Hollywood. “Your film academy believes in Georgia. We should train in Georgia,” he said at the Board of Regents meeting, which was held at Georgia Southern’s Armstrong campus.
And as far as generating overall economic development goes, the film tax credit numbers look even worse. That same Camoin report shows the state shelling out $1,447,915,071 in film credits over the years 2015 and 2016, while bringing in $1,552,161,401 in tax revenues.
“I’m a sucker for a good story,” Chris says. “Ultimately at the end of the day, we love being part of a great story that will last for generations. That’s what we do best.”
The investment will not only help preserve a historic mill, but it will also create a new home for the outstanding achievements of American women who have changed history and enrich the local community and its residents with the Hall’s educational programs and special events and exhibits.
The firm was selected for its 10.53% revenue growth to $55.72 million, 10.45% increase in the number of employees to a total of 296, and 5.56% increase in partner count that brought the total of partners at the firm to 38.
Alton Brown, the long-time Cobb County resident and mesmerizing Food Network mad scientist, is bringing an updated version of “Good Eats” back to life after seven years on hiatus.
So what can you look forward to seeing? Over 60 artifacts from critically acclaimed films to prominent televisions shows! If you’re thinking Stranger Things or The Walking Dead, you guessed right!
“The opportunity to integrate into the ethnically and gender diverse World of Areu Bros. Studios, allows Cinelease to take our solutions-oriented approach to the next level. From the inception of a project, we are on the ground with storytellers – supplying the right tools to tell their stories- without limitation.” Gannon Murphy, Cinelease’s Director of Business Development
Gannon Murphy is Director of Business Development at Cinelease. The company has 12 locations and today we asked about the firm’s commitment to Georgia.
As a former Miss Cobb County, Lace harnessed her talent for performing comedic dialogues into winning more than $26,000 in scholarships. She made it to the Miss Georgia pageant four times.
Governor Andrew Cuomo have approved $840 million in refundable credits for television and movie producers over the next two fiscal years. This comes on top of $7.3 billion worth of incentives provided to the industry since 2004.
S.B. 1595, which cleared the Senate on Friday, considers the first $200,000 of out-of-state wages as part of production companies’ Illinois labor expenses, in addition to all wages paid to state residents.
“Our partnership with DreamHack allows Chipotle to become even more engrained in the esports community,” said Chris Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer at Chipotle.
WMAZ-TV reports production crews are preparing an area of downtown Macon to serve as a backdrop for “Watchmen,” a show based on the acclaimed DC Comics series from 1986.
The program wasn’t set to expire until 2022, and was essentially left out of the conversation surrounding this year’s budget until a two-year extension was quietly added to the final agreement.
In a year where Netflix has continued to grow at an astounding rate, the streaming platform’s biggest leap was its deal to open a U.S. production hub in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
SSU Indie Film Fest will be holding their 5th annual film festival April 16 – 18 on the campus of Savannah State University (SSU) campus and downtown Savannah’s Beach Institute. All events are free and open to the public including the celebration’s anticipated awards finale.
The little tripod that can help you rig up your camera basically anywhere takes aim at vloggers and other mirrorless shooters with its new upgrades.
Muscogee County is now home to not one, not two, but three local school teams recognized for their excellence in filmmaking.
Chris Escobar is the Executive Director of the Atlanta Film Society. Today he talks about how to acquire a career in this industry and all the opportunities available.
Jim Stone is CEO of Tytan Pictures. Today he speaks with us about ‘Redemption’, the working title of the Darryl Strawberry movie the company is working on.
With companies like Netflix spending more than $12 billion on new programming in 2018 alone (yes, billion), there is no shortage of film and TV productions out there. Add to that the impact on tourism that can come from having millions of viewers watching a show set in a tropical paradise like the Keys.
The film’s title character, one of DC comics b-list heroes, is a fourteen-year-old boy (Asher Angel) who is given superpowers and turned into a 38-year-old man (Zachary Levi) by a wizard looking forward to retirement, voiced by Djimon Hounsou.
“That’s a wrap on our Atlanta portion of production,” he says. “A huge THANK YOU to our hard working & talented Georgia film crew. Once again, it’s been my pleasure to put in the work with all of you and look forward to our next adventure down the road.”
This year’s Atlanta Film Festival celebrates Georgia talent, along with the debuts of some significant documentary and narrative features.
In August 2018, RKDS Film Fest began receiving more than 1,500 film submissions from around the world and was Certified Gold by Filmfreeway, the number one film festival and film submitting company in the world, organizers said.
GOP New York State Sen. Rob Ortt called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature to remove the Empire State Film Tax Credits from the fiscal year 2020 budget and shift its $420 million cost to fund health, education, direct support and veterans’ needs.
Three of Atlanta’s leading health experts will share esports player fitness tips during the Southeast’s largest intercollegiate esports tournament April 6 in Atlanta at Georgia State University’s Sports Arena.
“Jackie is a welcome addition to our strong industry relations team, with deep ties to Nashville and an established track record within the artist and label community that make her a perfect fit for this role. We are lucky to have her,” said RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Glazier.
Taylor currently has several films in development including Etowah Ridge, Shelter (by Michael Sloan, The Equalizer), Baby Girl, Maybe Something Beautiful, and Diary of the Dragon’s Daughter.
Actor Dean Cain called out Hollywood “bullies” after dozens of TV and film workers threatened to boycott working in Georgia if a controversial abortion bill is signed into law in the state.
Uni-Fest is an annual film festival for students in Georgia to show their film-making skills, receive feedback on their films and network with professionals.
State and local officials joined an array of film and television industry leaders at the Diversity in Film and Television Production Forum last month in Newark to discuss both upcoming opportunities and the importance of diversity when enlisting talent and crew from New Jersey.
This modern version follows more or less the same storyline as the old one, with the titular big eared flying elephant striving for acceptance and trying to gain his freedom from an exploitative circus owner, played this time by Danny DeVito.
The bill would give a 20% income tax credit on all production expenses made in Montana, but production companies would have to spend at least $350,000 before receiving the credit. It would also require production companies to put a Montana promotion in their film.
A resolution passed by the Georgia State Senate has recognized Savannah attorney Charles “Bo” Bowen for his services to both the state’s entertainment industry and to its legal profession.
Spring has arrived in Georgia and with it, the first busy season of the year for film and television production. It’s also pilot season, which means we have a slew of new shows that may one day be picked up for full season orders and join the growing list of “Made in Georgia” properties.
At an event in March, Kemp said the entertainment industry employs 200,000 Georgians and generated more than $60 billion of economic activities for the state.
“The impact of the U.S. film and television industry reaches far beyond well-known creative hubs, such as Los Angeles, New York City and Atlanta,” said Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the MPAA.
Perimeter Adult Learning Services, or PALS, has announced its Spring 2019 session begins on March 25 and runs for seven weeks through May 13 at Dunwoody United Methodist Church.
The Writers Guild of America released a statement Tuesday saying that if the Georgia legislature and Governor Brian Kemp were to pass the “heartbeat” abortion bill, it might cause Hollywood TV and film production to go elsewhere.
At least six other states — Rhode Island, Illinois, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Georgia — allow students to compete in Esports as an official high school varsity sport.
The American Youth Film Festival will partner with schools, colleges and entertainment organizations around the state to conduct American Youth In Film entertainment career workshops and provide a pathway for students interested in launching their careers as filmmakers, actors, directors, cinematographers, storytellers and creatives.
Story Data is exclusively hosting entrants for the second screenwriting competition held by Get Connected Atlanta and Final Touch Production’s 10K Film Production Grant 2019. Submissions are currently being accepted thru April 25, 2019.
HBO filmed a pilot with the code name “Brooklyn”.The streaming service picked the show up and they will be filming an episode for season one in Macon, again.
Alan Clarke is a partner at Taylor English. He is group focuses on the entertainment industry. Today he talks to us about contracts and why it is so important to have a solid understanding of papers signed and agreed upon.
Carlson often finds work in Georgia’s booming film industry as an expert and has more than 200 credits for her dialect and text coaching in theater, television, movies, and audiobook productions.
It will feature film and television professionals and studio executives, information on the film industry, training, networking opportunities and experts from Tyler Perry Studios, the Georgia Film Academy, EUE/Screen Gems Ltd. and many more.
Rathburn joins a long line of distinguished poets who have served in the position, including David Bottoms, Bettie Mixon Sellers, John R. Lewis, Jr., Conrad Aiken, Agnes Bramblett, Oliver F. Reeves, Wrightman Metlon, Earnest Neal and Frank Stanton.
“This tax credit has a documented value year after year after year,” Krueger said Thursday on WNYC radio. “It’s working, and the senate is certainly not proposing ending this credit.”
The South by Southwest film festival is bringing star power to Austin. 234 films are premiering at SXSW with stars like Kevin Costner, Jon Hamm and Lupita Nyong’o walking the red carpets. But even though many films debut here, far fewer are being made in Texas.
But while the film tells an important story about Durham, the vast majority of its filming did not take place here. Instead, audiences will see small-town Georgia – the Bartow County Courthouse, Ross’ Diner in Cartersville and the Macon-Bibb Government Center – as stand-ins for the Durham of the early 1970s.
The three-day event will host speakers, panel discussions, demos, workshops and elite networking experiences with leading financiers from around the country. It will focus on financial topics and trends in the entertainment industry. Industry leaders will address investment, financing and growth strategies.
The event is open to children ages 10 – 14. Students will be introduced to media literacy concepts. Afterwards, students will work together on production teams and produce a Public Service Announcement (PSA) promoting reading and the library.