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


Excerpts from the May 23rd article from the NYT.

But mostly, key players inside Georgia’s film and television business have declined to weigh in. They include the mogul Tyler Perry, whose huge studio complex occupies a former army base; representatives from two other prominent studios in the Atlanta area — Pinewood, used by Marvel films, and EUE/Screen Gems — and AMC, the cable channel behind “The Walking Dead.”

“Our jobs are not going anywhere,” said Mea Tharp, the onetime stay-at-home mother who now is a regular “walker” on the show.

Film industry workers in Atlanta said they had yet to see any hints of work drying up. In an email to its members last week, Local 479 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the union representing crew members, said there were no signs of an industrywide pullout from the state, and that the 30 projects underway in Atlanta was on par with previous years. “We see no reason to expect any slowdown as the year progresses,” the union said.

Enticed by a 20 percent state tax credit (and another 10 percent if they use the Georgia Film Commission’s logo in their credits) film and television productions brought Georgia $2.7 billion in revenues in the 2017 fiscal year, according to state figures. An estimated 92,000 jobs are connected to the industry in Georgia, and more top-grossing films were produced here in 2017 than in any other state, according to the most recently available data.

See more at the NYT.


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