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This past Friday morning, politicians and music professionals sat side-by-side to discuss a potential new tax incentive to help Georgia grow its music industry. Lt. Governor Casey Cagle announced Senate appointments to the Joint Music Economic Development Study Committee on July 22. With 13 members, the committee features senators like Jeff Mullis (Chickamauga), Sens. Tyler Harper (Ocilla) and Butch Miller (Gainesville) alongside industry pros like Michele Caplinger of The Recording Academy/GRAMMY Awards, and Brandon Bush, a musician who’s performed in bands like Train and Sugarland and has contributed to over 100 recordings. There’s no denying the impact Georgia’s film production…

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If by chance you don’t recognize Ray McKinnon’s name, you’d surely know him by sight. For the past quarter-century, the Adel, Georgia, native has starred in roles as varied as Coach Cotton in The Blind Side, assistant U.S. attorney Lincoln Potter on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, and the Reverend Henry Weston Smith on HBO’s Deadwood. But when it comes to his work behind the camera, few filmmakers represent the South as often or as well. McKinnon’s track record of Southern success began in 2001 with The Accountant. He wrote, directed, and starred in the film, playing the title role of…

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It’s no secret that the film and television industry is a prominent business in Georgia. It’s a $7.2 billion industry in this state and leaders are looking to bring that wealth and growth to Southwest Georgia. On Tuesday, state representatives, city leaders, film academy officials and other stakeholders met at Albany State University for a House Study Committee meeting on minority participation in the industry. “In Georgia, what we’ve been doing is hearing about the industry, finding out how you may be able to be an extra in the industry but what I’m saying is hundreds of jobs are being…

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Despite what the video game employers restated today, SAG-AFTRA has not received a fair offer that would resolve our negotiations. The union remains committed to reaching an equitable solution while employers are the ones who continue to be intractable in their bargaining. As a result of Monday’s developments, the SAG-AFTRA Interactive Negotiating Committee issued the following statement: We know where our members stand, and we will put a deal in front of the SAG-AFTRA membership when we have an agreement our committee can recommend. Their attempt to characterize their offer to make “additional compensation” payments at the time of session…

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Sean Casey talks about Social Content Ratings, the most comprehensive measurement of TV-related social media activity available, which released last month. As media fragmentation increases, it is more and more difficult for networks to generate the levels of viewership they have historically been used to. Driving engagement and cultivating loyalty is correspondingly more challenging, too. The net result is a threat to the value networks can deliver to their advertisers, which is, of course, a threat to their own success. This is not a new problem. But it has become significantly more intense over the last five years, with the…

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At its very core, cinema is an illusion—an illusion of movement—so it follows that much of what has been accomplished in films is nothing short of magical. From the double exposure techniques of Georges Méliès (who was an actual magician) to Peter Jackson using forced perspective, there are plenty of methods filmmakers use to sell the illusion that what’s up on screen is actually happening. In this awesome 20-minute video, RocketJump Film School answers that all too common question, “How did they do that” by revealing how different production departments work together to pull off some of the most popular film…

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Ask any politician how Georgia does in the aerospace industry and you will hear a very positive answer like “great.” The truth is Georgia does great in the aeronautics side of aerospace– and the little known fact is Georgia does very poorly with the space side of the industry with less than 1/10 of 1 percent market share of a huge $330 billion space industry. Some legislators compare the space industry in Georgia to the film industry. The film industry was paid little attention by Georgia until we started to ask key industry players for their business and then they…

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A producer behind AMC’s The Walking Dead is suing a company that is building production facilities using a similar name, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in Georgia federal court. Valhalla Entertainment says it has been developing and producing successful movies and television shows for nearly 20 years, and now it claims an unaffiliated company is hoping to capitalize on that hard work by building production facilities under the name Valhalla Studios. With its seventh season premiering on Sunday, The Walking Dead is still the most-watched show on cable and has sparked two successful spinoffs, Fear The Walking Dead and Talking Dead. To…

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The third day of the Savannah Film Festival kept the ball rolling on Monday with the showing of 18 films, as well as a red carpet appearance by Molly Shannon, whose new film “Other People” was shown at the Lucas Theatre shortly after. The crowd of about 200 lined up on the east side of Broughton Street. Some were waiting for Shannon’s film in the Lucas, others for “American Pastoral,” which was being shown in the nearby Trustees Theater. See more at Savannah Morning News

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The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) today announced the recipients of the Vibrant Communities grant. Eighty-five entities received more than $297,963 in funding. GCA received 112 applications requesting $394,961 from 69 counties across the state. Applicants included libraries, schools, arts centers, cities, historical societies, community theatres, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc. The Vibrant Communities Grant was made available to organizations in counties that did not receive an FY17 Project or Partner Grant. “Georgia’s communities are filled with great art, inspired artists and bold visions for the ways in which local art can bolster economic development efforts in our communities,” said…

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