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Media production and public relations company matchbook media + pr celebrates over five years in Atlanta by opening new midtown offices at Strongbox West. The private office space includes access to thousands of square feet of event and creative work spaces. The company has partnered with the angel investing organization, Ritz Group, to launch new entertainment initiatives for the State of Georgia and expand production by Georgia-owned companies. Matchbook media + pr is uniquely positioned to be the leading entertainment company in Georgia. The locally-owned firm is now offering complete production services alongside public relations and advertising. Now, matchbook media…

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Florida’s film and TV industry is in a free-fall after the state scrapped its film incentives program earlier this year. Productions are leaving, vendors are fleeing, and workers are moving to Georgia in the wake of a concerted and well-financed campaign by the billionaire Koch brothers and their conservative allies in the state legislature to kill the Sunshine State’s incentives. It’s an exodus of epic proportions, but if a movie were ever to be made about it, it would probably have to be shot in Georgia. “The industry here is one step away from dead,” said Fred Moyse, business manager of…

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Georgia-born actor, writer and director John Schneider is coming home again, and he is bringing some 20 films from around the world – and yes, he appears in one. Schneider, who burst on the scene in 1979 as one of the young co-stars of the TV comedy “The Dukes of Hazzard” and has gone to work as actor, screenwriter and director, now has built the 58-acre John Schneider Studios in Baton Rouge, La. With his partner producer Alicia Allain, they are doing what filmmakers do; take their films to a film festival. “Only we don’t go to Cannes and wait…

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Better make sure that door is fastened,” Tyler Perry says, slipping into the driver’s seat of a small off-road utility vehicle as his passengers climb in. “I wouldn’t want you to fall out.” With a sly smile, Perry — the most successful African American filmmaker in history and the ruler of an entertainment empire of hit movies, TV series and plays — maneuvers the vehicle from a parking lot near the entrance of the historic Ft. McPherson Army base onto a paved road. Suddenly, he veers off into a massive, rolling sea of lush greenery. He passes various sights on the vast, grassy landscape; a white yacht resting on a platform, surrounded on three sides…

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 As Georgia’s film and TV industry continues to grow, those working in the field are looking for ways to make it sustainable, partly through growing and training local talent. Fiscal year 2016 was the state’s biggest year yet, seeing 245 film and TV projects filmed which generated $7 billion in economic activity, according to Craig Dominey, program manager for the film office of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. By comparison, 2015 saw $6 billion and just several years back in 2007, only $242 million was generated by the industry. See more at MDJonline “These days it is not unusual…

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Written by Senior Editor, Mollee D. Harper Georgia Film News previews the 2016 Savannah Film Festival beginning this Saturday, October 22, through the following Saturday, October 29. This annual event is hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and includes eight full days of cinematic creativity from award-winning industry professionals as well as emerging student filmmakers. More than 40,000 people are scheduled to participate in the festivities hosted at various locations around Savannah during the next week. The spectacular lineup includes film competitions, screenings, workshops, panel discussions and lectures, along with notable and honored guest speakers from…

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The new film festival will begin Friday and will host some of the top names in the film industry. Co-founder Jacy Jenkins recently sat down with Sunday Arts reporter Carrie Beth Wallace to discuss the upcoming festival, what patrons can expect to see, and why Jenkins and the founders believe the Way Down Film Festival is the next step to embedding Columbus on the map as a Southern cultural destination for good. Here are excerpts of that interview, edited for length and clarity. See the full interview at The Ledger-Enquirer

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Along with movie-star sightings and unexpected traffic tie-ups, the influx of film and TV productions in Georgia has resulted in a stronger law against frivolous defamation lawsuits. The Georgia First Amendment Foundation on Thursday awarded the Motion Picture Association of America for its work this year to expand Georgia’s law against so-called SLAPP suits, also known as strategic litigation against public participation. As media lawyer Cynthia Counts describes it, a SLAPP suit “is intended to censor, intimidate or silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism.” Counts, a Duane Morris partner…

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New numbers from the Georgia Department of Economic Development show Warner Brothers Pictures spent more than $21 million while filming “The Accountant” in and around Atlanta.. The thriller stars Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick and J.K. Simmons and opened this weekend. A total of 1,415 Georgia cast members and extras were hired for the film, along with 684 crew members. “The Accountant” also hired 168 off-duty personnel, including police officers and firefighters. See more at 11Alive.com

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The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced that Hi-Rez Studios, Georgia’s largest developer of online games, will expand, creating 75 additional jobs at its headquarters in Alpharetta. “Hi-Rez Studios has experienced steady growth since they set up operations in Alpharetta,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “They’ve benefited from a pro-business digital entertainment scene and a skilled workforce that cannot be found anywhere else. We are confident they will continue to grow and drive the worldwide esports movement from Georgia.” Throughout the next twelve months, Hi-Rez Studios will lease an additional 9,000 square feet to expand its Alpharetta headquarters. The…

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