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GGDA-SIEGE Meeting 7 pm Aug. 25

2020 has been a crazy year for everyone, including the GGDA. From our COVID guidelines to our Unreal Engine grant to our new insurance opportunity to members, we have been adding more ways to help everyone in the Association.

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More about Georgia’s Mandate to Audit Film and TV Tax Credits

Only 12% of projects were audited in 2016, but even those audits did not uncover about $4 million in ineligible expenditures in eight projects, according to the DOAA. Under the new law, the Department of Revenue will be required to adopt new audit standards and to maintain a list of independent auditors eligible to complete the work.

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HBCU esports league to debut next week

The $1.5 billion esports industry, which is largely populated by white men, has few Black faces. That has begun to change over the past month with the formation of a historically Black college and university (HBCU) league on the horizon.

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Sapelo Insurance: Things to consider as productions begin again

So what are some of the changes we are seeing in the COVID-19 environment? For certain, it has taken more time to get policies approved with additional questions being asked. We are advising all clients to start the process earlier than before to ensure the production is not delayed due to a delay in the policy issuance.

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IATSE comments on the introduction of the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act

When Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in late-March – providing temporary economic relief for entertainment workers – it was already clear that subsequent COVID-19 legislation would be required in short order to address substantial issues that working people continue to face as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

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Statement from MPA on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

In the film, television, and streaming industry especially, we understand the importance of how words and stories can challenge our view of society, and how they can make an everlasting impact on our history. Few Americans have changed the course of history like Congressman John Lewis did through his words and actions.

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740+ Businesses Make Georgia Safety Promise

Launched a little over a week ago, the Georgia Safety Promise is a public-private partnership and safety campaign to remind Georgia businesses and the public of the importance of following COVID-19 safety guidelines by agreeing to simple – yet critical – measures that help protect Georgians from COVID-19, minimize spread of the virus, and keep Georgia open for business.

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David Glanzer on Comic-Con and Going Virtual

For the past 50 years, Comic-Con has grown into the Mecca for all things Comics. Collectors, fans, and self-proclaimed geeks, as well as comic-book authors, exhibitors, and TV & movie stars, have all flocked to downtown San Diego to celebrate the 4-day event.

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Socially Distant Shows at Red Clay

Our shows will have limited seating (roughly 75 available out of 260) and will be streamed online on YouTube (with a Tip Jar for the performers). The shows will be GENERAL ADMISSION. We will seat people in PODS (probably in groups of 2,4,6,8,10 and 12). 

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Editorial: ‘Council of Dads’ cancellation a big loss for Savannah

Some people were naturally upset — a number of locals worked behind the scenes, performed background work for various episodes and had a steady flow of income for the multiple months the series made Savannah its home base. Others veered more negative, lamenting their opinion of the poor quality of the show as reason enough to ignore its departure from the NBC lineup.

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Doing the Work: Kirsten Schaffer, Women in Film

The Executive Director of Los Angeles-based Women in Film – Kirsten Schaffer – was an LGBTQ activist from her early youth. Programming film festivals was a way to channel her energies since she quickly realized that “stories have the power to change hearts and minds, and that cultural change precedes political change”.

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Georgia Produced Reality Show “Gamemaster” Partners With Makerforce

The upcoming esports reality show, GAMEMASTER has announced a partnership with  MakerForce, a grassroots emergency response organization, to expand its efforts in the fight against coronavirus. The partnership will allow both organizations to expand their reach and provide PPE supplies to an even larger network of medical providers in need.

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Savannah’s film industry gaining momentum after COVID shutdown

“We’re getting a lot of inquires. In the last month it’s really picked up a lot, and we have had one actual in-person scout come in last week looking to shoot probably toward the end of the summer,” said Beth Nelson, executive director of the Savannah Regional Film Commission. “It was really fun to have somebody here on the ground, looking at our locations.”

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DreamHack launches new tournament series featuring Fortnite

DreamHack, the premier gaming lifestyle festival, announces the launch of a new tournament series featuring Fortnite.  The series — entitled DreamHack Open Featuring Fortnite — will kick off in July and consists of monthly online tournaments for the EU, NA East, and NA West Fortnite servers through all of 2020, and will be broadcast live on Twitch. 

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Evans High School creates model for CSRA Esports

Kids have had a lot more time on their hands lately, which probably means a number of them have turned to video games to help pass some of it. Their popularity is growing even more, and now, you may start seeing more video games in schools.

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How COVID-19 is transforming the film industry

After more than 40 years as an actor, Sheri Mann Stewart had finally taken the plunge to launch her own production company. A week after she wrapped shooting her first film for Mann Woman Productions, Atlanta went on pandemic lockdown.

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L.A. County Allows TV, Film Production to Resume

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Department of Public Health made the announcement on Wednesday, with L.A. Department of Public Health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer adding that the County Department of Public Health would also release safety guidelines on Thursday for film productions. Gyms, movie theaters, campgrounds, hotels and museums will also receive guidelines and be allowed to open. 

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Music Community Unites to Support Vital Police Reforms

A united music community including top artists, managers, major and independent record companies, songwriters and publishers, and affiliated organizations publicly released a letter supporting the long running campaign to repeal section 50-A of New York’s Civil Rights Law.

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Video Games Don’t Have To Be Educational To Spark Learning

When I was in high school, the best way I could describe myself was as a parent’s worst nightmare: I didn’t care about my education, didn’t do homework, and was known to sleep in class. My SAT score was so bad that I still don’t know how I did! My very frustrated mom threw that letter in the trash.

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Women Directors: A Progress Report

Women directors’ fortunes continue to be on the rise, not just in TV but also on film. Despite the shutdown, several have found homes for their work on streaming services. Most of those, including several high budget productions that had a 2020 release date, have been pushed forward to next year. 

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Atlanta Movie Tours: We’re Bringing #GeorgiaFilm to You! #GAFilmandChill

Small businesses have always pivoted and always will. For us, at this time, it wasn’t just pivoting, it was twirling, whirling, back-flipping, but we’re ready for you! We appreciate that touring the way we have will take a little longer to get back to, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep you entertained and excited for all the #GeorgiaFilm that has been and will certainly return.

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Update from The Savannah Regional Film Commission

Since mid-March active film and television productions working in the Savannah region were suspended in response to the health and safety orders surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.  As we slowly work to reopen the region to production, our highest priority is the safety of our crew members, talent, vendors, location owners, and others involved in film and television production.

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COVID 19 Virtual Meetings, The road to recovery

This week we continue our COVID-19 update virtual meetings,  starting with a roundtable discussion focused on Georgia’s travel and tourism industry on Wednesday, May 27.  On Thursday, May 28, join us to hear from Dr. Toomey, Commissioner of Georgia Department of Public Health, who will share updates and future plans from the public health sector. 

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Quarantined Publicity

No premieres. No red carpets. No press junkets at the Four Seasons and other hotels. No promotional tours around the globe to open a movie. Major films having to push their release deep into the Fall or even 2021. What’s a publicist to do with clients sitting at home?

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Paul Jenkins to Keynote CIMFest June 6

Award-winning comic book and game writer Paul Jenkins keynotes CIMFest with “Creating a Successful Game Franchise”. Join him to look at what goes into creating not just a successful game, but a successful IP that can exist in many media forms.

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New product for safe working in COVID-19 era

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, two young professionals from Atlanta, GA created a product to help businesses return to work safer and smarter. Andy Halpern and Adam Harris Engelhard were childhood best friends who both saw their respective businesses come to a halt when the economy shut down in mid-March.

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