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Exposed: A Conversation with Chris LeDoux

In this episode of EXPOSED, we speak with Crafty Apes co-founder Chris LeDoux. He discusses how VFX and post production have evolved in the pandemic era. He also discusses trends he sees for moviemaking in Georgia and beyond. 

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Frazier & Deeter Expands National Senior Leadership Team

Frazier & Deeter, a Top 50 accounting and advisory firm with offices in the US and the UK, announced today several changes to its senior leadership team. The firm has added new roles of Chief Strategy Officer and National Service Line Leader, while also separating the CFO and COO roles.

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ESL Gaming Unveils 2021 Direction and Event Calendar

 ESL Gaming, the world’s largest esports company, has unveiled an overview of its 2021 planning direction for esports tournaments and DreamHack festivals, providing a full list of dates. Included is DreamHack’s first live, in-person festival since the pandemic began.

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SCAD Announces Lineup for Virtual 2021 SCAD aTVfest

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) proudly announces the initial lineup for the 2021 SCAD aTVfest. Now in its ninth year, the university’s annual signature event celebrating all things television and streaming will be a virtual experience taking place Feb. 4-6, 2021.

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Augusta Film 2020 Year-End Summary and Update

COVID-19 critically halted the film industry cancelling all productions planned in Augusta after March 2020. The good news is interest in Augusta as a film production center grew. As the film industry had time on its hands, FILM Augusta saw inquiries and requests for information increase over 2019.

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Fangoria Partners With Circle Of Confusion To Launch Fangoria Studios

Fangoria is expanding its genre-driven empire with Fangoria Studios. The entertainment and publishing company is teaming with Circle of Confusion for the newly launched banner to develop and produce film, television, and podcasts using the Fangoria, Starlog, and Gorezone brands with a focus on sci-fi and horror projects with global appeal. Circle of Confusion is set to represent them in all areas.

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Speaker Ralston Pledges Support of Georgia’s Film Industry

At this year’s annual Georgia Chamber Eggs & Issue Breakfast, Speaker David Ralston was asked about support in the General Assembly for Georgia’s film and digital entertainment industry.  Georgia’s industry was hit hard by the pandemic, but has become a global model for returning to work safely and has been credited for leading Georgia out of a pandemic related recession.

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Morris Brown Receives $160K Gift To Establish ESports Center

Pharaoh’s Conclave (PCX), Georgia’s leading organization for diversity and inclusion in competitive video gaming, and the Thomas Family Fund are proud to announce a contribution of $160,000 to Morris Brown College in honor and memory of the family patriarch, Ronald Floyd Thomas (MBC 2002).

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GSEC Legislative Update: Session has started

Georgia’s legislative session began, with 36 freshman legislators and new leadership in several key committees. While the calendar seems to still be up in the air due to COVID, passing the budget and addressing voting rights are the main issues of focus.

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SAG-AFTRA Comments on Awards Show Scheduling

We are extremely disappointed to hear of the conflicting date, March 14th, announced today for this year’s Grammy Awards telecast. We announced the same date for the SAG Awards last July with the intent to give the greatest possible scheduling consideration for other awards shows. We expect the same consideration from sister organizations throughout the industry.

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Richard M. Bates, Noted Disney Exec Passes

Everyone loved Richard. Generous, supportive, charming and witty, he was widely respected and admired here in Washington and beyond, and he was a fierce advocate for the creative industries and the Walt Disney Company — which for him was much more than a job.

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Music Community Applauds Step Forward on DMCA Reform

22 music community organizations released the following statement on Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Chairman Thom Tillis’s proposal to restore balance to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), so that it can best achieve its objective to address online infringement

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Opinion: Georgia’s film industry again going strong

While the stars are not indicative of the politics of the film industry as a whole, the prospect of the “heartbeat” bill had some threatening to boycott our state. We were on the verge of collapse. Some in the Georgia Legislature began to question the film tax incentives.

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Big Changes Ahead for Georgia Entertainment Tax Credit

Georgia’s popular Film Tax Credit will undergo significant changes as of January 1, 2021. House Bill 1037 (H.B. 1037) was drafted in response to a report released earlier this year by the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts (DOAA). The report revealed the use of inadequate procedures by the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) to verify expenditures that qualify for the credit, resulting in the improper granting of credits. H.B. 1037 was signed into law on August 4, 2020 and was designed to prevent similar situations from occurring in the future.

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DreamHack Reveals Refreshed Brand on “DreamHack Day”

As part of its annual “DreamHack Day” DreamHack has revealed a refreshed brand with an identity focused on the gaming community. The new look, created in partnership with WPP brand agency Superunion, also reflects the company’s evolution into a global destination for immersive, gaming lifestyle experiences where the community comes to life.

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Georgia Production Summit VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

FROM GPP: Mark your calendar as busy on January 15-16: They’re the official dates for the Georgia Production Summit 2021. We’re hosting our first ever virtual summit on the 15th & 16th and you’re invited! Early bird registration for GPS2021 is now open, so claim your spot now.

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Motion Picture Association Renews Charles Rivkin’s Contract as Chairman and CEO

“The pandemic has only underscored how great storytelling helps to connect people – even when they are forced to be apart. I look forward to continuing to work with our Members and partners to advocate for creators, protect their content and economic livelihoods, and sustain the unparalleled pioneering spirit that has characterized our industry for more than a century.”

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Did Hollywood Help Turn Georgia Purple?

Now after Joe Biden collected the state’s 16 electoral votes, besting Donald Trump by 12,670 votes and becoming the first Democratic presidential nominee to win Georgia since 1992, the question is, how has the surging entertainment business played a role in the state going blue?

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Gov. Kemp Honors Service to Arts and Humanities

Governor Brian P. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp announced the recipients of the ninth annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. The awards were presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.

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The Liberator: A Netflix Original Series Made with GA Post

The release of  THE LIBERATOR marks the very first show to complete creative post for Netflix in Georgia—let alone with Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, and the latest cutting edge industry-standard for online post, IMF Mastering. It is also the first show to be presented in Trioscope: “a proprietary animated drama engine that fuses live-action with animation for a groundbreaking moving graphic novel experience.”

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What’s filming in Georgia in November 2020?

Many are returning shows such as the CW’s “Stargirl” and “Dynasty,” FXX’s “Archer,” the syndicated “Divorce Court” and OWN’s “Iyanla: Fix My Life.” Tyler Perry is also readying three of his shows to shoot consecutively.

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Savannah Location Highlight: Forsyth Park

It should come as no surprise that our region’s most photographed location, the Forsyth fountain, is the crowning jewel of the most popular filming destination in Savannah. With its famous fountain, majestic live oaks, and central location, Forsyth Park has been featured in at least 15 major film and television productions as well as numerous commercials, advertisements, and media campaigns.

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Exposed: A Conversation with Peter Bowden

Peter Bowden discusses the formation of the Columbus Film Commission, the Columbus Film Fund, and the impact of film and entertainment on the Columbus region. He also explains how he and his team work to promote Columbus to filmmakers in Georgia.

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Who Are the 12 Greatest Directors You’ve Never Heard About?

We all know the names of the greatest directors. You’ve got your Spielberg, Scorsese, Spike Lee, Nora Ephron, Agnes Varda, Fellini, Truffaut, Welles, Capra, Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Bigelow, and Fincher. We could make a list of hundreds of them, and we could argue the order back and forth. 

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SIEGE Schedule Announced

SIEGE will include parallel tracks of workshops and presentations Nov. 13-15. The GGDA has begun announcing the session, and they include Will Wright’s keynote, the returns of past keynotes Erin Hoffman-John and Nick Laing, sessions on Unity, Unreal, Twine, Fusion and much more.

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Atlanta’s Areu Studios files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The film studio, founded by Ozzie Areu, former president of Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, filed for reorganization on Oct. 29 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta. In Chapter 11, a business continues to operate while it attempts to reorganize its debts. Areu Studios reported assets of $50,000 or less and liabilities of $1 million to $10 million dollars.

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IATSE on The Confirmation Of Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court Of The United States

That it occurred during the pendency of a presidential election with over 50 million votes having been cast so far in early voting with a week remaining in the voting period is without parallel. With the confirmation of Justice Barrett, there are no vacancies on federal appellate courts. All vacancies on the Supreme Court and in all eleven federal circuit courts of appeals are filled.

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Hailey Heins Joins Cloud to Ground as Director of Post Production

Heins will oversee all post production activities for Cloud to Ground, including staffing, scheduling, budgeting and workflow optimizations. She will manage a team that includes post supervisors, coordinators, production assistants, and editors, and work on projects ranging from features, scripted and unscripted series, branded content, documentaries, and commercials.  

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Auction set for $4.5 million, 2-acre Buckhead estate and filming location

The eight-bedroom, seven and a half bath home encompasses 15,738 square feet and is surrounded by a private 2-acre lot with a gated entrance. The home was built by former three-time Super Bowl champion tackle Steve Wallace of the San Francisco 49ers and has been a favorite location for filming TV shows, movies, music videos and commercials.

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Long days on set rewarding for former city paramedic

As a young kid growing up in Powder Springs, Met Clark would sit in his parent’s house and watch movies that were made far away in Hollywood. He watched everything from gut-busting comedies to thrillers with daring rescues and stunts. But he never dreamt of flying out West to join the action.

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The SCAD Savannah Film Festival is going virtual

The SCAD Savannah Film Festival returns in its 23rd year as an all-virtual presentation Oct. 24-31, 2020. Connect with cinephiles worldwide as you watch live film premieres and unique, interactive programming from the comfort and safety of your home!

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Paul Jenkins’ CIMFest Keynote Released

Paul Jenkins provided a perfect cap to CIMFest back in June, and we wanted to share the video of his presentation now in order to remind you of the quality of the people willing to share their insights with GGDA members. Enjoy!

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Annual Georgia Film Festival turns to digital venue

Scheduled for Oct. 2-3, the annual festival transitioned to a virtual event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Department of Communication, Media and Journalism will host the event, which previously was held in-person on the Gainesville Campus.

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2020: POST AT 6 FEET or 60,000 FEET APART

Although we never envisioned slinging hand sanitizer, masking, and homeschooling as a part of our feature-color-finishing or TV-series-mixing process, we welcomed this new level of collaboration and fully immersed ourselves in the one thing we did see coming in 2020: remote post-production workflow. 

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SIEGE Investment Conference Open for Applicants

The SIEGE Investment Conference is the oldest investment conference in the Southeast that focuses on video games and related industries. It gives entrepreneurs in these industries an opportunity to pitch their business concepts to potential investors.

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Job Creation Up In First Two Months of Fiscal Year

August data shows job creation from new Georgia projects has already reached one-third of the total jobs reported for fiscal year 2020, and investments are up 11% over July. Despite COVID-19, job creation is 1.5 times higher than the same two months last year.

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