2021 was a strong year for film in Augusta and the surrounding area. Beginning with “Getaway Driver” for the Discovery Channel, followed by action thriller “Agent Game,” then “Applewood” and finishing with “The Hill” in December many local jobs were supported and film spending contributed to the local economy.
In Concert Productions (ICP), an Atlanta-based company, announced it is opening The ICP Production Centre, a 30,000 square-foot, one-stop-shop for all entertainment industry production needs. Featuring a group of global behind-the-scenes industry giants in set design, staging, dry-hire broadcast, and A/V rentals, ICP, All Access, ATOMIC and SoCal Rentals will come together under one roof and serve as a hub for the industry, giving way for large scale production and entertainment events in the region.
Studios and production companies often attempt to avoid significant liabilities (tax and otherwise) by classifying certain workers as independent contractors instead of employees. Indeed, much of the entertainment industry has been structured around using “gig” independent contractors rather than forming a traditional employer-employee relationship.
The amount of people making money playing esports like Fortnight, League of Legends, Rocket League, Smite, Halo, CS:GO or content creating via Twitch, YouTube, Azubu, etc. continues to grow at an extraordinary pace. According to a recent article on dotesports.com, the payout for the top 50 streamers from August 2019 to October 2021 was around $1 million a year to $10 million a year.
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) proudly announces the lineup for the 2022 SCAD TVfest. Celebrating its milestone tenth year, the university’s annual signature event celebrating all things television and streaming will be a virtual experience taking place Feb. 17-19, 2022.
MEPTIK, a virtual production company based in Atlanta, Georgia opened their extended reality (xR) studio OPTIK Studios in Atlanta in partnership with Creative Technology.
Despite the studios’ counterprogramming with new films by Jennifer Lopez and Gal Gadot, the Super Bowl weekend – traditionally a slow period for filmgoing – stayed true to form.
The SXSW Gaming Awards will be produced by Georgia-based Peach Maria Productions, executive produced by Laurie Lockliear (upcoming esports reality series GameMaster), and offered digitally as part of SXSW Online on March 12, 2022 at 7 p.m. CT, during the overall March 11-20, 2022 festivities.
State Representative Matt Dollar (R-Marietta) announced that he will be resigning his seat in the Georgia House of Representatives effective today.
Jackass Forever, which was made for $10 million, easily beat Roland Emmerich’s $140 million action/adventure/sci-fi, Moonfall, and the $200 million-budgeted Spider-Man: No Way Home to become the weekend’s domestic champ.