Film industry lauded for positive impact on state

On Sept. 10, Governor Brian P. Kemp joined the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) to announce the record-breaking impact the Global Commerce and Film Divisions had in Georgia during fiscal year 2019 (FY19), which ran from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Fayette and Coweta counties are an integral part of the state’s film industry, with Pinewood-Atlanta studios, an AMC studio in Senoia, and numerous projects filming in the area.

According to the news release, the Global Commerce Division supported the creation of 28,960 new jobs – generating more than $7.4 billion in investment through the location of 332 projects – while 399 productions filmed in Georgia resulted in a record $2.9 billion invested in the state.

“With record-breaking years in global commerce and film, Georgia leads the nation as the best state for business for the sixth straight year,” said Governor Brian P. Kemp. “The Peach State remains the Hollywood of the South, and companies across the globe have Georgia on their minds as a great place to invest, expand, and relocate. I applaud our economic development team for their tireless efforts to ensure Georgia remains a leader in job growth and the standard for a pro-business environment.”

“Year after year, our team at the Georgia Department of Economic of Development works to secure Georgia’s status as the No. 1 state for business,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Today, we put the spotlight on our Global Commerce and Film Divisions, which both had incredible success during FY19.”

Georgia has quickly become one of the top filming locations in the world. Nearly 400 productions filmed in Georgia in FY19, including 26 feature films, 31 independent films, 214 television series, 91 commercials, and 29 music videos. The FY19 spend is preliminary and expected to increase as productions finalize their numbers. In FY18, film and television productions spent $2.7 billion in Georgia.

“The entertainment industry has found a home in Georgia,” said GDEcD Deputy Commissioner for Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Lee Thomas. “While the spotlight certainly shines on our competitive incentive, it is the Georgia-based skilled crew, diverse topography, available infrastructure, and the hundreds of small businesses that support our productions that keep us ranked as one of the top filming locations in the world.”

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