Fayette County


Table set for construction of TV studio in Tyrone

It took less than eight minutes to find out whether the Tyrone community would be opposed to building a new television studio in the the town.

The Tyrone Town Council met Thursday to amend multiple ordinances in section 113 of the Tyrone Code of Ordinances to allow Founders Studios’s construction of an innovative space to accommodate the growing film and television industry in the area. All motions passed without any opposition from council members or Tyrone residents, and the project, which will be located on Highway 74 between Sandy Creek Road and Jenkins Road, cleared its first hurdle with ease.

Nathan Dockery is the owner of Dockery Group, a Peachtree City-based business that provides cost-effective and timely construction solutions for our clients. A graduate of Sandy Creek High School, Dockery has a personal investment in seeing Tyrone grow. Dockery’s business partner in this venture, fellow Tyrone native and owner of Tyrone-based Harbin Designs, David Harbin, is looking forward to the possibilities the construction of studio spaces and production spaces will offer.

“Over the years, I have seen the positive impact the film industry has had upon our city and county. This project will only further that positive growth,” Harbin said.
The studio spaces will be specifically designed to cater to the needs of the television production industry, offering a counterbalance to the movies created at neighboring Pinewood Studios.

The studio concept was designed by industry professionals and plans to house an entire physical television production inside its stage space, production offices, construction/flex space, and work space.

“Simply put,” a Founders Studios press release states, “the Founder Studios team has compiled all of the elements they love about shooting on stage in Atlanta, eliminated all the challenges and limitations, and created an innovative facility in which they would want to work.”

Richard Taylor, who has lived in Fayette County for two years and moved to the area because of Pinewood, said he has gotten plenty of feedback from people who worked with Pinewood Studios. Taylor said the construction of a similar studio in Tyrone would create more than only temporary jobs. He said everyone he knows in the film industry “works and lives in Georgia full-time.” He believes a project like this would bring more people to Tyrone because those who come for the new studio are “not part-time folks. They’re not coming and going.”

Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial said he wasn’t surprised there was no opposition to the amendments at the Town Hall meeting, one of which included height restrictions for buildings.

“I think there are a lot of people who are supportive of this, and, if done right, it will be very valuable to our town,” Dial said.

Still, Dial knows there are still many more meetings that have to take place before the construction is finalized.

Dockery is committed to seeing this project through, and he made sure to let others, including Tyrone council member Linda Howard, know.

“I think it will be something we can all be proud of,” Dockery said to Howard as he shook her hand.

Howard didn’t need any reassurance.

“I’m sure it will be,” she replied.

By Justin Fedich

Justin Fedich is a reporter for the Fayette County News. He has been a reporter for various papers around the Southeast, including the Athens Banner-Herald and the Selma Times-Journal. Justin is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in digital and broadcast journalism and a sports media certificate.