Films shot in Ga. generate $3 billion this year
Entertainment industry economic impact in Georgia up nearly 30 percent
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 08:16 | Written by staff
ATLANTA, September 24, 2012 â€” The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), announced today that Georgia-lensed productions generated an economic impact of $3.1 billion in the state during FY12 (July 1, 2011 â€“ June 30, 2012), a 29% increase from FY11.
â€œThe 2012 fiscal year saw record investment in the state by the entertainment industry, with more than $879.8 million in direct spending,â€ said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Cummiskey. â€œThe film industryâ€™s impact will have a lasting effect on Georgiaâ€™s economy for years to come.â€
Georgia was home to 333 feature films; television movies and series; commercials; and music videos that were shot across the state during FY12. On Friday, the Georgia-filmed â€œTrouble with the Curveâ€ starring Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake and Amy Adams was released nationwide. Other Georgia-filmed movies slated to hit theatres in the next few months include â€œFlightâ€ starring Denzel Washington on November 2, and â€œParental Guidanceâ€ starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler on December 25. On April 13, 2013, Legendary Entertainment will release the Harrison Ford project â€œ42â€ and Universal will release, â€œIdentity Thiefâ€ starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy on May 10. Other Georgia projects expected to be released next year include â€œThe Internshipâ€ starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson; â€œDevilâ€™s Knotâ€ starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon; â€œThe Killing Seasonâ€ starring John Travolta and Robert De Niro and the Savannah-filmed â€œCBGB.â€
In addition, a record number of television shows were shot in Georgia during FY12, including AMCâ€™s â€œThe Walking Dead,â€ CWâ€™s â€œThe Vampire Diaries,â€ BETâ€™s â€œReed Between the Lines,â€ â€œThe Game,â€ and â€œLetâ€™s Stay Togetherâ€; â€œFamily Feudâ€; VH1â€™s â€œSingle Ladiesâ€; USAâ€™s â€œNecessary Roughnessâ€ and â€œRoyal Painsâ€; Lifetimeâ€™s â€œDrop Dead Divaâ€; and many more.
Feature films in preproduction or currently in production in Georgia include the second feature in the billion dollar â€˜Hunger Gamesâ€™ franchise â€œCatching Fireâ€; â€œScary Movie 5â€; â€œGetawayâ€; â€œLast Vegasâ€ starring Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro; and â€œTenâ€ starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
â€œOur competitive incentives, talented crew, diverse locations and accessibility give us an edge when productions are picking a location,â€ said Lee Thomas, the Director of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office. â€œâ€œAll of these assets build upon an infrastructure that is increasingly positioning Georgia among the go-to locations for entertainment productions.â€
Additional Georgia-filmed movies that have been released in recent months include Tyler Perryâ€™s â€œMadeaâ€™s Witness Protectionâ€; â€œLawlessâ€ starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy; â€œThe Watchâ€ starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller; and â€œThe Odd Life of Timothy Greenâ€ starring