Georgia home to record 455 film, television projects in FY ‘18

The state tax credits that have spurred the exponential growth of Georgia’s film industry will get added scrutiny under legislation Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law Tuesday.

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp announced recently that the major motion picture, television, and streaming companies plan to bring back and hire an estimated 40,000 production workers, who will be employed on an expected 75 production projects that will invest more than $2 billion into the Georgia economy during the next 18 months. This includes plans by producers to purchase goods and services from more than 17,000 small Georgia businesses, according to the Motion Picture Association-America, which compiled the data from its members.

“The entertainment production industry is coming back and ready to jump-start the Georgia economy by creating jobs and generating greatly needed investment and spending in communities across the Peach State,” Kemp said in a news release.

The major production companies, which are members of MPA-America, include The Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Bros.

This announcement follows the “COVID-19: Georgia Best Practices for Film and Television” production guide for studios provided by the Georgia Film Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, that complements the safety protocols recently released by the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force, which will help to ensure a safe work place environment and reduce the spread of the virus.

In 2019, the 391 film and television productions filmed in Georgia supported 3,040 motion picture and television industry businesses.

“Production companies want to be in Georgia and create tens of thousands of jobs for workers across the state, and today’s announcement is welcome news as we continue safely re-opening our state,” Kemp said. “I thank the Georgia Film Office for their work during the pandemic, and I thank the production companies who always vowed to return to Georgia when the time was right for them to safely get back to work.”

“The creative arts and entertainment – particularly television and film – have long been driving forces in our economy, and they will be instrumental as we recover from the impact of the pandemic,” Georgia House of Representatives Speaker David Ralston said. “As a longtime supporter of this industry and the jobs it creates, I am proud of the strong partnership between Gov. Kemp, the General Assembly, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and production companies. Working together, we will keep Georgia the leading destination for film and television production – thousands of Georgia jobs depend on it.”

“The film industry plays a key a role in Georgia’s economy, and this is a major step forward as Georgia works to recover financially from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Miller said. “I am grateful that the film industry is continuing to invest in the Peach State, and I applaud Gov. Kemp and the Georgia Department of Economic Development for working to ensure Georgia remains on the minds of the country’s leading film production companies.”

State leaders universally lauded the news.

“Georgia is open for business, and we look forward to an even stronger relationship with the film industry moving forward,” state Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson said. “Thanks to the historic best practices guide, Georgia is able to safely send the tens of thousands of film and TV industry employees back to work and restart production. The economic impact of film touches local communities and small businesses across Georgia. We look forward to resuming the hundreds of productions across the state and to keeping Georgia as the nation’s film and TV capital.”

“Georgia is ready once again to resume the state’s thriving movie, TV, and streaming production industry,” Charles Rivkin, chairman and CEO of Motion Picture Association, said. “The terrific collaboration between the Georgia Film Office, local studios, production companies, and industry stakeholders to create these important guidelines will ensure a safe return to work for Georgians in our industry and play an important role in helping restart Georgia’s economy.”

Kemp also recognized Georgia’s film industry work force, which has used talents off the set to provide pandemic-related critical help and resources to essential businesses and workers.

The Georgia Film Office spotlighted a few of these efforts. Support, resources, and assistance for industry professionals and businesses remain available on the Georgia Film Office website.

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