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Deal: Georgia Home to a Record 455 Film/Television Projects in FY 2018

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Georgia hosted a record number of film and television projects this past year. Gov. Nathan Deal announced Georgia-lensed feature film and television productions generated a total economic impact of $9.5 billion during FY 2018. The record 455 film and television productions shot in Georgia represent $2.7 billion in direct spending in the state.

“With a record 455 productions shot in Georgia, the film industry continues to support jobs for Georgians, boost small businesses and expand offerings for tourists,” said Deal. “Today, Georgia is one of the world’s top destinations for film production and communities across the state are seeing the benefits of welcoming the industry. I am proud to see our success continue, as the $9.5 billion in total economic impact reflects the sustainability of the film industry and the benefits of our competitive incentives program.”

According to the Motion Picture Association of America, the motion picture and television industry is responsible for more than 92,100 jobs and nearly $4.6 billion in total wages in Georgia, including indirect jobs and wages. Since 2010, more than 300 new businesses have relocated or expanded in Georgia to support the industry.

Since the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act was signed into law in 2008, Georgia has become the nation’s most popular site for on-location filming. Direct spending by the film industry has increased from $93 million in 2007, the year before HB 1100 was revised, to $2.7 billion in FY 18.

In addition to the increase in production expenditures, Georgia has attracted major investments from studio and stage facilities. Georgia is now home to more than 1.1 million square feet of purpose-built soundstage space and over 1.2 million square feet of retrofitted soundstage space, up from 40,000 square feet of purpose-built soundstages available before 2010.

Georgia-filmed movies that are scheduled to open in theaters in the coming months include:

“Mile 22” starring Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Ronda Rousey, August 17

“The Little Mermaid” starring Poppy Drayton, Jared Sandler, Gina Gershon, William Moseley, August 17

“The House with a Clock in its Walls” Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, Kyle MacLachlan, September 21

“Venom” starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, October 5

Upcoming television productions that will air in the next few months include:

“Ozark” season 2 on Netflix starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, August 31

“The Gifted” season 2 on Fox starring Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, September 25

“The Walking Dead” season 9 on AMC starring Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus, October 7

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