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Film industry spent $4.1 billion in Georgia, production studios spring up across the state

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The film industry spent $4.1 billion in Georgia during the last fiscal year. That was below the $4.4 billion film and television productions spent in the Peach State during the previous fiscal year but above the $4 billion in direct spending the industry posted in fiscal 2021 as Georgia began to emerge from the pandemic.

Georgia was an also-ran in terms of the film industry until the General Assembly enacted a lucrative tax credit for film and TV productions back in 2008. The year before the tax credit took effect, the industry generated a comparatively paltry $135 million in direct economic impact.

Since then, production studios have sprung up across the state, including a $200 million facility in Douglasville and a $180 million studio in Forest Park, both of which began construction in fiscal 2023. Athena Studios, a $60 million investment in Athens, opened its doors last January, while Electric Owl Studios opened the world’s first ground-up LEED Gold-certified studio campus in DeKalb County in June.

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