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Political Rewind: Former Sen. Johnny Isakson's legacy; A dive into Georgia's film industry

Credit: Capitol Beat file photo

The Panelists:

Jim Galloway — Retired columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Jeffrey Stepakoff — Executive director, The Georgia Film Academy

Ronda Penrice — Journalist, writer 

Shaunya Chavis-Rucker — Divisional head, Fulton Films Office


The Breakdown:

1. Former U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson dies at age 76. 

  • Jim Galloway said Isakson was part of a generation of politicians more open to bipartisanship.
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    Galloway called him a "man of the middle."

    2. The Georgia film industry reacts to the pandemic.


    3. Georgia's political climate has an impact of the film industry.

    • After the passing of Georgia's controversial "heartbeat bill," several studios threatened to boycott productions here.
    • Journalist Ronda Penrice highlighted how politics affect the bottom line of the film industry.

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    Journalist Ronda Penrice said politics has already impacted the film industry.


    4. What sets Georgia apart from Hollywood and New York?

    • The diversity of the state's film production distinguishes it from those traditional hubs on the East and West coasts, Ronda Penrice said.
    • Jeffrey Stepakoff tells us how the film industry plans to expand past metro Atlanta in 2022.

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    Georgia Film Academy's Jeffrey Stepakoff discussed the building up the film industry across Georgia.

    Tomorrow on Political Rewind: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's senior reporter Tamar Hallerman guest hosts. 

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    Bill Nigut has been a program host and producer at Georgia Public Broadcasting since November, 2013. He currently hosts “Two Way Street,” a show that features long-form conversations with authors, artists, chefs, scientists and other creative people who have fascinating stories to tell. He is host and producer of “Political Rewind,” a twice-weekly political roundtable show featuring some of Georgia’s best-informed insiders weighing in on the big state and national political stories.
    Sam joined the Political Rewind team in 2019. He graduated American University in 2015 with a degree in journalism and spent time in North Carolina as a reporter at WCHL in Chapel Hill.
    Donna Lowry is a capitol correspondent for this season’s coverage of Georgia’s 2019 legislative session beginning Monday, Jan. 14.
    Natalie Mendenhall