Growing Film Industry Boosts Georgia’s Economy
Hollywood isn’t the only place that’s making money off the film industry. Georgia is becoming a big player as well.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced recently that feature films and television productions filmed in Georgia generated an economic impact of more than $7 billion during fiscal year 2016. The 245 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia represent $2.02 billion in direct spending in the state.
“Georgia’s film industry provides a significant impact on our state’s economy, employing thousands of Georgians while developing infrastructure and boosting small businesses,” said Deal “The film industry has created a home in Georgia, and I am committed to retaining this relationship by constructing a strong, film-ready workforce that will continue to help the industry thrive.”
Georgia now ranks third behind California and New York as the top states in the film industry. More than 130 new businesses have relocated or expanded in Georgia to support this burgeoning industry, creating jobs for Georgians as well as economic opportunities for communities and small businesses.
Georgia-filmed movies will take over the big screen in the next few months with “Solace,” starring Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins, releasing on Sept. 2; “Sully,” starring Tom Hanks, Anna Gunn and Laura Linney, on Sept. 9; “The Birth of a Nation,” starring Nate Parker and Armie Hammer, on Oct. 7; and “The Accountant,” starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick and Jon Bernthal, on Oct. 14.
Upcoming Georgia-filmed television productions premiering within the next few months include “Atlanta,” on FX; “The Walking Dead,” on AMC; and “Halt and Catch Fire,” on AMC.