Entertainment industry economic impact in Georgia up nearly 30 percent
Films like Trouble With the Curve, some of which was shot in Jasper, are contributing steadily to the state's economy.
ATLANTA, September 24, 2012 — The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), announced today that Georgia-lensed productions generated an economic impact of $3.1 billion in the state during FY12 (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012), a 29% increase from FY11.
“The 2012 fiscal year saw record investment in the state by the entertainment industry, with more than $879.8 million in direct spending,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Cummiskey. “The film industry’s impact will have a lasting effect on Georgia’s economy for years to come.”
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Georgia was home to 333 feature films; television movies and series; commercials; and music videos that were shot across the state during FY12. On Friday, the Georgia-filmed “Trouble with the Curve” starring Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake and Amy Adams was released nationwide. Other Georgia-filmed movies slated to hit theatres in the next few months include “Flight” starring Denzel Washington on November 2, and “Parental Guidance” starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler on December 25. On April 13, 2013, Legendary Entertainment will release the Harrison Ford project “42” and Universal will release, “Identity Thief” starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy on May 10. Other Georgia projects expected to be released next year include “The Internship” starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson; “Devil’s Knot” starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon; “The Killing Season” starring John Travolta and Robert De Niro and the Savannah-filmed “CBGB.”
In addition, a record number of television shows were shot in Georgia during FY12, including AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” CW’s “The Vampire Diaries,” BET’s “Reed Between the Lines,” “The Game,” and “Let’s Stay Together”; “Family Feud”; VH1’s “Single Ladies”; USA’s “Necessary Roughness” and “Royal Pains”; Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva”; and many more.
Feature films in preproduction or currently in production in Georgia include the second feature in the billion dollar ‘Hunger Games’ franchise “Catching Fire”; “Scary Movie 5”; “Getaway”; “Last Vegas” starring Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro; and “Ten” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“Our competitive incentives, talented crew, diverse locations and accessibility give us an edge when productions are picking a location,” said Lee Thomas, the Director of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office. ““All of these assets build upon an infrastructure that is increasingly positioning Georgia among the go-to locations for entertainment productions.”
Additional Georgia-filmed movies that have been released in recent months include Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Witness Protection”; “Lawless” starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy; “The Watch” starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller; and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” starring Jennifer Garner.