Georgia film industry generates $6 billion impact

ATLANTA — The film industry had a big economic impact in the Peach State in fiscal 2015.

Movies and television productions filmed in Georgia generated more than $6 billion in economic impact in the state during the year, according to a recent news release from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

During the year, 248 productions shot in Georgia and they spent $1.7 billion in the state.

Chris Carr, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, said there are currently 42 productions in the state. More than 100 new businesses have relocated to or expanded in Georgia as a result of the film industry, which has been spurred by lucrative tax incentives.

The industry also provides thousands of jobs to Georgians.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” employed 3,579 Georgians and spent more than $106 million in the state during filming. In addition to filming at Pinewood Atlanta Studios, “Ant-Man” shot scenes in Atlanta including the state-owned Archives Building, Bank of America building and on Broad Street.

The summer blockbuster was the first film to shoot at the new Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville. The new Georgia facility helped Pinewood Studios achieve record revenue numbers for its financial year ending March 31. Marvel will continue work in Georgia with principal photography for “Captain America: Civil War” at Pinewood Atlanta Studios.

“Ant-Man” premieres July 17. Other Georgia-lensed films hitting theaters in 2015 include “Vacation,” “A Walk in the Woods,” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2.”

Source: Georgia Department of Economic Development

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