Is Georgia the next Hollywood? Pinewood announces new studios in Georgia

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This story in the Washington Post (British film company, Pinewood Shepperton, announces 1st US studio facility with site in Ga.) puts Georgia on the map for filmmakers.

We've heard that Georgia has been not-so-quietly trying to attract more filmmakers for quite a while, and this story also mentions another major project that we didn't see the announcement for last week…

Last week, Atlanta-based developer Jacoby Development said it would build an estimated $1 billion multi-use project north of Atlanta that will include 12 soundstages as well as production offices and an arts and media school aimed at training the next generation of film industry employees.


From the Post:

From the story

ATLANTA — The British film studio that’s home to the James Bond movie franchise announced plans Monday for its first U.S. film production facility, at a site near Atlanta.

The large-scale film complex will be called Pinewood Atlanta, and Pinewood will manage the facility under an agreement with a group of private investors. Plans call for the studio to be developed on 288 acres south of Atlanta in Fayette County and initially include at least five soundstages as well as production offices.

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“Today’s agreement is another step forward for the Pinewood brand internationally,” said Ivan Dunleavy, CEO of Pinewood Shepperton PLC, which has studios in the United Kingdom, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Germany and Malaysia. Recent films shot at Pinewood Studios, based outside of London, include the coming Angelina Jolie film, “Maleficent,” and “Jack Ryan,” directed by Kenneth Branagh.

“This new studio will target US productions. Georgia has excellent fiscal and tax credit incentives as well as a great crew base,” Dunleavy added.

It’s the fifth major studio development or expansion announced in Georgia in recent months. Last week, Atlanta-based developer Jacoby Development said it would build an estimated $1 billion multi-use project north of Atlanta that will include 12 soundstages as well as production offices and an arts and media school aimed at training the next generation of film industry employees.

The Pinewood project is a coup for Georgia and opens the state to major, big-budget films that need large studio space. While Pinewood Studios has an office in Los Angeles, it chose the Southeast for its first U.S. production facility.

There's much more on this story at the Washington Post

[source: tweet from @filmTimeLapse (Daniel Lowe)]

(cover photo credit: snap from the Washington Post story)


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