Film industry in Georgia (U.S. state)

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The film industry in Georgia, the U.S. is, as of 2010, the fourth largest among U.S. states, eclipsed only by California, New York State, and Louisiana. The industry in Georgia was boosted substantially by tax incentives introduced in 2002 and strengthened in 2008. The state government claims $770 million in economic impact to Georgia (2009), while industry sources claim that the tax subsidy costs the state $141 million (2010). Atlanta is the center of the film industry in Georgia with Turner, Tyler Perry and EUE/Screen Gems studios located there. There were 348 productions shot in the state in 2009. Recent films shot in Georgia include Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (2008), Life as We Know It (2010), and Contagion (2011).



Research by Film Works L.A., a campaign to keep movie production in Los Angeles, shows Georgia in the #4 position (or if including Canadian provinces, #5 in North America). Note that California, #1 is not included in the chart:[1]

(USD million)
(USD million)
New York State (2009)1,8808530119367
British Columbia (2010)778361494129
Louisiana (2010)6746813118197
Georgia (2010)6171936n/a141
Ontario (2010)36120164863


The state’s first tax incentive, a point of purchase sales and use tax exemption, was introduced in 2002. The state’s second and most progressive tax incentive, the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act, was signed into law in May 2005 and updated in May 2008. The act (as of May 2008) grants to qualified productions a transferable income tax credit of 20% of all in-state costs for film and television investments of $500,000 or more. An additional 10% tax credit is awarded to approved projects that embed a Georgia Entertainment Promotional logo within the titles or credits of each production.[2]

In 2005 Georgia spent $10.3 million on its film incentive but this had grown to $140.6 million by 2010.[1]

Impact on economy

The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office states that more than 700 feature films, TV movies, TV series, single episodes and pilots have been produced in Georgia since 1972, generating $7 billion in economic impact. They estimate the economic impact of entertainment industry projects that they handled in 2009 was $770 million.[2]

According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development:[2]


Atlanta has become a center for film and television production and counts the presence of Turner Studios, which produces content for the Turner Broadcasting family of stations; since 2008 the Tyler Perry Studios in Southwest Atlanta; and since 2010 the EUE/Screen Gems soundstages in Lakewood Heights, south Atlanta. Both films and many popular TV shows such as the Real Housewives of Atlanta and Tyler Perry's series, are produced in Atlanta.

Productions in Georgia

There were 348 productions shot in the state in 2009. These industry establishments are supported wholly or in part by the production of feature films; television movies, series, pilots and miniseries; commercials, music videos, documentaries and still shoots.[2]

Films shot in Metro Atlanta

Films set in Atlanta include, most famously, Gone with the Wind (1939), as well as Little Darlings (1980), Sharky's Machine (1981), Driving Miss Daisy (1989),Outbreak (1995), Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (2008), Life as We Know It (2010), and Contagion (2011).

Covington in Metro Atlanta has been home to dozens of feature and television projects that include the hit TV series The Vampire Diaries and In the Heat of the Night.[2] Although many types of films are shot in Atlanta, the New York Times in 2011 recognized the particular concentration of horror and zombie-themed productions in the city.[3]

Films shot outside Metro Atlanta

Besides Metro Atlanta, cities and towns frequently used to shoot in include:[2]

See also