ready to shoot in Georgia.”
Thompson agrees that filmmakers of color would be attracted to the deal. “Atlanta, especially, has been a leader in this area over the decades, helping support and foster the careers of filmmakers like Spike Lee (40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks Inc.), Will Packer and Rob Hardy (Rainforest Films, Stomp the Yard), Tyler Perry (the Madea series, House of Payne), Dallas Austin (ATL, Drumline) and many more,” he says.
“Georgia’s new entertainment incentives will create new opportunities for all filmmakers and generate a significant increase in the amount of productions within the state,” he adds. “We also expect to see more startup film, television, and video game companies, growth and expansion of existing companies, and other companies looking to relocate to Georgia due, in part, to the new incentives package.”
The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment office is busy getting the word out to clients in Hollywood and elsewhere. “We make several trips to California each year, meet with clients and prospects at an annual trade show, utilize e-mail, direct mail, advertising, and phone calls to keep our clients abreast of any new developments in Georgia,” Thompson says.
Something must be working. Georgia has already been dubbed by industry insiders as “Hollywood South.”
EST STATE DEALS FOR FILMMAKERS
As of 2006, the Connecticut General Assembly established a tax credit program to encourage the production of digital media and motion pictures in the state. Eligible production companies can receive a tax credit of up to 30% of qualified digital media and motion picture production, pre-production, and post production expenses incurred.