July 21st, 2021 – 12:10 PM
Staff Reports –
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced that the film industry recorded a blockbuster year in Georgia.
During the fiscal year 2021, the film and television industry set a new record with $4 billion in direct spending on productions in the state.
Even locally in Rome and Floyd County, film crews have recorded for productions like Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow,” and Netflix’s “Stranger Things” television show.
The Georgia Film Office, a division of GDEcD, reported that these numbers are due to a variety of factors in addition to the state’s overall attractiveness to the film industry, including an earlier safe return to production, pent-up demand from the COVID-19 hiatus, and the associated expenses to mitigate risk. New safety protocols were also added to production costs and timelines.
“This year’s record-breaking spending by the film industry demonstrates that our efforts to grow jobs for Georgians continue to pay dividends,” said Georgia House of Representatives Speaker David Ralston. “With an industry-leading film tax credit, a ready workforce, and a business-friendly attitude, Georgia is perfectly positioned to continue attracting more productions and the jobs they will support. Our continuing success is a testament to what can happen when the public and private sector work together to expand economic opportunity in every corner of our great state.”
In the fiscal year 2021, 366 productions were filmed in the state, represented by 21 feature films, 45 independent films, 222 television and episodic productions, 57 commercials, and 21 music videos.
To see more productions currently filming in Georgia, please visit the link here: “Now Filming in Georgia.”