Georgia’s Transformation Becoming The New Hollywood

When The Walking Dead began filming in Senoia, Georgia, in 2011. Only six businesses were open in the town of about 4,000 people. “It was on its last legs,” says Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Film Office. That is exactly what AMC hoped for.

Despite the fact that Senoia was supposed to be completely deserted. The show’s creators wanted it to appear to be a ghost town. The Walking Dead, on the other hand, resurrected the town by killing it.

Favorable For Producers And Production House

The producers of the film hired over a thousand local crew members. For the duration of the shoot, they stayed in local hotels. Local vendors were hired to serve food, supply lumber, and construct the sets for the production. All 50 of Senoia’s main street stores were occupied after three seasons. The Walking Dead’s impact on the local economy can be seen in the Waking Dead Café, a restaurant opened by one of the show’s stars, and tours led by zombie-costumed guides.

Georgia has established itself as the film industry’s southern campus, in contrast to Hollywood. According to data from the Los Angeles Film Office, Georgia produced more major feature films in 2016 than California. Atlanta-based films such as Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp dominated the box office in 2018 as a result of Marvel Studios’ recent relocation to the Peach State.


Georgia Offering A 20% Incentive For Productions Of $500,000

Georgia has been attempting to entice Hollywood to relocate there since former governor Sonny Perdue signed a generous tax incentive for film productions in 2008. Officials pushed for the legislation after Georgia lost Ray, a Ray Charles biopic starring Jamie Foxx and directed by Louisiana’s David Thomas.

Georgia is now offering a 20% incentive for productions of $500,000 or more, with an additional 10% incentive for films featuring a peach logo. Unlike New York and Louisiana, Georgia’s law does not impose a time limit on the incentives.

Georgia’s film industry spent $93 million on production in 2007. It spent over $2 billion in 2016 alone. Because of the tax break, Tyler Perry, the Hunger Games, and Fast and Furious films have all made the state their home over the last decade.

Stranger Things, Atlanta, and The Real Housewives of Atlanta have all stayed in Atlanta for years at a time, often for multiple seasons.

Georgia’s government estimates that the film industry pumped $7 billion into the state’s economy in 2016 through job creation and tourism.

Los Angeles has access to the beach. In New York, you’ll find yourself in a concrete jungle. Atlanta, on the other hand, is a city that can be anything—even a 1980s Indiana suburb.

Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer scrapped plans to set their eerie show on Long Island and instead relocated to Georgia as a result of a trip to Georgia.

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