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Georgia set to become U.S.'s No.2 film production state in 2017
Organization: Department of International Cooperation        Publish Date: 2017-02-20 09:42
Georgia set to become U.S.'s No.2 film production state in 2017

Hollywood, California, is notable for being the home of the U.S. film industry. However, since Georgia introduced a major tax credit for film and television productions in 2008, the state has been slowly but steadily stealing business from Los Angeles.

The film industry in Atlanta is booming, and Mayor Kasim Reed says 2017 will be its biggest year yet. Georgia is expected to surpass New York to become the second largest state for film production in the U.S.

Georgia reportedly hosted around 250 film and television productions in 2016.This year could be even bigger, with many blockbusters set to be filmed in the state, including "Hidden Figures,""Sully" and "Atlanta."

Georgia's incentives are some of the most generous in the United States. The state gives producers a 20 percent base credit, as long as their production costs are at least US$500,000. A production can get an additional 10 percent credit if a Georgia logo is placed somewhere visible in the film.

Besides tax incentives, there are two other reasons that inspire film makers to select Georgia, namely a well-equipped, modern infrastructure of lighting, flooring and state-of-the-art studio space, and a skilled workforce of trained professionals alleviating the need to pay for housing and meals for out-of-state crew.

Governor Nathan Deal announced in August 2016 that his administration planned to develop "a strong, film-ready workforce that will continue to help the industry thrive," which if achieved would cement the state's position as a film and television production powerhouse.

In late January, Nathan Deal named 2017 the Year of Georgia Film, and the state released a travel guide to help tourists find film hot spots.

Last year was the Year of Georgia music, but this year the state is focused on Georgia's film industry, which boosted the state's economy by an estimated US$7 billion in 2016.

Source: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta, Commercial Times
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