The tax incentives that have lured a steady and growing stream of movie and television projects to Georgia are here to stay as long as Gov. Nathan Deal and Speaker David Ralston have anything to say about it.
They and Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson were joined by actors dressed as Captain America, Thor and Katniss Everdeen (whose other doppelgangers, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence must have been busy) for Georgia Film Day.
The Wednesday morning event was held in the Capitol building, a doubly appropriate location as it's the site where legislators have passed and kept intact Georgia's film-friendly tax policies as well as the site where numerous movie and television projects have filmed.
During FY 2016, 245 feature films, television movies and series, commercials, and music videos were filmed here and 2017 looks to keep up the pace. At the moment, there are 42 filming projects rolling.
"Three years ago we couldn't have done that," Wilson said, noting the growth of studio facilities.
Ralston anticipates more studio projects will locate in Georgia, joining powerhouses such as Pinewood, home to many Marvel movies including "Ant-Man," "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming;" EUE/Screen Gems, where "Black Panther" is filming now; and Tyler Perry Studios, at the Fort McPherson site.
"I am excited by the success of this industry," Ralston said. "As long as I sit in that office, there will be no bigger fan of that tax credit and this industry than I am."
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