This is almost certainly due to the state's record investment in film attraction. As the most recent Georgia Governor's Office of Planning and Budget Report shows, Georgia set another record for spending on its incentive program last year. According to the report,3 the cost of Georgia's film tax credit in terms of credits issued was $606 million in FY2016, which is the largest amount spent by any jurisdiction in North America or Europe on a film tax credit program in a single year. This breaks the previous record of $504 million, which is what Georgia spent on its program in FY2015."
The tax incentives that have lured a steady and growing stream of movie and television projects to Georgia are here to stay as long Deal and Speaker David Ralston have anything to say about it.
In March, during the 2017 legislative session, 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.
“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.”
Georgia-lensed productions generated an economic impact of more than $7 billion during fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016), the
Georgia Department of Economic Development said. Citing stats from the
Motion Picture Association of America the department says "the film and television industry is responsible for more than 85,000 jobs and $4.2 billion in wages, directly employing more than 25,000 Georgia residents."
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 - or even increase it.