Camera assistant Grady Upchurch of Marietta prepares a camera during filming for Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” in Senoia. Cherokee County has adopted a standard film project agreement that sets guidelines and a location fee of $1,000 a day for productions using county property. Jason Getz jgetz@ajc.com / AJC File

Cherokee OKs standard film production agreement

Cherokee County is ready for its close-up.

Responding to interest in the county as a film production location, the Board of Commissioners has approved a standard Film Project Agreement stating general guidelines for use of county facilities, such as insurance requirements, a location fee of $1,000 a day, and security provided by off-duty officers of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office at a cost of $45 an hour.

“We have a lot of companies who approach us wanting to film and scout county sites – the court house, parks, south annex and other locations,” County Manager Jerry W. Cooper told commissioners. The agreement “protects us, identifies and holds us harmless, and identifies a fee they’d pay on a daily basis.”

County property must be returned to the same state as it was before filming took place; all trash and/or debris, removed; all furniture, returned to its proper place; corners, walls and floors, protected from damage; and nothing affixed to the walls, according to the agreement.

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