I am a proud co-chair of the Creative Rights Caucus, and I introduced the FILM Act to extend federal tax incentives in the film industry. My fellow Georgian, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, has been a great partner in efforts to keep this industry thriving in Georgia and in the United States, and I look forward to continuing this work with him.
Tax incentives alone might attract productions to a particular state, but it’s a sustained and well-organized support structure that makes Georgia stand out. The entertainment production economy is not just attracting skilled workers to relocate to Georgia — it is employing Georgians. Gov. Nathan Deal started the Georgia Film Academy, and local universities have added classes and degree programs designed to train students to take part in the local film economy.
Georgia’s expanding film economy has also led to the construction of Pinewood Studios in Atlanta. Pinewood Atlanta opened in 2013 and has grown to include 18 sound stages on 700 acres in Fayetteville. Pinewood has been home to blockbusters such as “Antman” (2015), “Captain America: Civil War” (2016), “Passengers” (2016), and the second installment of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise (2017). In Georgia, more than 33 productions were scheduled to launch in the month of October.
These investments in equipping our labor force, attracting business, and building up infrastructure have Georgia on pace to become the top destination for film and television production in the world. I look forward to continuing to support this growth and the creativity it fosters.