Lights! Camera! Atlanta!

Businesses that produce television series, commercials, feature films, soundtracks,  music videos, games or animation will find Atlanta — “The Hollywood of the South” — to be a receptive and
welcome partner.

Taking advantage of Georgia’s attractive film, television and digital entertainment tax credits of up to 30 percent, companies like EUE/Screen Gems are locating in South Atlanta bringing state-of-the-art sound stages and recording studios.

Not only will entertainment companies be able to significantly reduce their costs of production in the Atlanta area, but if they have a lower Georgia tax liability than the credits available to them, they can sell or transfer their unused credits. And there’s more — entertainment producers also may qualify for sales and use tax exemptions, further reduced state and local taxes of up to 8 percent on camera, lighting, grip and recording equipment, scenery, props and costumes, film and processing, special effects materials and vehicles.

After EUE/Screen Gems opened its 37,500-square-foot soundstage on the former Lakewood Fairgrounds site, the company found Atlanta to be so perfect for television, film and digital production that it announced plans to add 30,000-square-feet of production capacity.

“Creating these types of advantageous investments in Atlanta is vital in moving Atlanta forward as the next major center of the film and television industry,” says Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “Because of this new partnership, Atlanta will be able to successfully compete with other states and cities that are vying for business within the entertainment industry.”

The state-of-the-art Stage 5 and Stage 6 EUE/Screen Gems facilities will have more than 80,000-square-feet of sound stage, flex and office space, and will allow seven different projects to go forward at the same time, or one or two large productions to manage multiple stage needs. Production partners at the 32-acre site have included or will include Paramount Pictures, BET, Turner Broadcasting’s Cartoon Network, USA Network and Tyler Perry Studios.

Flying industry professionals non-stop from Los Angeles and New York to work at the studios, via Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, was a big bonus for EUE/Screen Gems, as was the cooperation of the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. South Fulton County also offers film and television producers both rural and urban shoot locations within minutes of the studios.

For concert, play and festival promoters, the 19,000-seat Lakewood Amphitheatre is one of the Southeast’s most popular and prestigious music venues. Top acts scheduled to play Lakewood recently included Jimmy Buffet, Dave Matthews, Def Leppard, Phish, Kiss, Toby Keith, Journey, Pat Benatar and Rascal Flatts. Artists, crews and promoters also will enjoy nonstop flights into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal, just a 3.5-mile drive from the Lakewood venue.

Companies looking to shoot or record successful projects, Atlanta offers state-of-the-art facilities, skilled professionals and business-friendly incentives.

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