• Economic impact of entertainment industry projects handled by the Georgia Film, Music
& Digital Entertainment Office in 2009: approximately $770 million.
• There were 348 productions shot in the state in 2009.
• There are approximately 25,000 entertainment industry jobs in Georgia.
• More than 700 feature films, TV movies, TV series, single episodes and pilots have been
produced in Georgia since 1972, generating $7 billion dollars in economic impact.
• The state’s first tax incentive, a point of purchase sales and use tax exemption, was
introduced in 2002.
• The state’s second and most progressive tax incentive, the Georgia Entertainment
Industry Investment Act, was signed into law by Former Governor Sonny Perdue in May
2005 and updated in May 2008.
• These industry establishments are supported wholly or in part by the production of
feature films; television movies, series, pilots and miniseries; commercials, music
videos, documentaries and still shoots.
• Number of crew members: 5,000+ individuals/technicians. Average number of local
employees on a medium budget feature film: Approximately 150-175 people. Larger
budget production: Approximately 200-250 people.
• Average feature film budget: $41.7 million.
• Average amount (below-the-line) of feature film budget spent in a jurisdiction (state,
province): 60% - 70%. Higher for locally produced projects.
• More than 14 in-state colleges and universities offer degrees or study in film and
• There are 132 movie theaters in Georgia, with 1,208 screens, employing 1,254 people.
• Georgia-lensed movies "Zombieland" and "The Blind Side" both opened at No. 1 at the
• "The Blind Side" was nominated for 2 Academy Awards in 2009, including Best Picture
and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sandra Bullock).
• Wild Adventures amusement park in Valdosta was the location of the climactic zombie
fight in "Zombieland."
• "The Crazies" used Perry, Fort Valley, Cordele and Montezuma as stand-ins for fictional
Ogden Marsh, Iowa.
• "Drop Dead Diva" was the Lifetime network's most popular original series in 2009, and
filmed in Peachtree City.
• Three of Tyler Perry’s made-in-Georgia films have opened at No. 1 at the box office.
• Box office hits "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof" were produced by Sherwood Pictures
• The HBO feature "Warm Springs" garnered 16 Emmy nominations with 8 Georgians
represented in six categories. It ended up winning 5 Emmys, including 3 presented to
Georgians. Filming locations included Warm Springs, Gainesville, Atlanta, Madison and
• Crawfordville has been host to more than 8 feature films and television movies ("Get
Low," "Sweet Home Alabama," "The Neon Bible," "Stars and Bars," "The Coward of the
• Savannah has been host to dozens of feature film and television projects that include:
"The Last Song," "The Conspirator," "The Legend of Bagger Vance," "Forrest Gump," "The
Gift," "Glory," "Forces of Nature," and "The General’s Daughter".
• Columbus hosted "The Fighting Temptations" at its River Center for the Performing Arts.
• Covington has been home to dozens of feature and television projects that include the hit
TV series "The Vampire Diaries" and "In the Heat of the Night."
• Rome hosted "Sweet Home Alabama," as well as "The Mosquito Coast," "Remember
the Titans" and "Class of 61".
• Americus was host to the TV movie "To Dance with the White Dog".
• The small town of Juliette was revitalized when "Fried Green Tomatoes" was largely shot
in that community.