California used to be where movies deals were struck and production took place, but the last decade has seen an erosion of incentives here, and an increase of incentives in other states, culminating in runaway production. Governor Jerry Brown convened with lawmakers to change that, and on August 27 they agreed to increase California’s incentive to $330 million annually for film and television production. This replaces the prior program which was capped at $100 million…

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But I did want to point out that Georgia was listed second on this list:

No Program Cap or Expiration Listed
Incentive: Twenty percent for films and TV series, plus 10 percent if production includes a Georgia promotional logo in credits, with a $500,000 minimum spend.
Special Notes: Eligible projects include features, television, animation, visual effects, post, and digital media.
SSN Insight: Georgia is solid hub of production with 158 films and television series for the fiscal year—a number thanks in part to a lack of cap, varied landscape choices from mountains to swamps, and ease of travel from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. “When you’re bringing 20 actors in and out, it’s a big advantage to be coming straight into Atlanta with 26 direct flights a day [from L.A.],” says Lee Thomas, director of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Division. But with only two major soundstage facilities available for rent—EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Atlanta, and Raleigh Studios in Senoia—there’s a lack of studio space. That’s changing though, as Jim Jacoby plans a $1 billion investment into what will be the fourth-largest studio in the country.

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Equalizer’

Originally posted on Variety:

Denzel Washington balances the scales of justice — and challenges Liam Neeson for a slice of the middle-aged action-hero pie — in “The Equalizer,” an ultraviolent update of the 1985-89 CBS drama series that featured Edward Woodward as a former government agent turned pro-bono avenging angel. But in making the leap from small screen to large, and from pre-Giuliani New York to post-recession Boston, director Antoine Fuqua and writer Richard Wenk (“16 Blocks”) have also traded the series’ elemental underdog appeal for[pmc_film_review_snippet] a “Taken”-style bloodbath that pits Washington against a surfeit of central-casting Russian gangsters and corrupt Beantown cops[/pmc_film_review_snippet]. Ponderously overlong and not even half as much fun as it should have been, “The Equalizer” still gets a lot of mileage out of Washington’s unassailable star presence, which should translate to solid if not spectacular returns upon the pic’s Sept. 26 release.

Although he shares a character name and skill…

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Pawn Sacrifice’

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The moves are none too surprising but the psychological back-and-forth still compels attention in “Pawn Sacrifice,” director Edward Zwick’s conventionally well-crafted dramatization of the life of Bobby Fischer. Revisiting that astonishing moment when a world reeling from Vietnam and Watergate was held spellbound by an epic, emblematic 1972 chess match between Fischer and Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky, [pmc_film_review_snippet]this straightforward but focused biopic doesn’t crack the mystery of the mentally troubled misanthrope who became the game’s greatest player[/pmc_film_review_snippet], though Tobey Maguire’s angry, bristling lead performance does capture the man’s outsized personality in spades. An elegant if unrevealing title and the somewhat rarefied historical material may keep broad audience exposure at bay, but an enterprising distrib could court discerning grown-up interest.

Effectively a fictionalized companion piece to Liz Garbus’ 2011 documentary “Bobby Fischer Against the World,” Steven Knight’s screenplay is structured around an event that, rather remarkably…

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Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue Credits @PatrickMillsaps for Film Credits

From Deadline Hollywood:

EXCLUSIVE: After engineering a Fox News contributor deal for actress Stacey Dash, Georgia-based attorney Patrick Millsaps is launching full-fledged talent management company HBS Management with offices in Century City, Atlanta, and Nashville.

Millsaps spent 2012 as Chief of Staff on Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign before helping Clueless actress Dash parlay her politically charged social media presence into a Fox News contract in May. He’s joining forces with California-based Adam Trahan and Karl Braun to launch HBS, with Trahan anchoring the Century City outpost and Braun heading music clients out of Nashville.

“Our goal is to build an individual brand for each one of our clients that is valuable to them across media platforms – not only film and television,” said Millsaps. HBS is also planting firmly in the Southeast region where Millsaps helped bring Georgia’s first tax incentive law to former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.

“Patrick Millsaps understood early the benefits for Georgia aggressively pursuing the entertainment industry as an economic development project,” said Perdue in a statement. “The combination of his business, political and legal skills were helpful in making tax credits a reality in Georgia.”


Trahan built out a roster of talent clients at previous firm Artists International and brings to HBS actor clients Mischa Barton, Lyndie Greenwood (Sleepy Hollow), and Ben Reed (American Sniper). Millsaps branched out into talent management after the Gingrich campaign ended and reps clients including Chelsea Cardwell (Banshee) and Jaclyn Hales (Stuck).

HBS is also developing in-house financing utilizing Millsaps’ political contacts after enjoying an early success securing funds for the Blythe Danner-Malin Akerman independent drama I’ll See You In My Dreams. Sourcing Millsaps’ DC network, he and Trahan were able to lock final funding for the film within four hours.

“One thing people living in LA forget is the power of show business, the pixie dust – you’re around it, breathing it, and you forget how magical it is to outsiders in flyover states,” said Millsaps. “DC and Hollywood have so many similarities in common. Once you’ve run a presidential campaign you’ve seen it all. The difference is in politics, you don’t know what anyone’s motivations are.”

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Deal: Film industry generates $5.1 billion in economic impact

August 5, 2014
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia-lensed feature films and television productions generated an economic impact of $5.1 billion during Fiscal Year 2014. The 158 feature film and television productions that shot in Georgia spent $1.4 billion during that time.

“Not only has this industry created jobs and investment opportunities for Georgians, it also has revitalized communities, established new educational programs, tourism product and more,” said Deal. “I will continue my commitment to growing this industry and to developing a film-ready workforce to meet the needs of the productions that are setting up shop in Georgia.”

According to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the motion picture and television industry is responsible for more than 77,900 jobs and $3.8 billion in total wages in Georgia, including indirect jobs and wages. Nearly 23,500 people are directly employed by the motion picture and television industry in Georgia, including 8,188 production-related employees. The MPAA member companies comprised of Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Disney, Sony, Universal and Disney paid $696 million to 4,066 vendors in Georgia in 2012. These local businesses include technology, lodging, real estate and food service.

“The film industry is a powerful economic generator and is creating jobs for Georgians as well as new opportunities to a highly skilled workforce,” said Chris Carr, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Since 2008, more than 90 companies have located in Georgia to support the industry. These new businesses are generating jobs and ensuring the industry’s sustainability in Georgia well into the future.”

On July 1, to assist with providing crew for film productions, Gov. Deal’s High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI) focused on the film and digital entertainment industry. The meeting was an opportunity to help identify specific needs of businesses that are producing film, television and digital entertainment projects. These skilled positions require training and special certifications that Georgia is prepared to cultivate and implement through a collective effort between the Georgia Department Economic Development, the University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia and key leaders in the entertainment industries in Georgia.

To tell the story of how important this industry is to Georgia, the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office created a video to share with legislators, constituents, industry partners and the public to shine a spotlight on the individuals who are benefiting from this booming industry in Georgia. The informative film is being officially released today and is available for public viewing here.

In FY14 the state saw a rise in the number of big budget box-office productions filming in Georgia, including “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2,” “Insurgent,” “Taken 3”and “Fast and Furious 7.” As these films are released in theaters they will create numerous opportunities for Georgia locations to be seen by millions of people all over the world. It also gives communities in Georgia an opportunity to create tourism-based product at a filming location and beyond. Last year the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office launched the highly popular to respond to the rising demand in film induced tourism. Fans of Georgia-lensed movies and television shows can visit the award-winning site to learn more about Georgia’s film history, movie tours, film locations, destination and events.

Georgia-filmed movies that are scheduled to open in theaters in the coming months include “Last of Robin Hood” starring Kevin Kline; “The Good Lie” starring Reese Witherspoon; “Kill the Messenger” starring Jeremy Renner; “Dumb and Dummer To” starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels; and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.” Upcoming television productions that will resume and premiere in the next few months include “The Walking Dead” on AMC, “Constantine” on NBC, “The Red Band Society” on FOX and “The Vampire Diaries” on The CW.

About GDEcD

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts events and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.

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@DaveRamsey: “You are not exempt from math.”

Just watch. It’s self-explanatory.


October 7, 2013 · 11:54 AM

WWII Vets ARE AWESOME (h/t @LeoShane)

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