Atlanta: Industry News 8/1/17



Governor Nathan Deal

♦ Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia-lensed feature film and television productions generated an economic impact of $9.5 billion during FY 2017. The 320 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia represent $2.7 billion in direct spending in the state. You read that right… READ MORE

♦ Production of Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, which according to a number of sources was going to begin in metro Atlanta next January, is now shifting to California. Monday, authorities in California awarded a significant tax break to the production.… READ MORE

♦ With filming for hit television shows and blockbuster movies happening in our own backyards, down the street from our summer jobs and at our schools, the Atlanta film industry is growing rapidly. According to, in 2016 alone, 320 television shows and movies were filmed in the state of Georgia. In 2017, director Tyler Perry began building one of the biggest film studios in the country approximately 10 minutes from downtown Atlanta… READ MORE

♦ We doubt anyone would deny that Baby Driver is one of the most stylish and exhilarating movies that’s come out in recent years. The film, written and directed by Edgar Wright, has taken the world by storm with its action sequences and downright crazy car chases. One such chase, through the streets of Atlanta, GA, was cleverly mapped out in a recent video by Vox… READ MORE

♦ University of Georgia assistant professor Roberta Salmi is a veteran primatology researcher who saw a change of scenery for her work this summer. Instead of appearing in scientific articles, Salmi’s most recent endeavors made it to the big screen… READ MORE

John Bernecker

♦ The Walking Dead will not have a panel at this summer’s TCA so the executive producers can attend the funeral of deceased stuntman John Bernecker, AMC announced today. Amidst several other AMC and Sundance TV presentations, the long planned session for the zombie apocalypse blockbuster was set to take place on July 29… READ MORE

♦ Google’s Internet TV service YouTube TV expanded into ten new markets Thursday, and is streaming live local programming from all major broadcasters in nine of those ten markets. Altogether, YouTube is now available in 15 metropolitan areas across the U.S.… READ MORE

Toni Braxton

♦ Lifetime has given the green light to original movie Faith Under Fire, based on the book Prepared for a Purpose: An Inspiring True Story of Faith, Courage and Compassion in Crisis by Tuff and Alex Tresniowski. Toni Braxton (Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart) is attached to star and executive produce the film for a 2018 premiere.…READ MORE

♦ Will Packer Media will produce scripted and unscripted series, as well as advertising campaigns and shortform content. Following a record-breaking weekend at the box office for his latest release, Girls Trip, producer Will Packer on Tuesday announced a partnership with Universal Pictures and Discovery Communications for a TV production and branded-content deal… READ MORE

Compiled and submitted by Ellen Lloyd

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Ellen Lloyd
Once Ellen graduated from college, she decided to follow her true passion and move to LA in hopes of breaking into the entertainment industry. After jobs in a production office and an agency, she found her way to Breakdown Services where she learned all about the casting process from the ground up. Having served her time in LA, she moved to Austin, TX where she now works as a representative for Breakdown Services assisting the actors, agents, and casting directors of the South Central and South East regions.


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