♦ The SCAD Savannah Film Festival, running October 28-November 4 at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, has released its lineup for its milestone 20th year. The schedule, which features a total 131 films, is being opened by Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game, and Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is slated for the Centerpiece Gala screening. Sorkin, Salma Hayek, Robert Pattinson, Patrick Stewart, John Boyega, and Holly Hunter will be in attendance at the fest, which is the largest run by a university in the nation.
♦ Atlanta-based Picture It Productions, Lionsgate TV, and Guilt creators Kathryn Price and Nichole Mallard have been given a script commitment plus penalty by Fox for the show One Call That’s All, based on the real life of the South’s most lucrative personal injury attorney Ken Nugent. The show is being described as part legal show, par family dramedy centering around Nugent and his family who, coincidentally, all work for him. This is the first network pitch from Picture It Productions, headed by Head of Television Lance Krall and Head of Production Peter Siaggas. The company launched last year to provide talent outside of your normal hubs of New York and Los Angeles with a platform. Telling the story of this Southern-based family seemed a natural fit for the company based in Atlanta.
♦ On October 17th, deputy commissioner of Film, Music and Digital Entertainment for Georgia, Lee Thomas will speak at Columbus State University as part of its Department of Communication speaker series program. He will be addressing the economic impact of Georgia’s burgeoning film industry that has seen it take in $9.5 billion last year and take the top spot as the shoot location for feature film production. Last year saw 320 films and TV shows shoot in Georgia, including Marvel’s blockbuster films, Netflix’s summer hit Stranger Things and AMC’s Georgia staple The Walking Dead.
By Ellen Lloyd