Georgia is now among the top five states in the nation for film and TV production with more than 327 productions shot in Georgia from July 2010 through June 2011. Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, designated 23 new Georgia counties Camera Ready at the annual Governor’s Tourism Conference on September 14, 2011. The Camera Ready program, which started in 2010 to support the growing film and television industry, now includes 112 counties in the state. At the conference it was announced that Catoosa, Chattooga and Dade join Walker County as “Camera Ready” counties.
The program is a special designation given to participating Georgia communities interested in attracting entertainment productions. A Camera Ready Community must designate one point person who can assist film and television production companies on a local level. The point person for the four northwest counties is Randall Franks:
Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority
“Our aggressive tax incentive, new infrastructure and expanding crew base make Georgia the leading lady for film and television production,” said GDEcD commissioner Chris Cummiskey. 'After beefing up its incentives program in 2008, Georgia has emerged among the top five states in the country for film production...,' writes the LA Times.
To learn more about Georgia’s Camera Ready Community Program and tax incentives, please visit www.georgiaorg/cameraready
or call Randall Franks.