The pent-up demand for filming locations during the coronavirus pandemic and expensive security protocols led to a blockbuster year for the Georgian film and television industry.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development said on Wednesday it raked in a record $4 billion in direct manufacturing spending in the state during fiscal year 2021. By comparison, in 2019, Georgia’s direct spending was $2.9 billion.
“Because Georgia was the first state in the country to reopen our economy and work with movie productions statewide to ensure they could continue to operate safely, the Peach State movie industry is leading the nation,” Republican government leader Brian Kemp said. in a statement. a statement.
“As the top state for business for an unprecedented eighth year in a row, the jobs, economic development and investment in film and other supporting industries are an important part of Georgia’s success story,” he said. “This record-breaking announcement also highlights Georgia’s incredible momentum in economic recovery as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
During that period, 366 productions were filmed in the state, including 21 feature films, 45 independent films, 222 television and episodic productions, 57 commercials, and 21 music videos.
This includes shows like Disney’s “WandaVision,” “Loki,” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” and movies like Warner Bros.’ “The Suicide Squad.”
Since 2008, tantalizing tax incentives have turned the state into “Y’allywood,” a production center for film and television. Georgia has developed an infrastructure for big budget productions and is home to a hugely skilled workforce of crew members, craftsmen and technicians.
During the pandemic, Georgia quickly adopted solid security measures, including massive testing of cast and crew.
“Georgia allowed productions to return earlier than other markets, so not only did we have recurring shows that were canceled due to the pandemic, but we were also able to attract new shows that were scheduled to run in other, closed-off markets.” said Lee Thomas. , director of the Georgia Film Office.
“This additional batch of projects, combined with increased budgets due to the need for additional crew and space, plus tight security measures, has given Georgia a record year that is even higher than expected,” Thomas said.