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Digitainment Georgia’s strategy is to connect, interact and entertain to accelerate Georgia’s drive to become the world leader in production of digitainment content. There are five business sectors that are brought together through this collaborative effort.

Film
Music
Interactive
Broadcast
Technology

To foster a thriving business climate that will accelerate the development of Georgia’s entertainment industry.

The Georgia media and entertainment industry, from the labor and material to build it, from the artist in front and behind the cameras, from the professional services before to the financial management long after, the construction companies to lumber yards, furniture and equipment, real estate companies to catering companies, hotels, restaurants, even antique dealers and dry cleaners, the bustling statewide entertainment industry is impacting services, technology, providers, entertainment talent, creative professionals and a spectrum of retail and other operations with so vast an overall economic impact impossible to fully calculate.

From one of the world’s first film projector audience presentations in 1895 to an endless string of blockbusting film successes as diverse as “Deliverance” to “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Smokey and the Bandit” to “My Cousin Vinny,” “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” to “Diary of a Mad Black Women,” to the top of the chart sounds of REM, Bow Wow, Ludacris, Usher, Trisha Yearwood and a seeming never ending list of the world’s most listened to music performers, Georgia is its own walk of fame. The formal establishment of the state’s film commission nearly four decades ago -- combined with this long and stellar history of film, music and television pioneers, productions and talented professionals -- built the foundation. The leveraging of existing and expanding fiber infrastructure, the evolution of new media technologies and a recent series of enlightened tax credit legislative action has been the launch pad. Today our state is attracting new business like EUE/Screen Gems Stage 6 studio complex, a multimillion dollar 30,000 square foot soundstage located on a 32 acre campus… CBS and even Google are on the move in Georgia.

Georgia is now ranked among the top five states in the entertainment industry. The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Film, Music and Digital Entertainment office has identified, in the first quarter of 2012, over 12 television series and two feature films currently in production, plus eight feature films, seven television series and one television pilot in pre-production. During the 2011 fiscal year, the GDEcD reported 117 feature and independent films, TV episodes and series were produced in our state representing a total combined budget estimated at more than $671.6 million.

Entertainment production also included 189 commercials for a total budget of $17 million and 21 major music videos with budgets totaling over $700,000. Since the most recent tax credit legislation passed in 2008 the economic impact in the state grew from $224 million to an estimated $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2011… literally a 1000% increase. Add the explosion of Digital Interactive Gaming creation and publishing, the unlimited and dynamic demand for innovation stimulating even more technological advancements, consulting, products, infrastructure and content distribution, experts are saying Georgia has only just begun its exponential growth and creative promise of the next decade.