A celebration of Georgia’s film industry — and the jobs it creates

Updated: Jan 15

It’s the Year of Georgia Film — and today hundreds celebrated the industry at Film Day at

“These are high quality jobs with an average wage of $84,000, 75 percent higher than the national average,” said Gov. Nathan Deal, addressing the crowd at the Capitol.


Not only has the film industry brought jobs to Georgia, it’s responsible for 160 new companies around the state. While these businesses do not receive the tax credit, they are assisting the production companies who do. Since 2010, 16 film and TV studios have opened or expanded, using Georgia’s diverse landscape to provide the perfect backdrop for any scene.


Mystic Grill in Covington for the Vampire Diaries fans or strolling through downtown Senoia, home of the most-watched television series, The Walking Dead. The list keeps growing — there are 42 productions in Georgia filming right now and hundreds more in the works.


Gov. Deal thanked the film industry for making Georgia the third most popular state in the country in which film and television shows are being produced. The economic impact of the film industry is nearly 3,000 percent more than what it was in 2007, bringing the impact total to over $7 billion in 2016. With what Gov. Deal described as the “stable and consistent tax credit,” Georgia’s film industry will continue to expand and provide entertainment and, more importantly, jobs for Georgians in every corner of the state.

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