Entertainment Jobs Outlook in Georgia Just Peachy

Forget the Braves.

Georgia’s latest claim to star-studded fame comes in the form of major motion pictures being filmed on its southern soil. Due in large part to a bill passed in 2008 that provided large incentives for film, television and entertainment projects shot, produced or built in Georgia, the Peach State has seen significant growth in its entertainment sector. From 2007 to 2013, the economic impact of the industry rose from $242 million to an astonishing $3.5 billion, effectively creating an impressive amount of production jobs for locals and transplants in Atlanta.

You might ask why is Georgia offering tax incentives up to 30% to promote film industry growth? Easy. Long-term return on investment by promotion of the Georgia “brand.”

When high-profile movies or TV shows like “The Hunger Games” or “Walking Dead” are shot in Atlanta, tourism spikes as fans want to see the location for themselves. And, as Atlanta-based journalist Maria Saporta points out in a recent article[1], “It is hard to quantify the economic impact of the ripple effect over decades when people identify a place with a movie or show.”

A film that could cause one of those ripples is set to be a 2014 blockbuster. Some people may expect the seventh installment of a $2.6 billion franchise to be filmed in Los Angeles or New York, but the Fast and the Furious 7 is actually being filmed in Atlanta (although producers are struggling to get the project on track after the tragic death of star Paul Walker last month)[2].

What does all this mean for people who are searching for jobs in the entertainment industry? Well, you might not have to move to California to get your foot in the door. In fact, some industry analysts are anticipating that Atlanta will be the next media hotspot, after New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

 

If you want to trade in the Hollywood glam for a little southern hospitality, check out the hundreds of entertainment jobs listings we have for Atlanta and beyond at 4EntertainmentJobs.com.

 

[2] http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/05/showbiz/fast--furious-shut-down/

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