Atlanta is Becoming the Hollywood of the South
If you’re an actor who lives in Atlanta, it may no longer be necessary for you to move to Hollywood to elevate your acting career. Hollywood, more and more, is coming to you.
(By James Webb)
The city of Atlanta, and the state of Georgia as a whole, is fast becoming the new hot spot for movie and television productions, at least when it comes to places outside of La La Land.
That’s why many are now calling Atlanta the “Hollywood of the South”, and for good reason. Once upon a time, you would have been hard-pressed to find a town outside of Tinseltown and NYC that consistently played host to some of the entertainment industry’s biggest shows and films.
Now, consider Atlanta’s recent track record. Atlanta, aka, the “City Too Busy to Hate” has been super busy, hosting all or parts of the production of blockbuster movies like The Avengers: Infinity War, Antman & the Wasp and scenes from Black Panther. Plus, a host of Tyler Perry movies have been filmed there.
And television? Consider shows like CBS’s MacGyver, OWN’s Greenleaf and BET’s Being Mary Jane. All filmed, at least in part, in Atlanta. And don’t forget about those Walking Dead zombies. They usually “walk” in the Peach State, often in Atlanta.
All told, over 400 television shows and movies were filmed in Georgia, in just the past year.
One big reason many major productions are moving to Georgia is because they are incentivized to do so. All productions with budgets over $500,000 are given a 20% tax credit. Georgia throws in an additional 10% for productions that help them advertise their state’s entertainment industry, by carrying its Peach logo in its credits.
Another reason might be the state’s good weather, its well-equipped film studios and its terrain.
Whatever the reasons…if you’re an actor who lives in Atlanta, it may no longer be necessary for you to move to Hollywood to elevate your acting career. Hollywood, more and more, is coming to you.