Georgia Movie Business Booming

December 8, 2010  |  

(AJC) — A few months ago, filmmakers took over Greene’s Fine Foods in Decatur for a day. They turned the building into the fictional Daventry Hills City Hall for the Cartoon Network movie “Neverfail.”  “I did it for the exposure,” owner Tommy Greene said. “And they offered to pay.” Greene received $1,000, a tiny portion of the film industry’s estimated $1.3 billion economic impact in Georgia this year. While the state’s overall economy might be stagnant, the movie business is booming locally because production companies have been offered tax breaks up to 30 percent to bring their work here. The money spins off to local restaurants, hardware stores and other businesses. Consequently, the state has urged more communities to get involved, though it is now re-examining all tax exemptions, including those for the film and TV industries.

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