A positive movie experience for Georgia and Coweta

There is good news coming out of the governor’s office this week. Well, more than good. In fact, it’s pretty substantial and directly impacts our area.

And you can pretty much thank all those zombies and everyone wishing you good luck by saying, “May the odds be ever in your favor.”

According to the latest figures released by Gov. Nathan Deal’s office, the movie and television industry spent $1.4 billion in Georgia last year. That massive influx of capital resulted in an economic impact of $5.1 billion (that’s with a “B” and not an “M,” as our headline read yesterday).

A lot of that money ended up in Coweta. Besides the ongoing filming of AMC network’s “The Walking Dead,” there’s also been filming of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” “Term Life,” and Dumb and Dumber To.”

Filming has occurred all over Coweta County, including in Grantville, Newnan and Senoia. The movie industry has had a tremendous impact on Senoia, with Raleigh Studies Atlanta (formerly Riverwood Studios) setting up shop there.

Since 2003, according to Craig Dominey, senior location specialist for the Georgia Film, Music and Entertainment Office, more than 2,500 people have taken the Walking Dead Tours, accounting for more than $165,000 in ticket sales and more than $100,000 in direct spending in Senoia alone.

The film industry is not only bringing in tourists spending money, but it’s accounting for jobs supporting the film industry, and let’s face it, a chance for some locals to play extras on the screen.

“The film industry is a powerful economic generator and is creating jobs for Georgians as well as new opportunities to a highly skilled workforce,” said Chris Carr, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Since 2008, more than 90 companies have located in Georgia to support the industry. These new businesses are generating jobs and ensuring the industry’s sustainability in Georgia well into the future.”

Georgia has wisely looked at various ways to diversify its potential revenue. The movie industry is yet one example of that prudent move.

Five billion dollars is nothing to sneeze at. And we think we can all put up with the living dead around town for that kind of money. At least they don’t need parking spots.



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