Atlanta Quickly Becoming The East Coast Version Of Hollywood

July 14, 2015

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:

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For a long time, if you wanted to become a star you made the trek to Hollywood. That is quickly changing. Atlanta and the surrounding area is now a hub for the entertainment industry, as is all of Georgia. Shows and movies are now clambering to film in the heart of the South. This year alone the economic impact of the entertainment industry in Atlanta has topped over six billion dollars and there is no sign of it slowing. Pinewood Studios, where Ant Man was filmed, has been a major contributor. Of course you can’t forget AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead which as had a huge affect on the state.


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One of the major affects of the new thriving industry is the number of job opportunities the shows and movies provide. Ant Man alone provided more than 3,500 much needed jobs to Georgians.


Many new series and movies are slated to film in Georgia this year, including  Netflix’s original series Stranger Things, Fast & Furious 8, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Avengers: Infinity Wars, Stan Against Evil,  Rings,  the prequel for The Ring and the horror-comedy Vampire Movie and that’s just to name a few. A lot of the new film industry is drawn to the “Peach State” because of the large tax breaks (30%).


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Georgia is now listed as the third largest producer of films and shows in the U.S. and by the end of 2017, I have a feeling we will be at number 2. The studios and prop houses in Georgia are not only doing well, they’re all expanding to larger locations or building on to their current locations. As a Georgia girl myself, I hope to see the film industry continue to blossom in Atlanta and through out the state.

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