If you think you’ve been dodging more film crews lately, it’s not your imagination. Movies and TV shows filmed in Georgia brought in $5.1 billion in economic impact in fiscal 2014, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

"THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD" features Kevin Kline (left) as Errol Flynn.
“THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD” features Kevin Kline (left) as Errol Flynn.

The department’s Chris Carr calls the film industry a powerful economic generator and says it’s creating jobs here as well as a skilled workforce.

Here’s a look at Georgia’s film industry by the numbers:

77,900 jobs and $3.8 billion in total wages, including indirect jobs and wages by Motion Picture Association of America companies.

Nearly 23,500 people directly employed by film and TV companies, including 8,188 production-related employees.

$696 million paid to 4,066 Georgia vendors in 2012 by MPAA member companies (Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Disney, Sony, Universal and Disney).

Movies that filmed in Georgia in 2014 include The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 & 2, Insurgent, Taken 3, Fast and Furious 7 and The Last of Robin Hood (with Kevin Kline). Coming to theaters soon are Kill the Messenger with Jeremy Renner and Dumb and Dummer To with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.

Small-screen productions include “The Walking Dead” (AMC), “Constantine” (NBC), “The Red Band Society” (Fox) and “The Vampire Diaries” (CW).

To learn more about Georgia’s film industry, visit ComeTourGeorgia.com.


About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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