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Mon April 29, 2013

4th Entertainment Studio Announces Atlanta Plans

Pinewood Atlanta is a joint venture between the U.K.'s Pinewood Studios and River’s Rock LLC, an independently managed trust of the Cathy family, owners of Chick-Fil-A.
Credit Pinewood Studios

Pinewood Studios, best known for the James Bond films, announced plans today to build a studio in metro Atlanta.

It is the fourth recent announcement of its kind here.  

Pinewood plans at least five sound stages on 288 acres in Fayette County. That follows new studio projects announced for Gwinnett and Newton Counties and Tyler Perry’s expansion plans in south Fulton County.

Lee Thomas heads the state Film, Music, & Digital Entertainment Office. She says there are 34 productions shooting in Georgia right now. It’s a chore every time, you know, when they come in, we’ve just kind of run out of space to put ‘em in,” says Thomas. “And I do think we’ll be getting new projects because of these facilities.”

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Thomas says the allure is the 30% tax credit the state offers productions but also a strong trained local crew base, the variety of landscapes, easy transportation in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and plenty of hotel rooms and restaurants for out-of-town crews.