It may be some time before the full global economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is fully understood. Certainly among those hard hit sectors is the world of entertainment, including what has been a booming film industry in Georgia. As a proud champion of the film ecosystem of our city and state, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is deeply appreciative of the countless artists and other workers whose livelihoods depend on the continued success of this near-$10 billion dollar industry. With the COVID crisis continuing to hinder Hollywood’s return to business, we close this challenging year with a look back at how local film and TV productions have been impacted. Our latest podcast also looks ahead to questions now facing the creative industries, such as studio COVID safety protocols and upcoming action in the legislature that could shape the future of the state’s film tax incentives. An amazing panel joins hosts Sara and Brad, including deputy commissioner of the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment office Lee Thomas, Georgia Production Partnership governmental affairs lead Peter Stathopoulos, and Beth Talbert of Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta.
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Our guests for this episode: Lee Thomas, Georgia's Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Deputy Commissioner. Peter Stathopoulos, head of Bennett Thrasher’s entertainment law practice and government affairs lead for the Georgia Production Partnership. Beth Talbert, Vice President of Studio Operations at Eagle Rock Studios in Atlanta.
Read more about this week's topic:
- The state has released a repository of COVID-19 information and resources for the local film industry.
- Georgia Public Broadcasting talked back in October about how the industry was reopening in Georgia.
- Ryan Millsap, CEO of Blackhall Studios, contributed an op-ed earlier this month to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, saying the industry is going strong once again.
The music for our episode is provided by the incomparable Joe Alterman. Specifically, our into and outro music is "Pure Imagination" off his album, "Give Me the Simple Life", and our interlude music is "Over the Rainbow" from "More Cornbread (Live)". Check him out on Spofity or wherever you get your music.
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