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Planned Covington Movie Studio Means More Room For Ga. Film

Jan 27, 2017

A new $100 million film and television complex planned in Covington will be an amenity-filled “Google-esque” campus.

According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, Three Ring Studios, the brainchild of Atlanta serial entrepreneur Rahim Charania, will be a 160-acre sound stage development with three campuses, a green screen, a backlot and Georgia’s first game development campus. It’s expected to open by the end of 2018 and will be the latest studio project in Atlanta’s fast-growing $7 billion movie and TV industry.

The new studio will be a welcome development in metro Atlanta because lots of shows are currently scouting for studio space, said Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Film, Music & Digital Entertainment office.

“We keep getting the question of "Are we overbuilding [film studios]?" but we’re full, ”Thomas said. “All the sound stages that have just come up like Blackhall Studios and Third Rail Studios, they’re full. We’re at capacity, so we’re very excited to have this new facility to try to get even more shows here.”

The $100 million to $120 million project will consist of a north, central and south campus two miles north of Interstate 20 in Covington. It could be completed in 2018.

Ellie Hensley is an entertainment, health care and general assignment reporter at Atlanta Business Chronicle.