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Small Screen Production Has A Big Economic Impact For Ga.

Jan 9, 2017

The number of television series being made today is at an all-time high thanks to nontraditional platforms such as Netflix and Amazon, and the influx of new episodic programs in the Peach State is pumping millions into Georgia’s already exploding film and television industry.

According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, more than 430 scripted series were in development or on air in 2016, double the number of shows in 2010, according to the Washington Post.

In 2015, the most recent year for which data was available, 50 television shows shot in Georgia, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.

Georgia’s tally still pales in comparison to California, where 371 TV shows filmed, and New York, where 119 shows filmed in 2015. But the Peach State surpassed competitors Louisiana (22 series), Florida (20 series) and North Carolina (10 series), likely because these states tweaked or eliminated their film tax incentive programs.

How much a TV series spends in Georgia per season depends on a number of factors, including scenery and budget, but even the smaller shows can spend millions.

This year, “The Originals” spent $34.7 million, “Rectify” spent $13 million and “Devious Maids” spent $10.5 million, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Ellie Hensley, covers healthcare and entertainment for Atlanta Business Chronicle