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Georgia's music industry could start to get more tax breaks like TV and film companies do under a bill set to be introduced this month.

State Rep. Matt Dollar from Marietta said a study committee found music is big in Georgia, but not all musicians stay here.  

Closer Look: Kennesaw Police; Ryan Lochte; And More

Aug 18, 2016
Sergeant Brice A. Barth

Associated Press

Friday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress'':

Paulding County has approved a deal for a California-based company to lease the Atlanta Film Studio in Hiram, GA.
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Georgia officials say people interested in the film and television industry can begin enrolling in classes as part of a new training effort.

Georgia Film Academy Executive Director Jeffrey Stepakoff says classes begin in January. The academy is a partnership by the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia.

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The city is on fire.

Atlanta, left in ashes 150 years ago by the Civil War, has recently survived a hoard of both fictional catastrophes — zombies, werewolves, anchormen, Vin Diesel's friends — and fictional heroics from the likes of Captain America, Ant-Man and Katniss Everdeen (whose friends once repelled down the inside of the Marriott Marquis).

Courtesy of the Savannah College of Art and Design

As Georgia grows as a film hub, universities and colleges in the state are looking to create or expand their film programs.

Georgia State University is starting a new degree program that will help students find jobs in the film industry, and last month, SCAD announced that it was adding film and TV to its bachelor's degree in fine art program on its Atlanta campus.

“What you are seeing is a school with several locations responding to the fact that Atlanta is growing so much in the media landscape,” said Shawn Kasinger, SCAD Atlanta’s chair of television and film.

Old Doraville Assembly Plant Mostly Gone, Film Studio Coming

Jul 10, 2015
Courtesy of The Integral Group

    

The old General Motors Doraville plant along Interstate 285 near Peachtree Industrial Boulevard is mostly gone and a new development at the site is taking shape.

The Integral Group is part of the team leading the development, which includes Third Rail Studios as the anchor for a new media complex, called Assembly, after the old factory it’s replacing.

Project Executive with Integral Eric Pinckney explained during an interview on “A Closer Look” how developers sold Third Rail on the project.

Diversity Still Lacking In TV, Film Despite Progress

Jul 9, 2015
Actors and extras work during the filming of the Walking Dead, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Atlanta.
Mike Stewart / Associated Press

    

There’s more diversity in TV and film than ever before, and there are plenty of examples of that progress, too.

A few of the big names that come to mind include Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes and Tyler Perry.

Last season’s FOX drama, “Empire,” with an all- African-American cast was a ratings smash.

“There’s clearly a move toward more diversity,” said HBO’s Vice President of Talent Development, Kelly Edwards, during an interview on “A Closer Look.”

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You might see them near freeway exits, at the corner of intersections or on the side of streets: little yellow signs with black lettering and an arrow.

These signs are put up by production companies filming all around Atlanta.

But if you’ve paid attention to what’s written on these signs, you’ll know that they don’t just say the name of the movie or TV show being filmed. Instead, they’ll have some seemingly unrelated word or collection of letters and numbers.