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GANNON MURPHY

General Manager,
Cinelease Studios -Three Ring

 

Atlanta native Gannon Murphy leads the Cinelease Studios brand, Entertainment Division of Herc Rentals and the Lighting & Grip Division of Cinelease.

 

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GANNON MURPHY

CHAIRMAN

General Manager, Cinelease Studios - Three Ring

 

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MICHAEL AKINS

Business Agent, IATSE Local 479

 

Mike Akins manages the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), Local 479, which has grown during his tenure to be one of the largest film trade organizations in the United States.

 

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MICHAEL AKINS

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

Business Agent, IATSE Local 479

 

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MARK PARKMAN

COO, BlueStar Studios

 

Mark Parkman understands each element of content creation and how to keep projects on track. He came to BlueStar Studios from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), where he was the creative architect of its global content strategy and earned two Emmy Awards.

 

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MARK PARKMAN

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

COO, BlueStar Studios

 

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MICHAEL CLARK

General Manager of

Studio Operations,

Eagle Rock Studios

Michael Clark is a former Production Coordinator and Supervisor, having worked on several TV series in both Los Angeles and Atlanta. As of January 2023, he is the General Manager of Studio Operations for Eagle Rock Studios.

MICHAEL CLARK

General Manager of 

Studio Operations,

Eagle Rock Studios.

 

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MICHAEL NEWPORT

Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer

MICHAEL NEWPORT

Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer,

The MBS Group

 

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DAN ROSENFELT

Founder, Electric Owls Studios

 

From Philadelphia to Los Angeles to Atlanta, Dan turned his passion for movies and TV into a gratifying career working in various locations departments

 

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DAN ROSENFELT

Founder,

Electric Owl Studios

 

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BETH TALBERT

Vice President, Studio Operations, NBCUniversal at Assembly Studios

 

Beth Talbert leads studio operations for NBCUniversal at Assembly Studios. A veteran of the television studio industry, Beth’s experience in Los Angeles and Atlanta includes production, operations, distribution, client services and marketing.

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BETH TALBERT

VICE-CHAIRMAN

Vice President, Studio Operations, NBCUniversal at Assembly Studios

 

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CHRIS CLARK

President & CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce

 

As leader of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Chris Clark leverages extensive experience in Georgia government, including as deputy commissioner of the Department of Economic Development, which oversees the tax credit.

 

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CHRIS CLARK

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

President & CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce

 

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JOHN RAULET

Partner at Mailing Avenue Stageworks, Westside Stageworks, and Eastside Stageworks

 

John Raulet provides commercial real estate services to Georgia’s film and television industry. He was instrumental in the early years of the Georgia film tax credit in securing space for shows when there were few stage options.

 

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JOHN RAULET

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

Partner at Mailing Avenue Stageworks, Westside Stageworks, and Eastside Stageworks

 

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TYLER EDGARTON

Partner at Mailing Avenue Stageworks, Westside Stageworks, and Eastside Stageworks

 

Tyler Edgarton has more than 30 years of experience in the Atlanta real estate market, active in property acquisitions, film production, studio ownership, renting props and set decorations, and supporting film festivals.

 

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TYLER EDGARTON

Partner at Mailing Avenue Stageworks, Westside Stageworks, and Eastside Stageworks

 

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FRANK PATTERSSON

President & CEO, Trilith Studios

 

Frank Patterson, a studio executive, entrepreneur and higher-education thought leader,  leads Trillith Studios, the second largest purpose-built film studio in North America.

 

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FRANK PATTERSON

President & CEO,

Trilith Studios

 

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PETER RUMBOLD

Head of Real Estate,

Shadowbox Studios

 

Peter Rumbold leads project teams at Shadowbox Studios that are actively developing more than 3 million square feet of new studio space.

 

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PETER RUMBOLD

Chief Executive Officer,

Shadowbox Studios

 

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BILLY STOLL

Vice President, EUE/Screen Gems Studios Atlanta

 

With decades of experience in studio operations and production, Billy Stoll is leading EUE/Screen Gems Studios Atlanta into its next phase of growth.

 

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BILLY STOLL

TREASURER

Vice President,

Cinespace Studios Atlanta

 

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STEVE MENSCH

President & General Manager of Studio Operations, Tyler Perry Studios

 

Steve Mensch is President and General Manager of Studio Operations at Tyler Perry Studios, an all-inclusive, premiere film and television production facility that supports both Tyler Perry Productions and outside production.

 

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STEVE MENSCH

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

President & General Manager of Studio Operations, Tyler Perry Studios

 

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JUSTIN CAMPBELL 

Director of Studio Operations,

Gray TV

 

Justin manages the day-to-day operations of Third Rail Studios at Assembly in Doraville, GA and is involved with Gray’s expansion of its soundstage portfolio at Assembly Studios.

 

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JUSTIN CAMPBELL

Director of Studio Operations,

Gray TV

 

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JOEL HARBER

CEO, Athena Studios

 

Joel Harber leads Athens, GA’s Athena Studios, a state-of-the-art purpose-built studio space for television and film production.

 

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JOEL HARBER

CEO,

Athena Studios

 

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JOHN ROOKER

Founder & Managing Partner, Atlanta Metro Studios

 

John Rooker leads Atlanta Metro Studios and is the CEO of Rooker, a full-service real estate development firm. Atlanta Metro Studios (AMS) was the result of Rooker's redevelopment of Shannon Mall in Union City, GA.

 

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JOHN ROOKER

Founder & Managing Partner, Atlanta Metro Studios

 

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PETER VON GAL

Chief Operating Officer,

Great Point Studios

 

As Chief Operating Officer of Hallmark Entertainment, Peter defined strategic vision and led tactical execution while managing day-to-day operations of a global powerhouse in the entertainment industry.

 

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PETER VON GAL

Chief Operating Officer,

Great Point Studios

 

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Mike Byrd

Director of Sales, Yancey Entertainment

Mike Byrd specializes in delivering high customer service and value to the unique demands of the film, production, and entertainment industry.

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Jessa Grazioplene

Director of Studio Client Relations, Cinelease Studios

Jessa Grazioplene leads studio management for Cinelease Studios, which includes locations for episodic TV and feature films in Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles.

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Chrissie Merrill

Managing Partner, Director of Film Finance

Chrissie Merrill is the founder of State Tax Incentives, and has placed more than $1.2 billion in film tax credits in the U.S., resulting in over 200 films and thousands of jobs.

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Peter Stathopoulos

Partner, Bennett Thrasher

 

Peter Stathopoulos is a Partner in Bennett Thrasher’s State & Local Tax practice, leading the Entertainment division to help clients maximize entertainment incentives for film, television and digital interactive entertainment.

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Jamey Wilson

Cofer Brothers

Jamey Wilson is a part of the fourth generation at Cofer Brothers, dedicating over three decades of his working life to the company. During the past 15 years, Jamey's primary roles have included IT, sales, purchasing and management.

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Matt Davis

President & CEO of Reel Supplies


Matt Davis leads Reel Supplies, a building supply company that has supplied more than 1,600 episodic TV and feature film productions across the country.

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Scott Griffin

President & CEO, Griffco

Scott Griffin leads Griffco, an Atlanta-based design/build construction firm he founded in 2007 that specializes in commercial and industrial facilities, including film studios and sound stages.

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Ben Patel

Founder/CEO, BI Production Works

Bhugesh (Ben) Patel led Madison, GA-based BI Production Works from two sprinter vans into a multi-million-dollar company that leases vehicles and equipment to the film and entertainment industry.

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Matt Thompson

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Floyd County Productions

Matt Thompson leads Floyd County Productions, one of the premiere animation studios in Atlanta. With nearly three decades of animation experience, he has been a driving force behind Emmy, Critics’ Choice, and Clio award-winning programs.

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Brennen Dicker

Executive Director, Creative Media Industries Institute, Georgia State University

Brennen Dicker is a film and video professional now focused on exploring the intersection of creativity, technology and entrepreneurship in Georgia’s film, television and gaming industries.

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David Innes

Senior Vice President, Entertainment Division, 
City National Bank

David Innes’ entertainment industry expertise includes Intellectual Property Valuation and Finance, Production Finance, Franchise Finance and customized financial planning solutions.

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Brandon Reese

Vice President of State Government Affairs, Southeast Region - MPA

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Andrew Velcoff

Partner, Barnes & Thornburg

 

Andrew Velcoff guides a wide range of institutional and individual entertainment and media clients through their entertainment, intellectual property, licensing and media law related needs.

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Amanda Gentles

Senior Vice President, General Manager, WarnerMedia Studios at Warner Bros. Discovery

Amanda Gentles is an experienced senior-level entertainment executive with WarnerMedia Studios at Warner Bros. Discovery, an American multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate.

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Greg Lewis

Lightnin’ Production Rentals

Greg Lewis is a third-generation member of the Lewis family, which founded Lightnin’ Production Rentals in Lawrenceville in 1979 and now services film and TV productions through its Georgia and New York locations.

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Katie Schuck

Assistant Director, Savannah Regional Film Commission

Katie Schuck is a freelance filmmaker and producer with more than 15 years’ experience She promotes Savannah’s best locations to prospective productions.

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Scott Votaw

Executive Director,

Georgia Film Academy

Scott Votaw is an entertainment arts and academic industries global expert with decades of film production experience and a background in education including training, educational circular creation and workforce development.

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