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LEADERSHIP

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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JEFF WEBER

Chief Development Officer, Shadowbox Studios

 

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

 

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JEFF WEBER

Chief Development Officer, Shadowbox Studios

 

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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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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, EUE/Screen Gems 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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VERONICA SULLIVAN

Senior Vice President, NBCUniversal

 

Veronica Sullivan is Senior Vice President, Head of Global Production External Affairs and State & Local Government, NBCUniversal, which includes Universal Filmed Entertainment, Universal Television and Universal Content Production, and Peacock.

 

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VERONICA SULLIVAN

Senior Vice President, NBCUniversal

 

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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

 

board of directors

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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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Kate McArdle

Interim Executive Director, Georgia Film Academy

Ex officio Board Member

Kate McArdle leads the Georgia Film Academy, which supports a collaboration of educational institutions offering professional courses in film, television, digital entertainment, Esports, and game development.

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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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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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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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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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Beth Nelson

Executive Director, Savannah Regional Film Commission

Beth Nelson serves as a liaison between film companies and local municipalities, providing assistance to production companies filming in the area, and supporting local crew and businesses.

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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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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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