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Film Industry’s Growth Recognized in State Overview of Job Creation

A press release issued by Gov. Kemp’s office last week recognized the state’s film industry’s growth and contributions to learning opportunities for Georgia students. Excited to see two GSEC members Athena Studios and BlueStar Studios

included as drivers of growth.

“Two industries with rapidly growing footprints in Georgia — life sciences and film — also welcomed additional facilities that will support industry breakthroughs and learning opportunities for students. Georgia Tech hosted a groundbreaking for its Science Square purpose-built district in August, and The Rowen Foundation’s 2,000-acre science and learning campus broke ground in early December.

“Athena Studios announced it will add an additional 350,000 square feet to its Athens facility, which includes a structure dedicated to training the local workforce through a partnership with the University of Georgia and Georgia Film Academy. At the former Fort Gillem outside of Atlanta, BlueStar Studios announced more than 600,000 square feet of new stage space, as well as an additional 45,000 square feet dedicated to technical resources and amenities, which will include refurbished buildings that preserve the base’s historic architecture.”

Read the full press release here.

Athena Studios Ribbon Cutting Event:

From left: Neil J. Quirk, Sr., Chairman of the University of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees and attorney with Quirk & Quirk; Dr. Charles Davis, Dean of Grady College; Joel Harber, Athena Studios CEO; Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office; Rob Moran, Managing Director of Bay Point Media; Chandler Rierson, Managing Director of Bay Point Media. Photo credit Rebel Media & Marketing.

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