Above: Cuba Gooding Jr. and AMT Agency talent Lynn Cole were in Atlanta for a Hallmark Hall of Fame project called “Firelight.” Scenes were filmed at Patterson Dairy Farm and a home in the Bear Creek subdivision in Douglas County. Below: AMT Agency talent Ralph Ruiz and Dwayne Johnson brought their fancy footwork to town for the final phase of filming of “Fast Five” in Atlanta, where a defunct train yard was transformed, over a period of several months, into an abandoned auto plant used by the protagonists as their headquarters. A car party in the movie was filmed near the Georgia Dome. Below right: Wanda Sykes and AMT Agency talent Jenna Kanell are among the celebrities who have made guest appearances on Lifetime’s popular series “Drop Dead Diva,” which films in Peachtree City and Senoia.
“We are thrilled by the growth of the film and movie industry, and continued tax incentives that draw big budget films to our area,” said Susan Fronsoe. “Our mission is to provide unparalleled talent, relying on our proven reputation and wide range of options. We are one of the few fully franchised agencies as members of both the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.” The agency’s featured talent in recent projects includes the major motion pictures “The Hunger Games,” “Trouble with the Curve,” “Parental Guidance” and “Flight,” as well as TV/cable shows “Homeland” (a four-time Emmy Award winner), “Revolution,” “Nashville,” “The Walking Dead” and “Army Wives.” Support of the industry in the state of Georgia is strong, and we need to keep those dollars here. Other states like North Carolina and Louisiana are on the move to offer tax packages that rival that of Georgia. As long as support continues, the talent and revenue will remain here, and Georgia can hold on to the coveted title as leader of “Hollywood of the South” – and all the notable perks that come with it.
More than 700 feature films, TV movies, TV series, single episodes and pilots have been produced in Georgia since 1972. Included among them are “Footloose” (2011), “The Walking Dead,” “X-Men: First Class,” “Fast Five,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Blind Side,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Forrest Gump,” “My Cousin Vinny,” “Zombieland,” “Glory,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “We Are Marshall.”
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