Georgia now ranks fourth in television pilot productions, according to a new report by nonprofit organization FilmL.A., Inc.
Of the 201 pilots shot in 2016 to date, Georgia claimed 15, following Vancouver (25), New York (28), and Los Angeles (79). This marks a 67 percent increase in pilot production for the Peach State, compared to last year’s nine pilots filmed. By comparison, Los Angeles saw a 13 percent drop in pilots from last year (91). FilmL.A. attributes the decline to a 23 percent year-over-year decrease in local comedy pilot production.
“While we were disappointed to see a decline in local comedy pilot production, recent growth in drama pilot and series production is encouraging from the standpoint of overall area jobs and economic benefit,” says FilmL.A. President Paul Audley.
Coupled with Georgia’s economic impact of $7 billion during the last fiscal year, announced by Governor Nathan Deal in August, Georgia continues to rise as a steady competitor to the top three slots. Total film spending in the state topped the $2 billion mark for the first time ever in the 2016 fiscal year. Total filming and other movie and television production expenditures were up nearly 19 percent compared to the 2015 budget year, over seven times what Hollywood spent in Georgia in 2008. The governor’s office said a total of 245 television and film projects shot in Georgia in fiscal 2016, down by only three from last year.
“The film industry has created a home in Georgia … employing thousands of Georgians while developing infrastructure and boosting small businesses,” Deal says. “I am committed to retaining this relationship by constructing a strong, film-ready workforce that will continue to help the industry thrive.”