Part I: From California to Senoia

Credit: Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon (State Affairs)

Key Points
  • Hundreds of movies and TV shows filmed in Georgia since 2005 have drummed up more than $24 billion in economic activity.
  • Supporters trace the film industry’s local boom to tax credits worth billions of dollars.
  • Critics say film out-of-state companies benefit too much by selling tax credits to the tune of $2.9 billion since 2016.
When she’s not fending off zombies, actress Lynn Collins likes to stroll the local farmer’s market in downtown Senoia where the hit television series The Walking Dead has filmed for the past decade. A California resident, Collins has taken such a shine to the small-town terrain she’s thinking about making Georgia her new home, enticed by the cozy feel of Senoia, the state’s booming film activity and lower taxes than California. “I’m definitely thinking about it,” Collins told a reporter on a ...