Part III: Zombies, Vampires and Dollars

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.
Like many Georgia towns that host popular shows, Senoia has built up a solid tourism industry from fans eager to see first-hand where the show’s heroes fight for survival in a zombie apocalypse. Teens in zombie makeup and tour guides roam a downtown district dotted with newly built shops, restaurants and day spas – evidence of ...