Part VI: The Land of Make-Believe

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.
Amid a backdrop of debate over the film credits, state lawmakers have shown little appetite in recent years to pass any broad changes to the program. Even Rep. Matt Dollar (R-Marietta), who sponsored last year’s bill on credit audits, has heaped praise on the program. He accepted a “Friend of the Film” award from the Georgia Screen Entertainment ...