“HOLLYWOOD EAST”? Well, we’re not there yet, but Cobb and Marietta seem to be heading toward that description if state figures released Monday are any indication.
“Georgia is one of the fastest growing entertainment production centers in the U.S.,” Georgia Commissioner of Economic Development Chris Carr said at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s “First Monday Breakfast” at the Cobb Galleria Centre. His comments, though not dominated by “movie talk,” coincidentally came on the morning after the Oscars were handed out in Hollywood. “Through a combination of pro-business legislation, a steady stream of new workforce opportunities, long-term infrastructure growth, pro-active communities and diverse landscapes — the economic impact of this industry in 2013 was more than $4 billion in Georgia.”
Dozens of films and TV episodes have filmed in Cobb in recent decades, but such activity has recently hit new heights, he said. Recent hit films made all or in part of Cobb include:
– “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which last week became the 10th highest-grossing film of all time at the domestic box office;
– “Barely Lethal,” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Jessica Alba;
– “Dumb and Dumber To,” starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, which was filmed in and around the Marietta Square;
– The remake of ’80s hit “Footloose;” and
– “The Walking Dead.”
Cobb was one of the first communities in Georgia to be designated as Camera Ready by the Georgia Film Office. The program is a special designation given to counties interested in attracting such productions and involves the county designating a point person who can assist film and TV production companies.