'Selma' worth $10M to Georgia

'Selma' worth $10M to Georgia

HOLLYWOOD, CA (WALB) - The movie 'Selma' is in the running for an Academy Award, and may win Best Picture, but the state of Georgia is already an economic winner because of the movie.

The Motion Picture Association of America released figures Thursday showing that  over the 95 days of filming in Georgia, the production pumped more than $10.3 million to local economies, and hired close to 1,900 Georgia cast, crew and extras. The production paid over $5 million in wages to more than 400 Georgia crew members.

From wardrobe purchases, car rentals, lumber, hardware, supplies, and lodging, the economy also benefited from 3,000 nights in hotel rooms, at a cost of $375,000.

The Motion Picture Association of America  says that film and television production is a major economic driver in Georgia. The core in-state film and television industry employs 23,000 workers, supports over 77,000 jobs and pays $1.6 billion in wages.

“The fact that we have become one of the fastest growing entertainment production centers in the U.S. is a testament to the unwavering commitment of Governor Deal and the Georgia legislature to creating a pro-business environment, investing in our highly-skilled existing crew base and support for the state's diverse locations,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “Not only is Georgia's entertainment industry creating thousands of jobs, but it has been a catalyst for long-term infrastructure growth, new tourism opportunities and increased brand awareness.”

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