Four 30,000-square-foot studios open in Gwinnett Village CID

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) April 14, 2015- Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and the Georgia Department of Economic Development joined with Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta to announce the grand opening of its new television studio operations in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The project represents a $15 million capital investment in the community.

Located at 6205 Best Friend Road, the former 690,000-square-feet Kraft warehouse space, also the site of Eagle Rock’s beer distribution center, was converted to house four, 30,000-square-foot sound stages. Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta is the largest television production studio under one roof in the U.S.

“Eagle Rock’s new production studio project was designed to service the booming film and television industry emerging in Georgia, specifically within the untapped television production segment,” said Steve Economos, CEO of Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta. “We are grateful to have such remarkable resources and key partnerships throughout the region, as we seek to gain greater market share in the entertainment business through our new world-class facility.”

“The State of Georgia is currently hosting 39 film and television projects, an all-time high, so we are constantly challenged with locating available stage space,” stated Lee Thomas, Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office.  “We are very appreciative of Eagle Rock’s investment in this state of the art facility which will allow us to host more projects and provide hundreds of jobs for Georgians.”

The construction project included the installation of support beams to create larger open spaces for television filming; upgrades to the electrical service; silent air conditioning; stubbed out plumbing for dressing rooms, prop and costume areas, and renovation of existing offices for production staff. Eagle Rock’s fully enclosed facility allows for production throughout the year, eliminating costs and weather delays, translating to greater local job opportunities.

“Gwinnett County offers production studio companies like Eagle Rock the skilled, talented workforce needed to thrive in such a competitive industry,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We are pleased to have them join our community and look forward to seeing their continued growth and success.”

“Georgia is a major player in the entertainment market,” said Lisa Anders, Executive Director of Explore Gwinnett and Gwinnett’s Camera Ready Liaison with the Georgia Film Office. “We are excited about the economic impact that Eagle Rock will make on tourism in Gwinnett, through our local restaurants, hotels and other businesses surrounding the studios. This is a great win for our community.”

The studio is projected to create jobs at every income level, from film talent to crew members, including grips, tradesmen/set builders, caterers, cleaning, wardrobe and makeup staff.

“We celebrate Eagle Rock’s expansion into the television filming industry and welcome them to a community that supports a strong business climate for growing companies,” commented Chuck Warbington, Executive Director for the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District. “We anticipate an increase in employment opportunities and business growth as a result of this expansion and we couldn’t be more proud to be the new home of a production company committed to cultivating success here.”

Recently, Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta joined five other Georgia-based film studios to form the Georgia Studio & Infrastructure Alliance (GSIA), a new film and television studio and infrastructure association. The group hopes to serve as advocates for the education of crew members and the development of talent needed to keep clients returning to Georgia.

“Eagle Rock’s grand opening further highlights the huge economic impact of the film industry within Gwinnett County and our region,” said Nick Masino, Senior Vice President of Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “Producers are attracted to Gwinnett’s versatile location shoots, from suburban and exurban, to historic downtowns and rustic settings, along with access to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and a host of industry support businesses.”

Georgia ranks third in the U.S. for feature film production. The film and television industry in Georgia directly employs 23,500 people, with nearly 8,200 production-related employees. The state reports the film industry had a $5.1 billion economic impact during the 2014 fiscal year.

To learn more about Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta, please visit www.eaglerockstudiosatlanta.com.

To find resources and learn more about the filming industry in Gwinnett County, please visit www.gwinnettcameraready.com.

For more information or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.

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