Atlanta Media Industries


Atlanta Media Market Facts

Market Quick Facts (courtesy of Cox Media Group)

•          Population: 5.53 Million | 7th Among Top 10 Markets
•          Households: 1.9 Million | 9th Among Top 10 Markets
•          Median Age: 35.44 | 3rd Among Top 10 Markets
•          Median Income: $65,880 | 4th Among Top 10 Markets
•          Education: 35% w/ College Education | 4th Among Top 10 Markets
•          Atlanta has the second highest concentration of African-Americans
•          Top 5 Market for Retail Shopping Activity Among Top 10
•          Top 3 Market for Travel Consumption Among Top 10
•          Top 3 Market for Entertainment / Music Consumption

Universities and Art Schools

•          Georgia State University
•          Georgia Institute of Technology
•          Morehouse College
•          Emory University
•          Agnes Scott
•          Savannah College of Art and Design
•          Kennesaw State
•          Atlanta Art Institute
•          University of Georgia

Tax Incentive Program

•          20% tax credit for productions that spend $500,000
•          10% tax credit for including a Georgia logo in the credits
•          Incentives led to $2.4 billion in 2011
•          The incentive does not include a provision to ensure in-state hires

Atlanta Studios, Events, and Infrastructure

•          Turner Broadcasting System
•          CNN
•          Tyler Perry Studios
•          DragonCon
•          Cox Media Group
•          Screen Gems Studios
•          Video Game Studios – Tripwire Interactive and Whitewolf

Festivals and Organizations

atlanta film festival          JFF

docufest          atlgamersociety

music-midtown-logo2          atlhorror film fest


Academic Publications

Christopherson, Susan (2005) Divide and Conquer: Regional Competitions in a Concentrated Media Industry. In Greg Elmer (Ed) Contracting Out Hollywood: Runaway Productions and Foreign Location Shooting. Rowman & Littlefield.

Curtin, Michael. (2003). “Media Capital Towards the Study of Spatial Flows.” International Journal of Cultural Studies, 6(2): 202–228.

Holt, Jennifer (forthcoming). “Two-Way Mirrors: Looking at the Future of Academic-Industry Engagement.” Cinema Journal 52(3)

McDonald, Adrian H. (2009). “Down the Rabbit Hole: The Madness of State Film Incentives as “Solution” to Runaway Production.” University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law. 14.

Miller, Toby & Leger, Marie Claire (2001). ”Runaway Production, Runaway Consumption, Runaway Citizenship: The New International Division of Cultural Labor.” Emergences: Journal for the Study of Media & Composite Cultures, 11(1):89–115.

Newcomb, Horace (1979 – 80) “Appalachia on Television: Region as Symbol in American Popular Culture” Appalachian Journal 7(1/2): 155-164

Small, Oronde and Laura Wheeler (2016) “A Description of the Film Tax Credit and Film Industry in Georgia,” Fiscal Research Center: Policy Brief, Georgia State University.

Industry Articles & Resources

Ammons, Jessie et. al (2011) The Good, the Bad, and the Indie A truncated history of film and television in Georgia. Atlanta Magazine. September.

Georgia.Org Filmed in Georgia. A chronological list of TV and film productions shot on location in Georgia.

Holman, Curt (2010) Ready for our close-up: Tinseltown taps Atlanta as movie-making mecca! Will showbiz boom bring boffo box office? Creative Loafing Atlanta. November 4.

Thomas, Lee & Henchman, Joseph (2012) Georgia: Hollywood of the South? Atlanta Journal Constitution. October 10.

Verrier, Richard (2010) Atlanta Studio Opens as Filming in Georgia Booms. Los Angeles Times. June 16.