Study names Georgia as No. 1 location for feature film productions in the world

From “The Walking Dead” to many of the Marvel Entertainment movies, the state of Georgia has increasingly become a major hub for television and movie productions.

A recent study by FilmL.A., a not-for-profit film office in the Los Angeles area, surveyed 100 films to find that 17 of those movies were shot in Georgia, making the Peach State the No. 1 filming location in the world. The United Kingdom took second place with 16 projects, while California took fourth place with only 12 films.

Some of the most recent big-budget productions, like Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” have been filmed in Georgia. According to projectcasting.com, in 2016, $2.02 billion was been spent in the productions of films and TV shows in the state, while Georgia has only spent $606 million to fund the tax credits.

What’s drawing filmmakers to Georgia? Primarily the state’s aforementioned generous production tax incentives, a vast selection of filming locations and free scouting assistance, according to Georgia.org.

Although Georgia and California remain attractive to the film industry, FilmL.A. found the U.S. hosted only 57 percent of all films surveyed, the lowest share the country has seen in the past four years.  However, industry pros anticipate Georgia will to continue to be a major production hub, with anticipated blockbusters like “Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2”  being filmed and produced at Pinewood Studios, and shows such as “Being Mary Jane” and “The Walking Dead” seeing continually high ratings.

For a full list of productions currently being filmed in Georgia, click here.

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