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Georgia jumps to 3rd in North America for TV/film productions

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Love movies? Especially when they make the films here at home? Great news, Georgia is now the number three television and movie making location in North America.

The news is straight from Savannah city leaders to WTOC. 

Georgia ranks behind just Hollywood, at number two, and Canada which ranks number one. 

Entertainment tax credits, which Georgia had beefed up in the last two years, are what many believe has lead to an influx of movies, TV shows and commercials in the Peach State. The City of Savannah is urging state representatives to continue to support those tax credits.

"Extending those credits only encourages more people to come to Georgia and Savannah and do films," Tony Thomas, Savannah City Council, told WTOC. "You can tell a lot of films, a lot of commercials, a lot of shoots are being done right here in Savannah. So, obviously the credits are making an impact."

Thomas credits the Savannah Film Office and office director Jay Self with working hard to draw in new projects, like "Killing Winston Jones" starring Richard Dreyfuss and Danny Glover, which begins filming next week at Savannah Arts Academy.

After a move to Daffin Park and some internal struggles between the former city manager and the film office involving philosophy, personnel cuts and an audit of the department, Thomas says he would like to take a renewed look at giving the film department more resources and more visibility.

"Personally, and I am not speaking for council, I feel that the film office is an asset to this community and needs a premium stake somewhere. Hiding it off the beaten path is not the best place to be," Thomas said.

Competition between the cities of Georgia, specifically Atlanta and Savannah, may be heating up too as Savannah is still exploring the addition of a soundstage, or even two, to draw more movies to Savannah.

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