A new movie studio is breaking ground for a new a facility in Effingham County.
Medient Studios said the complex it will be the biggest movie studio in North America.
The new Studioplex will be built on more than 1,500 acres of property. The new $90 million movie studio is expected to employ up to 1,200 people with a massive music venue and video gaming complex on site.
The studio expects to be producing movies in the new studio sometime next year. The 2014 movie production slate is expected to be released shortly.
This is a three-phase
project. The first phase of this project is to build the sound stages and
infrastructure for post production and gaming.
The company specializes
in sci-fi and horror films and will produce them in several different
languages. It's not just filming and gaming.
The Studioplex will
eventually include a residential area and a public access. it will also include
a 25,000-seat amphitheater. It's a project that means big things for Effingham County.
"We do not have a film industry base. We
have film industry that comes in a lot and they spend a lot of money when they
are spending on site. But we really don't have a good established film industry
or the infrastructure yet.
This is going to
provide that," said John Henry, Effingham County IDA CEO.
The Studioplex is
projected to bring 1,000 jobs to the area in addition to $40 million per year
in new income and 24 million in new retail expenditure.
Some of the talent
will be from out of town, but Medient plans to hire at least 300 local workers.
"It's an open
merit based process there's going to be absolutely no level of discrimination
except a focus on local talent as much as we can," Medient Studios CEO Manu
Studios plans to start construction Dec. 1. The company said it plans to start
the hiring process as soon as this fall, and they could start filming as early