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Georgia is Taking All of Hollywood's Jobs

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Majority of all jobs leaving Hollywood are moving to Atlanta, Georgia.

Majority of all jobs leaving Hollywood are moving to Atlanta, Georgia.

The number union members has increased dramatically over the last few years as more productions are leaving Los Angeles and traveling to other states with better tax incentives. The film and TV workers union in Georgia has seen their membership increase by 1,100% in the last 11 years, according to Deadline. The IATSE Studio Mechanics Local 479 in Atlanta is the general union for a wide range of film and television jobs. Jobs ranging from gaffers, electricians, customers, prop makers, and set painters. Currently, the Georgia local union has 2,122 members. Walking-Dead-Behind-the-Scenes-the-walking-dead-34231187-400-535 Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

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This translates to a larger number of qualified crew members to work on a production in comparison to other competing states such as Louisiana which only have 1,221 total union crew members. With major movies such as Anchorman 2, Identity Thief, The Hunger Games, and the 29 other productions now filming, Georgia was able to grow the number of productions by having a large and growing number of crew members to work on productions. jennifer-lawrence-atlanta-georgia-aquarium However, a lot of the boost in growth is not only due to tax incentives but also the lower wages a Georgia crew member gets paid for in comparison to their Los Angeles counterpart. Union films shot in LA and New York are covered by IATSE’s basic contract. While, films shot elsewhere are covered by IATSE’s cheaper Area Standards Agreement. But, taking into account the higher cost of living in New York and Los Angeles, the differences in pay could be ignored. But, at the end of the tax incentives are not the only thing that persuades Hollywood producers to leave Los Angeles. It takes nice weather, qualified crew members, rental facilities, and simply an adequate infrastructure to film a big budget movie. But, expect Georgia to continue to grow in terms of film productions. As one destination becomes a popular location for filming, you will soon see more producers setting up shop in the Peach State. Discuss this story with fellowProject Casting fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @projectcasting.