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Stephen Weizenecker, Georgia’s Booming Entertainment Industry Creates New Business for Lawyers


Barnes & Thornburg partner Stephen Weizenecker has been involved in Georgia’s film and TV production industry since he started practicing entertainment law in 1995.

With the boom in the state’s entertainment industry over the last decade, his practice has broadened from representing film and TV production companies to the video game and  emerging esports industry in Georgia.

There’s a lot of entertainment legal work to go around. Entertainment content production is at an all-time high in Georgia and nationally, which means a lot of work for lawyers, said Weizenecker, who was sworn in Nov. 13 as a member of Gov. Brian Kemp’s Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Commission.

Weizenecker is also the new chair of the motion picture, television, cable and radio division of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.

Entertainment production has taken off in Georgia since the introduction of the statewide film, TV and digital entertainment tax credit in 2008. The Georgia Film and Entertainment Commission, which Weizenecker also served on under former Gov. Nathan Deal, advises the governor on tax incentives, policy and regulatory issues for the entertainment industry—including, now, esports. See more at


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