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Recap with Photos: Georgia Entertainment 100 Event in Columbus Showcases Opportunity in the Region


Georgia Entertainment, in partnership with Visit Columbus GA and the Columbus Film Commission, held the annual Georgia Entertainment 100 event last week. Local business owners, entertainment executives along with legislators and government officials gathered to learn more about the creative economy in the region. This event also incorporated the Georgia Unscripted roadshow series that is part of a 9 city tour highlighting film and entertainment in key communities around the state.  The event also marked the Columbus Film Commission meeting held quarterly at various locations in the region.

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“Columbus has been long on support for film and entertainment. Job opportunities for creatives in film, gaming, music and other areas of entertainment continue to grow and the best is yet to come,” said Randy Davidson, President of Georgia Entertainment. “We were so honored to host distinguished legislators from around the state as well as producers and directors from all over to see this dynamic city and hear all that’s happening in Columbus.”

The purpose of this event was to highlight Georgia’s creative economy and the impact of the entertainment industry in each community. The Columbus event included comments from:

  • Lee Thomas, Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Film & Entertainment Office
  • Joel Slocumb, Columbus Film Commissioner
  • Todd Harris, CEO of Skillshot Media
  • Representative Scott Hilton, Vice Chair of the Creative Arts & Entertainment Committee
  • Scott Votaw of the Georgia Film Academy
  • David Sutherland of University of Georgia, Terry College of Business
  • Dr. Dana Gibson, Department Chair of Communications, Columbus State University
  • Z Lawrence of Music Entertainment Council, Columbus
  • Chris Poirier: Founder/Game Master of Columbus Got Game
  • Vanessa Stewart: Chief Story Officer, Story Mill Entertainment

“The partnership with Georgia Entertainment to expose Columbus to filmmakers and entertainment businesses around the world has been very important to us,” said Joel Slocumb, Columbus Film Commissioner. “Events like this also provide a platform for us to connect with policymakers and others to share ways to further expand opportunities for growth in the region.”

“Jobs, education and workforce development were the main topics in Columbus and we are so honored to have so many of the key state and local organizations represented,” said Jezlan Moyet, Senior Vice President, Georgia Entertainment. “These events allow creative professionals and policy makers to network in a very special environment immersed in the local creative scene.” Columbus joins other communities hosting events around the state including Roswell, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Marietta, Rome, Savannah, Warner Robins, and Valdosta. (All the events and recaps.)

Other companies supporting the combined event include All Access Staging, Ambient Studio, Apache Rental GroupBarbizon LightingBarnes & Thornburg LLPBarrow Group, Blue Trail Productions, Cinelease StudiosCity National BankCabretta CapitalClassic TentsGSB Architects, Georgia Entertainment PR AllianceGeorgia Matters, First Horizons Bank, FitzHenry FilmsFlat Rock StudioGateway 85 CIDGhost GamingGreenspoon Marder LLP, IVB Media, Laser Stream Studio Moonshine Post ProductionPC&E, RiseImpact SkillshotSonesta Hotels, Tweed Recording, United Rentals.

The next Georgia Entertainment event will be a Georgia Unscripted affair. It will be held October 18th in Middle Georgia. For more information about supporting the events, contact us and to RSVP click here.

Other organizations promoting and partnering with the event include the Georgia Department of Economic DevelopmentGeorgia Music PartnersGeorgia Production PartnershipBIG Film and Entertainment AllianceCoastal Entertainment AllianceEntertainment Tourism Alliance of GeorgiaGeorgia Film AcademyGeorgia Screen Entertainment Coalition,  Motion Picture AssociationConsulate General of Israel to the Southeastern United States,  Georgia Game Developers AssociationGeorgia Regional Film and Entertainment Alliance, and Georgia CEO.

TV Media Coverage:

WTVM – Pre-event interview with Randy Davidson

WLTZ – Pre-event interview with Jezlan Moyet

Click on the photos below for larger renditions. 

Video Credit: Rosa Waite


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