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Fans of Netflix’s Ozark know about the dramatic performances of stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney in the thrilling series. They’ve probably never heard of Mike Neal, a small businessman in Savannah, but they’ve enjoyed his work too.

As a marine coordinator whose company supplies boats, underwater camera operators and water-safety guidance, Neal took a Savannah River paddleboat that wasn’t in use, converted it into a casino in a matter of days and then blew it up for a scene in Ozark’s third season.

Neal has worked on the water for more than 25 years, with a business that specialized in boat and kayak tours. But when the film business began to expand in Georgia early in the last decade, productions started renting boats and other equipment from him. He saw an opportunity and seized it.

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