“EUE/Screen Gems is pleased to announce our state-of-the art 37,500-square-foot, clear-span sound stage at our recently opened Atlanta facilities. It’s an exciting time to be part of the television and film industry in Georgia. With 30 years of production experience, we know what it takes to make a stage work for creative, innovative clients.”
The new stage offers a clear-span space with 40 feet to the grid. It can also be divided into two soundproofed studios. In addition, the company has just invested in a new state-of-the-art HD production truck/mobile unit for entertainment, sports and music projects.
EUE/Screen Gems opened its Atlanta operations in July 2010 after undertaking a multi-million dollar renovation of the property; three buildings were updated for lighting and grip, mill, paint and plaster, wardrobe and offices. They also renovated the first sound stage. The company has hosted several clients since that time, including ABC Studios, BET, Cartoon Network, Paramount Pictures and Tyler Perry Studios.
EUE/Screen Gems located in Atlanta because of the urban setting, the busy airport with multiple daily direct flights to Los Angeles and New York City and the robust 30 percent tax incentive in place for film, music and digital entertainment. Georgia’s incentive remains intact even as many states have considered cuts. Georgia’s incentive has been a boon to the state. Since 2007 when the incentive went into effect, Georgia has seen a 500 percent increase in film, television and digital production.
About the Atlanta Campus
The 30-acre studio complex is located at the former Lakewood Fairgrounds site four miles from downtown Atlanta.Lakewood has more than two decades of history as a film location. Films shot there include “Smokey and the Bandit” in 1997; “School Daze” in 1988; and “Zombieland” in 2009.
“Since 1915, when Lakewood became a fairgrounds, people have come here for entertainment,” says Kris Bagwell, Executive Vice President for EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Atlanta. “It’s appropriate that this site is once again at the center of Georgia’s entertainment industry, bustling with traffic and creating jobs. With Stage 5 now open for business, we can compete with any studio provider in the world.” Bagwell is a former Viacom cable network executive and native Atlantan.
This investment represents another bold move for the bullish studio provider who currently houses the Rachael Ray Show in New York City and offers a 50-acre studio complex in Wilmington, N.C. Its Wilmington, N.C. studio campus has hosted more than 350 television and film productions. The North Carolina location is also home to a sister stage, Stage 10, of the same size. Stage 10 is known for its special effects water tank. New Line Cinema’s “Journey 2: Mysterious Island” completed production there earlier this year.
About EUE/Screen Gems
EUE/Screen Gems supplies production space, studios, technological infrastructure and support for movie, film and commercial producers in New York City, Wilmington, N.C. and Atlanta. The company also produces content through Crux Digital Productions and EUE/Sokolow. www.euescreengems.com and www.screengemsstudios.com