Milledgeville Prepares For Future Film Opportunities

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Calling all film and tv crews.
Milledgeville is now prepared to host you after City Council approved a new city ordinance.

Tax incentives–that’s what brings TV and film crews down from Hollywood and into Georgia pretty regularly.

The crew of the CW show "The Originals" visited Milledgeville recently, and the Milledgeville City Council wanted to be more prepared.

When you’ve got everything in one place, it makes things easier.

"A one-stop shop," said Executive Director of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Convention and Visitors Bureau Jane Sowell.

And when you’re bringing in large crews and equipment to film movies and TV shows, you need easy.

"If they need to have a health inspection, if they’re going to have a food truck, or if they want to erect a large tent, we’ve got all that information right here," said Sowell.

Milledgeville City Council approved an ordinance at its meeting Tuesday night that makes Milledgeville more prepared to host TV and film opportunities in the city.

"We think we have some unique assets," said Sowell.

Sowell spearheaded the ordinance’s creation, and she says it outlines guidelines for crews when they come.

And Sowell believes they are bound to come.

"(We have) Central State Hospital, we have five closed prisons, we have a closed hospital here, we have a dam, a powerplant–these things are unique to our area."

Movie crews film all over Georgia because of the large tax incentive the state gives.

"Well the state offers a 30 percent tax credit," said Sowell. "Twenty of that is actually the tax credit and the 10 percent I believe they call it an "uphold," where if they agree to put the Georgia logo at the end of the production, they get that additional 10 percent."

Milledgeville’s message?

"If they came knockin on the door," said Sowell.

You can expect nothing less than southern hospitality.

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Sean Franklin joined the 41NBC news team in November of 2013. He’s originally from Marietta, Georgia. He graduated from Marietta High School in 2009 and loves returning home any chance he gets. Sean moved up to Knoxville, Tennessee after high school, where he graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2013 with a B.S. in Journalism and Electronic Media. While in college, he interned at WVLT-TV Local 8 News in Knoxville. He eventually moved to Assignment Desk Editor on the weekends. Sean loves hanging with friends and family, playing guitar and taking photos. Sean’s looking forward to telling stories about Middle Georgia. If you have any story ideas, feel free to get in touch! sfranklin@41NBC.com.