Lionsgate Expanding East Coast Production Presence Beyond New York/New Jersey to Atlanta

Lionsgate April 4 announced it has inked a third deal with Great Point Studios, a media-focused company specializing in film and television infrastructure, to become the anchor tenant in a new $200 million 40-acre production facility being built in Atlanta.

As anchor tenant, Lionsgate will have naming rights to the studio.  Lionsgate is also partnered with Great Point Studios on a studio facility in Yonkers, New York, with a second studio facility slated to open in Newark, New Jersey.

Lionsgate Studios Atlanta is located in Douglas County where some of the location filming was done on Lionsgate’s “Hunger Games” movie franchise  The facility will be up and running in late 2023.

The 500,000-square-foot, full service complex will include 12 large sound stages, office and support space, a back lot and parking for 400 cars and 100 trucks. The new media complex, which will be owned and operated by Great Point Studios, will offer a full set of production services on site, including grip and electric, equipment, props, set building, restaurants, location catering, cleaning service and security.

Lionsgate Studios Atlanta will be located less than 16 miles from the center of Atlanta and only 25 minutes from the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“Lionsgate Studios Atlanta becomes our third state-of-the-art production complex with proximity to a major metropolitan area, allowing us to continue to scale our film & television production operations, create hundreds of local jobs and invest in regional economic growth,” Gary Goodman, Lionsgate EVP of television production, said in a statement.

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The studio facilities initiatives were shepherded for Lionsgate by Lionsgate CFO James W. “Jimmy” Barge.

Great Point Studios founder Robert Halmi is founder of the Hallmark Channel and a producer of more than 400 film and television projects.

“The state of Georgia has seen a record year in terms of film and television productions,” Halmi said in a statement. “With the rising demand for production facilities, a studio location in Atlanta was an ideal next step for our partnership with Lionsgate.”

Tyler Perry to Resume TV Show Production in July in Atlanta

Tyler Perry, creator and star of the “Madea” movie franchise, May 12 announced in a statement from ViacomCBS unit BET that he would resume production on the second seasons of two original TV series July 8 at his studio in Atlanta. Perry becomes one of the first Hollywood movie and TV executives to announce post-coronavirus production plans.

“BET is committed to investing in quality programming from top industry power players and giving viewers more of the content they love and expect from the brand across our platforms,” Scott Mills, president of BET, said in a separate statement.

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Perry’s series “Sistas,” about a group of single black women dealing with love and friendship, and “The Oval,” showcasing fictional life in the White House, are filmed on the actor/producer’s 330-acre converted army facility (acquired in 2015) that includes housing, greenspace and 12 sound stages.

Georgia in April became the first state to re-open select businesses, including movie theaters, despite the ongoing pandemic that has killed more than 80,000 people in the United States.

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In an interview last month with Deadline, Perry outlined how he would sequester cast and crew on his studio grounds, among other safeguards, during production to minimize any potential spread of COVID-19.

Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’ Heading to Home Video in March

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release director Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell through digital retailers March 3, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 17.

Based on the true story of events surrounding the bombing of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the film stars Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya) as Richard Jewell, the security guard who discovers a bomb in Centennial Olympic Park. Despite saving numerous lives by moving people away before it detonates, he becomes the FBI’s top suspect and is vilified by the press and public when details of the investigation are leaked.

The cast also includes Sam Rockwell as Jewell’s attorney, Watson Bryant; Olivia Wilde as Atlanta-Journal Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs, who broke the story; Jon Hamm as the lead FBI investigator; and Kathy Bates, who earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Jewell’s mother.

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The film earned $22.3 million at the domestic box office.

The Richard Jewell DVD and Blu-ray will include the featurette “The Real Story of Richard Jewell.” The Blu-ray will also include the behind-the-scenes featurette “The Making of Richard Jewell.” The Blu-ray and DVD will also contain a redeemable code for a digital copy of the movie from participating retailers.

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