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2018 GPP Board Elections

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GPP elections will be held in December.  Following is information about the open positions, eligibility and procedures.

Please read all information before emailing questions

  • The Chair of the 2018 Nominating Committee will be Rebecca Shrager who can be reached at rebecca@peoplestore.net
  • If you are eligible and interested, please email the Chair of the Nominating Committee.
  • The positions of Chair of Internal Governance and Government Relations Committees are open.  Please see below position descriptions as outlined in the Georgia Production Partnership By-Laws.
  • Participation on the GPP Board is a commitment to be taken seriously.  Duties vary according to the position at hand but most require a commitment of 7-14 hours per week, more around special events.
  • If you have read all the below information and you still have questions about eligibility or procedures, please contact Melissa Goodman at goodman@sagaftra.org

Open Committee Chair Descriptions:

– Government Relations:   Shall provide a flow of information between the PARTNERSHIP and the Georgia Film, Video and Music Office as well as its Advisory Board, and advocate for our industry.

– Internal Governance:   Shall advise and provide support to the officers, committee chairpersons and membership regarding following the Rules of Parliamentary Procedure and the Bylaws.

The Executive Board can, from time to time, shift the focus of any standing committee to address the then current needs of the PARTNERSHIP.

Election Process as described in GPP Bylaws:



The officers of the PARTNERSHIP shall be a President or two Co-Presidents, Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer and the Immediate Past President(s). Additionally, there shall be seven elected Board Members. Together, the Officers and elected Board Members shall comprise the Executive Board of the PARTNERSHIP.

  1. Each Officer and Board Member shall be a Corporate or Individual member of the PARTNERSHIP.
  2. No person may hold two or more PARTNERSHIP offices concurrently.
  3. No Officer or Board Member shall receive any salary or compensation as an Officer or Board Member for his or her services except as may be specified in these bylaws.


Officers and Board Members must be and shall have been active members in good standing as specified below:

  1. President(s) and Vice-President must have been an active participant on one or more PARTNERSHIP committees for at least two years prior to nomination.
  2. Secretary, Treasurer and Elected Board Members must have been an active participant on one or more PARTNERSHIP committees for at least one year prior to nomination.

Section 6.03 TERM OF OFFICE

The term of office of each Officer or Board Member shall be for two (2) years and each Officer or Board Member shall hold office until his or her successor shall be elected and qualified or until he or she shall resign or shall be removed or otherwise disqualified

  1. No Officer shall hold the same office for more than two (2) full consecutive terms. A person, who has served as an Officer for one full term, is again eligible for nomination to said office.
  2. Each Officer and Board Member shall take office during the January meeting following his or her election.
  3. Five of the seven Board Members shall be elected and serve concurrently with the officers. The other two shall be elected in the year between officer elections.


The Executive Board shall appoint a Nominating Committee chairperson in September of each year. The chairperson shall appoint no fewer than two (2) additional committee members who are not currently officers. The committee shall be approved by the Executive Board no later than its October meeting.

At the November membership meeting, the Nominating Committee shall present a slate of at least one (1) nominee for each office or board position to be filled. The Nominee shall have given prior consent to run for and fulfill the responsibilities of office if elected. At that same November membership meeting, nominations from the floor are in order assuming the Nominee has given prior consent to run for the office

  1. The Officer and Board Nominating Committee shall only consider candidates for an Officer or Board position who are and have been active members in good standing for at least two (2) years prior to nomination.

The Officer and Board Nominating Committee shall have sole discretion to determine the definition and degree of “actively participated,” but shall include a listing of the officer candidate’s participation with the nominating report.

ELECTIONS shall be held in the December business meeting by a show of hands unless there is only one nominee for a given office when a voice vote can be taken. For either method, the candidate or candidates will leave the room for the vote.


Any Officer or Board Member may be removed by a vote of four-fifths (4/5) of the membership, after reasonable notice and a hearing, if requested. Any Officer or Board Member may resign in writing with 30 days notice. Such resignation is submitted to the Executive Board by delivering it to the President(s) or the Secretary.

Section 6.06 VACANCIES

A vacancy in any elected office shall be filled by a majority vote of the Executive Board. Each Officer or Board Member so appointed shall hold office for the remainder of the term of the Officer or Board Member who has vacated said office.



GPP Celebrates 10 Years of Industry Growth with 10 For 10 Campaign

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On May 12, 2008, Governor Sonny Perdue signed House Bill 1100 into law which secured the foundation of our state’s film, television and digital media industry – the 2008 Entertainment Industry Investment Act.  That signature was the result of countless hours of research, education, negotiation, meetings, consensus building and lobbying to craft and pass a workable and sustainable tax incentive that would attract the top entertainment companies in the world to Georgia.  See the press release announcing the signing HERE.  And it has exceeded expectations!

But as witnessed by other states who have seen their credits, incentives or rebates come and go, constant vigilance is required to protect the foundation that provides for billions of dollars of revenue and thousands of jobs; that is Georgia Production Partnership’s Job #1…to protect our production tax incentive.  To do this, we need your help in raising additional money to cover our efforts to educate, inform and influence legislators to protect our investment in our industry.

In 10 For 10, we’re asking everyone who benefits from work being done in film, television, new media, gaming or other entertainment and digital media industry to take 10 distinct actions to support our work.  In Action Item #1, please contribute at least $10 to sustain GPP’s efforts in this election year.  We need 2,000 people or more to contribute at that level to prep our coffers for the work ahead.  For those beginning their career, $10 may all that is available to invest but many of you have successfully established companies and careers  – we would ask that you contribute multiples of $10 as you are able.  Remember, this is an investment in sustaining your success as much as anything.  Please give generously and share your investment on social media with #IgaveGPP10for10 and #GPP10for10campaign.


Thank you for supporting Georgia Production Partnership and the Production Tax Incentive!

February 6 – GPP Meeting at The Plaza Theatre – 12pm

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Audio Storytelling in Atlanta: The Next Big Thing

(IMAGE: Donald Albright, Payne Lindsey of Tenderfoot TV, Jason Hoch of HowStuffWorks)


Speakers: Payne Lindsey and Donald Albright, Tenderfoot TV; Jason Hoch, HowStuffWorks

Description: Atlanta-based Tenderfoot TV is the new creative force in the exploding medium of Podcasting, and a great example of the top tier creative talent coming out of Atlanta. Co-founded by filmmaker Payne Lindsey and music industry executive, Donald Albright,  Tenderfoot TV is a content creation company that serves as a home for storytellers. The company burst on to the scene last year with their viral investigative podcast “Up and Vanished,” which saw 150 million downloads and helped crack the 11-year-old missing person’s case of Georgia native, Tara Grinstead. The team now has multiple projects in the works, including a docu-series in development with Oxygen. Their newest podcast, co-produced by Atlanta-based podcast powerhouse, HowStuffWorks, is “Atlanta Monster,” exploring the horrific Atlanta Child Murders from 1979-1981. Atlanta Monster hit No. 1 on Apple Podcasts a full week ahead of premiere and has seen millions of downloads as this investigative narrative rolls out week by week. Tenderfoot TV co-creators Payne Lindsey and Donald Albright, as well as Jason Hoch, Head of New Initiatives for HowStuffWorks, will discuss their experience as content creators in Atlanta, and how podcasting is quickly becoming the next medium to impact the state.

Click here to register for the February Meeting

Tenderfoot TV Executive Bios 

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Georgia Film Fights Hunger

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On Sunday, February 25, 2018, thousands of people will come together to raise awareness and funds to help fight hunger in our community. Our team will be there – and we need your support!

Hunger Walk/Run is one of the most important hunger relief efforts of the year. The money we raise will feed hope for the 1 in 5 people who face hunger in our community.

Georgia Film Fights Hunger represents a broad spectrum of the film industry in Georgia. We are reaching out to crew members, production companies, professional organizations, unions, creatives, and students. The film industry in Georgia is booming and we’d like everyone to join us in giving back to the community.

Please join us in supporting this important mission! You can help us reach our team fundraising goal of $20,000 by making a donation on behalf of the entire team or a specific team member. Go to http://engage.acfb.org/goto/gffh2018 and make a donation or take the next step against hunger by joining our team and walking or running with us on Sunday February 25th.

Together, we can make sure that a child in our community doesn’t go to bed hungry tonight. We can offer a glimmer of hope to struggling parents desperately trying to make ends meet for their family. We can ensure another senior citizen isn’t forced to choose between paying for medicine or food.

Thank you so much, and we hope to see you at the 2018 Hunger Walk/Run

2018 Film Day at The Capitol

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The Film Office Wants to Include Your Photo or Video!

On February 27th, the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office will host a “Film Day” at the Georgia State Capitol.  It will provide an opportunity to educate people about the impact of film and television production in Georgia and how it continues to generate money for the state and jobs for residents.

We would love to have you come to the Capitol to share your stories with passing legislators, but because we know a lot of people will be working, we’d also like add to our photo montage of people impacted by the industry, either directly or indirectly.

We need your help to put together a presentation of photographs of people holding signs saying anything positive you’d like legislators and Governor Deal to see  (thank you, supporting my family with the film industry, I get to work in Georgia doing what I love, I bought my house with film money, etc) – group shots and individual. It’s one thing to say it, but another to show the faces of the people whose lives have changed for the better as a result of our tax incentive.  You can also send a short video – 15 seconds or less. DEADLINE is February 1st.

These photos will be part of a slideshow that will be looping during Film Day. Please send photos to  film@georgia.org, and forward this message to anyone working in our industry.

Thank you!