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March 7
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Valdosta State University – Student Union Theatre
1500 N Patterson St, Valdosta, GA 31698, USA GA United States + Google Map


Craig Dominey
Ryan Smith
Brandy Elrod
Cam Jordan
Peter Stathopoulos

South Georgia Regional Meeting

March 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Georgia Production Partnership (GPP) Announces March 7 Date for GPP South GA Regional Meeting: Attracting Productions to South GA

The meeting, sponsored by the Georgia Film Office, will be held at Valdosta State University.


ATLANTA, February 14, 2020 – The Georgia Production Partnership (GPP) has announced March 7th as the date for the GPP South Georgia Regional Meeting. The meeting will be held at Valdosta State University from 4-5:30 p.m. in the VSU Student Union, located at the corner of Oak Street & Baytree Road. As Georgia’s booming film industry continues to break records, GPP hosts the South Georgia Regional Meeting to showcase the opportunity the film industry brings to all of Georgia. The GPP Regional Meeting sponsored by the Georgia Film Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), is being presented in cooperation with Valdosta State University and the South Georgia Film Festival student organization.

The primary audience for GPP’s South Georgia regional meeting is the regional economic development professionals and city and county leaders from 57 South Georgia counties. Students are also invited to gain a better understanding of the opportunities their studies in established South Georgia and Coastal Georgia film educational programs will give them in allowing them to live and work right here in Georgia.


The meeting will feature the following panelists: Ryan Smith, Owner of Thomasville Pictures and Producer of ‘The Tiger Rising’ (with Queen Latifah & Dennis Quaid); Brandy Elrod, Director of Fitzgerald Tourism, Arts, & Culture; Cam Jordan, Deputy Administrator, City of Fitzgerald; and Peter Stathopoulos, Partner at Bennett Thrasher LLP, leading their State and Local Tax practice.

Our panel discussion will be moderated by Craig Dominey, Manager of the Camera Ready Georgia program, who will share information about Georgia’s unique and successful “Camera Ready” program. This groundbreaking initiative was started in October 2010 to bring film and television production to communities across the state by offering production companies easier, faster and better access to county production resources and location information. Numerous Georgia counties have enjoyed the economic impact of film and television production through the Camera Ready program, including local hires, tourism, hotel stays and purchases of goods and services. Currently, all 159 Georgia counties are Camera Ready certified by the Georgia Film Office.

Georgia Production Partnership’s goal in hosting regional meetings around the state is to share the knowledge of how Georgia communities (outside of Atlanta) are attracting film productions to their cities.


There is no cost to attend and is OPEN to ALL.


The GPP Regional Meeting will be part of the South Georgia Film Festival at Valdosta State University… learn more about the event here! http://southgeorgiafilm.com/

About GPP

The Georgia Production Partnership (GPP) is a 501c6 nonprofit coalition of companies and individuals who are active in the state’s film, television, music and digital entertainment industries. Since 1995 our top priority has been to protect the production tax incentive and strengthen our industry. GPP’s mission is to:

  • Engage the community to protect the tax incentive;
  • Activate individuals through activities to advance all parts of the industry; and
  • Educate the Georgia workforce to strengthen and grow the industry.

About GDEcD

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the

lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and

small businesses, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts events and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. www.georgia.org


John Wilkins, Georgia Production Partnership

industryrelations@georgiaproduction.org, (704) 942-4828

Emily Murray, Georgia Department of Economic

Development, EMurray@georgia.org, 404-640-3195