Thursday, March 21, 2013

2012 a record year for film/TV in Savannah

Posted on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Savannah set records for the number of media projects shot within the City last year, according to the recently released Savannah Film Commission 2012 Annual Report.

According to the report, the City of Savannah Film Office worked with 242 separate projects in 2012, which spanned 715 shoot days. Total economic impact to Savannah was $26 million, which includes $12.2 million in direct spending.

All were new records, according to the report.

The report says "This included everything from major feature films such as CBGB and Killing Winston Jones to television shows such as Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America and Royal Pains to national advertising campaigns from the Express and Louis Vuitton.

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“2012 was the best year Savannah has ever had for media production in all measurement categories,” said Savannah Film Office Director Jay Self. “There is no better indicator of client satisfaction than a repeat customer. The return of Royal Pains for another two weeks of filming this year is an excellent example of this.”

The report recognizes "a trend in the industry toward lower-budgeted productions that employ local crew both in greater numbers and at elevated positions."

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