Gov. Nathan Deal’s office has released new figures on the impact of the Georgia film industry, saying that total spending topped $2 billion for the first time ever during the 2016 fiscal year.
Several news outlets reported the announcement, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which also highlighted a 2016 report on the film tax credit by Laura Wheeler and Oronde Small.
Georgia’s tax credit program, meanwhile, has become the state’s single largest corporate perk. The program directed $925 million to production companies from 2009 to 2014, according to a study by Georgia State University.
The Georgia State study said there were about 4,200 direct film jobs in 2014, citing U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, but industry estimates say Hollywood supports 24,000 Georgia jobs.