[Webinar] A Peach of a Deal: Georgia’s Film Industry and the Benefits of Doing Business in the State – July 29, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. EDT | Smith, Gambrell & Russell, srl


1.5 CLE credit hours for Georgia is pending.

In this webinar, we will focus on the Georgia film industry and the benefits of doing business in the state.

Over the years, America’s most popular TV shows such as “The Dukes of Hazzard, “The walking dead, “Strange things, “and”The vampire diary“, As well as premier feature film productions, including” “guardians of the galaxy“and”Thor: RagnarokWere produced in the state. Georgia currently has 47 TV series, reality shows and feature films in production.

We will discuss the production in Georgia, the relationship with real estate and cinema in the state of Georgia and the new tax regime in Georgia.


Why produce in Georgia?
• Flagship projects
• Production statistics
• Talent

Relationship between real estate and cinema in Georgia
• The possession
• Construction and rental of facilities
• Sale

New tax credit scheme in Georgia
• Investor and production perspective
• Old and new tax regime
• Secondary tax credit market in Georgia



Michael riesen, Partner in Entertainment and Intellectual Property Practices of Smith Gambrell (Atlanta, GA)

Michael is an intellectual property (IP) and entertainment lawyer, US patent attorney and UK lawyer (England and Wales). Michael advises his clients on all aspects of intellectual property, including obtaining protections, handling transfers, settlements and litigation.


Jess johannes, Senior Manager in National and Local Tax Practice – Aprio (Atlanta, GA)

Jess is a senior executive in Aprio’s State & Local Tax (SALT) practice. He has over 8 years of experience in SALT consulting, assisting domestic and international clients in all industries with multi-state tax issues, including income / franchise, sale / use, transfer and registration of real estate, withholdings. the source and other national and local taxes. He puts money back into his clients’ businesses by identifying their eligibility and helping them claim various tax credits, including employment / investment, recycling, and film tax credits / entertainment.

Collin freer, General Counsel – Blackhall Real Estate (Atlanta, GA)

Collin Freer manages transactional and litigation matters for Blackhall Real Estate, which oversaw Blackhall Studios, a leading media production facility in the Atlanta area. In this role, he manages and supports external legal counsel and corporate counsel and has participated in the negotiation and drafting of a wide range of agreements with partners in the entertainment industry.

For any questions regarding this webinar, contact:

Krunali Shroff
[email protected]
(404) 815-3535


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