Date: 16 April 2010
Georgia Emerges as a National Leader in Digital Entertainment
The Atlanta Film Festival Partners with Digitainment and the Gwinnett Chamber to Unveil Georgia’s Digital Entertainment (DE) Industry Outlook | 04/16/2010
ATLANTA, April 16, 2010 – The State of Georgia is an emerging U.S. leader in both number and diversity of companies and technologies focused on digital entertainment – including the nation’s best tax incentives offer. A press conference will be held today at 1:00 pm EDT at Buckhead’s W Hotel to allow industry experts from within Georgia to expound on this claim. Moderated by Richard Warner of What’s Up Interactive, the panel includes Turner’s CIO Dan Darling, Peachtree TV’s Jeff Johnson, Kaneva’s Chris Klaus, BeyondZ’s Karen Lennon and digital entertainment business owner Shay Griffin. The event coincides with the annual Atlanta Film Festival kick-off luncheon in partnership with Digitainment Georgia and the Gwinnett Chamber, where the media will learn more about this rapidly growing industry that encompasses film and broadcasting, digital marketing, music and video games.
“There is no region in the country that surpasses metro Atlanta and indeed the entire state of Georgia when it comes to producing digital entertainment,” said Dan Darling, CIO of Turner Broadcasting. “Combining music, film, games – and all of the arts – with back end delivery and support technologies, the Digital Entertainment industry is the melding of multiple forms of entertainment, overlaid with technologies that bring innovation to the forefront and compel audience devotion.”
The emergence of this nascent industry in Georgia became apparent a little over a year ago when the State of Georgia introduced its “Best in the Nation” tax incentive legislation, allowing digital entertainment companies doing business in Georgia to receive a 30 percent tax incentive, depending on how much and how quickly the investment would be made.