COVINGTON, Ga. (WXIA) -- In recent years, Georgia has successfully competed with
Hollywood for moviemaking projects. Now with some recently announced studio
expansions, it's clear that Georgia moviemakers are starting to compete with
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Triple Horse studios is the latest to up its moviemaking game. Its Newton
County facility has been making TV and movies for more than a decade. Now it's
planning to build five new sound stages here -- to fill a void in Georgia.
"We've got some of the best tax incentives in the nation, yet we don't have
the (indoor) facilities to allow these mega movies to come to us," said Karl
Horstmann, CEO of Triple Horse.
Triple Horse's expansion will make it competitive with the huge new studio
announced in February in Fayette County -- as well as an expected expansion of
Tyler Perry's studio.
It's all part of a TV and moviemaking boom that put movies like
Flight in Georgia -- and makes hit shows like The Walking Dead
and The Vampire Diaries a part of the state's landscape.
The Vampire Diaries created a cottage industry in Covington, where
fans can go on tours
to visit locations made familiar in the series.
With its new studio space, Triple Horse's CEO has an eye on The Walking
Dead, now shot southwest of Atlanta in Senoia.
"It is not only our intention to woo projects like that but we're hoping to
woo them at some point," said Horstmann. "I guess that's competition. I guess
that's good old American capitalism," he laughed.
Others played down the talk of competition, saying there's plenty of work to
spread around. "It's a three billion dollar industry in the state of Georgia
last year," said Hunter Hall, director of the Covington - Newton Chamber of
Commerce. "We don't feel like we're competing" with the other Georgia studios.
Before tax incentives spread a moviemaking boom across Georgia, Covington
called itself the Hollywood of the South. Its boosters aim to reclaim that
title, and make its predominant studio a go-to for TV and moviemakers drawn to
Doug Richards, WXIA