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Interest in Paulding film studio increasing, authority director says
by Tom Spigolon
May 28, 2014 03:12 PM | 2611 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Production companies have reserved Paulding’s film studio for all or part of a three-month span this summer after another company used April and May to film a competition-styled reality show there, the director of the county board that owns the facility said last week.

The companies, which executive director Blake Swafford did not disclose, put five separate “holds” on Atlanta Film Studio Paulding County.

Three begin in July, and one each begins in August and September, he said.

The holds range from two months to a year and include feature films and TV productions, Swafford told the Paulding County Industrial Building Authority.

“We are getting a lot of activity at the studio right now, a lot of folks wanting to see what’s actually operating,” he said.

“We’ve had a lot of site visits with directors and producers in the last few weeks.”

At least one of the productions reportedly will be a game-type show that will require a studio audience of about 50, a studio official has said.

Swafford said current interest in the facility came from the reality show filming there and the 2013 movie “42,” which was partially produced in the Paulding studio. The film starred Harrison Ford and detailed Jackie Robinson’s experience as the first black player in Major League Baseball in 1947.

“The word is getting out about the success of the facility both with ‘42’ on the feature film side and with the current [production],” Swafford said.

In other reports about building authority projects, Swafford said he and Paulding Economic Development director Jamie Gilbert are working with state officials on recruitment of a second company – following conveyor systems producer Interroll – to Paulding Commerce Park off Bill Carruth Parkway in Hiram. The undisclosed company is considering Hiram and sites in two other states, Swafford said.

Gilbert said the project could produce more than 300 jobs.

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