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New TV talent show moving into Paulding studio
by Tom Spigolon
April 23, 2014 02:27 PM | 1169 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A new TV talent show began setting up production early this month in Paulding County’s film studio, an official with the studio’s manager said last week.

The show is being done by a producer of the hit show “The Biggest Loser,” though no other details were available last week, a source said.

Nick Smerigan of RoadTown Enterprises told the Paulding County Industrial Building Authority that workers installed the stage last week and lighting equipment last weekend at Atlanta Film Studios - Paulding County.

“They absolutely love the facility,” he said. Smerigan said the company planned to produce at least eight episodes, though he could not disclose the name of the show because producers may change it – possibly because of a trademark issue with another show.

The company was using all local vendors, including lighting companies Production Resource Group and Paskal Lighting, he said.

The authority owns the 64,000-square-foot studio complex but has been criticized because comparatively few productions have used it since it opened in early 2012.

Smerigan said workers had heard rumors that use of the Paulding studio would make it time-consuming to obtain needed supplies because of an isolated location. However, a drive along nearby U.S. Hwy. 278 in Hiram, with everything from Home Depot to numerous chain restaurants, dispelled that fear, he said.

He also reported another company planning the production of a game show had reserved the facility for use later this year. That show, if done in Hiram, would need a live audience of about 150, he said.

In other authority business, members voted to approve exchanging 38 acres of residentially zoned land it owned for 10 acres of land adjacent to its Dallas Industrial Park.

Authority executive director Blake Swafford said the land it was receiving was valued at about $24,000 per acre, compared to about $6,000 per acre for the land it was exchanging.

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