Overview

Iconic films like Forrest Gump and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil may have put Savannah on the map for moviegoers, but coastal Georgia has long been a destination for productions seeking the wide range of natural and historic assets that the area provides. Georgia’s film production increased exponentially when the state enacted Georgia Production Incentives, one of the nation’s most competitive production tax credit programs. In 2015 Georgia ranked third in the country for production, and in 2016 the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) added Savannah Entertainment Production Incentives – on top of Georgia’s statewide incentives – to grow the industry in the coastal region.

With deep roots in the Savannah business community, HunterMaclean’s entertainment practice has grown alongside the local film industry, providing assistance to production companies, vendors, producers, and business owners with production and media related transactional matters and disputes.

HunterMaclean’s entertainment practice group assists clients with the many legal demands of the complex business of entertainment, including drafting agreements and negotiating contracts, protecting intellectual property, and forming business entities through partnerships, corporations, and subsidiaries. We oversee the mergers and acquisition of companies and handle employment agreements, immigration issues, independent contractor and vendor agreements, tax credits, and information technology matters that typically arise in the industry. HunterMaclean’s seasoned litigators also provide rapid and effective response to disputes that may develop during local productions.

The HunterMaclean entertainment practice group is equipped with the skills and experience to advocate for our clients’ best interests in all stages of film and television development and production and to assist businesses looking to get into this fast-growing and potentially highly profitable industry.

 

Publications & Presentations

Publications

Participating in the Growing Savannah Film Economy

It’s an exciting time for film production in Savannah. HunterMaclean attorney Shawn Kachmar discusses how Savannah businesses can prepare for the growing local film industry in his article for BiS.

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News

SMN: Showtime in Savannah: Film, TV biz may boom

At HunterMaclean’s Critical Issues Forum on February 25, experts discussed how Savannah could benefit from the growing local film industry. Mary Mayle of the Savannah Morning News covered the event for the newspaper’s Sunday issue.

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Videos & Podcasts

Videos

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Video: Highlights of 2016 Critical Issues Forum on the Business of Film and TV Production

The highlight video of the 2016 Critical Issues Forum features a panel discussion on the growth, challenges, and opportunities associated with film and TV production in the Savannah area.

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Spotlight

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HunterMaclean Critical Issues Forum on the Business of Film and TV Production

The 2016 HunterMaclean Critical Issues Forum on the Business of Film and TV Production was held on Thursday, February 25 at the Savannah Technical College Eckburg Auditorium. An audience of 150 local business, community, and film industry leaders heard panelists prominently involved in diverse aspects of the Georgia film economy address the growth, challenges, and opportunities associated with film and TV production in the Savannah area.

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