EUE/Screen Gems opens studio near Atlanta

37,500-square-foot soundstage slated to open in March

EUE/Screen Gems is getting into the franchise studio soundstage business.

The company, which has studio facilities in Wilmington, N.C., and New York, is opening a studio complex in Atlanta.

EUE/Screen Gems has leased the 30-acre site of the former Lakewood Fairgrounds near midtown and is beginning a multimillion-dollar renovation of the property. The older Spanish-style buildings will remain intact, but plans call for the development of office space, a mill shop and lighting and grip facilities.

Construction will begin soon on a 37,500-square-foot soundstage slated to open in March; the size will rival the company's Wilmington Stage 10 facility but without that site's water tank.

The company was attracted to Atlanta because of Georgia's 30% tax credit on production and postproduction services for films and TV shows as well as such rising media as gaming and animation. Atlanta also offers direct flights to Los Angeles and New York.

The new studio gives an urban edge to complement the rural and coastal nature of the Wilmington studio, home to the CW series "One Tree Hill" and HBO's "Eastbound & Down" and such films as "Nights in Rodanthe" and "The Secret Life of Bees."

Atlanta has been growing in terms of studio facilities, and the EUE/Screen Gems joins Tyler Perry Studios to vie for top-dog status. TPS is situated on 30 acres on a former Delta Airlines center and boasts more than 200,000 square feet of studio and office space.
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