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Pinewood goes down to Georgia

Kevin Hilton 1 May 2013
Pinewood goes down to Georgia

The Pinewood Shepperton studios group is to create a new film and television facility in the US. Pinewood Atlanta will be located in Georgia and the first phase of the project will include film stages and associated facilities, with the possibility of audio post-production in the future. The new studio, to be built south of Atlanta, is part of a joint venture with River’s Rock, an independently managed trust of the Cathy family, famous in the US for creating the Chick-fil-A fast-food restaurant chain. Pinewood Atlanta will initially be developed on 288 acres of land, with plans to turn it into "world class" studio facilities for film, TV, music and video game production. Both Pinewood and Shepperton studios in the UK feature audio dubbing theatres (Pinewood ICON suite pictured), which are used for mixing TV programmes and films. Pinewood has also branched out to lease premises to independent companies offering other sound services, including editing. Commenting on the new venture Pinewood chief executive Ivan Dunleavy said, "This agreement is another step forward for the Pinewood brand internationally. This new studio will target US productions. Georgia has excellent fiscal incentives and a great crew base. With River’s Rock we have a well-resourced partner that is committed to building a first class studio facility." Jim Pace, managing partner in River’s Rock, added, "We are tremendously excited to be creating a world class studio in the state of Georgia and are looking forward to working with Pinewood in the many years to come. The Pinewood brand is so well recognised in the global film industry and together there is a great opportunity to build an excellent facility that will attract the very best producers."

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