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New film studio set for launch in Atlanta

USAA new film studio is soon to be launched in Atlanta, Georgia, and will reportedly be the first major US facility of its sort to be owned and operated by Latino managers.

Areu Bros occupies a site in the city that was formerly Tyler Perry Studios, owned and operated by the eponymous entertainment magnate. 

Brothers Ozzie and Will Areu now own the site, according to Atlanta news outlet WABE.

Ozzie was previously president of Tyler Perry Studios, and he and his team are keen to create industry opportunities for Latinos and other minority communities in Atlanta.

The current studio site already offers facilities including five stages and post-production resources. In the coming weeks, the new studio managers plan to begin renting out space and then development on additional facilities is scheduled to start from this summer.

Atlanta is already one of the top US production hubs for big-budget Hollywood shoots through a combination of its generous filming incentive support and studio infrastructure.

Nearly 450 productions filmed in Georgia in the 2018 financial year, delivering $2.7 billion in direct spending, according to state government figures from last summer. 

In addition, 15 of the 100 most successful US films of 2017 were shot in Georgia, a figure matched only by the UK, also one of the world’s most popular filming locations.  

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Georgia.

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