FIVE Legal Issues to Consider When Filming in Georgia

November 29, 2016 | Charles Bowen

If you are considering filming your production in Georgia, it is important that you have a clear understanding of the laws in place within the Georgia film industry. There are a number of laws pertaining to actor’s rights, filming locations and film sets that require comprehensive understanding before filming begins. While this is an extremely simplistic and by no means comprehensive list, here are five legal issues to consider when filming in Georgia.

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Topics: Georgia Entertainment Law, Georgia Entertainment Promotion

Savannah Film Alliance Publishes eBook to Boost the Entertainment Industry in Savannah

July 27, 2016 | Charles Bowen

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Film Alliance is pleased to announce it will launch an eBook that will be a comprehensive guide specifically designed to boost the film and television industry in Savannah. The publication is intended to provide movie and television producers with all of the information needed when considering the Savannah area as a location for filming, and provides additional resources that address complex questions which routinely arise in the entertainment field. It will be unveiled at the group’s quarterly meeting on Wednesday, August 3.

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Topics: Georgia Entertainment Law

What Does A Production Need To Do In Order To Qualify For The Georgia Tax Incentives And Other Perks?

March 4, 2016 | Charles Bowen

In 2008, Georgia implemented one of the country's most aggressive film tax incentive programs. By all measure, the industry has exploded. In 2015 alone, feature films and television productions shot in Georgia generated an economic impact of $6 billion according to the Georgia Film, Music, and Digital Entertainment Office.

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Topics: Georgia Entertainment Law, Georgia Entertainment Promotion

What is Not a Trademark?

December 21, 2015 | Charles Bowen

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Topics: Starting a Business in Georgia, Georgia Entertainment Law, Georgia Law for Small Businesses and Startups, trademarks

Does the ADA or FMLA Protect Alcoholic Commercial Drivers?

March 9, 2015 | Charles Bowen

Answer: No

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) both provide protections for employees to help ensure fair treatment when burdened with conditions outside of their control. Though employers must abide by these Acts, they must also consider their own liability when it comes to the actions of their employees. Employers have a duty and responsibility to do what is best for all stakeholders, including the general public. A recent case in Georgia, Sakari Jarvela v. Crete Carrier Corporation, addressed this issue when a diagnosed alcoholic over-the-road commercial motor vehicle driver was terminated from his position after six and a half years of employment.

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Topics: Georgia Manufacturing Law, Georgia Employment Law, Georgia Entertainment Law

Will the Invest Georgia Exemption (IGE) Boost the Georgia Entertainment Industry?

November 17, 2014 | Charles Bowen


Georgia remains one of a few states that can “crowdfund” with flexibility.

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Topics: Attorneys Savannah GA, Georgia Entertainment Law