Gov. Nathan Deal appoints Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment officers

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal

ATLANTA — In response to Atlanta’s and Georgia’s increasing influence and cache in the movie and entertainment industry — leading it to being called “Hollywood South — Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed a panel of experts to help the state’s film, music and digital entertainment stay office ahead of the curve.
Here are the members of the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office’s new advisory board, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

  • Matt Thompson, executive producer and co-owner of Floyd County Productions, an Atlanta-based animation production company.
  • Michael P. Tyson, rigging gaffer on Amnesia Productions LLC’s feature film “Element,” whose past projects include “Insurgent,” “The Hunger Games — Catching Fire,” “The Hunger Games — Mockingjay, Parts 1 and 2,” and “The Accountant.”
  • Andrew Greenberg, executive director of the Georgia Game Developers Association and lead developer on the upcoming “Fading Suns: Noble Armada” mobile and tablet game.
  • Mike Akins, business agent for the International Alliance of Theatrical Employees, Local 479.
  • Stephen G. Weizenecker, partner in the Atlanta Office of Barnes & Thornberg LLP.
  • Craig Miller, founder of Craig Miller Productions and co-president and public relations chair for the Georgia Production Partnership.
  • Stratton Leopold, owner and operator of Leopold’s Ice Cream and producer, executive producer and/or co-producer on many films, including “Mission: Impossible III,” “Paycheck,” and “The Sum of All Fears.”
  • John B. Raulet, real estate professional with Raulet Property Partners and owner and operator, along with his partners, of film and television sound stage facilities Mailing Avenue Stageworks and Westside Stageworks.
  • Donald W. Pearson, owner of Pearson and Co. in Tifton, Ga.
  • Karla Redding-Andrews, executive director for the Otis Redding Foundation.
  • LaRonda Sutton, director of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed‘s Office of Entertainment.
  • Christopher W. Klaus, founder and chief executive producer at Kaneva.
  • Jim Pace, co-founder of Group VI, a Peachtree City, Ga.-based real estate and construction firm that is responsible for the overall development of Pinewood Atlanta Studios.
  • Craig Heyl, overseer of Turner Studios’ Production and Creative Services, Business Operations and Technology teams.
  • Kris Bagwell, executive vice president of EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Atlanta and founding chairman of the Georgia Studio and Infrastructure Alliance.
  • Shay Bentley-Griffin, president and CEO of the Chez Group and a producer and developer of content for television and film and founding president of the Georgia Production Partnership.
  • Georgia State Senator Charlie Bethel, who represents District 54.
  • Jody Jackson, executive director of the John Jarrard Foundation in Gainesville, Ga., who has managed several nationally renowned artists like Shania Twain, B.J. Thomas and T. Graham Brow
  • Georgia State Representative Butch Parrish, who represents District 158.
  • Georgia State Senator Jeffrey E. Mullis, who represents District 53.
  • Georgia State Representative R. Brian Strickland, who represents District 111 and is a partner at Smith, Welch, Webb & White LLC in McDonough, Ga.


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