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County green-lights movie location rentals
by Christine Fonville
August 21, 2013 12:42 PM | 1557 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Omar Epps, far left, films a scene from ABC-TV's "Resurrection" in Henry County.
Omar Epps, far left, films a scene from ABC-TV's "Resurrection" in Henry County.
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Brad Pitt’s Plan B Productions and ABC Studios, who are producing a new television series titled “Resurrection,” filed a request earlier this month to rent a Henry County-owned former bank at 530 W. Hwy 20 in McDonough.

In response, on Aug 6 the county board of commissoners approved a recommendation to add a provision to an existing ordinance, which had required properties available for lease be put out to bid.

The change gives the board the option to approve short-term leases of less than a year.

The provision is intended to make county locations more attractive to the film and television industry.

“Bringing the movie and television industry to Henry County helps to boost our local economy, because the cast, crew and other staff dine in our restaurants, stay in local hotels and shop locally, not only for professional needs such as set and costume design, but for personal needs as well,” county spokeswoman Julie Hoover-Ernst said in a statement.

The change also can add up to $60,000 to the county coffers.

ABC’s FTP Productions LLC will “conduct filming, storage, casting, writing, rehearsing and related activities, for a rental fee of $5,000 per month,” according to the county website.

The former bank is vacant at this time and “will eventually be removed or modified as it lays in the right-of-way of an upcoming road project.”

Another application put into place by the county is the FLIPSFilm tool which allows film producers to apply for multiple permits within a community.

Permit applications can be sent directly to key decision-makers like county police, fire, planning and zoning departments.

According to the city of McDonough’s homepage, filming for “Resurrection” has been going on since the end of July in various locations throughout the city, including the courthouse, a residence on Bryan Street and the cemetery at McDonough Presbyterian Church.

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