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From the Editor: Southeast Success Stories

By Cory Sekine-Pettite

Parker stars Jason Statham as a thief on a mission.

As a Georgia native and proud Southerner, I am thrilled at the thriving film, television and music production industry that has developed in the Southeast. As I have stated before in these pages, this region is many things to many people. To some, it is the heart of religious and political conservatism; to others, it is a growing economic force and the headquarters for many of the world’s largest companies. But to filmmakers, the Southeastern United States is a painterly landscape of white-sand beaches, majestic mountains, dense forests and foreboding swamplands that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The region’s diverse scenery and generous tax incentives continue to attract filmmakers and TV program producers. And, of course, the South has a rich musical history to which no other U.S. region can compare.

This region, and the productions located here, garner a great deal of coverage in this publication – not because we have a bias toward the South, but simply because there is so much work being produced here. For example, in this issue we interview Taylor Hackford about his new film, Parker, which was shot in Florida. And because there is so much going on in the Southeastern United States, we bring you an inside look at many of the production companies in this region that contribute greatly to the Southeast’s success as a filming and recording destination.

In this “Spotlight” feature, I argue that the evolution of film and television production in the Southeast has developed because of – and in anticipation of – Hollywood’s interest in the area’s unique locations and landscape. And I conclude, there’s no doubt that the creativity and success of these companies will ensure the evolution continues. Read on and tell me if you agree.

Incidentally, Markee 2.0 will focus our attention on companies based in the Central United States in our March/April issue. (For our purposes, the Central region consists of the following states: Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri.) If you are interested in being profiled, please contact me at cory@lionhrtpub.com.

January 17, 2013