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March 20, 2013

Movie studio project planned near Georgia coast

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. — The Effingham County Industrial Development Authority has entered into an agreement with a movie producer to build a $90 million studio on 1,500 acres near Interstate 16.

County officials Tuesday unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with Medient Studios, and county officials say they’re planning to provide $1.25 million for site development.

The company — which, according to its website, was established in 2001 — has a strong presence in India, Europe and North America, and has produced 14 feature films in four languages in the past decade. Medient CEO Manu Kumaran says he expects the studio to start with 400 employees and expand from there.

Kumaran says the studio will employ writers, directors, designers and others to work full-time to produce eight motion pictures per year. Kumaran does not plan to rent the facility out to other producers, and says he plans to hire local employees for jobs ranging from set construction to creative positions.

“We’re going to unroll something where almost anyone can work with our content development team,” Kumaran told WTOC-TV.

The studio is expected to use solar and hydro power to be as environmentally sustainable as possible.

“Plenty of people worried the site along Interstate 16 would become a smokestack plant,” IDA chair Dennis Webb said, according to WTOC-TV. “To have something this environmentally friendly is welcomed.”

It is unclear when the studio is expected to open.

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Information from: WTOC-TV, http://www.wtoctv.com/

 

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