METRO ATLANTA, Georgia — Each year, Georgia seems to become more represented at the Oscars as more and more production studios move into the state.
A new studio in Fayetteville is not yet built, but it is already making history. The woman behind this will become the first black woman to own a major studio in our state.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this Georgia film industry which has just exploded over the years,” said Tammy Williams.
Williams is the owner of Cinema South Studios. She will soon go down in history as the first black woman to own a major production complex in the state of Georgia.
“I see it as if you’re the first to something, then you won’t be the last,” she said.
Channel 2 got a first look at the new 80+ acre site located off Highway 138 in Fayetteville. The $135 million project will span 1 million square feet and house approximately 17 buildings that will include sound stages, warehouses, two lakes, a backyard, a prop house and a three-story office building. And that’s not all.
“We’re talking about thousands of jobs, coming to the state and we’re talking millions of dollars coming here,” Williams said.
“As you can see behind me, they’re all students, so we’re talking about vocational training, for those who want to work in this film industry. It comes from everyone, from the student coming out of school, trying to find a job, trying to figure out how to write their resume, to the adult, who has never been to college. school, but always had a desire to work in the film industry,” she said.
Williams said she might be the face of Cinema South Studios, but she couldn’t do it alone.
“It’s not just me, it’s a whole team of people,” she said.
Many are calling Atlanta the new Hollywood of the South, especially since mega-producer Tyler Perry has also opened his own production studio in the city. Channel 2’s Larry Spruill asked Williams if there was room for another.
“There are people, productions waiting to get here. There are not enough sound stages. So when I think of Tyler doing his thing, I’m a huge Tyler fan. He set a bar,” Williams said.
Williams said she does this for little boys and girls who look like her.
“I believe they can make their dreams come true. If it’s magic, I called it blessed,” she said.
Williams said she has a team of investors backing the project. She partnered with Gary Guidry, investor and CEO of G-Squared Events and Black Promoters Collective LLC, to expand the studios.
The studios are expected to open in 2023.
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