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‘Furious 7’ production generated $47 million for Georgia’s economy

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MUMBAI: The production of Universal Pictures’ Furious 7 contributed over $47 million to Georgia’s economy in payments to local businesses and workers, according to new data released.

The movie opened in theaters on 3 April. The economic impact figures also detail that the production hired 7,500 local Georgians. 

Universal Pictures’ Furious 7 is the latest high-profile film to call Georgia home during production, benefiting a wide-array of local businesses across a number economic sectors. The overall spend for Furious 7 includes over $15 million for hotels and nearly $5 million for hardware and lumber supplies. In particular, the production built a number of interior sets along with exterior green-screen sets in Norcross, Georgia. This includes sets used to shoot scenes taking place at an opulent Abu Dhabi penthouse, a cement factory, federal law enforcement headquarters, and even scenes featuring a stealth helicopter.

“The entertainment industry in Georgia has experienced exceptional growth, which in turn has created a sustainable environment for the industry to continue to thrive here. Offering a pro-business environment with competitive incentives and investing in our workforce are just two of the ways that Governor Deal and the Georgia legislature have committed to the growth of the entertainment industry,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr.

“The highly-skilled local crew and competitive production climate make Georgia an attractive filming location, allowing the local businesses and workers to reap significant economic benefits. The continued support and leadership of Governor Deal and the state’s lawmakers on this issue has truly enabled Georgia’s motion picture and TV industry to flourish,” said MPAA chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd. 

Key economic impact figures from the production of Furious 7 in Georgia: 

- Spent over $47 million dollars towards local businesses and wages

- Hired over 7,500 local Georgians

- Paid over $15 million on hotels and nearly $5 million on hardware and lumber supplies.

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