- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia higher education officials say they have chosen a 28-year veteran of the film and television industry to lead a new effort training more people to work on productions.

Jeffrey Stepakoff will act as the executive director of the Georgia Film Academy.

University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby and Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Gretchen Corbin announced his appointment on Tuesday.

State lawmakers created the academy this year. It’s intended to train more students at state colleges and universities to work in film, television and digital industries. Georgia’s generous incentive program had drawn more productions here in recent years.

Officials say that Stepakoff is a professor of film and television writing at Kennesaw State University. He has worked in TV and film writing and producing.

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