- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has announced that Georgia’s film and television industry generated more than $7 billion during the past fiscal year.

Deal revealed the latest numbers in a news release Tuesday, saying filmmakers spent more than $2 billion in the state making movies, television shows and commercials.

That spending created an overall impact on the state’s economy of over $7 billion in the past fiscal year, which ended June 30.

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Georgia Department of Economic Development spokeswoman Lee Thomas says the figures are staggering and are the highest it’s ever been.

Movie producers are attracted to Georgia’s big, state tax-breaks for filmmakers.

Thomas says because of the increase in productions filmed here, the state is compiling a new study to compare the costs of the tax breaks with the overall economic benefits to the state.

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