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July 6 - Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man and The Wasp: Small Heroes Make Big Impact in Georgia, Generating $63 Million in Economic Activity

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

July 6, 2018 - When two diminutive heroes team up on an urgent mission against a powerful new enemy in Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man and The Wasp, the result is action-packed comedy and outsized economic impact in Georgia. New figures released by the studio show the film’s production has Georgia’s local economy buzzing, generating more than $63 million in economic activity, while paying more than $18.6 million in wages to 2,000 local workers.

“The Marvel Universe has wowed audiences once again and given Georgia’s creative community another reason to be proud," said MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles H. Rivkin. "Ant-Man and The Wasp was made possible by strong partnerships between studios, local government and business leaders, and Georgia’s talented cast and crew—a recipe that has made Atlanta and its surrounding areas a hub for world-class film and television production.”

Now commonly referred to as “Hollywood South,” Georgia is the third largest production center in the nation, with films like Black PantherGuardians of the Galaxy, and other Marvel Studios’ blockbusters powering a super-sized $9.5 billion in total state economic impact.

“The state of Georgia has become an ideal place from which filmmakers can tell their stories, and that means more quality jobs and business opportunities for Georgians," said Rep. Doug Collins (GA-9), who is the Creative Rights Caucus Co-Chair. "I’ve worked to support policies that promote this creative industry and welcome news of further investment in our great state.”

To bring Ant-Man and The Wasp to the big screen, the team spent 80 days shooting in Georgia, largely in and around Atlanta. A significant portion of the production’s investments supported a wide array of in-state vendors and small businesses, such as:

  • More than $15.7 million spent on local rentals and purchases for set decoration, production, and other supplies. 
  • More than $4.4 million spent on lodging.
  • More than $4.4 million spent on transportation, including truck and car rentals. 
  • More than $4.1 on hardware and lumber supplies.
  • More than $1.3 million spent on local catering and other food items for the cast and crew.
  • More than $589,000 spent on local wardrobe, including dry cleaning.

For a behind-the-scenes look at Ant-Man and The Wasp, click here

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