Despite TV’s ubiquity in Northern Georgia, filmmaking in Atlanta has been getting most of the love and almost all of the press clippings in recent years. Actors Brad James and Jasmine Burke wanted to create a powerful portal by which to harness and enhance the mushrooming television production in the capital of New South. Thus the birth of the Atlanta Television Festival under the year’s banner, “Celebrates Pilot Season in Atlanta 2013.”
To help crystallize the increasing prominence of television, it was noted that, despite the billions of dollars that director Steven Spielberg has made in movies since JAWS in the 1970s through Jurassic Park in the 1990s, the legendary filmmaker brought in even greater revenues from television production.
Burke and James founded the Atlanta Television Festival to cultivate the growing TV power base as Atlanta increases its prominence in the nation’s small screen community, as evidenced by the multiple scripted and reality TV series being made in the city. As a precursor to the Atlanta Television Festival in the fall, Burke and James paid homage to the companies and personalities that have helped pave the road towards their goal, including BET Networks, Alchemy Network, School of Humans and casting director George Pierre of Last Looks, Inc.
The event was sponsored by Green Frog Entertainment, Meet Me at the Grill Catering Company and GetConnectedATL.com
On hand to present the honors were Mark Butler, Labor Commissioner of the state of Georgia, The City of Atlanta longtime Cultural Affairs director Camille Love, Joy Pervis, the CEO of JPervis Talent and Deshanna Wiggins, the film and special events coordinator for the city of Atlanta.
Take a look at some of the photos from the event.