These are Atlanta's 500 most powerful leaders. We spent months consulting experts and sorting through nominations to get a list of the city's most influential people—from artists to chefs to philanthropists to sports coaches and corporate CEOs. In this section, we focus on banking and finance, investments and private equity, private companies, public companies, retail, and technology.
Videodrome, the roughly 2,000-square-foot shop at the corner of North Highland and North avenues, is the last video store standing in Atlanta that is not of the XXX variety. It is an oasis for film buffs (and the occasional visiting celebrity) who are suckers for special features, director’s cuts, or not letting Netflix’s algorithms ration out their media diets.
"Entrepreneur accelerator” START:ME focuses on small-business owners in communities like Clarkston, East Lake, and Atlanta’s Southside. The Emory University Goizueta Business School’s 14-week program aims to give entrepreneurs the skills, networks, and seed capital to develop scalable business.
According to Bert Thornton, Waffle House’s vice chairman emeritus, the list of people trying to get into the WaHo biz is “very long and very distinguished.”
This morning, U.S. District Court Judge B. Avant Edenfield sentenced Aubrey Lee Price—the Georgia pastor who became an investment adviser, then a banker, then a fugitive—to a maximum of 30 years in prison stemming from a Ponzi scheme that evoked comparisons to the one masterminded by Bernie Madoff. The amount of restitution Price will owe to those he swindled is still to be determined, though it will likely be in the $46 million range.
Antico Pizza owner to pay 56 employees $329,445 to settle complaints he cheated them out of overtime pay
Giovanni Di Palma, the rags-to-riches founder of Antico Pizza, will pay $329,445 in back wages and damages to 56 employees of his restaurants—the result of a six-month federal Department of Labor investigation that concluded that Di Palma had not paid overtime to workers and that also claimed he threatened retaliation (including deportation) against workers he suspected were talking to investigators.
At the Farm, Comcast’s startup accelerator at the Battery, entrepreneurs are working to break into the Atlanta’s tech scene
Inside an office at the Comcast Regional Headquarters at the Battery at SunTrust Park is a group of local entrepreneurs who are hoping to position themselves at the forefront of Atlanta’s innovative tech scene.
Last month, Amazon rolled out its Prime Now one-hour delivery service to Atlanta. There are a few situations—a hangover, a colicky baby, an “Orange Is the New Black” binge—in which we could imagine being too desperate for essentials to get off the couch, let alone leave home to run errands. But could Prime Now help us out of more prosaic dilemmas? We constructed a few plausible scenarios, synchronized our watches, and placed orders at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, from six metro neighborhoods.
What’s filming in Atlanta now? Our December update includes The Nice Guys, Ant-Man, and The 5th Wave
We’re back with another batch of production codes, shooting locations, and insight into Yallywood’s biggest projects. For all of our ITP readers, you’ve been seeing a lot of MISTY signs in the last few weeks. That’s the production code for The Nice Guys, starring Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer, and Russell Crowe.