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The candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination will be in Atlanta on Wednesday for the 5th debate, but afterward, many will stick around to try to gain and court Georgia voters.
The two-day grand opening celebration of the new Tyler Perry Studios in Southwest Atlanta marked the latest chapter for its namesake, entrepreneurial filmmaker Tyler Perry. But to understand his success, you need to look back at film history.
Tyler Perry marked the opening of his new, 330-acre Tyler Perry Studios at Fort McPherson with a gala that brought a monumental number of stars, including everyone from Oprah to Hank Aaron to Beyoncé to Andrew Young.
It’s hard to miss Hollywood’s presence in Atlanta, whether it’s Fairlie-Poplar transformed into San Francisco’s Chinatown for Ant-Man or Reese Witherspoon handcuffed after scuffling with a traffic cop on Peachtree Road. The local film and television industry—which, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, generated $5.1 billion in economic impact for fiscal year 2014—is spawning a surge in lower-profile businesses: production complexes.