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The Impact of COVID-19 Protocols on Independent Filmmakers

While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every industry, protocols implemented by the IATSE—the trade union representing 90% of individuals on a film set—have created unique challenges for independent filmmakers and production companies.  Current COVID-19 Protocols  In May 2020, the IATSE hired a trio of epidemiologists to consult with the union

Why Low Budget and Independent Filmmakers Should Use a Signatory

Low budget and independent theatrical film or television productions face many obstacles to success due to their limited funding and lack of big studio support. However, there are steps that independent filmmakers can take to ensure they are in the most advantageous position possible as creators. One of these steps

Georgia Employment Law – Employee Versus Independent Contractor

Question: How does Georgia Employment Law dictate whether workers should be classified as employees or independent contractors? Answer: With tax money on the line, the Georgia Department of Labor and IRS pay close attention to the classification of workers. There are several considerations which must be met in order to

The Future of Medical Marijuana in Georgia

Last year, the state legislature passed a law making it legal for residents suffering from one of eight illnesses who have joined the state medical marijuana registry to possess an oil derived from marijuana for medical purposes. However, with no production of medical cannabis in Georgia, patients have to travel

Five Potential Legal Issues When Shipping and Transporting Goods

If you are in the business of shipping and transporting goods as an owner, carrier or broker, you may be familiar with a number of legal issues when shipping and transporting goods. As part of the supply chain, you ship goods to all corners of the globe. However, successfully navigating

Are Antiquated Georgia Laws Costing Jobs in the Craft Brew Industry?

Answer: Yes Including tourism and the entire supply chain, it is estimated that modernizing beer distribution laws in Georgia will add approximately 1,500 direct jobs and $375 million in economic activity. Since the national low point for private-sector employment (February 2010), Georgia has added 361,800 jobs–an increase of 11.5%. Unfortunately,

The Legal Risks of Live Streaming

Over the past year, live streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat have become extremely popular. Now even Facebook has gotten into the live streaming game. These apps allow users to broadcast any event live using their smartphone. Not surprisingly, this technology has raised a host of legal issues, primarily in

Why Savannah is a Great Place For Starting a Business in Georgia

Savannah is known for its arts and culture, fishing and watersports, as well as its sightseeing and golf. And while it may not be known for its business start-ups, Savannah’s entrepreneurial nature runs deep. The city is home to multiple programs, centers, and schools that are designed to help fledgling

Five Legal Issues to Consider When Filming in Georgia

If you are considering filming your production in Georgia, it is important that you have a clear understanding of the laws in place within the Georgia film industry. There are a number of laws pertaining to actor’s rights, filming locations and film sets that require comprehensive understanding before filming begins.