Georgia Film Academy executive director to headline BBA Signature Luncheon

Jeff StepakoffJeff Stepakoff

ATLANTA — Jeffrey Stepakoff, executive director of the Georgia Film Academy, will provide the keynote address during the Buckhead Business Association’s (BBA) Signature Luncheon in June.

The Peach State is third in the nation for production, ranking behind New York and California. Stepakoff’s keynote will focus on how Georgia’s role in the film and TV industry and how the Georgia Film Academy is utilizing this growth to create a sustainable ecosystem which will help create jobs and drive the state’s economy.

The Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m until 1:30 p.m. on June 15 at the JW Marriott Buckhead. Tickets start at $75 for members and $85 for non-members; sponsor tables are also available.

In Fiscal Year 2016, the state hosted 245 feature films, commercials, music videos, television movies and series. Georgia-lensed productions generated an economic impact of more than $7 billion during the year, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

“One reason that Georgia is attracting so many productions and filmmakers is the overwhelming support they receive from our communities, the new infrastructure and our trained workforce,” Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Film Office, said in a March news release. “We have seen hundreds of new companies locate to Georgia to support the booming film industry which provide jobs for Georgians as well as an increased tax base and investment opportunities in our state.”

During the Luncheon, the BBA will present the Buckhead Public Safety Awards to members of the Atlanta Police Department (Zone 2), the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.

Previous BBA Signature Luncheons have featured a “State of Public Safety” and Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn’s first keynote address as the team’s head coach.

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