Atlanta's Film & Television Jobs on the Rise but Lack of Local Talent to Fill Positions

ATLANTA, GA -- (Marketwired) -- Sep 29, 2015 -- Atlanta is now the 3rd largest film and television industry in the United States boosted by tax incentives, a versatile landscape and a reputation for professional and talented crews. In fact, the film and television industry in Georgia generated more than $5 billion during the 2014 fiscal year, and over 30,000 working entertainment professionals call Georgia home.

In the current market, job seekers in the entertainment field rely on word of mouth, direct networks and job boards not specific to crew, to find their next project. The newly launched HollywoodJobBoard.com is a dedicated platform solely for connecting employers directly with talent seeking work in production, distribution, creative, business and executive specialties.

The brainchild of Stefanie Kleine, a bi-coastal entertainment professional who saw the need for a platform that directly connects employers with available talent, specifically within booming hubs outside of the typical New York and Los Angeles markets.

"Working in multiple capacities within the Atlanta film and television industry, I found a special and unique quality among local crews and their sense of community. But so often I hear about talented individuals and entire crews leaving the state to seek more opportunities or because they're being replaced by crews brought in from Los Angeles or New York," said Stefanie Kleine, CEO of HollywoodJobBoard.com. "That's why I started HollywoodJobBoard.com, a platform designed to connect employers with local talent because it's more cost effective, it supports the local economies and keeps below-the-line talent consistently working," said Kleine.

Actor and Attorney Wilbur Fitzgerald 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' and 'Drop Dead Diva', says the growth in production within the state will need the support of recruiting tools to keep the local crews employed but also to keep them in the state.

"We can hope the robust production climate in Georgia will continue to keep and attract quality crew which can meet the demands from television and feature film projects," said Wilbur Fitzgerald. "At stake is Georgia's reputation for being able to provide experienced crews which match the state's competitive tax incentives and impressive infrastructure," said Fitzgerald.

Employers can source candidates directly from the website, reduce costs for bringing inter-state crew and support the local communities. Local crews and professionals can post resumes, search open positions and connect directly with employers.

HollywoodJobBoard.com has partnered with some of the largest studios and production houses in the United States including Viacom, TimeWarner and Pixar.

For more information, please visit www.hollywoodjobboard.com.

About HollywoodJobBoard.com - HollywoodJobBoard.com is a full service platform for employers and job seekers to connect on film and television projects. Whether full-time or contract work, the site allows employers full access to a comprehensive database of qualified candidates. Likewise, job seekers can post resumes, connect directly with employers and search posted jobs free of charge. www.hollywoodjobboard.com.

About Wilbur Fitzgerald - Wilbur Fitzgerald is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, served as President of the Georgia Branch of the Screen Actors Guild and as ad-hoc chair of the Governor's Film, Video & Music Commission Incentive Committee, which helped formulate and refine the 2005, 2008 and 2012 Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Acts. In addition to being in private entertainment law practice in Atlanta, Wilbur Fitzgerald has served as general counsel for the Georgia Municipal Association, where he drafted tax legislation and worked as a lobbyist at the Georgia General Assembly. Wilbur is a native of Atlanta.

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