A photo of Johnny Isakson.
Credit: Capitol Beat file photo

The Panelists:

Jim Galloway — Retired columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Jeffrey Stepakoff — Executive director, The Georgia Film Academy

Ronda Penrice — Journalist, writer 

Shaunya Chavis-Rucker — Divisional head, Fulton Films Office


The Breakdown:

1. Former U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson dies at age 76. 

Galloway called him a "man of the middle."

2. The Georgia film industry reacts to the pandemic.


3. Georgia's political climate has an impact of the film industry.

  • After the passing of Georgia's controversial "heartbeat bill," several studios threatened to boycott productions here.
  • Journalist Ronda Penrice highlighted how politics affect the bottom line of the film industry.

Journalist Ronda Penrice said politics has already impacted the film industry.


4. What sets Georgia apart from Hollywood and New York?

  • The diversity of the state's film production distinguishes it from those traditional hubs on the East and West coasts, Ronda Penrice said.
  • Jeffrey Stepakoff tells us how the film industry plans to expand past metro Atlanta in 2022.

Georgia Film Academy's Jeffrey Stepakoff discussed the building up the film industry across Georgia.

Tomorrow on Political Rewind: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's senior reporter Tamar Hallerman guest hosts.