Allow us to introduce you all to Tammy Williams. Tammy Williams began with a goal and is on track to become the first Black woman in Georgia to own a significant production studio. She desired to construct a location where neglected histories might be told. Beyond that, she yearned for a location where individuals from underserved regions could receive employment training in the field in which she had centered her life.
Williams is a veteran of the entertainment industry and is constructing Cinema South Studios, a multi-million-dollar film production facility that will be situated in Fayetteville, Georgia not far from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. In the state of Georgia, her new studio will be the first one owned by a Black woman. On its website, Cinema South Studios proclaims itself to be:
“A one-stop shop for movie studios, filmmakers, and production companies. An initial two (2) purpose-built sound stages, workshops, office and production support facilities; expanding into a full-service picture/post facility supporting digital and film workflows within the production complex.”
The studio is an estimated $135 million project, and broke ground in March of this year. The 1 million square foot complex will have 17 different buildings and multiple soundstages. Along with numerous set pieces, a wardrobe rental business, a transportation provider, and a three-story office structure housing post-production and audio production facilities, it will also contain several garment rental businesses.
Williams is a writer-director-producer who began her career at news stations in Tennessee and Louisiana producing award presentations, advertisements, and telethons. Her credits include doc, news, and cinema productions like Ernie & Cerbie and My Mother Was a Butterfly. She began working as a freelance producer out of her garage in 2003, when she set up a greenscreen and shot the educational children's program My Destiny Place. In 2023, she intends to launch Cinema South, which will house her production firm Tammy'Dele Films as well as its certificate program, Tammy'Dele Films Workshops, which has graduated more than 2,500 students. She points out that Cinema South Lighting & Grip, Georgia's largest minority-owned lighting and grip company, will also be housed in the complex.
Congratulations in advance to you Tammy!
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