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27 October 2014

Gov. Deal & Union City Mayor Vince Williams Applaud Plans to Replace Shannon Mall with Film Studios

Shannon Mall Being Demolished to Make Way for Film & TV Studio

Rooker, an Atlanta-based real estate development and construction company, announced today a collaboration with 404 Studio Partners to develop a purpose-built film and television studio facility at the former Shannon Mall site in Union City, Georgia.
(Construction crews begin demolition of the former Shannon Mall to make way for a new 345,000 film & tv studio.)
Union City is located south of downtown Atlanta in Fulton County.

The first phase of the new development features a 345,000-square-foot film and television studio, including 130,500 square feet of sound stages, 60,000 square feet of office space, and 50,000 square feet of mill (construction and flex space). The production facility will sit on 25 acres of land.

"We couldn't be happier to have one of the largest studio facilities in the state call Union City home," said Union City Mayor Vince Williams. "Today is about a city rising and partnering with the private sector to bring new jobs and new opportunities to our community's front door."

Rooker, which purchased the former Shannon Mall site in February 2014, will be the developer and general contractor of the studio complex named Atlanta Metro Studios. 404 Studio Partners, led by a team of film and television production professionals, including a former Turner Entertainment Group producer and the former President of Physical Production at Universal Studios, will be the exclusive sales, marketing and operations management company for the studio facilities.

"Georgia is one of the fastest growing entertainment production centers in the nation," Governor Nathan Deal said (R - Georgia). "Production companies are picking Georgia because we have the entire package -- a business-friendly environment, statewide accessibility, diverse locations, and a skilled crew base."

Demolition of the old Shannon Mall started 27 October. Construction on the studio begins 1 March 2015, with a target completion date of fourth-quarter 2015.

Ed Richardson, an executive with 404 Studio Partners and CEO of R&R Productions Worldwide, said, "Georgia offers the film and television industry a number of key advantages, including production tax incentives, strong state and city leaders who are committed to promoting the industry, and a growing infrastructure and workforce.

"Atlanta Metro Studios will provide large-scale film and television content creators the additional benefits of a purpose-built studio facility, central location only five minutes from Hartsfield International Airport and less than 20 minutes from Midtown Atlanta, and a marketing and management team with extensive industry knowledge and experience," Richardson continued.