New “Hunger Games” debuts Thursday, Dish Network-Turner Broadcasting dispute may affect more channels; Ga. tourism boost, Lawsuit settlement in Ga. film worker death

Atlanta-filmed “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” movie is set to open Thursday and is expected to have a record-breaking opening at the U.S. box office.

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The beef between Dish Network and Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting is raging on and may get worse as Dish may cut off more of Turner’s stations—TNT and TBS—because of a dispute over cost and digital access. Channels that have already gotten the axe include Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TruTV, Turner Classic Movies, HLN and CNN.

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The influx of film and TV productions in Georgia has caused a major boost in tourism, attracting fans from everywhere who want to visit the locations where their favorite productions were filmed. Per the MailOnline.com, the Georgia Department of Economic Development cites that 158 feature film and TV productions have been shot during the 2014 financial year, with a combined production spend of USD$1.4billion.

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The family of 27-year-old film crew member Sarah Jones, killed in February while working on the film “Midnight Rider,” has settled a lawsuit filed against numerous plaintiffs involved with the case.

‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ debut breaks record, Cast My Home looking for Georgia houses to film in

Sunday night, 3.8 million viewers watched the Real Housewives of Atlanta debut, marking the series’ biggest debut thus far. After tallying repeats and DVR recordings, estimate suggest that number will reach at least 7 million views.

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Cast My Home is a new company that shows you how to get your house featured in a big-time movie filmed in Georgia. There’s no fee to list you house in the company’s database and, if you’re home is selected, the company will negotiate your contract.

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Jennifer Rigby, 11Alive’s New News Director

There’s a new chief in town over at 11Alive News. BroadcastingCable.com reports Jennifer Rigby has been named new director at WXIA-WATL Atlanta. She’s a veteran in the game, most recently serving as The Weather Channel’s VP of live programming and, before that, senior director of coverage and talent and multimedia content director. She was also news director at Cox stations in Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Dayton, Oh.

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Crowe, Helms, Moretz spotted in ATL, “The Fifth Wave” filming begins, Atlanta Hawks’ new TV deal

If you pay close attention, you may see actors Russell Crowe, Ed Helms or Chloe Grace Moretz roaming around the streets of Atlanta. They’re all in town filming various movie projects: Crowe is working on “The Nice Guys” with Ryan Gosling, Helms is here for “Vacation” movie and Moretz for “The Fifth Wave.”

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As you read above, “The Fifth Wave,” starring Chloe Grace Moretz, has begun filming in Atlanta and is set to be released in theaters on January 29, 2016. The film, based on the best-selling novel of the same title, sounds like it’s going to be pretty scary…

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It’s a TV deal! The Atlanta Hawks has inked a long-term deal with SportsSouth, ensuring that all 82 regular season games will be aired during the 2015-2016 season.

New film studio in Union City, VH1’s ‘Drumline’ sequel to air tonight and RHOA Season 7 returns Nov. 9

Union City will be home to a brand new film and TV studio facility.  City officials are expected to announce the demolition of the former Shannon Mall, as part of the project’s first phase, at press conference at 2 p.m. Monday.

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VH1’s Drumline: A New Beat is premiering Monday night at 9 p.m. ET.

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 7 is set to premiere at 8 p.m. on November 9 on Bravo TV. The network announced the official premiere date and a first look at the show today, which is said to be chuck full of drama, laughs and tears.

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