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.

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