Archive for January, 2011


Master Class Workshop, Feb 12 & 13


With the boom we’ve all seen in Georgia Film Production,

there are more auditions than ever before.  But are you booking

more work?  Are you making the most of the opportunities

all around you? Maybe it’s a time for a real commitment to

take your craft to a new level?

Well, George Watkins and I want to help you with that!  We’re

coming back to do another Master Class Workshop.

Friday and Saturday, February 12 & 13, 2011, George and I will

help a select group of actors improve their skills and empower them

to greater heights in their careers.

Everyone will work on-camera in our usual location at Studio Chambers

in Inman Park.  The entire weekend is designed to make

you the best that you can be.

Join us for a dynamic weekend that will challenge you to put your acting

career on a more successful and fulfilling track.

Make 2011 your best year ever!

The Master Class Workshop

With Mike Pniewski and George Watkins

February 12 & 13, 2011, 10 am to 5 pm

Studio Chambers in Inman Park

$295 (Discount for Union Members)

Space is very limited – Sign up today!

Read about my new book! – 

Mike Pniewski
Actor, Speaker, Author

ph 404-863-6768
fax 770-926-5881

‘Do not go where the path may lead;
go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail.’ -Ralph Waldo Emerson



Headshot Special with Danny Acres – Feb 5th & 6th ONLY!

Check out Danny Acres’ February Special  –  Model Test and Headshot packages!

Visit to view the images

he’s done for other models and actors to get them noticed.

PACKAGE 1.  2 headshots:  $250.00 (You Save $150.00!)

PACKAGE 2.  1 headshot, 1 3/4 look, and 1 full length:  $350.00

(You Save $200.00!)

PACKAGE 3.  3 look test:  $400.00 (You Save $200.00!)

PACKAGE 4.  4 look test:  $500.00 (You Save $250.00!)

PACKAGE 5.  1 headshot & 1 full length (for runway):  $250.00

*Hair & Makeup is included in all packages

Special rates available on Saturday, February 5th

and Sunday, February 6th only!

Call 404-683-0562 to schedule.


Ga’s top 5 economic development stories of 2010 – Entertainment & Tourism



Press Releases

Georgia’s top five economic development stories of 2010


Georgia Department of Economic Development

ATLANTA, December 27, 2010—The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced today that jobs increased by 14 percent and investment by 20 percent in the state during 2010. New and expanding companies created more than 20,000 jobs and invested $4.1 billion in Georgia during 2010. Entertainment and tourism also made strong showings.
“This kind of success only happens as the result of great teamwork by our GDEcD staff and partners,” said Heidi Green, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “We have good, positive momentum going into the new year.”
Georgia’s economic development successes in 2010 ran the gamut of the state’s diverse industry sectors and geographical regions. Among them were:
1. The allure of alternative energy
Georgia’s competitive assets for the energy sector attracted the attention of global energy leaders. Solar energy companies lit up the landscape in Dublin and Atlanta. MAGE SOLAR chose Dublin for its North American headquarters and a manufacturing facility, creating 350 jobs and investing $30 million. Enfinity Corporation of Belgium, the world’s largest developer of solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions, put its Americas headquarters in Atlanta in March. Other renewable energy-related companies that located or expanded in Georgia in 2010 include:
Waycross, Ware County
Wood pellets for energy production
GE Energy
Marietta, Cobb County
GE Energy Smart Grid Technology Center of Excellence will provide energy solutions through research and development
ZF Group
Gainesville, Hall County
Wind turbine gear boxes for wind turbine energy generation
2. Center of pop culture
The state’s entertainment industry exploded this past year, thanks to the 2008 Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act. The economic impact of production activity increased 440 percent between fiscal years 2007 and 2010, surging to $1.4 billion. Georgia’s business climate for the entertainment industry created tremendous opportunities for the state’s 25,000 workers in the business.
In 2010, several film and television studio facilities announced they would open their doors in Georgia, a commitment to the long-term promise of the state’s production environment. Among them were EUE/Screen Gems, which bought the former Lakewood Fairgrounds site near Atlanta and undertook a multimillion-dollar renovation of the studio complex. Raleigh Studios, the largest provider of stage space in the world, put down roots in Senoia in Coweta County. Savannah’s Meddin Studios opened a digital production facility and is already planning an expansion. Also, Panavision, a world-renowned name in the design, manufacture and rental of camera systems, announced it will open an Atlanta location in early 2011.
Four Georgia-made TV pilots have gone on to become series: “The Walking Dead,” “Teen Wolf,” “Single Ladies” and “Auction Kings”. Other Georgia-lensed successes include the top-ranked shows on their respective networks: “Vampire Diaries,” “Drop Dead Diva” and “The Walking Dead.”
Georgia also launched “Camera Ready”, a designation to streamline access by film and television production companies to local resources and information in the state’s 159 counties. In 2010, more than 50 Georgia counties hosted a film, TV or commercial production. Sixteen of them were tapped for this designation in the first phase of the program’s implementation.
3. World travel destination
In 2010, Georgia ranked as the second fastest growing U.S. destination for international travelers.  These travelers stay longer and spend more, whose expenditures resonate throughout the state’s economy. Georgia offers them the authentic Southern experiences they seek, such as the state’s commemoration of 150 years of Civil War history. Every $1 million spent by international visitors creates 11.5 new jobs and generates $33,143 in payroll and $123,588 in state taxes.
As domestic tourism has suffered, Georgia has aggressively targeted consumers, tour operators and media in emerging international markets including China and Brazil, already two of the South’s top 10 international markets. The number of visitors from China to the U.S. grew 55 percent in 2009 and another 40 percent this year. Four of China’s largest tour operators are now marketing Georgia.
The state also stepped up its efforts in South America, especially Brazil, predicted to become one of the top five countries for inbound travel to the United States by 2015. One of the largest tour operators in Brazil carries information about only two southern states, and one of them is Georgia.
4. Aerospace on the wing
Georgia’s energetic marketing of its aerospace assets attracted more jobs and investment. In November, Gulfstream Aerospace announced yet another expansion, increasing its Savannah workforce by 15 percent in a $500 million investment. Governor Perdue’s mission to the Farnborough Airshow and the National Business Aviation Association’s Atlanta convention heralded Georgia’s assets for the industry, among them the nation’s most productive aerospace workforce and top-ranked academic programs. Other aerospace projects announced during the 2010 calendar year include:
Firth Rixson
Midway, Liberty County
Forged metal products for the aerospace industry
Bombardier Aerospace
Macon, Bibb County
Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operation servicing Bombardier CRJ aircraft
TIMCO Aviation Services
Macon, Bibb County
D767 maintenance operation
5. Trading up
Georgia’s International Trade office reported a 10 percent increase in the trade deals helped companies close. The group facilitated 248 deals during the 2010 calendar year, up from 225 in 2009. The state undertook seven gubernatorial missions this past year to grow its trade and business relationships, including a historic mission in July to Cuba. The International Trade team also ensured Georgia was front and center at international trade shows in Germany, Mexico, Korea, Chile, Israel, Cuba and other shows in its strategic markets. The outlook for exports in Georgia remains positive, thanks in large part to the state’s ports, the fourth-largest and fastest-growing in the U.S.
About GDEcD
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. For more information, visit
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Craig Miller
GPP PR Chair
Craig Miller Productions, Inc.
1491 Northside Drive, Suite B
Atlanta, GA   30318
404-264-0427 office
404-264-0668 fax
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“The Game”, produced in Atlanta at EUE/Screen Gems is a Hit!

“The Game”, produced in Atlanta at EUE/Screen Gems is a Hit.

‘The Game’ Is a Winner, Helped by BET Loyalists


Sometimes, what a television show needs is a new neighborhood.

“The Game,” a sitcom about pro football players’ relationships with women, puttered along in obscurity for three years on the CW network. The season it was canceled, it attracted only 1.9 million viewers an episode. Then it was resurrected with two new episodes last Tuesday on the cable channel BET, which picked up the program and resumed production as part of an effort to add scripted shows to its schedule. The response from BET viewers, Forbes said, was “jaw-dropping.” The first two episodes of the new season averaged 7.7 million viewers, making it the most-watched sitcom ever on cable television.

When the Nielsen ratings came in, there were hugs in the halls at BET. The 30-year-old channel had never had such high ratings for a series. “Just over the moon” is how Debra L. Lee, the chief executive and chairwoman of BET Networks, described her reaction. “It proves that cable is competitive,” she said.

How does a show quadruple its audience? Ms. Lee credits a smart marketing plan, fan bases on Facebook and Twitter, and frequent showings on BET of repeat episodes in the past year, which ginned up interest in the new episodes.

The channel’s target audience also mattered. Most of the stars of “The Game” are black, as are most of its viewers. In those ways, it differs from the other shows on the CW, which is best known for dramas like “Gossip Girl.” BET is programmed for black viewers.

“Folks know what to expect from BET all day long,” Ms. Lee said, praising the strength of the brand.

“The Game” had a higher rating on BET last Tuesday than it ever had on the CW even though, according to Nielsen, the CW normally has 60 percent more viewers in prime time, 1.9 million, than BET, 747,000.

In mid-2008, a viewer named Stacey Mattocks created a Facebook page for the show, and months later she became more active because of speculation that the CW might cancel “The Game.” She had been a fan of “Girlfriends,” the show that had spawned “The Game,” and had already been canceled. “I didn’t want to lose my other show,” Ms. Mattocks said.

But she did, briefly. With cancellation looming, an online campaign by the stars failed to persuade the CW to keep the program. Having tasted success with “Gossip Girl,” the network decided to stop showing sitcoms altogether. “The Game” ended in May of 2009.

Ms. Mattocks said she thought the CW had neglected the show, partly by moving it into less favorable time slots. The CW declined to comment.

In 2009, BET began playing old episodes of “The Game,” which was critical to its success later.

“A lot of fans had never heard of it until it was on cable,” Ms. Mattocks said. Her Facebook page continued to gain fans, so when BET ordered new episodes of the show last May, it embraced her page — with three million fans — instead of trying to create one from scratch. The channel now pays her to run the fan page part time, in addition to her job at an insurance company in Florida.

The show received traditional marketing, too. Teasers about the return of “The Game” started appearing on BET as early as last June, and later commercials depicted viewers celebrating its return. One such spot, filmed on the Georgia Tech campus, had the cast walking out of a stadium tunnel, surrounded by cheering fans.

“It helped to extend the message that we were doing this for them,” said Janet Rolle, BET’s chief marketing officer.

It almost certainly helped that BET had only one other scripted sitcom, “Let’s Stay Together,” to promote. The CW, like other broadcasters, has a fuller slate of shows. BET paired the two new sitcoms last Tuesday, and “Let’s Stay Together” averaged 4.4 million viewers.

“The Game” features the same stars as before. Keeping pace with the altered production, the story “picks up two years later,” Salim Akil, who is an executive producer alongside his wife, Mara Brock Akil, and Kelsey Grammer, told reporters this month. The time-shifting helps explain why the characters live in new homes now.Ms. Lee, who took over BET in 2005, had predicted that “The Game” could be “a game-changer” for the channel, which she has steered toward scripted and higher-quality programming.

“This is really the top of the mountain, in terms of what I’ve been trying to accomplish, and what I knew BET could do,” she said on Friday. She says that at a presentation for advertisers in the spring, she plans to announce another new sitcom.


WIFTA Updates




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Thrusday, January 27



Sunday, February 27th



Tuesday, March 8

WIFTI-WIFTA Short Film Showcase


April 12, 2011

The Digital Moving Image Salon Presents the 7th Annual Reel ♀ event

Digital Doyennes: A Celebration of Female Digital Innovation Spelman College, Science Center Auditorium



The 10,000 square ft operation is scheduled to open in February.

“We applaud the State of Georgia for taking a progressive position in providing significant financial incentives to filmmakers to attract business to the region,” said John Schrimpf, vp of U.S. regional operations at Panavision.


Student Mentor Event

Saturday, February 5

9:30a – 3p

SCAD Atlanta

1600 Peachtree Street,

Atlanta, GA 30309

Details & registration information to follow!

National Academy of Arts & Sciences Southeast Chapter (NATAS) is a professional non-profit association dedicated to excellence in visual media.

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for more information.

Tandria Potts, WIFTA VP of Communications




2011 WIFTA Annual Kick Off Postcard eblast

Excitement is in the air as Women in Film and Television Atlanta (WIFTA) 
sets the tone for 2011. Come celebrate with us and hear updates on exciting happenings within our organization and Georgia’s growing film and entertainment industry.

This year’s kick-off celebration is a great networking opportunity for both women and men interested in joining WIFTA; take this opportunity to meet members who are connected in the entertainment industry; get introduced to the newly appointed Board of Directors; find out about upcoming WIFTA programs and events; and get more involved in Georgia’s film and television industry!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, January 27th (7p to 9pm).

Don’t miss the 2011 WIFTA Kick Off!

Click Here to Register
WIFTA Members: FREE, Non-Members: $10, Students w/valid ID: $5
(cash, check or credit card payments accepted)

To learn more about WIFTA membership click here.

THE NEXT COOL THING at 1235 Chattahoochee Avenue, Atlanta, 30318

JANUARY 21-23, 2011

Hundreds of interior designers, film industry art department professionals, builders, suppliers and local manufacturers are busy  creating  sets for the most amazing display of creative collaboration for THE NEXT COOL THING.  This three day event will feature exhibits based on a film or television theme and showcase local talent and resources for the purpose of building the infrastructure  for the growing film and television industry as it explodes on to the scene spurred by the recent 30% tax incentives  for the State.

The Georgia Production Partnership (GPP) partnered with TO THE TRADE ONLY to create awareness nationally that Georgia is rich with local talent in addition to mild weather, fabulous shooting locations, an international airport and the production talent already located in the State.

The three day affair starts with a Red Carpet Cocktail event Friday, January 21, tickets $35. Tickets are available online. Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23, the event is open to the general public during the day, $10 entry fee.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Women in Film & Television Atlanta (WIFTA) presents the Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) WIFTA Short Film Showcase.

The event will be held on March 8th in Atlanta, GA, and is seeking independent short films. All genres — drama, comedy, action, sci-fi, animation, spiritual/gospel, and experimental are accepted.

Click here for Submission Guidelines and Entry Form




Details coming soon…

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Once again congratulations to this year’s honorees Kim Fields, Robin Meade and Georgia Production Partnership.

And special thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers and members for their support!



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Katt Shea – Film Director/Master Teacher

Talented actors become WORKING ACTORS

Katt Shea has helped to start the careers of many well known actors.  Among those she has worked with are:  Drew Barrymore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mena Suvari, Christina Applegate, Alison Lohman, Melissa Gilbert, Angelina Jolie, Tom Skerritt, Kathy Baker, Sara Gilbert — and now she will help develop you into viable working actor.

In November nearly 50% of Katt’s students booked TV & film roles.  Many hadn’t been booking.

Get prepared with solid cold reading skills, the ability to be entirely free, in the moment, in the room.  Actors can try their first class only $40.00!

(661) 268-8611 STUDIO CITY & SANTA CLARITA locations.

A NEW CLASS for KIDS has been added to develop the young actor’s craft. We provide students with the tools to discover, nurture, and explore their own uniqueness and merge it into their work. This children class provides a supportive and fun environment where young people can be creative, express their individual personalities and improve their communication skills. It focuses on developing their CONFIDENCE in acting and in their everyday life! – Debra Hart: “My kids, Darby Jo and Joseph, thoroughly enjoy class with Katt Shea and Silvy Kas. The kids have grown a lot in being able to express themselves professionally in auditions and perform in character.” (Darby booked a series regular role on General Hospital)

Alison Lohman:  “You’ve given me confidence and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I feel like I can do anything now. Never have I trusted someone so much.”

Drew Barrymore: “You are a fabulous director. I love you.”

Christina Applegate: ”It was amazing working with Katt. It took my acting to a deeper level.”

Tom Skerritt: “I could have never done those provocative scenes with another director.”

Jeff Rosick:  “I’m so excited, Katt! Thank you for all you are and all you do for us actors. I wouldn’t have gotten this phenomenal opportunity without you in more ways than one, so thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  You are an inspiration.” (Booked a series regular role on Friday Night Lights)

Jackie O’BrianI have had amazing results from Katt’s cold reading class. There is no better class to hone one’s audition skills and focus on the art of acting. I came to class in Sept and after just a few classes I booked 2 different prime time network comedies which had been a goal of mine for a long time. (booked Outsourced & Raising Hope)

Nadia Dawn “Katt Shea has helped me get out of my head. The negative voice is gone. The only voice left is my instinctual voice.  Acting has now become exciting again! I truly feel empowered. I was about to give up and do reality television. I felt that I just didn’t have the acting instincts but I had been through so much training my instincts got lost.  I got in my head after all the different coaches. Thank you to Katt for allowing me to find my natural state again. She not only helps you but never puts you down or makes you question what you are doing in this business. (booked lead in Silver Lake, role in Entourage)

Karynn Moore: Katt Shea has opened me up to connect fully with my emotions and be completely in the moment … She is a magic bullet in my acting (as well as my life). (Booked roles in Water For Elephants, Cinema Verite, Huge)

Director Alex Bram: Whatever you are doing with these actors in your class is working.  These two came onto my set fully prepared, ready to take direction and adjustments, and just basically made my life easier.  What’s more, they threw down a couple of riveting performances.  I am just so thrilled with what they did.  I appreciate you and the fact that you delivered two actors who brought one of the most important scenes in my script to life.” (Body of Work)

Matt Wizniak: “This class brought me out of a ten-year slump. It’s like a rebirth for me.”

Christopher Parker: ”My wife didn’t want me taking a Sunday class until 3 weeks in, when I started booking jobs. Then she said, “Go, go! —  After 25 years I was about to quit acting until a friend convinced me to try Katt’s class. I got my joy of acting back and money coming in.”

Melanie Miller: ”I love the fact that you actually participate (2 or 3 times) every class! It keeps you so well oiled for auditions.  Other classes you sit around and watch scenes that students rehearsed for weeks, and that are not even close in quality to what we see in this class. The spontaneity keeps everything alive and real.”

Trevor Strem:  “I’m so sorry Trevor missed your class today! He was called for an audition so we ran out of the house & in my haste, I forgot to contact you. The good news is he booked the project!”

Andrea Jensen: “When I joined SAG I wasn’t booking any jobs. I couldn’t even get a callback.  I joined Katt’s class and within a month I got my first callback. The audition was a cold read, and because of what I’d been learning in class, I nailed it. I booked my first SAG job. Katt is fun, professional and knows how to get the best out of her students.”

Erik Fellows: Katt’s class has taken my acting to a different level. I can’t wait to see how much further it brings me. My confidence has improved. I trust myself to make choices so much more now. I look forward to each time I go up. I also booked a reoccurring role since I’ve been in class.

Jeff Kleeman (president of United Artists): “I’ve had the opportunity of observing Katt teaching a class and it was no surprise to me that she is a top-notch teacher. She has incredible, focus, commitment and grace. I’ve worked with her multiple times in the past and those experiences make me hope that I’ll find many opportunities to work with her in the future.”

We offer the following services:





Check out the website for rates, schedule and more. We accept PayPal and credit cards:
(661) 268-8611
13273 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City (at Ventura Blvd. & Fulton)


Rose of Athens Theatre – Auditions/Classes/Performances

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Rose of Athens Theatre Academy classes, artists-in-schools, Alice in Wonderland, Shakespeare on the Lawn As You Like It, and No Shame Athens. We have theater, old and new, for every age – in other words…theater for you.

Theatre Academy Classes and AUDITIONS
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“The performances were beautifully done – the acting, the costumes and the setting…We decided that we would definitely do it again next year and we’re all on for “Alice”…

Thank you for bringing such a great endeavor to the Athens area – you must work so hard!”
–  patron response to recent production, Holiday Spirits.

There are so many ways to be a part of the 2010/2011 Season. Here are some highlights:

  • AUDITIONS – February 2nd and 3rd at Seney Stovall Chapel. Ages 9 and up are welcome – professional, pre-professional and community performers, all. Make your appointment with Danielle,
  • Take Winter Theatre Academy Classes – Friday mornings @ Athens Tae Kwon Do Studio.
  • Take Summer Theatre Academy Classes at Seney Stovall – June 6-17.


  • Book a tour – Frankenstein Lives! will come to you.
  • Attend Alice in Wonderland at Seney Stovall, May 4-7
  • Attend As You Like It at Ashford Manor, June 8-12, “Shakespeare on the Lawn”

Volunteers Myron Tucker and Jessica Fowler

Q: “So…Where is Rose of Athens Theatre?”
A: The world is our oyster.

We bring Rose of Athens Theatre productions to some of the following locations – You can always go to the RoA website for details, but we bring theater to you, wherever you are:

Seney Stovall Chapel
Ashford Manor
Historic Homes – T.R.R. Cobb House, Taylor-Grady House, Ware-Lyndon House and more.
We tour to Schools, Community Centers and Churches
Morton Theatre

Our Office:
College Square Offices
191 E. Broad St., Suite 214
Athens, GA 30601

In This Issue
Theatre Academy Classes and AUDITIONS
Alice in Wonderland
Note to RoA family

Alice in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll, adapted by Ron Anderson
May 4-7, 2011
Alice in Wonderland
Original Lewis Carroll sketch
Attend general public or school performances of upcoming play, Alice in Wonderland,  and experience the luminous performances and compositions of Marty Winkler…

Marty Winkler - in Charlotte's Web 2010
Musician/Composer, Marty Winkler in last year’s Charlotte’s Web

Get your tickets now:

Incidentally, Marty will be competing in the renowned American Traditions Competition at the end of January – send great energy her way!

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Note to RoA family,

Thanks for being a joyful part of the goodness that Rose of Athens Theatre brings to our community.  Your participation and generosity is the reason that we create quality theater and arts education for our region.


Lisa Cesnik Ferguson

Producing Artistic Director, Rose of Athens Theatre
Danielle Bailey Miller
Program Coordinator, Rose of Athens Theatre