James Bond studio to open 1st US facility in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) — The
British film studio home to the James Bond franchise and other major
movie productions is announcing plans for its first U.S. movie
production facility.

Ivan Dunleavy is the CEO of Pinewood
Shepperton PLC. He made the announcement Monday, saying the “agreement
is another step forward for the Pinewood brand internationally.”

The
large-scale film complex, Pinewood Atlanta, will be located at a site
south of the city. Pinewood will manage it under an agreement with a
group of private investors.

It will sit on 288 acres and include at least five soundstages as well as production offices.

Recent
films shot at Pinewood Studios, outside of London, include the upcoming
Angelina Jolie film, “Maleficent.” Pinewood earlier this month
announced a joint venture agreement with one of China's leading private
media groups.

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