Walking around EUE/Screen Gems Studios’ Atlanta lot, Bob Phillips sees the past — and the future.
As a Georgia native, his memories of the 11-stage, 33-acre studio complex range from exploring what was then Lakewood Fairgrounds as a boy to his first production job in the basement of what is now Stage 1.
And as the line producer for the upcoming Netflix series “Raising Dion,” hosted at EUE/Screen Gems in Atlanta, he knows why productions will be coming to Georgia for years to come.
“Atlanta is one of those places where you can show up and find just about anything you need,” says Bob, who spent months in Atlanta for the nine-episode series about a young boy with multiple superpower abilities. “The crew and team you need are right here in Atlanta. There’s so many really, highly skilled and experienced department heads, and the grip and electric crews were among the best I’ve ever worked with anywhere.
“There’s world-class crew right here in Georgia.”
Born in south Georgia, Bob began his production career in the 1980s, and has worked on locations around the world. In addition to “Raising Dion,” Bob’s recent projects include Amazon’s “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” and “Banshee,” the Cinemax crime series. He also worked as a line producer for “Valkrie,” the 2008 Tom Cruise movie about the assassination attempt on Hitler.
Currently living in Topanga, CA, Bob has watched Georgia’s film and television production industry mature during his decades of work.
“We’re big fans of filming in Georgia,” says Bob. “The tax incentive draws work here, and that combined with first class crew and infrastructure is a recipe for success.”