According to a press release, the project will cost $135 million to build and the owners plan to break ground in March.
The plan is to have the first two soundstages available for production by the first quarter of 2023.
Tammy Williams and her partner Gary Guidry, an investor and CEO of G-Square Events and Black Promoters Collective, are visionaries behind the project. After the studio is completed, Williams will be the first Black woman to own a studio in the state of Georgia.
In an interview, Williams said she’s been wanting studio space for 12 years and finally decided to make it happen.
When the campus is complete, Cinema South will feature up to “11 soundstages, a back-lot, a prop house, a wardrobe rental facility, a lighting grip rental house, a transportation company, and an office building with a theater and post-production facilities.”
“The demand for soundstages is happening globally and the ownership rarely looks like us, let alone an African American woman,” Guidry said in the release. “When I choose to invest, I evaluate the need of the business and the ownership. Investing in Tammy Williams and her team of professionals convinced me that buying the land in Fayetteville, GA was a sound decision with the talents of her at the helm.”
Cinema South will house Williams’ production company, Tammy’Dele Films, Tammy’Dele Films Workshops, and Cinema South Film Academy.
Williams expressed her excitement as she prepares for the grand opening next month.
“We’ve been patient,” she said. “This has not been an overnight thing, this vision for us.”