Black Atlantians have long hailed their city as a trendsetter where dreams could come true for southern Black folk. Since the 1990s, Atlanta has become known for its ascension into one of the most sought-after cities to live in and travel to. Terms like “Black Wallstreet” and “Black Hollywood” are often used to describe the city, which is brimming with millions of successful Black artists and entrepreneurs.
After Tyler Perry opened his 300-acre TV and film production studio in Georgia, Atlanta was recognized for its potential to become a leader in the production industry. Since then, even more Black artists and entrepreneurs are wanting to take part in Atlanta’s cultural revolution.
Recently, Tammy Williams, an award-winning producer, motivational speaker, and CEO, announced that she is now the majority owner of a new TV, film, and post-production studio near Atlanta, Georgia. Williams is reportedly the first Black woman to own a $135-million studio and post-production facility in the United States.
Williams has worked in production for over 25 years. Williams majored in mass communications, and radio and television production. After college, her television career began as a news editor at WTVF CBS in Nashville, Tennessee. She then started Tammy’Dele Films in 2016 as a film, television and digital production company, and she also passed down her craft by providing hands-on training to help others get into the industry.
Williams is known for her film, biographies, documentaries, entertainment, and network news. She is proud to be a pioneer for Black people and women in this space, and her forthcoming production studio will continue to inspire Black-led artistry in Georgia.
She and Tyler Perry will have two of the largest Black-owned production studios in Georgia. While they now hold the glory, Atlanta has always been a hub for Black creatives in TV and film for years. In the heart of Atlanta and its surrounding suburbs, you can find several Black-owned production studios specializing in various skills from pre-production to post-production.
While we wait for Williams to open the doors to her new space, here are three more Black-owned production studios in Atlanta that you can support:
SanctuaryStudios is a fully equipped, full-service production space. SanctuaryStudios is tech-focused and dedicated to providing amazing, creative and complex visuals for their clients. SanctuaryStudios has helped to produce works for artists like Ari Lennox and Queen Naija.
You can work with SanctuaryStudios by booking through their website.
Mann Robinson Studios
Mann Robinson Studios was founded by director Mann Robinson in 2021. It is a 20,000 sq. ft., full production studio with multiple sound stages and lots of room for set building. Mann Robinson Studios has produced films like Turnt and Super Turnt, which are now both available on Amazon Prime Video. Mann Robinson Studios also offers production assistant internships and acting classes for Atlanta residents who are interested in TV and film.
Check out their website for more information.
SeanG Productions is a content creation company that helps businesses tell their stories by providing engaging and professional video content. The company was founded by videographer SeanG, who specializes in event videography, corporate video production and content creation. The studio has created videos for Afro Soca Love Market Place and TrailBlazers.
You can learn more about SeanG Productions by checking out their website.