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Medient Studios breaks ground on $90M film production facility

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Effingham County, Ga. -- Medient Studios broke ground Thursday for its production facility in Effingham County near Savannah. 

The project represents a $90 million investment and is expected to create 1,000 jobs in its first phase, reports the Savannah Morning News.

People will live on site and work full time on movies, the Morning News reports. Average salary is expected to be $39,000, the paper adds.

The campus, on approximately 1,600 acres, will be environmentally friendly, with no vehicles that operate on fossil fuels, and will include health care, day care, schooling, shopping and housing for workers and their families, the paper reports.

In addition to making eight to 10 movies a year, the company will produce video games at the site.

Manu Kumaran, Medient's chief executive officer, said he hopes to make movies at the site by the end of the first quarter of 2014.

Kumaran announced that B.L. Harbert International LLC, based in Birmingham, Ala., will be the contractor for the project.

The Morning News reports the $90 million for phase one includes everything needed to make movies, including $10 million to lease the land, $40 million for equipment and $40 million for buildings.

The company's movies include the dramas "Yellow" and "Garp" and the British horror film "Storage 24."

Medient said Tuesday it has signed an agreement for a revolving credit line of $5 million with TCA Global Credit Master Fund LP to support motion picture development and print and advertising costs for films in the United States.

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