Electric Owl Studios Set to Open World’s Largest, Greenest Studio in Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta’s newest movie studio, Electric Owl Studios, is set to open on June 8, 2023. With six stages, the 300,000-square-foot film studio will be the world’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold-certified studio, making it the world’s largest, greenest studio.
Unsurprisingly, the film and television industry is notoriously wasteful, which of course, harms the environment. Electric Owl’s facilities aim to minimize that impact by taking measures to reduce production’s carbon footprint and generate clean energy by including: LED light, EV charging stations, solar panels, living walls, high-efficiency HVAC, carbon-negative concrete, rainwater harvesting and reuse, smart thermostats, food composting, solar golf carts, water refill stations and more.
The Co-Founders of Electric Owl
Located in the heart of DeKalb County, Electric Owl is co-founded by former Third Rail Studios executives, Dan Rosenfelt and Michael Hahn.
“Our goal is to be an easily accessible, turn-key film & TV studio offering superior facilities, services, and a friendly, reliable experience for our production clients,” said Co-founder Dan Rosenfelt. “Our focus on environmental stewardship aims to reduce the impact the production process can have on our planet by leading innovation in every aspect of filming including design, construction, materials, and overall day to day operations. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery, NBCU, Paramount, Sony, Lionsgate, Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Skydance, Legendary, etc., and partnering with them in their production sustainability efforts.”
“In 2013, when I first started building film studios in the state, I would have never believed that the film industry would grow in Georgia the way that it has – and give back to the state in terms of jobs, infrastructure investment, and both property and income taxes,” added Michael Hahn, Co-founder and CEO of Capstone South Properties.
Hahn continued, “Film Studio infrastructure has been a great economic development tool for the State of Georgia and the localities in which they are built. Electric Owl Studios will breathe a new life into the neighborhood around the Indian Creek MARTA station in DeKalb County, an area that has been seeking economic investment for years. The new studio will create jobs and further support the entertainment industry’s annual $4BN spending in Georgia. We are also excited that we are the first in the state to build a studio project sustainably.”
Electric Owl’s Expansion Plans
With six purpose-built sound stages and expansive ancillary parking space, the studio is large enough to support a tentpole feature film or two large-scale television series. However, the studios’ team doesn’t just have their eyes set on Atlanta. They’re eager to bring their green model to other cities as well.
The studio has already secured an 18-acre site in New York that will be its second location. The New York development will open in early 2025. And it is currently halfway through the entitlement phase. The studio will again target LEED Gold certification and the 50% power requirements generated from renewable resources.
Stay tuned for more news from Electric Owl‘s grand opening next month!