On Thursday, August 29th, 2013 Medient Studios broke ground for its production facility on a 1,550 acre tract of land near the community of Meldrim in Southern Effingham County. The project represents a $90 million investment and is expected to create 1,000 permanent jobs. These jobs will be related to Film and Electronic Video Game Production and Administrative services. Other indirect and induced jobs will be created throughout the entire Savannah area as the project moves forward. The campus will be environmentally friendly, with columns that harness solar energy and the exclusion of vehicles that operate on fossil fuels, and will include health care, day care, schooling, shopping and housing for workers and their families. In addition to making eight to 10 movies a year, the company will produce video games at the site. Medient’s management team has a combined 150 years of experience in the production and/or financing of over 250 films. Medient Studios is a global film production and distribution company with a strong presence in the world’s two largest movie markets – North America and India. Manu Kumaran, Medient’s chief executive officer, hopes to make movies at the site by the end of the first quarter of 2014.
Among the attendees of the groundbreaking were the entire Effingham County Commission, the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority Board, Jay Self, the Film Service Director for the City of Savannah, Beda Johnson ,the Tourism Division Director for the Ga department of Economic Development, Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie and State Reps. Jon Burns, Bill Hitchens, among many. For job information, please visit medient.com