If you are working for a current actor, director, or producer, it’s likely you will be managing on-location transitions for your employer. They will want the same level of luxury, quality, and service at their temporary abode as they do at home. Typically, studio features are on-location 3-4 months and TV Series up to 8 months, possibly longer if the Series is picked up for an additional season or they add additional episodes on at the end of initial timing. In Atlanta, Hamilton Wilson Properties, is the premier short-term luxury housing firm.
I didn’t start out on this path. In 2010, a friend was moving from his condo into a new home. At the time, the market was nonexistent and the thought of selling was not on the table as the property was valued $125K less than its purchase price. By chance, a production friend in LA called him asking about leasing it fully furnished for the Director of a feature film that would be shooting in Atlanta: Footloose. My friend didn’t need the furniture in his new home and liked the idea. As I have been a prominent Midtown Realtor for years, he asked me if I would be willing to managing leasing the property for to the Director for him, and hopefully keep it filled once he was gone 3 months later.
Over the course of 4 years, I have become the go-to guy for fully furnished housing for Talent and Above the Line production with a housing allowance. I have grown from that 1 property to a list of over 75 properties that I have access to for both accommodations and production. These properties range from one bedroom fully-furnished crew condos to luxury Buckhead penthouses and entire estates in the best neighborhoods. Monthly rates range from $2K to a smaller one bedroom apartment to $45K for a full-service Estate.
I have enjoyed working with every major studio and distributor on studio features and indies, lots of scripted TV series, and with our booming reality TV industry. My clients include well known industry giants such as Lionsgate, Sony, Disney, Fox, Tyler Perry, BET. Some recent films we housed include The Hunger Games, Divergent, Fast and Furious, and Paul Rudd’s Ant Man, here now. Many more TV Series are coming to Atlanta and they are in residence much longer than a Feature Films. We managed The Walking Dead from the beginning and this past season sourced housing for Drop Dead Diva, Devious Maids, The Originals, Vampire Diaries, Red Road, Resurrection, and Red Band Society, along with a slew of reality shows as well.
Most of the logistics are handled through the production company, so an estate manager should reach out to the production manager to connect with us. The Studio either pays entirely up front including the deposit to the owner or will pay monthly as in a traditional lease. The property lease typically includes everything the Tenant needs to live comfortably while here filming, including fully furnished home, all linens and kitchenware. Utilities, basic cable and standard WiFi are also included in the lease. Any upgrades such as premium cable or faster internet speeds are up to the tenant, but we can help facilitate that. Housekeeping services are also managed and paid for directly by the Tenant, and we have great resources to refer to the estate management team or assistants.
I am proud to write that I have gained a stellar reputation because of my thoroughness, trust, level of dependable service, immediate response time, and by the ease of getting through the transaction process. I truly enjoy my work and this shows in the number of referrals I receive daily from contacts in LA and NY. From hands-on experience, I now have a great understanding of the production process which is also key in becoming successful in this industry. Especially in a town where everyone knows each other and talks…allot!
Our firm specializes in Sellers and Buyers agency, Property Management, Investment Properties, Commercial Leasing, Sales and Rentals. Being a small firm we are able to offer a wider array of services that you might not find in a larger firm. Our broker has over 20 years of commercial real estate experience.
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