Shelbia Jackson Named Director of the DeKalb Entertainment Commission

Shelbia Jackson Named Director of the DeKalb Entertainment Commission

ATLANTA, June 27, 2018 – Shelbia Jackson has been named Director of the DeKalb Entertainment Commission ( The Commission is the primary driving force charged with attracting and expanding businesses supporting the film, television, music and digital entertainment industry in DeKalb County. She had previously been a Project Coordinator with the Decide DeKalb Development Authority (DDDA), the county’s economic development department.

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Report: Entertainment Offered $1.9 Billion Economic Impact to DeKalb in 2016

The DeKalb Entertainment Commission (DEC) this week released the results of baseline research it’s conducted on the economic impact of the entertainment industry in the county. The numbers already show a positive impact of $1.98 billion in 2016 and a 12 percent growth in industry jobs from 2011-16.

11Alive (WXIA-TV/NBC) (7/5/18)

Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Commission estimates that every job created locally in the entertainment industry generates 1.45 additional jobs in other areas. A number of job categories saw growth, particularly in motion picture and video production and positions for independent artists, writers and performers.

Since its launch in 2017, the Commission has been creating more effective systems for connecting with local businesses in film, television, music and digital gaming. DEC is building opportunities for collaboration, while supporting the creation of opportunities for DeKalb residents to participate in this booming entertainment industry.

It is estimated that this strong growth will continue as the Commission offers workshops and training for local business, educates residents on available opportunities, and networks with key industry players.

The report showed that 5689 jobs generated an additional 8711 jobs. Even with these impressive numbers, the Commission says this initial baseline is very conservative.

DeKalb Entertainment Commission Director Shelbia Jackson says: “As the Commission better integrates unincorporated DeKalb and cities into our reporting, we expect the economic impact numbers to become more accurate and to rise.”


May 24: Career Fair at MomoCon Connects Fans to Companies in Tech, Media, Gaming, Entertainment

May 24: Career Fair at MomoCon Connects Fans to Companies in Tech, Media, Gaming, Entertainment

ATLANTA, May 8, 2018 — Leaders in Georgia’s entertainment industry will host a STE(A)M Career Fair for game developers, programmers, software designers and digital engineers during the 2018 MomoCon Entertainment and Media Career Fair in downtown Atlanta. MomoCon — an animation, anime, gaming and comic convention — brings 90,000 attendees to Atlanta from across the country and runs May 24-27 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The half-day event on May 24 is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Career Fair is free for MomoCon attendees and the general public seeking occupations in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Participants can register here.

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DeKalb Entertainment Commission and ChooseATL Announce Cydnei Chyan as Winner of “ChooseATL Tracklanta” Music Competition

DeKalb Entertainment Commission and ChooseATL Announce Cydnei Chyan as Winner of “ChooseATL Tracklanta” Music Competition

Chyan Will Perform at ChooseATL House at SXSW on March 12 and Will Receive Recording Session with Music Engineer Bill Zimmerman at Callanwolde’s New Recording and Mixing Studio; Competition Was Open To Amateur Musicians In Greater Atlanta Area

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Largest Sci-Fi Convention in DeKalb coming this weekend!

Expo logoFor the fourth year, the Atlanta Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo will celebrate pop culture creators with a family-friendly event at DeKalb’s North DeKalb Mall. Artists, writers, actors, game designers, animators, modelers, costumers and fans will gather to share their craft, instruct and inspire others to explore their own fannish interests. Held March 3 – 4, 2018, the two-day event will again feature panels, workshops, gaming tournaments, live entertainment and a dealer’s room. The event is free and open to the public.

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DEC Brings Wakanda to Atlanta for Black Panther Screening

The Phoenix Leadership Foundation and the DeKalb Entertainment Commission brought Wakanda to Atlanta with a special screening of the new Black Panther movie for local high school students. 700 students from six Dekalb County schools and six Atlanta Public Schools viewed the critically acclaimed Marvel Blockbuster film.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Wakanda for a Day? Area students view Black Panther in style

WABE – Atlanta is Wakanda – Black Panther movie screened for 700 local high school students

Oz Magazine (below)





DEC partners with ChooseATL on SXSW emerging artist competition

the DeKalb Entertainment Commission and ChooseATL have announced a partnership to host “ChooseATL Tracklanta,” a competition to find outstanding musical talent — of any genre — in the metropolitan Atlanta region (MSA). The winner will perform at the ChooseATL House at SXSW on Monday, March 12, 2018, in Austin, TX.

Submissions for the competition will be accepted via SoundCloud beginning on Tuesday, February 13, and will conclude at midnight on Friday, February 23, 2018.  There is no entry fee, but entrants must be an amateur, unsigned musician(s) not associated with a label or distribution company. All applicants must also be residents of the metro-Atlanta area. Details here.

The winner of the competition will also receive rehearsal time at Atlanta’s Stage Audio Production in preparation for SXSW, and a recording session with Grammy Award-winning, Atlanta-based music/audio engineer Bill Zimmerman at Callanwolde Fine Art Center‘s new recording and mixing studio at the Rick Baker School of Music and Music Recording. Zimmerman works as a freelance engineer and assistant to Phil Tan, where he has assisted on recent projects for Fifth Harmony, Coldplay, Zara Larsson among others.

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Feb. 8: Creative Xpo Showcases Georgia’s Entertainment, Digital Media, Arts, Tech Industries

DeKalb Entertainment Commission Among Exhibitors, Attendees will Learn and Collaborate with Demonstrations, Exhibits, Panels, Industry Insights

What: Creative Xpo is an interactive event that will showcase Georgia expertise in a range of creative fields, including film and tv production, animation, art, game design, programming, web design and more. Attendees will play, learn, collaborate and participate in demonstrations, exhibits and panels.

The new DeKalb Entertainment Commission will be among the Creative Xpo’s exhibitors. The Commission is charged with stimulating economic growth across the county in film, television, music and digital entertainment.

When: February 8, 2018, 6 – 10 p.m.

Where:  Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Panel Topics Include:

  • Start-Up Investing in Digital Media, Art, Tech & Entertainment
  • Building Your Digital Profile
  • Creating Your Personal Brand

Tickets: $10, $20. Link: