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Creative Industries

Nov 19, 2021

Another writer who wore the ring

Though well known for his fiction set in the Charleston area, Citadel graduate Pat Conroy wasn’t the only writer to wear the ring. Another writer who graduated from South Carolina’s military college and outsold Conroy by tens of millions of copies wove stories across 14 books in a fantasy series known as The Whe[...]

Sep 16, 2021

SC receives bonus $15M to film new series, movies

South Carolina is doubling down on its investments in the state’s film industry – at least for this year. Thanks to an overflow of admissions tax revenue, state legislature has given the S.C. Film Commission an extra $15 million, one-time allocation to help attract new projects. The funds come on top of the commissio[...]

Jul 29, 2021

Obviouslee acquires Charleston-based outdoor PR firm

  Lee Deas obviously has something to celebrate.  Her marketing and design company, Obviouslee, has acquired Charleston-based Groundswell PR, an outdoor and active lifestyle public relations company, the firm said in a news release.   Obviouslee and Groundswell will combine [...]

Jul 20, 2021

Spoleto appoints new general director after 10-month international search

Spoleto Festival USA has appointed a new general director. Mena Mark Hanna comes to Charleston from Berlin’s Barenboim-Said Akademie, where he served as founding dean and professor of musicology and composition, Spoleto said in a news release. Hanna has more than 10 years’ experience working within the performing arts field both as a leader and […]

May 28, 2021

Women find entrepreneurial traction despite ‘statistic’

By Teri Errico Griffis and Molly Hulsey Margaret Godowns had no idea how bored she was in her job until she left last spring and started her own company. Her role as a project manager at a Charleston technology company offered great benefits, flexibility and stability in an unpredictable time, but the pandemic accelerated a [&he[...]

May 13, 2021

S.C. Indie Grant films selected for Tribeca Film Festival

Two South Carolina Indie Grants short films have been selected for the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. The 20th annual festival held June 9-20 in New York City is the first major film festival to be held in person since the pandemic started. Indie Grants is a job and career training program established by the S.C. Film Com[...]

Apr 28, 2021

Mount Pleasant plans for more filming with updated ordinances

Mount Pleasant is preparing for even more production studios to film in the area. Following the successful shooting of Netflix’s Outer Banks and HBO’s Righteous Gemstones in the Lowcountry, Mount Pleasant Town Council is amending an ordinance for filming permits in order to protect the town and its residents. Cu[...]

Apr 21, 2021

Lights, Camera, Attraction

Investors plan film production facilty in West Ashley By Teri Errico Griffis tgriffis@scbiznews.com South Carolina has award-winning hotels and airports that appeal to production companies, but the state lacks the studio space to knock its attraction out of the park, S.C. Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Duane Parrish said[...]

Mar 31, 2021

SPECIAL REPORT: Limited incentives keep state’s film industry from growing beyond its means

South Carolina needs a bigger boat. The turning point in Jaws, the 1975 blockbuster about a megashark terrorizing a small island, came with an ad-libbed line of dialogue from one of the actors. Leading up to the moment the main characters hunt the ocean for the great white, trying to capture or kill the beast, […]

Mar 29, 2021

Johnson stepping down from SC Biz News after 26 years

SC Biz News CEO and Group Publisher Grady Johnson is leaving the business he helped found after 26 years. An entrepreneur who owned several businesses before joining the Charleston Regional Business Journal in 1995 with founder Bill Settlemyer, Johnson started as a salesperson. Johnson led SC Biz through a massive expansion[...]