It’s impossible to miss film crews taking over the streets of Atlanta – not to mention the traffic from rubberneckers trying to catch a glimpse of the stars. In 2015 alone, georgia.gov accounted for a $6 billion economic impact from film and television productions. With the hustle and bustle of our newfound ATLWood comes the demand for services like: catering, makeup, dry cleaning, childcare, and yep, even our beloved high-speed data services. Enter One Ring Networks, a seasoned company offering fast paced, large-scale tech solutions for blockbuster film sets. We recently caught up with the Vice President to get a behind-the-scenes look at how they are keeping up with the entertainment industry.
VP, Kris Maher, is One Ring’s industry pioneer with over a decade of experience. One Ring shines brighter than its competitors, supporting films like Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire, Anchorman 2 and Need for Speed. As Maher explains, “most movies and TV shows are now filmed in digital and there is a huge need for high speed data services to upload large files (dailies). One of the problems the film industry is facing is that traditionally, in order to get a high-speed data service, a business/production needed to sign a long-term (12, 24 or 36 month) contract. Most movies being filmed are typically in production for 2 to 6 months. We offer fiber and fixed wireless delivery, giving customers high-speed data circuits, diversity and redundancy, delivered in a fraction of the time of traditional carriers (AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink).”
“In addition to the long-term agreement, fiber services can take up to 120 days to deliver. As more and more productions started choosing Georgia as their home, we recognized that our fixed wireless data circuits worked perfectly to solve both of these issues. Since we built and own our entire wireless network, we are able to install circuits within days instead of months. It’s also relatively easy to move the services once a production wraps, so we were able to create a short term package specifically catered to the film and event industry.”
Now that Georgia offers a 30% tax incentive for all TV shows and movies filmed in state, the rise in demand for high speed data services continues to rise – and One Ring is poised to take over. Since the company’s founding in 2005, One Ring has serviced over 50 movie/television productions, and are currently working with large production studios, and music and food festivals.