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Oct. 16 – Savannah’s own Tytan Pictures is one of the ‘Hot’ companies in the local film scene

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PHOTO:  (L to R) Dr. Pam Gaudry and Scott Jacobs at the Illumination Awards in May when the film she had championed won. Photo by Andre Wolman.

By Lou Phelps, Savannah Business Journal

October 16, 2016 - The entertainment industry is a hotspot of innovation locally, and Savannah-based Tytan Pictures, with offices in Savannah and Atlanta, and co-owned by Scott Jacobs (pictured right), is one the leaders.

In June, Jacobs – along with his team and his father Ray Jacobs - cut the ribbon on a new project:  turning the old Putnam State Prison in Eatonton, GA. into a movie studio.  In March, the Eatonton City Council agreed to allow the Downtown Development Authority to lease the old prison to Tytan Pictures.

The film-production company has buzz circling around them nationally, as well.  Also in June , their film “Love, Sweat + Tears,” the game changer film about menopause, romance and women’s health “at a whole new level,” they state, won the JURY Award for best film at the Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, AZ on June 3, 2016.

The film features the late Joan Rivers, Rev June Gatlin  and Jenny McCarthy. Dr. Pam Gaudry (who is on a mission to educate all women about their health) was on fire and super passionate at the awards ceremony, according to Jacobs.

But, back to the company's plans in Georgia, the prison “was closed 12 years ago because it cost more to operate than larger, more modern prisons. Its closing cost Putnam County millions of dollars in lost services,” according to news stories published at the time by the The Eatonton Messenger.

After the ribbon-cutting, Stone said Tytan is not going to invest a lot of money to renovate the prison, “because film makers will want to change it. The sign says ‘Prison’ but they can and will make anything out of it – a school, a hospital, a prison, etc.,” he added.

“This will be an active film set people are going to love,” he told The Messenger.

Tytan also plans to transform a former aluminum plant on Oak Street in Putnam County for use as a sound stage and post production offices.  However, renovations on the aluminum plant will not begin immediately, either, because it already is slated to be used as is for a movie in the fall.

Ray Jacob is the father of Tytan cofounder and creative director Scott Jacobs, and the company’s executive vice president of brand strategy. He will be Tytan’s full-time representative in Eatonton and will work on branding the city, a stipulation of the Downtown Development Authority’s contract with Tytan.

Savannah attorney Charles Bowen, an actor, entertainment lawyer and founder of the Savannah Film Alliance, attended the June ribbon-cutting, and works closely with Jacobs on projects.

“A rising tide floats all boats and we’re going to all work together to bring more (movie makers) into Georgia,” according to Bowen.

The first movie to be produced in Eatonton by Tytan Pictures is “King Seed, The Movie.”

“The King Seed” is an action/thriller motion picture that will bring film makers from the U.S., England and Italy together in Georgia this fall, Pisano said. The cast already has been selected, and features actors who live in Georgia.  The PG13 movie will be directed by Italian Director Antonio Baiocco. There is a Facebook page for “King Seed, The Movie,” for the latest information.

Jacobs also owns Tytan Creates, a Savannah-based ad agency and creative firm. 

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