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Lee Thomas

Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office

Lee Thomas is the deputy commissioner at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and division director of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office.

A native Atlantan, Thomas received a bachelor’s degree in Radio -TV-Film from the University of Georgia, and returned to Atlanta to earn master’s degree in Film Studies from Georgia State University. In 1992, she entered the Tisch School of the Arts Doctoral Program in Cinema Studios at New York University, then began a job at the Brooklyn Arts Council.

She returned to Atlanta in 1996 to work for the Georgia Film and Videotape Office as a project manager, and then became a location specialist for the office in 1998. After finding locations for film and television projects for 12 years, she became director of the film division in 2010, and was then promoted to director of Film, Music and Digital Entertainment in 2011.

Thomas has worked with many films, including “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Blind Side,” “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” “Footloose,” “Fast 5,” “The Conspirator,” and “Zombieland.”