It comes as no surprise to those of us living in Atlanta, that AMC finally decided to buy Raleigh Studios where the Walking Dead has been filming for the past 8 seasons. AMC’s cash cow show has brought growth, prosperity and recognition to Senoia. For those who remember, Senoia was a sleepy little town prior to AMC arriving. Retail stores numbered around 15, but now there’s over 50, along with a Walking Dead tour and a gift shop which brings in over 100,000 visitors each year.
While some of the residents had some minor grievances, about TWD invading Senoia, most of that has been worked out. Here’s some background on the studio as it has changed hands once before.
Scott Tigchelaar, who was the president of the studio until the sale on July 19th, bought it from his uncle Paul Lombardi and Lombardi’s father, Joe in 1989. Paul moved back to California several years ago where he still operates his special-effect business, Full Scale Effects.
According to The Atlanta Business Chronicle, the studio was sold for 8.25 million.
“Paul was at the point in his career where it made sense to sell the studio, and AMC was at a point in their show and their interest in Georgia where it made sense to buy it,” Tigchelaar said.
“Nothing is going to change, practically speaking,” Tigchelaar said. “It’s just an ownership change.” AMC is as committed to “The Walking Dead” and to Georgia as they always have been, he said. The show, now filming its eighth season, has been based in Senoia since Season Two, and takes up the entire studio.
According to those involved with the sale,and the show’s creators who include Robert Kirkman and Greg Nicotero, this opportunity guarantees that the show will have a secure future when it comes to filming in Senoia.
With the sale of the studio some of you might be wondering about an official Walking Dead tour. I’m sure that idea has already entered the minds of AMC marketing team. We’ll keep you in the loop as we get those details.