STZ Media and Entertainment officially opened Studio Z in Tucker, Ga. last week. The following is the press release and interview with the owners Stan Bowman and Charles Pinckney from The Dekalb county Champion newspaper.
Posted by Carla Parker on September 27, 2013 In March, Stan Bowman, 48, was laid off his job as an engineer for AT&T.
On Sept. 21, Bowman and his business partner Charles C. Pinckney hosted a grand opening
for their new production studio Studio Z, in Tucker. Studio Z is a 3,835-
square-foot facility located at 2040 Steel Drive off Lawrenceville Highway.
The studio can be rented and offers a photography studio, classroom, break room and production
facilities for video and commercial shoots. With production studio space in high demand in the metro
Atlanta area, Bowman and Pinckney
chose to open the location based on Tucker’s interstate access, business network and
the continued growth of the community.
Bowman, who is known around Atlanta and in the entertainment world as “Stan the Zombie,” said
the community ofTucker has been very welcoming.
“I’ve met some of the other small business owners and some of the members of the DeKalb Chamber of
Commerce,” he said. “Tucker is a lot better than I thought. There seems to be a lot of community spirit here.
I’ve had nothing but a positive experience here.”
From left, Stan Bowman and Charles C. Pinckney hosted a grand opening for their new production studio,
Studio Z, in Tucker. Photo by Carla Parker
Bowman has been performing as Stan the Zombie since he was 17 years old. He is known as one of the best
zombie characters in Atlanta and has won a lot of awards for his act, including an award from the
Days of the Dead Atlanta.
He has performed at the annual Dragon Con convention in Atlanta and has been featured on independent shows and commercials,including a commercial for MARTA. He said when he realized that his job at AT&T
was coming to an end he decided to do Stan the Zombie full time and start working on getting a studio.
“I decided not to pursue another career in engineering and go after art full time,” he said. “I started photography
seven years ago and acting three years ago. I got a severance package from AT&T, paid off most of my
debt and poured a lot of the money into the studio and started this venture.”
Bowman began looking for studio space in April and came across the empty suite that is surrounded by
“I saw this place, came by and looked at it and said we can make this work,” he said. “This will be a good start.”
Pinckney, who owns a photography business, said when he met Bowman six years ago he saw a lot of potential
“He had just started out doing Stan the Zombie full time and I saw a lot of potential in him becoming quite popular
in the public eye and hopefully famous,” Pinckney said.
Bowman and Pinckney began making plans for Studio Z two years ago.
“[The studio] came into fruition this year and we started building it in June,” Pinckney said. “We put a lot of blood,
sweat and tears into this place and here it is our grand opening.”
The grand opening included a tour of the studio and a party where some of Bowman’s friends and associates
dressed up as zombies.
Bowman said he will start preproduction this month on Stan the Zombie the Movie. If the movie is
successful Bowman will use some of the capital from the movie to open a second studio.
“[Studio Z] is like a starter home,” he said. “We’ll gauge it and see how we do here and if we really do well with
the movie we would like to open a second studio and build that one from the ground up.