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Trilith Unveiled: Purpose-Built Master Development for Creative Industries

Trilith Unveiled: Purpose-Built Master Development for Creative Industries

7 October 2020

Atlanta-based Founders of Pinewood Atlanta Studios and Pinewood Forest Bring New Vision for “Live and Work” Concept to Life

Today, the Atlanta-based founders of Pinewood Atlanta Studios, one of the largest purpose-built studios in North America and home to blockbuster films like Avengers:
Endgame, and Pinewood Forest, a 235-acre New Urbanist town, unveiled a live-work concept called Trilith. This new 935-acre master development includes the studio, now called Trilith Studios, as well as a slate of vendor businesses, custom homes and micro-villages, chef-driven restaurants and thought-leading schools, all aimed at servicing the film and creative industries.

The name Trilith, which conjures the iconic three-stone structure of Stonehenge, is emblematic of the
three pillars of creativity behind it: storytelling, purpose-built places and emerging technology. “A trilith
is an appropriate symbol for our new identity as it represents a nod to our U.K. history while serving
as a metaphor for the three pillars of our vision, ” said Frank Patterson, president and CEO of Trilith
Studios, LLC. “The new Trilith Studios brand signals to the entertainment industry our expansion from
a facilities business to an ecosystem intentionally built for the creative industries.”

To promote the growth of the ecosystem at Trilith Studios, Patterson and development partners are
building more than 220,000 square feet of new, innovative spaces on its 700-acre campus, including a
Creative Office Centre designed to house content and technology companies and 60,000 square feet
of smart stages with virtual production technologies designed to fit any budget. Recently, the studio
developed and launched a first-of-its-kind virtual LED stage that offers the highest quality production
values in the industry to films and shows of any size. In January, the studio began a series of strategic
investments in content and technology companies to expand its business ecosystem, with initial
investments in Believe Entertainment Group, best known for the Academy Award winning Dear
Basketball , and Sutikki, a kids entertainment company known for the preschool TV series Moon and Me.

Trilith developers aim to connect business with lifestyle through a European-inspired town that serves
as the development’s cultural center. Construction on the exquisitely-designed walkable community
began two years ago with plans to house 5,000 residents in 1,400 homes, including 600 multi-family
homes, that were imagined to accommodate the price sensitivities of creatives in all stages of their
careers – from micro-homes, canopy homes and townhomes, to custom-designed single family
homes and estates. The town recently launched the locally owned Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar,
which is the first of 12 innovative food concepts that will complement the shops to be located in Town
Centre, a 270,000 square feet retail development. “We are excited about making a spectacular
gathering place where professionals in the creative industries – and anyone who appreciates
storytelling and innovation – will feel inspired and at home,” said Rob Parker, president of Town at
Trilith, LLC.

The residential neighborhoods at Trilith comprise the largest geothermal community in the United
States, with 51% of the development dedicated to green space, and is currently home to more than
1,000 trees. Residents have access to 15 miles of nature trails, 54 acres of forest, 19 superbly
landscaped parks, and one of the most sophisticated and welcoming dog parks in the world.
“Everything we build is intended to endure and thrive, even 100 years from now,” said Parker.


From its inception, Trilith developers focused on fitness, wellness, and education, so the town is home
to the Piedmont Wellness Center, a 60,000 square foot world class fitness facility, a K-12 micro
school with a story arts focus and learner-driven technology called The Forest School, and the
University of Georgia’s MFA program in Screenwriting. The Georgia Film Academy, which was
founded by the state’s University System and the Technical College System in 2014 to meet
workforce needs for the film and creative industries, has its largest campus at Trilith that includes a
soundstage, workshops, post facilities and classrooms. In 2021, Parker and development partners
plan to build a 180-room boutique hotel, a 120-room select service hotel, a nine-screen luxury cinema
and an 18,000 square foot sound stage to host industry and arts-related events in the town.

Trilith developers expect the expansion of the studios and growth of the town to increase the value
proposition for producers of big budget films and television shows. “We’ve been producing movies at
this amazing Atlanta studio since the day it opened in 2014,” said David Grant, VP of Physical
Production of Marvel Studios. “We look forward to producing more great work at Trilith and expect to
benefit from the new world-class facilities, technologies and expanding business ecosystem.”
Trilith will be responsible for creating more than 7,000 jobs, including those related to the 60-plus
businesses located on site. Trilith’s business ecosystem attracts investment capital, innovators, and
entertainment-related businesses which in turn support the educational goals of the Georgia Film
Academy, Fayette County Public Schools and the University of Georgia.
The U.K-based Pinewood Group Limited recently sold its stake in Pinewood Atlanta to its
Atlanta-based partners. For more information, please visit www.trilithstudios.com

About Trilith
Trilith is a 935-acre master development designed for the creative industries, located in South Metro
Atlanta and comprises businesses, homes, facilities and lifestyle resources. Trilith includes a 235-acre
European-inspired town exquisitely designed for 5,000 residents to live in 1,400 homes, which were
imagined to accommodate the price sensitivities of creatives in all stages of their careers – from
micro-homes, canopy homes and townhomes, to custom designed single family homes and estate
homes. It is also the location of Trilith Studios, one of the largest purpose-built movie studios in North
America and home to blockbuster films and independent shows like Avengers: Endgame,
Zombieland: Double Tap , and Moon and Me . Set across 700 acres, Trilith Studios has more than one
million square feet of production facilities, including 18 premium sound stages, construction
workshops, costume shops, virtual production technologies, and an extensive 400-acre backlot. Trilith
Studios is a one-stop-shop for producers with more than 40 production vendors onsite, including
Technicolor, MBS Equipment Company, SGPS/ShowRig, Herc Rentals, and The Third Floor.
For more information, visit www.Trilith.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.