Welcome back to another engaging episode of Dunwoody Dialogues!cmii
In this episode, we are excited to introduce Brennen Dicker, the Executive Director of the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) at Georgia State University (GSU). Join us as we dive into the dynamic world of emerging media technologies and the pivotal role CMII plays in shaping the next generation of storytellers.

Brennen Dicker is at the forefront of media innovation, leading CMII, the most diverse media institute in the country. With a mission to teach nearly 1,000 students the art of storytelling through emerging technologies like AR, VR, and gaming, CMII is shaping the next generation of media professionals. Before GSU, Brennen was General Manager for SIM International Atlanta, working on high-profile productions like "The Originals," "Stranger Things," and "Get Out." His extensive experience spans across roles at Crawford Media Services and American Mongrel Productions, with notable industry awards and leadership positions in various film and technology boards.
In this interview, Brennen discusses the evolution of film production, the impact of virtual production and visual effects, and the significant role that CMII plays in fostering a diverse and innovative media landscape. Learn about the exciting opportunities CMII provides, including hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology and collaborations with industry giants like Francis Ford Coppola.
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Additionally, Brennen reflects on the significant impact of Georgia’s film and television tax incentive on the local industry. He explains how this incentive has attracted numerous productions to the state, creating a thriving workforce and boosting the economy. From rural areas like Valdosta to urban centers like Atlanta, the benefits of this incentive are widespread, contributing to job creation and economic growth across various sectors.
Tune in to hear more about Brennen Dicker’s journey, the transformative work happening at CMII, and the exciting future of media and entertainment in Georgia. Discover how CMII is bridging the gap between academia and industry, fostering talent, and driving innovation in Georgia’s creative landscape. Whether you’re a student, an industry professional, or simply a fan of film and television, this episode offers valuable insights into the creative media landscape and the opportunities it holds. 

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