WEST POINT, Ga., March 13, 2009 — Electric Pictures, a Perth, Western Australia-based TV production company, visited Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) last week for a positive story as part of a world tour examining the current global economic situation. The KMMG story will be part of a documentary series scheduled to air this fall in Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom and various other markets across the world.
The documentary series is being directed by the award-winning Simon Nasht and presented by renowned Irish economist David McWilliams. Their purpose for visiting KMMG was to take a glimpse into the future of the automotive industry.
“We are really interested in the constructive aspect the Kia plant is having on West Point,” said Nasht. “We are interested in the Kia story being positive after all of the bad news coming out of Detroit.”
Along with visiting KMMG and West Point in the U.S., the five-person crew also visited San Francisco, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., New York City and Boston. During the visit to the U.S., interviews were also planned with Nobel Prize winner Robert Solow, economic adviser to the Obama Administration, Robert Reich and with Elizabeth Warren, chairperson of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).
After leaving the U.S., the crew will continue the three-part series in Europe and China.
“KMMG is pleased to be recognized both nationally and internationally as such a positive economic story during these tough economic times for a lot of companies,” said Randy Jackson, KMMG’s director of human resources and administration. “This documentary project will give Kia Motors, KMMG, the city of West Point, Troup County, the state of Georgia and our region great exposure across the entire world.”
“This just goes to show you how globalization impacts us all,” said West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson IV. “We are pleased to have this opportunity to show how a great international organization like Kia can do so much for a community.” Established in 1992 by Andrew Ogilvie, Electric Pictures is a company that produces factual programming for the international market place. Electric Pictures is one of Australia’s most highly regarded independents as a result of the production of award-winning factual programs in a range of genres including science, history, travel and adventure, sports, arts, human interest and current affairs.
Over the years Electric Pictures’ productions have been financed with the assistance of some of the world’s most respected broadcasters and distributors including ABC (Australia), BBC (U.K.), the Discovery Channel (U.S.), NHK (Japan), National Geographic (U.S.), OPB (U.S.), PBS (U.S.), SBS (Australia), RTHK (Hong Kong), ZDF (Germany), NDR (Germany), ARTE (France), Beyond Distribution (Australia), RDF International (U.K.) and Granada Media International (U.K.).
Joining Nasht and McWilliams for this documentary were Alison James (assistant director), Ulirich Krafzik (camera) and Christopher MacGregor (sound).
Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) is the first manufacturing site in North America for Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, Korea. KMMG is located on 2,200 acres in West Point, Georgia, and is scheduled to begin production in the last quarter of 2009. At full capacity, the plant will have the ability to produce 300,000 vehicles annually and employ approximately 2,500 team members.