On this CEO Exclusive, we discuss trends in the entertainment industry, including how Georgia is now one of the biggest entertainment industry locations, with Executive Director of the Dekalb Entertainment Commission, Shelbia Jackson, and Sonja Szubski, City Community Connector with the City of Tucker.
Shelbia Jackson is the Director of the DeKalb Entertainment Commission. The Commission is the primary driving force charged with attracting and expanding businesses supporting the film, television, music and digital entertainment industry in DeKalb County. She had previously been a Project Coordinator with the Decide DeKalb Development Authority (DDDA), the county’s economic development department.
Jackson is responsible for the coordination of all television and film projects produced in unincorporated DeKalb County as well as the facilitation of film permits from its 13 cities and unique communities. She also oversees the development and sponsorship of programs, events and partnerships that support DeKalb’s creative community in the areas of film, television, music and digital entertainment.
She served more than ten years as a public servant with DDDA and was the leader in establishing the DeKalb Entertainment Commission. She manages the Commission’s $305,000 budget.
Jackson has served on several Transportation Infrastructure, Tourism and Culture, and Community Enhancements Task Forces for DeKalb Economic Strategic Plan Implementation. She was recently named to Leadership DeKalb’s Class of 2019.
Sonja Szubski became the City Community Connector for the City of Tucker in the summer of 2017 and has been working on bridging the relationships between the City and community organizations. This entails speaking and partnering with local organizations and coordinating community events for the residents of Tucker and the surrounding areas.