There’s been a tremendous amount of careful thought put into how the film and television production industry gets back to work in this unprecedented time. Across the industry, companies, unions, professional organizations and others are analyzing the best safety measures to put into place as the industry gets back to work.
For the past several months, that’s exactly what we’ve been doing, too.
Our commitment is to keep the safety of our employees, clients, and everyone on the EUE/Screen Gems lots our No. 1 priority. We’re following CDC workplace guidelines, revising our operational guidelines, training employees and making improvements to our physical facilities. You’ll find our employees wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and in every way putting safety first.
We look forward to working with all our clients, those who’ve just joined us and those who’ve been loyal for years. We’re ready to get back to work.
At the age of 18, Ben Patel traveled from Madison, GA, to India, where he was born. The extreme poverty he witnessed during his month in India changed the trajectory of his life, and in the process, the lives of many who live in the rural Georgia town he’s called home since he was seven years old.
As the owner of B.I. Production Works, a transportation company that serves film and television productions throughout Georgia, Ben is committed to creating long-term, stable jobs in Madison. In the last U.S. Census, the population of the town barely hit 4,000.
“We’re bringing dreams to families who couldn’t ever envision this type of success,” says Ben, now a 33-year-old father of two. “There are certainly jobs in Madison, but many of those jobs have been taken for years. We’re creating new opportunities that make dreams come true.”
Ben credits his introduction to Georgia’s film and TV production industry — and his entrepreneurial spirit — to his long-time mentor, Paul Paschal, who owned a dry-cleaning business in Madison that employed Ben’s parents. As a teen, Ben also worked there, and witnessed the dry cleaner’s business boom with wardrobe cleaning for productions such as “Driving Miss Daisy,” “In the Heat of the Night,” and “We Are Marshall.”
It was while delivering wardrobe to EUE/Screen Gems Atlanta, then hosting “Hunger Games,” that Ben looked around and saw the opportunity for a transportation company serving productions. Today, his dry-cleaning days are behind him, and he’s staked his future on B.I. Productions. It’s a move that pushed his family out of poverty, and allowed him to more than triple his business income.
And it allowed him to hire even more residents of Madison.
“This small rural town is full of tradesman,” says Ben, who employees about 25 Madison residents. “I’m putting the vision on the table, and they are bringing the skills together to make it work.
“I took the idea of the American dream, and I made it possible for me. And I’m committed to making it real for others, too.”