Movie moguls shift focus from religion to production business

Tamara Race

Hollywood movie executives eager to build a movie studio campus in South Plymouth have formed a new company to focus on the project.

The new company, Plymouth Rock Studios, is a shift from Good News Holdings, a Christian movie production company formed two years ago by several former executives of other prominent movie companies.

Good News Holdings founders David Kirkpatrick, Martha Cotton and others who are pushing the plan formed Plymouth Rock Studios.

The company will focus on building an all-digital movie and television studio facility on 1,000 acres of town-owned land off Route 25 in Plymouth.

Company officials say the new studio will enable New England to expand on its already-growing role in the TV and movie industry.

Until now, the project was known only by the codename Project Julia, a reference to actress Julia Roberts.

“The announcement of Plymouth Rock Studios is yet another great milestone for this effort,” Kirkpatrick said in a press release. “We wanted the name to reflect the role that Plymouth – both through its history and culture as well as the wonderful enthusiasm of its residents – has played in the development of this project.”

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