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CIM Group loans $72M for Cinelease studios expansion in Covington
Cinelease Three Ring
Cinelease Studios Three Ring plans to expand its Covington campus by 2023. - photo by Special to The News

COVINGTON, Ga. — Cinelease Studios Three Ring plans to use a $72 million loan to expand its campus with 250,000 square feet of sound stages, 175,000 square feet of support space, and 100,000 square feet of office space.

CIM Group, a real estate and infrastructure owner, operator, lender and developer, announced Thursday, Dec. 2, that a CIM-managed fund has closed the loan to a joint venture between Woodvale and Timber Hill using Cinelease Studios Three Ring as collateral, a news release stated.

Loan proceeds will be used for the recapitalization of existing Phase I operations and subsequent construction of Phase II to expand site capacity and capabilities for the 160-acre film production complex in Covington, the release stated.

Located at 11642 Georgia Hwy. 142, Cinelease Studios Three Ring is a purpose-built media campus constructed for television, film, and custom content creation. 

Phase I of the studio was built in 2017 and currently offers 110,000 square feet of sound stage space, 60,000 square feet of support space, 30,000 square feet of office, and 600 parking spaces on 50 acres.

Los Angeles-based CIM Group is an active lender that through its CIM Real Estate Debt Solutions business has originated more than $2.25 billion of commercial real estate loans year-to-date in 2021. 

CIM Group seeks to provide senior and subordinate transitional bridge loans for commercial real estate projects with strong sponsors.

“CIM Group applies its broad experience as an owner, operator, and developer of all types of commercial real estate to its lending strategy, and believes this helps differentiate the company from many other debt providers,” the release stated. 

“Through mortgage and mezzanine loans, affiliates of CIM provide bridge and construction financing to owners and developers of commercial real estate in major markets across the United States and works with borrowers to offer an array of lending solutions.”

To learn more about CIM Group’s credit strategies, visit