Contact: Jennifer Huber, Tourism Public Relations Manager
Charlotte County, Florida Hires
Director of Film, Television and Digital Media
Film Industry Expert Brings 27 Years of Experience to Southwest Florida
CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (Dec. 3, 2012) – The Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau is proud to announce the hiring of Mr. Jerry Jones as the new Charlotte County Director of Film, Television and Digital Media. Mr. Jones’ primary responsibility will be bringing motion picture, television and commercial production to Charlotte County. Mr. Jones brings 27 years of experience in the film and entertainment industry to Charlotte County. His most recent position was Director of the Missouri Film Office.
The promotion of Charlotte Harbor as a film, episodic television and commercial location has the potential to bring additional revenue to Charlotte County. Because Charlotte County is considered an underutilized area by Film Florida, filmmakers who shoot here are eligible for an additional 5 percent incentive from the state.
“Although this is a part-time position, our hope is this will bring significant production to Charlotte County. We’re very fortunate Mr. Jones decided to make Charlotte County his home and bring his vast experience and knowledge to this position,” said Lorah Steiner, Tourism Director for the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau, “Including salary, travel expenses and promotions, $27,681 has been budgeted for the position with hopes it will bring enough production to the County to warrant a full-time position.”
About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands offers a pristine unspoiled beauty that has served as the backdrop for seven major feature films as well as countless memorable vacations. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named to SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” The city of Punta Gorda was named in one of “Top Ten Places to Retire Healthy” by U.S. News & World Report. Englewood was named as #2 of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com.
For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau, 18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B104, Port Charlotte, FL 33948; 941-743-1900, or call toll free at 1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor’s Guide; or visit the website at www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com