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City of Phoenix Welcomes New AZ State Film OfficeCity of Phoenix Welcomes New AZ State Film Office<div class="ExternalClass79D3EB920D5D49E7B2F5950F58D9F960"><p>​The City of Phoenix Film Office is pleased to welcome Studio 48, the new Arizona Office of Film and Media under the direction of Matthew Earl Jones.  The new office will play a vital role in promoting and attracting film and media industry projects into the state by providing coordination among various public agencies.</p><p>Arizona has a strong history within the traditional studio film industry and has continued to evolve with industry trends to become a sought after location to host new multimedia projects such as commercials, webisodes, reality TV, documentaries, still photography and corporate/industrials (to name a few).  With our rich natural resources, varying topography, distinctive architectural styles and skilled crew and talented actors, we continue to draw productions into the state.  </p><p>Since the closure of the former State Film Office in 2010, the Phoenix Film Office and partner agencies in other cities such as Tucson, Flagstaff, Wickenburg and Prescott have assisted production companies with permits and other requests, providing assistance within their respective jurisdictions.  </p><p>"The return of a State Film Office is a welcome addition to the state's multimedia industry.  Since the office's closure, the existing municipal film offices around the state have been filling the void that was created.  Now there is a true champion for the Arizona multimedia industry and we look forward to working with the office to not only attract more projects, but create a clear picture of the impact of the industry on the State" remarked Phil Bradstock, Phoenix Film Commissioner.  </p><p><strong><em>About the City of Phoenix Film Office</em></strong></p><p><em>The Phoenix Film Office is located in the Community and Economic Development Department.</em><em>  </em><em>The office is the central point of contact for all commercial productions and represents all city departments within Phoenix.</em><em>  </em><em>It issues the Phoenix Film and Digital Media Permit which grants access to city-owned properties such as (but not limited to) streets, sidewalks, libraries, parks, airports and facilities.</em><em>  </em><em>For more information on the Phoenix Film Office, please visit </em><a href="http://www.filmphoenix.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em>www.filmphoenix.com</em></span></a><em>.</em></p><p><em>The Greater Phoenix multimedia industry had an impact of more than $28 million in direct spending to the local economy during fiscal year 2015-16.</em><em>  </em><em>Multimedia, in all its forms employed 4,308 skilled technicians and actors spanning a total of 421 projects.</em><em>  </em><em>The Phoenix Film Office assisted in bringing Transformers V to Phoenix which had a significant impact on the fiscal year totals.</em><em>  </em></p></div>12/1/2016 7:00:00 AMPhil Bradstock - 602-361-4453Cynthia Weaver - 602-568-8126