Exploring Entertainment in Florida's 850 & Beyond
The Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council is thrilled to announce that its Film Commissioner, Gail Morgan, was recently elected to Film Florida’s 2015-2016 Board of Directors, specifically within the association’s Film Commission Council. Gail has led the Emerald Coast Film Commission for the past five years, overseeing all of the many television, film and advertising shoots that have taken place within the destination. Film Florida announced the election of the board during its annual meeting (June 28-30, 2015) at The Treasury in St. Augustine, Fla.
“Film Florida has earned international recognition in the film industry with its long-standing connections to A-list film producers, directors, writers and scouts. Gail has been a voice within the organization for years, and as chair, her expertise and knowledge will well equip her to lead the state office into 2016 and beyond. Northwest Florida, and in particular the Emerald Coast, is well represented in the leadership of other statewide tourism organizations, including Visit Florida and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association. It’s terrific for our region that through Gail, we now are part of Film Florida’s leadership,” said Ed Schroeder, Executive Director of the Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Film Florida is a not-for-profit entertainment production association that provides a leadership role in Florida’s film, TV and digital media industry. The association values leadership, collaboration, courage and informed action, and has a mission to provide a true focal point for Florida’s entertainment production industry, enabling the implementation of powerful economic policy, effective worldwide marketing, positive economic impact and professional standards of excellence.
The Emerald Coast Film Commission, a division of the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council, has as its mission the attraction of television, film and advertising (both print and video) to the beautiful Emerald Coast. The Film Commission continues to work with the entertainment industry by assisting with locations, permitting, crew, equipment and talent. The area’s diverse scenery includes white sandy beaches, country roads, fishing villages, farmland, wooded areas, bays and bayous. The Emerald Coast offers a distinct mix of Southern charm and tropical beauty that is unlike any other part of Florida and due to our incredibly mild winters and beautiful, warm summers, the destination allows for year-round production.
Whether you are a professional working on your next project or a novice looking to network, the Emerald Coast region provides all of the resources necessary including various community organizations, unions and guilds, and quality training at educational institutions serving the entertainment profession. Together, the commission and local production companies work to train and develop new crews as well as to study the latest in technology. To learn more about this organization, please visit http://www.filmemeraldcoast.com/.