Local Industry Professionals Recognized with Awards


JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 29, 2017– The Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Motion Picture, Television and Commercial Production, the Jacksonville Film & Television Office and other industry leaders, joined to celebrate local film and digital media production at the 17th Annual Jacksonville Film & Television Industry Reception held last night at the WJCT Studios.


“Jacksonville has much to offer the film, television, and digital media industry,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “This industry helps showcase Jacksonville’s natural attractions, state-of-the-art facilities, financial incentives, and competitive job recruitment. I congratulate this year’s winners for their success, and many contributions to the Jacksonville community.”


Recognized for her tenacity in the industry, Genna Goodwin was presented with the 2017 Jacksonville Film & Television Industry Achievement Award. Goodwin found her passion for television and film production while she was working as an administrative assistant at a local production company. Goodwin served in various roles on the Board of Directors for the Florida Motion Picture &TV Association, eventually starting Goodwin Production Services with her husband, Gregg.  They originally carved their niche in the industry shooting multi-camera golf instructional videos, but quickly expanded into shooting for network TV shows, independent producers, ad agencies and major sporting entities.


Also recognized at the reception were 2017 Rising Star Award winners, Karel Danzie and Sam Farmer. This award is given to remarkable individuals under 35 in the local film and television industry. Honorees excel in their specific craft, show progressive advancement in their careers, serve as role models and stand out as potential stars of the future. Karel Danzie has worked for several large media companies in Jacksonville, Miami, and San Antonio, Texas, as a photojournalist. Currently, Karel serves as a Multimedia Coordinator at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and produces award winning videos for JTA’s Making Moves television show.  Sam Farmer has worked with a number of area filmmakers on various features, documentaries, shorts, and television shows including Patrick Barry’s Veer, Gerald Jackson Jr.’s Truly Everlasting, and most recently Warren Skeels’ Siesta Key. As of January 2017, Sam has worked as an editor and animator for Guidewell Connect and filming will begin on his feature film Cry for the Bad Man this fall.


About the Jacksonville Film & Television Office

The Jacksonville Film & Television Office, a division of the City of Jacksonville’s Sports & Entertainment Office, works with local film, digital media and related businesses to enhance job creation and economic development. In the last 12 years, the office assisted more than 1,175 productions and generated an economic impact of $36.6 million and more than 10,400 local jobs. More information can be found at www.filmjax.com.

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