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Solutions for Rural Development: How Rural Communities Can Get Film Ready


Arizona offers numerous advantages to film and television producers who choose to work here. As your partners in production, the state’s numerous film offices and Film Resource Coordinators ensure you have access to our Reel Savings Program, amazing locations, permits, as well as, the crew and talent you require to ensure your project will be successful. Learn more about the services we provide filmmakers in Arizona – the Right Choice, Right Next Door!



About our speakers

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Ramsay Wharton
Program Manager, Arizona Film & Digital Media Program

Ramsay Wharton is the Program Manager for the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Film & Digital Media Program. A veteran of the entertainment industry, she served the people of Hawaii for nearly 20 years as a broadcast television and radio journalist. Most recently, Ramsay was the Early Edition Anchor and Live Reporter for Hawaii's CBS/NBC Emmy Award-winning morning news show, “Sunrise on Hawaii News Now.” She understands the dynamics of the film and creative industries and has even done extra work and portrayed a news reporter on the CBS television drama “Hawaii Five-0.”

She understands the world of media, communications, and business. Ramsay is a small business owner herself, the founding partner of the production company, Blue Wave Media Hawaii, LLC, which launched, Hawaii’s Premiere Online Video Travel Magazine.

Ramsay received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Stetson University in
DeLand, Florida, and a Master of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism & Public Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C.

When Ramsay moved to Arizona in December 2016 she brought with her a wealth of
knowledge and a passion to grow the creative industries in the Grand Canyon State. She
believes the captivating beauty of Arizona’s desert with diverse locations and climates is equally as alluring as the beauty of her former home in the islands.

Matthew Earl Jones
Director, Arizona Film & Digital Media Program

Matthew Earl Jones is the Director of Arizona Commerce Authority’s Film & Digital
Media Program. Also known as the Arizona State Film Commissioner, he has worked on
both sides of the camera in film, television and commercials, as well as in the music

Matthew has more than 33 years of production experience in the Japanese, New York,
Los Angeles, and Phoenix markets. Recent credits include: Line Producer on Indie
Feature “Manifest Destiny Down” (Los Angeles), APOC (Arizona) on “Furious 7”, and
Celebrity judge for Arizona Idol, FOX TV (Phoenix).

He has also produced more than 50 national and international television commercials,
including ones starring Queen Latifah, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ray Charles.
Past clients include: Bandai America, Castrol, Chevrolet, Home Depot, Honda, Lipton,
McDonald’s, Nissan, Nissin Foods, Nivea, PacBell Wireless, Porsche, Raytheon, Subaru,
Suntory, Toyota, Yamaha, and Ziploc.

Raised in New Canaan, Connecticut, Matthew graduated Dartmouth College and for the
first years of his career worked in the fields of advertising for BBD&O advertising
agency, and brand management for American Home Products Corporation in New York

Matthew is the son of pioneering actor Robert Earl Jones and half-brother of legendary
actor James Earl Jones.

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