A year ago, Film Florida introduced a podcast series highlighting the state’s entertainment industry.
While the venture is continuing — and better than ever — the upcoming season offers some exciting new changes.
The second season of the Film Florida podcast series will feature a miniseries-style format, each with a cast covering a range of topics.
Season Two guests will include award-winning artists with credits including M*A*S*H; Hill Street Blues; Moonlighting, Judging Amy, Fortune Hunter, Birdman, Titanic, Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest, Star Wars Episode 3, Mission Impossible 3, Apollo 13, multiple films for ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series, and more.
But the statewide entertainment production trade association is also previewing 2020 Legislative Session — meaning lawmakers will also be joining them in studio.
So far, they recorded an episode with Republican state Sen. Joe Gruters, who sponsored a film production grant bill last year that was supported by Film Florida.
In the podcast, Gruters told Film Florida his support for the industry has a lot to do with its presence in his Sarasota-based district.
It also helps that he experienced entertainment tourism firsthand — Gruters and his wife planned a trip to Key West as a direct result of watching the Netflix series Bloodline, filmed in Florida before it moved out of state.
“Nothing makes me more upset when I see these shows that were supposed to be filmed in Florida, and then all of a sudden, you see the Georgia peach or some other state symbol where these things are being filmed,” he said in the episode, which will go live very soon.
In addition to Gruters, the new wave of podcast episodes will feature talks with Key Largo Republican Rep. Holly Raschein — whose House District 120 saw a huge economic impact from Bloodline — and Lake Clarke Shores Democratic Rep. David Silvers, both having sponsored or co-sponsored pro-film industry bills in previous Legislative Sessions.