Three awards were given out to celebrate highlights in local film and digital media production at the 16th Annual Jacksonville Film & Television Industry Reception. Mayor Lenny Curry joined members of the Jacksonville City Council, the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Motion Picture, Television and Commercial Production, the Jacksonville Film & Television Office and other industry leaders to present these awards.
During the event, Jerry Smith, president and CEO of PineRidge Film & Television, was presented the 2016 Jacksonville Film & Television Industry Achievement Award. His expansive accomplishments as a leader in the film and television industry and his success in being an innovative business executive has helped him flourish in this industry. He and his company have won 6 national Daytime EMMYS and have had 11 EMMY nominations. Smith utilizes his expansive experience in guiding both established and new professionals in the film and television community, as well as mentoring young men and women in the production community.
Mayor Curry presents award to Jerry Smith, Photo by Ken McCray
Journalist Carla Jones and Director of Photography and Cinematography, Joe Karably, were both honored with a 2016 Rising Star Award. The Rising Star 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.
Mayor Curry presents award to Carla Jones, Photo by Ken McCray
Mayor Curry presents award to Joe Karably, Photo by Ken McCray
“Jacksonville has a long history with film and television,” said Mayor Curry. “In addition to supporting local businesses and good-paying jobs, this industry helps showcase Jacksonville to the world. I congratulate our rising stars, Carla Jones and Joe Karably, for their success, and I thank industry visionary Jerry Smith for his many contributions to our community.”