YouTube Star Freddie Wong Coming to St. Pete / Clearwater
The St. Pete Film Commission is bringing the #1 Director on YouTube in the world to the area.
Freddie Wong is one of the pioneers in online video, bringing professional premium content to the YouTube platform with his channel, RocketJump, which currently has more than 7.6 million subscribers. Named as one of Hollywood’s brightest stars on Forbes magazine’s 2015 “30 under 30” list. Freddie is the #1 most subscribed video director on YouTube with over 1 billion views since the channel’s inception in 2010. That’s more views than the previous nine Super Bowl games combined. Video Game High School, his flagship web series, had over 110 million cumulative views over its 3-season run. In 2014, Freddie Wong entered into a partnership with Lionsgate, and was recently named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s (THR’s) Top 25 Digital Stars.
The State of Florida’s lack of a film and television incentive program recently precipitated the loss of two high profile films in the Tampa Bay area, (Ben Affleck’s Live by Night and Marc Webb’s Gifted). In the absence of the ability to attract film and TV content the St. Pete Clearwater Film Commission is placing an even bigger emphasis on digital media content creation. Film Commissioner Tony Armer stated, “If you look at the statistics there are more people watching and engaging in video online than ever before. These online views are equal to and in many cases greater than the number of people watching films in theaters or shows on TV. The industry has changed and film commissions need to change with it”.
“It’s about finding an audience,” said Bluewater Media CEO Andy Latimer. “YouTube provides the world’s content makers a place to find an audience for their stories, for their ideas and even their products. When you stop and think about the power of the handheld screen you realize it has the power to reach so many more eyeballs than the big screen ever has. Bluewater is proud to partner with the Film Commission to welcome a pioneer like Freddie Wong. We live in a time where shareable content is king, we know Freddie’s 7.6 million subscribers would agree.”
Freddie will be the subject of an Inside the Actors Studio style talkback/Q&A and reception on November 7th at 7pm. The event is open to the public and tickets are $20. The event will take place at Bluewater Studios 14375 Myerlake Circle Clearwater, FL 33760.
About the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission:
The St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commission serves Pinellas County, Florida – from Tarpon Springs to Fort De Soto, Dunedin to Safety Harbor, Oldsmar to St. Pete Beach. An array of Film, Television, Digital Media, and Commercial projects film in St. Pete/Clearwater year round. St. Pete/Clearwater is part of the greater Tampa Bay production center, offering the wide resources of a metropolitan region as well as the amenities of a close community.
About Bluewater Media
Bluewater Media is a brand focused direct to consumer advertising agency that utilizes branded direct response, brand integration and digital advertising to generate measurable response and direct to consumer sales for products and services. From their 33,000 square foot production studio in Clearwater, Florida, Bluewater produces, develops and distributes direct response campaigns, commercials, television series, documentaries and films that integrate branding as a methodology to inform, educate and motivate consumers to make product choices. Bluewater also provides integrated web design, web development, ecommerce solutions, as well as broadcast and digital media strategy and placement. For more information, visit http://www.bluewatermedia.tv.