Creative economy focus of new documentary

BOWLING GREEN, O—A new documentary from WBGU-TV puts a spotlight on the importance of arts industries to northwest Ohio. “Creative Economy of Northwest Ohio” is a 30-minute documentary that showcases the economic and community impact of the region’s arts and culture and features interviews with cultural, state and business leaders.

Northwest Ohio’s creative economy generates over $2.4 billion in economic impact, sustains 33,000 jobs and provides more than $250 million in local, state and federal tax revenue a year. A fast–growing sector, it fosters the entrepreneurialism, innovation, collaboration and communication needed by 21st century enterprises. With nonprofit arts at its core, it includes museums, historical societies, arts companies, and independent artists, as well as design services, motion picture, video and sound recording industries, book and newspaper publishing and art schools and services.

“Creative Economy of Northwest Ohio” was produced, directed, written and edited by Tony Howard, producer/director at WBGU-TV, and shot by Matthew Blinn, videographer at WBGU-TV. Dr. F. Scott Regan, a BGSU professor emeritus of theater and film, narrates the piece.

“Creative Economy of Northwest Ohio” will premiere on WBGU-TV at 9 p.m. March 31, with additional airings in April and May. Visit http://wbgu.org/tvschedules/index.html for the complete schedule. For more information and to see a trailer, click on http://arts.bgsu.edu.

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(Posted March 24, 2011 )