Film Florida, the chief marketing and advocating organization for Florida’s Screen Production Industry, has launched Season 6 (S6) of the Film Florida Podcast highlighting the people and stories that make-up the multibillion-dollar industry in Florida. Distribution has expanded for Season 6 with the Film Florida Podcast available through Apple, Spotify, Podbean, Pandora, iHeartRadio App, Amazon, Google, YouTube, the Film Florida Website and more.

“The people and stories we highlight helped shape the industry in Florida and continue to work towards growing and strengthening the production community in our state,” Sandy Lighterman, President of Film Florida said. “Florida has such a deep history in the screen industry and our goal is to tell these important stories. We aim to continue to help listeners learn more about the history, economic impact, and overall importance that our industry plays in Florida’s past, present and future.”

Episode 1 features Frank Patterson, President & CEO of Trilith Studios and former Dean of FSU College of Motion Picture Arts. Episode 2 features David Tochterman, CEO of Canvas Media Studios and previously the EVP of Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Sr. VP of the Carsey Werner Company, where he developed That 70’s Show, 3rd Rock From the Sun, and was an Executive Producer of Grace Under Fire. David also began his career as the director’s assistant on the pilot episode of Seinfeld. Both episodes are available for download.

Future guests this season include award-winning singer-songwriter Elsten Torres, one of the prominent creators of the Latin Alternative Rock sound of the late 1990’s, Florida-based novelist and screenwriter Jaimie Engle, Florida-based Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Katja Esson, and famed underwater cinematographer Pete Zuccarini to name a few. Episodes range from 20 to 40 minutes and are available on mobile and/or desktop devices and will be released every other week through May 2024.

“Florida is open for business and telling our stories is an important part of making sure our industry stays strong and relevant in the state. Florida has so many important stories to be told and we don’t want to leave it up to others to tell those stories,” John Lux, Executive Director of Film Florida and host of the podcast said. “Preparing for each interview I learn something new about every person or subject. If people enjoy the podcast half as much as I enjoy the conversations, we’re doing something right. This gives the industry in Florida a platform to learn more than a short article or quick social media post; these are in depth stories about the people and behind-the-scenes history that make up Florida’s screen production industry.”

About Film Florida: Now in its 25th year, Film Florida is a state-wide not-for-profit entertainment production trade association that serves a leadership role in Florida’s screen production industry by representing all aspects of the business including film commissions, industry, labor, associations and education. Our intention is to unite, inspire and innovate to build a more robust and retentive industry in Florida. The growing membership driven organization provides a network, a platform, and the benefits of playing an active part in solidifying Florida’s position as a major entertainment production destination, positive economic development driver and tourism generator. For more information about Film Florida visit

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Sandy Lighterman, President,, 954-439-1289
John Lux, Executive Director,, 407-494-6195