COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- There could be something for everyone here. From set design, to script writing, even special effects. Two local producers have big plans for Southwest Florida and Hollywood is calling.
Turn on your television and you may see something that's produced and shot right here in Southwest Florida.
"There's a lot of our tv commercials on their now."
These are the guys behind ITZ Studios, a production company in Naples. And they say they have huge goals for our area. Including three local reality shows.
"We've recently sold a pilot to Discovery, about these guys who have a garage in Naples and a garage on Marco Island, so that was cool. We sold a pilot to A&E called 'Dating the Hendry's,' which is about Brad Hendry and his daughters up in Hendry County.
Every idea that's turned into a reality, brings with it jobs and a boost to our economy. ITZ just shot a movie in Ave Maria called "Hybrids."
"We hired a lot of local people, we created 125 jobs you know," said Chuck Ardezzone, CEO of ITZ. "And then they all gotta eat, all gotta sleep somewhere, they all gotta go out on their days off, so it really really puts a lot of money back into the economy."
These producers say their goal is to stay local no matter how famous they become.
"Even when we're making it big, we're not going to Hollywood, not going to New York, we're staying here because everything is here," said Frank Monti, Vice President of ITZ.
Keep in mind, even with this big studio, they'll still be going out and shooting across Southwest Florida, maybe near your neighborhood. For more information on ITZ, go to http://www.itzmediagroup.com/