RIDGELAND — Mad Genius Inc. and Eyevox Entertainment, LLC owner Rick Moore has acquired Mississippi Film Studios in Canton.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move promises to continue the momentum Mississippi has made toward becoming a national player in the film industry.
“This is the most significant announcement for the film industry in Mississippi since the creation of the Mississippi Motion Picture Incentive Program in 2004.” said Ward Emling, director of the Mississippi Film Office. “Eyevox is both an experienced and committed production company and a long time and successful creator of all forms of filmed entertainment. This combination of infrastructure and content at the local level is what we have been working toward for well over a decade. It changes everything. It will instantly raise our profile, and it will immediately have an impact on our ability to attract and support production.”
“These are very exciting times for Mississippi’s film community, and this is an important next step as we see so many productions choosing to shoot their films in the state” Moore said. “We are extremely fortunate to have such a great film climate in Mississippi, and we look forward to doing our part to help promote more activity and bringing jobs and infrastructure home.”
Mississippi Film Studios is a 43,000-square-foot purpose-built facility, including 8,000 square feet of production offices and a 35,000-square-foot clear span sound stage on six acres in Canton. Originally built for the movie Time To Kill, the studios have been transformed into an industry-standard facility, which gives Mississippi a much needed tool in order to compete both nationally and internationally in the attraction of film to the state.
“Rick Moore and I have worked together for over fourteen years on numerous projects. One of his many desires has been to expand the entertainment side of his business to the Mississippi Film Studios,” said Jo Ann Gordon, executive director of Canton Convention and Visitors Bureau and Film Office. “The Canton CVB’s mission has been to create year round production through the development and implementation of MFS.”
Gordon also stated, “We have been successful in building and enhancing this major film complex. We are excited and fortunate to have attracted one of our own leading Mississippi film production companies and we look forward to watching them grow. The Canton CVB made a commitment years ago to the State of Mississippi and to the State Film Office to become a partner in growing and promoting the film industry. Film production is one of Canton CVB’s Signature Industries and our focus will continue to be an aggressive film friendly community.”
“When Jo Ann Gordon and the Canton CVB set out to grow the film industry in the Canton area, they focused on building infrastructure first and the result is the beginning of a first-class purpose built film complex,” said Tim Coursey, executive director of Madison County Economic Development Authority. “Combined with Rick Moore’s private sector know-how, we believe Mississippi Film Studios will fast become a vital part of the filmmaking industry in Mississippi.”
— from staff reports