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Matthew Earl Jones is the Director of the Arizona Office of Film & Digital Media, a program of the Arizona Commerce Authority. He has worked on both sides of the camera in film, television and commercials, as well as in the music industry.Matthew has more than 33 years of production experience in the Japanese, New York, Los Angeles, and Phoenix markets. Recent credits include: Line Producer on Indie Feature “Manifest Destiny Down” (Los Angeles), APOC (Arizona) on “Furious 7”, and Celebrity judge for Arizona Idol, FOX TV (Phoenix). He has also produced more than 50 national and international television commercials, including ones starring Queen Latifah, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ray Charles.
Past clients include: Bandai America, Castrol, Chevrolet, Home Depot, Honda, Lipton, McDonald’s, Nissan, Nissin Foods, Nivea, PacBell Wireless, Porsche, Raytheon, Subaru, Suntory, Toyota, Yamaha, and Ziploc.
Raised in New Canaan, Connecticut, Matthew graduated Dartmouth College and for the first years of his career worked in the fields of advertising for BBD&O advertising agency, and brand management for American Home Products Corporation in New York City. Matthew is the son of pioneering actor Robert Earl Jones and half-brother of legendary actor James Earl Jones.
He wants the world to know that Arizona is open for business!
Ramsay Wharton is the Program Manager for the Arizona Office of Film & Digital Media, a program of the Arizona Commerce Authority. A veteran of the entertainment industry, she served the people of Hawaii for nearly 20 years as a broadcast television and radio journalist.
Most recently, Ramsay was the Early Edition Anchor and Live Reporter for Hawaii’s CBS/NBC Emmy Award- winning morning news show, “Sunrise on Hawaii News Now”. She understands the dynamics of the film and creative industries and has even done extra work and portrayed a news reporter on the CBS television drama “Hawaii Five-O”. She understands the world of media, communication, and business. Ramsay is a small business owner herself, the founding partner of the production company, Blue Wave Media Hawaii, LLC, which launched HawaiiOnTheMove.com, Hawaii’s Premiere Online Video Travel Magazine.
Ramsay received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and a Master of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism & Public Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C.
When Ramsay moved to Arizona in December 2016 she brought with her a wealth of knowledge and passion to grow the creative industries in the Grand Canyon State. She believes the captivating beauty of Arizona’s diverse locations and climates is equally as alluring as the beauty of her former home in the islands.
Ramsay knows that Arizona is ready for its close-up!