We sat down with Spectrum's CEO + Executive Producer, Guy Nickerson to chat about the national multimedia production company's Tampa roots.
You are a national company headquartered in Tampa -- why Tampa?
"It's a big city, but it's a small town all at the same time. A lot of the work that we do is produced all around the country, so we really could be anywhere, but we felt like this is the ideal place to be. You can raise a family. You have access to incredible resources, such as the airport, which is great because we travel a lot. If we could be located anywhere to do what we do, we feel like Tampa is the perfect place."
Where is your favorite Tampa location to produce?
"Definitely Curtis Hixon Park. We produce a series for Science Channel calledStreet Science. We must have produced a dozen experiments in the park. Some of my fondest memories have to do with Street Science, and some of the weird things that have popped up in the city. For one of the experiments, we had a human cannonball launch in downtown. We have even filmed explosions at the fire training facility. It has been a ton of fun to work on."
What is your favorite part about producing in Tampa?
"Everyone has been so easy to work with. Initially Street Science was going to be produced in Los Angeles, and we convinced the network to produce it here. A lot of the Tampa locations that Street Science has filmed at -- people welcome us with open arms. In other markets I think you'd find that there'd be a lot of 'red tape' and fees...but Tampa has welcomed everyone from the network in, and it's made it a positive and unique experience for us."
From Curtis Hixon Park to Ybor City, Amalie Arena to Busch Gardens - Street Science chooses Tampa Bay to showcase their larger-than-life science experiments. Thank you to Spectrum for bringing us this compilation highlighting beautiful Tampa locations.
Spectrum's long list of productions includes Jack Hannah's Into The Wild, Disney Cruise Line, Busch Gardens + Adventure Island, Tampa Bay Lightning, Publix Supermarkets, just to name a few. Check out Spectrum's portfolio of rich cinematography on their website,www.wearespectrum.tv.