AFS Hires Production Veteran to Run Austin Studios

Community media expert Martin Jones to oversee new era

Martin Jones, the new studio manager for Austin Studios (Photo by Sarah Hadsell)

Austin Film Society has just announced that production and studio management veteran Martin Jones will be the new director of Austin Studios, the society's production facility in East Austin.

Announcing his hiring, AFS CEO Rebecca Campbell said that his “deep experience and wide knowledge across film culture and industry makes him a stellar addition to the AFS team. He knows filmmaking from the ground level to the executive suite and has successfully helped communities develop film initiatives. He is uniquely positioned to help drive AFS to success in its mission to create life-changing opportunities for filmmakers and catalyze Austin and Texas as creative hubs.”

Jones said he was "honored to be entrusted with exploring new possibilities for Austin Studios and our new Creative Media Center. The ecosystem that AFS is creating is unique and poised to have a major impact on our nation's most treasured export to the world — filmed entertainment."

A graduate of Denison University, Jones has worn multiple hats in the industry, including production and distribution, working on feature films, TV, and with national brands. However, he moved into studio management in 1997 when he took over as general manager at the 60 acre New Millennium Studios in Virginia. Most recently, he spent three years as president and CEO at MetroEast Community Media, a non-profit in Gresham, Oregon, specializing in media production and digital literacy. When he stepped down earlier this year, MetroEast board president Shannon Chisom added, “Marty’s contributions to our programs, members, and staff will benefit MetroEast for a long time. His focus around our equity and inclusion work in the Rockwood Community has been transformative. I am pleased the content produced under his leadership has been invited to the White House and received three Emmy nominations.”

Jones takes the post at a key moment for Austin Studios, as it has just completed the new 38,500 square-foot Creative Media Center and will soon begin build-out for new tenants. This is the first major space to open up at Austin Studios for several years, as most of the existing sound stages are taken by large, long-term tenants including Soundcheck Austin and Rooster Teeth. The new facility is intended to allow a broader diversity of productions and voices.

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