Asbury’s Owens Appointed to Film Commission – Asbury University
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January 6, 2016

Dr. Jim Owens '79
Dr. Jim Owens ’79 won a regional Emmy Award at the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on June 25, 2015.

WILMORE, Ky. — Dr. Jim Owens ’79, dean of Asbury University’s School of Communication Arts, has added yet another bullet point to his extensive list of media credentials with his recent appointment to a four-year term on the Kentucky Film Commission. 

A 15-member advisory committee, the Kentucky Film Commission acts as an advocacy group for the Kentucky Film Office, helping promote the growth of the film and television industry in Kentucky. Additionally, the Film Commission advises the governor and members of the General Assembly on media-related legislation.

Already having served four years as an ex-officio member of the Kentucky Film Commission, Owens hopes his appointment will be an opportunity to advocate for the film and television industry in Kentucky and continue building valuable industry connections for  students across the state.

“We have so many students leaving the state to pursue film and creative areas in Atlanta and Los Angeles,” Owens said. “Part of my goal is to help retain and bring jobs to Kentucky so that our graduates don’t have to leave.”

With more than 30 years of professional and educational experience in the television, film and video industry, Owens brings an invaluable perspective to Asbury University’s School of Communication Arts and to the industry at large. He has written multiple influential textbooks on television and film production and worked on broadcasts including Monday Night Football, NCAA basketball and 23 years of Indy 500 coverage. Through Owens’ leadership, more than 600 Asbury students have worked in paid broadcasting positions at the Olympic Games since 1984.


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