Prairie Surf Media to transform Cox Conv. Center into motion picture, television studio

Published: Thursday, October 22, 2020 By: Chamber Staff Source: The POINT!

Oklahoma City is moving forward with its plans to turn Cox Convention Center into a motion picture and television studio. Oklahoma City-based Prairie Surf Media (PSM) was granted the rights to establish Prairie Surf Studios in the CCC, which will house the largest clear-span soundstages in the Midwest.

Under the direction of entertainment industry veterans Rachel Cannon and Matt Payne, the project will encompass over 260,000 square feet of production space including 140,000 square feet dedicated to five clear-span soundstages, ranging from 25,000 to 32,000 square feet each. The production facility will also offer attached hotels, a diner with a separate kitchen, a commercial-grade kitchen and an underground tunnel system.

Cannon and Payne, who have both spent decades working in the entertainment business, saw an opportunity in their home state to help elevate the industry by providing infrastructure.

“We are passionate about empowering storytellers while creating jobs that will truly create economic diversity for Oklahoma. The entertainment industry is not just actors and directors. Each production will have high-paying jobs that range from construction workers and electricians to accountants and tech.With unemployment at an all-time high, we want to show Oklahomans how their existing skill sets can pivot into this brand-new industry,” they said.

This story originally appeared in the Oct. 2020 edition of The Point!

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