REALITY TV PRODUCER LAUNCHES CHRISTIAN MEDIA BOOT CAMP
Jay Hix Jones, a reality television producer originally from Baytown, Texas, is launching a new Christian Media Boot Camp for students.
Relocating to Los Angeles in 2004 to further his career, Jones has worked on and produced some of the highest rated television shows such as Ice Road Truckers, 1000 Ways to Die, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and most recently Hoarders to name just a few.
The students will get hands on training on how to use filmmaking to share their faith on social media. Each student will learn practical knowledge about filmmaking and which social media outlet is right for sharing their faith. Jones admits the degree of difficulty getting a Christian camp off the ground is very high, but also shares how creating the camp is very important. Jones, “The media plays a very important role in our economy, and our culture and we want the next generation of Christians to be a part of that future.”
Why A Christian Media Boot Camp:
Several years ago jones started pitching his own show ideas to production companies and networks and they always seemed to pass on what he considers the most important type of concept: a family values one rooted in Christian principles. Jones began asking himself why no one was green lighting these types of projects. After all, Jones knew viewers were desperately craving this type of programing and was shocked with the shows the networks were green lighting: Honey Booboo, Swamp Hunters, etc. Jones, “the family oriented concepts we were pitching were very well thought out ideas and some even had celebrities attached, so we knew they would resonate with people.” Jones instead attributes the issue to something that his camp will highlight and address. Jones, “I believe it’s because most of the executives that are in the position to make those decisions aren’t devoted Christians. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few of us in the business, but in all honesty, there’s just a handful of us.” Jones says from there he started brainstorming with his Christian colleagues on how to fix the problem.
Jones could have easily sold out and focused on creating mindless entertainment that didn’t help spread the right message to young viewers, but that just wasn’t in his DNA. Instead he began to realize the way to fix the issue was to get more Christians in those decision-making chairs.
Over the course of the previous year, Jones and cousin Dr. Charles Hix (Anatomy and Physiology Professor at Lee College) hatched the Hungry Fish Media Boot Camp model, which they believe will help raise-up a new generation of young Christians interested in careers in the media.
Jones and Dr. Hix jumped right in and tested the waters by offering a free beta boot camp session in Baytown, Texas this summer. It was a tremendous success. Now the cousins plan on taking the ministry on the road by going national with the boot camp this fall.
For more information on the subject of this release, please contact Jay Hix Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his cell at 323.251.8586.
Jones is currently represented by Alexia Melocchi of Little Studio Films of Beverly Hills, CA