Ready for Their Close-up

by Don Rodriguez

Sandra-Watson-VideoWhen producers of a new series of videos set out to capture the essence of Arizona’s technology community, they made a discovery: energy. But this shouldn’t be confused with the tech sector of the same name. Instead, it’s the common motivator they witnessed among every company featured in the videos.

A team from MediaTHP, a Scottsdale-based media/film production company, traveled throughout the state to capture a cross-section of players that represent the tech scene. The common thread they found was all were hopeful for Arizona’s technology future, says multimedia producer Remi Vaughn. “Everybody wants to contribute,” she says. “I had no idea.”

When Vaughn initially asked those inside and outside her network whether there was any person or group interested in her original idea to promote Arizona technology through film, she was connected with the Arizona Technology Council and its president and CEO, Steven G. Zylstra. The result is a richly produced collection of interviews and behind-the-scenes views of an array of companies in the state, with Zylstra in a featured role to provide a narrative that ties it all together.

The project includes these segments:

  • Introduction to the Arizona Technology Council
  • Arizona as an emerging technology hub in the U.S.
  • The seven technology sectors of Arizona
  • Supporting entrepreneurs in Arizona
  • STEM education in Arizona
  • Unique applications of Arizona technology companies

Member Presence

Representatives from tech firms appear on camera to provide examples of the current state of the industry. Participating Council member companies are 4D Technology, Cactus Semiconductor, CyrusOne, Edmunds Optics, Entreprix, First Solar, GPS Insight, Honeywell, Instant Bioscan, Involta, Local Motors, Tallwave and Zygo.

The segments will be rolled out in e-mails to Council members and others on its distribution list. Also included will be related blogs that can be accessed on the Council’s home page, In addition, MediaTHP plans to synthesize the six segments into a 5-minute video that can be used by state agencies and the universities as needed.

For Vaughn, focusing on technology as a topic was no shot in the dark; it was a chance to bring together two worlds in which she has been a part. While she has had the production company for some time, she had spent more attention on her career in cybersecurity. Reaching her pinnacle as a chief information security officer, she has worked for companies such as American Express, Caesars Entertainment, NBC Universal and Warner Bros. Last fall she decided “it was the right time for me to stop.”

She is far from starting from scratch, however, in the creative field. She is a graduate of the National French School of Cinematography in Paris and has a B.A. in mass media and film. That’s in addition to a B.A. in Anglo-Saxon literature and an MSBA in financial management and information technology.

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