Tropic Moon Media, a Coral Gables based education and travel publisher and film production company, has hired Symon Productions, headed by Emmy award winner Robyn Symon to produce a one-hour film celebrating the first 100 years of Miami Beach’s history. The film is scheduled to air on PBS television locally and then offered nationally this fall as the centerpiece of a Miami Beach Centennial campaign launched by Tropic Moon Media and The Miami Design Preservation League.
“I’m so excited to put the spotlight on one of the most fascinating cities in the world,” says Symon. “From the land barons whose imagination and daring developed the city from a swampland through today, the program will highlight the incredible waves of change Miami Beach has experienced over the century.”
Symon is a familiar face in Miami. A resident for more than 20 years, she was a senior producer at Miami PBS affiliate WPBT-TV and co-host of the PBS series “New Florida” which also aired on The Travel Channel. With offices in Miami and Los Angeles, Symon Productions is a full-service production company specializing in socially conscious documentary films, non-fiction series and multi-platform programming. A former TV news reporter, Symon has produced hundreds of hours of programming for PBS, Discovery, The Travel Channel and HGTV, as well as theatrically released feature documentary films.
Noted adventurer, educator and author Charles J. Kropke of Tropic Moon Media and Dragonfly Expeditions will host the program. “We are committed to honoring film and the printed word through high-quality original works that bring history, places and people to life,” says Kropke. “The Miami Beach Centennial film will capture the island’s fascinating history, focusing on the early pioneers, to the Art Deco preservationists and today’s tourism mecca.”
The multi-media company’s first project, the internationally acclaimed “SOUTH BEACH: Stories of a Renaissance,” is a 244- page coffee table-styled hardcover book with more than 150 colorful photos and four original artworks in gatefold format. A36-minute companion video of the same title is available to educators, tour groups and individual travelers. The company is also in the planning stages of a PBS series about the Florida Everglades.