SAN MARCOS, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hill Country Studiosa state-of-the-art film and television studio moving to San Marcos, Texas, today announced the appointment of Kevin Bar as Chief Operating Officer of the largest and most ambitious of the state.
With over 15 years of industry experience, Bar joins Netflix’s Hill Country Studios, where he oversaw the development and operations of Netflix Studio hubs in the United States and Canada as a member of the management team. global studio operation. Prior to working at Netflix, Bar was Vice President of Pinewood International, managing studio and production services at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta.
“Kevin has unparalleled expertise in navigating the processes and procedures that come with developing a studio like Hill Country,” said Cory McLoud, Co-Founder and CEO of Hill Country Studios. “His depth of knowledge will be instrumental throughout our build phase, generating strategic alliances, creating productive partnerships, and helping the community understand how they can be involved and benefit from the new opportunity that Hill Country Studios brings to Texas.”
Bar will work directly on developing Hill Country Studios’ overall operating ecosystem, including crew base growth, local workforce development, and business initiatives for brick-and-mortar spaces. on site of the studio.
“Hill Country Studios has a unique opportunity to reinvent the film and television industry’s relationship with Texas,” Bar said. “This team has a distinctive vision, a phenomenal location and a world-class studio development plan that will position Texas to attract top-tier productions and create job growth and economic benefits. important to San Marcos, Austin and beyond.”
The $267 million studio project under development in the heart of Texas’ Innovation Corridor will launch in early 2023. Hill Country Studios will house 12 sound stages, including a virtual production stage, an emerging production technology that uses interactive video game engines to create virtual games. sets in real time. The studio soundstages will span 310,000 square feet, two backyards will provide 15 acres of outdoor production space, and 310,000 square feet will be dedicated to modular offices.
The mixed-use project, located at the entrance to the planned community of La Cima, will also feature lifestyle and co-working amenities. Twenty-five acres will be set aside for vendors and commercial space capable of serving both the studio and the surrounding community.
“Texas has a long and proud history of media production,” said Stephanie Whallon, director of the Texas Film Commission. “Our teams are talented and hardworking, and our diverse locations and community support are highly sought after. The creation of more production infrastructure is proof of the continued growth and economic impact that media production brings to our state and how it will continue to create lasting value through employment opportunities and to storytelling from Texas.
Hill Country Studios co-founder Zach Price will assume the role of Chief Experience Officer at Hill Country.
For more information on Hill Country Studios, visit hill country.studio.
About Hill Country Studios
Hill Country Studios offers the creative industry access to state-of-the-art facilities including 12 sound stages, a virtual production stage, supporting infrastructure and ancillary equipment. A first of its kind in Texas, Hill Country Studios strives to unleash creative storytelling through innovation and emerging technologies. Founded in 2020, the creative production studio is led by co-founders Cory McLoud and Zach Price of Hill Country Partners, COO Kevin Bar, and a creative leadership team with decades of combined industry experience. The state-of-the-art facility is located on 209 acres between Austin and San Antonio in San Marcos, Texas. For more information, visit hillcountry.studio.