TAMPA, Fla., June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Professional wrestler and actor John Cena was on set in Ybor City yesterday filming a national public service announcement (PSA) said to be produced for the National Ad Council promoting diversity and inclusion.
Ybor City was like a bustling Hollywood film set yesterday on 7th Avenue near Centro Ybor with dozens of extras representing true diversity and film crew from New York, Los Angeles and Tampa Bay.
According to Film Tampa Bay, scouting for the national spot was narrowed down to two locations: St. Petersburg and Ybor City. At the end of the day, producers chose Ybor City because it offered more building texture and cultural diversity with regard
s to architecture.
Courtney Orr, Manager of Ybor City Development Corporation said, "This was a nice win for Ybor City! We are proud of our neighborhood and feel our diversity of both people and architecture makes us a one-of-a-kind place."
Ybor City also was utilized by Hollywood director Brad Furman during the filming of his movie "The Infiltrator," which has its red carpet debut on July 6 at Tampa Theatre with Furman, Bryan Cranston and Benjamin Bratt scheduled to attend.
Dale Gordon, Executive Director at Tampa Hillsborough Film & Digital Media Commission said, "Ybor City, while also being a national historic destination, is one of our most popular filming locations. The area's depth and rich culture provide endless creative opportunities that appeal to a broad range of both national and international production companies and agencies."
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SOURCE Ybor City Development Corporation