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Pharrell Williams Sees New Media Industry for Virginia

Williams seeks to bring specific transformative business opportunities to the Commonwealth

Pharrell Williams and wife Helen hosted more than 70 state and regional leaders to discuss Virginia’s opportunities to capitalize on the expanding global demand for content and media technology. Williams—a globally-acclaimed Virginia-born musician, producer and entrepreneur—seeks to bring specific transformative business opportunities to the Commonwealth. Williams also met with Governor Northam and delivered a letter from several major studios and media companies expressing interest in Virginia opportunities. Companies included Netflix, Illumination Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Endeavor and 20th Century Fox.

“These are the types of jobs in advanced manufacturing and technology that we want to grow in Virginia,” said Virginia Beach Economic Development Director Warren D. Harris. “These jobs create transferable skills into defense, medical, A.I. and autonomous technology.”


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