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MADE Winners: Arts Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 17, 2021

Filmwerks

filmwerks.com

Year founded: 1997
 
Number of employees: 155
 
Top official: Mike Satrazemis, CEO
 
Company description: Production company focused on providing generator power, HVAC, lighting, scenic elements and temporary structures/ stages for live television broadcasts and events
 
Target market: Television networks and production companies/promoters
 
Company growth: “We used to be a strictly generator rental company; now we boast seven profit-center departments each with a distinct and unique valueadded service to cater to the needs of any event that is live on television or attended in real-time by thousands of patrons – such as music festivals.”
 
How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? “With over 120 local fulltime employees and scores of part-time labor and independent contractors, Filmwerks main contribution to the area is in the livelihoods we provide. Also, most of our vendors are local manufacturers and service providers.”
 
What are your future goals for the product? “Filmwerks is already the premier leader in our industry … but our goal is to continue to build our brand and find congruent markets.”  
 

House of Harris

houseofharris.com
 
Year founded: 2017
 
Number of employees: 1
 
Top official: Liz Carroll, co-owner and president
 
Company description: A boutique fabric and wallpaper company, founded by sisters Liz Harris Carroll and Charlotte Harris Lucas
 
Target market: The design trade through showrooms and reps across the country
 
Company growth: “House of Harris has continued and consistent growth since its inception. The volume of sales has not only increased, but so have the product offerings.”
 
How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? “House of Harris’ team is headquartered in Wilmington. The regional and national attention House of Harris has gained and brought focus and attention to the Wilmington region, as well as a physical presence of people coming to the area to do business with House of Harris.”
 
What are your future goals for the product? “House of Harris is launching its third collection in 2021. In addition to new wallpaper and fabric patterns, House of Harris is launching a line of performance fabrics to integrate into the collection. House of Harris also has a national fashion collaboration that will launch in the fall and has international implications.”  
 

T. Shaw Designs

tshawdesigns.com
 
Year founded: 2015
 
Number of employees: 1
 
Top official: Tom Shaw, owner/ operator
 
Company description: A graphic design and artistry firm that offers silkscreened artwork, event posters, apparel and branding and advertising services to corporate and music industry clients
 
Target market: National touring musicians, art collectors and small- to medium-sized businesses
 
Company growth: “My silkscreened event posters have grown from editions of 30-50 per show (2015-2016) to recently selling out an edition of 450 at Widespread Panic's three-night run at Riverfront Park.”
 
How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? “My art prints, concert posters and apparel are available at many local events and in several retail businesses throughout Wilmington. All locally themed apparel benefits local nonprofits – NourishNC, Cape Fear River Watch and Good Shepherd Center to name a few.”
 
What are your future goals for the product? “I plan on targeting more regionally and nationally recognized bands and musicians as clients to increase my output per project.”
 

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