|Rick Fox seeking to invest in Bahamas|
Guardian Business Reporter
Published: Dec 28, 2012
Former professional basketball player and one of Hollywood’s leading men Rick Fox is looking to invest significantly in The Bahamas in the area of film and entertainment.
Fox, born in Nassau, shared with Guardian Business that he is currently in discussions with several of his business affiliates about not only shooting films in The Bahamas but doing other kinds of business here as well.
Speaking exclusively with Guardian Business, the former National Basketball Association (NBA) player turned actor said he wants to ensure that more and more people get a taste of what The Bahamas has to offer.
Fox stars in television hits like BET’s “The Game” and VH1’s “Single Ladies” and hopes that these shows will use The Bahamas as a backdrop for some episodes. In addition to his acting career, Fox has a production company called 1744 Entertainment, where he is seeking to push more Bahamian-based content.
“We create content for television and movies. We also have a division that is responsible for creating digital content. I would like to see some of the content that I’m creating actually find its way to The Bahamas in terms of being shot and showing the beauty and the culture of the country. That’s the focus and dream of the content that I create.”
Fox has also teamed up with former U.S. Ambassador Nicole Avant in an effort to bring more business opportunities to The Bahamas.
“We need to have the lens of a camera turned on to the landscape of The Bahamas and to expand globally, whether it’s through the web or movie screen. It’s a great way to market what we already know and what people continue to find out but I’d like to see more and more people to get a taste of what we call home.”
Andy Ingraham, president and CEO of the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers Inc. (NABHOOD), touted the benefits that Fox’s celebrity status could bring to The Bahamas.
“I think it helps the advertising base for The Bahamas, in particular the Ministry of Tourism because any image that The Bahamas can bring to the world turns back into economic impact in terms of people coming to visit.”
Ingraham shared with Guardian Business that success stories like Rick Fox, who went from athleticism to entrepreneurship, should serve as an inspiration for Bahamians.
Fox plans to meet with the prime minister on possible business opportunities at some point next week. He is expected to arrive in Nassau by the end of the week.