Founded in 1996, Adrian & Thomas had a vision of taking our passion for videos, our awe of technology and our love of storytelling and combining them into the company that exists today.
The technology of video production has evolved a lot since the late 1990's. The tools to create stunning videos are more accessible and the demand for unique videos are growing every year. The passion that brought us together to create Empire Video Productions is the passion that sustains us every year - to create memorable moments in time.
As a dynamic and creative video production company - we currently call Miami, Florida home but Florida is not where we got our start. We began our journey in the video production world in the nation's 3rd largest city - Chicago, IL. Nestle in the quaint and diverse suburb of Homewood, IL (just 22 miles south of Chicago), we spent 5 years honing our craft and developing our talents. After we could no longer take the cold Chicago winters, we relocated the business to Orlando, Florida where we opened our first storefront in the Waterbridge Shopping Center in Orlando's south side. It was then we added photography to our video production array of services and welcomed Milagros to the team. We established ourselves as a limited liability company in the State of Florida on September 14, 2001 and are a member-managed and operated company. After 5 years of growing the business in Central Florida (and still realizing it gets cold in Orlando), we decided to travel farther south to Miami, Florida where the business now calls itself home. Now in our 12th year in sunny Miami (and our 17th year in the state of Florida), Empire Video Productions has grown from a small 2 man operation in Chicago, IL to a team of 6 who work together to bring live and video production to clients all across the United States.
THOMAS is a graduate of Trinity University with a degree in business management and business policy. He served as Station manager for KTVC-TV in San Antonio, TX and served as a free-lance producer/director in the San Antonio and Washington DC markets. Before opening his own business, he was managing director for the 3rd busiest Loews Cineplex Entertainment theater in Chicago, IL and senior manager for Texas's first 30-screen Megaplex theater. Thomas was a part of the exhibition/theater industry for six years partnering with AMC Theaters and Loews Cineplex Entertainment. In addition, Thomas was also a Store Manager for Structure, Inc and a Sales Area Manager for the Army Air Force Exchange Service.
ADRIAN attended Miami Dade Community College for two years studying communications and marketing. He won the JVC video competition in Orlando in 1994 for his short film on world peace. He spent 5 years in Miami studying photography and TV production and worked for the New World School of the Arts in stage production. Before opening his own business, he was a multi-unit store manager for J. Riggins Retailer in Houston, TX, a premiere store manager for Structure, Inc in Chicago, an award winning marketing manager for Magic Johnson Theatres and a Store Manager for Godiva Chocolatier.
MILAGROS became a contributing owner & silent partner of Empire Video Productions in January of 2004. Bringing a wealth of knowledge in small business operations in the Hispanic market, Milagros brought her photography and event planning skills to the company. She led our Orlando office photography division from 2004 to 2006 and brought more than 15 years of small business operation to the company having managed many service sector businesses including a hair salon and party shop. While remaining a silent partner, Milagros celebrated the end of her working career and retired from general operations in 2007.