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Joe Murphy

Trifecta Productions 
Huntington, 37

Joe Murphy of Trifecta Productions has gone from Hollywood to Bollywood and now, back home to "Hollerwood." Murphy is president of Trifecta Productions, a company he co-founded with Jack Reynolds in 2007. 

"From an early age I fell in love with the creative process. I began writing at a very early age. I got my first hand-me-down camera at 7. I didn't put it down until my brother gave me my first guitar at 11."

Once he graduated from high school he spent time trying out an assortment of careers — corporate sales trainer and marketing director for a fishing lure company.

In Manhattan, Murphy worked with Night Train Films on projects such as The Amazing Race, The Biggest Loser and American Justice. He also worked with big-name clients such as Sony, Pfizer and Fannie Mae. 

Closer to home, Murphy got a job working on "We Are Marshall," where he learned that Huntington was as good a place as any to start a production company. 

"Today we have grown into a new facility boasting West Virginia's only available soundstage and a custom-built production facility that rivals many in New York or LA," Murphy said. 

Murphy said he is inspired by the "ingenuity and spirit of the Appalachian man and woman." 

"I've traveled the world and lived in many places only to find that everything I wanted or needed was always right here in West Virginia," Murphy said. "I have learned from mentors like A. Michael Perry that our ancestors were some of the most ingenious men and women in American history. He showed me that West Virginians are gifted with much more than strong backs. Our spirit, pride and creativity may be one of the United States' best-kept secrets."

Trifecta produced the documentary that accompanied the "Hatfields and McCoys" miniseries on the History Channel. The documentary premiered to more than two million viewers. 

Murphy was raised in Huntington by parents Janey and Romie Murphy. He has three older brothers: Frank, Bryan and Shawn. Murphy is also the father of Presley, 19; Dylan, 16; Nicholas, 11; and Olivia, 10. His girlfriend is Janet McCormick, an author and restaurateur. 

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