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Exiting New York Film Czar Lacked Political Savvy for the Job, Insiders Say

21 August 2015 1:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cynthia Lopez, the New York film commissioner who will step down after less than 18 months on the job, didn’t have the political savvy to keep the city’s booming production activity on track, according to sources both in the industry and close to the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Nor, it’s said, did she show the business acumen that would have increased momentum in the sector.

It wasn’t any one thing that undid her, it’s believed. But her balanced, low-key demeanor seems to have contributed to a general sense in the industry that she was unengaged with the film community and ineffective in the job. That’s despite some recent reported milestones including year-on-year rises in episodic television (46 shows in 2014 vs. 29 the prior year) and in feature films (242 in 2014 compared to 194 in 2013). It’s expected that the 2015 feature tally will surpass the 2014 figure.

Lopez’s exit, »

- Gordon Cox and Brent Lang

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