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Katherine Oliver has been synonymous with the New York movie business since spending a decade as film commissioner under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But after leaving City Hall in 2013, she’s been crisscrossing the globe — stopping in London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City and elsewhere.
The reason she’s been collecting frequent-flier miles: to offer strategies to mayors who want to replicate her success at working with Hollywood. As a consultant for Bloomberg Associates, a nonprofit organization that provides pro bono counseling to cities around the world, Oliver shares the lessons she’s learned about drawing productions to town.
An open dialogue with the entertainment industry is an important branding tool for many major cities, Oliver notes. “It’s about attracting and retaining jobs, and creating that buzz,” she says. “People have seen what Woody Allen has done — not just New York, but look at Barcelona, Rome, Paris and London. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Julie Menin has been selected as New York City Film Czar. Per media reports, Mayor Bill de Blasio chose her on Tuesday to succeed Cynthia Lopez, who left the post this past fall. Lopez had only even been there since the spring of 2014, when she succeeded Katherine Oliver, Mayor Bloomberg’s czar. Between Lopez and Menin, First Deputy Commissioner Luis Castro served as acting commissioner. Also Read: L.A. Film Czar: Tax Incentives About Middle-Class Jobs, Not Corporate Welfare Menin is currently commissioner of New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs. As the agency’s chief, Menin manages a »
- Tony Maglio
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