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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio officially named Cynthia Lopez as the Big Apple's new film commissioner, confirming the news first revealed by The Hollywood Reporter Thursday. Lopez, who served as evp and co-executive producer of American Documentary and PBS documentary series Pov, replaces Katherine Oliver as commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. Lopez is a native New Yorker with more than two decades of experience in New York City's film and television industries. At Pov, she was responsibe for all aspects of development including programming, community engagement, digital strategies and overall strategic growth
- THR Staff
Cynthia Lopez, an executive vice-president and co-executive producer of the PBS documentary series “Pov,” is New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's choice as the city's new TV and film czar. Lopez will step in as commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, replacing Katherine Oliver who stepped down in January along with outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg. A formal announcement with the mayor is expected Friday, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation. Also read: New La Film Czar Ken Ziffren Calls Runaway Production a ‘Devastating Blow to the Middle-Class’ The appointment comes more than three months after de. »
- Todd Cunningham
After almost four months in office, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has finally, to the relief of Hollywood, named Cynthia Lopez as the new commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting. Katherine Oliver, who served in the post during former mayor Michael Bloomberg's tenure in office, stepped down in January upon Bloomberg's departure. Ever since then, the post has remained vacant. While Lopez and Oliver both come from television, the latter worked in the private sector and the former worked in the public sector. Prior to being appointed to the position of Film Czar by Bloomberg, Oliver served as General Manager for Bloomberg Television and Radio. Her background in broadcast news, along with her professional rapport with Bloomberg, which pre-dated her appointment, contributed immensely to the success of her initiatives to boost production in NYC. How then, does Lopez step into such well-made shoes? She »
- Shipra Gupta
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has tapped documentary filmmaker Cynthia Lopez to head the city’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting. According to multiple reports, an official announcement will come Friday morning. New York has recently been on a roll with its film and television production. It successfully lured NBC’s "Tonight Show" back from Burbank. TV series such as CBS’ “The Good Wife” call the city home, and several new blockbusters shot there, including “Noah” and “The Amazing Spider Man 2.” Still, the city’s entertainment community was uneasy that de Blasio was biding his time with an appointment for the Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s choice, Katherine Oliver, stepped down in January, leaving the crucial office leaderless. Lopez joins the office from PBS, where she served as vice president and co-executive producer American Documentary "Pov," where she’s worked since 2000. »
Lopez will take over immediately as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, replacing Katherine Oliver, who stepped down in January with outgoing mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Lopez will be introduced at a press conference with the mayor in New York on Friday morning.
She is executive vice president and co-exec producer of PBS documentary series “Pov.” Lopez joined American Documentary, the nonprofit that produces “Pov,” in 2000.
The appointment comes 3½ months after de Blasio took office – a delay long enough to rattle a local film industry that has, over the last dozen years, grown into a $7.1 billion boon to the local economy. With no new film czar immediately in place and a rumored list of candidates that prompted advocacy and opposition from all sides, Gotham film »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Gordon Cox
After a lengthy search, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has tapped PBS Pov exec Cynthia Lopez as the new commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting. We’ve learned Lopez’s appointment will be officially announced tomorrow at a noon press conference in NYC. Her exact start date has not yet been set. Lopez will replace Katherine Oliver, who exited in December at the end of former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s third and final term. With Lopez’s lack of experience in the city bureaucracy, sources tell Deadline that a key selection will be who the deputy commissioner could be in this new regime. The commission has been bullish about revitalizing the city’s film and TV production through generous tax credits and a streamlined permit process. Most recently Mayor de Blasio called Leslie Moonves, personally asking him to keep the Late Show »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
With no New York City film czar yet appointed some three months into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s term, the local entertainment industry’s backchannel lobbying has grown increasingly heated — a mark of the growing apprehension of an industry that has not yet gotten any sense of the new mayor’s attitude toward the biz and how its activities might be impacted by his administration’s policies.
With the selection process said to have narrowed to a handful of names – including, some sources add, candidates who haven’t yet surfaced publicly — the decision could be made as soon as next week, according to those with knowledge of the selection process. Chloe Drew, a former exec director of the Council of Urban Professionals, has been named the new director of the Mayor’s Office of Appointments to assist in filling the vacant commissioner posts in the administration, which has taken some »
- Gordon Cox
The pool of candidates for New York City’s next film commissioner is believed to have been narrowed to a handful of likely suspects, with a decision expected by the end of the month as the city’s film industry waits impatiently for new Mayor Bill de Blasio to fill the vacant slot.
Former Independent Film Project topper and Games for Change co-president Michelle Byrd is believed by many in the industry to be the frontrunner, with Julie Menin, the former chair of Community Board 1, also said to be a serious candidate for consideration. Pat Kaufman of the New York State Office for Motion Picture and Television Development and former SAG-aftra co-president Roberta Reardon are understood to have expressed interest in the post as well, while some insiders hint that there are other candidates in the running whose names have not yet emerged.
The mayor’s office declined to comment »
- Gordon Cox
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