Goodman Chairs Meeting of City Film Commissioners
By Tom McClimon
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, who was appointed chair of the new Mayors and City Film Commissioners Task Force by Conference President Denver Mayor Wellington E. Webb, moderated a meeting of city film commissioners held in Las Vegas May 16-17th.
In opening the meeting, Mayor Goodman talked about the importance of the film industry to Las Vegas bringing in over $19 million annually to the city. In his first six months in office, the Mayor has worked with the film industry to "make it easier for them to work in Las Vegas." The Mayor’s emphasis on the arts has also lead to Las Vegas being named the an "international city for writers", the first city in North America which will serve as a refuge for writers who are under attack in their countries.
The meeting in Las Vegas was held to set the stage for the inaugural meeting of the newly-created Mayors and City Film Commissioners Task Force that will take place in Seattle during the Annual Conference of Mayors June 9-13. Issues that will be discussed at the Task Force meeting will include ‘run-away’ film productions (productions shot outside the United States to avoid labor and other costs), and cities "best practices’ in film production.
Participants in the meeting along with Mayor goodman included Conference Executive Director J. Thomas Cochran, film commissioners from Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, San Diego, New Orleans, Tucson, Providence, Pittsburgh, Seattle, San Antonio, Nevada, Las Vegas and representatives from the Screen Actors Guild and Americans for the Arts.