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February 24, 2006
Mayor announces City Film Commissioner
  
Mayor David Miller today announced the appointment of Karen Thorne-Stone as the City of Toronto’s Film Commissioner at the annual general meeting of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists. Thorne-Stone, who was most recently Acting Executive Director of Economic Development for the City, has worked at the City for more than 18 years. She will begin as Film Commissioner on March 20.

“The film industry is a vitally important part of Toronto’s economic and cultural livelihood and Karen understands that,” said Mayor David Miller. “I look forward to working with her and the Film Board as we continue to fight for the removal of senior government policies that have resulted in reduced domestic production in this city.”

In her previous role, Thorne-Stone was instrumental in establishing the Mayor’s Film Board and began developing a strategy for the sector in Toronto.

“I look forward to advancing development of Toronto’s film and television sector and to promoting our city as a serious competitor in feature film, television and commercial production,” said Thorne-Stone.

As Film Commissioner, Thorne-Stone is responsible for recommending and advising on effective strategies and policies to promote Toronto as a film production destination to film, television, and commercial producers nationally and internationally; and for developing relationships and networks between the City of Toronto, the sector and other relevant parties and government.

Thorne-Stone will provide leadership to remove barriers and facilitate film and television production opportunities. To benefit the growth and long-term sustainability of Toronto’s film and television industry, she will be responsible for advocating for and influencing policy and legislative change. She will also act as the City’s representative on film-related development and infrastructure matters, including Film Port and business relocation. The Toronto Film & Television Office, led by Rhonda Silverstone, will continue to provide service to the industry.

In 2004, almost $950 million worth of film and television productions were shot in Toronto. The industry provides 25,000 jobs in the city, making it one of the city’s largest employers. Since 1994, growth of major productions in Toronto has increased by nearly seven per cent annually.


Media contact:

Stuart Green
Office of Mayor David Miller
416-338-7119


 

 

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