The City adopted a film rebate program five years ago to try and breathe more life into a dying film industry. Now five years later, after some success in attracting more film activity, the rebate program was extended Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors in an 11-0 vote to include documentaries and television series. Read More
A $60,000 film session inside Candlestick Park on Wednesday might save the planet from a perilous viral outbreak.The producers of the movie “Contagion” — a star-studded action thriller about an international pandemic — are paying The City $60,000 to reserve the stadium that is home to the San Francisco 49ers. The rate was $10,000 a day, for Sunday through Friday, with filming scheduled to wrap up Wednesday. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom has yet to pick a new film chief whose job is to oversee all of San Francisco’s filming activity and lure productions to the city by the Bay. Read More
The Film Commission is meeting in closed session Monday to possibly vote on recommending to Mayor Gavin Newsom who he should pick to serve as the commission’s executive director following Stefanie Coyote’s somewhat controversial resignation, which came with a Read More
The makeup and powers of the Film Commission will remain as is after voters rejected Proposition C.
Introduced by Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, the City Charter amendment aimed to change how the 11 members of the Film Commission are appointed. All are appointed by the mayor, but passage would have split the appointing power so five members would be chosen by the Board of Supervisors and six by the mayor. Read More
The Board of Supervisors voted 9-0 Tuesday to place on the June ballot a charter amendment that would take away the mayor’s power to appoint all 11 film commissioners.
It is the first charter amendment to make it on to the June ballot. If approved by voters, the appointing power would be divided between the mayor and the Board of Supervisors, who would appoint five of the eleven. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that he stands behind his effort to oust the head of the San Francisco Film Commission, but questions persist about the decision and his power of removal.
For five years, Stefanie Coyote served as Newsom’s choice to help revive the film industry in San Francisco as the executive director of the commission.
But soon after Newsom abandoned his gubernatorial bid in October, he had one of his staffers tell Coyote to resign. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom’s abrupt dismissal of The City’s film office head was blasted Monday by the commission in charge of overseeing the moviemaking industry in San Francisco.
Newsom’s decision to oust Stefanie Coyote as executive director of the Film Commission was part of a number of staff changes he’s made since abandoning his gubernatorial bid in October. Read More