The behind-the-scenes Film Commission drama has intensified, with one employee saying she was fired last year for speaking out against inappropriate conduct.
Last May, Christine Munday was hand-delivered a termination notice from her boss, Susannah Robbins, executive director of the Film Office that’s overseen by the commission. Munday had been a permit issuer for the office for four years.
“I feel like it was retaliation for sure,” Munday said. Read More
The Film Commission works to attract moviemakers to San Francisco, but it has recently been dealing with its own behind-the-scenes drama.
Longtime producer and Commissioner Debbie Brubaker has come under scrutiny for her dealings with The City’s Film Office, which is overseen by the commission. Allegations include that she improperly used her position to influence hiring decisions and gain perks for productions. Read More
A committee of the Board of Supervisors will consider two gun-control measures today that were proposed by Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Malia Cohen. Both have been approved and endorsed by the Police Department and are sure to pass at the full board. Read More
After putting The City under his artistic spell, famed director Woody Allen is reportedly back in New York City. But local Film Commission officials hope to capitalize upon his decision to shoot his upcoming film in San Francisco. Read More
A successful China-based film production company is considering opening up an office in San Francisco, which could boost The City’s tech reputation and its film industry.Founded in 2004, Fu Feng Da, which specializes in 3-D conversions and special effects, has set its sights on San Francisco for a possible expansion as it looks to partner with American filmmakers. Read More
A proposal to expand the film rebate program to include documentaries and reality television shows appears headed for approval next week, after the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee supported the rebate legislation Wednesday. Read More
Hollywood actor sightings, movie-extra auditions and production jobs are on the rise in San Francisco, a promising sign as The City has spent years trying to breathe life into the film industry.
There was a 26 percent increase in film activity such as commercials, feature movies and television series last fiscal year compared to the year before, a trend the Film Commission hopes continues. Read More
A controversial plan to charge festival backers, film crews and construction firms more than $20 an hour to close a metered parking space has been toned down, but the reworked plan will cost the debt-ridden San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency $500,000. Read More