The most current list of MFOAC members and their contact is above as the Governor has reappointed Hopwood Depree and appointed Sanford Nelson, John Loeks and Terry Terry. MPA encourages you to develop diaglogue with MFOAC members regarding the state of the industry. You may send email to them and if it for an MFOAC meeting, be sure to indicate whether you would like your communication to be part of the public record.
MFOAC last met in Traverse City on Friday August 2 at 10a Minutes right here
William Ludwig is now chair of the MFOAC, Joe Voss of Grand Rapids and Bryan Winn of Lansing were appointed several months ago. Bob Brown and Danielle Karamanos were not been reappointed. As of November 10, Cory Jacobson and Sue Marx have also not been re appointed.
The Michigan Film Office Advisory Council, formerly the Michigan Film Advisory Commission, is responsible for advising the office, the fund, the governor, and the Legislature on how to promote and market Michigan to film, television, digital media, and related industries. The council may make inquiries, studies, and investigations, hold hearings and receive comments from the public.
These appointments are not subject to disapproval by the Michigan Senate.
Initially, the members will have staggered terms that will after a couple years go to standard 4 year terms.
The OLD language for make up of MFAC:
The commission shall consist of the
(a) Thirteen individuals appointed by the governor as follows:
(i) Five members associated with broad areas of film and motion picture making, production of television programs and commercials, and related industries in Michigan.
(ii) Two members representing Michigan-based theater owners, 1 of whom shall be a large theater owner. As used in this subdivision, “large theater” means a theater with 10 screens or more or that seats 1,000 individuals or more.
(iii) Two members from film, television, or related industry unions.
(iv) Three members appointed from the public at large and not active in the film, television, and related industries.
(v) One member representing local units of government.
(b) One individual appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
(c) One individual appointed by the senate majority leader.
(2) The Michigan film commissioner shall serve as an ex officio nonvoting member of the commission.
The NEW Language:
Less theater owners, a new member for film offices, or local units of Government and formalizing an appointment by the Speaker of the house and senate.
The council shall consist of the following members:
(a) Fourteen individuals appointed by the governor as follows:
(i) Five members associated with broad areas of film, digital media, and motion picture making, production of television programs and commercials, and related industries in Michigan.
(ii) Two members from film, television, digital media, or related industry unions.
(iii) One member representing theater owners based in this state.
(iv) One member representing local film offices or local units of government.
(v) One individual selected from a list of 3 or more nominees submitted by the speaker of the house of representatives.
(vi) One individual selected from a list of 3 or more nominees submitted by the senate majority leader.
(vii) Three other residents of this state, including at least 2 residents not active in the film, television, digital media, and related industries.
(b) The commissioner, who shall serve as an ex officio nonvoting member of the council.
(c) The president of the fund.
(2) The governor shall designate 1 member of the council to serve as chairperson of the council at the pleasure of the governor. The members of the council may elect a member of the council to serve as vice-chairperson of the council and may elect other members of the council as officers of the council as the council considers appropriate.
(3) Except as provided in subsection (4), the term of office of each member of the council appointed by the governor under subsection (1)(a) shall be 4 years.
(4) Of the members of the council initially appointed by the governor under subsection (1)(a), 4 shall be appointed for terms expiring on September 30, 2008, 4 shall be appointed for terms expiring on September 30, 2009, 3 shall be appointed for terms expiring on September 30, 2010, and 3 shall be appointed for terms expiring on September 30, 2011.
If you read the new law, it's pretty much like the old with MFOAC's mission to promote Michigan as a location and assist MFO in drawing in new business.
(7) The council may do 1 or more of the following:
(a) Advise the office, the fund, the governor, and the legislature on how to promote and market this state’s locations, crews, facilities, and technical production facilities and other services used by film, television, digital media, and related industries.
(b) Encourage community and Michigan film, digital media, and television production industry participation in, and coordination with, state efforts to attract film, digital media, television, and related production to this state.
(c) Assist the office and the fund in promoting, encouraging, and facilitating film, digital media, television, and related production in this state.
(d) Develop strategies and methods to attract film, digital media, television, and related business to this state.
(e) Under direction of the office, provide assistance to film, digital media, television, and related service personnel who use this state as a business location.
(f) Sponsor and support official functions for film, digital media, television, and related industries.
(g) Assist in the establishment of film, digital media, and television ventures and such related matters as the officeconsiders appropriate.
(h) Make inquiries, studies, and investigations, hold hearings, and receive comments from the public. The council may also consult with outside experts in order to perform its duties, including, but not limited to, experts in the private sector, organized labor, government agencies, and at institutions of higher education.
(i) Provide other assistance or advice relating to the duties of the council under this chapter as requested by the commissioner.
(8) The council shall meet not less than 3 times per year and at the call of its chairperson.
Information about the new film office director. She is not a film commissioner and merely adminsters the grant program.
O'Riley is director of the Michigan Film Office and an ex officio member of MFOAC she has not vote.. She previously served as director of strategic planning for the Michigan Department of State and as a senior adviser to the Secretary of State and the department's chief of staff. O'Riley also was a founding partner of the Sterling Corp. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Michigan State University and participated in the Strategic Leadership for State Executives Program at Duke University.
O'Riley will serve a two-year term that expires Dec. 31, 2014.
Ever since the MFAC was formed I advocated for them to develop a strategy, I even flogged one on many occasions for discussion, but they basically ignored it and worse, the idea. Choosing instead to go there own way which tended to be reactionary and not at all pro active. MPA is urging the MFO to develop a such a strategy to further the cause of growing and maintaining our industry. Film Friendly Michigan is a partner working with us on SWOT analysis (Success/Weakness/Opportunity/Threats) - brainstorming sessions to provide fuel for what needs to be done. This report is nearly complete and will be released in late June. The MFO has minimized the need for a strategy and provided what they call their "operating plan' which provides broad strokes plans to adminster the grant program but really no discussion about growing the industry.
MFOAC lacks many things to help the industry go forward. Your involvement will help! Use the contact list above to let these appointees know your mind.
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