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Studio bosses agree with de Blasio’s choice for movie czar

By Bill Parry

The heads of the borough’s two biggest film and television studios are delighted with the city’s new movie czar.

Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Julie Menin as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment after a successful two-year run as commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs.

“Julie will be a terrific advocate for our industry,” Kaufman Astoria Studios President and CEO Hal Rosenbluth said. “Thousands of New Yorkers work in film and television production and we look forward to working with our new commissioner to keep this economic engine growing.”

The city’s filmed entertainment industry now contributes $8.7 billion to the economy, an increase of more than 21 percent since 2011. Full-time jobs have grown 10 percent from 94,000 to 104,000 over the last four years.

“Julie Menin has been a tireless advocate for New York City consumers,” Silvercup Studios President Stuart Match Suna said. “I have known Julie for many years and I’m confident that she will do the same for the film and television industry. Julie is smart, energetic and a doer who gets things done.”

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

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