Barrantes, Cluff lead film czar candidate list

The search for a new Los Angeles city film liaison has narrowed significantly.

Sources say that among the top candidates under consideration are Rebecca Barrantes, director of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Land Preservation Corp., and Cody Cluff, director of business retention for the Economic Development Corp.

“They are being considered, but they are not the only finalists,” confirmed Alfred Robles Villalobos, L.A. deputy mayor.

He would not say who else is being considered.

Sources have said that the city appointment would probably not be someone from within the film industry. The bigger emphasis would be placed on finding someone who could successfully work within the bureacracy of City Hall,although familiarity with the industry would be a plus.

Producer Dawn Steel and Warner Bros. VP/general manager Jack Foreman were due to sit down for final candidate interviews this Friday, but scheduling conflicts have postponed that date.

Villalobos said he was not sure what day the final interviews would take place.

“We’re still shooting to announce a new person for the job by early September ,” Villalobos said.

Barrantes has been a public liaison for the MTA and has done some work with film matters through that office.

Cluff, through the privately owned EDC, has supervised the handling of filming problems for the county of Los Angeles for the past several years.

The job has been vacant for nearly two months, since Beth Kennedy was fired when former Mayor Tom Bradley left office.

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