The appointment of Patti Kaufman to head the state’s Motion Picture & Television Development Office is expected to be confirmed this week, possibly as early as Feb. 27.
Last week, neither Kaufman nor Gov. George Pataki’s press office had verified the appointment, despite a confirmation the previous week by outgoing deputy commissioner Bruce Feinberg.
State officials held to the badly kept secret even as industry insiders traded information about Kaufman’s appointment and details about her immediate plans. (She’ll hit Los Angeles for the Location Expo March 4-6, sources say.)
Kaufman, wife of Troma Films president Lloyd Kaufman, is expected to meet with union reps soon after taking the Manhattan-based office.
In recent weeks, her rumored appointment prompted some labor and business leaders to question her qualifications and her commitment to union labor.
Troma’s low-budget films, including some on which Kaufman worked as an administrative exec, are typically shot non-union.
Despite the recent friction, some industryites say they are willing to give the new deputy commissioner a break.
Iris Films prez Morty Dubin, chairman of an ad hoc industry committee that met last month with state officials to pledge support for Feinberg, said that, despite not being asked for input regarding the new appointment, “The industry will cooperate in every shape, matter and form to make the transition a success.”