Allen R. “Mike” Frischkorn, president of the American Film Marketing Assn., will depart the org when his contract expires in December.
Frischkorn, who’s been in the job for two years, said Tuesday that a combination of personal and professional considerations led to his decision to return to Washington, D.C., rather than re-up. He had worked extensively as a lobbyist and lawyer prior to his involvement with AFMA.
Film Market chairman Bill Shields said he has had initial discussions with Frischkorn that would pave the way for him to rep AFMA in D.C.
“Certainly two of the biggest assets Mike has brought to the job are his knowledge of government and politics and overall organizational skills,” Shields said. “Obviously, if we can keep him involved, it will influence our choice of a new president.”
Frischkorn has been credited with providing AFMA with a stronger voice in federal and state film policies. He was the driving force in the establishment of the organization’s Producers Committee, which was established to address those member companies– roughly 70% of its roster — involved in both sales and production.