Commission oversees state's tax credit incentive program

The California Film Commission’s board of commissioners has elected Sony exec Keith Weaver as chair for the 2012 term.

The commission, which oversees the state’s 4-year-old tax credit incentive program, made the announcement Thursday.

Weaver serves as exec VP of worldwide government affairs at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he has worked for more than a decade. He joined the commission’s board in 2008.

Weaver replaces outgoing Chairman Michael F. Miller, Jr. of the Int. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, who will continue to serve as a board member. Teamsters Local 399 Business Agent and Organizer Steve Dayan has been tapped as vice chair and documentary producer Hilary Armstrong was selected as secretary.

The 21-member board advises the film commission, which is headed by Amy Lemisch. Members are appointed by the Governor, Senate Pro Tem and Speaker of the Assembly.

“Keith brings a powerful blend of public affairs and entertainment industry experience that will help advance our mission of increasing production and creating jobs in California,” Lemisch said. “He’s as much at home in Sacramento as he is in Hollywood, and he knows how to get things done.”

Prior to joining Sony in 2002, Weaver served as staff director for the California State Redistricting Office, where he led the effort to develop new legislative district boundaries.

Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes is developing legislation that would extend California’s film production incentive program and plans to introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative session, which began this week. The California program has allocated credits totaling $400 million and will dole out another $100 million this July plus $100 million more in July 2013.

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