Julie Menin will be named New York City Film Commissioner, Variety has learned.
Menin, who has a background in New York politics and non-profit work, will replace Cynthia Lopez, who announced she would step down from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment last summer. Menin is currently serving as commissioner of consumer affairs. She ran unsuccessfully for Manhattan Borough President in 2013.
An announcement is expected to come as early as Tuesday morning. Menin’s appointment comes as the economic power of the film and television industry continues to rise. Spending on filmed production in New York City has grown $1.5 billion in the last four years, hitting a total of $8.7 billion and the total number of full-time equivalent employments in the filmed production industry now tops more than 100,000, according to a recent study released by the Boston Consulting Group.
In Menin, Mayor Bill de Blasio gets a public official who is experienced in navigating both the private and the public sector. Menin served for three consecutive terms as chairperson for Community Board 1 and also was the founder and the president of the Wall Street Rising, a non-profit organization that helped with the recovery of lower Manhattan following the September 11 attacks.
She is also a lawyer and started a restaurant in the Financial District called Vine.
Menin has some experience in the entertainment world, as well, having served as a host and co-producer of the cable news show “Give & Take.”
Luis Castro served as interim commissioner after Lopez’s resignation. The Mayor’s office is known to have considered a number of film industry vets before settling on Menin.