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Wilson picks six

Three Democrats among new film panelists

Gov. Pete Wilson announced on Friday six appointments to the California Film Commission.

Appointees ordinarily serve a two-year term, which in this case could be shortened to 45 days, given that commissioners serve at the pleasure of the governor, and Gov.-elect Gray Davis takes office Jan. 4.

Wilson showed no political bias in his selection, however. Three of the following appointees are Democrats:

  • Hope Boonshaft, L.A., is Sr. veep, external affairs, Sony Entertainment, overseeing the studio’s national and international government relations, community affairs and corporate philanthropy. A Democrat, she has served as Gov. Wilson’s appointee to the Task Force on California-Israel Exchange and as a delegate to the White House Conference on Trade and Travel. She currently serves as co-chair of President Clinton’s Women’s Leadership Forum and as a panelist on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

  • Diane G. Paskerian, San Francisco is prez of Paskerian & Associates, a tourism consulting firm. A consultant with the California Travel and Tourism Assn., she assists in the coordination of the Governor’s Conference on Tourism and the California Travel Mart for Intl. Tour Operators. From 1983-91, Paskerian served as deputy director of the Office of Tourism with the Calif. Dept. of Trade and Commerce.

    A past Wilson appointee to the California State Summer School for the Arts, Paskerian, a Republican, was recently elected director of the organization’s foundation board. A former TV producer of music, variety and talkshows for ABC, NBC and MGM in San Francisco and Hollywood, she is a member of the L.A. Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as well as the National Assoc. for Female Executives.

  • Allen “Mike” Frischkorn Jr., L.A., is prez of the American Film Marketing Association. He is a member of the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Controls, Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Services for Trade Policy Matters, Second Decade Council of the American Film Institute and the University Club in Washington, D.C.

  • Richard Masur, L.A., actor and director, is serving his second term as prez of the Screen Actors Guild. Masur is treasurer of the Motion Picture and Television Fund Corp., prez of the Screen Actors Guild-Producers Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund and a member of the board of directors of the Artists Rights Foundation and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.

    A Democrat, he serves as a member of the Advisory Council to the California Senate Select Committee on the Entertainment Industry and of President Clinton’s Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. Masur is also a member of the National Film Preservation Board.

  • Thomas Brodek, Beverly Hills, has served on the film commission since 1996. An indie TV and film producer since 1997, Brodek recently completed the ABC-TV Stephen King miniseries “Storm of the Century.” He has served as Sr. veep of ABC Prods., prez of Doric Prods., and exec veep of Mace Neufeld Prods.

    Brodek is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Directors Guild of America and the board of directors of the Entertainment Industry Development Corp. He is an advisor to the Film Commission of Northern England.

  • Elizabeth Daley, Santa Monica, a member of the film commission since 1996, is dean of the USC School of Cinema-Television and exec director of the Annenberg Center at USC.

    A Democrat, Daley is a member of the DGA and Women in Film. She was previously a producer with MGM/UA Television and director of Taper Media Enterprises.