Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in one of his last acts in office, appointed four new members to the California Film Commission along with re-appointing five others to the panel.
Schwarzenegger announced on New Year’s Eve that he had tapped Hilary Rice Armstrong, Fred Baron, Lindy DeKoven and Aaron McLear to the commission. He also re-appointed Steve Dayan, Christine Essel, Janet Knutsen, Michael Miller and Gary Tobey.
The commission’s 21-member advisory board works to enhance the economic climate in California by keeping film industry jobs and projects in the state. The commission staff oversees the Golden State’s tax credit incentive program, approved in early 2009 with a maximum 25% credit and a total of $500 million in credits over five years.
Armstrong has been president of Fire of Life Films since 2006 and executive producer of “California State of Mind — the Legacy of Pat Brown.” Baron has been exec VP of feature production for Twentieth Century Fox since 2002.
DeKoven has served as president of DeKoven Entertainment. McLear has been Schwarzenegger’s press secretary since 2007.