Jess Conoplia has been named to the new position of executive vice president and chief operating officer, reporting to Dalal. Both will be based in Los Angeles to centralize AFCI operations.
Friday’s announcement was made at the start of AFCI’s 41st annual Cineposium, which brings together 100 film commissioners to Los Angeles.
Dalal has been managing director of Motion Picture Association’s India office, executive director of Time Warner’s Asia-Pacific Corporate Affairs Division, and deputy film czar for the City of Los Angeles, where he helped push for the enhanced California film/TV tax credit.
Conoplia previously held senior positions with Wanda Studios Qingdao, the British Film Commission, and Screen Queensland. She also served as global executive director of the China Hollywood Society.
The organization said the duo will focus on global production policy – which until now has been largely ignored – and will include educating government officials on industry best practices that promote enhanced economic development and job growth. AFCI also said it will continue to provide member commissions with workforce development training and stronger ties to the production industry.
“The leadership and strategic changes announced today represent a significant turning point for our organization,” said AFCI board chair Kevin Jennings, who has served as executive manager of New Zealand’s Film Otago Southland since 2006. “Rajiv and Jess bring the expertise, international experience, and industry relationships needed for AFCI to better serve its members and the production community.”