Mayor Sam Sullivan today launched the Task Force on the Film Industry, a new initiative aimed at supporting Vancouverâ€™s film industry and improving its connection with local neighbourhoods.
The Mayor and Councillor Elizabeth Ball were joined by leaders in the film industry, business groups and community organizations to kick off the Task Force on the set of Amped, a television pilot produced by Vancouverâ€™s Brightlight Pictures, for Fox 21 and Spike.
â€œFilm and television productions offer a significant economic and cultural benefit to our City and we must ensure that Vancouver remains one of the most sought-after locations for filming,â€ said Mayor Sullivan. â€œThis Task Force stems from City Councilâ€™s commitment to economic development, and our strategy to create a more competitive business climate in Vancouver.â€
The Mayorâ€™s Task Force will report to City Council in early 2007 on ways the City can support the film industry through:
The Task Force will also recommend ways in which the City and Mayorâ€™s Office can promote Vancouver to the international film industry. â€œAs Mayor, I want to let the world know that the City of Vancouver is not only a fantastic place to invest; we welcome film and television productions in our City,â€ Mayor Sullivan added.
The Mayor has appointed Vancouver entrepreneur Shawn Williamson, CEO of Brightlight Pictures, to chair the Task Force. Members include representatives from various industry associations, neighbourhood organizations, a business improvement society, the Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Park Board, a location manager and an independent film producer.
â€œThe broad community and industry representation on this Task Force will enable us to develop recommendations around areas of interest to both the industry and to local neighbourhoods,â€ said Councillor Ball. â€œThis is also a wonderful opportunity for Council to encourage the creation of additional jobs for highly-skilled artisans, craftspeople, technicians and artists who work in film and television production.â€
â€œAs an entrepreneur and film producer, I know Vancouver has the potential to become an even bigger player internationally,â€ said Williamson. â€œThis is an industry that is sensitive to the needs of local communities in which we operate, and I am thrilled to be working with the Mayor and Councillor Ball, along with members of the industry and the community, to ensure that film and television productions will survive and thrive in this City.â€
The Mayorâ€™s Task Force on the Film Industry is the latest policy initiative supported by the Mayorâ€™s Office over the past six months, in addition to EcoDensity, new Economic Development Guiding Principles, and the upcoming Public Disorder initiative.