Cynthia Lopez is resigning as head of New York City’s film office this October, The Hollywood Reporter announced today. Lopez was named commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment last April, where she encouraged film projects and television shows to shoot in the city and expanded educational and training opportunities for the film and television industries. First deputy commissioner Luis Castro will serve as acting commissioner once Lopez departs.
According to THR, New York saw a 56 percent growth in episodic television shows filming in the city in the 2014/2015 season. She also championed the continued expansion of the city’s soundstages, with York Studios and Silver Cup West expected to bring hundreds of new jobs to the city.
“I want to thank Mayor de Blasio for this wonderful opportunity. It has been satisfying to know that every time a Made in NY truck is on the streets of our communities, it means 130,000 more New Yorkers in middle class jobs,” Lopez said. “When I began as commissioner I wanted to ensure greater opportunities in the industry from diverse experiences, an increase in film production in the city, and to lay the groundwork for the agency to be more of a ‘one stop shop’ for productions. I am happy to say we’ve accomplished these goals.”
Lopez had previously served as co-executive producer of the documentary series “POV,” where she was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s development, including programming, community engagement communications, marketing and digital strategies. She succeeded Katherine Oliver as commissioner.