By Eric Eidelstein | Indiewire April 18, 2014 at 3:25PM
Earlier today Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that Cynthia Lopez will be serving as Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment.
Lopez has worked over two decades in the film and TV industry and currently serves as executive vice president and co-executive producer of American Documentary and the critically acclaimed documentary series, POV.
"The film and television industries are central to New York City’s cultural vitality and to economic strength," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "Cynthia has the experience and understands how the industry works in the city, and as commissioner, she will lead the administration’s efforts to continue keeping New York City a top filming destination – while opening up the industry to New Yorkers from all five boroughs."
As commissioner, Lopez is responsible for overseeing the entertainment industry in New York City, particularly emphasizing the need for diversity and inclusivity in the field.
"Having spent my entire career working in the television and film industries in New York, I’m honored to join the de Blasio administration," Lopez said. "New York City is a thriving center of production and home to thousands of creative professionals who contribute to the film and television industries—and I look forward to leading the administration’s efforts to drive more film production to New York."