The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment has officially announced that Julie Menin will take on the role of New York City Film Commissioner. Lenin will replace Cynthia Lopez, who announced she would stepping down from the position last summer. Luis Castro has been serving as interim commissioner since Lopez’s resignation. Variety first reported the hire.
Menin has been the commissioner of New York’s Department of Consumer Affairs since 2014. She previously ran for Manhattan Borough President in 2013. Her eclectic resume also includes a law degree, founding the restaurant Vine in the Financial District and hosting and co-producing the NBC cable news show “Give & Take.”
In her new role, Menin will encourage film projects and television shows to shoot in the city and expand educational and training opportunities for the film and television industries. Under Lopez’ watch, New York saw 56 percent growth in episodic television shows filming in the city in the 2014-2015 season. According to Variety, the city has grown $1.5 billion in the last four years, and the total number of full-time employments in the filmed production industry now tops more than 100,000. This makes Menin’s hire particularly crucial for the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.
Menin was appointed to her new role by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.