Brown named Brit Film Commissioner

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LONDON -- Former Cinesite chairman Colin Brown is the new British Film Commissioner, the U.K. Film Council said Tuesday.

Brown replaces Steve Norris, who left the position in November after six years to join post-production house Framestore as its managing director of film.

The film commissioner post was created to ensure that the U.K. remains a destination for Hollywood and overseas production, with Brown aiming to maximize inward investment in film production across the U.K.

Brown, who has sat on the U.K. Film Council Board since 2004, has stepped down from the board with immediate effect.

U.K. Film Council chief executive John Woodward said that Brown's understanding of the industry and 10 years spent at Cinesite dealing with the U.S. studios was invaluable.

"(Brown) is one of the few people with an expert understanding of the British film production infrastructure and a real understanding of how Hollywood greenlights films for particular production destinations," Woodward said in a statement.

With the new system of tax credits about to come into play in the new year, Brown's appointment is timely.

For his part, Brown said he was excited by the prospect of his new role.
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