Keith Weaver Elected Chairman of California Film Commission

2:47 PM PST 01/05/2012 by Alex Ben Block
From left: Keith Weaver, Hilary Armstrong and Steve Dayan

The Sony Pictures Entertainment exec replaces IATSE official Michael F. Miller, Jr. for the 2012 term.

Keith Weaver has been elected as chairman of the California Film Commission for its 2012 term. He replaces IATSE official Michael F. Miller, Jr., who continues as a board member.

Weaver’s day job is executive vp of worldwide government affairs for Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he has worked for over a decade. He has been on the board of the film commission since 2008.

"Keith brings a powerful blend of public affairs and entertainment industry experience that will help advance our mission of increasing production and creating jobs in California," says Amy Lemisch, executive director of the California Film Commission. "He's as much at home in Sacramento as he is in
Hollywood, and he knows how to get things done."

In addition to Weaver, Steve Dayan, business agent for Teamsters local 399, was elected vice chairman; and Hilary Armstrong, a documentary producer, was elected secretary.

There are 21 members of the commission’s board. They advise the commission on movie and TV related policies, and oversee the state’s annual grant of $100 million in tax breaks to keep productions in the state.

Members of the board are appointed by the governor, president of the state Senate and speaker of the state Assembly.

Before he joined Sony in 2002, Weaver was staff director for the California State Redistricting Office; and was manager of community and government relations for Kaiser Permanente.
    

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