Garcia Agraz to run Mexico's Churubusco


MEXICO CITY -- Veteran filmmaker Jose Luis Garcia Agraz has been named managing director of Churubusco Studios, Mexico's most important film production facility.

Garcia Agraz replaces Mario Aguinaga, who headed the Mexico City-based studio during former President Vicente Fox's administration. Several years ago, Fox proposed to sell the historic state-run studio, which receives about 40% of its budget from the federal government.

Fox's privatization plan sparked outrage in the film community. The Mexican Film Academy called it "an attempt to exterminate our national film industry." Under mounting public pressure, Fox scrapped the budget proposal.

Contemporary foreign films shot at Churubusco include "Man on Fire," "Frida" and "Fidel." In recent years, the studio has shown growing interest in drawing more international productions.