Film Commission searches for new executive director 

Controversy swirled around Mayor Gavin Newsom’s handling of requesting the resignation of Stefanie Coyote from the executive director post of the Film Commission.

After all was said, Coyote’s last day was officially Jan. 31, and the commission and film office will now operate without an executive director while the commission searches for a new one.

Newsom’s spokesman Tony Winnicker said that the commission is searching for a replacement. In the meantime, the two staffers in the Film Office will work with the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development to work on attracting film projects.

This June, voters may have a say on the future of the Film Commission. Amid the dustup over Coyote, Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier introduced a charter amendment that would change how the 11-member commission is appointed.

Currently, the Film Commission is made up of 11 members, who are all appointed by the mayor. If voters approve the proposed measure, the appointments would be divided up. The Mayor would appoint six, while the Board of Supervisors would appoint five.

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