Michigan Film Office Director Departs

Michigan Film Office Director Departs

While 2015 is off to a solid start with television and feature films shooting throughout the Midwest, our community is losing yet another one of our strongest champions for production in this region. Following last week's news that Illinois Film Office Director Betsy Steinberg is departing (here's that article), SCREEN has received news that Michigan Film Office Commissioner Margaret O'Riley will be leaving her post at the end of this month.

O'Riley has accepted a promotion at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, as the new Vice President of Corporate Affairs, and Business Ombudsman Services. In this role, she will head up MEDC Board relations, local economic development partner relations, liaison with other state departments, industry association relations, tribal relations, and the protocol office.

Those new responsibilities begin immediately, but O'Riley will continue in her role as Film Office Commissioner until the end of this month dually. A new Film Commissioner will be appointed by the governor once the state government hiring process is complete.

O'Riley said in a statement, "I have met wonderful people in the film and digital media industries here, and across the country, but a special thank you to you. You truly have all been great to work with, which has resulted in great projects coming to our state, employing our citizens and utilizing Michigan businesses. Thank you for that."

And thank YOU, Margaret, for all of your hard work bringing outstanding feature film and television productions to Michigan and creating jobs for filmmakers throughout the Midwest.

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.