California’s New Film Commissioner Colleen Bell Looks Beyond Hollywood

Eight of the 10 productions recently approved for state tax credits will shoot outside of the 30-mile studio zone

Colleen Bell, the California Film Commission’s newly appointed director, has a mandate: Make “California for all” more than just a slogan, and her plan to accomplish that is to expand Hollywood’s film and TV business beyond Los Angeles.

Next year, as part of the plan to keep pushing the commission’s program forward, it will provide a job training component for production jobs that Bell said will specifically target people in disadvantaged communities.

“Right now, we’re having broad discussions about re-enforcing California’s position as the leading production location in the world,” Bell told TheWrap. “This is an evolutionary time in terms of the demand for content. We’ve become accustomed to this strong focus on L.A. and Hollywood as this zone where most production takes place, but do we know that that’s going to be the case for the next 10 years? There’s a possibility that these opportunities can be shared with other regions.”

Bell took over as film commissioner for the state in May, picking up the baton from California’s longest serving commissioner Amy Lemisch, who left the post…

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Trey Williams

Film Reporter covering the biz • trey.williams@thewrap.com • Twitter: @trey3williams