The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) has announced that Lisa Strout, a veteran in the film and television industry and the former director of the film division in New Mexico’s Economic Development Department, will lead the Massachusetts Film Office (MFO) beginning June 15th.
New film director is MA native
Strout is a Bay State native from Lexington, MA. She started her film and TV career almost 30 years ago in MA, “working on a number of local film and television projects,” according to a news release from MOTT. Strout worked as location manager on high-profile productions in Massachusetts and Los Angeles before joining the New Mexico Film Office in 2001.
During the last seven years Strout has helped build the New Mexico film industry’s economic impact to $3.6 billion and expanded the local workforce from 300 to nearly 3,000, according to MOTT. She was also instruemental in attracting such top Hollywood movies as No Country for Old Men, 3:10 to Yuma and The Avengers to New Mexico. Overall, she managed 156 major film and television productions throughout according to information provided by MOTT.
Take a look at a video clip about the MA Film Industry on NECN
“Lisa is a stand-out in the industry and is the right person to lead the Massachusetts Film Office into the future,” said Betsy Wall, Executive Director of MOTT in the news release, adding that Strout “will bring nearly three decades of experience to her new role, and promises to build on our efforts to make Massachusetts the premier destination for film and television projects.”
“I am truly honored by this opportunity to work for the Patrick-Murray Administration and my home state of Massachusetts,” said Strout. “The Commonwealth’s leaders are committed to supporting an industry that creates high-wage jobs and supports local businesses, attracts private investment and grows our creative economy. Together, we will make the Massachusetts film industry tops in the nation.”
Major productions filming in MA
Since the beginning of 2011, three major film productions have come to Massachusetts and several more are scouting locations here. MOTT claims that Moviemaker Magazine recently ranked Boston the number one city in the country to film.
Several Massachusetts-based films received Golden Globe and Academy Award honors this past awards season, including “The Fighter” starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale and “The Social Network” the story of the founding of the social media giant “Facebook.”
According to MOTT, film production has “increased significantly since the 2006 film tax credit law went into effect, generating $161.2 million in new revenues, creating more than 1,800 new jobs and marketing the state to national and international audiences.”However during the past year, critics of the film tax credit say that more money has gone to out of town film stars than local people working in the film industry.
Strout will replace Nicholas Paleologos, former director of the MA Film Office. He was let go last year when the Film Office was reorganized and placed under the direct control of the MA Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT), according to a recent article in Variety.
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