Mayor Autry Receives Appointment To California Film Commission

(FRESNO , CA May 12, 2006) – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Fresno Mayor Alan Autry to the California Film Commission.

Mayor Autry has spent more than two decades in the film and television industry, appearing in TV shows such as “In the Heat of the Night,” “Grace Under Fire,” “The Dukes of Hazzard,” and “Cheers.” His film credits include “Amazing Grace and Chuck,” “Brewster’s Millions,” and “Popeye,” He also owns the Fresno-based production company, Autry Entertainment Group. From 1975, Autry was quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.

Other appointed members are producer, Stanley Mark Brooks, actor and director Danny DeVito, actor and director Bill Duke, actor and director Clint Eastwood, producer and entertainment executive Joe Hartwick, entertainment industry labor leader Michael Miller, producer Albert Ruddy, entertainment executive Keith Weaver and producer Tom Werner.

“From the small to silver screen, in front of the camera and behind the scenes, Alan, Stanley, Danny, Bill, Clint, Joe, Michael, Albert, Keith and Tom have the expertise needed to promote quality film production in California,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “I am pleased this team of renowned, award-winning professionals is serving the state of California to find innovative ways to encourage film production and the vital role it plays in our state.”

Upon receiving the appointment, Mayor Autry commented, “I’d like to thank the Governor for this great honor. The film and television industry has been a major component in the State of California’s economy for many years. But over the years we’ve let much of it slip away. It’s time to get it back. I look forward to working with the Governor and my fellow commissioners to do just that.

The California Film Commission (CFC) enhances California’s position as the premier location for all motion picture and television production. The CFC is a one-stop shop for filmmakers, issuing permits for filming on state-owned and operated property and offering filmmakers assistance in California. By working with production companies from start to finish, the CFC facilitates all aspects of the filmmaking process. The CFC works with communities and all levels of government to ease barriers that might discourage filming in California.

These positions do not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary.

Andrew T. Souza , City Manager
Contact: Rhonda Jorn, Public Affairs Officer: (559) 621-7777

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