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A Welcome Message from Cynthia López, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment

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When Mayor Bill de Blasio called upon me to join his administration as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, I saw it as an opportunity to continue the work I’ve been committed to throughout the course of my career – using media and the language of film to serve the public and support the wider landscape of filmmaking in New York City.

My main goal as commissioner is to ensure that New York City is the creative capital of the world. Throughout my career, I have seen firsthand the production process in many other countries, and each time I come home, one thing is perfectly clear – there is no other place in the world that has what New York City has to offer. We welcome every kind of production, from a big summer blockbuster to an independent documentary, and the staff at the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is committed and here to assist the industry in whatever way possible.

Looking forward, I think it’s important to work toward diversifying the pool of production talent at all levels in New York City. My ability to forge strategic partnerships among corporate and public interest media has been a signature of my work, and as commissioner, I will work with the industry and independent producers and develop partnerships with academic institutions, local incubators and media organizations to showcase the amazing talent and legacy of filmmaking in New York City.

I grew up in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, so as a native New Yorker, I love seeing New York City depicted on screen but understand the inconveniences that sometimes occur when productions are filming on your block. We will continue to look at ways to balance the community’s needs with the logistics of on location filming. We want to open the lines of communication and emphasize the important role this industry plays in the local economy, employing New Yorkers and supporting local businesses. Together, we can maintain New York City’s position as a thriving center for content creation.

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About Commissioner López

Cynthia López is the Commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. López joined the City of New York from American Documentary | POV, where she had worked since 2000. Previously, she served as executive vice president and co-executive producer of the award winning POV (Point of View) documentary series, where she was responsible for all aspects of the organization's development, working with key stakeholders in education, public policy and community development. Her ability to forge strategic partnerships among corporate and public interest media has been a signature of her work.

During López’s tenure, POV earned numerous awards. In 2013 alone, it was one of only 13 nonprofit organizations worldwide to receive a $1 million MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Among its other honors are a Special News & Documentary Emmy Award for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking, two IDA Awards for Best Continuing Series, 32 additional Emmy Awards, 17 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards, three Academy Awards®, the Prix Italia and the Webby. López is the recipient of nine News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

Prior to joining POV, she served as acting executive director of the Deep Dish Satellite TV Network and executive producer of Hunter College’s Satellite TV Network, which included university, municipal, and public access channels that distributed Latino public interest programming. López is the founding chair of the board of directors of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). She also serves on the board of directors for Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB). In 2013, the Imagen Foundation cited her as one of the top 20 most influential Latinos in entertainment. She received her B.A. from Hunter College.

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