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Richard Brick – In Memoriam

April 7, 2014 - The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment would like to extend its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Richard Brick, who passed away on April 2, 2014. Mr. Brick was the first commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, as the agency was then called, appointed in 1992 by Mayor David Dinkins. (Before his appointment, the head of the agency, which was established in 1966, held the title of executive director.) He served as film commissioner until 1994.

According to Filmmaker Magazine, at the time of Mr. Brick’s appointment, “the New York film production community was recovering from a production boycott by the major studios, who complained New York shooting was too expensive…and Brick, a seasoned UPM and line producer, used his deep ties to the production community as well as his forceful personality to bring studio production back to New York.”

The native New Yorker also taught at Columbia University, served as an officer of the Directors Guild of America and was a member of the Producers Guild of America. Prior to his appointment, he served as the production manager on a number of feature films, documentaries and TV series and later as a producer. His credits included Sweet and Lowdown, Deconstructing Harry and Arizona Dream.

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment would like to express our sincere appreciation for Mr. Brick’s efforts to promote filmmaking in New York City.
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