Just over a month after signing a big expansion of California’s $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program, Gov. Jerry Brown has picked a Democrat labor leader and a Republican PR CEO to join the state film commission’s board. The announcement of IATSE VP Thomas Davis and PMK*BNC boss Michael Nyman to the board of the Californian Film Commission comes as big change and big bucks are about to hit the state organization.
Next year will see not only an influx of hundreds of millions dollars in new tax credits for film and TV but also restrictions taken off the eligibility of tentpole features and network pilots. Additionally, the CFC must develop a new system to allocate credits to replace the now-discarded lottery system it has had in place since the program started in 2009.
Headed by Hollywood Teamsters chief Steve Dayan, the CFC’s board has 15 members. It is supposed to have 21. To that end, Davis and Nyman are filling vacancies, not replacing anyone.
Read the announcement from the Governor’s office below:
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.
Thomas Davis, 56, of Sherman Oaks, has been appointed to the California Film Commission. Davis is third international vice president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Executive Board, where he has been a member since 2001. He has been business manager at the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 80 since 1998, where he has held several positions since 1977, including vice president, chief organizer and executive board member. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Davis is a Democrat.
Michael Nyman, 50, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California Film Commission. Nyman has been chairman and chief executive officer of PMK*BNC since 2010. He founded Bragman Nyman Cafarelli in 1990, where he was chairman and chief executive officer from 2002 to 2009. Nyman is a member of the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communications Board of Councilors, World Presidents Organization Angeleno Chapter Board, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Board of Governors and the Brentwood School Board of Trustees and was a member of the Young Presidents Organization Board from 1999 to 2011. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Nyman is a Republican.