The Virginia Film Office announced Wednesday that Andy Edmunds will be its new director. Edmunds had been serving as the interim director since April, stepping in for long-time Director Rita McClenny who was recently named president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corp. The Film Office is a division of VTC.
“For over 15 years Andy Edmunds has been a vital part of the Virginia Film Office. His work has elevated the reputation of the office worldwide and his tenacity and relationship building have brought the Commonwealth numerous projects …” McClenny said in a statement. “Spielberg’s Lincoln chose Virginia, and had a superb production experience, largely due to Andy Edmunds’ focus and attention.”
Edmunds is a Virginia native and a musician and songwriter. He came to the film office in 1997 as a location scout. “I look forward to continuing to give back to the state I know and love through an enthusiastic approach to attracting clients and delivering creative solutions,” he said.
As part of the transition, Edmunds has promoted Mary Nelson, former communications manager at the Film Office, to the position of deputy director. “Mary Nelson’s years of experience at the Film Office, along with her recent position as president of the Association of Film Commissioners International, give this office a valuable perspective and a depth of knowledge unique to Virginia,” Edmunds said in a statement.
In 2011, the economic impact of the film and television industry in Virginia was $394.4 million, a 14.5 percent increase over 2010. Nearly 4,000 jobs were attributed to the film industry in 2011, up from 2,651 jobs in 2010.
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