February 6, 2016
By Tara Jessup
New York, NY – Julie Menin has been appointed Commissioner of the NYC's Office of Media and Entertainment. Menin takes on this role as the agency expands with a broader focus. The industry is now a key component of New York City’s economy employing thousands of New Yorkers. Filming and media productions are now taking place in every neighborhood creating economic engines at local city communities.
“Julie has shown time and again that she is a highly effective leader who has the skills and passion to get the job done for New Yorkers,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “As DCA Commissioner, Julie saved everyday New Yorkers thousands of dollars, reduced fines on small businesses and spearheaded campaigns to uplift NYC’s residents in all five boroughs. I have the utmost confidence she will bring that same spark and commitment to MOME as it grows its reach in the media and entertainment community.”
The industry has become critical to the city employing 130,000 jobs and generating $9 billion in economic activity. Julie with a strong track record of success as Consumer Affairs Commissioner was on the Mayor's short list for upgrade. Its clear from the Mayors press conferences that Menin will be charged with expanding the portfolio working closely with digital content start-ups, distribution companies, the advertising industry, and the Broadway theater communities.
George Miranda, President of Teamsters Joint Council 16, said, "Julie Menin has been a responsive and innovative commissioner at the Department of Consumer Affairs. She is a great fit for this new position and we look forward to working with her to support New York's film and television industry and the thousands of middle-class jobs it provides."
Stuart Match Suna, President of Silvercup Studios added, "The film and production industry in New York continues to grow and provide good jobs for New Yorkers and revenue for the city and state. Julie is smart, energetic and a doer who gets things done.”