Mayor Murray released this statement today about the recent leadership change at the City’s Office of Film and Music:
Last week, I announced the appointment of Kate Becker to the position of Director for the City’s Office of Film and Music. Since that appointment, I have heard from many in the film community who are curious, and in some cases, anxious to hear about my vision for the future of this office. I want to address what I’ve been hearing.
First, let me say that the work accomplished under the leadership of James Keblas has been instrumental in creating a vibrant local film and music scene in our great city. As I said in my initial announcement about Kate’s appointment, James’ phenomenal work has allowed Seattle to provide living wage jobs for those making film and music in the city and I truly thank him for laying that groundwork.
I believe we can take this success to the next level and I believe Kate can lead us there.
It is extremely important to me that I, and my administration, build a personal relationship with the people who work in the local film and music industries in Seattle. I have a strong legislative history of supporting both of these industries and saw great results with that work. I intend to show that same strong support here. I believe in the power of these industries to not only shine a bright light on the spectacular landscape and creativity we have to offer, but to create good paying jobs and generate tourism revenue.
To begin building that relationship with you, I have directed my staff to set up a meeting with myself and leaders in the local film and music industries in the coming weeks to gain insight into your concerns. I recognize that a change in leadership to a beloved local resource can be difficult, but it can also be exciting and I hope you will join me in finding new and exciting ways to enhance, not diminish, the great work that has been done so far by the Office of Film and Music. I look forward to working with you.