MPC Elects New Board Of Directors

The Massachusetts Production Coalition (MPC), the leading voice of the film and television community in the state, has announced a newly elected Board of Directors – including representatives from some of the most well-known production companies and other independent professionals in the Commonwealth.

In an unprecedented show of interest and commitment to the coalition, 33 highly respected candidates from all corners of the MA production community accepted nominations to compete for 22 Board seats.  This is not surprising, as the coalition has most recently been the prominent voice and rallying center for protection of the Film Tax Credit legislation which has generated over one billion dollars in new direct spending and thousands of jobs in the state since 2006.

Seventeen of the board members serving terms ending April 30, 2010 were re-elected, while 5 new board members were added.
The new Board, scheduled to begin a two-year term on May 1st, is comprised of the following members:

Bestor Cram – Executive Producer, Northern Light Productions
Bill Goodell – Director of Integrated Production, Arnold Worldwide
Charles Merzbacher – Film & TV Professor, Boston University
Chris Anderson – Independent Sound Designer
Chris O’Donnell – Business Manager, IATSE Local 481
Don Packer – President, Engine Room
Dona Sommers – NE Executive Director, AFTRA/SAG
Dot Aufiero – President, Silent Partner Entertainment
Eran Lobel – President, Element Productions
Geoff McAuliffe – Co-Owner, Brickyard VFX
Joseph Maiella – VP Sales, Media Services
John Cini – President, High Output Inc.
John MacNeil – Founder, Moody Street Pictures
John Rule – President, Rule Boston Camera
Julie Arvedon – Director of Marketing, Boston Casting
Kathy O’Toole – General Manager, National Boston Studios
Liza Near – Senior VP, Mullen Communications
Margie Sullivan – Executive Producer, Red Tree Productions
Mitch Rosenwald – Executive Producer, Magic Box Films
Susi Walsh – Executive Director, Center for Independent Documentary
Tom Field – Principal, The Field Organization
Tug Yourgrau – President, Powderhouse Productions

The Massachusetts Production Coalition represents members in large and small film-related businesses throughout the Commonwealth, as well as members within the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, among others. The collective experience and expertise of its board and membership have created a production-friendly climate in Massachusetts, complete with all of the resources necessary to service all aspects of the film, television and new media production industries. This in turn has led to the creation of scores of new businesses and thousands of new jobs in Massachusetts.