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Crystal Palmer Out at Film Office, Replaced by Herbert Niles

Crystal Palmer is out of her longtime job at the D.C. Film Office. Palmer has taken a position in the office of Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins, where she will serve as senior adviser for special projects. Palmer will be succeeded, at least temporarily, by film office staffer Herbert Niles. Hoskins' office announced the [...]

What’s Next for Lincoln Theatre?

In a press conference inside the Lincoln Theatre this afternoon, Mayor Vince Gray and D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Executive Director Lionell Thomas elaborated—a little bit—on what the venue's future could look like once DCCAH officially takes over Jan. 1.
Gray says that $1 million will be committed to physical upgrades to the theater. [...]

Gray’s Latest Studio Pitch: The Statehood Show?

This post has been updated.
Earlier this year, Mayor Vince Gray, while in Los Angeles for a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, took a side trip to meet with several Hollywood production companies in hopes of enticing them to bring more film and television shoots to D.C. Since those July meetings, the Office of [...]

Hearing Runs Gamut on Film Office, but Popcorn Tax Is Still Unpopular

The D.C. Council's Committee on Small and Local Business Development yesterday held a top-to-bottom hearing on the operations and objectives of the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development. Although the panel's chairman, Vincent Orange, D-At Large, called the proceeding a "roundtable" two issues stuck out: the financial status of the film office's incentive program [...]

Gray Proposes Popcorn Tax Along With Major Overhaul to Film Incentive Program

Earlier this afternoon the Washington Business Journal reported that Mayor Vincent Gray is proposing a new vehicle to help finance the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development's longterm goal of enticing a movie theater chain to build a multiplex east of the Anacostia River. In legislation introduced in the D.C. Council by Chairman Kwame [...]

Gray’s Hollywood Junket Lands Grisham Series

Looks like Mayor Vincent Gray's trip to Hollywood in July is paying off. The Office of Motion Picture and Television Development announced yesterday that the cast and crew of The Firm, a serial adaptation of the John Grisham novel of the same name, are shooting in Washington today and tomorrow. The new show, which is [...]

One City: The Movie

Last month, Mayor Vince Gray and the head of D.C.’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, Crystal Palmer, visited Hollywood to woo studios and production companies to the nation’s capital. Competition between D.C.’s film office and neighboring states’ has been heating up in recent months, but whereas Maryland and Virginia are able to use tax [...]

Vince Gray Goes to Hollywood

Excuse us for sounding jealous, but Southern California can really seem to have it all. Today's weather in downtown Los Angeles—if there is such a thing—is a balmy, low-humidity 75 degrees. (The weather here today is too depressing to print.) Last weekend's "Carmageddon" came and went with not a bang but a whimper, while highway [...]

Film Office and SnagFilms Announce Contest

Among other developments at his two-hour press conference this morning, Mayor Vince Gray announced a filmmaking contest sponsored by the District's Office of Motion Picture and Television Development and SnagFilms, the documentary website owned by Wizards and Capitals boss Ted Leonsis.
The contest, according to an MPTD press release, aims to award the best narrative and [...]

Second Run: Why Local Filmmakers Are Miffed by Crystal Palmer’s Return to the D.C. Film Office

Crystal Palmer is a difficult woman to reach—it’s “pilot season,” after all. As the director of the District’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, she’s been booked solid all month: The city’s budgeting process hasn’t begun; aspiring TV productions are in town shooting their debut episodes in hopes of winning a prime time slot [...]