The Future of NM Film: Eric Witt from the SF Film Office
January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Eric Witt from the Santa Fe Film Office will talk about the history and objectives of the state’s efforts to build up the film industry, efforts to support local filmmakers, and current initiatives being taken. He will give a talk followed by Q&A. Eric is a great resource for the local film community, so come prepared with questions!
Eric served the administration of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as Deputy Chief of Staff, Director of Legislative/Political Affairs, and Director of Media Industries Development from 2003 – 2010.
During his term, he guided the growth of the film and television industry in New Mexico from $8 million in 2002 to over $4 billion by 2010. In addition to expanding production, he also oversaw the establishment of statewide crew training programs, educational and business development, and community outreach efforts — programs which subsequently have become global standard practices.
Prior to public service, Eric worked in Los Angeles as a film and television executive in production & corporate finance for a number of entities including Dino De Laurentiis Communications, as well as in sales, distribution and ancillary product development. He was also one of the co-founders of Asylum Entertainment, a leading-edge developer of multi-platform entertainment properties. Since returning to the private sector in 2011 he has worked with state and national governments, major studios and independent production houses regarding film/television production, sporting events and related incentive programs.