Governor Appoints Local 391 President Mike McGaha to NC Film, Television, & Digital Streaming Council
Updated On: Nov 06, 2019
Governor Roy Cooper announced in October the creation of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Film, Television and Digital Streaming in effort to continue growing North Carolina’s film industry. The Council will advise Cooper on efforts to grow and develop North Carolina’s film industry and support the work of the State Film Office.
Local 391 President Mike McGaha was appointed to the Council, which also includes Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary and Council Chair Susi Hamilton, Screen Gems Executive Vice President Bill Vassar, and Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo.
"I am proud to serve North Carolina in this role and I am honored and humbled by Governor Cooper's appointment," said McGaha. "Like everything I do for Local 391, I will be a voice film and television industry workers in North Carolina, because when they get a fair shake, North Carolina benefits."
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order 111 to create the council at Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington.
“The industry is changing with streaming now and with digital,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “With all of the opportunities that are there, we want to be at the cutting edge of places where they would want to come and to produce all of these.
“As we are beginning our big push to see film rebound in North Carolina having this council together with all of those people who can help me with strategy, but can also be ambassadors all over the place for film in North Carolina is a positive step,” Cooper said.
Hamilton says the governor has selected 23 people for the council and they plan to have their first meeting before the first of the year.
“North Carolina’s natural beauty, welcoming communities, and local talent make it a perfect home for the film industry,” said Cooper. “This advisory council will play a critical role in helping the industry flourish, which creates good-paying jobs right here in North Carolina.”
“North Carolina’s bourgeoning film industry already has created many jobs and expanded opportunities for companies to invest in our state,” said Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary and Council Chair Susi Hamilton. “Gov. Cooper’s decision to create this council will greatly aid efforts to expand this industry and help North Carolina continue to prosper.”
Cooper says film job opportunities in 2019 are up to 10,976 after dropping off over the last several years. Production spending has also increased and stands at $165 million so far in 2019.
A complete list of council members have been named and are as follows: Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susi Hamilton, Dr. Amy Tiemann, Beth Petty, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, Bill Vassar, Chris Cooney, Chip Hackler, Dale Williams, Darla McGlamery, David Burris, Eric Johnson, Herman A. Stone, John Bankson, Johnny Griffin, Judy Girard, Lana Garland, Lauren Vilchik, Mike McGaha, Rebecca Clark, Robert Newton, Tim Bourne, and Tod Thorne. Additional members may be added.