California Gov. Gavin Newsom has picked the new director of the state’s Film Commission, appointing Colleen Bell to the post, Deadline reports. Bell is the former producer of “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Bell will oversee California’s annual $330 million film and television tax incentive program. Her appointment comes less than a month after word surfaced that Amy Lemisch was stepping down from the post after 15 years in the job.
Bell was the ambassador to Hungary under the Obama administration, from 2014-2017.
Deadline quotes Thom Davis, chair of the California Film Commission’s board of directors and IATSE VP, saying: “I am looking forward to working in partnership with someone with Ms. Bell’s experience and qualifications as we strive to maintain California’s longstanding status as the home to the motion picture and television industry. Her prior experience in the entertainment industry will further strengthen the skills and expertise of the current California Film Commission staff, which includes several industry professionals.”
The position reportedly comes with a salary of $170,004 a year.