- Kathy Hollinger (publicity photo)
This story has been updated to include a statement from Kathy Hollinger.
Kathy Hollinger, D.C.'s director of Motion Picture and TV Development, is out of a job come January. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray announced this morning that Crystal Palmer, who ran the office for 23 years before being fired in 2008 by Mayor Adrian Fenty, will resume her former position. Asked why Hollinger was being replaced, Linda Wharton Boyd, a spokesperson for Gray's transition team, said, "I don't know if there's any specific reasons."
Jon Gann, head of the DC Film Alliance, said he was "surprised" and "saddened" by the announcement, and that he's not alone: "I've been recieiving emails all day from people who are concerned about the future of the industry in D.C." That's about all he'd say on the record.
Only one reaction could be found in the Twitterverse. Joe Flood, a local screenwriter and film festival volunteer, tweeted:
Hollinger has released the following statement: "I am proud of the tremendous progress that has been made over the last two-plus years in growing the film and television production industry in the District. Today it is easier than it has ever been to film in the Nation’s Capital. We created efficiencies and streamlined the processes that for years had been a deterrent to filming in the city. We also worked to re-establish relationships with the vibrant local film community here in Washington, DC. In addition to bringing more outside production business into the city, we have worked closely with this talented community to support their work and their contributions to our industry. I feel great about what we have accomplished, and hope that the progress we have made will continue to move the industry forward as an economic engine for our city."
It should be noted that those "processes that for years had been a deterrent to filming in the city" were overseen by Hollinger's replacement.