The newly formed Tampa Hillsborough Film and Digital Media Commission on Monday launched a nationwide search for an industry professional to run the reorganized commission.
The executive director of the commission will be charged with attracting film, TV, still photography, digital media and new media productions to the area as well as promoting media opportunities from here.
Local economic development leaders say they prefer someone with at least six years' experience leading or working in a film/digital media commission office. The post comes with an annual salary of $75,000 to $90,000.
"Hiring the right person for this role is just the beginning," said Rick Homans, commission chairman and president/CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. "Once hired, the executive director will work with our local production community to raise the awareness of Tampa and Hillsborough County as a destination for film and digital media productions."
The newly minted commission, more than a year in the making, replaces the former Tampa Film Commission, which was part of Tampa Bay & Co. The new group is a public/private partnership involving Hillsborough County and the city of Tampa as well as the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp.
Interested candidates should go online to www.thfdmc.com for more details. The commission plans to have its new leader in place by July 1.