SOURCE: FilmL.A., Inc.

March 24, 2008 16:03 ET

FilmL.A. President Steve MacDonald Leaving to Join Private Equity Firm

FilmL.A. Board to Vote on Interim Plan March 25

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 24, 2008) - FilmL.A. Board Chairman Mel Kohn announced today that Steve MacDonald, who has served as president of FilmL.A. since 2004, will be leaving to accept a position with Strategic Development Solutions (SDS) on April 14, 2008.

Kohn and the FilmL.A. executive committee have met to discuss an interim plan and to form a search committee. The full FilmL.A. Board of Directors will discuss the executive committee's recommendations at its March 25 meeting.

Kohn stated, "We applaud Steve MacDonald for his service to FilmL.A. Steve has helped put our organization on track with operational and administrative improvements, and strategic outreach to our stakeholders and the communities impacted by filmmaking. We fully support Steve's decision to pursue this opportunity and are now focused on finding an extraordinary leader for FilmL.A. We know our remarkable staff will help us to make a smooth transition."

In April 2004, MacDonald was hired by the then-EIDC (Entertainment Industry Development Corporation) to shepherd the company through an organizational restructuring.

Shortly after assuming the helm, MacDonald initiated accounting and governance reforms and has since set the company on solid financial footing. MacDonald oversaw the name change to FilmL.A. in late 2005. The company doubled in size over four years and required additional space, which warranted a move to L.A. Center Studios.

Before joining FilmL.A. MacDonald worked for the City of Los Angeles for 15 years, where he developed his expertise in economic development and knowledge of local neighborhoods through the Community Development Department, Department of Transportation, Board of Public Works, as director of Mayor Riordan's Business Team, as bureau chief for the Building and Safety Department and within the office of Mayor Hahn.

"I am proud of what we have accomplished over the last four years," said Steve MacDonald. "During this time, we have assembled a talented and dedicated staff that works diligently each day to raise FilmL.A.'s level of service to our industry customers, communities and government clients. It has been an honor to work with this excellent team of professionals."

About FilmL.A.

Founded in 1995, FilmL.A. is a private, nonprofit organization that provides a crucial link between media producers, local residents and various government entities to sustain the Los Angeles region's status as a global leader in entertainment production. FilmL.A. holds contracts with the City of Los Angeles, unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, the cities of Diamond Bar, South Gate, the City of Industry and, most recently, Lancaster. Non-municipal clients include the Angeles National Forest and all facilities operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District and Burbank Unified School District. More information about FilmL.A. is available at