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Appointment, reappointments made to Film Office Advisory Council

Friday, January 11, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced one appointment and two reappointments to the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council. He also announced the reappointment of Margaret O'Riley, of Fenton, as director of the Michigan Film Office.

Housed within the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the 14-member council advises the Michigan Film Office, governor and Legislature on how to promote and market aspects of the state's film industry.  


"With the outstanding skills and experiences that these appointees bring, I am confident they will do great work on behalf of Pure Michigan in these roles," said Snyder.



Calvin Hazelbaker, of Ypsilanti, is the business representative for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 38 and president of Michigan Alliance IATSE. He previously served as a set dresser for various films and commercials and as the property master for Miss Universe Inc. Hazelbaker holds a bachelor's degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University. He will represent film, television or related industry unions and replaces Tim Magee.



Marcia Fishman, of Royal Oak, is executive director of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists for Michigan, a position she has held since 2003. She founded and previously served as president and development director for Forgotten Harvest, and owned Star Promotional Products. Fishman earned a bachelor's degree in speech and communications from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in linguistics from Oakland University. She will continue to represent film, television or related industry unions.


Richard Hert, of Ada, is film commissioner for the West Michigan Film Office and executive director of the West Michigan Tourist Association. He previously served as executive director of the North Olympic Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau in the state of Washington, Bend Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, both in Oregon. Hert received a bachelor's degree in communications from Central Washington University and a master's degree in business administration from Baker College. He will continue to represent local film offices. 


O'Riley is director of the Michigan Film Office. She previously served as director of strategic planning for the Michigan Department of State and as a senior adviser to the Secretary of State and the department's chief of staff. O'Riley also was a founding partner of the Sterling Corp. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Michigan State University and participated in the Strategic Leadership for State Executives Program at Duke University.


Appointees will serve four-year terms that expire Sept. 30, 2016, and their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. 


O'Riley will serve a two-year term that expires Dec. 31, 2014.