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Bloomberg taps Oliver for film post

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tapped into the personnel resources of his own media empire when he named Katherine Oliver as the city's new film, theater and broadcasting commissioner Tuesday morning.

Oliver was most recently general manager of Bloomberg Radio and Television International -- a unit of financial news provider Bloomberg LP -- overseeing approximately 400 broadcast professionals in 25 cities. At Bloomberg since 1992, Oliver most notably helped launch the company's radio and TV operations.

Before that, she was a radio and TV reporter for CNBC, the Financial News Network and New York City radio station 1010 WINS, among other things.

The new commissioner is a local, as she lives in Manhattan and grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Oliver's appointment marked the end of an era as Patricia Reed Scott is leaving the position of commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting after nearly 15 years of service.

The film commissioner spot was the last major position that Mayor Bloomberg had to fill in the city administration since taking office at the beginning of the year.

"New York's entertainment industry is a vital economic engine, and now more than ever, it is paramount that we make doing business in our city as attractive as possible," Bloomberg said in a prepared statement. Knowing Oliver from years of working with her, the mayor expressed confidence in her "professional and personal understanding" of the issues facing the media and entertainment industries.

"It is an important and exciting time to develop the entertainment industry here in New York City, and we have so much to offer the production community," Oliver said in a statement.

The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting is the main development, marketing and service agency for entertainment productions in New York City. It issues shooting permits, coordinates police and production assistance and promotes the city as an international production center.

According to city estimates, the New York City entertainment industry generates more than $5 billion annually.

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