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Teamsters Leader Elected to Head Calif. Film Commission

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Teamsters Leader Elected to Head Calif. Film Commission

Labor leader Steve Dayan is the new head of the California Film Commission Board of Commissioners, replacing outgoing Chairman Keith Weaver of Sony Pictures Entertainment, who will remain on the board.

Dayan's election to the chairmanship was announced at a board meeting last Friday. Dayan, of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 399, who has been on the board since 1999, will begin serving as 2014 chairman on Jan. 1.

"Steve is a passionate advocate who has devoted his career to helping support film and TV production jobs in California," Amy Lemisch, executive director of the California Film Commission, said in a statement. "He's also an exceptionally strong leader with the experience, expertise and determination to get things done."

A Teamsters Local 399 member for more than 28 years, Dayan served as business agent and organizer for the union before his election last month to the top leadership post of secretary-treasurer. Local 399 represents more than 4,500 drivers, location managers, animal wranglers, and casting directors.

Other changes to the film commission's board include the election of documentary film producer Hilary Rice Armstrong as vice chairwoman, and TV executive Lindy DeKoven as secretary.

The 21-member board advises the film commission on its efforts to enhance California's status as the leader in motion picture, television, and commercial production. Members are appointed by the governor, senate pro tem and speaker of the Assembly. They include entertainment industry executives, business leaders, labor union/guild representatives, and state officials.

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