In recent months, film industry recruitment and retention, the main focus of the film office, has been named as one of the many functions Gov.
According to Syrett, the Department offered him a position in this new partnership that he opted not to accept.
"My staff and I have helped built a strong industry throughout the state and I am most proud of that," Syrett said. "I'm sad to leave, but I believe I am leaving this state better than I found it."
Syrett has worked as a film commissioner for 15 years in two states --
Syrett has not yet decided what he will do next but is currently "weighing the options" with his family.
"He arrived at a time when the film incentive was changing," Griffin said. "We have seen a great heyday of film production here in the years that he has been in the position."
Syrett's exit comes at yet another time of change for the state's industry, as the fate of film incentives remains a hot topic in the
The state's incentive program, which gives qualifying productions a 25 percent refundable tax credit for the money spent on certain production services in the state, is set to expire at the end of the year.
"We're in a transition," Griffin said. "We don't know what the new incentive will look like in the future. It's a crucial time for us."
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