New York’s Film Czar Preserves Indie Spirit

Cynthia López, Credit Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times

By , The New York Times: When Cynthia López was 9 years old, her mother told her, “Make sure you hold the door for those who come behind you.”

Her mother died three years later, but Ms. López kept that message in mind and has taken it into her new position as commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in New York.

“How do we open the doors to people who would like to work in this economy and don’t have access?” Ms. López said in her office in her first formal interview. “I took the job with profound respect for the mayor’s emphasis on diversity.”

Ms. López’s portfolio includes the Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting, which involves entertainment production in the five boroughs, generates an estimated $400 million in city tax revenue and contributes about $7 billion to the local economy in direct spending, according to the Boston Consulting Group. She also oversees NYC Media, the city’s TV, radio and online network.

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