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As Downtown Discussion Heats Up, MacDonald Leaves FilmL.A.

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, March 24, 2008, at 05:55PM
Downtown Filming Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A production shoots on the 4th street freeway last August.

Variety reports today that FilmL.A. president Steve MacDonald is leaving to take a job outside the entertainment industry.

Over the weekend the AP pushed an article on Downtown filming, giving a good overview of the conflict and some fun soundbites to Ginny Marie Case and Bert Green.

The piece wasn't triggered by any movement on the issue. The special conditions process is still stalled, and the RFP promised in November has yet to be finalized.

At the center of the conflict is FilmL.A., the group currently contracted by the city to handle permitting and notification. Many have questioned the organization's handling of Downtown's changes, and it will be quite interesting to see whether a new head brings any different strategies to the table.

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