Minnesota Film and TV Board Names New Executive Director
Melodie Bahan was appointed executive director of the Minnesota Film and TV Board, ending a months-long search to find a new leader of the agency focused on attracting film projects to the state.
Bahan will succeed Lucinda Winter on June 26, taking over responsibilities such as the promotion of the state’s Snowbate production incentive program.
Snowbate has struggled to stay alive in recent legislative sessions. The fund, which reimburses production studios for a percentage of their in-state spending, has steadily shrunk in recent years with state support falling to just $1 million this year. For both 2013 and 2014, Snowbate’s account was five times that.
“I am tremendously excited about the opportunity to lead MNFilmTV in serving our state’s strong and growing production community,” said Bahan in a statement.
Previously, Bahan served as the vice president of communications for Artspace Projects, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that develops working and living spaces for artists. She also spent time as the director of communications for the Guthrie Theater.
“Melodie is a seasoned communications professional with a solid track record of success in Minnesota’s creative sector and nationally,” Winter added in a statement. “She’s also a woman with a reputation for getting things done. I have no doubt she will take the reins here and chart a course for our future success.”
Winter had led the organization since 2005.
Last year, TCB analyzed what effect the Minnesota Film and TV Board had on attracting major film projects to the state, and how those projects impacted the state’s overall economy.