Colleen Bell appointed director of California Film Commission

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Heading up the film and television tax incentive program.

Soaps.com received word from a show representative that Colleen Bell has been appointed to a new role: Director of the California Film Commission. The former The Bold and the Beautiful producer was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to the position which will see her administer the state’s $300 million film and television tax incentive program.

Bell, who is married to The Bold and the Beautiful’s executive producer and head writer Bradley Bell, will replace Amy Lemisch who stepped down from the position after 15 years. Prior to her appointment, Bell took on various roles at Bell-Phillip Television Productions, including associate producer, script supervisor, director of special projects, and producer.

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In addition to her work in TV, Bell was part of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts in 2010 and was elected chairperson in 2011. She was also appointed to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees in 2012, served as a trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Los Angeles Music center, and was vice chairperson of the Children’s Institute Inc. From 2015 – 2017, the former TV producer was ambassador to Hungary.

Of Bell’s new position, Thom Davis, chair of the California Film Commission’s board of directors told Deadline, “I am looking forward to working in partnership with someone with Ms. Bell’s experience and qualifications as we strive to maintain California’s longstanding status as the home to the motion picture and television industry. Her prior experience in the entertainment industry will further strengthen the skills and expertise of the current California Film Commission staff, which includes several industry professionals.”