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News - Press Releases - CONNECTICUT APPOINTS JOHN COURTMANCHE FILM DIVISION DIRECTOR

1/19/2005

 

CONNECTICUT APPOINTS JOHN COURTMANCHE FILM DIVISION DIRECTOR 

(HARTFORD, CT) - January 19, 2005 - The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism (CCT) has named Connecticut native John K. Courtmanche as Director of the Film Division. He reports directly to Jennifer Aniskovich, CCT Executive Director.

"John brings tremendous knowledge about the film industry to his role," said Aniskovich. "He is uniquely positioned by virtue of his experience and the relationships he has developed in the industry to lead the Division and promote our state as an exceptional destination for filming."

The Film Division serves as the state film office based in Hartford, with an office in Rocky Hill. The Division provides customer service to more than 200 production companies a year, including assistance scouting locations, securing permits and finding crew. The types of projects served by the division include TV shows, feature films, TV commercials, corporate videos and commercial photo shoots. In 2004, the division attracted a number of lucrative productions to the state, including the Steven Spielberg film War of the Worlds starring Tom Cruise and the CBS prime-time reality show Wickedly Perfect.

Courtmanche says his goals as director are threefold: to attract additional productions to Connecticut; to ensure the highest level of customer service to the production industry; and to represent the state's media community to the industry at large.

"Connecticut competes with other U.S. states plus Canada and other countries, to attract productions, and the competition has become intense," said Courtmanche. "We need to be proactive in promoting Connecticut as a production location, both to the $5-billion-dollar New York metropolitan market, and to the rest of the market. We can do this by promoting the high level of service our office provides."

Courtmanche has 16 years of experience as a film and media professional, including owning his own production company and working as a producer for television, independent feature films and news and documentary projects. Highlights of his career include:
Worked as a producer and writer on three PBS prime-time specials;
Created and produced a TV comedy pilot for Madison Square Garden Network, with live showcases at MSG Network studios and Caroline's Comedy Club;
Produced documentary videos for the national conservation group The Trust for Public Land, including Saving Sterling Forest narrated by Bill Moyers;
Produced and marketed productions and events promoting the Special Olympics World Games, including a PBS prime-time special, theme music for ESPN and live concerts;
Wrote and directed post-production on the indie feature film The Fountain of Death for Plus Entertainment in NY;
Managed national promotions for Fox 20th Television syndication to promote its daytime shows Good Day Live and Ambush Makeover; and
Wrote the UNICEF Snowflake Holiday Benefit Concert in Manhattan hosted by actors Barry Bostwick and Liv Tyler with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Courtmanche has lived in Connecticut, Manhattan and Los Angeles and has participated in the film and TV industry in all three communities. He has served as a judge for the national Emmy Awards for News and Documentary Programs and has been a contributing writer to leading industry trade magazines Daily Variety in L.A., Videography, and PDN Photo District News. Courtmanche earned a master's degree in Communications and Film Production from NYU.

 





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