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June 7, 2005

Matthew Newton, NH Film & Television Office
(603) 271-2220
film@nh.gov

New Hampshire Film and Television Office hires Film Specialist

(Concord, N.H.) – Van McLeod, the Commissioner for the Department of Cultural Resources is pleased to announce that Matthew Newton of Concord has been hired as Film Specialist to manage the operations of the New Hampshire Film and Television Office.  He will be joining the Film Office on June 10, 2005.

Already familiar with the workings of the Film Office, Newton has been employed by the State of New Hampshire since July 2002, having split his duties between the Film Office and the Division of Travel and Tourism, where the Film Office resided until it was moved to the Department of Cultural Resources in July 2004. Newton has also served as an ex-officio member of the New Hampshire Film Commission, representing Travel and Tourism.

“It is great to have Matthew with us” said Commissioner McLeod.  “He brings to the job not only a great understanding of the state and the film business, but an energy that will help us put New Hampshire on the map as a “Film Friendly” place to do business as we try to attract the film industry to our state and support local filmmakers”.

Newton is a 1997 graduate of the Film Production program at Keene State College in Keene, NH, where he returned to teach film production in 2003 and 2004. He has also worked as a Production Office Coordinator at C.2K Entertainment in Los Angeles, CA and in a variety of capacities on feature film and television projects. Newton lives in Concord with his wife, Lisa and their one-year-old daughter, Emily.

The New Hampshire Film and Television Office, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, works to expand business activity and employment throughout the state by acting as a liaison between the film industry and an established network of government agencies, the state’s film industry workforce, and private residential and business property owners. The office is responsible for location research, public relations, literature publication and distribution, and general production support in an effort to broaden the cultural and economic impact of film and television production in the state. For more information about Film and Television Production in New Hampshire, call (603) 271-2220 or visit www.nh.gov/film.

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