Governor Chris Christie has appointed Michael Uslan to be the new chairman of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission. Having served on the agency’s board since 1984,. Uslan was previously the commission’s vice chairman. He succeeds Michael W. Proscia, another commissioner of long standing, who passed away in February after a brief illness.
Uslan has enjoyed a career in the motion picture and television industry, beginning in the Legal Department for United Artists in the 1970s. He went on to produce or executive produce many feature films, including all of the Warner Bros. “Batman” and “Dark Knight” trilogy features, “The Lego Movie,” “Constantine,” and the upcoming “THUNDER Agents.” His television credits include “Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?” for which he won an Emmy Award, and the PBS mini-series “Three Sovereigns for Sarah” starring Vanessa Redgrave. His memoir, THE BOY WHO LOVED BATMAN, detailing his growing up a comic book fan in New Jersey, is published by Chronicle Books.
According to Chairman Uslan, “No state has more diverse locations ripe for filming than New Jersey. We offer an amazing array of potential sites including beaches and boardwalks, farmlands and urban centers, suburbs, mountains and Atlantic City.” He emphasizes that the Commission is not an arts agency, although its work does enhance the cultural community. “Make no mistake, we are all about economic development: jobs, education, jobs, promoting tourism, and jobs. We have been enormously successful in fulfilling that mission.”
The Motion Picture and Television Commission, an agency within the New Jersey Department of State’s Business Action Center, began operation in 1978. The Commission’s goal is to lure film and television production to New Jersey for the economic and image benefits that the state derives, and to attract permanent businesses that cater to the production industry. Since its inception, the Commission has attracted more than 21,000 projects to New Jersey, enhancing the state economy by over $2 billion.Related Articles: