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Greater Cleveland Film Commission Hires New President

Bill Garvey [Greater Cleveland Film Commission]
Bill Garvey [Greater Cleveland Film Commission]

The Greater Cleveland Film Commission announced the hiring of a new president Tuesday. Bill Garvey will lead the organization, which promotes TV and film production in the region, effective Sept. 27.

Garvey has worked as a location manager, securing sites for films and shows in Ohio, with credits including “The Avengers,” “Captain America” and “Fast & Furious: The Fate of the Furious,” according to a press release.

Its former president, Evan Miller, parted ways with the film commission last year. Hired in August of 2019, Miller replaced longtime president Ivan Schwarz.

Schwarz helped secure a state tax credit to promote new productions, and he was a key figure in establishing Ohio’s first film school at Cleveland State University.

While the film commission said Garvey is unavailable for interviews until next month, through an emailed statement he indicated one goal is to grow the tax credit and another is attracting and retaining talent for the workforce.


Carrie Wise is the deputy editor of arts and culture at Ideastream Public Media.