Rajiv Dalal

Rajiv Dalal, an Indian American film industry veteran and ex-deputy film czar for the City of Los Angeles, has been named president of the Association of Film Commissioners International. (photo courtesy of Association of Film Commissioners International)

The Association of Film Commissioners International Oct. 20 announced that Indian American film industry veteran Rajiv Dalal will now lead the association in the newly-created position of president.

At the group’s 41st Annual Cineposium, which brings together 100 film commissioners from around the world to Los Angeles, Calif., it was also announced that Jess Conoplia has been named to the new position of executive vice president and chief operating officer, and will be reporting to Dalal. Both will be based in Los Angeles to centralize AFCI operations.

Prior to joining AFCI, Dalal held a range of leadership posts, including managing director of the Motion Picture Association of America’s India office and executive director of Time Warner’s Asia-Pacific Corporate Affairs Division. He also served as deputy film czar for the City of Los Angeles, where he helped engineer and usher in California’s expanded film and TV tax credit program.

Dalal and Conoplia, the organization said, will focus on the global production policy space – which until now has been largely ignored – and that will include educating government officials about industry best practices that promote economic development and job growth. AFCI will also continue to serve its member commissions through workforce development training and strengthened ties to the production industry.

“The leadership and strategic changes announced today represent a significant turning point for our organization,” AFCI board chair Kevin Jennings, who has served as executive manager of New Zealand’s Film Otago Southland since 2006, said in a press release. “Rajiv and Jess bring the international industry expertise, experience, and relationships needed for AFCI to better serve its members and the production community.”

Dalal added, “I look forward to empowering AFCI members and serving as their voice to policy makers and the production industry.”

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