Terri Hadwin named new TNRD Film Commissioner | Radio NL

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The Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) has another “new” film commissioner.

Terri Hadwin comes to the role after serving as a board member of the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission, while also spending time in the nonprofit sector. She was also a research and grant assistant for the TNRD

“Having now secured the position of Thompson-Nicola Film Commissioner satisfies my dedication to the arts and economic development in tandem,” Hadwin said. “I couldn’t be happier to work in developing funds within the creative industry for the whole region.”

Speaking on the NL Noon Report, Hadwin says one of his first tasks will be to convince production companies currently in British Columbia that TNRD is a viable option for them.

“One of the things that we recently found out from a studio feasibility study is that the Lower Mainland is flooded and their studios are packed and it’s very difficult for productions to find space in the Lower Mainland,” she said.

“It would be fantastic for the industry and allow us to have more jobs so it’s not such a gig economy for people interested in working in the field.”

Hadwin takes over the role of film commissioner after Gareth Smart – the original replacement for long-serving commissioner Victoria Weller – was fired by the TNRD just weeks into his tenure.

Weller – who was hired as the first-ever film commissioner in April 2000 – officially retired in June after a 22-year career at TNFC.

“It will take time to fully encompass Vicci’s vast knowledge and experience, but the TNFC will move forward with existing goals,” Hadwin added. “Vicci left TNFC with enormous resources, including an exceptional team that will continue to make TNRD a premier filmmaking destination.”

In the immediate term, Hadwin says feature film productions remain active in the TNRD, although she was unable to say when or where. In addition, discussions on a film studio project in Kamloops continue.

“I’ve been on the road several times already to check out some places so we can supply them to scouts and let them know what we have to offer,” she said. “Some exciting stuff going through the woodwork.”

This comes after a record-breaking 2021 with more than $8.5 million spent in TNRD communities by film production companies, which the Film Commission said resulted in approximately $25 million in induced spending.

“While dollars and jobs are important, protecting our neighborhoods and natural resources is just as important. It is important to maintain our film friendliness and try to be as environmentally conscious as possible, always looking for ways to deliver sustainable film production,” added Hadwin.

“Those will be some of my aspirations as a film curator.”

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