Colleen Bell, former US Ambassador to Hungary and producer at Bell-Phillip Television Productions, was appointed executive director of the California Film Commission by Governor Gavin Newsom on May 23. She was administered the oath of office by the Governor on June 18 at the State Capitol.
The California Film Commission Board of Directors responded to the appointment with a warm welcome to Ms. Bell. CFC Board Chair Thom Davis said in a statement:
“I am pleased to be able to work with such a qualified individual as we strive to maintain California’s status as the film and TV capital. Ms. Bell’s prior experience in the entertainment industry will blend well with the existing CFC team, which also includes several industry professionals.”
Ms. Bell brings decades of entertainment production, government and business experience to her new role as film commissioner.
Most recently, she was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary (2014-2017). As Ambassador and Chief of Mission of U.S. Embassy Budapest, Ms. Bell supervised a team of more than 300 and led engagement between the U.S. and Hungary on a range of issues including military cooperation, law enforcement and economic development.
Prior to her diplomatic service, Ms. Bell was a producer at Bell-Phillip Television Productions — an award-winning production company with content that reaches viewers in more than 100 countries across five continents. A three-time Emmy Award nominee, her artistic vision has been recognized for its positive impact on the lives of marginalized people worldwide.
Ms. Bell is also a devoted philanthropist and advocate committed to tackling complex policy challenges – from protecting natural-resources to preventing child-abuse.