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    10.28.15 Anne del Castillo ’11 Named COO and General Counsel of NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
    Anne del castillo
    Photo credit: Bridget Badore Photography

    Anne del Castillo ’11 has been appointed chief operating officer and general counsel of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME). The agency develops the city's diverse media functions, encourages local economic activity in the entertainment industry, and spurs the development of new media.

    “It’s a privilege to serve in this position,” Del Castillo said. “As a born and bred New Yorker, I love this city. It’s rewarding to know that on a day-to-day basis, I’m working to sustain its role as a creative capital—by supporting content development, by encouraging innovation, and by creating jobs and opportunities for New York City residents in film, television, and theater.”

    The entertainment industry generates $8.7 billion in direct spending for New York City. Last year, more than 46 episodic television series and 242 films were shot on location in the city. Del Castillo is tasked with overseeing MOME’s operations, including policy development and strategic initiatives. With a staff of nearly 80 people, MOME is comprised of two divisions: the Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcast, which manages all production activity throughout the five boroughs, and NYC Media, the city’s official broadcast network and media production group. MOME also supports a number of industry development initiatives, such as the “Made in New York” Marketing Credit Program, which supports New York City–based film and television projects and the “Made in New York” Production Assistant Training Program, which prepares New York residents for careers in film and television.

    Del Castillo brings to her new position more than 20 years of experience in media and the arts, focusing on film production, fundraising, business development, and legal affairs. Before joining MOME as director of legal affairs in 2014, she worked with American Documentary, producers of the acclaimed POV series on PBS, for 10 years. During that time, she streamlined the organization’s business affairs and established a resource development unit that secured more than $470,000 in capital funding from the city to develop a public programming space and editing facilities at American Documentary’s new headquarters in Brooklyn.

    Previously, Del Castillo worked as associate director at the Austin Film Society and as a former independent producer. She has worked with independent film and video artists to secure financing and production support for their projects, organized film premieres and screenings, and was part of the task force that put forward the initial measure to develop Austin Studios.

    In addition, she has served as vice president of the Board of Directors for the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers and has presented at numerous industry events, including the Asian American International Film Festival, South by Southwest Film Festival, Tribeca Film Institute, and the Sithengi Film and Television Market in Cape Town, South Africa. She also has served on several funding panels, including the Center for Asian American Media, the Independent Television Service, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council for the Arts. 

    While an evening student at the Law School, Del Castillo worked fulltime as vice president of development and business affairs for American Documentary. She also holds a B.A. in English and a B.S. in mass communications from Boston University. She lives in Manhattan with her six-year-old son.

    “Brooklyn Law School instilled in me a deep commitment to public service,” she said. “The guidance and training I received from the school’s stellar faculty and staff provided me with a strong legal foundation, which has allowed me to leverage my years of experience in film and television to support Mayor Bill de Blasio’s equity agenda for all New Yorkers.”