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FilmL.A. selects new president

October 27, 2008 |  2:54 pm

FilmL.A., the nonprofit group that coordinates on-location film permits for the city and much of Los Angeles County, has tapped a Hollywood outsider to run the organization. Paul_audley_002

FilmL.A. said Monday that it had hired Paul Audley, formerly Arizona state director for the conservation group Trust for Public Land, as its new president. Audley replaces Steve MacDonald, who resigned this year to take another job.

Ctlogo_2 Despite his lack of experience in the entertainment industry, Audley was tapped for his skills as a consensus builder and experience working with nonprofit organizations. Audley, 51, is a former mayor of Fairfield, Conn. He also served as Connecticut's deputy secretary of state.

Audley will face a daunting challenge in his new job. The organization has struggled in recent years to balance the needs of filmmakers and residents who've grown increasingly impatient about filming in their neighborhoods, prompting calls for the city to improve efforts to enforce film permits.

"You have competing interests all being served by the same organization,'' Audley said. "I have a huge amount to learn, but I'm a quick study."

-- Richard Verrier

Photo: Paul Audley, who replaces Steve MacDonald at FilmL.A.