Spurgeon named Director of the Nevada Film Office

New Director has managed film tax incentive program since 2014  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: Gregory Bortolin, Director of Communications
grbortolin@goed.nv.gov (775) 687-9917

 

November 6, 2023

 

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Kim Spurgeon has been promoted to Director of the Nevada Film Office, a division of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

“Kim’s leadership and hard work continues to be a great asset for our State,” said Tom Burns, GOED Executive Director.  “When you think about iconic films such as “Rain Man” and “The Misfits,” Hollywood has long played a role in capturing the Nevada spirit on the silver screen. Television, film, and other video production also play a role in Nevada’s economy. Kim is known for her integrity, character, and work ethic, she goes above and beyond for our State, and she’s played a pivotal role working with the film industry.”

Spurgeon joined the Nevada Film Office in 2014 to administer the film tax incentive program.  Previously, she worked for a Las Vegas production company in development and production of commercials, television, and feature films before transitioning to a freelance production coordinator where she worked on such films as “Behind the Candelabra,” “Now You See Me,” and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.”

“I’m honored to be appointed as the Director of the Nevada Film Office,” Spurgeon said. “I’m excited about what the future holds whether it’s a new production studio in Southern Nevada or the next Oscar-worthy production.”

Spurgeon manages the film incentive application and public hearing process while also serving as the agency’s liaison to producers and studios. Internally, Kim advises senior GOED leadership on policy related to the Film Industry. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in film from Elon University.

The Nevada Film Office (NFO) was established in 1982 as the Division of Motion Pictures and operates within the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). The NFO markets Nevada as a production destination for film, television, commercials, and other forms of audiovisual media to generate economic impact through job creation and instate production spending. The office facilitates connections with local crew, vendors, and services, as well as identifies filming locations, assists with the permitting processes, and coordinates intergovernmental cooperation statewide. The NFO also administers the Transferable Tax Credit for Film and Other Productions program to attract productions to film in the state and encourage growth of the industry in Nevada.

 

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About the Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Created during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development is the result of a collaborative effort between the Nevada Legislature and the Governor’s Office to restructure economic development in the state. GOED’s role is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy in Nevada, to stimulate business expansion and retention, encourage entrepreneurial enterprise, attract new businesses and facilitate community development.

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