Kansas City’s film office shut its doors more than 10 years ago, but now it’s set to reopen with a new manager experienced in film production and marketing.
Visit KC, Kansas City’s convention and visitors association, has hired Stephane Scupham to oversee the Kansas City film and new media office. She starts Oct. 1.
Scupham was chosen from more than 150 applicants for the position, which is being paid for with funds from Kansas City municipal government and the tourism association.
“She has an excellent reputation,” said Larry Garrett, a member of the Film Commission of Greater Kansas City who helped push the city to resurrect the film office. Film commission members had lamented that Kansas City was losing out on lucrative film opportunities since the city stopped funding the office in 2002.
Scupham has more than 15 years of experience, including at Hint, a Kansas City production company, and at Sunflower Cablevision in Lawrence. Most recently, she was photography producer and project manager at Sullivan Higdon & Sink, a Kansas City marketing firm.
Scupham has also been a Kansas City Film Fest board member and is involved with several film-oriented groups, including Kansas City Women in Film and TV.
Ronnie Burt, president and CEO of Visit KC, said one of Scupham’s first tasks will be to put together an inventory of all the area businesses involved in film, television and digital production and then to position Kansas City as a national and regional creative hub for film and digital media jobs.