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Aug 3, 2010 5:22 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Town to form media advisory committee

Aug 3, 2010 5:22 PM

While Page Six is brimming with news of East Hampton celebrity sightings after each weekend, the town itself has shied away from media opportunities. But now, East Hampton town officials would like to take their share of the spotlight.

“There are all sorts of ample vistas in this town,” said Supervisor Bill Wilkinson at the board’s work session on Saturday. “We’re trying to say, ‘Hey, this isn’t a bad place for filming and for media to work.’”

Until now, town officials have discouraged production companies from filming in East Hampton because of the congestion it would cause, especially during the already crowded summer months. But the board announced on Saturday that it would form a media advisory committee, the first step to attracting new media ventures in East Hampton.

Councilwoman Theresa Quigley said she would introduce a resolution at the board meeting on Thursday to form the committee.

“We want to attract low density, high-tech companies here,” Mr. Wilkinson said, and the committee would serve as a liaison to make sure any interested companies fit that bill.

Mr. Wilkinson said the move was “not because it brings in revenue, but because it brings in business.”

He said part of the job of the advisory committee would be to work with production companies to encourage them to patronize local businesses while in East Hampton. He said having a large crew in town while shooting could provide opportunities for any number of businesses, such as restaurants and 
other dining services, but even others, such as carpenters and hairdressers, may have the chance to commission work on the set.

ERIN GEISMAR

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