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New Island film commissioner no longer in role after 2 months

Previous longtime commissioner temporarily returns to the role
The Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission is on the hunt for a new commissioner with the departure of Peter Hayman.

Peter Hayman, the recently appointed film commissioner for South Vancouver Island, is no longer in the position after approximately two months, according to an announcement from the film commission.

Hayman's departure was announced by the board on June 28.

Annie Wong-Harrison, president of the Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission told Black Press Media that the board has no further comment on this matter at this time other than to say applications from other candidates are being considered.

Kathleen Gilbert, who was commissioner previously for 14 years, has returned to the role on an interim basis for "what is shaping up to be a busy summer production season," Wong-Harrison said.

Hayman was announced as the successor to Gilbert in March, following the announcement of her retirement plans in December 2023. Gilbert's last day was April 30 and Hayman began the position on May 1.

Hayman was hired based on 25 years of experience in film, media, and entertainment, including as a film editor for the 25th Frame Film Production Company and producing TV specials for CBC. 

The Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 with a mandate to market the Capital Region to the global film industry. Current projects include the production of two Hallmark movies in and around Victoria: A Case For the Yarnmaker and Homecoming with Mrs. Miracle. 


Sam Duerksen

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Since moving to Victoria from Winnipeg in 2020, I’ve worked in communications for non-profits and arts organizations.
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