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Jill Simpson to step down as Oklahoma's film and music office director

Simpson said past decade has been filled with hard-won progress
From Staff Reports Published: July 30, 2014

“Fortunately in Oklahoma, Jill Simpson and everyone at the film commission had the means to get us to come here,” Wells said in the 2013 interview. “Jill, very wisely, never let me leave the state.”

The film and music office also has been involved in the Buffalo Lounge at South by Southwest and the Oklahoma Music Guide.

Tava Sofsky will take over as the Oklahoma Film & Music Office’s new director on Monday. She is an Oklahoma native who spent many years in Los Angeles working on film and commercial productions before returning to the state last year.

Her credits include “The Mask of Zorro,” “The Fast and the Furious,” “Beyond Borders,” “Drop Zone” and “Jack.”

“Tava brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the agency,” said Deby Snodgrass, cabinet secretary and executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. “She has the experience needed to carry on the work of Jill Simpson who, over the course of her 10-year tenure, has grown the film and music industries into viable economic generators for the state.”

“Being an Oklahoma native, in addition to many years of working in the film industry, has brought me full circle,” Sofsky said. “It will be an honor to join to Oklahoma Film & Music Office and it is my privilege to carry the baton from Jill Simpson.”