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Let's Be Clear: An open conversation with departing Greater Cleveland Film Commission President Ivan Schwarz

Schwarz talked about his decision to leave the film commission to focus on personal projects.
Greater Cleveland Film Commission President and CEO Ivan Schwarz

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Northeast Ohio has spent recent years enjoying attention from Hollywood.

Movies like the Avengers have picked Cleveland for filming, and the Greater Cleveland Film Commission has played a large role. 

Now, Ivan Schwarz, who has led the film commission since 2006, has announced his departure to focus on personal projects. But first, he joined Will Ujek for Let's Be Clear to discuss his future, the future of the film industry in Cleveland, and much more. 

You can watch the full interview below:

Schwarz is leaving to pursue his own personal projects, the commission said in a news release Monday. Schwarz and his wife have launched LIKE Entertainment, a new production company. 

"There's no perfect time, but it seems like this is the right time, Schwarz said of his departure. "I feel like we've built a really good foundation from nothing and there's no time like the present."

As far as what achievement has made him proudest in his 13-year tenure in Cleveland, Schwarz pointed to the commission's establishment of the School of Film, Television and Interactive Media at Cleveland State University. "The idea of those kids choosing to stay and go to school here instead of other film schools around the country, I'm really proud of that."

Schwarz will be succeeded by Evan Miller, a Cleveland native who has spent 15 years in Los Angeles working in entertainment as a film and TV talent agent.

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