The nerve center of The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is the Commission Office at 496 South Main Street in downtown Memphis. There, two long-time professional staff members, called “film commissioners,” work “hands-on” recruiting and assisting productions. Although initially professional hires, Film Commissioner Linn Sitler and Deputy Film Commissioner/Project Specialist Sharon Fox are now appointed by the City Mayor and the County Mayor. Both hold degrees in production. Sitler is one of only 51 film commissioners in the world to attain certification by the Association of Film Commissioners International. Both Sitler and O’Guin update their professional credentials annually at Cineposium, an educational conference for film commissioners.
The Commission is fortunate to have “on-call” as legal advisers not one, but three highly qualified attorneys. Joseph Leibovich, Esquire, represents The Shelby County Attorney's Office. Leibovich advises the staff and board on internal and production matters, including County permits and filming on County-owned property. Cheryl Hearn, Esquire, represents The City Attorney's Office. Hearn approves filming on City property and serves as City Government’s representative in Commission legal matters, including the various City film permits.