Film Commission Deputy Director
Fired Without Cause
October 25, 2005
The recent firing of a long-time Film Commission staffer prompted
actor Sean Penn to a commission hearing yesterday in support of
the woman who fired Michael Billington without cause.
Actor Peter Coyote - husband of Film Commission Executive Director,
Stephanie Coyote, who fired Billington - accompanied Penn in solidarity
with Stephanie Coyote.
Film Commission Deputy Director, Billington, had served for seven
years as film industry point-person in San Francisco for shooting
According to one Billington supporter, Billington was fired due
to a "personality conflict."
When contacted for comment by phone this morning, Stephanie Coyote
referred the Sentinel to Director of Economic Workforce Development,
Jesse Blout, who stated he was unable to comment due to confidentiality
of personnel matters.