Continuing the strategic development of its growing team, Visit KC announced Friday two key staffing changes to the Kansas City Film Office, a division within its operation. Effective immediately, Kansas City Film Commissioner Stephane Scupham has been promoted to a director position within the organization, while former intern Rachel Kephart joined the office full-time as film coordinator on April 23.
“Visit KC’s continued investment in the Kansas City Film Office speaks to the strength and vitality of the local film industry—and Steph Scupham’s integral role in that success,” said Visit KC Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications Traci Moon. “The momentum that our local film community is witnessing—coupled with renewed support from the City of Kansas City, Missouri—underline the importance of making these enhancements now.”
Under Scupham’s leadership, the KC Film Office has experienced several wins since reopening in October 2014. The organization has assisted with more than 700 productions, generating more than $32 million in local economic impact and including major projects such as two seasons of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior”; the feature films “American Honey,” “All Creatures Here Below” and “Different Flowers” as well as several commercial and corporate projects. Working with the KCMO City Council and the Office of Culture and Creative Services, the KC Film Office also recently introduced an enhanced Film Development Program, which provides an incentive to eligible productions that choose to film in KC.
A sought-after speaker in her industry, Scupham serves on the boards for the Missouri Motion Media Association and the Arts Industry Sector Council. In 2016, she was honored by the Kansas City Women in Film & Television with its Spirit Award, alongside Lidia Bastianich.
Now a film coordinator, Rachel Kephart joined the KC Film Office in 2015 as an intern. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri Kansas City and is a Certified Film Liaison through the Association of Film Commissioners International. She brings with her previous experience in production assistance, casting and incentives.
A division of Visit KC, the Kansas City Film Office drives economic impact to the region through production assistance, recruitment and industry support, along with consistent lobbying for state incentives. Core to the office’s mission is its approach to manufacturing entertainment, which emphasizes the relevance and importance of the film industry to revenue generation. To learn more, visit FilminKC.com.