Sharon Pinkenson has served as the Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO) for more than 25 years during the terms of four mayors and six governors. She is responsible for all aspects of the office, founded in 1985. On July 1, 1992, she successfully spun off the municipal film office as a multi-county driving force for economic development, a non-profit corporation that has generated more than five billion dollars during her tenure. Ms. Pinkenson markets the City of Philadelphia and the surrounding region to the film, video, and television industry, and coordinates every aspect of production from cast and crew, support businesses and locations to community relations, and government services and incentives, while enhancing the region’s reputation internationally on both the big and small screen. She also directs local goods and services to productions; publishes the astoundingly popular website www.film.org; and advocates for the education and growth of Philadelphia’s indigenous film community through the Greater Philadelphia Filmmakers program. Sharon was also instrumental in the passage of the Pennsylvania Film Production Tax Credit program that continues to be one of the best and most sustainable incentive programs in the industry and has cemented Philadelphia’s reputation as one of the best media production centers in the country.
A lifelong Philadelphian, Ms. Pinkenson graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls and Temple University. Her business career began with the successful launching of Plage Tahiti, a trend-setting boutique in Center City. She designed and manufactured a women’s apparel collection under the Plage Tahiti label for several years. Her clothes were sold nationally in stores like Bloomingdale’s and Strawbridge & Clothier, and she was the recipient of several design awards. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Pinkenson worked as a costume designer and wardrobe stylist in the film industry. Among her feature credits are Mannequin II: On the Move, Renegades, Christmas on Division Street, and Confessions of a Suburban Girl. She is the first Film Office director to come to the post directly from film production. Her complete filmography as Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office can be found on IMDB.
A resident of Center City Philadelphia since 1964, Sharon has three daughters and three granddaughters and she is passionately in love with life.
List of Awards and Achievements:
- Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from Drexel University (2006)
- Dunkin’ Donuts and the Philadelphia Eagles, 75 Greatest Living Philadelphians
- Philadelphia Magazine, 50 most Powerful Philadelphians
- American Marketing Association’s Marketer of the Year
- Philly Ad Club’s Pinnacle Award
- PenJerDel Woman of Vision Award.
- Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women of Distinction
- And many more…
Sharon has served on…
- PNC Bank Regional Presidents’ Advisory Board
- Kimmel Center for Performing Arts Board of Directors
- Mayor Michael Nutter’s Cultural Advisory Council
- Senator Vincent Hughes’ Economic Advisory Group
- Temple University’s President’s Advisory Board
- Board of Visitors at Temple University School of Communications and Theater
- Board of Visitors at Temple University’s Center for the Arts
- Advisory Board of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute
- Advisory Board of the Big Picture Alliance
- Advisory Board of the Philadelphia Film Society