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USVI Film Commission Hires Location Manager David Doumeng As Its Los Angeles-Based ‘Liaison’

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BURBANK, Calif. — The U.S. Virgin Islands Film Commission (USVI), headed by director Luana Wheatley, has brought David Doumeng aboard as its Los Angeles-based liaison.

A veteran location manager, Doumeng joins the USVI Film Commission to further develop business in all filmmaking sectors, including commercials, Wheatley told Shoot online magazine.

Over the past 20 years, Doumeng has served as a location manager on assorted projects, including teaming with leading production houses and ad agencies on spots and branded content.

Among the A-list production companies he’s worked with are RSA Films, Smuggler and MJZ. Furthermore New York native Doumeng is well versed in the Virgin Islands, having been raised in St. Thomas by his father Dick.

Doumeng’s accomplishments include being nominated for Location Managers Guild International’s (LMGI) Awards in the Commercials category–first in 2014 at the inaugural LMGI competition for a Nike spot, and most recently for Apple MacBook Pro’s “Bulbs” ad.

The latter nod turned into an LMGI Award winner on April 8 in Burbank, Doumeng and fellow location manager Charlie Love shared the honor for “Bulbs” which tied in the LMGI Commercials category with Johnnie Walker’s “This Land is Your Land.”

USVI has an incentives program in place whereby qualified producers can earn up to a 17 percent transferable tax credit, and up to a 29 percent cash rebate.

Among the prerequisites is a minimum spend of $250,000.

A commercial producer can reach that minimum total cumulatively during the course of a year with multiple jobs if need be.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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