Meet the Team
Greater Palm Springs Film Office
Sheri Davis was previously the Director of the Inland Empire Film Commission and helped create the Big Bear Lake Film Office – the oldest film office in the region. She was with the Inland Empire Economic Council during the launch of the San Bernardino County Film Commission, and with the Inland Empire Economic Partnership when the IEFC was created.
Sheri lead the way for the Inland Empire to generate over $1.54 billion in filming revenue from 1995 to 2013, and is co-founder of the Annual California On Location Awards – a widely recognized event that celebrates filming in California and honors those who make it happen. Under Sheri’s leadership, the IEFC was the first Regional Film Commission to sign an agreement with the Bureau of Land Management to facilitate the public lands to be more film-friendly.
Since 2001, Sheri has worked to establish film incentives for California, resulting in a $500 million incentive program. In 2014, Sheri was given the Trailblazer Award from the Location Managers Guild of America, for her many years of spearheading efforts to make filming on-location easier. Sheri was also part of the alliance that resulted in legislation authorizing $300 million for California’s film and TV tax-credit program.
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Greater Palm Springs Film Alliance
Levi is a Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) media publisher, who has written, produced, directed, presented over 120 short-story animated videos for broadcast to a global audience in excess of 40 million. Levi’s team has produced music, commercials, radio shows, corporate videos and print campaigns for several high-profile studios. He is founder of a Palm Springs-based game studio and video production company that conceives, develops and publishes 3D digital gaming merchandise for the Sony PlayStation gaming console.
Levi specializes in bridging individual participation, business engagement and brand awareness. He developed the website for The Greater Palm Springs Film Alliance – the digital destination that connects those looking to film in the Coachella Valley with local crew, locations and production vendors. He is also credited for developing and executing the company’s new business strategy and brand identity. The Greater Palm Springs Film Alliance has grown to become the most popular production website south of Los Angeles, and has received media attention via newspaper, TV news and countless accolades from prominent members of the community.
In 2015, Levi received the SBEMP Entrepreneur Award, a nomination submitted by the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. In 2013, Levi was awarded the United States Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Business Achievements and currently volunteers as a mentor for students of the Cathedral City High School Digital Arts and Technology Academy. A Dramatic Arts graduate, Levi was quick to produce two successful off-Broadway shows, which he credits as the most important learning experiences of his entertainment career.
David J. Stern
Director of Development
Greater Palm Springs Film Alliance
With more than 30 years experience, David has led the planning, creative development and implementation of marketing campaigns for products and services across many categories and communication platforms. David has developed and executed sales-generating campaigns in categories such as retail, packaged goods, financial, quick service restaurants, fitness, hardware retail, computer corporate and education sales, Information Technology, video gaming, theme parks, toys, data management software solutions and most recently, the TV station industry.
David is a leader in results-driven marketing. He has led campaigns that increased revenues for McDonald’s, Discover Card, Sea World and Busch Gardens, US West, Wendy’s, Arby’s, Ace, Van Kampen, Sun-Times, Kraft, Turtle Wax, Illinois Lottery, Ohio Art, and Ultra Diamonds. With wide-ranging experience covering consumer-based communication, business-to-business, event marketing, promotion, retail, direct response, retail point-of-sale merchandising, web communication and Social Media, David has worked at Chicago Advertising Agencies; J. Walter Thompson, Foote, Cone & Belding, DDB Needham and the CBS Affiliate for the Coachella Valley in California – KPSP Local 2.
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