Andy Smith Resigns as CEO of Columbia Film Society

Jan 12, 2018 by Nick Staff on The Nickelodeon Blog

COLUMBIA, S.C. (January 12, 2018)—Columbia Film Society, which governs the Nickelodeon Theatre and Indie Grits Labs, announces that Andy Smith will step down as CEO of Columbia Film Society later this year. The organization’s board will use the next several months to work with Smith and senior staff on a smooth transition.

“It has been a privilege working with Andy and we are all thankful for his leadership at the Nick,” said John Boyd, president of the board of directors of the Columbia Film Society. “He created the Indie Grits Festival and he led the organization’s monumental move to our current space on Main Street. Andy has developed and grown an incredibly talented and dedicated staff over the years. He’s done more to make the Nick what it is today than anyone, and as a result, the support for and awareness of the Nickelodeon and Indie Grits Labs is at an all time high. He’s irreplaceable, but we have a great staff and we will continue to fire on all cylinders.”

Smith joined the Nickelodeon Theatre’s staff in 2007, when he led the development of the Indie Grits Festival. When Smith became executive director of the Nickelodeon in 2011, the organization was in the midst of a capital campaign to move the theater to 1607 Main Street, and in 2012 Smith oversaw the opening of the new theater. In 2015, the Nickelodeon completed construction of its second floor theater. Under Smith’s leadership, the organization has grown well beyond the traditional model of an art house cinema, launching the Helen Hill Media Education Center and other innovative artist and filmmaker support projects under Indie Grits Labs. Today the Nickelodeon receives funds from esteemed nationwide arts funders like the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation and the Nord Family Foundation and is recognized as a leading voice in both the national media arts sector and in the local arts community.

“When I began at the Nick 11 years ago, I couldn’t have imagined how this organization would grow,” said Smith. “The board and staff of the Nick and Indie Grits have my full confidence and I’m certain the future of the organization will be bright. I’m so honored to have had the opportunity to work with so many dedicated people to help get the organization and our city to where it is now.”

The Columbia Film Society will announce more details on the transition plan soon. Smith will leave the Nickelodeon within 4 – 6 months.

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