Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Announce Formal End of Merger Talks with Pittsburgh Glass Center

For Immediate Release

May 31, 2011

Contact: Carol O'Sullivan

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Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Announce Formal End of Merger Talks with Pittsburgh Glass Center


(Pittsburgh, PA) – Seth Rosenberg, President of the board of Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts announced today that merger talks with Pittsburgh Glass Center had officially reached an impasse and would not resume.

“We are very disappointed that this did not work out,” Rosenberg said. “We simply could not move forward on basic issues like governance structure, board responsibilities and a long-term capital budget.”

Merger talks between the two organizations began over a year ago, but took a six-week hiatus in late April when Filmmakers’ board asked the Glass Center board for clarification of specific objections voiced in recent merger discussions. On May 26, Glass Center Board President Anne Chen responded with a list of conditions that would have to be met for the Glass Center to agree to a merger.

The Executive Committee of Filmmakers/Center for the Arts rejected the conditions after identifying several operational problems with their proposal and consulting with the appointed merger lawyer, James E. Abraham, who pointed out several legal issues.

On May 30, the Pittsburgh Glass Center agreed to the formal end of merger negotiations.

In the late summer of 2007 Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts' Executive Director, Charlie Humphrey, was appointed Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Glass Center. He resigned from that position in April of this year. Heather McElwee is currently Acting Executive Director of the Glass Center.