Angie M. Gates was appointed to serve as the Director of the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME). In her role, she also serves as the DC Film Commissioner and oversees the Comcast, Verizon, and RCN District of Columbia Cable Franchise agreements. In 2019, Mayor Muriel Bowser established the DC Creative Affairs Office under Director Gates leadership.
Director Gates served as the Director of the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development before that office merged with the District's Office of Cable Television. Prior, Gates served as DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Director of Inauguration, Director of Operations for the Mayor’s Transition Team and Traveling Chief of Staff during Mayor Bowser’s first term campaign. For Mayor Bowser’s second term Inauguration, Gates served as Executive Producer of the DC Proud 2019 Inaugural Celebration in honor of Mayor Bowser’s historic milestone as the first female two-term Mayor of Washington, DC.
Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer Gates made history when the District of Columbia Government won its first Emmy Award at the 60th Annual National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Award show. The Emmy was presented for the magazine format talk show “The 202” Bell Biv DeVoe episode which airs on OCTFME’s DCN Network. She also led the efforts in the historic launch of DC Radio 96.3HD4; the District of Columbia’s first municipally managed radio station and second full powered municipally owned HD radio station in the nation. Gates continues to play a pivotal role in the Mayor Muriel Bowser Presents 202Creates initiative which highlights the diverse and vibrant creative community in the District of Columbia.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Director Gates was appointed by Mayor Bowser to serve on the Washington, DC, ReOpenDC Advisory Group, a task force of eleven committees established by the Mayor, to develop and deliver recommendations to reopen DC safely and sustainably. Gates Co-chaired the Faith, Arts, Culture, Entertainment, Sports and Hotels (FACES-H) Committee. The Advisory Group, in line with Mayor Bowser’s vision, collaborated with the DC Department of Health, national public health experts and worked with District residents, community groups, business leaders and civic leaders to formulate their recommendations anchored on DC Core values of Health, Opportunity, Prosperity and Equity (HOPE).
Gates also made history as the first African American General Manager of the iconic Warner Theatre, located in the heart of the nation’s capital. Her extensive experience includes work with former President of the United States Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Gates began her career as a film specialist for the New Orleans Film Commission and her film projects included Interview with a Vampire and Pelican Brief. She is the former Associate General Manager of the historic Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, and the former Director of Engagement Relations and Marketing for Clear Channel Entertainment’s Theatrical Division.
Gates received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master of Arts Administration Degree with a Special Concentration in Sports Management, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Orleans. Gates serves on the Board of Directors for The University of New Orleans Foundation, the Negro League Hall of Fame, and the New Orleans Theatre Association. She is a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and a charter member of its Upsilon Chi Omega Chapter. Gates is a member and former Governor of the Recording Academy, Washington DC chapter (The GRAMMYs).