FOUNDERTICHI WILKERSON KASSEL
An innovative businesswoman, Tichi Wilkerson Kassel was publisher emeritus of The Hollywood Reporter. As founder of The World Film Institute (formerly The Hollywood Reporter Industries Foundation), she distinguished herself with continued devotion and service to the entertainment industry. In founding Women In Film, Tichi’s intent was to aid women in the entertainment business by increasing their visibility, helping them to network with their peers, and unifying professional women in the industry. Benefits from the original concept are being enjoyed today by thousands of creative women nationally and in 20 countries around the world.
EXECUTIVE BOARDCATHY SCHULMAN
Academy Award™ winning producer Cathy Schulman became President of Mandalay Pictures in January 2007, at which time she also established Mandalay Independent Pictures alongside Peter Guber. Her experience as both an executive and producer dates back to 1987.
As President of Mandalay Independent, Schulman is a part of an elite group of women who head self-financed production companies. She started Mandalay Independent in order to produce self-distinguished projects with a social conscience and youth awareness, in the hopes of illuminating stories of consequence not commonly exposed in film.
Hannah Minghella has served as president of Production for Columbia Pictures since October 2010. In that role, Minghella works closely with Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad to oversee all aspects of development and production at the legendary motion picture label.
Her current projects include the latest James Bond adventure Skyfall; the animated film Hotel Transylvania; Captain Phillips, directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks; After Earth, starring Jaden Smith and Will Smith; and White House Down, directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Channing Tatum, among many other projects.
Jane Fleming is a founding partner of Court Five, a multifaceted media company focused on developing and converting diverse intellectual property and brands into filmed entertainment for distribution in all media worldwide. Over the last three years, she has been a prolific producer of films with her partner Mark Ordesky, including Lovely Molly; The Frozen Ground with Nic Cage, John Cusack and Vanessa Hudgens and Exists, a terrifying take on Bigfoot.
Court Five is in post-production on its first television series, “The Quest” for ABC, a ground-breaking reality/scripted hybrid. The Quest reflects Court Five’s commitment to creating new programming paradigms in the entertainment industry.read more...
Chief Financial Officer
Bill Harris is a Managing Director at Nigro Karlin Segal & Feldstein, LLP is a Certified Public Accounting firm based in Westwood in Los Angeles. Originally established in 1981, we are one of the premier accounting firms in Southern California.
In 1996 he started his career as a Business Manager working with production companies and he now works with clients in all areas of the Entertainment Industry. He has been involved with some of the industry’s biggest names, guiding them through the financial aspects of both their professional and personal lives. Bill is committed to making sure that his clients receive the individualized support they need in order for them to “Sleep through the night”.
Beginning her career as an assistant at International Creative Management (ICM), Iris Grossman quickly climbed the ranks and was upped to talent agent. After several years with the agency, Grossman was given the opportunity to become the Senior Vice President of Talent and Casting for Turner Network Television (TNT). In that capacity, Grossman oversaw all talent and casting issues related to TNT Original films and series. She spent nine years at TNT, and in October 2001, Grossman returned to ICM as a talent agent. In 2013 Grossman became an agent for Paradigm.
GHEN LARAYA LONG
Ghen Laraya Long is an experienced international technology and entertainment attorney and the current VP of Technology for the Executive board. She specializes in transactional contracts for the creation, production and distribution of traditional media content over new media platforms. She is the current VP of Business and Legal Affairs for Mandalay Digital Group Inc. and it’s wholly owned subsidiary Digital Turbine Inc., specializing in B2B mobile applications. She also has a roster of technotainment clients ranging from producers, directors, writers, musicians and actors as well as startups for whom she provides advice and production attorney services.
Deborah Liebling is President of Television for Red Hour Films where she is partnered with Ben Stiller. They are premiering two series, THE BIRTHDAY BOYS at IFC on Oct. 18th and THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL at Comedy Central, and are currently producing two more pilots for Comedy Central (BIG TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, FL and ANOTHER PERIOD). They are also developing REALITY BITES for TV at NBC and have scripts at HBO, Showtime, FOX and ABC.
Elizabeth Raposo is Senior Vice President of Production for Paramount Pictures. She joined the company in 2005 as a Director of Development. While at Paramount, Raposo has worked on such films as MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL, STAR TREK, MORNING GLORY, AND THE LAST AIRBENDER. She is currently in post-production on JACK REACHER and STAR TREK 2, and she is in pre-production on TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. Prior to working at Paramount Pictures, Elizabeth was Director of Development for Protozoa Pictures, a New York-based production company founded in 1996 by director Darren Aronofsky and producing partner Eric Watson.
VALERIE VAN GALDER
Valerie Van Galder had a very successful ten year tenure at Sony Pictures, joining to launch Screen Gems in 1999, and being named President of Marketing in 2006 for Columbia Pictures. Since leaving Sony at the end of 2009 she has been consulting for such clients as the Walt Disney Company, Facebook, Walden Entertainment, MARV Productions (Matthew Vaughn), John Wells Productions, Summit Entertainment, and Vendome Entertainment.read more...
BOARD of DIRECTORSORLY ADELSON
As President of dick clark productions (dcp), Orly Adelson is responsible for the development, production, finance, distribution, legal affairs and network relationships of dcp’s high profile properties, including the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” The Academy of Country Music Awards,” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Under Adelson’s leadership, the company has experienced record growth in ratings and revenue while developing innovative new content. She has pioneered strategies to leverage the iconic Dick Clark brand while expanding entertainment programming through traditional and new mediums. Through Adelson’s management and creativity, dcp now maintains over 20 projects in production and active development, spanning various areas of reality, scripted, award show, and live event programming. Adelson was recently nominated for a Primetime Emmy® Award for her role as an executive producer on the “2011 Golden Globe Awards.”
Adriana Alberghetti is a partner and agent at William Morris Entertainment in the Motion Picture Literary department. Her clients include writers and directors Shane Black (Iron Man 3); Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Day the Earth Stood Still); Mike Newell (Great Expectations); Michael Cuesta ("Homeland"); Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury, The Express); Rodrigo Garcia ("In Treatment", Mother and Child); Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island); Kevin Lima (Enchanted); Kevin Macdonald (Last King of Scotland) Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (Kung Fu Panda); Hossein Amini (Drive); Marti Noxon ("Mad Men", Fright Night); John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Crazy Stupid Love) Josh Schwartz ("Gossip Girl”, “Chuck”); Stuart Blumberg (The Kids are Alright) and Jamie Vanderbilt (White House Down, Zodiac, Spiderman).
Stephanie Allain, Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, is an accomplished film producer and former studio executive who has been an advocate for visionary filmmakers for more than two decades.
As a Columbia Pictures executive, Ms.Allain was instrumental in the making of John Singleton’s Boyz N The Hood, which garnered Singleton two Academy Award nominations and set the bar for contemporary urban dramas. She spent a decade at the studio launching the careers of first time filmmakers including Singleton, Robert Rodriguez and Darnell Martin. Several of the films she supervised, including El Mariachi and I Like It Like That garnered awards at Cannes, Telluride and the Sundance Film Festivals. During her tenure at Columbia Pictures, she rose through the ranks to become Senior Vice President of Production – the highest creative production position for an African-American for over a decade.
DARLA K. ANDERSON
Darla Anderson was born and raised in Glendale, CA. She studied environmental design at San Diego State University. Her career began at a San Diego based film and television productions firm. After that, Anderson became the executive producer for the Angel Studios’ commercial division in Carlsbad, CA. Anderson’s interest in CG animation started in the 1980′s while working at Angel Studios.
In the early 1990′s, she was the “only girl” at Siggraph, the then-small computer animation festival, where she first saw some of the short-form work (commercials and shorts) of John Lasseter. After hearing Lasseter talk and noticing how passionate he was about animation, Anderson knew she just had to work at Pixar. Anderson moved to Emeryville soon afterwards. After a year and a half of knocking on Pixar’s door and making phone calls, she joined Pixar in 1993. Before working on feature films, she was the executive producer of Pixar Animation Studios’ commercial group.
Rowena Arguelles is a Motion Picture agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency based in Los Angeles with offices in New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. Arguelles, based in the Los Angeles office, represents clients including directors Susanne Bier (SERENA; IN A BETTER WORLD), Joe Cornish (ATTACK THE BLOCK), Catherine Hardwicke (TWILIGHT; THIRTEEN), Justin Lin (FAST AND FURIOUS; BETTER LUCK TOMORROW), Robert Luketic (21; LEGALLY BLONDE), John Madden (BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL; THE DEBT), Michael Sucsy (THE VOW; GREY GARDENS), Edgar Wright (SCOTT PILGRIM; SHAUN OF THE DEAD); screenwriters Abi Morgan (IRON LADY; SHAME), Charles Randolph (LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS; THE INTERPRETER), Erin Cressida Wilson (CHLOE; SECRETARY), Brian Nelson (DEVIL; HARD CANDY); writer/directors Sacha Gervasi (HITCHCOCK; ANVIL), Patty Jenkins (MONSTER), Rebecca Miller (THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE; PERSONAL VELOCITY); producer Bruce Cohen (MILK; AMERICAN BEAUTY) and actors Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Jessica Chastain, Katherine Heigl, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts and Renee Zellweger.
Holly Bario is President of Production at DreamWorks Studios where she oversees the company’s slate of films. She joined the company in 2008 as an Executive Vice President of Production and has worked on such films as “She’s Out of My League” and “The Help.”
Prior to DreamWorks, Bario was Executive Vice President, Production at Universal Pictures. She had been at the studio for over a decade as a production executive at Universal Pictures rising through the ranks as Director of Development, Vice President and Senior Vice President of Production.
As the founder and CEO of TRENDERA, Jane Buckingham is the leading expert on Generations X, Y, and V. Having studied these generations for over 20 years, she is able to help companies and individuals gain insights into these often inscrutable groups. Her services to clients combine sophisticated research tools with trend knowledge, helping companies to understand how consumers feel and to anticipate what trends will impact their businesses. Trendera produces the trend forecasting report “THE TRENDERA FILES” and works with clients including Facebook, Paramount, Fox, Target, L’Oreal, and many others.
At age 17 Buckingham wrote the book Teens Speak Out about her own generation, starting her quest to better understand and explain how young people feel. Buckingham pioneered the trend forecasting field by creating the marketing and consulting firm Youth Intelligence, which she sold to Creative Artists Agency in 2003...
Susanne Daniels is President of Programming for MTV and a strategic consultant to broadcast, cable and on-line networks. She served as The President of The WB Network (now The CW); President of Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Networks; Vice President Comedy for FOX; Director of Reality, Variety & Specials for ABC; and began her career as an assistant to Lorne Michaels at Saturday Night Live. Daniels has consulted for various media companies, including Nickelodeon (Teen Nick); OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network); MRC (Media Rights Capital) and DECA.com.
Vicki Dummer oversees Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night for ABC Entertainment as senior vice president, and heads the department along with John Saade. She reports to Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment.
In this role, Ms. Dummer focuses on current and specials for ABC’s alternative series, along with development and late night, as well as the management of the Alternative Series staff and spearheading the creative efforts for upcoming projects.
Madelyn Hammond is owner and president of Madelyn Hammond and Associates, an entertainment marketing agency specializing in branding and promotions.
Hammond, most recently, was the Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for developing the global brand and marketing strategy for Daily Variety, Variety and Variety.com. Hammond expanded the group’s worldwide partnerships with advertisers and brand marketers, as well as oversaw Variety’s corporate communications, publicity and promotion, research and event marketing.
Danica Krislovich founded Guardian Productions, Inc. a Los Angeles based independent branded entertainment production company, in 1999 and has produced high concept television in non-fiction, scripted, specials, TV movies, and documentaries for broadcast, cable, digital, and international distribution. Drawing from over 20 years of producing, Danica Krislovich is known to provide innovative, commercial, and quality entertainment in both traditional and new media.read more...
Lionsgate’s Head Of Film Music Tracy McKnight has earned a place in the entertainment industry as a highly respected corporate executive, music supervisor, record producer, and label co-founder. Her kinetic enthusiasm pushes her to find new ways of sharing her passions with an ever-growing audience seeking quality films and music.
In her Lionsgate post, Ms. McKnight’s current, recent and upcoming projects include the massively anticipated The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the record breaking worldwide box office phenomenon The Hunger Games, Now You See Me, Red 2 and the upcoming science fiction adventure film, Divergent, directed by Neil Burger and based on the novel by Veronica Roth.
Sue Naegle was named president, HBO Entertainment, for Home Box Office, in April 2008. In this position, she is responsible for overseeing all original series programming and specials for the network.
Before joining HBO, Naegle was a partner and co-head of the television department at United Talent Agency. She became the youngest agent ever to make partner (at age 29), and in this role co-ran the television department and managed the training program. Naegle represented and developed close relationships with many notable writers and producers. She also oversaw the packaging of many successful television series such as HBO’s "Six Feet Under" and "True Blood". Since coming to HBO, Naegle has overseen the production of such series as "Hung", "Bored to Death", "How To Make It In America", "Treme", "Boardwalk Empire", "Game of Thrones" and the upcoming "Luck", "Enlightened", "Veep" and "Girls".
Keri Putnam is the executive director of the nonprofit Sundance Institute whose mission is to discover and develop independent artists and introduce audiences to their new work. The Institute supports artists in feature film, documentary film, theatre, and film music through its labs and workshops, direct granting, and ongoing mentorship in the U.S. and around the world. The Institute also presents the annual Sundance Film Festival to provide a global platform for artists to share their stories. Since joining the Sundance Institute in 2010, Putnam has advanced the Institute’s international work, expanded its involvement in arts advocacy, and launched new programs to connect artists to audiences.
MICHELLE RAIMO KOUYATE
Michelle Raimo Kouyate is president of production for Sony Pictures Animation and is responsible for overseeing the development and production of all films on the Sony Pictures Animation slate.
Under Raimo Kouyate the animation studio recently began production on Hotel Transylvania with Adam Sandler voicing the lead role of Dracula and Genndy Tartakovsky directing. She is overseeing the develop of other projects in Sony Picture Animation’s pipeline such as The Familiars, with executive producers Sam Raimi & Josh Donen, and director Doug Sweetland, the Academy Award®-nominated director of the 2008 Pixar short Presto; the sequels to The Smurfs and the 2009 hit Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs; Janet Foxley’s Muncle Trogg, the 2010 Times (of London)/Chicken House book prize winner; Popeye with executive producer Avi Arad; Kazorn and the Unicorn, a comedy fantasy also with executive producers Sam Raimi & Josh Donen.read more...
MARION ROSENBERG, O.B.E.
Marion Rosenberg graduated from the Universities of Manchester, England and Grenoble, France. She started her show business career in the Bands and Acts Department of MCA. From 1960 to 1976 she worked in production on both sides of the Atlantic, on such films as I COULD GO ON SINGING (Judy Garland), THE BEST MAN (Henry Fonda), WHERE EAGLES DARE (Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood) and THE MISSOURI BREAKS (Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson). In l976 she became head of EMI Films in Los Angeles, and set up such productions as THE DRIVER, CONVOY and THE DEERHUNTER, on which she served as Associate Producer.
Rena Ronson is co-head of the Independent Film Group at leading talent and literary agency UTA. One of the industry’s pre-eminent packaging and finance executives in independent film, Ronson is focused on developing global film finance, distribution and marketing strategies for independent and co-financed studio features.
Ronson also oversees an indie group known for packaging and/or representing many of the highest-profile and critically-praised independently-financed films from a diverse range of American and international filmmakers including Wes Anderson, James Ponsoldt, Andrew Adamson, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, David Michôd, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, Noah Baumbach, Mike Mills, Drake Doremus, Sean Durkin, and Joachim Trier, as well as new voices such as Haifaa Al-Mansour and Asghar Farhadi.
Nell Scovell began her career as a sportswriter for The Boston Globe while still a senior in college. In 1986, she was the first staff writer hired at SPY magazine, the satirical New York monthly. A year later, she became a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair and still contributes to the magazine and website. Since 2001 she has also been a contributing editor to the Style section at the New York Times Magazine.
While at Vanity Fair, an editor suggested she try television. Today, she is the only person who has written for late night variety ("Late Night With David Letterman"), animation ("The Simpsons"), sitcom ("Newhart", "Coach", Murphy Brown"), drama ("Monk", "N.C.I.S.", "Warehouse 13") and long-form. She created and executive produced the ABC show, "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch", which ran for seven seasons and is now in syndication. Her long-form work includes co-writing Disney’s Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, and writing and directing two movies for cable television.
Shelby Stone is an award-winning producer whose works include HBO's Emmy, Golden Globe, and Image Award winning Lackawanna Blues, and Life Support which premiered at Sundance 2005 and 2007 respectively ; and the critically acclaimed films Boycott, The Middle Passage, and Lumumba. Stone began her career as an independent film executive working in marketing, acquisitions, and finally production before launching her own production company with Drop Squad, a Spike Lee/40 Acres and a Mule production. Stone is the President of Production and Development for Flavor Unit Entertainment, the production company led by long standing partners Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere. Their working relationship began when Queen Latifah, Compere, and Stone teamed to produce Life Support in conjunction with Foxx/King Entertainment. The film which Nelson George wrote and directed and starred Queen Latifah, premiered at Sundance 2007 and was the closing night presentation. Stone is the 2007 recipient of the Black Women Film Network’s Trail Blazer Award. Flavor Unit is very active in both the film & tv areas with long running shows, including VH1's Single Ladies ( which just finished filming Season 3) and BET's premiere scripted series Let's Stay Together which is also in it's third season.
Mike Tschida is the founder and president of Tschida Branded Entertainment (TBE) - a full-service branded entertainment marketing firm with offices in Los Angeles and Nashville.
TBE represents brands and pairs them with all things "Hollywood" by researching, negotiating, and securing the entertainment needs of corporate clients such as Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Movado, Revlon, Anya Hindmarch, Kwiat Diamonds, Pamela Dennis, and more.
Winnie Wong is the Vice President For Film & Television at Momentous Insurance Brokerage Inc., a full service company dedicated to providing the highest caliber of insurance and risk management consultation. They specialize in designing insurance programs for High Net Worth individuals, Film and TV productions, Music and Touring companies and artists, Life, Health, Disability and Employee Benefits, and Commercial Risks of all varieties.