WOMEN IN FILM LOS ANGELES STAFF

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Gayle Nachlis
Executive Director
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Gayle Nachlis joined Women In Film as Executive Director in 2006 following a 29-year career as a Talent Agent and Vice President at the William Morris Agency.

A graduate of the UCLA Theatre Department, Ms. Nachlis’ knowledge of dramatic literature and Actors’ Equity Business Affairs enabled her to run the agency’s west coast legitimate theatre operations.  Over time she expanded her range in other areas of the industry, including negotiating major deals within WMA’s television department.  As an agent, she represented many award-winning actors for stage, television and motion pictures including Jean Smart, Julie Harris, George C. Scott, Hector Elizondo and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

When she took the reins at Women In Film Ms. Nachlis reviewed all programming and conducted surveys of our members and industry leaders.  As a result WIF trimmed the ideas that had little traction and created or expanded the programs that are relevant to the community.  She broadened WIF’s reach with more and better television and new media programs.  Since the top three reasons people join WIF are networking, networking and networking Ms. Nachlis makes sure that workshop events provide opportunities for connection.

Ms. Nachlis also believes in the importance of giving back and retooled the Mentoring and Internship Programs to enable accomplished professionals to support and nurture the next generation.  Her goal is to provide women with the resources they need to survive and thrive in the industry.  She hopes to build a dynamic community of passionate media makers both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

Ms. Nachlis is married and has two children.

 

David Kay
Controller
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David Kay joined WIF in 2005 and has the distinction of being one of the few financial executives in the industry with an arts background. Kay began his film career as a projectionist for America’s oldest continuously operating student film society, the Documentary Film Group, at the University of Chicago. He went on to become DFG’s Managing Director before moving on to work with the Chicago International Film Festival. Handling tasks including print traffic, operations, marketing and programming, Mr. Kay finished at the CIFF as Director of Finance. With enhanced number crunching and administrative skills, Kay held positions in the finance, jewelry and plumbing industries, and was, briefly, a professional gambler. Kay was also Treasurer for a U.S. congressional campaign before landing firmly back in the not-for-profit world at WIF.

 

Pandora Kan
PSA/Production Manager
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Pandora Kan has worked on social/digital media projects for shows, such as: Ghost Whisperer (Season 5), Ghost Whisperer’s The Other Side (Webseries IV), Live: With Regis and Kelly!, Legend of the Seeker, and WETV.com. She eventually worked on independent films and documentaries as an Associate/Social/Digital Media Producer. When she isn’t working on a production, she writes in her spare time; her script, “Just Speak English,” has won awards.

Pandora graduated from California State University of Fullerton, Radio-TV-Film with an emphasis in Screenwriting. She also danced throughout Los Angeles with various modern dance theater groups.

Maikiko James
Executive Assistant
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Maikiko comes to WIF after six years with Active Voice, a national organization tackling social issues through the creative use of film, where she coordinated on multiple social engagement campaigns including those of Food Inc., Welcome to Shelbyville, Gideon's Army, Kids for Cash, among others.  She acted as a Special Project Advisor on WIF supported documentary Seeking Asian Female, and co-producer of its sister web project, theyreallsobeautiful.com.  An Upright Citizens Brigade and Groundlings trained improviser, you can see her perform monthly with her teams, Room to Improv and Solid Sevens, around LA.  Maikiko holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

 

Juliann Lee
Foundation Manager
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A San Francisco native, Juliann Lee moved to Los Angeles in 2013. Juliann graduated from UC Davis with an English major and Communications minor. Upon graduation, she moved abroad and became a teacher, while managing an international staff at a start-up school. After several years, she returned to the Bay Area and went back to school to continue her education in Television Production, while holding several positions on an independent film, which boasted over 50 female crew roles. Juliann began working at NBC Bay Area for a year and a half before joining the Women In Film LA team.

 
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