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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Bianca Quesada
Executive Assistant

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A Los Angeles native, Bianca spent six years in the theater world as a stage manager before diving into film.  She has worked for the Sony Pictures Entertainment Post Production Facility, as well as for the Paramount Pictures Production and Acquisitions Vice President during the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.  As a student of CalArts and California State University Long Beach Bianca graduated Cum Laude and in the top 15% of her graduating class.  Bianca has produced several short films and documentaries. Recently she produced the documentary GO.DO.BE which over a 1 year period chronicled a female-to-male sex change.

 

Juliann Lee
Foundation Manager
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