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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.
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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.
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Jane comes from Portsmouth, England and has worked on numerous productions for the BBC-TV, Sky UK and Channel 4 UK. Garcia is also a feature writer, and her pieces on music and popular culture have appeared in Rolling Stone, Spin, NME and loaded. Garcia graduated from UCLA with BA in Women’s Studies and Political Science, and holds an MA in US History from UCSC. Ms. Garcia’s Los Angeles-based production experience includes BEHIND THE MUSIC for VH-1, GRACE UNDER FIRE and A DIFFERENT WORLD for Carsey-Werner, HEROES OF COMEDY: WOMEN ON TOP for Comedy Central and many more. Jane is also a committed animal welfare activist and volunteer for LA Animal Services.
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April Wright has been a member of Women in Film for over a decade and started on WIF Staff as coordinator of the Film Finishing Fund. In 2012 she was promoted to WIF Foundation Manager supporting the Women in Film Foundation’s Board of Trustees and programs under the Foundation’s umbrella including the Mentoring Program, the Legacy Series and the Film Finishing Fund. April also works as an independent consultant for such clients as Real D. She is a Programming Associate for the Sundance Film Festival and AFI Fest, as well as being a writer and director with several award-winning independent features, shorts and documentaries to her credit. April holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.