Women In Film Foundation Board of Trustees 2013

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susan-cartsonis-2010-webSusan Cartsonis is a Producer and President of Storefront Pictures.

The Hollywood Reporter named Susan Cartsonis one of the top five grossing producers of the year for her box office record-breaking film, What Women Want (Paramount), and Where the Heart Is (20th Century Fox).  Recently, she produced the teen hit, Beastly and executive-produced No Reservations, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Cartsonis, an executive at 20th Century Fox for nearly a decade, rose from script reader to Senior Vice President of Production.  During her tenure at Fox, a few of the many films she supervised include Nell, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, For the Boys, Dying Young, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Cartsonis often makes films from the female perspective that men like too.


ILENE KAHN POWER (WIFF Co-Vice Chair; Chair and Producer of WIF Legacy Series)

ilene_kahn_power_webIlene Kahn Power  is an Emmy Award winning and multiple Golden Globe nominated producer of movies and miniseries such as GIA starring Angelina Jolie, Roswell starring Martin Sheen,  Who Is Clark Rockefeller? starring Eric McCormack,  Stalin, starring Robert Duvall and Julia Ormand,  White Mile starring Alan Alda,  Elvis, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Traffic, the miniseries for USA, Fatherland and  Buffalo Soldiers, starring Danny Glover.  She is a former Senior Executive with HBO Films where she developed and oversaw the production of more than sixty films.



PAT QUINN (WIFF Co-Vice Chair)

Partner/Manager of Quinn Media Management


A longstanding member of the Hollywood creative community, Pat Quinn specializes in aiding entertainment companies in the packaging and development of projects for all media.  Covering all aspects of entertainment media sales, Quinn creates sales strategies, pitches and sales presentations. She also represents the creators of international television series and formats, which she packages for domestic networks and cable.

Her clients include award winning screenwriters, and U.K. and international television series formats, which she packages for networks and cable.  This year she is leading an Enterprise Ireland Business Development initiative with top media companies from Dublin.


CAROL SAVOIE (WIFF Treasurer/Secretary)
carol-savoieDeloitte Tax, LLP - National Director

Specializing in Business Management and Tax Services for high net worth individuals and their related companies in the Entertainment Industry. Clients consist of confidential list of Award winning producers, directors, actors, musicians and sports figures. Services include film production assistance, contract review for accounting and tax implications, revenue splits, concert tour issues, cash flow modeling and other entertainment related accounting and tax services.




clare_barenWhether producing for film, music, video or interactive, Clare Baren has always been at the cutting edge of media innovations. Since the late ‘90’s, she has become a prolific DVD producer, applying her talents to creating virtual art galleries, documentaries, audio commentaries, interactive games and storybooks for dozens of animated features including Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Peter Pan, Monsters Inc., Aladdin, Brother Bear, Mulan 2, Hercules, Stuart Little and Finding Nemo for Disney/Pixar and Open Season for Sony.




hillary-bibicoff-2013Hillary Bibicoff is a transactional entertainment attorney at Holmes Weinberg where she represents both established and "up and coming" actors, hosts, directors, writers, authors and independent producers, with a client list that includes Pam Fryman, Dan Knauf, Jim Lampley, Ricki Lake, Rob Long, Mike Rowe, Dan Staley, Robert Towne and Vaupen & Baker, as well as several independent production companies.  In addition to talent deals, she has negotiated book, screenplay and life story agreements, as well as various film finance and distribution deals and studio term deals.  She also handles licensing, merchandising, endorsement and spokesperson deals for both traditional entertainment companies and those, such as 24-Hour Fitness, whose main business is outside of the entertainment industry.  She has been involved with audits of major studios conducted on behalf of talent with gross profit participations.  She represented the two largest investors in the $500 million 25 picture film finance deal between Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros and recently represented Toho Co., Ltd. in the sale of the rights to a Godzilla feature to Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.




ivy-kagan-biermanIvy Kagan Bierman's practice includes the representation of entertainment and related companies in labor, production, distribution, technology and other business matters. She handles both transactional and litigation matters for clients.

Ms. Bierman is one of a select few of entertainment labor lawyers looked to by producers, distributors, national advertisers and advertising agencies for representation in guild and union matters. She regularly counsels entertainment and advertising companies about the SAG, AFTRA, DGA, WGA, AFM, Teamsters and IATSE agreements and handles claims arising out of such agreements.



candace-blockCandace Block is a marketing and business development professional with extensive expertise in financial, entertainment, sports, sponsorship and cause-related marketing ventures. Block is President of The Block Network (TBN), a marketing communications company, focused on providing consulting services for the creation  & management of strategic relationships, alliances & networking. In addition, Ms. Block had been advising a team at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management,(MSPWM) Beverly Hills,  in entertainment marketing & networking issues and is a registered securities broker. Prior to joining MSPWM, Block provided marketing services to a team at Citigroup Smith Barney.  Block has developed a broad range of contacts, resources and an expertise in networking.  Recent projects have included: The Governor of California’s Conference for Women & Families, Ralph Edwards Productions, Dell Technology Seminar for Women, LOHAS-Lifestyle of Health & Sustainability Conference,  Image Entertainment, Dream Big Productions, ThinkQuest Awards; One World Networks and Yachtstore.com to name a few.




President Mission Pictures International

cindybondCindy Bond is an industry veteran acclaimed for her work in producing, marketing and distributing uplifting, life-affirming and inspirational films.  Cindy has served as President of Norann Entertainment, a production company she co-founded in 1996 with Interstate Batteries Chairman Norm Miller.  In 1998 Cindy and Norm began Providence Entertainment where Cindy served as President of Production and Acquisitions.  Providence, a US theatrical distribution company, was renowned for its pioneering work in faith-based grassroots marketing campaigns, and for distributing the faith market breakthrough film, THE OMEGA CODE, the number one independent theatrical release of 1999.  In 2002, Cindy co-founded Promenade Pictures with former Paramount Pictures President and MGM/UA Co-Chairman Frank Yablans. While serving as President and Chief Operating Officer, Cindy brought THE NOTE franchise into The Hallmark Channel.



hollace davidsHollace Davids has spent most of her career planning and executing events from premieres for 5,000 to dinner parties for 10. Currently, she serves as Senior Vice President of Special Projects at Universal Pictures in the Feature Marketing Department. She is responsible for planning and implementing all Universal Premieres for the motion pictures, working on the Academy and Awards Campaigns as well as film festivals. She handles all special projects for the studio including the recent premieres of LEATHERHEADS, DEFNITELY, MAYBE, CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR, AMERICAN GANGSTER, THE GOLDEN AGE, THE KINGDOM, and EVAN ALMIGHTHY, Motion Picture Group parties, dinners, retreats, tradeshows and Exhibitor Relations Meetings, Workshops and Film Festivals.




lisa-gewirtz-webBorn and raised in New York City, Ms. Gewirtz spent her youth touring all over the world with her family's performing act, singing and playing a number of musical instruments, on her vacations from school. She attended the "famed" High School of Performing Arts, and immediately upon graduation moved to Los Angeles where she began working for various celebrities in a variety of roles. She continued to fill her creative needs by performing around town, accompanying others when needed, and singing and playing songs she wrote.




kathy-fields-lander-webKathy Fields Lander began her career as actress in feature films, stage and television.  She co-starred in Richard Brooks’ The Happy Ending and Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got his Gun.

Kathy was trained as a directing fellow at the American Film Institute and was the second woman to become a member of Local 659, the cinematographer’s union, as a still photographer.

Kathy has a Masters Degree in psychology. She is a licensed California therapist in Los Angeles.

In past several years, Kathy has teamed up with successful producers and filmmakers, developing and producing projects for film and television.  She recently formed her own company, In Your Dreams Productions.


conception_laraConcepción Lara is an acknowledged expert in the Latino market: she pioneered the multi-channel industry’s foray in the US Latino Market as well the expansion of key digital venues and satellite TV channels into Latin America.  She is well versed in multi-platform distribution which covers television, internet, mobile phone and other digital distribution vehicles.  

While at HBO, Lara proposed and was instrumental in the launch of HBO Ole, one of the first pan-continental, satellite-delivered services in the world—and HBO’s most successful international venture to date.  She was also a key force behind the creation of HBO en Español, The Fox Latin American Channel and Fox Kids Latino.



naketha-mattocks-2013Naketha Mattocks is the VP, Original Movies at the Disney Channels.

In the post, Mattocks supervises creative development for the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise, which has produced TV’s top movie among tweens age 9-14 for the past 11 years. She will develop scripts, generate new projects, collaborate with writers and directors and oversee the creative storytelling throughout production.




Lillah McCarthy serves as Senior Vice President of Original Programming for TNT and TBS and is responsible for the development and production of new drama series for TNT and new comedy series for TBS.

Since joining the Turner networks in 2003, Ms. McCarthy has been instrumental in the development of all original series for both networks including: "The Closer", starring Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick, "Rizzoli and Isles" starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, "Saving Grace" starring Holly Hunter, "Perception" starring Eric McCormack, "Leverage" starring Tim Hutton, the critically acclaimed "Men of a Certain Age", Stephen Spielberg’s "Falling Skies", the irreverent dramedy, "Franklin & Bash",  the gloriously devilish "Dallas", and the highly anticipated new medical drama from David E. Kelley and Sanjay Gupta,  "Monday Mornings", which will premiere in early 2013.  At TBS, Ms. McCarthy was instrumental in the development and production of the highly acclaimed My Boys, the hour comedy series "Wedding Band", and two new half-hour series about to begin their second seasons, "Men At Work" and "Sullivan & Son".    When McCarthy joined the networks, there were no original series on the air.  In the summer of 2012, TNT was the home of basic cable’s top 5 original series and TBS had its own original successes with "Conan" and the new original comedies.  Ms. McCarthy was recently put in charge of heading up the network’s in house original productions division as a result of the networks continued expansion of its original programming.




deborah-miller-webMiller was a VP with the William Morris Agency for fifteen years where she headed the TV Variety department for six years and headed the entire TV Talent Department for four years. This was followed by a two year stint as Vice President and head of the TV and Motion Picture Talent Department at The Agency for the Performing Arts.  As a theatrical agent, she has represented a diverse and wide range of talented personalities, musicians, comedians, actors, writers, directors and producers, including David Letterman, Ned Beatty, Merv Griffin, Sir Ian McKellen, Julio Iglesias, Bob Uecker and William Devane.  She served on the Board of Governors of ATAS for seven years.  She was Vice President of Women In Film and is currently on the Board of the Women In Film Foundation.  Since 2003, Deborah Miller has been an independent talent manager and is affiliated with Shelter Entertainment Group.


NINA NISENHOLTZ President, N2N Entertainment


ellen-olivier-webEllen Olivier originated the online magazine, Society News LA, http://SocietyNewsLA.com which chronicles the social, charitable and cultural scene in Los Angeles. Prior to launching the website, Ellen wrote the Sunday social column, “Scene & Heard,” for the Los Angeles Times Image section. She currently writes for the LA Times online edition, which frequently refers readers to her website through its morning fashion report.

Over the years, Ellen has written about society, fashion, culture and the arts for the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, various magazines and other news sources. While at the Orange County Register, she also produced and appeared in television news features on the subjects of society, fashion and culture for OCN-TV, the Orange County News Channel.




Chevonne O’Shaughnessy is the co-founder and president of Mission Pictures International (MPI), and American Cinema International (ACI).

Chevonne began her career as the President of International sales for PM Entertainment. Her ten years in this position resulted in the production and sales of over 176 feature films and two successful television series. PM produced and distributed original prime time product for numerous international TV clients and domestic cable networks, with the distinction of being one of the first suppliers for HBO World Premier Movies. PM remains one of the few among the competitive world of independent filmmaking that consistently generates high quality Action Adventure feature films. She has also served as the executive producer of numerous films and TV-mini series’ including El Dorado, Born to Race, Power Play, Phase IV and many more.



Betsy has worked as a Producer, Line Producer, UPM and a 1st AD over her 25 year career in the Motion Picture Industry. In 2004 she was the Co-Producer of a short film entitled TWO SOLDIERS, which won the Academy Award for best dramatic short at the 2004 Academy Awards. As a film production professional she was associate producer of the feature film WIND, directed by Carroll Ballard; head of production for a film production company called Filmlink International; first assistant director on such films as STEALING HOME, LADY IN WHITE and GOOD BURGER, in addition to work on numerous commercials and documentary films. Betsy was the co-founder of the PSA Committee of Women in Film a group created to produce and distribute public service announcements to local groups unable to publicize their services in any other way. Betsy also served at one time on the Board of Directors of Women in Film. Betsy was the Head of the Producing Discipline at the North Carolina School of the Arts from 2000 through 2003 and while there produced a marketing video which has become one of the school’s primary marketing tools. She is currently Associate Dean/Director of Production Services at the American Film Institute and as such is responsible for overseeing over 100 short films each year.

read more... PAMELA RODI


Pamela Rodi has been a leader in entertainment marketing for over 20 years, and has the unique distinction of experience in all the major entertainment industries - music, home entertainment, motion pictures and television. Starting her career as a Creative Services staff member at Polygram Records in New York, working on album jacket designs and liner notes, Rodi then joined the fledgling home-entertainment start-up Vestron Video in international marketing.



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.



carol-savoieDeloitte Tax, LLP - National Director

Specializing in Business Management and Tax Services for high net worth individuals and their related companies in the Entertainment Industry. Clients consist of confidential list of Award winning producers, directors, actors, musicians and sports figures. Services include film production assistance, contract review for accounting and tax implications, revenue splits, concert tour issues, cash flow modeling and other entertainment related accounting and tax services.



paula_silverPaula Silver, founder of Beyond the Box has more than 25 years of experience in the development, production and marketing of motion pictures. Paula was the marketing strategist behind the surprise 2002 Indie hit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, developing a marketing plan that relied heavily on grass roots and localized publicity strategy, and one that has continued to sustain its position as the longest running film in theatrical release. Paula brought the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability Conference to Los Angeles from Colorado in 2004, with the belief that the storytellers of Hollywood needed to experience the concepts behind sustainable living in their own backyard. At the Walt Disney Company, Paula was renowned for creating an award-winning marketing campaign for Mr. Hollands' Opus, which revitalized 'grass roots' marketing, for the industry, and contributed to that film's $90 million box office success.



nancy_rae_stone_update_webNancy Rae Stone has worked as a producer, line producer and executive in the motion picture industry for over 20 years.  Ms. Stone recently executive produced "Words & Pictures", starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche, which will be distributed by Roadside Attractions in the spring of 2014.  In addition, she oversees an economic development program for the California Film Commission in order to retain our signature industry in California. Ms. Stone worked for nearly a decade as the Executive Vice President of Production at Beacon Pictures,  where she supervised the physical production of notable theatrical films, including “Spy Game”, “Bring It On”, “Family Man”, “13 Days”, “A Lot like Love”, “Emperor’s Club”, “The Hurricane”, and "End of Days".



cathleen_summers_02Cathleen Summers is a successful producer who has worked in the motion picture and television business for over twenty years, served as Exec VP for Tri Star Pictures, worked as a studio executive for Columbia Pictures, as president of three major independent production companies with studio bases, worked as a talent manager, and is a writer.

Amongst her producer credits are the hit movie Stakeout starring Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Madeline Stowe and Aidan Quinn; Another Stakeout; Doa starring Dennis Quaid and casting Meg Ryan in her first leading role; Dogfight, the cult classic starring River Phoenix and Lily Taylor; The Sandlot, the summer baseball adventure hit for Twentieth Century Fox ; Mystery Date starring Ethan Hawke and Terri Polo; Vital Signs starring Diane Lane, Laura San Giacomo, Adrian Pasdar, Jimmy Smits, and William Devane; Everything That Rises, Dennis Quaid’s directorial debut; Class starring Jacqueline Bissett, Rob Lowe and discovering Andrew McCarthy, John Cusak, Joan Cusak, Virginia Madsen, and Lolita Davidovich; A Change Of Seasons starring Shirley MacLaine, and introducing Anthony Hopkins to the American film audience; Mountain Men starring Charleton Heston; Slow Burn starring Minnie Driver; A Man in Love, directed by Diane Kurys and starring Peter Coyote and Greta Scacchi; Hideaway featuring Jeff Goldblum, Christine Lahti and Alicia Silverstone; Wizard Of Lonliness starring Lukas Haas and Lea Thompson; and several television pilots.



My career began when I moved from Manchester to Los Angeles.  I met a film producer in England who had told me that if I wanted a career in entertainment, Manchester was not the place to be.  So at 21 and without a real plan of any sort, I arrived in Los Angeles…. I asked a taxi driver at LAX where to stay.

My first job was at Hemdale Films.  By the time I got there their best days were behind them, but they had produced The Terminator so that was thrilling. I was the assistant to Derek Gibson’s assistant’s, assistant.  I arrived in LA with a minimal amount of knowledge and virtually no connections.  On the upside, I had no shortage of naivety and I credit that with managing to produce THE LINGUINI INCIDENT (starring David Bowie, Andre Gregory, Buck Henry, Rosanna Arquette), LEGENDS IN CONCERT which was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, HOLLYWOOD PALMS, PROS AND CONS OF BREATHING and PENN AND TELLER’s SIN CITY SPECTACULAR (series for FX), among others. I had many mentors and much exciting work.  I learned about how necessary patience is, but didn’t really want to practice it and that notion propelled me to management, the kinetic pace of which has satisfied my need for more immediate gratification.



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  • Barbara Boyle
  • Carol Chacamaty
  • Loraine Despres
  • Bonny Dore
  • Linda Feferman
  • Tara Grace
  • Glenda Grant
  • Mollie Gregory, WIF Historian
  • Judith Parker Harris
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  • Irma Kalish
  • Nicole Katz
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  • Nancy Malone, WIF Co-Founder
  • Robert Nieto
  • Dorothea G. Petrie
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  • Doris Roberts
  • Nancy Schreiber
  • Marion Spiegelman
  • Margot Winchester

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