Ivy Kagan Bierman is an entertainment partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP, where she represents entertainment and related companies in high profile transactional and litigation matters. Bierman was honoured as “Entertainment Lawyer of the Year” in 2015 by the Beverly Hills Bar Association. She has also been recognized in The Hollywood Reporter’s list of industry “Power Lawyers” and Variety’s “Legal Impact” Power of Law issue, among other accolades.
Throughout her career, Ms. Bierman has committed herself to giving back to the entertainment industry and to the community through social, political and philanthropic endeavours. She has been actively involved with the Anti-Defamation League for more than twenty-five years, and is currently serving as the Chair of the Pacific Southwest Region. Bierman serves on the Hollywood Radio & Television Society Board, served for many years on the Women In Film Board and is one of the founders of GreenLight Women, a newly-formed entertainment industry women’s alliance.
Bierman is passionate about the advancement of women and diverse individuals across the legal and entertainment industries. She is a member of her firm’s Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee and one of the heads of her firm’s Women’s Affinity Group. She is also a member of American Women for International Understanding (AWIU), an organization that works to support girls and women globally. She regularly speaks on panels and at events addressing diversity issues.
Bierman received her J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law and her B.S., magna cum laude, from Duke University.
Marion Rosenberg graduated from the Universities of Manchester, England and Grenoble, France. She began 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, starring Judy Garland, The Best Man, starring Henry Fonda, Where Eagles Dare, with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood and as Associate Producer on The Missouri Breaks, starring Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson. In 1976 she became head of EMI Films in Los Angeles, and set up such productions as The Driver, Convoy and the Academy® Award winner The Deer Hunter, on which she served as Associate Producer.
In 1979 Rosenberg became Vice President of The Lantz Office, a talent and literary agency, whose clients included Bette Davis, Milos Forman, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Shaffer, Daryl Hannah, Theresa Russell, Liv Ullmann and Nastassja Kinski. In l989 she formed The Marion Rosenberg Office, representing such clients as Paul Verhoeven, Jeroen Krabbe, Claire Bloom, LeVar Burton, Jane-Howard Hammerstein, Norman Lloyd and Piper Laurie. In 1999, she transferred her company from agency to personal management and production. She currently serves as Consultant to the Estate of Elizabeth Taylor.
Rosenberg served as Executive Producer on Columbia Pictures Hollow Man and in 2001 produced an updated version of Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express for CBS Television. She was the Executive Producer of Revolutionary Road, starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, directed by Sam Mendes for Dreamworks.
Marion co-founded BAFTA LA, and was its Co-Chair from 1987 to 1995. Until 2008 she served as Chair of the UK Film Council US Advisory Board. She has served on the Board of the Association of Talent Agents, is a member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has served on the Board of the North American Foundation for the University of Manchester (NAFUM). Rosenberg has also served on the Board of Women In Film and on the Board of Trustees of the Women In Film Foundation. She received the Britannicus Award from the British-American Chamber of Commerce in 1996. In 2001, Queen Elizabeth II made her an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for services to the British Film Industry.
Nancy Rae Stone has been a producer, a line producer, an executive and a consultant in the motion picture industry for over 20 years. For nearly a decade Stone was Executive Vice President of Production at Beacon Pictures, where she supervised physical production of numerous high profile films budgeted between $4 million and $90 million dollars. Many of those features went on to become huge worldwide theatrical successes, including Air Force One ($315M), starring Harrison Ford; Spy Game ($143M), starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt; the cheerleading drama Bring It On ($90M) starring Kirsten Dunst; The Family Man ($143M), starring Nicholas Cage and Don Cheadle and 13 Days ($66M), the Cuban missile crisis drama starring Kevin Costner.
As an independent producer, Stone’s credits include The Last Seduction starring Linda Fiorentino, Femme Fatale starring Colin Firth, Playing God starring Angelina Jolie and American Heart, starring Jeff Bridges. In 2014, Stone was Executive Producer of Words & Pictures, starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche, which was theatrically released in the U.S. by Roadside Attractions. She most recently produced the dramatic short Here Now, starring Amy Brenneman.
Stone is presently working with the California Film Commission on the Film & Television tax credit program. She structured the original program and oversees an expanded program that enables California to provide competitive incentives to productions, resulting in increased employment and economic development throughout the state. She is an Executive Board Member and one of the original founders of GreenLight Women.
Beginning her career as an assistant at the talent agency ICM, Iris Grossman quickly climbed the ranks and was upped to talent agent. After several years with the agency, she 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. Grossman was instrumental in bringing TNT such top-name stars such as Diane Keaton (Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight); Robert Duvall (The Man Who Captured Eichmann); Gary Sinise and Angelina Jolie (George Wallace) and Tommy Lee Jones (The Good Old Boys). She also cast Alec Baldwin (Nuremberg); Julianna Margulies, Angelica Huston and Joan Allen (The Mists of Avalon); Chazz Palminteri (Boss of Bosses); William H. Macy (Door to Door) and John Turturro (Monday Night Mayhem). Grossman spent nine years at TNT, and in October 2001, returned to ICM Partners as a talent agent. In 2013, Grossman joined Paradigm’s Talent Department for three years before moving to Echo Lake Entertainment as a talent manager in 2016.
Grossman is a former two-term President of Women In Film and is WIF’s President-Emerita. She won a CSA award for casting George Wallace, and received an Emmy nomination for the same. Grossman has received awards from Big Sisters, Hadassah and NOW.
Lillah McCarthy’s highly successful career in the entertainment business is extensive. As Senior Vice President of Original Programming for TNT and TBS, Senior Vice President of Series Programming for the Fox Network, and Executive Producer for Sony Television, Lillah has developed and produced an extraordinary roster of hit shows from The Simpsons and Married…With Children to Chris Elliott’s cult classic Get A Life to Early Edition starring Kyle Chandler to The Closer, Saving Grace, Rizzoli & Isles, The Last Ship and Falling Skies, among others. She has worked with such talent as David E. Kelley, Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, the late Stephen Bochco, and Sam Raimi, to name just a few.
Beginning her career as an actress in New York and regional theatre before joining the television executive ranks, Ms. McCarthy quickly rose from a current programming executive at ABC to senior executive positions at two networks. In between those positions, McCarthy supervised television development for Stephen Cannell Productions and had a producing deal at Sony Television where she also directed half hour comedies. Recently, Lillah was head of television for Allison Shearmur Productions. Presently, Lillah runs her own production company as well as a coaching and consulting business. She is also a marathon runner.
Producer, writer, actress and comedienne Lucy Webb has been a supporter of women and independent filmmakers for over 30 years. A native of Tennessee, Webb’s career has encompassed feature films, television and the New York stage. Her production company, Calm Down Productions, Inc., was founded in 1991 and has produced projects for HBO, Warner Bros. Television, CBS, FX, and NBC.
Webb started her career as an actress and stand-up comedienne and appeared in numerous comedy television shows most notably HBO’s Not Necessarily The News. Webb went on to win 5 Cable Ace Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, before redirecting her career into production and development, and shingled her prod at Warner Bros. Television.
In 1997, Webb joined the non-profit Women In Film where she served on the Executive Board and became Vice President of Special Events. Webb produced numerous events including five Crystal + Lucy Award shows. The event honored world-class women in entertainment including Kathle
Women In Film In Park City, one of the Sundance Film Festival’s most popular events, was originated by Webb and she produced the event for 10 years. In 2007, WIF became an official Associate of the Sundance Film Festival, largely attributed to Webb’s commitment and passion. Webb supported female directed films AWOL, L Train, and Volta with film grants.
An avid supporter of documentary filmmaking Webb moderates many industry discussions for filmmakers throughout the year. She currently sits on the 2017 Board of Directors for Women In Film and holds the position of Vice President of GreenLight Women.
Barbara Weintraub has been a producer, a network executive and an entertainment career advisor. Her first job in the business was as an actor in a Martin Scorsese film, which convinced her she wanted to work on the other side of the camera.
Weintraub sharpened her production skills working with producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson on Beverly Hills Cop and Top Gun. She moved on to the senior management team and helped launched Movietime, which became E! Entertainment Television, the first cable channel exclusively programming entertainment content. During her tenure, she produced The Hollywood Reporter Executive Report with top Hollywood filmmakers including Brian De Palma and Ivan Reitman.
Launching her own production company, Weintraub produced a variety of television shows that included an NBC comedy special with Kelsey Grammer, Jason Bateman and Tony Shaloub, Diva Detective, a reality series for Women’s Entertainment Television (WE TV), 195 episodes of a game show for the USA network, and The New Adventures of Robin Hood, an action adventure series for TNT.
Weintraub is currently the Chair of Industry Outreach and Professional Development at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles.
Born 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. She found herself many years ago at a crossroads, wondering what life would have in store for her next. Within hours her phone rang with an offer from a payroll company of all things, in the entertainment industry. With nothing to lose, she began working for Entertainment Partners as an administrative assistant in the Marketing department. She was able to climb the ladder of success at a rapid speed, having maintained the position of Director of Marketing and Sales at the same company for quite a few years. In this role, she traveled far and wide, interacting on a daily basis with heads of production, directors of finance, UPMs, accountants, assistants, as well as countless others. As of last year, she took all of the skills she had acquired and opened up her own company, acting as a professional matchmaker for these same folks she had been working with, calling her business Matchmakerrr, with the last 4 letters standing for Events, Resumes, Research, and (Professional) Relationships. She also finds the time to still create music and some of her material has been featured in theatre, movie trailers, TV shows, commercials and CD’s.
Tessa Bell is the producer of Life Inside Out, a Kickstarter financed independent film that won top awards at festivals across the U.S. and was released theatrically in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego. Prior to this success, Bell produced Bipolar, a thriller starring Andrew J. West and Emma Bell with Beatrice Rosen and Andrew Howard, and directed by Jean Veber. Bell has co-produced two short films which premiered at the Cannes Cinefondation: This Is The Story of Ted and Alice, starring Melissa Leo, and Bolero. She also produced a Christmas show on APM, many public service announcements and more.
Bell began her career in media at CBS’s Sixty Minutes and the CBS Evening News. She worked at CBS in New York until the arrival of her daughter, which precipitated the choice to start her own business, Infinity Films & Video, Inc., a film and video company producing films for Fortune 500 companies, as well as more inspiring entertainment in the form of short children’s films.
In the mid-nineties, Infinity Films turned a corner and began producing live off-Broadway cabaret shows until September 11, 2001, when New York’s theatrical industry came to a halt. Bell relocated to Los Angeles to produce feature films.
Bell is Chairman of the Women In Film LA Production Program, a mentorship and production program creating public service announcements for Los Angeles charities.
Beth Bohn is President of Beth Bohn Management, representing production companies, producers, writers, directors and talent in the entertainment industry. Her clients have created, worked on and are key staff members on the television series Boy Band, Hacking Robot, Meet the Press, Entertainment Tonight, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Beat the Clock. Bohn has sold many successful televisions series, including Win Ben Stein’s Money and Real Housewives of Orange County.
A noted expert on the business of television in the scripted and reality genres, Bohn is featured in the books Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to Television’s Hottest Market (DeVolld), How to Make It in Hollywood (Buzzell), Alone in a Room (Lewinski) and in Script magazine. She has lectured at various conferences on entertainment topics including, “How to be Successful in the Entertainment Business,” “How to Make it in the Reality Arena” and “How to be a Working Writer in the Network Scripted Business.” Bohn was named Outstanding Alumni at her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Bohn lives in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles with her husband Gary, a certified sommelier. She can often be found playing tuba in her brass quintet and happily sipping distinctive wine varietals.
Zane Buzby is a Director/Producer/Humanitarian. A classically trained actor, Zane made her mark as a comedy performer in the cult classics, Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke and This Is Spinal Tap, before going on to direct over 200 episodes of network television including such hit comedies as The Golden Girls, Blossom, Newhart, Married…with Children, and HBO’s comedy/concert Women of the Night. She has produced and directed for all the major TV/Film studios, and worked with such diverse talents as Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Joy Behar and Jerry Lewis.
Zane’s rendezvous with destiny came while searching for her roots in Lithuania and Belarus. She found elderly Holocaust Survivors in desperate need of food, medicine, heat and shelter. This trip was life changing and left her with, “one foot in comedy, one foot in the Holocaust.” Zane founded The Survivor Mitzvah Project [SMP], a non-profit charity to bring them emergency aid. Spearheading numerous Aid Expeditions in 8 countries, Zane has raised millions of dollars for those in critical need. She created SMP’s Holocaust Educational Archive, a unique repository of a vanished world, including hundreds of hours of survivor testimony and never before seen footage of Partisan bunkers, killing fields, and war-torn “ghost villages” that now stand empty in ruins. Zane is working on a feature documentary, Family of Strangers, chronicling her experiences and giving voice to survivors who have been silenced for decades.
Zane produced/directed/wrote The Last Survivors – Echoes from the Holocaust – SMP’s story presented in moving and powerful performances by Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Frances Fisher and Elliott Gould.
Zane has been named a CNN HERO for her humanitarian work. She has received the Anti-Defamation League’s Deborah Award, the Mensch International Foundation Award, PBS/KCET’s LOCAL HERO Award, and named a KTLA HERO AT HOME.
Judy Chaikin is a graduate of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women and is best known for writing, producing and directing the Emmy® nominated PBS documentary, Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist. Her short romantic comedy, Cotillion ‘65, appeared in over 30 film festivals winning Best Short, Best Comedy, Best Director and Audience Choice Awards.
Chaikin performed in and directed improv comedy, working with groups such as the Committee Workshop, The Synergy Trust and The Groundlings. She directed the comedy pilot, On The Television, for Nickelodeon and the reality pilot, American Families, for Fox TV.
A Supervising Producer and Director on the ABC series, FBI: The Untold Stories, Chaikin also co-produced the CBS Movie of the Week, Stolen Innocence. She wrote and directed the bi-lingual PBS documentary, Los Pastores, and won the Blue Ribbon at the American Educational Film and TV Festival for the docu-drama, Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I A Woman, featuring Julie Harris.
Chaikin’s current film, The Girls in the Band, won six Best Documentary Awards, premiered theatrically at Lincoln Center, was a NY Times Critic Pick and is currently showing on PBS both nationally and internationally. Her feature length comedy screenplay, Ai! Chilito, won first place at the Broad Comedy Screenplay Competition, was a runner-up at the ScreenCraft Comedy Competition and was selected as a “Pitch Project” for the 2017 PGA “Produced By” weekend.
Chaikin comes from a family of musicians and played piano and trumpet until the age of 13, when she realized that the music business was no place for a girl. So she quit music and became a director…what was she thinking???
Hollace Davids has spent most of her career planning and executing events – from dinner parties for 10 to premieres for 10,000. Currently, she serves as Senior Vice President of Special Projects at Universal Pictures in the Feature Film Marketing Department. She is responsible for planning and implementing all Universal’s movie premieres, most recently Fate of the Furious, Girls Trip, Despicable Me 3 and Pitch Perfect 3. Davids also works on the Academy® and other award campaigns, film festivals and special projects including retreats and meetings.
Davids began her career at the Los Angeles International Film Exposition where she was the Filmex Society Coordinator. She became a publicist at Columbia Pictures and was promoted to Vice President, Special Events. Before joining Universal in 1995, Davids ran her own marketing and special events consulting agency, with Paramount Pictures, Turner Pictures and the William Holden Wildlife Foundation as clients. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America. Davids served as President of Women In Film from 1978-2000 and served on the Board of Women In Film. In 2000, she was honored with the Jim Yeager Award for Public Service from the Publicists Guild and was named as the Mother of the Year by California Mothers Association.
With her husband, Paul, Davids has written seven books, including Star Wars novels, and has produced the independent films Starry Night, the Saturn-award winning documentary The Sci-Fi Boys, Before We Say Goodbye, The Life After Death Project and Marilyn Monroe Declassified. Davids holds an A.B. in Psychology, cum laude from Goucher College in Baltimore, and an Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology from Boston University.
Effective 2018, Davids will re-open the Hollace Davids Company and continue to consult on events, awards and film publicity.
Kathleen Davison is a writer, director, showrunner, and producer. Founder and CEO of Painted Saint Entertainment, Davison established the production company to cull a collective of artists who value high quality content with the power to impact and shift the culture for the better. The projects on the PSE development slate expose lost pieces of American history, balance the gender scales, highlight underrepresented demographics and delve into other dimensions.
Davison is an award-winning filmmaker (Effloresce, Primrose Lane) with over 60 festival accolades to her credit, including best film, best director and best original screenplay. She is the recipient of the Gold Aurora, Silver Telly, and Bronze Telly awards for excellence in commercial direction. Current projects include Revolution Now – a dramatic biopic series about the first woman to run for president in 1872, Tech Bettys – a comedy web series centered on the only two women working in a male dominated tech start-up company, SYLVIA – a sci-fi psychological thriller feature that explores a mother’s shocking discovery about her newborn, and The Passage – a psychological thriller sci-fi series that unravels the mystery of time and space while confronting the dark forces of the human psyche and dimensions beyond.
Davison’s education includes apprenticeships with Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Frank Darabont, Glen Morgan and James Wong. Several of her projects have been selections for Sundance Institute programs. She holds a BA in theater from Penn State University.
Davison is a Sundance Fellow, a founding and board member of GreenLight Women, a board member of The Alliance of Women Directors, and a member of Women In Film and SAG-AFTRA.
Rachel Feldman is an accomplished mid-career director & writer in television & film. She will be directing her passion project, LILLY, a political drama based on the remarkable life of Fair Pay activist Lilly Ledbetter, for Academy Award winning producer Marc Platt. Feldman just directed the pilot and entire season of THE BAXTERS for MGM and will soon be directing BLUE BLOODS and CRIMINAL MINDS.
Feldman has directed episodic and long form, dramatic television for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, HBO, PBS, Lifetime Television, The SyFy Channel, Nickelodeon, & The Disney Channel and has written features for Electric Entertainment, Cinelou Ent, Mandalay Pictures, Freeform, Lifetime, and eOne Television.
A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she holds an MFA in directing from NYU and has taught directing in the MFA program at The USC School of Cinematic Arts. She is former chair of the DGA Women’s Steering Committee. She is represented at Verve.
Vice President of Worldwide Entertainment Corporation, Judith Parker Harris oversees their film library and is currently producing a sequel of their classic movie, The Blob.
Parker Harris is an author, speaker and highly sought-after consultant for those who seek goal achievement in all areas of life, through her company, Health-Esteem International. Hundreds of clients have succeeded by using Parker Harris’ ‘Blocked to Blockbuster’ system.
Parker Harris established a multi-million-dollar advertising agency in the 1980’s that specialized in branding national healthcare companies. She has been honored with commendations by the City and County of Los Angeles and received the Women In Film Founder’s Award for Exceptional Service.
Cheryl J. Kagan Public Relations was established in 1998 after Kagan spent 17 years at the esteemed Rogers and Cowan PR in Los Angeles as Executive Vice President of Entertainment. Clients at CJKPR included Las Vegas headliners Terry Fator, Wayne Newton, Lance Burton and Murray Sawchuck, actors Bruce Boxleitner, Dee Wallace, Steve Railsback and Loni Anderson, and opera star Denyce Graves. CJKPR also handled the 30th anniversary celebrations of “We Are The World" and “Hands Across America," the Shriners’ Hospital for Children concerts, “Salute to the Troops," Parent TV Council’s concert with Kenny G, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s annual celebrity dinner and golf event and Children of the Night. During her tenure at R&C Kagan worked with Hugh Grant, Michael Chiklis, Siegfried and Roy, Cybill Shepherd, William Shatner and Kenny Rogers. Kagan also worked on the television series Moonlighting and Miami Vice, and the White House Charity Dinner.
Kagan’s diversified background includes Client Relations at ABC-TV News and Sports in New York, and Manager of Casting and Talent at NBC-TV. She worked on Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show as well as numerous television movies and mini-series. At ABC-TV she coordinated events for the Winter Olympics, Monday Night Football, boxing, the Indy 500, The World Series, the Kentucky Derby and various news conventions.
Ms. Kagan has served on the Board of Women In Film and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and produced the local and international Emmy® Awards. She is a member of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and The Paley Center for Media. Ms. Kagan has been interviewed on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America and The Today Show, as well as local broadcasts in New York and Los Angeles.
Bulgarian-born film and game composer and orchestrator Penka Kouneva is one of the most highly respected professionals in her field. National Public Radio called her “an artist of uncommon passion” and her music “exquisite”, and Billboard Magazine called her “an exceptional talent” with the ability to create “music of the deepest beauty.”
The award-winning Kouneva wrote the scores for the games Prince of Persia, Transformers (with Steve Jablonsky, the feature film composer), The Mummy VR game, and The Woman Astronaut, through Universal Music. She orchestrated the music for the highly successful World or Warcraft games, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadow, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, Bloodborne, Dragon Age 2 and Sims 3.
A Sundance composer fellow, Kouneva scored the independent feature films Devil’s Whisper, Dorian Gray, Primrose Lane and Midnight Movie. She has arranged and orchestrated some of the most successful feature films including The Matrix, Transformers and Elysium, as well as the action film Need for Speed and science-fiction favorite Ender’s Game. For NASA, Kouneva composed the score for the $30 million-dollar exhibit about the American astronauts, “Heroes and Legends”, which is permanently housed at the Kennedy Space Center.
Kouneva is a winner of the Game Audio Network Guild’s 2015 Recognition Award, the Aspen Composer Fellowship and many others. She is passionate about innovation, artist development and mentoring.
Danica Krislovich is a film and television producer. Her credits include the TV series Buy It Now, the TV series Treasure Hunters, the made-for-TV movie Ice Angel and the TC special, the Fourth Annual Rock N’ Jock Softball Challenge.
Concepción Lara is a pioneer and an expert in media and entertainment. She led the multi-channel industry’s foray in the U.S. Latino Market as well the expansion of key digital venues and satellite TV channels into Latin America. Lara is well-versed in multi-platform distribution which covers television, Internet, mobile phone and other digital distribution vehicles.
Lara proposed and was instrumental in the launch of HBO in Latin America, which was the first pan-continental television venture ever, and HBO’s most successful. She was a key force behind the creation of HBO Latino domestically and the Fox Latin American Channel, among others.
The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Lara was recently honored with the 2015 Leadership Award for the United Nations’ Time for Global Initiative. She serves on various boards, including Women In Film, the Leadership Council, Media for Social Impact for the United Nations and GreenLight Women.
A graduate of Stanford University, Lara is a native of Mexico. A true member of the global community, Lara has also lived in Argentina, Korea, Germany and Indonesia.
Ghen Laraya Long is an experienced international technology and entertainment attorney. She specializes in transactional contracts for the creation, production and distribution of traditional media content over new media platforms. Long was most recently Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Mandalay Digital Group, Inc. and its 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.
Prior to Mandalay Digital Group, Inc., Long was the Assistant General Counsel and Director of Mobile Partnerships for CBS Corporation, International Corporate Counsel for Amp’d Mobile and Business and Legal Affairs Counsel for Tokyopop! Inc.
Long is Vice President of Technology for the Executive Board of GreenLight Women.
Evette Murphy started her acting career in 2005 with many student and independent films, giving her some IMDB credits. She took several years off to raise her daughter (a recent Yale graduate), and is now back working in voice-over and on camera. Murphy has worked on both sides of the camera for many films, has performed live on stage, and continues to enjoy being a part of the entertainment industry.
Murphy is currently training with Bob Bergen (the voice of Porky Pig) for animation voice over, has recently filmed an episode of Corrupt Crimes where she played a distraught mother, and is training with Gary Imhoff and Chris Gilmore for scene study and audition technique. In her spare time she is a freelance bookkeeper. She likes puppies, children, and fixing things.
Kimberly Ogletree is a producer of over 200 music videos. She has produced over 20 films and television shows for Viacom, Universal, TV One, Bounce TV, the Urban Movie Channel and more. As Supervising Producer for Special Projects and Development at BET, she oversaw ten original TV movies and was the music supervisor on nine. Ogletree operated her own production company at Sunset Gower Studios for ten years where she developed and produced content for multiple studios.
Ogletree recently produced the ten-episode docu-series Courtside Jones for Hartbeat Productions, which explores life after basketball through the eyes of great legends who played the game. She also produced the six-episode television series The Experiment, which explores four couples in troubled marriages who embark on an invasive and powerful social test by swapping spouses in the hope of healing their wounded relationships, and will air in 2018. Ogletree attends the Sundance Film Festival regularly and is a member of the DGA, the PGA and Women In Film. She is also a Board Member for GreenLight Women, which has partnered with the New York Film Academy Women’s Club to present a monthly film series.
Betsy Pollock is Associate Dean of Production and Director of First Year Production Services at the American Film Institute (AFI) in Hollywood, California. She created the comprehensive program designed to introduce students to the “real world” challenges of filmmaking, and it is highly respected throughout the industry. The program admits over 130 new students every year, and with them, Pollack produces up to 85 short films.
An accomplished and experienced producer, writer, educator, film-curator and fundraiser, Pollock started her career in publishing in New York. Relocating to Los Angeles and joining the film business, Pollock worked her way up the ranks as a line producer, a unit production manager, a first A.D., a co-producer and a producer. She has produced over 75 feature-length and short films, commercials and music videos. Pollock co-produced the 2004 Academy Award® winner for Best Short Film, Two Soldiers.
Prior to AFI, Pollock was head of the producing department at University of North Carolina. She has maintained her unique “dual careers” in producing and education throughout her professional life.
A long-time Board member for Women In Film, Pollock co-founded two successful programs for the non-profit – the PSA Program and the Film Finishing Fund. A jury of industry professionals selected annually 4-5 unfinished films for funding. The grants have resulted in two Academy Awards®: for Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, which won Best Documentary in 1994, and Freeheld, which won for Best Documentary, Short Subject in 2007.
Pollock is a member of the DGA.
Pamela Rodi is an award-winning senior creative entertainment marketing executive with global experience and a track record successfully positioning a wide range of studio and independent feature films for U.S. and international theatrical, DVD, VOD and streaming release.
A graphic designer and published writer, Rodi was with Sony Pictures Entertainment for 11 years, initially as Senior Creative Director for home entertainment, where she spearheaded the division’s transition in print production from analog to an all-digital format. As Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for Columbia and TriStar Pictures, Rodi marketed the films from Jim Henson Productions, Children’s Television Workshop, Bad Hat Harry Productions and more, leading to eight #1 openings. As Executive Vice President of Marketing and Publicity at Myriad Pictures, Rodi re-branded the firm and elevated it to Indiewire’s Top 10 list of independent film companies. She shepherded numerous films including JC Chandor’s Oscar-nominated Margin Call through successful launches at the Berlinale, Cannes and Toronto film festivals.
Through Rodi Marketing, Rodi provides branding, writing and marketing consulting services to a broad range of clients. She was on the Board of Directors for Women In Film, the TJ Martell Foundation and the Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards, and is an instructor and consultant for the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Rodi has won numerous awards and commendations for her creative work.
Rodi is currently Marketing and Publicity Strategist for Sony Pictures International, where she is working on Call Me By Your Name, Baby Driver, White Boy Rick, All The Money In The World and BAFTA. Rodi is a member of AMPAS, is an Academy Gold mentee and is a member of the Foreign Language Committee.
Schreiber’s father sparked her interest in film, as he was a photographer, using 8mm and 16mm film. Schreiber studied at the University of Michigan, graduating with a dual degree in Psychology and History of Art. During her time at the university, she took photography classes and ran the Film Society’s theatre in Ann Arbor. After she graduated, she took a two-month film course in New York City, which started her film career.
Her first job as a Director of Photography was for a low budget Western film. During the 1990s, Schreiber taught advanced cinematography at the American Film Institute. In 1995, she became an official member of the American Society of Cinematographers and was the fourth women to join it.
Schreiber has been on two film festival juries, the Sundance Dramatic Jury and the AFI Film Festival Jury. She was on the Board of Governors of the American Society of Cinematographers and a board member of the Women in Film Foundation. Schreiber is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Helene Shaw is a film and TV producer in Los Angeles, California. She started her entertainment career as a talent agent with the Harry Ufland Agency, representing talent, directors and writers. The Ufland Agency’s client roster at the time included some of the biggest names in the business, including Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Adrian Lyne and Rebecca De Mornay. Shaw was involved in the financing of many prominent films; some of those films are King of Comedy, the original Blade Runner, and They All Laughed.
Shaw managed legendary comedian Paul Mooney for 25 years, producing two stand-up specials for Showtime and a 30-episode series for BET, starring Paul Mooney. Recognizing the industry lack of female roles and content, Shaw produced four one-act plays for the John Ruskin Theatre with storylines and narrative about women in their fifties and sixties. She is currently developing several television shows, plays and films.
Under Bonnie Spence’s leadership, more than 65 PSAs have been produced and distributed that help charities that are seeking support and publicizing their services to the community. Artistically crafted, these 30-second messages have offered hope, broadened perceptions and saved lives for thousands of individuals and families throughout southern California and beyond. In addition, Spence’s work has helped women in the entertainment industry use their skills to contribute to the community, and find a meaningful way to acquire and exercise their talents. Her leadership has allowed the PSA Program to continue its public service efforts where the need is the greatest: under-funded charities that cannot afford to advertise their services.
Regina Williams is a multi-talented entertainer who appeared as a celebrity judge on the hit ABC reality TV show, High School Musical: Get in the Picture! Williams received a Telly award for hosting Imagine, a one-hour special produced by KABC Channel 7 for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
A native of New Jersey, Williams earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre. Soon after graduating, her passion for acting was refined and enhanced after studying with such esteemed coaches as Ted Burnetti and Howard Fine of the Howard Fine Acting Studio. William’s interest in media communications earned her a certificate in radio and television broadcasting from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting.
Williams is a dynamic actress who brings a unique style and classic sophistication to audiences worldwide. Her principal acting roles in television, stage and film include Zach Stone Is Going To Be Famous (MTV), Drake and Josh (Nickelodeon), Men in Black ll and two films written and directed by Ride Along film director Tim Story. William’s stage credits include United Front, which won a 2013 NAACP Theatre Award, The Vagina Monologues and Body Language, written and directed by Michael Ajawae, a writer for the television sitcom Love That Girl.
In addition to her acting accolades, Williams is a creator and producer. She recently completed her first reality TV production as creator and Co-Executive Producer with Discovery Studios in connection with BET.
Williams is a former professor of dance at the University of Southern California’s School of Theater and is on the board of the non-profit organization, GreenLight Women. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, working out and watching movies. You can learn more about Regina Williams on www.reginawilliams.net
Roz Wolf is a veteran Hollywood publicist. She began her public relations career in entertainment at Rogers & Cowan in Los Angeles. Working with mentors Warren Cowan, and respected film music publicist, Ronni Chasen, Wolf was trained in all aspects of motion picture publicity and entertainment PR. Wolf evolved into an entertainment specialist in social media, branding, image building and media relationships.
Film campaigns marked her early career, working on Oscar(R) winners Driving Miss Daisy and Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt. In the 1990s and 2000’s Wolf worked as a freelance consultant with Rogers & Cowan and other Hollywood-based publicity firms.
Wolf is currently the director of publicity for the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, (LAJFF.org) a position she has held since 2009. Films and filmmakers have benefited from well-placed feature articles, full festival round-up stories, Los Angeles TV and Radio segments and coverage from top photo wire services. Many of the major news outlet that have been eager to cover LAJFF’s Opening Night Gala and spate of LA premiere screening events include: network affiliates KNBC and KCBS, KCRW, KTLA, the New York Times, the LA Times, LA Weekly and LA Daily News, the LA Jewish Journal, Jerusalem Post, IndieWire.com, Monsters & Critics and Parade.com, to name just a few.
Additionally, Wolf has worked with Kitty Bruce, daughter of Lenny Bruce since 2016 as Communications Director for The Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation (lennybruce.org/foundation).
Roz Wolf PR can be found on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @RozWolfPR.