Executive Board

Cathy Schulman

President

Best Picture Academy Award® winning producer Cathy Schulman was most recently (through August, 2016) the Head of Production for STX Entertainment, Hollywood’s newest and fastest growing global media company. Having joined the company as one of its initial senior executives, Schulman managed a twelve picture slate in her first year and oversaw the company’s mandate to develop, finance, produce and distribute twelve to fifteen movies a year. Films under Schulman’s purview include the current marketplace hit BAD MOMS, written and directed by THE HANGOVER’S Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Christina Applegate; and upcoming releases including THE SPACE BETWEEN US, directed by Peter Chelsom and starring Gary Oldman and Asa Butterfield, THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, produced by Jim Brooks, directed by Kelly Freeman Craig and starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson; THE FOREIGNER, directed by Martin Campbell and starring Pierce Brosnan and Jackie Chan, and writer Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut MOLLY’S GAME, starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Alba

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Jane Fleming

Chief Financial Officer

Jane Fleming is a founding partner with Mark Ordesky in Court Five, a multi-platform media company focused on developing and converting diverse intellectual property and brands into bold filmed entertainment for distribution in all media worldwide. Over the last three years, she has been a prolific producer of films and television.

 

Ms. Fleming forged her career as a senior executive at New Line Cinema, ultimately holding the position of Senior Vice President, Business Development. From 2006-2010, Ms. Fleming served as President of Women In Film and continues to serve as its President Emeritus and co-CFO. She is also a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Television Academy.

 


Deborah Liebling

Executive Vice President

Deborah Liebling has been a significant comedy influencer in film and TV both as an executive and as a producer. She is currently producing several television shows for Comedy Central, TruTV, VH-1 and TBS and AUDIBLE. She is also developing several dramatic series with film director, Sam Raimi.

Most recently she was President of Red Hour Films, where, with her partner, Ben Stiller, she produced four new television series for Comedy Central and IFC: ANOTHER PERIOD, BIG TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA, THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL and THE BIRTHDAY BOYS, in addition to projects at HBO, Fox, FX, USA and many others.

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Stephanie Allain

Vice President

Stephanie Allain is an accomplished film producer who has been an advocate for visionary filmmakers for more than twenty years.

Allain began her career at Columbia Pictures where she shepherded John Singleton’s, Boyz N The Hood. As Senior Vice President of Production she launched the careers of several writer/directors including Robert Rodriguez.

In 2003, Allain formed Homegrown Pictures and produced Hustle & Flow, Something New, Black Snake Moan, Peeples, Beyond the Lights, Dear White People, French Dirty and Burning Sands. She is executive producer of upcoming Netflix Original Series Dear White People and Crushed.

Ms. Allain is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences,WGA, PGA and sits on the board of Women In Film. She has taught producing at USC’s Peter Stark Program and UCLA’s Entertainment Studies Division. A former board member of Film Independent, she’s served as director of the LA Film Festival since 2012.


Amy Baer

Secretary

Amy Baer is President of Gidden Media, an innovative development and production company that she founded in January 2012. Backed by a 7-figure Development Fund, GM currently has 25 self-financed projects in development, for film, television, and digital. Gidden Media’s first film is currently in post-production: A STORM IN THE STARS – an historical romantic drama about the relationship between Percy and Mary Shelley, written by newcomer Emma Jensen. Elle Fanning (TRUMBO), Bel Powley (DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL), and Douglas Booth star, and Haifaa Al-Mansour (WADJDA) directs.

Ms. Baer’s first film as a producer, the comedy LAST VEGAS, opened 11/1/2013, starring Oscar winners Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman & Kevin Kline. It grossed $136MM worldwide.

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Iris Grossman

President Emerita

Renowned talent agent Iris Grossman is currently with Echo Lake Entertainment, a management and production company, which has produced such films as TRUTH, NEBRASKA and AWAY FROM HER. Formerly a top agent with Paradigm, she continues working with several of her longtime Paradigm clients.

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. She 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.

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Board of Directors

Orly Adelson

Orly Adelson has been recognized as one of the most influential women in entertainment, music, and sports programming; boasting an extensive and diverse background that encompasses reality television, live-event shows, scripted series, and feature length movies. She most recently served as president of ITV Studios America, where she oversaw production and development of such properties as “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.” Prior to that, she was president of dick clark productions, where she executive produced shows like “The American Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” “The Academy of Country Music Awards,” and “The Golden Globe Awards,” for which she received three consecutive Primetime Emmy nominations. Currently, she is executive producing the “Good Witch” series for Hallmark, based on the successful seven movie franchise, which she also executive produced.


Adriana Alberghetti

Adriana Alberghetti is a partner and agent at William Morris Endeavor in the Motion Picture Literary department. Her clients include writers and directors Shane Black (Iron Man 3); Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Day the Earth Stood Still); Mike Newell (Great Expectations); Michael Cuesta (“Homeland”); Gary Fleder (Runaway Jury, The Express); Rodrigo Garcia (“In Treatment”, Mother and Child); Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island); Kevin Lima (Enchanted); Kevin Macdonald (Last King of Scotland) Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (Kung Fu Panda); Hossein Amini (Drive); Marti Noxon (“Mad Men”, Fright Night); John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Crazy Stupid Love) Josh Schwartz (“Gossip Girl”, “Chuck”); Stuart Blumberg (The Kids are Alright) and Jamie Vanderbilt (White House Down, Zodiac, Spiderman).

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Rowena Arguelles

Rowena Arguelles is a Motion Picture agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency and represents clients including directors Susanne Bier (SERENA; IN A BETTER WORLD), Joe Cornish (ATTACK THE BLOCK), Catherine Hardwicke (TWILIGHT; THIRTEEN), Justin Lin (FAST AND FURIOUS; BETTER LUCK TOMORROW), Robert Luketic (21; LEGALLY BLONDE), John Madden (BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL; THE DEBT), Michael Sucsy (THE VOW; GREY GARDENS), Edgar Wright (SCOTT PILGRIM; SHAUN OF THE DEAD); screenwriters Abi Morgan (IRON LADY; SHAME), Charles Randolph (LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS; THE INTERPRETER), Erin Cressida Wilson (CHLOE; SECRETARY), Brian Nelson (DEVIL; HARD CANDY); writer/directors Sacha Gervasi (HITCHCOCK; ANVIL), Patty Jenkins (MONSTER), Rebecca Miller (THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE; PERSONAL VELOCITY); producer Bruce Cohen (MILK; AMERICAN BEAUTY) and actors Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Jessica Chastain, Katherine Heigl, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts and Renee Zellweger.

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Stephanie Austin-Thaler

Stephanie Austin produced the critical and box-office successes TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY and TRUE LIES, both for writer-director James Cameron, as well as the action-thrillers THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT, directed by Renny Harlin, and SAHARA, directed by Breck Eisner. She was an Executive Producer for John Davis Productions and 20th Century Fox on BEHIND ENEMY LINES, starring Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson and an Executive Producer for Spyglass Entertainment on SHANGHAI KNIGHTS, starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson.

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Lake Bell

Director, writer and actor Lake Bell has proven herself a true triple threat in the entertainment industry. 2015 proved a big year for Bell. She starred in the British romantic comedy “Man Up.” The film was released in the UK this spring and will be released in the US this fall. This summer, she co-starred in Netflix’s satirical comedy series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” a follow up to the 2001 film, and in The Weinstein Company’s action thriller “No Escape.” As a director and star of Adult Swim’s critically acclaimed series, “Childrens Hospital,” her directed episode was nominated for an Emmy.

In 2013, Bell received rave reviews for her film, “In a World,” which she wrote, directed, and starred in. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. It was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.


Tessa Bell

Tessa Bell began her career in media at CBS Sixty Minutes and the CBS, Evening News. She created the FYI Column for Premiere Magazine, and for 20 many years was the President of Infinity Films & Video Inc. In the mid-nineties, Infinity Films produced off Broadway cabaret shows. Since moving to LA in 2008, Tessa has produced three WIF International Short Film Festivals, Bipolar, a feature film by Jean Veber, This Is The Story of Ted and Alice, a Cannes Film Festival short film starring Melissa Leo and the multiple award winning family drama Life Inside Out, by Jill D’Agnenica.


Terry Curtin

Terry Curtin is the head of Global Theatrical PR for DreamWorks Animation, overseeing all PR campaigns for the company’s theatrical releases in addition to creating the communication and positioning strategy for each film’s global brand campaign including CPG and brand partnerships.  At DreamWorks animation, Curtin also oversees corporate communication strategy for film executives and film related media outreach.  A seasoned veteran, Curtin has held key marketing and communications positions at several major Hollywood entertainment companies, including STX Entertainment, Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Disney, Revolution Studios, MGM/UA, and Relativity Media.  Curtin also ran two prominent creative advertising agencies, specializing in strategic marketing, branding and feature film campaigns. Curtin’s extensive experience crosses a wide range of disciplines – from consumer, corporate and digital PR, to creative and digital marketing, and over the years she has worked on numerous successful campaigns including The Gift, Hardcore Henry, Act of Valor, The Immortals, Safe Haven, The Mummy, The Grinch, American Gangster, Monsters vs. Aliens, The Academy award winning A Beautiful Mind, Erin Brockovich, Anger Management, Fast and Furious, American Pie, Made in Manhattan, xXx, Home Alone, 13 Going on 30, The Rock, Die Hard 1 & 2, Mulan, A Bug’s Life, Hercules, Armageddon, Ransom, Leaving Las Vegas, Get Shorty, and Goldeneye, among many others.  Curtin is currently overseeing the campaigns for the upcoming animated features Trolls and Boss Baby.  

Curtin has worked on numerous awards campaigns and led the awards strategy on A Beautiful Mind, which received 8 Oscar nominations and 4 wins including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, and Adapted Screenplay. 

Curtin holds a BA in English Literature from UCLA, is a member of AMPAS and the ICG Publicists Guild, and sits on the board of Women in Film, The Coronado Island Film Festival, and the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary. 


Carrie Frazier

 

While working as an intern at AFI, Carrie Frazier met Directing Fellow, Amy Heckerling. One of a few woman directors, Heckerling saw passion and value in Frazier and offered her a job as her assistant – provided Heckerling ever got a job, that is. Woman directors were rare, and convincing a studio that a woman could be in charge was beyond challenging. Talent was there, but timing and luck were needed. Universal had a big film starting production and the small budgeted Fast Times at Ridgemont High was not the concern. Heckerling got her chance and brought Frazier on board with her.

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Tara Kole

Tara Kole is a partner at Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown. She focuses her practice on entertainment law, representing many established and emerging film and television directors, writers, actors and producers.

Tara has been featured in The Hollywood Reporter as part of their “Top 35 Execs 35 and Under” issue in 2009, and Variety has featured her twice, first as part of their “Dealmakers Up Next” report in 2009, and again in 2012 as part of their “Dealmakers Impact Report” issue.

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Ghen Laraya Long

Ghen Laraya Long is an experienced international technology and entertainment attorney and the current VP of Technology for the Executive board. She specializes in transactional contracts for the creation, production and distribution of traditional media content over new media platforms. She was most recently the VP 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., she 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.


Laura Lewis

Laura Lewis is an agent in the Film Finance and Sales Group at Creative Artists Agency (CAA).  Lewis works in the Los Angeles office and specializes in the packaging, financing, and distribution of independently financed films.

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Tracy McKnight

Tracy McKnight has earned a place in the entertainment industry as a highly sought after music supervisor and creative executive.  With roles as former Head of Film Music for Lionsgate, prolific music supervisor, record producer, and label co-founder, her kinetic enthusiasm pushes her to find new ways of sharing her passions with an ever-growing audience seeking quality projects and music.

Current projects include the highly anticipated comeback of Bad Santa 2, directed by Mark Waters, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates and Christina Hendricks; Trudie Styler’s directorial debut feature film, Freak Show starring Abigail Breslin and Bette Midler; and When We first Met for Netflix starring Pitch Perfect’s’ Adam Devine. She also oversees the music for the WGN’s hit TV series The Outsiders.  McKnight has worked with some of today acclaimed directors including Cary Fukunaga, Ava DuVernay, John Waters, Jim Jarmusch, Edward Burns, Lalle Hallestrom,  Peter Landesman, Michel Gondry and Liz Garbus.

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Ilene Kahn Power

Ilene 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.

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Keri Putnam

Keri Putnam is the Executive Director of the non-profit Sundance Institute whose mission is to discover and develop independent artists and introduce audiences to their new work. Putnam oversees the Institute’s annual Sundance Film Festival, as well as the Feature Film, Documentary, Film Music, Theatre and Native & Indigenous Programs, which support artists through labs and workshops, direct granting, and ongoing mentorship in the U.S. and around the world. Since joining the Sundance Institute in 2010, Putnam has advanced the Institute’s international work, expanded its involvement in arts advocacy, and launched new programs bringing technology and film together to enable wider distribution and explore new forms of storytelling.

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Pat Quinn

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.

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Michelle Raimo Kouyate

Michelle Raimo Kouyate is currently producing the animated EMOJI MOVIE, which will be released August 2017 and developing a number of live action projects. Kouyate has been responsible for a full slate of blockbuster animated films and served as executive producer the Academy Award-nominated films SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, PUSS IN BOOTS, and CHOCOLATE, among others.  Prior to the producing deal, as President of Production at Sony Pictures Animation, Kouyate oversaw the family comedies HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA,  THE SMURFS 2 and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2.


Elizabeth Raposo

Elizabeth Raposo is the Executive Vice President of Production for Paramount Pictures. She joined the company in 2005 as a Director of Development. While at Paramount, Raposo has worked on such films as SUPER 8, INTERSTELLAR, and the STAR TREK, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES franchises.


Sandra Stern

Sandra Stern is President of the Lionsgate Television Group and shares the responsibility in running Lionsgate’s diversified television operations, which encompass more than 30 shows on over 20 different networks.

 

Ms. Stern is responsible for running all business, legal, administrative and operational aspects of the division including production, post-production, and music.  She also spearheads all strategy, transactions, negotiations and business development for the television group.  One of the industry’s most visionary strategists and creative dealmakers, she has been instrumental in paving the way for Lionsgate successes such as the critically-acclaimed hit Orange is the New Black, the hit drama series Nashville, the Emmy Award winning series Mad Men; the Charlie Sheen comedy Anger Management; and the acclaimed comedy Nurse Jackie.


Lucy Webb

Producer, writer, actress and comedienne Lucy Webb has been a strong supporter of Women In Film since she joined the board in 1999. A native of Tennessee, Lucy’s entertainment career has encompassed feature films, television and the stage. Webb formed Calm Down Productions, Inc. in 1991 and has produced projects for HBO, Lifetime Television, Warner Bros. Television, CBS and NBC. She has been in development at FX Television as well as with Amazon.com. Continue reading Lucy Webb


Lauren Williams

Lauren is an agent in the talent department at ICM Partners, where she began her career in 2008 working for Sean Freidin in the TV Literary department. She was promoted to agent in 2010, and represents clients such as Italia Ricci (“Designated Survivor”), Daisy Betts (“The Last Resort”), Jessica Stroup (“Kick”), Noel Wells (“Master of None”), Pablo Schreiber (“Orange is the New Black/American Gods”), Jason Butler Harner (“The Ozarks”), Clara Mamet (“Neighbors”), Jane Curtin (“Unforgettable”), Ruby Jerins (“Nurse Jackie”), Betty Gilpin (“Glow”), Susannah Fielding (“The Great Indoors”), Corey Hawkins (“24:Legacy”) and Edi Gathegi (“Start Up/ The Blacklist”).

Lauren served on the WIF Emmy Committee in 2012 and the Crystal + Lucy Award Committee for the last 4 years. Lauren is also an avid animal lover and a board member of Much Love Animal Rescue.