Speaker Series

Women In Film Speaker Series Presents:

Should I Be Worried? Navigating California's AB-5 Law as an Entertainment Industry Independent Contractor

Join Women In Film and a panel of experts for a vital discussion about California’s new AB 5 law. Wondering how your future prospects and earnings will be affected by your status as an independent contractor? Curious about how production companies will manage the shift in classification for their cast and crew? Come join the conversation and learn what AB 5 says; whom it affects; and what steps you should take to manage your career in the wake of its implementation across the industry.

MARCH 31st | 1PM-2PM

This program is presented with support from the City of West Hollywood, Economic Development Department/Arts Division and the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. For more information, please visit www.weho.org/arts or follow @WeHoArts on social media.

January – Women In Film Shorts Night: NICE TO MEET ME

LEXICAL GAP directed by Yoko Okumura
YO TAMBIEN (ME TOO) directed by Sonia Sebastian
19 directed by Brit Wiginitton
HERMIT directed by Courtney Pape
OUR WAY HOME directed by Alexandra Hsu
THE DRESS YOU HAVE ON directed by Courtney Hope Therond
KINDRED SPIRIT directed by Caroline Lindy

February – Clearing and Assessing Factual Information in a Fictionalized World

Aimee Wolfson, Executive Vice President of Intellectual Property and Deputy General Counsel at Sony Pictures Entertainment

March – Female Composers in Film: Balancing the Scales

Miriam Cutler: Composer, RBG, LOVE GILDA; Member, Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Starr Parodi: Composer, THE STARTER WIFE, CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN; President, Alliance of Female Composers
Kathryn Bostic: Composer, CLEMENCY, TONI MORRISON – THE PIECES I AM; First female African-American score composer, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Laura Karpman: Composer, SET IT UP, PARIS CAN WAIT; First female Governor, Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Heather McIntosh: Composer, COMPLIANCE, Z FOR ZACHARIAH
Amie Doherty: Composer, HERE & NOW, MAROONED, “Fargo”
Moderated by Tracy McKnight: Music Supervisor, FREE SOLO, A WRINKLE IN TIME

April – Crowdfunding for Film

Richard Botto: Founder and CEO, Stage 32 
Fanny Veliz Grande: Co-Founder, Avenida Productions
Gerry Maravilla: Head of Crowdfunding, Seed&Spark 
Jeanne Berney: Moderator; Co-Founder, Picturehouse

May – Drawing on Experience: Women in the Animation Industry

Kristine Belson: President, Sony Pictures Animation
Marge Dean: President, Women in Animation; Head of Studio, Crunchyroll
Jill Culton: Writer/Director, ABOMINABLE (Dreamworks Animation)
Ramsey Naito: EVP Animation Production & Development, Nickelodeon
Megan Nicole Dong: EP & Creator, CENTAURWORLD (Netflix)
Moderated by Kirsten Schaffer: Executive Director, Women In Film

June – Writing Lesbians Into History: The Making of BEFORE STONEWALL

Greta Schiller: Director
Andrea Weiss: Filmmaker, Author
Jewelle Gomez: Author
Lillian Faderman: Author, Historian
Jennifer C. Gregg: Executive Director, ONE Archives
Whitney Skauge: Filmmaker, Women In Film Program Coordinator
Moderated by Kirsten Schaffer: Executive Director, Women In Film

July – Unscripted

Sasha Alpert: EP, Bunim/Murray Productions
Brie Miranda Bryant: SVP, Unscripted Development and Programming at Lifetime
Fiona Kennedy: Producer, “E! True Hollywood Stories” and many more
Julie Pizzi: President of Entertainment and Development, Bunim/Murray Productions
Melissa Wong: Writer/Producer, “The Voice,” “The Emmy Awards,” AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, and more
Moderated by Julia Cunningham: SiriusXM on-air personality

August – Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Sex Scenes (But Were Too Afraid to Ask)

Amanda Blumenthal: Intimacy Coordinator, “Euphoria,” “The Affair”
Jim Kleverweis: Executive Producer, “Euphoria”
Valerie Johnson: 1st Assistant Director, “Euphoria”
Scott Turner Schofield: Trans Consultant, “Euphoria”
Julia Goldani Telles: Actor, “The Affair”

September – Adaptation (an event with Film Fatales)

Hannah KS Canter (Okay Goodnight)
Marilyn Fu (“The Baxters”)
Raelle Tucker (“True Blood,” “Jessica Jones”)
Samantha Dickinson (Secret Machine)
Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (“UnReal”)
Stacy Osei-Kuffour (“The Power”)
Suzi Yoonessi (DAPHNE & VELMA)
Whit Anderson (“Daredevil”)
Moderated by Film Fatales and Women in Film member Drew Denny

February – Breaking the Oscars Mold

Lili Zanuck, DRIVING MISS DAISY (1990)
Nicole Rocklin, SPOTLIGHT (2016)
Blye Faust, SPOTLIGHT (2016)

March – Social Impact Documentary Filmmaking: Making Films That Matter

Sonya Childress: Community Engagement Specialist, Firelight Media
Moderated by Katie Doering: Producer, Sundance Catalyst & Women at Sundance Initiative

April – The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 Premiere

Madeline Brewer, Actress
Amanda Brugel, Actress
Ane Crabtree, Costume Designer
Kira Snyder, Executive Producer
Moderated by Nicole Sperling: Writer, Vanity Fair

May – How Digital Short Form Content is Changing the Media Landscape

Mel Jones: Director & Creator, Leimert Park, Sundance Film Festival ’17, Indie Episodic Program
Natasha Kermani: Indie Film & Branded Content Director
Sarah Springer: Creative Director, RYOT
Ally Polly: Executive Producer, Original and Branded Content at PepsiCo
Ali Brown: Executive Producer, Pretty Bird
Moderated by Senain KheshgiManaging Director & Partner, MAJORITY


C. Fitz, Director
Jewel Thais-Williams, Subject
Moderated by Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Women In Film

July – Navigating Film Festivals

Dilicia Barrera: Associate Curator of Film Programs, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Film Programmer for Sundance Film Festival
Christine Davila: Programming Associate, Sundance Film Festival; Head Programmer, Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam
Lucy Mukerjee-Brown: Director of Programming, Outfest Film Festival
Moderated by Roya Rastegar

August – Perfect Pitch

Amy Baer: President/Owner, Gidden Media
Naketha Mattocks: Director of Kids and Family – Live Action Movies, Netflix
Jane Fleming, Partner, Court Five
Miri Yoon: President of Production, Vertigo Entertainment
Moderated by Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director of Women In Film

October – How We Engage: Hollywood Power and Politics

Sarah Ullman: Co-Founder/Co-Executive Director, One Vote at a Time
Kat Calvin: Founder, Spread the Vote
Dinah Stevens: Senior Director of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
Krista Suh: Feminist, Artist, Hollywood Screenwriter, Craftivist, and creator of The Pussyhat Project
Moderated by Maikiko James, Director of Programs, Women In Film

October – Inclusion In Film

Jamie Brewer: Actor, “American Horror Story” “Turnover”
Antoinette Abbamonte: Actor, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; SAG-AFTRA National Committee of Performers With Disabilities and ASL Director, “Turnover”
Linda Palmer: Writer/Director/Producer, “Turnover”
Russell Boast: President, Casting Society of America (CSA)
Leslie McCleave: Director/Producer, (HOW SWEET THE SOUND – THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA)
Moderated by Michele Spitz: Woman of Her Word, and Jo-Ann Dean, SIGNmation

November – Changing the Equation: A Candid Conversation About a Woman’s Place Onscreen

Grace Wu: EVP Casting, NBC
Dawn Steinberg: EVP Worldwide Talent and Casting, Sony Pictures Television
Dr. Katherine Pieper, Ph.D: USC/Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism
Elizabeth Kilpatrick: VP Development & Operations, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Ayo Davis: Head of Talent and Casting, ABC Entertainment
Liz Craft & Sarah Fain: Showrunners/Screenwriters, “The Fix,” “Women’s Murder Club,” “Dollhouse”
Brett King: VP, Creative Programming, Diversity & Inclusion at Sony Pictures Entertainment
Summera Howell: Moderator; Actress, Filmmaker “#MeToo PSA”
Meredith Riley Stewart: Moderator; Actor, “Scandal,” “Criminal Minds”; Producer, “Flip The Script”

January – Women In Film Shorts Night: SECRETS & DISCOVERIES

COME AWAY WITH ME (Ellen Gerstein)
CRUSH (Rosie Westhoff)
EVERYBODY DOES IT (Megan Brotherton)
NODAL (Linda Dahlem)
TATTOO YOU (Lisa Kenner Grissom)
THE GIRLS I KNOW… GET THEIR HANDS DIRTY (Lauren Ciaravalli & Victoria Vaughn)
WASTE (Justine Raczkiewicz)

February – Navigating the Landscape in the New Golden Age of Television

Stephanie Allain, Executive Producer, “Dear White People,” “Crushed”; Women In Film BOD
Davah Avena, Writer/Producer “East Los Angeles,” “Devious Maids,” and “Daytime Divas”
Amy Israel, SVP Original Programming, Showtime Networks
Nancy Schreiber, Prolific, award-winning cinematographer
Moderated by Kirsten Schaffer, Women In Film Executive Director

March – Tales from the Trenches

Joan Harrison, Head of Scripted Development, Asylum
Iris Grossman, Talent Manager, Echo Park Entertainment
Ilene Kahn Power, Former Vice President of HBO Films
Moderated by Lucy Webb, Producer, Writer, Actress & Comedian

April – Special “I Love Dick” Screening and Panel

Jill Soloway, Creator of “I Love Dick”
Sarah Gubbins, Creator of “I Love Dick”
Kevin Bacon, Star of “I Love Dick”
Moderated by Kirsten Schaffer, Women In Film Executive Director

May – Building a Truly Inclusive Media Culture

Tchaiko Omawale (Writer/Director/Producer, SOLACE)
Gina Reyes (Story House Entertainment)
Negin Salmasi (Writer/Director/Producer)
Moderated by Roya Rastegar

June – 2017 Mini Upfronts Recap Screening
Pecado Original – Jean Lee
No Light and No Land Anywhere – Amber Sealey
Crowns – Halee Bernard
Pathways – Florencia Krochik
5th Passenger – Morgan Lariah
#iAmThatBoy – Lagueria Davis
Or Die Trying – Chelsea London Lloyd
Kimi Hanna Fashionista Ninja – Ren Hanami
California’s Forgotten Children – Melody C. Miller
Mixed – Aris Mendoza
On the Market – Cameran Surles
Dark Arts – Bao Xiong
Shiner – Gabriela Gonzalez
Surviving Me: The Nine Circles of Sophie – Leah Yananton
The Do-Over – Jennifer Mangan
Somebody’s Mother – Mandy Fabian
Battery Park – Annunziata Gianzero
2 Self Help Books Away From Being Perfect – Kimberly Young
A Whole New Irving – Alexandra Komisaruk
Proud of Me – Adrianne Richards and Mandy Fabien
Everything but a Man – Nnegest Likké
Stretched – Zoe Quist

July – PR and Marketing: Insight to Navigating your Project for Success

ANDREA CHUNG, Independent Film Producer and Film Executive
MICHELLE CZERNIN von CHUDENITZ MORIZN, Founding Partner, Popular Press Media Group (PPMG)
PAMELA RODI – Creative Director, Rodi Marketing & Strategic Marketing Consultant
LISE ROMANOFF, Managing Director / CEO of Vision Films, Inc
MODERATOR, Leah Gordon. International Marketing & Media Consultant

August – Perfect Pitch 3

AMY BAER – President/Owner, Gidden Media
NAKETHA MATTOCKS – VP Original Movies, Disney Channels Worldwide

September – Being a Multi-Hyphenate

SHIRI APPLEBY – Actress/Director
WENDY CALHOUN – Writer/Executive Producer, Edgewood Place Entertainment
JENNIFER KIM – VP of Original Programming ,TBS
AMY ANDELSON & EMILY MEYER – Writers/Novelists

October – Women In Hollywood Reinventing Themselves

DEB NEWMYER – Moderator – Film & TV Producer, Author
TANYA LOPEZ – Senior Vice President, Original Movies and Miniseries, Lifetime
NANCY TELLE – Executive Chairwoman EKO
CAROL FISHMAN COHEN – CEO & Co Founder iRelaunch
CHRISTINE SWANSON – Director/Screenwriter

November – Sexual & Gender Abuse in the Workplace

CATHY SCHULMAN – MODERATOR -President, WIF, President/CEO Welle Entertainment
HEATHER GRAHAM – Actress/Writer/Director
TRACY TWINKIE BYRD – Casting Director
ROSETTE LAURSEN – Actress/Writer
CINDY BAMFORTH – Partner at Bowles Law Specializing in employment law issues including sexual harassment prevention training
KATHLEEN TARR – Lecturer, Former Practicing Attorney, Author, Bias and the Business of Show: Employment Discrimination in the “Entertainment” Industry

January – Member Shorts Night : Truer Words
“The Haircut,” directed by Alexis Korycinski
“Kimi Kabuki,” directed by Yoko Okumura
“Muted,” directed by Rachel Goldberg
“Stealth,” written by Melissa Hoppe and directed by Bennett Lasseter
“Wayward,” directed by Kira Richards Hansen and produced by Pelle Folmer
Curated by Morgan Green and Ashley Chrisman

February – The Directors’ Panel 
Lake Bell (In a World, Children’s Hospital)
Nisha Ganatra (Transparent, Chutney Popcorn)
Jennifer Phang (Advantageous) 
Moderated by Effie T. Brown (Dear White People, Real Women Have Curves) 

March – Music in Television 
Colleen Fitzpatrick, Vice President of Music at Nickelodeon, Kids & Family
Frankie Pine, Music Supervisor (Army Wives, Magic Mike, The Newsroom)
Alicen Schneider, SVP NBCUniversal Television Music Division

Moderated by Thomas Golubić, Music Supervisor (The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Six Feet Under)

April – Good Rep 
Tara Kole (Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown)
Jennifer Levine (Untitled Entertainment)
Chelsea Radler (CAA)
Dana Sims (ICM)
Jonathan Howard ( Thor, The Dark World)
Moderated by renowned entertainment attorney, Nina Shaw (Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano)

May – Diversity In Practice  
Grace Borrero Moss (Manager of Entertainment Diversity Initiatives, NBC Entertainment)
Brett King (Vice President, Creative Programming, Diversity & Inclusion for Sony Pictures)
Gina Reyes (Director, Creative, Fox Audience Strategy)
Heather Washington (Manager, Emerging Writers Program, NBCUniversal).
Moderated by Ellen Huang, Director, EEO & Diversity at SAG AFTRA

July – New Trends in Distribution 
Sumyi Antonson (VP of Marketing & Distribution, Drafthouse Films)
Danielle DiGiacomo (VP of Acquisitions,The Orchard)
Sean Flanagan (Marketing and Sales Manager, Quiver)
Grace Royer (Independent Film Group, UTA)
Laura Lewis (Film Finance Agent, CAA)

August – Perfect Pitch
STEPHANIE ALLAIN – Producer, Homegrown Pictures; Director, LA Film Festival
NAKETHA MATTOCKS – VP Original Movies, Disney Channels Worldwide
TANYA LOPEZ – Senior Vice President, Original Movies, Lifetime

September – VR Pioneers
ALETHEA AVRAMIS, Producer – Specular Theory
NANCY BENNETT, Chief Creative Officer and General Manager of Virtual Reality – Two Bit Circus
KIMBERLY COOPER, Founder & CEO – Prologue Immersive
CATHERINE DAY, Head of Unscripted – Jaunt
EVETTE VARGAS, CEO, Writer, Director, Multiplatform Storyteller – Digital Reign Productions
MODERATOR, LOUISA APRING, VR Consultant and Head of Industry Relations / Interim COO Innerspace VR

OCTOBER — Clearing the Hurdle
LAKE BELL (director, IN A WORLD)
MODERATOR, MICHELLE SATTER, Founding Director of Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program

NOVEMBER– Producing 101
Deniese Davis (“The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl”)
Kelly Thomas (SPA NIGHT)
Giulia Caruso (SPA NIGHT)
MODERATOR, Ashley Chrisman, Independent Producer/Women In Film Staff

June – What Film Festival Programmers Want
Jacqueline Lyanga of AFI
Roya Rastegar
Kim Yutani of Sundance
Lucy Mukerjee Brown of Outfest July – Perfect Pitch
Deborah Liebling, President of Ben Stiller’s company Red Hour Films
Amy Baer, CEO of Gidden Media
Stephanie Allain, Director of the LA Film Festival and producer of Beyond the Lights and Boyz n the Hood
Naketha Mattocks, VP of Original Movies at Disney Channels WorldwideAugust – The TV Market
Shelby Stone, producer of HBO’s Bessie
Sasha Alexander, actor on hit TV show Rizzoli and Isles
Sandra Stern, COO of Lionsgate TV
Donna Pennestri, Associate Publisher of Variety
Moderated by Sharon Lawrence

September – The Business of Digital
Ronit Cohn, Fullscreen Director of Talent Relations & Marketing
Laura Fischer, Yahoo Originals Head of Production
Tamara Krinsky, Pemberley Digital Co-Producer, Writer & Story Editor
Robyn Marshall, Awesomeness Films Executive
Brittany Turner, Adaptive Studios VP, Digital Video

October –  Facts & Figures: Exploring the Data on Inequality in Film
Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D., Director of the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative – USC Annenberg
Adriana Alberghetti, Partner – WME
Maria Bello, Actor, Activist Author and Producer
Michael De Luca, Producer

November – Inclusion On Screen: Casting for Today’s Audiences
Sharon Bialy, (The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad)
Sarah Halley Finn (Crash, Iron Man, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy)
Vickie Thomas, (Straight Outta Compton, The Hateful Eight, D’Jango Unchained)
Gary M. Zuckerbrod (Pulp Fiction, Cold Case, Rizzoli & Isles)

Emily Best: Crowdfunding to Build Independence, Seed&Spark
Joanna Colbert: Producer & Casting Director
Dara Marks: Script Consultant, How To Write Your Best Story
Gita Pullapilly: Case Study on Financing for the Indie Film, BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY
Elsa Ramo of RLaw, PC: How To Legally Protect Yourself When You Create, Produce, & Exploit