January 30, 2020
We’re very excited to announce that the Women In Film Board of Directors has elected four new members, women who have excelled professionally across the screen industries. Join us in welcoming:
“Each of the new Board members brings her own unique expertise that is so valuable to our organization as we serve women in an industry that is evolving and broadening its reach. We are also incredibly grateful for the years of service that our outgoing Board members have generously given to the organization. Rowena Arguelles, Jane Fleming, Deborah Liebling, Ghen Laraya Long, Hannah Minghella, and Cathy Schulman have completed their terms, and their guidance of WIF’s advocacy work and programming has been invaluable.”
Amy Baer, Board President
“The 2020 Board of Directors is comprised of exceptional women who are committed to our mission of making the screen industries an equitable place for women working in front of and behind the camera, and behind the desk. With the election of all of the women serving on the Board, we have met our goal of achieving balanced representation of women of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community among our leadership.”
Kirsten Schaffer, Executive Director
Join us in welcoming:
Nicole Brown is the head of TriStar Pictures, Sony’s specialty division that she helped restart with Tom Rothman in 2013. At TriStar, she’s overseen movies such as the highly acclaimed A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD starring Tom Hanks and directed by Marielle Heller, the breakout hit BABY DRIVER directed by Edgar Wright, Danny Boyle’s sequel to TRAINSPOTTING, Jodie Foster’s MONEY MONSTER starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts, and Jonathan Demme’s RICKI AND THE FLASH starring Meryl Streep. She has several projects in development including an adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s best-selling novel The Nightingale starring Elle and Dakota Fanning that will be directed by Melanie Laurent, Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s THE LAST HUMAN, GUYS AND DOLLS, and an adaptation of international best-seller The Alchemist.
Before TriStar, Brown was an EVP at Good Universe, originally formed as Mandate Pictures, where she oversaw the development of the company’s slate of films. Movies Brown shepherded and helped produce during this time include NEIGHBORS, THIS IS THE END, LAST VEGAS, EVIL DEAD, the HAROLD AND KUMAR franchise, Independent Spirit Award-winning 50/50, NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST, THE POSSESSION, and WHIP IT. A Los Angeles native, Brown got her start interning at Miramax while attending Columbia University. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Brown was accepted into the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC, but instead chose to work for producer Marc Platt where she worked on projects such as the LEGALLY BLONDE franchise, HONEY, and the hit musical Wicked. Nicole is an Academy member and a mentor for Academy Gold and ReFrame Rise.
Helen Huang has negotiated and/or managed in business deals to procure thousands of hours of cutting-edge stand-up comedy specials, award-winning documentaries, and feature films for Showtime Networks. In 2011, Huang was recognized by the State of California for her volunteer leadership, and in 2016, she was a Nominated Changemaker at the United State of Women—the inaugural women’s summit convened by The White House during President Barack Obama’s tenure—and a participant of the U.S. Department of Labor’s second Worker Voice Summit. Huang has served as an Advisor to the LA Film Festival, on the Nominating Committee of the NAACP Image Awards, on the Board of Advisors of the Middleburg Film Festival, and on the Seattle International Film Festival Official Competition Jury. She is the first film acquisitions executive of Asian descent in U.S. television network history.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs
Cheryl Boone Isaacs is a past president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, having served the maximum 4 one-year terms. During her 24 years as a board member Isaacs held every officer position, served as President of the Academy Foundation as well as producing the Academy’s 2012 4th Annual Governors Awards. As President and CEO of CBI Enterprises, Inc. Isaacs has consulted for companies such as MTV Films, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Lionsgate, and Sony Entertainment. She has consulted on marketing efforts for such films as THE ARTIST, THE KING’S SPEECH, SPIDER-MAN 2, as well as TUPAC: RESURRECTION.
Isaacs previously served as president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema. She developed and executed the campaigns for such films as AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME, RUSH HOUR, and BLADE. Prior to joining New Line she was executive vice president of worldwide publicity for Paramount Pictures, where she orchestrated, among others, the publicity campaigns for the Best Picture winners FORREST GUMP and BRAVEHEART.
Isaacs is currently an adjunct professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. She was an adjunct professor at the USC Cinema and Television, Columbia College Chicago, and Mount Saint Mary’s College. She continues to guest lecture at USC, UCLA, Harvard’s Kennedy School, Loyola Marymount, Dubai International Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Singapore Film Festival and Korea’s Busan International Film Festival.
She has an Honorary Doctorate from Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
From 2013 through 2016, Ms. Isaacs served as Chair of District 16, Rhodes scholarship selection committee.
Isaacs was a member of the Corporate Board of the Motion Picture and Television Fund and served as Secretary for three years.
A few of her Honors and Awards:
- NAACP Hall of Fame inductee
- Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation 2017 Pioneer of the Year
- AFI Trustee Emeritus
- Southern Christian Leadership Council 2016 Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award
- Bryn Mawr Film Institute’s Silver Screen Inspiration Award
- YWCA of Greater Los Angeles’ Silver Achievement Award
- Essence Magazine’s Trailblazer Award
- Icon Mann Legacy Award
- Ischia Art Award from The Ischia International Arts Academy
- African American Film Critics Association’s Horizon Award
Margie Moreno is the Head of Latin America for YouTube Originals where she oversees Spanish speaking content (scripted series, non-fiction, movies and documentaries). As an accomplished Television Executive, she has produced award-winning titles and record-breaking shows for both the international and US markets. At NBC Universal she led all creative and programming for the bilingual cable network mun2, including award-winning documentary “Hecho En America.” Prior to that, she led the U.S. creative division of International Production Company Promo film/Globomedia where she worked with international partners in producing global content in multiple languages. Moreno began her career at Mandalay Entertainment after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from UCLA.
Moreno also serves as Co-Chair of NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) where she began the Diverse Women In Media Initiative, co-founded the Women’s Accelerator mentorship program in support of professional women, serves on the Los Angeles Board of Step Up Women’s Network supporting girls in under-resourced communities, and volunteers as a Girl Scout leader.