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- Nancy McBride, President
Michelle Hillery, who began her career with the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission (FTC) in 1997, is the Deputy Film Commissioner and Director of Finance. She supports the work of the Film Commissioner in facilitating the FTC’s mission by supervising the staff and maintaining the operation of the film office. In addition, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the FTC's contracts, marketing and branding programs, budget analysis, audit, public relation efforts, website coordination, policies and procedures and the internship program. Hillery is also responsible for the oversight of an annual Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability contract and programs relating to education including The Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films, Florida’s largest statewide film competition and award show, of which she is the Executive Producer.
Hillery is a Past President of Film Florida who served two terms from 2014 to 2016. Before that, Hillery served four terms as the organization’s first Vice President. In addition, Hillery is a member of Film Florida’s Marketing, Legislative, Strategic Futures, and Film Commission Council Committees. Hillery is also an advisor on several other boards including Palm Beach State College and Palm Beach Gardens’ Five Star Magnet Program.
Hillery has worked with features such as Bad Boys II (Will Smith, Martin Lawrence); Heartbreakers (Sigourney Weaver, Ray Liotta); In Her Shoes (Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine); Parker (Jennifer Lopez, Jason Statham); independent films such as Hitters Anonymous and Boynton Beach Bereavement Club; and music videos including It’s 5 Five O’Clock Somewhere (Alan Jackson with Jimmy Buffett) and Celine Dion’s A New Day Has Come.
Hillery also hosts Channel 20’s annual Film Festival review show and is the creator of Project Action Education, a program which travels into the classrooms of Palm Beach County schools introducing students to the exciting industry of film and television. In addition, Hillery produced Film Florida’s sixth annual Legends Awards Show. She also conceptualized and implemented the first Film Florida Legends Tourism Ambassador Award in 2015, honoring longtime Jupiter resident and International icon Burt Reynolds at VISIT FLORIDA’S Governors Conference on Tourism. The legacy of the Tourism Ambassador Award continues annually, showcasing the partnership of the film and tourism industries to a statewide audience. Moreover, Hillery has been honored with a gold Addy Award and Best In Show for the seven cluster commercials produced under a contract with the Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability. Hillery also received five Telly Awards for the following: Special Edition Palm Beach County Production Review Show (2005, 2006, and 2018); and the Palm Beach International Film Festival Review Show (2015 and 2016). In addition, Hillery received a 2018 Communicator Award for the 22 nd Annual SSOF and PBIFF Review Show. Most recently, Hillery was featured in Art Hive magazine as one of South Florida’s Fearless Females: Leaders in Arts, Cultural & Entertainment.
Under Hillery’s leadership, the FTC was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Florida Association for Career & Technical Educators. She has been recognized for her support and dedication in education by Palm Beach State College and Palm Beach Gardens High School. Additionally, she is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County class of 2001. Hillery is a graduate of Palm Beach State College, and resides in Lake Worth with her husband Sean and their two children.
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Katrinka VanDeventer Named Senior Manager, Studio Operations
at WIFT Corporate Member Universal Studios Florida Production Group
Katrinka VanDeventer has been promoted to Senior Manager, Studio Operations for the Universal Studios Florida Production Group. “I’m enthused to broaden my ‘universe’ and be a part of the larger mission within our company and in my interaction with clients,” stated Katrinka.
As Senior Manager, Katrinka will expand her current responsibilities to oversee studio operations, on the lot clients both long and short term productions and the Media Broadcast Center. “We’ve completed a thorough update of every corner of our production facility,” explains Katrinka, “and it’s been wonderful to have hosted several of our Comcast/NBC winners including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and the legendary game show Deal or No Deal.
Katrinka is involved in the Florida production community having served in various positions with Film Florida and Women In Film. She is also a recipient of the Universal Gem Award a highly respected acknowledgement for “Going the Extra Mile.”
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