Board of Directors

Women in Film & Television-Florida (WIFT-FL) is a volunteer organization run by an active Board of Directors, elected by the membership. The women and men who serve on the board come from all disciplines within the film, television, and entertainment industry.  Board members hold offices, as well as chair committees.

Officers


Nancy McBride - President

Reel Kasting Productions, LLC

Nancy McBride has a natural gift for recognizing talent. It was no surprise years ago when from her own experience as a parent of gifted child actors she founded largest parent network of child talent. She soon became an authority, serving as an advocate for parents with kids in the industry. That lead her to the role she loves today, as a Casting Directing to both children and adults.

Nancy is now the go to Casting Director for everything from Film, Commercials, Infomercials, and Industry videos. Her clients have included the likes of: Campus Crusades, MTV, CMT, Bass Pro Shop, Super Nanny, NASA, ESPN, C Media/HBO Casting, Atlas Films/Dr. G Medical Examiner, Jordan Direct, and many more.

Nancy has served on numerous panels, and held workshops in the Film Industry. Nancy is highly respected among her piers for her ability to meet their needs above and beyond expectation. Nancy also brings to the any production a solid knowledge of actors unions, and the legal requirements for production. Nancy also Serves as the President of Women in Film and Television Florida Chapter as well as the Director of WIFT- US President's Support Group.



Dave Cole, CPA - Treasurer
Orlando Branch

Managing Tax Partner

David is a graduate of the University of Maryland and has been practicing public account for over 10 years. David's experience is in tax compliance, tax planning and accounting consulting for small and start-up businesses as well as individual taxes. He has been a member of the FICPA since 1999 and is a certified QuickBooks pro advisor. David is also a member of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce and the financial advisor to the Central Florida Film Festival.



Art Smith Jr. - Recording Secretary
Orlando Branch
Principal, No Budget Movie Company

Art Smith has over 30 years of film/TV experience. As owner of his own production company, No Budget Movie Company, Art coaches new screenwriters and helps to produce their films at a low budget. He can credit teaching and mentoring over 300 individuals currently working in the television or film industry.

Art's resume includes: “Standing Ovation”, “Mysterious”, “Bad Girl Island, “Survivor Island”, "The Session," "Fools Gold", "Misguided," "Three," "Fashion News Live," "Mother's Day," "Ocean City," "Who Goes There?," "Didn’t Say Goodbye," "Super Mario Brothers," "Good Morning Vietnam," "Causalities of War," "Soldier Boy’s," "Angel Heart," "Snake Eyes," "Devil's Own," "Sweet Liberty," "Anger Management," and more TV & Filmk Projects. He is a member of American Film Institute, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences TV, Independent Feature Project, Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers, Audio Engineering Society and the National Assoc. of Broadcasters and NAPTE.

Board Members


Rick Alexander
Orlando Branch
Owner, Maverick Audio, LLC.

Rick has been involved with just about all aspects of audio. Mixing live sound at Harding University in an auditorium size of over 3000 seats. Majored in Mass Communications.

Mixed live sound in Louisville, Ky at the local PBS station. Kentucky Center for the Recording Arts doing monitors. Started part time touring which lead to a full time touring in the Black Gospel Christian music industry. Straight Company signed with Benson Records in Nashville. Assisted them in a recording studio (Refraze studio) with and industry professional producer, Johnnie Wilder Jr, of the pop group HEATWAVE of CBS records which sold over 15 million albums and three Grammy nominations. Johnnie left HEATWAVE do to and accident the left him as a quadriplegic. Johnnie created Shalonda productions a small independent distribution and built a home 24 track recording studio. Shalondainc.com. He offered a Rick a full time position as mixing/recording engineer in Dayton, OH. to tour with Johnnie/Straight Company.

In 1994 Rick moved to Orlando, Florida to take class at Full Sail to receive two AS degrees. Audio, Video/Film. While freelancing for WMFE PBS, mixing concerts at The Embassy concert hall/night club representing Dynatec Sound Company. National and regional bands performed there. Such as Collective Soul, Creed, Robert Palmer, GWAR, Edgar Winter. Rated the best sound system in Orlando for two years.

Still freelancing in broadcasting, AV, commercials, various networks: NBC/MSMBC,CBS,CNN, Disney broadcast group, Adrenaline Films, Universal Studios, Starz: Magic City as boom/utility for two seasons, USA Graceland boom/utility last for episodes, Rob Schneider Real Rob: sound mixer 8 episodes, TruTV(Fremantle Media) Shaq Uploaded sound mixer two seasons, The Golf Channel: studio A1,A2,ENG., Discovery Channel, Travel Channel. Lion TV, Go Convergence: Shark, Ninja infomercials, IDEAS, NPR DC, EA Sports, Nickelodeon, Lock Head Martin (Space X) Boeing launches for Television Mobile Resources etc.

Still currently serving for Orange County Public Schools for Orlando Tech since 2007. Florida Motion Pictures Association as Executive VP 2011-13. Won Three Crystal Reel awards. One for judge’s choice. One Bronze Telly.



Carol Bressi-Cilona
South Florida Branch
VP, Entertainment @ Hub International/Entertainment Industry Solutions

          

       Carol is Vice President of Entertainment at HUB International. Carol is an entertainment insurance

       expert with 30+ years experience providing insurance solutions for film and TV production

       companies and related businesses such as rental houses and post production facilities.

      

      Carol is committed to the entertainment industry and proven ability to design competitive

      insurance programs as evidenced by long-standing relationships with production executives,

      filmmakers, and business owners. In addition to her insurance background, Carol is a thespian,

      singer and producer with a life-long passion for the performing arts. Carol and HUB also work on

      Theatrical Productions, Theatres, Venues and All Commercial and Personal Lines of insurance.

      HUB International is the 7th Largest Insurance Broker in the Country with 470 offices around the

      globe allowing Carol to provide annual and short term insurance on a worldwide basis at very

      competitive rates and work with all incentives as needed. Carol will consult with you on what

      insurance coverages are needed and is familiar with most of the film requirements of the film

      commissioners in Florida and around the USA to help you obtain the proper permit for shooting and

      protection of risk.

    

      Carol is an active Board member of AICP, member of Film Florida ,the Chairwoman of The Hurricane

      Task Force Committee of Film Florida and Board member of Women in Film and TV of Florida.



Larry Haber
Orlando Branch
Entertainment Attorney, Law Offices of Lawrence Haber

Lawrence Haber has been a practicing attorney for 30 years, with the last 20 years devoted primarily to entertainment law. He has extensive experience in all aspects of legal, business and union matters in the entertainment industry, including the production, distribution and sales of long and short form film and television programming, and the negotiating and drafting of agreements for financing, production, and distribution of such programming. His clients also include software, website, design and graphics companies.

He represents production companies, talent, and producers in all phases of development and production in all types of media worldwide. His legal experience is grounded in intellectual property, corporate, general business and transactional law. He was an in-house attorney at both Universal Studios Florida and Walt Disney World for over seven years, with his last four years at Disney focused exclusively as Director of Business Affairs for original television programming. Among other projects while at Disney, he packaged, negotiated and sold worldwide rights for two episodic television series.



Lindsey Fuller Sandrin
Orlando Branch

Director, Orlando Film Commission

Lindsey grew up in the commercial production industry, working for her dad and uncle, both of whom are Film Florida Legends. Orlando-born and Cleveland, OH-raised, Lindsey graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Communications and found her way back to central Florida. After a brief five-year stint in the advertising industry, Lindsey came running back to the production world by way of the Orlando Film Commission, following in the steps of her cousin and previous President of both WIFT-FL and Film Florida, Jen Pennypacker.

At the Orlando Film Commission, Lindsey oversees all daily functions including film permitting, the locations and crew + support services databases and all incoming requests for filming in the region. She maintains strong relationships with all community partners to ensure all permitting is completed efficiently and with public and crew safety at the forefront. She also works to market the region to larger projects to ensure they understand “The Other Half” of Orlando – all of the amazing assets that lie outside of the walls of the theme parks. By assisting in location scouting, recommending accommodations and spreading the word about the amazing production community that calls Orlando home, Lindsey works to bring larger projects to the region and ensure productions of all sizes receive first-rate service.



Christy Andreoni 
South Florida Branch

Production Director, Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission

Christy Andreoni is the Production Director for the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission (FTC) where she assists the organization in fulfilling its mission to promote Palm Beach County as a filming destination. Christy is currently responsible for overseeing the FTC’s production department and establishing and managing ongoing relationships with public officials, local and national media and the general public. She expedites permitting requests and coordinates filming projects to ensure communication, continuity and public safety between all entities. She is also a contributing editor of the FTC’s monthly Focus on Film newsletter, a publication that puts the spotlight on the local film, television and still photography industries.

With a background working on set and in post-production, Christy has worked with production companies throughout Florida, including IDEAS, ION Media Networks, Home Shopping Network, Adrenaline Films, and several independent features. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with a focus in Visual Studies from Duke University, and also studied at both the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana and the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Christy currently serves as the Film Commission Council Chair on the Board of Directors for state-wide entertainment production association Film Florida.



Jennelle Jordan

  Orlando Branch

Producer / Production Manager

Jennelle is a dynamic and driven production professional specializing in the development and execution of creative content, including television programs, commercials, and corporate advertising, as well as live event production and management.  She has been working in the entertainment industry for over 14 years, producing 244 episodes of the critically acclaimed television series Forensic Files. She also has extensive experience in the commercial genre, working with diverse clients to evolve and grow both their business and brand.

Working on a wide range of projects, from television, commercials, corporate, music, and web videos, to production and on-site management of live events, Jennelle's talents lie in organization and planning, getting to know the intricacies of each different production and personnel she works with. Her goal is to create visually and emotionally compelling content with as seamless a pre-production and production process as possible.

 


Garvin Smith

        Orlando Branch

CEO, Starrshots Studios, Inc.

Garvin Smith is an accomplished, award winning industry veteran whose career spans more than fifty years as an Executive Producer, Creative Director, Industry Consultant, Commercial Photographer, Videographer and  Fine Artist. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the George Washington University, Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington DC, majoring in Visual Communications, Photography and Graphic Design.

Currently, he is CEO, Starrshots Studios, Inc./Dba Orlando Event, Photographers provides Production Services for the Film, Television, Digital Media and Event Industries. He is a volunteer serving in the capacity of Board Chairman for the Digital Media Production department at Orange County Public Schools, Orange Technical College, Orange campus. He has served on this board for the past 14 years. Within the department Garvin functions as an Executive Producer. Two of the podcast productions developed by him are Signature Chefs of Orlando, and Diversity of Urban Art. Both of which can be seen on iTunes and Youtube. Approximate total subscribers for both series are over 500,000. Both series have won a total of 12 International TELLY and 9 International Communicator Awards over the past 6 years, along with other prestigious National awards.



Vivian Treves

South Florida Branch

President, Treves Network/European Film & TV Representatives, Inc.

Vivian Treves, President of The Treves Network/European Film & TV Representatives, Inc. is a native New Yorker of Italian background with an MBA in Arts Administration from UCLA.  Ms. Treves began her career as an Assoc. Prod. For RAI, the national TV of Italy, where she made a number of docs on politics, medicine, history, music, and the entertainment field. She refined her skills in business as VP of several family-owned companies, as well as serving for two years as the NY Office Coordinator for the Dino DeLaurentiis Corp.

In the early 1980's she directed her expertise to the corporate world. Her projects included work for AMEX, GTE, and AT&T. Ms. Treves has lived and worked both in Europe and in the US, and has filmed in South America, Asia, and Australia. As an artist liaison/interpreter, Ms. Treves has served as special assistant, intl liaison involved in meetings, screenings, promotional tours, scripts and interviews in office, in the studio, and on location. In the past, clients included Columbia Pictures, Focus Features, Paramount Communications, Warner Bros., MK 2 Productions, RAI, Canale 5, Samuel Goldwyn Co., Dino De Laurentiis Corp., and Film Society of Lincoln Center. Ms. Treves has acted in many capacities in film.

As an interpreter she worked on seven US features with Maestro Ennio Morricone, including “The Untouchables” and ‘Bugsy”. She co-produced a commercial for Chef Boyardee directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. She acted as Coordinator and Representative for Giancarlo Giannini inventor/actor for his musical jacket used in “Toys”. Ms. Treves was co-translator for the Italian subtitles of “21 Grams”, “Brokeback Mountain”, and “Romance and Cigarettes” for the Venice Film Festival. As a writer, Ms. Treves has written about culture and the arts for several European magazines. She has also published a book of poems about CFS/ME, entitled “In the Shadow of the Eclipse”.

She is co-author of “Allegra’s Apple Tree”, one of a series of children’s books about diversity called Alphabet Kids. Vivian Treves joined NYWIFT in 1980 and served on its Board from 1993-1996. She moved to West Palm Beach in 2013 and has served on the WIFT Florida Board for several years.


Rose Rosen, CSA

        Tampa Bay Branch

Casting Director/Casting by Rose Rosen

Rose Rosen CSA, consistently rated among Florida's most distinguished casting directors, provides talent for reality TV shows, movies, commercials and print campaigns nationwide. Ms. Rosen's 25-year track record earned her membership in the prestigious Casting Society of America and the respect of countless aspiring actors for furthering their careers. Ms. Rosen herself credits her work casting Edward Scissorhands for advancing her own industry credentials. Beyond the Tim Burton classic, additional credits include Cowboy U, Bridezillas and numerous other television commercials for clients such as Century 21, Canon, Nationwide Insurance, Publisher’s Clearing House and Corona Beer, to name a few

Known as having a keen eye for culling talent from varied sources, Ms. Rosen is also noted for using customized software enabling her to showcase candidates from multiple agents in a single, high tech transmission to clients from Los Angeles to New York and throughout Florida. Ms. Rosen takes great pride in her tireless work ethic, vast personal connections and remarkable ability to manifest client's needs into human form.


        Jill Donnellan

        Jacksonville Branch
Owner, Hollywood Acting Studio

Jill Donnellan has been teaching acting in Hollywood for over 25 years and has been in show business for over 35 years. Starting out in New York studying theatre at NYU, AADA, and then with Stella Adler, she performed in  numerous off  Broadway plays.  Realizing that her dream was ultimately to work in T.V. & Film, she headed to Hollywood California and worked consistently in commercials and films.  In 1993 she opened up her own acting studio in Los Angeles and was committed to bringing the best on camera acting workshops to her students. Over the years she has taught thousands of up and coming actors both at her private studio and in workshops across the country and the world.


Jill has also coached top Hollywood stars on set for NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, DISNEY, NICKELODEON and top movie production studios such as SONY, PARAMOUNT, UNIVERSAL and DREAMWORKS.  She has worked with such names as TOM CRUISE, JONATHAN LIPNICKI, NICHOLAS CAGE, THE OLSEN TWINS, SELENA GOMEZ, KEITH ROBINSON, MICHELLE TRACTENBERG, JEFF FOXWORTHY, BILL ENGVALL, ZACHARY GORDON, EMMA ROBERTS, ERIC ROBERTS, EDDIE MURPHY, RENEE ZELLWEGER, JANE FONDA, LINDSEY LOHAN, TOM HANKS, BEYONCE, JENNIFER HUDSON, WILL ESTES, JAY LENO and HILLARY DUFF to mention a few.



  Alexa Sheehan

  Daytona Beach Branch

Owner, Harbordashery Productions, LLC

Alexa Sheehan is a recent transplant to Florida after almost 20 years in Los Angeles working in the industry and its myriad media content.   A member of the Director’s Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA, and a board member of both Women in Film and Television- Florida and Film Florida, she hopes to parlay her experience in Hollywood filmmaking to create and to bring big projects to Florida and shake up the industry here.

She and her husband, an Union Assistant Property Master, created HarborDashery Productions which is a local production company in New Smyrna Beach filming commercial and other media projects for local businesses and schools.  She was a judge in the last year’s 48 Hour Film Festival in Orlando, this year’s Hub on Canal Student Film Festival, and has sat on numerous panels to help educate the new regime of filmmakers, and to share stories of her experience. 


       Victoria Jorgensen

       Tampa Bay Branch

        President, A Media Marketing

Victoria Jorgensen is an award-winning Tampa based filmmaker, writer and film festival organizer. She has attended the Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals annually since 1999 returning to Tampa with programming suggestions for local area film festivals. Her films have shown at festivals around the world including a three woman show, “formato”, at Museuda Imagem R Do Som, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.



       Mike Madden

   Jacksonville Branch

Multimedia Production Manager - Fanatics, LLC    

Multimedia producer with over 15 years of experience producing a wide range of video, animation and marketing  projects covering a diverse array of media. Work has appeared on ESPN, Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox Sports, CBS Sports and  numerous local broadcasting outlets nationwide. Work has also appeared on several websites including NFLShop.com, Maxim.com, and Yahoo.com

Current role expands on previous position with a greater emphasis on creative development and heading up projects between departments as well as with partners outside the company.

Additional core responsibilities include a greater role in social media, web-based advertising and public relations material. Projects include web pre-rolls, PR b-roll packages, corporate explainers, sales, social media videos, in-arena/in-stadium animations, sizzle reels, training material and event production.



 


   


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