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Women in Film and Television Atlanta Announce New Board of Directors

Women in Film and Television Atlanta
Announce New Board of Directors

ATLANTA, January 27, 2010 — The Atlanta chapter of Women in Film and Television (WIFTA) is beginning 2010 with strong new leadership by adding nine entertainment industry professionals to their board of directors.

Leading WIFTA’s 2010 board is newly elected President Dana Serby who stated upon taking the position: “In the recent 3 years that I have been a part of the board one thing has remained the same…a commitment to providing members with quality programs and professional resources. Top initiatives for this year include establishing added opportunities for members to become more involved in this professional organization and help grow their business and networks.”

Joining president Serby in leading WIFTA are continuing board members VP of Professional Development Shani Harris Peterson, Member Emeritus Melissa Randle, Treasurer Lisa Wright, Public Relations Director Patricia Taylor, Sponsorship Director LaKeisha Fleming, Programs Director Zoana Price, and Jobs & Opportunities Director Monique McGlockton.

New to the board this year are several Atlanta television and film industry professionals who bring experience and knowledge of the industry to their positions. They include VP of Communications Darija Pichanick, Marketing Director Alice Stephens, VP of Membership Jeanette Gregory, Secretary Dellis Caden Noble, Workshops Director Sherri Daye Scott, Member-at-large Erica Lemmons, Special Events Director Beatrice Allen, Grants Director Cynthia Brooks, and Student Ambassador Lydia Sue-Ellen Chitunya.

Working with members to help them achieve their goals is what WIFTA is all about. We would like to thank departing board members VP of Communications Elisabeth Andre, VP of Membership Samantha Worthen, Secretary Isa Miles, Workshop Director Meena Payne, WIFTI Liaison Sherry Richardson, Member Emeritus Nancy Howard, and Member-at-large Tracy Crayton for their hard work, dedication and service. Each of these ladies had a hand at shaping WIFTA and helped transition incoming board members into their new positions.

For more information about WIFTA and upcoming events go to

About Women in Film and Television Atlanta:
(WIFTA) is a Georgia-based non-profit organization affiliated with other national and international Women in Film and Television chapters and dedicated to improving the status and portrayal of women in film, video, and other screen-based media. With an emphasis on education and training, WIFTA serves members and the community by providing access to opportunities, supporting members’ work, fostering greater public awareness of their efforts, and encouraging high standards of professionalism.



CALIFORNIA – As a result of the California Film & TV Tax Credit Program, productions that were otherwise slated to leave California have been approved for the program and are filming in state. The program, which launched in July 2009, approved twenty-six projects for 2009 start dates. The remaining projects will begin filming in the first half of 2010.
Applications are still being accepted, with approximately $15 million in funds for “independent productions” remaining. Please contact the California Film Commission (“CFC”) for up-to-date allocation information, since projects may drop out, freeing up additional funds.
An additional $100 million (shared between independent and studio productions) will be available starting in July, 2010. The permanent regulations are currently under review. The CFC anticipates adoption of the regulations in February 2010.
ILLINOIS – Toronto-based Cinespace has announced development of an $80 million studio complex on an industrial site near the heart of Chicago. The project is being promoted as the biggest state-of-the-art production facility outside of Hollywood. Details soon.
LOUISIANA – With an increased tax incentive, Louisiana saw 63 productions completed over 2009.
New facilities: Los Angeles digital visual effects company Pixel Magic has opened an office in Lafayette; Worldwide FX, a major Bulgarian effects house, opened a division in Shreveport. Second Line Studios is finishing construction in New Orleans, with “Green Lantern” scheduled to be the first production. Maison Post, a full-service post-production house, has opened in New Orleans. Nu Image broke ground on Millennium Studios, their new sound stage complex in Shreveport. Meanwhile, Sony wrapped “Battle: Los Angeles” at Celtic Media in Baton Rouge.
MICHIGAN – was the location of choice for 50 productions with total expenditures approaching $250 million. Although the new year has just started, MI anticipates over $150 million in production for 2010, with the possibility of $200 million or more.
No new stages have been completed, but there are a number in progress; in addition, there are good warehouses and at least 3 stages available, 2 in the metro Detroit area, 1 up in Manistee.
No changes are expected in the incentive program for 2010.
OHIO – The new incentives program has already awarded nearly $7 million in credits for 4 productions, including “Unstoppable,” a Denzel Washington film from Twentieth Century Fox that shot (partly) in the state in November. In addition, three films from Ohio-based Nehst Studios are scheduled for 2010.
Ohio offers a 25% refundable credit plus an additional 10% for local hires, with $30 million available for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.
OREGON – Response to the increased production incentive resulted in 2009 becoming the biggest year for film, television and commercial production in Oregon to date, with a reported $62 million in direct spending. With the higher program cap, Oregon hosted major productions such as the TNT series “Leverage”, CBS Films’ “Extraordinary Measures”, “Something Wicked”, “Meeks Cutoff”, and the recently completed Gus Van Sant film.
With Season 3 of “Leverage” already committed to return in 2010 and several other interested projects, 2010 will likely be an even bigger year than 2009. Some of the incentive funds are available now, with additional funds earmarked for next year. There are no legislative changes anticipated until 2011, when the full legislature meets.
TEXAS – hosted a total of sixteen films in 2009, including 2 Robert Rodriguez films, “Machete”and “Predators”, and 10 Television productions — including ABC’s “The Deep End” and NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”. Plus sixty-five commercials and twenty-six video games qualified for the incentive grants, for a total Texas spend of $177 million. For 2010, the state expects both TV series to continue, plus thirteen episodes of “Jack & Dan” for Fox. Upcoming features include the Coen Brother’s “True Grit” in the Austin area and “Retractable”in Houston.
No program changes are anticipated in 2010, as the legislature does not go back into session until January 2011. $14 million remains for the current fiscal year.