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September 22, 2020
1 pm - 3 pm

women's role

in the 

profession 

Host

Art Smith

Art Smith serves as the Recording Secretary of  the Board of the Women in Film and Television in Florida (WIFT)  and 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 & Film 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.

Panelist

Panelist

Carol Bressi

Carol Bressi – Ciolna serves on the Board of the Women in Film and Television in Florida.  She is Vice President of Entertainment at HUB International. She is an entertainment insurance expert with 30 plus years of experience in 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 with a  proven ability to design competitive insurance programs 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 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.  She helps to obtain the proper permit for shooting and protection of risk. Carol is an active Board member of AICP, member of Film Florida and the Chairwoman of The Hurricane Task Force Committee of Film Florida.

Panelist

Lee Bigelow Davis

Lee Bigelow Davis serves on the  Board of Women in Film and Television in Florida. Lee spent her formative years in the suburbs of Philadelphia. At Temple University her internship advisor recommended “a little public affairs show” broadcasting out of NPR affiliate WUHY-FM. Any doubts about whether an internship in radio was the smart choice were soon dissipated when that “little show” turned out to be “Fresh Air” hosted by Terry Gross. Lee became their first intern and was tasked with compiling excerpts from archived interviews in an effort to pitch the magazine interview show for national syndication. After three years at a CBS affiliate in central PA where she wrote ad copy and produced a public affairs program, Lee pivoted to freelance film production. Meeting the script supervisor on an ABC After School Special was a game changer. She immediately began training and not long after cutting her teeth on local indie films and TV commercials she joined the industry labor union IATSE/Local 161. Since 1994 her resume reflects mostly one hour scripted drama series for broadcast/cable networks and streaming services including “Homicide: Life on the Street”, “Ugly Betty”, “Blue Bloods”, “House of Cards”, “The Code” and “The Right Stuff.” Lee is a member of the WIFT Writers Group as well as the Florida Writers Association in which whose newsletter she has been published.

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Panelist

Lawrence Haber

Lawrence Haber serves on the Board of Women in Film and Television in Florida.  He 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.

Panelist

Bobbi Hill

Bobbi Hill serves on the Board of Women in Film and Television in Florida.  She began her professional journey in the early 60’s in Las Vegas meeting celebrities such as Dolly Parton, Wayne Newton, Billy Eckstine, Connie Frances, etc.  Vegas led to working out of LA for several years, followed by a wonderful time in Alaska, and finally settling in Florida with a wealth of industry experience.  She has enjoyed years of success in the entertainment business and finally producing films. Last year, Bobbi and Bill Tosh started their own Christian Production Company “First Fruits Productions” and are in the early stages of their first feature film called “Just Like You”.  Bobbi Hill Casting has always been a  full-service casting agent, with 36 years of experience in Florida alone. She has cast for many TV shows, films, commercials, and live and theater productions. Bobbi’s professional goal has always been to breathe life into the script, and blow the clients away with the best actors. Nothing less will do! She is also a very hands-on, old school casting director and will always be available, even on set.  Awards and accolades include Best Casting of a TV Pilot and a recipient of the Crystal Reel Award 1996.  Bobbi is a Board Director of the Tampa Bay Film Society member of the Sunscreen Film Clearwater/St. Pete Society.  She is a lifetime member of Who’s, Who.

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Panelist

Victoria Jorgensen

Victoria Jorgensen is a Board Member of Women in Film and Television and is an award-winning Tampa based filmmaker, writer and film festival organizer. She has attended the Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals annually since 1999.  She  returns 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, and in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Panelist

Lindsey Fuller Sandrin

Lindsey Fuller Sandrin serves on the Board of Women in Film and Television in Florida.  She 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 plus 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.

Panelist

Nancy McBride

Nancy McBride serves as the President of the Board of WIFT-FL.  Nancy also serves as the Director of WIFT-FL US President's Support Group.  She 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 the largest parent network of child talent. She soon became an authority, serving as an advocate for parents with kids in the industry. The experience as an advocate 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 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 peers for her ability to meet their needs above and beyond expectation. Nancy also brings to any production a solid knowledge of actors; unions, and the legal requirements for production. 

Panelist

Melissa McNerney

Melissa McNerney serves on the Board of WIFT-FL and is a full-time actress and producer out of Tampa, FL.  A member of SAG-AFTRA, Melissa began working in film and television while living in New York after graduating with a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. Her acting work includes roles on The Good Wife and All My Children, various roles in independent films, as well as dozens of commercials. Toggling between working in front of and behind the camera, Melissa has had the joy of working with companies including Tribeca Film Festival, Paramount Vantage, British Vogue and many others. Her producing work spans from feature and short films to theatre and editorial.   

Panelist

Garvin Smith 

Garvin Smith serves on the Board of WIFT-FL and 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.

Panelist

Becky Yettaw

Becky Yettaw serves on the Board of WIFT-FL.  She was born in Stuttgart Germany in 1971. She traveled the globe until settling in Tampa, Florida at age fifteen. Becky’s gifts captivated Gail Anne Hurd who immediately employed Becky as her Assistant to the Producer and protégé during filming of “The Punisher” (2004). Since then, Becky has directed, produced, casted, and assisted with, over 25 films and shorts.  Becky’s passion for creating characters to whom an audience feels connection with permeates\her work.  A leading film producer in Tampa for fifteen years and counting, Becky, founder and owner of B. Stellar Productions, believes in giving back to her community. Amidst her own ventures, she produced The Tampa Natives Show - as highlighted by the Tampa Tribune – currently being archived by the University of South Florida. More recently, Becky lent her talents to The Center for Girls through which she coaches film production to girls aged 11-14. The young girls direct their own movies, under Becky’s guidance and encouragement gaining empowerment and confidence. Becky is a driving force in the Tampa film industry. She has served on multiple levels of film leadership including documentaries, script writing, commercials, and philanthropic work – much of which remains veiled by her modest nature.

Panelist

Sherri Taylor

Sheri Taylor serves on the Board of WIFT-FL and is an award winning producer / actress / creative consultant / graphic designer / assistant director/ marketing, promotion & events professional & more.  She's known for work on films including: "Between Waves", "Blood Initiate," "Believe Then See," USA's "Graceland," and Tru TV's "Body of Evidence." 

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