As summer heats up, New York Women in Film & Television gears up for the start of our new year – and with it, new faces join our leadership team!
As a 501(c)3 non-profit, NYWIFT is governed by an 18 member Board of Directors, elected by the membership in late Spring. This diverse, accomplished group of women are at the top of their game in TV, film and digital media. They steer NYWIFT in advocating for equality, providing unique professional development opportunities, funding women filmmakers, and celebrating women’s achievements.
This month the NYWIFT blog has profiled the four newest members of the Board. We round out our interview series with Terra Bliss.
New NYWIFT Board Member Terra Bliss
Tell us about what you do outside of NYWIFT.
I am the Vice President and General Manager at Panavision New York, which means I oversee the office – operations, finance, marketing, etc. Panavision is a leading designer and manufacture of high-precision camera systems consisting of film and digital cameras, lenses and accessories for motion pictures, commercial and television industries. Panavision systems are rented through its domestic and international owned and operated facilities and distributor network. [Outside of work], I spend as much time with my family and friends as possible. Enjoy the city and all its perks. Read and catch up on movies in my spare time.
What is your fondest memory of working in the entertainment industry?
My fondest memory is meeting Mike Nichols. I was working in Hollywood at EFILM as a Digital Intermediate Producer. Mr. Nichols and cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt, BSC, were reviewing final timing of Angels in America, the HBO mini series. World class.
Mike Nichols directs Emma Thompson in Angels in America
How did you first get involved with NYWIFT?
Why do you love NYWIFT?
NYWIFT is a great organization that provides mentorship, support and information to women who love this crazy business! I love to meet with people with similar interests and passion.
Inequality in film, television and digital media has been a hot topic in the media lately, and righting that imbalance has always been a big part of NYWIFT’s mission. What are your thoughts on the problem? And how should it be solved?
There has been a lot more in the media lately. People are fed up with the inequality with wage differences and opportunities. For me, I’m looking more closely at current recruiting and hiring process to see where we can shake things up a bit. Partnering with schools and organizations like Reelworks, Camp Reel Stories and ACTvF [Academy for Careers in Television & Film in Queens, NY] has been great for finding new talent and networking.
What’s the best TV show/movie/web series you’ve seen recently? Why?
Transparent – love the writing, characters and non-“traditional” perspective of the story telling. O.J.: Made in America on ESPN. Living in California during the trial, having my own perspective at the time, and now seeing how others saw the trial and what it represented to that community. Black Mirror – a UK series about technology and humans – some scary stuff.
What are your plans for the summer?
Work. A wedding in Guadalupe, Caribbean. And a week at Jersey Shore with family and friends.
NYWIFT is thrilled to welcome new board members to our leadership team for the 2022-2023 season! Powerhouse entrepreneur Emelyn Stuart, one of our newest NYWIFT Board Members, is the owner and founder of Stuart Cinema & Café in Brooklyn, which in addition to being a screening space will offer distribution deals to independent filmmakers and be a resource hub for artists. She was named Best Producer at LA Web Fest for her series 12 Steps to Recovery, and her feature Life Is Too Short premiered to sold out audiences in New York during its debut screening and in 2017 it was awarded Best Feature Film domestically and internationally at various film festivals.READ MORE
New York Women in Film & Television is thrilled to welcome new board members to our leadership team for the 2022-2023 season! Globetrotting new NYWIFT Board Member Shruti Ganguly is an award-winning filmmaker and writer based between New York and Oslo. Ganguly was a member of the Obama Administration’s ECCO committee of 30 leaders and creators in entertainment, chairing its Asian Caucus, and is on the Creative Council for Emily's List. She has produced films that have premiered at Sundance, Venice, Tribeca, Telluride, and Berlin, and is currently writing for Secret Daughter for Amazon Studios, which will star Priyanka Chopra and Sienna Miller.READ MORE
NYWIFT is thrilled to welcome new board members to our leadership team for the 2022-2023 season! We sat down with new NYWIFT Board Member Kia Brooks who, as Deputy Director of longtime NYWIFT partner The Gotham Film and Media Institute (formerly IFP), is no stranger to the NYWIFT community! Brooks created The Gotham’s Owning It program that supports women and non-binary media makers and entrepreneurs who break boundaries in the media and entertainment industry, and developed the Expanding Communities program, which provides resources, community space, and industry access to individuals with Disabilities and BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ creators.READ MORE
When NYWIFT Board Member Kathryn O’Kane headed off to direct season two of The World According to Jeff Goldblum for Disney+ it was, in her words, “the worst of times” – the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, before vaccines were available and film production felt particularly dangerous and fraught. But the difficult work paid off, and has led to the best of times! Season two of the docuseries, which follows the beloved quirky actor as he pulls on the thread of a familiar topic to unravel a world of fascinating secrets, has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special.
We checked in with Kathryn to offer our congratulations, learn more about the filming process, and discuss what’s next for her.