NYWIFT Virtual Hangout with ITVS

Gather together online with your NYWIFT colleagues at our March virtual speed networking mixer. We will be joined by our friends from ITVS!

Come ready to share creative ideas, suggestions, and contact info for further engagement. 

We will begin the evening with a brief salon conversation with ITVS leaders to discuss their latest funding opportunities and initiatives, followed by an hour of speed networking. The hour will be broken up into smaller chunks of time, during which you will be randomly paired off with other attendees to network one-on-one. 

NYWIFT will also offer a discount on membership to any new members who attend that evening. 

NYWIFT hangouts are a safe space to ask entertainment related questions, seek advice, employment and other industry opportunities. Prep your elevator pitch and get ready to make connections!

As always, all members are welcome and encouraged to attend and mix, mingle and get to know our dynamic and talented members and staff in an informal setting.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

6 PM – 7:30 PM EST


Free to attend. 



Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, March 23 at 3 PM EST in order to attend. 


About ITVS

ITVS is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that has, for over 25 years, funded and partnered with a diverse range of documentary filmmakers to produce and distribute untold stories. ITVS incubates and co-produces these award-winning films and then airs them for free on PBS via our weekly series, Independent Lens, as well as on other PBS series and through our digital platform, OVEE. ITVS is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Acton Family Giving, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Wyncote Foundation.

For more information, visit itvs.org


About New York Women in Film & Television

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) advocates for equality in the moving image industry and supports women in every stage of their careers. As the preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, NYWIFT energizes women by illuminating their achievements, presenting training and professional development programs, awarding scholarships and grants, and providing access to a supportive community of peers. NYWIFT brings together more than 2,500 women and men working both above and below the line. NYWIFT is part of a network of 50 women in film chapters worldwide, representing more than 15,000 members. NYWIFT produces over 50 innovative programs and special events annually, including the Muse Awards for Vision and Achievement, which honors women in front of and behind the camera, and Designing Women, which recognizes costume designers, makeup artists and hair stylists in the industry.

Salon Talk Presenters

Keri Archer Brown is the Director of Content and Initiatives for ITVS. She is responsible for oversight and management of ITVS’ Open Call Funding Initiatives and team while also informing strategy and implementation for ITVS’ Diversity Development Fund Initiative and Short-Form Open Call. In addition to her role managing Initiatives, Keri maintains a portfolio of development projects, identifies projects and talent for potential ITVS support and co-production, represents ITVS content strategy, and collects and analyzes critical data that informs and supports content, business development, and institutional strategies. With deep production, development, and management experience as both a line producer and an executive, Keri has worked in both capacities at ITV America/Sirens Media as well as at Discovery Studios for Discovery Communications’ networks such as Discovery Channel, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, TLC and Velocity. Complementing her background in content development and production, she also has roots in Public Relations and Marketing, having led award-winning campaigns for AmeriCorps’ City Year/MetroTeenAIDS partnership and served clients such as the NAACP, National Urban League and Freddie Mac. 

Yvonne Russo is an award-winning producer, director, and writer of film and television specializing in inspirational Indigenous and cross-cultural stories. As an independent producer, Russo has worked on a diverse range of productions in over 16 countries from Rajasthan, India to Rwanda. She is currently directing Ring of Fire: The Life of Annie Mae Aquash and currently in post-production on VIVA VERDI! Recent credits include Woman Walks Ahead; the HBO mini-series Lewis and Clark and Rescuers: Heroes of the Holocaust. She’s a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild of America  She is also a Sundance Institute Lab Fellow and Tribeca All Access Program Fellow and is on the board of The Language Conservancy, which works to revitalize endangered languages. She’s a contributing author for The Huffington Post and Produced By Magazine. Yvonne Russo is a member of the Sicangu Lakota Tribal Nation and the VP of Membership on the NYWIFT Board of Directors.

March 23 @ 6:00pm
6:00 pm — 7:30 pm (1h 30′)

This program will take place virtually as a webinar via Zoom. Please register in advance, and all registrants will receive a link to attend the webinar the day of the event.

We encourage you to download Zoom in advance.

Free event.



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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.