Women in Film Los Angeles has half a dozen new board members.
New board members are Niija Kuykendall, EVP Production at Warner Bros Pictures; Michelle Lee, Director of National Programming at AppleTV +; film producer Monica Levinson (Subsequent Borat Movie; Doc McStuffins creator and EP Chris Nee; Shivani Rawat, Founder and CEO of ShivHans Pictures (The Chicago trial 7); and Ida Ziniti, co-director of the CAA Film Literature Department.
“Each of these impressive women is a unique expert – whether as a leader, producer, designer or agent,” said Amy Baer, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Gidden Media, during the announcement. of International Women’s Day. “Their diverse skills will help us continue to champion the advancement of women in all facets of the film industry.”
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She noted that the outgoing board members – Stephanie Allain, Orly Adelson, Adriana Alberghetti, Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Keri Putnam – have completed their terms.
“As we continue to adapt our organization to the changing needs of our community, particularly in what has become a ‘new normal’ for living and working during a protracted crisis, we are proud to have a board of directors. administration 2021 committed to our mission of creating an industry where equity is a priority for success, ”added Kirsten Schaffer, CEO of WIF. “We also continue our commitment to lead by example, with a balanced representation of women of color and members of the LGBTQ + community on our board of directors and staff.
Here are the biographies of the new WIF Board members, provided by the organization:
Niija Kuykendall is EVP Production at Warner Bros. Pictures where she oversaw the films Judas and the Black Messiah and Just mercy. During his time at Warner Bros., Kuykendall oversaw the production of films such as A star is born, she, Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL. She sits on the boards of the Women Leadership Council at Brown University and the Emma Bowen Foundation for Multicultural Interests in Media. Kuykendall is also a member of the executive branch of the Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences.
Michelle Lee is Director of National Programming at AppleTV +. Joining Apple in 2017, Lee creatively directed the Emmy, Critics Choice, and SAG-winning drama. The morning show and Imagen Prize-winning anthology Little America. She’s also directing upcoming series such as Nicole Kidman’s. Roar, Rose Byrne’s Physical, By Brie Larson Chemistry class, Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Mr. Corman, Nick stoller Platonic and the adaptation of the international bestseller Pachinko.
Monica Levinson is a prolific film and television producer whose recent credits include Next movie Borat, By Tara Miele Wander in the dark, David Oyelowo Water man, Aaron Sorkin’s The Chicago 7 trial and women in cinema: make it work! – the virtual advantage of the CW highlighting the #HireHerBack initiative of WIF). Levinson is a member of AMPAS (Producers Branch), PGA, DGA, and the leadership team of the Women’s Production Society. On the films she produces, she has started a training program for under-represented groups, is a founding member of INDIE (representing independent films in various companies), mentors young filmmakers and often guest lectures at universities .
Chris Nee – a Peabody, Humanitas, NAACP and Emmy winner – is the creator and executive producer of the acclaimed series Doc McStuffins and also developed for television and produced the hit animated series Vampirina. In 2018, Nee began his multi-year global contract at Netflix, where his first five project announcements include Ridley Jones, Dino Daycare and Ada Twist, scientist, of which she is the executive production with Higher Ground Productions, with President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama as executive producers, and Spirit Rangers, which is created and produced by Native American Karissa Valencia and staffed with an all-Native editorial staff.
Nee’s production company, Laughing Wild, focuses on elevating emerging talent with diverse perspectives. The recently announced Anti-racist baby, a series of musical animated short films to be created with the work of Dr Ibram X. Kendi, fits perfectly into the mission of Nee’s work. An accomplished children’s television writer, Nee has also managed to juggle a successful career as a documentary and reality TV producer. On location in Alaska for Discovery Channel’s cult documentary series Deadliest take, Nee simultaneously wrote the first Pets Christmas Special for Nickelodeon. Nee received Emmy Award nominations for her work on both series. Nee received 16 Emmy nominations and won an Emmy in 2002 for her work on the series Small bill. Doc McStuffins won the Peabody Award in 2014.
Shivani Rawat is the Founder and CEO of ShivHans Pictures, a production and financing company that supports the visions of independent filmmakers while collaborating with creatives to produce dynamic and groundbreaking feature films outside of the Hollywood studio model. Recent films include Wander Darkly, The Chicago Trial 7 and Oscar nominees Trumbo and Fantastic captain. Upcoming films include The water man, Badmash and The ice road. In 2019, ShivHans expanded into distribution, including a co-distribution agreement with Bleecker Street for the US rights to Mumbai Hotel, followed by Brian banks, which ShivHans also produced.
Rawat is a member of the board of directors of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, as well as a member of the Producers Guild of America, Women in Film and Film Independent. She supports various industry-related organizations including Time’s Up, California Innocence Project, Horizon Award, Motion Picture & Television Fund, and in 2019, she sponsored Humanitas, honoring film and television writing. She recently provided seed funding for WIF’s #HireHerBack initiative, which supports inclusive hiring in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ida Ziniti is co-director of the film literature department at leading entertainment and sports agency CAA. Ziniti works in the Los Angeles office and represents several of the world’s greatest storytellers, including Margot Robbie, Julia Roberts, Emilia Clarke, Rachel Brosnahan, Matthew Heineman, Zazie Beetz, Ryan Gosling, Phil Johnston, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Cathy Yan and Maggie Betts, among others.