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Board of Directors

2018-2020 WIFTA Board 

WIFTA has an all-volunteer board that is elected by the membership. This board is responsible for guiding the organization during the fiscal year, which runs from January 1 through December 31.  WIFTA Professional, Executive and Corporate  Members are eligible to serve on the Board.  Board terms are two years and each board member has the option to run for three consecutive terms. The board is responsible for the basic operations, programming, benefits, fundraising and other key areas that support the organization.

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LaRonda Sutton is an entertainment industry veteran with more than two decades of experience in film, television, music, and new media. Sutton is the Owner/Principal of Entertainment.gov, a consulting firm dedicated to advising policymakers on the long-term economic benefits of being a film and entertainment friendly municipality. She established the company in April 2016. Clients are DeKalb County, Fulton County, City of Dahlonega, City of Stonecrest, Cumming Forsyth County, City of Jackson, Georgia.

Before establishing Entertainment.gov, LaRonda also owned and founded Film City LLC. Georgia's first film permitting facilitation company. Clients included 20th Century Fox, Universal, Sony, Warner Bros and movies permitted for Fast 8, Spiderman Homecoming, Logan Lucky, Den of Thieves, Halt & Catch Fire, Lodge 49, The Hate You Give, I, Tonya, Uncle Drew, to name a few. 

Sutton was the founding Director of the Mayor's Office of Film & Entertainment for the City of Atlanta. She launched the new executive office during Mayor Kasim Reed's administration in July 2013. During her term LaRonda was responsible for streamlining the film permitting process, generating over two million dollars towards the general fund, implementing the first Entertainment job training program through a collaboration between the Mayor's Office, IATSE Local Union 479, and the motion picture industry. 

As Vice President, Music, Development & Production for Foxx/King Entertainment from 2006 - 2011 LaRonda managed the music careers for Academy Award-winning actor and Grammy-winning musician Jamie Foxx, musical icon Ron Isley, and Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway. 

Sutton lends her time and talents to many community and charitable organizations. She is currently a board member of The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, The BronzeLens Film Festival, and a member of the Georgia Production Partnership Government Relations Committee. Sutton was born in Wichita, Kansas and raised in Northern California.

LaRonda Sutton

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Shellie Schmals is all over the Atlanta arts scene, from her current position as Film Programming Manager with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival to her involvement with local artists and galleries. Shellie is an improv actress and comedy producer at Relapse Theatre and co-founder of Minette Magnifique, Creative Loafing’s pick for 2013 Best Burlesque Troupe. Currently, Shellie fills her creative world as founder and emcee of Roxie Roz – a 50s and 60s rock ‘n’ roll burlesque troupe. In addition to beginning her term on the WIFTA Board of Directors, Shellie is active in Georgia Production Partnership and coordinates an annual fundraiser for Bullseye Rescue, aptly named “Pit Bulls and Poodle Skirts”.

Recording Secretary

shellie@wifta.org

Shellie Schmalls

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Kristy Clabaugh, Partner and Shareholder at Element CPA firm in Atlanta specializes in the film & entertainment industry, offering comfort letter issuance, film tax credit audit and certification, production accounting, film tax credit placement, film funding and tax filing preparation services. Kristy has 17+ years’ experience in accounting and working with owners in film and entertainment. Kristy serves on the executive board of directors as Treasurer for both the Georgia Production Partnership and Women in Film & Television Atlanta. She is also a member of the AICPA, Georgia Society of CPAs, and several local organizations.

Kristy Clabaugh

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Beth is the Vice President of Operations for Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta.  ERSA is currently home to television productions including “Dynasty”, “Ozark”, “Greenleaf”, and “Kevin (probably) Saves the World.”  Beth, a veteran of the television studio industry, has over eighteen years of experience in Los Angeles with a background in studio production, operations, distribution, client services and marketing at NEP Studios, Sunset Bronson and Sunset Gower Studios, Tribune Studios & Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Television.  A native North Carolinian, she came to Atlanta in 2016 and is thrilled to be back in the south where she has jumped into the production community with both feet as a member of Women In Film & Television Atlanta, the Producer’s Guild of America Atlanta Chapter, the Georgia Studio & Infrastructure Alliance and serving on the DeKalb County Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Commission.  She is also a member of the Television Academy where she recently assisted in coordinating their first event in Atlanta, “An Evening with Tyler Perry” held here last spring.

Board Member

beth@wifta.org

Beth Talbert

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BJA Today is an American news magazine television program offering hard-hitting interviews, feature segments and profiles of people in the public sector, marketplace and entertainment industry. Previously working as a news anchor, entertainment/lifestyle reporter and host for GPTV, 11Alive News, TV69 (the now CW) host BJ Arnett is no stranger to investigative reporting. With her ever present warm and personal style, she has also hosted NBC’s “Peachtree Morning” “Soul of Atlanta” and “Beat of the City,” in which she interviewed the likes of Lena Horne, The Judds, Danny Glover, Marie Osmond, Patti Labelle, Mrs. Rosalyn Carter, Ambassador Andrew Young, and many others. And so, today, brings you the latest and brightest in great people, in depth interviews and compelling stories, with a twist.

Board Member

bj@wifta.org 

BJ Arnett

Keisha Burnette is a Senior Attorney with the City of Atlanta’s Law Department. She provides legal counsel to the Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment and all other internal departments on matters related to television and feature film production in Atlanta.  She manages and negotiates legal matters related to contracts, permitting, intellectual property, strategic planning and regulatory compliance.  Keisha’s film, television and sports projects include Captain America 3, Ant Man, Hidden Figures, Family Feud, Being Mary Jane, Atlanta, the Fast and Furious franchise, the annual Peach Drop event, the upcoming College Football Playoff Championship and Super Bowl LIII.  She also provides legal counsel for the city’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative. These projects drive economic development, tourism and film production for the City. In addition, she is the Co-Chair of the Law Department’s Recruiting Committee, which is responsible for the interviewing and hiring of law staff, externs and summer interns. 

Keisha began her legal and entertainment career at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. in Atlanta, GA, where she gained extensive experience in areas including digital content review, marketing and promotions, television production, sweepstakes regulation and online privacy management for shows such as The Closer, House of Payne, Conan, the Powerpuff Girls, TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar and the SAG Awards.

She currently serves on the steering committee for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and is active with the State Bar of Georgia Diversity section.  Keisha received her B.A. and J.D.  from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Board Member

keisha@wifta.org 

Keisha Burnette

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Born in San Turce, Puerto Rico to a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican/Spaniard father, Michelle’s aptitude for entertaining began at a young age in Puerto Rico performing in numerous children’s productions. A performing arts program in middle school afforded Michelle the opportunity to compete nationally in different artistic genres. After graduating from high school she earned a cheerleading scholarship and student government grants that helped her receive degrees in Theater and Finance allowing her to focus on her academics while at the same time providing her with the creative outlet she craved. Michelle’s determination and perseverance led her to graduate from Long Island University on the Dean’s List and she hit the pavement running with a lead role in the nationwide tour of the Off-Broadway hit Yo Soy Latina! produced by Latino Flavored Productions, Inc. along with various other Off-Broadway productions. While pursuing her passion of performing, Michelle also put her finance degree to use by managing the Latin American business line at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. on Wall Street.

Michelle re-located to Georgia in 2004, and has performed at the 14th Street Playhouse, Whole World and the Aurora Theatre.  She has been on hit shows Nashville, Sleepy Hollow, Outcast and Meet the Browns. You can catch Michelle on the big screen in the upcoming feature films Triple 9 and The Nice Guys starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe.

She wrote, produced and starred in the award winning cross-generational film, Encuéntrate, currently airing internationally on the Shorts Entertainment Network. 

Michelle currently serves on the board of SAG/AFTRA Atlanta, Co-Chair of the SAG/AFTRA Diversity Committee and is an Ambassador for the Atlanta Film Society.

Board Member

michelle@wifta.org

Michelle Rivera

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A resident of Atlanta, Georgia, Tammy Garnes is a communications expert and film producer who works daily in the public education sector as well as in the entertainment industry. 

A graduate of the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California, Garnes earned her Master of Arts Degree in Film Producing, and her Bachelor of Science in Education, Theater and Speech from Arkansas State University. Garnes worked as a film and television producer in Los Angeles, California, selling her first feature film to MGM studios immediately after completing graduate school in 1997. 

Always seeking to focus on family-themed entertainment and stories with substance, her film and television credits quickly grew to include: Co-Producer, “Roots- Celebrating 25 Years” for NBC, HBO’s award winning indie film “Dancing In September,” and Associate Producer for the Laurence Fishburne action movie “Biker Boyz” for DreamWorks. One of her many talents as a producer included branding, marketing and product placement.

After moving to Atlanta, Garnes joined the Atlanta Public Schools, combining her love of public education with her entertainment and social networking skills. She was an immediate hit with the public, using her social media expertise to craft transparent and useful messages via the district’s Twitter and Facebook sites. Within weeks, her work was publicly applauded by the Board of Education, the AJC and her work was featured on 11 Alive News. Garnes will move on to Marietta, Georgia City Schools as Director of Communications in the fall of 2017.

Board Member

tammy@wifta.org

Tammy Garnes

Latisha Fortune is an award winning filmmaker. She recognized her calling for filmmaking while working at Tyler Perry Studios on the productions of MADEA’S FAMILY REUNION, DADDY’S LITTLE GIRLS, WHY DID I GET MARRIED?, MEET THE BROWNS and HOUSE OF PAYNE. Working from the bottom up, Latisha gained invaluable knowledge starting out as an intern, PA, Executive Assistant, and finally Studio Office Manager at Tyler Perry Studios. With a hunger for hands on production, Latisha segued into physical production for various major studios. She has worked up the ranks as an Assistant Production Coordinator,  Production Coordinator, now Production Supervisor. Her films and television credits include the Oscar Nominated film, THE BLIND SIDE, CELL, +1, ALL EYEZ ON ME aka TUPAC, SURVIVING COMPTON, SURVIVOR'S REMORSE, THE RED ROAD, SOLACE, THE DETOUR, THE QUAD, BOBBY BROWN, and AMERICAN SOUL.

 

As an emerging filmmaker, Latisha has produced over a dozen short films and TV pilots, which have won awards. BEFORE I WAKE won Best Film in The Doorpost Film Project.  That year both THE BLACK CAGE and BEFORE I WAKE were 2 of 7 Top films in the BET Lens On Talent Competition of 2010. STANDING REIGN was awarded ‘Best Film of Atlanta’ in the 48 Hour Film Festival, ‘Best Short’ in the TOMI Film Festival of New Orleans, ‘Best Narrative Short’ in the International Black Film Festival of Nashville and was also chosen for distribution on the “Best of 48 Hour Film Project 2007” DVD.

 

Latisha founded a production company, Great Fortune Films Inc. and produced THE END AGAIN (starring Columbus Short and his former wife Tanee McCall), a prequel to the feature film REALLY LOVE. The production company has several other projects in development including TWIIN, HER IMPERIAL MAJESTY,  SYMPHONY OF HER, BARRS, 3:30, CLOSE TO HOME and THE NEXT SUPER PRODUCER. Latisha studied producing at New York University and filmmaking at the New York Film Academy.

Board Member

Latisha Fortune

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Stephanie Leonard is an Emmy-winning television producer, with more than 20 years of industry experience. She began her producing career in 1998, when she accepted a position on FOX’s long-running show, “America’s Most Wanted.” From there she took a chance to move to New York to work for Dave Chappelle on a new show – “Chappelle’s Show.”

 

Following the end of the “Chappelle’s Show,” Ms. Leonard worked as a freelance producer on a variety of projects, working with talents from all walks. In 2009, she moved to Atlanta to help establish BET’s presence in Atlanta, producing among other things, “The Mo’Nique Show” and “Sunday Best.” Since leaving BET, Stephanie has produced a variety of Kevin Hart projects for Comedy Central, Lionsgate, and Hartbeat.  She’s also produced award shows, court shows, and branded content for a variety of clients.

 

A member of the Producers Guild and a consummate producer, Ms. Leonard is well-respected in her field and serves as a great leader and team builder. She’s not only watched the evolution of the television industry, Stephanie’s had the great pleasure of participating in that evolution. Her name hasn’t left the credits of the small screen for more than 15 years!

 

Always one to give back, Ms. Leonard served as an Adjunct Professor at Savannah College of Art and Design teaching in the Television Producing program for 10 years. Not only did she serve as a professor, she also mentored many of her students and provided opportunities for them in the industry. Additionally, she is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, another opportunity to mentor young people.  She is currently the Executive in Charge of Production of 79th and York Entertainment for the MGM syndicated shows Paternity Court, Couples Court, and Personal Injury Court.

Board Member

Stephanie Leonard

Charlita Stephens-Walker embraces the core leadership values of authenticity, integrity and passion and is well known for delivering and exceeding expectations for the systems she represents. She has spent the last 24+ years in the beverage and hospitality industry where she developed powerful partnerships that built value for The Coca-Cola Company and the senior customers and teams she served.  She values long term collaborative relationships and most recently served as Vice President of National Business Development in the National Foodservice and On-Premise division for Coca-Cola North America. In this role, Charlita built and led a team of senior national sales professionals, developed the go-to market sales execution strategy, as well as served as strategic relationship partner to the senior customer leaders within the Burger King North America system.

 

Charlita has excelled in her other roles as well, including her time spent in multiple sales roles of increasing strategic responsibility at Coca-Cola and, prior to that, at IBM where she successfully managed and led profitable relationships with several large power utility corporations in Georgia.  

 

Charlita holds a degree in Journalism (Public Relations) from The University of Georgia. She is committed to leadership in her community and giving back. She serves on the board of trustees of the Alliance Theatre, which won the coveted Tony Award for regional theatre, and she also serves on the board of the Decatur Family YMCA. She is a charter member of The 1961 Club, which is the University of Georgia’s Multicultural Alumni Fund, and serves as a mentor with the UGA Alumni Association. She is also a member of the Corporate Leadership Council of Fernbank Museum of Natural History. In addition, she was a past board member of Women’s Linc (Coca-Cola’s women’s business resource group) and was an inaugural member of Coca-Cola’s Diversity 50 Council. Other volunteer activities include past Chair of WAVE (Women Adding Value and Excellence: a leadership group representing women leaders from Atlanta-based corporations including UPS, GE, AT&T, Grainger, McKesson and Teradata); The Links Incorporated (Magnolia Chapter); Women in Film & Television Atlanta; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated; Women’s Foodservice Forum; and the Hosea Feed The Hungry organization.

 

Charlita is a native of Atlanta, GA and her passions include traveling globally and domestically with her family (including her two teenage children, Cole and Kennedy), enjoying great theater, serving her community and reading enriching books.

Board Member

Charlita Walker

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Randie Brooks is a WIFTA Partner who has been providing clients with various financial services for over 20 years. Randie specifically works with clients in the Entertainment, Sports, and Private Banking areas at City National Bank for 10 years. This includes business managers, CPAs, and attorneys along with the clients' established teams.

Board Member

Randie Brooks

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ANGI BONES did not follow the path of what was expected of her coming from a family of politics and education.  Her first career of choice was law enforcement. While waiting final testing for LAPD, Angi took an unpaid position as an intern on the film “Panther” directed by Mario Van Peebles.  Working on the film “Panther” shifted her journey in life from law enforcement to a successful career in film and television where she started as a Production Assistant, which lead to a successful career as Assistant Director, Producer and Director.

 

To her credit, Angi hosts an impressive resume of music videos, commercials, award shows, television series and more than 50 films; most notably: The Negotiator, Blade, Too Wong Foo, Eve's Bayou, Fighting Temptations, Men of Honor, Mother, The Antoine Fisher Story, Training Day, The Gospel, Warm Springs, Stroke of Genius and Crazy in Alabama. Angi served as 2nd Assistant Director on 11 feature films, The Tyler Perry Show and over 240 combined episodes of the highly rated sitcoms “Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns”, and the NAACP Image Award winner “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” under director, writer, producer Tyler Perry. She also Co-Produced Trois-The Escort and Motives II for Will Packer and Rob Hardy of Rain Forest Films. Angi is a NAACP Image award nominee as Co-Producer for the television film “Raising Izzie” for UP TV and received a NACCP Image award win for “House of Payne”.

 

Angi serves as the Co-Executive Producer for the highly rated docu-series “Rickey Smiley For Real” for TV One. Most recently Angi Co-Produced the sequel future box office hit “Meet the Blacks 2” and the highly acclaimed television film sequel “Life Size 2”. She is currently the Executive Producer on “Last Call” a pilot series for Bounce TV.

 

Angi is an active member of the Producer’s Guild of America – Atlanta Chapter, Director’s Guild of America and Women in Film & Television Atlanta. Angi is the President/CEO and founder of West End Road Productions, Inc. Angi currently serves as Executive Vice President of Bobbcat Films with Roger Bobb as President/CEO.  

 

Angi creatively developed, produced and directed the feature length documentary film about migrant death along the US/Mexico border entitled “Season of Death” and the multi-award winning short film “Letters to a Father” about a young girl growing up without her father. In addition she directed a short industrial for The Atlanta Union Mission, a homeless shelter for women and children for ad agency elite J. Walter Thompson. Directing these type of project keeps Angi in line with her goals, which is to give back creatively through film and television sending messages of family, faith, love and forgiveness.

 

In addition to Producing and Directing, based on her production experience she has completed a manuscript entitled “The Production Assistant’s Hand Manual”.

 

Hard work, dedication and perseverance serve as a staple within her life and career.  She lives by her motto “work hard, stay humble”. Angi has set many goals and has accomplished most, the others are yet to be revealed, as she wants to leave her mark in the film industry as a legend in her craft.

Board Member

Angi Bones

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Lynn-Anne Huck, who has been called a "Marketing Guru" by the media, is the Managing Partner of the Visibility Marketing Group (VMG) a relationship marketing firm that connects clients to influencers and executes strategies, since 2009. VMG works with professionals, companies, entrepreneurs, and non-profits who want to raise awareness that develops relationships for their business. Unlike traditional marketing, public relations or development companies, VMG specializes in communicating the value to influence action through a unique balance of positioning, relationship marketing, strategic and event-related fundraising, special events, sponsorship, partnerships, and cultural marketing techniques. We work with small companies as their only marketing team, and we work with more substantial companies that have existing marketing teams. Lynn-Anne comes alive when envisaging possibility. In the artistic world, she would be called the "impresario," the person who pulls together a surprising group of people to create something new and exciting. She and her daughter, Charlotte, enjoy reading and watching their puppy chase her tail.  

 

Clients: 

  • Joel A. Katz of Greenberg Traurig, the top-ranked entertainment attorney in Billboard magazine's 'Power 100' list of most powerful executives in the music Business for seven consecutive years and has been called “the dealmaker who thinks outside the box”;

  • Andy Macke, Vice President of External Affairs for Comcast NBCUniversal;

  • T.J. Martell Foundation, the music industry's largest innovative cancer research foundation.

  • The Grady Health Foundation’s VeloCity which is a fundraising cycling ride in downtown Atlanta which fully benefits Grady Hospital.

  • Frank Ski an Urban radio personality on V-103 and the founder of Frank Ski Kids Foundation;

Chaka Zulu, co-founder of Disturbin Tha Peace record label and manager of recording artist and actor Ludacris; Jamal Lewis, the retired NFL running back – during which he was inducted into the Baltimore Ravens' Ring of Honor and ranked among Sports Illustrated magazine’s Top 25 Power Running Backs of All Time; Ann Huff and Meg Harrington of the Huff Harrington Fine Art Gallery and Home furnishings store; Dr. Jim Chappuis of SpineCenterAtlanta & Affiliates and the Westside Cultural Arts Center; Meals On Wheels Atlanta who supports seniors struggling with poverty, food insecurity, and social isolation; Mercer University Press book “Education Unleashed” authored by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle; former Fulton County Chairman John Eaves For Mayor; Brandon Hall School, Atlanta’s only Boarding School; Thomas W. Dortch, Chairman of 100 Black Men of America and Chairman of the Board of the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority; Dominique Wilkins, Patti LaBelle and Cedric the Entertainer on behalf of the American Diabetes Association; The von Grey band and the Kennesaw University Orchestra; the Latin American Association; the Latin American Chamber of Commerce; the Office of Chairman John Eaves, Fulton County Board of Commissioners; Upfront Megatainment the management for AKON; and the Millennium Gate Museum, to name a few

Board Member

Lynn-Ann Huck

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With a name that rings notorious in the male dominated world of true music elite, Phillana

Williams is a source of power and influence that echoes across the music globe. Already establishing herself as one of the most respected record label executives today, Williams has yet again taken the music industry by storm with the creation of TPF Management (The Phillana Factor). With a steady growing A-List resume that includes currently managing eclectic singer/songwriter, Miguel, Williams is well on her way to becoming synonymous with greatness.   

Capitalizing on the buzz she was creating in the music industry, Williams took a temporary position at LaFace Records with the label’s General Manager, Dorsey James. Before long, she caught the attention of label President, LA Reid.  

 

It was at LaFace that Williams earned the reputation of producing chart-topping talent. Serving as Product Manager for the controversial pop star, Pink sold as astonishing 4 million records under the direction of Williams with her debut “Cant Take Me Home.” Having seen that success was not out of her reach, Williams was just getting started.  

 

In 2000, Williams became the Director of Marketing at Arista Records and continued to become the label’s Vice President of Urban Marketing in 2003. While in this position, R&B singer Usher sold over 7 million records with the release of his third album 8701, and Pink’s sophomore album Mizunderstood sold a whopping 10 million copies worldwide. Helping solidify her marketing genius was the success of Usher’s highly anticipated fourth album, Confessions and Outkast’s dual release, Speakerbox/Love Below, selling 15 and 10 million records respectively.  Continuing to fill positions where women were known to be few and far between, Williams went on to become Vice President of Urban Marketing at Zomba Label Group, and from there transitioned to Island Def Jam where she propelled the careers of superstars like Ciara, Anthony Hamilton, Kanye West, Ludacris, Ne-Yo, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross.  

 

Phillana managed breakthrough artist and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Miguel who has had an outstanding year and has recently been nominated as one of American Music Awards#39; Best New Artist.  Miguel has also received a nomination for BET Awards’ Best New Artist and the upcoming Soul Train Awards’ Best New Artist.

 

Phillana served as Senior Vice President, Marketing & Artist Development for Motown Records.   In this post, Williams took on a unique marketing and A&R role where she was involved in the overall development of new signings, and worked to further advance the careers of global superstars Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michele and more. Following her tenure at Motown, she was the Senior Manager for Red Light Management, where her primary function was to support executive management in development of short term and long-range sales strategy, serving as Urban Specialist and working in conjunction with Festivals and Branding departments to build opportunities. She also managed the urban staff which covered digital, publicity, radio and marketing.

 

In 2016, Williams worked with tech company TuneCore/Believe Digital as the Vice President,

Label Services where she built the new US division for the company, which included signing

artists and music companies to global partnerships. 

 

Williams’ talents can’t be limited to just music. Though she has successfully orchestrated some of the biggest campaigns in music history that hugely affected pop culture, she is a brilliant marketer who has lent her expertise to a myriad of areas. She has had her hand in everything from films (Mama, I Want to Sing!), Broadway (Motown: The Musical), Television to the political arena (serving as marketing consultant for incumbent mayor of the city of Mount Vernon, NY) to sports world where she partnered with Stealth Sports & Entertainment for a myriad of sports related endeavors, including recruitment, marketing/branding and event planning. She has helped her artists produce successful tours, built partnerships with clothing lines, professional sports teams and global brands. And she still finds time to be civically engaged. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., has served as the Arts & Festivals Chair of the City of Mount Vernon and the Gala Chair for the Foundation of Westchester Clubmen.  

 

The successful marketing campaign of then Mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms has landed Williams in the political arena.  

 

Currently, Williams is the Director, Marketing & Strategy with Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment under the leadership of Atlanta’s 60th Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Williams is responsible for spearheading strategic partnerships that align with the Mayor’s platform and promise to all of Atlanta’s constituents.

 

Williams now resides in Atlanta with her 2 children.

Board Member

Phillana Williams

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As the Founder and Executive Producer of Auburn Avenue Films, Wendy Eley Jackson translates creative currency into business strategy! A native of Atlanta, GA, she brings 25 plus

years of television broadcasting and film experience to help navigate the intersection of creative minds with branding, media and marketing technology.

 

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in English Literature, and received her M.F.A. in screenwriting from the University of Georgia, Wendy’s vast experience in the media industry spans from her working in made for television movies for TriStar/Columbia Pictures television, advertising and marketing with Turner Entertainment Networks, and developing TV pilots for major networks, and most recently, she’s received the Producer Guild Mark (p.g.a) for her producing work for the feature length documentary, MAYNARD! Currently she is the Producer of the documentary, COUNTING THE BALLOTS, being produced by her company, Academy Award nominee, Sam Pollard (Slavery By Another Name, When The Levees Broke) and award winning director, Malcolm D. Lee (Girl’s Trip. Night School, The Best Man Holiday) and co-produced with Holly Sorensen. 

 

Energetic, creative, and business savvy are Wendy’s forte! Creating and enhancing brands as well as developing original programming for scripted and reality television have become a successful and driving passion for her. As creator and executive producer of Auburn Avenue Films, Wendy currently has scripted, non-scripted television and feature films being produced Her role in developing cutting edge content for worldwide, has hailed her as one of the most promising producers today.

 

With her desire to see more diverse and positive roles developed and produced for the “silver

screen.” Wendy’s drive, passion, and love for television and film offers to bring economic empowerment to the arts and entertainment industry and fosters more creative expressions for the aspiring and established filmmaker.

Board Member

Wendy Eley Jackson

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