Join Georgia’s Film & Television Tax experts for an informative speed clinic to learn more about Georgia Film Tax Credits and commonly missed tax deductions for above and below the line professionals working in today’s film and television industry. Come prepared to ask questions and have a short one-on-one session with one of the CPAs most proficient in your field. Feel free to send your questions early by tweeting @whtcpa #ATLfilmtax
Who should attend?
Grip and camera, and
All other creatives
Free to Members; $25 Guest Fee
The professionals at Whaley Hammonds Tomasello, P.C. understand that film and entertainment is an exciting industry with not-so-exciting regulations. In film and entertainment, there are certain tax incentives that are not only unique to the industry, but are also proving to be increasingly beneficial and lucrative. These incentives principally come in the form of state film tax credit, and can provide significant tax savings for entertainment companies and their investors.
Greg is the leading partner at WHT CPA where he provides income tax planning for small business owners and high net worth individuals. His services has an emphasis in the Georgia entertainment tax credit industry which allows the transfer and monetization of tax credits earned by filming television and digital entertainment productions in the state. Greg was the chairman of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce in 2005 and received the Jim DeVan award for excellence in business in 2006. He is requently invited as a guest speaker throughout the nation to offer his expertise in tax and financial planning.
John is an Audit Manager at WHT CPA, serving the film and entertainment industry. John helps production companies navigate the reporting requirements Georgia Production Tax Credit, including assisting production companies with pre-production planning to ensure they get the most benefit from the credit, performing tax due diligence on qualifying expenditures (comfort letters), and connecting production companies with those wishing to purchase tax credits. John also provides financial statement audits for film and production companies.
Kristy is the Firm Business Development Coordinator at WHT and focuses on providing accounting, tax and consulting services to the film/entertainment and hospitality industries, small and mid-size businesses, as well as high net-worth individuals. She is highly motivated by opening doors for her clients as well as helping them grow their businesses while educating them on the available deductions specific to their field. Kristy is an active WIFTA member and serving board member.
Women in Film & Television Atlanta (WIFTA) announces the final slate of honorees for its 2016 Annual WIFTA Gala. Walt Disney Studios’ Vice President of Film and Television Production Planning MaryAnn Hughes, Georgia Office for Film, Television and Digital Entertainment Deputy Commissioner Lee Thomas, Turner Entertainment Networks’ Vice President of Content Acquisition Valerie Meraz, The Vampire Diaries’ Line Producer Trish Stanard and Actress/Stuntwoman Jwaundace “JC” Candece will be recognized for their contributions to building a strong, diverse film industry within the state of Georgia
These talented and accomplished women will be recognized at the “Gatsby”-themed event, which will take place on Friday, November 11, 2016 at the Wimbish House in midtown Atlanta. The event honors those whose talent and services have made a significant impact on the industry and celebrates the women in film and television of Atlanta.
MaryAnn Hughes will be honored with WIFTA’s Outstanding Contribution Award for her leadership, professionalism, and her commitment to bringing many of Disney’s top projects to Georgia.
MaryAnn Hughes is a 28 year veteran with Disney. She has held a number of positions during her tenure at Disney ranging from a Senior Tax Analyst to Vice President, Film and Television Production Planning.
As a result of the growth and focus on production incentives and film finance opportunities, MaryAnn transferred from Corporate Tax to the Studio Finance Group in 2006 as Vice President, Film and Television Production Planning. She now devotes 100% of her time looking for opportunities to reduce production costs through film and television production incentives and structured film financing deals. She supports Disney’s feature film groups (Walt Disney Pictures, Lucas Films and Marvel) as well as Disney’s television groups (ABC Studios and ABC Cable Network).
Lee Thomas will receive the Georgian Award for her tireless devotion and success in attracting top-level film productions to the state and creating jobs for skilled Georgians.
Lee Thomas is a Deputy Commissioner at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and division director of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office. A native Atlantan, Lee received a Bachelor of the Arts in Radio -TV-Film from UGA, and returned to Atlanta to earn Master’s Degree in Film Studies from Georgia State University. In 1992, she entered the Tisch School of the Arts Doctoral Program in Cinema Studies at New York University, then began a job at the Brooklyn Arts Council. She returned to Atlanta in 1996 to work for the Georgia Film and Videotape Office as a project manager, and then became a location specialist for the office in 1998. After finding locations for film and television projects for 12 years, Lee became director of the film division in 2010. Films that Lee has worked with include “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Blind Side,” “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil,” “Footloose,” “Fast 5,” “The Conspirator,” and “Zombieland.”
Another talented woman who plays a leading role on the production side of episodic television will be presented with A Woman to Watch Award –Production Trish Stanard. A film and television industry veteran with more than 20 years of production experience, Trish Stanard serves as the line producer on the hit Warner Bros. Television/The CW drama series The Vampire Diaries, which is currently in the midst of its eighth and final season. She joined the series at its inception and has helped start the careers of dozens of production assistants (PA), developing their talent and mentoring them into larger roles in the industry.
Since its inception in 2015, Stanard has been a member of the selection committee for the Sarah Jones Film Foundation and Scholarship Opportunity, an annual internship and job training program in television production dedicated to the memory of the late camera assistant Sarah Jones.
Stanard began her entertainment career as an on-set PA on location in Seattle during the production of the theatrical motion picture Practical Magic. She subsequently worked as an assistant director (AD) on 3:10 to Yuma, Employee of the Month and Green Lantern, among other films.
A graduate of UCLA with a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology, Stanard calls Los Angeles her hometown. She currently resides in Atlanta, where The Vampire Diaries is produced, and where she is a passionate supporter of PAWS Atlanta, a no-kill, not-for-profit animal welfare organization founded in 1966.
In addition, WIFTA’ will recognize Jwaundace “JC” Candece veteran stuntwoman and actor as A Woman to Watch on the other side of the camera. Jwaundace has been working in the film and television industry for over 15 years. She began her career when she secured a spot on the TV show, Women of Wrestling (WOW) becoming a household name in the wrestling field under the name Delta Lotta Pain — one of the members of the notorious trio “Caged Heat” who dominated the ring along with sidekicks, Loca and Vendetta, becoming WOW’s first Tag Team Champions in 2001.
Recognition for her talents in wrestling got her the spot as Queen Latifah’s stunt double, in “Bringing Down the House.” That fight scene was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for “Best Fight.” From there, Queen Latifah requested her to perform her stunts in “Scary Movie 3”, “Taxi”, “Last Holiday”, and “Bessie”. Jwaundace has also doubled for Academy Award winners in their movies — Mo’Nique (“Precious”), Jennifer Hudson (“DreamGirls”), Whoopi Goldberg (“The Cleaner”) and Emmy Winner Viola Davis (“The Help”, “Won’t Back Down”, “Beautiful Creatures” ,“Lila and Eve” and “Blackhat” ), Taraji P. Henson in “No Good Deed” and Oprah Winfrey in “Selma”, and other top entertainers such Tyra Banks, Patricia Belcher, Gabrielle Union, Hayley Marie Norman and Kym Whitley.
Her work now focuses on expanding her career as an actress while still continuing to perform her loves of stunts. She can be seen in 21st Century Fox’s “Let’s Be Cops” feature, BET’s “Let’s Stay Together”, Cinemax’s “Banshee” and had a recurring role in ABC’s “Resurrection”. She will also be in the upcoming “Barbershop 3”, a role in Lee Daniels pilot, “Star”, in IFC’s new horror comedy “Stan Against Evil” and in a thriller starring Nicolas Cage called “Vengeance: A Love Story”. She is currently filming for “Naked”, a comedy starring Marlon Wayans in Charleston.
“We are so excited and proud to honor these women who have each been champions of women in film in Atlanta,” said Cheryl Jenkins, WIFTA President. “They exemplify the WIFTA mission of advancing the portrayal of women in the industry. We look forward to celebrating their achievements.”
WIFTA is doing something new! This year through the mentorship program, we are partnering with Kiss the Limit Productions, Inc., to develop and produce a narrative web series about the epidemic of sex trafficking in Atlanta. The web series will provide experienced creators/mentors an opportunity to expand their portfolios while giving mentees a chance to work alongside professionals in the field.
ABOVE/BELOW THE LINE POSITIONS AS MENTEE
The crew call for the following positions is now open:
Mentorship opportunities are now available. Areas in which mentorships are available are:
Writing, Directing, Producing, Cinematography (DP), Art Department, Hair/Makeup, and Wardrobe
– Send your resume & cover letter to webseries@WIFTA.org. In the letter, briefly explain (1) why you want to be a mentor to an industry professional, (2) how this position will benefit you and (3) how your experiences can impact the video.
– Put “Web Series” – [Specific Mentee Area]” in the subject line.
NOTE: You must be an active WIFTA member to participate as a crew member or to be a mentor.
Melissa Goodman Cheryl Jenkins Keisha R. Perry Walker
A good producer knows knowledge is power when it comes to Understanding Your Union Contracts so we continue this topic at our September meeting. Entertainment attorney Keisha R. Perry Walker, Esq., production accountant Cheryl Jenkins and Melissa Goodman, Executive Director of SAG-AFTRA, will take you through the contracts covering professional actors on everything from audio-books to big budget feature films, pre-production through post. Above-the-line and below-the-line both will want to learn this important information.
Panel – Intellectual Property & Other Proprietary Rights in the Digital Age: Best Practices and Creative Approaches
Bio: Liz Wheeler is an attorney at UP Entertainment, LLC who is primarily responsible for supporting the development and production of original scripted series and the licensing of content for the UP and ASPiRE networks. In addition, she works extensively with the network’s digital and marketing teams, and handles litigation matters and UP’s domestic and international trademark portfolio. Previously counsel at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Liz began her legal career as an associate with The Moore Firm, LLC, an Atlanta-based entertainment and intellectual property boutique, counseling clients on general copyright and trademark matters, as well as recording contracts, literary publishing agreements, film and television production deals, consignment and commission agreements for visual artists, and pre-publication clearance.
Andrew Pequignot is a member of The Moore Firm, LLC, an entertainment and intellectual property boutique firm in Atlanta, Georgia, where he focuses his practice on copyright, trademark, and entertainment matters. He has litigation, transactional, and counseling experience in diverse areas, including fair use and the First Amendment. He is a frequent writer and speaker and has lectured at Emory University and Georgia State University. He served on the committee that drafted the pattern jury instructions for copyright cases in the Eleventh Circuit and currently is on the editorial board of the Journal of The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. (“CSUSA”). He also formerly co-chaired the Southeast Chapter of CSUSA and chaired the copyright committee of the IP Section of the State Bar of Georgia. He has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers magazine each year since 2012. Before joining The Moore Firm, LLC, Andrew was an attorney with the law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Copyright/Entertainment Case Law Update, 27th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports and IP Law Summit, November 14, 2015
Appropriation Art, Art Papers event, November 5, 2015
Blurred Lines of Copyright, A3C Festival, October 9, 2015 Copyright Law Update, Atlanta Bar IP SpringPosium, April 10, 2015
Fair Use in Music: Sampling, Rights Clearance and More, Journal of Intellectual Property Law Music and Technology Conference, March 27, 2015
Visual Works and the Elusive Exclusive Right to Display, CSUSA Mid-Winter Meeting, February 13, 2015
Aftermath of the GSU Decision: Practical Realities, Possible Future Impacts, ASERL Fall Membership Meeting, November 19, 2014
Copyright/Entertainment Case Law Update, 26th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports and IP Law Summit, November 15, 2014
Oracle v. Google: Copyright and APIs, Association of Corporate Counsel Legal Quick Hit, October 8, 2014
Cartoon Network, Aereo, and the Public Performance Right, In-House Presentation, July 10, 2014
Ct. Resolves ‘Raging’ Debate Over the Use of the Laches Defense, Intellectual Property Strategist, July 1, 2014
Practicing Copyright Law In-House: An Insider’s Perspective, IP Section of the Georgia Bar and SE Chapter of CSUSA, April 30, 2014
Music Licensing, In-House Presentation, April 15, 2014
The Evolution of Fair Use and the Transformative Use Doctrine, Association of Corporate Counsel Legal Quick Hit, April 9, 2014
A Tale of Two Consent Decrees: Can Music Publishers (Safely) Partially Withdraw from ASCAP and BMI to Directly License Digital Services?, CSUSA Mid-Winter Meeting, February 8, 2014
Best Practices for Intellectual Property Licensing: Addressing the Rights Granted and Assets Covered in Patent, Copyright, Trade Secret, and Trademark Licenses, Association of Corporate Counsel, August 16, 2013
DMCA Update, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, June 6, 2013
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Implications of the New Six Strikes Anti-Piracy Program, State Bar of Georgia, May 29, 2013
Appropriation Art, Fair Use, and the Intersection of the First Amendment and the U.S. Copyright Act, Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, May 3, 2013
LEGAL AND BUSINESS ISSUES IN THE WORLD OF FILM AND TELEVISION
Women, men, film/content makers, students, professionals, attorneys, financiers – everyone is welcome to attend the day packed with useful information!
While much of the fun, fantasy and entertainment in film, television and digital media is based on creativity, the framework that holds projects together and makes them successful is based on LEGAL and FINANCIAL guidelines. WIFTA gives you access to the best minds in law, negotiation and financing in our weekend Legal Clinic.
Day 1 features an expansive keynote address by John Cones, the nation’s preeminent authority in film financing. In addition, three panels of leading lawyers and business experts will cover topics of interest to anyone seriously pursuing success in the industry.
Day 2 is a chance for WIFTA members to get their pre-submitted questions answered by highly qualified lawyers in free 30 minute one-on-one sessions. More