Web Series – Apply as Mentor or Mentee


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.


The crew call for the following positions is now open:

  • Writers
  • Director
  • Producers
  • Line Producers/Production Manager
  • Production Coordinators
  •  Production Assistants
  • Camera Operators
  • Assistant Camera Operators,
  • Audio Mixers
  • Grips
  • Gaffers/Electricians
  • Hair/Makeup
  • Wardrobe
  • Production Designers

To apply:

– Send your resume & cover letter to webseries@WIFTA.org

– Put “Web Series” in the subject line.

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Mentorship opportunities are now available. Areas in which mentorships are available are:

Writing, Directing, Producing, Cinematography (DP), Art Department, Hair/Makeup, and Wardrobe

To apply:

– 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.

DEADLINE: October 14, 2016

October is V/O Month for Actors Track

Victoria Spencer Smith continues to bring he best of her coaching skills and wonderful guest experts to WIFTA!

mray3-10x8For October, she will be delving into the lucrative and yet under-explored world of voiceover.  Michael Ray, a very busy and talented actor/producer/director and versatile voiceover artist who has worked in national and regional commercials, audiobooks and other platforms.  His insight will open your eyes to opportunities that may have been missed.

Check out his website HERE

Register HERE

First 2016 Gala Honorees Announced

ATLANTA, GA – Women in Film & Television Atlanta (WIFTA) announced today that the organization has named its first two honorees for its 2016 Annual WIFTA Gala.  Walt Disney Studios’ Vice President, Film and Television Production Planning MaryAnn Hughes and Georgia Department of Economic Development Deputy Commissioner Lee Thomas will be recognized for their contribution to building a strong, diverse film industry within the state of Georgia.

Hughes and Thomas are the first two honorees named for 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 celebrating the women in film and television of Atlanta.

maryann-hughes-smMaryAnn 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-smLee 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.”

“We are so excited and proud to honor these two 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.”


For sponsorship information: executivedirector@wifta.org

2016 WIFTA Gala – Nov 11th

Join us for an evening honoring those whose talents and service have made a significant impact on our industry and celebrating the women in film and television in Atlanta!

Tickets on sale now!  Buy them HERE.

Oct 6th – WIFTA Mixer

Meet new collaborators, catch up with familiar faces, build better relationships.  The WIFTA Mixer is good for all of that and more.  See you there!

Fado Midtown – 933 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Thursday, Oct. 6th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Sept. Meeting – Understanding Your SAG-AFTRA Contracts

Melissa Goodman, SAG-AFTRA                 Cheryl Jenkins, WIFTA president                keisha-perry

          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.

Wednesday, Sept. 28th, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.


Hosted by:


   750 Ralph McGill Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30312

Meet Legal Clinic Panelist – Liz Wheeler, Uptv

Panel – Intellectual Property & Other Proprietary Rights in the Digital Age:  Best Practices and Creative Approaches

Liz Wheeler

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 Pequignotpequignot

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
  • Supreme Court’s Kirtsaeng Decision Fuels ‘First Sale’ Debate, Intellectual Property Strategist, May 1, 2013
  • Internet and Social Media Issues, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, October 25, 2012
  • Copyright Law for Trademark Lawyers: U.S. Copyright Protection for Logos Packaging and Products, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, April 2, 2012
  • The End of the Road: Terminations of Transfer Under the U.S. Copyright Act, IP Section of the Georgia Bar, March 9, 2012
  • How Social Media Tools Enable Companies to Enhance the User Experience and Improve their Brand, Technology Association of Georgia Entertainment, February 22, 2012
  • Internet Issues (Trademark & Copyright), Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, January 18, 2012
  • Digital Music Locker in Safe Harbour?, IP Update: Preferred Firms, December 1, 2011
  • Media Digital Distribution Issues, Entertainment, Sports & Intellectual Property Law Conference, November 12, 2011
  • Copyright Issues for Bloggers, In-House Presentation, October 27, 2011
  • Online Publication Subjects Foreign Author to U.S. Copyright Registration Requirement, Cyberspace Lawyer, July 1, 2011
  • How Three Strikes Is Working, Managing IP Magazine, May 3, 2011
  • The Impact of Offers of Judgment in Copyright Cases, ABA Intellectual Property Litigation Newsletter, May 1, 2011
  • Copyright Termination: Canary in a Coal Mine or Much Ado About Nothing, Entertainment Law Basics Boot Camp, March 29, 2011
  • Music Licensing in a Digital World: Recent Rate Proceedings and the Controversy Over License vs. Sale, 8th Annual Entertainment Law Institute, November 19, 2010
  • S. Copyright Protection for Logos, Packaging and Products, Intellectual Property Magazine, October 1, 2010
  • Advanced Copyright Topics, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, April 15, 2010
  • Preview This: Music Licensing in a Mobile World, 7th Annual Entertainment Law Institute, October 30, 2009
  • Actionable Trademark Infringement, The Intellectual Property Strategist, September 1, 2009
  • Online Copyright Issues for Websites Offering User-Generated Content, Intellectual Property Desk Reference, January 1, 2009
  • Copyright Questions and Answers, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Intellectual Property Desk Reference, January 1, 2009
  • Harry Potter Decision Provides Guidance on Fair Use, The Intellectual Property Strategist, December 1, 2008
  • What You Can (and Can’t) Do to Protect Your Logo, Sports Law Half Day Seminar, May 14, 2008
  • Mix It Up: The Briggs Case, Preemption and the DJ Drama, 6th Annual Entertainment Law Institute, September 21, 2007
  • From Ringtones to Downloads, Copyright World, June 1, 2007
  • A Question of Cost: Recent Decisions on the Copyright Act, Copyright World, May 3, 2007
  • Valid and Correct: A Recent US Case Which Challenged the Validity of a Statute, Copyright World, March 1, 2007
  • Professional & Community Activities Eleventh Circuit Pattern Jury Instructions for Copyright Cases, Drafting Committee (2011-2012)
  • State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Law Section, Chair of Copyright Committee (20122014)
  • Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Southeast Chapter, Co-Chair (2011-2015)
  • Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Editorial Board (2013-2015)
  • Bleckley Inn of Court, Barrister (2012-2014)


  • Georgia State University, College of Law, J.D. (2006)
  • Georgia State University, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, M.B.A. (2006)
  • Tennessee Technological University, College of Engineering, B.S., Mechanical Engineering (2000)

Bar Admission:  Georgia

Court Admissions:

  • S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Superior Court of Fulton County

WIFTA Legal Clinic – This Saturday 9/24


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

Actors Track Continues August 16th

victoria spencer smithLadies, it is time to bring your A game…but nothing to prepare, just show up ready to live in the moments….YOUR moments specifically.  Victoria Spencer Smith just finished honing her skills in a six week Meisner intensive and is excited to share some of what she learned with you. We are looking forward to having you all jump to the occasion by being prepared and focused no matter what is thrown your way! 

August 16th, 7:00 p.m., Gallery L1