General membership meeting this Wednesday!

Join us for an update on 2016 WIFTA plans and a presentation on tax tips:  

The Bottom Line for Above the Line and Below the Line!

Please join us at the GPB Studios at 260 14th St from 7:00 – 9:00 pm as we gather to discuss all the excitement in Atlanta over WIFTA’s plans for 2016!  Free for members – $20 for guests:  cash or check at door.

  • Meet your new Executive Director:  Susan Moss
  • Hear about our Actor, Producer and Writer track programming plans
  • Join in the discussion about future board members
  • Help us explore options for increasing membership
  • Mark your calendars for meetings, mixers and fundraisers

Whew!  And after all that – our tax experts will talk about ways to save time and hassles in preparing your taxes!

Our guest speakers:

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Kristy Clabaugh

A CPA and Firm Development Coordinator at Whaley Hammonds Tomasello, P.C., Kristy specializes in the film and entertainment industry. Kristy is highly motivated by opening doors for her clients as well helping them grow their businesses. She provides accounting and consulting services to production companies who need to meet expenditure requirements to qualify for state film tax credits. Kristy is a member of many local organizations, as well as the AICPA, Georgia Society of CPAs, and Georgia Production Partnership.  Kristy and her husband Erik, Film and Moving Image Studies Ph.D ABD, live in McDonough with their two sons.

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Will Tomasello

A CPA and Partner at Whaley Hammonds Tomasello, P.C., Will provides tax and consulting services for a wide range of businesses including the film & entertainment industry. His client base in the production industry is vast and spans across the nation. Will has served on numerous boards and authorities including the Clayton County Housing Authority, Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, Southern Regional Hospital, Community Capital Bank and the United Methodist Church of North Georgia.

Will and Kristy’s CPA firm, Whaley Hammonds Tomasello, P.C. (WHT) has 3 locations in Metro-Atlanta.  WHT provides film & entertainment industry services to production companies, film studios, independent filmmakers and video game producers.  The firm’s services include:

  • Issuance of comfort letters
  • Audit, accounting & assurance
  • On-site production accounting
  • Tax return preparation and consulting
  • Maximizing domestic production activity deduction (DPAD) calculation
  • Royalty, licensing and profit participating reporting
  • Consulting
  • Forensic accounting
  • Business valuation
  • CFO services



Lisa A. Wright

Lisa is a CPA with over 17 years of experience in the Accounting Industry. Her experience began at Deloitte & Touché, LLP, an international accounting firm. Another significant experience is her tenure at H.J. Russell & Company, a Black Enterprise 100 Company, where she was the Personal Financial Manager for Herman J. Russell Sr., founder and Chairman.

Lisa levied her knowledge to developed her own accounting and business advisory firm, L.A. Wright and Associates, LLC.  One of her specializations is the entertainment industry. She has served as Director of Finance for an amphitheatre whose roster of artists included Luther Vandross, Elton John and Boyz to Men. She has worked with various entertainers such as Edwin Hawkins, Takes Six and Micah Stampley. Her skills were also utilized by Central City Productions, the producer of the Stellar Awards. Promotions for artists is also a skill that she possesses. She is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.  Lisa served as the Treasurer for WIFTA for 2009-2010. And currently serves as the Treasurer for the Black Women In Film Network as well as for GPP.  In addition, Lisa has worked with various non-profit organizations as a financial consultant and or Board Member.
Contact Information:
L.A. Wright & Associates, LLC
2910 Evans Mill Road, Suite B-304
Lithonia, GA 30038
Cell phone: (404) 455-7631

General Membership Meeting

Tax Tips:  The bottom line for above the line and below the line

  • “Can I deduct my cable bill?”
  • “Would I be better off incorporating?”
  • “Is my agent’s fee an allowed expense?”
  • “What’s the difference between a professional and a hobbyist?”

These are the kind of questions that may be keeping you up at night lately.  Our first general membership meeting will feature tax tips and answers to your important tax questions from seasoned professionals who focus on the entertainment industry.

Also, meet WIFTA’s first Executive Director and hear about the exciting plans your Executive Committee has for 2016!

  • Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
  • 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • GPB Studios:  260 14th St, 1st floor, Atlanta 30318

Members free; $20 for non- members


A WIFTA Pop-Up program for Directors, Producers and Actors:

A Conversation with Mary Lou Belli – A Devious Maids Director


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She also:

  • Has won multiple Emmy awards
  • Has over 20 years of experience in directing television
  • Is co-author of three books: The NEW Sitcom Career Book, Acting for Young Actors and Directors Tell The Story
  • Has judged at multiple film festivals including Newport Beach Film Festival and the Sapporo Short Film Festival
  • Is a part-time instructor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts
  • Directed o a groundbreaking and award winning webseries

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Saturday, February 20th
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

GPB Studios – 1st floor
260 14th Street N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318

Cost: Free for Members
$20 for Non-Members


The GA Film Office Needs Our Help

Please help create a photo montage of Georgians working in the film and television industry and holding signs of support. It’s one thing to say it, but another to show the faces of the people whose lives have changed for the better as a result of our tax incentive.

Please post single photos or group shots today on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #gafilmday. Please thank legislators for supporting the industry and say how the Georgia film industry has impacted you.


Thank you. I bought your first house thanks to the industry. #gafilmday

Thank you. I’m now a crew member and a vendor.  #gafilmday

Thank you. I invested in a new business that supports the industry. #gafilmday

Also, please add the hashtag #wiftatlanta, so that legislators will see WIFTA’s participation as well.

Lastly, please send photos to, and forward this message to anyone working in our industry.

We would love to have you come to the Capitol to share your stories with passing legislators, but because we know a lot of people will be working. The photo montage will provide an opportunity to educate people about the impact of film and television production in Georgia and how it continues to generate money for the state and jobs for residents.

WIFTA Announces Its First Executive Director

Women in Film & Television Atlanta (WIFTA) announced today that Susan Moss has been named the organization’s first executive director.  

Moss has nearly twenty years of experience in a wide variety of creative management roles, including marketing for NASCAR, film and video production, and legal experience with Kilpatrick Townsend. An Atlanta native, Moss is also a member of the Georgia Production Partnership (GPP) Executive Board, an independent producer and SAG-AFTRA actor.

“Susan’s diverse background creates a strong foundation for our organization while allowing her to fully identify with our membership,” said Cheryl Jenkins, President of WIFTA Board of Directors. “We are excited to have a strong leader on board who will further strengthen and grow our chapter.”

Moss will work closely with WIFTA’s Board of Directors to implement strategic planning and create new opportunities for members. She will head the organization’s fundraising campaigns as well as perform leadership and management functions.  

“With the truly sensational opportunities that lie before the women of Atlanta at this time in the industry, I am delighted to be a part of WIFTA,” Moss said.  “As Executive Director, I will not only act as a leader, but also as a peer to members.  I am passionate about furthering and connecting women within the industry in Atlanta as our city continues to climb to the top of the entertainment field.”

How to Win a Regional Emmy

Join us for a special program where SE EMMY Winners share their experience on putting together an award winning EMMY Entry.

0120 EMMYOpportunity to network with WIFTA and NATAS members.

Qualified WIFTA members will get the opportunity to judge categories.

Register Today


Are  you qualified?

A peer judge is defined as any person with a minimum of two years of professional experience in the field of television program production, programming, or allied media who is directly engaged in or supervises the discipline they’re being asked to judge. Potential judges may also include professionals in allied fields, who by the specific nature of their work are uniquely qualified to make judgmental decisions concerning particular areas of television or media production. Examples of peer judges include: television and multi-media writers, producers, directors; programming, production and news executives; craft persons; advertising agency executives and creative directors involved in programming decisions; print journalists (who have hands-on television production experience); sports professionals; college university educators who represent journalism/film/television/media; and former broadcast journalists.

To judge, teachers must either teach the specific crafts being judged, or have had professional experience performing the craft being judged.

Writing newspaper or magazine columns and/or articles about television or media does not qualify a person as a peer in any category. Television critics are not peers.

Whenever a current job title does not obviously qualify a judge as a peer, the judge should list, on the judge’s certification section of the ballot, his/her previous experience, which qualifies him/her as a peer for the programs or crafts being judged.

Sign up to judge at the event!!!