According to WIFTA Vice President of Membership Glenda Giles, approximately 150 guests attended. They heard first-hand accounts about what it is like to work in the Reality TV genre from six TV veterans who’ve made a career out of working in reality TV. WIFTA’s Real Deal On Reality TV panelists included Say Yes To The Dress Atlanta Executive Producer Jennifer Holbach, Jarrett Creative Head of Development Tracey Baker-Simmons, Project Runway Supervising & Story Producer Anna Pousho, Real Housewives of Atlanta Executive In Charge of Production Joye Chin, Being Bobby Brown Executive Producer Wanda Shelley and Say Yes To The Dress: Bridesmaids Director / Field Producer Vanessa Butler. Salt Run Productions' Suzan Satterfield served as the guest moderator for the evening.
For Kickoff attendee Tiffany Blake, the panelist definitely provided some eye-opening information. “I had a great time tonight and it was very informative to me. Being an actress and wanting to go into the production side, I really learned a lot...It is really important to own your own stuff!” After learning what Blake said about the event and taking in comments directly from event guests, WIFTA President Cheryl Jenkins was all smiles. “Tonight was just the beginning,” Jenkins beamed. “We are on a mission to really educate people about the TV / film industry, especially in this market, so they’re able to create work opportunities for themselves and so they’re ready to take advantage of opportunities that are offered to them.”
Women In Film & Television Atlanta (WIFTA), a 501(c)(3) Georgia non-profit, is a member-based professional organization affiliated with other Women In Film chapters around the world. Since our inception in 1974, the Atlanta chapter has proudly had a membership community of multi-generational and culturally diverse professionals, which include producer, directors, actors, entertainment attorneys, camera and sound technicians, film editors, graphic design artists, make-up artist, wardrobe specialists, screenwriters, talent agents and casting directors. WIFTA is dedicated to improving the status and portrayal of women in film, television and screen-based media by offering opportunities for media makers to connect, create, champion and inspire.