SAG/AFTRA Executive Vice President to speak at Pittsburgh Film Conference

Gabrielle Carteris, Executive Vice-President of SAG/AFTRA will speak on SAG/AFTRA - After the Merger.
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PITTSBURGH - April 26, 2014 - PRLog -- 2014 Women In Film and Television International Summit

Women In Film and Media Pittsburgh ( is hosting an international summit at the Westin Hotel & Convention Center (Pittsburgh), which draws women from the 40 Women In Film chapters located throughout the world to discuss filmmaking issues and attend panel discussions and screenings.

The summit will cover 3 Days, May 16-18, with 30 Panel Discussions, 40 speakers, 2 screenings and the Opal Awards and is open to anyone who is interested in the film and television industry – including men.   Information available at

Gabrielle Carteris, Executive Vice-President of SAG/AFTRA will discuss the changes that happened during the merger, how it affects actors and filmmakers and the new benefits.  You may remember Gabrielle from her role on 90210.

Catherine Hardwicke Director of Twilight and Thirteen
will speak on the Women In The Director’s Chair panel discussion with local film director Melissa Martin and producer Paula Gregg.

Rosemary Tarquinio, Vice-President of CBS will talk about her role at CBS working on shows such as The Mentalist, NCIS, 2 Broke Girls and the new show Reckless.

The Saturday evening Opal Awards will honor Deb Acklin CEO of WQED, Dawn Keezer from the Pittsburgh Film Office, Eleanor Schano with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Catherine Hardwicke with a Women In Film and Television International Woman of Impact Award.

On Sunday, May 18th Pittsburgh local news anchors and reporters will hold a session that will address the role of women in the news.   Scheduled as of this date – Eleanor Schano, Sally Wiggin, Susan Koeppen, Bufta Yiman and Sheila Hyland.

The summit draws together film, television and new media talent from around the world to network and experience the talent and expertise that thrives in the Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania film market.

The Summit is open to the public, men, women and young adults.

For registration and more information:

Friday morning Plenary breakfast will begin at 8:30 with Allegheny County Chief Executive Richard Fitzgerald, Mayor Bill Peduto, , poet Vanessa German and Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner introducing Ghost Whisperer and Reckless Executive Producer Kim Moses.

Friday screening of Gideon’s Army – public welcome to attend as a separate event.   $10.00 at the door.

Saturday evening Opal Awards – separate ticketed event.  Tickets available at WIFTI

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