Lindsey Sandrin- Lindsey grew up on the commercial sets of Florida Film & Tape and Mike Fuller Group. Her experiences on sets led her to her current position the Director of the Orlando Film Commission and Director of Events for the Orlando Economic Partnership. As Director of the Orlando Film Commission, Lindsey markets the Orlando region to new productions, oversees all permitting for the four county Orlando region, and works with her team to ensure all productions that come to the region find appropriate filming locations, crew and support services during their time in Orlando. In the past two years, Lindsey’s work has contributed to landing two high-profile episodic series: David Makes Man for the Oprah Winfrey Network and The Right Stuff for the National Geographic Channel.
Meagen Gibson- Meagen is an award winning journalist, television producer, and director. She has produced films, commercials and major broadcast network television, including Emmy winning programs The Voice and Who Do You Think You Are? with Shed Media, Mark Burnett Productions, One Three Media, Pilgrim Films and Television, and The Institute. Meagen teaches Media Entrepreneurship Full Sail University. Her three part docu-series How I Created A Cult comes out worldwide in 2020.
Donyelle Marshall- Donyelle is a seasoned Government Relations and Institutional Affairs professional with a focus on the arts, arts education, entertainment finance, community outreach, and tax and business incentives.
Since 2014, Marshall has overseen administration of the Florida Entertainment Sales Tax Exemption Program for the Florida Office of Film and Entertainment in Tallahassee, Florida. She is also the point of contact for LATAM television networks and production companies regarding Florida taxes and business incentives, business expansion, labor issues and legislative bills. Prior to its sunset, Marshall managed the due diligence of the legal and financial obligations of the $296 million tax credit incentives fund.
During her tenure at the Florida Film Office, she has successfully marketed over 37 business loans, tax credit programs and incentives available to Florida businesses. Marshall has also developed strategic partnerships with the Big 6 Media tax and finance departments, film commissions, and county economic and development councils to fuel job growth.
Prior to joining the Florida Film Office, Marshall worked for The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts from 2007 to 2010 as Assistant to the Vice President of Institutional Affairs. In this role, Marshall coordinated research for the office that oversaw the governance of the Center’s board of trustees, management of government affairs, diplomatic relations and protocol.
Marshall has held other positions in television and film production and was an exhibition specialist at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Marshall holds an Associate of Applied Science in Advertising and Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in English from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and speaks Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.
Nadia Barbarossa- With over fifteen years of experience producing and consulting, Nadia Barbarossa has been an advisor to key industry players, including the Puerto Rico Film Commission & Corporation. She oversaw more than $122 million in tax credit certifications provided by the Government of Puerto Rico, that included Universal Pictures’ Fast Five, Disney’s Teen Beach High School Musical, Johnny Depp’s The Rum Diary and Warner Bros’ The Losers. She developed and led marketing campaigns to promote and position Puerto Rico within the top US film destinations. She directed Puerto Rico’s participation in the Cannes Film Festival & Market, American Film Market and Berlin Film Festival & Market.
Coming from within the industry, she has experienced every angle of the film production scene. Some of Barbarossa’s producing credits are the films Midnight Sun, Mothers of Our Land, Our Island Our Enchantment, Cuba and PR Are, Lucia, Ignacio and other stories, Juan Meléndez 6446, and Vietnam Diary, and the short films Worldwater Puerto Rico, about water and renewable energy after Hurricane Maria in PR, and Four Keys, about immigrants fleeing the US on foot, through Canada. As a production incentive consultant, she has handled several projects shot in Puerto Rico, including Netflix’s Spike Lee series She’s Gotta Have It, among many other features, commercials and music videos. Her earlier career includes production coordinating the series Mission Rescue for National Geographic Television and Film in Washington D.C.
Moderator and Contributor- Jennelle Jordan- Jennelle has been working in the entertainment industry for over 16 years, producing 244 episodes of the critically acclaimed television series Forensic Files. She also has extensive experience in the commercial genre, working with diverse clients to evolve and grow both their business and brand. Working on a wide range of projects, from television, commercials, corporate, music, and web videos, to production and on-site management of live events, Jennelle's talents lie in organization and planning, getting to know the intricacies of each different production and personnel she works with.
Recently Jennelle helped to develop the production management offering at ProductionHUB.com, providing concierge crewing services to the many different clients and vendors who utilize the site on a daily basis.
Patrick Inhofer-Patrick is a professional colorist, master with Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, and owner of Fini.tv. A 20+ year post veteran, his experiences working at New York City post houses has his touch delivered to feature films, documentaries, television series, and corporate videos. Patrick has graded for numerous directors including Barry Levinson, Bruce Sinofsky, and Dorothy Lyman. Patrick founded the color grading website TaoOfColor.com known for its professional tips and publishing the free industry newsletter, The Tao Colorist. In 2012 he cofounded MixingLight.com. Patrick is an adjunct professor at Hofstra University, teaching color correction. He contributed to the book, Color Grading with Avid, Media Composer, and Symphony 6. Blackmagic Design has donated Davinci Resolve 14 Studio edition that will be raffled off during the event.
Pete Gill-After graduating with a degree in Film Production from Palm Beach Atlantic University, Pete moved out to LA to work in the film industry for five years before moving to Lakeland, Florida. In LA he worked on various projects including the DisneyNature Film 'Wings of Life' and was Post-Production Supervisor for the Discovery series, 'Experience 3D.' Upon moving back to Florida as a freelance DP, Editor and Colorist Pete started his own production company, Hundred Films. Pete has worked on commercials, documentaries, and campaigns for ESPN Features, Red Bull, Coca-Cola, Publix, ACMs, and many more.
Nick Wenck- Nick is a director and editor born in Minnesota, groomed in NYC and currently living in Orlando. While in New York, he was asked to be a founding member of Google's "YouTube Original Channel Initiative" where his video content and edits garnered over 70 million views.
He has directed and edited across many genres with major brand clientele: From sport with Adidas, Under Armour, Bayern Munich, and the New York Rangers to lifestyle with Budweiser, Vanity Fair, and Visa to documentary with Time Inc., USA Today, and Etihad Airways.
Over the past decade he has edited projects for multiple media platforms and many different deliverable forms. He’s worked with broadcast TV, live streaming, social media channels, GIFs, Cinemagraphs, and social media exports to name a few.
Currently, Nick is working with his production company, The Good Stuff Film which is based in Orlando and is a contracted director and editor for Adidas.
Lee Davis- Lee is an IATSE Local 161 Script Supervisor as well as an WIFT-FL Board Member. She is currently on the central Florida based NatGeo series, "The Right Stuff." Some of her other television credits include two seasons of Netflix’s House of Cards, five seasons of CBS’s Blue Bloods, and the final two seasons of ABC’s Ugly Betty But it was the experience on her first TV series in 1994, NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street, that established a networking circle from which most future calls would emanate. Call it an immersion class in directing, writing and cinematography giving her a prime seat on the front lines for five years.
Having the task of supervising continuity of action and dialogue, maintaining proper screen direction and coverage as well as tracking screen time, the script supervisor in some ways represents the editor on set.
Alexander Penalta, Esquire- AVIATION, (UAS) DRONES, MILITARY & COMMERCIAL SPACE FLIGHT with www.penaltalaw.com. Mr. Penalta is uniquely qualified to contribute to our panel with a long list of credentials: Aviation and Complex Business Litigation *Florida Bar, Aviation Law Committee *Chair (AVSEC) Aviation, UAS Drones and National Security Committee *AOPA LSP UAS DRONES Panel Attorney *Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Adjunct Associate Professor (97-07) *FAA Licensed Pilot - SEL * United States Naval Academy Annapolis, Squadron Training Officer *Navy Veteran USNR JAGC (1990-92) *(CV-60) USS SARATOGA Aircraft Carrier *Honorable Discharge, National Defense Medal Recipient * FBI Infragard, Orlando Branch * Veteran and Minority Business Enterprise, Certified by the State of Florida. As Chair of the Volusia County Bar Association, Aviation, Drones & National Security, Mr. Penalta will be on the panel to discuss the civil and criminal liability associated with commercial drone operations in Florida.
Robert Starling- The founder of Starling Productions, Robert Starling, is a veteran producer, cinematographer, Steadicam operator, aerial cinematographer, and FAA licensed drone pilot. Having worked in the cinematography industry for more than 30 years, he and his team have partnered with some of the largest companies and brands in the world, traveling throughout the United States and internationally for clients such as: DreamWorks, Honda, Viacom, Warner Bros, Hilton Hotels, Sony, HBO, Disney, MTV, Marriott Hotels, CBS, NBC and the BBC.
Chris Odom- Moderator and Contributor- Chris Odom is an aerial cinematographer and DP based in Florida. Chris established FireFly Media Group in 2013 and quickly became a trusted resource for drone aerial cinematography production throughout Florida. Chris currently serves as FireFly Media Group's CEO and chief pilot, having logged more than 1200 hours flying for feature films, television and commercials.
Karen Hall- Karen has been a trailblazer from the very beginning of her career as the only female writer for the highly acclaimed program, M*A*S*H. She has a career as a screenwriter, producer, and showrunner on numerous productions including Hill Street Blues, Northern Exposure, Roseanne, and The Good Wife. Over the course of her career, she has received 6 Emmy nominations and 7 Writer’s Guild Awards nominations. She won the Writers Guild Award for her work on Hill Street Blues. She was recently named a juror for The Peabody awards.