#WiMNYC: Holiday Brunch 12.7.19

On December 7th, at Ginny’s at Red Rooster in Harlem, we recognized women who are making a mark in the entertainment industry. These ladies are paving the way for greater female participation above and below the line. Members, friends, and the folks who have worked with these remarkable women in raised a glass to them as we celebrated these legendary women’s wisdom, leadership, and experience on a special panel.  The honorees gave us their insights on a gamut of topics from costuming period shows, to the latest in immersive entertainment of the not too distant future.

Honorees:
Neema Barnette, Emmy Award Winning Director/Producer (Queen Sugar, Luke Cage, A Different World)

Donna Zakowska,  Emmy Award Winning Costume Designer (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Kate and Leopold, John Adams TV Miniseries)

Patrizia Von Brandenstein, Academy Award Winning Production Designer (Amadeus, Beat Street, The People vs. Larry Flynt)

Kristina Reed,  Academy Award Winning Production Executive (Frozen, Princess and The Frog, Tangled) and Senior Vice President, Creative Development and Strategy Madison Square Garden Sphere

 

Each woman had an equally legendary toast master who introduced her.  Many of the toast masters have known their honoree for decades, having formed strong bonds as collaborators and friends.

Michael Hausman, Executive Producer/Producer (Brokeback Mountain, Twilight, Amadeus)

Michelle Materre, Producer and Distribution/Marketing Specialist (Daughter’s of the Dust, Chisholm ’72 Unbought & Unbossed, Independent Lens)

Keri Elmsly, SVP of Immersive Development & Production at Madison Square Garden (visual/art/design/tech installations for Jay-Z World Tour, John Cale, D.C.’s National Archives)

Sasha Emerson, Dramaturg and Artistic Producer (Greater Clements for Lincoln Center, Heroes of the Fourth Turning for Playwrights Horizons, How to Defend Yourself at New York Theater Workshop)

Many thanks to Women In Media events chair Lauren Flick, and our holiday events chair Yvette Phoenix Joseph and Stacey Smith.

We are also grateful for the support of our underwriters Zeiss Lenses and MSG Sphere.

Photos by Bethany Jacobson