Simone Pero Named NYWIFT Board President

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Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:19 -- Nick Dager

New York Women in Film & Television has named Simone Pero president of its board of directors, effective July 1. Pero was most recently vice president of special events, and previously vice president of membership. She is founder of For Impact Productions, a social impact film marketing and production company.

For Impact’s slate of film projects include A Woman, A Part with Maggie Siff; Women in Hollywood with Geena Davis, The C Word with Morgan Freeman; A Woman Like Me with Lili Taylor; and Matt Heineman and Susan Froemke’s Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. Currently, Pero is a producer on Jennifer Fox’s upcoming feature film The Tale, starring Laura Dern, Ellen Burstyn and Common. In addition to her producing work, Pero is on the leadership team and faculty at the new Stony Brook Killer Films MFA in Film program.

Pero’s penchant for issue-driven film began as co-producer of Alice Elliott’s award-winning documentary Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy. Previously, Pero was vice president for corporate communications at MTV and director of communication and marketing at Cablevision’s Rainbow Media (now AMC Networks). Prior to joining the media and entertainment industry, her career began in public policy and national politics.

“We are thrilled to have Simone lead our organization, particularly as the status of women in the industry has reached such an important crossroads,” said NYWIFT executive director Terry Lawler. “She has been an asset on our board for several years, leading the last two Muse Awards events to great success. Her long history with the organization, along with her insight and commitment to the advancement of women in TV, film and digital media, make her the perfect candidate to lead NYWIFT into its 40th anniversary year.”

“It’s indeed an exciting and auspicious time for action and opportunity around equity in the entertainment business and I’m honored to continue NYWIFT’s work for our members and leading our mission forward in the industry,” Pero said.

Pero succeeds former president Alexis Alexanian. Also departing with Alexanian is Anne Hubbell, who served two back-to-back terms on the board. Hubbell worked closely with Alexanian in strengthening and expanding NYWIFT’s development committee.

Following the results of the 2017 board of directors election, two new members and three returning members will join NYWIFT’s leadership. New members include Tracy Daniels, producer and Rachel Watanabe-Batton, producer and media consultant. Returning members include Margarita Sophia Cortes, publicist, Destiny Lilly, casting director and Annetta Marion, director/producer.

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