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Award Winning Leader and Film Producer, Aaron L. Williams will be our January Alice Evening guest speaker!

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020. 7pm-9pm.

Welcome to the New Year! 


This month’s Alice Evening guest speaker is Film Producer, Aaron L. Williams! We are very honored to have him in attendance. Mr. Williams founded Academy of Motion Picture Development in 2010, which is a film training and workforce development program in Louisiana that has taught and employed over 200 residents seeking employment in film and television. He is also responsible for founding and funding Louisiana's first ever and largest film camp, Motion Pictures Development Camp, hosted by Digital Media in Baton Rouge. If you are looking to learn more about film producing as well as to network with others in our film industry, attend WiFT-Louisiana’s Alice Evening. We look forward to your attendance.

Check out http://aaronleewms.com and IMDB for more info about Aaron L, Williams!



Second Line Stages (5th Floor)

800 Richard Street, 70130.


Tuesday, Jan. 14th, 2020.




*Complimentary refreshments served.

*Non-members allowed to attend up to 2 Alice Evenings only.

SXSW (Discounted Tickets Availble for WiFTI Members Now!)

SXSW Discount Tickets!!



Give yourself (or someone else) the gift of discounted SXSW tickets.

WIFTI has partnered with SXSW and is pleased to announce the return of a great member discount program!


WIFTI members will receive a discounted rate for their choice of SXSW 2020 badge type. Your WIFTI membership grants you access to our group discount rate of up to 35%, or more, off of the walk-up rate. SXSW 2020 will take place March 13th–22nd and has evolved into one of the premier global conferences of its kind. We're excited to help as many WIFTI members attend as possible and encourage you to take advantage of this offer. There is no minimum, maximum, or immediate purchase necessary, you just have to be a current member of a WIFTI chapter in good standing!


Please contact WIFTI Board member Melanie Yonks at m.yonks2@gmail.com if you would like to purchase badges at the discounted price. Please put SXSW Badge in the subject line of the email and include the following information:

  • Your Name

  • Your Email Address

  • Your Phone #

  • Your Chapter Name

  • A Contact Name and email address for your chapter (chapter president or membership chair)

  • Badge type/types you would like to purchase and the how many of each type.


Deadline to apply for discounted badges is January 15, 2020.


REAL SCREEN 2020 – JANUARY 27 – 30, 2020 / Sheraton Hotel, New Orleans

REAL SCREEN 2020 – JANUARY 27 – 30, 2020 / Sheraton Hotel, New Orleans


Attend the Real Screen for one day for $425 or a full pass for $1399 (regular price $1750). To register, please contact Carol Bidault, MediaFusion Entertainment, by December 11, 2019

A unique opportunity for members of Women in Film & TV US chapters.

Do you have a documentary, unscripted and non-fiction idea, pilot, series, web-series that you feel is ready for primetime?

Do you want to meet the top buyers and learn what they are looking to buy?

Here is an opportunity for you. REAL SCREEN 2020 is around the corner.

Presentations from Executives from Discovery, National Geographic, Entertainment One, Fuse, A&E Networks, Facebook Watch, Lifetime, MGM TV, Science Channel, PBS, TLC, Animal Planet, History, BET, CineFlix, CBS, Bravo, HGTV, Smithsonian, Food Network, (for full list see: https://summit.realscreen.com/2020/speakers/)

Meet top creators, buyers and distributors of unscripted and non-fiction programming for 4 days of panels, pitching and networking, Roundtable Luncheon, meet a Mentor, Speed Pitching, Meet top executives and Commissioning and Development Executives Breakfast, Top talent agencies – Gersh, WME, ICM, RealExchange, BBC Studios, Cocktail Parties, Realscreen Award Gala.

REAL SCREEN 2020 – JANUARY 27 – 30, 2020 / Sheraton Hotel, New Orleans

Unique opportunity for Women In Film & TV members


Attend the Real Screen for one day for $425 or a full pass for $1399 (regular price $1750). To register, please contact Carol Bidault, MediaFusion Entertainment.



The Realscreen Summit is the most important non-fiction film & television industry event. Now in its 20th year, this highly anticipated annual event is dedicated to the development of business and creative opportunities for those in non-fiction and factual programming and content creation. Companies such as: Discovery, National Geographic, Entertainment One, Fuse, A&E Networks, Facebook Watch, Lifetime, MGM TV, Science Channel, PBS, TLC, Animal Planet, History, BET, CineFlix, CBS, Bravo, HGTV, Smithsonian, Food Network, and many, many more.

For more information, contact: cbidault@mediafusionent.com.

Budgeting and Financing for Independent Filmmakers

Lesson by Carol Bidault de L'Isle

This month WiFT is holding our Budgeting and Financing Workshop for Independent Filmmakers. This program is meant for producers, as well as directors, writers and actors that need to understand how decisions get made as to which films get financed.


About Carol Bidault

Carol Bidault de l’Isle is an award winning producer, specialized in international motion picture/television financing, distribution, media asset acquisitions and management. She brings with her over 30 years of industry experience in the United States, Europe and Latin America. In 2010, Ms. Bidault moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to open the new headquarters of MediaFusion Entertainment, LLC. She recently produced Cut Off (Brad Dourif, William Baldwin, Jean-Marc Barr); in pre-production & development features on three continents (US, Europe and Middle East).


Free for members, $25 for non members, discounts to NOVAC, NOFF.


RSVP wiftlouisiana@gmail.com 


Purchase Admission: 





Second Line Stages

800 Richard Street, 70130.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019.


IRIS AWARD GALA- Honoring Award Winning Actress, Rutina Wesley!

December 11th, 2019. 7:00pm-9:00pm.

Women In Film & Television-Louisiana will hold our annual Iris Award Gala at the prestigious Marigny Opera House! Last year was an amazing experience and we look forward to this year's gala to be just as amazing, if not better! We will have great music provided by a DJ, delicious catering, and good times created by our WiFT-Louisiana atmosphere. Raise a toast to all of our accomplishments this year.


Award winning actress, Rutina Wesley, made her on-screen debut as the main character in the film How She Move, from British director Ian Iqbal Rashid. She then won the role, Tara Thorton, in the HBO series True Blood in 2007. In January 2015, it was announced that Wesley had been cast in a recurring role on the NBC drama series Hannibal. She portrayed Reba McClane, "a blind woman who enters into a relationship with Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage), and helps soothe his murderous urges—at least at first." 


Wesley appeared as Liza Warner in the fourth season of Arrow. In 2016, Wesley was cast as lead character in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Queen Sugar, produced by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey. 


Rutina has been nominated for a Scream Award, Satellite Award, Screen Actor's Guild Award, NAACP Image Award, and a Black Reel Award.

We'll see some notable faces, friends, and fellow sisters and brothers of our film industry.


So let's make Iris Season the season!


Laissez le bon temps rouler!



Marigny Opera House

725 St. Ferdinand.


December 11th, 2019.


7:00pm- 9:30pm


Free for WIFT-LA Members

$30.00 for Non-Members

$20.00 for 1 guest of WiFT-LA Member

November Alice Evening: with Guest Speaker Ashton Leigh

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019. 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Ashton Courtney Leigh, a New Orleans native, was introduced to the entertainment industry at a very early age via pageants, commercials, theatre and modeling. She has worked often, garnering an impressive resume, as a versatile actress of mixed heritage (Caucasian, Native American, and Mediterranean.) Leigh holds a degree in International Studies/Business with a minor in French from The University of New Orleans and is also experienced in the areas of Dance, Broadcasting, Stunts, and Voiceover.


Whether you're an actress or actor working hard to hit your next career milestone or a director who is interested in learning the actor's craft for your next project, this is an Alice Evening to attend.



Second Line Stages

800 Richard Street, 70130

Date & Time: 

Tuesday, Nov. 12th 6p-9p.

*Complimentary Refreshments served. 

Kickback at The Three Keys: New Orleans Film Festival 30th Anniversary!

Ace Hotel, Sunday, October 20th, 2019/ 10pm-1am

Sunday, October 20 @ 10 PM-1 AM

Open to All Access Pass-holders Only.

What better way to close out the weekend than with a NOLA style kickback at Three Keys in the Ace Hotel New Orleans. Dance to the sounds of a DJ through the lush and design-forward lobby bar and enjoy a cash bar and flowing specialty cocktails inside Three Keys. If you want to jazz up your look a bit, stop at the DARE by Dionna J Glitter Bar.  Most cities don’t party so hard on a Sunday, but New Orleans isn’t most cities.


*The New Orleans Film Society is offering WiFT-Louisiana members An All Access Pass for only $150 (Compare our discount to the Standard General admission of $340)! Contact WiFT-Louisiana @ wiftlouisiana@gmail.com for the code.


Sponsors: WiFT-Louisiana, Fire Starters

September Alice Evening


September's Alice Evening is presenting powerhouse attorney, Bri Whetstone!


Bri Whetstone graduated from Tulane University with honors in English and Film Studies. She then worked in Business Affairs at LucasArts in San Francisco where she handled copyright applications, drafted contracts, managed international trademarks, and drafted the Lucas Companies' social media policy. Bri returned to New Orleans to attend Tulane Law school and focused on entertainment and intellectual property law. During school, Bri clerked for Provosty & Gankendorff, a local entertainment law firm, and handled several complex matters for some of New Orleans' biggest musical acts. Since graduating magna cum laude from law school, Bri has continued to develop an entertainment and intellectual property law practice that had helped numerous musicians, artists, writers, chefs, and filmmakers.


This will be an evening to gain knowledge on how to protect your rights and your work. Don't miss this opportunity to learn valuable skills. 



Second Line Stages (5th Floor)

800 Richard Street, 70130


Tuesday, September 10th, 2019.



*Complimentary refreshments served.

*Non-members may attend up to two (2) Alice Evenings. Thank you for being a true professional.

WiFT Wednesday in August!

August 21st, 6pm-8:30pm.

WiFT Wednesday in August!

WiFT Wednesday is around the corner. Enjoy this time with our fellow sisters and brothers during the hottest month of the year. Relax with drinks, food, and quality time. Let's raise a toast!



Oak Wine Bar 

8118 Oak Street, 70118.


August 21st, 2019.



August Alice Evening

Tuesday, August 13th, 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Mari Kornhauser



Mari Kornhauser is an award winning writer and director with three featured films produced and distributed. She has worked on assignment for various studios such as Sony and 20th Century Fox and sold a reality pilot to A & E. She also writes for television, her most recent produced credits are for HBO’s Peabody award winning show, TREME, created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer. One of her episodes,"Slip Away", was a Pen Finalist. Recently, she wrote her first three-act play, “Renovation”, which was work-shopped and produced by ArtSpot Productions in New Orleans. She has just finished an audience interactive one-act play,"Seeking Asylum", which starred WiFT-Louisiana's President, Shameka Gray, as lead. She has created a web-series (in post production) and is developing a one-hour television series. In addition, she is a tenured Full Professor at Louisiana State University where she teaches film and television writing at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.


Jason A. Waggenspack

Head of Possibilities

The Ranch Film Studios


A Baton Rouge native, Jason studied film in New York before graduating from the University Of New Orleans. Professionally, he has worked his way up from the bottom, from location managing to producing feature films and helming The Ranch Film Studios. He started a development company called Neutral Ground Films in 2007 that has produced multiple shorts, music videos, documentaries and iPhone Apps. He has also been a producer on the feature films MAGGIE, THE LOOKALIKE and THE TRUE DON QUIXOTE. In 2014 Jason founded The Ranch Film Studios in Chalmette, LA where he is titled the Head Of Possibilities (CEO). He has played an integral part in landing some of the biggest films to hit Louisiana. A list that includes TERMINATOR: GENISYS, FOCUS, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN and THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, to name a few. As Executive Committee Board Member and Treasurer for the Louisiana Film Entertainment Association (LFEA), Jason played a crucial role in maintaining and stabilizing the film tax credit incentive program. Additionally he is a board member of The Cool Cooperative, a graduate of Leadership St. Bernard and won the George Wood Memorial Award from the University of New Orleans.


Location: Second Line Stages

800 Richard St, 70130 (5th Floor)

Date: Tuesday, August 13th, 2019.

Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

*Complimentary refreshments will be served.

*Non-members may attend up to two (2) Alice Evenings.

WiFT Baton Rouge's Summer Membership Mixer!


Are you interested in learning more about Women in Film and Television- Baton Rouge? Well you are cordially invited to WiFT Summer Membership Mixer! This will be a great time to get to know one another and build solid relationships with our WiFT sisters and brothers. 


August 2nd, 2019




The Heron Downtown

625 Convention St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802


WiFT Wednesday!

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It's almost that time to enjoy libations at our next WiFT Wednesday. Come mix and mingle with our fellow sisters and brothers. There will be drinks, food, and quality time to be had. So let's raise a toast for our WiFT Wednesdays!



Wednesday, July 17th.




Oak Nola

8118 Oak street, 70118.

July Alice Evening

July 9th, 7:00p-9:00p.

Hi, current WiFT members and future WiFT members! We're going to do something a bit different for July's Alice Evening. For this month's Alice Evening we will focus on networking. And as you know, building professional relationships is the core of our industry. Come enjoy complimentary refreshments and wine with us. And remember to bring your business cards or other forms of communication to be ready for use. We look forward to having you in attendance!



Location: Secondline Stages

800 Richard St. (5th floor)

Date: Tuesday, July 9th, 2019.

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

*Non-members may attend up to two (2) Alice Evenings.

Join us for our WiFT Wednesday's Happy Hour!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 5:30pm-8:30pm.

WiFT-Louisiana cordially invite you to our WiFT Wednesday Happy Hour! It's that time again to raise a toast and mingle. This will be a great way to get to know our new and long standing sisters and brothers. Join us at the Bayou Wine Garden to celebrate our members and enjoy our festivities!


Bayou Wine Garden

315 N. Rendon Street (Mid City)


Wednesday]y, May 22nd, 2019.



* Attending members must be 21 years of age to enter.

May Alice Evening with Ms. Saundra Roberson

Tuesday, May 14th. 7pm-9pm.

Ms. Saundra Roberson is a 41 year employee of Caddo Parish Public Schools, currently employed as a Systems Analyst in the Information Technology Department.  During her career, she has had the opportunity to work at the elementary, middle and high school levels prior to transitioning to the Administrative Office.  Her first experience in grant writing came by happenstance, as the grant writer at the middle school where she was employed suddenly took an extended leave of absence.  The principal assigned the grant to the inexperienced Ms. Roberson, who became a grant writer overnight.  The grant was completed and the school received the State of Louisiana grant for their Brighter Futures program for teenage mothers.  Seeking to further her grant writing education, Ms. Roberson completed a grant writing workshop under Grambling State University professor Dr. Willie F. Daniel in 2010. In the ensuing years, she has written grants for private organizations including churches, computer learning centers, GED programs and early childhood learning centers. In addition to her Caddo Parish Public Schools career, Ms. Roberson is a certified paralegal and commissioned notary public, both of which have proved beneficial in her grant writing endeavors, as research is the key to a successful grant writing campaign.



Second Line Stages

800 Richard Street


Tuesday, May 14th, 2019.


7:00pm- 9:00pm

*Complimentary refreshments will be served.

*Non-members may attend up to two (2) Alice Evenings.

Film Production Accounting Workshop with Film Production Accountant Veteran, Tamara Henderson!

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019. 7:00pm-8:00pm.

This month, our Education Committee will hold a Film Production Accounting workshop, which will be taught by Tamara Henderson, a brilliant Film Production Accountant!

Tamara Henderson is a 7 year veteran of Film Production Accounting and a member of the local 161 union. Her background in budget creation and project management lent itself well to production accounting where she moved up quickly after starting in 2011. Tamara has been a Key Accountant for the last 3 years on independent and studio films with budgets anywhere from 10 to 50 million. Part of her success is due to a keen understanding of the different approaches needed for independent movie work versus studio, including funding and reporting. The variety of projects she has completed means that she has worked with every major accounting software on the market, and is savvy in three different state tax incentive programs.


Whether you're interested in honing your production skills or would like to expand your film industry knowledge, this is an important opportunity to grab. Attend this class and leave with stronger skills to utilize in your career.


Location: Second Line Stages

800 Richard Street (5th Floor)

Date: Tuesday- April 16th, 2019.

Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm

Tuition: FREE to WiFT members

$100.00 for non-members

Non-members can Purchase Tickets here.

April Alice Evening with NCIS Associate Producer, Lizzie Smith!

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019, 7:00pm-9:00pm.

Our April Alice Evening will be lead by Film and Television Powerhouse, Lizzie Smith!


As an Associate Producer on NCIS: New Orleans, Lizzie communicates information between departments, serving as a liaison to the Executive Producer. She also makes creative decisions, especially when it comes to the photography usage on the show. Lizzie is hoping to continue to move forward and work on shooting her own shorts in New Orleans, before applying to future directing programs, which is an aspiration of hers.


This is a must attend event. Come join us for this in-depth learning experience and networking opportunity.


Location: Second Line Stages

800 Richard Street (5th Floor)

Date: April 9th, 2019.

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

*Complimentary refreshments will be served.

*Non-members may attend up to two (2) Alice Evenings.

Female Filmmaker Festival

March 8th, 2019.

Art Klub and WIFT Louisiana presents the 3rd Annual Female Filmmaker Festival on International Women's Day!

Friday, March 8th at 1941 Arts Street.

Doors open at 7:00pm.

Screening begins pro aptly at 7:30pm.

Q & A following with the filmmakers.

Come celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th with a slate of films directed by local women filmmakers.

This year's line up will include short narratives, docs, experimental pieces, music videos, a pilot episode, and even work from featured films by incredible women in our community!

Tickets are $15*, which will be divided amongst the women sharing their work. Your attendance goes directly back to supporting these filmmakers as they continue to build their careers and artistic visions here in New Orleans. So come have drink, watch some diverse and wonderful new work, and support local artists!

Art Klub and Women in Film and Television Louisiana have partnered together to present this event, with the artistic direction of Meryl Murman.

Films By:

Emily MacKenzie

Weenta Girmay

Lizzie Guitreau

Sarrah Danziger

Jane Geisler

Riley Teahan

Daneeta Loretta Jackson

Nisa East

Lizzie Parmenter

Maja Holzinger

Victoria Greene

Francesca Caruso

Sandy Parker

Claire Bangser

Shannon Stewart

Steph Smith

Lily Churgin

Meryl Murman

More at artklub.org

*No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

WiFT-LA February Alice Evening will be lead by the film industry's top-tier professional, Carroll Morton!

February 12th, 2019.

Our February Alice Evening will be lead by one of our film industry's top professionals, Carroll Morton!

This is a must attend event. Come join us for this in-depth learning experience and networking opportunity.


Carroll Morton has served as the City of New Orleans Manager of Entertainment Industry Development and has worked in the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy since 2009.  In that capacity Carroll advises the city on public policy for the film and entertainment industry, provided support for the city’s legislative efforts, developed workforce training programming and worked with non-profits to implement those programs.  She has produced events to market the film industry both locally and at the Sundance Film Festival.  Beginning in 2015 Carroll expanded her role to include managing the work of the 2018 Tricentennial Commission producing events and programming to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the City of New Orleans.  She currently serves on the advisory board for The New Orleans Film Society and Women in Film and Television.


Location: Second Line Stages

800 Richard Street (5th Floor)

Date: February 12th, 2019.

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

*Complimentary refreshments will be served.


* Note that non-members may receive up to two (2) complimentary entries into our Alices Evenings, afterwards, you must become a member to attend any further Alice Evenings.

72nd Festival De Cannes 2019!

May 14th- 25th, 2019. Cannes, France.

It is that time of year again - - Cannes Film Festival is right around the corner.

If you are interested in attending and would like to Share an apartment with other WIFTI WOMEN members in each apartment in a Cannes France, from May 13 to 27 (Festival - May 14 to 25). The cost for each person for the apartment stay is up to 1500 euros for 2 weeks (14 days). 50% deposit NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT due immediately, full payment due: March 24th (The deposit is NON Refundable IF YOU are not able to find a person that will take your place. ) PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

Here is the official description:

Apartments in Cannes, France - Ideal Location, within 10 Minute Walk To The Palais De Festivals

Apartments will be within the “Banane” of Cannes, within walking distances, secured by licensed Real Estate agents. These are recently renovated to a high standard and fully furnished. These apartments you are situated near the Palais de Festivals where all the film business is centered. The promenade and surrounded by the many bars, restaurants and designer shops that Cannes has to offer.

The apartment offers easy access to the train station with its links to Monaco and St Tropez if you fancy visiting these wonderful, popular locations in France.

There is a wonderful, welcome atmosphere in Cannes and many things to do include wonderful, leisurely walks along the beach, many fantastic restaurants and bars as well as easy access to local bakeries, markets and supermarkets if you fancy something a little closer to home!

If this is your first time in Cannes, we definitely recommend that you stay with other women, and join the American Pavilion. You need to really set up your meetings with organizations, business partners BEFORE you go. There are several websites that can help you.

You must have a Market badge* (See Below) to enter the Palais des Festival. To go to the Pavilions and other related events, the Festival badge is sufficient

2) To Register for Cannes Film festival: (opens February 1)

a) Festival (free) http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/participer/accredit


b) Market pass http://www.marchedufilm.com/en/accreditations

 (consider the Producer's Workshop)


3) American Pavilion (Pass info pending) Here is their website – https://www.ampav.com/cannes/


For more details please contact Carol Bidault, cbidault@mediafusionent.com

Front Row Insurance Brokers Offers WIFT members Discounted Rate on Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance!

Front Row Insurance Brokers is offering Women in Film members a special discounted rate on Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance. E&O policies cover liability costs—legal fees and damages—incurred as a result of being sued for things like copyright violation or misappropriation of likeness. The program is underwritten by Chubb, one of the largest writers of E&O policies for the film industry. 


Front Row is the #1 brokerage in Canada specializing in Film and Entertainment, and one of the largest in North America. We leverage our size and experience to negotiate the best possible rates with the insurance companies, which is why we are able to offer Women in Film members this exclusive, discounted rate on E&O policies (and other production related insurance coverage). 


Front Row has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. We have insured billions in production budgets, and we have over 50 specialized employees across our offices to provide you with experienced production insurance advice. Our staff arranges insurance for episodic television, feature films, TV movies, documentaries, commercials, shorts and more.


As brokers, we work for you, not the insurance company. We understand film and can provide you with the kind of empathy, support, and expertise you will only find with a specialized brokerage.


For more information or to get a quote, contact:


Stacie O’Beirne










For our other offices, check out: www.frontrowinsurance.com/contact-us

January Alice Evening will be graced by Powerhouse Actress and Philanthropist, Necar Zadegan!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019.

Come join us at our next Alice Evening on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019!

Our special guest for this meeting will be powerhouse actress and philanthropist, Necar Zadegan!

Necar Zadegan is a recent transplant to the Big Easy and stars as Special Agent Hannah Khoury in the CBS global franchise series, NCIS: New Orleans. A versatile actress known for a career on stage and screen, she made her Broadway debut when she originated the role of the Leper in Rajiv Joseph's Pulitzer Prize nominated and multi Tony award accoladed “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” opposite Robin Williams. 

Ms. Zadegan garnered critical acclaim for her portrayal of First Lady turned president Dalia Hassan on Fox’s hit series “24” and most recently for her delicate portrayal of Layla Shokrani alongside Tim Robbins and a Holly Hunter in the HBO drama “Here and Now” from Oscar winning screenwriter, creator Alan Ball. In the Bravo comedy on Netflix, “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce”, Ms. Zadegan plays the much beloved character written for her by show creator Marti Noxon, of fashionable and high powered attorney, Delia Banai. The show aired its fifth and final season last June. The year also saw Ms. Zadegan join the cast of the ABC hit “The Good Doctor”.  Other series regular roles include her portrayal of Dr. Gina Bandari on “Emily Owens MD” and in the lead opposite Greg Kinnear in the FOX comedy “Rake”. Some highlights from her many other credits include roles for Steven Spielberg company produced series “Extant”,  opposite Sean Bean in spy series “Legends” and a very memorable turn as the Queen of Iran in Showtime”s critical success “Masters of Sex” opposite Michael Sheen, with whom she also starred opposite in the Columbia Tri Star film, psychological thriller “Unthinkable” alongside Samuel L. Jackson.  She appeared with Adam Sandler in Judd Apatow’s “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” and played the title role in “Elena Undone” which enjoyed success at independent festivals worldwide. 

Ms. Zadegan has worked at some of the worlds most prestigious theaters including The Mark Taper Forum, the Royal Dramatic Theater of Stockholm, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and many more, and toured internationally in the Persian language production of “Satellite with Love”. 

Ms. Zadegan was born in Heidelberg, Germany and raised in Northern California. She studied theater and dance on a performance scholarship at the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with honors and a BA degree in English Literature. She also studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris. She speaks Persian, French and German and has learned Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew while working in those languages. 

Ms. Zadegan is an ambassador for BuildOn.org and travels with them around the world building schools for children.

Location: Second Line Stages

800 Richard St., 70130 (5th Floor)

Date: Tuesday, January 8th, 2019.

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

A Rewarding Opportunity From FRONT ROW INSURANCE BROKERS, INC.!

WiFT-LA Member Will Receive a dicount on Services! Check It Out!

Front Row Insurance Brokers – The Entertainment Insurance Experts – WiFT LA Discount on Production Insurance and Errors & Omissions.


Front Row is an entertainment insurance broker specializing in film production. We work for you – not the insurance company.


With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Paris we give you empathetic support no matter where you film.

We have insured billions in production budgets and have over 50 specialized employees across our offices to provide you with experienced production insurance advice. Our staff has spent a collective 520 years insuring: episodic television, features, TV movies, Docs, commercials and more. 


Our clients are some of the biggest names in the industry. For those just beginning your career, we have a patient ear for all your production insurance questions.


Our claims service is justifiably famous: you can expect fast, compassionate service to ensure you receive all the money you are owed from the insurance company.

As a result of our size and experience, we feel we can offer our clients the best premiums and coverage available. We are delighted to announce that WiFT LA Members now receive a discount on our services. Just let us know you are WiFT LA member and we will waive our Broker Fees.  We have a Partner Broker relationship in Louisiana to qualify your insurance costs for the state incentive.


Please contact us with your questions, we would love to hear from you. Premium comparisons provided at no cost or obligation. We will happily do a free review and audit of your current coverage to reveal too little and/or excessive coverage.


Stacie O`Beirne

Senior Vice President



Phone: 646-849-4114


New York │Los Angeles │ Vancouver │ Montreal │Toronto │ Nashville │ Paris

Passionate about the arts…better at insurance


DATE: December 13, 2018.

The time is near to celebrate with WiFT~Louisiana at our 2018 WiFT-LA Iris Award Gala! We are always excited to celebrate with our members and supporters in honor of our fellow sisters and brothers who are trailblazing in the film industry. During the festivities we will honor our 2018 Iris Award Winner, Alissa Kantrow, who is the Unit Production Manager of Oscar contender film Green Book! So it would be a delight to have you and your guests attend. Refreshments and drinks will be served. This year our gala will be held at the beautiful Marigny Opera House, a converted 1853 church!


Click Here to purchase your Gala tickets. Stay tuned for more details to come!


Location:725 St Ferdinand St, 70117

Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm

Date: December 13, 2018.

Tickets: $25.00 (Non-Members)

November Alice Evening


WiFT- LA is holding our monthly Alice Evening. This is a great opportunity for current, new, and prospective members to meet and connect with one another. We host Alice Evenings every second Tuesday of the month. We look forward to your attendance!

SPECIAL GUEST for this Alice Evening will be Max Hass!


Max Hass is an entertainment attorney who specializes in music licensing, a hot topic for filmmakers these days. Max will chat about the importance and necessity of securing rights for music used in our films.


Max Hass

Action Potential Entertainment, LLC



Location: Second Line Stages

800 Richard Street, 70130

Date: November 13th, 2018.

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm.

WiFTLA Mixer

WIFTI, WIFT-US, and WIFT- Louisiana is having a top tier networking event! We are teaming up with the Alliance of Women Directors, WiFT-US, WiFTI Board members, Women in Media, and a few more! This will be a MUST ATTEND Networking event! Register on Eventbrite or email wiftlouisiana@gmail.com.


Location: Fairmont Hotel-Lobby Bar

              101 Wilshire Blvd.

         Santa Monica, CA, 90401

          Date: November 6, 2018.

     RSVP: wiftlouisiana@gmail.com

                        (cash bar)

September - WIFT Louisiana New Orleans Monthly Alice Evening - Tuesday, Sept 11, 7pm

Location: Second Line Stages, 800 Richard Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115

Come and meet industry professionals at the monthly Alice Evenings. (Every second Tuesday of the month)

7 pm to 9 pm


Location: Second Line Stages, 800 Richard Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115

September - WIFT Louisiana Baton Rouge Branch Monthly Alice Evening - Wednesday, Sept 19, 7pm

Location: Bottle & Tap 11445 Coursey Blvd Suite A Baton Rouge, La 70816

Come and meet industry professionals at the monthly Alice Evenings. (Every Third Wednesday of the month)

7 pm to 9 pm

Location: Bottle & Tap 11445 Coursey Blvd Suite A Baton Rouge, La 70816

October - WIFT Louisiana Baton Rouge Branch Monthly Alice Evening - Wednesday, October 17, 7pm

Location: Bottle & Tap 11445 Coursey Blvd Suite A Baton Rouge, La 70816​​

Come and meet industry professionals at the monthly Alice Evenings. (Every third Wednesdays)

7 pm to 9 pm


Location: Bottle & Tap

11445 Coursey Blvd Suite A Baton Rouge, La 70816​​

October - NOFF & WIFT Louisiana present Screening: SAME GOD, Thurs 10/18 6:30pm & Wednes 10/24 1:15pm

Various locations: See description below

WIFT will also be the community partner for the film Same God, a Louisiana feature by Louisiana filmmaker Linda Midgett. This documentary screenings are listed below: 

Thursday, 10/18, at the Broad at 6:30pm

Wednesday, 10/24, at the Advocate at 1:15pm

October - NOFF & WIFT Louisiana Reception - Sunday October 21, 2018, 3:00-4:30pm.

Location: The Advocate Building 840 St. Charles Ave, NOLA

Join us at the WIFT-Louisiana reception during the New Orleans Film Festival on Sunday October 21, 2018, 3:00-4:30pm. It will be held in the filmmakers lounge, on top floor of The Advocate Building inside and on the beautiful terrace. Come celebrate our WIFT filmmakers, network, hear about upcoming WIFT events and enjoy lovely food and refreshments.

The Advocate Building
840 St. Charles Av
NO 70130

November - WIFT Louisiana New Orleans Monthly Alice Evening - Tuesday, Nov 13, 7pm

Location: Second Line Stages , 800 Richard Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115

Come and meet industry professionals at the monthly Alice Evenings. (Every second Tuesday of the month)

7 pm to 9 pm


Details coming out soon; however what we can share is that the evening will be very beneficial to our WIFT actors.

November WIFT Louisiana Baton Rouge Branch Monthly Alice Evening - Wednesday, Nov 22, 7pm

Location: Bottle & Tap 11445 Coursey Blvd Suite A Baton Rouge, La 70816​​

Come and meet industry professionals at the monthly Alice Evenings. (Every third Wednesdays)

7 pm to 9 pm


Location: Bottle & Tap ​11445 Coursey Blvd Suite A Baton Rouge, La 70816​​

December - SAVE THE DATE! WIFT Louisiana New Orleans Holiday Gala - Tuesday, December 11, 6 - 10 pm

Location: TBD

It’s that time again when WIFT members celebrate our holidays gala. We will recognize individuals who have greatly impacted the Louisiana film/television industry. While details will be forthcoming soon, please save the date:

Tuesday, December 11th 6-10pm

Venue tbd

December - WIFT Louisiana Baton Rouge Branch Monthly Alice Evening - Wednesday, Dec 19, 7pm

Location: Bottle & Tap 11445 Coursey Blvd Suite A Baton Rouge, La 70816​​

Come and meet industry professionals at the monthly Alice Evenings. (Every third Wednesdays)

7 pm to 9 pm


Location: Bottle & Tap

11445 Coursey Blvd Suite A Baton Rouge, La 70816​​

JANUARY 2019 - ALICE EVENING Tuesday January 9th 7-9pm

Location: Second Line Stages 800 Richard St. NOLA

Our January Alice evening will be held on Tuesday, January 9th and hosted by WIFT member Colette Delacroix. Mark your calendars now for what promises to be an interesting evening. 


Tuesday January 9th 7-9pm

Second Line Stages 800 Richard St.

New Orleans

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