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NEW YORK: The New York Production Alliance


introduced its 2010-2011 Board of Directors, Officers and Committee Chairs at a member meeting October 19, hosted by Panavision New York.

“For some time, our primary focus has been advocating for the renewal of the film production tax credits. To continue that work, NYPA has now established a co-chair leadership structure representing industry and labor, to enhance the effectiveness of NYPA as the only non partisan coalition collaborating on solutions for continued growth of New York jobs in production,? said John Johnston, NYPA Executive Director. “While employment of New Yorkers continues to be NYPA’s top priority, the organization can now direct more resources to its educational initiatives, including the encouragement of sustainable green practices in production. Our committees are reorganized to support this implementation.? Johnston added.

Morty Dubin, Founder and Chair Emeritus offered his thanks to the retiring members of the board, Russ Hollander DGA, Lydia Dean Pilcher PGA East, Jack Turney AICP, Mitchell Kriegman Wainscott Studios, “ NYPA succeeds because of the volunteerism of industry leaders. We thank those stepping aside and those stepping up to continue the mission. NYPA is the entire industry working together. It is fortunate to have such a talented member base with a commitment to the growth of NY production,? said Dubin.

NYPA is a not for profit business alliance of nearly 50 organization involved in film, television, and commercial production and post production in New York State. For more information visit , www.nypa.org

NYPA 2010 – 2011 Officers:

Co-Chair, Industry Michael Jackman , Deluxe New York
Co-Chair, Labor John Ford, Local 52 I.A.T.S.E.
Exec VP Terry Lawler, NYWIFT
Secretary Debbie Gleason, Independent Producer
Treasurer Anne K. Johnson, Local 161
Past President Roberta Reardon, AFTRA
Chair Emeritus Morty Dubin, Founder, Iris Films


Co-Chairs, Legislative John Amman, Local 600
Stuart Suna, Silvercup Studios
Co-Chairs, Finance Anne K. Johnson, Local 161
Terry Lawler, NYWIFT
Co-Chairs, Membership Jeffry Gitter, NY 411
Carl Zucker, CAPS Universal
Chair, Education Rick Lopes, AICP
Chair, Environment Dana Kuznetzkoff, PGA East

Board of Directors:

John Amman Local 600
Stephen Bernstein* Panavision NY
Colleen Donahue Local 161
John Ford Local 52 I.A.T.S.E.
Jean Frost* Directors Guild of America
Jeffry Gitter Local 52
Debbie Gleason Individual
Anne Hubbell Kodak
Michael Jackman Delux, NY
Anne K. Johnson Individual
Dana Kuznetzkoff * Producers Guild of America
Rick Lopes* AICP
Burke Moody AICE
Lowell Peterson WGA East
Roberta Reardon AFTRA
Dennis Reiff Principal, D.R. Reiff & Associates
Elias Scoropanos Individual
Jae Je Simmons New York Executive Director, Screen Actors Guild
Stuart Suna Silvercup Studios
Benj Whitehouse Individual
Carl Zucker CAPS Universal

*New member of board

Retiring are:

Russ Hollander DGA
Lydia Dean Pilcher PGA East
Jack Turney AICP
Mitchell Kriegman Wainscott Studioa

NYPA is presently involved in a number of critical initiatives. These include: New York City and State Government Relations and the on-going Film Tax Credit Program, an expanded NYC Schools Program, Corporate Outreach, Green Production, and Anti-Piracy legislation.


The New York Production Alliance www.nypa.org was formed in the fall of 1998 by a group of film and television industry leaders to promote, expedite and expand production and post-production in New York City and State. NYPA members include a cross section of companies representing every aspect of the business – production companies, trade associations, talent and craft unions and guilds, studios, traditional and non-traditional media, support and service companies, networks and independent contractors. NYPA is the information source for government and industry leaders who want information on why New York is a top production location. It also is the place to learn about the issues of importance to this vital New York industry.

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