Industry Day & Awards Wrap Up
Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the inaugural NYPA Industry Day & Awards! We had a great day at The Center. Our panels provided information, inspiration, and insights into the coming year. Our Selfless Heroes Awards gave us the opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous service of Eva Radke and ArtCube Nation during the early days of the pandemic. And finally, our NYPA Diversity Awards helped us recognize the tremendous work of Reel Works and Stockade Works in lifting up and providing a path into our industry for those from historically excluded populations.

Bringing our industry together in the same room has been a core value of NYPA since our founding, and this day marked an important return to in person events for the organization. For many, it was the first time seeing other since the pandemic started, and for others their first-time meeting in person. Keep an eye out for more events in the near future, and mark your calendars for November 9, 2023 for our next NYPA Industry Day & Awards!

Industry Day Speakers & Panels
Yoni Bokser (Executive Director/Vice President, NYS Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development & New Media) started off the day providing an update on our industry in the state of New York, as well as the tremendous commitment to economic development funding and programs Governor Kathy Hochul and the legislature have made. 
Kwame Amoaku (Deputy Commissioner Mayors Office of Media and Entertainment) provided an update from New York City, reinforcing the city's commitment to our industry. 
Commissioners in Conversation (From Left to Right): Laurent Retjo (Hudson Valley Film Commission, Executive Director), Eric Gardner (Adirondack Film, Film Commissioner), Natasha Caputo (Westchester County, Film Commissioner), Diana Cherryholmes (Suffolk County, Film Commissioner).
Chair Flo Mitchell-Brown introduces our Lunch and Learn. Thank you to Entertainment Partners for their sponsorship and John Hadity for sharing his wisdom.
Diversity: Celebrating Our Wins & Looking Toward the Future (From L to R): Carlos Calderon (IATSE 829 member, Reel Works & MediaMKRS graduate), Colin Fickes (Stockade Works), Keisha Katz (Reel Works), Rachel Watanabe-Batton (Moderator, Producer)
Beyond the New Normal panel (From L to R): Josh Friedman (Crew Me Up, DGA member), Scott Taylor (Taylor & Taylor), Rip Beyman (Lewis Brisbois), Adam Richlin (Light Bulb Rentals). Thank you, Lewis Brisbois, for sponsoring the panel. 
Beyond the New Normal panel (From L to R): Josh Friedman (Crew Me Up, DGA), Scott Taylor (Taylor & Taylor), Adam Richlin (Light Bulb Rentals), Rip Beyman (Lewis Brisbois), Steven Beer (Moderator, Lewis Brisbois)
NYPA Awards
Part of NYPA's goal is to acknowledge and celebrate the good work done by our industry day in and day out. This year's honorees have made a tremendous impact in our industry and our community as a whole. 
From Left to Right:  Susie Sofranko (Executive Director, Stockade Works), Flo Mitchell-Brons (NYPA Chair), Beth Davenport (Co-Founder & Director of Programs, Stockade Works), John Williams (Co-Founder & Executive Director, Reel Works), Eva Radke (Founder & CEO, ArtCube Nation)
Get to know 2022 NYPA Diversity Award honoree Reel Works
Get to know 2022 NYPA Diversity Award honoree Stockade Works
Click to Get To Know 2022 Selfless Heroes Award honoree Eva Radke & ArtCube Nation
Thank You to Our Event Sponsors!
Celebration Sponsored by Extreme Reach
Lunch Sponsored by Entertainment Partners
Beyond Our New Normal Panel Sponsored by Lewis Brisbois
Marquee Student Ticket Sponsor: Warner Bros. Discovery Access
Afternoon refreshment sponsored by MPA
Thank you, Producer Level Sponsors:
Great Point Studios, Insight Equipment, New York Women in Film & Television and Silvercup Studios.
Thank you, wine sponsor, Rubirosa!
Join or Renew Today!
NYPA is a member driven organization, and for over twenty years member dues have enabled us to be a leading advocate for jobs, education and diversity within our industry. July 1 marks the beginning of the organizations fiscal year, and the organization's plans include:
  • NYPA's NY Industry & Awards Day was held on November 10th, with a day of panels and thought leadership followed by awarding NYPA's Selfless Heroes Award and NYPA's Diversity Award. 
  • The Education Committee is expanding the NYPA Scholarship Program, as well as reimagining our traditional panels at Academy for Careers in Television and Film.
  • Increased Membership opportunities for member education, promotion, and a return to NYPA's own live mixers and events.
Memberships start as low as $15 per month for individuals or $48 per month for small companies and organizations. Your support for NYPA enables our events, thought leadership, as well as support for the next generation of below the line talent in New York. Join or renew today!
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FY 2022-2023 Board
  • Flo Mitchell-Brown (Extreme Reach) - Chair
  • Mike Jackman (FilmNation) - Executive VP
  • Kevin Fitze (City National Bank) - Treasurer
  • Steven Beer (Individual Member) - Secretary
  • Barbara DeFina (Individual Member) - Vice President
  • Richard Ippolito (RiverBridge Studios) - Vice President
  • Carl Zucker (The TEAM Companies) - Vice President
  • Alexis Alexanian - Entertainment Partners
  • Anne Hubbell  - Kodak
  • Keisha Katz - Reel Works
  • Thea Kerman - Individual Member
  • Rick Lopes - Individual Member
  • Cynthia Lopez - NYWIFT
  • Zoe Match Suna - Silvercup Studios
  • Pat Swinney Kaufman - Individual Member
  • Shane Sibert - Cinelease Studios
  • Myrna Suarez - Individual Member
  • Kristin Wilcha - AICP
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