North America Mentees and Mentors 2024

 

About the Rise Mentoring Programme

Our award-winning Rise Mentoring Programme is a coveted six month programme to support women working in, or aspiring to work in the media technology sector.

The 2024 Mentoring Programme sees a variety of experienced broadcast media technology sector industry leaders, at a diversity of levels of seniority, ready to offer expertise, knowledge and guidance to our female Mentees.

A special thank you goes to our industry sponsors as the programme is only made possible due their generous support.

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North America Mentees

Graziana Mirabile

Graziana Mirabile

Originally from Southern Italy, Graziana is a post-production professional based in NYC with 10 years of working experience and over 25 years of movie watching. She particularly enjoys mystery movies and teenage comedies. When not glued to a screen, she enjoys cooking and playing with her dog, Dougie Jones.

MENTOR: Elodie Powers, Service Line Director, Audio Dev, Streaming & Broadcast at Keywords Studios, Keywords Studios

Eliza Tan

Eliza Tan

Eliza, a multimedia artist and Product Manager at Adobe, leads AI and Audio partnership strategy and co-marketing for the Adobe Video Ecosystem. Accredited twice as an Olympic Photographer, she's also a seasoned video editor in the documentary space. As a Part-Time Professor, Eliza teaches multimedia classes on Multimedia Video and Photojournalism, Web, UX/UI Design, and Animation and is based at Adobe's World Headquarters in San Jose.

MENTOR: Jane Sung, COO, Cinedeck

Courtney Henig

Courtney Henig

I'm Courtney Henig, your friendly neighborhood New Yorker soaking in the city vibes! If I'm not busy conquering the NYC marathon (ran it in 2022, and spoiler alert, doing it again in 2025!), you'll catch me indulging my foodie soul with a massive love for pasta. 🍝 But hey, balance is key, right? When I'm not burning those marathon calories or savoring pasta, my heart belongs to the fantastic people in my life – they're my real MVPs. And let's talk about dogs - especially those adorable golden retrievers. A future puppy adoption is in the cards, and I seriously can't wait!

MENTOR: Katie Fellion, Business Development Manager, Post Production - Production Strategy & Operations, Netflix

Wynne Tang

Wynne Tang

Wynne is a software product manager who works with enterprise customers to streamline their content supply chains. She previously worked in management consulting with media, technology, and telecom clients. She obtained her MBA and Masters in Computer Science from the University of Chicago, and loves life, her cats, and nature.

MENTOR: Carin Forman, Global Partner Lead, Media & Entertainment, AWS

Paige Ford

Paige Ford

Paige is a studio engineer at Apple with a background in lighting for film and TV. Originally an East coaster, Paige spent a decade in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles. Finding creative solutions to complex issues is one of her favorite parts of working in broadcast and media.

MENTOR: Terri Davies, President, Trusted Partner Network, Trusted Partner Network

Sonia Hernandez

Sonia Hernandez

I am born and raised in Los Angeles and have been in the industry over 15 years. I have worked in post production and now I work for Apple. I hope to meet someone who has a lot of experience that can help me grow. I am currently is a transition career process and it is very challenging but a lot of fun! On my own time I am a musician and regularly play in a band. Music is my passion! and so is my career and learning.

MENTOR: Christine Duvall, Solutions Architect - North America, Ross Video

Katie ORourke

Katie ORourke

My name is Katie, I graduated from Boston University in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Film and Television. I am based in New York and my last role was as a Digital Content Coordinator at BBC Studios. I have also previously worked for INSIDER and GBH.

MENTOR: Em Donald, Special Projects Manager, Ross Production Services

Meag Cherry

Meag Cherry

Meag Cherry is a 24-year-old documentary filmmaker and editor based in NYC. Her work often explores wildlife from the angle of human overlap and influence. Meag has done editorial work for lululemon, Cartoon Network, and the upcoming feature documentary “Inmate Corrections Television” from Brooklyn Underground Films.

MENTOR: Amy Bloom, Business Exective/EP, Practical Magic

Petra Dubravcova

Petra Dubravcova

Petra, a co-founder of Cloudamai, holds a degree from Copenhagen Business School and certifications in CRM, Data Analytics, and Management. With experience at IBM and startups, she champions technology diversity as a Google Women Techmakers Ambassador and SlovakPRO organizer in Seattle. Her expertise lies in product management and AI/cloud development.

MENTOR: Magdalena Jagucka, Owner, Founder, currently self-employed

Nova Meza

Nova Meza

Nova A. Meza is a versatile Audio Engineer based in Los Angeles.
Her sound is known as Nuva Sound, the post-production company she founded early in her career, providing a variety of audio services including sound recording, editing, designing and mixing.
Nova’s extensive experience in different sound disciplines and artistic approach to every project sets her apart from other engineers of her generation, combining new and traditional techniques to create a unique sound that fits her clients’ vision.
Her latest work includes “Jiu Jitsu” starring Nicholas Cage and “Moonage Daydream”, a documentary-film about David Bowie.
Nova pursued graduate studies in The Los Angeles Recording School in 2017. During her academic journey she developed her craft through guidance from mentors such as Emmy Award Winner Eddie Kim, Brandon Kim, Grammy Award Winner Printz Board, Brett Morgen, Scott Shryack and Grammy Award Winner Joel Numa.

MENTOR: Karol Urban, Re-recording Mixer/Sound Supervisor, Global Urbanization Through Sound

Veronica Pineda

Veronica Pineda

With seven vibrant years in Applied Behavior Analysis, enriching the lives of children on the spectrum, Veronica took a thrilling leap into the film industry. At Deluxe Media, her passion for Broadcast TV blossoms daily. As Veronica aims to wrap up her second master's in Business, her journey merges creativity with strategic insight.

MENTOR: Michele Gauthier, Senior Director of Production, Americas, Shutterstock Studios, Americas

Tiauna Davis

Tiauna Davis

Accomplished Account Manager offering versatility in facilitating and deepening relationships with internal and external stakeholders related to clients’ projects and business needs across all levels of an organization.

MENTOR: Jodynne Wood, Account Director- Media & Entertainment, 3Play Media

Carla Prates

Carla Prates

Carla is a Product Manager at Digital Anarchy. She loves creating smart but simple products that solve real problems and strives to incorporate customer feedback into every stage of a product life cycle. Her diverse background in journalism, film, and accessibility drives a lifetime commitment to learning from everyone’s stories.

MENTOR: Melanie Ciotti, Marketing Manager, Studio Network Solutions

Olivia Taylor-Butler

Olivia Taylor-Butler

Olivia Taylor-Butler is a Midwesterner from Kansas City, Missouri who is passionate about world-building, science fiction, and existential storytelling. She currently serves as the coordinator for DBT Live-Action and Unscripted Series, where she strives to propel fresh, innovative content from diverse creators and perspectives.

MENTOR: Letia Solomon, Entertainment Director Program Fellow, Disney

Stephanie Haycock

Stephanie Haycock

Global media strategic technology leader with over 18 years of expertise in delivering business results through process optimization, high-performing teams and effective key stakeholder partnerships.

MENTOR: Wynne Nevins, Vice President, Strategic Operations, SiriusXM

Celine Viravong

Celine Viravong

Celine graduated with a B.A. from SFSU's Cinema program in 2020, and has since worked as a production designer, VFX coordinator, and post production coordinator in Los Angeles. She now works in emerging technology for filmmakers, and is pursuing her joint goals of becoming a strong producer and software developer.

MENTOR: Alexis Martinez, Systems and Tooling Manager, Localization Operations, AWS

Valeria Sosa

Valeria Sosa

Very motivated woman that wants to open new roads for every girl out there that wants to be part of the engineering world and it's too afraid because of the lack of females in this side of the industry. Passionate about D&I in the workplace.

MENTOR: Marcy Lefkovitz, Media Technology & Workflow Executive, Consultant

Kate Harrell

Kate Harrell

Hello, I am Kate!

I work as a freelance Broadcast Engineer with a focus in Video and IT for various companies around the world. I love my job and the fact that ultimately I am paid to learn something that I would be following regardless of my career. I have 6+ years experience working live, scripted, and reality production sets along with a technical background in AV integration, project management, and networking.

I like keyboards, cables, and fixing stuff.

MENTOR: Gaylen Clutter, Live Media Program Manager - Studio Production, Evertz Microsystems

Kelsey Coffin

Kelsey Coffin

Kelsey, committed to preserving media's legacy at Iron Mountain Media & Archiving Services, brings five years of project management expertise. Following a hiatus, she earned a Bachelor's in Entertainment Media Management from California State University Northridge. Her passion for the entertainment industry evolved into a dedication to facilitating multimedia content archival processes.

MENTOR: Liz Guenther, Senior Account Director, Deluxe

Yvette Sityar

Yvette Sityar

I came into this industry in 2005. While finishing school, I fell in love with Disney Digital Distribution and years later moved into vendor localization. I've tried different venues in the last almost 20 years, but my heart continues to stay in digital media.

MENTOR: Daniela Bocchetti, Senior Vice President, Client Solutions, Keywords Studios

Geetanjali Dogra Mehta

Geetanjali Dogra Mehta

Meet Geetanjali, a marketing enthusiast with a penchant for creativity. With over 15 years of experience spanning various sectors, her passion for sales and client engagement shines through. A master at wrangling chaos in event organizing, she finds joy in writing. An Army Brat with a travel bug, she's also a mom to an aspiring chef, always exploring new cuisines and cultures.

MENTOR: Meghan Ross, Director of Partner Relations, Ateliere Creative Technologies

Swetha Sridhar

Swetha Sridhar

Hi, I'm Swetha Sridhar, originally from Bengaluru, India, currently residing in Maryland, USA. With a background in ECE and an MS in Engineering Management, I specialize in writing camera control layer and protocol translation for specialty broadcast cameras. Committed to leadership and innovation, I aspire to contribute to the Engineering and Operations side of the broadcasting industry.

MENTOR: Allison Martin-Fong, Content Planning Director, Global Operations, BBC Studios

Jasmine Hope Veridiano

Jasmine Hope Veridiano

Jasmine Hope is a Filipino-American who was born and raised in Queens, New York. She is a talented freelance video editor and photographer, with a real passion for the underground dance scene. In her free time, Jasmine loves to organize and produce dance competition events. She's a true jack of all trades, currently working as a freelance assistant video editor at Paramount, a Post Supervisor for an independently funded documentary series called Maarte, and a part-time social media manager for the non-profit organization LayeRhythm Production Inc.

MENTOR: Michelle DeLateur, Digital Storyteller, Boston University

Alexandra Nevins

Alexandra Nevins

Alexandra Nevins is a resourceful Project Management Expert in leading enterprise projects for tech, sales, and entertainment. Adept in Waterfall and Agile, Alexandra drives innovation for customer-centric products. Proven track record in enhancing user engagement. Alexandra holds a Master's in Film and Television from NYU. Recognized with various awards and certifications, including PMP and Certified Scrum Master. Her film, "Lie & Say You Love Me", won "Best of Show" at the Marin County Film Festival. Affiliated with industry networks and committed to advancing women in broadcast and telecommunications.

MENTOR: Jill Porubovic, Global Operations Leader, Take 2 Games

Jillian Hutt

Jillian Hutt

With a background in social services, my operations role is deeply rooted in prioritizing individual needs. I take pride in contributing to Ross Video Ltd., where we drive innovation and support in broadcasting, empowering broadcasters amidst industry evolution.

MENTOR: Hilary Roschke, Vice President of Strategic Operations, SDVI Corporation

Gina Witzke

Gina Witzke

Gina Witzke is a Business Development Manager for Camera Motion Systems at Ross Video in Ottawa, Ontario. She holds an M.S in Education, Media, Design and Technology from Full Sail University, as well as a B.A in Communications from Western Michigan University. With over 15 years of experience in broadcast television, her previous positions include Associate Director, Studio Technician, Jib Operator, and Video Engineer for NBC Sports, CBS News, ESPN, and Disney. In addition to live broadcast experience, Gina also held lecturer positions in both advanced AV and Broadcast Engineering. Gina is always looking for a new opportunity to learn and network with anyone in the broadcast industry.

MENTOR: Kira Baca, Chief Revenue Officer, Ateliere Creative Technologies

Jamie Manley

Jamie Manley

Jamie Manley is a Production Travel Coordinator at Ross Production Services in Wallingford, Connecticut. She recently graduated from Quinnipiac University with her Masters in Cinematic Production Management. She is elated to be a part of this program. Jamie enjoys traveling, working on live events, cooking, and attending film festivals.

MENTOR: Elizabeth Jones, Master Control Operator, Warner Brothers Discovery

Lauren Schwartzbald

Lauren Schwartzbard

A born storyteller, I weave words and visuals to captivate audiences. After graduating from Temple in 2022, I traded the east coast for sunny Los Angeles, chasing dreams in the entertainment industry. While working at Sphere Entertainment, I explore my creative side even after work through writing, YouTube, and scrapbooking.

MENTOR: Lori Schwartz, CEO & Principal, Story Tech

Marie Kittler

Marie Kittler

Marie Kittler (she/her) is a video producer and editor with a passion for bringing stories to life. With experience from broadcast television to documentary work, every project is met with excitement and passion. She continues to be an avid learner and strives to grow within the media industry. When she is not creating, she’s usually out hiking with her pug.

MENTOR: Danielle Evenson, Social Media Marketing Manager, AM/PM

Yawa Degboe

Yawa Degboe

As a Director of Demand Generation at Vimeo, I lead and execute marketing strategies to increase awareness, produce marketing and sales qualified leads, and generate sales pipeline. With over 10 years of experience in B2B SaaS and international organizations, I have a proven track record of driving growth and revenue through account-based marketing (ABM), digital marketing, and cost per acquisition (CPA) models. My core competencies include search engine marketing and optimization (SEM & SEO), video marketing, programmatic display, real-time bidding, and affiliate marketing. I am well-versed in planning and optimizing sales and marketing funnels, and building relationships with publishers, advertisers, ad networks, and agencies. I am fluent in French, English, intermediate in German, and I nurture my passion for poetry, writing, and art.

MENTOR: Sheevani Raikundalia, Head of Financial Advertising Sales, North America, Bloomberg

Emily Butcher

Emily Butcher

Emily Butcher is an Operations Coordinator with Ross Production Services. She won the AWSM's 2016 Leah Siegel Memorial Scholarship, spending the summer with ESPN. Emily graduated from the University of Missouri in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. She currently resides in St. Louis, MO.

MENTOR: Carin Mazaira, Campaign Marketing Manager, Disguise

Hillary Lewis

Hillary Lewis

Hillary Lewis is a Post Production Supervisor for Unscripted, Reality, Home Renovation and Docu-Series on 10+ major networks and streaming services. She has a passion for the technical side of post production and exploring AI's future impact on industry workflows. She is proud to be involved in industry communities and hopes to lead teams forward in responsible AI uses/initiatives in post production.

MENTOR: Marisa Mikrut, Director of Product Marketing, Freewheel

RISE MENTORING PROGRAMME 2024

North America Mentors

Elodie Powers

Elodie Powers

A Media & Entertainment industry veteran with hands-on experience in all areas of production and post-production, Elodie specialized over time in preparing content for local and international launch across multiple languages and windows of release. As Global Director of Audio Development and Media & Entertainment at Keywords she coordinates teams dispersed across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific.

MENTEE: Graziana Mirabile, Director of Production, 2 Market Media

Jane Sung

Jane Sung

Jane Sung, COO at Cinedeck since 2010, excels in improving video production workflows. With expertise in distributed workflows, she led Cinedeck's shift to software-only and cloud-based solutions. Self-taught, she impresses with extensive knowledge of the broadcast industry. Jane's leadership transformed Cinedeck, inspiring and supporting her team while driving innovation and efficiency.

MENTEE: Eliza Tan, Product Manager, Adobe

Katie Fellion

Katie Fellion

Katie Fellion’s career has been shaped by the intersection of technology and creativity. In 2009, she co-founded Light Iron, a post production facility that trail blazed the film to digital transition and which was later acquired by Panavision. Currently, she leads a business development team at Netflix that executes on strategic opportunities across the global production ecosystem. She is a North American board member for RISE as well as a member of the Producers Guild of America.

MENTEE: Courtney Henig, Renewal Specialist, Adobe

Carin Forman

Carin Forman

Carin has over 25 years of experience in Broadcast and Studio Operations. Carin is the Global Partner Lead, Media & Entertainment for AWS, focused on strategic enablement and partner development, for Archive Migrations, Monetization, Media Management, Rights, Metadata Management, Workflow Orchestration, Media Processing and Localization partners. Prior to joining AWS, Carin spent 12 years at HBO building an end-to-end cloud collaboration solution for HBO’s Photography, Graphics and Promos for Social, OTT and HBO Max. Prior to HBO, Carin spent 16 years at Discovery Communications.

MENTEE: Wynne Tang, Product Manager, Adobe


 

Terri Davies

Terri Davies

Terri Davies is President of the Motion Picture Association’s Trusted Partner Network. Davies started her career in post-production in London before moving to Los Angeles with Sony Pictures where she was Executive Vice President, Business Operations, Worldwide Product Fulfillment. Davies serves on various boards and is also a mentor at the USC Marshall Business School.

MENTEE: Paige Ford, Studio Engineer, Apple

Christine Du Vall

Christine Du Vall

Christine Du Vall has held positions across the broadcast video spectrum since 2006. From operations and editing, to engineering and systems design, to producing and equipment sales, Christine's impact on the industry is experienced by many and matched by few. In her role as Solutions Architect at Ross Video, Christine has been advising high profile clients and broadcasters in mission critical applications large and small. She looks forward to paying back her years of media experience as a gift to Rise.

MENTEE: Sonia Hernandez, Audio/ Network Engineer, Apple Inc.

Em Donald

Em Donald

In my role at Ross Production Services, I manage client relations and on-site operations for major events. I collaborate with teams to understand client needs, secure resources, and ensure smooth execution. On-site, I oversee technical aspects, troubleshoot with engineers, and lead remote teams for successful event production.

MENTEE: Katie ORourke, Content Coordinator, Media Resources, A+E Networks

Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom

Amy Bloom is an award-winning Producer and Co-Owner of the production company Practical Magic. Over her career she has managed some of the most technologically advanced museum installations and VR experiences in the world, shot everything from cinematic documentaries to quirky indies, and overseen dozens of hours of television programming.

MENTEE: Meag Cherry, Assistant Editor, Brooklyn Underground Films

Magdalena Jagucka

Magdalena Jagucka

Magda has over 20 years of experience in Localization and most recently managed global operations at a premiere post-production company. Over the years, Magda has managed a number of high profile media and entertainment clients, and lead large teams through platform launches and digital transformations.

MENTEE: Petra Dubravcova, Co-Founder & Product Manager, Cloudamai, LLC

 

Karol Urban

Karol Urban

 

MENTEE: Nova Meza, Recording engineer, Deluxe media

Michele Gauthier

Michele Gauthier

Michele Gauthier is the Global Director of Production Transformation for Vice Media Group. The transformation unit is responsible for global strategic initiatives and operational alignment across the production business. Her background as a production executive lends to her ability to foster collaboration with cross-functional partners within production, post, and media technology. Michele previously held the role of Head of Production at Refinery29 in Toronto, Canada. She was brought on as a production expert to help translate the globally renowned brand into the Canadian market. Her priority was to continue delivering best-in-class content and high caliber service during this transition. Prior to Refinery29 she led the Integrated Production business at Vice Media in Canada where she successfully built an in-house branded production model. Michele continues to be inspired by the innovative work of her peers, colleagues, and the industry as a whole. Mentorship has played an integral role in her professional development and she is thrilled to be part of the Rise community to continue promoting knowledge sharing and connectivity.

MENTEE: Veronica Pineda, Account Coordinator, Deluxe Media

Jodynne Wood

Jodynne Wood

Strategic Account Manager with track record of solving complex business challenges and guiding Media and Entertainment companies through innovations in technology. My commitment lies in surpassing customer expectations and achieving outstanding outcomes, utilizing a consultative approach that places customers at the center of every decision.

MENTEE: Tiauna Davis, Account Coordinator, Deluxe Media

Melanie Ciotti

Melanie Ciotti

Melanie Ciotti is the Marketing Manager at Studio Network Solutions (SNS), a leading media technology company. She earned her MBA from Florida International University as a Division I athlete and has been involved in various nonprofits, including Toastmasters International. Melanie lives in Florida with her husband, John, and daughter, Madeline.

MENTEE: Carla Prates, Product Manager, Digital Anarchy

Letia Solomon

Letia Solomon

 

MENTEE: Olivia Taylor-Butler, Coordinator, Live Action & Unscripted Series, Disney Branded Television

Wynne Nevins

Wynne Nevins

Wynne has spent 12 years in the media technology industry managing strategic initiatives and business operations. Wynne began her career at Warner Music Group in Digital Business Development before moving to the Office of the CEO. In 2015, Wynne joined SiriusXM and is responsible for technology partnerships and cross-functional business operations.

MENTEE: Stephanie Haycock, Sr Manager Product Management, Disney Entertainment and ESPN Technology

Alexis Martinez

Alexis Martinez

Alexis Martinez is a media and entertainment technology professional based in Santa Monica, CA specializing in content localization. They currently manage systems and tooling for Amazon Studios’ Global Content Localization team where they collaborate with partners across the studio and Prime Video to bring movies and series to global audiences.

MENTEE: Celine Viravong, Post Production Coordinator, Flawless AI

Marcy Lefkovitz

Marcy Lefkovitz

 

MENTEE: Valeria Sosa, Staff Video Distribution Engineer, Fox Corporation

Gaylen Clutter

Gaylen Clutter

Gaylen Clutter is the Live Media Program Manager of Studio Productions at Evertz Microsystems. Starting her career in Denver as a freelance replay operator, she then went on to help launch the Lakers Network in Los Angeles with a focus on playback and replay workflows. There she became one of the first DreamCatcher operators in the country, and made the move from customer to vendor. She has experience with large scale system deployment with customers such as the NBA, as well as technical / operational support for events like the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Asian games.

MENTEE: Kate Harrell, Broadcast Engineer    

Liz Guenther

Liz Guenther

Liz Guenther is a So Cal native and has been a mentor and mentee with the Rise NA program since its launch. She’s established her career in audio post production and team management that supports the end to end mastering and localization needs of Deluxe’s studio clientele for broadcast and streaming.

MENTEE: Kelsey Coffin, Project Manager-Global Client Solutions, Iron Mountain Media & Archiving Services

Daniela Bocchetti

Daniela Bocchetti

Daniela Bocchetti is the Sr. Vice President of Client Solutions at IDC L.A., based in Los Angeles.
Daniela works diligently to ensure that both our clients and the IDC business units are set up for success, while establishing solid partnerships to meet mutual goals and exceed clients expectations. Being a native Norwegian/Italian speaker, her true passion is ensuring that any content is always represented correctly, while preserving the creative intent, from post finishing all the way to archival. 
As a millennial, Daniela is well-versed in physical formats and the transition into the OTT streaming universe, and she enjoys staying ahead of the curve with respect to emerging technologies in the media space. During her tenure at Deluxe, she oversaw and grew the Netflix Originals account globally during a critical time, by pioneering workflows and redefining title management.  In addition, she managed the Netflix Licensed Content account and their respective content partners. These years allowed her to take a deep dive into not only Localization, but also Digital Cinema, Creative Post, Media Processing, Advanced Formats, and more. On her spare time, Daniela is an avid hiker and waterfall chaser! She enjoys road trips all across California, and her license plates read 'HDR IMF' as a badge of honor to be a part of our industry.

MENTEE: Yvette Sityar, Client Manager, IYUNO

Meghan Ross

Meghan Ross

Meghan is a Chicago-based marketer that has been working in the Media, Entertainment and Technology sector for the majority of her career. Most of Meghan’s positions have been working with Partners - which she loves. A natural communicator, Meghan enjoys building and maintaining long-term relationships with her customers, vendors and partners. To this end, she is highly effective in working with diverse groups to successfully implement and execute programs that deliver results. Meghan’s extensive experience in marketing, sales and business development has given her a unique vantage point that allows her to more deeply understand the needs of her sales teams and create programs to best support their goals. Stakeholders appreciate her combination of “big picture” thinking and attention to detail. Meghan brings empathy, communication and organization to each position she holds. She has served on the board of Women in Film Chicago twice, helped launch the North American chapter of Rise and is proud to still be part of the board. Meghan has recently joined the team at Ateliere and is really excited to work with their industry leading partners. If you follow her on any social platform you will see she is a proud dog mom and features her fur kiddos frequently.

MENTEE: Geetanjali Dogra Mehta, Events & Content Manager, Magnifi

Allison Martin-Fong

Allison Martin-Fong

Allison is a Global Operations executive at BBC Studios Americas, leading a team that oversees the creation and management of all descriptive metadata, artwork, and avails deliveries for North America. She is a RISE alumni and knows all too well that the details matter and bad metadata should never happen to good people.

MENTEE: Swetha Sridhar, Software Application Engineer, NEP Group

Michelle DeLateur

Michelle DeLateur

Filmmaker, photographer, songwriter, and teacher Michelle DeLateur has been tethered to the media world ever since playing with VHS tapes. Michelle is currently a contributor for ProVideo Coalition and The Knockturnal. When she’s not writing or editing a project, she can be found experimenting with lenses or on the river fly-fishing.

MENTEE: Jasmine Hope Veridiano, Assistant Video Editor, Paramount

Jill Porubovic

Jill Porubovic

Jill Porubovic has built a career of leadership success by delivering human-centered transformation across industries. Not one to sit by and wait for things to happen, she embraces technology and innovation, operational and service excellence strategies, organizational design, and communications to unlock opportunities for positive change. From startup businesses and divisions to Fortune 500 enterprises, Jill has earned the reputation as a difference maker and a builder of cultures where teams are inspired to deliver their best work—even during times of uncertainty and complexity. For these reasons, she is invited to speak about the areas of transformation, successful large-scale M&A migration, best-of-breed application and SaaS strategy, and the creation of customer change. The founder of Jill Porubovic Consulting, LLC., Jill draws upon more than 20 years of technology and operations leadership experience to guide client companies through their unique challenges. Her engagements have included work with gaming companies to structure communications and change management strategies. She is also a trusted advisor to companies across the evolving media and entertainment space with a focus on technology transformation and initiatives to leverage service as a differentiator.

MENTEE: Alexandra Nevins, Sr. Technical Program Manager, Paramount+

Hilary Roschke

Hilary Roschke

Hilary Roschke is the VP of Strategic Operations at SDVI Corporation and Board Chair of the North American chapter of Rise. With extensive experience in technology-focused operational and strategic roles in the media industry, she excels in optimizing complex ecosystems and driving major transformation initiatives. Hilary's expertise also extends to business management, guiding organizations through critical milestones such as re-branding, re-organization, and large-scale acquisitions. As a passionate advocate for gender diversity, she collaborates with Rise to foster a supportive community and to provide mentorship and education to its members.

MENTEE: Jillian Hutt, Manager, Commercial Operations - Business Operations & Data Analysis, Ross Video

Kira Baca

Kira Baca

A 25-year industry veteran, Baca began her career in the media industry working alongside Hollywood legends Martin Scorsese and Lorne Michaels before transitioning to senior management positions at Technicolor and Deluxe managing global client accounts for Paramount, Disney and others.

As the digital media age evolved, Baca moved to Poland to lead SVP Global Operations at SDI where she oversaw European offices and the mergers and acquisitions of multiple subtitling and dubbing studios and was responsible for identifying global distribution workflow efficiencies to help address speed-to-market requirements.

Leveraging her passion for media technology, Sony New Media Solutions tapped Baca to lead global sales and marketing for their transformative distribution technology solutions where she secured numerous global deals. Baca then joined Rightsline, where she oversaw global revenue operations. She currently holds the position of Chief Revenue Officer at Ateliere, where she will continue Ateliere’s incredible momentum and revenue growth throughout 2023 and beyond. An avid animal lover, Kira resides in Chatsworth, CA where she manages her own mini-ranch with her husband Der, daughter Olivia, and dog Millie.

MENTEE: Gina Witzke, Business Development Manager, Robotics, Ross Video

Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth Jones

First and foremost, I'm a storyteller.

The places I've lived and explored have instilled in me a love and appreciation for the outdoors, travel and adventure, shaping me into a passionate storyteller and collector.

Working in Broadcast Media Operations allows me to engage in the art of storytelling every day.

MENTEE: Jamie Manley, Production Travel Coordinator, Ross Video

Lori Schwartz

Lori Schwartz

LORI H. SCHWARTZ is a true technology catalyst (‘Tech Cat’). As a leading advisor and speaker in marketing and tech innovation, Lori collaborates with executives of multiple brands, tech, and content companies to ensure their understanding of emerging content models. Los Angeles-based, Lori is a CNN Technology contributor. Lori’s StoryTech initiative facilitates communication between storytellers and technology companies. StoryTech's trends briefings, event curation and show floor tour programs have become well known globally through work @CES, @NAB, and @IBC. Previously Lori was a Governor for the Television Academy’s Emerging Media Peer Group, driving thought leadership for the future of interactive media. She was Chief Technology Catalyst for McCann Worldgroup, North America where she drove tech and content innovation and was the key principle to launching the highly regarded IPGLAB where she facilitated emerging media upfronts for Microsoft, Intel, General Motors, Nestlé, and Sony. She has been profiled as one of the “30 Executives Shaping the Evolution of Media and Technology” by Variety and “100 People to Have Lunch With” by MediaPost Publications. An active spokesperson, Lori launched Digital Hollywood’s ‘Women’s Entertainment and Technology Mentor Program’ and is a recipient of the Lucy Hood Digerati Award for her contributions to the Television Academy. She is one of the key principals that helped launch Hollywood’s Infinity Festival, a yearly event focused on storytelling enabled by technology.

MENTEE: Lauren Schwartzbard, Production Coordinator, Sphere Entertainment Co.

Danielle Evenson

Danielle Evenson

 

MENTEE: Marie Kittler, Video Producer, StudioNorth

Sheevani Raikundalia

Sheevani Raikundalia

 

MENTEE: Yawa Degboe, Director of Demand Generation, Vimeo

Carin Mazaira

Carin Mazaira

Carin is a result-driven branding professional with 8 years of experience and a passion for brand strategy, project management and relationships building. She has worked in the entertainment, fashion and lifestyle industries through a combination of family business practice and real world experience. Carin obtained her International MBA from IE Business School with a concentration in marketing and management.

MENTEE: Emily Butcher, Operations Coordinator, Ross Production Services

Marisa Mikrut

Marisa Mikrut

 

MENTEE: Hillary Lewis, Post Production Manager, CatFace

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