Summer Meet-up

The Business of Entertainment: Tapping into National Film and Television – Panel Discussion with Dana Hankins and Debra M. Simon

FREE to WIF Members / $10 Non-members

Woman in Film- PDX in partnership with NW Documentary is honored to host an evening of expert advice from successful women working in national film and television. Join us on the evening of Wednesday July 12th for short presentations followed by an open Q&A mediated by a WIF Board Member. WIF-PDX will provide wine and snacks and an opportunity to network following the programing. Bring your questions and your business cards!

Panelist Bios:

Dana Hankins, Redhead Productions

Producer Dana Satler Hankins pursues unique and compelling projects for theatrical, television, documentary, and commercial production.   Her most recent indie film, UNDER THE BLOOD-RED SUN, is adapted from Graham Salisbury’s award-winning young-adult novel and has won a number of family film festival awards.   CHIEF, a short film Hankins produced in 2008, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Hankins theatrical credits include Hollywood features THE TEMPEST, STAKEOUT, BIRD ON A WIRE, and SHORT CIRCUIT, as well as the critically acclaimed independent release, PICTURE BRIDE.   Her documentary credits include projects for National Geographic Television, Discovery, and the History Channel.

Debra M. Simon, Film, Reality TV, Documentary and Multimedia Producer & Writer

DEBRA M SIMON is an award-winning Film, Reality TV, Documentary and Multimedia Producer & Writer. Currently Debra is serving as Production Manager for Hacking Your Mind, a 4-part prime time documentary series for PBS, based at OPB.

She has worked on documentaries and films for national distribution. Some of the documentaries she has produced include Guy’s N’ Divas: Battle Of The High School Musicals with Spitfire Pictures for Lionsgate and Showtime, the critically acclaimed feature documentary Beyond The Mat for Imagine Films/Universal, On The Inside: America’s Military Academies, a 3-hour special for The Discovery Channel, and The Children Are Watching, a documentary for PBS. She also supervised Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt I & II & Solar Sails for A&E & Cosmos Studios.

She has received the Worldfest Platinum Award for the screenplay Season Of The Witch, Webby Awards for producing website/design/graphics, Kodak’s Medallion of Excellence in Photography, Gold Key Awards in photographic endeavors, and Telly Awards in art/culture for film/video/marketing/internet. In addition, Beyond the Mat, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.