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NYPA Announces 2010-2011 Board of Directors And Officers

(October 29, 2010)
DMN Newswire--2010-10-29--

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 ,


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                    NY Executive Director, Screen Actors Guild

Stuart Suna                         Silvercup Studios

Benj Whitehouse                  Individual

Carl Zucker                        CAPS Universal


*New member of board




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  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 

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