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Women in Film Expands Outreach with Speed Mentoring; Top Ten Pieces of Advice

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 31, 2012 at 3:01PM

"There wasn't one woman, not one woman, that I could look up to and say 'I want to be that woman." Things have changed in the 50 years since producer Marion Rosenberg started in the entertainment industry, said the Women in Film trustee and mentoring co-chair at the organization's inaugural Speed Mentoring session on October 29. She was talking with twenty mentors and twenty mentees, comprised of WIF members who were chosen based on the strength of their proposed questions.

Susan Cartsonis (Producer, President of Storefront Pictures and WIFF Chair); Pamela Rodi (Entertainment Marketing); Pat Quinn (Partner/Manager, Quinn Media Management); Orly Adelson (President, Dick Clark Productions); Cathleen Summers (Producer); Jane Fleming (Partner, Amber Entertainment); Cindy Bond (President, Mission Pictures International); Stephanie Allain (Producer, Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival); Stephanie Austin (Producer,Partner at ChickFlicks); Lillah McCarthy (Senior Vice President of Original Programming, TNT and TBS); Danica Krislovich (Founder, Guardian Productions, Inc.); Marion Rosenberg (Manager/Producer); Chevonne O'Shaughnessy (Co-founder and President,  Mission Pictures International and American Cinema International); Michelle Raimo Kouyate (President of Production, Sony Pictures Animation); Tamara Rawitt (Producer); Meghan Hooper (Vice President, Program Acquisitions, Lifetime Networks); Sharon Lawrence (Actor); Deborah Miller (Personal Manager); Linda Feferman (Writer, Director, Producer, Linda Feferman Films, Inc.); Nikkole Denson-Randolph (VP, Specialty and Alternative Content, AMC Entertainment).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.