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Mission

Mission

ADVOCATE
We speak up for you. OMPA represents your interests at the city, county and state levels, informing and influencing policies that help create the best business environment for you to work in.

CONNECT
We’re your link to the broader production community. OMPA brings Oregon’s dynamic community of media production professionals together to expand your network, share information, and discover new opportunities.

PROMOTE
We showcase Oregon’s media production community within our state and beyond. OMPA attracts new productions and jobs by showcasing the full breadth of Oregon’s media production talent and resources. We make sure people know that everyone and everything they need to product top-notch work is right here.

Values

PROFESSIONAL
We take our work seriously. We understand the challenges the industry faces and the difference we can make together.

WELCOMING
We believe our community is strong when it includes members with diverse experiences and skill sets. We encourage everyone who produces media professionally in Oregon to join us.

SUPPORTIVE
We showcase our members’ talent and expertise within Oregon and beyond. We actively seek new ways to ensure they have the conducive business environment they need to succeed.

About

OMPA is the trade organization for media production professionals in Oregon. With support from our members, we work across the state to build and sustain a strong business environment for media production.

We advocate for production-friendly policies, support a robust professional network, and help create new opportunities for people working at all levels of production.

When you join OMPA, you become part of a diverse community producing a variety of content for film, TV, and new media. Membership in OMPA helps strengthen Oregon’s thriving media production ecosystem.

Strategic Priorities

1. Showcase our members within this community of professionals, to the business community at large, potential clients, and a national and international audience.

2. Advocate for production-friendly policies from the city to the state level.

3. Serve as the link to the broader production community through relevant, timely information and opportunities for meaningful connections.

4. Support a statewide, comprehensive, and diverse membership.

5. Effectively communicate OMPA’s unique role in the community.

6. Build our organization’s capacity.

Team

  • Roland is a Founder and Executive Producer of Hinge Digital, focusing his talents on the studio’s strategic development, client relationships & vendor partnerships, and public relations. With over 15 years of experience in the animation and VFX industries, and six of those as a business owner, Roland brings a wealth of experience in communications and strategy, production management and budgeting, as well as solutions-oriented problem solving and hands-on production. He is thrilled to contribute to OMPA’s continued growth as a vibrant and sustainable member-driven professional organization.

    Board Member

    Roland Gauthier

    Board President—Hinge
  • Noah Stanik is Executive Producer at Nike in Global Brand Creative Production. He has worked as a producer, director, and writer in advertising/marketing and is an award-winning independent filmmaker whose work has screened at numerous festivals. At Nike he produces advertising and marketing for broadcast, digital, and retail distribution around the globe. Forever a maker, when not busy creating film and video, Noah is busy designing and making furniture, video game consoles, or whatever is next. He lives with his awesome family in Portland, OR.

    Board Member

    Noah Stanik

    Board Vice President–Nike
  • Patty Brebner is the Director of W+K Studios—Wieden + Kennedy’s film and experiential development and production studio. W+K Studios encompasses story development and treatment; live action, animation AR/VR/MX, VFX, and audio production; and W+K’s post facility, Joint.

    Patty is responsible for the Studio’s Creator talent and development; finances, operations, and project development; and delivery standards of content from Creators Studio.

    Prior to W+K Studios, Patty was Managing Director of W+K’s Portland and New York post production studios, Joint, which has produced some of the industry’s most awarded post work and talent.

    Patty has worked with the leadership of W+K for over a decade to develop our creative studio capabilities and ensure it’s comparable to best-in-class production houses in talent, output, and culture; driving innovation in approach and opportunities. She’s collaborated with W+K’s brands across the network and had a hand in producing some of W+K’s most iconic work. Prior to joining W+K, Patty worked in film, music video, and TV production; and as a journalist.

    Board Member

    Patty Brebner

    Board Secretary—Wieden + Kennedy
  • Robin Hewitt is an independent production accountant with 25 years of experience in the film industry. Robin’s career started in Los Angeles as a controller for live action film production companies with an eventual shift to VP of Finance for an animated film and television studio—producing Duckman, Rugrats, Wild Thornberries, and Rocket Power, to name a few—including a commercial division and record label.

    Upon moving to Portland, Robin continued working on animated films and television series for a Los Angeles studio with clients including Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, DC Comics, Disney, MTV Networks, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Turner Networks.

    Upon learning of the hit comedy show Portlandia, Robin was thrilled to be back in the live action game and worked on Portlandia seasons 2 through 8. Other projects in Portland include the Comedy Central animated series Jeff and Some Aliens and various Warner Bros. live action productions for The CW Television Network. Robin also does the accounting for various small businesses in the Portland area.

    Board Member

    Robin Hewitt

    Board Treasurer
  • Josh Lunden has been working as an independent writer, director, and producer (and occasional DP) for nearly eight years in Portland. His films have screened at festivals across the country and have received international distribution. Josh currently serves as Director of Multimedia at Pollinate, a Portland creative agency, working on commercials, social campaigns, etc. Josh is a passionate advocate of independent artists and has been grateful for the opportunity to serve the Oregon media production community through OMPA.

    Board Member

    Josh Lunden

    Pollinate
  • Annie has worked in the Portland production industry for 15 years. She is Executive Producer, Owner, and Co-Founder of Actual Industries, an end-to-end video production company creating content for product overviews, web campaigns, and broadcast commercial work for companies such as Google, YouTube, Nike, Amazon, the Oregon Culinary Institute, the City of Portland, Harry & David, and Costco.
    Annie began her producing and directing career in New York City working on shows for the Food Network, Fine Living Channel, and PBS. As EP of Actual Industries, she oversees work supporting creative online campaigns and global communication for Fortune 100 companies.
    She is a graduate of Brown University and also earned a Master’s Degree in TV, Radio, and Film Production from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications. She is currently a member of the Portland Chapter of Women in Film and the Couch Film Collective.

    Board Member

    Sawiga “Annie” Tonsiengsom

    Actual Industries
  • Based in the Pacific NW since 2005, first in Spokane, WA and now Portland, OR. Prior to this was a wonderful, 18-year stint as a Props Designer, Art Director, and crew member for theatre, TV commercials, and feature films in Philadelphia, PA. He brings to the table 30 years in the entertainment biz and 27 years as a Property Master & Art Director.

    He is currently the Southern Business Agent of IATSE Local 488. He’s been a member of the Executive Board since 2010; elected Vice President in 2016 and put in charge of New Membership. cdavid rewrote their Member Handbook and created an online Member Orientation Program. In 2016 he instigated the creation of a training program for members and has served as the Training Coordinator since its inception.

    Besides his work in the entertainment industry, he has founded and run a non-profit, worked administratively for arts organizations, and tended bar. He is a proud member in absentia of the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, a found object artist collective.

    When not working, you’ll find him hanging out with Benny the cat and his wife Colette—a Mental Health Counselor—both of whom keep him sane.

    Board Member

    Cdavid Cottrill

    IATSE Local 488
  • David Cress’ career as an independent producer encompasses a multitude of genres. His work in music videos, advertising, feature films, and now television has established David as a key contributor in vitalizing the industry that is growing steadily around him in Portland, Oregon.

    As the founding partner of Food Chain Films, a company he led out of obscurity and into the spotlight, David has developed the ability to bring talent together and lead projects seamlessly to their fruition. His leadership, coordination, and knack for creating an environment for directors to thrive in has brought him clients such as Nike, Budweiser, MTV, Miller Lite, and Pennzoil.

    He is also known for his work on multiple films by internationally known director Gus Van Sant, including the critically acclaimed drama Paranoid Park. He is more recently known for producing the hit comedy show Portlandia, for which he was nominated for an Emmy in 2015. Other awards include work recognized by Peabody, Cannes, Clio, CA, and One Show, as well as Honorable Mention at the Sundance Film Festival and the Jury Prize for Best Music Video at SXSW Film Festival.

    Board Member

    David Cress

  • Claudia Meza produces and co-hosts the weekly arts radio program “State of Wonder” at Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oregon’s NPR station.

    She spent most of her 20s in vans, touring the country, playing in bands, learning every possible way she could fall asleep in an upright position. She attended The Evergreen State College where she studied lab sciences, music composition and digital media. Right after college, she worked as a lab analyst for the state of Washington and then the city of Portland in Oregon. From then until very recently she worked mainly in advertising and in film and television production. Now she’s dutifully learning how to not curse on air.

    Board Member

    Claudia Meza

    OPB
  • Sandy Henderson Central Oregon Film Office

    Sandy Henderson is the Founder and Executive Director of the Central Oregon Film Office. Highlighting locations east of the Cascade Mountains for filming purposes, Henderson brings in filmmakers and industry professionals, introducing them to the stunning and iconic locations in Central and Eastern Oregon. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the BendFilm Festival, and worked for two decades in Los Angeles with such companies as Summit Entertainment, Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International and for double Oscar winner, David LeRoy Anderson (Men in Black, The Nutty Professor).

    Ex Officio Board Member

    Sandy Henderson

    Central Oregon Film Office
  • Jerry Bell Jr. is an award-winning independent film director, producer, SAG/AFTRA actor, event host, motivational speaker, and emcee. He also served an 8-year tenure in the US Air Force as a radar technician and satellite communications technician (with an honorable discharge).

    He first came to Portland as an engineering technician for Intel in 1998. During his 16 years at Intel, he earned a BA and MA in Business. As he became affiliated with the Portland arts community, his passion for the film industry was ignited. In 2014 he said farewell to the corporate world in order to pursue a career in the arts.

    JBj’s acting credits include the TV shows Z Nation, The Librarians, The Wonder Girls, and Grimm, plus a number of national TV commercials. He’s most notably recognized for his role in the 2014 Swiffer commercial as the beloved Swiffer Dad, played alongside his son, Jerry Bell Jr. III.

    JBj has been recognized with such honors as: Best Actor in Portland by Willamette Week, Best Director for Angela’s Sacred Heart, and Best Director for Red White & Black, which also won Best Biographical Documentary.

    His production company, JBJR Productions, primarily focuses on creating films that address issues challenging our society. With an equity mindset, JBj’s objective is to identify and uplift film industry talents of color and women who are traditionally underserved. He is an inaugural member of OMPA’s Diversity Committee.

    Board Member

    Jerry Bell Jr.

  • Neil Kopp is a film producer whose projects include Kelly Reichardt’s Old Joy (2006), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek’s Cutoff (2010), and Night Moves (2014). He also produced Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park (2007) and Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room (2015). Neil recently finished Reichardt’s Certain Women which was released in 2017 and Jeremy Saulnier’s Hold The Dark. He is currently working on Ritesh Batra’s Photograph, among other projects in various stages of development. He produces with Anish Savjani through their company filmscience and lives in Portland.

    Board Member

    Neil Kopp

    filmscience
  • Michael Koerner is owner of Koerner Camera Systems Inc. with offices in Portland and Seattle. His company rents the most sophisticated motion picture cameras, lenses, and accessories available to episodic television shows, movies, commercials, and corporate productions. Koerner Camera has grown to be the largest Motion Picture Camera Rental House North of Los Angeles. Prior to Koerner Camera, Michael was a freelance camera assistant and cinematographer. Long time OMPA member, current OMPA board member, married with four children.

    Board Member

    Michael Koerner

    Koerner Camera Systems
  • A Nigerian-American Producer, Director, and an Assistant Director who has studied directing under some of Hollywood’s most prominent and prolific filmmakers. He has directed and produced music videos, commercials, and films. His first feature, Hurricane In the Rose Garden (2008), screened at the Pan African Film Festival and Slamdance film festival before being picked up for distribution. He most recently served as an Assistant Director on local projects The Waterman, Shrill, and Trinkets.

    Board Member

    Ime N. Etuk

  • Tawny Schlieski is a research scientist and a virtual reality producer. She is founder and president of Oregon Story Board, a non-profit dedicated to building diversity and inclusion in the VR economy, and she runs Shovels and Whiskey, a VR prototyping studio in Portland, Oregon. Her work centers on the role of technology in enabling new forms of communication, including rethinking education and collaboration, creation and play, and immersive technology at work. Her partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company on “The Tempest” delivered record-breaking audiences and two Innovation Lions at Cannes. Her current work leverages VR to teach students critical thinking and research skills; and AR to transform expertise transfer in the workplace.

    Board Member

    Tawny Schlieski

    Shovels and Whiskey

Committee

Tiffany Golden is a Seaside, California native who made the move to Portland, Oregon in 2013 to work her magic at the world renowned creative agency, Wieden+Kennedy. For the past five years, she has been ascending in the advertising world, hitting her stride as an Integrated Producer working for massive brands, as well as effecting change in the larger Portland community. As someone who was exposed to the creative industry through Streetlights, the nonprofit creating ethnic diversity in the entertainment industry, Tiffany has made it her mission to continue to rise up and reach back, bringing everyone she can along with her. She leads 51%, the affinity group for the Women of Wieden+Kennedy, has supported and chaired Word is Bond, a nonprofit created to build relationships with young black men and the police force, as well as spearheaded the Creatives of Color Collaborative in partnership with Oregon Media Production Association, which recently recognized Tiffany with their 2019 Service and Inspiration Award for her substantial contribution to the betterment of the community. Golden isn’t just in her signature, it’s a trademark of the “Tiffany experience.”

Tiffany Golden

Jerry Bell Jr. is an award-winning independent film Producer, Director, Documentarian and TV/Film actor. He is an Atlanta, GA native yet has traveled most of his life as a military child and serving in the United State Air Force. Jerry recently produced Red White & Black, a documentary about minority winemakers. He has also performed as an actor in multiple national TV shows and commercials. He was voted 2018’s Best Actor in Portland through Willamette Week. He is most noticed as the #swifferdad in the popular Swiffer commercial along with his son Jerry Bell III.

Jerry Bell Jr

FRAN BITTAKIS/ฟราน บิทากิส (pronouns She/Her) is Thai-American, born and raised in Chicago to immigrant parents and has lived in Portland since 2004. This year, she established and founded JOOP JOOP, a radical creative agency/platform specializing in creative projects, content, events, workshops and curation while encouraging dialogue and representing Creatives of Color and allies through bringing equity, inclusion and social justice framework to challenge conventional paradigms and systems.

Fran Bittakis

Eva Moss’s love of creating story through film goes back to childhood and VCR to VCR editing (mash-up of Orlando and Grand Canyon anyone?). She worked for a decade on PBS documentaries, co- or associate producing multi-award-winning Out Run, Ask Not, Mr. Cao Goes to Washington, States of Grace, and Emmy-nominated A Village Called Versailles, and helped edit, produce, and distribute dozens more. Between the Lens, her production company, specializes in micro-documentaries for small businesses and nonprofits. Most recently, she has directed two narrative shorts, commercials, and produced a short film and two web series. Eva is a co-founder of Couch Film Collective, a non-profit dedicated to supporting underrepresented folx in film. She believes this industry is uniquely positioned to change global dialogue and culture by empowering new voices.

Eva Moss

Maribel De Leon is an independent film producer with a BBA from Northwood University in International Business and Management. In 2009 she founded TZOM Films, a full-service motion picture company that has produced content in a wide array of fields such as documentaries, narratives, architecture, commercial and corporate projects. With her business experience and ability to find and bring diverse talent into every project, her goal for every production is a perfectly crafted story with a unique voice. As a Mexican-American business owner, she is an advocate of initiatives that will bring more diversity to the local and national film community. To achieve this, Maribel is an active member of the OMPA Diversity Committee and the Couch Film Collective. In addition, Maribel makes it a point to always have a skilled and diverse and crew for every project produced by TZOM Films, whether it is produced locally or on the other side of the country.

Maribel De Leon

Adolfo Cantú-Villarreal is a Mexican Cinematographer and Filmmaker currently based in Portland, Oregon. From a very young age, he fell in love with cinema and shortly thereafter he felt a magnetic pull towards any and all cameras and their magical power for storytelling. Adolfo has also collaborated with a wide array of artists like Dallas-based post-punk trio Nervous Curtains, emerging Portland rappers Karma Rivera and Raquel Divar. His client work includes Maserati, Lexus, Fossil, Skullcandy, Hocker Design Group, among others. One of Adolfo’s biggest passions is to be involved in his community and to generate a positive impact through his creative work.

Adolfo Cantu-Villarreal

Patty Brebner is the Director of W+K Studios—Wieden + Kennedy’s film and experiential development and production studio. Patty is responsible for the Studio’s Creator talent and development; finances, operations, and project development; and delivery standards of content from Creators Studio.

Patty has worked with the leadership of W+K for over a decade to develop our creative studio capabilities and ensure it’s comparable to best-in-class production houses in talent, output, and culture; driving innovation in approach and opportunities.

Patty Brebner

Juliana is the owner of @Large Films, a national commercial production company based in Portland, Oregon. She is also an award-winning commercial director for clients like Nintendo, Banfield Pet Hospital and Standard Insurance among others. As a passionate advocate for gender balance and equity, Juliana founded the 5to50 Project and is currently the Executive Director for Oregon Made Creative Foundation.

Juliana Lukasik

Tawny runs Shovels and Whiskey, a Virtual and Augmented Reality prototyping studio dedicated to finding innovative solutions for Useful VR. They partner with academic institutions, government, and private corporations early in their thinking, to help them reimagine how knowledge is gained and shared, and to create an intentionally inclusive digital community. They believe in a future that is wildly inclusive. They seek out projects, ideas, and inspiration from creators and technologists around the globe and across the human spectrum.

Tawny Schlieski

David Cress thinks there are many great things about being part of the media business in Oregon. He also knows it can and should represent a wider variety of views and perspectives. Our community needs inclusiveness to reach its fullest potential and I’m pleased to be working with such a smart group of people on this issue.

David Cress

Gary Kout is a producer based in Ashland, Oregon. He works primarily in TV and web commercials, independent features, and documentaries. In 2015, Gary received an Oregon Governor’s Film Advocate Award from Governor Kate Brown for his role as founder and former Executive Director of Southern Oregon Film and Media.

Gary Kout

Based in the Pacific NW since 2005, first in Spokane, WA and now in Portland, OR. Prior to this was a wonderful, 18-year stint as a Props Designer, Art Director, and crew member for theatre, TV commercials, and feature films in Philadelphia, PA. He brings to the table 30 years in the entertainment biz and 27 years as a Property Master & Art Director. He is currently the Southern Business Agent of IATSE Local 488. He’s been a member of the Executive Board since 2010; elected Vice President in 2016 and put in charge of New Membership. cdavid rewrote their Member Handbook and created an online Member Orientation Program. In 2016 he instigated the creation of a training program for members and has served as the Training Coordinator since its inception. Besides his work in the entertainment industry, he has founded and run a non-profit, worked administratively for arts organizations, and tended bar. He is a proud member in absentia of the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers, a found object artist collective.

cdavid cottrill

Chair

Juliana is the owner of @Large Films, a national commercial production company based in Portland, Oregon. She is also an award-winning commercial director for clients like Nintendo, Banfield Pet Hospital and Standard Insurance among others. As a passionate advocate for gender balance and equity, Juliana founded the 5to50 Project and is currently the Executive Director for Oregon Made Creative Foundation.

Juliana Lukasik

Chris Weathers, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Chris Weathers is an Oregon based media and entertainment attorney for Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Chris works with artists and producers on a variety of projects, including audio, audio-visual, live performance, video games, esports, and print and digital media.

Chris Weathers

Chair

David Cress thinks there are many great things about being part of the media business in Oregon. He also knows it can and should represent a wider variety of views and perspectives. Our community needs inclusiveness to reach its fullest potential and I’m pleased to be working with such a smart group of people on this issue.

David Cress

Courtney Williams is an NYC-trained assistant director and a writer with experience in development. Now living in southern Oregon, she creates digital content for clients on the east and west coasts, crews on films and commercials in the region, and teaches as an adjunct at SOU. She is a graduate of Harvard University.

Courtney Williams

Chair

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If crew, production companies and vendors are considered “behind the scenes,” then OMPA Government Affairs Committee (OGAC) are “behind-the behind the scenes” folks. This diverse group of media professionals meet monthly exploring political action opportunities to improve our entire Oregon Media Ecosystem including: Stop Motion Animation, Independent Film, Long Form, Commercials and Gaming. The OGAC works with State, Regional, and Municipal officials to enact film friendly policies which ease the work of media projects and companies of all sizes/budgets. By increasing the appreciation of the investment/exposure our industry brings to the region we gain support for workforce development, infrastructure building, and our film incentive in order to sustain our economic viability. OMPA Members are invited to join the OGAC as we open the public lens into our industry and advocate for the talented members of OMPA.

Southern Oregon is home to a vibrant production and creative community, producing independent film, branded content and commercials. The Southern Oregon Chapter of OMPA provides a networking hub on the local level and connects the community with opportunities within the larger organization and statewide industry.

We look forward to developing the committees needed for 2020 as part of our annual board retreat early in the year. Thereafter, we will share the goals for other committees such as Events and Editorial and invite you to join them. Stay tuned.

Volunteers

  • Events: Photographs, edits photos, sends 10 selects next day, sends up to 150 selects within a week. Headshots: Shoots headshots for the website. Usage granted to OMPA, our partners, and sponsors. Apply here.

    Photographer

  • Attend the events and write a 300-500 word blog post. Submit for editing within 3-5 days. Apply here.

    Event Writer

  • Produces 3 events per year helping with securing locations, catering, AV, volunteers, and more while OMPA focuses on programming and marketing the event. Help with day-of execution. Apply here.

    Event Producer

  • Attend our events and capture a live stream of the event. Open networking events include: capturing folks networking, asking directed questions to attendees, touring the event space with our handheld gimbal. Programmed events include: mic-ing speakers and recording presentations. Apply here.

    Live Stream Capture

  • Write and distribute press releases. Solicit coverage of high profile events or stories. Apply here.

    PR

  • Call expired members or those with declined transactions and help them renew their membership. Apply here.

    Membership Retention

  • Design some key collateral utilizing our brand guidelines. Apply here.

    Graphic Designer

Staff

  • Lisa comes to OMPA from the production world where she worked for over a decade as a production manager and editor. Over the years, she also previously worked as OMPA staff, served as an OMPA board member and board president and was an OMPA member. She can be reached at lisa@ompa.org.

    Executive Director

    Lisa Cicala

  • Lilly has worked on communications for nonprofits, universities, newspapers, magazines, and marketing agencies. She relocated to Portland from Pennsylvania in 2017 and was delighted to discover OMPA, an organization that speaks to her passion for media and advocacy. She can be reached at lilly@ompa.org.

    Communications Manager

    Lilly Joynes

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