BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Outfest’s Board of Directors is made up of leaders in their industries who advocate for LGBTQ+ representation, driving the Outfest mission forward. Through their leadership, guidance, and support, Outfest is able to deliver its mission of amplifying the voices of the LGBTQ+ community in the entertainment industry, creating visibility, and empowering storytellers. 

Marissa Román Griffith

Marissa Román Griffith

Co-President

Marissa Román Griffith is a Partner based in the Los Angeles office of Akin Gump, who specializes in media finance and entertainment transactional matters. In 2019, the Entertainment Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association honored Marissa as their Entertainment Lawyer of the Year.

Alan Koenigsberg

Alan Koenigsberg

Co-President

Alan Koenigsberg is global head of new payments flows for the Visa Business Solutions team. In this role, Alan is leading all aspects of commercialization of Visa B2B Connect, a unique multilateral cross-border B2B payments network, as well as opening up new payment opportunities within accounts receivable and payables space, as well as overall account-to-account B2B payments.

Prior to this role, Alan was Chief Revenue Officer for Traxpay, a payments and supply chain Fintech based in Germany. During his tenure, he grew the startup to over 100 employees, playing a key role in platform development and initial go-to-market relationship building with financial institutions.   

Alan is an experienced payments and treasury professional who was previously Managing Director and Corporate Banking Group Executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML).  In this role, Alan worked with global corporates to provide corporate lending and treasury management solutions to them around the world. Prior to BAML, Alan held Transaction Banking leadership roles, along with product management positions, at JPMorgan in New York and London. Prior to JPMorgan, Alan held Product Management and Operations roles at American Express.

Alan holds a MBA and BS and sits on two non-profits boards in NY and LA. He has been a NACHA Payments Conference Board member and Chairman.  Alan currently resides in Los Angeles, with his spouse and two dogs.

Valerie Stadler

Valerie Stadler

Vice President

Valerie Stadler started her career as a producer, co-founding Fat Chance Films, where she developed the play Prey for Rock & Roll, which was adapted into a feature film (Sundance 2003). She developed and co-produced Cavedweller for Showtime starring Kyra Sedgwick and Aidan Quinn (2004). She is currently a founding partner in Big Swing. Formed in winter 2017 with partners Kyra Sedgwick and Meredith Bagby.

Stephen Wolf

Stephen Wolf

Treasurer

Stephen Wolf is Vice President of Production Finance at Annapurna Pictures where he is responsible for all the financial, accounting and budgeting aspects of both Feature Films & Television Series. Prior to joining Annapurna, Stephen spent 7 years at HBO working in both Planning & Analysis and Production Finance.   He got his start in the entertainment industry at The Endeavor Talent Agency in 2007. 

Joseph Chinaese

Joseph Chinaese

Secretary

Joey Chianese is the Executive Vice President, Entertainment Partners. Joe has over 35 years of accounting, government affairs, production and tax experience including positions at Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, the ABC Television Network, Paramount Pictures and Ernst & Young.

Farhaad Virani

Farhaad Virani

Farhaad is Senior Corporate Counsel at Amazon Studios where he supports all facets of Amazon’s original movie and television series business including development, production, distribution and exploitation of ancillary rights. Farhaad has provided pro-bono legal assistance to artists and non-profits through California Lawyers for the Arts, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts, and the Harvard Recording Artists Project.

Terry Franklin

Terry Franklin

Terrence Franklin is a founding partner of the Sacks, Glazier, Franklin & Lodise, LLP, law firm, and is also a writer, storyteller and performer. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2014, and served as Co-President of the Board from 2018-2019.

Michael Cendejas

Michael Cendejas

Michael has been a partner at The Lynn Pleshette Literary Agency in Los Angeles for more than ten years, having co-represented such prestigious works as Annie Proulx’s BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN and Arthur Golden’s MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. He represents over ten Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning authors, non-fiction writers, and journalists, as well as, several Oscar nominated screenwriters and producers.

Stampp Corbin

Stampp Corbin

Stampp Corbin is president of ReliaTox and also the current president and one of the founders of the Addiction Treatment Advocacy Coalition (ATAC) which advocates on behalf of those suffering from substance use disorder and those organizations that provide mission critical treatment. Stampp resides in Los Angeles, California, with his partner Scott Bishop, and reads the insurance codes for fun.

Shirley Davis

Shirley Davis

Shirley Davis is a seasoned film and television production executive, lecturer and speaker. Most recently, Shirley was consulting at Imagine Entertainment where she worked closely with Imagine Television to set up their production department.  Shirley also was the Co-Producer on Wu-Tang Clan: An American Saga.

 

Zackary Drucker

Zackary Drucker

Zackary Drucker is an independent artist and cultural producer. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMa PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy nominated producer for the docu-series This Is Me, as well as a producer on the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Amazon show Transparent.

Marina Rice Bader

Marina Rice Bader

Marina founded Soul Kiss Films in 2009, an independent company dedicated to producing compelling movies with a unique focus on the female experience. She executive produced Elena Undone (2010) and A Perfect Ending (2012) then went on to write/direct/produce Anatomy of a Love Seen (2014), Raven’s Touch (2015) and Ava’s Impossible Things (2016).

Tim Kittleson

Tim Kittleson

Tim Kittleson works with nonprofit organizations in the areas of board governance training, board development, marketing, fund development, and executive mentoring. He was Director of the UCLA Film and Television Archive from 1999 to 2006. He is a member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, BAFTA, and the UK Film Council, serving on the Los Angeles boards of the latter two organizations. 

Mike Rose

Mike Rose

Mike Rose was the Founder and CEO of Ease Entertainment/Entertainment Partners, a software/payroll services firm specializing in film/TV production, beginning with 5 employees that grew to 170+ employees in 11 offices in US and Canada. The software developed became a standard in all major studios. He sold the company in 2015 to the largest competitor in the industry (Entertainment Partners) for over nine figures. He is married to Ruben Rodriguez.

Alex B. Perez

Alex B. Perez

Alex is a Criminal Defense Attorney who has a successful private practice in Orange County with his brother, the Law Offices of Perez and Perez. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Mexican American Bar Association, and the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice. He has been attending Outfest since the late 1990’s and has been a major donor for many years.

Tamara Woolfork

Tamara Woolfork

Tamara Woolfork is currently the Senior Vice President of Business Affairs for Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Ms. Woolfork is a cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Duke University School of Law.

 

David Sigurani

David Sigurani

David Sigurani serves as the Senior Vice President of Global Content at Blackpills. Among David’s television projects as Executive Producer is “Bonding,” which won the Best Episodic Series award at Outfest 2018 and was acquired by Netflix as an original series airing it’s first season in 2019 becoming an international hit. Prior to Blackpills, David was Vice President of Development at Turner’s Super Deluxe, Executive Producing cult hit “Magic Funhouse,” and launching the longform TV studio and slate.

 

Peter Wentzel

Peter Wentzel

Peter Wentzel is the SVP, Production Finance at MRC Studios, with oversight across all feature film production. Prior to MRC, Peter held positions at Warner Bros., ABC Studios, CBS News and PBS flagship Thirteen/WNET. Peter holds a B.A. in Dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. in Finance from Fordham University in Pittsburgh.