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In Celebration of Women's History Month, MOFTB, the Apollo Theater, and New York Women in Film & Television Present 'Women in Entertainment: Behind the Scenes'

March 1, 2010 - On Monday, March 22, 2010, in celebration of Women’s History Month, the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, the Apollo Theater’s education program, and New York Women in Film & Television will present Women in Entertainment: Behind the Scenes – a panel featuring women who work behind the scenes in film, television, and theatre in New York City. The panel is free, open to the public, and will take place at the Apollo Theater.

The panel will be comprised of women who work in various areas of the City’s entertainment industry as they share accounts from their unique experiences working as a stage manager, a documentary director, a theatrical producer, and a casting director. The panelists will also offer career advice to the audience on how best to break into the City’s entertainment industry.

Panelists for Women in Entertainment: Behind the Scenes include:

NICOLE FRANKLIN – stage manager, “The Today Show;” editor, NBC’s “Nightly News”

AMY SEWELL – producer, Mad Hot Ballroom; director, What’s Your Point, Honey?

WINSOME SINCLAIR – casting director, Malcolm X, Inside Man, Precious

MICHELE STECKLER – senior vice president/senior producer, Disney Theatrical Group (Mary Poppins, The Lion King)

“New York City is home to a thriving entertainment industry, employing over 100,000 New Yorkers,” said Katherine Oliver, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. “Our office is committed to attracting new production business and working to ensure that a diverse group of New Yorkers have access to these positions through programs such as this panel and our ‘Made in NY’ Production Assistant Training Program - a series of free, full-time, month-long training programs developed with Brooklyn Workforce Innovations.” For more information about these programs, visit nyc.gov/film.

“The Apollo’s role as a catalyst, gathering place, and educational resource for the community builds on the Theater’s rich history as a cultural and economic anchor to greater Harlem,” said Apollo Theater President & CEO Jonelle Procope. “We are honored to work with the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting and with New York Women in Film & Television to present this panel discussion.”

The panel begins at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 6pm. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. RSVP to rsvp@film.nyc.gov by Friday, March 19. Panelists are subject to change. The Apollo Theater is located at 253 West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd and Frederick Douglass Blvd.

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