DEC 6th 2014
Passion & Integrity
Commerce & Creativity
Equality Not Hierarchy

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Passion & Integrity - Commerce & Creativity
Equality Not Hierarchy

Elspeth Tavares

Elspeth Tavares is the founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Business of Film, an independent film industry trade publication founded in 1980. Educated in London, she began her career in publishing with London’s The Observer newspaper where she learned the printing and ad sales business. Her success with this prestigious national Sunday newspaper led to an appointment with the UK’s major film trade newspaper, Screen International, where she rose to the position of Managing Director, restructuring the company and making it into a highly profitable enterprise. It was subsequently acquired by a leading UK publishing house. Her experience in consumer, trade and national newspaper publishing, coupled with her expertise in the international film industry, resulted in the founding of The Business of Film with offices in London and Los Angeles. With her own publication, she has been at the forefront of encouraging new young talent and for the first decade of its existence, The Business of Film operated a trainee journalism scheme for graduates from Oxford and Cambridge to ground them in the complexities of the international film business. Tavares an award winning Journalist, is a member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and a founding member of Women in Film, London. For more information: 

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Sandi Craig

Sandi Craig has defied the odds by going back to college in mid-life. She graduated in 2000 with a B. A. in Broadcasting Communications, achieving Cum Laude honors and receiving numerous scholarships and awards, among which was the Associated Press Scholarship. During college she worked as a Reporter for a daily newspaper and won many awards for her reporting skills. She also had stories go national and international on the Associated Press wire service. She worked at the University’s Cable TV Station and garnered many local, state, regional and national awards for her work as a Reporter, News Anchor and Producer of their live, daily newscast. During college Sandi was also a Writer for an entertainment magazine. After college, Sandi got a job as Reporter for a CBS affiliate in Texas, where she had numerous stories go national on the CBS feed. A year later she was hired as a News Anchor and News Director for an ABC affiliate. Not only did she anchor the primetime live daily newscast, she produced the daily show and managed a team of Reporters. She also filled in as Noon Show Host and was the Weather Reporter when necessary. She currently works as a freelance writer and has written various TV scripts along with a feature-length screenplay and has a detective fiction novel in progress along with another feature-length screenplay. Sandi also works part-time in Public Relations.

Board Member
Wendy Moodie

President, Production & Technical Operations Paradigm Shift Worldwide. Wendy Moodie, a seasoned veteran in event production, brings more than 20 years of experience to Paradigm Shift Worldwide. She has technically produced hundreds of high-profile events across the country for entertainment giants, including Universal, Warner Brothers, Sony, Disney, and Dream Works. Prior to joining Paradigm Shift Worldwide, Moodie was the Technical Director for Disney Fest Asia, a multi-million dollar touring show featured throughout Asia, developed by Walt Disney Entertainment. Before joining WDE, she was Manager of Show Production for Entertainment Lighting Services for five years. Moodie's extensive knowledge of technical production is superior and she enjoys "doing the impossible." Her current responsibilities include overseeing our production management teams on all technical event elements including lighting, audio, rigging, staging, video, show control systems and scenic constructions, as well as negotiating and executing all contracts with venues, vendors, and sub-contractors. TheWIFTS Board is delighted to welcome Wendy Moodie to the Executive Team of TheWIFTS Foundation and TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards event. Elspeth Tavares commented: "I am thrilled to have Wendy join TheWIFTS Board. Wendy totally 'gets' the concept of TheWIFTS, and has been tremendously supportive. Together, she has helped me orchestrate the look and feel of TheWIFTS format, and on the big day she will run the TheWIFTS Awards Show. I can't imagine producing the event without her!! She generously gives of her vast experience, expertise, support and help. Wendy is an extraordinary individual whom TheWIFTS is fortunate to have on its side."




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