Luncheon Brings Together Women Business Leaders in Independent Film

   The Creative Coalition and Monterey Media Host Today at AFM
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Luncheon Brings Together Women Business Leaders in Independent Film 

Santa Monica, CA (November 2, 2012) – Today, The Creative Coalition and Monterey Media host a luncheon during this week’s American Film Market (AFM). Participants at this intimate gathering include the “fiercely independent” women who lead the indie film market as well as actresses and others who support the art and craft of independent filmmaking. 

This event will be held at 1:00 pm at the Ivy in Santa Monica and is hosted by The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk and Monterey Media CEO Jere-Rae Mansfield. Attendees include actresses Rachael Harris (The Hangover, Natural Selection, Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Diane Ladd (Rambling Rose, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Enlightened), Teri Polo (Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, Little Fockers), Mimi Rogers (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, “Two and a Half Men”), Amy Brenneman (“Private Practice,” “Judging Amy,” 88 Minutes), Frances Fisher (Titanic, The Lincoln Lawyer), Camryn Manheim (“The Practice,” “Ghost Whisperer,” Scary Movie 3) as well as Judy Cairo (Academy Award-winning Producer, Crazy Heart, Hysteria), Tracey Becker (Producer, Finding Neverland, Hysteria), Liz Berger (Senior Vice President Publicity, LD Entertainment), Jennifer Levine (President of Production and Literary Management, Untitled Entertainment), Charlotte Mickie (Executive Vice President, Entertainment One), Maren Olson (President, Traction Media), Bonnie Voland (Head of International Marketing & Publicity, IM Global), among others. 

The gathering is being held as The Creative Coalition announces several new developments in the organization’s Spotlight Initiative program.  The Creative Coalition’s Spotlight Initiative supports independent films with messages that can make a difference in the national and international agenda.  It is an integrated partnership that champions the art and craft of independent filmmaking by expanding a film’s outreach to leaders in business, entertainment, arts, and policy. 

About The Creative Coalition:
The Creative Coalition ( is the premiere nonprofit 501(c)(3), nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community.  Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance, primarily public education, the First Amendment, and arts advocacy.  Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s President.

About Monterey Media:
Monterey Media Inc. (, incorporated in 1979, is a privately owned entertainment industry company specializing in the acquisition, distribution and sale of motion pictures and other programming and is actively engaged in all areas of domestic media, including theatrical distribution, film festivals and other distinctive venues, iTunes, television including all major Pay-Per-View and Video-on-Demand providers, Showtime, Starz, Lifetime, PBS, Super Channel, home entertainment markets and a variety of others.

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Contact: Risa Kotek