About & Contact

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The goal of the Vermont Production Council is to identify and promote resources from around the state and to connect them with content creators seeking locations, experienced screenwriters, cinematographers, production accountants, equipment manufactures, and industry professionals of all trades.

CONTACT US

Vermont Production Council
PO Box 569
Manchester Center, VT 05255

802-891-4770

Members

carolyn blitz

CAROLYN BLITZ

Carolyn Blitz is the President of Mountain Media LLC., a Manchester based company that publishes Stratton Magazine and Manchester Life. She is a resident of Manchester Village. Carolyn began her career as an executive with the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and served as its Vice President of Community Relations. In 1987, Carolyn moved to New York to take a position with the National Basketball Association where she served in a number of capacities including Vice President of Community Relations and Vice President of Special Events, during her 20-year career.

Carolyn is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation and Southern Vermont Arts Center. She is a member of the Board of the Manchester Music Festival. She is the immediate past President of the Stratton Foundation and Stratton Mountain Urgent Care at the Carlos Otis Clinic.

steven bryant

STEVEN BRYANT

After several years of living in Mexico City and extensive travel working in South America, Steven Bryant left the corporate world of sales and marketing with Texas Instruments behind to relocate to Vermont and begin a second career in the food & beverage and hospitality industry. Without much hands-on experience, but with lots passion for travel and food, Steven and his wife, Lauren, purchased their first Vermont venture, The Inn at Weston, in 1998.

Almost 20 years later and still residing in Southern Vermont, they are currently owners of The Publyk House restaurant, a landmark property in Bennington with Mt. Anthony views. They are the managing partners of Church Street Hospitality, Inc., which includes a portfolio of unique inns and restaurants. The Dorset Inn, Vermont’s oldest continuously operating inn c. 1796, offers 26 guestrooms and full service restaurant and tavern. Barrows House Inn & Restaurant is Dorset’s own mini resort on a campus of 6 acres ideal for weddings and group gatherings with taproom style dining. Dorset Rising Bakery is a boutique bakery and café offering catering and specialty wedding desserts. The Lake House Pub & Grille features boat in waterside and dock dining on Lake Bomoseen. They are lead investors in Mountain Top Inn & Resort, a true four-season destination in central Vermont.

All of these properties are individually themed and are market leaders in their respective areas. Each one is situated in a prime location with a strong focus on the culinary arts. The vibe created at each property is unique.

In addition, Steve holds a real estate license and enjoys transacting commercial and residential property with Josiah Allen Real Estate in Dorset. In his spare time, he enjoys all of the local outdoor pursuits…trail walks with his two Labradors, road biking, hiking, and skiing.

MBA, University of Texas at Dallas
CPA
Vermont State Workforce Investment Board

kevin chap

KEVIN CHAP

Having spent over 15 years in the entertainment industry, Kevin has been involved with several award winning productions including the hit series Young Americans for Warner Bros., received critical acclaim for the Israeli film, Wisdom of the Pretzel (nominated for nine Israeli Academy Awards), The Connection (Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival), and Borderlands (Best Filmmaker, Santa Fe Film Festival). Kevin has also taken an active role in theatrical productions, including the North American premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink, the original off-Broadway show, Walking to America (2005 NYFringe Festival participant), and has recently signed on to produce the international touring stage show, On Eagle’s Wing. Kevin holds a degree in Film and Television Studies from Stevenson University, a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Northern Vermont University (summa cum laude), and has completed the two year training program at New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts.

phillip gilpin

PHILIP GILPIN, JR.

Philip Gilpin, Jr. is the executive director of ITVFest and a member of the Emmy’s Board of Governors for the New England Chapter. ITVFest is the only festival in the world solely dedicated to original episodic TV content and the community of artists that create it on independent budgets. Since its inception 12 years ago, ITVFest has advanced hundreds of artists’ careers and moved dozens of forward within the industry.

Gilpin’s interest in the TV business started with his first job as a participations analyst in the Business Affairs division of HBO, where he was responsible for the financial analysis of HBO’s major production and talent contracts. After relocating to Vermont to focus on nonprofit efforts, Gilpin led the Chamber of Commerce as executive director. He also founded Green Mountain Marketing Group, a private economic development firm focused on rejuvenating Southern Vermont’s economy.

Gilpin is a native Bostonian and an alum of Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics. He resides in Manchester, VT which is now home to ITVFest.

marcia lissak

MARCIA LISSAK

Marcia Lissak, CEO of Mountain Media, LLC. and the proud publisher of Stratton Magazine and Manchester Life Magazine. Marcia leads a creative, entrepreneurial, and enthusiastic team that provides branding, marketing, promotional consulting services, and event support to community organizations, including those in the arts, entertainment, health care, and entertainment industries. Marcia relocated from NYC to Stratton, VT in 2014 bringing her expertise and an extensive track record developing strategic plans for start-ups and leading business infrastructure, branding, and technology initiatives that transform organizations.

CHRISTIE MACKENZIE

CHRISTIE MACKENZIE

Growing up and consistently returning to her roots in Vermont, the place she calls home, Christie has traveled extensively and lived in NYC and the surrounding area. Christie has her Associates degree from New York University and her Bachelors from the University of Connecticut. Currently, she serves on the Winhall town school board, Board of Civil Authority, and is a Justice of the Peace. Christie is a paramedic and volunteers for Winhall Rescue, Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad, Stratton Mountain Rescue, and rides with Manchester Rescue part time. She’s also a fire fighter, pilot, and member of the Civil Air Patrol. Christie spent 14 years based in NYC working in advertising as a model, actress, a stuntwoman, and production assistant. She’s been involved with numerous commercials, campaigns, and has been a member of SAG and AFTRA for the past 28 years. Recently, Christie worked on The Land as a unit production manager, community liaison, and actress. Christie is a terrific local resource and advocate for Vermont and all it has to offer.

tammie reilly

TAMMIE REILLY

Tammie M. Reilly is the Executive Director of Greater Northshire Access Television, Inc., which includes the region’s Community Media & Training Center. GNAT provides production equipment, studio facilities, media training, and local content for the community. Tammie is Vermont’s appointed representative to the Alliance for Community Media Northeast and serves on the Vermont Access Network Board of Directors.

Tammie has extensive experience in film and television production, event planning and tourism marketing, as well as fifteen years experience in the restaurant industry. Upon returning to Vermont in 2003, Tammie worked with the Vermont Film Commission to develop a photographic location database and the Manchester & the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce as the Membership & Events Coordinator.

Tammie began her film and television career at the Virginia Film Office where she oversaw the production internship program and assisted the organization with location marketing. Tammie has held numerous freelance positions in the film and television industry as a commercial producer, production manager, art and wardrobe department assistant, craft services vendor, and location scout for commercial, television and film productions based in Richmond, Virginia.

Tammie earned a Bachelors Degree in Sociology at James Madison University and spent several years as a tour manager, bass player, and booking agent for a rock band in Virginia prior to returning to Vermont in 2003.

jennifer rutherford

JENNIFER RUTHERFORD

Jennifer is the President of the Vermont Media Alliance (VMA), Managing Partner for Polar Productions and is a Marketing Consultant for Thero.org. She attended JCA College in Albany for Computer Science and studied Human Services at CCV in Vermont. Jennifer has an extensive background in social work which has helped inform her career in production. During her time in the entertainment industry, Jennifer has been involved in the production of the PBS series InnoVaTe starring Victoria Taylor, a live show recording and social media campaign for Farm-to-Ballet, the New LIFE campaign (in association with R/GA and Samba TV) for the Life is Priceless Foundation, and is currently producing the non-scripted series Sugar Rush with Switchblade Entertainment. Jennifer is also actively involved with several non-profits and has helped spearhead fundraising efforts which have netted over half a million dollars for her respective causes.

Cathleen Ihasz, Raptor Films
Nicholas Ihasz, Raptor Films
Nicole Ihasz, Raptor Films

Brian Keefe, Vermont House of Representatives
Ron Lissak, RJ Lissak Consulting
Patricia Nelson, Esq.

Trish Scott, Get Paid Productions
Dr. Joshua Sherman, THE MILL
Meredith Whatley, Mountain Media