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.
Vermont Production Council
PO Box 569
Manchester Center, VT 05255
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.
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
Vermont State Workforce Investment Board
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.
Tim is a specialist in broadcast and web based video content services, marketing and media affairs advisory practicing in New England & Canada. Via offices in Sugar Hill, NH, & Waltham, MA he researches; build relationships with; creatively implements; and analyzes the power of – media for business, government and political clients.
He is CMO/Executive Producer at Moody Street Television: www.moodystreet.tv – the ten-year- old entertainment and communications company based in Waltham, MA. He has two New England Emmy Awards as Writer/Director/Producer, among his 25 plus Emmy Nominations during his 20 plus year career in New England.
He is a Part-Time Professor at sister schools in the Vermont Sate College System: since January 2014 teaching in the Visual Arts, English/Philosophy/Film and Business Departments at Lyndon State; since Spring of 2016 teaching in the Business department at Johnson State and Co-Directs NVU’s incubator Without Walls, that supports small business development with experienced student labor.
With a nod to media industry development, in 2012 he was named inaugural Marketing Chairman for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). He served as a National Trustee in 2010-2012, after his role as President of the New England Chapter and Founding Co-Chair of Presidents Council for NATAS, from 2006 to 2010.
Upon moving to NH, in 2011 Tim was a Founding Member/President of the NH Production Coalition and appointed as Business Representative/Media Advisor to The NH/Canada Trade Council. In 2013 he was named to the Board of Directors for the NE/Canada Business Council; in 2016 appointed to the Board of Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, VT; and served two terms on the Massachusetts Creative Economy Council.
He is also a principle in Sugar Hill Associates, a forward thinking media training firm teaching the power of media exposure and help clients maximizing it. Along with his communication content clients, he is the media advisor to The Canadian Consul-General of New England, NBC Boston, NECN, The New England Canada Business Council, MIT’s Technology Review, PA Consulting, Vermont State Colleges and legislative officials in Mass. & NH. He was a media services consultant to: Presidential Campaigns of Senator Joe Biden (DE.) in 2008 & Governor Jerry Brown (CA.) in 1992; Lt. Governor Tim Murray (MA) in 2010, Senate President Therese Murray (MA) & Jim King for US Senate in 2012 (MA), the 2014 NH House Of Representatives – Environmental Caucus and currently Sen. Jeff Woodburn, Chair of the NH Senate Democratic Caucus.
In his spare time he received a MS in Marketing (’15) Summa cum laude at SNHU.edu, and lives in/enjoys the White Mountains of NH with his wife Betty & daughter Maggie.
PHILIP GILPIN, JR.
Philip Gilpin, Jr. is the Executive Director of ITVFest (the Independent Television Festival) and is responsible for growing ITVFest’s industry-leading presence in the television world as one of the only festivals focused solely on independently produced episodic content. Strengthening ITVFest’s community of content creators, executives, producers, and fans is at the heart of his and his team’s daily mission.
Before joining ITVFest in 2012, Philip was a Business Affairs Analyst at HBO in Los Angeles where he worked with the financial and contract components of titles such as “The Sopranos”, “Sex and the City”, “Six Feet Under”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Wire”. It was these years of in-depth industry experience that gave Philip the vision of moving ITVFest ou of Los Angeles and into its present-day home in Vermont.
After ITVFest’s first 7 years (2006-2012) in Los Angeles, the Vermont move has created a unique and high-powered retreat for the TV industry’s best talent and executives to meet each other in a relaxed, beautiful Vermont foliage setting to share their ideas, buy and sell shows, and discuss the latest industry topics.
Philip serves on the Board of Governors of the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (the Emmys). Prior to his role at ITVFest, Philip was the Executive Director of the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Chamber of Commerce. Philip is Boston born and raised, with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics from Boston College.
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.
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 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 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