Who We Are
“Diversity is not just a catch phrase or a quota. It is a commitment to the type of change that benefits us all.”
Tamika is a Virginia native who graduated from The American University with a BA in Performing Arts & Theatre. She currently works at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Education Department. While living in New York she wrote her first screenplay, THE JAR BY THE DOOR, which was a Sundance Finalist and won several awards including the Gordon Parks Indie Film Award. She then attended the New York Film Academy to learn filmmaking and graduated having made her first short film.
After expanding her filmmaking knowledge she moved to Los Angeles and won several fellowships and awards in writing and directing including the ABC/Walt Disney Fellowship in Screenwriting for, MEMOIRS OF A VIRGIN WHORE, Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Fellowship, the CBS Director’s Initiative and AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women Fellowship in which she wrote, directed and produced the multi-award winning short film, HOPE. This film aired on every major network. She was then hired as both a camera operator and director of BET’s first reality TV show- COLLEGE HILL.
Tamika has produced several other short films including the award winning, THE MALE GROUPIE which aired on HBO. The award winning film SPIN, which she directed and produced also had a successful film festival run.
Always interested in projects that make a difference, Tamika was hired to direct, THE CHILDREN’S DREAM AWARDS, a live-to-tape show in which both regular and celebrity children are awarded for humanitarian efforts.
Tamika produced her first feature documentary, THE REAL BLOODGHOST, which lays the foundational groundwork for the horror feature film, BLOODGHOST, currently in development. She also wrote, produced and directed the feature documentary, THE 3rd ERA of MEDICINE. The feature film, SEX AND VIOLENCE OR: A BRIEF REVIEW OF SIMPLE PHYSICS, directed by Sundance Alum, Christopher Scott Cherot, which she also produced is currently in post-production. Most recently Tamika produced and stars in the Feature Film LAST LIFE with Michael Phillip Edwards, who also wrote and directed the film.
REMEMBERING HER POWER, is a docu-reality series pilot that Tamika produced, about a world re-known spiritual leader who guides seven women in critical & traumatic phases of their lives, through transformation and healing.
Tamika has written over 25 feature scripts, including as a writer-for-hire and has sold many options.
In an effort to give back, Tamika created and founded, MAKE A FILM FOUNDATION (MAFF), a non-profit that grants ‘film wishes’ to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions by teaming them with noted actors, writers and directors who help them create short film legacies.
Through MAFF, Tamika has produced three festival favorite & award winning narrative short films working with directors– Rodrigo Garcia (ALBERT NOBBS), Patricia Cardoso (REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES) and Jon Poll (CHARLIE BARTLETT). THE MAGIC BRACELET, which was adapted by Academy Award winning writer, Diablo Cody (JUNO), continues to win awards on the festival circuit. The fourth film produced via MAFF, THE BLACK GHIANDOLA, was directed by Catherine Hardwicke (TWILIGHT), Theodore Melfi (HIDDEN FIGURES) and Sam Raimi (SPIDERMAN TRILOGY); It stars Anthony Conti, Johnny Depp, JK Simmons, Laura Dern, David Lynch, Richard Chamberlain, Chad L. Coleman, Penelope Ann Miller. The film had its red carpet premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Tamika has also produced approximately 100 short documentaries through MAFF’s ‘VIDZ 4 KIDZ‘ program and has worked with Academy Award nominated directors in this program including- Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE), Bennett Miller (MONEYBALL) and Marc Forster (WORLD WAR Z/QUANTUM OF SOLACE).
President & CEO
In his position as president and chief executive officer of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, Matt Miller presides over an organization whose members account for 80 to 85 percent of all nationally televised commercials in the United States. He is the spokesman for more than 350 production companies which, along with another 200 affiliated firms, comprise the AICP membership.
The association has national offices in New York and Los Angeles, as well as regional offices across the country, and aids its members by disseminating information; negotiating labor agreements; developing industry standards; providing professional development; and marketing American production through AICP Week, which includes the AICP Show and the AICP Next Awards. The AICP Show is an exhibit of the artistry and expertise of commercial filmmakers in the U.S., while the AICP Next Awards honors innovation in marketing. AICP Week includes various educational seminars and events highlighting the state of marketing in the motion image.
Mr. Miller is a member of the board of directors of the Brandcenter at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also a trustee of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Producer Pension and Health Funds; and serves as chairman of the DGA Commercials Qualifications Administration. He is also a member of the American Society of Association Executives.
Mr. Miller regularly appears on broadcast media outlets to discuss the creative aspects of the advertising and media industry. He has also appeared on numerous panel discussions at various industry conferences and seminars.
Prior to joining AICP, Mr. Miller was a director in the Member Services Department of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA). A native New Yorker, he and his wife Susan Hovdesven, a real estate agent, live in Southampton, New York with their daughters Samantha and Sydney.
Founded in 1972, the AICP represents, exclusively, the interests of commercial production companies in the United States, and serves as a strong collective voice for this $5.5 billion industry, addressing its many audiences within the advertising community, business circles and government offices.
“It’s glaringly obvious that our industry serves certain demographics disproportionately to others. This community, so rife with supposedly progressive minds, would claim social justice as a cause worth fighting for, all the while remaining complacent with the current power structure. It‘s time to come forward, acknowledge the need for change, and be part of the solution. I ask all my colleagues to join me in my pledge to use my knowledge and experience, along with my privilege and power, to make this community a welcome creative playground for all, and to support the CDDP Program in every way they can, promoting inclusion in all they do.”
Ned is an LA native with a Minnesota upbringing. He worked his way up the production ladder of music videos and commercials in New York City, starting with summer P.A. gigs while in college. His first Executive Producer job was with The Director’s Bureau at the end of the 90s. He then went on to form Rock Fight, an award winning company that later merged with HKM. After launching other successful ventures in LA, he joined forces with Native Content in 2014 as Partner/Executive Producer. As a gay dad and member of a bi-racial family, Ned strives to make inclusion a core value of the production community and to create pathways for all who wish to excel in the industry.
“It’s simple. Diverse teams are more innovative and outperform homogenous ones.”
Lesley Chilcott is an award winning filmmaker, documentarian, and producer. She was a producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and the rock documentary IT MIGHT GET LOUD. Other notable Chilcott-produced films include WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, for which she was awarded a win by the PGA for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Documentary. Lesley directed the coffee documentary A SMALL SECTION OF THE WORLD and teen darling CODEGIRL, which after it’s theatrical toured the world through a program with the US State Department. Her short film CODESTARS garnered over 20 million views online. Lesley directs commercials and branded content at Splendid & Co and hosts the popular screening series, THE DOC CLUB, for the Producer’s Guild of America in Los Angeles. Lesley is an Executive Producer on AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL, currently in theaters.
Head of RSA Virtual Reality
With RSA Films’ co-founder Ridley Scott, Jen recently executive produced ALIEN: COVENANT In Utero for Scott’s new sci-fi blockbuster, Alien: Covenant. This comes on the heels of the groundbreaking The Martian VR Experience, which Jen also executive produced with Scott. Since joining RSA in 2014, she also executive produced Nike’s first-ever scripted YouTube series, the viral blockbuster “Margot vs Lily,” via Wieden + Kennedy, which won a Cannes Gold Lion and a Webby Award. Jen brings over 20 years of global production experience to RSA. She began her career in her native New York as an agency producer before moving to California. There she embarked upon a freelance career that included many years with Wieden+Kennedy. That work took her around the world collaborating closely with celebrated athletes and icons, with many of those commercials getting top honors at Cannes, D&AD, AICP and the One Show. Jen also worked with CP+B, 72andSunny, 180 and GSD&M, and on the production side as a line producer and EP. In 2013, Jen was tapped to partner with the ECD of Samsung’s global business to open a boutique division of Leo Burnett in LA where she acted as SVP, creative content production.
Executive Producer, The Department
“It’s baffling that we still have to have conversations about diversity today, in an industry steeped in free-thinking and creativity. It really puts into perspective how much more effort we need to make to collectively offer all underrepresented directors equal consideration. Our goals with the CCDP is to provide these directors with the best tools, education, and resources needed to expose them to advertising production to become directors and creative assets in an industry with an ever-growing and ever-changing demand for advertising content.”
Byron Fitts, Executive Producer of The Department, has been a fixture in production in the southwest with a career that spans over two decades. Byron has produced projects for various production companies, in addition to those as an agency producer at The Richards Group and agency freelance producer. With his experience in advertising and production, Byron founded The Department in 2013. Having just completed serving two terms as AICP Southwest President, and on the AICP National Board, Byron is both Vice President and Chairman of the Education Committee of AICP Southwest.
“Our industry and our world economy are strongest when we embrace diversity and utilize it. That means opening doors of opportunity to diverse voices and recognizing that the American Dream excludes no one. We are at awe at the diversity and beauty of nature when we look at plants and animals. Those same treasures are hidden in the human mind and it is crucial that we seek out new directorial voices from diverse backgrounds so that as lovers of entertainment and advertising we are forever enriched.”
Ramaa Mosley is a Director/Writer who made her first film at the age of 16 years old. Over the past twenty years, Mosley has directed feature films and hundreds of of award winning commercials building a career directing action and genuine human stories. She was named one of Shoot Magazine’s top 10 Female directors and is represented for commercials by Splendid and Co. She is also the founder of Adolescent Content and recently gave a Ted Talk about being a teen director called “The Power of Adolescent Directors”. Mosley directed her debut feature film, based on the original comic book she co-wrote, titled “The Brass Teapot” starring Juno Temple which premiered at TIFF, was distributed by Magnolia pictures and in 2013 was nominated for the International Critics’ Award (FIPRESCI) and Saturn Award.
In Fall of 2014, Mosley directed the Afghan Segment of “Girl Rising” which was nominated for outstanding documentary at the Image Awards. Since then, she has been a vocal advocate for girl and women’s rights around the world, launching the US social media campaign behind Bring Back Our Girls. In 2015 Mosley once again won the Audience Choice Award for her dance film “Attention”.
In 2017 Mosley finished post production on her second feature film the dramatic thriller “Tatterdemalion” which she directed and co-wrote, principal photography was in the Ozarks starring Levin Rambin, Taylor John Smith and Jim Parrack.
Partner, Executive Producer
Kate joined m ss ng p eces as a partner and executive producer in 2010 to transform m ss ng p eces into a new wave production company designed for the incoming generation of creatives leading integrated campaigns for broadcast and digital platforms. The company’s mission to find and create the what’s next in storytelling has resulted in heralded work for the world’s leading brands and agencies, and accolades from the Cannes Lions, Webby Awards, Clios and the Tribeca Film Festival, among others. By 2015, m ss ng p eces had catapulted to Creativity’s Production Company A-List. Since then, Kate has been instrumental in building a diverse roster of talent on the traditional and digital fronts.
Under her leadership, m ss ng p eces pioneered one of the very first live action cinematic campaigns in virtual reality for Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World campaign, launching the company as a leader in the space.
Kate has spoken at numerous industry events including the Cannes Lions, ADC, and Percolate’s Transition Conference, and serves as a member of the AICP’s National Board of Directors. Kate was singled out by Northside Innovation as an “Entrepreneur Who Risked It All,” named to the Creativity 50, and was honored to be part of the 2017 AdAge 40 Under 40.
Bridget Savage Cole
Originally from Massachusetts, Bridget Savage Cole (formerly Palardy) got her start creating videos for Nylon Magazine in New York City, where she had the opportunity to shoot inspiring women like Kim Gordon, Allison Mosshart and Betsey Johnson. She has shot and directed numerous fashion films and music videos for bands – from Haerts to Future Islands – that have aired on TV and screened in festivals. Bridget’s narrative work has been featured at festivals around the world, including SXSW and Bend Film Festival.
In 2011, Bridget was selected to participate in AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, where she co-wrote and directed the award-winning film ‘OowieWanna’ starring Karen Black. In 2013 she joined forces with M ss ng P eces where her exuberant directing has been commissioned by brands including national commercials for Target, Sears, and Ebay. With a background in choreography, Bridget’s work is full of movement and color.
Recently, Bridget has directed creative collaborations with Refinery 29 and Funny or Die, and helped launch the first brand campaign for The Honest Company. She is currently working on an upcoming feature film and is actively involved in supporting the female filmmaking community.