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Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival names leadership team

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival & Conservation Summit has unveiled its new-look board of directors, treasurer and executive committee ahead of its 27th year. Ellen Windemuth (pictured), CEO and founder of Anglo-Dutch ...
February 13, 2018

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival & Conservation Summit has unveiled its new-look board of directors, treasurer and executive committee ahead of its 27th year.

Ellen Windemuth (pictured), CEO and founder of Anglo-Dutch production and distribution company Off the Fence, will join the Grand Teton National Park-set festival’s board as chair. She succeeds Michael Rosenfeld, VP of national productions for Twin Cities PBS, who remains on the leadership team as chair emeritus.

Windemuth founded Off the Fence in 1994 after stints at FremantleMedia and Atlantis. Under her leadership, the Amsterdam-based indie has acquired, produced and co-produced more than 6,000 hours of content, with Windemuth herself producing more than 400 hours to date.

“It’s a dynamic time, and the board is taking on a much deeper engagement,” said Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival executive director Lisa Samford, in a statement. “We have more and more urgent needs with the species and habitats around our fragile planet, so we are dramatically expanding our efforts to amplify the amazing work of those on the front lines of nature and conservation storytelling.”

“We will continue to strengthen and accelerate close working relationships between the NGOs doing the heavy lifting in the field, and producers, broadcasters and digi-nets to create a new raft of high impact films,” added Windemuth. “Lisa and this board are the most dedicated people one could wish for as we amplify the important science and conservation work underway to save our planet. Now is the time.”

Also joining the festival and summit’s executive committee as officers are Paul Baribault, VP of Disneynature and animation marketing at Walt Disney Studios; and Carole Tomko, GM and creative director of Vulcan Productions.

National Geographic WILD’s Geoff Daniels, EVP and general manager, will assume the role of treasurer.

The biennial industry event is hosted in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park and welcomes more than 750 international delegates to participate in a number of equipment presentations, seminars, screenings and awards.

In 2018, the organization has bolstered its partnerships with the United Nations/CITES and the U.S. State Department. The festival is also initiating global partnerships for the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and WILD on Tour screening events.

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival & Conservation Summit board members include: Animal Planet, BBC Natural History Unit, Disneynature, Fujifilm Optical Devices/Fujinon Lenses, Gorongosa Restoration Project, HHMI/Tangled Bank Studios, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Media Alliance, National Geographic Partners, National Geographic Society, Nature/WNET, Off the Fence Productions, PBS, Science Channel, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Electronics, SVT/Swedish Television, The Nature Conservancy, Terra Mater Factual Studios, Universum/ORF, Vulcan Productions, and WGBH.

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival joins WGBH in Boston during alternating years to co-host a conference for science communication professionals.

This year’s Science Media Awards & Summit in the Hub is slated for Sept. 25-27.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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