FEME BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sarah Duncan | Co-President
Sarah Duncan is the Community Growth Lead at IRL, a group messaging social platform, where she oversees the content, social media, and community teams. Prior to IRL she worked at Goldman Sachs, and she held internships at both MRC Studios and FountainVest Partners. Sarah currently serves as the Co-President of FEME and also serves on the Young Patrons Council of Yellowstone Forever. Sarah received her BA from Davidson College and her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Bhavna Tripuraneni | Co-President
Bhavna Tripuraneni is the current Co-President of FEME and a Manager on Netflix's Content Acquisition team, with a focus on major studio film. She sources global content opportunities and structures and negotiates deals to further Netflix's goal of entertaining the world. Prior to joining Netflix, She spent several years on Hulu's film team, working across development, production, acquisitions, and licensing to grow the category's portfolio within the service. Before entering content acquisition, she spent time leading analytics for theatrical distribution teams at Lionsgate and STX. Bhavna graduated from UCLA with degrees in Psychobiology & Art History. She received her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Carolyn Steinmetz is CFO at Collab, a leading tech-powered entertainment company driving the creator economy. Her previous experience includes Executive Vice President and Head of Content Finance at STX Entertainment, heading Corporate Strategy at Exclusive Media, roles at Clear Scope Partners and graduate internship positions at Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment and NBCUniversal. Prior to business school, she was a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns. Carolyn is the former President of FEME (Female Executives in Media and Entertainment) and a founding member of Chief’s Los Angeles chapter. Carolyn holds a degree in Economics and Statistics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Sophia Lin is an Executive Director and Banker in the Los Angeles office of J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Sophia works closely with founders and investors of media and entertainment companies, advising on ways to structure, grow and preserve their wealth and supporting their ventures. Sophia acts as a conduit to the full resources of the firm, delivering investing, banking, lending and planning strategies.
Over a decade-plus career in finance and in the entertainment space, Sophia has built a track record in guiding organizations through transactions and strategic initiatives, including capital raising, new business plans, M&A and post-merger integration. Her prior experience includes Deloitte and MUFG, before joining the Entertainment Industries Group at J.P. Morgan were she provided financing for entertainment companies in film, television, digital and interactive content space. Most recently, Sophia was Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance at MRC Entertainment. Sophia sits on the board of Female Executives in Media and Entertainment and is a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater LA.
Krista Wegener is a 20-year entertainment industry veteran and is currently SVP, Premium Content Sales at Sony Music Entertainment. Prior to Sony, Krista has held senior roles at Participant Media, Miramax, Alliance Films, and Universal Pictures. She has extensive international experience, having lived and worked in the UK for 10 years and completed extended assignments in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Japan, and Australia. Krista earned an MBA from London Business School and a BA in Economics from UCLA.
Jennifer Randle is the EVP of Finance & Operations. Jennifer’s responsibilities include the accounting and financial reporting of the organization, as well as various other operational components. Prior to joining The Chernin Group, LLC in 2012, Jennifer was Controller at Century Park Capital Partners where she was responsible for the accounting and financial reporting for the limited partnerships, general partnerships, and the management company. She also oversaw the company’s administrative and operational efforts, which included information technology and human resources. Prior to joining Century Park Capital Partners, Jennifer spent nearly four years at Worldview Technology Partners where she was responsible for all accounting and financial reporting for the limited partnerships, general partnerships, and the management company. Jennifer started her career at KPMG, where she spent nearly three years in the San Francisco office auditing large public companies and pre-IPO start-ups. Also, during her time at KPMG, Jennifer spent time in the tax group and worked on tax compliance for venture capital firms and law firms.
Jennifer is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California, and hold a BS degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from California State
Mariaesther “Meme” Moncada is a Vice President in the Entertainment Industries Group at Bank of America where she provides financing for entertainment companies in the film and television space.
Prior to this role, she was a Commercial Underwriter at Bank of America for four years. Prior to Bank of America, she worked at Moody’s Credit Rating Agency in New York City as a Credit Analyst. Meme grew up in Los Angeles and received her B.A. degree in Math and Economics from Wellesley College.
Alessandra is part of the business development team at WBD, where she oversees growth partnerships for HBO Max and Discovery+. She focuses on sourcing, developing, and launching partnerships that will grow subscribers and revenue for HBO Max and Discovery+. Previously, she led Partnership Strategy at Disney+. She established guidelines and frameworks to evaluate and prioritize opportunities that led to closing deals with non-endemic partners, including Target, Fortnite, and Sonos, pushing boundaries in economics and offer mechanics.
Before joining Disney, she spent 5 years in Corporate Development and Strategy at 21st Century Fox in their Networks Group. There she specialized in managing international sports rights acquisitions and thrived as part of the team that integrated National Geographic Partners.
After graduating from the University of St. Andrews with a B.Sc. in Management Science, she began her career at Merrill Lynch in Investment Banking, later earning an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business. Originally from Italy, Alessandra lived in the UK and Belgium before falling in love with Los Angeles, where she now resides with her family.
Vanessa Roman is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. She advises a variety of clients in the entertainment industry, including financial institutions, borrowers, distributors and independent production companies. She provides counsel in various aspects of the production, financing and distribution of film and television projects. Vanessa helps clients address issues related to the rapidly-changing landscape of the entertainment industry, including the proliferation of streaming services and the rise of virtual reality. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles, and a J.D. from the University of Southern California.
Daisy currently serves as Executive Vice President and head of the Entertainment Finance group for California Bank & Trust. Her career spans over 25 years in banking and finance within the entertainment industry. Prior to California Bank & Trust, Daisy was Managing Director and head of CIT Bank’s entertainment finance group. Prior to CIT Bank, Daisy spent nearly a decade in finance at Sony Pictures, serving as the studio’s Assistant Treasurer. While at Sony, she led the studio’s Treasury team and was responsible for managing ~$1BN in global liquidity, all foreign exchange, and capital funding for the studio’s film and TV productions, as well operating subsidiaries in over 33 countries around the world. She also served on several executive teams responsible for executing the studio’s strategic initiatives including M&A and corporate financings. Prior to Sony, Daisy worked for Union Bank. Daisy earned her BA from UCLA.
Susan Shelton Vigon
Susan Shelton Vigon is currently General Counsel of Blockchain Creative Lab and Associate General Counsel & Senior Vice President of Fox Corporation. In this role, she manages the relationship between top-four broadcast network, FOX, and its affiliate partners nationwide, and leads the FOX legal team in structuring and negotiating billions of dollars’ worth of network distribution deals on both traditional and digital/streaming platforms. Prior to joining Fox, Susan served as Corporate Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Hearst Television, Inc., an affiliate of The Hearst Corporation. Susan began her legal career at the New York office of “magic circle” firm Clifford Chance LLP, where she advised high profile entertainment and financial clients on mergers and acquisitions, securities and general corporate matters. Susan holds both a J.D. and LL.M. from Duke University School of Law.
Mitzi Reaugh is currently VP, Studio Strategy, Finance & Sustainability at Netflix. Previously she worked with Verizon and Jaunt XR in the immersive technology industry. At Verizon, she worked as GM, Growth Strategy & Product Development, Immersive Media for Verizon following their acquisition of Jaunt XR where she served as President & CEO and Board Member. Mitzi has deep experience in digital media and in scaling new businesses. She previously was the co-founder of GoodLooks, a marketplace connecting successful individuals with vetted and curated professionals to help individuals achieve their personal growth goals. Her previous experience includes Miramax, Nielsen, NBC Universal/Hulu, The Chernin Group, and McKinsey & Company.
Mitzi received her Bachelor’s Degree from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Harmonic (Nasdaq: HLIT) and previously for Entertainment One (LON: ETO) before being acquired by Hasbro. She is a founding member and on the board of the non-profit FEME (Female Executives in Media and Entertainment).
Megan serves as Senior Vice President of corporate communications at Warner Bros. Discovery, where she leads West Coast communications for the global media and entertainment company. Earlier she was the Executive Vice President of corporate communications for Fox Corporation, overseeing media relations, message development and deployment, financial communications, internal communications as well as corporate social responsibility. Prior to joining Fox in 2016, she worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she was part of the cross-functional team that managed the cyberattack investigation, communications, and recovery efforts. Megan began her career at The Abernathy MacGregor Group, providing financial, crisis and strategic communications counsel to clients including Hewlett Packard, Yahoo!, Washington Mutual and TCW. She is a graduate of Amherst College and holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson.
Jess is SVP Sync Strategy Big Noise Music Group / SR Exec Creative Dir Sound Revolver and a creative exec with credits spanning Dreamworks' Trolls, Nickelodeon's ALVINN & The Chipmunks, several Hasbro My Little Pony spin off series and more. When Buzzfeed Motion Pictures received a 250 million dollar investment from NBC Universal, Jess hopped in as head project manager to assist in streamlining projects across all production teams and verticals, facilitating two company reorg cycles. Jess currently heads up sync licensing strategy across all of Big Noise Music Group, having built the division to grossing millions in 2 short years, from the ground up. Jess serves on the boards of FEME (Female Executives in Media and Entertainment) and EOT (Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow), and formerly sat on the SONA board (Songwriters of North America) where she co-founded The Songwriter Grant Fund. Billboard Magazine named Jess as a top industry-shaping executive in 2020.