Carolyn Steinmetz | Chairperson

Carolyn Steinmetz is Executive Vice President and Head of Content Finance at STX Entertainment. Her previous experience includes 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 holds a degree in Economics and Statistics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Lisa Holme

Lisa Holme is Group SVP of Content and Commercial Strategy for Discovery, Inc., leading programming and partnership for Discovery’s aggregated, direct-to-consumer streaming service. Holme oversees the editorial vision for Discovery’s direct-to-consumer offerings, working closely with the company’s content and programming teams to source original content and license third-party programming. She also collaborates with the Affiliate and Ad Sales teams to prioritize, structure and negotiate distribution deals for direct-to-consumer products with the goal of driving subscriber growth. Prior to joining Discovery, Holme led the investigation and strategy for Hulu’s international expansion, which followed several years of leading Hulu’s Content Acquisition team, where she was responsible for negotiating tens of billions of dollars’ worth of content deals, helping to expand the service from zero to roughly 30 million subscribers. Before joining Hulu’s acquisitions team in 2010, Lisa worked in creative at Illumination Entertainment and as a consultant in McKinsey & Company's Media & Entertainment, Technology, and Telecom Practices.

Holme graduated from Yale University with a degree in Psychology. She is on the board of FEME (Female Executives in Media and Entertainment), Yale in Hollywood (for which she co-leads the Summer Internship Program), and was a founding board member of HULA (the Women’s group at Hulu).  Lisa was named to Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen list in 2015, to Variety’s New Leaders list in 2016, and to NYC TV Week’s 40 Under 40 in 2018.

Sophia Lin

Sophia Lin is a Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance at Valence Media. Formerly she worked in the Entertainment Industries Group at J.P. Morgan where she provided financing for entertainment companies in the film, television, digital and interactive content space. Prior to J.P. Morgan, she worked at MUFG Union Bank and Deloitte & Touche.

Caroline H. Mankey

Caroline H. Mankey is a partner at Akerman LLP, an Am Law 100 law firm. She is a seasoned trial lawyer whose commercial litigation practice is focused on intellectual property and entertainment. Caroline has represented high-profile, well-known clients in the entertainment, arts, fashion, and technology industries in disputes involving copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, defamation, licensing and other contract rights, rights of publicity, business interference, and partnership disputes. Caroline also handles high stakes, high profile, and sensitive employment issues, including sexual harassment and discrimination, as well as personal disputes arising out of domestic relationships.

Mariaesther Moncada

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.

Mitzi Reaugh

Mitzi Reaugh is currently GM, Growth Strategy & Product Development, Immersive Media for Verizon.  She joined 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).

Vanessa Roman

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 Stall

Daisy currently serves as Managing Director and Head of CIT’s Entertainment group, and has over 25 years of experience spanning the Entertainment and Banking industries. Prior to CIT, from 2002-2012 Daisy served as Vice President/Assistant Treasurer for Sony Pictures Entertainment. While at Sony, she managed ~$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 worked on a number of executive teams responsible for executing the studio’s strategic initiatives such as mergers & acquisitions and corporate financings. Prior to Sony, from 1992-2002, Daisy was a relationship manager within various divisions of Union Bank, including Media and Entertainment, where she underwrote and agented numerous working capital revolvers, acquisition facilities, and large syndicated film project loans. Daisy earned her BA from UCLA.

Krista Wegener

Krista Wegener is a 20-year entertainment industry veteran and is currently EVP, Sales and Distribution for Participant Media. Prior to Participant, Krista has held senior roles at 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.