TELEVISION, INTERNET & VIDEO ASSOCIATION OF DC, INC.
TIVA-DC Board OF DIRECTORS
Bill Coughlan is an award-winning screenwriter and director, and is one of the founders of Tohubohu Productions. He worked for 26 years with The Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C., where he began as a graphic designer before segueing into video and multimedia, and then eventually into the ranks of creative department management. In addition, he is the Associate Artistic Director of Jabberwocky Audio Theater, been a judge for both the TIVA Peer Awards and the Emmy Awards, founded and co-hosted the long-running Tohubohu Producer Podcast, and is an accomplished animator and ambigram artist. He also enjoys acting, voiceover performance, design and illustration, editing, and writing autobiographical comments in the third person.
Rachel Torgoff is a producer, editor, and production manager with a passion for storytelling, and has experience crafting films and videos on topics of culture, the arts, history, and the human condition. If she’s not on location or in the edit suite, look for her at the Library of Congress, where — thanks to her reputation for tenacity — clients often tap her to search the archives for rare footage or historical stills.
Board Members at Large
Jasmen Davis has worked in media for the past twelve years, and the past five years as a full-time production makeup artist. As a professional makeup artist, she has earned a reputation for creating fantastic makeup looks for TV and film productions, photography,and live events. Her experience ranges from commercials, ad campaigns and corporate branding videos to indie films and features.
Peer Awards Co-Chair
Zeke Dowty has worked professionally in the media and entertainment industry for over 15 years in many capacities, as a producer, director, director of photography, gaffer and rigger, among others. Most recently, he has worked as an executive producer and part owner of Glass River Media, a full visual production company.
Montserrat Gorina-Ysern transitioned to digital filmmaking in 2012 following two successful careers in law and languages in three continents. She is an independent video and short producer, founder and director of Montserrat Gorina-Ysern, LLC, and of Healthy Children-Healthy Oceans Foundation. She draws on forty years in the legal field in Barcelona (Spain), Cambridge (U.K.), Melbourne and Sydney (Australia), where she was the first woman of non-English speaking background to be awarded a Ph.D. in international law in 1996 for her thesis. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from Catalan universities, and has a record of international publications in the legal field (including two monographs). Additionally, Montserrat leans for her subtitled projects on thirty years as Spanish language accredited and certified court interpreter and translator.
A composer equally accustomed to writing for orchestra, opera, film, theater, chorus, piano and chamber ensembles, Brian Wilbur Grundstrom’s voice includes a strong affinity for long melodic lines, distinctive tonal harmonic vocabulary, engaging rhythms, skillfully executed counterpoint, and dramatic imagery. Grundstrom recently won Outstanding Emerging Artist from the DC Commission on the Arts, and is currently working on an opera for Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls. His music can be heard at www.brianwilbur.com.
Gregg Landry has been the owner and operator of BlueRock Productions & Studio for the past 24 years, serving the greater Baltimore//D.C. area with production, studio and post services. He has been involved with TIVA for the past dozen years and has been active in a number of other industry/volunteer groups such as WIFV, PRSA (Public Relations), LMA (Legal) and AMA (Marketing). He has also been on the board of BOS, a homeless shelter for women with children in Baltimore.
Christopher A. Myers is the managing director of Carola Myers Makeup & Hair Artists, which staffs and represents over a dozen artists specializing in providing professional camera-ready makeup and hairstyling services for films, high-definition television, corporate photoshoots, live performances, digital media, and video productions. The company also offers beauty services for editorial publications, weddings, and red carpet appearances. He earned his bachelors degree in 2011 from the University of Virginia.
Susan Branch Smith has over 30 years’ experience writing, producing, and directing videos for PBS affiliates, corporations, and cable, including national television spots and series, as well as educational, persuasive, and instructional projects. She served on WIFV-MD’s board for four years, and as its president for two. She also served on ITVA-MD’s board for about five years, primarily as its newsletter editor. Every year, she is a judge for at least several, if not many, video associations, most recently the Emmys, Peer Awards, American University student awards, and several industry associations.
Todd Clark is an Emmy Award-winning producer-director, who has worked scripting, shooting, and editing both locally and internationally for the past 20 years, with a focus on public affairs, promotional and documentary projects. He recently founded and hosts the progressive, online video magazine www.theDCPLACE.com. Todd has also produced and directed numerous gala events, as well as performing for many years in regional theater, improv comedy and special events, while also serving as MC/Host at the National Theater. www.ONANONProductions.com