NYF’s TV & Film Awards Grand Jury: Power Women in Production

New York Festivals® International Television & Film Awards  has honored the World’s Best TV & Films℠ since 1957 and the competition continues to celebrate the world’s most compelling stories being created today by content creators around the globe.

Our agenda is simple – to celebrate the achievements of the many talented men and women who make up the worldwide creative community.

The Grand Jury plays an important role in the competition—selecting the World’s Best TV & Films in two rounds of judging.  All of NYF’s jurors are directors, producers, journalists, writers, and filmmakers who are passionate about excellence and innovation. Their hands-on expertise across all genres and platforms ensure that this peer-judging process provides each entry with the attention it deserves. Now that the 2017 Finalists have been announced, the jury is immersed in the medal round.

The 2017 jury has more than 180+ members from over 30 countries. They are all award-winners recognized for creative excellence and 34% of the Grand Jury are women.

Whether these women are supervising on-air teams, reporting the news, developing a script, bringing a story to life for the screen, or creating magic in the edit suite, they are a dynamic force. So, here are some snapshots of just a few of these Power Women in Production.

Marita Bittencourt,Producer/Editor,Globotv

Marita Bittencourt (Brazil) Producer/Editor for Globotv.  Marita is a journalist from Rio de Janeiro who has worked in the television industry for three decades.  She’s served as an editor, scriptwriter and producer of a variety of short documentaries and daily newscasts for the Globo Group. For the past 20 years, she’s been at GloboNews-the first all-news TV channel in Brazil. Marita was honored with the 2016 New York Festivals Silver World Medal for the documentary “Kobani lives on – the city that defeated ISIS.”



Juliet Clerc (France) CEO and Head of On Air, Dream On.She joined Dream On in 2002 to

Juliette Clerc, CEO and Head of On Air, Dream On

run the company’s TV branding department, which includes production and business development.   In 2008, Juliette launched Jules and George Productions, a brand content startup, and then worked with Orange Cinéma Séries to supervise the multimedia launch of Martin Scorsese series “Boardwalk Empire” in 2010.  In 2011, she served as On Air Branding Producer for Canal+, responsible for the branding and production of the 30 Canal+ group TV stations. Since 2012, she’s headed up the video department at Dream On and as the company’s business unit director is developing projects.  Juliet earned two New York Festivals Silver World Medal s in 2016 for “Bande annonce coupe du monde de Rugby” and “Ident été – France 3.”


Sofia de Fay (UAE) Director.Sofia has directed films for television stations, multi-

Sofia de Fay, Director, Independent

nationals, advertising agencies, governments, charities, the web, channels and presidents, sheikhs, kings and princes for over 2 decades. She has filmed in UK, Jordan, Qatar, Lebanon, UAE, Namibia, Gabon, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Italy, Germany, France, Thailand, Nepal, Indonesia, India, Cambodia, Somalia, Bosnia and United States of America. Sofia’s big break into the business came after penning her first article “Bara Blues” from a blood splashed ER unit, her story was picked up by a local magazine. Early in her career, she specialized in wildlife and anthropological scripts carving out a niche as a scriptwriter. Soon, Sofia had written 500 documentaries that were distributed to 18 territories worldwide, securing her reputation with international channels including National Geographic, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel.  Over the years, Sofia’s directorial efforts earned in multiple New York Festivals Gold, Silver, and Bronze World Medals.

Julia Gorbach (USA) Creative Producer, The Skin Deep.Julia is an Emmy award-winning story-teller, director, and actress born in Ukraine and raised in NY.  For three

Julia Gorbach Creative Producer, the Skin Deep

years, Julia has been the Creative Producer at The Skin Deep, a creative studio in Brooklyn.  She has directed and produced interactive documentary experiences including The Dig, {THE AND}, Senior Orientation, and more. Currently, Julia is an independent director creating interactive and digital series.  Her program {THE AND} earned a NYF TV & Film Awards Gold World Medal in 2016.



Sarah Kirkegaard (Germany) Producer, MOOVIE GmbH.  

Sarah Kirkegaard, Producer, MOOVIE GmbH

In 2007, Sarah joined the development department at MOOVIE / Constantin Film supporting CEO and producer Oliver Berben as a script editor, dramaturg, screenwriter, creative producer, and associate producer. In January 2016, Sarah became a producer at MOOVIE focusing on historical mini-series, adaptations from literature, and contemporary (family) drama.  She has earned numerous regional and international awards including a New York Festivals Gold World Medal 2015 for “Das Zeugenhaus” / “The Witness House.”


Kelly Martin (NZ) CEO South Pacific Pictures. Kelly has over 20 years’ experience in New Zealand’s television industry working at both the major networks of TVNZ and Mediaworks TV3. During that time she managed international acquisition and oversaw

Kelly Martin, CEO, South Pacific Pictures

local production strategy and commissioning. Local productions she’s brought to the screen include: Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons, The Strip, What’s Really in Our Food?, numerous Inside NZ documentaries, and the development of the channels comedy strategy. She’s been with South Pacific Pictures since 2012 as the Executive Producer of TV2’s top rating weeknight drama serial “Shortland Street,” “Nothing Trivial” TVOne,  TV2’s “Step Dave” TV2,  “Westside” TV3, “The Brokenwood Mysteries “Prime TV, and “800 Words” for Network Seven Australia.  In 2016, “Westside” earned the NYF TV & Film Awards Gold World Medal.


Judy Plavnick  Kiley (USA) Executive Producer & Owner for SGGP.

Judy is a six-time Emmy award-winning producer and has produced programming for networks including PBS, Discovery, ESPN and NFL Films. She began her television career covering politics, for both local and national broadcast outlets, and then moved to sports broadcasting, covering the NFL for seven years. In the six years she was at Discovery Channel, she rose to the position of Senior Executive Producer before transitioning back to sports as Executive Producer for ESPN Classic. Judy formed her own production company in 2013 and is currently developing several series as well as working with corporate clients.

Judy Plavnick Kiley, Producer, Sit. Good Girl Productions LLC









Sharon Roobol (Malaysia) Programme Editor Al Jazeera Network.

Sharon has more than 20 years’ experience in the television industry. She worked for several Australian television broadcasters before joining Al Jazeera’s Kuala Lumpur Bureau in2006. As the Executive Producer of 101 East, Sharon has produced more than

Sharon Roobol, Program Editor, Al Jazeera Networks Inc.

350 half-hour programs from across Asia. 101 East has won dozens of prestigious awards including a World Media Summit Award, Best Current Affairs Program at the Asian Television Awards, numerous Gold World Medals and a Silver Medal at the 2016 New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards, Best Short Documentary at the Sichuan TV Festival Awards in China, and several Human Rights Press Awards.



Pauline Russell (UK) VP Creative Services for Scripps Networks Inc.

Pauline Russell,VP Creative Services, Scripps Networks Inc

Pauline has been at Scripps Networks International since July 2014 and is responsible for devising Creative and Brand Strategy for 4 brands across UK and EMEA. She co-chaired the conference and awards for Promax UK 2015. Pauline has over 15 years experience working for international broadcasters in continuity, promos, branding and management. She spent 4 years at BBC Worldwide working on the EMEA channels and she produced the Showcase event in Liverpool, overseeing all the short-form media. Pauline’s spent almost 10 years creating promos the Discovery Networks International.

All Entries in the 2017 competition will be judged online and screened by New York Festivals Television & Film Awards Grand Jury of 200 plus producers, directors, writers, and other creative media professionals from around the globe.  Nominated Finalists are judged by a blue ribbon panel at the United Nations for the UNDPI Awards. To view the 2017 TV & Film Awards Finalist please visit: HERE.

Winners will be announced at the Television & Film Awards gala taking place at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 25th, 2017. Award-winning entries will be showcased on the NYF Television & Film Awards website. To View the 2016 TV & Film Awards Recap Video please visit: HERE.

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