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COVID-19: IMPACT, RESOURCES AND HOPE For GA Entertainment Industry
April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Peter Stathopoulos is a Partner and leads Bennett Thrasher’s State and Local Tax practice. Peter has been practicing in the area of state and local taxation and economic development incentives since 1993. Peter has extensive experience in helping clients reduce their effective state tax rates through multistate tax planning and in resolving state tax controversies from the audit level through litigation in state trial and appellate courts.
Peter has worked closely with state tax and economic development policy makers to represent the business community’s interests. In 2008, Peter helped draft a portion of the Georgia Entertainment Industry Investment Act as well as legislation that expanded a variety of Georgia tax credits to apply to the broadcasting industry. In 2002, Mr. Stathopoulos co-chaired a joint Georgia Department of Revenue/State Bar of Georgia committee that help draft Georgia’s current consolidated income tax return regulations. In 2001, Mr. Stathopoulos served on the executive committee of the Business Council of Alabama that helped draft Alabama’s privilege tax scheme. In 1995, Mr. Stathopoulos was a tax policy attorney with the Georgia Department of Revenue and led the drafting of regulations for many of Georgia’s current tax credits and acted as a liaison with the Governor’s Economic Development Council.
Lewis Massey formerly served as Georgia’s Secretary of State, establishing a strong record as an advocate for Georgia consumers, ensuring that government was more efficient and responsive to its citizens. Hallmarks of his administration included a crackdown on telemarketing fraud, implementing new technology for improved customer service, significant reductions in agency spending, and assisting families in their efforts to collect back child support. Lewis was also a candidate for Governor in 1998, placing second in a crowded Democratic primary, losing to eventual winner Roy Barnes.
Lee Thomas is a Deputy Commissioner at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and division director of the Georgia Film Office. A native Atlantan, Lee received a Bachelor of the Arts in Radio -TV -Film from UGA, a Master’s Degree in Film Studies from Georgia State University, then entered the Tisch School of the Arts Doctoral Program in Cinema Studies at New York University. She returned to Atlanta in 1996 to work for the Georgia Film and Videotape Office as a project manager, and then became a location specialist for the office in 1998. After finding locations for film and television projects for 12 years, Lee became director of the film division in 2010.
Allen Fox, is a consultant, spokesperson and corporate coalition founder with experience in corporate communications, change management, government leadership, and nonprofit consulting.
Public affairs and communications experience include successfully forming a coalition of 700+ Fortune 1000 companies devoted to pro-business legislation and initiatives in the state of Georgia. Worked with c-suite leadership at top Atlanta corporations to develop strategic business plans and public relations campaigns that thwarted anti-jobs legislation. Successfully partnered with non-profit organizations and bi-partisan political leaders such as chambers of commerce, state political parties and US Senators. Created unconventional alliances that drove unified results successfully for 3 different campaigns involving business climate legislation.
Management of media campaign while working as a founder and spokesperson include controlling a $1 million annual budget and direct oversight of contracts, fundraising and compliance. Budget creation experience extends to developing $20 billion budget that reflected key priorities of a state gubernatorial administration and writing strategic budgetary plans for all 160 state government agencies. Developed centralized communication platform and served as spokesperson for several nonprofits and Georgia Prospers. Appeared in multiple media platforms, including television, to discuss key strategic initiatives.
Previous work also includes campaigning and policy advising for Governors and US Senators. Community involvement includes serving as the “Young Professionals Director” for a 2012 Presidential campaign. Volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America. Received Masters in Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009. Completed a Bachelor’s at Furman University in 2005, including a summer program at the London School of Economics.
Alduan Tartt is a psychologist, minister, speaker, media host and author who serves as a frequent psychology expert for CNN and HLN. His YouTube channel has garnered more than 1.5 million total views. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and is the youngest African-American to receive his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Tartt is a recipient of the NAACP award for a lifetime of work in counseling youth, couples and families.
Dr. Tartt is the resident psychology expert for Radio One and appears regularly on the Rickey Smiley, Café Mocha, Willie Moore Jr., KD Bowe, Darlene McCoy, Rickey Smiley and The Morning Culture with Frank Ski indicated radio shows. Dr. Tartt was co-host of Love Addiction on TVOne and has appeared as a psychology expert on multiple national television stations (ABC Nightline, John Tesh’s Intelligence for Your Life, MTV’s Made, VH1 Fantasia for Real, TVOne’s Black Men Revealed, BET’s 106 & Park, Preachers of Atlanta, etc.).
Molly Coffee, born and raised in Georgia has called the film industry home for over ten years. She has lent her design, and art dept. skills to television shows such as Stan Against Evil, Brockmire and FX series Atlanta, feature films like Wally’s Wonderland, St. Agatha and even stage and puppetry shows.
In the meantime, Molly is also the creator/director of many projects, and is not only the owner of the fabrication studio/production company Zombie Cat Productions but also co-owner of cleared artwork company Action Artwork Rental.
She is a member of IATSE 479 and the Art Directors Guild.
Most notably however, Molly is the Creative Director of Film Impact Georgia. The non-profit dedicates itself to empowering individuals in the film and television industry by nurturing community leaders, advocating for the underrepresented and inspiring change both locally and throughout the state. The members of the organization pledge to leverage their leadership, commitment and influence towards reducing the imbalances that exist today and level the playing field for local creation.