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Welcome New Members Jan 2013

We take this opportunity to welcome the following new members to HRTS. Should you have any questions about your benefits as a member, please email us at info@hrts.org or call 818-789-1182.

New HRTS Members

Kris SofleyKris Sofley – With a background in public relations, marketing and journalism, Kris Sofley brings numerous skills to her position as principal with Bridge Media Communications Group (Bridge MCG). As a journalist with C21 Media, Sofley reported on the latest programming trends, business practices and related ventures in the global television industry for over a decade. She also wrote for the NATPE Daily and NATPE Newsletter as well as consumer media outlets including the Ventura County Star newspaper. Her career in public relations and marketing included National Geographic Television, where she worked with international broadcasters’ PR teams on introducing NGTV branded programming strands to global audiences. Prior to National Geographic Television, Sofley served as an account manager with entertainment public relations firms Pryor & Associates, headed by Jeff Pryor, and Rebecca Segal's Segal Associates. Sofley began her career as an event planner with Billboard, the music trade paper.

Krystie Daley – Volt Workforce Solutions
Molly Driscoll – Madison Media Works
Steve Garrido – Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group
David Goldman – Comedy Time Inc.
Steven Katleman – Greenberg Traurig Inc.
Wayne Kazan – Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin
Cooper Waterman – Waterman Entertainment
Robert Weiss – Ovation TV


JHRTS Spotlight

Lynley BirdLynley Bird graduated from Cornell University in May 2009 and began working at Illumination Entertainment in August 2009 where she assisted the Founder and CEO, Chris Meledandri. She was promoted to Creative Executive in January 2012 and remained in that role until December 2012. In addition to her experience at Illumination Entertainment, Bird has had internships at Mark Gordon Productions, Benderspink and Brillstein-Grey Entertainment.

How did you hear about JHRTS?

During my time as a Creative Executive at Illumination Entertainment I discovered my extreme passion for television. For the past 5 months I have been exploring a career in television and through that process have had the opportunity to meet several people within the TV business (coordinators, assistants, etc). Every single person I have had the pleasure to get to know has strongly encouraged me to join JHRTS. I would like to use my membership to further explore the television industry and gain connections as I make my transition from film to television. Two references- Rachel Poland (Lionsgate TV), Christine Pham (CW)


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Since 1947 the HRTS has been the entertainment industry's premier information and networking forum. HRTS events are the only place where leading executives from across the industry gather under one roof, multiple times a year to discuss issues relevant to the ongoing success of our business. HRTS Members and our industry partners represent the best and the brightest in town. Is your company ready to join the ranks of HRTS? There are many ways for individuals and companies to get more involved. To find out how, call (818) 789-1182 or email info@hrts.org

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