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MPTF Adds Paramount’s Nicole Clemens, Producer John Goldwyn to Board of Directors

The Motion Picture & Television Fund is making moves on its board of directors.

The organization has expanded the roster from 12 to 21 members by moving six existing members from its board of governors over to the board of directors and adding three new executives to the ranks. New blood includes Nicole Clemens, president of Paramount Television Studios; veteran producer and Hollywood royalty John Goldwyn, who serves as principal of John Goldwyn Prods.; and attorney Maria Rodriguez, a managing partner in the L.A. office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

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Those transitioning to the board include Dr. Eric Esrailian of UCLA, Warner Bros. Pictures executive vp of production and senior advisor Kevin McCormick, veteran executive Peter Rice, Sunswept Entertainment’s Karen Rosenfelt, Oscar nominated producer Emma Thomas and John Wells Prods. principal John Wells.

The moves come as the industry continues to roar back from back-to-back labor strikes in 2023, work stoppages that led countless industry professionals to seek support and resources from MPTF at a time when the organization itself was navigating choppy waters due to fundraising and other challenges.

In a joint statement, board chair Jim Gianopulos and MPTF CEO Bob Beitcher sounded optimistic that tough times are now in the rear view. “With a strong financial foundation and clear goals ahead of us,” they said, “we felt this was a great time to strengthen the board with a diverse group of industry leaders, many of them long-time donors and committee members, all committed to the mission and vision of MPTF.”

Added Beitcher: “Many of our new board members have served on other MPTF boards and committees, and they are all very engaged in ensuring that MPTF continues to make the lives of our working and retired industry members better and has the financial strength to carry out the mission of taking care of our own.”

For her part, Clemens said she’s “incredibly honored” to join the board. “I’m humbled to be a part of the team helping to ensure MPTF is here for generations to come.”

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