Indo-American women chosen to be Director at global NGO for women filmmakers

Poorvi Gupta
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Nisha Ganatra

Los Angeles based non government organisation, Women in Film has declared the list of directors who will take charge of the organisation. The list also contains an Indian American filmmaker, Nisha Ganatra and Indian American Hollywood executive Bela Bajaria. The NGO, founded in 1973 in Los Angeles, focuses on achieving gender parity in providing equal opportunities to women in the film industry and supporting creative projects in all mediums of the media.


Apart from Ganatra and Bajaria, DreamWorks Animation's global theatrical PR chief Terry Curtin and accountancy corporation Encino owner Laura W. Gordon, have also been selected to take on boardroom positions in the organisation. Gordon of Gordon & Associates represents high net worth clients, including award-winning entertainers, athletes and executives.

β€œThe 2017 Women in Film Board of Directors is an enormously impressive group of the best and brightest people in Hollywood devoted to sustainable progress in the intersection between gender and media," board President Cathy Schulman said in a statement, as reported by India West.

Ganatra, whose family lives in India, won a Golden Globe Award for her work as director and producer of the popular series "Transparent". She has added her directorial charm in movies like "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", "Mr. Robot" and "Girls".

While Ganatra is also popular for her films like Chutney Popcorn (1999) and Cosmopolitan (2003) and has won various national and international awards including the Berlin International Film Festival, Bajaria, who became vice president content, at Netflix in November 2016, spent five years as president of Universal Television. She stands currently as the latest and most high-profile executive to join Netflix, which is in a fiery hiring spree.

Ganatra finished her graduation from New York University at Tisch School of the Arts where she studied with Martin Scorcese and Spike Lee. The critically acclaimed director is an emmy nominee as well.

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