Lydia Dean Pilcher – Chair/Founder, PGA Green East
Lydia is founder of Cine Mosaic, an independent production company with an energetic focus on entertaining stories that promote social, cultural and political diversity. She has produced over 30 feature films that include, The Reluctant Fundamentalist (dir: Mira Nair). You Don’t Know Jack (dir: Barry Levinson), and The Darjeeling Limited (dir: Wes Anderson).
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys and 3 PGA Awards, Pilcher is based in New York City and specializes in international co-productions and independent film finance based on studio and independent models.
Lydia has served two terms as Vice Chair of the PGA East, and is currently a member of the PGA National Board. She is a presenter for The Climate Reality Project which is founded and chaired by Al Gore.
Mari Jo Winkler – Chair/Founder, PGA Green East
Mari Jo is currently producing the UNTITLED ROCK ‘N ROLL TV pilot for HBO, she has also Executive Produced The Dictator, Premium Rush, Fair Game, Away We Go, Dan in Real Life and No Reservations and has Co-Produced Lucky You, In Her Shoes and Shall We Dance.
She is a dedicated environmentalist and connected Earthmark/Green Media Solutions with Focus Features to participate in a ground breaking pilot program to study the greening efforts on the film Away We Go.
She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Katherine Carpenter – Co-Chair/Founder, PGA Green East
Katherine is an award-winning documentary producer specializing in environmental subjects from endangered species to climate change in diverse habitats around the world. Her projects include Hundred Heartbeats, A Year on Earth, and Race to Save the Planet. In 2007 she was trained as a climate presenter by Al Gore and The Climate Project.
She is currently a carbon-reduction consultant with Green Media Solutions helping to green the sets of Nightly News with Brian Williams, Saturday Night Live, Boardwalk Empire and the feature films Away We Go, It’s Complicated and Morning Glory.
She lives with her two daughters and a Catahoula Leopard dog in New York City.
Steven Holtzman – Co-Chair, PGA Green East
After years of being disturbed by the amount of waste in the entertainment industry, Steven went to a PGA Green event and was inspired to get more involved. He has been a dedicated advocate for sustainable film practices ever since. In 2010, Steven co-founded Canal Creature Productions (CCP), an award-winning, sustainable production company that offers a full range of services while also focusing on environmentally-friendly practices with the triple bottom line as a mandate. CCP is dedicated to proving that being Green does not mean spending more. Steven believes that making environmentally responsible choices on set makes for a better overall work experience for everyone involved. In 2012, CCP was proud to win Film Biz Recycling’s Golden Dumpster “Green it and Mean It” award.
Steven has also served as a panelist and advisor for a local Eco Manager training program (part of Film Biz Recycling’s Eco Expo) and as an active participant in the PGA committee that compiled the Green Production Guide (an in-depth handbook for sustainability on set). In 2013, Steven’s production work and dedication to sustainable practices gained him recognition by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting as an “industry star.” In the fall of 2013, Steven became the Line Producer on The Colbert Report and welcomed his baby boy to the world – on the same day. Steven remains passionate about sustainable filmmaking and he is honored to serve as the East Coast co-chair of the Producer’s Guild of America: Green.
Amanda Scarano Carter – Chair, PGA Green West
With her consultancy company, Green Penny Productions, Amanda provides general management services, including business development, streamlining and overseeing operations for entertainment focused facilities and businesses. Previously Amanda was Studio Director for New Masters Studio, a boutique film studio in El Segundo, CA. Additionally, her career spans over 20 years of film production, including overseeing physical production and co-producing films for 13 years at Pierce Brosnan’s MGM based film production company, Irish DreamTime.
Amanda has been involved with PGA Green since its inception and has also worked as part of PGA Green’s Steering Committee for GreenProductionGuide.com.
Amanda is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Executive Management Program.
Rachael Joy – Chair, PGA Green West
A filmmaker and activist, Rachael Joy is passionate about great storytelling and the environment. As a producer of “It’s Easy Being Green” for HGTV, Rachael shot with green luminaries such as Willie Nelson, John Cougar Mellencamp, Paul Newman, Daryl Hannah, and renowned chef Alice Waters. She’s produced stories covering the Solar Decathlon, 40th anniversary of Earth Day, climate change, sustainable fashion, organic gardening and the BP oil spill. She’s been featured talent in the Environmental Defense Fund’s “Climate Change Campaign” video series and was host of Treehugger’s “Green Holiday Gift Guide” for PlanetGreen.com. She recently founded EcoPop TV, where she produces and hosts a series dedicated to green stories that are fun, informative and occasionally irreverent.
Shahnti Olcese Brook – Co-Chair, PGA Green West
Shahnti is an Emmy Award winning Producer and a Peabody recipient. She has had the privilege of working on many variety/entertainment news and talk shows for NBC Universal, Telepictures, PBS, KTLA, SciFi (Syfy) and more. Shahnti was an integral part of the development team that created the Show, “Crossing Over With John Edward.” In addition she was instrumental during the creation of the TV Guide Channel, the launch of Reelz Channel and the expansion of a combat sports network taking it international. Shahnti has cast, produced and booked hundreds of celebrities and human interest stories throughout her career.
Shahnti has done work with NNEDV (National Network to End Domestic Violence) and DVIS (Domestic Violence Intervention Services). She volunteers her time on her Parks and Recreation department council to keep her community safe, clean and environmentally friendly.
Shahnti has been a proud member of PGA Green since 2010. She believes in a greener living environment. Having been born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, where these practices where ingrained in her, she feels PGA Green is a perfect fit.
Fred Baron – Chair Emeritus/Founder, PGA Green West
Fred is currently EVP of Feature Production at Twentieth Century Fox. With Fox since 1990, he has overseen the production of feature films that include Knight & Day, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Borat, Edward Scissorhands, Broken Arrow, Romeo and Juliet and both X-Files features.
Fred took a hiatus from Fox from 1999-2001 to produce the critically acclaimed film Moulin Rouge with Baz Luhrmann, which won many awards including the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award and received a Best Picture nomination from the Motion Picture Academy.
Kathleen Courtney – Founder, PGA Green West
Kathleen has enjoyed working as Producer, Production Manager or EVP of Production on such feature films as Bowfinger, The Score, Daredevil, Law Abiding Citizen and Lucky You, among others. Her most recent film is the upcoming Of Men And Mavericks, due out in October 2012.
Kathleen is serving her fourth term on the Board of Directors of the PGA, and is the Chair of the PGA Green Committee West. She helped launch PGAgreen.org and GreenProductionGuide.com, and is also a founding member of the entertainment industry’s Green Production Alliance, having been elected to their first steering committee.
Kathleen spends her free time helping homeless dogs finding permanent placement in loving homes, and is very involved in the holistic medical treatment of animals.