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Daisy Jade

Daisy Jade

Entertainment and Lifestyle Correspondent for Pittsburgh Today Live

Pittsburgh native Daisy Jade graces our TV screens weekday mornings as a Correspondent on KDKA-TV’s Lifestyle and Entertainment show, PITTSBURGH TODAY LIVE. Since joining CBS Pittsburgh KDKA, Daisy’s journey includes roles as Host and Producer of THE CW BUZZ and the award-winning FAN N’ATION, showcasing Pittsburgh sports fans all over the world.

Daisy, a proud SAG-AFTRA member, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts and Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Since her professional acting debut in 1999, she has appeared in various national and regional commercials, films and TV shows, including a recent role in AMERICAN RUST. Beyond the camera, she has also held various behind-the-scene positions, including Talent Agent, Shoot Production Coordinator, and Personal Assistant to Actor & Filmmaker Tyler Perry.

Actively engaged in Pittsburgh’s film community, Daisy supports organizations like Women in Film and Media, Pittsburgh Film Industry Association, WQED Film Academy, and the Pittsburgh Film Office. Passionate about mentoring, she invests time in guiding aspiring film and TV talents, particularly those of her alma mater…nurturing the next generation of entertainers.


Laura Boyd

Laura Boyd

Associate Professor and Chair, Cinema Arts Program – Point Park University

Associate Professor Laura J. Boyd’s interest in travel, adventure and natural history steered her to the path of documentary filmmaking.

Laura spent nearly a decade traveling the globe while working for natural history and expedition travel companies. Serving in the roles of cruise director and expedition leader for the company Society Expeditions, Boyd traveled to Alaska and the Russian Far East, Polynesia, Chile, Argentina, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.

A brief stint working for IMAX convinced her to pursue an M.F.A. in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University. Her first week of class was spent filming bison in Yellowstone National Park – she had found her bliss.

In 2006, she was hired by National Geographic and produced content for the National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Mission Programs, National Geographic Explorer, Wild Chronicles for PBS and the award-winning children’s television series Wild Detectives.

In 2011, she joined Point Park University to begin the next phase of her career, as faculty in the cinema program, overseeing the producing concentration and teaching as many documentary classes as possible.

Caroline Collins

Caroline Collins

Associate Director – Film Pittsburgh

Caroline Collins is an actor, writer, producer and director. As an actor, she has appeared in films such as Adventureland and Since I Don’t Have You. Television roles include WGN America’s Outsiders, NBC Universal’s Gone, and Showtime’s American Rust. Caroline has written and produced short films including the award-winning romantic comedy Lightheaded, which she also acted in, and she’s directed several award-winning short films.

Caroline is president of the production company 13 Films. She is vice president of the board of Carnegie Screenwriters and a member of Women in Film and Media Pittsburgh. She is also associate director of Film Pittsburgh.

Kristin DiQuollo

Kristin DiQuollo

Supervising Producer, Donkey Hodie – Fred Rogers Productions

As Supervising Producer of Donkey Hodie, Kristin DiQuollo provides leadership and creative vision to Fred Rogers Productions’ preschool puppet series, which is inspired by characters from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Prior to joining the company, she led production of broadcast and digital content for the PBS KIDS series Cyberchase as executive producer and story editor at WNET New York, helping to spearhead its expansion on digital platforms, including strategies for accessibility. She also oversaw national family and educator engagement efforts. Experienced in using research to inform development and design of content, she has worked on several projects that investigate learning outcomes from educational media. Kristin previously worked in educational outreach and marketing for the IMAX Corporation and as an associate editor and projects coordinator a classroom magazine and website showcasing the works of teenage writers. She received her B.A. in English from Providence College.

Ellen Doherty

Ellen Doherty

Chief Creative Officer & Executive Producer – Fred Rogers Productions

Ellen Doherty is Chief Creative Officer for Fred Rogers Productions, overseeing the development and production of content for all platforms. She serves as executive producer for the company’s current series on PBS KIDS—Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Odd Squad, Donkey Hodie, and Alma’s Way. She also developed Donkey Hodie and Alma’s Way and is the creator, head writer, and executive producer of the award-winning Through the Woods, a shortform series about nature also available on PBS KIDS. In 2023, Ellen was inducted into the inaugural cohort of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Silver Circle, which recognizes distinguished service within the industry for 25 years and was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s first-ever list of “The 75 Most Powerful People in Kids’ Entertainment.” She was also spotlighted in Variety’s 2022 Family Entertainment Impact Report as one of the year’s top content creators, producers, directors, and executives. In 2018, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy® Award for Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like, the retrospective tribute to the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

A Webby® and three-time Emmy® Award-winning producer and writer with more than 20 years’ experience in children’s media, Ellen was previously executive producer and story editor of the PBS KIDS series Cyberchase. She oversaw production of television and digital content for the series for six seasons, including creating several shortform video series.

Ellen began her career as an associate producer on the beloved PBS KIDS series Reading Rainbow. She has a B.A. in Communications from Boston College and will show you on her hand where she grew up in Michigan.

Desiree Duckett

Desiree Duckett

Reality TV Producer – The Bachelor

I started my career in 2009 in Pittsburgh, working as a Casting Assistant to Nancy Mosser at Mosser Casting, casting for feature films and scripted TV and commercials. In 2013 I moved back to New York and began working as a freelance Casting Producer on various unscripted TV shows. I slowly transitioned into working as a Reality TV producer in the field and the past few years I have been traveling the world as a Producer on The Bachelor.

Cara Friez

Cara Friez

Senior Post-Production Manager – The Warhol Creative

Cara Friez is an educator, creative multimedia producer, and video editor with two decades of experience integrating artistic storytelling, education, and technical expertise to produce exceptional deliverables. Currently serving as the Senior Post-Production Manager for The Warhol Creative, an initiative of The Andy Warhol Museum, she oversees the seamless execution of post-production processes, ensuring high-quality outcomes. She also encourages emerging storytellers and fosters dynamic learning environments by mentoring post-production staff and fellows. Her production credits include CBS’s As the World Turns, VEX Robotics, WPXI-TV, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic.

Kelly Haddad

Kelly Haddad

Chief of Staff, Haddad’s

Born and raised in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kelly Haddad has spent her whole life in the Film Industry. She started officially working for the family business, Haddad’s Inc., when she was 13 years old. Kelly graduated from Ohio University in 2009 with a degree in Math and Actuarial Science. After college, Kelly worked on two movies in Pittsburgh as an office PA and transportation dispatcher before moving to Los Angeles to explore more of the industry she had developed a passion for while growing up in the family business. In LA, Kelly worked in the finance and accounting department for a production company for several years before transitioning back to her transportation roots as a DOT admin on a few Disney TV shows. This experience gave her a well-rounded overview of the Film Industry.

After gaining valuable knowledge in LA, Kelly moved back to Pittsburgh in 2019 to rejoin the family at Haddad’s Inc. becoming Chief of Staff. Over the last five years, she has worked in multiple departments, getting to know the business inside and out. Kelly recently moved to the sales department for training and is thrilled to be working alongside her father David Haddad, mother Karen Haddad and brother DJ Haddad.

Since returning to Pittsburgh, Kelly has worked alongside her father to support the Pennsylvania Film Industry. She has been a part of lobbying in Harrisburg, as well as attending events across the state to support growing the Film Tax Credit. Kelly is also a large contributing factor in helping with the efforts to create a Film Tax Credit Program in Michigan. She coordinates meetings across the state with legislators and filmmakers to help communicate the positive effect a new program could offer in Michigan. She travels frequently to Lansing, Detroit and Grand Rapids to spread the message.

Kelly currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her partner of 15 years, Hank. When not at work, Kelly enjoys watching movies, TV, musicals as well as participating in yoga and outdoor biking.

Anita Harnish

Anita Harnish

Producer – A Harnish Productions

For over 30 years Anita Harnish has worked as a freelance producer/director in video and film production, serving advertising agencies, universities, hospitals, corporations and philanthropic organizations.

Anita has traveled all over the United States for clients such as ATI and FedEx Ground. Regionally, she has produced videos for The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, The Great Allegheny Passage, Highmark, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden and WVU Medicine. She has produced videos for online educational programs on study abroad, alcohol abuse and sexual assault for colleges and high schools. She has been recognized with national Telly awards, a golden reel award from Media Communications Associations International and an Opal Award for Women in Film and Media, Pittsburgh.

Anita’s passion for production and desire to provide quality videos for the philanthropic sector have taken her to Haiti, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Vietnam. She has produced videos for Beyond Borders – promoting literacy in Haiti and the eradication of restaveks (domestic child servants); and Surgicorps International – documenting a Pittsburgh-based organization that travels internationally to repair cleft palettes on indigenous populations.

Sara Lindsey

Sara Lindsey

Actress, Filmmaker

Sara Lindsey (she/her) is an actor and filmmaker originally from Ellicott City, Maryland. She’s currently recurring on Amazon’s AMERICAN RUST opposite Rob Yang. Select Film: CONCUSSION, PROMISED LAND, JACK REACHER, BLUE JAY, PLEASE COME WITH ME, FANATIC (Outfest, Palm Springs Shortfest), DEAR JANE (Santa Barbara Film Festival), DADDY ISN’T HERE RIGHT NOW (Montclair Film Festival). Additional Television: High Desert, NCIS: Nola. Sara is a proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. She recently wrapped production on STICKS, adapted from George Saunders’ eponymous short story. Check out her 1-minute movies on Vimeo and IG @saralindseyfilm.

Mary Ann McBride-Tacket

Mary Ann McBride-Tackett

Director of Film Education, WQED Media

Mary Ann McBride-Tackett (she/her) serves as the Director of Film Education at WQED Multimedia in Pittsburgh, where she oversees and develops several filmmaking programs for both youth and adults, including the successful WQED Film Academy for elementary through high school students.

Prior to WQED, Mary Ann graduated Summa Cum Laude from Point Park University as top graduating senior of the Cinema and Digital Arts program, with a concentration in screenwriting and directing and a minor in child development. Mary Ann worked freelance in the film production industry (Adventureland, She’s Out of My League) in everything from wardrobe to accounting, and as the PA state rep and global film tax incentives expert for Entertainment Partners – a global leader in entertainment accounting and finance support services.

With nearly 20 years of industry experience, Mary Ann has worked on everything from studio features to short films, commercials, and television. Mary Ann finds her greatest satisfaction in educating and supporting filmmakers to help shape a more equitable future for our creative industries. Mary Ann’s most important role is as mother of two young filmmakers (21 and 15) and 3 cats. She is also a 4-time surrogate and retired roller derby skater.

Megan McLachlan

Megan McLachlan

TV Editor/Film Writer – Awards Daily

Megan McLachlan is TV Editor and Film Writer at Awards Daily and has had articles, essays, and reviews published in Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, Paste, Seventeen, Thrillist, The Washington Post, The Cut, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in addition to being heard weekly on Awards Daily’s Water Cooler Podcast.

Nancy Mosser

Owner/Casting Director – Nancy Mosser Casting

Nancy Mosser is an award winning casting director and counts her credits in film, tv, commercial and corporate projects. Before starting her casting company in 1990, she worked in film and tv production after graduating from Penn State University with a degree in Speech Communications/Broadcasting. Her film credits include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Cha Cha Real Smooth, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Pale Blue Eye and Out of the Furnace.

Morgan Overton

Morgan Overton

Workforce Director – CREATE PA: Pittsburgh Film and Theater Works

Morgan Overton has spent the last decade working toward racial, gender, and economic justice. Through her service across government, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors, Morgan has championed lived experience as expertise in the pursuit of collective impact.

Morgan currently serves as Workforce Director of CREATE PA: Pittsburgh Film and Theater Works – a new partnership between Pittsburgh Public Theater and the Pittsburgh Film Office to grow, diversify, and retain crew-work talent for the film, theater, and related arts industries of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Morgan also made history as the first Black woman to serve as Vice-Chair of the Allegheny County Democratic Party.

Morgan is a visual artist based in, and originally from Pittsburgh, PA. Her work follows the tradition of Black artists past and present who have utilized the arts as a platform to center humanity and reclaim historical narratives. In addition to honoring the past, she vibrantly creates in various mediums as an ode to the Nina Simone quote “It is the artist’s duty to reflect the times”, to inform viewers of current events, and what is possible.

Amanda Rotzler

Amanda Rotzler

1st Assistant Camera – 1st AC NY/Pittsburgh

Amanda is a talented camera assistant with a passion for visual storytelling. With a keen eye for detail and a strong technical background, she ensures that every shot is executed flawlessly. Amanda thrives in fast-paced environments, collaborating seamlessly with directors and cinematographers to bring their visions to life. With dedication and creativity, she consistently exceeds expectations, making her an invaluable asset on any production set. Off-camera, Amanda enjoys exploring new photography techniques and traveling to inspire her work further.

Tracy Rudzinski

Tracy Rudzinski

President – Women in Film and Media Pittsburgh

Tracy recently took on Presidency over Women in Film and Media Pittsburgh in the fall of 2023. Her film experience includes co-writing, script supervising, and acting along with her husband for Silver Spotlight Films. She has been making movies with him since 2012, and some of their features stream on Tubi, Amazon Prime, and have collected accolades from Fangoria, LA Scream Fest, Gross Fest, and the Cinema B-Retina festival in Barcelona, Spain. In her daytime hours, Tracy is a preschool teacher, and she runs a before and after school care program for grades K-5. She is also frequently on the musical theater scene in Pittsburgh, recently appearing with Stage 62 and the Pittsburgh Savoyards in various productions. Her passions include scenic painting, caring for her pets, singing, and tap dance. Tracy has also had a recurring role on local access horror host show Dead and Buried Treasures, which is affiliated with several Pittsburgh stations including MCA-TV, BPTV, and even as far as Buffalo, NY.

Minette Seate

Minette Seate

Managing Director, Production and Programming – WQED Pittsburgh

Minette Seate has worked in Production at WQED, Pittsburgh’s PBS station for over thirty-five years. She has written and produced several documentaries as well live studio productions and short form videos. She is also the host of WQED’s independent film showcase series Filmmakers Corner.



Jenni Schlieper

Director, Flying Scooter Productions
Board Member, The Amelia Project

Emmy-nominated, award-winning filmmaker, director, producer and writer, Schlieper didn’t start her career in film. She cut her teeth as a Creative Strategist at one of the largest PR firms in the world launching products and services for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 power brands. Making a leap into the corporate side, she led GNC’s global marketing efforts as one the youngest female senior executives.

Flying Scooter was born in 2017 out of a need to do something that mattered for those that mattered. The intent is to impact through client partnerships, mission-based non-profits and stories silenced by those that fear the truth. Schlieper has written, directed and co-produced with Gumpf, hundreds of stories in the last seven years. The Ocean-Five Years is their first festival film release slated for early 2024.

Schlieper continues to lead strategic initiatives for their clients and has helped raise millions of dollars and tell the stories of Pittsburgh’s homeless and underserved children.

She sits on the board on The Beauty Restores Foundation and The Amelia Project.