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VME Women's Event

Tue 27 Feb
Hello Women of VME and Film Fatales!

We are exited to announce the launch of the VME Woman’s Group with a class and networking event!

The group’s goal is to connect the talented women veterans who served in the armed forces with each other and with opportunities in Hollywood through educational and networking events. 
We will also invite other industry women’s groups to our events so we can broaden our networks and learn about more opportunities for women in the industry.
Like in all of our other events, the Guests Speakers will be the best teachers, mentors, and leaders in the industry. Some of these established guests will be women, some may be men — all will be champions of your military service and share a desire to mentor and support women in the industry. 
The VME Women Group events are supported by a grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). We are pleased to announce VME is the first veteran’s group to have earned a grant from the HFPA.

“Power Networking, Power Pitching…Become a Master of Them Both” 
If you ever wondered what it really takes to do a successful pitch, this workshop is for you.
Jim Arnoff, Instructor Extraordinaire and VME member favorite, is back by popular demand. This will be hosting his fourth class for VME.  Jim is a Television Packaging Agent and teaches as an Adjunct Faculty at NYU School of Visual Arts. He worked at William Morris Agency as both an in-house lawyer and packaging agent so he knows the industry inside and out. More about Jim below.
This workshop is all about the anatomy of a pitch… whether it’s your film, your television series, or your services.
If you ever wondered:
  • What does it really take to make a powerful pitch?
  • What are the pitfalls to avoid at all costs? 
  • How can you master the art of pitching with your own style, personality, and brand?

Then this workshop is for you. The class will give you information on:

  • the agent's top 10 tips for pitching with conviction and results
  • tips on how to prepare for a pitch
  • how to read the person you're pitching
  • how to pitch as a team
  • how to engage in the room
  • how to anticipate every question
Tuesday, Feb 27th
FOX Studios on Pico Blvd, Century City (entrance on Motor, Gate 1 — you must be on the official list to enter)
6-7   Check-in
7 Welcome & Introductions of VME Women Group Leaders, Film Fatales, and Jim Arnoff
7:15 Jim Arnoff Class
8:30 Wrap & On-site Mixer until 10pm
(space is limited to 70)

We will be inviting 30 women from Film Fatales, a community of women directors who meet regularly to mentor each other, collaborate on projects and support the creation of more films by and about women. To join the group, members must have directed a feature film, documentary or episodic television that had a theatrical, broadcast/cable, or VOD, SVOD, or digital platform release. You can learn more about this inspiring and experienced group of women directors here.


Jim Arnoff is a Television Packaging Agent representing New York production companies (reality, documentary, non-fiction and scripted) in developing and selling original programming to the networks and new media. He is an entertainment lawyer and Certified Life/Career Coach to the entertainment industry. 

Jim worked at the William Morris Agency as both an in-house lawyer and packaging agent. He leads workshops for the Producers Guild of America, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Writers Guild of America, TimeWarner, New York Women in Film & Television, Time, Inc., Film Fatales, NYU Career Services/Alumni Relations and MTV Networks.

Jim is a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts, FIT and NYU. He is a member of the New York State, New York City and LGBT Bar Associations. He also provides agent consulting in the industry, including starting your own production company, creating powerful sizzle reels, developing original series and becoming an on-air talent.


Women Military Veterans Are Leaders
- Women make up 15.6% of all the US Armed Forces 
- VME women make up 16% of VME members (of our 3,000 members)
- VME is run by 22 volunteer leaders, and women currently hold 14 of those positions (63%)
Women Directors
Of the top grossing 1,100 films from 2007-2017, men made up 95.7% of directors. Of the 4.3% women directors in the study, the stats break down even further by race: 
- 4 Black Female Directors (0.3%)
- 3 Asian Female Directors (0.2%)
- 1 Latina Female Directors (0.1%)
Women account for 52% of movie-goers, yet in the top 100 grossing films of 2017 women represent only:
- 10% of writers
- 2% of cinematographers
- 24% of producers
- 14% of editors
- 3% of composers
- 29% of film protagonists are women in the top 100 films
Women Creators:
- on programs with at least one woman creator, female accounted for 51% of major characters.
** Statistics taken from
1. The annual report from Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, Inclusion in the Director’s Chair, was released on January 4, 2018. The study examines the gender, race, and age of directors across 1,100 popular films from 2007 to 2017, revealing that there has been no change over time. The report also explores gender in the executive and leadership ranks at major media companies.
2. Pew Research Center: 6 facts about the U.S. military and its changing demographics