Byrd wins seat on NYPA board


NEW YORK -- IFP executive director Michelle Byrd was one of four names added Monday to the board of the New York Production Alliance.

The NYPA is a nonprofit group of organizations and individuals who promote film, video, new media and TV production in New York. With the four additions, the board now has 25 members.

Also added to the board were Elias Scoropanos, assistant vp at HSBC Bank, Benjamin Whitehouse of Axium International and John Held, former executive director of the Association of Independent Creative Editors.

Several members were given additional two-year terms as well. These include Terry Lawler, executive director of New York Women in Film & Television, and Jae Je Simmons, the SAG's New York executive director.