Board of Directors
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Tina Cesa Ward, Chair
Tina Cesa Ward started her career as a writer and director on several short films. Most notably her short film “In Their Absence” screened in over a dozen festivals around the world, was awarded five times both domestically and abroad and was named one of the best short films of the decade by Festival de Cortos MíraLes in 2011.
In 2008, Ward jumped into the web world and for three seasons she was the Executive Producer/Writer/Director of one of the web’s first hit indie drama series, “Anyone But Me”. “Anyone But Me” has reached over 45 million views across all platforms worldwide and has brought home nearly every industry award, highlighted by Ward (along with Susan Miller) winning the first ever Writers Guild of America Award for Original New Media. In 2012, Ward (along with Susan Miller) took home the IAWTV Award Best Writing in a Drama. Ward has been nominated several times for her directing as well, and in 2013 won the IAWTV Award for Best Directing in a Drama. Other nomination highlights include several Streamy Award nominations and a Webby Award.
In 2010 Ward directed the successful first season of the branded web series “Bestsellers”. And in 2011 Ward debuted the critically acclaimed “Good People in Love”, which DIGIDAY calls “…a new milestone for online video series.” In the fall of 2013, “Producing Juliet”, Ward’s newest series made its world premiere at the Raindance Film Festival’s WebFest where it received a stand out notice from The Huffington Post. “Producing Juliet” has gathered its own share of award nominations, and in 2015 Ward won the IAWTV Award for Best Writing in a Drama. Ward is working on several new digital projects and also works as a comic book writer. Her second published series is due out later this year.
Sandra J. PaynE, Vice-Chair
Sandra J. Payne is an award-winning Writer/Director/Producer and president of the boutique production company, SPwrite Productions, LLC, specializing in digital content, commercials and industrials. Her company has produced more than 90 episodes of web series, including the 2014 series “(it) Bits | Green Tips from Ed Begley Jr.,” plus all 51 episodes of "The Web.Files," the 2012 winner of Best Hosted (Taped) Web Series at the International Academy of Web Television Awards for which Sandra was also nominated as Best Director. She has made numerous award-winning short projects, including three trailer winners for the Austin Film Festival. Sandra started her Hollywood career as a staff writer for the global juggernaut, "Barney & Friends." Her writing credits include two books, optioned screenplays, cover feature magazine articles, humor etiquette columns, and a short story that ran in "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books plus a "Guideposts" book. Sandra currently hosts the Writers Group in Los Angeles for the International Academy of Web Television, as well as the annual Web Series Meet Up at SXSW.