Office Hours

NEW  Starting  Tuesday, May 25th
Filmmakers meet 1-on-1 with industry experts (see bios below).
7:30pm – 8:30pm (15 minute consults)
Register in advance on Zoom.
Free and open to the public on a first registered, first served basis.

DONNA PENNELL –Showrunner / Executive Producer / Film Commissioner

Donna Pennell is a showrunner with more than 675 broadcasted programs to her credit. She continues to expand on creative ideas and is in development on shows in the docu-reality, competition, sitcom, and scripted drama genres. As CEO of Destiny Productions, she has produced programs seen on ABC, NBC, CBS networks and cable affiliates. Some of her series include OUT & ABOUT, HOMEVIEW TV, HERE COMES THE BRIDE, HOLIDAY, OPEN HOUSE, DINING OUT, CONNECTIONS, REAL ESTATE DEAL$, TV AUTOSHOW, and AT HOME. Looking to further collaborate with creatives she formed Electric City Entertainment of NY, where development of film projects are currently underway. Donna serves as a Schenectady Film Commissioner.

YVONNE PERRY – Actor / Casting Consultant

Yvonne Perry is a professional actor (SAG-AFTRA, AEA) who returned to the Capital Region after a decade working in the NY/LA markets. She has worked in television, film, stage and voice-over. She also directs, and teaches several courses – including her popular “Acting for the Camera” class, at many of the area colleges. For years, Yvonne chaired the selection committee for Movies Without Pictures and directed many screenplay readings for Upstate Independents. She is also trained in the burgeoning field of Intimacy Coordination.  If you need help accessing talent, understanding how your scheduling can help you book the best actors for your projects, and want a qualified inside scoop on how to direct actors on-set, Yvonne is happy to help. Learn more about Yvonne, and see her resume, at

PAUL RAPP – Entertainment Attorney

Paul Rapp is an intellectual property lawyer and writer who lives and works in Kingstown, NY and represents musicians, writers, fine artists, not-so-fine artists and businesses and institutions involved in the creative economy. He appears regularly on WAMC’s Vox Pop as a member of the copyright forum and wrote the column “Rapp On This” for Metroland Magazine.  He has taught at Albany
Law School, Western New England Law School, and MCLA. He’s also the drummer for the band Blotto (“I Wanna Be A Lifeguard”) and has the distinction of being the first person to appear on MTV wearing a Speedo.