ANNOUNCEMENT-WOMEN IN FILM and TELEVISION SAN ANTONIO INAUGURAL MEMBER SESSION

MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY GLOBAL ORGANIZATION CELEBRATES THE OFFICIAL WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION SAN ANTONIO CHAPTER’S INAUGURAL MEMBER SESSION

Set For Feb 27th At The Historic Light Building Hosted By Third Coast Bank

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, February 26, 2024 – Women in Film & Television San Antonio (WIFT SATX+)  is the leading nonprofit membership organization chartered in November 2023 for people working in or pursuing a career in the Media & Entertainment industry in San Antonio, the Hill Country, the Coastal Bend, and South Texas including students, partners, and advocates of the organization.

WIFT SATX+ is proudly an official chapter of Women in Film & Television International “WIFTI” (Women in Film & Television International), a global network of more than 12,000 members and 70 partners and chapters located on six continents that for more than 50 years has been dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas and expertise in the Media & Entertainment industry including film, video, journalism, performing arts, live entertainment, law, and more.

“I’m delighted to welcome Women in Film and Television San Antonio to our international organisation,” continued Dr. Susan Liddy, president of Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI), “As the team, headed by Ceslie Armstrong, prepares for its inaugural meeting one can’t but reflect on San Antonio’s proud heritage. After all, the first Academy award-winning feature film, ‘Wings’ starring Clara Bow was made in San Antonio! I know you have a long history of media and entertainment entrepreneurship and many women are employed in the sector.  It seems to be the perfect place to form a WIFT community and it’s inspiring to see so many members at the top of their profession coming together in support of gender equality. Gender equality, diversity and inclusion are the goals that unite the WFTI community across the world,” said Dr Susan Liddy.

Women in Film & Television San Antonio was founded by native San Antonian and Media & Entertainment veteran Ceslie Armstrong at the invitation of the global organization, Armstrong stated, “San Antonio and the region our charter serves represents over 35MM people who participate in storytelling as content creators or consumers,” continued Armstrong, “As the location of award-winning media and entertainment properties; world-class theatres and venues; landmark M&E companies founded by visionary entrepreneurs; and, one of the most visited regions in the world with a deep well of stories to be told, San Antonio is perfectly positioned to drive economic development via training, production opportunities, and forge a strong community throughout our region. I had to leave San Antonio in 1979 to pursue a professional career in New York City and Los Angeles and my vision is for WIFT SATX+ to work in tandem with organizations, venues, distributors, and several new educational programs to keep our talent pool in our region. I’m excited to connect my high-level industry relationships with the members of WIFT SATX+ to shine a light on our region’s talent comprised of the many professions it takes to produce original IP for audiences locally and globally.”

The Women in Film & Television San Antonio mission and programming are dedicated to promoting equity for women in the Media & Entertainment industry, and the organization offers memberships for all people who want to advocate, align with, and show support. College students from across the state, individuals with an interest in learning about the industry, partner organizations, and corporate members comprise the membership and team. The WIFT SATX+ mission includes building community across the industry while collaborating with other WIFTI chapters and partners globally and organizations in the region we serve.

“As a financial institution, we understand the importance of investing in diverse talent pipelines. By supporting organizations like Women in Film & Television San Antonio, we’re helping to cultivate the next generation of female storytellers, creators, and industry leaders. We chose to make the Light Building in downtown our San Antonio location because we see the future potential and historic importance in communication and entertainment for our city’s long-term prosperity,” said Mary Brennan Stich, Advisory Director, Third Coast Bank.

“With San Antonio often referred to as the “third coast” in the entertainment industry coupled with the location of the original Light newspaper building now housing Hearst’s San Antonio Express-News and newly acquired San Antonio Magazine, we are thrilled to be hosted by Third Coast Bank in their beautiful location overlooking several vistas of historic mixed with new structures that tell the story of San Antonio,” said Executive Producer, and Women in Film & Television San Antonio founding Vice President Eileen Kret.

To learn more about becoming a member, supporter, partner, and the programming slate including The Celestial Awards, visit WIFTSANANTONIO.ORG or email hello@wiftsanantonio.org

ABOUT WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION SAN ANTONIO AND WIFTI

Women in Film & Television San Antonio is the leading nonprofit membership organization chartered in 2023 for people working in or pursuing a professional career in the Media & Entertainment industry in San Antonio, the Hill Country, the Coastal Bend, and South Texas including partners and advocates of the organization. WIFT SATX+ is an official chapter of Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI) that is a global network of more than 12,000 members and 70 partners and chapters located on six continents that for more than 50 years has been dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video, media, entertainment, and other live performance and screen-based media. Visit www.wiftsanantonio.org and www.wifti.net for more information

ABOUT THIRD COAST BANK

Third Coast Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: TCBX) is a commercially focused, Texas-based bank holding company operating primarily in the Greater Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Austin-San Antonio markets through its wholly owned subsidiary, Third Coast Bank. Founded in 2008 in Humble, Texas, Third Coast Bank conducts banking operations through 16 branches encompassing the four largest metropolitan areas in Texas. For more information, please visit www.tcbssb.com.