The Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission is governed by a Board of Directors.
Ex-Officio Directors serve in a non-voting, advisory capacity based on their expertise.
Penelope A. Douglas
Penelope has been in television news management and documentary production for more than 20 years, beginning as a TV reporter for an NBC- affiliate and going on to supervise the launch of several award-winning nationally broadcast series on major networks including The Discovery Health Network, NBC Universal and American Public Television. She was responsible for hiring the staff producers & writers, creating the graphic look and working with the executive producers at the networks to finalize the series and deliver them for broadcast. In 2014 Penelope helped launch a national cable political news network and worked to make that network competitive with the established cable channels throughout the 2016 presidential election. In 2017 Penelope began PD Media, a media company focusing on educational & marketing videos and television documentaries. PD Media clients include major telecommunications companies and television networks. She and her husband live in Boca Raton and have three children.
Gregory Ross has specialized in the communications field for over thirty years, beginning his career with a focus on both editorial and commercial photography. Early on he trained under the Director of Time Life Magazine and assisted as photographer for UPI. After four years working as a photojournalist, Gregory opened Ross Studio, a creative marketing and communications firm which has served a diverse host of clients ranging from business to the fine arts, in Florida, New York and California.
Throughout his business career, Gregory has reserved a special place in his heart for what he refers to as, “giving back”. He has applied his experience in communicating messages, stories and visuals towards pro bono assignments for foundations and charitable organizations around the world. His work has exhibited in galleries and public shows, is part of private collections, and in part – is archived with the Smithsonian Institute. He has served as Creative Uses Consultant for Polaroid Corporation, Lecturer for Fuji USA and as a Beta Tester for Fuji Professional Products. His current affiliations include the Board of Directors, Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission and the National Press Photographers Association.
Presently, Gregory Ross is Owner and director of Time In Media, Inc., a Communications Media Company specializing in brand awareness and message development with a focus on messaging, story-gathering and photo/video documentary film work. Time In Media has served hundreds of clients and fostered many meaningful relationships among like-minded individuals and organizations with a special focus on starting conversations, producing awareness and making a difference with causes we believe are important and relevant to today’s global issues.
William M. Nix
William (Bill) M. Nix is President of Nix Communications Group, Inc. (NCG), started in 1987 in South Florida. Initially, NCG was a printing and publishing company. It now has moved into a marketing consultancy, focused on culture, history, and heritage tourism issues and economic development through the arts. In 1999 Bill began work with the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County. After 15 years he retired as Vice President of Marketing and Governmental Affairs. He was responsible for planning and managing programs in all marketing channels, public relations, and advocacy on behalf of the cultural industry. As part of the Tourist Development Council, Bill promoted cultural tourism on a local, regional, and national level. Bill produced and hosted Cultural Capital, a weekly television program on arts and culture in Palm Beach County which won an OVATION TV award for best performing arts show. For more than 10 years he was heard weekly on WXEL radio, monthly on South Florida Arts Beat on NPR’s WLRN in Miami. He was the executive editor of Art & Culture of Palm Beach County, a multiple award-winning magazine. Bill served on a number of regional and national committees including the South Florida Cultural Consortium, Florida Association of Local Arts Agencies, New Product Development Committee of Visit Florida, the national steering committee of the Cultural and Heritage Tourism Alliance, and on the Board of South Arts. He is a conference speaker and expert panelist for National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts State Cultural Council, and several state panels. Bill is a graduate of Morehouse College and holds an MBA degree in Finance from Northwestern University. He worked for IBM Corporation for 20 years in strategic planning and financial management before leaving to open Nix Communications Group, Inc. He has been a college professor in business management, received many awards and honors, and served on a number of local civic and social boards. He is originally from Atlanta GA, is married to Deborah, a retired school counselor, and has an adult son, William.
Dr. Mami Kisner
Dr. Mami Kisner specializes in the area of Public Relations and Marketing. During her 20 years in the airline industry, Mami served as a senior management–training instructor where she was responsible for training employees in eight different states. She also worked as an in-flight recruiter, designed programs for training, and produced training videos. Mami has been the Director of Development for the Trumpet Awards television show, which highlights African-American achievement around the world. She directed the 2008 preshow for the Trumpet Awards which featured First Lady Michelle Obama and serves on the Trumpet Awards selection committee. Mami has produced a one-woman show called "An evening with Xernona Clayton " starring Xernona Clayton, Dick Gregory and Richard Roundtree which has toured the country, after a debut at the Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas, in partnership with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Program. She also serves on the planning team for the Civil Rights Walk of Fame located at the Martin Luther King Memorial Center in Atlanta. In addition to serving on the Film and Television Commission’s board, she is also on the Board of Trustees for Palm Beach Atlantic University, is a former Board Member of the Tourist Development Council of Palm Beach County, and was the 2008 Riviera Beach Music Festival Advisory Committee Chair. Dr. Kisner has been recognized as a community leader and mentors young women around the country. She is married to Rev. Gerald Kisner. They have three children (LaVerne, Kimberly, and Samuel), two grandchildren (Jasmine and DeVon), and one great-grandchild (MacKinley).
Todd Kolich is President and founder of KO-MAR Productions. Todd's the guy who started this whole thing back in 1980. Schooled as a cameraman/director coming out of Loyola University, New Orleans Todd didn't know much about the production business when he started, but how he's learned. In 36 years Todd has navigated KO-MAR to become one of the leading full-service production companies in Florida. Todd's expertise is shooting and directing. He's traveled well over a million miles around the world and loved every minute of it. "Where else can you get someone to pay you to do interesting and fun stuff?" At any cocktail party Todd has the stories to tell - from interviewing Mike Tyson to Margaret Thatcher, and Jamaica to the Soviet Union, he's seen it all.