The 51 Fund

Meet The 51 Fund Team

Meet The 51 Fund team

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Jessica Goodman

Chief Executive Officer

 Jessica Goodman is experienced in all phases of film production and has been working in the entertainment business for over 20 years. She served as Executive Vice President of Creative Development and Production for three of the biggest studios in the world — Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox.

During her career, Jessica has overseen at least 30 studio films from development through their release. Jessica’s expertise allowed her to successfully manage projects of all genres and budgets from IP juggernauts such as THE OCEANS 11 Trilogy and various DC Properties to critically acclaimed films like TRAINING DAY which won Denzel Washington the Best Actor Academy Award and MICHAEL CLAYTON which received seven Oscar nominations. Collectively, the films that Jessica has overseen have grossed well over $2 billion dollars at the box office and substantially more across all revenue streams. She has evaluated thousands of potential projects and greenlit those with highest revenue potential.

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Caitlin Gold

Head of Development

Caitlin Gold has a broad background in developing, producing, valuing, marketing, selling, and acquiring films across all genres and budget sizes. She is the founder of the New York-based development and production company, Tanbark Pictures and the producer of the twelve time award-winning IMAGINE I’M BEAUTIFUL, THE SOUNDING, and INEZ & DOUG & KIRA.

She has worked in film distribution since 2013 and served as Head of Acquisitions at two distribution companies, Candy Factory Films and Seed&Spark, and managed home entertainment sales at Lionsgate. At Candy Factory, she acquired over 20 independent films for digital release. At Lionsgate, she worked on the home entertainment releases for numerous films, including, THE HUNGER GAMES series, the DIVERGENT series, AGE OF ADALINE, SICARIO, and NOW YOU SEE ME 2, which collectively grossed over $1B at the box office. At Seed&Spark, she has reviewed thousands of films and acquired over 120 titles to stream on the platform.

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Lindsay Lanzillotta

Head of Production

Lindsay is an independent producer with a distinguished record of supporting filmmakers and discovering new talent. She was lead producer on Candleridge Entertainment's first endeavor with an emerging talented filmmaker, Lee Toland Krieger’s THE VICIOUS KIND starring Adam Scott, JK Simmons and Brittany Snow and was an Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for two Film Independent Spirit Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Male Lead.

Lindsay teamed up with emerging producer Tony Mancilla to support Karyn Kusama (GIRLFIGHT, JENNIFER’S BODY) in her return to independent filmmaking with THE INVITATION, a psychological thriller. She was co-producer alongside producer Martha Griffin and writer/producers Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (CLASH OF THE TITANS, RIDE ALONG). THE INVITATION premiered as the opening night midnight selection of the SXSW Film Festival to critical acclaim and was sold to distributors Drafthouse and Netflix. It won various awards including Best Feature at the Sitges International Film Festival, the most prestigious genre festival in Europe. Lindsay continues to develop various projects with emerging and established independent filmmakers.

 

Naomi McDougall Jones

Chief Impact Officer

Naomi is an award-winning writer, actress, producer, and women in film activist based in New York City. Her second feature film, BITE ME, with producers Jack Lechner (THE FOG OF WAR, BLUE VALENTINE) and Sarah Wharton (THAT’S NOT US), which she wrote and also starred in opposite Christian Coulson (HARRY POTTER, LOVE IS STRANGE, THE HOURS), Annie Golden (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), and Naomi Grossman (AMERICAN HORROR STORY), premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival in March 2019, followed by a 3-month, 30+ plus city US release.

Naomi’s first feature film, which she also wrote, produced, and starred in, was the 12-time award-winning IMAGINE I’M BEAUTIFUL. A pilot she wrote, THE DARK PIECES, is now in development for television in Canada after having been named on The 2016 WriteHer List as one of the top 16 unproduced pilots by a female screenwriter. Naomi is an advocate and thought leader for bringing gender parity to cinema. She gave a virally sensational TED Talk, What it’s Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood, which has now been viewed over 1 million times and can be seen on TED.com. Naomi is currently completing her first book, The Wrong Kind of Woman: Dismantling the Gods of Hollywood, which will be published by Beacon Press in February 2020.

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Lois Scott

Founder

Lois Scott is a senior finance executive, entrepreneur and civic leader. Lois’ functional experience includes financial and business strategy, driving revenue growth and profitability, investor relations, financial turnarounds, and asset and liability management. From 2011-2015, Lois served as the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Chicago, the first woman to ever serve in that capacity. Lois and the City’s finance team were responsible for an annual budget of $7.5 billion and assets of $32 billion. Lois brought corporate-style investor relations and enhanced disclosure to municipal government, launching the City’s annual investor conference in 2011.

Lois oversaw bank relationships, providing $6 billion of credit, with the largest banks in the world and worked with 67 investment banking firms. She served as trustee on two public pension funds and the largest 403(B) plan in the country. From 2002-2011, Lois was CEO of a financial advisory firm with offices throughout the US that served large corporate, governmental, and non-profit clients. Prior to that, she served as President and Vice Chair of a technology company that provided services to schools in 26 states. In that role, she recruited the management team, led its efforts to raise $23 million in equity. She was named a White House Fellow in 1996 and chaired the Management Committee of the Export-Import Bank for the United States.