Forged by a powerful team of socially-conscious producers - inspired by the tenacity of our namesake, LILLY’s financial plan is a unique blend of both equity investment and charitable donations, raised fully through individuals (primarily women) dedicated to seeing Lilly Ledbetter’s story brought to the screen.
Allyn Stewart developed and produced Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, the film grossed $250mm in worldwide box-office. Stewart produced Trial By Fire, directed by Edward Zwick. Her latest film, Land, premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2021. Stewart began her career at 20th Century Fox in London and Paris. As a senior production executive at Warner Bros, she was responsible for the production of Academy-Award winners Driving Miss Daisy and Dangerous Liaisons. Other producing credits include Madeline, I Dreamed of Africa, and Man of the House.
J. TODD HARRIS
J. Todd Harris is the president of Branded Pictures Entertainment. He has produced 50 feature films, including Golden-Globe winning The Kids Are All Right and The Trial of the Chicago 7 in addition to five Sundance Film Festival entries. Harris is a 21- year member of the Motion Picture Academy, a member of the Producers Guild, a Broadway League member, and a founding board member of the Napa Valley Film Festival. He earned his BA and MBA from Stanford University.
Simone Pero (Producer) is founder of For Impact Productions, most recently a producer on the 2018 Sundance Film Festival hit The Tale, nominated for Emmys and a Golden Globe, and led its global social-impact campaign. Pero executive produced the acclaimed documentary This Changes Everything and is currently co-exec producing VIVA VERDI! Pero is Advisory Board Chair of New York Women in Film & Television. Her career began as a public policy analyst in the Clinton Administration’s U.S. Dept of Labor, Women’s Bureau.
KELLY E. ASHTON
Kelly E. Ashton is a film and theatre producer with credits including The Bay of Silence, The Seagull starring Saoirse Ronan and Annette Benning, Red Joan starring Dame Judi Dench, and Apartment 407. In theater, her productions include: The Collector, Everything Is Illuminated, and Fresher's in London and Scotland. Kelly holds a BA from Yale University and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Kerianne (Producer) is the founder of New Plot Films, which focuses on innovative and inspirational media. She was an Executive Producer on The Automatic Hate (2015) and a Producer on This Changes Everything (2018), a documentary focusing on gender disparity in Hollywood which premiered at Toronto Film Festival. Current projects include an untitled film in post-production that takes an investigative look into the history of gun violence in America.
Christine Schwarzman is the founder of No Guarantees, her theatrical production company, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical for co-producing Hadestown. In addition, she has been associated with Come From Away, Mean Girls, Ain’t Too Proud, Hello, Dolly!, To Kill A Mockingbird, Beetlejuice, Angels in America, The Waverly Gallery, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, King Lear, Be More Chill, Moulin Rouge!, and Tina.
A longtime trustee of Tony Award-winning TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Julie invested in Disgraced and Come From Away on Broadway. Having begun her business career when women were joining the workforce in larger numbers, Lilly’s story touched a nerve. Julie feels it is critical to get Lilly’s story out to the current generation of women.
Jyoti Sarda is the Director of the Lilly Social Impact Campaign, who brings twenty years experience as a global marketing executive at major studios & with blue-chip brands, now developing impact narrative content through Nimble Media. She is the producer of the documentary series, And She Could Be Next and Co-EP of Equal Means Equal.
Richard Batchelder is excited to be making his film-producing debut with LILLY. Richard recently received a Tony Award for co-producing The Inheritance, which won Best Play. He is a lawyer in Boston and serves on many charitable boards, including the Folger Shakespeare Library in DC. Sequere Spiritum Tuum!
Wendy Federman has won eleven Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, ten Drama Desk Awards, sixteen Drama League Awards, and the GLAAD Media Award for her nearly ninety Broadway, National Tour, and London productions. Wendy is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
JAYNE BARON SHERMAN
Jayne Baron Sherman is a Tony and Olivier Award winning theater and independent film producer. She is drawn to stories about people coming into their own, facilitating change and acceptance. A partial list of her credits include: A Call To Spy, Love Is Strange, Radium Girls,Kinky Boots, Hedwig & the Angry Inch, The Normal Heart, A Raisin In The Sun and American Son as well as the series, The Accidental Wolf.
LISA ANDERSON KELLEY
As someone who began her career in the male-dominated world of Wall Street, Lilly's story resonates deeply with Lisa, who has witnessed firsthand the inequities women often face in the workplace. Lisa is an advocate for women as an activist and philanthropist working to elect more women to public office.
MICHAEL L. CASSUTT
Michael L. Cassutt attended USC School of Cinematic Arts and worked for the Trojan Vision TV network as a producer/writer, reaching 700,000 homes in the greater LA area. Cassutt works on commercial shoots, notably for Microsoft, Amazon, and software company Credit Repair Cloud. Additionally, he oversaw the script for a state-implemented California concussion prevention course.
MARY JANE ELMORE