LFEA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

President Trey Burvant, Second Line Stages

Burvant has served on the LFEA Executive Board for the past six years, serving on several committees during this time. Most recently, he chaired the Legislative Task Force Committee and was an integral voice in legislative advocacy and grass roots efforts for the organization that helped stabilize the industry. His experience working both behind and in front of the camera over his career gives him a unique viewpoint, as LFEA continues to address the issues that impact our industry and those who work in it.
 
As the creator and manager of Second Line Stages, New Orleans’ first purpose built, full-service film facility, he has cultivated and expanded relationships with top studio executives that have brought significant productions to Louisiana. The studio facility has been host to over 100 film, television, and commercial projects since its inception in 2009.  Trey has also served as a producer for the independent films Long Distance (Tribeca Film Festival), The Calling Documentary (Netflix), and Creatures of God & People (New Orleans Film Festival). His current indie feature, The True Don Quixote, is currently in post-production and slated for release in 2018. 
 
As an actor, he earned his M.F.A. in Acting from the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard/Moscow Art Theatre in 2001.  Trey has toured as an actor in Russia, Germany, Italy and Switzerland as well as appearing on stages across the country.  On the screen side, he has appeared in major national and regional commercials and continues to work on projects filmed here in Louisiana, including Steven Soderbergh’s HBO film Mosaic and Jordan Peele’s Get Out.
 
As Louisiana seeks to continue to diversify and create long term job growth for its residents, Burvant’s focus remains on making sure the film and entertainment industry is part of that future. In addition to serving as President of the LFEA Board of Directors, he also serves on the Executive Board of the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC), furthering his commitment to growing the film industry in Louisiana.  He welcomes your comments or any feedback you many have at info@lfea.org,
 

Aaron Bayham, Celtic Media Centre

Aaron Bayham is a Louisiana native who has spent the past ten years facilitating film and television productions at Celtic Studios and Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge.  Since joining Celtic in March 2008, Aaron and his team have hosted a long list of projects, from tent-pole studio features (Battleship, Oblivion, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, The Fantastic Four), to TV shows (WGN’s Underground, MTV’s Scream), to independent productions (The Host, Search Party, Pawn Shop Chronicles) and commercials, and even shelter and recovery efforts following several natural disasters.  Aaron currently serves as Director of Studio Operations, where he oversees the day-to-day operations of Celtic’s 40-acre lot, including seven design-built sound stages, multiple office buildings, and production support space.  Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.  He lives in Baton Rouge with his lovely wife Rachel and son Ezra, and enjoys movies, music, playing guitar, traveling and promoting his home state.

Cory Parker, IATSE Local 478

Cory Parker is the Business Agent for Local 478 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.   He began his film career in his home state of Texas in 2001, working in the Set Decoration department.  After working on a feature film in Louisiana in 2003, he relocated himself to New Orleans the following year.   It was in Louisiana that his career as an On Set Dresser took off.  His film credits include feature films The Expendables, Battle Los Angeles, 21 and 22 Jump Street, Olympus Has Fallen and many more.  In November, 2014, Cory was elected Business Agent for IATSE Local 478.  He represents film professionals from Louisiana, Southern Mississippi and Mobile Alabama.

 

Veronica Sullivan, NBCUniversal

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Katie Tommaseo, St. Bernard Parish Tourism

Katherine “Katie” Tommaseo is the wife of Rocco Tommaseo and proud mother of Nicco Tommaseo.
She is a graduate of Chalmette High School, Class of 1995.  While in high school she was voted as “Best Dressed Girl”, “Most Athletic” and to the Homecoming Court.  Katie was chosen to be a member of the Louisiana High School Woman’s Volleyball All-State Athletic Association Team and All-Star Team. She served as team captain her senior year. Tommaseo graduated with honors from Nicholls State University with a Bachelor of Science in 2000.  She was a member of the Lady Colonels Volleyball Team, served as team co-captain, named to the Southland Conference All-Academic Volleyball Team, and a member of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society.

Katie worked as a Sales and Marketing Manager for the Holiday Inn Select New Orleans Convention Center under the late Hotelier, Ray A. Liuzza.  Katie served as a Judicial Secretary for the 34th Judicial District Court, where she began her journey with St. Bernard Parish Government.  Currently, Katie is the Executive Director of Tourism & Film for St. Bernard Parish Government and serves on serval boards and commissions such as Vice-Chairman for the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition, and member of the St. Bernard Tourist Commission. Katie has reigned as Queen of Krewe of Lourdes, Queen of the Irish, Italian & Islenos Parade, Los Islenos Fiesta Queen and Goddess of Nemesis.
Katie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has true passion for her community and proudly promotes St. Bernard Parish.


Jason Waggenspack, The Ranch Film Studios

A Baton Rouge native, Jason studied film in New York before graduating from the University of New Orleans. Professionally, he has worked his way up from the bottom, from location managing to directing TV pilots to producing feature films and helming The Ranch Film Studios. He started a development company called Neutral Ground Films in 2007 that has produced multiple shorts, feature films, television pilots, music videos, documentaries and iPhone Apps. In 2014 Jason founded The Ranch Film Studios in Chalmette, LA where he is titled the Head of Possibilities (CEO) and has played an integral part in landing some of the biggest films to hit the state of Louisiana.
As Executive Committee Board Member and Treasurer for the Louisiana Film Entertainment Association (LFEA), he played a crucial role in maintaining and stabilizing the film tax credit incentive program. Additionally, he is a board member of The Cool Cooperative, Creative Arts New Orleans, a graduate of Leadership St. Bernard, winner of the George Wood Memorial Award from the University of New Orleans and the 2018 Champions Award as an Ambassador of Tourism from the Lt. Governor.