Peter Travers, Featured Host

Peter Travers

Rolling Stone ABC

Peter is an American film critic, who has written for, in turn, People and Rolling Stone.Travers also hosts a celebrity interview show called Popcorn on ABC News Now and ABCNews.com. Travers joined Rolling Stone in 1989 after a four-year stint with People. He's best known for his basic writing style that eschews a more sophisticated analysis for an easy-to-read and often very opinionated form. According to efilmcritic.com, Travers is the nation's most blurbed film critic. Peter has hosted the NYFCS for over 10 years. In addition to Rolling Stone Magazine, ABC-TV, Peter appears regularly on Newsweek & The Daily Beast, The Soho Apple Store, and CNN.

Alison Bailes, Correspondent.


Alison is the film critic for More Magazine and a contributing critic for "Ebert Presents at the Movies" on PBS.  She appears on NBC's Today Show as a film critic and industry reporter. Alison also appears regularly on Charlie Rose along with A.O. Scott of the NY times and others. She guest hosts the New York Film Critics Series® and maintains her own film website  www.alisonbailes.com

From 2005-2009 Alison co-hosted the NBC Universal weekly movie review show  "Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk". She and Jeffrey Lyons shared their different perspectives on the latest film and DVD releases, gave viewers the latest news from the box office and reported on industry trends.  "Reel Talk" also featured celebrity interviews.
Prior to joining WNBC, Alison created "At The Angelika" for the Independent Film Channel.  She wrote, produced and hosted this monthly look at the independent film scene, which later became known as "At The IFC Center."

Previously, Alison was a senior producer of the weekly film magazine show, "Flix" on VH1. She began her career at CNN, working for their daily entertainment news show "Showbiz Today." A UK native, Alison has lived in the United States since 1989. She graduated from Oxford University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and German Literature. An avid athlete, she also received a sporting honor, half-blue, in rowing.

Mark Ehrenkranz, Series Producer


Mark has been  producing The NYFCS  for 18 years. He is also producing Turbulent Souls a full length feature film based on the memoirs of Stephen J. Dubner (co-author of Freakonomics ). Ehrenkranz has been national, key account marketing and sales executive for Ingram Entertainment. Mark created VideoLine® 1-800 VIDEO-411® as a home alternative to MovieFone®.

Mark has invested 30 years of life in the movie business. His experience includes: producers rep, film financial and marketing consultant, festival panels, screening host, teacher, and all facets of theatrical and home entertainment distribution. His credits include: Michael Nesmith's Prime Time NBC Series, Television Parts. USA's Nightflight, Radio 1990, Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous, Entertainment Tonight, CBS's America, To Hear, A PBS Special Presentation Hosted By Joel Grey. Assistant To Harvey Miller, Private Benjamin, Protocol, Bad Medicine. Fire And Ice, A Ralph Bakshi/Frank Frazetta Production & Twentieth Century Fox.  Assistant To Jerry Belson ,Fun With Dick And Jane, Surrender, Always. Really Cool Jobs™ Save The Child, Know Your Logic, Return Of  The Squeegee Men.  marke@nyfilmcriticsseries.com

Michael Wynne  Co-Producer and Exhibitor Relations

Michael Wynne has worked with the NY Film Critics Series for 5 year in a variety of rolls, and currently serves as an Associate Producer for the series. He graduated from Boston University in 2008 where he majored in Film and Television. In the past, he has worked for Good Morning America and Dr. Phil as well as a Producer for Theory Films, Inc. In his current position, Michael helps oversee screening operations to guarantee the highest quality events for audiences. He works with all:  theaters, distributors, key PR firms and talent on a constant basis for the series.

Isil Bagdadi Co-Producer.


Isil Bagdadi is Co-Founder / President of Distribution at CAVU Pictures. Isil is an indie film producer, distributor, publicist, programmer, and marketing consultant. In 2001, Isil and business partner Michael Sergio started CAVU Pictures to produce and distribute cutting-edge, critically acclaimed and award-winning independent films. CAVU specializes in theatrical distribution, service deals, consulting and publicity services for DIY filmmakers. Isil oversees all of CAVU’s marketing, PR and distribution campaigns. She also consults for the popular arthouse QUAD Cinema in NYC, where she helped launch the QUADflix Select program. Some of the films Isil has produced and/or released over the years include TAKE OUT (Independent Spirit Award nominee), THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN (winner of over 40 festivals), LET FURY HAVE THE HOUR (Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival), THE HOLY LAND (Slamdance film festival winner, Independent Spirit Award nominee), THE DUKES (starring Chazz Palminteri & Peter Bogdanovich), the Canadian cult comedy TRAILER PARK BOYS: THE MOVIE (exec produced by Ivan Reitman), and UNDER HELLGATE BRIDGE (Winner of the first Regal Cinemas Dreammaker Award). Isil frequently serves as a panelist, moderator, mentor and juror at numerous film festivals throughout the year. She has a graduate degree in Film from the New York Institute of Technology and her undergraduate degree in Communication Arts from St. John's University. Isil is a long-standing member of IFP, and New York Women in Film & Television.

Sal Scamardo


An Emmy Award winning producer and successful marketing executive, Sal Scamardo has over two decades of entertainment industry experience working with Hollywood studios, worldwide music companies, the major television networks, major sports leagues and independent film companies. He is recognized for possessing a unique range of experience in the entertainment industry as an executive having held key positions in marketing, public relations, production, business development and promotions is known for maintaining strong long term relationships. He has often been called upon to manage entertainment properties for well-known entertainment brands and film libraries in addition to working side-by-side with Academy Award winning producers and many award-winning film directors and performers. Companies Sal has been associated with include CBS/Fox Video, PolyGram Video, Universal Music, Palm Pictures, USA Home Entertainment, NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB. In addition to his Emmy Award, he has been the recipient of multiple International TV and Film Awards for his work over the years. He is a member of NARAS, NATAS and serves on the board of the prestigious Theater World Awards in New York City.

Natalie Zfat – Social media


Natalie Zfat is a New York writer and social media expert, best known for her contributions to Rolling Stone, Us Weekly, Elie Tahari and American Express. In April 2012, Zfat co-founded social media management company The Social Co. Contact email: Natalie@thesocialco.com

Enrico Paola  Marketing and Sponsorships

Enrico Paola is a marketing consultant who has developed entertainment marketing partnerships for movie theatres, content partners and agencies.  With an extensive background in filmed entertainment and theatrical marketing, Mr. Paola held senior roles at Loews Cineplex Entertainment and Cinema Scene Marketing before launching his own consultancy.  His clients have included concession packaging and distribution companies, new technology start-ups, real-estate developers and most recently, the new state-of-the-art CityPlex12 theatre in Newark, NJ.  Mr. Paola brings 20 years of experience in marketing and sponsorships and holds an MBA from the Fordham Graduate School of Business. The Paola Group, LLC, Morristown, NJ, 646-256-7643. enrico@paolagroup.com

Independent Theaters

The NYFCS network of  U.S. theaters are independent partners that are dedicated to presenting the finest films available. These are exhibitors who take great pride in their shows and provide patrons with state-of-the-art, live HD experiences in the comfort of their convenient locations. Each location has been carefully chosen to ensure the best possible experience that is available in domestic, independent cinema today.