Tema Staig is the Executive Director of Women In Media, an organization that she founded in 2010. In 2016, in response to the many excuses for why people weren’t hiring women behind the scenes in entertainment, she created the WiM Crew List, a Google doc that went viral. She took Women In Media 501(c)3 in 2017, transitioning the grassroots community into a vibrant organization and establishing the searchable crew list database as the go-to place to find, vet, and hire women above and below the line.
Ms. Staig has been in the film industry since earning her master’s degree from the Tisch Department of Design for Stage and Screen in 1999. She is a Production Designer/Art Director with a background in scenic art and theater design. She is best known for her work on the feature films Kissing Jessica Stein, Happy Hour, Battlefield America, and American Splendor as well as commercials and music videos. She was a pilot IFP Project Involve: NY Fellow.
Ms. Staig produced three short films in 2019 through Women In Media’s CAMERAderie Initiative, including Blood and Glory which screened in competition at Tribeca in 2020. She also produced and the award winning short, Present: A Moment In the Future, directed by Jacqueline Kim (Star Trek: Generations, The West Wing, Advantageous).
Ms. Staig has been a professor at LA City College, the Associate Course Director for Art Direction at LA Film School, and continues to teach design for film and television at Santa Monica College, shaping a love for the art and craft of storytelling in future generations.