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BESLA’s Board consists of legal professionals who work in and/or have an interest in sports, entertainment, and media.  The regionally diverse Board members are engaged in their local communities and work to develop partnerships between BESLA, industry, and the legal education community.  The Board conducts its work through committees including, but not limited to: Annual Conference, Programs, Scholarships, and Sponsorships/Fundraising.

Chiquita Woolfolk Banks, Esq.

Chiquita Woolfolk Banks is Senior Advisor, Production & Investment Planning at The Walt Disney Company, home to beloved brands such as Marvel Studios, the Star Wars Saga, ABC Studios and the number one rated Disney Channel.

As Senior Advisor, Chiquita specializes in helping the Company’s brands realize a reduction in the cost of production through the use of film and television tax incentives- both domestically and internationally. Her practice also includes government relations where Chiquita interacts with federal, state and legislators, film commissioners and other film and television industry influencers for the purpose of maintaining and increasing production in relevant jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Disney, Chiquita served as Director, Tax Counsel at Viacom in New York and State & Local Tax Senior Manager at Bennett Thrasher in Atlanta, GA. In her prior life, Chiquita used her 9+ years of tax consulting and business development experience to assist the big 6 Hollywood studios and large independent studios (e.g., AMC) utilize and monetize film incentives across the country. In that arena, her practice specifically focused on auditing qualified production expenditures, preparing certification applications, performing pre-production budget and sourcing analyses, and handling a wide variety of tax controversy matters.

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