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CEO, Bankable Consulting, Inc
Chiquita Woolfolk Banks is CEO/Owner of Bankable Consulting, Inc., a tax and legal consulting firm specializing in the film, television and multimedia industries. At Bankable, Chiquita supports content creators, with a focus on filmmakers of color, and advises on options to finance the creator’s projects. Specifically, she consults on production’s global incentive alternatives and is “the plug” connecting filmmakers to companies that lend against production incentives, distribution agreements and other production collateral.
Prior to starting Bankable, Ms. Banks served as Sr. Advisor, Production & Investment Planning at The Walt Disney Company. At Disney, she specialized in helping the Company’s brands realize a reduction in the cost of production through the use of global film and television tax incentives. Her practice also included government relations where Chiquita interacted with international, federal, state and local legislators, film commissioners and other industry influencers for the purpose of maintaining and increasing production incentives in relevant jurisdictions.
Before Disney, Chiquita served as Director, Tax Counsel at Viacom in New York, NY and State & Local Tax Senior Manager at Bennett Thrasher in Atlanta, GA. In her prior consulting practice, Chiquita used her considerable years of tax consulting and business development experience to assist the big six Hollywood studios and large independent studios (e.g., AMC Networks) utilize and monetize film incentives across the country. Then, her practice 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.
Chiquita currently serves on the Board of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (“BESLA”) as the organization’s President. Furthermore, she is an active contributor to other non-profit organizations such as Women in Film and Television and the Council on State Taxation. Lastly, she is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.