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Chiquita Woolfolk Banks, Esq.

President

Sr. Vice President- Services, TPC

Chiquita Woolfolk Banks is Sr. Vice President- Services at TPC, a vertically integrated adviser and debt financier in the film, television and advertisement industries. At TPC, Chiquita connects content creators with various financing options with a particular focus on filmmakers of color. Additionally, she consults on each project’s global incentive alternatives as the firm specializes in lending against the production incentive.

Prior to joining TPC, 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 and State & Local Tax Senior Manager at Bennett Thrasher in Atlanta, GA. In her consulting practice, 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.

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.