Member Spotlight - Sienna Beckman

Producer and Co-Founder of Emergence Films

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?

I’m a Producer and Co-Founder of Emergence Films, a film & TV development and production company committed to supporting female filmmakers and underrepresented voices around the world. Our goal is to support female-identifying filmmakers (writers, directors, producers and creators) to develop, finance, produce and find distribution for their stories. I lived in Los Angeles for ten years, producing for Esquire TV, NBCUniversal and Disney Maker Studios, and my first short film, Birthday Boy, was distributed by HBO. I also produced 30+ short films, sketch and scripted comedy videos with YouTube influencer Anna Akana, totalling over 12M views. I moved to London in 2018 and completed the MA Producing programme at the MetFilm School. I’m an active member of Women in Film & TV UK and Time’s Up UK, supporting gender balance inside the entertainment industry.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?

Creating paid opportunities for women working in their field. I love working as a producer, because it means I am in a position of hiring power, and I’ll take every opportunity I have to hire a woman. How else are we going to change those numbers?

What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?

Focus on the creative – if the creative is good enough, the money will come.

Why do you think it’s important to support other women? 

Because people need to put their money where their mouths are and invest real, actual money in women.

Which living person do you most admire? 

Melinda Gates. She uses her position of power to change the world for the better. What a badass.

Who inspires you?

Michelle Obama. She is a woman of power, grace and strength who get’s stuff done.

What is your motto? 

Keep your eyes on your own paper. Your path is your own. A win for one woman is a win for all.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? 

Feeling brave enough and supported enough to begin to build the foundations of an international creative business and having never wavered from my core mission statement.

What is your favourite thing about being a member of the AllBright?

Being surrounded by strong, smart, capable women who are running their worlds and not taking no for an answer, as well as setting aside negativity and being supportive and supported, no matter what stage of our career we’re in.

What does sisterhood mean to you, and who’s in yours?

Sisterhood means feeling safe in being open to possibility and not fearing the unknown. My sisters are my power. Whether I know them or not, seeing women kick ass lights such a fire inside of me to help make that happen more. Sisterhood means having a never-ending source of strength and love and inspiration.