Advisory Council

Barbara M. Gangi - Founding Member of CIMA
Co-President, Driving Force Entertainment

Barbara Gangi is a Founding Member of CIMA. She worked closely with Patt and Jack Shea establishing the very first CIMA awards and went on to serve two terms as CIMA's president. As part of the Advisory Council, she continues to consult with the board on an advisory level.

Barbara and writer/producer Brian Oppenheimer (a long-time CIMA board member) have joined forces to launch Driving Force Entertainment, a company dedicated to developing quality television series, movies for television, and theatrical films.

Barbara recently produced "The Lost Valentine", a highly successful Hallmark Hall of Fame movie for television, starring Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt. The movie took the night for CBS with 15.7 million viewers, and scored the highest ratings in four years for Hallmark Hall of Fame. In 2012, "The Lost Valentine" received Movieguide's Faith & Freedom Award for promoting positive American values in 2011.

Previously, Barbara served as Vice President of Development and Production for Paulist Productions. For ten years, she produced projects for ABC/Paramount Television, The History Channel, A&E and The Hallmark Channel.

Barbara is a long-time Blue Ribbon judge for The Humanitas Prize, The Angelus Student Film Festival and City of Angels Film Festival. She is an active member of The Producers Guild and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.