Women In Media is pleased to honor Juliane Grosso as Women In Media’s 2023 Icon Award recipient.

Each year Women In Media (WiM) presents the Icon Award to celebrate a women in the cinematographic arts who has a long-standing record of supporting the entertainment community, earning the respect and admiration of her peers. Women In Media promotes gender balance in the film and entertainment industries through networking, professional development, and advocacy for filmmakers who work above and below the line. The Icon Award is traditionally celebrated at WiM’s Altitude Awards which will held at Cine Gear Expo LA this year.

Juliane Grosso

Juliane Grosso is the CEO of Cine Gear Expo which she founded with her late husband, Karl Kresser, 25 years ago. The much anticipated gathering of professionals in the film and entertainment industry has grown to over 300 exhibitors and thousands of attendees with master classes, a student film competition, and speaker sessions. With timely events in Hollywood, Atlanta, and New York, this premier networking event has become a hub of education and collaboration, dedicated to the art and technology of filmmaking.

Tema Staig, Executive Director and Founder of Women In Media, explains, “Juliane’s dedication to connecting artists and technicians to the gear they need is inspirational. Her ability to bring the community together is nothing short of miraculous. I can’t wait to celebrate her achievements and present her with the Icon Award.”

Tema Staig

WiM’s Staig will bestow the award during the Cine Gear Expo VIP party on Friday, June 2nd, at the Paramount Theater, immediately following The Altitude Awards, which will be celebrated in Theater 5.

Gabriel Mays

AbelCine Director of Rental
As Director of Rental, Gabriel Mays oversees growth of Rental by nurturing business relationships and unifying the customer experience nationwide. In his previous role as the LA Rental Manager, Gabriel worked with producers, cinematographers, and assistant camera operators to provide the highest level of customer service possible. He also ensured that all their equipment needs are met on budget. Before coming to AbelCine in 2015, Gabriel previously worked as a Communications Instructor and Electronic Media Engineer at a private university. He taught various courses in electronic media, including film, broadcasting, and digital arts. Gabriel is an award-winning cinematographer, director, producer, and editor known for his innovative research and implementation of new film techniques. He was also one of the first to implement HDSLR cameras into filmmaking. He has been the cinematographer on dozens of independent films, documentaries, and music videos.