Our Team

Ashley Avis
Founder / President

Ashley Avis is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and passionate advocate for the wild world. Professionally, she is best known for writing and directing Disney’s Black Beauty starring Oscar winner Kate Winslet and Mackenzie Foy; along with the critically acclaimed, Critics Choice nominated documentary Wild Beauty Mustang Spirit of the West.

Ashley founded WBF in 2020 alongside her husband and producing partner, Edward Winters to lend a new voice to wildlife protection – using their unique platform to help.  In 2023, she received a Special Congressional Commendation for her work on behalf of America’s equids. 

In addition to filmmaking, her passions include creating new programs for WBF, documenting injustices, rescuing horses in need, and introducing children to the beauty of the wild world.  She is next writing and directing City of Angels for Warner Bros. for Oscar-winning producer Charles Roven; and American Wolf for Apple and Appian Way with Leonardo DiCaprio producing.


Edward Winters

Edward Winters is a former finance professional turned film producer. President of Winterstone Pictures in Los Angeles, he is the Executive Producer of Black Beauty for Disney+, and lead producer of Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West.

Passionate about casting a light on underrepresented issues, Edward is proud to use his entertainment platform and background to further the mission of The Wild Beauty Foundation.