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Brad Abramson

VP, Development & Programming


Brad Abramson is Vice President of East Coast Production and Development for VH1. He oversees reality series, documentaries, and all of VH1's long- and short-form news programming.

Abramson created and oversees the Emmy-winning series VH1 Rock Docs. The franchise features original films and acquisitions from America's top documentary filmmakers, including Barbara

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Matt Anderson


Purveyors of Pop

Matt Anderson is a Peabody Award winning producer with over two decades of experience in the television industry. Starting at MTV News and continuing with them for all of the 90's, he worked on such era defining shows as The Week In Rock and MTV's Rockumentary series. Matt joined the

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Ross Babbit

Executive Producer & EVP, Programming and Partnerships

Travel Channel

As senior vice president of programming and production for Travel Channel, Ross Babbit provides creative and editorial direction to the network's team of producers, editors and programming partners. Elevated to this role in February 2012, he also oversees program scheduling for the network.

Prior to this role, Ross served as

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Daniela Bagliani

Head of Factual and Documentary

RTI SPA Mediaset Group

Daniela Bagliani is the Head of Factual and Documentary Dept at RTI SpA - Mediaset Group, the largest commercial Free and Pay Tv network in Italy. She is responsible for all factual and documentary acquisition, pre-acquisition and co-production activity, from selection and negotiation until contract reviewing. Working and thinking strategically

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Belisa Balaban


Participant Television

Belisa Balaban is Senior Vice President, Unscripted Programming for Participant Television. She is responsible for overseeing the development and production of unscripted series for Participant's new TV network.

Belisa started her career in television in her home town, New York City, as a junior casting director, and then a development executive,

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners; Amping Up Unscripted

Kevin Bartel


All3Media America

Kevin Bartel is the Vice President of Development and Current Programming for All3Media America. He began his career in the agency world with experience at both CAA and Rebel Entertainment Partners. After learning about the deal making process he made the creative transition to producing working in the field

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Mat Baxt

Sr. Director, Program Development, Development and Original Programming


Mathew Baxt serves as director of development for the rapidly growing cable network truTV. In this capacity, he is responsible for finding and developing new programming for the network, such as the recently launched series The Wiener's Circle. Baxt is based in New York and reports to Marissa Ronca, vice

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Thom Beers


FremantleMedia North America (FMNA)

Thom Beers was named CEO of FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) on September 1, 2012. As CEO, Beers is responsible for the company's overall management and business performance and oversees the development, production and business operations of over 600 hours of network, cable and syndicated programming. These programs include American...more

Speaking at: Hunt for the Next Big Thing; Meet a Mentor: Thom Beers, FremantleMedia North America (FMNA); Monsters of Factual

Julian Bellamy

Managing Director

Discovery Networks International

Julian Bellamy is Creative Director and Head of Production and Development for Discovery Networks International, overseeing the executive production and development of all local and international commissions across DNI's portfolio of 135 networks. Bellamy, who is based in London, leads commissioning teams as well as the production and development

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Andy Berg

Consultant, Talent & Development

Animal Planet

Andy Berg serves as Vice President, Development, at Animal Planet where he helps oversee development strategy, the content slate, and conceptualization and creation of series, specials, stunts and other programming initiatives.

He joined Animal Planet in March 2012, after spending the previous seven years as the senior director of non-fiction and

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Frances Berwick

President, Lifestyle Networks

Bravo & Style Media

As President of Bravo and Style Media, Frances Berwick has strategic oversight of the Style Network which became part of NBCUniversal during the Comcast and GE joint venture transaction. Berwick continues to spearhead Bravo Media's day-to-day operations with partner Salaam Coleman Smith to help drive Style's overall growth, with

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Vibika Bianchi

Senior Vice President Content Unscripted

Corus Entertainment

Vibika Bianchi was appointed Vice President of Original Programming in 2010, guiding the unscripted programming strategy across all Corus networks including W Network, Cosmo TV, CMT (Canada), OWN (Canada). Vibika's mandate is to contribute to the growth of Corus Television through commissioned Canadian productions working closely with producers, talent,

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Austyn Biggers

Executive Producer

BET Networks

Austyn Biggers currently serves as the Sr. Director of Development for BET Networks, where he is involved in all facets of original series development and production. Austyn’s BET credits include overseeing Baldwin Hills, College Hill, Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, First In, Being Terry Kennedy, Born To Dance:...more

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Michael Bloom

SVP, Unscripted Series & Specials

Fox Sports Media Group

Michael Bloom, a 20-year television veteran, joined the FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) as Senior Vice President of Original Programming in 2012.

Bloom, who has served as both a network executive and independent producer, is responsible for Creating Fox Sports Originals, a new programming division servicing all FSMG networks

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Yvonne Body

Head of Acquisitions

Beyond Distribution

Yvonne joined Beyond Distribution in 2002, having previously headed up Tapestry International, Ltd’s distribution arm in New York, following 8 years with CBC International Sales.

Based in Beyond’s London office, Yvonne is responsible for sourcing programming from around the world to add to Beyond Distribution’s commercial catalogue. Beyond is looking for

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James Bolosh

VP, Development & Programming


James Bolosh is currently with CNBC. Immediately before he was Vice President of Series Development for MTV Networks in Los Angeles. He oversaw the Bully Beatdown and Disaster Date series for the channel and developed Freeloaders, Babysitting Nightmares, Ambush Karaoke, La Vida Orta! and FriendZone (the fourth highest testing pilot

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Alan Braun

Agent, Department Head, Alternative Television

Creative Artists Agency

Alan Braun is a Television Agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, London, and Beijing. Braun is based in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the world’s leading reality television production companies. Braun’s clients

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Marco Bresaz

VP, Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming

Sundance Channel

As vice president of original programming and development at Sundance Channel, Marco Bresaz oversees development and original productions that establish the network as a destination for bold and daring television. Marco developed and oversees production on Sundance Channel's hit series, Push Girls, which Newsweek/The Daily Beast heralds as "summer's most

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Stella Briley

Head of Acquisitions

Electric Sky

Stella Briley joined Electric Sky in 2008 and currently heads up the acquisitions team, with a primary focus on new business and new content. Previously, (after an initial period at Thames Television in Current Affairs) Stella spent several years in the record industry before joining BSkyB. Here she was a

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Charlie Jordan Brookins


BET Networks

Charlie Jordan Brookins has taken a circuitous route to a career in film and television. After the Chicago native graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Radio-TV-Film, she went on to receive her M.B.A. from the top rated Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. Charlie

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Elizabeth Jane Browde

Head, Original Programming Development

Veria Living

Elizabeth Browde currently serves as SVP, Head of Programming at Veria Living ( where she oversees development and current programming on all platforms. She is charged with launching the newly formed Veria Living Studios, and is on track to produce over 300 hours of studio based programming this year alone.

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Glenn Brown

Director of Promoted Content and Sponsorships


Glenn runs Twitter's Promoted Content and Sponsorships team out of New York. The team handles scaled monetization partnerships as well as leading-edge proofs of concept for brands, media companies, and creative agencies.

Representative Twitter Promoted Content programs include:

• #GameFace: An ESPN - NBA Finals two-screen experience (broadcast + Twitter) sponsored

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Leslie Bruce

Senior Writer

The Hollywood Reporter

As a Senior Writer at the entertainment trade publication, Leslie oversees a majority of the magazine's reality television coverage, including penning the January 2012 cover story "The Guilt and Glory of Housewives."

She began her career in New York at Us Weekly magazine before joining former Us editor Janice Min at

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Paul Buccieri

President, A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group

ITV Studios

As Managing Director, ITV Studios International and President and CEO, ITV Studios America Paul Buccieri is a senior international television executive who has US, UK and International experience as both a producer and distributor. He is also an executive producer with over twenty years of experience. With dual

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Drew Buckley

COO & Co-Founder


Drew Buckley is a founding partner in addition to the Chief Operating Officer of Electus and head of Digital where he is responsible for overseeing finance, acquisitions, and all transactions within Electus and their partner companies. In addition, Drew oversees a team of digital executives focused on creating new

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Sylvia Bugg

Director, General Audience Programming


Sylvia Bugg returned to PBS as Director of Programming in 2012 following a six-year stint with the organization in the 1990’s in various roles, including Associate Director for News and Public Affairs. In her current position at PBS, she oversees arts, performance, drama, cultural and lifestyle programs from the development

James Burstall

Chairman & CEO


James Burstall is CEO of Argonon, an independent production company based in London that creates and distributes creative content across multiple platforms for the global marketplace. Founded by Burstall in 2011, Argonon encompasses various companies and businesses throughout the UK, the US and Canada. Under Burstall’s leadership, an uncompromising spirit

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Paul Cabana

EVP, Head of History & Biography Digital


Paul Cabana oversees H2, the #1 emerging entertainment network in cable in its key demographic of Adults 25-54, growing 38% in 2012. As a companion network to HISTORY, H2 provides a deeper perspective on history, experienced in unexpected, entertaining ways.

Cabana has led the creative and strategic direction for the network

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Michael Cascio

CEO & President

National Geographic Channel

Michael Cascio is in charge of all programs at NGC. With three Emmys, an Oscar nomination and a “Producer of the Year” award, he is a noteworthy creator of franchise TV programming. His current lineup at NGC includes Doomsday Preppers, Wicked Tuna and the upcoming Brain Games. He

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Paul Cockerill

SVP, Program Production & Development


Paul Cockerill is currently the Senior Vice President of Program Production & Development at REELZ--TV About Movies®. In 2011 he was the Producer on Commercial Kings for IFC (in association with Reveille) with the internet talent Rhett and Link he developed and managed. Paul continues to perfect the

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Chris Coelen


Kinetic Content

Chris Coelen is the founder and CEO of Kinetic Content (Betty White's Off Their Rockers for NBC, The Taste for ABC). Kinetic is backed by Red Arrow Entertainment, a subsidiary of Europe's second-largest broadcasting group, ProSiebenSat.1 Media, boasts exclusive programming ventures with UK broadcasters STV and Channel 4,

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Adam Cohen

Executive Producer

Super Delicious

Adam Cohen is one third of the independent television production company Super Delicious, a trio formed with Cara Tapper and Joanna Vernetti in 2003. Together they created formats and filmed series including Cupcake Wars for the Food Network, Amnesia for NBC, the upcoming Staged to Perfection for HGTV, Farmer...more

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Jeff Collins

President & CEO

Collins Avenue Entertainment

The rapidly growing Collins Avenue is a premier reality programming producer. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Collins Avenue works in partnership with Content Media Corporation – a global entertainment and media company based in London with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto -- which owns and distributes a significant

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Mary Conlon

VP, Non Fiction Original Programming


As vice president of unscripted programming, Mary Conlon oversees the day-to-day operations of AMC’s current original unscripted programming, as well as the development of new projects. Conlon is currently overseeing season 2 of The Pitch, Comic Book Men, Small Town Security and Talking Dead, as well as the upcoming premiere

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Nick Curwin

External Independent Expert,Indie Growth Fund Advisory Board

The Garden

Nick Curwin began his career as a print journalist before working at London Weekend Television for nine years and then at indie Mentorn, where he was Head of Programmes for one of its division, Folio. He launched Firefly, later renamed Dragonfly, with Magnus Temple in 2004, sold it to

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Dan Cutforth

Founding Partner

Magical Elves

Dan Cutforth was born and raised in England. He started his career at the BBC in 1990 as a researcher in the quaintly-named “Light Entertainment” department. He moved to independent production company Planet 24 to join the team that started up The Big Breakfast, an anarchic and influential morning

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Lucilla D'Agostino

EVP, Current Programming & Development

Sirens Media

Lucilla began her career in New York, where she produced and directed reality programming for ABC Family with pop music royalty like Britney Spears and Beyoncé Knowles. Her production credits include MTV, VH1, Bravo, Food Network, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, MSNBC, PBS, Fox Family, Animal Planet, The

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Nancy Daniels

President & General Manager

Discovery Channel

Nancy Daniels is Executive Vice President of Production and Development for Discovery Channel. Based in Los Angeles, Daniels joined the channel in 2011 and oversees all execution for the network’s programming, including such long running series as Deadliest Catch and American Chopper, and newer hits Gold Rush, Bering Sea...more

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Sarah T. Davies

SVP Development

Discovery Networks International

Sarah Davies is Vice President, Factual Development, Discovery Networks International. In this role, she serves as the chief liaison between the development and production teams for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science in the United States and their international counterparts. Davies works with the international production community to

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David Davis

VP, Television Production

Oregon Public Broadcasting

David Davis is currently the Vice President for Television Production at Oregon Public Broadcasting. With more than forty years experience in film and television, Davis is a long-time producer and executive producer of documentary series and specials for US public television. He has three times won a National

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Robert DeBitetto

President, Brand Strategy, Business Development & A+E Studios

A&E Network and BIO Channel

Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E Network, BIO Channel and Crime & Investigation Network, oversees all programming, acquisitions, consumer marketing, strategic planning and brand development for the portfolio of networks. Under DeBitetto, A&E has been transformed into a perennial top 10 network. In 2008, DeBitetto spearheaded a comprehensive

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Nicole De Fusco


Sundance Channel

As the Vice President of Programming & Development at Sundance Channel, Nicole oversees development and current series production at the network and creates game changing original concepts. She is responsible for bolstering the production of original series for the network as well as developing brand expansion strategies. Original series under

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Jennifer Dettman

Executive Director Unscripted Content

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Jennifer Dettman is Head of the Factual Entertainment Department at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

As the head of Factual, Jennifer is responsible for overseeing the development, production and commissioning activities in such fields as talk shows, game shows, afternoon lifestyle and reality programming, as well as the acquisition and adaptation of

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Thomas Dey

CEO & President

About Corporate Finance Ltd

Thomas Dey is the CEO of About Corporate Finance, a leading international advisory organisation that specialises in selling and buying companies for corporations and individuals in the TV Production and Distribution sector.

About Corporate Finance has advised on more than 30 deals in this sector including the sale of

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Tony DiBari

SVP, Series Development

MTV Networks

Tony DiBari is Senior Vice President of MTV Series Development where he is a key member of MTV’s programming and development team. In this role, the Emmy Award-winning producer is responsible for the development and production of several original series, events and specials for MTV, the premier youth brand.

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Christian Drobnyk

EVP, Programming Strategy & Acquisitions

Lifetime Networks

Christian Drobnyk was named Senior Vice President, Scheduling and Acquisitions, of Lifetime Networks, in August 2011. Based in New York, he is responsible for overseeing all program acquisitions, scheduling and planning for Lifetime, LMN and Lifetime Real Women.

Prior to joining Lifetime, Drobnyk was Controller and General Manager

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Mike Duffy


T Group Productions

Mike Duffy is Executive Vice President at T Group Productions overseeing Development and Current under T Group President/Founder, Jenny Daly. He is Executive Producer on Invention USA (History Channel), Mystery Diners (Food Network), Storage Hunters, Swamp Hunters and Container Wars (TruTV) as well as several soon-to-be-announced series and pilots

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Tim Duffy



Tim Duffy’s been a writer and storyteller his whole life. His earliest memories tell the tale of a boisterous, working-class Irish family from Philadelphia, relentlessly engaged in a battle to get the biggest laugh and tell the best story.

In the late 1990’s, drawn towards the sun and the faint hope

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David Eilenberg

Chief Creative Officer


David Eilenberg serves as senior vice president of unscripted development for TBS and TNT. Joining the networks in this newly created role in July 2012, Eilenberg oversees all unscripted original programming for TBS and TNT, which are in the process of expanding their original series lineups significantly to a fill

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Diana El-Osta

Development Producer

National Geographic Channel

As Manager of Global Development & Production for National Geographic Channel, Diana El-Osta is responsible for developing new projects, sourcing talent, and reviewing program proposals for commissions and co-productions for the U.S. and international channels. In this role, she has worked on several highly rated series and specials for NGC

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Heidi Ewing


Loki Films

Heidi Ewing, who has been named an “innovator” of the documentary form by Time magazine, is the co-owner of New York’s Loki Films. She is the co-director of Jesus Camp, co-directed with Rachel Grady, which chronicles the Evangelical movement through the eyes of children. The film was nominated for a

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Georgina Eyre

Head of Acquisitions

Off the Fence

As Head of Acquisitions I am responsible for acquiring all 3rd party content from producers and broadcasters and account managing the programmes within Off The Fence’s catalogue. OTF is specialist factual distribution company and I look to acquire programming across Wildlife, History, Science, Culture, Travel, Adventure and Lifestyle programming.

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Phil Fairclough

Managing Director


Phil Faircough is the US-based EVP of Development and Production for the NHNZ group of companies. Since joining NHNZ, in March 2011, Phil’s launched 25 hrs of shows ranging from a vintage clothing series to a live Shark show.

Before that Phil worked at LA based prodco, Creative Differences, running development

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Cynthia Fenneman

President & CEO

American Public Television

Cynthia A. Fenneman is president and CEO of American Public Television (APT), a prime distributor of award-winning programs to the more than 360 U.S. public television stations. Last year, APT presented nearly half of the top 100 highest rated public television titles in metered markets. APT distributes two of public

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Mark Finkelpearl

Head of Production


Mark Finkelpearl is Vice President of Development and Production for RLTV. Finkelpearl has a background on both sides of the desk. For seven and a half years he served as a production exec at Discovery Communications, contributing to Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, and TLC. Most recently

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Laura Fleury

SVP, Head of Programming, International

A&E Network

Laura Fleury is Vice President of Non-Fiction and Alternative Programming at A&E Network. In this position, she plays a senior role in the development and production of nonfiction series and specials for A&E, BIO Channel and Crime & Investigation Network. She has developed, launched and currently serves as Executive Producer

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Sarah Jane Flynn

VP of Content

Shaw Media

Sarah Jane Flynn is the Senior Director of Original Factual Content for Shaw Media. She oversees unscripted originals on Global, History Television and TVtropolis. She's worked on a diverse range on programming including doc series like Bomb Hunters and Ice Pilots NWT as well as reality programming, live

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Lizzie Fox

VP, Original Series


Lizzie Kerner is director of development and acquisitions, CNN, based in Los Angeles. In this position, she is responsible for cultivating relationships within the creative community and developing original programming, including product for the CNN Films banner, across a variety of CNN platforms.

Additionally, she serves as Executive Producer for

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Nick Fraser

Co-Founder, Producer

BBC Storyville

Nick Fraser was born in London in 1948 and educated at Oxford. He has worked as a journalist, independent television producer and a programme editor. Currently he is editor of Storyville, the BBC's long-running and successful series of international documentaries. Programmes shown on Storyville have won many awards, including an

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Elaine Frontain Bryant

EVP, Head of Programming

A&E Network and BIO Channel

As Sr VP of Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming Elaine Frontain Bryant is responsible for overseeing the A&E non-fiction programming team and the development and production of A&E's industry-leading real life series, including such hits as Storage Wars & Duck Dynasty. Frontain Bryant joined A&E in September of 2005 as Director,

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Peter Gaffney

SVP, Programming, Scheduling & Acquisitions

History and H2

Peter Gaffney is the Senior Vice President, Programming Strategy, Scheduling and Acquisitions for HISTORY and H2™ networks. He is responsible for strategic planning, scheduling and acquisition strategies designed to increase ratings, impressions and viewer loyalty for these brands. He reports to Nancy Dubuc, President Entertainment and Media, A+E Networks.

Eden Gaha


Shine America

Eden Gaha, a veteran TV producer and executive, was named President of Shine America in May 2011. Gaha is responsible for oversight of the company's unscripted, creative development, digital and brand integration departments.

Since joining Shine America in 2011, he has has worked to revamp the company's unscripted development team,

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Bill Gardner

VP, Programming & Development


Bill Gardner oversees the acquisition, development and production of historical, cultural, current and world events, natural history and science programming for the PBS Primetime schedule as Senior Director, General Audience Programming.

Before joining PBS, Mr. Gardner was executive producer at Discovery Studios, where he developed projects in the reality, lifestyle

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Anna Garwood

Director, Artists & Content

Travel Channel

Anna Garwood is responsible for recognizing and scouting emerging talent while also developing current on-air and online personalities for new and ongoing series at Travel Channel and In addition to overseeing talent relations, she works closely with the production and development team to actively identify and develop new

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Dolores Gavin

Senior Executive for Development and Production

Discovery Channel

Dolores Gavin is Senior Vice President of Development and Production for Discovery Channel. She is based at Discovery Channel’s Silver Spring headquarters and reports to Eileen O’Neill, President and General Manager for Discovery Channel and TLC.

Gavin oversees development and production strategy, working closely with the creative community to deliver

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Lauren Gellert

EVP, Development & Original Programming


As senior vice president of original production & development for WE tv, Lauren Gellert is responsible for developing and producing brand-defining original series that drive viewership, build buzz and support the network's overall business and revenue goals. Named to the position in April 2012, Gellert is the executive in

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Alex Gibney


Jigsaw Productions

Alex Gibney is the winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary for Taxi to the Dark Side. In 2006 Gibney wrote, produced and directed the Oscar-nominated film, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, which received the Independent Spirit Award and the WGA Award. He has directed Client...more

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Eliot Goldberg

SVP, Nonfiction & Alternative Programming

CMT Country Music Television

As Senior Vice President of Development and Original Programming for CMT, Eliot Goldberg is responsible for the development and oversight of original programming for the network, including Bayou Billionaires, Big Texas Heat and the upcoming series starring Dog the Bounty Hunter. He is also working on CMT’s first animated

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Shade Grant

Co-Head of Non-Scripted Programming


Shade Grant is an agent in International Television and Media for ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion pictures, television, publishing, music, theater, branded entertainment and digital media. ICM Partners, a privately held corporation, is one of the predominant agencies in the

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Leslie Greif

Founder & CEO

Thinkfactory Media

For the past 25 years, Emmy® nominated producer Leslie Greif has made his mark by creating, writing, directing and producing numerous critically acclaimed projects. Founder and CEO of Thinkfactory Media, Greif has one of the only production companies that has created and produced award-winning programming across various arms of television

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Fred Grinstein

Head of Unscripted TV

A&E Network

Since 2010, Fred Grinstein has been an Director of Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming for A&E and BIO. Grinstein is responsible for overseeing the development and production of A&E’s real life series, serving as executive producer on hit series including Storage Wars, Storage Wars: Texas, Storage Wars: New York, Dog the...more

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David Gross


Oxygen Media

David Gross is Vice President of Development for Oxygen Media, a position he has held since May 2011. He is responsible for developing some of the network’s original programming, including reality competition series and docu-series such as My Shopping Addiction, Tanisha Gets Married and Fat Girl Revenge. Based in

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Richard Guay


Entertainment Partners

Richard Guay is a Vice President at Entertainment Partners, the largest provider of payroll and financial services in the film and television industry. He began his career as a CPA and has worked for 30 years as a producer, writer, studio executive, assistant director, production manager, post-production supervisor and production

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Deirdre Gurney

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

Gurney Productions

A graduate of Loyola Law School, Deirdre Gurney founded Gurney Productions 7 years ago along with her business partner and husband Scott Gurney. Deirdre has created and is currently Executive Producing A&E's hit series Duck Dynasty. Gurney also has several hit series running in production for Spike, Syfy, Discovery,

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Scott Gurney

Co-Founder and Executive Producer

Gurney Productions

Scott Gurney is an executive producer, writer and director. Scott along with his business partner and wife Deirdre, founded Gurney in 2005. Since then, the company has produced well over 30 different shows and series for Spike, Syfy, Discovery, A&E and Animal Planet amongst others, including A&E's hit Duck Dynasty.

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Michael Haggerty

SVP, Research

Bravo and Style Media

Michael Haggerty is Senior Vice President, Research for Bravo and Style Media. Haggerty manages all phases of research and strategic insights for the networks including programming, scheduling, marketing, digital & new media, business development and sales. He oversees the production of all business intelligence and recommendations relating to

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Jordan Hall

Director of Development

Nat Geo WILD

Jordan Hall is the Manager, Development for Nat Geo WILD, based in the network’s D.C. headquarters. In this position, she is responsible for generating new project ideas, sourcing talent and evaluating program proposals globally for Nat Geo WILD, which broadcasts in 166 countries and 330 million homes. Prior

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Janet Han Vissering

SVP, Development & Production

Nat Geo WILD

As Senior Vice President of Development & Production for Nat Geo WILD, Janet Han Vissering is responsible for over 150 hours of programming commissioned each year for broadcast in 166 countries, 330 million homes and 34 languages worldwide. In her role, Vissering manages WILD’s development team, working with the

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Paul Hardy

Creative Director International Programming Development Formats

Lifetime Networks

Paul Hardy is Vice President, Reality Programming, for Lifetime Networks. Based in New York, he is responsible for developing and overseeing production of non-fiction projects for Lifetime.

Prior to joining Lifetime, Hardy was Director of Program Development for truTV, where he developed such series as Swamp Hunters, The Weiner’s Circle,...more

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Tim Healy

VP, Development and Programming


Tim Healy is Vice President Development and Programming for HISTORY, a position he assumed in February 2012. He currently is the executive producer of American Pickers and American Restoration. Healy is currently developing a variety of scripted and unscripted programming for the network

Prior to HISTORY, Healy served as the

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Paul Heaney


TCB Media Rights

Heaney launched his own Distribution business, TCB Media Rights in September 2012. Putting the emphasis on the ability for strong pre sales and co creating shows with high revenue potential, he has initially started concentrating on the genres of factual, factual entertainment and formats. Heaney has already began working with

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Noel Hedges

EVP, Acquisitions

Cineflix Rights

As Senior Vice President, Acquisitions, Cineflix Rights, Noel Hedges drives the division’s ambitious third party acquisitions strategy, expanding its catalogue of scripted, formatted and factual content.

Noel joins Cineflix from Shine International, where he served as Senior Vice President of Acquisitions. Prior to Shine, Noel held roles including SVP, Americas

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Sara Helman

VP, Development & Production

Destination America

Sara Helman joined Destination America in September 2012 as Senior Director of Development & Production. Reporting to Senior Vice President of Content Strategy Marc Etkind, she helps oversee development strategy for the network and assists with the creation of series and programming initiatives, as well as oversees production on Hillbilly...more

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Fernando Hernandez

SVP, Alternative Development

Universal Television

Fernando J. Hernandez was named to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Alternative Development for Universal Television in August 2012. In this role, he is responsible for all Universal Television reality productions, spearheading new development and overseeing the studio’s in-house producers and ongoing talent deals.

Prior to

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Jonathan Hewes


Wall to Wall

Jonathan is Head of International at Wall to Wall. He is involved in the development and production of a wide range of the company’s programming, with particular responsibility for international commissions and co-financed programming. He has overseen productions for a wide range of channels around the world, including

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Julian Hobbs



Julian P. Hobbs is Vice President Development and Programming for HISTORY, a position he assumed in June 2010. In this role, he oversees a team responsible for the development and production of factual series and specials. Hobbs also oversees scripted development and History Films, the theatrical documentary unit.

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Jason Hodes

Agent, Unscripted TV


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Michael Hoff

President & Executive Producer

Hoff Productions

Michael Hoff is the President and Executive Producer of Hoff Productions. A "giant in the industry" in more ways then one, he is 6'7" tall, Hoff is celebrated for both his "Oh shit!" impact programming, as well as his strong human story-telling. An Emmy-award winning producer, writer, and

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Mette Hoffmann Meyer

Commissioning Editor, Documentaries

DR TV / Danish Broadcasting Corporation

Mette Hoffmann Meyer is head of documentaries at DR TV - Danish Broadcast Corp., and responsible for some 1100 hours of documentaries per year.

She commissions a number of documentaries from Denmark and International filmmakers and was called a Maverick by Realscreen for being one of the world’s key supporters of

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Dirk Hoogstra

Chief Creative Officer


Dirk Hoogstra is Senior Vice President of Development and Programming for HISTORY, a position he assumed in March 2011. Hoogstra is also responsible for the development and programming strategy for the recently launched H2 network. He previously served as Vice President, Development and Programming for HISTORY, since 2007. He reports

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Scott Hooker

Senior Executive Producer, Long-form Programming


Scott Hooker is senior executive producer of long-form programming at MSNBC, with responsibility for development, production, and scheduling of all the network’s documentaries.

Long-form taped programs currently fill up to 40 hours each week on MSNBC and frequently account for many of the network’s most highly rated shows. He oversees documentary

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Maartje Horchner

EVP Content

ALL3MEDIA International

Maartje Horchner began her career at leading Dutch producer IDTV as Production Assistant on a variety of series. She then joined RedForest Productions and worked on several entertainment and comedy shows. In 2001 she joined Chrysalis Distribution to work as their Sales and Acquisitions co-ordinator and is now heading up...more

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Mary Ellen Iwata

VP, Program Development

The Weather Channel

As vice president, original content development, Mary Ellen Iwata is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of development and production of series and specials for The Weather Channel. She works closely with the international production community to develop long form original programming. Iwata is credited with finding a number of popular

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Elliot Jacobson

Chief Content Officer


Elliot Jacobson is Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for RLTV, with responsibility for the design and execution of the network's programming strategy, Elliot oversees the development and production of all original programming, as well as the network’s acquisition, scheduling and Digital Media teams. Beginning in 2006 Elliot has

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Curt Jaksen

Managing Director, Brand Content & Alliances

Team Detroit

With his rich and varied past, Curt is uniquely suited in his role managing the Brand Content and Alliance Group, which operates somewhere between Project Management, Creative, Production and Communication Planning. His group is charged with coming up with new, engaging ways to connect with customers through nontraditional methods including

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Mark Kadin


MAK Pictures

Mark founded MAK Pictures in 2011 to begin production on A&E’s Cajun Justice. MAK delivered 21 episodes of the hit show, and they are now in production on two series and two pilots for the Discovery Networks, as well as developing projects for a variety of networks.

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Matthew Kelly


Discovery Channel

Matthew Kelly is Senior Director of Development for Discovery Channel and is based at Discovery Communications’ Silver Spring headquarters.

In this role, Kelly has developed several of the network’s key series including recent breakouts Gold Rush, Jungle Gold and Yukon Men. He also developed and co-executive produced Discovery’s newest hit

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Phil Keoghan

Executive Producer, Director, Writer, Host

The Amazing Race & Author, No Opportunity Wasted

Phil Keoghan, nine-time Emmy Award-winning host and co-executive producer of The Amazing Race, one of television's most enduring television franchises, is set to emcee Realscreen Summit's popular pitch competition, "So You Think You Can Pitch?" presented in association with CABLEready, on January 29, 2013.

Phil's life has been full of travel

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Endyia Kinney-Sterns

Senior Executive Consultant, Original Programming


Endyia Kinney-Sterns is the executive director of programming and development for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. She joined the company in May 2011. Currently she oversees day-to-day development of new original programming for the network.

An accomplished television producer and executive, Kinney-Sterns has over 13 years of entertainment television experience

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Ivana Kirkbride

Chief Content Officer Go90


Ivana Kirkbride manages Global Content Strategy for Entertainment at YouTube. She formerly oversaw the Pop Culture vertical for Original Programming in the US where she oversaw the launch of over 25 original channels such as WIGS, Awesomeness TV, The Nerdist, SourceFed, Young Hollywood and more.

Prior to YouTube, Ivana

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Bruce David Klein

President & Executive Producer

Atlas Media Corp

Bruce David Klein has been the creative force behind hundreds of hours of high-profile, award-winning unscripted series, specials and theatrical documentaries. As President & Executive Producer of NY-based Atlas Media Corp, Mr. Klein has created, written, produced and/or executive-produced series and specials such as Hotel Impossible (Travel), Stalked: Someone's Watching

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Mark Koops


Trium Entertainment

Mark is the Founder and CEO of Trium Entertainment a new content company that is focused on creating entertainment properties that provide a launching pad for television, digital, ancillary and global licensing businesses and revenue streams. Mark is the former Managing Director of Reveille, a company he helped launch in

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Ra Kumar

Agent, On-Air Talent

N.S. Bienstock

Ra represents a variety of on-air talent and producers for network television, cable and syndication with a focus on reality programming.

Prior to joining N.S. Bienstock, Ra spent the last decade working as a television packaging agent at APA, Paradigm and The Kaplan Stahler Agency in Los Angeles. He also

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Timothy Kuryak

SVP, Production & Development


Timothy is responsible for overseeing the West Coast production team, liaising with the production community, and working with TLC’s East Coast headquarters. In addition, he currently executive produces several of the networks’ series, including the Little People Big World brand.

Prior to TLC, Timothy previously created, sold and executive produced many

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Justin Lacob

VP, Original Series


Justin Lacob serves as Director, Original Series, Spike TV. Lacob joined Spike in 2011 and has since overseen the development and production of several successful network series, including American Digger, Bar Rescue, Repo Games and Tattoo Rescue. Next up, he will oversee the recently announced 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty.

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Alan LaGarde

President, Television & Digital Media

Paper Route Productions

Al is something of a nomad... Al grew up in New York, went to school at Northwestern University in the Midwest, worked as a reporter and anchor in the northeast and was a college professor in Pennsylvania. Then he started working in doc/reality TV…he lived and worked in

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Stephen Lambert


All3Media America

Stephen Lambert is chairman of All3Media America, the recently launched Los Angeles-based production hub for the All3Media Group, the largest group of independent production companies in the UK, Germany and New Zealand. He is one of Britain’s best known creative television executives, responsible for creating reality hits such as

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Brian Lando

SVP Development

Scripps Networks Interactive

As senior vice president of development for Scripps Networks Interactive, Brian Lando is responsible for developing and overseeing programming for some of the company's high-profile lifestyle brands, including HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel. Based out of Los Angeles, Lando also oversees many of Food Network's high-profile tentpole

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Jane Latman

EVP, Development & Research, Investigation Discovery/American Heroes Channel & GM, Destination America & Travel Channel

Investigation Discovery

Shadow Jane Latman for a day and you could be sitting in on a pitch session with famed filmmaker Errol Morris; a robust discussion of which death row inmate should be interviewed by Werner Herzog; a quick check in about access to Whitey Bulger's former girlfriend; and a brainstorm around

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Robyn Lattaker-Johnson

Head of Content & Development


Robyn Lattaker-Johnson has over 20 years experience in entertainment spanning programming, development, and production. She currently holds the position of Vice President of Programming at the Syfy network, an NBC Universal Comcast company, where she covers multiple on-air series and several pilots in development. She reports to Mark Stern,

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Brian Lavin

Director of Development

Science Channel

Lavin has been involved in developing such hits as Oddities, Odd Folks Home, Oddities: San Francisco and Dark Matters, among others. Most recently, he worked on Science Channel’s first scripted original Stuff You Should Know (coming in January 2013). Lavin also served as producer on Mantracker and An Idiot Abroad.

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Bart Layton

Creative Director

Raw TV

Bart Layton is a multi-award winning director and producer, renowned for tackling controversial subject matter and challenging documentary convention with a unique visual flair. He is the creative director of leading British production company, RAW, and the creator of numerous long running cult TV series.

Based in London, Bart has

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Samantha Lee

Director of Development


Samantha Lee serves as manager of program development for truTV. In this capacity, she is responsible for taking pitches from agents, production companies and producers interested in developing new programming concepts for the truTV brand. She also provides creative feedback and guidance on pilots and pilot presentations, bringing select projects

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Steven Lerner

SVP, Programming & Development

HGTV and DIY Networks

Steven Lerner is the vice president of programming for Scripps Networks Interactive's Home Category brands, HGTV and DIY Network. In this role, Lerner oversees all aspects of the creative content for both brands, including 1400 hours of original programming. He is responsible for facilitating original programming ideas, and managing several

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Shari Levine

EVP, Current Production/Original Programming


As Senior Vice President, Current Production, Bravo Media, Shari Levine is responsible for the programming and production on all original series as well as overseeing the network's East and West Coast Production teams. Previously, Levine was the Vice President of Original Programming for Bravo Media from 2008 to 2010.


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Sharon Levy

President, Unscripted & Scripted Television


Sharon Levy serves as executive vice president of original series, Spike TV. Levy joined Spike in 2005 and has overseen the development of many of the network's most ambitious and successful series including Ink Master, Bar Rescue, Auction Hunters, Tattoo Nightmares, and American Digger. Levy is currently developing the

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Lauren Lexton

Co-Founder & CEO

Authentic Entertainment

As co-founder and Executive Producer of Authentic Entertainment, Lauren Lexton's vision, character and innovative ideas have guided the company from start-up to becoming one of cable industry's leading creators and producers of non-scripted programming in the US., developing and producing series for the top cable networks including Here Comes Honey...more

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Gary Lico



President & CEO Gary Lico, a 30-plus year veteran of the broadcasting industry, founded CABLEready in 1992 to represent existing program libraries and to develop original program ideas for the exploding number of cable networks in the United States.

Mr. Lico, prior to launching CABLEready, spent seven years at Columbia Pictures

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Jane Lipsitz

Founding Partner

Magical Elves Productions

Jane Lipsitz grew up in New York City. She began her career in the music business, working first at ICM then at Polygram Diversified Entertainment, where she earned her stripes as a producer during the 40-hour television coverage of Woodstock. In the mid-‘90s, she was hired as an independent producer

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Mary Lisio

EVP Alternative & Non-Scripted Programming

Scott Free Productions

Emmy® Award Winning Producer Mary Lisio is the Senior Vice President of Non-Fiction and Branded Entertainment at Scott Free Productions, where she oversees all non-scripted projects. Lisio’s first project with Scott Free was The Real Robin Hood, a 2-hr special for History Channel that aired alongside the release of Ridley

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Joseph Livecchi


Country Music Television (CMT)

Joe Livecchi is Senior Vice President of Development for CMT, charged with overseeing multiple network development teams, as well as all external and third party productions for the network. Livecchi joined CMT in late 2012, at a time of major growth as the network expands into more hours of original

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David Lyle

President Emeritus

National Geographic Channels US

David Lyle is a veteran television executive whose career spans 25 years across more than 20 countries, with a proven track record developing factual and unscripted multiplatform/multiwindow content, both domestically and globally. He is chief executive officer (CEO) of the National Geographic Channels US with responsibility for global programming,

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Alexandra MacDowell

SVP, Production Management

A+E Networks

Alexandra MacDowell oversees nonfiction, reality and alternative programming production management for all A+E networks (History, A&E and Lifetime).

Alex works closely with A+ E Network executives and outside production companies to ensure that both creative goals and budgeting needs are met in ways that make for the most dynamic, commercially

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Vinnie Malhotra

SVP, Documentaries, Unscripted & Sports Programming

CNN Worldwide

Vinnie Malhotra, is senior vice president for development and acquisitions, CNN Worldwide, based in Los Angeles.

Malhotra joined CNN in March, 2012, and is in charge of pursuing development opportunities with outside production companies for CNN Worldwide platforms. In this role, he is overseeing the launch of CNN Films, a

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Katie Maloney

Agent, Alternative TV

Creative Artists Agency

Katie Maloney is a television agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency based in Los Angeles with offices in New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. Katie works in the New York office and represents many of the world’s leading production companies, producers and on-air talent

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Russ McCarroll

SVP, Development & Production


Russ McCarroll is Executive Producer for HISTORY. A hands on executive, he created and developed two of HISTORY’s biggest recent successes, The Men Who Built America and Mountain Men. In his five years at HISTORY Russ has also overseen some of the networks most successful series including Pawn Stars, Ax...more

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Gena McCarthy

EVP, Head of Unscripted Programming, Lifetime & Head of Programming, FYI

Lifetime Networks

Veteran programming executive Gena McCarthy was named Senior Vice President, Reality & Alternative Programming, of Lifetime Networks, in 2010.

Based in the company’s New York offices, McCarthy is charged with directing Lifetime’s reality programming team, overseeing the company’s strategy for all development and production of its unscripted programming, including, the Emmy®

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Gavin McGarry


Jumpwire Media

Before founding Jumpwire Media in 2009 Gavin, worked for online video start up Joostand and was the Head of Cross Platform Business Development at global television production company Endemol.

Gavin has been working in media space for over 20 years. His past experience includes positions at major television networks as well

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Elizabeth McIntyre

CEO and Director

Discovery Networks International

Elizabeth McIntyre is Vice President, Head of Production & Development, Factual, Western Europe.

Elizabeth’s role is to commission and executive produce all factual programming across Discovery’s Western Europe markets including the UK.

Titles that Elizabeth has exec produced include series such as Unstoppable: The James Cracknell Trilogy; Britain’s Toughest Cops; Aircrash...more

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Suzanne McKenna

Commercial Director - Factual

BBC Worldwide

Suzanne McKenna is the Head of Science, History and Documentaries for BBC Worldwide's Content & Pro duction business. She works with both the BBC in-house production teams and a huge number of independent producers both in the UK and overseas to manage rights acquisitions and pre production investment across

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Richard McKerrow

Chief Executive & Chief Creative Officer

Love Productions

Richard McKerrow is the Creative and Managing Director of Love Productions, which he co-founded with Anna Beattie in October 2004. He has Executive Produced many of Love Productions' critically acclaimed factual series, single documentaries such as Stairlift to Heaven, Me and My Mum, A Dad is Born, among others,

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Winona Meringolo

SVP, Development

Military Channel

Winona Meringolo is the Senior Director of Development for Investigation Discovery and Military Channel where she is responsible for conceptualizing original series and specials, as well as acquiring completed specials and films. She developed the creative direction for Who the Bleep Did I Marry, Blood Relatives and Dates From...more

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Sally Miles

Founder & CEO

Passion Distribution

Sally Miles is founder and CEO of Passion Distribution and has worked in the television business for nearly 20 years. Prior to entering the business of distribution she was the President and COO of September Films (UK & US) and September Films International.

Miles began working in programme production at

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Jane Millichip

Managing Director

Sky Vision

Jane Millichip is Managing Director of Zodiak Rights London, the international rights exploitation and management division of the Zodiak Media Group, overseeing acquisitions, sales and international production. In 2005 Jane moved to New Zealand where she was Managing Director of the country’s largest production company, South Pacific Pictures. At South

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Brent Montgomery


Leftfield Pictures

Brent Montgomery is founder and owner of Leftfield Pictures, a major independent producer of reality and unscripted programming for broadcast and cable networks in the US and abroad.

Best known for creating for History the breakout series and franchise, Pawn Stars, Leftfield Pictures has produced more than 200 episodes of the

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Melanie Moreau

Head of Premium Content Development


Melanie Moreau is a television veteran currently serving as Vice President Original programming and series development at CMT. She is responsible for overseeing the creation and development of new content from concept to delivery for the network. Since joining CMT in 2003, Melanie has developed a string of hits

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Christian Murphy

SVP Daytime and Programming Partnerships

A+E Networks

Christian Murphy is Senior Vice President, International Programming & Marketing for A+E Networks. Murphy manages the international program catalogue, production, brand strategy and marketing for A+E Networks’ international division. A+E Networks’ channel brands include History™, A&E®, Lifetime, BIO®, Crime & Investigation Network™, and Military History™. A+E Networks operates

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Debbie Myers

GM and EVP

Science Channel

Debbie Myers is general manager and executive vice president of Science Channel, heading the programming, marketing, and communications for the network. Since assuming GM duties, Myers has guided Science Channel to significant ratings success and strong business growth.

Under Myers’ direction, Science Channel has become the creative playground for the

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Hamish Mykura

EVP, Programming & Development

National Geographic Channels International

As Executive Vice President & Head of International Content for National Geographic Channels International (NGCI), Mykura oversees all editorial development and production for NGCI, working closely with local programming teams to spearhead NGCI's portfolio of networks: NGC, NGC HD, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Wild HD and Nat Geo Adventure.

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Erik Nelson


Creative Differences

Erik Nelson is the president of Creative Differences, a production company with offices in Los Angeles and Vancouver. Nelson produced Werner Herzog's 2005 feature Grizzly Man, the Oscar nominated Encounters At The End Of The World, and a 2011 "doubleheader" -- Herzog's 3D exploration of the Cave Of Forgotten...more

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Lou Occhicone

SVP, Business Affairs & Distribution


Lou Occhicone wears several hats in his role as CABLEready's Senior Vice President of Operations. His responsibilities range from overseeing the daily operations of the company and its growing sales services staff to management of all contracts, original program development, and coordination of convention activities.

Regarding the development of original programming,

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Andrew O'Connell

VP of Development and Production

Channel 5

Andrew O'Connell is Head of Factual, News and Current Affairs for Channel 5. He joined Channel 5 in 2009 and since that time has commissioned numerous programmes including Emergency Bikers, Heroes of The Skies, Making Faces, My Secret Past, War Hero In My Family, The Restaurant Inspector, Royal Marines: Mission...more

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Didi O'Hearn

SVP, Programming & Development


As vice president of development & talent for WE tv, Deirdre O’Hearn is responsible for creating brand defining original series and specials that personify WE tv’s position as a destination that spotlights modern women taking charge of their life, their family and their household. She leads the charge in commissioning

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Heather Olander

SVP, Alternative Series Development & Production, Entertainment Networks

USA Networks

Heather Olander serves as senior vice president, alternative programming where she oversees all USA alternative development and production. She reports to Jeff Wachtel, co-president, USA and co-head of original content, Universal Cable Productions. She is based in Los Angeles.

Olander has overseen production USA Network's reality series The Moment, The Choir

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Eileen O'Neill

Global Group President

Discovery, TLC and Discovery Fit & Health Networks

Eileen O'Neill oversees the strategic direction at Discovery Channel, TLC and Discovery Fit & Health including development, programming, production, digital media, marketing, research and communications. She interfaces with ad and affiliate sales to further increase the value of the brands and aims to create a unique environment for advertisers, operators

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Alon Orstein

SVP, Production & Development, East Coast


Alon is responsible for overseeing editorial and execution on series and specials, while also building relationships with external production partners. He is based in the Discovery Communications' Silver Spring, MD headquarters. Prior to coming to TLC, Alon served as an Executive Producer and Director of Development

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Howard T. Owens

Founder & Co-CEO

National Geographic Channels

Howard Owens is an innovative and experienced entertainment executive with a strong reputation for identifying trends and pioneering new concepts. Throughout his career, Owens has uncovered new business opportunities, fostered impressive growth and deftly maneuvered emerging platforms and technologies.

Owens oversees the programming, development, research, scheduling, communications and

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Chris Palmer

Professor & Director

American University

Chris Palmer is a professor, speaker, author, and environmental and wildlife film producer who has swum with dolphins and whales, come face-to-face with sharks and Kodiak bears, camped with wolf packs, and waded hip-deep through Everglade swamps.

Over the past thirty years, he has spearheaded the production of more than 300

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Charlie Parsons

VP, Development

National Geographic Channel

Charlie Parsons is Vice President of Global Development and Production for the National Geographic Channel, responsible for developing new projects, discovering new talent and serving as one of the network’s main points of contact for the global production community. During his first two years at National Geographic he has

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Tom Perlmutter


National Film Board of Canada

A fervent advocate of groundbreaking and socially engaging independent cinema, Tom Perlmutter was named the 15th Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada on June 11, 2007.On May 8, 2012, Minister of Canadian Heritage James Moore announced that Mr. Perlmutter had been reappointed as NFB commissioner for

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Marc Pierce

Owner & Executive Producer

Warm Springs Productions

Marc began his television career as the host of several different hunting and outdoor adventure series spanning 10 years and over 100 episodes.

Founding Warm Springs Productions together with Chris Richardson in 2008, they rapidly rose to prominence in the outdoor television space with several top industry awards.

Having since

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Daniel Pine

Agent, Alternative TV

Peleton Entertainment

Daniel Pine graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications where he majored in Television, Radio, and Film. In 2004, he worked in Los Angeles in production on scripted and non-scripted projects, and then at Management 360, a talent management company. In 2006, he moved to New York City

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Noah Pollack


Lifetime Networks

Noah Pollack was named Vice President, Reality Programming, for Lifetime Networks in November 2011. Based in Los Angeles, he is responsible for developing and overseeing production of non-fiction projects for Lifetime.

Pollack recently launched Lifetime's docu-series The Houstons: On Our Own, which follows the surviving members of the late Whitney

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Michael Pollock


Pollock Spark

Michael Pollock, President of Pollock Spark,, is an Executive Coach and Consultant who specializes in helping Creative Professionals to develop their careers and businesses. He has a unique perspective gained from his successes in Advertising, Film, Design, Internet and Marketing. This lets him find just the right way forward

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George Puckhaber

Head of Production, West Coast

Original Productions

"Make the fairest production deal for everyone involved and you'll make the best possible television." – George Puckhaber Since 2002 George Puckhaber has been the Head of Production at Original Productions, supervising projects from Development, into Production and on to American's top major cable and broadcast television networks.

Puckhaber began his

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Jennifer Quainton

VP, Programming & Development

Cooking Channel/Food Network

Jennifer Quainton currently serves as vice president of programming for both Food Network and Cooking Channel. Part of the Food Network programming team since 2000, she's overseen key day-part scheduling for the brand, managed its VOD strategy, negotiated acquisitions, and managed all financial and legal matters for programming.

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Marissa Ronca

EVP and Head of Programming


Marissa Ronca is the vice president of program development at truTV overseeing all aspects of the network's new programming slate. Ronca joined the network in 2007 as senior director of development and was focused on expanding the brand away from exclusively crime & law enforcement programming. She has headed up

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Jane Root



Jane Root is Chief Executive of Nutopia, an television production company with offices in Washington and London, best known for its huge scale history series. Nutopia's first 'mega doc' was the 12-part Emmy-award winning series, America The Story of Us for History, introduced by President Obama.

Before founding Nutopia, Jane was

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Justin Rosenblatt

EVP, Original Programming & Development

The CW

Justin Rosenblatt is currently the Vice President of Alternative Programming at The CW. In this role, he oversees all elements of development and current programming on The CW including but not limited to: Oh Sit!, Breaking Pointe, America's Next Top Model, ReModeled, Plain Jane, High Society, & Hitched or...more

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Douglas Ross


Evolution Media

The founder of the independent production company Evolution Media, Douglas Ross heads up the company’s varied slate of reality programs. Currently, Ross is Executive Producer of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and its spinoff Vanderpump Rules, The Real Housewives of Orange County, TLC’s Sin City Rules, Lifetime’s Prom...more

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David Royle

Chief Programming Officer & EVP Production

Smithsonian Channel

David Royle is Smithsonian Networks’ EVP, Programming and Production. In that role, Royle oversees the commissioning, acquiring and co-producing of all programming for the Networks. Royle joined Smithsonian Networks to bring a distinctive and creative point-of-view to the Networks’ editorial direction. 

Since it’s launch in September 2007, the Smithsonian Channel

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Lynn Sadofsky

VP, Programming & Development

National Geographic Channel

Lynn Sadofsky is currently Vice President, Production and Development in the New York office of National Geographic Channel. Before joining NGC, Lynn was the Director of Development and Executive Producer for Planet Green and Discovery Fit & Health. In this role she developed and produced series including Secretly...more

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SallyAnn Salsano

Founder, Executive Producer & CEO

495 Productions

SallyAnn Salsano is President of 495 Productions and the creative force behind each of the company’s shows.

Known as “SA” (pronounced “ESS – eh”) by her colleagues, friends and family, Salsano grew up an avid reality television fan. In 1996, she was nearly cast on The Real World: Miami,

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Amy Savitsky

SVP, Development & Programming


Amy Savitsky joined TLC as Vice President, Development in August 2011. In this role, she manages key relationships in the production community while supervising the editorial, budgetary and delivery components through the development process. Since joining TLC, Amy has shepherded in several new series including My 600lb Life,...more

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Ed Sayer

VP, Production & Development, Factual

National Geographic Channel International

As Commissioning Editor, NGCI, Ed Sayer develops, commissions and executive produces series and specials for National Geographic Channels International. With NGCI’s content hub based in London, Sayer is cultivating strong relationships with UK production houses, and commissioning to a great degree from the extensive factual production sector in the UK.

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David Schiff

SVP, Programming & Development

Game Show Network

David Schiff serves as GSN's Senior Vice President of Programming and Development where he oversees all original production and development for the network. He joined GSN in 2009. Since then, he has lead GSN's effort to expand its core viewership by overseeing almost 1000 episodes of television across

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Eric Schotz

President & CEO

LMNO Productions

Eric Schotz, President and CEO of LMNO Productions, is a nine-time Emmy-award winner whose innovative style and creativity has established him as one of the television industry's foremost producers/directors of non-fiction and reality-based programming.

Born in Micronesia on the Island of Yap, Schotz ultimately migrated to the United States. As soon

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Steven J. Schupak

Chief Operating Officer

Maryland Public TV

Steven’s responsibilities include overseeing development, production, national & local sponsorship sales, scheduling, creative services, promotion, licensing and national distribution for its current slate of programs. National programs past and present include MotorWeek, Music of Ireland, Anuna: Celtic Origins, Mega-Movers: The USS Intrepid, Transformation Age, Primal Grill with Steven Raichlen,...more

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Jon Sechrist

SVP Head of Production and Development

Discovery Networks International

Jon Sechrist is Vice President of Production and Development for Discovery Networks International (DNI), focusing on lifestyle and entertainment content for TLC International. Heading up the New York office, Sechrist works with the international production community to develop and produce lifestyle and entertainment content for the division’s global roll-out of

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Philip Segal


Original Productions

Philip D. Segal joined Original Productions in 2005 as President and Executive Producer and was promoted to CEO and Executive Producer in November, 2012. During his first seven years at Original Productions, Segal had operating responsibility for Original Productions' thousands of hours of original programming. Segal was responsible for integrating

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Evan Shapiro


Participant Television

Evan Shapiro joined Participant Media in May 2012 as President of Participant Television. Evan is responsible for the conception, development, and production of original television programming that will follow the company’s model of commercial and socially relevant entertainment.

Prior to Participant, Evan served as President of IFC TV and Sundance Channel,

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Robert Sharenow

President of Programming

Lifetime Networks

Rob Sharenow was named Executive Vice President of Programming of Lifetime Networks in March 2011. In his role, he spearheads all programming activities for Lifetime's scripted and reality series, as well as its original movies. In addition, Sharenow is responsible for managing all programming for LMN and Lifetime

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Meghann Sills Elrhoul


WiredSet Trendrr

Meghann Sills Elrhoul most recently served as the Manager of Analytics for Nielsen, the world’s leading marketing and media information company. In her role, she was responsible for developing analytics-based consulting and solutions for the social media community in addition to social media product development. Meghann played a pivotal role

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Andy Singer

EVP TV & Digital Content

Travel Channel

Andy Singer serves as general manager for Travel Channel. In this role, he is responsible for setting the programming strategy and editorial vision of the network, working with Scripps Networks Interactive's ad sales group to monetize its highly engaged audience, and directing research. Singer was promoted to this

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Guy Slattery


A&E Network

Guy Slattery joined A&E Network in December in 2006 as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Slattery oversees the network's consumer marketing team, where he is responsible for the creation and implementation of the network's brand and marketing strategy. He oversees all marketing initiatives, including brand strategy, on-air promotion, off-net media

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John Smithson

Creative Director

Arrow Media

John Smithson is Creative Director of London-based ARROW MEDIA, a new production company he co-founded in 2011.

Previously he was Chief Executive of Darlow Smithson Productions, a company he created and which evolved into one of the biggest and most admired producers in global non-fiction TV.

He has a multi-award winning track

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Mark Soldinger


Firecracker Films

Mark Soldinger is an award-winning documentary film-maker with a successful freelance career spanning over 15 years and 40 documentaries. In 2002, Mark founded Firecracker Films - a British production company that is responsible for some of the most talked about British programs in the last decade, including the visually stunning

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Michael Sorensen


Discovery Channel

Mike Sorensen is Senior Director of Development for Discovery Channel and is based at Discovery Communications’ Silver Spring headquarters. In his role, Sorensen has developed several key series for the network including Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice and Yukon Men .

Prior to Discovery, Sorensen was the Senior Director

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Joseph Gold

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Morgan Spurlock


Warrior Poets

Morgan Spurlock is a New York based writer, director and producer. His first film, Super Size Me, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 and won him Best Directing honors. The film went on to win the inaugural Writers Guild of America best documentary screenplay award as well as

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Joel Stillerman

Chief Content Officer


As executive vice president of original programming, production and digital content, Joel Stillerman oversees every aspect of content creation across all platforms for AMC. Stillerman joined AMC in April 2008.

Since his arrival, Stillerman has overseen the development of AMC's most successful series to date, including Mad Men, the only

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Geoff Suddleson

Agent, Alternative Television Department

United Talent Agency

Geoffrey Suddleson is an agent in the Alternative Television Department of United Talent Agency, one of Hollywood's leading talent and literary agencies. A former MTV development executive, Suddleson most recently worked at Fox Sports Net where he was a development executive creating original programming for the national network.

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Drew Tappon

Chief Creative Officer

A&E Network

Drew Tappon joined A&E Network as Vice President, Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming in January 2012. In his role, Drew is responsible for developing new non-fiction series for A&E and BIO, as well as overseeing several current series for the network.

Tappon joined A&E from Warner Horizon Television where he

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Celia Taylor

Managing Director

Sky Entertainment

Celia Taylor is Head of Factual and Features at Sky Entertainment. Since joining in May 2009 she has commissioned Pineapple Dance Studios, Ross Kemp Extreme World, Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough, An Idiot Abroad and feature documentaries from Nick Broomfield, Errol Morris and Beeban Kidron. Prior to

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Lydia Tenaglia

Co-Founder and Executive Producer

Zero Point Zero Production

Zero Point Zero is a television, digital and live content production company founded in 2003 by Executive Producers Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, with partner and Managing Director Joe Caterini coming aboard in 2009. ZPZ produces multi-platform content that is creative, informative, and entertaining to watch and interact with. We

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Molly Thompson


A&E Indie Films

Molly Thompson launched and runs A&E IndieFilms, the network's feature documentary division. A&E IndieFilms' productions include the Oscar-nominated, Sundance Award-winner Murderball, the Oscar-nominated Jesus Camp and the Emmy Award-winners The Tillman Story and Under African Skies. Thompson executive produces the division's original productions including: My Kid Could Paint That,

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Donald Thoms



Donald Thoms joined PBS in August 2011 as Vice President, Programming. Prior to his appointment at PBS, Thoms was President of ThomsMediaGroup (TMG) where he led the multimedia consulting organization, focusing on television production and development, as well ason-air talent development, coaching and casting. His clients include Discovery, WNED,

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Sarah Thornton

VP Lifestyle Production & Development

Discovery Networks International

Sarah Thornton is Vice President of Production and Development, Lifestyle and Entertainment, for Discovery Networks International. Based in London, Thornton develops and produces lifestyle and entertainment content for the division’s female flagship channels, including successful and returning TLC international series, Ultimate Shopper and Last Chance Salon.

In this role, Thornton

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Kurt Tondorf

SVP, Development

Animal Planet

Kurt Tondorf joined Animal Planet in January 2012 as the vice president of development. Reporting to Senior Vice President of Development Charlie Foley, he helps oversee development strategy and slate for the network and assists with the conceptualization and creation of series, specials, stunts and other programming initiatives.

Tondorf joined

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Bob Tuschman

GM & SVP, Programming

Food Network

Bob Tuschman was named General Manager of Food Network in June 2010. He oversees all programming and production and works with Food Network President Brooke Johnson on the network’s strategic direction.

Previously, Tuschman served as Senior Vice President, Programming and Production, during which time he directed Food Network’s in-house production

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Bertram van Munster

Executive Producer

Profiles Television Productions

Bertram van Munster is a nine-time Emmy® award-winning producer, director, and reality television pioneer. With more than four decades spent developing and producing entertainment content across the globe, he is one of the industry’s most respected and creative forces.

Together with Elise Doganieri, his producing partner, van Munster runs Profiles Television,

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Ryan Vance

SVP Programming and Production


Ryan is a 15-year television and online media veteran and has been responsible for hundreds of hours of programming at HGTV, DIY, G4, Syfy and the WB. He has developed and run many different show formats including magazine, reality, makeover, documentary, live events, interactive and award shows. After breaking into

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Cathy Veisel

VP, Development

Style Network

As a television executive, Cathy began her career at Fox Television Studios in 2000 managing development and production on various unscripted shows including Trash to Cash with John DiResta and Driveshaft for FX, Beverly Hills Vet for Animal Planet and A&E’s Inked as well as FOX’s late night show Talkshow...more

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Scott Wachs



Scott W. Wachs is a Non-Scripted Television Agent at WME. He specializes in the representation of production company clients to package and sell their non-scripted content to the broadcast and cable networks. Scott also represents select broadcast and cable host talent.

Prior to joining the former William

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Julia Wagman

Development Manager

Science Channel

Julia Wagman is the manager of development at Science Channel.

As such, Wagman is responsible for working with production companies to help find new, exciting content and talent for the network. She has helped develop numerous programs including Dark Matters, How the Earth Works, Stuff You Should Know and Oddities. Also,

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Barry Walsh

Editor & Content Director


Barry Walsh is editor of international trade publication realscreen, published by Brunico Communications Ltd. Launched in September of 1997, realscreen has established itself as the world's foremost authority in non-fiction film and television, and is the brand behind the internationally renowned Realscreen Summit, the world's biggest non-fiction/factual entertainment conference, held

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Sarah Weidman

SVP, Original Programming and Development

Style Network

As SVP of Original Programming and Development at Style network, Sarah Weidman oversees all development and original programming for the network. Under Weidman’sleadership, Style achieved its most watched year to date in 2012 with such successful shows as Tia & Tamera and Big Rich Texas, Giuliana & Bill and Jerseylicious.


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Joe Weinstock


Discovery Channel

Weinstock joined Discovery Channel in July, 2012. Previously he was Vice President of Production for Gurney Productions and earned Co-Executive Producer credit for Auction Hunters, American Digger, Monster Man, Haunted Collector, Hollywood Treasure, Duck Dynasty, American Guns, and several others.

Prior to Gurney Productions, Weinstock was Senior Director,

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Courtney White

EVP, HGTV and Food Network

DIY and HGTV Network

Courtney White is the vice president of program development and production for Scripps Networks Interactive’s Home Category brands, HGTV and DIY Network. In this role, White oversees the program development for both brands, including strengthening the category’s ties to the production community. She is responsible for facilitating original programming ideas

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Ruth Wrigley

Creative Director

ALL3MEDIA International

BAFTA and EMMY award-winning Ruth Wrigley is Entertainment and Format Executive across the entire ALL3MEDIA Group. Ruth has more than 20 years experience across a wide range of innovative and genre breakings programmes, from serious investigative documentary to comedy and live- studio entertainment shows - as well as large scale

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Lori York



Lori York is an agent in the alternative television department at ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion pictures, television, publishing, music, theater branded entertainment, and digital media. ICM Partners, a privately held corporation, is one of the predominant agencies in the

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Natalka Znak


Zodiak USA

Natalka Znak is Chief Executive Officer for Zodiak USA.

In her role, Znak oversees the continued rapid growth of Zodiak USA's production business in the non-scripted space. Znak runs Zodiak USA's production offices in both New York and Los Angeles and manages a programming slate that includes Secret Millionaire

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