Marriott Marquis • Washington, DC • January 31 - February 3, 2016


Advisory Board

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Advisory Board Co-Chairs

Jana Bennett


Jana Bennett was named President and General Manager of HISTORY® in September, 2015. In this role, Bennett is responsible for overseeing all strategic planning, programming, marketing and brand development for HISTORY and H2TM. Bennett joined A+E Networks as President of FYITM and LMN® in June 2013. In that role, she oversaw two...more

Speaking at: Opening Remarks,Keynote Conversation: Jana Bennett, History

Brent Montgomery

ITV America

Brent Montgomery is CEO of ITV America, with oversight of ITV’s US portfolio, including ITV Entertainment, Leftfield Pictures, Sirens Media, Outpost Entertainment, Loud TV, Riot Creative, Thinkfactory Media, High Noon Entertainment, DiGa and Gurney Productions. As the largest independent producer of non-scripted content in the US, ITV America produces more...more

Speaking at: Opening Remarks,Working with "The New Normal"

Advisory Board Members

Meredith Ahr

President Alternative Reality Group
NBC Entertainment

Bio to follow

Avi Armoza

Armoza Formats

The pioneer of the Israeli formats industry internationally, and the Founder and CEO of Armoza Formats, Avi Armoza is one of Israel's leading film and television producers.

Avi has been working in television and film business for more than 20 years. He began his tenure when he founded JCS Productions, which...more

Speaking at: Format Focus: Game-Changers in a Changed Game

Gary Binkow

Founding Partner & Chief Content Officer
Studio 71

Gary Binkow is Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer of Collective Digital Studio (CDS), responsible for building CDS’ robust production, marketing, and distribution initiatives.   The company has multiple Emmy nominations, Platinum-selling DVDs, premium line of horror/genre titles, and top comedy titles on TV. Successes include the Sundance hit V/H/S, Nickelodeon franchise Fred: The Movie series, award-winning...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Pitching, Packaging and Producing for Digital,Platform Power Players,30 Minutes with Gary Binkow, Studio 71,Speed Pitching Three

Chris Bonney

Cineflix Rights

Chris Bonney is responsible for developing and executing Cineflix Media’s strategy to maximize the exploitation of our growing intellectual property on networks and digital platforms in North America and around the globe.

Chris leads Cineflix Rights, the distribution division of Cineflix Media, which has a catalogue of more than 4000 hours...more

Speaking at: Development and Pitching: Some Assembly Required

Kathleen Finch

Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer
Scripps Networks Interactive

Kathleen Finch, formerly President of HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country, was elevated to Chief Programming, Content & Brand Officer for all six Scripps Networks Interactive brands in August 2015. She now also oversees content and brand development for Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel.

During her tenure as...more

Speaking at: Working with "The New Normal"

Chris Grant


Chris Grant joined Electus in November 2011 as the CEO, where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s next phase of growth across global and domestic TV, digital and branded entertainment.

Prior to joining Electus, Grant served as President of Shine International, the global sales and distribution arm responsible for distributing...more

Speaking at: Ratings: Fear vs. Facts

Beth Hoppe

SVP, Long Form Programming

Beth Hoppe is Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming at PBS. In this role, she oversees all PBS general audience primetime programming, fundraising programming, and PBS Plus, a package of fully funded programs for stations' use in their weekend schedules. She is responsible for creating and implementing...more

Speaking at: Revenge of the Doc

Tim Pastore

National Geographic Channels

Tim Pastore is president, original programming & production for all National Geographic Channel unscripted programming globally. Pastore oversees all development, production and operations teams in New York, Washington, D.C and London. Additionally, Pastore oversees National Geographic Studios (NG Studios), the in-house television production unit that currently produces the network’s Emmy-nominated...more

Speaking at: Revenge of the Doc

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 hit franchise The Real Housewives of Orange County and the spinoffs The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules, as well as the...more

Speaking at: Development and Pitching: Some Assembly Required

SallyAnn Salsano

Founder, Executive Producer & CEO
495 Productions

SallyAnn Salsano is Founder and President of 495 Productions and the creative force behind each of the company's shows.
Salsano started her illustrious career in New York City as an intern for "The Howard Stern Show" and "The Sally Jesse Raphael Show," eventually spending five years on "Sally" as...more

Speaking at: Working with "The New Normal"

Henry S. Schleiff

Group President, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel American Heroes Channel and Destination America
Discovery Communications

Henry S. Schleiff is Group President of the Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America portfolio, which are part of Discovery Communications, Inc., the largest producer and distributor of non-scripted programming in the world.  Schleiff oversees the development, production, scheduling, research, marketing, communications and online efforts for all five...more

Morgan Spurlock

Warrior Poets Entertainment

Morgan Spurlock is an award-winning writer, director and producer and President and Founder of production studio Warrior Poets. His first film, Super Size Me, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, winning Best Directing honors and went on to garner an Academy Award nomination for Best Feature Documentary.

Since then...more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Morgan Spurlock, Warrior Poets

Geoff Suddleson

Agent, Alternative Television Department
United Talent Agency

Geoffrey Suddleson is an agent in the Alternative Television department of premier global talent and literary agency UTA. 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.  Prior to Fox, Suddleson was MTV’s...more

Speaking at: Working with "The New Normal"

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