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Kelly Abcarian

SVP, Product & Innovation

Nielsen Media Research

Kelly Abcarian is a media research executive with more than 17 years of industry and technical leadership in aligning cross-product solutions for television, digital and cross-platform content and advertising. Kelly is currently Senior Vice President for Product and Innovation at Nielsen. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic...more

Speaking at: Ratings: Fear vs. Facts


Roy Ackerman

Managing Director Films of Record/Director of International Strategy

Pulse Films

Responsible for developing and producing contemporary documentaries and factual formats, Ackerman is an integral part of Pulse’s emerging international studio, offering culturally relevant content across all platforms.

He brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously acted as Managing Director at Fresh One Productions, the multi-genre...more

Speaking at: Development and Pitching: Some Assembly Required


Jon Adler

Senior Director of Development

CNN

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four; Luncheon Roundtables


Paul Adler

Consulting Producer

Pop

Paul Adler is Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development at Pop, a CBS/Lionsgate partnership. Seen in over 80 million homes, Pop is an entertainment television destination that celebrates fandom and covers what’s popping in culture.

A 15-year veteran of the network, Mr. Adler was instrumental in rebranding Pop from...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Paul Adler, Pop


Rod Aissa

EVP, Programming & Development

Oxygen Media

As Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media, Rod Aissa oversees the strategic development and production of the network’s original programming and reinforces the brand positioning targeting young, modern women. Based in New York, Aissa reports directly to Frances Berwick, President, Lifestyle Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

Aissa is the...more

Speaking at: Diversity Works: Creating Diverse Content and Companies


Andrea Allen

Executive Producer

INSOMNIA TV

Andrea Allen is the Executive Producer at InsomniaTV and has over 25 years of television production experience in commercials, live-action broadcasts and short-from content.

She’s helmed ads for agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather, Y&R to name a few.

She’s wrangled kids, animals and the NYC Permits Department for...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Saving Money and Sanity: All You Need to Know About Production Services


Avi Armoza

CEO

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


Solange Attwood

SVP International

Blue Ant Media

In her role as SVP, Blue Ant International, Solange Attwood oversees the strategic direction of Blue Ant Media’s global distribution arm.

Attwood spearheads and oversees co-productions, pre-sales and worldwide sales activities. Under her leadership, Solange has positioned the division as a leader in the distribution of 4K unscripted nature...more

Speaking at: Keeping Up with 4K


Fenton Bailey

Co-Founder

World of Wonder

Fenton Bailey is co-founder of World of Wonder Productions, best known for feature documentaries and unscripted series such as RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo), Million Dollar Listings (Bravo), Candidly Nicole (Vh1), Big Freedia (Fuse), and Life with La Toya (OWN).

Seven of their documentaries have premiered at Sundance Film Festival, including Party MonsterInside Deep ThroatThe Eyes of Tammy Faye, and Becoming Chaz.

A self-proclaimed screen agnostic,...more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Fenton Bailey, World of Wonder


Brian Balthazar

VP, Programming & Development

HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country

Brian Balthazar is vice president of programming and development for Scripps Networks Interactive’s brands HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. In this role, he is currently creating, developing and overseeing several new specials, pilots and series on the three networks.

In 2014, Balthazar was co-executive producer of ABC’s popular daytime...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Sam Barcroft

CEO

Barcroft Media

Sam Barcroft is CEO of hybrid independent TV and digital content producer / distributor Barcroft Media. Barcroft businesses create content for a global audience highlighting ‘the amazing side of life’.

With newsrooms in London, New Delhi and New York supplying video, images and editorial content to global media brands such as MSN, New...more

Speaking at: Platform Power Players


Mike Beck

Senior Executive Producer

Time Inc.

Mike is the Senior Executive Producer, Development and Production, at Time Inc. Studios. He has been instrumental in building out Time Inc.’s operational infrastructure in New York (including the new studios at 225 Liberty St.), in Birmingham and on the West Coast. In addition, he leads a team that supports...more

Speaking at: Back in (the) Black: A New Era for Branded Content?; Speed Pitching One


Andie Beckerman

VP Alternative Programming

Syfy

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Andie Beckerman, Syfy


Wade Beckett

Chief Programming Officer

Fusion

Wade Beckett was named Chief Programming Officer and Senior Vice President in September 2014. In this role Beckett oversees all of FUSION’s television programming and production.

Before joining FUSION, Beckett served as the showrunner for ESPN’s SportsNation, which had the youngest skewing audience among ESPN’s studio-based shows at the time. In...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Wade Beckett, Fusion


Zachary Behr

Senior Executive Producer

History

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Jana Bennett

President & General Manager History and H2

History

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


Jim Berger

CEO

High Noon Entertainment

High Noon Entertainment CEO Jim Berger is a Colorado-based show creator, writer and producer, playing a key role in the creation or co-creation of series including HGTV’s highest rated series Fixer Upper, Cake Boss (TLC), Dude You’re Screwed (Discovery), Taco Trip (Cooking), Dr. Dee (Animal Planet) and Tough Love (VH1)...more

Speaking at: The One That Got Away


Michael Bergeron

Business Development Manager, Systems & Networking

Panasonic

Michael Bergeron is currently Panasonic’s Business Development Manager for Systems & Networking, having served many roles at Panasonic including four years as camera product engineer and four years as Chief Technologist for Pro Video; he manages co-development projects with other US based technology companies from compatibly with Panasonic P2 media...more

Speaking at: Keeping Up with 4K


Austyn Biggers

Executive Producer

BET Black Entertainment Television

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 leads a development team that concentrates on internal development and in-house production, as well as third-party productions. Austyn’s BET credits include Baldwin Hills,...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Austyn Biggers, BET Networks


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


James Bolosh

VP, Development & Programming

FYI

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Speed Pitching Two


Chris Bonney

CEO

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


Sean Boyle

VP of Development and Programming

History

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four


Michael Branton

Producer

GRB Entertainment

Michael Branton is an Emmy Award-winning producer and the head of creative at GRB Entertainment, which has produced more than 1,000 hours of television programming. Michael was part of the team that launched A&E’s Intervention, currently in production on its 222th episode. Among Michaels’ other current productions is the 130th...more

Speaking at: Development and Pitching: Some Assembly Required


Marco Bresaz

VP, Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming

AMC/SundanceTV

As vice president of non-fiction and alternative programming for AMC and SundanceTV, Marco Bresaz helps oversee both networks’ original non-fiction programming development and their current portfolio of non-fiction programming. He first joined AMC Networks in 2010 as vice president of original programming and development for SundanceTV, and in 2013, moved...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Marco Bresaz, AMC/Sundance TV


Diego Buñuel

Head of Documentaries

Canal Plus

Diego Buñuel is a French film-maker born in 1975 and the host and director of the National Geographic Channel series, Don’t tell my Mother. He is also the host of a television news show in France called Les Nouveaux Explorateurs, broadcast on Canal Plus. In 2014 he has been appointed Director...more

Speaking at: International Coproduction: Crossing Borders with Content; Coffee + Commissioners


Sebastian Burkhardt

SVP Digital and Acquisitions

Keshet International

In his role as Head of Business Development and Acquisitions, Sebastian is tasked with identifying and executing new business opportunities for the company, including co-productions and deficit financing as well as acquiring third party formats and finished programming for international distribution. He is spearheading the company’s push into finished programming...more

Speaking at: Eastern Promise: Asia's New Opportunities, New Players


Kathleen Burns

COO

Kinetic Content

Kathleen Burns is the Chief Operating Officer at Kinetic Content, overseeing the production of multi-platform content for the global market. A founding member of the company, she is directly responsible for all aspects of its production, legal, and finance teams that make it one of the fastest growing entities in the industry....more

Speaking at: FYI Development Lab / Case Study: Married at First Sight


Steve Burns

EVP Content Production & Acquisition

CuriosityStream

Currently, Steve Burns is Executive Vice President of Programming for CuriosityStream.com, a newly launched subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) channel, and is responsible for programming production, acquisitions and scheduling.

Burns also is Executive Producer/Consultant of WNET/ NY's long-running Secrets of the Dead series for PBS in the U.S.

His career spans more than 25 years...more

Speaking at: International Coproduction: Crossing Borders with Content


Matthew Butler

VP, Programming & Development

Destination America & American Heroes Channel

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Matt Butler, American Heroes Channel


Bryan Carmel

Producer

Fusion Media Network

Bryan Carmel serves as the Vice President of Development for FUSION and Head of Comedy at Fusion's digital comedy studio, F-Comedy. Bryan is a documentary filmmaker, a TV showrunner, and a development executive. In his current role, he spearheads development of new shows for FUSION’s television network and oversees comedy...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four


Gary Carter

Non-Executive Director

KLOK

Gary Carter trained as an actor in his native South Africa, and on graduation from the University of Cape Town joined the permanent company of the national theatre. After moving to the UK in 1985 he became a literary agent, and over a ten year period represented television writers, theatre...more

Speaking at: Disruption as a Catalyst: How to Ride the Waves of Change featuring Gary Carter


Michael Cascio

CEO & President

M&C Media LLC

With four Emmys, two Oscar nominations and a “Producer of the Year” award,Michael Casciohas a noteworthy career in franchise TV programming, from landmark series such as Brain Games, Biography, Dog Whisperer and Doomsday Preppers to major documentary specials on the Titanic and the Afghanistan War. Cascio now advises selected media...more

Speaking at: Ratings: Fear vs. Facts


Meghan Cassin

Director, Development

Nat Geo Wild

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


Dan Caster

VP MTV Development & Production

MTV

Dan Caster is the senior director of unscripted development and production (East Coast based) for MTV. Dan has freelanced for MTV since 2006. In 2010, Dan was a producer on Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes for OWN. During his time at MTV he has worked on multiple hit series, including: The Challenge & The Real World franchisesJersey ShoreSnooki &...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Lauren Celinski

VP, Unscripted Development & Programming

E! Entertainment

Lauren Celinski serves as Director, Programming and Development at E! where she is responsible for developing unscripted series for the network as well as overseeing projects through production. Her goal is to identify fresh and original content that pushes the boundaries of entertainment and pop culture. Celinski is currently an...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Wyatt Channell

Executive Producer

Science Channel

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Wyatt Channell, Science Channel


Steven Cheskin

SVP, Programming

REELZChannel

Cheskin joined Reelz in April of 2013.  He is responsible for program development, production, scheduling and acquisitions at the network.

Prior to joining REELZ, Cheskin was the Executive Vice President of Programming at TLC. During his time there TLC led all cable networks in successful launches of new series. Programs developed during...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Steve Cheskin, Reelzchannel


Jeremy Chilnick

COO & Head of Production & Partner

Warrior Poets Entertainment

Jeremy Chilnick is an Emmy-nominated writer and producer. He is both a partner and currently serves as COO at Morgan Spurlock’s production company, Warrior Poets. In these positions, he oversees all aspects of production for film, television and digital content.

After co-producing the Shopocalypse-chronicling documentary What Would Jesus Buy?, as well...more

Speaking at: Back in (the) Black: A New Era for Branded Content?


Todd Christopher

Partner

Gersh Agency

Todd Christopher launched his entertainment career as an agent trainee in the William Morris Agency mailroom following graduation from Princeton University in 2000.  He then moved to the Gersh Agency in 2003.  Currently, Todd heads and oversees the Alternative Packaging Department, a division that he created which includes under its purview...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Philippa Chuter

Senior Acquisitions Executive

Passion Distribution

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Laura Civiello

SVP Development & Current, Factual

Esquire Network

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


Jeff Collins

President & CEO

Collins Avenue Entertainment

Jeff Collins is President of Collins Avenue, the eponymous company he founded in 2009. Collins recently renewed the company’s successful business partnership with the newly structured Content Media Corp. In addition to his role as Collins Avenue’s President, Collins serves as Executive Producer on the hit Lifetime series Dance Moms...more

Speaking at: Diversity Works: Creating Diverse Content and Companies


Denise Contis

EVP, Development & Production

Discovery Channel

Denise Contis is Executive Vice President Development and Production for Discovery Channel. In this capacity she oversees all aspects of Discovery Channel development and programming, including the popular series, NAKED AND AFRAID XL, featuring survivalists who have previously appeared on Contis’ hit Discovery series, NAKED AND AFRAID which was recently...more

Speaking at: Summit Showdown: International Pitch Competition


Colleen Conway Grogan

VP, Non-Fiction Programming

A+E Networks

Colleen Conway Grogan has been Vice President of Non-Fiction Programming for Lifetime since September of 2010.

Based in New York, she currently serves as the Executive Producer of the network’s hit docuseries Bring It!, currently in its third season; the recently launched a cappella docuseries Pitch Slapped, which reveals the intensely...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Colleen Conway Grogan, Lifetime


Maryanne Culpepper

Writer & Producer

Graffiti Works

Maryanne Culpepper is an award-winning writer/filmmaker with extensive experience in developing, writing and producing high-profile documentaries and nonfiction series.  She is the former President of National Geographic Television, where she oversaw development and production of 100+ hours of factual  programming annually.  She specializes in writing for broadcast, digital and museum...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Saving Money and Sanity: All You Need to Know About Production Services


Jenny Daly

President

T Group Productions

Jenny Daly is President of T Group Productions.

Since establishing T Group in 2010, Daly has created, sold and produced over 50 series, pilots and presentations to a wide range of networks.  Daly oversees and manages a production slate that includes over 100 episodes of Mystery Diners (Food), Storage Hunters (truTV), Storage Hunters UK (Dave), Container Wars (truTV), Invention USA (History), The Xperiment (BET), A...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Pitching, Packaging and Producing for Digital; Meet a Mentor: Jenny Daly, T Group Productions


Nancy Daniels

President & General Manager

TLC

As President and General Manager of TLC, Daniels oversees all aspects of the network programming, production, development, new media, communications and marketing. Based in the company’s Los Angeles office, she’s held this position since September 2013.

Since Daniels became GM, TLC has been breaking records, closing out 2014 with 30 shows...more

Speaking at: Working with "The New Normal"


Hannah Demidowicz

Commissioning Editor BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide Channels

Hannah Demidowicz joined BBC Worldwide’s Channels Content Team in 2014 as a Commissioning Editor focussing on the new genre brands BBC Earth and BBC Brit.

Working closely with BBC Worldwide’s international channels network, Demidowicz is responsible for developing distinctive original factual and factual entertainment series that will travel globally.  Hannah has...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners; Speed Pitching Three


Mike DesRoches

Senior Sales Support Engineer

Sony Electronics

Currently supporting all large format cameras for Sony in their 4K Production group, Mike has been an active support resource to the broadcast and production community for 17 years. During the recent transitional times, he’s focused on educating the masses as to what solutions are out there and what to...more

Speaking at: Keeping Up with 4K


Nina L. Diaz

Head of Unscripted, MTV and VH1

VH1

Nina L. Diaz joined VH1 in March 2014 as Senior Vice President, East Coast Programming and Development. Based in New York, Diaz is responsible for overseeing unscripted programming developed and produced out of VH1’s New York office. 

Diaz’s production credits currently include the VH1 hit franchise “Love & Hip Hop” (New...more

Speaking at: Diversity Works: Creating Diverse Content and Companies


Chris Dorsey

Founding Partner

Dorsey Pictures LLC (formerly Orion Entertainment)

Chris Dorsey, Founding Partner of Denver-based Dorsey Pictures LLC (formerly Orion Entertainment), is one of America's leading lifestyle television producers. With a keen eye for producing television series that reflect current popular trends including the downsizing of homes and the increase of building tree houses, to revitalizing an intrigue in...more

Speaking at: Back in (the) Black: A New Era for Branded Content?


Christo Doyle

VP, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

Christo Doyle an Emmy award-winning, thirteen-year veteran of Discovery Communications that has developed and produced programming for Discovery Channel, TLC, Travel Channel, Investigation Discovery, Science Channel, FitTV and HD Theater. Over the years he has served as Executive Producer on brand defining series such as Gold Rush, American Chopper, Flying Wild...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Christo Doyle, Discovery Channel


Mike Drachkovitch

Ovrture Founder & CEO

44 Blue Productions

Mike Drachkovitch is the founder and CEO of Ovrture, a virtual reality content studio. Drachkovitch is literally a “next generation” producer - he learned the traditional unscripted business working at 44 Blue Productions with his parents, co-founders Rasha and Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch, before launching his career in social impact and...more

Speaking at: Virtual Reality: The Big Picture


Rasha Drachkovitch

CEO & Co-Founder

44 Blue Productions

Rasha is one of the television industry’s most daring and adventurous producers.  Since co-founding 44 Blue in 1984, Rasha has established the company as a leader in non-fiction programming. In pursuit of great stories, he has been stoned in the West Bank, shot at in Soweto, chased by the Yakuza...more

Speaking at: Keeping Up with 4K


Christian Drobnyk

EVP Programming Strategy and Acquisitions

Lifetime Televison

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Changing the Script


Marjolein Duermeijer

Head of Production

TV Entertainment Reality Network (TERN)

As an award-winning producer, Marjolein brings over a decade’s experience in television production and a keen eye for engaging, ground-breaking content. At INSIGHT, she is responsible for over 200 hours of original factual entertainment programming per year, such as Spartan X(Strix),7 Days(KIEM) and On the RUN(Zodiak Media). With all of...more

Speaking at: Keeping Up with 4K


Mike Duffy

Co-Bro

Ugly Brother Studios

In collaboration with his twin brother Tim, Ugly Brother creates and produces unscripted formats, comedy formats and documentary series including Startup U on ABC Family (currently airing) and Family Takeover on Spike (premiering in March) and several soon-to-be announced series. Duffy is overseeing projects across a variety of networks including Comedy Central, Oxygen, Amazon,

...more

Speaking at: FYI Development Lab / Case Study: Married at First Sight


Michael Dugan

VP, Original Content

Fuse TV

Michael Dugan began his career at MTV, where he co-created the iconic game show Remote Control. He wrote on Beavis and Butthead and was head writer for The Jon Stewart Show, The Tom Green Show and the MTV Movie Awards, among others. As network executive, Dugan developed shows for MTV,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


Kristina Edwards

VP of Development

MTV Networks

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Kristina Edwards, MTV


Paul Edwards

VP, Head of Discovery Nordic Channels

Discovery Networks International

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Marshall Eisen

VP Primetime Alternative

CNBC

Marshall Eisen is an executive producer of production and development at CNBC Prime.  Eisen recently joined the network and is currently overseeing a diverse slate of pilots and series.  His previous home was at MTV, where Eisen spent 14 years developing and supervising a wide-ranging array of series, including True...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Marshall Eisen, CNBC


Emily Elisha

Head of Factual

Zodiak Rights

Emily Elisha, Head of Factual, Zodiak Rights, oversees factual acquisitions for the TV rights catalogue. Emily has over 15 years’ experience in the international distribution sector originally working in international sales and as Head of Sales for an independent distribution and production company before joining Zodiak Rights as its Head...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Amy Entelis

EVP, Talent & Content Development

CNN

Amy Entelis is Executive Vice President for Talent and Content Development for CNN Worldwide.  She is based in New York.

Entelis, who joined CNN in 2012, is responsible for new program development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide, as well as the identification and recruitment of on-air talent for CNN programming and...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Amy Entelis, CNN; Revenge of the Doc


Irad Eyal

Co-Owner

Haymaker Media

Irad is Co-owner of Haymaker Media which he founded with his partner Aaron Rothman in 2013. In it’s short tenure, Haymaker has produced series for Bravo, A&E, and more, with hit series Southern Charm entering its third season and many projects to come. This rapid growth has been accompanied by Haymaker’s expansion...more

Speaking at: Virtual Reality: The Big Picture


Alan Eyres

SVP, Programming & Development

National Geographic Channels

Alan Eyres is senior vice president of programming and development for the National Geographic Channel, where he has been responsible for developing and overseeing production of some of the highest rated series in the history of the network including Wicked Tuna, Brain Games, Life Below Zero, and Ultimate Survival Alaska,...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Alan Eyres, National Geographic Channels


Lisa Fahrenholt

Acquisitions Director

Endemol Shine International

Lisa Fahrenholt was appointed Acquisitions Director North America in March 2015.

Prior to the Endemol Group and Shine Group merger, Lisa was Acquisitions Manager at Endemol Worldwide Distribution. In her current role, Lisa is responsible for sourcing and evaluating third party acquisitions for both scripted and non-scripted finished programmes across all...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Phil Fairclough

Managing Director

Earth Touch USA

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Working with "The New Normal"; The One That Got Away


Maria Farano

SVP Content

Corus Entertainment

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


John Feld

Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Production

HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country

John Feld is the Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Production for Scripps Networks Interactive lifestyle brands HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. In this role, he is responsible for developing and supervising specials, series and tent-pole events for the networks.

Feld came to Scripps Networks in 2012 from...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with John Feld, HGTV


Cynthia Fenneman

President & CEO

APT Worldwide/American Public Television

Cynthia A. Fenneman is president and CEO of American Public Television (APT), the leading syndicator of award-winning programs to the more than 360 U.S. public television stations. Last year, APT presented 33 of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. American Public Television content ranges from high quality drama and...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three; Coffee + Commissioners; Luncheon Roundtables


Chris Ficarra

Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing

Viacom Media Networks

Chris Ficarra is Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing for Viacom’s Entertainment Group. In this role, Ficarra oversees the creation and execution of sponsor integration strategies for Comedy Central, Spike and TV Land properties. He forges social partnerships for branded content distribution and implements custom campaigns across on-air, online, mobile and...more

Speaking at: Back in (the) Black: A New Era for Branded Content?


Kathleen Finch

Chief Programming, Content & Brand 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"


Marty Flanagan

Creative Director

Secret Location

Marty Flanagan is an award-winning Creative Director with over a decade’s worth of experience in interactive. In his three years at Secret Location, Marty has developed content across a range of emerging platforms, guided by the studio’s focus on storytelling.

With a background in writing, Marty brings a strong narrative focus...more

Speaking at: Virtual Reality: The Big Picture


Sonia Fleck

Chief Executive Officer

Bomanbridge Media

Sonia Fleck, Founder and CEO of Bomanbridge Media, offers 16 years of experience in program distribution, including Drama, Animation, Factual entertainment, Factual, Format co-development, and ad-funded production within the Asia Pacific region. Her unique perspective on Asia’s unprecedented growth has permitted Bomanbridge to succeed in a long list of landmark...more

Speaking at: Eastern Promise: Asia's New Opportunities, New Players


Laura Fleury

SVP, Head of Programming, International

A+E Networks

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Laura Fleury, LMN


Emily Flood

Senior Executive Producer, Development

A&E Network

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Edwina Follows

Director, Commissioning and Production

Discovery Channel Canada

As Director, Edwina Follows is responsible for the commissioning, development and production of independent programming for Discovery and its related networks (Animal Planet, Discovery World, Investigation Discovery and Discovery Science).

Under her leadership as Director of Commissioning and Production Discovery has premiered a record-breaking number of Canadian shows  contributing significantly to Discovery’s...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


Jimmy Fox

President, Main Event Media

Objective Productions USA

Jimmy Fox is Executive Vice President of Objective USA and based in Los Angeles. In his role as EVP, Fox oversees all aspects of development for Objective’s rapidly expanding US arm. In addition to adapting the formats created by Objective Productions in the UK, he creates and develops original series...more

Speaking at: Changing the Script


Lauren Frasca

VP, Development

MSNBC

Lauren Frasca is currently the Vice President of Development at MSNBC. Previously, she served as Vice President, Original Programming at The Weather Channel where she was responsible for overseeing original programming from concept to production and scheduling, as well as setting overall creative and strategic direction of the original...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Coffee + Commissioners


Keith Friedenberg

EVP, Global Insights Group

WME|IMG

Keith Friedenbergis a Partner and Executive Vice President, Global Insights Group at WME | IMG, a global leader in sports, entertainment, media, and fashion.  Operating in more than 25 countries around the world, the company specializes in talent representation, commercial marketing and endorsements, brand licensing, event management, and media production...more

Speaking at: Ratings: Fear vs. Facts


Chelsea Friedland

Director of Development

Red Bull TV

Chelsea Friedland is the Director of Development for Red Bull TV, responsible for developing content for Red Bull’s new OTT and linear platforms launching later this year. Chelsea not only collaborates with external producers in the community, but she is also charged with leading development within Red Bull’s already robust...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Eden Gaha

CEO

Endemol Shine USA

Eden Gaha serves as President, Unscripted Television, Endemol Shine USA, since March 2015. Gaha, a veteran TV producer and executive, originally joined Shine America in May 2011 as President, Unscripted Television. He reports to Endemol Shine North America Co-CEOs and Co-Chairmen Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin.

Gaha, a veteran TV producer...more

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


Bill Gardner

VP, Programming & Development

PBS

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 and...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Bill Gardner, PBS


David Garfinkle

Co-Founder

Renegade83

David Garfinkle is co-founder of Renegade 83, one of the world’s fastest growing and most successful unscripted production companies. David oversees development and sales at Renegade having sold and produced shows with A&E, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, the CW, Fox and Syfy.

From an early age David learned the benefits of...more

Speaking at: Development and Pitching: Some Assembly Required


Kelly Garner

VP Alternative Development

Syfy

Kelly arrived at SYFY from Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios, where he was VP of Development & Original Programming. During his stint he sold shows to Discovery, History, Esquire, MTV, FYI, WE, A&E, Animal Planet & TLC. Before transitioning into development, Kelly was a producer and worked on Last Comic Standing,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Lauren Gellert

EVP, Development & Original Programming

WE tv

As WE tv’s executive vice president of development & original programming, 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.  She leads the network’s efforts in finding fresh new unscripted original series -- like...more

Speaking at: Development and Pitching: Some Assembly Required


David George

President

Leftfield Entertainment

David George serves as CEO of Leftfield Entertainment (under the ITV America umbrella), overseeing operations, including all programming initiatives and strategies, as well as development and production across all genres and platforms for the Leftfield Entertainment group, which encompasses Leftfield Pictures (Alone), Sirens Media (Real Housewives of New Jersey),Loud TV (Tiny House Nation), Outpost Entertainment (Forged in...more

Speaking at: What Just Happened?



Andy Goldberg

Chief Creative Officer

GE

As the lead creative at GE, Andy is responsible for pushing one of the world’s most storied corporations to restlessly reinvent its world-famous brand.

Named as one of Advertising Age’s “Creativity 50” for 2014, Andy drives development of GE brand strategy, creative, experiential and media planning. He has overseen a diverse...more

Speaking at: Back in (the) Black: A New Era for Branded Content?


Jennifer Gordon

Director, Development

TLC

Jennifer joined TLC in October 2014. As a Director of Development, she creates and conceptualizes series, specials and other programming initiatives for the network. Since joining TLC, Jennifer has brought in a variety of new seriesPrior to her current position, Jen was on the development team at more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Toby Gorman

President

FremantleMedia North America

Toby Gorman serves as FremantleMedia North America’s (FMNA) Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming. In his role, Gorman is charged with developing and launching the company’s entertainment programming and creating formats that travel globally. Since joining FMNA, Gorman has seen the re-imagination of the beloved game show, To Tell the...more

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


Sean Gottlieb

VP Development & Programming

A&E Network

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Matt Gould

Executive VP, PactUS

Pact

Speaking at: What Just Happened?


Chris Grant

CEO

Electus

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


Abby Greensfelder

Co-CEO & Executive Producer

Half Yard Productions

Greensfelder’s passion for compelling television and her interest in social anthropology spurred her to start an independent production company with business partner Sean Gallagher. With Half Yard Productions, Greensfelder sought to develop and produce entertainment content that would appeal to a broad audience but focus on extraordinary everyday characters and...more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Jana Bennett, History; Meet a Mentor: Abby Greensfelder, Half Yard Productions


Leslie Greif

Founder & CEO

Thinkfactory Media

Leslie Greif is an Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated producer, creator, writer and director and is one of the most prolific figures in the entertainment industry. He has a tremendous amount of versatility and production experience, and is a top creator of high-quality entertainment content across a diverse range of...more

Speaking at: Changing the Script


Allison Grodner

Founder & Executive Producer

Fly on the Wall Entertainment

Emmy-award winning producer ALLISON GRODNER is the creator and Executive Producer of the US version of the popular, groundbreaking series, Big Brother. Currently on its 17th season on CBS, Big Brother continues to dominate the summer schedule on multiple platforms, broadcasting three nights a week on the network, late night...more

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


Peter Hamilton

Founder, Publisher & Editor

DocumentaryTelevision.com

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: International Coproduction: Crossing Borders with Content


Janet Han Vissering

SVP, Development & Production

Nat Geo WILD

As Senior Vice President of Development and 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...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Janet Han Vissering, Nat Geo Wild


Matt Hanna

TV Exceutive

Esquire Network

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Matt Hanna, Esquire Network; Coffee + Commissioners


Helen Hawken

Director of Programs

Discovery Networks International

Helen Hawken is Vice President of Production and Development, Factual, for Discovery Networks International (DNI), a division of Discovery Communications, the #1 pay-TV programmer in the world.

In her, role, Hawken develops and commissions both natural history and factual productions for Discovery Networks International’s London production hub to be broadcast in over 220 countries including the UK.

Recent commissions...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Paul Heaney

CEO

TCB Media Rights

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Noel Hedges

EVP Acquisitions

DRG

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Roger Henry

VP, Programming

Velocity

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Fernando Hernandez

SVP, Alternative Development

Universal Television

In his role as Senior Vice President of Alternative Development for Universal Television, Fernando J Hernandez is responsible for all Universal Television network alternative productions, spearheading new development and overseeing the studio’s Producer Overall Deals and First Look Talent Deals.

Most recent Universal Television productions for NBC include I Can Do...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Fernando Hernandez, Universal Television; Speed Pitching Four


Mioshi Hill

VP, Non Fiction Programming

Lifetime

Mioshi Hill joined Lifetime as Vice President of Non-Fiction Programming of Lifetime in December 2015.  She is responsible for developing and overseeing production of non-fiction projects for the network.

Prior to joining Lifetime, Hill was Senior Vice President of Development and Creative Affairs at Hudsun Media in Los Angeles.  In this role,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


Chris Hoelzl

VP, Program Development

Smithsonian Channel

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Michael Hoff

President & Executive Producer

Hoff Productions

Michael Hoff is President & Executive Producer of Hoff Productions. An Emmy-award winning producer, writer, and director for more than 30 years, Hoff’s proven successes in creating highly-rated programming include Science Channel’s What Could Possibly Go Wrong, NBCSN’s Mobsteel, National Geographic Wild’s Animals Gone Wild, Animal Planet’s Weird, True & Freaky, National Geographic Channel’s Hooked:...more

Speaking at: The One That Got Away


John Hoffman

EVP, Documentaries & Specials

Discovery Channel

John Hoffman serves as Executive Vice President, Documentaries and Specials for Discovery Channel. He has oversight for all development activities for documentaries and specials, produces original documentary programming from development through production, commissions and acquires films and specials, and is responsible for developing cross-platform programming. Earlier, Hoffman was a part...more

Speaking at: Revenge of the Doc


Eli Holzman

Founder, CEO

IPC

Eli Holzman is the founder and CEO of The Intellectual Property Corporation, a content creation and production company based in Culver City, California.  He began his career in 1996 in the feature film department at Miramax Films in New York.  At Miramax he co-founded the company’s television department, helped to...more

Speaking at: Start-Ups: The Best of Times or the Worst of Times?


Dirk Hoogstra

Chief Creative Officer

Stephen David Entertainment

Dirk Hoogstra is the Chief Creative Officer at Stephen David Entertainment, a company that specializes in docudrama, documentary and non-fiction television, as well as select scripted series. 

Until recently, Hoogstra was Executive Vice President and General Manager of HISTORY® and H2™.  He also previously served as Executive Vice President, Development and Programming,...more

Speaking at: Changing the Script


Beth Hoppe

Chief Programming Executive & General Manager General Audience Programming

PBS

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


Nikolas Huelbusch

Director, ZDFE.factual

ZDF Enterprises

Born in Mainz in 1968, Nikolas Hülbusch studied Theatre, Film and Television, as well as Slavic studies, at Bochum (Germany) and Katowice (Poland) Universities from 1989 to 1995. He published several articles and two books on documentary and feature film history.

After first experiences in various TV companies, he joined the...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners; International Coproduction: Crossing Borders with Content; Speed Pitching One


Anne Hunter

SVP, Advertising

Comscore, Inc.

Anne Hunter is one of comScore’s most seasoned speakers on critical issues in the industry. She has more than 16 years of experience in the industry and currently drives comScore’s marketing strategy across its core product suites and corporate priorities. Her expertise focuses on audience targeting and advertising measurement.

Anne is...more

Speaking at: Ratings: Fear vs. Facts


Robyn Hutt

Director, Original Factual Content

Shaw Media

Robyn Hutt heads up commissioning of original factual content for Shaw Media based in Toronto. In the role she is responsible for development and production of original factual content for History Channel, National Geographic and SLICE as well as Global Broadcast network. She oversees the top rated reality franchise Big...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners; Speed Pitching Two


Julie Insogna Jarrett

Executive Producer & Owner

Jarrett Creative Group

When Hollywood studios and top-tier cable television networks want dynamic and compelling shows with broad audience appeal, they approach Julie Insogna-Jarrett at Jarrett Creative. Her partner Seth, a visionary director, and Julie, an intuitive producer, have created a multitude of original and wildly entertaining series for networks across the television...more


Phil Irven

Senior Vice President, Alternative Television

Rebel Entertainment Partners

Philip Irven is a non-scripted agent for Rebel Entertainment Partners, Inc.  He represents talent, production companies, executive producers, and directors for digital, talk, game, and reality television.  In addition to servicing Rebel’s clients, Philip also packages shows for networks, cable, and syndicated television.  His show runner and director clients have...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Mark Itkin

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Mark Itkin graduated Summa cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA and followed it with a JD from Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley.  Mark was an associate in the music department of the law firm of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, and joined the William Morris Agency in 1982, to become...more

Speaking at: In conversation with: Mark Itkin


Elliot Jacobson

Chief Content Officer

RLTV - Seventh State

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Speed Pitching Three


Seth Jarrett

Owner & Executive Producer

Jarrett Creative Group

Speaking at: Changing the Script


Cameron Kadison

Partner

Mortar Media

Cameron Kadison is a Founding Partner of Mortar Media in Beverly Hills, California. Mortar Media is a management and production company specializing in non-scripted television, branded content, on-camera talent and non-traditional business development. The company’s roster includes over 50 clients ranging from personalities, corporate brands, producers and production companies. In...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: The Real Deal: How to Negotiate a Hit Show


Michael Kagan

Partner, Head of International TV & Media

ICM Partners

Michael Kagan is a founding partner 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. Mr. Kagan oversees the agency’s International Television and Media Department. With offices in Los Angeles, New York and London,...more

Speaking at: What Just Happened?


Ashley Kaplan

Head of Content

Fullscreen

Ashley Kaplan is Fullscreen’s head of content. Previously, she was vice president of digital content and strategy for the Magical Elves production company. In this role, Ashley oversaw the development, production, and content partnerships for all media adjacent to the company’s television properties—most notably the Emmy-winning series Last Chance Kitchen,...more

Speaking at: Platform Power Players; 30 Minutes with Ashley Kaplan, Fullscreen


Marjorie Kaplan

President of Content

Discovery Networks International

Based in London beginning in October 2015, Kaplan is the international content leader responsible for strategy, coordination and execution of the division’s content and brand strategies across the entire portfolio, and on all platforms worldwide. Discovery’s rapidly expanding international footprint includes channels in more than 220 countries and territories, where...more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Marjorie Kaplan, Discovery Networks International


Matthew Kelly

Founder

Discovery Channel

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four


Cory Key

Vice President, Interactive for Discovery Agency

Discovery Communications

Cory Key is Vice President of Interactive for the Discovery Agency, Discovery Communications’ in-house creative agency. In this capacity, he oversees a talented team of designers and developers who work on immersive digital experiences to support Discovery’s wide-ranging programming and drives creative innovation across platforms.

Key is responsible for establishing Discovery...more

Speaking at: Virtual Reality: The Big Picture


Anthony Kimble

SVP, Co-Productions & North American Acquisitions

Cineflix Rights

Anthony has worked in international sales, acquisitions and distribution for over 12 years – with experience garnered from the distribution, production and broadcast sectors.

Prior to Cineflix Rights Anthony was Head Of Co-productions at UK terrestrial Five, VP of Sales, Acquisitions and Co-productions at National Geographic Television International and also ran...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Bruce David Klein

President & Executive Producer

Atlas Media Corp

As the President & Executive Producer of Atlas Media Corp, Bruce David Klein has been a recognized pioneer, industry leader, and creative force behind hundreds of hours of high-profile, award-winning unscripted series, specials and theatrical documentaries. He has created, written, produced and/or executive-produced series and specials such as HOTEL IMPOSSIBLE...more

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


Michael Klein

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Conde Nast Entertainment

Michael L. Klein is the executive vice president, programming and content strategy, digital channels for Condé Nast Entertainment Group (CNEG), a division created to develop filmed entertainment businesses based on Condé Nast’s world-class brands, articles and personalities, across all media platforms, including television, feature films and digital video. He was...more

Speaking at: Platform Power Players


Sandra Kleinfeld

Senior Director, Documentary

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

As Director of Development in CBC’s Unscripted Content group, Sandra is responsible for finding new formats, and overseeing development and production of formats and original series, with independent and in-house producers in the genres of factual entertainment, arts, and documentaries.

Sandra joined CBC Factual Entertainment when it was created in 2006...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Tom Koch

VP, PBS Distribution

PBS International

Tom Koch is Vice President of PBS International, the world-wide broadcast co-production, acquisition, distribution, and new media business development company jointly owned by public television entities PBS and WGBH-Boston. PBS International seeks out and manages co-production partnerships and directs the sale of PBS and WGBH programs, and programs by independent...more

Speaking at: International Coproduction: Crossing Borders with Content


Dan Kozlowski

Associate Director, Programming & Acquisitions

El Rey Network

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Coffee + Commissioners


Tim Krubsack

EVP & Head of Programming

Z Living

Tim Krubsack is executive vice president and head of programming at Z Living, the world’s preeminent cable network and digital platform offering entertainment programming that speaks to the growing interest, fascination and focus on health and living well.  Krubsack oversees all original programming, scheduling and acquisitions for the network.

A seasoned...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Tim Krubsack, Z Living


Timothy Kuryak

SVP, Unscripted Development & Production

UP TV

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Timothy Kuryak, UP TV; Coffee + Commissioners


Robyn Lattaker-Johnson

Media Consultant

RLJ Media Management & Consulting

Robyn Lattaker-Johnson is a dynamic leader and creatively collaborative television executive responsible for developing and shepherding top-rated franchises for multiple networks.

With over 20 years in entertainment spanning film, television, casting, physical production, development and current programming, Robyn Lattaker-Johnson has experience built across many disciplines, as well as razor-sharp creative instincts....more

Speaking at: Diversity Works: Creating Diverse Content and Companies


Jean Pierre Laurendeau

Senior Manager Programming Canal D Investigation Z and Canal Vie

Bell Media

Head of programming for Canal D since March 2003 Canal D’s team launched in 2013 a new service, Canal D/ Investigation, dedicated solely to crime programming. Since November 15th 2015, services were added to his portfolio. Canal Vie airs lifestyle and entertainment programs and Z focuses on programming primarily dedicated...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Howard Lee

EVP, Development & Production, TLC / GM, Discovery Life Channel

Discovery Communications

Howard Lee is the Executive Vice President, Development & Production for TLC and General Manager of Discovery Life. In 2015, President Nancy Daniels expanded Lee’s role to General Manager of Discovery Life and to oversee TLC’s entire production and development programming slate, originating from the Los Angeles, New York and...more

Speaking at: What Just Happened?


Sarah Lepley

Development Coordinator

Science Channel

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Steven Lerner

Senior Vice President, Programming and Development

HGTV, Travel, DIY and GAC

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Marisa Levy

.

TLC

Marisa Levy joined the TLC team in 2011. In her role, Marisa engages domestic and international production companies to create and develop cutting edge formats and original programs for the TLC audience, while acting as the primary development liaison between TLC and Discovery Networks International. During her time at...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Marisa Levy, TLC


Tara Long

EVP, US Alternative Programming

Entertainment One Television

Long oversees all aspects of eOne’s US Alternative Programming division, which she launched in 2012, with a focus on further developing, growing and diversifying its burgeoning pipeline, relationships and scope. She is responsible for managing all TV development and productions in the alternative space on behalf of eOne and selling...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: The Real Deal: How to Negotiate a Hit Show


David Lyle

President Emeritus

Pact US

David Lyle brings 30 years of international experience in television production with a unique expertise in unscripted entertainment and time spent as both a program buyer and seller.

Before joining PactUS as its president in 2015, Lyle served as CEO of National Geographic Channels; president of Fox LOOK, a business unit...more

Speaking at: Eastern Promise: Asia's New Opportunities, New Players


John MacDonald

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Corus Entertainment

John MacDonald is the Executive Vice President, Head of Women and Family where he oversees the general management for Corus television's seven specialty cable networks which target women and family audiences, including W Network, CMT (Canada), OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), and ABC Spark.

Prior to Corus, MacDonald's successful 25-year career...more

Speaking at: Summit Showdown: International Pitch Competition


Vinnie Malhotra

SVP, Documentaries, Unscripted & Sports Programming

Showtime Networks

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Revenge of the Doc


Katie Maloney

Agent, Alternative TV

Creative Artists Agency

Katie Maloney is a Television agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA).  Maloney works in the New York office and represents many of the world’s leading on-air production companies, producers, and talent, including Park Slope Productions (Alaskan Bush People), Crazy Legs Productions (A Season with Notre Dame),...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Bill Margol

Sr. Director of Programming & Development

PBS

In 2014 Bill joined PBS as Sr. Director of Programming & Development across science, history & natural history and has overseen such programs as The Bomb, Big Blue Live, In Their Own Words and the upcoming Genius: With Stephen Hawking and The White House, amongst many others.

A graduate of Syracuse...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners; Speed Pitching Four


Ari Mark

Co-Founder

AMPLE

Less than a year ago, Mark formed AMPLE with seasoned showrunner Phil Lott (The Pitch, Undercover Boss, Locked up Abroad, Mayday Bering Sea)with a vision to create content that’s surprising, smart, and is committed to what’s next. In that short time, AMPLE has already set up more than 10 projects...more

Speaking at: Start-Ups: The Best of Times or the Worst of Times?


Samantha Marpe

Agent

United Talent Agency

Samantha is an Agent at United Talent Agency. She represents on-camera talent, producers and production companies in the areas of non-scripted cable and network television, as well as digital content and distribution. Samantha works across various departments in the agency on various on-camera talent deals and production agreements, for both...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Russ McCarroll

SVP, Development & Production

History

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Russ McCarroll, History; Changing the Script


Gena McCarthy

EVP, Programming & Development, FYI

FYI

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: FYI Development Lab / Case Study: Married at First Sight


Lori McCreary

CEO & Producer

Revelations Entertainment

Lori McCreary is CEO of Revelations Entertainment, which she co-founded with Morgan Freeman in 1996 with a mission to produce entertainment that reveals truth. She has produced more than a dozen feature films, including Oscar-nominated Invictus, and is the executive producer of Revelations Entertainment’s CBS television series Madam Secretary starring...more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Courteney Monroe, National Geographic Global Networks


Jennifer McGovern

SVP, Current & Development

VH1

Jennifer McGovern is responsible for the development of all VH1 East Coast original unscripted programming and leads the East Coast development team. She comes from Oxygen where she was Director of Development and Production since August 2010, working on such series as The Glee Project, I’m Having Their Baby, Funny Girls and Nail’d It! Before...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Jennifer McGovern, VH1; Luncheon Roundtables


Kirstie McLure

Co/Production Consultant

Pioneer Productions

Kirstie McLure is Managing Director of Pioneer Productions, one of the UK’s most successful independent production companies.

She became Managing Director in 2012, having  played an integral role in transforming the company into one of the world’s leading producers of innovative, award-winning factual content.

At the helm of the business, she has...more

Speaking at: Eastern Promise: Asia's New Opportunities, New Players


Caitlin Meek-O'Connor

Head of Acquisitions

Beyond Distribution

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Julie Meisner Eagle

VP, Production & Development

Discovery Life

Julie Meisner Eagle is Vice President of production and development for Discovery Life. Meisner Eagle is a senior member of Discovery Life Channel’s content team, contributing to strategic planning and network management, and serving as a core decision maker for the network. She is responsible for overseeing and executing new...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four


Winona Meringolo

VP, Development

Investigation Discovery & American Heroes Channel

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two; 30 Minutes with Winona Meringolo, Investigation Discovery


Hayden Meyer

Department Head, SVP, Alternative & Factual Programming

APA

Hayden K. Meyer is a Board Member, Partner and Head of Alternative & Factual Programming at APA, one of the industry’s largest diversified talent agencies with headquarters in Beverly Hills, Nashville and New York. 

Since joining the agency in 2006, Meyer has orchestrated the transformation of its AFP department into an...more

Speaking at: Development and Pitching: Some Assembly Required


Darrell Miller

Chair, Entertainment Department

Fox Rothschild LLP

Darrell Miller, Chair of the Entertainment Department at Fox Rothschild LLP and Office Managing Partner of the Los Angeles offices, has more than two decades of entertainment law deal-making experience, with an emphasis on the creation of multiple streams of income for clients with high brand equity through cross-promotion of...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: The Real Deal: How to Negotiate a Hit Show


Jane Millichip

Managing Director

Sky Vision

Jane Millichip is Managing Director at Sky Vision - the international production and distribution arm of Sky, which specialises in primetime drama, entertainment and factual programmes and formats. Sky has majority stakes in five production companies in the UK and US (Love Productions, Jupiter Entertainment, Znak&Jones, Blast! Films and Sky...more

Speaking at: What Just Happened?


Fernando Mills

VP, Production & Development

VH1

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


JC Mills

President & GM

ICM Partners

J.C. Mills is an agent in ICM Partners’ International Television and Media Department’s New York office. He represents production companies, writers, directors and showrunners in the non-scripted/documentary space.

Before joining ICM, J.C. was the Director of Development at the National Geographic Channel in New York. There, he oversaw the development of...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Angela Molloy

VP Development

WE tv

Angela Molloy is WE tv’s vice president of development, based in the network’s Los Angeles office.  She works closely with west coast based production partners and agencies to find fresh new unscripted programming for the network. She is currently an Executive Producer on WEtv series, LA Hair and Ex Isle.

Prior...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Speed Pitching One


Courteney Monroe

CEO

National Geographic Global Networks

Courteney Monroe is chief executive officer (CEO) of National Geographic Global Networks, based in Washington, D.C. She oversees global programming, operations and global marketing for the portfolio of National Geographic Channels around the world, which includes National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo People and Nat Geo MUNDO. Additionally,...more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Courteney Monroe, National Geographic Global Networks


Brent Montgomery

CEO

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: Working with "The New Normal"; Opening Remarks


Margie Moreno

VP, Programming

NBC Universo

Margie Moreno is the Vice President of Production and Development for NBC UNIVERSO, the modern general entertainment channel for Latinos. In her role she oversees all Original Programming, which includes both Scripted and Reality.

Moreno has over 15 years of television experience, having served as both a producer and network executive....more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three; Coffee + Commissioners


Jonathan Murray

Founder and Executive Consultant

Bunim/Murray Productions

Widely credited with helping to usher in the modern reality television genre with his late partner Mary-Ellis Bunim, Jonathan Murray continues to inspire, influence and entertain television audiences worldwide. Since the launch of The Real World on MTV in 1992, Murray has created and executive produced some of the industry’s most...more

Speaking at: In conversation with: Mark Itkin


Hamish Mykura

EVP, Programming and Development

National Geographic Channels International

AsExecutive Vice President & Head of International Contentfor National Geographic Channels International (NGCI), Mykura leads content development and production for the National Geographic Channels outside the US, heading up National Geographic’s growing international production hub based in London. He is responsible for developing and supplying new programming for the core National...more

Speaking at: Summit Showdown: International Pitch Competition


Kelly Nash

Director Nonfiction and Alternative Programming

AMC / SundanceTV

Kelly Nash currently serves as AMC and Sundance TV's Director of Non Fiction and Alternative Development. Previously, she worked at the production company, FishBowl Worldwide Media as Vice President of Development. She has developed shows at FishBowl ranging from OffBeat on Fuse, Upload with Shaquille O’Neal on Trutv, I’m Married To A… on VH1 to Toned Up on Bravo and...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Angela Neillis

Director of Non-Scripted, UK, EMEA & Asia Pacific

FremantleMedia International

As Director of Non-Scripted, UK, EMEA and Asia Pacific for FremantleMedia International, Angela Neillis seeks to acquire stand out, non-scripted content to bring into FremantleMedia International’s catalogue from producers worldwide outside of North America.

Neillis’ responsibilities include the acquisition, development, financing and co-production of non-scripted content with both in-house and third...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Erik Nelson

President

Creative Differences

Erik Nelson is the President of Creative Differences. Projects produced and directed by Nelson in the last year include National Geographic’s two hour Anne Frank's Holocaust and their new magazine series,The Strange Truth.

Nelson’s theatrical projects include Werner Herzog’s 2005 feature Grizzly Man,the Oscar nominated Encounters at the End of the...more

Speaking at: The One That Got Away


Howard T. Owens

Founder & Co-CEO

Propagate Content

An inspiringly innovative and experienced entertainment executive, Howard Owens is known for repeatedly uncovering new business opportunities, driving impressive growth, and uniting emerging platforms alongside the latest technologies.  With a well-earned reputation for identifying trends, pioneering new concepts, and owning all of the granular details along the way, Owens’ passion...more

Speaking at: Start-Ups: The Best of Times or the Worst of Times?


Allison Page

GM, U.S. Programming & Development

HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country

Allison Page is General Manager of HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. Under her leadership, series such as Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop and Brother vs. Brother garnered record ratings for HGTV. 

Prior to her current position, Page served as Senior Vice President of Programming and Development for Food Network...more

Speaking at: Summit Showdown: International Pitch Competition


Chris Palmer

Professor and Director

American University

Chris Palmer is an environmental/wildlife film producer, professor, speaker, and author. Over the past thirty years, Chris has spearheaded the production of more than 300 hours of original programming for prime time television and the giant screen IMAX film industry. Chris serves as president of One World One Ocean Foundation...more

Speaking at: How To Work The Summit


Charlie Parsons

VP, Development

National Geographic Channel

Charlie Parsonsis Vice President of Development for the National Geographic Channel, responsible for developing new projects and discovering new talent, and serving as one of the network’s main points of contact for the global production community. Since joining NGC in 2010, Parsons has developed and overseen production of the popular...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Speed Pitching Two


Tim Pastore

President, Original Programming & Production

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


Kristin Peace

Agent

Kaplan Stahler Agency

Kristin Peace is in the Alternative Department at the Kaplan Stahler Agency where she packages shows, represents production companies and content creators in the unscripted space.

Before joining Kaplan Stahler in 2012, Kristin was a programming and development executive at TLC, TV Guide Network, Paramount Domestic Television, GSN and Fox Studios....more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Tina Perry

EVP, Business & Legal Affairs

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Tina Perry was named Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in 2014. She was formerly Senior Vice President, Head of Business & Legal Affairs and joined OWN in 2009 as Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs.

A highly respected legal executive with a rich...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: The Real Deal: How to Negotiate a Hit Show


Brant Pinvidic

CEO

INvelop Entertainment

In January 2016 Brant launched INvelop Entertainment, a full-service multimedia production company focusing on unscripted television and feature length documentary films.

Prior to forming INvelop Entertainment, Brant Pinvidic served as President and Chief Creative Officer for 3 Ball Entertainment, overseeing all of the company’s current programming and development slate. During his...more

Speaking at: Start-Ups: The Best of Times or the Worst of Times?


Julie Pizzi

Co-President of Entertainment and Development

Bunim/Murray Productions

With more than 20 years of experience producing hundreds of hours of television, Julie Pizzi serves as Executive Vice President of Development and Programming at Bunim/Murray Productions
(BMP). She is charged with creative and development responsibility for all format series and is focused on increasing the development of original formats...more

Speaking at: Diversity Works: Creating Diverse Content and Companies


Dawn Porter

Founder & Director

Trilogy Films

Dawn Porter is an award-winning filmmaker whose 2013 documentary, “Gideon’s Army”, won the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award, the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy. The film broadcast on HBO in July 2013 and has been used to engage...more

Speaking at: Revenge of the Doc


D'Angela Proctor

SVP, Programming & Production

TV One

D’Angela Proctor is TV One’s Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Production. Proctor provides strategic direction of all original programming and oversees all development and current production for the network.

Proctor joined TV One from Strange Fruit Media, where she was a co-owner and co-president.  In the 15-year history of the company, Proctor developed,...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with D'Angela Proctor, TV One; Speed Pitching Two


Yuanyuan Qiu

President

JSBC International

Yuanyuan QIU is the President of JSBC International Co., Ltd., which is the international commercial arm of Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation (Group), one of the most powerful and influential media groups in China. Serving in that role since 2011, she is responsible for the international business development of the parent company...more

Speaking at: Eastern Promise: Asia's New Opportunities, New Players


Jennifer Quainton

Vice President Programming & Development

Cooking Channel/Food Network

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Billy Rainey

Director

Toyplane Industries

A film school graduate from Boston University, Billy always knew he was designed for great things, he just didn’t realize they would be taking Justin Timberlake’s house and making him cry, making Drake think he was in an earthquake, convincing Taylor Swift that she blew up a boat—and in the...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Saving Money and Sanity: All You Need to Know About Production Services


Kit Redmond

CEO, Executive Producer

RTR Media Inc

Kit leans into producing with strategic vision and passion. She embraces a virtual workplace and runs RTR from wherever work and life takes her. She’s a veteran with experience with broadcasters, from across North America.

Kit has worked as a reporter, host, producer, showrunner, development director, and production executive before taking...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Pitching, Packaging and Producing for Digital


Don Robert

EVP, Research

A+E Networks

Don Robert is Senior Vice President, Research & Analytics at A+E Networks, leading the research efforts across all A+E Networks divisions. Promoted to this position in 2014, he established four key teams that provide meaningful insights to help maximize A+E viewership and value. The divisions include Ad Sales, Brand, Digital...more

Speaking at: Ratings: Fear vs. Facts


Michel Rodrigue

CEO

The Format People

An early proponent of TV formats, Los-Angeles-based Michel Rodrigue has played a key role in driving the industry to worldwide prominence. With over 35 years of experience, knowledge and connections, Michel Rodrigue, CEO & Partner of The Format People offers comprehensive consultancy on all aspects of the television business. From...more

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


Jenna Rosa

Vice President of Development

Bravo

As Director, Development for Bravo Media, Jenna Rosa works to create and develop new unscripted projects including pilots, casting reels and original concepts. Based in New York, Rosa reports to Lara Spotts, Senior Vice President, Development for Bravo Media.

Rosa’s creativity and deep understanding of the Bravo brand are invaluable in...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Douglas Ross

President

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


David Royle

EVP, Programming & Production

Smithsonian Channel

David Royle leads the editorial team that launched the Smithsonian Channel, overseeing commissioning, acquiring, producing and scheduling. Smithsonian Channel is now available by satellite, cable and telecom service, as well as on multiple digital and mobile platforms. It launched in Canada in 2013. One of the first HD channels, it...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with David Royle, Smithsonian Channel


Loren Ruch

SVP, Programming, Partnerships and Special Projects

HGTV, DIY Network & GAC

Loren is the Vice President of Programming, Partnerships and Special Projects for HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country where he oversees many of the networks’ high profile specials and series including Brother vs. Brother, Rehab Addict: Detroit, My Lottery Dream Home, Beach Flip, HGTV Dream Home, Smart Home and...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four


Jon Rutherford

President, Rights

Temple Street Productions

Following Temple Street’s announced strategy to expand content production, distribution operations, and strategic acquisitions, Jon Rutherford joined the company to build the distribution division globally across all platforms and genres.  A veteran in the media industry, Jon oversees the newly formed global sales and acquisitions operation, in addition to leading...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


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"


Wayne Sampson

VP, Programming & Development

Syfy

Wayne Sampson serves as Vice President of Programming & Development for Syfy. In this capacity, he is responsible for finding and developing new programming for the network, such as the recently launched series Geeks Who Drink, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, Opposite Worlds, Naked Vegas, Joe Rogan Question’s Everything, Heroes...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Jason Sarlanis

SVP, Development

ABC Entertainment

As Vice President, Alternative Series, Jason is charged with leading all development and current primetime programming in the alternative department of ABC, collaborating with the outside creative community, attracting talent, and forging key relationships within the entertainment industry.

Prior to ABC, Sarlanis served as Senior Vice President, Unscripted Development at Ryan...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Jason Sarlanis, ABC; Speed Pitching One


Amy Savitsky

SVP, Development & Programming

A&E Network

Speaking at: What Just Happened?; 30 Minutes with Amy Savitsky, A&E


Ed Sayer

VP, Production & Development, Factual

Discovery Networks International

Ed Sayer is Vice President Production and Development, Factual for Discovery Networks International, a division of Discovery Communications.

He joined the team in October 2015 and in his role, he oversees, commissions and creates factual content, including series and specials in the male-skewing genres for Discovery Networks International’s London production hub to be...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One; 30 Minutes with Ed Sayer, Discovery Networks International



Betsy Schechter

President

Storyville Entertainment

Betsy Schechter is the Founder and President of Storyville Entertainment.

Storyville specializes in creating and producing unscripted formats and docuseries as well as scripted and branded content for both US and international broadcasters.  Since its launch in 2014, Storyville has produced Brothers Green: EATS(MTV International), The Ride(MTV International/Vh1), and formed a first-look...more

Speaking at: Start-Ups: The Best of Times or the Worst of Times?


David Schiff

SVP, Programming & Development

Game Show Network

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with David Schiff, GSN Game Show Network


Jay Schlossberg

President

Media Central

 

Jay Schlossberg is President and owner of Media Central, LLC and Executive Producer of Media Central Films and has over twenty seven years in the film/video business. 

Started in 1993, Media Central has become a leader as a global crewing, production and post-production services broker/agent. To date,...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Saving Money and Sanity: All You Need to Know About Production Services


Michael Schmidt

Chief Creative Officer

Red Arrow Entertainment Group GmbH

As Chief Creative Officer, Michael oversees Red Arrow's global format development, acquisitions, creative partnerships, and international production rollouts worldwide.

Michael has worked in the television industry for more than 20 years, specifically in the fields of broadcasting, producing, commissioning and development. He started his career while still in school as a...more

Speaking at: FYI Development Lab / Case Study: Married at First Sight; MASTER CLASS: Pitching, Packaging and Producing for Digital


Eric Schotz

President & CEO

LMNO Productions

Eric Schotz, President and CEO of LMNO Entertainment, 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 Florence Italy, Schotz ultimately migrated to Southern California. It was there where he quickly lost...more

Speaking at: The One That Got Away


Daniel Schwartz

Executive Producer

Travel Channel

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Drew Scott

Partner

Scott Brothers Entertainment

As co-founder and executive producer of Scott Brothers Entertainment, Drew Scott is a multi-faceted entrepreneur who has enjoyed huge success as a co-host of three smash-hit TV series, as well as past achievements in the film and television industry as a producer, director and actor.

He has long held an interest...more

Speaking at: Summit Showdown: International Pitch Competition


Jonathan Scott

Partner

Scott Brothers Entertainment

As co-founder and executive producer of Scott Brothers Entertainment, Jonathan Scott shares the same entrepreneurial traits and massive on-screen success as his twin brother, Drew, though his passion for entertaining evolved along a slightly different path.

As a child actor, he began performing in live theater productions and in TV and...more

Speaking at: Summit Showdown: International Pitch Competition


Philip Segal

Executive Producer

Original Productions

Philip D. Segal is the CEO and Executive Producer of Original Productions (OP), a FremantleMedia company, a post he has held since November, 2012.  During his 10 years at Original Productions, the company has produced hit after hit with multiple year renewals.  Series such as Jay Leno’s Garage, Appalachian Outlaws,...more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Philip Segal, Original Productions



Brianna Shebby

Agent, Unscripted TV

WME

Brianna Shebbyis an agent in WME’s Non-Scripted Television department.  She works with production companies and digital talent including Avalon (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Workaholics), Relativity (Limitless, Masterminds) and Silver Pictures (Non-Stop, The Nice Guys), The Chrisley Family (Chrisley Knows Best), Cameron Dallas (The Outfield) and Derek Muller (Veritasium).

Shebby...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Matt Sims

Programming Executive and Indy Producer

Maker Studios

Matt Sims serves as Vice President - TV and Digital for Maker Studios, the largest Multi Channel Network in the world.  As Head of Development across unscripted, scripted, and digital features, his main focus is bridging the content gap between digital and linear platforms for all Maker content. Before Maker,...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Matt Sims, Maker Studios; Platform Power Players


Jonathan Sinclair

EVP, Programing & Development

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Jonathan Sinclair currently serves as Creative Executive Vice President, Programming, Production & Development of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.  In this role, Sinclair develops and delivers new and inspirational programming that aligns with Oprah Winfrey’s legacy and expands the first-rate content of the network. 

Sinclair first joined Harpo Studios in 1996 as...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Jonathan Sinclair, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network


Arthur Smith

Co-Founder & CEO

A Smith & Co Productions

Arthur Smith founded A. Smith & Co. in 2000. The company has produced over 3000 hours of programming for 45 networks with budgets totaling over a billion dollars. Smith serves as executive producer on all productions:"Hell's Kitchen," "Kitchen Nightmares," "American Ninja Warrior," "Ellen's Design Challenge," "Unsung," "The Dunk King," "Spartan...more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Arthur Smith, A. Smith & Co.


John Smithson

Creative Director

Arrow Media

John Smithson is co-founder and joint creative director of Arrow Media, one of the UK’s fastest growing independent production companies. Previously he was chief executive of Darlow Smithson Productions, a company he created and evolved into one of the biggest and most admired producers in global non-fiction TV. He has been nominated...more

Speaking at: Keeping Up with 4K


Michael Sorensen

Producer

Discovery Channel

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Christy Spitzer Thornton

SVP, Original Programming

Pivot

Christy Spitzer Thornton is the Senior Vice President of Original Programming at Pivot TV.  Previously, she served as VP of Series Development at MTV. Her series highlights include Hit Record on TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Human Resources, Welcome to Fairfax,  Freestyle Love Supreme, Angry Planet, Washington Heights, Savage U, the Emmy-nominated It Gets Better specials, and Laguna...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Christy Spitzer Thornton, Pivot


Morgan Spurlock

President

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


David Stefanou

SVP, Development

WE tv

As WE tv’s Head of Development since joining the company in December 2014, David Stefanou is responsible for finding fresh, new unscripted series that align with the channel’s slate. In this new position, Stefanou joins a newly expanded development team currently focused on the network’s growing slate of unscripted originals...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with David Stefanou, WE tv


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"


Yuri Sudo

Senior Producer

NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation

Yuri SUDO joined NHK in 1998 and started his career as a TV director. Since then he has been involved in a lot of NHK projects of different genres including history, human interest documentaries, comedy shows and education programs as a director and/or producer. He has also worked to develop...more

Speaking at: International Coproduction: Crossing Borders with Content


Jessie Surovell

VP, Development

Pop

As Pop’s VP of Development, Surovell handles both development and current series, playing an instrumental role in the network's first slate of original programming: Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block, Queens of Drama, Sing It On and Easiest Game Show Ever.  Prior to Pop, she served as the...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Sam Thielman

Reporter

The Guardian

Sam Thielman is a reporter for the business section of The Guardian US. He has written about television, film, art and performance for publications including Newsday, Variety and American Theater, and has written about the media and entertainment industries for The Guardian, Variety and Adweek. He is based in Brooklyn.

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Marjorie Kaplan, Discovery Networks International


Sam Toles

Senior Vice President, Digital and New Platforms

Vimeo

Sam Toles is a 19-year veteran of the entertainment industry whose career began in theatrical marketing with New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers, followed by home entertainment marketing roles at Paramount Pictures and Rhino. Sam then joined FremantleMedia as Vice President of Business Development overseeing media licensing for their extensive...more

Speaking at: Platform Power Players


Kurt Tondorf

SVP of Development for Science and Animal Planet

Animal Planet

Kurt Tondorf is Animal Planet’s vice president of development. In this role he oversees the development strategy and slate for the network and creates and curates series, stunts and other programming initiatives.

Since joining Animal Planet in 2012, Tondorf has developed several multi-season series including THE LAST ALASKANS, ICE COLD GOLD,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One; 30 Minutes with Kurt Tondorf, Animal Planet


Rebecca Toth Diefenbach

Co-President and Executive Producer

Sirens Media

Rebecca Toth Diefenbach is co-president of Sirens Media, a full-service television production company, which she founded in 2005 with producing partner Valerie Haselton. Creating innovative, bold, and compelling content, Sirens Media has produced hundreds of hours of top-rated programming for major cable networks, including Bravo’s hit series The Real Housewives of...more

Speaking at: The One That Got Away


Jane Turton

Chief Executive Officer

All3media

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: What Just Happened?


Elvia Van Es Oliva

Development Consultant

TLC

As Vice President if TLC’s west coast development, Van Es Oliva leads her team in creating original
concepts for the network, as well as working with the external creative community to add to TLC’s slate of
programming. Some of the programming that Elvia has developed...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Jessica Watson

Manager, Acquisitions, TV International

eOne Television

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Todd Weiser

VP, Programming

Food Network/Cooking Channel

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Leola Westbrook

Executive Producer

Mandalay Sports Media

Leola Westbrook is an Executive Producer based in Los Angeles, California.

Leola has over 17 years of experience in her field working with a variety of networks, including Bravo, Lifetime, BET, the CW, TLC, MTV, VH1, and Oxygen.

In 2008, Leola was a part of the team working on the GLAAD Media...more

Speaking at: Diversity Works: Creating Diverse Content and Companies


Courtney White

SVP Programming, Food Network, Travel Channel and Cooking Channel

Travel Channel

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Courtney White, Travel Channel


Rebecca Yang

CEO

IPCN

Rebecca Yang is CEO of IPCN (International Programme Content Network), a leading Anglo Chinese entertainment business with an enviable track record for brokering and managing rights, distributing content and producing programming and ad funded content for the rapidly growing Chinese market.

Founded in Shanghai in 2007 by Rebecca, the company has...more

Speaking at: Eastern Promise: Asia's New Opportunities, New Players


Lori York

Agent

Creative Artists Agency

Lori York is an Agent in the Television - Alternative department at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing.  York is based in the New York office, where she represents many of the world’s leading unscripted producers.

Prior...more

Speaking at: Start-Ups: The Best of Times or the Worst of Times?


Simon Young

Commissioning Editor, History

National Geographic Channel

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Fay Yu

Sr. Director of Development

Destination America

Fay Yu is celebrating her 5-year anniversary at Discovery Communications, having joined the family as an original member of the team that developed and launched Destination America in 2012.  As Director of Development and Production, Fay has developed and produced several of the foundational shows on the network including Ghost Asylum,

...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Fay Yu, Destination America; Speed Pitching Four

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