Advisory Board Co-Chairs
President, Original Programming & Production
Tim Pastore is president, original programming & production for all National Geographic 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 series...more
Speaking at: Opening Remarks
Group President, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel
Rich Ross serves as Group President of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel and oversees all creative and brand strategy, development, production, marketing and day-to-day operations for all three networks. Ross is based in Los Angeles and reports to David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery Communications.
Ross earlier served...more
Speaking at: Opening Remarks
Advisory Board Members
VP, International Originals
Erik Barmack runs the Local Original content team at Netflix. He previously worked in business development at ESPN and has published two novels.
Head of Documentaries
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 was appointed Director...more
Managing Director & Co-Founder
Nick works across a wide range of genre and programming including access documentaries British Army Girls (Channel 4), Guarding The Queen (BBC One), A Very British Airline (BBC Two), arts Rebuilding The World Trade Center (Channel 4 -BAFTA and RTS Award winner); history such as The Dambusters Great Escape (Channel 4), Bomber Boys with...more
Chris Dorsey, Founding Partner of Denver-based Dorsey Pictures (previously Orion Entertainment), is a longtime industry executive with over 1500 hours of programming at Dorsey Pictures, including 150+ hours leading the frontier movement in Alaska-centric programming and a thriving branded entertainment division that will celebrate its 15-year anniversary in March 2016....more
Speaking at: America: Getting the Whole Picture
Tom Forman is the Chief Executive Officer for Critical Content overseeing all creative and business operations for the company.
Forman previously served as CEO of Relativity Television, a position that he held for eight years since he founded the division in 2008. During his tenure, Forman received NATPE’s 2011 Innovator Award...more
EVP, Head of Programming
Elaine Frontain Bryant became the Executive Vice President and Head of Programming at A&E Network in March 2015. In this role, she manages the A&E programming team and is responsible for overseeing the development, creation and execution of all programming, both non-fiction and scripted, for the network. She is also...more
SVP, HBO Documentary Films
Jacqueline Glover is senior vice president, HBO Documentary Films, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing the development and production of documentary films. She was named to this position in August 2014.
Most recently, Glover served as supervising producer for the Oscar® winning documentary short Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1. Other...more
CEO, Creative Networks
Endemol Shine Group
Lisa Perrin is CEO of Creative Networks, Endemol Shine Group, a role she was appointed to in March 2015. In this capacity she leads the creative division, focusing on the co-ordination and acceleration of IP around the group, supporting a network of 120 companies in more than 30 markets around...more
Speaking at: Formats Under Fire
Matt leads October's creative strategy across its UK and US offices, overseeing relationships with broadcasters, producers, partners and talent. Since joining in 2004, Matt has expanded October’s slate from a blue-chip documentary base to the full spectrum of factual content, creating and executive producing across diverse genres.
Since his appointment as...more
Speaking at: What Makes a Hit?
EVP, Global Acquisitions & Development
Vasha Wallace is EVP Global Acquisitions & Development at FremantleMedia, one of the world's largest and most successful producers of outstanding entertainment brands, encompassing hit formats from Idols, The X Factor, to Got Talent, The Price Is Right, Let’s Make a Deal and Family Feud.
Vasha’s role encompasses the acquisition, development,...more
Senior Vice President, Programming Travel Channel, Food Network and Cooking Channel
Courtney White was promoted to Senior Vice President of Programming for Travel Channel in December 2015. Prior to her current role, she served as Vice President of Program Development and Production for HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country, where she managed several series and pilots. White was also charged...more