Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Monday, January 23 – Thursday, January 26, 2017

Speakers

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Jon Adler

Senior Director of Development

CNN

Jon Adler is the Director of Program Development at CNN, based in New York City. In this position, he is responsible for cultivating relationships within the creative community and developing original programming across a variety of CNN platforms. As the Director of Program Development, Adler is accountable for the development...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four


Andrea Allen

Executive Producer

Insomnia TV

Andrea Allen is the executive producer at InsomniaTV, a production and content creation company in New York.

Andrea has managed large-scale commercial productions, live television events along with television series show-opens and packaging.

After graduating from Syracuse University, Andrea began work at N. Lee Lacy, a...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Talking About Talent


Jon Alpert

Co-Founder & Co-Director

DC TV

Jon Alpert has produced and directed dozens of acclaimed documentaries, winning 16 Emmy Awards and two Academy Award nominations. He has also won four Columbia DuPont Awards, two Overseas Press Club Awards and a Peabody Award.  More than a hundred of his reports and documentaries from across the United States...more

Speaking at: The Danger Zone


Peter Andrews

Head of Network Programming Television & Online

SBS Television Australia

Peter Andrews is Head of Network Programming, Television and Online for SBS Television Australia. Peter is responsible for heading up the Channel Management, Scheduling and Acquisition teams for SBS Main Channel, SBS Viceland and SBS On Demand. He is a passionately engaged content executive, that fearlessly pursues innovative world class ideas so that...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Avi Armoza

CEO

Armoza Formats

Avi is one of Israel's leading film and television producers, with extensive experience in the field of executive management and corporate development.

In 2005, he founded Armoza Formats, and has led it to become a key player in the international formats market, spearheading the emergence of innovative and compelling content with...more

Speaking at: Formats Under Fire


Harriet Armston-Clarke

Division Head

TVF International

Harriet Armston-Clarke is Head of Sales at TVF International, the world’s leading independent distributor of non-scripted content. TVF International’s catalogue encompasses everything from factual entertainment and lifestyle series to exceptional award-winning documentaries, representing some of the most innovative and creative content makers from across the globe.

The TVF International team is...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors



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, a leader in premium unscripted and 4K natural history content.

Attwood spearheads and oversees co-productions, pre-sales and worldwide sales activities. Under her leadership, Solange has positioned the division as a...more

Speaking at: VOD: Meet the New Boss


Hayley Babcock

Head of Formats, International Programming & Production

A+E Networks

Hayley Babcock is a highly respected international television executive with an extensive background at major Hollywood studios in development, production, acquisition and management. She has wide-ranging experience supervising productions, overseeing multiple global franchises, acquiring programming and uniting diverse international partners to work as a cohesive team.

Currently, Ms. Babcock is the...more

Speaking at: Formats Under Fire


Sam Barcroft

CEO

Barcroft Productions

Sam Barcroft formed Barcroft Media in 2003 to provide editorial content to the international print media. Over the past decade the business has operated at the leading edge of the transition from analogue to digital media, now employing over fifty staff in bureaux in London, New York and New Delhi.

The...more

Speaking at: What I Did, What I Learned


Jon Bardin

Senior Director Documentaries & Specials

Discovery Channel

Jon Bardin serves as Director of Development and Production, Documentaries and Specials for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel. In this role, Bardin is responsible for bringing new documentaries and specials to Discovery Channel while helping manage the development and production of concepts to green light, in addition to...more

Speaking at: Doc Talk: Who Wants What?


Andie Beckerman

VP Alternative Programming

Syfy/USA Network

Currently, Andie Beckerman is a VP of Alternative Development at Syfy and reports to Heather Olander. Prior to Syfy Andie worked at AMC, where she developed successful shows like The Walking Dead live aftershow Talking Dead hosted by Chris Hardwick and the cult favorite Comic Book Men. Hailing originally from...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Andie Beckerman, Syfy/USA Network; Luncheon Roundtables


Kevin Bennett

General Manager, Investigation Discovery & American Heroes Channel

Discovery Communications

Kevin Bennett is the general manager of Investigation Discovery (ID) and American Heroes Channel (AHC), as well as the executive vice president of programming for ID, AHC and Destination America.   In his dual roles, Bennett leads a centralized programming, scheduling and acquisitions division across the three brands, and oversees the...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: The Dark Stuff


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), Dr. Dee (Animal Planet) and Tough Love (VH1) among many more. 

Creatively, Jim has broad oversight...more

Speaking at: Building Brands


Josh Berkley

Senior Executive Producer

Velocity

As Senior Executive Producer for Velocity, two-time Emmy award winning producer Josh Berkley is charged with overseeing the production of several key Velocity franchises including the international hit series Wheeler Dealers, Americarna hosted by three-time NASCAR champion crew chief Ray Evernham, the network’s signature series Chasing Classic Cars and the newly...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Ross Bernard

SVP, Live Programming, Special Events & Original Programming

Epix

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Scoring with Sports Docs


Vibika Bianchi

Senior Vice President Content Unscripted

Force Four Entertainment

Vibika Bianchi is Senior Vice President of Force Four Entertainment, and runs the Vancouver based company’s Toronto offices. A business-minded creative executive with over 20 years experience in the television industry, Vibika’s mandate is to contribute to the growth and success of Force Four Entertainment, domestically and internationally. Prior to...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Derek Blum

Agent, Alternative and Factual

APA

Derek Blum is an agent in the Alternative & Factual Programming department at APA, one of the largest diversified talent agencies in the industry with headquarters in Beverly Hills, New York, Nashville, Atlanta and London.  Blum’s primary focus is packaging and selling original content with the agency’s producer and on-screen...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Oliver Bogner

Executive Producer

All3Media/Bogner Content

Oliver Bogner started his career as a Disc Jockey and Club Promoter in Los Angeles through his event production company GO Entertainment, which he founded in 2006. In 2009 he launched Bogner Entertainment Television, focused on non-fiction television and sold his first show, Party Prince 90210, to E! Television....more

Speaking at: What I Did, What I Learned


James Bolosh

VP, Development & Programming

FYI

James Bolosh is currently Vice President Programming & Development for FYI. In his role, he oversees development and programming for the recently rebranded network, including the hit docuseries franchise “Tiny House Nation,” “Food Porn” and more.

 

Prior to joining FYI, Bolosh helped launch CNBC’s primetime alternative block of programming and oversaw...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with James Bolosh, FYI


Carla Borrás

Director, Digital Video

FRONTLINE

Carla Borrás is the Director of Digital Video for FRONTLINE, PBS’ flagship investigative journalism series. She oversees digital video production and strategy, working with FRONTLINE’s producers, editors, and journalists to create smart engaging video that is shared with audiences across platforms.

Borrás, a self-described documentary nerd, was instrumental in launching FRONTLINE's virtual...more

Speaking at: VR: Where Are We Now?


Sean Boyle

VP of Development and Programming

History

Sean Boyle is Vice President, Development & Programming for HISTORY, overseeing the development and production of unscripted series and specials for the network. He joined the network in September 2015 and is based in HISTORY’s LA office.

Prior to joining HISTORY, Boyle served as Vice President of Development for Discovery where...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Sean Boyle, History; Speed Pitching Four


Richard Bradley

Managing Director

Lion Television

Richard Bradley is MD and co-founder of Lion Television, one of the industry’s most successful production companies with bases in London, Glasgow and New York. Richard specializes in both popular, ambitious history, science and factual projects for broadcasters throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Under his creative leadership, Lion has...more

Speaking at: Inroads to Asia: Challenges and Opportunities


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: Coffee + Commissioners


Steve Burns

EVP Content Production & Acquisition

CuriosityStream

Steve Burns is Chief Programming Officer forCuriosityStream, a subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) channel from the founder of the Discovery Channel.  Burns is responsible for 600 hours of production and acquisitions for the science, technology and history channel.  

In addition, he is also Executive Producer for WNET/ NY's long-running Secrets of the Dead...more

Speaking at: VOD: Meet the New Boss


Matthew Butler

VP, Programming & Development

Destination America & American Heroes Channel

As the head of programming and Development for Destination America and American Heroes Channel, Matthew Butler is responsible for cultivating original content for the network and managing their day-to-day program scheduling and ratings performances. At the heart of Butler’s responsibilities is overseeing a program’s shelf life from pitch to premiere....more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Nicholas Caprio

Chief Content Officer

Pilgrim Media Group

Nicholas Caprio is Chief Content Officer at Pilgrim Media Group, one of television’s most prolific and successful independent production companies. Over the past 10 years, Caprio has contributed to hundreds of hours of television. Joining Pilgrim Studios in 2012, he has overseen the production of all of Pilgrim’s programs, many of which...more

Speaking at: Diversity Works: Representing and Rating!


Chanel Carmona

Director of Development, CNN Original Series

CNN

Chanel Carmona serves as Associate Director of Development, Original Series for CNN and HLN, where she oversees creative development strategy on the West Coast. In this role, she is responsible for expanding CNN and HLN’s Original Series rosters by identifying and executing new non-fiction projects from development through series green...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Michael Cascio

CEO & President

M&C Media LLC

M&C Media President/CEOMichael Casciohas executive experience in successful television programming, production, journalism and communication.  As SVP/EVP at A&E, Animal Planet, MSNBC and National Geographic Channel, he created and supervised many award-winning and popular programs: Brain Games, Biography, American Justice, Dog Whisperer, Doomsday Preppers, and landmark specials Inside 9/11, The ’90s:...more

Speaking at: The Next Move for Niche Networks


Vanessa Case

EVP Content

Blue Ant Media

Vanessa Case has a long and documented history of success in creating, buying, scheduling and launching not only consumer-relevant, but consumer-engaging content, with a focus on factual and lifestyle categories. Having worked on well-established international brands such as the National Geographic Channel, HGTV and History Channel, she has brought her...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Vanessa Case, Blue Ant Media


Meghan Cassin

Director, Development

Nat Geo Wild

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


Nick Catliff

Managing Director & Co-Founder

Lion Television

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

Speaking at: Keynote Presentation: Jay Hunt, Channel 4; What I Did, What I Learned


Courtny Catzel

Alternative Television Packaging Agent

ICM Partners

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

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Scoring with Sports Docs


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 original content that pushes the boundaries of entertainment and pop culture. Since joining E! Celinski has been...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Dan Cesareo

Founder & President

Big Fish Entertainment

Dan Cesareo, Founder and President of Big Fish Entertainment, is one of the most innovative and creative executives in the unscripted business.  From VH1’s hit franchise Black Ink Crew to the A&E’s groundbreaking series Live PD, from the critically acclaimed Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan to TLC’s DC Cupcakes - expect the...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Deja View or Tried and True?


Kim Chessler

VP, Non-Fiction Programming

Lifetime

Kimberly Chessler is Vice President, Unscripted Programming, of Lifetime.  Based in New York, she is responsible for developing and overseeing production of non-fiction projects for the network.    

Chessler, who joined Lifetime in 2010, has been responsible for overseeing the development and production of the network’s hit docusoap Dance Moms,...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Kimberly Chessler, Lifetime; Luncheon Roundtables


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, then moving 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


Brady Connell

Executive Producer

Base Camp Films

Brady Connell has been the Executive Producer/showrunner of all four seasons of the successful ABC/Fremantle series, “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” Previously he served as Executive Producer/showrunner of the ABC/Endemol series “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” delivering over 100 episodes of the landmark series, working with corporations and communities to generate...more

Speaking at: VR: Where Are We Now?


Colleen Conway Grogan

VP, Non-Fiction Programming

Lifetime Television

Colleen Conway Grogan has been Vice President of Unscripted Programming for Lifetime since September of 2010.

Based in New York, she currently serves as the Executive Producer of the network’s popular docuseries Bring It!, going into its fourth season January 2017.  Conway Grogan is also overseeing the network’s breakout hit, Rap...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


Laura Crowson

Sr. Director of Development

Discovery Channel

Laura Crowson serves as Sr. Director of Development & Development Strategy for Discovery Channel. In this role, she works alongside international and domestic producers to develop prime-time series for the network, while helping to steer strategy for new projects.

During her time with the network, Crowson has been an instrumental part...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four


Katy Cundall

SVP Factual Acquisitions

DRG

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


John Dahl

Vice President and Executive Producer

ESPN Films and Original Content

John Dahl, vice president and executive producer, ESPN Films and Original Content, oversees all aspects of the Peabody and Emmy-winning 30 for 30 documentary film series, including 30 for 30 Shorts.  He also heads up development and production of the SEC Storied series.  Dahl has been crucial to the success of these series from the beginning, serving...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Scoring with Sports Docs


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),The Xperiment (BET), Hollywood & Football (E!), Ozzy...more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Jenny Daly, T Group Productions


David Davoli

Partner

Davoli Davids, LLP

David Davoli is a partner in the New York City based law firm, Davoli Davids, LLP, and has spent the last nine years focused on film, television, publishing and new media transactions. In addition to having worked as production, finance or distribution counsel on over 40 independent film, television and...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Talking About Talent


Joni Day

VP, Alternative Programming

FremantleMedia North America

Joni Day is the Vice President of Alternative Programming at FremantleMedia North America (FMNA). In this role, she is responsible for development and production of reality competition, game show and other unscripted television programming. During her time at FMNA, Day has played an integral role in the development and launch...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Olivia De Courson-Weber

Original Content & Live Events

MTV

Olivia de Courson serves as Director of Series Development for MTV where she is responsible for developing unscripted series as well as overseeing series with production for the network. Her goal is to identify unique and original content that pushes the boundaries of music and entertainment. De Courson’s credits include The Almost Impossible Game Show and MTV’s...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Jennifer Demme Harris

VP, Production & Development, Talent & Music

MTV International

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Thomas Dey

CEO & President

ACF Investment Bank

Thomas Dey is Chief Executive Officer, President and Principal Founder of ACF Investment Bank, a leading international Investment Bank with offices in Los Angeles, New York and London, specialized in advising companies and individuals in the TV Production and Distribution sector on sales, acquisitions, and fund raisings.

ACF has...more

Speaking at: Life After the Sale


Mary Donahue

SVP, Development & Programming

Lifetime Television

Mary Donahue is Senior Vice President, Non-Fiction Programming, for Lifetime.  She is responsible for managing all production of Lifetime’s non-fiction series and franchises, including the Emmy® Award nominated Project Runway, Project Runway All Stars, the Dance Moms franchise, the hit Little Women franchise of Little Women: LA, Little Women: Atlanta, Little...more

Speaking at: SUMMIT SHOWDOWN: INTERNATIONAL PITCH COMPETITION


Chris Dorsey

Founding Partner

Dorsey Pictures

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


Christian Drobnyk

EVP Programming Strategy and Acquisitions

Lifetime Television

Christian Drobnyk was named Senior Vice President, Programming Strategy and Acquisitions, of Lifetime Networks, in August 2011.  Based in New York, he is responsible for overseeing all program acquisitions, co-production movie commissioning and program planning for Lifetime & LMN. This includes developing and commissioning over 50 hours a year of...more

Speaking at: What Makes a Hit?


Michael Dugan

VP, Original Content

Fuse Media

In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing all linear programing and development for Fuse and FM, including award-winning series Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, which was renewed for its sixth season. He was instrumental in establishing a partnership between Fuse and Dwayne Johnson to bring to air freshman series...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Jane Durkee

COO & Vice President

Tremendous! Entertainment

With more than 23 years of experience in the entertainment and television industry, Jane Durkee oversees all operations and business aspects of the company.  She works closely on new show development as well as the company’s strategic initiatives.  As COO, she manages all operations of the business.

Durkee joined Tremendous! in...more

Speaking at: America: Getting the Whole Picture


Mishi Ebrahim

Senior Director, News & Public Affairs

PBS

Margaret Ebrahim, who goes by her nickname “Mishi,” is an award-winning producer, journalist, writer and storyteller.  She’s had the great honor of working with some of the most successful and innovative media organizations including National Geographic, CBS 60 Minutes and ABC News as well as The Center for Public Integrity...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners; Speed Pitching Four


David Eilenberg

President, ITV Entertainment

ITV Entertainment

David Eilenberg is President of ITV Entertainment, part of the ITV America group, responsible for all development, programming and production across broadcast, cable and digital platforms.

Among ITV Entertainment’s hit series are FOX’s long-running Hell’s Kitchen and A&E’s The First 48, now in its 14th season, and new series including Lifetime’s...more

Speaking at: Formats Under Fire; America: Getting the Whole Picture


Marshall Eisen

VP Primetime Alternative

CNBC

Marshall Eisen became part of the CNBC Primetime Alternative Production and Development team in May, 2015, and since then has worked as executive producer on a variety of series, including Follow The Leader, Cleveland Hustles, and Adventure Capitalists.  Prior to joining CNBC, Eisen worked in Production and Series Development at...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two; Luncheon Roundtables


Emily Elisha

Head of Factual

Banijay Rights

Emily Elisha, Head of Factual, Banijay Rights, oversees factual acquisitions for the TV rights catalogue. Emily has 17 years’ experience in the international distribution sector originally working as Head of Sales for an independent distribution company before joining the now Zodiak Rights as its Head of Acquisitions in 2003 (then...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Amy Entelis

EVP, Talent & Content Development

CNN

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Amy Entelis, CNN; Doc Talk: Who Wants What?


Nomi Ernst Leidner

SVP, Development

Viceland

A multiple Emmy nominee for her work on VICELAND, Nomi Ernst Leidner, who’s been with Viceland since the channel’s launch as an executive producer and development executive.

Ernst Leidner was named SVP, Development in June 2016.  In her current role, she helps steer unscripted development for VICELAND, working with the internal...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Nomi Ernst Leidner, Viceland; SUMMIT SHOWDOWN: INTERNATIONAL PITCH COMPETITION; Luncheon Roundtables


Marc Etkind

General Manager

Science Channel

Marc Etkind is General Manager of Science Channel. In this capacity he oversees all aspects of programming, production, development, marketing, brand strategy and day-to-day operations for the network. Etkind is based in New York. 

Etkind earlier served as general manager for Destination America where he was responsible for the development and production...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Deja View or Tried and True?


Tim Evans

Executive Producer

Smithsonian Channel

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Lisa Fahrenholt

Acquisitions Director

Endemol Shine International

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Tiffany Faigus

VP, Alternative Series & Specials

ABC Entertainment

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Inside The Toy Box


Phil Fairclough

Managing Director

Earth Touch USA

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: What I Did, What I Learned


Tom Farrell

CEO & Executive Producer

The WorkShop, LLC

Tom Farrell has 26 years of television production experience, having spent the past fourteen years in television executive management. 

Since 2007, Tom, has presided over the strategic planning and day-to-day operations of The WorkShop. Tom has lead The WorkShop through a period of rapid and exciting growth. The Haney Project is among...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Scoring with Sports Docs


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; America: Getting the Whole Picture


Cynthia Fenneman

President & CEO

APT Worldwide/American Public Television

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners; Speed Pitching Three


Alexandra Finlay

Head of Acquisitions & Co-Productions

UKTV

As Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at UKTV, Alexandra Finlay is responsible for strategic linear and non-linear programme supply at UKTV, securing brand-defining acquisitions and co-productions from international sources ranging from major US studios, to pan-territory distributors and independent producers and suppliers. Jointly owned by BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks,...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Sonia Fleck

Chief Executive Officer

Bomanbridge Media Pte Ltd

Sonia is the founder, CEO and Managing Director of Bomanbridge Media - a leading Singapore-based distribution and production company exclusively representing renowned production companies from around the world.  Serving as both brand strategist and program distributor for entry into the Asia Pacific markets, its acquisition team continually handpicks select products...more

Speaking at: Inroads to Asia: Challenges and Opportunities


Edwina Follows

Director, Commissioning and Production

Discovery Networks Canada

In her role with Discovery Networks, Follows is responsible for the commissioning, development, and production of independent programming for Discovery and its related networks (Animal Planet, Discovery Velocity, Investigation Discovery, and Discovery Science).

In 2005, Follows joined Discovery Channel’s in-house production company, Exploration Production Inc.’s (EPI) as producer and soon rose to...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


John Ford

General Manager

Nonfiction Producers Association

John Ford serves as general manager of the Non-Fiction Producers Association (NPA), the first professional body created to represent the non-fiction content production business in the United States. Launched in 2014, the NPA’s membership currently includes 41 US production companies.

Ford served as president and GM of Discovery Channel from 2007...more

Speaking at: The Next Move for Niche Networks; Under Pressure: The State of the Unscripted Nation


Tom Forman

CEO

Critical Content

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

Speaking at: Under Pressure: The State of the Unscripted Nation; Meet a Mentor: Tom Forman, Critical Content


Nicky Forsman

Head of Creative

OUTtv Network Inc

Nicky Forsman is Head of Creative for OUTtv, Canada’s only LGBTQ television network, a post she has held since 2013. After working as an independent producer, Nicky joined OUTtv’s Vancouver office in 2006 as part of the development team and since then has spearheaded the creation of over 200 hours...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Tracy Forsyth

Genre Director, Factual Entertainment, Entertainment & Formats

BBC Worldwide

As Genre Director for Factual Entertainment and Entertainment, Tracy is in charge of BBC Worldwide's content investment strategy for Factual Entertainment and Entertainment globally, managing and curating the content programming slate, as well as commissioning content to support the roll-out of the BBC global channels BBC Brit and BBC Earth...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Tracy Forsyth, BBC Worldwide Channels; Coffee + Commissioners


Jimmy Fox

President, Main Event Media

Main Event Media

Jimmy Fox is Executive Vice President of Objective Media Group America 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...more

Speaking at: Unscripted and Unprepared, Live from the Summit


Brian Gaffney

Director of Special Programming

Fox Business Network

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four


Bill Gardner

VP, Programming & Development

PBS

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Bill Gardner, PBS; Doc Talk: Who Wants What?


David Garfinkle

President

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, USA, TruTV, Fox and Syfy.

From an early age David learned the...more

Speaking at: Life After the Sale


Anna Geddes

Director, Travel Channel

Travel Channel

Anna Geddes joined Travel Channel’s team as a Director of Programming on September 1, 2016.

Geddes is a proven hit maker with a reputation for being one of the industry’s strongest storytellers.  She has run popular shows like TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, Bravo’s Newlyweds: The First Year and Ladies...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 originals – such as...more

Speaking at: Building Brands


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), and Outpost...more

Speaking at: Life After the Sale


Michela Giorelli

VP, Production & Development

Discovery Latin America

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Nancy Glass

CEO

Glass Entertainment Group

Nancy Glass, a six-time Emmy award winning producer and writer, started Philadelphia-based Glass Entertainment Group (formerly known as Nancy Glass Productions) in 2003 after a distinguished career as a journalist. Best known for producing Animal Planet’s long-running hit series, Tanked, as well as its new hit, The Vet Life, GEG has produced...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Deja View or Tried and True?


Eliot Goldberg

SVP, Nonfiction & Alternative Programming

AMC & SundanceTV

As senior vice president of non-fiction and alternative programming for AMC and SundanceTV, Eliot Goldberg is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations for both networks’ original non-fiction development as well as its current portfolio of current programming. He first joined AMC in 2013, and added Sundance TV to his purview...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Eliot Goldberg, AMC/Sundance TV; Unscripted and Unprepared, Live from the Summit


Dana Golder

President & Head of Casting

dLt Casting & Productions

A classically trained singer and actress, Dana Golder attended the American Conservatory Theater and received a degree in Theater and Creative Writing from Cal State University Northridge. 

Dana started working in TV and film as an intern for the classic soap opera General Hospital in 1997. She began as a Production intern and moved...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Talking About Talent


Morgan Greco

VP, Social Media Business Development

A+E Networks

Morgan Greco is the Vice President of Social Media Business Development for A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime and FYI and associated series.  Morgan and her team are responsible for developing and overseeing monetization and promotional strategies for the networks’ social media platforms and digital content. Prior to this position, Morgan oversaw all...more

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Cooper Green

Head of Development

Purveyors of Pop

Speaking at: Diversity Works: Representing and Rating!


Abby Greensfelder

Co-CEO & Executive Producer

Half Yard Productions

Abby Greensfelder is Co-CEO and Executive Producer at Half Yard Productions. With business partner, Sean Gallagher, Greensfelder’s passion for compelling television, unforgettable storytelling and her interest in social anthropology spurred her to start independent production company Half Yard Productions in 2006. Since inception, Half Yard has made hit series for...more

Speaking at: Life After the Sale


Brandon Gross

Unscripted Development Manager

YouTube Originals

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners; Speed Pitching Four


Peter Hamilton

Founder, Publisher & Editor

DocumentaryTelevision.com

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Budget Building


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 globally.

In her role, Vissering manages WILD’s development team, working with the world’s leading independent producers, distributors, creative agencies and strategic broadcast partners to create...more

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


Darah Hansen

Managing Editor

Realscreen

Speaking at: Inside The Toy Box


Jordan Harman

Executive Producer

FYI

Jordan Harman currently serves as Executive Producer for FYI, where he helps oversee development and programming for the lifestyle-based network. In his role, Harman has co-developed and executive produced the hit series Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown and Zombie House Flipping, as well as upcoming series Man vs. Master and...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Sam Harowitz

VP, Acquisitions & Co-Productions

FremantleMedia International (Los Angeles)

Samuel Harowitz currently serves as the Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, North America for FremantleMedia International (FMI). In this role, Harowitz is responsible for managing the North American Global Content team which is responsible for sourcing, vetting and acquiring intellectual property, programming and co-production opportunities for international development and...more

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Paul Heaney

CEO

TCB Media Rights

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Karin Heijink

VP, Product & Channels

Viasat World

Karin Heijinik was appointed Vice President of Channels and Products at Viasat World  in 2015 and has worked with the company since 2011.  Previously, she worked at MTG AB as Vice President of Pay TV Channels East. Prior to that she worked for MTV Networks International as Senior Director of...more

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Sara Helman

VP, Development & Production

TLC

Sara Helman joined TLC in October 2015 as the Vice President of Production and Development. Helman helps oversee development strategy and programming initiatives for the network and is currently working on several shows in development including the 90 Day Fiancé spinoff series, 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days (working...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three; Luncheon Roundtables


Justina Hemperek

Director, Non-Scripted Acquisitions, International Distribution

eOne Television International

Justina Hemperek is the Manager, Factual Acquisitions UK & Europe for Entertainment One Television International (eOne). She presently handles the division’s robust acquisition efforts across Europe. Prior to joining eOne, Hemperek held a similar role at ITV Studios Global Entertainment and has also spent time at All3Media International and RDF...more

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Greg Henry

Co President

Lucky 8 TV

Greg Henry is co-founder and co-president of Lucky 8 TV, overseeing all production, development and operations for the company. Since it was established in 2014, Henry has executive produced more than 100 hours of programming for Lucky 8, including a wide range of successful series and specials, from blue-chip documentary to formatted...more

Speaking at: The Danger Zone


Jonathan Hewes

CEO

Mentorn Media and Pioneer Productions

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Deja View or Tried and True?


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 includes History Channel’s Detroit Steel, Complex Networks’ Chef Jeremiah Forks It, Science Channel’s What Could Possibly Go Wrong, NBCSN’s Mobsteel, National Geographic...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Storytelling Decoded


Cindy Holland

VP, Original Content

Netflix

Cindy Holland is Vice President of Original Content at Netflix, where she is tasked with acquiring, producing and overseeing the launches of the company's slate of original documentaries, scripted series and comedy specials. A longtime member of the Netflix team, Holland joined the company in 2002 and helped establish its...more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Cindy Holland, Netflix


Nikolas Huelbusch

Director, ZDFE.factual

ZDF Enterprises GmbH

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...more

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Jimmy Humphrey

Head of Acquisitions

Passion Distribution

Jimmy Humphrey is Head of Acquisitions at Passion Distribution. Jimmy is responsible for the continued development and management of the international pipeline, devising and implementing Passion Distribution’s content strategy and establishing relationships with rights owners and broadcasters. Passion Distribution specialises in popular quality programming and formats and works with some...more

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Bridget Hunnicutt

Founder and Executive Producer

Hunni Media

Bridget Hunnicutt is a creative media executive who has had a successful career at commissioning, selling and producing innovative and powerful nonfiction content.  She is the Founder and Creative Director at Hunni Media, which works with nonfiction networks, new media and production companies.  She has consulted National Geographic Channel, PSG...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Storytelling Decoded


Jay Hunt

Creative Director, Europe

Channel 4

Jay Hunt became Chief Creative Officer of Channel 4 in January 2011 from her position as Controller at BBC One. Jay’s commissions during this time include critically acclaimed shows such as Sherlock, Luther and Mrs Brown’s Boys.

Jay started her career in news running both the One...more

Speaking at: Keynote Presentation: Jay Hunt, Channel 4


Phil Irven

SVP, Alternative Television

Rebel Entertainment Partners

Bio Coming Soon...

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Elliot Jacobson

Chief Content Officer

RLTV/Seventh State Productions

Elliot Jacobson is EVP & Chief Content Officer for RLTV, with responsibility for the network's content and marketing strategy. Elliot oversees the programming development, production and acquisition teams, in addition to the marketing, PR and digital teams. As a founding executive, Elliot has been instrumental in the growth of RLTV...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Elliot Jacobson, RLTV; Speed Pitching Three


Patrick Jager

CEO

CORE Innovation Group

CEO of CORE Innovation Group Patrick Jager is a unique blend of left and right brain thinking. A dynamic leader or an ever-changing business climate, Jager has dedicated his life to the art of storytelling and 2.0 business growth – with focus on media, communications and business development and developing strategies to expand companies into...more

Speaking at: America: Getting the Whole Picture; Status Update


Brett-Patrick Jenkins

Head of Development

Propagate Content

Brett-Patrick Jenkins is a Critic’s Choice award winning producer and television executive based in Los Angeles, and the Head of Development at Propagate Content.After studying art at the University of Texas at Austin, Brett-Patrick joined Rick Baker’s Cinovation Studios and contributed to films including Hell Boy and The Haunted Mansion....more

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Matt Katzive

VP, Development & Production, Discovery Agency

Discovery Communications

Bio Coming Soon...

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Jeff Keane

CEO

Coolfire Studios

Jeff Keane’s career began as a producer and sports reporter in local television for WLEX-TV in Lexington Kentucky. After a year, Jeff moved back to St. Louis and began his climb up to Senior Producer at Anheuser-Busch subsidiary, Busch Creative Services. Four years later Keane parted ways with BCS to...more

Speaking at: America: Getting the Whole Picture


Agent, Alternative TV

Agent

Creative Artists Agency

Bobby Kenner is a Television agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. Kenner is based in Los Angeles and represents many of the world’s leading producers, including Intuitive Entertainment, Lighthearted Entertainment, Kingdom Reign,...more

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Justin Killion

GM of Content

Complex Networks

Justin Killion currently serves as Head of Premium Development & Programming for Complex Networks’ channels Complex, Rated Red, and Seriously.tv.

In this role he oversees scripted and non-scripted development & acquisitions, current programming, production management, and the content delivery of Complex Networks’ premium series which culminates in hundreds of hours of...more

Speaking at: VOD: Meet the New Boss


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

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Endyia Kinney-Sterns

Senior Executive Consultant, Original Programming

BET Networks

Endyia Kinney-Sterns is an accomplished television producer and network executive with over 20 years of entertainment television experience. Named one of the “Top Female Executives in Hollywood” by Essence Magazine, Kinney-Sterns has been instrumental in identifying and developing various new programming for various networks.

Most recently as Vice President of Development...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Endyia Kinney-Sterns, BET Networks


Chris Kinsella

SVP Development

51 Minds Entertainment

Chris Kinsella is the Senior Vice President of Development at 51 Minds where he plays a key role in the company’s development slate including hit series Redneck Island, Sisterhood of Hip Hop and Steve Austin’s Broken Skulls Challenge. He joined the company in 2010 as Director of Development.

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


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: Doc Talk: Who Wants What?


Sara Kozak

SVP Head of Production, Investigation Discovery

Discovery Communications

Sara Kozak oversees production for Investigation Discovery (ID) and American Heroes Channel (AHC). In this role, she has been critical to the success of ID, which has become one of America’s fastest-growing cable networks – moving from the #50 network for W25-54 at launch to the #3 network today. Koz...more

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Dan Kozlowski

Associate Director, Programming & Acquisitions

El Rey Network

Daniel Kozlowski is Director of Programming at El Rey Network. He received his B.F.A. in Film and Television Production from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before working in business affairs at New Line Cinema, later moving within the Time Warner family to serve as part of the...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Dan Kozlowski, El Rey Network; Luncheon Roundtables


Michele Kurtz

VP, Development

Half Yard Productions

Michele Kurtz oversees Half Yard’s development slate, heading up a team of talented producers with a knack for finding compelling characters in remarkable worlds. Development projects she has overseen include The Last Alaskans, Diggers and Big Time RV.

In her 10 years at Half Yard, Michele previously held positions...more

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Timothy Kuryak

SVP, Unscripted Development & Production

UPtv

As an Emmy-nominated television executive, Timothy Kuryak has developed, produced and overseen thousands of hours of programming for both broadcast and cable networks here in the United States and abroad.

Currently, Timothy serves as the SVP of Production & Development for UPtv, where he oversees all unscripted development and current programming,...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Timothy Kuryak, UP TV; The Next Move for Niche Networks


Robert Lange

Attorney

Kleinberg Lange Cuddy & Carlo, LLP

Bob Lange is a founding partner of the entertainment law firm Kleinberg Lange Cuddy & Carlo, LLP. He represents numerous accomplished actors, hosts, directors, writers, television and motion picture production companies, producers, showrunners and executives in the entertainment industry. Bob has extensive transactional experience, both as a lawyer and executive, including...more

Speaking at: Life After the Sale


Scott Langerman

CEO

ACE Media

Athlete Content & Entertainment (ACE Media) is led by CEO Scott Langerman, a 20-year veteran of the sports and entertainment industries who has held senior positions at Comcast SportsNet and Turner Broadcasting, among other media companies. Prior to joining ACE Media, Langerman was an executive and advisor at SB Nation...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Scoring with Sports Docs


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

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Megan Lawrence

VP, Programming

Food Network

Megan Lawrence is the Vice President of Programming and Development for both Food Network and Cooking Channel. Based out of Los Angeles, she oversees west coast development operations, including vetting all incoming submissions, generating internal concepts and spearheading production of original programming such as Cake Wars, Cupcake Wars and Halloween...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Megan Lawrence, Food Network


Betsy LeBlanc

Director, International Sales

PBS International

Betsy LeBlanc, Director, PBS International has more than 20 years of broadcast sales and marketing experience.  LeBlanc helped to launch the division as WGBH International in 1997 has played an instrumental role in the successful growth of the company, which includes the representation of such notable filmmakers as Stanley Nelson,...more

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David Lee

VP of Production & Development

Velocity

David Lee is Vice President of Development and Production for Velocity, responsible for producing the network’s series, specials and live programming events and developing new content for the network.

Lee joined Discovery Communications, Inc. as Director of Development three months prior to the Velocity’s launch in October 2011. Since then he’s...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with David Lee, Velocity; 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: SUMMIT SHOWDOWN: INTERNATIONAL PITCH COMPETITION


Adam Leibner

Partner, News/Broadcast; Alternative TV

Bienstock, A United Talent Agency Company

Adam represents on-air talent and producers in network and local news, syndication, and cable. In addition to representing talent, Adam focuses on the development and packaging of reality programming.

Adam's expertise in contracts and negotiation stems from his experience as a corporate attorney at the top-20 law firm Kaye, Scholer, Fierman,...more

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Max Levenson

VP Current and Development

Electus

Max Levenson currently serves as Vice President of Current & Creative Development at Electus, a multimedia entertainment studio owned by Barry Diller’s IAC, where he oversees the development and production of unscripted content for distribution across various broadcast, cable, and OTT platforms.

As a member of the Electus...more

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Gary Levin

TV Editor

USA Today

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Cindy Holland, Netflix


Samantha Linton

VP, Production

Blue Ant Media

As VP, Production for Blue Ant Media, Sam brings over 25 years of production expertise to the media company’s specialty television channels including Cottage Life, T+E, Makeful and Smithsonian Canada. In her role, Sam oversees commissioning, in-house production and digital content for original series such as Colin and Justin’s Cabin...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two; Coffee + Commissioners


Cynthia Littleton

Managing Editor, Television

Variety

Cynthia Littleton is Managing Editor, TV at Variety. She has covered the television beat for the past 20 years. She began her career at United Press International, followed by stints at Broadcasting & Cable magazine, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter, where she rose to Editor before rejoining Variety in 2007.

Cynthia...more

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Krista Look

Director of Original Content, Women and Lifestyle

Corus Entertainment

Krista Look is the Director of Original Women and Lifestyle Content for Corus Entertainment in Toronto. In this role, she is responsible for steering the original linear and digital content strategies and slates for networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, W Network and Slice.

A born leader with razor-sharp instincts...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Krista Look, Corus Entertainment; Coffee + Commissioners


David Lyle

President Emeritus

PactUS

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: Under Pressure: The State of the Unscripted Nation; Formats Under Fire


Arun Maljaars

Global Content Strategy Manager

TV Entertainment Reality Network BV (TERN - Insight TV)

As Global Content Strategy Manager Arun is overlooking the direction of what kind of original content Insight needs to commission to support our brand promise. Together with a great team of executive producers we select the best, innovative ideas on trending topics and turn them into phenomenal stories. 

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


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 talent, producers, and production companies, including Wendy Williams, Jenna Bush Hager, Crazy Legs Productions, Half Yard Productions, True Entertainment,...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Talking About Talent


Daniel Markell

SVP, Development

Sirens Media

Daniel Markell serves as Senior Vice President, Development at Sirens Media, handling development at the company and managing transitioning projects from development to production.

In his role, he has had a hand in developing such series as The Letter (Freeform), Twirl Life (TLC), and Cheap Eats (Cooking Channel),...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Harry Marshall

Creative Director

Icon Films

Harry Marshall was born in 1960 and grew up in India where he learnt how to catch elephants using binoculars, tweezers and a jam jar.  In 1978 he won an open scholarship to read English at Oxford University.  During the 80’s he worked at London Weekend Television on the South...more

Speaking at: The Danger Zone


Gena McCarthy

EVP, Programming & Development, FYI

A+E Networks

Emmy-nominated programming executive, Gena McCarthy, is the Executive Vice President of Programming and Development for FYI. In her role, McCarthy oversees all programming and development of FYI, including the hit docuseries Married at First Sight, Tiny House Nation, Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown and more.

Previously, McCarthy was Senior Vice President,...more

Speaking at: Under Pressure: The State of the Unscripted Nation


Caitlin Meek-O'Connor

Head of Acquisitions

Beyond Distribution

Speaking at: Trendwatch: The Dark Stuff; Meet an Expert - Distributors


Winona Meringolo

VP, Development

Investigation Discovery

Winona Meringolo is the Vice President of Development for Investigation Discovery and American Heroes Channel.  ID is the preeminent true crime destination; delivering over 650 premiere hours a year of mystery and suspense programming that fully immerses and engages audiences.  Winona plays a critical role developing original content for the...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Winona Meringolo, Investigation Discovery


John Miller-Monzon

Director, Development & Production

CMT

John Miller-Monzon is a veteran producer and creative executive for film & tv, and currently the Director of News & Docs for Viacom’s CMT network where he develops and exec produces long-form documentaries & unscripted series.

After launching his freelance producing career with Comedy Central's cult sitcom, Strangers...more

Speaking at: Doc Talk: Who Wants What?; Luncheon Roundtables; Speed Pitching Three


Jane Millichip

Managing Director

Sky Vision

Jane Millichip is the Managing Director of Sky Vision, the production and international distribution arm of Sky. Since taking over at Sky Vision in 2013, Jane has steered the business to tenfold growth; acquiring stakes in seven production businesses in the UK and the US (the largest of which are...more

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Raj Mody

VP, Social Media

National Geographic

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Status Update


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 WE tv series L.A. Hair among others.

Prior...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One; Luncheon Roundtables


Brent Montgomery

CEO

ITV America

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

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Brent Montgomery, ITV America


Tara Montgomery

EVP, Head of Programming

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Tara Montgomery serves as executive vice president, head of Programming for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.  Prior to her work for OWN, Montgomery served as executive producer of OWN’s popular flagship series Super Soul Sunday, the Emmy award-winning series that features conversations between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, visionaries and...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Diversity Works: Representing and Rating!


Jonathan Murray

Founder & Executive Consultant

Bunim-Murray Productions

Widely credited with inventing the modern reality television genre, Jonathan Murray inspires, influences and entertains television audiences worldwide. Since the 1992 launch of The Real World (MTV), he has created and executive produced some of the industry’s most innovative, unscripted television programs. Under Murray’s leadership, Bunim/Murray Productions created the first reality...more

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Tim Mutimer

CEO

Banijay Rights

Tim Mutimer is Chief Executive Officer at Banijay Rights is the international distribution division of Banijay Group, a leading creator and producer of TV content worldwide. Banijay Rights has offices in London, Paris and Copenhagen and represents a catalogue of over 20,000 hours of high quality content across all genres...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Deja View or Tried and True?


Hamish Mykura

EVP, Programming & Development

National Geographic Channel International

As Executive 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...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Hamish Mykura, National Geographic International; SUMMIT SHOWDOWN: INTERNATIONAL PITCH COMPETITION


Colin Nash

.

MTV Networks

Colin Nash is a Senior Vice President of MTV Series Development and currently manages the unscripted development team for the network. Recently highlighted as a “40 under 40” of outstanding young execs in entertainment, Nash oversees both development projects and current series for the network. In 2016, he managed 14...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Colin Nash, MTV


Rachel Nelson

Director of Original Content Drama Kids and Factual

Corus Entertainment

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Will Nothacker

SVP, Development

Leftfield Pictures

Will Nothacker is senior vice president of development at Leftfield Pictures, overseeing all development at the company and managing transitioning projects from development to production. While at Leftfield, he has developed series for a range of networks including FOX, A&E, History, WEtv, Discovery, Animal Planet, E! and CMT, among others.

Before...more

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Danielle Ostroske D'Ingillo

Director of Development, East Coast

TLC

Danielle Ostroske D’Ingillo joined the TLC team as Director of Development in August 2013.  Based in New York, she plays an instrumental role in the development of all series across TLC’s slate of programming including such shows as Tattoo Girls and working with production companies, agencies, and potential talent to...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Allison Page

GM, U.S. Programming & Development

Scripps Networks Interactive

Allison Page is General Manager of U.S. Programming and Development for Scripps Networks Interactive. In this role, she oversees all programming and development for Scripps Networks’ domestic brands HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.

Prior to her current position, Page served as General Manager...more

Speaking at: Under Pressure: The State of the Unscripted Nation


Jamie Pallot

Co-Founder

Emblematic Group

Jamie Pallot is a co-founder of Emblematic Group, pioneering producers of socially impactful virtual reality. Pallot was formerly Editorial Director of Condé Nast Digital, where he won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence, overseeing web sites including Style.com and Epicurious and launching the company’s first IOS apps. He has...more

Speaking at: VR: Where Are We Now?


Chris Palmer

Professor & 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

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Charlie Parsons, National Geographic; Luncheon Roundtables


Tim Pastore

President, Original Programming & Production

National Geographic

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


Caroline Perez

VP, Development & Production

Science Channel

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two; 30 Minutes with Caroline Perez, Science Channel


Lisa Perrin

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


Brant Pinvidic

CEO

INvelop Entertainment, LLC

Brant Pinvidic is an award winning film director, veteran television producer, and the founder and CEO of INvelop Entertainment. At INvelop, Brant continues to focus on Film, Television, and Digital productions as well as his executive consulting, public speaking, and charitable endeavors.

In 2015, Pinvidic produced and directed his first feature...more

Speaking at: VOD: Meet the New Boss


Julia Pistor

Executive Producer

Mattel Entertainment

Veteran producer Julia Pistor began her career in 1995 when she joined Nickelodeon Movies as associate producer for Harriet the Spy.  During her 11-year tenure at Nickelodeon, Pistor helped build a number of lucrative television and film franchises, and successfully extended the Nickelodeon brand into a leading provider of family-friendly...more

Speaking at: Inside The Toy Box


D'Angela Proctor

SVP, Programming & Production

TV One

D’Angela  Proctor is TV One’s SVP of Original  Programming & Production. In this role, she provides strategic direction for all original  programming and oversees all development  and current production for the network.

Since joining TV One in 2014, Proctor launched the country’s first and only daily news program dedicated to the...more

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


Jennifer Quainton

VP, Programming & Development

Food Network

Jennifer Quainton is Vice President of Cooking Channel and Food Network.  In her current role, Quainton oversees both development and scheduling strategy for Cooking Channel, as well as daytime programming for both networks. 

A member of the Food Network and Cooking Channel team since 2000, Quainton has overseen key day-part scheduling...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Diane Rankin

SVP International Sales & Acquisitions

Distribution360

Diane Rankin leads Distribution360, overseeing all sales and acquisitions activity, working with the company’s growing list of third party production partners, as well as the marblemedia internal production team to bring great content to buyers around the World. Diane splits her time between London and Toronto to manage the D360...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Chris Rantamaki

SVP, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

Chris Rantamaki is Discovery Channel’s Senior Vice President of Production and Development.  Based in Los Angeles, Rantamaki oversees the east and west coast teams responsible for the network’s non-fiction slate, which includes such hits as Gold Rush, Deadliest Catch, Fast n’ Loud, Naked and Afraid and Killing Fields, among others. ...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Building Brands


Ross Raphael

Non-scripted Agent WME

WME

Ross Raphael is an agent in the Non-Scripted Television department at WME.  Ross represents an accomplished roster of production companies including Blackfin (I Am Homicide), Brick City (Chicagoland), Cakehouse Media (Cooks vs. Cons), Duffkat Media (Lara Spencer), Eureka (The Voice Australia), High Noon Entertainment (Fixer Upper), Keller/Noll (Chopped), and Part2...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Adam Reed

President

Thinkfactory Media

Adam Reed has been collaborating with Thinkfactory Media Owner & CEO, Leslie Greif, since 2004 and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of production for Thinkfactory Media including both creative and business development, along with day-to-day production across all series.  Reed has been instrumental in transitioning the company into a thriving...more

Speaking at: What Makes a Hit?


Neil Regan

VP, Programming

Travel Channel

Neil Regan joined Scripps Networks Interactive as Vice President of Programming for Travel Channel in January 2016. He reports directly to Courtney White, who was recently promoted to Senior Vice President of Programming at the network. In this position, Regan manages the development and production of series and specials for...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Scott Reich

SVP, Programming

Fullscreen Inc.

Scott Reich is SVP, Programming at Fullscreen Media and oversees development of scripted and unscripted projects as well as content acquisitions for the company’s subscription video on demand service, Fullscreen. Reich previously served as Vice President of Programming and Original Content at Vevo where he was responsible for building and...more

Speaking at: VOD: Meet the New Boss


Matt Renner

VP, Production

National Geographic Channel

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: The Danger Zone


Benny Reuven

VP, Original Programming & Development

Oxygen Media

As Vice President, Development, Oxygen Media, Benny Reuven is charged with continuing to develop lifestyle programming that speaks to the passions and interests of the network’s young, multicultural female audience.  Based in Los Angeles, Reuven reports to Cori Abraham, Senior Vice President of Development & International, Oxygen Media.

Reuven joined Oxygen...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four; Luncheon Roundtables


Mark Reynolds

Director of Factual

BBC Worldwide

Mark Reynolds is the Genre Director for Factual at BBC Worldwide, overseeing a portfolio of titles including Planet Earth II, Forces of Nature, Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie, Life and Death Row and Operation Gold Rush.

Mark is responsible for developing and delivering the content strategy for Factual including managing creative...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three; Luncheon Roundtables


Nick Rigg

President

Loud Television

Nick Rigg is president of Loud Television, a full-service, entertainment and production company that is a joint venture between Rigg and New York-based Leftfield Entertainment. In founding Loud, Rigg leverages two decades of TV development and production experience, with particular expertise in lifestyle programming and branded entertainment.

Loud TV is responsible...more

Speaking at: Building Brands


Don Robert

EVP, Research

A+E Networks

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: The Next Move for Niche Networks


Matt Robins

Creative Director

October Films

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?


Michel Rodrigue

CEO

The Format People Inc

With 35+ years experience, knowledge and connections in the television industry, Michel has played a key role in driving the television Format industry to worldwide prominence. He offers comprehensive consultancy on all aspects of the business from building TV networks to providing executive-mentoring, global market analysis and bespoke format purchase...more

Speaking at: Inroads to Asia: Challenges and Opportunities


Jane Root

CEO

Nutopia

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Jane Root, Nutopia


Rich Ross

Group President, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel & Velocity

Discovery Communications

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

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Michael Rourke

CEO

Hud:sun Media

Michael Rourke is the CEO of Hudsun Media.  

Hudsun Media is a multi-platform production company and creative agency based in New York and Los Angeles.  Born in the fires of television, Hudsun has evolved into a strategically minded content machine partnering with networks, MCNs, agencies and brands to create engaging, entertaining...more

Speaking at: Inside The Toy Box


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 and in Singapore in 2016. One of...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with David Royle, Smithsonian Channel


Loren Ruch

SVP, Programming, Partnerships and Special Projects, HGTV & DIY Network

HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country

Loren Ruch is the Vice President of Programming, Partnerships and Special Events for HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country, where he oversees many of the networks’ high-profile specials and series including Property Brothers, Brother vs Brother, My Lottery Dream Home, Restored, White House Christmas and all of the sweepstakes-related home...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Betsy Sanner Ayala

VP, Programming

HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country

Betsy Ayala recently joined the Scripps Networks Interactive home category team as Vice President of Programming. In her new role, Ayala manages the development and production of series and specials for HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. She will be based in Knoxville, Tenn., reporting to John Feld, Senior...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four


Jason Sarlanis

SVP, Development

TLC

Jason Sarlanis joined TLC in December 2016 as Senior Vice President, Development. Based out of the Los Angeles office, Sarlanis oversees development teams on both coasts and reports directly to Howard Lee, EVP Development and Production, TLC.

Sarlanis joined the network from ABC where he was charged with leading development and...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Jason Sarlanis, TLC


Joel Savitt

Director, Head of Production, YouTube Originals

YouTube

Joel K. Savitt recently joined YouTube as Head of Production for YouTube Originals, where he works with production companies and oversees all physical and financial aspects of their productions for YouTube Original Programming. Prior to joining YouTube, Joel was the VP of Production and Operations at NBCUniversal's cable network Oxygen...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


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, 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 broadcast...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Ed Sayer, Discovery Networks International; Coffee + Commissioners


Robert Scanlon

EVP & General Manager, Velocity and Automotive Content

Velocity

Robert Scanlon is Executive Vice President and General Manager of Velocity and Automotive Content at Discovery Communications, Inc., overseeing programming, development, production, marketing and communications for Velocity. Additionally, he is charged with developing automotive content globally for Discovery Communications.

Under his guidance Velocity has grown larger and faster than any other...more

Speaking at: The Next Move for Niche Networks


David Schiff

SVP, Programming & Development

GSN Programming

David Schiff serves as GSN's senior vice president of programming and development, overseeing all original production and development for the network. Since joining the network, Schiff has lead GSN's effort to expand its core female viewership across a wide variety of genres and competition formats. 

Schiff helped develop and launch GSN's newest...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with David Schiff, GSN


Jessica Schmiedchen

Executive in Charge of Development, Unscripted Content

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Jessica Schmiedchen is an innovative media executive with over 15 years experience in all phases of development and production. In her role in CBC’s Unscripted Content group, Jessica oversees development of formats and original content in the genres of factual entertainment, arts, doc series, and digital originals. She is responsible for...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Joseph Schneier

VP, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

Joseph Schneier is Discovery Channel’s Vice President of Development and Production, heading the West Coast Development team, based at the Discovery Channel offices in Los Angeles.

Schneier first joined Discovery in 2012. He has Executive Produced multiple hours for Shark Week and oversaw the hit series Alaskan Bush People and Moonshiners....more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Joseph Schneier, Discovery Channel


Sharon Scott

President & General Manager

NBC Peacock Productions

Sharon Scott is the President and General Manager of Peacock Productions, a division of NBC News. Peacock Productions is NBCUniversal’s non-fiction production company specializing in all genres of non-scripted programming, including live events, such as Nik Wallenda’s Skywalk, docu-dramas, narrative crime series, breaking news specials, and documentaries.

The team at Peacock...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: The Dark Stuff


Philip Segal

Executive Producer

Original Productions

Philip D. Segal is the CEO and Executive Producer of Original Productions, a FremantleMedia company, a post he has held since November, 2012.  He joined the company in 2005 as President and Executive Producer.

During his tenure at Original Productions, the company has produced hit after hit with multiple year renewals....more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Phil Segal, Original Productions; Building Brands


Amir Shahkhalili

Partner

WME

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: What Makes a Hit?


Robert Sharenow

President of Programming

A+E Networks

Rob Sharenow is Executive Vice President and General Manager of A&E Network and Lifetime.  In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all creative and strategic business matters for the two networks.  A veteran executive for A+E Networks and having lead two successful tenures at A&E and Lifetime, Sharenow was...more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Rob Sharenow, A&E and Lifetime


Nicole Silveira

VP and Head, Development

Pilgrim Media Group

Nicole Silveira serves as Vice President of Unscripted Development for Pilgrim Media Group.   Since joining Pilgrim in March of 2016, she has had a hand in developing shows for networks such as WEtv, FYI and Discovery.

Prior to Pilgrim, she served as a development executive for both ITV and Gurney Productions,...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Jonathan Sinclair

EVP, Programing & Development

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

Jonathan Sinclair currently serves as executive vice president of Programming and Development for 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 a...more

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


Ryan Slattery

SVP, Production & Development

Collab

Ryan Slattery serves as Senior Vice President of Production & Development at Collab (www.collabcreators.com) — the largest independent multi-platform network. With over 400 of the top social influencers in its network representing 600 million fans and billions of views per month, Collab has established itself as a leading video network for...more

Speaking at: Status Update


Betsy Slenzak

VP, Original Programming & Series Development

E! Entertainment

Betsy Slenzak is the Director of Original Programming and Series Development at E! Entertainment, where she is responsible for the daily management of the network’s hit plastic surgery show, Botched. Slenzak also oversees Fashion Police, as well as one of E!’s most recent greenlit series What Happens At The Abbey.

Furthermore,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


David Shadrack Smith

President

Part2 Pictures

Since establishing part2 pictures in 2007 in his native New York, David Shadrack Smith has created and overseen over 200 hours of television and film for broadcasters such as Showtime, CNN, National Geographic, Discovery, OWN, NOVA, MSNBC, LMN, and more.   His work behind the lens and as an executive producer has included...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: The Dark Stuff


Nick Smith

SVP International Format Production

all3media International

Nick Smith, Senior Vice President of Format Production at all3media international has over ten years experience of working with television formats. He has spent time developing formats (part of the BBC Entertainment development team that created Strictly Come Dancing), producing formats (task producer on two series of House of Tiny...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Rachel Smith

SVP, Development

Bravo

As Senior Vice President, Development, Bravo Media, Rachel Smith oversees the non-scripted development for the network including pilots, casting reels and original concepts.  Based in New York, she reports to Frances Berwick, President, Lifestyle Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

Previously, Smith served as Senior Vice President, Current Production, Bravo and oversaw hit...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Rachel Smith, Bravo


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...more

Speaking at: The Danger Zone


Anna Snead

Program Development and Casting

Investigation Discovery

As the Director of Program Development and Casting, Snead is responsible for the cultivation of new and developing programs and talent across Investigation Discovery. Since stepping into the role in 2012, Snead has championed highly successful series such as See No Evil, Married with Secrets, Murder Among Friends, and Evil...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


Will Stapley

Head of Acquisitions

TVF International

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David Stefanou

SVP, Development

WE tv

As the Vice President, Development at WE tv, David Stefanou is responsible for scouting and developing fresh, new unscripted series that fit with the network’s existing slate of popular shows including Braxton Family Values, Mary Mary, Kendra on Top and the hit Marriage Boot Camp franchise.

Stefanou comes to WE tv...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with David Stefanou, WE tv


Colleen Needles Steward

President & CEO

Tremendous! Entertainment

Colleen Needles Steward is always on the hunt for the next brilliant idea and has discovered that the ones scribbled on the back of cocktail napkins are usually the best.  With more than 30 years of television experience, she spearheads the company’s new show development and oversees the production of...more

Speaking at: Building Brands


Michael Stiller

VP, Development and Programming

History

Mike Stiller is Vice President, Development and Programming for History. In this capacity he leads a team of executives developing and overseeing a wide range of programming, including reality and non-fiction series, special events, and some scripted dramas. The past year, he also oversaw development and production at H2.

During his...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Cynthia Stockhammer

SVP, Development

Critical Content

Cynthia Stockhammer is the Senior Vice President of Development at Critical Content, where she oversees the development of non-scripted programming for Broadcast, Cable, and Digital networks.  

Stockhammer was previously on the network/studio side of the business and served as Senior Director of Development at ABC both in the unscripted studio,...more

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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: Inroads to Asia: Challenges and Opportunities


Igal Svet

Senior Director, Development

National Geographic

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Rob Swartz

SVP, Development & Production

REELZ Channel

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Rob Swartz, Reelzchannel


Peter Tarshis

Executive Producer

LMN

Peter Tarshis currently serves as an Executive Producer for A&E and LMN. In this role, Peter has produced several successful series for both networks, including A&E’s The First 48, After The First 48, The Killer Speaks, amongst others and such specials as The First 48: The Case that Haunts Me and...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: The Dark Stuff; 30 Minutes with Peter Tarshis, LMN; Speed Pitching Three


Banks Tarver

Co-Founder & Co-President

Left/Right

After college at Harvard and law school at Berkeley, Banks worked as a civil rights attorney in his home state of Texas.  His first (and best) documentary -- Watch Me Jumpstart – was about his favorite rock band, Guided By Voices.  In 2004, he co-founded Left/Right with filmmaker Ken Druckerman....more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Rob Sharenow, A&E and Lifetime


Spencer Thomas

Senior Producer

CJ E&M Corporation

Spencer Thomas is Senior Producer for CJ E & M’s Factual Team. Spencer’s specialty is creating, packaging, and localizing CJ E & M’s formats. In 2016, Spencer was on the development team that co-created “The Society Game” with Endemol Shine Group, and helped launch the Factual Team which has a...more

Speaking at: Inroads to Asia: Challenges and Opportunities


Daniel E. Tibbets

President and GM

El Rey Network

With over 20 years of entertainment programming and producing experience, Daniel Tibbets serves as president and general manager for El Rey Network, a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network targeting “Strivers,” who hold strong core beliefs about the importance of family, independence, hard work, craftsmanship, and legacy. Overseeing operations and leading the...more

Speaking at: The Next Move for Niche Networks


Kurt Tondorf

SVP, Development, Science Channel & Animal Planet

Animal Planet & Science Channel

Kurt Tondorf is Senior Vice President, Development for Animal Planet and Science Channel. Tondorf oversees Animal Planet and Science Channel’s development slate and is responsible for bringing new series and specials to the networks while supervising the development of concepts to green light. Additionally, he identifies writers and talent necessary...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Storytelling Decoded


Rebecca Toth Diefenbach

Co-President and Executive Producer

Sirens Media

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: What I Did, What I Learned


Jane Turton

Chief Executive Officer

all3media

Jane Turton joined all3media in October 2008 and has played a key role building the business globally through setting strategies to grow the existing companies in the Group and through acquiring and starting up new operations.  Jane was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2015 after the sale of all3media...more

Speaking at: Life After the Sale


Buddy Valastro

President

Cakehouse Media

Buddy Valastro has turned television success into a multi-million dollar baking empire.

For Valastro, mixing eggs, sugar, butter and flour means a lot more than “making a cake.” As a fourth generation baker, it’s a constant source of pleasure, pride and creativity. Creating amazing cakes connects Buddy with the memory of his father Buddy Sr....more

Speaking at: SUMMIT SHOWDOWN: INTERNATIONAL PITCH COMPETITION


Elizabeth Ventura

President

EMV Enterprises Inc.

Elizabeth Ventura is a Production Consultant with 17 years experience driving production management of multimillion-dollar series and specials, working with PBS, independent producers, production companies and networks including AETN, Animal Planet, Discovery, HGTV, History Channel, National Geographic, Spike TV, TLC, and TRU TV.  She is proficient in overseeing all aspects of...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Budget Building


Ryan Wackerman

Alternative Television Packaging Agent

ICM Partners

Ryan Wackerman is an agent at ICM Partners in the International Television and Media department working out of their Los Angeles office. He focuses on unscripted television’s broadcast, cable, and syndication markets as well as premier digital platforms representing many of the world’s leading producers, production companies, and on-air talent.

Originally...more

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Barry Walsh

Editor & Content Director

Realscreen

Speaking at: Trendwatch: The Dark Stuff; VR: Where Are We Now?


Erin Wanner

VP, Production

Animal Planet

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One; 30 Minutes with Erin Wanner, Animal Planet


Todd Weiser

VP, Programming

Food Network

Todd Weiser is Vice President of Programming and Development for Food Network and Cooking Channel. In this role, he oversees a talented team developing new series, specials and tentpoles for Scripps Networks Interactive’s food category. In addition to creating new content, he and his team oversee all of Food Network...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Sarah Whalen

EVP, Programming & Development

Original Productions

As Executive Vice President of Programming and Development at Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company, Sarah plays an integral role in the “high risk, high reward” genre of television.  She nurtures the company’s new and returning series through field and post production while simultaneously supervising the company’s development slate.  Sarah joined...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Courtney White

SVP, Programming, Food Network, Travel Channel & Cooking Channel

Travel 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

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with Courtney White, Travel Channel; What Makes a Hit?


Temple Williams

COO

51 Minds Entertainment

Temple Williams returns to 51 Minds as Chief Operating Officer, where he oversees operations, production management and strategic growth of the company from its headquarters in North Hollywood, California.

Williams brings to 51 Minds years of experience as a business and creative executive in the entertainment industry. He most recently served...more

Speaking at: What I Did, What I Learned


Lisa Williams-Fauntroy

SVP, Business & Legal Affairs

Discovery Communications

Lisa A. Williams-Fauntroy is Senior Vice President for Business & Legal Affairs at Discovery Communications, LLC.

At Discovery, Lisa manages and handles business and legal affairs matters for the company’s flagship network, Discovery Channel, as well as Animal Planet and Science Channel. When Lisa joined Discovery in March of 1997, she...more

Speaking at: Under Pressure: The State of the Unscripted Nation


Levison Wood

Explorer, Photographer, Broadcaster and Best-selling Author

Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, Lev studied History at the University of Nottingham, before attending Sandhurst and serving as an Officer in the British Parachute Regiment, including Operation Herrick 8 in Afghanistan. His journalism has taken him to Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, North and South Sudan, most of Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Nepal and...more

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Keith Wooten

Director of Development Original Programming

BET Networks

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Simon Young

Commissioning Editor, History

National Geographic Channel

Simon Young is Senior Director of Development & Production at National Geographic Channel, where he develops and oversees the delivery of new specials and series, as well as acting as a major point of contact for the global production community. Prior to joining NGC, he produced Channel 4’s headline-grabbing documentaries...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Sean Zeid

Head of Domestic Alternative Television

Paradigm Talent Agency

Bio Coming Soon...

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