Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Brooke Bailey Johnson

Television Executive

As a longtime leader in the US television and digital media business, Brooke Bailey Johnson has launched multiple networks, shows, and iconic brands.  She was the President of the Food category at Scripps Networks Interactive, the General Manager of the A&E Network, the Senior Vice President of Programming for A&E...more

Speaking at: View from the Corner Office

W. Clark Bunting

Co-Founder & CEO

Digital Circus Media

With more than three decades as a senior leader in media and entertainment and championing environmental and conservation causes, Clark has successfully developed and managed comprehensive strategies for quality branded enterprises, incubating business units and cultivating talent.

In July 2017, Bunting launched media company, Digital Circus, with partner David Wheeler. The...more

Speaking at: View from the Corner Office

Michael Cascio

CEO & President

M&C Media LLC

M&C Media President/CEO Michael Cascio has executive experience in successful television programming, production, journalism and communication. As SVP/EVP at A&E, Animal Planet, MSNBC and National Geographic, he created and supervised many award-winning and popular programs: Investigative Reports, Brain Games, Biography, American Justice, Dog Whisperer, Doomsday Preppers, and landmark specials Inside...more

Speaking at: View from the Corner Office

Kathleen Finch

Chief Programming, Content & Brand Officer

Scripps Networks Interactive

Kathleen Finch is Chief Programming, Content & Brand Officer for all six Scripps Networks Interactive brands. She was promoted to this position in August of 2015 after serving as President of HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country.

During her tenure as President of the Home Category, Finch led the networks...more

Speaking at: Pressure Points: Making the Model Work

John Ford

General Manager


John Ford is general manager of the trade organization NPACT, established in June 2017 upon the merging of the Non-Fiction Producers Association (NPA) and PactUS, the two major trade organizations formed to serve the producers of nonfiction entertainment content. With 99 member companies, NPACT members collectively produce the vast majority...more

Speaking at: Pressure Points: Making the Model Work

Tom Forman


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: Pressure Points: Making the Model Work

Elaine Frontain Bryant

EVP, Head of Programming

A+E Networks

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Speaking at: Unscripted: The Shocking Truth

Lauren Gellert

EVP, Development & Original Programming


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Speaking at: Unscripted: The Shocking Truth

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: Meet a Mentor: Abby Greensfelder, Half Yard Productions

Janet Han Vissering

SVP, Development & Production

Nat Geo Wild

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

Amy Introcaso-Davis

Head of Development & Production

E! Entertainment

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Speaking at: Unscripted: The Shocking Truth

Joseph Livecchi


Noble Savages

Joe Livecchi is a seasoned media professional with over 20 years of experience in content creation, programming and marketing. He has created and produced dozens of television shows as well as managing and developing hundreds of hours of content as a senior development executive. He’s that rare professional who has...more

Speaking at: Small Companies, Big Ideas; Pitching Partners

Russ McCarroll

SVP, Development & Production

Discovery Channel

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Speaking at: Pressure Points: Making the Model Work

Brent Montgomery


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: Pressure Points: Making the Model Work

Jonathan Murray

Founder and Executive Consultant

Bunim/Murray Productions

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

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Jonathan Murray, Bunim/Murray Productions

Vikki Neil


Scripps Lifestyle Studios

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Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Vikki Neil, Scripps Lifestyle Studios

Sheila Nevins

President, HBO Documentary Films


Sheila Nevins is president, HBO Documentary Films, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing the development and production of all documentaries for HBO, HBO2 and Cinemax. She was named to this position in February 2004.

As an executive producer or producer, she has received 32 Primetime Emmy®...more

Speaking at: 20th Anniversary Legacy Award + Keynote: Sheila Nevins, HBO Documentary Films

Chris Palmer

Professor and Director

American University

Chris Palmer is an environmental film producer, professor, speaker, and author. He serves on American University’s full-time faculty as Distinguished Film Producer in Residence at the School of Communication. His books include Shooting in the Wild (Sierra Club Books, 2010); Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker (Bluefield Publishing, 2015); Now What,...more

Speaking at: Networking Made Easy

Chris Rantamaki

SVP, Production and 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.  Currently, Discovery is...more

Speaking at: Cocktails With Chris Rantamaki, Discovery Channel

Jane Root



Jane Root is a leading creative executive who has transformed major networks on both sides of the Atlantic. She has built a reputation for innovation, determination and delivery in both television and digital.

In 2008, Root set up her own TV production company Nutopia. With offices in London and...more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Jane Root, Nutopia

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

Scripps Networks Interactive

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Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Loren Ruch, HGTV & DIY Network

Jason Sarlanis

SVP, Development


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Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Jason Sarlanis, TLC

Rob Shaftel

Founder & Executive Producer

Hit + Run

Based in New York, Hit + Run is a full service production company known for high concept and high quality story-driven programming with unprecedented access to incredible locations and underground subcultures. Combining storytelling with compelling and dynamic visuals, the company produces across all genres, from disruptive digital programs to cutting...more

Speaking at: Small Companies, Big Ideas

Rob Swartz

SVP, Development & Production

REELZ Channel

Bio Coming Soon

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Rob Swartz, Reelzchannel

Drew Tappon

Chief Creative Officer

495 Productions

Drew Tappon is the Chief Creative Officer for 495 Productions, a position he has held since October, 2016. In this role, he oversees all creative elements (both development and current) for the prolific production company, known for their boisterous and outrageous reality programming, including Jersey Shore, Party Down South, the...more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Drew Tappon, 495 Productions

Kurt Tondorf

SVP of Development for Science and Animal Planet

Animal Planet

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Kurt Tondorf, Science Channel & Animal Planet

Courtney White

SVP Programming, Food Network, Travel Channel and Cooking Channel

Scripps Networks

Bio Coming Soon

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Courtney White, Food Network & Travel Channel

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