MONDAY, JANUARY 28 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 31
SHERATON NEW ORLEANS
Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2019

Speakers


Cori Abraham

SVP, Development & International Oxygen Media

Oxygen Media

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Crime TV: How To Stand Out In The (Police) Line-up


Jon Adler

Senior Director of Development

CNN

Jon Adler is Senior Director of Development for CNN Original Series 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. He is responsible for the development (and management/coordination thereof)...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Donald Albright

Co-Founder

Tenderfoot TV

California native Donald Albright is an entrepreneur, producer and cofounder of Atlanta-based content creation company, Tenderfoot TV.

Albright has spent the last 20 years working on a variety of entertainment projects with notable artists including, Jay-Z, OutKast, Usher, DJ Khaled, and many more. In 2016, Albright joined friend and music video...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Podcast to Broadcast


Lauren Appelbaum

Director of Communications

RespectAbility

Lauren Appelbaum is the Communications Director at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. She oversees RespectAbility’s outreach to Hollywood to promote accurate, diverse and inclusive media portrayals on TV and in film. Working with more than 40 partners, she educates studio...more

Speaking at: Inclusion in Unscripted: Vive La Différence


Avi Armoza

CEO

Armoza Formats

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

Avi has been working in the television and film business for more than 20 years. He began his tenure at JCS in 1993 when...more

Speaking at: Format Future: Global Trends and Takeaways


Hayley Babcock

Head of Formats, International Programming & Production

A+E Networks

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Speaking at: Format Future: Global Trends and Takeaways


Sam Barcroft

CEO

Barcroft Productions

Sam Barcroft formed Barcroft Media in 2003, sensing an explosion in demand from international print media for exclusive content. He has built the company into a leading provider of premium factual content for TV, social and digital platforms.

He has grown Barcroft TV into one of YouTube’s biggest factual channels with...more

Speaking at: The Way We Work: Evolving the Prodco Model


Thom Beers

Partner

BoBCat

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Thom Beers, BoBCat


Shirley Bowers

VP, Sales & Acquisitions, North America

Red Arrow Studios International

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Marco Bresaz

VP, Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming

AMC & SundanceTV

As vice president of non-fiction & 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: Luncheon Roundtables


Rachel Brill

SVP, Head of Unscripted Programming

Epix

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: The Doc Boom: Can It Last?; 30 Minutes With


Tom Brisley

Creative Director

Arrow Media

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Content Without Borders


Brie Miranda Bryant

SVP, Unscripted Development & Programming

Lifetime

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Brie Bryant, Lifetime


Amy Bucher

SVP, Programming & Content

Part2 Pictures

Amy Bucher has helped develop and overseen series and specials at part2 pictures for the past ten years.

In 2009 she began helming the acclaimed series Our America with Lisa Ling for OWN. After five notable seasons she is now overseeing This is Life with Lisa Ling for CNN. She is...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Heather Budman

Agent, Alternative

Kaplan Stahler Agency

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Steve Burns

Chief Content Officer

CuriosityStream

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Steve Burns, CuriosityStream


Sahara Bushue

SVP, Alternative Programming

NBC Entertainment

As senior vice president of alternative programming and development for NBC, Sahara Bushue oversees shows within the networks’ development slate and their current portfolio of alternative projects. Bushue joined NBC through the Page Program in 2008 and soon became a coordinator in the alternative department. She was elevated to manager...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Sahara Bushue, NBC; New Buyers. New Mandates: Upping Your Pitching Game


Matthew Butler

VP, Programming & Development

Destination America

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Matt Butler, Travel Channel


Michelle Byars

Director, Unscripted Development, Series

TNT & TBS

Michelle Byars is the director of unscripted series and live events for TBS and TNT. Most recently she was part of the core TBS team that re-launched its unscripted business with comedies Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild and Drop the Mic hosted by Method Man & Hailey Bieber that...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


Nir Caspi

Agent, Non-Scripted Reality TV

WME

Nir Caspi is a non-scripted television agent at WME. Caspi represents a variety of production companies and producers across broadcast and cable, including Scout Productions (Queer Eye), Campfire (The Innocent Man, Jiro Dreams of Sushi), Unrealistic Ideas (Wahlberg, Levinson, Gipps), and Critical Content (Catfish, The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey). He...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Meghan Cassin

Director, Development

Nat Geo Wild

Meghan Cassin is the Director of Development for Nat Geo Wild. In this role she is responsible for specials, character-driven series, SharkFest and BarkFest. In addition to linear programming, Cassin develops digital content for Wild and executive produced the multiplatform series Untamed with Filipe DeAndrade.

Previously, Cassin has worked in development,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three; Luncheon Roundtables


Courtny Catzel

Co-Head of Non-Scripted Programming

ICM Partners

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: The Agent’s-eye View


John Cavanagh

Executive Producer

Smithsonian Channel

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Stewart Cavanagh

VP, Alternative TV

Gersh Agency

Stewart Cavanagh represents a variety of production companies, producers and on-air talent for network television, cable and syndication.

Prior to joining Gersh, Stewart was an agent at Rebel Entertainment Partners. "Belief in our clients, is the only constant of note. It’s possible.” Stewart received joint honours from the University of Glasgow...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Julie Chang

VP, International Co-Production

Blue Ant Media

Working closely with Sam Sniderman and and Laura Michalchyshyn, Julie Chang is focused on the identification, structuring and closing of content creation and financing opportunities for Blue Ant Media’s production businesses around the globe. Prior to joining Blue Ant Media, Julie was the Senior Vice President of Business and Legal...more

Speaking at: Content Without Borders


Matt Chazen

Agent

Creative Artists Agency

A native New Yorker, Matt Chazen is an agent in the TV-Alternative and Digital Packaging Departments at CAA.

Upon graduating from Davidson College in Davidson, NC in 2009, Matt immediately started working as a Page at NBC in New York City. After his stint in the Page Program, Matt moved over...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Philippa Chuter

Factual Acquisitions Manager

DCD Rights

Philippa Chuter leads DCD Rights factual acquisitions drive, developing the company’s relationships within the international television production community, as well as working closely with the sales team to further expand its content slate. Philippa leads DCD Rights’ successful collaborations with renowned production companies across a range of genres from Blue Marlin...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Sean Cohan

President

Wheelhouse

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: The Way We Work: Evolving the Prodco Model


Stuart Coxe

President

Antica Productions

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Podcast to Broadcast



Geoff Daniels

EVP, Global Unscripted Entertainment

National Geographic Channels

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Factual Comes Alive!


Nancy Daniels

Chief Brand Officer, Discovery and Factual

Discovery, Inc.

Nancy Daniels is Chief Brand Officer, Discovery & Factual, where she oversees all creative and brand strategy, development, production, multiplatform, communications, marketing and day-to-day operations for Discovery Channel and Science Channel in the U.S. Previously Daniels was President of TLC, where she led the company's flagship female-focused channel, overseeing all...more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery & Factual


Jayson Dinsmore

President, Alternative Programming & Development

Fremantle

Jayson Dinsmore serves as President, Alternative Programming and Development for Fremantle in North America where he leads domestic and global development strategy for the unscripted genre, both by mining the company’s catalogue of titles and creating new formats.

Fremantle’s current portfolio of unscripted content includes America’s Got Talent (NBC), Family Feud...more

Speaking at: What Now? What Next?


Dolyn Dobro

Director, Production & Development

CNBC

Dolyn Dobro is Director of Production and Development for CNBC Primetime Alternative Programming, based in New York City. In her role at CNBC Prime group, Dolyn oversees development and production of original content with a business and money focus. She is responsible for finding new formats and working with independent...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Mary Donahue

SVP, Development & Programming

History

Mary E. Donahue is Senior Vice President, Development and Programming, History. She is responsible for managing all production of History’s non-fiction series, specials, and megadocs, including the new hit competition formats Knife or Death and Truck Night in America; History’s record breaking Evel Live special; and megadoc series, including Men...more

Speaking at: 50 Shades of Premium


Stephanie Drachkovitch

President & Co-Founder

44 Blue Productions

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Stephanie Drachkovitch, 44 Blue


Tim Duffy

Co-Bro

Ugly Brother Studios

Tim Duffy is a two-time Emmy Award-Winning producer, an Emmy-nominated Director, a two-time James Beard Award nominee, and Co-President of Ugly Brother Studios with his twin brother, Mike. Since the launch of Ugly Brother, Tim’s created and produced shows across an array of genres including reality, documentary/factual, variety, and comedy....more

Speaking at: Reality of Mindfulness


Kristina Edwards

Unscripted Development Executive

Facebook Watch

Kristina Edwards is a Development Executive at Facebook Watch based in Los Angeles, CA. In this role she is responsible for developing and overseeing non-scripted projects for the platform working on series such as The Real World (both domestically and internationally), Kelly Ripa & Rachel Harris’ Head & Faces, &...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three; Luncheon Roundtables


David Eilenberg

Chief Creative Officer

ITV America

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Happy Together? How SVODs Have Changed The Game


Havva Eisenbaum

Head of Unscripted Development

Monami Productions

Havva Eisenbaum is the Los Angeles-based Head of Unscripted Television Development at Monami Productions, the New York-based Production company behind VH1’s Love & Hip Hop franchise.

Havva is an award-winning producer and television executive who has been working in Non-Fiction, Reality TV and Documentary Development for almost two decades. Notably, she...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Phil Fairclough

Managing Director

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Factual Comes Alive!


Toby Faulkner

Head of Unscripted

Facebook

Based out of LA, Faulkner is responsible for Unscripted Originals on Watch. Formerly a VP of programming and development for A+E Networks, he began his career as a journalist with BBC Radio and rose through the ranks at ITV UK before moving to the US 14 years ago as an...more

Speaking at: New Buyers. New Mandates: Upping Your Pitching Game


John Feld

SVP, Original Programming & Production

HGTV, DIY Network

John Feld is the Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Production for Discovery, Inc.’s 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 Interactive (now Discovery, Inc.)...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; New Buyers. New Mandates: Upping Your Pitching Game


Cynthia Fenneman

President & CEO

American Public Television & Create TV

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; 30 Minutes With Cynthia Fenneman, American Public Television & Create TV


Laura Fleury

SVP, Unscripted Programming & Co-Productions

A+E Networks

In July 2018, Laura Fleury was named Senior Vice President, A+E Networks Unscripted Programming and Co-Productions. In this new role, Laura collaborates on projects with A+E Originals (A+E’s unscripted production unit), as she develops and oversees projects, identifies potential talent and works with Corporate Development to develop projects with the...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Laura Fleury, A+E Networks


John Ford

General Manager

NPACT

John Ford is general manager of NPACT, the trade organization serving producers of nonfiction entertainment content. With 100+ member companies, including production companies of all sizes, as well as allied services companies, NPACT members collectively produce the majority of all non-fiction content for US broadcast, cable television and digital platforms.

Ford...more

Speaking at: What Now? What Next?


Zara Frankel

Manager, Development

PBS

Zara Frankel works in PBS Programming as the Manager of Programming and Development.  Zara collaborates extensively with filmmakers, production companies, and new talent to develop interesting and innovative content across genres for PBS. Prior to her current role, Zara served as an Assistant Director in PBS Programming, evaluating submissions and...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Sara Geater

Chief Operating Officer

All3Media

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Sara Geater, All3Media; Inclusion in Unscripted: Vive La Différence


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 and oversees the...more

Speaking at: Happy Together? How SVODs Have Changed The Game


Eliot Goldberg

EVP, Nonfiction Programming, AMC & SundanceTV

AMC Networks

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Eliot Goldberg, AMC & SundanceTV


Debra Goldfarb

Head, Alternative Television

Gersh Agency

Debra Goldfarb is the Head of the Alternative Television Department at The Gersh Agency, with offices in both Beverly Hills and New York. Prior to joining Gersh in November of 2017, Goldfarb spent 15 years at Rebel Entertainment Partners, becoming both a Partner and Co-Owner. Prior to her years with...more

Speaking at: The Agent’s-eye View


Seth Goolnik

Content

Snapchat

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Cocktails With Seth Goolnik, Snapchat


Jennifer Gordon

VP, Development

TLC

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three; Luncheon Roundtables


Sean Gottlieb

VP, Development & Programming

A&E

Sean Gottlieb is Vice President, Development and Programming for A&E, where he oversees development and production of non-fiction programming for the network.  He joined A&E in April 2014.

A seasoned producer with over 20 years’ experience, Gottlieb developed and is Executive Producer of Live PD, the new hit series that airs live...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Factual Comes Alive!; Luncheon Roundtables; SUMMIT SHOWDOWN: INTERNATIONAL PITCH COMPETITION


Lucas Green

Head of Content

Banijay Group

Lucas Green joined Banijay Group in January 2018. As Head of Content across the Group’s footprint of 16 production territories, he is responsible for creativity and championing new and existing formats. Hits in the group’s catalogue include enduring global formats such as Survivor, Temptation Island, Secret Life of 4 Year...more

Speaking at: Fighting the Brain Drain


Robyn Greene Arrington

VP, Original Programming & Production

TV One

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Robyn Greene Arrington, TV One


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: 50 Shades of Premium


Leslie Greif

President

Big Dreams Entertainment

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: The Agent’s-eye View


Allison Grodner

Founder & Executive Producer

Fly on the Wall Entertainment

Allison Grodner is a founding partner at Fly on the Wall Entertainment.

A word-class content creator specializing in formats and live events, Fly on the Wall develops, sells and produces across all unscripted genres for broadcast and cable networks, both domestically and internationally, as well as digital platforms. Since its launch...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Factual Comes Alive!


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


Kate Harrison

President

Cream Productions Inc.

With a penchant for bringing strong, often international teams together, Kate is involved in all aspects of production at Cream; from the development of a kernel of an idea to financing, production and final tweaks in an editing room. She is always cultivating new projects and partnerships, and her numerous...more

Speaking at: Crime TV: How To Stand Out In The (Police) Line-up


Brent Hatherill

Senior Director, Development

Investigation Discovery

Brent Hatherill fulfills a critical role on the content strategy team for Investigation Discovery, overseeing the conceptualization and development of ID’s original programming. Since joining the ID team full time in 2016, Hatherill has been responsible for developing projects with A-list names that resonate with ID’s fanbase, from bringing famed...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Adam Hawkins

U.S. Creative Director

Raw TV

Adam has led development at Raw since 2012. He has created developed and won commissions from numerous broadcasters including CNN, Discovery, Netflix, Showtime, History, A&E and Nat Geo. Highlights include CNN’s Race For The White House, and The Kennedys, A&E’s Waco, and Discovery’s Harley and The Davidsons and Taking Fire....more

Speaking at: The Doc Boom: Can It Last?


Karin Heijink

VP, Product & Channels

Viasat World

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Sara Helman

VP, Development & Production

TLC

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Sara Helman, TLC


Justina Hemperek

Head of Acquisitions

Beyond Distribution

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

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Roger Henry

VP, Programming

Motor Trend Network

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two; Coffee + Commissioners


Edward Hersh

Principal & Chief Creative Officer

StoryCentric LLC

Through StoryCentric -- the consultancy he founded in 2007 -- veteran media executive, strategist and producer Ed Hersh provides content networks and producers across all genres with insights on development, production, competitive analyses and storytelling strategies, including the shaping of non-fiction pilots and series.

His clients include the senior management of...more

Speaking at: Content Without Borders


Mioshi Hill

VP of Development (Lifetime)

Lifetime

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Julian Hobbs

Co-President

Talos Films

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 50 Shades of Premium


Will Horowitz

Alternative Television Packaging Agent

ICM Partners

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Nikolas Huelbusch

Director, ZDFE.Unscripted

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 joined the...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Marcie Hume

Senior Executive Producer

A&E

Marcie Hume is Senior Executive Producer for A&E, responsible for developing, creating and overseeing new series for the network. She joined A&E in August 2017.

Her current projects for A&E include the limited original docu-series, The Devil Next Door, which looks at the secretive Word of Faith Fellowship Church and shocking...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two; SUMMIT SHOWDOWN: INTERNATIONAL PITCH COMPETITION


Marissa Hurwitz

Agent

WME

Marissa Hurwitz is an agent in WME’s digital department. Her focus is on representing digital native talent, building out digital businesses for traditional talent, podcasts, and packaging projects for new distribution networks. She works with podcasters including Noor Tagouri (Sold In America), Jason amd Carissa Weiser (Myths & Legends), Rayna...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Podcast to Broadcast


Maria Ishak

VP, Sales North America

all3media international

Maria Ishak is Vice President Sales North America at all3media International and works closely with the company’s factual producers in finding co-production opportunities between the UK and US on premium unscripted projects. Ishak also heads up all tape and format sales of all3media’s growing 11, 000 hours of content, which...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Tania Jacobson

SVP, Sales

Endemol Shine International

Based in Los Angeles, Tania Jacobson is SVP Sales for Endemol Shine International, managing all of ESI’s Canadian business, including local productions of MasterChef and Big Brother.

Prior to the Endemol Group and Shine Group merger, Tania was SVP Sales and Acquisitions, Americas for Shine International for four years, working with...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Patrick Jager

SVP, Programming

Bluprint

As Senior Vice President of Programming and Production, Bluprint, Patrick Jager is a key driver of strategy, vision, production and execution for signature shows, original series and classes, NBCUniversal integrations and front-of-paywall content experiences.

Joining in 2018, Jager played an integral role in broadening and expanding content and programming offerings for...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One; 30 Minutes With Patrick Jager, Bluprint


Jay James

SVP, Programming & Development

Game Show Network

Jay James joined Game Show Network in 2017 from Conveyor Media, where he was co-founder and the Executive Producer of several series including Bargain Mansions for the DIY Network, the GLAAD Award-nominated New Girls On The Block for Discovery Life. Prior to Conveyor, James was the Executive Vice President of...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Jay James, Game Show Network


Brett-Patrick Jenkins

SVP, 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...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Podcast to Broadcast


Phil Keoghan

Executive Producer, Director, Writer, Host

NOW TV

Phil has been sharing stories in front of a TV camera for over 30 years in over 130 countries on more than 1,500 program episodes and is arguably the most traveled host on the planet. He is currently serving as host and an executive producer of CBS’s multi-Emmy Award-winning reality...more

Speaking at: SUMMIT SHOWDOWN: INTERNATIONAL PITCH COMPETITION; Keynote Conversation: Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery & Factual


David Kirsch

Agent, Alternative TV

United Talent Agency

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: New Buyers. New Mandates: Upping Your Pitching Game


Richard Klein

Head of Documentaries

Plimsoll Productions Ltd

Richard was one of the most successful BBC4 Channel Controllers in its history, winning Channel of the Year twice. He has earned numerous awards, including Oscar, BAFTA, RTS, Grierson and Emmys. Among his many international documentary successes, is the Oscar winning, Man on Wire. He now oversees all Plimsoll’s documentary...more

Speaking at: The Doc Boom: Can It Last?


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 as development...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Timothy Kuryak

SVP, Production & Development

UP TV

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Timothy Kuryak, UP TV


Jenn Kuzmyk

Executive Director, BANFF & Associate Publisher, Playback

Banff World Media Festival

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Inclusion in Unscripted: Vive La Différence


Harrison Land

VP, Development

Jupiter Entertainment

Based in the New York office, Harrison Land oversees Jupiter Entertainment’s ever-growing development department. With his passion for world-class storytelling, ability to secure fruitful partnerships, and unparalleled expertise in innovative business deals, he has successfully developed and sold over twenty series and specials across a variety of genres to multiple...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Jane Latman

GM, Destination America & Travel Channel

EVP, Development & Research, Investigation Discovery & American Heroes Channel

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Crime TV: How To Stand Out In The (Police) Line-up


Robyn Lattaker-Johnson

Head of Content & Development

Revolt TV & Media

Robyn Lattaker-Johnson has over 20 yrs of experience in entertainment spanning programming, development, current & physical production. As as executive, Robyn's focus has been unscripted television programming including docu-series, arced competition, field/studio game, recreation, court, talk, magazine, biography, makeover, dating, variety, improv/stand-up comedy, hidden camera, music, award shows & documentary.

As Syfy's VP...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Robyn Lattaker-Johnson, Revolt; Speed Pitching Three


Jean-Pierre Laurendeau

Senior Director, Programming

Bell Media

Jean-Pierre Laurendeau began is television career in the mid-eighties as production manager for what is known today as the TVA network.  Head of programming for Canal D from 2003 to 2015, he now manages 7 specialty television services for Bell Média in French Canada:  Canal D, for documentary, Canal Vie,...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


David Lee

VP, Production & Development

Motor Trend Network

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With David Lee, Motor Trend Group


Marisa Levy

VP, Head of Unscripted

BET Networks

As Head of Unscripted Programming at Viacom’s BET Networks, Marisa Levy oversees the development and production of all original non-fiction programming.  She is a consummate storyteller with an impressive track record of understanding diverse audiences and developing content that resonates with them. Marisa’s keen understanding of American and international audiences...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Samantha Linton

Head of Original Content

Blue Ant Media

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners; Speed Pitching Two


Joseph Livecchi

CEO

Noble Savages

Joe Livecchi is a seasoned media professional with over 20 years of experience in content creation, programming and marketing. As a Senior Development Executive, he has created and produced dozens of TV shows as well as managed and developed hundreds of hours of content. He’s that rare professional who has...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Podcast to Broadcast


Krista Look

Director Original Lifestyle Content

Corus Entertainment

Krista Look is the Director of Original Lifestyle Content for Corus Entertainment in Toronto. In this role, she is responsible for steering the original content strategies and slates for some of Canada’s most-watched specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada and Slice. Krista is also responsible for overseeing reality...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three; Coffee + Commissioners


Bill Margol

Sr. Director of Programming & Development

PBS

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Ari Mark

Co-Founder

AMPLE

Ari Mark is Co-Founder of AMPLE Entertainment, a production company dedicated to hands-on, handcrafted and filmmaker led premium content. Since launching three years ago, the company has produced more than 50 hours of programming including Murder in the Heartland (Discovery ID), Cooper’s Treasure with Amblin Entertainment (Discovery), Cold Case Files...more

Speaking at: Crime TV: How To Stand Out In The (Police) Line-up


Joseph Maxwell

Head of Documentaries

SBS International

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Jennifer McGovern

SVP, Current & Development

Fuse Media

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Jennifer McGovern, Fuse Media


Erin Mechanic

Director, Programming & Development

GSN Programming

Erin Mechanic serves as Director, Programming and Development for Game Show Network. Prior to Game Show Network, Mechanic was a former development exec at Spike TV and Ardaban, where she managed the development team and oversaw production on series for networks such as CMT, TLC, A&E and E!, among others.

Previously,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Winona Meringolo

SVP, Development

Investigation Discovery

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Winona Meringolo, Investigation Discovery


Hayden Meyer

Department Head, SVP, Alternative & Factual Programming

APA

Hayden K. Meyer is a Partner and Head of Alternative & Factual Programming at APA, one of the largest diversified talent agencies in the industry with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, New York, Toronto and London. Since joining APA in 2006, Meyer has led the growth of its Alternative...more

Speaking at: The Agent’s-eye View


Angela Molloy

VP, Development

WE tv

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; SUMMIT SHOWDOWN: INTERNATIONAL PITCH COMPETITION


Alex Montalvo

Director of Development

Discovery Channel

Alex Montalvo serves as Director of Development for Discovery Channel. In this role, he works alongside international and domestic producers to develop prime-time series for both Discovery Channel and Science Channel, while helping to steer strategy for new projects and originating new concepts internally.

Before joining Discovery Channel,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Melanie Moreau

Head of Premium Content Development

Complex Networks

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Patrick Moses

VP, Development

Viceland

Patrick Moses is a leader within the current series and development teams for Viceland. EP credits include Dopesick Nation, Noisey, The Therapist and Black Market with Michael K. Williams. He has also overseen the network's branded projects including Hustle, Beerland, Business of Life and Hungry Hearts with Action Bronson. He...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two; 30 Minutes With Patrick Moses, Viceland


Jonathan Murray

Founder & 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 (MTV) in 1992, Murray has created and executive produced some of the industry’s most...more

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Angela Neillis

SVP, Non-Scripted Content, International

Fremantle

As SVP of Non-Scripted Content for the international division of Fremantle, Angela Neillis seeks to acquire stand out, non-scripted content for Fremantle’s international portfolio.

Neillis’ responsibilities include the acquisition, development, financing and co-production of factual, entertainment and lifestyle series. With the aim of securing the most compelling content across all platforms,...more

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Charles Nordlander

Director, Programming & Development

Travel Channel

Charles Nordlander joined Travel Channel as director of development and programming in early 2016. His work as developer and executive producer of hit series including Bizarre Foods, Delicious Destinations, The Zimmern List and Man v Food has helped Travel Channel achieve the strongest growth and best ratings in its history,...more

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Andrew O'Connell

VP of Development and Production

Discovery UK

Andrew is an experienced television executive who has worked with the UK’s leading broadcasters. He is currently VP Development and Production at Discovery Channel where his is responsible for working with UK independents looking for the next generation of factual series for the USA Network.

He was recently a commissioning editor...more

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Jennifer O'Connell

EVP, Head of Worldwide Alternative Programming

Lionsgate

As EVP and Head of Worldwide Alternative Programming, Jennifer O’Connell oversees the development and production of Lionsgate’s unscripted slate across all platforms. Ms. O’Connell is charged with growing the Company’s alternative television business and has secured deals with acclaimed reality producers Matt Kunitz Kevin Hart: What the Fit, Wipeout, K.P....more

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Cecilie Olsen

SVP, Global Content, Non-scripted

ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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Sean Olsen

VP of Development

Game Show Network

Sean Olsen joined the GSN team as Vice President of Development in December 2017. Olsen hails from Conveyor Media where he served as Vice President of Production directly responsible for generating and managing the creative vision on series and pilots.

Previously, Olsen made his name as a freelance Executive Producer &...more

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Brian Pargac

VP, Development

Authentic Entertainment

Brian Pargac serves as Vice President, Development, for Authentic Entertainment, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America. Pargac is a writer and producer with over 15 years of unscripted experience. He has extensive knowledge of both field and post production, ranging from his early days traveling for FOX on Trading...more

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Charlie Parsons

VP, Development

National Geographic Channel

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Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Charlie Parsons, National Geographic


Scott Paskoff

US & Canada Format & Series Acquisitions Consultant

DRG

A recognized leader and content creator in the entertainment industry, Scott Paskoff has been bringing to market successful TV and film properties since 1995.

With a reputation for originality, judicious use of resources and a proven track record of results, Paskoff offers a unique blend of creativity, business acumen, managerial skills,...more

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Troels Branth Pedersen

Acquisitions Executive

TV2 Denmark

Having worked as a writer for Jeopardy and Trivial  Pursuit, Troels Branth Pedersen joined the Acquisitions team with Danish state broadcaster TV 2 in 2007. Three years later he took on the role as Acquisitions Executive within the genres of documentary, factual entertainment and lifestyle procuring programming for Denmark’s leading broadcaster. In addition to...more

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Caroline Perez

VP, Development & Production

Science Channel

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Babette Perry

Head of Broadcast & Alternative TV

Innovative Artists

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Maggie Pisacane

Partner, Alternative TV

WME

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Leela Pon

SVP, Development

E! Entertainment

Leela Pon is the SVP of Development for E! Entertainment, where she is responsible for daily oversight of the team that works to develop and create new shows and formats for the global pop culture network.

Pon has been integral in developing and overseeing E! series including Busy Tonight, Botched, Ashlee...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Leela Pon, E!


Chanel Pysnik

Director of Development, CNN Original Series

CNN

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Jenny Ramirez

VP of Unscripted Programming

TNT & TBS (Turner)

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Ben Relles

Head of Unscripted Programming

YouTube Originals

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Michel Rodrigue

CEO

The Format People Inc

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Zoe Rogovin

VP, Development

Bravo

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Jane Root

Founder & CEO

Nutopia

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 Washington...more

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David Royle

Chief Programming Officer & EVP Production

Smithsonian Channel

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Speaking at: Content Without Borders; 30 Minutes With David Royle, Smithsonian Channel


Loren Ruch

SVP-Programming Partnerships &Special Projects

Discovery

Loren Ruch is the Senior Vice President of Programming, Partnerships and Special Events for HGTV. He oversees programming tied to the company’s ad sales-driven initiatives, including custom, cross-network and fully-integrated programs. He also develops and manages series and specials such as My Lottery Dream Home, Brother vs. Brother, Property Brothers...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Loren Ruch, HGTV


Lynn Sadofsky

VP, Programming & Development

Food Network & Cooking Channel

Lynn Sadofsky currently serves as Vice President of Programming and Development for Discovery, Inc.’s Food Network and Cooking Channel. In this role, Sadofsky works with programmers to develop new series, manage show production and cultivate new talent for the two networks. She also serves as one of the senior liaisons...more

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Betsy Sanner Ayala

VP, Programming

HGTV, Food Network

Betsy Ayala currently serves as the as Vice President of Programming for HGTV, managing the development and production of series and specials for HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country.

Ayala has more than 15 years of television and digital programming experience, managing teams in everything from live daily shows and...more

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Amy Savitsky

SVP, Development & Programming

A&E

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Jessica Schmiedchen

Executive in Charge of Development, Unscripted Content

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Jessica Schmiedchen is an innovative media executive with close to 20 years experience in content development. In her role in CBC’s Unscripted Content group, Jessica oversees development of formats and original content in the genres of factual entertainment, arts, and doc series - on both linear television and on the...more

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Joseph Schneier

VP, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

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Daniel Schwartz

Vice President, Production and Development

Travel Channel

Daniel A. Schwartz joined Travel Channel in 2008 as a director of programming. His work as developer and executive producer of the network’s highest rated series – the original Man v. Food, Ghost Adventures and Expedition Unknown – have helped Travel Channel achieve double-digit ratings growth. Schwartz was promoted to...more

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Chachi Senior

SVP, Original Series

Paramount Network

As Paramount Network’s Senior Vice President, Alternative Series and Development, Chachi Senior leads the network’s non-scripted development team. Senior oversees established hits like Ink  Master, and Bar Rescue, as well as Ink Angels, the Peabody award-winning documentary series, TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, Gone: The Forgotten Women of Ohio and...more

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Keren Shahar

COO & President of Distribution

Keshet International

Keren is one of the leading pioneers of the Israeli formats sales market, exporting content of all genres to markets worldwide. Shahar, who joined Keshet in October 2006, is in charge of the company's international sales, including business affairs, and overall strategy of the company's international activities. During her tenure,...more

Speaking at: Format Future: Global Trends and Takeaways


Matt Shanfield

SVP, Development

The Intellectual Property Corporation

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Alec Shankman

SVP, Head of Alternative Programming, Digital Media, Licensing & Branding

Abrams Artists Agency

Alec Shankman is the Senior Vice President and Head of Alternative Programming, Digital Media and Licensing at Abrams Artists Agency. He started his career in Hollywood at Abrams in 2003 where he personally launched the very successful and quickly growing department. Alec and his team represent many of the top...more

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Evan Shapiro

Principal

eshapTV

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Jean Shi

VP, Alternative Programming and Development

Fremantle

Jean Shi serves as the Vice President, Alternative Programming and Development for Fremantle in North America. Shi is responsible for developing and selling original unscripted series, with a focus on global formats for cable. Her role at Fremantle allows her to capitalize on the company’s extensive catalogue of titles, as...more

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Barnaby Shingleton

Director of Factual and Entertainment

Sky Vision

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Pam Silverstein

Supervising Producer

Shopify

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Jonathan Sinclair

EVP, Programing & Development

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

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Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Jon Sinclair, OWN


Betsy Slenzak

VP, Development

E! Entertainment

Betsy Slenzak is the Vice President of Development at E! Entertainment, where she is responsible for the daily management of a multitude of unscripted development projects and creating new hit shows and formats for the global pop culture network.

Slenzak has played an essential role in developing and overseeing E! series...more

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Tori Socha

VP of Original Series

Paramount Network

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Will Stapley

Head of Acquisitions

TVF International

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Carlyn Staudt

EVP, Programming & Development

Love Nature

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Stephanie Steele

SVP, Production & Development

Oxygen Media

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David Stefanou

SVP, Original Programming & Development

WE tv

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Bo Stehmeier

EVP, Global Sales

Red Arrow Studios International GmbH

Bo Stehmeier is currently EVP Global Sales at Red Arrow Studios International, the distribution arm of Red Arrow Studios.

From January 1, 2019 he will become President of Red Arrow Studios International, responsible for TV distributor Red Arrow Studios International, based in Munich, London, Los Angeles and Hong Kong; and US...more

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Adam Steinman

VP, Creative Format Development & Sales

Warner Bros. International Television Production

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Igal Svet

Senior Director, Development

National Geographic

Based  in  New  York,  Igal  Svet  is  Senior  Director,  Development  for  the  National  Geographic  Channel,  responsible  for  ideation  and  development  of  original  premium  content  for  the  global  channel.  Svet  is  the  main  point  of  contact  with  the  production  community  in  New  York.  Prior  to  National  Geographic,  he  served  as  Vice ...more

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Howard Swartz

SVP, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

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Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Howard Swartz, Discovery Channel; 50 Shades of Premium


Rob Swartz

SVP, Development & Production

REELZ Channel

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Susan Taylor

Executive in Charge of Production, Factual Entertainment

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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Kurt Tondorf

SVP, Development

Animal Planet

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Charles Tremayne

President Cineflix Productions

Cineflix Studios (NYC)

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Mark Turner

VP, Alternative Programming, Digital Media, Licensing and Branding Division

Abrams Artists Agency

Upon graduation from Connecticut College in 1993, Mark started working as an assistant to the head of the commercial dept at Abrams Artists Agency, in NY. After 2.5 years, he was promoted to agent; and started up the Host/Broadcast Division. Over the last 2 decades, the department, has morphed into...more

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Nicole Vogel

Director of Development

WE tv

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Allison Wallach

President

Jupiter Entertainment

Allison Wallach is President of Jupiter Entertainment. Based in the company’s New York office, Wallach leads the charge in expanding Jupiter’s content portfolio into new genres and distribution platforms.

Among her many executive producer credits include the long running Snapped (Oxygen), Homicide Hunter (ID), Fatal Attraction (TV One), Murder Mystery (ID),...more

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Jessica Watson

Director, Global Sales & Acquisitions

Boat Rocker Media

Jessica Watson is Director of Global Sales & Acquisitions at Boat Rocker Media. In this role, Watson is responsible for cultivating sales and distribution partnerships with producers, broadcasters and global content buyers. Prior to joining Boat Rocker Media, Watson held the position of Manager, TV International Acquisitions at Entertainment One...more

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Roger Webb

Executive Producer

BBC Natural History Unit

Roger Webb has over twenty years’ experience creating award-winning natural history across a broad range of titles, often in a complex live television environment.

Most recently, Roger was the series editor on the BAFTA-winning Big Blue Live and the executive producer of the BAFTA nominated Wild Alaska Live. He also exec...more

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Marisa Weinstein

Senior Director, Development

MTV & VH1

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Nina Weinstein

Director of Development

MSNBC

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Todd Weiser

VP, Programming & Development

Food Network & Cooking Channel

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 the networks. In addition to creating new content, he and his team oversee all of Food Network and Cooking Channel’s...more

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Sean Wheatley

Head of Acquisitions

Passion Distribution

As Head of Acquisitions at Passion Distribution, Sean Wheatley spearheads the company’s content acquisition activity, working closely with Passion Distribution’s production partners - both with independent producers and the Tinopolis group companies. Since joining the company in June 2018 Sean has acquired a range of high-quality unscripted titles from production...more

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Courtney White

President

Food Network

Courtney White is President of Food Network at Discovery, Inc. In this role, she oversees all programming, development and operations of the dynamic lifestyle brand that inspires people everywhere through the power and joy of food.

Previously, she served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of HGTV and Food...more

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Keith Wooten

Director of Development Original Programming

BET Networks

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Fay Yu

Senior Director, Development

Animal Planet

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Matt Zien

VP, Development

The Intellectual Property Corporation

Matt Zien is the Vice President of Development for The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC), an Emmy-winning production company and industry leader in premium unscripted content. Since being founded in 2016 by Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman, IPC has produced more than 200 hours of programming, including the Emmy-winning and/or nominated...more

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