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

Speakers


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


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


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

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


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: Luncheon Roundtables


Rachel Brill

SVP, Head of Unscripted Programming

Epix

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Rachel Brill, Epix


Steve Burns

Chief Content Officer

CuriosityStream

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Steve Bruns, Curiosity Stream


Sahara Bushue

SVP, Alternative Programming

NBC Entertainment

Bio Coming Soon...

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


Matthew Butler

VP, Programming & Development

Travel Channel

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Matt Butler, Travel Channel


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


Philippa Chuter

Factual Acquisitions Manager

DCD Rights Ltd

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


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!


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

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

VP, Development

Fuse Media

Coming Soon...


David Eilenberg

Chief Creative Officer

ITV America

Coming Soon...

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


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


Cynthia Fenneman

President & CEO

APT Worldwide/American Public Television

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


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 of Alternative Television

Gersh Agency

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: The Agent’s-eye View


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: Luncheon Roundtables; SUMMIT SHOWDOWN: INTERNATIONAL PITCH COMPETITION


Lucas Green

Head of Content

Banijay Group

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Fighting the Brain Drain


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


Karin Heijink

VP, Product & Channels

Viasat World

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


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


Julian Hobbs

Co-President

Talos Films

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 50 Shades of Premium


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 HD

Coming Soon...

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


Maria Ishak

VP, Sales North America

all3media international

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


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


David Kirsch

Agent, Alternative TV

United Talent Agency

Coming Soon...

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


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


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


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


Max Levenson

VP, Current & Creative Development

Electus

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Joseph Livecchi

CEO

Noble Savages

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Podcast to Broadcast


Joseph Maxwell

Head of Documentaries

SBS International

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Erin Mechanic

Director of Development

GSN Programming

Coming Soon...

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

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: The Agent’s-eye View


Max Micallef

Director of Development

Discovery Channel

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Cecilie Olsen

SVP, Global Content, Non-scripted

ITV

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Sean Olsen

VP of Development

Game Show Network

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


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


Maggie Pisacane

Partner, Alternative TV

WME

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: The Agent’s-eye View


Ben Relles

Head of Unscripted Programming

Google/YouTube

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Ben Relles, YouTube Premium


Zoe Rogovin

VP, Development

Bravo

Coming Soon...

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


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

Speaking at: 50 Shades of Premium


David Royle

Chief Programming Officer & EVP Production

Smithsonian Channel

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With David Royle, Smithsonian Channel


Amy Savitsky

SVP, Development & Programming

A&E

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: SUMMIT SHOWDOWN: INTERNATIONAL PITCH COMPETITION


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

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Chachi Senior, Paramount Network


Matt Shanfield

SVP, Development

The Intellectual Property Corporation

Coming Soon...

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


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

Speaking at: Fighting the Brain Drain


Evan Shapiro

Principal

eShap.tv

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Fighting the Brain Drain


Barnaby Shingleton

Director of Factual and Entertainment

Sky Vision

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Jonathan Sinclair

EVP, Programing & Development

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Jon Sinclair, OWN


Will Stapley

Head of Acquisitions

TVF International

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


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

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Howard Swartz

SVP, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Howard Swartz, Discovery Channel


Rob Swartz

SVP, Development & Production

REELZ Channel

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Rob Swartz, Reelzchannel


Kurt Tondorf

SVP, Development

Animal Planet

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With Kurt Tondorf, Animal Planet


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

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Fay Yu

Senior Director, Development

Animal Planet

Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


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

Speaking at: Pitching Partners

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