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Cori Abraham

SVP, Development Production & International

Oxygen

Cori Abraham is the Senior Vice President of Development and International for Oxygen Media.  In this role, Abraham is the creative executive behind the development of series’ creative concepts, innovative formats, and fresh talent, while also working closely with the NBCU international sales team.  She...more

Speaking at: So You Think You Can Pitch?


Brad Abramson

VP, Development & Programming

VH1

Brad Abramson is Vice President of East Coast Production and Development for VH1. He oversees reality series, documentaries, and all of VH1’s long- and short-form news programming.

 

Abramson created and oversees the Emmy-winning series VH1 Rock Docs. The franchise features original films and acquisitions from America’s top documentary...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four; 30 MINS WITH: Brad Abramson, VH1


Paul Adler

Founder/President

TVGN

Paul Adler is Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development at TVGN (TV Guide Network), a CBS - Lionsgate Partnership. He is responsible for developing all original series and specials for the network, which is currently available in over 80 million homes nationwide via cable and satellite. He also...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Paul Adler, TVGN


Liz Alderman

Producer

truTV

Liz Alderman serves as director of development & original programming for truTV. In this role, she is responsible for developing new programming for the network's lineup of unscripted series. Alderman is based in New York and reports to Mark Powell, vice president of original programming for truTV.

Alderman joined truTV in...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One; Luncheon Roundtables


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 television and film business for more than 20 years. He began his tenure when he founded JCS Productions,...more

Speaking at: Format Focus


Maria Awes

VP/Executive Producer

Committee Films

Maria Awes is the Vice President of Committee Films, Inc., a successful boutique production company in Minneapolis, MN. Over the past five years, Maria and her husband Andy have seen their company grow tremendously - from four people working in their basement on their first special for Historymore

Speaking at: Heirs Apparent; H2 Development Lab


Ross Babbit

Executive Producer & Chief Content Officer

Travel Channel

As senior vice president of programming for Travel Channel, Ross Babbit provides creative and editorial direction to the network’s team of producers, editors and programming partners. Elevated to this role in February 2012, he also oversees the departments of program scheduling and program partnerships for the network.

Prior to this role,...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Ross Babbit, Travel Channel; 30 MINS WITH: Ross Babbit, Travel Channel


Doug Bailey

Director Programming

Travel Channel

Doug Bailey is responsible for broadening and contemporizing Travel Channel programming while identifying key new shows to bring to the lifestyle network.  Executing on the strategic vision that Bailey contributes to the development team, he produces and manages innovative television programs.  Using his strong history of launching successful entertainment series,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Belisa Balaban

VP Original Documentaries

Pivot

Belisa Balaban is Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming for Pivot, Participant Media’s television network targeting Millennials, which launched August 1, 2013. She oversees the development and production of original unscripted and alternative series for the network, including Hitrecord on TV, Raising McCain and Jersey Strong.
 
Before joining Participant, Balaban and...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Belisa Balaban, Pivot


Diahnna Baxter

Director of Client Relations, eTribez US

eTribez North America

eTribez is a leading provider of comprehensive digital casting solutions for reality, talent and game shows. The eTribez Casting Platform™ efficiently enhances candidate registration and management for networks and production companies, while introducing social integration, audience engagement and monetization opportunities.  eTribez’ partners include some...more

Speaking at: Casting Call


Thom Beers

Partner

FremantleMedia North America

Prior to joining FMNA, Beers was Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer of Original Productions, a company he founded in 1997 before selling a majority stake to FremantleMedia North America in 2009. At OP, Beers was the driving force behind the Primetime Emmy® and Producer’s Guild of America Award-winning, Deadliest...more

Speaking at: View from the Top; Meet a Mentor: Thom Beers, Fremantle Media North America


Zachary Behr

VP Programming

History

Zachary Behr is an Executive Producer for HISTORY.  A seasoned and award-winning producer Behr is part of the team that has created and developed some of HISTORY’s most popular original programming. 

Behr currently oversees several hit series including Pawn Stars, Swamp People and Counting Cars.  He also is...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four


Julian Bellamy

Managing Director

Discovery Networks International

Julian Bellamy is Creative Director and Head of Production and Development for Discovery Networks International, overseeing the executive production and development of all local and international commissions across DNI's portfolio of 183 networks.  Bellamy, who is based in London, leads commissioning teams as well as the production and development for...more

Speaking at: Where Have All the Indies Gone?


Jana Bennett

Senior Advisor and Executive-at-Large

FYI and LMN Channels

Jana Bennett joined A+E Networks as President, BIO and LMN channels in June 2013. In her role, Bennett oversees all creative and business matters including programming, marketing, strategic planning, brand development, acquisitions for two of the fastest growing networks in the A+E portfolio, LMN and BIO channel.

Prior to joining A+E...more

Speaking at: Amping Up Unscripted


Adam Benzine

Canadian Bureau Chief

Realscreen Magazine

Adam Benzine is the Associate Editor for Realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content.

Based in Toronto, Adam works across all areas of the Realscreen brand, including the market-leading bi-monthly trade magazine; the realscreen.com website; and the brand’s three acclaimed international events, the...more

Speaking at: Risk-takers and Trouble-makers


Andy Berg

Head of Development

Animal Planet

Andy Berg serves as vice presi¬dent, development, at Animal Planet where he helps oversee development strategy, the con¬tent slate, and conceptualization and creation of series, specials, stunts and other programming initiatives.

He joined Animal Planet in March 2012, after spending the previous seven years as the senior director of non-fiction and...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Jim Berger

CEO

High Noon Entertainment

Jim Berger has created or contributed to the creation of dozens of series and specials, most recently Discovery and Animal Planet’s Dude, You’re Screwed, TruTV's Guinness World Records Unleashed, TLC's Cake Boss franchise, VH1's Tough Love, HGTV’s Fixer Upper, The Weather Channel’s Prospectors, and Travel Channel’s Trip Flip.  

In 2011, Jim...more

Speaking at: Producing Off the Grid


Sara Bernstein

EVP, Imagine Documentaries

HBO Documentary Films

Sara Bernstein is vice president, HBO Documentary Films, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing the development and production of various documentary films and nonfiction programming for the network.  She was named to this position in 2008.

Bernstein joined HBO in 1998, where she worked in the Limited Series division which...more

Speaking at: Risk-takers and Trouble-makers


Vibika Bianchi

Executive Producer

Corus Entertainment

Vibika Bianchi has guided the Original Programming strategy across Corus Women’s and Family networks since 2010.  This portfolio consists of 7 networks including W Network, CMT (Canada), OWN (Canada), CosmoTV and ABC Spark.  Vibika’s mandate is to contribute to the growth of Corus Television through top quality Canadian programming working...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Josh Bider

Partner, Non-scripted TV

WME

Josh Bider is an agent in the non-scripted television and branded lifestyle departments at WME.  His clients include production companies Jane Street Entertainment, Zodiak USA, ITV Studios, Triage Entertainment, Haymaker Television, and IMG Media. Josh also represents a number of talent including...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert


Lauren Bishow

Director, Business Affairs Cable Entertainment

Shine America

Lauren Bishow joined Shine America as Director, Business & Legal Affairs in January 2013. Bishow serves as a negotiator and advisor regarding the company’s day-to-day business and legal affairs for the company’s development and production teams on series such as The Biggest Loser and Minute to Win it, as well as the...more

Speaking at: Shop Talk


Yvonne Body

Head of Acquisitions

Beyond Distribution

Yvonne joined Beyond Distribution in 2002. Based in Beyond’s London office, she is responsible for sourcing programming from around the world to add to Beyond’s growing catalogue of factual, lifestyle, drama and children’s programming.

Speaking at: Meet an Expert


Sean Boyle

SVP, Development

Discovery Channel

Sean Boyle is Vice President, Development for Discovery Channel. In this role he is responsible for bringing new series and specials to Discovery while supervising the development and production of concepts to green light. Additionally, he identifies producers and talent necessary to develop compelling new characters and programming. Boyle also...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four


Marco Bresaz

SVP, Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming

AMC

An exceptionally skilled television executive, Marco joins AMC with an impressive background developing and producing across multiple genres, including unscripted, docu-soaps, scripted drama, comedy and lifestyle programming. He has developed and produced both broadcast and cable television for leading media and entertainment companies, including MTV...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


David Brewer

SVP, Program Strategy and Acquisitions

Bravo Media

David Brewer is Vice President of Program Strategy and Acquisitions, Bravo Media.  Brewer supervises all functions of the Bravo Program Planning department including linear and digital program scheduling, series rollout planning, movie and series acquisitions, and leads the programming support for Sales and Marketing initiatives. 

Brewer, based in New York, also...more

Speaking at: Slot Machines: Masters of Scheduling


Stella Briley

Head of Acquisitions

Electric Sky

Electric Sky is a leading distributor of factual and reality programming internationally and my main focus is to acquire programming from producers and networks and to advise on and facilitate co-production and pre-sale opportunities whenever possible.  After an initial period at Thames...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert


Rachel Brill

SVP, Head of Unscripted Programming

TNT & TBS

Rachel Brill serves as vice president of unscripted programming for TNT and TBS. In this capacity, she is responsible for supervising the ongoing creative development and production of current unscripted series on air, collaborating with producers and talent. Brill is based in Los Angeles and dual reports to Sam Linsky,...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Jacinthe Brisebois

Head of Programming

ARTV

Jacinthe Brisebois has been active in the world of audio-visual communications for over 30 years. As Head of Programming for ARTV, she has played an active role in setting up the network ever since its inception. Prior to this assignment, she worked at RDI...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Pierre Brogan

Agent, Alternative Programming, Licensing & Branding

Creative Artists Agency

Pierre Brogan 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.  Brogan is based in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the top producers and production companies in alternative TV...more

Speaking at: Producing Off the Grid


Charlie Jordan Brookins

Director

BET Networks

Charlie Jordan Brookins is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for BET Networks where she oversees the development and current programming for a diverse portfolio of original scripted, unscripted, and movie content for both the BET and Centric banners.  With her leadership, scripted programming successfully re-launched with new original episodes...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners; 30 MINS WITH: Charlie Jordan Brookins, BET Networks


Brie Miranda Bryant

Senior Vice President, Original Programming

Oxygen Media

Brie Miranda Bryant is Vice President of Development and Production, Original Programming for Oxygen Media. In this role, she develops and produces new series and specials, as well as oversees day-to-day production on original programming including Preachers of L.A., Bad Girls Club, and Bad Girls All Star Battle. She was...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Brie Miranda Bryant, Oxygen Media; Speed Pitching Four


James Burstall

Chairman & CEO

Argonon

James Burstall is CEO of Argonon, an independent production group based in London and New York that creates and distributes creative content across multiple platforms for the global marketplace. Founded by Burstall in 2011, Argonon encompasses various companies and businesses throughout the UK, the US and Canada. Under Burstall’s leadership,...more

Speaking at: Where Have All the Indies Gone?


Paul Cabana

EVP, Head of History & Biography Digital

History

Paul Cabana oversees H2, the #1 emerging entertainment network in cable in its key demographic of Adults 25-54, growing 38% in 2012. As a companion network to History, H2 provides a deeper perspective on history, experienced in unexpected, entertaining ways. Cabana has led the creative and strategic direction for the...more

Speaking at: H2 Development Lab


Michael Cascio

CEO & President

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As National Geographic Channel’s EVP, Cascio supervised all programs for the network until earlier this year.  With four Emmys, two Oscar nominations and a “Producer of the Year” award, Cascio has a noteworthy background in franchise TV programming – from Dog Whisperer, Doomsday Preppers, Brain Games, Biography, to the Emmy-nominated...more

Speaking at: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times?


Vanessa Case

SVP Studio

Blue Ant Media

As EVP Programming and Production for Blue Ant Media, Vanessa oversees the creation of original content and is responsible for the acquisition and scheduling strategy across Blue Ant Media’s lifestyle, documentary, travel, music and entertainment categories. With channels Travel+Escape, Cottage Life, Bite TV, AUX and four premium commercial-free channels Oasis...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Lauren Celinski

Development Lead, YouTube Originals

E! Entertainment

Lauren Celinski serves as Director, Programming and Development at E! where she is responsible for finding and developing unscripted series for the network as well as overseeing projects through production. Her goal is to identify fresh and original content that pushes the boundaries of entertainment and...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Steven Cheskin

SVP, Programming

REELZCHANNEL

Prior to joining REELZ, Cheskin was the Executive Vice President of Programming at TLC. During his time there TLC led all cable networks in successful launches of new series. Programs developed during this period include Sister Wives, Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, Sarah Palin's...more

Speaking at: Amping Up Unscripted


Kim Chessler

VP, Non-Fiction Programming

Lifetime

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

Chessler joined Lifetime in 2010 as Senior Director, Reality Programming.  She has been responsible for overseeing the development and production of the network’s hit...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


Paul Cockerill

Customer Service Agent-Southwest Airlines

REELZCHANNEL

Paul Cockerill is currently the Senior Vice President of Program Production & Development at REELZ--TV About Movies®.  In 2011 he was the Producer on Commercial Kings for IFC (in association with Reveille) with the internet talent Rhett and Link he developed and managed.  Paul continues to perfect the development of...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three; Coffee + Commissioners


Sheila Conlin

President & CEO

The Conlin Company

Sheila Conlin owns and operates The Conlin Company, a full-service casting and production office in Los Angeles with additional resources in New York and Europe. Conlin specializes in casting and development of reality television shows, commercials, and in host and expert casting.

Conlin has functioned in virtually every...more

Speaking at: Casting Call


Colleen Conway Grogan

VP, Non-Fiction Programming

Lifetime

Colleen Conway Grogan has been Vice President of Non-Fiction Programming for Lifetime since September of 2010.

Based in New York, she currently serves as the Executive Producer of Kim of Queens and Double Divas, as well as a handful new series that she can’t talk about yet!  She is also currently...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four


Nick Crowe

Production Executive

Shaw Media Inc.

 

As Director of Original Factual Content at Shaw Media, Nick Crowe oversees production and development of new series and specials destined for HISTORY, Slice, National Geographic Channel and Global. Nick has been with Shaw Media since 2010 in the role of Production Executive. Prior to that Nick worked at Alliance...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


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 a dozen projects to a wide range of networks.  Daly oversees and manages a production slate that includes hit shows such as Storage Hunters (truTV), Invention USA (History), Mystery Diners...more

Speaking at: Making Sense of Marketing


Brad Dancer

EVP, Program Planning & Research Worldwide

National Geographic Channels

Brad Dancer — one of National Geographic Channels’ first 10 employees — is Senior Vice President of Programming Planning and Research and oversees the distribution of National Geographic Channel (NGC) and WILD content across linear and nonlinear platforms, as well as day-to-day scheduling and long-term schedule planning for both networks....more

Speaking at: Slot Machines: Masters of Scheduling; MASTER CLASS: How Audience Research Can Make or Break Your Pitch


Geoff Daniels

EVP, Global Unscripted Entertainment

Nat Geo WILD

Geoffrey Daniels is Executive Vice President and General Manager of Nat Geo WILD, which launched in March 2010. In this role, Daniels annually commissions more than 170 hours of original series, specials and events for broadcast on WILD globally, furthering the network’s commitment to provide extraordinary wildlife programming that inspires...more

Speaking at: Climate Change? The State of the Natural History Nation


Nancy Daniels

Chief Brand Officer, Discovery and Factual

Discovery Communications

As General Manager of TLC, Nancy oversees all aspects of the network programming, production, development, new media and marketing. Based in the company’s Los Angeles office, she’s held this position since September 2013.

Formerly, Nancy served as EVP, Production & Development for Discovery Channel, contributing to the network’s recent record-breaking success,...more

Speaking at: Meet the New Boss


Stephen David

CEO

Stephen David Entertainment

In the span of three years, Stephen David has established a bustling production and post-production company that has seen a meteoric rise and continued yearly growth. Located in the heart of Manhattan, Stephen David Entertainment has emerged as a leader in high-end television production,...more

Speaking at: Reeling in the Eyeballs; H2 Development Lab


Kathy Davidov

VP, Production

Al Jazeera America

Kathy Davidov is Senior Executive Producer, Documentaries for Al Jazeera America.  She leads the team responsible for Al Jazeera Presents, the premiere documentary slot Sunday night.  Davidov commissions original series and specials and overseas acquisitions for the network. Previously, Davidov was the Executive Vice President of Production for National Geographic...more

Speaking at: Amping Up Unscripted


Michael Davies

President

Embassy Row

As one of the most prolific and versatile producers in the television industry, Michael Davies has been key in transforming the television and digital landscapes and bringing alternative ideas to the mainstream. As president of Embassy Row, the global television format and digital production company that he sold to Sony...more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Michael Davies, Embassy Row; Making Waves With Live


Sarah T. Davies

SVP, Development

Discovery Networks International

Sarah Davies is Vice President, Factual Development, Discovery Networks International (DNI).  In this role, she serves as the chief liaison between the development and production teams for Discovery Channel in the United States and their international counterparts.  Davies works with the international production community to commission the very best factual...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Sarah Davies, Discovery Networks International; Luncheon Roundtables; Speed Pitching Four


Nicole De Fusco

Consultant

Sundance Channel

 

As the Head of Unscripted Programming at Sundance Channel, Nicole oversees the development and current series for all unscripted programming at the network.  She is responsible for bolstering the production of original programming as well as developing brand expansion strategies for auxiliary content.  In the past year, Nicole premiered three...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Nicole DeFusco, Sundance Channel; Luncheon Roundtables


Robyn DeMarco

SVP of Programming Strategy, Acquisitions, Scheduling

MTV

Robyn DeMarco is Executive Vice President, Programming & Content Strategy for MTV, responsible for leading the programming strategy, acquisitions and content windowing for the network. Robyn is charged with creating a cohesive strategy designed to super-serve MTV's audience and maximize viewership across MTV 360. MTV caters to the highly coveted...more

Speaking at: The Millennial Mind


Hannah Demidowicz

Commissioning Editor

National Geographic Channel

As Commissioning Executive, NGCI and Head of Programmes, Europe, Hannah Demidowicz contributes to the network’s editorial direction, from commissioning and production through to show delivery for the programming slate.

In her role, Demidowicz directs all phases of production and co-ordinates with regional and local production heads to ensure...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Jennifer Dettman

Executive Director Unscripted Content

CBC

Jennifer Dettman is a senior CBC executive whose leadership and bold vision have shaped what it means to be a relevant modern broadcaster in today’s media landscape.

In her new role as Executive Director of Studio and Unscripted Content, Jennifer oversees all factual entertainment, unscripted comedy, live event specials and arts...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Dimitri Doganis

Founder

Raw TV

Raw’s founder Dimitri Doganis started his career as a news producer and cameraman working in 24-hour cable news. He went on to direct multi-award-winning documentaries, often in some of world’s toughest places such as the West Bank during the Intifada and Iraq during the...more

Speaking at: Reeling in the Eyeballs


Mary Donahue

SVP, Development & Programming

Lifetime

Mary Donahue was named Senior Vice President, Non-Fiction Programming, for Lifetime in August 2013.

Donahue joined Lifetime from HISTORY, where she was Vice President, Development and Programming since September 2010.  She joined the network in October 2008 and was part of the team...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Mary Donahue, Lifetime


Sachin Dosani

Managing Director

About Corporate Finance

Mr Sachin Dosani is a Managing Director and founding member of About Corporate Finance (ACF), a leading international Investment Bank, specialized in advising companies and individuals in the TV Production and Distribution sectors on sales, acquisitions, and fund raisings. 

ACF has offices in London, Los Angeles and New York. Since its...more

Speaking at: Where Have All the Indies Gone?


Stephanie Drachkovitch

Co-Founder & President

44 Blue Productions

As the head of 44 Blue’s lifestyle reality programming, Stephanie Drachkovitch has produced a diverse array of series looking into lives not often seen on television, and in the process has brought talent including Mark Wahlberg, Rob Lowe, Randy Jackson and Donald Trump to the company’s development slate. The first...more

Speaking at: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times?


Christian Drobnyk

EVP Programming Strategy & Acquisitions

Lifetime Networks

Christian Drobnyk was named Senior Vice President, Scheduling and Acquisitions, of Lifetime Networks, in August 2011. Based in New York, he is responsible for overseeing all program acquisitions, scheduling and planning for Lifetime, LMN and Lifetime Real Women.

Prior to joining Lifetime, Drobnyk was Controller and General Manager of UKTV Entertainment...more

Speaking at: Slot Machines: Masters of Scheduling


Mike Duffy

Co-Bro

Ugly Brother Studios

Mike Duffy is the co-founder of Ugly Brother Studios.

A collaboration with his twin brother Tim, the newly launched production company focuses primarily on creating and producing unscripted formats, docuseries and specials for US and international broadcasters.  Already, Duffy is overseeing a busy production slate including MTV's House of Foodand a...more

Speaking at: Casting Call


Tim Duffy

Co-Bro

Ugly Brother Studios

Tim is the co-founder of Ugly Brother Studios.

A collaboration with his twin brother Mike, the newly launched production company is focused on creating and producing unscripted formats, docuseries and specials for US and international broadcasters.  Ugly Brother’s launch projects include MTV's new series House of Food and a three-project...more

Speaking at: Heirs Apparent


Brenna Eckerson

Senior Director of Development

Sundance Channel

Brenna Eckerson is Director of Development for Unscripted Programming at Sundance Channel.  She is the company’s lead in developing new content, finding talent and working...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


David Eilenberg

Chief Creative Officer

TBS and TNT

David Eilenberg serves as senior vice president of unscripted development for TBS and TNT, overseeing all unscripted original programming for the networks.

Since joining the company in July 2012, Eilenberg has supervised the development of such series as TNT's Boston's Finest, which will...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: David Eilenberg, TBS and TNT


Emily Elisha

Head of Factual

Zodiak Rights

Emily Elisha, Head of Factual, Zodiak Rights, the merged Rights divisions of RDF Media Group and Zodiak Entertainment, oversees factual acquisitions for the TV rights catalogue. Emily has 14 years experience in the international distribution sector originally working in an international sales role for 6 years before joining the now...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert


Diana El-Osta

Development Producer

Al Jazeera America

Diana El-Osta is Coordinating Producer of Development for Al Jazeera America Presents. In this role, El-Osta is responsible for sourcing original series and feature documentaries for air on the premiere doc slot on Sunday nights. Prior to joining Al Jazeera America, El-Osta served as Manager of Development and Production where...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three; Luncheon Roundtables


Eric Evangelista

Executive Producer

Hot Snakes Media

Eric is a principal partner and executive producer at Hot Snakes Media.   Founded in 2011, Hot Snakes Media has broken ratings records for both TLC and Discovery producing and developing the breakout mega-hit shows Breaking Amish and Amish Mafia.

Speaking at: Heirs Apparent


Tina Exarhos

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MTV and MTV2

Tina Exarhos is Executive Vice President, Marketing and Multiplatform Creative, MTV: Music Television and MTV2.

Ms. Exarhos is responsible for the on- and off-channel marketing and branding of MTV, MTV2, mtvU and MTV.com. This includes directing the marketing efforts for such marquis events as the MTV Video...more

Speaking at: Making Sense of Marketing


Georgina Eyre

Head of Acquisitions

Off the Fence

Georgie is Off the Fence's Head of Acquisitions and responsible for bringing in 3rd party content into OTF from our wide-ranging producer clients. We also have exclusive distribution arrangements with key broadcasters including Smithsonian Networks, WeTV, Fox Lifestyle Channels and Nuvo TV.  

 

Speaking at: Meet an Expert


Alan Eyres

SVP Development & Production, NGC

National Geographic Channels

Alan Eyres is senior vice president of programming and development; he oversees all production and development in National Geographic Channel’s (NGC) West Coast office. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the network’s Los Angeles, Calif. office is responsible for growing NGC’s ties with the West Coast production community, and has oversight of...more

Speaking at: Producing Off the Grid


Phil Fairclough

Executive Producer

NHNZ

Phil Faircough is the US-based EVP of Development and Production for the NHNZ group of companies. Since joining NHNZ, in March 2011, Phil’s launched 25 hrs of shows ranging from a vintage clothing series to a live Shark show.

Before that Phil worked at LA based prodco, Creative Differences, running development...more

Speaking at: View from the Top


John Feld

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HGTV and DIY Network

John Feld is the director of original programming and development for HGTV and DIY Network, two of the Scripps Networks Interactive lifestyle brands. In this role, he is responsible for developing and supervising specials, series, and tent-pole events for the networks.

Feld came to Scripps in 2012 from CMT where he...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four


Cynthia Fenneman

President & CEO

APT Worldwide/American Public Television

Cynthia A. Fenneman is president and CEO of American Public Television (APT), the leading syndicator of award-winning programs to the more than 360 U.S. public television stations. Last year, APT presented 31 of the top 100 highest rated public television titles. APT distributes two of public television’s most widely carried...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners; Speed Pitching Three


Danny Fenton

CEO

Zig Zag Productions

Danny Fenton is CEO and Executive Chairman of Zig Zag Productions and the founder of NIPA (New Independent Producers Alliance).

He founded Zig Zag with Kevin Utton in 1999 and has established the company as an innovative transatlantic television production company, respected for its eclectic approach to nearly...more

Speaking at: AMERICA 101


Kathleen Finch

Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer

HGTV and DIY Network

As president of HGTV and DIY Network, Kathleen Finch oversees lifestyle media brands HGTV and DIY Network, their associated websites and related businesses. She is responsible for the strategic direction and continued growth of all the company’s home category businesses.

Finch’s oversight has helped lead to record ratings at HGTV where...more

Speaking at: In Conversation With... Scripps Networks Interactive


Laura Fleury

SVP, Development + Programming, Six West Media™

A&E Network

Laura Fleury is VP of Non-Fiction and Alternative Programming at A&E Network.  In this position, she plays a senior role in the development and production of nonfiction series and specials for A&E Network.   In addition to her current duties at A&E Network, she has recently been...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Speed Pitching Two


Emily Flood

Senior Executive Producer, Development

TLC

Emily joined TLC in fall 2011. As a Director of Development, she creates and conceptualizes series, specials and other programming initiatives for the network. Since joining TLC, Emily has brought in new series including Best Funeral Ever, America’s Worst Tattoos, Surviving the In-Laws and the upcoming 90 Days to Wed. ...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Sarah Jane Flynn

VP of Content

Shaw Media

Sarah Jane Flynn is the Senior Director of Original Factual Content for Shaw Media.  Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY and Slice.  Sarah Jane oversees unscripted originals...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Charlie Foley

EVP, Original Content Group

Discovery Communications

A Primetime Emmy®-nominated writer and executive producer, Charlie Foley is executive vice president of Discovery Communications’ newly created Original Content Group. In this role, Foley creates, writes and executive produces both scripted content and non-fiction series and formats, overseeing an international team dedicated to creating and producing content for Discovery...more

Speaking at: Reeling in the Eyeballs


Edwina Follows

General Manager Discovery Networks

Discovery Networks Canada

Edwina Follows, as Director, Commissioning and Production, Discovery Networks Canada, is responsible for the commissioning, development and production of independent programming for Discovery and its related networks (Animal Planet, Discovery World, Investigation Discovery and Discovery Science). Follows assumed her current role in February 2012.

Follows is an internationally-respected player in independent production,...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Melissa Forman

SVP, Development & Production, Original Programming

Fox Sports Media

As SVP of development and production for Fox Sports Originals, Melissa provides creative and editorial direction for all productions and acquisitions.  She takes pitches, develops projects and oversees third party productions from beginning to end.   Previously Melissa was at Fuel TV, as head of Development and Current.  She has over...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four; Coffee + Commissioners


Lizzie Fox

SVP, Non-Fiction programming, HBO Max

CNN Entertainment

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Lizzie Kerner, CNN Worldwide


Beth Fraikorn

Head of Content Development and Partnerships

Remarkable Content Group

Beth Fraikorn Created and is a principal of Remarkable Content Group (RCG), a premiere boutique sales agency servicing the non-fiction and reality programming sales and placement community. RCG is known for its game-changing approach and collaborative content-driven TV programming sales and intellectual property management. RCG has placed hundreds of hours...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert


Lauren Frasca

VP, Production & Development

The Weather Channel

Lauren Frasca is Senior Director of Original Programming at The Weather Channel. In this capacity, she helps to oversee long form originals from development through production and scheduling. She also manages the company’s international long form business. A 12-year veteran of the media industry, Lauren has held positions with Bravo,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Mark Freeman

VP of Development

Veria Living TV

Mark Freeman serves as Veria Living’s VP of Original Programming.  He joined the network in 2012 as an Executive Producer and has been responsible for production and development of series: Rock Your Yoga, Peggy K’s Kitchen Cures, A Model Guru, Veria’s Top 10, Health Soup, What Would Julieanna Do and...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners; Speed Pitching Two


Elaine Frontain Bryant

EVP, Head of Programming

History

Elaine Frontain Bryant is the Senior Vice President of Programming and Development for HISTORY.  In this role, she oversees the HISTORY programming team and is responsible for the development, creation and execution of all programming, both non-fiction and scripted, for the network. She is also charged with imaginatively...more

Speaking at: Reeling in the Eyeballs


David Garfinkle

President

Renegade83

Since its inception in 1994, Renegade 83 has been one of Hollywood’s most prolific television production companies. Executive Producer David Garfinkle, as one of the co-founders, successfully re-wrote the rules of television storytelling with the smash-hit, Blind Date. As the momentum of success continued with such hits as The 5th...more

Speaking at: Producing Off the Grid


Dolores Gavin

Senior Executive, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

Dolores Gavin is Executive Vice President of Development and Production East for Discovery Channel. In this capacity she oversees all aspects of Discovery Channel development and programming that originate from the network’s east coast headquarters in Silver Spring. Gavin also spearheads all scripted programming, oversees development and production strategy, and...more

Speaking at: Producing Off the Grid


Lauren Gellert

EVP, Development & Original Programming

WE tv

As senior vice president of original production & development for WE tv, 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.  Named to the position in April 2012, Gellert is the executive in charge...more

Speaking at: So You Think You Can Pitch?


Laetitia Giansily-Doyle

Sales & Acquisitions, North America

Terranoa

Laetitia Giansily-Doyle joined Terranoa in 2011. Based in D.C., USA, she is responsible for sales and for sourcing programming to add to Terranoa's growing catalogue for distribution to all media outlets around the world.

TERRANOA is a French distribution company, based in Paris, part of Gedeon Media Group.
Our catalogue...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert


Gayle Gilman

Co-Founder and CEO

FremantleMedia

Gayle Gilman recently joined FremantleMedia North America as executive vice president, digital content.  In this role she leads the company’s digital team in the creation of all original digital content, including The Pet Collective, the fastest growing pet destination on the Internet, and The Crew, the first television project under...more

Speaking at: The Digital Report Card


Eliot Goldberg

EVP, Nonfiction Programming, AMC & SundanceTV

AMC

As the Senior Vice President of Unscripted Programming, Eliot Goldberg oversees the department’s operations, which include programming strategy, development of new series and the network’s current portfolio of critically-acclaimed hits such as Comic Book Men, Freakshow, The Pitch and Small Town Security, as well as the...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Eliot Goldberg, AMC


Suzanne Gordon

Freelance

Scripps Networks Interactive

Suzanne Gordon currently serves as vice president of Programming for Great American Country. In this role – one she’s held since 2010 – she oversees all aspects of original programming and acquisitions for the network. Gordon previously served as director of programming for Great American Country and as senior director...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


Marc Graboff

President, Global Business & Legal Affairs, Production Management & Studios

CORE Media Group

Marc Graboff was named president of CORE Media Group Inc. in January 2012.  He is the senior executive at the company, overseeing all strategic and day-to-day operations.  CORE Media Group is a portfolio company of Apollo Global Management, a private equity firm and parent company to 19 Entertainment (American Idol,...more

Speaking at: Format Focus


Abby Greensfelder

Founder & CEO

Half Yard Productions

Greensfelder’s passion for compelling television and her interest in social anthropology spurred her to start a production company with business partner Sean Gallagher. In starting Half Yard Productions, Greensfelder sought to develop and produce entertainment content that would appeal to a broad audience but focus on extraordinary every day characters...more

Speaking at: Slot Machines: Masters of Scheduling; Meet a Mentor: Abby Greensfelder, Half Yard Productions


Leslie Greif

President

Thinkfactory Media

Leslie Greif is an Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated producer, creator, writer and director and is one of the most prolific figures in the entertainment industry. Leslie has a tremendous amount of versatility and production experience, and is a top creator of high--]quality entertainment content across a diverse...more

Speaking at: Shop Talk


Mike Gunton

Creative Director, Factual & Natural History Unit

BBC

Mike joined the Natural History Unit in 1987 to work on David Attenborough’sTrials of Life, producing three programmes. 
In 1991 he set up an independent television company with Peter Jones; Green Umbrella, where he worked as a director. 

He re-joined the BBC NHU in 1994 as a...more

Speaking at: Climate Change? The State of the Natural History Nation; Coffee + Commissioners


Deirdre Gurney

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

Gurney Productions

Deirdre Gurney co-founded Gurney Productions with Scott Gurney in 2005.

She is an attorney and also an executive producer and the creative force behind Duck Dynasty, the runaway cable TV hit and most buzzed about show on television.  Her corporate background has been invaluable in strategically growing the company and negotiating...more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Scott and Deirdre Gurney, Gurney Productions


Scott Gurney

Co-Founder and Executive Producer

Gurney Productions

Scott Gurney is the co-founder and executive producer of Gurney Productions, which he established in 2005 with Deirdre Gurney.  Together they have grown the company to become a leading full-service producer of large-scale returning series for U.S. networks. Scott's skills as a producer, director and editor have been invaluable in...more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Scott and Deirdre Gurney, Gurney Productions


Marc Guss

Co-Founder

ACM

Marc Guss is a voice-over talent manager at ACM, representing high-end voices in all areas of entertainment. For over a decade, Marc was Vice President at William Morris Endeavor, negotiating deals for the most sought after voices in the world. At WME, Marc also worked in tandem with teams of...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Sizzling Voices: What a Difference a Voice Talent Can Make


Jamie Gutfreund

Chief Consumer Experience Officer

The Intelligence Group

Jamie Gutfreund is recognized internationally as a dynamic and motivating catalyst. Jamie helps business leaders go beyond pure data driven analysis to provide a platform and methodology for understanding the “why” behind young consumers’ preferences, attitudes, and actions.

In her role as Chief Strategy Officer for The Intelligence Group...more

Speaking at: The Millennial Mind


Jared Gutstadt

President and CCO

Jingle Punks

'Jingle' Jared Gutstadt is the CEO, Chief Creative Officer, and co-founder of Jingle Punks.

As Chief Creative Officer and Head Composer at Jingle Punks, Gutstadt has composed and produced themes and scores for television (The Voice, American Pickers), film (Mansome, The Marinovich Project), and Top 10 pop singles (Chiddy Bang’s Happening)....more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Music Matters


Carl Hall

Managing Director

Warehouse 51 Productions

Carl has recently set up Warehouse 51 Productions, an independent production company that will house, fund and nurture production talent in the UK, to produce the highest quality factual and factual entertainment formats; and a production house where top talent from writers, producers and directors can get their ideas made...more

Speaking at: Climate Change? The State of the Natural History Nation


Peter Hamilton

Founder, Publisher & Editor

DocumentaryTelevision.com

Peter is co-executive producer of A Shot to Save the World, a bio doc on Jonas Salk that features Bill Gates and was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A Shot premiered on the Smithsonian Channel in October 2013. 

Since 1987, his New York-based firmPeter Hamilton Consultants Inc. has...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: How Audience Research Can Make or Break Your Pitch


Janet Han Vissering

SVP, Development & Production

Nat Geo WILD

As Senior Vice President of Development & Production for Nat Geo WILD, Janet Han Vissering is responsible for over 150 hours of programming commissioned each year for broadcast in 166 countries, 330 million homes and 34 languages worldwide.

In her role, Vissering manages WILD’s development team, working with the world’s leading...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Janet Han Vissering, Nat Geo WILD; Speed Pitching Three


Matt Hanna

President

Esquire Network

As Head of Original Programming for Esquire Network, Matt Hanna oversees the network’s current development slate for original series and specials, creating first-run programming for the network across all genres and dayparts, including formats, reality, docu-series and competition. Hanna’s slate is focused on diverse program categories that appeal to the...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two; 30 MINS WITH: Matt Hanna, Esquire Network; So You Think You Can Pitch?


Paul Heaney

CEO

TCB Media Rights

Heaney launched his own Distribution business, TCB Media Rights in September 2012. Putting the emphasis on the ability for strong pre sales and co creating shows with high revenue potential, he has initially started concentrating on the genres of factual, factual entertainment and formats. Heaney and his 8 strong team...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert


Sara Helman

VP, Program Development

Destination America

Sara Helman joined Destination America over a year ago as Senior Director of Development & Production. Reporting to GM Marc Etkind, she helps oversee development strategy for the network and assists with the creation of series and programming initiatives, as well as oversees production on Hillbilly Blood, Buying the Bayou, Deep...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Sara Helman, Destination America


Jonathan Hewes

CEO

Wall to Wall

Jonathan is involved in the development and production of a wide range of the company’s programming, with particular responsibility for international commissions and co-financed programming.  He has overseen productions for a wide range of channels around the world, including all the major UK broadcasters; Bravo, Discovery, Discovery Canada, HBO, History,...more

Speaking at: Format Focus


Brad Holcman

Senior Director of Non Fiction & Alternative Programming

A&E Television Networks

Brad Holcman joined A&E in 2012 as Senior Director, Non-Fiction and Alternative Programming. In this role, Holcman oversees the development and production of A&E’s reality series including the critically acclaimed “Intervention,” “Panic 9-1-1” and, most recently, “Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne.” Holcman came to A&E from fox21 where he served as...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Brad Holcman, A&E


Eli Holzman

CEO, Industrial Media and IPC Corp.

All3Media America

Eli Holzman is the President of All3Media America.  He began his career at Miramax Films where he co-founded the company’s television department, helped to create the documentary series Project Greenlight and created Project Runway. 

more

Speaking at: Making Waves With Live


Scott Hooker

Senior Executive Producer, Long-form Programming

MSNBC

Scott Hooker is the Senior Executive Producer of Long-form Programming at MSNBC. 

He has responsibility for the development and production of all documentary programming on the network: more than 30 long-form hours every weekend, ranging from the popular series Lockup, which explores America's prison system, to series on human trafficking, forensics...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Scott Hooker, MSNBC


Beth Hoppe

SVP, Long Form Programming

PBS


Beth Hoppe is Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming at PBS. In this role, she oversees all PBS general audience primetime programming, fundraising programming, and PBS Plus, a package of fully funded programs for stations' use in their weekend schedules. She is responsible for creating and...more

Speaking at: Reeling in the Eyeballs


Maartje Horchner

EVP Content

ALL3MEDIA International

Maartje Horchner began her career at leading Dutch producer IDTV as Production Assistant on a variety of series. She then joined RedForest Productions and worked on several entertainment and comedy shows. In 2001 she joined Chrysalis Distribution to work as their Sales and Acquisitions co-ordinator and is now heading up...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert


Nikolas Huelbusch

Director, ZDFE.Unscripted

ZDF Enterprises GmbH

Born in Mainz in 1968, Nikolas Hülbusch made his Theatre, Film and TV studies, and Slavic studies, at Bochum and Katowice (Poland) Universities from 1989 to 1995. He published several articles on documentary and feature film history as well as two books, one about Polish documentaries of the Fifties (published...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Phil Irven

EVP, Alternative Television

Rebel Entertainment Partners

Philip Irven is a non-scripted agent for Rebel Entertainment Partners, Inc.  He represents production companies, executive producers, and multi-cam directors for talk, game, and reality television.  In addition to servicing Rebel’s clients, Mr. Irven also packages shows for networks, cable, and syndicated television.  Mr. Irven’s clients have positions on many...more

Speaking at: Shop Talk


Maria Ishak

SVP, Sales North America

Passion Distribution

Maria has over 10 years’ experience in television distribution and joined Passion Distribution from inception.   Before becoming VP of Sales and Acquisitions – North America, Maria was the Senior Sales Manager at Passion, managing sales into the Pacific Rim, France and Italy.  She is now based...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert


Mary Ellen Iwata

VP, Program Development

The Weather Channel

As vice president, original content development, Mary Ellen Iwata is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of development and production of series and specials for The Weather Channel. She works closely with the international production community to develop long form original programming. Iwata is credited with finding a number...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners; Amping Up Unscripted


Andrea Jackson

CEO

DRG (DIGITAL RIGHTS GROUP)

Based in London, Andrea has nearly 20 years experience in the formats industry.  She cut her teeth at format pioneer, Action Time (now ITV Global), licensing formats such as Catch Phrase, Through the Keyhole and Survivor.   She then went on to...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert


Andrew Jackson

President Plimsoll International

Discovery Channel

Andrew Jackson manages all of Discovery Channel’s ‘specials’ with particular responsibility for Natural History, Science and History production and development. Since joining the channel in summer 2012 he’s overseen North America, Monster Squid –...more

Speaking at: Climate Change? The State of the Natural History Nation


Gregory Jacobs

Head of Monetization

Red Bull Media House North America

A 20-year television production and distribution veteran with particular expertise in lifestyle and sports programming, Greg Jacobs joined Red Bull Media House from NASCAR, where he oversaw business development for the unscripted television division. Greg grew up surrounded by the operations of his family's television production...more

Speaking at: Making Waves With Live


Elliot Jacobson

EVP of Programming & Chief Content Officer

RLTV

Elliot Jacobson is Chief Content Officer for RLTV, with responsibility for the design and execution of the network's content strategy, Elliot oversees the development and production of all original programming, as well as the network's acquisition, scheduling and Digital Media teams. As a founding executive Elliot has been instrumental in...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Elliot Jacobson, RLTV; Speed Pitching Three


Marjorie Kaplan

President of Content

Animal Planet, Science Channel & Velocity

Marjorie Kaplan is at the helm of Animal Planet’s ongoing transformation into a Top-20 network and can be credited with the substantial growth at Science Channel and Velocity. Kaplan has transformed and revolutionized the business by repositioning Animal Planet into a more adult-focused, competitive entertainment brand. Kaplan re-launched the network...more

Speaking at: View from the Top


Matthew Kelly

Founder

Discovery Channel

Matthew Kelly serves as Vice President, Development and Production for Discovery Channel. In this role he is responsible for bringing new series and specials to Discovery while supervising the development and production of concepts to green light, in addition to maintaining the quality of current series through production and delivery....more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Matt Kelly, Discovery Channel; Speed Pitching Three


Bobby Kenner

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 Fishbowl Worldwide Media, Intuitive Entertainment, L....more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert


Simon Kilmurry

Executive Director

American Documentary | POV

Simon served as chief operating officer of American Documentary for six years before assuming the role of executive director in Fall 2006. Since joining AmDoc in 1999, he has played a key role in helping to set strategic direction for the organization and implementing new initiatives, including the Diverse Voices...more

Speaking at: Risk-takers and Trouble-makers


Kari Kim

VP of Animation Development

HLN

Kari Kim, a digital and television industry veteran, is charged with overseeing HLN’s new development department where she is responsible for the creation and supervision of original series and specials. Kim reports directly to Hecht. Prior to joining HLN, she was VP, production and development, Worldwide Biggies where she developed...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Endyia Kinney-Sterns

Senior Executive Consultant, Original Programming

OWN

Endyia Kinney-Sterns is vice president of programming and development for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network overseeing day-to-day development of new original programming for the network.  She joined the company in May 2011 as executive director of programming and development.

Kinney-Sterns has been instrumental in identifying and developing various new programming including the...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; 30 MINS WITH: Endyia Kinney-Sterns, OWN; Speed Pitching Four


Bruce David Klein

President & Executive Producer

Atlas Media Corp

Bruce David Klein has been the creative force behind hundreds of hours of high-profile, award-winning unscripted series, specials and theatrical documentaries. As President & Executive Producer of NY-based Atlas Media Corp, Mr. Klein has created, written, produced and/or executive-produced series and specials such as Hotel Impossible (Travel), Playing With Fire...more

Speaking at: Meet the New Boss


Michael Klein

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Condé Nast Entertainment Group

Michael L. Klein is the executive vice president, programming and content strategy, digital channels for Condé Nast Entertainment Group (CNEG), a division created to develop filmed entertainment businesses based on Condé Nast’s world-class brands, articles and personalities, across all media platforms, including television, feature films and digital video.  He was...more

Speaking at: The Digital Report Card


Mark Koops

President

Trium Entertainment

Mark is the Founder and CEO of Trium Entertainment a new content company that is focused on creating...more

Speaking at: The Digital Report Card


Ra Kumar

Alternative TV Agent

N.S. Bienstock

Ra represents a variety of on-air talent and producers for network television, cable and syndication with a focus on reality programming.

Prior to joining N.S. Bienstock, Ra spent the last decade working as a television packaging agent at APA, Paradigm and The...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert


Justin Lacob

Head of Developmemt

SPIKE TV

Justin Lacob serves as Vice President of Original Series at Spike TV.  Lacob joined Spike in 2011 and has since overseen the development of several successful network series including the critically acclaimed Bar Rescue. Lacob will also oversee the highly anticipated Hungry Investors, with bar and nightlife expert...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Justin Lacob, Spike TV


JT Ladt

Chief Content Officer

National Geographic Channels

Ladt comes to National Geographic Channel from Renegade 83, where he served as Co-Head of Development for the TV powerhouse.  During his tenure, Ladt was responsible for developing and setting up reality projects across multiple networks, including Discovery, Spike, VH1, Style, G4, Syfy and TLC.  Before joining Renegade 83, Ladt...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Jane Latman

President-HGTV

Investigation Discovery

Shadow Jane Latman for a day and you could be sitting in on a pitch session with famed filmmaker Errol Morris; a robust discussion of which death row inmate should be interviewed by Werner Herzog; a quick check in about access to Whitey Bulger’s former girlfriend; and a brainstorm around...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One; 30 MINS WITH: Jane Latman, Investigation Discovery


Robyn Lattaker-Johnson

Head of Unscripted Development, Programming & Specials

Syfy Network

Robyn Lattaker-Johnsonhas over 20 years of experience in entertainment spanning programming, development, current and physical production.  In her current role as Vice President of Unscripted Programming at the Syfy network, an NBC Universal Comcast company, Lattaker-Johnson oversees the day-to-day creative and production aspects of top reality series such as Face...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Robyn Lattaker-Johnson, Syfy Network; Speed Pitching Three


Brian Lavin

VP of Development

Science Channel

Lavin has been involved in developing such hits as Oddities, Odd Folks Home, Oddities: San Francisco and Dark Matters, among others. Most recently, he worked on Science Channel’s first scripted original Stuff You Should Know (coming in January 2013). Lavin also served as producer on Mantracker and An Idiot Abroad....more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Brian Lavin, Science Channel; Speed Pitching One


Megan Lawrence

SVP and Head of Unscripted Development

WE tv

As WE tv’s Senior Director of Development, Megan Lawrence leads west coast development on behalf of the network and vets all incoming submissions, generates internal concepts, and spearheads production of development presentations and pilots at WE tv. During her tenure she has been instrumental in developing a number...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Eli Lehrer

EVP & General Manager

Lifetime

Eli Lehrer was named Senior Vice President of Non-Fiction Programming of Lifetime in May 2013.  Based in Los Angeles, he is responsible for overseeing all non-scripted development and production for the network.

Lehrer joined Lifetime from Bravo Media, where he was Vice President of Development.  While there, he was responsible for...more

Speaking at: Casting Call


Steven Lerner

SVP, Programming & Development

HGTV and DIY Network

Steven Lerner is the senior vice president of programming for Scripps Networks Interactive’s Home Category brands, HGTV and DIY Network. In this role, Lerner oversees the programming efforts at both networks, as well as leads the New York and Knoxville-based programming teams. He is responsible for facilitating original programming ideas,...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Steven Lerner, HGTV and DIY Network; 30 MINS WITH: Steven Lerner, Great American Country


Josh Levenbrown

Alternative TV Agent

APA

Since joining APA in 2008, Josh Levenbrown has played an integral role in growing the firm’s AITV department into to a bona fide powerhouse in non-fiction television.  Today, the department provides clients and buyers alike with a premiere level of packaging and staffing services that is second to...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert


Judy Levenson

VP Development

American Heroes Channel

Judy serves as Director of Development and Programming for Military Channel where she is focused on blowing things up!  Judy has worked in fiction and non-fiction television for over 15 years starting in programming at Sundance Channel and Showtime Networks.  Following her career in...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three; 30 MINS WITH: Judy Levenson, American Heroes Channel


Marisa Levy

Head of Unscripted

TLC

Marisa Levy joined the TLC team in 2011. In her role, Marisa works with the production community to develop new program concepts and bring those ideas to life for the TLC audience. During her time at TLC, she has spearheaded the efforts for the following programs: I Found the Gown,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Scott Lewers

Executive Vice President, Multiplatform Programming, Factual & Head of Content, Science

Discovery Channel

Scott Lewers is Senior Vice President of Programming for Discovery Channel where he leads program strategy for the network. He is responsible for overseeing long and short term program planning for Discovery Channel’s primetime, daytime and late night programming. Further, he works closely with other network divisions to provide coordination...more

Speaking at: Slot Machines: Masters of Scheduling


Lauren Lexton

Co-Founder & CEO

Authentic Entertainment

As co-founder and Executive Producer of Authentic Entertainment, Lauren Lexton's vision, character and innovative ideas have guided the company from start-up to becoming one of cable industry's leading creators and producers of non-scripted programming in the US., developing and producing series for the top cable networks including Here Comes Honey...more

Speaking at: Casting Call


Julie Link Steffens

Managing Director & CEO

Relativity Television

Speaking at: Shop Talk


Chris Linn

Media Advisor

truTV

Chris Linn serves as president, head of programming, truTV, responsible for all programming on the network, including the development and production of original programs. Linn's duties also include overseeing all marketing, digital initiatives and strategic planning for truTV. Linn is based in New York and reports to Steve Koonin, president...more

Speaking at: Meet the New Boss


Mary Lisio

EVP Alternative & Non-Scripted Programming

Scott Free Productions

Emmy® Award Winning Producer Mary Lisio is the Executive Vice President of Non-Fiction and Branded Entertainment at Scott Free Productions, where she oversees all non-scripted projects.

Lisio’s first project with Scott Free was The Real Robin Hood, a 2-hr special for History Channel that aired...more

Speaking at: Reeling in the Eyeballs


Joseph Livecchi

CEO

CMT

Joe Livecchi is Senior Vice President of Development for CMT, charged with overseeing multiple network development teams, as well as all external and third party productions for the network. Livecchi joined CMT in late 2012, at a time of major growth as the network expands into more hours of original...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Joe Livecchi, CMT; Luncheon Roundtables


Mike Lolato

VP Sales Solutions, Unscripted Series, Global Distribution and International

GRB Entertainment

Michael Lolato has worked in all areas of the television program distribution business including affiliate sales, launching six channels in his original homeland Canada, and selling and marketing Pay-TV, VOD and SVOD.  Over the years, Michael has included International Program Sales, Acquisitions, Development and Co-Productions to his expertise and continues...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert


Andrew Lutin

Director Original Programming & Development

TVGN

Andrew is Manager of Development at TVGN (TV Guide Network), where he develops and helps oversee original non-scripted series for the network. 

He spent over six years at ABC Media Group, the non-scripted television studio of Disney/ABC Television Group, and ABC Daytime, where Andrew worked on developing and overseeing reality, talk...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


David Lyle

President Emeritus

National Geographic Channels

David Lyle is a veteran television executive whose career spans 25 years across more than 20 countries, with a proven track record developing factual and unscripted multiplatform/multiwindow content, both domestically and globally.  He is chief executive officer (CEO) of the National Geographic Channels US with responsibility for global programming, based...more

Speaking at: AMERICA 101


George Macias

COO

Vanacore Music

George Macias is the Chief Operating Officer at Vanacore Music responsible for overseeing the company’s business strategies and company operations.  He brings over 20 years of executive strategic sales development, marketing and operations experience from various industries.

George’s background in sales and management stems from his initial roles at Xerox Corporation...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Music Matters


Vinnie Malhotra

EVP, Nonfiction Programming

CNN Worldwide

Vinnie Malhotrais senior vice president for development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide, based in Los Angeles.  

Malhotra joined CNN in March 2012, and is in charge of pursuing development opportunities with outside production companies for CNN Worldwide platforms.  In this role, he spearheaded the launch of CNN Films, a production...more

Speaking at: Risk-takers and Trouble-makers


Debbie Manners

Board of Directors

Keo Films

Debbie is Managing Director at Keo Films and Chair of Pact Council. KEO is an integrated broadcast, commercial and digital production company that is regularly voted into the top few places in the Peer Polls for TV Indies. Developing and producing content that has something to say, and has a...more

Speaking at: AMERICA 101


Ari Mark

Co-Founder

XBOX

As Head of Unscripted for Xbox Entertainment Studios, Ari Mark oversees all linear and interactive unscripted content.

Prior to Xbox, Mark worked at AMC where he helped launch the network's foray into unscripted programming, developing critically acclaimed series, The Pitch and Small Town Security as well as ratings hits, Talking Dead...more

Speaking at: The Digital Report Card


Harry Marshall

Chairman

Icon Films

Harry Marshall was born and brought up in India where his father taught him how to catch elephants using binoculars, tweezers and a jam jar. He won an open scholarship to read English at Oxford University has traveled extensively through Asia and in particular the Himalayas where he learnt it...more

Speaking at: Climate Change? The State of the Natural History Nation


Russ McCarroll

Executive Producer

History

Russ McCarroll is a Vice President of Programming and Development for HISTORY. A hands on executive, he created and developed two of HISTORY’s biggest recent successes, The Men Who Built America and Mountain Men. In his five plus years at HISTORY Russ has also...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; 30 MINS WITH: Russ McCarrol, History


Gena McCarthy

EVP of Development & Programming, Lifetime Unscripted

FYI

Emmy-nominated programming executive Gena McCarthy was named Senior Vice President, Programming of FYI in September 2013. In this role, McCarthy is head of all programming and development for the recently rebranded network.

Previously, McCarthy was Senior Vice President, Reality and Alternative Programming for Lifetime Networks. In this position, she led all...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four; 30 MINS WITH: Gena McCarthy, FYI


John McVay

Chief Executive Officer

PACT

John McVay is the Chief Executive of Pact. He has been involved in programme making as a producer, consultant and trainer since 1986.  Prior to his appointment at Pact, he has held positions as the founding Director of the Research Centre for Television and Interactivity in...more

Speaking at: AMERICA 101


Gabriella Messina

Programming Executive, Unscripted

Upwave

Gabriella Messina is vice president of content for upwave, Turner Broadcasting System Inc.’s (TBS, Inc.) new multiplatform entertainment brand focused on health and wellness. In her role, Messina oversees development, production and programming of all content across digital and on-air...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Rob Miller

Agent

Peleton Entertainment

Rob is the President of Peleton Entertainment.  Working on all levels of broadcasting, including network, cable, syndication, and co-production financing, the company represents high-profile producers of reality, documentary and kids programming.  The companies represented by Peleton are producing over 30 series that are currently on the air.  Peleton also represents...more

Speaking at: In Conversation With... Scripps Networks Interactive


Courteney Monroe

President

National Geographic Channels

Courteney Monroe is chief marketing officer for National Geographic Channels U.S., including National
Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD. She manages the Channel’s brand and all aspects of marketing
— including brand strategy, creative, consumer marketing, digital platforms, social media, partnership
marketing, and ad sales marketing.

Prior to this, she was...more

Speaking at: Making Sense of Marketing


Brent Montgomery

CEO

Leftfield Entertainment

Brent Montgomery is founder and CEO of Leftfield Entertainment, the US-based “super-indie” media, entertainment and production group established by Montgomery in 2013. The Leftfield Entertainment portfolio currently encompasses Leftfield Pictures (Pawn Stars), Sirens Media (Real Housewives of New Jersey), the recently launched Loud TV (upcoming series for Travel Channel and...more

Speaking at: View from the Top


Heather Moran

EVP, Programming & Strategy

National Geographic Channel

As Executive Vice President of Programming and Strategy for National Geographic Channel (NGC) U.S., Heather Moran is responsible for overseeing the network’s programming, strategy and content, as well as development and production.

Previously, she was Senior Vice President of Global Programming and Strategic Development and worked to develop the programming and...more

Speaking at: Making Waves With Live


Rita Mullin

Senior Creative and Content Director

OWN

Rita Mullin is executive vice president, programming and development, at     OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, overseeing program development and current programming for the network.

Mullin has been instrumental in shepherding the popular series Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, Six Little McGhees, Raising Whitley, Life with LaToya and The Golden Sisters among many others.

Prior...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Rita Mullin, OWN


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...more

Speaking at: View from the Top; The Best of Times, The Worst of Times?


Debbie Myers

GM and EVP

Science Channel

Debbie Myers heads the business and creative charge for Science Channel. Under her tenure, the network has enjoyed 19 consecutive quarters of year-over-year ratings growth, and its reach has more than doubled to 80 million U.S. households and another 100 million worldwide.

Myers has developed a number of successful programs that...more

Speaking at: So You Think You Can Pitch?


Hamish Mykura

EVP, Programming & Development

National Geographic Channels International

As Executive Vice President & Head of International Content for 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...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Hamish Mykura, National Geographic Channel International


Erik Nelson

President

Creative Differences

Erik Nelson is the President of Creative Differences, who, in 2014, marks their 20th anniversary in this great business we call “show".  In 2013, among other projects, Nelson wrote and directed JFK: The Final Hours for National Geographic, produced the two hour Monster Squid: The Giant is Real for Discovery,...more

Speaking at: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times?


Lily Neumeyer

EVP Development, MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo and MTV Studios

A&E Network

Lily Neumeyer was appointed to the post of Vice President of Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming, for A&E in January of 2011, where she is responsible for overseeing the development and production of A&E’s nonfiction, alternative and reality series, including Modern Dads, Bad Ink and Rodeo Girls. Neumeyer currently serves as...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH Lily Neumeyer, A&E Network


Jehane Noujaim

Filmmaker

Noujaim Films

Egyptian-­]American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim has worked on various documentaries in both
the Middle East and the United States. Before graduating from Harvard, she was awarded the Gardiner Fellowship for Mokattam, an Arabic film she directed about a garbage-­] collecting village near Cairo, Egypt. Jehane then joined the MTV News...more

Speaking at: Risk-takers and Trouble-makers


Benjamin Nurick

President

Bodega Pictures

A California native with New York roots, Benjamin Nurick brings over a decade of experience from a multitude of disciplines within the entertainment industry, where he is now the President of Bodega Pictures.

After studying directing and acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Nurick began his career as an...more

Speaking at: Heirs Apparent


Didi O'Hearn

SVP, Programming & Development

WE tv

As vice president of development & talent for WE tv, Deirdre O’Hearn is responsible for creating brand defining original series and specials that personify WE tv’s position as a destination that showcases and celebrates modern women who are bold, independent and taking charge of their lives. O’Hearn leads the charge...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH Didi O'Hearn, WE tv


Heather Olander

SVP, Alternative Series Development & Production, Entertainment Networks

USA Network

Heather Olander serves as senior vice president, alternative programming where she oversees all USA alternative development and production. She is based in Los Angeles.

Olander has overseen production on USA Network's reality series Summer Camp, It Takes A Choir and Partners in Crime. She is currently developing the network's upcoming slate of non-scripted...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Heather Olander, USA Networks


Eileen O'Neill

Global Group President

Discovery, TLC and Discovery Fit & Health Networks

Eileen O'Neill oversees the strategic direction at Discovery Channel, TLC and Discovery Fit & Health including development, programming, production, digital media, marketing, research and communications. She interfaces with ad and affiliate sales to further increase the value of the brands and aims to create a unique environment for advertisers, operators...more

Speaking at: Opening Remarks


Jack Osbourne

President

Schweet Entertainment

With a passion for everything he does, and keen insight that often belies his chronological age of 28 years, Jack Osbourne continues to expand his oeuvre in front of and behind the camera.

He recently came in third on Dancing With the Stars,...more

Speaking at: So You Think You Can Pitch?


Howard T. Owens

Founder & Co-CEO

National Geographic Channels

Howard Owens is an innovative and experienced entertainment executive with a strong reputation for identifying trends and pioneering new concepts.  Throughout his career, Owens has uncovered new business opportunities, fostered impressive growth and deftly maneuvered emerging platforms and technologies. 

Owens oversees the programming, development, research, scheduling, communications and business affairs units...more

Speaking at: View from the Top


Allison Page

President

HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country

Allison Page was named general manager of the Home Category for Scripps Networks Intearctive in November 2013. She oversees the programming and scheduling teams for HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country.

Preceding her new role, Page previously served as senior vice president of programming and program development for Scripps’ Food...more

Speaking at: Meet the New Boss


Chris Palmer

Professor & Director

American University

Chris Palmer is a professor, speaker, author, and environmental and wildlife film producer who has swum with dolphins and whales, come face-to-face with sharks and Kodiak bears, camped with wolf packs, and waded hip-deep through Everglade swamps.

Over the past thirty years, he has spearheaded the production of more than 300...more

Speaking at: How to Work the Summit


Brant Pinvidic

CEO

Eyeworks USA

Brant Pinvidic serves as President at Eyeworks USA (formerly 3 Ball Productions) where he has developed more than three dozen shows for the company, including Extreme Weight Loss (in season 4 on ABC), Bar Rescue (in season 4 on Spike and the network's #1 show across all male demos) and My Big Fat...more

Speaking at: Format Focus


Charles Poe

SVP Global Production and Emerging Technology

Smithsonian Channel

From tumultuous war zones to dense rainforests and far-flung locales in between, Smithsonian Channel’s Charles Poe has traveled the world, bringing engaging subjects to life on screen. As Vice President of Production, he guides the editorial process for all original programming and international co-productions. His efforts have shaped successful tentpole...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Noah Pollack

Executive Producer & Consultant

E!

As Senior Vice President, Programming & Development, Noah Pollack is responsible for E!’s series development and original programming across a variety of genres for the global pop culture brand.  Pollack joined E! in Fall 2013. 

 

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Noah Pollack, E!


Jennifer Quainton

VP, Programming & Development

Food Network/Cooking Channel

Jennifer Quainton currently serves as vice president of programming for Food Network and Cooking Channel.  Part of the Food Network programming team since 2000, Jen has overseen key day-part scheduling for the brand and been an invaluable member of the programming and production team for over a decade. Since 2009,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two; 30 MINS WITH: Jen Quainton, Food Network/Cooking Channel


Nicole Reed

VP of Development

A&E Network

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Lara Richardson

Group EVP, Marketing Discovery, Animal Planet and Science Channel

Discovery Channel

Lara Richardson serves as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Discovery Channel. In this role she is responsible for creating and executing the vision for the Discovery brand across all platforms, including on-air campaigns, print campaigns, social networking, domestic distribution of creative content and the annual upfront ad sales presentations....more

Speaking at: Making Sense of Marketing


Brandon Riegg

SVP, Alternative Programming

NBC and Universal Television

Brandon Riegg was appointed to Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming & Development, NBC and Universal Television in November 2013, where he reports to Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment and Meredith Ahr, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming & Development, NBC and Universal Television.
 
Riegg is...more

Speaking at: Making Waves With Live; Luncheon Roundtables; 30 MINS WITH: Brandon Riegg, NBC and Universal Television


Michel Rodrigue

CEO

The Format People

Michel Rodrigue is the CEO & Partner of The Format People, which offers comprehensive consultancy on all aspects of the television business, from building stations to assembling the right team for a project, identifying finished programs and formats to suit local requirements, and much more. An early proponent of TV...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Creating and Protecting Your Format


Marissa Ronca

EVP & Head of Original Programming & Development

truTV

Marissa Ronca serves as senior vice president of development & original programming for truTV. In this role, she is responsible for the network's diverse slate of original programming from concept through production. Ronca is based in New York and reports to Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV.

Ronca was...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Marissa Ronca, truTV


Jane Root

Founder & CEO

Nutopia

Jane Root is Chief Executive of Nutopia, an television production company with offices in Washington and London, best known for its huge scale history series. Nutopia's first 'mega doc' was the 12-part Emmy-award winning series, America The Story of Us for History, introduced by President Obama. Before founding Nutopia, Jane...more

Speaking at: AMERICA 101


Justin Rosenblatt

EVP, Original Programming & Development

The CW

Justin Rosenblatt is the Vice President of Alternative Programming at The CW.  In this role, he oversees all elements of development and current programming on The CW including but not limited to: Whose Line Is It Anyway?, America's Next Top Model, Oh Sit!, Breaking Pointe, multiple iHeart Radio concerts &...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Justin Rosenblatt, The CW; Speed Pitching Two


David Royle

Chief Programming Officer & EVP, Production

Smithsonian Networks

 

David Royle is Smithsonian Networks’ EVP, Programming and Production.  In that role, Royle oversees the commissioning, acquiring, producing and scheduling of the Smithsonian Channel. Royle joined Smithsonian Networks to bring a distinctive and creative point-of-view to the network’s editorial direction.

 

Since it’s launch in September 2007, the Smithsonian Channel has expanded...more

Speaking at: Climate Change? The State of the Natural History Nation; Luncheon Roundtables; 30 MINS WITH: David Royle, Smithsonian Networks


Kristi Russell

President

Metal Flowers Media

From selling candles on Venice Beach to slinging drinks behind the bar at Saddle Ranch, Kristi Russell has always been in close contact with colorful characters. During those sun-splashed days and tequila-soaked nights (when she wasn't finding creative ways to scrape together enough sticky pennies to pay rent), Russell was...more

Speaking at: Casting Call


Lynn Sadofsky

SVP, Food Network Programming & Development

National Geographic

Lynn Sadofsky is vice president of production and development at National Geographic Channels based in New York City. She is responsible for developing series and event specials for the channel, such as NGC’s #1 series Brain Games, the fan favorite Wicked Tuna and the three-night, six-hour event special, The 80s:...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Amy Savitsky

SVP, Programming

TLC

Amy Savitsky joined TLC in August 2011. In her role, she manages key relationships in the production community while supervising the editorial, budgetary and delivery components through the development process. Since joining TLC, Amy has shepherded in several new series including Breaking Amish and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Prior...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Amy Savitsky, TLC; Speed Pitching Two


David Schiff

Head, Game/Format Think Tank

GSN

David Schiff serves as GSN's Senior Vice President of Programming and Development where he oversees all original production and development for the network.  He joined GSN in 2009.  Since then, he has lead GSN's effort to expand its core viewership by overseeing over 1000 episodes of television across a wide...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four; Coffee + Commissioners


Hans Schiff

Agent

Creative Artists Agency

Hans Schiff is a Television Agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, London, and Beijing.  Schiff works in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the most prolific and respected production companies in non-scripted television,...more

Speaking at: Shop Talk


Eric Schotz

CEO

LMNO Productions

Eric Schotz, president and CEO of LMNO Productions, is a nine-time Emmy-award winner whose innovative style and creativity has established him as one of the television industry’s foremost producers/directors of non-fiction and reality-based programming. His extensive credits include executive producing the highly successful hidden camera series of specials for CBS,...more

Speaking at: Where Have All the Indies Gone?


Steven J. Schupak

Chief Operating Officer

Maryland Public TV

Steven’s responsibilities include overseeing development, production, national & local sponsorship sales, scheduling, creative services, promotion, licensing and national distribution for its current slate of programs. National programs past and present include Motor Week, Music of Ireland, Anuna: Celtic Origins, Mega-Movers: The USS Intrepid, Transformation Age, Primal Grill with Steven Raichlen,...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners; Luncheon Roundtables


Justin Scroggie

CCO & Partner

The Format People

Justin is a Format Doctor, format creator, and Chief Creative Officer & Partner of The Format People Group.   

As a Format Doctor, he is in considerable demand, working as an expert consultant with both broadcasters and production companies around the world to diagnose and solve issues with their formats, from...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Creating and Protecting Your Format


Jon Sechrist

EVP of Production, Development & Strategy

TLC International

Jon Sechrist is vice president of production and development for Discovery Networks International (DNI), focusing on lifestyle and entertainment content for TLC International. Based in New York, Sechrist works with the international production community to develop and produce lifestyle and entertainment content for the division’s global roll-out of TLC, and...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Speed Pitching Four


Philip Segal

Co-CEO

Original Productions

Philip D. Segal is the CEO and Executive Producer of Original Productions (OP), a FremantleMedia company, a post he has held since November, 2012.  As CEO,

Segal merges a comprehensive and acclaimed career of achievements in creating, writing, directing and producing highly recognized projects for television. Fourteen Original Productions series are...more

Speaking at: Producing Off the Grid


Robert Sharenow

President of Programming

Lifetime

Rob Sharenow is Executive Vice President, General Manager of Lifetime.  He is responsible for all strategic planning and activities for the network, including programming, marketing, publicity and brand development.  Sharenow joined Lifetime in 2011 as Executive Vice President, Programming, and was promoted to his current position in 2013.
 
In...more

Speaking at: View from the Top


Nick Shore

Chief Creative Strategist

Astronauts Wanted

Nick trained in strategic brand planning in the London and New York ad agency world of the 1980s (picture that!). He co-founded a brand agency in the early 1990s developing  the concept of “Brand DNA”. Working with major consumer, tech and entertainment brands, nick pioneered innovative...more

Speaking at: The Millennial Mind


Alon Shtruzman

CEO

Keshet International

Alon Shtruzman, Managing Director, Keshet International, is charged with scaling up the group's international production and distribution wherewithal, and expanding its footprint to new territories. He also serves as Alternate for Keshet CEO Avi Nir on the Board of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

 

Shtruzman is a seasoned...more

Speaking at: Format Focus


Noel Siegel

Producer

National Geographic Channel

Noel Siegel is senior vice president of production and development at National Geographic Channels based at the network’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for developing series and event specials for the channel, such as the upcoming two-hour film based on Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot, Bill O’Reilly’s...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Noel Siegel, National Geographic Channel; Speed Pitching Four


Jason Silva

Host

Brain Games

As host of National Geographic Channel’s #1 rated and Emmy-nominated series, Brain Games, Jason Silva will guide you through the twists and turns of your gray matter. Through a series of man-on-the-streets and experiments, Silva will be joined by top experts in the fields of cognitive science, neuroscience and psychology,...more

Speaking at: The Millennial Mind


Julia Silverton

SVP, U.S. Unscripted Development

CMT Country Music Television

Julia Silverton is responsible for developing original content for CMT as well as overseeing a host of series including Orange Country Choppers, Sweet Home Alabama, and Swamp Pawn. Before joining CMT at the beginning of this year, Julia built her career in the production world. In 1997, she produced Motorway,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Four


Andy Singer

EVP TV & Digital Content

Travel Channel

Andy Singer serves as general manager for Travel Channel.  In this role, he is responsible for setting the programming strategy and editorial vision of the network, working with Scripps Networks Interactive’s ad sales group to monetize its highly engaged audience, and directing research.  Singer was promoted to this role in...more

Speaking at: In Conversation With... Scripps Networks Interactive


Guy Slattery

Global Chief Marketing Officer

A&E Network, BIO Channel and Crime & Investigation Network

Guy Slattery joined A&E Network in December in 2006 as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Slattery oversees the network’s consumer marketing team, where he is responsible for the creation and implementation of the network’s brand and marketing strategy. He oversees all marketing initiatives, including brand strategy, on-air promotion, off-net media...more

Speaking at: Making Sense of Marketing


Jonathan Slow

Founder

Zodiak Americas

Jonathan Slow is Chief Executive Officer of Zodiak Americas.

 At Zodiak, Slow is charged with growing Zodiak Media’s North, Central and South American infrastructure through production and new initiatives.  In his role, he oversees offices in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Bogota, Sao Paolo and Mexico City that produce across all...more

Speaking at: Where Have All the Indies Gone?


Arthur Smith

Chairman

A. Smith & Co. Productions

Before graduating from college, Smith had already amassed an eclectic resume in the entertainment business. He acted in CBC sitcoms, commercials, two feature films, worked as a radio announcer, and produced segments for CBC Radio.  Upon graduation from Ryerson University, Arthur, at the age of 22, began work as a...more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Arthur Smith, A. Smith & Co. Productions


John Smithson

Creative Director

Arrow Media

John Smithson is Creative Director of Arrow Media, one of the UK’s fastest growing production companies.

Previously he was Chief Executive of Darlow Smithson Productions, a company he created and which evolved into one of the biggest and most admired producers in global non-fiction TV.

He has been nominated for, or won,...more

Speaking at: Making Waves With Live


Mark Soldinger

Documentary Film Maker

Firecracker Films

Mark Soldinger is an award-winning documentary film-maker with a successful freelance career spanning over 15 years and 40 documentaries. In 2002, Mark founded Firecracker Films - a British production company that is responsible for some of the most talked about British programs in the last decade, including the visually stunning...more

Speaking at: AMERICA 101


Lara Spotts

Showrunner

Bravo

Lara Spotts is Vice President, Development for Bravo.  Spotts leads scripted and non-scripted development for East and West coast, including pilots, casting reels and concept development.  A member of Bravo’s programming and development team for the past five and a half years, her diverse background, inspiring creativity and innate understanding...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH Lara Spotts, Bravo; Speed Pitching Four


Brian Stelter

Host of Reliable Sources and Senior Media Correspondent for CNN

CNN

Brian Stelter is the senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide and the host of Reliable Sources, the Sunday morning media program on CNN/U.S.

As CNN’s senior media correspondent, Stelter reports on trends, personalities, and companies across the media spectrum, from news to entertainment. He appears regularly on CNN/U.S., CNN...more

Speaking at: Keynote: Jeff Zucker, CNN Worldwide in Conversation with Brian Stelter


Michael Stiller

VP, Development & Programming

History and H2™

Mike Stiller is Vice President, Development and Programming for History and H2. Mike works across the History and H2 networks. He oversees development for H2, and also develops and oversees various programs for History.

Mike developed many of History’s series including Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy, Ancient Aliens,...more

Speaking at: H2 Development Lab


Brent Stinski

Founder and CEO

Media Predict

Brent Stinski is the founder and CEO of Media Predict. Leveraging the “wisdom of crowds,” Media Predict is an online marketplace where participants buy and sell shares linked to the likely future success of media content – an activity that produces highly predictive research insights. Since the launch of its...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: How Audience Research Can Make or Break Your Pitch


Phil Sutfin

Co-Founder

ACM

Prior to co-founding ACM, Phil Sutfin has been at the vanguard for the voice-over industry as both a talent manager and agent at International Creative Management. At ICM, Phil helmed one of the largest voice-over commercial departments in the country offering complete services in commercials, promos, narration, animation and celebrity endorsements. Most recently,...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Sizzling Voices: What a Difference a Voice Talent Can Make


Howard Swartz

SVP, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

Howard Swartz serves as Vice President, Development and Production at Discovery Channel and is based out of the Los Angeles office. Swartz’s primary responsibility is Discovery Channel’s Specials and Events. In this role, Swartz is responsible for developing the slate, supervising editorial content and managing all phases of production.

Most recently,...more

Speaking at: Making Waves With Live


Banks Tarver

Co-Founder & Co-President

Left/Right

After graduating from college at Harvard and law school at Berkeley, Banks returned to his home state of Texas to work as a civil rights attorney.  Several years later, Banks returned to school to attend Stanford’s nonfiction filmmaking program.  His first documentary --Watch Me Jumpstart– was about Guided By Voices,...more

Speaking at: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times?


Donald Thoms

President

PBS

Donald Thoms, is the Vice President of Programing for the Public Television Service {PBS}.Donald is responsible for overseeing editorial development and production for programs in the Arts, Performance, Drama, Lifestyle and Cultural areas. Donald also works with Independent producers, and programs and projects surrounding diversity.

Prior to re-joining PBS, Thoms, who...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Donald Thoms, PBS; Coffee + Commissioners


Sarah Thornton

VP Lifestyle Production & Development

Discovery Networks International

Sarah Thornton is Vice President of Production and Development, Lifestyle and Entertainment, for Discovery Networks International. Based in London, Thornton develops and produces lifestyle and entertainment content for the division’s female flagship channels, including successful and returning TLC international series, Shopaholic Showdown and Extreme Beauty Disasters.
 
In this...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Sarah Thornton, Discovery Networks International; Luncheon Roundtables


Ondi Timoner

Director

Interloper Films

Ondi Timoner has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice. Her 2004 doc, DIG!, about the collision of art & commerce through the star-crossed rivalry between the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre -- and her 2009 top prize-winner, We Live...more

Speaking at: Risk-takers and Trouble-makers


Marice Tobias

Director

Tobias Entertainment Global

Marice Tobias - aka “The Voice Whisperer” - heads Tobias Entertainment Global, the pre-eminent industry resource for reinforcing and enhancing established voice-over careers. Her clients dominate the upper echelon of promo, trailer, commercial, narration and new media. The multi-award winning director also consuls with creative teams. To date she has...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Sizzling Voices: What a Difference a Voice Talent Can Make


Kurt Tondorf

SVP, Development

Animal Planet

Kurt Tondorf joined Animal Planet in January 2012 as the vice president of development Reporting to senior vice president of development Charlie Foley, he helps oversee development strategy, the content slate, and leads the conceptualization and creation of series, specials, stunts and other programming initiatives.

Tondorf joined Animal Planet with more...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; 30 MINS WITH: Kurt Tondorf, Animal Planet


Jodi Tovay

Sr Manager, Development & Production

Discovery Communications, Inc

Jodi Tovay serves as manager of development & production at Discovery Communications for Destination America. Throughout her two years at Destination America, Tovay has assisted in the development and production of the network's four top rated series: Mountain Monsters, Railroad Alaska, Buying the Bayou and Monsters & Mysteries in America....more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Jonathan Towers

President & Senior Executive Producer

Towers Productions

Jonathan Towers is the founder and senior executive producer at Towers Productions, LLC, a privately owned Chicago-based company.  Since its founding in 1989, Towers has created some of the most successful and innovative cable TV series and specials ever, including American Justice...more

Speaking at: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times?


Bob Tuschman

GM & SVP, Programming

Food Network

Bob Tuschman serves as senior vice president and general manager of Food Network. In this role, he oversees all programming and production and works with Food Network President Brooke Johnson on the network’s strategic direction.

Previously, Tuschman served as senior vice president, programming and production, during which time he directed Food...more

Speaking at: In Conversation With... Scripps Networks Interactive


David Vanacore

President & CEO

Vanacore Music

Over 100 million people hear his music every week watching their favorite programs.  Dubbed by television music industry insiders as ‘The King of Reality’, David Vanacore is the composer behind such acclaimed series as Survivor, The Apprentice, Big Brother, American Chopper, Dirty Jobs, Hell’s Kitchen, Mobbed, Wipeout, Whale Wars and...more

Speaking at: MASTER CLASS: Music Matters


Moises Velez

Director, Development and Current Programming

mun2

Moises Velez is Director of Development and Current Programming for NBCUniversal owned mun2 which is the leading cable network for young US Latinos. He is responsible for all original programming development, including unscripted, specials and scripted series.   

mun2 features a vibrant, young and unique program mix which includes reality (I Love...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Chris Vivion

Executive Producer & Partner

Upwave

Chris Vivion is the Executive Producer for upwave, responsible for development and production for original video across all platforms, including The Tim Ferris Experiment, Cook Your Ass Off, The Dose with Dr. Billy and the digital series Why Do Men Have Nipples? and Life...more

Speaking at: The Digital Report Card


Barry Walsh

Editor & Content Director

Realscreen Magazine

Barry Walsh is editor of international trade publication realscreen, published by Brunico Communications Ltd. Launched in September of 1997, realscreen has established itself as the world's foremost authority in non-fiction film and television, and is the brand behind the internationally renowned Realscreen Summit, the world's biggest non-fiction/factual entertainment conference, held...more

Speaking at: Amping Up Unscripted; H2 Development Lab


Jessica Watson

Sr Director, Global Sales & Acquisitions

eOne Television International

Jessica Watson is the Manager, Acquisitions at Entertainment One (eOne).  Based in the Company’s Toronto office, Watson is responsible for acquiring Television product for distribution to all media outlets around the world. Watson joins eOne with several years of television acquisitions experience.  Most recently, she worked as an Acquisitions Specialist...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert


Todd Weiser

SVP, Programming & Development

Food Network and Cooking Channel

As the vice president of programming and development for Food Network and Cooking Channel, Todd Weiser is charged with developing new series, specials and tentpoles, as well as overseeing current programming for both of Scripps Networks Interactive’s lifestyle food brands.

Previously, Todd served as the director of program development for Animal...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Speed Pitching Four


Courtney White

President

HGTV and DIY Network

Courtney White is the vice president of program development and production for Scripps Networks Interactive’s Home Category brands, HGTV and DIY Network. In this role, White oversees the program development for both brands, including strengthening the category’s ties to the production community. She is responsible for facilitating original programming ideas...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Speed Pitching Three


Tiffany Williams

Executive Vice President of Unscripted Programming and Development

MTV

Tiffany Lea Williams kicked off her MTV career in 1999 and rose through the ranks of the Production Specials and Music Series Department to her current role as Vice-President, Series Development. During her early years at MTV, she worked on tentpoles...more

Speaking at: 30 MINS WITH: Tiffany Williams, MTV; Speed Pitching Two


Rob Worsoff

Executive Producer

Schweet Entertainment

Rob Worsoff is Co-Owner and Executive Producer at Schweet Entertainment. Schweet is a full-service production company that specializes in creating dynamic content for TV, Film, and Online. Created in 2011 by longtime friends Rob Worsoff, Jack Osbourne, and Brian Wendel, Schweet...more

Speaking at: Heirs Apparent


Tony Yates

CEO

Zodiak Los Angeles

Tony Yates is Chief Executive Officer for Zodiak Los Angeles.

In his role, Yates oversees the continued rapid growth of Zodiak Los Angeles’ production business in the non-scripted space and managing a programming slate that includes Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC) and Killer Karaoke (truTV).

Since joining...more

Speaking at: Format Focus


Vivi Zigler

President Digital Brand & Audience Development

Shine America

Vivi Zigler, President, Shine 360° & Digital, Shine America, oversees all marketing, branded entertainment, licensing, digital, research and live experiences for the company behind unscripted and scripted series including MasterchefMasterchef Junior  (Fox), The Biggest Loser (NBC), The Face (Oxygen) and The Bridge (FX).

Zigler spent 19 years of her career with NBCUniversal, where she won five Emmy Awards...more

Speaking at: Making Sense of Marketing


Jeff Zucker

President

CNN Worldwide

Jeff Zucker is the president of CNN Worldwide.

In this role, he oversees its 23 branded news and information businesses, including CNN’s U.S. television network, CNN International, HLN and CNN Digital.

Zucker is the former president and CEO...more

Speaking at: Keynote: Jeff Zucker, CNN Worldwide in Conversation with Brian Stelter

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