Tuesday, January 27

8:00am

Delegates' Lounge (open 8:00am-6:30pm) (8:00am - 6:30pm)

COLUMBIA HALL

Registration Opens 8:00 AM (8:00am - 8:45am)

10:45am

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK (MASTER CLASS) (10:45am - 11:00am)

Sponsored by

11:00am

New to the Summit Tour (11:00am - 11:45am)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM EAST

Informal guided tours designed to help you make the most of your Realscreen Summit. Our veteran team members will be on-hand to guide you through the event features that'll help you meet your business goals. Drop in only. No sign-up required.

MASTER CLASS: Pay Now or Pay Later: A Guide to Content Licensing (11:00am - 1:00pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN EAST

Are you looking to acquire archival and news footage or images for your production, but you don't know where to begin? Join The Associated Press and Global Image Works for a three-part workshop to walk you through the must-know tips for licensing content.  


This informative session will kick-off with AP’s Director, Digital Media & Entertainment, Claribel Torres, providing the top 10 dos and don’ts of content licensing. Part two, will provide insights into their experience with licensing content and how they navigate challenges. Global Image Works will conclude the workshop with a review of best practices in securing rights and clearances and a case study of how these three organizations work together to guide content producers and customers lending deep understanding of how to save time and money throughout the process.


Featuring:


Kristen Akers Gozdecki

Writer & Producer

Towers Productions

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Jessica Berman-Bogdan

President

Global ImageWorks

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Master Class Leader

Claribel ( Torres ) Cortes

Co-Founder & COO

The Associated Press

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MASTER CLASS: FRAPA Presents: The Art of the Deal (11:00am - 1:00pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN WEST

Everybody in the industry has faced the hurdle of closing deals. And nobody likes it… but why not? If you are creative in creating formats, you can use your creativity in negotiation as well. Think out of the box, and try to find U-turns where others can't. 

On behalf of FRAPA, Christoph Fey, Entertainment Lawyer at Unverzagt – von Have will give you some real insights to deal making and lead you through the deal terms of the worldwide format industry. Where to start? What can you ask for? Where to draw the lines? How can you keep rights? You're stuck - now what? All these questions and more will be answered and you will have the opportunity to rehearse some deal making yourselves!


Featuring:


Christoph Fey

Entertainment Lawyer

Unverzagt – von Have

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Speed Networking One - Lifestyle and Reality (11:00am - 12:00pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON WEST

Organized by interest groups that delegates subscribe to in their realXchange profile, these networking sessions are designed for you to meet many like-minded potential partners in a short time period. Speed Networking is open to all Realscreen Summit delegates and is not a pitch session. 

You may sign up for up to two (2) Speed Networking sessions. 

Information on how to sign up will be emailed to registered delegates prior to the opening date.

12:00pm

LUNCH (12:00pm - 1:30pm)

MASTER CLASS LUNCH (12:00pm - 1:30pm)

Sponsored by

1:30pm

New to the Summit Tour (1:30pm - 2:15pm)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM EAST

Informal guided tours designed to help you make the most of your Realscreen Summit. Our veteran team members will be on-hand to guide you through the event features that'll help you meet your business goals. Drop in only. No sign-up required.

MASTER CLASS: Building Your A-Team (1:30pm - 3:30pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN WEST

You're starting to get a few shows on the air and want to take your production company to the next level, but you don’t know the right questions to ask in order to make it happen.  That's where building a team of expert advisors comes into play. Here, producers will hear from trusted professionals outside of their production teams who will shepherd them along and help them avoid, or at least prepare for, some of the potential pitfalls and challenges along the way.


Featuring:


Daniel Cox

Financial Controller

PES Payroll

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Phil Irven

EVP, Alternative Television

Rebel Entertainment Partners

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Master Class Leader

Gary Lico

Proprietor

LILOLME TV

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Darrell Miller

Chair, Entertainment Department

Fox Rothschild LLP

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MASTER CLASS: Pitch Perfect: What works, what doesn't, what’s real and what’s not (1:30pm - 3:30pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN EAST

You’re preparing to pitch to a network, but what approach (and how much investment) is going to make it sell?  When is paper or Skype enough, and when should you move forward with a sizzle shoot?  Join us for this interactive workshop session, where both network and production execs will walk you through the dos and don’ts of pitching to networks.  From paper pitches, to Skypes, to demos, to pilot to series, learn from our experts what works and what doesn't, and most importantly, why.    


Featuring:


Jodi Flynn

President

Outpost Entertainment

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Master Class Leader

Steven Lerner

SVP, Programming & Development

HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country

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Jen Mayer Kulp

President

Sirens Media

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Will Nothacker

Co-President

Leftfield Pictures

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Speed Networking Two - History/Science/Natural History/Travel & Exploration (1:30pm - 2:30pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON WEST

Organized by interest groups that delegates subscribe to in their realXchange profile, these networking sessions are designed for you to meet many like-minded potential partners in a short time period. Speed Networking is open to all Realscreen Summit delegates and is not a pitch session. 

You may sign up for up to two (2) Speed Networking sessions. 

Information on how to sign up will be emailed to registered delegates prior to the opening date.

3:15pm

How to Work the Summit (3:15pm - 4:15pm)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM EAST

Maximize your experience at the Summit by attending this session designed specifically for those registered for the first time or those that haven’t been in a while. Summit veteran Chris Palmer will provide you with some practical tips on how best to spend your time, what sessions to attend to accomplish your goals and how to make the most of the incredible networking opportunities available to you.


Featuring:


Chris Palmer

Professor & Director

American University

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3:30pm

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK (MASTER CLASS) (3:30pm - 3:45pm)

Sponsored by

3:45pm

Meet an Expert (3:45pm - 4:45pm)

LINCOLN WEST

In an effort to continue to facilitate your ongoing business ventures and making great connections, we’ve assembled some of the top agencies and distributors in factual entertainment and made them available for you to meet with. Sign up to find out what these industry experts can offer you and your production. 

*Pre-sign up is required. 

You may choose one (1) Meet An Expert session, however during this session you have the opportunity to meet and chat with up to 3 table hosts (*please note; delegates will be asked to rotate in twenty minute increments).


Featuring:


Host

Yvonne Body

Head of Acquisitions

Beyond Distribution

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Hayley Dickson

SVP, Head of Global Non-Scripted, Acquisitions & Development, Global Content

FremantleMedia International

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Host

Emily Elisha

VP Acquisitions

Zodiak Rights

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Host

Georgina Eyre

Head of Acquisitions

Off The Fence

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Host

Lisa Fahrenholt

VP, International Development, Scripted

Endemol Worldwide Distribution

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Host

Lucinda Gergley-Garner

SVP Sales (North America & German Speaking Territories)

Cineflix Rights

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Host

Paul Heaney

CEO

TCB Media Rights

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Host

Noel Hedges

EVP, Acquisitions

DRG

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Host

Marc Kamler

Partner, Alternative Programming, Digital Media, Licensing and Branding

APA

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Host

Ra Kumar

Alternative TV Agent

United Talent Agency

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Host

Elizabeth Levenson

President

GRB Entertainment

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Host

Scott Lonker

President-Kimmelot

Creative Artists Agency

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Host

J.C. Mills

President & Commercial Director

ICM Partners

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Host

David Sherman

Agent, Unscripted TV

WME

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Host

Jessica Watson

Sr Director, Global Sales & Acquisitions

eOne Television International

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Host

Sean Zeid

Vice President, Weekend Booking

Kaplan Stahler Agency

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4:45pm

NETWORKING BREAK (4:45pm - 5:00pm)

5:00pm

Speed Pitching One (5:00pm - 6:00pm)

Sponsored by

LINCOLN EAST

Programming execs, each at their own table, will take individual one-on-one three minute pitches.

Pre-sign up is required.

You may sign up for up to three (3) Speed Pitches and are available through our lottery-style selection process. Information on how to sign up will be emailed to registered delegates prior to the opening date.


Featuring:


Host

James Bolosh

President & Partner

FYI

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Host

Sara Burns

SVP of Scheduling and Program Strategy

American Heroes Channel

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Host

Laura Civiello

Development

Esquire Network

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Host

Michael Dugan

VP, Original Content

Fuse TV

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Host

Joseph Ferraro

VP, Development

Bravo

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Host

Bethany Latham

Owner

Travel Channel

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Host

Angela Molloy

VP, Development

WE TV

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Host

Danielle Ostroske-D'Ingillo

Senior Director, Development

TLC

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Host

Jean Shi

SVP, Alternative Programming & Development

Oxygen Media

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Host

Jessie Surovell

Head of TV Development

Pop

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Host

Igal Svet

VP of Production and Development

National Geographic Channel

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6:00pm

PES Payroll Welcome Happy Hour (6:00pm - 7:00pm)

Sponsored by

Wednesday, January 28

8:00am

Delegates' Lounge (open 8:00am-6:00pm) (8:00am - 6:00pm)

COLUMBIA HALL

Registration Opens 8:00 AM (8:00am - 8:30am)

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (8:00AM - 10:00AM) (8:00am - 9:35am)

Sponsored by

8:30am

Coffee + Commissioners (8:30am - 9:30am)

Sponsored by

LINCOLN WEST

An informal networking opportunity for delegates to meet with up to three commissioning and development execs over coffee and continental breakfast.   These are NOT pitch sessions - just a fantastic networking opportunity.


*Pre-sign up is required. 

You may choose one (1) Coffee + Commissioners session, however during each session you have the opportunity to meet and chat with up to 3 table hosts (*please note; delegates will be asked to rotate in twenty minute increments). 

Information on how to sign up will be emailed to registered delegates prior to the opening date. 


Featuring:


Host

Pamela Aguilar

VP, Original Documentaries

PBS

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Table host

Kim Chessler

VP, Non-Fiction Programming

Lifetime Televison

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Table host

Jennifer Dettman

Executive Director Unscripted Content

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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Table host

Edwina Follows

General Manager Discovery Networks

Discovery Channel Canada

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Table host

Mary Ellen Iwata

VP, Program Development

The Weather Channel

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Table host

Andrew Lutin

Director Original Programming & Development

Pop

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Table host

Emily Morgan

Executive Producer National Productions

Shaw Media

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Table host

Steven J. Schupak

Chief Operating Officer

Maryland Public TV

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Table host

Julia Silverton

SVP, U.S. Unscripted Development

CMT Country Music Television

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Table host

Darcy Tomlin

VP Strategy & Acquisition

Velocity

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9:35am

Opening Remarks (9:35am - 9:45am)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM CENTER

9:45am

In Conversation with Cris Abrego & Charlie Corwin, Endemol Shine North America (9:45am - 10:45am)

Sponsored by

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM CENTER

Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin, are co-chairmen and co-CEOs of Endemol Shine North America. Newly launched global content creator, producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group has a diverse portfolio of companies in the USA that produce some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world, including American Idol (FOX), Big Brother (CBS), The Biggest Loser (NBC), Hell on Wheels (AMC), Kingdom (DirecTV), Man v. Food (Travel), MasterChef (FOX), Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), So You Think You Can Dance (FOX), Steve Harvey (NBCU), Wipeout (ABC) and many more.

The Realscreen Summit is proud to present a special Keynote Conversation with Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin, in which they will discuss the challenges they've faced and the triumphs they've celebrated in their careers to date; their thoughts on the obstacles and opportunities facing the unscripted industry and television itself in the years ahead, and their plans, as part of this new global media powerhouse with creative operations in over 30 markets and a diverse portfolio of over 600 revenue generating formats across scripted and non-scripted genres, digital, gaming and distribution operations, to  continue to deliver world-class content and compelling storytelling to platforms in North America and across the globe.  


Featuring:


Cris Abrego

CEO & Chairman

Endemol Shine North America

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Charles Corwin

CEO

Endemol Shine North America

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Interviewer

Brian Stelter

Host of Reliable Sources and Senior Media Correspondent for CNN

CNN

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10:45am

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK (10:45am - 11:00am)

Sponsored by

11:00am

30 MINS WITH: David Royle, Smithsonian Channel (11:00am - 11:30am)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

David Royle

Chief Programming Officer & EVP, Production

Smithsonian Channel

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30 MINS WITH: Elvia Van Es Oliva, TLC (11:00am - 11:30am)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Elvia Van Es Oliva

EVP, Head of Current Programming

TLC

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30 MINS WITH: Ross Babbit, Travel Channel (11:00am - 11:30am)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Ross Babbit

Executive Producer & Chief Content Officer

Travel Channel

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Development: The Developing Story (11:00am - 12:00pm)

Sponsored by

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM WEST

With character-led reality still going strong in the U.S., and more and more nets entering the unscripted arena, the demand for content and casts that cut through the clutter is higher than ever. Thus, the development process has evolved, with new players, and new responsibilities and requirements for those involved. In this session, you'll hear from producers, network execs, casting companies and others who are in the trenches, digging for - and developing - unscripted gold, and learn how they're doing it.

Moderating:


Brant Pinvidic

CEO

3 Ball Entertainment

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Featuring:


Sheila Conlin

President & CEO

The Conlin Company

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Scott Gurney

Co-Founder and Executive Producer

Gurney Productions

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Tim Healy

Co-Founder

History

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Hayden K. Meyer

Agency Partner, EVP, Head of Alternative & Factual Programming

APA

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Danny Passman

President

Crybaby Media

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The Next Wave (11:00am - 12:00pm)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM EAST

The rate of change in the digital video content sphere may seem intimidating to those used to producing for linear television, but a few things are clear: original video is making its way to more platforms, being shared by more people via more screens, and more players from "traditional" media are joining the party. As short form "snackable" content makes way for long form originals, and MCNs continue to ramp up their content investments and their audiences, the next wave of original digital content is upon us, Here, you'll meet producers and execs behind the content and platforms that are making waves now, get a glimpse of what might be next, and learn from those who've successfully made the transition from traditional to tomorrow.

Moderating:


Gavin McGarry

President

Jumpwire Media

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Featuring:


Fenton Bailey

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

World of Wonder

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Sam Barcroft

CEO

Barcroft Productions

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Gary Binkow

Founding Partner & Chief Content Officer

Collective Digital Studio

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Jill Holmes

SVP, West Coast Development & Production

VH1

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Jed Weintrob

VP, Head of Production

Conde Nast Entertainment

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Speed Pitching Two (11:00am - 12:00pm)

Sponsored by

LINCOLN EAST

Programming execs, each at their own table, will take individual one-on-one three minute pitches.

Pre-sign up is required.

You may sign up for up to three (3) Speed Pitches and are available through our lottery-style selection process. Information on how to sign up will be emailed to registered delegates prior to the opening date.


Featuring:


Host

Liz Brach

Senior Director of Programming

Discovery Networks International

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Host

Sarah Jane Flynn

VP of Content

Shaw Media

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Host

Paul Hardy

Creative Director International Programming Development Formats

Lifetime

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Host

Brian Lavin

VP of Development

Science Channel

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Host

Nicholas Oakley

SVP, Development

HLN

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Host

Mitchell Rosenbaum

Executive Producer Development & Original Programming

truTV

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Host

Miguel Santos

General Manager, Executive Producer

Myx TV

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Host

Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh

President

USA Network

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Host

Peter Tarshis

Executive Producer

LMN/A+E Networks

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Host

Kurt Tondorf

SVP, Development

Animal Planet

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Meet a Mentor: Philip Segal, Original Productions (11:00am - 11:30am)

GEORGETOWN WEST

The "Meet a Mentor" series, designed to give delegates rare access to the top producers in factual programming. Much like the Summit’s trademark "30 Minutes With…" series, delegates attending "Meet a Mentor" sessions will be able to glean valuable information in an intimate, "off the record" setting, and hear from A-list producers through Q&A about how they charted their paths, faced and met challenges head-on, and learned invaluable lessons along the way. If you've ever asked yourself "How do they do it?", here’s your chance to find out. 

*Pre-sign up is required. 

You may sign up for two (2) Meet a Mentor Sessions. 


Featuring:


Philip Segal

Co-CEO

Original Productions

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11:45am

30 MINS WITH: David Eilenberg, TBS (11:45am - 12:15pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

David Eilenberg

Chief Creative Officer

TBS and TNT

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30 MINS WITH: Brad Kohlenstein, Science Channel (11:45am - 12:15pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Brad Kohlenstein

Head of Development

Science Channel

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30 MINS WITH: Amy Entelis, CNN (11:45am - 12:15pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Amy Entelis

EVP, Talent & Content Development

CNN

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Meet a Mentor: Stephanie Drachkovitch, 44 Blue Productions (11:45am - 12:15pm)

GEORGETOWN WEST

The "Meet a Mentor" series, designed to give delegates rare access to the top producers in factual programming. Much like the Summit’s trademark "30 Minutes With…" series, delegates attending "Meet a Mentor" sessions will be able to glean valuable information in an intimate, "off the record" setting, and hear from A-list producers through Q&A about how they charted their paths, faced and met challenges head-on, and learned invaluable lessons along the way. If you've ever asked yourself "How do they do it?", here’s your chance to find out. 

*Pre-sign up is required. 

You may sign up for two (2) Meet a Mentor Sessions. 


Featuring:


Host

Stephanie Drachkovitch

Co-Founder & President

44 Blue Productions

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12:00pm

NETWORKING BREAK (12:00pm - 12:15pm)

12:15pm

Keeping it real: When formats go global (12:15pm - 1:15pm)

Sponsored by

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM WEST

As formats cross territories, they're adapted to reflect the viewing habits and needs of audiences in each territory, but can also be tweaked by the networks bringing them to air. In some cases those tweaks can be pretty substantial, while in other cases the format blueprint remains intact. How do networks and producers work together to make sure a format will rate in a new territory, while not completely overhauling its DNA? What are the steps towards giving a format its best shot at being a multi-territory hit?

Moderating:


Jane Millichip

Chief Content Officer

Sky Vision

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Featuring:


Avi Armoza

CEO

Armoza Formats

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Leanne Klein

Chief Executive Officer

Wall to Wall

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Greg Lipstone

President

ICM Partners

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Jason Sarlanis

SVP, Development

ABC Entertainment

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Alon Shtruzman

CEO

Keshet International

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The Innovation Conversation (12:15pm - 1:15pm)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM EAST

Beyond reality, beyond documentaries, are there new forms of programming on the horizon?  Is there anything that feels fresh or unique being produced, or pitched? Or are we doomed to indulge in more derivatives?  Originality, coupled with exciting production innovations, can be the key to success.  Hear from network execs and producers that just might alter the way we watch TV, while entertaining us along the way.

Moderating:


Michael Cascio

CEO & President

M&C Media LLC

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Featuring:


Orly Adelson

President

ITV Studios America

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Julian Hobbs

Co-President

History

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Erik Nelson

President

Creative Differences

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Tim Pastore

Media Executive

National Geographic Channels

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Jane Root

Founder & CEO

Nutopia

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Philip Segal

Co-CEO

Original Productions

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12:30pm

30 MINS WITH: Jill Holmes, VH1 (12:30pm - 1:00pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Jill Holmes

SVP, West Coast Development & Production

VH1

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30 MINS WITH: Heather Olander, Syfy Network (12:30pm - 1:00pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Heather Olander

SVP, Alternative Series Development & Production, Entertainment Networks

Syfy

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30 MINS WITH: Courtney White, HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country (12:30pm - 1:00pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Courtney White

President

HGTV/DIY & Great American Country

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Meet a Mentor: Jonathan Murray, Bunim/Murray Productions (12:30pm - 1:00pm)

GEORGETOWN WEST

The "Meet a Mentor" series, designed to give delegates rare access to the top producers in factual programming. Much like the Summit’s trademark "30 Minutes With…" series, delegates attending "Meet a Mentor" sessions will be able to glean valuable information in an intimate, "off the record" setting, and hear from A-list producers through Q&A about how they charted their paths, faced and met challenges head-on, and learned invaluable lessons along the way. If you've ever asked yourself "How do they do it?", here’s your chance to find out. 

*Pre-sign up is required. 

You may sign up for two (2) Meet a Mentor Sessions. 


Featuring:


Host

Jonathan Murray

Founder & Executive Consultant

Bunim/Murray Productions

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1:15pm

LUNCH (1:15pm - 2:30pm)

Sponsored by

Luncheon Roundtables (1:15pm - 2:30pm)

Sponsored by

LINCOLN WEST

Lunch is an informal affair and a chance for producers to learn a little more about programming needs and for broadcasters to possibly meet the producer that may deliver their next big hit. These are NOT pitch sessions - just a fantastic networking opportunity. 

*Pre-sign up is required. 

You may sign up for up to one (1) Luncheon Roundtable and are available through our lottery-style selection process. 

Information on how to sign up will be emailed to registered delegates prior to the opening date.


Featuring:


Table host

Jim Ackerman

EVP, Primetime Programming

CNBC

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Table host

Doug Bailey

Director Programming

Travel Channel

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Table host

Nina L. Diaz

President of Content & Chief Creative Officer

VH1

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Table host

Cynthia Fenneman

President & CEO

APT Worldwide/American Public Television

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Table host

Marisa Levy

Head of Unscripted

TLC

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Table host

Russ McCarroll

Executive Producer

History

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Table host

David Royle

Chief Programming Officer & EVP, Production

Smithsonian Channel

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Table host

Wayne Sampson

VP, Programming & Development

Syfy

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Table host

Jon Sechrist

EVP of Production, Development & Strategy

TLC International

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Table host

Michael Sorensen

Co-Founder

Discovery Channel

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Table host

Rob Swartz

SVP, Development & Production

REELZ Channel

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2:30pm

30 MINS WITH: Nicole DeFusco, Sundance TV (2:30pm - 3:00pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Nicole De Fusco

Consultant

Sundance TV

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30 MINS WITH: Mariana Flynn, Lifetime (2:30pm - 3:00pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Mariana Flynn

SVP Unscripted Development and Programming

Lifetime

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30 MINS WITH: Elaine Frontain-Bryant, History (2:30pm - 3:00pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Elaine Frontain Bryant

EVP, Head of Programming

History

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30 MINS WITH: Christy Dees, Bravo (2:30pm - 3:00pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Christy Dees

VP, Development

Bravo

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Changing the world, one episode at a time (2:30pm - 3:30pm)

Sponsored by

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM WEST

Non-fiction and unscripted programming has an edge that the scripted world can't match by providing a window into worlds we rarely see, and showing us the real people within those worlds. Docs, docuseries and yes, even certain reality TV programs can propel important issues and provocative topics into the mainstream, but it takes a combination of skill, sensitivity and courage to tackle them, both from the producer and network perspective. Here, you'll learn how producers and networks can collaborate to bring such topics into the national conversation with integrity and respect, and the challenges that need to be faced and met to make programming that moves the needle and makes a difference.

Moderating:


Stephanie Drachkovitch

Co-Founder & President

44 Blue Productions

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Featuring:


Amy Bucher

SVP, Programming & Content

Part 2 Pictures

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Morgan J. Freeman

Founder

11th Street Productions

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Vinnie Malhotra

EVP, Nonfiction Programming

CNN Worldwide

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Jonathan Murray

Founder & Executive Consultant

Bunim/Murray Productions

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Andrea Wishom

Chief Operations Officer

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network / Harpo Studios

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Trendwatch: Agents Roundtable (2:30pm - 3:30pm)

Sponsored by

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM EAST

They're on the front lines of the unscripted television industry, an increasingly important part of the programming equation. So who better to turn to for an inside look at the trends shaping the business today. Here, some of the busiest agents in the unscripted game will discuss who's buying what and why, what's on the way out and where the next hit might come from, and you'll learn their thoughts on what producers need to know - and do - to get the greenlights.

Moderating:


Leslie Greif

President

Thinkfactory Media

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Featuring:


Josh Bider

Partner, Non-scripted TV

WME

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Pierre Brogan

Agent, Alternative Programming, Licensing & Branding

Creative Artists Agency

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Todd Christopher

Partner

Gersh Agency

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Shade Grant

Partner and Co-Head, Non-Scripted

ICM Partners

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Ra Kumar

Alternative TV Agent

United Talent Agency

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Sean Zeid

Vice President, Weekend Booking

Kaplan Stahler Agency

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Speed Pitching Three (2:30pm - 3:30pm)

Sponsored by

LINCOLN EAST

Programming execs, each at their own table, will take individual one-on-one three minute pitches.

Pre-sign up is required.

You may sign up for up to three (3) Speed Pitches and are available through our lottery-style selection process. Information on how to sign up will be emailed to registered delegates prior to the opening date.


Featuring:


Host

Hannah Demidowicz

Commissioning Editor

BBC Worldwide Channels

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Host

Jennifer Freeman

VP, Programming & Development

GSN Game Show Network

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Host

Kenda Greenwood

Executive Producer

MTV

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Host

Tim Healy

Co-Founder

History

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Host

Elliot Jacobson

EVP of Programming & Chief Content Officer

RLTV

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Host

Sandra Kleinfeld

Senior Director Documentary

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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Host

Samantha Linton

Head of Original Content Canada

Blue Ant Media

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Host

Julie Meisner Eagle

VP, Production & Development

Discovery Life

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Host

Leela Pon

SVP, Development

E! Entertainment

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Host

Todd Weiser

SVP, Programming & Development

Food Network and Cooking Channel

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3:15pm

30 MINS WITH: Elliot Jacobson, RLTV (3:15pm - 3:45pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Elliot Jacobson

EVP of Programming & Chief Content Officer

RLTV

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30 MINS WITH: Lesley Goldman, truTV (3:15pm - 3:45pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Lesley Goldman

Owner-Ladybug Films

truTV

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30 MINS WITH: David Stefanou, WE tv (3:15pm - 3:45pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

David Stefanou

SVP, Original Programming & Development

WE tv

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30 MINS WITH: Jessica Sebastian, USA Network (3:15pm - 3:45pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh

President

USA Network

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3:30pm

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK (3:30pm - 3:45pm)

Sponsored by

3:45pm

Formula for a Hit (3:45pm - 4:45pm)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM WEST

As the television industry evolves to meet the threats of fragmenting media head on, so too do the methods to determine what should make it onto a particular network's air. In an era increasingly driven by big data, in which algorithms and analytics have increasing influence in programming choices, how are broadcasters adapting their metrics, measurement and marketing techniques to grab, and keep, eyeballs? Find out the answers to these questions and more from some of the top minds in TV research.

Moderating:


Peter Hamilton

Founder, Publisher & Editor

DocumentaryTelevision.com

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Featuring:


Brad Dancer

EVP, Program Planning & Research Worldwide

National Geographic Channel

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Don Micallef

Vice President, Research

Discovery Communications

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Julie Taylor

Senior VP of Program Planning and Strategy for U.S. Networks

HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country

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Trendwatch: Putting the "special" in Specialist Factual (3:45pm - 4:45pm)

Sponsored by

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM EAST

Natural history, history and science content - what is typically known as specialist factual in the UK - is still making waves in the U.S. and internationally, but it's a different animal today than it was a decade ago. Here, you'll hear from some commissioners and producers behind the content, find out their recipes for marrying "educational" and "entertainment", and also get an inside look at the trends driving the evolution of specialist factual in the U.S. market, and beyond.

Moderating:


Phil Fairclough

Executive Producer

Earth Touch USA

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Featuring:


Chris Cole

SVP, Sales & Co-Production, Factual

BBC Worldwide North America

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Rick Holzman

SVP Programming & Strategy

Animal Planet

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Beth Hoppe

SVP, Long Form Programming

PBS

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Hamish Mykura

EVP, Programming & Development

National Geographic Channels International

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John Smithson

Creative Director

Arrow Media

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4:00pm

30 MINS WITH: Andy Berg, Animal Planet (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Andy Berg

Head of Development

Animal Planet

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30 MINS WITH: Joe Livecchi, CMT (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Joseph Livecchi

CEO

CMT (Country Music Television)

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30 MINS WITH: Matt Shanfield, Oxygen (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Matt Shanfield

EVP, Development

Oxygen Media

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4:45pm

NETWORKING BREAK (4:45pm - 5:00pm)

30 MINS WITH: Janet Han Vissering, Nat Geo WILD (4:45pm - 5:15pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Janet Han Vissering

SVP, Development & Production

Nat Geo WILD

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30 MINS WITH: Damla Dogan, E! (4:45pm - 5:15pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Damla Dogan

SVP, Original Programming & Series Development

E! Entertainment

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30 MINS WITH: Mike Sorensen, Discovery Channel (4:45pm - 5:15pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Michael Sorensen

Co-Founder

Discovery Channel

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30 MINS WITH: Paul Adler, Pop (4:45pm - 5:15pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Paul Adler

Founder/President

Pop

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5:00pm

FYI Development Lab (5:00pm - 6:00pm)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM WEST

Join us for this special presentation revealing the winners of the FYI Development Lab Contest, where the network will award a series of development deals of up to US$20,000 each to five up-and-coming producers. Here, you'll get the inside scoop on landing a commission from FYI directly from programming chief, Gena McCarthy, and from producers who have landed multiple projects.

Moderating:


Mike Duffy

Co-Bro

Ugly Brother Studios

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Featuring:


James Bolosh

President & Partner

FYI

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Beth Burke

Owner & Executive Producer

BSTV Entertainment

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Nick Rigg

Head of Unscripted

Loud Television

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Trendwatch: Funding Factual (5:00pm - 6:00pm)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM EAST

As factual content extends its reach across platforms and territories, and more networks aim to up the ante with ambitious (and expensive) non-fiction programming, the need for innovative funding approaches has never been greater. Here, you'll learn what new models producers are embracing to fund their projects - from "fixers" who will span the globe in search of potential copro partners, to networks aggressively stepping up their coproduction and acquisition mandates, to traditional distributors taking on increased roles to ensure projects get made, and sold.

Moderating:


David Paperny

President & Executive Producer

Paperny Entertainment Inc.

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Featuring:


Christian Drobnyk

EVP Programming Strategy & Acquisitions

Lifetime Televison

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Paul Heaney

CEO

TCB Media Rights

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Lilla Hurst

Joint Managing Director

Drive

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Sally Miles

Founder & CEO

Passion Distribution

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Tim Mutimer

EVP, EMEA Sales & Acquisitions

Zodiak Rights

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6:00pm

A+E Networks Official Opening Night Party (6:00pm - 8:00pm)

Sponsored by

Thursday, January 29

8:00am

Delegates' Lounge (open 8:00am-6:00pm) (8:00am - 6:00pm)

COLUMBIA HALL

Registration Opens 8:00 AM (8:00am - 8:30am)

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (8:00AM - 10:00AM) (8:00am - 9:35am)

Sponsored by

8:30am

Coffee + Commissioners (8:30am - 9:30am)

Sponsored by

LINCOLN WEST

An informal networking opportunity for delegates to meet with up to three commissioning and development execs over coffee and continental breakfast.   These are NOT pitch sessions - just a fantastic networking opportunity.


*Pre-sign up is required. 

You may choose one (1) Coffee + Commissioners session, however during each session you have the opportunity to meet and chat with up to 3 table hosts (*please note; delegates will be asked to rotate in twenty minute increments). 

Information on how to sign up will be emailed to registered delegates prior to the opening date. 


Featuring:


Table host

Sean Boyle

SVP, Development

Discovery Channel

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Table host

Brie Miranda Bryant

Senior Vice President, Original Programming

Oxygen Media

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Table host

Dan Caster

VP Series Development

MTV

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Table host

Nicole De Fusco

Consultant

Sundance TV

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Table host

Cynthia Fenneman

President & CEO

APT Worldwide/American Public Television

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Table host

Holly Gabrielson

Agent, Comedy Talent

TBS

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Table host

Ricky Kelehar

SVP, Development

BBC AMERICA

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Table host

Loren Ruch

Group SVP, Production & Development

HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country

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Table host

Ralf Rueckauer

Vice President Zdfe.unscripted

ZDF Enterprises

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Table host

Kurt Tondorf

SVP, Development

Animal Planet

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9:30am

Opening Remarks (9:30am - 9:35am)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM CENTER

9:35am

Change is Good? (9:35am - 10:45am)

Sponsored by

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM CENTER

We now find ourselves in a world where "flat is the new up", where cord cutters and cord nevers are growing in number, and little ol’ super-indies are becoming broadcaster-owned mega-indies, What does all this change mean for content creators, programmers and distributors? In a session that could be subtitled "How I Learned to Love Disruption", top level executives will weigh in on how the major disruptors impacting the unscripted industry (and beyond) are shaping their strategies, and debate and discuss the new visions that will innovate and invigorate the content industry.

Moderating:


Evan Shapiro

President

NBC

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Featuring:


Alan Braun

Head of TV Alternative

Creative Artists Agency

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Kathleen Finch

Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer

HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country

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Marc Juris

President & General Manager

WE tv

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Ivana Kirkbride

GM, OTT Entertainment

YouTube

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Stephen Lambert

Chairman

All3Media America

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10:45am

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK (10:45am - 11:00am)

Sponsored by

11:00am

30 MINS WITH: Matt Hanna, Esquire Network (11:00am - 11:30am)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Matt Hanna

President

Esquire Network

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30 MINS WITH: Shelly Tatro, A&E (11:00am - 11:30am)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Shelly Tatro

SVP Development & Programming

AETN

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Documentary 2.0 (11:00am - 12:00pm)

Sponsored by

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM EAST

While the climate for "capital D" documentary content on North American cable television has chilled somewhat in the wake of the reality revolution, audiences are still keen to engage with true stories in myriad ways - in theatres, online, through SVOD, and through fascinating hybrids that are bringing new audiences to the genre, and revitalizing it in the process. Here, you'll meet some of the filmmakers, content creators and curators ushering in a brave new world for the documentary form, and find out what challenges and opportunities exist in this new landscape.

Moderating:


Michael Klein

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Conde Nast Entertainment

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Featuring:


Asi Burak

President

Games for Change

divider

Simon Chinn

Co-Founder

Lightbox

divider

Ethan Goldman

Founder/President

Warrior Poets Entertainment

divider

Greg Moyer

Founder & CEO

Blue Chalk Media

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Declaration of Independents (11:00am - 12:00pm)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM WEST

Consolidation in the unscripted content industry is at fever pitch, with multinational superindies merging, broadcasters buying stakes in prodcos, and prodcos themselves looking to form strategic alliances in the race for scale. But are there advantages in bucking the trend and staying truly indie, both for your production company, and for your potential clients? Hear from some of the top true indies who have chosen to declare their independence, as well as those who have gone the "strategic alliance" route. and also gain some insight into where the trend could be heading next.

Moderating:


Jenny Daly

President

T Group Productions

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Featuring:


Danny Fenton

CEO

Zig Zag Productions

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Johnny Gould

Chief Creative Officer

Pilgrim Studios

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Scott Gurney

Co-Founder and Executive Producer

Gurney Productions

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Laura Marshall

CEO

Icon Films

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Laura Palumbo Johnson

Partner

Magilla Entertainment, LLC

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Speed Pitching Four (11:00am - 12:00pm)

Sponsored by

LINCOLN EAST

Programming execs, each at their own table, will take individual one-on-one three minute pitches.

Pre-sign up is required.

You may sign up for up to three (3) Speed Pitches and are available through our lottery-style selection process. Information on how to sign up will be emailed to registered delegates prior to the opening date.


Featuring:


Host

Jon Adler

VP, Original Series

CNN

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Host

Lily Bellow

Development Supervising Producer

VH1

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Host

Diana El-Osta

Development Producer

Al Jazeera America

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Host

John Feld

.

HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country

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Host

Lauren Frasca

VP, Production & Development

The Weather Channel

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Host

Brian Gaffney

Director, Special Programming

Fox Business Network

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Host

Matthew Kelly

Founder

Discovery Channel

divider

Host

Endyia Kinney-Sterns

SVP, Unscripted Development & Production

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

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Host

Joseph Livecchi

CEO

CMT (Country Music Television)

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Host

Justin Rosenblatt

EVP, Original Programming & Development

The CW

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Host

Jon Sechrist

EVP of Production, Development & Strategy

TLC International

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Host

Donald Thoms

President

PBS

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Meet a Mentor: Brent Montgomery, Leftfield Entertainment (11:00am - 11:30am)

GEORGETOWN WEST

The "Meet a Mentor" series, designed to give delegates rare access to the top producers in factual programming. Much like the Summit’s trademark "30 Minutes With…" series, delegates attending "Meet a Mentor" sessions will be able to glean valuable information in an intimate, "off the record" setting, and hear from A-list producers through Q&A about how they charted their paths, faced and met challenges head-on, and learned invaluable lessons along the way. If you've ever asked yourself "How do they do it?", here’s your chance to find out. 

*Pre-sign up is required. 

You may sign up for two (2) Meet a Mentor Sessions. 


Featuring:


Host

Brent Montgomery

CEO

Leftfield Entertainment

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11:45am

30 MINS WITH: Laura Fleury, LMN (11:45am - 12:15pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Laura Fleury

SVP, Category 6 Media™

LMN

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30 MINS WITH: Jason Sarlanis, ABC (11:45am - 12:15pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early


Featuring:


Host

Jason Sarlanis

SVP, Development

ABC Entertainment

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30 MINS WITH: Andrew Schechter, Food Network and Cooking Channel (11:45am - 12:15pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Andrew Schechter

SVP, Development

Food Network and Cooking Channel

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Meet a Mentor: JD Roth, Eyeworks USA (11:45am - 12:15pm)

GEORGETOWN WEST

The "Meet a Mentor" series, designed to give delegates rare access to the top producers in factual programming. Much like the Summit’s trademark "30 Minutes With…" series, delegates attending "Meet a Mentor" sessions will be able to glean valuable information in an intimate, "off the record" setting, and hear from A-list producers through Q&A about how they charted their paths, faced and met challenges head-on, and learned invaluable lessons along the way. If you've ever asked yourself "How do they do it?", here’s your chance to find out. 

*Pre-sign up is required. 

You may sign up for two (2) Meet a Mentor Sessions. 


Featuring:


Host

JD Roth

Co-Founder

3 Ball Productions

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12:00pm

NETWORKING BREAK (12:00pm - 12:15pm)

12:15pm

Amping Up Unscripted (12:15pm - 1:15pm)

Sponsored by

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM WEST

The return of one of our signature sessions, in which networks that are upping unscripted/non-fiction content in their schedules reveal what they want, as well as their plans for scheduling factual programming in the immediate future.


Featuring:


Sarah T. Davies

SVP, Development

Discovery Family Channel

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Tom Huffman

SVP of Non-Scripted Programming

WGN America & Tribune Studios

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Amy Introcaso-Davis

EVP, Development & Production

GSN Game Show Network

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Bradley Schwartz

Chief Content Officer-Audible

Pop

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Sizing Up Social (12:15pm - 1:15pm)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM EAST

We all know that social media has impacted the way we watch television, but in an ever-expanding universe of social platforms, it can be challenging for producers and networks to determine which ones work best for grabbing eyeballs. This session will shine a light on how different social platforms have their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to driving viewership, buzz, and audience loyalty, while examining which platforms content creators should be "liking" and which social networks appearing on the horizon are worth investigating now.

Moderating:


Shira Lazar

Co-Founder, Host and Executive Producer

What's Trending

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Featuring:


Conal Byrne

Vice President, Digital Media

Discovery Communications

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Jason George

CEO

Telescope

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John P. Roberts

Chief Content Officer

Bunim/Murray Productions

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Puja Vohra

EVP, Marketing & Digital

truTV

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12:30pm

30 MINS WITH: Christy Spitzer, Pivot (12:30pm - 1:00pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Christy Spitzer Thornton

SVP, Original Programming

Pivot

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30 MINS WITH: Julie Meisner Eagle, Discovery Life (12:30pm - 1:00pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Julie Meisner Eagle

VP, Production & Development

Discovery Life

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30 MINS WITH: Justin Rosenblatt, The CW (12:30pm - 1:00pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Justin Rosenblatt

EVP, Original Programming & Development

The CW

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Meet a Mentor: Jim Berger, High Noon Entertainment (12:30pm - 1:00pm)

GEORGETOWN WEST

The "Meet a Mentor" series, designed to give delegates rare access to the top producers in factual programming. Much like the Summit’s trademark "30 Minutes With…" series, delegates attending "Meet a Mentor" sessions will be able to glean valuable information in an intimate, "off the record" setting, and hear from A-list producers through Q&A about how they charted their paths, faced and met challenges head-on, and learned invaluable lessons along the way. If you've ever asked yourself "How do they do it?", here’s your chance to find out. 

*Pre-sign up is required. 

You may sign up for two (2) Meet a Mentor Sessions.  


Featuring:


Host

Jim Berger

CEO

High Noon Entertainment

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1:15pm

LUNCH (1:15pm - 2:30pm)

Luncheon Roundtables (1:15pm - 2:30pm)

Sponsored by

LINCOLN WEST

Lunch is an informal affair and a chance for producers to learn a little more about programming needs and for broadcasters to possibly meet the producer that may deliver their next big hit. These are NOT pitch sessions - just a fantastic networking opportunity. 

*Pre-sign up is required. 

You may sign up for up to one (1) Luncheon Roundtable and are available through our lottery-style selection process. 

Information on how to sign up will be emailed to registered delegates prior to the opening date.


Featuring:


Table host

Angel Annussek

SVP, Development & Original Programming

truTV

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Table host

Diana El-Osta

Development Producer

Al Jazeera America

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Table host

Lizzie Fox

SVP, Non-Fiction programming, HBO Max

CNN Entertainment

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Table host

Lauren Gellert

EVP, Development & Original Programming

WE tv

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Table host

John MacDonald

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Corus Entertainment

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Table host

Charlie Parsons

VP, Development

National Geographic Channel

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Table host

Jennifer Quainton

VP, Programming & Development

Food Network and Cooking Channel

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Table host

Brandon Riegg

SVP, Alternative Programming

NBC and Universal Television

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Table host

Regina Thomas

VP, Original Programming & Development

BET Networks

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Table host

Jen Wagman

Executive Producer

LMN

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2:30pm

30 MINS WITH: Nicole Reed, National Geographic Channel (2:30pm - 3:00pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Nicole Reed

VP of Development

National Geographic Channels

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30 MINS WITH: Kenda Greenwood, MTV (2:30pm - 3:00pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Kenda Greenwood

Executive Producer

MTV

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30 MINS WITH: Sarah Davies, Discovery Family Channel (2:30pm - 3:00pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Sarah T. Davies

SVP, Development

Discovery Family Channel

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30 MINS WITH: Andrea Wishom, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network/Harpo Studios (2:30pm - 3:00pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Andrea Wishom

Chief Operations Officer

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network / Harpo Studios

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Crime Pays... And Plays (2:30pm - 3:30pm)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM EAST

When it comes to programming about people doing very, very bad things, the numbers can be very, very good. Cable channels dealing in crime programming are citing incredible growth, and the content, much like a fugitive who also happens to be a master of disguise, can travel exceptionally well across borders. Here, producers, programmers and distributors of top factual crime programming will investigate why it's working, who's watching, and what elevates a non-fiction crime show to "Most Wanted" status.

Moderating:


Bruce David Klein

President & Executive Producer

Atlas Media Corp

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Featuring:


Kevin Bennett

EVP & GM, Investigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery & American Heroes Channel

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Yvonne Body

Head of Acquisitions

Beyond Distribution

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Chris Bonney

CEO Rights

Cineflix Media

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Laura Fleury

SVP, Category 6 Media™

LMN

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Valerie Haselton

Co-President and Executive Producer

Sirens Media

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From pitch to program: Making the deal (2:30pm - 3:30pm)

Sponsored by

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM WEST

You've had several meetings with the network and it's looking good. But once you get the greenlight, then the real work begins, navigating the winding road that gets your show on the schedule. Here you'll learn from all the players in the process about how the greenlighting game has evolved over the last few years, the types of deals being made and the ways to clear the hurdles that can emerge on the long road to "yes."

Moderating:


Abby Greensfelder

Founder & CEO

Half Yard Productions

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Featuring:


Cori Abraham

SVP, Development Production & International

Oxygen Media

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David George

CEO

Leftfield Pictures

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Michael Kagan

Partner, Head of International TV & Media

ICM Partners

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Eli Lehrer

EVP & General Manager

Lifetime

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Adam Reed

CEO

Thinkfactory Media

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3:15pm

30 MINS WITH: Donald Thoms, PBS (3:15pm - 3:45pm)

GEORGETOWN EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Donald Thoms

President

PBS

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30 MINS WITH: Hayley Lozitsky, Spike (3:15pm - 3:45pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Hayley Lozitsky

VP, Original Series

SPIKE TV

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30 MINS WITH: Brandon Riegg, NBC and Universal Television (3:15pm - 3:45pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Brandon Riegg

SVP, Alternative Programming

NBC and Universal Television

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30 MINS WITH: Sara Helman, Destination America (3:15pm - 3:45pm)

JEFFERSON WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Sara Helman

VP, Program Development

Destination America

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3:30pm

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK (3:30pm - 3:45pm)

Sponsored by

3:45pm

Out of the Box, Onto the Air (3:45pm - 4:45pm)

Sponsored by

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM WEST

Ever wonder what it takes for producers to convince networks to buy into ideas that push the envelope?  How do you get to "yes" with a subject that isn't an obvious hit?  From everything naked to out of the box ideas that take place inside of a box, here we'll look at the risks networks take broadcasting big and bold shows, as well as those of the producers who create them.

Moderating:


Tim Duffy

Co-Bro

Ugly Brother Studios

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Featuring:


Charlie DeBevoise

CEO

NorthSouth Productions

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David Garfinkle

President

Renegade83

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Lauren Gellert

EVP, Development & Original Programming

WE tv

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Marjorie Kaplan

President of Content

Discovery Communications

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Anna Rodzinski

Executive Producer

PSG Films

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Hispanic TV: Ready for its Close-up (3:45pm - 4:45pm)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM EAST

Hispanic TV continued its upward trajectory in 2014, and then some, with more networks, more platforms, more buyers, higher ratings....and more money for productions. Here, leading execs will spotlight the programming needs and trends within the multi-faceted market, covering the Spanish language, English language and bilingual networks serving its ever-growing audiences, and you'll learn why the time is right to feature Hispanic themes and characters in your development slate.

Moderating:


Campbell McLaren

CEO

Combate Americas

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Featuring:


Jim Berger

CEO

High Noon Entertainment

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Robert Friedman

CEO

Bungalow Media + Entertainment

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Michela Giorelli

VP, Production & Development

Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic

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James Kanatas

VP, Programming

El Rey Network

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Margie Moreno

VP, Programming

NBCUniversal

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4:00pm

30 MINS WITH: Hamish Mykura, National Geographic International (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Hamish Mykura

EVP, Programming & Development

National Geographic Channels International

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30 MINS WITH: Charlie Jordan Brookins, BET (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Charlie Jordan Brookins

Director

BET Networks

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30 MINS WITH: David Schiff, GSN (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

David Schiff

Head, Game/Format Think Tank

GSN Game Show Network

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30 MINS WITH: Gena McCarthy, FYI (4:00pm - 4:30pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Gena McCarthy

Producer

FYI

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4:45pm

NETWORKING BREAK (4:45pm - 5:00pm)

5:00pm

Summit Showdown: International Pitch Competition (5:00pm - 6:00pm)

Sponsored by

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM CENTER

Formerly So You Think You Can Pitch?, Realscreen Summit returns with its annual international pitch competition, providing delegates the opportunity to pitch their non-fiction or unscripted program or series to a panel of esteemed network development executives live at the Summit.


Featuring:


Judge

Ross Babbit

Executive Producer & Chief Content Officer

Travel Channel

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Judge

Alan Eyres

SVP Development & Production, NGC

National Geographic Channel

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Judge

Paul Hardy

Creative Director International Programming Development Formats

Lifetime

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Host

Jack Osbourne

President

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Judge

Marissa Ronca

EVP & Head of Original Programming & Development

truTV

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6:00pm

Discovery Happy Hour (Delegate Lounge) (6:00pm - 7:00pm)

Sponsored by

7:00pm

Audio Network Official Closing Night Party (7:00pm - 9:00pm)

Sponsored by

Friday, January 30

8:00am

Delegates' Lounge (open 8:00am-3:00pm) (8:00am - 3:00pm)

COLUMBIA HALL

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (8:00am - 10:00am)

Sponsored by

10:10am

Opening Remarks (10:10am - 10:15am)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM EAST

10:15am

Heirs Apparent (10:15am - 11:15am)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM EAST

A popular Summit perennial session where we shine the spotlight on prodcos that may not be celebrating double-digit anniversaries, but are increasingly making their marks both here and abroad. Here, you'll hear from companies that have emerged in the 'Oughts, and that are gaining buzz - and commissions - in the 'Tens.

Moderating:


Chris Dorsey

President & CEO

Orion Entertainment

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Featuring:


Chris Burke

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

Redtail Media

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Aengus James

Co-Founder & Content Head

This is Just a Test

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Donna MacLetchie

General Manager

Jane Street Entertainment

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Geno McDermott

President, U.S. Alternative Programming, Unscripted Television, Entertainment One and Founder, CEO, Blackfin

Blackfin

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Kim Woodard

Co-President

Lucky 8 TV

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10:30am

30 MINS WITH: Steven Cheskin, ReelzChannel (10:30am - 11:00am)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN WEST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Steven Cheskin

SVP, Programming

REELZ Channel

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30 MINS WITH: Nicholas Oakley-Tilley, HLN (10:30am - 11:00am)

Sponsored by

GEORGETOWN EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Nicholas Oakley

SVP, Development

HLN

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11:15am

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK (11:15am - 11:30am)

Sponsored by

11:30am

Unscripted 2020 (11:30am - 12:30pm)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM EAST

In a mere five years, we will be entering the Roaring Twenties. But how will reality and unscripted programming roar into the decade ahead? Will today's top reality franchises and faces extend their lives online once the TV ride wraps? Will someone go beyond the spinning chair and breathe even more new life into the talent competition? Will YouTubers and digital celebs crossover effectively to TV, or will they even want to? What could a true cross-platform network schedule look like? And how "unscripted" will it all be? As a bookend to our "Change is Good?" session, join various forward-thinking execs in our industry as they break out their crystal balls and turn our gaze towards the near future of the unscripted industry.

Moderating:


Chachi Senior

Head of Development

SPIKE TV

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Featuring:


Rick Feldman

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Nonfiction Producers Association

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Howard Lee

President & General Manager

TLC

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Sam Maynard

EVP of U.S. Factual Programming

Raw TV Ltd

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12:30pm

Closing Remarks (12:30pm - 12:45pm)

INTERNATIONAL BALLROOM EAST

Friday, January 30

3:15pm

30 MINS WITH: Sara Burns, American Heroes Channel (3:15pm - 3:45pm)

Sponsored by

JEFFERSON EAST

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular broadcaster briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Host

Sara Burns

SVP of Scheduling and Program Strategy

American Heroes Channel

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