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Cori Abraham

SVP, Development Production & International

Oxygen Media

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

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Cris Abrego

CEO & Chairman

Endemol Shine North America

Cris Abrego is co-chairman and co-CEO of Endemol North America. Former co-founder and chief of Endemol-owned 51 Minds (Flavor of Love). Abrego is one of the leading creators and producers of reality television in the U.S., recognized globally for pioneering a new genre of unscripted programming with the breakout hit...show more

Speaking on: In Conversation with Cris Abrego & Charlie Corwin, Endemol Shine North America


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Jim Ackerman

EVP, Primetime Programming

CNBC

Jim Ackerman is Senior Vice President, Primetime Alternative Programming for CNBC.  He is responsible for CNBC’s strategy, development and production of new reality formats. Jim Ackerman started his career as a producer on NBC’s Today Show in 1985.  He has worked for “Lifetime” and was a Senior Broadcast Producer of...show more

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Orly Adelson

President

ITV Studios America

Orly Adelson is President of ITV Studios America, the US flagship of ITV and one of the fastest-growing and most successful production companies in the United States.

At the helm of ITV Studios America, Adelson is responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations. Her programming oversight encompasses the company’s...show more

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Jon Adler

VP, Original Series

CNN

Jon Adler is the Associate Director of Program Development at CNN. He is responsible for cultivating relationships within the creative community and developing original programming across a variety of platforms. He develops and manages show concepts for CNN Original Series, where he identifies external production companies as series partners, and...show more

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Paul Adler

Founder/President

Pop

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

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Pamela Aguilar

VP, Original Documentaries

PBS

Pamela A. Aguilar is director of programming for PBS. In this role she identifies, develops and oversees series and specials in the history, science, natural history, and cultural space for the PBS Primetime schedule. She also helps identify content and talent at member PBS stations to present on a national...show more

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Kristen Akers Gozdecki

Writer & Producer

Towers Productions

Kristen has developed, written and produced non-fiction programming for a variety of networks, including National Geographic Channel, Discovery, A&E, ID, and Fox Business Network.

In 2005, Kristen was part of the team that created NationalGeographic Channel’s Emmy-nominated series Inside 9/11 (4x60),produced by Towers Productions. And in 2011, she spearheaded the series’ final installment, Inside...show more

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Angel Annussek

SVP, Development & Original Programming

truTV

Angel Annussek is vice president of original programming and development for truTV. In this position, she works closely with Chris Linn, truTV's president and head of programming, and Marissa Ronca, senior vice president original programming and development on the network's expanding and highly successful slate of programming.

Annussek develops new series...show more

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Avi Armoza

CEO

Armoza Formats

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

Avi has been working in television and film business for more than 20 years. He began his tenure when he founded JCS Productions, which...show more

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Ross Babbit

Executive Producer & Chief Content Officer

Travel Channel

Ross Babbit was appointed senior vice president of programming and development for Travel Channel in February 2014. He oversees all creative and strategic direction to the network’s team of producers, talent and programming partners.

Prior to his current role, Babbit served as senior vice president of programming for Travel Channel and...show more

Speaking on: 30 MINS WITH: Ross Babbit, Travel Channel; Summit Showdown: International Pitch Competition


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Doug Bailey

Director Programming

Travel Channel

Doug Bailey is responsible for broadening Travel Channel programming by identifying and executing new pilots and series for the network. Using his background of launching successful entertainment series, Bailey is charged with finding and producing new programs, new genres and new ways of talking to audiences across multiple platforms.

Prior to...show more

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Fenton Bailey

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

World of Wonder

Fenton Bailey is co-founder of World of Wonder Productions, best known for feature documentaries and unscripted series such as RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo), Million Dollar Listings (Bravo), Candidly Nicole (Vh1), Big Freedia (Fuse), and Life with La Toya (OWN).

Seven of their documentaries have premiered at Sundance Film Festival, including Party MonsterInside Deep ThroatThe Eyes of Tammy Faye, and Becoming Chaz.

A self-proclaimed screen...show more

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Sam Barcroft

CEO

Barcroft Productions

Sam Barcroft is founder and CEO of independent TV production company Barcroft Productions and sister company Barcroft Media, the industry leading international media company. Barcroft businesses create content for a global audience highlighting ‘the amazing side of life’.

With newsrooms in London, New Delhi and New York supplying video, images and...show more

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Lily Bellow

Development Supervising Producer

VH1

Lily Bellow is the Director of East Coast Development and Original Programming for Vh1.  In this role, she is responsible for working closely with production companies to acquire and mold original programming for the network, as well as generating internal program development. Prior to joining Vh1, she served as Director of...show more

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Kevin Bennett

EVP & GM, Investigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery & American Heroes Channel

A 19-year veteran with Discovery Communications, Kevin Bennett is the general manager of Investigation Discovery and American Heroes Channel, as well as the executive vice president of programming for ID, AHC, Destination America, Discovery Family Channel and Discovery Life Channel.  In his role as General Manager, Bennett oversees the programming,...show more

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Andy Berg

Head of Development

Animal Planet

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

Berg joined Animal Planet after spending...show more

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Jim Berger

CEO

High Noon Entertainment

Jim Berger is Chief Executive Officer of High Noon Entertainment.

In his role, Berger is charged with growing High Noon¹s North and South American infrastructure through production and new initiatives.  He oversees offices in Denver and Los Angeles that produce across all unscripted genres for broadcast and cable networks, both domestically and...show more

Speaking on: Meet a Mentor: Jim Berger, High Noon Entertainment; Hispanic TV: Ready for its Close-up


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Jessica Berman-Bogdan

President

Global ImageWorks

Jessica Berman-Bogdan is an internationally recognized film researcher and stock footage professional.  She is the President and founder of Global ImageWorks (GIW), an independent multi-service media company that licenses contemporary and archival stock footage and offers a full line of copyright clearance and footage research services. Jessica oversees GIW’s active Footage Research and Rights Clearance Divisions.   

Jessica is...show more

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Josh Bider

Partner, Non-scripted TV

WME

Josh Bideris an agent in the Non-Scripted Television and Branded Lifestyle Departments at WME. Josh represents a diverse and accomplished roster of production companies and talent, including Brick City TV (Chicagoland), Michael Chernow (Beat Bobby Flay), Scott Conant (Chopped), Alex Guarnaschelli (Chopped), Haymaker (Southern Charm), Daniel Holzman (Beat Bobby Flay),...show more

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Gary Binkow

Founding Partner & Chief Content Officer

Collective Digital Studio

Gary Binkow is Founding Partner and Chief Content Officer of Collective Digital Studio (CDS), responsible for building CDS’ robust production, marketing, and distribution initiatives.   The company has multiple Emmy nominations, Platinum-selling DVDs, premium line of horror/genre titles, and top comedy titles on TV. Successes include the Sundance hit V/H/S, Nickelodeon franchise Fred: The Movie series,...show more

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Yvonne Body

Head of Acquisitions

Beyond Distribution

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

Prior to Beyond, Ms. Body spent 5 years in New York as Vice President of International Sales...show more

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James Bolosh

President & Partner

FYI

James Bolosh is Vice President of Development & Programming for FYI. Before joining FYI he helped launch CNBC’s primetime alternative block of programming and oversaw Los Angeles development for the network. Bolosh was previously Vice President of Series Development for MTV Networks, where he developed and managed numerous series.

As Vice...show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching One; FYI Development Lab


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Chris Bonney

CEO Rights

Cineflix Media

Chris Bonney is responsible for developing and executing Cineflix Media’s strategy to maximize the exploitation of our growing intellectual property on all platforms worldwide. Cineflix Rights, the distribution division of Cineflix Media which Chris leads, has a diversified catalogue of more than 4000 hours of established, returning series, and fresh...show more

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Sean Boyle

SVP, Development

Discovery Channel

Sean Boyle is Vice President, Development for Discovery Channel and is based in Los Angeles.  He is responsible for bringing new series and specials to Discovery while supervising the development and production of concepts to green light. Boyle also helps set development strategy for the network while overseeing select productions. 

During...show more

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Liz Brach

Senior Director of Programming

Discovery Networks International

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Alan Braun

Head of TV Alternative

Creative Artists Agency

Alan Braun is the co-head of Alternative Television at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. 

Braun is based in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the world’s leading reality television production companies, including:...show more

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Pierre Brogan

Agent, Alternative Programming, Licensing & Branding

Creative Artists Agency

Pierre Brogan is a Television Agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing.  Brogan is based in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the top talent and production companies in alternative TV...show more

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Charlie Jordan Brookins

Director

BET Networks

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

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Brie Miranda Bryant

Senior Vice President, Original Programming

Oxygen Media

In this role, Brie Miranda Bryant develops and produces new series and specials, as well as oversees day-to-day production.  Bryant will increase original programming under the new Oxygen that features authentic, proudly imperfect and diverse characters with stories that are culturally relevant for multicultural women including Preachers of Detroit and...show more

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Amy Bucher

SVP, Programming & Content

Part 2 Pictures

Amy Bucher has been a driving force of series and specials at part2 pictures for over six years.  In 2009 she began helming the acclaimed series Our America with Lisa Ling for OW and oversaw the creation of This is Life with Lisa Ling for CNN, currently filming its second season .  She is...show more

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Asi Burak

President

Games for Change

Asi Burak is an award-winning game creator, tech executive, and social entrepreneur.  He is the President of Games for Change (G4C), a nonprofit with the mission to catalyze social impact through digital game.  As the Executive Producer of the Half the Sky Movement games, he orchestrated partnerships with Zynga, some...show more

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Beth Burke

Owner & Executive Producer

BSTV Entertainment

Beth Burke is the Owner & Executive producer at BSTV Entertainment. Before starting BSTV with partner Blake Swerdloff in 2012, Burke was a programming executive at Food Network, Cooking Channel, and HGTV. During her tenure at Food Network, Burke worked closely with celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Sandra Lee, Ina Garten,...show more

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Chris Burke

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

Redtail Media

L.A. native Chris Burke is a founding partner and executive producer at Redtail Media.

A collaboration with longtime friend and colleague Jared Cotton, Redtail Media was founded with the goal of bringing unique stories to the unscripted world in a visually dynamic style.

Redtail’s first series Brew Dogs (part of Esquire Network’s launch...show more

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Sara Burns

SVP of Scheduling and Program Strategy

American Heroes Channel

Sara Burns is the vice president of programming for Investigation Discovery and American Heroes Channel, where she is responsible for optimizing the networks’ program schedules while collaborating across multiple departments to maximize content, guide programming needs, and support strategic growth. Since joining Discovery Communications in 2005, Burns has been an...show more

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Conal Byrne

Vice President, Digital Media

Discovery Communications

Conal Byrne is Vice President of Digital Media at Discovery Communications, where he leads Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Velocity’s multiplatform digital strategies and also oversees DiscoveryNews.com. Additionally, Byrne has helped bring the Discovery News brand to new audiences through DNews– a successful online series on Discovery Digital Networks’ TestTube...show more

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Michael Cascio

CEO & President

M&C Media LLC

With four Emmys, two Oscar nominations and a “Producer of the Year” award, Michael Cascio has a noteworthy career in franchise TV programming, from Brain Games to Biography, Dog Whisperer to Doomsday Preppers. Cascio now advises selected media and production partners through his company, M&C Media LLC, including Food Network,...show more

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Dan Caster

VP Series Development

MTV

Dan Caster serves as the East Coast Unscripted Development team’s Director of Development and Production. Dan has freelanced for MTV since 2006. In 2010, Dan worked on Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes for OWN as a producer. During his time at MTV he worked on multiple hit series, including: The Challenge, Jersey Shore,...show more

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Steven Cheskin

SVP, Programming

REELZ Channel

Cheskin joined Reelz in April of 2013.  He is responsible for program development, production, scheduling and acquisitions at the network.

Prior to joining REELZ, Cheskin was the Executive Vice President of Programming at TLC. During his time there TLC led all cable networks in successful launches of new series. Programs developed during

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Kim Chessler

VP, Non-Fiction Programming

Lifetime Televison

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

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

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Simon Chinn

Co-Founder

Lightbox

Simon Chinn has built a career as one of the world’s most successful feature documentary producers with two Academy Award-winning documentaries, Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man, to his credit among many others. His films are known for their high production values, powerful narratives and innovative blending of documentary and fiction techniques.

In December 2013,...show more

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Todd Christopher

Partner

Gersh Agency

Todd Christopher launched his entertainment career as an agent trainee in the William Morris Agency mailroom following graduation from Princeton University in 2000.  He accepted an agent position at Gersh Agency in 2003.  Currently, Todd heads and oversees the Alternative Packaging Department, a division that he created which includes under its...show more

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Laura Civiello

Development

Esquire Network

As Vice President, Development for Esquire Network, Laura Civiello oversees development and production of the network’s original series. In her role, she works with producers, production companies, agencies and distributors to develop programming for all dayparts and genres including reality, formats, competition and docu-series. She also oversees the team responsible...show more

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Chris Cole

SVP, Sales & Co-Production, Factual

BBC Worldwide North America

Chris Cole is responsible for developing and driving strategic business growth for BBC Worldwide Factual content in the North America including sales, co-productions and front list SVOD. Cole reports to EVP Sales & Co-Productions, Matt Forde, and is based in the New York office. Prior to joining BBC Worldwide North...show more

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Sheila Conlin

President & CEO

The Conlin Company

Sheila Conlin is best known as the driving force behind creating the criteria, systems, and approach to casting for unscripted television.  Her ability to identify unique personalities, talents, and skills and mold unscripted ensemble casts that propel a concept forward has established her as one of the seminal figures in...show more

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Claribel ( Torres ) Cortes

Co-Founder & COO

The Associated Press

Claribel Torres is Director, Digital Media & Entertainment for Associated Press. Recognized as a catalyst for growth and transformation, her professional career as an innovative leader, sales and business development strategist, and master coach includes 18+ years of combined experience in commercial media and video content distribution and acquisition. Ms. Torres offers...show more

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Charles Corwin

CEO

Endemol Shine North America

Charlie Corwin is co-chairman and co-CEO of Endemol North America. Corwin, an award-winning film and TV producer, previously led the production company Original Media as CEO and co-founder. While there, Corwin led development of some of the US’s most successful TV series and formats, as well as critically acclaimed box...show more

Speaking on: In Conversation with Cris Abrego & Charlie Corwin, Endemol Shine North America


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Daniel Cox

Financial Controller

PES Payroll

Daniel Cox is the Financial Controller of PES Payroll, a Talent Partners Company. With a career that spans over 20 years of Senior Management and leadership in the employment and payroll industries, he specializes in bringing analytical solutions to complex employment and worker compensation scenarios. Daniel focuses on staying on...show more

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Jenny Daly

President

T Group Productions

Since establishing T Group in 2010, Daly has created, sold and produced over 40 series, pilots and specials to a wide range of networks.  Daly oversees and manages a busy production slate that includes hit shows such as Storage Hunters (truTV), Container Wars (truTV), Invention USA (History), House of Food (MTV), Celebrities Undercover (Oxygen), Museum Men (H2) and Mystery...show more

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Brad Dancer

EVP, Program Planning & Research Worldwide

National Geographic Channel

Brad Dancer is Senior Vice President of Programming Planning and Research at National Geographic Channel (NGC) and WILD. He oversees the distribution of content across linear and nonlinear platforms and day-to-day and long-term scheduling and planning. He manages all consumer research across programming, program development, marketing, communications, digital media and...show more

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Sarah T. Davies

SVP, Development

Discovery Family Channel

Sarah Davies is the vice president for production and development for Discovery Family Channel, where she serves as a key executive for the newly re-branded network. Davies is highly instrumental in executing programming strategies through the development and production process, where she contributes to the strategic planning, network direction and...show more

Speaking on: 30 MINS WITH: Sarah Davies, Discovery Family Channel; Amping Up Unscripted


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Charlie DeBevoise

CEO

NorthSouth Productions

Charlie DeBevoise, co-founding partner of NorthSouth productions, has been making media in various forms since the late 80s. Since starting his company in 2000, he's produced 45 series and hundreds of hours of television of all genres for a dozen different networks, from the hit comedy series Impractical Jokers to Say Yes...show more

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Christy Dees

VP, Development

Bravo

In her role, Dees develops new original series for the network while continuing to focus on the innovative concepts, memorable characters and high quality programming that defines the Bravo brand.  At Bravo, she has developed a number of hit series including Shahs of Sunset, Newlyweds: The First Year, Interior Therapy...show more

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Nicole De Fusco

Consultant

Sundance TV

Nicole oversees the development and current series for all unscripted programming at the network.  DeFusco is the creative executive behind the development of new concepts, innovative formats, and identifying strong talent for the network.  Select Executive Producer credits include the Emmy Award Nominated series The Writers’ Room as well as Dream...show more

Speaking on: 30 MINS WITH: Nicole DeFusco, Sundance TV; Coffee + Commissioners


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Hannah Demidowicz

Commissioning Editor

BBC Worldwide Channels

Hannah Demidowicz joined BBC Worldwide’s Channels Content Team in 2014 as a Commissioning Executive focussing on the new genre brands BBC Earth and BBC Brit. Working closely with BBC Worldwide’s international channels network including BBC America, Demidowicz is responsible for developing distinctive original factual and factual entertainment series that will...show more

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Jennifer Dettman

Executive Director Unscripted Content

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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

In her role as Executive Director of Unscripted Content, CBC Television, Jennifer oversees all factual entertainment, variety, arts programming, and more recently, documentary programming.

Over...show more

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Nina L. Diaz

President of Content & Chief Creative Officer

VH1

Nina L. Diaz joined VH1 in March 2014 as Senior Vice President, East Coast Production and Development.

Based in New York, Diaz is responsible for overseeing unscripted programming developed and produced out of VH1’s New York office. 

Diaz has produced some of the most dynamic and talked about shows on television most...show more

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Hayley Dickson

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

FremantleMedia International

Hayley Dickson currently serves as the Vice President of Acquisitions & Development for the North American branch of FremantleMedia’s International Global Content Group. She leads a team responsible for acquiring both scripted and non-scripted content for international distribution, across both linear television and digital platforms. She also manages first-look relationships...show more

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Damla Dogan

SVP, Original Programming & Series Development

E! Entertainment

As Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Series Development for E!, Dogan is responsible for the development of series and specials, oversees on-air franchises, collaborates with the outside creative community and forges key relationships within the entertainment industry on behalf of the network.  In addition to overseeing all red carpet...show more

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Chris Dorsey

President & CEO

Orion Entertainment

Chris Dorsey is the founding partner of Denver-based Orion Entertainment, one of America's leading producers of lifestyle television programming. He and his staff of 150 have produced programming for over a dozen networks, including hit series such as Guiding Alaska(Travel), Living Big Sky(HGTV), Building Alaska(DIY), Living Alaska(HGTV), Kodiak(Discovery) among others.

Prior...show more

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Stephanie Drachkovitch

Co-Founder & President

44 Blue Productions

As Executive Vice President of 44 Blue, Stephanie’s unique experience as a studio executive and showrunner has helped 44 Blue grow into one of the only independent production companies to produce across multiple genres, from top-rated docuseries to Emmy-nominated formats and studio-based content such as court, game and talk. As...show more

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Christian Drobnyk

EVP Programming Strategy & Acquisitions

Lifetime Televison

Christian Drobnyk was named Lifetime’s Senior Vice President, Programming Strategy and Acquisitions, in 2011.  He is responsible for overseeing all program acquisitions, programming strategy and planning for Lifetime.  Most recently, Drobnyk was Controller and General Manager of BBC Worldwide’s UKTV Entertainment Networks based in London. At UKTV, Drobnyk oversaw all aspects of its entertainment division...show more

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Mike Duffy

Co-Bro

Ugly Brother Studios

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

A collaboration with his twin brother Tim, the production company focuses primarily on creating and producing unscripted formats and docu-series for US and international broadcasters. They have a distribution and co-production partnership with the Sky Vision.

Previously, Duffy served as Managing Director...show more

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Tim Duffy

Co-Bro

Ugly Brother Studios

Tim is Co-Bro at Ugly Brother Studios. A collaboration with his twin brother Mike, the production company focuses on creating and producing unscripted formats, docu-series and specials for US and International broadcasters.

Ugly Brother, in partnership with Sky Vision, has several shows in development across a variety of networks both domestic...show more

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Michael Dugan

VP, Original Content

Fuse TV

Michael Dugan began his career at MTV, where he co-created the iconic game show Remote Control.  He wrote on Beavis and Butthead and was head writer for The Jon Stewart Show, The Tom Green Show and the MTV Movie Awards, among others.  As network executive, Dugan developed shows for MTV,...show more

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David Eilenberg

Chief Creative Officer

TBS and TNT

David Eilenberg serves as senior vice president of unscripted development, late night and specials for TBS and TNT. In this role, he oversees all unscripted original programming for the networks, along with TBS's late-night hit CONAN, TNT and TBS's annual live simulcast of the Screen Actors Guild Awards® and TNT's Emmy®-winning AFI...show more

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Emily Elisha

VP Acquisitions

Zodiak Rights

Emily Elisha, Head of Factual, Zodiak Rights, oversees factual acquisitions for the TV rights catalogue. Emily has 16 years experience in the international distribution sector originally working in international sales and as Head of Sales for an independent distribution company before joining the now Zodiak Rights as its Head of...show more

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Diana El-Osta

Development Producer

Al Jazeera America

Diana El-Osta leads development for Al Jazeera America Presents, the channel’s premiere documentary strand on Sunday nights. In this role, she is responsible for sourcing top quality documentary programming which exemplifies the Al Jazeera values of courageous journalism, giving voice to the voiceless and holding power to account. Prior to joining Al Jazeera America,...show more

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Amy Entelis

EVP, Talent & Content Development

CNN

Amy Entelis is senior vice president for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide.  Entelis, who joined CNN in 2012, is responsible for new program development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide, as well as the identification and recruitment of on-air talent for CNN programming and platforms.

Entelis and her team...show more

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Georgina Eyre

Head of Acquisitions

Off The Fence

Heading up Off the Fence’s London office Georgina is responsible for acquiring and sourcing new programming from producers and broadcasters from around the globe.  She also account manages the 6000 hours of factual, lifestyle and entertainment programming in OTF’s catalogue from our 3rd party producers and broadcaster clients.

Prior to joining OTF...show more

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Alan Eyres

SVP Development & Production, NGC

National Geographic Channel

lan Eyres is senior vice president of programming and development for the National Geographic Channel, where he has been responsible for developing and overseeing production of some of the highest rated series in the history of the network including Wicked Tuna, Brain Games, Life Below Zero, Ultimate Survival Alaska, and...show more

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Lisa Fahrenholt

VP, International Development, Scripted

Endemol Worldwide Distribution

Lisa Fahrenholt was appointed Acquisitions Manager at Endemol Worldwide Distribution in 2013.  In her current role, Lisa is responsible for sourcing and evaluating third party acquisitions for both scripted and non-scripted finished programs across all genres, throughout the United States and Canada.  Prior to Endemol Worldwide Distribution, Lisa worked as...show more

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Phil Fairclough

Executive Producer

Earth Touch USA

Phil Fairclough is the Managing Director of Earth Touch USA.  He currently oversees a slate of series including 6 hrs on a town invaded by polar bears, a biblical detective show, the worlds biggest freight trains and Broadway’s leading animal trainer.  

Before joining Earth Touch Phil ran the US office...show more

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John Feld

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HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country

John Feld is the vice president of original programming and production for Scripps Networks Interactive lifestyle brands HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. In this role, he is responsible for developing and supervising specials, series and tent-pole events for the networks.

Feld came to Scripps Networks in 2012 from CMT,...show more

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Rick Feldman

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Nonfiction Producers Association

Rick Feldman serves as executive director of the Non-Fiction Producers Association. Headquartered in New York, the NPA is a non-profit trade group dedicated to maintaining, growing and nurturing the documentary and nonfiction TV production industry. Founded in July 2014, the NPA provides information, training and assistance to production companies, their...show more

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Cynthia Fenneman

President & CEO

APT Worldwide/American Public Television

Cynthia A. Fenneman is president and CEO of American Public Television (APT), the leading syndicator of award-winning programs to the more than 360 U.S. public television stations. Last year, APT presented 33 of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. American Public Television content ranges from high quality drama and...show more

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Danny Fenton

CEO

Zig Zag Productions

Danny Fenton is CEO and Executive Chairman of Zig Zag Productions.

He founded Zig Zag with Kevin Utton in 1999 and has established the company as an innovative transatlantic television production company, respected for its eclectic approach to nearly 700 hours of programme making. The company is one of the largest...show more

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Joseph Ferraro

VP, Development

Bravo

Based in Los Angeles, Joseph Ferraro is responsible for developing new original series for the network that define the Bravo brand.  Ferraro joined Bravo from Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP) where he was Vice President of Development working on The Wanted Life for E! and Girls in the Game for VH1. ...show more

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Christoph Fey

Entertainment Lawyer

Unverzagt – von Have

Christoph Feyis an attorney with the media law firm UNVERZAGT VON HAVE, advising in the fields of copyright and entertainment law, representing creators, producers, broadcasters, agents and distributors. He is an experienced mediator of disputes arising out of claims of format plagiarism.

From 2002 to 2005, Christoph acted as managing director...show more

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Kathleen Finch

Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer

HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country

Kathleen Finch was named president of Scripps Networks Interactive cable networks HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country in 2013. As president, Finch oversees the three cable networks as well as related ancillary businesses such asHGTV Magazine, a joint venture with Hearst Publishing. Prior to being named president, Finch was...show more

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Laura Fleury

SVP, Category 6 Media™

LMN

Laura Fleury was appointed VP/Head of Programming & Development of LMN in 2013. She is responsible for overseeing the vision, development and production of all programming for LMN, including scripted and unscripted.  

Previously as VP Nonfiction & Alternative Programming at A&E, Fleury developed, launched and served as Executive Producer for...show more

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Jodi Flynn

President

Outpost Entertainment

Jodi Flynn is president of Outpost Entertainment, a full-service unscripted TV production company that is a joint venture between Flynn and Leftfield Entertainment. In forming Los Angeles-based Outpost, Flynn leverages two decades of television development and production experience.

Outpost has produced two episodes of :ICONS for PBS and currently has series in production...show more

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Mariana Flynn

SVP Unscripted Development and Programming

Lifetime

Mariana Flynn is Vice President of Non-Fiction Programming of Lifetime, where she is responsible for developing and overseeing production of such non-fiction projects as Little Women: LA, Born in the Wild and Kosher Soul.

Flynn joined Lifetime from TLC, where she was Vice President of Development. In this role, she headed...show more

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Sarah Jane Flynn

VP of Content

Shaw Media

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

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Edwina Follows

General Manager Discovery Networks

Discovery Channel Canada

As Director, Edwina Follows is responsible for the commissioning, development and production of independent programming for Discovery and its related networks (Animal Planet, Discovery World, Investigation Discovery and Discovery Science).

Under her leadership as Director of Commissioning andProductionDiscovery has premiered a record-breaking number of Canadian shows  contributing significantly to Discovery’s ranking as...show more

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Lizzie Fox

SVP, Non-Fiction programming, HBO Max

CNN Entertainment

Lizzie Kerner is the Senior Director of Development and Original Series, CNN, based in Los Angeles. In this position, she is responsible for cultivating relationships within the creative community and developing original programming across a variety of CNN platforms.  

She also oversees production on CNN’s original series, including, Anthony Bourdain:...show more

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Lauren Frasca

VP, Production & Development

The Weather Channel

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

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Jennifer Freeman

VP, Programming & Development

GSN Game Show Network

Jennifer Freeman serves as Vice President of Programming and Development at GSN (Game Show Network).  Based in the network's New York office, Freeman spearheads development for both coasts and is responsible for discovering, and developing innovative formats.

Since joining the network, Freeman has been responsible for numerous successful GSN series such...show more

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Morgan J. Freeman

Founder

11th Street Productions

16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom Executive Producer, Morgan J. Freeman, made a name for himself as a Sundance award-winning writer/director of Hurricane Streets, a film centered on the trails and tribulations of teenage life. The film became the first narrative film to win three awards at the Sundance Film...show more

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Robert Friedman

CEO

Bungalow Media + Entertainment

Friedman is CEO of Bungalow Media + Entertainment, a private equity backed integrated entertainment & media company he founded in 2013 to develop, produce and distribute traditional unscripted, scripted and branded content across all platforms.  Joint venture and strategic partners include Horizon Media, Inc., the largest independent media buying company...show more

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Elaine Frontain Bryant

EVP, Head of Programming

History

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

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Holly Gabrielson

Agent, Comedy Talent

TBS

Holly Gabrielson has served as Director of Unscripted Programming for TBS since 2012 and has recently added TNT unscripted programming development to her responsibilities. Gabrielson is part of the team that launched TBS’s first foray into late night, first with George Lopez’s Lopez Tonight, and then Conan. Recent work has...show more

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Brian Gaffney

Director, Special Programming

Fox Business Network

Brian Gaffney is Director of Special Programming for Fox Business Network. Among the projects he’s overseen at FBN is Strange Inheritance, a series premiering January 26. Before joining FBN, Gaffney was Executive Producer of Fox News Reporting, a documentary unit of Fox News Channel. He’s supervised more than 95 hours...show more

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David Garfinkle

President

Renegade83

David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe founded Renegade in 1994. Since its inception, Renegade has been one of Hollywood's most prolific television production companies.  Best known for rewriting the rules of reality television with the creation of the extraordinarily successful dating series, Blind Date, David and Jay most recently created Discovery’s breakout...show more

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Lauren Gellert

EVP, Development & Original Programming

WE tv

WE tv is viewed and talked about by more people than ever before.  Lauren Gellert’s efforts as the network’s executive in charge of all unscripted production and development have played an integral role in that position.

She works closely with creative partners to find fresh unscripted series, like Sex Box, and develop shows that explore...show more

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David George

CEO

Leftfield Pictures

David George is president of Leftfield Pictures, an ITV Studios company. Leftfield Pictures is under the banner of Leftfield Entertainment, whose other production companies also include Sirens Media (Real Housewives of New Jersey), Loud TV (Tiny House Nation) and Outpost Entertainment, a joint venture with veteran producer Jodi Flynn (Hoarders). 

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Jason George

CEO

Telescope

Jason has worked at the forefront of audience interactivity and technology for more than two decades. As CEO of Telescope, Jason pivoted the Los Angeles-based company from a programming-focused entity into an enterprise platform that is the de-facto standard for social media-meets-television activations. 

Over the past seven years, Jason inked relationships...show more

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Lucinda Gergley-Garner

SVP Sales (North America & German Speaking Territories)

Cineflix Rights

Lucinda Gergley-Garner was appointed Cineflix Rights’ SVP, Sales and Acquisitions, North America in October 2013.  Prior to this she was Head of Sales and Acquisitions, North America. Based in the Toronto office, Lucinda manages North American sales and is focused on expanding the company’s reach in acquisitions across the U.S....show more

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Michela Giorelli

VP, Production & Development

Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic

Michela Giorelli is responsible for supervising original productions for Latin America and international co-productions for Discovery Networks International's production and development unit, which focuses on developing global content for Discovery's portfolio of international networks in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

During her 15-year career at Discovery Communications Inc., Giorelli...show more

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Ethan Goldman

Founder/President

Warrior Poets Entertainment

Ethan Goldman is a producer/development executive with fifteen years of experience working in television and film.  He currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Development at Warrior Poets. Ethan was most recently Senior Vice President of Ish Entertainment, where he developed projects for cable TV (Brooklyn 11223, Approval Matrix,...show more

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Lesley Goldman

Owner-Ladybug Films

truTV

Lesley Goldman serves as vice president of development & original programming for truTV. She is responsible for executing the development of new truTV programming, from concept to series, with creative oversight of pilots, series and specials. She also assists in developing and implementing truTV's content strategy.

Goldman joined truTV in January...show more

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Johnny Gould

Chief Creative Officer

Pilgrim Studios

Johnny Gould is Executive Vice President, Development & Original Programming at Pilgrim Studios, heading up original programming development and current programming, and international format sales and acquisitions.

Johnny oversees an array of programming for Pilgrim, including hit series Fast N’ Loud and Street Outlaws for Discovery; the long-running Ghost Hunters for Syfy and The Ultimate Fighter for FOX Sports 1; Down...show more

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Shade Grant

Partner and Co-Head, Non-Scripted

ICM Partners

Shade Grant is an agent in the Alternative Television Department at ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion pictures, television, publishing, music, theater, branded entertainment and digital media.  ICM Partners is one of the predominant agencies in the United States and Europe, with...show more

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Abby Greensfelder

Founder & CEO

Half Yard Productions

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

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Kenda Greenwood

Executive Producer

MTV

Kenda Greenwood is currently a VP of Unscripted Development & Production (East Coast) at MTV, overseeing a diverse slate ranging from comedic talk/variety to dramatic docu-series. 

Before joining MTV in 2014, Kenda’s Executive Producer and Showrunner credits include four seasons of the critically-acclaimed hit MTV docu-series Teen Mom,as well as Bravo’s Chef Roble...show more

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Leslie Greif

President

Thinkfactory Media

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

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Scott Gurney

Co-Founder and Executive Producer

Gurney Productions

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

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Peter Hamilton

Founder, Publisher & Editor

DocumentaryTelevision.com

Peter is a New York-based executive producer and senior business development consultant to nonfiction television industry leaders, governments & foundations. He is a former CBS executive. His clients since 1987 have included: A+E Networks, Nat Geo, Scripps, BBC, NBC and Singapore’s MDA. Peter served as the senior consultant on Discovery's...show more

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Janet Han Vissering

SVP, Development & Production

Nat Geo WILD

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

Vissering manages WILD's development team, works with independent producers, distributors, creative agencies and strategic...show more

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Matt Hanna

President

Esquire Network

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

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Paul Hardy

Creative Director International Programming Development Formats

Lifetime

Paul Hardy is Vice President, Reality Programming, for Lifetime, for which he oversees non-fiction projects, including True Tori.

Prior to joining Lifetime, Hardy was Director of Program Development for truTV, where he developed Swamp Hunters, The Weiner’s Circle, Possum Holler Garage, Killer Karaoke and Guinness Book of World Records.  Before that, he was Embassy Row Productions’ Director...show more

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Valerie Haselton

Co-President and Executive Producer

Sirens Media

Valerie Haselton is co-president of Sirens Media (a Leftfield Entertainment company), a full-service production company founded in 2005 by Haselton and her producing and business partner, Rebecca Toth Diefenbach. While best known for their work in reality TV, including Bravo’s hit series The Real Housewives of New Jersey, the recent spinoff, Manzo’d with...show more

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Tim Healy

Co-Founder

History

Tim Healy joined HISTORY as Vice President of Development and Programming in February of 2012.

In this role, he oversees a team responsible for the development and production of unscripted series and specials.

Tim also oversees several current series for the network including The HuntDown East Dickering and American Pickers

Prior to HISTORY, Healy served as...show more

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Paul Heaney

CEO

TCB Media Rights

Heaney launched his own content distribution business, TCB Media Rights at the end of 2012. With an emphasis on the ability to secure strong pre-sales and co-create shows with high revenue potential, he initially has specialised in the genres of factual, factual entertainment and formats. Heaney and his 8 strong...show more

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Noel Hedges

EVP, Acquisitions

DRG

Noel has a wealth of hands-on experience across geographies, genres and acquisitions business models. Previous to joining DRG, he held the role of Senior Vice President of Acquisitions at Cineflix Rights and was responsible for driving the division’s ambitious third party acquisitions strategy. Previous to that, he served as Senior...show more

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Sara Helman

VP, Program Development

Destination America

Sara Helman serves as vice president of development and production for Destination America, where she helps oversee development strategy for the network and assists with the creation of series and programming initiatives, as well as oversees production on network hits Hillbilly Blood, Buying the Bayou, Amish Haunting and several other...show more

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Glenda Hersh

President & CEO

True Entertainment

Glenda Hersh is co-founder and president of True Entertainment and one of television’s leading producers of unscripted programming. Founded by Hersh in 2000, alongside business and producing partner Steven Weinstock, True currently has more than 25 projects in production and development across 10+ networks, including mega-hit The Real Housewives of...show more


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Julian Hobbs

Co-President

History

Julian P. Hobbs is Vice President Scripted and Non-Fiction Development and Programming for HISTORY.  He is responsible for the development and production of drama and factual series and specials. 

Hobbs is currently Executive in Charge of Production of Texas Rising, featuring Bill Paxton, Ray Liotta and Brendan Fraser, and directed by...show more

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Jill Holmes

SVP, West Coast Development & Production

VH1

Jill Holmes, SVP of Production and Programming for VH1’s west coast, is responsible for creating and producing hit reality television shows.  During her 23 year career in the entertainment industry, Ms. Holmes has become a guru of pop-culture, learned how to build multiple franchises, and keeps her audiences coming back...show more

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Rick Holzman

SVP Programming & Strategy

Animal Planet

Rick Holzman was named general manager and executive vice president of Animal Planet in July 2014, overseeing strategy and all day-to-day operations for the network while reporting to Marjorie Kaplan, Group President TLC, Animal Planet and Velocity.

Holzman joined Animal Planet in 2007 and most recently served as executive vice president...show more

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Beth Hoppe

SVP, Long Form Programming

PBS

Beth Hoppe is Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming at PBS. She is responsible for creating and implementing PBS’ primetime content strategy, strengthening PBS’ core series and commissioning the highest-quality new programming in the arts, independent film, drama, history, natural history, science, and news and public affairs.

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Tom Huffman

SVP of Non-Scripted Programming

WGN America & Tribune Studios

As Senior Vice President, Unscripted for WGN America and Tribune Studios, Tom Huffman is responsible for developing content and building the portfolio of unscripted series for WGN America, as the newly re-launched cable network aggressively expands into original programming, and Tribune Broadcasting’s local stations across the nation.

Huffman joined Tribune Media...show more

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Lilla Hurst

Joint Managing Director

Drive

Prior to setting up DRIVE, Lilla created Lillavision in 2008, working with indies including October Films, Blink, Bedlam, Furnace & Testimony Films to secure co production and deficit finance. She was previously Head of Co-production at Channel 5 and Head of Acquisitions and Co-productions at RDF International, now Zodiak.

DRIVE facilitates...show more

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Amy Introcaso-Davis

EVP, Development & Production

GSN Game Show Network

Amy Introcaso-Davis is executive vice president, programming & development at GSN, responsible for developing and acquiring programming designed to grow the network’s core audience. Under Amy’s leadership, GSN has launched the biggest hits in its 18-year history, including Skin Wars, television’s first body painting competition show and the highest-rated original series...show more

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Phil Irven

EVP, Alternative Television

Rebel Entertainment Partners

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

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Mary Ellen Iwata

VP, Program Development

The Weather Channel

Mary Ellen Iwata is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of development of series and specials for The Weather Channel. She works with the international production community to develop original programming for the network. Iwata is credited with finding a number of popular series for Weather, including Catching Hell, Fat Guys...show more

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Elliot Jacobson

EVP of Programming & Chief Content Officer

RLTV

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

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Aengus James

Co-Founder & Content Head

This is Just a Test

Aengus James is the co-founder + creative head of THIS IS JUST A TEST - a collective of filmmakers, developers, and technicians.  TIJAT creates TV, film, and interactive content.  Currently TIJAT is producing projects for Animal Planet, CNN, Destination America, Discovery, History, Lifetime, Nat Geo, and for a number of...show more

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Marc Juris

President & General Manager

WE tv

Marc Juris is a uniquely talented creative executive with a proven record of creating and developing brands and compelling original content for television and digital platforms.

He oversees all aspects of WE tv’s creative and business functions.  He recently introduced bold new branding that reflects the network’s broader focus on the...show more

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Michael Kagan

Partner, Head of International TV & Media

ICM Partners


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Marc Kamler

Agent, Alternative Programming, Digital Media, Licensing and Branding

APA

Marc Kamler is Vice President of Alternative & International Television at Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), one of the world’s largest diversified talent agencies with offices in Beverly Hills, New York and Nashville.  Known for his non-agent persona, Kamler is one of the most respected packaging agents in the non-scripted arena...show more

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James Kanatas

VP, Programming

El Rey Network

James Kanatas is the VP of Programming at El Rey Network, Robert Rodriguez’s new English-language general entertainment network targeting men 18-49 and inclusive of America’s growing Latino community. In this role, which he’s had since the very inception of the network, Kanatas has been integral in bringing Rodriguez’s vision to...show more

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Marjorie Kaplan

President of Content

Discovery Communications

In recognition of Marjorie Kaplan’s strong creative and business leadership, in 2014 she was promoted to Group President TLC, Animal Planet and Velocity.

Kaplan took over control of TLC in February 2014 and led the network to achieve its highest ratings in primetime in second quarter in more than a decade....show more

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Ricky Kelehar

SVP, Development

BBC AMERICA

At BBC AMERICA, his slate includes Mud Sweat & Gears, Million Dollar Critic and the returning semi-scripted comedy Almost Royal. Kelehar has more than 25 years of experience in television and before joining BBC AMERICA, looked after factual entertainment at the BBC and at some of Britain’s leading production companies:...show more

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Matthew Kelly

Founder

Discovery Channel

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

Additionally,...show more

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Endyia Kinney-Sterns

SVP, Unscripted Development & Production

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

As Vice President of Programming and Development for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Endyia Kinney-Sterns oversees the day-to-day development of new original programming for the network.

Recently named one of the “Top Female Executives in Hollywood” by Essence Magazine, Kinney-Sterns has been instrumental in identifying and developing various new programming, including the...show more

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Ivana Kirkbride

GM, OTT Entertainment

YouTube

Ivana Kirkbride is the Head of Unscripted where she oversees unscripted development, programming and production involving top creators for YouTube Originals. Previously she led the YouTube Content Accelerator and global content investments and investment strategy at YouTube. She formerly oversaw global content strategy for Entertainment at YouTube and had also...show more

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Bruce David Klein

President & Executive Producer

Atlas Media Corp

As President & Executive Producer of Atlas Media Corp, Bruce David Klein is the creative force behind hundreds of hours of high-profile, award-winning unscripted series, specials and theatrical documentaries. He has created, written, produced and/or executive-produced series and specials such as Hotel Impossible (Travel), Playing With Fire (E!), Stalked: Someone's...show more

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Leanne Klein

Chief Executive Officer

Wall to Wall

Leanne was appointed Chief Executive of Wall to Wall in January 2014. Previously, she held the position of Creative Director, from March 2011, where she was responsible for overseeing the company's increasingly diverse output across a broad range of genres including factual, drama and entertainment.

Her executive producer credits include dramas...show more

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Michael Klein

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Conde Nast Entertainment

Michael L. Klein is the executive vice president, programming and content strategy, digital channels for Condé Nast Entertainment Group (CNEG). Mr. Klein oversees 14 channels based on Condé Nast’s iconic brands including Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, and Wired, as well as TheScene.com, home for premium digital first content. He was...show more

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Sandra Kleinfeld

Senior Director Documentary

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

As Director of Development in CBC’s Unscripted Content group, Sandra is responsible for finding new formats, and overseeing development and production of formats and original series, with independent and in-house producers in the genres of factual entertainment, arts, and documentaries.

Sandra joined CBC Factual Entertainment when it was created in 2006...show more

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Brad Kohlenstein

Head of Development

Science Channel

A fifteen-year TV veteran, Kohlenstein oversees all Science Channel development, including the network’s upcoming series What Could Possibly Go WrongAll American Makers, and Outrageous Acts of Psych. Since joining Science, he has commissioned several returning series (Oddities: San Fran, Strip the City, The Unexplained Files), successful specials (Mars Landing 2012, Russian Meteor Explosion), and...show more

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Ra Kumar

Alternative TV Agent

United Talent Agency

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

Prior to joining N.S. Bienstock, which was acquired by UTA in January 2014, Ra spent the last decade working as a television packaging agent in Los Angeles. He also held various production positions with Warner Brothers...show more

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Stephen Lambert

Chairman

All3Media America

Stephen Lambert is chairman of All3Media America, the Los Angeles-based production hub for the All3Media Group, the largest group of independent production companies in the UK, Germany and New Zealand. He is also chief executive of Studio Lambert, one the companies in the All3Media group.

He is one of Britain’s best...show more

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Bethany Latham

Owner

Travel Channel

As director of production and development management for Travel Channel, one of Scripps Networks’ Interactive’s lifestyle television brands, Bethany Latham manages the production team and resources with a focus on implementation of standards and process as well as managing the development pipeline.

Latham started at Travel Channel as the executive assistant...show more

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Brian Lavin

VP of Development

Science Channel

Brian Lavin is senior manager of development at Science Channel.

Lavin has been involved in developing such hits as The Unexplained Files, Survivorman & Son, NASA’s Unexplained Files and Dark Matters, among many others. He did initial development on Science Channel’s first scripted project The Challenger Disaster. Lavin also serves as...show more

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Shira Lazar

Co-Founder, Host and Executive Producer

What's Trending

Shira Lazar is the Co-Founder, EP and face of the Emmy Nominated live interactive daily show show and 24/7 news hub, What's Trending. She is also the Host and Creator of the talk show of YouTube, Partner's Project, interviewing the biggest YouTube stars. Named one of Fast Company’s 2011 "Most Influential Women...show more

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Howard Lee

President & General Manager

TLC

Howard Lee is the Executive Vice President, Development & Production for TLC East Coast. A Discovery veteran, he joined TLC in 2008.

He co-developed and served as TLC’s Executive Producer for the pop-cultural phenomenon Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. He helped strengthen TLC’s continued success as the #1 destination for buzz...show more

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Eli Lehrer

EVP & General Manager

Lifetime

Eli Lehrer was named Senior Vice President of Non-Fiction Programming of Lifetime in 2013.  He oversees all non-scripted development and production for the network, including such shows as Bring It!, True Tori, Little Women: LA, Born in the Wild, The Sisterhood and Child Genius, among others.  Current Lifetime series produced...show more

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Steven Lerner

SVP, Programming & Development

HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country

Steven Lerner is the senior vice president of programming for Scripps Networks Interactive’s brands – HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. In this role, Lerner oversees the programming efforts at all three networks, as well as leads the New York and Knoxville-based programming teams. He is responsible for facilitating...show more

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Elizabeth Levenson

President

GRB Entertainment

Liz Levenson is a television executive with 10 years of experience in the business.  Most recently, she served as Senior Manager of Development at Pilgrim Studios, where she developed original projects, produced sizzle reels, and solicited new program pitches.  Prior to her role at Pilgrim, she served as Manager of...show more

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Michael Levin

VP International

Viggle

Levin is currently Vice President of TV Partnerships and East Coast Sales at Viggle, the entertainment marketing and rewards platform, where he joined as employee #10 in June 2011. In addition to managing the East Coast Sales team, Levin runs TV Network strategy as well as building network and studio...show more


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Marisa Levy

Head of Unscripted

TLC

Marisa Levy is TLC’s Vice President, Development  East Coast, and is based at the company’s headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. She works with domestic and international production companies to bring cutting edge formats and originalprograms to the TLC audience, while acting as the...show more

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Gary Lico

Proprietor

LILOLME TV

Gary Lico started LILOLME.TV in November 2013.  The prime directive is the exclusive global distribution of Forensic Files (aka Medical Detectives), a program developed with Medstar Television.  It is the first and longest running true crime series in television. 

A 38-year programming veteran, Lico served as President and CEO of...show more

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Samantha Linton

Head of Original Content Canada

Blue Ant Media

As Executive in Charge of Production for Blue Ant Media, Sam brings over 25 years of production expertise to BAM’s portfolio of brands including Cottage Life, T+E and Smithsonian Canada. Sam has written, produced and directed many series and one-offs. She was previously Director of Programming for Animal Planet, and...show more

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Greg Lipstone

President

ICM Partners

Greg Lipstone is a founding partner and board member at ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion pictures, television, publishing, music, theater, branded entertainment and digital media.  Mr. Lipstone oversees the agency’s international television and media department.

Mr. Lipstone’s clients include All3Media America, Studio...show more

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Joseph Livecchi

CEO

CMT (Country Music Television)

Joe Livecchi is Senior Vice President of Development for CMT, charged with overseeing all scripted and unscripted development for the network. Livecchi manages development teams in NY and LA as well as external and third party productions. Under Livecchi’s direction, CMT has more premium scripted and event programming in development...show more

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Scott Lonker

President-Kimmelot

Creative Artists Agency

Scott Lonker is an Alternative Television Packaging Agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing.  Lonker is based in the New York office and represents many of the world’s leading unscripted producers, including Eastern...show more

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Hayley Lozitsky

VP, Original Series

SPIKE TV

Hayley Lozitsky is currently Vice President, Original Series at Spike TV overseeing hit shows like Tattoo Nightmares and will oversee our new series Coaching Bad. Lozitsky previously served as Senior Vice President of Development at Ellen Rakieten Entertainment where she developed non-scripted/scripted programming. Among the series she developed include Trisha’s...show more

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Andrew Lutin

Director Original Programming & Development

Pop

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

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

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John MacDonald

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Corus Entertainment

John MacDonald is Vice President, Head of Women’s and Family Networks where he oversees the general management for Corus television's seven specialty cable networks which target women and family audiences, including W Network, CMT (Canada), OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) and ABC Spark. 

Prior to Corus, MacDonald's successful 25-year career in the U.S. included,...show more

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Donna MacLetchie

General Manager

Jane Street Entertainment

Jane Street Entertainment is a New York based production company well known throughout the industry for their character-driven formats. Founded by Donna MacLetchie and Linda Lea in 2011,  they have become a leader in the unscripted space in a very short time, with hundreds of hours of television across various...show more

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Vinnie Malhotra

EVP, Nonfiction Programming

CNN Worldwide

Vinnie Malhotra is svp for development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide. Malhotra joined CNN in 2012, and is responsible for leading co-development opportunities for CNN’s platforms. Prior to joining CNN, Malhotra served as vice president and executive producer for content development for ESPN, where he was responsible for the development...show more

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Laura Marshall

CEO

Icon Films

As Managing Director of Icon Films, she is responsible for the strategic direction, personnel development, and drives marketing the company. Laura also Executive Produces much of Icon’s output.

Laura is a prominent member of the Bristol production community and Chaired the first year of Bristol Media, the cluster group for companies...show more

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Jen Mayer Kulp

President

Sirens Media

Jen Mayer Kulp is senior vice president, talent and program development for Sirens Media, overseeing the company’s robust casting, development and sales initiatives for programs including Real Housewives of New Jersey, Thicker Than Water and Manzo’d With Children for Bravo, American SuperNatural for The Weather Channel and Deadly Affairs with Susan...show more

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Sam Maynard

EVP of U.S. Factual Programming

Raw TV Ltd

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Russ McCarroll

Executive Producer

History

Russ McCarroll is a Vice President of Programming and Development for HISTORY.  He developed many of HISTORY’s biggest recent successes, including The World Wars, Mountain Men and The Men Who Built America. He is also an executive producer on History’s upcoming scripted event series Sons of Liberty.Russ has overseen some of...show more

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Gena McCarthy

Producer

FYI

Gena McCarthy is Senior Vice President, Programming of FYI where she is head of programming and development for the network.

Previously, McCarthy was Senior Vice President, Reality and Alternative Programming for Lifetime Networks. She led development and production of the network’s unscripted programming. McCarthy oversaw the development and creation of the...show more

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Geno McDermott

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

Blackfin

Geno McDermott is CEO at Blackfin.

Based in downtown Manhattan, Blackfin was founded in 2014 and has become known throughout the industry for their cinematic yet gritty aesthetic and storytelling capabilities.  Currently, they have 12 active development deals with a wide range of networks, showcasing their ability to produce quality content for any and all...show more

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Gavin McGarry

President

Jumpwire Media

Before founding social media agency Jumpwire Media in 2009, Gavin worked for Skype funded webvideo start up Joost and he was the Head of Cross Platform Business Development at global media company Endemol.

Jumpwire Media specializes in social media for media companies. The company has built over 30 social media ecosystems...show more

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Campbell McLaren

CEO

Combate Americas

Campbell McLaren is the CEO of Combate Americas, the first Hispanic MMA sports entertainment franchise. In 2014 Combate Americas's mun2 TV series won the The Imagen Award for "Best Reality Series.

He is widely known as the co-creator of the mega-hit sports franchise, The UFC.

He executive produced the first U.S. bilingual...show more

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Julie Meisner Eagle

VP, Production & Development

Discovery Life

Julie Meisner Eagle is the vice president of production and development for Discovery Fit & Health, which will be renamed Discovery Life Channel effective January 15, 2015. In her current role, Meisner Eagle serves as a senior member of Discovery Life Channel’s content team, contributing directly to strategic planning and...show more

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Hayden K. Meyer

Agency Partner, EVP, Head of Alternative & Factual Programming

APA

Hayden Meyer is Senior Vice President/Partner and Head of Alternative & International Television at Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), one of the world’s largest diversified talent agencies with headquarters in Beverly Hills, New York and Nashville. 

Distinguished by a unique business philosophy which promotes unparalleled teamwork, APA’s AITV Department provides...show more

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Don Micallef

Vice President, Research

Discovery Communications

Don Micallef is the vice president of research for ID, AHC, DA, DFC and DFH. In this role, Micallef develops and directs all network research efforts, utilizing primary research, Nielsen ratings data, and other consumer databases to develop programming, scheduling, and marketing strategies in collaboration with other members of the...show more

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Sally Miles

Founder & CEO

Passion Distribution

Sally Miles is founder and CEO of Passion Distribution and has worked in the television business for over 20 years. Prior to Passion, Miles was the President and COO of September Films (UK & US) and September Films International.

Miles began working in programme production at September Films in 1992 becoming...show more

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Darrell Miller

Chair, Entertainment Department

Fox Rothschild LLP

Darrell D. Miller, recently named a top dealmaker in Variety’s 2014 Dealmaker Impact Report, is the Managing Partner of Fox Rothschild’s Los Angeles offices and the chair of the Entertainment Department.  Mr. Miller has more than 22 years of entertainment law deal-making experience, with an emphasis on creating of multiple streams...show more

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Jane Millichip

Chief Content Officer

Sky Vision

Jane Millichip is Managing Director at Sky Vision - the international distribution arm of BSkyB. Prior to Sky Vision, Jane was Managing Director of Zodiak Rights in London between 2007-2012. In 2005, Jane moved to New Zealand where she was Managing Director of the country's largest production company, South Pacific Pictures....show more

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J.C. Mills

President & Commercial Director

ICM Partners

J.C. Mills is an agent at ICM Partners in the International Television and Media Department, which he joined in January 2014. He represents non-scripted production companies and showrunners in NY, LA and London.

Mills comes from National Geographic Channel where he spent two years as the Director of Development in the...show more

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Angela Molloy

VP, Development

WE TV

Angela Molloy is WE tv’s vice president of development, based in the network’s Los Angeles office.  She works closely with west coast based production partners and agencies to find fresh new unscripted programming for the network.

Prior to WE tv, Molloy worked as a production, development and acquisitions executive. She was a freelance showrunner with co-executive...show more

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Brent Montgomery

CEO

Leftfield Entertainment

Brent Montgomery is founder and CEO of Leftfield Entertainment, the US-based “super-indie” media, entertainment and production group established by Montgomery in 2013. The Leftfield Entertainment portfolio currently encompasses Leftfield Pictures (Pawn Stars), Sirens Media (Real Housewives of New Jersey), Loud TV (the upcoming Tiny House Nation) and Outpost Entertainment, a...show more

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Margie Moreno

VP, Programming

NBCUniversal

Margie Moreno is the Vice President, Programming, for NBCUniversal’s Hispanic cable network NBC Universo (formerly mun2). In her role, she oversees all current programming and development. Moreno has over 15 years of television experience, having served as both a producer and network executive. Prior to mun2, Moreno was Head of...show more

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Emily Morgan

Executive Producer National Productions

Shaw Media

Emily Morgan heads up commissioning for the Shaw Media Lifestyle channels. In the role she is responsible for development and production of all Canadian Original programs including successful franchises such as Top Chef Canada, Chopped Canada and last year's top reality show on Specialty television; Big Brother Canada. Other original...show more

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Greg Moyer

Founder & CEO

Blue Chalk Media

Greg Moyer is an award-winning television and digital media executive with deep international experience and a track record of innovation in channel design, brand positioning, programming, marketing and global distribution. A creative and inspirational leader, Moyer has successfully operated across senior positions for Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, VOOM HD...show more

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Jonathan Murray

Founder & Executive Consultant

Bunim/Murray Productions

Widely credited with inventing the modern reality television genre, Jonathan Murray inspires, influences and entertains television audiences worldwide. Since the 1992 launch of The Real World (MTV), he has created and executive produced some of the industry’s most innovative, unscripted television programs.

Under Murray’s leadership, Bunim/Murray Productions created the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV),...show more

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Tim Mutimer

EVP, EMEA Sales & Acquisitions

Zodiak Rights

Tim Mutimer is Chief Executive Officer at Zodiak Rights the international distribution and rights exploitation arm of Zodiak Media.

Zodiak Rights represents a catalogue of over 20,000 hours of high quality content across all genres including kids, drama, theatrical, factual and entertainment.

Zodiak Rights award-winning scripted programming includes:Being Human the supernatural hit for...show more

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Hamish Mykura

EVP, Programming & Development

National Geographic Channels International

As Executive Vice President & Head of International Content for National Geographic Channels International (NGCI), Mykura leads content development and production for National Geographic Channels (NGC) outside the US, heading up NGC's growing international production hub in London. He is responsible for developing and supplying new programming for the core National...show more

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Erik Nelson

President

Creative Differences

Erik Nelson is the president of Creative Differences.

Recent projects produced and directed by Nelson include 9-10: The Final Hours and the 2014 Realscreen Award winning JFK: The Final Hours. Nelson also supervised the recent Eat: The Story of Food, and is in post production on After...show more

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Will Nothacker

Co-President

Leftfield Pictures

Will Nothacker is vice president of development at Leftfield Pictures, overseeing all development at the company and managing transitioning projects from development to production. While at Leftfield, he has developed series for a range of networks including A&E, History, WE tv,Discovery, Animal Planet, E! and CMT.

Before moving into development, Will...show more

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Nicholas Oakley

SVP, Development

HLN

Nicholas Oakley-Tilley joined HLN as Senior Director, Development in July 2014.  He leads the network’s Los Angeles-based development team. 

In this role, Oakley-Tilley supervises the development of concepts through to series, serves as Executive In Charge on multiple current projects, and manages pitches from the creative community.  He reports to Kari...show more

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Heather Olander

SVP, Alternative Series Development & Production, Entertainment Networks

Syfy

Heather Olander serves as senior vice president, alternative series development and production for Syfy, where she oversees the network’s ambitious slate of unscripted series, which continues to expand and accounts for nearly half of Syfy’s original programming schedule. She reports to Bill McGoldrick, EVP, Original Content for Syfy and is...show more

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Jack Osbourne

President

Jack Osbourne first caught America's attention on the hit reality show The Osbournes (MTV ’02-04). He’s continued his work on television as the star of Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie (ITV2 ’05-10’)as well as Haunted Highway (2012). More recently, he’s ambitions have led him towards the role of both producer and host,...show more

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Danielle Ostroske-D'Ingillo

Senior Director, Development

TLC

Danielle Ostroske D’Ingillo joined the TLC team as Director of Development in August 2013.  Based in New York, she is responsible for conceptualizing and creating new programming concepts for the TLC audience, including upcoming style and wedding series. Prior to joining TLC, she was a Development Producer at WE tv, where she...show more

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Chris Palmer

Professor & Director

American University

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

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

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Laura Palumbo Johnson

Partner

Magilla Entertainment, LLC

Laura Palumbo Johnson first began in production management for the nationally syndicated series B. Smith with Style.  She continued in production operations and free-lanced for TLC, Fox Sports Network and NBC Universal. Laura then joined the start-up City Lights Television. There, she became SVP of Production Operations, supervising over 400 hours of programming and 2,000 webisodes....show more

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David Paperny

President & Executive Producer

Paperny Entertainment Inc.

David Paperny is an Academy Award® nominated documentary filmmaker and President of the Vancouver-based television production company, Paperny Entertainment.

With offices in New York, Toronto and Vancouver, Paperny Entertainment is a regular on Realscreen’s Global 100 list of the world’s best factual production companies. Playback Magazine recently selected the company as...show more

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Charlie Parsons

VP, Development

National Geographic Channel

Charlie Parsons is Vice President of Global Development and Production for National Geographic Channel (NGC), responsible for developing new projects, discovering new talent and serving as one of the network's main points of contact for the global production community. Since joining NGC in 2010, Parsons has developed and overseen production of...show more

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Danny Passman

President

Crybaby Media

In 2010, Danny Passman founded Crybaby Media, a reality TV development and packaging company.  In addition to developing projects directly with networks, Crybaby Media consults with producers and production companies to help cast develop and sell their shows.

Crybaby Credits include Down East Dickering on History Channel, Thieves, Incorporated on the Food Network, Hook, Line and Dinner on the Cooking Channel, Very...show more

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Tim Pastore

Media Executive

National Geographic Channels

Tim Pastore is president, original programming & production, National Geographic Channels U.S. (NGC) He oversees all development, production and production management for NGC, and is responsible for approximately 400 hours of content annually.

Based in New York, Pastore oversees the teams in New York and Washington, D.C., and works closely with...show more

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Brant Pinvidic

CEO

3 Ball Entertainment

Brant Pinvidic serves as President of Eyeworks USA, where he has developed more than three dozen shows for the company, including Extreme Weight Loss (in production on season 5 for ABC) and Funniest Wins starring Marlon Wayans for TBS, among many others.  

He was also instrumental in forging a strong studio-network partnership...show more

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Leela Pon

SVP, Development

E! Entertainment

Leela Pon is Vice President of Original Programming and Series Development at E! Entertainment, where she oversees the network’s popular series, #RichKids of Beverly Hills and the hit plastic surgery series Botched. Pon is also overseeing the Lance Bass Wedding Special set to air this February.

Furthermore, Pon helps to head...show more

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Jennifer Quainton

VP, Programming & Development

Food Network and Cooking Channel

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

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Adam Reed

CEO

Thinkfactory Media

Adam Reed is the EVP of Thinkfactory Media and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company including creative and business development, along with day-to-day production across all series.  For the past 10 years, Reed has been instrumental in transitioning the company into a thriving mainstay network supplier and...show more

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Nicole Reed

VP of Development

National Geographic Channels

Nicole Reed is Vice President of Development at National Geographic Channels (NGC) based in New York City. Reed is responsible for the development and the greenlight of new series and specials for the network, as well as building relationships with east coast- and U.K.-based production companies.

From 2011 to 2014, Reed...show more

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Brandon Riegg

SVP, Alternative Programming

NBC and Universal Television

Brandon Riegg was appointed to Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming & Development, NBC and Universal Television in November 2013.  Riegg is responsible for overseeing all current alternative shows as well as new development from pitch to launch.  Current franchises include The Voice, America's Got Talent, The Biggest Loser, American Ninja...show more

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Nick Rigg

Head of Unscripted

Loud Television

Nick Rigg is president of Loud Television, a full-service, entertainment and production company that is a joint venture between Rigg and New York-based Leftfield Entertainment. In founding Loud, Rigg leverages two decades of TV development and production experience, with particular expertise in lifestyle programming and branded entertainment.

Loud TV is currently...show more

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Don Robert

EVP, Research

A+E Networks

Don Robert is Senior Vice President, Research & Analytics at A+E Networks, leading the research efforts across all A+E Networks divisions.  Promoted to this position in 2014, he established four key teams that provide meaningful insights to help maximize A+E viewership and value.  The divisions include Ad Sales, Brand, Digital...show more


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John&nbspP. Roberts

Chief Content Officer

Bunim/Murray Productions

As Chief Digital Officer of Bunim/Murray Productions, Roberts focuses on increasing the company’s digital productions, including multi-platform and digital programming for the web, mobile devices and other online and connected device distribution platforms.  He also oversees business and investment opportunities relevant to BMP’s digital initiatives.

Most recently, Roberts served as Senior...show more

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Anna Rodzinski

Executive Producer

PSG Films

Anna Rodzinski has been in a lead role writing, producing, pitching shows on the national circuit for the last 10 years - creating original content for a handful of networks, including National Geographic Channel, TLC, Discovery Channel and Tru TV. A graduate from Washington State University's Edward R. Murrow School...show more

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Marissa Ronca

EVP & Head of Original Programming & Development

truTV

Marissa Ronca serves as senior vice president of development & original programming for truTV. Since being named to her current position in September 2013, Ronca has worked closely with Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV, to evolve truTV's original programming to appeal to a younger, dual-gender audience that...show more

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Jane Root

Founder & CEO

Nutopia

Jane Root is CEO and founder of the Independent Production Company Nutopia, best known as the creator of the megadoc, huge scale series designed to stand out from the crowd. Most recently we produced The 80’s: The Decade That Made Us and The 90’s: The Last Great Decade? for National...show more

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Mitchell Rosenbaum

Executive Producer Development & Original Programming

truTV

Mitchell Rosenbaum serves as Executive Producer in development and original programing for truTV. He is responsible for finding and developing new programming for the network, and running series. He currently oversees Barmageddon, and Breaking Greenville. Previously, Rosenbaum has run shows including Wife Swap, Growing Up Gotti, Nanny 911,and Four Houses. He is currently based in...show more

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Justin Rosenblatt

EVP, Original Programming & Development

The CW

Justin Rosenblatt is the Senior Vice President of Alternative Programming at The CW.  In his current role, he oversees all elements of development and current programming on The CW including but not limited to: Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Masters of Illusion, America's Next Top...show more

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JD Roth

Co-Founder

3 Ball Productions

Award-winning producer JD Roth has built a television empire, creating some of the industry’s most popular and compelling entertainment content. A reality-TV pioneer, JD championed “transformation television,” producing programming that celebrates the ability of people to make real change and improve their lives.

In the weight-loss TV arena, JD created a...show more

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David Royle

Chief Programming Officer & EVP, Production

Smithsonian Channel

Royle oversees commissioning and production for Smithsonian Channel which, since its launch in 2007, has expanded rapidly throughout America and recently launched in Canada. Its programs draw inspiration from the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex.

Smithsonian Channel is recognized for non-fiction programs that are entertaining and informative....show more

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Loren Ruch

Group SVP, Production & Development

HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country

Loren is the vice president of programming, partnerships and special projects for HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country, where he oversees many of the networks’ high profile specials and series including Flipping the Block, Brother vs. Brother, HGTV Star, HGTV Dream Home, Smart Home and Urban Oasis, White House...show more

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Ralf Rueckauer

Vice President Zdfe.unscripted

ZDF Enterprises

After studying Film and Television Sciences at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Ralf Rueckauer started out in his career in 1997 as Junior Creative Producer at Gemini/Colon Filmproduktion in Cologne. In 1999, Rueckauer moved to German pubcaster ZDF, where he worked in the channel's "Das kleine Fernsehspiel" department, heading up...show more

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Wayne Sampson

VP, Programming & Development

Syfy

Wayne Sampson serves as Vice President of Programming & Development for Syfy. In this capacity, he is responsible for finding and developing new programming for the network, such as the recently launched series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, Opposite Worlds, Naked Vegas, Joe Rogan Question’s Everything, Heroes of Cosplay, Total...show more

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Miguel Santos

General Manager, Executive Producer

Myx TV

Miguel Santos is the General Manager of Myx TV, the only English-language multicultural Asian American entertainment network in the United States, which is distributed in over 15 million households nationwide. He sets the overall direction and strategy for the network, including programming, production, creative, digital media, marketing, and business development....show more

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Jason Sarlanis

SVP, Development

ABC Entertainment

As Vice President, Alternative Series, Jason is charged with leading all development and current primetime programming in the alternative department of ABC, collaborating with the outside creative community, attracting talent, and forging key relationships within the entertainment industry.

Prior to ABC, Sarlanis served as Senior Vice President, Unscripted Development at Ryan...show more

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Andrew Schechter

SVP, Development

Food Network and Cooking Channel

Andrew Schechter is vice president of programming and development for Food Network and Cooking Channel. He is responsible for developing new series and specials and overseeing current programming for both of Scripps Networks Interactive’s food brands. Schechter previously served as director of programming and, before that, joined the networks as...show more

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David Schiff

Head, Game/Format Think Tank

GSN Game Show Network

David Schiff serves as GSN's senior vice president of programming and development, overseeing all original production and development for the network. Since joining the network, Schiff has lead GSN's effort to expand its core viewership across a wide variety of genres. 

Schiff helped develop and launch GSN's newest hits Skin Wars, hosted...show more

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Steven J. Schupak

Chief Operating Officer

Maryland Public TV

Steven’s responsibilities include overseeing national and local programming, digital media, production, distribution and sponsorship sales and fundraising for MPT’s current slate of programs.  National programs include MotorWeek, Side by Side with Keanu Reeves, Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem, Primal Grill with Steven Raichlen, Wall $treet Week with Fortune,...show more

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Bradley Schwartz

Chief Content Officer-Audible

Pop

Brad Schwartz is President, Entertainment and Media, at Pop (formerly TVGN) and the first executive appointed under the CBS Corporation and Lionsgate partnership formed in 2013.

As the chief of Pop’s programming, scheduling, marketing, digital and creative operations, Schwartz is leading the rebrand strategy and launch of the highly distributed cable network...show more

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Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh

President

USA Network

Jessica has worked in television for 14 years successfully directing and showrunning a multitude of programs from competition to reality. Previously, she was at Original Media for five years where she served as VP of Development. While at Original, she was the showrunner for Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project.  She...show more

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Jon Sechrist

EVP of Production, Development & Strategy

TLC International

Jon Sechrist is Vice President of Production and Development, TLC, for Discovery Networks International (DNI), a division of Discovery Communications.

Sechrist works with the international production community to develop and produce lifestyle and entertainment content for TLC. His productions include My Naked Secret, Body Bizarre as well as NY Ink; World's...show more

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Philip Segal

Co-CEO

Original Productions

Philip D. Segal is the CEO and Executive Producer of Original Productions (OP), a FremantleMedia company. As CEO, Segal merges a comprehensive and acclaimed career of achievements in creating, writing, directing and producing highly recognized projects for television. Original Productions series are enjoyed by millions of fans worldwide, all under...show more

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Chachi Senior

Head of Development

SPIKE TV

Chachi Senior was named CEO of Ardaban,  a dedicated entertainment format creation company, in March 2012. Ardaban’s development is exclusively produced in collaboration with Shine America and distributed globally via Shine International.

As the top executive for Ardaban, Senior leads a Los Angeles-based team dedicated to creating and developing new formats...show more

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Matt Shanfield

EVP, Development

Oxygen Media

In this role, Matt Shanfield is a creative executive behind the development of original concepts, unique formats, and fresh new talent that fit within the network’s new programming filter targeting young, modern women. Before joining Oxygen, he served as Vice President of Development at Irwin Entertainment, overseeing development on New...show more

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Evan Shapiro

President

NBC

Evan Shapiro is Executive Vice President, Digital Enterprises at NBCUniversal. Shapiro works on the company-wide strategic development of digital opportunities to reach emerging audiences, including alternative platforms and direct to consumer distribution models.

Shapiro joined NBCUniversal in December 2014. Previously, Shapiro was President of Participant Media’s Pivot. He...show more

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David Sherman

Agent, Unscripted TV

WME

Sherman represents some of the most prolific production companies and producers in Broadcast and Cable, including A. Smith & Co. (NBC’s American Ninja Warrior), Collins Ave. (Lifetime’s Dance Moms), ITV Studios (Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen), Keshet DCP (ABC’s Rising Star), and T Group (Food Networks’ Mystery Diners). He also represents some...show more

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Jean Shi

SVP, Alternative Programming & Development

Oxygen Media

Jean Shi serves as a creative executive behind the development of original concepts, unique formats, and fresh new talent that fit within the Oxygen’s new programming filter targeting young, modern women. She develops and curates content, supervises production of development reels and pilots, as well as, liaise with production to...show more

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Alon Shtruzman

CEO

Keshet International

Alon Shtruzman is charged with running the Group’s international production and distribution operations and expanding its footprint to new territories. Since joining Keshet in 2012, Shtruzman has grown the business to include international offices in London, Los Angeles and Sydney and has launched some of the world’s most sought after...show more

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Julia Silverton

SVP, U.S. Unscripted Development

CMT Country Music Television

Julia Silverton is responsible for developing original content for CMT as well as overseeing a host of series including Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge. Before joining CMT, Julia was a show runner for more than 10 years. She began her career in the U.K., producing various series for ITV, including one...show more

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John Smithson

Creative Director

Arrow Media

John Smithson is Co-Founder and Joint Creative Director of Arrow Media, one of the UK’s fastest growing independent production companies.

He is one of the most respected executives working in worldwide factual production and has been responsible for a distinguished slate of high quality films that have received global acclaim.

He has...show more

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Michael Sorensen

Co-Founder

Discovery Channel

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

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Christy Spitzer Thornton

SVP, Original Programming

Pivot

Christy Spitzer is the Vice President of Alternative Programming at Pivot. Previously, she was VP of Series Development at MTV. Her series highlights include Human Resources, Welcome to Fairfax, Freestyle Love Supreme, Washington Heights, Savage U, the Emmy-nominated It Gets Better specials, and Laguna Beach. In her time as a freelance showrunner, Christy worked for Crossroads Films and...show more

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David Stefanou

SVP, Original Programming & Development

WE tv

David Stefanou is responsible for finding fresh, new unscripted series that align with WE tv’s slate, which includes Braxton Family Values, Kendra on Top and the hit Marriage Boot Camp franchise.

As SVP, programming at True Entertainment he oversaw Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes (OWN), Too Cute (Animal Planet) and The A List franchise (Logo), as well as...show more

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Brian Stelter

Host of Reliable Sources and Senior Media Correspondent for CNN

CNN

Brian Stelter is the host of Reliable Sources, which examines the week’s top media stories every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. ET on CNN/U.S, and the senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide. Stelter regularly reports and writes for CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com, and CNNMoney.com, contributing analysis on current topics in media and...show more

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Jessie Surovell

Head of TV Development

Pop

Jessie Surovell, Vice President, Development, joined Pop from Shed Media US, where she previously served as Executive Director of Development. At Pop, she is responsible for creating new original series for the network’s growing slate of programming. While at Shed Media, Surovell developed several hit broadcast and cable shows, including...show more

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Igal Svet

VP of Production and Development

National Geographic Channel

Igal Svet is director, development, National Geographic Channel. Based in Washington, D.C., Svet is responsible for the development and the greenlight of new series and specials for the network.

Most recently Svet served as the vice president of development at 2C Media, a Miami-based production company behind Travel Channel’s Airport 24/7:...show more

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Rob Swartz

SVP, Development & Production

REELZ Channel

Rob Swartz is Sr. Vice President of Development and Current Programming at REELZ, a leading independent cable and satellite general entertainment network connecting its viewers to Hollywood wherever it happens. Swartz leads creative execution of the network’s development and production slate. 

Prior to joining REELZ, Swartz served as President of production company...show more

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Peter Tarshis

Executive Producer

LMN/A+E Networks

Peter Tarshis is Executive Producer for LMN and Director of Programming and Production, International for A&E Television Networks, overseeing the international production and programming activities for A&E Television Networks.

Tarshis joined A&E’s production department in 1990.  Since then, he has created and produced the critically-acclaimed Year by Year for Kids as...show more

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Shelly Tatro

SVP Development & Programming

AETN


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Julie Taylor

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

HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country

As senior vice president of program planning and strategy, Julie Taylor oversees the program planning, schedule and budget for Scripps Networks Interactive brands HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. She is integral in developing and growing strategic programming events and cross-promotional opportunities, and her scheduling team works closely with...show more

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Regina Thomas

VP, Original Programming & Development

BET Networks

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Donald Thoms

President

PBS

As Vice President of Programming for PBS, Donald Thoms oversees the management of all arts and performance programs at PBS, as well as those in the drama, cultural and lifestyle genre.

Prior to returning to PBS in 2011, Thoms was the President of ThomsMediaGroup, a multi-media consulting organization, where he worked...show more

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Darcy Tomlin

VP Strategy & Acquisition

Velocity

Darcy Tomlin is the Director of Programming for Velocity, one of cable’s fastest growing brands for men. Tomlin manages Velocity’s schedule focusing on creating the network’s quarterly primetime strategy, managing stunts and specials, and leading network acquisitions. Tomlin joined Discovery Communications in 1996 and held increasing leadership positions in the...show more

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Kurt Tondorf

SVP, Development

Animal Planet

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

Tondorf joined Animal Planet with more...show more

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Elvia Van Es Oliva

EVP, Head of Current Programming

TLC

In her role of Vice President, Development – West Coast, Elvia Van Es Oliva leads her team in creating original concepts for the network, as well as working with the external creative community to add to TLC’s slate of programming. Prior to TLC, Van Es Oliva served as Senior Vice...show more

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Puja Vohra

EVP, Marketing & Digital

truTV

Puja Vohra serves as senior vice president of marketing and digital for truTV. In this role, she is responsible for the development and execution of truTV marketing and digital strategies, as well as creating and implementing innovative campaigns to expand the truTV brand and promote the network to the consumer...show more

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Jen Wagman

Executive Producer

LMN

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Jessica Watson

Sr Director, Global Sales & Acquisitions

eOne Television International

Jessica Watson is the Manager, Acquisitions at Entertainment One (eOne).  Based in the Company’s Toronto office, Watson is responsible for acquiring scripted and non-scripted television product for distribution to all media outlets around the world. Over the past two years, Watson has been responsible for strategically increasing eOne’s catalogue of third party television content. 

Watson joined...show more

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Jed Weintrob

VP, Head of Production

Conde Nast Entertainment

Jed Weintrob is an award-winning director, writer, and producer, who has been working at the leading edge of new technologies throughout his career. Jed currently heads up the bi-coastal production team at Condé Nast Entertainment, which focuses on developing digital video offerings based on the company’s iconic media brands. His...show more

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Todd Weiser

SVP, Programming & Development

Food Network and Cooking Channel

Todd Weiser is vice president of programming and development for Food Network and Cooking Channel. He is responsible for developing new series, specials and tentpoles, and overseeing current programming for both of Scripps Networks Interactive’s lifestyle food brands. Weiser’s projects include Restaurant Stakeout, Hungry Games, Holiday Baking Championship, and the...show more

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Courtney White

President

HGTV/DIY & Great American Country

Courtney White is the vice president of program development and production for Scripps Networks Interactive brands HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country.  She is charged with facilitating original programming ideas and managing several series and pilots currently in production. White is responsible for some of HGTV's biggest hits including:Selling...show more

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Andrea Wishom

Chief Operations Officer

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network / Harpo Studios

Andrea Wishom is Executive Vice President of Harpo Studios.  In this role, she serves as Executive Producer on such high profile projects as “Oprah Prime” in addition to overseeing the Development team at OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and the Talent and Booking division of Harpo/OWN.

During her 20-year tenure, Wishom has...show more

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Kim Woodard

Co-President

Lucky 8 TV

Kim is a principal partner and executive producer at Lucky 8 TV, a New York City based production company. Founded in 2014, Lucky 8 produces a broad range of programming, from character-focused reality series, to infotainment and science formats, to blue chip documentaries.

In its first year, Lucky 8 has had...show more

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Sean Zeid

Vice President, Weekend Booking

Kaplan Stahler Agency

Sean Zeid is the head of alternative television and packaging for Kaplan Stahler.  During his 10 years as an alternative agent, he has packaged over a hundred shows and represents some of the brightest production companies and showrunners in the business. 

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