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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 in the Woods, Prospectors, and Strangest Weather on Earth. Iwata is based in Weather’s New York offices.

Previously, Iwata served as VP, programming and development for Scripps Networks International, where she oversaw original program development and production, acquisitions, and program scheduling. There, she helped launch Food Network in the UK, EMEA and Asia.

Prior to working in Scripps’ International division, Iwata was vice president of program and talent development for HGTV, a Scripps-owned network. She developed numerous hit series and specials including HGTV’s first high definition special, Extreme Homes of Europe, and the long-running spinoff series World’s Most Extreme Homes.

Iwata joined HGTV from TLC, where she was VP, development and special projects. Previous roles at TLC included VP of production and executive producer for multiple original productions, including the Emmy-winning special Killer Virus. Prior to working at TLC, Iwata was an executive producer for Discovery Communications’ Discovery Channel.

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The Summit is the definitive global market and conference for the business of unscripted entertainment, and a must attend event for content creators, distributors, agents, commissioners and multi-platform broadcasters of unscripted and factual entertainment programming.

Get unprecedented access to international decision-makers

We bring together creators, buyers and distributors of unscripted programming for two days of panels, pitching and networking.

Realscreen events provide unrivaled access to leaders in the international business of unscripted entertainment.

What They Are Saying

Fast-track your business

Glean practical insight into the business of unscripted entertainment from industry leaders -- the ones that are driving trends and change -- as they participate in lively debates, lead intimate breakout sessions and round table discussions.

Make the Connection

Through our signature Luncheon Roundtable, Meet a Mentor, Meet an Expert, Speed Pitching and 30 Minutes With... sessions, we make it easy to make the connections you need to propel your business, and bring you face to face with industry-leading executives.

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