Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Monday, January 23 – Thursday, January 26, 2017

Advisory Board

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Advisory Board Co-Chairs

Tim Pastore

National Geographic

Tim Pastore is president, original programming & production for all National Geographic unscripted programming globally. Pastore oversees all development, production and operations teams in New York, Washington, D.C and London. Additionally, Pastore oversees National Geographic Studios (NG Studios), the in-house television production unit that currently produces the network’s Emmy-nominated series...more

Speaking at: Opening Remarks

Rich Ross

Group President, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel & Velocity
Discovery Communications

Rich Ross serves as Group President of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel and oversees all creative and brand strategy, development, production, marketing and day-to-day operations for all three networks. Ross is based in Los Angeles and reports to David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery Communications. 

Ross earlier served...more

Speaking at: Opening Remarks

Advisory Board Members

Erik Barmack

VP, International Originals

Erik Barmack runs the Local Original content team at Netflix. He previously worked in business development at ESPN and has published two novels.

Diego Bunuel

Director Original Docs
Canal Plus

Diego Buñuel is a French film-maker born in 1975, and the host and director of the National Geographic Channel series, Don’t tell my Mother. He is also the host of a television news show in France called Les Nouveaux Explorateurs, broadcast on Canal Plus. In 2014, he was appointed Director...more

Nick Catliff

Managing Director & Co-Founder
Lion Television

Nick works across a wide range of genre and programming including access documentaries British Army Girls (Channel 4), Guarding The Queen (BBC One), A Very British Airline (BBC Two), arts Rebuilding The World Trade Center (Channel 4 -BAFTA and RTS Award winner); history such as The Dambusters Great Escape (Channel 4), Bomber Boys with...more

Speaking at: Keynote Presentation: Jay Hunt, Channel 4,What I Did, What I Learned

Chris Dorsey

Dorsey Pictures

Chris Dorsey, Founding Partner of Denver-based Dorsey Pictures (previously Orion Entertainment), is a longtime industry executive with over 1500 hours of programming at Dorsey Pictures, including 150+ hours leading the frontier movement in Alaska-centric programming and a thriving branded entertainment division that will celebrate its 15-year anniversary in March 2016....more

Speaking at: America: Getting the Whole Picture

Tom Forman

Critical Content

Tom Forman is the Chief Executive Officer for Critical Content overseeing all creative and business operations for the company.

Forman previously served as CEO of Relativity Television, a position that he held for eight years since he founded the division in 2008. During his tenure, Forman received NATPE’s 2011 Innovator Award...more

Speaking at: Under Pressure: The State of the Unscripted Nation,Meet a Mentor: Tom Forman, Critical Content

Elaine Frontain Bryant

EVP, Head of Programming
A&E Network

Elaine Frontain Bryant became the Executive Vice President and Head of Programming at A&E Network in March 2015. In this role, she manages the A&E programming team and is responsible for overseeing the development, creation and execution of all programming, both non-fiction and scripted, for the network. She is also...more

Jacqueline Glover

SVP, HBO Documentary Films

Jacqueline Glover is senior vice president, HBO Documentary Films, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing the development and production of documentary films. She was named to this position in August 2014. 

Most recently, Glover served as supervising producer for the Oscar® winning documentary short Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1. Other...more

Lisa Perrin

CEO, Creative Networks
Endemol Shine Group

Lisa Perrin is CEO of Creative Networks, Endemol Shine Group, a role she was appointed to in March 2015. In this capacity she leads the creative division, focusing on the co-ordination and acceleration of IP around the group, supporting a network of 120 companies in more than 30 markets around...more

Speaking at: Formats Under Fire

Matt Robins

Creative Director
October Films

Matt leads October's creative strategy across its UK and US offices, overseeing relationships with broadcasters, producers, partners and talent. Since joining in 2004, Matt has expanded October’s slate from a blue-chip documentary base to the full spectrum of factual content, creating and executive producing across diverse genres.

Since his appointment as...more

Speaking at: What Makes a Hit?

Amir Shahkhali


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Speaking at: What Makes a Hit?

Vasha Wallace

EVP, Global Acquisitions & Development

Vasha Wallace is EVP Global Acquisitions & Development at FremantleMedia, one of the world's largest and most successful producers of outstanding entertainment brands, encompassing hit formats from Idols, The X Factor, to Got Talent, The Price Is Right, Let’s Make a Deal and Family Feud.

Vasha’s role encompasses the acquisition, development,...more

Courtney White

Travel Channel

Courtney White was promoted to Senior Vice President of Programming for Travel Channel in December 2015. Prior to her current role, she served as Vice President of Program Development and Production for HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country, where she managed several series and pilots. White was also charged...more

Speaking at: What Makes a Hit?,30 Minutes with Courtney White, Travel Channel

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