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20th Anniversary Executive Committee - Realscreen Summit 2018

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Board of Directors

Thom Beers


Thom Beers is a 3-time Emmy award-winning television producer, industry veteran and creative visionary. He has an impressive resume of hit television series. As CEO and Executive Producer of Original Productions (OP) he was the driving force behind and creator of the Primetime Emmy® and Producer’s Guild of America Award-winning Deadliest...more

Alan Braun

Head of TV Alternative
Creative Artists Agency

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Paul Buccieri

President, A+E Networks Group
A+E Networks

Paul Buccieri is President, A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group. In this role, Buccieri is responsible for all aspects of A+E Studios and for leveraging synergies across the A+E Networks brand portfolio including A&E, HISTORY, LIFETIME, FYI and LMN. He is also responsible for all business aspects of the...more

Nancy Daniels

Chief Brand Officer, Discovery and Factual

As President and General Manager of TLC, Daniels leads the company’s flagship female focused channel, a global brand available in more than 89 million homes in the US and 325 million households around the world. Daniels oversees all aspects of the network’s programming, production, development, multiplatform, communications and marketing. Daniels...more

Speaking at: Real Talk: Redefining Relevance - What Success Looks Like in a Post-OTT World

Kathleen Finch

Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer
Scripps Networks Interactive

Kathleen Finch is Chief Programming, Content & Brand Officer for all six Scripps Networks Interactive brands. She was promoted to this position in August of 2015 after serving as President of HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country.

During her tenure as President of the Home Category, Finch led the networks...more

Speaking at: Pressure Points: Making the Model Work

John Ford


John Ford is general manager of the trade organization NPACT, established in June 2017 upon the merging of the Non-Fiction Producers Association (NPA) and PactUS, the two major trade organizations formed to serve the producers of nonfiction entertainment content. With 99 member companies, NPACT members collectively produce the vast majority...more

Speaking at: Pressure Points: Making the Model Work,View from the Corner Office

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: Pressure Points: Making the Model Work

Abby Greensfelder

Founder & CEO
Half Yard Productions

Abby Greensfelder is Co-CEO and Executive Producer at Half Yard Productions. With business partner, Sean Gallagher, Greensfelder’s passion for compelling television, unforgettable storytelling and her interest in social anthropology spurred her to start independent production company Half Yard Productions in 2006. Since inception, Half Yard has made hit series for...more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Abby Greensfelder, Half Yard Productions

Beth Hoppe

SVP, Long Form Programming

Beth Hoppe is Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming at PBS. In that role she has overseen PBS’ growth from the 12th most watched in primetime to the 5th most watched among all broadcast and cable networks.

In just over three years in this position, Ms. Hoppe has...more

Speaking at: Real Talk: Redefining Relevance - What Success Looks Like in a Post-OTT World

Marc Juris

President & General Manager
WE tv

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

As president and general manager of WE tv, Juris oversees all aspects of the network’s creative and business functions, including original...more

Speaking at: Real Talk: Redefining Relevance - What Success Looks Like in a Post-OTT World

Greg Lipstone


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Brent Montgomery

ITV America

Brent Montgomery is CEO of ITV America, with oversight of ITV’s US portfolio, including Leftfield Pictures, ITV Entertainment, Sirens Media, Loud TV, Outpost Entertainment, Thinkfactory Media, High Noon Entertainment, DiGa, Gurney Productions, Red Bandit Media and Kingdom Reign. As the largest independent producer of non-scripted content in the US, ITV...more

Speaking at: Pressure Points: Making the Model Work

Jonathan Murray

Founder & Executive Consultant
Bunim/Murray Productions

Widely credited with helping to usher in the modern reality television genre with his late partner Mary-Ellis Bunim, Jonathan Murray continues to inspire, influence and entertain television audiences worldwide. Since the launch of The Real World on MTV in 1992, Murray has created and executive produced some of the industry’s most innovative,...more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Jonathan Murray, Bunim/Murray Productions,Unscripted and Unprepared with Legacy Award Recipient Jonathan Murray

Howard T. Owens

Founder & Co-CEO
Propagate Content

Howard Owens is Founder and Co-CEO of Propagate Content, an independent premium content production company.

From November 2011, to May 2014, Owens served as president of National Geographic Channels (NGC), where he oversaw all aspects of corporate strategy for the National Geographic suite of channels. During his tenure, Owens was responsible...more

Tim Pastore

Media Executive
National Geographic

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Speaking at: Real Talk: Redefining Relevance - What Success Looks Like in a Post-OTT World

Jane Root

Founder & CEO

Jane Root is a leading creative executive who has transformed major networks on both sides of the Atlantic. She has built a reputation for innovation, determination and delivery in both television and digital.

In 2008, Root set up her own TV production company Nutopia. With offices in London and...more

Speaking at: The Business of Unscripted: A Global View,Meet a Mentor: Jane Root, Nutopia

Rich Ross

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

Rich Ross serves as Group President of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel & Velocity 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. more

SallyAnn Salsano

Founder, Executive Producer & CEO
495 Productions

SallyAnn Salsano is the Founder, Executive Producer and CEO of the bona fide hit factory, 495 Productions. They boast one of the most diverse, entertaining and commercially successful rosters of reality programming on television, with hit series spanning multiple networks.

Since its inception in 2007, Salsano has been the creative force...more

Amir Shahkhali


Amir Shahkhalili is a partner in the Non-Scripted Television department at WME. He represents notable production companies such as 44 Blue Productions (A&E’s Wahlburgers Animal Planet’s Pit Bulls and Parolees, eOne Televison (WE tv’s Mary Mary, BET’s The Sheards), Scott Free Productions (Nat Geo’s Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy), and...more

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

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