MONDAY, JANUARY 28 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 31
SHERATON NEW ORLEANS
Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2019

Agenda

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Sunday, January 27

5:00 PM

Early Registration Opens 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Monday, January 28

8:00 AM

DISCOVERY DELEGATES' LOUNGE - THIRD FLOOR (Open 8:00am - 5:00pm)

Napoleon Ballroom

Registration Opens 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

New to the Summit Tour

Fuse 2

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

8:15 AM

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST [8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Delegates' Lounge (Third Floor)]

9:00 AM

Speed Networking One - Lifestyle & Reality

Rhythms I

These networking sessions are designed for you to meet many like-minded potential partners in a short time period. Speed Networking is open to all Realscreen Summit delegates and is not a pitch session.

Access to Speed Networking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is filled.

Speed Networking Two - History/Science/Natural History/Travel & Exploration

Rhythms II

These networking sessions are designed for you to meet many like-minded potential partners in a short time period. Speed Networking is open to all Realscreen Summit delegates and is not a pitch session.

Access to Speed Networking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is filled.

10:00 AM

New Buyers. New Mandates: Upping Your Pitching Game

Sponsored by

Fuse 2

The good news is that, with the ever-expanding amount of platforms moving into the unscripted and non-fiction space, there are more buyers to pitch to. But that means there are more buyers with specific programming needs and requirements that you’ll need to research and more prep work necessary to make the pitch count. Here, a panel of experts will provide a comprehensive overview of the development and pitching processes and how they’ve evolved, and you’ll learn the new parts of the equation necessary for a winning pitch.

Moderating:


Matt Shanfield
EVP, Development
The Intellectual Property Corporation


Featuring:


Sahara Bushue
SVP, Alternative Programming
NBC Entertainment

Toby Faulkner
Head of Unscripted
Facebook

John Feld
VP, Programming & Development
HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country

Zoe Rogovin
VP, Development
Bravo

10:15 AM

30 Minutes With Cynthia Fenneman, American Public Television & Create TV

Sponsored by

Blue Ant International

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Cynthia Fenneman
President & CEO
American Public Television & Create TV

30 Minutes With Carlyn Staudt, Love Nature

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Carlyn Staudt
EVP, Programming & Development
Love Nature

30 Minutes With Jennifer McGovern, Fuse Media

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Jennifer McGovern
SVP, Current & Development
Fuse Media

30 Minutes With Winona Meringolo, Investigation Discovery

Sponsored by

Blue Ant International 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Winona Meringolo
SVP, Development
Investigation Discovery

11:00 AM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Sponsored by

11:15 AM

Trendwatch: Podcast to Broadcast

Fuse 2

Podcasts first made their mark in the early 2000s, as iPods and other portable digital music devices gave listeners the ability to enjoy storytelling on the go. But with the arrival of the true crime podcast Serial in 2014, non-fiction producers and network execs took notice and began trawling the eNet for adaptable IP. Now, production companies, agencies and networks are investing in podcasting to nurture talent across platforms, incubate IP and expand their brands. Here, youfll learn the latest developments in this exploding medium, and gain insight into how it could work for your business.

Moderating:


Joseph Livecchi
CEO
Noble Savages


Featuring:


Donald Albright
Co-Founder
Tenderfoot TV

Stuart Coxe
President
Antica Productions

Marissa Hurwitz
Agent
WME

Brett-Patrick Jenkins
Head of Development
Propagate Content

Meet an Expert - Distributors

Waterbury

As part of our networking series designed to grow your connections, we’ve assembled some of the top distributors in unscripted and non-fiction entertainment and made them available for you to meet with. Sign up to find out what these industry experts can offer you and your production.

*Advance sign-up is required.


You may choose two (2) Meet An Expert sessions; however, during this session you have the opportunity to meet and chat with up to three (3) table hosts (*please note; delegates will be asked to rotate in 20-minute increments).

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, December 12 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 25 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Shirley Bowers, Table host
VP, Sales & Acquisitions
Red Arrow Studios International

Philippa Chuter, Table host
Factual Acquisitions Manager
DCD Rights

Justina Hemperek, Table host
Head of Acquisitions
Beyond Distribution

Maria Ishak, Table host
SVP, Sales North America
all3media international

Tania Jacobson, Table host
SVP, Canada
Endemol Shine International

Angela Neillis, Table host
SVP, Non-Scripted Content, International
Fremantle

Cecilie Olsen, Table host
SVP, Global Content, Non-scripted
ITV Studios Global Entertainment

Scott Paskoff, Table host
Founder & President
Cedar Shore Productions

Barnaby Shingleton, Table host
Director, Factual & Entertainment
Sky Vision

Will Stapley, Table host
Head of Acquisitions
TVF International

Jessica Watson, Table host
Director, Global Sales & Acquisitions
Boat Rocker Media

Sean Wheatley, Table host
Head of Acquisitions
Passion Distribution

11:30 AM

Meet a Mentor: Sara Geater, All3Media

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom E

The "Meet a Mentor" series is designed to give delegates rare access to the top producers in unscripted programming. Much like the Summit’s trademark "30 Minutes With…" series, delegates attending "Meet a Mentor" sessions will be able to glean valuable information in an intimate, "off the record" setting, and have the opportunity to ask questions that will help guide you in your career.

*Advance sign-up is required.

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

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, December 12 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 25 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Sara Geater
Chief Operating Officer
All3Media

30 Minutes With Elliot Jacobson, RLTV & RLTV Digital Video Channels

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Elliot Jacobson
Chief Content Officer
RLTV & RLTV Digital Video Channels

30 Minutes With Mioshi Hill, Lifetime

Sponsored by

Blue Ant International 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Mioshi Hill
VP, Non-Fiction Programming
Lifetime

30 Minutes With Gold Morgan, TV One

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Gold Morgan
Manager of Programming and Production, Original Programming and Production
TV One

30 Minutes With Kate Presutti, Quibi

Sponsored by

Blue Ant International

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Kate Presutti
Content
Quibi

12:00 PM

LUNCH [Discovery Delegates' Lounge (Third Floor), Rodrigue Gallery (Lobby), Grand Ballroom D (Fifth Floor), Rhythms I (Second Floor)]

Sponsored by

1:30 PM

Happy Together? How SVODs Have Changed The Game

Sponsored by

Fuse 2

The content ecosystem continues to evolve and despite claims that the sky is falling, audiences still tune in — in respectable numbers —to their favorite TV shows. And the influx of newer buyers with deep pockets that can shell out for both original content and acquisitions should be cause for rejoicing for producers and, yes, even networks and distributors. But as all sectors of “traditional” screen-based media are finding out, the new players are, through business models shaped in the digital era, rewriting the rules of the game. Can producers and content creators accept losing rights for global reach? Can networks and SVODs continue to exist as “frenemies” or, as more media companies with global reach extend into the direct-to-consumer market, will the competition heat up to the boiling point? Hear different perspectives on the immediate future of the screen scene in this top-level talk.

Moderating:


Michael Bancroft
Co-Host & Executive Producer
Beyond Innovation and Co-Host of The Feed with Amber Mac and Michael B


Featuring:


David Eilenberg
Chief Creative Officer
ITV America

Lauren Gellert
EVP, Development & Original Programming
WE TV

Jennifer O'Connell
EVP, Original Programming & Kids
Lionsgate

Brian Speiser
Partner, Alternative & Factual Programming
APA

Meet an Expert - Agents

Waterbury

As part of our networking series designed to grow your connections, we’ve assembled some of the top agencies in unscripted and non-fiction entertainment and made them available for you to meet with. Sign up to find out what these industry experts can offer you and your production.

*Advance sign-up is required.

You may choose two (2) Meet An Expert sessions, however during this session you have the opportunity to meet and chat with up to 3 table hosts (*please note; delegates will be asked to rotate in twenty-minute increments).

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, December 12 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 25 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Heather Budman, Table host
Agent, Alternative
Kaplan Stahler Agency

Nir Caspi, Table host
Agent, Non-Scripted Reality TV
WME

Stewart Cavanagh, Table host
VP, Alternative TV
Gersh Agency

Matt Chazen, Table host
Agent
Creative Artists Agency

Will Horowitz, Table host
Alternative Television Packaging Agent
ICM Partners

Babette Perry, Table host
Head of Broadcast & Alternative TV
Innovative Artists

Mark Turner, Table host
VP, Alternative Programming, Digital Media, Licensing and Branding Division
Abrams Artists Agency

2:00 PM

30 Minutes With Eliot Goldberg, AMC & SundanceTV

Sponsored by

Blue Ant International

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Eliot Goldberg
EVP, Nonfiction Programming, AMC & SundanceTV
AMC Networks

30 Minutes With Tori Socha, Paramount Network

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Tori Socha
VP, Original Series
Paramount Network

30 Minutes With Stephanie Steele, Oxygen

Sponsored by

Blue Ant International 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Stephanie Steele
SVP, Production & Development
Oxygen Media

30 Minutes With Laura Fleury, A+E Networks

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Laura Fleury
SVP, Unscripted Programming & Co-Productions
A+E Networks

2:30 PM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Sponsored by

2:45 PM

What Now? What Next?

Sponsored by

Fuse 2

Another year, and another onslaught of mega-mergers, executive shuffles and new buyers entering the fray has made its presence felt in the global unscripted and non-fiction content industry. Business models continue to shift both for “traditional” media and for the disruptors, and producers consistently need to adapt in order to navigate a road map that is constantly being redrawn. Here, top executives across different sectors of the industry offer their perspectives on the major changes underway – and those to come in the near future – that will impact your business, as well as their thoughts on how to best handle the twists and turns of a shape-shifting mediascape.

Moderating:


Barry Walsh
Editor & Content Director
Brunico Communications Ltd.


Featuring:


Thomas Dey
CEO, President & Founder
ACF Investment Bank

Jayson Dinsmore
President, Alternative Programming & Development
Fremantle

John Ford
Head of Programming-Justice Network
NPACT

Gena McCarthy
EVP, Head of Unscripted Programming, Lifetime & Head of Programming, FYI
A+E Networks

Jane Turton
Chief Executive Officer
all3media

3:45 PM

NETWORKING BREAK

4:00 PM

SUMMIT SHOWDOWN: INTERNATIONAL PITCH COMPETITION

Sponsored by

Fuse 1


Featuring:


Sean Gottlieb, Judge
VP, Development & Programming
A&E

Marcie Hume, Judge
Senior Executive Producer
A&E

Phil Keoghan, Host
Executive Producer, Director, Writer, Host
NOW TV

Angela Molloy, Judge
VP, Development
WE tv

Amy Savitsky, Judge
SVP, Development & Programming
A&E

David Stefanou, Judge
SVP, Original Programming & Development
WE tv

Nicole Vogel, Judge
VP of Unscripted Programming & Development
WE tv

5:15 PM

Second Line Parade

Sponsored by

Celebrate New Orleans' traditions of lively music and parades with the Realscreen Summit's Second Line Parade, brought to you by Extreme Reach Crew Services. Grab your go-cup filled with a locally-themed cocktail, and two high school marching brass bands will lead you through the French Quarter, while you enjoy the experience at dusk, with winged stilt walkers, silver revellers and more. With your safety in mind, the parade route is controlled by parade staff and the NOPD. The route ends at the official opening night party hosted by A+E Networks, in the Armstrong Ballroom, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

Please congregate by the main entrance (porte-cochère) to the Sheraton Hotel at 5:15 sharp.

6:00 PM

A+E Opening Night Party (Armstrong Ballroom - Eighth Floor)

Sponsored by

Tuesday, January 29

8:00 AM

DISCOVERY DELEGATES' LOUNGE - THIRD FLOOR (Open 8:00am - 5:00pm)

Napoleon Ballroom

Registration Opens 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM

8:15 AM

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST [8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Delegates' Lounge (Third Floor)]

Sponsored by

Reality of Mindfulness

Fuse 2

The unscripted business is changing by the minute. In the midst of all this change and uncertainty, how do we find happiness? Whether you’re a seasoned producer, a rookie show creator or a hardened network executive, Mindfulness techniques can transform your shows, your career, your business and your life. 25 year meditator and Emmy Winner Tim Duffy (Ugly Brother Studios) is presenting the simple basics of Mindfulness in a 1 hour format that’s adapted from a program he created at MTV Networks.


Featuring:


Tim Duffy
Co-Bro
Ugly Brother Studios

Coffee + Commissioners

Waterbury

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

*Advance sign-up is required.

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

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, January 9 at 1:00 PM EST, and closes on Friday, January 25 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


John Cavanagh, Table host
Executive Producer
Smithsonian Channel

Karin Heijink, Table host
VP, Channels & Products
Viasat World

Nikolas Huelbusch, Table host
Director, ZDFE.Unscripted
ZDF Enterprises GmbH

Jean-Pierre Laurendeau, Table host
Senior Director, Programming
Bell Media

Samantha Linton, Table host
VP Head of Original Content
Blue Ant Media

Krista Look, Table host
Director, Original Content, Lifestyle
Corus Entertainment

Andrew O'Connell, Table host
VP Development & Production Discovery Channel and Science Channel
Discovery Channel & Discovery Science

Troels Branth Pedersen, Table host
Acquisitions Executive
TV2 Denmark

9:30 AM

Keynote Conversation: Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery & Factual

Sponsored by

Fuse 1

In this special keynote conversation, Nancy Daniels will discuss how Discovery, and the unscripted entertainment industry, have evolved over the past decade, her contribution to that evolution, and her vision for the network and her factual remit going forward, following this past year’s merger with Scripps Networks Interactive.

 


Featuring:


Nancy Daniels
Chief Brand Officer, Discovery and Factual
Discovery, Inc.

Phil Keoghan, Interviewer
Executive Producer, Director, Writer, Host
NOW TV

10:30 AM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Sponsored by

10:45 AM

Speed Pitching One

Rhythms II & III

Programming execs, each at their own table, will take one-on-one, three minute pitches.
Advance sign-up is required.

You may submit for up to three (3) Speed Pitching hosts, which will be available through our lottery-style selection process.

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

Lottery opens on Wednesday, January 9 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Tuesday, January 15 at 5:00 PM EST. Lottery results will be emailed to participants on Thursday, January 17. General sign-ups open Friday, January 18 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 25 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


James Bolosh, Table host
VP, Development & Programming
Lifetime & FYI

Zara Frankel, Table host
Manager, Development
PBS

Brent Hatherill, Table host
Senior Director, Development
Investigation Discovery

Krista Look, Table host
Director, Original Content, Lifestyle
Corus Entertainment

Erin Mechanic, Table host
Director, Programming & Development
GSN Programming

Max Micallef, Table host
VP, Development & Programming
History

Ben Relles, Table host
Head, Innovation
YouTube Originals

Betsy Slenzak, Table host
VP, Development
E! Entertainment

Susan Taylor, Table host
Executive in Charge of Production, Factual Entertainment
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Nicole Vogel, Table host
VP of Unscripted Programming & Development
WE tv

Todd Weiser, Table host
SVP, Programming & Development
Food Network & Cooking Channel

Fay Yu, Table host
Senior Director, Development
Animal Planet

Inclusion in Unscripted: Vive La Difference

Sponsored by

Fuse 2

With the success of such series as A&E’s Born This Way and formats such as All3Media’s Employable Me, unscripted television programmers and producers are casting their nets wider in terms of subject matter and characters, and reflecting disability through a positive, life-affirming lens. But for the content to ring true, such inclusion requires authenticity, sensitivity and representation behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera. In this session, those behind such groundbreaking series will discuss the process of bringing these important stories to the screen —from pitching to producing and to finding the right partners to tell the stories.

Moderating:


Jenn Kuzmyk
Executive Director, BANFF & Associate Publisher, Playback
Banff World Media Festival


Featuring:


Lauren Appelbaum
Vice President Communications
RespectAbility

Sara Geater
Chief Operating Officer
All3Media

Jonathan Murray
Founder & Executive Consultant
Bunim/Murray Productions

11:15 AM

30 Minutes With David Royle, Smithsonian Channel

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


David Royle
Chief Programming Officer & EVP, Production
Smithsonian Channel

30 Minutes With Jay James, Game Show Network

Sponsored by

Blue Ant International 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Jay James
SVP, Programming & Development
Game Show Network

30 Minutes With Matt Butler, Travel Channel

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Matthew Butler
General Manager, Travel Channel
Travel Channel

30 Minutes With David Stefanou, WE TV

Sponsored by

Blue Ant International

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


David Stefanou
SVP, Original Programming & Development
WE tv

11:45 AM

NETWORKING BREAK

12:00 PM

Fighting the Brain Drain

Sponsored by

Fuse 2

There has been a considerable amount of conjecture and hand-wringing concerning attracting millennial audiences to linear television in the wake of the SVOD revolution, but there’s another big area of concern when it comes to that demographic — having it represented behind the scenes. Does TV have a branding problem? Does the online/SVOD world offer more opportunity creatively and financially to younger content creators? With assorted media pundits lamenting a hastening “demise of television”,how can the medium attract the young creative talent that will lead the screen content industry in the years ahead? In this session, executives from various sectors within the business will examine the issue, with an aim towards fighting the notion that TV is yesterday’s news.

Moderating:


Evan Shapiro
President
eshapTV


Featuring:


Lucas Green
Head of Content
Banijay Group

Candace Rice
Floribama Shore

Alec Shankman
SVP, Head of Alternative Programming, Digital Media, Licensing & Branding
Abrams Artists Agency

Pam Silverstein
Supervising Producer Film & TV, Shopify Studios
Shopify Studios

12:15 PM

Meet a Mentor: Stephanie Drachkovitch, 44 Blue

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom E

The "Meet a Mentor" series is designed to give delegates rare access to the top producers in unscripted programming. Much like the Summit’s trademark "30 Minutes With…" series, delegates attending "Meet a Mentor" sessions will be able to glean valuable information in an intimate, "off the record" setting, and have the opportunity to ask questions that will help guide you in your career.

*Advance sign-up is required.

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

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, December 12 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 25 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Stephanie Drachkovitch
Co-Founder & President
44 Blue Productions

12:30 PM

30 Minutes With Steve Burns, CuriosityStream

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Steve Burns
Chief Programming Officer
CuriosityStream

30 Minutes With Timothy Kuryak, UP TV

Sponsored by

Blue Ant International 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Timothy Kuryak
SVP, Production & Development
UP TV

30 Minutes With Ben Relles, YouTube Originals

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Ben Relles
Head, Innovation
YouTube Originals

30 Minutes With Jenny Ramirez, TBS & TNT

Sponsored by

Blue Ant International

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Jenny Ramirez
VP, Unscripted Programming
TNT & TBS (Turner)

1:00 PM

LUNCH [Discovery Delegates' Lounge (Third Floor), Rodrigue Gallery (Lobby), Grand Ballroom D (Fifth Floor), Rhythms I (Second Floor)]

Sponsored by

1:15 PM

Luncheon Roundtables

Waterbury

Luncheon roundtables are an informal affair, and a chance for producers to learn a little more about programming needs of broadcasters who may meet the producer that will deliver their next big hit. These are NOT pitch sessions — just a fantastic networking opportunity.

*Advance sign-up is required.

You may submit for one (1) Luncheon Roundtable host, which will be available through our lottery-style selection process.

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

Lottery opens on Wednesday, January 9 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Tuesday, January 15 at 5:00 PM EST. Lottery results will be emailed to participants on Thursday, January 17. General sign-ups open Friday, January 18 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 25 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Jon Adler, Table host
Senior Director of Development
CNN

Marco Bresaz, Table host
SVP, Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming
AMC & SundanceTV

Meghan Cassin, Table host
Senior Director, Development
Nat Geo Wild

Kristina Edwards, Table host
VP, Unscripted Series & Specials
Facebook Watch

Jennifer Gordon, Table host
VP, Development
TLC

Bill Margol, Table host
Sr. Director, Programming & Development
PBS

Sean Olsen, Table host
VP, Development
Game Show Network

Joseph Schneier, Table host
VP, Production & Development
Discovery Channel

Daniel Schwartz, Table host
Vice President, Production and Development
Travel Channel

Stephanie Steele, Table host
SVP, Production & Development
Oxygen Media

Marisa Weinstein, Table host
Senior Director, Development
MTV & VH1

2:30 PM

The Way We Work: Evolving the Prodco Model

Sponsored by

Fuse 2

TV, film, SVOD, AVOD… on the whole, the screen entertainment industry is in the thick of radical change, with rapid advancements in tech, continuing consolidation and new generations of talent rewriting the rulebook on a regular basis. As a result, producers need to examine their business models from top to bottom to see what practices and structures still work in this new age, and what is outmoded at best, and potentially lethal at worst. Here, you’ll hear from producers who are embracing change, remaining nimble and developing new definitions for what it means to be a production company.

Moderating:


Pierre Brogan
Head of Unscripted Department
Paradigm Talent Agency


Featuring:


Sam Barcroft
CEO
Barcroft Productions

Sean Cohan
President
Wheelhouse

Jenny Daly
President
Critical Content Studios

Jonathan Skogmo
CEO
Jukin Media

2:45 PM

Meet a Mentor: Thom Beers, BoBCat

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom E

The "Meet a Mentor" series is designed to give delegates rare access to the top producers in unscripted programming. Much like the Summit’s trademark "30 Minutes With…" series, delegates attending "Meet a Mentor" sessions will be able to glean valuable information in an intimate, "off the record" setting, and have the opportunity to ask questions that will help guide you in your career.

*Advance sign-up is required.

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

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, December 12 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 25 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Thom Beers
Partner
BoBCat

30 Minutes With Wayne Sampson, Syfy & USA Network

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Wayne Sampson
VP, Programming & Development
Syfy & USA Network

30 Minutes With Howard Swartz, Discovery Channel

Sponsored by

Blue Ant International 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Howard Swartz
SVP, Production & Development
Discovery Channel

30 Minutes With Rachel Brill, Epix

Sponsored by

Blue Ant International

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Rachel Brill
SVP, Head of Unscripted Programming
Epix

3:30 PM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Sponsored by

3:45 PM

Speed Pitching Two

Rhythms II & III

Programming execs, each at their own table, will take one-on-one, three minute pitches.
Advance sign-up is required.

You may submit for up to three (3) Speed Pitching hosts, which will be available through our lottery-style selection process.

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

Lottery opens on Wednesday, January 9 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Tuesday, January 15 at 5:00 PM EST. Lottery results will be emailed to participants on Thursday, January 17. General sign-ups open Friday, January 18 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 25 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Dolyn Dobro, Table host
Director, Production & Development
CNBC

Roger Henry, Table host
VP, Programming
Motor Trend Network

Marcie Hume, Table host
Senior Executive Producer
A&E

Samantha Linton, Table host
VP Head of Original Content
Blue Ant Media

Alex Montalvo, Table host
Content Team, Alternative Programming
Quibi

Patrick Moses, Table host
Head of Development
Viceland

Charles Nordlander, Table host
Director Development & Production
Travel Channel

Caroline Perez, Table host
VP, Development & Production
Science Channel

Chanel Pysnik, Table host
Director of Development, CNN Original Series
CNN

Jason Ryan, Table host
Manager, Original Programming & Production
TV One

Marisa Weinstein, Table host
Senior Director, Development
MTV & VH1

Keith Wooten, Table host
Director of Development, Original Programming
BET Networks

The Agent’s-eye View

Sponsored by

Fuse 2

A few years back, the Realscreen Summit hosted an eye-opening, rip-roaring session featuring agents from a variety of ten-percenters offering their take on the health of the unscripted industry. A lot has changed even since then, so it’s time to bring the agents away from the negotiating table (or the lobby bar) and back onto the Summit stage. Get the agents’ perspective on the current state of affairs for their clients, the challenges and opportunities that exist for unscripted producers today, and a look at the interesting moves being made within the agency business itself.

Moderating:


Leslie Greif
President
Big Dreams Entertainment


Featuring:


Courtny Catzel
Co-Head, Non-Scripted Programming
ICM Partners

Debra Goldfarb
Head, Alternative Television
Gersh Agency

Hayden K. Meyer
Agency Partner, Board Member, EVP, Head of Alternative & Factual Programming
APA

Maggie Pisacane
Partner, Non-Scripted TV
WME

5:00 PM

Discovery Happy Hour (Delegates' Lounge)

Sponsored by

Cocktails With Seth Goolnik, Snapchat

Blue Ant International

Chat over drinks with leading unscripted and non-fiction networks in this format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy unscripted and non-fiction programming. These are NOT pitch sessions — just a fantastic networking opportunity.

Space is limited to 25 delegates and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Seth Goolnik
Content
Snapchat

Cocktails With Marc Juris, WE tv

Blue Ant Studios

Chat over drinks with leading unscripted and non-fiction networks in this format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy unscripted and non-fiction programming. These are NOT pitch sessions — just a fantastic networking opportunity.

Space is limited to 25 delegates and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Marc Juris
President & General Manager
WE tv

Cocktails With Marc Etkind, Science Channel

Blue Ant International 2

Chat over drinks with leading unscripted and non-fiction networks in this format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy unscripted and non-fiction programming. These are NOT pitch sessions — just a fantastic networking opportunity.

Space is limited to 25 delegates and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Marc Etkind
General Manager
Science Channel

Cocktails With Mary Donahue, History Channel

Blue Ant Studios 2

Chat over drinks with leading unscripted and non-fiction networks in this format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy unscripted and non-fiction programming. These are NOT pitch sessions — just a fantastic networking opportunity.

Space is limited to 25 delegates and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until we hit room capacity.


Featuring:


Mary Donahue
SVP, Development & Programming
History

6:00 PM

2019 Realscreen Awards (Fuse 1)


Featuring:


Matt Iseman, Host
Co-Host
American Ninja Warrior

7:30 PM

2019 Realscreen Post-Awards Cocktail (Grand Ballroom D + Foyer)

Wednesday, January 30

8:00 AM

DISCOVERY DELEGATES' LOUNGE - THIRD FLOOR (8:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Napoleon Ballroom

Registration Opens 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

8:15 AM

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST [8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Delegates' Lounge (Third Floor)]

The More You Know: Avoiding Liability in the Production Workplace

Fuse 2

Over the past few years, and especially in the aftermath of #MeToo, New York and California have led the way in legislation aimed at providing more protection for employees in the U.S.  Thus, production companies operating in these states, and increasingly in others, must get up to speed on new legal requirements in order to ensure compliance with the law and avoid liability.  This session will cover the new laws on sexual harassment, paid family leave, pay equity and worker misclassification, and is a must attend for production companies who want to stay ahead of the game.

Moderating:


Nicole Page
Partner
Reavis Page Jump LLP


Featuring:


Darrell Miller
Chair, Entertainment Department
Fox Rothschild LLP

Jessica Winchell
Development, Executive Producer
Consultant

Coffee + Commissioners

Waterbury

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

*Advance sign-up is required.

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

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, January 9 at 1:00 PM EST, and closes on Friday, January 25 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Roger Henry, Table host
VP, Programming
Motor Trend Network

Elliot Jacobson, Table host
Chief Content Officer
RLTV & RLTV Digital Video Channels

Blake Levin, Table host
VP, Programming & Development
Syfy & USA Network

Joseph Maxwell, Table host
Head of Documentaries
SBS International

Mikael Osterby, Table host
Head of Factual
SVT Swedish Television

Caroline Perez, Table host
VP, Development & Production
Science Channel

Jessica Schmiedchen, Table host
Executive in Charge of Development Unscripted Content
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Nina Weinstein, Table host
Director of Development
MSNBC

9:30 AM

Streamer Wars: AVOD Strikes Back

Fuse 1

While many eyes on the industry are on the upcoming arrival of SVOD services from major media players, established and emerging AVOD services are making waves by bulking up their libraries and, in some cases, grabbing eyeballs with original content. But where is it going from here, and what opportunities exist for content producers and creators in the ever-evolving AVOD market?  Hear from leading AVOD services about where they’re heading in the immediate future, and how your content could fit into the picture.

Moderating:


Melissa Grego
CEO
Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS)


Featuring:


Adam Lewinson
Chief Content Officer
Tubi

Caitlin Meek-O'Connor
Head of Acquisitions
Little Dot Studios

Sarah North
VP, Head of TV and Long-Form Content
SoulPancake

Ben Relles
Head, Innovation
YouTube Originals

Jeff Shultz
Chief Business Officer
Pluto TV

10:30 AM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Sponsored by

10:45 AM

Speed Pitching Three

Rhythms II & III

Programming execs, each at their own table, will take one-on-one, three minute pitches.
Advance sign-up is required.

You may submit for up to three (3) Speed Pitching hosts, which will be available through our lottery-style selection process.

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

Lottery opens on Wednesday, January 9 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Tuesday, January 15 at 5:00 PM EST. Lottery results will be emailed to participants on Thursday, January 17. General sign-ups open Friday, January 18 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 25 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Brandon Allen, Table host
Manager, Linear & Digital Development
Fuse Media

Michelle Byars, Table host
Director, Unscripted Development & Series
TNT & TBS

Meghan Cassin, Table host
Senior Director, Development
Nat Geo Wild

Kristina Edwards, Table host
VP, Unscripted Series & Specials
Facebook Watch

Cynthia Fenneman, Table host
President & CEO
American Public Television & Create TV

Jennifer Gordon, Table host
VP, Development
TLC

Elliot Jacobson, Table host
Chief Content Officer
RLTV & RLTV Digital Video Channels

Blake Levin, Table host
VP, Programming & Development
Syfy & USA Network

Joe Rivadeneira, Table host
VP & Head of Unscripted Development
mitú

Betsy Sanner Ayala, Table host
SVP, Production & Development
HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country

Stephanie Steele, Table host
SVP, Production & Development
Oxygen Media

Trendwatch: Factual Comes Alive!

Sponsored by

Fuse 2

As audiences migrate to multiple platforms for their entertainment fix and younger viewers seem harder to reach, live content is resuscitating the concept of “appointment television.” Whether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime, one-off event or an engrossing, all-access series, live is hot once again. But embarking on live production is not for the faint of heart, and it’s not always the right route for your idea. This session will bring together producers and network partners behind some of the most innovative and popular live programming on air today and reveal what it takes to bring “live” to life.

Moderating:


Phil Fairclough
Managing Director


Featuring:


Geoffrey Daniels
EVP, Global Unscripted Entertainment
National Geographic Channels

Sean Gottlieb
VP, Development & Programming
A&E

Allison Grodner
Founder & Executive Producer
Fly on the Wall Entertainment

Maria Norman
Head of Production
BBC Studios' Natural History Unit

11:15 AM

30 Minutes With Loren Ruch, HGTV

Sponsored by

Blue Ant International

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Loren Ruch
Group SVP, Production & Development for HGTV
HGTV

30 Minutes With Kurt Tondorf, Animal Planet

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Kurt Tondorf
SVP, Development
Animal Planet

30 Minutes With Patrick Moses, Viceland

Sponsored by

Blue Ant International 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Patrick Moses
Head of Development
Viceland

30 Minutes With Sahara Bushue, NBC

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Sahara Bushue
SVP, Alternative Programming
NBC Entertainment

11:45 AM

NETWORKING BREAK

12:00 PM

Meet a Mentor: Jenny Daly, Critical Content Studios

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom E

The "Meet a Mentor" series is designed to give delegates rare access to the top producers in unscripted programming. Much like the Summit’s trademark "30 Minutes With…" series, delegates attending "Meet a Mentor" sessions will be able to glean valuable information in an intimate, "off the record" setting, and have the opportunity to ask questions that will help guide you in your career.

*Advance sign-up is required.

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

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, December 12 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 25 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Jenny Daly
President
Critical Content Studios

50 Shades of Premium

Sponsored by

Fuse 2

It’s been one of the big buzzwords in the non-fiction genre for the past few years, but as more networks tout some of their programming as “premium,” it’s apparent that the term isn’t a “one size fits all” descriptor. This session will examine how premium content can differ from network to network, the range of what can be considered premium, as well as the challenges and opportunities in pitching and producing such programming. It will also aim to answer the important, if mildly irreverent question: How can anything be “premium” when everything is “premium”?

Moderating:


Abby Greensfelder
Co-CEO & Executive Producer
Half Yard Productions


Featuring:


Mary Donahue
SVP, Development & Programming
History

Julian Hobbs
Co-President
Talos Films

Erik Nelson
President
Creative Differences

Jane Root
Founder & CEO
Nutopia

12:30 PM

30 Minutes With Sara Helman, TLC

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Sara Helman
VP, Program Development
TLC

30 Minutes With Beth Hoppe, ABC News

Sponsored by

Blue Ant International 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Beth Hoppe
SVP, Long Form Programming
ABC News

30 Minutes With Janet Han Vissering, Nat Geo WILD

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Janet Han Vissering
SVP, Development & Production
Nat Geo Wild

30 Minutes With Neil Regan, Food Network

Blue Ant International

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Neil Regan
VP Programming and Development,Food Network
Discovery, Inc.

1:00 PM

LUNCH [Discovery Delegates' Lounge (Third Floor), Rodrigue Gallery (Lobby), Grand Ballroom D (Fifth Floor), Rhythms I (Second Floor)]

1:15 PM

Luncheon Roundtables

Waterbury

Luncheon roundtables are an informal affair, and a chance for producers to learn a little more about programming needs of broadcasters who may meet the producer that will deliver their next big hit. These are NOT pitch sessions — just a fantastic networking opportunity.

*Advance sign-up is required.

You may submit for one (1) Luncheon Roundtable host, which will be available through our lottery-style selection process.

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

Lottery opens on Wednesday, January 9 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Tuesday, January 15 at 5:00 PM EST. Lottery results will be emailed to participants on Thursday, January 17. General sign-ups open Friday, January 18 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 25 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


John Feld, Table host
VP, Programming & Development
HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country

Cynthia Fenneman, Table host
President & CEO
American Public Television & Create TV

Sean Gottlieb, Table host
VP, Development & Programming
A&E

Mioshi Hill, Table host
VP, Non-Fiction Programming
Lifetime

Marisa Levy, Table host
Head of Unscripted
BET Networks

Max Micallef, Table host
VP, Development & Programming
History

Angela Molloy, Table host
VP, Development
WE tv

Melanie Moreau, Table host
Head of Premium Content Development
Complex Networks

Lynn Sadofsky, Table host
SVP, Production & Development
Food Network & Cooking Channel

Tori Socha, Table host
VP, Original Series
Paramount Network

Igal Svet, Table host
VP of Production and Development for Documentaries & Specials
National Geographic

2:30 PM

Meet a Mentor: David Shadrack Smith, Part2 Pictures

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom E

The "Meet a Mentor" series is designed to give delegates rare access to the top producers in unscripted programming. Much like the Summit’s trademark "30 Minutes With…" series, delegates attending "Meet a Mentor" sessions will be able to glean valuable information in an intimate, "off the record" setting, and have the opportunity to ask questions that will help guide you in your career.

*Advance sign-up is required.

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

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, December 12 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 25 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


David Shadrack Smith
President
Part2 Pictures

Content Without Borders

Sponsored by

Fuse 2

At a time in the industry when change is rapid and rampant, the global coproduction climate is undergoing transformation as well. Both networks and producers are trying to adapt to changes in their business models and financing structures, and that means a greater need for creative approaches to both content and funding. Hear from producers and commissioners in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK about how the co-pro scene has shifted for them, and learn some of the strategies for success they’re now employing to get their projects funded and on the air across borders.

Moderating:


Edward Hersh
Principal & Chief Creative Officer
StoryCentric


Featuring:


Tom Brisley
Creative Director
Arrow Media

Julie Chang
VP, International Co-Production
Blue Ant Media

Joseph Maxwell
Head of Documentaries
SBS International

David Royle
Chief Programming Officer & EVP, Production
Smithsonian Channel

Charles Tremayne
President, Cineflix Productions
Cineflix

Pitching Partners

Rhythms II & III

Much like our signature Speed Pitching sessions, production execs, each at their own table, will take one-on-one, three-minute pitches from potential production partners.

*Advance sign-up is required. You may submit for one (1) Pitching Partners session, which will be available through our lottery-style selection process.

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

Lottery opens on Wednesday, January 9 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Tuesday, January 15 at 5:00 PM EST. Lottery results will be emailed to participants on Thursday, January 17. General sign-ups open Friday, January 18 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 25 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Amy Bucher, Table host
SVP, Programming & Content
Part2 Pictures

Toby Dormer, Table host
SVP, Global Unscripted Development & Production
Entertainment One Television

Havva Eisenbaum, Table host
Head of Unscripted Development
Monami Productions

Jennifer Harkness, Table host
SVP, Sales & Development
Cream Productions

Harrison Land, Table host
VP, Development
Jupiter Entertainment

Daniel Markell, Table host
SVP Development
Big Fish Entertainment

George McTeague, Table host
Senior Vice President, Development
Optomen Productions

Brian Pargac, Table host
VP, Development
Authentic Entertainment

Jean Shi, Table host
SVP, Alternative Programming & Development
Fremantle

Nicole Sorrenti, Table host
Chief Creative Officer
Half Yard Productions

Adam Steinman, Table host
VP, Creative, Format, Development & Sales
Warner Bros. International Television Production

Matt Zien, Table host
VP of Development
The Intellectual Property Corporation

2:45 PM

30 Minutes With David Lee, Motor Trend Group

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


David Lee
VP, Content & Development
Motor Trend Network

30 Minutes With Rob Swartz, Reelzchannel

Sponsored by

Blue Ant International 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Rob Swartz
SVP, Development & Production
REELZ Channel

30 Minutes With Leela Pon, E!

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Leela Pon
SVP, Development
E! Entertainment

3:30 PM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Sponsored by

3:45 PM

Format Future: Global Trends and Takeaways

Fuse 2

The global formats industry continues to make waves across the entertainment landscape, and as new regional players and powerful global platforms enter the mix, the formats scene itself is in the midst of transformation. In this session, top executives working in the field share their insights on what unscripted format genres will heat up in the immediate future, which are cooling down, and discuss how the business itself is transforming as the globalization of content accelerates.

Moderating:


Will Hanrahan
Host & Creative Director
FirstLookTV


Featuring:


Avi Armoza
CEO
Armoza Formats

Hayley Babcock
Head of Formats, International Programming & Production
A+E Networks

Julie Bristow
President & CEO
Bristow Global Media Inc.

Keren Shahar
COO & President of Distribution
Keshet International

Bo Stehmeier
President
Red Arrow Studios International

Case Study: How Surviving R. Kelly is Igniting Conversation

Grand Ballroom E

Earlier this month, Lifetime aired Surviving R. Kelly, a six-part docuseries detailing allegations of sexual abuse against R&B musician R. Kelly. The series, which featured many individuals speaking publicly for the first time, has reached over 24.5 million viewers and became the network’s most-watched non-fiction series in seven years, sparking a national conversation that continues now. This session will bring together executive producers, network executives and a survivor participant in the series to discuss the 18-month process of putting it together, the challenges along the way, and the controversy and cultural conversation ignited by their efforts.

Moderating:


Noah Pollack
Executive Producer & Consultant
M.A.P. Media & Consulting


Featuring:


Brie Miranda Bryant
SVP, Unscripted Development & Programming
Lifetime

Jesse Daniels
Executive Producer
Kreativ Inc.

Kitti Jones
Survivor and Author

Tamra Simmons
CEO and Executive Producer
The Tamra Simmons Brand Agency

Kannie Yu LaPack
SVP, Publicity & Public Affairs
Lifetime

4:00 PM

30 Minutes With Jon Sinclair, OWN

Sponsored by

Blue Ant International 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Jonathan Sinclair
EVP, Programing & Development
OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

30 Minutes With Charlie Parsons, National Geographic

Sponsored by

Blue Ant Studios 2

A Realscreen Summit staple, these intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 50 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe.  You're welcome to squeeze in as many of these popular network briefings as you like. No sign-up required. We'll fill space on a first-come, first-seated basis until we reach room capacity. Inclusion in your personal agenda does NOT guarantee your spot, so be sure to show up a bit early.


Featuring:


Charlie Parsons
VP, Development
National Geographic Channel

4:45 PM

NETWORKING BREAK

5:00 PM

Unscripted and Unprepared with World of Wonder

Fuse 2

Join Main Event Media founder and president Jimmy Fox, host of the popular podcast Unscripted and Unprepared, for a “live before a Summit audience” taping featuring World of Wonder co-founders Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Join Jimmy, Fenton and Randy as they dive deep into the history and achievements of the award-winning, multi-platform production company behind RuPaul’s Drag Race, the Million Dollar Listing franchise, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, and over 20 years of groundbreaking unscripted, scripted and documentary content.

Moderating:


Jimmy Fox
President
Main Event Media


Featuring:


Fenton Bailey
Co-Founder
World of Wonder

Thursday, January 31

8:00 AM

DISCOVERY DELEGATES' LOUNGE - THIRD FLOOR (8:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Napoleon Ballroom

Registration Opens 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

8:15 AM

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST [8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Delegates' Lounge (Third Floor)]

9:45 AM

Crime TV: How To Stand Out In The (Police) Line-up

Fuse 2

At the Realscreen Summit, we’ve been examining the rise of true crime content for several years, and this year is no exception. That proves the enduring strength and growth of the genre. But at a time when the majority of buyers in the non-fiction and unscripted space —cable, SVOD and broadcast alike — are looking to slot more suspenseful series and specials into their schedules, how can you ensure that your idea rises to the top of the pitch pile? And once you get the greenlight, what will set your crime and investigation project apart from the pack? Here, you’ll hear from producers and network execs that are crafting and looking for creative crime content and learn how they’re innovating and evolving the genre.

Moderating:


Ari Mark
Co-Founder
AMPLE


Featuring:


Kate Harrison
President
Cream Productions Inc.

Jane Latman
President-HGTV
EVP, Development & Research, Investigation Discovery & American Heroes Channel

Stephanie Steele
SVP, Production & Development
Oxygen Media

Kathryn Vaughan
President
Good Caper Content

10:45 AM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Sponsored by

11:00 AM

The Doc Boom: Can It Last?

Fuse 2

It seems like the stars have truly aligned for the documentary genre, with the premium content craze bringing more cable nets to the space, major SVODs still on the hunt for great stories to drive subscriptions, and yes, even success at the box office for a select few. But as many veteran doc-makers know, it’s a cyclical business, and feast can turn to famine, and boom to bust, once a hit from another genre (hello, reality TV) crashes into the zeitgeist and cools commissioners’ enthusiasm. Here, established and newer documentarians as well as those who buy and shop their work, discuss the genre’s current hot status, what’s behind it from a content and cultural perspective, and offer their takes on how to keep documentary on the upswing.

Moderating:


Barry Walsh
Editor & Content Director
Brunico Communications Ltd.


Featuring:


Rachel Brill
SVP, Head of Unscripted Programming
Epix

Adam Hawkins
U.S. Creative Director
Raw TV

Richard Klein
Head of Documentaries
Plimsoll Productions

Amanda Spain
Documentary Producer
Giving Voice Films

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