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Advisory Board

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Advisory Board Members

Solange Attwood

CEO & Co-Founder
Blue Ant Media

In her role as EVP, Blue Ant International, Solange Attwood oversees the strategic direction of Blue Ant Media’s worldwide distribution arm. Attwood spearheads and manages co-productions for the sales division, pre-sales and worldwide sales activities while leading the business’ ongoing expansion and sales offices in Toronto (Canada), London (UK), and...more

Kate Beal

Chief Executive Officer
Woodcut Media

Kate Beal is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Woodcut Media, a member of the Anthology group of businesses and one of the fastest growing Indies in the UK, producing a broad range of unscripted programming.

A leading true crime producer in the UK (How I Caught the Killer, Jo Frost...more

Sean Cohan


Sean Cohan serves as president of Wheelhouse Entertainment, and chief business officer of Wheelhouse Group, responsible for driving content and marketing opportunities across the company’s multiple businesses and platforms, including talent, brand and other strategic, corporate partnerships.

Among Wheelhouse’s recent, high-level ventures are deals with Jimmy Kimmel –...more

Danny Horan

Head of Factual
Channel 4

As Head of Factual, Danny oversees Documentaries and with newly appointed Head of Specialist, Fatima Salaria, is responsible for History, Science, Natural History, Arts and Adventure. The department produces everything from 24 Hours in Police Custody, Prison, SAS, the upcoming Criminal Justice to Grayson Perry, Guy Martin and First Dates....more

Speaking on: Safe Sets: Best Practices for Duty of Care,30 Minutes With: Danny Horan, Channel 4

Tara Long

Global President, Unscripted Television
Entertainment One

Since establishing eOne’s U.S. Unscripted Programming division in 2012, Tara Long has built from the ground up a highly successful division that has had almost a dozen projects go straight to series and a packed slate of long-running shows that continue to receive new season orders. Many of Long’s projects...more

Speaking on: Development: What's Hot, What's Not

Ghen Maynard


Ghen Maynard was named by TV Guide “one of the bold ones” in television.

Convinced he had a way to draw younger viewers to the network without alienating its then older core, Ghen developed and championed what would become the first broadcast-TV reality show, the mega-hit Survivor. Passed...more

Speaking on: Safe Sets: Best Practices for Duty of Care

Gena McCarthy

Founder & President
A+E Networks

Emmy-nominated programming executive, Gena McCarthy, serves as Executive Vice President, Head of Programming, Lifetime Unscripted and Head of Programming, FYI. She returned to Lifetime in March 2018 in an expanded role to oversee all non-fiction development and production. She developed and executive produces smash franchise, Critic’s Choice Nominated Married at...more

Speaking on: Development: What's Hot, What's Not

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

Tina Perry

President OWN TV Network & OTT Streaming
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Tina Perry was named President of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network effective January 2019, spearheading all day-to-day operations and creative areas of OWN. Perry, who reports to OWN Chairman and CEO Oprah Winfrey, also oversees the network’s growing digital division, as well as “WATCH OWN,” the network’s TV Everywhere app, and...more

Alex Piper

Head, Night Studios
YouTube Originals

Alex Piper is YouTube’s Head of Unscripted, North & South America, reporting into Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content.  In this role, Piper will lead all efforts in conjunction with top creators to develop and produce unscripted programming across a myriad of genres including, talk, action, romance, horror, sci-fi...more

Speaking on: Talking Talent,30 Minutes With: Alex Piper, YouTube

Maggie Pisacane

Partner, Non-Scripted TV

Maggie Pisacane is a partner in WME’s non-scripted television department and co-runs the agency’s documentary group. In her role, she focuses on premium non-fiction and documentary projects, representing directors, producers, production companies and talent.

She works with renowned filmmakers, including: Roger Ross Williams, Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, Heidi...more

Maria Silver

Optomen Productions

Maria Silver is President of Optomen Productions, an All3Media company.

With offices in New York and Los Angeles, she manages and oversees a busy production slate that includes over 250 episodes of Mysteries at the Museum (Travel), over 100 episodes of the cult hit Worst Cooks in America...more

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