MONDAY, JANUARY 27 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 30
SHERATON NEW ORLEANS
Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2020

Agenda

Agenda is subject to change.

Sunday, January 26

5:00 PM

Early Registration Open (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

Monday, January 27

8:00 AM

DELEGATES' LOUNGE (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Sponsored by

Napoleon Ballroom

Registration Open (8:00 AM - 8:00 PM)

New to the Summit Tour

Grand Ballroom A/B

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)

9:00 AM

Speed Networking - Lifestyle & Reality

Rhythms I

These networking sessions are designed for you to meet many like-minded potential partners in a short time period, speed-dating style. 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 - History/Science/Natural History/Travel & Exploration

Rhythms II & III

These networking sessions are designed for you to meet many like-minded potential partners in a short time period, speed-dating style. 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

Keynote Conversation: Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

Kicking off this year’s edition of the Realscreen Summit is a special live taping of Jimmy Fox’s “Unscripted and Unprepared” podcast, featuring dynamic producing duo Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, the team behind such iconic unscripted franchises as Bravo’s Top Chef and Project Runway, and 2020 inductees to the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame.

 


Featuring:


Dan Cutforth
Co-Founder
Alfred Street Industries

Jimmy Fox, Interviewer
President
Main Event Media

Jane Lipsitz
CEO
Alfred Street Industries

10:45 AM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Sponsored by

11:00 AM

Development: What's Hot, What's Not

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

Development execs at networks and prodcos always need to be in tune with – and preferably one step ahead of – the cultural zeitgeist in order to tap into what could be the next big TV trend. What might have been hot a month or two ago could cool off considerably by the time your project is ready to pitch. What are the big new development areas for 2020 and 2021, and what's on the way out? Top producers and buyers offer their views on where the unscripted market is heading and why.

Moderating:


Joseph Livecchi
CEO
Noble Savages


Featuring:


Wes Dening
EVP, Development and Programming
Eureka

Tara Long
President, Global Unscripted Television
Entertainment One

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

Jason Sarlanis
SVP, Development
TLC

Meet an Expert - Distributors

Rodrigue Gallery

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 11 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 PM EST.

 


Featuring:


Nicola Davey, Table host
Acquisitions & Co-Productions Manager
TCB Media Rights

Emily Elisha, Table host
Head of Factual
Banijay Rights

Laetitia Giansily-Doyle, Table host
Sales & Acquisitions, North America
Terranoa

Elizabeth LeBlanc, Table host
Director, International Sales
PBS International

Richard Life, Table host
Head of Acquisitions
Cineflix Rights

Diane Rankin, Table host
SVP, Rights/Executive Producer
Distribution360

Robert E Salvestrin, Table host
COO - Head of Distribution
Lucky You

Loren Syer-Willoughby, Table host
Head of Acquisitions
Off the Fence

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

Pamela Welch, Table host
SVP, Development
GRB Studios

Sean Wheatley, Table host
Head of Acquisitions
Passion Distribution

11:15 AM

Meet a Mentor: Laura Marshall, Icon Films

Bayside A

Icon Films co-founder and CEO Laura Marshall will talk about the importance of diversity, sustainability and resilience when building a business where people want to work.

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 three (3) Meet a Mentor sessions.

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, December 11 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Laura Marshall
CEO
Icon Films

11:30 AM

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

Bayside B

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: Wayne Sampson, USA Network/Syfy

Bayside C

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, Table host
VP, Programming & Development
USA Network/Syfy

30 Minutes With: Jenna Rosa, Bravo

Edgewood A/B

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:


Jenna Rosa
VP, Development
Bravo Media & E! Entertainment

12:00 PM

LUNCH

1:00 PM

Safe Sets: Best Practices for Duty of Care

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

Part of the attraction for audiences, when it comes to unscripted entertainment, is seeing ordinary people experiencing extraordinary situations. When it comes to starring in, or even producing or crewing such programming, ensuring the psychological welfare of those in front of and behind the camera should be of paramount concern. Here, you’ll learn from producers, network executives, and others in the field about their efforts to establish and maintain duty of care protocol that will keep their sets, and shows, safe.

Moderating:


Nicole Page
Partner
Reavis Page Jump LLP


Featuring:


Stephanie Drachkovitch
Co-Founder & President
44 Blue Productions

Danny Horan
Head of Factual
Channel 4

Ghen Maynard
Producer

Drew Tappon
Chief Creative Officer
495 Productions

Meet an Expert - Agents

Rodrigue Gallery

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 three (3) table hosts (*please note; delegates will be asked to rotate in 20-minute increments).

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, December 11 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Sophie Bressler, Table host
Agent
Abrams Artists Agency

Heather Budman, Table host
Agent, Alternative
Kaplan Stahler Agency

Anthony DiBiase, Table host
Agent, Alternative & Factual Programming
APA

Ivo Fischer, Table host
Partner, Non-Scripted Television
WME

Debra Goldfarb, Table host
Head of Alternative Television
Gersh Agency

Arielle Lever, Table host
Agent, International TV & Media
ICM Partners

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

Bill Thompson, Table host
Head, Alternative Television
Verve

1:15 PM

Meet a Mentor: Mike Gunton, BBC Natural History Unit

Bayside A

In this session Mike Gunton, award winning filmmaker (Planet Earth II, Dynasties) and Creative Director of BBC Studios Natural History Unit discusses how his personal approach to innovation and storytelling has adapted over the years and reveals some of the lessons he has learnt along the way.

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 three (3) Meet a Mentor sessions.

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, December 11 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Mike Gunton
Creative Director, Factual & Natural History Unit
BBC Studios

1:30 PM

30 Minutes With: Amy Savitsky, HISTORY

Bayside C

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:


Amy Savitsky
SVP, Programming
History

30 Minutes With: Marisa Levy, BET Networks

Bayside B

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:


Marisa Levy
Head of Unscripted
BET Networks

30 Minutes With: Christian Barcellos, CNBC

Edgewood A/B

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:


Christian Barcellos
SVP Development & Production
CNBC

2:00 PM

NETWORKING BREAK

2:15 PM

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 Friday, January 10 at 12:01 AM EST, and closes on Wednesday, January 15 at 5:00 PM EST. Lottery results will be emailed to participants on Friday, January 17. General sign-ups open Friday, January 17 (time TBC), and closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Pamela Duckworth, Table host
Head of fubo Sports Network and Original Programming
fubo Sports Network

Zara Frankel, Table host
Director, Programming & Development
PBS

Lauren Frasca, Table host
VP, Production & Development
Magnolia Network

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

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

Ashley McFarlin Buie, Table host
VP, Development
WE TV

Max Micallef, Table host
VP, Development & Programming
History

Gold Morgan, Table host
Manager of Programming and Production
TV One

Sean Olsen, Table host
VP, Development
Game Show Network

Brittinee Royes, Table host
Manager, Programming & Development
Oxygen Media

Jessica Schmiedchen, Table host
Executive in Charge of Development, Unscripted Content
CBC

Patty Suh, Table host
VP, Programming & Development
Food Network

Talking Talent

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

Conventional wisdom within the industry states that having the right talent attached to a project on-screen and behind the scenes is of the utmost importance when it comes to giving your project a fighting chance. But with content platforms multiplying at a feverish rate, so too are the opportunities for talent, making exclusivity harder to negotiate and changing the game considerably. And talent can come from practically every corner of culture today, with influencers being the experts for a generation of content consumers. This session brings together execs from across the industry to examine the evolving role of talent in the unscripted content equation.

Moderating:


Jenny Daly
President
Critical Content Studios


Featuring:


Steven Ascher
SVP, Six West Media™
A+E Networks

Josh Bider
Partner, Non-scripted TV
WME

Alex Piper
Head of Unscripted, North & South America
YouTube Originals

Zena Van Ackeren
VP, Talent & Casting, Unscripted Development
MGM Studios

2:30 PM

Meet a Mentor: Robyn Lattaker-Johnson, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Bayside A

The veteran cable network executive breaks down the internal dynamics of how a network takes a concept from pitch to air.

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 three (3) Meet a Mentor sessions.

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, December 11 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Robyn Lattaker-Johnson
Head of Unscripted Development, Programming & Specials
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

30 Minutes With: Devin Cheema, CuriosityStream

Bayside C

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:


Devin Cheema
General Counsel & Head of Business Affairs
CuriosityStream

30 Minutes With: Toby Faulkner, Facebook Watch

Edgewood A/B

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:


Toby Faulkner
Head of Unscripted
Facebook

3:15 PM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Sponsored by

3:30 PM

State of the Nation: Foresight is 2020

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

Gigantic content conglomerates entering the streaming fray, the pull towards direct-to-consumer for top broadcasters, more major mergers and acquisitions set to redraw the global production landscape… to quote Penny Lane from Almost Famous, “it’s all happening!” But what does all of this activity mean for the unscripted and non-fiction content community and its stakeholders? And what are the changes on the horizon that are set to shake up the status quo even further? Our annual “state of the nation” exploration brings together top execs from across the industry to discuss and debate what’s happening now, what’s coming next, and why it will matter to you and your business.


Featuring:


Shade Grant
Partner and Co-Head, Non-Scripted
ICM Partners

Eli Lehrer
EVP & General Manager
History

Allison Page
President
Magnolia Network

Tim Pastore
CEO
All3Media America

Edward Simpson
Chief Strategy Officer
Wheelhouse

4:30 PM

NETWORKING BREAK

4:45 PM

Summit Showdown: International Pitch Competition

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom C/D/E

Realscreen Summit's annual international pitch competition returns, providing delegates the opportunity to pitch their non-fiction or unscripted program or series to a panel of esteemed network judges.  This year, A&E and HGTV are our network partners, and will each provide one winning pitch a $20,000 development deal, to be presented live at the Showdown.


Featuring:


Liz Brach
Senior Director of Programming
HGTV

Sean Gottlieb
VP, Development & Programming
A&E Network

Marcie Hume
Senior Executive Producer
A&E Network

Jonathan Partridge
Senior Executive Producer
A&E Network

Michaela Pereira, Host
Journalist

Betsy Sanner Ayala
SVP, Production & Development
HGTV

Maggie Zeltner
Director Programming and Development
HGTV

6:15 PM

A+E Networks Opening Night Party (Louis Armstrong Ballroom)

Sponsored by

Tuesday, January 28

8:00 AM

DELEGATES' LOUNGE (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Sponsored by

Napoleon Ballroom

Registration Open (8:00 AM - 7:30 PM)

8:15 AM

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM)

Sponsored by

Coffee + Commissioners

Rodrigue Gallery

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.

You may submit for one (1) Coffee + Commissioners session, which will be available first-come, first-serve through our regular sign-up process on realXchange.

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

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, January 8 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 PM EST.

 


Featuring:


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

Kelly Hornsby, Table host
Head of Acquisitions
A+E Networks EMEA

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

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

Natalie Rose, Table host
Commissioning Executive
UKTV

Igal Svet, Table host
VP, Production & Development
Discovery

Lauren Whitelaw, Table host
Head of Programming and Acquisitions
OUTtv Network

9:30 AM

Keynote Conversation: Kathleen Finch, Discovery Inc.

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom C/D/E

Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer for Discovery, Inc. oversees the management oversight of HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Discovery Life, American Heroes Channel, Destination America, Great American Country and the company's Digital Studios Group in the U.S. During her keynote conversation at the Summit, Finch will share her thoughts on how her role has evolved following the Discovery/Scripps merger, how the company itself has evolved and her take on the trends impacting the non-fiction screen content industry, and the television industry at large.


Featuring:


Kathleen Finch, Keynote
Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer
Discovery, Inc.

Michael O'Connell, Interviewer
Senior Writer
The Hollywood Reporter

10:30 AM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Sponsored by

10:45 AM

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 Friday, January 10 at 12:01 AM EST, and closes on Wednesday, January 15 at 5:00 PM EST. Lottery results will be emailed to participants on Friday, January 17. General sign-ups open Friday, January 17 (time TBC), and closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Bengt Anderson, Table host
Executive Producer
National Geographic

Alison Barrat, Table host
Vice President, Production and Development
Love Nature

Emily Baustien, Table host
Development Manager, Discovery & Science
Discovery, Inc.

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

Mandel Ilagan, Table host
VP, Live-Action Development (Unscripted)
Nickelodeon

Katie Isaacson, Table host
Senior Manager of Development, CNN Original Series
CNN

Robyn Lattaker-Johnson, Table host
Head of Unscripted Development, Programming & Specials
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Tara Nadolny, Table host
Sr Manager of Development
VICE TV

Jonathan Partridge, Table host
Senior Executive Producer
A&E Network

Matt Trierweiler, Table host
Director, Original Programming & Development
HGTV

Nina Weinstein, Table host
Executive Story Editor
MSNBC

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

Natural History's Brave New World

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

Blue chip natural history and other specialist factual genres have proven to be hugely successful for broadcasters and streaming platforms alike, and now the major streamers are making significant investment in producing and owning such content. As the content ecosystem continues to evolve, with new streamers set to emerge and cable nets making bigger moves into OTT, will producers of this content be happy beneficiaries of an "arms race" for the biggest and best programming? How will this impact the broadcasting landscape? And how will specialist factual evolve under the spotlight?

Moderating:


Al Berman
President & Executive Producer
Berman Productions


Featuring:


Mike Gunton
Creative Director, Factual & Natural History Unit
BBC Studios

Janet Han Vissering
SVP, Development & Production
Nat Geo Wild

Andrew Jackson
President Plimsoll International
Plimsoll Productions

Laura Marshall
CEO
Icon Films

11:15 AM

30 Minutes With: Danny Horan, Channel 4

Bayside A

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:


Danny Horan
Head of Factual
Channel 4

30 Minutes With: Alex Piper, YouTube

Bayside B

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:


Alex Piper
Head of Unscripted, North & South America
YouTube Originals

30 Minutes With: Charlie Parsons, National Geographic

Bayside C

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

30 Minutes With: David Lee, Motor Trend Network

Edgewood A/B

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
MotorTrend Network

11:45 AM

NETWORKING BREAK

12:00 PM

Cooking Up Copros: What’s Working, Where

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

Facing ever-declining budgets and licensing fees, producers across myriad genres of non-fiction have had to get creative to fund their projects. But factoring in a growing number of potential international buyers, copros are no longer strictly the domain of big-budget, blue chip content, and creative partnerships are ensuring that various segments of the industry have skin in the game. This session navigates the coproduction landscape in 2020, and deciphers what’s working now, how it’s working, and where it’s working.

Moderating:


Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE
Managing Director of Global Strategy
Pact


Featuring:


Danny Fenton
CEO
Zig Zag Productions

Lisa Godfrey
VP, Original Programming
Corus Entertainment

Amanda Groom
Managing Director
The Bridge

Nikolas Huelbusch
Director, ZDFE.Unscripted
ZDF Enterprises

Lilla Hurst
Joint Managing Director
Drive

12:15 PM

Meet a Mentor: Stephen Land, Jupiter Entertainment

Bayside A

Veteran television producer Stephen Land will discuss why it’s important to hyper focus on a genre and how to double down on your successes to stay afloat in a crowded marketplace.

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 three (3) Meet a Mentor sessions.

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, December 11 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Stephen Land
Founder & CEO
Jupiter Entertainment

12:30 PM

30 Minutes With: Angela Molloy, WEtv

Bayside B

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:


Angela Molloy
VP, Development
WE TV

30 Minutes With: Joseph Schneier, Discovery Channel

Bayside C

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:


Joseph Schneier
VP, Production & Development
Discovery Channel

30 Minutes With: Mark Levine, Magnolia Network

Edgewood A/B

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:


Mark Levine
VP, Content & Programming
Magnolia Network

1:00 PM

LUNCH

Sponsored by

1:15 PM

Food for Thought: Making Diversity and Inclusion a Priority

Rhythms I

In this special interview session, you’ll hear from Deborah Williams, executive director of the UK-based Creative Diversity Network, or CDN. The organization is funded by the UK’s main broadcasters and coordinates the ground-breaking Diamond diversity monitoring and reporting project, and while Williams oversees the implementation of all of CDN’s current projects, she also meets and consults with network and production executives in North America concerning diversity and inclusion initiatives. Here, you’ll learn about how the Diamond project has educated and inspired broadcasters in the UK to make diversity and inclusion a top priority, and how North American networks and producers can follow suit.

*Advance sign-up is required. A three-course plated lunch will be provided.

Sign-up closes on Friday, January 17 at 5:00 PM EST.


Moderating:


Mioshi Hill
VP, Non-Fiction Programming & Development
Lifetime


Featuring:


Deborah Williams
Executive Director
Creative Diversity Network

Luncheon Roundtables

Rodrigue Gallery

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 Friday, January 10 at 12:01 AM EST, and closes on Wednesday, January 15 at 5:00 PM EST. Lottery results will be emailed to participants on Friday, January 17. General sign-ups open Friday, January 17 (Time TBC), and closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


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

Sydney Clover, Table host
Senior Director, Development
National Geographic

Pamela Duckworth, Table host
Head of fubo Sports Network and Original Programming
fubo Sports Network

Kelly Hornsby, Table host
Head of Acquisitions
A+E Networks EMEA

Max Micallef, Table host
VP, Development & Programming
History

Kelly Nash, Table host
VP, Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming AMC, Sundance TV, BBCA
AMC, BBC America & SundanceTV

Lynn Sadofsky, Table host
SVP, Food Network Programming & Development
Food Network

Betsy Sanner Ayala, Table host
SVP, Production & Development
HGTV

Igal Svet, Table host
VP, Production & Development
Discovery

2:30 PM

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 Friday, January 10 at 12:01 AM EST, and closes on Wednesday, January 15 at 5:00 PM EST. Lottery results will be emailed to participants on Friday, January 17. General sign-ups open Friday, January 17 (time TBC), and closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


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

Camille Bernier-Green, Table host
Development Coordinator, Facebook Watch Originals
Facebook Watch

Amanda Culkowski, Table host
Senior Director, Music Program Development
MTV International

Gretchen Eisele, Table host
Director of Development and Production
Science Channel

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

Sara Helman, Table host
VP, Program Development
TLC

Roger Henry, Table host
VP, Programming
MotorTrend Network

Alex Leibow, Table host
Development Manager
Snap Inc

Lucy Perez, Table host
Manager, Alternative Programming
USA Network/Syfy

Polly Scates, Table host
Acquisitions Manager
Channel 4

Jessie Springer, Table host
Associate Manager
Nat Geo WILD

Entertainment As Call To Action

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

Call it the “Blue Planet effect.”  When Blue Planet II aired in October 2017, it provided all the sumptuous wonder of the original BBC series and another incredible window into the marine world, but it also served as a wake-up call concerning the alarming rise in plastic pollution. The program prompted action across generations, and has spurred a wealth of hard-hitting documentaries examining the issue. Does this signal a sea change in how factual programming can tackle the big issues such as climate change and conservation, or is there still a line to walk when considering entertaining and educating audiences? Hear from producers and networks who are determined to do both, and learn how you can do the same with your content.

Moderating:


Jane Root
Founder & CEO
Nutopia


Featuring:


Geoff Daniels
EVP, Global Unscripted Entertainment
National Geographic Channel

Liesel Evans
Creative Director, UK Factual
Raw TV

Cecilie Olsen
SVP, Global Content, Non-scripted
ITV Studios

Perry Simon
Chief Programming Executive & General Manager General Audience Programming
PBS

2:45 PM

Meet a Mentor: David Brady, Cream Productions

Bayside A

Veteran executive producer David Brady will give his tricks of the trade as to how to build and scale an independent production company in a ever-changing and crowded marketplace.

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 three (3) Meet a Mentor sessions.

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, December 11 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


David Brady
CEO
Cream Productions

30 Minutes With: Rob Bagshaw, Nickelodeon

Bayside B

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 Bagshaw
EVP, Unscripted Content
Nickelodeon

30 Minutes With: Rachel Smith, E! Entertainment

Bayside C

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 Smith
EVP, Development, Bravo & E! Entertainment
NBCUniversal

30 Minutes With: Winona Meringolo, Investigation Discovery

Edgewood A/B

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

3:30 PM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Sponsored by

3:45 PM

Keynote Conversation: Paula Kerger, PBS

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

In a one-on-one keynote conversation at the Realscreen Summit, PBS president and CEO and Realscreen Hall of Fame 2020 inductee Paula Kerger will discuss her career and achievements to date, as well as her views on the present and future state of public broadcasting, and non-fiction programming.


Featuring:


Eric Deggans, Interviewer
TV Critic
National Public Radio (NPR)

Paula Kerger, Keynote
President & CEO
PBS

5:00 PM

Discovery Happy Hour (Delegates' Lounge)

Sponsored by

Cocktails with...Brie Miranda Bryant, Lifetime

Bayside A

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:


Brie Miranda Bryant, Host
SVP, Unscripted Development & Programming
Lifetime

Cocktails with...Marco Bresaz, AMC, SundanceTV & BBC America

Bayside B

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:


Marco Bresaz
SVP, Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming
AMC, SundanceTV & BBC America

Cocktails with...Loren Ruch, HGTV

Bayside C

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:


Loren Ruch
Group SVP, Production & Development
HGTV

Cocktails With... Caroline Perez, Science Channel

Edgewood A/B

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:


Caroline Perez, Host
VP, Development & Production
Science Channel

6:15 PM

2020 REALSCREEN AWARDS


Featuring:


Ross Mathews, Host
TV Personality, Host & Pop Culture Expert

Wednesday, January 29

8:00 AM

DELEGATES' LOUNGE (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Sponsored by

Napoleon Ballroom

Registration Open (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

8:15 AM

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM)

Coffee + Commissioners

Rodrigue Gallery

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.

You may submit for one (1) Coffee + Commissioners session, which will be available first-come, first-serve through our regular sign-up process on realXchange.

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

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, January 8 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


John Cavanagh, Table host
Executive Producer
Smithsonian Channel

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

Susie Jones, Table host
Commissioning Editor, Documentaries
SBS Television

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

Polly Scates, Table host
Acquisitions Manager
Channel 4

Jessica Schmiedchen, Table host
Executive in Charge of Development, Unscripted Content
CBC

Nicole Vogel, Table host
VP of Unscripted Programming & Development
Lifetime

9:30 AM

Linear: Alive and Well

Grand Ballroom C/D/E

As SVOD, and increasingly, AVOD platforms proliferate and vie for market share, the current refrain regarding linear networks — and specifically linear cable nets — is that the future won’t be kind. Ratings declines, cord-cutting and commissioning challenges all contribute to that narrative. However, just as the advent of cable networks didn’t decimate the broadcast TV giants but rather forced them to both evolve and capitalize on their strengths, cable networks can also turn disruption into opportunity. Here, several top cable network execs will discuss how they’re “fighting back” through honing their offerings, maximizing their franchises, commissioning “on brand” content and more. 

Moderating:


Bruce David Klein
President & Executive Producer
Atlas Media Corp


Featuring:


Rob Bagshaw
EVP, Unscripted Content
Nickelodeon

Dolores Gavin
Senior Executive, Production & Development
A&E Network

Lauren Gellert
EVP, Development & Original Programming
WE TV

Howard Swartz
SVP, Production & Development
Discovery Channel

10:30 AM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Sponsored by

10:45 AM

Disney+: A Closer Look

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

The launch of Disney+ in November 2019 was met with fervent anticipation from fans and the global entertainment industry. From being the most-Googled term of the year, to the explosion of “Baby Yoda” memes, interest in the platform and its content remains at fever pitch. This session brings together the head of Disney+ Unscripted Originals and top creative talent working with the service to illustrate the range of content under its umbrella — from high-end documentaries and docuseries to epic formats, profile and portrait series, and lighter fare geared towards a younger audience. Here’s your chance to gain an enlightening look at this exciting platform, and its ambitions for unscripted and non-fiction content.

Moderating:


Michael Schneider
Senior Editor, TV Awards
Variety


Featuring:


Sarah Amos
VP, Development & Production, New Media
Marvel Entertainment

Geoff Daniels
EVP, Global Unscripted Entertainment
National Geographic Channel

Brian McGinn
Partner
Supper Club

Dan Silver
VP, Originals-Non-Fiction
Disney+

Bertram van Munster
Executive Producer
The New Media Collective

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 Friday, January 10 at 12:01 AM EST, and closes on Wednesday, January 15 at 5:00 PM EST. Lottery results will be emailed to participants on Friday, January 17. General sign-ups open Friday, January 17 (time TBC), and closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Jeff Conroy, Table host
Co-Founder/Partner
BoBCat Studios

Alison Dammann, Table host
VP, Development
Good Caper Content

Elyse Delmore, Table host
VP, Unscripted Development
MGM Television

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

Jennifer Harkness, Table host
SVP, Unscripted Content
Blue Ant Studios

Maria Ishak, Table host
SVP, Sales North America
All3media International

Tony Nguyen, Table host
SVP, Development
Bright Bay Creative

Pete Ross, Table host
SVP of Development
Left/Right

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

Jessie Surovell, Table host
Head of TV Development
ATTN:

Matt Wrablik, Table host
SVP, Development
Critical Content

11:15 AM

30 Minutes With: Jon Adler, CNN

Bayside C

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:


Jon Adler
VP, Original Series
CNN

30 Minutes With: Carlyn Staudt, Love Nature

Edgewood A/B

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 Love Nature Programming & Development
Love Nature

11:45 AM

NETWORKING BREAK

12:00 PM

Trendwatch: Getting Into the Game

Grand Ballroom A/B

The global audience for Esports is said to be in the neighborhood of more than 450 million people. And when you add in mobile gaming, console gaming, PC gaming…  global gaming revenue reaches close to $150 billion. As the numbers confirm, gaming is capturing the attention and wallets of growing multitudes internationally. But how can a more “traditional” form of media — television — crack this market? Gaming channels and the gamers who appear on them are hugely popular on platforms such as YouTube, but can they work on linear TV? How? This session will ask these questions while also providing a glimpse into this lucrative market, and some of the key media-friendly figures working within it.

Moderating:


Patrick Jager
CEO
CORE Innovation Group


Featuring:


Amber Howard
Agent, Alternative Programming, Digital Media, Licensing & Branding
Abrams Artists Agency

Greg Kampanis
SVP & General Manager
Omnia Media

Felix LaHaye
Founder & CEO
United Esports

Shawn Moffatt
Managing Partner
Go To Team

12:15 PM

Meet a Mentor: Colleen Needles Steward, Tremendous Entertainment

Bayside A

Join Colleen Needles Steward as she helps you navigate how to be a good partner; not only to the networks you work with but also to talent and production partners.

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 three (3) Meet a Mentor sessions.

Sign-up opens on Wednesday, December 11 at 11:00 AM EST, and closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Colleen Steward
President & CEO
Tremendous! Entertainment

12:30 PM

30 Minutes With: Meghan Cassin, Nat Geo WILD

Bayside B

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:


Meghan Cassin
VP, Development
Nat Geo Wild

30 Minutes With: Jennifer Gordon, TLC

Bayside C

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 Gordon
VP, Development
TLC

30 Minutes With: Rob Swartz, Reelz Channel

Edgewood A/B

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

1:00 PM

LUNCH

1:15 PM

Luncheon Roundtables

Rodrigue Gallery

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 Friday, January 10 at 12:01 AM EST, and closes on Wednesday, January 15 at 5:00 PM EST. Lottery results will be emailed to participants on Friday, January 17. General sign-ups open Friday, January 17 (Time TBC), and closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 PM EST.


Featuring:


Camille Bernier-Green, Table host
Development Coordinator, Facebook Watch Originals
Facebook Watch

Gretchen Eisele, Table host
Director of Development and Production
Science Channel

Marcie Hume, Table host
Senior Executive Producer
A&E Network

Ashley McFarlin Buie, Table host
VP, Development
WE TV

Tara Nadolny, Table host
Sr Manager of Development
VICE TV

Sean Olsen, Table host
VP, Development
Game Show Network

Danielle Ostroske-D'Ingillo, Table host
Senior Director, Development
TLC

Wayne Sampson, Table host
VP, Programming & Development
USA Network/Syfy

Nina Weinstein, Table host
Executive Story Editor
MSNBC

2:30 PM

Born At Realscreen: 90 Day Fiancé’s Franchise Phenomenon

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

In 2013, Matt Sharp, CEO and founder of New York-based Sharp Entertainment, met with TLC’s Howard Lee at Realscreen Summit in Washington and showed him a sizzle reel featuring people searching for their love matches across countries and, in some cases, continents. Lee was hooked instantly. Fast forward to Realscreen Summit 2020, where we will take a deep dive into the 90 Day Fiancé franchise phenomenon and how the production and network teams transformed what was “born at Realscreen” into a brand unto itself — six spinoff series, and seven seasons and counting for the original.

Moderating:


Michael Schneider
Senior Editor, TV Awards
Variety


Featuring:


Howard Lee
President & General Manager
TLC

Shaun Robinson
Host
90 Day Fiance Tell All

Matt Sharp
CEO
Sharp Entertainment

2:45 PM

30 Minutes With: Susan Henry, TV One

Bayside C

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:


Susan Henry
Senior Director, Original Programming & Production
TV One

30 Minutes With: Todd Weiser, Food Network & Cooking Channel

Bayside B

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:


Todd Weiser
SVP, Programming & Development
Food Network

30 Minutes With: David Royle, Smithsonian Channel

Edgewood A/B

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: Joe Sungkur, FOX Entertainment

Bayside A


Featuring:


Joe Sungkur
VP, Alternative Entertainment
Fox Broadcasting Company

3:30 PM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Sponsored by

3:45 PM

Variety on Demand: Niche Streamers Spotlight

Grand Ballroom A/B

Just as with the cable explosion of decades before, the emergence of the VOD era is providing practically unlimited choice for viewers, and myriad opportunities for content creators and platforms to tap into superfans of niche programming. In this session, you'll meet executives behind some of the niche VOD players, and learn more about their programming strategies, reach, and buying needs. 

Moderating:


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


Featuring:


Gregor Angus
Chief Executive
TrueRoyalty.tv

Ryan Chanatry
General Manager
Topic

Jennifer Corbett
Head of Audience Development and Brand
Crunchyroll

Arun Maljaars
Director Content & Channels
INSIGHT TV

Thursday, January 30

8:00 AM

DELEGATES' LOUNGE (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Sponsored by

Napoleon Ballroom

Registration Open (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

8:15 AM

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM)

9:45 AM

Brand on Board: Partnering with Brands for Non-fiction

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

Branded content, or ad-funded content, has been part of the production mix for decades now. And while brands, and their marketing teams, have partnered with producers and networks in myriad ways for projects, multinational visibility for such programming is now easier to attain through streaming platforms and cable groups with global reach. What are the opportunities for producers and brands in this new content paradigm, and how can each party find the right partner for their projects? Here, you’ll learn from producers and marketers about how they work together to bring their content to life, and what each partner needs to bring to the table to make the relationship productive.

Moderating:


Tony Tackaberry
Chief Executive Officer
Lion Television USA


Featuring:


Sarita Alami
Production Lead
MailChimp

Glen Freyer
SVP, TV & Digital Content
Alkemy X

Jen Kavanagh
SVP, Marketing & Media
Philadelphia Eagles

Rob Shaftel
Founder & Executive Producer
Hit + Run Creative

10:45 AM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Sponsored by

11:00 AM

Format-Forward: The Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

From talent competitions that enthrall the world to physical competition series that defy description, and many points between, the formats business is still in substantial growth mode around the world as producers in more territories harness their creativity to unleash bold ideas that can travel. But as viewers are given more and more choice in how and where to consume content, creating a global hit is an even greater challenge. Here, you’ll hear from a range of experts in the formats business about how it is evolving, what genres are exploding and which are cooling, and what opportunities exist for your big, bold idea in an ever-evolving mediascape.


Featuring:


Avi Armoza
CEO
Armoza Formats

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

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