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

Speakers


Jon Adler

VP CNN Original Series

CNN

Jon Adler is Vice President for CNN Original Series at CNN, based in New York City. In this position, he is responsible for cultivating relationships within the creative community and developing original programming across a variety of CNN platforms. He is responsible for the development (and management/coordination thereof) of show...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Jon Adler, CNN


Steven Ascher

SVP, Programming & Development

Six West

Steve Ascher is the SVP, Production and Development for Six West. Six West is a full-service unscripted content creation company that produces premium unscripted series, specials and documentaries for the global marketplace.

Ascher joined A+E Networks in 2013 as an EP for HISTORY, where he oversaw series and specials including Forged...more

Speaking at: Talking Talent


Al Berman

President & Executive Producer

Berman Productions

Starting with the very first LIVE reveal on the season finale of Survivor on CBS to his 2019 productions of American Spring Live (PBS) and Yellowstone Live (National Geographic), Berman has continued to push the envelope in live television broadcasting over a career that has resulted in some of the...more

Speaking at: Specialist Factual's Brave New World


Camille Bernier-Green

Unscripted Development

Facebook Watch

Camille Bernier-Green is part of the Facebook Watch Originals Team focusing on unscripted content such as Red Table Talk, Returning the FavorBall in the Family9 Months with Courteney Cox, etc. Prior to Watch, Camille helped develop projects for Bravo and HBO Documentary Films. She is currently based in LA.

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three; Luncheon Roundtables


Josh Bider

Partner, Non-scripted TV

WME

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Talking Talent


David Brady

CEO

Cream Productions Inc.

David Brady is Chief Executive Officer of Cream Productions, a company he co-founded in 2003.

With offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Cream develops, finances and produces distinctive and award-winning content across a wide range of TV and digital platforms in North America and internationally.

Among the company’s many credits include Wild...more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: David Brady, Cream Productions


Sophie Bressler

Agent

Abrams Artists Agency

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Rachel Brill

SVP, Head of Unscripted Programming

Epix

Shepherding the network’s slate of innovative non-fiction content, Brill has launched premium boxing series,The Contender; Wanda Sykes’ comedy series Unprotected Sets; film critic Elvis Mitchell’s Elvis Goes There; the critically acclaimed, definitive history of punk rock, PUNKfrom Iggy Pop; the upcoming podcast adaptation, SLOW BURN; and NFL Film’s immersive weekly...more

Speaking at: Cocktails With: Rachel Brill, EPIX


Brie Miranda Bryant

SVP, Unscripted Development & Programming

Lifetime

Brie Miranda Bryant is the Senior Vice President, Unscripted Development and Programming at Lifetime where she is responsible for development, series and specials for unscripted programming. A seasoned media and entertainment executive, she has shepherded a string of buzzy, critically-acclaimed series and specials including the record-breaking, Emmy-nominated documentary for Outstanding...more


Heather Budman

Agent, Alternative

Kaplan Stahler Agency

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Meghan Cassin

Vice President, Development

Nat Geo Wild

Meghan Cassin is the Vice President of development for Nat Geo Wild. In this role, she is responsible for specials, character-driven series, and SharkFest as well as originals for the National Geographic Disney+ tile. In addition to linear programming, Cassin develops digital content for Wild and executive produced the multiplatform...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Meghan Cassin, Nat Geo WILD


Devin Cheema

General Counsel & Head of Business Affairs

CuriosityStream

Devin Cheema is Head of Business Affairs and VP, Programming for CuriosityStream.  Devin formerly held business development, legal, and operations roles at CuriosityStream’s parent company, Hendricks Investment Holdings. She came to HIH after stints running the operations, content management, and special markets teams at Discovery Education, and after positions within...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Devin Cheema, CuriosityStream


Julie Choi

Agent

Paradigm Talent Agency

Julie Choi is an unscripted agent at Paradigm Talent Agency representing talent and producers. Her client roster boasts some of the biggest names in music, sports, and television. Julie started her career as an entertainment lawyer, then pivoted to becoming a producer for over a decade, then again pivoted to...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Sydney Clover

Senior Director, Development

National Geographic

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Jennifer Corbett

Head of Audience Development and Brand

Crunchyroll

Jennifer Corbett is the Head of Audience Development and Brand for Crunchyroll, the world’s most popular anime brand with more than 50 million registered users and two million subscribers. In this role, Corbett drives community growth and engagement for more than 30 million off-platform followers through a mix of unscripted...more

Speaking at: Variety on Demand: Niche Streamers Spotlight


Amanda Culkowski

Senior Director, Music Program Development

MTV International

As Senior Director of Music Program Development at MTV International, Amanda Culkowski is responsible for developing original music and talent driven long form series and specials for MTV’s 160 global channels.

Prior to joining MTV, Amanda was a member of the WE tv development team in New York, where she oversaw the...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


Jenny Daly

President

Critical Content Studios

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Talking Talent


Elyse Delmore

Executive Director, Unscripted Television

MGM Television

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Wes Dening

EVP, Development and Programming

Eureka

Wes Dening is an award-winning producer and development executive with more than 15 years of production experience. Wes has developed, sold and produced critically-acclaimed and rating-toping content for broadcast, cable, digital and OTT platforms and has extensive experience growing content businesses.

At Eureka, Wes oversees all U.S. Development and Programming, and...more

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


Toby Dormer

SVP, Global Unscripted Development & Production

Entertainment One Television

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Pamela Duckworh

Head of fubo Sports Network and Original Programming

fubo Sports Network

Pamela Duckworth, an award-winning executive producer with extensive experience across all production disciplines and brand marketing, is head of fubo Sports Network, the live, free-to-consumer TV network for passionate sports fans.

Duckworth is responsible for all creative direction including original programming on the Network, which was launched by live streaming service...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Speed Pitching One


Emily Elisha

Head of Factual

Banijay Rights

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Nina Etspueler

Group Creative Director

Red Arrow Studios

Nina Etspueler is Group Creative Director at Red Arrow Studios.

Nina oversees Red Arrow’s global format and IP development, acquisitions and international roll-outs. She also manages creative partnerships in Germany and internationally within Red Arrow, between Red Arrow and ProSiebenSat.1 channels, and with third party creators and producers.

Nina started working for...more

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


Toby Faulkner

Head of Unscripted

Facebook

Based out of LA, Faulkner is the Unscripted Head for Facebook Watch Originals. Formerly a VP of programming and development with A+E Networks, he began his career as a journalist with BBC Radio and rose through the ranks at ITV UK before moving to the US 14 years ago as...more


Danny Fenton

CEO

Zig Zag Productions

Speaking at: Cooking Up Copros: What’s Working, Where


Kathleen Finch

Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer

Discovery, Inc.

Kathleen Finch is Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer at Discovery, where she 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. Previously, Finch was Chief...more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Kathleen Finch, Discovery Inc.


Zara Frankel

Director, Programming & Development

PBS

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Dolores Gavin

Senior Executive, Production & Development

History

Dolores Gavin is Senior Executive, Development & Production for HISTORY, a role she assumed in September 2016. Gavin is responsible for developing and executing new nonfiction franchises and formats.  She previously worked at the network from 2000–2009. 

In her role, she spearheads a development team that has produced such series as Truck...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Dolores Gavin, History


Laetitia Giansily-Doyle

Sales and Acquisitions Representative for the Americas, Australia, Middle East

Terranoa-US Office

Laetitia started her professional career in the US as Cooperation Attaché at the Cultural Service of the French Consulate in San Francisco.

She spent 10 years working in the audiovisual industry and has worked successively for ITVS production(San Francisco), France Television (sports department) and joined in 2007, the sales team of...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Debra Goldfarb

Head of Alternative Television

Gersh Agency

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Jennifer Gordon

VP, Development

TLC


Sean Gottlieb

VP, Development & Programming

A+E Networks

Sean Gottlieb is Vice President, Development and Programming for A&E, where he oversees development and production of non-fiction programming for the network.  He joined A&E in April 2014.

A seasoned producer with over 20 years’ experience, Gottlieb developed and is Executive Producer of “Live PD,” the hit series that airs live...more

Speaking at: Summit Showdown: International Pitch Competition


Shade Grant

Co-Head of Non-Scripted Programming

ICM Partners

Shade Grant is the Co-Head of Non-Scripted Programming on the East Coast for ICM Partners, a talent
and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion pictures, television, publishing, music,
theater, branded entertainment and digital media. ICM Partners is one of the predominant agencies in
the United States and...more

Speaking at: State of the Nation: Foresight is 2020


Amanda Groom

Managing Director

The Bridge

Amanda Groom is founder and MD of strategic, global advisory company, The Bridge. The company identifies and develops TV productionbridgingmarkets traditionally defined as east and west - resulting in outstanding programming for world-leading, international broadcasters.

The Bridge specialises in co-productions, incubating new IP and creative opportunities, amplifying east-west advantage, delivering funding,...more

Speaking at: Cooking Up Copros: What’s Working, Where


Mike Gunton

Creative Director, Factual & Natural History Unit

BBC Studios

Michael Gunton is the Creative Director of Factual and The Natural History Unit for BBC Studios. Within this role, Mike works as an executive producer on many BBC titles, acts as an ambassador for BBC Studios internationally, and is responsible for bringing new and pioneering stories about the natural world...more

Speaking at: Specialist Factual's Brave New World


Janet Han Vissering

SVP, Development & Production

Nat Geo Wild

As senior vice president of development and production for Nat Geo WILD, Janet Han Vissering is responsible for over 200 hours of programming commissioned each year for broadcast in 166 countries, 330 million homes and 34 languages worldwide. 

In her role, Vissering oversees the premium natural history...more

Speaking at: Specialist Factual's Brave New World


Sara Helman

VP, Program Development

TLC

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


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 at: Safe Sets: Best Practices for Duty of Care


Amber Howard

Agent, Alternative Programming, Digital Media, Licensing & Branding

Abrams Artists Agency

Amber is a talent agent at Abrams Artists Agency who focuses on gaming and esports clients. Representing some of today’s hottest names in gaming, Amber has helped clients grow their personal brand within the esports space and beyond. Prior to joining Abrams, Amber worked in the esports and gaming department...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Getting Into the Game


Nikolas Huelbusch

Director, ZDFE.Unscripted

ZDF Enterprises

Born in Mainz in 1968, Nikolas Hülbusch studied Theatre, Film and Television, as well as Slavic studies, at Bochum (Germany) and Katowice (Poland) Universities from 1989 to 1995. He published several articles and two books on documentary and feature film history.

After first experiences in various TV companies, he joined the...more

Speaking at: Cooking Up Copros: What’s Working, Where


Marcie Hume

Senior Executive Producer

A&E Networks

Marcie Hume is Senior Executive Producer for A&E, responsible for developing, creating and overseeing new series for the network. She joined A&E in August 2017.

Her current projects for A&E include the series “Alaska PD” and an upcoming medical program, both currently in post-production and set to air in 2020.

Hume began...more

Speaking at: Summit Showdown: International Pitch Competition; Luncheon Roundtables


Lilla Hurst

Joint Managing Director

Drive

Lilla launched Drive, the specialist pre-sales and co-production agency in partnership with Ben Barrett in 2013. They then went on to launch the distribution arm of the company in 2016. With unparalleled expertise in raising production finance from international channels, the company has gone on to achieve great results in...more

Speaking at: Cooking Up Copros: What’s Working, Where


Mandel Ilagan

VP, Live-Action Development (Unscripted)

Nickelodeon

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


Andrew Jackson

President of International Production

Plimsoll Productions Ltd

Andrew Jackson is President of International Production and Development for Plimsoll Productions.

With offices in Los Angeles, Bristol and Cardiff, Plimsoll is behind more than 50 series, 14 live shows and seven films including the Emmy nominated Hostile Planet with Bear Grylls (National Geographic), Yellowstone Live (National Geographic), Rescue Dog to Super Dog (Channel 4), Britain’s Parking Hell (Channel 5), Life...more

Speaking at: Specialist Factual's Brave New World


Greg Kampanis

SVP Operations

Omnia Media, Inc.

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Getting Into the Game


Paula Kerger

President & CEO

PBS

Paula A. Kerger is president and chief executive officer of PBS, the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization, with more than 330-member stations throughout the country. Having joined PBS in March 2006, Kerger is the longest-serving president and CEO in PBS history.

Under Kerger’s leadership, PBS has grown its audiences across genres...more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Paula Kerger, PBS


Erin Krozek

Sr. Director of Development

National Geographic Studios

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Stephen Land

Founder & CEO

Jupiter Entertainment

Stephen Land is one of America’s most successful and prolific television creators/producers.  Over his 25 year career, Land has created and produced hit series for virtually every major media company in America such as A&E, History, Discovery, Animal Planet, Nickelodeon, Investigation Discovery, TVOne and Oxygen, among others.  

As CEO of Jupiter Entertainment,...more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Stephen Land, Jupiter Entertainment


Robyn Lattaker-Johnson

Head of Content & Development

Revolt TV & Media

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Robyn Lattaker-Johnson, REVOLT


Eli Lehrer

EVP & General Manager

History

Eli Lehrer is Executive Vice President and General Manager of HISTORY®, a role he assumed in 2017. He oversees the development, creation and execution of scripted and unscripted programming for HISTORY®.

Lehrer joined HISTORY® from MTV2 where he was Executive Vice President and headed up creative and business operations at the channel....more

Speaking at: State of the Nation: Foresight is 2020


Marisa Levy

Head of Unscripted

BET Networks

Bio Coming Soon...


Joseph Livecchi

CEO

Noble Savages

Joe Livecchi is a seasoned media professional with over 20 years of experience in content creation, programming and marketing. As a Senior Development Executive, he has created and produced dozens of TV shows as well as managed and developed hundreds of hours of content. He’s that rare professional who has...more

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


Tara Long

President, Global 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 at: Development: What's Hot, What's Not


ARUN MALJAARS

Director Content & Channels

INSIGHT TV

As Director of Content & Channels, Arun is responsible for all Insight TV channels, the content that goes on them and the direction of original content.

Arun joined Insight TV in Amsterdam, Netherlands when the company started in 2015. He was instrumental in the launch of the first global complete 4K-Ultra...more

Speaking at: Variety on Demand: Niche Streamers Spotlight


Laura Marshall

CEO

Icon Films

Laura Marshall is the CEO of Icon Films, the independent UK TV production company she co-founded in 1990 with Harry Marshall. Icon Films is an internationally established production company creating a broad range of unscripted content for the global market.

As CEO, Laura is responsible for the overall strategy of the...more

Speaking at: Specialist Factual's Brave New World


Ghen Maynard

Sr EVP, Alternative Programming

CBS Television Studios

Ghen Maynard was named by TV Guide “one of the bold ones” in television. Convinced he had a way to draw younger viewers to CBS without alienating its then older core, Ghen developed and championed what would become the first broadcast-TV reality show, the mega-hit Survivor. Passed on by all...more

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


Gena McCarthy

EVP, Head of Unscripted Programming, Lifetime & Head of Programming, FYI

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 at: Development: What's Hot, What's Not


Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE

Managing Director of Global Strategy

Pact

Dawn is an international development expert with over 25 years of experience in the broadcast industry (television and radio);  This includes Managing Director, Commercial Director and Broadcast Development Director roles at local, national and international television channels.  

Dawn was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services...more

Speaking at: Cooking Up Copros: What’s Working, Where


Brigitte McCray

SVP, Original Programming & Production

TV One

Award-winning television executive Brigitte McCray serves as Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Production for TV One and CLEO TV, a position she has held since April 2019. In this role, McCray is responsible for providing strategic direction for all original programming and overseeing all development and current production...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Brigitte McCray, TV One


Winona Meringolo

SVP, Development

Investigation Discovery

Bio Coming Soon...


Max Micallef

VP, Development & Programming

History

Max Micallef is Vice President, Nonfiction Programming for HISTORY.  In this role, Micallef spearheads the development and production of some of HISTORY’s main nonfiction programming.  He joined the network in December 2018, and is based in Los Angeles. 

Among the HISTORY series he is Executive Producing is the upcoming “Kings of...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Speed Pitching One


Sean Olsen

VP, Development

Game Show Network

Sean Olsen joined the GSN team as Vice President of Development in December 2017. Olsen hails from Conveyor Media where he served as Vice President of Production directly responsible for generating and managing the creative vision on series and pilots.

Previously, Olsen made his name as a freelance Executive Producer & showrunner for...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Speed Pitching One


Nicole Page

Partner

Reavis Page Jump LLP

Nicole Page is a Partner at Reavis Page Jump LLP in New York and practices in the areas of media, entertainment, intellectual property and employment law.  Nicole regularly serves as counsel for film and television productions and negotiates broadcast and distribution deals. In addition, Nicole counsels on a breadth of employment matters...more

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


Charlie Parsons

VP, Development

National Geographic Channel

Charlie Parsons is Vice President of Development for the National Geographic Channel, responsible for developing new projects, discovering new talent and serving as one of the network’s main points of contact for the global production community.  Since joining the Channel in 2010, Parsons has developed premium series “Inside Combat Rescue”,...more


Jonathan Partridge

Senior Executive Producer

A&E Networks

With 20 years of production experience, Jonathan (JP) Partridge recently joined A&E as Senior Executive Producer. He is responsible for overseeing current programming and developing original unscripted content for the network.

Prior to joining A&E, JP served as Vice President of Development at MTV and VH1, where he managed the creation of...more

Speaking at: Summit Showdown: International Pitch Competition; Speed Pitching Two


Tim Pastore

CEO

All3Media America

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: State of the Nation: Foresight is 2020


Michaela Pereira

Journalist

Michaela Pereira is a broadcast journalist with a long and varied career. She made her tv debut in 1993 in Victoria, B.C CANADA on CHEK-TV as host of CHEK Around, an afternoon magazine program. In Southern California she is best remembered for the 9 years she spent...more

Speaking at: Summit Showdown: International Pitch Competition


Alex Piper

Head of Unscripted, North & South America

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 at: Talking Talent


Leela Pon

SVP, Development

E! Entertainment

Leela Pon is the SVP of Development for E! & Bravo, where she is responsible for developing and creating new hit shows and formats for the global pop culture networks.

Pon has been integral in developing and overseeing E! series including, BotchedChelsea Lately, Rich Kids of Beverly Hills and the WAGS franchise. She is currently working...more


Chanel Pysnik

Director of Development, CNN Original Series

CNN

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Jenna Rosa

VP, Development

Bravo

Bio Coming Soon...


Pete Ross

SVP of Development

Left/Right

Pete Ross is SVP of Development at Left/Right, and oversees a large slate of diverse projects that truly reflects Left/Right’s “mass and class” brand: smart, artfully-crafted shows that appeal to a wide audience, from premium docuseries to live events and international formats.

Since joining Left/Right in 2014, Pete and his team...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


David Royle

Chief Programming Officer & EVP, Production

Smithsonian Channel

Bio Coming Soon...


Robert E Salvestrin

COO - Head of Distribution

Lucky You

Robert Salvestrin is the CEO of LUCKY YOU, an international documentary distribution company based in Paris, which was awarded the prize of BEST FRENCH DISTRIBUTOR 2019 within the documentary genre.

Through Lucky You, Robert’s main goal it to advise producers on international content and trends, and to fill in the financing...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Jason Sarlanis

SVP, Development

TLC

Jason Sarlanis joined TLC in December 2016 as Senior Vice President, Development. Based out of the Los Angeles office, Sarlanis oversees development teams on both coasts, spearheading such projects as 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way, sMotheredSweet Home Sextuplets and The Family Chantel. Sarlanis reports directly to TLC President, Howard Lee.

Prior to TLC, Sarlanis...more

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


Joseph Schneier

VP, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

Joseph Schneier is Discovery Channel’s Vice President of Development and Production, heading the West Coast Development team, based at the Discovery Channel offices in Los Angeles.
 
Schneier first joined Discovery in 2012. He has Executive Produced multiple hours for Shark Week and oversaw the hit series “Alaskan Bush People” and “Moonshiners.”...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Joseph Schneier, Discovery Channel


Edward Simpson

Chief Strategy Officer

Wheelhouse

Ed Simpson is chief strategy officer at Wheelhouse Group, overseeing strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and business development across all divisions of the company. Run by CEO Brent Montgomery, in close partnership with Jimmy Kimmel, Wheelhouse serves as a one-stop shop for content, talent, brands and entrepreneurs, harnessing business and...more

Speaking at: State of the Nation: Foresight is 2020


Adam Steinman

VP, Creative, Format, Development & Sales

Warner Bros. International Television Production

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Mike Suggett

Head of Programming & Development

MotorTrend Network

Mike Suggett is the head of content strategy and programming for MotorTrend Group, responsible for content development, production and programming for the MotoTrend App, MotorTrend TV and the MotorTrend YouTube channel. MotorTrend Group is a joint venture with Discovery and reaches more than 131 million fans every month across its...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Mike Suggett, Motor Trend Network


Loren Syer-Willoughby

Head of Acquisitions

Off the Fence

Loren started her career as a sales executive at Indigo Film & Television, selling to multiple territories across factual, fiction and kid’s content to international broadcasters around the world. After three years, Loren moved to Off the Fence as an Acquisitions Executive and is based in their London office.

Four years...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Drew Tappon

Chief Creative Officer

495 Productions

Drew Tappon is the Chief Creative Officer for 495 Productions, a position he has held since October, 2016. In this role, he oversees all creative elements (both development and current) for the prolific production company, known for their boisterous and outrageous reality programming, including Jersey Shore, A Double Shot At...more

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


Bill Thompson

Head, Alternative Television

Verve

Bill Thompson is the Head of Alternative Television at Verve, representing a variety of production companies and producers across broadcast and cable. Notable clients include Transition Productions, Pink Sneakers, Theos Productions, and Leah Remini’s No Seriously Productions. He also represents documentary filmmakers Andrew Muscato (Mooch, The Swamp) and two-time Academy Award...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Zena Van Ackeren

VP, Talent & Casting, Unscripted Development

MGM Studios

A TV veteran with 20 years’ experience in the business, Van Ackeren began her career as the phenomenon of unscripted television emerged in 1999. As a freelance Casting Director for over a decade, she crisscrossed the globe discovering authentic characters for over 30 unscripted shows in a variety of genres....more

Speaking at: Talking Talent


Jessica Watson

Director, Global Sales & Acquisitions

Boat Rocker Studios

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Keith Wooten

Director of Development, Original Programming

BET Networks

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two

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