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

Speakers

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Jon Adler

VP, 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


Sarita Alami

Production Lead

MailChimp

Sarita Alami is the Production Lead of Mailchimp Presents, a new home for business entertainment built with small businesses and entrepreneurs in mind. She leads the creative development and production of Mailchimp's original short-form series, films, and podcasts. She was also instrumental in building Mailchimp's sponsorship program, which has contributed...more

Speaking at: Brand on Board: Partnering with Brands for Non-fiction


Brandon Allen

Manager, Linear & Digital Development

Fuse Media

Brandon Allen serves as the Manager of Linear & Digital Development for Fuse Media, a cross-platform entertainment media brand focused on music and multicultural youth.

Brandon helps to oversee the development of incoming and internal projects, including all linear and digital content. He is responsible for working with influential members of...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three; Luncheon Roundtables


Sarah Amos

VP, Development & Production, New Media

Marvel Entertainment

Sarah Amos currently serves as the VP of Development and Production for Marvel Entertainment’s New Media division. In this role, she oversees the video and audio content slate for Marvel.com and third-party platforms, including Disney+. Sarah also spearheads the relationship with Marvel Entertainment’s other various lines of business in developing...more

Speaking at: Disney+: A Closer Look


Bengt Anderson

Executive Producer

National Geographic

Bengt joined the National Geographic Channel as an Executive Producer in Production in April of 2017. He currently helms LIMITLESS W/CHRIS HEMSWORTH, RACE TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, RUNNING WILD W/BEAR GRYLLS, TRAFFICKED W/MARIANA VAN ZELLER and TORN (NG feature doc), for the network. Prior to joining the Channel he spent close to four years designing and...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Gregor Angus

Chief Executive

TrueRoyalty.tv

Gregor is the Chief Executive of ABM Communications, a company he co-founded in 2017. Together with business partners Nick Bullen and Edward Mason, ABM launched True Royalty TV, the world’s only subscription video on demand TV service (SVOD) dedicated to Royal factual content in 2018.

Dubbed by Variety as “the Netflix...more

Speaking at: Variety on Demand: Niche Streamers Spotlight


Avi Armoza

CEO

Armoza Formats

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Format-Forward: The Challenges and Opportunities Ahead


Steven Ascher

SVP, Six West Media™

A+E Networks

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


Hayley Babcock

Head of Formats, International Programming & Production

A+E Networks

Bio Coming Soon... 

Speaking at: Format-Forward: The Challenges and Opportunities Ahead


Rob Bagshaw

EVP, Unscripted Content

Nickelodeon

Rob Bagshaw is Executive Vice President of Unscripted Content for the Nickelodeon Group. In this role, he is in charge of development and production of unscripted content across all formats and platforms, ranging from reality competition shows to the network’s marquee live events like Kids’ Choice Awards and Kids’ Choice Sportsf...more

Speaking at: Linear: Alive and Well; 30 Minutes With: Rob Bagshaw, Nickelodeon


Christian Barcellos

SVP Development & Production

CNBC

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Christian Barcellos, CNBC


Alison Barrat

Vice President, Production and Development

Love Nature

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Emily Baustien

Development Manager, Discovery & Science

Discovery, Inc.

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


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: Natural History's Brave New World


Camille Bernier-Green

Development Coordinator, Facebook Watch Originals

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


Liz Brach

Senior Director of Programming

HGTV

Speaking at: Summit Showdown: International Pitch Competition


David Brady

CEO

Cream Productions

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


Marco Bresaz

SVP, Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming

AMC, SundanceTV & BBC America

As senior vice president of non-fiction and alternative programming for AMC, BBC America, and SundanceTV, Marco Bresaz oversees each networks’ original non-fiction programming development and their current portfolio of non-fiction programming. He first joined AMC Networks in 2010 as vice president of original programming and development for SundanceTV, and in...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with...Marco Bresaz, AMC, SundanceTV & BBC America


Sophie Bressler

Agent

Abrams Artists Agency

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


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

Speaking at: Cocktails with...Brie Miranda Bryant, Lifetime


Heather Budman

Agent, Alternative

Kaplan Stahler Agency

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Meghan Cassin

VP, 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...more

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


John Cavanagh

Executive Producer

Smithsonian Channel

John Cavanagh is an Executive Producer for Smithsonian Channel.  Since joining in 2016, he has produced over a hundred and fifty hours for the Channel including three seasons of America in Color, two seasons of the comic history series Mystic Britain, and the eight-part miniseries The Pacific War in Color. His recent specials include Adolf Island, When Tariq Met Malcolm and Atomic...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Ryan Chanatry

General Manager

Topic

Ryan Chanatry is the General Manager of Topic, First Look Media’s video streaming service where he
oversees business strategy and operations, P&L, as well as original programming, content acquisitions &
sales, marketing, and distribution. Previously, Ryan oversaw First Look’s Audience Development efforts,
including acquisition strategy, partnerships, newsletter growth, and paid...more

Speaking at: Variety on Demand: Niche Streamers Spotlight


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


Sydney Clover

Senior Director, Development

National Geographic

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Jeff Conroy

Co-Founder/Partner

BoBCat Studios

Award-winning television producer (including 3 Emmys) and creative executive on 1,500+ episodes and 50 television series across 15 different networks. During his tenure at Original Productions, Conroy rose through the ranks from Producer to Show Runner, to Executive Producer and President heading all creative teams.   Notable projects include hit shows...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


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


Dan Cutforth

Co-Founder

Alfred Street Industries

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz


Jenny Daly

President

Critical Content Studios

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Talking Talent


Alison Dammann

VP, Development

Good Caper Content

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Geoff Daniels

EVP, Global Unscripted Entertainment

National Geographic Channel

Geoffrey Daniels is the Executive Vice President of Global Unscripted Entertainment. In this role, Daniels oversees all development and production for unscripted programming for both National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD. Daniels reports to Courteney Monroe and is based in National Geographic’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.   

As part of his...more

Speaking at: Entertainment As Call To Action; Disney+: A Closer Look


Nicola Davey

Acquisitions & Co-Productions Manager

TCB Media Rights

Nicola Davey is Acquisitions and Co-productions Executive at TCB Media Rights. Based in London, Nicola is responsible for identifying and securing content fit for international distribution at every stage of the development process and is across all of TCBs acquisition and pre-sale projects and strategies. Nicola is also charged with...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Eric Deggans

TV Critic

National Public Radio (NPR)

Eric Deggans is NPR’s first full-time TV critic, crafting stories and commentaries for the network’s shows, including Morning Edition, Here & Now and All Things Considered, along with writing material for NPR.org and appearing on podcasts such as Code Switch and Pop Culture Happy Hour. He also serves as a media...more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Paula Kerger, PBS


Elyse Delmore

VP, Unscripted Development

MGM Television

Elyse Delmore is the Executive Director of Unscripted Development at MGM Studios, the studio that produces CBS’s Survivor, ABC’s Shark Tank, NBC’s The Voice, plus many more. She develops and produces game shows, competition formats, variety shows and everything in between for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. Elyse started her...more

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


Anthony DiBiase

Agent, Alternative & Factual Programming

APA

Anthony DiBiase is an Agent in the Alternative & Factual Programming Department at APA, one of the largest diversified talent agencies in the industry with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, New York, Toronto and London.  

DiBiase specializes in the staffing of the AFP Department’s freelance clients, whose work has been featured on...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Toby Dormer

SVP, Global Unscripted Development & Production

Entertainment One Television

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Stephanie Drachkovitch

Co-Founder & President

44 Blue Productions

Former studio executive Stephanie is the leading force behind 44 Blue’s dynamic slate of programming. During stints as Senior Vice President of Development for Warner Bros. Telepictures, and Disney’s Buena Vista TV unit, Stephanie developed for broadcast primetime The Bachelor, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and syndication Who Wants To Be...more

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


Pamela Duckworth

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


Gretchen Eisele

Director of Development and Production

Science Channel

Gretchen Eisele is the Director of Development and Production for Science Channel.

She has worked as an Executive Producer at Peacock Productions and as an independent showrunner for various networks including National Geographic, History Channel, and ABC, overseeing series, specials and live events. 

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three; Luncheon Roundtables


Emily Elisha

Head of Factual

Banijay Rights

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Liesel Evans

Creative Director, UK Factual

Raw TV

Liesel Evans joined Raw in July 2017 as Creative Director of UK Factual; overseeing the development and production of series and singles for all the major UK broadcasters and SVODs. Recent credits include critically acclaimed Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me (BBC), Drowning in Plastic (BBC), Mad Cow Disease: The Great British Beef Scandal (BBC),...more

Speaking at: Entertainment As Call To Action


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

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Toby Faulkner, Facebook Watch


Cynthia Fenneman

President & CEO

American Public Television & Create TV

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Cynthia Fenneman, American Public Television & Create TV; Speed Pitching Three


Danny Fenton

CEO

Zig Zag Productions

Fenton founded Zig Zag in 1999 and has established the company as an innovative transatlantic television production company, respected for its eclectic approach to over 700 hours of programme making. The company is one of the largest remaining truly independent UK production companies.

Prior to Zig Zag Fenton began his career...more

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.


Ivo Fischer

Partner, Non-Scripted Television

WME

Ivo Fischer is partner in WME’s Non-Scripted Television department. In his role, he works with clients including David Copperfield (The Magic), Chris Harrison (The Bachelor), Bret Michaels (Rock of Love with Bret Michaels), and producers Noah Bonnett (Mental Samurai) and Josh Silberman (Fear Factor).

Fischer joined Endeavor in 2003, and transitioned...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Jimmy Fox

President

Main Event Media

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz


Zara Frankel

Director, Programming & Development

PBS

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Lauren Frasca

VP, Production & Development

Magnolia Network

Lauren Frasca joins the Discovery Joint Venture as VP of Production and Development. She comes to the role from Facebook’s Creative Shop Studio team, where she worked with networks, studios and other IP owners such as Conde Nast, Disney, Group 9, and Refinery29 to create and monetize innovative content across...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One


Glen Freyer

SVP, TV & Digital Content

Alkemy X

Glen Freyer has Produced or Executive Produced over 800 episodes of television, starting with the syndicated hit series, Blind Date, and the Fox series, Classmates, which he created. He had an overall development deal with Twentieth Television’s Fox Labs and was head of non-fiction development for Court TV and truTV....more

Speaking at: Brand on Board: Partnering with Brands for Non-fiction


Dolores Gavin

Senior Executive, Production & Development

A&E Network

Dolores Gavin is Senior Executive, Development & Production for A&Ea role she assumed in November 2019.  She is responsible for developing and executing new nonfiction franchises...more

Speaking at: Linear: Alive and Well


Lauren Gellert

EVP, Development & Original Programming

WE TV

As WE tv’s executive vice president of development & original programming, Lauren Gellert is responsible for developing and producing brand-defining original series’ that drive viewership, build buzz and support the network’s overall business and revenue goals. She leads the network’s efforts in finding fresh new unscripted originals and oversees the...more

Speaking at: Linear: Alive and Well


Laetitia Giansily-Doyle

Sales & Acquisitions, North America

Terranoa

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


Lisa Godfrey

VP, Original Programming

Corus Entertainment

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


Debra Goldfarb

Head of Alternative Television

Gersh Agency

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Jennifer Gordon

VP, Development

TLC

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Jennifer Gordon, TLC


Sean Gottlieb

VP, Development & Programming

A&E Network

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 from 9pm-12am...more

Speaking at: Summit Showdown: International Pitch Competition


Shade Grant

Partner and Co-Head, Non-Scripted

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: Meet a Mentor: Mike Gunton, BBC Natural History Unit; Natural History'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: Natural History's Brave New World


Jennifer Harkness

SVP, Unscripted Content

Blue Ant Studios

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Karin Heijink

VP, Channels & Products

Viasat World

Karin Heijink is Vice President Pay-TV Channels and Products at leading international broadcaster Viasat World. Her key focus is channel management across the company’s full portfolio of factual, drama and entertainment brands. Karin leads teams which define and roll out the content acquisition and aggregation strategy, harnessing the expertise within the...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two; Coffee + Commissioners


Sara Helman

VP, Program Development

TLC

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


Roger Henry

VP, Programming

MotorTrend Network

Roger Henry is Vice President of Programming for MotorTrend TV (formerly Velocity), responsible for overseeing the budget, strategy and scheduling of all original programming and acquisitions for the network.

Henry joined Velocity in November 2015, guiding a programming strategy that has driven the network to exceptional ratings growth during a time...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


Susan Henry

Senior Director, Original Programming & Production

TV One

Susan Henry is an award-winning producer with a career spanning more than 20 years of accomplished experience. As Senior Director of Original Programming and Production for TV One, Henry utilizes her professional knowledge and experience to create informative, cutting edge content such as, Rickey Smiley for Real, The DL Hughley...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Susan Henry, TV One


Mioshi Hill

VP, Non-Fiction Programming & Development

Lifetime

Mioshi Hill currently serves as Vice President of Non-Fiction Programming and Development for Lifetime and is responsible for developing and overseeing production of non-fiction projects for the network.

Hill, who joined Lifetime in 2015, is responsible for overseeing the development and production of multiple docu-series and non-fiction programs on the network’s...more

Speaking at: Food for Thought: Making Diversity and Inclusion a Priority; Speed Pitching One


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; 30 Minutes With: Danny Horan, Channel 4


Kelly Hornsby

Head of Acquisitions

A+E Networks EMEA

Kelly Hornsby isHead of Acquisitionsacross the A+E Networks UK portfolio, solely responsible for acquisitions and pre sales across the company’s range of channels and territories, as well as screening and identifying suitable programming for acquisition. These channels are: HISTORY, Crime + Investigation, Lifetime, History2 and BLAZE.

She is a key part...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Coffee + Commissioners


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: Coffee + Commissioners; Cooking Up Copros: What’s Working, Where


Rose Hughes

VP, Sales

Keshet International

Rose is responsible for the sales of all Keshet International formats and finished series to Europe, UK, Canada, and the USA, alongside pan-regional and global platforms.

She oversees an eclectic catalogue that includes the premium drama series like BBC One’s The Trial of Christine Keeler, HBO’sOur Boys, Prisoners of War, BBC...more

Speaking at: Format-Forward: The Challenges and Opportunities Ahead


Marcie Hume

Senior Executive Producer

A&E Network

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 her...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

Mandel Ilagan is the VP of unscripted development at Nickelodeon, where he’s helped launch shows such as The Crystal Maze, The Substitute, Top Elf, Paradise Run, and the recent reboots of Double Dare and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader. 

Prior to Nickelodeon, Ilagan served as an exec at Hasbro Studios...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Katie Isaacson

Senior Manager of Development, CNN Original Series

CNN

Katie Isaacson is Senior Manager of Development for CNN Original Series at CNN, based in New York City. In this position, she is responsible for cultivating relationships within the creative community and developing original programming across a variety of CNN platforms. She is responsible for the development of show concepts...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Maria Ishak

SVP, Sales North America

All3media International

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Andrew Jackson

President Plimsoll International

Plimsoll Productions

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: Natural History's Brave New World


Patrick Jager

CEO

CORE Innovation Group

CEO of CORE Innovation Group (www.core-ig.com) Patrick Jager is an award-winning, multi-discipline media executive - having held leadership and creative positions in broadcast, cable and digital media outlets. A dynamic leader for an ever-changing business climate, Jager is dedicated to the role content plays in every business and every interaction,...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Getting Into the Game


Susie Jones

Commissioning Editor, Documentaries

SBS Television

Susie Jones joined SBS as Commissioning Editor of Documentaries within the television and online content division in 2016. Susie commissions and oversees the production of distinctive multiplatform documentary content that inspires all Australians to explore, appreciate and celebrate our multicultural society. Since joining SBS Susie has commissioned a range of...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Greg Kampanis

SVP & General Manager

Omnia Media

Greg Kampanis is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Omnia Media, the largest digital-first media company serving a Millennial and Gen Z fan community passionate about gaming culture. Greg oversees development, production, and distribution of Omnia’s owned and operated properties including Arcade Cloud, The Countdown, Wisecrack, and BCC Gaming. ...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Getting Into the Game


Jen Kavanagh

SVP, Marketing & Media

Philadelphia Eagles

Jen Kavanagh was named the team’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Media shortly after the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory during the 2018 offseason. Kavanagh is responsible for the team’s content, marketing and media strategy.

An award-winning industry leader for the past 15 years, Kavanagh was most recently the founder...more

Speaking at: Brand on Board: Partnering with Brands for Non-fiction


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


Bruce David Klein

President & Executive Producer

Atlas Media Corp

As the President & Executive Producer of Atlas Media Corp, Bruce David Klein has been a recognized pioneer, industry leader, and creative force behind hundreds of hours of high-profile, award-winning unscripted series, specials and theatrical documentaries. He has created, written, directed, produced and/or executive-produced series and specials such as Hotel...more

Speaking at: Linear: Alive and Well


Felix LaHaye

Founder & CEO

United Esports

Felix LaHaye is the founder and CEO of United Esports (https://www.unitedesports.com/), a leading media and marketing firm empowering brands and organizations who leverage the power of esports and its audiences. His career is defined by his thought-leadership and innovations in the world of digital marketing. As founder...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Getting Into the Game


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 Unscripted Development, Programming & Specials

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Robyn Lattaker-Johnson, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network; Speed Pitching Two


Elizabeth LeBlanc

Director, International Sales

PBS International

Betsy LeBlanc, Director, PBS International has more than 22 years of broadcast sales and marketing experience.  LeBlanc helped to launch the division as WGBH International in 1997 and has been instrumental in the successful growth of the company. In her current role she is responsible for the direction and implementation of sales...more

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David Lee

VP, Content & Development

MotorTrend Network

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: David Lee, Motor Trend Network


Howard Lee

President & General Manager

TLC

Howard Lee is President and General Manager of TLC, a top-three network for women audiences in America. In this role, Lee oversees all aspects of the network’s creative and business operations, including programming, production, development, digital, research, communications and marketing in the U.S., and supervises teams based in New York,...more

Speaking at: Born At Realscreen: 90 Day Fiancé’s Franchise Phenomenon


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


Alex Leibow

Development Manager

Snap Inc

Alex Leibow joined Snap Inc. in 2015 when the camera company was beginning its initial content efforts. As Development Manager on the Originals team, Leibow leads development on a number of Snapchat's tentpole Originals, including Bringing Up Bhabie, Endless Summer, Tekashi69 Vs. The World, Nikita Unfiltered, The Honeybeez, Driven, Stranded with Sam &...more

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Arielle Lever

Agent, International TV & Media

ICM Partners

Bio Coming Soon...

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Mark Levine

VP, Content & Programming

Magnolia Network

Mark Levine serves as Vice President, Content & Programming for the forthcoming Magnolia Network with Discovery, Inc. Formerly, Levine created and launched hit series at Food Network such as Kids Baking Championship and Supermarket Stakeout while overseeing franchises like Food Network Star, Iron Chef and Cutthroat Kitchen. He created the first kids programming for Food Network, Rachael vs. Guy: Kid’s Cook-Off, which served as a...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Mark Levine, Magnolia Network


Marisa Levy

Head of Unscripted

BET Networks

As Head of Unscripted Programming at CBSViacom’s BET Networks, Marisa Levy oversees the development and production of all original non-fiction programming across BET and newly launched SVOD service BET+.  She is a consummate storyteller with an impressive track record of understanding diverse audiences and developing content that resonates with them....more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Marisa Levy, BET Networks


Richard Life

Head of Acquisitions

Cineflix Rights

Richard Life spearheads acquisitions for Cineflix Rights and the expansion of the company’s catalogue of factual and scripted programming through producer partnerships, development and first-look deals, and co-productions.

Richard is one of the UK’s most experienced TV distribution executives, and previously held the roles of Head of Acquisitions and Co-productions at...more

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Samantha Linton

Head of Original Content, Canada

Blue Ant Media

Bio Coming Soon...

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Jane Lipsitz

CEO

Alfred Street Industries

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz


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

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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

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Krista Look

Director of Original Lifestyle Content

Corus Entertainment

Krista Look is the Director of Original Lifestyle Content for Corus Entertainment in Toronto. In this role, she is responsible for steering the original content strategies and reality/lifestyle slates for some of Canada’s most-watched networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, Slice and Global Television.

Krista’s Corus Studios lifestyle team is...more

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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: Natural History's Brave New World; Meet a Mentor: Laura Marshall, Icon Films


Ross Mathews

TV Personality, Host & Pop Culture Expert

Since 2001, Ross Mathews has traveled the world and established himself as one of the most in-demand television personalities, hosts and pop culture experts in the entertainment arena today. Endearing and witty, undeniably funny and one of the hardest working people in show business, Mathews has won the hearts of...more

Speaking at: 2020 REALSCREEN AWARDS


Ghen Maynard

Producer

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 at: Safe Sets: Best Practices for Duty of Care


Gena McCarthy

EVP of Development & Programming, Lifetime Unscripted

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

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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


Ashley McFarlin Buie

VP, Development

WE TV

As vice president of development for WE tv, Ashley McFarlin Buie oversees new and developing projects for the network and serves as an executive producer on the popular series, Beyond the Pole.

With over twenty years in the industry, Buie has garnered a strong reputation for crafting layered, elevated stories of larger-than-life...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Speed Pitching One


Brian McGinn

Partner

Supper Club

Brian McGinn is an Emmy-nominated director, writer and producer. He is best known for directing, writing and producing the acclaimed feature documentary Amanda Knox, executive producing and directing the award-winning series Chef's Table, and co-creating and executive producing the series Street Food. He previously directed the comedy special Ferrell Takes...more

Speaking at: Disney+: A Closer Look


Winona Meringolo

SVP, Development

Investigation Discovery

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Winona Meringolo, Investigation Discovery


Hayden K. Meyer

Agency Partner, EVP, Head of Alternative & Factual Programming

APA

Hayden K. Meyer is a Partner, Executive Vice President and the Head of Alternative & Factual Programming at APA, one of the largest diversified and privately-owned talent agencies in the industry with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, New York, Toronto and London. 

Founded in 1962 by former associates of the legendary MCA,...more

Speaking at: Format-Forward: The Challenges and Opportunities Ahead


Max Micallef

VP, Nonfiction 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

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Diane Min

Head of Format Sales

CJ ENM

Diane is currently the head of format sales at CJ ENM, overlooking scripted and non-scripted format distribution in America, Europe and MENA regions for 16 cable networks.

She joined CJ ENM in 2010 and was responsible for sales of finished content for...more

Speaking at: Format-Forward: The Challenges and Opportunities Ahead


Shawn Moffatt

Managing Partner

Go To Team

Shawn Moffatt heads development as the Managing Partner of Go To Team, an elite group of staff camera crews built to shoot unscripted, docu-follow and storytelling features for networks, production companies, agencies and brands.

Go To Team’s Esports division was spearheaded by Moffatt, who believed early on in the trajectory of...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Getting Into the Game


Angela Molloy

VP, Development

WE TV

Angela Molloy is WE tv’s vice president of development, based in the network’s Los Angeles office.  She works closely with west coast based production partners and agencies to find fresh new unscripted programming for the network. She is currently an Executive Producer on the Marriage Boot Camp franchise and Bridezillas, among...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Angela Molloy, WEtv


Gold Morgan

Manager of Programming and Production

TV One

Bio Coming Soon...

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Tara Nadolny

Sr Manager of Development

VICE TV

Tara joined VICE in 2015, and after working in roles across production has been on its TV development team for the past two years. During her time at VICE, she's worked on series Noisey, Gaycation, King of the Road, Bong Appetit, Hate Thy Neighbor, Never Too Late, and Dark Side of the Ring as...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two; Luncheon Roundtables


Kelly Nash

VP, Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming AMC, Sundance TV, BBCA

AMC, BBC America & SundanceTV

As vice president of Non-fiction Programming for AMC, BBC America, and SundanceTV, Kelly Nash oversees each networks’ non-fiction programming development, as well as their current series, including the multi-part franchise docuseries, AMC Visionaries, with seasons of Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics, James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction, and Eli...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Tony Nguyen

SVP, Development

Bright Bay Creative

Tony Nguyen serves as senior vice president of development for Bright Bay Creative, shepherding the company’s development slate and managing transitioning projects from development to production.

Prior to joining Bright Bay in early 2019, Nguyen was vice president of development at Complex Networks where he served as executive producer on such...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Michael O'Connell

Senior Writer

The Hollywood Reporter

A TV enthusiast and expert, O'Connell has chronicled the medium's evolution since joining The Hollywood Reporter in 2011. His purview at the ASME-winning weekly magazine spans awards coverage, feature writing, trend pieces and many areas in between. He seldom tweets, and his parents think he is criminally underrated.

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


Cecilie Olsen

SVP, Global Content, Non-scripted

ITV Studios

As the SVP of Global Content, Non-Scripted at ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Cecilie Olsen heads up the non-scripted acquisitions team. Olsen also actively seeks out new third party co-production partners, as well as oversees the internal labels' non-scripted programming output for international distribution. Olsen is looking for shows that are...more

Speaking at: Entertainment As Call To Action


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


Danielle Ostroske-D'Ingillo

Senior Director, Development

TLC

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables


Allison Page

President

Magnolia Network

Allison Page is President of Magnolia Network, the recently announced media joint venture between Discovery, Inc. and Magnolia, the Waco, Texas-based home and lifestyle brand led by Chip and Joanna Gaines. The multiplatform media company will comprise a linear television network set to launch in early October 2020 and a...more

Speaking at: State of the Nation: Foresight is 2020


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

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

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Charlie Parsons, National Geographic


Jonathan Partridge

Senior Executive Producer

A&E Network

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

Tim Pastore is Chief Executive Officer of All3Media America, the U.S. arm of one of the largest independent television, film, and digital production groups in the world. A multiple Emmy Award-winning producer who brings his content development and production expertise to the leadership role, Pastore is driving the growth of...more

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


Caroline Perez

VP, Development & Production

Science Channel

Caroline Perez serves as Vice President, Development and Production for Science Channel, bringing new series and specials to Science, Discovery and the international networks of Discovery, Inc. She has also held roles in production and development at TLC, Destination America and VH1. Prior to working in non-fiction cable production and...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners; Cocktails With... Caroline Perez, Science Channel


Lucy Perez

Manager, Alternative Programming

USA Network/Syfy

Lucy Perez is the Manager of Alternative Programming for USA Network and Syfy. Most recently, she has worked on the creative team overseeing USA’s Temptation Island, Chrisley Knows Best, and Miz & Mrs. Lucy is a Southern California native and currently based in Los Angeles.

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three


Babette Perry

Head of Broadcast & Alternative TV

Innovative Artists

Bio Coming Soon...

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Alexander 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; 30 Minutes With: Alex Piper, YouTube


Noah Pollack

Executive Producer & Consultant

M.A.P Media & Consulting

Noah Pollack is a media consultant, producer and the founder of MAP Media. An award winning producer and network executive, Pollack has both extensive domestic and international programming experience, selling and producing series at four of the American broadcast networks, as well as launching the highest rated shows on two separate cable channels and...more

Speaking at: Variety on Demand: Niche Streamers Spotlight


Diane Rankin

SVP, Rights/Executive Producer

Distribution360

Diane Rankin leads Distribution360, overseeing all sales and acquisitions activity for international distribution, working with independent producers, as well as marblemedia's internal production team, to bring great content to buyers around the World. Diane works on projects from development through to delivery, setting up strategic partnerships, raising finance and executive...more

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Shaun Robinson

Host

90 Day Fiance Tell All

Emmy Award-winning journalist, television personality, author, producer, actress, philanthropist and girls’ empowerment activist, Shaun Robinson is a true role model.

She has won the respect and admiration of millions of daily television viewers throughout her career, including her work as host of the entertainment news show, Access Hollywood. Shaun has interviewed...more

Speaking at: Born At Realscreen: 90 Day Fiancé’s Franchise Phenomenon


Jane Root

Founder & CEO

Nutopia

Jane Root is the founder of specialist factual production company Nutopia. A leading creative executive with a reputation for innovation, determination and delivery. Root’s work was celebrated by Women in Film & TV when she was awarded the prestigious 2017 Business Award acknowledging her outstanding achievements in the industry.

Nutopia is...more

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Jenna Rosa

VP, Development

Bravo Media & E! Entertainment

As Vice President, Development for Bravo Media and E! Entertainment, Jenna Rosa works to create and develop new unscripted projects including pilots, casting reels and original concepts.

Jenna spearheaded the development of the recently the announced The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City and Spy Games. She also developed past shows...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Jenna Rosa, Bravo


Natalie Rose

Commissioning Executive

UKTV

Natalie is a Commissioning Editor at UKTV, home of channels including Dave, W, Gold and Yesterday specialising in Factual and Fact Ent.

Since joining in 2017, has commissioned and executive produced some of the network’s flagship series such as Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over, Borderforce: America’s Gatekeepers, Inside the Ambulance, Bangers and Cash...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


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


Brittinee Royes

Manager, Programming & Development

Oxygen Media

Bio Coming Soon...

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David Royle

Chief Programming Officer & EVP, Production

Smithsonian Channel

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: David Royle, Smithsonian Channel


Loren Ruch

Group SVP, Production & Development

HGTV

Loren Ruch is the Group Senior Vice President of Development and Production for HGTV where he oversees the programming team along with many of the networks’ high-profile series and pilots including A Very Brady Renovation, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Property Brothers: Forever Home, Brother vs. Brother, My Lottery Dream Home,...more

Speaking at: Cocktails with...Loren Ruch, HGTV


Lynn Sadofsky

SVP, Food Network Programming & Development

Food Network

Lynn Sadofsky currently serves as Senior Vice President of Programming and Development for Food Network and Cooking Channel. She is responsible for developing new series, managing current programming and cultivating new talent for both of Discovery Inc’s lifestyle brands.

Sadofsky has more than 20 years of television experience, working on both...more

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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

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Wayne Sampson

VP, Programming & Development

USA Network/Syfy

Wayne Sampson serves as Vice President of Programming & Development for USA Networks & Syfy and is based in Los Angeles. 

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Wayne Sampson, USA Network/Syfy; Luncheon Roundtables


Betsy Sanner Ayala

SVP, Production & Development

HGTV

Betsy Ayala currently serves as the as Senior Vice President of Production & Development, managing the development and production of series and specials for HGTV.

She joined the company in 2016 as Vice President of Programming for the brands, overseeing such hit series as Good Bones and working with Polish media...more

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


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

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Amy Savitsky

SVP, Programming

History

Amy Savitsky is Senior Vice President, Development and Programming for HISTORY, a role she assumed in November 2019.  She is responsible for driving development and production for the network. 

Savitsky was previously Senior Vice President of...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Amy Savitsky, HISTORY


Polly Scates

Acquisitions Manager

Channel 4

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Three; Coffee + Commissioners


Jessica Schmiedchen

Executive in Charge of Development, Unscripted Content

CBC

Jessica oversees development of original content and formats in the genres of factual entertainment and doc series at CBC - on both linear television and on the broadcaster's streaming service, CBC Gem. She is responsible for sourcing the best new formats from around the world, and working with the independent production community...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners; Speed Pitching One


Michael Schneider

Senior Editor, TV Awards

Variety

Michael Schneider is the Senior Editor, TV Awards, at Variety, and a contributor to Los Angeles public radio station KCRW, where he hosts Screengrab, a weekly segment about the TV industry, and contributes to The Business. At Variety he oversees Emmy coverage and special issues, in addition to writing about television programming...more

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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


Rob Shaftel

Founder & Executive Producer

Hit + Run Creative

Rob Shaftel is founder and executive producer for Hit + Run.

Based in New York, Hit + Run Hit + Run is a full service production company known for high concept and high quality story-driven programming with unprecedented access to incredible locations and characters. Combining compelling storytelling and dynamic visuals, the company produces across all genres, from cutting edge...more

Speaking at: Brand on Board: Partnering with Brands for Non-fiction


Matt Sharp

CEO

Sharp Entertainment

Matt Sharp is the CEO, founder, and chief creative voice behind Industrial Media’s Sharp Entertainment. Since the company’s inception in 2003, he has led Sharp to become one of the world’s top creative powerhouses in unscripted television. As the company’s Executive Producer, Matt has created and produced thousands of hours of content across a wide spectrum of networks,...more

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Dan Silver

VP, Originals-Non-Fiction

Disney+

Dan Silver was named VP, Originals – Non-Fiction in November 2019. He oversees all of Disney+’s Documentaries and Docu-Series, their wide-ranging Unscripted Formatted series, and all Variety and Specials.

Previously, Dan was the head of platforms & content/new media for Marvel Entertainment where he managed all of Marvel’s digital platforms as...more

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Perry Simon

Chief Programming Executive & General Manager General Audience Programming

PBS

Perry Simon is Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming at PBS. In this role, he oversees the entire non-children’s programming strategy and budget, including the acquisition, development and production of world-class content for PBS and member stations. Working in close partnership with local stations and producing partners,...more

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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

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Rachel Smith

EVP, Development, Bravo & E! Entertainment

NBCUniversal

As Executive Vice President, Development, Bravo and E!, Rachel Smith oversees a bi-coastal team supporting unscripted development for the networks including pilots, casting reels and original concepts.  Based in New York, she reports to Frances Berwick, President, Lifestyle Networks, NBCUniversal.

Most recently, Smith expanded her role with the combining of Bravo...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Rachel Smith, E! Entertainment


Jessie Springer

Associate Manager of Development, Nat Geo WILD

Nat Geo WILD

Jessie Springer is an Associate Manager of Development for the WILD creative team. In this role, she is responsible for idea generation with an emphasis on SharkfestBig Cat Week and character-led series for Nat Geo WILD. Jessie started as an intern for Nat Geo WILD in 2015 and came on board full time in 2017 as...more

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Carlyn Staudt

EVP Love Nature Programming & Development

Love Nature

Carlyn Staudt is EVP, Love Nature Programming & Development at Blue Ant Media. She is responsible for leading the global programming strategy of Love Nature’s linear and streaming video platforms internationally, with the exception of North America. Her role also includes commissioning original content to grow the brand’s extensive library...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Carlyn Staudt, Love Nature


Adam Steinman

VP, Creative, Format, Development & Sales

Warner Bros. International Television Production

Bio Coming Soon...

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Colleen Steward

President & CEO

Tremendous! Entertainment

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Colleen Needles Steward, Tremendous Entertainment


Patty Suh

VP, Programming & Development

Food Network

Patty Suh is Vice President of Programming & Development for Food Network & Cooking Channel at Discovery, Inc. In this role, she is focused on developing new original programming ideas and identifying new on-air talent. She is based in Los Angeles, where she is also charged with facilitating and fostering...more

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Joe Sungkur

VP, Alternative Entertainment

Fox Broadcasting Company

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Joe Sungkur, FOX Entertainment


Jessie Surovell

Head of TV Development

ATTN:

Jessie Surovell is the Head of Television Development for the multimedia production company & social media powerhouse publisher ATTN:

Prior to joining ATTN: Surovell served as a VP of Content Strategy for the The Content Group, a creative collective recently launched by Asylum Entertainment co-founder Steve Michaels.  Previously, she was the VP of...more

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Igal Svet

VP, Production & Development

Discovery

Igal Svet is Vice President of Production and Development, for documentaries and specials. In this role, Svet is part of  the team that oversees  development and production strategies for event programming, documentaries, and specials. He also is responsible for the ideation and creation of a range of projects and oversee...more

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Howard Swartz

SVP, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

Speaking at: Linear: Alive and Well


Rob Swartz

SVP, Development & Production

REELZ Channel

Rob Swartz is Sr. Vice President of Development and Production at REELZ, a leading independent cable and satellite general entertainment network that is home to factual entertainment, television events, miniseries, movies and series featuring big stories and big stars. Swartz leads creative execution of the network’s development and production slate including documentaries...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Rob Swartz, Reelz Channel


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

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Tony Tackaberry

Chief Executive Officer

Lion Television USA

As Chief Executive Officer for Lion Television USA, Tony Tackaberry oversees Lion’s US operations from their New York office.  

Under his stewardship they have produced a long list of series and specials including over 500 episodes of the hit global format Cash Cab (Discovery) that recently relaunched on Bravo, Deadline Crime with Tamron...more

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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

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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


Matt Trierweiler

Director, Original Programming & Development

HGTV

Matt Trierweiler serves as Director of Original Programming and Development for HGTV and DIY Networks. In this role, he is responsible for developing and supervising series and specials.

Prior to joining Discovery, he was VP of Program Development at CMT. Over his five-year tenure at the Viacom-owned network, he served as an executive...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


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


Bertram van Munster

Executive Producer

The New Media Collective

Bertram van Munster is a ten-time Emmy® award-winning producer, director and television pioneer. With more than four decades spent developing and producing entertainment content across the globe, he is one of the industry’s most respected and creative forces.

Together with Elise Doganieri, his producing partner, van Munster runs The New Media...more

Speaking at: Disney+: A Closer Look


Nicole Vogel

VP of Unscripted Programming & Development

Lifetime

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Jessica Watson

Sr Director, Global Sales & Acquisitions

Boat Rocker Studios

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Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Nina Weinstein

Executive Story Editor

MSNBC

Nina Weinstein is the Director of Development for MSNBC Longform programming. She joined NBC NEWS in 2015, bringing an extensive background in non-fiction television production and development. Prior to joining NBC, she served as Senior Producer for RocknRobin, Robin Roberts’ production company and was a programming consultant for Fusion Television.

Previously...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two; Luncheon Roundtables


Todd Weiser

SVP, Programming & Development

Food Network

Todd Weiser is Senior Vice President of Programming and Development for Food Network and Cooking Channel.  He is responsible for developing new series, specials and tentpoles, and overseeing current programming for both of Discovery Inc.’s lifestyle food brands.  Weiser’s shows have included Holiday Baking Championship, Kids Baking Championship, Christmas Cookie Challenge,...more

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


Pamela Welch

SVP, Development

GRB Studios

Pamela Welch is the SVP of Development for GRB Studios where she is responsible for creating and developing original and talent driven content for the company.  Prior to joining GRB Studios she was at Discovery Studios, the in-house production arm for Discovery Communications, for a decade where she developed, produced...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Sean Wheatley

Head of Acquisitions

Passion Distribution

As Head of Acquisitions at Passion Distribution, Sean Wheatley spearheads the company’s content acquisition activity, working closely with Passion Distribution’s production partners - both with independent producers and the Tinopolis group companies. Since joining the company in June 2018 Sean has acquired a range of high-quality unscripted titles from production...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Lauren Whitelaw

Head of Programming

OUTtv Network

Lauren is the Head of Programming for OUTtv, currently with services in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  With servicing multiple territories, she has successfully negotiated contracts with companies worldwide.  Lauren recently joined the development team at the network and continues to work closely with Producers globally to find...more

Speaking at: Coffee + Commissioners


Deborah Williams

Executive Director

Creative Diversity Network

Deborah Williams is Executive Director of The Creative Diversity Network (CDN), the body funded by the UK’s major broadcasters, which brings together organisations across the UK television industry to promote, celebrate and share good practice around the diversity agenda. As Executive Director, Deborah is responsible for delivering all aspects of...more

Speaking at: Food for Thought: Making Diversity and Inclusion a Priority


Keith Wooten

Director of Development, Original Programming

BET Networks

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two


Matt Wrablik

SVP, Development

Critical Content

With 13 years of experience, Wrablik has helped develop shows for a multitude of broadcast and cable networks including E!’s Very Cavallari, CMT’s Racing Wives, NBC’s The Winner Is and American Dream Builders. After beginning his career in the mailroom at the Endeavor Talent Agency, he went on to pursue...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Maggie Zeltner

Director Programming and Development

HGTV

Maggie Zeltner currently serves as Director of Development and Programming for HGTV. In her role, Maggie identifies and develops new projects and talent, as well as oversees existing series. 

She joined the company in 2015, overseeing hits for HGTV and DIY including Tiny Luxury and Island Hunters. Maggie then went over...more

Speaking at: Summit Showdown: International Pitch Competition

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