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Advisory Board

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Advisory Board Co-Chairs

Nancy Daniels

Head of Discovery, Animal Planet, Science, TBS, TNT & truTV
Discovery, Inc.

Nancy Daniels is Chief Brand Officer, Discovery & Factual, where she oversees all creative and brand strategy, development, production, multiplatform, communications, marketing and day-to-day operations for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel in the U.S. Previously Daniels was President of TLC, where she led the company's flagship female-focused channel,...more

Speaking on: A Deep Dive Into Discovery+

Robert Sharenow

President of Programming
A+E Networks

As President of Programming at A+E Networks, Sharenow is responsible for overseeing all content for the entire A+E portfolio of networks, including A&E®, Lifetime® and HISTORY®.  Under Sharenow’s leadership, A&E has become the industry leader in groundbreaking nonfiction programming and a top 5 network with the most watched series in cable Live PD and Emmy-Award-winners, Intervention and Biography; Lifetime...more

Speaking on: Keynote Conversation: Robert Sharenow, A+E Networks

Advisory Board Members

Sylvia Bugg

Chief Programming Executive & General Manager

As Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, Sylvia Bugg oversees all non-children’s content and leads PBS’s programming strategy across its broadcast and digital platforms. She is also responsible for the acquisition and development of world-class programming for PBS and its member stations, with a particular focus on sharing important stories that...more

Speaking on: State of the Nation: Change, Challenge, Opportunity

Jill Dickerson

EVP & Head of Development

Jill Dickerson is a senior member of the Snap Originals team at Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat. In this role, Jill helps lead the development of our docuseries and unscripted efforts from Snap’s Santa Monica headquarters.

Jill is also a current member of the executive committee of the Academy...more

Speaking on: Medium and the Message: How Different Platforms Tackle Topical Content

Sophie Ferron

Media Ranch Inc

Sophie Ferron launched her successful Canadian-based Format agency, Media Ranch, in 2008 to develop, produce and distribute original and existing television formats around the world, specializing in factual, reality tv, docu-reality and lifestyle. The company portfolio includes internationally renowned companies such as Danish Radio (DR) and Endemol Shine Group, among...more

Speaking on: Formats to the Rescue

Debra Goldfarb

Head of Alternative Television
Gersh Agency

Debra Goldfarb is the Head of the Alternative Television Department at The Gersh Agency, with offices in both Beverly Hills and New York. Prior to joining Gersh in November of 2017, Goldfarb spent 15 years at Rebel Entertainment Partners, becoming both a Partner and Co-Owner. Prior to her years with...more

Speaking on: New Talent: Where to Find It, How to Attract It

Kevin Hill

Head, Television & Digital Development
Seven Bucks

Kevin Hill is Head of Television and Digital Development at Seven Bucks Productions, co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia.

In this role, Hill identifies, develops and produces new scripted and unscripted projects for Seven Bucks Productions and Seven Bucks Digital Studios. Current projects include documentary series Behind the Attraction for Disney+, scripted...more

Speaking on: Managing through Uncertainty: Dollars and Sense

Brett-Patrick Jenkins

Executive Producer & Creator

Brett-Patrick Jenkins is a Critic’s Choice award-winning producer, television executive and futurist based in Los Angeles.

After studying art at the University of Texas at Austin, Brett-Patrick joined Rick Baker's Cinovation Studios and created special FX on films including Hell Boy and The Haunted Mansion.

Since then he has created, developed and...more

Speaking on: New Talent: Where to Find It, How to Attract It

Ari Mark

Ample Entertainment

Ari Mark is Co-Founder of AMPLE Entertainment, a production company dedicated to hands-on, handcrafted and filmmaker led premium content. Since launching four years ago, the company has produced more than 200 hours of programming including 9 Months with Courteney Cox (Facebook), The Lost Women of NXIVM (ID), Murder in the Heartland (Discovery ID), Cooper’s Treasure with Amblin Entertainment (Discovery), Cold Case...more

Speaking on: New Horizons for Natural History

Emmanuelle Namiech

Passion Distribution

Bio coming soon...

Speaking on: Managing through Uncertainty: Dollars and Sense

Tim Pastore


Tim Pastore is a global media executive who found his start in physical production and has spent the majority of his career at the helm of global network programming teams and production studio groups.

Most recently, Pastore served as Chief Executive Officer of All3Media America, the U.S. arm of...more

Speaking on: Medium and the Message: How Different Platforms Tackle Topical Content

Hilary Rosen

Director, Commissioning

Hilary Rosen is deputy director of Commissioning and heads up factual and factual entertainment at UKTV. She has commissioned and executive producing high profile and award-winning shows for the network including, Taskmaster, Inside The Ambulance, The Davina Hour, Border Force: America’s Gatekeepers, Monty Python Live, Yianni: Supercar Customiser, and the...more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes With: Hilary Rosen, UKTV

Courtney White

Food Network

Courtney White is President of Food Network at Discovery, Inc. In this role, she oversees all programming, development and operations of the dynamic lifestyle brand that inspires people everywhere through the power and joy of food. 

Previously, she served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of HGTV and Food Network. Prior to...more

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