MONDAY, JANUARY 27 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 30
SHERATON NEW ORLEANS
Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2021

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Dolyn (Dobro) Chasin

Director, Production & Development

CNBC

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Speaking on: Speed Pitching - CNBC, Snapchat, YouTube


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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...show more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes With: Jon Adler, CNN


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Isaac Ahn

Director, Unscripted Development

Bravo and E!

Isaac Ahn serves as Director, Development, Bravo and E!, where he creates, evaluates, and identifies upcoming programming for both cable brands. He reports to Jenna Rosa, Vice President, Development, Bravo and E!.

In this role, Ahn has overseen the development of Bravo’s Chat Room and So Siriano.

Ahn joined Bravo in 2014...show more

Speaking on: Cocktails With: Bravo, Food Network & Cooking Channel, Fubo TV, HGTV, Revolt TV


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Avi Armoza

CEO

Armoza Formats

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Speaking on: Formats to the Rescue


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Harriet Armston-Clarke

Director

TVF International

Harriet is Director of TVF International, the world’s leading independent factual distributor, based in London, UK. In this role she oversees a core team of thirteen highly specialised sales and acquisitions executives who work with broadcasters, platforms and producers in every country around the globe.  During her decade at TVF...show more

Speaking on: Meet an Expert: Distributors - Drive, ITV Studios Global Entertainment, TVF International


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Fenton Bailey

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

World of Wonder

For over twenty years, World of Wonder has introduced audiences to new worlds, talent and ideas that have consistently made people go wow. Programming highlights include: Emmy® Award winning RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1/Logo), Million Dollar Listing LA & NY (Bravo); award-winning films and documentaries including Party Monster, Mapplethorpe: Look at the...show more

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


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Tracey Baker-Simmons

Owner/Executive Producer

Baker Simmons Media

Tracey Baker-Simmons is a seasoned veteran in television and film production who has spent more than 20 years in the industry producing critically acclaimed content. Throughout her career, Ms. Baker-Simmons has proven her ability to create content that both resonates well with viewers and pushes the culture forward. Baker-Simmons produced...show more

Speaking on: Managing Through Uncertainty: Producing in a Pandemic


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Christian Barcellos

SVP Development & Production

CNBC

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Speaking on: 30 Minutes With: Christian Barcellos, CNBC


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Alison Barrat

SVP, Production & Development

Love Nature

As SVP, Production & Development, Love Nature, Alison Barrat provides a leading role in finding, developing and commissioning new projects for Love Nature’s growing slate and is responsible for executing programming strategies for the brand’s international channels through development and production. She also oversees all production management and post production...show more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes With: Alison Barrat, Love Nature


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Revital Basel

Managing Director

Keshet International

Revital oversees and facilitates the creative collaboration and flow of information between KI’s head office in Tel Aviv and its production hubs and offices around the world, including Keshet Studios' offices in LA and New York, Tresor and Keshet Tresor Fiction in Germany, Keshet Productions in London, as well as Israel's...show more

Speaking on: Formats to the Rescue


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Loren Baxter

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.

Five years...show more

Speaking on: Meet an Expert: Distributors - Boat Rocker Rights, GRB Entertainment, Off the Fence


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Kate Beal

Chief Executive Officer

Woodcut Media

With offices in London, Hampshire and Bristol, Woodcut Media, (part of the Anthology Group of businesses), is one of the leading Indies in the UK, producing a broad range of factual programming. A leading true crime producer (Murder at My Door with Kym Marsh, The Beverley Allitt Tapes, The Killer...show more

Speaking on: International Outlook


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Gio Benitez

Transportation Correspondent

Gio Benitez is the Transportation Correspondent for ABC News based in New York and Washington, D.C He covers aviation, space, railroads, and the auto industry for all ABC News programs and platforms including Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, Nightline20/20, ABC News Radio, and ABC’s streaming network, ABC News...show more

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


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Andy Berg

Head of Development

NBC News

Andy Berg is head of development for NBC News Studios, a new full-service production company inside NBC News that specializes in documentary storytelling. We partner with filmmakers to share access to everything our legacy news organization has to offer: eight decades of television and radio archive; a global network of journalists;...show more

Speaking on: Coffee With: Blue Ant Media, NBC News Studios, OUTtv Network, UKTV


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Mimi Blanchard

Senior Director, Current Programming

BET Networks


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Anna Bloomfield

Senior Director of Development

HGTV

Anna Bloomfield (formerly Snead) is Senior Director of Development for HGTV and is responsible for developing new talent, series and specials for the top-performing cable network. 

Prior to this role, Bloomfield worked in production at Momentum Content where she oversaw a slate of high-profile projects and sold content to History Channel,...show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching - A&E, CNN, HGTV


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Julia Bodner

Agent

WME

Julia Bodner is an agent in WME’s Non-Fiction TV Group based out of New York.  She represents talent, production companies and filmmakers, primarily packaging and selling tv shows and documentaries.  Julia specializes in working with strong female voices both in front and behind the camera, and is passionate about telling...show more

Speaking on: Meet an Expert: Agents - A3 Artists Agency, Kaplan Stahler Agency, WME


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Shirley Bowers

VP, Sales & Acquisitions

Red Arrow Studios International

Shirley Bowers is VP Sales and Acquisitions for Red Arrow Studios International.

Based in Los Angeles, Shirley is responsible for leading Red Arrow’s sales activities in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She also works across North American factual acquisitions, alongside Red Arrow’s Scripted and Non-Scripted acquisitions teams.

Prior to joining...show more

Speaking on: Meet an Expert: Distributors - Cineflix Rights, Passion Distribution, Red Arrow Studios International


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Garrett Bradley

Producer & Director

Thank You Very Kindly

Garrett Bradley works across narrative, documentary and experimental modes of filmmaking to address themes such as race, class, familial relationships, social justice, Southern culture and the history of film in the United States. Her collaborative and research-based approach to filmmaking is often inspired by the real-life stories of her subjects.
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Speaking on: Propelling Premium Documentary


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Wayne Brady

Actor, Singer, Improv Comedian, Producer, Host, Television Personality, Presenter and Advocate

Multiple Emmy award-winning and Grammy Award- nominated performer Wayne Brady has made his mark on stage and screen as an actor, singer, dancer, songwriter and television personality.                                               

A...show more

Speaking on: Wayne Brady: Bringing inclusivity, improv and inspiration to your business


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Tom Brisley

Creative Director

Arrow Media

Tom’s creative vision and leadership have played an integral role in helping to establish Arrow as one of the most admired factual producers in the UK.

His credits include returning series America In Color, which delivered one of the highest ratings of the year for Smithsonian Channel; and highly acclaimed high-end...show more

Speaking on: Managing Through Uncertainty: Producing in a Pandemic


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Pierre Brogan

Agent, Alternative Programming, Licensing & Branding

A3 Artists Agency

Pierre Brogan is a veteran agent with vast experience in the unscripted programming space. With a proven track record representing producers and showrunners, and selling hit unscripted shows, Pierre brings with him a deep understanding of the alternative programming landscape. Prior to joining A3 Artists Agency, Pierre returned to Paradigm...show more

Speaking on: Meet an Expert: Agents - A3 Artists Agency, Kaplan Stahler Agency, WME


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Cooper Brooks

Development Producer

National Geographic


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Brie Miranda Bryant

SVP, Original 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...show more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes With: Brie Miranda Bryant, Lifetime


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Sylvia Bugg

Chief Programming Executive & General Manager

PBS

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...show more

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


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Rob Burk

Head of Original Content

CuriosityStream

Rob Burk is the Head of Original Content for CuriosityStream, the award-winning, on-demand destination for world-class documentary series and features exploring science, history, nature, technology, lifestyle and more. Mr. Burk is responsible for CuriosityStream’s full slate of original programming, including commissions, coproductions and internal originals produced by Curiosity Studios.  Prior...show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching - CuriosityStream, Investigation Discovery & True Crime on discovery+, Magnolia Network


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Ken Burns

Director & Producer

Florentine Films

Ken Burns has been making documentary films for over forty years.  Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridgein 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil War; Baseball; Jazz; The War; The National Parks: America’s Best Idea; The...show more

Speaking on: Keynote Conversation: Ken Burns & Lynn Novick


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James Burstall

Chairman & CEO

Argonon

James Burstall is Chief Executive Officer and founder of award-winning superindie Argonon, one of the largest truly independent global groups, headquartered in London, New York, Los Angeles, Liverpool and Glasgow. 

James founded Argonon in 2011, bringing together world-class independent production companies creating content that spans all genres for major broadcasters, platforms...show more

Speaking on: International Outlook


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Rob Carey

CEO

Curve Media

Rob Carey is a leading Executive Producer and content originator with a history of creating successful, returnable brands in the UK and North America with popular appeal and high production values. Since launching in 2014, Curve Media have produced over 30 hit series and documentaries including; Salvage Hunters (Discovery), Vicky McClure: Our Dementia Choir...show more

Speaking on: Pitching Partners - Curve Media, Scott Brothers Entertainment, Zig Zag Productions


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Cara Casey

Development Lead

YouTube

Cara Casey serves as YouTube Originals Unscripted Development Lead. In her role, she is responsible for both development and current programs for the platform. Since joining in 2016, she has overseen projects such as record breaking Justin Bieber's Season, David Blaine's Ascension, Shay Mitchell's Almost ReadyDude Perfect's Backstage Pass,...show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching - CNBC, Snapchat, YouTube


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Jim Casey

President

Painless Productions

Founded by Jim Casey, Painless Productions has a reputation as a bold, innovative provider of hands on and filmmaker led non-fiction programming. Since launching 25 years ago, the company has produced a long list of genre-busting and award winning series across a wide variety of genres including the long running franchise The Dead Files (Travel), My Crazy Ex (LMN)...show more

Speaking on: Trendwatch: Reality Reborn


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Lauren Celinski

Development Lead, YouTube Originals

YouTube

Lauren Celinski serves as Development Lead on the Personalities Vertical for YouTube Originals. She is responsible for developing unscripted content for the global platform, which boasts more than two billion logged-in monthly users, as well as overseeing projects through production. Since joining the team in January she has overseen The...show more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes With: Lauren Celinski, YouTube


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Julie Chang

EVP, International Co-Productions

Blue Ant Media

Julie Chang is focused on the identification, structuring and closing of content creation and financing opportunities for Blue Ant Media’s production businesses around the globe. Prior to joining Blue Ant Media, Julie was the Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs with Peace Point Rights and Peace Point Entertainment...show more

Speaking on: International Outlook


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Kim Chessler

VP, Non-Fiction Programming

Lifetime Television


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Harjeet Chhokar

Commissioning Editor, Factual

Channel 4

Harjeet Chhokar is currently a Commissioning Editor in the Channel 4 Factual team, where his recent commissions have included Is Co-Vid Racist? Hitched at Home and The Year that Changed Love.

Prior to joining the broadcaster in 2020, Harjeet worked in Factual programming for over 15 years, working his way up to...show more

Speaking on: Coffee With: CBC, Channel 4, Channel 5


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Maritza Chong-Qui

Manager of Development

Travel Channel




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Sydney Clover

Senior Director, Development

National Geographic


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Julie Cohen

Producer & Director

Storyville FIlms

Julie Cohen has directed and produced eight feature documentaries, including The Sturgeon Queens (7th Art Releasing), which screened at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival and 60 others, winning 10 Audience Choice Awards; American Veteran (Freestyle Digital Media) which screened at 20 festivals, and won the 2017 Panavision Showcase Award for New...show more

Speaking on: Propelling Premium Documentary


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David Cornwall

Managing Director

Scorpion TV

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Speaking on: New Horizons for Natural History


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Caleb Corprew

Season 2 Winner, Love Island

Caleb Corprew was a cast member on Season 2 of CBS’s Love Island and winner of the show’s $100,000 prize. A model, athlete and IT sales consultant from Oklahoma City, OK, Caleb (24) entered the Love Island villa on Day 5 and was crowned winner, alongside partner Justine Ndiba, in the season finale....show more


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Amanda Culkowski

Senior Director, Music Program Development

MTV Networks International


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Julian Curtis

Co-CEO & Co-Founder

Lineup Industries

Julian Curtis is a highly experienced global sales executive and co-founder of independent international distributor Lineup Industries with Ed Louwerse. Prior to this Curtis was at Sony Pictures Television (SPT) overseeing all format sales in EMEA following a stint in Hong Kong building the Asian business of TV formats company...show more

Speaking on: Meet an Expert: Distributors - All3Media International, Lineup Industries, Lucky You


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Kio Cyr

Actor, Social Media Star


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Nancy Daniels

Chief Brand Officer, Discovery and Factual

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,...show more

Speaking on: A Deep Dive Into Discovery+


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Susanne Daniels

Global Head of Original Content

YouTube

Susanne Daniels is an award-winning entertainment executive who has developed and produced some of the most iconic and groundbreaking content in entertainment.

As Global Head of Original Content for YouTube, Daniels is responsible for leading the company’s overall efforts and investments in original content, including programming strategy, development, and...show more

Speaking on: Keynote Conversation: Susanne Daniels, YouTube Originals


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Nicola Davey

VP, Acquisitions & Coproductions

Beyond Rights


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Anna Davies

Executive Producer, Development

Arrow Media


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Subrata De

EVP & Global Head of Programming & Development, Vice News

VICE

Subrata De is the EVP of Programming and Development for VICE News and the senior executive producer for the new series, VICE on Showtime. That series launched in March and delivers immersive reporting from the world's conflict zones and regions in transition. The onset of the pandemic and this American...show more

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


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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...show more

Speaking on: Keynote Conversation: Ken Burns & Lynn Novick


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Emma-Rosa Dias

Managing Director

Afro-Mic Productions

Emma-Rosa Dias is the Managing Director of Belfast based indie Afro-Mic Productions. She founded the company in 2014 and has over twenty years industry experience both in front and behind the camera.
Emma-Rosa began working in the world of commercials as a creative director before founding Afro-Mic and creating short-form digital...show more

Speaking on: Short Form: Big Potential?


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Erica Diaz-Gant

Senior Director, Development

Investigation Discovery

As the senior director of development for Investigation Discovery, Erica Diaz-Gant is charged with conceptualizing and creating content for television’s preeminent true crime destination. ID currently ranks #4 in cable for Women during Total Day and is a top 10 network for Women in Primetime.  Diaz-Gant is tasked with creating...show more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes With: Erica Diaz-Gant, Investigation Discovery & True Crime on discovery+


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Jill Dickerson

Unscripted Originals

Snapchat

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...show more

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


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Mary Donahue

SVP, Development & Programming

History


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Nikita Dragun

CEO

Dragun Beauty

Welcome to the Year of the Dragun. Nikita Dragun is unapologetic and unafraid of being her most authentic self. Growing up in the Middle-of-Nowhere, VA Nikita escaped through musical theater but always felt like there was something missing. It wasn’t long before Nikita realized it wasn’t real life she wanted...show more

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


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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 featuring sports stories on and off the field.

Duckworth is responsible for all creative direction including original programming on the Network, which was launched...show more

Speaking on: Cocktails With: Bravo, Food Network & Cooking Channel, Fubo TV, HGTV, Revolt TV


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Tim Duffy

Co-Bro

Ugly Brother Studios

Tim Duffy is an Emmy Award-winning producer, an Emmy-nominated Director, a two-time James Beard Award nominee, and Co-President of Ugly Brother Studios with his twin brother, Mike. Since the launch of Ugly Brother, Tim has created and produced shows across an array of genres including reality, documentary/factual, variety, and comedy....show more

Speaking on: Short Form: Big Potential?


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Mark Edwards

Commissioning Editor

ARTE France

Mark Edwards joined ARTE France in 2012, where he is responsible for international co-productions for documentaries. In this role he has commissioned and coproduced several blue-chip series, including The Vietnam War by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick with PBS, and UK–based Brook Lapping’s Inside Obama’s White House, Castro’s Revolution v....show more

Speaking on: International Outlook


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Havva Eisenbaum

VP, Development, Unscripted

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

Havva Eisenbaum is OWN’s Vice President, Development for Unscripted Programming, and reports to Robyn Lattaker-Johnson, Head of OWN Unscripted Development, Programming & Specials. Eisenbaum oversees the development of the network’s unscripted slate of African American female focused programming, including series, special programming, and TV movies.

Prior to OWN, Eisenbaum was Head...show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching - BET, CBC, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network


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Liliana Espinoza

Project Director

NALIP

Liliana Espinoza is currently the Projects Director at the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), where she oversees the various programs and departments including the Latino Lens Incubators, Latino Media Market, NALIP Media Summit, Diverse Women in Media Forum and Emerging Content Creators Inclusion Initiative, targeted to advancing Latinx...show more

Speaking on: Diversity and Inclusion: Tools and Resources for Reaching your Goals


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Toby Faulkner

SVP, Content Discovery+

Facebook

Toby Faulkner heads up Facebook's Unscripted team overseeing hit shows including Red Table Talk, 9 Months with Courteney Cox and Peace of Mind with Taraji for Watch, plus Post Malone’s Celebrity Pong League, Here For It with Avani Gregg and Cardi Tries___ for Messenger. Faulkner was formerly VP of programming and development...show more

Speaking on: Short Form: Big Potential?



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Sophie Ferron

Founder, President & Executive Producer

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...show more

Speaking on: Formats to the Rescue


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Kathleen Finch

Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer

Discovery, Inc.

Kathleen Finch was named Discovery, Inc’s Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer in 2018, following the company’s acquisition of Scripps Networks. Finch oversees all creative and business operations for Discovery’s 10-network portfolio of lifestyle networks, highlighted by HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery and Travel Channel, among others. Finch also oversees the...show more

Speaking on: A Deep Dive Into Discovery+


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Bree L. Frank

VP Physical Production, Unscripted

Hello Sunshine

As an accomplished Television Executive, and advocate for people of color in media, Bree is passionate about creating opportunities for professionals of all backgrounds.

With over 20 years of professional production experience, she has produced nearly 300 hours of unscripted television, including MTV's Room Raiders, TLC's A Makeover...show more

Speaking on: How to Make Your Team Diverse and Why It Matters


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Zara Frankel

Director, Programming & Development

PBS

Zara Frankel works in PBS Programming as the Director of Programming and Development. She collaborates extensively with filmmakers, production companies, and new talent to develop interesting and innovative content across genres for PBS. Prior to her current role, Zara served as the Development Manager for PBS Programming, evaluating submissions and...show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching - PBS, TV One, WEtv


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Lauren Frasca

VP Content

Magnolia Network

Lauren Frasca is a VP of Content at Magnolia Network. She came 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 Facebook, Inc. platforms....show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching - CuriosityStream, Investigation Discovery & True Crime on discovery+, Magnolia Network


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Angela Freedman

Director of Development

Travel Channel


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Amy Freshwater

Head of Sales and Acquisitions

Espresso Media International


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Kitty Gambel

SVP, Unscripted & Alternative Television

MGM Studios, Inc

Kitty Gambel is the Vice President of Unscripted Television at MGM. In her role, she manages a large slate of development projects and serves as point on current productions, including Beat Shazam (FOX) and Generation Gap (ABC), and podcasts like Going to Bed with Garcelle and Are You Smarter than...show more

Speaking on: Pitching Partners - Critical Content Studios, Lionsgate Television, MGM Television


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Harry Gamsu

VP, Non-Scripted Acquisitions

Fremantle

Harry Gamsu is based in Los Angeles and manages the US based Content Acquisitions team. He is responsible for sourcing new content from across the US and Canada for development and international distribution. Working with a mix of third party and Fremantle’s in-house producers, Gamsu explores and negotiates rights for...show more

Speaking on: Meet an Expert: Distributors - Distribution360, Espresso Media International, Fremantle


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Avi Gandhi

EVP, Digital

Wheelhouse Group

Avi Gandhi is executive vice president of digital for the media, marketing and investment company, Wheelhouse Group. A seasoned executive, Gandhi has worked at the intersection of technology and entertainment for more than a dozen years, with experience that spans strategy and deal-making, as well as operations and growth marketing. 

Prior...show more

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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...show more

Speaking on: Managing through Uncertainty: Dollars and Sense


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David George

CEO

ITV America

David George is CEO of ITV America, encompassing production companies ITV Entertainment, Leftfield Pictures, Sirens Media, Thinkfactory Media, High Noon Entertainment and Good Caper Content, with responsibility for the group’s creative development, production and operations.

During his tenure he has developed such breakthrough series as the reimagined Queer Eye for Netflix – winner...show more

Speaking on: Case Study: How “Love Island” Became “Love Inland”


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Bill Gersh

Agent, Alternative TV & Digital Packaging

Gersh Agency


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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...show more

Speaking on: Meet an Expert: Distributors - Beyond Rights, Rive Gauche Television, Terranoa


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John Godfrey

Head of Unscripted Content

SBS

John Godfrey worked for 10 years in UK, series/exec producing for Channel 4/BBC2. He has been in Australia 18 years, was Head of SBS Documentaries and is now Head of SBS Unscripted, overseeing documentaries, factual entertainment, food and entertainment. SBS is an Australian public broadcaster with a charter to explore...show more

Speaking on: Coffee With: Lifetime, Reelzchannel, SBS


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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...show more

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Jennifer Gordon

VP, Development

TLC

Jennifer joined TLC in October 2014. As Vice President of Development, she creates and conceptualizes series, specials and programming initiatives for the network. Since joining TLC, Jennifer has developed a variety of new series, such as OutDaughtered, 1000 Lbs Sisters, Welcome to Plathville, sMothered and Doubling Down With The Derricos. She is based in the...show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching - Motor Trend Group, Nat Geo WILD, TLC


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Sean Gottlieb

VP, Development & Programming

A&E

Bio coming soon...

Speaking on: 30 Minutes With: Sean Gottlieb, A&E


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Abby Greensfelder

Founder & CEO

Everywoman Studios

Abby Greensfelder is the founder and CEO of Everywoman Studios, a purpose-built media company whose mission is to tell female-focused stories that might not otherwise be told, and that can have a positive impact on our culture.

Everywoman Studios is Greensfelder’s second entrepreneurial venture. She is also a co-founder of Half...show more

Speaking on: Propelling Premium Documentary


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Andrea Griffith

Director of Content

Corus Entertainment Inc


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Cara Groom

Director of Development

Lionsgate Entertainment


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Phil Gurin

President & CEO

The Gurin Company

THE GURIN COMPANY and Award-winning Producer/Writer Phil Gurin have been creating, acquiring, selling, and producing entertainment programs all over the world. The Gurin Company is responsible for executive producing, creating and writing thousands of hours of television across multiple genres including live events, game, music, hidden camera, comedy, stunt, clip...show more

Speaking on: Formats to the Rescue


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Janet Han Vissering

SVP, Development & Production

Nat Geo Wild


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Ri-Karlo Handy

Founder and CEO

The Handy Foundation

Ri-Karlo Handy is a professional with 25 years of experience editing and producing content, including creating Bounce TV’s hit drama series Saints & Sinners which is now available on Hulu. He has established a reputation as a showrunner at major networks such as MTV, OWN, and BET and has won a Prism...show more

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Jennifer Harkness

SVP, Unscripted Content

Blue Ant Media

Jennifer Harkness’ key focus is developing, selling and producing unscripted series for Blue Ant Studios within the US and international markets. Previously, Harkness served as SVP of Sales & Development USA for Cream Productions, most recently as Executive Producer on The Story of Late Night for CNN. In her role, she...show more

Speaking on: Pitching Partners - Blue Ant Studios, eOne Television, WB


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Kate Harrison

President

Cream Productions

Kate Harrison Karman is President of Cream Productions.

Based in Toronto, 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 Fear Thy Neighbor (ID), BTK: A Killer Among Us (ID), Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan (Animal Planet), History Erased (History), The Dictator’s Playbook (PBS), Blood and Fury:...show more

Speaking on: Managing Through Uncertainty: Producing in a Pandemic


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Brent Hatherill

Senior Director, Development

Investigation Discovery

As the senior director of development for Investigation Discovery, Hatherill serves on the content strategy team and oversees the development for television’s preeminent true crime destination. ID currently ranks #4 in cable for Women during Total Day and is a top 10 network for Women in Primetime. With one of...show more

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Paul Heaney

CEO

BossaNova

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Karin Heijink

SVP Content, Marketing & Products

Viasat World


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Sara Helman

VP, Program Development

TLC

Sara Helman joined TLC in October 2015 as the Vice President of Program Development, helping to oversee development strategy and programming initiatives for the network. Helman is currently working on the 90 Day Fiancé spinoff series, Darcey & Stacey and has previously worked on shows including 90 Day Fiancé: 90 Days the Other Way, Smothered,...show more

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Justina Hemperek

SVP, Acquisitions & Sales

Rive Gauche Television

London-based Hemperek joined Rive Gauche in August 2020 and oversees acquisitions and coproductions, working with international producers. In addition, she handles sales into Eastern Europe and Asia, reporting to Marine Ksadzhikyan, chief operating officer and executive VP of sales at Rive Gauche.

Previously, Hemperek worked at Beyond Distribution, overseeing all global acquisitions as well...show more

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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...show more

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Morgan Hertzan

EVP & General Manager

VICE

Morgan Hertzan is a multiple Emmy and DuPont Award-winning producer, entrepreneur and media executive. He currently is Executive Vice President and General Manager of television at VICE TV, a joint venture with A+E Networks. At VICE TV, Hertzan has led the network as it has doubled down on news and...show more

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Mark Herwick

EVP, Current US Unscripted Television

Entertainment One

Mark Herwickis EVP, U.S. Unscripted Television, at Entertainment One. At eOne, he oversees and provides creative direction on all of eOne Television’s unscripted projects, as well as manages and further develops relationships with partner networks and talent. eOne’s current slate of unscripted programming includes upcoming Impact, a six-part short-form documentary series...show more

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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...show more

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Mioshi Hill

President

Lifetime

Mioshi Hill currently serves as Vice President of Non-Fiction Development & Programming 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 events on the network’s...show more


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Chris Hoelzl

SVP Program Development

Smithsonian Channel


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Rochelle Holguin Cappello

VP, Creative Music Strategy

ViacomCBS

At ViacomCBS, Rochelle Holguin Cappello works closely with composers, producers, songwriters, record  labels, and publishers to create the sound that defines TV programming, marketing, and digital products.  As Vice President of Creative Music Strategy & Licensing, she oversees music supervision across MTV,  VH1, BET, Logo, CMT and PopTV. She manages...show more

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Lisa Holme

Group SVP, Content & Commercial Strategy

Discovery, Inc.

Lisa Holme is Group SVP of Content and Commercial Strategy for Discovery, Inc., leading programming and partnership for Discovery’s aggregated, direct-to-consumer streaming service. In this role, Holme oversees the editorial vision for Discovery’s direct-to-consumer offerings, working closely with the company’s content and programming teams to source original content and license third-party programming. She...show more

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Martha Holmes

Head of Natural History

Plimsoll Productions Ltd

Martha Holmes is Head of Wildlife at Plimsoll Productions.

In her role, she oversees all wildlife productions from landmark blue chip series Tiny World (Apple TV+), Night on Earth (Netflix) and Hostile Planet (National Geographic), to hosted series John Bishop’s Great Whale Rescue (ITV), Ocean Giants (Animal Planet) and Lion Country: Night and Day (ITV).

Since joining Plimsoll from the BBC Natural History Unit...show more

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Ashley Hoppin

Vice-President, Production

National Geographic Channel


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Nikolas Huelbusch

Director, ZDFE.Unscripted

ZDF Enterprises GmbH


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Marcie Hume

Senior Executive Producer

A&E

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Katie Isaacson

Senior Manager of Development, CNN Original Series

CNN

Katie Isaacson is Senior Manager of Development for CNN Original Series based in New York City. She is responsible for cultivating relationships within the creative community and developing original programming across a variety of CNN platforms. 

She was the coordinating producer for CNN Original Series The Windsors and served as coordinating producer...show more

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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...show more

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Rachel Job

SVP, Non-Scripted Content

all3media International

Rachel Job is SVP Non-Scripted Content at all3media International and works with both all3media group companies and third party independent producers to identify and acquire content for international distribution and co-production. Previously, Rachel was Director of Programming at A+E Networks for HISTORY and H2 channels in the UK and EMEA....show more

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Heather Johns

VP, Talent & Development, Digital - Comedy Central, MTV, & VH1

ViacomCBS

Heather Johns currently serves as the Vice President of Talent and Development for the digital brands of Comedy Central, MTV, and VH1.

In this role, Heather is responsible for keeping her finger on the pulse of new faces and formats that can reach the cord cutting, short form consuming...show more

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Andrew Johnson

Executive In Charge of Production

Corus Entertainment Inc

Andrew Johnson helps develop & commission factual & documentary programming for Corus channels HISTORY and Global Television in Canada. He has overseen current & recent programs like Rust Valley Restorers, Big Timber, Cheating Hitler, Backroad Truckers, History Erased, D-Day in 14 Stories, 100 Days to Victory, Border Security, Hunting Nazi Treasure,...show more

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Kirsten Johnson

Director, Producer & Cinematographer

Big Mouth Productions

Kirsten Johnson is a cinematographer and director interested in addressing the changing dimensions and urgent ethical challenges of documentary camerawork. Her most recent film, Cameraperson, premiered at Sundance 2016, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, won the National Board of Review “Freedom of Expression” prize, and was awarded three 2017...show more

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Duane Jones

Co-Founder

Renowned Films

I’m passionate about ideas and content that really makes a difference to youth audiences, be it through music, sport, digital, radio, social or TV, it’s an audience I have a deep understanding of and it’s been my obsession for a long time.”

Broadcaster, TV executive, artist manager and music publisher. With...show more

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Greg Jules

Agent, International Television Media

ICM Partners

Greg is an agent in ICM Partners’ Alternative Television & Media department.

Jules represents top unscripted producers on series for ABC, Netflix, NBC and a number of other networks. His clients run the gamut from personalities on MTV and Fox, to production companies with series on cable and broadcast television.

He began...show more

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Erin Keating

Senior Development Manager, Snap Originals

Snapchat

Erin Keating leads development and production of scripted Snap Originals, original shows created exclusively for Snapchat. She is responsible for helping to shape the creative strategy and execution of made-for-mobile shows for Snapchat’s more than 249 million daily active users.  

Erin has helped grow Snapchat’s slate of exclusive...show more

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Todd King

Vice President, West Coast

Audio Network US

A Los Angeles-based music executive, Todd’s career has been deeply rooted in music for Television and Film, with a focus on music publishing, licensing, production, and composition. Early opportunities in his career include co-music supervising the first two episodes of American Idol (Season 1) alongside Susan Slamer, securing both custom...show more

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Bert Klasey

Senior Director, Development

Discovery Channel

Bert Klasey is the Senior Director of Development for Discovery Channel, overseeing the creation and development of unscripted series.  Over the course of his career, Klasey has developed and produced a number of hit shows including Diesel Brothers for Discovery and The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch for History Channel.  Previously, he worked for Screaming...show more

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Sarah Kuban

VP of Content

Magnolia Network

Sarah Kuban is Vice President of Content for Magnolia Network, Discovery’s joint venture with Magnolia, the home and lifestyle brand led by Chip and Joanna Gaines. In this role, she develops programming for the multiplatform media company that will comprise a linear television network and TV Everywhere app.

As a production...show more

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Robyn Lattaker-Johnson

Unscripted Executive

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

Robyn Lattaker-Johnson is Head of OWN Unscripted Development, Programming & Specials. She reports to OWN president, Tina Perry, in this role and focuses on developing a variety of unscripted programs for the network’s core African-American female audience.

Prior to OWN, Lattaker-Johnson was at REVOLT Media & TV, where she was Head...show more

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Ryann Lauckner

President & Chief Strategy Officer

Asylum Entertainment Group

Ryann Lauckner is President and Chief Strategy Officer of Asylum Entertainment Group (AEG), an LA-based incubator and accelerator focused on building creative companies and partnerships across the content spectrum.

AEG and the companies under the banner – including The Content Group, Clovis Entertainment and audio company Audity – employ unique financial,...show more

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Alex Leibow

Sr. Development Manager

Snapchat


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Andrew Lessner

Development Manager

Science Channel

Andrew Lessner serves as Manager of Development and Producer for Science Channel. In this role, he is based in New York and works with production companies to develop and produce prime-time series and specials for the Discovery Factual team. 

Before joining Science, Andrew worked across several other departments and networks at...show more

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Blake Levin

VP, Alternative Programming

USA Network/Syfy

Blake Levin serves as Vice President, Programming and Development, USA Network and SYFY, where he is responsible for bringing new series to the networks while supervising their development and production. He reports to Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.

In his role, Levin has helped shepherd...show more

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Samantha Linton

VP, Head of Original Content Canada

Blue Ant Media

Sam brings over 30 years of production expertise to the media company’s specialty television channels including Cottage Life, T+E, Makeful,  Smithsonian Canada and BBC Earth Canada. In her role, Sam oversees commissioning and production of original series such as Blown Away, Hotel Paranormal, Life Below Zero Canada, Hope For Wildlife and...show more

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Felicia Litovitz

VP, Acquisitions, North America

Cineflix Rights

Felicia Litovitz is a seasoned acquisitions executive, with more than 15 years of experience in various roles across the TV and film industry. As VP, Acquisitions, North America, Felicia is responsible for building Cineflix Rights’ catalogue of factual and scripted content from US and Canadian producer partners. She also focuses...show more

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Wendy Llinas

Director, Programming & Development

PBS

Wendy Llinás is an Emmy-nominated Producer and Documentary Film Maker. As Director of Programming and Development at PBS, she provides editorial and strategic guidance, manages the daily production process and resources for new limited series and existing programs such as Independent Lens, Voces, American Experience and POV. Llinás is an experienced journalist, writer and...show more

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Donna MacLetchie

General Manager

Magnolia Network

Donna MacLetchie is Magnolia Network’s Head of Content, leading the Network’s programming and production efforts for linear and DTC, and managing teams in Knoxville, New York and Texas. Prior to her role at the Network, Donna co-founded Jane Street Entertainment, a full-service production company, creating hundreds of hours of television...show more

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Arun Maljaars

VP, Content & Channels

INSIGHT TV

As Vice President 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...show more

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Anwar Mamon

Series Producer

BBC Studios' Natural History Unit

Anwar has been producing documentaries for UK and US broadcasters for over a decade. He has been lucky enough to film in some of the most remote locations on the planet, such as the frozen Canadian High Arctic, the uncharted jungles of Burma, the dense forests of Russia and the...show more

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Bill Margol

Sr. Director, Programming & Development

PBS

Bill Margol has spent 30 years working in the media industry, covering the ground of writer, producer, editor, developer and executive. A graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Bill was EP of Special Projects at Sci-Fi Channel, overseeing specials, documentaries, stunts and events from 1993-1998. He...show more

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Ari Mark

Co-Founder

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...show more

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Michelle McCree

Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Docs

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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Ashley McFarlin Buie

VP, Unscripted 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 Waka & Tammy: What the Flocka and Beyond the Pole. 

With over twenty years in the industry, Buie has garnered a strong...show more

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Caitlin Meek-O'Connor

Head of Acquisitions

Little Dot Studios

Caitlin is Head of Acquisitions at Little Dot Studios; Little Dot Studios is a digital content studio and broadcaster specializing in the distribution and monetization of video content across digital platforms. Little Dot Studios is the largest distributor of premium video content across YouTube globallyshow more

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Benjamin Megargel

VP, Development, Alternative Programming – US, Television

Entertainment One Television


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J.C. Mills

President & Commercial Director

Cineflix Productions

As President of Cineflix Productions, J.C. leads innovative content strategies and the expansion of the group’s community of talented creatives.  As Commercial Director, he’s part of the Cineflix Media executive team, driving new business opportunities across the company.

Previously, J.C. was President and General Manager of Glass Entertainment Group, increasing its

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Stacy Milner

Founder & CEO

Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program

Stacy Milner is an entertainment industry veteran who began her career working as the executive assistant to the chairmen of NBC and Paramount Pictures. She is the Founder and CEO of Executive Temps, a premiere employment agency that has exclusively served the entertainment industry for over 30 years.

Her latest venture,...show more

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Tyler Mitchell

CEO of Impact

Impact Creative Systems

Tyler Mitchell is a producer, writer and entrepreneur who sits at the nexus of creativity, technology and the creation of content across all mediums.  Mitchell is the CEO of Impact, the ground-breaking content accelerator and online network co-founded by Academy Award winning partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, which spun...show more

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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, Bridezillas, and Mama...show more

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Alan Moore

Agent

United Talent Agency

Alan Moore is an agent in UTA's Unscripted Television department. 
He works with Executive Producer and Production Company clients that create and/or produce reality and documentary TV, ranging from ID's Reasonable Doubt to Netflix's Car Masters: Rust To Riches to OWN's Emmy-winning Black Women Own The Conversation.
Moore joined UTA in 2020. Prior to that, Moore was...show more

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Sean Mulligan

VP Creative, Music Supervision

Entertainment One

Sean is a Los Angeles-based music executive and VP of Creative & Music Supervision for Hasbro/Entertainment One (eOne), specializing in publishing, licensing and music supervision. He has worked in film, television and advertising for such talented directors and producers as: Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game), David Ayer (Deputy), Sam Taylor-Johnson (A Million...show more

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Jonathan Murray

Founder & Executive Consultant

Bunim-Murray Productions

Widely credited with helping to usher in the modern reality television genre with his late partner Mary-Ellis Bunim, Jonathan Murray continues to inspire, influence and entertain television audiences worldwide. Since the launch of The Real World on MTV in 1992, Murray has created and executive produced some of the industry’s most...show more

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Tara Nadolny

Senior Manager of Development

VICE

Tara Nadolny joined VICE in 2015, and after working in roles across production and post for the network, has been on the TV development team for the past three years. During her time at VICE she's worked on series like Noisey, Gaycation, Bong Appetit, Hate Thy Neighbor, While the Rest of...show more

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Emmanuelle Namiech

CEO

Passion Distribution

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Justine Ndiba

Season 2 Winner, Love Island

Justine Ndiba was a cast member on Season 2 of CBS’s Love Island and winner of the show’s $100,000 prize. Justine was one of the season’s original cast members, entering the villa on Day 1 and being crowned the winner, alongside partner Caleb Corprew, in the finale episode. Born in the...show more

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Helen Nightingale

Senior Commissioning Editor

UKTV

Helen is a senior commissioning editor at UKTV, home of channels including Dave, W, Gold and Yesterday. Since joining the multi-channel broadcaster in 2015, Helen has exec produced on shows across the network and has commissioned the award-winning Emma Willis: Delivering Babies and Women On The Force for W, Cops On The Rock for...show more

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Mikiko Nishiyama

MD, International Business Development

Nippon TV

Mikiko Nishiyama was appointed as Managing Director, International Business Development, Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV), in October 2020. She is a member of the founding team that established the arm in 2012 and held several positions including Senior Director before her recent promotion. Prior to serving the company's global...show more

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Lynn Novick

Director & Producer

Florentine Films

Lynn Novick is one of the most renowned and respected documentary filmmakers and story tellers in America, recipient of Emmy, Peabody and Alfred I. duPont Columbia Awards. For more than 30 years she has been directing and producing landmark documentary films for PBS about American life and culture, history, politics,...show more

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Jennifer O'Connell

EVP, Original Non Fiction & Live Action Family

HBO Max

Jennifer O’Connell is Executive Vice President, Non-Fiction & Live-Action Family Originals for HBO Max, responsible for leading unscripted and alternative programming, developing a unique slate across a broad range of formats from compelling documentary features and docuseries to competition and lifestyle programming to big event specials. Working with prestige creators...show more

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Cecilie Olsen

SVP, Global Content, Non-scripted

ITV

As the SVP of Global Content, Non-Scripted at ITV Studios, Cecilie Olsen heads up the non-scripted acquisitions team, actively seeking out new third-party co-production partners as well as overseeing the internal labels' non-scripted programming output for international distribution. Olsen looks for shows that are bold, brave, noisy returnable franchises and...show more

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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...show more

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Katie Ozog

Senior Development Manager

Investigation Discovery

As the senior manager of development, Katie Ozog serves on the content strategy team for Investigation Discovery, where she is responsible for scouting, developing, and conceptualizing original series, specials and films for television’s preeminent true crime destination. ID currently ranks #4 in cable for Women during Total Day and is...show more

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Adrian Padmore

Commissioning Editor, Factual

Channel 5

Adrian is a Commissioning Editor, Factual.

At Channel 5 he is responsible for commissioning peak-time factual and factual entertainment and specialist factual programming across the channel with series including Manhunt: The James Bulger Story; Police Interceptors, Trawlermen: Celebs at Sea, 5 Mistakes that Caught a Killer and the World’s Most Expensive...show more

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Jonathyn Pankratz

VP of Multiplatform Programming, Promotional Strategy, and Acquisitions

REVOLT TV & Media

Jonathyn Pankratz is the VP of Multiplatform Programming, Promotional Strategy, and Acquisitions at REVOLT, the leading voice of Hip Hop culture founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs. In his time at REVOLT, Jonathyn has helped launch a slate of popular shows including State of the Culture, Drink Champs, The Fat Joe Show,...show more

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Charlie Parsons

VP, Development

National Geographic Channel


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Jonathan Partridge

Senior Executive Producer

A&E

With 20 years of production experience, Jonathan (JP) Partridge joined A&E as Senior Executive Producer in July 2019. 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...show more

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Jim Pasquarella

Vice President, History

A+E Networks

Jim Pasquarella is Vice President, Programming & Development for HISTORY. In this role, he spearheads the development and production of a slate of nonfiction series and specials. During his time at HISTORY, Pasquarella has created and Executive Produced the hit The Food that Built America, the critically-acclaimed 9/11: Escape from the Towers, and...show more

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Tim Pastore

Media Executive

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...show more

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Kristin Peace

Agent

Kaplan Stahler Agency

Kristin Peace is an agent in the Alternative Department at the Kaplan Stahler Agency where she packages shows, represents production companies and content creators in the unscripted space.

Before joining Kaplan Stahler in 2012, Kristin was a programming and development executive at TLC, TV Guide Network, Paramount Domestic Television, GSN and...show more

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Babette Perry

Head of Broadcasting & Hosting

Innovative Artists

Babette Perry graduated from UCLA as a Communications Major. She was the head of Broadcasting at ICM for many years before leaving to run the west coast Broadcasting division at IMG. Babette Perry is a partner at Innovative Artists Talent & Literary Agency where she runs the Broadcast/Hosting division. She specializes in...show more

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Tina Perry

President

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Named president of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in 2019, Tina Perry oversees all operations and creative areas of the network, reporting to OWN Chairman and CEO Oprah Winfrey. Her leadership is a driving force behind the network’s ongoing evolution to become the leading destination for African American viewers. She also oversees OWN’s robust digital division...show more

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Dawn Porter

Founder & Director

Trilogy Films

Dawn Porter is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on HBO, PBS, Discovery, and Netflix among others.  She is currently directing and executive producing an Apple TV multi-part documentary series with Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, which focuses on both mental illness and mental well-being. 

Other current projects include the...show more

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D'Angela Proctor

CEO

Wayfarer Entertainment

As the current CEO of Wayfarer Entertainment, D’Angela Proctor describes her title as Chief Elevation Officer, reflecting her passion for scaling companies to have a global impact and for storytelling that moves audiences to positive social change. Proctor is a multi-faceted C-Suite executive who has successfully straddled the creative and...show more

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Diane Rankin

SVP, Rights/Executive Producer

Distribution360


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Yasmin Rawji

VP, Alternative Entertainment

FOX Entertainment

Yasmin Rawji is Vice President, Alternative Entertainment, of FOX Entertainment.  Based in Los Angeles, she is responsible for the development and production of unscripted series that air on the FOX Network.

Among the programs she oversees are the hit Emmy Award nominated singing-competition series The Masked Singer, which ranks as television’s...show more

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Patrick Reardon

President

Jupiter Entertainment

Patrick Reardon is President of Jupiter Entertainment.  

An Emmy nominated producer and executive with over 15 years of industry experience, he oversees offices in New York City and Knoxville where Jupiter has built an unrivaled track record of producing successful, highly formatted series and delivering outstanding ratings and strong renewals.  Since its...show more

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Jens Richter

CEO, International

Fremantle

Jens Richter is the Chief Executive Officer of Fremantle’s International business. He oversees the global distribution of Fremantle’s finished programming and home entertainment catalogue, manages the sales and acquisitions teams across the US, UK, EMEA, Asia and Australia and drives International's content acquisition strategy. International’s catalogue boasts over 40,000 hours of...show more

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Mary Robertson

SVP Current Production

Left/Right

Since joining the Left/Right team over ten years ago, Mary has worked on some of the company’s most prestigious projects, most recently as an executive producer on the documentary series The New York Times Presents and The Weekly, both collaborations with The New York Times, FX, and Hulu.  The Weekly’s first season garnered nine Emmy nominations and four wins. Previously, Mary directed and executive produced the award-winning all-archival limited series Tricky...show more

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Shaun Robinson

Host

TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé Tell Alls and discovery+ new series Bares 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...show more

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Cat Rodriguez

VP, Unscripted Development & Programming

Lifetime

Cat Rodriguez is Vice President, Unscripted Development and Programming, Lifetime.  Based in Los Angeles, Rodriguez is responsible for developing and overseeing non-fiction programming for the network.

Rodriguez, who joined Lifetime in 2019, currently oversees the groundbreaking, award winning series Supernanny which premiered its latest season in January, Little Women: Atlanta and...show more

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Hilary Rosen

Head of Factual & Factual Entertainment

UKTV

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...show more

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Daniel Rosenberg

VP Business Development & Strategic Alliances

Staff Me Up

Daniel Rosenberg serves as VP Business Development & Strategic Alliances at Staff Me Up, the leading hiring and networking platform for media production. He previously served as VP Business Development at Casting Networks. 

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Brittinee Royes

Director, Production & Development

E! and Oxygen

As Director, Production and Development, E! and Oxygen, Brittinee Royes is responsible for the daily management of unscripted programming in development for the two cable brands. She dual reports to Cori Abraham, Senior Vice President, Development, Production and International, Oxygen and Sara Auspitz, Senior Vice President, Current Production, E! Programming.

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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.  He also works closely on cross-network collaborations with the other Discovery brands and sites.

Prior to this role, Loren spent the...show more

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Jason Ryan

Executive Producer

TV One

Jason Ryan is a Media Professional with over 2 decades of experience in television and film production. Jason first fell in love with filmmaking when producing and starring in a short film for a high school film study class then later that year as an Intern at BET. He began...show more

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Robert E Salvestrin

COO - Head of Distribution

Lucky You


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Betsy Sanner Ayala

SVP, Production & Development

HGTV

Betsy Ayala currently serves as Senior Vice President of Production & Development for HGTV where she oversees the development and production team and is credited with such hits as Rock The Block, Good Bones, and Windy City Rehab.  

She joined the company in 2016 as Vice President of Programming. During her...show more

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Jason Sarlanis

President, Crime & Investigation Content, Linear and Streaming

TLC

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Jessica Schmiedchen

Director of Development, Unscripted Content

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


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Joseph Schneier

SVP, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

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Lindsay Schwartz

Chief Creative Officer

Leopard USA


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Catherine Scolieri

Head of Development

Scott Brothers Entertainment


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Shari Scorca

SVP & Head of Unscripted Content

Stage 13

Shari Scorca is the Vice President and Head of Unscripted Content for Stage 13, the studio brand that is part of Warner Bros./Warner Bros. Television Group. She has developed and produced award-winning unscripted content for the studio that showcase diverse, innovative stories. She oversees the talent and content development, production,...show more

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Andy Scott

Head of Entertainment

Zig Zag Productions

Andy started his career at BBC Manchester’s Youth Entertainment & Features department, working with Dennis Pennis and setting the tone for what has been a fun-packed career. Seminal shows he worked on include Eurotrash, Banzai, and the 11 O’Clock Show, producing material for Iain Lee, Ricky Gervais, and Sacha Baron...show more

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Elyse Seder

SVP, Reality and Syndication Programming

Sony Pictures Television


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Chachi Senior

Head of Development

Truly Original

Emmy Award-winning producer Chachi Senior is head of development at Truly Original, with creative oversight of the unscripted behemoth’s robust development roster, encompassing documentary, reality, big formats, competition, game and more.

Senior was previously head of alternative development and original programming at Paramount Network, overseeing franchises including Ink Master (produced by Truly Original) and Bar Rescue. Senior...show more

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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...show 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 programming opportunities across industries and...show more

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Nick Smith

EVP, Formats

all3media International

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Justin Sprague

Development Executive

Critical Content

Justin Sprague is an Emmy Award winning Development Executive at Critical Content, an unscripted television production company. He reigns from small town Texas and started working in Television for Texas Crew Productions while in college at Texas State University. While at Texas Crew Justin produced and developed: Esquire’s Friday Night...show more

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Jessie Springer

Manager of Development, Nat Geo WILD

National Geographic Channel


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Carlyn Staudt

Global General Manager

Love Nature

Carlyn heads up Love Nature’s strategic direction and operations globally, including commissioning and development, programming, digital content, marketing and communications, as well as international affiliate sales. Carlyn is formerly EVP, Programming and Development for Love Nature, where she oversaw the global programming strategy of Love Nature’s linear platforms internationally and...show more

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David Stefanou

SVP, Original Programming & Development

WE TV

As senior vice president of original programming and development for WE tv, David Stefanou is responsible for discovering and developing fresh, unscripted series that align with the network’s original programming slate. Stefanou has been instrumental in leading the development team in creating brand-defining hits like the Love After Lockup franchise,...show more

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Adam Steinman

VP, Creative, Format, Development & Sales

Warner Bros. International Television Production

Adam Steinman served as Vice President, Non-Scripted International Development & Sales from October 2010 until October 2016 and in November 2016 was promoted to Vice President, Creative, Format, Development & Sales at Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP), where scripted formats have been added to his remit.

In this position, Steinman...show more

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Michael Stiller

VP, Development & Programming

History

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Patty Suh

VP, Programming & Development

Food Network & Cooking Channel

Patty Suh is Vice President, Programming and Development for Food Network, with a focus on developing new programming and talent, and working closely with the west coast production community. Previously, Suh held the title of Vice President of Development at Steve Harvey's East 112th Street Productions, where she oversaw the casting...show more

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Joe Sungkur

SVP, Current Programming

FOX Alternative Entertainment

Joe Sungkur is Senior Vice President, Current Programming, of FOX Alternative Entertainment (FAE), FOX Entertainment’s in-house unscripted studio that produces series for FOX Network and third-party platforms.  Based in Los Angeles, he is responsible for overseeing the production of a number of FAE series, including FOX’s The Masked Singer, The Masked...show more

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Howard Swartz

Senior Vice President Docs and Specials, Factual Networks & Streaming

Discovery Channel


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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...show more

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Simon Thomas

EVP, Programming, West Coast

ITV America

Simon Thomas is executive vice president of current programming, west coast for ITV America. He oversees the company’s robust slate – encompassing series and specials across six vertical production labels – shepherding the group’s splashy formats and live event programming, while also supervising the creative production teams assigned to all...show more

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Regan Toews

Director

Food Network & Cooking Channel

Regan Toews is Director of Programming and Development for Food Network, and in this role has overseen the development and production of a variety of fan-favorite series including Beat Bobby Flay, Guy’s Grocery Gamesand Supermarket Stakeout. Before joining Food Network, Regan held development positions in both animation and film, helping to conceive,...show more

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Brooke Townsend

Director, Non-Fiction Programming & Development

History

Brooke Townsend is a Director of Nonfiction Programming and Development for HISTORY. In this role, Townsend oversees multiple hit programs, including Pawn Stars, Lost Gold of World War II and Swamp People: Serpent Invasion, as well as maintaining a robust development slate.

A 6-year veteran of A+E Networks, Townsend began her tenure at LMN....show more

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Rachel Tung

VP, Development

MTV/VH1

Rachel is the Vice President of Development for the MTV Entertainment Group. She’s developed and produced various unscripted formats and genres from comedy to crime for the ViacomCBS platforms. In addition to development, she oversees current original series for MTV, VH1 and Paramount: including Ridiculousness, Deliciousness, To Catch a Beautician,...show more

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Aisha Tyler

Award Winning Director, Actor, Comedian, Bestselling Author, Podcaster, Activist and Entrepreneur

Aisha Tyler is an award-winning director, actor, comedian, bestselling author, podcaster, activist and entrepreneur.  She has voiced the character of Lana Kane on F/XX’s Emmy-winning animated comedy Archer, for twelve seasons, and is host of Amazon’s weekly show Prime Rewind, an after-show for its hit series The Boys. She continues...show more

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Michelle VanKempen

General Manager

NPACT

A veteran television production executive, Michelle has served as NPACT’s Head of Policy and Development since 2016, in addition to stepping in as NPACT’s General Manager on an interim basis in 2019 and 2020.  NPACT, the trade organization for nonfiction production companies doing business in the U.S., provides resources...show more

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Gabriel VanHuss

VP, Development & Programming

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Natalie Vinet

VP, Global Sales, Unscripted

Boat Rocker Rights

As VP Global Factual Sales at Boat Rocker Studios, Natalie oversees non-scripted/factual content distribution and leads strategy on international programme sales, acquisitions and pre-sales, whilst also managing television and digital media rights sales in the Americas, UK, Spain, Italy, and France.

Prior to joining the Boat Rocker team Natalie was VP...show more

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Nicole Vogel

VP, Unscripted Programming & Development

Lifetime

Nicole Vogel is Vice President of Unscripted Programming & Development at Lifetime, part of the A&E Networks group. She is based in NYC where she works with production companies, agencies, and potential talent to find, develop, and produce new unscripted formats, docuseries, and specials. Projects she has executive produced for Lifetime include...show more

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Dana Volkmer-Jones

Director, Programming & Development

Food Network

Dana Volkmer-Jones is Director of Programming and Development for Food Network based in Los Angeles, charged with developing new programming and talent, and working closely with the west coast production community. Prior to joining the Food Network team in January of 2020, he served as Senior Director of Development, West Coast...show more

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Allison Wallach

EVP & Head of Fox Alternative Entertainment (FAE)

FOX Alternative Entertainment

Allison Wallach was named Executive Vice President, Head of FOX Entertainment’s in-house unscripted studio, FOX Alternative Entertainment (FAE), in February 2019.  In her role, she isresponsible for identifying, developing and producing unscripted programming both for FOX Network and third-party platforms.

Among the FAE-produced series Wallach oversees are the culture-piercing singing competition, The Masked...show more

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Nina Weinstein

Executive Story Editor

NBC News Studios

Nina Weinstein is Executive Story Editor of NBC News Studios. She joined NBC News as Director of Development for MSNBC 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 consulted for...show more

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Betsy West

Director & Producer

Storyville FIlms

Betsy West is the Academy Award® nominated director and producer of RBG (Magnolia, Participant, CNN Films, 2018) along with Julie Cohen. She is a 21-time Emmy Award winner for her work as an ABC News producer and executive producer of the documentary series Turning Point. As vice president at CBS...show more

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Sean Wheatley

Head of Acquisitions

Passion Distribution


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Peter White

Television Editor

Deadline Hollywood

Peter is Television Editor at Deadline, where he covers the scripted and non-scripted television markets and late-night programming. He joined in 2017, initially as International Editor based in London before moving to Los Angeles in 2020. He was previously News Editor of UK-based trade Broadcast and Deputy Editor of Television...show more

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Lauren Whitelaw

Head of Programming

OUTtv Network Inc


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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...show more

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Tenaja Williams

Director, Unscripted Development, Bravo & E!

E! & Bravo

Tenaja Williams serves as Director, Unscripted Development, Bravo and E!, where she evaluates and identifies upcoming programming and talent for both cable networks. She reports to Christy Dees, Vice President, Development, Bravo and E!.

In her role, Williams is responsible for working with production partners and agencies to find new unscripted...show more

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Lisa Williams-Fauntroy

SVP, Business & Legal Affairs

Discovery, Inc.

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Karrie Allyson Wolfe

EVP and Co-Head of Development and Programming

Kinetic Content

Karrie Wolfe is Executive Vice President and Co-Head of Development and Programming at Kinetic Content.

Based in Los Angeles, she is responsible for the development of Kinetic’s original programming, as well as adapting international formats for the US market.  

Previously Wolfe was Senior Vice President at RDF USA. Prior to that, Wolfe...show more

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Hud Woodle

EVP, International Sales & Operations

GRB Studios

A prolific global entertainment executive, Hud Woodle was brought on to GRB Studios in early 2020 to head up the company’s international distribution and production division. In his role, Woodle oversees all sales, co-productions, marketing, acquisitions, servicing, and operations; as well as manages the global sales team.

Prior to his current...show more

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