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

Speakers


Jon Adler

VP, Original Series

CNN

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

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Jon Adler, CNN


Avi Armoza

CEO

Armoza Formats

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Formats to the Rescue


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...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


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...more

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


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...more

Speaking at: Managing Through Uncertainty: Producing in a Pandemic


Christian Barcellos

SVP Development & Production

CNBC

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Christian Barcellos, CNBC


Alison Barrat

Vice President, Production and Development

Love Nature

Bio coming soon...

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


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...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Gio Benetez

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...more

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


Mimi Blanchard

Senior Director, Current Programming

BET Networks

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Mimi Blanchard, BET Networks; Speed Pitching


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,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching


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...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


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...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


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...more

Speaking at: Managing Through Uncertainty: Producing in a Pandemic


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...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Brie Miranda Bryant

Senior Vice President, 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...more

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


Sylvia Bugg

Chief Programming Executive and 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...more

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


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...more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Ken Burns & Lynn Novick


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,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching; 30 Minutes With: Cara Casey, YouTube


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)...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Reality Reborn


David Cornwall

Managing Director

Scorpion TV

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: New Horizons for Natural History


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....more

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


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...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Nicola Davey

VP Acquisitions & Co Productions

Beyond Rights Limited

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


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...more

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


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...more

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


Dolyn Dobro

Director Production & Development

CNBC

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching


Mary Donahue

SVP, Development & Programming

History

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: Managing Through Uncertainty: Producing in a Pandemic


Havva Eisenbaum

Head of Unscripted Development

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching


Cynthia Fenneman

President & CEO

APT Worldwide/American Public Television

Bio coming soon...

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


Sophie Ferron

CEO & 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...more

Speaking at: Formats to the Rescue


Bree 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...more

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


Zara Frankel

Director, Programming & Development

PBS

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching


Amy Freshwater

Head of Sales and Acquisitions

Espresso Media International

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Lauren Gellert

EVP, Development & Original Programming

WE TV

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

Speaking at: Managing through Uncertainty: Dollars and Sense


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...more

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


Bill Gersh

Agent, Alternative TV & Digital Packaging

Gersh Agency

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Laetitia Giansily-Doyle

Sales & Acquisitions, North America

Terranoa

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

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

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


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 at: New Talent: Where to Find It, How to Attract It


Sean Gottlieb

VP, Development & Programming

A&E

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Sean Gottlieb: A&E


Robyn Greene Arrington

VP, Original Programming & Production

TV One

Robyn Greene Arrington is an award-winning creative executive with varied experience in the media industry.  As Vice President of Programming & Production at TV One and Cleo TV, she is an integral part of the team that shapes the networks’ creative vision that includes scripted, documentary, non-fiction, lifestyle, and digital...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Robyn Greene-Arrington, TV One


Andrea Griffith

Production Executive, Original Programming, Lifestyle Content

Corus Entertainment Inc

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching


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...more

Speaking at: Formats to the Rescue


Janet Han Vissering

SVP, Development & Production

Nat Geo Wild

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: New Horizons for Natural History


Jennifer Harkness

SVP, Unscripted Content

Blue Ant Media

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


Kate Harrison

President

Cream Productions Inc.

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:...more

Speaking at: Managing Through Uncertainty: Producing in a Pandemic


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...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


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 at: Managing through Uncertainty: Dollars and Sense


Mioshi Hill

VP, Non-Fiction Programming & Development

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...more

Speaking at: Coffee With: Mioshi Hill, Lifetime


Martha Holmes

Head of Wildlife & Executive Producer

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...more

Speaking at: New Horizons for Natural History


Marcie Hume

Senior Executive Producer

A&E

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching


Lilla Hurst

Joint Managing Director

Drive

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


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...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching


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 at: New Talent: Where to Find It, How to Attract It


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....more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


Andrew Johnson

Executive in Charge of Production, Original Content, Factual

Corus Entertainment Inc

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Coffee With: Andrew Johnson, Corus Entertainment


Duane Jones

Co-Founder

Renowned Films

Bio coming soon...

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


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...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Erin Keating

Senior Development Manager, Snap Originals

Snap Inc

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...more

Speaking at: Short Form: Big Potential?


Robyn Lattaker-Johnson

Head of Unscripted Development, Programming & Specials

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Robyn Lattaker-Johnson, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network


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,...more

Speaking at: Managing through Uncertainty: Dollars and Sense


Alex Leibow

Development Manager

Snapchat

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: Speed Pitching; 30 Minutes With: Alex Leibow, Snapchat


Samantha Linton

Head of Original Content Canada

Blue Ant Media

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: Coffee With: Sam Linton, Blue Ant Media


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...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


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...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Bill Margol, PBS


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 three years ago, the company has produced more than 200 hours of programming including 9 Months with Courteney Cox (Facebook), Murder in the Heartland (Discovery ID), Cooper’s Treasure with Amblin Entertainment (Discovery), Cold Case Files with Blumhouse Television (A&E), The...more

Speaking at: New Horizons for Natural History


Michelle McCree

Executive In Charge of Production, Unscripted

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Coffee With: Michelle McCree, CBC


Ashley McFarlin Buie

VP, Development

WE TV

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

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

Speaking at: Speed Pitching


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 globallymore

Speaking at: Short Form: Big Potential?


Benjamin Megargel

VP, Development, Alternative Programming – US, Television

Entertainment One Television

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: Pitching Partners


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

Speaking at: Managing through Uncertainty: Dollars and Sense


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...more

Speaking at: Cocktails With


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...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


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...more

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


Emmanuelle Namiech

CEO

Passion Distribution

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: Managing through Uncertainty: Dollars and Sense


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...more

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


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,...more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Ken Burns & Lynn Novick


Jennifer O'Connell

EVP, Original Non-Fiction & Kids

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...more

Speaking at: State of the Nation: Change, Challenge, Opportunity; 30 Minutes With: Jennifer O'Connell, HBO Max


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...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


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...more

Speaking at: Cocktails With


Jim Pasquarella

Executive Producer, 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...more

Speaking at: Cocktails With


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...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


Babette Perry

Head of Broadcast & Alternative TV

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...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Agents


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...more

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


Diane Rankin

SVP, Rights/Executive Producer

Distribution360

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


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...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Reality Reborn


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...more

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


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...more

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


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...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Reality Reborn


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...more

Speaking at: Cocktails With


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...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching


Robert E Salvestrin

COO - Head of Distribution

Lucky You

Bio coming soon...

Speaking at: Meet an Expert - Distributors


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...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Betsy Sanner Ayala, HGTV


Jason Sarlanis

SVP, Development

TLC

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Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Jason Sarlanis, TLC


Jessica Schmiedchen

Executive in Charge of Development, Unscripted Content

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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Speaking at: Speed Pitching


Shari Scorca

VP, Unscripted Content

Stage 13

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


Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh

President

Sirens Media (ITV America)

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


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...more

Speaking at: Managing Through Uncertainty: Producing in a Pandemic


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 at: Keynote Conversation: Robert Sharenow, A+E Networks


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...more

Speaking at: Managing through Uncertainty: Dollars and Sense


Nick Smith

EVP Formats

all3media International

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Speaking at: Formats to the Rescue


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...more

Speaking at: New Horizons for Natural History


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,...more


Michael Stiller

VP, Development & Programming

History

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Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Mike Stiller, History


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...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Patty Suh, Food Network & Cooking Channel



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...more

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


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,...more

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Brooke Townsend

Director, Programming and 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....more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching


Natalie Vinet

VP, Global Factual Sales

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...more

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Nicole Vogel

VP of 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...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...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching


Allison Wallach

EVP & Head of Fox Alternative Entertainment (FAE)

Fox Broadcasting Company

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...more

Speaking at: Managing Through Uncertainty: Producing in a Pandemic



Sean Wheatley

Head of Acquisitions

Passion Distribution

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Lauren Whitelaw

Head of Programming

OUTtv Network Inc

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Speaking at: Coffee With: Lauren Whitelaw, outTV Network


Deborah Williams

Executive Director

Creative Diversity Network

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

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


Lisa Williams-Fauntroy

SVP, Business & Legal Affairs

Discovery, Inc.

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


Karrie Allyson Wolfe

EVP and Co-Head of Development and Programming

Kinetic Content

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Speaking at: Trendwatch: Reality Reborn


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...more

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