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MONDAY, JANUARY 27 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 30
SHERATON NEW ORLEANS
Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2022

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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


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Pamela Aguilar

VP, Original Documentaries

ViacomCBS, MTV

Pamela A. Aguilar is Vice President of Original Documentaries at ViacomCBS. In this role she’s responsible for strategy, development, and execution of new and innovative multi-platform unscripted content across the MTV Entertainment Group Studio, with a primary focus on the Smithsonian Channel, MTV, VH1, and Paramount+. She also establishes new partnerships for...show more


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Kalen Allen

Actor, Producer, Singer, Digital Media Star & Television Personality

At just 25 years old, award-nominated actor, producer, singer, and television personality Kalen Allen has catapulted into the mainstream media, reaching millions of people worldwide across his social media platforms and through his content online. Discovered in 2018 by renowned talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, Allen first made a name...show more


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Betsy Ayala

SVP, Production & Development

HGTV

Betsy Ayala currently serves as Senior Vice President of Production & Development for HGTV and discovery+ Home where she oversees the development and production team. She is credited with the success of such hit series as Rock the Block, Home Town Takeover, Good Bones, Windy City Rehab, No Demo Reno,...show more


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Jeremy Blacklow

Director of Entertainment Media

GLAAD

Jeremy Blacklow joined GLAAD in 2017 as Director of Entertainment Media, where he serves as a liaison between GLAAD and the film, television, music, and gaming sectors, working to ensure that the industry is equipped to leverage GLAAD’s research and resources to bring about fair, inclusive, accurate, and diverse representations...show more


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Anna Bloomfield

Senior Director of Development

HGTV

Anna Bloomfield 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 development and production at Momentum Content where she oversaw a slate of high-profile projects and sold content to History Channel,...show more


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James Blue

Head, Smithsonian Channel & Senior Vice President, MTV News and Docs

ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Brands

James Blue, a seasoned, award-winning television executive, is Head of the Smithsonian Channel and Senior Vice President of News and Documentaries within VIACOM/CBS’ MTV Entertainment Group. In these roles, James oversees the development of some 150 hours of documentary and informational programming. In addition to the domestic channel, currently in...show more


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Shirley Bowers

VP, Sales & Acquisitions

Red Arrow Studios International

Based in Los Angeles, Shirley is responsible for leading Red Arrow’s sales activities in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She also works across North American acquisitions, alongside Red Arrow’s Scripted and Non-Scripted acquisitions teams. Prior to joining Red Arrow Studios International, Shirley’s roles have included Director, Global...show more


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Sylvia Bugg

Chief Programming Executive & General Manager

PBS

As Chief Programming Executive and General Manager for General Audience Programming at PBS, Sylvia Bugg oversees all non-children’s content and lead PBS’s programming strategy across its broadcast and digital platforms. She is responsible for the acquisition and development of world-class programming for PBS and its member stations, with a particular...show more


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Rob Burk

Head of Original Content

CuriosityStream

Rob Burk is Head of Original Content for Curiosity, the global factual entertainment media company that is home to award-winning original and curated films, shows and series covering science, nature, history, technology, society, and lifestyle. Burk oversees production of Curiosity’s full slate of original programming, which can be watched on...show more


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Breonna Carrera

VP, Development

World of Wonder

Breonna Carrera is the Vice President of Unscripted Development at World of Wonder – the pop culture capital of the world and home to the Emmy® Award winning series, RuPaul’s Drag Race! In this role, she oversees a robust slate of projects and is responsible for the development of new talent, series, and...show more


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Ed de Rivaz

SVP, Development

Great Pacific Media Inc.

Ed has over a decade of broad experience developing and producing factual content in Canada and the United States. As an executive producer at History Channel US he developed original series and oversaw legacy shows including Ax Men, Doomsday: 10 Ways The World Will End, Milwaukee BlacksmithCounting Cars and more. While at...show more


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Wes Dening

EVP, Development & Programming

Eureka

Wes Dening is a multiple award-winning producer and Executive Vice President of Eureka Productions, overseeing series including Holey Moley (ABC), Dating Around (Netflix) Finding Magic Mike (HBO Max), Twentysomethings: Austin (Netflix), Full Bloom (HBO Max) and Crikey! It’s The Irwin’s (Animal Planet). Wes has developed, sold and produced original content...show more


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Chip Gaines

Chief Creative Officer

Magnolia Network

Chip and Joanna Gaines are the Chief Creative Officers of Magnolia Network and founders of Magnolia, a Waco, Texas-based company they started together in 2003. For Chip and Jo, what started more than a decade ago as a tiny home decor shop has since grown into an expansive home and...show more


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Joanna Gaines

Chief Creative Officer

Magnolia Network

Chip and Joanna Gaines are the Chief Creative Officers of Magnolia Network and founders of Magnolia, a Waco, Texas-based company they started together in 2003. For Chip and Jo, what started more than a decade ago as a tiny home decor shop has since grown into an expansive home and...show more


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Rabih Gholam

Head, Alternative & Unscripted Department

Innovative Artists

Based in Los Angeles, Rabih Gholam has been heading the Alternative Department at Innovative Artists since late 2020. Before joining Innovative, he was most recently Executive Vice President of Development at Evolution Media, the force behind The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules and Botched franchises. As President of...show more


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Richard Gray

Managing Director

ACF Investment Bank

Richard Gray is a Managing Director at ACF Investment Bank. We specialize in selling, buying, fundraising, and pre and post deal services for businesses in intellectual property, content creation, international distribution, and we work at the intersection of talent and brands.

He is a co-founder and co-owner of the business with over...show more


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Cara Groom

Director of Development

Pilgrim Media Group

As Director of Alternative Programming at Lionsgate, Cara Groom oversees the development and production of Lionsgate’s unscripted slate across all platforms.  Cara begins her fifth year at Lionsgate, where she has helped champion many series, including HBO Max’s upcoming House of Ho and Netflix’s Selling Sunset.  She is responsible for...show more


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Paul Heaney

CEO

BossaNova Media

Paul Heaney is co-founder and CEO of BossaNova, a company that brings together the producers and buyers of TV entertainment in an integrated hub, creating a community that enables all of the stake-holders in the content chain to meet, create and do business. Heaney has a strong track record in...show more


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Lisa Holme

Group SVP, Content & Commercial Strategy

Discovery+

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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Nikolas Huelbusch

Director, ZDFE.Unscripted

ZDF Enterprises GmbH

Nikolas Hülbusch studied Film history  and Slavic languages at Bochum (Germany) and Katowice (Poland) Universities. He published several articles and two books  (including his PhD thesis) on documentary and feature film history.

He joined ZDF Enterprises in 1997. In 2001, he took over a new position as project manager for documentary...show more


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Marcie Hume

Senior Executive Producer

A&E

Marcie Hume is Senior Executive Producer for A&E, responsible for creating and developing new series for the network. She joined A&E in August 2017.
 
Hume began her documentary career at the BBC in London, and has created and produced a range of series for the BBC and Channel 4...show more


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Phil Irven

Partner

Vital Artists Agency, LLC

Phil Irven is a Partner and Co-owner for non-scripted programming at Vital Artists Agency. He represents production companies, executive producers, and directors for talk, game, and reality television shows. In addition to servicing Vitals’ clients, Phil also packages shows for networks, cable, digital platforms, and syndicated television. His producer 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. She...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,...show more


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Richard Klein

Head of Documentaries

Plimsoll Productions Ltd

In his role, Klein oversees documentary programming for the UK and international broadcasters.  Most recently, the company produced documentaries including The Women of 9/11 for ABC News, The 80s - Music’s Greatest Decade? For BBC Two, Oti’s South African Odyssey for BBC One, among many more.

Throughout his long and illustrious career,...show more


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Carson Kressley

TV personality, style expert, fashion designer and New York Times best-selling author

Emmy-Award winning TV personality, style expert, fashion designer and New York Times best-selling author are some of the credits of the multi- talented and unforgettable Carson Kressley. He can currently be seen as a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race. Carson can currently be seen reunited with his Queer Eye cast-mate...show more


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Jeff Lanter

President

Trailblazer Studios

Jeff Lanter is President and Chief Operating Officer for Trailblazer Studios. 

With more than two decades of experience in storytelling, Lanter brings a wealth of skill and wisdom to the company.  In his dual role, he focuses on creative collaboration and client relations while managing every stage and aspect of production. ...show more


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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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Todd Lichten

Head of Emerging Content

Meta

Todd Lichten is the Head of Emerging Content at Meta, where he oversees original content investments across the Meta’s family of apps, including live shopping, VR, and short-form. In his current role, Todd leads content strategy for Live Shopping on Instagram and has developed marquee events with Selena Gomez, Will...show more


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Joseph Livecchi

CEO

Noble Savages

Joe Livecchi is the founder of Noble Savages and a seasoned media professional with over 25 years experience in content creation, programming and marketing. In its first three years, Noble Savages has produced just under 100 hours of programming, including the recently renewed A&E hit series, Alaska PD, an investigative...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...show more


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Joseph Maxwell

Head of Documentaries

SBS

Joseph has developed, directed and produced high end, prime time documentaries for most of the major broadcasters in Britain. He started as Commissioning Editor for SBS in January 2012 and became Head of Documentaries in June 2016. His slate of shows at SBS ranges from returning series such as ‘Who...show more


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Bernadette McDaid

Global Head of Red Bull Studios

Red Bull Media House GMBH

Bernadette McDaid is the Global Head of new media entity, Red Bull Studios. Based in Salzburg, Austria, with offices in LA and London, Red Bull Studios is a commissioning, financing and distribution hub for premium filmmakers, broadcasters, and streamers.

A multi award-winning filmmaker and Commissioning Executive, most recently, McDaid was Acting...show more


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Kyle Moffatt

Senior Director of Development

ViacomCBS, Nikelodeon

Kyle Moffatt is the Senior Director of Development for Nickelodeon and Awesomeness TV, responsible for developing new talent, series and specials across both digital and linear platforms and leading creative efforts through production and post. In addition to his development work, Kyle is a producer of NFL Slimetime, Tooned In,...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 June:...show more


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Chris Muckle

Head of Factual, US

October Films

Chris has over 20 years experience in media creation, development and production.  After cutting successful music videos, movies, dramas and documentaries he shaped the first seasons of international television blockbusters like Top Gear, Locked Up Abroad and Gold Rush.  Now oversees the development and production of original US programming at...show more


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Allison Page

President

Magnolia Network

Allison Page, Global President, Magnolia and DTC, leads Discovery’s joint-venture with Magnolia, the Waco, Texas-based home and lifestyle empire founded by Chip and Joanna Gaines. In this role, Page is responsible for growing and overseeing all operations for the venture—managing teams based in Knoxville, New York, Seattle, Austin and Waco,...show more


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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 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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Alex Piper

Global Head of Unscripted

YouTube Originals

Alex Piper is the Head of Unscripted at YouTube Originals. Piper leads a team at YouTube Originals that creates innovative, critically acclaimed and award-winning programming across the music, personalities and gaming verticals including  Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, Will Smith’s Best Shape of My Life, Justin Bieber: Seasons, David...show more


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Jacqui Pitman

CEO, Casting Director & Executive Producer

Pitman Casting Inc/ Partypit Productions Inc.

Pitman is Owner of Pitman Casting Inc., a full service, reality television casting company in Los Angeles. As a Casting Director, Pitman is currently casting; ABC’s Kids Say the Darndest Things hosted and executive produced by Tiffany Haddish, CBS’s Let’s Make a Deal hosted by Wayne Brady, Price is Right...show more


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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 network.

Among the programs she oversees are the hit singing-competition series THE MASKED SINGER, which ranks as television’s #1 entertainment program among...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 seriesSupernannywhich premiered its latest season in January,Little Women:  AtlantaandMarrying Millions.    

A highly sought-after...show more


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Alejandro Rojas

Director of Applied Analytics

Parrot Analytics

Alejandro Rojas serves as Director of Applied Analytics at Parrot Analytics based in New York . In his current role, he oversees initiatives that transform data into insights at every step of the content lifecycle. Alejandro is a former McKinsey consultant who went on to become an executive producer on...show more


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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 and development team responsible for all of their hit programs including Celebrity IOU, A Very Brady Renovation, Property Brothers: Forever Home, My Lottery Dream Home, Flip or Flop and hundreds more. ...show more


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Evan Shapiro

Producer/Owner

ESHAP

Over the last 30 years, Evan Shapiro has worked in media, entertainment and education, creating distinctive content, building iconic brands, teaching thousands of students and young executives, leading a charge for diversity and inclusion in media, and pushing for change in the industry as an executive, producer, board member, professor,...show more


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Siobhan Sinnerton

Creative , Unscripted

HiddenLight Productions

Siobhan Sinnerton has spent the last 20 years at the cutting edge of Documentary, current affairs and popular factual television, both in the Uk and the US, where she has nurtured many world-renowned directors. Her films have won numerous international awards including BAFTAs, Emmys and Peabodys.


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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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Thomas Stockwell

Head of Unscripted Series

Meta (formerly the Facebook company)

Thomas Stockwell is Head of Unscripted Series for Meta. Stockwell oversees original series like the Emmy Award-winning Red Table Talk franchise, Taraji P. Henson’s Peace of Mind with Taraji, the new original talk show Face to Face with Becky G and more original content that’s available across Facebook Watch, Instagram and Messenger.show more


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Patty Suh

VP, Programming & Development

Food Network

Patty Suh is VP, Programming & 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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Brian Tannenbaum

Head of Alternative Originals

Roku

Brian Tannenbaum is Head of Alternative Originals for Roku, where he leads all aspects of original, alternative content for The Roku Channel. A key member of the team behind the launch of Roku Originals, he manages Roku’s alternative content strategy across all series commissions and development, including unscripted, format, and...show more


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Gabriel VanHuss

VP, Development & Programming

MotorTrend Network

Gabriel VanHuss is Vice President of Originals Development for MotorTrend Group, a Discovery company, where he  is responsible for working across the company and Discovery to develop, produce and acquire automotive focused TV series, documentaries, movies and limited series for subscription video on demand, ad supported video on demand and...show more


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Jessica Winchell

Director-Development & Content

Magnolia Network

Jessica Winchell is an executive producer, developer and showrunner with experience in factual entertainment on all platforms. Prior to joining Magnolia Network as a Director, Development and Content, Jessica was VP of Development for acclaimed producers Lucky 8. At Lucky 8 Jessica oversaw a deep slate of development (and a...show more


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Michael Winter

SVP, Programming & Development

Crackle (Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment)

Michael Winter is SVP of programming and development for Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. He helped launch the CSS studio with a slate of originals including Vacation Rental Potential (A&E), Being Dad (Netflix), Going For Broke (Crackle) and the Emmy-nominated Hidden Heroes (CBS). As Chicken Soup has become majority...show more


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Maggie Zeltner

Director Programming and Development

HGTV

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

Since joining the company in 2015, Maggie has developed and overseen hits for HGTV and DIY including The Nate and Jeremiah Home...show more

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Yasmine Abbasakoor

Executive in Charge of Development

CBC Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Prior to joining the CBC this past fall Yasmine Abbasakoor worked within Canada’s independent production sector for 20 years, including work on projects with Blue Ant Media, Saloon Media, Magee TV and 4East and a lead development role with factual prodco Cream Productions. She also served as a content producer...show more

Speaking on: Big Ticket Pitch Day - CBC, Smithsonian, American Public Television & Create TV; Virtual Speed Pitching - Nickelodeon, CBC, PBS


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Isaac Ahn

Director, Entertainment Unscripted Development

NBCUniversal Television & Streaming (Documentary and Crime)

Isaac Ahn serves as Director, Entertainment Unscripted Development for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming where he creates, evaluates, and identifies upcoming programming across the company’s entertainment platforms, which include Bravo, E!, NBC, Oxygen, SYFY, USA, Universal Kids and Peacock. Ahn reports to Jenna Rosa, Senior Vice President, Entertainment Unscripted Development for...show more

Speaking on: Virtual Speed Pitching - TLC, NBCUniversal, Corus


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Lauren Appelbaum

Vice President Communications and Entertainment & News Media

RespectAbility

Lauren Appelbaum is the VP, Communications and Entertainment & News Media of the disability nonprofit RespectAbility. As an individual with an acquired nonvisible disability – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy – she regularly conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible for entertainment executives throughout the industry.

Appelbaum...show more

Speaking on: DIALOG/Putting authenticity first


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Mallory Arkin

Senior Manager, Unscripted Development

ViacomCBS, Nickelodeon

As the Senior Manager of Unscripted Development, Mallory develops original unscripted formats for Nickelodeon linear, digital, and AwesomenessTV and leads creative efforts throughout production and post. In addition to her development work, she’s been a producer of Tooned In, Group Chat, and Unfiltered - all Nickelodeon series with multi-season orders....show more

Speaking on: Virtual Speed Pitching - Nickelodeon, CBC, PBS


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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: Big Ticket Pitch Day - Love Nature, CuriosityStream, WEtv



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Mimi Blanchard

Senior Director, Current Programming

ViacomCBS, BET Networks

Mimi Blanchard has been in the Viacom family for over 15 years, making the leap from Home Entertainment & Acquisitions to Original Programming in 2009. While under the Home Entertainment & Acquisitions umbrella, she was responsible for the successful release of all BET Music Programming DVD tentpole specials including Celebration...show more

Speaking on: Virtual Speed Pitching - NBCUniversal, BET, Smithsonian


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Gavin Bridge

Senior Media Analyst, Variety Intelligence Platform

Variety

Gavin Bridge is a senior media analyst at Variety's VIP+. He is an industry expert in free streaming services across AVOD and FAST, CTV, cord-cutting, sports on TV, the state of the TV and streaming landscape, and how NFTs are being integrated into entertainment, and frequently consults with executives at...show more

Speaking on: FAST Forward


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Sahara Bushue

SVP, Head of Unscripted TV

Westbrook Studios

Sahara Bushue joined Westbrook Studios as Senior Vice President and Head of Unscripted in November 2020. Westbrook Studios is a subsidiary of Westbrook Inc., the media company launched in 2019 by founders Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, to empower artists to tell stories that connect with a global audience....show more

Speaking on: Propelling the Format Business


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Meghan Cassin

VP, Content

Magnolia Network

Meghan Cassin is Vice President of Content for Magnolia Network, the media joint venture between Chip and Joanna Gaines’ home and lifestyle brand Magnolia and Discovery Inc. In this role, she oversees production and development of original series and specials in the lifestyle space. 

Previously, she was responsible for animal specials...show more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes With: Meghan Cassin, Magnolia Network


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Jill Chapman

Vice President, Alternative Series & Content Planning

Disney

Jill Chapman is currently Vice President, Alternative Series & Content Planning at Walt Disney Television’s newly launched Unscripted production unit. Prior to her current role, Jill oversaw Unscripted and Anime licensed acquisition and strategy for Hulu, while serving as a creative executive on series including The D’Amelio Show and Taste...show more

Speaking on: Virtual Speed Pitching - AMC/SundanceTV/BBC America, Walt Disney Television, VICE TV


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Sydney Clover

Senior Director, Development

National Geographic


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Patrick Courtney

SVP, Head of Digital

Fuse Media

As Head of Digital for Latino-owned entertainment company Fuse Media, Patrick Courtney oversees operations of the company’s streaming division with CEO Mike Roggero. In this role, he leads strategy for the company’s digital distribution, social media, website and streaming apps, as well as newly launched free ad-supported streaming television (FAST)...show more

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Liz Cowie

Senior Manager, Development & Alternative Programming

VICE

Liz Cowie is the Senior Manager of Development & Alternative Programming at Vice TV.   In this role, she has developed and overseen a variety of original series for the network, such as The Devil You Know, Betraying the BadgeFringe Nation, and many more.

Prior to her role in development, Ms....show more

Speaking on: Virtual Speed Pitching - AMC/SundanceTV/BBC America, Walt Disney Television, VICE TV; Big Ticket Pitch Day - CNBC, A&E, VICE TV


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Subrata De

EVP & Global Head of Programming & Development, Vice News

VICE

Subrata De is EVP for VICE News and the senior executive producer for the series, VICE on Showtime. The Emmy-nominated series delivers immersive reporting from the world's conflict zones and regions in transition. The onset of the pandemic, ongoing racial reckoning and civil unrest have found the series adapting its...show more

Speaking on: Town Hall: Creating Change - Producing Content That Can Make A Difference


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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 & Legacy Award Presentation: Stanley Nelson


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David DeHaney

Creative Director

Proper Content


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Ashleigh DiTonto

SVP, Development

Trailblazer Studios

Ashleigh Di Tonto is Senior Vice President of Development for Trailblazer Studios. 

In her role, Di Tonto is responsible for the company’s talented team of creatives and producers, developing original blue-chip, natural-history and premium documentaries, including the groundbreaking documentary Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer, which premiered on National Geographic...show more

Speaking on: Say Goodbye, Say Hello


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James DuBose

General Manager and Head of Programming

Fox Soul

James DuBose is an innovative visionary and thought-leader known for producing culture-shaping content and sharing the voice and lived experiences of Black people around the globe.  DuBose built his career anchored in four fundamental pillars: inspire, educate, uplift, and entertain black audiences.

DuBose is a North Carolina native, and he attributes...show more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes With: James DuBose, Fox Soul


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Kristina Edwards

VP, Unscripted Series & Specials

TBS/TNT/truTV

Kristina Edwards serves as Vice President of Unscripted Series and Specials for WarnerMedia’s TBS and TNT, and truTV. In this role, Edwards is responsible for the creative and strategic development of content and immersive, multiplatform experiences that are tailor-made to foster and engage authentic, 24/7 relationships with audiences. Edwards is overseeing a...show more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes With: Kristina Edwards, TBS/TNT/truTV


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Cynthia Fenneman

President & CEO

American Public Television & Create TV

Cynthia Fenneman is President and CEO of American Public Television (APT), the leading syndicator of high quality programs to U.S. public television's 356 stations. APT Worldwide, a division of American Public Television, is a major provider of quality, non-fiction content to the worldwide market.  With more than 30 years of...show more

Speaking on: Big Ticket Pitch Day - CBC, Smithsonian, American Public Television & Create TV


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Bree L. Frank

SVP 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 Story, and the award-winning television format Wife...show more

Speaking on: Say Goodbye, Say Hello


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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: Virtual Speed Pitching - Nickelodeon, CBC, PBS; Big Ticket Pitch Day - National Geographic Channel, PBS, Food Network


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Jorge Franzini

VP Original Content, Development & Programming

CuriosityStream

Jorge Franzini serves as the VP of Original Content, Development and Programming for Curiosity’s original programming slate. His main duties are identifying potential series and one-offs for the service and its global pay-tv channels. As a member of the programming team, he acts as a liaison with outside production companies...show more

Speaking on: Big Ticket Pitch Day - Love Nature, CuriosityStream, WEtv


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Amy Freshwater

Head of Sales and Acquisitions

Espresso Media International

Amy manages the sales and acquisitions for factual entertainment and feature documentaries with boutique distributor Espresso Media International. Espresso Media represent content for around 150 international producers, selling all media rights worldwide.

Amy has 9 years of experience with the company and her role includes acquiring completed films and developing new...show more

Speaking on: Meet the Distributors - Drive, Espresso Media International, Boat Rocker Rights


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Mark Garner

Executive Vice President, Content Licensing and Business Development, A&E Television Networks

A+E Networks

Mark Garner is Executive Vice President, Global Content Sales and Business Development at A+E Networks. Garner’s remit is primarily focused on the development of strategy to monetize A+E Networks vast library of owned and original content through partnerships with traditional and emerging content distribution platforms. Garner is also charged with...show more

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Laetitia Giansily-Doyle

Development, Sales & Strategic Partnerships, North America

Terranoa-US Office

Based in Washington D.C., USA, Laetitia Giansily-Doyle joined Terranoa in 2011 and is responsible for sales and co-pros and for sourcing programming to add to Terranoa's growing catalogue for distribution to all media outlets around the world.

Laetitia has been working in the production and distribution industry for over 15 years,...show more

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Jennifer Gordon

VP, Development

TLC

Jennifer Gordon joined TLC in October 2014. As Vice President of Development, she creates  and conceptualizes series, specials and programming initiatives for the linear network as well as  love and relationship, family and lifestyle content for discovery+. Since joining TLC, Jennifer  has developed a variety of new series, such as...show more

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Sean Gottlieb

VP, Development & Programming

A+E Networks

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

An Emmy® Award-winning producer with over 20 years’ experience, Gottlieb developed and is Executive Producer of I Survived A Serial Killer, Taking the...show more

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Abby Greensfelder

Founder & CEO

Everywoman Studios

Abby Greensfelder is the founder and CEO of Everywoman Studios, a full-service media company with a mission to tell female-focused, female-driven stories creating positive cultural impact.

A former network executive and production company head, Greensfelder launched Everywoman after seeing the massive gender gap in the entertainment ecosystem. She founded Everywoman Studios...show more

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Sara Helman

VP, Program Development

TLC

Sara Helman joined TLC in October 2015 as the Vice President of Program Development. She helps to oversee development strategy and programming initiatives for the linear network as well as love and relationship, family and lifestyle content for discovery+. Helman has worked on a wide variety of shows, including the...show more

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Ashley Hovey

Kids Programming

Roku

Ashley Hovey, Head of The Roku Channel, AVOD

Ashley Hovey leads The Roku Channel’s AVOD business. She is responsible for the Kids & Family business, the Linear business, and driving overall partner strategy, monetization and audience engagement with AVOD partners on Roku.

Ashley comes from Comcast, where she was a senior director...show more

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Aneka Hylton-Donelson

Director of Development

National Geographic Partners

Aneka Hylton-Donelson serves as a Director of Development for National Geographic Channel, where she does internal and external development of talent, authentic adventure-driven stories, concepts and formats for National Geographic Channel and Disney+. Most recently she served as the Executive Producer of The March on Washington: Keepers of the Dream...show more

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Patrick Jager

CEO

CORE Innovation Group

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

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Dane Joseph

VP, Unscripted Series

Hulu

Dane Joseph currently serves as Vice President of Unscripted Series for Hulu. Prior to that, Dane served as Vice President of Development for the MTV Entertainment Group, where he worked on such series as “Infamy: When Fame Turns Deadly,” “My True Crime Story,” “My Celebrity Dream Wedding,” and “True Life:...show more

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Raja Khanna

Founder

Dark Slope Studios

Raja Khanna is the Executive Chair and Co-Founder of Dark Slope Studios, a metaverse company developing new forms of entertainment for television and games using motion capture, virtual production, game-engines and immersive technologies. Dark Slope Studios produces prime time “hyper reality” TV productions and near real-time animation for streaming and...show more

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Maria Knight

Production Executive, Original Content, Factual

Corus Entertainment

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Carolyn Lehman

Manager, Nonfiction & Alternative Programming

AMC Network Entertainment LLC

Carolyn Lehman is Manager of Nonfiction & Alternative Programming for AMC Networks, responsible for overseeing current and in-development unscripted projects for three linear networks — AMC, SundanceTV, BBCAmerica — and streaming service, AMC+.

Lehman has been with AMC for over 5 years where she has worked on scripted drama companion content,...show more

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Blake Levin

VP, Entertainment Unscripted Development

NBC and Universal Television

Blake Levin serves as Vice President, Entertainment Unscripted Development, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming where he is responsible for discovering and supervising the development of documentary, true crime, lifestyle and docuseries programming for the Entertainment portfolio which includes Bravo, E!, NBC, Oxygen, SYFY, USA, Universal Kids and Peacock. He reports to...show more

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Sharon Levy

Chief Content Officer

Endemol Shine North America

Sharon Levy was named Chief Content Officer, Endemol Shine North America, in February, 2021.

Levy oversees all of Endemol Shine North America’s unscripted and scripted programming efforts from the company’s North Hollywood, Ca., headquarters.
Since joining Banijay-owned Endemol Shine North America in October 2017, Levy has successfully transformed the studio’s programming...show more

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Richard Life

Head of Acquisitions

Cineflix Rights

Richard Life spearheads acquisitions for Cineflix Rights and the expansion of the company’s catalogue of factual and scripted programming through producer partnerships, development and first-look deals, and co-productions.
Richard is one of the UK’s most experienced TV distribution executives, and previously held the roles of Head of Acquisitions and Co-productions...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...show more

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Sierra London McDonald

Manager of Development and Original Programming

WEtv

Sierra London McDonald is WE tv’s Manager of Development and Original Programming, based in New York. In this role, she helps create and develop fresh new unscripted programming for the network. Prior to joining WE tv, Sierra worked across development, programming and production for Discovery (Science Channel), NBCUniversal (Wilshire Studios)...show more

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Julie Meisner Eagle

VP, Production & Development

Travel Channel

As the vice president of production and development for Travel Channel and discovery+, Julie Meisner Eagle is responsible for cultivating and creating original content for the network and streaming service. This role includes scouting new content offerings, overseeing the production of a well-rounded slate of new and returning series and...show more

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Winona Meringolo

SVP, Development

Investigation Discovery

Winona Meringolo is the Senior Vice President of Development for Discovery’s true crime originals as well as the preeminent true crime television destination, Investigation Discovery. Meringolo oversees the curation of mystery and suspense programming for both the linear channel at ID and the company’s direct-to-consumer offering, discovery+. Focused on a...show more

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Max Micallef

VP, Nonfiction Programming

History

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

Among the HISTORY series he is Executive Producing is Great Escapes with Morgan...show more

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Isabelle Mills

Manager, Program Development

ViacomCBS, Smithsonian Channel

Isabelle is the Program Development Manager for the Smithsonian Channel. In this role, she manages acquisitions and program development across all genres. Before her current role, she worked in production for Smithsonian Channel where she focused on projects related to the Smithsonian Institution. She is a graduate of American University...show more

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Colin Mochrie

Actor/Comedian

Colin Mochrie is an alumnus of Toronto's famous Second City comedy troupe. After fourteen years as a regular on the British and American versions of the improvisation series ''Whose Line Is It Anyway?'', Colin is now in the 6th season of the CW network reboot.

Colin was a cast member of...show more

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Stanley Nelson

Founder and Director

Firelight Media Inc

Stanley Nelson is today’s leading documentarian of the African-American experience. His films combine compelling narratives with rich historical detail to illuminate the under-explored American past. A MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Nelson has received nearly every award in broadcasting, including five Primetime Emmy Awards, and lifetime achievement awards from the Emmys, the...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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Karla Pita Loor

EVP, Enterprise Inclusion & Social Responsibility

Endemol Shine North America

Karla Pita Loor was named Executive Vice President, Enterprise Inclusion & Social Responsibility at Endemol Shine North America in May 2021.

Pita Loor leads all social responsibility efforts for Endemol Shine North America and its studio labels, including Bunim/Murray Productions, Truly Original, 51 Minds Entertainment, Authentic Entertainment, Stephen David Entertainment and...show more

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Julie Pizzi

President

Bunim Murray Productions

Julie Pizzi serves as President of Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) and is responsible for the continued growth of the 30+ year-old company as both a production studio and on the international stage.

Pizzi has more than 25 years of experience producing hundreds of hours of television. Most recently, she developed and served...show more

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Dawn Porter

Founder & Director

Trilogy Films

Award-winning filmmaker Dawn Porter has emerged in the entertainment industry as a leader in the art of storytelling; directing and producing critically acclaimed projects that have impacted generations of people from all walks of life. 

In 2021, Porter directed and executive produced the Apple TV+ mental health documentary series The Me...show more

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Chris Powers

Manager of Nonfiction & Alternative Programming

AMC Networks

Chris Powers is Manager of Nonfiction & Alternative Programming for AMC Networks, responsible for overseeing current and development unscripted projects for three linear networks — AMC, SundanceTV, BBCAmerica — and streaming service, AMC+.

Powers has been with AMC for over 8 years where he has worked on scripted drama companion content,...show more

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Lulu Prutton

Senior Acquisitions & Sales Executive

Drive

Lulu began her career working at BBC Bristol and Brook Lapping and went on to produce and direct magazine and entertainment shows and location-based travel shows, before becoming an executive producer. She moved into factual, acquiring ratings winners for Channel 5 and helped achieve broadcast commissions for Tigress. In 2012...show more

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Salena Rochester

VP, Current Production

NBCUniversal Television & Streaming

Salena Rochester is a writer, producer and network executive. As Vice President of Production and Development for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming; Salena has produced and oversees some of Bravo’s biggest series including The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Emmy-nominated Million Dollar Listing New York, Emmy-winning & critically acclaimed Inside The Actor's...show more

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Jane Root

Founder & CEO

Nutopia

In 2008, Jane Root founded Nutopia. Known for award-winning documentary series on a global scale, Nutopia has created a new genre of television, the “mega-doc,” combining epic cinematography, action-driven drama, and A-list talent. Prior to founding Nutopia, she ran networks on both sides of the Atlantic as President of Discovery...show more

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Greg Rubidge

President

Syndicado

Rubidge has spent most of his career at the confluence of emerging digital platforms and entertainment. After graduating with an MBA in Finance and spending two years in commercial banking he followed his passion and began working in the film and television industry, before co-founding the digital advertising agency.  In...show more

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Jennifer Salke

Head of Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios

Jennifer Salke is the Head of Amazon Studios, overseeing all aspects of television and film development as well as production for Amazon’s global entertainment division.
Over the past two decades, Salke has established herself as one of the most prolific executives in the industry, being a major force behind some...show more

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Robert E Salvestrin

COO - Head of Distribution

Lucky You

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

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

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Joseph Schneier

SVP, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

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Laurie Sharpe

Executive Producer, Development and Production

CNBC

Laurie Sharpe is Executive Producer of Development and Production for CNBC, responsible for developing talent and original programming for CNBC Prime. Prior to this role, she worked at ViacomCBS creating content across its MTV, VH1, CMT and Paramount brands. Over the course of her career, Sharpe has developed and produced...show more

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Will Stapley

Head of Acquisitions & Partnerships

TVF International

Will is responsible for managing and developing the acquisitions strategy and content partnerships at TVF International, the UK's leading and longest standing independent distributor of documentary and unscripted programming. Will has worked in international distribution for twelve years on both the sales and acquisitions side in all territories worldwide. He...show more

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Carlyn Staudt

Global General Manager

Love Nature

Carlyn Staudt heads up Love Nature’s strategic direction and operations globally, with a focus on growing the wildlife and nature brand's footprint through FAST/AVOD, affiliate sales and strategic content partnerships around the world. She also oversees Love Nature's commissioning and development slate in partnership with established and up-and-coming natural history...show more

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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 focused on celebrity culture with poignant stories about Hollywood in revealing documentaries and character profiles of the famous and infamous. Swartz leads creative execution of the network’s development and...show more

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Liz Tang

Director, Content

Endeavor Content

Liz Tang has over a decade of experience in acquisitions and co-productions at leading international broadcasters, including the BBC, ViacomCBS and Discovery. As Director, Content, she is responsible for building Endeavor Content’s scripted and non-scripted premium content offering, working closely with producer partners, and leading the content team. Prior to...show more

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Carri Twigg

Founding Partner & Head of Development

Culture House

Carri Twigg is a founding partner at Culture.House. Carri is deeply engaged with content that takes on the urgent cultural questions confronting America and the world. Carri spent over 12 years at every level of politics and government. From 2006 to 2011 she was Political Director for the Ohio Democratic...show more

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Jose Antonio Vargas

Founder & Key Strategic Consultant

Define American

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer. A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, he founded the non-profit media advocacy organization Define American, named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. In 2020, Fortune named him one of its...show more

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Natalie Vinet

VP, Global Sales, Unscripted

Boat Rocker Media

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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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 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 is responsible for identifying, developing and producing unscripted programming both for FOX Network and third-party platforms.

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

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Johnny Webb

CEO

HiddenLight Productions

Johnny is CEO of HiddenLight, the global studio launched in December 2020.  Founded by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sam Branson and Chelsea Clinton, the company creates premium documentary, unscripted, and scripted entertainment for TV, film, and digital. HiddenLight celebrates the best of the human spirit and helps audiences see the world...show more

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Lauren Whitelaw

Head of Programming

OUTtv Network Inc

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

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Tenaja Williams

Director, Unscripted Development, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming

NBCUniversal Television & Streaming (Lifestyle Programming)

Tenaja Williams serves as Director, Entertainment Unscripted Development at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, where she is responsible for working with production partners and agencies to find new unscripted programming and fresh talent for the company’s entertainment portfolio, which includes Bravo, E!, NBC, Oxygen, SYFY, USA, Universal Kids and Peacock.

Williams has...show more

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Amy Winter

Executive Vice President, Head of Programming

Lifetime Television

Amy Winter is Executive Vice President, Head of Programming, Lifetime. In this role, Winter oversees the development, creation and execution of all programming (movies, scripted and unscripted) for both Lifetime and LMN® networks. A multiplatform brand and content strategist, Winter has experience guiding cable networks to new heights: lifting ratings, reenergizing...show more

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Dan J Wolf

Executive Producer

Smithsonian Channel

Dan J. Wolf is an Executive Producer with Smithsonian Channel in Washington D.C.  His 30+ year television career spans networks, nations, and a wide spectrum of content.  With Smithsonian Channel, Dan has helped produce landmark series such as THE PACIFIC WAR IN COLOR and APOLLO'S MOON SHOT.  He helped develop...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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Andrew Zimmern

Principal/Executive Producer

Intuitive Content

An Emmy and James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, author, teacher, and social activist, Andrew Zimmern is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, Executive Producer and Host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods franchise, Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food and the Emmy...show more

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