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Advisory Board

Advisory Board Members

Brie Miranda Bryant

SVP, Original Programming

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 on: State of the Unscripted Nation: Innovating Through Challenge

David Cornwall

Managing Director
Scorpion TV

David Cornwall is the Managing Director of Scorpion TV. An international production and distribution company dedicated to the worldwide sales of award-winning documentaries, films and television shows. With a focus on culturally diverse content, Scorpion TV was founded to fulfil the needs of producers small and large to maximise their...more

Speaking on: Getting It Made, Getting Paid,Meet a Distributor

Susie Jones

Head of Factual
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Most recently Susie spent a year and a half as Slate Manger & Creative Executive at Netflix ANZ. She began her career in the BBC Comedy department in London, before returning to Australia where she spent more than 15 years as a freelance creative producer and director for a range...more

Speaking on: State of the Unscripted Nation: Innovating Through Challenge,Breakfast With...,Slow Pitching

Fozia Khan

Head of Unscripted, UK
Amazon Studios

Fozia Khan is the Head of Unscripted at Amazon Studios UK. Prior to joining Amazon, she was a Commissioning Editor for documentaries at Channel 4 where she worked across 24 Hours in Police Custody and commissioned Damilola: The Boy Next Door and Is Covid Racist? Prior to commissioning, Fozia was...more

Speaking on: Breakfast With...,Day of the Docbuster,Slow Pitching

Ryan McNeily

Partner and Agent, Unscripted Television

Chicago native Ryan McNeily is a Partner in the Non-Scripted Film and TV group at WME, where he has worked for the past 13 years. He specializes in the packaging and selling of premium non-fiction TV projects and independent film sales. He represents a diverse roster of celebrities, high-end producers,...more

Speaking on: State of the Unscripted Nation: Innovating Through Challenge

Shaminder Nahal

Head of Specialist Factual
Channel 4

Shaminder Nahal is Head of Specialist Factual at Channel 4. The department covers formats like SAS: Who Dares Wins to series like Investigating Diana and single films like Grenfell: The Untold Story – covering history, science, arts and topical issues. Recently she commissioned The Piano, Paula, Kids, Munya Chawawa: How...more

Speaking on: International Spotlight: United Kingdom,Breakfast With...,Slow Pitching

Heather Olander

Head, Unscripted Programming
The CW Television Network

Heather Olander was named Head of Unscripted Programming, The CW Network, in February 2023. In her role, Olander oversees the development and production of alternative reality series, events and specials on behalf of the network.

Prior to joining The CW, Olander joined NBCUniversal in 2011 as the SVP of...more

Rebecca Quinn

Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Velvet Hammer Media

Rebecca Quinn is co-founder and co-CEO of Velvet Hammer Media (VHM), where, alongside partner Jennifer O’Connell, she develops and produces an array of content, focusing on premium series and global formats. Upcoming VHM series include Roku’s Empty Nest Refresh and The CW’s The Big Bakeover, with others soon to be announced.more

Jason Sarlanis

President of Turner Networks, ID & HLN, Linear & Streaming
Warner Bros. Discovery

Jason Sarlanis is President of Turner Networks, ID & HLN, Linear and Streaming at Warner Bros. Discovery where he oversees programming development, production, content strategy and operations across TNT, TBS, TruTv, ID and HLN as well as a slate of true crime originals on MAX and discovery+.

Appointed to...more

Speaking on: State of the Unscripted Nation: Innovating Through Challenge

Yasmin Shackleton

Co-Founder, Executive Producer

With over 20 years of experience producing hundreds of hours of television in the UK and the US, Yasmin serves as a showrunner and executive producer for theoldschool producing premium unscripted entertainment.

She is co-founder of theoldschool and has created, developed and produced all of our hit shows. Most recently, she...more

Sebastian van Barneveld

Director, Global Distribution

Sebastian van Barneveld is the Director, Global Distribution at Talpa in The Netherlands. He has a demonstrated history of working in the global broadcast media industry. Since 2005, he has been working in different roles within the media industry and for divergent companies. Previously, he graduated from the University of...more

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