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MONDAY, JANUARY 27 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 30
SHERATON NEW ORLEANS
Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2024

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Roy Aalderink

Founder & CEO

Concept Street

Roy Aalderink is Founder/Producer and CEO of Concept Street – an independent, unscripted production company based in The Netherlands but creating, producing, and distributing (formatted) shows for audiences around the world.

During his career as Chief Creative and CEO of various Dutch production companies, Aalderink created dozens of formats for the...show more

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Cori Abraham

SVP, Development, Documentary & Crime

NBCUniversal Entertainment

As Senior Vice President, Unscripted Development, Documentary & Crime, NBCUniversal Entertainment, Cori Abraham oversees all unscripted crime and documentary development across NBCU’s broadcast, cable and streaming platforms: NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen True Crime, SYFY, USA Network and Peacock. She reports to Rachel Smith, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content, NBCUniversal Entertainment.

Previously,...show more

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Nancy Abraham

EVP, Documentary & Family Programming

HBO

Nancy Abraham serves as Co-Executive Vice President, HBO Documentary & Family Programming, responsible for development, production and acquisition of documentary and family programming. She was named to this position in December 2017.

Abraham originally joined HBO in 1995 and was named Vice President, HBO Documentary Programming in 1998. Prior to joining...show more

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Isaac Ahn

Sr. Director, Unscripted Development, Lifestyle, Documentary, & True Crime

NBCUniversal Entertainment

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

In this...show more

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Mike Aho

Head of Streaming TV Production

Tastemade Inc

Mike Aho heads up unscripted streaming TV production at Tastemade, a modern media company, that engages a global audience of more than 300 million monthly viewers on all major digital, mobile, and streaming television platforms. Mike has also headed up unscripted television development and production for companies like Core Media,...show more

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Julia Alexander

Director of Strategy

Parrot Analytics

Julia Alexander is the Director of Strategy at Parrot Analytics, a media research and entertainment firm where she advises clients at Fox Sports, Bungie, Lionsgate, and more, as well as a weekly analyst and columnist at Puck News.

Alexander is a leading expert on the changing economics dictating Hollywood, with a...show more


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Koulla Anastasi

Managing Director, Sales and Director, Commercial

Woodcut Media

Koulla Anastasi is Commercial Director at Woodcut Media and MD of Woodcut International, the company’s global content sales business. Working alongside CEO, Kate Beal, she is responsible for expanding the company’s global activities focusing on the strategic development of Woodcut’s content slate, building global partnerships, and new project co-development. She...show more

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Tulani André

VP, Social Media

National Geographic

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Peter Andrews

Head of Network Programming TV & Online Content

SBS

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Lisa Marie Angelo

Director, Development & Original Production, Unscripted

ALLBLK/WEtv

Lisa Marie Angelo is the Director of Development & Original Production at ALLBLK/WEtv Unscripted. Lisa was part of the winning team that pitched the idea for Love After Lockup at WE tv's Pitchfest, developing the show from its initial pitch through production. The New York Times calls it a "word...show more

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Eliya Arman

Executive Producer

WAG Entertainment

Eliya is a founding member of Wag Entertainment and has been across more than 600 hours of programming during her time at the company. She is responsible for supporting the business across all operational areas and execs a slate of Wag's returning series. Recently these have included Dan and Helen's...show more

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Ben Barrett

Global Head, Content Financing & Partnerships

Blue Ant International

Ben Barrett is known for pioneering new models of production financing and distribution for television production. As the Global Head of Content Financing and Partnership at Blue Ant International, he works closely with both Blue Ant and external production businesses to secure production financing and also sourcing content and new...show more

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Fanny Baudry

Managing Director, DNA

Wheelhouse

Fanny Baudry is managing director of Wheelhouse’s digital-first and influencer arm, Wheelhouse DNA, where she leads IP development and production and oversees the company’s day-to-day operations. Wheelhouse launched DNA in 2020 and CEO Brent Montgomery tapped Baudry, then Wheelhouse vice president of business development, to launch the division that serves...show more

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Austyn Biggers

SVP, Original Programming & Production

TV One

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Wesley Block

CEO

Kino AI

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Marco Bresaz

Founder & CEO

After long and successful tenures developing and producing premium nonfiction content and overseeing content strategy for leading media brands including AMC Networks, Paramount Media Networks and ABC, Marco Bresaz launched Pronounced Media in 2023. Pronounced Media is devoted to deeply engaging storytelling that fully entertains as it opens viewers minds...show more

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Brie Miranda Bryant

SVP, Original Programming

Lifetime

Brie Miranda Bryant is the Senior Vice President, Unscripted Development and Programming at Lifetime where she is responsible for development, series and specials for unscripted programming. A seasoned media and entertainment executive, she has shepherded a string of buzzy, critically-acclaimed series and specials including the record-breaking, Emmy-nominated documentary for Outstanding...show more

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Noella Charles

VP Development & Original Production, Unscripted

AllBlk/WEtv

Noella Charles is the Vice President of Development and Original Production, Unscripted for AllBlk/WEtv, based in the network's New York office. As part of her responsibilities, she collaborates with production partners and agencies to identify innovative and engaging unscripted content that resonates with the network's audience.  Noella currently helps oversee the...show more

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Sydney Clover

Senior Director, Development

National Geographic

Based in New York City, Sydney Clover is the Senior Director of Development for National Geographic. In this role, she works alongside the global production community to develop original premium content for the brand on multiple platforms including National Geographic on Disney +. 

Since joining the Channel in 2019, Clover has...show more

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Sean Collins

Channel Manager

Channel 4

Sean Collins is the Channel Manager for Channel 4 in the Content Strategy & Planning team. Sean is responsible for creating the most innovative and competitive schedules for Channel 4, optimising content planning and investment decisions across linear & streaming services. He works closely with the Director of Content Strategy...show more

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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...show more

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Erica Diaz-Gant

VP, Development

Investigation Discovery

As vice president of development for ID, Erica Diaz-Gant is charged with conceptualizing and creating premium content for television’s preeminent true crime destination, ID, and a slate of true crime originals streaming on MAX and discovery+. In 2023 to date, ID is currently the #1 total day non-sports cable network...show more

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Greg Diefenbach

Managing Director

MagellanTV

Greg Diefenbach is the managing director of premium documentary streaming service MagellanTV. Globally available across a wide range of platforms, MagellanTV offers a highly curated collection of award-winning factual content to members worldwide. In addition to the flagship streamer, Deifenbach and team have also launched six FAST channels in more...show more

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Poppy Dixon

Director, Documentaries & Factual

Sky TV

Poppy Dixon is Sky UK’s Director of Documentaries and Factual, where she is responsible for all original commissioning for Sky Documentaries, Sky Nature and Sky Crime. Since the launch of the factual channels in 2020, Sky has forged a path as a destination for premium narrative driven box-set series, feature...show more

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Mike Duffy

Co-Bro

Ugly Brother Studios

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Kristina Edwards

VP, Current Series and Development, Unscripted Formats

NBCUniversal Entertainment

Kristina Edwards currently serves as Vice President, Unscripted Formats and Competitions, NBCUniversal Entertainment. Based in Los Angeles, she reports to Corie Henson, EVP Unscripted Content, NBCUniversal Entertainment.

Kristina is responsible for Unscripted Current and Development for Peacock, NBC, Bravo, USA, and E!. She currently oversees Deal Or No Deal...show more

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Iwan England

Head of Unscripted Programming

S4C International

Iwan England is S4C’s Head of Unscripted tasked with developing co-productions, premium limited series and formats for the public service broadcaster. He has more than twenty years’ experience as an award-winning Executive Producer and Series Director with notable wins including a Broadcast Award, BAFTA Cymru Best Documentary and British Podcast...show more

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Irad Eyal

Owner

Haymaker West/Quickture

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Andrew Farrell

Head of Factual

CJZ

Andrew Farrell is an AACTA & Logie Award winning producer who is Head of Factual at Sydney based production company CJZ.

Andrew has worked as a TV news reporter & producer, magazine editor & feature writer, television field producer, writer, series producer and executive producer. As a writer and...show more

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Benjamin Field

Executive Producer

Deep Fusion Films

Benjamin Field is an award-winning producer and director with two decades experience in the development and execution of specialist factual and formats. He is known for his work on The Girl Who’s Allergic to Herself for Sky TV, My Life: I’m Leading the Dance for the BBC and is recognized...show more

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Zara Frankel

Senior Director, Programming & Development

PBS

Zara Frankel works in PBS Programming as the Senior 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 joining PBS, Zara worked for digital ad agency, AKQA. She is a graduate of Florida State...show more

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Adam Freeman

Head of Development

Wrigley Media Group

Adam Freeman is a veteran content creator and media executive with over 25 years experience developing and producing unscripted and scripted television. Working across all genres, his work spans over 1,000 hours of live TV including Total Request Live and On Air with Ryan Seacrest, showrunning over 160 episodes of...show more

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Andrea Gabourie

President & Executive Producer

FORTE Entertainment

Andrea Gabourie, president of Toronto-based FORTÉ Entertainment, is a multiple, internationally award-winning Creator and Executive Producer and one of Canada’s leading entertainment professionals.

FORTÉ’s recent productions include post-production on the Disney+ hybrid scripted/reality program, THE QUEST, and two seasons of the original international documentary series How I Got Here...show more

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Elan Gale

Founder

TheYearofElan Productions

Elan Gale, founder of TheYearOfElan Productions, is behind the smash success Fboy Island – now in its third season on the CW – and its successor FGirl Island, as well as the Taye Diggs-hosted Back in the Groove for Hulu, The One That Got Away and Cosmic Love for Amazon,...show more

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Lyle Gamm

SVP, Original Series, CNN

Warner Bros. Discovery

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Harry Gamsu

VP, Creative, Format, Development and Sales

Warner Bros. Discovery Television Group

Harry Gamsu is Vice President, Creative, Format Development and Sales at Warner Bros. Film and Television Production. In his role he is responsible for relations between WBITVP’s international unit and the Warner Bros. US television production bases Warner Horizon, Telepictures and Shed. In the LA-Based position Harry is responsible for...show more

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Adriana Garcia

Director of Development

National Geographic Channel

Adriana F. Garcia began her career in unscripted television in post-production, where she developed a strong sense of story. She continued to produce series for TLC, FYI, Facebook Watch, and other streaming platforms at Authentic Entertainment before shifting her focus as Director of Development and executing series for HGTV, Science...show more

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Laetitia Giansily-Doyle

Development, Sales & Strategic Partnerships, North America

Terranoa US

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...show more

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Pamela Gimenez

VP, Unscripted Current Production

NBCUniversal Entertainment

Pamela Gimenez is Vice President of Unscripted Current Production at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. Gimenez is charged with creative production oversight on select documentary and lifestyle unscripted programming across the NBCU Television and Streaming entertainment portfolio, which includes NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, Syfy, Universal Kids, USA Network and Peacock.

Gimenez joined...show more

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Sean Gottlieb

VP, Head of Development

A&E

Sean Gottlieb is Vice President, Head of Development 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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Kate Harrison

President

Cream Productions

Kate Harrison Karman is President of Cream Productions.

Based in Toronto, Cream develops, finances and produces distinctive and award-winning content across a wide range of TV and digital platforms in North America and internationally.

Among the company’s many credits include Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan...show more

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Paul Heaney

CEO

BossaNova Media

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Lisa Heller

EVP, Documentary & Family Programming

HBO

Lisa Heller serves as Co-Executive Vice President, HBO Documentary & Family Programming, responsible for development, production and acquisition of documentary and family programming. She was named to this position in December 2017.

Heller originally joined HBO in 2000 and was elevated to Vice President in 2001, followed by Senior Vice President...show more

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Sara Helman

VP, Production & Development, TLC

Warner Bros. Discovery

Sara Helman joined TLC in October 2015 as the Vice President of Development & Production. She helps to oversee development strategy and programming initiatives, as well as love and relationship, family and lifestyle content for the network. Helman has worked on a wide variety of shows, including the 90 Day...show more

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Roger Henry

VP, Programming

MotorTrend Network

Roger Henry is Vice President of Programming for MotorTrend TV (formerly Velocity), responsible for overseeing strategy and scheduling of all content on MotorTrend TV and MotorTrend FAST Channels.

Henry joined MotorTrend in November 2018 when Discovery’s Velocity Channel was rebranded. Prior to this, he led Velocity as Vice President...show more

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Connie Hodson

Director of Content Acquisitions & Partnerships

Little Dot Studios

Connie Hodson is Director of Acquisitions & Programming for Little Dot Studios - an award-winning digital content studio and media network, specialising in creating meaningful connections between premium content and digital audiences. She is responsible for acquiring premium content for Little Dot Studios’ 40+ owned network channels, and 8 Fast...show more

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Brad Holcman

Senior Director, Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming

A+E’s Home.Made.Nation

Meet Brad Holcman, since joining A&E in 2012 as Senior Director of Non-Fiction and Alternative Programming, Brad has been overseeing some edge-of-your-seat shows like 60 Days In, the Emmy® Award-winning Intervention, Booked: First Day In, and Accused: Guilty or Innocent? But that's not all—Brad also heads up the home shows...show more

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Matt Hornburg

Co-President

Blue Ant Studios


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Marcie Hume

VP, Programming

A&E

Marcie Hume is Vice President, Programming for A&E, responsible for developing, creating and overseeing new series for the network. She joined A&E in August 2017.

Her current projects for A&E include Women on Death Row, Witness to Murder, and the hit caught-on-camera franchise that includes Neighborhood Wars, Road Wars, and Customer...show more

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Aneka Hylton-Donelson

Director of Development

National Geographic Channel

Aneka Hylton-Donelson serves as a Director of Development for National Geographic Channel, where she does creative development for factual and general entertainment concepts, limited series, formats, specials and assesses talent and cultivates production partnerships for National Geographic linear and the Disney+ platforms. Most recently she developed the new series, Never...show more

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Katie Isaacson

Director of Development, CNN

Warner Bros. Discovery

Katie Isaacson is the Director of Development for CNN Original Series. She joined CNN in 2016 and is responsible for cultivating relationships within the creative community and developing original programming across a variety of CNN platforms. She works closely with the wider CNN Original Series team to develop and produce...show more

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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...show more

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Dane Joseph

VP, Unscripted Series

Hulu

Dane Joseph serves as Vice President of Unscripted Series for Hulu, where he’s helped spearhead the development of the unscripted series slate and oversees current for over two dozen nonfiction series, including the record-breaking launch of The Kardashians, The D’Amelio Show, Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi, Rapcaviar Presents with...show more

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Philip Kalin-hajdu

Head of Content & Storytelling

GRB Media Ranch

Philip is head of content for Media Ranch, where he leads all areas of development, with particular focus on adaptations, originals and new co-development and sales opportunities for the US market. He runs Media Ranch's annual format incubator “Horsepower”, which fosters new talent with key broadcast partners such as TF1,...show more

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Marc Kamler

Partner, Head of Unscripted Content

A3 Artists Agency

Marc Kamler serves as Partner, Head of Unscripted Content at A3 Artists Agency, one of the world’s leading talent and literary agencies.

Kamler represents the creative and business interests of global award-winning production companies, producers, and talent who have been recognized by the Oscars, Emmys, BAFTAs, Realscreen Awards, and BANFF Rockie...show more

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Teri Kennedy

Head, Lifestyle Programming & Daytime Originals

A+E’s Home.Made.Nation

Teri Kennedy is Head of Lifestyle Programming and Daytime Originals for A+E Networks, a position she assumed in September 2022. In this role she develops original lifestyle and daytime programming for A+E’s portfolio of networks, fast channels, the Home.Made.Nation strand, and for worldwide sales and distribution.

Since joining A+E Networks, Kennedy...show more

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Anne Kennedy McGuire

Partner

Loeb & Loeb LLP


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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...show more

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Raja Khanna

Co-Founder & Executive Chair

Dark Slope

Raja is the Co-Founder of Dark Slope, a virtual production and gaming company operating at the collision of spatial technologies and entertainment. Dark Slope’s virtual production capabilities power productions with the latest in LED volume production, generative AI workflows, motion capture, game-engine world building, real-time FX and animation, real time...show more

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Oz Krakowski

Chief Revenue Officer

Deepdub.ai

Oz oversees all marketing, sales and business development activities, leveraging over 25 years of experience.

Oz Krakowski joined Deepdub in 2020 as the Chief Revenue Officer. In this role, Oz drives the company’s marketing strategy, sales and business development. Oz brings with him over 25 years of technical and business leadership...show more

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Ryann Lauckner

Chief Strategy & Operating Officer

Fulwell 73


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Richard Life

SVP Acquisitions and Co-productions

Cineflix Rights

Richard Life has worked for more than 25 years in the international television production, finance and distribution business in partnership with some of the world’s leading creators of scripted and non-scripted content.

As SVP of Acquisitions and Co-productions for Cineflix Rights, the UK’s largest independentdistributor of television content, Richard’s remit is...show more

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Felicia Litovitz

VP, Acquisitions, North America

Cineflix Rights

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Nicola Lloyd

Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment

ITV

Nicola Lloyd joined ITV in September 2016 from Twenty-Twenty where she was Executive Producer of BAFTA award-winning First Dates alongside Celebrity First Dates and First Dates Hotel. Prior to this, Lloyd worked as a Series Producer on Ramsay’s Costa Del Nightmares with Sue Murphy at Optomen and series produced What...show more

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Minerva Lopez

SVP, Alternative Development

Universal Television Alternative Studio

Minerva Lopez is Senior Vice President, Development, Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS), a division of Universal Studio Group. In this role, she manages a slate of over 20 projects in every genre, including true crime and premium documentaries. She reports directly to Monica Rodman, EVP, Development, UTAS.

Lopez collaborates with talent...show more

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Alexandre Marionneau

Head Of International Co-Production, Society & Culture

ARTE France

Alexandre Marionneau graduated from CELSA (Paris IV – Sorbonne), and worked in a production company dedicated to institutional films.

He then lived in Taiwan and worked a French teacher in an Alliance Française for 3 years. Back in France in 2012, he joined France Télévisions and started developing the...show more

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Joseph Maxwell

Head of Unscripted

SBS

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Poppy McAlister

Head of TVF International

TVF International

Poppy McAlister is Head of TVF International, the UK's leading independent factual distributor. Based in London, Poppy leads a team of 15 across international sales, acquisitions, production, marketing, finance and operations.

The TVF catalogue encompasses everything from factual entertainment and lifestyle series to exceptional one-off documentaries, representing some of...show more

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Duncan McIntosh

VP, Development, Alternative

FOX Entertainment

Duncan McIntosh is Vice President of Development for Fox Alternative Entertainment. He creates, develops and adapts unique formats in-house, in collaboration with producers and production companies, and with international partners. FAE specializes in groundbreaking formats for FOX, external buyers and international markets. Highlights while at FAE include Snake Oil, We...show more

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Michael McMahon

Founding Partner

Primitive Entertainment

Michael McMahon is a founding partner at Primitive Entertainment. With more than 30 years experience producing premium non-fiction content, Michael works with major broadcasters and distributors in North America, Europe and Japan.
His films and television series have won more than 50 international awards and screened at major festivals worldwide.

Michael served...show more

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Ryan McNeily

Partner and Agent, Unscripted Television

WME

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,...show more

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Julie Meldal-Johnsen

EVP, Global Content

ITV Studios

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Max Micallef

VP, Head of West Coast Development

History

Max Micallef is Vice President, Head of West Coast Development for The HISTORY Channel. In this role, Micallef spearheads the development and production of some of HISTORY’s nonfiction programming. He joined the network in December 2018, and is based in Los Angeles.

Among Micallef’s credits are Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman,...show more

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J.C. Mills

President and Head of Content

Cineflix Productions

J.C. leads scripted and unscripted content strategy for Cineflix Productions and oversees the deal making process with networks and third parties. He curates the development slate, boosting growth through internally generated ideas as well as partnerships with outside creatives, and is responsible for building the division’s emerging feature doc business....show more

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Rob Mills

EVP, Unscripted & Alternative Entertainment

Walt Disney Television

Rob Mills is executive vice president, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television. In this role, he leads Walt Disney Television Alternative, a production unit for unscripted programming; and oversees development and production for alternative programming, specials and late-night for ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals. He also has oversight of...show more

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Tom Miyauchi

Head of Formats

Nippon TV

Tom Miyauchi is heading Nippon TV’s international unscripted formats business. He has been leading international partnerships and instrumental to Nippon TV’s format co-production projects with globally acclaimed studios and producers. Prior to joining Nippon TV in 2017, Tom was a Brand Manager for a US music & entertainment company Fender...show more

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Angela Molloy

SVP, Development & Original Production AllBlk & WEtv, Unscripted

AllBlk/WEtv

As Senior Vice President of Development and Original Programming. Angela is responsible for oversight of all aspects of original programming, as well as developing and producing brand-defining original series that drive viewership, create awareness and support the network’s overall business and revenue goals. She is based in the network’s Los...show more

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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...show more

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Natasha Negrea

Head of Programming

TVO

Natasha Negrea is Head of Programming with TVO, a publicly funded educational broadcaster and media organization. She is responsible for the overall direction and evolution documentaries and children’s programming at the Canadian pubcaster. This includes overseeing the slate of award-winning commissions and acquisitions and building the strategy for scheduling and...show more

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Mikiko Nishiyama

Executive Vice President, Global Business

Nippon TV

Mikiko Nishiyama is EVP for Global Business and MD for Content Business & Distribution at Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV), where she comprehensively oversees the company’s international, domestic, and distribution businesses. She is a member of the founding team that established the international business arm in 2012 and held...show more

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Theresa Patiri

SVP, Production, Operations & Business Affairs

WE tv & AllBlk, AMC Networks

A dynamic and accomplished entertainment executive with over 25 years of experience in the industry, Theresa Patiri currently serves as Senior Vice President of Production, Operations & Business Affairs for WE tv, AMC Networks’ home of compelling, can’t miss unscripted series and AllBlk, the company’s premium streaming service featuring a...show more

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Alex Piper

Head, Night Studios

Night, Inc

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Angela Polk

Vice President, Development

Hallmark Media

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Leela Pon

SVP, Content

Fox Alternative Entertainment

Leela Pon is Senior Vice President of Content of FOX Entertainment’s in-house unscripted studio FOX Alternative Entertainment (FAE). Based in Los Angeles, she is responsible for the daily oversight of the team that works to develop and create new series and formats for the studio.

Since joining in 2020, Pon has...show more

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Angelina Rivero

Director of Programming

Telemundo

Angelina Rivero is Director of Programming at NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. She plays a key role in creating and executing the content strategy for Spanish language broadcast networks, Telemundo and Telexitos, as well as Spanish language cable network, UNIVERSO, reporting directly to the EVP of Programming and Content Development, Sandra Smester....show more

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Jenna Rosa

SVP, Unscripted Development

NBCUniversal Entertainment

As Senior Vice President, Unscripted Development, NBCUniversal Entertainment, Jenna Rosa oversees the development of docu-series and lifestyle formats across Bravo, E!, Oxygen True Crime, USA Network, and Peacock.

Under her purview, she has spearheaded the development of unscripted series including the breakout hit The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City which is...show more

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Brittinee Royes

Senior Director, Unscripted Content, Documentary & Lifestyle

NBCUniversal Entertainment


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Ralf Rückauer

Vice President Unscripted

ZDF Studios GmbH

Ralf joined ZDF Studios in 2003. He is Vice President of the Unscripted department, which has a strong focus on wildlife, science and history programming as well as entertainment formats sales. For more than 25 years, Ralf has held various positions in the media industry such as development, production, commissioning,...show more

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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+.

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Polly Scates

Head, Acquisitions

Channel 4

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Jodi Scheer

Director, Production & Development, HGTV

Warner Bros. Discovery

Jodi Scheer serves as Director, Production and Development for HGTV and is based in Warner Bros Discovery’s LA office. She develops and oversees top-rated series such as Rock the Block, Home Town, Home Town Takeover, and Ugliest House in America among others. Prior to joining HGTV, Jodi was part of...show more

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Jessica Schmiedchen

Director of Development, Unscripted Content

CBC

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Michael Schneider

TV Editor

Variety

Michael Schneider has been covering the business of television for more than 25 years — most of that time at Variety, where he oversees television coverage as its TV Editor. Schneider has won several entertainment journalism awards and also regularly contributes to local outlets including Spectrum News 1 and KCRW....show more

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Joseph Schneier

SVP, Production & Development, Discovery Channel

Warner Bros. Discovery

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Nekia Seymore

Manager of Development, TBS, TNT & truTV

Warner Bros. Discovery

Nekia Seymore is a seasoned media professional with over 15 years of media expertise. Currently, she works as one of the creative forces behind some of your favorite shows on TBS, TNT, and she even had a fun stint working with Discovery. Her extensive and diversified experience has equipped her...show more

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Shelby Shaftel

SVP, Unscripted Series & Development

NBCUniversal Entertainment

Shelby Shaftel currently serves as Senior Vice President, Unscripted Series and Development, NBCUniversal Entertainment. In this capacity, Shaftel oversees a slate of tentpole series for NBC, Peacock, and the company’s cable portfolio. She is tasked with spearheading projects from concept through production and post, directing creative, staffing decisions, talent, marketing,...show more

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Taye Shuayb

Executive Producer & Global Head of Studios & Content Development

Tastemade

As Global Head of Studios and Content Development for Tastemade, Taye Shuayb runs an unscripted television unit including Development, Production, and Post. He’s responsible for the development pipeline, partnering with external creatives and developing internal concepts. He oversees creation of a diverse portfolio of shows, including "Street Somm," a
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Jeff Simpson

Managing Director

BYUtv

Jeff Simpson was appointed as Managing Director of BYU Broadcasting in July of 2021. Prior to this he served as the President and Publisher of Deseret News in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as the President of Deseret Book Company, a publishing company under the Deseret Management Corporation...show more

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Andrew Singer

President & Chief Executive Officer

Andy Singer Media

Andy Singer is a seasoned, cable network executive and was recently Head of Content for Samsung’s FAST Platform: TV Plus. While at Samsung, Singer guided the platform’s content strategy & curation efforts across dozens of Samsung’s owned and operated, binge & compilation channels available in the US and Canada. He...show more

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Betsy Slenzak

VP, Unscripted Programming

The CW Television Network

Betsy Slenzak was named Vice President of Unscripted Programming for The CW Network in March 2023. In this role, Slenzak develops and runs current production on alternative reality series, events and specials for the network.

Slenzak most recently served as Vice President of Entertainment Unscripted Content at NBCUniversal Television...show more

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Will Stapley

Head of Acquisitions

Abacus Media Rights

As Head of Acquisitions Will is responsible for managing and developing the scripted and unscripted acquisitions strategy at Abacus Media Rights, one of the UK’s leading distribution companies. Will works closely with international producers assisting with deficit financing and co-productions as well as feeding back and advising on editorial.

Will has...show more

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David Stefanou

Unscripted Programming

Hallmark Media

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Bo Stehmeier

CEO

Off the Fence

Bo is CEO of Off the Fence. Bo’s professional journey started in the UK with BA degrees in media production, finance and distribution, then to Rome for an MBA in film and on to London for a job in content sales for factual specialist TVF International and prolific UK producer...show more

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Adam Steinman

Production and Development

Walt Disney Television Alternative

Adam Steinman is President and founder of newly formed Mount Royal Films LLC, a global film and television "format lab" based in Los Angeles.

In 2023, Adam Steinman signed a development and production deal with Walt Disney Television Alternative.

Under this new deal, Steinman will work in collaboration with the team at...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 with programming focused on real people in revealing stories ranging from the critically acclaimed and award-winning The Kennedys to Autopsy: The Last Hours Of. The network is home to true crime stories and law...show more

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Liz Tang

Executive Director, Acquisitions

Fifth Season

As the head of the acquisitions team at Fifth Season, Tang seeks out and secures best-in-class unscripted and scripted content for the company’s global TV distribution slate, building partnerships with producers and financing projects at all stages of production. Notable unscripted titles developed on her watch include Netflix’s top-rating feature...show more

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Drew Tappon

Head of Unscripted, Oprah Winfrey Network

Warner Bros. Discovery

Drew Tappon is the Head of Unscripted Programming, Specials and Development for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, a position he has held since June 2021. He has oversight for all unscripted programming on the network, including the long-running Love and Marriage franchise, Belle Collective from Kingdom Reign Productions, Family or...show more

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Brooke Townsend

Sr. Director, Non-Fiction Programming & Development

History

Brooke Townsend is Sr. Director of Nonfiction Programming and Development for The HISTORY Channel. In this role, Townsend oversees multiple hit programs, including Pawn Stars, Pawn Stars Do America, and History’s Greatest Mysteries, as well as maintains a robust development slate.

A veteran of A+E Networks, Townsend began her tenure at...show more

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Natalie Vinet

SVP, Global Distribution

Boat Rocker Rights

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Nicole Vogel

VP, Unscripted Programming & Development

Lifetime Television

Nicole Vogel serves as the Vice President Programming and Development at Lifetime where she is responsible for development, series and specials for unscripted programming. Most recently, Vogel has been instrumental in Lifetime’s upcoming documentary event, The Prison Confessions of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, debuting in January 2024. The doc is the...show more

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Dana Volkmer-Jones

Director, Programming & Development Food Network

Warner Bros. Discovery


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Philip Webb

COO

OUTtv Network Inc

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Sean Wheatley

Head of Acquisitions

Passion Distribution

As Head of Acquisitions at Passion Distribution, Sean Wheatley spearheads the company’s content acquisition activity, working closely with Passion Distribution’s production partners - both with independent producers and the Tinopolis group companies. Since joining the company in June 2018 Sean has acquired a range of high-quality unscripted titles from production...show more

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Lauren Whitelaw

Head of Programming

OUTtv Network Inc

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Michael Winter

SVP, Programming & Development

Chicken Soup For The Soul Entertainment / Crackle

Michael Winteris SVP of programming and development for Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Studios which he launched with a slate of original programming including Vacation Rental Potential (A&E), Being Dad (Netflix), Going For Broke (Crackle) and the Emmy-nominatedHidden Heroes (CBS).  As Chicken Soup has become majority owner of Crackle, one of the leading AVOD services in the...show more

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Justina Wójtowicz

EVP, Acquisitions Co-Productions & Sales

Rive Gauche Television

Justina Wójtowicz (nee Hemperek) joined Rive Gauche in August 2020 and is EVP Acquisitions & Sales. She oversees Global Acquisitions, Co-productions & development, working with international producers & broadcasters to secure production finance and partnerships.

Prior to Rive Gauche she was the Head of Acquisitions at Beyond Distribution charged...show more

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Rina Yano

SVP, Business & Legal Affairs

Westbrook Inc.

Rina Yano is currently SVP, Business and Legal Affairs at Westbrook Inc., an entertainment company founded by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Miguel Melendez, and Kosaku Yada. At Westbrook, Rina has led business affairs matters on several unscripted television projects such as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air Reunion on...show more

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Fabrizio Zappi

Head of Documentaries

RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana

Fabrizio Zappi is heading Rai Documentari since December 2021. Before that, he served as Deputy Director to RAI Fiction, where he was responsible for TV Series, TV Movies and Docu Fiction. Fabrizio holds a degree in Business Administration and a European Master in Audiovisual Management. He has been lecturing at...show more

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