Agenda - Realscreen West 2017
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows | Santa Monica, CA | June 6 – 8, 2017

Agenda

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Tuesday, June 6

8:00am
10:00am

Speed Pitching One (10:00am - 11:00am)

Wilshire I & II

Programming execs, each at their own table, will take one-on-one, three-minute pitches.
Participants who have successfully signed up for a speed pitching spot should check in at the session room for processing 20 minutes in advance of their scheduled time or risk forfeiting their slot. For those who did not secure a spot in advance, some space may become available due to no-shows. Arrive at the session 20 minutes before start time and check with the room monitor.

*Advance sign up is required - A total of (2) Speed Pitching spots can be reserved at sign-up time.

Sign ups open Wednesday, May 24th at 11:00am ET

Featuring:

Table host

Joshua Asen

Head of Television & Film

Science Channel

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Sean Gottlieb

VP, Development & Programming

A&E

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Steven Lerner

SVP, Programming & Development

HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Travel Channel and Great American Country

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Arun Maljaars

VP, Content & Channels

INSIGHT TV

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Winona Meringolo

SVP, Development

Investigation Discovery

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Patrick Moses

Head of Development

Viceland

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Rachel Tung

VP, Development

MTV + VH1

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10:30am

30 Minutes With: Courtney White, Travel Channel, Food Network & Cooking Channel (10:30am - 11:00am)

Main House

These intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe. No advance sign-up required. We’ll fill space on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach room capacity. NOTE: inclusion in your personal agenda does not guarantee a spot in these sessions, so show up early!

Featuring:

Courtney White

President

Travel Channel, Food Network & Cooking Channel

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30 Minutes With: Mioshi Hill, Lifetime (10:30am - 11:00am)

The Study

These intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe. No advance sign-up required. We’ll fill space on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach room capacity. NOTE: inclusion in your personal agenda does not guarantee a spot in these sessions, so show up early!

Featuring:

Mioshi Hill

President

Lifetime

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11:00am

Networking Coffee Break (11:00am - 11:15am)

11:15am

Meet an Expert - Distributors (11:15am - 12:15pm)

Bungalow Patio (The Deck)

As part of our networking series designed to grow your connections, we’ve assembled some of the top agents and distributors in factual entertainment and made them available for you to meet with. Sign up to find out what these industry experts can offer you and your production. 
 
*Advance sign up is required - One (1) Meet an Expert spot can be reserved at sign-up time.

Sign ups open Wednesday, May 17th at 11:00am ET 

Featuring:

Table host

Ted Bookstaver

VP, Client Relations, N.A.

Lionsgate Entertainment

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Sam Harowitz

VP, Content Acquisition & Partnerships

FremantleMedia International

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Lilla Hurst

Joint Managing Director

Drive

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Andreas Lemos

VP of Acquisitions, Co-Productions & North America Sales

Banijay Rights

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Sydni Naglie

Unscripted Acquisitions, North America

eOne Television International

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Gillian Rose

SVP, Sales & Acquisitions, U.S.

Sky Vision

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Adam Steinman

VP, Creative, Format, Development & Sales

Warner Bros. International Television Production

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Marielle Zuccarelli

President, Global Sales and Co-Productions

GRB Entertainment

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11:30am

30 Minutes With: Michael Bloom, TBS/TNT (11:30am - 12:00pm)

Main House

These intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe. No advance sign-up required. We’ll fill space on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach room capacity. NOTE: inclusion in your personal agenda does not guarantee a spot in these sessions, so show up early!

Featuring:

Michael Bloom

CEO & Founder

TBS/TNT

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30 Minutes With: John Feld, HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country (11:30am - 12:00pm)

The Study

These intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe. No advance sign-up required. We’ll fill space on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach room capacity. NOTE: inclusion in your personal agenda does not guarantee a spot in these sessions, so show up early!

Featuring:

John Feld

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HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country

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Meet a Mentor: Jonathan Murray, Bunim/Murray Productions (11:30am - 12:15pm)

Ocean I & II

From the earliest beginnings of reality casting on The Real World in 1992, to how the process of reality casting has changed over the years, Jon Murray will take you through the ABC's of reality casting.

The "Meet a Mentor" series is designed to give delegates rare access to the top producers in non-fiction and unscripted programming. Much like the Summit’s trademark "30 Minutes With…" series, delegates attending "Meet a Mentor" sessions will be able to glean valuable information in an intimate, "off the record" setting, and hear from A-list producers about topics that can help them in their career. 

*Advance sign up is required - A total of (2) Meet a Mentor spots can be reserved at sign-up time.

Sign ups open Wednesday, May 17th at 11:00am ET

Featuring:

Jonathan Murray

Founder & Executive Consultant

Bunim-Murray Productions

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12:15pm
1:45pm

Amping Up Unscripted: New Buyers Showcase (1:45pm - 2:45pm)

Sponsored by

Wedgewood Ballroom

With SVOD, VOD, social media platforms and myriad other outlets for unscripted content emerging rapidly, this session will bring several of these new buyers to the table to share insight and intel. What are they looking for in content? How much do they need? And how can you work with them? Find out all this and more through this panel.

Featuring:

Amy Emmerich

Global President & Chief Content Officer

Refinery29

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Ivana Kirkbride

GM, OTT Entertainment

Verizon

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Jay Levine

Executive VP

Warner Bros Digital Networks

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Scott Reich

SVP, Programming

Fullscreen Inc.

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Speed Pitching Two (1:45pm - 2:45pm)

Wilshire I & II

Programming execs, each at their own table, will take one-on-one, three-minute pitches.
Participants who have successfully signed up for a speed pitching spot should check in at the session room for processing 20 minutes in advance of their scheduled time or risk forfeiting their slot. For those who did not secure a spot in advance, some space may become available due to no-shows. Arrive at the session 20 minutes before start time and check with the room monitor.

*Advance sign up is required - A total of (2) Speed Pitching spots can be reserved at sign-up time.

Sign ups open Wednesday, May 24th at 11:00am ET 

Featuring:

Table host

Rene Aguirre

VP, Original Content

Fuse Media

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Lauren Celinski

Development Lead, YouTube Originals

Lifetime

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Jennifer Gordon

VP, Development

TLC

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Benny Reuven

VP Production & Development

Oxygen Media

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Betsy Slenzak

VP, Alternative Development

E! Entertainment

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Todd Weiser

SVP, Programming & Development

Food Network & Cooking Channel

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Keith Wooten

Director, Unscripted

BET Networks

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2:00pm

30 Minutes With: Damla Dogan, E! Entertainment (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

Main House

These intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe. No advance sign-up required. We’ll fill space on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach room capacity. NOTE: inclusion in your personal agenda does not guarantee a spot in these sessions, so show up early!

Featuring:

Damla Dogan

SVP, Original Programming & Series Development

E! Entertainment

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30 Minutes With: Kurt Tondorf, Animal Planet & Science Channel (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

The Study

These intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe. No advance sign-up required. We’ll fill space on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach room capacity. NOTE: inclusion in your personal agenda does not guarantee a spot in these sessions, so show up early!

Featuring:

Kurt Tondorf

SVP, Development

Animal Planet & Science Channel

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2:45pm

Networking Coffee Break (2:45pm - 3:00pm)

3:00pm

Trendwatch: All Access Unscripted (3:00pm - 4:00pm)

Wedgewood Ballroom

Several of the top non-fiction series of the past year have taken viewers behind the scenes into worlds and lives that are captivating, exciting and mysterious. In all cases, gaining access is key, and that process can be rife with complications. Here, producers and network execs behind some of the top access driven hits will walk you through the potentially thorny but always fascinating world of becoming the fly on the wall as life - and in some cases, history - unfolds.


Featuring:

Abby Greensfelder

Founder & CEO

Half Yard Productions

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Nicole Page

Partner

Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP

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Charlie Parsons

VP, Development

National Geographic Channel

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Aaron Saidman

President, Industrial Media and Co-Founder, President, The Intellectual Property Corporation

The Intellectual Property Corporation

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Knute Walker

SVP, Programming and Production / Executive Producer

Peacock Productions

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30 Minutes With: Chris Rantamaki, Discovery Channel (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

Main House

These intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe. No advance sign-up required. We’ll fill space on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach room capacity. NOTE: inclusion in your personal agenda does not guarantee a spot in these sessions, so show up early!

Featuring:

Chris Rantamaki

Director of Series Operations

Discovery Channel

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30 Minutes With: Justin Lacob, Paramount Network (3:00pm - 3:30pm)

The Study

These intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe. No advance sign-up required. We’ll fill space on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach room capacity. NOTE: inclusion in your personal agenda does not guarantee a spot in these sessions, so show up early!

Featuring:

Justin Lacob

Head of Development

Paramount Network

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Meet an Expert - Agents (3:00pm - 4:00pm)

Bungalow Patio (The Deck)

As part of our networking series designed to grow your connections, we’ve assembled some of the top agents and distributors in factual entertainment and made them available for you to meet with. Sign up to find out what these industry experts can offer you and your production. 
 
*Advance sign up is required - One (1) Meet an Expert spot can be reserved at sign-up time.

Sign ups open Wednesday, May 17th at 11:00am ET 

Featuring:

Table host

Todd Christopher

Partner

Gersh Agency

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Jake Dexter

Unscripted Agent

Paradigm Talent Agency

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Denise Draper

Agent

ICM Partners

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Phil Irven

Partner

Rebel Entertainment Partners

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Kyle Komen

Agent, Alternative & Factual Programming

APA

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Miles Lozano

Agent

Abrams Artists Agency

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Babette Perry

Head of Broadcasting & Hosting

Innovative Artists

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Ross Raphael

Agent, Non-Scripted TV

WME

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4:00pm

Networking Break (4:00pm - 4:15pm)

4:15pm

Let's Make a (New) Deal (4:15pm - 5:15pm)

Sponsored by

Wedgewood Ballroom

Following up on our standing-room-only discussion at the Realscreen Summit titled "Under Pressure: The State of the Unscripted Nation," Let's Make a (New) Deal brings together various viewpoints and perspectives from different sectors of the industry to take on the following challenges: reducing the hoop-jumping in development and production practices, and forging deals that effectively incentivize producers while protecting profits for all parties. Come early for what promises to be an enlightening, provocative discussion.

And as part of the audience, you can be part of the action, as the panel incorporates real-time audience feedback with the help of our friends at Dialsmith. Make your voice heard!

Featuring:

Thom Beers

Partner

BoBCat

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Howard Lee

President & General Manager

Discovery Communications

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Gena McCarthy

Producer

A+E Networks

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Brent Montgomery

CEO

ITV America

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SallyAnn Salsano

Founder, Executive Producer & CEO

495 Productions

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Moderating:


Michael O'Connell

Senior Writer

The Hollywood Reporter

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5:15pm

Opening Cocktail Reception (Garden + Pool) (5:15pm - 6:30pm)

Sponsored by

Wednesday, June 7

8:00am
10:00am

Keynote Conversation: Conrad Riggs, Amazon Prime Video (10:00am - 11:00am)

Sponsored by

Wedgewood Ballroom

In a keynote conversation at Realscreen West, Conrad Riggs will discuss Amazon Prime Video's move into unscripted, the projects he and his team have underway and the process behind bringing these and other productions to Prime members, and his take on where the unscripted industry is headed, as powerful new players such as Amazon take to the field.

Featuring:

Conrad Riggs

Head of Unscripted Programming

Amazon Prime Video

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Moderating:


Michael Schneider

Senior Editor, TV Awards

Variety

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11:00am

Networking Coffee Break (11:00am - 11:15am)

11:15am

Diversifying Your Portfolio (11:15am - 12:15pm)

Sponsored by

Wedgewood Ballroom

In an ever-expanding content universe, diversifying your business and areas of expertise is an increasingly wise plan of action. But how do you ramp up your business for such expansion? And what are the areas that are ripe for exploration? From eSports to apps and many points between, this session will explore how to take your production company, and your productions, beyond the world of the linear TV show.


Featuring:

Gary R. Benz

President & CEO

GRB Entertainment

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Jenny Daly

President

T Group Productions

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Gil Goldschein

Chairman & CEO

Bunim/Murray Productions

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Jared Heinke

Head of Digital

Whalerock Industries

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Shawn Moffatt

Managing Partner

Go To Team

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Moderating:


Patrick Jager

CEO

CORE Innovation Group

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Speed Pitching Three (11:15am - 12:15pm)

Wilshire I & II

Programming execs, each at their own table, will take one-on-one, three-minute pitches.
Participants who have successfully signed up for a speed pitching spot should check in at the session room for processing 20 minutes in advance of their scheduled time or risk forfeiting their slot. For those who did not secure a spot in advance, some space may become available due to no-shows. Arrive at the session 20 minutes before start time and check with the room monitor.

*Advance sign up is required - A total of (2) Speed Pitching spots can be reserved at sign-up time.

Sign ups open Wednesday, May 24th at 11:00am ET 

Featuring:

Table host

Brian Balthazar

President

HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country

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Joseph Boyle

SVP, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

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Sierra Cowan

Director

CNN

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John Miller-Monzon

Director, Development & Production

CMT

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Table host

Deb Puchalla

SVP, Digital Programming & Video

Scripps Networks Interactive

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Melinda Toporoff

Series Producer, Kids' Media & Education

History

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Erica Winograd

VP, West Coast Development

Refinery29

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11:30am

30 Minutes With: Ben Relles, YouTube Originals (11:30am - 12:00pm)

Main House

These intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe. No advance sign-up required. We’ll fill space on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach room capacity. NOTE: inclusion in your personal agenda does not guarantee a spot in these sessions, so show up early!

Featuring:

Ben Relles

Head, Innovation

YouTube Originals

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30 Minutes With: Tim Krubsack, Z Living (11:30am - 12:00pm)

The Study

These intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe. No advance sign-up required. We’ll fill space on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach room capacity. NOTE: inclusion in your personal agenda does not guarantee a spot in these sessions, so show up early!

Featuring:

Tim Krubsack

EVP & Head of Programming

Z Living

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12:15pm

Lunch (Starlight Ballroom + Garden) (12:15pm - 1:45pm)

Sponsored by

12:30pm

Luncheon Roundtables (12:30pm - 1:45pm)

Bungalow Patio (The Deck)

You have the option over lunch to sign up for a luncheon roundtable hosted by select network executives. Luncheon Roundtables are an informal affair and a chance for producers to learn a little more about programming needs of  broadcasters who may meet the producer that will deliver their next big hit. These are NOT pitch sessions – just a fantastic networking opportunity. Arrive at the session 15 minutes before start time and check in with the room monitor.
 
*Advance sign up is required - One (1) Luncheon Roundtable spot can be reserved at sign-up time.
Sign ups open Wednesday, May 10th at 11:00am ET 

Featuring:

Table host

James Bolosh

President & Partner

FYI

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Joseph Ferraro

VP, Development

Bravo Media

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Tracey Lentz

Head Unscripted Creative

Amazon Studios

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D'Angela Proctor

Owner/Founder

TV One

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Table host

Loren Ruch

Group SVP, Production & Development

HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country

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Table host

David Schiff

Head, Game/Format Think Tank

GSN

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Table host

Stephanie Steele

SVP, Production & Development

Oxygen Media

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Table host

Rob Swartz

SVP, Development & Production

REELZ Channel

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1:45pm

Big Ideas and Breakthroughs (1:45pm - 2:45pm)

Sponsored by

Wedgewood Ballroom

In unscripted television, originality and creativity still make a difference when it comes to cutting through the clutter. This session will highlight several of the most original and creative programs to air over the past year, with those behind the scenes detailing the development and greenlight processes for each, while sharing how they found the twist that made each show the success it is. You'll also learn about the trends and sub-genres emerging from these successes, and how they might impact the programming of the immediate future.

Featuring:

Dan Cesareo

Founder & President

Big Fish Entertainment

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Elaine Frontain Bryant

EVP, Head of Programming

A&E

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Melanie Leach

CEO

Twofour Group

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Robert Smith

Director, Unscripted T

Endemol Shine North America

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Moderating:


Simon Andreae

CEO

Naked Entertainment

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2:00pm

30 Minutes With: Jason Sarlanis, TLC (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

Main House

These intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe. No advance sign-up required. We’ll fill space on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach room capacity. NOTE: inclusion in your personal agenda does not guarantee a spot in these sessions, so show up early!

Featuring:

Jason Sarlanis

President, Crime & Investigation Content, Linear and Streaming

TLC

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30 Minutes With: Steve Woolf, go90 (2:00pm - 2:30pm)

The Study

These intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe. No advance sign-up required. We’ll fill space on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach room capacity. NOTE: inclusion in your personal agenda does not guarantee a spot in these sessions, so show up early!

Featuring:

Steve Woolf

Head of Programming, OTT Video

go90

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Meet a Mentor: Lauren Lexton, Authentic Entertainment (2:00 - 2:45)

Ocean I & II

Join Authentic Entertainment's Lauren Lexton as she speaks to her experiences in "Keeping it Real," and how to help your stories and characters remain true through the development and producing process.

The "Meet a Mentor" series is designed to give delegates rare access to the top producers in non-fiction and unscripted programming. Much like the Summit’s trademark "30 Minutes With…" series, delegates attending "Meet a Mentor" sessions will be able to glean valuable information in an intimate, "off the record" setting, and hear from A-list producers about topics that can help them in their career. 

 

*Advance sign up is required - A total of (2) Meet a Mentor spots can be reserved at sign-up time.

Sign ups open Wednesday, May 17th at 11:00am ET 

Featuring:

Lauren Lexton

Co-Founder & CEO

Authentic Entertainment

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2:45pm

Networking Coffee Break (2:45pm - 3:00pm)

3:00pm

Keynote Conversation: Mike Darnell, Warner Bros. (3:00pm - 4:00pm)

Sponsored by

Wedgewood Ballroom

As president of unscripted and alternative television at Warner Bros., Darnell runs three Warner Bros. companies — Warner Horizon Unscripted Television, Telepictures Productions and Shed Media — and currently oversees more than 35 series in broadcast, cable and syndication. Darnell’s division produces such primetime hits as Little Big Shots starring Steve Harvey (NBC), plus the upcoming spin-off Little Big Shots: Forever Young; the top unscripted series, The Voice (NBC); the longest-running relationship franchise with The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise (ABC); and First Dates (NBC). In addition, Darnell’s division is producing the primetime revival of Love Connection on FOX, hosted by Andy Cohen, as well as NBC’s upcoming Genius Junior, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, and the Ellen DeGeneres–hosted Ellen’s Game of Games, among others.

Before Warner Bros., Darnell cemented his status as one of the most influential executives in television history through his 19-year career at Fox Broadcasting Company, where, as president of alternative programming for the network, he was responsible for hundreds of series and specials, including Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, So You Think You Can Dance, Kitchen Nightmares, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Temptation Island, The Simple Life, Joe Millionaire, Family Guy and, of course, the mega-hit American Idol.

In this special keynote conversation, Darnell will be joined by longtime friend and fellow unscripted television veteran Mark Itkin. Over the course of a 34-year career, the veteran WME agent whom Darnell regards as “simply the best in the business,” packaged such staples as The Real World, Project Runway, Deal or No Deal and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and was also a trailblazing force when it came to bringing international formats such as Big Brother and Hell’s Kitchen to the U.S. After retiring from the agency business in 2015, Itkin recently announced that he is joining the board of Santa Monica-based streaming television company TV4 as a senior advisor.

Featuring:

Mike Darnell

President, Unscripted and Alternative Television

Warner Bros

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Interviewer

Mark Itkin

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4:00pm

Thursday, June 8

8:00am
10:00am

Diversity: The Bigger Picture (10:00am - 11:00am)

Wedgewood Ballroom

Some of the biggest shows on TV today, both unscripted and scripted, feature diverse casts and stories that connect with diverse audiences. In order to craft authentic TV about and for the real world, diverse talent is needed at the executive level. Here, you'll meet execs who are shaping TV schedules - and culture - with diversity as a priority. What more can be done to ensure that there is more diverse talent behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera?

Featuring:

Carlos King

Executive Producer, Founder

Kingdom Reign Entertainment

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Adam Reed

CEO

Thinkfactory Media

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Jonathan Sinclair

EVP, Programing & Development

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

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Rachel Tung

VP, Development

MTV + VH1

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Moderating:


D'Angela Proctor

Owner/Founder

TV One

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11:00am

Networking Coffee Break (11:00am - 11:15am)

11:15am

Trendwatch: Lighten Up! (11:15am - 12:15pm)

Sponsored by

Wedgewood Ballroom

Television has always been about escapism - after a long day, there is no better tonic than to watch your favorite programs and forget your troubles for a while. And when it comes to preferred programming to escape with, light entertainment - ranging from comedy to variety to game formats - is enjoying a resurgence. Here, you'll hear from producers and network executives behind some of the top unscripted comedy and light entertainment titles about how to craft clever and comedic content, when and how to attach talent, and what works for the demo you're targeting.


Featuring:

Charlie DeBevoise

CEO

NorthSouth Productions

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Mike Duffy

Co-Bro

Ugly Brother Studios

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Chachi Senior

Head of Development

Paramount Network

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Courtney White

President

Travel Channel, Food Network & Cooking Channel

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Moderating:


Bob Boden

EVP, Production & Development

Entertainment Studios

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Pitching Partners (11:15am - 12:15pm)

Wilshire I & II

Much like our signature Speed Pitching sessions, production execs, each at their own table, will take one-on-one three-minute pitches from potential production partners. Slots are limited, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

*Advance sign up is required - A total of one (1) pitching spot can be reserved.

Sign ups open Wednesday, May 24th at 11:00am ET.

Featuring:

Table host

Eli Holzman

CEO, Industrial Media and IPC Corp.

The Intellectual Property Corporation

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Brett-Patrick Jenkins

Executive Producer & Creator

Propagate Content

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B.J. Levin

EVP, Non-Fiction Content

Wilshire Studios

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Table host

Tara Long

President, Global Unscripted Television

Entertainment One Television

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Adam Reed

CEO

Thinkfactory Media

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Bruce Robertson

Head of Creative Strategy & Development

Lucky 8 TV

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Cynthia Stockhammer

EP

Critical Content

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Table host

Joe Weinstock

Co-President

Leftfield Pictures

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11:30am

30 Minutes With: Amy Savitsky, A&E (11:30am - 12:00pm)

Main House

These intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe. No advance sign-up required. We’ll fill space on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach room capacity. NOTE: inclusion in your personal agenda does not guarantee a spot in these sessions, so show up early!

Featuring:

Amy Savitsky

SVP, Programming

A&E

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30 Minutes With: Wayne Sampson, Syfy & USA Network (11:30am - 12:00pm)

The Study

These intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating is limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe. No advance sign-up required. We’ll fill space on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach room capacity. NOTE: inclusion in your personal agenda does not guarantee a spot in these sessions, so show up early!

Featuring:

Wayne Sampson

Head of Unscripted

Syfy/USA Network

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12:15pm

Lunch (Starlight Ballroom) (12:15pm - 1:45pm)

12:30pm

Luncheon Roundtables (12:30pm - 1:45pm)

Bungalow Patio (The Deck)

You have the option over lunch to sign up for a luncheon roundtable hosted by select network executives. Luncheon Roundtables are an informal affair and a chance for producers to learn a little more about programming needs of  broadcasters who may meet the producer that will deliver their next big hit. These are NOT pitch sessions – just a fantastic networking opportunity. Arrive at the session 15 minutes before start time and check in with the room monitor.
 
*Advance sign up is required - One (1) Luncheon Roundtable spot can be reserved at sign-up time.

Sign ups open Wednesday, May 10th at 11:00am ET 

Featuring:

Table host

Michael Dugan

VP, Original Content

Fuse Media

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Endyia Kinney-Sterns

SVP, Unscripted Development & Production

BET Networks

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Timothy Kuryak

Writer

UP TV

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Angela Molloy

VP, Development

WE TV

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Benjamin Monie

Director of Unscripted Original Content

Studio71

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Chanel Pysnik

Head of Unscripted

CNN

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Melinda Toporoff

Series Producer, Kids' Media & Education

History

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1:45pm

Unscripted International (1:45pm - 2:45pm)

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Wedgewood Ballroom

Selling content internationally is an attractive and potentially lucrative endeavor, and a successful global format is still the Holy Grail for content creators and buyers alike. So where are the new ones, and what are the genres and trends behind the programs that are traveling well now? This session will unpack the vital ingredients needed to take your great idea around the world, and examine the creative and business climates currently impacting the global formats business.


Featuring:

Maria Armstrong

CEO & Executive Producer

Big Coat Productions

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David Eilenberg

Chief Creative Officer

ITV Entertainment

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Sally Habbershaw

EVP, Americas

all3media International

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Moderating:


Jane Millichip

Chief Content Officer, Europe

Sky Vision

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2:00pm

Meet a Mentor: Stephanie Drachkovitch, 44 Blue (2:00 - 2:45)

Ocean I & II

Join 44 Blue’s President and Co-Founder, Stephanie Drachkovitch, as she discusses the difference between a good idea and great one, the power of curiosity, the importance of details, and the significance of starting with “why."

The "Meet a Mentor" series is designed to give delegates rare access to the top producers in non-fiction and unscripted programming. Much like the Summit’s trademark "30 Minutes With…" series, delegates attending "Meet a Mentor" sessions will be able to glean valuable information in an intimate, "off the record" setting, and hear from A-list producers about topics that can help them in their career. 

 

*Advance sign up is required - A total of (2) Meet a Mentor spots can be reserved at sign-up time.

Sign ups open Wednesday, May 17th at 11:00am ET 

Featuring:

Stephanie Drachkovitch

Co-CEO & Co-Founder

44 Blue Productions

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2:45pm

Networking Coffee Break (2:45pm - 3:00pm)

3:00pm

Opportunity 2018 (3:00pm - 4:00pm)

Wedgewood Ballroom

Change is the only constant, and in the television business this is consistently apparent. What are the changes that some of the best in the business are anticipating, and how will they turn them into opportunities? What are the uncharted territories that are ripe for exploration? This session will inspire, inform and entertain as top producers, buyers and stakeholders in the unscripted TV industry share their thoughts on where real opportunity lies in the immediate future.


Featuring:

Fenton Bailey

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

World of Wonder

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Nick Catliff

Managing Director & Co-Founder

Lion Television

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Mary Donahue

SVP, Development & Programming

Lifetime Television

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Scott Feeley

President

High Noon Entertainment

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Ari Mark

Co-Founder

AMPLE

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Amber Mazzola

CEO, Founder & Executive Producer

Machete Productions

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D'Angela Proctor

Owner/Founder

TV One

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Eric Schotz

CEO

Anvil 1893

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Natalka Znak

President

Znak&Co

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Moderating:


Phil Fairclough

Executive Producer

Earth Touch USA

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4:00pm

Closing Cocktail (Sunset Terrace + Garden) (4:00pm - 5:00pm)

Sponsored by

Special musical guest Meghan Linsey (Season 8, The Voice) will perform live, accompanied by renowned producer and musician Tyler Cain.

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