Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Speaker Heather Schuster

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Heather Schuster

Founder + CEO

Amazon Studios

Heather Schuster is Head of Unscripted TV for Amazon Studios, where she oversees documentary series, unscripted formats, and alternative comedy. In her first six months at Amazon, she has overseen the launch of the larger ‘All or Nothing’ sports programming brand and Will Ferrell’s live comedy special on New Year’s Day, as well as spearheading new development, including the recently-announced Lorena Bobbitt docuseries from executive producer Jordan Peele.

Prior to Amazon, she served as Chief Creative Officer for Detour, a location-aware travel content app founded by Andrew Mason, founder of Groupon. During her tenure, she scaled the company to a global launch, opening an LA office and staffing 40 producers around the world to create 120 hours of content. She also led the marketing campaign and executed content deals with Airbnb and Nike.

Before scaling Detour, Schuster launched and was CEO of Morocco Junction Entertainment, a content company focused on unscripted television and digital media, with funding from All3 Media.

Prior to starting MJE, Schuster was the SVP/Head of Unscripted Television for Ryan Seacrest Productions, where she developed and sold a wide range of shows to broadcast and cable networks, scaling RSP into an independent production company. Schuster also spent four years at Reveille/Shine America where she was a show-runner and then headed up Unscripted as SVP Creative Affairs. She developed and oversaw multiple network and cable franchises, including Tabatha’s Salon TakeoverBiggest Loser, and Masterchef. Before joining Reveille, Schuster produced network and cable series for studios such as Mark Burnett Productions, ITV, and FTVS.

She earned a PhD from NYU and attended Stanford Law School. She is a member of the Television Academy and the Producers Guild of America and has served on the Board of Directors for Outfest, LA’s LGBTQ film festival.

Speaking on: Keynote Conversation: Heather Schuster, Amazon Studios

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