Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2019


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Brandon Allen

Manager, Linear & Digital Development

Fuse Media

Brandon Allen serves as the Manager of Linear & Digital Development for Fuse Media, a cross-platform entertainment media brand focused on music and multicultural youth.

Brandon helps to oversee the development of incoming and internal projects, including all linear and digital content. He is responsible for working with influential members of...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One

Ben Anderson



Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Simona Argenti

Head of Sales

TCB Media Rights

Simona Argenti is Senior Sales Manager for TCB Media Rights. Based in London, Simona is responsible for leading TCB’ sales activities in the US, Canada, France and Italy, heading co-pros and pre-sales opportunities alongside finished programmes sales. Prior to her TCB role, Simona worked as a Sales Executive for BBC...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert-Distributors

Avi Armoza


Armoza Formats

The pioneer of the Israeli formats industry internationally, and the CEO of Armoza Formats, Avi Armoza is one of Israel's leading film and television producers.

Avi has been working in television and film business for more than 25 years. He began his tenure when he founded JCS Productions, which...more

Speaking at: Formagination at Realscreen West

Harriet Armston-Clarke


TVF International

Harriet Armston-Clarke is Director of TVF International, the world’s leading fully independent distributor of factual and documentary programming. Our catalogue encompasses everything from factual entertainment and lifestyle series to exceptional one-off documentaries, representing some of the most innovative and creative producers from across the globe. Alongside the distribution of completed...more

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Hayley Babcock

Head of Formats, International Programming & Production

A+E Networks

Hayley Babcock is a highly respected international television executive with an extensive background in formats, development, production, acquisition and management. She has wide-ranging experience overseeing multiple global franchises, acquiring programming and uniting diverse international partners to work as a cohesive team.

Currently, Ms. Babcock is Head of Formats, International Programming and...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Rob Bagshaw

EVP, Unscripted Content


Rob Bagshaw is Executive Vice President of Unscripted Content for the Nickelodeon Group. In this role, he is in charge of development and production of unscripted content across all formats and platforms, ranging from reality competition shows to the network’s marquee live events like Kids’ Choice Awards and Kids’ Choice...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Kinder, Gentler TV; 30 Minutes With: Rob Bagshaw, Nickelodeon

Fenton Bailey

Co-Founder/Executive Producer

World of Wonder

Fenton Bailey is co-founder of World of Wonder, the award-winning, multi-platform production company behind RuPaul’s Drag Race, the Million Dollar Listing franchise, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, and over 20 years of groundbreaking unscripted, scripted and documentary content. Alongside co-founder Randy Barbato, Bailey became a trailblazer in Hollywood by creating...more

Speaking at: The Incredible Expanding Production Company

Sam Barcroft


Barcroft Studios

Sam Barcroft formed Barcroft Studios in 2003, sensing an explosion in demand from international print media for exclusive content. He has built Barcroft into an award- winning factual production studio, specialising in amazing true stories from around the world.

He began his career as a news photojournalist and picture editor, working for national...more

Speaking at: Executive Insights: Sam Barcroft, Barcroft Studios

Matthew Baskharoon

Non-scripted TV Agent


Matthew Baskharoon is an Agent in the Non-Scripted Television department at WME where he specializes in television packaging and talent representation. He began his career at WME in August 2012 working with on-camera personalities, musicians, athletes, chefs, documentary filmmakers and lifestyle personalities.

Some of his clients include: A$AP Ferg, Joey...more

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Gary R. Benz

President & CEO

GRB Studios

     An entrepreneur who set the standard for documentary and unscripted television programming, Gary R. Benz was one of the first American producers to envision the worldwide appeal of this emerging genre. In 1986, he established GRB Studios as a world-class television producer and international distributor, which now reaches more...more

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Yves Bergquist

Director, AI & Neuroscience in Media

Entertainment Technology Center at USC

Yves Bergquist is an AI researcher and the Director of the “AI & Neuroscience in Media” Project at the Entertainment Technology Center. At ETC, which is funded by all 5 Hollywood studios (as well as technology companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, Nagra-Kudelski, Technicolor, and Nielsen), his team is researching and developing next-generation applications drawn...more

Speaking at: AI, Audience Engagement, and the Future of Content

Neil Berkeley

Producer & Director

Future You Media

Neil Berkeley, owner of Future You Media, is an Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker whose work has focused on telling unexpected and enlightening stories about some of the visual and performing arts most unique characters.

His first film is the critically acclaimed Beauty Is Embarrassing, which chronicles the life and times of fine...more

Speaking at: Pitch, Greenlight, Premiere: How We Got On Air

Joe Berlinger

Director, Producer & Partner

Radical Media

Joe Berlinger has been a leading voice in nonfiction film and television for over two decades. A pioneer in the genre of true crime documentaries, Berlinger draws attention to social justice issues in the US and abroad with such landmark documentaries as Brother’s Keeper, Crude and the Paradise Lost trilogy,...more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Joe Berlinger

Tricia Biggio

SVP, Unscripted Television

MGM Television

Tricia Biggio is a Senior Vice President, Unscripted Television at MGM and reports to the President of the division, Barry Poznick. 

 Biggio began her career at 3 Ball Entertainment before joining Lighthearted Entertainment and later, 51 Minds.  Her involvement in shows like MTV’s Are You the One, Vh1’s Dating Naked, History Channel’s...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners

Shirley Bowers

VP, Sales & Acquisitions

Red Arrow Studios International

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

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Joseph Boyle

SVP, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

Joseph Boyle is Senior Vice President, Production and Development for Discovery. Boyle joined Discovery in 2013 where he spearheaded production for many of the network’s highly-acclaimed series. He’s been instrumental in shepherding the Emmy®-winning Deadliest Catch, the pop-culture phenomenon Naked and Afraid and its spin-off Naked and Afraid XL.


Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Julie Bristow

President & CEO

Bristow Global Media Inc.

Julie launched Bristow Global Media in 2013 and with her creative vision and business savvy, the company has grown exponentially in just a few years. BGM produces premium content for the international market in all genres on multiple platforms. From beautifully stylized returning series like Haunted Hospitals (T + E) and tentpole...more

Speaking at: The Numbers Game - Which Metrics Matter the Most

Casey Brumels

Creative Director & Co-Owner

Ping Pong Productions

Casey Brumels serves as creative director and co owner of Ping Pong Productions, an award winning production company dedicated to bringing unique journeys, daring discoveries and everyday adventures to the screen with style and creativity.  In his role, Brumels oversees the company’s development and serves as Executive Producer on all...more

Speaking at: Bringing Talent to the Table

Heather Budman

Agent, Alternative

Kaplan Stahler Agency

Heather represents showrunners and production companies who have worked for Amazon, Bravo, TLC and other top tier cable networks. Her clients work in documentary TV, food competition, docuseries, crime and more. Currently at Kaplan Stahler, her focus is staffing producers along with packaging unscripted reality television projects.

Prior to Kaplan Stahler,...more

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Louis Burgdorf

Director/Executive Producer

Dynamo Films

Louis Burgdorf is an Emmy Nominated producer and director and is the co-founder of the New York-based Production Company Dynamo Films.  Over the past few years Dynamo has produced documentary series, fashion videos, commercials and content for some of the world’s biggest brands including NBCUniversal, Verizon, Netflix, IMG, Macy's, Johnson...more

Speaking at: Pitch, Greenlight, Premiere: How We Got On Air

Jack Burgess

EVP, Development & Current

Studio Lambert USA

Jack Burgess runs Studio Lambert USA, an All3Media America company based in Los Angeles, overseeing production of shows including Undercover Boss. Before moving there in 2018, he ran development in the UK where he worked on shows including Naked Attraction, The Circle and Race Across The World.

Prior to joining Studio


Speaking at: Trendwatch: Interactive Unscripted

Philip Byron

Head of Unscripted & Docs

SpringHill Entertainment

Philip Byron is the Head of Unscripted & Docs for SpringHill Entertainment where he oversees development and production for a slate of series including What’s My Name | Muhammad Ali for HBO (Tribeca Premiere), Million Dollar Mile for CBS and The Wall for NBC.

Phil also produced Shut Up & Dribble for Showtime (Sports Emmy & NAACP Image Award...more

Speaking at: The Twists and Turns of Fast Turnaround TV

Lisa A. Callif


Donaldson & Callif

As a founding partner of Donaldson + Callif, Lisa Callif is the go-to attorney for Hollywood’s most acclaimed independent producers of film, television and web-based content. Lisa supports clients in all aspects of project creation, including financing, production and distribution. Her extensive experience in clearance, fair use and copyright issues,...more

Speaking at: Power Lawyers Roundtable

Jamie Canniffe

SVP, Alternative Programming

Sony Pictures Television

Jamie Canniffe is Senior Vice President, U.S. alternative and syndicated programming at Sony Pictures Television (SPT).  A two-time Emmy Award nominated producer, Canniffe develops unscripted series for broadcast networks, cable networks, streaming platforms and for first run syndication. He also oversees the current shows in production and works closely with...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners

Cara Casey

Development Lead

YouTube Originals

Cara Casey serves as YouTube Originals Unscripted Development Lead. In her role, she is responsible for both development and current programs for the platform. She has been working on projects such as Kevin Hart's What the Fit,Sugar, Good Mythical Morning, Demi Lovato Simply Complicated, Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman Diaries, and...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two

Meghan Cassin

VP, Development

Nat Geo Wild

Based in Washington, D.C., Meghan Cassin is the Senior Director, Development Nat Geo Wild.

In this role she is responsible for developing specials, character-driven series, and natural history amounting to over 150 hours of content currently on the network. Previously, Cassin has worked in development, strategy, and production at Digitas,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two

Jesus Chavez

Chief Executive Officer

Vertical Networks

Jesús Chavez is the Chief Executive Officer of Vertical Networks, the world’s leading mobile-first
content studio, producing daily editorial and video properties driven by real-time insights. In his
role, Chavez is responsible for building a premium monetization arm, creating new IPs that are
meant to travel to new formats, and...more

Speaking at: The New Breed of Digital Players

Kim Chessler

VP, Non-Fiction Programming


Kimberly Chessler-Itskowitch is Vice President, Unscripted Programming, of Lifetime.  Based in New York, she is responsible for developing and overseeing production of non-fiction projects for the network.    

Chessler-Itskowitch, who joined Lifetime in 2010, has been responsible for overseeing the development and production of a number of projects including Dance Moms...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One

Sydney Clover

Senior Director, Development

National Geographic

Based in New York, 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.

Prior to National Geographic, Clover served as the Director of Development at Discovery Channel in New York where...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

David Collins


Scout Productions

David Collins is the creator and Executive Producer of the world-wide phenomenon Queer Eye, which airs in over 190 countries. David is a five time Emmy Award winner and three time GLAAD Media Award recipient including this years 2019 GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding Reality Program" for Queer Eye.


Speaking at: Bringing Talent to the Table

Jeff Conroy



Jeff Conroy is a co-founder and partner of BoBCat Studios, a multi-platform video studio
launched in 2016. 

Previously, Jeff served as President and Executive Producer of Original
Productions, where he led all creative content development and programming for the

During his time at Original Productions, Jeff produced more...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners

Laura Crowson

Sr. Director of Development

Discovery Inc.

Laura Crowson serves as Sr. Director of Development & Development Strategy for Discovery Channel and Science Channel. In this role, she works alongside international and domestic producers to develop prime-time series for the network, while helping to steer strategy for new projects.

During her time with the network, Crowson has been...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One

Brian Dale

SVP, Development

Thinkfactory Media

Brian Dale is senior vice president of unscripted development at Thinkfactory Media, helming the company’s diverse slate of projects for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

During his eight-year tenure at Thinkfactory, Dale has been instrumental in the growth of its unscripted development department, with credits including TLC’s Married by Mom & Dad and Strange Love,...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners

Jenny Daly


Critical Content Studios

JENNY DALY (President, Critical Content Studios) serves as President of Critical Content Studios, a leading global independent content studio launched in October 2015. In her role, Daly oversees day-to-day management of development and production of Critical Content’s slate, which merged with Daly’s T Group slate after the company’s assets was acquired...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners

Elwin de Groot

Senior Development Executive

Optomen Entertainment

Elwin de Groot is Senior Vice President of Entertainment.  In his role, he heads Optomen’s entertainment label Optomen Entertainment stationed in Los Angeles.

With over a decade’s experience, Elwin has worked as Senior Creative Director at Armoza Formats in Israel as well as John de Mol’s Talpa and at Endemol in The Netherlands.


Speaking at: Pitching Partners

Christy Dees

VP, Development


Christy Dees is Bravo's Vice President of Development, a position she has held since October 2013. In her role, Dees develops new original series for the network while continuing to focus on the innovative concepts, memorable characters and high quality programming that defines the Bravo brand. Based in Los Angeles,...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Christy Dees, Bravo

Autumn deVitry

Founder & CCO

Rebeliam Media

Autumn deVitry was employee number ten at AwesomenessTV and one of the main people who created the original programming that helped launch ATV’s YouTube Channel. She directed and executive produced ATV’s first hit show Make Me Over, starring Bethany Mota which has over 45 million views and is available on...more

Speaking at: Pitch, Greenlight, Premiere: How We Got On Air

Karina Dixon

Head of Global Insights

Parrot Analytics

Karina R. Dixon is a media research professional with a decade of experience across both quantitative & qualitative consumer media usage and behaviour analysis. As Parrot Analytics’ Head of Global Insights, she leads the company’s global Partner Insights division empowering Fortune 100 media and entertainment businesses, brands and agencies with...more

Speaking at: The Numbers Game - Which Metrics Matter the Most

Sam Donnelly

Executive Producer

America's Got Talent

Sam Donnelly serves as Fremantle’s executive producer on America's Got Talent. The show has reigned as the No. 1 entertainment show of the summer for 13 straight years.  This past summer, AGT averaged 14 million viewers each week and was also the No. 1 most social broadcast TV show of the...more

Speaking at: The Twists and Turns of Fast Turnaround TV

Stephanie Drachkovitch

Co-Founder & President

44 Blue Productions

Former studio executive Stephanie is the leading force behind 44 Blue’s dynamic slate of programming. During her time as Senior Vice President of Development for Warner Bros. Telepictures, and Disney’s Buena Vista TV unit, Stephanie developed for broadcast primetime (The Bachelor, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire) and syndication (Who...more

Speaking at: The Incredible Expanding Production Company

Christian Drobnyk

EVP Programming Strategy & Acquisitions

National Geographic

Bio coming soon!

Speaking at: The Numbers Game - Which Metrics Matter the Most

Mike Duffy


Ugly Brother Studios

As a former standup comedian, Mike has a passion for creating and developing content with comedy talent. He is currently working with Tiffany Haddish on a soon-to-be announced project for E!, as well as projects at A&E, Quibi, Nickelodeon and Discovery. An industry veteran with nearly 2 decades of experience,...more

Speaking at: The Twists and Turns of Fast Turnaround TV

Alex Dundas

EVP Unscripted Premium Originals

ITV Entertainment

Alex Dundas is executive vice president of ITV Entertainment, part of the ITV America group, responsible for all development, programming and production across broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Series produced by ITV Entertainment include Queer Eye (Netflix),Hell’s Kitchen(FOX),Love Island(CBS) and The First 48(A&E), among others.

During his lengthy tenure, Dundas has spent...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables: Production Partners

Kristina Edwards

VP, Unscripted Series & Specials


Kristina Edwards currently serves as Vice President of Unscripted Series and Specials for Warner Media’s TBS and TNT.

Based in Los Angeles, Kristina reports into Michael Bloom, Senior Vice President of Unscripted Series and Live Programming for TBS and TNT. In this role, Kristina is responsible for the creative and strategic...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Kristina Edwards,TBS & TNT

David Eilenberg

Chief Creative Officer

ITV America

As chief creative officer at ITV America, David Eilenberg is responsible for guiding the company’s creative strategy, leveraging intellectual property, and identifying and managing emerging cable, broadcast and digital platform growth opportunities across the group. He also works closely with ITV’s UK-based team to exploit a range of formats for...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Interactive Unscripted

Nina Etspueler

Group Creative Director

Red Arrow Studios

Nina Etspueler is Group Creative Director at Red Arrow Studios.

Nina oversees Red Arrow’s global format and IP development, acquisitions and international roll-outs. She also manages creative partnerships in Germany and internationally within Red Arrow, between Red Arrow and ProSiebenSat.1 channels, and with third party creators and producers.

Nina started working for...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Kinder, Gentler TV

Toby Faulkner

Head of Unscripted

Facebook Watch

Based out of LA, Faulkner is the Unscripted Head for Facebook Watch Originals. Formerly a VP of programming and development with A+E Networks, he began his career as a journalist with BBC Radio and rose through the ranks at ITV UK before moving to the US 14 years ago as...more

Speaking at: Formagination at Realscreen West; 30 Minutes With: Toby Faulkner, Facebook Watch

Adam Ferrara


Adam Ferrara is known for playing Chief Needles Nelson, co-­starring opposite Denis Leary in the critically acclaimed FX series Rescue Me; starred in Showtime’s hit series Nurse Jackie opposite Edie Falco; and hosted the critically acclaimed BBC sensation Top Gear US. Ferrara currently hosts the automotive giant Barrett-­‐ Jackson’s classic...more

Speaking at: Formagination at Realscreen West

Jodi Flynn


The Content Group

Jodi Flynn is the President of The Content Group, an Asylum Entertainment Group company.

In her role, Flynn oversees a diverse slate of both scripted and unscripted programming for broadcast channels, cable networks and OTTs.

Since joining the company in 2019, TCG has developed and produced the original...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch 2020: What's on the Way for the Unscripted Business

John Ford

Head of Programming


John Ford is general manager of NPACT, the trade organization serving producers of nonfiction entertainment content. With 100+ member companies, including production companies of all sizes, as well as allied services companies, NPACT members collectively produce the majority of all non-fiction content for US broadcast, cable television and digital platforms.


Speaking at: Trendwatch 2020: What's on the Way for the Unscripted Business

Tom Forman


Critical Content

Tom Forman leads Critical Content as its Chief Executive Officer. He has received multiple Emmy and Peoples Choice Awards, the Peabody and Murrow Awards, NATPE's Innovator Award as well as landing multiple times on Variety’s Reality Impact Report and The Hollywood Reporter’s Reality TV Power List.

Before joining Critical,...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch 2020: What's on the Way for the Unscripted Business

Beth Fraikorn

Head of Content

Transform Films

Emmy award winning Executive Producer Beth Fraikorn serves as Head of Content Development and Partnerships for Transform Films. Transform Films create extraordinary, thought provoking and entertaining non-fiction content. The team is exceptional at delivering high prestige, quality films and series.

Fraikorn has an established a reputation for her deep acumen in content...more

Zara Frankel

Director, Programming & Development


Zara Frankel works in PBS Programming as the Manager of Programming and Development.  Zara collaborates extensively with filmmakers, production companies, and new talent to develop interesting and innovative content across genres for PBS.

Prior to her current role, Zara served as an Assistant Director in PBS Programming, evaluating submissions and providing...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two

Angela Freedman

Director of Development

Travel Channel

Angela Freedman joined the Travel Channel team in early 2019. As Director of Development, she collaborates with producers to develop breakout series for the network, as well as helping to steer strategy for future programming. 

Prior to Travel Channel, Freedman was at Mic Productions, where she developed and produced documentaries and...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two

Carly Fromm

Agent, Alternative Television


Carly Fromm is an Unscripted Television Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Fromm is based in the New York office and represents many top TV personalities, showrunners, and production companies.

Fromm began her career at NBC Universal in the Page Program. She joined CAA in 2015,...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert-Agents

Colby Gaines


Back Roads Entertainment

Colby Gaines is an executive producer and founder of Back Roads Entertainment, a New York and Austin-based content creator specializing in comedy and lifestyle programming.

In his role, Gaines is responsible for the company's programming, development and day-to-day operations.  Back Roads Entertainment develops, sells and produces across all genres for broadcast and cable networks, both domestically...more

Speaking at: The Incredible Expanding Production Company

Lauren Gellert

EVP, Development & Original Programming

WE tv

As WE tv’s executive vice president of development & original programming, Lauren Gellert is responsible for developing and producing brand-defining original series’ that drive viewership, build buzz and support the network’s overall business and revenue goals. She leads the network’s efforts in finding fresh new unscripted originals and oversees the...more

Speaking at: The Numbers Game - Which Metrics Matter the Most

Debra Goldfarb

Head of Alternative Television

Gersh Agency

Debra Goldfarb is the Head of the Alternative Television Department at The Gersh Agency, with offices in both Beverly Hills and New York. Prior to joining Gersh in November of 2017, Goldfarb spent 15 years at Rebel Entertainment Partners, becoming both a Partner and Co-Owner. Prior to her years with...more

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Sean Gottlieb

VP, Development & Programming

A&E Network

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

A seasoned producer with over 20 years’ experience, Gottlieb developed and is Executive Producer of Live PD, the new hit series that airs live...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Sean Gottlieb, A&E

Rachael Graeff

Manager, Program Development


Rachael Graeff joined TLC’s Los Angeles office in August 2011. As Manager of Development, Graeff plays an integral role in helping to create new programming for the network. Graeff has worked on projects such as Trading Spaces, Drag Me Down the Aisle, Sweet Home Sextuplets, Our Twinsane Wedding, Family By the Ton,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One

Melissa Grego


Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS)

Melissa Grego is CEO of Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS), the leading television and media networking, education and career development association.

HRTS maintains a 70-year tradition of providing an unparalleled forum for fostering conversation and community through regularly scheduled member events, a thriving mentorship program and other initiatives in Los...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Interactive Unscripted

Allison Grodner

Founder & Executive Producer

Fly on the Wall Entertainment

Allison Grodner is a founding partner at Fly on the Wall Entertainment.

A word-class content creator specializing in formats and live events, Fly on the Wall develops, sells and produces across all unscripted genres for broadcast and cable networks, both domestically and internationally, as well as digital platforms.  Since its launch in 2009, the...more

Speaking at: Executive Insights: Allison Grodner, Fly on the Wall Entertainment; Trendwatch: Interactive Unscripted

Janet Han Vissering

SVP, Development & Production

Nat Geo Wild

Bio Coming Soon!

Speaking at: Diversity and Inclusion: Where We Are, Where We Need to Go

Sara Helman

VP, Program Development


Sara Helman joined TLC in October 2015 as the Vice President of Program Development, helping to oversee development strategy and programming initiatives for the network. Helman is currently working on the 90 Day Fiancé spinoff series, 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way and has previously worked on shows including 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes with: Sara Helman, TLC

Justina Hemperek

Head of Acquisitions

Beyond Distribution

Justina Hemperek is Head of Acquisitions at Beyond Distribution. She has extensive experience in factual programming and spearheads the company’s acquisitions and pre-sales activity.Prior to her role at Beyond, she was Director, Acquisitions - UK, Europe and Australia, International Distribution at eOne. She held a similar role at ITV Studios Global Entertainment and has also...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert-Distributors

Mioshi Hill

VP, Non-Fiction Programming & Development


Bio Coming Soon!

Speaking at: Diversity and Inclusion: Where We Are, Where We Need to Go

Marcie Hume

Senior Executive Producer

A&E Network

Marcie Hume is Senior Executive Producer 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 the limited original docu-series, The Devil Next Door, which looks at the secretive Word of Faith Fellowship Church and shocking abuse...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One

Lilla Hurst

Joint Managing Director


Lilla launched Drive, the specialist tv pre-sales and co-production agency in partnership with Ben Barrett in 2013. They then went on to launch the distribution arm of the company in 2016. With unparalleled expertise in raising production finance from international channels, the company has gone on to achieve great results...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert-Distributors

Mandel Ilagan

VP, Live-Action Development, Unscripted


Mandel Ilagan is the VP of unscripted development at Nickelodeon, where he’s helped launch hit shows such as The Substitute, Paradise Run, and the recent reboot of Double Dare. He’s also overseeing the upcoming revival of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader.

Prior to Nickelodeon, Ilagan served as an exec...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two

Maria Ishak

SVP, Sales North America

All3media International

Maria Ishak is Senior Vice President, North America Sales at all3media International and manages the pre-sale and sale of over 7000 hours of programming into the US and Canada. 

Having worked in the television industry for more than 10 years, Ishak began her career within the marketing departments of FremantleMedia and Sony...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables: Production Partners

Patrick Jager



As Senior Vice President of Branded Content & Creative Strategy, Bluprint, Patrick Jager is a key driver of strategy, vision, development of signature shows and originals, brand-driven content development and brand collaborations/sales, NBCUniversal integrations and front-of-paywall content experiences. 

Joining in 2018 after first serving as a consultant to Craftsy (the predecessor...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Patrick Jager, bluprint

Brett-Patrick Jenkins

Executive Producer & Creator

Propagate Content

Brett-Patrick Jenkins is a Critic’s Choice award winning producer and television executive based in Los Angeles, and the Head of Development at Propagate Content. After studying art at the University of Texas at Austin, Brett-Patrick joined Rick Baker’s Cinovation Studios and contributed to films including Hell Boy and The Haunted Mansion. Since then...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables: Production Partners

Greg Jules

Agent, International Television Media

ICM Partners

Greg is an agent in ICM Partners’ Alternative Television & Media department.

Jules represents top unscripted producers on series for ABC, Netflix, NBC and a number of other networks. His clients run the gamut from personalities on MTV and Fox, to production companies with series on cable and broadcast television.

He began...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert-Agents

Nahee Kim

Managing Director of Contents & Channel Business

MBC America

Nahee Kim is a Managing Director of Contents and Channel Business at MBC America, a US subsidiary of MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corp.), a major TV network in Korea. She had been dedicated to the growth of MBC America while working there for over 20 years. She was in charge of...more

Speaking at: Case Study: The Masked Singer

Sarah Kuban

Director, Programming

Discovery, Inc.

Sarah Kuban is a programming executive for Discovery’s joint venture with Magnolia, the home and lifestyle brand led by Chip and Joanna Gaines. In this role, she develops programming for the multiplatform media company that will comprise a linear television network and TV Everywhere app to be unveiled in Summer...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Sarah Kuban, Discovery's JV with Chip & Joanna Gaines

Timothy Kuryak

SVP, Production & Development


As an Emmy-nominated television executive, Timothy Kuryak has developed, produced and overseen thousands of hours of programming for both broadcast and cable networks here in the United States and abroad.

Currently, Timothy serves as the SVP of Production & Development for UPtv, where he oversees all unscripted development and current programming,...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Harrison Land

SVP, Development

Jupiter Entertainment

Based in the New York office, he oversees Jupiter’s ever-growing development department while simultaneously executive producing a diverse slate of unscripted projects.

With his passion for world-class storytelling, ability to secure fruitful partnerships and expertise in business development, he has successfully developed and sold over 20 series and specials across a...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners

Rob LaPlante


Lighthearted Entertainment

After beginning his career at Bunim-Murray Productions working on four seasons of reality TV classic,The Real World, Rob landed at Mark Burnett Productions, eventually sitting face-to-face with the infamous Omarosa when casting her on the first season of The Apprentice.

Besides casting the first 4 seasons NBC’s infamous hit show, 4...more

Speaking at: The Twists and Turns of Fast Turnaround TV

Robyn Lattaker-Johnson

Head of Unscripted Development, Programming & Specials

Revolt TV & Media

Robyn Lattaker-Johnson is a dynamic leader and creatively collaborative television executive responsible for developing and shepherding top-rated franchises for multiple networks. She is currently the Head of Content & Development at REVOLT Media & TV, where she oversees all original long form content across all linear and digital platforms, programming...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two

Eli Lehrer

EVP & General Manager


Eli Lehrer is Executive Vice President and General Manager of HISTORY®, a role he assumed in 2017. He oversees the development, creation and execution of scripted and unscripted programming for HISTORY®.

Lehrer joined HISTORY® from MTV2 where he was Executive Vice President and headed up creative and business operations at the channel....more

Speaking at: Trendwatch 2020: What's on the Way for the Unscripted Business

Josh Levenbrown

Alternative TV Agent

United Talent Agency

Josh Levenbrown is an Agent in the Alternative TV department at leading global talent and entertainment company, United Talent Agency (UTA). Levenbrown represents a broad variety of top unscripted showrunners, directors and production companies specializing in staffing and television packaging.    

Prior to joining UTA, Levenbrown was the Vice President of...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert-Agents

Blake Levin

VP, Programming & Development

USA Network/Syfy

Blake Levin serves as Vice President of Programming & Development for USA Network & SYFY, reporting to Heather Olander.

Based in Los Angeles, he is responsible for bringing new series to the networks while supervising their development and production. His latest series launches include Temptation Island, Growing Up Chrisley, and The Radkes for USA and Alien...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Mark Levine

VP, Content & Programming

Food Network & Cooking Channel

Mark Levine serves as Vice President of Programming & Development for Food Network and Cooking Channel at Discovery, Inc. In this capacity, Levine developed and launched such hit series such as Kids Baking Championship and Cutthroat Kitchen while overseeing franchises like Food Network Star and Iron Chef. He created the first kids’ cooking show competition for Food...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One

Marisa Levy

Head of Unscripted

BET Networks

As Head of Unscripted Programming at Viacom’s BET Networks, Marisa Levy oversees the development and production of all original non-fiction programming. She is a consummate storyteller with an impressive track record of understanding diverse audiences and developing content that resonates with them. Marisa’s keen understanding of American and international audiences...more

Speaking at: Formagination at Realscreen West; 30 Minutes With: Marisa Levy, BET

Matthew Levy


Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush,Kaller & Gallman LLP

Matt Levy is a partner at the entertainment law firm Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman L.L.P., where he specializes in the representation of emerging and established talent and production companies in the film, scripted and unscripted television, and digital media industries.

In the unscripted space,...more

Speaking at: Power Lawyers Roundtable

Todd Lichten

Unscripted Programming & Development

Facebook Watch

Todd Lichten is a development executive for Facebook Watch. Since joining the streaming platform, he’s overseen the Emmy nominated series Red Table Talk(Jada Pinkett-Smith), along with other Facebook Originals, Returning the Favor(Mike Rowe) and You Kiddin’ Me?!(Kim Kardashian).

Todd is also spearheading development and production of Facebook's upcoming Real World reboot,...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two

Joseph Livecchi


Noble Savages

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Kinder, Gentler TV

Ari Mark


Ample Entertainment

Ari Mark is Co-Founder of AMPLE Entertainment, a production company dedicated to hands-on, handcrafted and filmmaker led premium content. Since launching three years ago, the company has produced more than 50 hours of programming including 9 Months with Courteney Cox (Facebook), Murder in the Heartland (Discovery ID), Cooper’s Treasure with Amblin Entertainment (Discovery), The Lost Gold of WWII (History), Cold Case...more

Speaking at: The Incredible Expanding Production Company

Brigitte McCray

SVP, Original Programming & Production

TV One

Brigitte McCray, a successful media executive with over 20 years of experience, was named Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Production in April 2019. In this role, she is responsible for providing strategic direction for all original programming and overseeing all development and current production for the network.

McCray has...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Benjamin Megargel

VP, Development, Alternative Programming – US, Television

Entertainment One

Ben has been on the eOne development team since 2014, where he has worked on developing series across cable and digital. He helped develop Growing Up Hip Hop and served as an Executive Producer on Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta. Prior to eOne, he sold series to networks such as Investigation Discovery and National...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables: Production Partners

Julie Meisner Eagle

VP, Production & Development

Travel Channel

As the vice president of production and development for Travel Channel, Julie Meisner Eagle is responsible for cultivating and creating original content for the network. This role includes scouting new content offerings, overseeing the production of a well-rounded slate of new and returning series and specials, and strategizing each program’s...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Julie Meisner Eagle, Travel Channel

Winona Meringolo

SVP, Development

Investigation Discovery

Winona Meringolo is the Senior Vice President of Development for Investigation Discovery and American Heroes Channel. ID is the preeminent true crime destination, ranking #1 for W25-54 and P25-54 in Total Day and #1 length of tune in cable for P25-54. ID is available in more than 160 countries and...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Winona Meringolo, Investigation Discovery

Madison Merritt

Executive Vice President, Development

Entertainment One

Based in Los Angeles, Merritt spearheads the creation, development and sales of non-scripted series and content as she leads the development team in business growth.

eOne‘s current slate of unscripted programming includes Ladies’ Night (BET) featuring Salt-N-Pepa, DJ Spinderella and SWV; Ex on the Beach (MTV) which debuted as the network’s highest-rated non-Jersey Shore unscripted series launch in over 4 years; Siesta...more

Speaking at: Diversity and Inclusion: Where We Are, Where We Need to Go

Mickey Meyer

President of Network

Group Nine Media

Mickey Meyer is the President of Group Nine's Network and a cofounder of JASH, a comedy studio with roots in both the digital and television world and featuring such clients as Adam Carolla, Norm Macdonald, Sarah Silverman, Tim & Eric, Reggie Watts and Michael Cera. In addition to his role...more

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Max Micallef

VP, Nonfiction Programming


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

Micallef joined HISTORY from Discovery Channel where he worked alongside international and domestic...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two

Darrell Miller

Chair, Entertainment Department

Fox Rothschild LLP

Darrell Miller, Chairman of the Entertainment Department at Fox Rothschild LLP has been a trusted advisor and deal-maker for over two decades in the areas of film, television, music and new media, with an emphasis on creating multiple streams of income for individual, production and institutional clients with high brand...more

Speaking at: Power Lawyers Roundtable

Karen Miller

SVP, Content - Universal Kids


As Senior Vice President, Content, Karen Miller creates and executes strategy while leading development, co-productions, current production and acquisitions across all Universal Kids content. She crafts a vision for Universal Kids with the goal of growing audiences and building franchises that support brand and business objectives- including shows such as...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Kinder, Gentler TV

Angela Molloy

VP, Development


Angela Molloy is WE tv’s vice president of development, based in the network’s Los Angeles office. She works closely with west coast based production partners and agencies to find fresh new unscripted programming for the network. She is currently an Executive Producer on the Marriage Boot Camp franchise and Bridezillas, among others.

Prior to WE...more

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Patrick Moses

Head of Development


Patrick Moses is a leader within the current series and development teams for Viceland. EP credits include Dopesick Nation, Noisey, The Therapist and Black Market with Michael K. Williams. He has also overseen the network's branded projects including Hustle, Beerland, Business of Life and Hungry Hearts with Action Bronson. He is looking for talent and developing new...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Keith Nietupski

Director, Programming & Development


Keith Nietupski has been at Freeform (formerly ABC Family) since May 2011. He works in Non-Scripted Programming & Development, Freeform Original Features (holidays movies) and as a Current Executive covering scripted series Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger and new comedy Everything’s Gonna Be Okay.

Prior to joining ABC Family, Keith held assistant...more

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Michael O'Connell

Senior Writer

The Hollywood Reporter

A TV enthusiast and expert, O'Connell has chronicled the medium's evolution since joining The Hollywood Reporter in 2011. His purview at the ASME-winning weekly magazine spans awards coverage, feature writing, trend pieces and many areas in between. He seldom tweets, and his parents think he is criminally underrated.

Speaking at: Trendwatch 2020: What's on the Way for the Unscripted Business

Dana Olkkonen

Head of Content Operations

Vox Media Studios

Dana J. Olkkonen is the Head of Content Operations for Vox Media Studios, where she oversees the creative and business operations for Vox Media Studios’ original programming division. The ambitious full-service division develops, produces and distributes premium, non-fiction programming for TV and OTT platforms. Olkkonen most recently served as the...more

Speaking at: The New Breed of Digital Players

Sean Olsen

VP, Development

Game Show Network

Sean Olsen joined the GSN team as Vice President of Development in December 2017. Olsen hails from Conveyor Media where he served as Vice President of Production directly responsible for generating and managing the creative vision on series and pilots.

Previously, Olsen made his name as a freelance Executive Producer & showrunner for...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Paul Osborne

Executive Producer

With over 20 years of television experience under his belt, Paul has been an Executive Producer on various network and cable shows in the US including Paradise Hotel for FOX, True Beauty, Secret Millionaire, Skating With The Stars and Celebrity Wife Swap for ABC, Breaking Pointe for The CW and...more

Speaking at: The Twists and Turns of Fast Turnaround TV

Allison Page


Discovery, Inc.

Allison Page is the President of Discovery, Inc.’s joint venture with Magnolia, the home and lifestyle brand led by Chip and Joanna Gaines. In this role, she oversees all programming, development and operations for the multiplatform media company that will comprise a linear television network and TV Everywhere app to...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch 2020: What's on the Way for the Unscripted Business

Bruce Perlmutter

SVP, Production, Conde Nast Entertainment

Conde Nast Entertainment

Bruce Perlmutter is senior vice president, production, Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) reporting to Oren Katzeff, president, CNE.

As head of digital video production for CNE, Perlmutter oversees physical production of more than 5,000 digital videos produced annually, which are inspired by Condé Nast’s iconic brands. CNE is an award-winning next generation...more

Speaking at: The New Breed of Digital Players

Babette Perry

Head of Broadcast & Alternative TV

Innovative Artists

Babette Perry graduated from UCLA as a Communications Major. She was the head of Broadcasting at ICM for many years before leaving to run the west coast Broadcasting division at IMG. Perry is now the head of Alternative/broadcasting and a Partner at Innovative Artists. She specializes in representing entertainment hosts,...more

Speaking at: Bringing Talent to the Table

Sergio Pizzolante

Founder & General Manager


Sergio Pizzolante Monsanto, the Founder and General Manager of CTMOBS and Partner in CMXUS, is a leading senior entertainment executive connecting content, culture and audiences for the Americas. One of LATAM’s most successful and influential executives, he has led networks and companies content, licensing and audience strategies for over 20...more

Speaking at: Diversity and Inclusion: Where We Are, Where We Need to Go

Craig Plestis


Smart Dog Media

Craig Plestis knows reality programming. He is an innovator and visionary who has been at the forefront of the category since its inception. He is the brains behind the #1 New Show in America, The Masked Singer for Fox, which had the highest rated unscripted launch in 8 years and...more

Speaking at: Case Study: The Masked Singer

Noah Pollack

Executive Producer & Consultant

M.A.P Media & Consulting

Noah Pollack is a media consultant and the founder of M.A.P. Media & Consulting, currently providing services for a variety of networks, studios, brands and production companies. An award winning producer and network executive, Pollack has both extensive domestic and international programming experience, selling and producing series at four American...more

Speaking at: Pitch, Greenlight, Premiere: How We Got On Air

Leela Pon

SVP, Development

E! Entertainment

Leela Pon is the SVP of Development for E! Entertainment, where she is responsible for daily oversight of the team that works to develop and create new hit shows and formats for the global pop culture network. 

Pon has been integral in developing and overseeing E!’s series including Botched, Busy Tonight and Ladygang and...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

D'Angela Proctor


Undaunted Content

D’Angela Proctor is a rare senior level executive that can easily transition between both the creative and business sides of media and both the scripted and unscripted sides of television content creation. Her career spans from being an attorney, entrepreneur, showrunner and Executive Producer to a network and studio executive....more

Speaking at: Power Lawyers Roundtable

Chanel Pysnik

Director, Content Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International


Chanel Pysnik serves as Director of Development for CNN Original Series, where she oversees creative development strategy on the West Coast. In this role, she is responsible for expanding CNN and HLN’s Original Series rosters by identifying and executing new non-fiction projects from development through series greenlight. Chanel has increased...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Diane Rankin

SVP, Rights/Executive Producer


Diane Rankin leads the Distribution360 team, overseeing all sales and acquisitions activity, working with the company’s growing list of third party production partners, as well as the marblemedia internal production team to bring great content to buyers around the World.

Recent successes include closing international presale financing for Titanic: Stories from the...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert-Distributors

Ann Marie Redmond

Executive in Charge of Production, Unscripted Content

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Ann Marie Redmond is an executive in charge of production at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where she develops and oversees some of the networks premium unscripted projects. Ann Marie’s current slate includes the gripping true crime series The Detectives which recently won best factual series at the Canadian Screen Awards;...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One

Christmas Rini

EVP, Development, Unscripted Original Series

Endemol Shine North America

Christmas Rini was named Executive Vice President, Development, Unscripted Original Series in March 2018.

Rini now oversees all unscripted development efforts for the studio, reporting to Sharon Levy, President, Unscripted and Scripted Television, Endemol Shine North America.

Rini was previously Executive Vice President of Development for A. Smith...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables: Production Partners

Cat Rodriguez

VP, Unscripted Development & Programming


A highly sought-after show-runner with over 20 years of experience in the unscripted space, Rodriguez began her career helping to mold some of MTV’s most seminal shows like Next,Date My Mom,Parental Control, and Bam’s Unholy Union.  Rodriguez then went on to produce two stand-out seasons on the critically acclaimed LA Ink...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Cat Rodriguez, Lifetime

Gillian Rose

SVP, Sales & Acquisitions, U.S.

Sky Vision

Gillian Rose is Senior Vice President, US Sales and Acquisitions, for Sky Vision, the wholly owned production and distribution business of Sky (UK). She joined the company recently and is based in New York. Prior to this she was Managing Director, PBS Distribution, the commercial arm of PBS and WGBH...more

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Loren Ruch

Group SVP, Production & Development


Loren Ruch is the Group Senior Vice President of Programming, Partnerships and Special Events for HGTV. He oversees programming tied to the company’s ad sales-driven initiatives, including custom, cross-network and fully-integrated programs. He also develops and manages series and specials such as My Lottery Dream Home, Brother vs. Brother, Property Brothers at Home:...more

Speaking at: Bringing Talent to the Table

Lynn Sadofsky

SVP, Food Network Programming & Development

Food Network

Lynn Sadofsky currently serves as Vice President of Programming and Development for Discovery, Inc.’s Food Network and Cooking Channel. In this role, Sadofsky works with programmers to develop new series, manage show production and cultivate new talent for the two networks. She also serves as one of the senior liaisons...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Ben Samek

President & Chief Operating Officer

Endemol Shine Americas

Ben Samek, President & Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Shine Americas

Ben Samek has served as President and Chief Operating Officer, Endemol Shine Americas, since January 2018. Samek originally joined Endemol USA in January 2014 as Chief Operating Officer

In his current role, Samek has oversight of Endemol Shine’s North American subsidiary production companies...more

Speaking at: The Incredible Expanding Production Company

Betsy Sanner Ayala

SVP, Production & Development

HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country

Betsy Ayala currently serves as the as Senior Vice President of Production & Development, managing the development and production of series and specials for HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country.

She joined the company in 2016 as Vice President of Programming for the brands, overseeing such hit series as Good...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Betsy Sanner Ayala, HGTV & DIY Network

Michael Schmidt

Managing Director

TV-Scout GmbH

Michael has worked in the television industry for 30 years, specifically in the fields of broadcasting, producing, commissioning and development. He started his career while still in school as a researcher and writer at pubcaster WDR in Cologne. Michael’s subsequent positions have included TV Director at entertainment producer BRAINPOOL; Creative...more

Speaking at: Formagination at Realscreen West

Michael Schneider

Senior Editor, TV Awards


Michael Schneider is the Senior Editor, TV Awards, at Variety, and a contributor to Los Angeles public radio station KCRW, where he hosts Screengrab, a weekly segment about the TV industry, and contributes to The Business. At Variety he oversees Emmy coverage and special issues, in addition to writing about...more

Speaking at: Case Study: The Masked Singer

Lori H. Schwartz



Lori is an experiential marketing executive whose StoryTech initiative pairs brands, storytellers and technology companies together to create experiences that foster business success. StoryTech's trends briefings, curation & tour products are well known globally through work @CES, @NAB, @NATPE and @IBC to name a few.

Lori also collaborates directly with top...more

Speaking at: AI, Audience Engagement, and the Future of Content

Mona Scott-Young


Monami Entertainment

Media maven Mona Scott-Young has proven that with integrity, hard work and dedication, anything is possible. She is a successful talent manager, television producer, publisher, and TV host, as well as CEO and Founder of Monami Entertainment (www.monamient.com).  The multi-media entertainment company is home to Grammy Award-winning artist Missy Elliott, publishing...more

Speaking at: Executive Insights: Mona Scott-Young, Monami Entertainment

Travis M. Shakespeare

SVP, Unscripted Television, Content & Production

BBC Studios

As Senior Vice President, Unscripted Programming, BBC Studios, Travis Shakespeare oversees the creative development and production of multiple unscripted shows. He currently serves as an Executive Producer on the two time Emmy® winning docu-reality series Life Below Zero (National Geographic Channel) as well as the U.S. version of the BBC’s global motoring brand, Top...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners

Evan Shapiro


National Lampoon

Evan Shapiro is the President of National Lampoon, a Comedy Studio for Live Performance, Film, TV, Social and Audio. Shapiro, an Emmy and Peabody Award Winner, has produced or created more than 150 television series, specials or documentaries, including Portlandia, Comedy Bang Bang, Please Like Me, Take My Wife, Shrink, Trapped...more

Speaking at: The New Breed of Digital Players

Jo Sharon


Magical Elves Productions

As Chief Content Officer of Magical Elves, Sharon oversees a varied slate of projects across all platforms which include broadcast, cable and major streaming services. 

Since joining Magical Elves in 2010 as Vice President of Development, Sharon has helped grow the company while elevating and expanding her role throughout the years. ...more

Speaking at: Bringing Talent to the Table

Jean Shi

SVP, Alternative Programming & Development


Jean Shi serves as the Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming and Development for Fremantle in North America.  Shi is responsible for developing and selling original unscripted series, with a focus on global formats for cable.   Her role at Fremantle allows her to capitalize on the company’s extensive catalogue of titles,...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables: Production Partners

Alon Shtruzman


Keshet Studios

Alon Shtruzman, an executive producer, former FOX senior vice president and one of the founders of Israel’s multi-channel industry, has led Keshet International (KI) since its launch in 2012. Today, KI serves as a major worldwide creative and distribution force with offices worldwide; 120-plus scripted and non-scripted series across 200...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Interactive Unscripted

Edward Simpson

Chief Strategy Officer


Ed Simpson is chief strategy officer for Wheelhouse Entertainment, overseeing all strategic planning and business development across all divisions of the content and media group, which focuses on high-profile content and talent around which it creates and builds “360” businesses.

Prior to Wheelhouse, Simpson was executive vice president, business development &...more

Speaking at: Executive Insights: Ed Simpson, Wheelhouse Entertainment

Jonathan Skogmo


Jukin Media

Jonathan Skogmo is Founder and CEO of Jukin Media. Under his leadership, the company has grown to more than 170 employees with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, and New Delhi. Jukin is the world’s first media company that’s powered entirely by user-generated video content.

Skogmo has been named to...more

Speaking at: Executive Insights: Jonathan Skogmo, Jukin Media

Betsy Slenzak

VP, Alternative Development

E! Entertainment

Betsy Slenzak is the Vice President of Development at E! Entertainment, where she is responsible for the daily management of a multitude of unscripted development projects and creating new hit shows and formats for the global pop culture network.

Slenzak has played an essential role in developing and overseeing E! series...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two

Arthur Smith


A. Smith & Co. Productions

For over 3 decades, Arthur Smith has been an industry leader in innovating and driving nonfiction TV forward.  His passion for compelling storytelling spans all genres: epic, visually stunning athletic competition series like the Emmy-nominated American Ninja Warrior and The Titan Games with Dwayne Johnson; dramatic, pulpy, attention-grabbers such as The Swan and...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Kinder, Gentler TV

Tori Socha

VP, Original Series

Paramount Network

Tori Socha is currently Vice President, Original Programming for Paramount Network. Since joining then-Spike in 2013, Socha has served as Executive in Charge of current series such as Ink Master and Bar Rescue, developed hit spinoffs Ink Master: Redemption and Ink Angels and recently oversaw the return of Wife Swap...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Nicole Sorrenti

Chief Creative Officer

Half Yard Productions

Nicole Sorrenti is a top creative with over 20 years of television experience as both a Showrunner and an Exec. As the Chief Creative Officer she oversees all of Half Yard’s output, heading up current and development, and leading creative strategy, making shows and developing formats for a wide range...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners

David Stefanou

SVP, Original Programming & Development


Bio coming soon!

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: David Stefanou, WEtv

Adam Steinman

VP, Creative, Format, Development & Sales

Warner Bros. International Television Production

Adam Steinman served as Vice President, Non-Scripted International Development & Sales from October 2010 until October 2016 and in November 2016 was promoted to Vice President, Creative, Format, Development & Sales at Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP), where scripted formats have been added to his remit.

In this...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables: Production Partners

Rob Swartz

SVP, Development & Production

REELZ Channel

Rob Swartz is Sr. Vice President of Development and Current Programming at REELZ, a leading independent cable and satellite general entertainment network connecting its viewers to Hollywood wherever it happens. Swartz leads creative execution of the network’s development and production slate. 

Prior to joining REELZ, Swartz served as President of production company...more

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Brian Tannenbaum



Brian Tannenbaum joined Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s mobile, premium start-up venture in the fall of 2018. Quibi brings together the best of Silicon Valley and Hollywood to create the first entertainment platform built for easy, on-the-go viewing. A key member of the content team, Tannenbaum guides the alternative programming...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Brian Tannenbaum, Quibi

Robin Thicke


The Masked Singer

Of course, you recognize Robin Thicke as a five-time GRAMMY®Award nominee, diamond-selling performer, actor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist—among many other things. He can sum up his identity in the most succinct and straightforward manner possible as “a singer, songwriter, and father forever.”

Since the launch of his solo career in 2003 after...more

Speaking at: Case Study: The Masked Singer

Jared Thompson

Agent, Alternative Programming

Abrams Artists Agency

Jared Thompson is a Talent Agent with Abrams Artists Agency in the Alternative Programming Department where he focuses his work in the unscripted TV & Digital packaging space.  His clients include top showrunners, production companies, and on-camera talent in the broadcast, cable, syndication, and digital markets.  Originally from Denver, CO, Jared...more

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Rob Wade

President, Alternative Entertainment & Specials

Fox Entertainment

Rob Wade joined Fox Entertainment as President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, in March 2017. He oversees the network’s unscripted programming, specials and alternative development slate.

Over the last 20 years, Wade has specialized in live, music, variety and reality programming. During his tenure at FOX, the network has launched several hit...more

Speaking at: Case Study: The Masked Singer

Nina Weinstein

Executive Story Editor


Nina Weinstein is the Director of Development for MSNBC Longform programming. She joined NBC NEWS in 2015, bringing an extensive background in non-fiction television production and development. Prior to joining NBC, she served as Senior Producer for RocknRobin, Robin Roberts’ production company and was a programming consultant for Fusion Television.


Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Joe Weinstock


Spoke Studios

Joe Weinstock is co-president of Spoke Studios, a creative content company that operates under the banner of Wheelhouse Entertainment, the media enterprise forged in 2018 by producer and media entrepreneur Brent Montgomery. Creating engaging, provocative and talent-driven content across a variety of platforms, Spoke Studios explores unique points of view...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables: Production Partners

Max Welch

Founder & CEO

Renowned Films

Max is an award winning creative with a background in factual entertainment and documentary programming. He is Broadcast Magazine's youngest Hotshot Awards Winner to date recognized as a true innovator and leading example of a new generation of content creators that are not only changing the way TV is made...more

Speaking at: Pitch, Greenlight, Premiere: How We Got On Air

Brian West

VP, Multiplatform Measurement Strategy & Analytics


Brian West serves as Vice President of Multiplatform Measurement Strategy & Analytics for NBCUniversal. In this role, West and his team advise on key insights relevant to the changing media and technology landscape by collecting, analyzing, and interpreting multiplatform data from a variety of sources. Brian’s team provides support for...more

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Andrew Whitney

VP, Factual Development

Revelations Entertainment

Andrew Whitney is the Vice President of Factual Development at Revelations Entertainment where he develops series and documentaries for such networks as Nat Geo, Netflix, History, Science, and Food. During his career, he has developed and produced unscripted television across multiple genres including true crime, game shows, docusoaps, and paranormal,...more

Speaking at: Pitching Partners

Robert Wimbish

Senior Director of Programming, HGTV

Discovery, Inc.

Robert Wimbish serves as Director of Programing for HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country, developing show ideas and nurturing them into hits for some of the most beloved television brands in America. Most recently, Wimbish devised the notion to purchase The Brady Bunch house and turn the interior into the set...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two

Keith Wooten

Director of Development, Original Programming

BET Networks

Keith Wooten is a Los Angeles native, but he left the city for 15 years to attend college and get his start in the entertainment business. While a freshman in college at Clark Atlanta University he began interning in the music business and eventually landed an assistant position in the...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One

Fay Yu

Senior Director, Development

Animal Planet

Fay Yu serves as Senior Director of Development for Animal Planet. In this role she is responsible for bringing new series and specials to Animal Planet while supervising the development and production of concepts to green light, in addition to maintaining the quality of current series through production and delivery....more

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Sean Zeid

Vice President, Weekend Booking

Paradigm Talent Agency

Sean Zeid is a Senior Agent at Paradigm Talent Agency. Sean moved to Paradigm in 2015 to work in their domestic alternative television department. He spent the seven years prior leading the reality division at Kaplan Stahler Agency and before that was at Endeavor. Voted to Variety’s Reality Impact List,...more

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Jihoon Zun

Director, Development & Current

USA Network/Syfy

Jihoon Zun is the Director of Development & Current for USA Network and Syfy, and the newest member of its Alternative team. 

Prior to NBCUniversal, Jihoon worked at VH1 and MTV in both the New York and Los Angeles offices over his 5 year span there, where he helped oversee...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One