Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2021

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Dolyn (Dobro) Chasin

Director, Production & Development

CNBC

Dolyn Dobro is Director of Development for CNBC Primetime Alternative Programming, based in New York City. In her role at CNBC Prime group, Dolyn oversees development of original content with a business and money focus. She is responsible for finding new formats and working with independent production companies to bring...show more

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Brad Abramson

VP, Documentaries and A&E Indie Films

A&E

Brad Abramson is Vice President of Documentaries and A&E IndieFilms and a two-time Emmy® Award-winning Executive Producer. 

Abramson creates, develops, and oversees series, specials, and documentaries at A&E. He is the executive in charge of the BIOGRAPHY brand relaunch, and was nominated for an Emmy® Award for the documentary LA Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later. His projects...show more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes With: Brad Abramson, A&E


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Jon Adler

VP, CNN Original Series

CNN

Jon Adler is Vice President for CNN Original Series at CNN, based in New York City. In this position, he  is responsible for cultivating relationships within the creative community and developing original  programming across a variety of CNN platforms. He is responsible for the development (and management/coordination thereof) of show concepts for CNN...show more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes With: Jon Adler, CNN


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Donald Albright

Co-Founder

Tenderfoot TV

California native Donald Albright is an entrepreneur, producer and co-founder of Atlanta-based content creation company, Tenderfoot TV.

In 2016, Albright joined friend and music video director Payne Lindsey, to launch Tenderfoot TV, a content creation company that works with fellow creators to bring stories to life through an array of entertainment...show more

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Harriet Allen

Commercial Executive, Non-Scripted

all3media International

Harriet Allen is currently the Commercial Executive in the Non-Scripted Content team at All3Media International, leading on the commercial functions for their non-scripted slate.

Harriet joined A3MI in February 2021 from BBC Studios Distribution where she was part of Content Partnerships, working across all sub-genres in their unscripted slate and more...show more

Speaking on: Pitching Partners: All3Media International, Group Nine Studios


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Lauren Anderson

Co-Head of Content & Programming

IMDb TV

Lauren Anderson is the Co-Head of Content and Programming for IMDb TV, Amazon’s free, ad-supported streaming service. In this role, Anderson oversees all programming for IMDb TV, including the development, production, licensing, research and strategy. Specifically she is responsible for leading the creative direction of and curating content for the...show more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes With: Lauren Anderson & Ryan Pirozzi, IMDb TV


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Harriet Armston-Clarke

Director

TVF International

Harriet Armston-Clarke is Director of TVF International, the world's leading fully independent distributor of unscripted and documentary programming. In this role she oversees a core team of thirteen highly specialised sales and acquisitions executives who work with broadcasters, platforms and producers in every country around the globe.  During her decade...show more

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Hayley Babcock

Owner

Hayley Babcock Media Consulting

Hayley Babcock is a highly respected, entrepreneurial television executive recognized for her exceptional mix of creative and business skills. Babcock has an extensive background in development, production, acquisitions, formats and management. She has built her career developing, producing and acquiring programming, building new divisions in existing organizations and overseeing multiple...show more

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Alison Barrat

SVP, Production & Development

Love Nature

As SVP, Production & Development, Love Nature, Alison Barrat provides a leading role in finding, developing and commissioning new projects for Love Nature’s growing slate and is responsible for executing programming strategies for the brand’s international channels through development and production. She also oversees all production management and post production...show more

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Revital Basel

Managing Director

Keshet International

Revital oversees and facilitates the creative collaboration and flow of information between KI’s head office in Tel Aviv and its production hubs and offices around the world, including Keshet Studios' offices in LA and New York, Tresor and Keshet Tresor Fiction in Germany, Keshet Productions in London, as well as Israel's...show more

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Luke Bauer

VP, Development & Production

CNBC

Luke Bauer serves as Vice President, Development and Production for CNBC Prime. In this role he has developed and overseen a variety of original unscripted series for the network, ranging from innovative reality formats to premium documentary series. Network EP credits have included The Profit, American Greed, Listing Impossible, Empires...show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching: CNBC, Food Network & Cooking Channel, Game Show Network


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Caroline Baumgard

CEO

A. Smith & Co. Productions

Caroline Baumgard’s acumen for developing and producing some of the most successful unscripted programming of all time, including Deal or No Deal, Fear Factor, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Wipeout, and Steve Harvey, has earned her the distinction of being one of the most prolific television studio executives over the past two decades.

She is one of...show more

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Loren Baxter

Head of Acquisitions

Off the Fence

Loren started her career as a sales executive at Indigo Film & Television, selling to multiple territories across factual, fiction and kid’s content to international broadcasters around the world. After three years, Loren moved to Off the Fence as an Acquisitions Executive and is based in their London office.

Five years...show more

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Christian Beetz

CEO

Beetz Brothers Film Production

Christian Beetz is the CEO of the German production house gebrueder beetz film production, which specialized in
international co-productions since the very beginning.

He is an Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning producer and executive producer of numerous documentary feature films and series. In 2013 the co-production Open Heart was nominated...show more

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Tom Bilyeu

CEO & Co-Founder

Impact Theory Studios

Tom Bilyeu is a writer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur who has garnered more than 350,000,000 views on his content across YouTube and other social channels with his various projects. His production company, Impact Theory Studios is a revolutionary, digital-first studio, that develops and produces wildly entertaining original content focusing on themes...show more

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Mimi Blanchard

Senior Director, Current Programming

BET Networks

Mimi Blanchard has worked in entertainment in some capacity her entire life. Spending her early career as a performer at Disneyland, she decided to retire her jazz shoes and move on to the world of television.

Her television career has spanned twenty years and has included unscripted development and current programming,...show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching: American Public Television/Create TV, BET, CNN


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David Brady

CEO

Cream Productions Inc.

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Rachel Brenner

Director of Development

Investigation Discovery

Rachel Brenner serves as a senior member of the content strategy team for Discovery's true crime originals and the preeminent true crime television destination, Investigation Discovery. Brenner is primarily charged with creating and conceptualizing series, specials, stunts, requests for proposals and other programming initiatives in the genres of true-crime, mysteries,...show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching: Lifetime, ID & True Crime on discovery+, Magnolia Network


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Tom Brisley

Creative Director

Arrow Media

Tom’s creative vision and leadership have played an integral role in helping to establish Arrow as one of the most admired factual producers in the UK.

His credits include returning series America In Color, which delivered one of the highest ratings of the year for Smithsonian Channel; and highly acclaimed high-end feature...show more

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Ariel Brozell

VP, Content Development

The Content Group

Ariel Brozell is VP of Development at The Content Group. During her time at TCG she has helped set up projects everywhere from streamers to broadcast, including two upcoming series with Discovery+ and E!. With 15 years of experience, Ariel has spent her time in development at production companies like...show more

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Sylvia Bugg

Chief Programming Executive & General Manager

PBS

As Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, Sylvia Bugg oversees all non-children’s content and leads PBS’s programming strategy across its broadcast and digital platforms. She is also responsible for the acquisition and development of world-class programming for PBS and its member stations, with a particular focus on sharing important stories that reflect...show more

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Jill Burkhart

VP, Unscripted Programming

Epix

Jill Burkhart is the VP of Unscripted Programming for Epix where she sources and executive produces documentary series for the cable network. Recent projects include the Emmy nominated Laurel Canyon; A Place in Time, Helter Skelter: An American Myth, and the upcoming Fall River. In 1996 Jill co-founded the heralded...show more

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Sahara Bushue

SVP, Head of Unscripted TV

Westbrook Studios

Sahara Bushue joined Westbrook Studios as Senior Vice President and Head of Unscripted in November 2020. Westbrook Studios is a subsidiary of Westbrook Inc., the media company launched in 2019 by founders Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, to empower artists to tell stories that connect with a global audience....show more

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Michelle Byars

VP, Development

ITV America

Michelle Byars is vice president of development at ITV Entertainment, part of ITV America, overseeing all stages of development – from paper to casting, presentation and pilots – across the company’s slate of formats, series and specials for streaming, broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Current ITV Entertainment series include Love...show more

Speaking on: Pitching Partners: Asylum Entertainment, ITV Entertainment, Pilgrim Media Group


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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 and cable networks, streaming platforms and for first run syndication. He also oversees the current shows in production and works closely with the company’s...show more

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Jennifer Caserta

Chief Transformation & People Officer

AMC Networks

Jennifer Caserta is Chief Transformation and People Officer of AMC Networks, the global entertainment company known for delivering some of the world’s most widely acclaimed television series and films.


A driver of transformation across brands, businesses, and culture throughout her career, Caserta is responsible for promoting strategic people practices and...show more

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Jim Casey

President

Painless Productions

Founded by Jim Casey, Painless Productions has a reputation as a bold, innovative provider of hands on and filmmaker led non-fiction programming. Since launching 25 years ago, the company has produced a long list of genre-busting and award winning series across a wide variety of genres including the long running...show more

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Meghan Cassin

VP, Content

Magnolia Network

Meghan Cassin is Vice President of Content for Magnolia Network, the media joint venture between Chip and Joanna Gaines’ home and lifestyle brand Magnolia and Discovery Inc. In this role, she oversees production and development of original series and specials in the lifestyle space.

Previously, she was responsible for...show more

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Ryan Chanatry

General Manager

Topic

Ryan Chanatry is the General Manager of Topic, First Look Media’s direct to consumer and video streaming service offering, where he’s responsible for programming, development, and content acquisition; business strategy and operations; as well as the P&L, sales, marketing/press, and distribution. Previously, Ryan oversaw First Look’s Audience Development efforts, including...show more

Speaking on: 30 Minutes With: Ryan Chanatry, Topic


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DeJeana Chappell

Senior Manager, Workplace Strategy Leader, Corporate Real Estate

EY

DeJeana Chappell is a Senior Manager and Workplace Strategy Leader at Ernst & Young, LLP. DeJeana is a corporate real estate senior professional with expertise in strategizing, designing and implementing workplace programs to support clients in reimagining their workspaces and real estate portfolios to enhance employee experience, space optimization, flexibility,...show more

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Kim Chessler

VP, Non-Fiction Programming

Lifetime Television

Kimberly Chessler 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, who joined Lifetime in 2010, has been responsible for overseeing some of Lifetime’s biggest unscripted hits including all seasons of Dance Moms and...show more

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Harjeet Chhokar

Commissioning Editor, Factual

Channel 4

Harjeet Chhokar is currently a Commissioning Editor in the Channel 4 Factual team, where his recent commissions have included Is Co-Vid Racist?, Hitched at Home and The Year that Changed Love.

Prior to joining the broadcaster in 2020, Harjeet worked in Factual programming for over 15 years, working his way up to series...show more

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Maritza Chong-Qui

Manager of Development

Travel Channel


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David Ciaramella

Communications Manager

K7 Media Ltd

David has worked at K7 since 2013, providing additional support to K7 clients with updates on trends and developments across the video landscape. He regularly travels to various territory markets to liaise with K7's international network of clients and stringers, presenting on tv and video trends with a focus on...show more

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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...show more

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David Collins

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

Scout Productions

David Collins is a six-time Emmy award-winning producer of hundreds of hours of groundbreaking content over the last 25 years. He is the co-creator and Executive Producer of critically acclaimed series like the voguing competition show Legendary (HBO Max), pop culture phenomenon Queer Eye (Netflix), and its predecessor, Queer Eye...show more

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Liz Cowie

Senior Manager, Development & Alternative Programming

VICE TV

Born and raised in Atlantic Canada, Ms. Cowie completed a BFA in Media Arts (focusing on Film, Video, and Photography) at The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In 2000 she relocated to Toronto, where she established a photographic career. Here she had several solo photography shows and publishing...show more

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Maitee Cueva

Executive Producer, Development & Production

A&E

Maitee Cueva joined A&E networks in 2021 as Executive Producer, Development & Production. 

Most notably known for being part of the original team to launch the Oprah Winfrey Network, Cueva started at OWN in 2010 as Executive Director, Programming & Development, and was quickly promoted to VP, Programming & Development. In 2015, she was...show more

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Amanda Culkowski

Senior Director, Music Program Development

MTV Networks International

As Senior Director of Music Program Development at MTV International, Amanda Culkowski is responsible for developing original music and talent driven series for MTV’s 170+ global channels, as well as Paramount+ premium content. Since joining the network in 2019 she has overseen the series development of My Life on MTV and YO! MTV...show more

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Franklin Cumberbatch

Executive Producer

A&E

Franklin Cumberbatch is an Executive Producer and Showrunner in the A&E Scheduling and Programming Department.  He also runs A&E’s Enhanced Content & Specials Department.

Cumberbatch is currently serving as Executive Producer on two long-running hit series on A&E, Storage Wars and Hoarders.  Other credits for A&E and FYI include My Floating Home,...show more

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Julian Curtis

Co-CEO & Co-Founder

Lineup Industries

Julian Curtis is a highly experienced global television sales executive, and co-founder, with Ed Louwerse, of independent international distributor Lineup Industries, which offers a bespoke, proactive, marketing-aware approach to programming sales.

Launched in 2014 and based in Amsterdam but with a global reach, Lineup Industries represents a catalogue of high-end factual...show more

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Brenda Lacy Davis

SVP, Human Resources

Endemol Shine North America

Brenda Lacy Davis was named Senior Vice President, Endemol Shine North America, in October 2019.

Lacy Davis oversees all human resources responsibilities for the company and its subsidiary studios in North America and Latin America.

Prior to joining Endemol Shine North America, Lacy Davis spent over a decade with FOX Networks Group...show more

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Ed Davis

Senior Director, Unscripted Development, TBS, TNT & truTV

WarnerMedia

Ed Davis serves as Senior Director of Unscripted Development for TBS, TNT and truTV. In this role Davis oversees development for the linear networks non-scripted slate of programming and reports directly to Corie Henson, Executive Vice President and Head of Unscripted Programming for TBS, TNT and truTV.

Most recently, Davis helped...show more

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Joni Day

SVP, Alternative Development

Fremantle

Joni Day is the Senior Vice President of Alternative Programming at Fremantle.  In this role, she is responsible for development and production of reality competition, game show and other unscripted television programming.  Her most recent success has been bringing the hit international format, Game of Talents, to the U.S. for FOX. ...show more

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Eric Deggans

TV Critic

National Public Radio (NPR)

Eric Deggans is NPR’s first full-time TV critic, crafting stories and commentaries for the network’s shows, including Morning Edition, Here & Now and All Things Considered, along with writing material for NPR.org and appearing on podcasts such as Code Switch and Pop Culture Happy Hour. He also serves as a media analyst and contributor for MSNBC...show more

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Wes Dening

EVP, Development & Programming

Eureka

Wes Dening is a multiple award-winning producer and Executive Vice President of Eureka Productions, overseeing hit series Holey Moley (ABC), Full Bloom (HBO Max), Crikey! It’s The Irwin’s (Animal Planet), Dating Around (Netflix) and the upcoming The Real Magic Mike wt. (HBO Max). Wes has developed, sold and produced original...show more

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Thomas Dey

CEO & President & Founder

ACF Investment Bank

Thomas Dey is Chief Executive Officer, President and Founder of ACF, a leading international Investment Bank, specialized in selling, buying, fundraising, and pre and post deal services for businesses in intellectual property, content creation and international distribution.


With offices in the UK and USA, ACF have advised on close to...show more

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Zoe Di Stefano

Development Manager, Learning & Impact

Google/YouTube

Zoë Di Stefano currently serves as Development Manager for YouTube Originals overseeing Learning & Impact unscripted programming. Her mission is to create compelling and engaging content that celebrates education, diversity, social impact, and features authoritative voices. For 2022, this means particular focus on areas and themes of sustainability, racial justice,...show more

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Erica Diaz-Gant

Senior Director, Development

ID and True Crime Originals on discovery+

As the senior director of development, Erica Diaz-Gant is charged with conceptualizing and creating content for Discovery's true crime originals, as well as the preeminent true crime television destination, Investigation Discovery. Diaz-Gant is tasked with creating breakthrough and thought-provoking new content in the booming true crime space across all platforms...show more

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Havva Eisenbaum

VP, Development, Unscripted

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

Havva Eisenbaum is OWN’s Vice President, Development for Unscripted Programming, and reports to Robyn Lattaker-Johnson, Head of OWN Unscripted Development, Programming & Specials. Eisenbaum oversees the development of the network’s unscripted slate of African American female focused programming, including series, special programming, and TV movies.

Prior to OWN, Eisenbaum was Head...show more

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Emily Elisha

VP, Acquisitions

Banijay Rights

Emily Elisha, VP Acquisitions, Banijay Rights, oversees factual acquisitions for the TV rights catalogue. Emily has over 20 years’ experience in the international distribution sector. Banijay Rights represents factual independent producers and networks from across the globe and manages the international roll out of successful franchises including SAS: Who Dares...show more

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Nicole Emanuele

Development Lead

YouTube

Nicole Emanuele is a lead development executive at YouTube Originals. Her work includes the critically acclaimed documentary films like Life in A Day 2020which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2021, Kedi (Critics Choice Award 2017), The Gift: The Story of Johnny Cash (IDA Nominated 2019), in addition to scripted...show more

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Irad Eyal

Owner

Haymaker West

Irad Eyal launched Haymaker in 2013 to create hilarious, thrilling, unexpected television formats with a bit of magic. Audiences crave entertainment that transports them to amazing worlds for adventures they couldn’t have in regular life. There are countless options in scripted entertainment, but our focus is on bringing that sense...show more

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Leo Faber

Executive Producer, Factual & Culture

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Leo Faber is an Executive Producer in the Factual & Culture department of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) where he has worked for the past five years. Leo oversees a large and diverse slate of factual projects spanning multiple fields such as science, natural history, social issues, travel, lifestyle and...show more

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Cynthia Fenneman

President & CEO

American Public Television & Create TV


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Lizzie Fox

SVP, Non-Fiction Programming

HBO Max

Lizzie Fox is Senior Vice President of Non-Fiction Programming for HBO Max, responsible for documentary features, docuseries and specials. Working with prestige creators and brands as well as with new voices, Fox’s unique slate is geared toward female-skewing, Gen Z and millennial audiences and covers a wide array of topics that are...show more

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Zara Frankel

Director, Programming & Development

PBS

Zara Frankel works in PBS Programming as the Director of Programming and Development. She collaborates extensively with filmmakers, production companies, and new talent to develop interesting and innovative content across genres for PBS. Prior to her current role, Zara served as the Development Manager for PBS Programming, evaluating submissions and...show more

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Angela Freedman

Director of Development

Travel Channel

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Elaine Frontain Bryant

EVP, Head of Programming

A&E


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Danny Gabai

Head of Vice Studios, U.S.

VICE

Danny Gabai is the Head of VICE Studios, U.S. which he has helped build from the ground up to encompass all of VICE’s feature film, scripted television, and premium non-scripted and documentary productions.

VICE Studios is a division of VICE Media Group, the world’s largest independent youth media company. Launched in...show more

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Danielle Gervais

EVP, Casting & Talent

ITV America

Danielle Gervais is executive vice president of casting and talent at ITV America, servicing current series and development across the company’s six vertical production labels – ITV Entertainment, Leftfield Pictures, Sirens Media, Thinkfactory Media, High Noon Entertainment and Good Caper Content.

A multi-Emmy Award winner – “Casting for a Reality Program”...show more

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Jennifer Gordon

VP, Development

TLC

Jennifer joined TLC in October 2014. As Vice President of Development, she creates and conceptualizes series, specials and programming initiatives for the network. Since joining TLC, Jennifer has developed a variety of new series, such as OutDaughtered, 1000 Lbs Sisters, Welcome to Plathville, sMothered and Doubling Down With The Derricos. She is based in the...show more

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Karen Gray

EVP, Human Resources

A+E Networks

Karen Gray is Executive Vice President, Human Resources for A+E Networks® Group, which encompasses A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, Lifetime® Movies, FYI,™ and Vice TV. She was named to the role in June 2019 and has oversight of the company’s human resource functions globally, including culture, diversity, inclusion and all people-focused initiatives.

Gray...show more

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Abby Greensfelder

Founder & CEO

Everywoman Studios

Abby Greensfelder is the founder and CEO of Everywoman Studios, a full-service media company with a mission to tell female-focused, female-driven stories creating positive cultural impact.

A former network executive and production company head, Greensfelder launched Everywoman after seeing the massive gender gap in the entertainment ecosystem. She founded Everywoman Studios...show more

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Kelly Greenwood

Founder & CEO

Mind Share Partners

Kelly Greenwood is the Founder & CEO of Mind Share Partners, a nonprofit that is changing the culture of workplace mental health so that both employees and organizations can thrive. It provides workplace training and strategic advising to leading companies, hosts communities to support ERGs and professionals, and builds ...show more

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Cara Groom

Director of Development

Pilgrim Media Group

Cara Groom recently joined Pilgrim Media Group as Director of Development. She previously oversaw the development and production of Lionsgate’s unscripted slate across all platforms, where she’s helped champion many series, including HBO Max’s House of Ho and Netflix’s Selling Sunset.

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Carolyn Gross

Director, Programming & Development

Food Network & Cooking Channel

Carolyn Gross is Director of Programming & Development, charged with developing new formats and talent, and overseeing the production of series, pilots and specials for Food Network, Cooking Channel and discovery+. Throughout her tenure at Food Network, Carolyn has led hit series and holiday tentpoles including Chopped, Holiday Baking Championship,...show more

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Janet Han Vissering

SVP, Development & Production

Nat Geo Wild

As SVP of development and production at National Geographic, Janet Han Vissering oversees the natural history slate and animal content across the channel, Nat Geo WILD and Disney+. She is responsible for more than 200 hours of programming commissioned each year.

In this role, Vissering manages the development teams, working with...show more

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Kirsty Hanson

Commissioning Editor

UKTV

Kirsty Hanson is a Commissioning Editor at UKTV, home of channels including Dave, W, Gold and Yesterday. Since joining the multi-channel broadcaster in 2018, Kirsty has commissioned My Famous Babysitter and The Wedding Fixer for W, and Stream Train Britain for Yesterday. She has also recently taken over responsibility for Yesterday’s hugely popular series Bangers and Cash and The Architecture...show more

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Jennifer Harkness

SVP, Unscripted Content

Blue Ant Studios

Jennifer Harkness’ key focus is developing, selling and producing unscripted series for Blue Ant Studios within the US and international markets. Most recently, she executive produced Epstein's Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell (Peacock, Sky). Previously, Harkness was SVP of Sales & Development USA for Cream Productions, where her final project in her...show more

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Paul Heaney

CEO

BossaNova Media

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Sara Helman

VP, Program Development

TLC

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, Darcey & Stacey and has previously worked on shows including 90 Day Fiancé: 90 Days the Other Way, Smothered,...show more

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Mioshi Hill

President

Sirens Media

Mioshi Hill is president of Sirens Media, the award-winning ITV America company behind unscripted hits including Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey and Snapchat favorite Nikita Unfiltered, among many others. Hill leads all creative development and production for the Los Angeles-based label, overseeing a roster of content that encompasses...show more

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Connie Hodson

Head of Partnerships & Business Development

Beyond Rights

Connie joined the newly merged Beyond Rights in October 2020. She was previously VP of global content for Fox Networks Group Content Distribution (FNGCD), managing incoming scripted and unscripted content from global commissioning teams and producers within the National Geographic and Fox channels’ international networks, ahead of devising and implementing...show more

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Lilla Hurst

Joint Managing Director

Drive

Lilla is a coproduction specialist, with extensive experience in her field and an unparalleled contacts network across Europe, Australia and North America. Before co-founding Drive with Ben Barrett, she ran Lillavision, helping indies to secure co-production and deficit finance. Previously Lilla was Head of Co-Production for factual and scripted projects...show more

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Aneka Hylton-Donelson

Director of Development

National Geographic Channel

Aneka Hylton-Donelson serves as a Director of Development for National Geographic Channel, where she does internal and external development of talent, authentic adventure-driven stories, concepts and formats for National Geographic Channel and Disney+. Most recently she served as the Executive Producer of The March on Washington: Keepers of the Dream...show more

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Amy Introcaso-Davis

EVP, Development & Production, Factual Programming

Discovery

Executive Vice President, Development and Production, Factual Programming, Discovery.


Amy Introcaso-Davis is Executive Vice President, Development and Production, Factual Programming, Discovery. In this capacity, Introcaso-Davis oversees all aspects of Discovery factual development and programming for the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet networks, which includes strategy across all formats, including streaming....show more

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Katie Isaacson

Senior Manager of Development, CNN Original Series

CNN

Katie Isaacson is Senior Manager of Development for CNN Original Series based in New York City. She is responsible for cultivating relationships within the creative community and developing original programming across a variety of CNN platforms. 

She was the coordinating producer for CNN Original Series The Windsors and served as coordinating producer for HLN...show more

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Andrew Jeffrey

News Editor

Realscreen

Andrew Jeffrey joined the Realscreen team as news editor in April, earlier this year. Prior to his reporting in the non-fiction film and TV industry, Jeffrey most recently worked as a reporter and associate producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) office in Edmonton, and as a reporter for the...show more

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Dane Joseph

VP, Development

MTV Entertainment Group

Dane Joseph is a Vice President of Development at ViacomCBS where he develops specials, pilots and series for the Entertainment & Youth Group brands. Prior to joining the ViacomCBS family, he worked in production at Hot Snakes Media, rising his way up from a Casting & Development Producer to eventually...show more

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Marc Kamler

Partner, Head of Unscripted Content

A3 Artists Agency

Marc Kamler serves as Partner in the Alternative Programming, Digital Media, Licensing and Branding Division at A3 Artists Agency, one of the world’s largest diversified talent agencies with offices in Los Angeles, New York, and London.

Kamler represents the creative and business interests of award-winning production companies, producers, intellectual...show more

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Haley Kaufman

VP, Alternative Entertainment

Fox Broadcasting Company

Haley Kaufman is Vice President, Alternative Entertainment, of FOX Entertainment. In her role, she is responsible for the development and production of a number of FOX Networks’ unscripted series, including the music challenge series I Can See Your Voice, hosted by Ken Jeong and was the 2020-21 season’s #1 new...show more

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Carlos King

Executive Producer, Founder

Kingdom Reign Entertainment

Carlos King is one of the most sought after executive producers in reality television. With over ten years under his production belt, King has quickly created a niche for himself in the docu-soap arena. He has produced high-profile programs such as eight seasons of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Season...show more

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Samuel Kissous

President

Pernel Media

Samuel Kissous is the founder and president of Pernel Media, a creative and diverse independent TV production company listed as a “Realscreen Global 100” company in 2019 and 2020. Headquartered in Paris and with offices in London, the company produces a wide range of original factual programs as well as adaptations...show more

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Bert Klasey

Senior Director, Development

Discovery Channel

Bert Klasey is the Senior Director of Development for Discovery Channel, overseeing the creation and development of unscripted series.  Over the course of his career, Klasey has developed and produced a number of hit shows including Diesel Brothers for Discovery and The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch for History Channel.  Previously, he worked for Screaming...show more

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Gena Konstantinakos

Vice President, Originals

Topic

Gena Konstantinakos is Vice President, Originals for Topic where she helps set the direction of original programming, and develops and oversees specific scripted and unscripted projects for the service. She is executive producer of the Academy Award® nominated short The Letter Room, starring Oscar Isaac and directed by Elvira Lind;...show more

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Ruby Kuraishe

Commissioning Editor, Entertainment

BBC

Ruby has been a BBC Entertainment Commissioner for the past twelve years. (Prior to this she was a commissioner at Channel4). In that time, she has commissioned a large raft of programming across the comedy spectrum from large factual reality projects to topical satirical comedy, and new talent led ,...show more

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Justin Lacob

Head of Development

XTR & Co-Founder of Documentary+

Justin Lacob is a veteran producer, executive, and content strategist, with a mission to entertain, inform, and move culture through innovative storytelling. Justin is Head of Development at nonfiction studio XTR and a co-founder of DOCUMENTARY+, a nonfiction streaming platform. Justin curates timely, important stories, overseeing nonfiction features, series, and...show more

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Alex Leibow

Sr. Development Manager

Snapchat

Alex Leibow joined Snap Inc. in 2015 when the camera company was just beginning its content efforts. As Sr. Development Manager on the Originals team, Leibow oversees creative development and production on many of Snapchat's tentpole Originals, including Nikita Unfiltered, Swae Meets World, Meme Mom, Twinning Out, Honestly Loren, Driven,...show more

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Adam Lewinson

Chief Content Officer

Tubi

As Chief Content Officer, Lewinson is responsible for content strategy and acquisitions for Tubi, a division of FOX Entertainment and a free streaming service with 30,000+ titles from every major Hollywood studio. Lewinson heads up Tubi’s Los Angeles office where he oversees more than 250 content partners including Lionsgate, Paramount...show more

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Paul Lewis

Programming & Development

HGTV

Paul Lewis is a programming and development executive at HGTV Network. He has been at Discovery and the former Scripps Networks for ten years working at several networks including DIY and Great American Country. Prior to joining Discovery, he worked in international television for Fireworks International as head of programming...show more

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Todd Lichten

Head of Specials & Strategic Content

Facebook

Todd Lichten is the Head of Specials & Strategic Content at Facebook, where he oversees tentpole programming and original content investments across Facebook Watch, Instagram, and Messenger. Since joining the streaming platform, he’s developed and overseen production of the hit franchise Red Table Talk, as well as Steve Harvey’s talk...show more

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Richard Life

Head of Acquisitions

Cineflix Rights

Richard Life spearheads acquisitions for Cineflix Rights and the expansion of the company’s catalogue of factual and scripted programming through producer partnerships, development and first-look deals, and co-productions. 

Richard is one of the UK’s most experienced TV distribution executives, and previously held the roles of Head of Acquisitions and Co-productions at...show more

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Wendy Llinas

Director, Programming & Development

PBS

Wendy Llinás is an Emmy-nominated Producer and Documentary Film Maker. As Director of Programming and Development at PBS, she provides editorial and strategic guidance, manages the daily production process and resources for new limited series and existing programs such as Independent Lens, Voces, American Experience and POV. Llinás is an experienced journalist, writer and producer whose...show more

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Arun Maljaars

VP, Content & Channels

INSIGHT TV

As Vice President of Content & Channels, Arun is responsible for all Insight TV channels, the content that goes on them and the direction of original content.  

Arun joined Insight TV in Amsterdam, Netherlands when the company started in 2015. He was instrumental in the launch of the first global complete...show more

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Joseph Maxwell

Head of Documentaries

SBS

Joseph has developed, directed and produced high end, prime time documentaries for most of the major broadcasters in Britain. He started as Commissioning Editor for SBS in January 2012 and became Head of Documentaries in June 2016. His slate of shows at SBS range from returning series such as Who...show more

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Ashley McFarlin Buie

VP, Unscripted Development

WE TV

As vice president of development for WE tv, Ashley McFarlin Buie oversees new and developing projects for the network and serves as an executive producer on the popular series Waka & Tammy: What the Flocka and Beyond the Pole. 

With over twenty years in the industry, Buie has garnered a strong reputation for crafting...show more

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Kathleen Meek

Manager, Original Content, Drama & Factual

Corus Entertainment

Kathleen Meek is Manager, Original Content, Scripted and Factual for Corus Entertainment. In this capacity, she is responsible for a portfolio of original scripted and factual series for Global Television, History® Canada, Showcase and W. She is Production Executive on Global’s critically acclaimed event drama Departure, History’s hit show Vikings,...show more

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Hayden K. Meyer

Agency Partner, EVP, Head of Alternative & Factual Programming

APA

Meyer is a Partner, Executive Vice President and the Head of Alternative & Factual Programming at APA, one of the largest diversified talent agencies in the entertainment industry (with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, New York, Toronto and London).

Since joining APA in 2006, Meyer has...show more

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Max Micallef

VP, Nonfiction Programming

History

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.  

Among the HISTORY series he is Executive Producing is Assembly Required, which reunites...show more

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Anjali Midha

Co-founder & CEO

Diesel Labs

Anjali is an entrepreneur with a passion for driving innovation in media and marketing analytics. She is the co-founder & CEO of Diesel Labs, a content analytics company that addresses the toughest questions facing media companies today: what to produce and where to distribute and market it. Before starting Diesel...show more

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Angela Molloy

VP, Development

WE TV

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, Bridezillas, and Mama June:...show more

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Tara Nadolny

Senior Manager of Development

VICE

Tara Nadolny joined VICE in 2015, and after working in roles across production and post for the network, has been on the TV development team for the past three years. During her time at VICE she's worked on series like Noisey, Gaycation, Bong Appetit, Hate Thy Neighbor, While the Rest of...show more

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Julie Neimat

EVP, Employee Experience

Discovery, Inc.

Julie is EVP, Employee Experience at Discovery Inc, the Global Leader in Real Life Entertainment whose portfolio includes Discovery Channel, TLC, Food Network, Animal Planet and HGTV and most recently the new streaming service, discovery+ which brings to market the most comprehensive collection of real-life programming available anywhere.

She is a...show more

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Rachel Nelson

Director, Original Content, Scripted & Factual

Corus Entertainment

Rachel Nelson is Director, Original Content, Scripted and Factual, at Corus Entertainment. In this role, Rachel leads the strategy of the company’s scripted drama and comedy as well as factual programming in both production and development. Rachel manages a team overseeing content for several of the company’s national specialty channels...show more

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Cecilie Olsen

SVP, Global Content, Non-scripted

ITV Studios

As the SVP of Global Content, Non-Scripted at ITV Studios, Cecilie Olsen heads up the non-scripted acquisitions team, actively seeking out new third-party co-production partners as well as overseeing the internal labels' non-scripted programming output for international distribution. Olsen looks for shows that are bold, brave, noisy returnable franchises and...show more

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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...show more

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Adrian Padmore

Commissioning Editor, Factual

Channel 5

Adrian is a Commissioning Editor, Factual. At Channel 5 he is responsible for commissioning peak-time factual and factual entertainment and specialist factual programming across the channel with series including Manhunt: The James Bulger Story; Police Interceptors, Trawlermen: Celebs at Sea, 5 Mistakes that Caught a Killer and the World’s Most Expensive Cruise Ship.

Adrian...show more

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Charlie Parsons

VP, Development

National Geographic Channel

Charlie Parsons is Vice President of Development for the National Geographic Channel, responsible for developing new projects, discovering new talent and serving as one of the network’s main points of contact for the global production community. He is across programming for both the global linear network, as well as National...show more

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Caroline Perez

SVP, Development & Production

Science Channel

Caroline Perez serves as Senior Vice President, Development and Production (Factual), bringing new series and specials to Science, Discovery, Discovery+ and the international networks of Discovery, Inc. She has also held roles in production and development at TLC, Destination America and VH1. Prior to working in non-fiction cable production and...show more

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Tina Perry

President

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

Named president of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in 2019, Tina Perry oversees all operations and creative areas of the network, reporting to OWN Chairman and CEO Oprah Winfrey. Her leadership is a driving force behind the network’s ongoing evolution to become the leading destination for Black audiences. She also oversees...show more

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Ryan Pirozzi

Co-Head of Content & Programming

IMDb TV

Ryan Pirozzi is the Co-Head of Content and Programming at IMDb TV. In this role, Pirozzi oversees all programming for IMDb TV, including development, production, licensing and strategy.

Prior to taking on this role, Pirozzi was the Head of Worldwide Television & Film Licensing, licensing television and film on a worldwide...show more

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Jacqui Pitman

CEO, Casting Director & Executive Producer

Pitman Casting/Partypit Productions

Jacqui Pitman is the CEO –PartyPit Productions Inc. and Pitman Casting Inc.

With over 30 years of television experience, Jacqui Pitman is an Executive Producer and owner of Pitman Casting Inc., a full-service reality television casting company in Los Angeles. Under her production arm, PartyPit Productions Inc., Pitman most recently created,...show more

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Scott Purdy

National Media Industry Leader

KPMG

Scott is the National Media Industry Leader for KPMG in the U.S. He is a principal in the Strategy practice with 20 years of experience in M&A, digital transformation, and operational improvement. His industry experience spans streaming, film, TV, sports, digital media, publishing, and advertising as well as B2B /...show more

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Rebecca Quinn

SVP, Non-Fiction Original Programming

HBO Max

Rebecca Quinn is Senior Vice President, Non-fiction Original Programming for HBO Max, responsible for reality programming covering a wide array of topics and geared toward female-skewing, Gen Z and millennial audiences.

Quinn’s competition slate includes underground ballroom culture dance-off Legendary, floral design show Full Bloom, baking competition series Baketopia, The Big...show more

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Jenny Ramirez

VP, Unscripted Programming, TNT, TBS & truTV

WarnerMedia

Jenny Ramirez serves as Vice President of Unscripted Programming for TBS, TNT, and truTV, helping to oversee unscripted development and current programming for all three networks. In this role, Ramirez runs point on The Misery Index, the game show featuring Jameela Jamil and the Tenderloins, stars of truTV’s Impractical Jokers,...show more

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Manori Ravindran

International Editor

Variety

Manori Ravindran is International Editor of Variety, based out of London, where she manages the global team of correspondents, in addition to reporting on the international film and TV markets. She was previously Editor of Television Business International magazine, and prior to that, International Editor of U.K. trade weekly Broadcast....show more

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Heidi Reavis

Managing Partner

Reavis Page Jump LLP

Helen Diana (Heidi) Reavis is Managing Partner of Reavis Page Jump LLP (RPJ). Heidi’s practice areas include company operations and brand management, media and intellectual property law, employment matters and dispute resolution. She and her colleagues regularly counsel production companies and creatives on complex rights acquisition matters, employment and independent...show more

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Joe Rivadeneira

VP, Unscripted Premium Originals

Group Nine Studios

Joe Rivadeneira has spent the the past 13 years specializing in unscripted development and talent packaging. He joined Group Nine Studios to shepherd their premium unscripted slate in September of 2019. Since joining, he has sold a number of original series including the primetime special Girl Talk with Michelle Obama...show more

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Cat Rodriguez

VP, Unscripted Development & Programming

Lifetime

Cat Rodriguez is Vice President, Unscripted Development and Programming, Lifetime.  Based in Los Angeles, Rodriguez is responsible for developing and overseeing non-fiction programming for the network.

Rodriguez, who joined Lifetime in 2019, currently oversees the groundbreaking, award winning series Supernanny which premiered its latest season in January, Little Women: Atlanta and Marrying Millions.     

A highly sought-after show-runner...show more

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Zoe Rogovin

VP, Non-Fiction Programming

Showtime

Zoe Rogovin serves as VP of Non-Fiction Programming at SHOWTIME, where she oversees the development and production of premium non-fiction storytelling, including episodic, serialized/anthology and film formats, such as the Emmy award winning news series VICE, variety comedy series ZIWE, hip hop limited series Supervillain: The Rise and Fall of...show more

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Loren Ruch

Group SVP, Production & Development

HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country

Loren Ruch is the Group Senior Vice President of Development and Production for HGTV where he oversees the programming team along with many of the networks’ high-profile series and pilots.  He also works closely on cross-network collaborations with the other Discovery brands and sites.

Prior to this role, Loren spent the...show more

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Betsy Sanner Ayala

SVP, Production & Development

HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country

Betsy Ayala currently serves as Senior Vice President of Production & Development for HGTV and discovery+ Home where she oversees the development and production team. She is credited with the success of such hit series  as Rock The Block, Good Bones, Windy City Rehab, and Rehab Addict Rescue.  

Ayala joined the...show more

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Jason Sarlanis

President, Crime & Investigation Content, Linear and Streaming

TLC

Jason Sarlanis joined TLC in 2016 as Senior Vice President, Development.  He leads development on all original programming for the TLC linear network as well as love and relationship, family and lifestyle content for discovery+, the definitive, real-life subscription streaming service.  In his tenure, Sarlanis has been responsible for procuring...show more

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Jessica Schmiedchen

Director of Development, Unscripted Content

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Jessica oversees development of original content and formats in the genres of factual entertainment and doc series at CBC - on both linear television and on the broadcaster's streaming service, CBC Gem. She is responsible for sourcing the best new formats from around the world, and working with the independent...show more

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Joseph Schneier

SVP, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

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Shari Scorca

SVP & Head of Unscripted Content

Stage 13 (Warner Bros./Warner Bros. Television Group)

Shari Scorca is the Senior Vice President and Head of Unscripted Content for Stage 13, the studio brand that is part of Warner Bros./Warner Bros. Television Group. She has developed and produced award-winning unscripted content for the studio that showcase diverse, innovative stories. She oversees the talent and content development,...show more

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Amir Shahkhalili

Partner

WME

Amir Shahkhalili is a Partner and Co-Head of the Non-Scripted Television Department at WME. He represents notable production companies such as Eureka Productions (ABC’s Holey Moley & Netflix’s Dating Around), 44 Blue Productions (A&E’s Nightwatch & Animal Planet’s Pit Bulls and Parolees), eOne Television (WE TV’s Growing Up Hip Hop...show more

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Alec Shankman

Co-Managing Partner

A3 Artists Agency

Alec Shankman is Co-Managing Partner at A3 Artists Agency. He started his career in Hollywood at A3 (formerly known as Abrams Artists Agency) in 2003 where he personally launched the very successful Alternative Programming, Digital Media, Licensing & Branding Division. Alec is also the Chairman of the agency’s first-of-its-kind NFT...show more

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MyKhanh Shelton

SVP, Enterprise Inclusion

WarnerMedia

MyKhanh Shelton is Senior Vice President, Enterprise Inclusion for WarnerMedia where she is responsible for leading workforce and production safety initiatives and working closely with the Human Resources team and business units to create consistent measurements, practices, and systems, as it relates to increasing the recruitment, retention and advancement of...show more

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Jean Shi

SVP, Alternative Programming & Development

Fremantle

Jean Shi serves as the Senior Vice President, Alternative Development & Programming for Fremantle in North America. Shi is responsible for developing and selling original unscripted series, with a focus on global formats and talent. Her current projects include overseeing development for the upcoming Tattletales series for HBO Max, which...show more

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Nicole Silveira

Head of Unscripted Formats

Disney Branded Television

Nicole Silveira is a seasoned television executive who serves as the Head of Unscripted Formats at Disney Branded Television for Disney+. She was part of the launch team for Disney+ and is building an unparalleled slate of content that pushes the boundaries of unscripted storytelling.

Prior to Disney, she spent four...show more

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Priya Singh

Commissioning Editor, Factual

ITV

As Commissioning Editor, Factual at ITV, Priya Singh oversees a broad mix of programmes in peak from fact ent formats, documentaries and consumer including Paul O’Grady For the Love of Dogs, How to Spend It Well, Love Your Garden, A Year on Planet Earth, The Queen Unseen, Billion Pound Cruises.

Prior...show more

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Jonathan Skogmo

CEO

Jukin Media

Jonathan Skogmo is Founder and CEO of Jukin Media. Under his leadership, the company has grown to more than 220 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...show more

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Amanda Spain

VP, Longform Acquisitions

MSNBC

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Jessie Springer

Manager of Development, Nat Geo WILD

National Geographic Channel

Jessie Springer is a Manager of Development for the WILD creative team. She manages the development of wildlife and animal content for three major platforms: Nat Geo WILD, National Geographic Channel and Disney Plus.

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Chris Spry

VP, Development

Jupiter Entertainment

Chris Spry is Vice President of Development for Jupiter Entertainment.

Based in the New York office, Spry is responsible for developing unscripted programming for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

Jupiter is currently in production across multiple projects, including hit true-crime franchises Snapped (Oxygen), In Pursuit with John Walsh (ID), ID Murder Mystery...show more

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Julie St. Aubin

Senior Director, Non-fiction Original Programming

HBO Max

Julie St. Aubin is Senior Director of Non-fiction Original Programming for HBO Max, responsible for reality programming covering a wide array of topics and geared toward female-skewing, Gen Z and millennial audiences.

St. Aubin oversees such series as Selena + Chef, The Big Shot with Bethenny, Ellen’s Next Great Designer and House of Ho as well...show more

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Paul Stead

Managing Director

Daisybeck Studios and EVP, eOne Unscripted TV UK

Paul Stead is the founding Managing Director of Daisybeck Studios and an EVP of eOne Unscripted TV UK, which wholly acquired Daisybeck in 2019. Paul runs the out-of-London unscripted division based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, alongside fellow EVPs Matt Pritchard and Matt Walton, all under Tara Long, President of Global...show more

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David Stefanou

SVP, Original Programming & Development

WE TV

As senior vice president of original programming and development for WE tv, David Stefanou is responsible for discovering and developing fresh, unscripted series that align with the network’s original programming slate. Stefanou has been instrumental in leading the development team in creating brand-defining hits like the Love After Lockup franchise, Growing Up Hip...show more

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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 position, Steinman...show more

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Michael Stiller

VP, Development & Programming

History

Mike Stiller is Vice President, Development and Programming for HISTORY.

Stiller is a veteran programmer known for commissioning and developing a wide range of hits and critically acclaimed documentaries. During a long career at History Channel, he developed The Curse of Oak Island, the #1 rated nonfiction series on cable since...show more

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Andrew Strauser

VP, Content

Magnolia Network

Andrew is a creative content executive with extensive experience in both digital and linear programming, on the buying side, as a network executive, and the selling side, as an award-winning producer and studio department head. His work’s been recognized by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, The Lovie...show more

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Patty Suh

VP, Programming & Development

Food Network

Patty Suh is Vice President, Programming and Development for Food Network, with a focus on developing new programming and talent, and working closely with the west coast production community. Previously, Suh held the title of Vice President of Development at Steve Harvey's East 112th Street Productions, where she oversaw the casting...show more

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Igal Svet

VP, Documentaries, Discovery+

Discovery Channel & discovery+ docs

Igal Svet serves as Vice President of Documentaries at discovery+ where he spearheads development of the creative vision and strategy behind original documentaries. He is responsible for the ideation and creation of a wide range of projects and oversees the documentary content acquisition from filmmakers around the globe. In his...show more

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Rob Swartz

SVP, Development & Production

REELZ Channel

Rob Swartz is Sr. Vice President of Development and Production at REELZ, a leading independent cable and satellite general entertainment network that is home to factual entertainment, television events, miniseries, movies and series featuring big stories and big stars. Swartz leads creative execution of the network’s development and production slate including documentaries...show more

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Brooke Townsend

Director, Non-Fiction Programming & Development

History

Brooke Townsend is Director of Nonfiction Programming and Development for HISTORY. In this role, Townsend oversees multiple hit programs, including Pawn Stars, Lost Gold of World War II, and Swamp People: Serpent Invasion, as well as maintaining a robust development slate.

A 6-year veteran of A+E Networks, Townsend began her tenure at...show more

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Gabriel VanHuss

VP, Development & Programming

MotorTrend Network

Gabriel VanHuss is Vice President of Originals Development for MotorTrend Group, a Discovery company, where he is responsible for working across the company and Discovery to develop, produce and acquire automotive focused TV series, documentaries, movies and limited series for subscription video on demand, ad supported video on demand and...show more

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Jennifer Vaux

Director, Programming Acquisition

Roku

Jennifer Vaux oversees content acquisition for the ad-supported component of Roku’s owned and operated channel, The Roku Channel. She is responsible for sourcing and executing innovative programming acquisition deals across a range of content and business models. She works to license content for The Roku Channel in United States, Canada...show more

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Natalie Vinet

VP, Global Sales, Unscripted

Boat Rocker Media

As VP Global Factual Sales at Boat Rocker Studios, Natalie oversees non-scripted/factual content distribution and leads strategy on international programme sales, acquisitions and pre-sales, whilst also managing television and digital media rights sales in the Americas, UK, Spain, Italy, and France.

Prior to joining the Boat Rocker team Natalie was VP...show more

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Nicole Vogel

VP, Unscripted Programming & Development

Lifetime Television

Nicole Vogel is Vice President of Unscripted Programming & Development at Lifetime, part of the A&E Networks group. She is based in NYC where she works with production companies, agencies, and potential talent to find, develop, and produce new unscripted formats, docuseries, and specials. Projects she has executive produced for Lifetime include Surviving...show more

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Dana Volkmer-Jones

Director, Programming & Development

Food Network

Dana Volkmer-Jones is Director of Programming and Development for Food Network based in Los Angeles, charged with developing new programming and talent, and working closely with the west coast production community. Prior to joining the Food Network team in January of 2020, he served as Senior Director of Development, West Coast...show more

Speaking on: Speed Pitching: CNBC, Food Network & Cooking Channel, Game Show Network


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Michael von Würden

CEO

Snowman Productions

Michael von Würden is Managing Director of Snowman Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company. Snowman Productions is a market leader in the development and production of entertainment formats for the Scandinavian market and worldwide, with productions including the international hit Married at First Sight.

Michael has worked in the television industry...show more

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Sharon Vuong

SVP, Alternative Programming & Development

NBCUniversal Television & Streaming

Sharon Vuong currently serves as Senior Vice President, Entertainment Unscripted Development for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. In this capacity, she spearheads development and current on reality competition, talent competition, and game show formats across NBCU’s Entertainment Television and Streaming portfolio, including NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids, USA and...show more

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Charles Wachter

Executive Producer & Showrunner

Hard North Media

Charles Wachter is an Emmy award-winning Executive Producer, showrunner, and author. He has produced over 35 television series including Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, King of the Nerds, Fear Factor, and ABC’s upcoming June 2021 The Celebrity Dating Game, as well as the hit comedy competition series, Holey Moley, recently ordered...show 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, as well as the company’s in-house production unit, FOX Alternative Entertainment (FAE).

Over the last 20 years, Wade has specialized in live, music, variety and reality...show more

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Barry Walsh

Editor & Content Director

Realscreen Magazine

Barry Walsh is editor and content director for Realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to Realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production...show more

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Sophie Watts

Investor

Sophie Watts is the CEO of a global venture creation group for A-list stars. The company brings together billion-dollar brand development and marketing experience with deep and influential media reach to incubate, launch, and grow 360-degree talent-driven businesses that includes premium content, consumer products, and live experiences.

Ventures include co-founding “Mike...show more

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Patrick Weiland

SVP, Production & Development

Intuitive Content

A three-time Emmy Award winning producer of primetime network news and reality programming with more than 20 years’ experience, Patrick Weiland is Senior Vice President of Intuitive Content.

Based in Minneapolis and founded by four-time James Beard and Emmy Award-winning TV personality and chef Andrew Zimmern, Intuitive Content develops and produces...show more

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Marisa Weinstein

VP, Development

MTV Entertainment Group

Marisa Weinstein joined the ViacomCBS team in early 2017. As Vice President of Development , she develops pilots, series and specials for the MTV Entertainment Group brands. Prior to ViacomCBS, she worked in development at a range of production companies including IMG, Eastern, Big Fish and DiGa where she developed...show more

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Sean Wheatley

Head of Acquisitions

Passion Distribution

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

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Peter White

Television Editor

Deadline Hollywood

Peter is Television Editor at Deadline, where he covers the scripted and non-scripted television markets and late-night programming. He joined in 2017, initially as International Editor based in London before moving to Los Angeles in 2020. He was previously News Editor of UK-based trade Broadcast and Deputy Editor of Television...show more

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Tiffany Williams

EVP, Unscripted Programming & Development

BET Networks

Tiffany Lea Williams’ stellar career in television has spanned twenty years and has included development, production and current programming oversight. She has created and overseen multiple landmark series and specials in unscripted TV and developed domestic and international formats for the U.S. market.

She is currently EVP of Unscripted...show more

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Ellen Windemuth

CEO

WaterBear Network

Ellen is the CEO of WaterBear Network, overseeing the strategy and direction of the new interactive video-on-demand platform dedicated to life on earth.

Prior to WaterBear, Ellen was owner and CEO of Off the Fence, having founded the company in 1994. Under her leadership Off the Fence acquired, produced, and co-produced...show more

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Natalka Znak

President

ZnakTV

Natalka Znak is a multi-award-winning television producer who has created some of TV’s biggest hits, including Hell’s Kitchen, Love Island and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. She is the President of Znak & Co, the international production company she founded that specializes in entertainment, factual entertainment and...show more

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