Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2023

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Ilan Arboleda

Co-Founder & Producer

CreativeChaos vmg

Ilan Arboleda is co-founder and producer of the New York-based film and TV company, CreativeChaos vmg.

CreativeChaos vmg’s diverse portfolio of groundbreaking titles – notably its   social-impact documentaries Casting By (HBO), This Changes Everything (Starz, Netflix), Bleed Out (HBO) and Thank You for Your Service (Hulu) – move the dial on the cultural conversation by entertaining, challenging conventional norms, embracing provocative...show more

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Avi Armoza

CEO

Armoza Formats

Avi has been working in the television and film business for more than 20 years. He began his tenure when he founded JCS Productions, which has grown to be Israel's largest independent production house. Prior to Armoza, Avi was the VP of Content and Business Development at Israel’s leading Media Company,...show more

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Hayley Babcock

Founder and CEO

Hayley Babcock Media Consulting

Hayley Babcock is a widely respected television executive known for her exceptional mix of creative and business skills, worldwide network of contacts and an expertise in formats.

Ms. Babcock has built strong relationships in the global entertainment industry through holding senior executive positions at 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Television, A+E...show more

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Rhett Bachner

Founder/Executive Producer

B17 Entertainment

Rhett Bachner is a founding partner of B17 Entertainment, a part of Sony Pictures Television, where he serves as Co-President and Executive Producer alongside Brien Meagher. Since the launch of B17, Bachner has helped create and executive produced over 500 hours of programming across multiple platforms including Netflix, HBO, Discovery, ABC, Universal, and Disney...show more

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Eli Baldrige

SVP, Development

A. Smith & Co. Productions

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Ben Barrett

Global Head, Content Financing & Partnerships

Blue Ant International

Ben is the Global Head of Content Financing & Partnerships overseeing co-production & pre- sales financing for Blue Ant International's global content partners and leads acquisition strategy with third party production partners. 

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Anna Bloomfield

VP, Development & Production

HGTV

Anna Bloomfield is Vice President, Development & Production for HGTV Network Originals and streaming content where she is responsible for developing new talent, series, and specials.  She has developed shows such as Married to Real Estate, Rico to the Rescue, Battle of the Bling, and Kendra Sells Hollywood on discovery+ in which she also...show more

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Simone Boyce

Journalist & Host

Simone Boyce is a nationally recognized TV host and journalist whose work has been featured on MSNBC, Access Hollywood, MTV, the Today Show, Nightly News and more. As a correspondent for NBC News NOW, Simone reported on social unrest, presidential elections, immigration, criminal justice reform and climate change from the front lines. Simone led MSNBC's live...show more

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Rachel Brenner

Sr. Director of Development

Investigation Discovery (ID)

Rachel Brenner serves as a senior member of the content strategy team for Investigation Discovery's true crime originals. 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, and investigations for both the linear channel and...show more

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Julie Chang

EVP, Business Strategy & Co-Productions

Blue Ant Media Inc

In her role as EVP, International Co-Productions, Julie Chang initiates and leads co-productions for Blue Ant Media across the company’s core integrated business units. This includes identifying, structuring and closing content creation deals and leveraging financing opportunities with international partners for the company’s global production arm, Blue Ant Studios; its...show more

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Noella Charles

VP Development & Original Production, Unscripted

AllBlk/WEtv

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

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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 for the Straight Guy (Bravo). In...show more

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Nick Crowe

Head, Unscripted Development

Saloon Media

As Head of Unscripted Development, Nick leads Saloon Media, a Blue Ant Media production company, in development of the unscripted portfolio in North America and the international marketplace, with a focus on factual entertainment, formats and specials.

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Laura Crowson

VP, Development

Discovery Channel, TNT and TBS

Laura is based in Los Angeles and works alongside domestic and international producers to develop prime-time series for the US networks and across multiple platforms, while helping to steer strategy for new projects.

During her time with the Discovery Factual team across Discovery, Science, Animal Planet, and discovery+, Crowson has been...show more

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Joni Day

Executive Vice President, Entertainment

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 iconic game show Password back to television. Password premiered this...show more


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Rupert Dobson

EVP of Development

Bunim Murray Productions

Originally from the UK, Rupert is a BAFTA Nominated Veteran Producer and Development Executive with credits across multiple genres and platforms here in the US. 

As Bunim/Murray’s EVP of Development, he oversees the studio's development efforts for broadcast, cable, and premium streaming platforms. Upcoming series include Buddy Games (CBS), The Family Stallone (Paramount+) I Survived Bear Grylls (TBS), and...show more

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Havva Eisenbaum

VP, Development, Unscripted

Oprah Winfrey Network

Havva Eisenbaum is OWN’s Vice President, Development for Unscripted Programming, and reports to Drew Tappon, 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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Shane Ertter

Manager of Development, VICE TV

VICE

Shane Ertter serves as the Manager of Content Development for VICE TV, the joint venture with A+E Networks, formerly known as VICELAND. Shane joined VICE in 2019, working as Network Production Coordinator for all internal projects, liaising with 3rd party production companies on series and one-offs. In his current role,...show more

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Danny Fenton

CEO

Zig Zag Productions

Fenton founded Zig Zag in 1999 and has established the company as an innovative transatlantic television production company, respected for its eclectic approach to over 700 hours of programme making. The company is one of the largest remaining truly independent UK production companies.

Prior to Zig Zag Fenton began his career at...show more

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Sophie Ferron

President

Media Ranch Inc

Award-winning Founder and President of  Media Ranch, Sophie Ferron has 30+ years- experience, including a decade as format giant Endemol’s exclusive sales agent in French Canada.  Co-based between Los Angeles and Montreal, Sophie is a 2nd-generation producer, helped pioneer the unscripted format business in North America and leads Media...show more

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Jodi Flynn

President

Asylum Entertainment Group

Jodi Flynn is the President of The Content Group (TCG), an Asylum Entertainment Group (AEG) company.

In her role, Flynn oversees a diverse slate of both scripted and unscripted programming for broadcast channels, cable networks and OTTs.  She also manages TCG’s many joint ventures, including Big City TV (Lori Rothschild Ansaldi),...show more

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Zara Frankel

Senior Director, Programming & Development

PBS

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

Prior joining PBS, Zara worked for digital ad agency, AKQA.  She is a graduate of Florida State...show more

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Elaine Frontain Bryant

EVP, Head of Programming Genres for A&E, Lifetime and LMN

A&E Network

Elaine Frontain Bryant is Executive Vice President and Head of Programming at A&E® Network, a position she has held since March 2015. She manages the A&E programming team and is responsible for overseeing the development, creation and execution of all programming for the network. She is also charged with integrating new...show more

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Bryan Gabourie

SVP, International Sales & Partnerships

Blue Ant International

Based in New York, Bryan Gabourie is SVP, International Sales & Partnerships overseeing all sales activities from originals, pre-sales, content licensing, co-productions and strategic partnerships in the U.S. and is focussed on growing the company’s business across all platforms in that market. 

Bryan has over 15 years experience in global distribution...show more

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Eden Gaha

President

Eureka

Eden Gaha serves as President of award-winning unscripted producer Eureka Productions, one of the TV industry’s fastest growing international producers, with a portfolio of over 40 series for network, streaming, cable, and digital platforms in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Eureka’s credits in the U.S. include “The Mole” (Netflix), “Parental...show more

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Harry Gamsu

VP, Creative, Format, Development and Sales

Warner Bros. International Television Production

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Pamela Gimenez

VP, Unscripted Current Production

NBCUniversal Television and Streaming

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

Gimenez joined...show more

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Sam Goff

Production & Development Magnolia Network

Magnolia Network

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Jennifer Gordon

VP, Development

TLC

Jennifer Gordon joined TLC in October 2014. As Vice President of Development, she creates  and conceptualizes series, specials and programming initiatives for the linear network as well as  love and relationship, family and lifestyle content for discovery+. Since joining TLC, Jennifer  has developed a variety of new series, such as...show more

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Sean Gottlieb

VP, Head of Development

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.

An Emmy® Award-winning producer with over 20 years’ experience, Gottlieb developed and is Executive Producer of I Survived A Serial Killer, Taking the Stand, and Court...show more

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Stevenson Greene

Senior Production and Development Executive

OUTTV

Stevenson Greene is currently the senior executive of TV Development and Production at Producer Entertainment Group and OutTV USA and resides in Los Angeles, CA. In his short time at OutTV and Producer Entertainment Group, he has produced projects that are currently on OutTV such as NUBIA AMPLIFIED, THE BROWNS, DR. JACKIE,...show more

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Jimmy Guido

Director of Development

The Intellectual Property Corporation

While at The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC), a part of Sony Pictures Television, Jimmy has helped to develop series such as The D’Amelio Show (Hulu), The Climb (HBO Max), Secrets of Playboy (A&E), Restaurant Rivals: Irvine vs. Taffer (Discovery+), as well as soon-to-be-announced series for streaming platforms and cable outlets. Jimmy...show more

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David Hale

EVP, Programming

44 Blue Productions

David Hale joined 44 Blue Productions in 1997 as an intern, working his way through nearly every department of the company, becoming EVP or programming in 2020.  David has helped launch notable 44 series like Lockup (MSNBC), Pit Bulls & Parolees (Animal Planet) and Nightwatch (A&E), eventually serving as Executive Producer on series ranging from The Real Murders of Orange County (Oxygen), Twisted Sisters (Discovery ID), and Hollywood Medium...show more

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Ri-Karlo Handy

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sunwise Media and Senior Vice President, Unscripted, Blink49 Studios

The Handy Foundation


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Paul Hatcher

CEO

Merrill Herzog Group

Paul Hatcher is the founder and CEO of Merrill Herzog with 23 years of risk experience in the private and government sectors and 3.5 years with an acute focus on entertainment, production risk, and background screening. Throughout his career, he spent 9 years operationally in the Middle East and Africa and two...show more

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Merrill Hendrickson

VP Entertainment Unscripted Content

NBCUniversal Television and Streaming

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Brad Holcman

Senior Director, Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming

Home.Made.Nation (A+E Networks)

Meet Brad Holcman, since joining A&E in 2012 as Senior Director of Non-Fiction and Alternative Programming, Brad has been overseeing some edge-of-your-seat shows like "60 Days In," "Intervention," and "Accused: Guilty or Innocent?" But that's not all—Brad also heads up the home shows on A&E's Home.Made Nation block, which features...show more

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Naimah Holmes

President

Hot Snakes Media

Naimah Holmes serves as President of Hot Snakes Media, where she oversees all aspects of production for unscripted and scripted series, as well as internal and external development and acquisitions. Holmes most recently served as Vice President of Factual Content for Discovery Network during the transformational launch of discovery+ and through the merger with...show more

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Matt Hornburg

Co-President

marblemedia

Matt Hornburg is co-founder and executive producer of the award-winning global production company, marblemedia. Since 2001, Hornburg, and his business partner Mark Bishop, have diversified marblemedia’s content slate across its premium content divisions; primetime scripted, unscripted and kids & family, building a library of over 2100 hours of television sold...show more

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Marcie Hume

VP, Programming

A&E Network

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Valerie Idehen

Creator, Executive Producer & Development Consultant

Hot Snakes Media

Valerie Idehen currently serves as Vice President of Unscripted, for Hot Snakes Media, where she oversees all shows currently in production for the expanding bicoastal production company.  Idehen most recently served as Director of Development for Propagate Content. As an accomplished Executive Producer, multi-camera director, development executive and content creator,...show more

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Matt Iseman

Comedian, Actor, and Television Host

Dr. Matt Iseman graduated with honors from Princeton University with a degree in American History, then received MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons as a member of the AOA Honor Medical Society. He completed his Internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado before pursuing his...show more

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Megan Jacobi

Director, Alternative Development

Fremantle

Megan Jacobi is the Director of Development, Alternative Programming at Fremantle. In this role, she is responsible for the development and production of game shows, competitions, and other unscripted television programming. During her time at Fremantle, Megan has played an integral role in series such as Password on NBC, Relatively Famous: Ranch Rules on...show more

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Jay James

EVP, Programming & Development

Game Show Network

Jay James joined Game Show Network in 2017 from Conveyor Media, where he was co-founder and the Executive Producer of several series including Bargain Mansions for the DIY Network, the GLAAD Award-nominated New Girls On The Block for Discovery Life. Prior to Conveyor, James was the Executive Vice President of development at Wilshire Studios,...show more

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Philip Kalin-hajdu

Head of Content & Storytelling

Media Ranch Inc

Philip Kalin-Hajdu joined Media Ranch 7 years ago as Head of Content and Storytelling and, since 2021, has managed sales and distribution for the US territory alongside president Sophie Ferron. He has worked directly with the producers, networks and buyers in the US and spearheads various growth initiatives for the...show more

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Teri Kennedy

Head, Lifestyle Programming & Daytime Originals

Home.Made.Nation (A+E Networks)

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Falguni Lakhani Adams

Network Executive Producer

EXECUTIVE, VICETV

Falguni Lakhani Adams is an Emmy Award-winning producer, writer and Executive Producer with ViceTV, living in Venice, California.

Born in Bombay, India and proudly representing Jackson Heights, Queens, Falguni has a law degree from St. John’s University and more than 20 years' experience producing creative nonfiction stories for broadcast TV, digital...show more

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Robyn Lattaker-Johnson

Agent, Media Consultant

A3 Artists Agency

Robyn Lattaker-Johnson is an alternative programming agent at A3 Artists Agency. With more than 20 years as a senior network executive, content creator, producer and team leader, Lattaker-Johnson is harnessing her abilities to navigate network operations, identify top talent, close the trickiest of deals, and give her signature care to...show more

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Ryann Lauckner

Chief Strategy & Operating Officer

Fulwell 73


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Andrew Lessner

Sr. Manager, Development and Production Tentpoles, Events and Live Discovery, TBS, TNT, SCI, APL, Tru

Warner Bros. Discovery

Andrew Lessner serves as Sr. Manager of Development and Production Factual Brands for Warner Bros. Discovery, with a focus on Science content. In this role, he is based in New York and works with production companies to develop and produce prime-time series and specials for the Discovery Factual team. 

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Liz Levenson

Co-President

Cactus Tree Entertainment

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Felicia Litovitz

VP, Acquisitions, North America

Cineflix Rights

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Joe Livecchi

Chief Executive Officer

Right On Content


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Tara Long

Global President, Unscripted Television

Entertainment One

As President, Global Unscripted Television for Entertainment One, Tara Long oversees all aspects of eOne’s unscripted business on a global basis with a focus on further developing, growing and diversifying its pipeline, relationships, and scope. Long has cultivated more than 100 hours of new, unscripted content leading both the U.S....show more

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Cristina Lopez

Executive Producer/Showrunner

Below Deck

Cristina Lopez is an Emmy Nominated Executive Producer. She started her TV career in 2010 in post production on numerous shows for A&E, VH1, Spike, MTV, and Univision. Cristina has been a producer on the Below Deck Franchise since its maiden voyage in 2012 and has played an integral role in the expansion...show more

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Ashley McFarlin

VP, Unscripted & Scripted Development and Production

WE TV

As vice president of development for WE tv, Ashley McFarlin 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 layered,...show more

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Ben Megargel

SVP, Unscripted Development - US, Television

eOne

As Senior Vice President, Development, Unscripted Television, Ben Megargel oversees the development
of eOne’s unscripted series across multiple formats. He shepherds key talent relationships and builds
out a diverse slate of docuseries and formats, including those based on Hasbro IP, which continue to set
eOne apart. 
 
Since joining eOne as Director...show more

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Souki Mehdaoui

Co-Founder

Bell & Whistle

Known for her unique fusion of media, technology, and entrepreneurship, Souki Mehdaoui feels as comfortable behind the camera as she does in the boardroom. As a consultant and co-founder of the technology consultancy Bell & Whistle, she helps business leaders convert chaotic systems into actionable change— working with companies like...show more

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Max Micallef

VP, Head of West Coast Development

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 Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman....show more

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J.C. Mills

President and Head of Content

Cineflix Productions

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

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Diane Min

Head of Format Sales + Development

CJ ENM

Diane is currently the head of format sales at CJ ENM, overlooking non-scripted and scripted format distribution for 16 cable networks.

She joined CJ ENM in 2010 and was responsible for finished tape sales for China, SEA, America, Europe and MENA. Since she has been leading format sales from 2015, She...show more

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Angela Molloy

SVP, Development & Original Production AllBlk & WEtv, Unscripted

AllBlk/WEtv

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

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Dave Noll

Co President

Keller/Noll

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Heather Olander

Head, Unscripted Programming

The CW Television Network

Heather Olander was named Head of Unscripted Programming, The CW Network, in February 2023. In her role, Olander oversees the development and production of alternative reality series, events and specials on behalf of the network.

Prior to joining The CW, Olander joined NBCUniversal in 2011 as the SVP of...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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Wonwoo Park

Founder, Show Director & CEO

diTurn

Wonwoo Park is the Founder, Show Director & CEO of Korea’s diTurn. Park is best known around the world as the original creator and Korean producer of global mega hits The Masked Singer and Lotto Singer. Other hit shows he created and produced in Korea: 300:United Voices, My Ranking, Dancing in the Box, and My Boyfriend is Better. Due to the major...show more

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Sitarah Pendelton-Eaglin

SVP, Original Series

Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios

As a Senior Vice President of unscripted series for Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios, Pendelton-Eaglin brings a distinct approach to all the franchises on which she works, meticulously unfolding storylines – an aspiring artist seeking fame or someone looking for love – showcasing their ambition, their friendships and...show more

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Jacqui Pitman

CEO, Casting Director & Executive Producer

Pitman Casting Inc/Partypit Productions Inc.

Jacqui Pitman is the owner/CEO of PartyPit Productions Inc. as well as Pitman Casting Inc., a full-service reality television casting and development company in Los Angeles. 

Over the past several years, Pitman Casting has cast over 500 unscripted reality television shows. Some casting credits include The Golden Bachelor, America's...show more

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D'Angela Proctor

Owner/Founder

Undaunted Content

D’Angela Proctor is a rare executive capable of easily transitioning between the creative and business sides of media as well as between the board room and production sets. Her carefully crafted career spans from being an attorney, entrepreneur, and content creator to a network and studio executive. Through her production...show more

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Yasmin Rawji

EVP, Unscripted - Network

FOX Entertainment

Yasmin Rawji was named Executive Vice President, Unscripted -- Network, of FOX Entertainment, in February 2023. Based in Los Angeles, she is responsible for the development and production of FOX’s entire reality slate. Additionally, and in conjunction with FOX’s in-house unscripted studio FOX Alternative Entertainment, Rawji works on the company’s...show more

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Ben Relles

Content Strategy - Office of Reid Hoffman

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Romina Rosado

EVP & General Manager, Hispanic Streaming

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

Romina Rosado is Executive Vice President and General Manager of Hispanic Streaming for NBCUniversal Telemundo
Enterprises. Rosado is responsible for developing, producing and programming a robust content slate to super charge the growth of Latinos on Peacock, including the upcoming Tplus content brand, and across all Telemundo and NBCUniversal streaming platforms. Rosado leads cross-company efforts...show more

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Aliza Rosen

Owner

AYR Media

Aliza Rosen is the founder and president of AYR Media, a full-service production company focused on premium unscripted and documentary content, encompassing podcasts, television and film.
 
A veteran producer and development executive with expertise across all mediums, Rosen launched AYR in 2020. The company currently has a diverse slate...show more

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Loren Ruch

Head of Content HGTV

HGTV

Loren Ruch is Group Senior Vice President, Production & Development, HGTV, where he oversees the programming and development team responsible for hit series including Celebrity IOU, A Very Brady Renovation, Property Brothers: Forever Home, My Lottery Dream Home, Flip or Flop, as well as the discovery+ series Trixie Motel.

HGTV is one...show more

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Lynn Sadofsky

SVP, Food Network Programming & Development

Food Network & Cooking Channel

Lynn Sadofsky currently serves as Senior Vice President of Programming and Development for Warner Bros. Discovery’s Food Network and Cooking Channel. She oversees the programming and development teams who are responsible for numerous hit programs including Ciao House, Alex vs America, BBQ Brawl, Worst Cooks in America, Be My Guest with Ina...show more

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Marc Scarpa

Co-Founder

DeFiance Media

Marc Scarpa is an entrepreneur specializing in participatory media. He has directed, produced and/or executive produced over 1000 original TV & digital programs since 1995 which have garnered billions of viewer engagements and enabled tens of millions in sponsorships and financing, he is a respected creative and business leader in...show more

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Joseph Schneier

SVP, Production & Development, Discovery Channel

Warner Bros. Discovery


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Alison Shurter

Vice President of Development

Citizen Jones

Alison Shurter is currently the Director of Development at Los-Angeles based production company, Citizen Jones.

During her time at Citizen Jones, Shurter has helped steer the creative direction of the company’s wide range of original series and features, and expanded its network of broadcast partners. Recent series credits include "The Einstein...show more

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Nicole Silveira

VP, Unscripted, Disney Branded Television

Disney+, The Walt Disney Company

Nicole Silveira is a seasoned television executive who serves as Vice President and Head of Unscripted Formats at Disney
Branded Television programming exclusively 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.
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Edward Simpson

Chief Strategy Officer

Wheelhouse

Ed Simpson is chief strategy officer at Wheelhouse, overseeing strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and business development across all divisions of the company. Established in 2018, Wheelhouse is a multi-vertical media, marketing and investment company where content, celebrity, brands and capital come together to accelerate programming and business opportunities across...show more

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Betsy Slenzak

VP, Unscripted Programming

The CW Television Network

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

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

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Arthur Smith

Chairman

A. Smith & Co. Productions

Arthur Smith is the Chairman of A. Smith & Co. Productions and is an industry veteran and a pioneer in nonfiction television, known for creating some of the longest-running unscripted series in history since founding A. Smith & Co. in 2000. 

With 200+ shows for 50+ networks under Smith’s leadership, A....show more

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Adam Steinman

Production and Development

Mount Royal Films

Adam Steinman is President and founder of Mount Royal Films LLC, A Global TV and Film Format Lab based in Los Angeles. He is currently on a multi-year overall deal with a major media and entertainment conglomerate (details soon to be announced). Steinman is focused on creating and identifying new...show more

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Rob Swartz

SVP, Development & Production

REELZ Channel

Rob Swartz is Sr. Vice President of Development and Production at REELZ, a leading independent cable and satellite general entertainment network with programming focused on real people in revealing stories ranging from the critically acclaimed and award-winning The Kennedys to Autopsy: The Last Hours Of. The network is home to true crime stories and law...show more

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Monica Trujillo-Jamison

Partner Insights Director

Parrot Analytics

Monica Trujillo-Jamison is Partner Insights Director at Parrot Analytics, the industry leader in global audience demand measurement, where she partners with entertainment clients to deliver best-in-class strategic analyses leveraging Parrot’s demand data. She has over a decade of market research experience in the entertainment industry, and prior to joining Parrot,...show more

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Carri Twigg

Founding Partner & Head of Development

Culture House

Carri Twigg is a founding partner at Culture.House. Carri is deeply engaged with content that takes on the urgent cultural questions confronting America and the world. Carri spent over 12 years at every level of politics and government. From 2006 to 2011 she was Political Director for the Ohio Democratic...show more

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Ana Valdez

President & CEO

Latino Donor Collaborative

Ana Valdez is the co-founder of Valdez Productions & Consulting, Inc. and the CEO of The Latino Donor Collaborative. She is an American marketing, media and political expert, a thought leader combining 25 years of experience in politics, media and the corporate world. She was born and raised in Mexico...show more

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Dana Volkmer-Jones

Director, Programming & Development Food Network

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

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Caleb Ward

CEO

Curious Refuge

Caleb Ward is the co-owner of Curious Refuge, the world’s first online home for AI filmmakers. Caleb has spent his career empowering filmmakers and VFX artists through engaging online training. He is a pioneering voice on the future of creative storytelling utilizing AI tools. 

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Shelby Ward

Co-Founder

Curious Refuge

Shelby Ward is the co-owner of Curious Refuge, the world’s first online home for AI filmmakers. Shelby has spent her career growing education start-ups in the creative arts space. She is passionate about developing engaging online communities and elevating underserved voices in the creative world. 

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Laura Welch

Manager, Unscripted Programming & Development

Lifetime Television

Laura Welch is currently Manager, of Unscripted Programming and Development for Lifetime Television. She started with the company in 2019 as a coordinator and has worked on some of the network’s most iconic series including the Married at First Sight and Little Women franchises,  Surviving R. Kelly: The Final Reckoning, #TextMeWhenYouGetHome and many...show more

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Peter White

Television Editor

Deadline Hollywood

Peter joined Deadline in 2017, initially as International TV Editor based in London, before moving to LA to become Television Editor. He covers all aspects of TV programming, development and executive moves, as well as the business of late-night television, podcasting and music documentaries. He was previously News Editor of UK-based Broadcast and Deputy...show more

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Jessica Winchell

VP, Content & Development - Magnolia Network

Magnolia Network

Jessica Winchell is an executive producer, developer and showrunner with experience in factual entertainment in linear and streaming worlds. Network and production company experience makes her an intuitive executive. Her VP role at Magnolia Network has grown into overseeing series in the home and food space as well as documentary...show more

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Amy Winter

EVP, Head of Programming

Lifetime Television

Amy Winter is Executive Vice President, Head of Programming, Lifetime. In this role, Winter oversees the development, creation and execution of all programming (movies, scripted and unscripted) for both Lifetime and LMN® networks. A multiplatform brand and content strategist, Winter has experience guiding cable networks to new heights: lifting ratings, reenergizing...show more

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CJ Yu

Founder

Amazon Studios

Since joining Amazon Studios in 2017, CJ Yu has spearheaded some of the first unscripted originals in Amazon’s international territories, building from the ground up a slate of local original content across Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. Many of Yu’s projects involve unprecedented partnerships with top celebrity talent, athletes,...show more

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Cyle Zezo

Program Lead, Executive Producer

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