Advisory Board

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Content Advisory Board

Advisory Board Members

Roy Ashton

Partner, Head of TV Literary
Gersh Agency

Roy Ashton is the Head of the TV Literary & Packaging Dept. at The Gersh Agency, with offices in Los Angeles and New York. Prior to joining Gersh as Partner in November 2011, Ashton spent 13 years at Creative Artists Agency. Starting in the mailroom, Ashton worked is way up...more

Speaking at: Coffee With... Roy Ashton, Gersh,Speed Meetings - Characters Talent Agency, Gersh, MGM Studios

Moreyba Bidessie

Director of Scripted Development and Sales
A+E Networks

Mark Bishop

Co-President, Blue Ant Studios

Mark Bishop is Co-CEO and Partner at marblemedia. An accomplished entrepreneur, brand-builder and trusted media industry advocate, Mark, alongside co-founder Matt Hornburg, has grown marblemedia into one of Canada’s leading independent production, distribution and digital media companies.

In addition to serving as executive producer across marblemedia’s successful portfolio of television and...more

Vanessa Case

SVP Global Head of Unscripted Production, Vice Studios & Pulse Films
Vice Canada

Vanessa Case is SVP Studio Canada at VICE Media, the world’s leading youth media company. Vanessa heads all of VICE Studios’ productions in Canada including development, production, financing, sales and licensing, as well as overseeing VICE’s production and post-production facilities in Toronto.

A senior media executive with a career spanning two...more

Speaking at: Speed Meetings - CNN, Vice Media, eOne,Speed Meetings - CNN, Discovery, VICE Media

Pat DiVittorio

VP, Programming, CTV & Specialty
Bell Media

As Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty, Pat DiVittorio is responsible for all linear and digital content and programming strategy for CTV, CTV2 and Bell Media entertainment channels including CTV Comedy, CTV Drama, CTV Sci-Fi, CTV Life, Much, MTV, and E!. In addition to this portfolio, DiVittorio plays a key role...more

Paul Heaney

TCB Media Rights

Paul Heaney launched TCB Media Rights in October 2012 with a mission to achieve four things: to sell and pre sell at a high rate, to help producers co-create IP, establish a global commercial and creative network by facilitating international buyer’s briefs and to act as an agent where applicable....more

Meghan Hooper

Executive Vice President, Head of Original Movies and Limited Series, Entertainment and Youth Group
ViacomCBS Inc.

Meghan Hooper White is Senior Vice President, Original Movies, Co-Productions and Acquisitions, for Lifetime and Lifetime Movies (formerly LMN). Based in New York, Hooper White oversees the development and production on both original films and original co-production film commissions, international co-productions and all program acquisitions for Lifetime and Lifetime Movies....more

Speaking at: Coffee With... Meghan Hooper, ViacomCBS

Pippa Lambert


Pippa Lambert is a TV and Film executive with 20 years experience in development, packaging, sales and finance at global companies including Endeavor Content, WME, ICM Partners, All3Media International and BRON Studios.

Lambert  has worked across many genres and formats including premium TV documentaries, reality TV, premium scripted...more

Speaking at: Coffee With... Pippa Lambert, Hellcat

Clelia Mountford


As co-founder of Merman with Sharon Horgan (CATASTROPHE), Clelia develops and produces a multitude of projects with a host of international talent.

Clelia has most recently executive produced the comedy drama series FRAYED (Sky One/ABC Australia) written by and starring Sarah Kendall, THIS WAY UP (Channel 4/HULU) written by Aisling Bea and starring Bea and...more

Jamie Schouela

President, Global Channels and Media
Blue Ant Media

Jamie Schouela serves as President, Canadian Media at Blue Ant Media. He is charged with leading the strategic direction and operations of the company’s Canadian television, print, digital, and consumer event properties. Blue Ant’s brands include BBC Earth Canada, Cottage Life, T+E, Makeful, Smithsonian Channel Canada, Love Nature, the Seasons'...more

Philipp Steffens

Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland

Philipp Steffens has been Head of Fiction at RTL Television since March 2014 and is responsible for productions including StarfighterDer LehrerDuell der Brüder and the series Deutschland 83, which won a Grimme Award in 2016. Immediately following his graduation from the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in 2006, Steffens started his own production company (greenskyFILMS)with several...more

Courtney Thomasma

Executive Vice President of Streaming
AMC Networks Inc.

Courtney Thomasma is the Executive Director of BBC AMERICA, a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming including the wildly acclaimed series Killing Eve; top-rated phenomenon Doctor Who; Emmy® and IDA-winning Planet Earth II and the producers’ next epic story of our planet, Seven Worlds, One Planet; Emmy-winning Blue Planet II; acclaimed drama Luther; ground-breaking unscripted series Top Gear; and...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With... Courtney Thomasma, BBC America

Tonya Williams

Founder & Executive Director
Reelworld Film Festival

Tonya Williams is an award-winning actress and the Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of Reelworld Screen Institute and Reelworld Film Festival, now celebrating its 20th year. With over 40 years in the entertainment industry, she is a passionate and tenacious advocate for Canadian BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) Canadian...more

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