Speakers

2021 SPEAKERS

Aletta Maria Alberts

Executive Head of Content Strategy and Third-Party Channels for Africa

Multichoice South Africa

Aletta Alberts is a media content strategist and innovator. Currently, Executive Head of Content Strategy and Third-Party channels for Africa’s giant pay-television business MultiChoice, she has over 30 years’ experience in the competitive African television market. She combines her proficiency in the business of television, Production, Content, Marketing and Technology...more


Susan Alexander

Production Executive, Original Content, Scripted

Corus Entertainment Inc

As a Production Executive with Corus Entertainment for over ten years, Susan has overseen the development and production of numerous dramatic series for Global TV, including Nurses, Mary Kills People, Family Law and Private Eyes.

Prior to becoming a broadcaster, Susan worked on the production side of the industry, as both...more


David Anderson

Managing Director

ABC Australia

6 May 2019 – 5 May 2024

ABC Managing Director David Anderson’s career in the broadcast television and media industry spans more than 30 years.

A leader in television production who has been responsible for commissioning successful programs across all genres as well as overseeing the corporation’s digital transformation, he joined the...more

Speaking at: What it means to run a public broadcaster in 2021 (and beyond)


Emily Andras

Creator, Showrunner and Executive Producer, Wynonna Earp

The Boston-born, Calgary-bred Andras has a diverse list of television credits to her name. Currently, she is the Creator and Showrunner of SYFY’s hit series Wynonna Earp. Previously, she spent three seasons as the Showrunner and Executive Producer of Lost Girl, and recently worked as the Supervising Producer on Killjoys,...more

Speaking at: content advisory board


Roy Ashton

Partner, Head of TV Literary

Gersh Agency

Roy Ashton is the Head of the TV Literary 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 his way up the corporate...more


Catie Asip

Asst. Director, Children's Programming

PBS KIDS


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...more


Kim Berglund

Executive Director, Development

Walt Disney Television


Tyler Bern

Head of Content for Prime Video Canada, Australia, and New Zealand

Amazon Studios

Tyler Bern is Head of Content for Prime Video Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He has been at Amazon for 5 years in this role for 2 years and oversees Amazon’s content strategy for Prime Video in CA and ANZ. Prior to Amazon, Tyler was working in Dish Network’s Programming group...more


Steve Blackman

Showrunner, Executive Producer, Director , Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

WGA Award-winner Steve Blackman is currently the showrunner, creator, writer and executive producer of the critically acclaimed Netflix show, The Umbrella Academy, which is an adaption of Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s comic book series of the same name. The show revolves around estranged siblings with extraordinary powers, who reunite following...more


Loren Bouchard

Creator and Showrunner, Bob's Burgers

Loren Bouchard is creator and showrunner of Fox's long-running hit animated series Bob’s Burgers, which recently celebrated 200 episodes, and has been renewed for a 12th and 13th season. The series earned two Emmy Awards for Best Primetime Animated Program and has been nominated in the category for nine...more


Debbie Brown

Production Executive, Scripted, Original Programming

Corus Entertainment Inc

Debbie Brown has been creating content for two decades. For the last 9 years she has been a Production Executive, Original Content for Corus Entertainment, overseeing hundreds of hours of lifestyle and reality series including series like Property Brothers, Property Brothers: Forever Home, Masters of Flip, Fire Masters, The Big Bake, Say...more


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...more

Speaking at: What it means to run a public broadcaster in 2021 (and beyond)


Sarah Burney

Director of Programming

REELZ

Sarah Burney is Director of Programming at REELZ— a leading independent cable and satellite general entertainment network that is home to factual entertainment, television events, miniseries, movies and series with a focus on the real lives and real stories of real celebrities. Programming ranges from the critically acclaimed and award-winning The Kennedys and The...more


Lynne Carter

Manager, Original Content, Lifestyle

Corus Entertainment Inc

In her role as Manager, Original Content, Lifestyle at Corus Entertainment, Lynne oversees the development and production of a slate of series for Food Network Canada, HGTV Canada, and Global, managing a team of Production Executives driving the day-to-day operation of the Original Content, Lifestyle department.

With over 30 years of...more


Aubrey Clarke

Senior Programme Executive, CBBC

BBC

Aubrey has worked for the BBC Children’s Animation and Acquisitions team for 8 years. As Senior Programme Executive, he is editorially across co-productions, pre-buys and Off the Shelf acquisitions for Cbeebies and CBBC.

He is the channel executive on The Next Step, Scream Street, My Perfect Landing, The Zoo and Tee & Mo plus brand manages shows such as Odd Squad, Holly...more


Kurt Conner

Creative Executive

Ubisoft

A graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, I’ve been living and working Los Angeles, CA for just over a decade. Initially got my start in production working for Nickelodeon on iCarly and Victorious before moving into Talent Management.  Eventually, I received an opportunity to work at Paramount Pictures in Film Development, and...more


Doug Craig

Senior Vice President, Content Strategy & Acquisitions, Streaming Division

ViacomCBS

Doug Craig is Senior Vice President, Content Strategy & Acquisitions for ViacomCBS Networks International’s (VCNI’s) Streaming Division. 

Craig leads international content strategy, acquisitions, programming and operations for VCNI’s portfolio of international streaming services across all international markets. Craig is focused on leading the development and execution of VCNI’s content proposition and...more


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 long form series and specials for MTV’s 170+ global channels. Prior to joining MTV, Amanda was a member of the WE tv development team in New York, where she...more


Valentina Daley

Director, International Content Strategy & Operations

Blue Ant Media


Tim Davie

Director-General

BBC

Tim Davie became Director-General of the BBC on 1 September 2020. He is the 17th Director-General of the Corporation.

Prior to this, Tim was Chief Executive of BBC Studios, the BBC’s principal commercial subsidiary. Responsible for creating and distributing leading British content globally; Tim led BBC Studios from April 2013. Whilst...more

Speaking at: What it means to run a public broadcaster in 2021 (and beyond)


Deniese Davis

President, Reform Media Group, Co-Founder, ColorCreative

Reform Media Group

Deniese Davis began her career producing music videos, short films and digital content including Issa Rae's award-winning web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl. She is currently an Co-Executive Producer on the HBO Emmy-nominated comedy series Insecure and a Producer on HBO’s Emmy-nominated A Black Lady Sketch Show. After 8 years of producing for Hoorae Media (fka Issa Rae Productions), Deniese...more

Speaking at: content advisory board


Elyse Delmore

VP, Unscripted Development

MGM Studios, Inc

Elyse Delmore is the Executive Director of Unscripted Development at MGM Studios, the studio that produces CBS’s Survivor, ABC’s Shark Tank, and NBC’s The Voice plus many more. She develops and produces game shows, competition formats, variety shows and everything in between for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. Elyse started her career on the buying...more


Kim Diaz

Director of Creative Development

Sesame Workshop

Kim Diaz has spent the past 14 years in preschool television as a development exec, writer, and producer. In her current role, Kim oversees Sesame’s Creative Development pipeline, which includes original series, Sesame Street spinoffs, and animated specials for partners such as HBO Max. 

She also runs shorts production and development...more

Speaking at: 30 minutes with: Kim Diaz, Director, Production & Development, Sesame Workshop


Havva Eisenbaum

Vice President, Development for Unscripted Programming

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 of...more


Sheri Elwood

Executive Producer/Writer/Director

ELWOODISMS

Sheri is best known for her work as an Executive Producer-Writer on the hit dramedy Lucifer (Fox/ Netflix) and as creator of the award-winning Call Me Fitz (HBO Canada). She is currently developing the dark half-hour comedy Bitches for WBTV and the 1-hr drama Shitshowfor Elizabeth Banks and her Brownstone...more


Matt Faulknor

Development Producer

Saloon Media

As Development Producer at Saloon Media, a Blue Ant Studios company, Matt Faulknor is part of a talented team that develops and produces compelling and entertaining factual series including Ted Bundy: Falling for a KillerLife Below Zero: Canada, Cold Valley, Hotel Paranormal, Canada's Drag Race, award-winning documentary 9/11 Kids, Mysteries...more


Kevin Feige

President, Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer, Marvel

Marvel

Kevin Feige is the driving creative force behind several billion-dollar franchises and an unprecedented number of blockbuster feature films, all connected within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A hands-on producer, Feige oversees Marvel Studios’ feature film productions, with 23 film releases that have all opened No. 1 at the box office...more

Speaking at: In Conversation With: Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer, Marvel and Kari Skogland, Award-Winning Director and CEO of Mad Rabbit


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...more


Angela Freedman

Director of Development

TRVL Channel

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

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


Kitty Gambel

SVP, Unscripted & Alternative Television

MGM Studios, Inc

Kitty Gambel is Vice President of Unscripted Television at MGM. In her role, she manages a large slate of development projects, serves as point on current series including Beat Shazam and the recently announced ABC series Generation Gap, and oversees a robust slate of podcasts.

Prior to joining MGM, Gambel served as...more


Sara Geater

Chief Operating Officer

All3Media

Sara Geater was appointed Chief Operating Officer of All3Media in 2015, joining the senior executive team created after the acquisition of the business by Discovery and Liberty Global. Sara works closely with the businesses in the Group to drive growth, both organically and through acquisition. She brings her expertise as...more

Speaking at: content advisory board


Athena Georgaklis

Head of Development

Nelvana Ltd

Athena Georgaklis is the Head of Development for Nelvana.  A highly respected animation executive, Athena leads the acquisition of rights and the development of all original content for Nelvana. Athena is committed to develop creator-driven content, working with the studio’s producers, creators, and talent around the world that will resonate...more

Speaking at: content advisory board


Brenda Gilbert

Co-Founder and President

BRON Media Corporation

Brenda Gilbert is the Co-Founder & President of BRON Media Corporation. She is part of the executive team that manages the various BRON offices and senior staff members, while directly producing and/or executive producing several animated and live-action films, including the recent Netflix hit The Willoughbys. Currently, her focus is on...more

Speaking at: Leading with purpose amidst uncertainty: executives share strategies for the future


Tommy Gillespie

Director, Children's Programming

PBS

As Director of Children’s Programming, Tommy leads the strategic rollout of video content for PBS KIDS, including scheduling and content planning for the U.S. public broadcaster’s national children’s service and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and livestream. He is also the production executive on several PBS KIDS series, including the...more


Rebecca Glashow

President

BBC Studios

As President, BBC Studios – Americas, Rebecca Glashow is responsible for leading the strategy to further develop BBC Studios’ distribution activities in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, driving profitable long-term growth in a core commercial market for the BBC Group. With a focus on bringing BBC content and services...more

Speaking at: Streaming the future forward


Michael Gordon

TV Global Scripted Agent

Creative Artists Agency

Michael Gordon is a TV Global Scripted Agent at the Creative Artists Agency (CAA). At CAA he has put together and represented many critically acclaimed global shows including Fauda (Netflix), Tehran (Apple), Euphoria (HBO), How to Sell Drugs Online (FAST) (Netflix), Feel Good (Netflix), War of the Worlds (Epix) and...more

Speaking at: content advisory board


Magda Grace

Head of Prime Video Canada

Amazon Canada

As Head of Prime Video Canada, Magda Grace is responsible for the company’s development and expansion efforts into Canada. She previously held positions at Starz and ICM Partners. Magda has a Master of Laws from UCLA School of Law and a Juris Doctor degree from McGill Law.

Speaking at: Streaming the future forward


Greg Greenwald

Manager, Program Development, CNN Original Series

CNN

Greg Greenwald is Manager of Program Development for CNN Original Series and is based out of CNN’s New York office. He is responsible for developing original programming across a variety of CNN platforms as well as cultivating relationships within the entertainment industry. Prior to joining CNN, Greg worked as a development...more


Melanie Hadley

Program Director

WarnerMedia

Melanie is an Ojibway Woman and member of Pine Creek First Nation. Growing up in an underrepresented community, she has the unique life experience to give her the drive, ambition, and perseverance to explore the power of change through storytelling. 

In her 15+ years working in the entertainment industry in Canada she...more

Speaking at: content advisory board


Jennifer Harkness

SVP, Unscripted Content

Blue Ant Media

Jennifer Harkness’ key focus is developing, selling and producing unscripted series for Blue Ant Studios within the US and international markets. Previously, Harkness served as SVP of Sales & Development USA for Cream Productions, most recently as Executive Producer on The Story of Late Night for CNN. In her role,...more


Andy Harries

Chief Executive

Left Bank Pictures

Andy Harries is Chief Executive and co-founder of Left Bank Pictures, a multi award-winning UK-based film and television production company. Established in 2007, and a majority stake acquired by Sony in 2012, Left Bank Pictures has produced a huge range of TV and film including Wallander, Mad Dogs and Strike...more

Speaking at: Tales from the hitmakers: strategies for the streaming era


Patricia Hidalgo

Director of Children’s and Education

BBC

Patricia Hidalgo is Director of Children’s & Education at the BBC. She is responsible for developing and implementing creative and editorial strategy for BBC Children’s services across all platforms, with a focus on the strategic future direction of media consumption and business models.

Patricia also heads up the two most popular...more

Speaking at: Trend report: what’s hot with kids now



Rose Hughes

VP, Sales

Keshet International

Rose is an international media and sales executive with a strong track record across formats and tape in scripted and non-scripted content through development, co-productions, pre-buys, and international distribution. 

At Keshet International, Rose is responsible for the sales of all formats and finished series across North America, Western Europe plus Global and Regional SVODs....more


Kirsten Hurd

Acquisitions, TVO Kids

TVO


Luke Hyams

Head of Originals EMEA at YouTube

YouTube

Luke Hyams joined YouTube Originals in 2017 as Head of Originals EMEA, overseeing the platform's original content productions and development slate. During his tenure, his projects at YouTube Originals have included the documentary Terms and Conditions: A UK Drill Story, Together We RiseVirtually History, How to be: Behzinga and Birthday Song

Prior...more

Speaking at: 30 minutes with: Luke Hyams, Head of Originals, YouTube EMEA


Diane Ikemiyashiro

VP, Current Series

Disney


Mandel Ilagan

VP, Live-Action Development, Unscripted

Nickelodeon

Mandel Ilagan is the VP of unscripted development at Nickelodeon, where he’s helped launch shows such as UnleashedThe Crystal Maze, The Substitute, Top Elf, Paradise Run and the recent reboots of the Emmy® Award-nominated Double Dare and Emmy® Award-nominated Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader.  

Prior to Nickelodeon, Ilagan served as an exec at Hasbro Studios...more


Monika Ille

CEO

APTN Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc.

Monika Ille is a member of the Abenaki First Nation of Odanak. She has built a rich and diverse portfolio over the course of nearly 30 years in the broadcasting industry. After graduating with distinction from the Université du Québec à Montréal, she entered the industry by working for the...more

Speaking at: content advisory board


Katie Isaacson

Senior Manager of Development, CNN Original Series

CNN

Katie Isaacson is Senior Manager of Development for CNN Original Series at CNN, based in New York City. In this position, she is responsible for cultivating relationships within the creative community and developing original programming across a variety of CNN platforms. She is responsible for the development of show concepts...more


Angela Jain

Managing Director

Lifted Entertainment

Angela is Managing Director of Lifted Entertainment (FKA: ITV Studios Entertainment), the largest producer of entertainment programmes in the UK. The label produces a wide variety of award-winning and acclaimed shows for all of the UK broadcasters and increasingly internationally too. Ranging from University Challenge, to Love Island to Ant...more

Speaking at: content advisory board


Christina Jennings

Chairman & CEO

Shaftesbury

A visionary producer with a track record for delivering award-winning scripted content for audiences around the world, Christina Jennings is founder, chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury, a content company known for innovative storytelling and building successful brands. Spanning the production of TV, feature film and digital content, Shaftesbury titles are sold...more

Speaking at: Tales from the hitmakers: strategies for the streaming era


Andrew Johnson

Executive In Charge of Production

Corus Entertainment Inc

Andrew Johnson helps develop and commission factual programming for Corus channels HISTORY and Global. He has overseen programs such as Rust Valley Restorers, Cheating Hitler, Big Timber, History Erased, Fight to the Finish, D-Day in 14 Stories, Border Security, Hunting Nazi Treasure, Yukon Gold, and Ice Pilots.

Previously, he was Commissioning...more


Marta Kauffman

Creator, Friends and Grace & Frankie; Owner/Executive Producer, Okay Goodnight

Marta Kauffman is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning television writer, producer, and showrunner behind the hit series Friends and Grace & Frankie. After graduating from Brandeis University, Kauffman got her big break alongside David Crane when their pilots Dream On (1990) and The Powers That Be (1992) were greenlit. The...more

Speaking at: Showrunner Superpanel: making content for the new world


Nahnatchka Khan

Showrunner, Writer, and Director

Fierce Baby Productions

Showrunner, writer, and director Nahnatchka Khan has become one of the most sought-after creators in film and television. Khan is the founder of her film and TV production company, Fierce Baby, which focuses on amplifying new voices and perspectives in both comedy and drama. In 2019, she made her feature directorial debut with...more

Speaking at: Showrunner Superpanel: making content for the new world


Joana Klaus

Original Content Coordinator, Gloob and Gloobinho

Grupo Globo

Based in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Joana Klaus is Kids Content Specialist at Grupo Globo. In the broadcasting business for more than 10 years, she is the curator of animation and live-action streaming content for children at Grupo Globo's newly restructured digital department.

Prior to moving to the streaming...more


Jarmo Lampela

Head of Drama

YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company

Jarmo Lampela is currently the Head of Drama at YLE and has been since 2015, with the aim to increase the international co-productions before 2020. At current, YLE has over 11 different series that have been produced or in production with 9 different countries.

He has worked as scriptwriter...more


Nathalie Lethbridge

Founder and Managing Director

Atonik Digital

Nathalie Lethbridge is the Founder and Managing Director of Atonik Digital, an international boutique advisory firm focusing on streamed entertainment and content strategy and monetisation based in London.  Highly experienced at monetisation and growth strategies across the content ecosystem, Nathalie is passionate about the growth opportunities presented by changing audience behaviour across the traditional and digital/OTT content ecosystem....more

Speaking at: Streaming the future forward


Samantha Linton

Head of Original Content Canada

Blue Ant Media

Sam brings over 30 years of production expertise to the media company’s specialty television channels including Cottage Life, T+E, Makeful,  Smithsonian Canada and BBC Earth Canada. In her role, Sam oversees commissioning and production of original series such as Blown Away, Hotel Paranormal, Life Below Zero Canada, Hope For Wildlife...more


Krista Look

Director of Original Lifestyle Content

Corus Entertainment Inc

Krista Look is the Director of Original Lifestyle Content for Corus Entertainment in Toronto. In this role, she is responsible for steering the original content strategies and reality/lifestyle slates for some of Canada’s most-watched networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, Slice and Global Television.

Krista’s Corus Studios lifestyle team is...more

Speaking at: 30 minutes with: Krista Look, Director of Original Lifestyle Content, Corus Entertainment


Christine Maestracci

Vice President Acquisitions & International Distribution

Quebecor Content

Christine Maestracci is Vice President Acquisitions & International Distribution at Quebecor Content. In this role, she is responsible for devising content acquisition strategy for all the platforms of the group, developing partnerships with studios and distributors, and growing the distribution of original productions abroad. She leads a team that scouts...more


Brenda Maffuchi

Head of Acquisitions & Property Development

DeAgostini Editore Spa

Brenda Maffuchi joined De Agostini Editore in December 2012 as Head of Acquisitions & Property Development; is responsible for analyzing, negotiating and managing all content acquisition and all international co-productions for De Agostini’s channels in Italy. At this role, she also supervises the complete development process for the local and...more


Marika Makaroff

Founder and CCO

Gutsy Animations

Marika Makaroff is an award-winning content creator, producer and creative director hailing from Finland. Currently the Creative Creative Officer and founder of Gutsy Animations, Makaroff has worked in media for over 20 years with past roles including creative director at Fremantle Media and Filmlance International and additionally, CEO at Fremantle...more

Speaking at: content advisory board


Kristen Marston

Culture & Entertainment Advocacy Director

Color of Change

With unique expertise at the intersection of the entertainment and nonprofit industries, Kristen is skilled at translating social issues from communities on the ground into film, TV, and advertising projects. She’s worked with big brands like Nike and consulted on popular television shows like ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and the Emmy-winning...more


Joe Mazzeo

Coordinator, Documentaries and Specials

Discovery

Based in Los Angeles, Joe Mazzeo is the Coordinator for the Documentaries and Specials team at Discovery Channel where he plays an integral role in development, production, and acquisitions of premium content including natural history, documentaries, and limited series airing on Discovery Channel and discovery+. Prior to Discovery Channel Mazzeo...more


Matt McGowan

Director and General Manager, Snap Inc. Canada

Snap

A born and bred New Yorker turned Torontonian who has lived on 3 continents; Matt has worked alongside many of the world's best-known and thousands of lesser-known corporations including brands, agencies, and technology companies. 

Matt is the Director and General Manager of Snapchat Canada, the camera company that owns Snapchat, Spectacles,...more

Speaking at: content advisory board


Montrel McKay

President of Development & Production

Hoorae Film & TV

Montrel McKay currently serves as the President of Development & Production at Hoorae Media (fka Issa Rae Productions). In this role McKay manages and oversees the content slate for the company in both television and feature film.

Prior to joining Hoorae, McKay served as Senior Vice President of Apex Entertainment Ventures,...more

Speaking at: Tales from the hitmakers: strategies for the streaming era


Lisa Meeches

Founder and Executive Producer

Eagle Vision

Lisa Meeches is one of the most dynamic and respected producers in the film industry. Lisa is Anishinaabe from Long Plain First Nation. After studying broadcasting in North Dakota, Lisa began her career in 1986 with the Native Media Network. She later began news reporting for Craig Broadcasting Systems in...more

Speaking at: Making sense of the madness: where does the future of Canadian content production lie?


Kathleen Meek

Manager, Original Content, Drama and Factual

Corus Entertainment Inc

Kathleen Meek is Manager, Original Content, Drama 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 also Production Executive on Global’s event drama Departure, History’s hit show Vikings, YTV’s...more


Kerry Moraes-Sugiyama

Manager of Programming, West

APTN Aboriginal People's Television Network

Kerry Moraes-Sugiyama, APTN’s Manager of Programming- Western Region, works with and supports the dynamic Indigenous production talent in British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon.  

Kerry oversees different aspects of program development and production. Close attention is paid to promising Indigenous emerging talent and APTN is always looking for new and conceptually...more


Mauricio Mota

Founder and Co-President

Wise Entertainment

Recently awarded with an Innovation and Inclusion Award by the Digital Diversity Network, Mauricio Mota is the founder and co- president of Wise Entertainment. He served as executive producer of East Los High, an award-winning drama series that earned 6 Emmy nominations during its run on Hulu for its realistic...more


Rachel Nelson

Director, Original Content, Scripted and Factual

Corus Entertainment Inc

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...more

Speaking at: 30 minutes with: Rachel Nelson, Director, Original Content, Scripted and Factual, Corus Entertainment


Holly Nichols

Development Manager

WildBrain

As WildBrain’s Development Manager, Holly Nichols is the key contact for all incoming content submissions. Holly ensures WildBrain’s creative-slate needs and content strategy are communicated clearly to external producers and creators. Working closely with WildBrain’s development teams covering animation, live-action and short-form digital content, Holly seeks to find distinct creative...more


Michael Ouweleen

President of Adult Swim

Cartoon Network

Michael Ouweleen is the president of Adult Swim, WarnerMedia’s network offering original and acquired animated and live action series for young adults. In this role, Ouweleen is responsible for all aspects of content planning, development, windowing, marketing and creative for Adult Swim and its properties globally. He also oversees linear...more

Speaking at: 30 minutes with: Michael Ouweleen, President, Adult Swim


Cathy Payne

CEO

Banijay Rights

Cathy Payne serves as Chief Executive, Banijay Rights. Setting and executing the business’ global strategy, she oversees all distribution activity for Banijay’s burgeoning catalogue of 100,000+ hours, which includes landmark brands, Survivor, Big Brother, MasterChef, Temptation IslandGrantchester, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Deal or No Deal, Versailles, Biggest Loser, Home and Away,...more

Speaking at: Leading with purpose amidst uncertainty: executives share strategies for the future


Troels Branth Pedersen

Acquisitions Executive

TV2 Denmark

Having worked as a writer for Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit, Troels Branth Pedersen joined the Acquisitions team with Danish state broadcaster TV 2 in 2007. Three years later he took on the role as Acquisitions Executive within the genres of documentary, factual entertainment and lifestyle procuring programming for Denmark’s leading...more


Ivan Pehar

Country Manager

Spotify Canada

Ivan Pehar is the Head of Canada Ad Sales at Spotify. He is an accomplished strategic digital marketing professional with over 20 years’ experience in brand building, media innovation, and technology for some of the world’s most respected brands.

Ivan is responsible for developing the Spotify Canada go-to-market strategy that assists...more

Speaking at: content advisory board


Aron Phillips

COO

SLAM and RTG Features

Aron Phillips is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of SLAM, a legacy basketball magazine turned modern media company and global lifestyle brand, and RTG Features, their newly established sister studio. RTG, which stands for “Respect the Game,” is focused on original development and financing projects ranging from feature films and...more


Irene Pothecary-Huse

Acquisitions Executive

NRK, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK Super


Robert Prinz

Director of Original Series, Comedy

Netflix

Robert Prinz is a Director of Original Series, Comedy at Netflix.  His coverage includes the Kevin James' comedy The Crew, Family Reunion, and the upcoming Dad Stop Embarrassing Me starring Jamie Foxx.

Prior to Netflix, Robert spent 10 years developing YA-focused comedy and drama series in his roles as Vice President of Scripted...more


Yi Qiao

Director, Sales and Acquisitions, Drama

ZDF Enterprises GmbH

Yi Qiao is Director for Drama at ZDF Enterprises, the commerical arm of German public broadcaster ZDF. There, she is responsible for sales and acquisitions of scripted projects across Scandinavia and the English-speaking territories. Prior to joining ZDFE, Yi Qiao has worked as a senior sales manager for Red Arrow...more


Lucie Quenneville

General Manager, Programming Strategies and Acquisitions

Bell Media

Lucie Quenneville joined Bell Media in July 2020 as General Manager, Programming Strategies and Acquisitions. She has 25 years of experience in the television industry and was most recently Senior Manager, Youth Acquisitions and Content Monitoring, at Radio-Canada, where she put in place the first strategic content intelligence unit.

Before that, she...more

Speaking at: content advisory board


Rishi Rajani

President of Production and Development

Hillman Grad Productions

Rishi Rajani joined Hillman Grad Productions in 2018 and currently serves as President of Production and Development. Since then he has been an Executive Producer on the shows Boomerang and Twenties, produced the Sundance award-winning film The 40-Year-Old Version, and continues to manage Hillman Grad’s ever-growing slate of films, TV shows, podcasts, commercials,...more

Speaking at: Tales from the hitmakers: strategies for the streaming era


Thai Randolph

President and Chief Operating Officer

Laugh Out Loud

Thai Randolph is an award-winning marketing, business development & operations leader who has spent her career at the intersection of content, consumers and commerce.  Randolph has a proven track-record of developing brands, audience and revenue for some of the biggest names in advertising, technology and entertainment – including WPP, Publicis,...more

Speaking at: Streaming the future forward


Chris Regina

Director, Original Series, Drama Development

Netflix

In his role at Netflix as Director, Chris Regina oversees upcoming global original sci-fi genre series like Warrior Nun, Another Life, Wu Assassins, The Order, and Black Summer. 

Previously he was Senior Vice President, Original Co-Productions, Syfy, USA & Chiller, focusing on original Syfy movies like the pop culture sensation Sharknado and original scripted...more


Ryan Robinson

Manager, Program Development, CNN Original Series & Films

CNN

Ryan Robinson is Manager of Development for CNN Original Series and Films. Robinson joined CNN in 2016 and works in development and current across both series and films content. During her CNN tenure, she’s worked on a variety of new and returning original series including United Shades of America with W....more


Christina Rogers

Director of Original Independent Film

Netflix

Christina Rogers is Director, Original Independent Film at Netflix where she oversees a slate of Original Netflix female-focused films in the Romance, Thriller, and Inspirational genres that have garnered hits like The Princess Switch, Holiday In the Wild, Falling Inn Love, Secret Obsession and Dangerous Lies. During her 4  years...more


Orion Ross

VP Original Programming-Animation

The Walt Disney Company (EMEA)

Orion Ross is based in London and is responsible for the creative development and production of original animated series for Disney's Europe and Africa media networks including Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney+.

Current and recent projects include Chip 'N' Dale, 101 Dalmatian Street, Miraculous Ladybug, PJ Masks, Furiki Wheels, Gigantosaurus, Best...more

Speaking at: 30 minutes with: Orion Ross, VP, Original Programming, Animation, Media Networks, Disney EMEA


Vera Santamaria

Screenwriter and Executive Producer

Vera Santamaria is a screenwriter working in both features and television. Most recently she was an Executive Producer on Hulu's critically acclaimed second season of PEN15. Her work can also be seen on Apple's upcoming star-studded female-driven anthology series, ROAR. Prior to this, she was a Co-Executive Producer on the...more


Ted Sarandos

Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer

Netflix

Ted Sarandos serves as Chief Content Officer and co-CEO at Netflix. He oversees the teams responsible for the acquisition and creation of all Netflix content including original series from around the world such as Stranger Things, Dark (Germany) La Casa de Papel (Spain), Sacred Games (India) and The Witcher (Poland),...more

Speaking at: Summit Series: Ted Sarandos, co-CEO and Chief Content Officer, Netflix


Ian Scott

Chairperson & CEO

CRTC Canadian Radio Television & Telecommunications Commissions

As Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, Ian Scott supervises and directs the work and staff of the Commission. He also chairs Commission meetings and participates in public hearings and consultations.

Ian has over 25 years of policy and regulatory experience in broadcasting and telecommunications both in the public and private sectors.

After...more

Speaking at: In Conversation with: CRTC Chairperson and CEO Ian Scott


Dan Selig

SVP, Americas

Endeavor

Dan Selig is Senior Vice President, Americas for Endeavor Content and oversees all sales activity for the international television group in the United States, Canada and across Latin America.

Before joining EC, Selig was senior vice president, Worldwide Distribution, for HBO, responsible for all off-network TV sales of HBO original programming...more


Linda Simensky

Head of PBS KIDS Content

PBS KIDS

As the Head of PBS KIDS Content, Linda Simensky collaborates with producers, co-production partners, PBS station programmers, and distributors throughout the development, production, post-production, broadcast, and digital phases for PBS KIDS content. She leads the development of a multi-platform video content strategy, designed to respond to the quickly evolving media...more

Speaking at: 30 minutes with: Linda Simensky, Head of PBS Kids Content, PBS


Tamra Simmons

CEO and Executive Producer

The TSB Agency & Live Always Productions

Who is Tamra Simmons?

Tamra Simmons is an internationally acclaimed CEO, producer, writer, talent director, and entrepreneur. She is most recognized for her work as the creator and executive producer of the ground-breaking Lifetime documentary series, Surviving R. Kelly. The docuseries has reached over 26.8 million viewers & over 20 million...more

Speaking at: content advisory board


Kari Skogland

CEO

Mad Rabbit

One of the world’s most prolific female directors of one-hour dramas and feature films, Kari Skogland is committed to producing high-end one-hour dramas for the international market while she continues her award-winning work. Most recently, she was pilot, multiple episode director and an executive producer of Showtime’s Golden Globe Nominated...more

Speaking at: In Conversation With: Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer, Marvel and Kari Skogland, Award-Winning Director and CEO of Mad Rabbit


Alena Smith

Creator, Showrunner and Executive Producer, "Dickinson" on Apple TV+

Alena Smith is a playwright and TV writer. She is the creator, showrunner and executive producer of the critically-acclaimed series Dickinson starring Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson, which recently aired its second season on Apple TV+, and has been renewed for a third.

Dickinson won a Peabody Award in the category...more

Speaking at: Showrunner Superpanel: making content for the new world


Emily O. Smith

Senior Director, International Originals, HBO Max

WarnerMedia

Emily Smith is the Senior Director of International Originals at HBO Max, which launched in May of 2020. Since joining, she has been involved with a number of international series, working with writers, producers, and directors to deliver quality content on the popular streaming service. Prior to joining, Max, Emily was an Executive...more

Speaking at: content advisory board


Martin Soudan

Director of Development, Fiction

SND Groupe M6

Martin Soudan is in charge of the development and production of TV scripted content at SND (Groupe M6). He is working with agents, writers and producing partners to source, develop and oversee the scripted projects, for Groupe M6 TV channels as well as third-party broadcasters.

Prior to joining SND, he had...more


Frank Spotnitz

Executive Producer

Big Light Productions Ltd

Award-winning writer and producer Frank Spotnitz founded Big Light Productions, a London and Paris-based production company, in 2013 with a vision to create distinctive and ambitious TV drama series.

As CEO Spotnitz oversees the development and production of the company’s television slate. Under Spotnitz’s stewardship, Big Light has produced a number...more


Jessie Springer

Associate Manager of Development, Nat Geo WILD

National Geographic Channel

Jessie Springer is the Associate Manager of Development for the WILD creative team. She manages the development of wildlife and animal content for national geographic channels with an emphasis on Sharkfest and character-led series for Nat Geo WILD. Previously, Jessie worked in Development and Production for Red Rock Films and...more


Will Stapley

Head of Acquisitions

TVF International

Will is responsible for managing and developing the acquisitions strategy at TVF International, the UK's leading and longest-standing independent distributor of documentary and unscripted programming. Will has worked in international distribution for over ten years on both the sales and acquisitions side in all territories worldwide. He has acquired more...more


Mal Stares

Senior Associate in TV Advisory, Endeavor Content

Endeavor Content

Mal Stares was born in Toronto, Canada before moving to Germany at the age of seven. Her unusual childhood helped her secure her first job, translating the website for a popular New Zealand kid's show into German. While majoring in English Literature at the University of British Columbia she started...more


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...more


Alec Strum

VP, Original Series

Epix

Alec Strum joined EPIX in April 2020 as Vice President, Original Series, working on the development and execution of the network's slate of scripted original content. He most recently served as Director, Drama Programming & Development at Fox Entertainment where he started in 2015 as an assistant. While at Fox,...more


Igal Svet

VP, Documentaries, Discovery+

Discovery

Speaking at: 30 minutes with: Igal Svet, VP, Documentaries, Discovery+


Catherine Tait

President & CEO

CBC/Radio-Canada

Catherine Tait was appointed President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada on April 3, 2018, for a five-year term. She began her mandate on July 3, 2018. Catherine is also the Chair of the Global Task Force for Public Media, an initiative of the Public Media Alliance launched in September 2019.

As President...more

Speaking at: What it means to run a public broadcaster in 2021 (and beyond)


Benjamin Thornton

Non-Scripted Development Associate

Warner Bros.

Benjamin Thornton is the Non-scripted Development Associate for the North American branch at Warner Bros International Television Production. During his tenure he has helped establish quality programming in the non-scripted format space along with developing premium documentaries as well as branching out into the narrative format space. WBITVP’s production operations are responsible...more


Karine Tremblay

Manager of OTT Programming

APTN Aboriginal People's Television Network

Karine Tremblay, Manager of OTT Programming, is responsible for executing all language program acquisitions and original productions for APTN’s OTT service, curating platform assets and assisting with the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of OTT programming strategies.


Kathryn Tyus-Adair

SVP Original Programming

Starz Media LLC


Amanda Vaughan

Production Executive, Corus Kids

Corus Entertainment Inc

Amanda is a Production Executive at Corus Kids, where she uses her passion for children's programming to assist in the production and development of live-action and animated series for Corus’s YTV, TELETOON, and Treehouse networks.

Previously, she has held other roles at Corus Entertainment on the Kids Original Content team as...more


Kerstin Viehbach

Head of Commissioning & Development (Fiction)

SUPER RTL/RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co.KG

For 20 years now Kerstin has been working at Super RTL and still finds it anything but boring. As head of the commissioning & development department, she and her team search for the greatest fictional series for children between 3 and 13.

In this role, Kerstin is also responsible for the...more


Vinay Virmani

Partner and Chief Content Officer

Uninterrupted Canada

Vinay Virmani is a graduate of Toronto’s York University, known for its progressive programs in media, arts and performance. Also a student of the esteemed Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York City, Vinay is the Founder of the Toronto film and TV production company First Take Entertainment.

His...more

Speaking at: content advisory board


Lauren Whitelaw

Head of Programming

OUTtv Network Inc

Lauren is the Head of Programming for OUTtv, currently with services in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UK and the US. Servicing multiple territories, she has successfully negotiated contracts with companies worldwide. Lauren recently joined the development team at the network and continues to work closely with producers globally to find...more


Melissa Williamson

SVP, Scripted Content, Saloon Media

Saloon Media

Melissa Williamson oversees the development and production of all scripted series across comedy and drama for Saloon Media. Her role is vital to Saloon Media’s strategic growth into the scripted space as well as bolstering and diversifying its overall production slate. Saloon Media’s position as part of Blue Ant Studios...more


Katie Wilson

VP, Channels & Curation

WildBrain

Katie Wilson, Vice President, Channels and Curation, WildBrain Television, is responsible for curating content and providing editorial direction across WildBrain’s portfolio of Canadian broadcast channels – Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr., Télémagino and their multiplatform/VOD extensions. Central to her role, Wilson spearheads WildBrain Television’s content acquisition and original production program....more


Anna Winger

Creator, Writer, Showrunner, Executive Producer: Unorthodox (Netflix), Deutschland83/86/89 (Amazon)

Studio Airlift

Anna Winger is a British-American writer, producer, creator of the television shows Deutschland83/86/89 and Unorthodox, and founder of STUDIO AIRLIFT, a production company in Berlin. Winger was raised in Kenya, Massachusetts and Mexico, and studied at Columbia University in New York. She has received Emmy, Peabody and Adolf Grimme awards for her work.


Marion Winter

Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Co-Productions

SUPER RTL/RTL DISNEY Fernsehen GmbH & Co.KG

Marion Winter joined Super RTL in April 2011 as Senior Manager of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. Previously, she held numerous positions within the Program Acquisitions and Sales department of parent network RTL Television, and worked as Manager of Content Sourcing for RTL Interactive’s online, mobile and VOD platforms.

“Life changing. What I learned and who I met in such a short period of time was Amazing.”
- Joy Haskell, Writer/Director/Producer

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