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


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

Sr. Associate, 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


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


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

Manager of Film & Television

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Andrew Johnson

Executive in Charge of Production, Original Content, Factual

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Associate Manager of Programming, Western Region APTN

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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