Advisory Board

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Rob Aslett

Company Director, Artist Manager and Executive Producer
Avalon Television

Rob started at Avalon in 1991 as the Head of Live Promotions. He began to take on his own management clients in 1995 and has built a roster of supremely talented and successful comedians and actors which includes Lee Mack (BATFA winner whose BBC1 sitcom Not Going Out is currently...more

Speaking at: Comedies that travel,Topic Tables

Jason Badal

Head of Canada, Disney+
Walt Disney Company (Canada) Ltd.

Jason Badal is Head of Canada for Disney+, the global streaming service owned by The Walt Disney Company. In this role Jason leads the Canadian strategy for the platform with a specific focus on the content offering and technology.

Prior to Disney+, Jason was the global head of multinational merchants within...more

Bing Chen

CEO & Co-Founder

Bing Chen is an impact founder, investor, and new world builder. He is Executive Chairman and Founder of AU Holdings: a family of companies that incubate and invest in multicultural creators, companies, and communities to rebalance socioeconomic equity. He is also Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-founder of Gold...more

Deniese Davis

Founder and CEO
Reform Media Group

Deniese Davis is a three-time Emmy nominated Producer and the Founder and CEO of Reform Media Group. She 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. Recent producing credits include: Co-Executive Producer on the HBO...more

Speaking at: Global partnerships: we’re all in this together,Comedies that travel

Nua Finau

Co-Founder, Executive Producer and Showrunner
Tavake Ltd

A proud Tongan, born and raised in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Halaifonua Finau, or Nua as he's more commonly known, is at the forefront of bringing Polynesian stories to our screens.

He is a writer and producer, with a mission to take his little corner of the Pacific to the world. He...more

Speaking at: Production Partners,Indigenous Screen Summit Pitch Forum #2: drama series,Global partnerships: we’re all in this together

Chris Fry

Joint Creative Director of Scripted
Sister Pictures

Chris spent the early part of his career as a first assistant director. After making the move into producing, Chris accrued producer credits on numerous high-profile series including 8, 9 and 10 of Spooks (two of which were BAFTA nominated for best series) and The Smoke written by the award-winning...more

Speaking at: Production Partners,Meet a Decision Maker,Trends in scripted programming

Megan Halpern

Senior Vice President
The Black List

Megan Halpern is Senior Vice President of the Black List, where she manages the Black List's film and TV slate and a robust array of programs and partnerships. Halpern began her career in book publishing and joined the Black List in 2014 to develop its lab programs and produce live...more

Lisa Hamilton Daly

EVP, Programming
Hallmark Media

Lisa Hamilton Daly is Executive Vice President, Programming for Hallmark Media. Daly is charged with identifying, developing, and creating impactful, top-quality, brand-building content across the company's three linear networks, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama, as well as its SVOD service, Hallmark Movies Now, and AVOD platform, Hallmark Movies & More....more

Jennifer Harkness

SVP, Factual Entertainment and Production
Blue Ant Media

Jennifer Harkness oversees all aspects of Blue Ant Studios' unscripted development and series production for the US and international markets. Most recently, she Executive Produced Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies (Peacock), Banished: The Prince Andrew Story (Peacock, Channel 5), Evil By Design: Surviving Peter Nygard (Starz) and Epstein's Shadow:...more

Tom Hastings

Head of Original Programming in Canada, Paramount+

Based in Toronto, Tom leads the commissioning strategy for Paramount+ Canadian originals. An industry veteran and former Director of Drama at Bell Media, Tom has extensive and long-standing relationships with Canada’s independent production and literary communities and is especially known for his respected relationships with Canadian writers, producers and agents.

Speaking at: Indigenous Screen Summit Pitch Forum #2: drama series,Defining Canadian Content: The future of the industry,30 minutes with... Tom Hastings, Katrina Kowalski and Stefania Scarfo, Paramount+ Canada

Monika Ille

Chief Executive Officer
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 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 Société...more

Dany Meloul

Executive Vice President
CBC Radio-Canada

Dany Meloul has been General Manager of Radio-Canada Television since October 2019. She is responsible for the ICI Télé, ICI ARTV and ICI Explora Channels, as well as the ICI TOU.TV streaming platform. With a long track record in the media industry in Quebec, she has in-depth knowledge, in a...more

Jay Carolyn Wu

Head of Development
Bell Media

Jay (Carolyn) Wu –they/them– is a development executive with a focus on scripted original series as part of Bell Media's Original Programming team. They take pitches and develop projects for CTV, Crave, and the Entertainment Specialty channels of Bell Media across both comedy and drama. They collaborate with everyone from...more

Speaking at: Topic Tables,Topic Tables

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