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Roy Ackerman

Creative Director

Fresh One Productions

Roy Ackerman is Managing Director of Fresh One Productions,  founded by global campaigning chef Jamie Oliver. The company has transformed from a producer of Jamie’s shows into a major multi-genre global indie – with successes from drama to entertainment, arts to documentary, a team of stellar executives including TV legend...more

Speaking at: Taking the Plunge, Crossing the Pond

Christian Barcellos

SVP Development & Production

Fox International Channels

As FOX International Channels’ Executive Vice President of Unscripted Entertainment, seasoned producer and Emmy Award®-winning production executive Christian Barcellos leads the overall content strategy and brand editorial of FIC’s original unscripted productions. He is responsible for overseeing all original development & production, and developing and implementing long-term unscripted programming for...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Christian Barcellos, FOX International Channels (10:45-11:15)

Tom Beck

Head of Live Events

Channel 4

Tom joined Channel 4 in March 2012 as Commissioning Editor, Entertainment and has looked after shows like Derren Brown, Alan Carr: Chatty Man and The Singer Takes It All.  In September 2014 he moved to Factual Entertainment where his slate includes The Jump, Gadget Man andTroy.

Before joining Channel 4 Tom was Head of Entertainment at Ant and Dec’s company...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Christian Beetz


beetz brothers filmproduction

Christian Beetz, founder and CEO ofbeetz brothers filmproduction, is one of the most important factual producers in Germany. Under his directionbeetz brothers filmproductionrealised more than 120 high-quality documentaries for the national and international market and emerged as one of the top 100 international independent production companies. The productions regularly screen...more

Speaking at: Go Co-Pro!

Jana Bennett

Senior Advisor and Executive-at-Large

FYI and LMN Channels

Jana Bennett joined A+E Networks as President, FYI and LMN channels in June 2013. In her role, Bennett oversees all creative and business matters including programming, marketing, strategic planning, brand development and acquisitions for two of the fastest growing networks in the A+E portfolio; FYI, which was rebranded from BIO...more

Speaking at: The Cold, Hard Truth: Busting Myths about the US and UK Markets

Yvonne Body

Head of Acquisitions

Beyond Distribution

Yvonne joined Beyond Distribution in 2002. Based in Beyond’s London office, she is responsible for sourcing top quality programming from around the world to add to Beyond’s international catalogue of factual, lifestyle, drama and children’s programming.

Prior to Beyond, Ms. Body spent 5 years in New York as Vice President of...more

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Diana Buddingh

Director Global Productions


After 28 years of experience at Endemol International and FremantleMedia, Diana Buddingh joined Talpa Media’s Global department as Director Global Production in July 2014. Where she is responsible for the global roll-out of all Talpa formats and will manage creatively all partnerships and joint ventures. 

Speaking at: Talpa Open Pitch

James Burstall

Chairman & CEO


James Burstall is CEO of Argonon, an independent production company headquartered in London, New York, Vancouver and Glasgow that creates and distributes creative content across multiple platforms for the global marketplace. Founded by Burstall in 2011, Argonon encompasses various companies and businesses throughout the UK, the US and Canada. Under...more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: James Burstall, Argonon

Catherine Catton

Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment


With over ten years’ experience in TV, including brand development, running channels and commissioning, Catherine is currently Senior Commissioning Editor at UKTV.

In this role, she has been responsible for breakout hits across the UKTV network including returning formats such as David Attenborough’s Natural CuriositiesMy Flatpack Homemore

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Laura Civiello


Esquire Network

As Vice President, Development for Esquire Network, Laura Civiello oversees development and production of the network’s original series. In her role, she works with producers, production companies, agencies and distributors to develop programming for all dayparts and genres including reality, formats, competition and docu-series. She also oversees the team responsible...more

Charlie Clare

Managing Director

Casting House

Charlie set up Casting House in 2010.   Having worked for over 10 years in factual television he wanted to set up a casting company that specialised in the difficult job of finding great people to feature in factual and factual entertainment programming.

Casting House has found over 300 contributors for shows...more

Speaking at: Talpa Open Pitch

Sean Cohan

Chief Growth Officer and President, International

A+E Networks

Mr. Cohan oversees A+E Networks’ International division, managing the company’s brands, content, and services outside the U.S. He manages staff in New York, London, Rome and Singapore, and venture teams across 20 more cities. The division’s activities include branded channels, content sales and digital media distribution.

Today, A+E Networks operates 62...more

Speaking at: Lost in Translation?

Emily Dalton

Managing Director

Darlow Smithson Productions

Emily Dalton joined DSP in 2011 as a Senior Development Producer, before quickly becoming Head of Development, and then Creative Director in 2012. She has recently been promoted to Managing Director.

Whilst at DSP, Emily has originated and developedThe Mill, Channel 4’s highest-rating drama of 2013. Other recent projects includeRichard III:...more

Speaking at: Go Co-Pro!

Martin Davidson

Head of Commissioning for TV Specialist Factual


Martin joined the BBC in 1988. In 2001, he became Head of History at RDF Media, making numerous series for a variety of networks. He returned to the BBC in 2005 as Commissioning Executive Producer. He was appointed Commissioning Editor, Specialist Factual, in November 2007. In 2010, he was appointed...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables; Smart + Loud = Hit

Sarah T. Davies

SVP, Development

Discovery Networks International

Sarah Davies is Vice President, Production and Factual Development, Discovery Networks International (DNI), a division of Discovery Communications, the #1 pay-TV programmer in the world.

In this role, she serves as the chief liaison between the development and production teams for Discovery Channel in the United States and their international counterpart...more

Speaking at: Taking the Plunge, Crossing the Pond; 30 Minutes With: Sarah T. Davies, Discovery Networks International (2:30-3:00)

John De Mol


Talpa Media Group

John de Mol is the owner of Talpa Media Group and heads the creative process within the organisation.

De Mol began his career as an independent TV producer at the age of 24, by which time he had already amassed several years’ experience working for commercial radio and public broadcasters in...more

Speaking at: Talpa Open Pitch

Dimitri Doganis


Raw TV

Raw’s founder Dimitri Doganis started his career as a news producer and cameraman working in 24-hour cable news. He went on to direct multi-award-winning documentaries, often in some of world’s toughest places such as the West Bank during the Intifada and Iraq during the second Gulf war. As head of...more

Speaking at: Taking the Plunge, Crossing the Pond

Marshall Eisen

VP, Development


Marshall Eisen graduated from the documentary film production program at Stanford University and joined MTV News And Docs as a supervising producer in 2000. He’s currently a senior vice president, overseeing the development and production of a number of TV series, including True Life, Catfish, and One Bad Choice. 

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Marshall Eisen, MTV (4:00-4:30)

Jeremy Erlich

Head of Corporate Development and Strategy

Universal Music Group

Jeremy Erlich runs Corporate Development and Strategy at Universal Music Group since 2011, based in Santa Monica, CA. At UMG, Jeremy is responsible for global M&A, investments and strategic projects. Most notably, Jeremy oversaw UMG's acquisition of EMI Recorded Music. 
Prior to working at UMG, Jeremy began his career as...more

Speaking at: Talpa Open Pitch

Nomi Ernst Leidner

SVP, Development


Nomi Ernst Leidner is VP of Development for MTV News & Docs and oversees development and production on a number of series including Catfish and One Bad Choice. Before coming to MTV, she was the Director of Development for Sundance Channel overseeing their signature series Iconoclasts as well as developing new series for the channel....more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 1

John Farren

Founder and Creative Consultant

360 Production

John Farren runs 360production, who were recently acquired by Rare TV Group. 360 are a company with a mission: to reshape how we make brilliant factual content, and how we engage with our fans.

So - we make TV like James Mays’s Things You Need to Know...more

Speaking at: Go Co-Pro!

Danny Fenton


Zig Zag Productions

Danny Fenton is CEO and Executive Chairman of Zig Zag Productions.

He founded Zig Zag with Kevin Utton in 1999 and has established the company as an innovative transatlantic television production company, respected for its eclectic approach to nearly 700 hours of programme making. The company is one of the largest...more

Speaking at: The Big Issue: Does "Work for Hire" Work for You?

Ruben Figueirido Villen


Catholic University of Valencia

Rubén Figueirido was born in Valencia, Spain, and from a young age he knew that he wanted to devote himself to the world of television. With a masters degree in Audio-visual Communication, he spent the following 15 years in various roles within the Spanish television industry including scriptwriter, coordinator, editor...more

Speaking at: Talpa Open Pitch

Victoria Fitzpatrick

Head, Alternative TV

Creative Artists Agency

Victoria Fitzpatrick is a Television agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. Fitzpatrick is based in the London office and represents many of the world’s leading television producers, including Ryan Seacrest Productions, The...more

Speaking at: The Cold, Hard Truth: Busting Myths about the US and UK Markets

Sarah Jane Flynn

VP of Content

Shaw Media

Sarah Jane Flynn is the Senior Director of Original Factual Content for Shaw Media.  She is responsible for unscripted originals on Global, HISTORY, National Geographic Channel and Slice.  She oversees a diverse range of programming including series like Ice Pilots NWT, Yukon Gold, Canadian Pickers, Restoration Garage and Treasures Decoded...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 2

David Frank

Dial Square 86

David began his career in investment banking in the early 80s. After five years in the City he swapped banking for financial journalism, a career move which led him to the BBC by 1989. After three years with the BBC as an on-air reporter, David quit the corporation to set...more

Speaking at: The Big Issue: Does "Work for Hire" Work for You?

Bill Gardner

VP, Programming & Development


Bill Gardner oversees the acquisition, development and production of history, science, natural history, cultural, and current events programming for the PBS Primetime schedule. He also helps develop and implement national programming strategy and leads multi-platform content initiatives across genres. Before joining PBS, he was executive producer at Discovery Studios, where...more

Speaking at: Smart + Loud = Hit; 30 Minutes With: Bill Gardner, PBS (10:45-11:15)

Anthony Geffen

CEO & Creative Director

Atlantic Productions Limited

Anthony Geffen is one of the world’s leading documentary film makers and producers. He worked for the BBC for 10 years before setting up Atlantic Productions in 1992.

He has won several BAFTA’s and EMMY’s and is the only producer to win the prestigious Hew Weldon BAFTA...more

Speaking at: Smart + Loud = Hit

Carl Hall

Managing Director

Warehouse 51 Productions Limited

Carl is a successful TV entrepreneur with more than 30 years experience in production, production finance and distribution.

Prior to setting up Warehouse 51 Productions, he was managing director of Sky Vision, which he set up after selling his previous company Parthenon Entertainment to Sky.

Carl founded Parthenon more than a decade...more

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Helen Hawken

Director of Programs

DNI Discovery Networks International

Helen Hawken is Director of Programming, Factual, for Discovery Networks International (DNI), a division of Discovery Communications, the #1 pay-TV programmer in the world.  In this role, she is responsible for developing and executive producing some of DNI’s most successful factual and specialist factual programming for local and international markets.


Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Tim Healy



Tim Healy joined HISTORY as Vice President of Development and Programming in February of 2012.

In this role, he oversees a team responsible for the development and production of unscripted series and specials.

Tim also oversees several current series for the network including The Hunt, Down East Dickering and American Pickers

Prior to...more

Paul Heaney


TCB Media Rights

Heaney launched his own content distribution business, TCB Media Rights at the end of 2012. With an emphasis on the ability to secure strong pre sales and co create shows with high revenue potential, he initially has specialised in the genres of factual, factual entertainment and formats. Heaney and his...more

Speaking at: Go Co-Pro!

Noel Hedges

EVP, Acquisitions


Noel Hedges is SVP and Head of Acquisitions at DRG, the leading international distribution business. Previously, he held the role of Senior Vice President of Acquisitions at Cineflix Rights Limited and was responsible for driving the division’s ambitious third party acquisitions strategy. Previous to that, he served as Senior Vice...more

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Justina Hemperek

SVP, Acquisitions & Sales

eOne Television International

Justina Hemperek is the Manager, Factual Acquisitions UK & Europe for Entertainment One Television International (eOne). She presently handles the division’s robust acquisition efforts across Europe. Prior to joining eOne, Hemperek held a similar role at ITV Studios Global Entertainment and has also spent time at All3Media International and RDF...more

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Jonathan Hewes


Wall to Wall

Jonathan is involved in the development and production of a wide range of the company’s programming, with particular responsibility for international commissions and co-financed programming.  He has overseen productions for a wide range of channels around the world, including all the major UK broadcasters; Bravo, Discovery, Discovery Canada, HBO, History,...more

Speaking at: Lost in Translation?

Geertje Hoek

Managing Director, Content

Talpa Content

Geertje Hoek is the managing director of the organisation’s creative heart, Talpa Content, which is responsible for international successes like “I Love My Country”, “Pretty Smart”, “Dating in the Dark”, “Celebrities on Welfare”, “Divided”, "The Voice" and "Utopia".

Before she joined Talpa, Geertje Hoek managed LibertyFilms, the production outfit of giant...more

Speaking at: Talpa Open Pitch

Chris Hoelzl

SVP Program Development

Smithsonian Channel

Chris is responsible for the programming and development of all original productions, co-productions, and the acquisition of completed programming for Smithsonian Networks.  
Prior to this he worked for TLC when the network emerged as the pre-eminent non-fiction network on North American Cable.  He was the lead development producer for all BBC and...more

Speaking at: Smart + Loud = Hit

Scott Hooker

Senior Executive Producer, Long-form Programming


Scott Hooker is the Senior Executive Producer of Long-form Programming at MSNBC. 

He has responsibility for the development and production of all documentary programming on the network: more than 30 long-form hours every weekend, ranging from the popular series Lockup, which explores America's prison system, to series on human trafficking, forensics and...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Scott Hooker, MSNBC (2:45-3:15)

Maartje Horchner

EVP Content

ALL3MEDIA International

Maartje Horchner  is an International Television Distribution professional, specialising in programme Acquisitions. With a background in entertainment and factual production, Maartje has over 15 years of experience in the TV industry with particular focus on the international assessment of Drama, Factual, Factual Entertainment and Comedy. She is Head of Acquisitions...more

Mary Ellen Iwata

VP, Program Development

The Weather Channel

Mary Ellen Iwata is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of development of series and specials for The Weather Channel. She works with the international production community to develop original programming for the network. Iwata is credited with finding a number of popular series for Weather, including Catching Hell, Fat Guys...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 1

Coz Jackson

Agent – Non-Scripted TV


Coz Jackson is an agent in WME’s Non-Scripted television department, focusing on selling and packaging international formats in to the U.S., representing large production groups, independent production companies and individual format creators from around the world. Coz also works with WME’s U.S. production company clients to expand their international business....more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert

Rachel Job

SVP, Non-Scripted Content

A+E Networks UK

Rachel Job is Channel Editor, HISTORY & H2, for A+E Networks® UK and is responsible for all content, both acquired and commissioned, for both channels across all A+E Networks UK territories.

Since joining the company in 2007 Job has acquired, commissioned and executive produced numerous hours of factual programming for HISTORY...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Rachel Job, History & H2, A+E Networks UK (2:45-3:15)

Anthony Kimble


Cineflix Rights

Anthony has worked in internationional sales, acquisitions and distribution for over 12 years – With experience garnered from the distribution, production and broadcast sectors.

Prior to Cineflix Rights Anthony was Head Of Co-productions at UK terrestrial Five, VP of Sales, Acquisitions and Co-productions at National Geographic Television International and also ran...more

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Richard Klein

Head of Documentaries


Started in 1987 as researcher at BBC then ITV, on Weekend World.  From 1990 I freelanced for six years until joined BBC in 1996. I worked in Current affairs for three years before joining Independent Commissioning Group as Commissioning Executive. In 2005 I was made Commissioning Editor, Documentaries for all...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Sandra Kleinfeld

Senior Director Documentary

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

As Director of Development in CBC’s Unscripted Content group, Sandra is responsible for finding new factual formats, and overseeing development and production of both formats and original series, with independent and in-house producers.

Sandra joined CBC Factual Entertainment when it was created in 2006.  There she helped the department establish a...more

Dan Korn

VP Programming, History and H2, Head of Blaze

Discovery Networks Western Europe

Dan Korn runs the central programming team for Western Europe. His team is responsible for creative strategy and programme sourcing of 6000 hours of content for 17 channel brands across 30 countries, working in conjunction with the programming teams in UK, Nordics, Benelux, South and Germany. His most recent commissions...more

Speaking at: The Cold, Hard Truth: Busting Myths about the US and UK Markets

Pippa Lambert



Pippa Lambert is Head of TV, London at ICM Partners. Pippa focuses on scripted and non-scripted television and multiplatform. Prior to joining ICM in 2006, she worked in international distribution across sales, marketing and acquisitions of TV and film properties at All3Media International, Revolver Entertainment and TVF International.

Speaking at: Meet an Expert

Stephen Lambert


CEO, Studio Lambert & Chairman, All3Media America

Stephen Lambert is chairman of All3Media America, the Los Angeles-based production hub for the All3Media Group, the largest group of independent production companies in the UK, Germany and New Zealand. He is also chief executive of Studio Lambert, one the companies in the All3Media group.
He is one of Britain’s...more

Speaking at: Lost in Translation?

Steven Lerner

SVP, Programming & Development

HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country

Steven Lerner is the senior vice president of programming for Scripps Networks Interactive’s Home Category brands – HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. In this role, Lerner oversees the programming efforts at all three networks, as well as leads the New York and Knoxville-based programming teams. He is responsible...more

Speaking at: The Cold, Hard Truth: Busting Myths about the US and UK Markets

Debbie Manners

Board of Directors

Keo Films

Debbie Manners is Managing Director at Keo Films and Chair of Pact Council.

KEO is an integrated broadcast, commercial and digital production company, regularly voted into the top few places in the Peer Polls for TV Indies. Keo develops and produces content that has something to say, and has a reason...more

Speaking at: Taking the Plunge, Crossing the Pond

Laura Marshall


Icon Films

As Managing Director of Icon Films, she is responsible for the strategic direction, personnel development, and drives marketing the company. Laura also Executive Produces much of Icon’s output.

Laura is a prominent member of the Bristol production community and Chaired the first year of Bristol Media, the cluster group for companies...more

Speaking at: Taking the Plunge, Crossing the Pond

Loren Mawhinney

VP Factual Entertainment

eOne Television Canada

Loren Mawhinney is responsible for non-fiction at eOne Television Canada, from documentaries to reality to format shows. As Vice President of Factual Entertainment she oversees eOne's factual slate including the series MEGA BUILDERS, ONE NIGHT STAND WITH ANNIE SIBBONEY, COMPETE TO EAT, SUGAR STARS, OUTLAW BIKERS and the feature docs,...more

Speaking at: Go Co-Pro!

Gena McCarthy



Emmy-nominated programming executive, Gena McCarthy, was appointed Senior Vice President, Programming and Development of FYI in September 2013. In her role, McCarthy oversees all programming and development of the recently rebranded network, including the hit docuseries “Married at First Sight,” “Tiny House Nation,” “B.O.R.N. to Style,” “Epic Meal Empire” and...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Gena McCarthy, FYI (12:00-12:30)

Richard McKerrow

Chief Executive & Chief Creative Officer

Love Productions

Richard McKerrow is the Creative and Managing Director of Love Productions, which he co-founded with Anna Beattie in October 2004.  He has Executive Produced many of Love Productions’ critically acclaimed factual series, single documentaries such as Stairlift to Heaven, Me and My Mum, A Dad is Born, among others, and formats...more

Speaking at: The Big Issue: Does "Work for Hire" Work for You?

John McVay

Chief Executive Officer

PACT Producers Alliance for Cinema & TV

John McVay is the Chief Executive of Pact. He has been involved in programme making as a producer, consultant and trainer since 1986.  Prior to his appointment at Pact, he has held positions as the founding Director of the Research Centre for Television and Interactivity in Glasgow , where he...more

Speaking at: The Big Issue: Does "Work for Hire" Work for You?

Sally Miles

Founder & CEO

Passion Distribution

Sally Miles is founder and CEO of Passion Distribution and has worked in the television business for nearly 20 years. Prior to entering the business of distribution she was the President and COO of September Films (UK & US) and September Films International.

 Miles began working in programme production at September...more

Speaking at: Lost in Translation?

Jane Millichip

Chief Executive Officer, BAFTA

Sky Vision

Jane Millichip is Managing Director at Sky Vision - the international distribution arm of BSkyB. Prior to Sky Vision, Jane was Managing Director of Zodiak Rights in London between 2007-2012. In 2005 Jane moved to New Zealand where she was Managing Director of the country's largest production company, South Pacific Pictures....more

Speaking at: The Cold, Hard Truth: Busting Myths about the US and UK Markets

Brent Montgomery


Leftfield Entertainment

Brent Montgomery is founder and CEO of Leftfield Entertainment, the US-based “super-indie” media, entertainment and production group established by Montgomery in 2013. The Leftfield Entertainment portfolio currently encompasses Leftfield Pictures (Pawn Stars), Sirens Media (Real Housewives of New Jersey), Loud TV (the upcoming Tiny House Nation) and Outpost Entertainment, a joint venture...more

Speaking at: The Keynote Interview: Brent Montgomery, Leftfield Entertainment

Siobhan Mulholland

Commissioning Editor, Factual


Siobhan Mulholland is Commissioning Editor for Factual, Sky Entertainment. She commissions across the channels for – Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Arts and Pick . Her commissions include: 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy, David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies, Richard E Grant’s Hotel Secrets, Eddie Izzard’s Mandela...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Rita Mullin

Senior Creative and Content Director

Science Channel

Rita Mullin is general manager of Science Channel, heading the business and creative direction of the network. Her goal for the network is to capitalize on people’s curiosity for the unknown with thought-provoking programming, bold talent and out-of-this-world entertainment.

Mullin has a proven track record of success in television, building audiences...more

Speaking at: Go Co-Pro!

Hamish Mykura

EVP, Programming & Development

National Geographic Channels International

As Executive Vice President & Head of International Content for National Geographic Channels International (NGCI), Mykura leads content development and production for the National Geographic Channels outside the US, heading up National Geographic’s growing international production hub based in London. He is responsible for developing and supplying new programming for...more

Speaking at: Smart + Loud = Hit

Allison Page

President Magnolia Network

HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country

Allison Page was named general manager of HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country in 2013, where she oversees the programming and scheduling teams for these Scripps Networks Interactive Home Category lifestyle media brands.

Preceding this role, Page served as senior vice president of programming and program development for Scripps Networks’...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 2

Caroline Perez

SVP, Development & Production

Destination America

Based in New York, Caroline Perez both develops and executive produces for Destination America, which joined the Discovery portfolio with its debut in May of 2012.  Her series include the top two performing shows on the network,Mountain MonstersandRailroad Alaska.  Perez joined Discovery Communications in 2009 as Director of Production for...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 2

Simon Raikes

Commissioning Editor

Channel 5

Simon joined Channel 5 as Commissioning Editor, Factual in November 2012. His brief encompasses documentaries, science, natural history and history. His recent commissions include Trauma Doctors, Emergency Bikers, Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away, Hercules The Human Bear, Inside Broadmoor, Henry and Anne: The Lovers Who Changed History, Inside Hitler’s...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Steve Regan

Commissioning Editor for Entertainment


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Rob Rijkse

Senior Creative

Talpa Content

Rob Rijkse (1972) started working for John de Mol Productions in the late nineties, after finishing the School for Journalism. He first worked as a (senior) editor for a variety of entertainment and quiz shows. Later he became an integral part of Endemol’s creative unit, where he created and developed...more

Speaking at: Talpa Open Pitch

Matt Robins

Creative Director

October Films

Matt drives October's creative output on both sides of the Atlantic, having moved to New York in late 2013 to oversee the expansion of the company’s US slate.

Matt develops and executive produces for North American and UK broadcasters and leads October's core commercial relationships. His most recent...more

Speaking at: Taking the Plunge, Crossing the Pond

Jane Root

Founder & CEO


Jane Root is Chief Executive of Nutopia, an television production company with offices in Washington and London, best known for its huge scale history series. Nutopia's first 'mega doc' was the 12-part Emmy-award winning series, America The Story of Us for History, introduced by President Obama. Before founding Nutopia, Jane was President...more

Speaking at: The Cold, Hard Truth: Busting Myths about the US and UK Markets; Meet a Mentor: Jane Root, Nutopia

Kelly Sallaway


Kellan Media LLC

Kelly Sallawayis a freelance producer from Scottsdale, AZ with extensive promotional experience in motorsports, automobile events, Indy Car and motorcycle racing.  She currently writes and develops unscripted and reality programming for cable TV outlets.   Sallaway has produced national TV commercials, news releases and industrial/commercial video. She recently produced her first...more

Speaking at: Talpa Open Pitch

Jason Sarlanis

President, Crime & Investigation Content, Linear and Streaming


As Vice President, Alternative Series, Jason is charged with leading all development and current primetime programming in the alternative department of ABC, collaborating with the outside creative community, attracting talent, and forging key relationships within the entertainment industry.

Prior to ABC, Sarlanis served as Senior Vice President, Unscripted Development at Ryan...more

Speaking at: Lost in Translation?; 30 Minutes With: Jason Sarlanis, ABC (12:00-12:30)

Ed Sayer

VP, Production & Development, Factual

National Geographic Channels International

As Commissioning Editor, NGCI, Ed Sayer develops, commissions and executive produces series and specials for National Geographic Channels International. Working with producers and broadcasters from around the world, he has been responsible for overseeing some of the network’s top rating shows including Science of Stupid, Ultimate Airport Dubai and Get...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 1

Eric Schotz


LMNO Productions

Eric Schotz, President and CEO of LMNO Productions, is a nine-time Emmy-award winner whose innovative style and creativity has established him as one of the television industry’s foremost producers/directors of non-fiction and reality-based programming.

Born in Alaska, Schotz ultimately migrated to Southern California. As he was thawing out he began watching...more

Speaking at: The Big Issue: Does "Work for Hire" Work for You?

Jon Sechrist

EVP of Production, Development & Strategy

TLC International

Jon Sechrist is Vice President of Production and Development, TLC, for Discovery Networks International (DNI), a division of Discovery Communications, the #1 pay-TV programmer in the world. TLC is the company’s global female flagship brand and the most-distributed lifestyle channel for women, reaching over 300 million households in more than...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 1

Alec Shankman

Co-Managing Partner

Abrams Artists Agency

Alec Shankman started his career in Hollywood in 2003 upon joining the West coast office of Abrams Artists Agency where he launched the agency’s renowned Alternative Programming & Digital Media Department. He ran the successful division for 6 years, representing the stars of many popular TV shows such as SyFy's...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert

Robert Sharenow

President of Programming


Rob Sharenow is Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing all strategic planning and activities for the network, including programming, marketing, publicity and brand development. He joined Lifetime in March 2011 as Executive Vice President of Programming and was promoted to...more

Speaking at: Taking the Plunge, Crossing the Pond

Michael Smith

SVP & General Manager

Cooking Channel

Michael Smith is general manager of Scripps Networks Interactive’s lifestyle media brand, Cooking Channel. He currently oversees the creation, integration, and programming and marketing of the network. It launched May 2010 in 58 million homes, making it one of the largest new channel launches in history.

Previously, Smith worked as senior...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching 2

John Smithson

Creative Director

Arrow Media

John Smithson is Joint Creative Director of Arrow Media, one of the UK’s most ambitious creative forces.  A fast-growing independent production company, Arrow Media specialises in creating high quality and innovative content across TV, film and digital media from long-running series to big stand alone projects.

He has won more than...more

Speaking at: The Keynote Interview: Brent Montgomery, Leftfield Entertainment

Julie Swanston


BBC Worldwide Channels

Julie Swanston is Vice President of Commissioning for BBC Worldwide Channels, overseeing the original commissions and co-productions pipeline for the Channels arm of BBC Worldwide. In her 30 Minutes With session, she will talk about her wish list for the new global genre brands BBC Brit, a male-skewing factual entertainment channel...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Julie Swanston, BBC Worldwide (4:00-4:30)

David Swetman

Acquisitions Coordinator

ALL3MEDIA International

After beginning his career in television as at North One Television David moved into international distribution and has worked in the Acquisitions team at All3Media International for the last four years. 

During that time he has managed acquisitions from within both the All3media group and from independent producers in scripted and...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert

Nick Thorogood

Senior Vice President Content and Marketing, UK & EMEA

Scripps Networks International

Nick Thorogood joined Scripps Networks Interactive’s (SNI) international division in January 2010. Initially appointed as Managing Director for Food Network in the United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), he was primarily responsible for the development and expansion of Food Network’s television, digital and branded business activities throughout the...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Nick Thorogood, Scripps Networks International (2:30-3:00)

Danny Tipping

Head of Factual Television

Sky Vision

Danny Tipping, Director of Programming and Development, has accumulated over 15 years of experience working for broadcasters including Channel 4 and Discovery. He has overseen the production of more than 400 hours of international programming and heads the production division of Sky Vision. As Director of Programming and Development, he...more

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Bertram van Munster

Executive Producer

Profiles Television Productions

Bertram van Munster is a nine-time Emmy® award-winning producer, director and television pioneer. With more than four decades spent developing and producing entertainment content across the globe, he is one of the industry’s most respected and creative forces.

Together with Elise Doganieri, his producing partner, van Munster runs Profiles Television, an...more

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Barry Walsh

Editor-in-Chief & Content Director

Realscreen Magazine

Barry Walsh is editor and content director of international trade publication realscreen, published by Brunico Communications Ltd. Launched in September of 1997, realscreen has established itself as the world's foremost authority in non-fiction and unscripted television and film, and Walsh is part of the senior team behind the brand's market-leading...more

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Heather Webster

SVP, Content & Creative

A+E Networks UK

Heather Jones was appointed VP Programming for A+E Networks UK, a joint venture between global media content company A+E Networks and BSkyB, in July 2013.

She is responsible for commissions, acquisitions, schedules and research and insight for all of the A+E Networks UK portfolio of channel brands: HISTORY®, Crime + Investigation...more

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Christopher White


C Squared Entertainment LLC

Christopher White is a TV producer, screenwriter born in Athens, Georgia currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. With partner Charles Williams, he founded the production company C Squared Entertainment.  C Squared Entertainment is based out of Atlanta, Georgia.  C Squared goal is to bring great and engaging content to all television...more

Speaking at: Talpa Open Pitch

Ellen Windemuth


Off the Fence

Ellen is the founder and owner of OTF. Ellen worked in sales and co-productions across all program genres for leading international companies such as Fremantle and Alliance Atlantis before starting OTF in Amsterdam in 1994.  She is on the boards of the Wildscreen Trust, the Jackson Hole Film Festival, the...more

Speaking at: Smart + Loud = Hit

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