Speakers - Realscreen London 2015

September 30 – October 1, 2015

London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square

London, UK


Cori Abraham

SVP, Development, Documentary & Crime

Oxygen Media

As Senior Vice President, Development and International, Oxygen Media, Cori Abraham is responsible for overseeing the development team. Based in Los Angeles, Abraham reports to Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development, while also heading up International for Oxygen, reporting to Frances Berwick, President, Lifestyle Networks, NBCUniversal Cable...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Cori Abraham, Oxygen (12:15pm-12:45pm); Team America: U.S. Commissioners Talk TV

Fenton Bailey

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

World of Wonder

Fenton Bailey is co-founder of World of Wonder Productions, best known for feature documentaries and unscripted series such as RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo), Million Dollar Listings (Bravo), Candidly Nicole (Vh1), Big Freedia (Fuse), and Life with La Toya (OWN).

Seven of their documentaries have premiered at Sundance Film Festival, including Party MonsterInside Deep ThroatThe Eyes of Tammy Faye, and Becoming Chaz.

A self-proclaimed screen agnostic,...more

Speaking at: Talent Talk

Sam Barcroft


Barcroft Productions

Sam Barcroft is CEO of hybrid independent TV and digital content producer / distributor Barcroft Media. Barcroft businesses create content for a global audience highlighting ‘the amazing side of life’.

With newsrooms in London, New Delhi and New York supplying video, images and editorial content to global media brands such as MSN, New...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: New platforms, New approaches

Larry Bass


Screentime ShinAwiL

In 1999 Larry established ShinAwiL Productions Ltd where he acted as Managing Director for 3 years, before forming a joint venture with Screentime Australia in 2003, and forming Screentime ShinAwiL, now one of the largest independent production companies in Ireland. Larry is currently CEO of Screentime ShinAwiL. In 2009 Screentime...more

Speaking at: Staying Alive: Best Practices for Running a 21st Century Prodco

Andrew Bowers

Manager, Acquisitions, Non-Scripted

BBC Worldwide

As BBC Worldwide’s Commercial Manager for Specialist Factual, Andrew manages an expansive portfolio of History, Arts, Religion, Current Affairs and Documentary programming, acquiring around 300 hours of content per year from the BBC’s in-house production units and an array of independent producers. Previous roles within BBC Worldwide have also seen...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert

Pierre Brogan

Agent, Alternative Programming, Licensing & Branding

Creative Artists Agency

Pierre Brogan 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.  Brogan is based in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the top talent and production companies in alternative TV...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert; Staying Alive: Best Practices for Running a 21st Century Prodco

Nick Catliff

Managing Director & Co-Founder

Lion Television

Before becoming one of the founders of Lion Television, Nick was a producer and director at the BBC which he joined as a graduate trainee. While at the BBC he worked on a range of current affairs and investigative programmes. He directed single documentaries for Inside Story and 40 Minutes...more

Speaking at: Staying Alive: Best Practices for Running a 21st Century Prodco

Michelle Chappell

Managing Director Workerbee

Channel 5

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two

Simon Chinn



Simon Chinn is a double Academy Award winning producer who is responsible for some of the most successful feature documentaries of recent years, known for their high production values, powerful narratives and innovative blending of documentary and fiction techniques.

He conceived and produced MAN ON WIRE which was released around the world...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: New platforms, New approaches

Philippa Chuter

Factual Acquisitions Manager

Passion Distribution

Philippa Chuter joined Passion Distribution - one of the UK’s leading television distribution companies and part of the Tinopolis Group, in June 2014. As Acquisitions Executive Philippa has brought in new and exciting 3rd party producer relationships.

Philippa began her career with BBC Worldwide in Sydney before returning...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert

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

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables (12:45pm-2:00pm); Speed Pitching Two

Ceire Clark

Senior Acquisitions Manager, International

ALL3MEDIA International

Céire joined All3media International in 2012 where she oversees Factual, Entertainment and Format acquisitions from All3media’s group of 21 production companies across the UK, Europe, New Zealand and USA. She is also responsible for sourcing new content from independent producers and has secured first look deals with multiple award-winning production...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert

Jo Clinton-Davis

Controller of Factual


As Controller of Factual at ITV, Jo’s commissions include BAFTA award winning Long Lost Family; Paul O’Grady for the Love of Dogs; Inside Death Row/The Mafia with Trevor McDonald; HMP Aylesbury; Our Queen; 56 Up; Billy Connolly’s Route 66; Joanna Lumley’s Nile and the arts strand Perspectives.


Speaking at: Talent Talk; 30 Minutes With: Jo Clinton-Davis, ITV (12:15pm-12:45pm)

Phil Craig

Head of Factual

Discovery Networks International

Phil Craig is Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer for Discovery Networks International, a division of Discovery Communications, the #1 pay-TV programmer in the world, and began his post in February 2015.

An award-winning international producer and network executive, Craig leads the Discovery Networks Production and Development (P&D) team that...more

Speaking at: Controlling Stakes, Creativity & Commissions

Julian Curtis


Lineup Industries

Before setting up Lineup Industries with Ed Louwerse, Julian Curtis was responsible for formats distribution in major territories including EMEA and Asia Pacific at Sony Pictures Television for titles including Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Dragon’s Den.  Previously at 2waytraffic (acquired by SPT), he was tasked with building...more

Speaking at: Too Real for Reality TV?

Jenny Daly


T Group Productions

Jenny Daly is President of T Group Productions.

Since establishing T Group in 2010, Daly has created, sold and produced over 50 series, pilots and presentations to a wide range of networks. Daly oversees and manages a production slate that includes over 100 episodes of Mystery Diners (Food), Storage Hunters (truTV),...more

Speaking at: Staying Alive: Best Practices for Running a 21st Century Prodco; Partnering Up

Mary Donahue

SVP, Development & Programming


Mary Donahue is Senior Vice President, Non- Fiction at Lifetime, a position she assumed in September 2013.  In that capacity, she oversees current series, includingBring It,True ToriandDance Moms, as well as a slate of new series and development.  She also supervises a team of programmers and is part of the...more

Speaking at: Talent Talk; Luncheon Roundtables (12:45pm-2:00pm); Team America: U.S. Commissioners Talk TV

Tom Edwards

Commissioning Editor, Features & Formats

BBC One & Two

Tom Edwards is a Commissioning Editor for BBC1&2 Features and Formats. His production slate ranges from primetime staples such as BBC1’s Crimewatch and BBC2’s Alex Polizzi: The Fixer, through new formats like Eat Well for Less and The House That 100K Built. As a programme-maker he produced popular factual series...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching Two

Emily Elisha

VP, Acquisitions

Zodiak Rights

Emily Elisha, Head of Factual, Zodiak Rights, oversees factual acquisitions for the TV rights catalogue. Emily has 16 years experience in the international distribution sector originally working in international sales and as Head of Sales for an independent distribution company before joining the now Zodiak Rights as its Head of...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert

Rich Evans

Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment

Channel 4

At Channel 4 since 2012, Rich’s credits include Mary Portas Secret Shopper; Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night<x-apple-data-detectors://0> Feast; Heston’s Great British Food; Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home; Very British Problems; Worst Place to be a Pilot and Rude Tube. He joined Channel 4 from the BBC where he was Commissioning...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables (12:45pm-2:00pm)

John Farren

Founder and Creative Consultant

360 Production Ltd

John began his career in the BBC Documentaries department, making series including Airport, Children’s Hospital and Reputations. After that, he set up the popular docs unit at Granada and the factual arm of Ginger TV, before landing back at the BBC to edit Timewatch, make major docudramas like Nuremburg and...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: New platforms, New approaches

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: Controlling Stakes, Creativity & Commissions

Laura Franses


Channel 4

As Head of Channel 4’s Growth Fund, Laura Franses manages the £20m fund which was established to help provide capital for start-ups and medium sized independent TV production companies to help them grow and develop their business. Launched in 2014, Channel 4 has in the space of a year invested...more

Speaking at: Controlling Stakes, Creativity & Commissions

Tom Gorham

Director and EP, Production & Development (Factual)

Discovery Networks International

Tom Gorham is Executive Producer and Director of Production and Development, Factual, for Discovery Networks International, a division of Discovery Communications, the #1 pay-TV programmer in the world.

Tom joined Discovery Networks International as an Executive Producer in 2012 and works closely with independent producers overseeing local UK and international commissions,...more

Sean Gottlieb

VP, Head of Development


Sean Gottlieb serves as an Executive Producer of non-fiction programming for A&E Network.  A seasoned producer with over 20 years in the business, Gottlieb has developed and produced some of A&E’s most popular original programming including the long-running Storage Wars franchise, as well as new series, Lachey's Bar and Surviving Marriage. He also is developing a variety of...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One

Carl Hall

Managing Director

Warehouse 51 Productions

Carl Hall is a successful TV entrepreneur with more than 30 years’ experience in production, production finance and distribution. As MD of Warehouse 51, Carl leads the company’s strategy to build partnerships on a project-by-project basis with talented, creative individuals to help them get their shows made, retain more control...more

Speaking at: Moving the Needle

Ronan Hand

SVP of Global Content

ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment

Ronan is responsible for acquiring content and facilitating co-production to deliver the best in non-scripted programming to ITV Global from the best producers around the world. Ronan joined ITV Global Entertainment in 2012 after over a decade in various areas of the TV industry and 7 years in broadcast acquisitions....more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert

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 8 strong...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Entering the Funding Fray; Terms of Trade in a Time of Change

Elizabeth Hendricks North



Elizabeth Hendricks North oversees all strategy and operations for CuriosityStream as president of the world’s first streaming service for factual entertainment. Working with experienced content producers and multi-platform developers, North aims to establish CuriosityStream as the premiere online destination for nonfiction content.

North serves as president of the parent company, Curiosity...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: New platforms, New approaches

Bill Hobbins

Commissioning Editor Entertainment & Factual

Sky Entertainment

Bill Hobbins is a Commissioning Editor for Factual at Sky, currently looking after Landscape Artist of the Year for SKY ARTS as well as Freddie Flintoff Fries again, Wild Things and Stop Search Seize for SKY1. Previously he was Entertainment Executive at Lion Television, where he co-executively produced Sexy Beasts for BBC3 and the new series of Horrible Histories specials for CBBC. As Creative Director...more

Speaking at: Moving the Needle

Lilla Hurst

Global Head of Acquisitions & Partnerships


DRIVE facilitates the production funding process by sourcing co-production and pre-sale finance for factual and scripted TV projects.

Recent projects include One Child for BBC2 and Sundance TV, Diana: The Truth for Reelz and Foxtel and Volatile Earth for Nova and More4.

Prior to setting up DRIVE, Lilla created Lillavision in 2008,...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Entering the Funding Fray

Gordon Hvolka

Alternative Television Packaging Agent

ICM Partners

Gordon Hvolka is a packaging agent at ICM Partners in the International TV and Media department.
He represents top production companies including Zoo Productions (Buckwild, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader), Audrey Morrisey’s LIVE ANIMALS (The Voice), Maverick USA (Chrisley Knows Best), Showrunners and producers who worked on hit...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert

Luke Hyams

Head of Originals EMEA at YouTube

Maker Studios

Luke is the head of content at Maker Studios and collaborates with a selection of their 55,000 creators to devise and produce new entertainment properties for a variety of outlets. Luke is also a writer, director and producer whose credits include KateModern, Bitchcraft, Glue and Dubplate Drama. 

Speaking at: Trendwatch: New platforms, New approaches; Luncheon Roundtables (12:45pm-2:00pm)

Rachel Job

SVP, UnScripted Content

A+E Networks UK

Rachel Job is Director of Programming, HISTORY & H2, for A+E Networks® UK and is responsible for acquired and commissioned content for both channels across the UK, Scandinavia, Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

Since joining the company in 2007, Job has acquired, commissioned and executive...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables (12:45pm-2:00pm)

Anthony Kimble


Cineflix Rights

Anthony has worked in international 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

Speaking at: Meet an Expert

Pippa Lambert


ICM Partners

Pippa Lambert is Head of TV, London at ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion pictures, television, publishing, music, theater, branded entertainment and digital media. ICM Partners, a privately held corporation, is one of the predominant agencies in the United States and Europe,...more

Speaking at: Staying Alive: Best Practices for Running a 21st Century Prodco

Clare Laycock

SVP Planning & Insights and Head of Entertainment

Discovery Networks UK & Ireland

Clare Laycock is VP, Head of Channels TLC & ID at Discovery Networks UK & Ireland.

Clare leads the strategic development of TLC, a top five entertainment channel amongst pay TV women and ID, the UK’s number one real crime channel.

Clare joined Discovery in September 2014 from UKTV where she was...more

Speaking at: Talent Talk; 30 Minutes With: Clare Laycock, TLC & ID (12:15pm-12:45pm)

Melanie Leach


Twofour Group

As Chief Executive of the Twofour Group Melanie oversees nine companies producing a wide range of comedy, drama and unscripted television. Prior to being appointed as CEO in July 2014, Melanie was MD of Twofour Broadcast during which time the company was named Indie of the Year at the 2010...more

Speaking at: Meet a Mentor: Melanie Leach, TwoFour Group (11:00am-11:45am)

Cat Lewis

Founder & CEO

Nine Lives Media

Cat is a BAFTA and Royal Television Society award winning Executive Producer, who runs the Manchester based independent production company, Nine Lives Media. The company specializes in making documentaries, fact-ent formats, drama documentaries, children’s programmes and current affairs for all the major UK broadcasters and for American channels. Nine Lives...more

Speaking at: Terms of Trade in a Time of Change

Mark Linsey

Managing Director, Scripted


Mark Linsey is currently the deputy director of BBC Television and head of editorial standards for BBC TV. He is also controller of BBC Entertainment Commissioning, a role he has held since December 2008. As such he is responsible for the entertainment strategy for BBC One and BBC Two, and...more

Speaking at: Talent Talk

Dawn McCarthy-Simpson

Managing Director of Global Strategy


Dawn has had a varied media career which spans over 25 years.  She started with five years in the world of commercial radio with Emap Plc, before launching her career in TV.

As a pioneer of local TV, she was head hunted to launch Yorkshire’s first local...more

Speaking at: Team America: U.S. Commissioners Talk TV

Tom McDonald

Head of Natural History and Specialist Factual Commissioning for Television


Tom is the head of commissioning for Natural History & Specialist Factual Formats at the BBC. He oversees over 200 hours of output across BBC ONE, TWO and FOUR. As well as overseeing returning live shows such as Springwatch and Stargazing Live his recent credits include Life Story, The Truth About…...more

Speaking at: Too Real for Reality TV?; 30 Minutes With: Tom McDonald, BBC (3:30pm-4:00pm)

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: Too Real for Reality TV?

Kirstie McLure


Pioneer Productions

Kirstie McLure is Managing Director of Pioneer Productions, one of the UK’s most successful independent production companies.
Kirstie became Managing Director of Pioneer Productions in 2012, having played an integral role in transforming the company into one of the world’s leading producers of innovative, award-winning factual content.

At the helm of...more

Speaking at: Partnering Up

John McVay

Chief Executive Officer


He has held a variety of positions in the creative industries, including founding Director of the Research Centre for Television and Interactivity and Director of Training and Education at Scottish Screen. He was a board member of Skillset, Chairman of the Skillset TV Investment Committee and President of CEPI, the...more

Speaking at: Terms of Trade in a Time of Change

Sally Miles

Founder & CEO

Passion Distribution

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

Miles began working in programme production at September Films in 1992 becoming...more

Speaking at: Controlling Stakes, Creativity & Commissions

Alex Miller

Global Head of Content

Vice Media

Alex Miller is VICE’s Global Head of Content, overseeing all content across VICE.com and the youth brand’s network of 10 award-winning digital channels. Miller has presented and produced investigative news documentaries from around the world, ranging from protests in Venezuela, to the socio-political effects of banning the stimulant khat in...more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Alex Miller, Vice Media

Jane Millichip

Chief Executive Officer, BAFTA

Sky Vision

Jane Millichip is Managing Director at Sky Vision - the international production and distribution arm of Sky, which specialises in primetime drama, entertainment and factual programmes and formats. Sky has majority stakes in five production companies in the UK and US (Love Productions, Jupiter Entertainment, Znak&Jones, Blast! and Sky Vision...more

Speaking at: Talent Talk

Rachel Morgan

Head of Specialist Factual & Documentaries


Rachel has a long history spanning the boundaries of factual programming. She joined the BBC from Endemol owned DSP where, as Director of Programmes, she exec produced C4's live coverage of King Richard III's reburial and BBC1's celebrity based living history series '24 Hours In The Past'

Her passion lies in...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables (12:45pm-2:00pm)

Siobhan Mulholland

Commissioning Editor, Factual


Siobhan Mulholland is Commissioning Editor for Factual, Sky Entertainment, commissioning for Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and Pick . Her recent commissions include: 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy, Bafta nominated David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies, Ross Kemp’s Extreme World, Gordonstoun, Richard E Grant’s Hotel Secrets, Greggs, and...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables (12:45pm-2:00pm)

Jamie Munro

Chief Commercial Officer

Greenbird Media

Jamie Munro is Joint Managing Director of Greenbird Media, a production company incubator, investor and business accelerator specialising predominantly in entertainment, factual entertainment and factual producers.

Greenbird has been created to help production companies achieve their full potential, leaving creative talent to concentrate on programme production while Greenbird focuses on the...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Entering the Funding Fray

Krissi Murison

Associate Editor

Sunday Times Magazine

Krissi Murison is the Associate Editor for The Sunday Times Magazine and writes columns, interviews and features across the newspaper. Between 2009 and 2012 she was NME’s first female editor and prior to this spent time in New York as Music Director for the fashion and culture magazine Nylon. 

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Alex Miller, Vice Media

Tim Mutimer

CEO, Rights

Zodiak Rights

Tim Mutimer is Chief Executive Officer at Zodiak Rights the international distribution and rights exploitation arm of Zodiak Media.

Zodiak Rights represents a catalogue of over 20,000 hours of high quality content across all genres including kids, drama, theatrical, factual and entertainment.

Zodiak Rights award-winning scripted programming includes:Being Human the supernatural hit for...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Entering the Funding Fray

Hamish Mykura

EVP, Programming & Development

National Geographic Channel

AsExecutive Vice President & Head of International Contentfor 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 the core National...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Hamish Mykura, National Geographic Channels International (2:30pm-3:00pm)

Mark Procter


Discovery Networks International

Mark Procter is Acting Head of Production and Development, Factual Entertainment, for Discovery Networks International, a division of Discovery Communications.

Based in London, Procter develops and produces factual entertainment content for Discovery Networks International’s female flagship channels, including TLC, which reaches more than 393 million subscribers in 191 markets around the...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables (12:45pm-2:00pm)

Sally Quick

Head of Commercial Partnerships


Sally joined UKTV in August 2006 to head up its advertiser-funded content division by forging closer relationships between brands and content across its network of ten channels. 

At UKTV, unlike other broadcasters, AFP and PP is fully integrated into commissioning, helping to ensure the smooth flow of projects and providing an...more

Speaking at: Trendwatch: Entering the Funding Fray

Benny Reuven

VP Production & Development

Oxygen Media

As Vice President, Development, Oxygen Media, Benny Reuven is charged with continuing to develop lifestyle programming that speaks to the passions and interests of the network’s young, multicultural female audience. Based in Los Angeles, Reuven reports to Cori Abraham, Senior Vice President of Development & International, Oxygen Media.

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables (12:45pm-2:00pm)

Jane Root

Founder & CEO


Jane Root is a leading creative executive who has transformed major networks on both sides of the Atlantic. She has built a reputation for innovation, determination and delivery in both television and digital.

In 2008, Root set up her own TV production company Nutopia. With offices in London and...more

Speaking at: Moving the Needle

Hilary Rosen

Director, Commissioning


Hilary Rosen is Deputy Director of Commissioning at UKTV, commissioning and executive producing high profile and award-winning shows for the network, including Taskmaster, Singing in the Rainforest, Monty Python Live and Crackanory.

Prior to joining UKTV Hilary was Creative Director at Silver River devising formats including The Town That Never Retired...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Hilary Rosen, UKTV (2:30pm-3:00pm)

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.

His extensive credit list includes executive producing the highly successful hidden camera series I Get That A...more

Speaking at: Partnering Up

Adam Sher


Leftfield Entertainment

Emmy-winning producer Adam Sher is Chief Creative Officer at Leftfield Entertainment, an ITV Studios company. Sher operates across the entire Leftfield group, which encompasses Leftfield Pictures (Pawn Stars), Sirens Media (Real Housewives of New Jersey), Loud TV (Tiny House Nation), Outpost Entertainment (Forged in Fire) and Riot Creative.

Speaking at: Moving the Needle

Edward Simpson

Chief Strategy Officer

Leftfield Entertainment

Ed Simpson is senior vice president, business development & international at Leftfield Entertainment, an ITV Studios company. LFE’s production companies include flagship Leftfield Pictures (Pawn Stars), as well as Sirens Media (Real Housewives of New Jersey), Loud TV (Tiny House Nation), Outpost Entertainment (History’s Forged in Fire) and Riot Creative.


Speaking at: Partnering Up

Priya Singh

Commissioning Editor, Factual


As Commissioning Editor, Factual at ITV, Priya oversees a broad mix of programmes in peak from fact ent, formats through to docs, including Paul O’Grady For the Love of Dogs, Countrywise, Tales from Northumberland and Love Your Garden.

Prior to joining the commissioning team, Priya’s previous roles included Controller of Scheduling...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One

Sanjay Singhal


Voltage TV Productions Ltd

Sanjay is an award-winning executive producer with more than 20 years experience of programme-making. He spent nearly 15 years at the BBC before becoming MD at Dragonfly Film and TV where he oversaw more than 200 hours of documentaries. His credits include “The Apprentice“, “One Born Every Minute“, “The Family“,...more

Speaking at: Staying Alive: Best Practices for Running a 21st Century Prodco

Michael Smith

SVP & General Manager

Cooking Channel

Michael Smith serves as general manager of Cooking Channel. In this role, he oversees the creation, integration, programming and marketing of the network. It launched 2010 in 58 million homes, making it one of the largest new channel launches in history.

Previously, Smith worked as senior vice president of marketing, creative...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Michael Smith, Cooking Channel (3:30pm-4:00pm); Team America: U.S. Commissioners Talk TV

John Smithson

Creative Director

Arrow Media

John Smithson is co-founder and joint creative director of Arrow Media, one of the UK’s fastest growing independent production companies. Previously he was chief executive of Darlow Smithson Productions, a company he created and evolved into one of the biggest and most admired producers in global non-fiction TV. He has been nominated...more

Speaking at: Controlling Stakes, Creativity & Commissions; Meet a Mentor: John Smithson, Arrow Media (11:00am-11:45am)

Victoria Summer

Commissioning Executive


Victoria is Commissioning Executive at UKTV, commissioning and executive producing shows across the network including the AFP John Torode’s Australia for Good Food and a series of presenter led authored documentaries for Watch.

Prior to joining UKTV Victoria was a Series Producer and Exec making shows such as...more

Speaking at: Speed Pitching One

Magnus Temple

Chief Executive

The Garden Productions

Magnus was a documentary director and series producer before founding Firefly, later re-named Dragonfly, with Nick Curwin in 2004. The company became known for its distinctive factual programming and in particular the fixed-rig genre, pioneered with the BAFTA-nominated The Family and the BAFTA-winning One Born Every Minute. Firefly was sold to Shine in...more

Speaking at: Moving the Needle

Jane Turton

Chief Executive Officer


Jane Turton joined All3Media in October 2008 and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2015. She has played a key role building the business through acquisitions, restructuring and streamlining operations, setting strategy and the ultimate sale of All3Media by Permira to Discovery and Liberty Global.

Prior to joining all3media, Jane...more

Speaking at: Controlling Stakes, Creativity & Commissions

Heather Webster

SVP, Content & Creative

A+E Networks UK

Heather Jones is Senior Vice President, Content and Creative at A+E Networks UK: a joint venture between global media content company A+E Networks and Sky.

She was promoted to this position in August 2015, after joining the business as VP Programming in July 2013 and assuming the position of General Manager...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Heather Jones, A+E Networks UK (2:30pm-3:00pm)

Brenda Wilford

VP, Event Operations & Creative Services


Speaking at: Delegates' Lounge (8:00am-6:30pm)

Gareth Williams

VP, Commissioning

Scripps Networks UK & EMEA

Gareth Williams is Vice President of Commissioning, Scripps Networks UK & EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), a division of Scripps Networks International, one of the leading developers of engaging lifestyle content in the home, food and travel categories for television, the Internet and emerging platforms. Based in London, Williams...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables (12:45pm-2:00pm)

Simon Young

Commissioning Editor, History

National Geographic Channels International

Based in National Geographic Channels International’s (NGCI) Global Content Hub in London, Simon Young is a Commissioning Executive Producer responsible for developing a slate of series and films that air on the Channel in over 170 countries and in 45 languages.

With extensive experience as an Executive Producer for UK, US...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables (12:45pm-2:00pm)

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