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Mike Abend

Director of Business Development

New Form

Mike Abend is Director, Business Development for New Form. In this capacity he leads international and domestic distribution, structures strategic partnerships for the studio, and identifies new business models for the next generation of talent and storytellers. Prior to working at New Form, Mike led business development for Studio71, a...more

Francesca Accinelli

Director, National Promotions and Communications

Telefilm Canada

Francesca joined Telefilm in 2006 as the Deputy Director, English Market for the Canadian Television Fund (now Canada Media Fund), by 2008 she was promoted to Director of that team and is now very excited to be the Director of National Promotions and Communications. Francesca has always been a fan...more

Anthony Anderson

Star, black-ish

Disney |ABC

Anthony Anderson is star and executive producer of ABC’s Emmy-nominated sitcom “black-ish”. He has won two NAACP Image Awards and earned two Emmy nominations for his role as Dre, a family man that struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class...more

Tom Ascheim



Nicolas Atlan

President, Gaumont Animation

Gaumont Television

Nicolas joined Gaumont in March 2016 and serves as President of Animation. He is responsible for overseeing the expansion of Gaumont’s animated division which includes a new US presence, along with a focus on animated feature films and television series. Nicolas joined Gaumont from Splash Entertainment where he served as...more

Solange Attwood

EVP International

Blue Ant Media

In her role as SVP, Blue Ant International, Solange Attwood oversees the strategic direction of Blue Ant Media’s global distribution arm, a leader in premium unscripted and 4K natural history content.

Attwood spearheads and oversees co-productions, pre-sales, and worldwide sales activities. Under her leadership, Solange has positioned the division as a...more

Agnes Augustin

President & CEO

Shaw Rocket Fund

Since 2004, Agnes Augustin has overseen the Shaw Rocket Fund with its ongoing commitment to be a champion of Canadian children’s and youth programming through the Fund’s investments in television and digital content and with the launch of the much celebrated Shaw Rocket Prize. Her dedication to increase the...more

Philip Barnsdall Thompson

VP Acquisitions, UK, Europe & North America

Flame Distribution

Having joined Flame four years ago, Philip is attending Banff World Media Festival  with the aim of sourcing high end factual content in multiple genres for Flame Distribution to assist with marketing internationally. Flame's experienced sales team are also able to assist our producers with pre-buys. Philip would also be...more

Emily Baustien

Production & Development

Discovery Channel

Adam Benzine

Canadian Bureau Chief

C21 Media

Adam Benzine is a Toronto-based filmmaker and journalist. He is the Canadian Bureau Chief for entertainment trade publisher C21 Media, covering content in all genres across North America. Prior to joining C21, he served for four years as the Associate Editor for Realscreen, the international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news....more

Damon Berger

VP, Global Strategic Partnerships

Fullscreen Media

Damon Berger has been a pioneer of the digital entertainment space, helping create some of the industry's earliest successes. As Global Head of Strategic Partnerships at Fullscreen, Berger works across Fullscreen's talent network, brand services organization and content units to build strategic partnerships. 

"There are so many different ways to create new business...more

Jean-Pierre Blais

Chairperson & CEO

Canadian Radio - television & Telecommunications Commissions

Sharon Bordas

VP, Scripted Development


 Sharon Bordas joined Lifetime in 2016 as Vice President of Scripted Programming.  In her unexpected new role as network executive, she has had the privilege of working on two critically acclaimed series:  UnReal with A&E Studios and Mary Kills People with EOne.  Upcoming premieres include the psychological drama You from Executive Producers Greg Berlanti & Sera...more

Jordan Bortolotti

Executive Vice President, Canada


Jordan Bortolotti is the EVP of Canada for Studio 71 LP, a subsidiary of German media group ProSiebenSat.1. In May 2015, Jordan founded the Canadian operation (formally known as Collective Digital Studio Canada), responsible for scaling S71’s network in Canada, building strategic partnerships and overseeing domestic media assets. Since then,...more

Cameron Boyce


Disney Channel World Wide

Cameron Boyce returns as Carlos, the tech-savvy teenage son of Cruella de Vil, in the highly anticipated Disney Channel Original Movie sequel "Descendants 2." Now instilled with a burgeoning sense of self-confidence from his new life on Auradon, Carlos has left his wicked ways behind him along with his fear...more

Rick Brace


Rogers Media

Mary Bredin

EVP Content & Strategy

Guru Studio

Mary Bredin is the EVP of Content & Strategy at Guru and is involved in all aspects of running the studio. As Executive Producer, she focuses on finding great properties, having createdJustin Time(52x11; 22x11; 2x22) for Family Jr. and Netflix; Dinopaws(52 x 11) for Treehouse and BBC, and the soon to...more

Catalina Briceno

Director of Industry & Market Trends

Canada Media Fund

Bill Brioux

TV Columnist

The Canadian Press

One of the leading voices on the North American media and television scene, Bill has worked as a Columnist for The Toronto Sun, Senior writer at TV Guide in Toronto and Los Angeles, and for the last 10 years as weekly Columnist for The Canadian Press.

A noted industry moderator, Bill...more

Erin Brock

Senior Vice President & Executive Producer

Insight Production Company Ltd.

John Brunton

Chairman & CEO

Insight Production Company Ltd.

John Brunton thinks TV. All the time. As the Globe and Mail writes, he “has airwaves between his ears.”

A natural-born storyteller, Brunton is now celebrating over thirty years at the helm of Insight Production Company Ltd. As Chairman & CEO, Brunton’s entrepreneurial ingenuity, creative vision and passion for...more

Paul Buccieri

President, A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group

A+E Networks

Paul Buccieri is President, A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group. In this role, Buccieri is responsible for all aspects of A+E Studios and for leveraging synergies across the A+E Networks brand portfolio including A&E, HISTORY, LIFETIME, FYI and LMN. He is also responsible for all business aspects of the...more

Sean Buckley


Buck Productions

Sean Buckley is a film and television veteran, and the driving force behind Buck Productions, a leading content creation company successful in feature films, television, branded content, documentaries, and commercials. As owner and CEO of one of the most diverse production houses in North America for more than 20 years,...more

Melissa Campbell


Kaplan Stahler Agency

experiences in production, marketing, and PR, Melissa started into the representation business at Plum Productions, helping to pioneer their branded and short-form entertainment division. She made the move to agency life in 2005, joining the Gersh Agency, and quickly gravitated to “Reality” television. She brought her varied client list to...more

JC Cangilla


New Form

JC Cangilla helms all business, operations and strategy for New Form. Cangilla oversees and executes distribution deals, partnership development, licensing agreements, operations, marketing, communications and legal for the studio. Leveraging New Form’s high-profile production partners and talent, Cangilla develops customized opportunities across multiple platforms that are redefining business models for...more

Kyle Carrozza

Creator, Mighty Magiswords

Cartoon Network

Kyle A. Carrozza is the creator of Cartoon Network'sMighty Magiswords. After starting his career at a small educational software studio called Funnybone Interactive, Carrozza went on to makeMooBeard the Cow Piratefor Nickelodeon'sRandom Cartoons. He also provided storyboards for Nickelodeon'sFanboy & Chum Chum, Disney Channels'sFish Hooks and Doc McStuffins: The Doc...more

Bill Carter

Media Analyst


Vanessa Case

EVP Content

Blue Ant Media

Vanessa Case, EVP, Content, Blue Ant Media is a veteran in content creation and programming strategy for world renowned media brands.

In her role at Blue Ant Media, Case oversees the strategy and creation of original programming that embraces a multi-platform distribution approach. Her expertise in factual and lifestyle categories...more

Lana Castleman

Senior Director, Content & Marketing


Kidscreen Editor & Content Director Lana Castleman currently oversees all editorial planning for the magazine and the brand’s online and event content. Career highlights so far include having Oscar the Grouch wish her “a rotten day” and getting early peeks at a number of kids series and products before they...more

Sally Catto

General Manager, Programming

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Sally Catto is the General Manager, Programming for CBC English Television. She oversees the strategic direction and programming of original & acquired scripted and unscripted programming for the network. Prior to her return, Sally was Executive Vice-President, Cineflix Studios.

Sally has a long history at the CBC from her earliest days...more

Wissam Chahine

Producer/Director. Head of Production

Orbit Productions, Orbit TV network

Chika Chukudebelu

VP Programming & Diversity

BET Networks

Chika Chukudebelu is the Director of Original Programming – Scripted at BET Networks, a Viacom flagship network, where she is responsible for shaping creative content for the network’s slate of scripted series, mini-series and event programming. Since joining the company in 2009, Chukudebelu has overseen the creative process for shows likeMadiba starring Laurence Fishburne, Being...more

Sean Cohan

President, International and Digital Media

A+E Networks

Sean Cohan is Executive Vice President, International for 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...more

Mike Cosentino

President Content and Programming

Bell Media

Michelle Daly

Senior Director, Comedy, CBC Scripted Content

CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

As Senior Director, Comedy, CBC Scripted Content, Michelle Daly leads the team responsible for managing the creative development and production of CBC’s slate of comedic programming.  Michelle joined the CBC as Executive in Charge of Production in 2011, and has overseen such comedies as Workin’ Moms, Kim's Convenience, Baroness von Sketch Show, Schitt's Creek and This...more

Brenna D'Amico


Disney Channel

Brenna D'Amico reprises the role of "Jane," the shy daughter of Fairy Godmother, in the Disney Channel Original Movie "Descendants 2," the highly anticipated sequel to the global hit "Descendants."   In the story, Jane has outgrown her insecurities and fear of the villain kids and has taken on the responsibility...more

Brad E Danks

Chief Executive Officer

OUTtv Network Inc

Mr. Danks started his career in the entertainment industry as an entertainment lawyer. He practiced in Vancouver for more than 12 years, practicing first at his own, and later at some of Canada’s most prestigious law firms. His work included hundreds of film and television productions, ranging from development and...more

Alan Dark

SVP Sales

Rogers Media

Lorenzo De Maio



Lorenzo De Maio is a senior agent in the Global Television Department at WME, working on packaging, financing and selling US and international television shows. Lorenzo works with the agency’s content creators, US and international networks as well as third party financiers to create advantageous ownership and distribution solutions for...more

Kristen Del Pero

VP, Scripted Programming


Kristen Del Pero is Vice President, Scripted Programming for NBCUniversal International Studios. Based in LA, Kristen develops and produces scripted content for international audiences alongside Studios’ leading production companies in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.

Since joining International Studios in [insert date], Kristen has developed and served as Executive Producer...more

Jessalyn Dennis

VP Creative

SEVEN24 Films

Jessalyn is also focused on building and strengthening relationships with screenwriters, broadcasters and other partners.

Development projects that have gone to production under her purview include the television movies Mayerthorpe and Borealis (aka Survival Code), the television series Wild Roses, Young Drunk Punk and Wynonna Earp, as well as ten seasons...more

Jennifer Dettman

Executive Director Unscripted Content

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Dianne Doan


Disney Channel

Dianne Doan stars as "Lonnie," the teenage daughter of Mulan in the Disney Channel Original Movie sequel "Descendants 2."  She reprises the role she originated in the global hit "Descendants."  In the sequel, Lonnie firmly establishes herself as a talented athlete and wants nothing more than to play on the...more

Jennifer Dodge

EVP, Entertainment

Spin Master

As Executive Vice President of Spin Master Entertainment, Jennifer Dodge leads the company’s thriving Entertainment group in developing evergreen global entertainment properties and overseeing the current production slate, including the global preschool hit, PAW Patrol, while focusing on creative strategies that position Spin Master for additional growth and success within...more

Caressa Douglas

SVP, Branded Integration

Branded Entertainment Network (BEN)

Caressa Douglas serves as the Senior Vice President, Content & Branded Integration at BEN (Branded Entertainment Network), a Bill Gates Company.  She is a founding member and contributor of BEN where she has a passion to seamlessly integrate brands into the fabric of Hollywood storytelling. With over two decades of...more

Christian Drobnyk

EVP, Programming Strategy & Acquisitions

Lifetime Television

Christian Drobnyk was named Senior Vice President, Programming Strategy and Acquisitions, of Lifetime Networks, in August 2011.  Based in New York, he is responsible for overseeing all program acquisitions, co-productions and program planning for Lifetime & LMN. This includes developing and commissioning over 50 hours a year of Lifetime’s original...more

Natalie Dumoulin

VP of Creative Affairs

9 Story Media Group

As Vice President, Creative Affairs, Natalie Dumoulin is responsible for overseeing all creative aspects of 9 Story properties from inception to delivery. This includes sourcing and developing animated and live-action properties for kids of all ages, collaborating with 9 Story’s producers, writers, and animation teams and working closely with the...more

Channing Dungey


ABC Entertainment

Nne Ebong

SVP, Drama Development

ABC Studios

Nne Ebong was named senior vice president, Drama Development, ABC Studios, in July 2013.  In this position she recruits talent in the form of writers, directors and producers, and shepherds the creative development of new one-hour drama series. Ebong was previously vice president, Drama Development, ABC Studios, since August 2008....more

Michael Edelstein

President, International Studios

NBC Universal

Michael Edelstein is President of NBCUniversal International Studios.  Based in London, he has strategic oversight of the international television production division, leading supplier of English language content originated outside of the United States.

Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning executive producer of the lobal phenomenon Desperate Housewives, Edelstein assumed his role in June 2010.  Since that time, he has devised and...more

Jeffrey Engelen


Midfield Entertainment

Jeffrey Engelen represents BETA FILM (www.betafilm.com) in North America and is responsible for its content distribution. He also provides acquisition and co-production support to the head office in Munich, Germany. Before Beta Film, Engelen was Senior Vice President, Distribution at Canadian production outfit Thunderbird Films where he was responsible...more

Maria Farano

SVP Content

Corus Entertainment

Zach Feldberg

Executive In Charge of Production, Digital Originals


Erin Finlay

Chief Legal Officer

Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)

Erin is an entertainment and intellectual property lawyer specializing in the areas of copyright, litigation, cultural policy development and broadcast regulatory policy in the Canadian film and television, music and book publishing industries.   Erin is the Chief Legal Officer at the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) where she advises and...more

Dave Forget

Director, Policy

Directors Guild of Canada

Dave Forget is Director of Policy at the Directors Guild of Canada’s (DGC). Since joining the Guild in 2015, Dave’s mandate has been to promote the interests of the DGC’s 4,800 creative professionals and the importance of Canada’s screen-based industries. Prior to joining the DGC, Dave held a senior management...more

Nicky Forsman

Head of Creative

OUTtv Network Inc

Nicky Forsman is Head of Creative for OUTtv, Canada’s only LGBTQ television network, a post she has held since 2013. After working as an independent producer, Nicky joined OUTtv’s Vancouver office in 2006 as part of the development team and since then has spearheaded the creation of over 200 hours of content. Not one...more

Sarah Fowlie

Director, Comedy Original Programming

Bell Media

Athena Georgaklis

Head of Development, Nelvana

Corus Entertainment

Athena Georgaklis is the newly appointed Head of Content for Nelvana.  Georgaklis, a highly respected animation executive, leads the acquisition of rights and the development of all original content for Nelvana, working with the studio’s producers, creators, and talent around the world.

Georgaklis has worked in Canadian broadcast and production for more than...more

Tilusha Ghelani

Commissioning Editor, Comedy


Tilusha Ghelani commissions and executive produces scripted comedy titles for Sky Television. Operating across Sky1, Sky Atlantic and Sky Arts, plus On Demand (home of Sky’s award-winning Comedy Shorts), Tilusha works on established brands such as Stella and Trollied. She is also briefed to unearth the most exciting new shows...more

Robert Ghiz

President and CEO

Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association

Robert Ghiz is President and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) and Chair of the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada. Twice elected Premier of Prince Edward Island, Robert’s many accomplishments at the province’s helm include his successful stewardship of its economy through the 2008 global financial collapse and his...more

James Glasscock

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development


James Glasscock, the Senior VP of Strategy and Business Development for Machinima, manages Machinima’s relationships with strategic platform partners and coordinates internal and external resources to develop and launch Machinima’s strategic initiatives. James is leading Machinima efforts to become a multi-platform entertainment programmer of heroes, esports and gaming content. Building...more

Lisa Godfrey

VP, Original Content

Corus Entertainment

Lisa Godfrey has 25 years experience in the television industry both in production and broadcasting. As VP of Original Content at Corus Entertainment, Lisa oversees Original Content development and production for Global, all Women and Lifestyle channels including HGTV Canada, FOOD Network Canada, W Network, Slice, OWN and CMT, and...more

James Goldston

President, ABC News

ABC News

James Goldston was named President of ABC News in April 2014. He oversees all aspects of the news division, including broadcast, digital and radio, a combined audience that is unmatched in the United States. 
During Goldston’s tenure leading ABC News, the network has responded rapidly to cover breaking news...more

Tim Goodman

Chief TV Critic

The Hollywood Reporter

Jane Gould

SVP Research & Insights

Disney Channels Worldwide and Freeform

Jane Gould, an accomplished leader in generational, lifestyle and media research, serves as senior vice president, Consumer Insights, for the Disney/ABC Television Group’s four cable networks – Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD and Freeform – as well as Radio Disney.

In this role, she has oversight of all consumer insights,...more

Danielle Graham

Anchor, etalk

Bell Media

As Co-Anchor for CTV’s ETALK – Canada’s #1 Entertainment Show, Danielle Graham’s role and charming personality has put her face-to-face with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, covering high-profile events both here at home and around the world. In recent years, Graham has interviewed the likes of Matt Damon, Julia Roberts,...more

Larry Grimaldi

VP, Production & Development

MarVista Entertainment

Larry Grimaldi is Vice President of Development & Production at MarVista Entertainment, where he helps create, develop and produce entertainment programming in the television movie, scripted and unscripted series and digital spaces.  Before joining MVE, Larry spent considerable time as an independent producer.  His career includes work for CBS, Disney,...more

Fred Grinstein

Head of Unscripted TV

Pulse Films

In January 2015, Fred Grinstein joined Vice Media as Vice President of TV Development, collaborating with Co-Presidents Eddy Moretti and Spike Jonze to start up and launch Viceland, playing a key role in navigating the company’s digital and print brand transition into the new medium and market.

After the network launch...more

Cathy Hare

Director, Acquisitions, North America, International Distribution

Entertainment One Television

Content Specialist for the Acquisitions Department of eOne TV International, acting as point person for all scripted third party acquisitions out of North America.

Tom Hastings

Director, Drama Original Programming

Bell Media

As the Director of Drama in Bell Media’s Independent Production Unit, Tom Hastings supervises the development and production of original Canadian dramatic series across Bell Media’s family of channels including CTV, Space, Bravo, The Movie Network, and HBO Canada.

He is the former Creative Head of CBC Drama. He previously served...more

Libby Hill

Entertainment Reporter

Los Angeles Times

Libby Hill is an entertainment reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Her TV analysis has appeared at Salon, Vulture, Rolling Stone and the New York Times. Hill, a native of South Dakota, has a passel of cats, too many books and a perpetually full DVR.

Bruce Hills


Just For Laughs

Jennifer Hollyer


The Jennifer Hollyer Agency

Combining her life-long love of narrative, her honours BA in literature and classics, and being a natural people person, Jennifer is living her dream job as owner and principal agent of the Jennifer Hollyer Agency. Many of Jennifer’s clients have been with her since she established the agency in...more

Kyle Irving


Eagle Vision Inc

Chantal Jackson

Director of Development & Executive Producer

VICE Canada

Wendy Japhet

Executive Producer, Descendants and Descendants 2

Disney ABC Television Group

Wendy Japhet is executive producer of "Descendants 2," the sequel to the global smash hit Disney's "Descendants" that introduced audiences around the world to the teenage sons and daughters of Disney's most infamous villains.

Japhet has executive produced multiple award-winning films, including "An Education," "The Brothers Bloom" and "I'm Not There,"...more

Robin Johnston

Director, Original Programming Factual and Reality

Bell Media

As Director, Independent Production, Factual & Reality at Bell Media, Robin Johnston works with Canadian production companies to develop and oversee production of unscripted projects for CTV, CraveTV, and Bell Media’s slate of specialty and digital channels.

Based in Halifax, Johnston is a member of Bell Media’s national independent production team,...more

J. Joly

Executive Producer/CEO

The Coup

From his first job working as a theatre usher on a Canadian Military base in Germany, J has spent close to three decades working in media. During his undergraduate program at Queen's University he founded a rock group that recorded two albums and toured with acts that included The Tragically...more

The Honourable Mélanie Joly

Minister of Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

Chris Jones

Director of Regulatory Affairs, Policy and Research

Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association

Chris Jones is the Director of Regulatory Affairs, Policy and Research for CWTA. Chris has seventeen years of advocacy and lobbying experience in transport, tourism, technology, education, health and sports sectors. He has an extensive background in executive management and leadership, was also ministerial aide to two Federal Cabinet Ministers...more

Ziba Kaboli-Gerbrands

Director, Content Acquisition


Ziba Kaboli-Gerbrands is an innovative and dynamic business development executive with over 20 years experience in entertainment and technology.

Ms. Kaboli is currently the Director of Content Acquisition at Roku, where she leads negotiations with top content partners. In her four years at Roku, Ms. Kaboli has successfully negotiated licensing and...more

Richard Kanee

Executive Director, Digital Strategy


Tina Keeper


Kistikan Pictures

Andrew Kelly

Director, Development

Entertainment One Television

Raja Khanna

CEO Television & Digital

Blue Ant Media

Anthony Kimble

SVP, Co-Productions & North American Acquisitions

Cineflix Rights

Regina King


Disney, ABC

Thanks to roles in a number of prominent films, Regina King’s distinguished talents have not gone unnoticed by Hollywood. She has been seen in recurring roles on CBS’s hit show “The Big Bang Theory,” Showtime’s critically acclaimed series “Shameless” and FX’s thriller “The Strain,” from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck...more

Roma Kojima

Senior Director, OTT Video

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Roma Kojima is Senior Director for OTT Video at CBC, English Services. Her mandate is to oversee the evolution and growth of the OTT platform as part of the CBC's Digital Strategy.

Roma began her media career in 2000, filing papers and fetching chai at Carat Media Mumbai. She then graduated...more

Jean La Rose


Aboriginal Peoples Television Network APTN

Jean La Rose is a First Nations citizen from the Abenakis First Nation of Odanak. He was raised in Ottawa where he studied Journalism at Algonquin College and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Social Communication at the University of Ottawa/Université St. Paul. Mr. La Rose later began his Masters...more

Joan Lambur


Breakthrough Entertainment

Joan Lambur is the Executive Producer for animation and kids’ live action and family programming at Breakthrough Entertainment. Joan handles acquisitions of projects in these areas as well as oversees creative development and financing. She also oversees all licensing and merchandising activities for the company that are driven by television...more

Renee Laprise


Lovely Witches Club Inc.

Patricia Larsen


Lovely Witches Club Inc.

Michelle Latimer

Film Maker, Producer, Actor, Showrunner

Streel Films

France Lauziere

President & CEO

Quebecor Content

Bob Leighton

SVP, Programming

Liberty Global, Inc.

Bob Leighton joined Liberty Global in 2005.  He is currently SVP, Programming US, maintaining senior relationships with US major studio program suppliers and cable and satellite distributors.

Mr. Leighton is nearly a 40 year veteran of the television industry.

Prior to Liberty Global,  Bob headed content for 7 years with Starz, as...more

Andreas Lemos

Vice President of Sales (North America) & Acquisitions

Banijay Rights

VP Acquisitions & Sales, North America, for Banijay Rights, overseeing all finished programme and format sales and co-productions into North America, as well as acquiring content from North American producers for distribution worldwide. Previous roles have included Acquisitions roles at Virgin Media and A&E channels in the UK.

Randy Lennox


Bell Media

Aron Levitz

Head of Wattpad Studios


As Head of Wattpad Studios, Aron Levitz connects the entertainment and publishing industries with new voices and original content created by Wattpad Stars, the biggest influencers on the platform. Leveraging data and community insights, Aron works with the industry to co-produce Wattpad stories for film, television, print and digital formats.



Ira Levy

President & Executive Producer

Breakthrough Entertainment

Ira Levy is Co-Founder and Executive Producer at Breakthrough Films & Television, Breakthrough Entertainment and Breakthrough New Media. His current projects include the animated series JIMMY TWO-SHOES for Teletoon and Jetix; PRODUCING PARKER, the animated prime-time series for TVtropolis starring Kim Cattrall; and a new season of THINK BIG the...more

Greg Lipstone

Television Executive

All3Media America

Greg Lipstone joined All3Media America as CEO in 2015. Prior to joining All3Media America, Lipstone was a founding partner and board member 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. Lipstone oversaw the...more

Warren Littlefield

Executive Producer, The Handmaid's Tale, Fargo

The Littlefield Company

Warren Littlefield is the executive producer of the television series The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the classic Margaret Atwood novel, for MGM Television and airing on Hulu in the United States and Bravo in Canada. He is also the executive producer of Fargo, currently airing installment three on FX in the United...more

Krista Look

Director of Original Lifestyle Content

Corus Entertainment

Krista Look is the Director of Original Content for the Women and Lifestyle division of Corus Entertainment in Toronto. In this role, she is responsible for steering the original linear and digital content strategies and slates for networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, W Network and Slice.

A born leader...more

Ellen Lovejoy

VP, Head of Sales, Americas and Formats

A+E Television Networks

Ellen Lovejoy is Vice President, Head of Sales, Americas and Formats for A+E Networks.

Ms. Lovejoy oversees off-network sales of A+E Networks’ content to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market.  She is responsible for developing and implementing sales strategies for the A+E Networks’ programming catalogue, including...more

Matt Loze

Head of Scripted Entertainment, BBC Worldwide Productions

BBC Worldwide Entertainment

Loze joined BBC Worldwide Productions as Head of Scripted in 2017. Here he sets and implements a scripted program strategy, which focuses on reformats of BBC and other British IP for digital and linear network partners.  He oversees every facet - from development to production to delivery.

With over 20 years...more

Jeff Lynas

General Manager Television, Entertainment One

Entertainment One Television

Jeff oversees all day-to-day operations for eOne Television on a global basis. He also leads business development for the division, establishing and structuring new business relationships for eOne Television across production, distribution and digital. 

Prior to his current role as Chief Operating Officer, Jeff served as Senior Vice President, Operations &...more

Lindsay Lynch

Strategic Partner Manager


Steve Maich

Senior Vice President, Digital Content and Publishing

Rogers Media

Gary Marsh

President and Chief Creative Officer,, Disney Channels Worldwide

Disney Channel Worldwide

Tom Mazza


EveryWhere Studios

Tom Mazza is a 25-year veteran of the television industry with extensive experience in television development, production, distribution, research and marketing.  He has led large studio based divisions including Paramount and Sony Television, smaller boutique companies and his own independent production company EveryWhere Studios. He also currently sits on the...more

Mike McAvoy

CEO and President

The Onion

Marie McCann

Senior Director, CBC Kids

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Marie McCann is the Senior Director of Children's Content for CBC Kids.  CBC Kids creates and acquires entertaining and inspiring media for children 2 - 12. As Canada’s national public broadcaster we continue our tradition of excellence and innovation in children’s content and reach our audience through CBC Television, our websites...more

Sarah McCormack

Acting Head of Acquisitions

Beyond Distribution

Josann McGibbon

Writer and Executive Producer, Descendants and Descendants 2

Disney Channel

Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott are the writers of the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie "Descendants 2," deepening the story of the teenage sons and daughters of Disney's most infamous villains. They also serve as executive producers on the highly anticipated sequel.

McGibbon and Parriott received a Writers Guild Award for...more

Patrick McGuire

Head of Content

VICE Canada

Patrick McGuire is a journalist and documentary producer who is currently VICE Canada's Head of Content. As VICE launched their Canadian TV network VICELAND this year, Patrick has been on the team overseeing original television production, alongside the youth-targeted digital and print journalism the brand is known for, which spans...more

Michelle Melanson

Executive Producer

Radical Sheep Productions

Nicola Merola

President & Producer

Pixcom Productions Inc.

Nicola Merola, President and Executive Producer, has extensively developed Pixcom’s international television, steering the company to become one of Canada’s top independent producers of entertaining, high production value series. As President, he oversees all of the company’s productions, in English and French, including scripted, factual, magazines, variety and kids.

Marlo Miazga

Vice President of Content

Bristow Global Media Inc.

A 25-year industry veteran, Miazga has built a reputation for her expertise in  creating, producing, and selling premium factual and drama content. Prior to joining BGM, Miazga was Co-President and Founder of Newroad Media, where she developed, produced and sold original content for both the domestic and global marketplace. Her...more

Martin Michaud

Author and screenwriter

Born in 1970 and based in Montreal, Martin Michaud practiced business law for 20 years before devoting himself entirely to writing. Martin’s novels featuring Detective Sergeant Victor Lessard of the Montreal police —a tormented, rebellious cop with high morals— were a dazzling literary success, have earned him critical acclaimed as...more

Ilana Miller

Literary Agent

The Jennifer Hollyer Agency

Born and raised in suburbia Toronto, Ilana toiled between her love of the theatre and her passion for film before deciding that it was the film and television industry that was her calling – who could resist 14 hr days.

After seven years on the front lines in...more

James Milward

Executive Producer & Founder

Secret Location

James Milward is the founder of two time Emmy® Award-winning Secret Location, a content studio for emerging platforms.

As Executive Producer at Secret Location, James has built numerous award-winning, large-scale digital entertainment and brand projects. In just eight short years, he has taken Secret Location from a small boutique to...more

Terri Minsky

Creator & Executive Producer, Andi Mack


Terri Minsky has an extensive career in the television and media industry as a producer, writer, creator and journalist. Over 16 years ago, she created "Lizzie McGuire," a defining hit live-action and animated series for Disney Channel that resonated with a generation of kids and tweens. Continuing her track record...more

Mark Montefiore


New Metric Media

Tara Montgomery

EVP, Head of Programming

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

Tara Montgomery serves as executive vice president, head of Programming for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, overseeing non-scripted (“Welcome to Sweetie Pies,” “For Peete’s Sake,” “The Book of John Gray,” “Home Made Simple”) and Oprah branded content (“Super Soul Sunday,” Oprah’s Book Club).  Prior to her work for OWN, Montgomery served...more

Patrick Moran


ABC Studios

John Morayniss


Entertainment One Television

John Morayniss oversees all aspects of eOne Television's activities which encompass the development, production, licensing, financing and worldwide distribution of live action drama and comedy series, reality and documentary series, television movies and mini-series, prime time animation and family programming.

John oversees the strategic growth of eOne’s television...more

Andrew Morris

Manager, Commissioned Content

Accessible Media Inc.

Andrew Morris is a development and production executive with AMI-tv, a national English language television station serving more than five million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted. With an eye for storytelling and a collaborative spirit, he oversees all commissioned content from...more

Jonathan Murray

Founder & Executive Consultant

Bunim-Murray Productions

Widely credited with helping to usher in the modern reality television genre with his late partner Mary-Ellis Bunim, Jonathan Murray continues to inspire, influence and entertain television audiences worldwide. Since the launch of The Real World on MTV in 1992, Murray has created and executive produced some of the industry’s most...more

Sydni Naglie

Unscripted Acquisitions, North America

eOne Television International

Sydni Naglie oversees North American unscripted Acquisitions at Entertainment One (eOne), based in the Company’s Toronto office. There, Sydni is responsible for acquiring unscripted content for television distribution to all media outlets around the world. Sydni joined eOne 4 years ago with several years of television production and distribution administrative...more

Robin Neinstein

Manager, Original Content

Corus Entertainment

As Manager of Original Content, Scripted and Factual for Corus Entertainment, Robin Neinstein works closely with the independent production community to cultivate signature Scripted and Factual programming for Corus channels including Global, History, Showcase and W. He manages a team of production executives and directly supervises VIKINGS, the blockbuster Canadian-Irish...more

Jenny Olson

Director, Strategy and Partnerships

Branded Entertainment Network (BEN)

Jenny Olson serves as Lead Content Strategist at BEN (Branded Entertainment Network), a Bill Gates company.  She drives strategic outreach with content partners across the entertainment landscape to maximize impact for BEN clients.  Jenny founded BEN’s Digital and OTT division in 2012 after identifying the industry shift towards streaming content. ...more

Kenny Ortega

Director, Execuitve Producer and Choreographer

Disney Channel

Kenny Ortega is the acclaimed Emmy Award-winning executive producer, director and choreographer of the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie "Descendants 2," the sequel to the global smash hit "Descendants."

Ortega served as director and choreographer on Disney's "Descendants" and the hit "High School Musical" franchise, which launched the entertainment careers of...more

David Ozer


IDW Entertainment

Leveraging the tremendous experience garnered through various executive positions he has held with traditional television companies like Sony Pictures Television, DIC Entertainment, Starz and RHI Entertainment over the past 30 years, it’s David Ozer’s passion for the creative process and commitment to collaboration with the authors, writers, directors, artists, actors,...more

Jim Packer

President Worldwide TV and Digital Distribution

Lionsgate Entertainment

Yann Paquet

VP of Quebecor Content

Quebecor Content

Sara Parriott

Writer and Executive Producer, Descendants and Descendants 2

Disney Channel

Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott are the writers of the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie "Descendants 2," deepening the story of the teenage sons and daughters of Disney's most infamous villains. They also serve as executive producers on the highly anticipated sequel.

McGibbon and Parriott received a Writers Guild Award for...more

Michel Pratte

Chief Revenue Officer

Boat Rocker Media

As CRO, Pratte oversees Boat Rocker’s Rights, Brands, Digital Revenue and Ventures divisions while also leading the company’s M&A and corporate development activity.  Pratte was integral to the exponential growth of Boat Rocker’s family and kids division in 2016, including leading the acquisitions of Radical Sheep and Jam Filled Entertainment and overseeing Jam Filled’s purchase of...more

Rohit Puri

Associate Partner



Rohit is an Associate Partner within EY’s Global Telecommunication Centre and Leads the telecommunications sector for EY in Canada

Rohit previously lead the development and implementation of the EY Global Telecoms Center strategy.

He brings over 15 years of professional services experience focusing on telecoms finance and business strategy.

Prior to Ernst &...more

Peter Putka

Executive in Charge of Production

Some Spider Studios

Ollie Rankin

Vice President of VR Production

Uncorporeal Systems

Ollie Rankin is VP and Head of VR Production at Uncorporeal Systems, Inc., developers of industry-leading software that digitizes people, places and objects from the real world, to be featured in virtual and augmented reality experiences. He is particularly focused on the storytelling potential of these emerging new media, championing...more

Kit Redmond

Executive Chair & President

RTR Media Inc

Catherine Reitman

Creator, Executive Producer, Writer, Director

Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment

 Catherine Reitman is an actor, comedian, producer, writer and director best known for her roles in ABC’s hit show Blackish, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and as the creator and star of CBC’s Workin’ Moms. She was a member of the Sunday Company at the influential Groundlings improv theatre and school...more

Lynette Rice

Editor at Large

Entertainment Weekly

Lynette has covered the television business since 1999 for Entertainment Weekly. She also hosts two shows for EW Radio on Sirius XM: Inside TV and Outlander Live! Prior to EW, she worked for the Hollywood Reporter and Broadcasting and Cable. 

John Ridley

Writer / Director/Executive Producer, American Crime, Guerrilla, Let It Fall and Oscar Winner for 12 Years a Slave

ABC Studios

John Ridley won an Oscar® for writing “12 Years a Slave”and is the creator, director, and executive producer of ABC’s Emmy-winning series “American Crime.” His limited series “Guerilla,” with Idris Elba, Freida Pinto, and Babou Ceesay, recently aired on Showtime and Sky.  LET IT FALL: LOS ANGELES 1982-1992, his...more

Jane Rimer

Chief of International Business & Creative Development

Insight Production Company Ltd.

Jane Rimer is founder of independent Media Consultancy, NYLON LIFE LLC, based in New York. Her consultancy focuses on the areas of strategic business planning, brand development in the television and multimedia platform space, and executive production and distribution with active clients in the US, Canada and the UK.

Prior to...more

Nataline Rodrigues

Director of Original Programming

Rogers Broadcasting Ltd

Edward Sabin

Executive MD of International

A+E Networks

Frank Saperstein

CEO & Executive Producer

Surprise Bag Inc

Frank Saperstein oversees all aspects of development, production, programming, distribution, digital and licensing opportunities for his boutique shingle, Surprise Bag, Inc. Previously, Frank served as EVP of Tricon’s Kids, Family & Animation business where he launched the division leveraging the company's extensive development, production and distribution expertise, while expanding strategic...more

Ann Sarnoff


BBC Worldwide North America

As President, BBC Worldwide North America, Ann Sarnoff is responsible for driving growth and profit across the company’s business divisions in the U.S. and Canada including Los Angeles-based studios BBC Worldwide Productions and Adjacent Productions, linear and digital program sales, home entertainment, licensing, theatrical and live events.  She also oversees...more

Patrice Sauvé


Patrice Sauvé is known as an audacious visual master. Following cinematic studies at Concordia University, he broadened his horizons by working on cultural shows, public affairs magazines and documentaries. However, it was in 2001 that he found his true voice with the cult series "La vie, la vie", which was...more

Jessica Schmiedchen

Executive in Charge of Development, Unscripted Content

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Joseph Schneier

VP, Production & Development

Discovery Channel

Rebecca Segal

SVP Sky Networks

Sky Networks

A well respected veteran in the television industry, Rebecca Segal has worked extensively in the acquisition and marketing of U.S. programming, both through the development stage and on air.

She has successfully identified programming trends, provided market intelligence, and maintained relationships with U.S. networks (network and cable), studios, as well as...more

Lloyd Segan

Executive Producer


Lloyd Segan is currently serving as Executive Producer on Canada’s #1 Original Drama, “Private Eyes”, which recently began airing it’s second season on Global. He made his television series debut with “The Dead Zone,” based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. Following that, Lloyd executive-produced “Wildfire,” along with...more

Sarah Sharkey Pearce

Creative Director, Unscripted

Entertainment One Television

Sarah Sharkey Pearce is the Creative Director of Content in eOne’s Unscripted division. Most recently he was the show runner of CBC’s documentary series This Is High School. Prior to her work on This Is High School, she was the showrunner on the hit series Yukon Gold for HISTORY CANADA and NATGEO US. 

With over 15 years experience...more

Larry Shuman


The Shuman Company

Larry Shuman is founder of The Shuman Company, an entertainment management/production firm specializing in the development of television & film writers since 1991.  His many long-time clients have gone on to become some of the highest-level writers in the industry, including Shawn Ryan, creator of The Shield;David Shore, creator of House; Tim...more

Linda Simensky

VP, Children’s Programming


As Vice President of Children’s Programming at PBS, Linda Simensky collaborates with producers, co-production partners, PBS station programmers, and distributors throughout the development, production, post-production, and broadcast phases for PBS KIDS programming. Since joining PBS in 2003, Linda has worked with renowned producers to develop hit shows such as CURIOUS...more

Jeanne Simon

Pitch Expert, Content Creator, Head Writer

Sell Your TV Concept Now Inc

Jeanne Pappas Simon has been a producer, writer, and content creator for the major TV networks and studios in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years.

She has produced more than 400 television series episodes such as Nickelodeon’s Clarissa Explains It All, Roundhouse, Weinerville, Gullah Gullah Island, and Allegra’s...more

Mark Simon


Sell Your TV Concept Now Inc

Mark Simon is 30-year in the entertainment industry as a producer, director and story artist for live action and animation, amassing over 4,000 production credits. Recent credits include the movies Woody Woodpecker and Chucky 7 for Universal.

Mark has pitched and landed more than 35 production and distribution deals for his...more

Jonathan Sinclair

EVP, Programing & Development

OWN Oprah Winfrey Network

Jonathan Sinclair currently serves as executive vice president of Programming and Development for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.  In this role, Sinclair develops and delivers new and inspirational programming that aligns with Oprah Winfrey’s legacy and expands the first-rate content of the network. 

Sinclair first joined Harpo Studios in 1996 as a...more

Stephanie Slack

Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions

MarVista Entertainment

Michael Smith

SVP, Content Sales & Co-Productions

BBC Worldwide Canada Ltd

Ryan St. Peters

VP, Kids & Family


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 has been Vice President, Creative, Format, Development & Sales at Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP), since November 2016.

In this position, Steinman is charged with overseeing the adaptation, development, and sale of...more

Vanessa Steinmetz

SVP Production Financing

Entertainment One Television

Booboo Stewart


Disney Channel

Justin Stockman

VP Pay and OTT Services

Bell Media

As Vice-President, Pay and OTT Services, Bell Media, Justin Stockman oversees strategy and management of CraveTV andThe Movie Network, including HBO Canada. He is responsible for digital video, branded entertainment, and channel-driven digital content, including Much Digital Studios. He also oversees execution of program priorities and new channel and business...more

Yvonne Strahovski

Actor, The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Yvonne Strahovski stars in Hulu’s critically acclaimed original series, THE HANDMAID’S TALE, which premiered April 26th, 2017.   Upcoming films include Shane Black’s THE PREDATOR, Dennis Iliadis’ HE’S OUT THERE, and Marc Forster’s ALL IS SEE IS YOU. Past TV credits include Showtime’s DEXTER, NBC’s CHUCK, ABC’s THE ASTRONAUT WIVES, and...more

Igal Svet

Senior Director, Development

National Geographic Channels

Igal Svet is Senior Director, Development at National Geographic Partners. Based in New York City, Svet is responsible for the development and the greenlight of premium content in the forms of original series, specials and documentaries. Over the past year the National Geographic premiered sweeping original series and documentaries such as Mars, The Story of God with Morgan...more

Jonathan Taplin

Director Emeritus

USC Annenberg Center For Digital Future

Jonathan Taplin is Director Emeritus of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California. he was a Professor at the USC Annenberg School from 2003-2016. Taplin's areas of specialization are in international communication management and the field of digital media entertainment. Taplin began his entertainment career in 1969...more

Cheryl Taylor

BBC's Children's Head of Content

BBC Children's

 Cheryl is the Controller of CBBC and is responsible for an annual 4,000 hours of programming for 6-12s. She commissions all CBBC content for television and online - including factual, drama, comedy, entertainment, news, games and apps. CBBC continues to be the most popular channel for its age group in...more

Brian Tolleson

Head of Content & Managing Partner

Bark Bark

Brian Tolleson (aka BT) is BARK BARK’s Head of Content and Managing Partner. Founding BARK BARK 10 years ago was his idea, but it’s the incredibly smart and talented people he works with that make what he ignited grow brighter every day. At BARK BARK, Brian has led the team...more

Todd VanDerWerff

Critic at Large

Vox Media

Todd VanDerWerff is the critic-at- large for Vox and the first TV Editor of The A.V. Club, where he reviewed every episode of many, many TV shows (including some he has forgotten about entirely). His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Grantland. He lives in...more

Ginette Viens


Quebecor Contenu (Groupe TVA)

Ginette Viens, Vice-President, Brand Management & Content, Quebecor Content since 2013, is responsible for developing powerful multiplatform strategies and acquiring the best original content in all genres: scripted, non-scripted, lifestyle and documentary. Since joining the Corporation 17 years ago, Ginette has occupied a number of positions, including Director Entertainment, and...more

Aly Wagner

NWSL Game Analyst


Former U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) player, two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup™ athlete, Aly Wagner brings her extensive experience as both athlete and reporter to Lifetime in her role as NWSL Game Analyst.

Ian Whitehead

Head of Production and Development


A hands-on Producer and Executive Producer, Ian has produced close to 100 hours of scripted TV and is as comfortable on set as he is in the writer’s room or post house. Keen collaborator, team builder, and always story-focused, Ian has worked on award-winning episodic series, miniseries, TV movies and...more

Barbara Williams


Corus Entertainment

Barbara Williams is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Corus Entertainment Inc., where she oversees all strategic and operational aspects of Corus’ content across conventional and specialty television, Nelvana, digital, and radio properties.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Williams served as Shaw Media’s President, overseeing all aspects of the company’s...more

Melissa Wolfe

Development Executive, Kids Animation

Amazon Studios

At Amazon Studios, Melissa Wolfe leads development for the 6-11 animation demo as well as manages a robust slate of animated projects currently in series production. She got her start as an executive at Frederator Studios where she helped to develop 39 animated shorts for Nickelodeon'sRandom! Cartoons and produced over 100...more

Steve Woolf

Head of Programming


Drew Worobow

VP Original Programming


Drew Worobow serves as Vice President, Original Programming for IFC. In this role, he is responsible for managing and overseeing all phases of West Coast based development, production, and creative execution of IFC’s growing slate of series. These series include “Maron,” “Stan Against Evil,” and “Brockmire.”

Worobow previously served as Director...more

David B Zitzerman


Goodmans LLP

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