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Speakers

2020 SPEAKERS

Danielle Audette

Executive Director of Programming and Scheduling

APTN Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Inc.

Danielle is Métis-Francophone from Manitoba, who has over 18 years of experience in the film and television industry. In 2002, she worked as a freelancer as a line producer, production manager and post-production supervisor on various documentaries and movies of the week for CBC, CTV, Vision TV, Lifetime and Movie...more


Phil Barnsdall-Thompson

SVP Acquisitions, UK, Europe & North America

Flame Distribution

Flame Media is a content production and distribution company specializing in high end factual entertainment and documentary programming. Flame represents over 3,500 hours of content across all factual genres and works with over 180 independent producers from all over the world.

Flame has offices in London, Sydney, Singapore and the USA,...more


Debbie Brown

Production Executive, Original Content

Corus Entertainment Inc

Debbie has been creating content for twenty years. For the last 8 years, she has been a Production Executive, Original Content for Corus Entertainment, overseeing a variety of lifestyle and reality series including Property Brothers, Property Brothers: Forever Home, Masters of Flip, Fire Masters, Making it Home, The Big Bake, Say Yes...more


Melissa Campbell

Owner

Contentum Consulting & Management

Experienced 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


Ryan Chanatry

General Manager

Topic


Aubrey Clarke

Senior Programme Executive

BBC Children's

Aubrey has worked for the BBC Children’s Animation and Acquisitions team for 7 years. As Senior Programme Executive, he is editorially across co-productions, pre-buys and Off the Shelf acquisitions for Cbeebies and CBBC.

He is the channel executive on The Next Step, Scream Street, My Perfect Landing, The Zoo & Tee & Mo plus brand...more


Austin Denesuk

Agent

Creative Artists Agency


Craig D'Entrone

Executive Producer

Radical Media

As the multi-platform showrunner on PBS American Portrait at RadicalMedia, Craig guides all aspects of the project, from digital content to social media, marketing, community-building and the broadcast documentary series. A graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, he worked at The Wall Street Journal before turning to...more


Mike Farah

CEO

Funny Or Die

Mike Farah is the Chief Executive Officer of Funny Or Die, the premiere comedy brand known for its award-winning content and an audience of more than 40 million people. Farah continues to grow Funny Or Die with his producing acumen, talent relationships and industry leadership. He’s helped expand both the long-form...more


Danny Feldheim

SVP, Original Content

CBS All Access


Audrey Gardiner

Director, Content Acquisition

Netflix


Cathy Garland

Producer/Acquisitions, TRVL

Discovery, Inc.

Cathy Garland is a producer at TRVL, having re-joined the network in 2018, where she also worked from 2000- 2010, primarily as director of development. From 2011 -2018, she was a producer at Destination America where she also oversaw acquisitions. Her executive producing credits include: Mountain Monsters, Famously Afraid, Paranormal...more


Tommy Gillespie

Director, Children's Programming

PBS

As Director of Children’s Programming, Tommy leads the strategic rollout of video content for PBS KIDS, including scheduling and content planning for the U.S. public broadcaster’s national children’s service and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and livestream. He is also the production executive on several PBS KIDS series, including the...more


Lisa Godfrey

VP, Original Content

Corus Entertainment Inc

Lisa Godfrey has over 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 Drama, Lifestyle and Factual for Corus’s portfolio of channels including, Global, HGTV Canada, FOOD Network Canada, W Network,...more


Lisa Hamilton Daly

Director, Original Series

Netflix

Lisa Hamilton Daly joined Netflix as Director, Original Series in January 2018, and currently oversees the development and production of the upcoming drama series Spinning Out, Firefly Lane, Sweet Magnolias and Tiny Pretty Things, among others.  Previously she worked for A+E's Lifetime channel, developing movies, miniseries, and backdoor pilots, including...more


Jennifer Harkness

SVP, Unscripted Content

Blue Ant Media


Dylan Haskins

Commissioning Executive, Podcasts

BBC British Broadcasting Corp

Dylan Haskins is Commissioning Executive for Podcasts at BBC Sounds. He looks after an exciting slate of new podcast commissions aimed at 16-34 year olds, as well as content partnerships. His commissions range across genres from several upcoming international investigative series to the genre-defying Have You Heard George’s Podcast? from...more


Justina Hemperek

Head of Acquisitions

Beyond Distribution

Justina Hemperek is Head of Acquisitions at Beyond Distribution and leads the company’s acquisition and pre-sales activity. She has extensive experience in factual programming and was previously Director of Acquisitions - UK, Europe and Australia, International Distribution at entertainment One (eOne).

Prior to eOne, Hemperek held a similar role at ITV...more


Rose Hughes

VP, Sales

Keshet International


Andrew Johnson

Executive in Charge of Production, Original Content, Factual

Corus Entertainment Inc


Jon Kamen

Chairman & CEO

RadicalMedia

Founding Chairman and CEO Jon Kamen’s artistic vision has solidified RadicalMedia’s position as one of the world’s leading generators of premium content in nearly every medium possible, including television, film, graphic, and interactive design.

RadicalMedia is an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Peabody Award-winning producer whose work includes the Academy Award®-winning The...more


Rob Kenneally

Agent

Creative Artists Agency


Jarmo Lampela

Head of Drama

YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company

Jarmo Lampela is currently the Head of Drama at YLE and has been since 2015, with the aim to increase the international co-productions before 2020. At current, YLE has over 11 different series that have been produced or in production with 9 different countries.

He has worked as scriptwriter and directed...more


Aron Levitz

Head of Wattpad Studios

Wattpad

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

Previously, as Head of Business Development, Aron helped establish...more


Samantha Linton

VP Head of Original Content

Blue Ant Media


Krista Look

Director of Original Lifestyle Content

Corus Entertainment Inc

Krista Look is the Director of Original Lifestyle Content for Corus Entertainment in Toronto. In this role, she is responsible for steering the original content strategies and reality/lifestyle slates for some of Canada’s most-watched networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, Slice and Global Television.

Krista’s Corus Studios lifestyle team is...more


Christine Maestracci

Vice President Acquisitions & International Distribution

Quebecor Content


Bill Margol

Sr. Director, Programming & Development

PBS

Bill Margol has spent over 30 years working in the media industry, covering the ground of writer, producer, editor, developer and executive. A graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and Loyola University’s Masters in Emerging Media program, Bill was Executive Producer of Special Projects at Sci-Fi...more


Darren Nartey

Senior Programme Acquisitions Executive

ITV

Darren is responsible for leading negotiations on a range of Acquired Series, Films and Kids deals across the ITV portfolio (ITV1, ITV2, ITVBe, ITV3, ITV4, CITV and littleBe).

Darren has acquired a range of live action and animated programs such as The Big Bake, Masters of Flip. Sooty, Mr. Bean and...more


Rachel Nelson

Director, Original Content, Scripted and Factual

Corus Entertainment Inc

Rachel Nelson is Director, Original Content, Scripted and Factual, at Corus Entertainment.  In this role, Rachel leads the strategy of the company’s drama, comedy and factual programming in both production and development. Rachel manages a team overseeing hundreds of hours of content for several of the company’s national specialty channels...more


Jennevie Olivieri

Manager, TV Co-Productions

Gaumont

Since joining Gaumont Television Jennevie has been part of their growing Co-Production team, where she helped launch their first major international co-production El Presidente, coming out on Amazon in 2020. Jennevie works with writers and producers through the development process, and searches for new and unique projects that will grow...more


Isabelle Pain

Head of Content, Prime Video Canada

Amazon Studios

Isabelle Pain oversees content selection for Prime Video in Canada. She previously worked on the Content Acquisition team for Prime Video in the US working on co-productions with the UK.


Jackie Pardy

Chief Content Officer

Super Channel

As Super Channel’s Chief Content Officer, Jackie leads the company’s domestic and foreign program acquisitions for the network’s four channels (Fuse, Heart & Home, Vault and Ginx) and oversees development and production of Super Channel’s Canadian productions.

Jackie joined Super Channel in April, 2019. Previously she has worked at Women in...more


Yi Qiao

Director, Sales and Acquisitions, Drama

ZDF Enterprises GmbH


Ted Sarandos

Chief Content Officer

Netflix

Ted Sarandos is Chief Content Officer at Netflix, overseeing the teams responsible for the acquisition and creation of all Netflix content including original series from around the world such as Stranger Things, Umbrella Academy, Dark (Germany) La Casa De Papel (Spain), Sacred Games (India) and The Witcher (Poland), and films...more


Yeardley Smith

Co-Founder

Paperclip Ltd.

Yeardley Smith is an Emmy Award-winning actress, novelist, and playwright who has appeared on television, film and Broadway. She has been the voice of Lisa Simpson on Fox's hit television show The Simpsons since 1987. Film appearances include All Square, which she also produced and which received the 2018 Spotlight...more


Martin Soudan

Director of Development, Fiction

SND Groupe M6

Martin Soudan is in charge of the development and production of TV scripted content at SND (Groupe M6). He is working with agents, writers and producing partners to source, develop and oversee the scripted projects, for Groupe M6 TV channels as well as third-party broadcasters.


Prior to joining SND,...more


Carlyn Staudt

EVP Love Nature Programming & Development

Love Nature


Adam Steinman

VP, Creative, Format, Development & Sales

Warner Bros. International Television Production

Adam Steinman served as Vice President, Non-Scripted International Development & Sales from October 2010 until October 2016 and in November 2016 was promoted to Vice President, Creative, Format, Development & Sales at Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP), where scripted formats have been added to his remit.

In this position, Steinman...more


Michele Stephenson

Co-Founder, Director, Producer

Rada Film Group

As co-founder of the Rada Film Group, Michèle Stephenson pulls from her Panamanian and Haitian roots and experience as a human rights attorney to tell provocative stories that speak to personal and systemic liberation. Her films have been nominated for three Emmys. Her collaborative series with NYT Op-Docs, A Conversation...more


Kathryn Tyus-Adair

SVP of Original Programming

Starz Media LLC

As a STARZ Senior Vice President of Original Programming, Kathryn Tyus-Adair, has worked on a wide range of programming for the premium cable audience, including Power, Outlander, Vida, The Spanish Princess, upcoming series The Continental (from the hugely popular John Wick franchise), decadent period piece Dangerous Liaisons, Harlem-based girlfriends dramedy...more


Kristofer Updike

Senior Director, Development - Peacock

NBCUniversal

Kristofer Updike is an accomplished creative executive with 20+ years’ experience, developing and producing—from inception to successful delivery—scripted, unscripted, animated and live-action entertainment properties. His range of skills spans digital, television, film and theatre. With sharp creative sensibilities and efficient business leadership skills he has generated over 400 hours of...more


Dahvi Waller

Creator, Showrunner, Executive Producer (Mrs. America on FX on Hulu)

An Emmy and WGA Award-winning TV writer and producer, Dahvi Waller is the creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the upcoming limited series Mrs. America on FX, starring Cate Blanchett, which debuts April 15th on FX on Hulu.

Waller previously served as a writer and producer for AMC’s critically acclaimed Mad...more


Pam Westman

President

Nelvana Ltd


Paul Yanover

President

Fandango

Paul Yanover was named Fandango President in 2012, and since then has grown the company from a popular U.S. movie ticketing utility into an international digital network for all things movies. Serving more than 67 million unique visitors per month globally, Fandango provides best-in-class movie information, ticketing to more than...more

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