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November 7-8, 2017

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Kenton Allen


Big Talk Productions

Kenton Allen is the CEO of Big Talk Productions – one of the UK’s leading film and television production companies, winner of Best Independent Production Company at the 2017 Broadcast Awards. Kenton is a multi-award-winning producer who holds the record for most individual awards for Situation Comedy in the history...more

Speaking at: Comedy Spotlight: Bliss

David Alpert


Skybound Entertainment / Partner, Circle of Confusion

David Alpert is a prolific producer, with television credits including The Walking Dead, and its companion series, Fear The Walking Dead, Outcast, Five Year, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and the upcoming AMC comic docu-series Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics.

His film credits include producing the upcoming adaptation of the...more

Speaking at: In Conversation With: David Alpert, Skybound Entertainment & Circle of Confusion

Helen Asimakis

Senior Director, Drama

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Helen Asimakis was appointed Senior Director, Drama, CBC Scripted Content in October 2013.  She leads the team responsible for managing the creative development and production of CBC Television’s slate of dramatic programming including:  Anne, Bellevue, Pure, Murdoch Mysteries, Heartland, X Company, This Life, Romeo Section, Shoot the Messenger and the upcoming limited series...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Stefanie Berk

EVP, Scripted Development

FremantleMedia North America

Stefanie Berk serves as the Executive Vice President of Scripted Programming and Development for FremantleMedia North America (FMNA). Berk was responsible for bringing American Gods to the company, the hit show that airs on STARZ and is based on Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel. With Berk serving as an executive producer,...more

Speaking at: Drama Spotlight: American Gods

Debra Birnbaum

Director of Awards


Debra Birnbaum is an accomplished editor with over 20 years of experience covering news and entertainment. She's the executive editor, TV, at Variety, overseeing all television coverage for the trade magazine’s multiple platforms, including the weekly print edition, Variety.com, and special awards season issues. As the President/Editor-in-Chief of TV Guide...more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Steve Stark, MGM Television

Morgana Cabrera-Rosenberg

Senior Vice President, Current Programming


As Vice President, Scripted Production and Programming, Morgana Rosenberg helps oversee scripted development and production for VH1.  In the last two years in this position, Morgana helped launched the critically acclaimed TV movie THE BREAKS and its subsequent series as well as DAYTIME DIVAS, which stars Vanessa Williams.  Other VH1...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Michael Charny

Agent, TV Literary

ICM Partners

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet an Expert: Agents

David Cross

Executive Producer, Creator


Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee David Cross is an inventive performer, writer, and producer on stage and screens both big and small.

Cross returned to the road in January of 2016, six years after his last standup tour. Named one of the Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians...more

Speaking at: Comedy Spotlight: Bliss

Christina Davis

President, Original Programming

Maniac Productions

Christina Davis is a television and production executive with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry.  In September 2017, Davis launched television production company Maniac Productions with writer-producer Michael Seitzman, based at ABC Studios.  

Prior to Maniac, Davis was Executive Vice President, Drama Series Development, CBS...more

Speaking at: One Year Later

Dustin Davis

Head of Comedy Development & Current Programming

YouTube Red

Dustin Davis just expanded his duties to become Head of Comedy Development and Current Programming for the platform. He joined YouTube Red as Head of Current Series a year ago from ABC Network where he oversaw shows such as Black-ish, Happy Endings and Last Man Standing. As YouTube broadens its...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Dustin Davis, YouTube Red; Meet the New Buyers

Sandra Dewey

Chief Operating Officer

Turner Entertainment Networks

Sandra Dewey is president of Studio T and TBS & TNT Business Operations. Her role encompasses not only production and business affairs for the top-rated TNT and TBS cable networks, but also business affairs for Cartoon Network, truTV, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and several other brands within the Turner portfolio....more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Sandra Dewey, TBS & TNT

Rebecca Eaton

Executive Producer


Rebecca Eaton took the helm of the PBS series MASTERPIECE THEATRE and MYSTERY! in 1985, and later oversaw a highly successful relaunch of MASTERPIECE which attracted a new generation of viewers. She has brought American audiences Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, the recent hits Victoria, Sherlock, Poldark, Downton Abbey — the...more

Speaking at: Commissioners Roundtable

Lisa Fahrenholt

SVP, Scripted Development

Endemol Shine International

Lisa Fahrenholt currently serves as the Acquisitions Director for Endemol Shine International. In her role, Lisa is responsible for sourcing and evaluating third party acquisitions and co-financing opportunities for both scripted and unscripted programs across all genres, throughout the United States and Canada.

Before joining Endemol, Lisa worked across many facets...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert: Distributors

Brad Gardner

SVP, Development & Original Programming

Paramount Network & TV Land

Brad Gardner is Senior Vice President of Development and Original Programming, overseeing scripted series for Paramount Network (premiering in January 2018) and TV Land. Among the high-profile scripted projects Gardner is working on for Paramount are Yellowstone, starring world-renowned actor and Oscar®-winner Kevin Costner and written and directed by critically-acclaimed,...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Brad Gardner, Paramount Network & TV Land

Alan Gasmer


Alan Gasmer & Friends / Veritas Entertainment Group

Alan Gasmer is an Executive Producer of the award-winning History Channel series Vikings, now in its fifth season. As a principal in the entertainment management company Alan Gasmer & Friends and the newly formed Veritas Entertainment Group, Gasmer executive produces You Me Her, the DirecTV comedy that’s going into its...more

Speaking at: Shopping your show: What's right for your production?

Jeff Gaspin

VP, Unscripted Series

Primary Wave Entertainment

Jeff Gaspin is the President of Primary Wave Entertainment (PWE) where he oversees a diverse, combined television series portfolio of unscripted and scripted programming across multiple genres. While building the company’s television and digital assets, Gaspin will work to develop and produce programing across multiple linear and non-linear platforms and...more

Speaking at: Meet the New Buyers

Chris Giliberti

Head of Multiplatform

Gimlet Media

Chris serves as Gimlet’s Head of Multiplatform, in which capacity he leads all aspects of Gimlet’s multimedia business across TV, film, literature, and VR. He additionally assists Gimlet’s editorial leadership with development of scripted audio programming as well as audio platform originals, such as the Spotify exclusive MOGUL.

Chris currently serves as Executive...more

Speaking at: Beyond the Books: Alternative Sources of IP

Jonathan Glatzer

Executive Producer, Writer


Jonathan is currently supervising producer and a writer for the new HBO drama, Succession, created by Jesse Armstrong and executive producer, Adam McKay. He is also executive producer and a writer for Bliss, created by David Cross for Merman, Big Talk and Sky TV. In addition, he is writing a...more

Speaking at: Comedy Spotlight: Bliss

Jeremy Gold


Blumhouse Television

Jeremy Gold is co-President of Blumhouse Television. In this role, alongside co-President Marci Wiseman, he is charged with growing the footprint of Blumhouse’s independent television studio, managing its portfolio of scripted, unscripted TV series (including documentary films), supervising creative development and production and overseeing distribution strategies across all platforms.

Gold has...more

Speaking at: One Year Later

Mike Goldberg

Motion Picture & Television Literary Agent


A true crossover literary agent, Mike Goldberg plays an integral role in APA’s motion picture and television literary departments, where he strives to capitalize on the next wave of media consumption beyond traditional platforms.  His numerous clients include writer Derek Kolstad, whose John Wick film franchise has grossed well over...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert: Agents

Dana Gotlieb-Carter

VP, Scripted Development

MTV Networks

Dana Gotlieb-Carter is the VP Scripted Development and Current at MTV, where she has covered shows such as Teen Wolf, Awkward, Scream, Finding Carter, Faking It, and Loosely Exactly Nicole. Previously, Dana worked in Comedy Development at ABC Studios and Current Series at ABC Network.

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Michael Green

Executive Producer, Showrunner

American Gods

Michael Green is a television and film writer and producer. In 2017, in addition to his work on Blade Runner 2049, Green wrote the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, directed by Kenneth Branagh; and co-wrote Alien: Covenant, directed by Ridley Scott, as well as Logan, directed...more

Speaking at: Drama Spotlight: American Gods

Robin Gurney

SVP, Programming

Showtime Networks

Robin Gurney serves as Senior Vice President, Original Programming for Showtime Networks, Inc. Gurney’s responsibilities include development and creative oversight of SHOWTIME original series, including Twin Peaks, I’m Dying Up Here and Guerrilla and the network’s upcoming series The Chi and Patrick Melrose.

Prior to joining SHOWTIME, Gurney...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Robin Gurney, Showtime Networks

Sally Habbershaw

EVP, Americas

all3media International

Before being appointed as EVP of Sales and Co-Productions in North America, Sally was most recently VP of International Programming, Operations and Research at A&E Networks. Here she was responsible in developing strategies for ownership, maximising the exploitation of content across branded and third party platforms, development of original programming...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert: Distributors; Luncheon Roundtables

Cathy Hare

Director of Acquisitions North America

Entertainment One

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

Speaking at: Meet an Expert: Distributors

Sam Harowitz

VP, Content Acquisition & Partnerships

FremantleMedia North America

Samuel Harowitz currently serves as the Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions – North America  for FremantleMedia International (FMI). In this role, Harowitz is responsible for sourcing, vetting and acquiring intellectual property, programming and co-production opportunities for development and international distribution. 

Harowitz is responsible for forging strategic alliances and maintaining partnerships...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert: Distributors

Gaye Hirsch

EVP, Development

The CW

Gaye Hirsch is Senior Vice President/Head of Scripted Development, The CW, overseeing all of the network’s scripted series development.

Hirsch was previously Senior Vice President and Co-Head of Drama Development for the network and has been closely involved in the development of all of The CW’s scripted series, including THE FLASH,...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Gaye Hirsch, The CW

Arturo Interian

SVP, Scripted Programming


Arturo Interian is Senior Vice President, Scripted Programming for HISTORY®. Based in Los Angeles, he oversees the development and production of scripted series, miniseries and movies for the network. 

Interian is in charge of a drama slate that includes the hit series Vikings and SIX; the upcoming Knightfall from executive producer Jeremy...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Arturo Interian, History

Helen Jackson

Chief Content Officer

BBC Worldwide

Helen is the Chief Content Officer at BBC Worldwide. She drives the creative and commercial vision for BBC Worldwide’s Content strategy covering partnerships, commissioning, development, co-production and acquisition activity.

 At the heart of this strategy is championing the best of British production and writing talent combined with innovative funding models and...more

Speaking at: New Funds, New Initiatives: Keeping up with the drama boom

Meg James

Corporate Media Reporter

Los Angeles Times

Meg James covers the business of entertainment for the Los Angeles Times with an emphasis in corporate media and television. She has been a member of the LA Times Company Town team focused on Hollywood for more than 15 years.  A native of Wyoming, Meg received her degrees from the...more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Sandra Dewey, TBS & TNT

Tana Nugent Jamieson

Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs

A+E Studios

Tana Nugent Jamieson was named Senior Vice President of A+E Studios, the in-house production arm of the award-winning global media company A+E Networks, in 2014.  In this role, she develops original scripted drama programming for the A+E Networks portfolio, including Lifetime and HISTORY, as well as for external studios.  

Jamieson was...more

Speaking at: One Year Later

Brett-Patrick Jenkins

Executive Producer & Creator

Propagate Content

Brett-Patrick Jenkins is a Critic’s Choice award winning producer and television executive based in Los Angeles, and the Head of Development at Propagate Content.

After studying art at the University of Texas at Austin, Brett-Patrick joined Rick Baker’s Cinovation Studios and contributed to films including Hell Boy and The Haunted Mansion.


Speaking at: Beyond the Books: Alternative Sources of IP

Jocelyn Johnson

Director of Membership & Digital Video News


Jocelyn Johnson is a serial entrepreneur having built a successful PR business - JJPR - at age 25 and then launching her second venture in April 2013 at the age of 27, VideoInk - the go-to resource for breaking news and industry analysis related to digital video, video technology, OTT,...more

Speaking at: Beyond the Books: Alternative Sources of IP

Kristin Jones

EVP, International Programming & Programming Innovation


Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Kristin Jones, AMC/Sundance TV; Commissioners Roundtable

Agapy Kapouranis

President, International Television & Digital Distribution

Lionsgate Entertainment

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Meet an Expert: Distributors

Jacquie Katz

Agent, TV Literary

Creative Artists Agency

Jacquie Katz is a TV Literary agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA).   Katz works in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the world’s leading TV writers, directors, and producers, including John Wells Productions, Ken Whittingham, and Rolin Jones. 

Katz began her career in music...more

Speaking at: The New Alchemy of a Hit

Damian Keogh

Managing Director

Lookout Point

Damian joined Lookout Point as Commercial Director in early 2016. He is responsible for all commercial operations including the funding of the company’s global drama projects for major international broadcasters and digital platforms.

Previously, Damian worked as Head of Drama at BBC Worldwide, where he acquired and championed commercially attractive scripted...more

Speaking at: Commissioners Roundtable

Arvand Khosravi

Senior Vice President, TV, Advisory

Endeavor Content

An Iranian born in Paris, raised in Atlanta, GA and educated in Washington, D.C. and NYC, and currently residing in Los Angeles, Arvand is always one step ahead of the authorities. After graduating from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and the Cardozo School of Law, Arvand started his entertainment...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert: Agents

Joanna Klein

SVP, Scripted Development


Joanna Klein was named Senior Vice President, Scripted Development of Lifetime in August, 2016. In this role, Klein is responsible for developing and overseeing production of all scripted series for the network. Currently, Klein is overseeing production on the psychological thriller YOU, from Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, starring Penn...more

Speaking at: The New Alchemy of a Hit; 30 Minutes With: Joanna Klein, Lifetime

Kate Kristensen

VP, Scripted Content

NBCU Cable

In her role as Vice President, Scripted Content, Kate Kristensen develops and oversees scripted series across the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment portfolio, which includes USA Network, SYFY, E! and Bravo. Based in the Los Angeles office, Kristensen reports to Michael Sluchan, Senior Vice President of Current Scripted Programming and Mini Series,...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Kate Kristensen, NBCU Cable

Pippa Lambert


Endeavor Content

Pippa Lambert is an agent at Endeavor Content, a division of global entertainment leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG). In her role, Lambert focuses on global television sales and packaging on behalf of some of the world’s leading artists and content creators.

Endeavor Content finances, packages and sells over 100 feature...more

Speaking at: Shopping your show: What's right for your production?

Nina Lederman

EVP, Global Scripted Development & Programming

All3Media America

Nina Lederman, Executive Vice President of Scripted Programming heads up the newly formed Scripted division of All3Media, working with all of the labels under the All3 umbrella to develop and expand the company’s scripted business in the U.S. Development includes original series, international co-productions, and formats.


Speaking at: Shopping your show: What's right for your production?

Bob Leighton

SVP, Programming

Liberty Global

Bob Leighton is a Senior TV Executive with close to 40 years of experience in multichannel premium TV.

Bob joined Liberty Global, the world’s largest international broadband cable company with $20+ billion annual revenue from 25+ million subscribers from operations in Europe and Latin America in 2005, and he is currently...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

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.

Speaking at: Beyond the Books: Alternative Sources of IP

Alex Maggioni

Head of Development

Amblin Television

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Gabriel Marano

Co-Head, US Scripted Development, Television

Fox Broadcasting Company

Gabriel Marano was named Senior Vice President, Drama Programming & Development, of Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) in June 2017. In this role, he is responsible for supervising the development and production of new and returning scripted series for the network.

Prior to joining FOX, Marano was Senior Vice President of Drama...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Gabriel Marano, FOX

Kelly Martin


South Pacific Pictures Ltd

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Julie McNamara

Head, US Studios & Video

CBS: All Access

In her position, McNamara will oversee all current and future original series for the service.

CBS All Access is the CBS Television Network’s digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. In addition to its original series, which also includes season one of the new edition of “The Good Wife,” “The...more

Speaking at: Meet the New Buyers

Julie Meldal-Johnsen

EVP, Global Content

ITV Studios Global Entertainment

Julie Meldal-Johnsen is Director of Global Content at ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE). Meldal-Johnsen leads ITVS GE’s programme acquisitions, co-productions and content strategy along with managing the distributor’s relationships with producers. 

Meldal-Johnsen was most recently Senior Executive Vice President of Scripted and Business Development, ITV Studios America with responsibility for...more

Speaking at: Shopping your show: What's right for your production?

Liz Shannon Miller

TV Editor


Liz Shannon Miller is the Los Angeles-based TV Editor at Indiewire, and has been talking about television on the Internet since the very beginnings of the Internet. 

After studying film at USC, she worked for two years as a staff writer on G4's Attack of the Show, wrote dialogue for the...more

Speaking at: In Conversation With: David Alpert, Skybound Entertainment & Circle of Confusion

Jon Mountague

Head of Comedy


Jon is Head of Comedy at Sky where he commissions and executive produces scripted comedy for Sky1, Sky Atlantic and Sky Arts.

His credits for Sky1 include, amongst others, Stella (Ruth Jones), Trollied (Jane Horrocks, Jason Watkins) and Mount Pleasant (Sally Lindsay) each of which have transmitted over...more

Speaking at: Comedy Spotlight: Bliss

Clelia Mountford



Clelia is developing scripts with a host of international talent including Aisling Bea, Sarah Kendall and David Cross. She is currently Executive Producing Motherland for BBC 2 by Graham and Helen Linehan, Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh. She recently produced Morgana Robinson’s Summer Short by Sharon Horgan for Sky Arts...more

Speaking at: Comedy Spotlight: Bliss

Robin Neinstein

Manager of Original Content – Scripted, Factual & Kids

Corus Entertainment

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Carolyn Newman

Executive Vice President, Global Scripted

Entertainment One

Carolyn Newman serves as Senior Vice President, Scripted Programming for eOne Television. Based in Los Angeles, Newman focuses on the development of bold and compelling television projects for the independent studio which continues to broaden its scripted television business in the US and around the world. Newman joined eOne from...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Katie O'Connell Marsh


Platform One Media

For the past 20 years, Katie has held senior management positions covering all aspects of entertainment television programming. Katie is currently CEO of Platform One Media – a newly launched television production and distribution studio backed by TPG and Liberty Global.

Most recently, Katie was Head of Global Live Action Television...more

Speaking at: Shopping your show: What's right for your production?

Lucienne Papon

EVP, Creative Affairs

ITV Studios America

Lucienne Papon serves as Senior Vice President, ITV Studios America. In this role, she is responsible for continued growth in development of the company’s development slate and execution of its programs. Previously, Papon served as Head of Development and Production for Martin Campbell Productions. During her time there she launched...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Gillian Rose

Executive Producer

Sky Vision

Gillian Rose is Senior Vice President, US Sales and Acquisitions, for Sky Vision, the wholly owned production and distribution business of Sky (UK). She joined the company recently and is based in New York. Prior to this she was Managing Director, PBS Distribution, the commercial arm of PBS and WGBH...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert: Distributors

Brad Rosenfeld

VP/Co-Head of Literary

Abrams Artists Agency

Brad Rosenfeld joined Abrams Artists Agency at the start of 2015 as the Co-Head of the Literary Department. Abrams provided Brad with the opportunity to work at a larger agency with a strong adult/kids talent, commercial, voiceover, and alternative department, as well as an east-coast office that has one of...more

Speaking at: Meet an Expert: Agents

Chris Salvaterra

SVP, Miniseries & Cinemax Programming


Whether it was sobbing uncontrollably in a crowded movie theater when he thought (spoiler alert) E.T. was dead, or breaking his father’s spirit so that he could stay up and watch Hill Street Blues, Chris Salvaterra knew from a young age that he wanted to be involved in...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Chris Salvaterra, HBO; Commissioners Roundtable

Bryn Elise Sandberg

Staff Writer

The Hollywood Reporter

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: The New Alchemy of a Hit

Ken Segna

SVP, Original Programming


Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Ken Segna, Starz

Kari Skogland


Mad Rabbit

Award-winning director and showrunner Kari Skogland is CEO of Mad Rabbit, a joint venture between her and Red Arrow Entertainment Group. As CEO, Skogland is committed to producing high-end one-hour dramas for the international market for the company, which launched in Spring 2016.

Named by Hollywood Reporter as one of its...more

Speaking at: The New Alchemy of a Hit

Steve Stark

President, MGM & UA Television

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Steve Stark is President, Television Production & Development of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM). In his role, he is responsible for all scripted content, from concept to production; partnerships with multi-platform broadcasters including network, cable and digital outlets; and development of new productions, including reinvigorating MGM’s stellar library. MGM Television has numerous...more

Speaking at: Keynote Conversation: Steve Stark, MGM Television

Philipp Steffens



Philipp Steffens has been Head of Fiction at RTL Television since March 2014 and is responsible for productions including Starfighter, Der Lehrer, Duell der Brüder and the series Deutschland 83, which won a Grimme Award in 2016. Immediately following his graduation from the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in 2006, Steffens started his...more

Speaking at: Commissioners Roundtable

Carrie Stein

EVP, Global Scripted Series

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: New Funds, New Initiatives: Keeping up with the drama boom

Aisha Summers Burke

Executive Vice President and General Manager

Warner Horizon Television

Bio Coming Soon...

Speaking at: The New Alchemy of a Hit

Quinn Taylor

Creative Consultant

Atrium TV

Quinn Taylor joined Atrium TV as a creative consultant in April 2017. Taylor has more than 25 years of experience in international drama having developed myriad programming including original movies and miniseries as well as long-form acquisitions and drama series.

Taylor held long term senior programming positions most...more

Speaking at: New Funds, New Initiatives: Keeping up with the drama boom

Sarah Timberman


Timberman/Beverly Productions

Sarah Timberman and her Timberman/Beverly Productions partner, Carl Beverly, are currently in production on the first season of their new CBS series, “Seal Team,” starring David Boreanaz. They recently completed the fifth season of their series, “Elementary,” the fourth season of their critically acclaimed Showtime Series, “Masters of Sex” (based on Tom Maier's biography of noted sex researchers William Masters and...more

Speaking at: One Year Later

Jennifer Vasquez

Vice President, Scripted Series


Jennifer Vasquez currently serves as Senior Director, Scripted Programming, for Lifetime and is responsible for developing, overseeing and launching new series for the network.  Her extensive television experience includes over ten years in scripted drama development across all platforms including broadcast, premium, basic cable and streaming.

Currently, Vasquez is overseeing the...more

Simon Vaughan

Chairman & Joint CEO

Lookout Point

Simon is the Chairman and Joint CEO of Lookout Point. He has over 30 years’ experience in television, working in a variety of roles including actor, writer, producer, executive producer, distributor and financier.

Simon's distinct creative-business skill set is the foundation behind the company which he established in 2009 to produce...more

Speaking at: New Funds, New Initiatives: Keeping up with the drama boom

Christian Vesper

Chief Executive Officer, Global Drama


Christian Vesper is the EVP and Creative Director, Global Drama at FremantleMedia. He reports to FremantleMedia’s Director of Global Drama, Sarah Doole, and maintains a base in both London and New York. In his role Christian works closely with FremantleMedia’s production companies as a development partner with a focus on...more

Speaking at: Comedy Spotlight: Bliss

Billy Wee

Director, Adult Animation Comedy Series


Billy Wee is a VP of Original Programming at TBS, where he gets to work with creators like Greg Garcia, Jason Jones, Jordan Peele, and Steve Zissis. Previously he was a producer for 7 years at Happy Madison and DreamWorks, where he developed and produced shows like The Goldbergs, The...more

Speaking at: Luncheon Roundtables

Piers Wenger

Controller, Drama Commissioning


Piers Wenger was appointed Controller of BBC Drama in late 2016. Prior to this he was Head of Drama at Channel 4, and Head of Drama at BBC Wales. During his time as Head of Drama at BBC Wales, Piers was an executive producer on the hugely successful reboot of Doctor...more

Speaking at: Commissioners Roundtable

Ricky Whittle


American Gods

Ricky Whittle was born in Oldham near Manchester in the North of England. His father Harry Whittle was in the RAF which involved travelling to different RAF bases around the world. Therefore, Ricky never settled in one country for longer than three years. A keen sportsman, Ricky excelled in various sports representing his...more

Speaking at: Drama Spotlight: American Gods

Steve Woolf

Head of Programming, OTT Video


Steve is Head of Programming at Verizon go90 where he oversees more than 1,400 hours of exclusive originals and 25,000 hours of live and linear television content from over 100 partners. Previously he led the multi-channel network (MCN) business, operations, and talent at AwesomenessTV and was the executive producer and...more

Speaking at: Meet the New Buyers

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 currently include Stan Against Evil, and Brockmire.

Worobow previously served as Director...more

Speaking at: 30 Minutes With: Drew Worobow, IFC; Beyond the Books: Alternative Sources of IP

Elizabeth Yost

SVP, Programming & Development

Hallmark Channel

Elizabeth Yost is the senior vice president of original programming for Crown Media Family Networks, home of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, which is owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc. Yost is based in Los Angeles and reports to Barbara Fisher, senior vice president of programming.

Yost oversees...more

Speaking at: One Year Later