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Speakers

Cori Abraham

SVP Development, Production & Int’l, Oxygen

Abraham, Senior Vice President of Development, oversees Oxygen Media's development and is responsible for identifying creative concepts, innovative formats, and new talent that appeal to Oxygen's Live Out Loud "Gen O" audience.

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Speaking at Hooking Up


Avi Armoza

CEO, Armoza Formats

Avi Armoza is one of Israel's leading television and new-media producers, and founder of format development and distribution company Armoza Formats, established in 2005.

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Speaking at Formattable or Finished


Lance Bass

Host, Freelance Ventures, LLC.

Best known as a member of the phenomenally successful group, *NSYNC, Lance Bass is the ultimate multi-hyphenate: singer-actor-producer-writer-entrepreneur-philanthropist, most recently, adding 'host' to his credentials. In the past year, Lance has hosted Access Hollywood Live, the American Music Awards Red Carpet and has past credits that include America's Most Talented Kid, The Sharon Osbourne Show and American Music Awards' Red Carpet Party.

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Speaking at Factual Entertainment Awards and Cocktail


Mat Baxt

Sr. Director, Program Development, Development and Original Programming, truTV

Mathew Baxt serves as director of development for the rapidly growing cable network truTV. In this capacity, he is responsible for finding and developing new programming for the network, such as the recently launched series The Wiener's Circle. Baxt is based in New York and reports to Marissa Ronca, vice president of development for truTV.

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Speaking at Speed Pitching I (10:45-11:30), Luncheon Roundtables


Thom Beers

Partner, Original Productions

Thom Beers' passion for honoring every day heroes and his gift for telling their stories has firmly established his non-fiction brand, Original Productions, as television's number one creator of honest-to-goodness unscripted reality programming.

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Speaking at Playing the Field


Yvonne Body

Head of Acquisitions, Beyond Distribution

Yvonne joined Beyond Distribution in 2002, having previously headed up Tapestry International, Ltd's distribution arm in New York, following 8 years with CBC International Sales.

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Speaking at Distribution One-on-Ones (12:00-12:50)


Michael Branton

Producer, GRB Entertainment

Speaking at Extreme Budget Makeover


Rachel Brill

Head of Premium Programming & Digital Studios, TNT

Rachel Brill, Director of Unscripted Development, brings a wealth of reality expertise to the emerging TNT Unscripted Originals team. Working alongside Brett Weitz, TNT's vice president of series development, Brill is responsible for identifying unique pitches and fostering the creative development of all pilots and unscripted series, including this summer's reality competition, The Great Escape from the team of Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Bertram Van Munster and Elise Doganieri.

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Speaking at Speed Pitching II (3:45-4:30)


Paul Buccieri

President, A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group, ITV Studios, Inc.

As Managing Director, ITV Studios International and President and CEO, ITV Studios America Paul Buccieri is one of the few senior international television executives who has US, UK and International experience as both a producer and distributor. He is also an executive producer with over twenty years of experience having created, developed and produced a wide range of television projects across most genres.

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Speaking at Formattable or Finished


Todd Christopher

Partner, Gersh Agency

Todd Christopher is the Head of Alternative Television Packaging and Digital Entertainment at Gersh Agency. He began his career in the William Morris Agency mailroom after graduating Princeton University in 2000. Todd's clients include Drew Carey, IAC's Notional (Chopped, No Kitchen Required), Shine America's Ardaban, multi-platinum recording artist Sara Evans, Executive Producer Dan Funk (Let's Make a Deal), Executive Producer KP Anderson (The Soup), Director Lou Horvitz (Billboard Awards, Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards), YouTube stars Epic Meal Time, Toby Turner, and The Fine Brothers, celebrity chef Fabio Viviani (Top Chef), and Krishnan Menon of Phenomenon, an innovations agency for consumer brands. Todd packaged The Talk on CBS, and is currently negotiating Drew Carey's new Price is Right deal.

Speaking at Agent One-on-Ones (2:30-3:20)


Laura Civiello

SVP Development & Current, Factual, G4

Laura Civiello is the vice president of development for G4 where she oversees the development and production of the network’s original series. Serving as the primary liaison to the creative community, she develops programming in multiple genres including docu-series, competition, and factual entertainment and leads a team of executives responsible for the day to day oversight of new series. She has spearheaded some of the network’s most critically-acclaimed and highest-rated series including American Ninja Warrior and Bomb Patrol Afghanistan. Laura joined G4 in 2004 from TechTV where she had been the vice president of acquisitions and development.

Speaking at Luncheon Roundtables


Chris Coelen

CEO, Kinetic Content

Chris Coelen is the founder and CEO of Kinetic Content, LLC. Based in Santa Monica, Kinetic is backed by Red Arrow Entertainment, a subsidiary of Europe's second-largest broadcasting group, ProSiebenSat.1 Media. Kinetic is focused on creating and producing high-quality multiplatform content for the global market.

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Speaking at Sharing the Wealth


Mary Conlon

VP, Non Fiction Original Programming, AMC

Speaking at (10:45-11:15) 30 Minutes With... Mary Conlon, AMC


Nicole De Fusco

Consultant, Sundance Channel

As the Vice President of Programming & Development at Sundance Channel, Nicole oversees development and current series production at the network and creates game changing original concepts. She is responsible for bolstering the production of original series for the network as well as developing brand expansion strategies. Original series under her supervision include: Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (2 seasons), All on the Line with Joe Zee (3 seasons) Love Lust (3 seasons), and Ludo Bites America,

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Speaking at Speed Pitching III (9:45-10:30), Luncheon Roundtables


Jayson Dinsmore

EVP of Development and Programming, CMT Country Music Television

Jayson Dinsmore serves as executive vice president of development for CMT, and oversees all development for the channel, reporting to CMT President Brian Philips. Dinsmore is based in Santa Monica and leads the development team based out of the network’s Nashville and West coast offices.

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Speaking at Amping Up Unscripted


Damla Dogan

SVP, Original Programming & Series Development, E!

As Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Series Development for E!, Dogan oversees the development of programs, collaborates with the outside creative community and forges key relationships within the entertainment industry on behalf of the network. Dogan has led the development for some of E!'s most popular reality series, including Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kourtney & Khloé Take Miami, Scouted, The Spin Crowd, Snoop Dogg's Father Hood and What's Eating You. She is also currently overseeing Keeping up with the Kardashians Season 7 along with other premiering original series.

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Speaking at (3:30-4:00) 30 Minutes With...Damla Dogan, E!


Mary Donahue

SVP, Development & Programming, History

Mary Donahue is Vice President, Development and Programming for History, a position she assumed in September 2010.

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Speaking at Characters Count


Stephanie Drachkovitch

President & Co-Founder, 44 Blue Productions

Stephanie Drachkovitch is the leading force behind 44 Blue's lifestyle reality programming. In addition to attracting high-profile talent like Rob Lowe, Randy Jackson and Donald Trump to 44 Blue's development slate, Drachkovitch has been responsible for Style's Emmy-nominated series Peter Perfect and Split Ends. She also led 44 Blue into the competitive daytime syndication marketplace with the 2008 launch of Emmy-nominated Family Court with Judge Penny. Her depth of experience extends into educational programming with the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series A Place of Our Own and its Spanish-language counterpart, Los Ninos en su Casa. Both versions air on PBS, making them the first programs to be simultaneously produced in both English and Spanish for a broadcast network. She is currently overseeing series or pilots for VH-1, OWN, CMT and Style, and is the first producer to gain access from The Pentagon to follow the lives of real-life Army Wives for a docuseries.

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Speaking at This Note's for You


Tim Duffy

Co-Bro, SPIKE TV

Tim Duffy joined Spike TV in 2004 as Director, Original Programming. In Dec 2010, he was promoted to his current position of Senior Vice President, Original Series. Over the past several years, Duffy has spearheaded the development and production of Spike’s most successful programs including Auction Hunters, Bar Rescue, DEA, 1000 Ways To Die and Deadliest Warrior.

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Speaking at This Note's for You, (10:45-11:15) 30 Minutes With...Tim Duffy, Spike TV


David Eilenberg

President, ITV Entertainment, ONE THREE MEDIA

David Eilenberg is the Head of Development and Current Programming for One Three Media (formerly Mark Burnett Productions), whose shows include The Voice, Survivor, The Apprentice, and Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?, among many others. His portfolio includes traditional development, coordination with Burnett's digital strategic partners (VIMBY, NFT, and Actv8), and interfacing with the Hearst family of brands. Prior to serving in his current position, David was a producer on several Burnett shows, as well as on Burnett's online programs with AOL.com. Other credits include God or the Girl (co-creator and executive producer), Dismissed (co-creator), Weakest Link (head writer), Da Ali G Show (writer), and others.

Speaking at Hooking Up