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Sunday, September 9
 

2:00pm

Film Screening: JASON BECKER, NOT YET DEAD

Directed by Jessie Vile, the feature-length documentary tells an incredible story of a guitar legend who refuses to give up on his dream of being a musician despite the most incredible odds. When doctors diagnosed 19-year-old rock star Jason Becker with Lou Gehrig's Disease, they said he would never make music again and that he wouldn't live to see his 25th birthday. Twenty-two years later, without the ability to move or to speak, Jason is alive and making music with his eyes. This film has been recognized with honors at five film festivals thus far, including the winner of "Outstanding Achievement" in Music at the Newport Beach Film Festival and "Best Documentary" at Chicago International Movies and Music Festival 2012.
http://www.jasonbeckermovie.com


Sunday September 9, 2012 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Culver Stadium 12

2:00pm

Master Class With Peter Hamilton

Where is the market headed?  What do U.S. networks pay for programs?  How can producers get the work?  What’s in it for the Talent?  These and many more of your questions will be addressed in an information-packed 2+ hour session presented by entertainment business guru Peter Hamilton and his special guest, reality TV specialist Stephen Harris.

 

Peter is an industry veteran and the author of documentarytelevision.com, a blog that focuses on the financial and business practices of the factual content sector. Stephen has spent 15 years developing, producing, and directing non-scripted reality shows on cable and network television.

 

This Master Class, a one-of-a-kind intensive workshop, requires a separate fee from your general WESTDOC pass.  For more information, click on the “Speakers” tab of the website.

 


Speakers
avatar for Peter Hamilton

Peter Hamilton

Publisher, DocumentaryTelevision.com
Peter Hamilton is the publisher of DocumentaryTelevision.com, the influential industry e-newsletter that addresses the business of the Factual television business. His New York-based firm Peter Hamilton Consultants helps media professionals to create and implement their business... Read More →
avatar for Steve Harris

Steve Harris

President, Reality Rockstar
Stephen Harris is a seasoned production professional skilled in the development, oversight and execution of broadcast projects at the executive and creative levels.  The former executive with A&E Television Network has over 15 years of experience in developing... Read More →


Sunday September 9, 2012 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Culver Hotel

5:00pm

Film Screening: OFF LABEL

Off Label uses the personal stories of human guinea pigs – those who test and take pharmaceutical drugs – as a launching pad for a deeper exploration into the ways these drugs are marketed, sold, consumed, and ultimately treated with the same reverence as a religious belief in the United States. The film incorporates a multitude of visual styles and presents deeply personal stories set against a uniquely American landscape haunted by the ever-present commercialization of medicine and personal identity. An official selection at the Tribeca, Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest and the San Francisco International Film Festival, Off Label was directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher and produced by Anish Savjani and Vincent Savino. 
http://offlabelfilm.com


Sunday September 9, 2012 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Culver Stadium 12

7:00pm

Kickoff Party

Open to Westdoc delegates and IDA members.


Sunday September 9, 2012 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Culver Hotel

8:00pm

Film Screening: BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*

Directed by Fredrik Gertten and produced by Margarete Jangård, this documentary chronicles the true story of their small Swedish film production company being forced to face off against multi-billion dollar fruit giant Dole Food Company, Inc. when their controversial 2009 film "BANANAS!*" was to be stopped at any cost. From lawsuits to bullying scare tactics and media control, the story altogether reveals a dreadful eye-opener about what a big corporation will do in order to protect its brand. The film has been an official selection of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and Sundance Film Festival.
http://www.bigboysgonebananas.com


Sunday September 9, 2012 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Culver Stadium 12
 
Monday, September 10
 

9:00am

Opening Coffee - Day 1
Monday September 10, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
Culver Stadium 12

10:00am

From Pitch to Applause: FIRST POSITION & INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE

WESTDOC’s previous PitchFest winners – Bess Kargman’s First Position and Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky’s Indie Game: The Movie – were both released to great acclaim earlier this year.  Both films toured the festival circuit, but while Kargman’s work was acquired by a major company for its subsequent theatrical run, Pajot and Swirsky embarked on a more DIY approach to distributing their work in theaters and online.  Listen to the filmmakers discuss their respective approaches, weighing the pros and cons of a traditional film release vs. a more digital-oriented approach.

Moderated by Chuck Braverman


Speakers
avatar for Chuck Braverman

Chuck Braverman

Co-Founder, WESTDOC
Co-Founder and Partner Chuck Braverman is one of the few successful dramatic film directors who also has extensive experience producing and directing documentary films. Chuck has been nominated four times by the Directors Guild of America and won the Best Feature Documentary award... Read More →
avatar for Bess Kargman

Bess Kargman

Director/Producer, FIRST POSITION
Bess Kargman is the director, producer and co-editor of the award winning dance documentary FIRST POSITION.  The movie premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was acquired by Sundance Selects/IFC. Since the film's release in May, it has screened in over 200... Read More →
avatar for Lisanne Pajot

Lisanne Pajot

Director/Producer, INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE
Lisanne Pajot is one of the directors, producers, editors, cinematographers and distributors behind the Sundance award-winning feature documentary, Indie Game: The Movie.  Indie Game: The Movie was one of the first films to be born on Kickstarter. It was funded in part by 2 successful... Read More →
avatar for James Swirsky

James Swirsky

Director/Producer, INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE
James Swirsky is one of the directors, producers, editors, cinematographers and distributors behind the Sundance award-winning feature documentary, Indie Game: The Movie.  Indie Game: The Movie was one of the first films to be born on Kickstarter. It was funded in part by 2 successful... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 10:00am - 11:00am
Theater 3

10:30am

The Sit-Down: CMT

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Claire McCabe

Claire McCabe

Vice President of Original Programming and Series Development, CMT
As Vice President of Original Programming and Series Development, CMT, Claire McCabe is responsible for creating new series and executing all aspects of production from conception to delivery at CMT.  Since joining CMT in 2008, she has overseen production of such series as, SOUTHERN... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 10:30am - 11:00am
Theater 9

10:30am

The Sit-Down: Spike TV

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Chris Rantamaki

Chris Rantamaki

Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV
Chris Rantamaki is Vice President, Original Series, at Spike TV where he is responsible for overseeing the development of non-scripted series, further broadening and expanding Spike TV's growing audience.  Rantamaki is based in the network’s California offices and came to Spike... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 10:30am - 11:00am
Theater 5

11:00am

The Sit-Down: WE tv

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Megan Lawrence

Megan Lawrence

Director, Development, WE tv
As Director of Development, Megan Lawrence vets all incoming submissions, internal concept development, and show editorial at WE tv. During her tenure at WE tv she has been instrumental in developing a number of WE tv’s popular series, including Braxton Family Values, Mary Mary... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am
Theater 5

11:00am

The Sit-Down: YouTube

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Brandon Gross

Brandon Gross

Programming Strategist, YouTube
Brandon is currently a Programming Strategist at YouTube as part of the Next Lab, where he scouts for new creative talent, while focusing on innovation and advising Partners on content strategy.  Previously, Brandon joined Current TV as a Creative Executive in Viewer Created... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am
Theater 9

11:00am

Who Needs iTunes? Digital DIY Distribution

Not everyone is using iTunes to sell their content online.  There ARE self-distribution options. We’ve all heard about the “digital majors”, but how do digital DIY sites compare to the big boys?  How are DIY sites such as EggUp, MoPix, FilmBinder, Assemble, Distrify and Dynamo succeeding in this corner of the marketplace?  Learn how to create your own site and understand the costs of making your content readily available for consumers. 

Moderated by Alex Ben Block


Speakers
avatar for Alex Ben Block

Alex Ben Block

Senior Editor, The Hollywood Reporter
Entertainment industry journalist, author, broadcaster and show business historian Alex Ben Block is Senior Editor of The Hollywood Reporter.  In June 2012, Block was honored as Entertainment Journalist of the Year at the Southern California Journalism Awards by the Los Angeles... Read More →
avatar for Jason Brubaker

Jason Brubaker

Producer/Author, FilmmakingStuff.com
Jason Brubaker is a Hollywood based Independent Motion Picture Producer and an expert in Video On Demand distribution. He is focused on helping YOU make, market and sell movies more easily by growing your fan base, building buzz and creating community around your title.  Jason... Read More →
avatar for Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy

President, Gravitas Ventures
As President of Gravitas Ventures, Michael manages distribution of Gravitas' library of more than 2000 titles to more than 100 transactional, subscription, and ad-sponsored VOD operators on a worldwide basis.  Prior to joining Gravitas Ventures in 2007, Michael was Captain... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Stoner

Ryan Stoner

CEO, MoPix
Ryan Stoner spent more than 10 years pioneering new technology, entertainment and brand marketing strategies for huge international companies and small start-ups, helping them better engage with their customers. He launched the strategic division of a branded entertainment agency... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Theater 10

11:00am

From Indie to Oscar: The Road to an Academy Award

Considering all the new changes in the submission rules (again), what’s really required for documentary qualification?  Get the lowdown on all that is required to have your film taken seriously for an Academy Award. Hear from both filmmakers who campaigned on their own and a PR expert who knows how to make it happen.

Moderated by AJ Schnack


Speakers
avatar for Paola di Florio

Paola di Florio

Writer/Director/Producer
Oscar-nominee Paola di Florio has directed, written and produced award-winning documentaries, TV pilots and reality shows. Her work has been distributed in theatrical venues worldwide, and broadcast on HBO, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, Sundance Channel, Court TV and A&E.  She has traveled... Read More →
AG

Amy Grey

President, Dish Communications Inc.
Amy Grey founded Dish Communications with the philosophy that relationships are at the heart of public relations. Grey built her career around her passions: documentary film, television and music.  Grey began her career working for the group Kansas and continued on with them... Read More →
avatar for Michael Lumpkin

Michael Lumpkin

Executive Director, International Documentary Association
With nearly three decades of leadership in the nonprofit film community, Michael Lumpkin joined the International Documentary Association in 2009 as Executive Director. Michael previously served as both Executive Director of Frameline and Festival Director for the San Francisco... Read More →
AS

AJ Schnack

Filmmaker
AJ Schnack is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. His feature documentary credits include CONVENTION (2009), which premiered as the Centerpiece Film at the AFI Silverdocs Film Festival and was acquired and released by IFC Films/Sundance Selects; KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON (2006), which... Read More →
avatar for Torene Svitil

Torene Svitil

Manager, Awards Office, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
Torene Svitil heads the Awards Office at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where she administers the Short Film Academy Awards, Foreign Language Film Academy Awards and Documentary Academy Awards, among others.  She has worked for motion picture studios as well... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Theater 11

11:00am

Homegrown History: The New Americana

Swamp people wrestling alligators, frat guys passing out on the beach, rednecks fishing with their hands – what could possibly be next?  Networks need ratings to succeed.  Audiences want diversion from the stresses of normal life today, and reality shows are filling that need. Our panel of reality executives and producers will discuss the audience’s fascination with unusual angles on unconventional American life.

Moderated by DMA


Speakers
avatar for DMA - Donna Michelle Anderson

DMA - Donna Michelle Anderson

President, Planet DMA
For nearly two decades, DMA (Donna Michelle Anderson) has been writing, producing and running top-rated television series for CBS, Bravo, BET, A&E, TLC and more. In 2007, she expanded into online and mobile, launching Columbia College Hollywood's new media department and creating... Read More →
avatar for Mary Donahue

Mary Donahue

Vice President, Development and Programming, History Channel
Mary Donahue is Vice President, Development and Programming for History, a position she assumed in September 2010.  A veteran cable television executive, Mary Donahue joined HISTORY in October 2008 and was part of the team that developed and launched mega hit series, Pawn Stars... Read More →
avatar for Tim Duffy

Tim Duffy

Senior Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV
Tim Duffy joined Spike TV in 2004 as Director, Original Programming. In 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/or production on some of Spike's most successful... Read More →
avatar for Eliot Goldberg

Eliot Goldberg

Senior Vice President of Development and Original Programming, CMT
Television industry veteran Eliot Goldberg joined CMT as Senior Vice President of Development and Original Programming in September of 2011. Since then Goldberg has overseen one of the highest-rated original series in the network’s history: “Bayou Billionaires.” In addition... Read More →
avatar for Brent Montgomery

Brent Montgomery

Founder and Owner, Leftfield Pictures
Brent Montgomery is founder and owner of Leftfield Pictures, in charge of all of Leftfield's programming, development and operations. Brent executive produces History Channel’s breakout series Pawn Stars, which premiered in 2009. In less than three years, nearly 300 episodes... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Theater 12

11:30am

The Sit-Down: Oxygen

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
JM

Jennifer McGovern

Director of Development and Production, Oxygen Media
Jennifer McGovern is Director of Development and Production for Oxygen Media, a position she has held since August 2010.   In this role, she is responsible for developing and executive producing some of the network’s original programming, including reality competition series and... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 11:30am - 12:00pm
Theater 9

11:30am

The Sit-Down: Sundance Channel

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Nicole De Fusco

Nicole De Fusco

Vice President of Programming & Development, 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... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 11:30am - 12:00pm
Theater 5

12:00pm

The Sit-Down: Bunim/Murray Productions

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual production companies outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Scott Freeman

Scott Freeman

Executive Vice President, Current Programming & Development, Bunim/Murray Productions
Scott Freeman serves as Executive Vice President, Current Programming & Development for Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP).  Freeman heads up BMP's development team with a busy slate of original and acquired projects continuously being developed, pitched and sold to broadcast and... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Theater 9

12:00pm

The Sit-Down: Ovation

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Kris Slava

Kris Slava

Senior Vice President, Programming and Production, Ovation
Kris Slava is Senior Vice President, Programming and Production, of Ovation.  He is a senior cable and digital content executive who joined Ovation as the continuation of a distinguished television programming career with particular focus on arts and art-related programming... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Theater 5

12:30pm

Projection Room Tour/Blu-ray Projection Demo

Want to see the inner workings of a fully digital theater?  With the passing of film, today’s theaters are now being equipped with digital projection – but how does it all work?  Get an up-close look at the Pacific Theaters’ digital projection room and hear from the lead tech on how the digital workflow is adapted to the projection of today’s fiction and non-fiction fare.           


Monday September 10, 2012 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Culver Stadium 12

12:30pm

LUNCH
Monday September 10, 2012 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Throughout Culver City

1:30pm

The Sit-Down: PBS

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Bill Gardner

Bill Gardner

Director, General Audience Programming, PBS
Bill Gardner is a recent addition to the PBS Programming team, where he oversees historical, cultural, current and world events, natural history and science programming from development through broadcast. Before joining PBS he was executive producer at Discovery Studios, where... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Theater 5

1:30pm

The Sit-Down: Principal Media

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual production companies outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for David Brenner

David Brenner

CEO, Principal Media
David E. Brenner, Chief Executive Officer of Principal Media, oversees all aspects of the Beverly Hills-based TV production/distribution company.  Under his stewardship, Principal Media has created over 300 hours of TV programming for Sky Channel, National Geographic, Travel... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Theater 9

2:00pm

The Sit-Down: LMNO Productions

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual production companies outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Lori Rothschild Ansaldi

Lori Rothschild Ansaldi

Vice President of Development, LMNO Productions
Lori Rothschild Ansaldi joined LMNO in 2011 and serves as Vice President of Development.  Her passion for finding outrageous characters and concepts has created an entirely new approach to LMNO’s development centered on casting. Rothschild’s non-fiction television career... Read More →
avatar for Eric Schotz

Eric Schotz

President/CEO, LMNO Productions
Eric Schotz, President and CEO of LMNO Productions, is a nine-time Emmy-award winner whose innovative style and creativity has established him as one of the television industry’s foremost producers/directors of non-fiction and reality-based programming. | His extensive credits... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Theater 9

2:00pm

The Sit-Down: TNT/TBS

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for David Eilenberg

David Eilenberg

Senior Vice President, Unscripted Development, TNT/TBS
David Eilenberg serves as senior vice president of unscripted development for TBS and TNT. Joining the networks in this newly created role in July 2012, Eilenberg oversees all unscripted original programming for TBS and TNT, which are in the process of expanding their original... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Theater 5

2:00pm

Transmedia: The New Frontier?

Transmedia, or multi-platform interactive storytelling, has become a big buzzword in the entertainment industry over the last couple of years.  As the digital and social media experience continues to evolve, today’s audience no longer just consumes media passively, but now desires media and story experiences available to them on a number of devices and formats.  Hear from the latest industry insiders as to what part transmedia plays in the larger digital puzzle.

Moderated by David Bloom.


Speakers
avatar for David Bloom

David Bloom

Principal, Words & Deeds
David Bloom advises on communications strategy, media relations and social media for prominent companies, institutions and individuals in politics, technology, entertainment and business.  He currently is social-media consultant for Deadline.com, the premiere online site for... Read More →
avatar for Juan Devis

Juan Devis

Producer
Juan Devis is a Public Media artist and producer, whose work crosses across platforms – video, film, interactive media and gaming. His work, regardless of the medium is often produced collaboratively allowing for a greater exchange of ideas in the production of media and art... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Gersh

Bruce Gersh

Co-Founder, President and CEO, FishBowl Worldwide Media
Bruce Gersh co-founded FishBowl Worldwide Media with Vin Di Bona in January 2010 and serves as President and CEO, responsible for setting and executing the company’s vision.  Prior to joining FishBowl, Gersh was Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operations, Intellectual Property... Read More →
avatar for Robert Nashak

Robert Nashak

Executive Vice President, Digital Entertainment & Games, BBC Worldwide
Robert Nashak is EVP of Digital Entertainment & Games, overseeing BBC Worldwide’s games strategy. Robert launched the business in 2010, working with top BBC brands to develop new opportunities across a wide range of game platforms. The business is responsible for the company's... Read More →
avatar for Lawrence Tanz

Lawrence Tanz

CEO, Vuguru
As a digital entertainment veteran, Mr. Lawrence Tanz brings more than 15 years of strategy and operating experience in media, entertainment and technology.  Mr. Tanz also has extensive expertise in producing, developing and financing successful film, television, and new media... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Theater 10

2:00pm

International Distribution: A View From the Trenches

Is there still money overseas? What is today’s perfect universal program or series? Sit with industry experts who license programming outside the US.  In this view from the trenches you’ll understand the current state of the world’s broadcast marketplace and hear how the global economy has affected revenues.  How has the influx of British, Canadian, and European productions contributed to the glut of new programs in the marketplace?

Moderated by Richard Propper


Speakers
avatar for Peter De Jong

Peter De Jong

Vice President, Sales & Development, CABLEready
Television industry veteran Peter De Jong serves as CABLEready‘s Vice President, Sales & Development. In addition to his responsibilities regarding territorial sales, he co-manages the company’s original programming activities, working closely with its partners in the development... Read More →
avatar for Marine Ksadzhikyan

Marine Ksadzhikyan

Vice President of International Sales, Rive Gauche
Marine Ksadzhikyan, Vice President of International Sales, is responsible for driving Rive Gauche Television's global sales strategy and business development initiatives in France, Italy, Benelux, Scandinavia, and South Africa. After joining Rive Gauche in 2010 with over ten years... Read More →
avatar for Richard Propper

Richard Propper

Co-Founder, WESTDOC
Co-founder and Partner Richard Propper is CEO of Solid Entertainment, an international distribution company specializing in non-fiction television programming. In addition, he is an Executive Producer for approximately 2-3 new non-fiction productions each year. In fourteen years... Read More →
JS

Joey Sabella

Director of International Sales and Acquisitions, GRB Entertainment
As the Director of International Sales and Acquisitions, Joey Sabella is responsible for bolstering sales in key international territories along with shaping GRB Entertainment’s acquisitions and marketing strategies. Prior to joining GRB Entertainment, Joey worked at Sheldon Prosnit... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Theater 11

2:00pm

Finding the Right Reality Format for Your Project

What are the differences between – and requirements of – the distinct types of reality shows?  How do you prepare to sell a docudrama vs. a competition vs. a standalone format?  What might be best framework with the talent and access you already have?


Speakers
avatar for DMA - Donna Michelle Anderson

DMA - Donna Michelle Anderson

President, Planet DMA
For nearly two decades, DMA (Donna Michelle Anderson) has been writing, producing and running top-rated television series for CBS, Bravo, BET, A&E, TLC and more. In 2007, she expanded into online and mobile, launching Columbia College Hollywood's new media department and creating... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Theater 12

2:30pm

The Sit-Down: National Geographic

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for JT Ladt

JT Ladt

Vice President, Programming and Development, National Geographic Channel
Ladt comes to National Geographic Channel from Renegade 83, where he served as Co-Head of Development for the TV powerhouse.  During his tenure, Ladt was responsible for developing and setting up reality projects across multiple networks, including Discovery, Spike, VH1, Style... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Theater 9

2:30pm

FaceTime

Brush up on your people skills – Face Time is your moment to shine. “Pitching” an idea to television executives is an unavoidable fact of life in the entertainment industry, but actually landing those meetings in the first place can be a real challenge.  Face Time grants you the invaluable opportunity for a brief one-on-one meeting with network people who can critique – and maybe even help you license – your program idea.  Remember: keep it simple, keep it tight and above all, keep it interesting.  You’ve got ten minutes, so make it count.

Face Time meetings are included as part of your registration to WESTDOC.


Monday September 10, 2012 2:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:00pm

The Sit-Down: Bravo

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
CD

Christy Dees

Director of Development, Bravo Media
As Director of Development for Bravo Media, Christy Dees is responsible for developing new original series for the network focusing on innovative concepts and memorable characters that define Bravo programming. Since being at Bravo, Dees has developed a number of new series including... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Theater 5

3:00pm

The Sit-Down: E!

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Leela Roof

Leela Roof

Director of Original Programming and Series Development, E! Entertainment
Leela Roof is Director of Original Programming and Series Development at E! Entertainment, where she is responsible for the daily management of the network’s hit daily talk and comedy show, “Chelsea Lately.” She’s also the point executive between E! and the show’s production... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Theater 9

3:00pm

Network Programmers Roundtable: Reality

Confused about where the reality genre is headed in 2012 and beyond?  In this insightful roundtable discussion with leading reality programmers, find out what's working in today's competitive broadcast environment. Hear how networks consider and develop new ideas, find out why some franchise series continue on and others don't, and learn how indie producers have broken through and succeeded with these networks.

Moderated by Alex Ben Block


Speakers
avatar for Alex Ben Block

Alex Ben Block

Senior Editor, The Hollywood Reporter
Entertainment industry journalist, author, broadcaster and show business historian Alex Ben Block is Senior Editor of The Hollywood Reporter.  In June 2012, Block was honored as Entertainment Journalist of the Year at the Southern California Journalism Awards by the Los Angeles... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Daniels

Nancy Daniels

Executive Vice President of Production and Development, Discovery Channel
Nancy Daniels is Executive Vice President of Production and Development for the Discovery Channel.  Based in Los Angeles, Daniels recently joined the channel and now oversees all execution for the network’s programming, including such long running series as DEADLIEST CATCH... Read More →
avatar for Laura Fleury

Laura Fleury

Vice President, Non-Fiction and Alternative Programming, A&E/BIO Channel/Crime & Investigation Network
Laura Fleury is Vice President of Non-Fiction and Alternative Programming at A&E Network. In this position, she plays a senior role in the development and production of nonfiction series and specials for A&E, BIO Channel and Crime & Investigation Network. She has developed, launched... Read More →
avatar for David Padrusch

David Padrusch

Vice President, Production & Development, Travel Channel
David W. Padrusch is responsible for augmenting Travel Channel’s development slate and overseeing the creative process including all phases of pre-production, production, post-production and final delivery of those series.  Having creative oversight over a variety of production... Read More →
avatar for Jill Schwartz

Jill Schwartz

Senior Vice President, Development/Programming, Fox Television Studios
Jill Schwartz is Senior Vice President, Development/Programming, at Fox Television Studios where she oversees all of the studio’s unscripted development and programming, both domestically and for international broadcasters.   Currently, FtvS is producing The Great Escape... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Theater 3

3:30pm

The Sit-Down: Animal Planet

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out what’s working and what’s not and how to best navigate the creative process.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Jason Carey

Jason Carey

Vice President of Production, Animal Planet
Jason Carey joined Animal Planet as an executive producer in April 2006, and was promoted to vice president of production in July 2009. While keeping his executive producer role for the 5-time Emmy-nominated WHALE WARS as well as other select projects, Carey’s responsibilities... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Theater 9

4:00pm

The Sit-Down: Fishbowl Worldwide Media

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual production companies outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Kelly Nash

Kelly Nash

Director of Development, FishBowl Worldwide Media
Kelly Nash currently serves as FishBowl Worldwide Media’s Director of Development. She is the creator of the hit Yahoo! series ULTIMATE PROPOSAL and is developing projects for cable networks including Bravo, HGTV, VH1, MTV and Animal Planet. She developed UPLOAD WITH SHAQUILLE... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Theater 5

4:00pm

The Sit-Down: USA

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Robert Baltazar

Robert Baltazar

Director of Reality Development, USA Network
Robert Baltazar is currently USA Network’s Director of Reality Development.  Prior to joining USA, he was most recently Executive Director of Development & Current Programming at ITV Studios where he oversaw pilots and series such as Celebrity Fit Club for Vh1, WCG Ultimate... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Theater 9

4:00pm

Online Big Box Stores: The Digital Retailers

SnagFilms, Hulu, New Video, Amazon, iTunes are all the latest rage among filmmakers with content to sell.  But is this new frontier all it’s cracked up to be?  Is $340 a year in net revenue really worth all the work?  Where is this a la cart style of purchasing content really going?  Has anyone made more than $5000 from any of this?  Hear from some of the players who are defining the terms of the Big Box digital marketplace.

Moderated by Stephen Nemeth

 


Speakers
avatar for Rick Allen

Rick Allen

CEO, SnagFilms
Rick Allen has run successful companies in nearly every form of media, and helped to develop or extend some of the country’s most prestigious brands. Rick is the CEO of SnagFilms, which he helped to found with Ted Leonsis. The company is the leading digital distributor of independent... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Nemeth

Stephen Nemeth

Founder, Rhino Films
Stephen Nemeth formed and heads up Rhino Films, the independent film company that originated as a division of iconoclastic record label Rhino Records. He has produced and executive produced dozens of films. His producer credits include The Surrogate, starring John Hawkes, Helen... Read More →
avatar for Erick Opeka

Erick Opeka

Vice President of Digital Distribution, Cinedigm Entertainment Group
As Vice President of Digital Distribution for Cinedigm Entertainment Group, Erick directs the company’s client management, content strategy, development and operations across digital platforms, including subscription and ad-supported video-on-demand, electronic sell-through... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Theater 11

4:00pm

What's the Future of History?

Is the well told historical documentary dead, replaced by “new” history of pawn shops and river monsters?  What channels still appreciate and more importantly, license traditional historical documentaries?  Is this genre of programming still viable?  Have all the good stories been told and are now just being repeated in 3-D with animation?  Let industry experts tell you where this important genre is headed.

Moderated by Peter Hamilton


Speakers
avatar for Harrison Engle

Harrison Engle

Director/Producer
With more than 80 films to his credit, Harrison has directed documentaries and dramatic films for nearly every broadcast and cable network, often dealing with .   history, biography and the arts.  Amongst his credits are THE LOST KENNEDY HOME MOVIES (History, 2011), THE INDOMITABLE... Read More →
avatar for Bill Gardner

Bill Gardner

Director, General Audience Programming, PBS
Bill Gardner is a recent addition to the PBS Programming team, where he oversees historical, cultural, current and world events, natural history and science programming from development through broadcast. Before joining PBS he was executive producer at Discovery Studios, where... Read More →
avatar for Peter Hamilton

Peter Hamilton

Publisher, DocumentaryTelevision.com
Peter Hamilton is the publisher of DocumentaryTelevision.com, the influential industry e-newsletter that addresses the business of the Factual television business. His New York-based firm Peter Hamilton Consultants helps media professionals to create and implement their business... Read More →
avatar for James Moll

James Moll

Filmmaker
James Moll’s work as a documentary filmmaker has earned him an Oscar, two Emmys and a Grammy.  A protégé of Steven Spielberg, James has directed, produced and edited such films as the sports adventure RUNNING THE SAHARA, executive produced by Matt Damon; and his Oscar winning... Read More →
avatar for Jane Root

Jane Root

Founder & Chief Executive, Nutopia
Jane Root is Chief Executive of Nutopia, a production company committed to thinking big and creating some of the most ambitious and ground breaking television in the world.   In the first year of its life Nutopia created a new kind of television the ‘mega doc’ – huge scale... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Theater 10

4:00pm

Production Company Roundtable

The world of reality TV production has exploded in the last decade ushering in a wave of new producers with new ideas. What does this mean for the 'tried & true' production companies whose names are synonymous with hits and high ratings? Find out how these Titans of Reality maintain their competitive edge.  And what is next?

Moderated by Michael Schneider


Speakers
avatar for Eli Holzman

Eli Holzman

President, Studio Lambert
Eli Holzman began his career at Miramax Films in New York.  He relocated to Los Angeles to found the company's television department and helped create Project Greenlight.  While there, he oversaw the production of numerous projects including scripted network series, children's... Read More →
BP

Brant Pinvidic

Executive Vice President of Development, Eyeworks USA
Brant Pinvidic is Executive Vice President of Development at Eyeworks USA (formerly 3 Ball Productions), in charge of the company’s development slate for both broadcast and cable series and specials. The company is responsible for global franchises including The Biggest Loser and Beauty... Read More →
avatar for Michael Schneider

Michael Schneider

Los Angeles Bureau Chief, TV Guide Magazine
Michael Schneider is the Los Angeles Bureau Chief for TV Guide Magazine. With more than 17 years’ experience covering TV business, Schneider often appears on news and entertainment shows as a television expert. He also served as judge on a Fox Reality Channel show you probably... Read More →
avatar for Eric Schotz

Eric Schotz

President/CEO, LMNO Productions
Eric Schotz, President and CEO of LMNO Productions, is a nine-time Emmy-award winner whose innovative style and creativity has established him as one of the television industry’s foremost producers/directors of non-fiction and reality-based programming. | His extensive credits... Read More →
avatar for Philip Segal

Philip Segal

President & Executive Producer, Original Productions
Philip D. Segal is President & Executive Producer of Original Productions, a FremantleMedia company.  Segal has operating responsibility for the company’s business, creative, development and production divisions. In 2011 alone, Segal supervised 240 hours of programming, including... Read More →
avatar for Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith

Founder, A. Smith & Co. Productions
Arthur Smith founded A. Smith & Co. Productions with longtime friend Kent Weed in 2000 and serves as executive producer on all the company’s productions, including the Emmy® and People’s Choice Award nominated hit Hell’s Kitchen as well as Kitchen Nightmares with Chef Gordon... Read More →
avatar for Natalka Znak

Natalka Znak

Chief Executive Officer, Zodiak/USA
Natalka Znak is Chief Executive Officer at Zodiak USA.  In her role, Znak oversees the continued rapid growth of Zodiak USA’s production business in the non-scripted space.  Znak runs Zodiak USA’s production offices in both New York and Los Angeles and manages a programming... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Theater 3

4:30pm

The Sit-Down: A&E

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Laura Fleury

Laura Fleury

Vice President, Non-Fiction and Alternative Programming, A&E/BIO Channel/Crime & Investigation Network
Laura Fleury is Vice President of Non-Fiction and Alternative Programming at A&E Network. In this position, she plays a senior role in the development and production of nonfiction series and specials for A&E, BIO Channel and Crime & Investigation Network. She has developed, launched... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Theater 5

4:30pm

The Sit-Down: Lifetime

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for David Hillman

David Hillman

Vice President, Reality Programming, Lifetime Networks
David Hillman currently serves as Vice President, Reality Programming, for Lifetime Networks and is responsible for developing, overseeing and launching new primetime reality series for Lifetime Television.  His extensive work includes the Emmy® Award-nominated series, Project... Read More →


Monday September 10, 2012 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Theater 9

5:00pm

Cocktail Party

Details TBA


Monday September 10, 2012 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Culver Hotel
 
Tuesday, September 11
 

9:00am

Opening Coffee - Day 2
Tuesday September 11, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
Culver Stadium 12

10:00am

The Sit-Down: Arthur Smith & Co. Productions

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual production companies outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Frank Sinton

Frank Sinton

Chief Operating Officer, A. Smith & Co. Productions
Frank Sinton is Chief Operating Officer of A. Smith & Co. Productions.  In this role he oversees internal operations and the development of the company’s production slate.  Sinton serves as Executive Producer on a number of current A. Smith & Co. productions including, TVOne’s... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am
Theater 5

10:00am

The Sit-Down: Travel Channel

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for David Padrusch

David Padrusch

Vice President, Production & Development, Travel Channel
David W. Padrusch is responsible for augmenting Travel Channel’s development slate and overseeing the creative process including all phases of pre-production, production, post-production and final delivery of those series.  Having creative oversight over a variety of production... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am
Theater 9

10:00am

Crowdfunding: A Viable Option or Last-Ditch Effort?

Is crowdfunding the way to go?  Do these new fundraising platforms really help?  What is the downside?  How big is the upside?  Hear from filmmakers who’ve actually done it and learn the tips and tricks to making crowdfunding work for you.

Moderated by Edwin Stepp


Speakers
avatar for Michael Brockhoff

Michael Brockhoff

Executive Producer
Michael Brockhoff has created and produced hundreds of hours of non-fiction programming for major cable networks. His latest project is a feature length documentary called BronyCon: The Documentary about a rapidly growing adult and mostly male fan base of the TV show "My Little Pony... Read More →
avatar for Lilibet Foster

Lilibet Foster

Filmmaker
Lilibet Foster is an Academy Award® Nominated filmmaker and multiple award winning director, producer and writer of feature documentaries, television programs and integrated brand campaigns. She earned her Oscar® Nomination for producing feature documentary, "Speaking in Strings... Read More →
avatar for Tony Hale

Tony Hale

Producer, Natural Health Expert
Like most natural health experts, Tony Hale (aka T.C. Hale) began his career in stand-up comedy. Touring professionally as a comic for nearly a decade, he never envisioned that he would one day teach the world how to sleep, poop, lose weight, and more. | On Valentine’s Day... Read More →
avatar for Scott Hamilton Kennedy

Scott Hamilton Kennedy

Writer, Director, Producer
Writer, director, producer Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s documentary The Garden, tells the story of the nation’s largest community garden, and its complicated struggle for survival.  It was nominated for an Academy Award, and won awards and garnered rave reviews around the world... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Redman

Christopher Redman

Actor, Director, Visual Artist
Christopher Redman is an actor, director and visual artist best known for his work playing "Michael Travers" on CSI Miami as well as other lanky characters. He is also the subject, along with Matt Lemche, of the lifelong documentary film series The Decades Project which began... Read More →
avatar for Edwin Stepp

Edwin Stepp

President, Django Productions
Edwin Stepp has more than twenty years experience in television, media and marketing. In 2001 he helped form Vision Media Productions, an independent production company based in Pasadena, California. The company specializes in documentaries about Middle East history, biblical and... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 10:00am - 11:00am
Theater 11

10:00am

History Unearthed

How do you make a great documentary using unconventional stock footage sources?  When is it the best time to use stock footage from an archive? What are the challenges of breathing new life into well-known events?  Hear from seasoned producers for a fascinating tour of documentaries made from film reels found in dusty attics and garage sales.

 

Moderated by David Seevers.


Speakers
avatar for Harrison Engle

Harrison Engle

Director/Producer
With more than 80 films to his credit, Harrison has directed documentaries and dramatic films for nearly every broadcast and cable network, often dealing with .   history, biography and the arts.  Amongst his credits are THE LOST KENNEDY HOME MOVIES (History, 2011), THE INDOMITABLE... Read More →
avatar for Ron Frank

Ron Frank

Director, Writer, Editor
Ron is an Award-winning and Emmy nominated filmmaker with numerous credits on PBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, MTV, A&E, TLC, Starz, Encore, National Geographic, Discovery and History Channels. Screenings of his films have been held at Kennedy Center, United Nations, N.Y., Television Academy... Read More →
avatar for Tom Jennings

Tom Jennings

Producer
Tom Jennings is an award-winning television and documentary movie producer with more than 400 hours of programming to his credit.  He started his career as a journalist, writing for newspapers including the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. After covering the O.J. Simpson... Read More →
avatar for David Seevers

David Seevers

Chief Marketing Officer, Footage.net
As Chief Marketing Officer at Footage.net, the world’s premier online platform for stock footage research, Seevers oversees all marketing and outreach efforts, builds new content partnerships and manages the site design. With his help, Footage.net has become one of the world’s... Read More →
avatar for David Tillman

David Tillman

Editor/Producer
David Tillman is an award-winning editor and producer with credits on National Geographic, Smithsonian, 3Net, MSNBC, and more. He has also directed music videos for musicians such as Matt Duke and Salvae, and recently optioned his first feature length screenplay.  He has high... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 10:00am - 11:00am
Theater 12

10:00am

Sizzle Reels 101: What Really Sells?

A good sizzle reel is the key to selling docs and reality programming.  Whether you’re trying to find funding, secure distribution or whip up some publicity for your latest project, the sizzle reel is one of the most important tools in the filmmaking process.  How do you craft the perfect reel?  What gets executives and financiers excited to watch?  Find out in this must-see panel.

Moderated by Sean Zeid


Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Jane Browde

Elizabeth Jane Browde

Senior Vice President, Head of Programming, Veria Living
Elizabeth is currently Senior Vice President, Head of Programming at Veria Living where she oversees development and current programming on all platforms. She is charged with launching the newly formed Veria Living Studios, and is on track to produce over 300 hours of studio based... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Ebersol

Charlie Ebersol

Co-Founder, The Hochberg Ebersol Company (THE Company)
Charlie Ebersol is the Co-Founder of The Hochberg Ebersol Company (THE Company), a reality and scripted television production studio that specializes in unscripted, documentary and competition formats, as well as new media content and branded entertainment. Ebersol founded THE... Read More →
avatar for Johnny Gould

Johnny Gould

Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Pilgrim Studios
Johnny Gould serves as Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development at Pilgrim Studios, heading up the company’s original unscripted programming development and current programming, and international format sales and acquisitions.  Johnny oversees an array of... Read More →
avatar for Gena McCarthy

Gena McCarthy

Senior Vice President, Reality & Alternative Programming, Lifetime Networks
Gena McCarthy is Senior Vice President, Reality & Alternative Programming, of Lifetime Networks.  Based in New York, she oversees Lifetime’s strategy for all development and production of its unscripted programming, including the Emmy® Award-nominated Project Runway and Project... Read More →
avatar for Sean Zeid

Sean Zeid

Co-Head of Alternative, Kaplan Stahler Agency
Sean Zeid joined Kaplan Stahler four years ago from Endeavor.  At Kaplan he has worked with clients that have either created or executive produced a number of popular shows such as The Biggest Loser, Secret Millionaire, Sons of Guns, Ink Master, Bizarre Foods and Dead Files... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 10:00am - 11:00am
Theater 10

10:30am

The Sit-Down: Discovery

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Joe Weinstock

Joe Weinstock

Senior Director of Development, Discovery Channel
Weinstock joined Discovery Channel in July, 2012.  Previously he was Vice President of Production for Gurney Productions and earned Co-Executive Producer credit for Auction Hunters, American Digger, Monster Man, Haunted Collector, Hollywood Treasure, Duck Dynasty, American Guns... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 10:30am - 11:00am
Theater 9

10:30am

The Sit-Down: Food Network/Cooking Channel

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Quainton

Jennifer Quainton

Vice President of Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive
Jennifer Quainton currently serves as vice president of programming for both Food Network and Cooking Channel.  Part of the Food Network programming team since 2000, she’s overseen key day-part scheduling for the brand, managed its VOD strategy, negotiated acquisitions, and... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 10:30am - 11:00am
Theater 5

11:00am

The Sit-Down: Peacock Productions (NBC)

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual production companies outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Nicole Maxwell

Nicole Maxwell

Director of Development, NBCUniversal's Peacock Productions, West Coast
Nicole Maxwell is currently the Director of Development, for NBCUniversal's Peacock Productions, West Coast. Nicole is responsible for the creation and development of nonfiction series programming and content, that in turn, can be sold to a wide spectrum of broadcast and cable... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Ringe

Benjamin Ringe

Senior Vice President of Development and Executive Producer, Peacock Productions/NBC
Benjamin Ringe is the Senior Vice President of Development and Executive Producer at Peacock Productions where he oversees the creation and development of multi-platform, nonfiction programming and content for NBC Universal properties and outside clients. Responsible for development... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am
Theater 5

11:00am

The Sit-Down: Veria

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Freeman

Mark Freeman

Executive Producer/Programming Executive, Veria Living Network
Mark Freeman joined Veria Living Network in 2012 as an Executive Producer/Programming Executive, where he has been tasked with overseeing a number of the Studio/Field shows on the network, as well as developing new programs, finding on-air talent and coordinating show support... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am
Theater 9

11:00am

A Conversation With Kirby Dick

Oscar and Emmy Nominated Producer/Director Kirby Dick will deliver the Documentary Keynote Conversation. His most recent film, The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigation into the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military, won the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  It has received critical acclaim from the New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, and Reuters.  Kirby will be interviewed about his latest work as well as Twist of Faith Outrage, and This Film Is Not Yet Rated.

Moderated by Matt Holzman


Speakers
avatar for Kirby Dick

Kirby Dick

WESTDOC 2012 Keynote Speaker Kirby Dick is an Academy- and Emmy Award-nominated documentary director. His most recent film, The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigation into the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military, won the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival... Read More →
avatar for Matt Holzman

Matt Holzman

Host, KCRW
Matt Holzman the host of KCRW's screening series, Matt's Movies.


Tuesday September 11, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Theater 3

11:00am

Structuring Reality

Today's reality producers are facing increasing challenges when making high-concept series.  By now everyone knows that some creative license is taken in the editing room, but how do today's producers maintain the balance between portraying authentic characters and keeping the audience entertained in an increasingly crowded marketplace? How are the narratives of unscripted shows really written?  Hear from industry creators as they discuss how a complicated reality arc is conceived, developed and executed.

Moderated by Brian Lowry


Speakers
avatar for Jim Casey

Jim Casey

Founder & President, Painless Productions
After writing, producing and editing for an eclectic range of television projects from news magazines to The New Mickey Mouse Club, Jim Casey launched Painless Productions with one primary goal: to take a personal, hands-on approach to creating truly unique television concepts borne... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Levy

Sharon Levy

Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV
Sharon Levy serves as executive vice president, original series Spike TV. Levy joined Spike in 2005 and has overseen the development of many of the network's most ambitious and successful series including Auction Hunters, American Digger, Bar Rescue, Flip Men, InkMaster, Repo... Read More →
avatar for Brian Lowry

Brian Lowry

Chief TV Critic, Variety
Brian Lowry has been a columnist and critic for Variety since September 2003. Before that, he spent seven years at the Los Angeles Times as a reporter and columnist covering the television industry, which was preceded by a nine-year stint at Variety.  Lowry has been a contributor... Read More →
avatar for Nick Rigg

Nick Rigg

President, Leopard Films USA
Nick Rigg is president of Leopard Films USA, a leading producer of reality and non-fiction television and digital programming, focusing on lifestyle and entertainment content.  Under Rigg’s leadership, the company has built a stronghold in lifestyle franchises, including the... Read More →
avatar for Tom Rogan

Tom Rogan

Co-Founder & CEO, Authentic Entertainment
After serving in the trenches of some of the biggest reality production companies in Los Angeles, Tom co-founded Authentic Entertainment in 2000. Since then, the company has grown to become one of the leading producers of reality television.  Authentic has produced hundreds of... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm
Theater 11

11:30am

The Sit-Down: MTV

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for James DeSimas

James DeSimas

Manager of Series Development, MTV
James DeSimas is currently a manager of series development at MTV, where he is responsible for developing and overseeing a number of reality projects – from pitch all the way up to air. Since joining MTV in 2006, DeSimas has worked on many pilots and series. Most notably, he... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 11:30am - 12:00pm
Theater 9

11:30am

The Sit-Down: Warner Bros. International Television Production

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual production companies outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Adam Steinman

Adam Steinman

Vice President, Non-Scripted International Development & Sales, Warner Bros. International Television Production
Adam Steinman has served as Vice President, Non-Scripted International Development & Sales, at Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP), since October 2010. Based in Burbank, Calif., Steinman reports to London-based Andrew Zein, WBITVP’s Senior Vice President... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 11:30am - 12:00pm
Theater 5

12:00pm

The Sit-Down: CABLEready

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual production companies outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Peter De Jong

Peter De Jong

Vice President, Sales & Development, CABLEready
Television industry veteran Peter De Jong serves as CABLEready‘s Vice President, Sales & Development. In addition to his responsibilities regarding territorial sales, he co-manages the company’s original programming activities, working closely with its partners in the development... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Theater 9

12:00pm

The Sit-Down: Indigo Films

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual production companies outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for David Frank

David Frank

Founder, Owner and Executive Producer, Indigo Films
David Frank founded Indigo Films fifteen years ago with the goal of establishing a San Francisco-Bay Area production house that focused on reality television for national audiences. From documentaries and reenactment-based productions to reality series and signature specials... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Theater 5

12:30pm

LUNCH
Tuesday September 11, 2012 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Throughout Culver City

1:30pm

The Sit-Down: BBC Worldwide

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Sue Norton

Sue Norton

Senior Vice President and Head of Lonely Planet Television, BBC Worldwide
Sue heads up Lonely Planet Television for BBC Worldwide.  She is responsible for delivering Lonely Planet’s television strategy, including building Lonely Planet’s presence on television in all regions around the globe, maximizing commissions, strategic media partnerships... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Theater 5

1:30pm

The Sit-Down: History Channel

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Mary Donahue

Mary Donahue

Vice President, Development and Programming, History Channel
Mary Donahue is Vice President, Development and Programming for History, a position she assumed in September 2010.  A veteran cable television executive, Mary Donahue joined HISTORY in October 2008 and was part of the team that developed and launched mega hit series, Pawn Stars... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Theater 9

2:00pm

The Sit-Down: PBS So Cal

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Brenda Brkusic

Brenda Brkusic

Executive Producer of Program Development and National Productions, PBS SoCaL
Brenda Brkusic is an Emmy Award-winning television producer and the Executive Producer of Program Development and National Productions for PBS SoCaL. She joined PBS SoCaL (then KOCE) in 2006 as a producer for their Emmy Award-winning nightly news program and went on to spearhead... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Theater 5

2:00pm

The Sit-Down: VH1

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Tom Huffman

Tom Huffman

Vice President of Development and Production, Vh1
As Vice President of Development and Production at Vh1, Tom Huffman is responsible for Executive Producing new series at the pop culture centric network as they expand their programming with two additional nights. Tom oversees the Basketball Wives and Celebrity Rehab franchises... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Theater 9

2:00pm

Documentary Filmmaking - The New Journalism?

With the gradual demise of traditional print and network news, documentary filmmakers are rapidly becoming our generation’s news force.  Films like The Cove, Restrepo, GasLand and Off-Label have told stories that would have never been publicized otherwise.  In light of this evolution, what are the ethical responsibilities of the filmmaker, both to their subject and the audience?

Moderated by Michael Rose


Speakers
avatar for Jaron Gilinsky

Jaron Gilinsky

Co-Founder, Storyhunter
Jaron Gilinsky is a pioneer of “backpack web video journalism” and a co-founder of Storyhunter, a Webby-nominated platform which empowers video journalists to tell the world’s most important, untold stories.  With just a backpack, video camera, microphone, and laptop, Jaron... Read More →
avatar for Betsy McLane

Betsy McLane

Executive Director, International Cinema US
Betsy McLane is the author of the book A NEW HISTORY OF DOCUMENTARY FILM: SECOND EDITION.  She is currently the Executive Director of International Cinema US She recently  served as the Project Director for The American Documentary Showcase, a cooperative project of the Bureau... Read More →
avatar for Michael Rose

Michael Rose

Filmmaker
Michael Rose’s background as a program executive and a creative has provided him with a wide range of skills and a depth of understanding that spans the television industry. He’s apprenticed as an editor, trained as a director, served as a producer and executive producer... Read More →
avatar for Alex Rotaru

Alex Rotaru

Filmmaker
Alex Rotaru has worked in script development and documentaries, helming several award-winning docs - including the New York Times Critic’s Pick THEY CAME TO PLAY, and KIDS WITH CAMERAS, chosen by the US State Department for its 2011 American Documentary Showcase.  His most... Read More →
avatar for Amie Williams

Amie Williams

Filmmaker
Amie is an accomplished documentary filmmaker and digital rights activist. Her award-winning work has focused on giving voice to the margins, while pushing filmic conventions. From films focused on women workers and labor unions, to training young female HIV+ citizen journalists... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Theater 11

2:00pm

No Sale? No Problem!

No broadcast sale?  No theatrical advance?  No digital sales? Hear about alternative distribution that will blow your mind.  Two approaches to distribution that utilize marketing to enthusiastic audiences for extended periods.  This is the long tail approach to indie-distribution.

Moderated by Kirt Eftekhar


Speakers
avatar for Stephen Auerbach

Stephen Auerbach

Producer/Director
Stephen Auerbach is the Producer, Director, Editor, and Marketing Department for the successful indie documentary Bicycle Dreams.  By saying “no” to just about every opportunity presented to him by outside companies (digital, VOD, cable, etc), Auerbach has been able to create... Read More →
avatar for Kirt Eftekhar

Kirt Eftekhar

Co-Founder, Area23a
Kirt Eftekhar is co-founder of Area23a, a bi-coastal, independently owned “event” based U.S. theatrical distribution company.  The company focuses on event driven films, providing value-added distribution through alternative ways to reach audiences across the country, releasing... Read More →
avatar for Steve Michelson

Steve Michelson

Executive Producer, Specialty Studios
Steve  Michelson is the Executive Producer for Specialty Studios and the Video Project. The company is celebrating it 28th year in 2012 and focuses on films about the Environment, Social Justice and Sustainability.  He has functioned as the Executive Producer on many award-winning... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Theater 12

2:00pm

Celebreality: The Inside of Reality Talent Agreements

An unknown becomes a reality star.  Then demands more money.  Now what?  Have any productions gone off the rails as a result of spoiled “stars” and their out-of-control behavior?  Or is most “talent” just happy to be part of a successful reality franchise? How much should talent earn compared to the producer?  Learn how network talent agreements are authored from the start and find out how an agent fits into the mix. 

Moderated by Larry Verbit


Speakers
avatar for Blythe Asher

Blythe Asher

Vice President, Talent Development and Casting, E! Entertainment Television
Blythe Asher joined E! as Vice President, Talent Development and Casting in June 2009. Blythe is charged with leading the talent activities for E!, which include developing talent-driven projects, casting pilots, series and specials, and over seeing talent on E! News, E! Specials... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Jenkins

Jeff Jenkins

Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Programming, Bunim/Murray Productions
Jeff Jenkins serves as the Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Programming for Bunim/Murray Productions.  He is an Executive Producer of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Kim Take New York and Mrs. Eastwood & Company, all for E! Entertainment.  He was also... Read More →
avatar for Deena Katz

Deena Katz

President, Talent Central
Deena Katz has owned Talent Central for over 10 years. She and her company are responsible for producing and casting hundreds of televisions shows and events worldwide.  These include present shows such as Dancing with the Stars and Real Time with Bill Maher to Network and Cable... Read More →
avatar for Lauren McCollester

Lauren McCollester

Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, NBCUniversal
Lauren McCollester is currently a Senior Vice President of Business Affairs at NBCUniversal.  In that role, she heads up Business Affairs for Bravo, Oxygen and Style Media.  Prior to joining the Business Affairs team at NBCUniversal in 2004, Lauren was Interactive Media Counsel... Read More →
avatar for Larry Verbit

Larry Verbit

Entertainment Attorney
Larry Verbit has over thirty years of management and legal experience in the entertainment industry and a primary focus of his practice is reality television production. He serves as counsel for numerous reality programs, including Bravo’s “Around the World in 80 Plates... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Theater 10

2:30pm

The Sit-Down: Game Show Network

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for David Schiff

David Schiff

Senior Vice President of Programming and Development, Game Show Network
 Game Show Network | David Schiff is the Senior Vice President of Programming and Development at the Game Show Network.  In that capacity, he supervises a team of 6 and oversees all original programming and development for the network.  In the past 4 years he has overseen over... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Theater 5

2:30pm

The Sit-Down: PBS Oregon

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Dave Davis

Dave Davis

Vice President of Television Production, Oregon Public Broadcasting
David Davis is currently the Vice President for Television Production at Oregon Public Broadcasting.  With more than thirty years of experience in film and television, Davis is a long-time producer and executive producer of documentary series and specials for US public television... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Theater 9

2:30pm

FaceTime

Brush up on your people skills – Face Time is your moment to shine. “Pitching” an idea to television executives is an unavoidable fact of life in the entertainment industry, but actually landing those meetings in the first place can be a real challenge.  Face Time grants you the invaluable opportunity for a brief one-on-one meeting with network people who can critique – and maybe even help you license – your program idea.  Remember: keep it simple, keep it tight and above all, keep it interesting.  You’ve got ten minutes, so make it count.

Face Time meetings are included as part of your registration to WESTDOC.


Tuesday September 11, 2012 2:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:00pm

The Sit-Down: Style

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Adam Harman

Adam Harman

Director, Program Planning and Acquisitions, Style
As Director of Program Planning and Acquisitions for Style, Adam Harman is responsible for the program planning and scheduling strategy of the network.  He works in all phases of programming, including the scheduling of programs and stunts, as well as negotiating content acquisitions... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Theater 5

3:00pm

The Sit-Down: The Hochberg Ebersol Company

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual production companies outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Charlie Ebersol

Charlie Ebersol

Co-Founder, The Hochberg Ebersol Company (THE Company)
Charlie Ebersol is the Co-Founder of The Hochberg Ebersol Company (THE Company), a reality and scripted television production studio that specializes in unscripted, documentary and competition formats, as well as new media content and branded entertainment. Ebersol founded THE... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Theater 9

3:00pm

Broadband Television: The History of the Future

Over the last five years, the broadband business has increased substantially – but where is it heading?  Where are the new opportunities coming from? The key building blocks for the broadband industry are almost identical to the original growth of television and cable yet not as clear to understand.  Hear from broadband industry expert Jon Cody about the history of television audiences, the adaptation of new delivery platforms, and how content makers can navigate the potentially treacherous -- and lucrative -- waters ahead.


Speakers
avatar for Jon Cody

Jon Cody

Principal, Cody Consulting Group
Jon Cody is one of the nation’s top digital and traditional media experts, with over a decade of experience defining the United States broadband Internet access and video industries in senior operational, strategic, and government roles.  Currently Principal at Cody Consulting... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Theater 11

3:00pm

Network Programmers Roundtable – The Doc Side

What does the documentary format mean to broadcasters in 2012?  What are networks looking for?  What AREN’T they looking for?   Find out about the current state of the non-fiction genre in this insightful discussion with leading broadcast programmers.

Moderated by James Moll


Speakers
avatar for Simon Andreae

Simon Andreae

Senior Vice President of Development and Production, West Coast, Discovery Channel
As Senior Vice President of Development and Production, West Coast, Simon Andreae is instrumental in Discovery's development and production of series and specials that contribute to the strategic vision and direction of the network.  Shows developed under his tenure include... Read More →
avatar for Nicole De Fusco

Nicole De Fusco

Vice President of Programming & Development, 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... Read More →
avatar for Beth Hoppe

Beth Hoppe

Vice President of General Audience Programming, PBS
Beth Hoppe is thrilled to be back in public television where she oversees science, history, natural history and news and public affairs. She recently shepherded some timely documentaries to the PBS primetime schedule including Steve Jobs – One Last Thing (Pioneer Productions... Read More →
avatar for James Moll

James Moll

Filmmaker
James Moll’s work as a documentary filmmaker has earned him an Oscar, two Emmys and a Grammy.  A protégé of Steven Spielberg, James has directed, produced and edited such films as the sports adventure RUNNING THE SAHARA, executive produced by Matt Damon; and his Oscar winning... Read More →
avatar for Kris Slava

Kris Slava

Senior Vice President, Programming and Production, Ovation
Kris Slava is Senior Vice President, Programming and Production, of Ovation.  He is a senior cable and digital content executive who joined Ovation as the continuation of a distinguished television programming career with particular focus on arts and art-related programming... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Theater 12

3:00pm

Anatomy of a Reality Hit: Pawn Stars

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this hugely successful reality show.  Producers will be on hand to explain the program’s development production and promotion, providing a candid exploration of just what it takes to make a reality hit.

Moderated by Daniel Frankel


Speakers
avatar for Mary Donahue

Mary Donahue

Vice President, Development and Programming, History Channel
Mary Donahue is Vice President, Development and Programming for History, a position she assumed in September 2010.  A veteran cable television executive, Mary Donahue joined HISTORY in October 2008 and was part of the team that developed and launched mega hit series, Pawn Stars... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Frankel

Daniel Frankel

Entertainment Journalist
Based in Los Angeles, Daniel has a 15-year background in media and entertainment reporting, serving on staff at top-level trades including Adweek and Variety, as well as consumer-oriented digital publications like E! Online and TheWrap. From film distribution to TV ad sales to home... Read More →
avatar for Rob Miller

Rob Miller

President, Peleton Entertainment
Rob is the President of Peleton Entertainment.  Working on all levels of broadcasting, including network, cable, syndication, and co-production financing, the company represents high-profile producers of reality and documentary programming.  The producers represented by Peleton... Read More →
avatar for Brent Montgomery

Brent Montgomery

Founder and Owner, Leftfield Pictures
Brent Montgomery is founder and owner of Leftfield Pictures, in charge of all of Leftfield's programming, development and operations. Brent executive produces History Channel’s breakout series Pawn Stars, which premiered in 2009. In less than three years, nearly 300 episodes... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Theater 10

3:30pm

The Sit-Down: Logo

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
PP

Pamela Post

Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Logo
Pamela Post is the Vice President of Original Programming at Logo where she oversees the RuPaul franchises: “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Untucked,” “RuPaul’s Drag U” and “All Stars.” She’s also the executive on “Bad Sex” and “In the Big House” along with... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Theater 9

3:30pm

The Sit-Down: TLC

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Timothy Kuryak

Timothy Kuryak

Vice President of Production, TLC West Coast, TLC
Timothy Kuryak is TLC’s Vice President of Production & Development, West Coast. His is responsible for overseeing the West Coast production team, liaising with the production community, and working with TLC’s East Coast headquarters.   In addition, he currently executive... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Theater 5

4:00pm

The Sit-Down: Authentic Entertainment

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual production companies outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Lauren Lexton

Lauren Lexton

Co-Founder and Executive Producer, Authentic Entertainment
Lauren is co-founder and Executive Producer of Authentic Entertainment, Inc. Prior to co-founding Authentic, Ms. Lexton has worked as a Show Runner, Director, Story Editor, Writer and Producer for numerous specials and series for network and cable. Among Lauren's credits are series... Read More →
avatar for Tom Rogan

Tom Rogan

Co-Founder & CEO, Authentic Entertainment
After serving in the trenches of some of the biggest reality production companies in Los Angeles, Tom co-founded Authentic Entertainment in 2000. Since then, the company has grown to become one of the leading producers of reality television.  Authentic has produced hundreds of... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Theater 5

4:00pm

The Sit-Down: truTV

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual broadcasters outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Marissa Ronca

Marissa Ronca

Vice President of Development, truTV
Marissa Ronca is the vice president of program development at truTV overseeing all aspects of the network’s new programming slate. Ronca joined the network in 2007 as senior director of development and was focused on expanding the brand away from exclusively crime & law enforcement... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Theater 9

4:00pm

How to PBS: Tales of Success in the One-Off World

Many filmmakers dream of having their documentary broadcast on PBS. Not many of them realize that it can be somewhat challenging to sell to PBS. Find out how to navigate the waters of public television both at the local and national levels.

Moderated by Lyn Goldfarb


Speakers
avatar for Brenda Brkusic

Brenda Brkusic

Executive Producer of Program Development and National Productions, PBS SoCaL
Brenda Brkusic is an Emmy Award-winning television producer and the Executive Producer of Program Development and National Productions for PBS SoCaL. She joined PBS SoCaL (then KOCE) in 2006 as a producer for their Emmy Award-winning nightly news program and went on to spearhead... Read More →
avatar for Dave Davis

Dave Davis

Vice President of Television Production, Oregon Public Broadcasting
David Davis is currently the Vice President for Television Production at Oregon Public Broadcasting.  With more than thirty years of experience in film and television, Davis is a long-time producer and executive producer of documentary series and specials for US public television... Read More →
avatar for Lyn Goldfarb

Lyn Goldfarb

Filmmaker
Lyn Goldfarb is an Academy Award -nominated filmmaker, specializing in historical and social issue documentaries, with 15 feature documentaries broadcast on national primetime PBS and major cable. She is the executive producer, and producer and director on 3 series, broadcast... Read More →
avatar for Beth Hoppe

Beth Hoppe

Vice President of General Audience Programming, PBS
Beth Hoppe is thrilled to be back in public television where she oversees science, history, natural history and news and public affairs. She recently shepherded some timely documentaries to the PBS primetime schedule including Steve Jobs – One Last Thing (Pioneer Productions... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Theater 10

4:00pm

The Facts About Funding Your Project

Depending on the type of project being made, there are different documents, funding opportunities and materials needed to get a show produced.  Indie documentarians may prep a presentation reel to raise funds, while reality show pitchers will prep a sizzle and a one-sheet and never raise a dime.  This is a front-to-back super-seminar/panel explaining the steps for funding different non-fiction projects.


Speakers
avatar for DMA - Donna Michelle Anderson

DMA - Donna Michelle Anderson

President, Planet DMA
For nearly two decades, DMA (Donna Michelle Anderson) has been writing, producing and running top-rated television series for CBS, Bravo, BET, A&E, TLC and more. In 2007, she expanded into online and mobile, launching Columbia College Hollywood's new media department and creating... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Theater 11

4:30pm

The Sit-Down: Firecracker Films

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual production companies outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Dan Snook

Dan Snook

SVP of Development, Firecracker Films
As the SVP of Development for Firecracker Films, Dan is in charge of developing documentary series and creating original formats for the American market.  Headquartered in London, the company is regarded as one of the top independent production houses and makes both feature length... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Theater 9

4:30pm

The Sit-Down: Populus Brands

The Sit-Down is a 30-minute small group discussion in which individual production companies outline their specific needs for today and, more importantly, tomorrow. Find out exactly what they’re looking for, what they’re not looking for and how to get your pitch or project to the right person.  Seating is first-come, first-served for each session.


Speakers
avatar for Chad Bennett

Chad Bennett

Founder and CEO, Populus Brands
Chad Bennett is founder and CEO of Populus Brands, an innovative brand-building company that drives franchise growth, incremental revenue and consumer engagement for clients.  The company forms strategic partnerships between content creators, sponsors, licensors, manufacturers... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Westfield

Barbara Westfield

Managing Partner, Populus Brands
Barb Westfield is a managing partner of Populus Brands, an innovative brand-building company that forms strategic partnerships between content creators, talent, sponsors, licensors, manufacturers, retailers and marketers to build lifestyle and entertainment brands.  Westfield has... Read More →


Tuesday September 11, 2012 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Theater 5

5:00pm

Cocktail Party

Details TBA


Tuesday September 11, 2012 5:00pm - 7:00pm
TBA
 
Wednesday, September 12
 

9:30am

PitchFest - Morning Session
Wednesday September 12, 2012 9:30am - 12:30pm
Culver Stadium 12

12:30pm

LUNCH
Wednesday September 12, 2012 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Throughout Culver City

2:00pm

PitchFest - Afternoon Session
Wednesday September 12, 2012 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Culver Stadium 12