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Monday, September 10
 

11:00am PDT

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 PDT
Theater 12

2:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Theater 12

3:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Theater 3

4:00pm PDT

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 →
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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 PDT
Theater 3
 
Tuesday, September 11
 

10:00am PDT

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 PDT
Theater 10

11:00am PDT

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 PDT
Theater 11

2:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Theater 10

3:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Theater 10

4:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Theater 11