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Advisory Board Chair

Robert DeBitetto

President, Brand Strategy, Business Development & A+E Studios, A&E Network and BIO Channel

Robert DeBitetto is President and General Manager, A&E Network and BIO Channel. In his role, DeBitetto manages a portfolio of cable networks including the flagship A&E Network, BIO Channel and the Crime & Investigation Network, overseeing all creative and business matters including programming, marketing, P&L management, strategic planning, brand development, acquisitions, web content and public relations. DeBitetto also oversees the award-winning feature documentary unit, A&E IndieFilms, and sits on the Board of Directors of the company’s Latin American channel joint venture.

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Speaking at Welcome! Opening Remarks, In Conversation With Robert DeBitetto and Nancy Dubuc

Past Chair

Nancy Dubuc

President & CEO, History & Lifetime Networks

Nancy Dubuc is President and General Manager of History® and was also named President and General Manager of Lifetime Networks in May 2010. In addition to the flagship brands, she oversees History International®, History en Español™, Military History™, Lifetime Movie Network® and Lifetime Real Women®; as well as strategic planning, programming, marketing, publicity and brand development for the portfolio.

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Speaking at In Conversation With Robert DeBitetto and Nancy Dubuc, (4:00-4:30) 30 Minutes With Nancy Dubuc, History & Lifetime Networks

Advisory Board Members

Thom Beers

Partner, Original Productions

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

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Speaking at The Consolidation Equation, Bringing in the Boomers

Paul Buccieri

President, A+E Studios and A+E Networks Portfolio Group, ITV Studios International

A senior television executive and executive producer in the entertainment industry, with over nineteen years experience, Paul Buccieri has created, developed and produced a wide range of television projects covering all areas of the industry.

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Speaking at TV Talk for Tough Times

Paul Heaney

CEO, Cineflix Rights

Joining Cineflix in 2002 to launch the company’s distribution arm, Paul Heaney has been a key element in the emergence and growth of Cineflix as a group over the last 10 years. He oversees an international team headquartered in London with staff in New York, Toronto, and Montreal. Since launch, Heaney has achieved at least double digit growth every year since. He has also built a stable, successful sales team full of experience which has been recognized by peers as one of the best in the business. He has established the third party representation side of the business from scratch, growing it to approximately 40% of the distributor’s turnover each year. Heaney has established strong relationships across all of the key territories, making deficit financing with broadcasters in France, Germany, Italy and Australia a common occurrence to add to the UK and US.He is responsible for growing the sales volume and distribution coverage of more than 2500 hours of factual, factual entertainment, formats, kids, and scripted series from Cineflix Studios, including Copper and The Command. Paul oversees the distribution of Cineflix’s extensive portfolio of content from both third-party producers and Cineflix Productions, to more than 180 territories worldwide.

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Speaking at The Ownership Question: You've Got to Fight for Your Rights… Or Do You?

Bridget Hunnicutt

Founder and Creative Director, National Geographic Channel

Bridget Whalen Hunnicutt is senior vice president of global development and production for National Geographic Channel (NGC), responsible for developing more than 400 hours of original programming per year. Hunnicutt brings compelling, quality content to the channel by commissioning original productions and oversees the execution and production of series and specials.

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Speaking at So You Think You Can Pitch?, TV Talk for Tough Times

Ralph Lee

Deputy Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4

Ralph Lee was appointed Head of Factual at Channel 4 in November 2011, following a change to the structure of factual commissioning which brought the documentary and specialist factual teams together into one enhanced department.

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Speaking at Looking Ahead with the Pubcasters, (11:45-12:15) 30 MINS WITH Ralph Lee, Channel 4 TV

Grant Mansfield

Chief Executive & Founder, Zodiak USA

At Zodiak, Mansfield is charged with growing Zodiak Media Group’s North American infrastructure and production. In his role, he oversees 50 full-time employees out of offices in both New York and Los Angeles and a production slate that includes Secret Millionaire (ABC), Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC), Hardcore Pawn (truTV), All Worked Up (truTV) and Lizard Lick Towing (truTV).

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Speaking at The Great Original Programming Debate

Greg Moyer

Founder & CEO, Scripps Networks International

Since joining Scripps Networks International in 2009, Greg Moyer has been responsible for guiding Scripps Networks Interactive’s global business opportunities and establishing joint ventures with knowledgeable distribution partners around the world. First as president, then chief creative officer and now as a consultant, Moyer has negotiated the successful launch of Food Network in the U.K.; Food Network and Fine Living Network in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and Food Network in Asia. Moyer has also overseen Scripps’ program licensing and syndication activities in more than 170 countries.

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Jane Root

CEO, Nutopia

Jane Root is a leading creative executive who has transformed major networks on both sides of the Atlantic. Jane has built a reputation for innovation, determination and delivery in both television and digital.

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Speaking at The Golden Age of Non-Fiction, Looking Ahead with the Pubcasters, The Great Original Programming Debate

Robert Sharenow

EVP & General Manager, A&E and Lifetime, Lifetime Networks

Robert Sharenow was named Executive Vice President of Programming of Lifetime Networks in March 2011. In his role, he spearheads all programming activities for Lifetime Television’s scripted and reality series, as well as its original movies. In addition, Sharenow is responsible for managing all programming for Lifetime Movie Network, as well as Lifetime Real Women.

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Luis Silberwasser

President, Discovery Networks International

Luis Silberwasser is Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer for Discovery Networks International (DNI), based in Miami. In this role, Silberwasser is charged with leading DNI's recently created production and development unit that focuses on developing global content for Discovery's portfolio of international networks in 210 countries and territories worldwide. Currently, Silberwasser is also overseeing the international roll out of TLC, creating a powerful complement to Discovery Channel in the company's global brand portfolio.

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Speaking at The Golden Age of Non-Fiction