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Cori Abraham

SVP, Development and International, Oxygen Media

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

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Speaking at From Sizzle to Show, This Is the Life: Trends in Lifestyle and Travel Programming

Brad Abramson

VP, Development & Programming, VH1

Brad Abramson is Vice President of Production and Programming for VH1. He created and oversees VH1 ROCK DOCS, television's premier collection of music documentaries. Included in this bunch are Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America, The U.S. vs. John Lennon, Woodstock: Now & Then, and the Emmy-winning films DMC: My Adoption Journey and Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

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Speaking at (2:30-3:15) Speed Pitching Two, (4:00-4:30) 30 MINS WITH Brad Abramson, VH1

Paul Adler

Consulting Producer, TV Guide Network

Paul Adler is Vice President of Original Programming and Development at TV Guide Network, a division of Lionsgate Entertainment. In his position, Adler is responsible for developing all original series and specials for the network, which is currently available in 80 million homes nationwide via cable and satellite. He also has direct oversight of TV Guide Network’s in-house production team which creates 30 Specials annually, as well as numerous Live Events programs including the Academy Awards and Grammys Red Carpets.

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Speaking at (12:15-1:00) Speed Pitching One

Simon Andreae

Founder & CEO, 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. As a key member of the senior management team, he works closely with Eileen O’Neill, Group President of Discovery and TLC Networks, Clark Bunting, Discovery Channel President and General Manager, and Nancy Daniels, Executive Vice President of Production and Development, Discovery Channel.

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Speaking at So You Think You Can Pitch?

Patrice Andrews

GM, ITV Studios

Andrews has managed such cable television productions as Airline, The First 48, Runaway Squad and Steven Seagal Lawman SWAT.

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Speaking at The Immediate Future of Formats

Avi Armoza

CEO, Armoza Formats

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

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Speaking at (3:45-4:30) Distribution One-on-Ones, The Immediate Future of Formats

David Auerbach

Senior VP, Rive Gauche Television

David Auerbach joined Rive Gauche Television in January 2009 as a partner with a proven track record of developing successful programming for network prime time, cable, first run syndication and the Internet. As a programming executive for Warner Bros., he was responsible for developing, selling and overseeing production of more than 330 hours of prime time reality programming and more than 3,000 hours for first run syndication.

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Speaking at (3:45-4:30) Distribution One-on-Ones

Ross Babbit

Executive Producer & Owner, DIY Network

As the senior vice president and general manager of DIY Network, Ross Babbit is responsible for supervising all departments including programming, creative services and marketing. In addition, Babbit works closely with sister property, HGTV, to bring about greater collaboration between the two networks.

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Speaking at (12:30 -1:00) 30 MINS WITH Ross Babbit, DIY Network

Daniela Bagliani

Head of Factual and Documentary, RTI SPA Mediaset Group

Daniela Bagliani is the Documentary Acquisitions and Co-productions Manager of RTI SpA - Mediaset Group, the largest commercial network in Italy. She is responsible for all Factual acquisition, pre-acquisition and co-production activity, from selection and negotiation until contract reviewing. Working and thinking strategically about the commercial and editorial objectives of all programming agreements and implementing them into the operations of the department, she develops relationships with suppliers, other broadcasters and independent producers, monitors the international market and collects the needs of different slots and channels. She has a degree in International Law and a MBA in Marketing and she’s currently a member of the Board of Directors of History Makers world congress.

Speaking at (12:15-1:00) Speed Pitching One, (8:30-9:30) Coffee + Commissioners - INTERNATIONAL SCOPE

Zam Baring

Non Executive Director, Keo Films

Zam Baring joined KEO in 1998 and has 25 years of production experience in a variety of roles. As Managing Director, Zam oversees all of aspects of KEO business as well as spending time helping to grow KEO north in Glasgow and KEO digital, the recently-opened multiplatform division. In addition, he continues to executive produce a number of KEO’s productions, including the critically acclaimed Exit Through The Gift Shop and Meet The Natives: USA for NGCI and the Travel Channel.

Speaking at Making a Difference

Lee Bartlett

President, Studios Group, Discovery Communications

As Executive Vice President, Global Production Management, Business and Legal Affairs, Bartlett oversees the development of Discovery's overall business affairs and production management strategies with day-to-day oversight of matters relating to the acquisition of programming content for all of Discovery's networks and digital platforms globally. His responsibilities also include content deals, intellectual property, licensing and other issues. Most recently, Bartlett managed the acquisition of Discovery’s first content company, UK-based betty.

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Speaking at The Consolidation Equation

Tracy Beckett

Director Program and Media Acquisitions, National Geographic Channels International

Tracy Beckett is Vice President, NGCI Development and Regional Production for National Geographic Channels International (NGCI). Beckett is responsible for sourcing, developing and negotiating programming agreements on behalf of National Geographic Channels International. Further, Beckett is responsible for assisting each region to source and develop local productions for each of their regional budgets that includes Europe, Australia, Asia and Latin America.

Speaking at (11:00-11:45) Speed Pitching Three, (2:30-3:00) 30 MINS WITH Tracy Beckett, National Geographic Channel International

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 Bell

Freelance Archive Producer & Director, Freelance Producer

In 1996 I graduated from the University Of East London with a degree in 'Visual Theory'. I later studied photography at Central St. Martins College London and journalism at the London School Of Printing. In 1998 I began running the Image Bank Film Library in London. In 2002 I became a freelance film researcher and producer. In 2003 I was the film researcher for the Emmy award winning TV series Reporters At War. In 2005 I developed and produced a series of mafia documentaries for Class Films, which were shown on Channel 4 in the UK. In 2008 I started work on Senna as the archive producer. In 2010 I was the archive consultant for the Scott Free/YouTube documentary Life In A Day. I am currently working for Passion Films on a feature documentary with the producers of Man On Wire and One Day In September about the films and phenomenon of James Bond.

Speaking at MASTERCLASS: Accelerating with Archive

Adam Benzine

Producer, Realscreen Magazine

Adam Benzine is the Associate Editor for realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content.

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Speaking at MASTERCLASS: Accelerating with Archive, Making a Difference

Austyn Biggers

Senior Director of Development, BET Networks

Austyn Biggers currently serves as the Sr. Director of Development for BET Networks, where he is involved in all facets of original series development and production. Austyn’s BET credits include overseeing Baldwin Hills, College Hill, Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, First In, Being Terry Kennedy and most recently, Born To Dance: Laurieann Gibson for the network.

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Speaking at (11:00-11:45) Speed Pitching Three

Grace Borrero Moss

Manager Entertainment Diversity Initiatives, Style Network

Grace has been entrenched in reality television for more than 10 years in various capacities. She produced series for multiple networks including NBC, Lifetime, Oxygen and MTV before joining the development team at The Style Network in January 2007. Grace is responsible for creating new show ideas, evaluating pitches, finding fresh talent and seeking out up & coming production companies. Grace also oversees new series in production, from initial pitch to delivery. She has been instrumental in developing and nurturing multiple hits for Style, including Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, Ruby, Giuliana & Bill, Glam Fairy and Jerseylicious. Additionally, Grace continues to pursue outside opportunities with the NAMIC, WICT, CAPE and the UCLA Alumni Association.

Speaking at Luncheon Roundtables: Reality Genre

Alan Braun

Agent, Department Head, Alternative Television, Creative Artists Agency

Alan Braun is a television agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency based in Los Angeles with offices in New York, Nashville, London, and Beijing. Braun works in the Los Angeles office and is part of the representation team for many of the world’s leading alternative television production companies including Authentic Entertainment (Toddlers and Tiaras), BBC Worldwide (Dancing with the Stars), Cineflix Productions (American Pickers), Half Yard Productions (Say Yes to the Dress), Intuitive Entertainment (Millionaire Matchmaker), Ashton Kutcher’s production company, Katalyst Media (PUNK’D), North South Productions (Impractical Jokers), Pie Town Productions (House Hunters), Raw TV (Gold Rush), and Ryan Seacrest Productions (Keeping up with the Kardashians).

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Speaking at Agents of Change

Tom Brisley

Creative Director, Arrow Media

As creative director and co-founder of newly formed Arrow Media, Tom Brisley is thriving on the challenge of starting and growing a next generation indie.

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Speaking at WORKSHOP: Quick on the Draw: Delivering Quick Turnaround Factual (Additional Workshop Registration & Sign-up Required) 3:00-5:00PM

Pierre Brogan

Agent/ TV Alt, Creative Artists Agency

Pierre Brogan is a Television Agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency based in Los Angeles with offices in New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. Brogan is based in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the top producers and production companies in alternative TV who produce shows such as Dancing with the Stars, Cake Boss, Tough Love, Intervention, The T.O. Show, Dirty Jobs, Paranormal State, Deadliest Catch, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Morgan Freeman’s Into the Wormhole, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette & Bachelor Pad, and My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

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Speaking at (3:45-4:30) Agent One-on-Ones