Khalifa Al Marar
Khalifa Al Marar
Khalifa Suhail Al Marar was Vice President, Group Communications, at Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala), where he was responsible for the strategic direction of national and global marketing and communications for one of the company’s strategic partners.
He is a multi-award-winning producer of social documentaries, receiving international accolades for his work at Cannes, New York, Abu Dhabi, and Los Angeles film festivals.
Al Marar holds a Master of Strategic Marketing from the Australian University of Wollongong in Dubai, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a double major in Finance and Marketing from California State University, Long Beach, USA.
Presenter & Producer
Al Jazeera English
Over the past 8 years, Drew Ambrose has worked as a senior producer and foreign correspondent for Al Jazeera English in Asia.
Before that he worked across Australia on current affairs programs such as Insight, Australian Story and Living Black.
At 21 years old, he was posted to ABC’s Jakarta Bureau as a video-journalist for the Australia Network. Since then Drew has reported from over 35 nations. He has also been lead journalist on many interactive, VR and online projects.
His journalism has won a number of accolades including the Walkley Award, New York Festival Gold Medal, Melbourne Press Club Quill and United Nations Media Peace Awards.
Senior Producer,Global Content Development Division
Noriko Aratani joined NHK in 1989. She worked on flagship shows including “Today’s Close-up” (current affairs) and “NHK Special” (documentaries) as a news director. From 2006, she was involved with NHK’s content business. Her remit included the acquisition of foreign dramas and international marketing of NHK programs. Also, programs she had produced for NHK World have won prizes from International film festivals like World Media Festivals and New York Festivals. Now, she works and takes care of the Global Content Development Division, Programming Department as a senior producer.
Casual FIlms Ltd
Oliver has 18 years experience in production, having worked across a variety of genres including branded content, interactive film & theatre, VR, studio, documentary & factual entertainment for major brands and broadcasters. He now heads up the Casual Films London office and looks after key accounts including Reckitt Benckiser, Rolls-Royce, Red Bull and Adobe.
Assistant Director of Broadcasting (Television and Corporate Business)
Radio Television Hong Kong (TV)
Jace Au is currently Assistant Director of Broadcasting (Television and Corporate Business). She was previously Head of Public Affairs Unit in Radio Television Hong Kong where her team produced discussion programmes on news issues and public policies. The guests and contents of these programmes were of such importance that other new media came to cover them live from time to time.
In her earlier years as producer and presenter, Jace had won numerous journalistic awards such as the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Prize and the Hong Kong Human Rights Press Awards.
Jace received the British Chevening Scholarship in 1997. She was invited by the European Union to join its Visitors Programme (EUVP) in 2000. She was featured as one of the outstanding alumni in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of British Council in Hong Kong in 2008.
In 2012, Greg founded NYC-based Bindery – an award-winning indie film and content studio – with the mission to create a more modern and integrated approach to crafting quality work.
Informed by his experience as an independent filmmaker, Bindery’s success comes from its script to screen studio model – where development, production and post all create together under one roof. This new model has brought big ideas to life for the likes of Apple, Nike, Google, Facebook, Sony, and L’Oreal.
Through Bindery Films, Greg develops and produces original content. He won an Emmy for his work on ZION, a film he premiered at Sundance and sold to Netflix. He most recently produced PLUS ONE (Executive Produced by Ben Stiller), which won the Audience Award at Tribeca. He currently runs a development slate of over a dozen projects, including the TV show NEUROTICA starring Karen Gillan (AVENGERS, JUMANJI).
A native Texan, Greg lives in New York City with his wife and four kids.
Founder & CEO
Telemedia Special Presentations ltd.
Mr. Belkin began his 30+ year career in the television and film industry and brought his passion and know-how to the business arena. Trained in Electrical Engineering, he is fluent in the full range of advanced technological tools.
Throughout his career, Nissan has been a trailblazer in utilizing the most cutting edge technological tools to heighten the effect of a story. Together with his deep understanding of relaying a business story or message, he is able to captivate audiences.
Nissan has directed and produced exhibition experiences for top companies and has created scores of permanent installations in museums, government buildings, visitors centers, and archeological sites.
Film maker & Writer
As a founding member of the award winning Animage Films, (founded in 1992) a London based Production Company, Ruth Beni has created many original films, TV shows and adverts for national and international broadcasters including ITV and Channel 4.
In 2006 Ruth left the commercial sector and founded 'The Need to Know Campaign,' creating a series of visually arresting and moving films that highlighted women’s rights abuses such as Forced Marriage, Sex-Trafficking and Female Genital Mutilation.
Consisting of seven films to date 'The Need to Know Campaign' focuses on the urgent need to put an end to all forms of violence against women by striving to mobilize world opinion into effective action.
Benjamin Best Productions GmbH
Benjamin Best is an award winning journalist and filmmaker including Silver and Gold at the New York Festivals. He's been in the industry for well over 15 years. During this time he's been directing and producing feature documentary films for television and cinema. Child labor in India, corruption in sports, Human Rights violations - the topics he's covering are investigative and take him around the world.
Payal Mathur Bhagat
Co-Founder & Director
Greymatter Entertainment Pvt Ltd
Payal Mathur Bhagat
With over 20 years of experience, Payal has been one of the pioneering creative talents in the media industry. Having collected diverse experience from various content creation and production assignments within India and overseas, she brings in a rare mix of creative and finance skills.
Payal is co-founder and director at Greymatter Entertainment – a media company that offers 360-degree content solutions with a strategic focus on IPR creation. She has been instrumental in creating globally acclaimed and award winning television formats like ‘The Remix’ and ‘Street Stars’.
Prior to this, Payal has been a part of the launch of broadcast networks like Sony Entertainment Television & Ten Sports Network. She also has experience in film making having worked with distinguished film makers and being Executive producer for Sony Entertainment Pictures.
Payal has served as a Jury member for the EMVIES awards for the past 4 years. She is an alumnus of Sydenham College & is a Finance MBA from Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai.
SuperMemo World sp. z o.o.
Krzysztof Biedalak is one of the founders of SuperMemo World (www.supermemo.com), a company established in 1991, which reinvented forgetting curves and started the global trend of applying spaced repetition in computer-aided learning. MSc in Computer Science from the Poznań University of Technology, specialized in artificial intelligence and natural language processing. Post-graduate in Finance. Since 2006 CEO at SuperMemo World, personally leading some of its major projects, incl. Olive Green, course of English based on an interactive feature film. Honored by ELT, education and film industries, Olive Green is one of world’s most awarded educational products.
Marita Graca Bittencourt
GloboNews International Programs Supervisor
TV Globo News
Marita Graca Bittencourt
Marita Graça Feijó Bittencourt is a Brazilian journalist from Rio de Janeiro who has been in the television industry for three decades. Since the 80s, she has worked as editor, scriptwriter and producer in a variety of short documentaries and daily newcasts for the Globo Group. For 20 years now, she has been at GloboNews - the first all-news tv channel in Brazil. Marita has been awarded a Vladimir Herzog trophy for a short documentary about the period following the end of the dictatorship in Brazil, and has received a Silver Medal at the 2016 edition of the New York Festivals, in Las Vegas, for the documentary "Kobani lives on - the city that defeated ISIS". Also in 2016, Marita was an Emmy International finalist for the documentary “Syria on the run.” In 2017, she earned a New York Festivals Gold Medal for "Syria on the Run." In 2018, she received a SIlver Medal for "Trenches in the Desert" and in 2019, a SIlver Medal for "GloboNews Documentário: Shores of a War - Heroes and Victims in Mosul."
Director, Production & Technical Operations
Eric Black is the Director of Production & Technical Operations for Scholastic Media where he oversees the final stages of all current productions, as well as the modernization and distribution of Scholastic’s legacy properties. He has written, edited, directed, produced and recorded various promotions and special projects for Scholastic and has been an instrumental part of every Scholastic television and film production since 2002. Prior to his work at Scholastic, Eric held positions at the Jim Henson Company and Oxygen Media.
Eric stays current on the state of children’s media through his four children, ranging in age from 8 years to 9 months.
The Edge Picture Company LTD
Phil founded The Edge when it opened for business in 1991. Now in its 28th year, The Edge has won over 600 major international awards in that time and leads the global field as the UK’s leading Corporate Film Production Company, renowned for its outstanding creative programming and a first class track record - a record that Phil has personally played a crucial role in achieving. Phil has always been passionate about the power of moving images as a way of grabbing the ‘hearts and minds’ of business audiences (internal and external) to elicit behavioral and attitudinal change. Many of his films are cutting edge and have been highly acclaimed for their creativity, winning numerous UK and International communication awards.
Producer & Director
Producer, director, art director
Founder and general producer of Rivelty agency
Author of more than 450 business films, presentations, commercials and digital projects
Jury member at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in Marketing Communication - B2B and B2C nominations.
Author of the book "Corporate Video Production. Instructions for use".
Futura Channel at Roberto Marinho Foundation
Responsible for the journey of digital brand transformation and market positioning in digital plataforms. Communication professional with extensive experience in the audiovisual and Pay TV industry. Project leader with management skills from planning to development of strategies to offer educational solutions and social impact campaigns, focusing on the empowerment of people and organizations.
Journalist and digital media professional. He has a master´s degree in Social Sciences and has benn at Globo Group since 2006. He collaborated wtih the creation of JEDUCA – Association of Joournalists of Education. He started his career at Savaget Comunicação, a video production company of Globo Ecologia (1998). He was a professor at the journalism and digital media laboratory at ESPM and a speaker at creative industry festivals, such as RioWebFest and SPWebFest. Member of the Editorial Board at LUPA Agency in the fight against misinformation. He also collaborated with Folha de S. Paulo newspapper (2004). National Press Foundation Fellow (USA, 2010) and Gabriel García Marquez Award Jury (Colombia, 2014).
Christian D. Bruun
Light Cone Pictures
Christian D. Bruun
Christian D. Bruun is a director, producer, and cinematographer of documentary and narrative feature film and television. A member of the Producers Guild of America, his films have had international theatrical and television distribution and been in official selection at Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, Locarno, IDFA, and Hot Docs festivals. He has directed and produced national commercial campaigns.
Currently, Christian is developing narrative feature film Candy about transgender Andy Warhol muse Candy Darling, directing documentary feature film about contemporary art gallerist Marian Goodman, and producing Spike Lee’s civil rights drama Son of the South. He is in post-production on Calendar Girl about Ruth Finley, the influential creator and founder of The Fashion Calendar, and he recently completed documentary film The Burning Child (Harvard / Mellon co-production) about art, home/exile, and Jewish fate in early 20th-century Vienna.
Other recent work include award-winning documentaries Secondo Me (2016, US / EU / Russia co-production) and The Road Movie (2016, winner of British National Film & TV Awards, Russia / US co-production). Christian produced feature documentary / drama film The Man Who Saved the World (2014), winner of the Danish Film Academy Awards and the Danish Film Critics Awards for best documentary film. He directed, produced, wrote, and shot international feature documentary film Blue Gold: American Jeans (2014), acquired by Netflix.
Christian was previously a curator of architecture and design, and was curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale on Architecture (2004, 2006).
Christian is a founding member of the Danish Art Council in New York. He was co-founder of the Danish Film Festival and board member of the A+D Architecture and Design Museum, both in LA, and ambassador for Index: Design to Improve Life Awards, Copenhagen. He had been a regular critic on technology, film, design, and digital media at Columbia, Princeton, Pratt, and Parsons.
Christian holds a Master of Architecture from Arkitektskolen Aarhus (AAA) in Aarhus, Denmark and studied at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles.
Senior Advisor - Strategy
Australian Government eSafety Commissioner
Sharon Burden has over twenty years experience in the media and communications field. Sharon is currently a Senior Advisor with the Office of the eSafety Commisisoner which safeguards and empowers Autralians to have safe and positive online experiences. Sharon project managed the international award winning cybersafety video for teens, Tagged for which she was awarded a Public Service Australia Day Medallion.
Senior Business Development Associate
BBC World Service
Charlotte Cabrero is a media professional with 18 years’ experience of global sales, business development and building strategic partnerships with international public and private broadcasters as well as multimedia platforms. She has managed worldwide distribution of thousands of hours of award-winning TV and radio content for the BBC, Parthenon Entertainment, the Extreme Sports Channel and independent production companies, successfully negotiating complex agreements with international and internal stakeholders at the highest level in developed and emerging markets.
Charlotte joined the BBC 10 years ago and has during this time worked on many projects. One of them was the creation of a distribution network for Ebola response programs to Liberia and Guinea. “Kick Ebola From Liberia” and “Mr Plan-Plan” won a George Foster Peabody award for public services together with other BBC World Service programmes produced in response to the Ebola outbreak and delivered to the worst affected countries in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea.
Charlotte graduated from the Sorbonne University and holds an International Advertising Association Diploma from the Ecole Supérieure de Publicité in Paris. She speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian.
Charlotte has a passion for high quality content that inspires, informs and entertains international audiences.
World traveler, amateur photographer and science enthusiast; I am a science reporter based in Montreal. I work for the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). I have also worked for science shows at the TSR (Swiss National Televison network). I have done science stories in Paris, Dubai, Geneva and Gibraltar. I have won the New York Festivals Gold World Medal for a sport documentary on the science of rowing solo across the Atlantic. I have also won best documentary at the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for a science story on the New World Trade Center. I love my work and am honored to be a member of the Grand Jury.
Science Trek Producer/Host
Idaho Public Television
Joan Cartan-Hansen has been a producer/reporter/writer/host for Idaho Public Television since 1988. Joan is the lead producer/host for "Science Trek and a producer/reporter/writer for "Outdoor Idaho." In addition, she writes and produces a number of documentaries and has contributed pieces to "The PBS NewsHour." Joan has won a number of awards including several regional Emmy® Awards, gold medals at the New York Festivals, Tellys, CINE Golden Eagles, Platinum prizes at Worldfest. In 2013, Joan was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences-NW’s Silver Circle for her contributions to the industry.
Joan is active in several professional organizations: The Idaho Press Club and NATAS-NW. Joan also sits on the Idaho Supreme Courts Media/Courts Committee and is member of the Idaho Supreme Court’s “Fire Brigade.”
You can view Joan’s “Science Trek” work and read her science blog for kids at http://idahoptv.org/sciencetrek/
Luis Fellippe Cavalleiro
Graphic Manager, News
Luis Fellippe Cavalleiro
As graphic manager for the News department of TV GLOBO in Brasília, I’ve been working close to the great political changes in Brazil for the last 25 years. Besides that, I normally take part on the global projects of my company in many other areas of the news department. I´m responsible for both the graphics and for the set decoration of news products in Brasília, and with the integration of those two areas, as well as keeping the graphic line of the whole news department in the country. I have a role on the research and acquisition of news softwares and hardwares.
Donovan is a founding partner of BHP and amongst Asia’s leading factual and unscripted filmmakers. Donovan is spearheading BHP’s growing slate with SVOD players such as Netflix. His recent work is seen in highly rated shows such as Discovery International’s flagship Ed Stafford: First Man Out. CCTV9’s 5-part Art of Craft series and the 3-part Celebration Nation series for Tencent and Nat Geo. His past award winning shows span travel (Lonely Planet Six Degrees, TLC), food & adventure (Nomad Chef, TLC) to science & engineering (Megastructures: Singapore’s Vegas, Nat Geo). Donovan was an Executive Producer for the ground-breaking Nat Geo/Tencent special China from Above (pulling in close to 300 million views in China).
Roger Childs is a Commissioning Editor at RTÉ, Ireland’s national public service broadcaster. One of his commissions, ONE MILLION DUBLINERS, won a Silver Medal at the 2016 New York International TV & Film Festival. A graduate of Cambridge University and the BBC’s prestigious TV Production Training Scheme, he has over 25 years experience as a multi award-winning programme-maker and executive, in WNET (USA), Channel 4 (UK), the BBC and RTÉ. He has worked across a broad range of genres, in TV and Radio, including documentaries, drama, arts, entertainment, live music, magazines, discussions, interviews and current affairs.
In 1997, Sammy Choi started his career in entertainment by being featured on the jumbroton at Madison Square Garden during at NY Rangers game. A curious Choi randomly went up to a camera director after that fan shot and was able to secure an interview with a top Garden executive. From that chance encounter, he went on to become the Game Director for the NY Rangers overseeing all the arena entertainment. Notably, he produced Wayne Gretzky's last game and retirement ceremony. In 2000, Sammy became the NHL Director of Events and Entertainment and produced all their events including: NHL All-Star Game, Stanley Cup Finals, NHL Entry Draft, and NHL International Games. Later in 2005, Sammy transitioned over to the NFL into the role of Executive Producer and Director of NFL Events. He produced the entertainment and pageantry at all NFL events including the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, NFL International Series, NFL Draft, and NFL Kickoff. In his most recent role at Vevo as the Senior Director of Music and Talent, he was responsible for booking some and producing original content with some of the biggest musical artist in the world. Here are some of the superstar acts Sammy has produced: The Weeknd, SZA, Future, Kendrick Lamar, Luke Bryan, Depeche Mode, Khalid, Def Leppard, French Montana, Halsey, Little Big Town, and DJ Khaled.
Starhub Cable Vision
With a creative and marketing career spanning over 20 years, James is one of Asia’s sought-after directors with multiple awards to his name. Graduated with a Master degree of Fine Arts in Computer Graphics from Pratt Institute, New York, he began his creative journey as Head of Design at TVBS in Taiwan. Shortly after, he joined MTV Asia to launch MTV Taiwan; where he produced an image campaign that sparked a tremendous buzz and turned the channel into an instant hit.
James later became Head of Creative Services at The Walt Disney Channel in Taiwan and Senior Producer with Discovery Channel Asia, before crossing over into a successful full-time career as a commercial director.
In 2004, James was appointed Creative Director of Bruce Dunlop & Associates (BDA) Singapore, an international creative agency for media brands. During his tenancy, James led the Singapore team to pitch to The Beijing Olympic Broadcasting Committee and won the rights to produce The Official Title Sequence for 2008 Beijing Olympics and Paralympics Games.
In 2011, StarHub recruited James as Creative Director to lead its brand on crossed platforms including cable TV and new media. He is responsible for the creative strategy for all in-house channels and special events.
Head of Film & Animation
Emily heads up the Moving Image team at Radley Yeldar. She has been making award-winning films for both public and private sector organisations for more than 17 years. She brings both creativity and strategic thinking to moving image projects and has wide ranging knowledge and experience of differing industry sectors and production genres (from drama and documentary to commercials and animation) and interactive projects, recently delivering a wholly animated 360 VR experience for one of our clients.
Emily has worked with a wide-range of clients at RY including GSK, Beiersdorf, The Science Museum, Tedx London, Visit Britain, and JTI.
Host , "The Big Picture"
Holland Cooke is the host of “The Big Picture” a TV news interview show on RT America; and a media consultant working at the intersection of broadcasting and the Internet. Previously, he managed all-news WTOP Radio in Washington DC, then was Vice President of a new media unit at USA Today.
Environment Agency Abu Dhabi
Winston Cowie grew up in Northland, New Zealand, before embarking on a successful career in environmental policy, film, writing, rugby and adventure that has taken him to over 40 countries. He currently works as the Marine Policy Manager at the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates where he pursues marine policy and behavioral change through film. Winston has worked on underwater TV series in New Zealand and directed and and presented documentaries in both New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. His most recent UAE production - Zayed's Antarctic Lights featured on National Geographic-Abu Dhabi, screened at the World Ocean Summit, and won a World Medal at the New York Festivals Film and TV & Film Awards. He is also the author of two New Zealand history books, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and represented the UAE internationally at rugby.
Executive VP of Distribution
Endemol Shine International
Matt Creasey is Executive VP of Distribution at Endemol Shine International, based in Los Angeles. Well-known and very much respected throughout the industry he currently oversees sales, co-productions and acquisitions in the US, as well as leading the distribution teams in Latin America, Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
With over 23 years’ experience spanning a wide range of territories and genres Matt has been at the forefront of Endemol Shine’s scripted co-production business in LA since moving there in 2010 working across titles such as Peaky Blinders, Flowers, Frankenstein Chronicles, Grantchester, Tin Star among many titles.
Carlos De Elia
Carlos De Elia
Argentine citizen, he studied Social Communication at the University of Salvador and he is currently the News Department Director of ARTEAR.
Since 1982 de Elia has worked in graphic journalism and he started working in Television in 1988.
In 1990 he started working in ARTEAR, Channel 13.
In 1993 he created Todo Noticias, which has been the Leading news cable pay TV channel for 20 years regarding Audience and credibility. The staff is made up of the most recognized journalists and specialized professionals in each area. De elia is currently the Director of Todo Noticias, which broadcasts 24/7 cable alive news as well as Political talk shows.
Since 1995 Carlos de Elia has also been working as the Responsible for the news Coverage, production and broadcasting of Channel 13 News. He is also in charge of Web site contents posted on the web site www.tn.com.ar and ARTEAR News shows of channels networks all over the country.
The air channel 13 has four news shows, which are leaders in audience and are the most prestigious ones in the country, those are following: Arriba Argentinos, Noticiero del 13,Telenoche and En Síntesis. In 2000 Telenoche Investiga and Telenoche Especial were the most prestigious news programs and had the highest audience level. De elia is currently responsible for the show “Periodismo para Todos” hosted by Jorge Lanata.
De elia is the tenured professor of the subject called “Television” in Clarin San Andres Master degree. And he is also the Codirector of the Master in Journalism at Pompeu Fabra University in Argentina.
Sofia de Fay
Sofia de Fay
For over 2 decades now Sofia has directed films for television stations, multi-nationals, advertising agencies, governments, charities, the web, channels and presidents, sheikhas, kings and princes. She has filmed in UK, Jordan, Qatar, Lebanon, UAE, Namibia, Gabon, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Italy, Germany, France, Thailand, Nepal, Indonesia, India, Cambodia, Somalia, Bosnia and United States of America. She directs short fiction films, corporate films, branded content films, TV series, dramatic documentaries, feature film documentaries, heart-wrenching fund-raising films and small commercials. Beyond this work, there are matters of the heart, independent projects that are fearless quests scratching for the truth, uncovering the savage, the strange, the violent, the sad, the crazy, the dark and the unexplained in forgotten places.
Born to a Hungarian father and British mother, Sofia grew up in UK and immigrated to South Africa when she was 6 years old. After studying English, Psychology, Politics and Law, Sofia began her career as a junior copywriter in an advertising agency. She soon found it more inspiring to gather stories in the burning township streets of apartheid South Africa. She penned her first article “Bara Blues” from a blood splashed ER unit and a local magazine snapped it up. Following this fortuitous break she carved out a niche for herself developing her skill as a scriptwriter and soon had written 500 documentaries that were distributed to 18 territories worldwide. In the beginning she specialized in wildlife and anthropological scripts. She quickly secured her footing with international channels such as National Geographic, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel. The following years of diverse and challenging writing assignments, ranging from feature films to a soap opera to sitcoms to reality shows, to commercials taught her the language of film and from this she started to shape her aesthetics and sensibility as a director.
Programming & Content Manager
Bruna Demaison is responsible for TV and non-linear Programming strategy, On Air Promotion and Content Acquisition for Multishow, OFF and BIS channels at Globosat.
Prior to her current position, she worked at Oi during the launch of the telecom TV operation, Sky/DirecTV and independent production companies.
Working on entertainment business for almost 20 years, Bruna has experience in content development, production and licensing as well as distribution, marketing and live broadcast.
She graduated in Journalism and has a specilization in Film and Television Business at Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil
Peter den Hartogh
The Animation School
Peter den Hartogh
Peter den Hartogh studied in Amsterdam to become a fine art teacher. Peter moved to South Africa and was employed at Ogilvy and Mather advertising agency.
He then founded Cape Town’s well-known D&O Audio Visual Studios which won numerous International Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.
Peter left D&O to become a free-lance Producer-Director in Johannesburg, creating a multitude of Product Launches and Inter-Company Communication presentations.
During this time, Peter mastered the art of 3D Digital Animation and applied this to his productions.
When Peter returned to Cape Town he founded The Animation School, which is South Africa’s leading internationally accredited Animation and Visual Effects training centre. The School is included in the list of the Top 100 International Animation Schools.
Peter builds and plays several musical instruments, in particular the pedal steel guitar. He has participated in studio recordings with South African artists and has appeared on Radio and TV broadcasts. Enjoying his retirement, he now has a recording studio where he composes, arranges, performs and records his own music.
Executive Creative Director
R&R Partners is a purpose-driven marketing and advocacy agency that gets results for clients, which include the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) as well as many of the city’s top destinations. Its world-famous “What happens here, stays here” campaign for LVCVA has been recognized by the One Show, Communication Arts, Cannes and other awards shows.
Arnie DiGeorge wears many hats and oversees most assignments. Formerly R&R’s ECD, he still serves that role sometimes. Other times, he’s a creative strategist or much-needed problem solver—he was instrumental in the response to Las Vegas’ Oct. 1, 2017, crisis. His portfolio also includes campaigns for Allegiant Air, Blockchains LLC and everything from computer hardware to heath care. His diverse advertising experience includes copywriting, storytelling, branding, media buying and account services, which is incredibly rare for a creative guy.
Director of Production
Bill Doble is the Executive Producer at Situation – a digital agency best known for helping brands build passionate communities through digital-first marketing strategies. Bill has produced and directed award-winning documentaries, short films, commercials and Off-Broadway Theater for over 25 years. His short films and documentaries have been screened across the country at festivals including Sarasota Film Festival and Williamstown Film Festival.
Bill’s commercials (both online and offline) have earned several recognitions from the Webby Awards, Shorty Awards, Telly Awards, and the IAC Awards. While with Blue Light Theater Company, he also helped them win an Obie for an original production of Oedipus by Dare Clubb starring Frances McDormand and Billy Crudup.
Bill has worked with clients from a variety of industries including Broadway, sports, beauty, and food. He has worked on projects for Major League Baseball, Whole Foods, Cooking Channel, L’Oréal and Proctor & Gamble brands. On Broadway, Bill’s clients have included Tony Award-Winning Musical Dear Evan Hansen, Lion King, and Wicked.
Bill graduated from Rutgers University and currently resides in Manhattan with his wife and 10-year-old daughter. When he’s not producing videos and documentaries, you can find Bill traveling, playing golf and supporting his local community.
Director, Latin American Division & VOA Partnerships
Voice of America
Currently the Director of Partnerships for the Voice of America, Clara Dominguez, engages with outside organizations, news organizations, academia as well as NGO’s as well as elements of the US Agency for Global Media to enhance content sharing and curation. In addition she oversees Voice of America’s Learning English program, dedicated to teach English worldwide as directs broadcasting to Latin America on radio, television and digital media.
Clara has served in a number of executive positions at VOA, including managing editor of the News Center.
A native of Havana, Cuba, Clara has a master’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami’s School of Business
Marie Dours runs international productions at Chabraque Productions . Her career began as
a bookseller and photographer, which ultimately led her to a rewarding and incredible
fifteen years as Artistic Director of CB News, a French weekly communication magazine .
Passionate about cinema and television, Marie then trained in production and gained vast
experience in advertising and executive production .Prior to joining Chabraque, she was a
regular collaborator of Chabraque Productions, and worked together with Chabraque on
development. Marie Dours is now CEO at Chabraque International.
BeIN Sports Asia
Durai is a multi-award winning Creative Manager at beIN Sports Asia – Pacific, where he leads a team who Produce branded content. With over 14 years of experience, he has worked with reputable brands such as Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Turbo, Discovery Home & Health, Discovery HD World, ESPN, Star Sports, Fox Sports, and Disney. His creative journey took him to Buenos Aires, Argentina where he Produced Disney’s landmark series, Art Attack. Durai has won awards in New York Fest, Promax Global Excellence, Promax Asia, Asian Television Awards and Citra Pariwara Advertising Festival. At home, he is a father of 2 gorgeous girls, 2 adorable dogs, 1 goldfish and thankfully 1 lovely wife.
A restless journalist and a passionate documentarist, Joy Ernanny is a producer at GloboNews, Brazil’s most-watched 24 hours news channel. She has been producing award-winning TV documentaries and programs about immigration, human rights and social development for the past seven years. Having spent the last decade between New York and her native Rio de Janeiro, she believes in the power of stories that resonate transnationally and transcend territorial boundaries.
Assistenz GF Joern Roever
Doclights GmbH / NDR Naturfilm
Claudia is working since 2001 in non fiction and natural history departments.
Today she’s working as assistant for the CEO of Naturfilm/Doclights for the ARD primetime wildlife slot “Erlebnis Erde” and NDR’s “Expeditionen ins Tierreich” as well as for international coproductions (National Geographic Wild, ORF, Terra Mater, ARTE).
LiveLab / Griffith Film School
Richard Fabb is a BAFTA and Royal Television Society award-winning producer. He is Creative Director of LiveLab, the commercial production studio at Griffith Film School in Brisbane. LiveLab won Gold and Silver medals at the 2018 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards.
Richard has an eclectic range of credits, having worked in news, documentaries, drama, live events, interview, comedy and entertainment; for broadcasters including Channel 4, the BBC, the ABC and SBS. At LiveLab he is increasingly working in online content; Executive Producing Two Weeks, a 9-part LGBT web series, and co-helming Create Queensland, a unique collaboration with YouTube.
Jim Fabio began his career documenting military operations for the Department of Defense as a U.S. Air Force Combat Camera Officer. A two-time Emmy Award-winner, his diverse career path in film and television has since afforded him opportunities to produce, direct, shoot and edit both scripted and documentary projects for a multitude of clients and networks, to include ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, PBS, MTV, VH1, ESPN, NFL Network, A&E, History Channel, HBO and Showtime.
Jeremy JP Fekete
Filmmaker, writer & director
Jeremy JP Fekete
JEREMY JP FEKETE is an international award winning freelance filmmaker, director & writer: including Bronze, Silver and Gold at the NEW YORK FESTIVALS. For his work he received several international nominations and awards from various TV- and Film Festivals, among others at the WORLDFEST HOUSTON / USA, HOLLYWOOD INTERN. INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY AWARDS / USA, GOLD MOVIE AWARDS / GB(UK), ADOLF GRIMME AWARD / DE, GERMAN CAMERA AWARD / DE, ROSE D’OR / CH, REYKJAVIK INTERN. FILM FESTIVAL / IS and at the INTERN. FILMMAKER FESTIVALS OF WORLD CINEMA in MILAN, NICE and LONDON.
He startet his career as a visual artist with exhibitions at ART BASEL, KUNSTMUSEUM LUZERN, KUNSTHAUS AARGAU and KUNSTMUSEUM BASEL in Switzerland. 1993 he changed into the TV- and Film Business. Since then he is working as a filmmaker for documentary series, Biopics and documentary films for international broadcasters, like the german-french culture channel ARTE or for german channels like ARD and ZDF. His filmic handwriting is strongly influenced by his artistic education.
Director & Producer
Jim Fitzpatrick is a Toronto-based director, producer and photographer with three decades of creative and production experience. He has directed and managed award-wining ad campaigns and productions for food and beverage, retail, education, government and social responsibility clients. His body of work includes commercials, drama, documentary, photography and live, high-profile events for agencies and leading brands.
Jim is a passionate creative with a strong background in communications and business strategy. He puts the focus on quality, originality and impact to deliver results for clients.
Murray Fleming is an award-winning composer/sound designer who has been creating distinctive theme songs and sound design for television programming/commercials heard across Canada since 1998. Fleming's company MFMusic Inc. has won 5 New York Festival awards, 2 Promax/BDA Gold Awards, a Promax/BDA Sports Media Marketing Award and a SOCAN music award. Recent credits include Theme music for City’s Breakfast Television, Sound Design for CBC’s broadcast of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and 2014 FIFA World Cup. MFMusic provides audio post-production services creating sound and music for Rogers Media television properties including Sportsnet, City, OMNI, and The Shopping Channel.
Director, Head of DW Kick off! Magazine, Deputy Head of Sports Deutsche Welle
A dedicated director himself, Matthias Frickel leads a team of journalists at Deutsche Welle sport who share a common idea, to see football as a metaphor for life. As a director of documentaries about youth and refugee footballers or ‘the Polish Kafka’ Bruno Schulz', and as an editor of Kick off! TV Magazine he was awarded numerous prices including New York Film Festival, Ficts in Milano and the Polish-German Journalist Prize in Wroclaw. He has covered a broad range of topics related to political, cultural and sports related questions of mankind. The trained political scientist has conducted interviews with people from different backgrounds like Michael Ballack or T.C. Boyle, Herta Müller or Mesut Özil, Serge Gnabry or Günter Grass. The passionate storyteller reported from more than 35 countries for Deutsche Welle on five continents. For more than 20 years he traces after literature, football and life. He believes sport and film have the power to change the world and inspire people. Therefore he has build up partnerships with NGOs like Discover Football, the Goethe Institute and Football Film Festivals worldwide.
Matthias Frickel is a journalist and deputy Head of Deutsche Welle Sports. DW is Germany's international broadcaster. He is passsionate about literature, life and the beautiful game. He directed and produced several documentaries recognized by international awards including New York Film Festival, FICTS Sports TV & Movies and the German –Polish Journalist Prize. He believes Sport and film have the power to change the world and inspire people. Therefore he initiated partnerships with international broadcasters, NGOs like Discover Football or Football Film Festivals worldwide.
Head of Creation
CEO ANTENA 3 /Host, Sinteza Zilei
I am currently the CEO of Antena 3 TV station and, at the same time, I am the host of the daily prime time talk show “Sinteza Zilei” – The Daily Summary.
Having a team of great journalists, Antena 3 is the the number 1 news stations and at the main events, the number 1 TV station in the country.
I also anchor the talk show “Sinteza Zilei”, where I have interviewed countless international politicians and personalities including: Nana Muskouri, Tony Blair, French writer Pascal Bruckner, violinist Edvin Marton, soprano Angela Gheorghiu, Ben Carson, Jose Carreras, Mike Tyson, CNN International anchors Hala Gorani, Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour, as well as Romania’s King Michael. The Association of Broadcasting Professionals in Romania (APTR) awarded “Sinteza Zilei” as the Best Talk Show Host, a special Jury Prize for Best Show and The APTR award, acknowledging it as the number 1 talk show in the country in terms of audience and exclusive statements. Last fall, The Association for International Broadcasting awarded me with the prize “Presenter of the year”, which was a real honour for me.
Quite Frankly Productions
I started out as a travel researcher and then for many years was a Producer on broadcast documentaries, working on several travel series for The Discovery Channel, as well as entertainment documentaries for Sky and Channel 4. I began working in corporate production in 2005, joining the then nascent Quite Frankly Productions in 2008 where I have been ever since as Producer / Director. We were originally just 3 people, and 11 years on we have offices in London, Bangalore and New York. My passions include food, travel and languages.
Tim has been a frontline television producer for almost 20 years, covering everything from 9/11 to the war in Afghanistan. He covered the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012, as well as the 2016 Presidential election.
He has been recognised for his documentary direction and production, winning several awards including Gold at the New York International Film Awards.
Tim is currently a Producer with NBC News specialising in long form investigations for On Assignment with Richard Engel.
Before joining NBC, Tim was US Bureau Chief for Sky News and Executive Producer of Sky Atlantic’s Hotspots.
Wolfgang Geier is editor in chief for ORF1, part of Austria´s national public service broadcaster.
Born 1966 in Kufstein/Tyrol. After finishing a university degree in German literature and history and first experiences in local media Geier joined the ORF in 1996.
After working as a news reporter and host for Austria´s version of "Meet the Press", Geier served for four years as a foreign correspondent for Austrian TV and Radio in Washington DC.
Since the summer of 2018 he is in his current position.
Chief Creative Officer
ENGINE is a global agency that provides insights, content, distribution and technology to help move brands forward faster. Gelner provides creative leadership across ENGINE US, driving 360 campaign creative across its wide array of iconic clients. Before joining ENGINE, he was Chief Creative Officer and Managing Partner at 180LA, which he spent 10 years building.
His work has been recognized by Effies, One Show, D&AD, Clios, Art Director’s Club, AICP, Andys and TED. He has won more than 26 Cannes Lions, including a Titanium, 2 Grand Prix and a Grand Prix for Good.
Founder, CEO and Managing Partner
Having been in video production for over 25 years, Vyacheslav is one of the key experts in corporate video in Russia. The projects he produced won awards at Cannes, Moscow, New York, Los Angeles (including 2 «Best of Festival» in a row), and other international ﬁlm festivals.
Specializing mainly in corporate video production Vyacheslav has extensive experience in the production of commercials and entertainment programs for the largest Russian Federal channels
Vyacheslav is a Member of International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers
Deputy News Director
Irene M. González began her journalism career while still attending college at California State University, Fresno in 1995. Her first real taste of a busy newsroom began at KMPH News Radio 107.5FM in Fresno, California as a young and ambitious Editor. Soon after her radio news job Irene moved on to television news as a News Assignment Desk Editor at FOX 26 also in Fresno, California. There, she took the lead in covering big stories like the Oklahoma City bombing, the OJ Simpson trial, the murder of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla, and the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
It didn’t take long for Irene to move on to her next chapter in television news broadcast. She went on to become a Newscast Producer in Mobile, Alabama where she covered big stories like Hurricane Georges and the election of Democratic candidate Don Siegelman to the office of Alabama’s state governor.
In 2000 now working in Sacramento, California at KCRA 3 she earned an Edward R. Murrow award for best breaking news coverage of the arrest of Nikolay Soltys who murdered his entire family and kept police on the run. During her four years working at KCRA she polished her live Newscast producer skills so much she was recruited by several local affiliate TV markets.
In 2004 Irene became an Executive News Producer in San Diego at KNSD NBC 7 and KGTV ABC 10 covering major stories such as the death of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, the presidential re-election of George W. Bush and the deadly San Diego County wildfires that required wall-to-wall news coverage for consecutive days with little to no sleep.
In 2009 Irene knew it was time to change her career path toward national and international news coverage. Soon after the election of Barack H. Obama Irene knew the international interest to this historic election would require moving to Washington D.C.
On October 5, 2009 Irene was hired by RT to launch their U.S. news channel and recruit an entire staff of journalists to create what RT America has become today.
Telemundo International Studios
Creative Producer with extensive experience in the field. Multi Promaxbda Awards Winner and member of the jury. Since 2008, she has been part of the Academy’s Awards live show production team in Los Angeles, California.
As Creative Producer, she has led successful advertising campaigns for important shows in the United States, such as: The Billboards Awards, La Voz Kids, the Latin Music Awards, El Señor de los Cielos, among others.
Graduated from The New York Film Academy in Hollywood, she has been part of the directing teams for important fiction series produced by Telemundo Studios and Nickelodeon USA.
She is currently part of the creative and development team for Telemundo International Studios in Miami, producing short format series for Netflix, Peacock, Quibi among other new platforms.
Head of Creative Department
Boris Gorlov is the head of RT promo department with 15-year working experience in the media.
He joined RT in 2006 as a producer for English promo department, at the same time being a professor at the Moscow State Art and Cultural University. In 2009 he became chief-editor of Spanish promo department.
He leaded the united promo department in 2013 and continued his work on various promotions for all RT family channels: RT International, RT UK, RT Español, RT Arabic, RTDoc. With his team he won numerous TV awards including New York Festivals, PromaxBDA, Omni etc.
Section Chief, International Strategy & Communication Section
Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation
Ms Wuan-ling Guo has been working in the TV industry for more than 20 years. Spending almost ten years on international news production, she was the producer of international news programs at Public Television Service (PTS), and her program was shortlisted for Excellent Journalism Award in Taiwan. Later she served as producer of talk shows and internationally co-produced documentaries. Her work was screened at Berlin International Film Festival and has received Best Long Documentary Award at International Gold Panda Documentary Festival in Sichuan, China. She has also been the curator and director for Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival (TIFF) since 2013 and her experience with children’s films has been widely expanded since then.
Recognized as an agent of change, Marie-Claude is driven by entrepreneurship, partnerships and innovation. She believes that the spread of technology offers transformative opportunities to positively inform our society. She co-conceptualized CGlobal Inc. and The Next 3B, two organizations that aim at activating innovative projects and at accelerating the inclusiveness of the next 3 billion people joining the internet, with a focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to completing her MBA, Marie-Claude was an award-winning journalist who spent 14-years producing and telling stories from over 30 countries as a Radio-Canada reporter and through Cpasifou, her independent multimedia project documenting her family’s year-long around-the-world journey. She led multidisciplinary teams
Zcene Moving Media
Henjo is an experienced corporate video maker. He started as a scriptwriter of the famous Dutch Toonder Studios in the 80’s. Later on, he was the co-founder of Trimage Productions and Moodfactory, both award-winning production companies.
After having been CEO of MSL Group the Netherlands, an international communications agency, part of the Publicis Group, he became co-owner of Zcene Moving Media.
Henjo considers himself as a true storyteller. He still loves the art of writing scripts that bring challenging subjects to live compellingly.
Henjo was born in 1959 in Heeze, The Netherlands.
Director I Creative Director I Executive Producer
Ritesh is a journalist turned filmmaker who's created some of the most iconic digital films of the past four years. Working as a director & showrunner, he’s primarily been focused on helping some of the world’s biggest brands change culture through brand films and branded content, creating critically-acclaimed work, including 2019’s viral hit This Bud’s for 3 for Budweiser and Dwyane Wade.
Head of post-production / Editor
Light & Shadow GmbH
With a degree in film and television studies, Christina has been working in the film industry for around 6 years as an editor, producer and camerawoman. She has edited a number of blue-chip wildlife documentaries for the international TV market. Her projects took her to Europe, Africa and South America. At the award-winning production company Light & Shadow GmbH, she is responsible for the post-production, but is also involved in the filming, writing and other parts of the creative process.
Managing Director & Production Manager
Melanie studied Media and Communications in Augsburg. She joined nautilusfilm as assistant producer in 2001 and had been Head of production since 2004. Her filmography includes: ANDALUSIA (NDR, National Geographic, ORF, TVE, Parthenon Ent 2004), LIVE LONGER, LIVE WILD (NDR,Parthenon Ent. 2004), SUPERMOUSE (BR,ARTE, Parthenon Ent. 2004), THE MEADOW (NDR,ARTE, Parthenon Ent, ORF 2005) THE CRAYFISH IN THE JAM JAR (BR, ARTE 2008), EVOLUTION OF FLIGHT (SWR, WDR 2008), THE FOREST (NDR, ARTE, ORF 2009) BAVARIA`S ALPINE KINGDOM (ARD, NGCI 2009), POPPY`S PROMISE (BR, ARTE, ERR 2010), EN ROUTE TO THE ARCTIC CIRCLE (NDR 2010), WILD SCANDINAVIA - NORWAY (NDR, WDR, ARTE, SVT, NATGEO, DISCOVERY 2011), THE MOOR (BR, ARTE, SVT, ERR 2013), THE GREEN PLANET(THEATRICAL RELEASE, NDR 2013), SECRET GARDEN (NDR, ARTE 2013) KINGS OF HEAVENS (WDR, ARTE 2014), WILD SLOVAKIA (BR, ARTE 2014), GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINs (NDR, ARTE, NAT GEO 2014), MAGICAL MOORS (THEATRICAL RELEASE, BR 2015), CHIEMSEE, A SEA IN BAVARIA (BR, WDR, ARTE 2015), CHILDREN OF THE SUN - WILD BEES (BR, WDR, ARTE 2016) and FJORDS OF NORWAY (NDR, ARTE, NAT GEO 2017).
Electronic Media Artist
Alexander Hahn is a pioneering electronic media artist. He received his MFA from the University of Fine Arts, Zürich/CH and is a 1981 fellow in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. His videos, installations and computer prints are exhibited worldwide, most recently at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Kunstmuseum Solothurn/CH, the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara/IT, and the National Art Museum of China, Beijing/CN. Among his awards are the New York State Council on the Arts Grant, Zurich Work Award, and the Swiss Federal Grant. He lives in New York.
Director of International Relations
Fuji Television Network, Inc.
Ms. Hara grew up as a global citizen, living in various countries. Fluent in English, she joined Fuji Television Network, the leading commercial broadcaster in Japan, where she was assigned to the Production department and worked on NARUHODO THE WORLD, a highly famed travel quiz show, and SMAPxSMAP, a variety show starring Asian super-star group SMAP. Since 2005, Ms. Hara has been with the International Department. One of her current tasks is to select and submit the station’s productions for various international awards, making her a connoisseur of fine programs.
Tamsin is an experienced Executive producer and Producer creating original content for brands. She started as a Producer at global communications agency Imagination and then became Head of Film at the WPP agency FitchLive. She is now an independent Producer.
Some recent credits include producing branded content for Barclays Premier League, a series of films about inspirational Paralympians for Sainsbury’s / Channel 4, and the opening film for the 2016 British Grand Prix for Channel 4.
She produced a feature film Night Bus that premiered at the 2014 London Film Festival and won Best Feature Film at the British Independent Film Festival 2015.
VP, Executive Creative Director
St. John & Partners
An art director and graduate of the Fashion Institute of New York, Peter offers 20+ years of experience on brands such as American Express, Lufthansa, Green Mountain Coffee, Rooms To Go and United Airlines. Peter is a native of upstate New York and joined SJ&P from Y&R, New York. Peter came to the agency with a breadth of category experience and a style that his staff and our clients find refreshing. In a business where creative directors are too often made famous by their mercurial nature, Peter is a guy people enjoy being around – easygoing, well read and well versed in a wide range of topics. Peter is genuinely curious, and that shows in his work. When he is not creating new ideas with and for our clients, Peter enjoys traveling at high speed and long distance – his favorite activities are drag racing and leisure travel. Peter has visited five continents, 13 countries and 37 states. So far.
SuperMemo World sp. z o.o.
Alicja Jankowiak is Editor-in-Chief at SuperMemo World, a leading provider of online and mobile learning solutions in Poland, also operating globally. Executive producer and editorial project manager for “Olive Green”, the multiple-award winning product for learning English based on a full feature interactive film, authored and published by SuperMemo World. Enthusiast of languages, applying technology in the process of learning and all things Basque.
Producer / Director
Celia Jaspers is a passionate TV Director, Producer & Editor. Over 1100 hours of Director credited programs spanning 25+ years of experience across many genres. Specializing in quality television production services from documentary content to reality and scripted format programs. International productions for BBC, HGTV, Animal Planet, NHK, Channel 7, Foxtel, CNN to New Zealand networks, TVNZ, Maori Television and Prime TV.
Program Development & Quality Management
ORF Austrian Broadcasting Corp.
Having a long history in Entertainment TV, since 2014 she is working in Program Development & Quality Management, specialized on International Formats and Programs. She is also representing ORF in EBU’s, European Broadcasting Union’s, TV Assembly. Beside that she has been holding lectures, first at Donauuniversität Krems, now at Fachhochschule St. Pölten (University of Applied Sciences), in the field of TV and Media for years.
William Jeakle became a bestselling author at age 21 while at Stanford University, when he penned How to College with two fellow Stanford students. He has since written four additional books, numerous newspaper articles, and a monthly magazine column. After Stanford, Jeakle joined CNN as a director of special projects. His tasks included assisting in developing the business plan for CNN International, and helming numerous special projects for CEO Ted Turner. In addition, Jeakle directed CNN sales and marketing to Canada and Special Markets.
In 1990, Jeakle launched TVBooks, a publishing and production company, which helped develop the Bill Nye, the Science Guy television pilot and co-wrote Nye’s bestselling Big Blast of Science. In 1997, he launched Filmateria Studios. At Filmateria, Jeakle oversees the creative direction of the company, as well as crafting business alliances that strengthen Filmateria’s offerings. Filmateria has helped market products as diverse as Xbox, YouTube’s Screening Room, and Bungie’s Halo video game.
As writer, producer, and director, Jeakle has created hundreds of film and video titles directing talent including astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Jeopardy star Ken Jennings, and actor and comedian Ed Helms.
Jeakle conceived and created the YouTube kids’ series Team Marco Polo, which has garnered numerous honors and well over a million views. He is the producer and co-director of the forthcoming documentary Late Fees, chronicling the rise and fall of Blockbuster video.
Jeakle’s work has appeared on Comedy Central, The New York Times, USA Today, Girls’ Life Magazine and The Washington Post. Along the way, his work has picked up an Emmy and several New York Festivals awards for creative excellence. He is currently a contributor to the Leadership section at Forbes.com.
Jeakle lives in Seattle with his wife Marisa. He has three children living in L.A. He enjoys traveling (he speaks Italian) and hanging out with his kids and dog, Muddy.
TV and radio producer
Executive Officer,Executive Producer, Head of Creative Center Department
Tohokushinsha Film Corporation
Head of Business, Science, Environment and DW Deputy Editor-in-Chief
Deutsche Welle TV
Manuela Kasper-Claridge is a journalist and head of Deutsche Welle Business and Science Dept. DW is Germany's international broadcaster. She initiated partnerships with the WEF and is on the board of trustees of Germany’s ifo Institute and a member of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics.
TV Sr. Executive Producer
Voice of America
Amy Katz is the Senior Executive Producer for TV in the VOA News Center. She began her VOA career more than 20 years ago as a TV reporter for the News Center. Prior to VOA, Katz worked for ABC News in New York on the “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” show and later relocated to the network’s Washington bureau to work on “This Week with David Brinkley.” Throughout her career she has covered major world events, has coordinated numerous special projects and traveled the U.S. and the world as Peter Jennings’ field producer. She also contributed to the launch of the Fox News Channel in New York and served as a Senior Producer for Discovery Health Channel’s “Birthday Live” annual programs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
George F King
George F King
George King has been working in the TV media industry in Hong Kong for over 30 years. He's currently the Vice President (Creative Production Service) of ViuTV (one of Hong Kong terrestrial TV channels) and nowTV (Hong Kong Pay TV frontrunner). During the early years, George has won numerous international awards, most notably the Grand Kam Fan of the 1995 4As Creative Awards of Hong Kong (now known as Kam Fan Awards), which still stands as the one and only grand award that was won by a local TV station. George was also selected as the Awards Chair of PromaxAsia 2016.
Final Frame GmbH
Former News producer and editor for Germany’s Broadcaster RTL Television.
Since 2008 Managing and Creative Director at FINAL FRAME. Winner of more than 25 international Awards and Festivals for corporate films and documentaries.
David is the Executive Producer of multi award winning documentary DRAWING AGAINST OBLIVION.
He is also a Member of several international juries such as the EMMY Awards.
Today FINAL FRAME produces corporate movies and documentaries for international clients worldwide.
Head, Integrated Creative Communication Management
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation
Robert Labayen is Head for Integrated Creative Communication Management of ABS-CBN, the largest media network in the Philippines. His division has won top awards from the New York Festivals and Promax-BDA, among many others. He spent 20 years in the Philippine advertising industry which gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
Section Chief, Documentary Platform
Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation (PTS)
Mr. Yen-Ming Lai started his career as a visual director, served in major broadcasters in Taiwan. With directing expertise, he produced several international co-production documentaries recognized by international awards including New York Film Festival, Jackson Hole Media Award, FIPA and BANFF Rockie Award circa 2007. He is now the Executive Producer of The Asia Pitch (TAP), judge of The Asia TV Award (ATA) and the producer/ section chief of international dept. in Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation.
Tim is an award-winning director/writer & filmmaker based in London.
He’s had a diverse career as a creative with a wealth of experience in corporate film, commercials, short film, promo’s, television documentary and marketing films.
Corporate films with major global brands particularly in the energy and financial sectors. Television work with the BBC, Sky, Channel 4, MTV, RTE and MBC. He’s on the board of EVCOM in the UK.
“As a director and creative the DNA of my work is to come up with bright ideas and turn those into films that engage, inspire, touch hearts and change minds”.
Danilo Lauria is a Video Artist and Creative Director that has specialized in social media films.
Based in NY, he has been the video creative director of Fusion since 2014.
His work, shot and edited on iPhone, has a very distinctive style.
He has worked with brands such as Stella McCartney, the Guggenheim Museum and Vogue
Executive Director, EMEA
Endemol Shine International
Mark Lawrence is Executive Director EMEA for Endemol Shine International and is based out of Endemol Shine Group’s head office in London. Mark has over 20 years’ experience working in the Channel Broadcasting business, specialising in content acquisitions, channel management and co-productions. Mark has previously held positions as Head of Acquisitions at Granada Media Group, Director of Acquisitions for The Hallmark Channels and Director of Global Acquisitions at NBC Universal International Channels.
Well-known and respected throughout the industry, he currently leads the European sales team in addition to expanding channel opportunities for the Endemol Shine owned and represented catalogue.
Senior Corporate Communications Manager
A company spokesperson. Management of corporate editorial office with focus on emotional storytelling.
CHINA GLOBAL TELEVISION NETWORK
An avid story-teller, Changying is passionate about recording the human world in creative and visually compelling ways. She's committed in bringing to audience social issues as well as exploring the complex human nature. During her two-decade stint, Changying created several news and current affairs programs. Right now, she oversees two award-winning documentary programs: Assignment Asia and Rediscovering China, as well as CGTN's Foreign Desk.
Audio Art Director \ Lead Composer
Composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Self-taught, he began to experiment with sound and music from a young age.
His first scores for short films and documentaries began to attract attention and positive acclaim which led to him to receive commissions for other projects. He then moved into composing for advertising, a sector in which he now has years of experience and has received solid recognition.
Later, he began to create soundtracks for animation series, a format that particularly excites Iván as it allows him to delve deeper into the universe of sound that evolves and accompanies the viewer across seasons.
Also highly acclaimed, is his TV Branding work for channels such as Movistar+, Canal+ France, National Geographic amongst others.
All this experience has led Iván to understand that the way to approach each project is as an incredible adventure through which to find notes, sounds and noises in order to create an audio language that will enhance the identity and the feeling of the brand, or the characters and stories.
Iván is currently working on an EP that will be published in 2019, as well as working with Banjo Soundscapes, his creative studio for audio branding.
Banjo Soundscapes has received a number of special mentions and awards in the sector, including the prestigious award Gold World Medal New York TV & Film Awards 2018 for “National Geographic - Further Promos”.
Host & Producer
I-Li Lo has been working in the production of TV programs of various kinds for more than 15 years. She has won several awards for her contributions to these programs; the major ones are described as follows:
"Under the sun-Hakka showcase" the best Education and Culture Program award in Golden Bell Award, Taiwan, 2008.
"Flavor of My Hometown"the best Lifestyle Program award in Golden Bell Award, Taiwan, 2012.
"The TV Music Feature" the finalist for Performing Arts in New York Festival’s TV & Film Awards, US, 2018.
Brian M. Lockhart
VP & Executive Producer, Original Content ESPN+
Brian M. Lockhart
Brian Lockhart currently serves as vice president and executive producer of Original Content for ESPN+, ESPN’s subscription-based streaming service. He is responsible for overseeing strategy and development for all ESPN+ original programming initiatives, including new projects as well as existing shows.
Prior to his role at ESPN, Brian was vice president and executive producer of Original Content for NFL Media. He was responsible for overseeing the development and production of a wide array of content on multiple platforms, from long-form documentary series to digital media ventures and features. His responsibilities also extended beyond storytelling to include production, business development, and strategic leadership across several divisions. Brian developed, produced, and launched the NFL Network Originals series Undrafted and Football Town, and the digital series NFL Life. He was also the driving creative force behind the development of the original NFL Network documentary series The Timeline, highlighted by the critically acclaimed installment “America’s Game” and “The Iran Hostage Crisis.”
He began his NFL tenure in 2007 as coordinating producer for the network’s Features group. There he helped construct and develop the short form unit that would grow to service multiple news, information/studio shows, and social platforms, and he steered the division’s embrace of digital storytelling outlets. Among the highlights of his tenure were digital/broadcast hybrid projects that earned him three of his eight career Emmy Awards: the groundbreaking multiplatform experience JFK: The Untold Story of That Day in Dallas and the digital series The NFL Season: A Biography. His impact on the NFL Media Group extended beyond the successful content itself. As one of the highest-ranking executives of color, he served as a member of the National Football League Diversity Council, and his work as co-chair of the Black Engagement Network earned him the 2018 Commissioner’s Award for Teamwork.
Prior to his NFL tenure, Brian spent six years as a features and replay producer for HBO Sports from 2001 to 2007. There he produced and developed nonfiction, news, and live event programs including Inside the NFL, World Championship Boxing and Costas Now.
Molby Low Kian Chye
WaWa Pictures Pte Ltd
Molby Low Kian Chye
A TV veteran of more than twenty years. Molby Low started his career with Singapore’s local TV stations and established his own independent production company WaWa Pictures Pte Ltd in 2007.
Under Molby’s steady leadership & unwavering passion for the local entertainment industry, WaWa Pictures have since grown to become a leading content provider in Singapore. Many of WaWa’s content is distributed in Asia.
Molby is in a constant process of grooming and mentoring new creative talents. He continually pushes to produce content that will not only intrigue the local & regional audiences but also resonate with the global viewers
RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG
Producer of Radio Television Hong Kong currently
20 years' experience in producing documentary
Winner of 2017 New York Festival Silver World Metal (Politics)
Winner of 2017 New York Festival Finalist Certificate (History & Society)
ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen
As a creative Marketing Producer at ZDF I’m mainly responsible for sports and fictional programs. Beside creating and producing daily business promo I manage campaigns with steering creative agencies and production companies.
Director of Film and Video Possibler
Dagmar Mackett has experience in many areas of television and film. Her career took off in Sweden as Producer/Presenter for national broadcaster SVT. However, being serious about a career in media and production, London was calling. The following time as Producer for the BBC and CNBC, Dagmar eventually moved into corporate production, working for globally recognized production companies, and managing prestigious accounts such as the European Space Agency and Nokia. Since joining drp as Director of Video, Dagmar’s focus has been on creating award-winning films and animations that provide effective and compelling solutions for a variety of clients.
Founder, Managing Director & Creative Director
Gabi Madračević is Founder, Managing Director and Creative Director of the design and branding agency Luxlotusliner in Munich.
She is responsible for many national and internationals clients and brandings with numerous award-winning projects at festivals and creative competitions worldwide.
After her studies of Visual Communication she founded the graphic studio “Buro 2” in Stuttgart, worked at BBDO Advertising Düsseldorf,
ProSieben and SevenSenses, and as a creative director at velvet mediendesign in Munich.
Producer/Director Film and TV
Anna Marbrook is a director and writer in film, television, theatre and large-scale events. An intrepid filmmaker her documentary Te Mana o te Moana, the Pacific Voyagers was filmed across oceans and won a world medal in the 2016 New York Film and Television Awards. As Head of Film and Television for Zoomslide, she created and directed numerous television series and documentaries including Waka Warriors, Real Pasifik and A Little Love Story. Anna began her career in theatre and television drama including directing over 150 episodes of New Zealand’s much loved serial drama Shortland Street.
Founder and Managing Director / Executive Producer
Founder, Managing Director and Executive Producer of Timecode Production GERMANY Matthias Martens has gathered more than 18 years of experiences in the TV-Business. He worked for ProSiebenSat1 (one of the biggest private media companies in Germany) as “Teamleader and Coordinator German Fiction” as well as an Executive Producer for the ARD (largest German Public TV Group in Germany) - and for ARTE and ZDF.
He produced a large spectrum of films and docudramas, for example “A Blind Hero – The Love Of Otto Weidt”, „The Good Göring“ or „Mata Hari – Dancing With The Death“ . His Films won several international awards including the World Gold and Silver Medal at the New York Festivals. Further more he produced documentaries of all genres, shows and other media formats, for example more than 300 episodes of “Menschen bei Maischberger”, which is one of the highest ranking and longest running talkshows for the ARD.
Founder & Creative Director
Maribel Martinez is creative director in México City. Over the last few years, her work has been acknowledged by many international festivals and awards such as: New York Festivals, Promax World Gold, Promax Latino, Broadcast Design Asociation, Animacor in Spain, Circulo Creativo and Caracol de Plata Mexico. Her work as creative director includes animated series as: Imaginantes* for Televisa. Maribel founded 19+36”, an independent studio focused on title sequence design for films.
Vice President/Head of Content Development
National Football League
Bill McCullough is an 11-time Emmy Award winner who now serves as Vice President/Head of Content Development for NFL Media. After 2 award-winning seasons as a Creative Director in the Marketing group where he helped drive record ratings, Bill now moves to the content side of the organization where he will be tasked with developing and executing a multi-platform content strategy for NFL Media.
The former Vice President of HBO Sports and Executive Producer of GoPro Entertainment has earned a reputation for developing and producing premium content like the NFL Films documentary A Lifetime of Sundays, Dude Perfect Super Bowl Trick Shots (27M+ views) and the 8-part Facebook docu-series Hala Madrid! (30M+ views).
During his time at HBO, Bill creative directed and edited the Emmy Award-winning HBO documentaries Breaking the Huddle, Assault in the Ring, Lombardi and Namath. He won his first Emmy for editing the HBO documentary Howard Cosell: Telling It Like It Is.
Bill also directed the critically acclaimed HBO series’ Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and State of Play, and won his most recent Emmy as Director for Outstanding Sports Anthology. Other HBO projects include shows like The Chris Rock Show, Inside the NFL, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, and Reverb as well as campaigns for Sex and the City, Carnivale. Angels in America, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Def Poetry, and HBO Sports.
During the early 2000’s Bill owned the NYC-based production company Wonderland Productions. A full service, Emmy Award winning production company built from the ground up by Bill, Wonderland’s client list included HBO, ESPN, NBC, ABC, CBS, IFC, PBS, SpikeTV, McDonalds, Jaguar, Land Rover, Unilever, Pepsi, Spike Lee and many independent filmmakers.
Bill has won Emmy’s as a Producer, Director, Creative Director, Editor and Composer.
Head of Production
al Dente Entertainment
Currently: Partner and Head of Production al Dente Entertainment
TV-Production Management BAF Bavarian Television Academy
Business Studies and Theatre & Media Studies University Bayreuth
Co-founder Campus TV University of Bayreuth
Ken Moffat is the founder and Executive Producer of Loulaki Blue, a Creative Communications Agency based in Sydney Australia.
Ken is a dedicated storyteller, having started his working life as a playwright. Then after a decade of working on major Australian feature films and television series Ken moved into the airline industry as Senior Producer of Qantas Inflight Entertainment, producing and directing numerous international award-winning programs during his tenure there. Then following several years as Creative Director and Executive Producer for a number of large Sydney agencies, he founded Loulaki Blue, a full service award winning Communications Agency specialising in video, animation and motion graphics. (Loulaki Blue has won a World Gold Medal and numerous Bronze medal and Finalist Awards).
He is delighted to join the NYF Grand Jury.
The Fuji Television producer of the weekly documentary series, The Nonfiction. Main prizes he won: Best Current Affairs Program in Asian TV Awards 2011 for The Nonfiction: Unforgettable - Three Family Portraits / Best Documentary Program in Association of All Japan TV Program Production Companies Awards 2012 for Maria’s New York - The Final Reunion / Gold World Medal in the Human Concerns category in NY Festival 2014 for A Death Scene Cleaner Gets Married. In 2013, he released two motion pictures: God of Ramen, which revealed the secrets of a legendary ramen chef / KANZABURO, that tells the life story of a popular Kabuki star.
Deputy Head of Film
Tracey O’Halloran is a London based, multi-award winning filmmaker and scriptwriter who has worked across television, commercials and corporate films. In 2019 she won a Grand Award and Best Direction at the New York Festivals Film and TV awards, as well as the Grand Prix Award at the 2018 Cannes Corporate Media Film & TV Awards, making her the first British filmmaker to win the Cannes Grand Prix.
Winner of over 30 film awards, Tracey has experience producing and directing drama, documentary, animation and comedy, always striving to find the best way to tell a story with humour and emotion.
Passionate about social issues, her films have been used to champion change, raise awareness and shed a spotlight on the most vulnerable in society.
Tracey started her career at the BBC and has worked for Channel 4 and ITV. She is currently Deputy Head of Film at Media Zoo working with some of the world’s biggest brands.
Brand & Creative Senior Manager
Head of Creative Services, Food Network Italy at Discovery Inc.
Bachelor in Law from Basque Country University and Filmmaking Diplomas from New York Film Academy, Sergio Ortega Saez is a TV Creative and Brand Builder who brings to the NY Festivals Judging process more than 18 years experience in International TV Promotions, Marketing, and Branding.
Sergio has overseen and launched TV channels in more than 30 International markets.
Based in Milan, he is currently responsible for the On-Air Strategy and Creativity of Food Network Italy, one of Discovery Inc free to air channels in the Italian market.
Before arriving to Discovery, he managed for Scripps Networks Interactive the creative strategy and launch of both Fine Living and Food Network feeds in Italy.
Between 2007 and 2008 he worked as Creative Director in the UK for Scandinavian platform Viasat Broadcasting (now MTG) directing the Promotions and Branding of 17 Pay Tv channels broadcasting in the CEE markets
From 2002 to 2006 he worked at Orbit Communications Company (Now OSN) guiding from Rome the creativity of various entertainment channels in the Middle East
Prior to this, he was part of the team who launched In the late ’90s The History Channel in Spain and Portugal.
Life is going fast for Sofie Peeters, born and raised in Belgium. Sofie started from the ground up as a runner in 2010 but was a quick study and by 2012 she was asked to produce all Shelter shows, created by creative mastermind Tim Van Aelst.
Sofies first show as a producer was "WHAT IF?", a sketch comedy that answers all kinds of questions like: “What if Barbie was a real woman?” What if butchers were rockstars?” and “What if Facebook went down for a day?” It became a Saturday night primetime hit in Belgium and The Netherlands. And took home all important international awards. The format spread internationally and got picked up by different countries such as Canada, Russia, Spain, Ukraine and the Netherlands.
After 30 successful episodes of the sketch show Sofie and Tim decide to take it to the next level. Together they create the sitcom “SAFETY FIRST”. A comedy series about a security company and 4 security guards that excel at incompetence but survive through friendship. Safety First is about power and powerlessness, fellowship and solidarity, pride, failure, taking the punch and getting back up. Discipline, dedication and friendship… but (above all) Safety First! While working on this show, Sofie got involved with the creation of the show as well. After producing 16 episodes and a movie about this theme, she’s not only producing but also running production company Shelter together with Tim Van Aelst. Shelter serves the Flemish audience high quality comedy, and has never failed to do so, since 2010.
In 2017, Sofie steps up creatively and for the first time she’s given the chance to turn her first creative idea into a successful prime time show. “DID YOU GET THE MESSAGE?” is all about getting a message across in the most unique and memorable way ever. From embarrassing messages, such as trying to tell your colleague his feet smell, to a creative way of asking someone on a date. No message is off limits. The show was a great success in Belgium, and got picked up straight away by Germany, while other countries such as the US, The Netherlands & Great Britain show a lot of interest. The show won an International Emmy Award in New York, ‘Best New Comedy Format’ at MIPTV in Cannes and the Gold Grand Award at the WorldMediaFestival in Hamburg.
In 2018 Sofie and Tim combined the production of a second series “Did You Get The Message?” with the production of their first big drama series: STUDIO TARARA which aired on February 12th 2019 on VTM, the main commercial broadcaster in Belgium. STUDIO TARARA got great reviews from all different media and instantly created a buzz across the Flemish audience because of the me-too theme in a 90’s setting. The show recently won a Bronze World Medal at the New York Festival TV&FILM AWARDS in the category “Entertainment – Drama”, an Intermedia-globe GOLD at the World Media Festival in Hamburg in the category “Entertainment – Mini series” and also won the award for “Best Series” at the TVSF in Berlin.
Production/DOC/DPL Manager-Assoc. Porfessor
Paul Petruccelli, the Digital Imaging Administrator at Pratt Institute, has been a Grand Jury Member for NYF for almost 30 years. He brings experience from the film, video, music, print, consulting, writing, publishing and educational fields together in a unique way for not only his students at Pratt but as an evaluator and performer. A winner of a CINE Golden Eagle Award, Paul has also been recognized as a digital innovator by HP and Canon and holds certification as a G7 Color Management Professional from Idealliance. A connoisseur of the different and off-beat gives him the perfect perspective for NYF submissions.
Judy Plavnick Kiley
Executive Producer & Co-owner
Sit. Good Girl Productions, LLC
Judy Plavnick Kiley
Judy Plavnick Kiley is a five-time Emmy award-winning producer, having produced programming for networks including PBS, Discovery, ESPN and NFL Films. She began her television career covering politics, for both local and national broadcast outlets, and then moved to sports broadcasting, covering the NFL for seven years. She then joined the non-fiction world, spending six years at Discovery Channel and rising to the position of Senior Executive Producer before transitioning back to sports as Executive Producer for ESPN Classic. Judy formed her own production company in 2013 and is currently developing several series as well as working with corporate clients.
Head of Global Creative Services
Al Jazeera Media Network
Duncan Preston is the Head of Global Creative Services of Al Jazeera English Creative, a multi-award winning creative professional with over 20 years experience in design across all media.
He joined Al Jazeera English in 2005 as a designer working on the launch of the channel and, now as the head of the Creative department, defining the brand and creative direction of the channel.
His team is responsible for all the channel's creative content; channel and program branding, graphic packaging, promos, daily news and information graphics, winning over 60 international broadcast design and promo awards.
Acting Director of Investigative Journalism
Phil Rees is the Acting Director of Investigative Journalism at Al Jazeera. He moved to Doha in 2013 and has been instrumental in building up Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit.
Phil graduated from Oxford University and joined the BBC as a trainee journalist in 1982. He covered Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas during his 23-year career at the corporation.
He has written widely, presented or produced more than sixty documentaries and won nearly 20 international awards. Rees’ 2006 book, Dining with Terrorists, was described as ‘outstanding’ by The Guardian and ‘a tour de force’ by Noam Chomsky.
Director & Production Consultant
With training received as a network news producer, Deirdre became one of the key members of the original Entertainment Tonight staff, helping to launch one of the most successful shows in television history.
Deirdre is now called upon to lend her expertise from concept to completion; brainstorming with clients on upcoming projects, directing multi-camera in-studio and remote productions, web videos and b-rolls. Her experience working with celebrities and experts has fostered a long term interest in bringing out the best performance possible in those she coaches and directs. She gets tremendous satisfaction from media training and nurturing talent through the entire production process.
Ma Regina Reyes
Senior Vice President, News and Current Affairs
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation
Ma Regina Reyes
Ma. Regina Reyes is responsible for all newsgathering, content and strategic direction of the Integrated News Division of ABS-CBN Corporation. She has over 20 years of solid experience as a broadcast journalist. During her leadership, all news platforms of ABS-CBN – free-to-air, UHF and cable channels, digital, mobile and social media, radio and global became integrated. Reyes also established a Futures, Standards and Practices Group that aims to ensure the accuracy, balance and fairness of ABS-CBN News content.
Reyes joined ABS-CBN in 1986 as a Production Assistant, rose from the ranks to become Executive Producer and Head Writer of the award-winning late night newscast, The World Tonight. She supervised and produced live coverage of many special events, including the 2000 Impeachment Trial of former President Estrada. She was appointed News Director in 2001.
Prior to her promotion as SVP of Integrated News, Reyes was the network’s North America News Bureau Chief from 2002 to 2010. A premier news personality in the Filipino-American community, Reyes established and expanded ABS-CBN’s news operations in the US and Canada.
She covered issues on Philippine-US relations, Filipino-American community concerns and US politics, including the historic 2008 US presidential campaign and elections.
Reyes also helped in the community-building efforts of The Filipino Channel in North America. In 2007, she was named by the Filipina Women’s Network as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the U.S.
Follow Reyes on Twitter @gingreyes and on Facebook/ging reyes
Executive Producer, 101 East
Al Jazeera Network
Sharon Roobol has more than 20 years’ experience in the television industry, working for several Australian television broadcasters and joining Al Jazeera’s Kuala Lumpur Bureau in 2006.
As the EP of 101 East, she has produced more than 350 half-hour programmes from across Asia.
In that time, the programme has won dozens of prestigious awards including a World Media Summit Award, Best Current Affairs Program at the Asian Television Awards, Gold medals at the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards, Best Short Documentary at the Sichuan TV Festival Awards in China, and several Human Rights Press Awards.
Manager, Human Capital - Future of Learning
Deepti is a multiplatform content producer with over a decade of experience in producing screen content. Over an exciting career so far she has produced award-winning television programs, short films, editorial projects, narrative learning films, animations, illustrations, games and online learning experiences in Asia and Australia. She has worked as a news & current affairs producer, talk show director & producer, documentary director, journalist, writer and communications consultant. In her current role working as a member of Be Learning's Solution team she consults with clients across multiple industries in finance, corporate and government to facilitate the alignment of organisational strategy and vision to active learning solutions.
Wan Haiz Salleh
Media Corp Pte Ltd
Wan Haiz Salleh
Wan Haiz is a Commissioning Editor at Mediacorp. He has 22 years of experience in the media that includes 8 years as a TV child star and a year in production. He has commissioned and managed over 400 titles in the last 13 years. He has developed multi-platform content across a plethora of genre. His works have won the hearts of the panel of jury at the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards, International Emmy Kids Awards, Asian Television Awards, Apollo Awards and Pesta Perdana Awards. He graduated with a Master of Communication degree from Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Independent media and political consultant. Served as Director of Program Review for the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) responsible for reviewing the news and current affairs programming for MBN’s television networks, Radio Sawa, MBN websites and social media pages. Previously, MR. Sarkisian served as Managing Editor for MBN’s two televisions networks, he was a producer with MBC US, Inc. and an International Radio Broadcaster and Production Specialist for Voice of America.
Multi awards-winning broadcast, creative and strategic thinker.
47 years old, married, 2 children, Laurent has started his career as a copy writer in advertising agencies in Paris for Young and Rubicam, Lintas, TBWA, McCann Erickson. Laurent has created campaigns for Absolut Vodka, Honda, Sega and for many more other companies or products.
Consequently, Laurent joined France 2 (free to air channel), ‘’Dream-On,’’ ‘’Reservoir prod,’’ as a copy writer, creating and producing many promos, branding many successful tv shows.
Laurent has also participated, as the On-Air Director of Discovery Channel Southern Europe, in the building, marketing, launching and branding of Discovery tv channels across Italy, Spain, Portugal and France. Laurent also launched many tv programs and specialized in documentaries and life-time programs.
Laurent has joined France 3 (free to air channel) as the Creative Director, leading a team of 40 people, taking care of the national TV and 24 regions tv. Strategic On-Air creative services including campaigns, brands, promos, digital and marketing strategy.
Since September 2017, Laurent is also in charge of the France 3 Off Air department of 51 people.
AL DENTE ENTERTAINMENT GMBH
Former Acquisition executive of RTL television for films & series, producer and director of various entertainment programs in Germany.
Winner of more than 35 national and international awards for corporate and/or pr movies. Member of different international juries
Speaker on various events and high schools. Producer of, the “mother of all corporate movies/die Mutter aller Imagefilme” , Europe´s most successful corporate movie ever.
Meanwhile producing corporate movies in more than 50 countries worldwide.
The graduate of business administration with the focus on marketing, cross-entered the world of media in 1993. After editorial services to the most successful Music video program on German television, his focus lies on the creation of industrial productions. With 25 pictures per second he emotionalizes people for over 23 years. His discipline is the realization of image-, event- brand-, TV-, cinema-, point of sale- and trade show – communication in moving image. As head of visual media, he sees the world in Full HD to 8K and finds communication the most interesting, when imagined in space. 20 terabytes are his constant companion.
Chris Schueler has created over 100 television programs in the past 25 years that have garnered 24 Emmy® Awards and have been broadcast throughout the country and around the world. Winner of a Bronze, Silver, Gold and Grand Award from the New York Festivals, his focus is on educational and social issues. Mr. Schueler creates youth programming and social issue documentaries that are “Television to Touch the Heart.” His clients have included the United Nations, the National Institute of Mental Health, the PBS network, the CBS Network Foundation as well as networks and governments in 35 countries around the globe.
Head of Brand
Since 1997 always involved in branding and promo.
His early days were in the cinema business where he was involved in the production, marketing and distribution strategy of more than 50 feature films as Head of Marketing. In those days he also worked as Music Supervisor for several of them
After that he moved, to pay TV at CANAL+ Spain where he was Creative Services Director (2004-2011) and Brand Director (2011-2015) running a DTH and OTT platforms and a portfolio of more than 20 channels.
His promos and branding works have received distinctions and awards at NY Festival, PROMAX, D&AD, ADCE Awards, LAUS...
Since 2015 he’s running and developing Movistar+, the new brand that results from the merge of CANAL+ Spain and Movistar (Telefonica Group). CONVERGENCE is the Sign of the Times….
CEO and co-founder of the Mercator Company
Industrial advertising expert. Author of sales/marketing, PR and IR films and presentations for Russian and European companies, such as Kaspersky, PwC, Vimetco, Sberbank, Russian Railways, Gazprom, ММК, Yota, Orange, Moscow Exchange, Rostelekom, Rosnano, Sibur and others.
Supervisor for information graphics at Russia-1, Russia-24, and Moscow-24 TV-channels. Member of the Academy of Russian Television. Weather presenter and travel show host on NTV.
Writes an articles, marketing and public speaking blog for Harvard Business Review Russia. Developed and teaches “Information Graphics,” “Visual Allegories,” “Presentation Film” and “Public Speaking” courses. Teaches the pubic speaking class at Skolkovo business school.
Author of «The Stanislavsky Method for Public Speakers» cartoon.
Actor and skydiver.
Ed: Faculty of Geography, Moscow State University(1994), MBA (AIBEc)(2004), Robert McKee’s story seminar(2007), Harvard Business School (OPM-38)(2009), Acting School (prof. Teplyakov class)(2014)
Executive Producer/Show Runner
Jessica Soho is the most awarded broadcast journalist
in the Philippines with more than two hundred
fifty (250) local awards and more than thirty
(30) international awards to date.
She is the first Filipina to receive a George Foster
Peabody Award for her documentaries on the illegal
trade of kidneys and the harrowing plight of Filipino
Her coverage of Super Typhoon Haiyan(local name:
Yolanda) in 2013 was instrumental in winning the
fourth (4th) George Foster Peabody Award for GMA
News and Public Affairs.
Soho is also a Hall of Fame recipient of Reader’s
Digest Asia "Most Trusted News Presenter” award,
having been bestowed with it for eight consecutive
Last August 2018, she received the UP Gawad
Plaridel, the highest honor given by the University
of the Philippines system to a media practitioner.
She has interviewed UN Secretary General Ban
Ki-Moon, former US President Jimmy Carter, US
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Filipino
immunologist Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga, one of the
Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of
2013, among many others.
Her overseas assignments include the coverage of
the conflict in Afghanistan ( where she and her
team survived a landmine) and Pakistan, the exile
of the Marcoses in Hawaii, the Hongkong Handover
in 1997, the traditional Christmas Tree Lighting at
the Whitehouse in 2005 with former US First Lady
Laura Bush, the inauguration of United State President
Barack Obama in 2008, the Royal Wedding of
Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge
in 2011 and the canonization of Pope John
Paul II in 2014.
With a career spanning more than three decades
from the fall of the Marcos dictatorship to the
restoration of democracy in the Philippines, she
started covering the military and defense beats in
1985. In 1991, her report on the hostage crisis in
northern Philippines earned a Bronze Award in the
New York Film and Television Festival.
She served as First Vice President for News
Programs of GMA Network until 2014. Under her
leadership, the network soared to be the country's
leading and most credible broadcast news organization.
Soho was the driving force behind the creation of
I-Witness, the highly-acclaimed documentary series
of GMA-7. She also pioneered the Special Assignments
Team which produces investigative and
She has also served as juror for the International
Emmy Awards since 2010.
Currently, Soho is the anchor of GMA News TV's
flagship newscast. State of the Nation with Jessica
Soho, host of top-rating magazine show, Kapuso
Mo, Jessica Soho, and chief correspondent/ host of
the investigative news magazine program, Brigada.
Last year, her premium on in-depth analysis is once
again showcased in her live remote anchoring and
coverage duties from Itogon, Benguet, where a
massive landslide killed over 50 people. She
continues to engage reporters on a wide range of
timely news events, such as monsoon flooding,
Mayon Volcano’s restive activity, Chinese intrusion
in Philippine waters, and boxer Manny Pacquiao’s
latest victory, to name a few.
Soho graduated from the University of the Philippines
in Diliman, Quezon City with a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Journalism.
Eric B Stein
Impact Global Media
Eric B Stein
Eric B. Stein is one of the leading digital media distribution and licensing executives - and has been at the forefront of digital conversion, having held positions at small startup (Content Licensing & Business Development - CinemaNow), Major Tech (Digital Entertainment Services team at HP) and major studio (Sales, Programming and Acquisitions - Warner Bros). Eric has expertise and experience on both sides of the negotiation table, licensing music, film and TV rights (out and in) in digital distribution platforms ranging from cable, satellite, OTT, Consoles, mobile, hotels, etc. He is currently Founder of Impact Global Media – a Digital Consulting company.
Bronze medal for best sport coverage and finalist for best sports journalism at New York Festivals 2018 with Agents in the game.
Takeda Entertainment, INC.
By training, Scott really should be working on the next generation Apple device or creating data storage for NASA. He was a science geek and attended college to get a science degree in electrical engineering, but somewhere in his sophomore year, his brain circuits shorted after getting a C. His first. Ever. So he switched to storytelling. After a decade-long run in television news, he opened his own production company, tallying six Emmys, a Gold WorldMedal and countless other awards. He also works in front of the camera as an actor. (Perhaps you’ve seen him on “Gone Girl,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” or “Drunk History.”) He occasionally wonders what his 18-year-old self would think if he knew he'd eventually earn a living as an artist. He remains grateful that a time-machine does not exist because he's certain this revelation would short circuit his teenager brain.
Head of Creative Services
The Walt Disney Company Latin America
I was VP Creative Services at FOX Networks Group Latin America, leading the in-house team responsible for all marketing campaigns and branding for more than 15 channels. Now that FOX is a Disney company, today I'm Head of Creative Services for The Walt Disney Company Latin America, expanding my role to other lines of business. I manage a team of 120+ creatives, producers and editors in all the region.
My team was awarded in Cannes Lions, D&AD, Clio, El Ojo de Iberoamérica, One Show, Promax, New York Festivals Advertising and the Program Promotion Team of the Year at the New York Festivals TV & Film. I was part of the jury of Promax Global, The New York Festivals TV & Film, Argentine Creative Circle, Venice TV Award and El Ojo de Iberoamérica.
I started my career as a copywriter in Brazil before moving to Argentina. Besides helping other people’s ideas come to life, I love street photography and I have three books published in Brazil and Portugal.
Chih Chong Tan
Sitting in Pictures Pte Ltd
Chih Chong Tan
With 25 years of experience in the local film and television industry behind him, Chih Chong brings along with him both depth and breadth gained over a broad spectrum of works in factual entertainment, magazine, comedy, drama and feature film projects. Since graduating with a B.Sc in film production from the University of Texas at Austin, Chih Chong has proved his mettle in this extremely volatile and competitive industry in Singapore having done work for companies as diverse as MediaCorp, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Fremantle Media, Voom Networks, AETN, CTN, RTM, and many others. Chih Chong also dabbled in feature films and was a producer on the highly successful Singapore film, Forever Fever.
Chief Director - Uvda (Fact)
Gilad Tocatly is a Film and TV Director and producer. Born in 1966 in Jerusalem, he is an excellence graduate of the Sam Spiegel Film School’s. He has directed more than thousands of studio shows and hundreds of investigative stories, focusing on history, the arts, and politics. He has served as the chief director of Israel’s top rated documentary television program, “Uvda” (Fact) on the Israeli Channel 2, for the past 18 years, since 1993.
Ianessa S. Valdellon
First Vice President for Public Affairs
Ianessa S. Valdellon
Nessa S. Valdellon has worked in television for over two decades as a producer, an executive producer, and a production manager of documentaries, magazine shows, reality TV programs and historical dramas. She is now First Vice President for GMA Public Affairs, which produces 27 of the most awarded television programs in the Philippines.
Valdellon began her career as a producer for the investigative news magazine program The Probe Team. She would later pioneer in the reality genre in the Philippines with several hit programs such as Wish and Extra Challenge. She produced Out! the first show in a primarily Catholic nation to focus on gay, lesbian and transgender rights. She co-wrote and produced social realist dramas My Hometown (Bayan Ko) and Teacher (Titser). She supervised historical dramas on Philippine heroes for primetime television. Her work has won various international awards for GMA Network.
Director of Science Visualization Lab
Department of Digital Art University of Applied Arts Vienna
Studies of Material Science at Technical University of Vienna, PhD, Univ. Prof., Research Scientist at Imperial College /University of London, England, University Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany, University of California - San Diego La Jolla, USA , Max-Planck-Institute of Metal-Research Stuttgart, Germany.
Film and Television:
Education as Cameraman in Vienna, Free-lance Cameraman since 1968, since 1970 work for ORF (Austrian Television) as cameraman, writer, director, producer and host of scientific talk-shows.
Writer, director and/or producer of more than 200 prime-time documentaries for ORF, ARD, ZDF, WDR, BR, ARTE, BBC, Discovery, Smithsonian, WNET, etc.
Many international TV-Awards, Emmy-Award 2008 for “Nature Tech”.
Since 2016 director of Science Visualization Lab at Department of Digital Art University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Peter C. Vogel
Vogel AudiovisionGMBH & CO. KG
Peter C. Vogel
Studies of economy and marketing. Founder of Vogel Audiovision in 1975.
Works as a producer, copywriter, and director for TV documentaries, commercials and corporate films for companies in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy.
Jump Studios Ltd
A broadcast and marketing executive, Brian’s realm of experience includes both live and post-produced programming, corporate communications, special event marketing, media strategy and buying, brand marketing and management, as well as project management of broadcast design and animation packages.
Brian’s unique sense of management, creative production and planning provides focus and vision for Jump Studios in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Before becoming partner at Jump, he held the positions of General Manager for White Iron Digital, Director of Advertising and Promotions for CTV Alberta, and Director of Communications and Executive Producer for CTV Calgary.
His credits as television producer include sports, music/variety, drama, documentary, public affairs, children’s and comedy. A career highlight was World Producer, Medals Ceremonies for the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games, seen by over a billion people worldwide.
In the field of post-production and broadcast design, Brian’s work has included network identity packages for; ESPN/ABC, Star Choice, Teletoon, Super Channel, broadcast design packages for; America’s Cup, WNBA, Super Bowl at XL, Wimbledon, NBA Draft, IndyCar, US Open, NASCAR, Stanley Cup Playoffs, X Games, commercial agency projects for; ATCO, Lux Windows, Alabama Power, AARP, Western Canada Lotteries Corporation and, corporate projects for Intact Insurance and the Alberta Energy Regulator to name a few.
His work has earned him an Emmy nomination for the NBA Draft, multiple gold and silver Broadcast Design Awards, numerous NY Festivals, Telly, Pixie, Davey, Summit and AMPIA awards.
Chan Wai Tong
Radio Television Hong Kong
Chan Wai Tong
Chan Wai Tong is a senior director. He has received many awards including:
Chicago International TV Competition - Gold Plaque (Direction).
US International Film & Video Festival - Gold Camera Award.
Ignacio Walker is a cinematographer, known for Netflix's Our Planet (2019, ep. Fresh Water), Quito My Story (2018), The Silent Earth (2012), and Portal (2019). He was born in Santiago de Chile and lives in Los Angeles, US.
Walker began his career as a documentary cinematographer, filming for BBC and other networks in remote locations including South East Asia, Middle East and South America. Since then, he has worked for both, documentary and narrative films, also working on music videos and commercials as a director and cinematographer.
I'm a TV Producer at Panenka, and I have produced several shows among them SWITCH, Keep Calm, Therapy
An award-winning Creative Director and Live Action Director, Meg has spent 20 years working with major broadcast and sports clients, including Under Armour, Red Bull, Google, the NBA, MLB, PGA and NASCAR, as well as clients like Dove Beauty, Gatorade, Sprite, ESPN, Delta Air Lines, Home Depot, Regal Cinemas, Chick-Fil-A and Yahoo! Sports. She’s got a soft spot for in-camera tricks, composition and animation, and loves to fuse live action and studio created worlds. She was formerly the Executive Producer and Director for Red Bull's Non-Live/ Long Format Productions group, as well as the former head of Under Armour's Content House and is the creator behind Under Armour Originals.
Meg earned her master’s degree in International Marketing Management and Branding from Boston University and her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston. She understands campaign execution from both the production side and the client side, and brings a keen sense of understanding and innovative strategy to each of her projects.
When she’s not coming up with the next best campaign idea, she’s busy globe-trotting, learning German and spending as much time as possible in or near the water.
Meg is repped as both a Director and Creative Director in both the U.S. (Alkemy-X) and the E.U. (Outsider), as well as a Director on www.freethebid.com. She has been a keynote presenter at conferences around the world, as well as a featured guest on several global podcasts, speaking about Creativity, Content Creation and the Evolution of Digital Media.
DSM North America
Mr. Hugh C. Welsh is the President and General Counsel of DSM North America a global leader in Life Sciences and Material Sciences. Traded on the Amsterdam stock exchange with 24,000 employees world wide and $12 billion in annual sales, DSM develops, manufactures and sells nutritional and food ingredients, biomedical materials, specialty plastics and resins, fibers and renewable energy. Mr. Welsh currently serves on several DSM global and regional management teams and has direct responsibilities in DSM’s nutrition and food specialties operations as well as responsibility for legal, government affairs, corporate communications, finance, HR and other shared services, corporate partnerships and DSM’s sustainability, inclusion and diversity initiatives in the region North America. Hugh currently serves on the Board of Directors of, Partners in Food Solutions, the US Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizens Center, Seafood Nutrition Partnership, Patheon, and Africa Improved Foods. He previously served on the board of BIO, the American Chemistry Council.
Head of Producers
RTL Television and RTL Medien Gruppe (RTL GROUP)
Jan Westphal is currently Head of Producers of RTL Television Germany. He previously served as Managing Director of the TV production company PRODUCTION EINS based in Cologne, Germany and also he was Executive Producer for Entertainment and Show at RTL Television. During his tenure he was, among others, the Executive Producer of German Idol, The German Music Awards and The German Television Awards. Prior to his Job at RTL TV he was a presenter, writer and programme manager for VOX TV, Deutsche Welle and NBC.
In his early days Jan was Head of Entertainment at Antenne Bayern, Germanys number one radio station, co-founder of Campus Radio in Munich and the former press spokesman of the Festival of Young Artists in Bayreuth.
Jan Westphal was a lecturer at the University of Munich as well as the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne. He also served as a UN media observer during the first free presidential elections in Namibia.
In 2008 Jan Westphal won the German Television Award for Best Entertainment (German Idol)
Noel Wong Ying Fei
Xebec Media Ltd.
Noel Wong Ying Fei
Noel started his profession as a print and television journalist and was a war correspondent in Pakistan right after the 911 Attack. With his fervent aspirations for Chinese arts and crafts, he not only wishes to promote this heritage but also to nurture the next generation. 2012, He worked together with Ray Mak to create a documentary - Soul of China, which won several international awards. 2017, they produce their second feature length documentary - Water of Life and Death, again won several international awards, including Gold World Medal and UNDPI Silver award of New York Festival Awards.
Wing Yan Wu
Radio Television Hong Kong
Wing Yan Wu
WIng Yang Wu is Senior documentary producer in the department of public and current affairs of Radio Television Hong Kong(RTHK).
RTHK is a public broadcaster in Hong Kong.
Robin is an accomplished filmmaker from Germany, specialized in educational content and documentaries. He is a co-founder of aha! film, a content producer for public bodies, universities and tech-companies. Currently, he is adapting international documentaries for TV audiences in Germany and he teaches at the Munich film school.
CHINA GLOBAL TELEVISION NETWORK
Xiaowai Xiao, Documentary Director of China Global Television Network（Formerly as English Service of China Central Television）. 15 years of TV program producing experience, working as editor, writer, correspondent and documentary director. Winning more than 10 awards, such as Yearly Best Documentary, Awarded by China Television Artists Association and China Television Documentary Academic Council，Yearly Outstanding Staff of CCTV，Gold Camera Award of US International Film & Video Festival, and World Silver Award of New York Festivals. Graduated from Nankai University and Peking University. Studied in Graduate School of Journalism of UC Berkeley as a visiting scholar during 2015-2016.
Exploration Production Inc
As the Managing Producer for Discovery Canada’s in house production company Exploration Production Inc. (EPI), Heather supervises all aspects of post-production for the shows Mighty Cruise Ships, Mighty Trains and Disasters at Sea. Her most recent work includes establishing and implementing the new UHD workflow for EPI programming. Although her passion has always been what happens after the camera stops rolling, Heather originally started in production. Coordinating international shoots for Mighty Planes followed by managing same day turn arounds for the daily science and tech show Daily Planet, Heather has had her hand in many aspects of making the multi award winning EPI television programming for Discovery.
Tatjana Živanović-Wegele is Executive Producer of the design and branding agency Luxlotusliner in Munich.
Born in Belgrade, graduated piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz / Austria. Gained further education as producer for broadcast, branding design and event in Munich /Germany.
Since 1991, she has been working as musician, composer, musical director, artist and producer for media and arts together with contemporary artists, directors and theatres.
Since 2002, she has been working as creative executive producer, consultant and controller as direct link between the creative department and the customer, for art, industrial clients and Broadcasters worldwide with award winning projects.