Senior Producer 101 East
Al Jazeera English
Over the past 9 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.
Angeli G. Atienza
Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs
Angeli G. Atienza
Anj Atienza is a television showrunner with twenty years of experience in broadcasting and journalism. She currently serves as an Assistant Vice President for GMA Network’s Public Affairs group in the Philippines. She has led programs and television specials across a wide range of genres and formats: documentary, news magazine, live events, and scripted series. A series creator and screenwriter, Anj currently heads GMA Public Affairs’ newly minted film team.
She is a prize-winning producer of programs recognized by the New York Festivals, the World Television Awards, the US International Film and Video Festival, the Asian Television Awards, the Association for International Broadcasting in London, and URTI in Monte Carlo. Her shows have been recognized for environmental, investigative, and issues-oriented reporting.
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.
Film maker & Writer
Ruth Beni is an award-winning filmmaker and writer.
Ruth co-founded Animage Films in 1998 with the artist and animator Richard Burdett. At Animage, Ruth has written and produced original TV programmes and films for national and international broadcasters including ITV and Channel 4.
Since 2007 Ruth’s work has focused on creating and directing series of film campaigns tackling the many forms of violence against women, as well as other social issues. Many of the films spearheaded national and international awareness campaigns and have received a number of international awards. To view Ruth’s films please go to the films page of this website. If you would like to get in touch with Ruth please visit the contact page.
Gaye has over 20 years’ experience in the media industry, with a background primarily in branded and interactive film content. She has a real passion for human storytelling and heads up the diversity & inclusion, ethics and sustainability offer for RY’s film and animation department. She has worked with her team to deliver the kind of innovative thinking and powerful messaging that frequently wins awards at NY Festivals, Cannes and EVCOM. Gaye has built long-term client relationships over her 7 years at RY and has produced films and social media content, including multi-territory productions for a broad range of clients, including JTI, VF Corp, Standard Chartered, Wrap and Shell.
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.
Marita Graça Bittencourt has been working at GloboNews, the first and highest rating all news channel in Brazil, for 25 years – as producer, scriptwriter, editor, commentator and interpreter.
In the last seven years, she and her team have won 7 medals and trophies at the NY TV & Film Awards – 2 gold and 5 silver. She has also been a two-time Emmy International finalist, for writing and editing the documentaries Syria on the Run (2016) and Allies (2020). The documentary “Pedregulho”, also written and edited by the journalist, was shown at the Rotterdam Architecture Film Festival in 2018.
A graduate of the Falmouth School of Arts, Bryson has over a decade of experience in broadcasting. She has worked exclusively with international broadcaster Al Jazeera since 2007. Her career began at Al Jazeera English in London, later joining Al Jazeera's award-winning Investigative Unit in Qatar whose mission is to not report the news, but to make the news. She is currently the Unit Manager for the Investigative Journalism Department.
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 Vice President of Scripted Production for Telemundo Global Studios
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
Ximena Cantuarias serves as Senior Vice President of Scripted Production at Telemundo Studios. In this role, she is responsible for leading long-form scripted production across Latin America and joint production opportunities for the studios. Cantuarias is a seasoned media and entertainment industry executive with over 25 years of experience in creative and business operations.
Cantuarias first joined Telemundo in 2001, where she spent eight years working in production management and human resources at Telemundo Network Group. After a move to TV Azteca and Sony Pictures Entertainment, she returned to the network in 2017 as the Vice President of Production Operations and Executive Producer at Telemundo International Studios. Cantuarias has been an instrumental part of production on hit series for the network, including La Reina del Sur, Buscando a Frida and Enemigo Intimo.
Cantuarias earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from the Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazon in Lima, Peru. She received a Latin Grammy nomination in the “Best Long Duration Music Video” category as an executive producer.
Arlene U. Carnay
Vice President, Public Affairs
Arlene U. Carnay
Arlene Carnay is currently GMA Network’s Vice President for Public Affairs. Ms. Carnay earned her Bachelor Arts Degree in Broadcast Communication at the University of the Philippines and began her professional career in 1997, embarking on a now almost 25 year career in the broadcast industry.
She has handled various roles in television production at GMA Network, including Researcher, Segment Producer, and Executive Producer for News and Public Affairs programs. She has also held the positions of Program Manager, Assistant Vice President, and Senior Assistant Vice President of GMA Public Affairs prior to being appointed to her current position.
She has been at the helm of major live and taped productions including GMA Network’s 2016 Presidential Debate, “Debate 2019: The Senatorial Face-Off”, which won the Silver Camera Award in the US International Film and Video Festivals (USIFVF), a number of investigative specials and election forums, as well as all the season finales of Survivor Philippines. She has also led the longest-running morning show in the Philippines, spanning over two decades.
Under her supervision, several Public Affairs documentary programs have also won international awards, including the environmental documentary special “Philippine Seas” which was awarded the Grand Prize in the Science, Technology, and Nature category in the Association of International Broadcasters in London and the Gold Camera Award in the USIFVF in 2018. Additionally, the Atom Araullo Specials’ “Babies for Sale”, one of the most internationally recognized documentaries in the country that won the Best Documentary Program at the Asian Academy Creative Awards and the Silver medal in the New York Festivals in 2020 was also handled by Ms. Carnay. She also
produced two election-related specials, entitled Philippine Agenda: Education, and Philippine Agenda: Health, and these productions won the Gold and Silver Camera Awards in the USIFVF respectively. Her current projects include overseeing the Philippine’s number one program “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” which is part of the of the GMA News and Public Affairs team that receive
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/
Beach House Pictures
Senior Creative Producer
Mediacorp Pte Ltd
Kevin is an award-winning video and content producer with over a decade’s experience creating short-form digital content, branding, integrated campaigns and promotional content for leading networks, including Mediacorp, ESPN-Star Sports and The Comedy Channel (Australia).
He graduated with a double major in Cinema and Broadcasting from San Francisco State University, as well as a master’s degree in Film & Television from the University of Melbourne. He is currently a Senior Creative Producer with the Creative Lab at Mediacorp Pte Ltd, producing English and Chinese content and promotional spots while dabbling with motion graphics and getting inspired by comedy and experimental films.
Wai Thong Chow
August Pictures Pte Ltd
Wai Thong Chow
Director, Producer, and Editor. These are just some of the many roles that Wai Thong, founder of August Pictures plays. A veteran in the industry recognized for his passionate commitment to producing high quality dramas, Wai Thong is an established and well-seasoned independent Director and Executive Producer, whose works have garnered numerous international awards and nominations throughout his illustrious career including awards from New York Festivals, Asian Academy Creative Awards,Star Awards and Asian Television Awards.
In the latest 2020 Asian Academy Creative Awards, among 6 other awards, The Driver and Mind's Eye were national winners for Best Original Programme and Best Drama Series categories respecrively. The Driver would also go on to clinch the Grand Final Award for Best Promo. In 2019, his dramas Beijing To Moscow and The Driver won multiple nominations and awards at the Asian Academy Creative Awards and New York Festivals respectively. Most notably, Beijing To Moscow was the Regional Winner for Best Drama Series and Best Actor and Actress in a Leading Roleat the Asia Academy Creative Awards. The Driver won, among many others, the FInalist Awards for Best Drama and Mini Series at the 2019 New York Festivals.
EVP, Sales, Co-productions & Acquisitions
Matt Creasey was appointed EVP, Sales, Co-productions & Acquisitions, at Banijay Rights in August 2020.
Based in Los Angeles, Creasey oversees all sales operations and teams for territories outside EMEA. Exploring opportunities across linear, SVOD and AVOD, he also leads on scripted co-productions in the US and rest of the world, alongside sales and acquisitions.
Creasey joined the company following Banijay Rights’ acquisition of Endemol Shine Group, having previously served as EVP, Sales and Acquisitions for sales arm Endemol Shine International.
Reporting to Banijay Rights CEO Cathy Payne, he is across the company’s extensive multi-genre catalogue of over 146,000 hours of stand-out programming.
With an invaluable client base, cross-platform sales experience, unrivalled knowledge of the catalogue and extensive commercial wisdom, Creasey works closely with Banijay Rights’ leadership team to set the strategy and grow the business across his assigned territories.
He joined Endemol Shine International in 2006 as Director of Sales, Distribution, and has spent his career to date selling and exploiting some of the world’s largest entertainment brands. Prior to his significant stint at Endemol Shine International, Creasey was Head of Sales at Celador International.
Executive Producer & CEO
Debbie Cuell is CEO and Executive Producer of Sparkle Pictures.
Previously, she was creator and Executive producer of Documentary and Factual Entertainment programs at Endemol Shine Australia where she looked after the slate of factual programs, including Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds Series 1. Broadcast on the ABC, it touched the hearts of Australian viewers and shone a light on our often-forgotten older Australians. The series was critically acclaimed in Australia and internationally winning an AACTA for Best Documentary or Factual Program and the 2020 International Emmy Award for best Entertainment Program.
Debbie then went on to Develop and Executive Produce Series 2 of Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds. It too critically acclaimed winning the 2021 AACTA for Best Documentary or Factual Program, and GRAND and GOLD at the New York TV and Film Awards for Documentary Social Issues.
Debbie then went on to create and develop Old Peoples Home for Teenagers, broadcast on the ABC in 2022. The series has been nominated for an Australian AACTA, and also an international Rose D’or award.
In her previous role in 2017 as Head of Entertainment at Australia’s National Broadcaster, the ABC Australia Debbie led a large national team and managed the production, and delivery of a mix of original content and formats, including Panel/Shiny Floor, Factual Entertainment, Observational Documentaries, and unscripted comedy.
In 2022 Debbie launched her production label “Sparkle Pictures” in an exclusive partnership with Dreamchaser.
Debbie is known for bringing integrity and heart to all that she produces.
CBS Sports Network
Brian Davis currently serves as Coordinating Producer for the original programming and features department at CBS Sports Network. He oversees the post production and delivery process for over 50 features during the NCAA Tournament, and is the primary point of contact for all field crews and edits. He also manages the assignments and delivery of feature content for college basketball halftimes and college football studio shows and specials.
In addition to his role as CP, Brian continues to produce his own feature and documentary content for CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network, which he has done for the past 15 years. His film, “Jacksonville U: Can Do!,” which he directed and produced, won a NY Festivals TV & Film Silver Medal in 2021.
Carlos De Elia
Executive Advisor to the CEO
Carlos De Elia
Argentine citizen, he studied Social Communication at the University of Salvador and he is currently Executive Advisor to the CEO. Previously, he was 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
Sofia de Fay is a South African freelance writer and director who has worked worldwide on diverse projects, from documentaries to short fiction films to commercials and corporates, as well as TV series for Discovery and Nat Geo and, more recently, EXPO channel.
Born in Liverpool, UK, she has worked in North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, in war zones and developing nations.
She has covered controversial and difficult subjects like forced labor, aids, the emergence of democracy, rhino wars, and breast cancer awareness in the Mena region. She is most proud of her work raising funds for victims of war and natural disasters. She has covered earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes in different parts of the world.
Filming the plight of refugees in different conflict zones, she has worked in campaigns to bring about change in Syria, Iraq, Nepal, Africa, and China.
Her most recent work has involved the UAE space project, and she has followed the astronauts’ preparation and journey to the ISS and a satellite to Mars.
She has won many awards and has showcased her films at many Oscar-qualifying festivals. Sofia is known for her irreverent sense of humor, a passion for aesthetics and visual design, and the ability to construct strong narratives. She is relentlessly curious and brave, always looking for a unique viewpoint and story that is fresh and compelling.
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
Tiny Big Films
Barry Donnellan is a Director/Director of Photography with over 25 years of experience in the industry. As a Director/DoP he has worked in all television formats, including Ob-Doc and drama. As DoP he has worked internationally on many productions including the Award winning “Secrets of the Rainforest 3D” for the Smithsonian Channel/Sky 3D and BAFTA winner “Inside Nature's Giants” for Channel 4/ Nat Geo. He’s been IFTA nominated twice, once as a DoP for the multi award winning “Secrets of the Irish Landscape” RTE/PBS and once as one of the producer/directors of “Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way” RTE. The culinary series “Kevin Dundon’s Modern Irish Food” RTE/PBS which he shot and directed won Silver at the New York film and Television Awards.
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.
Reim El Houni
CEO & Executive Producer
Reim El Houni
Reim's career includes working with TV stations like the BBC to being an Executive Producer and Head of Events at Dubai One. Reim launched her own production company Ti22 Films in January 2011, which has won 25 New York Festival Awards & a Cannes Corporate Media and TV Award. Reim has worked with some of the globes largest multinationals such as Amazon, Reebok, Swarovski, LG Electronics, and broadcasters such as National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Times of India and many more. Reim has served on the Jury of the New York Festival and is a speaker and moderator. Reim founded dubai ON demand in 2014, where the world of branded content and influencer marketing collide, which has evolved into a video based personal branding membership community for business owners and thought leaders. She supports organisations as a media consultant and video strategist, developing workshops and training for teams. Expo 2020 was a milestone project for Reim as she Executive Produced the daily live TV show, Studio Expo! The show aired live simultaneously on Expo TV with a global reach and Dubai One with a pan Arab reach featuring a range of guests from dignitaries to celebrities. Reims latest adventure is Executive Producing a new daily lifestyle show on Dubai One called DXB Today ensuring residents of Dubai stay up to date on everything happening in the city.
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.
Aria Studio Ltd
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.
Head of Acquisitions and Licensing
Fundacao Roberto Marinho/ Canal Futuro
Passionate about the creator economy, content, culture and education. Journalist with a postgraduate degree in Communication and Image. Currently, Head of Content Acquisitions and Licensing at Canal Futura and Fundação Roberto Marinho, also working in partnerships, cooperation agreements and international co-productions.
Together, we put on air 60% of Futura's programming schedule, and we license all types of content to integrate the most diverse projects and solutions in education at FRM.
Has already worked in press relations and journalism as a producer. Was part of different production teams at Canal Futura and at special projects related to the Heritage, Environment and Education areas.
Has also worked as a content and iconography researcher at TV Globo.
Director, Writer, Producer
An accomplished director, writer and producer based in Toronto with three decades of creative and production experience. He has directed and managed award-winning ad campaigns and productions for a brand range of clients. His body of work includes commercial, 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 storytelling, originality to deliver results for clients.
Marissa L. Flores, was GMA Network Philippines’ Senior Vice President for News and Public Affairs since 2004. She joined the Company in 1987 as a researcher for public affairs documentaries and special reports and held the positions of Assistant Vice President, Vice President for Production, before being appointed to her current position. She is also a Trustee of the network’s public service arm, GMA Kapuso Foundation.
The Rotary Club of Manila recognized her as Television News Producer of the Year in 1996. In 2004, she was awarded the prestigious TOYM (The Outstanding Young Men) for Broadcast Management. In 2012, she received the CEO Excel Award from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
Philippines. Ms. Flores was recognized for her work in the field of broadcast journalism by the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication at the first Glory Awards in 2017.
The News and Public Affairs group under Flores continues to be the recipient of international awards such as the Peabody Awards, New York Festivals and Asian Academy Creative Awards. GMA News and Public Affairs remains as the only Philippine broadcast network which has won the highly-coveted Peabody Award (four Peabody awards as of 2014) –widely considered as broadcasting and cable’s equivalent of the Pulitzer prize.
Aside from being in charge of news and public affairs programs in GMA Network’s national television stations, Flores also oversees its digital news and public affairs platforms.
Flores earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at the University of the Philippines.
Dr. Martina Fröschl
Senior Scientist, Science Visualization Lab
University of Applied Arts, Vienna
Dr. Martina Fröschl
Dr. Martina Fröschl, MSc, studied media technology and media design and is a Senior Scientist in the Science Visualization Lab at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She has always been inspired by the representation of realities and invisible phenomena. Her most recent work is based on scientific images such as μCT, MRT, SEM and light microscopic images in cooperation with imaging experts and biologists. The interdisciplinary project NOISE AQUARIUM is an example of her intensive commitment to computer-animated scientific visualizations. In the project, scanned plankton organisms are presented in an interactive project in order to bring the recipients closer to the topics of noise pollution as well as plastic pollution of the ocean and the fragility of ecosystems in general. The SARS-Cov-2 pandemic inspired her to reflect on the vulnerability of the human body and the delicacy of human health.
Head of Creation
Mihai started his career in television in 2002 as a producer and moved up to host the most watched news talk show in Romania: “The Daily Synthesis” – since 2005. Working closely with the best professionals in the field, he got an in-depth understanding of every process and every challenge people faced both in front and behind the camera. In 2007, the media market in Romania was thriving; therefore he launched Antena 2 and became the CEO. Three years later, Antena 2, a lifestyle television became one of the Top 10 most watched broadcasting stations in the country.
The success story of Antena 2 enabled him to assume the role of CEO once again, for Antena 3 in 2010. Having a team of great journalists, Antena 3 experienced continuous growth becoming the number 1 news stations and, on many days, the number 1 TV station in the country.
Section Chief for Digital Content & Technology
International Monetary Fund.
Tim Gallagher is Section Chief for Digital Content & Technology at the International Monetary Fund. A multi-award winning producer and director, he was a frontline television journalist for more than two decades for BBC News and Sky News. Prior to joining the IMF, Tim was Executive Producer for NBC’s investigative current affairs show, On Assignment with Richard Engel. He has served three times as a Grand Juror for the New York TV & Film Awards, where his own programs have previously won several prizes.
An award-winning TV producer and writer and former senior exec of various major companies including Sony Victor has been CEO of a number of large independent film and television drama production companies including Portman and Zenith in the UK.
His work is regularly shown on Netflix, HBO, CBS, BBC, Channel 4 and elsewhere. Most recently he produced the hit TV series Staged for the BBC and Hulu.
His productions have won many awards including BAFTAs, EMMYs, European Film Awards, the Critics’ Prize at Venice and the Prix Europa. Since 1991 three of his productions have won awards at the New York Festivals including a Grand Prize, two Gold Medals, plus Silver and Bronze medals.
By using experiences and knowledge from his work with the BBC (where he started his career), at Sony and other majors including Universal and Fox, he also mentors new producers on their projects. Active in Adult Education at Oxford University he also coaches potential applicants to the university, especially those from non-traditional backgrounds.
His autobiographical trilogy See Me, Sue Me, Sad Me! aka The Rage Quartet, will appear in 2023.
Victor is a voting member of BAFTA and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Chief Content Officer
Llinos Griffin-Williams is Chief Content Officer at S4C leading the content transformation of the Welsh PSB as it focuses on younger audiences, international content partnerships and expands into digital focused cross platform commissioning. Previously Creative Director at Wildflame Productions, Llinos spearhead the Domestic and International Slate, contributing in leading the company to win Broadcast Best Place to Work. As a Bafta, New York Festival and Celtic Festival Winner and Nominee Llinos has a background in developing, pitching and producing unscripted content in Factual, formats and Childrens shows for Smithonian Channel, Paramount / Viacom CBS, Discovery +, BBC Network, BBC Wales, Channel 5 and S4C. Also part of the Flame Global Distribution Team leading on International Co-productions and Factual. With success in developing international Co-productions in the US, Canada and UK, Llinos has worked as an Executive Producer, Series Producer, Producer and Production Manager on new formats, returning strands and singles for the domestic and international market.
Director Consulting Services - Transformation & Innovation
Recognized as an agent of change, Marie-Claude has 20 years experience in story production across different mediums and audiences, from journalistic reporting to corporate communications. Prior to co-founding 2 organisations, she 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. Driven by innovation, she believes that the spread of technology offers transformative opportunities to positively inform our society.
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 & Head of Production
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), FJORDS OF NORWAY (NDR, ARTE, NAT GEO 2017), MAGICAL ICELAND (2020), ECHOES OF THE ICE AGE (WDR,ARTE 2021), THE MEADOW - PARADISE LOST (2021), NATURE'S NURSERIES ( ARTE,BR, Albatross 2020), ODE TO NATURE (Theatrical release, BR 2021), BEE WILD ! ( NDR, ARTE, Terra Mater 2021), WHAT IS WILDERNESS?(ARTE,SVT,NRK,YLE,DRK 2022), WHITE WINTER (ARD,WDR 2022), and THE DANUBE CLOUDED YELLOW (BR, ARTE, Autentic 2022)
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.
Oliver Halmburger (*15.5.1971) has been working for various TV broadcasters since 1992. In 2001 he founded Loopfilm GmbH, an internationally successful film and TV production company. Under his responsibility more than 50 primetime TV events, docudramas and documentaries were produced, mainly for public broadcasters (ARD, BR, ZDF, ORF, ARTE, RAI, SF, SAT 1, Channel4, CTV, US HISTORY Channel, National Geographic or SBS Australia...).
Oliver Halmburger is particularly focused on his work as a scenic director, which he has been demonstrating in high quality historical dramas. In this, he always aims to emotionally capture the viewers in stories that are supposed to take them into a different world. These journeys have already led from glory of royal houses ("Royal Dynasties") to the abyss of world wars ("100 Years of World War I," "Secrets of the Third Reich"). Wondrous figures ("Myth of Frankenstein") and adventures in Antarctica ("The Race to the South Pole") were elaborately staged by Oliver Halmburger.
International recognition received films such as: "Forgotten Border", (World Media Award in Gold, Special Award at the XIV Festival Filmowy NNW), "1806 - the Nuremberg Saga", (Bronze at New York Festivals) "Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall" ("History Makers Award- Best History Production ", "Gold Medal - New York Festivals" and "The Japan Prize"). The "Race to the South Pole" was nominated for the International Emmy, won the Golden Romy, among others.
Forgotten Border awarded Wold Media Award in Gold, Special Award at XIV Festival Filmowy NNW, nominated for German-French Journalism Award, (ARD, BR, CTV, ARTE, ORF, Autentiv, 2022)
Pretty Best Neighbors – France/ Switzerland/ Netherlands (ZDF, 2022)
1806 – Nuremberg Saga, awarded bronze at the New York Festivals (TV series, BR, 2021)
Quite Normal Men (ZDF, 2021)
NENA: A German Legend (ZDF, 2020)
Neuschwanstein Castle, awarded the World Media Award Gold (ARD, 2019)
The Boat: The Documentary; Hunted (ZDF, 2019)
The Boat: The Documentary; Hunters (ZDF, 2019)
ZDF History: Steffi Graf. A German World Star (ZDF, 2019)
Pretty Best Neighbors – We and the Russians/ We and the Italians/ We and the British, awarded the World Media Award in Gold (ZDF,2018)
Atatürk – Father of Modern Turkey (ARTE, 2018)
Royal Dynasties – The Glücksburger, The Coburger and House of Orange (ZDF 2017)
The Myth of Frankenstein - Mythos Frankenstein TerraX (ZDF 2017)
Downfall oft he Tsar – The End oft he Romanovs (ZDF 2017)
Royal Dynasties - The Bernadottes, The Welfs Reenactments (ZDF, 2016)
Executive Vice President & Global Head of Production
Mediabrands Content Studio & Traverse32
Henenberg serves as both Executive Vice President, Global Head of Production for Mediabrands Content Studio and Global Head of Production for TRAVERSE32, Mediabrands’ indie development and production studio, leading all domestic and international film, television, and content productions for the companies.
Prior to TRAVERSE32, Henenberg served as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Production for UM Studios. During that time, Henenberg co-produced a series of award-winning film and television projects including the 2019 Cannes Lions Jury Grand Prize-winning documentary 5B. 5B chronicles the moving true stories of the heroic nurses who put their lives and careers on the line as they founded the world’s first AIDS ward at San Francisco General Hospital. Co-directed by Oscar winner Paul Haggis and Academy Award nominee Dan Krauss, the film was unanimously hailed by audiences and movie reviewers alike and is the only brand-funded film to earn and maintain a rare 100% Rotten Tomatoes’ score. The project, which was commissioned by Johnson & Johnson and acquired and distributed by RYOT/Verizon Media, was the first branded feature to ever become an Official Selection at the Cannes International Film Festival and won the Entertainment Lions Grand Jury Prize at Cannes Lions. As well, the movie received a Clio Grand and a One Show Gold Pencil.
Henenberg also produced the 2020 critically acclaimed IFC Films’ theatrical and SVOD / Hulu release picture, DEAR SANTA, for the U.S Postal Service. One of 2021’s most awarded films, wins included Best Feature at Tribeca X, Best Documentary Premiere at the Heartland Film Festival, two Golds and one Silver at NY Festivals TV & Film Awards, two Adweek Brand Storytelling Awards, a Drum Content Award, a Brand Film U.S. Award, eight Telly’s - including the coveted People’s Telly – and it was an Official Selection and winner at Brand Storytelling 2022, a sanctioned Sundance Film Festival event, among many other high-profile honors.
On the heels of the feature success of DEAR SANTA, Henenberg’s next project under the TRAVERSE32 banner is a new six-episode docuseries called Dear Santa: The Series which will air on major select ABC television stations and on ABC Localish in December 2022.
Managing Director & Partner
Dillon heads up operations and content delivery at Sudo Roux backed by over 20 years’ experience in design, project management, production, operations, and content creation. He formerly led design and delivery teams at Foxtel, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), STW Group, and WPP, covering a wide range of verticals, from technology to entertainment, telecoms to education. With Dillon, you get more than just experience. You get somebody who cuts through the jargon to form genuine partnerships.
Executive Producer Film Global Communications
Philip looks back on 250+ film projects realized in over 20 countries as Director, Creative Director and Executive Producer Film at AUDI AG Global Communications. Spending the first decade of his career in a Berlin based agency shooting films for clients like AUDI AG, BMW Mini, Porsche, Lamborghini, SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen Philip changed to the client side in 2017, bringing along his versatile expertise in creation, production and supervision. Philip’s work is awarded internationally and he is part of various film award juries. He lives in Munich.
Media Zoo Ltd
Emily Holloway is an award-winning executive producer who has worked with international brands, NGOs, governments and FTSE 100s to produce films and global content campaigns. She has managed complex shoots all over the world, from the Arctic Circle, to Jamaica and Pakistan, and filmed on live exercises with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. She holds a masters in broadcast journalism and has a keen interest in scriptwriting, female founded brands and 20th century art.
Senior Producer Global Content Development Division
Mayuko joined NHK in 2000. She began her TV career in the audience-service field, developing and coordinating audience-participation programs such as talk shows, concerts, exhibitions, and children’s programs at one of NHK’s regional stations.
In 2010, Mayuko joined the Japan Prize Secretariat as Senior Manager, overseeing events programming, promotions, marketing, and all other logistics required to promote the Japan Prize as a more relevant, unique platform for the world’s content creators, researchers, and educators.
From 2018, Mayuko promoted workplace diversity and inclusion during a posting to NHK’s Human Resources Department.
Since 2021, Mayuko has been Senior Producer of international content development and product management in NHK’s Content Value Development Center.
Head of FIlm
With over 30 years’ experience in film, Scott Horsfield is an award-winning director and producer with a background in large-scale productions for brand, communications, marketing and sports. Scott has worked across a wide spectrum of content taking in both long and short form for clients in professional services, finance, FMCG, automotive, and retail.
Scott who is now Head of Film at DRPG, leads the 90 strong Film Team across their sites in London Covent Garden, Manchester’s Media City, and the West Midlands.
Highlights of some of his achievements are winning the Grand Prix at both Cannes Corporate and the New York TV & Film Festival whilst at his previous agency, Media Zoo. The first time a UK agency held both awards. Most recently Scott’s team won the Grand Prix at the 2022 EVCOM London Film awards with seven additional awards for work across a variety of brands.
On his goals for 2023, Scott commented, “I’m so excited to be leading the DRPGFilm Team and to make even greater content for brands and to learn and continue the spirit of innovation that is the driving force of the agency.”
Producer / Director
Award winning director, Celia Jaspers has been in the industry for 30 years and has amassed vast experience in all aspects of production for film and television. She has extensive experience across all trades - theatre, television and film. As lead creative, her factual programmes & documentaries have won awards from the New York Festivals international Television and Film Awards, Asian Television Awards, Jackson Hole Science Media Awards and the International Wildlife Film Festival. And her narrative short films have gathered over 30 awards from 60+ international festivals, including official selection in 5 Academy Award affiliated film festivals. She is currently a judge for the New Zealand Film and Television Awards and the New York Festivals Awards. Member of WIFT and the DEGNZ.
Producer, Entertainment TV
ORF Austrian Broadcasting Corp.
Having a long history in Entertainment TV and, from 2014 to 2021 in Program Development & Quality Management, she has returned to Entertainment TV last autumn, now producing various programs and co-productions and is specialized on international formats. Additionally she is 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.
South Pacific Pictures & Isola Productions
Rachel Jean has recently returned to her producing roots to launch a variety of shows for South Pacific Pictures; Educators (of which Series Two is a finalist in ‘Best Comedy’ at the upcoming NZTV Awards and for 'Best Streaming Comedy' at the 2021 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards, where Series One was awarded a bronze medal), Mean Mums which is now launching its third season for THREE, two seasons of critically acclaimed drama Head High and comedy series Last @ 11.
Prior to this Rachel was Head of Development for South Pacific Pictures, overseeing development of all South Pacific Pictures’ dramas, including Westside, The Bad Seed, and the international co-productions 800 Words, The Sounds and The Brokenwood Mysteries.
Before joining SPP Rachel was Head of Drama and Comedy Commissioning at local network THREE. During this period, she commissioned many local drama series like The Almighty Johnsons, The Blue Rose, Hope & Wire, Underbelly NZ and Harry as well as acting as Network Executive Producer for the launch of the channel’s Friday night comedy line-up, commissioning and executive producing shows like 7Days, Jono and Ben at Ten, Super City, Hounds, Golden, Sunny Skies, AotearoHa Specials and the Comedy Gala.
Rachel had previously produced comedy like Love Mussel a stand-alone comedy starring the late Kevin Smith (Xena, Hercules), drama series like Secret Agent Men and The Market, 50+ one hour documentaries and many factual series for local networks as well as 11 short films for the big screen, and was Associate Producer for Niki Caro’s (Mulan, The Zookeepers Wife) first feature Memory & Desire.
Rachel plans to continue producing under her own company Isola Productions Ltd., as well as in partnership with other companies.
Andrei Jiro is a design manager whose primary goal is to create expectation for the audience. His specialty is designing solutions for news, sports and entertainment at Globo Group, largest commercial TV network in Latin America and one of the largest media companies in the world. With over 30 years of experience in this segment, Andrei has experience in team building, strategic management and implementation, leadership, create and enhance the content value. Andrei has worked on successful projects that have enhanced television content through scenic and graphic innovation. Among several awards won, the NYF Awards stand out: “JH / JG” and “Jornal Nacional” projects.
When Andrei was still in college, he was interested in two things: design and economics. When he learned about the potential of design in order to change our lives creating all kinds of expectation, he knew this is where his professional future would take him, and television would be a field full of opportunities.
He holds an MBA from IBMEC Institute(Sao Paulo-Brazil ) and degree in Industrial Design at FAAP Institution (Sao Paulo-Brazil). He currently lives in Sao Paulo with his wife and two kids.
South Pacific Pictures
As Development Executive at South Pacific Pictures, Jo is the first point of contact for new ideas from both emerging and established writers. Since 2002 she has read and assessed more than 4000 film and television project ideas for the company, ranging from one-page pitches through series bibles, film treatments, screenplays and novels. She maintains and monitors SPP’s development slate, negotiates options, assists the Head of Scripted Development, Head Writers and Creators with pitch documents, prepares funding applications, development budgets and schedules, and contracts writers.
JusticeAid Film Forum
Natalie Jowett is a writer, producer, director and visual artist who started her media career in the New York bureau of The Baltimore Sun newspaper while attending Columbia University. An opening at a sports television network guided her unexpectedly away from print and toward a film and television career that has taken her around the world, telling stories on topics that include racism, secular religious conflict, gender inequity and civil rights. During 12 years as a Senior Features Producer at ABC Sports Natalie wrote and directed an Emmy-winningdocumentary on the tragedy of the 1972 Munich Olympics. Work on Oprah's Legends Ball marked a departure from sports, and Marvel's Hero Project was an opportunity to tell the stories of amazing kids who are doing heroic work solving real world problems. Natalie sits on the Board of Directors for JusticeAid, anon-profit that promotes justice through the arts. Natalie lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.
Managing Executive Officer, Member of the Board, Executive Producer
Tohokushinsha Film Corporation
Masakatsu Kasai is an executive producer of advertising business such as commercial films, promotions, and events.
He has won Grand Award at NYF TV&Film for Yamazaki Moments, Suntory and many other international awards including Cannes Lion, Clio Awards, Mobius Awards, and Adfest, and ACC and Galaxy awards as domestic awards, one of the biggest creative awards in Japan.
He has been dedicated his work for Toyota, Daihatsu, NTT, Suntory, Kirin, Canon and many other clients.
He is also responsible for a management of creative department where in-house directors, DoPs, editors, and creatives belong.
Besides that, TOHOKUSHINSHA FILM CORPORATION is engaged in feature film, video production, gear house, post production, broadcasting business, licensing sales management.
Manuela Kasper-Claridge is a journalist and Editor-in-Chief of Deutsche Welle, 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.
Director of Photography
Sven-Erik Knoff is an award-winning Norwegian filmmaker and photographer. His work shares with us magnificent scenes, people, light, colors, and moments that are otherwise the preserve of the ardent adventurer. Working with light, lines and composition at the shoot are his passion, along with the painstaking, manual work needed to control an image under demanding conditions. His realistic portraits, films, nature, and landscape photography have been noticed in Norway and internationally.
Knoff's images have been published by major clients and Norwegian and international media, and has won several international awards, including New York Festivals TV & Film Awards.
After over 20 years in the food and wine industry, followed by more than 7 years working with tourism organizations in Norway, Sven-Erik decided to fulfil his dream and cultivate his lifelong fascination for film and photography.
Within the space of just a few years working with international clients, he has built up an impressive portfolio of films and photographs with the emphasis on real life.
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.
Edem Kwakumey is a Creative Producer and Strategist who has dedicated his professional life to creating content that centers underrepresented voices and communities. With over 5 years of experience Edem has been fortunate enough to work on a number of amazing projects with some of the largest brands in the world. Having a passion for storytelling and creative strategy, Edem aims to always build amazing teams capable of developing, producing, and releasing content in a holistic and imaginative way. And as a result of his unconventional approach, he has led several successful creative campaigns that have resulted in significant increases in brand awareness, consumer engagement, and overall sales. When not on the job, Edem enjoys coaching middle school basketball, raising his young puppy Brooklyn and traveling around the country with his friends.
Douglas Lan is a multi-award-winning Singaporean director-writer-producer at IFA Media. With over 10 years of fiction and factual production experience, he's directed for a range of international networks, including BBC, NBC, National Geographic, and Discovery, among others. Douglas’ docudrama film National Service: The Beginning landed him multiple awards, including Best Non-Fiction Direction at the inaugural Asian Academy Creative Awards 2018. His recent works include Tencent’s docudrama Dunhuang: Edge of the World (2021) and Mediacorp’s miniseries My Mini-Me & Me (2021). Douglas is currently producing a Taiwanese co-production Telemovie, Love Punch (2022), and a Thai feature horror film, Hell Battalion.
Christian Broadcasting System (CBS)
Hyoung Joon Lee has been working in the production of Doc and TV Show of various kinds as a Director/Producer for more than 15 years. He has won several awards for his contributions to these programs. The Documentary “A Grain of Wheat in Flames" at CBS which he directed won Finalist in New York Festival’s TV & Film Awards, US, 2021. He currently serves as a Executive Producer for CBS in the Programming Department.
Dr. Patrick Lehn
Senior Manager External Communications
Dr. Patrick Lehn
Patrick Lehn has been working in corporate communications for over 20 years. One key aspect of his work is storytelling. He was the project manager of a film series and PR campaign that won over 40 awards at international competitions. He joined the dormakaba Group in April 2022 as Senior Manager, Group External Communications.
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
Senior Vice President. ESPN+ Original Content and ESPN Films
Brian M. Lockhart
Brian Lockhart currently serves as senior vice president of ESPN+ Original Content and ESPN Films. He is responsible for overseeing strategy and development of all original programming initiatives under the ESPN Films umbrella, as well as original series and studio shows on ESPN+, ESPN's direct to consumer streaming service. He previously served as executive producer of Original Content for ESPN+.
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.
General Content Director SP & SPI and Screenwriter
Since 2007 has been General Content Director at the production company SP Televisão and in 2022 was chosen for the same role in SPI, a production company for international and co-productions, within the SP network.
He is a screenwriter and his work featured in the main international festivals. In 2011 he won an International Emmy Award for Best Telenovela for Laços de Sangue. In 2016, he won the Gold Medal at the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards with Coração D’Ouro. In 2019, he was personally nominated for Best Screenwriter at the Seoul Drama Awards. In the same year, he co-authored the Portuguese/Spanish series Auga Seca, aired in HBO.
He is the creator and showrunner of Glória, the first Portuguese original series for Netflix, in 2020. Glória was the winner of the 2022 Sophia awards, in the category of best series/telefilm, and won a Portuguese Golden Globe in the category of best fictional project. Internationally, Glória was pre-nominated for the 2022 Platino Iberoamerican Awards in the categories of Best Series Creator and Best Series.
He is also the creator and showrunner for the new series for Globoplay in 2023 - Codex 632.
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
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.
Hannah is an experienced Creative Director and Executive Producer of creative film content and integrated campaigns. She has over 22 years of professional experience developing and producing original content for global brands, corporates, charities, government and media agencies; working in close collaboration with the brand, marketing, leadership and communication teams of well-known organisations worldwide.
She understands the role creative film communication plays within wider campaigns, and as a key part of business strategy. Self-driven, she is creatively ambitious with a clear focus on quality, effectiveness and impact.
Hannah is passionate about developing inspiring content that gets results and her work has won 50+ international industry awards for creativity and effectiveness, since 2000.
Producer/Director Film and TV
Anna Marbrook Productions Ltd.
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/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.
Director, Development & Innovation, NFL Films
National Football League
Jodain Massad is Director, Development & Innovation, NFL Films for the National Football League. A seasoned executive producer, he brings 15+ years of experience as a brand champion, innovation agent, and story maker to the 2023 NYF Advisory Board.
Prior to his current role with the NFL, Jodain served as Executive Producer, Innovation | Design for the University of Notre Dame. During his tenure he reset the vision and rebuilt culture for Norte Dame production, debuted the one hour awards show format on NBC Sports, rebranded the series “Onward Notre Dame” on NBC Sports, produced recruiting content to national acclaim, founded the subscription virtual experience Rally House, led the recruiting presentation strategy on Brand and NIL, and initiated the FightingIrishTV.com int’l subscription.
He began his production career in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs. Throughout his years with the organization, Jodain was promoted into a variety of leadership production roles including Director of Production. While in his role as Director of Production he produced an ESPN 30for30 short with Grant Curtis. During his8-year tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs, Jodain led the team in documentary, telecast design, and ad campaign production and served as a content contributor for online, broadcast and event entertainment.
An award-winning content creator, industry innovator, and sought after speaker, Jodain has earned numerous high-profile industry accolades including 27 Emmy® Awards, 6 New York Festivals International Film & TV Awards, and 5 Sports Video Group College Sports Media Awards.
In his twenty-five years’ experience with the BBC and subsequently as an independent producer/director, Alex has either directed, produced (or both) over ninety films for the UK network on BBC1 and ITV – with many distributed throughout Europe and the United Stated, including items for '60 minutes' on CBS. He has also worked independently for high-profile corporate clients such as British Airways. He has been a panelist on the Documentary Forum at the US Pavilion in Cannes and a lecturer on Documentary Film-Making for the Media Program of the European Union. He has twice been nominated for British Academy Awards.
Chief Content Officer/Executive Producer
Bill McCullough is an 11-time Emmy Award winner who now serves as Chief Content Officer/Executive Producer at the XFL. Previously, he was Executive Vice President at FaZe Clan and he was 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 moved to the content side of the organization where he was 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.
Executive Producer, VP Content
Kelly McKeown is a show creator, director and executive producer, who specializes in ambitious, factual entertainment for global audiences. She is a proven leader in co-productions with more than 20 years experience.
As Director of Exploration Productions, Kelly led the editorial vision for Discovery Canada and Bell Media Studios’ in-house production company. By the end of 2020, EPI delivered 5,440 hours in the form of series, specials, and a daily science magazine show to more than 160 countries.
Kelly created and Executive Produced the award winning series Disasters at Sea. She also is the Executive Producer of the Mighty Franchise; Mighty Ships, Mighty Cruise Ships, Mighty Trains and Mighty Planes.
One of her biggest passions is documenting firsts in human endeavour through quick turnaround, high end prime time specials. She has Executive Produced numerous award-winning specials, including Saturn Inside the Rings, Pluto First Encounter, Jupiter Close Encounter, Landing on a Comet, Hunt for a Super Comet, Mars Landing, One Giant Leap, and Fire in the Sky.
She won a Canadian Screen Award and New York Festival for Best Science and Tech Series for her work on the world’s only daily science show DAILY PLANET. She has also created and led original series MegaWorld, Invent This! Taken Abroad, Year In Sci Tech and Shark World.
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
Pedro Boucherie Mendes
DIRECTOR FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING & DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT CONTENT
Pedro Boucherie Mendes
After many years in newspapers and magazines, Pedro Boucherie Mendes works in Television since 2007. Currently he’s Head of Strategic Planning at SIC, Portugal’s number one television network. He’s a published author and a regular contributor to print and digital media witting about television and culture matters.
VP, Scripted Development
Telemundo Television Studios
Sergio Mendoza is a scriptwriter with a long experience in TV Series and Telenovelas. His demo includes works on drama, action, and thriller. Since 2021, he has been working as a Vice President of scripted development at Telemundo Global Studio, where his skills as a Literary advisor and drama supervisor are committed throughout the entire writing process. He is working closer to writers, given them the necessary support to create new shows, focusing on the programming strategy and content development. Sergio Mendoza is the co-creator of “Falsa Identidad”, and recently wrote in ¨Mariposa de Barrio¨ an original production for Telemundo Studios that includes an International Emmy nomination (Non-English Language U.S Primetime Program). He has supervised the writing process of “La Suerte de Loli” (International Emmy Nominated), “Betty in New York”, “Buscando a Frida” (International Emmy winner), “Pasion de Gavilanes 2” among other titles.
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.
Senior Supervising Producer, Programmes
Nick Olle has been a professional journalist for 20 years. He has worked across print, radio, television and online media for outlets in Australia, South America, North America, Europe and Asia.
He is presently the Senior Supervising Producer at Al Jazeera International’s flagship Asia Documentary Programme 101 East. Before taking that role, he worked for Australia’s international current affairs programme, SBS Dateline and Network Ten’s The Project.
Previously, he was a foreign correspondent based in Buenos Aires, Argentina for The Global Mail, ABC Australia, NPR and other outlets.
His work has been recognised with numerous prestigious journalism awards.
Sergio is an experienced award-winning Creative Marketer for Global Entertainment Media Brands with broad international experience (40+ territories) ideating and delivering best-in-class 360 Integrated Marketing campaigns and developing content in more than 40 territories around the EU, CEE, Russia and the Middle East.
Currently consulting as Creative Director/Executive Producer for a variety of Media, E-Commerce and Fashion International brands, he’s previously worked for clients such as Discovery+, Food Network, HGTV,The History Channel , OSN or Viasat, to name a few.
Both member of "Promax Europe Advisory Council" and "The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences of Spain", he regularly collaborates as Juror and Speaker at some of the most relevant international creative events such as New York Festivals, Promax, Emmy International, Clios and MediaBrand.
Sonal R. Patel
Partner & Executive Producer
Brunswick Group Advisory Ltd
Sonal R. Patel
As an award-winning Executive Producer and Partner, Sonal leads the Film team, film projects at Brunswick Creative, fully integrated into Brunswick Advisory Group Ltd., providing creative senior leadership at every stage.
Sonal has been writing, producing and directing in television and film for 20 years. Her expertise encompasses investor documentaries, corporate films, executive interviews, deal work, employee engagement and creative campaigns for business. She advises clients at Board level, producing content strategy for business-critical communications.
Sonal began her career in New York as a broadcast journalist for MTV, PBS, WNBC and New York 1.
Off The Grid - TRT World
Alexandra PAULIAT is a journalist with more than 20 years experience in the news and documentary industry as a Reporter, Director and Executive Producer. She worked for many international news organisations including AFP, France 24 and Al Jazeera
She started her career as a correspondent in South East Asia before moving back to France to be part of the launching team of France’s international news channel, She then joined Al Jazeera English as a Program Editor when the Arab Spring started. She has been based in the Middle East ever since,
Alexandra currently lives in Istanbul where she works as a Director and Executive Producer of Off The Grid, TRT World flagship documentary series that tells global stories through personal journeys,
Michael Pearce is the former Head of Global Initiatives for Yahoo Studios in charge of major events coverage and global video production.
In his previous role as Head of Sports for Yahoo Studios, Mr. Pearce directed coverage of five Olympics and two World Cups for Yahoo and created and launched award-winning series such as Memorable Moments, Elite Athlete Workouts, Fantasy Football Live and the Yahoo Sports Minute.
Mr. Pearce spent 20 years in television news as a reporter, producer and executive producer before joining Yahoo in 2005.
Creative Director & Partner
As a partner at Allegro Films, Matthew Percival looks after the creative aspects of the company which includes the development and execution of new film projects. He is a creative and empathetic filmmaker, with over 25 years of experience across television and digital landscapes.
In 2020 Matthew left his previous role as Commissioning Editor at CNN International where he enjoyed 14 years, supervising or directing productions around the world. He has also worked for a variety of independent production companies in the UK and has a proven track record of delivering engaging and visually striking factual content.
Allegro Films was among the UK's first independent production companies, established in 1968 by the pioneering film director, Christopher Nupen. Renowned for their intimate take on classical music and musicians, past and present, they have won multiple awards, including a BAFTA and an International Emmy. Allegro’s remit now extends to a broader passion for telling human-led stories about the arts, culture, society and the imperilled world we inhabit. There is a committment to making films that help catalyse positive changes to the way we live with each other and within our environment.
Production/DOC/DPL Manager-Assoc. Professor
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.
Executive Producer & Co-owner
Sit. Good Girl Productions, LLC
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.
SVP & General Manager
Telemundo Streaming Studios
Juan Ponce serves as Senior Vice President & General Manager for Telemundo Streaming Studios, an integral part of NBCU Telemundo Enterprises and the first-ever studio in Hispanic media exclusively dedicated to serving the growing Latino streaming audiences in the US and around the world.
Ponce’s responsibilities include leading Telemundo Streaming Studios to produce original premium scripted content exclusively designed to fulfill the growing needs of direct-to-consumer platforms. In addition, Ponce will manage the development and production of owned IP and offer production services to direct-to-consumer platforms in search of high-quality production expertise and capabilities. On top of leading Telemundo’s newest business unit, Ponce will continue to oversee Production Design and Telemundo’s Underground Producciones in Argentina. He reports directly to Beau Ferrari, Chairman, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises.
Prior to that, Ponce was an SVP of Production Operations and managed the teams of Future Development and Casting & Talent Management for linear and streaming content, and was responsible for the evolution of the studio’s productivity, profitability, and innovation by streamlining the creative collaboration processes while increasing the artistic value to engage an evolving audience. In this role, he assisted with the creation and expansion of premium, short-form mini-series produced in over eight countries for all media platforms.
He was also the Vice President of Finance and Corporate Strategy for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises leading enterprise-wide strategic reviews, market assessments and sizing of new opportunities, specific company evaluations, partnership structures and terms, and Mergers & Acquisitions.
Ponce joined NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises in 2016 after launching his own digital media startup and spending nearly 15 years in the financial services industry. He worked in Investment Banking advising institutional investors and Corporate clients on Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Investments and Corporate Development. He is a seasoned equities and venture capital investor and has advised multiple startups in diverse industries.
Ponce earned his Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and B.A. in Economics & Management with a minor in Political Science from Albion College.
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.
Director of Investigative Journalism
Phil Rees is the 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 26-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.
Mediabrands Content Studio
As U.S. President of IPG’s Mediabrands Content Studio, Reese oversees all agency business operations across the American market. Her responsibilities include ensuring that company programs deliver upon clients’ marketing and financial objectives, identifying strategic opportunities for growth, and serving as a key leadership partner to the company’s U.S. creative team.
Previously, Reese served as SVP, Managing Director at Mediabrands’ UM Studios where she led the agency’s content team and practice across the U.S. While in that role, Reese managed all of UM’s original, branded and performance content programs across the country, increasing margins and revenues for iconic brands like American Express, BMW, Spotify and Levi’s®.
Prior to joining Mediabrands, Reese was EVP, Client Solutions, at RTL Media Group where she oversaw U.S. sales and marketing. During her tenure, Reese developed a business pipeline which generated millions in new revenue within the branded, social media, and original content spaces while also leading business development.
Reese’s distinguished career also includes leadership and management consulting roles at major companies like Conde Nast, Hearst, Booz Allen and Ernst & Young. She is an alumnus of Hampton University where she earned a B.A in Mass Media Communications and graduated with honors.
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 was 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.
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Johanna is an award-winning Lead Creative with BBC Studios in-house creative agency in London producing multiplatform campaigns for major BBC brands. Prior to BBC Studios, Johanna sharpened her creative skills conceptualising and executing brand campaigns for one of Scandinavia’s largest media brands Viasat and Viaplay. Her creative passion started with promo editing and art direction but these days she is equally excited by intriguing insights, creative strategy, and arriving at great ideas. She’s covered the moon in a riot of colour, made a logo entirely out of cake, and helped Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance to techno. When her head isn’t in a brief Johanna loves to go open water swimming, singing with her Norrsong Choir, and relaxing with family and friends.
Wan Haiz Salleh
Media Corp Pte Ltd
Wan Haiz Salleh
Wan Haiz is a Commissioning Editor at Mediacorp. He has 24 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 programmes in the last 15 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, The WorldMediaFestivals, ContentAsia 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.
Al Dente Eentertainment 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….
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.
The Edge Picture Company Ltd
Sometimes just sometimes dreams come true. My journey has taken me from background artiste through corporate life, my own ventures and onto the board of The Edge Picture Company. Bringing stories to life every day for our clients. Opening eyes and changing minds across the globe through film. I head our division based in Doha, Qatar and have overall responsibility for the sales and business development strategy overall.
My ambition every day is to set creativity free through our unique model that generates trust, ensures clarity of responsibilities and delivers on time and on budget. How does that work ?
Like all the best ideas it’s a quite simple. If from the outset on a project you can ensure the repeatable, mundane but essential elements are handled through a set of well honed procedures bringing best practice together from all industries, you are left with a creative space where everyone flourishes. That space is where our film magic happens.
With a unique background as a senior technologist before entering the creative media industry and picking up an MBA along way I talk people first and objective second. A film maker who truly understands the world our clients live in.
Director/Producer, Partner of MEZZO TV
Award winning independent Director & Producer of classical music films, ads and documentaries with 2 Silver Hugos at the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards, winner of Best Performing Arts film at the Venice TV Awards, a Silver Tower at New York Festivals TV & Film Awards, Silver Dolphin at Cannes Corporate TV Awards and 3 Red Dot Awards. Executive Producer of VIRTUOSOS, a leading international classical music talent search TV show.
Former presenter of Prime time cultural show , " The Studio " and the Oscar ceremonies in Hungary's public television MTV, He was Communications and Marketing Director to RTL KLUB, and had decisive role in making it the top TV brand in Hungary in the first formative years. Hungarian public giant MTV has appointed him as VP of Entertainment and Film aquisition, - with more than 30 new TV shows, programs being launched with success. As deputy CEO of first Hungarian private television, ATV responsible for a complete reposition of the channel tripled the audince share in Prime time . Later in large international top cultural management fields was Chief Advisor of Communication of Palace of Arts, MUPA and Media, Commuincations Director of Liszt Academy responsible for international relaunch of the 140 years old emblematic institution creating Bartok World Competition&Festival and Éva Marton International Opera Competition.
Takeda Entertainment, INC.
By training, Scott really should be working on the next generation Apple device or creating a data storage matrix for NASA. He intended to get an electrical engineering degree, but in his sophomore year, his brain circuits shorted after he got a C. (His first, ever.) So he switched majors to journalism and started his lifelong pursuit of telling stories. After a decade in news, he opened Takeda Entertainment to expand his storytelling to clients, picking up six regional Emmys along the way. Interesting trivia: Scott works on both sides of the camera. If you’re a regular viewer of ‘General Hospital,’ you will see him pop up now and then as Judge Richard Lowe. (Cue faraway stare into the distance.)
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.
Wawa Pictures Pte Ltd
Vanda Tan, a co-founder at WaWa Pictures Singapore, is currently helming the role of General Manager & Business Development. A media veteran of more than 2 decades, Vanda is instrumental in grooming WaWa from a 2 person outfit into one of Singapore’s top Chinese content producer. Besides producing award winning content for local terrestrial channels, the company is now working on strategic co-production partnerships with regional players to produce content for the regional audiences.
Head of English Drama Productions
Mediacorp TV Singapore Pte Ltd
Currently Head of English Drama Productions at MediaCorp Studios, Tan Wei-Lyn has over 20 years’ experience producing and writing sitcoms and dramas, working on two of Singapore’s longest-running long form dramas Tanglin, winner of the best Singapore Soap/Telenovela in the Asian Academy Awards 2018 and 2019, and Kin, winner of the best Singapore Soap/Telenovela in the Asian Academy Awards 2020. She is also Executive Producer of Faculty, a drama series which attained the Best Asian Drama Award at the Asia Contents Award 2019 in Busan. Past accolades include Asian Television Award-winning television series like sitcoms Under One Roof, Phua Chu Kang and drama Red Thread (which attained a Special Mention Award at the Tokyo International Drama Awards 2010). Her foray into movies in 2007 nabbed a Best Script nomination at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards for co-writing Jack Neo’s film Just Follow Law.
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.
Francis B. Toral
Head of Integrated News Division
Francis B. Toral
Francis Toral has been a journalist since 1998 and is currently the Head of the Integrated News Division of ABS-CBN Corporation, one of the Philippines’ leading media organizations.
Toral is responsible for the overall strategic direction and news agenda of the company’s various TV and digital programs and platforms, including TV PATROL, one of the longest-running and most watched newscasts in the country.
On the digital sphere, ABSCBNnews.com is currently one of the top news websites in the Philippines and among the biggest Facebook publishers in the world. Its YouTube channel has over 14.5 million subscribers and almost 10 billion views, while its Twitter account has 8.8 million followers.
Prior to her appointment, Toral was Head of News Production, and has been spearheading coverage of national elections and presidential debates. She also led the News Desk, and Docu Central, the documentary unit of ABS-CBN News. This group produced several award-winning documentaries, including “’Di Ka Pasisiil”, a documentary on the War in Marawi, which won a Gold in the New York Festival in 2018.
Starting as a news writer for the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) in 1998, Toral was eventually promoted as Executive Producer of various news programs, including “The World Tonight”, the country’s premiere English newscast.
Toral graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines in 1998.
In 2009, she was awarded the Benigno and Corazon Aquino Fellowship by the United States Embassy in Manila.
J V Varaprasad
J V Varaprasad
With a rich and varied experience as a, Creative Director, Editor, Music Director, Sound Designer, J V Varaprasad has worked in LA, USA under the guidance of Oscar Award Winner, Mr. Scott for the film Sinbad, Beyond the Veil of Mist in the year 1999. Apart from editing live action Tamil movies Panchathantram, Baba & Samurai; Vara has also worked on animated movies viz. Sinbad beyond the veil of mist, Pandavas & Alibaba. Besides, he has successfully accomplished music direction for Yaar TV series, The Bad Egg, New All Out gold mat, Inter linking the Rivers(Docu), Coffee Swami & Little Krishna. Vara currently serves as a member of the Academic Council of BIG AIMS (Big Animation Infotainment & Media School). He has served on the Jury of PIFF (Pune Internationl Film Festival) and FICCI BAF Awards. Recently he worked as an Chief Editor for Krishna aur Kans 2D Animated Feature Film and Editor, Music Director & Sound Designer on Indian animated action-adventure series, which is based on the famous Indian superhero TV series Shaktimaan.
SBT - Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão.
Patrícia Vasconcellos is a brazilian journalist and an award-winning documentarist. She is the US correspondent for Brazilian TV network SBT - Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão. Patrícia began her career as an anchor in 2001 before joining SBT in 2008. As Latin American correspondent, she covered South and Central America for six years. Now based in New York City and Washington DC, Patrícia covers the White House, politics, economy and American culture. Her documentary about the 2020 BLM protests and police response “Curfew in NYC” received multiple awards including best short film from New York Film Awards and best director for short films from New York International Film Awards. In 2021 she won the Professional Excellence Prize Award from the Association of Foreign Press Correspondents in the U.S. Patrícia is a recipient of the Chevening Award, a scholarship funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office to outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world. She gained her master´s in TV Journalism from University of London.
Senior Editorial Advisor, WORLD Channel
Judith Vecchione is Senior Editorial Advisor to WORLD Channel, a 24-7 digital multicast public media platform that presents unique nonfiction programming from established and emerging filmmakers (https://worldchannel.org/). She is also an executive producer at GBH Boston, where her most recent projects were "Blood Sugar Rising", exploring today’s devastating diabetes epidemic; and "American Veteran", presenting the experiences of military veterans today and across our history in a television series, a podcast, and a YouTube series. "American Veteran" was honored at the 2022 New York Festivals.
In her long career Vecchione has produced and executive produced on many major PBS documentary series including "Vietnam: A Television History", "Nova", "American Experience", and "Frontline". She was series senior producer for the award-winning "Eyes on the Prize", and executive produced many national PBS specials, including "Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues", "Americas", "Young & Restless in China", "The Longoria Affair", and "Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey."
She has won multiple awards, including a national Emmy, Peabody Award, Davey Award, CINE Golden Eagle, Christopher Spirit Award, Savannah Film Festival “Best in Festival,” Imagen Award, Clarion Award, and Chicago Film Festival award, among others.
AMC Networks International Southern Europe
Based in Madrid, Ramón Verdet is the creative director at AMC Networks Southern Europe, leading thematic channel company in Spain and Portugal. His works have achieved with more than 100 international awards including The New York Festivals, Promax, Clio, Laus,… Also directed documentary series and wrote and took part as musical composer for many of his works.
Podcast writing and directing, he believes that there is no limits for storytelling because, at the end of the day, we all need a good story to move on.
Jump Studios Ltd
A broadcast and marketing executive, Brian’s experience includes live and post-produced programming, corporate communications, media strategy and buying, brand marketing and project management.
His credits as television producer include sports, music/variety, drama, documentary, public affairs, and comedy. In the field of post-production and broadcast design, his work includes network identity packages, broadcast design packages and commercials.
Clients include ESPN/ABC, Star Choice, Teletoon, HBO, ATCO, Alabama Power, AARP, Intact Insurance to name a few.
Brian’s 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 awards.
Head of Creation
Al Dente Entertainment
Felix is a Munich-based creative producer with a deep passion for video content and creative storytelling.
He lived and worked all over the world as a video journalist for German television. Upon his return to Germany he entered the ad industry by joining the renowned agency Jung von Matt in Hamburg as a concept creative and junior art director.
Since 2020 he’s been living in Munich and working at Al Dente Entertainment as a creative producer for high-class corporate movies for national and international clients.
He’s always looking to challenge the status quo and looking forward to see the creative power of this years NY festival entries.
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.
Director/Producer, Original Programming
Ellis Williams is a producer, director, writer and voiceover artist who currently serves as a Producer/Director for CBS Sports in the Original Programming Department.
Williams joined CBS Sports in 2018 as an Associate Producer in the Creative Department led by Pete Radovich. He has worked on a variety of content across CBS Sports, including THE NFL TODAY, college football, college basketball and more. Among his projects for the Network are teases and features for the Super Bowl, SEC football, The Army-Navy Game, March Madness and The PGA Championship. Many of those productions starred celebrities, including Viola Davis, Magic Johnson, Peyton Manning, JB Smoove among others.
In 2020, Williams co-produced/directed a PSA for CBS Sports titled “8:46” which shed light on the harrowing effects of racism. The critically acclaimed “8:46” campaign ran across ViacomCBS platforms and gave eight Black athletes, commentators and analysts from CBS Sports 60 seconds to share a personal anecdote on race and concluded with a final message featuring all participants encouraging others to engage in much needed dialogue. Additionally, working with the PGA of America, this idea was expanded to highlight Black PGA professionals in golf during coverage of the PGA Championship. Williams went on to host a one-hour special on CBS, “CBS SPORTS CONNECTED: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE ME,” with five Black CBS Sports employees. They each sat down with sports figures to discuss a variety of topics, including allyship, education, mental health, parenting and the American dream. His most recent work, “Beyond Limits Driving Change” was directed, written and produced by Williams. The documentary tells the story of Rajah Caruth an up-and-coming stock car driver whose experience on the platform iRacing gave him access to NASCAR where he currently competes in the ARCA Menards series.
As a Producer, Williams earned his first Emmy for Outstanding Open/Tease for his work during Super Bowl LV. “Stand By Me,” performed by Jennifer Hudson, featured NFL players whose family members have served as frontline workers during the pandemic. His second Emmy came this year from his work on “The Move;” how the Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis one winter night. He was also honored as one of Sports Business Journal’s “New Voices 30 Under 30” in 2021.
Williams has been a member of the Directors Guild of America since 2019. He received his bachelors of science in Television and Radio from Ithaca College in 2013. Williams, who hails from Staten Island, New York, began his career as a Production Assistant for Bleacher Report and was elevated to Producer in his third year with the company. During his time with the company, he worked as an Associate Producer on the documentary “Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story.”
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.
TI ComNet Japan
Toshie Yoshida's career in the broadcasting industry spans more than 30 years. Prior to establishing TI ComNet, she worked as an announcer in Japan and the U.S. After returning to Japan, she worked as a producer on a number of programs.
In 2001, she established TI ComNet Japan, which specializes in translation, dubbing, film coordination, and program sales for broadcast content. In recent years, she has been lecturing and writing about the overseas development of local content.