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The Content Show at NYC Television Week, November 12-13

The Content Show at NYC Television Week is a dedicated conference and marketplace that will cover all aspects of programming, development and distribution for scripted, live, news, sports, documentary, and nonfiction entertainment, as well as branded content.

Beyond the conference sessions, The Content Show will also feature a networking lounge and a series of highly interactive presentation rooms where production companies can pitch their content and programming initiatives to buyers and programmers in a unique, organic setting unlike any other conference. The Content Show is a must-attend event for leaders, senior executives, and programming creators from cable and digital networks, broadcasters, production companies, producers, social media outlets, publishers, news, sports franchises, advertising agencies, and brands.

NYC Television Week is taking place on November 12-13th at Affinia Manhattan. Register here.

Download the show guide here. See the keynote and guest presenters for The Content Show here and check out the full schedule below.


7:30 am – 8:45 am—Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:45 am – 5:30 pm—Networking: The Content Show Delegates Lounge

8:45 am – 9:00 am—Opening Remarks: Cynthia Lopez, Commissioner,New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

9:00 am – 9:20 am—Keynote: TBA

9:20 am – 9:45 am—Opening Keynote; Josh Sapan, President and CEO, AMC Networks Inc.

Moderator: Mark Robichaux, Editor-in-Chief, Multichannel News

9:45 am – 10:30 am—Building Your Core Brand
A network brand no longer merely identifies the channel and where to find it on your guide. It’s come to define the programming, level of quality and viewer experience that audiences look to that network to provide. But even beyond that, a strong network brand defines their viewers’ lifestyle, tastes and philosophy as well as giving birth to a multitude of new product lines and franchises. In this session, a seasoned group of network chiefs share their strategies for defining, building and invigorating their network’s core brand.

  • Courteney Monroe, CEO, National Geographic Channels U.S.
  • Dawn Ostroff, President, Conde Nast Entertainment (CNE)
  • Henry Schleiff, Group President, Discovery Networks

Moderator: Melissa Grego, Editor-in-Chief, Broadcasting & Cable

9:45 am – 10:30 am—Meet the Experts Roundtable: Showrunners

10:00 am – 10:30 am—In Conversation With NUVOtv and Fuse: Bill Hilary, President, NUVOtv and Fuse; Lynnette Ramirez, SVP, Programming, NUVOtv

10:00 am – 10:30 am—In Conversation With Food Network and Cooking Channel: Todd Weiser, VP, Programming and Development—Food Network and Cooking Channel, Scripps Networks Interactive

10:30 am – 10:45 am—Networking Break

10:45 am – 11:30 am—The New Power Dynamic
Industry leaders from digital and premium networks deliberate how the emergence of deep-pocketed, cash-rich, alternative distribution platforms and MCNs in the competitive landscape is affecting their programming strategy, funding choices and viewership trends, particularly in scripted programming. Does the biggest spender win? Or is change being driven predominantly by GenXers, Millennials and the digital generation? If so, where does this leave linear TV?

  • Rob Barnett, Founder/CEO, Omnivision Entertainment & My Damn Channel
  • Reza Izad, CEO, The Collective Studio
  • Katherine Lewis, SVP Strategy & Operations, Fremantle Media Digital & Branded Entertainment

Moderator: David Bank, Managing Director, Equity Research, RBC Capital Markets

10:45 am – 11:30 am—Meet the Experts Roundtable: Agents

  • Shade Grant, Agent, International Television and Media, ICM Partners
  • Rob Miller, President & Founder, Peleton Entertainment

Moderator:  Myles Hazelton, President, Myles Entertainment

10:45 am – 11:15 am—In Conversation With National Geographic Channel: Geoffrey B. Daniels, EVP and General Manager, Nat Geo WILD; Heather Moran, EVP, Programming and Strategy, National Geographic Channel U.S.

10:45 am – 11:15 am—In Conversation With H2 and HISTORY: Mike Stiller, VP, Development and Programming, H2 and HISTORY; Matt Ginsburg, VP, Development and Programming, HISTORY

11:20 am – 11:50 am—In Conversation With Leftfield Pictures: David George, President, Leftfield Pictures

11:20 am – 11:50 am—In Conversation With Discovery Digital Networks: Tom Lofthouse, SVP Programming, Discovery Digital Networks

11:30 am – 12:15 pm—The Changing Face of News, Sports and Weather
This session brings together leaders from top news, sports and weather networks to share their strategies for revitalizing and shaking up the status quo of traditional newscasts, weather reports and game highlights. Docu-soaps, features, miniseries, game shows, talk shows – nothing’s off limits to appeal to viewers’ changing appetites.

  • Steve Capus, Executive Producer, “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and Executive Editor, CBS News
  • David Clark, President, The Weather Channel Network, The Weather Company
  • Libby Geist, Senior Director of Development, ESPN Films

Moderator: Dade Hayes, Executive Editor, Broadcasting & Cable

11:30 am – 12:15 pm—Meet the Experts Roundtable: Attorneys

  • Elizabeth Corradino, Partner, Moses & Singer
  • Richard Hofstetter, Esq., Partner and Co-Chairman Entertainment Group, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein+Selz
  • Amaryllis Seabrooks, Senior Director, Talent—Business Affairs, Discovery Communications

Moderator: Nicole Page, Esq., Partner, Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP

11:55 am – 12:25 pm—In Conversation With Esquire Network: Matt Hanna, Head of Original Programming, Esquire Network

11:55 am – 12:25 pm—In Conversation With Music Choice: TBA

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm—Networking Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm—Fireside Chat: TBA

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm—In Conversation With Animal Planet: TBA

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm—In Conversation With truTV: TBA

2:00 pm -2:45 pm—We’re All Naked, Now What?
We’ve dated naked, had sex in a box and married at first sight. What’s next to shock and titillate reality audiences? It is sometimes said, amid ratings volatility, that reality may be dead, though it is also said that rumors of the category’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Still, the challenge remains: how do we breathe new life into tired formats and stale docusoaps? With scripted TV enjoying a Golden Age and raising viewer expectations and entertainment value to all-time highs, must non-fiction TV be relegated to a lower echelon? Or is it gearing up for a budget-friendly resurgence when the rivers of money needed to develop and produce hour-long dramas and miniseries begin to run dry? Hear from reality visionaries who were integral to the creation of the non-fiction boom about what’s on the horizon.

  • Tim Pastore, President, Original Programming & Production, National Geographic Channel U.S.
  • Lara Spotts, SVP Development, Bravo
  • Shelly Tatro, SVP, Development & Programming, Nonfiction, Alternative & Reality, A&E Network
  • Lori York, Partner, ICM Partners

Moderator: Eli Lehrer, SVP of Non-Fiction Programming, Lifetime

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm—Lifestyle Programming Roundtable

  • Katie Buchanan, SVP, Programming Strategy & Acquisitions, CMT
  • Matt Hanna, Head of Original Programming, Esquire Network
  • Steven Lerner, SVP Programming, HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country
  • Nick Rigg, President, Loud TV
  • Michael Smith, General Manager, Cooking Channel

Moderator: TBA

2:05 pm – 2:35 pm—In Conversation With Group M Entertainment: Adam Pincus, EVP Programming & Production, Group M Entertainment

2:05 pm – 2:35 pm—In Conversation With: TBA

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm—In Conversation With True Entertainment: Glenda Hersh, President & Founder, True Entertainment; Steven Weinstock, President & Founder, True Entertainment

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm—In Conversation With A&E: Kim Chessler, VP of Unscripted Programming, Lifetime Network

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm—Must-See Event TV
From tightrope walks and musical theatre to Lady Gaga and skydivers in outer space, networks have developed a range of spectacles aimed at luring viewers back to their TV screens in real time. While cord cutters revel in the joys of seemingly limitless on-demand selections, what strategies are programmers deploying to amass the tens of millions of simultaneous viewers that give advertisers bang for the buck? Outside of live mainstays such as sports, awards shows and a handful of competition shows that consistently deliver, what’s working in can’t-miss TV to generate water cooler buzz and propel social media to “Oscar selfie” heights?

  • Benjamin Ringe, SVP Development, Peacock Productions
  • More to come

Moderator: TBA

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm—Branded Content Roundtable

  • Jill Griffin, SVP, Managing Director, LiquidThread USA, a division of Starcom Mediavest Group
  • Carey Head, Head of Integrated Production and Technology, BBH North America
  • More to come

Moderator: Jon Lafayette, Business Editor, Broadcasting & Cable

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm—Networking Break

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm—The Rebirth of the Limited and Mini-Series
Roots, The Thorn Birds and The Winds of War set the template in the 1970s. Now, even with audiences consuming their content in made to measure bites, the mini and limited series have roared back to life. Projects now routinely lure A-list film stars, award-winning producers, directors and writers to the small screen. But with big rewards come big budgets and, yes, bigger risks. In this session these maestros of the mini share their expertise and experience in producing some of TV’s biggest draws including new forms of distribution and funding models; how they attract the big-name talent that draws in advertisers and viewers and how they’re combating the growing competition from alternative programmers like Netflix and Amazon.

  • Elaine Frontain Bryant, SVP Development & Programming, HISTORY
  • Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive & GM, PBS
  • Tanya Lopez, SVP, Original Movies, Lifetime
  • Scott Woodward, SVP, Programming & Production, Ovation
  • More to come

Moderator: TBA

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm—In Conversation With Travel Channel: Bethany Latham, Director, Production & Development Management, Travel Channel

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm—In Conversation With Discovery:

4:20 pm – 4:50 pm—In Conversation With Nat Geo WILD: Janet Han Vissering, SVP, Development & Production, Nat Geo WILD

4:20 pm – 4:50 pm—In Conversation With HGTV and DIY Network: Courtney White, VP, Program Development & Production, HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm—The Twilight Zone of Reality Development
With growing market saturation, derivative programming, cord cutting, softening ratings, and the difficulty of launching unknown casts, the pressure has never been higher to develop new reality hits. And yet, there are more steps than ever to get a series greenlit: from Skype calls to sizzles, casting reels to pilots. The bar is high — and so are the costs. Industry experts from both the network and production company side discuss and debate the costly process of getting a show to that green light.

  • Nancy Daniels, GM, TLC
  • Charlie DeBevoise, Founder, NorthSouth Productions
  • Bruce David Klein, President & Executive Producer, Atlas Media Corp.
  • Lauren Lexton, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Authentic Entertainment
  • Scott Lonker, Agent, CAA

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm—True Crime Programming Roundtable

  • Laura Fleury, VP/Head of Programming & Development, LMN
  • Valerie Haselton, Executive Producer & Co-President, Sirens Media
  • Rebecca Toth Diefenbach, Executive Producer & Co-President, Sirens Media
  • More to come

Moderator: Daniel Holloway, Programming and Digital Media Editor, Broadcasting & Cable

4:50 pm – 5:20 pm—In Conversation With Oxygen Media: Brie Bryant, VP of Development and Production, Original Programming, Oxygen Media

4:50 pm – 5:20 pm—In Conversation With VH-1: Jennifer McGovern, VP Development, East Coast, VH-1

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm—Opening Night Cocktail Reception Sponsored by National Geographic Channel


7:30 am – 8:45 am—Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:45 am – 5:30 pm—Networking: The Content Show Delegates Lounge

8:45 am – 9:15 am—Fireside Chat: TBA

9:00 am – 9:30 am—In Conversation With Authentic Entertainment: Lauren Lexton, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Authentic Entertainment

9:00 am – 9:30 am—In Conversation With TV One: D’Angela Proctor, SVP, Programming and Production, TV One

9:15 am – 10:00 am—Who’s Laughing Now?
Why is Amazon willing to pay up to $4 million — aka broadcast network money — for a half-hour comedy pilot? Crude, rude, audacious, irreverent, loud, sexually charged, cerebral, sketch, classic, slapstick, dumb and dumber — comedy takes many forms and has shown remarkable stickiness across platforms. But it looks a lot different than it did in Lucille Ball’s day — or heck, even Ray Romano’s. With MCNs and digital networks offering viewers a never-ending menu of comedic programming to match their every mood and moment, in readily consumable bites, is the sitcom obsolete? Where will the fresh ideas that make us laugh come from and what form will they take? Is there another Saturday Night Live on the horizon? Programming toppers from leading digital and linear comedy networks discuss how they’re keeping viewers laughing and coming back for more.

  • Rob Barnett, founder/CEO, Omnivision Entertainment & My Damn Channel
  • Joe Livecchi, SVP of Development, CMT
  • Christine Lubrano, SVP, Original Programming, IFC
  • Brooke Posch, SVP, Original Programming and Development, East Coast, Comedy Central
  • Marissa Ronca, SVP of Development & Original Programming, truTV

Moderator: Mark Malkoff, My Damn Channel

9:15 – 10:00 am—Meet the Experts Roundtable: Executive Producers

  • Zachary Behr, Executive Producer, HISTORY
  • Jeremy Chillnick, Managing Partner & Head of Production, Warrior Poets
  • More to Come

Moderator: TBA

9:35 am -10:05 am—In Conversation With Electus

9:35 am – 10:05 am—In Conversation With Lifetime

10:00 am -10:45 am—More Than Skin Deep: Diversity Programming
Are networks and advertisers finally paying attention to America’s changing demographics or is diversity just this year’s hot thing? Networks love to jump on a trend and this season boasts an array of broadcast shows centered around ethnically diverse families, characters and cultures, among them Jane The Virgin, Cristela and Black-ish. Programming leaders from the top multicultural networks discuss the significance of these programs and the art and challenge of creating truly integrated and authentic bicultural programming that’s relatable to all audiences vs. mere diversity casting.

  • Michael Garcia, Chief Creative Officer, Televisa USA
  • Maureen Guthman, SVP Programming Strategy & Acquisitions, TV One
  • Linda Ong, President & Brand Strategist, TruthCo.
  • Lynette Ramirez, SVP, Programming, NUVOtv

Moderator: TBA

10:00 am – 10:45 am—Meet the Experts Roundtable: Writers

10:10 am – 10:40 am—In Conversation With Bravo Media: Jenna Rosa, Director, Development, Bravo Media; Rachel Smith, VP, current Production, Bravo Media

10:10 am – 10:40 am—In Conversation With ESPN: Marcia Keegan, VP, ESPN Production

10:45 am – 11:00 am—Networking Break

11:00 am – 11:45 am—Changing Course
Everyone knows that going the distance in a relationship takes work. So what’s a network to do when its loyal viewers get bored and start flirting with other channels or, even worse, forsaking it for digital alternatives? Or is it better to just move on, reinvent and start a new relationship with a completely different demo? This session brings together the best and brightest programming and development experts who’ll let you in on their strategies and successes in evolving and redefining their networks to create a whole new viewing experience.

  • Rod Aissa, EVP, Original Programming & Development, Oxygen Media
  • Chris Linn, President, Head of Programming, truTV
  • Gena McCarthy, SVP, Programming, FYI
  • Michelle Vicary, EVP, Programming & Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks

Moderator: Tom Umstead, Programming Editor, Multimedia Editor,

11:00 am – 11:45 am—Meet the Experts Roundtable: Casting Mavens: TBA

11:00 am -11:35 am—In Conversation With PBS

11:00 am -11:35 am—In Conversation With CMT: Katie Buchanan, SVP, Programming Strategy, CMT; Joe Livecchi, SVP of Development, CMT

11:40 am – 12:10 pm—In Conversation With ISH

11:40 am – 12:10 pm—In Conversation With WE tv: David Stefanou, VP Development, WE tv

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm—Networking Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm—Keynote: Peter Tortorici, CEO, Group M Entertainment Global

Moderator: Melissa Grego, Editor-in-Chief, Broadcasting & Cable

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm—Advertiser-Funded Programming
Since the beginning of TV the model’s been the same: programs are funded by the network, which recoups the investment by selling advertising around the content. Yet “soap operas” are so named because the original soaps were produced and funded by soap brands like P&G. And so we’ve come full circle, where advertisers have moved from buying ad space, product placement and brand integration to the actual creation and production of whole shows from scratch. With the creation of dedicated studios for AFP by the world’s largest agencies like Group M, BBH and Omnicom, how does the entry of these deep pocketed, data rich global agencies into the role of content creator, funder and owner impact the other stakeholders? Heads of a production powerhouse; one of the country’s largest agencies; a top cable network; and the foremost producer of branded content square off to debate and discuss this new dynamic and shift of power. How will everyone play together? Does the one who holds the biggest purse hold the power?

  • Robert DeBitetto, President, A&E Studios
  • Chris Grant, CEO, Electus
  • Brent Montgomery, CEO, Leftfield Entertainment

Moderator: Mark Robichaux, Editor-in-Chief, Multichannel News

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm—The Urgent Evolution of Storytelling
If 2014 is any indication, we’re witnessing a radical change in the creation, distribution and consumption of content. “Programming” is metamorphosing by the second. From non-fiction to social to scripted to pure fantasy–from CNNGo to Snapchat Stories to Oculus Rift—the possibilities enabled by new thinking, big data, hardware innovation and the global explosion of social video are hyper-accelerating new formats, new storytelling, and new programming. This panel invites a select group of content innovators to discuss the urgent evolution of storytelling in a world that is as much about creativity as data. What just happened, what’s happening tomorrow and where will be in a year?

  • Dewey Reid, VP, Executive Creative Director, CNN Digital
  • Hardie Tankersley,VP of Digital Platforms and Innovation, Fox Broadcasting
  • More to come

Co-Moderator: Channing Dawson, Senior Advisor, Scripps Networks Interactive

Co-Moderator: Colin Decker, Group Operating Officer, Discovery Digital Networks

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm—How to Source Multi-format content: Finding the Right Video, Images and Audio for Your Production, Sponsored by AP
Securing the best visual content to effectively convey your story is essential. The right visuals –­ video or images — can set your story apart in a competitive environment. But today there is a lack of awareness and understanding of where to source the right visuals and, most importantly, how to vet the rights and clearances of these resources. The cost for not licensing content properly can result in delayed launch times, expensive research and additional rights costs. This roundtable session will explore strategies for sourcing, vetting and managing your content to avoid the pitfalls that can derail your work. You will speak with a variety of industry experts including The Associated Press to determine what visual resources are available to meet your visual storytelling needs for your next production.

  • Bill Burke, Director, US Video Products, AP
  • Jenn Miller, COO and Co-Founder, Audiosocket
  • Claribel Torres, Manager, Video Products, AP
  • Sara White, Director, National Networks and Major Accounts, AP (Session Chair)

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm—In Conversation With Oxygen Media: Brie Miranda Bryant, VP of Development and Production, Original Programming, Oxygen Media

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm—In Conversation With NorthSouth Productions: Blaine Hopkins, Partner + Co-Executive Producer, NorthSouth Productions

2:35 pm – 3:05 pm—In Conversation With The Weather Channel: Mary Ellen Iwata, VP, Original Content Development, The Weather Channel; Neil Katz, Editor-in-Chief and VP of Content, The Weather Company

2:35 pm – 3:05 pm—In Conversation With: TBA

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm—How A Show Gets Made
The art of the pitch is a noble pursuit: tasty sizzle reels can woo a wide-eyed network executive. But in the end, a good idea is worthless if it can’t be executed. There are good shows and great ideas that produce a variety of results. Join us for an immersive, behind-the-scenes dive into the thinking behind the WHY of how a show gets made, including: Motivating factors for moving a project forward; the risk and rewards of working with seasoned vs. up-and-coming producers and the cost of development and its pitfalls.

  • Gil Goldschein, President, Bunim/Murray Productions
  • Alan Eyres, SVP, Programming and Development, National Geographic Channel U.S.
  • Abby Greensfelder, Co-Owner & Executive Producer, Half Yard
  • Jason Hodes, Partner, WME Entertainment

Moderator: Philip D. Segal, CEO & Executive Producer, Original Productions

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm—Creative Distraction
Multiplatform viewing is TV’s new normal, a secular shift that challenges companies to operate nimbly and see around corners. But the biggest complication of the convergence of digital and traditional businesses is the need to ensure synchronized efforts among internal teams. Simply letting the “digital group” down the hall handle the task of business evolution doesn’t cut it anymore. In this revealing conversation, veteran executives will shed light on how they have navigated the seas of innovation and developed cultures marked by open-source creativity and collaboration.

  • Speakers TBA

Moderator: TBA

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm—Meet the Experts: Viewer Trends

  • Bob Minor, President, Minor Studios
  • More to come

Moderator: A.J. Katz, Editor, Ratings Intelligence

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm—Closing Keynote: TBA

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm—Programming for the Evolving Syndication Market
Top studio execs weigh in about the opportunities and challenges of developing, producing, launching and growing syndicated shows in an increasingly consolidated market and fragmented TV landscape. From program tests to new formats and launch strategies, this roundtable of veterans share what works, what doesn’t and what’s new.

  • Stephen Brown, EVP of Programming and Development, Fox Television Stations
  • Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Creative Affairs, CBS Television Distribution
  • Alexandra Jewett, EVP, Programming, Debmar-Mercury

Moderator: Paige Albiniak, Contributing Editor, Broadcasting & Cable

3:30 pm -4:15 pm—TBA

3:10 pm – 3:40 pm—In Conversation With: TBA

3:10 pm – 3:40 pm—In Conversation With: TBA

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm—In Conversation With: TBA

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm—In Conversation With: TBA