2018 PHOTO ALBUM


Kalifa Al Marar

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
 
UAE

Joao Alegria

Futura TV Channel
 
BRAZIL

Regan Alsup

Discovery Learning Alliance
 
USA

Mike Amor

7 Network Australia
 
USA

John Antoniello

SapientRazorfish
 
USA

Alexander Behse

Monsoon Pictures International Ltd
 
NEW ZEALAND

Nissan Belkin

Telemedia Special Presentations ltd.
 
ISRAEL

Ruth Beni

Animage Films
 
UNITED KINGDOM

Jason Berger

Kids at Play
 
USA

Ivars Berzins

Pacific Screen Ltd
 
NEW ZEALAND

Rajesh Bhosale

Reliance Animation
 
INDIA

Krzysztof Biedalak

SuperMemo World sp. z o.o.
 
POLAND

Marita Graca Bittencourt

Globo News
 
BRAZIL

Eric Black

SCHOLASTIC ENTERTAINMENT
 
USA

Walter Blanc

E-magineurs
 
FRANCE

Phil Blundell

THE EDGE PICTURE CO LTD
 
UNITED KINGDOM

Eduardo Braganca

Independent
BRAZIL

Elaine Meryl Brown

Independent
USA

Christian Bruun

LIGHT CONE PICTURES
 
USA

Sharon Burden

Australian Communications and Media Authority
 
AUSTRALIA

Daniel Carriere

Radio-Canada
 
CANADA

Joan Cartan-Hansen

IDAHO PUBLIC TELEVISION
USA

Paul Cartlich

Giaronomo Productions
 
USA

Javier Castany

The Walt Disney Company LATAM
 
ARGENTINA

Luis Felippe Cavalleiro

TV Globo
 
BRAZIL

Donovan Chan

Beachhouse Pictures
 
SINGAPORE

Bonnie Cheung

Radio Television Hong Kong
HONG KONG

Emily Clements

Radley Yedler
UNITED KINGDOM

Juliette Clerc

Dream On
 
FRANCE

Carlos De Elia

CANAL 13 ARTEAR S.A.
 
ARGENTINA

Sofia de Fay

Independent
 
UAE

Emerson de Morais Anjos

Sentimental Filme
 
BRAZIL

Peter den Hartogh

The Animation School
 
SOUTH AFRICA

Stacey Edmonds

Lively
 
AUSTRALIA

Reim El Houni

Ti22 FILMS
 
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Claudia Ernst

Doclights GmbH / NDR Naturfilm
 
GERMANY

Amanda Evans

Pacific Screen Limited
 
NEW ZEALAND

Jim Fabio

TRUE BLUE CREATIVE
 
USA

Jeremy JP Fekete

ARTE G.E.I.E.
 
GERMANY

Jim Fitzpatrick

LCBO
 
CANADA

Murray Fleming

MFMUSIC INC.
 
CANADA

Nick Francis

Casual Films
 
UNITED KINGDOM

Stephanie Freid

CCTV International
 
ISRAEL

Max Fuhrmann

ff fuhrmannfilm
 
GERMANY

Meredith Gardner

THE STRATEGIC EDGE
 
USA

Marco Giusti

NBC Universal International Television
UNITED KINGDOM

Boris Gorlov

RT
 
RUSSIA

Paul Gowers

Buddy Films
 
UNITED KINGDOM

Marie-Claude Guay

Tata Communications
 
CANADA

Melanie Haft

Nautilusfilm GmbH
 
GERMANY

Alex Hahn

Ludlow Arts
 
USA

Reiko Hara

Fuji Television Netwrok, Inc.
 
JAPAN

Yuko Hashizaki

Kansai Telecasting Corporation
 
JAPAN

Yukari Hayashi

NHK
 
JAPAN

Lea Hodge

LH Productions
 
USA

Steve Imrie

BBC Worldwide Channels
 
AUSTRALIA

Alicja Jankowiak

SuperMemo World sp. z o.o.
 
POLAND

Michaela Javorsky

ORF Austrian Broadcasting Corp.
 
AUSTRIA

Manuela Kasper-Claridge

Deutsche Welle TV
GERMANY

Christopher Khong

Media Corp
 
SINGAPORE

Hiroshi Kimura

Fuji TV
 
JAPAN

Sarah Kirkegaard

MOOVIE GmbH
 
Germany

David Kunac

Final Frame GmbH
 
GERMANY

Sophia Kyriacou

Independent
UNITED KINGDOM

Danilo Lauria

Fusion Media Network
 
USA

Pedro Lopes

SP Televisão, S.A.
 
Portugal

Michael Maack

ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen
 
GERMANY

Donna Malane

Lippy Pictures Ltd
 
NEW ZEALAND

Andrea Mantzei

Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
 
GERMANY

Anna Marbrook

Zoomslide
 
NEW ZEALAND

Matthias Martens

TV Plus GmbH
 
GERMANY

Maribel Martinez

Diecinueve36
 
MEXICO

Anthony Matkovic

Insight Productions
 
CANADA

Heinrich Mayer

INTERSPOT FILM
 
AUSTRIA

Alex McCall

GLASGOW FILMS
 
SCOTLAND

Whitney McGraw

Independent
 
USA

Paula Mermelstein

Showtime
 
USA

Vijaykumar Mirchandani

Middle East Broadcasting Networks
 
USA

Akira Nishimura

Fuji Television
 
JAPAN

Sergio Ortega

Scripps Networks International
 
Italy

Michael Pearce

Independent
 
USA

Jamie Perruquet

SapientRazorfish
 
USA

Paul Petruccelli

Pratt Institute
 
USA

Judy Plavnick Kiley

Sit. Good Girl Productions, LLC
 
USA

Marc Pos

POSVIDEO
 
NETHERLANDS

Hector Pulido

TVE (Television Espanola)
 
SPAIN

Sam Rath

Group Mojo
 
USA

Martijn Rijnberg

Cortical Studios
 
Netherlands

Sharon Roobol

Al Jazeera Network
 
MALAYSIA

Oliver Rowe

Belong Communications
 
UNITED KINGDOM
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Regula Ruegg

Dekart Video
 
USA

Pauline Russell

Scripps Networks Inc.
 
UK

Deepti Sachdeva

Be Learning Pty Ltd
 
AUSTRALIA

Tatyana Santana

Telemundo Media - NBC Universal Hispanic
USA

Vatche Sarkisian

Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc.
 
USA

Laurent Sauvage

France 3
 
FRANCE

Stefan Scholz

Brandscape GmbH
 
GERMANY

Chris Schueler

CHRISTOPHER PRODUCTIONS
 
USA

Elaine Sibert

Three (One) O
 
USA

Andrey Skvortsov

Mercator Group
 
RUSSIA

Jay Soo

MOVING BITS PTE. LTD.
 
SINGAPORE

Eric B Stein

Impact Global Media
 
USA

Chris Stifel

Independent
 
USA

Steve Syarto

Weston Woods Studios
 
USA

Andre Takeda

FOX Networks Group Latin America
 
Argentina

Scott Takeda

TAKEDA ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
 
USA

Gilad Tocatly

Keshet-TV
 
ISRAEL

Liz Tucker

Verve Productions
 
UNITED KINGDOM

Ianessa S. Valdellon

GMA News
PHILIPPINES

Marlyn van Gool

Gado Gado Filmproductions
 
NETHERLANDS

Peter C Vogel

VOGEL AUDIOVISION GMBH & CO. KG
 
AUSTRIA

Brian Vos

Jump Studios Ltd.
 
CANADA

Garland Waller

Boston University
 
USA

Hugh Welsh

DSM North America
 
USA

Jin Whang

Independent
 
USA

Mark Williams

Sundance Channel
 
USA

Jim Wilson

Iceni
 
UNITED KINGDOM

Camilla Ziedorn

TV4 / Nyhetsbolaget
 
SWEDEN

Hannah Mably

MerchantCantos
 
UK

Toshie Yoshida

TI ComNet Japan
 
JAPAN

Maurice Wenneker

Wenneker Group
 
Netherlands

Maurice Wenneker

Founder & Creative Director
Wenneker Group
Netherlands

Maurice Wenneker is the Founder and Creative Director of Wenneker Group. He launched his namesake company in 2005, becoming a pioneer in the production of branded film content for online audiences. Maurice worked extensively within the film and television industry for over fifteen years. As Producer and director, he worked across advertising, film and television, spending eight years directing the Dutch primetime series “Wie is de Mol.” As Founder and Creative Director of Wenneker Group, Maurice has overseen its international expansion, resulting in production houses in Amsterdam, Brussels and Dubai.

Hannah Mably

Executive Producer
MerchantCantos
UK

 Hannah has over 18+ years of professional experience developing and producing creative original film content for global brands, corporates, charities, government and media agencies. She understands the role media and communications play as a key part of business strategy. Self-driven, she is creatively ambitious with a clear focus on quality and impact.

Hannah spent 13 years at World Wide Pictures, before becoming Creative Director at BDA Creative London in 2010, heading up the original content and corporate campaigns division. She joined MerchantCantos in July 2015 as Executive Producer. Hannah is passionate about developing creative, visual content that gets results. Her work has won 50+ industry awards for creativity and effectiveness.

Kalifa Al Marar

Executive Director, Corporate Communication and Marketing
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
UAE

 Khalifa Suhail Al Marar is Executive Director for Corporate Communication and Marketing at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, where he is responsible for the strategic direction of national and global marketing and communications. In this role, he is charged with the overall management of the Corporate Marketing, Service Line Marketing, Events, and Corporate Communications units, which work together to promote the Clinic’s mission of bringing Cleveland Clinic-quality care to Abu Dhabi.

Prior to his current role at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Al Marar served as Vice President of Mubadala Healthcare, where he managed marketing and communication for its network of seven specialized healthcare facilities. In addition, he worked as an advisor to Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi during its pre-opening phase through to full clinical operations. He has also held positions in Mubadala's Group Strategy and Technology & Industry units, as well as in the Special Projects Section of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development's Project Management Office.

He is a multi-award-winning producer of social documentaries, receiving international accolades for his work at Cannes, New York, Abu Dhabi, and Los Angeles film festivals.

Al Marar holds a Master of Strategic Marketing from the Australian University of Wollongong in Dubai, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a double major in Finance and Marketing from California State University, Long Beach, USA.

Joao Alegria

Director
Futura TV Channel
BRAZIL

João Alegria, Futura TV Channel's Director and Professor in Arts & Design Department in PUC-Rio University. Futura is one of the most important initiatives in Communication to Social Change in Brazil. It is an educational and social project, created by Fundação Roberto Marinho/ Globo Group and funded by Private Social Investment.

Regan Alsup

Associate Producer
Discovery Learning Alliance
USA

Regan Alsup is Associate Producer for Discovery Learning Alliance, a 501c3 non-profit organization that uses the power of media to transform education and improve lives in classrooms and communities around the world. In her work, she helps to create mass media initiatives that have entertained tens of millions around the world while addressing critical education, development and public health issues. Prior to joining DLA, Regan worked as a freelance filmmaker for clients such as National Geographic, the US National Park Service, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Mike Amor

U.S. Bureau Chief
7 Network Australia
USA

Seven Network U.S. Bureau Chief Mike Amor is one of Australia’s most experienced journalists. In a career spanning more than three decades, he’s had a front row seat for history; on the ground in New York for September 11, helping to rescue a toddler trapped in the rubble of the Haiti earthquake, heading up coverage of five Presidential elections, travelling to cover global disasters, tragedies, wars and coups as well as standing on the sidelines of five Olympic games and countless red carpets.

Mike has been recognized by his peers for his exceptional short and long form story-telling, including gold at the New York International Film and TV awards, three Edward R Murrow awards, multiple Southern Californian Journalism awards, twice named Broadcaster journalist of the Year.

John Antoniello

VP Senior Group Creative Director
SapientRazorfish
USA

Whether I'm hijacking social media to combat sexism, or creating the world's first crowdsourced platform for gender equality solutions, I strive to show brands that good work is good for business.

I fell in love with the digital world because it has no rules, and because its boundaries are constantly being redefined. As a creative director with a dual background in design and programming, I have over 12 years of experience leading digital marketing efforts for a wide variety of global brands. Just don't ask me to draw; I still make stick-figures with arms that come out of their heads.

I recently worked with Dove to confront media sexism by hijacking the conversation surrounding the summer Olympics. We built a powerful machine learning algorithm to identify sexist quotes around the clock and the globe. For the first time, a global brand risked backlash by taking a stand against Big Media, with a tool that let everyone tweet sexist quotes directly back at the publication that said it. Our campaign fueled an online movement and helped set a new standard for how to cover female athletes.

Born and raised in New York City, I received a dual degree in Computer Science and Photography from NYU. Passionate about feminism, progressive culture and men's street style, I've been featured in Details Magazine and Bill Cunningham's New York Times Style section. When not working, I am dancing hip-hop, making jewelry, reading lots and lots of books, and seeking out esoteric food items to stuff into my face.

Alexander Behse

Producer
Monsoon Pictures International Ltd
NEW ZEALAND

Based in Auckland, Monsoon Pictures International Ltd is the brainchild of German born Alexander Behse, an award winning creative producer whose eclectic body of work has resonated across the wider Pacific. From high-end documentaries to celebrated prime-time series, Behse’s drive for risk-taking treatments, engaging subjects and his eye for talent have made him one of the most innovative and prolific young producers of indigenous, factual, drama, and adventure programming in the region today.

Born and raised in Germany, Behse settled in New Zealand in 2002 after graduating with an MA (Producing) at UTS, Sydney. Behse also holds an MA in European Audio-visual Management from the prestigious Media Business School, Spain (2005).

Nissan Belkin

Director
Telemedia Special Presentations ltd.
ISRAEL

Mr. Belkin began his 30+ year career in the television and film industry and brought his passion and know-how to the business arena. Trained in Electrical Engineering, he is fluent in the full range of advanced technological tools.

Throughout his career, Nissan has been a trailblazer in utilizing the most cutting edge technological tools to heighten the effect of a story. Together with his deep understanding of relaying a business story or message, he is able to captivate audiences.

Nissan has directed and produced exhibition experiences for top companies and has created scores of permanent installations in museums, government buildings, visitors centers, and archeological sites.

Ruth Beni

Director
Animage Films
UNITED KINGDOM

As a founding member of the award winning Animage Films, (founded in 1992) a London based Production Company, Ruth Beni has created many original films, TV shows and adverts for national and international broadcasters including ITV and Channel 4.

In 2006 Ruth left the commercial sector and founded 'The Need to Know Campaign,' creating a series of visually arresting and moving films that highlighted women’s rights abuses such as Forced Marriage, Sex-Trafficking and Female Genital Mutilation.

Consisting of seven films to date 'The Need to Know Campaign' focuses on the urgent need to put an end to all forms of violence against women by striving to mobilize world opinion into effective action.

Jason Berger

Producer
Kids at Play
USA

As founder and executive producer of one-stop production company Kids At Play, Jason Berger leads a team of some of the industry’s most creative minds in creating relevant, engaging and unexpected video for some of the world’s foremost brands, including Intel, Xbox, Mazda, Yahoo!, AOL, AMC, PlayStation 4, Jordan, Black & Decker, Oxfam International, Oakley, NETGEAR and Purina.

Berger began his producing career in Boulder, Colo., where he founded Fat Third Entertainment, a production company that created instructional videos for local businesses. After graduating from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2002, Berger moved to L.A., where he said “yes” to every opportunity, including research, logging footage and driving a forklift. His experience, humility and eagerness led to a position at Red Skies (now Asylum) Entertainment, led by the former head of the Disney Channel and the Fox Sports Regional Networks. There, Berger helped produce the Emmy-nominated series “Beyond the Glory,” and produced, developed and led the field production teams for the “Sports List” pilot, which led to the eventual production of 65 episodes for Fox Sports Net. After a short break from Asylum, Berger later returned as a producer for the series “Fearless” for the Outdoor Life Network, which received a nomination for “Best Documentary” from the Sports Emmy Awards. These experiences, and work as a freelance producer for Fox News, solidified Berger’s confidence and interest in starting a venture of his own. He founded J2D Productions in 2005 and its subsidiary, Kids At Play, in 2008 with the interest and understanding that companies need production of high-quality digital content. With a core team of seven peers, editors for individual projects and additional advisors, Berger thinks that Kids At Play has found a good niche. Steady, appropriate growth will allow the company to create killer content the only thing that matters.

Berger co-directed the award-winning short film “Good Karma $1,” which received more than eight Audience and Best Film Awards after being accepted into more than 20 film festivals, including Slamdance, SF Shorts, DC Shorts, Austin Film Festival and Edmonton International Film Festival. His content averages more than 150 million impressions or views a year and has earned the respect of such clients as Electus, PYE, AMC TV, Yahoo!, My Damn Channel, Current TV and Purina. Current TV’s “50 Documentaries to See Before You Die,” produced by Berger, was one of its most-watched series. Berger also gained accolades for a short film he produced called “Phobic,” shot on a small budget in his hometown of Chicago on 35 mm film. After it was screened at several film festivals, “Phobic” received a seven-year distribution contract from Echelon Entertainment.

Ivars Berzins

Cameraman
Pacific Screen Ltd
New Zeland

Ivars Berzins is one of New Zealand’s leading documentary cameramen. His 40 year career has taken him to the grasslands of outer Mongolia, the ice shelf of Antartica, and to the halls of power at the U.N. in New York. He has a unique eye for capturing the best of human behaviour, often in the worst of situations. He works closely with some of NZ’s best directors, has supervised Newsroom crews, headed up reality TV teams, and has successfully run his own TV production company for two decades. He lives in New Zealand with his producer wife and two sons.

Rajesh Bhosale

Line Producer
Reliance Animation
INDIA

Started his career in 1996, over the years Rajesh core domain has been into Animation Production and now he is well versed with all the processes of 2D & 3D animation commencing from Script to Screen.

He is presently associated as Line Producer with Alliance & has prior rich experience with studios like Reliance Animation, Silvertoon & JadooWorks.

Rajesh worked on two 2D full length movies named HANUMAAN, & KRISHNA AUR KANS.

He has worked on 3D series named Little Krishna, Higgly Town Heroes, Big Bees Jr. & 2D series Shaktimaan, Adventures from the book of virtues & Mucha Lucha

He also worked on many short films, Puppetry Films and Ad Films

Krzysztof Biedalak

CEO
SuperMemo World sp. z o.o.
POLAND

Krzysztof Biedalak is one of the founders of SuperMemo World (www.supermemo.com), a company established in 1991, which reinvented forgetting curves and started the global trend of applying spaced repetition in computer-aided learning. MSc in Computer Science from the Poznań University of Technology, specialized in artificial intelligence and natural language processing. Post-graduate in Finance. Since 2006 CEO at SuperMemo World, personally leading some of its major projects, incl. Olive Green, course of English based on an interactive feature film. Honored by ELT, education and film industries, Olive Green is one of world’s most awarded educational products.

Marita Graca Bittencourt

Producer/Editor
Globo News
BRAZIL

Marita Graça Feijó Bittencourt is a Brazilian journalist from Rio de Janeiro who has been in the television industry for three decades. Since the 80s, she has worked as editor, scriptwriter and producer in a variety of short documentaries and daily newcasts for the Globo Group. For 20 years now, she has been at GloboNews - the first all-news tv channel in Brazil. Marita has been awarded a Vladimir Herzog trophy for a short documentary about the period following the end of the dictatorship in Brazil, and has received a Silver Medal at the 2016 edition of the New York Festivals, in Las Vegas, for the documentary "Kobani lives on - the city that defeated ISIS". Also in 2016, Marita was an Emmy International finalist for the documentary “Syria on the run.”>

Eric Black

Director, Production & Technical Operations
SCHOLASTIC ENTERTAINMENT
USA

Eric Black is the Director of Production & Technical Operations for Scholastic Media where he oversees the final stages of all current productions, as well as the modernization and distribution of Scholastic’s legacy properties. He has written, edited, directed, produced and recorded various promotions and special projects for Scholastic and has been an instrumental part of every Scholastic television and film production since 2002. Prior to his work at Scholastic, Eric held positions at the Jim Henson Company and Oxygen Media.

Eric stays current on the state of children’s media through his four children, ranging in age from 8 years to 9 months.

Walter Blanc

Executive Producer
E-magineurs
FRANCE

After a degree in international business and a couple of experiences abroad (Norway, USA), Walter has been managing and developing the video department at E-magineurs for the past 10 years. With an expertise in corporate videos, he is a key consultant for clients in the industry such as Bouygues Construction, Solvay and Bridgestone and produce worldwide award-winning videos.

 

In 2007, he was the first producer in France to successfully shoot a corporate video with a Canon Mark II DSLR. Innovation and curiosity lay at the heart of his production process, as the team at E-magineurs is always looking for new digital solutions.

 

Since 2015, Walter has led the department into a new direction, with the development of 360 videos and VR applications.

Phil Blundell

Managing Director
THE EDGE PICTURE CO LTD
UNITED KINGDOM

Phil founded The Edge when it opened for business in 1991. Now in its 23rd year, The Edge has won over 300 major international awards in that time and leads the global field as the UK’s leading Corporate Film Production Company, renowned for its outstanding creative programming and a first class track record a record that Phil has personally played a crucial role in achieving. Phil has always been passionate about the power of moving images as a way of grabbing the ‘hearts and minds’ of business audiences, whether internal or external eliciting behavioural and attitudinal change. Many of his films are cutting edge and have been highly acclaimed for their creativity, winning numerous UK and International communication awards.

Eduardo Braganca

Creative Consultant
Independent
BRAZIL

For the past seventeen years I've been working as a writer for TV and Advertising. I've worked at Ogilvy & Mather, McCann, Havas Worldwide, Cartoon Network and was the head of the On Air Department of Discovery Networks in Brazil.

 

Since 2015 I've been dedicating my self to teach what I've learned along the way, coaching creatives and helping them to build a healthy and solid career.

Elaine Meryl Brown

Producer. Content Strategist.
Independent
USA

Elaine M. Brown is a Daytime Emmy Award winning writer who has won multiple NY Festivals, Promax, CTAM Mark, and other industry awards. As HBO Creative Services VP, Elaine launched digital platforms targeting specific demographics and the in-house Special Markets agency, responsible for a variety of branded entertainment and affiliate marketing projects, including HBO Latino. Also a Creative Director at Showtime, Elaine is the author of two novels and a best-selling non-fiction book on leadership, published by Random House. She is currently Content Strategist and Producer for New World Image Group, a brand creative production company based in Atlanta.

Christian Bruun

Producer
LIGHT CONE PICTURES
USA

Christian D. Bruun is an international film director/producer, architect, and curator in filmmaking, digital media, and architecture. His films have had international theatrical and television distribution and been in official selection at Sundance, Tribeca, Locarno, and Berlin film festivals. His film, The Man Who Saved the World, won the 2016 Danish Film Academy Awards. He has directed national TV commercials. Christian curated/designed the US Pavilion at Venice Biennale (2004, 2006). New York ambassador for Index Design Awards, board member of the A+D Museum in Los Angeles. He studied at SCI-Arc, California and holds a Master of Architecture (AAA, Denmark).

Sharon Burden

Senior Advisor, Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner
Australian Communications and Media Authority
AUSTRALIA

Sharon Burden has over twenty years experience in the media, communications and online safety fields. Sharon is currently a Senior Advisor with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, which develops innovative educational resources and programs designed to empower Australians to safely enjoy the benefits of digital technologies.  Sharon is the architect behind the highly regarded iParent online safety advice platform. Sharon was also the project lead of the international award winning anti-cyberbullying video for teens, Tagged. Her outstanding contribution to this project has been recognised by the Australian Communications and Media Authority with an Australia Day Achievement Medallion.  

Daniel Carriere

Science Reporter
Radio-Canada
CANADA

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 Television Network) . I have done science stories in Paris, Dubai, Geneva and Gibraltar. Last year, I won the New York Festivals Gold World Medal for a sports documentary on the science of rowing solo across the Atlantic. The year before, I 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 I am honored to be a grand jury member this year.

Joan Cartan-Hansen

Science Trek Producer/Host
IDAHO PUBLIC TELEVISION
USA

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/

Paul Cartlich

Senior Creative Editor
Giaronomo Productions
USA

Paul is an international award winning Trailer Editor and Producer. Having carved a name for himself at one of London’s top agencies – Empire Design. 2012 saw him transfer to their New York office to head up the editing team, creating high profile television campaigns for shows such as The Walking Dead (Comic-Con trailers seasons 1,5 and 6) Breaking Bad, Mad Men and theatrical trailers including Filth, Louder Than Bombs and the critically acclaimed Rust and Bone.

The recipient of several major industry awards including a Key art Award (The Counselor) and a Golden Trailer Award (Frost-Nixon) he is proud to continue his work as a compelling visual storyteller recognized as a leading light in his field.

Paul is currently at Giaronomo Productions as a Senior Creative Editor.

Javier Castany

Director, Prod. Orig. Programming DC/DXD
The Walt Disney Company LATAM
ARGENTINA

Since January 2015, Javier Castany serves as Director of the Production Department, Original Programming for Disney Channel and Disney XD at The Walt Disney Company Latin America. As head of the Executive Production Department, Castany works on the general strategy of both network´s original content, is in charge of its projects execution, and contributes in its development in other business platforms.

He is currently in charge of local productions such as: Disney Channel´s SOY LUNA and PIJAMA PARTY (first original game show); O11CE, which airs on Disney XD; and JUACAS, a Brazilian co-production for Disney Channel Latin America. Previously, he was responsible for the Disney Channel´s local productions: VIOLETTA, THE U-MIX SHOW, and CUANDO TOCA LA CAMPANA; as well as Disney XD´s: PETER PUNK and JUNGLE NEST; and he was also in charge of running the three versions of ZAPPING ZONE, developing the miniseries HIGHWAY: RODANDO LA AVENTURA, and producing special synergy formats. His other producing credits include the first seasons of Tv shows EL JARDÍN DE CLARILÚ and LA CASA DE DISNEY JUNIOR for Disney Junior, and the Brazilian co-production for Disney Channel Latin America:¡QUÉ TALENTO!, where he participated in two seasons.

Castany started working for Disney projects in 2004 as production supervisor on PLANETA DISNEY (a Disney programming block that airs on Argentina´s channel Telefé), where he worked until 2005. In February 2008, he joined the company as senior producer.

He started working in independent production companies specializing in television channels, creating content for Pramer´s Canal (á), and Claxson´s Infinito.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Castany graduated from T.E.A. with an associate degree in journalism and production and earned a bachelor´s degree in communication from the Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Luis Felippe Cavalleiro

News, Graphics and Illustration
TV Globo
Brasil

As graphic manager for the News department of TV GLOBO in Brasília, I’ve been working close to the great political changes in Brazil for the last 25 years. Besides that, I normally take part on the global projects of my company in many other areas of the news department. I´m responsible for both the graphics and for the set decoration of news products in Brasília, and with the integration of those two areas, as well as keeping the graphic line of the whole news department in the country. I have a role on the research and acquisition of news softwares and hardwares.

Donovan Chan

Creative Director
Beachhouse Pictures
SINGAPORE

Bonnie Cheung

Executive Producer
Radio Television Hong Kong
HONG KONG

Bonnie Cheung is the Deputy Head of Public and Current Affairs Section (TV) of Radio Television Hong Kong. During her more than 20 years of industry experience in TV broadcasting, she has directed an extensive range of programmes and documentaries. Recently, she is the Senior Executive Producer of a daily morning show and a weekly political magazine programme.

Emily Clements

Head of Moving Image
Radley Yedler
UNITED KINGDOM

Emily heads up the Moving Image team at Radley Yeldar. She has been making award-winning films for both public and private sector organisations for more than 17 years. She brings both creativity and strategic thinking to moving image projects and has wide ranging knowledge and experience of differing industry sectors and production genres (from drama and documentary to commercials and animation) and interactive projects, recently delivering a wholly animated 360 VR experience for one of our clients.  Emily has worked with a wide-range of clients at RY including GSK, Beiersdorf, The Science Museum, Tedx London, Visit Britain, and JTI.

Juliette Clerc

CEO and Head of On air department
Dream On
FRANCE

After a degree in international business, Juliette started her career at View, a major French broadcast design agency. She quickly moved to the French TV station M6 as an artistic coordinator in charge of on air branding for 3 TV stations. In 2002 Juliette joined Dream On to run the companies TV branding department, which includes production and business development.

In 2008, Juliette launched Jules and George Productions, a brand content startup with the goal to maximize her experience in communication and content. That experience led her to join Orange Cinéma Séries, to supervise the multimedia launch of Martin Scorcese series « Boardwalk Empire » in 2010.

Quickly after that, Canal+ offered her the position of On Air Branding Producer in 2011, responsable for the branding and production of the 30 Canal+ group TV stations.

Since August 2012, Juliette is back at Dream On heading the video department, as the business unit director, to develop projects within the media market but also for brands that need to communicate globally.

Carlos De Elia

News Manager
CANAL 13 ARTEAR S.A.
ARGENTINA

Argentine citizen, he studied Social Communication at the University of Salvador and he is currently the News Department Manager 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

Film Director
Independent
UAE

For over 2 decades now Sofia has directed films for television stations, multi-nationals, advertising agencies, governments, charities, the web, channels and presidents, sheikhas, kings and princes. She has filmed in UK, Jordan, Qatar, Lebanon, UAE, Namibia, Gabon, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Italy, Germany, France, Thailand, Nepal, Indonesia, India, Cambodia, Somalia, Bosnia and United States of America. She directs short fiction films, corporate films, branded content films, TV series, dramatic documentaries, feature film documentaries, heart-wrenching fund-raising films and small commercials. Beyond this work, there are matters of the heart, independent projects that are fearless quests scratching for the truth, uncovering the savage, the strange, the violent, the sad, the crazy, the dark and the unexplained in forgotten places.

Born to a Hungarian father and British mother, Sofia grew up in UK and immigrated to South Africa when she was 6 years old. After studying English, Psychology, Politics and Law, Sofia began her career as a junior copywriter in an advertising agency. She soon found it more inspiring to gather stories in the burning township streets of apartheid South Africa. She penned her first article “Bara Blues” from a blood splashed ER unit and a local magazine snapped it up. Following this fortuitous break she carved out a niche for herself developing her skill as a scriptwriter and soon had written 500 documentaries that were distributed to 18 territories worldwide. In the beginning she specialized in wildlife and anthropological scripts. She quickly secured her footing with international channels such as National Geographic, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel. The following years of diverse and challenging writing assignments, ranging from feature films to a soap opera to sitcoms to reality shows, to commercials taught her the language of film and from this she started to shape her aesthetics and sensibility as a director.

Emerson de Morais Anjos

Executive and Creative Producer
Sentimental Film
Brazil

Emerson de Morais is a Brazilian executive producer from São Paulo, which has been running entertainment business in independent production companies. In the last years he is responsible for building Sentimental Film’s TV department, shaping the company products pipeline as executive and creative producer. In 2017, he has received the Gold World Medal in New York Festival for the documentary series in five episodes called “Eu Me Movo” as executive producer. For 2018, he is working as executive and creative producer in “Lendas Urbanas” a thriller TV series for Record TV, the second most important broadcaster in Brazilian Market.

Peter den Hartogh

Director
The Animation School
SOUTH AFRICA

Peter den Hartogh studied in Amsterdam to become a fine art teacher. Peter moved to South Africa and was employed at Ogilvy and Mather advertising agency.

He then founded Cape Town’s well-known D&O Audio Visual Studios which won numerous International Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.

Peter left D&O to become a free-lance Producer-Director in Johannesburg, creating a multitude of Product Launches and Inter-Company Communication presentations.

During this time, Peter mastered the art of 3D Digital Animation and applied this to his productions.

When Peter returned to Cape Town he founded The Animation School, which is South Africa’s leading internationally accredited Animation and Visual Effects training centre. The School is included in the list of the Top 100 International Animation Schools.

Peter builds and plays several musical instruments, in particular the pedal steel guitar. He has participated in studio recordings with South African artists and has appeared on Radio and TV broadcasts. Enjoying his retirement, he now has a recording studio where he composes, arranges, performs and records his own music.

Stacey Edmonds

Founder & MD
Lively
AUSTRALIA

Stacey is a multi- award winning Filmmaker and Digital Producer, Gamification expert, well-established Learning & Development professional and highly sought after Keynote Speaker. Her 20 years of experience in the complementary industries: Organisation Development, Entertainment, Marketing and Technology lend valuable skills in her passion for creating innovative multi-platform content and experiences. Last year she founded her own company Lively, a Learning Agency, headquartered in Sydney.

Reim El Houni

Managing Director
Ti22 FILMS
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Reim El Houni trained in the BBC in London and gained valuable experience with other UK based TV stations, before moving to the corporate sector early in her career. Reim worked her way up the ladder primarily working on the production of corporate films, TV commercials, webcasts and events projects. She moved to Dubai in 2007 where she was catapulted back into the broadcast world, producing & directing the first English language locally produced TV show for the terrestrial channel, Dubai One. She became an Executive Producer at the channel, responsible for developing a range of lifestyle programming. In January 2011, Reim launched her own production company Ti22 Films servicing both corporates & broadcasters. Ti22 Films has won 9 New York Festival Awards & an additional 9 finalist awards and in 2014 was awarded its first Cannes Corporate Media and TV Award. Reim is now busy developing a new innovative online channel, dubai ON demand, under the Ti22 brand. Reim has served on the Jury of the New York Festival Television & Film Awards for the last 4 years and is delighted to return for a fourth year.

Claudia Ernst

Assistenz GF Joern Roever
Doclights GmbH / NDR Naturfilm
GERMANY

Claudia has worked for 16 years in nonfiction 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).

Amanda Evans

Producer/Director
Pacific Screen Limited
NEW ZEALAND

Amanda has 35 years experience in broadcasting as a director, producer and executive producer. She’s worked for a range of broadcasters and has run her own successful production company for two decades. Her award-winning work spans comedy, news and current affairs, arts, children’s and minority programming. Her particular skills lie in documentary storytelling and in reality format development, having successfully sold her original format The $20 Challenge into five countries. Her special interests lie in difficult-to-tell stories, negotiating access, and building relationships between disparate parties to achieve top ratings for the networks.

Jim Fabio

Producer/Director
TRUE BLUE CREATIVE
USA

Jim Fabio began his career documenting military operations for the Department of Defense as a U.S. Air Force Combat Camera Officer. A two-time Emmy Award-winner, his diverse career path in film and television has since afforded him opportunities to produce, direct, shoot and edit both scripted and documentary projects for a multitude of clients and networks, to include ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, PBS, MTV, VH1, ESPN, NFL Network, A&E, History Channel, HBO and Showtime.

Jeremy JP Fekete

filmmaker, writer & director
ARTE G.E.I.E.
GERMANY

Jeremy JP Fekete started his career as a performing artist with several exhibitions at the „ART BASEL“, Kunstmuseum Luzern“, Kunsthaus Aargau“ and at the „Kunstmuseum Basel“. 1993 he switched to the TV and film business as a freelance author-filmmaker. His cinematic work – mostly created for the german-french culture-channel ARTE - is highly influenced by his artistic education.

His work has been internationally rewarded several times: in USA at the „New York Festival“ and „Worldfest Houston“, in Gemany at the „Adolf Grimme Award“, „Deutscher Kamerapreis“ and „Art Directors Club“, in Switzerland at the „Rose d’Or“ and for the „International Filmmaker Festival of World“ Cinema in London, England and Nice, France.

Jim Fitzpatrick

Manager Broadcast Production Group
LCBO
CANADA

I manage production and content creation for LCBO, one of the world’s largest buyers and retailers of beverage alcohol.  This includes television, photography, radio, digital, design and event staging. I am a seasoned director, photographer and multi-channel content producer who leads a highly creative team. I am responsible for all aspects of creative development, production and post-production.  

Murray Fleming

Owner
MFMUSIC INC.
CANADA

Murray Fleming is an award-winning composer/sound designer who has been creating distinctive theme songs and sound design for television programming/commercials heard across Canada since 1998. Fleming's company MFMusic Inc. has won 5 New York Festival awards, 2 Promax/BDA Gold Awards, a Promax/BDA Sports Media Marketing Award and a SOCAN music award. Recent credits include Theme music for City’s Breakfast Television, Sound Design for CBC’s broadcast of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and 2014 FIFA World Cup. MFMusic provides audio post-production services creating sound and music for Rogers Media television properties including Sportsnet, City, OMNI, and The Shopping Channel.

Nick Francis

Chairman
Casual Films
UNITED KINGDOM

Nick began his career working on BBC Breakfast News before founding Casual Films alongside friend Barnaby Cook. Nick has directed several hundred films on four continents, working with a large variety of brands including PwC, Jaguar, Landrover, Suzuki, TAQA, Canon and Samsung. Among many awards Nick won the 2011 IVCA Best Director Gold Award for Thames Valley Police.

Stephanie Freid

Correspondent/Producer
CCTV International
ISRAEL

A MidWest transplant to the MidEast, award winning correspondent, director, editor, writer and public speaker Stephanie Freid focuses her energy on creating documentary shorts in conflict zones like Libya, Iraq, Syria and Mali. Her specialty: driving home the "human message" amidst turmoil, loss and chaos.  

Max Fuhrmann

Head of Production / line producer
ff fuhrmannfilm
GERMANY

Meredith Gardner

Founder
THE STRATEGIC EDGE
USA

Dr. Meredith Gardner, Founder of The Strategic Edge and Strategic CIO Solutions, is an expert in communication and leadership. Her “mind-bending approaches” prompt different perspectives which lead to different actions. Meredith is an author, speaker, coach, trainer, mentor, pioneer and entrepreneur. Her clients include colleges and universities, large/small national and international companies, trade associations, and leadership conferences/retreats. Meredith has been a TV and radio host/guest on: ABC TV (D.C.), Joe Franklin, MNN, Bloomberg News, Wall Street Journal Radio Network, Voice of America & CNN radio; and hosted her own radio program on WGBB 1240 AM (Long Island).

Marco Giusti

SVP Creative, Global
NBC Universal International Television
UNITED KINGDOM

Marco Giusti is Senior Vice President, Creative, NBCUniversal International (NBCUI). Based in London, UK, he is responsible for the creative strategy and evolution of NBCUI Networks and Studios - in addition to the company’s corporate brand.

Since joining NBCUI in 2012, Marco has led rebrands for a number of the channels, with the global refresh of Universal Channel in 103 countries winning numerous awards, including a Gold PROMAX Global Excellence Award.

Prior to joining NBCUI, Marco was Vice President of Programming and Marketing, EMEA for Warner Bros, Creative Director for a number of interactive platforms and one of the original founders of production network Tarantula.

Giusti has won numerous awards including a BAFTA and EMMY for his work developing and designing pioneering on-demand television channels.

Boris Gorlov

Producer & Head of Promo Department
RT
RUSSIA

Boris Gorlov is the head of RT promo department with 15-year working experience in the media.

He joined RT in 2006 as a producer for English promo department, at the same time being a professor at the Moscow State Art and Cultural University. In 2009 he became chief-editor of Spanish promo department.

He leaded the united promo department in 2013 and continued his work on various promotions for all RT family channels: RT International, RT UK, RT Español, RT Arabic, RTDoc. With his team he won numerous TV awards including New York Festivals, PromaxBDA, Omni etc.

Paul Gowers

Creative Director
Buddy Films
UNITED KINGDOM

Paul Gowers, Creative Director and Founder, Buddy Ltd. Paul has won more than 40 international awards as a writer and director working with brands such as Google, The Co-op, Barclays, Ford and Cancer Research UK.

 

Broadcast credits include Queen and Country, an ITV special for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Our Gender Swap Wedding for Sky TV and Anderson, a comedy for Channel 4.  Award winning films include  BAFTA long-listed Waiting for Conkers and Ripple, winner of the New York Festivals Grand Award. Paul was a creative director on London’s 2012, Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 Olympic bids. 

Marie-Claude Guay

Head of Strategic Communications and Innovative Initiatives
Tata Communications
Canada

Marie-Claude has spent 14 years researching, interviewing, producing and telling stories from over 30 countries, as a Radio-Canada reporter and through Cpasifou, her independent multimedia project around the world. Award winning journalist with endless curiosity, she covered many election campaigns, as well as major economic, environmental, cultural, social, and educational issues. She made a career change after completing her MBA degree. She is now Head of Strategic Communications and Innovative Initiatives at Tata Communications. Polyglot, she is looking forward to discover the best media productions in the world and learn from her worldwide peers dedicated work.

Melanie Haft

Managing Director and Production Manager
Nautilusfilm GmbH
GERMANY

Melanie studied Media and Communications in Augsburg. She joined nautilusfilm as assistant producer in 2001 and had been Head of production since 2004. Her filmography includes: ANDALUSIA (NDR, National Geographic, ORF, TVE, Parthenon Ent 2004), LIVE LONGER, LIVE WILD (NDR,Parthenon Ent. 2004), SUPERMOUSE (BR,ARTE, Parthenon Ent. 2004), THE MEADOW (NDR,ARTE, Parthenon Ent, ORF 2005) THE CRAYFISH IN THE JAM JAR (BR, ARTE 2008), EVOLUTION OF FLIGHT (SWR, WDR 2008), THE FOREST (NDR, ARTE, ORF 2009) BAVARIA`S ALPINE KINGDOM (ARD, NGCI 2009), POPPY`S PROMISE (BR, ARTE, ERR 2010), EN ROUTE TO THE ARCTIC CIRCLE (NDR 2010), WILD SCANDINAVIA - NORWAY (NDR, WDR, ARTE, SVT, NATGEO, DISCOVERY 2011), THE MOOR (BR, ARTE, SVT, ERR 2013), THE GREEN PLANET(THEATRICAL RELEASE, NDR 2013), SECRET GARDEN (NDR, ARTE 2013) KINGS OF HEAVENS (WDR, ARTE 2014), WILD SLOVAKIA (BR, ARTE 2014), GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINs (NDR, ARTE, NAT GEO 2014), MAGICAL MOORS (THEATRICAL RELEASE, BR 2015), CHIEMSEE, A SEA IN BAVARIA (BR, WDR, ARTE 2015), CHILDREN OF THE SUN - WILD BEES (BR, WDR, ARTE 2016) and FJORDS OF NORWAY (NDR, ARTE, NAT GEO 2017).

Alex Hahn

electronic media artist
Ludlow Arts
USA

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.

Reiko Hara

Director of International Department
Fuji Television Netwrok, Inc.
JAPAN

Ms. Hara grew up as a global citizen, living in various countries. Fluent in English, she joined Fuji Television Network, the leading commercial broadcaster in Japan, where she was assigned to the Production department and worked on NARUHODO THE WORLD, a highly famed travel quiz show, and SMAPxSMAP, a variety show starring Asian super-star group SMAP. Since 2005, Ms. Hara has been with the International Department. One of her current tasks is to select and submit the station’s productions for various international awards, making her a connoisseur of fine programs.

Yuko Hashizaki

International Relations
Kansai Telecasting Corporation
JAPAN

Ms. Yuko Hashizaki works in International Relations at Kansai Telecasting Corporation. In the company, she gained extensive experience in the Special Events and Promotion department, where she worked on projects such as Cirque de Soleil Osaka Performances, Japan tours of Riverdance, The Ten Commandments and Italian opera houses. She has also worked on traditional Japanese arts projects such as Kyogen performances. From 2005 she worked in international relations for the news department, taking care of the company’s oversees bureaus and foreign correspondents. In 2012 she entered the President’s Office in charge of International Relations, where she now produces and promotes international competition editions of Kansai Telecasting Corporation’s programs, as well as supporting the company’s international business strategies

Yukari Hayashi

Senior Producer, Programming Department
NHK
JAPAN

Hayashi joined NHK in 1987 as a TV director and directed many programs in a wide range of genres, mainly documentaries. Her documentary Tibetan Book of the Dead (1993) was chosen as a finalist at Prix Italia 1993. She was part of the production team of NHK’s most watched daily current affairs magazine program before becoming a producer and commissioning editor for the “World Documentary” slot which is NHK’s slot for acquisition and co-production documentaries. In 2009 she became editor in chief of the daily news magazine “Asia Crossroads” in the News Department.

Lea Hodge

Producer/Director
LH Productions
USA

Lea Hodge, Executive Producer of LHProductions, particularly enjoys producing and directing historical documentaries, live awards events and museum exhibits. She has received numerous accolades for her thought-provoking work for the entertainment and music arts, patriotic tributes, as well as challenging collaborations on politics, sports and business communications.

Steve Imrie

Senior Producer
BBC Worldwide
SINGAPORE

Steve has 20+ years experience as a media professional. He’s worked in many countries as a creative director and senior producer and has won numerous international awards for the spots he has conceived and produced. His New York Festival credits alone include 10 World Gold medals and last year he won a Grand Trophy and his team was awarded 2016 Promotions Team of the Year. At BBC Worldwide Asia Steve oversees creative for BBC Earth, BBC Brit, BBC Entertainment, BBC Lifestyle, BBC First and CBeebies channels and the new BBC Player platform.

Steve has worked on aid projects in Guatemala and Honduras and Steve’s hunger for personal challenge has seen him sail across many of the world’s oceans.

Alicja Jankowiak

Editor-in-Chief
SuperMemo World sp. z o.o.
POLAND

Alicja Jankowiak is the Editor-in-Chief at SuperMemo World, a leading provider of online and mobile learning solutions in Poland, also operating globally. Holds two MA titles: in English and Ethnolinguistics from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. Postgraduate in Management. Executive producer and editorial project manager for Olive Green, the multiple-award winning product for learning English based on a full feature interactive film, authored and published by SuperMemo World. Enthusiast of languages, applying the latest technology in the process of learning and all things Basque

Michaela Javorsky

Program Development & Entertainment TV
ORF Austrian Broadcasting Corp.
AUSTRIA

After having worked many years in various positions in the field of Entertainment TV at ORF, since 2014 I am part of ORF’s Program Development Team. I am – amongst other things - responsible for evaluating new international formats and concepts and therefore do know and am in contact with many international production companies, which means that I have a good overview of the market.

I am also part of the Eurovision Entertainment Development Team where I together with colleagues from other European Public Service TV Stations try to create new pan-european entertainment shows.

Manuela Kasper-Claridge

Head of Business and Science
Deutsche Welle TV
GERMANY

Manuela Kasper-Claridge is a journalist and head of Deutsche Welle Business and Science Dept. DW is Germany's international broadcaster. She initiated partnerships with the WEF and is on the board of trustees of Germany’s ifo institute and a member of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics.

Christopher Khong

Senior Creative Director
Media Corp
SINGAPORE

I always had an interest in interior designing and was studying in the hopes of being an architect but I stumbled into the media industry by accident. From covering duties for a woman on maternity leave as a typist to being a Senior Creative Director, you can say I did the right things at the right time.

Throughout these 23 years in the media business, I have gone through numerous roles. I started a cable channel (at JETTV), produced many vignettes for the Sales department (at CNBC Asia), managed a department (On-Air promotions at MediaCorp TV Singapore Pte Ltd) and recently produced an online travel series.

In my career, I am blessed to be surrounded by good and creative people, working with them, I have garnered international and Asian awards, winning 1 Gold at Promax Asia, 3 Silvers and 1 bronze at Promax International and most recently, I was also awarded the World Gold at the New York Festival 2016.

You can say I’ve done everything, Well, not all. I have many regrets in my life but work is not one of them. It has enabled me to excel in the field that I love and made many friends along the way.

Hiroshi Kimura

Director
Fuji TV
JAPAN

Hiroshi was a budding director and assistant producer at Fuji Television. He started out as a gofer, then became an assistant director to blockbuster dramas like SUMMER ROMANCE SHINES IN RAINBOW COLORS (2010), YOU TAUGHT ME ALL THE PRECIOUS THINGS (2011), RICH MAN POOR WOMAN (2012), all in Fuji TV’s popular Monday night drama slot. He then became an assistant producer for A CLINIC ON THE SEA (2013), NOBUNAGA CONCERTO, THE DRAMA (2014) where he accumulated his experience in drama production.

Hiroshi’s first production as a full-fledge producer, a three-episodes prequel to A GIRL AND THREE SWEETHEARTS (2016), was distributed on Internet through our SVOD service and was ranked in the top 3 most downloaded drama last summer.

He now works as a director in the Sports Department, and takes part in soccer broadcasting, and filming documentary.

Sarah Kirkegaard

Producer
MOOVIE GmbH
Germany

Born 1977 in Bonn, Germany

MA (Cantab) in Philosophy from Clare College, Cambridge University, postgraduate studies in Literature and Audiovisual Media at Cologne University. Sarah worked as a dramaturg and assistant theatre director in Switzerland and Germany before starting to read screenplays and creating her own fictional and documentary pieces for television and radio at WDR (West German Broadcasting). She also co-produced a series of short films in Germany and Colombia, one of which she directed herself. In 2007, Sarah moved to Berlin to join the development department at MOOVIE / Constantin Film, where she has since been supporting CEO and producer Oliver Berben as a script editor, dramaturg, screenwriter, creative producer, and associate producer.

As of January this year Sarah became a producer at MOOVIE. Her focus is on historical mini-series, adaptations from literature, and contemporary (family) drama. Apart from renowned German awards such as Grimme Preis, her films have received international recognition, most recently a New York Festivals Gold World Medal 2015 and the Rockie Award at the BANFF World Media Festival 2015 for “Das Zeugenhaus” / “The Witness House”.

Sarah has worked with co-producers, crews and service producers in Austria, Denmark, Gran Canaria, South Africa, Israel, Colombia, Argentina, and the USA.

Among her filmography for MOOVIE are
TV movies including “Die Schweigeminute,” (2015 ZDF), “Das Jerusalem-Syndrom” (2013 SWR), “Mutti steigt aus” (2013 ZDF); “Die Löwin” (2011 ZDF), „Liebesjahre” and“Niemand ist eine Insel” (2010 ZDF)

Historical TV Movies including “Das Zeugenhaus” (2014 ZDF) and “Der Wagner-Clan” (2013 ZDF); and Mini-series including “Alles muss raus” (2014 ZDF) “Das Adlon. Eine Familiensaga” (2012 ZDF) and “Klimawechsel” (2009 ZDF)

David Kunac

Managing Director
Final Frame GmbH
GERMANY

David entered the world of moving images 20 years ago in Munich, Germany. He started in the field of editing and producing for RTL Television, Germany's biggest private broadcasting network. After more than 10 years of News coverage around the globe David was looking for new inspiration. In 2008 David co-founded FINAL FRAME, his own production company that is well known as a boutique production company with a broad portfolio - from corporate films to documentaries. FINAL FRAME's latest project is the award winning feature doc: DRAWING AGAINST OBLIVION. David claims: "For the first time in my life I could use my skills and talent to create something of relevance and value. 

Sophia Kyriacou

Broadcast Designer and 3D Artist
Independent
UNITED KINGDOM

Sophia is a multi award-winning designer in the broadcast design industry. With 20 years experience at the BBC, her work has been seen and enjoyed by millions of viewers worldwide.

She has also carved a career as a freelancer, working with exciting clients and projects from documentaries to programme brands. Her recent project, The Human Rights Zoetrope earned her 9 global awards.

She is hugely passionate about storytelling and the moving image and is currently working on a 3D Concept Film and planning her animated short film. Sophia is also a full voting member at BAFTA.

Danilo Lauria

Creative Director
Fusion
USA

Danilo Lauria is a Video Artist and Creative Director that has specialized in social media films. Based in NY, he has been the video creative director of Fusion since 2014. His work, shot and edited on iPhone, has a very distinctive style. He has worked with brands such as Stella McCartney, the Guggenheim Museum and Vogue

Pedro Lopes

Content Director
SP Televisão, S.A.
Portugal

Pedro Lopes. Content Director for SP Televisão, Portugal. Teaches at ESCS – School of Communication and Media studies and at UCP – Catholic University of Lisbon. Vice-coordinator of the Portuguese team of Ibero-American Observatory of Television Fiction (OBITEL). In 2011, he won the International Emmy Award for Best Telenovela with Laços de Sangue. In 2013, he was nominated for the Sophia Awards, from the Portuguese Cinema Academy in the category of Best Original Screenplay with Assim Assim. In 2016, he won the World Gold Medal at the New York Festival’s World’s Best TV and Films with Coração d’Ouro.

Michael Maack

Marketing Producer
ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen
GERMANY

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.

Donna Malane

Producer
Lippy Pictures Ltd
NEW ZEALAND

Donna Malane is co-director with Paula Boock of New Zealand film and television company Lippy Pictures. Included in their credits, they have written and produced five Telefeature dramas Until Proven Innocent, (winning 6 of the major awards Quantas TV Awards including Best Drama), Tangiwai - A Love Story (nominated for the Festival De Television De Monte-Carlo in 2012,) Field Punishment No 1 (Gold World Medal at the NY International Television & Film Awards) feature length drama-doco Pirates of the Airwaves and their most recent film for television Jean (2016), tells the story of NZ’s famous Aviatrix Jean Batten.

Andrea Mantzei

Creative Strategy
Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
GERMANY

Matthias Martens

Managing Director and Executive Producer
TV Plus GmbH
GERMANY

Matthias Martens has gathered more than 16 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 (German Public Radio and TV) - the largest TV Group in Germany.

Vincent produces a large spectrum of films, docudramas, for example “A Blind Hero – The Love Of Otto Weidt” that won several international awards including the World Gold Medal at the New York Festivals 2015, documentaries, shows and other media formats, for example more than 240 episodes of “Menschen bei Maischberger”, which is one of the highest ranking and longest running shows for the ARD.

Maribel Martinez

Creative Director
Diecinueve36
MEXICO

Maribel Martínez has functioned as both Creative Director and Producer in Mexico. Her work has been honored in NY Festivals, Promax World Gold, Broadcast Design Association, Animacor, Creative Circle and Caracol de Plata. * Imaginantes Creative Director at Televisa until 2012 she independently founded 19 + 36 design and animation sequences for film and TV credits, focusing on creating original animated content for kids, design and branding for TV channels.

Anthony Matkovic

Sr. Manager of Branded Content
Insight Productions
Canada

The love of television and all things media led Anthony to join Insight Productions in 2007. He manages the production of branded content integrations within Insight’s shows, working alongside hundreds of globally recognized brands, agencies and networks to produce compelling, unique and award-winning branded content integrations. His most recent work includes branded content integrations in the Amazing Race Canada, Big Brother Canada, Top Chef Canada, The JUNO Awards and Battle of the Blades. He is also involved in a growing roster of productions currently in development.

Heinrich Mayer

Executive Producer
INTERSPOT FILM
AUSTRIA

Heinrich Mayer-Moroni is Head of Documentary of Interspot Film, , the internationally renowned independent film and television production company, based in Vienna, Austria. Heinrich has gathered more than 25 years of experience in the international TV- and film-market. His main professional focus lies in the development and production for prime time slots as ORF´s prestigious UNIVERSUM.

As Executive Producer or Producer Heinrich has been responsible for over 200 hours of commercially and artistically successful documentaries for broadcasters as Smithsonian, National Geographic, BBC, France 5, Arte, NDR, ZDF, ORF and others. His works include historic and scientific documentaries as the mini series “Operation Stonehenge – What lies beneath” and “Lost City of Gladiators” as well as numerous high end wildlife films as “Vanishing Kings – Lions of the Namib“ (Best of Festival and Golden Camera at the US International Film and Video Festival 2016 and Gold at the New York Film Festival 2016 and Nominee for the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Award 2017 in the category “Outstanding Cinematography”) and the 2015 Emmy Awards nominated “Africa´s Wild West – Stallions of the Namib”.

Heinrich is Member of the Board of Documentary Campus and of Film Austria, the Association of Leading Austrian Film Producers as well as of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Alex McCall

Producer/Director
GLASGOW FILMS
SCOTLAND

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.

Whitney McGraw

Senior Producer
Independent
USA

Whitney is currently Senior Producer for the Team Sports and Motor Sports verticals for the Entertainment Division at GoPro. She has been with GoPro for the past five years, where it has grown from a seaside action camera company, to a publicly-traded consumer electronics and content distributor. In 2013, while producing for the Snow Sports vertical, she introduced GoPros action sports audience to the world of Team Sports by developing a specialized production staff focused on a new market and a new content strategy. Since then, she has produced all Team Sports content that exists within the GoPro Network, including two award-winning series with the NHL. ??Prior to GoPro, Whitney spent years working in Live Production for the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks. She also worked in Corporate Sales for the Phoenix Coyotes.

Paula Mermelstein

Senior Creative Director
Showtime
USA

From January to May, Paula’s night job is doing Community Theater. But 12 months a year, her day job is at Showtime as a Sr. Creative Director for Red Group, Showtimes in-house agency. She started her career at NBC in the SilvermanTartikoff years moving from secretary to VP On-Air Promotion & Print Copy. Freelancing included clients from Hal Riney to Bill Moyers to A&E Mysteries and crime shows. Great clients and co-workers resulted in numerous awards (Promax, CTAM, Hollywood Reporter Key Art) including a New York Festival Grand Trophy in 1992. She has been known to sing and dance at her desk.

Bjoern Miniers

Creative Officer
Red Bull Media House Gmbh
AUSTRIA

Vijaykumar Mirchandani

Creative Services Director
Middle East Broadcasting Networks
USA

A seasoned TV professional since 20 years working for Alhurra, Al Jazeera, Arab Radio & Television & CNBC in India, Middle East, Europe, Far East, Australia, China & USA. His first documentary Where The Streets Have No Name received 30 International Film Festival selections winning 14 Awards and Honorable mentions. He has directed several shorts, features, shows, sporting events, corporate films and promos. Spiritual at heart, he believes in giving back to society by Making A Difference. Currently he is a jury member with PROMAXBDA and has also been on the jury for ROSHD - Iranian Documentary Film Festival.

Akira Nishimura

Executive Producer
Fuji Television
JAPAN

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.

Sergio Ortega

Head of On Air, Italy
Scripps Networks International
Italy

Bachelor in Law from Basque Country University and Filmmaking Diplomas from New York Film Academy, Sergio Ortega Saez is a TV Creative with more than 18 years experience in International TV Promotions, Marketing and Branding.

He’s overseen and launched TV channels in more than 30 International markets.

Based in Milan, he is currently responsible for the On Air Strategy and Creativity of Scripps Networks International’s first Italian free to air lifestyle channel, Fine Living Italy.

He was part of the creative team who launched The History Channel in Spain & Portugal in the late 90's.

From 2002 to 2006 he oversaw as Senior Producer at Orbit Communications (Now OSN) the On Air creativity and launch of various entertainment channels for the Middle East markets.

He’s also worked as freelance Creative Director in the UK for Discovery EMEA and Viasat Broadcasting (now MTG).

Member of "The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences of Spain" and the Promaxbda Europe Advisory Council, he has been collaborating regularly as Judge in several Awards Competitions: PromaxBda (Europe,Asia,Africa,India,Arabia,World ,…); Kinsale Sharks; and Mediabrand.

His worked has been recognized with the Promax Muse and was finalist at NYFestivals (Biography Spot ,Best Art Direction 2001

Michael Pearce

Producer
Independent
USA

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.

Jamie Perruquet

Group Creative Director
SapientRazorfish
USA

Storytelling is the ultimate art form. And Jamie has been at it for 15 years in the advertising world. She has worked in traditional, digital and social advertising and has been at big and small agencies. Jamie has created award-winning work on clients that will protect you (Liberty Mutual) that will fund you (American Express) ones that will sweeten you (Hershey’s), entertain you (Loews Movie Theaters) and take you places (JetBlue, Alitalia Airlines, NetJets). Some that are hot (Keurig), and sexy (Trojan), and everything in between. She is currently a Group Creative Director at SapientRazorfish leading the Church and Dwight business.   

Paul Petruccelli

Digital Imaging Administrator, Associate Professor
PRATT INSTITUTE
USA

Along with his duties of Teaching and running NYC’s Largest Non-Commercial Large Format Print Facility, Paul Petruccelli is the Creative Director and Producer at Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch Productions where the focus is on telling the stories of people involved in the world of Pageantry and the Marching Arts.  Teaching the Designers and Filmmakers of the future at Pratt, Paul influences the stories and trends of what will become tomorrow’s media and visual art.  With an emphasis on how color effects all of our senses he is pioneering methodologies in how to create media experiences for the Blind and Deaf as well as delving into how music and movement “move” us. As a Producer with American Street Productions Paul is a CINE Golden Eagle Award Winner.

Judy Plavnick

Executive Producer and Co-Owner
Sit. Good Girl Productions, LLC
USA

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.

Marc Pos

Producer
POSVIDEO
NETHERLANDS

Hector Pulido

Videographer
TVE (Television Espanola)
SPAIN

Hector is currently working as a Videographer for the Spanish Public Television -TVE in its bureau in Berlin. There he films and cuts all the news reports and documentaries concerning Germany and middle Europe for several shows. He was also part of the TVE Washington Team from 2011 to 2014. Previously to his move to the States he was working for different stations and productions companies in Barcelona where he was exposed to very different trades: sports, content design for different platforms, promotions, new formats, and alike. He has as well an affinity for photography . 'Ultimately it is all about taking pictures, one at a time or 24 per second.'

hectorpulido.com / ig: @hectorpulido

Sam Rath

President
Group Mojo
USA

Sam’s experience spans more than 30 years, encompassing work on award-winning feature films, television series, corporate films and TV commercials. He began his career in production in Chicago where he worked as an agency producer, production consultant, and executive producer. He has worked directly with brands and with advertising agencies around the world on a wide range of highly creative projects – including work for Adidas, Estee Lauder, Hershey, HP, Mazda, Porsche, Schick, Sea-Doo, Verizon among others. Wanting to raise his family in Portland, Oregon, he joined the largest DRTV Agency in the country, Tyee, producing short-form and long-form direct response and corporate video content for a broad roster of clients. In 2003, he co-founded Group Mojo, focusing on clients who want video content of exceptional quality and effectiveness.

Martijn Rijnberg

Director
Cortical Studios
Netherlands

Martijn Rijnberg, founder and director of Cortical Studios, holds a master’s degree in biology (biotechnology) at the University of Amsterdam, with a specialization in the fields of molecular cell biology. Cortical Studios is an animation company that is specialized in the production of custom-made medical and educational 3D animations. Cortical Studios was responsible for the development of the short films "Our Immune System" and “CLOSTAT - A Next Generation Probiotic", both of which won several medals at the International New York Festivals (NYF). The films were also awarded at The Global Awards and at The Telly Awards.

Regina Reyes

Senior Vice President, News and Current Affairs
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation.
PHILIPPINES

Sharon Roobol

Executive Producer, 101 East, Al Jazeera English
Al Jazeera Network
MALAYSIA

Sharon Roobol has more than 20 years’ experience in the television industry, working for several Australian television broadcasters and joining Al Jazeera’s Kuala Lumpur Bureau in 2006.

As the EP of 101 East, she has produced more than 350 half-hour programmes from across Asia.

In that time, the programme has won dozens of prestigious awards including a World Media Summit Award, Best Current Affairs Program at the Asian Television Awards, Gold medals at the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards, Best Short Documentary at the Sichuan TV Festival Awards in China, and several Human Rights Press Awards.

Oliver Rowe

Founder
Belong Communications
UK

Oliver Rowe is a specialist in the field of employee engagement and leadership communication. As co-founder of Belong, he creates content-driven campaigns that help organisations bring out the best in their employees. A life-long movie fanatic, Oliver spent the first six years of his career at IAC Film and Zealot. In 2005 he joined the creative agency BDA, where he founded its communication division. Under Oliver’s leadership this became a leading corporate production entity, ranked by Televisual Magazine at number 8 in the UK Top 50 Corporate. Oliver is a member of BAFTA and has served as a Trustee of the charity Stonewall since 2012.

Regula Ruegg

Camera/Photographer
Dekart Video
USA

Pauline Russell

VP Creative Services
Scripps Networks Inc.
UK

Pauline has been at Scripps Networks International since July 2014 where she is VP Creative Services. She is responsible for devising Creative and Brand Strategy for 4 brands across UK and EMEA and has established an award winning in-house creative team. She co-chaired the conference and awards for Promax UK 2015. Pauline has over 15 years experience working for international broadcasters in continuity, promos, branding and management. She spent 4 years at BBC Worldwide working on the EMEA channels and she produced the Showcase event in Liverpool, overseeing all the short-form media where she learnt that if you can survive Showcase, you really can do anything! Her promo-making teeth were well and truly cut at Discovery Networks International where she was for almost 10 years and became an expert on serial killers, tattoos and fishing.

Deepti Sachdeva

Senior Integrated Content Producer
Be Learning Pty Ltd
AUSTRALIA

Deepti is a multiplatform content producer with over a decade of experience in producing screen content. Over an exciting career so far she has produced award-winning television programs, short films, editorial projects, narrative learning films, animations, illustrations, games and online learning experiences in Asia and Australia. She has worked as a news & current affairs producer, talk show director & producer, documentary director, journalist, writer and communications consultant. In her current role working as a member of Be Learning's Solution team she consults with clients across multiple industries in finance, corporate and government to facilitate the alignment of organisational strategy and vision to active learning solutions.

Tatyana Santana

Senior On-Air Promotions Producer
Telemundo Media - NBC Universal Hispanic
USA

Started her career as a Promotions Intern at 22 years old in Caracas, Venezuela working for Sony Entertainment Telvision Latin America. Immediately she moved on and started what would be a 10-year run on E! Entertainment Television Latin America, working her way up from Junior Producer to Creative Manager, and launching numerous branding and On-Air campaigns. As a Senior Creative On-Air Promotions Producer for Telemundo NBC Hispanic she puts all her knowledge and energy to change the face of General Hispanic Market TV in the US. Both Promax and New York Festival awards winner Studied a BA in Mass Communications an minored in Advertising, Marketing and Journalism This is her second year as a judge for the New York Festival.

Vatche Sarkisian

Director of Program Review
Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc.
USA

Vatche Sarkisian is the Director of Program Review for Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. (MBN) broadcasting news and information in Arabic to the Middle East and North Africa. Mr. Sarkisian is responsible for reviewing the news and current affairs programming for Alhurra’s two television networks (including Alhurra and Alhurra-Iraq), Radio Sawa and MBN’s two websites (www.alhurra.com and www.radiosawa.com). Previously, Mr. Sarkisian served as Managing Editor of MBN's two television networks playing a major role in developing and evaluating new programs. Before joining Alhurra, he was a producer for MBC US, Inc. and an International Radio Broadcaster and Production Specialist for Voice of America.

Laurent Sauvage

Creative Director
France 3
FRANCE

Multi awards-winning broadcast, creative and strategic thinker.

47 years old, married, 2 children, Laurent has started his career as a copy writer in advertising agencies in Paris for Young and Rubicam, Lintas, TBWA, McCann Erickson. Laurent has created campaigns for Absolut Vodka, Honda, Sega and for many more other companies or products.

Consequently, Laurent joined France 2 (free to air channel), ‘’Dream-On,’’ ‘’Reservoir prod,’’ as a copy writer, creating and producing many promos, branding many successful tv shows.

Laurent has also participated, as the On-Air Director of Discovery Channel Southern Europe, in the building, marketing, launching and branding of Discovery tv channels across Italy, Spain, Portugal and France. Laurent also launched many tv programs and specialized in documentaries and life-time programs.

Laurent has joined France 3 (free to air channel) as the Creative Director, leading a team of 40 people, taking care of the national TV and 24 regions tv. Strategic On-Air creative services including campaigns, brands, promos, digital and marketing strategy.

Since September 2017, Laurent is also in charge of the France 3 Off Air department of 51 people.

Stefan Scholz

Director Visualization
Brandscape GmbH
Germany

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 13 years. His discipline is the realisation 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 HD to 7K and finds communication the most interesting, when imagined in space. 20 terabytes are his constant companion.

Chris Schueler

President
CHRISTOPHER PRODUCTIONS
USA

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.

Elaine Sibert

Executive Producer
Three (One) O
USA

Elaine Sibert began her career in production over 20 years ago. As Executive Producer and co-founder of her first company, she was the presence that clients relied on to bring their projects to life. Throughout her career, she worked closely with network clients and advertising agencies; producing jobs across the country and around the world.

In 2017, Elaine co-founded GirlBand with Angie Speranza. Bi-coastal, with Angie in New York running the offices and editorial facilities in New York for trailers and Elaine is based in Los Angles for live action production. GirlBand is a full-service creative shop specializing in movie trailers, network promotion and live-action production. We offer a soup-to-nuts experience, everything from ideation to delivery - with oodles of fun in between.

Elaine's passion for travel has taken her on many adventures. From Safari in South Africa to visiting the Iguazu Falls in South America, she enjoys every adventure. Elaine is currently living in Los Angeles with her husband, Jim Sibert and their dogs Buster Brown and Chewbacca.

Andrey Skvortsov

CEO
Mercator Group
RUSSIA

CEO and co-founder of the Mercator Company

Industrial advertising expert. Author of sales/marketing, PR and IR films and presentations for Russian and European companies, such as Kaspersky, PwC, Vimetco, Sberbank, Russian Railways, Gazprom, ММК, Yota, Orange, Moscow Exchange, Rostelekom, Rosnano, Sibur and others.

Supervisor for information graphics at Russia-1, Russia-24, and Moscow-24 TV-channels. Member of the Academy of Russian Television.  Weather presenter and travel show host on NTV.

Writes an articles, marketing and public speaking blog for Harvard Business Review Russia.  Developed and teaches “Information Graphics,” “Visual Allegories,” “Presentation Film” and “Public Speaking” courses.  Teaches the pubic speaking class at Skolkovo business school.

Author of  «The Stanislavsky Method for Public Speakers» cartoon.

Actor and skydiver.

   

Ed: Faculty of Geography, Moscow State University(1994), MBA (AIBEc)(2004), Robert McKee’s story seminar(2007), Harvard Business School (OPM-38)(2009), Acting School (prof. Teplyakov class)(2014)

Jay Soo

Chief Executive Officer /Director
MOVING BITS PTE. LTD.
SINGAPORE

Graduating with Honors in Studio Guitar from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, California, he spent the first few years of his working life as a music producer, arranger and composer for television commercials.

Currently as CEO of Moving Bits (a company he started in 1998 to secure directing gigs), Jay’s career highlights include directing TV commercials for Universal Studios Theme Parks, even a full-length documentary for the Smithsonian Channel in the USA, amongst others.

Highly motivated and imaginative, Jay brings a new point-of-view to every shoot he directs. And, provide a unique vision to the company he runs.

Eric B Stein

Founder
Impact Global Media
USA

Eric B. Stein is one of the leading digital media distribution and licensing executives - and has been at the forefront of digital conversion, having held positions at small startup (Content Licensing & Business Development - CinemaNow), Major Tech (Digital Entertainment Services team at HP) and major studio (Sales, Programming and Acquisitions - Warner Bros). Eric has expertise and experience on both sides of the negotiation table, licensing music, film and TV rights (out and in) in digital distribution platforms ranging from cable, satellite, OTT, Consoles, mobile, hotels, etc. He is currently Founder of Impact Global Media – a Digital Consulting company.

Chris Stifel

Creative Director
Independent
USA

Chris Stifel has lived and worked in New York City, DC and now Los Angeles. Over his career, Stifel has directed and managed award-winning campaigns for live sports, music, comedy events and series as a Creative Director and Vice President for HBO, DISCOVERY, FOX Sports and EPIX.  

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Chris has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the world of sports and entertainment, from George Foreman to Chris Rock to Al Pacino to Justin Timberlake to Meryl Streep and from The NFL, to MLB, The UFC and NASCAR. Recently he's opened a new chapter as a live-action director and creative executive adding to his high-profile body of work with major networks, leagues and brands.  

Steve Syarto

Sound Designer/Mixer
WESTON WOODS STUDIO
USA

Steve Syarto is currently the sound designer/mixer/video editor for Weston Woods Studios/Scholastic, where he oversees the company’s complete post-production process. Since 2001, he has produced and directed many of Weston Woods Studios’ animated films, a number of which have won awards, such as The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Media, the American Library Association Notable Video and Notable Audio awards, and many film festival awards. Steve was also sound designer for the highly acclaimed animated film, “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers,” which was selected for the 2005 Academy Awards’ pre-nomination list for the Oscars.

Andre Takeda

VP Creative
FOX Networks Group Latin America
ARGENTINA

André Takeda is a former advertising copywriter who fell in love with television and entertainment. As VP Creative Services at Fox Networks Group Latin America, he oversees all the creative work of more than 20 brands, such as Fox, FX, Fox Life, National Geographic Channel, Fox Sports and Fox Premium portfolio.

Based in Buenos Aires, he is in charge of 4 creative hubs in Latin America: Buenos Aires, México DF, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

André and his team are responsible for graphic packages, promos, spots, opening titles and print campaigns. They are one of the most award-winning creative team of the region, with multiples PromaxBDA Global Excellence Awards, PromaxBDA Latin America Awards, The New York Festivals Awards World’s Best TV & Films Awards, El Ojo de Iberoamérica and Cannes Lions.

Scott Takeda

Director/Storyteller
TAKEDA ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
USA

Scott is an-award-winning director/storyteller with more than twenty years of visual storytelling experience. He specializes in telling stories with emotional impact directing corporate films, documentaries and narrative films.

When Scott’s not behind the camera, you’ll find him in front, costarring in Oscar nominated feature films such as Gone Girl and Dallas Buyers Club as well as the Emmy nominated American Crime.

On the personal side, he is happily married and a proud dad of two Welsh Corgi pups. Additionally, he plays trumpet, shoots art photography, and cycles. And he always stops to smell the roses.

Gilad Tocatly

Chief Director, UVDA
Keshet-TV
ISRAEL

Liz Tucker

MD
Verve Productions
UK

Liz Tucker is the managing director of Verve Productions. She is a multi-award winning documentary executive producer and director.   Liz and her teams have produced a large number of critically acclaimed science, medical, and contemporary factual programmes for many of the world's leading broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, WGBH, Discovery and TLC. These  programmes have been shown in more than 100 countries.   Liz sits on the board of the UK's Women in Film and TV and chairs the annual WFTV Envy Producer’s Award jury. She is also a voting member of BAFTA.

Ianessa Valdellon

First Vice President for Public Affairs
GMA News
PHILIPPINES

Nessa S. Valdellon has worked in television for over two decades as a producer, an executive producer and a production manager of documentaries, magazine shows, reality TV programs and historical dramas.  She is now First Vice President for GMA Public Affairs, which produces 27 of the most awarded television programs in the Philippines.

   

Valdellon began her career as producer for the investigative news magazine program The Probe Team.  She would later pioneer in the reality genre in the Philippines with several hit programs such as Wish and Extra Challenge.  She produced Out! the first show in a primarily Catholic nation to focus on gay, lesbian and transgender rights.  She co-wrote and produced social realist dramas My Hometown (Bayan Ko) and Teacher (Titser).  She supervised historical dramas on Philippine heroes for primetime television.  Her work has won various international awards for GMA Network.

Marlyn van Gool

Owner
Gado Gado Filmproductions
Germany

Marlyn studied Cultural Studies in Amsterdam and worked at Studio Louter, a multi-disciplined studio that mainly creates interactives, storylines and film production for museums. As senior AV producer at Studio Louter, she produced all the AV footage for their various projects. That includes, for example, preparing the shootings, scriptwriting and supervising the edit. But after 6 years it was time to move on. Now she owns her own filmproduction company: Gado Gado Filmproductions. She still is focused on the cultural sector, but also is ready to start some productions of her own.

Peter Vogel

CEO
VOGEL AUDIOVISION GMBH & CO. KG
AUSTRIA

Studies of economy and marketing. Founder of Vogel Audiovision in 1975.

Works as producer, copywriter and director for TV documentaries, commercials and corporate films for companies in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Brian Vos

Executive Producer
Jump Studios Ltd.
CANADA

When you have a question about the film and television industry, you can trust Brian has the answer, and he’ll be happy to share it with you. His realm of experience includes both live and post-produced programming, corporate communications, special event marketing, media strategy and buying, brand marketing and management, as well as project management of broadcast design and animation packages. The meticulous attention he puts into every project guarantees his clients a product of excellence.

Brian’s unique sense of management, creative production and planning provides focus and vision for Jump Studios. Before becoming partner at Jump, he held the positions of General Manager for White Iron Digital, Director of Advertising and Promotions for CTV Alberta, and Director of Communications and Executive Producer for CTV Calgary.

His credits as television producer include sports, music/variety, drama, documentary, public affairs, children’s and comedy. One of the highlights of Brian’s career was world producer, medals ceremonies for the Calgary Olympic Winter Games, seen by over a billion people worldwide.

In the field of post-production and broadcast design, Brian’s work has included commercial projects for Alabama Power, Western Canada Lotteries Corporation and Subway Sandwiches; corporate projects for the Calgary Flames and Horse Racing Alberta; network identity packages for Star Choice, Family Channel, Teletoon, Super Channel and Movie Central; and broadcast design packages for ESPN/ABC America’s Cup, WNBA, Super Bowl at XL, Wimbledon, NBA Draft, IndyCar, College Bowl Week, US Open, NASCAR, Stanley Cup Playoffs, X Games and MLB Divisional Series Playoffs to name a few.

His work has earned him an Emmy nomination for the NBA Draft, multiple gold and silver Broadcast Design Awards, numerous NY Festivals, Telly, Pixie, Davey, Summit and AMPIA awards.

Garland Waller

Director of the TV Graduate Program
Boston University
USA

Garland Waller is the Director of the TV Graduate Program at Boston University’s College of Communication. She also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the TV Program. Under the banner of Garland Waller Productions, Garland produced, wrote and directed the award-winning Small Justice: Little Justice in America’s Family Courts as well as No Way Out But One which won numerous awards including the Silver at the Colorado Film Festival and was a selection in the Bare Bones International Film Festival. She has recently published Where are Natalie Portman’s Pants? in her Huff Post blog.

Hugh Welsh

President
DSM North America
USA

Mr. Hugh C. Welsh is the President and General Counsel of DSM North America a global leader in Life Sciences and Material Sciences. Traded on the Amsterdam stock exchange with 24,000 employees world wide and $12 billion in annual sales, DSM develops, manufactures and sells nutritional and food ingredients, biomedical materials, specialty plastics and resins, fibers and renewable energy. Mr. Welsh currently serves on several DSM global and regional management teams and has direct responsibilities in DSM’s nutrition and food specialties operations as well as responsibility for legal, government affairs, corporate communications, finance, HR and other shared services, corporate partnerships and DSM’s sustainability, inclusion and diversity initiatives in the region North America. Hugh currently serves on the Board of Directors of, Partners in Food Solutions, the US Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizens Center, Seafood Nutrition Partnership, Patheon, and Africa Improved Foods. He previously served on the board of BIO, the American Chemistry Council.

Jin Whang

Creative Director
Independent
USA

JIN WHANG is an award-winning creative director, copywriter/producer and marketing strategist specializing in ad campaigns for theatrical films, broadcast television and streaming content. She has overseen hundreds of theatrical marketing campaigns for worldwide motion picture releases with film studios Disney/Dreamworks, Universal, Lionsgate, Fox Searchlight, Miramax and domestic television and streaming series launches for leading digital distributors and premium broadcasters Netflix, Yahoo, Comedy Central and HBO.

 

Some of her campaigns include King Kong, The Hulk, Love Actually, Saw andMadea franchises, indie/specialty and foreign releases like 2015 NYFestivals Trailer award winner The Humbling, plus comedy series, drama mini-series, and childrens programming such as Silicon Valley, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Ballers, Sesame Street, 2016 Gold Promax Winner Getting On and documentaries Mavis!, Nothing Left Unsaid and A Rock and a Hard Place.

Mark Williams

SVP
Sundance Channel
USA

From NYU to SundanceTV Mark Williams has been entertaining audiences with his award winning creative for over 20 years. As SVP Brand Creative Mark has help build SundanceTV into a globally recognized brand renowned for innovative, risk-taking, high quality television. His marketing campaigns have showcased the work of Jane Campion, Ray McKinnon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Elvis Costello, Elizabeth Moss, Danny Boyle, Robert Redford and many other creative visionaries.

Jim Wilson

Senior Producer
iceni
UK

Jim has over 25 year’s experience in the design and delivery of large-scale brand, marketing, training and change communications campaigns for the world’s biggest brands.

Combining effectiveness with creative excellence is a particular strength and his work has won more than 50 major international awards including two Grand Awards at the New York Festivals.

Highlights have included business re-engineering projects for British Airways, McKinsey and Mars, car launches for BMW, Bentley, Ford and Volvo, an anti-corruption campaign for Shell and Exxon Mobil, ethics campaigns for BAE Systems and BP, and a documentary about climate change for the United Nations.

Toshie Yoshida

President
TI ComNet Japan
JAPAN

With over 30 years of industry experience in broadcasting, she has also worked as an announcer in Japan and the United States and produced many television programs as well. Her extensive network includes not only prominent broadcasting stations, but also local broadcasting stations, overseas broadcasting stations as well as distribution companies. In recent years, she has also started lectures and writings on ‘how to expand local contents to the overseas market’. She was also the producer for the first production program of Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet in Japan and responsible for the co-production and distribution of overseas programs within Japan.

Camilla Ziedorn

Reporter/Producer
TV4 / Nyhetsbolaget
SWEDEN

Camilla Ziedorn is an award winning investigative reporter for TV4 in Sweden, on the weekly program Kalla Fakta. Her reports, many of which have had significant impact, cover Swedish corporations and ministries involvement in scandals in Pakistan, China, Uganda, as well as national investigations. Camilla holds a Master Degree in History and prior to her journalist career she worked in China for several years and speaks Mandarin. She has also been a translator of EU laws and regulations in Latvia.


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