2019 PHOTO ALBUM
Yong Ha Suh
Korean Broadcasting System
Mr. Suh served as KBS correspondent in New York – 2014 through 2017/8, Chief Producer of KBS Documentary Bureau, Chief Producer of KBS Current Issue Bureau, Producer and director of six episode documentary “Tea and Horse Ancient Trade Road in Tibet,” and Chief Producer of EXPO in Yeosu, KOREA. He has earned numerous awards which include Grand Prix in 2008 Korean Broadcasting Film Festivals, 2008 Japan PRIZE, and Best documentary of 2008 AIBD(Asia-pacific institute for broadcasting development).
Vanessa Truchsess is a multi award-winning Creative Director with wide experience in all aspects of communication: Digital media, on-air, off-air for television in the United States, Spain, Portugal, South Europe and Latin America. She has worked for Telemundo NBC Universal, Discovery, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Nickelodeon, Telecinco, among other leading companies.
Creativity has always been her greatest passion and throughout her career she has always delivered successful campaigns that go beyond expectations. Her talent has been internationally recognized by prestigious entities in the Broadcast Industry.
Diana Elkins has developed and produced some of the UK’s most successful formats for top broadcasters Channel 4, ITV and Channel 5. At Evoke, she leads teams to produce branded content for clients such as Sainsbury’s, C4, Rolex, F1 and Lloyds Bank. Diana oversaw two award-winning Opening Films for Channel 4’s major sports events; the F1 British Grand Prix and the Grand National. She also executive produced the ground-breaking and award-winning brand funded short form series 'Sainsbury's and Channel 4 Present...London 2012' which put a selection of exceptional athletes at the heart of a hugely successful Paralympics campaign.
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 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.
Senior Creative Copywriter at Telecine Network. Former Copywriter at Fox Sports Brazil. Previously, Alan has also worked at several Advertising agencies.
Futura TV Channel
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.
Discovery Learning Alliance
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.
7 Network Australia
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.
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.
Monsoon Pictures International Ltd
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). After fast building a reputation as an off and online editor at one of New Zealand's leading production houses, Behse turned his hand to producing. The result was two acclaimed long-form documentaries that quickly established Behse on the creative landscape and earned him his first of many accolades. The Flight of Te Hookio (2009) was nominated for Best Documentary Director at New Zealand's 2010 Qantas Film and TV Awards. Allan Baldwin: In Frame (2011) would go on to win the Special Jury Award, FIFO Film Festival (2013), as well as Best Documentary - Aotearoa at the Wairoa Māori Film Festival (2013).
Telemedia Special Presentations ltd.
Mr. Belkin began his 30+ year career in the television and film industry and brought his passion and know-how to the business arena. Trained in Electrical Engineering, he is fluent in the full range of advanced technological tools.
Throughout his career, Nissan has been a trailblazer in utilizing the most cutting edge technological tools to heighten the effect of a story. Together with his deep understanding of relaying a business story or message, he is able to captivate audiences.
Nissan has directed and produced exhibition experiences for top companies and has created scores of permanent installations in museums, government buildings, visitors centers, and archeological sites.
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.
Kids at Play
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.
Pacific Screen Ltd
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.
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
SuperMemo World sp. z o.o.
Krzysztof Biedalak is one of the founders of SuperMemo World (www.supermemo.com), a company established in 1991, which reinvented forgetting curves and started the global trend of applying spaced repetition in computer-aided learning. MSc in Computer Science from the Poznań University of Technology, specialized in artificial intelligence and natural language processing. Post-graduate in Finance. Since 2006 CEO at SuperMemo World, personally leading some of its major projects, incl. Olive Green, course of English based on an interactive feature film. Honored by ELT, education and film industries, Olive Green is one of world’s most awarded educational products.
Marita Graca Bittencourt
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 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.
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.
THE EDGE PICTURE CO LTD
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.
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
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.
LIGHT CONE PICTURES
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).
Australian Communications and Media Authority
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.
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.
IDAHO PUBLIC TELEVISION
Joan Cartan-Hansen has been a producer/reporter/writer/host for Idaho Public Television since 1988. Joan is the lead producer/host for "Science Trek and a producer/reporter/writer for "Outdoor Idaho." In addition, she writes and produces a number of documentaries and has contributed pieces to "The PBS NewsHour." Joan has won a number of awards including several regional Emmy® Awards, gold medals at the New York Festivals, Tellys, CINE Golden Eagles, Platinum prizes at Worldfest. In 2013, Joan was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences-NW’s Silver Circle for her contributions to the industry.
Joan is active in several professional organizations: The Idaho Press Club and NATAS-NW. Joan also sits on the Idaho Supreme Courts Media/Courts Committee and is member of the Idaho Supreme Court’s “Fire Brigade.”
You can view Joan’s “Science Trek” work and read her science blog for kids at http://idahoptv.org/sciencetrek/
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.
The Walt Disney Company LATAM
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
As graphic manager for the News department of TV GLOBO in Brasília, I’ve been working close to the great political changes in Brazil for the last 25 years. Besides that, I normally take part on the global projects of my company in many other areas of the news department. I´m responsible for both the graphics and for the set decoration of news products in Brasília, and with the integration of those two areas, as well as keeping the graphic line of the whole news department in the country. I have a role on the research and acquisition of news softwares and hardwares.
Donovan is a co-founder and Executive Producer of BHP who spearheads content development. One of Asia’s most experienced factual entertainment filmmakers, Donovan’s award-winning shows include Lonely Planet Six Degrees and Nomad Chef for TLC. He is an expert in science and engineering programs such as Megastructures (Nat Geo) and lead the Nat Geo series China from Above, which counts over 250 million views on China’s Tencent. He produced ground breaking Stereo 3D documentaries for 3net (Secrets of Shaolin with Jason Scott Lee) and Nat Geo (Fight Club Asia). Donovan is currently producing two Discovery Channel 4K survival series starring explorer Ed Stafford and the 5-part Art of Craft with CCTV9.
Duncan Preston is the Manger of Al Jazeera English Creative, a multi-award winning creative professional with over 20 years experience in design across all media.
He joined Al Jazeera English in 2005 as a designer working on the launch of the channel and, now as the head of the Creative department, defining the brand and creative direction of the channel.
His team is responsible for all the channel's creative content; channel and programme branding, graphic packaging, promos, daily news and information graphics, winning over 60 international broadcast design and promo awards.
Seven Network Australia
Duncan is a multi award winning cameraman based out of Los Angeles for the 7 Network Australia. His work has taken him to over 30 countries and across all states of the USA covering everything from war zones, natural disasters, presidential elections, super bowls and many red carpet events.
Dr. Patrick Lehn
A company spokesperson. Management of corporate editorial office with focus on emotional storytelling.
George F King
George King has been working in the TV media industry in Hong Kong for over 30 years. He's currently the Vice President (Creative Production Service) of ViuTV (one of Hong Kong terrestrial TV channels) and nowTV (Hong Kong Pay TV frontrunner). During the early years, George has won numerous international awards, most notably the Grand Kam Fan of the 1995 4As Creative Awards of Hong Kong (now known as Kam Fan Awards), which still stands as the one and only grand award that was won by a local TV station. George was also selected as the Awards Chair of PromaxAsia 2016.
Since 1997 always involved in branding and promo.
His early days were in the cinema business where he was involved in the production, marketing and distribution strategy of more than 50 feature films as Head of Marketing. In those days he also worked as Music Supervisor for several of them
After that he moved, to pay TV at CANAL+ Spain where he was Creative Services Director (2004-2011) and Brand Director (2011-2015) running a DTH and OTT platforms and a portfolio of more than 20 channels.
His promos and branding works have received distinctions and awards at NY Festival, PROMAX, D&AD, ADCE Awards, LAUS...
Since 2015 he’s running and developing Movistar+, the new brand that results from the merge of CANAL+ Spain and Movistar (Telefonica Group). CONVERGENCE is the Sign of the Times….
361 Brand Advisor Agency
Brand and Advertising Strategist
He was born in Tehran, and works as a brand and advertising strategist. He has cooperated with various industries including the food, clothing, bank and insurance, and construction industries, charities, and top brands as the communication adviser and advertising manager for nearly 12 years. He established a brand consultant firm in 2008, while working with advertising agencies as a strategist. The focus of his work is corporate advertising for an extension of the Public Relations (PR) to improve brand image. He has a doctorate in business administration (DBA), specializing in strategy; a MBA, specializing in marketing; a BS in software engineering; and a BA in advertising management.
Has carried out projects as a director and producer for such companies as Hyundai, AvtoVAZ, Infowatch, Sberbank, TMK, VTB, Almaz-Antey, etc. Works in corporate video production sphere since 2010.
Composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Self-taught, he began to experiment with sound and music from a young age.
His first scores for short films and documentaries began to attract attention and positive acclaim which led to him to receive commissions for other projects. He then moved into composing for advertising, a sector in which he now has years of experience and has received solid recognition.
Later, he began to create soundtracks for animation series, a format that particularly excites Iván as it allows him to delve deeper into the universe of sound that evolves and accompanies the viewer across seasons.
Also highly acclaimed, is his TV Branding work for channels such as Movistar+, Canal+ France, National Geographic amongst others.
All this experience has led Iván to understand that the way to approach each project is as an incredible adventure through which to find notes, sounds and noises in order to create an audio language that will enhance the identity and the feeling of the brand, or the characters and stories.
Iván is currently working on an EP that will be published in 2019, as well as working with Banjo Soundscapes, his creative studio for audio branding.
Banjo Soundscapes has received a number of special mentions and awards in the sector, including the prestigious award Gold World Medal New York TV & Film Awards 2018 for “National Geographic - Further Promos”.
Starhub Cable Vision
With a creative and marketing career spanning over 20 years, James is one of Asia’s sought-after directors with multiple awards to his name. Graduated with a Master degree of Fine Arts in Computer Graphics from Pratt Institute, New York, he began his creative journey as Head of Design at TVBS in Taiwan. Shortly after, he joined MTV Asia to launch MTV Taiwan; where he produced an image campaign that sparked a tremendous buzz and turned the channel into an instant hit.
James later became Head of Creative Services at The Walt Disney Channel in Taiwan and Senior Producer with Discovery Channel Asia, before crossing over into a successful full-time career as a commercial director.
In 2004, James was appointed Creative Director of Bruce Dunlop & Associates (BDA) Singapore, an international creative agency for media brands. During his tenancy, James led the Singapore team to pitch to The Beijing Olympic Broadcasting Committee and won the rights to produce The Official Title Sequence for 2008 Beijing Olympics and Paralympics Games.
In 2011, StarHub recruited James as Creative Director to lead its brand on crossed platforms including cable TV and new media. He is responsible for the creative strategy for all in-house channels and special events.
Radio Television 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 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.
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
CANAL 13 ARTEAR S.A.
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
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
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.
Al Dente Entertainment
Former Acquisition executive of RTL television for films & series, producer and director of various entertainment programs in Germany. Winner of more than 35 national and international awards for corporate and/or pr movies. Member of different international juries Speaker on various events and high schools. Producer of, the “mother of all corporate movies/die Mutter aller Imagefilme” , Europe's most successful corporate movie ever. Meanwhile producing corporate movies in more than 50 countries worldwide.
Peter den Hartogh
The Animation School
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 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
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.
Doclights GmbH / NDR Naturfilm
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).
Pacific Screen Limited
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.
TRUE BLUE CREATIVE
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
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 is a Toronto-based director, producer and photographer with three decades of creative and production experience. He has directed and managed award-wining ad campaigns and productions for food and beverage, retail, education, government and social responsibility clients. His body of work includes commercials, drama, documentary, photography and live, high-profile events for agencies and leading brands.
Jim is a passionate creative with a strong background in communications and business strategy. He puts the focus on quality, originality and impact to deliver results for clients.
Having worked in front and behind the camera at Studio Borrás, one of the first advertising producers in Barcelona, María would later make the leap to the world of post-production. During her time at La Truka, she would come in contact with motion graphics and broadcast design, discovering the world of design and branding for television. After several years as Commercial Director of La Truka TV, she is promoted to General Department Director. In 2003, along with her two partners Abel Lopez and Pep Prior, they decide to launch their own design adventure, Cómodo Screen. They haven’t stopped for a minute, continuing to enjoy what they do, creating different projects for television and other industries, both nationally and internationally. Along the way they have garnered several awards such as an Audiovisual Grand Laus, various Laus Awards, Gold and Silver ADCE, a few Promax BDA Awards, a Television Academy Award, and a Delfin d'Or at Cannes.
Endemol Shine International
Matt Creasey is Executive VP of Distribution, based in Los Angeles. He oversees sales, co-productions and acquisitions in the US, as well as leading the distribution teams in Latin America, Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. With over 22 years’ experience spanning a wide range of territories and genres Matt has been at the forefront of Endemol Shine’s scripted co-production business in LA since moving there in 2010 working across titles such as Peaky Blinders, Flowers, Frankenstein Chronicles, Grantchester, Tin Star among many titles.
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 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.
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.
THE STRATEGIC EDGE
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).
NBC Universal International Television
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 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 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 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 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).
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.
Fuji Television Netwrok, Inc.
Ms. Hara grew up as a global citizen, living in various countries. Fluent in English, she joined Fuji Television Network, the leading commercial broadcaster in Japan, where she was assigned to the Production department and worked on NARUHODO THE WORLD, a highly famed travel quiz show, and SMAPxSMAP, a variety show starring Asian super-star group SMAP. Since 2005, Ms. Hara has been with the International Department. One of her current tasks is to select and submit the station’s productions for various international awards, making her a connoisseur of fine programs.
Kansai Telecasting Corporation
Yuko Hashizaki is in charge of International Relations at Kansai Television Co. Ltd. Born in Osaka, she spent her schooling years in the UK and Australia, before returning to Japan for university studies.
Her first assignment in the company was the Special Events and Promotion department, where she gained experience in organizing and promoting live entertainment shows and sporting events. After a period in the TV sales department, she returned to the Special Events and Promotion department and worked on projects such as Cirque de Soleil Osaka Performances (Quidam) and Japan tours of Riverdance and The Ten Commandments, and traditional Japanese arts such as Mansai Nomura’s Kyogen performances. In 2003 and 2005 she worked on the Japan tours of Trieste and San Carlo Opera Houses.
From 2005 she worked in the news department for international relations where she produced international competition editions of documentaries and news features.
In 2012 she entered the International Relations department, where she now produces and promotes international competition editions of Kansai Television’s programs.
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, 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 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.
SuperMemo World sp. z o.o.
Alicja Jankowiak is Editor-in-Chief at SuperMemo World, a leading provider of online and mobile learning solutions in Poland, also operating globally. Executive producer and editorial project manager for “Olive Green”, the multiple-award winning product for learning English based on a full feature interactive film, authored and published by SuperMemo World. Enthusiast of languages, applying technology in the process of learning and all things Basque.
Bill Doble is the Executive Producer at Situation – a digital agency best known for helping brands build passionate communities through digital-first marketing strategies. Bill has produced and directed award-winning documentaries, short films, commercials and Off-Broadway Theater for over 25 years. His short films and documentaries have been screened across the country at festivals including Sarasota Film Festival and Williamstown Film Festival.
Bill’s commercials (both online and offline) have earned several recognitions from the Webby Awards, Shorty Awards, Telly Awards, and the IAC Awards. While with Blue Light Theater Company, he also helped them win an Obie for an original production of Oedipus by Dare Clubb starring Frances McDormand and Billy Crudup.
Bill has worked with clients from a variety of industries including Broadway, sports, beauty, and food. He has worked on projects for Major League Baseball, Whole Foods, Cooking Channel, L’Oréal and Proctor & Gamble brands. On Broadway, Bill’s clients have included Tony Award-Winning Musical Dear Evan Hansen, Lion King, and Wicked.
Bill graduated from Rutgers University and currently resides in Manhattan with his wife and 10-year-old daughter. When he’s not producing videos and documentaries, you can find Bill traveling, playing golf and supporting his local community.
Celia Jaspers is a passionate TV Director, Producer & Editor. Over 1100 hours of Director credited programmes spanning 25+ years of experience across many genres. Specialising in quality television production services from documentary content to reality and scripted format programmes. International productions for BBC, HGTV, Animal Planet, NHK, Channel 7, Foxtel, CNN to New Zealand networks, TVNZ, Maori Television and Prime TV.
Chih Chong Tan
Sitting In Pictures Pte Ltd
With 25 years of experience in the local film and television industry behind him, Chih Chong brings along with him both depth and breadth gained over a broad spectrum of works in factual entertainment, magazine, comedy, drama and feature film projects. Since graduating with a B.Sc in film production from the University of Texas at Austin, Chih Chong has proved his mettle in this extremely volatile and competitive industry in Singapore having done work for companies as diverse as MediaCorp, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Fremantle Media, Voom Networks, AETN, CTN, RTM, and many others. Chih Chong also dabbled in feature films and was a producer on the highly successful Singapore film, Forever Fever.
ORF Austrian Broadcasting Corp.
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.
Michal is in charge of acquiring 3rd party content for Armoza Formats’ catalogue. She works closely with production companies, broadcasters and creators from around the world to find fresh and interesting shows for the company - both non-scripted and scripted. Michal got her start in television working on productions for Keshet and Reshet, and also managed local adaptations for a popular Israeli children’s channel. Prior to working at Armoza, Michal worked at HOT, the Israeli cable platform where she managed dozens of local and international channels while building strong relationships with key global players. She also worked at Applicaster, an Israeli start-up, working with broadcasters to help connect their programming to digital interactive products
Molby Low Kian Chye
WaWa Pictures Pte Ltd
A TV veteran of more than twenty years. Molby Low started his career with Singapore’s local TV stations and established his own independent production company WaWa Pictures Pte Ltd in 2007.
Under Molby’s steady leadership & unwavering passion for the local entertainment industry, WaWa Pictures have since grown to become a leading content provider in Singapore. Many of WaWa’s content are distributed in Asia.
Molby is in a constant process of grooming and mentoring new creative talents. He continually pushes to produce content that will not only intrigue the local & regional audiences but also resonate with the global viewers
BeIN Sports Asia
Durai is a multi-award winning Creative Manager at beIN Sports Asia – Pacific, where he leads a team who Produce branded content. With over 14 years of experience, he has worked with reputable brands such as Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Turbo, Discovery Home & Health, Discovery HD World, ESPN, Star Sports, Fox Sports and Disney. His creative journey took him to Buenos Aires, Argentina where he Produced Disney’s landmark series, Art Attack. Durai has won awards in New York Fest, Promax Global Excellence, Promax Asia, Asian Television Awards and Citra Pariwara Advertising Festival. At home, he is a father of 2 gorgeous girls, 2 adorable dogs, 1 goldfish and thankfully 1 lovely wife.
LiveLab / Griffith Film School
Richard Fabb is a BAFTA and Royal Television Society award-winning producer. He is Creative Director of LiveLab, the commercial production studio at Griffith Film School in Brisbane. LiveLab won Gold and Silver medals at the 2018 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards.
Richard has an eclectic range of credits, having worked in news, documentaries, drama, live events, interview, comedy and entertainment; for broadcasters including Channel 4, the BBC, the ABC and SBS. At LiveLab he is increasingly working in online content; Executive Producing Two Weeks, a 9-part LGBT web series, and co-helming Create Queensland, a unique collaboration with YouTube.
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation
Robert Labayen is Head for Integrated Creative Communication Management of ABS-CBN, the largest media network in the Philippines. His division has won top awards from the New York Festivals and Promax-BDA, among many others. He spent 20 years in the Philippine advertising industry which gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
Bob’s short films and documentaries have been recognized nationally and internationally for over 25 years. His documentary clients have included the U.S. Justice Department, The American Library Association, PepsiCo and other corporations.
He has been making films for festivals for the past three years. His film “Seventy” Won Best Picture, Best Editing, Best Directing Awards last year. His short film, “Georgia O’Keeffe & Me,” played recently in festivals from Rome to Moscow where it was awarded Best Art House Film, Best Experimental Film and most recently Best Comedy by the New Mexico Film Office. A Madison Avenue Mad Man in the 1970’s and 80’s in New York, Bob is a recipient of numerous Addy, NYOne, Regional Emmy, Freddie and other awards.
He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1968 with a Masters Degree in Film and Communication Science. Bob lives outside Albuquerque, New Mexico. His latest film is “128 Days” about his search for art in chaotic times.
Bachelor in Law from Basque Country University and Filmmaking Diplomas from New York Film Academy, Sergio Ortega Saez is a TV Creative and Brand Builder who brings to the NY Festivals Judging process more than 18 years experience in International TV Promotions, Marketing and Branding.
Sergio has overseen and launched TV channels in more than 30 International markets.
Based in Milan, he is currently responsible for the On Air Strategy and Creativity of Food Network Italy, one of Discovery Inc free to air channels in the Italian market.
Before arriving to Discovery, he managed for Scripps Networks Interactive the creative strategy and launch of both Fine Living and Food Network feeds in Italy.
Between 2007 and 2008 he worked as Creative Director in the UK for Scandinavian platform Viasat Broadcasting (now MTG) directing the Promotions and Branding of 17 Pay Tv channels broadcasting in the CEE markets
From 2002 to 2006 he worked at Orbit Communications Company (Now OSN) guiding from Rome the creativity of various entertainment channels in the Middle East
Prior to this, he was part of the team who launched In the late 90’s The History Channel in Spain and Portugal.
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 such as PromaxBda (Europe,Asia,Africa,India,Arabia,World ,…); Clio Awards; Kinsale Sharks; and Mediabrand.
His worked has been recognized with both the Gold and Silver Promax awards plus a NY Festivals Bronze Medal
Steve has over 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 work he has conceived and produced. His New York Festival credits alone include 10 World Gold medals and a Grand Trophy. In 2016 while overseeing creative for BBC Worldwide channels BBC Earth, Brit, Entertainment, Lifestyle, First and CBeebies his team was awarded the Promotions Team of the Year Award.
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.
Tim has been a frontline television producer for almost 20 years, covering everything from 9/11 to the war in Afghanistan. He covered the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012, as well as the 2016 Presidential election.
He has been recognised for his documentary direction and production, winning several awards including Gold at the New York International Film Awards.
Tim is currently a Producer with NBC News specialising in long form investigations for On Assignment with Richard Engel. Before joining NBC, Tim was US Bureau Chief for Sky News and Executive Producer of Sky Atlantic’s Hotspots.
Deutsche Welle TV
Manuela Kasper-Claridge is a journalist and head of Deutsche Welle Business and Science Dept. DW is Germany's international broadcaster. She initiated partnerships with the WEF and is on the board of trustees of Germany’s ifo institute and a member of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics.
Voice of America
Amy Katz is the Senior Executive Producer for TV in the VOA News Center. She began her VOA career more than 20 years ago as a TV reporter for the News Center. Prior to VOA, Katz worked for ABC News in New York on the “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” show and later relocated to the network’s Washington bureau to work on “This Week with David Brinkley.” Throughout her career she has covered major world events, has coordinated numerous special projects and traveled the U.S. and the world as Peter Jennings’ field producer. She also contributed to the launch of the Fox News Channel in New York and served as a Senior Producer for Discovery Health Channel’s “Birthday Live” annual programs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
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 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.
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)
Final Frame GmbH
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 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 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
SP Televisão, S.A.
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.
ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen
As a creative Marketing Producer at ZDF I’m mainly responsible for sports and fictional programs. Beside creating and producing daily business promo I manage campaigns with steering creative agencies and production companies.
Lippy Pictures Ltd
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.
Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
Bronze medal for best sport coverage and finalist for best sports journalism at New York Festivals 2018 with Agents in the game.
Anna Marbrook is a director and writer in film, television, theatre and large-scale events. An intrepid filmmaker her documentary Te Mana o te Moana, the Pacific Voyagers was filmed across oceans and won a world medal in the 2016 New York Film and Television Awards. As Head of Film and Television for Zoomslide, she created and directed numerous television series and documentaries including Waka Warriors, Real Pasifik and A Little Love Story. Anna began her career in theatre and television drama including directing over 150 episodes of New Zealand’s much loved serial drama Shortland Street.
Founder, Managing Director and Executive Producer of Timecode Production GERMANY Matthias Martens has gathered more than 18 years of experiences in the TV-Business. He worked for ProSiebenSat1 (one of the biggest private media companies in Germany) as “Teamleader and Coordinator German Fiction” as well as an Executive Producer for the ARD (largest German Public TV Group in Germany) - and for ARTE and ZDF.
He produced a large spectrum of films and docudramas, for example “A Blind Hero – The Love Of Otto Weidt”, „The Good Göring“ or „Mata Hari – Dancing With The Death“ . His Films won several international awards including the World Gold and Silver Medal at the New York Festivals. Further more he produced documentaries of all genres, shows and other media formats, for example more than 300 episodes of “Menschen bei Maischberger”, which is one of the highest ranking and longest running talkshows for the ARD.
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.
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-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 & Video Festival 2016 and Gold at the New York Film Festival 2016 and Nominee for the 38th Annual News & 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 & Sciences.
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.
San Francisco 49ers
After graduating from Full Sail University in 2001, I began working with the Kansas City Chiefs on their official pre-game broadcast in 2003. That led to full time employment with them until 2013 when I took an opportunity with the San Francisco 49ers. Since moving to the Bay Area, we have created the award winning, in-house production company know as 49ers Studios. Our talented producers continue telling the story of the 49ers every season. I am the proud father of three kids, happy owner of two dogs and husband of one beloved wife.
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.
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.
Red Bull Media House Gmbh
16th Street Productions
Award winning filmmaker and creative consultant who excels in thought-provoking and compelling stories that forge strong emotional connections with the audiences. His documentary on Autistic children “They Are No Less” was broadcast on Aljazeera, his Australian feature on homelessness “Where The Streets Have No Name” was screened at 33 International film festivals winning 14 awards and broadcast across Europe, UK, Australia and US. He has received several international awards in promotions and marketing including New York Festivals. He is on the jury with PROMAXBDA, Queens World Film Festival, Cine Awards besides supporting the community on humanitarian issues through his films.
Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation
Ms Wuan-ling Guo has been working in the TV industry for more than 20 years. Spending almost ten years on international news production, she was producer of international news programs at Public Television Service (PTS), and her program was shortlisted for Excellent Journalism Award in Taiwan. Later she served as producer of talk shows and internationally co-produced documentaries. Her work was screened at Berlin International Film Festival, and has received Best Long Documentary Award at International Gold Panda Documentary Festival in Sichuan, China. She has also been the curator and director for Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival (TICFF) since 2013 and her experience with children’s films has been widely expanded since then.
CHINA GLOBAL TELEVISION NETWORK
Xiaowai Xiao, Documentary Director of China Global Television Network（Formerly as English Service of China Central Television）. 15 years of TV program producing experience, working as editor, writer, correspondent and documentary director. Winning more than 10 awards, such as Yearly Best Documentary, Awarded by China Television Artists Association and China Television Documentary Academic Council，Yearly Outstanding Staff of CCTV，Gold Camera Award of US International Film & Video Festival, and World Silver Award of New York Festivals. Graduated from Nankai University and Peking University. Studied in Graduate School of Journalism of UC Berkeley as a visiting scholar during 2015-2016.
Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation (PTS)
Xiaowai Xiao, Documentary Director of China Global Television Network（Formerly as English Service of China Central Television）. 15 years of TV program producing experience, working as editor, writer, correspondent and documentary director. Winning more than 10 awards, such as Yearly Best Documentary, Awarded by China Television Artists Association and China Television Documentary Academic Council，Yearly Outstanding Staff of CCTV，Gold Camera Award of US International Film & Video Festival, and World Silver Award of New York Festivals. Graduated from Nankai University and Peking University. Studied in Graduate School of Journalism of UC Berkeley as a visiting scholar during 2015-2016.
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.
Scripps Networks International
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 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.
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.
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.
While studying for this bachelor of Fine Arts at the Universidad de Barcelona, Pep dreamed about being an artist as big as Francis Bacon. Instead went on to create a company dedicated to providing storyboards to advertising agencies. After working as Web Designer and Creative in different areas, the Opportunity knocked at the door in the form of is mate Abel who came with the idea to open their own design studio. He is a founding member and Creative Director of Cómodo Screen. Drawing calms his nerves and you can see his doodles @pepbola.
Sit. Good Girl Productions, LLC
Judy Plavnick Kiley is a five-time Emmy award-winning producer, having produced programming for networks including PBS, Discovery, ESPN and NFL Films. She began her television career covering politics, for both local and national broadcast outlets, and then moved to sports broadcasting, covering the NFL for seven years. She then joined the non-fiction world, spending six years at Discovery Channel and rising to the position of Senior Executive Producer before transitioning back to sports as Executive Producer for ESPN Classic. Judy formed her own production company in 2013 and is currently developing several series as well as working with corporate clients.
Khalifa Al Marar
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Khalifa Suhail Al Marar serves as Vice President, Group Communications of Mubadala Healthcare, where he manages 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.
Al Marar previously was Executive Director for Corporate Communication and Marketing at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, where he was 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.
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.
TVE (Television Espanola)
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’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.
AURITT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
With training received as a network news producer, Deirdre became one of the key members of the original Entertainment Tonight staff, helping to launch one of the most successful shows in television history. Deirdre is now called upon to lend her expertise from concept to completion; brainstorming with clients on upcoming projects, directing multi-camera in-studio and remote productions, web videos and b-rolls. Her experience working with celebrities and experts has fostered a long term interest in bringing out the best performance possible in those she coaches and directs. She gets tremendous satisfaction from media training and nurturing talent through the entire production process.
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.
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation.
Al Jazeera Network
Sharon Roobol has more than 20 years’ experience in the television industry, working for several Australian television broadcasters and joining Al Jazeera’s Kuala Lumpur Bureau in 2006.
As the EP of 101 East, she has produced more than 350 half-hour programmes from across Asia.
In that time, the programme has won dozens of prestigious awards including a World Media Summit Award, Best Current Affairs Program at the Asian Television Awards, Gold medals at the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards, Best Short Documentary at the Sichuan TV Festival Awards in China, and several Human Rights Press Awards.
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.
Scripps Networks Inc.
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 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.
Telemundo Media - NBC Universal Hispanic
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.
Independent media and political consultant. Served as Director of Program Review for the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) responsible for reviewing the news and current affairs programming for MBN’s television networks, Radio Sawa, MBN websites and social media pages. Previously, MR. Sarkisian served as Managing Editor for MBN’s two televisions networks, he was a producer with MBC US, Inc. and an International Radio Broadcaster and Production Specialist for Voice of America.
Multi awards-winning broadcast, creative and strategic thinker.
47 years old, married, 2 children, Laurent has started his career as a copy writer in advertising agencies in Paris for Young and Rubicam, Lintas, TBWA, McCann Erickson. Laurent has created campaigns for Absolut Vodka, Honda, Sega and for many more other companies or products.
Consequently, Laurent joined France 2 (free to air channel), ‘’Dream-On,’’ ‘’Reservoir prod,’’ as a copy writer, creating and producing many promos, branding many successful tv shows.
Laurent has also participated, as the On-Air Director of Discovery Channel Southern Europe, in the building, marketing, launching and branding of Discovery tv channels across Italy, Spain, Portugal and France. Laurent also launched many tv programs and specialized in documentaries and life-time programs.
Laurent has joined France 3 (free to air channel) as the Creative Director, leading a team of 40 people, taking care of the national TV and 24 regions tv. Strategic On-Air creative services including campaigns, brands, promos, digital and marketing strategy.
Since September 2017, Laurent is also in charge of the France 3 Off Air department of 51 people.
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 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.
Light Cone Pictures
Christian D. Bruun is an international film director and producer. 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).
Dagmar Mackett has experience in many areas of television and film. Her career took off in Sweden as Producer/Presenter for national broadcaster SVT. However, being serious about a career in media and production, London was calling. Following time as Producer for the BBC and CNBC, Dagmar eventually moved into corporate production, working for globally recognised production companies, and managing prestigious accounts such as the European Space Agency and Nokia. Since joining drp as Director of Video, Dagmar’s focus has been on creating award-winning films and animations that provide effective and compelling solutions for a variety of clients.
Three (One) O
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.
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)
MOVING BITS PTE. LTD.
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
Impact Global Media
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 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.p>
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.
WESTON WOODS STUDIO
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.
FOX Networks Group Latin America
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.
TAKEDA ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
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.
And I am Creative Director of France 5.
Chih Chong Tan
Sitting in Pictures Pte Ltd
With 25 years of experience in the local film and television industry behind him, Chih Chong brings along with him both depth and breadth gained over a broad spectrum of works in factual entertainment, magazine, comedy, drama and feature film projects. Since graduating with a B.Sc in film production from the University of Texas at Austin, Chih Chong has proved his mettle in this extremely volatile and competitive industry in Singapore having done work for companies as diverse as MediaCorp, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Fremantle Media, Voom Networks, AETN,CTN, RTM, and many others. Chih Chong also dabbled in feature films and was a producer on the highly successful Singapore film, Forever Fever.
Hannah Thomas-Peter is a US Correspondent for Sky News, based in New York. She covers breaking news all over the country and creates long form special reports and documentaries on. In the last year her focus has been on examining issues around sex, consent and the abuse of power. She is the recipient of awards from the News Women’s Club of New York, The New York Festivals and the Royal Television Society.
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.
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
Gado Gado Filmproductions
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.
VOGEL AUDIOVISION GMBH & CO. KG
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.
Jump Studios Ltd.
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 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.
DSM North America
Mr. Hugh C. Welsh is the President and General Counsel of DSM North America a global leader in Life Sciences and Material Sciences. Traded on the Amsterdam stock exchange with 24,000 employees world wide and $12 billion in annual sales, DSM develops, manufactures and sells nutritional and food ingredients, biomedical materials, specialty plastics and resins, fibers and renewable energy. Mr. Welsh currently serves on several DSM global and regional management teams and has direct responsibilities in DSM’s nutrition and food specialties operations as well as responsibility for legal, government affairs, corporate communications, finance, HR and other shared services, corporate partnerships and DSM’s sustainability, inclusion and diversity initiatives in the region North America. Hugh currently serves on the Board of Directors of, Partners in Food Solutions, the US Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizens Center, Seafood Nutrition Partnership, Patheon, and Africa Improved Foods. He previously served on the board of BIO, the American Chemistry Council.
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.
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 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.
TI ComNet Japan
With over 40 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.
TV4 / Nyhetsbolaget
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.