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Wednesday, September 26 • 8:30am - 9:30am
Speed Pitching with the Commissioners

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This is a chance for seasoned pros to reconnect with their favorite commissioners or meet new ones. It's also a rare occasion when production companies can discover new science storytellers, pre-published research, and new filmmakers in search of production partnerships. Spend 8 minutes with the world's most important science media producers and distributors & you may end up with a production deal!
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avatar for Cooper Brooks, National Geographic Channel

Cooper Brooks, National Geographic Channel

Cooper Brooks is a Senior Associate Producer of Development with Nation Geographic Partners. He as been with the network for 5 years, developing both talent and programming for the non-scripted/ factual division. Prior to National Geographic, Brooks worked as a journalist for television... Read More →
avatar for Steve Burns, CuriosityStream

Steve Burns, CuriosityStream

Steve Burns is Chief Programming Officer for CuriosityStream, the award-winning streaming and on-demand destination for world-class documentary features and series exploring science, space, technology, history, nature, health and more.CuriosityStream, founded by John Hendricks, founder... Read More →
avatar for Jorge Franzini, CuriosityStream

Jorge Franzini, CuriosityStream

Executive Producer, CuriosityStreamJorge Franzini has produced and written a wide range of highly acclaimed documentaries for CuriosityStream, including its first original series Destination: Pluto, its first 4K series Underwater Wonders of the National Parks, and the award-nominated... Read More →
avatar for Jean-Jacques Peretti, Sunny Side of the Doc

Jean-Jacques Peretti, Sunny Side of the Doc

For the past five years Peretti has been an international consultant working in different audiovisual areas.Until May 2018, he was working with Paul Saadoun, producer, to develop 2nd Vague Productions documentary projects, to find international co-productions and presales. He was... Read More →
avatar for Nikolas Huelbusch, ZDF Enterprises

Nikolas Huelbusch, ZDF Enterprises

Nikolas Hülbusch, Director ZDFE.unscriptedBorn in Mainz in 1968, Nikolas Hülbusch studied Theatre, Film and Television, as well as Slavic studies, at Bochum (Germany) and Katowice (Poland) Universities from 1989 to 1995. He published several articles and two books on documentary... Read More →
avatar for Greg Boustead, Simons Foundation

Greg Boustead, Simons Foundation

With a background in neuroscience, film, and journalism, Greg Boustead brings sophisticated science content to general audiences, across many platforms. In 2015, he helped launch Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to inspiring a deeper interest in science, especially among those who don't think of themselves as science enthusiasts. As program director, Boustead oversees the initiative's strategy and funding decisions. He also leads the group's documentary film work. Before joi... Read More →
avatar for Gianna Savoie, Ocean Media Institute

Gianna Savoie, Ocean Media Institute

Gianna Savoie, Ph.D. Filmmaker and Executive Director, Ocean Media InstituteDr. Gianna Savoie is an award-winning Natural History filmmaker and writer whose penchant for powerful storytelling has led her to sink her teeth into some of the most critical conservation issues on the... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Beckett, PBS International

Tracy Beckett, PBS International

Tracy Beckett is the Director of Program and Media Acquisitions for PBS International .  She is responsible for acquiring documentaries to bring into the PBS International catalogue for the sales team to sell to other broadcasters around the world.  Further, she is responsible for... Read More →
avatar for Xavier Aaronson, Vice Media

Xavier Aaronson, Vice Media

Xavier Aaronson is an award-winning filmmaker best known for his Vice documentaries that explore the culmination of all things strange and influential in the world of modern science and technology. He’s traveled from the northernmost city in the Arctic to the deepest gold mines... Read More →
avatar for Carlyn Staudt, Blue Ant Media

Carlyn Staudt, Blue Ant Media

Carlyn Staudt, EVP, Love Nature Programming & Development leads the global programming strategy of Love Nature’s linear platform internationally and commissions original content to grow the brand’s extensive library of 4K natural history programming. Prior to this, Staudt held... Read More →
avatar for Janet Hess, Nature/WNET

Janet Hess, Nature/WNET

Janet Hess is the Series Editor of NATURE, the premier American natural history series from THIRTEEN/WNET for PBS.  She develops new projects, shapes stories, and works with writers, producers, and editors to make strong narratives a part of the NATURE brand.  Janet has written... Read More →
avatar for Sara Edelson, Netflix

Sara Edelson, Netflix

Sara Edelson is a manager of Original Documentary Programming at Netflix and creative executive for feature documentaries and series. Prior to Netflix, she was Head of Development for Paul G Allen’s Vulcan Productions, where she oversaw all original content development and co-productions... Read More →
avatar for Tria Thalman, Smithsonian Networks

Tria Thalman, Smithsonian Networks

As Executive Producer for Natural History at Smithsonian Channel, Tria helps develop and oversees production of more than 50 documentaries each year, which air on the network’s cable and digital platforms. She’s looking for blue-chip wildlife with strong narratives, and upbeat... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Wallace, NOVA

Melanie Wallace, NOVA

Melanie Wallace is the Senior Series Producer for NOVA, the highly regarded PBS science series now in its 45 season. She has worked in many capacities over the last 30 years including producer/director, and writer, on a wide variety of NOVA programs which span topics as diverse as... Read More →
avatar for Rocky Collins, Vulcan Productions

Rocky Collins, Vulcan Productions

Director of Production & Executive Producer, Vulcan ProductionsSince joining Vulcan Productions, Rocky Collins has worked on a range of projects that use storytelling to create change.  He helped create and guide the 20-part We the Voters digital series; the 6-part documentary series... Read More →
avatar for Graham Townsley, Shining Red Productions

Graham Townsley, Shining Red Productions

Film maker and anthropologist Graham Townsley is twice Emmy-nominated and has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. His films have been shown on PBS, National Geographic TV, the BBC, Channel 4, ARTE and the Discovery Channel. He also writtes screenplays for historical... Read More →
avatar for Genevieve Sponsler, PRX

Genevieve Sponsler, PRX

Genevieve Sponsler is the Content Manager & Remix Producer at PRX, a leading media company shaping the future of audio by connecting talented producers with engaged audiences.Genevieve programs PRX's 24/7 XM channel and broadcast service, PRX Remix, curating unique podcasts, documentaries... Read More →
avatar for Brian Pendergast, Seeker

Brian Pendergast, Seeker

Brian Pendergast is Head of Development at Seeker, the number one most-engaged science and tech publisher globally cross-platform on social. Brian brings with him over 10 years of experience writing, producing and developing non-fiction content for a range of audiences and distribution... Read More →
avatar for Dustin Renwick, National Geographic Society

Dustin Renwick, National Geographic Society

Dustin Renwick is the program officer for storytelling grants at the National Geographic Society. He advises potential applicants on project ideas, and he provides initial reviews for all storytelling grant submissions. Renwick previously served as the communication lead for the innovation... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Windemuth

Ellen Windemuth

CEO, Off the Fence
Ellen Windemuth is the owner and CEO of Off the Fence, having founded the company in 1994. Under her leadership Off the Fence has acquired, produced and co-produced over 6,000 hours of content. Ellen is a seasoned Executive Producer and Distributor and has produced over 400 hours... Read More →


Wednesday September 26, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
Calderwood Studio 1 Guest St, Boston, MA 02135