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Thursday, September 27 • 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 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 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 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 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 Chris Schmidt, NOVA

Chris Schmidt, NOVA

Senior Producer, NOVAChris Schmidt is an award-winning show runner, executive producer, writer, director and filmmaker with a focus on documentary and non-fiction television programming. He has traveled the world to produce and direct films and television programs for PBS, Dreamworks... 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 John Barth, PRX

John Barth, PRX

John Barth is the Chief Content Officer of PRX, named by Fast Company magazine as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative media companies.John is responsible for almost all the content that PRX distributes, markets and produces. He lead the development and launch of the investigative reporting... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Morales, Seeker

Matthew Morales, Seeker

Matt Morales is a development producer at Seeker -- the no. 1 most-engaged science publisher on social in the world. In his current role, Matt leads the team in visual ideation, scripting, animating and editing for all new programming on both digital and linear platforms. While at... 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 Tory Starr, WGBH

Tory Starr, WGBH

Tory Starr is the Director of Social Media at WGBH, Boston’s public media station and the source of over one-third of PBS’ prime time programming. In her role, Starr leads social media strategy, best practices, platform partnerships, and project development for the station’s... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
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