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Thursday, September 28 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Speed Pitching 2

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Participating organizations include:

ARTE, BBC Natural World, Curiosity Stream, Nat Geo Digital Platforms, Nat Geo WILD, Nature/WNET, NHK, NOVA, Off the Fence, ORF/Universum, PBS International, Science Entertainment Exchange, Smithsonian Networks, Vulcan Productions.

IMPORTANT: Slots are 12 minutes, which includes 2 minutes for transition. Pitches will last 10 minutes, and will be timed.




Speakers
avatar for Pamela A. Aguilar

Pamela A. Aguilar

Senior Director of Programming & Development, PBS
As Sr. Director of Programming and Development for PBS, Pamela A. Aguilar identifies, develops and oversees the production of original content and acquisitions for Primetime in the genres of science, history, natural history, culture, and independent film. She has overseen such projects as 9 Months That Made You, Food-Delicious Science, Big Pacific, and the Emmy nominated In Defense of Food. | For over fifteen years, prior to joining PBS, Aguilar worked as a writer, producer, director and executive producer creating content across all platforms exploring race relations, education, social justice, pop-culture and health. Some of her credits include, America by the Numbers, The Graduates, Bigger Stronger Faster, and Between Two Plates, a digital satirical bilingual telenovela series she created to promote healthy eating... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Beckett

Tracy Beckett

Director, Program and Media Acquisitions, 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 catalog for the sales team to sell to other broadcasters around the world.  Further, she is responsible for i... Read More →
avatar for Gavin Boyland

Gavin Boyland

Series Producer - The Natural History Unit, BBC Studios
Gavin is an award-winning producer making shows for both the BBC and the independent sector, from filming mountain gorillas with Sigourney Weaver to chasing mammoths across Siberia. Gavin specializes in popular natural history and his recent credits include Monkeys Revealed, Natural... Read More →
JC

John Cavanagh

Executive Producer, Smithsonian Channek
John Cavanagh is an executive producer for Smithsonian Channel, where he produces a range of specials and series, including natural history, history and science programming.  Before joining Smithsonian in 2016, he spent 8 years at Discovery Communications across everything from blue chip natural history, survivor shows and shark week specials to medical docuseries and even a brief crime spree at Investigation... Read More →
avatar for Jorge Franzini

Jorge Franzini

Executive Producer, CuriosityStream
Jorge 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 Jason Silva special Transhumanism. Outside of his duties as a writer and producer, he works alongside the programming team as a liaison with outside production companies and partners. | Prior to joining CuriosityStream... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Hoppin

Ashley Hoppin

Executive Producer, Nat Geo WILD
As Executive Producer for Nat Geo WILD, Ashley Hoppin oversees some 80 hours of original programming per year.  These hours cover a wide range of topics including natural history, reality, science and adventure. Highlights include highly-acclaimed specials Wild Yellowstone, Kingdom of the Apes and Game of Lions, signature anthology, Destination Wild and returning series Animal Fight Night, Dr... Read More →
avatar for Emre Izat

Emre Izat

Filmmaker, Director & Producer
Over the past 14 years, Emre has developed, produced, filmed, and directed multiple award-winning documentaries for National Geographic, PBS, Netflix, Discovery, History, ID, MSNBC, and TLC. His films include one-off specials and wildlife series ranging in topics from crime to health, science and technology to wildlife conservation. Emre has a special love of elephants, and has made five films devoted to them... Read More →
avatar for Tetsunori Kikuchi

Tetsunori Kikuchi

Producer, NHK Enterprises
Tetsunori Kikuchi joined NHK in 1992. He has been working on numerous natural-history productions. He was engaged in the series program, "Satoyama", which portrays beautiful relationship between human and nature in Japanese countryside. Now he is a series producer of NHK's 30-min... Read More →
avatar for Mike Olcott

Mike Olcott

Senior Producer, National Geographic Magazine Video
Mike Olcott is an award-winning producer of short-form video and documentary films. Since 2015, he’s led a prolific digital team at National Geographic creating content in support of the NG Society, NG Channel, Kids, Education and Brand Marketing teams. Whether writing fast-paced scripts tailored to social media or researching a long-form documentary for worldwide broadcast... Read More →
avatar for Birgit Peters

Birgit Peters

Commissioning Editor, UNIVERSUM, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation
Since 2004 Birgit has written, directed and presented natural history and wildlife documentaries for ARD, NDR, BR and ORF. In 2007 Birgit was writer/director of the BBC/NDR coproduction Pacific Abyss. She co-presented the three-part series "Adventure Ocean" (ARD/NDR) and the miniseries "Wonders of the Namib" for NDR. In 2016 Birgit became Commissioning Editor for ORF UNIVERSUM, currently celebrating its 30th year as broadcaster and producer of blue chip wildlife... Read More →
avatar for Jean-Paul Polo

Jean-Paul Polo

Director, Social Video, National Geographic
 Originally from Puerto Rico, JP serves as Director of Social Video for National Geographic. For the past six years he worked as a producer, cinematographer and editor for National Geographic producing content for their digital and social platforms as well as TV content. Combining film techniques with a keen sense of wildlife and exploration storytelling for digital and social platforms is... Read More →
avatar for Germaine Sweet

Germaine Sweet

Managing Director, Co Productions, PBS
avatar for Melanie Wallace

Melanie Wallace

Senior Series Producer, NOVA
Melanie Wallace is the Senior Series Producer for NOVA, the most highly recognized science documentary series on television in the United States, now approaching its 45th season, In that role, Melanie is connected to all aspects of production and works closely with Senior Executi... Read More →
avatar for Roger Webb

Roger Webb

Executive Producer - The Natural History Unit, BBC Studios
Roger has worked at the BBC Natural History Unit for 21 years and has been Series Editor of the award-winning Natural World strand since 2013. He is passionate about wildlife broadcasting, constantly striving for excellence. Roger’s experience is broad, taking in Springwatch, Planet Earth Live and Big Cat Diary, as well as... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Osprey Jackson Lake Lodge