MEET OUR JUDGES
VP Alternative Development and Production
Currently, Andie Beckerman is a VP of Alternative Development at Syfy and reports to Heather Olander. Prior to Syfy Andie worked at AMC, where she developed successful shows like The Walking Dead live aftershow TALKING DEAD hosted by Chris Hardwick and the cult favorite COMIC BOOK MEN. Hailing originally from NYC, Andie is a huge fan of movies, music and all things sci-fi. #ComicCon
EVP, U.S. Television
Adam has led development at Raw for the last four years. During that time he has created, developed, and won series commissions from numerous broadcasters including History, Discovery, ID, TLC, Nat Geo, And Syfy. Recently he created the CNN series Race For The White House (a co-production with Dana Brunetti and Kevin Spacey).
Previously, Adam worked in development at RDF, Endemol and Zig Zag.
ProSiebenSat.1 PULS 4
Bernhard Hendling is Director Development with ProSiebenSat.1 PULS 4, Austria’s leading private TV / digital media house, and based in Vienna.
In his role he is in charge of several functions, ranging from format development across multiple genres – show to factual, to news and branded entertainment;
to format and content evaluation for acquisition for the group’s channels, linear TV and online.
In 2000, at the age of 22, he started as producer for a somewhat notorious daytime talk show, after which he moved to entertainment, then hard news, then executive producing, until finally, in 2007, to program development.
SVP, Co-Productions & North American Acquisitions
Anthony has worked in internationional sales, acquisitions and distribution for over 12 years – With experience garnered from the distribution, production and broadcast sectors.
Prior to Cineflix Rights Anthony was Head Of Co-productions at UK terrestrial Five, VP of Sales, Acquisitions and Co-productions at National Geographic Television International and also ran the Fugitive Consultancy specializing in helping production companies negotiate pre-sale and co-production financing for programming in all genres.
Director, International Sales
Vice President Acquisitions & Sales
Lemos worked in acquisitions at UK broadcasters AETN Networks and Virgin Media, before moving over to distribution at Zodiak Rights, looking after relationships with key UK producers such as Minnow Films, before moving on to focusing on sales, co-productions & acquisitions in North America. Over the past year, Lemos has worked with Pivot and Ovation on the shows The Operatives and Rachel Hunter’s Tour of Beauty, respectively, and picked up for the international market MAVTV’s Full Custom Garage.
Head of Factual, US
Chris Muckle began his career as a freelance editor in the UK, cutting outstanding factual programming for a wide variety of British and American broadcasters including Top Gear for the BBC, Locked Up Abroad for the National Geographic Channel and Gold Rush for the Discovery Channel. Now based in New York, he is Head Of US Factual for October Films, where he oversees their development and production across a broad slate. Recent work includes Mygrations for National Geographic and Trailblazers for The Discovery Channel.
VP of Development
JV Productions Inc
Dana J. Olkkonen joined JV Productions as Vice President of Development in September of 2015. She is responsible for managing the company’s development team through the creation, execution and sale of unscripted content to major cable outlets. Dana is based out of the company’s Los Angeles office.
Prior to joining JV Productions, Dana served as Vice President of Development forAuthentic Entertainment. In this role, she oversaw the development and sale of a number of pilots and series to a variety of cable networks. Among these projects were Smartest Guy in the World for History, Guilty Pleasures for Food Network, Waterfront House Hunting for FYI, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo for TLC, Jersey Belle for Bravo and many more. From starting with Authentic in 2009 she had an integral role in building the development team into one of the strongest development teams in the business and looks to bring that same success to JV Productions.
Dana’s passion for finding new and innovative ways to tell incredible stories is what drives her to continue developing unscripted content. She firmly believes that reality is stranger than fiction and has quite a few stories from the field to assert just that.
Dana earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communications from California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. She is currently an active member of the International Documentary Association and finds her continued service on the awards screening committees to be one of the highlights of her year.
VP, Alternative Entertainment
Fox Broadcasting Company
Alex Piper is currently the VP, Alternative Entertainment at FOX. Prior to joining FOX, Piper served as Senior Vice President, Alternative Television for Asylum Entertainment, where he helped develop, launch and oversee Asylum’s unscripted slate. In this role, he executive-produced numerous series, including “Being Mike Tyson” for FOX Sports 1, “The Locator” for WE tv, and “Addicted” for TLC. Piper also served as Supervising Producer on the Peabody Award-winning medical docu-series “Hopkins” for ABC News and was a producer for NBC Sports and NBC Olympics, receiving six Emmy Awards for Olympic and other sports events coverage.
As Vice President, Development, Oxygen Media, Benny Reuven is charged with developing lifestyle programming that speaks to the passions and interests of the network’s young, multicultural female audience. Reuven joined Oxygen Media in 2015 from Wilshire Studios where he served as Vice President, Development and Programming. Prior to joining Wilshire Studios, Reuven founded 3RB Entertainment where he led the development team as well as all facets of production. He previously launched a US office for UK based Love Productions developing original content and adaptations for many different formats. Additionally, Reuven spent two years at OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network as a programming and development executive playing an integral role in the network’s launch. With over twelve years of producing experience, Reuven has developed and produced content for many broadcast and major cable networks including “Chef Wanted,” “Farmer Wants a Wife,” “Kid Nation,” “Miami Ink,” “Trading Spouses” and “Kidnapped By The Kids.”
Betsy Sanner Ayala
HGTV, DIY Network & Great American Country
Director, Programming & Development
Danny Tipping, Director of Programming and Development, has accumulated over 15 years of experience working for broadcasters including Channel 4 and Discovery. He has overseen the production of more than 400 hours of international programming and heads the production division of Sky Vision. As Director of Programming and Development, he manages Sky Vision’s production unit and oversees projects from development through to delivery. As well as managing broadcaster relationships and securing commissions and co-productions in the UK, Danny manages the company’s ever expanding slate of international co-productions. Sky Vision produce original factual programming for an array of international broadcasters including; Sky 1, National Geographic Channels, History, PBS, Animal Planet, Crime and Investigation, UKTV, Discovery ID, SBS and Smithsonian Channel.