2022
PANELISTS

 
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AJAY
KISHORE

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ALLIE
WASSERMAN

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BILLY
WEE

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CARLYN
KLEBUC

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CORIE
HENSON

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DANIEL
WEIDENFELD

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DENIESE
DAVIS

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DEVIN
GRIFFIN

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KATE
GILL

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PUNIT
MATTOO

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ROB
GATI

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WALTER
NEWMAN

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WENDY
STEINHOFF

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AJAY KISHORE

FOUNDER AND CEO - STAREABLE

Ajay Kishore is the founder and CEO of Stareable, the new home for digital creative talent in the TV industry. Through its festival, Stareable Fest, and industry partnerships, Stareable honors the year’s best content, and provides a space for the next generation of creators to connect with industry executives, grow their network, learn new skills, and build community. Stareable is dedicated to creating a representative, inclusive, and dynamic TV landscape. Ajay is a Yale and Bridgewater alumni, unabashed produce enthusiast, and TV nerd.

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CARLYN KLEBUC

GENERAL MANAGER, ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING - BELL MEDIA

As General Manager, Carlyn Klebuc oversees development and production of all of Bell Media’s award-winning English-language independent programming and original digital content.

 

Klebuc and her team work closely on productions commissioned from independent producers, as well as original digital productionfor Bell Media’s multiple English-language linear and digital properties and platforms.

 

Klebuc joined Bell Media in 2008, most recently acting as Assistant General Counsel, Canadian Independent and In-House Production. Previously, Klebuc was an associate at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, specializing in lending, structured finance and securitizations and entertainment law.

 

Klebuc completed her degree in Film Studies at Queen’s University, and later received her LL.B. at the University of Saskatchewan. Klebuc is a trusted board member of Rethink Breast Cancer and Co-Chair of Entertainment and Media Law Symposium (Law Society).

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DANIEL WEIDENFLED

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ANIMATION - FOX ENTERTAINMENT

Daniel Weidenfeld was named Senior Vice President, Animation, for FOX Entertainment in September 2019. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all animated production and development for FOX Entertainment. Among the series under his purview are FOX’s iconic comedies THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY and BOB’S BURGERS, as well as the THE GREAT NORTH, HOUSEBROKEN, DUNCANVILLE and the upcoming comedies KRAPOPOLIS, from creator Dan Harmon, and GRIMSBURG, executive produced by and featuring the voice of Jon Hamm.

 

Prior to joining FOX Entertainment, Weidenfeld was a writer and producer on a number of series, including Adult Swim’s “Lazor Wulf,” “Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio,” “China, IL” and “The Eric Andre Show”; TBS’ “The Pound Hole”; and Netflix’s “Trigger Warning with Killer Mike.” From 2008 to 2010, he was Vice President of Content Development, TV & New Media at Generate, LLC. Weidenfeld graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.

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DENIESE DAVIS

FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - REFORM MEDIA GROUP

DENIESE DAVIS is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Reform Media Group, a media company focused on changing how marginalized stories are told. She began her career producing music videos, short films and digital content including Issa Rae’s award-winning web series The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl. She is a Co-Executive Producer on the HBO Emmy-nominated comedy series Insecure and a Producer on HBO’s Emmy-nominated A Black Lady Sketch Show. She is also Co-Founder of ColorCreative, a management company focused on changing the landscape of media by creating a direct-to-industry pipeline for women and minority writers and championing diverse voices by building creative business brands. An alum of CUNY Brooklyn College and The American Film Institute, Deniese sits on the board of Black Public Media and is a founding member of AFI’s Alumni Council for the Lawrence Herbert Alumni Center (LHAC).

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DEVIN GRIFFIN

EVP AND GENERAL MANAGER - BET+

Devin Griffin is the EVP and General Manager of BET+, BET Networks’ subscription streaming service. He sets the company’s vision, business goals, and strategy while leading all aspects of the operation, including managing the P&L, original programming, content acquisition, brand & title promotion, performance marketing, communications and social.

 

Under Devin’s direction, BET+ launched in 2019 and features thousands of hours of premium Black content, including 13 BET+ original programs from renowned creators including Tyler Perry, Tracy Oliver, Will Packer, and Lena Waithe. A joint venture between BET and Tyler Perry Studios, BET+ enables users to stream hit movies, TV series, stage plays, stand-up comedy, documentaries, and specials, all in one place, commercial-free.

 

Prior to BET+, Devin was EVP of the Story Lab (part of Dentsu), where he built a premium content studio and led the company’s foray into long-form content production. There, he developed original series with Anonymous Content, ITV, and Stephen David Entertainment while forging partnerships with Procter & Gamble, Jaguar Land Rover, and the NBA Players Association.

 

Devin has also served in various senior content roles at Netflix. He formed and led the company’s unscripted group, commissioning and/or executive producing more than 40 series, including the Emmy Award-winning Queer Eye, The Last Dance (Michael Jordan), Down to Earth with Zac Efron, and the Peabody-winning Hip-Hop Evolution. In addition to his leadership in the unscripted space, Devin worked extensively on scripted TV series, stand-up comedy, and genre fare. Bringing a distinctive curatorial lens to the service, he was responsible for programming global hits like the Emmy Award-winning series Black Mirror, Designated Survivor, Chewing Gum, The Great British Bake-off, The Seven Deadly Sins, and original specials from Tom Segura, Chelsea Peretti, Nick Offerman, and Wyatt Cenac.

 

Earlier in his career, Devin served as Head of Business Development at Broadway Video, legendary producer Lorne Michaels’ production company, where he conceptualized, cofounded, and oversaw Above Average, a premium comedy network and studio.

 

Devin holds a BA from Stanford and an MBA from Wharton. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Sarah, and two young children.

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KATE GILL

SVP OF DEVELOPMENT - PARAMOUNT TELEVISION STUDIOS

Kate Gill is SVP of development for Paramount Television Studios, where she is overseeing the upcoming Paramount+ musical series Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, the critically acclaimed limited series Station Eleven and half hour comedy Made For Love for HBOMax. Previously, she worked at YouTube Originals as the development and current executive for multiple series and pilots including the series Weird City and On Becoming A God In Central Florida. Before she worked for the streaming service, Gill worked with prolific executive producer Jamie Tarses at her Sony-based POD FanFare and for the comedy company JASH heading up TV development. Gill graduated from Loyola Marymount University where she studied film production. She is a native of Carlsbad, California and lives in Los Angeles.

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PUNIT MATTOO

COMEDY EXECUTIVE - AMAZON STUDIOS

Punit Mattoo is a Comedy Executive at Amazon Studios where he’s overseen series including Prime Video’s #1 Half-Hour Comedy, Upload, Good Omens, and the Emmy Award-winning Fleabag S2. Additionally, he’s helped launch PV’s animated comedy programming strategy with Fairfax and an upcoming series from Ramy Youssef & Pam Brady, and managed creative on PV’s entry into standup programming with specials from talent including Jim Gaffigan, Ilana Glazer, Rob Delaney, and Jimmy O. Yang. Previously, he worked in development at director Justin Linʹs (Fast & Furious) production company, Perfect Storm Entertainment, and prior to that as an Agent Trainee in both Motion Picture and Television Lit at United Talent Agency. He started his career at NBC Universal in their Operations Management Leadership Program working on projects such as the Beijing Olympics. He spent his early childhood years in England and Saudi Arabia before moving to the United States, and holds an MBA from the University of Oxford and a Masters and Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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WALTER NEWMAN

SVP, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT - ADULT SWIM (HBO MAX)

As an assistant at Comedy Central I discovered the comedy group that would go on to make the series Workaholics. From $50k pilot to Comedy Central's first live-action narrative hit in sometime, I oversaw the development and creative execution of the first season. The show spawned actors such as Jillian Bell and Adam Devine. After overseeing the first season, I left Comedy Central as a coordinator and joined Adult Swim as a manager of development at the end of 2010.

 

At Adult Swim I've developed, overseen and EP'd a wide variety of animated and live-action programming such as: Rick and Morty, The Boondocks, Loiter Squad, Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories, The Eric Andre Show, Mr. Pickles, Joe Pera Talks With You, Black Jesus, Primal, Black Dynamite, The Jellies, Teenage Euthanasia, The Shivering Truth, Robot Chicken, Lazor Wulf, Dream Corp LLC, Ballmastrz: 9009, Tuca and Bertie, as well as the recently premiered Smiling Friends, upcoming Royal Crackers and more.

 

As the SVP of program development, I oversee the development department, help steer the network legal meeting, and am a key point of interface for marketing, PR, etc. Along with two of my colleagues, I hosted a live-streamed pitch show on YouTube for several years called Development Meeting in which we gave advice and occasionally bought pitches. The show gained enough traction to be aired in a cut down version on TV (at 4am). I've developed and overseen digital content and computer programmers making digital toys such as the popular Rick and Morty stretchy face "Elastic Man".

 

There's more, before and after the above, but this feels like a good place to start.

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WENDY STEINHOFF

VP OF COMEDY DEVELOPMENT - ABC

Wendy Steinhoff is currently the Vice President of Comedy Development for the ABC television network. Prior to joining ABC, she spent 18 years developing comedy on the studio side for Warner Bros. Television. Wendy has been involved with the development of over 150 comedy pilots, most recently “Abbott Elementary,” “The Wonder Years,” and “Maggie” for ABC/Hulu. Wendy is a proud alum of Northwestern University and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three kids, one dog and one cat.

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ROB GATI

ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING EXECUTIVE - HULU

Rob Gati is Vice President, Content Development – Comedy in Hulu’s Originals group. Joining in 2014, he has developed and been the executive in charge of series such as Pam & Tommy, PEN15, Ramy, Catch-22, Dollface, Woke, Future Man, Casual, and Difficult People, amongst others. Rob’s upcoming slate includes This Fool, Welcome to Chippendales and History of the World Pt 2.

Rob also oversaw the launch of Hulu’s first animation initiative, which includes Solar Opposites, Crossing Swords, and Animaniacs. He is currently working on the upcoming Koala Man and the revival of Futurama.

Rob’s other credits include launching Hulu’s first original documentary slate with films such as Batman & Bill, SXSW Audience Award winner Becoming Bond, Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine, Too Funny To Fail and Obey Giant.
 

Previously, Rob worked at Fox Networks Group, and before that at the management company Artists First.

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BILLY WEE

SVP OF COMEDY & ANIMATION - HBO MAX

Billy Wee is a Senior Vice President of Comedy and Animation at HBO Max where he develops comedy series like Our Flag Means Death with Taika Waititi and Computer School with Tim Robinson, as well as animated series like Harley Quinn, Gremlins, and Clone High.

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CORIE HENSON

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND HEAD OF UNSCRIPTED - TBS, TNT & TRUTV

Corie Henson serves as executive vice president, head of unscripted programming for TBS, TNT and truTV at WarnerMedia. In this role, Henson leads and oversees unscripted creative development and production for all three cable brands.  

Joining Warner Bros. Discovery in December 2019, Henson is charged with expanding the linear networks’ unscripted offering and developing innovative, high-caliber programming that retains the distinct identify of each of the brand’s networks. During this unprecedented period, her leadership and creativity have allowed the networks to continue producing and airing new content for audiences while maintaining a safe environment for the cast and crews.

On TBS, Henson oversees The Cube hosted by Dwayne Wade, a high-intensity game show based on a U.K. format and 2021’s #1 new unscripted cable comedy Wipeout, a revival of the iconic extreme obstacle course series hosted by multifaceted mega star John Cena and Emmy-nominated comedian and actress Nicole Byer. Also under her purview is the extreme talent competition Go-Big Show starring celebrity judges T-Pain, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles, “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes and hosted by popular comedian Bert Kreischer. The show features contestants showcasing their supersized talents in a battle for the finale’s ultimate $100,000 prize and was the network’s second strongest unscripted launch in the last 3 years. She is also responsible for the upcoming series’ The Big D, a social experiment that follows recent divorcees as they search for romance in paradise alongside the exes, and Rat in the Kitchen, a cooking competition meets whodunnit hosted by the dynamic and unlikely comedic duo in host Natasha Leggero and judge Ludo Lefebvre.

Henson’s slate at TNT includes Rich & Shameless, the new true crime docuseries created with Raw, the production company behind hit documentaries Don’t F*ck With Cats and Three Identical Strangers, that tells the true stories of the successes, failures, thrills and miseries that accompany the kind of wealth that few people can ever understand.

Henson is leading truTV series Fast Foodies, which just wrapped its second season, and upcoming the upcoming docu-follow, 101 Places to Party Before You Die, hosted by comedy-duo Adam Pally and Jon Gabrus. These shows pair perfectly with the network’s wildly popular Impractical Jokers, just renewed for a tenth season. Her team is responsible for the inventive Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party series, which allowed the Jokers to continue filming remotely, creating new episodes for viewers while the tentpole series was on hiatus.

Henson joined Warner Bros. Discovery from Fox Broadcasting Company, where she served as Executive Vice President of Alternative Entertainment and oversaw all development and current franchises, including The Masked Singer, MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, So You Think You Can Dance, Hell’s Kitchen, Beat Shazam, and 24 Hours to Hell and Back, as well as the Teen Choice Awards, Fox’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey and all live event specials.

Prior to Fox, Henson was Executive Vice President of Unscripted Television at multi-platform studio Electus, where she oversaw such series as Running Wild with Bear Grylls for NBC, Breaking Greenville at truTV, and Southern Justice for the National Geographic Channel. She served as Vice President of Alternative Series for ABC Entertainment before that, overseeing Dancing with the Stars and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition as well as developing and launching critically acclaimed series Shark Tank and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.

 

Additionally, Henson has produced a wide variety of shows for broadcast, cable and daytime, including Big Brother (CBS), Grease: You’re the One That I Want (NBC), the syndicated talk show On Air with Ryan Seacrest (FOX) and The Secret Life of a Soccer Mom (TLC). Henson has also executive produced the Critics’ Choice Awards and earlier in her career, she oversaw much of the live red-carpet coverage for the major awards shows while at E! Entertainment Television. She began her career as a writer/producer of live news in both Los Angeles and Phoenix.
 

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ALLIE WASSERMAN

VP OF ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING - HBO

Allie Wasserman is a Vice President in Programming at HBO and part of the comedy team that develops and oversees the production of original half-hour series. She currently oversees HOW TO WITH JOHN WILSON from documentary filmmaker John Wilson and executive producer Nathan Fielder, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, and the upcoming NICE WHITE PARENTS pilot, an adaptation of the hit Serial podcast, from executive producers Issa Rae and Adam McKay. She also works on BARRY and AVENUE 5, as well as the new series RAIN DOGS, from Cash Carraway and Sid Gentle, starring Daisy May Cooper.

Prior to HBO, Wasserman worked for a Motion Picture Talent agent at UTA after moving over with the comedy group from CAA in March 2015. She graduated with a BA in Radio/Television/Film and English Literature from Northwestern University in June 2014.