EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF COMEDY DEVELOPMENT
Kate Adler was named Executive Vice President, Comedy Development, CBS Studios in 2013. In her position, Adler oversees the development of all comedy series for broadcast, cable and streaming. CBS comedies include THE UNICORN, starring Walton Goggins, and THE NEIGHBORHOOD, starring Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield. Adler developed the critically acclaimed Netflix series “Dead to Me,” starring Christina Applegate, now going into its third season, as well as the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” and the Emmy-nominated Netflix series, “American Vandal.”
Prior to CBS Studios, Adler served as a producer for CBS’ “Survivor: Palau,” “Survivor: Guatemala” for CBS, and “Crime & Punishment: Real-Life Law & Order” for NBC. In 2002, she was a producer on the Oscar-winning documentary “Twin Towers,” which told the story of the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit and their heroic acts on September 11th.
From 1997 to 2000, Adler was Vice President, Creative Affairs for Worldwide Pants Incorporated, where she supervised all new series development, oversaw production of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” for CBS, and “Ed,” and recruited writers for “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” also on CBS. In 1994, Adler was Director, Comedy Development for Walt Disney Network Television, where she developed network comedies as well as served as the current programming executive on “Ellen.”
Prior to Disney, Adler worked at Creative Artists Agency as an assistant to the head of the television literary department.
Adler received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University.
VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT
Kesila Childers is Vice President of Development for Paul Feig’s Powderkeg. She is a member of the PGA, produces live comedy and is a board member for birdbrain, a non-profit for people impacted by sexual trauma.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
REFORM MEDIA GROUP
Deniese Davis 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 currently 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. After 8 years of producing for Hoorae Media (fka Issa Rae Productions), she recently launched her own production company Reform Media Group while continuing to support ColorCreative, a management company for diverse and emerging writers and filmmakers that she co-founded with Issa in 2014. Originally from Las Vegas, NV, Deniese is an alumna of CUNY-Brooklyn College and the American Film Institute Conservatory. She 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).
DIRECTOR OF ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
Sarah Fowlie leads the development of comedic productions to air across Bell Media's family of channels, including CTV, The Comedy Network, SPACE, MUCH, Bravo, TMN and CraveTV.
Fowlie began her career at Bell Media in 1997 at The Comedy Network and has developed strong relationships with the Canadian and International comedy community. She has held a range of positions in Acquisitions, Original Development and In-House Production. She has acted as Production Executive on many original independent productions for Bell Media, notably, The Indian Detective, Letterkenny, and Jann.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER
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.
SENIOR DEVELOPMENT MANAGER OF SNAP ORIGINALS
Erin Keating leads development and production of scripted Snap Originals, original shows created exclusively for Snapchat. She is responsible for helping to shape the creative strategy and execution of made-for-mobile shows for Snapchat’s 265 million daily active users.
Erin has helped grow Snapchat’s slate of exclusive shows to nearly 150 series over the past 4 years, including CBS’ James Corden’s Next James Corden, which garnered two Emmy Awards in 2018; Makeready’s drama Class of Lies, which received a 2019 WGA Award for best short form new media original, and Two Sides, which won the 2019 Streamy Award for best directing.
Erin joined Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, in 2017 from Big Beach TV, where she was the West Coast Executive and originated the half-hour dramedy Vida (Starz) and was Co-EP of the documentary Fatherless (Fusion) directed by Dawn Porter. Prior, she served as Director of Development and Production at IFC TV. In this role, she developed and oversaw the network’s brand-defining comedy series, including the Emmy-nominated, WGA and Peabody Award-winning Portlandia and Funny or Die’s The Spoils of Babylon. Erin has also been Director of Programming and Development at Magna Global Entertainment, where she oversaw the award-winning Johnson & Johnson Spotlight films on TNT.
FOUNDER AND CEO
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.
DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT IN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
Mike McShane is the Director of Digital Development in Original Programming at Bell Media. As part of this role, Mike and his team work with non-traditional partners and producers to bring Creators and the digital world into Bell Media’s development pipeline. Prior to this, Mike has held various roles at Bell Media, including Director, Much Studios and as Director of Marketing for Bell Media’s Entertainment Specialty Channels.
PROJECT 10 PRODUCTIONS
A twenty year veteran of the Canadian film and television industry, Ben has served previously as a programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival, Director of Business Affairs & Development at Serendipity Point Films and as Director of Business Development at Halfire Entertainment. During his time at Halfire, he was as a Producer of the ½ hour comedy, Working the Engels for Global and NBC. Since joining Project 10 in 2015 he has served an Executive Producer of the multiple award-winning documentary Spirit Unforgettable, currently available on CraveTV and iTunes. He is an Executive Producer of the hit ½ hour comedy, JANN for CTV/Bell Media, which recently wrapped filming of its third season in Calgary and is now available in the US on Hulu. He will also serve as aCo-EP on the highly anticipated revival of the iconic sketch comedy series, Kids in the Hall for Amazon and Executive Producer of the upcoming Son of a Critch for CBC. Ben leverages his considerable experience and strong relationships within the industry in overseeing Project 10’s development and production slate and in managing all business and operational matters related to the company. He is a graduate of the Cinema Studies program at the University of Toronto.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR ANIMATION
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 and third-party platforms. Among the series under his purview are FOX’s iconic comedies THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY and BOB’S BURGERS, as well as DUNCANVILLE, THE GREAT NORTH and the upcoming series HOUSEBROKEN.
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.