2022
PANELISTS

 
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AJAY
KISHORE

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CARLYN
KLEBUC

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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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WALTER
NEWMAN

MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

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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.