FINAL Deadline: January 27, 2023

Meet Our Jury

Jury

Catie Asip
Assistant Director, Children's Programming
PBS Kids

Solange Attwood
EVP, International
Blue Ant Media

Alexandre Avon
VP Global Distribution
ComediHA

Alison Barrat
SVP, Production & Development
Love Nature

As SVP, Production & Development, Love Nature, Alison Barrat provides a leading role in finding, developing and commissioning new projects for Love Nature’s growing slate and is responsible for executing programming strategies for the brand’s international channels through development and production. She also oversees all production management and post production and serves as the main point of creative contact for both in-house and independent production companies.

Barrat is a multi-award and Emmy-winning film professional with over 20 years experience in natural history film production. Prior to Love Nature she launched a specialist wildlife film production unit at the Living Oceans Foundation where she executive produced films for PBS, the Smithsonian Channel and Curiositystream. Over the last two decades she has written, produced and directed natural history and science documentaries and series for National Geographic Channel, Discovery Communications and PBS. Barrat’s experience also includes leadership roles in development and production with National Geographic Television.

Giuliana Benvenuto
Manager, Acquisitions, North America
Cineflix Rights

With twelve years of experience in film and television distribution, broadcasting, and financing, Giuliana Benvenuto has been part of the Cineflix Rights team since February 2018. Giuliana sources and acquires quality third-party programming content for the company’s distribution catalogue. With a focus on North American acquisitions, Giuliana’s current producer clients include Scott Brothers Entertainment, Hoff Productions, The Weather Channel, and Ideacom International.

Giuliana is a graduate of Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media and began her career at Ontario Creates (formerly Ontario Media Development Corporation) and Entertainment One. Prior to joining Cineflix Rights, Giuliana honed her skills during her five years at Corus Entertainment (formerly Shaw Media) as Content Acquisitions Associate, where she acquired content from worldwide suppliers for all of Corus’ channels, including Global, W Network, and Showcase. Giuliana is passionate about the media industry and is eager to be a part of shaping its future.


Lauren Bercovitch
Head of Production
Kelly & Kelly

Lauren Bercovitch is a Vancouver-based Canadian producer and director. After Production Managing at Adbusters Media Foundation for five years and being instrumental in starting the Occupy Wall Street movement, Bercovitch transitioned from print to film and television, producing everything from reality cooking shows to Hallmark movies, from indie docs to web series. Bercovitch produced the Leo-award-winning Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag, which was also nominated for a Gemini Award. In 2014, Bercovitch produced the TV movie Anna & Kristina: Cooked and was a producer on Brent Hodge's A Brony Tale, a documentary about the bronies, the teenage and adult fans of the television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. A Brony Tale had its world premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was met with critical acclaim. She was also the 2018 winner of the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Experimental Short for An Army of Hearts (2017) which she co-directed and co-produced. After giving birth to her first daughter she took the plunge and started her own creative studio, Kelly&Kelly, with her husband and pseudo-brother, where she is the CFO/Director of Operations and Production and an all-around boss-lady. Bercovitch is now Head of Production and Development at Kelly & Kelly, an award-winning creative studio, where they produce premium podcasts and video.

Avril Blondelot
Head of Content Insight
Glance

Blondelot heads a team of 20 people, experts in all genres of programmes and audience analysis worldwide. Among her remit, is the service NoTa which exhaustively tracks and detects all the new series launched on 550+ platforms and channels in the world. She joined Glance in 2010, working initially on the UK and Netherlands markets before continuing as research manager, research director and head of content insight. Previously, she worked at Eurosport, France Télévisions and Louvre Museum.

Glance is the leading global TV audience and content research company. Blondelot heads a team of 20 people, experts in all genres of programmes and audience analysis worldwide.

Arianna Castoldi
Head of Doc Sales
Mediawan Rights

Arianna has ten years experience in Documentary sales having previously served as a sales executive at Wide House and Upside Distribution. In 2016, she joined Mediawan Rights where she spearheads the documentary division focusing on sales, financing and co-production of both documentary film and TV docs.

Caroline Cochaux
Producer
Mediawan Animation

Julien Degroote
EVP, Head of Content Development
TF1

Sioned Geraint
Content Commissioner - Children and Learners
S4C

Sioned is a Content Commissioner at S4C - Children and Learners. She commissions for the industry-award winning brand ‘Cyw’ aimed at chidren up to 7 years of age and ‘Stwnsh’ for children 7-12 and during 2022 will play a key role in the development of a new and important 5-year children’s strategy for S4C.

She is an award-winning, bilingual former Series Producer and Exec with over 30 years of experience in production for S4C, BBC, Cbeebies and ITV. With single and multi-camera director experience in pre-recorded and live environments, Sioned formerly worked across a variety of genres – factual, factual entertainment, entertainment, children, live - events and music.

As a successful creative team leader, in 2007 she was employed to head a new children’s unit at BBC Wales where she was responsible for the live and award winning series Mosgito for S4C. 

Since then she has been the lead on many children’s productions including most recently a landmark series for S4C on Evacuees with Wildflame Productions. 

Sioned says she is now in her dream job as a Content Commissioner for S4C and is looking forward to the next chapter in her career. 

 

Dominic Girard
Executive Producer
Pacific Content (Rogers Media)

Gwenllian Gravelle
Head of Scripted
S4C International

After a successful and long standing career at the BBC, producing high end dramas such as Casualty and Keeping Faith, Gwenllian Gravelle is the Drama Commissioner for Welsh-language broadcaster S4C. Building on the recent renaissance of Welsh drama and the S4C led invention of Celtic noir, Gwenllian is focused on commissioning original drama that not only has a local feel but also a global world -class appeal. Her most recent commission is a compelling 6- part psychological thriller starring Joanna Scanlan . Y GOLAU/The Light in the Hall is S4C’s first co-pro with Channel 4/APC and Sundance NOW.

Thorsten Haas
Head of Strategic Development Entertainment
ZDF Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen

Sara Hansen
Formats Activity Manager
All3Media

Rodrigo Herrera Ibarguengoytia
Senior Scripted Acquisition and Co-Production Manager
Red Arrow Studios International GmbH

Rodrigo Herrera Ibarguengoytia is the Senior Scripted Acquisition and Co-Production Manager at Red Arrow Studios International. Based in Munich, he oversees all scripted development and acquisition activities, working with both production companies within Red Arrow Studios as well as third party producers and writers, with the aim to package, co-finance and co-produce projects for the international market.

In his role, Rodrigo takes primary responsibility for the management and executive production of all Red Arrow Studios International’s scripted projects, including Vienna Blood, produced by Endor Productions and MR Film for ORF (Austria) and ZDF (Germany); Departure, produced by Shaftesbury for Global (Canada), and Maigret, currently in development with Playground and Georges Simenon Limited.

Before relocating to Germany, Rodrigo graduated from the BFA, Screenwriting program at York University in Toronto, Canada.

Elizabeth Kantor
Senior Development Producer
Cineflix Productions Inc.

Elizabeth is a Senior Development Producer for Cineflix, focusing on factual programming for both Canadian and US markets. Over the past ten years she has had the pleasure of working across development and production on output for the BBC, Channel 4, VICE, Refinery29, CBC, Discovery Channel, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist's documentary films unit. 
Elizabeth graduated from the UK's National Film and Television School with a postgrad in Factual Development and Production, and continues to guest lecture for the school. She is also a graduate of the National Theatre School's Design and Technical Arts program and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Ottawa. 

Laura Luckenbaugh
Director, International Programming and Development
AMC Networks

As Director of International Programming and Development at AMC Networks, Laura develops scripted series and oversees international co-productions for AMC, SundanceTV, BBC America, and AMC+.  Recent projects include Gangs of London, Kin, Quiz, and the upcoming series This Is Going To Hurt and Interview With the Vampire.

Tom Misselbrook
SVP, Scripted Sales and Development
Cineflix

Tom is SVP, Scripted Sales and Development at Cineflix, where he oversees all creative development, acquisitions, financing, co-productions and pre-sales across Cineflix’s scripted business, working closely with both in-house and third-party producers, as well as major broadcasters and VOD platforms around the world. Cineflix’s scripted slate includes the upcoming Reginald the Vampire from Syfy in the US, Last King of the Cross from Paramount+ in Australia, as well as Emmy-winning Tehran for Apple TV+, Irvine Welsh’s Crime for BritBox and CW/CBC hit series The Coroner, to name a few.

Prior to Cineflix, Tom worked at some of the leading international distribution and production studios, including Miramax, BBC Studios and Entertainment One, with a focus on feature film and TV drama. 

At Miramax, Tom worked across several high-profile film properties including Guy Ritchie’s Wrath of Man and The Gentlemen, Bad Santa 2 and Kevin MacDonald’s Whitney, in addition to scripted series such as the Spy City with ZDF and AMC. At BBC Studios Tom was responsible for driving all scripted co-productions and sales into the US across drama, comedy, and family, to secure key financing and deliver original branded programming. Key US commission highlights include The Honourable Woman, Top of The Lake, Sherlock, Luther, Parade’s End, A Young Doctor’s Notebook and The Wrong Man’s

Patrick Phelan
Director of World Sales
Leonine Studios

Patrick handles sales of all scripted content to the entire international market, except German speaking territories. In early 2019, Leonine Studios acquired the entire Tele München Gruppe, and another 6 individual top production companies in Germany, like W&BTV and Odeon Fiction. As well as international sales, he works side by side with the Co-Production, Co-Finance and Acquisition Teams to locate international content at the very first stage of development up until straight forward acquisition.

Previously Patrick has held VP and Senior Sales positions at NBCU, Sky Vision, Sonar Entertainment, Studiocanal and Tandem Communications, and to date handled every territory that one could possibly sell scripted content to. He has had the privilege to pitch and close a magnitude of deals for titles like Pillars of the Earth (Eddie Redmayne), Labyrinth (John Hurt), Taboo (Tom Hardy), Mr. Mercedes (Brendan Gleeson), The Son (Pierce Brosnan), Riviera (Julia Stiles), Patrick Melrose (Benedict Cumberbatch), Catherine the Great (Helen Mirren), Temple (Mark Strong), Tin Star (Tim Roth), Discovery of Witches (Matthew Goode) and many more. With over 15 years of sales, content, client and market experience, and working with some of the best colleagues that one could hope for, he has built up one of the highest levels of knowledge, professionality and acumen to be found in the world of entertainment today.

Among many outdoor activities, he loves skiing and snowboarding, hence why he lives very close to the Bavarian and Austrian Alps. His greatest achievements in life are his two daughters.

Miroslav Radojevic
Sales Director (MENA, Africa)
Global Telif Haklari Yapimcilik TIC. A.S (Global Agency)

Miroslav Radojevic is an experienced Sales Director with a demonstrated history of working in entertainment industry over 20 years in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He defended his master thesis in business and completed specialization at HBS on Entrepreneurship and Emerging Economies. Writing is a hobby, and all passions start with S- soccer and snooker. 


Elen Rhys
Commissioner
S4C

Elen Rhys is a Commissioner at S4C.  An experienced and passionate executive producer and programme maker, Elen is recognised for delivering creative excellence across all aspects of her 20+ years media career working with national broadcasters, distributors and studios.  Most recently, as S4C’s commissioner of content, Elen has delivered multi award-winning, channel defining programmes  including most recently a Broadcast Award for the Best lockdown category 2021 for Dim Ysgol Maesincla and the winner of the Entertainment Category BAFTA Wales 2021 for Maesincla the Musical.  

Elen’s portfolio spans several genres across all platforms and she relishes the creative challenge of working across such a dynamic range of content - entertainment, scripted comedy, music and many of the channel’s best loved and highly acclaimed popular factual and entertainment formats.  She also oversees the editorial content of many of the channel’s cultural events. 

Juno Rinaldi
Actor/Writer
Short Straw Productions

Juno Rinaldi is an award-winning filmmaker, actor, writer, producer and for the past 5 seasons has had the pleasure of playing the loveable mess, Frankie Coyne, on the International Emmy Nominated NETFLIX series, Workin' Moms

Juno and her creative team recently received funding from the Bell Media Slate Program and CMF to develop her latest project;The Heaviness of Things That Float into a limited series based on the book of the same name, by the celebrated B.C. writer Jennifer Manual.

Rinaldi’s short film Such A Small Thing, which she wrote, co-produced and starred in, won Best Short/Social Awareness at the Queen Palm International Film Festival as well as nominations for Best Writing and Editing (Queen Palm) and a semi-finalist nod for the Canadian Film Market 2019.  Such A Small Thing is streaming now through CBC’s Canadian Reflections Program, and internationally through HIGHBALL.TV.

Juno is currently shooting the first season of her new “talk show” starring herself and her best friend, Jenny Young, with Archipelago Productions. 

Other recent credits include : Y The Last Man, My Special Guest, Letters to Satan Claus, IT Chapter 2, WAYNE. 



Lanita Ririnui
Executive Director

Lanita Ririnui commissions content for Maori Television - New Zealand’s indigenous broadcaster - providing a wide range of local programmes for audiences across the country and online; contributing to the revitalisation of the Māori language as a taonga (treasure) at the heart of Māori culture and New Zealand’s unique cultural identity.

Ririnui’s key commission factual contributions include Ake ake ake - The story behind #protectihumātao (Championing an important political movement documentary for all New Zealanders), Beyond Matariki (Supporting the traditional knowledge of Matariki in a documentary series by Dr Rangi Mataamua for the nation), Waiata Nation I & II (Showcasing a new generation of waiata māori produced by rangtahi champions of the reo in music and onscreen), Home, Land & Sea (A look at iwi & whānau enterprises for innovative solutions with intergenerational outcomes), Chatham Islanders (An insightful documentary into the lives & entwined iwi on New Zealand's remote islands), Hurō Pēpi (Championing a fluent parenting series for young whānau raising tamariki in te reo māori).

Prior to her role at Maori Television, Ririnui was the company founder and director of Through The Fire Ltd. as well as a producer, director and presenter for TVNZ, MTS and The Coconet.  

Ririnui has a Bachelor of Communications Studies from the Auckland University of Technology.


Carlotta Rossi Spencer
Head of Branded Content Business Development
Banijay Rights

Carlotta Rossi Spencer serves as Head of Format Acquisitions for Banijay Group, the world's largest independent content producer and distributor responsible for leading Unscripted brands: Temptation Island, Survivor, Wife Swap, The Secret Life of Four-Year Olds, The Legacy and Fort Boyard.

Working across the Group's 16-territory footprint, Carlotta is charged with acquiring Unscripted formats with cross-country appeal for the company's 70+ entities. Overseeing the process from industry analysis to negotiation and completion, she has established strong relationships worldwide, making Banijay a top destination and go-to for content developers, distributors and brand managers alike. Additionally, she is tasked with seeking out external co-development and co-production opportunities. In leading operations in Unscripted acquisitions, Carlotta also provides high-level consultancy to the Group's production labels in the local roll-out of all formats acquired.

Prior to Banijay Group, Carlotta held several roles in research and development, having begun her career in journalism and communications.

Kate Sanagan
Head of Sales and Distribution
Sinking Ship Entertainment

Kate Sanagan is the Head of Sales and Distribution at Sinking Ship Entertainment, a multiple Emmy® Award winning production, distribution and interactive company specializing in kids’ and family content. Since its launch in 2004, Sinking Ship has rapidly earned a reputation for high quality, ground-breaking original series and companion interactive experiences.

Kate’s experience and expertise lies in the financing, presales, and sales of completed programs, with a focus on the Americas. Kate oversees the brand stewardship for Sinking Ship’s key brands, including internal IP as well as external 3rd party content. In addition to television and film sales, Kate also manages the company’s efforts in publishing, consumer products, and ancillary content.

Prior to Sinking Ship, Kate was Partner at Picture Box Distribution for 15 years. She has been selling and financing Canadian kids’ and family content for over 23 years.

Anke Stoll
VP, Acquisitions and Co-productions
Keshet International

Anke is one of the few TV executives who has worked across all genres of television in numerous areas, including production, sales, acquisitions, development and co-productions, giving her a unique view of the global market.

Anke joined Keshet International in 2016, working on acquisitions, development and co-productions across both factual and scripted projects for the global content producer and distributor, including Woodcut Media's World's Most Evil Killers, BBC One's  The Trial of Christine Keeler and the Norwegian / German co-production Furia for Viaplay and ZDF.

Previous experiences include: producing for various German-based production companies; acquisitions and co-productions for Sky Germany; heading up the German-speaking sales team for BBC Worldwide; and acquisitions, development and co-production for Swedish-owned distributor NENT. 

Llinos Wynne
Head of Factual and Documentaries
S4C

Michele Zatta
Senior Manager
Rai Fiction