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Monday, September 28 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Live: What's New? Not Much. Just Everything

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This LIVE session will be in the Explorers room on Remo, our Virtual Jackson Lake Lodge! Click here and once you're in the Lobby, click the Explorers button in the lower right. 
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How has COVID impacted programming and production plans for the foreseeable future? What is in development and what kind of projects are commissioners looking to see? This live and interactive session will give you a definitive opportunity to hear how international commissioners may have shifted their strategies.

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James Manfull

Executive Producer
James Manfull first attended Jackson Wild as a volunteer in 1993. Now, with over 20 years’ experience writing and producing natural history television, he is the executive producer for Love Nature with credits including Wild Tales From the Farm, Malawi Wildlife Rescue, Big Cat Country... Read More →
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Walter Koehler

Founder and CEO of the internationally acclaimed Terra Mater Factual Studios
WALTER KOEHLER is founder and CEO of the internationally acclaimed Terra Mater Factual Studios, based in Vienna/Austria. He looks back on almost 35 successful years in the film business, nonfiction as well as narrative. In 2011, Koehler launched his production company Terra Mater... Read More →
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Tom Matzek

Head of Specialist Factual, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation
The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) is the country’s largest media provider, operating four national television, 3 national and nine regional radio channels, as well as a comprehensive range of online platforms. ORF is a foundation under public law.Tom Matzek, born 1964... Read More →
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Howard Swartz

Senior Vice President of Production and Development, Documentaries and Specials, Discovery Channel
Howard Swartz is Senior Vice President of Production and Development, Documentaries and Specials for Discovery Channel. In his current role, Swartz is responsible for developing and executing production strategies for documentaries, specials and event programming, such as Shark Week... Read More →
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Bill Gardner

PBS Content Strategy, Development and Production
Bill Gardner oversees PBS content strategy, development and production in the genresof history, culture and science, along with a particular concentration on conservation-themed natural history, across platforms.During his time at PBS, projects he commissioned or oversaw have won... Read More →
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Brian Cimagala

Senior Producer, Seeker
Brian Cimagala has produced nonfiction video content since 2005, documenting everything from the rebuilding of New York City’s World Trade Center, scientific research in the Antarctic, the highly-competitive world of elite high school football. He has crafted long-form content for... Read More →
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Tria Thalman

Executive Producer for Natural History, Smithsonian Networks
Tria considers herself one of the lucky ones: someone who knew early in life what she wanted to do and has happily followed that path for 25 years. In her current role she helps develop and oversee a broad slate of wildlife films for Smithsonian Channel US and their international... Read More →
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Jorge Franzini

Director of Content and Development, CuriosityStream
Jorge Franzini serves as the Director of Content and Development for CuriosityStream's original programming. His main duties are identifying potential series and one-offs for the service and its channels. As a member of the programming team, he is as a liaison with outside production... Read More →
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Ellen Windemuth

CEO/Founder, Off the Fence Productions
Ellen is the CEO of WaterBear Network, overseeing the strategy and direction of the new interactive video-on-demand platform dedicated to life on earth.Prior to WaterBear, Ellen was owner and CEO of Off the Fence, having founded the company in 1994. Under her leadership Off the Fence... Read More →
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Geoffrey Daniels

Executive Vice President of Global Unscripted Entertainment
Geoffrey Daniels is the Executive Vice President of Global Unscripted Entertainment. In this role, Daniels oversees all development and production for unscripted programming for both National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD. Daniels reports to Courteney Monroe and is based in... Read More →

Monday September 28, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT