HOLLYWOOD RADIO AND TELEVISION SOCIETY (HRTS) UNVEILS HRTS UNSCRIPTED 2020 PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

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HOLLYWOOD RADIO AND TELEVISION SOCIETY (HRTS) UNVEILS
HRTS UNSCRIPTED 2020 PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

ANNOUNCES FIRST HRTS UNSCRIPTED EVENT OF THE YEAR

“HRTS UNSCRIPTED: HOW NEW STREAMERS ARE CHANGING THE GAME” PANEL AND RECEPTION EVENT ON MARCH 11 AT UTA TO FEATURE
SPEAKERS FROM A+E NETWORKS, BET+, UTA, YOUTUBE ORIGINALS, MORE

Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS) Board of Directors Members and Co-Presidents of HRTS Unscripted Scott Hervey (Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation), and Greg Lipstone (Propagate Content) have appointed Marc Juris (WE tv / AMC Networks, DJ Nurre (Endemol Shine North America) and Gretchen Stockdale (Pilgrim Media Group) to serve on the 2020 HRTS Unscripted Programming Committee.

This group spearheads planning of the 2020 HRTS Unscripted series of evening panel and networking events throughout the year on topics relevant to people working in unscripted/non-fiction/reality TV. The committee also champions ways to continue expanding HRTS’ service to people and companies in the unscripted arena.

The first event of 2020 curated by the committee will be HRTS Unscripted: How New Streamers Are Changing the Game on March 11 at UTA. UTA is the Host Sponsor.

Featured panelists include Mark Garner, Executive VP, Content Licensing and Business Development, A+E Networks; Devin Griffin, Executive VP/General Manager of BET+, BET Networks’ subscription streaming service; David Kirsh, Agent, Alternative Television Department, UTA; and Alex Piper, Head of Unscripted, YouTube Originals. Scott Hervey, HRTS Board Member, HRTS Unscripted Co-President and Shareholder, Weintraub Tobin, will moderate. More speakers will be announced.

Panelists will debate, discuss and learn about discussion topics including binge viewing, life for unscripted library content, deal structures, marketing, increased need for content, what types of unscripted content work best on streaming. Prior to the speaker program, attendees will be welcomed with a catered networking reception.

Guests expected to attend include a mix of people working at leading companies in television, media, and entertainment, including many of HRTS’ 50+ Corporate Members, with an emphasis on the community of professionals specializing in unscripted/non-fiction/reality TV who gather several times per year as part of the HRTS Unscripted event series.

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Location: Hosted by UTA | 9336 Civic Center Dr. | Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Tickets: This is an HRTS member event. Corporate Member Ticket Benefits Apply.
Seating is limited and registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
Legal professionals: THIS EVENT QUALIFIES FOR MCLE CREDITS.

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

MARK GARNER, Executive VP, Content Licensing and Business Development
A+E NETWORKS

Mark Garner is Executive Vice President, Content Licensing and Business Development at A+E Networks. Garner is responsible for the development of strategy monetizing A+E Networks’ vast library of owned and original content via commercial and strategic partnerships with traditional and emerging content distribution platforms.  Garner is also charged with optimizing A+E Networks core creative business through the development and distribution of new business opportunities inclusive of co-productions, new product and services development, podcasting, educational licensing, and out-of-home distribution.  He continues to oversee the product operations function within the Distribution unit at A+E networks.

Prior to joining A+E Networks, Garner worked as an executive at several start-up ventures, including a satellite broadcast network based in Johannesburg, South Africa where he successfully built the network’s distribution to 22 sub-Saharan countries.  Subsequent to his time in South Africa, he led business development efforts for a direct-to-consumer, on-line automotive sales venture. Garner also held positions at Lifetime Entertainment Services, MTV Networks, and AT&T (formerly Pacific Bell) in sales, marketing, financial operations, and product management.

Garner currently serves on the board of directors for the industry association CTAM, and also serves as a Governor on the board of the South Orange Performing Arts Center.  Garner has chaired and served on the executive committee of NAMIC, the media industry’s leading organization for advocacy on behalf of people of color.

Garner earned his B.A. in Economics and Sociology from Stanford University. Born in Detroit, and raised in the New York metropolitan area, he now resides in South Orange, New Jersey with his wife Suzette and son, Santos.

DEVIN GRIFFIN, Executive VP/General Manager
BET+

Devin Griffin is General Manager of BET+, BET Networks’ subscription streaming service.  He oversees the P&L, sets the company’s vision, business goals, and strategy while leading the launch, content development and production, marketing, communications, planning and analysis, and operations.

Prior to BET+, Devin was Executive Vice President of Story Lab US, where he led the company’s foray into premium long-form content development.  In less than a year, he developed original series with Anonymous Content, ITV, and Stephen David Entertainment while forging partnerships with Gillette, Jaguar Land Rover, and the NBA Players Association.

Previously, Devin served in various senior content roles at Netflix.  He formed and led the company’s unscripted group, commissioning and/or executive producing over 40 series, including the Emmy Award-winning Queer EyeThe Confession Tapes, Michael Jordan: The Last Dance, the Peabody-winning Hip-Hop EvolutionShot in the Dark, and The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes.  During his tenure at Netflix, Devin also worked extensively on scripted TV series, stand-up comedy, and genre fare.  Devin brought a distinctive curatorial lens to the service, programming global hits such as the Emmy Award-winning Black MirrorDesignated Survivor, Chewing GumThe Great British Bake-offVan Helsing, Dawg Fight, Danger 5, Sword Art Online and original stand-up specials from Chelsea Peretti, Tom Segura, and Wyatt Cenac.

Earlier in his career, Devin served as Head of Business Development at Broadway Video, the production company of legendary producer Lorne Michaels. There, Devin conceptualized, co-founded, 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.

DAVID KIRSCH, Agent, Alternative Television Department
UTA

David Kirsch is an agent in the alternative television department at UTA. Kirsch works closely with television production companies, producers, and talent to package non-scripted television series.

ALEX PIPER, Head of Unscripted
YOUTUBE ORIGINALS

Alex Piper is the Head of Unscripted at YouTube Originals. Since joining YouTube, Piper’s unscripted team has launched acclaimed projects like Justin Bieber: Seasons, Coldplay: Live from Jordan, Taylor Swift: Lovers Lounge, and Kevin Hart: What the Fit, which have been seen by more than hundreds of millions of YouTube users globally.

Before joining YouTube Originals, Piper was the Vice President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials at FOX where he was responsible for notable series and specials such as So You Think You Can Dance, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, Hells Kitchen, Beat Shazam, the Teen Choice Awards and more.

Prior to his time at FOX, Piper served as SVP, Alternative Television at Asylum Entertainment where he lead creative development and production of their entire unscripted slate including such titles as 30 for 30  for ESPN, Addicted for TLC and The Locator for WE.

Piper also served as Supervising Producer for the Peabody Award-winning docuseries Hopkins for ABC and was a Producer for NBC Olympics and NBC Sports, receiving six Emmy awards over the course of his time there.

About HRTS Unscripted

HRTS Unscripted was born from HRTS’ 2017 partnership with the Unscripted Content Association. Attorneys attending HRTS Unscripted panels are eligible for MCLE credits. All HRTS members are eligible to purchase tickets to HRTS Unscripted events. NEW: Corporate Member Ticket Benefits apply to HRTS Unscripted events. More on HRTS Unscripted and the 2020 HRTS Unscripted Programming Committee may be found here.

About HRTS

Since 1947, the Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS) has been recognized as our industry’s premier information and networking forum. Led by a Board of Directors comprising TV and media’s most distinguished leaders, HRTS incorporates participation from our Corporate Members, representing the top companies across the landscape. HRTS maintains our rich, 70-year tradition of providing an unparalleled forum for fostering conversation and community through regularly scheduled events, a thriving mentorship program, and other initiatives in Los Angeles, New York City, and around the world. More information on the HRTS Board Members, Corporate Members, and calendar of events may be found at www.hrts.org.

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