HRTS’ Women of the West Fall 2018 Reunion Speakers


Gail Berman

Chairman and CEO
The Jackal Group and Co-President, Producers and Guild of America

Gail Berman is recognized as one of the most prolific content creators in the entertainment business having launched award-winning properties for television, film, digital and the Broadway stage.

Gail Berman is Chairman and CEO of The Jackal Group, a new independent production entity formed in partnership with Fox Networks Group. The Jackal Group develops, produces and exploits premium scripted, unscripted and factual entertainment programming for FNG’s channels including Fox Broadcasting Company, FX/FXX, the National Geographic Channels and Fox International Channels. The partnership also provides for opportunities in the digital and feature film arenas as well as for non-21st Century Fox distribution entities. The Jackal Group draws on Berman’s acclaimed background in theater in creating and developing concepts for live, theatrical entertainment. Jackal recently produced the remake of the Rocky Horror Picture Show for FOX.

Moderated by

Melissa Grego

CEO, Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS) and Founder, Women of the West Conference

Melissa Grego is CEO of Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS), the leading television and media networking, education and career development association.

Bridget Baker

Baker Media Inc.

As the principal of Baker Media, Ms. Baker advises and represents major media and technology companies. Prior to launching her company, she had a distinguished 23-year career at NBCUniversal, where she was a co-founder of CNBC and the company’s first president of TV Networks Distribution from 2006 – 2013. 

Laurie Goldberg

Group Executive VP, Public Relations, Discovery Channel and Science Channel

Laurie Goldberg serves as Group Executive Vice President of Public Relations for Discovery Channel and Science Channel. In this role, Goldberg oversees communication and strategy for both networks and is based in Los Angeles. 

Sarah Gubbins

Creator, I Love Dick

Sarah is the Co-Creator, Writer and Executive Producer of I Love Dick for Amazon. Her other full length plays include: COCKED, THE KID THING, THE DRINKING PROBLEM, FML: HOW CARSON MCCULLERS SAVED MY LIFE, IN LOCO PARENTIS, and FAIR USE.

Melissa Harper

Senior VP, Production – Originals, Starz

Melissa Harper is Senior Vice President of Production, Originals for Starz. She is responsible for the physical production and delivery of all Starz Originals produced worldwide. This includes series produced in house for Starz such as “POWER” and “VIDA”, as well as those delivered by outside studio partners. In recent years, Starz Originals productions have based out of New Zealand, South Africa, UK, Europe, Canada, and the US. 

Amy Hodge

VP, HBO Programming

Amy Hodge is vice president, HBO Programming, for Home Box Office, responsible for developing and overseeing comedy programming. She was named to this position in August 2018. She is currently overseeing Run, Mrs. Fletcher and The Righteous Gemstones, as well as Curb Your Enthusiasm and Room 104

Lucienne Papon

Executive VP, Creative Affairs, ITV Studios America

Lucienne Papon is Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs at ITV Studios America, where she oversees development and current programming in the U.S. market. She joined ITV Studios America in 2015 as Senior Vice President, Development, and was responsible for the continued growth of the studio’s extensive development slate across multiple cable and broadcast networks and OTT services, as well as execution of its current series.

Tamaya Petteway

Senior VP, Brand and Licensing Partnerships
Endemol Shine North America

Tamaya Petteway joined Endemol Shine North America in June 2015 as Senior Vice President of Brand and Integration, and is now the Senior Vice President of Brand and Licensing Partnerships.

Anne Vasquez

Digital Media Executive & Consultant

Anne Vasquez is a media executive and consultant navigating the intersection of digital audience, storytelling and revenue growth. As Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Chief Digital Officer at Tribune Publishing (tronc, Inc.), Anne worked across Editorial, Product, Marketing and Advertising divisions to develop digital strategy across 10 markets that included the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and South Florida Sun Sentinel. Through her leadership and vision, she has reimagined storytelling, fueled 500% annual growth in video audience and more than doubled video revenue. During that time, two newsrooms won their first Emmy Awards for excellence in video storytelling. 

Kathryn Vaughan

President, Good Caper Content

Kathryn Vaughan is President of Good Caper Content, part of the ITV America group, responsible for all development, programming and production across broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Series produced by Good Caper Content include Killing Fields (Discovery) and Evil Twins (ID Investigation Discovery), among others. 

Shea Vaughn

Creator/CEO SheaNetics® & Co-Founder/CEO Women On TV (WBTVN)

Shea Vaughn is a lifestyle pioneer, best-selling author, philanthropist and nationally recognized health and wellness authority whose SheaNetics® Wellness Program is endorsed by Physicians, the City of Chicago and the Department of Public Health, as well as earned her the affectionate title of “America’s Queen of Wellness”.