Mark KOZAKI MIDDLE EAST BROADCASTING NETWORKS – ALHURRA TV
| Programming Officer
Mark Kozaki oversees Programming and Promotions for Alhurra TV - Middle East Broadcasting Networks. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor of Communications at William Paterson University. His vast range of executive management experience includes 19 years at Discovery Communications and leadership of the start-up efforts of the multiplatform Italian American Network, as its General Manager and Chief Operating Officer. At Discovery Communications, Kozaki was Senior Vice President of Operations and Administration for the company's 14 U.S. networks and he served as General Manager of the Travel Channel. He has been elected to two terms to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
About MIDDLE EAST BROADCASTING NETWORKS – ALHURRA TV
Alhurra TV is an Arabic-language news and information network that broadcasts to the Middle East and North Africa. Alhurra’s mission is to provide objective, accurate, and relevant news and information about the region, the world, and the United States. Alhurra supports democratic values by expanding the spectrum of ideas, opinions, and perspectives available in the region’s media. The network presents programs that examine political and social issues of interest to the audience in the Middle East, airing viewpoints not often discussed freely in the region. Alhurra TV hosts programs that illuminate U.S. policies and domestic debates on those policies for Middle Eastern audiences. In addition, the channel presents programs on a variety of other subjects, including health, entertainment news, sports, history, travel, culture, science and technology.
Yuan TIAN CCTV DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL
| Head of International Acquisitions & Co-Production
Mette HOFFMANN MEYER DANISH DR TV
| Head Of Documentaries and Co-Productions
Mette is Head Of Documentaries And Co-Productions for DANISH DR TV.
Mette is responsible for documentaries on four DR-channels showing some 1100 hours of documentaries and factual programming in all genres per year. In addition to acquisitions of documentaries she commissions both international and local Danish productions for DR2. She is board member of Steps International and spearheaded ‘Why Democracy?’.
Mette has supported many award winning films from all over the world from the Oscar-winning ‘Taxi to the Dark Side’ to Chinese 'Please Vote for Me’ and the 2010 Sundance-winning ‘The Red Chapel’ as well as the Danish Oscar nominee ‘Burma VJ’.
About DR - The Danish Broadcast Corporation
DR is a national public service channel financed by license fees. It has four television channels:
DR1 is the main channel which broadcasts for the broad audience. DR2 has a special focus on political debate, comedy, history, science and culture. DRK is a new channel from 2009. It focuses on history, culture and art. And last DRHD which started HD broadcasting in 2009. The focus on DRHD is nature, machines, extremes and huge things.
The documentary profile on DR1 and DR2
The four channels have various slots for documentaries with durations varying from30’to90’. In addition, DR2 has one theme night a week which also includes domestic or international documentaries.
DR1 broadcasts documentaries with a wide appeal to the Danish population such as current affairs, agenda setting documentaries and strong human interest features. DR2 broadcasts several documentaries a week ranging from history, science, culture, human interest and current affairs to more cutting edge and agenda setting documentaries.
Alison BAKER ABC TELEVISION AUSTRALIA
| Senior Acquisitions Manager - Non-Fiction
Alison Baker has a background in sales, but since 2010 has been working in acquisitions for ABC Television Australia, and is now Senior Acquisitions Manager for Non-Fiction.
Prior to working with ABC Alison worked as a consultant for Verve Entertainment International and the UK factual production company, Simply Media.
Alison was Head of European Sales for Southern Star from 2000 - 2009, based in the UK office. In 2004 Alison relocated to the Head Office in Sydney as Director of Sales where she was responsible for television sales across all drama, factual and children's programming into North America, Australian pay television, New Zealand, and Ireland. Alison was also responsible for the overall management of the London, Sydney and Paris based sales team.
Prior to joining Southern Star, Alison held senior management positions with several leading international television distribution companies. After taking her degree in German and Business Administration at Aston University in 1985, Alison started her career at Granada Television International. She moved on to become Head of Sales, Pavilion International, and Director of Sales, Polygram Television International. Alison is fluent in German and has conversational French.
About ABC Television Australia
Activities TV Channel
Financed by Public Broadcaster
Transmission by Terrestrial
ABC Television Australia delivers commercial-free, nationally available, free-to-air screen content via a multiplatform multi-channel network. ABC Television is the destination of choice for viewers and users seeking quality and diversity in screen content; in particular engaging audiences across a wide variety of genres.
ABC1 is Australia's home of intelligent entertainment. ABC1 brings high quality, trusted content for Australians everywhere, anytime, online, on TV and on mobile.
ABC2's ambition is to surprise, enthuse and provoke. It provides both alternative and complementary programming to ABC1 and aims to talk to younger Australian audiences (25-39 years).
The vision for ABC3 is to provide Australian families with a wide variety of distinctly Australian and commercial-free children's programs produced in Australia and overseas.
ABC iview is Australia's leading online TV destination, streaming on-demand long form, full-screen programs from ABC TV, as well as exclusive content acquired specifically for iView including cutting-edge entertainment, sci-fi, documentaries and comedy.
Chris HOELZL SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL HD
| Vice President, Program Development
Chris is responsible for the programming and development of all original productions, co-productions, and the acquisition of completed programming for Smithsonian Networks.
Prior to this he worked for TLC when the network emerged as the pre-eminent non-fiction network on North American Cable. He was the lead development producer for all BBC and UK programming at TLC during his tenure, supervising development of 120 hours of programming annually. Aside from lifestyle and entertainment shows he was in charge of creating history and science programming for the network.
As a television and radio reporter he reported for NBC and NPR affiliates in the Midwest, and has worked as sports cinematographer on assignment for ESPN. He has worked as a writer and editor for Time-Life Books, and as a political consultant.
He is a graduate of the University of Missouri, and holds an MA in journalism. He spent two years at German universities on scholarship studying History and Economics.