WOMEN HELPING WOMEN in Entertainment
LAURA MC DONALD
Gersh Talent Agency
SHED MEDIA US
MODERATOR : SANDRA LORD
O'CONNELL: HEAD, U.S. TELEVISION, CORE MEDIA GROUP
CORE Media Group is an independent content company that creates quality programming through its in-house creative team and a myriad of partnerships with well-established industry leaders such as Sharp Entertainment, Howie Mandel’s Alevy Productions, Noreen Halpern’s Halfire Entertainment, and B-17. Through 19 Entertainment, the company co-produces “American Idol,” the gold standard of music competition programs, the enduring franchise, “So You Think You Can Dance” and manages the careers of numerous “American Idol” winners and finalists.
Together, CORE's dynamic group of content creators is producing quality entertainment for over 30 networks.
As Head of U.S. Television for CORE Media Group, Jennifer O'Connell launched and continues to build the company's in-house television team as well as manages their production company deals and partnerships.
She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all CORE Media Group television activity in the U.S. and for developing and producing scripted and unscripted programming for cable and broadcast networks.
Included in the diverse mix of programming that O'Connell oversees for CORE Media Group is “SING IT ON"(Pop), “PREACH” (Lifetime), and “Prison Wives Club” (Lifetime). She is also working on a remake of “Highway to Heaven” through CORE’s scripted JV, Halfire-CORE for A&E.
Last year, CORE’s slate included “Love in the City" (OWN), as well as documentary series “Euros of Hollywood” for Bravo and TruTV game show “Hair Jacked” with partners Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner (Hazy Mills Productions).
Prior to joining CORE Media Group, O'Connell was the Executive Vice President of Shed Media U.S., where she led the development and production of original unscripted content and executive produced "The Real Housewives of New York City" (Bravo), Emmy-nominated "Who Do You Think You Are?" (NBC), "Bethenny Ever After" (Bravo), "It's a Brad, Brad World" (Bravo), "The Marriage Ref" (NBC) and "Dogs in the City" (CBS), among other programs.
Prior to Shed Media, O'Connell spent seven years at NBC, where she oversaw several reality series, including the development and first four seasons of "The Biggest Loser," and longform events such as "10.5," "It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie" and the Emmy Award-winning "The Matthew Shepard Story."
Before her tenure at NBC, O'Connell was a creative executive at Disney Channel, where she worked on its slate of movies, including "Johnny Tsunami," "Halloweentown" and the Emmy-nominated "The Color of Friendship."
Previous roles included positions at Family Channel and MTM Productions. O'Connell is a member of The Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors and The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
O’Connell graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA and now serves on the Alumni Board. .
JEN WILL DO A PRIVATE, ONE-ON-ONE MEETING WITH A LUCKY ATTENDEE. (LUNCH meeting, general meeting, or shadowing!)
President of Programming & Development -- OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
Endyia Kinney-Sterns is vice president of programming and development for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network overseeing day-to-day development of new original programming for the network. She joined the company in May 2011 as executive director of programming and development.
Kinney-Sterns has been instrumental in identifying and developing various new programming including popular docu-series as Raising Whitley and the resting shot Deion's Family Playbook with Lionsgate Studios and Edmonds Entertainment. She was an integral part in developing the new hit series Flex and Shanice in addition to many presentations and pilots.
An accomplished television producer and executive, Kinney-Sterns has over 13 years of entertainment television experience producing shows for high-profile networks including VH1, CBS, NBC, HGTV and production companies such as Buena Vista Television, Arnold Shapiro Productions and LMNO. She also established her own production company, Seraphim Entertainment, where she optioned two of her original shows, a drama series and an animated project. Kinney-Sterns held the title of senior director of programming and development for TV ONE, where she was responsible for the day-to-day supervision of production and programming for popular series including Baisden After Dark, Who's Got Jokes and Black Men Revealed. Her most notable accomplishment was co-developing and creating the brand defining, multiple NAACP Award winning hit show Unsung.
Kinney-Sterns spent over four years working in programming and development at BET where she was responsible for overseeing production and post production for the network’s top-rated series College Hill and the highest rated show in BET history at the time, Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is. She was also responsible for helping to develop, launch and oversee the day-to-day production of The Mo’Nique Show, the #1 late night talk show among African Americans as well as the hit music competition show Sunday Best. She was responsible for overseeing other ratings hits like, 'Lil Kim: Countdown to Lockdown, DMX, Soul of a Man and helped to develop and oversee successful original programs such as Exalted and Hell Date. Prior to her positions at BET and TV ONE, Kinney-Sterns produced reality, talk/variety and lifestyle shows including the Emmy Award-winning syndicated series The Wayne Brady Show, Big Brother 4 and The Other Half among others.
Kinney-Sterns is passionately involved in a number of children’s organizations. She works with the Children’s Hunger Fund in helping to move their vision forward to see that no child goes without meal, is active with Zoe Ministries to help stop child trafficking overseas and regularly speaks to inner-city girls about pursuing their dreams.
She currently resides in Porter Ranch, California with her husband, Brigg Sterns, and her two sons, Judah and Cairo.
ENDYIA WILL DO A PRIVATE, ONE-ON-ONE MEETING WITH A LUCKY ATTENDEE. (LUNCH meeting, general meeting, or shadowing!)
GORDON: MARK BURNETT/UAMG
Lindsey Gordon is
Senior Vice President at United Artists Media Group, a joint
venture between Mark Burnett,
Roma Downey, MGM,
and Hearst. Gordon
co-heads the development team and reports directly to Burnett,
overseeing all creative development in the company’s unscripted and
syndicated initiatives, both domestically and internationally.
Currently, UAMG’s unscripted series include “The Voice” (NBC), “Survivor” (CBS), “Shark Tank” (ABC), “Beyond The Tank" (ABC), “The Celebrity Apprentice” (NBC), the annual “People’s Choice Awards” (CBS), and others. In addition to bolstering UAMG’s strong presence on broadcast television with formats for all audiences, Gordon is also charged with breaking into the cable market with specialized content for targeted viewership.
Gordon joined Mark Burnett Productions in 2011. As part of her duties, she works closely with Hearst and MGM to create original formats that integrate the companies’ holdings, magazine catalogue, and film libraries. Gordon also interacts with global brands, drawing her to innovative formats that bring maximum value for viewers and advertisers. The show she created, “On The Menu” (TNT), was the first cooking show to allow viewers to taste the food they see on their screens by inviting national restaurant chains to task competitors with creating a signature dish. Each episode’s winning item appeared on menus across the country the day after airing, which Gordon accomplished via brand partnerships with some of the biggest restaurant chains in the world, including Chili’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, and others. Gordon continues to work with international brands including Proctor & Gamble, Intel, Twitter, and many more.
Prior to working with Burnett, Gordon cast and produced “Euros of Hollywood” (Bravo) for Zoo Productions. Previously, she led the development team at indie shingle Shevick Zupon Entertainment, where she worked alongside industry veteran Jerry Shevick on shows such as “Hollywood Treasure” (SyFy) and “My Crazy Obsession” (TLC).
Gordon earned her MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC and was the first graduate from Stark to focus on unscripted content whilst attending the program. As a student, she landed development deals with leading production companies including Electus, Five x Five Media, and Berman Braun.
Prior to the Stark Program, Gordon spent four years in New York working in live theatre, after graduating Magna Cum Laude from The University of Pennsylvania. Gordon is a native Los Angeleno and proud Harvard-Westlake and Mirman alum.
lLINDSEY WILL DO A PRIVATE, ONE-ON-ONE MEETING WITH A LUCKY ATTENDEE.
DEES: BRAVO! -- Vice
President of Development
Christy Dees is
Bravo's Vice President of Development, a position she has held
since October 2013. In her role, Dees is
developing new original series for the
network focusing on innovative concepts and memorable characters
that define Bravo brand. Based in Los
Angeles, Dees reports to Lara Spotts, Senior Vice President
of Development for Bravo Media. Dees previously held the position of
Director of Development for Bravo Media. Since being at the
network, she has developed a number of hit series including Shahs
Newlyweds: The First Year
and Blood, Sweat and Heels,
as well as the upcoming My Fab 40th and Work
Out NY. She also served as Executive Producer of the
series Thicker Than Water.
Prior to joining Bravo, Dees was an executive at The Style
Network where she oversaw a number of series including Kimora:
Life in the Fab Lane and Tia
and Tamara. Dees credits Thom Beers with her
big break when Beers hired her as Vice President of Development at
Original Productions where she developed a number of projects
House and America's
Deadliest Season, the prequel to Deadliest
Catch. Previously Dees was Director of
Development at FX. f
CHRISTY WILL DO A PRIVATE, ONE-ON-ONE MEETING WITH A LUCKY ATTENDEE.
(LUNCH meeting, general meeting, or shadowing!)
ANGEL MOLLOY: Vice
President of Development -- WE tv
Angela Molloy is a well-rounded creative executive with experience that
encompasses development, production and acquisitions from both the sales
and buying side, having worked at both cable networks and major
Angela is WE tv’s newly minted vice president of development, based in the network’s Los Angeles office. Having joined WE tv just a few months ago, she is already making an impact on the newly rebranded network. Most notably, she is refreshing WE tv’s hit show L.A. Hair in conjunction with its production company, 3Ball Productions, to draw even more viewers to the popular series featuring stylist-to-the-stars, Kim Kimble.
Angela is WE tv’s first-ever VP of development based in LA. Joining the network at a critical time, Angela is responsible for working with west coast based production partners and agencies to find fresh new unscripted programming for WE tv. And she’s working with some of the biggest production outfits around -- 495 Productions, World of Wonder and Fishbowl Worldwide, to name a few, developing new series and concepts and discovering new talent to help drive WE tv into the future.
Prior to WE tv, Angela worked as a production, development and acquisitions executive. She was a freelance showrunner with co-executive producer credits on Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles for Bravo and A Sale of Two Cities for HGTV, and served as the executive producer for Mansion Hunters on Reelz Channel.
She also produced a number of pilots and series for a variety of networks including OWN (Life with La Toya), TLC (Maria and Courtney’s Wedding Fiesta), Esquire, A&E, and HGTV (Room Crashers).
Prior to her freelance work, Angela held programming and acquisitions and development positions at TLC where she took pitches and helped oversee production on a number of new series and event specials including The Miss America Pageant.
Angela also served as the vice president of international at 3Ball Productions. In just over two years, she helped develop and produce Scott Baio is 45…And Single, The Pick Up Artist, and I Know My Kid’s a Star for VH1; and multiple pilots and development projects for Fox, Syfy, HGTV, Bravo, Comedy Central, E!, and syndicated shows. She was also the primary liaison with Eyeworks International. Traveling to MIP and other markets, she handled all US development of Eyeworks’ international formats – adapting them for US pitches. She also pitched 3Ball’s US projects in development to Eyeworks territories all over the world.
Angela began her career with WETA-TV, the PBS affiliate and third largest producer of all national PBS programs. Molloy scheduled WETA’s daytime and acquired programming from other PBS stations and independent producers. She also worked at PBS’ headquarters in Alexandria, VA to help launch PBS Online’s Station Relations group. As the senior associate, she created and marketed online integration opportunities to all 349 PBS member stations.
ANGELA WILL DO A PRIVATE, ONE-ON-ONE MEETING WITH A LUCKY ATTENDEE. (LUNCH meeting, general meeting, or shadowing!)
MCDONALD: GERSH TALENT
LAURA MC DONALD
Laura McDonald is an Unscripted
Agent in the Alternative Television Packing & Digital department at Gersh.
She represents talent, producers, and production companies that create and
star in projects that span all of nonfiction programming-
reality shows and more. Her talent roster includes Charlie Murphy
(Black Jesus), Alison Haislip (BattleBots), Jeff Wild (Chelsea
Lately), Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff (Rich Kids of Beverly Hills), Jamie Lee
(Girl Code), Andrew Schulz (Guy Code), Kacy Catanzaro (American
Ninja Warrior), Jessica Hall (Kendra On Top), and Aria Johnson
(Beverly Hills Pawn). She represents producers on a variety of broadcast and
cable shows including “The Voice”, “Naked
and Afraid”, “Love and Hip Hop,”
and “Vanderpump Rules.”
The production companies that are in her repertoire have created and sold shows
to Discovery, A&E, Fox Sports, SyFy and more.
Laura graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in Finance and Sociology. She then received her juris doctorate from the Pepperdine School of Law and is barred in the state of California. During law school she interned at law firms that specialized in all things unscripted, which is what helped her decide to pursue a career in the field.
STEPHANIE BLOCH CHAMBERS: SHOWRUNNER/PRODUCER
Stephanie Bloch Chambers has been a producer in reality TV for the last 14 years. She began her career in the scripted world but soon moved on to reality, working on such shows as “Popstars," “The Ashley Simpson Show” and “Bam’s Unholy Union.”
Most recently, she has been the Executive Producer of “Bethenny Ever After," “It’s a Brad Brad World” and "Toned Up" for Bravo; both seasons of “Married to Jonas" on E! and three seasons of "Chrisley Knows Best" currently airing on USA network.
STEPHANIE WILL DO A PRIVATE, ONE-ON-ONE
MEETING WITH A LUCKY ATTENDEE.
(LUNCH meeting, general meeting, or shadowing!)