The second "Golden Age of Television" is in full force. Episodic content is in higher demand than ever before and the industry is rising to the challenge. From networks to digital platforms, join us as top executives discuss the always changing, landscape of serialized content.
Kathleen Grace (CEO, New Form)
Katie O'Connell (CEO, Platform One Media)
Chris Selak (EVP and Head of Worldwide Scripted Television, Lionsgate)
Jeremy Gold (Co-President, Blumhouse Television)
Moderator: Debra Birnbaum (Executive Editor, Variety)
Kathleen Grace is the chief executive officer of New Form. She guides the company’s
mission to become the next generation studio by driving all aspects of creating,
distributing and marketing high-quality, scripted programming for today’s millennial
audiences. As an experienced creator herself, Grace is uniquely qualified to deeply
understand all aspects of the business.
Since launching New Form in March 2014, Grace and the New Form team have
developed and produced 43 pilots, with 22 projects being sold into series to a variety of
distribution partners, including TBS, go90, Freeform, CW The Seed and Refinery29. One
of the seven scripted series sold to go90 is RePlay, written and produced by Grace. As
both a studio head and creator, Grace is an industry leader that offers a distinct point of
view on the future of entertainment. She currently serves on the advisory boards for
VidCon, the Austin Film Festival and Women in Animation.
For the past 20 years, Katie O’Connell Marsh has held senior management positions covering all aspects of entertainment television programming. Katie is currently CEO of Platform One Media – a television production and distribution studio backed by TPG and Liberty Global. Prior to Platform One Media, Katie was CEO at Gaumont Television, where she was responsible for launching the studio operation from the ground up in 2010. While there, she developed/produced leading series, including the Golden Globe nominated series Narcos, as well as Hannibal, Hemlock Grove, and F is For Family. In 2015, Katie was recognized in Variety’s Women’s Impact Report, and in 2014, she was recognized in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Power Women in Entertainment. Prior to 2010, Katie spent four years at NBC Entertainment where opened the NBC NYC development office and was tapped as Senior Vice President, New York Development. Among the projects Katie developed were the Emmy Award-winning comedy series 30 Rock and Lipstick Jungle. In 2008, Katie was promoted to Executive Vice President, Drama Programming. Katie’s team oversaw series including Heroes, Law & Order: SVU, ER, and Friday Night Lights
Jeremy Gold is co-President of Blumhouse Television. Gold (along with co-President Marci Wiseman) is growing the footprint of Blumhouse’s independent television studio, managing its portfolio of scripted and unscripted TV series, supervising creative development and production and overseeing distribution strategies across all platforms. Gold and Wiseman are leading the expansion of the Blumhouse brand beyond horror content to explore not only genre material, but also dark, provocative subject matter with projects like Loudest Voice in the Room, the Roger Ailes story for Showtime with Oscar winning writer/director Tom McCarthy, based on the book by acclaimed journalist, Gabe Sherman. Since joining Blumhouse in 2016, Gold and Wiseman successfully concluded a capital raise of $40 million and currently have close to $100m in annual production revenue. During that time, the company has launched two series and secured orders for a new seven series, all of which are currently in production, including Sharp Objects for HBO (based on Gillian Flynn's novel from Marti Noxon and Jean-Marc Valle and starring Amy Adams); Sacred Lies for Facebook (from Raelle Tucker and Scott Winant); a series based on the successful Purge film franchise for USA/Syfy; a 12 part genre anthology series for Hulu, with a first-of-its-kind release pattern; No One Saw a Thing (w/t), a true crime documentary series for Sundance TV; another documentary series for F/X with acclaimed Jinx producer, Marc Smerling and featuring Errol Morris, and an unnamed real time crime investigative series for Oxygen.
As Executive Vice President and Head of Worldwide Scripted Television, Chris Selak oversees creative development and programming for all Lionsgate scripted television projects and is part of the Lionsgate Television Group leadership team. Ms. Selak has built on Lionsgate’s legacy series like Mad Men (AMC), Nurse Jackie (Showtime) and Weeds (Showtime) with ground-breaking shows like Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Nashville (CMT/Hulu), The Royals (E!), Step Up: High Water (YouTube Red) and Dear White People (Netflix). She continues to expand scripted programming with upcoming shows like The Rook (Starz) and Kingkiller Chronicle (Showtime).
Debra Birnbaum is executive editor for Variety and helms all features, news, analysis and their expansive awards coverage. In addition, she hosts Variety’s popular Remote Controlled podcast. She joined Variety after seven years with TV Guide Magazine, where she held the position of President/Editor-in-Chief. She revitalized the classic brand with innovations like the annual “Fan Favorites” cover contest, the Comic-Con photo studio, and the “Hot List” franchise and party. She appears frequently on TV as an entertainment expert, and regularly moderates panels for the TV Academy, Screen Actors Guild and the Paley Center for Media. She has also worked for Redbook, George, More, the New York Post and Us Weekly, among other outlets.