ConnectED 2021

Once again ConnectED offers delegates the opportunity to connect with commissioners from the BBC, Channel 4, Disney+, YouTube and more across genres spanning drama, documentary, factual entertainment and popular factual, short-form, daytime and early peak and comedy.

Our speed meetings are 10 minutes long and are scheduled according to the host’s availability so please ensure you will be available during their one hour slot before requesting meetings. We will do our best to confirm at least one of your requests but cannot guarantee that you will secure a meeting.

Applications are closed for this series.


ConnectED Speed Meeting Hosts 2021

Ash Greenwood

Creative Executive EMEA

YouTube Originals

Catherine Catton

Head of Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment 


Claire Sowerby-Sheppard

Head of Development for UK

ViacomCBS International Studios

Kit Morey

Commissioning Editor, Popular Factual

Channel 5

Kirsty Hanson

Commissioning Editor


Simon Nelson

Development Executive

BBC Writersroom

Gemma Boswell

Head of Development, Drama

Channel 4

Huw Kennair Jones

Drama Commissioner


Helen O’Donnell

Head of Development

BBC Studios TalentWorks

Lina Stroud

Head of Development

South of the River Pictures

Sean Doyle

Director of Original Production for Unscripted General Entertainment


Brad Holcman

Senior Director, Non-Fiction and Alternative Programming


Winona Meringolo

SVP Development ID

Discovery, Inc

Chloe Tucker

Drama Commissioner


Alfred Lawrie

Head of Factual Entertainment

Channel 4

Kirsty Calvert-Ansari

Creative Director of Development

Firecracker Films

Carolyn Payne

Commissioning Editor

National Geographic

Romy Page

Commissioning Executive


Laura Luckenbaugh

Manager, International Programming and Development

AMC Networks

Jack Bootle

Head of Commissioning, Science and Natural History


Sholla Coker

Development Producer

Left Bank Pictures

Jo Clinton-Davis

Controller of Factual


Mary Donahue

SVP, Development & Programming, History

A+E Networks US

Laura Crowson

VP Development, Discovery Channel, Science Channel, and Animal Planet


Daniel Korn

Vice-President Programming

A+E Networks UK

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