Vice President, International Sales, Vivendi Entertainment
Head of Sales, Acquisitions and International Relations, Reshet.tv
VP of Formats, Banijay Rights
Content Executive at NATPE
President and CEO, CEETV and TVBIZZ
Development and Content Strategist, Sony Pictures Television Networks CE
Head of Development and Co-productions, FILM.UA Group
Head of International Sales, Mediaset
Damien Started his career in 2003 with Factual entertainment prod/distrib company AMPERSAND, in Paris where he held a position of manager of international sales to CEE and then gradually extended its remit to Asia the MEA. In 2008, he moved to Los Angeles and graduated with an MBA from Pepperdine in 2010. At the same time, he started working in the format business with a position at Sony, with the format development and acquisition team. In 2010, he joined FOX LOOK as an executive manager in charge of format distribution, working on sales of shows such as “Temptation Island”, “Beauty and the Geek”, “The Swan”, etc.
In mid-2011, Damien partnered up with Matthieu Porte (former head of format sales and acquisitions at ZODIAK) to launch CAN’T STOP media, a format distribution boutique based in London. In addition to the distribution of content, the activity extended to consulting activity & new format development (launches including “MUM OF THE WEEK”). The relationship strengthening with the Canal+ Group, CAN’T STOP was ultimately acquired by Vivendi in 2015 to be integrated as a new internal unit: VIVENDI ENTERTAINMENT.
At VE, Damien is Vice President, in charge of international sales and business development and currently is working on titles including GUESS MY AGE, COUPLE OR NOT?, SLAM, FACING THE CLASSROOM, etc.
Andrew Sime joined international distributor Banijay Rights in 2013, tasked with maximising the company’s format sales around the world. With a particular focus on Asia and Central and Eastern Europe, Andrew works both with Banijay Group companies, and companies outside the Group footprint, to help theglobal rollout of major entertainment brands such as Child Support, Ladette To Lady and Wife Swap.
Prior to joining Banijay Rights, Andrew was Head of Acquisitions at Global Agency, and held acquisitions and research roles at Endemol International and 2waytraffic (Sony Pictures Television).
Nelly Feld heads up Reshet Media's International Department since October 2017. The previous five years Nelly was managing Keshet International's European distribution and operations. Before she moved to Israel Nelly studied law at the University of Vienna and at King's College London with a specialization in Intellectual Property. During her time in England she worked for the legal departments of big entertainment companies such as NBC Universal and Warner Brothers.
Georgi R. Chakarov is the President and CEO of the companies CEETV and TVBIZZ. CEETV operates the leading news and market intelligence platform for Television in Central and Eastern Europe - ceetv.net. TVBIZZ manages the the first social network for the international TV community and the biggest supplier of news from the industry - tvbizz.net.
Marietta is responsible for the original productions and developments on the CE market for AXN, Sony and VIASAT channels, which is one of the most important strategic focus areas of the company. Previously working as Programming Director of SPTN CE from 2014 till 2017, she was responsible for the programming of all channels and VoD services of the CE region including Hungary, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Adriatic region. She has gained enormous market knowledge and experience working on the positions as Director of Content CEE and Israel, Entertainment and Music and Youth Entertainment channels and Director of Music and Youth Entertainment Channels, Emerging Markets at Viacom (2011-2014), Content Director at UPC (2008-2011) and Regional Programming Director of AXN (2003-2008), VIASAT3 (2000-2002) and TV3 (1997-2000) previously.
Kateryna is responsible for strategic direction and development efforts of FILM.UA Group across multiple genres including scripted drama, factual, game and digital. As a part of her job Kateryna evaluates, develops and executive produces scripted drama projects, ranging from original content to local adaptations of successful scripted formats. Kateryna has been instrumental to the interna-tional success of The Sniffer (the first Ukrainian drama format optioned or adapted internationally, incl. France, Japan and the USA) and in bringing to Ukraine and Russia successful international drama formats like Step Dave (All3Media International) and The Red Band Society (Filmax). Kateryna is currently working on several international projects with international partners. She is a regular attendant of all major film and television events, markets and seminars: MIPTV, MIP-COM, EFM/Berlinale, American Film Market, Marche du Cannes/Cannes Film Festival, etc. and has served as a juror for multiple international drama awards incl. International Emmy and Rockie Awards. Kateryna also serves on the board of NATPE Budapest Advisory Committee.
Manuela brings more that 20 years of experience in the TV industry. She currently leads the team in charge of Italian and Worldwide Sales of Mediaset Cinema, Fiction and Entertainment catalogue as well as Scripted formats sales. Manuela proved to be extremely successful in building the customer relationship outreach for Mediaset to expand the portfolio of the company. She actively engages in the creation of Creative groups to accomplish and support the format projects of Mediaset.