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Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc

On the Road Again in ’24. Takeaways from NATPE and Realscreen Summit

The 2024 Conference season kicked off in earnest in January with back-to-back-to-back events in Miami (NATPE) and New Orleans (Realscreen).

Producers, distributors, and content platforms all gathered once again to network and pitch as our industry tries to steady itself coming out of a challenging 2023.

Cactus Tree Entertainment President Liz Levenson and True North’s Chief Creative Officer Katy Thorogood joined industry veteran and Senior Consultant Dan Salerno to get their thoughts on where the Factual business is heading in 2024.

Watch here (30′)


  • [3:30] NATPE relaunches under Brunico management
  • [12:00] Realscreen’s setup influences the conversation
  • [15:00] FAST Channels stay front and center. When will they commission?
  • [19:00] Networking more than pitching is the order of the day
  • [20:40] True Crime still pays!
  • [28:00] Zooming is no substitute for being there. Industry events are critical to success!

About (from left)

Katy Thorogood is Chief Creative Officer at True North. Prior to True North, she was Creative Director at Ricochet where she grew the business with new titles including The Repair Shop, Sun, Sea and Selling Houses, The Bidding Room, Jay’s Yorkshire Workshop, Britain’s Top Takeaways and Kings of the Wood. Alongside her experience at production companies, Katy has also held commissioning roles at ITV and the BBC and was Director of Programmes at Discovery UK.

Liz Levenson is an international television executive who works with global platforms, producers, and distributors to develop and distribute top-quality content around the world. She is the co-founder of Cactus Tree Entertainment and EP of true crime series My Name is Reeva and documentaries The Ripple Effect and The Race for the Cure. Liz has shared her experience on panels and at conferences around the globe, including MIPTV, MIPCOM, Realscreen, NATPE and more. Prior to co-founding Cactus Tree Entertainment, Liz was the Vice President of Sales and Acquisitions at GRB Studios, and has held senior level positions at Pilgrim Studios, Rive Gauche Television, and CABLEready.

Dan Salerno’s career spans multiple platforms across the global television business. He has been a key member of the leadership team for established and emerging networks, with an emphasis on strategic planning and content development. Most recently National Geographic’s Head of Programming, focusing on programming, development, and strategy, Dan’s career also includes BBC, Gospel, Fuse, and the original launch team at Discovery and its sister channels.

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