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Michael Turner (he/him) is Senior Director & Head of Original Documentary Films at Netflix, where he oversees business and legal affairs for Netflix’s slate of award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary films. Before joining Netflix, Michael was SVP and Head of Business and Legal Affairs at Discovery’s production studio. Michael holds double degrees in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College and a law degree from Cardozo. He began his career in 2001 as a corporate associate at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson in NYC, focusing on mergers and acquisitions before moving to Sony Music as a business affairs executive.
Founder of Iguana Films, and a professor at Emerson College, Maria Agui Carter’s (she/her) recent work includes REBEL: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War, on Amazon Prime, Erik Barnouw award winner for best historical films in America; and the PBS series SCIGIRLS nominated for a 2019 daytime Emmy. She is a 2021-2 Concordia Studio Fellow with a first-look deal. Concordia is Executive Producing ALLEGED, Maria’s criminal justice series currently in production. She is also a 2022 winner of a Spark grant from the National Endowment for Humanities & Firelight Media for BIRTHRIGHT, an essay film exploring the racialized roots of immigration policy in America. In development is her feature script SECRET LIFE OF LA MARIPOSA, a fable on immigration and climate change based on Maria’s experience growing up undocumented.
Ina Fichman (she/her) has been producing creative documentaries, interactive projects and series for more than 25 years. Recent credits include Fire of Love, Once Upon a Sea, The Oslo Diaries and The Gig is Up. Her company, Intuitive Pictures is based in Montreal. Ina sits on the board of Hot Docs and Chairs the National Board of the Documentary Association of Canada.
As executive vice president, Global Communications and Talent Relations for Disney Branded Television and National Geographic Content, Chris Albert (he/him) is responsible for developing and executing global consumer and trade communications strategies for Disney Branded Television, Disney Original Documentary, National Geographic Content and National Geographic Documentary Films. His purview also includes linear channels, Disney Junior, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo MUNDO. Albert also leads both the talent relations department, which manages internal and external demands of on-air talent, and the events department that works across National Geographic and Disney Branded Television.