If you want to combine your love for food with your production skills, don’t miss this talk with producers of mouth-watering content. From styling shots to all-star interviews, find out where the opportunities are. RSVP
SAMAH DADA, HOST/ COOKING WITH @DADAEATS, TODAY SHOW YOUTUBE
Samah Dada is the founder, recipe developer, and photographer for her food Instagram and health and wellness-focused food and travel blog, DADAEATS. She grew up in Newport Beach, California and spent four years in London, England where she first became enamored by the intersection of food, travel, and culture.
After studying Media and Public Policy at UC Berkeley and solo-traveling through Europe, Samah pursued her dream of moving to New York to join the prestigious NBCUniversal Page Program. She currently works full-time in broadcast television at the TODAY Show where she is both the lead production associate, and an on-air food contributor. She is also the host of her own digital cooking show, a TODAY Show original series called #COOKING with @DADAEATS. She started @DADAEATS with the goal of sharing her culinary endeavors, food adventures, and passion for creating indulgent yet healthy eats with her audience.
MATTHEW DUCKOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, CONDE NAST ENTERTAINMENT
Matthew Duckor is executive producer, the lifestyle collection, Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE), reporting to Croi McNamara, senior vice president, video programming, CNE. CNE is an award-winning next generation studio and distribution network with entertainment content across film, television, premium digital video, social, and virtual reality.
In his role, Duckor oversees the video programs at Bon Appétit, Epicurious, Architectural Digest, Self and Condé Nast Traveler. He has produced highly-popular franchises, such as “Kids Try,” “Gourmet Makes,” “Working 24 Hours At,” and “It’s Alive with Brad” for Bon Appétit, “Price Points” for Epicurious, “Open Door” for Architectural Digest, “Culturally Speaking” for Condé Nast Traveler, and “60 People Fitness Challenge” for SELF. Duckor also oversees programming for Bon Appétit’s upcoming OTT channel launch.
Duckor joined the Condé Nast team in 2011 as the Multimedia Editor at Bon Appétit where he launched the brand’s video programming, while contributing to the print magazine and website. In 2014, he became the senior editor for Epicurious and launched the brand’s digital video library by building the programming from the ground up.
Prior to Condé Nast, Duckor collaborated with Ben Leventhal, Eater co-founder and Resy founder, to launch The Feast, a lifestyle site focused on restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. As editor at NBC News, Duckor also conceived, produced and edited all original video, which appeared online, on air and NBC Taxi TV.
Duckor graduated from NYU with a BFA in screenwriting from the Tisch School of the Arts.
TALIA HALPERIN, HEAD OF BRAND MANAGEMENT, BUZZFEED
Talia Halperin is the Head of Brand Management at BuzzFeed, where she oversees all brand and commerce activity. Talia has transformed Tasty, the world’s largest social food network, from a digital media juggernaut into a fully diversified food brand by launching Tasty-branded CPG products, a kitchenware line with Walmart, a set of bestselling cookbooks, and the Tasty One Top, which was recognized in TIME Magazine’s annual list of “Best Inventions” and named AdAge’s “Product of the Year.”
Prior to joining BuzzFeed, Talia developed and oversaw pediatric mental health clinics in underserved areas, paving a clear path towards a career in brand management. Talia is based in New York.
CHELSEA LUPKIN, CREATIVE VIDEO PRODUCER, DELISH
Chelsea Lupkin is the Creative Video Producer of Delish, an award-winning Hearst website dedicated to all things food. There, she’s responsible for directing on-camera talent, establishing the visual style of the site’s video content, and producing/filming a number of reality food shows. These include Insanely Easy, Whoa Lo, and two web series starring the site’s editors as they eat their way through amusement parks and restaurants with notoriously massive menus, like the Cheesecake Factory.
Since Chelsea joined Delish the year it re-launched, her work has continued to reach new audiences all over the world. As of 2019, Delish has more than 19M followers on Facebook, 1.5M followers on Instagram, and roughly 235K subscribers on YouTube. Come for the food, stay for the fun.
Prior to joining Delish, Chelsea worked at MTV. When she’s not on the road or sneaking snacks from the Delish kitchen, she writes and directs short films and is a Senior Programmer for Short of the Week, a premier short film curation site.
MODERATOR: SYREETA GATES, FOUNDER, YO STAY HUNGRY
Syreeta Gates is a documentary filmmaker and media archivist. She is the founder of The Gates Preserve, a multimedia experience company that preserves and archives hip-hop in such as way that lasts forever. She curates innovative experiences like Shaping The Culture a documentary film featuring the never before told story about the writers and journalists that created and shaped the language for hip-hop culture, as well as Yo Stay Hungry, a unique hip-hop culinary competition that bridges hip-hop and food.
Gates' archival work includes support on Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop (Random House), producing Nelson George's feature documentary, A Ballerina's Tale, and she also added her expertise on other art-oriented films, Finding the Funk and The Triptych. Gates was awarded Glamour Magazine's "Top 20 Under 25" and she is highlighted in John Schlimm's book, Stand Up!: 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World, And How You Can, Too!," as well as Tony Wagner's book, Creating Innovators. She curated Just Be Cause: Ah Ha Ah Ha Moments To Inspire the Next Generation of Change Makers an anthology, from 33 social entrepreneurs sharing how they re-imagined their game.
Holding a B.A. in Urban Youth Culture, the only degree of its kind in the world, Gates is the former Creative Director of Travel Noire, a multi-dimensional platform for unconventional travelers.