Guest Speakers

April 15

Chris Selak was named Executive Vice President, Lionsgate Television in July 2011, spearheading all creative aspects of the studio, including the development of new content for traditional and new media platforms, as well overseeing all current television series.  Since joining Lionsgate in 2011, she has led the studio to its most active development period in history, resulting in three new series: ABC’S Nashville, starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere; the Charlie Sheen-starrer Anger Management, which received an unprecedented 100 episode order on FX; and Orange is the New Black,  which received a straight-to-series order for Netflix.  With a portfolio that also includes the critically-acclaimed series Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, Selak has most recently headed the development and production of two television pilots in series consideration: Donor Party, a half-hour comedy for NBC and Life Support, a one-hour drama for ABC Family.

Prior to her tenure at Lionsgate, Selak served as Senior Vice President at John Wells Productions (“JWP”), where she oversaw programming for some of the most-honored series in television history: ER and The West Wing. She produced the ER special retrospective, “Previously On,” that aired in the time-period immediately preceding the series finale.  In addition, she was behind the development of JWP’s Shameless, a dark, comedic family drama starring Bill Macy and Emmy Rossum that currently airs on Showtime, as well as TNT’s Southland, a series about the diverse lives of those serving in The Los Angeles Police Department, which is currently in its fourth season. 

Prior to JWP, Selak was Vice President at Mandalay Television, a Peter Guber company.  There, she was a producer on the Showtime series Rude Awakening, starring Sherilyn Fenn and Lynn Redgrave.  She also oversaw the development and programming of the ABC series Cupid, starring Jeremy Piven and The WB's Young Americans, starring Kate Bosworth.