Bio • Julian P. Hobbs

Julian Hobbs previously headed up scripted development and production at History, where he oversaw The Bible and Vikings.  As a VP and EP at History, Hobbs developed and oversaw numerous hits including: Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, Counting Cars, Ice Road Truckers, America: The Story of Us, and the Emmy Award-winning Gettysburg. Hobbs also headed up History’s feature documentary unit, executive producing films including Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Errol Morris’ The Unknown Known.  At Discovery Channel, Hobbs executive produced some of the Channel’s most successful programs, including The Flight that Fought Back, Ocean of Fear and Academy Award™ nominated Encounters at the End of the World. Hobbs also headed up production at New York Times Television, overseeing series such as Maternity Ward, Resident Life, and Thomas Friedman Presents.  READ MORE>

Hobbs’ independent feature documentaries and dramas have screened at festivals around the world, been theatrically released and aired on Sundance Channel and IFC. Hobbs has a BA from the University of Washington, and an MA from New York University.

Bio Elli Hakami

Elli previously oversaw the East Coast Production and Development teams at MTV as Executive Vice President, Current Series and Programming. Elli oversaw several returning series including: Catfish, The Challenge, Snooki and Jwow as well as specials that fall under the True Life banner. Prior to MTV, Elli served as the Senior Vice President of Programming and Production at BBC Worldwide Productions where she oversaw the development, talent and production teams for their Unscripted Department. Elli was responsible for tripling the studios output and building a prolific production unit that attracted top tier talent. READ MORE>

During her tenure, Hakami developed and executive produced a dynamic slate of successful on-air series and specials including: What Not to Wear (TLC), Richard Hammond’s Crash Course (BBC America), Americans in Bed (HBO), and Life Below Zero (National Geographic Channel). Elli also received commissions from a wide range of networks including Bravo, CW, Lifetime, TNT, A&E, History Channel, and Discovery Channel. Prior to joining BBC Worldwide Productions, Hakami launched and led Discovery’s New York and Los Angeles development offices.  While serving as Head of Development, several hit series were created for the channel including: Gold Rush: Alaska and Dual Survivor as well as some of the network’s highest rated Shark Week Specials including: Shark Feeding Frenzy, Great White Appetite, Deadly Waters and Surviving Sharks.  Additionally, she served as the liaison between Discovery and the major motion picture studios, creating original content integration opportunities including the highly successful Man V. Wild Celebrity Specials and Apocalypse 2012. Before Discovery, Hakami was a development executive at truTV (formerly Court TV), served as an editor at New York Times Television and worked in HBO’s Original Programming, Documentaries unit on a wide variety of non-fiction programs including America Undercover and Academy Award-nominated On Tip Toe: Gentle Steps to Freedom. Hakami holds a B.A. from Brown University and an MFA from Tufts University. 

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