Jun 29 , 2020

Lunch with a Commissioner: Heather Jones and Dan Korn, A+E Networks

  • When: 29th Jun 2020, 13:00-14:00
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

Grab your homemade sandwich of choice and get ready to dine with a different commissioner every day. At 1pm from Monday to Friday, participants will be able to join a commissioner and listen to their insights as well as ask questions at the end of the hour.

These are great sessions for our freelance community who don’t normally get the opportunity to chat to commissioners. So, if you’re a head honcho who normally has all the commissioners on speed-dial this session isn’t for you! Please keep this in mind when booking. Thanks for your support and understanding.


Heather Jones was promoted to the expanded role of General Manager UK and Senior Vice President, Content and Creative EMEA in September 2018, after joining A+E Networks as VP Programming in 2013 and assuming the position of General Manager UK in 2015.

Heather provides strategic direction and management support across the A+E Networks EMEA operations: overseeing content and creative strategy and activity in all EMEA territories including commissions, acquisitions, marketing, digital, creative, research and communications.

Additionally, Jones is the key EMEA partner to all A+E Networks International channels regarding new shows and formats that originate in the UK. Furthermore, she plays a central role in developing and executing international events and co-productions.

Jones also serves as General Manager UK with responsibility for all aspects of the business across the company’s UK operation and portfolio of channels.

Previously, Heather took the reigns as Managing Director of North One Television – part of the All3Media group. Reporting to CEO Neil Duncanson, she was responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of North One’s portfolio and its expansion into new genres and territories.

Prior to her role within All3Media, Heather was Director of television at Viacom in the UK, where she held overall responsibility for content and creative across the music and comedy channel portfolio at MTV Networks UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Heather oversaw and managed all areas of business, from strategy through to production.

As Vice-President, Programming for A+E Networks, Dan Korn heads up a team responsible for sourcing, acquiring and commissioning between 2-3000 hours of content a year, for the broadcasters’ four pay tv brands – SKY History, Crime+Investigation, SKY History2 and Lifetime, as well as its free-to air channel, Blaze.

Recent original commissions include Lost Relics of the Knights Templar, Damian Lewis’ Spy Wars, Al Murray: Why Does Everyone Hate The English, James Nesbitt: Disasters That Changed Britain, World War 2 Treasure Hunters with Suggs, Making a Monster and Murdertown with Katherine Kelly.

Prior to joining A+E Networks, Dan spent 10 years as Senior Vice President and Head of Programming for Discovery Channel UK and EMEA, which he joined, in 2005, from leading independent production company, 3BM Television Ltd. At 3BM, Korn was Managing Director and Executive Producer, winning a BAFTA for the film, Nuremberg: Goering’s Last Stand in 2006, a Broadcast Award for the series Age of Terror for Discovery, as well as producing the Emmy Award-nominated Holocaust on Trial and RTS-nominated Boy With a Tumour for a Face.

This session will be chaired by Kate Beal Blyth, CEO, Woodcut Media

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact support@screenskills.com so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.