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Neil Cross joins Drama Summit for Hard Sun focus

Luther creator Neil Cross will share the story of his upcoming drama Hard Sun in an hour-long case study session at C21's International Drama Summit in November.

The new 6x60' drama is produced by Euston Films for BBC1 and is distributed internationally by FremantleMedia.

Cross is a British novelist and screenwriter best known as the creator of the BBC's multi-award-winning international hit crime drama Luther, starring Idris Elba, and the international hit horror movie Mama.

Neil CrossCross is the author of several novels including Always the Sun, Burial and Captured, and his bestselling memoir Heartland was shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley Prize in 2006.

He was lead scriptwriter for the acclaimed series six and series seven of the BBC spy drama series Spooks. He is the creator and sole writer of Luther, for which he has twice been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing and which airs in more than 160 territories worldwide.

Hard Sun, a pre-apocalyptic crime drama set in contemporary London, partners detectives Elaine Renko and Robert Hicks, who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to certain destruction.

Cross said: "I've had Renko and Hicks and their world rattling round my head for a while now. I'm incredibly happy that, like me, they've found their home at the BBC.

"Imagine the world you see when you look out your window... except it's been given a death sentence. This isn't science fiction, this is the real world. There's no hero to come save us, no contingency plan. We've got five years.

"What's it like, trying to keep order, trying to enforce the law in a city that, day by day, slips closer to certain destruction? How do you get up in the morning? How do you get out of bed and leave your family and go out there, putting your own life at risk? And what about the predators? What about the murderers, rapists, thieves? What about the psychopaths, religious nuts, cult leaders, serial killers? What's the point of justice in the face of Armageddon?"

Hard SunJim Sturgess (One Day, The Way Back) and Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song) play detectives Robert Hicks and Elaine Renko, partners and enemies in contemporary London, who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a collapsing world.

The case study will follow the story of the show, from creation through to finance and commissioning, and will look forward to its launch, featuring key players on that journey.


Other confirmed speakers at Content London are:


Elizabeth Bradley
Vice president of content
Netflix
Kari Skogland
Director & showrunner
Piv Bernth
Head of drama
DR
Beth Willis
Head of drama
Channel 4
Sofia Helin
Executive producer and co-creator
Heder
Jane Featherstone
Founder
Sister Pictures
Piers Wenger
Controller of drama
BBC
Wayne Garvie
President, international production
Sony Pictures Television
David Morrissey
Actor, director
Karen Bailey
Senior vice president, original programming
Starz
Kate Harwood
Managing director
Euston Films
Rachel Nelson
Director of original content
Corus Entertainment
Jessica K. Scott
Director, content development
Hulu
Francesca Orsi
Co-head
HBO Drama Series
Helen Jackson
Chief content officer
BBC Worldwide
John Morayniss
Co-president, film, television and digital
Entertainment One
Katie O’Connell Marsh
CEO
Platform One Media
Nick Marston
CEO and executive producer
Cuba Pictures
Fanny Rondeau
Director of fiction
France 2
Anna Croneman
Head of drama
SVT Sweden
Steve November
Creative director
Lionsgate, UK TV
Tom Hastings
Director, drama, original programming
Bell Media
Tony Grisoni
Screenwriter and director
Sally Catto
General manager, programming
CBC
Patrick Irwin
Executive producer
87 Films
Henrik Pabst
Managing director
Red Arrow International
Olivier Wotling
Director of fiction
ARTE France
Eleonora Andreatta
Director
Rai Fiction
Jarmo Lampela
Head of drama
YLE Finland
Caroline Benjo
Managing director
Haut et Court TV
Philipp Steffens
Head of fiction
RTL Television GmbH
Ruth Berry
Managing director
ITV Studios Global Entertainment
Preethi Mavahalli
Executive producer
The City and The City
Nick Betts
Director of scripted
BBC Studios
Simon Vaughan
Chairman and joint CEO
Lookout Point
Avril Blondelot
Director of content insight
Eurodata TV Worldwide
Paul Youngbluth
Director
TAPE Services
Walter Iuzzolino
Chief creative officer
Walter Presents / Global Series Network
Simon Maxwell
Head of international drama
Channel 4
Chris Rice
Co-president
Endeavor Content
Harry Williams
Writer and MD
Two Brothers Pictures
Jack Williams
Writer and MD
Two Brothers Pictures
Ross Crowley
Director of content
Foxtel
Miguel Salvat
Commissioning editor of original programming
HBO España
Sue Masters
Head of scripted
SBS Australia
Graeme Mason
CEO
Screen Australia
Elizabeth Kilgarriff
Senior commissioning editor for BBC Drama
BBC England & Scotland
Aron Levitz
Head of Wattpad Studios
Hossein Amini
Screen writer
Sophie Gardiner
Head of drama
Playground Entertainment
David Taylor
Founder
Playmaker Media
David Maher
Founder
Playmaker Media
Jack Davison
Managing consultant
3vision
Polly Williams
VP, scripted development, television
Entertainment One
Sarah Doole
Director of global drama
FremantleMedia
Jeremy Fox
Founder and CEO
Atrium TV
Javier Mendez
Head of content
Mediapro
Andy Ryan
Co-head of drama
Nine Network Australia
Lisa Perrin
CEO
Creative Networks, Endemol Shine Group
Agyness Deyn
Actress
Hard Sun
Jim Sturgess
Actor
Hard Sun
Dan Isaacs
COO
Sister Pictures
Luis Santamaría
Executive producer and director
Boomerang TV
Kjartan Thor Thordarson
CEO
Sagafilm Nordic
Tony Wood
CEO
Buccaneer Media
David Flynn
Co-founder
Youngest Media
Pilar Perez Roel
Head of acquisitions
DCD Rights
Nicky Davies Williams
CEO
DCD Rights
Sally Riley
Head of scripted production
ABC TV
Geoffrey Wright
Director and writer
James Watkins
Screenwriter
David Mortimer
Director of content
Tinopolis Group
Stephen Lambert
CEO
Studio Lambert
Ed Sayer
Head of original commissioning
Discovery Networks International
Hamish Mykura
EVP programming and development
National Geographic Global Networks
Lilla Hurst
Joint managing director
Drive
Tim Crescenti
President
Small World IFT
Sam Barcroft
CEO
Barcroft Media
Olli Suominen
CEO
Rabbit Films
Simon Andreae
CEO
Naked Entertainment
Keren Shahar
COO and president of distribution
Keshet International
Patricia Hidalgo
Chief content officer
Turner EMEA and International Kids Strategy
Jo Allen
Acquisitions producer
CBBC
Lucy Murphy
Head of kids content
Sky UK
David Schweitzer
Composer
Lauren Child
Author, illustrator and Children's Laureate
Tom Beattie
Head of kids and animation
Tiger Aspect Productions
Kay Benbow
Controller
CBeebies
Amanda Stavri
Commissioning editor
ITV
Andy Cadman
Executive producer
Love Island
Mike Beale
Managing director
Nordics & Global Creative Network, ITV Studios
Robert Hammerstingl
Executive producer
ITV Studios Germany
Tendeka Matatu
CEO / producer
Ten10 Films
Atar Dekel
Head of scripted global co-productions
Keshet International
Nick Forward
Chief content officer
STAN
Justin Thomson
Co-founder
Artists Studio
Alison Kirkham
Controller, factual commissioning
BBC
Rola Bauer
Managing director
Studiocanal TV GmbH
Lawrence Elman
CEO
Yaddo
Andrew Zein
SVP creative, format development & sales
Warner Bros. International TV Production
Nina Hahn
SVP, international production & development
Nickelodeon
Sue Goffe
Managing director & head of production
Studio AKA
Antoine Cayrol
Co-founder
Okio Studio
Tracey Robertson
CEO
Hoodlum
Nicola Shindler
Executive producer
RED Production Company
Mark Joseph
Managing director
Awesomeness
Tom Clifford
CEO
HistoryHit.TV
Kim Shillinglaw
Director of factual
Endemol Shine UK
CJ Fahey
General manager
VICELAND, EMEA & APAC
Eloise King
Digital programming executive & I-D global executive producer
VICE UK
Morten Skov Hansen
Programme and channel director
DR Ramasjang & DR Ultra
Jill Green
Chief executive
Eleventh Hour Films
Harriet Newby-Hill
Global brand director, children's
BBC Worldwide
Daniel Lennard
Executive producer
The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe
Marc Goodchild
Head of digital content strategy & product
Turner EMEA
Christian Boving-Andersen
Co-creator/director
The Heroic Quest of The Valiant Prince Ivandoe
Alexandra Rapaport
Executive producer and co-creator
Heder
Anja Lundqvist
Executive producer and actor
Heder
Helena Danielsson
Operating executive producer
Brain Academy
Julia Dufvenius
Executive producer and co-creator
Heder
Martin Haines
Chief operating officer
Kudos
Randel Bryan
Managing director
Gunpowder & Sky International
Jon Cassar
Director and executive producer
Robert Vargas
Executive producer
Nella the Princess Knight
Oli Hyatt
Managing director
Blue Zoo Animation
Chris Rose
Director of development and production
Beano Studios
Selma Turajlic
Co-founder
Little Dot Studios
Ismael Calleja
Head of business affairs
Movistar+
Amelie Von Kienlin
SVP scripted acquisitions & co-productions
Red Arrow International
Caroline Torrance
Head of scripted
Banijay Rights
Moritz Polter
Executive producer international series
Bavaria fiction
Liam Keelan
Global editorial director
BBC Worldwide
Melanie Stokes
Joint managing director
Kindle Entertainment
Jocelyn Hamilton
President - Canada, television
Entertainment One
Bryan Elsley
Managing director & writer
Balloon Entertainment
Rosalie Swedlin
Producer and literary manager
Anonymous Content
Kristin Jones
Senior vice president, international programming
AMC and SundanceTV
Charlie Pattinson
CEO
New Pictures
Jens Richter
CEO
FremantleMedia International
Luca Bernabei
Executive producer & CEO
Lux Vide
Neil Cross
Writer & showrunner
Hard Sun
Alon Aranya
Partner and executive producer
Scripted World
Michael Ellenberg
Founder
Media Res
Moritz von Kruedener
Managing director
Beta Film GmbH
Cathy Payne
CEO
Endemol Shine International
Jan Mojto
CEO
Beta Film (World Sales)
Michael Prupas
Executive producer & CEO
Muse Entertainment Enterprises
Richard Speer
President
Attraction Média
Steve Dorrance
Head of animation
Jellyfish Picutres
Lila Rawlings
Executive producer
Left Bank Pictures
Jan Diedrichsen
Co-president
SundanceTV and Sundance Now
Genevieve Dexter
Founder & CEO
Serious Lunch
Jamie Payne
Co-executive producer
The Alienist
Frédérik Rangé
Director of acquisitions
Lagardère Studios Distribution
Jarkko Hentula
Head of feature films
Yellow Film & TV
Kristiina Werner
Head of international business development
Zodiak Finland
Mikko Silvennoinen
Independent media entrepreneur
Lover
Jeff Norton
Founder
Awesome
Myar Craig Brown
Executive producer, drama
Wall to Wall
Ingo Monitor
Director, producer, writer
Mocka Monitor
Jan Mocka
Producer, director, writer
Mocka Monitor
Iris Bucher
Producer
Sabine Chemaly
EVP of int’l sales and coproductions
TF1 Studio
Rachel Glaister
EVP brands and press
all3media international
Stephen Driscoll
Executive vice president EMEA
all3media international
Bruce M. Smith
Producer and writer
James Payne
Creator
The Window
Rolant Hergert
Producer
The Window
Cathal Gaffney
Managing director
Brown Bag Films
Greg Phillips
President of distribution
Kew Media Group
Thao Hoang
Head of distribution & partnerships
DEFY Media
Jens Hulten
Actor
Hakon Moslet
Head of TV & executive producer
NRK's Youth Department & Skame/Shame
Ekin Gabay
Sales director
Global Agency
Ian Whitehead
Head of production and development
Incendo
Jo Clinton-Davis
Controller of factual
ITV
Melanie Leach
Chief executive
TwoFour
Lorenzo De Maio

Endeavor Content
Rory Aitken
Founder
42
David Bouchier
Chief digital entertainment officer
Virgin Media
Robert Franke
Vice president, ZDFE.drama
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Jonas Kryger
Commissioning editor
DR Ramasjang and DR Ultra
Louise Pedersen
CEO
all3media international
Vanessa Chapman
Managing director
VJC Media
David Cormican
President
DC TV
Brian Hamilton
Principal and executive producer
Omni
Karoline Leth
Producer
Liberty
Jaimie D’Cruz
Creative director
Acme
Frank Spotnitz
Executive producer & CEO
Big Light Productions
Kathryn Busby
SVP of development
Sony Pictures TV Networks
John Edwards
Producer
Kate Little
Joint managing director
Lime Pictures
Rebecca Hodgson
Head of drama
Lime Pictures
Colton Unruh
Finalist
Drama series script compitition
David Chidlow
Finalist
Drama series script compitition
Michele Giannusa
Finalist
Drama series script compitition
Nadine Nonn
Finalist
Drama series script compitition
Paul Roberts
Finalist
Drama series script compitition
Ryan Brown
Finalist
Drama series script compitition
Adrian Wootton
CEO
Film London
Oystein Karlsen
Writer & director
Anders Tangen
Producer
Viafilm
Luke Eve
Writer/ director & executive producer
More Sauce
Nina Etspueler
Executive vice president creative operations
Red Arrow Entertainment Group
Sydney Gallonde
Executive producer & CEO
Make It Happen Studio
Simon Cornwell
Co-founder & co-CEO
The Ink Factory
Pat Younge
Managing director
Sugar Films
Rachael do Valle
Executive manager
Brazilian Content
Roberto D’Ávila
Producer
Moonshot Pictures
Dan Korn
Vice president programming
A+E Networks UK
Stefan Kreutzer
Business development manager
Remote Control Productions
Andrew Eastel
Creative director
Middlechild
Francesco Bernabei
Digital director
Think | Cattleya
Lina Brounéus
COO content
Viaplay
Jamie Lynn
EVP, head of EMEA distribution
FremantleMedia
Julie Lacey
VP, creative
Shaftesbury
Peter A. Sussman
Founder & chairman
Kew Media Group
Jon Wax
Head of drama series & movies
YouTube Originals
Anna McCleery
Co-creator and writer
Free Rein
Vicki Lutas
Co-creator and writer
Free Rein
Chris Symes
Executive producer
The Alienist
Gilles Galud
Managing director
Studio Plus Vivendi
Hannes Heyelmann
Senior VP and managing director, central & eastern europe
TNT
George Ormond
Executive producer
The Forge
Marisa Clifford
Co-founder & CEO
Pulse Films (UK and Europe)
Eduardo Piagge
Executive producer and cinematographer
Boutique Filmes
Boris Starling
Award-winning novelist, screenwriter & journalist
Diane Banks
Literary agent
Diane Banks Associates
Gavin James Bower
Author, journalist, senior lecturer
Cathryn Summerhayes
Literary agent
Curtis Brown
Anne Mensah
Head of drama
Sky
Steye Hallema
Director, composer & inventor
Jocelyn Diaz
EVP original programming
Epix
Jakob Verbruggen
Director and executive producer
The Alienist
Viv Groskop
Comedian & Guardian TV critic
Richard Kilgarriff
Editorial director & founder
Bookomi
Cat Lewis
CEO & executive producer
Nine Lives Media
Lindsay Watson
Animation producer
CANUK Productions
Anna Rafferty
Director of digital marketing
BBC
Birgitta Wannstrom
Producer
Bigster
Matt Graff
Managing director
Zig Zag Productions, UK
Sophie Leveaux
Director of acquisitions
TF1
Chris Castallo
Head of development
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