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:

Piv Bernth
Head of drama
Beth Willis
Head of drama
Channel 4
Piers Wenger
Controller of drama
Wayne Garvie
Chief creative officer, international production
Sony Pictures Television
Rachel Nelson
Director of original content
Corus Entertainment
Antony Root
Executive vice president of original programming and production
HBO Europe
Katie O’Connell Marsh
Platform One Media
Georgia Brown
Director of original television for Europe
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
Stephen Lambert
CEO, Studio Lambert,
chairman All3Media America
Tom Hastings
Director, drama, original programming
Bell Media
Sophie Leveaux
Director of acquisitions
Tony Grisoni
Screenwriter and director
Sally Catto
General manager, programming
Patrick Irwin
Executive producer
87 Films
Olivier Wotling
Director of fiction
ARTE France
Eleonora Andreatta
Rai Fiction
Jarmo Lampela
Head of drama
YLE Finland
Caroline Benjo
Managing director
Haut et Court TV
Philipp Steffens
Head of fiction
RTL Germany
Nick Betts
Director of scripted
BBC Studios
Avril Blondelot
Director of content insight
Eurodata TV Worldwide
Paul Youngbluth
Walter Iuzzolino
Chief creative officer
Walter Presents / Global Series Network
Simon Maxwell
Head of international drama
Channel 4
Harry Williams
Writer and MD
Two Brothers Pictures
Jack Williams
Writer and MD
Two Brothers Pictures
Miguel Salvat
Commissioning editor of original programming
HBO España
Sue Masters
Head of scripted
SBS Australia
Graeme Mason
Screen Australia
Elizabeth Kilgarrif
Senior commissioning editor for drama, England & Scotland
Aron Levitz
Head of Wattpad Studios
Tim Crescenti
Small World IFT
Hossein Amini
Screen writer
Sophie Gardiner
Head of drama
Playground Entertainment
Jack Davison
Managing consultant
Polly Williams
Vice president, scripted development
eOne UK
Sarah Doole
Director of global drama
Jeremy Fox
Founder and CEO
Atrium TV
Javier Mendez
Head of content
Andy Ryan
Co-head of drama
Nine Network Australia
Lisa Perrin
Creative Networks, Endemol Shine Group
Chris Rice
Dan Isaacs
Sister Pictures
Emma Scott
Beano Studios
Ed Sayer
Head of original commissioning
Discovery Networks International
Tony Wood
Buccaneer Media
David Flynn
Youngest Media
James Watkins
David Mortimer
Director of content
Tinopolis Group
Lucy Murphy
Head of Kids Content
Sky UK
Hamish Mykura
EVP programming and development
National Geographic Global Networks

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