SPEAKERS

Hossein Amini
Screen writer,

Hossein Amini is a film writer who was nominated for an Oscar for his adaptation of Henry James’ classic novel Wings of a Dove, which starred Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roach and Alison Elliott.

He has also written Jude, starring Kate Winslet and Christopher Ecclestone, which won the Edinburgh Film festival prize for Best British Film, and has worked on Gangs of New York, starr... read more

Hossein Amini is a film writer who was nominated for an Oscar for his adaptation of Henry James’ classic novel Wings of a Dove, which starred Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roach and Alison Elliott.

He has also written Jude, starring Kate Winslet and Christopher Ecclestone, which won the Edinburgh Film festival prize for Best British Film, and has worked on Gangs of New York, starring Daniel Day Lewis and Leonardo di Caprio, as well as The Four Feathers with Heath Ledger.
In 2011 he wrote the screenplay for Drive starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Film at the BAFTAs 2012.

In 2014 Hossein made his directorial debut with his own adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Two Faces of January, starring Vigo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.

He is currently working on The Alienist for Paramount and McMafia for Cuba Pictures

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Eleonora Andreatta
Director, Rai Fiction

Eleonora Andreatta is the Director of Rai Fiction, the department of the Italian public broadcaster RAI in charge of producing and co-producing TV drama and docudrama, with a yearly output of some 500 hours. She is also an Executive director of Rai Com.

After a degree in Italian Literature at Bologna University, she began her... read more

Eleonora Andreatta is the Director of Rai Fiction, the department of the Italian public broadcaster RAI in charge of producing and co-producing TV drama and docudrama, with a yearly output of some 500 hours. She is also an Executive director of Rai Com.

After a degree in Italian Literature at Bologna University, she began her career with Academy Pictures, a movie distribution company.

She joined RAI in 1995, working as producer, then as responsible for Cinema and Drama programming in Rai 1, and later as Head of Co-productions and TV series at Rai Fiction.

Since September 2012, Eleonora Andreatta is the Director of Rai Fiction, pursuing a policy of product innovation and differentiation. Along the successful production of prime-time domestic drama, where Rai is undisputed leader in Italy, she opened new production lines of series for younger viewers, web series, and high profile projects for an international audience.

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Caroline Benjo
Managing director, Haut et Court TV

HAUT ET COURT is an independent production and distribution company dedicated to creating cinema and television of the highest quality.

Films produced by Haut et Court have been selected and awarded in many international film festivals – among them: Laurent Cantet’s The Class (Palme d’Or 2008); Alain Berliner’s My Life in Pink (Golden Globe Best Foreign Film 1998); Coco before Ch... read more

HAUT ET COURT is an independent production and distribution company dedicated to creating cinema and television of the highest quality.

Films produced by Haut et Court have been selected and awarded in many international film festivals – among them: Laurent Cantet’s The Class (Palme d’Or 2008); Alain Berliner’s My Life in Pink (Golden Globe Best Foreign Film 1998); Coco before Chanel by Anne Fontaine (the most successful French film on the international market in 2009).  Haut et Court also coproduces ambitious and festival winners European feature films such as The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos (Cannes 2015 Jury Prize).

In 2007, the company created a television department and went on producing critically acclaimed series’: Xanadu for ARTE (8×52′ broadcast in Spring 2011); Silex and the City (The Darwiners) a satirical animation series for ARTE (5 seasons and highest rated animated series on French Television); Les Revenants (The Returned) for Canal + (8×52’ Season 1 aired in 2012, Season 2 aired in 2015) its highest-rated original drama ever, winner of the International Emmy Awards for Best TV Series in 2013, nominated for the International TV Series BAFTA Awards and sold to more than 70 territories; The Last Panthers, nominated for Best Drama Series BAFTA Awards, in co-production with Warp Films, for Canal + and Sky Atlantic written by Jack Thorne and Jérôme Pierrat; Sanctuary, a 90 minutes drama for Canal + directed by Olivier Masset-Depasse, co-produced by Versus Production (Belgium) and Mod Produccionnes (Spain). The company also co-produced The Young Pope by Paolo Sorrentino with Wildside for Sky Italy/Germany/UK, Canal + and HBO (Best Production Prize for Haut and Court et Canal + at the ACS 2017).

Haut et Court TV is currently developing several French series, among them Possessions, a legal drama with supernatural elements for Canal+ created by Shachar Magen and co-written by Valérie Zenatti, Frontières, a series set in the world of ethnopsychiatric therapy written by Tobie Nathan and Pierre Linhart and directed by Laurent Cantet, The Mosque, a social crime series set in the South of France created by Arnaud Louvet, and Au Croisement, le Diable, a supernatural thriller series written by Jeremy Fel, Fabien Adda and Claire Barré.

Haut et Court TV is also developing a slate of international series such as Cosmonauts, a supernatural psychological thriller in co-production with Rainmark Films for Channel 4 written by Peter Harness, Fertile Crescent, a war thriller drama in coproduction with Maria Feldman and Eitan Mansuri (Israel) which won the Series’ Mania co-production Forum 2017, and Love and Capital, a period drama about Marx and Engels written by Alice Birch in coproduction with Symbolic Exchange (James Schamus – USA), X-Filme (Germany) and Potboiler (UK).

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Piv Bernth
Head of drama, DR

Piv Bernth was appointed Head of Drama at DR Fiction in 2012. She joined DR as a director in 1986 and has worked as a producer since 1998. As well as producing the internationally acclaimed The Killing I-III, she was the executive producer on The Bridge produced by Nimbus Film for DR and produced the iEmmy award winning series Nikolaj and Julie. Latest productions at DR Fiction have included; B... read more

Piv Bernth was appointed Head of Drama at DR Fiction in 2012. She joined DR as a director in 1986 and has worked as a producer since 1998. As well as producing the internationally acclaimed The Killing I-III, she was the executive producer on The Bridge produced by Nimbus Film for DR and produced the iEmmy award winning series Nikolaj and Julie. Latest productions at DR Fiction have included; Borgen I-III, The Legacy and Follow the Money.

Piv has a Bachelor’s degree from University of Copenhagen  and trained in both Stockholm and London as a director at The Royal National Theatre. She started her career as a stage director in 1981 and has since then directed plays, musicals and theatrical revues at theatres in both Denmark and Sweden. Piv was knighted  by Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark in Copenhagen on August, 2015 and has picked up awards including the international Emmy for Nikolaj and Julie 2003, The Golden Nymph in Monte Carlo for the production of The Killing II 2010, a BAFTA for The Killing I 2011 and three iEmmy nominations for The Killing I and II 2007, 2008 and 2010.

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Nick Betts
Director of scripted, BBC Studios

Nick Betts is the Director of Scripted for BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial production arm that creates many of the UK’s most successful shows, including Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders and Planet Earth II.

Nick leads BBC Studios’ Scripted teams, working with the creative leads, production management and business teams to deliver and grow its world-class drama an... read more

Nick Betts is the Director of Scripted for BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial production arm that creates many of the UK’s most successful shows, including Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders and Planet Earth II.

Nick leads BBC Studios’ Scripted teams, working with the creative leads, production management and business teams to deliver and grow its world-class drama and comedy content. From big global brands like Doctor Who and Silent Witness and highly acclaimed reputational dramas like War and Peace, Rillington Place and Three Girls to hugely popular comedies and radio comedies like Mrs Brown’s Boys, W1A, News Quiz and Just A Minute, BBC Studios drama and comedy are renowned for their quality and loved by audiences in the UK and around the globe.

Its award-winning continuing dramas like EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City bring together audiences of more than 8 million daily and play an important role in developing new diverse creative talent and the next generation of writers, directors and actors. Nick has a wealth of commercial and business experience in the TV sector.

He was previously the BBC’s Controller of Business for Drama, Films and Acquisitions, Managing Director, responsible for all business activities across drama, films and acquisitions from production management through to business affairs and commercial strategy, working with both independent production companies and BBC production.

Prior to this, he was Managing Director of NBC Universal Global Channels, UK and Northern Europe and Commercial Director and Head of Channel Management at UKTV. Nick started his BBC career in News and Current Affairs before heading up UK and Ireland Television for BBC Worldwide. BBC Studios is a £400 million business with around 1600 staff.

It launched as a commercial business in April 2017, able to make programmes for other UK and international broadcasters as well as the BBC, to support the BBC’s public service mission and generate financial returns for licence fee payers.

With bases across the nations and regions of the UK, BBC Studios reflects and represents diverse voices and creative talent from all around the country. Nick reports directly to Mark Linsey, the Director of BBC Studios and is a member of the BBC’s wider Leadership Group.

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Avril Blondelot
Director of content insight, Eurodata TV Worldwide

The Content Insight direction has been entrusted to Avril Blondelot, who is tasked with defining and implementing the strategic positioning of content analysis. Her mission is to ensure the coherence and the relevance of content trend analysis taken from the NoTa monitoring service that looks at programme trends around the world, as well as from audience data analysi... read more

The Content Insight direction has been entrusted to Avril Blondelot, who is tasked with defining and implementing the strategic positioning of content analysis. Her mission is to ensure the coherence and the relevance of content trend analysis taken from the NoTa monitoring service that looks at programme trends around the world, as well as from audience data analysis. Avril will also lead the Research department’s collaboration with Tape Consultancy – the UK-based company of content experts and audio-visual programming and production consultants in which Eurodata TV Worldwide has held a stake since 2016.

Avril was International Research Manager at Eurodata TV Worldwide, having joined in 2010 as a Sales Manager. From 2008-10, she was a Contract Manager at Eurosport. Avril is a graduate of the ESC Lille School of Management (2007) and holds a Master’s degree in the Management of Cultural Organizations from Paris Dauphine University (2008).

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Georgia Brown
Director of original television for Europe, Amazon

Sally Catto
General manager, programming, CBC

Sally Catto is the General Manager, Programming for CBC English Television. She oversees the strategic direction and programming of original & acquired scripted, digital original and unscripted programming for the network such as Schitt’s Creek, Workin’ Moms, Kim’s Convenience, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Anne, Alias Grace and The Great Canadian Baking Show.  

In he... read more

Sally Catto is the General Manager, Programming for CBC English Television. She oversees the strategic direction and programming of original & acquired scripted, digital original and unscripted programming for the network such as Schitt’s Creek, Workin’ Moms, Kim’s Convenience, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Anne, Alias Grace and The Great Canadian Baking Show.  

In her role she has also overseen the re-branding of the documentary strategy  and the revitalization of Arts programming.

Sally has a long history at the CBC from her earliest days in 2001 as an Executive in Charge of Production, Drama to her subsequent positions including Creative Head, Drama and Executive Director, Commissioned & Scripted Programming. During her tenure she has overseen such programming as Heartland, Murdoch Mysteries, Book of Negroes, Being Erica and Mr. D.

Sally has been recognized for her outstanding contribution to Canadian Programming, being named Playback’s 2015 Programmer of the Year, WIFT-T’s 2014 Crystal Award Winner for Creative Excellence and recently CBC was named Playback’s 2016 Media Company of the Year.

Sally started her career as a lawyer at Stikeman Elliott and Goodmans. She has also worked as a literary agent for film & television and at production companies including Accent Entertainment. She spent a year overseas at Australian broadcaster SBS working in scripted & business affairs.

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Tim Crescenti
CEO, Small World IFT

Tim and Colleen Crescenti founded Small World IFT in 2005. Tim was named by Broadcast magazine as a ‘Top Dealmaker’ in international television, Tim has brought the world such global hits as Dragons’ Den (aka Shark Tank in his Sony days), I Survived a Japanese Game Show , All-Star Lifeguards, Silent Library, Miss Country Girl,  The Fan and Japanizi Going Going Gong!  Last year, Smal... read more

Tim and Colleen Crescenti founded Small World IFT in 2005. Tim was named by Broadcast magazine as a ‘Top Dealmaker’ in international television, Tim has brought the world such global hits as Dragons’ Den (aka Shark Tank in his Sony days), I Survived a Japanese Game Show , All-Star Lifeguards, Silent Library, Miss Country Girl,  The Fan and Japanizi Going Going Gong!  Last year, Small World launched Eternal Glory on ITV in the UK, and earlier this year with Got What It Takes on BBC Children’s channel which made history as the first Romanian format to be produced in the UK; moreover, it has been renewed for three seasons!  In early September 2016, another new format was launched in the UK, The Retreat on BBC2.

Across the Atlantic, Small World has sold South Korea’s Grandpas Over Flowers format – another historic first as this is the first Korean format to be produced in USA – to NBC has adapted the format as Better Late Than Never.  The series launched to #1 ratings in August, 2016 and was recently renewed.  The fun, unscripted comedy adventure format has also been produced in Turkey and Italy, plus optioned in 13 other countries.

Prior to launching Small World, Tim was VP of international formats for Sony Pictures Television International. Tim acquired such winning formats as the Sony/BBC 2 mega-hit, Dragons’ Den.  Tim also served as VP of international production for Fox World, where he covered the worldwide roll-out of Fox’s formats including Joe Millionaire, and Simple Life.

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Anna Croneman
Head of drama, SVT Sweden

Anna Croneman has over 30 productions to her production credit. The International Emmy award nominated mini series Kronprinsessan (The Crown) led her way into TV drama in 2005. Anna has also held various industry positions such as vice chairman of the Swedish Film Institute’s Board of Directors and President of the Swedish Film & TV Producers Association’s film section. She is currentl... read more

Anna Croneman has over 30 productions to her production credit. The International Emmy award nominated mini series Kronprinsessan (The Crown) led her way into TV drama in 2005. Anna has also held various industry positions such as vice chairman of the Swedish Film Institute’s Board of Directors and President of the Swedish Film & TV Producers Association’s film section. She is currently Head of Drama at Sveriges Televison/SVT.

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Jack Davison
Managing consultant, 3vision

Sarah Doole
Director of global drama, FremantleMedia

As director of Global Drama, Sarah seeks to invest and bring the very best drama to the international marketplace. She is responsible for the acquisition of scripted content, from in-house producers and third party drama partners, through development investment, distribution deals and co-production partnerships.

Sarah works with in-house producers, indie producers, ... read more

As director of Global Drama, Sarah seeks to invest and bring the very best drama to the international marketplace. She is responsible for the acquisition of scripted content, from in-house producers and third party drama partners, through development investment, distribution deals and co-production partnerships.

Sarah works with in-house producers, indie producers, writers, directors and owners of IP, to create and develop drama and comedy that will rate in its domestic market and provide an on-going revenue stream through commercial exploitation internationally, whether tape sales, digital activity or scripted remakes.

Before joining FremantleMedia, Sarah worked at BBC Worldwide as Creative Director for Drama /Head of Indie Drama and as Director of Drama, Comedy and Childrens, collaborating with independent producers to finance, distribute and export British fiction and comedy including Sherlock, Misfits, Call the Midwife, Gavin and Stacey, and The Royle Family.

Sarah began her career at Yorkshire Television as a researcher, producer and Head of Development, and as Director of Enterprises at Yorkshire Tyne Tees she oversaw the worldwide exploitation of shows like Heartbeat, Darling Buds of May. She set up the international operations for The Family Channel (US) and returned to the UK as Creative Director for Commercial Ventures. She joined BBCW DVD arm 2Entertain, as Head of Independents, before moving to BBCW in 2007.

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David Flynn
Co-founder, Youngest Media

David Flynn is co founder of Youngest Media, a global entertainment studio creating, producing and distributing formats across TV, digital video and apps and games. Launched in 2016, recent Youngest productions have included innovative dating reality series Game of Clones for E4, which has jus... read more

David Flynn is co founder of Youngest Media, a global entertainment studio creating, producing and distributing formats across TV, digital video and apps and games. Launched in 2016, recent Youngest productions have included innovative dating reality series Game of Clones for E4, which has just been picked up as a series by NT12 in France, Worst Dates for BBC3 and a brand funded short-form series for AOL.

Prior to founding youngest David was Chief Creative Officer at Endemol Shine Group UK, where he oversaw creativity for the group and created and executive produced innovative global hit The Million Pound Drop, which travelled to 54 territories and won a Bafta for digital creativity, and co-created and executive produced BBC1 hit Pointless and interactive talent show The Singer Takes It All.

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Jeremy Fox
Founder and CEO, Atrium TV

Jeremy Fox is the founder and CEO of Atrium TV and also Chairman of DRG, the London based distribution company and part of Modern Times Group of Sweden.
Jeremy founded DRG in 2007 and was responsible for the acquisition of Portman Films, Zeal and Channel 4 International. Through acquisition and organic growth DRG has become one of the leading TV distribution operations.
Jeremy has c... read more

Jeremy Fox is the founder and CEO of Atrium TV and also Chairman of DRG, the London based distribution company and part of Modern Times Group of Sweden.
Jeremy founded DRG in 2007 and was responsible for the acquisition of Portman Films, Zeal and Channel 4 International. Through acquisition and organic growth DRG has become one of the leading TV distribution operations.
Jeremy has created, written, developed produced or distributed some of the most iconic TV brands such as The Krypton Factor, Game For A Laugh and Doc Martin. He has worked in all genres of the business: news and documentary; reality and game shows; comedy and drama. He has also worked as a broadcaster, an independent producer and a distributor in the UK, US and Australia.

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Sophie Gardiner
Head of drama, Playground Entertainment

Sophie Gardiner is Head of drama at Playground Entertainment. Since joining the company in late 2014, Sophie has executive produced HOWARDS END, Kenneth Lonergan’s four-part adaptation of the Forster classic for the BBC and Starz, directed by Hettie Macdonald and starring Hayley Attwell and Matthew Macfadyen. She is also Executive Producer on LITTLE WOMEN, a three-part ad... read more

Sophie Gardiner is Head of drama at Playground Entertainment. Since joining the company in late 2014, Sophie has executive produced HOWARDS END, Kenneth Lonergan’s four-part adaptation of the Forster classic for the BBC and Starz, directed by Hettie Macdonald and starring Hayley Attwell and Matthew Macfadyen. She is also Executive Producer on LITTLE WOMEN, a three-part adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel from Heidi Thomas for the BBC and PBS, directed by Vanessa Caswill and starring Michael Gambon, Emily Watson and Angela Lansbury. Additionally, Sophie oversees Playground’s diverse development slate, working with many of the leading writers today across numerous channels. Prior to joining Playground, Sophie was Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 where she commissioned some of the most exciting and distinctive dramas from the last few years including SOUTHCLIFFE, MY MAD FAT DIARY, RUN, THE MILL and DATES amongst others.

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Wayne Garvie
Chief creative officer, international production, Sony Pictures Television

Wayne Garvie is Chief creative officer for international production at Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and oversees SPT’s global network of production companies outside the US, covering Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia. The 18 production companies within the business deliver both original and formatted content... read more

Wayne Garvie is Chief creative officer for international production at Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and oversees SPT’s global network of production companies outside the US, covering Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australia. The 18 production companies within the business deliver both original and formatted content for local broadcasters in their markets, and create nearly 1,300 hours of entertainment around the world each year. He is also responsible for driving creative development within international production, steering the business to develop locally created properties into global formats and fostering co-developments across the group.

 Garvie joined SPT in June 2012 and reports to Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures. He joined SPT from All3MEDIA, where he was Managing Director, International Production with special responsibility for the company’s growth in the US. Previously, Garvie was Managing Director for Content & Production at BBC Worldwide, responsible for establishing the corporation’s global network of production companies and overseeing its international formats business. Prior to that role, he was Head of Entertainment Group for the BBC, where his teams were behind shows like Strictly Come Dancing and Dragons’ Den. Garvie also held senior positions in UK broadcasting, including Director of Broadcasting for Granada. Wayne holds a First Class Honours degree and Honorary PhD from the University of Kent and a PhD in Economic History from the University of Sheffield.

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Tony Grisoni
Screenwriter and director,

Tony Grisoni worked in many different areas of film making before turning to screenwriting. Queen of Hearts (1989) directed by Jon Amiel was his award winning first feature. He has worked closely with a number of other directors including Michael Winterbottom (In This World, Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlinale), John Boorman, Julian Jarrold, James Marsh, Anand Tucker, ... read more

Tony Grisoni worked in many different areas of film making before turning to screenwriting. Queen of Hearts (1989) directed by Jon Amiel was his award winning first feature. He has worked closely with a number of other directors including Michael Winterbottom (In This World, Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlinale), John Boorman, Julian Jarrold, James Marsh, Anand Tucker, and Terry Gilliam (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Tideland & The Man Who Killed Don Quixote). In 2008 he directed his first short film nominated for a BAFTA, Kingsland #1: The Dreamer. 2009 saw Tony’s adaptation of David Peace’s epic tale of murder, corruption and obsession, Red Riding and Samantha Morton’s directorial debut on The Unloved, in 2013, he created Southcliffe , an original 4-part drama for Channel 4 directed by Sean Durkin, and in 2016 he co-wrote and executive produced THE YOUNG POPE, which Paolo Sorrentino directed for Sky Italia/Sky Atlantic/Canal Plus and HBO, with Jude Law in the title role.

His current projects include his original DREAM HOME for Potboiler, the standalone episode CRAZY DIAMOND for Channel 4/Amazon’s anthology series of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, and two projects now in production: his four part adaptation of China Mieville’s THE CITY & THE CITY for Mammoth/BBC, which Tom Shankland is directing, and his co-written screenplay THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE, which Terry Gilliam is directing.

Tony has also collaborated with a various artists including Oona Grimes and Dryden Goodwin as well as performance artist and poet Brian Catling with whom he co-created VANISHED – A VIDEO SÉANCE, 1999.

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Tom Hastings
Director, drama, original programming, Bell Media

As the Director of drama in the original programming Unit, Tom Hastings supervises the commissioning, development and production of original dramatic series across Bell Media’s family of channels including CTV, Space, Bravo, MUCH, The Movie Network, and HBO Canada.

Proud to be part of a team that has consecutively won the coveted Best Dramatic Series award at the Canadian Screen Awards... read more

As the Director of drama in the original programming Unit, Tom Hastings supervises the commissioning, development and production of original dramatic series across Bell Media’s family of channels including CTV, Space, Bravo, MUCH, The Movie Network, and HBO Canada.

Proud to be part of a team that has consecutively won the coveted Best Dramatic Series award at the Canadian Screen Awards for five years in a row, Tom’s team’s successes include the Emmy award-winning series, ORPHAN BLACK, the International Emmy award nominated series, 19-2 and CARDINAL, recently lauded in the national press as “so good it is landmark Canadian TV.”

Additional critically-acclaimed original series in production include KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP. New drama series for the 2017 and 2018 include THE DETAIL and THE DISAPPEARANCE on CTV and CARTER on Bravo.

An industry leader especially known for his respectful relationships with Canadian writers and producers, Tom also holds a doctorate degree, having obtained his Ph.D. in English Literature.

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Patrick Irwin
Executive producer, 87 Films

Patrick Irwin is an executive producer with 25 years’ experience in the media sector and unrivalled expertise in international co-production. He has overseen over £150m of production. Originally trained as an accountant, he swiftly decided that the best sort of accounting was always creative.

Patrick is a partner in 87 Films with writers Dudi Appleton and Jim Keeble (Thorne, Silent Wi... read more

Patrick Irwin is an executive producer with 25 years’ experience in the media sector and unrivalled expertise in international co-production. He has overseen over £150m of production. Originally trained as an accountant, he swiftly decided that the best sort of accounting was always creative.

Patrick is a partner in 87 Films with writers Dudi Appleton and Jim Keeble (Thorne, Silent Witness, George Gently, Most Fertile Man in Ireland). 87 recently delivered 40 scripts for the Chinese language market based on the iconic detective Judge Dee created by Robert van Gulik and is currently creating a series for Mediaset in Italy. As an Executive Producer, Patrick’s most recent work has been on multiple award-nominated series The Fall , Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and Combat Hospital, a 13 part series for ABC in the US/Global/Shaw in Canada.
Patrick specialises in the structuring and administering of international co-productions to access subsidy deals and tax credits and oversee any UK production activity. In that capacity he has also produced or co-produced a number of feature films. He has been responsible for over 16 international co-productions to date.

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Dan Isaacs
COO, Sister Pictures

Dan is Chief Operating Officer and a director of Sister Pictures, an independent television production company set up in early 2016 by Jane Featherstone, specialising in scripted drama and comedy. He looks after all the commercial, production, finance, legal, business and operational bits of the company. Sister Pictures co-produced Broadchurch Season 3 and its upcoming production slate also inc... read more

Dan is Chief Operating Officer and a director of Sister Pictures, an independent television production company set up in early 2016 by Jane Featherstone, specialising in scripted drama and comedy. He looks after all the commercial, production, finance, legal, business and operational bits of the company. Sister Pictures co-produced Broadchurch Season 3 and its upcoming production slate also includes, Flowers season 2 (C4/Seeso), The Bisexual (C4/Hulu), Clean Break (ITV), Chernobyl (HBO/Sky), Giri / Haji (BBC1/Netflix), and Abi Morgan’s The Split (BBC1/Sundance).

Dan has expertise in financing high end television and international co-productions, and in addition to financing the series above he also worked on; Humans (C4/AMC), River (BBC1/Netflix), Grantchester (ITV/Masterpiece), Broadchurch (ITV/BBC America), The Tunnel (Sky Atlantic/Canal Plus), and Hunted (BBC/Cinemax).

Prior to joining Sister Pictures in June 2016, Dan spent 13 years at Kudos as Managing Director, COO and then latterly as CEO.

He is an elected member of BAFTA’s Television committee, and served on the DCMS working group that set the terms for the UK high-end television drama tax credit.

Before he started in television Dan worked as a Dentist and actor.

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Walter Iuzzolino
Chief creative officer, Walter Presents / Global Series Network

Born in Genoa, Italy, Walter Iuzzolino grew up in a household which loved film and he spent most of his childhood squirreled away in his local cinema, bingeing on a diet of Fellini and Bergman. This fuelled his passion and he soon immersed himself in foreign-language drama, indulging in everything from German cop shows to badly-dubbed Latin American sagas. He studied... read more

Born in Genoa, Italy, Walter Iuzzolino grew up in a household which loved film and he spent most of his childhood squirreled away in his local cinema, bingeing on a diet of Fellini and Bergman. This fuelled his passion and he soon immersed himself in foreign-language drama, indulging in everything from German cop shows to badly-dubbed Latin American sagas. He studied English Literature at Genoa University completing a PhD in American Literature, specialising in Henry James. He moved to London in 1995, where he got his first job as a script reader at Pathe and British Screen.

 Walter is a former commissioner and TV Executive responsible for generating a wide range of primetime factual entertainment hit series. As a Commissioning Editor for Features at Channel 4, Walter developed a string of factual hit formats before leaving to become Creative Director at Betty, where he spearheaded a quick growth trajectory of turnover and output which led to the company sale to Discovery Networks International in 2011. In 2014 Walter left Betty to pursue his dream of launching a foreign language drama channel. Since then he’s spent hundreds of hours locked in a dark room, handpicking the best drama from around the world. He is the eponymous face behind the Walter Presents brand and contrary to some rumours, Walter is a real person, not an actor or a machine.

 Walter Presents launched January 2016 in the UK as a FREE video-on-demand service and is a joint venture between Channel 4 and Global Series Network, founded by Jason Thorp, Walter Iuzzolino and Jo McGrath. Dedicated to showcasing award winning foreign language drama, the service is named after its curator Walter Iuzzolino, a passionate drama fan.  In March 2017 Walter Presents launched as an SVOD platform in the US with the New York Times hailing it as a ‘chic TV boutique with a foreign accent.’  The US launch is the first stage in a planned global rollout.

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Elizabeth Kilgarrif
Senior commissioning editor for drama, England & Scotland, BBC

Liz Kilgarriff is a Senior commissioning editor for BBC Drama in England and Scotland.

Liz joined the BBC as a Commissioning Editor in August 2015 and has been responsible for work across the breadth and range of BBC Drama including the adaptation of BBC One’s Strike series based on the novels by J.K. Rowling writing... read more

Liz Kilgarriff is a Senior commissioning editor for BBC Drama in England and Scotland.

Liz joined the BBC as a Commissioning Editor in August 2015 and has been responsible for work across the breadth and range of BBC Drama including the adaptation of BBC One’s Strike series based on the novels by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith, BBC One Sunday night fan favourites Call The Midwife and Poldark, Mike Bartlett’s Doctor Foster (series 2), The Last Kingdom, Death in Paradise and BBC3’s innovative new short form drama series, Overshadowed.  

Liz’s upcoming dramas include epic new BBC One drama McMafia, an adaptation of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist, Hard Sun from Luther creator Neil Cross, Age Before Beauty from Debbie Horsfield, Kay Mellor’s Love, Lies and Records, Peter Straughan’s adaptation of The Three, Richard Warlow and Tom Shankland’s The Serpent, 6-part thriller series Informer from upcoming writers Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani – and a new 4-part series of award-winning Luther.   Also recently announced from her Scottish slate is psychological drama The Cryadapted from the Helen FitzGerald novel – and a contemporary legal thriller, The Victim.  

 Liz was previously Executive Producer for BBC in-house Drama working on titles including Luther, BBC3’s Thirteen, Cranford, Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Upstairs Downstairs. She was promoted to Senior Commissioning Editor for England and Scotland in May 2017.

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Stephen Lambert
CEO, Studio Lambert,, chairman All3Media America

Stephen Lambert is chairman of All3Media America, the recently launched Los Angeles-based production hub for the All3Media Group, the largest group of independent production companies in the UK, Germany and New Zealand.

He is one of Britain’s best known creative television executives, responsible for creating reality hits such as Undercover Boss, Wife Swap, Secret Millionaire, Perfect ... read more

Stephen Lambert is chairman of All3Media America, the recently launched Los Angeles-based production hub for the All3Media Group, the largest group of independent production companies in the UK, Germany and New Zealand.

He is one of Britain’s best known creative television executives, responsible for creating reality hits such as Undercover Boss, Wife Swap, Secret Millionaire, Perfect Match and Faking It.

His programs have won many awards, including more than half a dozen BAFTA awards, the Rose D’Or of Montreaux (Europe’s top entertainment award) and both Primetime and International Emmys.

In 2010, The Huffington Post selected Lambert as one its Game Changers – ‘100 innovators, mavericks, visionaries, and leaders who are changing the way we look at the world and the way we live in it.’ Lambert is the founder of Studio Lambert, which he launched in 2008 with all3media’s support, and the company has since created and produced more than twenty series on both sides of the Atlantic, including the worldwide Emmy-award-winning hit Undercover Boss, which was the #1 new show of the 2009-10 season and the highest rated reality premiere of all time.

Prior to launching Studio Lambert, he was the chief creative officer of the RDF Media Group. He began his career at the BBC in 1983 where he worked for fifteen years making documentary films and series all over the world.

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Jarmo Lampela
Head of drama, YLE Finland

Sophie Leveaux
Director of acquisitions, TF1

Aron Levitz
Head of Wattpad Studios,

As Head of Wattpad Studios, Aron Levitz connects the entertainment and publishing industries with new voices and original content created by Wattpad Stars, the biggest influencers on the platform. Leveraging data and community insights, Aron works with the industry to co-produce Wattpad stories for film, television, print and digital formats.

Previously, as Head of Business Develo... read more

As Head of Wattpad Studios, Aron Levitz connects the entertainment and publishing industries with new voices and original content created by Wattpad Stars, the biggest influencers on the platform. Leveraging data and community insights, Aron works with the industry to co-produce Wattpad stories for film, television, print and digital formats.

Previously, as Head of Business Development, Aron helped establish the company’s monetization strategy and launched Wattpad Brand Stories, a native advertising solution. He was also instrumental in launching the Wattpad Stars program that gives top influencers access to a variety of opportunities.

Throughout his career, Aron has connected the entertainment industry with emerging technology and mobile platforms. As Senior Director of Strategic Alliances at Xtreme Labs, Aron developed business and mobile strategies for the world’s top media brands including MTV. Prior to Xtreme Labs, he was Director of Entertainment and Global Content Acquisition at BlackBerry where he worked with artists and other talent, as well as launched innovative music, movie, TV, and gaming services.

Aron received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Waterloo.

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Nick Marston
CEO and executive producer, Cuba Pictures

Nick Marston joined Curtis Brown in 1997 and throughout his years of being an agent has built a list comprising of some of the UKs biggest talent. In 2008 he became the CEO and Executive Producer at Cuba Pictures, the aim of the company being to utilise the strength of Curtis Brown’s talent to create high quality film and television.

Since its inception Nick has produced Boy A starring... read more

Nick Marston joined Curtis Brown in 1997 and throughout his years of being an agent has built a list comprising of some of the UKs biggest talent. In 2008 he became the CEO and Executive Producer at Cuba Pictures, the aim of the company being to utilise the strength of Curtis Brown’s talent to create high quality film and television.

Since its inception Nick has produced Boy A starring Andrew Garfield, adapted by Mark O’Rowe and directed by John Crowley and Broken, Rufus Norris’ directorial debut, also written by Mark O’Rowe, featuring Tim Roth, Rory Kinnear and Cillian Murphy.

2015 saw the release of Coalition written by James Graham and directed by Alex Holmes for Channel 4, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for BBC One, adapted by Peter Harness from the Susanna Clarke novel and directed by Toby Haynes, London Road the film adaptation of the National Theatre showdirected by Rufus Norris, which opened with 5 star reviews from both The Guardian and Time Out, and David Farr’s directorial debut with his script The Ones Below. Nick was an Executive Producer on all these projects.

Cuba Pictures also produced with a 3-part thriller, Paula, for BBC2 written by Conor McPherson, directed by Alex Holmes. The show starred Denise Gough and Tom Hughes and aired in May 2017. The company are currently in post-production with McMafia, a major 8-part series for BBC One following a Russian family in Britain and their connection to organised crime. It is has been showrun by Hossein Amini and James Watkins with James Norton, David Strathairn, Juliet Rylance and Faye Marsay starring. It is based on the book by Misha Glenny and stars James Norton. Nick is an acted as an executive producer on both projects.

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Graeme Mason
CEO, Screen Australia

With over 20 years of international experience in film, television and multimedia businesses, Mr Mason has an intimate knowledge of the full spectrum of the screen sector, having worked with large US studios, a UK television network, independent producers and government agencies.

Graeme commenced as CEO of Screen Australia in 2013 and during his tenure has steered the agency through some... read more

With over 20 years of international experience in film, television and multimedia businesses, Mr Mason has an intimate knowledge of the full spectrum of the screen sector, having worked with large US studios, a UK television network, independent producers and government agencies.

Graeme commenced as CEO of Screen Australia in 2013 and during his tenure has steered the agency through some of the industry’s most significant changes, including the rise of digital originals, the growth of free-to-air multichannels and catch-up services, plus the advent of commercial streaming.

Screen Australia has also proved to be a pioneer in funding digital original content, with online talent supported by the agency achieving over 2.5 billion views on YouTube alone. The agency has also championed gender equity and inclusivity in the screen sector.

Graeme has previously worked in both factual and entertainment TV programming in his native Australia before moving to the UK. In Britain he worked across all aspects of film production, sales and acquisitions, and distribution for companies such as Polygram Filmed Entertainment. From 1998 to 2002 he was president of worldwide acquisitions for Universal Studios. He then joined Channel 4 Television UK as Head of Media Projects and later as Managing Director of Rights before moving to New Zealand to lead the New Zealand Film Commission from 2009 to 2013.

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Sue Masters
Head of scripted, SBS Australia

Simon Maxwell
Head of international drama, Channel 4

Simon is head of international drama at Channel 4 where he’s spearheaded the channel’s new co-production strategy and launched Humans, the channel’s first major co-pro with AMC, which achieved record ratings.  He has since overseen a range of new commissions including the upcoming 10-part anthology series Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K Dick, penned by Ron D. Moore and a team of A... read more

Simon is head of international drama at Channel 4 where he’s spearheaded the channel’s new co-production strategy and launched Humans, the channel’s first major co-pro with AMC, which achieved record ratings.  He has since overseen a range of new commissions including the upcoming 10-part anthology series Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K Dick, penned by Ron D. Moore and a team of A-list writers and produced by Sony Pictures Television, with Bryan Cranston.  As Head of Scripted at Red Arrow Entertainment, Simon launched the Red Arrow Group’s UK scripted operation where he specialised in developing and producing drama for the international market including Executive Producing 13-part international thriller Odyssey for NBC.  Previously Simon was Head of Film & TV at Greenroom Entertainment where produced a number of film and TV projects including feature film Killing Bono, for which he co-wrote the screenplay.

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Javier Mendez
Head of content, Mediapro

With a degree in Economics and Business Studies from Universidad San Pablo CEU, MBA from Instituto de Empresa in Madrid and master’s degree in Audiovisual Production from Universidad Complutense,  Javier Mendez began his professional career in Sogecable where he became Head of Acquisitions (Canal +, Box Office, Cinemanía and other channels). Later he worked as Acquisitions, Sales and Ma... read more

With a degree in Economics and Business Studies from Universidad San Pablo CEU, MBA from Instituto de Empresa in Madrid and master’s degree in Audiovisual Production from Universidad Complutense,  Javier Mendez began his professional career in Sogecable where he became Head of Acquisitions (Canal +, Box Office, Cinemanía and other channels). Later he worked as Acquisitions, Sales and Materials Director at Antena 3TV to join MEDIAPRO in 2002, where he is currently Head of Content of the Group.

His extensive professional career has led him to the executive production of more than 30 films by prestigious directors, including Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris, Meet the man of your dreams, Vicky Cristina Barcelona ), Roman Polanski (A Wild God, Her Majesty Minor), Fernando León de Aranoa (Policy, Instruction Manual, A Perfect Day, Princesses), Isabel Coixet (Nobody wants the night , Map of the sounds of Tokyo) or Álex de la Iglesia (Messi). In the field of television content, his name appears behind a multitude of titles, both fiction and entertainment, highlighting his work as executive producer in the series The Young Pope directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

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David Mortimer
Director of content, Tinopolis Group

David joined Tinopolis in January 2017 and is responsible for the group’s overall production strategy, creative direction and performance, working across the portfolio of production companies both in the UK and the US.

Prior to joining Tinopolis, David was Senior Vice President, Factual & Entertainment at NBCUniversal, overseeing the studio’s international unscripted production c... read more

David joined Tinopolis in January 2017 and is responsible for the group’s overall production strategy, creative direction and performance, working across the portfolio of production companies both in the UK and the US.

Prior to joining Tinopolis, David was Senior Vice President, Factual & Entertainment at NBCUniversal, overseeing the studio’s international unscripted production companies in the UK, Australia, Canada and Asia. Over the course of three years, he grew the unscripted business from just 12 hours in 2011 to over 150 hours, winning commissions from key territories including the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, France and Germany for shows ranging from Made in Chelsea (Channel 4) and The Real Housewives franchise (Bravo, ITVBe, Foxtel, Corus) to Driving School of Mum & Dad (Sky 1) and QuizUp (NBC).

Prior to that, David was Co-founder and Managing Director of independent production company, Fever Media alongside Richard Hopkins, specialising in factual and entertainment programming.  Credits include 71 Degrees North (ITV), The People’s Quiz (BBC One), Bang Goes the House (Sky One), Move Like Michael Jackson (BBC Three), Murder Most Famous (BBC Two), Britain’s Bravest (Channel 5) and America’s Next Top Pop Group (MTV). 

David has also held various production and commissioning roles at the BBC. During his 15 years at the public broadcaster he built a new BBC Entertainment department in London, Manchester and New York, launched Dragons’ Den, and produced the Emmy-award winning Michael Moore’s TV Nation as well as the BAFTA winning Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends and When Louis Met…

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Lucy Murphy
Head of Kids Content, Sky UK

Lucy was appointed Sky’s first Head of Kids Content in 2015. She is responsible for Sky’s on demand kids content across all platforms, a library which recently saw the number of episodes available grow from 700 to 4,500 episodes, as well as overseeing the continued development of the successful Sky Kids App.  In 2016 she commissioned a new series of animated cl... read more

Lucy was appointed Sky’s first Head of Kids Content in 2015. She is responsible for Sky’s on demand kids content across all platforms, a library which recently saw the number of episodes available grow from 700 to 4,500 episodes, as well as overseeing the continued development of the successful Sky Kids App.  In 2016 she commissioned a new series of animated classic Morph from Aardman Animation as well as  Big Cats: Wild Files from Offspring and Duck Quacks Don’t Echo: Kids from Magnum.    

Lucy has over 20 years of experience in producing and developing shows for children’s and family audiences. As a Producer, Script Editor and Development Executive, Lucy has worked for a diverse slate of clients from small indies to major international media groups on shows ranging from The Gruffalo to Aardman’s BAFTA and Guinness World Record holding Tate Movie Project . Prior to joining Sky Lucy held a role at Azoomee, a new video on demand platform, as Creative Director and Head of Content. Lucy also lead the writing team and exec produced 78 episodes of hit CBeebies show Bing Bunny for Acamar Films.

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Hamish Mykura
EVP programming and development, National Geographic Global Networks

Rachel Nelson
Director of original content, Corus Entertainment

Rachel Nelson is Director of Original Content for Drama, Kids and Factual at Corus Entertainment. In this role, Rachel leads a multi-platform strategy of the company’s scripted Drama, Kids and Factual programming in both production and development. Rachel manages a team overseeing 250 hours of content for several of the company’s national cable channels including History, Showcase, W, YTV, ... read more

Rachel Nelson is Director of Original Content for Drama, Kids and Factual at Corus Entertainment. In this role, Rachel leads a multi-platform strategy of the company’s scripted Drama, Kids and Factual programming in both production and development. Rachel manages a team overseeing 250 hours of content for several of the company’s national cable channels including History, Showcase, W, YTV, Teletoon and Treehouse as well as the main conventional network Global Television. With deep relationships in television and digital content, Rachel has left an indelible mark on dozens of award-winning, top-rated shows in Canada, the U.S. and abroad.

With two decades of experience in the Media industry, Rachel has also held the position of Director, Original Scripted Content, at Shaw Media. As Executive in Charge of Production for the prime time series, Rookie Blue, she brought in top ratings for Global and ABC. After six successful seasons Rookie Blue is, to date, the longest running Canadian show with a U.S. network partner. In addition to being a long-time broadcast executive, Rachel spent several years in the independent production sector. She has experience both in production on the studio floor as well as in development, working closely with creators overseeing concepts to bring to market.

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Steve November
Creative director, Lionsgate, UK TV

Steve began his career as a runner, production assistant and assistant director across a variety of music promos and commercials before making the move into drama on the first series of Sky 1’s Dream Team in 1997. After two series of Dream Team and spells on Hollyoaks and Brookside, he graduated to script and story editor of Dream Team Series 3.

Leaving Dream ... read more

Steve began his career as a runner, production assistant and assistant director across a variety of music promos and commercials before making the move into drama on the first series of Sky 1’s Dream Team in 1997. After two series of Dream Team and spells on Hollyoaks and Brookside, he graduated to script and story editor of Dream Team Series 3.

Leaving Dream Team in 2000, Steve joined Yorkshire Television as story editor of Emmerdale. He became series producer in 2001, leading the BAFTA winning soap for four years and producing over 1100 episodes. After Emmerdale, Steve stayed with Yorkshire TV to produce ratings-winning hospital drama The Royal before joining Granada TV in 2005 as series producer of Coronation Street. He lead the show from 2005-2008, producing over 550 episodes.

In 2008 Steve moved from production to network, becoming Head of Continuing Drama for ITV Channels with responsibility for a slate of up to twenty shows in production and development of new shows. In 2013 he became Director of Drama, ITV Channels, where he oversaw the full slate of drama production and development and commissioned hit shows including Victoria, The Durrells, Cold Feet, Marcella, Grantchester, Unforgotten, Good Karma Hospital, Cilla, Little Boy Blue, Prey and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries.

Leaving ITV in 2016, Steve returned to production as Creative Director, Lionsgate UK TV.

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Katie O’Connell Marsh
CEO, Platform One Media

For the past 20 years, Katie O’Connell Marsh has held senior management positions covering all aspects of entertainment television programming.  Katie is currently CEO of Platform One Media – a television production and distribution studio backed by TPG and Liberty Global. Prior to Platform One Media, Katie was CEO at Gaumont Television, where she was responsible for launching the stud... read more

For the past 20 years, Katie O’Connell Marsh has held senior management positions covering all aspects of entertainment television programming.  Katie is currently CEO of Platform One Media – a television production and distribution studio backed by TPG and Liberty Global. Prior to Platform One Media, Katie was CEO at Gaumont Television, where she was responsible for launching the studio operation from the ground up in 2010. While there, she developed/produced leading series, including the Golden Globe nominated series Narcos, as well as Hannibal, Hemlock Grove, and F is For Family.

In 2015, Katie was recognized in Variety’s Women’s Impact Report, and in 2014, she was recognized in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Power Women in Entertainment.

Prior to 2010, Katie spent four years at NBC Entertainment where opened the NBC NYC development office and was tapped as Senior Vice President, New York Development.  Among the projects Katie developed were the Emmy Award-winning comedy series 30 Rock and Lipstick Jungle.  In 2008, Katie was promoted to Executive Vice President, Drama Programming. Katie’s team oversaw series including Heroes, Law & Order: SVU, ER, and Friday Night Lights.

Katie came to NBC from Imagine Television where she was Executive Vice President of Development and Current Programming where developed numerous comedy and drama projects, including the Emmy Award-winning Arrested Development, which was named Outstanding Comedy Series in 2005.

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Lisa Perrin
CEO, Creative Networks, Endemol Shine Group

Lisa Perrin is CEO of Creative Networks, Endemol Shine Group, a role she was appointed to in March 2015. In this capacity she leads the International Creative Division, focusing on the co-ordination and acceleration of IP around the group, supporting a network of 120 companies in more than 30 markets around the world.

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Lisa Perrin is CEO of Creative Networks, Endemol Shine Group, a role she was appointed to in March 2015. In this capacity she leads the International Creative Division, focusing on the co-ordination and acceleration of IP around the group, supporting a network of 120 companies in more than 30 markets around the world.

 Creative Networks provides both creative and commercial cross platform format support across non-scripted and scripted genres to companies within and partners of Endemol Shine Group.   Prior to the merger of Endemol and Shine Group, Lisa was appointed creative director of Shine TV in 2009 before joining the internal format division Shine Network where she was named MD in 2014.

 Prior to Shine, Lisa was Head of Entertainment Commissioning at UKTV notably overseeing the return of Red Dwarf; and was Director of Popular Factual at Tiger Aspect. Earlier in her career, Lisa was an Executive Producer at the BBC’s in-house entertainment department and at Endemol.

 Lisa lives in North London with her husband and 13 year old son.

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Chris Rice
Partner, WME

Chris heads the Global TV team at WME and works with the agency’s content creators, global networks and financiers to create advantageous ownership and financing solutions for WME’s clients. WME’s Global division navigates the shifting media landscape, identifying both tradi¬tional and non-traditional sources of project financing and sales worldwide.

Amongst ... read more

Chris heads the Global TV team at WME and works with the agency’s content creators, global networks and financiers to create advantageous ownership and financing solutions for WME’s clients. WME’s Global division navigates the shifting media landscape, identifying both tradi¬tional and non-traditional sources of project financing and sales worldwide.

Amongst numerous international co-productions, Chris has packaged and led sales on AMC and BBC’s upcoming THE NIGHT MANAGER starring Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston – sold in every territory globally through WME’s sister company IMG. Chris has also led US and mul¬tiple international sales on the HBO/Sky/Canal+ series THE YOUNG POPE starring client Jude Law, built and sold the first non-scripted Netflix original series CHEFS TABLE and is leading the global strategy for Amazon’s upcoming Jeremy Clarkson/Richard Hammond/James May car series.

Prior to joining the Global team in 2010, Chris was Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Cinnamon Entertainment. At Cinnamon, he oversaw the financing, production and distri¬bution of more than 50 hours of television, distributed in 165 countries with investment of more than $50m including the Ironman television series with Marvel Entertainment. Chris has also acted as an advisor to multiple media and distribution businesses, including as part of the Investment team at Creative Capital Fund – a Venture Capital fund focused on media investments.

Chris earned his MBA (with distinction) from the London Business School.

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Fanny Rondeau
Director of fiction, France 2

Since 1997 Fanny Rondeau has devoted herself to TV fiction and became an artistic manager at Tanais Films, then from 1999 to 2003 an artistic producer at Pathé TV and from 2003 to 2005 at Gema Productions. She joins France 2 in 2005 as a program advisor within the fiction department. Furthermore, from 2005 to 2007 she is responsible for international coproductions and represents France Télév... read more

Since 1997 Fanny Rondeau has devoted herself to TV fiction and became an artistic manager at Tanais Films, then from 1999 to 2003 an artistic producer at Pathé TV and from 2003 to 2005 at Gema Productions. She joins France 2 in 2005 as a program advisor within the fiction department. Furthermore, from 2005 to 2007 she is responsible for international coproductions and represents France Télévisions in the EBU and other institutions. She is in charge of many series, mini-series, TV movies including Fais fais pas ci, Fais pas ça , Les petits meurtres d’Agatha Christie and, most recently, Dix pour cent. Since late August 2016, she is Director of Fiction at France 2.

From 1994 to 1996, she worked in an audiovisual consulting firm Initiative Film, specialized in artistic and production support of TV projects, film and animation.

Fanny graduated in communication and human resources section of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris (1992) and obtained a Master of Political Science in Political Sociology at the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University (1993).

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Antony Root
Executive vice president of original programming and production, HBO Europe

Antony is responsible for all local original programming in its nineteen regional markets.

A graduate of Cambridge University, Antony started his career in the theatre before joining BBC Drama. He worked for the UK’s ITV, Working Title Films and was head of drama at major UK producer Thames Television.

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Antony is responsible for all local original programming in its nineteen regional markets.

A graduate of Cambridge University, Antony started his career in the theatre before joining BBC Drama. He worked for the UK’s ITV, Working Title Films and was head of drama at major UK producer Thames Television.

In 1996 Antony joined Granada Television as head of drama and, moving to Los Angeles, was appointed president of Granada Entertainment USA in 2000.

In 2005 Antony returned to the UK as senior VP, European production, for Sony Pictures Television.

He joined HBO Europe in October 2011.

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Andy Ryan
Co-head of drama, Nine Network Australia

 Andy Ryan is Co-head of drama for the Nine Network where he oversees the development, commissioning and production of the network’s Australian drama output.

Since his appointment in 2011, Andy has commissioned over 190 hours of prime-time drama across 25 titles, as well as more than 200 hours of original children’s drama.  He was also Executive producer for the or... read more

 Andy Ryan is Co-head of drama for the Nine Network where he oversees the development, commissioning and production of the network’s Australian drama output.

Since his appointment in 2011, Andy has commissioned over 190 hours of prime-time drama across 25 titles, as well as more than 200 hours of original children’s drama.  He was also Executive producer for the original drama series Wolf Creek and No Activity on Australian SVOD platform STAN.

Recent commissions include the top-rating series Doctor Doctor (series 1-2), Love Child (series 1-4), House Husbands (series 1-5) as well telemovies, narrative comedy and three seasons of the critically acclaimed Underbelly franchise. In children’s drama, Andy has commissioned over twelve series including Dennis & Gnasher, The Day My Butt Went Psycho, Skinner Boys, Heidi and Pirate Express.

Prior to joining Nine as Script Executive in 2006, Andy was a script producer and writer with extensive credits including Home & Away, All Saints and McLeod’s Daughters.

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Miguel Salvat
Commissioning editor of original programming, HBO España

Miguel Salvat is Commissioning editor of original programming for HBO España, with responsibility for HBO Europe’s local original production activities in Spain.

Salvat started his television career at WBZ-TV Boston, returning to Spain to join Canal+, where he was a producer and part of the team that successfully launched pay television in Spain in 1990.

After a period as Gener... read more

Miguel Salvat is Commissioning editor of original programming for HBO España, with responsibility for HBO Europe’s local original production activities in Spain.

Salvat started his television career at WBZ-TV Boston, returning to Spain to join Canal+, where he was a producer and part of the team that successfully launched pay television in Spain in 1990.

After a period as General manager of the Paramount Comedy Channel he returned to Canal+ as director of content. In 2010 he was appointed director of premium channels and services for Movistar+.

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Ed Sayer
Head of original commissioning , Discovery Networks International

Ed Sayer is Head of Original Commissioning for Discovery Networks International, a division of Discovery Communications.

He joined the team in October 2015 and in his role, he oversees, commissions and creates content, including series and specials, across all genres for Discovery Networks International’s London production hub to be broadcast in more than 220 countries, including the... read more

Ed Sayer is Head of Original Commissioning for Discovery Networks International, a division of Discovery Communications.

He joined the team in October 2015 and in his role, he oversees, commissions and creates content, including series and specials, across all genres for Discovery Networks International’s London production hub to be broadcast in more than 220 countries, including the UK.

Sayer is an experienced executive producer and international channel commissioner who has led numerous creative and ratings successes throughout his career and has been responsible for many hundreds of hours of content.  Recent commissions include Idris Elba: Fighter, Artic Waters: The Last Harbour, Ed Stafford: Left For Dead and Body Bizarre.

Prior to joining Discovery, Sayer was VP of Commissioning for National Geographic and has executive produced many of their channel successes including: Science of Stupid; Ultimate Airport DubaiAir Crash Investigation and T.rex Autopsy.

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Emma Scott
CEO, Beano Studios

Philipp Steffens
Head of fiction, RTL Germany

Philipp Steffens has been Head of Fiction at RTL Television since March 2014 and is responsible for productions including “Starfighter”, “Der Lehrer”, “Duell der Brüder” and the series “Deutschland 83”, which won a Grimme Award in 2016. Immediately following his graduation from the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in 2006, Steffens started his own... read more

Philipp Steffens has been Head of Fiction at RTL Television since March 2014 and is responsible for productions including “Starfighter”, “Der Lehrer”, “Duell der Brüder” and the series “Deutschland 83”, which won a Grimme Award in 2016. Immediately following his graduation from the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in 2006, Steffens started his own production company (greenskyFILMS) with several fellow students, with which he also produced the international co-production “8” with renowned directors such as Gus Van Sant, Jane Campion, Wim Wenders and many others. The film won the “Cinema for Peace Award” in 2009 and was shown at festivals around the world. This was followed by the successful television series “Der letzte Bulle” (The last cop), which won both the Bavarian Television Award in 2011 and the German Television Award in 2012, and was successfully adapted in France, Russia and Japan. Steffens then started another company (Twenty Four 9 Films) and produced international cinema co-productions and series including the TNT production “Weinberg”, for which he received a Grimme Award in 2016.

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James Watkins
Screenwriter,

James Watkins directed the box office sensation The Woman In Black, the most successful British horror film since records began.
He made his directing debut with the critically acclaimed thriller Eden Lake. Described by The Guardian as ‘the best British horror film in years’, it won the Empire Award for Best Horror, the Jury Prize at Sitges Fantasy ... read more

James Watkins directed the box office sensation The Woman In Black, the most successful British horror film since records began.
He made his directing debut with the critically acclaimed thriller Eden Lake. Described by The Guardian as ‘the best British horror film in years’, it won the Empire Award for Best Horror, the Jury Prize at Sitges Fantasy Film Festival and Best Director at Fantasporto.

Between 2001-2007 James had a first-look writing deal with Working Title Films. Under this deal, he wrote several scripts including: My Little Eye, a dark satire on the world of reality television, which was released theatrically in the UK in 2002 to critical acclaim and commercial success. James has also written screenplays for Warner Bros, Pathe, Film Four, and BBC Films.

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Piers Wenger
Controller of drama, BBC

Polly Williams
Vice president, scripted development, eOne UK

As eOne’s UK-based Vice President, Scripted Development, Polly Williams currently focuses on distinctive, original, commercial high-end television drama with global appeal. Working closely with independent producers and writers across the UK and alongside eOne’s television hubs in LA, Toronto and Sydney, she develops original content for the UK and international market. Polly is an ex... read more

As eOne’s UK-based Vice President, Scripted Development, Polly Williams currently focuses on distinctive, original, commercial high-end television drama with global appeal. Working closely with independent producers and writers across the UK and alongside eOne’s television hubs in LA, Toronto and Sydney, she develops original content for the UK and international market. Polly is an experienced producer and began her career as a script editor and development producer.

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Jack Williams
Writer and MD, Two Brothers Pictures

Harry and Jack began their writing partnership in 2007 with the BBC2 sitcom ROMAN’S EMPIRE, starring Mathew Horne and Chris O’Dowd. The show was subsequently piloted for American television, with Kelsey Grammer in the lead. After this, they pursued a career in comedy, writing shows for both in the UK and American markets, writing numerous pilots for Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, NBC Un... read more

Harry and Jack began their writing partnership in 2007 with the BBC2 sitcom ROMAN’S EMPIRE, starring Mathew Horne and Chris O’Dowd. The show was subsequently piloted for American television, with Kelsey Grammer in the lead. After this, they pursued a career in comedy, writing shows for both in the UK and American markets, writing numerous pilots for Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, NBC Universal and CBS Television among others. For the UK they wrote and produced pilots and series including THE AMAZING DERMOT, BAMBOO, FULL ENGLISH and THE GUARDIANS (which they also directed).

In 2014 Harry and Jack wrote and executive produced BBC1’s Golden Globe and Emmy nominated drama THE MISSING. The series, which starred James Nesbitt, was also nominated for four BAFTAs, including Best Drama. This success led to a second series, starring Keeley Hawes and David Morrissey, which broadcast at the end of 2016 to critical and commercial acclaim.

Since setting up their independent production company Two Brothers Pictures in 2014, Harry and Jack have sought to nurture the best writing talent in the UK and internationally. In its short history, the company has already produced shows for Amazon, HBO, AMC, BBC, ITV and Sky, including the hit-comedy award-winning FLEABAG. The  latest production is suspense thriller LIAR for ITV, with Ioan Gruffudd and Joanne Froggatt in the lead. Future productions include a new eight part thriller called WHITE DRAGON with new writers Mark Denton and Jonny Stockwood, as well as RELLIK, a six part thriller told in reverse which they are co-producing alongside New Pictures.

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Harry Williams
Writer and MD, Two Brothers Pictures

Harry and Jack began their writing partnership in 2007 with the BBC2 sitcom ROMAN’S EMPIRE, starring Mathew Horne and Chris O’Dowd. The show was subsequently piloted for American television, with Kelsey Grammer in the lead. After this, they pursued a career in comedy, writing shows for both in the UK and American markets, writing numerous pilots for Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, NBC Un... read more

Harry and Jack began their writing partnership in 2007 with the BBC2 sitcom ROMAN’S EMPIRE, starring Mathew Horne and Chris O’Dowd. The show was subsequently piloted for American television, with Kelsey Grammer in the lead. After this, they pursued a career in comedy, writing shows for both in the UK and American markets, writing numerous pilots for Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, NBC Universal and CBS Television among others. For the UK they wrote and produced pilots and series including THE AMAZING DERMOT, BAMBOO, FULL ENGLISH and THE GUARDIANS (which they also directed).

In 2014 Harry and Jack wrote and executive produced BBC1’s Golden Globe and Emmy nominated drama THE MISSING. The series, which starred James Nesbitt, was also nominated for four BAFTAs, including Best Drama. This success led to a second series, starring Keeley Hawes and David Morrissey, which broadcast at the end of 2016 to critical and commercial acclaim.

Since setting up their independent production company Two Brothers Pictures in 2014, Harry and Jack have sought to nurture the best writing talent in the UK and internationally. In its short history, the company has already produced shows for Amazon, HBO, AMC, BBC, ITV and Sky, including the hit-comedy award-winning FLEABAG. The  latest production is suspense thriller LIAR for ITV, with Ioan Gruffudd and Joanne Froggatt in the lead. Future productions include a new eight part thriller called WHITE DRAGON with new writers Mark Denton and Jonny Stockwood, as well as RELLIK, a six part thriller told in reverse which they are co-producing alongside New Pictures.

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Beth Willis
Head of drama, Channel 4

Appointed Head of Drama in June 2016, Beth Willis joined Channel 4 as Deputy Head of Drama in 2012, working alongside Piers Wenger to commission bold and ambitious original drama for Channel 4 and E4. Recent hits during Beth’s time at the channel include two series of the BAFTA-nominated Humans, the launch of which was the highest performing series in over 20 years, the successful launch of A... read more

Appointed Head of Drama in June 2016, Beth Willis joined Channel 4 as Deputy Head of Drama in 2012, working alongside Piers Wenger to commission bold and ambitious original drama for Channel 4 and E4. Recent hits during Beth’s time at the channel include two series of the BAFTA-nominated Humans, the launch of which was the highest performing series in over 20 years, the successful launch of Ackley Bridge, the first 8pm drama on Channel 4 for over 13 years, Channel 4’s biggest show of 2016 We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, the BAFTA and RTS award-winning Jack Thorne drama National Treasure, two series of Paul Abbott’s critically-lauded and RTS-winning police drama No Offence, Tracey Malone and Kate Ashfield’s Born to Kill and Shane Meadows’ iconic This is England 90. Recent E4 commissions include Howard Overman’s Crazyhead and Tom Basden’s Gap Year.

Forthcoming dramas on Channel 4 include Peter Kosminsky’s new four-part series The State, the epic and ambitious 10-part anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams and Beau Willimon’s space race drama The First. Forthcoming dramas for E4 include Charlie Covell’s The End of the F***ing World and Bryan Elsley’s Kiss Me First.

Previously, Beth produced the first two series of Ashes to Ashes for Kudos/BBC before moving to the BBC to become an Executive Producer on the new Doctor Who alongside Steven Moffat and Piers Wenger. While at the BBC she also co-executive produced the BAFTA and RTS award-winning, Eric and Ernie, written by Peter Bowker and starring Victoria Wood.

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Tony Wood
CEO, Buccaneer Media

One of Britain’s most prolific creators of television and online content, Tony Wood is perhaps the only producer in British Television to have excelled in drama, reality, comedy and children’s programming. A former Head of Continuing Drama for ITV Network, executive producer for BBC Drama Serials and as Producer of Coronation Street was responsible for it... read more

One of Britain’s most prolific creators of television and online content, Tony Wood is perhaps the only producer in British Television to have excelled in drama, reality, comedy and children’s programming. A former Head of Continuing Drama for ITV Network, executive producer for BBC Drama Serials and as Producer of Coronation Street was responsible for its complete dominance of the UK ratings chart for two years. His drama work has garnered over seventy awards.

As a reality producer, Tony Wood created and then redefined a genre as co-creator of the global phenomenon, ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ and was executive producer of MTV’s ‘Geordie Shore’ and co producer of Sky Living’s, landmark series ‘Desi Rascals’. His work has spawned countless imitators and created a new wave of TV across the world.

Tony founded Buccaneer Media in 2013. Headquartered in London, Buccaneer is committed to creating premium quality drama content. The company is currently working with some the world’s best writing talent including Irvine Welsh, Rose Tremain, Lars Lundstrom and Deborah Moggach to create memorable scripted series in partnership with a variety of content platforms across the world.

Current Buccaneer projects in production and development include a second season of Hans Rosenfeldt’s ‘Marcella’, the hit ITV/ Netflix drama series starring Anna Friel, and a TV series based in the UK Sci-Fi movie ‘Robot Overlords’.

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Olivier Wotling
Director of fiction, ARTE France

Holder of a PHD of philosophy and a Master of law and administration of audiovisual, Olivier Wotling was audiovisual attaché for the Embassies of France in Sofia, Budapest and Rome, he joined the National Film Center and the moving image (CNC) as adviser for European and multilateral Affairs, and then as the Head of Cinema in 2007. Since February 2015 he is the Head of the Drama Department at ... read more

Holder of a PHD of philosophy and a Master of law and administration of audiovisual, Olivier Wotling was audiovisual attaché for the Embassies of France in Sofia, Budapest and Rome, he joined the National Film Center and the moving image (CNC) as adviser for European and multilateral Affairs, and then as the Head of Cinema in 2007. Since February 2015 he is the Head of the Drama Department at ARTE France.

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Paul Youngbluth
Director, TAPE

Paul Youngbluth is a director of TAPE (Television Audience Programme Evaluation), a UK-based, specialist audience research company, providing consultancy services to a broad span of broadcasters and production companies around the world.

During his time with TAPE Paul has worked for many years on the analysis of audience pref... read more

Paul Youngbluth is a director of TAPE (Television Audience Programme Evaluation), a UK-based, specialist audience research company, providing consultancy services to a broad span of broadcasters and production companies around the world.

During his time with TAPE Paul has worked for many years on the analysis of audience preferences around the world, and turned this understanding into an evaluation tool, which can be applied to the development of treatments, concepts and scripts, in both television and theatrical environments.

With the emergence of the unscripted format business Paul also recognised the opportunity this represented for TAPE and enabled the company to develop an international monitoring and assessment service, designed to provide clients with the latest insights and information on new and emerging audience trends and programme types. His most recent venture is into the Chinese market – building working partnerships with key broadcasters and production companies – helping them enhance their content development systems and compete in an increasingly competitive market.

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