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Rory Aitken
Founder, 42

Rory Aitken is a producer, and a founding partner of London and LA based Management and Production Company 42. 42’s TV shows in production include WATERSHIP DOWN, a 4 x 1 hour animated drama for BBC and Netflix, adapted from the global best-selling book by Richard Adams, written by Tom Bidwell and starring James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega, Sir Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Rosamund... read more

Rory Aitken is a producer, and a founding partner of London and LA based Management and Production Company 42. 42’s TV shows in production include WATERSHIP DOWN, a 4 x 1 hour animated drama for BBC and Netflix, adapted from the global best-selling book by Richard Adams, written by Tom Bidwell and starring James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega, Sir Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Rosamund Pike, Tom Wilkinson, and Olivia Colman; and JERUSALEM, a 6-part drama series commissioned by Channel 4, written by Bathsheba Doran. 42 has numerous other series in development with UK and US broadcasters.

Films currently in post-production include André Øvredal’s MORTAL, a fantasy adventure based on ancient Norwegian mythology; THE TITAN starring Sam Worthington and Taylor Schilling; and IN DARKNESS, directed by Anthony Byrne and starring Natalie Dormer and Ed Skrein.

Previous film credits include Øvredal’s THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE starring Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox; Eran Creevy’s COLLIDE, starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ben Kingsley; and Netflix Original war drama SAND CASTLE, directed by Fernando Coimbra, starring Nicholas Hoult and Henry Cavill; THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR, directed by Johannes Roberts and financed by 20th Century Fox; London-based crime thriller WELCOME TO THE PUNCH, exec produced by Ridley Scott; and the BAFTA- nominated feature film SHIFTY.

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Jo Allen
Acquisitions producer, CBBC

Jo is producer for Animation and Acquisitions – overseeing animation and live action projects for CBBC.

Previously Jo worked as an animation producer and consultant in the independent sector, making commercials, series; including ‘Morph’ and ‘Angry Kid’ and short films including the Academy Award nominated ‘Wat’s Pig’ and the BAFTA, Cartoon D’or and Annecy Special Jury ... read more

Jo is producer for Animation and Acquisitions – overseeing animation and live action projects for CBBC.

Previously Jo worked as an animation producer and consultant in the independent sector, making commercials, series; including ‘Morph’ and ‘Angry Kid’ and short films including the Academy Award nominated ‘Wat’s Pig’ and the BAFTA, Cartoon D’or and Annecy Special Jury award winning ‘Pearce Sisters’.

Most recently she has produced the animated pre-school series ‘Go Jetters’ for CBeebies.

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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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Nikki Amuka-Bird
Actress,

Nikki Amuka-Bird was nominated for Best Leading Actress at the 2017 TV BAFTA’s for her outstanding performance in the BBC drama adaptation of Zadie Smith’s globally successful book, NW. She will next be seen as a lead in the BBC’s much anticipated drama, from the makers of Luther, Hard Sun –  which is due to air early next year. Television career highlights include playing opposite... read more

Nikki Amuka-Bird was nominated for Best Leading Actress at the 2017 TV BAFTA’s for her outstanding performance in the BBC drama adaptation of Zadie Smith’s globally successful book, NW. She will next be seen as a lead in the BBC’s much anticipated drama, from the makers of Luther, Hard Sun –  which is due to air early next year. Television career highlights include playing opposite Idris Elba in the role of DCI Erin Gray in the internationally renowned Luther and more recently, taking a lead role in HBO’s well reviewed 8-part series Quarry. Other notable television roles include parts in Spooks, Silent Witness, Death in Paradise, The Line of Beauty, The Last Enemy, Robin Hood, Torchwood and Survivors.
Nikki was most recently seen playing alongside Rachael Weisz in the BATFA nominated film Denial. In 2015 she starred opposite Mila Kunis in Warner Brothers globally successful sci-fi action film Jupiter Ascending. Other film credits include The Omen, Cargo, The Face of an Angel, Shoot the Messenger and Almost Heaven. Her next film role is in The Children Act, opposite Emma Thompson (directed by Richard Eyre and written by Ian McEwan) which is due for release next year.
Nikki is currently playing the lead in the Donmar Theatre’s production of The Lady from the Sea which will run until 2 December 2017. Her theatrical credits include God Bless The Child, Love and Information (Royal Court); Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre); Twelfth Night (Bristol Old Vic, in which she was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award); World Music (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, and Donmar Warehouse); Top Girls (Oxford Stage Company); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and The Servant of Two Masters (RSC); Doubt: A Parable (Tricycle Theatre).

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Simon Andreae
CEO, Naked Entertainment

Simon founded Naked in 2015 with the aim of producing unique, popular and compelling non-fiction content for television and other platforms. He is one of the industry’s best known executives who has worked in senior posts on both sides of the Atlantic and created worldwide hits as varied as the Emmy-nominated The Story of God with Morgan Freeman and the juggernaut survival format Naked and Af... read more

Simon founded Naked in 2015 with the aim of producing unique, popular and compelling non-fiction content for television and other platforms. He is one of the industry’s best known executives who has worked in senior posts on both sides of the Atlantic and created worldwide hits as varied as the Emmy-nominated The Story of God with Morgan Freeman and the juggernaut survival format Naked and Afraid for Discovery.

He started his career at Optomen Television in 1991, moved to Channel Four as head of science and education in 2002, then headed to Los Angeles in 2005, first under an overall deal with Fox TV Studios, then as senior vice president of development and production at Discovery Channel, and latterly as executive vice president, Alternative Entertainment at Fox Broadcasting, where he supervised all unscripted programming.  During this time, he’s collaborated with many household names from Stephen Hawking to Samuel L Jackson, Robin Williams to will.i.am, Gordon Ramsay to Graham Norton.

Outside television, Simon has written four books: Anatomy of Desire, The Science and Psychology of Sex, Love and Marriage and, together with his twin brother Giles, Purple Ronnie’s Book of Love, Purple Ronnie’s Guide to Life and The Smashing World of Purple Ronnie.

He lives in London and Wiltshire with his wife Lisa and their four children Jacob, Jonah, Moby and Fitz.

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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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Karen Bailey
Senior vice president, original programming, Starz

Karen Bailey is senior vice president of original programming for Starz.

Based in the company’s Beverly Hills office, Bailey oversees new development and current productions. These include STARZ Original series Outlander, now in production on its third season, as well as the sequel to the limited series The Missing with BBC1, the limited series The White Princess the follow-up to The W... read more

Karen Bailey is senior vice president of original programming for Starz.

Based in the company’s Beverly Hills office, Bailey oversees new development and current productions. These include STARZ Original series Outlander, now in production on its third season, as well as the sequel to the limited series The Missing with BBC1, the limited series The White Princess the follow-up to The White Queen (2013), and the upcoming Howard’s End, a 4-part TV adaptation written by Academy Award winner Kenneth Lonergan.

Bailey joined STARZ in 2006 as a feature producer, overseeing development, production and post-production for the company’s studio slate of television movies and mini-series for external networks, including SyFy, Lifetime and IFC. In 2007 she was promoted to vice president of production, and transitioned into overseeing physical production for the company’s newly launched original programming department. Bailey spent the next few years building the internal production department and focusing on the networks new slate of original series, including Party Down, Crash, Boss and Spartacus. During her tenure in this position, the company increased its efforts to expand production into the global community, resulting in successful partnerships with production entities in New Zealand, Canada and United Kingdom.

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Diane Banks
Literary agent, Diane Banks Associates

Diane founded literary agency Diane Banks Associates in 2006 following a career in publishing at Penguin, Hodder & Stoughton and the British Museum Press. The agency represents commercial fiction, children’s and young adult books and thought leading non-fiction, with five agents looking after in excess of 100 clients.  Diane also serves as a non-executive director of the think tank Brigh... read more

Diane founded literary agency Diane Banks Associates in 2006 following a career in publishing at Penguin, Hodder & Stoughton and the British Museum Press. The agency represents commercial fiction, children’s and young adult books and thought leading non-fiction, with five agents looking after in excess of 100 clients.  Diane also serves as a non-executive director of the think tank Bright Blue, as a development board member at the Ovalhouse Theatre and as an ambassador for ex offenders’ charity Tempus Novo.

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Sam Barcroft
CEO, Barcroft Media

Sam Barcroft is founder and CEO of independent TV production company Barcroft Productions and sister company Barcroft Media, the industry leading international media company he set up from his bedroom in 2003. Barcroft businesses create content for a global audience highli... read more

Sam Barcroft is founder and CEO of independent TV production company Barcroft Productions and sister company Barcroft Media, the industry leading international media company he set up from his bedroom in 2003. Barcroft businesses create content for a global audience highlighting ‘amazing true stories’.

With newsrooms in London, New Delhi and New York supplying video, images and editorial content to global media brands such as MSN, New York Post, MailOnline and The Sun, Barcroft Media creates news global stories 24/7 and provides the catalyst for Barcroft Productions’ factual programming output.

Barcroft Productions, the TV production arm of the business creates factual programming for international broadcast channels such as TLC, BBC 2, Animal Planet and National Geographic Channel.

The business also comprises world-leading digital channels Barcroft TV, Barcroft Cars and Bear Grylls Adventure. Channel content is accessible via the free BTV app on mobile, sticks and smart TVs. As of September 2017 the Barcroft TV YouTube channel has attracted over 3 billion views and over 3 million subscribers. Barcroft TV also serves as incubation channel for Barcroft Productions providing optimised broadcast content, pre tested and popular for a global audience.

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Rola Bauer
Managing director, Studiocanal TV GmbH

Rola Bauer’s responsibilities as managing director, StudioCanal TV include leading the television activities for the studio’s production and partnership companies’ scripted formats and co-productions in the U.S. market, as well as exploring synergies with Universal Music Group which is also part of Vivendi.

A Golden Glo... read more

Rola Bauer’s responsibilities as managing director, StudioCanal TV include leading the television activities for the studio’s production and partnership companies’ scripted formats and co-productions in the U.S. market, as well as exploring synergies with Universal Music Group which is also part of Vivendi.

A Golden Globe and two-time Emmy nominated producer, Bauer is responsible for strategic alliances with writing/show-running talent in the U.S. for the studio’s television division; overseeing the company’s extensive line-up of European co-productions and all third party acquisitions such as The Last Panthers and Midnight Sun. StudioCanal offers a full studio service including international co-production strategy, business affairs, finance and worldwide sales to support its growing roster of production companies across the global market.

Through her U.S./European co-production mandate, Bauer has most recently been instrumental in shaping numerous co-production deals, including The Child in Time (1 x 90’) which is currently in production and stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Parade’s End). In their first television commission, Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV, a StudioCanal partner, will produce The Child in Time for BBC One, in co-production with Masterpiece. Adapted by Stephen Butchard (The Last Kingdom) from Ian McEwan’s Whitbread Prize winning novel, and directed by Julian Farino (Entourage), The Child in Time is a lyrical and heart-breaking exploration of love, loss and the power of things unseen.

Bauer also arranged the co-production alliance between Netflix, ITV Studios and Red Production Company for conspiracy thriller series Paranoid; and brought in Netflix as a co-producer for the six-part comedy Crazyhead with Urban Myth Films. Additionally, Bauer strategized with Sam on a co-production deal with ZDFneo for Discovery Network’s action thriller Below the Surface and has brought together two European network partners to develop Tandem Productions’ new procedural series Take Two. 

In 2016 Bauer was presented with the prestigious Medaille d’Honneur for her outstanding contributions to the international television business and the development of the global TV community. She was named by The Hollywood Reporter in October 2016 as one of the 20 Most Powerful Women in Global Television – innovators who are amplifying a world of rich creative cultures. 

StudioCanal’s parent company, Canal+ Group, is fully-owned by Vivendi, a global media and content production and distribution group.

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Mike Beale
Managing director, Nordics & Global Creative Network, ITV Studios

Mike Beale oversees ITV Studios global formats strategy working in partnership with the producer’s growing family of 60 plus production companies to exploit their content around the world. He has been responsible for the roll out of  international hits including The Chase, Big Star’s Little Star, Keeping the Nation Alive, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, along with the the growing int... read more

Mike Beale oversees ITV Studios global formats strategy working in partnership with the producer’s growing family of 60 plus production companies to exploit their content around the world. He has been responsible for the roll out of  international hits including The Chase, Big Star’s Little Star, Keeping the Nation Alive, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, along with the the growing international footprint of this year’s hottest format Love Island. He joined ITV Studios in 2011 and was promoted to the ITV Studios Board in 2016. Earlier this year Beale was also appointed managing director, Nordics – with this expanded role he oversees ITV Studios’ production businesses in the region along with continuing to lead the global formats strategy. Prior to ITV Beale was vice president of International Television Production at NBC Universal. In 2001 he co-founded 12 Yard Productions, now part of ITV Studios.

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Tom Beattie
Head of kids and animation, Tiger Aspect Productions

Tom is head of kids and animation for Tiger Aspect Productions and series producer of the animated Mr Bean.

Tom started his career in advertising as a creative before moving into live action film production. After managing commercial and pop promo productions for various bands and brands from U2 to Pot Noodle, Tom transferred his skills to animation and children’s TV production. Tom jo... read more

Tom is head of kids and animation for Tiger Aspect Productions and series producer of the animated Mr Bean.

Tom started his career in advertising as a creative before moving into live action film production. After managing commercial and pop promo productions for various bands and brands from U2 to Pot Noodle, Tom transferred his skills to animation and children’s TV production. Tom joined Tiger Aspect in 2001 and has been involved in all of Tiger Aspect’s children’s programming output, working across every aspect of production from development to delivery and beyond. Credits include: Mr Bean: The Animated Series (104 x11min), Charlie and Lola (80x11min), Tinga Tinga Tales (52x11min) and most recently Aliens Love Underpants (12 x 3min) for Sky.

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Kay Benbow
Controller, CBeebies

CBeebies is the BBC’s service dedicated to the under sixes. Kay commissions all content across all platforms – TV, Online, Mobile, Apps and Radio. Under Kay’s leadership, CBeebies has evolved in to a multi-genre, multi-platform offering and remains the UK’s most popular channel for the pre-school audience. This success has been recognised by BAFTA with CBeebies named Chi... read more

CBeebies is the BBC’s service dedicated to the under sixes. Kay commissions all content across all platforms – TV, Online, Mobile, Apps and Radio. Under Kay’s leadership, CBeebies has evolved in to a multi-genre, multi-platform offering and remains the UK’s most popular channel for the pre-school audience. This success has been recognised by BAFTA with CBeebies named Childrens Channel of the Year four times since 2011. Over 2 million children watch CBeebies each week, and requests for CBeebies titles on the iPlayer and iPlayer Kids continue to increase.

Recent commissions include Apple Tree House, Pablo, Our Family, Where in the World, Do You Know?, Clangers, Down on the Farm, Go Jetters, CBeebies Stargazing, the CBeebies Prom, Goldilocks Ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the three CBeebies Apps – Playtime, Playtime Island and Storytime.

Kay has over 25 years of experience in children’s programming, primarily at the BBC, where she previously she ran CBeebies In House Production and Acquisitions, and also in the independent sector.

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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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Luca Bernabei
Executive producer & CEO, Lux Vide

Luca Bernabei was born in Rome and he graduated in Political Science at La Sapienza University in Rome. 
He got married with Paola Lucantoni in 1995. They now have six children. He started off his career working in advertising.  

 In 1994, he was hired by Lux Vide as as... read more

Luca Bernabei was born in Rome and he graduated in Political Science at La Sapienza University in Rome. 
He got married with Paola Lucantoni in 1995. They now have six children. He started off his career working in advertising.  

 In 1994, he was hired by Lux Vide as associate producer, where he produced the first miniseries of the Bible Series. In 2002, he was appointed head of production. As such, he became responsible for the entire cycle of production, from development to post-production.

 In 2013, after twenty-five years of experience in international co-productions, he was promoted to managing director and then to chief executive officer of the company.

 TV series  such as “War and Peace”, “Coco Chanel” (with Shirley McLaine who was nominated for Best Actress at the Emmys), and the latest “Medici: Masters of Florence” (starring Richard Madden and Dustin Hoffman) were produced under his supervision. 

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Francesco Bernabei
Digital director, Think | Cattleya

Francesco professionally grew up in the field of image and digital communication, first as a photographer and then as interactive director, in London where he spent three years working in one of the most important digital production houses on the international scene.
For several years in the advertising industry he specializes in the creation of hybrid film / interactive projects and in t... read more

Francesco professionally grew up in the field of image and digital communication, first as a photographer and then as interactive director, in London where he spent three years working in one of the most important digital production houses on the international scene.
For several years in the advertising industry he specializes in the creation of hybrid film / interactive projects and in the construction of international working teams specializing in the development of interactive experiences.
In recent years he has also specialized in creating and producing experiences and film in VR and AR.
He is currently responsible for the digital department of ThinkCattleya, adv production company part of the Cattleya Group. In 2005 he founded, together with 3 other partners, MONOGRID, a creative and digital production studio, which is CEO and Creative Director. MONOGRID since 2016 is also part of the Cattleya group.

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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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Ruth Berry
Managing director, ITV Studios Global Entertainment

Ruth was appointed managing director, ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) in 2016. She oversees a portfolio of over 40,000 of content across almost all genres. She was previously executive vice president, content strategy and investment in a role that saw her lead ITVS GE’s global content strategy across all genres, growing and strengthening the distributor’s relationship with a wide... read more

Ruth was appointed managing director, ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) in 2016. She oversees a portfolio of over 40,000 of content across almost all genres. She was previously executive vice president, content strategy and investment in a role that saw her lead ITVS GE’s global content strategy across all genres, growing and strengthening the distributor’s relationship with a wide pool of world-leading content producers. Ruth joined ITV Studios in 2012 as director of acquisitions and co-productions from Shine International where she was senior vice president, head of EMEA. Before this Clarke held a variety of senior position at The Walt Disney Company including head of branded services, digital media distribution, EMEA.

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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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David Bouchier
Chief digital entertainment officer, Virgin Media

David joined Virgin Media in August 2014 as Virgin Media’s first chief digital entertainment officer following a successful career in pay TV as part of the leadership team for platforms in the UK and Europe. Prior to joining Virgin Media he has held senior positions with BSkyB and News Corporation, helping to set up Sky Italia and then run programming and channels on the platform. By the ... read more

David joined Virgin Media in August 2014 as Virgin Media’s first chief digital entertainment officer following a successful career in pay TV as part of the leadership team for platforms in the UK and Europe. Prior to joining Virgin Media he has held senior positions with BSkyB and News Corporation, helping to set up Sky Italia and then run programming and channels on the platform. By the time he left, the business it had doubled its subscribers and he was particularly pleased that the film channels he was responsible for had a higher premium penetration than Sport.

More recently he has set up and run his own channel and production businesses. First JimJam – a preschool channel for the under 5s and subsequently a number of other thematic channels (such as Japanese manga, cross-over popular music, and reality TV). David has also created and co-written four series of Jarmies, a pre-school show introducing non-English language speaking kids to English words and phrases.

Prior to working in the pay TV industry, David was a partner at media law firm Olswang and specialised in film and TV finance, production and regulation.

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Christian Boving-Andersen
Co-creator/director, The Heroic Quest of The Valiant Prince Ivandoe

Christian is the co-creator/director of ‘The Heroic Quest of The Valiant Prince Ivandoe’, a new Cartoon Network EMEA production. He previously worked as animation supervisor at Nexus Studio and as an animator on various short films, games and tv-shows, including Cartoon Network’s global hit ‘The Amazing World Of Gumball’. Christian is from Copenhagen, Denmark, where is... read more

Christian is the co-creator/director of ‘The Heroic Quest of The Valiant Prince Ivandoe’, a new Cartoon Network EMEA production. He previously worked as animation supervisor at Nexus Studio and as an animator on various short films, games and tv-shows, including Cartoon Network’s global hit ‘The Amazing World Of Gumball’. Christian is from Copenhagen, Denmark, where is he is currently based. He graduated from The Animation Workshop in 2012, where he also occasionally taught and attended the masterclasses SEA and Animation Sans Frontières.

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Gavin James Bower
Author, journalist, senior lecturer ,

Gavin was born in Lancashire in 1982. He graduated from the University of Sheffield, before working as a model for John Galliano and Hermes in Paris. He is the author of two novels and one non-fiction work, and has contributed as a journalist to the Guardian, Independent and Independent on Sunday, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and the Sunday Telegraph. He joined the writing team for EASTENDERS in 2014... read more

Gavin was born in Lancashire in 1982. He graduated from the University of Sheffield, before working as a model for John Galliano and Hermes in Paris. He is the author of two novels and one non-fiction work, and has contributed as a journalist to the Guardian, Independent and Independent on Sunday, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and the Sunday Telegraph. He joined the writing team for EASTENDERS in 2014. He currently lectures in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

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Elizabeth Bradley
Vice president of content, Netflix

Elizabeth Bradley is vice president, content at Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service.  Bradley has been at Netflix since 2006, and currently leads the team focused on finding and commissioning international English language television series, both co-productions and direct commissions, for Netflix globally. Series recently launched include t... read more

Elizabeth Bradley is vice president, content at Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service.  Bradley has been at Netflix since 2006, and currently leads the team focused on finding and commissioning international English language television series, both co-productions and direct commissions, for Netflix globally. Series recently launched include the acclaimed Anne With An E (with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)), the heartfelt romantic comedy Lovesick which originated from the U.K. and the upcoming Alias Grace, the highly-anticipated adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel from Sarah Polley and director Mary Harron.   Multiple new series will launch in 2018. In her more than 11 years at Netflix, Bradley has worked in a variety of roles, including leading international launch teams, while assembling broad and diverse movie and TV offerings as Netflix expanded globally.  Prior to Netflix, Bradley worked in strategy roles in home entertainment at DreamWorks, Fox and Warner Bros.  Bradley began her career trading bonds, but quickly learned it wasn’t nearly as fun as entertainment.

 Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 109 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

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Lina Brounéus
COO content, Viaplay

Lina Brounéus is leading MTG’s content acquisition, co-production and international distribution strategy for Viasat (pay-TV) and Viaplay (SVOD). During her years with MTG, she has been part in delivering two Olympics (Sotji 2014 and Rio 2016) as well as managing Viaplay’s first original production ‘Swedish Dicks’, which premiered on Viaplay in September 2016. ‘Swedish Dicks’ w... read more

Lina Brounéus is leading MTG’s content acquisition, co-production and international distribution strategy for Viasat (pay-TV) and Viaplay (SVOD). During her years with MTG, she has been part in delivering two Olympics (Sotji 2014 and Rio 2016) as well as managing Viaplay’s first original production ‘Swedish Dicks’, which premiered on Viaplay in September 2016. ‘Swedish Dicks’ was later picked up by Lionsgate for international distribution and premiered in August 2017 on US network Pop TV, reaching over 80 million households. Lina and her team has during the last years also made significant acquisitions such as FOX+ as well as developing a pipeline of more than 50 original productions for Viaplay.

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Myar Craig Brown
Executive producer, drama, Wall to Wall

Myar joined Wall to Wall in July 2016 in the new role of Executive Producer, Drama, from Headstrong where she had most recently been Executive Producer of long-running BBC One drama New Tricks. Previous to that Myar was at ITV Studios, where she developed and produced their first Sky drama commission, The Psychopath Next Door, and was Executive Producer on Just Henry, A Mother’s Son and l... read more

Myar joined Wall to Wall in July 2016 in the new role of Executive Producer, Drama, from Headstrong where she had most recently been Executive Producer of long-running BBC One drama New Tricks. Previous to that Myar was at ITV Studios, where she developed and produced their first Sky drama commission, The Psychopath Next Door, and was Executive Producer on Just Henry, A Mother’s Son and long-running crime series, Vera.  She was also a key member of the team on the BBC One BAFTA award-winning Holby City for more than 10 years, becoming the show’s Series Producer and steering its expansion from twenty episodes a year to fifty.

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Ryan Brown
Finalist, Drama series script compitition

The After-

A domestic horror story in which a school teacher from a remote Yorkshire town is drawn into a deep-rooted conspiracy, after learning she was a child subject in shadowy government experiments. A thoroughly domestic setting with a very real, complex and empowered female anti-heroine, who is an unreliable narrator going on a transformative journey from small town teacher to powe... read more

The After-

A domestic horror story in which a school teacher from a remote Yorkshire town is drawn into a deep-rooted conspiracy, after learning she was a child subject in shadowy government experiments. A thoroughly domestic setting with a very real, complex and empowered female anti-heroine, who is an unreliable narrator going on a transformative journey from small town teacher to powerful telekinetic badass.
In 1983, a blood-soaked, 7-year-old girl was found alone at sea. Nobody has ever known where she came from, until now. Present day… Amanda, a school teacher and expectant mother, lives in a small, coastal town with her childhood sweetheart. The couple live an unremarkable life until Amanda has a chance encounter that provokes nightmarish memories and she is confronted by a life she knew nothing about. Her broken subconscious unravels, memories are exhumed and she is drawn into a terrifying mystery of inconceivable depths.
Think Happy Valley meets Carrie with a heavy splash of Fargo and Twin Peaks

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Randel Bryan
Managing director, Gunpowder & Sky International

Randel Bryan will join as the managing director, Gunpowder & Sky International, overseeing the expansion of the global studio dedicated to creating, marketing and distributing video content independent of form, genre or platform.

Gunpowder & Sky collaborates with both emerging and established talent to generate premiu... read more

Randel Bryan will join as the managing director, Gunpowder & Sky International, overseeing the expansion of the global studio dedicated to creating, marketing and distributing video content independent of form, genre or platform.

Gunpowder & Sky collaborates with both emerging and established talent to generate premium video content ranging from 90-second to 90-minute stories on various platforms. With in-house development, production, marketing and distribution capabilities, the company operates as a full 360-studio and oversees a library of over 1500 titles.

Randel joins from Endemol Beyond UK, where he oversaw the development of the divisions first YouTube Red Series, DanTDM Creates a Big Scene, whilst also founding various O&O channels, including Legends of Gaming, Rule’M Sports and ICON UK – collectively boasting over 2.4 million subscribers

During his time, Randel also managed Beyond’s Branded Entertainment division, which partnered with the likes of Coca Cola, L’Oreal and Sony PlayStation, in order to authentically connect them with cord-cutting audiences online.

Remarking on his vision for Gunpowder & Sky International, Randel cited that “modern audiences continue to diversify and I’m looking forward to further developing a dynamic and innovative studio that is able to deliver the best content regardless of platform or device”.

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Iris Bucher
Producer,

German-born, Iris Bucher arrived in 1994 in France where she started her career as a production assistant at Marathon International Production. One year later she created The CEEA (European Writing School) with old fellows before joining PM Holding Production as a literary editor. There, she produced several notable programs for the leading French TV channels.

In 2011 she went into part... read more

German-born, Iris Bucher arrived in 1994 in France where she started her career as a production assistant at Marathon International Production. One year later she created The CEEA (European Writing School) with old fellows before joining PM Holding Production as a literary editor. There, she produced several notable programs for the leading French TV channels.

In 2011 she went into partnership with feature film producers Nicolas Duval, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun (international hits Heartbreaker and Intouchables) to create a television department at QUAD Group.

Quad Television started out strong with TV Movie of the Week Murders in Saint-Malo and Murders in Rocamadour, aired on public channel France 3. Success on French Television was such that it opened the way for Channel 3 to a full collection of “Murders in…” which has become a highly popular series.

In 2015, The Disappearance, a 8 x 52′ series, was again a tremendous hit both in terms of viewers rates and rave press reviews. Zodiak Rights has already the series to several territories, meeting with great international success.
With her last acclaimed and award-winning TV series The Secret of Elise (2016), Iris Bucher cemented her expertise in producing gripping, ambitious dramas with high production value.

Believing in universal stories and great characters, Iris Bucher now means to develop more international coproduction projects.

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Kathryn Busby
SVP of development, Sony Pictures TV Networks

Busby initiates, drives and oversees the sourcing, development and early production of the Networks’ original series slate. She also collaborates with Network Programming heads around the world on all creative development aspects of key originals for Sony’s principal brands. Most recently, Busby spearheaded the development and production of Sony AXN’s first straight to series drama, A... read more

Busby initiates, drives and oversees the sourcing, development and early production of the Networks’ original series slate. She also collaborates with Network Programming heads around the world on all creative development aspects of key originals for Sony’s principal brands. Most recently, Busby spearheaded the development and production of Sony AXN’s first straight to series drama, ABSENTIA, starring Stana Katic, which was released internationally this fall in a number of territories including Spain, Portugal, Central Europe and Latin America, among others. Additionally, she oversaw the development of the local original series ULTRAVIOLET, created by Wendy West (DEXTER, THE BLACKLIST) and executive produced by Barry Josephson (BONES) which recently launched on AXN in Poland, and the global crime procedural CARTER, starring Jerry O’Connell and Sydney Tamiia Poitier, slated for 2018.

Previously, Busby was the vice president of original programming for TNT & TBS, where she worked with writers and producers to develop and produce original scripted programming for the cabler, including BLACK BOX starring Deon Cole, WEDDING BAND, starring Brian Austin Greene, and Sullivan & Son, produced by Vince Vaughn. Busby also oversaw TBS’s newly revamped unscripted department, which resulted in Turner’s most successful reality series: King of the Nerds, produced by Ben Silverman.

While at Turner, Busby partnered with Franklin Leonard (creator of The Black List) to create a joint initiative between Turner and The Black List to identify diverse new writing talent for blind script deals and staffing consideration.

Before landing at Turner, Busby was senior vice president of production at New Line Cinema, where she was executive producer on the SEX AND THE CITY movie. Prior to that, Busby was the Senior Vice President and Head of Development at Carsey Werner, overseeing the development of GROUNDED FOR LIFE and was part of the production team for 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN and THAT 70’S SHOW. Busby began her television career as Director of Comedy Development at Universal Television.

As a filmmaker, Busby directed, produced and co-wrote the short film MAX AND JOSH, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival. Her original screenplay HER GAL FRIDAY, co-written with Neena Beber, was optioned at ABC’s Freeform.

Busby is on the board of directors for the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA).

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Andy Cadman
Executive producer, Love Island

Andy is a freelance executive producer, currently based at ITV Studios Entertainment Department in London. Now heading up production on new ITV2 show Survival of the Fittest, Andy recently executive produced one of ITV’s most successful shows of recent years – Love Island.

Previous credits include I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, The Only Way Is Essex, The Magaluf Weekender,... read more

Andy is a freelance executive producer, currently based at ITV Studios Entertainment Department in London. Now heading up production on new ITV2 show Survival of the Fittest, Andy recently executive produced one of ITV’s most successful shows of recent years – Love Island.

Previous credits include I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, The Only Way Is Essex, The Magaluf Weekender, Geordie Shore, Taking New York, The Jump and Big Brother.

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Ismael Calleja
Head of business affairs, Movistar+

Ismael Calleja is head of business affairs at Movistar+, Pay TV unit of Telefónica in Spain. He joined Telefónica in 2004 to be essentially involved in the Pay TV unit at the telco giant. Previously he worked at Canal+ Spain for 3 years as new services & business development. Through these last 13 years at Movistar he played different roles such as Pay TV servi... read more

Ismael Calleja is head of business affairs at Movistar+, Pay TV unit of Telefónica in Spain. He joined Telefónica in 2004 to be essentially involved in the Pay TV unit at the telco giant. Previously he worked at Canal+ Spain for 3 years as new services & business development. Through these last 13 years at Movistar he played different roles such as Pay TV services manager, Pay TV offer & content strategy senior manager or content acquisition senior manager. Calleja is currently responsible for business & international affairs of Movistar+ Originals, an area dedicated to produce exclusive series and films for Movistar customer base.

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Jon Cassar
Director and executive producer,

Jon Cassar is a Canadian director and producer, originally from Malta, who gained international renown working on the first seven seasons of the acclaimed TV series 24. He has directed numerous other successful series such as Criminal Minds, Fringe, and Person of Interest. In 2011, he produced and directed the miniseries The Kennedys, for which he won the Directors Guild of America Award for Ou... read more

Jon Cassar is a Canadian director and producer, originally from Malta, who gained international renown working on the first seven seasons of the acclaimed TV series 24. He has directed numerous other successful series such as Criminal Minds, Fringe, and Person of Interest. In 2011, he produced and directed the miniseries The Kennedys, for which he won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing in the category of Television Film.

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Chris Castallo
Head of development, go90

Chris Castallo was named head of development at Verizon’s go90 in August 2017. He began his career at super indie Tollin/Robbins Productions where he produced and developed SMALLVILLE, ONE TREE HILL, and WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU for The WB. From there Chris went to NBC to oversee drama development during a prosperous time at the network and saw FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHT, HEROES, and STUDIO 60 make it t... read more

Chris Castallo was named head of development at Verizon’s go90 in August 2017. He began his career at super indie Tollin/Robbins Productions where he produced and developed SMALLVILLE, ONE TREE HILL, and WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU for The WB. From there Chris went to NBC to oversee drama development during a prosperous time at the network and saw FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHT, HEROES, and STUDIO 60 make it to the fall schedule. He joined the alternative department at CBS in 2007 and was named executive vice president in 2004, after overseeing multiple seasons of Emmy award winning shows such as SURVIVOR, AMAZING RACE, UNDERCOVER BOSS, and BIG BROTHER.

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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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Antoine Cayrol
Co-founder, Okio Studio

After a Masters in communication and Media in Assas and another in PLA at the Sorbonne, Antoine Cayrol created his production company Fatcat Films in 2005. He has produced four short films, dozens of music videos and commercials in the world of luxury and entertainment and three transmedia documentaries (web / TV / cinema / radio). In November 2013, Fatcat Films incorporated the audio-visual gr... read more

After a Masters in communication and Media in Assas and another in PLA at the Sorbonne, Antoine Cayrol created his production company Fatcat Films in 2005. He has produced four short films, dozens of music videos and commercials in the world of luxury and entertainment and three transmedia documentaries (web / TV / cinema / radio). In November 2013, Fatcat Films incorporated the audio-visual group Première Heure and became its digital label. In January 2014, Antoine created a second production company, Okio Studio, specializing in the production of VR content by partnering with Pierre Zandrowicz. He has since produced many commercials for a wide range of brands and two fictions I PHILIP and ALTERATION that have already won numerous awards internationally.

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Vanessa Chapman
Managing director, VJC Media

Vanessa Chapman is a senior media executive and strategist, whose 25-plus years’ experience in the sector has spanned all media platforms.

She is the managing director of VJC Media, a creative and business strategy agency that works with creators, international broadcasters, global media companies, brands, investors and government bodies. In recent years, VJC Media’s clients have inc... read more

Vanessa Chapman is a senior media executive and strategist, whose 25-plus years’ experience in the sector has spanned all media platforms.

She is the managing director of VJC Media, a creative and business strategy agency that works with creators, international broadcasters, global media companies, brands, investors and government bodies. In recent years, VJC Media’s clients have included Sesame Workshop, Disney in EMEA, a major international toy company and a leading media grouping based in Asia. Vanessa is also Managing Director of Essential Lifestyle Group, in the factual space.

Prior to running her own businesses, Vanessa was Controller of Children’s, Youth and Family Programmes for the ITV Network. Subsequently, she helped develop key strategies for The LEGO Company’s entry into the global and movie business. While at LEGO, she was promoted to managing director of LEGO’s newly created TV and film company Create TV & Film, where her credits included the multi-award-winning film and toy franchise Bionicle and popular pre-school title Little Robots.

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Sabine Chemaly
EVP of int’l sales and coproductions, TF1 Studio

Sabine Chemaly is the EVP of Int’l Sales and Coproductions at TF1 STUDIO. TF1 Studio is a front runner in the domains of acquisition, development, co-production and multi-mandate distribution of films (theatrical, e-CINEMA, video, VOD, TV and international sales) and scripted programming, building on a catalogue of more than 2,000 programs and films.

The int’l successes of TF1 STUDIO... read more

Sabine Chemaly is the EVP of Int’l Sales and Coproductions at TF1 STUDIO. TF1 Studio is a front runner in the domains of acquisition, development, co-production and multi-mandate distribution of films (theatrical, e-CINEMA, video, VOD, TV and international sales) and scripted programming, building on a catalogue of more than 2,000 programs and films.

The int’l successes of TF1 STUDIO on the film side includes LA VIE EN ROSE starring Marion Cotillard, the Oscar winning actress, the Int’l Box Office French Comedy Hit SERIAL (BAD) WEDDINGS, Philippe Claudel’s I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG, Sarah Polley’s TAKE THIS WALTZ, Saul Dibb’s SUITE FRANCAISE starring Michelle Williams; and on the TV side, Luc Besson first TV series NO LIMIT, successful procedural drama PROFILING (84×52’) sold in 88 countries as well as brand new series such as JUST ONE LOOK  and NO SECOND CHANCE based on Harlan Coben’s best sellers, CALL MY AGENT directed by Cedric Klapish, the hottest and trendiest French comedy series about agents and their talents.  TF1 Studio also owns a library of 800 films, including THE PIANO, MURIEL’S WEDDING, the ALMODOVAR library as well as French legendary titles such as : LES DIABLOLIQUES, L’HOMME DE RIO, LE SALAIRE DE LA PEUR

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David Chidlow
Finalist, Drama series script compitition

Dark Lanes –

Swathes of our country, little more than an hour from its glittering, wealthy capital lie untouched by the 21st century. Endless, nameless dark lanes with no mobile phone coverage, virtually no internet access and CCTV is simply unheard of. In an era of both biting austerity and extraordinary wealth, surely the perfect environment for the return of a quintessentially E... read more

Dark Lanes –

Swathes of our country, little more than an hour from its glittering, wealthy capital lie untouched by the 21st century. Endless, nameless dark lanes with no mobile phone coverage, virtually no internet access and CCTV is simply unheard of. In an era of both biting austerity and extraordinary wealth, surely the perfect environment for the return of a quintessentially English criminal? The Highwayman.

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Lauren Child
Author, illustrator and Children's Laureate,

Lauren Child is a multi-award-winning, bestselling writer and artist. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola. She is a passionate advocate for visual literacy and the importance of quality picture books for children.

Lauren has been at the forefront of innovation in children’s books for over 15 years and has eleva... read more

Lauren Child is a multi-award-winning, bestselling writer and artist. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola. She is a passionate advocate for visual literacy and the importance of quality picture books for children.

Lauren has been at the forefront of innovation in children’s books for over 15 years and has elevated the profile of illustration as an artform for all ages. She works with mixed media, pioneered text as an integral part of illustration and collaborates with artists across different fields.

Her first two books were published in 1999 – I Want a Pet and Clarice Bean, That’s Me, and she won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2000 for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the first of her Charlie and Lola picture books. Lauren published her first Clarice Bean novel in 2002 – Utterly Me, Clarice Bean. The Clarice Bean series has sold over 6 million copies worldwide.

In October 2005, the BBC launched a 78-part animated series of Charlie and Lola. The series has won four BAFTAS and is aired in more than 34 countries.

In 2008 Lauren launched UNESCO’s ‘My Life is a Story’ Campaign for UNESCO’s Programme for the Education of Children in Need, and was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2008.

In 2010 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Literature.

She is a founding trustee of the House of Illustration.

In October 2005, the BBC launched a 78-part animated series of Charlie and Lola. The series has won four BAFTAS and been aired in more than 34 countries.

In Autumn 2011, the first book in Lauren’s Ruby Redfort series was published by Harper Collins. Ruby is a smart-talking, code-cracking, girl-spy genius, who together with her side-kick butler solves mysteries and helps rid the world of evil villains. The sixth and final adventure for Ruby was published in 2016 – Ruby Redfort: Blink and You Die.

The latest Charlie and Lola book will be published by Hachette in Autumn 2017 – Charlie and Lola: A Dog with Nice Ears.

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Tom Clifford
CEO, HistoryHit.TV

Jo Clinton-Davis
Controller of factual, ITV

Jo Clinton-Davis is controller of factual at ITV. Her commissions include Long Lost Family, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, The Real Full Monty, Paul O’Grady for the Love of Dogs, HMP Aylesbury, Joanna Lumley’s India, Billy Connolly’s Route 66, Our Queen at 90, The Mafia with Trevor McDonald, Joanna Lumley’s Japan, Killer Women with Piers Morgan. Previously Jo... read more

Jo Clinton-Davis is controller of factual at ITV. Her commissions include Long Lost Family, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, The Real Full Monty, Paul O’Grady for the Love of Dogs, HMP Aylesbury, Joanna Lumley’s India, Billy Connolly’s Route 66, Our Queen at 90, The Mafia with Trevor McDonald, Joanna Lumley’s Japan, Killer Women with Piers Morgan. Previously Jo was head of commissioning for UKTV’s ten channels having been head of independent commissioning at the BBC where she commissioned Masterchef, Grumpy old Men and the Hairy Bikers. She directed and series produced Making Babies with Robert Winston and The Store about Selfridges for BBC One as well as directing many single films for the award-winning strands 40 Minutes and Inside Story.

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David Cormican
President, DC TV

David Cormican is an Emmy®-nominated producer. He is partner and president of Don Carmody Television (DCTV) and a member of the producers Guild of America. DCTV projects include the Rogers-Netflix original series Between, the Emmy®-nominated The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe for Lifetime, ShadowHunters for Freeform, the Emmy®-nominated mini-series Tokyo Trial for Netflix & NHK. The Dutch... read more

David Cormican is an Emmy®-nominated producer. He is partner and president of Don Carmody Television (DCTV) and a member of the producers Guild of America. DCTV projects include the Rogers-Netflix original series Between, the Emmy®-nominated The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe for Lifetime, ShadowHunters for Freeform, the Emmy®-nominated mini-series Tokyo Trial for Netflix & NHK. The Dutch-Italian-Canadian co-production from two-time Academy Award® winning director, Mike van Diem, Tulipani, recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Simon Cornwell
Co-founder & co-CEO, The Ink Factory

At The Ink Factory, Simon was an executive producer on The Night Manager, and producer of Anton Corbijn’s 2014 adaption of A Most Wanted Man; Our Kind of Traitor, directed by Susanna White and starring Ewan McGregor, Damian Lewis, Stellan Skarsgård and Naomie Harris; and Message from the King, directed by Fabrice du Welz and starring Chadwick Boseman, Luke Evans, Teresa Palmer and Alfred Mol... read more

At The Ink Factory, Simon was an executive producer on The Night Manager, and producer of Anton Corbijn’s 2014 adaption of A Most Wanted Man; Our Kind of Traitor, directed by Susanna White and starring Ewan McGregor, Damian Lewis, Stellan Skarsgård and Naomie Harris; and Message from the King, directed by Fabrice du Welz and starring Chadwick Boseman, Luke Evans, Teresa Palmer and Alfred Molina. Additional Ink Factory titles include Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, directed by Ang Lee and starring Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin; and a television adaptation of John le Carré’s best-selling novel The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.

Simon came to The Ink Factory from top European venture capital firm Amadeus Capital Partners, where he was a senior partner. Prior to that he was founder and CEO of a pioneering company in the field of interactive television. His early career included stints at Granada in the UK, at the Boston Consulting Group in the US, and running refugee relief programs for the UN in Thailand.

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Tim Crescenti
President, 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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Neil Cross
Writer & showrunner, Hard Sun

Ross Crowley
Director of content, Foxtel

Ross is director of content for Foxtel. In his role, Ross oversees Foxtel movie, on-demand and store products along with Foxtel’s strategy for investing in series, drama, entertainment and original content. Ross holds a business degree in finance, statistics and human behaviour and has worked at both the Nine Network Australia and the former Star Group in Asia.

Roberto D’Ávila
Producer, Moonshot Pictures

Has ​​worked ​​since ​​1984​​ in ​​television,​​ video ​​and cinema. Conceives,​​ develops ​​and​​ produces ​​products​​ for​​ TV and ​​cinema. His ​​main​​ feature​​ films ​​produced​​ are:​​“Rá-Tim-Bum Island​​” ​​with​​ Cultura ​​Televison​​ and​​ Warner​​ Bros., “Eliana,​​... read more

Has ​​worked ​​since ​​1984​​ in ​​television,​​ video ​​and cinema. Conceives,​​ develops ​​and​​ produces ​​products​​ for​​ TV and ​​cinema. His ​​main​​ feature​​ films ​​produced​​ are:​​“Rá-Tim-Bum Island​​” ​​with​​ Cultura ​​Televison​​ and​​ Warner​​ Bros., “Eliana,​​ with​​ the​​ Secret​​ of ​​Dolphins​​”​​ with​​ Fox​​ Films, “Carmo”,​​ a​​ co-production​​ with​​ Spain​​ and​​ Poland,​​ “The Mystery​​of​​ Sintra ​​Road​​”,​​ a ​​co-production​​ with Portugal,​​ and​​“Last​​ Stop​​ 174”.
For​​ TV,​​ he​​ produced ​​the ​​following​​ series:​​ “9MM​​ São Paulo”​​ (Fox​​ Latin​​ American ​​Channels),​​ “Sessão​​de Terapia”​​ (GNT)​​ -​​ brazilian​​ version​​ of “In Treatment” (Israel),​​ “The​​ Fare”​​ (Canal​​ AXN)​​ and​​ “171​​ –  Family​​ Business” ​​(Universal ​​Channel).
Produced ​​TV​​ shows: ​​“Brazil ́s​​ Next ​​Top​​ Model”​​ (Sony​​ Entertainment​​ Television),​​ “Cooks​​ in action”​​(GNT),​​ “Por​​um​​ Fio” ​​(GNT) – ​​brazilian​​ version​​ of​​​ “Shear ​​Genius” (USA); ​​“The​​Taste Brazil”​​ (GNT);​​ “Airport​​-​​Restricted​​ Area”​​ (Discovery​​Channel).
Conceived ​​and ​​formatted​​ the ​​co-productions ​​of​​ the​​ Teleimage/Casablanca ​​Group,​​ having fostered ​​and​​negotiated​​ the​​ company’s ​​participation ​​in ​​over ​​50 ​​co-productions​​ of​​ feature ​​films.

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Jaimie D’Cruz
Creative director, Acme

Until 2010 Jaimie was based at Keo Films where he produced and directed a range of documentary films and factual and fact. ent. series, as well as making a feature length documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop, with the graffiti artist Banksy. Exit was released around the world theatrically in 2010, and saw Jaimie nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA as well as winning many other awards ... read more

Until 2010 Jaimie was based at Keo Films where he produced and directed a range of documentary films and factual and fact. ent. series, as well as making a feature length documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop, with the graffiti artist Banksy. Exit was released around the world theatrically in 2010, and saw Jaimie nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA as well as winning many other awards including a Grierson and an Independent Spirit Award.

Jaimie launched his independent production company, Acme Films, in 2011. Over the past six years Acme has produced a varied slate of programming for the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky Arts, including live music shows, an original drama series, and a range of single docs, doc dramas and short form factual series. Acme’s most recent production, CLA’AM, is a psychological horror film about gentrification seen through the lens of coffee.

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Helena Danielsson
Operating executive producer, Brain Academy

Helena Danielsson co-founded Brain Academy in 2014 after 15 years of running her first company Hepp Film where she produced over 30 successful feature films and tv-dramas. Brain Academy is an international production company that creates high quality scripted entertainment. Danielsson is an outstanding and dedicated producer and has received multiple awards and nominations for her work, such as... read more

Helena Danielsson co-founded Brain Academy in 2014 after 15 years of running her first company Hepp Film where she produced over 30 successful feature films and tv-dramas. Brain Academy is an international production company that creates high quality scripted entertainment. Danielsson is an outstanding and dedicated producer and has received multiple awards and nominations for her work, such as the American Independent Spirit Awards, Prix Eurimages – European Film Academy Award, the International Emmy Awards and shortlisted for an Oscar amongst other accolades. Her focus in Brain Academy is international co-productions with award winning talent and global outreach, where she acts as executive producer for TV-dramas as well as producer of feature films.

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Nicky Davies Williams
CEO, DCD Rights

Nicky, as CEO of DCD Rights, has led the expansion of the catalogue through the use of third party investment funds towards its currently successful and broad range of programming; featuring a drama slate of quality and variety.

Starting her career in the music industry, she moved into film and TV sales at Island Pictures, subsequently establishing her own company, ... read more

Nicky, as CEO of DCD Rights, has led the expansion of the catalogue through the use of third party investment funds towards its currently successful and broad range of programming; featuring a drama slate of quality and variety.

Starting her career in the music industry, she moved into film and TV sales at Island Pictures, subsequently establishing her own company, NBD Pictures, an international TV sales agency. NBD Pictures grew to represent a broad range of programming from independent production companies on the international stage. She was appointed CEO of DCD Rights in 2005 when she sold NBD TV, a company she founded and ran successfully for more than 22 years, to the Group.

Her background includes non-executive directorships on the board of The Channel Television Group and she was one of the founding directors of Women in Film and Television, UK. She was appointed to the Board of DCD Media plc as an executive director in 2014.

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Jack Davison
Managing consultant, 3vision

Leading on many of 3Vision’s strategy, marketing and VOD projects, Jack has a unique understanding of the factors that make Pay TV and new product launches successful.

Jack is well suited to lead on such products having previously been Head of VOD Product at Virgin Media, and a pioneer of IPTV and VOD whilst VP of Content at Yes Television. Prior to this Jack worked for IM... read more

Leading on many of 3Vision’s strategy, marketing and VOD projects, Jack has a unique understanding of the factors that make Pay TV and new product launches successful.

Jack is well suited to lead on such products having previously been Head of VOD Product at Virgin Media, and a pioneer of IPTV and VOD whilst VP of Content at Yes Television. Prior to this Jack worked for IMG Media, the world’s largest independent producer and distributor of sports programming.

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Atar Dekel
Head of scripted global co-productions, Keshet International

Atar Dekel is co-head of global scripted co-productions and acquisitions at Keshet International (KI), overseeing a slate of more than 20 cross-border projects with partners in all corners of the world, from Brazil, Germany, Italy, France, Canada, Belgium and Argentina.

In 2015, Atar seconded to LA in order to help set up KI’s US production arm Keshet Studios with CEO Alon Shtruzman. T... read more

Atar Dekel is co-head of global scripted co-productions and acquisitions at Keshet International (KI), overseeing a slate of more than 20 cross-border projects with partners in all corners of the world, from Brazil, Germany, Italy, France, Canada, Belgium and Argentina.

In 2015, Atar seconded to LA in order to help set up KI’s US production arm Keshet Studios with CEO Alon Shtruzman. There she handled business development for all US scripted projects prior to the appointment of the current President of Scripted, Peter Traugott.

Before joining Keshet International, Atar served as the Israeli cultural attaché in Los Angeles, covering all cultural exchanges between Israel and the Southwestern region of the US, specifically overseeing business opportunities within the Hollywood community. Prior to that, she headed the international department at Kneller Artists Agency, Israel’s largest literary agency, representing a some of the country’s most internationally renowned screenwriters, directors and authors.

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Genevieve Dexter
Founder & CEO, Serious Lunch

Serious Lunch is a London based boutique distribution company building a portfolio of high quality I.P’s including the multi BAFTA winning  ‘Operation Ouch!’ from Maverick now in its 6th season for CBBC,  ‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’  from the Astrid Lindgren Company/Studio Ghibli, just launched on Amazon US/UK,   ‘Art Ninja’ from Dot to Dot for CBBC now in its 4th... read more

Serious Lunch is a London based boutique distribution company building a portfolio of high quality I.P’s including the multi BAFTA winning  ‘Operation Ouch!’ from Maverick now in its 6th season for CBBC,  ‘Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter’  from the Astrid Lindgren Company/Studio Ghibli, just launched on Amazon US/UK,   ‘Art Ninja’ from Dot to Dot for CBBC now in its 4th season and Horrible Science for Hat Trick/CiTV/Amazon. The company is now very actively seeking new titles to roll out in 2018.

 

The company is headed up by Genevieve Dexter who is also CEO of the London based animation studio Eye Present. The studio is now in production with ‘Xephos & Honeydew’ based on the famous Youtube avatars of ‘Lewis & Simon’.   The company is also developing   ‘Flix’ based on a book by Tomi Ungerer about a young dog who is adopted by progressive cat parents. Flix is a co-production with Cottonwood Media and Federation.

 

The studio is seeking co-production opportunities and coupled with its associated distribution arm offers creative skills and an unrivalled ability to raise finance from a mix of broadcast, distribution, public and private funding.

 

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Agyness Deyn
Actress, Hard Sun

Jocelyn Diaz
EVP original programming, Epix

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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Steve Dorrance
Head of animation, Jellyfish Picutres

Steve joined Jellyfish Pictures back in 2014, following the opening of Jellyfish Animation. Joining as animation producer to work on the company’s first children’s animated series, “Floogals”, Steve was instrumental in paving the way for Jellyfish’s expansion in to children’s TV animation. “Floogals” went on to be NBC Sprout’s highest rated pre-school show, and is now broadcas... read more

Steve joined Jellyfish Pictures back in 2014, following the opening of Jellyfish Animation. Joining as animation producer to work on the company’s first children’s animated series, “Floogals”, Steve was instrumental in paving the way for Jellyfish’s expansion in to children’s TV animation. “Floogals” went on to be NBC Sprout’s highest rated pre-school show, and is now broadcast across the globe.

Following the success of “Floogals”, Steve holds the role of head of animation, supervising the Beano Studios/BBC Children’s re-boot of “Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed!”.

Prior to joining Jellyfish, Steve trained as an animator, working for many years at Ragdoll Productions and undertaking various roles from writing, animating, storyboarding and in production. His credits include “Spike Milligan’s Badjelly the Witch”, “Brum”, “Boohbah” “Teletubbies Everywhere” and “The Adventures of Abney & Teal”.

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Stephen Driscoll
Executive vice president EMEA , all3media international

Stephen Driscoll holds the position of EVP EMEA at ALL3MEDIA International with responsibility for all programme sales across EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)

Stephen joined ALL3MEDIA in 2004 from Carlton International (now ITV), where he was Senior Sales Executive for Asia from 1999 to 2004.

Stephen started his career in programme distribution at Minotaur International, prio... read more

Stephen Driscoll holds the position of EVP EMEA at ALL3MEDIA International with responsibility for all programme sales across EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)

Stephen joined ALL3MEDIA in 2004 from Carlton International (now ITV), where he was Senior Sales Executive for Asia from 1999 to 2004.

Stephen started his career in programme distribution at Minotaur International, prior to that he worked at Christie’s Fine Art Auctioneers, having achieved a degree in Philosophy from Manchester University.

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Julia Dufvenius
Executive producer and co-creator, Heder

Julia Dufvenius got her breakthrough in the TV –series “Glappet” and she joined the Royal Dramatic Theater in 2000 where she made her debut in Ingmar Bergman’s “Maria Stuart”. The role of Karin in Bergman’s TV production “Saraband” was written for her. In 2016, Julia was among the creators and writers of comedy series “Mammor” for Sweden’s TV3, alongside her Heder collea... read more

Julia Dufvenius got her breakthrough in the TV –series “Glappet” and she joined the Royal Dramatic Theater in 2000 where she made her debut in Ingmar Bergman’s “Maria Stuart”. The role of Karin in Bergman’s TV production “Saraband” was written for her. In 2016, Julia was among the creators and writers of comedy series “Mammor” for Sweden’s TV3, alongside her Heder colleague Anja Lundqvist. Julia has worked on a number of important plays at the theater and we have also seen her in numerous TV series such as “Modus”, “Oskyldigt dömd”, “Gynekologen in Askim” etc.

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Andrew Eastel
Creative director, Middlechild

In 2011, having worked as a producer of factual content for a number of years, Eastel invested money made from the international distribution of a feature documentary he directed into setting up his own production company. He employed a small team and set up an office in Fitzrovia. After a couple of years experiencing the highs and lows of running an indie, Eastel met David Sumnall in 2014. Sim... read more

In 2011, having worked as a producer of factual content for a number of years, Eastel invested money made from the international distribution of a feature documentary he directed into setting up his own production company. He employed a small team and set up an office in Fitzrovia. After a couple of years experiencing the highs and lows of running an indie, Eastel met David Sumnall in 2014. Similarly, Sumnall had set up Middlechild Productions in 2010 with his own, modest investment. Realising they shared a similar vision, both creatively and in business, Eastel joined Middlechild to help produce new content and lead development, he now holds the position of Creative Director.

Middlechild remains a wholly independent production company, ran by Sumnall, Eastel, and head of production Clare Sparks from their Wandsworth base, where the majority of post-production is completed in-house. They produce factual content for both UK and international broadcasters, including; Channel 5, Channel 4, ITV, Sky 1, MTV, ESPN and TERN.

To date, they have secured six series orders from Channel 5 for their Dog Rescuers brand, presented by Alan Davies. The company recently completed production on a new series for the channel, focusing on cats and fronted by Jo brand. In the summer of 2017, they won a six-part series commission from Channel 4, to be made at Middlechild’s newly opened Brighton office.

Focusing on narrative driven factual content, Middlechild are developing various new documentary series, including upscaling their animal based output with ambitious wildlife content in the pipeline.

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John Edwards
Producer,

John Edwards has produced more than 600 hours of television drama. His productions have won 29 Logie Awards, 40 AFI and AACTA Awards, 8 ASTRA Awards, and a number of international awards, as well as being the only Australian television producer nominated for the Golden Globe Awards.
His television credits include Blue Murder: Killer Cop, The Beautiful Lie, Gallipoli, Puberty Blues, Offspr... read more

John Edwards has produced more than 600 hours of television drama. His productions have won 29 Logie Awards, 40 AFI and AACTA Awards, 8 ASTRA Awards, and a number of international awards, as well as being the only Australian television producer nominated for the Golden Globe Awards.
His television credits include Blue Murder: Killer Cop, The Beautiful Lie, Gallipoli, Puberty Blues, Offspring, Tangle, Dangerous, Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, Rush, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, Spirited, Beaconsfield, Love My Way, Marking Time, The Surgeon, The Secret Life of Us, On The Beach and Police Rescue.
In 2011, he was conferred an Honorary Masters degree by the Australian Film Television and Radio School. In 2016, he joined forces with Dan Edwards and Roadshow Films to form the production entity Roadshow Rough Diamond; responsible for the latest TV series of Romper Stomper (to premiere in early 2018).
John was appointed as a member of the Order of Australia in 2017. He was recognised for his vast contribution to the Australian TV Industry through developing and telling great Australian stories.

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Michael Ellenberg
Founder, Media Res

Michael Ellenberg is the founder and chairman of Media Res, a motion picture and television production and finance company. He is the former executive vice president of HBO Programming.

Ellenberg graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, and received his Juris Doctor degree New York University School of Law.

Early in his career from 2007-2011, ... read more

Michael Ellenberg is the founder and chairman of Media Res, a motion picture and television production and finance company. He is the former executive vice president of HBO Programming.

Ellenberg graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, and received his Juris Doctor degree New York University School of Law.

Early in his career from 2007-2011, Ellenberg was a senior vice president at Scott Free Productions, working closing with directors Ridley and Tony Scott.  There he produced such films as “Prometheus,” “Robin Hood,” “Cyrus” and “Stoker.”  Before that, Ellenberg served as vice president of Development at Scott Rudin Productions.

From 2011, Ellenberg served as executive vice president of Programming at HBO, overseeing development and production of dramatic series for the network.  During his tenure, he developed and oversaw the production of such acclaimed series as  “Westworld,” “The Leftovers,” “Big Little Lies,” “True Detective,” “The Young Pope” and upcoming “The Deuce” from David Simon and George Pelecanos, starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal.  Ellenberg also oversaw “Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Blood,” including “Game of Thrones” two Emmy Award-winning seasons for Best Drama.  He also co-executive produced the third and final season of “The Leftovers,” which received wide acclaim.

Ellenberg has now launched Media Res, a new television and film studio that develops, produces and finances premium content for global markets.  Bron Studios (“Fences,” “The Birth of a Nation,” upcoming “Tully” starring Charlize Theron) is a partner in the new company.  Media Res is a full-service television studio that will employ a fund to finance series production, in addition to raising a development fund to commission scripts and option material.  Media Res finances production on both the in-house slate as well as top-tier projects from outside producers and suppliers.

Ellenberg serves on the Board of Ikar, a leading progressive Jewish community in Los Angeles named one of the 50 Most Innovative Jewish Organizations in America by Slingshot.  He is also on the board of Bet Tzedek, a legal organization providing legal services to low-income individuals and families in Los Angeles, focusing on Immigration, Elder Law, Employment Rights and Holocaust Survivor Services.

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Lawrence Elman
CEO, Yaddo

Lawrence Elman is an award-winning documentary producer and director. He is a founder of the global documentary streaming platform, Yaddo.

Bryan Elsley
Managing director & writer, Balloon Entertainment

Bryan Elsley is a television writer who created the Channel 4 show Dates and is best known for co-creating teen drama Skins with his son Jamie Brittain. His other writing credits include 40, Nature Boy and the award winning adaptation of Iain Banks novel The Crow Road.

Dates was the first production by Balloon Entertainment, the independent production company set up by Bryan and Harry En... read more

Bryan Elsley is a television writer who created the Channel 4 show Dates and is best known for co-creating teen drama Skins with his son Jamie Brittain. His other writing credits include 40, Nature Boy and the award winning adaptation of Iain Banks novel The Crow Road.

Dates was the first production by Balloon Entertainment, the independent production company set up by Bryan and Harry Enfield in 2012. It has gone on to produce two Harry Enfield specials for BBC2, Clique in 2017 for BBC3 and upcoming E4/Netflix production Kiss Me First, made with Kindle Entertainment. Bryan is a writer, showrunner and executive producer on the show.

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Nina Etspueler
Executive vice president creative operations, Red Arrow Entertainment Group

Nina Etspueler is deputy to Michael Schmidt, chief creative officer of Red Arrow Entertainment Group, and is responsible for managing the creative operations team.

Nina is also responsible for identifying and developing TV formats together with the creative teams within Red Arrow’s network of production companies and distribution arm Red Arrow International; and for consulting with... read more

Nina Etspueler is deputy to Michael Schmidt, chief creative officer of Red Arrow Entertainment Group, and is responsible for managing the creative operations team.

Nina is also responsible for identifying and developing TV formats together with the creative teams within Red Arrow’s network of production companies and distribution arm Red Arrow International; and for consulting with internal and external partners on the Group’s roll-out of global IP and productions.

Etspueler started working for ProSiebenSat.1 Group in 1999. Originally a producer in the talk-show genre, she switched to the entertainment field in 2002. Etspueler was responsible for numerous entertainment and comedy formats including “Elton vs. Simon” and “Comedystreet XXL” and then joined Red Arrow’s creative operations team. After a stint to Berlin to serve as a producer for the award-winning ProSieben format “Circus HalliGalli”, Etspueler rejoined Red Arrow in 2014 and has since served as Senior Vice President Development & Content Strategy.

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Luke Eve
Writer/ director & executive producer, More Sauce

Luke Eve began his career as a freelance photographer. He graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 2005 and in the same year won Tropfest with his short film Australian Summer.

He later established his own production company, More Sauce and went on to direct five short films including Cockroach, a 14-minute visual effects loaded film that has gone on to screen at... read more

Luke Eve began his career as a freelance photographer. He graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 2005 and in the same year won Tropfest with his short film Australian Summer.

He later established his own production company, More Sauce and went on to direct five short films including Cockroach, a 14-minute visual effects loaded film that has gone on to screen at over 40 International Film Festivals and win over a dozen awards. In 2010 he began directing television shows such as Dave in The Life, SEX: An Unnatural History and the landmark documentary series Great Southern Land which landed him an ADG nomination for best direction in a documentary TV series.

In 2014 Luke created, produced and directed the online series, Low Life: A Black Comedy About Depression. It has gone on to win over 20 major festival awards and has recently sold to Amazon Prime and CanalPlay. He has just completed directing and producing the follow up series, High Life which was executive produced by Stephen Fry. The series has already sold to Channel 9 in Australia, CanalPlay in Europe and Fullscreen in the USA and has already won over 20 major film festival awards including 6 Best Director Awards. It was recently nominated for the prestigious AACTA Awards for Best Online Series. It also took out the Web Series World Cup for 2017 for being the most awarded and successful web series on the festival circuit.

Earlier in the year he directed a pilot for another online series which he also co-created and co wrote, Mourners, Inc produced by New Form Digital. The pilot is currently being pitched around Hollywood to cable and digital platforms.

In between TV projects, he also directs high-end commercials and music videos and has a number of feature film projects in development.

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CJ Fahey
General manager, VICELAND, EMEA & APAC

CJ Fahey is general manager, VICELAND, EMEA & APAC, responsible for the TV network’s creative and strategic development, as well as overseeing all output across linear, mobile and multi-platform offerings. Having joined VICE in 2014, CJ was integral to the launch of VICELAND in the US, working alongside co-presidents Eddy Moretti and Spike Jonze, on the development and production of ... read more

CJ Fahey is general manager, VICELAND, EMEA & APAC, responsible for the TV network’s creative and strategic development, as well as overseeing all output across linear, mobile and multi-platform offerings. Having joined VICE in 2014, CJ was integral to the launch of VICELAND in the US, working alongside co-presidents Eddy Moretti and Spike Jonze, on the development and production of the channel’s award-winning content slate as well as channel branding.

Prior to VICE, CJ worked on corporate strategy and business development at Fox Networks Group, as well as Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels in Rome, Italy, having focused on programming and international channel launches.

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Jane Featherstone
Founder, Sister Pictures

Jane founded Sister Pictures in November 2015 as an independent television production company specialising in authored, bold and distinctive stories for UK and international audiences.

 

As the former chief executive of Kudos and co-chairman of Shine UK, Jane oversaw the production of some of the UK’s most ground-breaking and best-loved dramas. From BAFTA-winning television... read more

Jane founded Sister Pictures in November 2015 as an independent television production company specialising in authored, bold and distinctive stories for UK and international audiences.

 

As the former chief executive of Kudos and co-chairman of Shine UK, Jane oversaw the production of some of the UK’s most ground-breaking and best-loved dramas. From BAFTA-winning television series Broadchurch, Humans, Life on Mars and Flowers, through to Hustle, Spooks, The Hour and River, Featherstone’s pioneering vision brought quality drama to the mainstream whilst growing Kudos into one of the UK’s most recognisable and formidable indies.

In November 2015 Featherstone launched Sister Pictures and since then has secured a raft of new commissions across a host of UK and global broadcasters and platforms. Brimming with scope, ambition and imagination, Sister’s slate currently boasts the BBC/Sundance relationship drama The Split, ITV series Clean Break, Chernobyl for HBO/Sky and Giri Haji for BBC/ Netflix. In addition, Naomi de Pear’s in-house label, Hootenanny is producing Flowers and The Bisexual both for Channel 4.

Jane believes in nurturing new writing and directing talent alongside her relationships with established practitioners, as shown in the current slate which has 4 projects by new authors. A passionate believer in equal opportunities, Jane endeavours to give access to creating work to as many different voices as possible.

She was made a Fellow of the Royal Television Society in 2011 and in 2007 received the Contribution to the Medium Award at the Women in Film and TV awards. Jane is a trustee of the arts charity, the Freelands Foundation.

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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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Nick Forward
Chief content officer , STAN

Nick is Stan’s chief content officer. He joined the company as employee no. 3 in January 2014, and built the content and product strategy for the service. Nick oversees all aspects of content, including acquisition, commissioning, and programming, as well as customer service and product management.

Nick left his hometown of Melbourne to spend over a decade working in media/entertainmen... read more

Nick is Stan’s chief content officer. He joined the company as employee no. 3 in January 2014, and built the content and product strategy for the service. Nick oversees all aspects of content, including acquisition, commissioning, and programming, as well as customer service and product management.

Nick left his hometown of Melbourne to spend over a decade working in media/entertainment in London prior to joining Stan. He spent five years at Virgin Media in a variety of roles, including editor in chief for the business’s suite of content products, and director of TV Product. Previously Nick worked in the Entertainment and Marketing divisions at BSkyB.

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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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Robert Franke
Vice president, ZDFE.drama, ZDF Enterprises GmbH

After graduating from the University of Management and Communication (FH) in Potsdam Robert Franke was initially production manager and director at Suburban Productions in Nauen and thereafter co-founder and executive producer of Cmate Entertainment GmbH & Co KG in Potsdam. From July 2007 onwards, he was head of content of Viewster Digital Video Access AG in Zurich before joining MyVideo (P... read more

After graduating from the University of Management and Communication (FH) in Potsdam Robert Franke was initially production manager and director at Suburban Productions in Nauen and thereafter co-founder and executive producer of Cmate Entertainment GmbH & Co KG in Potsdam. From July 2007 onwards, he was head of content of Viewster Digital Video Access AG in Zurich before joining MyVideo (Pro7Sat1 – Magic Internet GmbH) in November 2011 as head of content.
In August 2013 Robert Franke became chief content officer and managing director of Viewster Germany GmbH in Berlin. Since November 2015 Franke heads the department responsible for the commercialization of ZDF’s drama program output as well as for international coproductions and own program developments.

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Ekin Gabay
Sales director, Global Agency

Ekin Gabay is sales director at the Global Agency, in charge of TV series and format distribution to the English speaking territories.
After completing her master’s degree on International Marketing in Spain, she started her career in Chantier Films, an independent movie distribution company. After creating successful marketing campaigns for movies like The Nice Guys, John Wick, Foxcatc... read more

Ekin Gabay is sales director at the Global Agency, in charge of TV series and format distribution to the English speaking territories.
After completing her master’s degree on International Marketing in Spain, she started her career in Chantier Films, an independent movie distribution company. After creating successful marketing campaigns for movies like The Nice Guys, John Wick, Foxcatcher and Sicario she transitioned from the big screen to television. For the last 2 years, she has been responsible for developing projects and partnerships to extend Global Agency content into the US, CANADA, UK and Australia.

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Cathal Gaffney
Managing director, Brown Bag Films

Cathal Gaffney is the managing director and co-founder of Brown Bag Films, an award winning animation studio that was established in 1994. Brown Bag Films is a global leader in children’s animation.

In 2015 Brown Bag Films announced their acquisition by Canadian producer and distributor 9 Story Media Group. Cathal has assumed the responsibility of Group COO which collectively employs a... read more

Cathal Gaffney is the managing director and co-founder of Brown Bag Films, an award winning animation studio that was established in 1994. Brown Bag Films is a global leader in children’s animation.

In 2015 Brown Bag Films announced their acquisition by Canadian producer and distributor 9 Story Media Group. Cathal has assumed the responsibility of Group COO which collectively employs almost 600 staff in Toronto, Dublin and Manchester.

In 2002 Cathal was nominated for an Academy Award® as director of the short film ‘Give Up Yer Aul Sins’. Recent credits as Executive Producer include ‘Vampirina’ (Disney), ‘Stinky & Dirty’ (Amazon), ‘Doc McStuffins’ (Disney), ‘Peter Rabbit’ (Nickelodeon), ‘The Octonauts'(BBC) and ‘Bing’ (BBC). Cathal was previously nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and won the European Producer of the Year at the CARTOON Forum in Norway. Cathal is an honorary fellow of the National Film School in Dublin . In his spare time, Cathal is a keen cyclist and photographer.

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Sydney Gallonde
Executive producer & CEO, Make It Happen Studio

Sydney Gallonde began his career by working on branded content programmes with agencies such as TBWA, Carat, Omnicom Fuse, and Havas. A key player in the audiovisual market since 2006, he has worked in various fields and within diverse partnerships, including Elephant & Cie, Canal +, Andetcetera, 39 Productions, and JLA for broadcasters like TF1, M6, Canal +, and France 3. In 2014, he took ... read more

Sydney Gallonde began his career by working on branded content programmes with agencies such as TBWA, Carat, Omnicom Fuse, and Havas. A key player in the audiovisual market since 2006, he has worked in various fields and within diverse partnerships, including Elephant & Cie, Canal +, Andetcetera, 39 Productions, and JLA for broadcasters like TF1, M6, Canal +, and France 3. In 2014, he took on the huge challenge of adapting Harlan Coben’s international best-seller “No Second Chance” for TF1, generating the best audience ratings for the channel in over 10 years. It also won the coveted ‘Best Serie’ Award at the 2015 TV Festival in La Rochelle and the Magnolia Award for ‘Best Foreign TV Miniseries’ at the Shanghai Television Festival. To date it got sold to more than 64 countries and to Netflix worldwide. The series’ international success has paved to way to him working on other productions and international co-productions. In 2016, he produced a second thriller adapted from the best-selling novel by Harlan Coben, “Just One Look” for TF1.
Sydney Gallonde launched then his own Paris based independent production company “Make it Happen Studio”. With the backing of heavy weight financial partner Alliance Entreprendre, a Private Equity subsidiary of Natixis group, Make It Happen Studio works with global broadcasters, partners and talent to produce an eclectic raft of premium drama for both the French and international marketplaces. The company collaborate today with many best-seller talents like Paula Daly, Guillaume Musso, Douglas Kennedy, Riad Sattouf and Harlan Coben.

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Gilles Galud
Managing director, Studio Plus Vivendi

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
President, international production, Sony Pictures Television

Wayne Garvie is president, 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 broa... read more

Wayne Garvie is president, 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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Michele Giannusa
Finalist, Drama series script compitition

Ripple-

Four strangers attempt to navigate their lives after they each experience a significant life shift. Through a series of everyday moments, they unknowingly generate a ripple effect, ultimately causing their stories to interconnect.
Ripple is about the power of four strangers and what it means to let go of what life is supposed to look like. Set in New York City, Nate, Kris, ... read more

Ripple-

Four strangers attempt to navigate their lives after they each experience a significant life shift. Through a series of everyday moments, they unknowingly generate a ripple effect, ultimately causing their stories to interconnect.
Ripple is about the power of four strangers and what it means to let go of what life is supposed to look like. Set in New York City, Nate, Kris, Walter, and Aria have probably crossed paths hundreds of times, but they’ve never actually met. The hustle of this city can often normalize disconnection, people need to get where they need to go and brushing shoulders is often the extent of their interaction. We follow their individual storylines and find out how seemingly minuscule moments lead them to one another.

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Rachel Glaister
EVP brands and press, all3media international

Following success at Carlton International Media Group as Head of Press and Marketing, where she covered distribution, licensing and corporate activity, Rachel Glaister joined all3media international in 2004 to create a press and marketing department.  The company has since doubled in size annually for many years and is now a top 3 distributor/studio, which regularly wins peer polls f... read more

Following success at Carlton International Media Group as Head of Press and Marketing, where she covered distribution, licensing and corporate activity, Rachel Glaister joined all3media international in 2004 to create a press and marketing department.  The company has since doubled in size annually for many years and is now a top 3 distributor/studio, which regularly wins peer polls for its work in the industry and has twice been winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise & International Trade.

In addition to the company’s growth in profile stature, key campaigns that Glaister has worked on during this time include the launch of Skins, the launch of Welsh Noir in the form of Hinterland, and the promoting of Midsomer Murders as the biggest UK drama export and taking on the role of its global brand manager. Now EVP International Brands & Press, Glaister manages the global brands and creative sign off of various other thriller dramas, including The Missing and National Treasure, award-winning formats such as Gogglebox and Undercover Boss, and contemporary comedies such as Fleabag and Gameface.

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Sue Goffe
Managing director & head of production, Studio AKA

With a BA (Hons) degree in Performing Arts, Sue Goffe began her career in London as a Soho runner, rising to become an experienced producer of both live action & animation, culminating in her present position as managing director & head of production at the multi-award-winning London animation studio, Studio AKA.

Sue has overseen the creation & development of a serie... read more

With a BA (Hons) degree in Performing Arts, Sue Goffe began her career in London as a Soho runner, rising to become an experienced producer of both live action & animation, culminating in her present position as managing director & head of production at the multi-award-winning London animation studio, Studio AKA.

Sue has overseen the creation & development of a series of short and long form projects. In 2004 Sue produced the 12 minute short film JOJO IN THE STARS, directed by AKA’s Marc Craste, which won the BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film – alongside a host of other international awards including the Special Jury Prize at the 2004 Aspen Short Film Festival and the European Cartoon d’Or 2005.

Sue’s next production was Varmints, a 30 min film, again by AKA’s Marc Craste which went on to win a total of 27 international prizes in film festivals, and was BAFTA nominated and shortlisted for an Oscar. The film is based on the award-winning book of the same name, illustrated by Marc and written by celebrated children’s author Helen Ward.

In 2008, Sue produced the BAFTA winning half hour film by AKA Director Philip Hunt titled ‘LOST AND FOUND’. Based on Oliver Jeffers’ award winning children’s book of the same name Lost and Found has to date won 61 International Film awards.

In 2011 Sue produced A MORNING STROLL, directed by AKA’s Grant Orchard. Festival prizes include the Junior Jury prize at Annecy, the BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film, The Sundance Jury Prize and an Oscar nomination.

Sue successfully brought STUDIO AKA’s first original pre-school show ‘HEY DUGGEE’ to CBEEBIES & BBC WORLDWIDE. HEY DUGGEE has gone on to win a BAFTA and International EMMY and is now broadcast in over 150 countries. Studio AKA is currently producing Series 2 and has recently been commissioned for a third series.

Sue is currently developing a slate of Long form & series projects at STUDIO AKA.

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Marc Goodchild
Head of digital content strategy & product, Turner EMEA

Marc Goodchild joined Turner EMEA in January 2017 as head of digital content strategy & product. In this role, he is responsible for the overall content strategy and digital content vision for EMEA, working in close collaboration with all regional content and digital teams. He also leads the EMEA central digital team and provides support and editorial guidance to the local heads of digital,... read more

Marc Goodchild joined Turner EMEA in January 2017 as head of digital content strategy & product. In this role, he is responsible for the overall content strategy and digital content vision for EMEA, working in close collaboration with all regional content and digital teams. He also leads the EMEA central digital team and provides support and editorial guidance to the local heads of digital, alongside the central research, commercial, advertising sales, marketing, PR and franchise management teams.

Goodchild is an award-winning television producer and digital executive with a 20-year track record in broadcast, production and the start-up community. Before joining Turner, he worked with UK start-ups where among other achievements he pioneered a new second-screen system for kids shows, and most recently a family app gifting platform. Prior to this, his career includes a mix of senior director, producer and executive roles at Disney and the BBC, and on commissions for Discovery and Channel 4. He has also consulted for independent production companies including Jamie Oliver, Zodiac Kids and Lion TV. He has a BA Hons in Politics from the University of Nottingham and a post-grad in Broadcast Journalism from City University.

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Matt Graff
Managing director, Zig Zag Productions, UK

Matt is the managing director of Zig Zag Productions, one of the UK’s foremost independent production companies, he started his career in Music Television Production; producing and directing live studio performances, documentaries and news features, as well as working on large scale award shows. He was a Senior Director at Viacom International where he was part of the Networks channel launch ... read more

Matt is the managing director of Zig Zag Productions, one of the UK’s foremost independent production companies, he started his career in Music Television Production; producing and directing live studio performances, documentaries and news features, as well as working on large scale award shows. He was a Senior Director at Viacom International where he was part of the Networks channel launch team and oversaw the production output and commissioning strategy for 18 channels across 27 markets. He has consulted for several International Broadcasters and Producers, helping to build their International strategies and sits on the board of Virtual Reality prod-co, VR City.

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Jill Green
Chief executive, Eleventh Hour Films

Jill established Eleventh Hour Films in 2010. As chief executive, she is responsible for overseeing the strategic and creative direction of the business and implementing the company’s long term growth plan to increase its global footprint.

Since starting the company, Jill has executive produced New Blood, Foyle’s Wa... read more

Jill established Eleventh Hour Films in 2010. As chief executive, she is responsible for overseeing the strategic and creative direction of the business and implementing the company’s long term growth plan to increase its global footprint.

Since starting the company, Jill has executive produced New Blood, Foyle’s War, Vexed, and two series of atmospheric thriller Safe House. 

Previously she set up and ran Greenlit Productions for 12 years where Foyle’s War was first generated alongside Collision and the feature film The American starring George Clooney.

 Alongside her work with Eleventh Hour Films, Jill is also on the board of Chichester Theatre and Aldeburgh Cinema. This year, she was appointed artistic director of the Aldeburgh Documentary Festival.

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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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Viv Groskop
Comedian & Guardian TV critic,

Viv Groskop is an award-winning writer, comedian and broadcaster. She has had three sell-out Edinburgh shows since 2015 (Say Sorry to the Lady, Be More Margo and Anchorwoman). Her latest comedy documentary It’s Just a Joke, Comrade: 100 Years of Russian Satire, was a Pick of the Week for BBC Radio 4. Her new book The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature was published this a... read more

Viv Groskop is an award-winning writer, comedian and broadcaster. She has had three sell-out Edinburgh shows since 2015 (Say Sorry to the Lady, Be More Margo and Anchorwoman). Her latest comedy documentary It’s Just a Joke, Comrade: 100 Years of Russian Satire, was a Pick of the Week for BBC Radio 4. Her new book The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature was published this autumn to five star reviews and has been sold to Russia and the US. She reviews TV, film, books and theatre for R4’s Saturday Review and Front Row, has been a TV critic for the Guardian since 2001 and is the long-suffering series blogger for Downton Abbey, Poldark and some other series which are actually quite good

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Nina Hahn
SVP, international production & development, Nickelodeon

As senior vice president, international production & development, Nina Hahn oversees international content development and co-production partnerships for Nickelodeon outside of the US.

Based in London, Hahn coordinates and drives the development process, spearheading new production models, managing productions from pilot through to series, and working in direct partnership with Nicke... read more

As senior vice president, international production & development, Nina Hahn oversees international content development and co-production partnerships for Nickelodeon outside of the US.

Based in London, Hahn coordinates and drives the development process, spearheading new production models, managing productions from pilot through to series, and working in direct partnership with Nickelodeon’s content teams around the world.  In this role, Hahn oversees all internationally sourced productions, aligning Nickelodeon’s global production and development pipeline, representing Nickelodeon US’s production and  development interests abroad and identifying resources and expertise to drive creative partnerships and cultivate talent.

As the main production and development conduit for Nickelodeon’s portfolio of international channels, Hahn is responsible for ensuring the cultural relevancy of all Nickelodeon production and development for global broadcast.

Hahn also works in direct partnership with Nickelodeon in the UK to source content from UK independent producers for potential global production and development.

With more than 25 years of experience in creating and producing content for kids, Nahn is a respected and acclaimed industry veteran, and frequent speaker at international TV markets and events including MIPTV and MIPCOM.

Since joining Nickelodeon in 2005, she has been the driving force behind establishing the brand as a core international hub for creators and talent, with a slate of global Nickelodeon hit titles to her name – including live action series Hunter Street and animation hit Nella the Princess Knight – currently  airing now on Nick’s channels across the world.

Prior to joining Nickelodeon, Hahn worked as an independent producer and development consultant for some of the world’s leading kids content producers and broadcasters in New York, including HBO and Jim Henson Productions.

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Martin Haines
Chief operating officer, Kudos

Martin joined Kudos in 2016 as chief operating officer from Warner Bros. Television where he was commercial director of the UK television production group. At Kudos Martin oversees all production, finance, commercial, business affairs and operational functions of the company as well as the Kudos business strategy. He is expert in the financing and structuring of prem... read more

Martin joined Kudos in 2016 as chief operating officer from Warner Bros. Television where he was commercial director of the UK television production group. At Kudos Martin oversees all production, finance, commercial, business affairs and operational functions of the company as well as the Kudos business strategy. He is expert in the financing and structuring of premium drama series with shows such as Tin Star (Sky Atlantic/Amazon), Troy (BBC/Netflix), Humans (C4/AMC) and Gunpowder (BBC/HBO) having been delivered under his stewardship.

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Steye Hallema
Director, composer & inventor,

Steye is director, composer and inventor, known for his skill to tell original stories with the newest technology. He worked for many years as a creative at the critically acclaimed multimedia theatre group PIPS:lab was creative lead at the Medialab from Dutch broadcaster the VPRO and worked as Creative Director for Jaunt VR. Steye’s VR work distinguishes it self in being on the forefront  o... read more

Steye is director, composer and inventor, known for his skill to tell original stories with the newest technology. He worked for many years as a creative at the critically acclaimed multimedia theatre group PIPS:lab was creative lead at the Medialab from Dutch broadcaster the VPRO and worked as Creative Director for Jaunt VR. Steye’s VR work distinguishes it self in being on the forefront  of propelling storytelling in immersive media. His masterpiece VR music video What do we care4 was nominated for a UK music award and is a world wide hit amongst virtual reality early adaptors, creators and enthusiasts. His latest VR collaboration ‘Ashes to ashes’ won gold at the dutch VR Awards and was nominated for Holland’s most prestigious film award ‘Een Gouden Kalf’. Steye works as a creative director for WildVreemd and The Smartphone Orchestra.

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Jocelyn Hamilton
President - Canada, television, Entertainment One

Jocelyn Hamilton leads all Canadian operations for Entertainment One’s television business which includes the strategic planning and day-to-day management of eOne’s television development and production activities in Canada. In her role, she focuses on building and broadening strong relationships with creative talent and Canadian broadcasters, while overseeing all aspects of the studio’s ... read more

Jocelyn Hamilton leads all Canadian operations for Entertainment One’s television business which includes the strategic planning and day-to-day management of eOne’s television development and production activities in Canada. In her role, she focuses on building and broadening strong relationships with creative talent and Canadian broadcasters, while overseeing all aspects of the studio’s original slate across all genres.

As Executive Producer, Jocelyn has helped bring to life such high profile projects as Mary Kills People (Lifetime/Global); You Me Her (DirecTV/HBO Canada); Cardinal (CTV), Canada’s most-watched original Canadian drama for Winter 2017); Private Eyes (Canada’s highest-rated new series for Spring/Summer 2016); and Gord Downie’s JUNO-Award winning project Secret Path.

Jocelyn has over 25 years of creative and business experience in the entertainment industry. Prior to eOne, she served as Vice President, Programming & Original Productions for Corus Kids where she was responsible for all content strategies, programming and original productions, both affiliated and independent.  She held a number of other key roles over many years at Corus Entertainment, which included overseeing Comedy and Drama original programming for all Corus specialty networks as well as Movie Central and HBO Canada.

Jocelyn is currently Chair of the board for Women in Film and Television (WIFT) – Toronto and is featured on Ryerson’s School of Media Wall of Fame.

 

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Brian Hamilton
Principal and executive producer, Omni

Brian Hamilton has executive produced more than 50 television projects in both scripted and non-scripted genres, representing over 300 hours of broadcast programming for Omnifilm Entertainment since he joined Omnifilm in 1994. Brian is responsible for Omnifilm’s scripted development and production. Brian is an Executive Producer on Mech-X4, currently in production for Disney XD. Rece... read more

Brian Hamilton has executive produced more than 50 television projects in both scripted and non-scripted genres, representing over 300 hours of broadcast programming for Omnifilm Entertainment since he joined Omnifilm in 1994. Brian is responsible for Omnifilm’s scripted development and production. Brian is an Executive Producer on Mech-X4, currently in production for Disney XD. Recent programs which Brian executive produced include: Primeval: New World for Space, ProSeiben and UKTV; CBC’s Arctic Air; Defying Gravity, for CTV, BBC, ProSeiben, and ABC, Pure Design for HGTV Canada, Word Travels for OLN, Robson Arms for CTV and Make Some Noise for CBC, which won the Gemini for Best Youth Non-Fiction series, as well as the Shaw Rocket Prize, and the prestigious Japan Prize for Youth Programming. Brian oversees Omnifilm Post, a busy facility which handles end-to-end post production for Omnifilm projects. Brian is a past Chair of the BC Branch of the Canadian Media Production Association, and he currently chairs the BC Branch Government Relations Committee. He serves on the Executive Committee of CMPA’s National Board. Brian holds a First Class Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and received his television training from the Banff Centre for the Arts.

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Robert Hammerstingl
Executive producer, ITV Studios Germany

As executive producer at ITV Studios Germany Robert Hammerstingl is responsible for Love Island (RTL II), Ich bin ein Star – Lasst mich wieder rein! (I am a Celebrity – Let me in again! | RTL), Die Ausreißer (The Runaways | 2015 | RTL), Achtung Kontrolle-Spezial! – Die (Super)-Reinemacher (Attention Inspection – Special Version! – The Super-Cleaners | kabel eins) and the ... read more

As executive producer at ITV Studios Germany Robert Hammerstingl is responsible for Love Island (RTL II), Ich bin ein Star – Lasst mich wieder rein! (I am a Celebrity – Let me in again! | RTL), Die Ausreißer (The Runaways | 2015 | RTL), Achtung Kontrolle-Spezial! – Die (Super)-Reinemacher (Attention Inspection – Special Version! – The Super-Cleaners | kabel eins) and the RTL programme I Am A Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here!, for which he has been in charge as series producer since 2010 as well. Prior to this he was senior producer for ZDFneo’s consumer protection programme Da wird mir übel (I’m Getting Sick).

From 2011 until 2013 Robert was working as chief segment producer for Let’s Dance (RTL). He started his career at ITV Studios Germany in 2006 as segment producer and postproduction editor for the VOX programmes Come Dine With Me, Come Dine with Me – Celebrity Version as well as Promis unter Volldampf (Celebrities At Full Steam)

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Kate Harwood
Managing director, Euston Films

Kate Harwood is Managing Director of FremantleMedia UK drama label Euston Films. Kate was previously Head of Drama (England) at BBC. Her early career began in in-house BBC drama production starting as script editor and then producer and executive producer. Her career includes BAFTA-winning shows such as Holding On and Charles II and she was producer and executive producer on titles such as Twen... read more

Kate Harwood is Managing Director of FremantleMedia UK drama label Euston Films. Kate was previously Head of Drama (England) at BBC. Her early career began in in-house BBC drama production starting as script editor and then producer and executive producer. Her career includes BAFTA-winning shows such as Holding On and Charles II and she was producer and executive producer on titles such as Twenty Thousand Streets, Cranford amongst many others.

In 2014 she started up the rebooted Euston Films and their first commission, Neil Cross’s Hard Sun is currently in post-production and due for transmission on BBC1 in early 2018 . Two further commissions, Baghdad Central written by Stephen Butchard for Channel 4 and The Dublin Murders written by Sarah Phelps and based on the novels of Tana French for BBC 1, will film in 2018.

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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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Sofia Helin
Executive producer and co-creator, Heder

Sofia Helin was awarded the Swedish TV award Kristallen and the Danish TV award Robert for her critically acclaimed role as Saga Norén in the worldwide hit series “Bron” (The original version of the Bridge). In the UK, the Times thought Sofia was “outstanding” and the Guardian concluded that she was “in a class of her own.” As well as leading the cast, Sofia was a producer on the f... read more

Sofia Helin was awarded the Swedish TV award Kristallen and the Danish TV award Robert for her critically acclaimed role as Saga Norén in the worldwide hit series “Bron” (The original version of the Bridge). In the UK, the Times thought Sofia was “outstanding” and the Guardian concluded that she was “in a class of her own.” As well as leading the cast, Sofia was a producer on the final season of Bron which will air in 2018. Sofia made her breakthrough in the Guldbagge nominated movie “Masjävlar.” On the stage, her most recent role was in Eirik Stubös’ stage version of Arne Lygrens play “Ingenting av mig” at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm. The reviews were very positive with the Guardian concluding “one of the best performances that we will see in the foreseeable future.”

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Jarkko Hentula
Head of feature films, Yellow Film & TV

Jarkko Hentula is a Finnish film producer and executive producer. Hentula has worked in over 40 features. Hentula is the Head of Feature Films in Yellow Film & TV production company. Hentula studied at the University of Tampere, Journalism and Mass Communications, History and International Relations and producing in the Film and Television department at Helsinki’s University of Art an... read more

Jarkko Hentula is a Finnish film producer and executive producer. Hentula has worked in over 40 features. Hentula is the Head of Feature Films in Yellow Film & TV production company. Hentula studied at the University of Tampere, Journalism and Mass Communications, History and International Relations and producing in the Film and Television department at Helsinki’s University of Art and Design.

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Rolant Hergert
Producer, The Window

Rolant Hergert is a Film & Television producer based in London & Berlin. His company provides content for some of the biggest names in the business including Adidas, Google, PRO7 and RTL. As well as running a thriving business, he has produced a string of successful films and series such as Tarragona, Lasko, Cobra 11, The Boxer, 80 Minutes, Fire and The Lost Samaritan, which have been d... read more

Rolant Hergert is a Film & Television producer based in London & Berlin. His company provides content for some of the biggest names in the business including Adidas, Google, PRO7 and RTL. As well as running a thriving business, he has produced a string of successful films and series such as Tarragona, Lasko, Cobra 11, The Boxer, 80 Minutes, Fire and The Lost Samaritan, which have been distributed in more than 60 countries. His productions include numerous TV shows, such as Ten Tracks, Big Blockbuster, The PRO7 End of Year Show and The OSCAR Countdown, reaching audiences of up to 6 Million.
Nominations and wins for his programs include: The German Television Award, Bambi, Paramount Taurus Award and New Faces Award.
In 2016 he produced FUCKING BERLIN, based on the international bestselling autobiographical book by Sonia Rossi, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Hannes Heyelmann
Senior VP and managing director, central & eastern europe, TNT

Hannes Heyelmann is senior vice president and managing director, Central & Eastern Europe and international original programming strategy.
He is responsible for Turner in the German-speaking territories, the Benelux countries, Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia, where Turner runs 12 channel feeds, including TNT Serie, TNT Film, TNT, TNT Comedy, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and CNN I... read more

Hannes Heyelmann is senior vice president and managing director, Central & Eastern Europe and international original programming strategy.
He is responsible for Turner in the German-speaking territories, the Benelux countries, Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia, where Turner runs 12 channel feeds, including TNT Serie, TNT Film, TNT, TNT Comedy, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and CNN International. Additionally, Heyelmann represents Turner International as its liaison executive with the general entertainment production teams in the United States and forms part of the senior management team of Turner for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA region).
Heyelmann has been working in different positions for Turner Broadcasting System since 2001, including three years in the corporate strategic planning group at the Turner headquarters in Atlanta, USA, the business development department in London, and most recently as general manager for the German-speaking market in Munich. Prior to his work with Turner, Heyelmann was in the business development group of AOL’s German branch.
Additionally, Heyelmann is credited as executive producer of 4 Blocks, a new TNT Series which premiered in Germany on 8 May. Not only did it premiere in February to huge success at the prestigious Berlinale, it is already winning prestigious industry awards: it scooped one at the 2017 Series Mania festival and is finalist of C21’s International Drama Awards in three categories. Hannes is also an Executive Producer on the upcoming original series Arthur’s Law which will broadcast on TNT Comedy in Germany in 2018.

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Patricia Hidalgo
Chief content officer, Turner EMEA and International Kids Strategy

Patricia Hidalgo is chief content officer EMEA and international kids strategy for Turner. In this role, she acts as Turner’s editorial head for its strong portfolio of kids’ content and channel brands across EMEA including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing and Cartoonito – as well as representing Turner International with the kids’ production teams in the U.S.

Hidalgo oversees a... read more

Patricia Hidalgo is chief content officer EMEA and international kids strategy for Turner. In this role, she acts as Turner’s editorial head for its strong portfolio of kids’ content and channel brands across EMEA including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing and Cartoonito – as well as representing Turner International with the kids’ production teams in the U.S.

Hidalgo oversees all owned, co-funded and acquired content as well as the programming and digital strategies, branding and franchise management for Turner kids platforms and IPS. She is also responsible for the production of Cartoon Network’s global hit series, The Amazing World of Gumball.

Hidalgo joined Turner in London following a 15-year career at The Walt Disney Company, most recently as vice president, content & programming strategy, EMEA, with responsibility for directing content, programming and acquisitions strategies for Disney across EMEA.

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Thao Hoang
Head of distribution & partnerships, DEFY Media

As head of distribution and partnerships for DEFY Media, home to top digital brands that create regularly scheduled and award-winning programming for Millennial and Gen Z audiences, Thao Hoang leads content licensing, partnership and international efforts for SMOSH, Clevver, Screen Junkies and AWE me. These brands have forged deep connections with an audience of more... read more

As head of distribution and partnerships for DEFY Media, home to top digital brands that create regularly scheduled and award-winning programming for Millennial and Gen Z audiences, Thao Hoang leads content licensing, partnership and international efforts for SMOSH, Clevver, Screen Junkies and AWE me. These brands have forged deep connections with an audience of more than 110MM YouTube and social media followers combined, with content that can be seen across more than twenty steaming video platforms and TV networks.

Prior to DEFY, Thao was vice president of content distribution at Viacom Media Networks, where she negotiated distribution agreements on behalf of Viacom’s cable networks such as MTV, Nickelodeon, BET, Spike and Comedy Central.  Thao also held various strategy positions at Viacom, NBC Universal and Primedia.  She began her career as an investment banker with DLJ and Credit Suisse focusing on Media & Telecom and was an analyst for a Southeast-Asian private equity fund. 

Thao is an accomplished sales and business development professional with deep understanding of the media landscape, consumer and distributor needs, emerging technologies and business models.  She has a demonstrated ability to source and execute strategic partnerships and distribution deals in the digital and traditional media space.  

Thao received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.  She lives in New York City with her husband and their two daughters. 

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Rebecca Hodgson
Head of drama, Lime Pictures

Rebecca Hodgson is the executive producer for the Netflix Original Free Rein, The Evermoor Chronicles for the Disney Channel and Rocket’s Island for CBBC.

Previous producer credits include the critically acclaimed Good Cop, written by Stephen Butchard, which aired on BBC1 and won the Royal Television Society award for Best Drama Serial 2012; We’ll Take Manhattan, starring Karen Gilla... read more

Rebecca Hodgson is the executive producer for the Netflix Original Free Rein, The Evermoor Chronicles for the Disney Channel and Rocket’s Island for CBBC.

Previous producer credits include the critically acclaimed Good Cop, written by Stephen Butchard, which aired on BBC1 and won the Royal Television Society award for Best Drama Serial 2012; We’ll Take Manhattan, starring Karen Gillan and Aneurin Barnard for BBC4 and Ovation, which won the Prix Europa for Best European Single drama in 2012; BAFTA nominated Stolen, written by Stephen Butchard and starring Damian Lewis for BBC1; The Road to Coronation Street, directed by Charles Sturridge, which won the 2011 BAFTA for Best Single Drama as well as the 2011 Royal Television Society Award for Best Single Drama; Ingenious, written by Jeanette Winterson for Lime and CBBC; Wired, directed by Kenny Glenaan and starring Jodie Whittaker and Laurence Fox for ITV1; Dead Clever, written by Sally Wainwright and starring Suranne Jones and Helen Baxendale for ITV1; The Girls Who Came To Stay, directed by Philip Martin and starring Alun Armstrong and Lindsey Coulson for ITV1 and Vincent, written by Stephen Butchard and starring Ray Winstone for ITV1.

Rebecca started her career as a journalist for Screen International before moving into film development, where she worked on Paul Greengrass’s Bloody Sunday and Kay Mellor’s Girls’ Night.

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Jens Hulten
Actor,

Jens Hultén, Actor, Conspiracy of Silence

Jens Hultén is a Swedish actor, celebrated in Sweden for his parts in various TV crime dramas, including the long-running Johan Falk series. He has also starred in a number of international hit movies, including Skyfall, Mission:Impossible – Rogue Nation and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of the Window and Disappeared.

Lilla Hurst
Joint managing director, Drive

Lilla launched Drive, the specialist pre-sales and co-production agency in partnership with Ben Barrett in 2013. They then went on to launch the distribution arm of the company in 2016. With unparalleled expertise in raising production finance from international channels, the company has gone on to achieve great results in its first year of distribution.

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Lilla launched Drive, the specialist pre-sales and co-production agency in partnership with Ben Barrett in 2013. They then went on to launch the distribution arm of the company in 2016. With unparalleled expertise in raising production finance from international channels, the company has gone on to achieve great results in its first year of distribution.

Hurst and the team work with some of the best production companies in the business, including Lightbox, October Films, Oxford Films, Yap Films and Blink Film & TV.

Prior to setting up DRIVE, Lilla founded Lillavision in 2008, working with indies to secure co production and deficit finance. She was previously head of co-production at Channel 5 and head of acquisitions and co-productions at RDF International, now Zodiak.

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Oli Hyatt
Managing director, Blue Zoo Animation

Oliver Hyatt is the MD of Blue-Zoo Productions a business that he set up in 2000.

Oli Is in charge developments at Blue-Zoo creating many of the popular brands preschoolers watch today, he is on the board of Alphablocks limited, and part owner of both Panel Forge a new software company and Nextgen skills academy. He is the chair of Animation UK which he set up in 2007, a body that succes... read more

Oliver Hyatt is the MD of Blue-Zoo Productions a business that he set up in 2000.

Oli Is in charge developments at Blue-Zoo creating many of the popular brands preschoolers watch today, he is on the board of Alphablocks limited, and part owner of both Panel Forge a new software company and Nextgen skills academy. He is the chair of Animation UK which he set up in 2007, a body that successfully lobbied for taxcredits for his sector, he later received an MBE for this achievement, and sits on the BAFTA children’s committee.

In his spare time he is a keen Hockey Player, and both plays and coaches mens 1st team, and  runs preschool hockey, in a new innovative program he devised called “little sticks”.

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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 Present 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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Helen Jackson
Chief content officer, BBC Worldwide

Helen is the Chief content officer at BBC Worldwide. She drives the creative and commercial vision for BBC Worldwide’s content strategy covering partnerships, development, co-production and acquisition activity. At the heart of this strategy is championing the best of British production and writing talent combined with innovative funding mo... read more

Helen is the Chief content officer at BBC Worldwide. She drives the creative and commercial vision for BBC Worldwide’s content strategy covering partnerships, development, co-production and acquisition activity. At the heart of this strategy is championing the best of British production and writing talent combined with innovative funding models and partnerships. Through a culture of strong business support, speed of response and creative freedom the company has deepened partnerships with some of the UK’s best independent producers including Baby Cow, Clerkenwell, Drama Republic, Lookout Point, Greenbird, 72 Films, House Productions, Original Talent (Cuba and Curtis Brown), Two Cities, Various Artists and Expectation Entertainment. Over the last three years, BBC Worldwide’s annual investment into Content has averaged £180m.

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Kristin Jones
Senior vice president, international programming, AMC and SundanceTV

Mark Joseph
Managing director , Awesomeness

Mark Joseph joined Awesomeness in March 2017 as managing director for Europe. In his role, Mark is responsible for the international growth and development of the AwesomenessTV brand by localizing the digital studio for Gen Z audiences across Europe. This includes developing original content for social video platforms, such as YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, and developing commercial... read more

Mark Joseph joined Awesomeness in March 2017 as managing director for Europe. In his role, Mark is responsible for the international growth and development of the AwesomenessTV brand by localizing the digital studio for Gen Z audiences across Europe. This includes developing original content for social video platforms, such as YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, and developing commercial brand partnerships to reach this highly influential youth audience.

Prior to joining Awesomeness, Mark spent almost six years at Red Bull Media House where he was instrumental in the creation and development of the commercial distribution and partnerships business internationally.

Mark was also previously at Ericsson where he was responsible for repositioning the global Telco infrastructure leader towards the media sector. He successfully secured new clients such as the BBC. Earlier in his career, Mark served as director of products and services for Three Mobile network and Vodafone, pioneering the development of mobile data products and services including the launch of mobile music services, gaming, television and mobile advertising.

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Oystein Karlsen
Writer & director,

Oystein Karlsen is the writer/director behind the Norwegian hit series DAG. The movie Fuck up, and the director of the Netflix Original Lilyhammer 3.

Dag Season 1, 2 ,3  and 4 has all been an instant hit with the tv-audiences and received rave reviews from an eclectic critics choir who was fascinated by Karlsens dark written, warm, absurd comedy and the innovative style of the filmmaker... read more

Oystein Karlsen is the writer/director behind the Norwegian hit series DAG. The movie Fuck up, and the director of the Netflix Original Lilyhammer 3.

Dag Season 1, 2 ,3  and 4 has all been an instant hit with the tv-audiences and received rave reviews from an eclectic critics choir who was fascinated by Karlsens dark written, warm, absurd comedy and the innovative style of the filmmaker. Karlsen started his career as a carpenter, lied his way into becoming a radiohost at the age of 21, moved on to head the markting department at NRK at age 26 (Norways public broadcaster, and started writing scripts and direct on the side. He soon developed his writing and directing skills onto a full time job, and has been working ever since. DAG has so far received a staggering 31 Norwegian Emmy nominations, and 11 wins, a record.

Karlsen feature film debut ” Fuck Up” premiered in February 5th 2012 to great rewiews. The low budget movie immediately was tipped as ”pick of the year” by two leading Norwegian Newspapers. After US festival screenings, the American film magazine Twitch films picked the movie to head it´s top ten list for 2012 and voted Karlsen among the top five new directors to look out for in 2013. The movie was picked to main selections in the international film festivals in Seattle, Emden, Mexico City, Budapest, Prague, Austin and Transylvania.

In between season 3 and 4 of DAG, Karlsen directed 5 episodes of the Netflix Original, Lilyhammer, and edited the episodes while writing the Final season of DAG.

The TV-series Dag has so far been sold to 21 countries, and opened in August 2015 in the UK to great reviews. The fourth season of DAG, premiered in September 2015 in it`s native Norway and was labeled “A giant leap for Norwegian drama” by the country`s leading newspaper. In the UK both The Independent and the Guardian picked the series on their top 5 shows to air in Britain in 2015 of all series on all channels. In April 2016 Karlsen signed with Lions Gate to develop DAG in the US. In September 2016 a united Scandinavian critics panel awarded DAG the title best Nordic comedy of the year.

In October 2017 his cinema documentary about the Swedish singer songwriter Lars Winnerbäck opened in 160 cinemas in Sweden, it opens in Norway this November. In August 2017 Karlsen started shooting his new TV-Series One Night a collaboration with producer Anders Tangen (Lilyhammer/Norsemen). The 10 episode series that Karlsen wrote and directed, has just finished principal photography. It was shot in both Norwegian and English simultaneously with different cast. It opens in Norway this December and in English-speaking territories spring 2018.

Karlsen is currently editing One Night, while writing his new series Exit that was green lighted this October by the NRK (produced by Freemantle), about the dark underground and cynicism of capitalism. It follows 4 stockbrokers from their peak to their downfall.

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Elizabeth Kilgarriff
Senior commissioning editor for BBC Drama, BBC England & Scotland

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 Rob... 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 Cry, adapted 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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Richard Kilgarriff
Editorial director & founder, Bookomi

Richard Kilgarriff is the editorial director and founder of Bookomi clubs and literary events, introducing the worlds’ most influential non-fiction authors to audiences in clubs and companies such as Soho House, AKQA, HSBC and Edelman PR. He is also a book columnist for Harpers’ Bazaar, an award-winning radio/podcast producer, short-film producer and former television executive, lat... read more

Richard Kilgarriff is the editorial director and founder of Bookomi clubs and literary events, introducing the worlds’ most influential non-fiction authors to audiences in clubs and companies such as Soho House, AKQA, HSBC and Edelman PR. He is also a book columnist for Harpers’ Bazaar, an award-winning radio/podcast producer, short-film producer and former television executive, latterly as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Turner Broadcasting in the UK and Germany.

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Eloise King
Digital programming executive & I-D global executive producer, VICE UK

Eloise King is digital programming executive, VICE UK and global executive producer, i-D. Across VICE’s multi-award winning content business, King has been instrumental in the production and programming strategy of cross-platform documentaries and factual series, including VICE.COM feature length reports, ‘Acid Attacks’; ‘Raised Without G... read more

Eloise King is digital programming executive, VICE UK and global executive producer, i-D. Across VICE’s multi-award winning content business, King has been instrumental in the production and programming strategy of cross-platform documentaries and factual series, including VICE.COM feature length reports, ‘Acid Attacks’; ‘Raised Without Gender’; and ‘Targeted Individuals’; i-D films ‘Grace Neutral Beauty’, ‘Global Street Style Ukraine’ and ‘JME x Jeremy Corbyn’; and VICELAND TV series ‘Needles & Pins’.

Throughout her career, King’s work as both producer and director has a strong focus on telling powerful human-interest stories from the perspective of marginalised voices, most notably: ‘Kids Behind Bars’ (ITV / BBC3), ‘The Divorce Clinic’ (BBC2) and ‘Gurls Talk’ (i-D). As co-founder of Women on Docs, she also curates monthly screenings and panel events celebrating the contribution of women to documentary film.

Prior to VICE, King’s documentary production credits have ranged across several International territories including: MTV, Channel 4, E4, BBC, BBC New York, ITV, The Fine Living Channel US and Al Jazeera English. Eloise started her career with, Pulse Films, before working under the auspices of filmmaker, Paul Hamann.

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Alison Kirkham
Controller, factual commissioning , BBC

Alison Kirkham was appointed controller, BBC factual commissioning in September 2016. She had been acting in the role since May 2015 and before that she was head of commissioning formats and features for BBC One and BBC Two for five years.  Alison’s commissions include the landmark film for BBC One, Diana, 7 Days, the acclaimed documentary, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad as well as Back in... read more

Alison Kirkham was appointed controller, BBC factual commissioning in September 2016. She had been acting in the role since May 2015 and before that she was head of commissioning formats and features for BBC One and BBC Two for five years.  Alison’s commissions include the landmark film for BBC One, Diana, 7 Days, the acclaimed documentary, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad as well as Back in Time for Dinner, Eat Well for Less, DIY SOS Veterans Special and Britain’s Spending Secrets with Anne Robinson. She joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer of daytime programming and spent six months as acting Controller of BBC Daytime in 2006. Before 2005 Alison worked in ITV Current Affairs on Tonight With Trevor McDonald. While there she worked as a producer/director on ITV’s 9/11 and Iraq war coverage. As well as working in current affairs at ITV she worked as a producer on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Her first job in broadcasting was on Radio 4’s Today.

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Dan Korn
Vice president programming, A+E Networks UK

Dan Korn joined A+E UK in November 2016, from STV Productions, where was creative director, overseeing projects ranging from BBC and Channel 4  documentaries, to the Channel 5 entertainment series, ‘Tour de Celeb’.
Prior to that, he spent 10 years as senior vice president and head of programming for Discovery Channel UK and EMEA, which he joined, in 2005, from leading independent pro... read more

Dan Korn joined A+E UK in November 2016, from STV Productions, where was creative director, overseeing projects ranging from BBC and Channel 4  documentaries, to the Channel 5 entertainment series, ‘Tour de Celeb’.
Prior to that, he spent 10 years as senior vice president and head of programming for Discovery Channel UK and EMEA, which he joined, in 2005, from leading independent production company, 3BM Television Ltd.  At 3BM, Korn was managing director and executive producer, winning a BAFTA for the film, ‘Nuremberg: Goering’s Last Stand’ for Channel 4, a Broadcast Award for the series ‘Age of Terror’ for Discovery, as well as producing the Emmy Award-nominated ‘Holocaust on Trial’ and RTS-nominated ‘Boy With a Tumour for a Face’.

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Jonas Kryger
Commissioning editor, DR Ramasjang and DR Ultra

Jonas Kryger Hansen is the commissioning editor for Danish tween channel DR Ultra, and responsible for developing future strategies for the brand and its platforms. He is a trained TV-journalist who has produced many TV shows for children since 2008 and still functions as in.depth editor on the channels most important fictional and factual formats. This year Jonas won both an Emmy for the enter... read more

Jonas Kryger Hansen is the commissioning editor for Danish tween channel DR Ultra, and responsible for developing future strategies for the brand and its platforms. He is a trained TV-journalist who has produced many TV shows for children since 2008 and still functions as in.depth editor on the channels most important fictional and factual formats. This year Jonas won both an Emmy for the entertainment show “Baking in the Dark” and a Prix Europa for fictions series “The Class”.

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Julie Lacey
VP, creative, Shaftesbury

As VP, Creative, Julie has produced 11 seasons of Canada’s #1 drama Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV and ITV Studios Global Entertainment; Frankie Drake Mysteries for CBC and UKTV and the psychological thriller series Slasher on Netflix, among others. An award-winning television screenwriter and showrunner, Julie oversees Shaftesbury’s extensive development slate with an eye to expanding the... read more

As VP, Creative, Julie has produced 11 seasons of Canada’s #1 drama Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV and ITV Studios Global Entertainment; Frankie Drake Mysteries for CBC and UKTV and the psychological thriller series Slasher on Netflix, among others. An award-winning television screenwriter and showrunner, Julie oversees Shaftesbury’s extensive development slate with an eye to expanding the company’s international partnerships.

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Stephen Lambert
CEO, Studio Lambert

Stephen Lambert 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 Internation... read more

Stephen Lambert 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

Melanie Leach
Chief executive , TwoFour

As chief executive of the Twofour Group Melanie oversees nine companies producing a wide range of comedy, drama and unscripted television. Prior to being appointed as CEO in July 2014, Melanie was MD of Twofour Broadcast, during which time the company was named Indie of the Year at the 2010 and 2014 Broadcast Awards.

Recent hits from the group include the Emmy Award-winning Educating… ... read more

As chief executive of the Twofour Group Melanie oversees nine companies producing a wide range of comedy, drama and unscripted television. Prior to being appointed as CEO in July 2014, Melanie was MD of Twofour Broadcast, during which time the company was named Indie of the Year at the 2010 and 2014 Broadcast Awards.

Recent hits from the group include the Emmy Award-winning Educating… brand (C4), Rose D’Or Winner, The Real Marigold Hotel (BBC1); The Jump (C4); Unforgotten (ITV1); Motherland (BBC2); Posh Pawn (C4), and the world’s fastest selling new format, This Time Next Year (ITV1).

Melanie began her career in production and continues to executive produce some of Twofour’s most popular shows, including This Time Next Year, The Jump and Channel 5’s longest running series, The Hotel Inspector.

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Daniel Lennard
Executive producer, The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe

Daniel Lennard is the owner of Lazy Louis Entertainment and the creative producer of the multi award winning The Amazing World of Gumball, the global hit series on Cartoon Network. He is also Creative Producer and Writer on a new Cartoon Network EMEA show The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe and the creative consultant on a new show for Cartoon Network called Apple & Onion. Pr... read more

Daniel Lennard is the owner of Lazy Louis Entertainment and the creative producer of the multi award winning The Amazing World of Gumball, the global hit series on Cartoon Network. He is also Creative Producer and Writer on a new Cartoon Network EMEA show The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe and the creative consultant on a new show for Cartoon Network called Apple & Onion. Previously Daniel was Turner’s VP Original Series & Development and has held various creative roles within the top kids broadcaster, including setting up and running the Development Studio, out of which has come Gumball, as well as a new Cartoon Network series and Nickelodeon series that will be airing in 2018. Daniel also provides development and creative producer roles for animation production companies in the UK & Europe.

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Karoline Leth
Producer, Liberty

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 development, ... 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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Cat Lewis
CEO & executive producer, Nine Lives Media

Cat Lewis is a multi-award winning executive producer and CEO who runs her own Manchester based independent production company called Nine Lives Media, which launched in 2007.  The company makes documentaries, fact-ent formats, drama documentaries, children’s programmes and current affairs for all the major UK broadcasters and for American channels.  Cat has won two BAFTAs, two national Roy... read more

Cat Lewis is a multi-award winning executive producer and CEO who runs her own Manchester based independent production company called Nine Lives Media, which launched in 2007.  The company makes documentaries, fact-ent formats, drama documentaries, children’s programmes and current affairs for all the major UK broadcasters and for American channels.  Cat has won two BAFTAs, two national Royal Television Society awards, an International Emmy and many other awards.  Nine Lives is the largest factual producer in the North West and is one of just two companies with an output deal for Channel 4’s flagship current affairs strand, Dispatches.  The company recently won the BBC tender to make Songs of Praise for BBC One from 2017 to 2020, in partnership with the Cardiff based independent, Avanti Media.

Cat is Chair of the RTS North West; on the UK Advisory Panel of the Creative Industries Foundation; is a BAFTA judge; is a Global Ambassador for Manchester and is a former Vice Chair of Pact (the Producers Alliance for Cinema & TV).

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Kate Little
Joint managing director, Lime Pictures

Alongside Claire Poyser, Kate took on joint managing director duties at Lime Pictures in March 2013 and since then they have taken the Company – which employs over 400 staff at its production bases in Liverpool, London and LA – from being a respected UK  business to one that is renowned for delivering innovative, cutting edge, talked about content across the globe.
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Alongside Claire Poyser, Kate took on joint managing director duties at Lime Pictures in March 2013 and since then they have taken the Company – which employs over 400 staff at its production bases in Liverpool, London and LA – from being a respected UK  business to one that is renowned for delivering innovative, cutting edge, talked about content across the globe.
Under Kate and Claire’s leadership, Lime’s long running drama series, Hollyoaks (Channel 4) won Best British Soap at the 2014 Soap Awards and is now in its 23rd year, The Only Way is Essex will begin shooting its 22nd season in 2018, and has launched stand alone series for Joey Essex (Educating Joey Essex), Elliott Wright (Playa in Marbella and Elliott and Sadie’s Wedding) and Megan McKenna (There’s Something About Megan).  Geordie Shore, now in its 17th season, remains MTV’s most popular series outside North America.
Claire and Kate have also led the diversification and broadening of Lime’s portfolio both in the UK and worldwide. Celebs Go Dating premiered on E4 in 2016 and is now in prep for its 4th series, sitting alongside Channel 4 pieces Too Posh To Parent and Northern Spirits and Six Pack Superstars on All4.  Across the water, Lime has delivered the Emmy award winning The Singles Project (Bravo), Work Out New York (Bravo) and Relative Success with Tabatha Coffey which will air in January, also on Bravo.
Lime’s scripted children’s slate is world renowned: building upon the success of Rocket’s Island (CBBC) and House of Anubis (Nickelodeon) in 2015 Lime became the first live action producer outside North America to be commissioned by The Disney Channel US with International Emmy nominated The Evermoor Chronicles.  In 2016 Lime secured the commission for the first live action scripted Netflix Original Series with Free Rein which launched globally in over 190 countries in June 2017. Priding itself on delivering the very best storytelling with the highest possible production values, Lime Pictures sets the gold standard for Children’s live action scripted production, worldwide.
Prior to joining Lime Pictures, Kate was Director of Business Affairs at ITV Studios. A key member of the ITV Studios Board, Kate had responsibility for Business Affairs across ITV’s content business, worldwide UK and International production as well as distribution. Her key global projects included Come Dine With Me, the US launch of Jeremy Kyle, Prime Suspect USA and multi-party financed large scale drama co-productions such as Titanic and The Prisoner.

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Anja Lundqvist
Executive producer and actor, Heder

Anja Lundqvists first role was in Lukas Moodyssons blockbuster movie “Tillsammans” for which she was cast straight out of theatre school. Since then, she has played in the TV series “Gåsmamman”, the “Sune” movies, “Våra vänners liv”, “De halvt dolda”, “Oskyldigt dömd”, “Offside”, “Stormen” and “Tusenbröder.” In 2016, Anja was among the creators and write... read more

Anja Lundqvists first role was in Lukas Moodyssons blockbuster movie “Tillsammans” for which she was cast straight out of theatre school. Since then, she has played in the TV series “Gåsmamman”, the “Sune” movies, “Våra vänners liv”, “De halvt dolda”, “Oskyldigt dömd”, “Offside”, “Stormen” and “Tusenbröder.” In 2016, Anja was among the creators and writers of comedy series “Mammor” for Sweden’s TV3, alongside her Heder colleague Julia Dufvenius. She currently works both at the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theater and Kulturhuset Stadsteatern where she has played a number of important roles in recent years.

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Vicki Lutas
Co-creator and writer, Free Rein

Vicki Lutas is one half of the creative duo behind Netflix horse drama Free Rein. She met co-writer Anna McCleery making up horoscopes and stalking Zac Efron for a teenage girls’ magazine… not much has changed since then. Other credits include Hollyoaks (Channel 4), Secret Life of Boys (CBBC), Myths and The Cut (both BBC Two).

Jamie Lynn
EVP, head of EMEA distribution, FremantleMedia

David Maher
Founder, Playmaker Media

David Maher began his career in development and production with Tiger Aspect Productions in the UK. Prior to launching Playmaker, he and fellow Playmaker principal David Taylor, headed Fox’s Australian TV production arm, Fox Television Studios Australia. Here they produced a diverse range of programming including drama series, telemovies, sitcoms and international unscripted format... read more

David Maher began his career in development and production with Tiger Aspect Productions in the UK. Prior to launching Playmaker, he and fellow Playmaker principal David Taylor, headed Fox’s Australian TV production arm, Fox Television Studios Australia. Here they produced a diverse range of programming including drama series, telemovies, sitcoms and international unscripted formats.

Since its inception in 2009, Playmaker has established a track record of delivering high quality, ratings-winning primetime series in Australia.

Playmaker’s credits include The Wrong Girl for Network Ten, the TV Week Logie Award winning House Husbands and Love Child for the Nine Network, the AACTA and AWGIE winning political thriller The Code and Hiding for the ABC, the Emmy nominated SLiDE for Foxtel, and the telemovies Wicked Love and Blood Brothers.

2017 has been a busy year for Playmaker. Along with filming returning series of The Wrong Girl and Love Child, it produced the iconic story of Australia’s original rock group in Friday On My Mind for the ABC, as well as Chosen, a Mandarin language action thriller for Chinese streaming platform iQIYI.

In December 2014, Playmaker was awarded the media super production business of the year at the screen producers Australia awards. David Maher and David Taylor now work with Sony to develop and produce content for both the local and international markets.

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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

Sue Masters is one of Australia’s most acclaimed producers and executive producers and has won all Australia’s film and television awards as well as a multiplicity of international honours. She has been head of drama for ABC TV and was responsible for several series of Seachange, Something in the Air, Grass Roots and Changi during the 1990s, and in 2000 to 2009 was head of drama for Networ... read more

Sue Masters is one of Australia’s most acclaimed producers and executive producers and has won all Australia’s film and television awards as well as a multiplicity of international honours. She has been head of drama for ABC TV and was responsible for several series of Seachange, Something in the Air, Grass Roots and Changi during the 1990s, and in 2000 to 2009 was head of drama for Network Ten during the production of Secret Life of Us, White Collar Blue, Mary Bryant, Tripping Over and many high end mini-series and series.

Most recently Sue has executive produced Serangoon Road, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Secret River for the ABC, and in 2010 executive produced The Circuit Series 2 for SBS.

Before producing Prisoner, Brides of Christ, Paper Man and multiple seasons of G.P. Sue was a writer on the US series The Loveboat after a Specialist Traineeship at the BBC. As a writer, script and story editor, Sue has worked on hundreds of hours of Australia’s finest dramas and in 2011 wrote and produced the documentary feature, Fighting Fear. Sue joined SBS as executive producer for drama in August 2014. Her first drama for SBS The Principal, aired in October 2015, with Benjamin Law’s comedy The Family Law previewing in January 2016. Blackfella Films Deep Water 4×1 hour drama TX in October 2016.

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Tendeka Matatu
CEO / producer, Ten10 Films

Tendeka Matatu began his producing career in the mid-90’s working on high-end commercials and music videos with renowned director, Tony Kaye.

In 2001 Tendeka moved to South Africa to join Dv8 Films, where oversaw the successful financing of a slate of local features and numerous co-productions, including Richard E Grant’s Wah Wah.

Tendeka’s i... read more

Tendeka Matatu began his producing career in the mid-90’s working on high-end commercials and music videos with renowned director, Tony Kaye.

In 2001 Tendeka moved to South Africa to join Dv8 Films, where oversaw the successful financing of a slate of local features and numerous co-productions, including Richard E Grant’s Wah Wah.

Tendeka’s individual producer credits include the multi award-winning Max&Mona; the South African box office hit Material and, the action-drama epic Gangster’s Paradise, Jerusalema, which was South Africa’s official entry for the Academy Awards Foreign Language category in 2008.

In 2011 Tendeka moved back to London to set up his production company Ten10 Films.

The company’s main focus is to collaborate with black filmmaking talent to create diversity driven film & TV content for a global market. The current slate includes two major dramas in development, Imperium with AMC/ and, The Trade with Canal+ International. Other recent credits include Cold Harbour, Tiger House with Kaya Scodelario, and Ralph Ziman’s He Who is Without Sin.

In 2016 Tendeka was selected and graduated from the prestigious film industry business and leadership course, INSIDE PICTURES.

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Preethi Mavahalli
Executive producer, The City and The City

Preethi joined Mammoth in 2011. During that time, she has executive produced Tripped for E4 and NW for BBC2. NW was recently nominated for two 2017 BAFTA British Academy Television Awards in the Leading Actress and Single Drama categories.

Upcoming shows include The City & The City written by Tony Grisoni and directed by Tom Shankland for BBC2 and Next of Kin written by Paul Rutman a... read more

Preethi joined Mammoth in 2011. During that time, she has executive produced Tripped for E4 and NW for BBC2. NW was recently nominated for two 2017 BAFTA British Academy Television Awards in the Leading Actress and Single Drama categories.

Upcoming shows include The City & The City written by Tony Grisoni and directed by Tom Shankland for BBC2 and Next of Kin written by Paul Rutman and Natasha Narayan for ITV.

Also coming soon are adaptations of The War of the Worlds and Noughts & Crosses for BBC One and The Serpent, the true story of Charles Sobhraj and how he was brought to justice by Herman Knippenberg.

Prior to joining Mammoth, Preethi worked in development at Film4, and at Film London on the micro-budget feature film scheme Microwave, where she worked across the slate of films from development through to exhibition – including the BAFTA-nominated Shifty and Ben Drew’s directorial debut Ill Manors.

She also made a number of short films including a Random Act for Channel 4 directed by The Streets’ Mike Skinner. She read history at the University of Oxford.

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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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Anna McCleery
Co-creator and writer, Free Rein

Anna McCleery created horse drama Free Rein for Netflix with her writing partner Vicki Lutas. Other credits include Hollyoaks (Channel 4), Secret Life of Boys (CBBC) and The Cut (BBC Two).

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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Anne Mensah
Head of drama, Sky

Anne Mensah was appointed Head of Drama for the entertainment channels in 2011. Over the past five years, Anne has led the growth of original drama on Sky including the critically acclaimed Enfield Haunting, Fortitude starring Michael Gambon, Stanley Tucci and Sophie Grabol as well as The Last Panthers and Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, starring James Nesbitt which is Sky 1’s highest rated original ... read more

Anne Mensah was appointed Head of Drama for the entertainment channels in 2011. Over the past five years, Anne has led the growth of original drama on Sky including the critically acclaimed Enfield Haunting, Fortitude starring Michael Gambon, Stanley Tucci and Sophie Grabol as well as The Last Panthers and Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, starring James Nesbitt which is Sky 1’s highest rated original drama ever. Upcoming original dramas airing on Sky include Guerrilla, written, executive produced and directed by Academy award winner John Ridley, Tin Star starring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks and Delicious, starring Dawn French.

Prior to joining Sky, Anne spent 10 years at the BBC where she was latterly Head of Independent Drama as well as Head of Drama for BBC Scotland. Whilst at the BBC, Anne commissioned and worked with the very best in British drama to produce an impressive array of hits across the BBC channels. This includes the multi award winning Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh; Waterloo Road; Case Histories starring Jason Issacs; Zen starring Rufus Sewell and God on Trial with Stephen Dillane, Dominic Cooper, Stellan Skarsgard and Sir Anthony Sher.

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Jan Mocka
Producer, director, writer, Mocka Monitor

Jan Mocka is a producer / director / writer from Berlin, Germany. He worked as Junior Producer producing commercials, music videos as well as TV content, short film projects and studied “Film Production” at the renowned “Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF” in Potsdam-Babelsberg. When he was 21 years old in 2011, he produced the short film “Average” by Isabel Prahl which prem... read more

Jan Mocka is a producer / director / writer from Berlin, Germany. He worked as Junior Producer producing commercials, music videos as well as TV content, short film projects and studied “Film Production” at the renowned “Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF” in Potsdam-Babelsberg. When he was 21 years old in 2011, he produced the short film “Average” by Isabel Prahl which premiered at the Hofer Film Tage the same year. Among others, it was also shown at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012 and the Festival International du Court Métrage à Clermont-Ferrand 2012. It went on to win the German newcomer’s award “First Steps” in 2012 and was also nominated for “Best Editing” at the “Deutscher Kamerapreis”. His graduation feature film “Meteorstrasse” by Aline Fischer opened the section “Perspektive Deutscher Film” at the 66th Berlinale 2016. Jan holds a bachelor degree in “Film Production” since 2016.

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Jan Mojto
CEO, Beta Film (World Sales)

Jan Mojto, born in 1948, is an international film producer and distributor. The core of his corporate group is Beta Film, which, in addition to producing and coproducing national and international film and TV productions,  handles more than 15,000 hours of program, making it one of the world’s largest distributors for television, HV and new media. The corporate group, which includes... read more

Jan Mojto, born in 1948, is an international film producer and distributor. The core of his corporate group is Beta Film, which, in addition to producing and coproducing national and international film and TV productions,  handles more than 15,000 hours of program, making it one of the world’s largest distributors for television, HV and new media. The corporate group, which includes Beta Cinema, Kineos and the classical music label Unitel, also has stakes in many national and international production companies as well as special interest channels. Born in Slovakia, Mojto left for the West in the 70s and started his career at the KirchGroup, where he was responsible for the program sector for 14 years until 2001. He was member of numerous supervisory boards such as Mediaset/Italy, Gestevisión Telecinco/Spain and ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG and from 1994 – 2002 president of the ACT – Association of Commercial Television in Europe.

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Ingo Monitor
Director, producer, writer, Mocka Monitor

Ingo Monitor is a director / producer / writer from Cologne, Germany. In 2000, Ingo attended the “New York Film Academy” in Los Angeles to study acting for film. When he returned to Germany in 2001, he started working as a photographer while studying “New Artistic Media” at the “Academy of Arts and Design Saar” and went on to study “Directing for Film” at the “Academy of Med... read more

Ingo Monitor is a director / producer / writer from Cologne, Germany. In 2000, Ingo attended the “New York Film Academy” in Los Angeles to study acting for film. When he returned to Germany in 2001, he started working as a photographer while studying “New Artistic Media” at the “Academy of Arts and Design Saar” and went on to study “Directing for Film” at the “Academy of Media Arts” in Cologne from 2003 to 2008. He graduated with his short film “Eni” (2009) which received a grant from the “Film- und Medienstiftung NRW”. It was screened at several international festivals in Europe and overseas between 2009 and 2010. In 2009, “Eni” received an Honorary Mention at the 56th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and won the Audience Award at the 7th Filmfest Düsseldorf.

He worked as a producer and editor for productions of almost every major German TV station and, alongside his co-workers, received the “German Television Award” in 2010. Ingo holds a degree in “Directing for Film” since 2008.

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John Morayniss
Co-president, film, television and digital , Entertainment One

John Morayniss (Co-president, film, television and digital, Entertainment One) oversees all aspects of eOne’s film, television and digital activities on a global basis. In television, the company’s current lineup of original and acquired content now consists of over 40 series and long-form programs commissioned by over 20 different broadcast and cable networks, including the mega-hit The Wa... read more

John Morayniss (Co-president, film, television and digital, Entertainment One) oversees all aspects of eOne’s film, television and digital activities on a global basis. In television, the company’s current lineup of original and acquired content now consists of over 40 series and long-form programs commissioned by over 20 different broadcast and cable networks, including the mega-hit The Walking Dead and its companion series Fear The Walking Dead, Designated Survivor from The Mark Gordon Company; ICE, You Met Her and Rogue for DIRECTV, and the upcoming Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams for HBO; Mary Kills People for LIFETIME/CORUS; Ransom from executive producer Frank Spotnitz for CBS/CORUS/TF1/RTL; FOREIGN BODIES for E4/HULU; CARDINAL starring Billy Campbell for CTV/HULU; and Havana starring Antonio Banderas for STARZ, among many others.

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David Morrissey
Actor, director,

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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Hakon Moslet
Head of TV & executive producer, NRK's Youth Department & Skame/Shame

Håkon Moslet is the head of television at NRKs Youth Department. For the last couple of years, he´s been the executive producer for several innovative and award-winning TV concepts in Norway, both factual and fiction. The drama series SKAM became a massive hit among Scandinavian teenagers during 2016. It has also become quite an international cult phenomenon, with fans across the globe, and n... read more

Håkon Moslet is the head of television at NRKs Youth Department. For the last couple of years, he´s been the executive producer for several innovative and award-winning TV concepts in Norway, both factual and fiction. The drama series SKAM became a massive hit among Scandinavian teenagers during 2016. It has also become quite an international cult phenomenon, with fans across the globe, and now remakes being produced for several European territories. In the United States, Facebook will publish the American remake next year.
Håkon is focused on cost-effective drama productions for a young target group. In order to achieve innovation, he is convinced you must break some written rules.

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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

Hamish Mykura is executive vice-president of programming and development for National Geographic. Hamish leads the London commissioning hub for the channels, focussed on premium series and events that will air globally on National Geographic. Recent series commissions have included ‘Dian Fossey – Secrets in the Mist’, ‘The Oceans’, and the Emmy-award winning documentary  ‘Challenge... read more

Hamish Mykura is executive vice-president of programming and development for National Geographic. Hamish leads the London commissioning hub for the channels, focussed on premium series and events that will air globally on National Geographic. Recent series commissions have included ‘Dian Fossey – Secrets in the Mist’, ‘The Oceans’, and the Emmy-award winning documentary  ‘Challenger Disaster – the Lost Tapes’.

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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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Harriet Newby-Hill
Global brand director, children's, BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide children’s business includes CBeebies channel, content distribution, ancillary, live events and publishing with a content pipeline from both BBC in-house and award-winning independent producers.

Harriet took on this newly created role in 2015, shaping the genre strategy and managing the launches of brands and ... read more

BBC Worldwide children’s business includes CBeebies channel, content distribution, ancillary, live events and publishing with a content pipeline from both BBC in-house and award-winning independent producers.

Harriet took on this newly created role in 2015, shaping the genre strategy and managing the launches of brands and new digital marketing platforms.  Previously at BBC Worldwide, Harriet has held a number of development, commercial and marketing posts, including overseeing the launch of Planet Earth and the reboot of Doctor Who.  Harriet has significant experience of building brands and developing the strong partnerships required to take a property from script to screen to shelf. Harriet’s interest in Children’s stretches beyond work – she is mother to three girls aged 10, 7 and 3 years who help her stay abreast of the latest trends!

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Nadine Nonn
Finalist, Drama series script compitition

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Scrambling for change, stolen credit cards, forgotten passports – all of those things have become part of the past, thanks to the globally implanted microchip, which contains all your personal and financial information.
JADE, our protagonist, works for the company that so kindly brought us this invention: ID. She is troubled by a recurring nightmare, in which a man beg... read more

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Scrambling for change, stolen credit cards, forgotten passports – all of those things have become part of the past, thanks to the globally implanted microchip, which contains all your personal and financial information.
JADE, our protagonist, works for the company that so kindly brought us this invention: ID. She is troubled by a recurring nightmare, in which a man begs her to remember. When not much later her best friend goes missing as well, Jade starts to follow clues that lead her down a dark rabbit hole, till she arrives at an underground group named R., whose every member has lost someone during a suicide bombing that was covered up by the government. It did so by “deleting” the event from peoples’ memories (using the microchip).
Jade lost her husband MARC. This realization leads her to get increasingly involved with the group. She starts to spy on her own company and uses ID’s resources to help unveil what the government is doing. Her growing involvement and the returning memory of her past, however, start to influence her personal life, as she struggles to hold on to her current relationship, and reality in general.

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Jeff Norton
Founder , Awesome

Jeff Norton is an author, writer-producer, and founder of Awesome, a creative incubator and above-the-line production company. He is the author of the award-winning ‘MetaWars’ novels (Hachette) and ‘Keeping The Beat.’ (KCP Loft/Hachette) and the upcoming period thriller, ‘Looking Glass.’ Jeff is also the creator of the super-natural thriller ‘Woodland’, in development w... read more

Jeff Norton is an author, writer-producer, and founder of Awesome, a creative incubator and above-the-line production company. He is the author of the award-winning ‘MetaWars’ novels (Hachette) and ‘Keeping The Beat.’ (KCP Loft/Hachette) and the upcoming period thriller, ‘Looking Glass.’ Jeff is also the creator of the super-natural thriller ‘Woodland’, in development with Fiction Factory Films for UK broadcaster S4C. He’s also the writer/creator of contemporary drama ‘Expat’ for Monumental Television.

Before writing full time, Jeff was Senior Vice President at Chorion Ltd where he managed literary estates and acquired and developed new IP. Previously, Jeff held various positions in Hollywood, including Silver Pictures, Regent Entertainment, The Jim Henson Company, and lean forward media where he produced the award-winning ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ interactive movie featuring William H. Macy & Frankie Muniz.  Jeff started his entertainment career by pushing a mail cart at ICM.  Jeff studied Film at Queen’s University in Canada and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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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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George Ormond
Executive producer, The Forge

Before joining The Forge, George was an executive producer at the BBC, where he developed a raft of projects, including the 2016 adaptation of War and Peace for BBC1. He produced Sarah Phelps’ BAFTA and EMMY winning adaptation of Great Expectations, Sandy Welch’s adaptation of Emma, two series of Silent Witness, and EastEnders. George executive produced The Forge’s inaugural production, N... read more

Before joining The Forge, George was an executive producer at the BBC, where he developed a raft of projects, including the 2016 adaptation of War and Peace for BBC1. He produced Sarah Phelps’ BAFTA and EMMY winning adaptation of Great Expectations, Sandy Welch’s adaptation of Emma, two series of Silent Witness, and EastEnders. George executive produced The Forge’s inaugural production, National Treasure for Channel 4, written by award-winning writer Jack Thorne; also for Channel 4 George executive produced Ackley Bridge, which has recently been commissioned for a second series, to air in 2018. Currently he is executive producing Kiri, also by Jack Thorne and for Channel 4, as well as working across many of the company’s developments.

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Francesca Orsi
Co-head, HBO Drama Series

Francesca Orsi is co-head, HBO drama series, for Home Box Office, responsible for developing and overseeing the production of original drama series. She was named to this position in June 2016. Orsi currently oversees the series Vinyl and The Leftovers along with the upcoming HBO miniseries Big Little Lies. Her recent projects include Terence Winter’s Emmy®-wi... read more

Francesca Orsi is co-head, HBO drama series, for Home Box Office, responsible for developing and overseeing the production of original drama series. She was named to this position in June 2016. Orsi currently oversees the series Vinyl and The Leftovers along with the upcoming HBO miniseries Big Little Lies. Her recent projects include Terence Winter’s Emmy®-winning Boardwalk Empire, Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated drama Big Love and the acclaimed comedy Getting On. In the past, she was involved with the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning dramas True Blood, In Treatment and Tell Me You Love Me. Orsi joined HBO in 2003 as an executive assistant to the head of drama. She was named a creative associative in 2005 and rose through the ranks from manager, HBO Entertainment (now HBO Programming) and later director, development, HBO Entertainment in 2008 to vice president, HBO Entertainment, in 2011 and most recently senior vice president, HBO Programming in 2014. Prior to HBO, she worked as an agent trainee at Paradigm, and the then William Morris Agency. She earned a M.F.A. in Film & Teleplay Writing at the University of Southern California.

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Henrik Pabst
Managing director, Red Arrow International

Henrik leads Red Arrow International, the Group’s TV distribution division across scripted, factual and formatted shows. The company is also a major co-producer of global entertainment.

Henrik previously led the company’s international format acquisitions, before becoming Deputy MD, and then Joint MD of the company responsible for Global Format & Factual Distribution. He took... read more

Henrik leads Red Arrow International, the Group’s TV distribution division across scripted, factual and formatted shows. The company is also a major co-producer of global entertainment.

Henrik previously led the company’s international format acquisitions, before becoming Deputy MD, and then Joint MD of the company responsible for Global Format & Factual Distribution. He took over sole responsibility for the company in November 2014.

Prior to joining Red Arrow in 2011, Henrik worked for IMG Media as Vice President of Entertainment and Business Development for the German, Austrian, Swiss, and Benelux markets. He has also worked in TV production and development, particularly within the areas of sports, formats and non-fiction, including Head of Production and Editorial at Tonix Pictures and a producer at H5B5 Media in Munich.

Henrik is on the board of Red Arrow Entertainment Group.

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Charlie Pattinson
CEO, New Pictures

Charlie Pattinson set up New Pictures in April 2013 and is the CEO of the company. New Pictures has produced Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated series The Missing, an 8 hour Thriller Series (BBC1 and Starz) starring Tcheky Karyo, Jimmy Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor. The Missing 2, starring David Morrisey and Keeley Hawes aired in 2016 to critical acclaim. New Pictures has also produced two serie... read more

Charlie Pattinson set up New Pictures in April 2013 and is the CEO of the company. New Pictures has produced Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated series The Missing, an 8 hour Thriller Series (BBC1 and Starz) starring Tcheky Karyo, Jimmy Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor. The Missing 2, starring David Morrisey and Keeley Hawes aired in 2016 to critical acclaim. New Pictures has also produced two series of Indian Summers, a 10 hour returning series (Channel 4 and WGBH) starring Julie Waters. Indian Summers was Channel 4’s highest rating drama launch for 20 years.  In the last year, New Pictures productions have included crime thriller series Rellik (6 x 60’) for BBC One and Cinemax, supernatural drama Requiem (6 x 60’) for BBC One and Netflix, and The Innocents (8 x 60’); a shape-shifting love story for Netflix Originals.

New Pictures was acquired by All3Media in December 2015.Prior to his work at New Pictures Charlie set up Company Pictures with George Faber in 1998 and grew it into one of the UK’s largest Independent Television and Film Drama production companies.

Charlie’s Producer and Executive Producer credits include Our Friends In The North (BAFTA and RTS awards), The Lakes (BAFTA award), Elizabeth 1 (Three Golden Globes), ten series of Shameless (C4 – numerous BAFTA and RTS awards), seven series of Wild At Heart (ITV), seven series of Skins (BAFTA and RTS awards), seven series of George Gently Films (BBC1), The Life and Death of Peter Sellers for HBO (2 Golden Globes, 15 Emmys), The Devils Whore (RTS awards), The Take (Sky) starring Tom Hardy, The Runaway (Sky), The Shadow Line (BBC1),The Village (BBC1) and The White Queen (BBC1 and Starz).

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James Payne
Creator, The Window

James Payne is an experienced screenwriter who has written for some of the best known and well-loved dramas of the last decade. His credits include MR SELFRIDGE, THE MUSKETEERS, DEATH IN PARADISE, ASHES TO ASHES and HUSTLE. In 2016 he co-created and wrote Sky 1 adventure series HOOTEN & THE LADY, which also aired in the US on The CW Network. In 2015 he wrote the showpiece live episode for E... read more

James Payne is an experienced screenwriter who has written for some of the best known and well-loved dramas of the last decade. His credits include MR SELFRIDGE, THE MUSKETEERS, DEATH IN PARADISE, ASHES TO ASHES and HUSTLE. In 2016 he co-created and wrote Sky 1 adventure series HOOTEN & THE LADY, which also aired in the US on The CW Network. In 2015 he wrote the showpiece live episode for EASTENDERS 30th Anniversary week, which won audiences in excess of 20m as well as the 2016 BAFTA.
In 2011, James travelled to Beirut, Lebanon to create the world’s first Arabic webdrama. SHANKABOOT ran for five series and won both Reflet D’or at the Geneva Film Festival and the International Digital EMMY® for fiction.

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Cathy Payne
CEO, Endemol Shine International

Cathy has held the position of chief executive of Endemol Shine International since March 2015. Prior to the merger of Endemol Group and Shine Group, Cathy was the chief executive of Endemol Worldwide Distribution since June 2009.

Formerly Cathy was chief executive of Southern Star International for nine years and grew the di... read more

Cathy has held the position of chief executive of Endemol Shine International since March 2015. Prior to the merger of Endemol Group and Shine Group, Cathy was the chief executive of Endemol Worldwide Distribution since June 2009.

Formerly Cathy was chief executive of Southern Star International for nine years and grew the division to become one of the largest distributors of English language programming outside of the Hollywood Studios. Cathy worked with Southern Star for over 20 years, having sold television programming in all major international markets and in the process has established an invaluable network of global contacts within the industry.

Cathy is responsible for the overall management of the Endemol Shine International business which operates from London, Los Angeles, Miami, Sydney, Moscow, Mumbai and Singapore.

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Jamie Payne
Co-executive producer, The Alienist

Before becoming a Director and Producer, Jamie trained as an actor and worked with a number of leading experimental theatre companies. Jamie’s work as a director in television has seen him direct some of the UK’s most popular drama series including  Ashes to Ashes, Doctor Who and a number of critically acclaimed, award winning series including The Hour, The Whi... read more

Before becoming a Director and Producer, Jamie trained as an actor and worked with a number of leading experimental theatre companies. Jamie’s work as a director in television has seen him direct some of the UK’s most popular drama series including  Ashes to Ashes, Doctor Who and a number of critically acclaimed, award winning series including The Hour, The White Queen, Suspicion and The Driver. Jamie has recently been working as a Producing Director and Executive Producer on Legends for Fox21 and TNT and The White Princess for Starz. Jamie is a Co Executive producer and Director on Paramount//Anonymous Content/ TNTs drama series ‘The Alienist’ which will be aired in January 2018.

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Louise Pedersen
CEO, all3media international

Louise Pedersen returned to lead all3media international as CEO in 2016 after spending 18 months as managing director of drama production company Playground Television. Prior to this she spent 11 years at all3media international as Managing Director, having started her career as Assistant Sales Executive (Scandinavia) in international programme sales at Central TV. During her time in the distri... read more

Louise Pedersen returned to lead all3media international as CEO in 2016 after spending 18 months as managing director of drama production company Playground Television. Prior to this she spent 11 years at all3media international as Managing Director, having started her career as Assistant Sales Executive (Scandinavia) in international programme sales at Central TV. During her time in the distribution industry Louise has sat on PACT Council, mentored for Nesta and been part of Skillset’s industry training programmes.

all3media international distributes over 9,500 hours of programming. It is one of the UK’s leading independent distributors and works closely with the production industry to develop, finance and distribute programmes across a wide range of scripted and unscripted titles. The company is twice winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade in 2009 and 2014.

In 2016 all3media international opened overseas offices in Singapore and New York and under Louise’s leadership the company has continued to expand its investment into programming, particularly in the premium content scripted space. Recent US co-production deals include Liar with AMC Sundance, National Treasure with Hulu and upcoming new titles Collateral with Netflix and White Dragon with Amazon. 2017 has also seen all3media international expanding its non-scripted business, relaunching the successful format Cash Cab, investing in upcoming BBC entertainment show Wedding Day Winners and launching award-winning formats such as Gogglebox and Undercover Boss in new markets in Asia

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Pilar Perez Roel
Head of acquisitions , DCD Rights

Pilar Perez Roel is head of acquisitions at DCD Rights and is responsible for all acquisitions with a particular focus on drama.

Pilar works with producers and broadcast partners to find, develop and invest in drama programming that has international appeal. Recent examples are Deep Water, Striking Out, Jack Irish, Rake, Romper Stomper, The Slap and the thriller Acc... read more

Pilar Perez Roel is head of acquisitions at DCD Rights and is responsible for all acquisitions with a particular focus on drama.

Pilar works with producers and broadcast partners to find, develop and invest in drama programming that has international appeal. Recent examples are Deep Water, Striking Out, Jack Irish, Rake, Romper Stomper, The Slap and the thriller Acceptable Risk, currently premiering on RTE. She is responsible for a new slate of projects at various stages of development, finance and production.

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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. Creative Networks provides both creative and commercial cross platform format... read more

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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Greg Phillips
President of distribution, Kew Media Group

Charged with heading up Kew Media Group’s distribution arm, Greg is responsible for driving the growth of the company globally. Overseeing all programme development, acquisitions, sales, and marketing strategies across all media and genres, Greg directs the distribution of a diverse library of programming approaching 10,000 hours.

Prior to joining Kew Media Group in 1999 [then called F... read more

Charged with heading up Kew Media Group’s distribution arm, Greg is responsible for driving the growth of the company globally. Overseeing all programme development, acquisitions, sales, and marketing strategies across all media and genres, Greg directs the distribution of a diverse library of programming approaching 10,000 hours.

Prior to joining Kew Media Group in 1999 [then called Fireworks Entertainment, and subsequently Content Media Corporation], Greg headed up Worldwide TV Distribution for Southern Star, Australia’s leading producer and distributor of television programming. Greg started his career at the former EMI Films Ltd, selling movies and TV shows including Murder On The Orient Express, The Deerhunter, and The Avengers. He has also held senior positions including President, Worldwide Distribution at MTM International; Managing Director, Europe at CBS Broadcast International, and Director of International Theatrical Sales at Goldcrest Film and TV.

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Eduardo Piagge
Executive producer and cinematographer, Boutique Filmes

A graduate of the Universidade de São Paulo, with a BA in journalism, he began his career as a DP shooting short and feature documentaries, among which Marcelo Machado’s Tropicália stands out. He started working in TV shooting Dr. Drauzio Varella’s documentary series for Rede Globo. Since then, he has worked in several projects for the main FTA and pay television channels, such as Discove... read more

A graduate of the Universidade de São Paulo, with a BA in journalism, he began his career as a DP shooting short and feature documentaries, among which Marcelo Machado’s Tropicália stands out. He started working in TV shooting Dr. Drauzio Varella’s documentary series for Rede Globo. Since then, he has worked in several projects for the main FTA and pay television channels, such as Discovery Channel, Universal Channel, Cartoon Network, GNT, FOX. For HBO, he created and shot the documentary series A Grande Luta. He was recently the DP and executive producer of the series Gigantes do Brasil (History Channel), the biggest original production in the history of the channel. He is the cinematographer of the first Netflix original series in Brazil, 3%.

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Moritz Polter
Executive producer international series, Bavaria fiction

As Executive Producer International Television Series, Moritz Polter is responsible for the company’s international co-production slate, leading the creation, development and funding for series such as “Das Boot” (Sky/Sonar Entertainment), “Germanized” (Deutsche Telekom) and “Arctic Circle” (Elisa Viihde/YLE).

Previously Moritz Polter spent nine years with Tandem Produc... read more

As Executive Producer International Television Series, Moritz Polter is responsible for the company’s international co-production slate, leading the creation, development and funding for series such as “Das Boot” (Sky/Sonar Entertainment), “Germanized” (Deutsche Telekom) and “Arctic Circle” (Elisa Viihde/YLE).

Previously Moritz Polter spent nine years with Tandem Productions (formerly Tandem Communications), ultimately as Vice President of Production. In this capacity he supervised numerous outstanding productions, including the internationally successful TV series Crossing Lines, starring Donald Sutherland and William Fichtner, and the critically acclaimed Spotless, a CANAL+ Création Originale series.

Moritz Polter graduated from King Alfred’s College in Winchester, England in Business, Media and Film Studies.

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Michael Prupas
Executive producer & CEO , Muse Entertainment Enterprises

Emmy Award-nominated Michael Prupas is a 35-year veteran of the Canadian and international film and television industries. A former entertainment attorney, Prupas launched Muse Entertainment Enterprises in 1998 and Muse Distribution International in 2000. Muse Entertainment has become a major production house with facilities in Montreal, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver and is known around th... read more

Emmy Award-nominated Michael Prupas is a 35-year veteran of the Canadian and international film and television industries. A former entertainment attorney, Prupas launched Muse Entertainment Enterprises in 1998 and Muse Distribution International in 2000. Muse Entertainment has become a major production house with facilities in Montreal, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver and is known around the world for its high-quality, award-winning television programs.

Michael Prupas is best known for executive producing The Kennedys and The Pillars of the Earth, both multiple Emmy Award-winning, event miniseries. He is also known as an expert in international co-productions and has executive produced the award-winning miniseries Answered by Fire, Human Trafficking, Ben Hur and The Flood.

He most recently executive produced the dramatic series Bellevue, starring Anna Paquin and Allen Leech; the 4-hour event miniseries The Kennedys: After Camelot; the 6-hour event series Tut, starring Ben Kingsley for Spike TV; and several Hallmark TV movie wheels including The Gourmet Detective Mysteries, The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, Lost Letter Mysteries (also known as Signed, Sealed Delivered), Fixer Upper Mysteries and Emma Fielding Mysteries.

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Anna Rafferty
Director of digital marketing, BBC

Anna Rafferty is global director: digital marketing at BBC Worldwide.  She is tasked with developing the BBC’s direct-to-consumer offerings, editorially leading the company’s short-form and social content production unit BBC Worldwide Digital Studios, and driving the corporation’s reputation for digital innovation.  She particularly works on the BBC’s global franchise brands includin... read more

Anna Rafferty is global director: digital marketing at BBC Worldwide.  She is tasked with developing the BBC’s direct-to-consumer offerings, editorially leading the company’s short-form and social content production unit BBC Worldwide Digital Studios, and driving the corporation’s reputation for digital innovation.  She particularly works on the BBC’s global franchise brands including BBC Earth, Doctor Who, Top Gear and Children’s.

She joined BBC Worldwide from Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s digital publishing, e-commerce, entertainment and news company where she was Director of Product, Content and Creative.  Prior to Pottermore, Rafferty spent 11 years at Penguin Books where she was MD for its Digital Division. She worked with major talent and IP including Roald Dahl, Jamie Oliver, Stephen Fry and Penguin Classics, amongst many others.

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Frédérik Rangé
Director of acquisitions, Lagardère Studios Distribution

Frédérik Rangé is Director of Acquisitions of Lagardère Studios Distribution. He is working closely with independent producers around the world, to develop and finance new projects through co-development, co-production or distribution deals.
Before joining Lagardère Studios, he founded and was CEO of The Box Distribution from 2006 to 2014 and was Managing Director of AB Internationa... read more

Frédérik Rangé is Director of Acquisitions of Lagardère Studios Distribution. He is working closely with independent producers around the world, to develop and finance new projects through co-development, co-production or distribution deals.
Before joining Lagardère Studios, he founded and was CEO of The Box Distribution from 2006 to 2014 and was Managing Director of AB International Distribution from 1996 to 2006.

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Alexandra Rapaport
Executive producer and co-creator, Heder

Alexandra has in recent years played the lead role in successful TV series such as “The Sandhamn Murders” and “Gåsmamman,” her role in the latter winning her the Best Actress prize at Sweden’s most prestigious television awards ceremony, Kristallen, in September 2017. As Executive Producer she was fully involved in the creative process on each season of Gåsmamman, from shaping the s... read more

Alexandra has in recent years played the lead role in successful TV series such as “The Sandhamn Murders” and “Gåsmamman,” her role in the latter winning her the Best Actress prize at Sweden’s most prestigious television awards ceremony, Kristallen, in September 2017. As Executive Producer she was fully involved in the creative process on each season of Gåsmamman, from shaping the scripts, to casting, to editing. She has starred in international co-productions such as “The Team” and in Thomas Winterberg’s critically acclaimed and award-winning feature film “Jakten”, the family movie “Lassemajas detektivbyrå – Stella Nostra” and in the TV movie version of Hanne Vibeke Holsts novels “Kronprinsessan”, “Kungamordet” and “Drottningoffret”. Alexandra has also acted in a number of successful plays at the Royal Dramatical Theather (where she made her debut in 2002) and at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern and Uppsala Stadsteater.

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Lila Rawlings
Executive producer, Left Bank Pictures

Lila is an executive producer at Left Bank Pictures. In 2017 she Exec’d the 5 UK episodes of Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams for Channel 4, Sony Pictures and Channel 4. In 2016/2017 Lila also Exec’d Oasis, a pilot for Amazon Studios based on Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things. and Dark River, a feature film written and directed by Clio Barnard. Previously she was part of the ... read more

Lila is an executive producer at Left Bank Pictures. In 2017 she Exec’d the 5 UK episodes of Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams for Channel 4, Sony Pictures and Channel 4. In 2016/2017 Lila also Exec’d Oasis, a pilot for Amazon Studios based on Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things. and Dark River, a feature film written and directed by Clio Barnard. Previously she was part of the creative team at Film4 where she worked on a number of films including The Selfish Giant, Shame and The Deep Blue Sea. Lila is a guest tutor at London International Film School and for the Arvon Foundation.

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Chris Rice
Co-president, Endeavor Content

Chris Rice is co-president of Endeavor Content, a division of global entertainment leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG).

Rice and his partner Graham Taylor oversee strategy and operations for Endeavor Content which finances, packages and sells over 100 feature films and television series a year.  In film recent projects include five of the nine films nominated for Best Picture at the 20... read more

Chris Rice is co-president of Endeavor Content, a division of global entertainment leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG).

Rice and his partner Graham Taylor oversee strategy and operations for Endeavor Content which finances, packages and sells over 100 feature films and television series a year.  In film recent projects include five of the nine films nominated for Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards: “Arrival,” “Fences,” “Hell or High Water,” “La La Land” and “Manchester by the Sea.” In television they include Emmy and Golden-Globe winning drama “The Night Manager,” the Emmy-nominated programs “Chef’s Table” and “The Young Pope,” the critically acclaimed “Top of the Lake: China Girl,” global hit “The Grand Tour,” Beau Willimon’s new series “The First,” and Damien Chazelle’s upcoming project “The Eddy.”

Prior to the formation of Endeavor Content, Rice was a partner at WME | IMG where he helped build WME’s international television group and oversaw entertainment financing and sales for IMG.

Before joining WME | IMG Rice was Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Cinnamon Entertainment a financing, production and sales company for television series including the “Ironman” television spin-off with Marvel Entertainment. Rice also acted as an advisor to multiple media and distribution businesses and was part of the investment team at Creative Capital Fund, a venture capital fund focused on media investments.

Rice is currently a board member of BAFTA in Los Angeles and is Co-Chairman of its Television Committee. Rice received an MBA with distinction from London Business School.

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

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Jens Richter
CEO, FremantleMedia International

Jens Richter is chief executive officer, FremantleMedia International (FMI). He oversees the global distribution of FremantleMedia’s finished programming and home entertainment catalogue, manage the sales and acquisitions teams across the US, UK, EMEA, Asia and Australia and to drive FMI’s content acquisition strategy.

Since joining the business, Richter has built and strengthene... read more

Jens Richter is chief executive officer, FremantleMedia International (FMI). He oversees the global distribution of FremantleMedia’s finished programming and home entertainment catalogue, manage the sales and acquisitions teams across the US, UK, EMEA, Asia and Australia and to drive FMI’s content acquisition strategy.

Since joining the business, Richter has built and strengthened FMI’s slate, particularly in drama, and has driven activity in the co-financing and co-production space. He oversaw the deal for US network, Sundance, to become co-production partner for UFA Fiction’s Deutschland ’83, which doubled the slot on the channel, and secured the global roll out of FremantleMedia North America’s first scripted title The Returned, a co-production with A&E Studios, through an international distribution deal with Netflix.

Richter joined the business from Red Arrow where he was group director and MD of Red Arrow Entertainment Group (RAEG). He was instrumental in building RAEG into a global production and distribution group, packaging, co-financing and facilitating Red Arrow’s UK and US scripted slate for the international market, including the global rollout of formats The Taste and Off Their Rockers, which became hits on US networks ABC and NBC respectively. Richter was also MD of Red Arrow International (RAI), a business he built from scratch and turned into an international distribution house. He was responsible for packaging and co-financing drama series, overall representation deals and extended the business into the digital space.

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Sally Riley
Head of scripted production, ABC TV

Prior to her current role, Sally was the Manager of ABC’s Indigenous Department for 6 years. Over that period she has been integral to the development of Indigenous Australian content. Sally has been responsible for developing and commissioning ground breaking prime-time drama series including, Cleverman, Redfern Now, Gods of Wheat Street, 8MMM Aboriginal Radio and sketch comedy series Black ... read more

Prior to her current role, Sally was the Manager of ABC’s Indigenous Department for 6 years. Over that period she has been integral to the development of Indigenous Australian content. Sally has been responsible for developing and commissioning ground breaking prime-time drama series including, Cleverman, Redfern Now, Gods of Wheat Street, 8MMM Aboriginal Radio and sketch comedy series Black Comedy. Sally was also responsible for developing and overseeing the production of a significant body of short films, documentaries and feature films, as she fostered the development of a new generation of exciting new Indigenous filmmakers as Head of Indigenous at Screen Australia. An experienced filmmaker, Sally’s film, Confessions of a Headhunter, won the AFI Award for Best Short Film in 2000. A member of the Wiradjuri nation, Sally was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal in 2008 for her services to the development of initiatives that have increased the participation of Indigenous Australians in the film and television industry. In February 2011, Sally was awarded the Cecil Holmes Award from the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) for her ongoing career support and facilitation of Indigenous film and television directors.

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Paul Roberts
Finalist, Drama series script compitition

The Bloody North-

Roberta returns to her childhood home to reconnect with her estranged daughter, police the crime-ridden valleys, and seek revenge on those responsible for the murder of her father thirty years ago.

Tracey Robertson
CEO, Hoodlum

Tracey Robertson is the chief executive officer of Hoodlum, an Emmy® and BAFTA Award winning Entertainment Company she co-founded with Nathan Mayfield. As CEO, Tracey oversees Hoodlum Television, connecting with networks and studios to produce scripted content in Australia, the United States, and the UK.  Tracey currently resides in Los Angeles where she’s been the head of Hoodlum’s US of... read more

Tracey Robertson is the chief executive officer of Hoodlum, an Emmy® and BAFTA Award winning Entertainment Company she co-founded with Nathan Mayfield. As CEO, Tracey oversees Hoodlum Television, connecting with networks and studios to produce scripted content in Australia, the United States, and the UK.  Tracey currently resides in Los Angeles where she’s been the head of Hoodlum’s US office for the past four years. Tracey manages Hoodlum’s US and International slate and has completed production of Seasons 1 and 2 of SECRETS AND LIES, a 10 part series for ABC Network starring Juliette Lewis, based on the Australian 6-part series created by Stephen M Irwin, as well as the FOX pilot STRANGE CALLS, a remake of Hoodlum’s 2012 series THE STRANGE CALLS.  Hoodlum is currently in production on Harrow, a 10 part series for the ABC Australia and ABC Studios International and is due to go into production on Tidelands for Netflix, a 10 part series which is Netflix’s first Australian original.  Robertson is a member of BAFTA, the International Academy of Television Arts &amp; Sciences and the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA).  She was recently recognised as an outstanding alumni and made an adjunct professor of creative industries at the Queensland University of Technology.

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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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Chris Rose
Director of development and production, Beano Studios

With over eighteen years’ experience in broadcasting, development and production, Chris joined Beano Studios in April 2017 as director development & production. Chris leads the development and production of long form television, film and theatre productions for Beano’s existing cast of characters as well as developing new characters for a range of new platforms.

Prior to joining ... read more

With over eighteen years’ experience in broadcasting, development and production, Chris joined Beano Studios in April 2017 as director development & production. Chris leads the development and production of long form television, film and theatre productions for Beano’s existing cast of characters as well as developing new characters for a range of new platforms.

Prior to joining Beano Studios, Chris was the commissioning editor, children’s television at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, developing and executive producing commissioned content for the ABC’s two dedicated children’s channels, ABC ME and ABC KIDS. Previous roles include director development for Mattel owned HIT Entertainment and content & acquisitions manager for CBeebies and Acquisitions Manager for BBC Children’s.

Chris has overseen a number of successful and award winning series including CG animation The Deep (Kidscreen Award 2017 Best New Series), the interactive children’s drama Secret Life of Boys (2017 BAFTA award for INTERACTIVE: ORIGINAL) and The Flamin’ Thongs, (2015 AACTA Award Best Children’s TV Programme); Chris also developed Mike the Knight, which won the International Emmy award for Best Pre-school series in 2014. He is currently working on a number of multi-platform live action and animated series due to launch in 2018.

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Kim Rossi Stuart
Actor,

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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Luis Santamaría
Executive producer and director, Boomerang TV

Luis Santamaría is a Spanish executive producer and director. He has directed many shows for different companies since 2005. In BoomerangTV he has worked as executive producer and director for shows such as The Secret of Old Bridge, Física o Química, Toledo or Acacias 38. Luis is currently developing a new prime time tv series that will air in 2018 on TVE.

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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David Schweitzer
Composer,

David Schweitzer is an award-winning composer who has scored over 100 film and television projects ranging from animated kids’ shows to documentaries and drama.

In the world of children’s television, his credits include Charlie & Lola , The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, Mike the Knight, Q Pootle 5,  Bob the Builder, Angry Birds Toons, Tommy Zoom, Digby Dragon,... read more

David Schweitzer is an award-winning composer who has scored over 100 film and television projects ranging from animated kids’ shows to documentaries and drama.

In the world of children’s television, his credits include Charlie & Lola , The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, Mike the Knight, Q Pootle 5,  Bob the Builder, Angry Birds Toons, Tommy Zoom, Digby Dragon, Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small and Olobob Top.

As well as being a multi-instrumentalist, David is also a unique and inventive lyricist and songwriter whose CDs include ArtSongs – a collection of songs about art for children commissioned by Tate. He recently enjoyed collaborating with Tiger Aspect on songs for Aliens Love Underpants!

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Jessica K. Scott
Director, content development, Hulu

Jessica Kumai Scott is a development executive on the Hulu Originals team, where she oversees the development of original series with a specific focus on all of Hulu’s co-productions. Since starting at Hulu over four years ago, Jessica has led the development efforts for a slate of original series that includes the Emmy Amward-winning drama series The Handmaid’s Tale; Harlots,... read more

Jessica Kumai Scott is a development executive on the Hulu Originals team, where she oversees the development of original series with a specific focus on all of Hulu’s co-productions. Since starting at Hulu over four years ago, Jessica has led the development efforts for a slate of original series that includes the Emmy Amward-winning drama series The Handmaid’s Tale; Harlots, a co-production with Monumental Pictures; The Path, a drama series from Universal Television and Jason Katims’ True Jack Productions starring Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy; 11.22.63, an event series executive produced by J.J. Abrams based on the best-selling book by Stephen King starring James Franco; and the Peabody Award winning National Treasure. She is also the development lead for Hulu on Hard Sun, a one-hour drama series in association with the BBC starring Jim Sturgess (One Day, Cloud Atlas) and Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song).
Before branching into digital television, Jessica worked in feature films for production companies with projects including No Strings Attached and World War Z. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Jessica received her BA from Stanford University, followed by an MFA in film from University of Southern California.

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Keren Shahar
COO and president of distribution, Keshet International

Keren is one of the leading pioneers of the Israeli formats sales market, exporting content of all genres to markets worldwide. Shahar, who joined Keshet in October 2006, is in charge of the company’s international sales, including business affairs, and overall strategy of the company’s international activities.

During her tenure, Keshet has sold such formats as: Traffic Ligh... read more

Keren is one of the leading pioneers of the Israeli formats sales market, exporting content of all genres to markets worldwide. Shahar, who joined Keshet in October 2006, is in charge of the company’s international sales, including business affairs, and overall strategy of the company’s international activities.

During her tenure, Keshet has sold such formats as: Traffic Light, The Successor, Prisoners of War, Deal With It, Boom, False Flag and Rising Star. In addition, Shahar was also in charge of Keshet Broadcasting’s Acquisitions department and has licensed formats such as The Money Drop, MasterChef and Make Me A Baby.

Prior to joining Keshet, she worked for two years at Israeli publishing and entertainment company Head-Arzi as a label manager for international gaming company Electronic Arts. Shahar holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in political science and general studies from the Tel-Aviv University.

Shahar was named one of the 25 most powerful women in global television by The Hollywood Reporter in it’s Mipcom 2013 issue.

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Kim Shillinglaw
Director of factual, Endemol Shine UK

Kim Shillinglaw became director of factual at Endemol Shine UK in September 2016. She is the strategic lead for factual programming across the group, and oversees factual production companies Dragonfly, Dragonfly West, DSP (Darlow Smithson Productions) and Tigress.

 

Prior to joinin... read more

Kim Shillinglaw became director of factual at Endemol Shine UK in September 2016. She is the strategic lead for factual programming across the group, and oversees factual production companies Dragonfly, Dragonfly West, DSP (Darlow Smithson Productions) and Tigress.

 

Prior to joining Endemol Shine UK, Kim was controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, a post she held from April 2014.  Some of the hundreds of hours she commissioned during that time included the award winning Real Marigold Hotel, Exodus, Mum, Boy Meets Girl, Hugo Blick’s Africa, Zadie Smith’s NW, The Dresser, American Crime Story: OJ Simpson, Versailles, Muslims Like Us, Hospital, The Super Rich Season, Chinese School, Employable Me, The Town That Took On The Taxman, Slum, World’s Busiest Railway, Inside The Factory, Great Pottery Throwdown, Extra Slice and Robot Wars.

Kim joined the BBC in 2006 as an executive producer for BBC Factual, becoming Commissioning Editor for Science and Natural History in 2009. During her tenure the number of science hours on the BBC increased significantly, with shows including Stargazing LiveTrust Me I’m A Doctor, The Young Ones, An Hour to Save Your Life, factual dramas such as the RTS-winning Challenger and the BAFTA-winning Frozen Planet, Wonders of the Solar System, What’s The Right Diet For You, Britain’s Favourite Supermarket Secrets, Animals in Love, Bear Family and Me, Human Planet, Planet Earth II and The Hunt. 

Kim has also worked at CBBC as commissioner for Indies, developing and commissioning the first series of Horrible Histories, and in documentaries, current affairs and strategy, both inside the BBC and in the independent sector.

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Nicola Shindler
Executive producer, RED Production Company

Nicola Shindler set up RED Production Company in 1998 to work with the best writers on original television drama.

 The Manchester-based indie, with Nicola at its helm, has since produced some of the UK’s most popular and award-winning series, working with esteemed writers including Russell T Davies,... read more

Nicola Shindler set up RED Production Company in 1998 to work with the best writers on original television drama.

 The Manchester-based indie, with Nicola at its helm, has since produced some of the UK’s most popular and award-winning series, working with esteemed writers including Russell T Davies, Harlan Coben, Bill Gallagher, Danny Brocklehurst and Sally Wainwright.

 Nicola’s credits include multi BAFTA award-winning and critically acclaimed Happy Valley and Last Tango In Halifax, Lenny Henry’s first screenplay Danny and the Human Zoo, Dan Sefton’s Trust Me, Danny Brocklehurst’s ratings-winning dramas Ordinary Lies and The Driver, Bill Gallagher’s Paranoid and Russell T Davies ambitious and acclaimed trilogy Cucumber, Banana and Tofu

 Most recently Nicola has set up a US production company, Final Twist, with international bestselling author Harlan Coben having worked together on the acclaimed original Sky1 drama The Five.

 Projects currently in production include Harlan Coben’s Safe which stars Michael C Hall and Amanda Abbington and Come Home, a three part series for the BBC, written by Danny Brocklehurst.

 RED Production Company became part of STUDIOCANAL’s international production network.

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Mikko Silvennoinen
Independent media entrepreneur, Lover

Mikko Silvennoinen is an independent media entrepreneur and a story consultant on ‘Lover.’ During his career as a journalist, producer and television executive he has worked for every major commercial broadcaster in Finland. His commissions include original drama Villa Helena (Zodiak/Nelonen Finland), scripted format Easy Living (Moskito-DRG/TV3 Estonia) and the revamp ... read more

Mikko Silvennoinen is an independent media entrepreneur and a story consultant on ‘Lover.’ During his career as a journalist, producer and television executive he has worked for every major commercial broadcaster in Finland. His commissions include original drama Villa Helena (Zodiak/Nelonen Finland), scripted format Easy Living (Moskito-DRG/TV3 Estonia) and the revamp of popular daily soap ”Kodu reset Linna” for MTG’s TV3. Mikko’s current projects include the launch of Viafree, a standalone Finnish AVOD, producing YouTubers’ event Tubecon and content marketing projects for media agency Dagmar (Starcom). He is also Finland’s commentator at Eurovision Song Contest annually.

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Kari Skogland
Director & showrunner,

Award-winning director and showrunner Kari Skogland is CEO of Mad Rabbit, a joint venture between her and Red Arrow Entertainment Group. As CEO, Skogland is committed to producing high-end one-hour dramas for the international market for the company, which launched in Spring 2016.

Named by Hollywood Reporter as one of its “... read more

Award-winning director and showrunner Kari Skogland is CEO of Mad Rabbit, a joint venture between her and Red Arrow Entertainment Group. As CEO, Skogland is committed to producing high-end one-hour dramas for the international market for the company, which launched in Spring 2016.

Named by Hollywood Reporter as one of its “Ten Directors to Watch” for her debut as writer-director of Liberty Stands Still, Skogland has since become one of the world’s most prolific female directors of one-hour dramas and feature films.

Skogland’s television credits include The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), The Borgia’s and Penny Dreadful (Showtime), Boardwalk Empire (HBO), The Killing, The Walking Dead and Fear of the Walking Dead (AMC), Under the Dome (CBS), Vikings (History), Power-Starring 50 Cent (Starz), The Americans (FX), House of Cards and The Punisher (Netflix), and the upcoming Condor (Audience) and many more. Most recently, Skogland directed Sons of Liberty, a 6-part event miniseries for which she won the Directors Guild of Canada (DCG) award for best director of a television miniseries. 

As a feature film writer, director and producer, Skogland’s film Fifty Dead Men Walking, starring Sir Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Rose McGowan, premiered at a gala at Toronto International Film Festival. The film won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for an additional six awards including Best Film. It also won Best Feature Drama at the Leo Awards. Additionally, Skogland was recognized by the DCG for Best Director.  Her previous film as director, writer and producer was the Stone Angel, starring Ellen Burstyn and Ellen Page, which was nominated for Best Director, best writer by WGC and Best Film by the DCG, Best Screenplay by WGC and Best Actress.

For her body of work, Skogland was honored at the BIRKS-TELEFIM 2015 Diamond Tribute to Women in Film. She has also worked for many years advocating with the DGA and DGC on behalf of women directors.

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Morten Skov Hansen
Programme and channel director, DR Ramasjang & DR Ultra

In 2016 Morten Skov Hansen became Head of DRs two Kids Channels, DR Ramasjang & DR Ultra. Previously Morten been at DR as part of the team launching DR Ramasjang back in 2009. He has also been Nordic Director of Kids Programming at  Cartoon Network & Boomerang.

Bruce M. Smith
Producer and writer,

Bruce M. Smith  was most recently Showrunner of CTV’s award winning 19-2 for it’s four season run.  Prior to that he was showrunner for CRACKED (CBC). Bruce has worked as a
writer/producer on numerous dramas, including DURHAM COUNTY
(HBO CANADA). Bruce has also penned multiple award-winning MOWs and Mini-Series including JOHN A: BIRTH OF A COUNTRY, THE SLEEP ROOM, PRAI... read more

Bruce M. Smith  was most recently Showrunner of CTV’s award winning 19-2 for it’s four season run.  Prior to that he was showrunner for CRACKED (CBC). Bruce has worked as a
writer/producer on numerous dramas, including DURHAM COUNTY
(HBO CANADA). Bruce has also penned multiple award-winning MOWs and Mini-Series including JOHN A: BIRTH OF A COUNTRY, THE SLEEP ROOM, PRAIRIE GIANT: THE TOMMY DOUGLAS STORY (all CBC) and THE INVESTIGATION (CTV).  The first three seasons
of 19-2 have earned more than 30 CSA nominations, including wins for Best Leading Actor (for both leads) and Best Dramatic Series (2016), when it was also nominated for an International Emmy Award in the same category.  As a writer Bruce also won a CSA for JOHN A: BIRTH OF A COUNTRY (2013) and is a three time WGC Award winner. He was the 2015 WGC Showrunner of the Year.

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Richard Speer
President, Attraction Média

With a business (B.A.A.) and a law degree (LL.B) in hand, Richard Speer founded Attraction in 2002. Today the head of a leading Canadian company with recognized expertise in storytelling (television, film, digital), advertising, distribution, radio stations and web publishing – Richard Speer undeniably possesses the qualities of inspirational leaders who surround themselves with passionate ta... read more

With a business (B.A.A.) and a law degree (LL.B) in hand, Richard Speer founded Attraction in 2002. Today the head of a leading Canadian company with recognized expertise in storytelling (television, film, digital), advertising, distribution, radio stations and web publishing – Richard Speer undeniably possesses the qualities of inspirational leaders who surround themselves with passionate talents to build visionary companies.

He made his entry into the Quebec media and entertainment industry in 1999 by joining Jet Films, a prodco specialized in producing 30 second spots for ad agencies. Richard Speer quickly demonstrated his considerable abilities as a president and as a producer with an innovative vision that allowed him to unite talent and content from various disciplines under one roof eventually leading to the creation of Attraction Media in 2002.

Having produced over 3000 advertising campaigns for such major companies as Nike, Coca-Cola, Volkswagen and Bell Canada; over 6,000 hours of television content; over 20 feature films; over 50 digital projects, operating 15 radio stations in Quebec and having a digital reach of over 160M pages viewed per month,  Attraction Media occupies a unique positioning  in Canada’s media and entertainment landscape.

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Frank Spotnitz
Executive producer & CEO, Big Light Productions

Award-winning American executive producer and writer, Frank Spotnitz is the chief executive and founder of Big Light Productions, and began his 20+-year career with The X- Files.
Most recently, Spotnitz co-created and executive produced the comedy-drama series The Indian Detective, starring international comedian Russell Peters, for Bell Media/CTV and Netflix; Ransom for CBS in the US, Co... read more

Award-winning American executive producer and writer, Frank Spotnitz is the chief executive and founder of Big Light Productions, and began his 20+-year career with The X- Files.
Most recently, Spotnitz co-created and executive produced the comedy-drama series The Indian Detective, starring international comedian Russell Peters, for Bell Media/CTV and Netflix; Ransom for CBS in the US, Corus’s Global in Canada, TF1 in France and RTL in Germany; and Medici: Masters of Florence, starring Richard Madden and Dustin Hoffman for RAI in Italy, SFR Play in France and Netflix in the UK, US and Canada. The second season of Medici is currently in production.
Spotnitz created, executive produced and wrote several episodes of the acclaimed Amazon drama The Man in the High Castle, based on the classic Philip K. Dick novel. Launched in the UK, US, Germany and Austria in 2015, the show quickly became Amazon’s most viewed drama series ever and is now in its third series.
Spotnitz’s other credits include: Crossing Lines Season 3, starring Goran Visjnic and Donald Sutherland; Transporter Season 2 (TNT); Hunted, which he created for BBC1 and HBO Cinemax; Strike Back: Project Dawn; Night Stalker; Michael Mann’s Robbery Homicide Division; The Lone Gunmen; Harsh Realm; and Millennium.
Spotnitz shared three Golden Globes for Best Dramatic Series and a Peabody Award for his work on The X-Files. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award for writing and three times for Outstanding Drama Series.
Big Light Productions Limited is a London- and Paris-based production company specialising in international television series, including drama, comedy and documentaries.

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Boris Starling
Award-winning novelist, screenwriter & journalist,

Boris Starling has written seven crime novels, and his books have reached the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller lists. His non-fiction books include UNCONQUERABLE: THE INVICTUS SPIRIT, about the extraordinary men and women who compete in the Invictus Games, and the popular HAYNES EXPLAINS series, which have sold more than 200,000 copies.
He is currently writing the screenplay for... read more

Boris Starling has written seven crime novels, and his books have reached the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller lists. His non-fiction books include UNCONQUERABLE: THE INVICTUS SPIRIT, about the extraordinary men and women who compete in the Invictus Games, and the popular HAYNES EXPLAINS series, which have sold more than 200,000 copies.
He is currently writing the screenplay for an animated sci-fi reimagining of Charlie Chaplin’s THE KID. He has also written MESSIAH, a prime time BBC1 series which was based on his own debut novel of the same name and which ran for five seasons, and BLOOD OVER WATER for Tideway Productions.
He is a regular contributor to several national newspapers and has written long-form projects for corporations and think tanks. He was the National Trust writer-in-residence at Max Gate, Thomas Hardy’s house. Before becoming a full-time writer Boris worked for an international consultancy specialising in political risk assessment, confidential investigations, crisis response and kidnap negotiation. He has a first-class degree in history from Cambridge and now lives in Dorset with his wife, children, rescue greyhounds and a constantly fluctuating number of chickens and ducks.

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Amanda Stavri
Commissioning editor, ITV

Amanda Stavri is commissioning editor, for ITV. She’s currently working across shows including Little Big Shots, This Time Next Year and The British Soap Awards, as well as Love Island, TOWIE and The Real Housewives of Cheshire on ITV’s digital channels.  Previously, an executive producer, she worked in factual entertainment, across shows including Come Dine with Me, The Mirror’s Pride o... read more

Amanda Stavri is commissioning editor, for ITV. She’s currently working across shows including Little Big Shots, This Time Next Year and The British Soap Awards, as well as Love Island, TOWIE and The Real Housewives of Cheshire on ITV’s digital channels.  Previously, an executive producer, she worked in factual entertainment, across shows including Come Dine with Me, The Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards and reality shows, Temptation Island, Peter Andre : My Life and Jean Claude Van Damme : Behind Closed Doors.

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Philipp Steffens
Head of fiction, RTL Television GmbH

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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Melanie Stokes
Joint managing director, Kindle Entertainment

Melanie started producing plays when she was about nine – selling tickets to the parents of the local kids in the suburbs of South London. Her first grown-up producing jobs included a number of awarding-winning Channel 4 education shows: an improvised drama, Wilkommen (BAFTA nom, 95), Ourselves (RTS winner 1995) and Write Away (RTS winner 99 & BAFTA nom, 2000) featuring a young Jamie Oliv... read more

Melanie started producing plays when she was about nine – selling tickets to the parents of the local kids in the suburbs of South London. Her first grown-up producing jobs included a number of awarding-winning Channel 4 education shows: an improvised drama, Wilkommen (BAFTA nom, 95), Ourselves (RTS winner 1995) and Write Away (RTS winner 99 & BAFTA nom, 2000) featuring a young Jamie Oliver. Melanie also directed comedy-drama series for CiTV, including Snap and Magic with Everything, starring Amanda Abbington and produced Bill’s New Frock, for Channel 4, adapted by Andrew Davies. It won the RTS and Broadcast Children’s Drama Awards in 98 and 99, was nominated for a BAFTA and a variety of prizes at international film festivals. United, Melanie’s film for the European Broadcasting Union, written by Dan Zeff, directed by Julian Holmes and narrated by Andrew Sachs, won the Special Prize for Fiction at the Chicago Children’s Film in 2002.

Melanie is co-founder and joint-managing director of BAFTA award-winning, Kindle Entertainment, now in its eleventh year of production with Lionsgate becoming a much welcome stakeholder last year.  Melanie is currently exec-producing Kiss Me First with Bryan Elsley (Skins) for Channel 4 and Netflix. A returning cyber-thriller for today’s digital generation, it tells the story of two young women fighting a shadowy cult in a virtual world.  Melanie has also exec-produced Dustbin Baby, an International Emmy-winning drama for BBC One; Some Dogs Bite a feature-length drama for BBC Three, directed by Marc Munden and starring Thomas Brodie-Sangster – and mini-series, Treasure Island for Sky One starring Eddie Izzard, Donald Sutherland and Elijah Wood. Melanie also exec-produced Leonardo, an action-adventure series that she co-created with Pia Ashberry for CBBC with Jonny Bailey (Broadchurch) as the young Renaissance hero. Mini-series, The Life & Adventures of Nick Nickleby for BBC One, a contemporary updating of Charles Dickens’ novel marked the bicentenary of Dickens’ birth and was the first modern adaptation of Dickens to play on BBC TV. Award-winning Dixi, an interactive, cyber-mystery for tweens, plays both online and on TV, is now in its fourth series. The first series won a BAFTA for Best Original Digital Content 2014, the second series won C21 Best International Digital Drama 2015 and the third won the Digital TV Most Innovative Content Award 2016. Here’s hoping the fourth series isn’t left out in the cold!

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Jim Sturgess
Actor, Hard Sun

Cathryn Summerhayes
Literary agent, Curtis Brown

Cathryn joined Curtis Brown in September 2016 having started her literary agency career there as an intern in 2004. She established an eclectic list of clients at WME, where she worked for ten years. Prior to that she worked at DGA, DHA and Colman Getty PR – where she worked on a number of high profile book events including the Man Booker Prize and Samuel Johnson Prize. She also works in the ... read more

Cathryn joined Curtis Brown in September 2016 having started her literary agency career there as an intern in 2004. She established an eclectic list of clients at WME, where she worked for ten years. Prior to that she worked at DGA, DHA and Colman Getty PR – where she worked on a number of high profile book events including the Man Booker Prize and Samuel Johnson Prize. She also works in the production office at Port Eliot Literary Festival and is actively involved in both Hay and Edinburgh International Festivals.

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Olli Suominen
CEO, Rabbit Films

Olli Suominen started his career in 2001 as a script-writer on the Finnish version of Have I Got News For You. He worked at the independent production company Broadcasters as script-writer and producer on multiple shows.

In 2005 he started as showrunner of the local version of Ant’n’Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, which he oversaw successfully for 7 series.

Suominen was appoi... read more

Olli Suominen started his career in 2001 as a script-writer on the Finnish version of Have I Got News For You. He worked at the independent production company Broadcasters as script-writer and producer on multiple shows.

In 2005 he started as showrunner of the local version of Ant’n’Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, which he oversaw successfully for 7 series.

Suominen was appointed Creative director of Zodiak Finland in 2008. He returned to Have I Got News as executive producer and also executive produced original formats House in France and Red Nose Bingo.

In 2011 Suominen joined Nelonen, Channel Four Finland, as head of programming. During his time as commissioner Suominen was responsible for huge hits such as Best Singer, Good and Bad News as well as Kitchen Nightmares. He was also responsible for several epic failures including All Star Mr & Mrs and Fort Boyard.

Currently Suominen is CEO of Finland’s leading creator of original formats, Rabbit Films. Rabbit is an independent company specialised in non-scripted primetime entertainment and best known for hit shows such as Celebrity Home Invasion, KING and The Ultimate Expedition. Rabbit has offices in Helsinki and Los Angeles.

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Peter A. Sussman
Founder & chairman, Kew Media Group

Peter was Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Aver Media, a film and television lender/financier. Aver Media has completed more than 1500 financings primarily in North America, the UK and Australia, and was sold in 2013 to Bank of Montreal (BMO.) Peter continues as a consultant to BMO for Aver Media.

Prior, Peter was Co-Controlling Voting Shareholder of Alliance Atlantis Communications ... read more

Peter was Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Aver Media, a film and television lender/financier. Aver Media has completed more than 1500 financings primarily in North America, the UK and Australia, and was sold in 2013 to Bank of Montreal (BMO.) Peter continues as a consultant to BMO for Aver Media.

Prior, Peter was Co-Controlling Voting Shareholder of Alliance Atlantis Communications and CEO of its Entertainment Group. Alliance Atlantis was sold in 2007 to Goldman Sachs and Canwest.

For 30 years, Peter has participated in the worldwide development, financing, production and distribution of motion pictures and television shows, amounting to thousands of hours of content. Peter was nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards and 4 Emmy Awards and is often best known for assembling Alliance Atlantis’ CSI television franchise, including the drama series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY.

Through his holding company, Tricycle Media, Peter participates in about a dozen film and television companies in North America and the UK, and sits as a Board Director (and often Non-Executive Chairman,) on many of them.
Most recently, Peter co-founded Kew Media Group (TSX: KEW.A,) a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange that is a Special Purpose Acquisition Company. Peter serves as the Executive Chairman of Kew Media.

Peter began his media career in Toronto in the mid-1980’s, but moved to Los Angeles in 1991 after 2 years in Amsterdam and London. He returned to Toronto in 2005 but also concentrates his time in other places, particularly London and Los Angeles.

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Rosalie Swedlin
Producer and literary manager, Anonymous Content

Rosalie Swedlin is a producer and literary manager at Anonymous Content. Swedlin began her career in New York book publishing, followed by six years handling publicity and marketing for various UK book publishers. Her transition to client representation began at Anthony Sheil Associates, a London literary agency, where she was hired to build a film and TV list. Some of her early client disco... read more

Rosalie Swedlin is a producer and literary manager at Anonymous Content. Swedlin began her career in New York book publishing, followed by six years handling publicity and marketing for various UK book publishers. Her transition to client representation began at Anthony Sheil Associates, a London literary agency, where she was hired to build a film and TV list. Some of her early client discoveries included Richard Curtis and Neil Jordan.

Prior to joining Anonymous Content, she was a literary manager, producer, and partner at Industry Entertainment for twelve years after having served as a senior vice president at International Creative Management (ICM). Swedlin was an agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) from 1981 – 1991 and was named co-head of the agency’s motion picture department during that time.

Swedlin is currently in post-production on THE ALIENIST, a TV series for TNT based on Caleb Carr’s bestselling novel. It stars Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans, and Dakota Fanning. Other upcoming television projects include a limited series based on the bestselling novel DEFENDING JACOB, adapted by Mark Bomback and to be directed by Morten Tyldum, and a TV series based on Diksha Basu’s novel THE WINDFALL to be written and directed by Shonali Bose. Swedlin is also developing a pilot for ABC Network and Twentieth Century Fox TV based on the acclaimed Japanese film AFTERLIFE; and LOST EDEN is a series being written by Stuart Carolan for Studio Canal.

THE WIFE, Swedlin’s most recent feature film, debuted at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Starring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, and Christian Slater, THE WIFE received a five-star review from The Guardian which called it “perhaps Close’s career-best – unnervingly subtle, unreadably calm, simmering with self-control… a smart, supremely watchable and entertaining film.” Additional feature credits include RED CORNER starring Richard Gere; the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated HBO film LIVE FROM BAGHDAD; commercial director Jordan Scott’s feature debut CRACKS; and Spike Lee’s CLOCKERS, which she executive produced. Her upcoming film projects include Jane Anderson’s adaptation of the bestselling novel THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE, a film by Cherien Dabis about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and Haifaa Al Mansour’s adaptation of the Cara Hoffman novel BE SAFE I LOVE YOU. Swedlin also manages a distinguished list of film and TV writers and directors.

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Chris Symes
Executive producer, The Alienist

In 1985, versatile producer Chris Symes left Bath Academy of Art with first class honors to pursue a career in film and television. In 1990, he became a music video producer and joined the European arm of Hollywood based Propaganda Films, which was part of Polygram Filmed Entertainment.

In 1994, Symes was made head of european production for Propaganda Films, being responsible for the ma... read more

In 1985, versatile producer Chris Symes left Bath Academy of Art with first class honors to pursue a career in film and television. In 1990, he became a music video producer and joined the European arm of Hollywood based Propaganda Films, which was part of Polygram Filmed Entertainment.

In 1994, Symes was made head of european production for Propaganda Films, being responsible for the management of all music videos, commercials, long forms and documentaries shooting in Europe, including those visiting from the company head office in Los Angeles.

In 1995, Symes became managing director of Propaganda Films Europe, being responsible for the entire European budget, all aspects of production plus the all important development of new projects and creative talent. Symes then returned to the freelance market in 1997 to work on individual feature film projects.

Since then, Symes’ talent has helped drive box office hits such as Resident Evil, AVP: Alien vs. Predator, Eragon, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and critically acclaimed shows such as Starz’s Black Sails.  He has worked in the capacity of co-producer, producer or executive producer on motion pictures and TV drama for 20th Century Fox, Universal, Relativity Media, Constantin Film Produktion, New Regency and Polygram Filmed Entertainment amongst others.

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Anders Tangen
Producer, Viafilm

For over 20 years Anders Tangen has passionately produced award-winning drama series, feature films, documentaries and short stories. Anders’ signature TV series, Lilyhammer and Norsemen are hailed by audiences worldwide, and his multi-awarded dramedy series, DAG, received acclaim from both critics and viewers across Europe. Additionally, many of Anders’ productions have been invited to A-l... read more

For over 20 years Anders Tangen has passionately produced award-winning drama series, feature films, documentaries and short stories. Anders’ signature TV series, Lilyhammer and Norsemen are hailed by audiences worldwide, and his multi-awarded dramedy series, DAG, received acclaim from both critics and viewers across Europe. Additionally, many of Anders’ productions have been invited to A-list festivals.
Through his company, Viafilm (Los Angeles / Oslo), Anders continually pushes at the industry boundaries. The Netflix/NRK Viking dramedy, Norsemen (aka Vikingane), is the first TV series to have been shot and released in two languages (Norwegian & English). Norsemen is quickly becoming an international sensation; season 3 shoots August 2018.
Continuing with this successful, multi-language model, Viafilm recorded in both English and Norwegian the real-time, romantic dramedy series, One Night (2018 release), and the upcoming supernatural-mystery-drama, Magnus (filming Jan. 2018). This model hops over the remake system, and introduces outstanding Scandinavian talent to the rest of the world.
Essential to Viafilm’s success is Anders’ international network. Anders enjoys collaborating with many of the best people in the industry hailing from N. & S. America, Scandinavia and Europe. This is owed to Anders’ diligent drive to develop outstanding concepts with visually excelling production value and highly engaging stories.

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David Taylor
Founder, Playmaker Media

David Taylor started his television career at the Seven Network before working with various independent production companies. Prior to launching Playmaker, he and fellow Playmaker principal David Maher, headed Fox’s Australian TV production arm, Fox Television Studios Australia. Here they produced a diverse range of programming including drama series, telemovies, sitcoms and intern... read more

David Taylor started his television career at the Seven Network before working with various independent production companies. Prior to launching Playmaker, he and fellow Playmaker principal David Maher, headed Fox’s Australian TV production arm, Fox Television Studios Australia. Here they produced a diverse range of programming including drama series, telemovies, sitcoms and international unscripted formats.

Since its inception in 2009, Playmaker has established a track record of delivering high-quality, writer-driven, ratings-winning primetime series in Australia.

Playmaker’s credits include the AACTA and AWGIE winning political thriller The Code for the ABC, The Wrong Girl for Network Ten, the Logie Award winning House Husbands and Love Child for the Nine Network, plus the Emmy nominated SLiDE for Foxtel.

2017 has been a busy year for Playmaker. Along with producing returning series of The Wrong Girl and Love Child, it recently finished the iconic story of Australia’s original rock group in Friday On My Mind for the ABC, as well as Chosen, a Mandarin language action thriller for Chinese streaming platform iQIYI.

In 2014, Playmaker was awarded the Media Super Production Business of the Year at the Screen Producers Australia Awards. Also, that year Playmaker joined Sony Pictures Television to develop and produce content for both the local and international markets.

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Justin Thomson
Co-founder, Artists Studio

Justin is the co-founder of Artists Studio and the former CEO of Far Moor Media and Box TV.  Justin was a film and television lawyer who now specializes in co-production, pre-sales and the structuring of deals. His most recent success was executive producing the award winning and critically acclaimed The Fall for BBC/Netflix.

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Justin is the co-founder of Artists Studio and the former CEO of Far Moor Media and Box TV.  Justin was a film and television lawyer who now specializes in co-production, pre-sales and the structuring of deals. His most recent success was executive producing the award winning and critically acclaimed The Fall for BBC/Netflix.

 Justin has been instrumental in the packaging and production of several high-profile projects including executive producing on the ITV Encore series The Frankenstein Chronicles starring Sean Bean, the BBC 1 fantasy serial  Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell starring Eddie Marsan, Bertie Carvill and Marc Warren, the Canadian ratings hit Combat Hospital for ABC,  Death Comes to Pemberley for BBC 1 (Mathew Rhys and Jenna Coleman) and BBC 2/TMN serial Crimson Petal and the White (Chris O’Dowd and Romola Garai). 

 Justin worked at FilmFour where he was senior business affairs executive where he negotiated deals on many projects including Charlotte Gray, starring Cate Blanchett, Sexy Beast with Ben Kingsley and Ray Winstone and Gangster Number one featuring Paul Bettany. Previously Justin worked at boutique film practice Marriott Harrison where he represented Lucas films, Working Title and Rocket Pictures. 

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Kjartan Thor Thordarson
CEO, Sagafilm Nordic

Co-owner of Sagafilm Iceland and CEO of Sagafilm Nordic in Stockholm. With over 25 films, shorts and scripted series on hist list of credits in the past 10 years, Kjartan is one of Iceland’s most prolific producers. Recent projects include Stella Blómkvist 6x45min a Viaplay Original Series, CASE 9x45min a Netflix Original Series, feature film Dead Snow 2: Red vs. ... read more

Co-owner of Sagafilm Iceland and CEO of Sagafilm Nordic in Stockholm. With over 25 films, shorts and scripted series on hist list of credits in the past 10 years, Kjartan is one of Iceland’s most prolific producers. Recent projects include Stella Blómkvist 6x45min a Viaplay Original Series, CASE 9x45min a Netflix Original Series, feature film Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (Premiered Sundance 2014), Whale Valley (Cannes 2013), The Press III (2013) and Astridur II (2014) both nominated as best scripted series in Europe at Prix Europa. 

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Caroline Torrance
Head of scripted, Banijay Rights

Caroline plays an integral role in the senior management team at Banijay Rights and across Banijay Group.  As head of scripted for Banijay Rights she spearheads the distributor’s ambitions in the international drama arena working with in-house and external producers around the world to develop and acquire scripted programming and comedy. Caroline has strengthened the Banijay Rights slate usi... read more

Caroline plays an integral role in the senior management team at Banijay Rights and across Banijay Group.  As head of scripted for Banijay Rights she spearheads the distributor’s ambitions in the international drama arena working with in-house and external producers around the world to develop and acquire scripted programming and comedy. Caroline has strengthened the Banijay Rights slate using a multi-faceted strategy including a number of first look and development agreements with third party producers and is actively continuing to expand its drama offering.

Her role extends further into the Banijay Group working with Takis Candilis to expand the network of drama producers – through acquisitions and joint ventures in the UK and worldwide. Recent announcements include Blacklight, Fearless Minds and the launch of Yellowbird UK.  Caroline brings her expertise in financing and international co-production, which is essential to the progress of creative and ambitious projects.

With more than 20 years in the television business Caroline has a wealth of experience built in similar roles at BBC Worldwide, Endemol, and Granada.

Fluent in French and English, Caroline has overseen success stories such as lavish English-Franco drama Versailles, which has sold to more than 135 countries worldwide and won the TBFI Prix Export ¬– Fiction 2017; Occupied the tri-lingual political suspense thriller which became a ratings smash hit in Norway and the UK and Belgian drama Public Enemy which was the Winner of the Coup de Coeur Award at the inaugural MIPDrama Screenings.

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Selma Turajlic
Co-founder, Little Dot Studios

Prior to co-founding Little Dot Studios in April 2013, Selma Turajlic was head of interactive media and licensing, at ALL3MEDIA International where she was responsible for the development and exploitation of the entire ALL3MEDIA portfolio of TV programmes across digital media and consumer products. Before joining ALL3MEDIA International in 2009, Turajlic was director, interactive media at Celad... read more

Prior to co-founding Little Dot Studios in April 2013, Selma Turajlic was head of interactive media and licensing, at ALL3MEDIA International where she was responsible for the development and exploitation of the entire ALL3MEDIA portfolio of TV programmes across digital media and consumer products. Before joining ALL3MEDIA International in 2009, Turajlic was director, interactive media at Celador International (now part of Sony Pictures Television) where she managed international digital licensing for formats such as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and Dragons’ Den. Previous roles include business development consultant at Shazam Entertainment working on technology licensing and devising distribution strategies both in the UK and USA and lastminute.com where she worked on establishing entertainment e-commerce offering.

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Colton Unruh
Finalist, Drama series script compitition

Night House –

In the not-too-distant future exists a world where almost nobody still sleeps as a result of generations of genetic manipulation. Struggling through a broken economy in search of greater meaning, a young man named Mads faces the challenges of existing in a society that doesn’t stop for anyone. When his grandmother dies and leaves him behind a large collection of old... read more

Night House –

In the not-too-distant future exists a world where almost nobody still sleeps as a result of generations of genetic manipulation. Struggling through a broken economy in search of greater meaning, a young man named Mads faces the challenges of existing in a society that doesn’t stop for anyone. When his grandmother dies and leaves him behind a large collection of old art and literature, Mads finds himself obsessed with the notion of dreams and what they might mean to him. After getting his hands on a new drug that pacifies its user, Mads starts searching for answers in his own subconscious. Secrets of his past unfold before him, and it isn’t long before Mads and those closest to him find themselves at the centre of a pharmaceutical scandal far more dangerous than they could have ever dreamed.

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Robert Vargas
Executive producer, Nella the Princess Knight

Robert Vargas is an executive producer for Nickelodeon’s brand-new animated preschool series Nella the Princess Knight.

 A two-time Emmy award-winner, Vargas has worked in various roles on other Nickelodeon preschool series, including head writer for Zack and Quack, and storyboard supervisor for The... read more

Robert Vargas is an executive producer for Nickelodeon’s brand-new animated preschool series Nella the Princess Knight.

 A two-time Emmy award-winner, Vargas has worked in various roles on other Nickelodeon preschool series, including head writer for Zack and Quack, and storyboard supervisor for The Wonder Pets! and Little Bill.  He has also worked as a writer on such shows as Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins, Disney XD’s Rekkit Rabbit, PBS Kids’ WordWorld and the Rai/Sony Creative Products hit Mofy, available on NOGGIN, Nickelodeon’s video subscription service for preschoolers.  Additionally, Vargas’ credits include story editor for Henry Hugglemonster and storyboard supervisor for Little Einsteins on Disney Junior.  

 In 2008, Vargas received a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Main Title and Graphic Design for WordWorld, and again in 2009 for Outstanding Writing in Animation for the series.

 Vargas began his career in television as an animator at Georges Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a B.A. in English Literature and Composition.  Vargas is currently based in the U.K. and France.

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Simon Vaughan
Chairman and joint CEO, Lookout Point

Simon Vaughan has over 30 years’ experience in television, working in a variety of roles including actor, writer, producer, executive producer, distributor and financier. He is the chairman and joint CEO of Lookout Point.

His distinct creative-business skill set is the foundation behind the company which he established in 2009 to produce high-end drama.

Former BBC Wales head of ... read more

Simon Vaughan has over 30 years’ experience in television, working in a variety of roles including actor, writer, producer, executive producer, distributor and financier. He is the chairman and joint CEO of Lookout Point.

His distinct creative-business skill set is the foundation behind the company which he established in 2009 to produce high-end drama.

Former BBC Wales head of drama Faith Penhale joined Lookout Point as joint CEO in 2016, solidifying the company’s strategic evolution as a major force in drama production. Simon and the team at Lookout Point work closely with BBC Worldwide, who are the largest shareholder in the company, to produce and distribute Lookout Point’s slate of global British Drama.

Lookout Point’s recent credits include Sally Wainwright’s landmark single film about the lives of the Brontë sisters, To Walk Invisible, for BBC One; Andrew Davies’ critically acclaimed adaptation of War and Peace for BBC One; Ripper Street for the BBC and Amazon; and The Collection, Oliver Goldstick’s sumptuous drama set in a post-war Paris fashion house, for Amazon and France Télévisions.

Lookout Point is currently producing a number of major upcoming series including Mike Bartlett’s bold and provocative newspaper drama, Press, with BBC Studios and Deep Indigo for BBC One and Masterpiece on PBS; Sally Wainwright’s period drama, Gentleman Jack, about the quest by a lesbian landowner to find a wife in 19th century Yorkshire, co-produced with HBO for BBC One; Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Misérables, with BBC Studios for BBC One; and Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Vikram Seth’s epic novel, A Suitable Boy, for BBC One.

Simon began his career as a child actor in BBC TV’s Grange Hill and more recently co-wrote and executive produced his first feature film, Goodbye Christopher Robin.

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Jakob Verbruggen
Director and executive producer, The Alienist

Jakob Verbruggen is the Director and Executive Producer of The Alienist for TNT, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. He previously directed Black Mirror and the season four finale of House of Cards. He also directed London Spy, starring Ben Wishaw and Jim Broadbent, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Craft Award for Best Director.... read more

Jakob Verbruggen is the Director and Executive Producer of The Alienist for TNT, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. He previously directed Black Mirror and the season four finale of House of Cards. He also directed London Spy, starring Ben Wishaw and Jim Broadbent, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Craft Award for Best Director. Among his other credits, Verbruggen directed the BBC crime drama The Fall for Artists Studio. The series, starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan, was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Miniseries and was described by The Guardian as “one of the best dramas on the BBC in years.”

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Amelie Von Kienlin
SVP scripted acquisitions & co-productions, Red Arrow International

Amelie von Kienlin leads all scripted acquisitions and co-productions activity at Red Arrow International, the TV distribution division of global producer Red Arrow Entertainment Group.

Before joining Red Arrow Amelie worked as Head of Co-production for Wild Bunch Germany, and as Head of Program Acquisition for International Sales at Telepool GmbH. She has also worked in TV and film production.

Birgitta Wannstrom
Producer, Bigster

Birgitta Wännström is a producer with credits including the hit drama Gåsmamman for C More/Kanal 5 in Sweden, and several films in the internationally popular Maria Wern series. In 2017 she co-founded production company Bigster whose project Heder is on the agenda at this year’s Content London.

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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Lindsay Watson
Animation producer, CANUK Productions

Lindsay is a Canadian/British animation producer whose company CANUK Productions focuses on development of IP and coproduction of animated children’s series.

Lindsay launched Animated Women UK in 2013 and works closely with its board to organise events and promote women in animation and VFX.

She continues to publish academic papers relating to girls’ animation, regular... read more

Lindsay is a Canadian/British animation producer whose company CANUK Productions focuses on development of IP and coproduction of animated children’s series.

Lindsay launched Animated Women UK in 2013 and works closely with its board to organise events and promote women in animation and VFX.

She continues to publish academic papers relating to girls’ animation, regularly presenting information about the subject at international conferences and events. In 2015 she completed a Masters of Fine Art from Bournemouth University (Professional Media Practice – animation management) and published a paper on British animation funding in partnership with Animation UK.

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Jon Wax
Head of drama series & movies, YouTube Originals

As head of drama series & movies, Jon Wax is responsible for building YTO’s original drama slate as well as overseeing acquisition and production of YouTube’s movie roster.

Wax was previously executive vice president of programming at WGN America & Tribune Studios, where he oversaw WGNA’s foray into producing scripted series.

During his four years there, WGNA went fr... read more

As head of drama series & movies, Jon Wax is responsible for building YTO’s original drama slate as well as overseeing acquisition and production of YouTube’s movie roster.

Wax was previously executive vice president of programming at WGN America & Tribune Studios, where he oversaw WGNA’s foray into producing scripted series.

During his four years there, WGNA went from being a superstation with no original programming to a basic cable network that launched four successful dramas, garnering unprecedented ratings and notice with its popular series Salem, critical darling Manhattan (which earned the network its first-ever Emmy Award), and its lauded hit series “Underground” and “Outsiders.”

Prior to WGNA, Wax spent nearly 15 years on the Fox lot, where in various roles at both TCFTV and FBC he helped shepherd some of the most popular series on television, including Prison Break, Bones, 24, Malcolm in the Middle, and Firefly.

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Stefan Kreutzer
Business development manager, Remote Control Productions

Stefan Kreutzer started in the music industry as a concert promoter and artist agent, working with as exciting and different artists such as Alice Cooper, Slash from GunsNRoses, Lil Kim, Cypress Hill, Destinys Child or German Rap-star Sido.

After a sabbatical earning a Master’s Degree in Contemporary History and writing a well received book on the German political strategy in the Near ... read more

Stefan Kreutzer started in the music industry as a concert promoter and artist agent, working with as exciting and different artists such as Alice Cooper, Slash from GunsNRoses, Lil Kim, Cypress Hill, Destinys Child or German Rap-star Sido.

After a sabbatical earning a Master’s Degree in Contemporary History and writing a well received book on the German political strategy in the Near East during WWI, he became head of the Film & Games department at publisher piranha media and ran Burger King’s customer magazine KING and affiliated in-house TV Channel.
Having always been a passionate geek about movies, TV series, games and comics he found the perfect place to act out on it with Europe’s biggest and coolest games developer family remote control productions where he develops and produces interactive entertainment and 360° content with the TV and movie industry.

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Piers Wenger
Controller of drama, BBC

Piers Wenger is the controller of BBC Drama and currently responsible for commissioning across the whole of the BBC portfolio and overseeing more than 450 hours of drama a year on the BBC, the biggest broadcaster of drama in the UK.

Piers was appointed controller of BBC Drama in late 2016. Prior to this he was head of drama at Channel 4 from 2012, and head of drama at BBC Wales from 200... read more

Piers Wenger is the controller of BBC Drama and currently responsible for commissioning across the whole of the BBC portfolio and overseeing more than 450 hours of drama a year on the BBC, the biggest broadcaster of drama in the UK.

Piers was appointed controller of BBC Drama in late 2016. Prior to this he was head of drama at Channel 4 from 2012, and head of drama at BBC Wales from 2008 where he was an executive producer on the hugely successful reboot of Doctor Who where he cast Matt Smith into the lead role.

As a producer, he closely collaborated with the late Victoria Wood over a decade on her dramatic projects. He produced her BAFTA and RTS award winning dramatization of Nella Last’s diary Housewife, 49, collaborated with her on Loving Miss Hatto, Wood’s dramatization of the life of the life of classical pianist Joyce Hatto and co-executive produced Eric and Eric, Peter Bowker’s biopic of the young Morecambe and Wise in which Wood also starred.

At Channel 4, he has spear-headed the launch of a number of popular and award-winning drama series. In February 2015, Indian Summers, a period drama chronicling the last years of British imperial rule in India launched and recorded the highest overnight drama audience for a C4 drama in 20 years. No Offence, Paul Abbott’s anarchic police procedural launched strongly later in the same year and won the Royal Television Society Award for best drama series. While Humans, Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley’s sci-fi series, a co-production with AMC, became a significant ratings hit breaking the record set by Indian Summers earlier in the year.

 

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Kristiina Werner
Head of international business development , Zodiak Finland

Kristiina Werner is in charge of international business development for Zodiak Finland. She is the executive producer of ”Lover.” With 20+ years of experience managing high-profile projects in Finland and abroad, she has a proven track record in drama acquisitions as the SVP, Programming at MTV3 Finland, and SVP of Television at Channel Four Finland / Sanoma ltd.

She commissioned... read more

Kristiina Werner is in charge of international business development for Zodiak Finland. She is the executive producer of ”Lover.” With 20+ years of experience managing high-profile projects in Finland and abroad, she has a proven track record in drama acquisitions as the SVP, Programming at MTV3 Finland, and SVP of Television at Channel Four Finland / Sanoma ltd.

She commissioned Moskito Television’s Feel Good Inc. for MTV3, as well as their hit drama ”The Black Widows” for Channel Four Finland. The show has been picked up by Leonardo Di Caprio’s Appian Way and is currently in development at ABC. She also works at Filmlapland promoting Finland’s Lapland as the ideal location for arctic filming to the international movie and television industry.

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Ian Whitehead
Head of production and development, Incendo

A hands-on producer and executive producer, Ian has produced over 100 hours of scripted TV and is as comfortable on set as he is in the writer’s room or post house. Keen collaborator, team builder, and always story-focused, Ian has worked on award-winning episodic series, miniseries, TV movies and feature films of varying budgets – from large-scale green screen shoots to international c... read more

A hands-on producer and executive producer, Ian has produced over 100 hours of scripted TV and is as comfortable on set as he is in the writer’s room or post house. Keen collaborator, team builder, and always story-focused, Ian has worked on award-winning episodic series, miniseries, TV movies and feature films of varying budgets – from large-scale green screen shoots to international co-productions. His producing work has been recognized internationally, including BAFTA, CSA, DGC, C21 and Rockie Awards nominations. In his spare time, Ian likes to fly seaplanes and helicopters with his family.

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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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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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Polly Williams
VP, scripted development, television, Entertainment One

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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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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Adrian Wootton
CEO, Film London

Adrian Wootton OBE, is the chief executive of Film London, the agency charged with developing the screen industries in the capital, and the British Film Commission, the unit responsible for promoting the UK as the best place to produce feature films and high end television.
Prior to becoming the chief executive of Film London in 2003, Adrian was acting director of the British Film Institu... read more

Adrian Wootton OBE, is the chief executive of Film London, the agency charged with developing the screen industries in the capital, and the British Film Commission, the unit responsible for promoting the UK as the best place to produce feature films and high end television.
Prior to becoming the chief executive of Film London in 2003, Adrian was acting director of the British Film Institute (BFI), in addition to having been the director of the London Film Festival (LFF), the National Film Theatre (NFT), Head of BFI Exhibition and director of the crime and mystery film festival, Crime Scene.
Before his appointment to the BFI, he was founding director of Broadway Media Centre in Nottingham and Director of the Bradford Playhouse & Film Theatre.
Adrian is a Programme Advisor to the BFI London Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and Noir in Fest, Milan.

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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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Geoffrey Wright
Director and writer,

Melbourne filmmaker Geoffrey Wright is a director and writer of film and television. A graduate of Swinburne School of Film and Television, he came to the world’s attention with the 1992 feature film Romper Stomper starring Russell Crowe, winning several local and international awards. His credits include Macbeth starring Sam Worthington, the American-produced Cherry Falls star... read more

Melbourne filmmaker Geoffrey Wright is a director and writer of film and television. A graduate of Swinburne School of Film and Television, he came to the world’s attention with the 1992 feature film Romper Stomper starring Russell Crowe, winning several local and international awards. His credits include Macbeth starring Sam Worthington, the American-produced Cherry Falls starring Brittany Murphy, and Metal Skin starring Aden Young and Ben Mendelsohn.

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Paul Youngbluth
Director, TAPE Services

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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Pat Younge
Managing director, Sugar Films

Pat is MD of start-up scripted and non-scripted indie, Sugar Films. A former chief creative office of BBC Production (now Studios) he also led the turn-around of American cable network, Travel Channel Media, and has worked in commissioning, production, news and sport at the ITV, BBC and C4.

Andrew Zein
SVP creative, format development & sales, Warner Bros. International TV Production

Andrew is responsible for the identification, development and exploitation of Warner Bros. formats outside the US. He oversees all creative aspects of the development and production of programming and the licensing of these products. His role also incorporates format acquisitions from local producers around the world, IP management, format sales and international distribution.

With a man... read more

Andrew is responsible for the identification, development and exploitation of Warner Bros. formats outside the US. He oversees all creative aspects of the development and production of programming and the licensing of these products. His role also incorporates format acquisitions from local producers around the world, IP management, format sales and international distribution.

With a mandate of establishing operating production companies in major territories globally, WBITVP acquires production companies which develop original local programming, create locally produced versions of programs owned by the Studio and add new complimentary formats to its catalogue for worldwide distribution.

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Rachael do Valle
Executive manager, Brazilian Content

Rachel ​​do ​​Valle ​​is ​​the ​​executive ​​manager ​​of ​​Brazilian Content,​​ an​​ audiovisual​​ international​​ project​​ that​​ has been​​ enabling​​ partnerships ​​between​​ Brazilian​​ and foreign​​ companies​​ since ​​2004.​​ The​​ goals of​​ Brazilian  Content ​​are​​ to ​​p... read more

Rachel ​​do ​​Valle ​​is ​​the ​​executive ​​manager ​​of ​​Brazilian Content,​​ an​​ audiovisual​​ international​​ project​​ that​​ has been​​ enabling​​ partnerships ​​between​​ Brazilian​​ and foreign​​ companies​​ since ​​2004.​​ The​​ goals of​​ Brazilian  Content ​​are​​ to ​​promote ​​new​​ co-production opportunities ​​and​​ develop ​​international​​ partnerships​​ for TV​​ and ​​digital ​​media​​ producers.​​ The​​ project​​ is promoted ​​by​​ BRAVI, ​​Brasil​​ Audiovisual ​​Independente  –​​ the​​ Brazilian​​ association​​ of​​ producers ​​that​​ gathers more​​ than ​​600​​ companies ​​– ​​in​​ partnership ​​with Apex-Brasil​​ (Brazilian ​​Trade ​​and ​​Investment​​ Promotion Agency). ​​Rachel​​ is​ ​a ​​journalist ​​post ​​graduated​​ in audiovisual​​ management​​ with​​ specialization ​​in international​​ relations.​​ She’s​​ part​​ of​​ BRAVI’s​​ team since​​ 2009,​​organization​​ she ​​joined​​ after​​ three ​​years ​​of​​ experience​​ in​​ content​​ distribution.

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Moritz von Kruedener
Managing director , Beta Film GmbH

As Beta Film’s Managing Director since 2005, Moritz von Kruedener is in charge of national and international distribution. He is responsible for global positioning of the company in terms of development, financing as well as the realization of high-profile event productions for the international market and has a leading role in Beta’s strategic alignment for new business sectors. Recent pro... read more

As Beta Film’s Managing Director since 2005, Moritz von Kruedener is in charge of national and international distribution. He is responsible for global positioning of the company in terms of development, financing as well as the realization of high-profile event productions for the international market and has a leading role in Beta’s strategic alignment for new business sectors. Recent projects include outstanding national and international TV productions such as  Stefano Sollima’s acclaimed series “Gomorrah” , “Babylon Berlin” by Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries and Henk Handloegten, and productions for cinema such as Florian Henkel von Donnersmarck’s “Werk ohne Autor”. Before joining Beta Film, Kruedener worked as Director for Sales and Distribution at Sony Pictures, where he was responsible for establishing their TV sales and distribution sector in Germany. Prior to this, he held several managerial positions at KirchMedia.

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