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CL Speakers 2020

 

SPEAKERS

Chris Albrecht
Head of global television, Legendary Global

Albrecht is an industry leader in the modern-day business of pay television with numerous landmark achievements. Currently, Albrecht oversees Legendary Global, a division of Legendary Entertainment, focused on developing, financing and producing premium scripted English and local language television for the global market. Previously, Albrecht served as president and CEO of Starz, where he success... read more

Albrecht is an industry leader in the modern-day business of pay television with numerous landmark achievements. Currently, Albrecht oversees Legendary Global, a division of Legendary Entertainment, focused on developing, financing and producing premium scripted English and local language television for the global market.

Previously, Albrecht served as president and CEO of Starz, where he successfully reinvented the premium pay TV network. Under his leadership, Starz was transformed into an original programming powerhouse with dynamic global businesses anchored by brand-defining franchises. Albrecht led this evolution with an aggressive plan to dramatically increase Starz’s investment in proprietary and licensed original programming, and elevated its reputation globally with such scripted series as: Power, Outlander and American Gods, among others.

Prior to Starz, Albrecht was president of IMG Global Media, heading its diverse businesses including global sports production operations, global rights acquisitions and digital media enterprises. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of HBO, and president of HBO Original Programming where he transformed the company from a movie focused television service into a worldwide leader in original programming, and created the critically acclaimed series: Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Band of Brothers, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage and more.

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Moderator Stephen Armstrong
Freelance journalist,

Armstrong is a journalist and author. He writes extensively on film and television for the Sunday Times, the Daily Mail and the Radio Times. He contributes on other topics to a range of national newspapers, Wired, the BMJ and Sky Arts’ Discovering Film series. He has written five non-fiction books and inevitably has a screenplay in development, where he confidently expects it to remain.

Moss Barclay
Executive producer, Pulse Films

Barclay joined Pulse films in 2013 and currently works as executive producer and producer across the studios film and television slate. She developed Sky Original series Gangs of London which has just been commissioned for its second season and is currently producing, amongst others, Olivia Wilde’s Perfect for Fox Searchlight and Gregory Burke’s television adaptation of Atomic Bazaar t... read more

Barclay joined Pulse films in 2013 and currently works as executive producer and producer across the studios film and television slate. She developed Sky Original series Gangs of London which has just been commissioned for its second season and is currently producing, amongst others, Olivia Wilde’s Perfect for Fox Searchlight and Gregory Burke’s television adaptation of Atomic Bazaar to be directed by Edward Berger.

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Mike Beale
Managing director, Global Creative Network, ITV Studios

Reporting to Julian Bellamy, managing director of ITV Studios, as leader of the Global Creative Network Beale helps to drive the creative and development efforts across the Group’s business globally with a particularly active role with the UK and US teams. He is responsible for identifying new opportunities to build ITV Studios’ creative pipeline via development deals and partnerships with for... read more

Reporting to Julian Bellamy, managing director of ITV Studios, as leader of the Global Creative Network Beale helps to drive the creative and development efforts across the Group’s business globally with a particularly active role with the UK and US teams. He is responsible for identifying new opportunities to build ITV Studios’ creative pipeline via development deals and partnerships with format creators across the world. Armoza Formats is a part of the Global Creative Network.

Beale is responsible for boosting creativity, encouraging knowledge-sharing and prioritising the development of hit shows across 36 labels producing non-scripted content. He is also responsible for acquiring selected IP from third parties into the production network.

Beale joined ITV Studios in June 2011, to manage ITV Studios Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland and establish ITVS Studios’ enviable slate of formats on the global stage including, The Chase, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Hell’s Kitchen, Come Dine With Me and the increasingly popular global hit, Love Island. Prior to joining ITV, he was vice president of international production for NBCUniversal where he looked after global production of shows such as Top Chef, Minute to Win It and Real Housewives. His career began in television production working for a range of companies including Planet 24, LWT, Bunim Murray, Hat Trick and the BBC. He was also one of the founders of 12 Yard Productions.

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Peter Beard
Co-founder, Story Films

Beard is an Emmy nominated and BAFTA winning director and producer. His 2015 film My Son The Jihadi was described as ‘near perfect television’ by The Times and won a BAFTA for Best Documentary. It has since gone on to be nominated for, or win, a further six awards. Over the last ten years Beard has developed a reputation for making creative, bold and thought-provoking documentaries. From landm... read more

Beard is an Emmy nominated and BAFTA winning director and producer. His 2015 film My Son The Jihadi was described as ‘near perfect television’ by The Times and won a BAFTA for Best Documentary. It has since gone on to be nominated for, or win, a further six awards. Over the last ten years Beard has developed a reputation for making creative, bold and thought-provoking documentaries. From landmark series like 24 Hours In A&E and 24 Hours In Police Custody to critically acclaimed films like Grierson nominated The Fish Market: Inside Billingsgate. He has always sought to make visually distinctive, intelligent films. In 2013 Pete produced and shot Channel 4’s BAFTA winning mental health series Bedlam with Dave. Most recently he was nominated for the 2017 Best Factual Director and Best Factual Series for Channel 4 series on child mental health and gender disorder Kids On The Edge.

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Bebe
Lead actress,

Bebe was born in Valencia but moved to Extremadura at the age of 1. She has had a lot of success and recognition in her music career- four CDs and Ondas Awards: Best Newcomer, Grammy Latino also for Best Newcomer, Goya Award for the Best Original Song for Tiempo pequeño, MTV Awards nomination for Best Spanish Artist. Parallel to this she has developed an acting career which she debuted in minor r... read more

Bebe was born in Valencia but moved to Extremadura at the age of 1.

She has had a lot of success and recognition in her music career- four CDs and Ondas
Awards: Best Newcomer, Grammy Latino also for Best Newcomer, Goya Award for the Best
Original Song for Tiempo pequeño, MTV Awards nomination for Best Spanish Artist.
Parallel to this she has developed an acting career which she debuted in minor roles in the
films Al sur de Granada by Fernando Colomo and El oro de Moscú by Jesús Bonilla.

Her dedication took off with La educación de las hadas by José Luis Cuerda in which she
starred alongside Ricardo Darín and for which she was nominated for a Goya in the Best
Newcomer category. She also worked on Caótica Ana by Julio Medem which also starred
Manuela Vellés, Charlotte Rampling and Lluis Homar

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David Beckham
Co-founder, Studio 99

Beckham was the first English football player to win league titles in four countries: England, Spain, the United States and France. His career spanned 20 years with some of the most successful clubs in the world: Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain and the England team, which he captained for six years. Since retiring from football in 2013 Beckham has worked w... read more

Beckham was the first English football player to win league titles in four countries: England, Spain, the United States and France. His career spanned 20 years with some of the most successful clubs in the world: Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain and the England team, which he captained for six years.

Since retiring from football in 2013 Beckham has worked with world-leading brands including Adidas, Diageo, H&M, L’Oreal, Tudor and Sands.

He has actively supported Unicef for over 15 years and launched the ground-breaking initiative 7: The David Beckham Unicef Fund in 2015. As a Goodwill Ambassador for the charity, he promotes and protects the rights of the world’s most vulnerable children. In 2019 he also lent his voice to Malaria No More, the campaign to eradicate malaria in Africa.

In his role as Ambassadorial President for the British Fashion Council, he is committed to promoting and nurturing British fashion and the United Kingdom’s creative industries.
In 2018 he became President of Major League Soccer club Inter Miami CF, the culmination of his lifelong ambition to own a football club, and the start of an exciting new chapter.

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Luca Bernabei
CEO, Lux Vide

Bernabei, with his innovative energy and desire for challenge, is the driving force of Lux Vide. He is married to Paola Lucantoni, Law Professor at Tor Vergata University in Rome, and they have 6 children. He loves his family and his country, Italy. Born in Rome in 1964, he graduated in Political Science at La Sapienza University of Rome. He started off his career working in advertising for Italy... read more

Bernabei, with his innovative energy and desire for challenge, is the driving force of Lux Vide. He is married to Paola Lucantoni, Law Professor at Tor Vergata University in Rome, and they have 6 children. He loves his family and his country, Italy. Born in Rome in 1964, he graduated in Political Science at La Sapienza University of Rome. He started off his career working in advertising for Italy’s top agencies and trend-setting advertising production companies.

In 1994, he started as Associate Producer in Lux Vide, where he produced the international TV series The Bible. In 2002, he became head of production, taking in charge the entire cycle of production, from development to post-production. In 2013 he was appointed chief executive officer of Lux Vide. He produced over 100 projects, including Tv-movies, series and mini-series, such as War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Coco Chanel with Shirley McLaine, the longest-running Italian Tv series Don Matteo, I Medici – Masters of Florence, starring Richard Madden and Dustin Hoffman, Devils starring Patrick Dempsey and Alessandro Borghi, Leonardo starring Aidan Turner and Freddie Highmore, and DOC, the highest rated series in the last 13 years in Italy and sold all over the world.

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Casey Bloys
Chief Content Officer, HBO and HBO Max

Bloys is chief content officer for HBO and HBO Max. He became president of HBO programming in May 2016, and in August 2020, assumed original content responsibilities for HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer offering. This includes all HBO and HBO Max original series, documentaries, unscripted programming and specials. Bloys was named president, HBO series, late night and specials in Februar... read more

Bloys is chief content officer for HBO and HBO Max. He became president of HBO programming in May 2016, and in August 2020, assumed original content responsibilities for HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer offering. This includes all HBO and HBO Max original series, documentaries, unscripted programming and specials.

Bloys was named president, HBO series, late night and specials in February 2016, responsible for the development and production of all series, talk shows and specials for the network. Before that, he served as executive vice president, HBO Programming from 2013, and was responsible for comedy series, late night and specials. He has overseen the development and production of a long list of HBO programming, including Flight of The Conchords, Eastbound and Down, Veep, Girls, Silicon Valley, Enlightened, Insecure, Barry, and I May Destroy You. Since he began overseeing the drama group, HBO has launched Watchmen, Succession, Euphoria, Westworld, Big Little Lies, My Brilliant Friend, Lovecraft Country, and Chernobyl, as well as the final seasons of Game of Thrones. This year, under Bloys, HBO received 30 Primetime Emmy® wins, including 11 Emmy® wins for Watchmen and 7 Emmy® wins for Succession.

Bloys joined HBO in 2004 as director, development, HBO Independent Productions (HIP), and was promoted to vice president, HIP, in 2005. In 2006, he was named vice president, HBO Entertainment, spearheading the development and production of comedy series and named senior vice president in 2009.

Prior to HBO, he was director, development, for Wass-Stein Productions, from 2000 to 2004. He began his career as an assistant in the Current and Development departments of CBS.

Bloys has a BA in Economics from Northwestern University.

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Daria Bondarenko
EVP international sales and co-productions, Yellow Black and White

Bondarenko is currently EVP of sales, acquisitions and co-productions, at Yellow, Black and White (YBW), one of Russia’s leading media and entertainment groups. Bondarenko started her career in media at respected independent Russian production studio Sreda Production (Trigger, Trotsky) before moving to CTC Media, where she was deputy head of acquisitions working with major studios to secure cont... read more

Bondarenko is currently EVP of sales, acquisitions and co-productions, at Yellow, Black and White (YBW), one of Russia’s leading media and entertainment groups.

Bondarenko started her career in media at respected independent Russian production studio Sreda Production (Trigger, Trotsky) before moving to CTC Media, where she was deputy head of acquisitions working with major studios to secure content for up to five free-to-air national channels in Russia.

At Yellow, Black & White, Bondarenko handles all international outreach and relations, promoting YBW as a group, along with its streaming service Start, as well as identifying co-production and distribution partners and overseeing global acquisitions. Under her leadership, YBW has secured its first distribution deals with global giants Netflix Originals and Amazon Originals and Exclusives, taking Start’s dramas to international audiences for the first time.

Bondarenko has a degree in Economics and Media.

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Shankari Chandran
Author and story consultant,

Chandran is a thriller writer and lawyer based in Australia. She has published two novels since 2017 – Song of the Sun God and The Barrier – and has a third one on the way. All three have been optioned for TV adaptations. Song of the Sun God was long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award (2019) and short-listed for Sri Lanka’s Fairway National Literary Award (2018). ... read more

Chandran is a thriller writer and lawyer based in Australia. She has published two novels since 2017 – Song of the Sun God and The Barrier – and has a third one on the way. All three have been optioned for TV adaptations. Song of the Sun God was long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award (2019) and short-listed for Sri Lanka’s Fairway National Literary Award (2018). In December 2019, she won the Australian Society of Authors inaugural Blake-Beckett Scholarship and she is the NSW Government’s Writers Fellow for 2018/2019.

Chandran worked in the field of social justice in London where she was responsible for projects in over 30 countries ranging from ensuring representation for detainees in Guantanamo Bay to training lawyers in Rwanda to advising UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Her work helped her understand the role and limitations of international humanitarian law in conflicts. It also showed her what happens to society when governments subvert civil liberties. These issues form major themes in her genre writing.

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Elsie Choi
Executive director, Rideback TV Incubator

Choi most recently oversaw TV and film development for Mad Rabbit, a joint venture with Red Arrow Studios, writer/director/producer Kari Skogland (Emmy-nominated and BAFTA-winning director of The Handmaid’s Tale) and Peter Sussman (founder and former CEO, Alliance Atlantis). Choi began her career at Morgan Stanley executing financings for cultural institutions such as The Getty Center and Americ... read more

Choi most recently oversaw TV and film development for Mad Rabbit, a joint venture with Red Arrow Studios, writer/director/producer Kari Skogland (Emmy-nominated and BAFTA-winning director of The Handmaid’s Tale) and Peter Sussman (founder and former CEO, Alliance Atlantis). Choi began her career at Morgan Stanley executing financings for cultural institutions such as The Getty Center and American Museum of Natural History, and then transitioned to marketing and publicity at DreamWorks Pictures in New York and Los Angeles. She went on to head development for Bruce Willis’ company, Willis Brothers Films, where she produced award-winning documentary and narrative features that have premiered at Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto Film Festivals.

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Miki Chojnacka
Cheif content and creative officer, Hopster

Chojnacka has 20 years of experience in the media and entertainment industries, having held senior executive roles in content, creative and strategy at MTV Networks, Viacom and Pearson. She has a strong track record of launching channels and brands, building winning teams and products across the globe. Today, as a chief content and creative officer at Hopster, the UK’s leading entertainment and ... read more

Chojnacka has 20 years of experience in the media and entertainment industries, having held senior executive roles in content, creative and strategy at MTV Networks, Viacom and Pearson. She has a strong track record of launching channels and brands, building winning teams and products across the globe. Today, as a chief content and creative officer at Hopster, the UK’s leading entertainment and learning app for pre-school kids, she is responsible for the creative direction and content strategy of the platform.

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Eric Collins
CEO and founding member, Impact X Capital Partners

London-based, Collins is a technology executive who has spent a career building the value of digital companies through innovative strategies. He has done this at public and private companies including AOL, TimeWarner, Tegic/Nuance Communications, MobilePosse, SwiftKey/Microsoft and most recently, Touch Surgery, where he was COO. In 2018, Collins was part of a prominent group of black European and ... read more

London-based, Collins is a technology executive who has spent a career building the value of digital companies through innovative strategies.

He has done this at public and private companies including AOL, TimeWarner, Tegic/Nuance Communications, MobilePosse, SwiftKey/Microsoft and most recently, Touch Surgery, where he was COO.

In 2018, Collins was part of a prominent group of black European and US serial entrepreneurs, institutional investors, investment bankers, corporate leaders and entertainers to found Impact X Capital Partners.

The company is a double bottom-line venture capital firm that invests in under-represented innovators in Europe, focusing on growth stage companies in three distinct sectors: digital and technology, health, education and lifestyle; and media and entertainment.

Creatively, Impact X Capital Partners’ media and entertainment investments involve partnering with independent production companies to bring commercial projects to a worldwide audience leveraging streaming platforms. The current slate includes drama, comedy, animation, and music.

President Obama appointed Collins, who holds degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, to the Small Business Administration’s Council on Underserved Communities and as an evaluator for White House Fellow applicants.

The Financial Times named him among the UK’s top 100 BAME leaders in technology in 2018. In 2019 and 2020 he was voted one of the most influential black people in Britain on the Powerlist.

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Jennifer Collins
Head of factual and culture, ABC Australia

Collins is one of Australia’s leading television executives with a career spanning 30 years. Her recent appointment to the role of head of factual and culture at ABC, gives her responsibility for the development and production of content across Science, Arts, Religion and ethics, History, Natural History, Education and contemporary, as well as overseeing Podcasts and Radio National. Five years ... read more

Collins is one of Australia’s leading television executives with a career spanning 30 years. Her recent appointment to the role of head of factual and culture at ABC, gives her responsibility for the development and production of content across Science, Arts, Religion and ethics, History, Natural History, Education and contemporary, as well as overseeing Podcasts and Radio National.

Five years in her role as head of non-fiction at Screentime, she oversaw a slate of programs including formats such as The Secret Life of 4 year olds, and original documentaries Stop Laughing…this is serious, Making Child Prodigies, and Testing Teachers. As director of content at Fremantle Collins had responsibility for both scripted and unscripted development and production slates for all networks. Formerly at ABC TV she was head of entertainment where she commissioned a slate of highly acclaimed programs including Dirty Laundry Live, Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery and the Digital Emmy award winning series #7 Days Later as well as conceiving the online comedy initiative Fresh Blood. As ABC TV’s head of factual she commissioned an impressive slate of award winning documentaries as well as factual entertainment series including Poh’s Kitchen, Who’s Been Sleeping in My House?, Dream Build and The Checkout.

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Domingo Corral
Director of original programming, Moviestar+

Corral, director of original programming at Movistar+, joined the Telefónica platform in May 2014 after many years at Turner, where he was entertainment content chief for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Previously, also at Turner, he went from managing the film channel TCM to serving as the company’s general manager for Spain and Portugal in 2003. Today, Corral is in charge of original prog... read more

Corral, director of original programming at Movistar+, joined the Telefónica platform in May 2014 after many years at Turner, where he was entertainment content chief for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Previously, also at Turner, he went from managing the film channel TCM to serving as the company’s general manager for Spain and Portugal in 2003. Today, Corral is in charge of original programming at Movistar+, a division that specialises in the development of films and television series aimed at enhancing and driving the fiction offering of Telefónica’s platform.

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Deb Cox
Executive producer and creative director and co-founder, Every Cloud Productions

As a creator, producer, and writer Cox has been responsible for some of Australia’s best loved productions. Forming Every Cloud Productions with Fiona Eagger in 2009 she quickly created a body of successful and popular work including three seasons of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, which has sold to more than 170 territories around the world. Other Every Cloud productions include legal-drama N... read more

As a creator, producer, and writer Cox has been responsible for some of Australia’s best loved productions. Forming Every Cloud Productions with Fiona Eagger in 2009 she quickly created a body of successful and popular work including three seasons of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, which has sold to more than 170 territories around the world.

Other Every Cloud productions include legal-drama Newton’s Law, indigenous series The Gods of Wheat Street, AACTA-winning youth-drama Deadlock, Miss Fisher spin-off Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, theatrical feature Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears, and ratings hit SeaChange. This followed numerous productions from Cox’s early career including Simone de Beauvoir’s Babies, feature film Dead Letter Office, and drama series SeaChange, CrashBurn, and East of Everything. Most recently Cox has executive produced mystery drama, Eden, and comedy feature, A Sunburnt Christmas, for premium SVOD platform Stan.

A highly regarded industry leader Cox is the recipient of the Jill Robb Award for Service to the Victorian Screen industry and the Business Export award from Screen Producers Australia.

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L.C. Crowley
Chief executive officer, Trioscope Studios

Crowley serves as chief executive officer of Trioscope Studios, a ground breaking new studio dedicated to next-generation enhanced hybrid animation. The Los Angeles based studio develops original dramatic content as well as adaptations and produces third party intellectual property, all on its revolutionary new platform. Crowley, along with veteran producer and entrepreneur Brandon Barr, and accl... read more

Crowley serves as chief executive officer of Trioscope Studios, a ground breaking new studio dedicated to next-generation enhanced hybrid animation. The Los Angeles based studio develops original dramatic content as well as adaptations and produces third party intellectual property, all on its revolutionary new platform.

Crowley, along with veteran producer and entrepreneur Brandon Barr, and acclaimed animator and VFX artist Greg Jonkajtys formed Trioscope Studios in 2020. Reinventing the way animation is made, Trioscope marries human performance with animated environments to produce a first of its kind viewing experience filled with powerful human emotion and breath taking cinematic visuals.

Trioscope recently premiered the World War II animated drama series The Liberator, written by Jeb Stuart, directed by Jonkajtys and produced by A&E Studios and Unique Features for Netflix. Additionally, Trioscope has partnered with Truly*Adventurous, Dark Horse Comics, Oni Press, Unique Features and Netflix for unannounced projects.

Crowley and Barr have a long history, having launched the successful Atlanta based production company School of Humans a decade ago. The company built a reputation on genre defying and experimental projects such as Daytime Fighting League (Adult Swim), Stuff You Should Know (Science Channel) and Behind the Screens (Netflix) as well as progressive approaches to content through their podcasts, including the critical hit Hell and Gone.

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Brad Danks
CEO, OUTtv Media Global Inc

Since 2016, Danks has been the CEO of OUTtv Media Global Inc., (OMG) the world’s largest producer and aggregator of original LGBTQ+ film and television content. Danks began his career as an entertainment lawyer with a distinguished practice that included working for many US and International Studios, Broadcasters and Financiers of entertainment content. He joined the television network OUTt... read more

Since 2016, Danks has been the CEO of OUTtv Media Global Inc., (OMG) the world’s largest producer and aggregator of original LGBTQ+ film and television content.

Danks began his career as an entertainment lawyer with a distinguished practice that included working for many US and International Studios, Broadcasters and Financiers of entertainment content. He joined the television network OUTtv as COO in 2006 where he worked to grow the business in Canada until becoming CEO in 2016. He was instrumental in initiating OMG’s international expansion, developing platform partnerships with Amazon, Apple, Roku, Tubi, Rakuten, Fuse, Showmax, 7plus and TVNZ. This international growth lead to OUTtv being named Broadcaster of the Year in Canada in 2016.

Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, OMG owns the brands OUTtv and FROOTtv serves many territories around the world including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and across Europe.

Danks is an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Victoria, frequent speaker, writer and guest lecturer at conferences and academic institutions on the evolving media landscape.

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Christina Davis
President of original programming, Starz

Davis is tasked with leading the programming and development team for the global premium platform and delivering on its creative mandate of producing premium content for women and diverse audiences worldwide. As head of Drama Series Development for CBS for 11 years, Davis delivered the network the #1 New Drama in 9 out of 11 years had a hand in developing the CSI and NCIS franchises and such accl... read more

Davis is tasked with leading the programming and development team for the global premium platform and delivering on its creative mandate of producing premium content for women and diverse audiences worldwide.

As head of Drama Series Development for CBS for 11 years, Davis delivered the network the #1 New Drama in 9 out of 11 years had a hand in developing the CSI and NCIS franchises and such acclaimed series as The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-O, Elementary, Madam Secretary, Scorpion, Bull, MacGyver and Code Black.

Davis previously served as executive vice president, Drama Series Development, CBS Entertainment, a role she held from 2009 – 2017. Having started in the CBS drama series department in 1997 as assistant to then drama head Nina Tassler, Davis spent nearly twenty years rising through the ranks in both development and current series at CBS Entertainment.

Following her departure from CBS, Davis co-founded the television production company Maniac Productions, with writer-producer Michael Seitzman in 2017, based at ABC Studios.

Davis is a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. A former honoree for The Imagen Foundation’s Powerful & Influential Latinos in the Entertainment Industry, she sits on the Board of Directors for HRTS (Hollywood Radio and Television Society) and Girls Inc. Davis also serves on the Advisory Board of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers’ (NALIP) Diverse Women in Media Forum.

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Camilla Deakin
Producer and joint managing director, Lupus Films

Deakin began her career as a freelance journalist before moving into producing and directing TV documentaries and arts programmes. She joined the Arts and Music department of Channel 4 in 1999 where she was editor, arts and animation. Deakin left Channel 4 in 2002 to set up Lupus Films with colleague Ruth Fielding. Together they have developed the company to become one of the UK’s leading anima... read more

Deakin began her career as a freelance journalist before moving into producing and directing TV documentaries and arts programmes. She joined the Arts and Music department of Channel 4 in 1999 where she was editor, arts and animation.

Deakin left Channel 4 in 2002 to set up Lupus Films with colleague Ruth Fielding. Together they have developed the company to become one of the UK’s leading animation studios, producing high quality film entertainment for children and families. In addition to her work running Lupus Films, Deakin has produced and executive produced a number of award-winning short films for Channel 4 and the UK Film Council. In 2013 Lupus Films received a prestigious Vision Award from the British Film Institute. The company’s first feature film developed with the assistance of the award was Ethel & Ernest, a 90-minute animated feature film based on a graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, distributed by Universal. Other recent successes include the BAFTA-nominated The Snowman and The Snowdog and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and the Emmy International Kids Award-winning The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Lupus Films are currently developing a slate of live action and animated features, specials and series.

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Abigail Dennis
Head of development, Pulse Films

Dennis joined Pulse Films in 2019 as head of development to create a diverse and exciting slate out of the studios London office. Her current focus is on finding emerging talent with fresh voices that can cut through in the domestic market. Prior to Pulse Films, Dennis was head of development at Eleven Film (Sex Education, Spadehead), overseeing the management of the slate and budget, as well as ... read more

Dennis joined Pulse Films in 2019 as head of development to create a diverse and exciting slate out of the studios London office. Her current focus is on finding emerging talent with fresh voices that can cut through in the domestic market.

Prior to Pulse Films, Dennis was head of development at Eleven Film (Sex Education, Spadehead), overseeing the management of the slate and budget, as well as bolstering new talent drives. With almost a decade’s experience in the industry, Dennis started her career at the BBC in Business Affairs. From there she joined Euston Films, working as assistant script editor on the BBC Neil Cross pre-apocalyptic crime drama Hard Sun and latterly in development with Sarah Phelps for BBC1’s The Dublin Murders. In 2018 Dennis was based on location in Morocco with Baghdad Central written by Stephen Butchard for Channel 4.

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Sophie Deraspe
Director,

One of the leading figures of new Quebec cinema, Deraspe fell in love with cinema through her Visual Arts studies in Austria and Literature studies at the University of Montreal. As both a filmmaker and cinematographer, she worked primarily within the realms of documentary before making her first feature Rechercher Victor Pellerin / Missing Victor Pellerin (2006). Her second feature, Les signaux v... read more

One of the leading figures of new Quebec cinema, Deraspe fell in love with cinema through her Visual Arts studies in Austria and Literature studies at the University of Montreal. As both a filmmaker and cinematographer, she worked primarily within the realms of documentary before making her first feature Rechercher Victor Pellerin / Missing Victor Pellerin (2006). Her second feature, Les signaux vitaux / Vital Signs (2009), was in IFFR’s Tiger Competition and she won the FIPRESCI award at Torino Film Festival for Les loups (2015). The documentary Le profil Amina / A Gay Girl in Damascus; The Amina Profile (2015) was selected as a World Cinema documentary at Sundance and won the Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs. Antigone (2019) was chosen as Best Canadian Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival and it has represented Canada at the Oscars in the category Best international Feature Film.

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Jennifer Dettman
Executive director of unscripted content and chair of the documentary channel, CBC

Dettman is an award-winning television executive with 15+ years of experience leading innovative television and digital content creation. She is one of the top female executives in the country and an internationally respected voice in the industry. Dettman has had a leading role in a digital transformation to define new paths forward to fit the changing media landscape and she is dedicated to crea... read more

Dettman is an award-winning television executive with 15+ years of experience leading innovative television and digital content creation. She is one of the top female executives in the country and an internationally respected voice in the industry. Dettman has had a leading role in a digital transformation to define new paths forward to fit the changing media landscape and she is dedicated to creating best-in-class Canadian content that competes global on all platforms. At the CBC, Dettman is the head of the Unscripted department and is the chair of the documentary channel.

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Brigitte Dithard
Drama executive, SWR

Dithard studied German, French and Spanish literature and translation in Stuttgart and Barcelona. Dithard is commissioning editor and drama consultant for SWR (part of the public broadcaster network ARD). Dithard is executive for the Stuttgart-part of the long-running national wide series Tatort and co-produces feature films, TV-Drama, series and short films. She is a delegate of SWR, for co-produ... read more

Dithard studied German, French and Spanish literature and translation in Stuttgart and Barcelona. Dithard is commissioning editor and drama consultant for SWR (part of the public broadcaster network ARD).

Dithard is executive for the Stuttgart-part of the long-running national wide series Tatort and co-produces feature films, TV-Drama, series and short films. She is a delegate of SWR, for co-production of series with partners others than PSM, and international co-productions.

The last series Dithard worked on was French-German award-winning mini-series Eden with Arte France and is currently working on the series Wild Republic, currently in production, coproduced by Telekom Germany.

Dithard is a member of the EBU Fiction Bureau and lecturer in storytelling at the Filmakademie Ludwigsburg.

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Laura Dockrill
Author, What Have I Done

Dockrill could not wait to meet her new baby but as she went into labour things began to go wrong and she started to struggle. A traumatic birth, anxiety about the baby, sleep deprivation, a slow recovery – all these things piled up until Dockrill, like any new mum, felt overwhelmed. Despite this gruelling experience, her story is a hopeful one. Not only has she gotten better, she has come out o... read more

Dockrill could not wait to meet her new baby but as she went into labour things began to go wrong and she started to struggle. A traumatic birth, anxiety about the baby, sleep deprivation, a slow recovery – all these things piled up until Dockrill, like any new mum, felt overwhelmed. Despite this gruelling experience, her story is a hopeful one. Not only has she gotten better, she has come out on the other side stronger and more assured. Now she is determined to break the stigma around post-natal mental health, shatter the romanticised expectations of perfect motherhood, and empower parents with the message – you are not alone.

In Dockrill’s book she provides an unflinching and brutally honest memoir about her personal experience of battling with postpartum psychosis. Thrilling and terrifying, yet also incredibly funny and uplifting, What Have I Done? is the story of how her mental health takes a downward turn when she begins to experience traumatic delusions about her relationship with her new born son.

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Sarah Doole
CEO, RED Productions and Sow The Seed

Doole is CEO at RED Production Company, where she oversees RED’s development and production slate in the UK and works with STUDIOCANAL’s management team to drive the company’s UK and international growth strategy. Earlier in the year, she announced the launch of Sow the Seed: a unique incubator company focusing on new talent and under-represented voices. Sow the Seed seeks to bring inventiv... read more

Doole is CEO at RED Production Company, where she oversees RED’s development and production slate in the UK and works with STUDIOCANAL’s management team to drive the company’s UK and international growth strategy.

Earlier in the year, she announced the launch of Sow the Seed: a unique incubator company focusing on new talent and under-represented voices. Sow the Seed seeks to bring inventive production methods and the very best international storytelling to market across drama, comedy, entertainment and documentaries, through TV, podcast, audio, music, literature and art and fashion.

Her credits include a portfolio of high-end international scripted projects such as the Deutschland trilogy, The Young Pope, My Brilliant Friend, Beecham House, Picnic at Hanging Rock and The Salisbury Poisonings while director of global drama at Fremantle; and a roster of award-winning shows including Sherlock, Gavin & Stacey, Call the Midwife, Misfits and Life on Mars when she was creative director of drama and head of indie drama at BBC Worldwide.

She began her career at Yorkshire Television, working on a slate of critically-acclaimed documentaries, peak-time entertainment series and kids programming, including Yorkshire Television’s first youth series Intoview, and ground-breaking documentaries such as China Rising and Red Empire.

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Fiona Eagger
Executive producer and CEO and co-founder, Every Cloud Productions

Eagger is among Australia’s most experienced and successful television producers. With astute creative, entrepreneurial and production expertise, Eagger founded Every Cloud Productions in 2009 with Deb Cox and quickly cemented a reputation for high quality and popular TV drama. This included co-creating, producing and executive producing three seasons of the runaway international success, Miss F... read more

Eagger is among Australia’s most experienced and successful television producers. With astute creative, entrepreneurial and production expertise, Eagger founded Every Cloud Productions in 2009 with Deb Cox and quickly cemented a reputation for high quality and popular TV drama. This included co-creating, producing and executive producing three seasons of the runaway international success, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, which has sold to more than 170 territories around the world.

Other Every Cloud productions Eagger has steered include legal-drama Newton’s Law, indigenous series, The Gods of Wheat Street, AACTA-winning youth drama Deadlock, Mss Fisher spin-off, Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, theatrical feature Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears, and ratings hit SeaChange. Most recently Eagger executive produced mystery drama, Eden, and comedy feature, A Sunburnt Christmas, for premium SVOD platform Stan.

Widely recognised as a industry leader, Eagger has received numerous accolades including the Jill Robb Award for Service to the Victorian Screen industry, the Natalie Miller Fellowship for Women in Leadership, and Business Export award from Screen Producers Australia.

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Bryan Elsely
Executive producer and managing director, Balloon Entertainment

Elsley is a television writer best known for co-creating Skins, alongside his son Jamie Brittain. He also created Dates, which aired on Channel 4 in the summer of 2013. His other writing credits include; 40, Nature Boy, The Young Person’s Guide to Becoming a Rockstar and the award-winning Crow Road. His most recent work includes; Dates, Clique and Kiss Me First. Elsley and Harry Enfield set up B... read more

Elsley is a television writer best known for co-creating Skins, alongside his son Jamie Brittain. He also created Dates, which aired on Channel 4 in the summer of 2013. His other writing credits include; 40, Nature Boy, The Young Person’s Guide to Becoming a Rockstar and the award-winning Crow Road. His most recent work includes; Dates, Clique and Kiss Me First.

Elsley and Harry Enfield set up Balloon Entertainment in 2012, which is an independent production company – focusing on developing new talent in drama and comedy. Balloon’s first production was Dates in 2013, which followed the stories of couples on their first dates. Then came Harry and Paul’s Story of the 2’s which celebrated BBC2’s 50 year history followed by An Evening with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse which showed the comedy duo celebrating 25 years of their partnership with some very special guests in the audience.

2017 saw Clique and Kiss Me First being produced. Clique is a thriller which ran for two series on BBC Three, written by Jess Brittain. Series 1 followed Holly in her first year at university where she befriends an elite group of young popular girls. The second series, Holly is in her second year, despite her best to try and keep herself to herself – she ends up getting mixed up in a group of boys running an alternative media website.

Kiss Me First follows Leila as she uncovers a dark secret at the heart of her favourite virtual reality game. A co-production between Channel 4 and Netflix, the series is an adaption of Lottie Moggach’s novel of the same name.

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Sheri Elwood
Creator, showrunner and executive producer, Feudal

Fresh out of College, Elwood cut her comedy teeth writing for Disney, Fox, YTV, and co-creating I Was A Sixth Grade Alien. She teamed with Lionsgate to create Beta Males for the CW and was a Supervising Producer on Defying Gravity for Fox Television Studios/ABC, during which time Sheri created The B-Side for NBC, Bagel Nation for ABC, The Bone House for the CW and Call Me Fitz, starring Jason Prie... read more

Fresh out of College, Elwood cut her comedy teeth writing for Disney, Fox, YTV, and co-creating I Was A Sixth Grade Alien. She teamed with Lionsgate to create Beta Males for the CW and was a Supervising Producer on Defying Gravity for Fox Television Studios/ABC, during which time Sheri created The B-Side for NBC, Bagel Nation for ABC, The Bone House for the CW and Call Me Fitz, starring Jason Priestley, for HBO Canada / Audience Network in the U.S. Fitz was broadcast in 142 international territories and is the recipient of multiple international awards, including the Directors Guild Award for Best Comedy (for all four seasons) 27 Canadian Screen Award nominations and wins, including Best Comedy, Best Comedic Actress, Best Comedic Actor, Best Writing and Best Direction.

Sheri then adapted the Steve Martin classic L.A. Story with UCP and Doug Liman’s Hypnotic Films, The Admissions, for Starz, the comedic feature Besties (Alcon), in addition to executive producing and writing Lucifer for WBTV/Fox and Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Sheri is adapting Is There Still Sex in the City for Paramount TV/Charter, Shitshow for WBTV and Elizabeth Banks, and is currently in production on Feudal for CBC.

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Nick Forward
Chief content officer, Stan

Forward is Stan’s chief content officer. He joined the company as employee number 3 in late 2013, establishing the content strategy for the service. Forward oversees all aspects of original production, content acquisition and programming. Forward 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 Med... read more

Forward is Stan’s chief content officer. He joined the company as employee number 3 in late 2013, establishing the content strategy for the service. Forward oversees all aspects of original production, content acquisition and programming.

Forward 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, as director of TV Product, managing the UK’s second largest Pay TV platform. Previously Forward worked in the Entertainment and Marketing divisions at BSkyB.

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Moderator Nico Franks
Editor , C21Kids

As a senior reporter, Franks writes daily news, features and perspective pieces for C21 Media, the UK-based provider of breaking news and industry analysis to the international entertainment community. He has been editor of C21Kids magazine since 2016 and is also part of the team that organises C21 Media’s award-winning conference Content London, including oversight of Kids Content Futures. ... read more

As a senior reporter, Franks writes daily news, features and perspective pieces for C21 Media, the UK-based provider of breaking news and industry analysis to the international entertainment community. He has been editor of C21Kids magazine since 2016 and is also part of the team that organises C21 Media’s award-winning conference Content London, including oversight of Kids Content Futures. He joined C21 Media in 2012 following stints writing for the BBC online and music magazine Clash.

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Prentiss Fraser
EVP international television sales, Endeavor Content

Fraser is EVP of international television sales at Endeavor Content, based out of London and managing the International sales team, strategy, operations and partnerships across both scripted and unscripted programming. Representing an unrivalled slate of premium talent-driven series including Emmy winning KILLING EVE starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, Normal People starring Daisy Edgar Jones and... read more

Fraser is EVP of international television sales at Endeavor Content, based out of London and managing the International sales team, strategy, operations and partnerships across both scripted and unscripted programming.

Representing an unrivalled slate of premium talent-driven series including Emmy winning KILLING EVE starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, Normal People starring Daisy Edgar Jones and Paul Mescal plus upcoming 9 Perfect Strangers starring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy.

Prentiss most recently served as EVP and MD of content distribution for Fox Networks Group representing scripted and unscripted programmes and formats from the Fox Network Group and National Geographic channels and managing a team across 18 offices worldwide.

Prior to joining Fox in 2014, Fraser served as senior vice present at Entertainment One Television International where she successfully led television sales and acquisitions activities across the division’s six international offices, developing strategies to maximize exploitation of eOne Television International’s original and third-party portfolio.

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Liz Gaskell
Creative Director, 12 Yard

Gaskell is creative director of 12 Yard; over a 30 year TV career, she has worked at some of the most prestigious companies and broadcasters in the UK on a range of entertainment and factual entertainment shows. She has spearheaded 12 Yard’s development since 2011 overseeing the creation of over 20 original series including I’ll Get This, Big Star’s Bigger Star, Comedians Giving ... read more

Gaskell is creative director of 12 Yard; over a 30 year TV career, she has worked at some of the most prestigious companies and broadcasters in the UK on a range of entertainment and factual entertainment shows. She has spearheaded 12 Yard’s development since 2011 overseeing the creation of over 20 original series including I’ll Get This, Big Star’s Bigger Star, Comedians Giving Lectures, Cruise Trip and Think Tank.

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Vanessa Gazy
Head writer and executive producer ,

Gazy is an award-winning Australian writer/director. In 2014 she completed her Master of Screen Arts (Directing) at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), and was awarded the School’s prestigious Kenneth B Myer Award for Exceptional Talent upon graduating. In 2017, Gazy was selected to develop her high-concept miniseries Id with Endemol Shine as part of the Screen Austral... read more

Gazy is an award-winning Australian writer/director. In 2014 she completed her Master of Screen Arts (Directing) at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), and was awarded the School’s prestigious Kenneth B Myer Award for Exceptional Talent upon graduating.

In 2017, Gazy was selected to develop her high-concept miniseries Id with Endemol Shine as part of the Screen Australia ROAR: Smart for a Girl initiative. Id is currently in development with Netflix. She is currently developing an original 8-part series for Stan, produced by Skins creator Bryan Elsely and Everycloud Productions.
Her short film Highway (2016) was nominated for a 2018 ADG Award for Best Direction of a Short Film, and stars AACTA Award-winner forr Best Actress Odessa Young. Highway has been an official selection at almost 20 film festivals internationally. Its feature-length adaptaiton is currently in development with Goalpost Pictures and Automatik (USA), with Screen Australia support.

Her short film Foal (2014) was nominated for both Australian Director’s Guild and Australian Writer’s Guild Awards in 2015 and has screened and won awards at multiple festivals both in Australia and internationally. Her short film Shiloh (2018) premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival in 2018, where Vanessa was selected to participate in the Accelerator talent lab. Gazy’s short story Adam’s Window won the Shoalhaven Literary Award in 2013. She is also a Sundance 2014 Audience Award-winning producer, for Matthew Lessner’s short film Chapel Perilous (2013).

Gazy is a recipient of a prestigious Screen Australia/ADG Commercial and Content Mentorship with Scoundrel Films. Gazy is mentored by Oscar nominated Australian screenwriter Luke Davies.

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Christian Gockel
EVP of International Operations, Beta film

Gockel is Beta Film’s EVP of International Operations and Co-CEO of Beta Entertainment Spain. He is responsible for Beta Film’s activities in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Spain, with a special focus on opportunities for co-production and co-financing projects. Gockel joined Beta Film in 2000 after studies of business administration and communication in Stuttgart, Odense... read more

Gockel is Beta Film’s EVP of International Operations and Co-CEO of Beta Entertainment Spain. He is responsible for Beta Film’s activities in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Spain, with a special focus on opportunities for co-production and co-financing projects. Gockel joined Beta Film in 2000 after studies of business administration and communication in Stuttgart, Odense and Groningen and three years as Management Trainee with Siemens A.G. in Madrid.

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Moderator Melissa Grego
CEO, Hollywood Radio and Television Society

Grego is CEO of Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS), long recognized as the premier information and networking forum for the TV, media and entertainment industry. Upon her appointment in October 2017, Grego became the first female executive to lead the non-profit membership organization. Prior to HRTS, Grego parlayed her network and knowledge as a longtime television business journalis... read more

Grego is CEO of Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS), long recognized as the premier information and networking forum for the TV, media and entertainment industry. Upon her appointment in October 2017, Grego became the first female executive to lead the non-profit membership organization.

Prior to HRTS, Grego parlayed her network and knowledge as a longtime television business journalist to establish her consulting practice, Melinc, where she launched and executive produced TV and media industry conferences such as Next TV Summit and TV Data Summit, as well as the ‘Keynotes & Cocktails: Women of the West’ and ‘Women of NY’ conferences she founded.

Among her journalism roles, Grego was the first female Editor-in-Chief of the TV industry publication Broadcasting & Cable. Grego also has held editorial leadership positions at The Hollywood Reporter and TVWeek and was a staff reporter covering TV at Variety.

Grego has provided expert commentary for a variety of news outlets including CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and Entertainment Tonight, and was a special correspondent for the entertainment news program Extra. She has lectured at UCLA and University of Southern California and frequently moderates panels and Q&As with TV and media industry figures around the world.

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Nina Hahn
Head of ViacomCBS international studios kids and SVP of International Production & Development, Nickelodeon

As senior vice president, international production and development, 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 conten... read more

As senior vice president, international production and development, 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. As part of this role, Hahn is responsible for 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 international production and development conduit for Nickelodeon’s channels, Hahn also ensures 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.

As head of ViacomCBS International Studios’ kids division, Hahn focuses on growing VIS’ kids content pipeline and expanding its global footprint. She sources and develops originals within animated, live action and preschool genres by aligning with the studio’s production and development teams across Latin America, the UK, Spain and Israel. She also collaborates closely with domestic and international counterparts, along with an expanded central team that will include international development and production, sales and distribution.

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Olivia Hetreed
Screenwriter,

Hetreed is the multi-award-winning screenwriter of Girl with a Pearl Earring and Wuthering Heights. Recent international films include Finding Altamira, starring Antonio Banderas, Bosnia’s first animated feature, Birds Like Us and Mohamed Al-Daraji’s Iraqi-made The Journey. Mrs. Harris goes to Paris is currently shooting in Budapest and London. Hetreed was selected for the prestigious NFTS/Dis... read more

Hetreed is the multi-award-winning screenwriter of Girl with a Pearl Earring and Wuthering Heights. Recent international films include Finding Altamira, starring Antonio Banderas, Bosnia’s first animated feature, Birds Like Us and Mohamed Al-Daraji’s Iraqi-made The Journey. Mrs. Harris goes to Paris is currently shooting in Budapest and London.

Hetreed was selected for the prestigious NFTS/Disney Diverse Directors scheme 2019 and her debut short film, Home from Home is showing at Film Festivals.

As President of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, she led the union in dealing with bullying and harassment and was a key member of the groundbreaking Equality Writes campaign. She is a very experienced international mentor of screenwriting talent and teaches masterclasses at leading film schools.

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Polly Hill
Head of drama, ITV

Hill was appointed ITV’s head of drama in 2016, where her commissions have so far included Trauma, Liar, Vanity Fair, and Butterfly. Forthcoming series include psychological thriller Cheat; Torvill and Dean by Billy Ivory; Cleaning Up, starring Sheridan Smith; Gurinder Chadha’s Beecham House; and The Widow, written by Jack and Harry Williams and starring Kate Beckinsale. Before joining... read more

Hill was appointed ITV’s head of drama in 2016, where her commissions have so far included Trauma, Liar, Vanity Fair, and Butterfly. Forthcoming series include psychological thriller Cheat; Torvill and Dean by Billy Ivory; Cleaning Up, starring Sheridan Smith; Gurinder Chadha’s Beecham House; and The Widow, written by Jack and Harry Williams and starring Kate Beckinsale.

Before joining ITV, Hill was controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, ordering series including King Charles III by Mike Bartlett, Broken by Jimmy McGovern, Howard’s End adapted by Kenneth Lonnergan, McMafia, Damilola: Our Loved Boy, and The Replacement.

Prior to this, Hill was the BBC’s head of independent drama between 2011 and 2015, where she was responsible for a wide range of acclaimed and award-winning dramas including The Night Manager, The Missing, The Honourable Woman, The Shadow Line, Accused, Ripper Street, The Village, Death In Paradise, Poldark, and Wolf Hall.

Hill joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer and then became a commissioning editor in 2008. Before joining the BBC, Hill was a producer on Cherished by Gwyneth Hughes, which won the Grierson Award. She worked at Channel 4 where she oversaw the first series of Teachers and started her career working for Verity Lambert, before getting her first script-editing job.

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Jeffrey Hirsch
President and CEO, Starz

As CEO, Hirsch is responsible for shaping the overall business and programming strategy for Starz and overseeing the continued evolution and expansion of the STARZ premium subscription platform around the world. Hirsch joined Starz in 2015, was promoted to COO in 2016 and then elevated to CEO in 2019. Under his leadership, Starz has solidified its position as one of the industry’s most successfu... read more

As CEO, Hirsch is responsible for shaping the overall business and programming strategy for Starz and overseeing the continued evolution and expansion of the STARZ premium subscription platform around the world.

Hirsch joined Starz in 2015, was promoted to COO in 2016 and then elevated to CEO in 2019. Under his leadership, Starz has solidified its position as one of the industry’s most successful OTT businesses, accelerating its platform growth to more than 7.4 million domestic OTT subscribers, up 68% over last year.

Hirsch has also shepparded the launch of the STARZPLAY international platform into 50 countries in Europe, Latin America, Japan, Middle East/North Africa and Canada, recently commissioning four Spanish language original series for the service, making STARZ one of the world’s leading pure-play subscription platforms with nearly 11 million global subscribers.

Hirsch has positioned Starz to take the lead as the global premium media company focused on amplifying diverse voices and spotlighting women both in front of and behind the camera and at the highest levels of the organization.

Hirsch continues to deliver a deep slate of hit original series on Starz including Power Book II: Ghost, the first of several new series shepherded by Power creator and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp and executive producer Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson, Outlander, a perennial ratings favorite among women, as well as breakout new series P-Valley and Hightown. He recently greenlit three new series written and/or executive produced by women including the third season of The Girlfriend Experience, a reimagined Dangerous Liaisons, and the dark comedy Shining Vale.

He received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Business Administration from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

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Caroline Hollick
Head of drama, Channel 4

Hollick is head of drama at Channel 4, and lives in Leeds. Her first commission for the channel was Deadwater Fell by Daisy Coulam; new dramas include Adult Material by Lucy Kirkwood and upcoming series It’s a Sin by Russell T Davies; she also looks after ongoing series Ackley Bridge and Hollyoaks. Previously, she was creative director at Studio-Canal owned RED Production Company, based in Manc... read more

Hollick is head of drama at Channel 4, and lives in Leeds. Her first commission for the channel was Deadwater Fell by Daisy Coulam; new dramas include Adult Material by Lucy Kirkwood and upcoming series It’s a Sin by Russell T Davies; she also looks after ongoing series Ackley Bridge and Hollyoaks.

Previously, she was creative director at Studio-Canal owned RED Production Company, based in Manchester, overseeing programmes such as Butterfly, Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Cucumber and Danny and the Human Zoo. Before that she was head of development at RED for seven years, having joined the company in 2002 to script edit Clocking Off. She began her career as a production trainee at Yorkshire Television, working on Heartbeat, Emmerdale and At Home With the Braithwaites.

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Nicola Howson
Managing director, Studio 99

Howson joined David Beckham in 2018 as a strategic advisor and director of the portfolio of companies that manage his brands, products and commercial ventures. In July 2019 she, David Beckham and DBVL Managing Director David Gardner co-founded content studio Studio 99, which is now working on a range of documentary commissions for global networks in addition to having a full service commercial an... read more

Howson joined David Beckham in 2018 as a strategic advisor and director of the portfolio of companies that manage his brands, products and commercial ventures. In July 2019 she, David Beckham and DBVL Managing Director David Gardner co-founded content studio Studio 99, which is now working on a range of documentary commissions for global networks in addition to having a full service commercial and digital production arm. Previously Howson spent a decade as CEO of independent communications agency Freuds, advising media organisations such as Shine, Warner Bros, NBC Universal and BSkyB and global consumer brands such as PepsiCo and Mars. Prior to that, she was communications director at ITV overseeing the launch of tentpole franchises such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! Her early career in television included periods at Thames TV, SelecTV and Pearson Television. She is a WWF Ambassador and in that role advised on the recent Our Planet series for Netflix.

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Christina Jennings
Chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury

Jennings is the founder, chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury, a content company known for innovative storytelling and building successful brands sold in 150 countries worldwide. Jennings currently serves as chair of the Canadian Film Centre’s Board of Directors. Named to Maclean’sPower List of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful People, Jennings’ recent awards and honours include Playback’s Producer o... read more

Jennings is the founder, chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury, a content company known for innovative storytelling and building successful brands sold in 150 countries worldwide. Jennings currently serves as chair of the Canadian Film Centre’s Board of Directors. Named to Maclean’sPower List of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful People, Jennings’ recent awards and honours include Playback’s Producer of the Decade, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s prestigious Academy Achievement Award, the PROFIT Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship at RBC’s Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards, the Innovative Producer Award at the Banff World Television Festival, and an appointment to the prestigious Order of Canada in 2019. Jennings currently serves as vice-chair on the newly created Film and Television Advisory Panel, created by the ministry of Ontario in 2020.

Shaftesbury’s award-winning primetime series include Murdoch Mysteries, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Hudson & Rex, and Departure. Shaftesbury has an extensive slate of kids and family programming including The Solutioneers, Miikshi, Stinky Science, and Emerald Code. Shaftesbury’s branded division produces original entertainment projects for brands, including the global phenomenon Carmilla for U by Kotex/Kimberly-Clark. Shaftesbury’s technology division works with leading healthcare institutions and researchers to explore and develop clinical applications for immersive media experiences including augmented and virtual reality.

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Suzanne Kunzeler
Head of drama, NPO

Kunzeler studied theatre, film and television sciences at Utrecht University. From 1993 onwards she was employed by Dutch public broadcaster NCRV; she worked as drama-editor for series as Black Snow (Zwarte Sneeuw), Without Ernst (Zonder Ernst), Keyzer & DeBoer, The Story of the Gier and Spangas and for youth programs such as Willem Wever and The BZT-show. In 2006 she was promoted to manager ... read more

Kunzeler studied theatre, film and television sciences at Utrecht University. From 1993 onwards she was employed by Dutch public broadcaster NCRV; she worked as drama-editor for series as Black Snow (Zwarte Sneeuw), Without Ernst (Zonder Ernst), Keyzer & DeBoer, The Story of the Gier and Spangas and for youth programs such as Willem Wever and The BZT-show. In 2006 she was promoted to manager infotainment and culture at the NCRV. In 2008 she started at NPO as manager of children’s programming. In 2014 she was appointed channelmanager of Zapp/Zappelin, the public youth channel.

Since 2018 she combines her position as channelmanager NPO3 with the new role as head of drama at NPO. In this new function she is a driving force behind innovative, high-quality Dutch drama and is the main contact for broadcasters and producers on all issues regarding public drama.

Kunzeler: “We are constantly raising the bar of drama, nationally as well as internationally. On the national front we are combining forces between the public broadcasters and the major drama-stakeholders, internationally we are coproducing on a high level together with international dramaproducers and distributors. Our credo ‘fewer, bigger, better’ stands for fewer titles, more episodes, and higher quality, without losing our sight on innovation and young talent, the breeding ground of public service broadcasting.”

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Kirill Käro
Lead actor,

Käro is a Russian-Estonian actor, known for his outstanding theatre work and multiple roles in popular TV series and films in Russia. He studied at Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute in Moscow. He has starred in over a hundred TV series and films of various genres. One of his most famous roles is George Safronov in a sci-fi drama Better Than Us, the first Russian series picked up by Netflix Origina... read more

Käro is a Russian-Estonian actor, known for his outstanding theatre work and multiple roles in popular TV series and films in Russia.

He studied at Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute in Moscow. He has starred in over a hundred TV series and films of various genres. One of his most famous roles is George Safronov in a sci-fi drama Better Than Us, the first Russian series picked up by Netflix Originals, produced by Yellow, Black and White and it’s streaming service START. Käro also stars as Sergey in another Netflix suspenseful thriller To the Lake.

In the new mini-series Passengers, Käro plays the central character, a taxi driver, Andrey — the Charon-like ferryman between the world of the living and the dead. Passengers is an episodic mystery drama, about regrets, atonement and absolution.

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Eli Lehrer
Executive vice president and general manager, HISTORY

Lehrer is executive vice president and general manager of HISTORY®, a role he assumed in 2017. He oversees the development, creation and execution of scripted and unscripted programming for HISTORY®. Lehrer joined HISTORY® from MTV2 where he was executive vice president and headed up creative and business operations at the channel. Prior to that, Lehrer was senior vice president and head of non... read more

Lehrer is executive vice president and general manager of HISTORY®, a role he assumed in 2017. He oversees the development, creation and execution of scripted and unscripted programming for HISTORY®.

Lehrer joined HISTORY® from MTV2 where he was executive vice president and headed up creative and business operations at the channel. Prior to that, Lehrer was senior vice president and head of non-fiction programming at Lifetime® since 2013. In that role, he executive produced and developed hit series including The Rap GameTM, Bring It!, True Tori and the Little Women® franchise, and oversaw Project Runway® and assorted spin-offs.

Prior to joining Lifetime, Lehrer was head of development at Bravo, where he developed hits including Vanderpump Rules, Below Deck, Southern Charm, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, The Shahs of Sunset, The Millionaire Matchmaker and Watch What Happens: Live.

Lehrer also worked at Artists Management Group as assistant to Michael Ovitz and at ABC News as assistant to George Stephanopoulos. Lehrer earned a BA in American history from Columbia University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their three children.

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Rebecca Liddiard
Co-creator and actor,

Liddiard is a critically acclaimed Canadian actress and creator in television, film and theatre. Most recently she has entered the realm of production as creator, executive producer, and writer for the new animated series, Mary and Flo on the Go! She is a writer on season 4 of the CBC/UKTV hit series Frankie Drake Mysteries and an executive producer on the soon to be released indie film, 1000 Litt... read more

Liddiard is a critically acclaimed Canadian actress and creator in television, film and theatre. Most recently she has entered the realm of production as creator, executive producer, and writer for the new animated series, Mary and Flo on the Go! She is a writer on season 4 of the CBC/UKTV hit series Frankie Drake Mysteries and an executive producer on the soon to be released indie film, 1000 Little Cuts.

As an actress Liddiard is most widely known for her lead roles in Frankie Drake Mysteries as well as the critically acclaimed CBC/NETFLIX mini-series, Alias Grace, based on Margaret Atwood’s novel by the same name. Liddiard has starred in several other series including the FOX/Global/ITV series Houdini & Doyle, the hit web series Mslabelled, and the Global/UniversalTV thriller seriesDeparture.

In 2019 Liddiard was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Network TV. In the theatre Liddiard’s work has earned her a Dora Award nomination and critical acclaim for her work.

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Isaac Lin
Head of content and brand development, Alpha Group

Lin is head of content and brand development at leading Chinese animation, entertainment and toyco, Alpha Group. His unique philosophy in composing and combining storytelling with brand development has resulted in Lin being one of the most respected producers and brand managers in the industry. He is currently executive producer on global pre-school show, Superwings, and has been instrumental in i... read more

Lin is head of content and brand development at leading Chinese animation, entertainment and toyco, Alpha Group. His unique philosophy in composing and combining storytelling with brand development has resulted in Lin being one of the most respected producers and brand managers in the industry. He is currently executive producer on global pre-school show, Superwings, and has been instrumental in its continuous success in both TV ratings and merchandising.

Past credits include, Katuri (CCTV, EBS), Rev and Roll (CCTV, TF1), and has an exciting roster of projects in the pipeline with North American and European partners.

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Natalie Llewellyn
Managing Director, Jellyfish Originals

As managing director of Jellyfish Originals, Llewellyn drives the development and strategy of Jellyfish Pictures’ original animated children’s content, curating long-form animated series, serials and family features with global commercial appeal. Bringing over 20 years’ experience to the role, Llewellyn has extensive knowledge of original IP development, TV production, international sales a... read more

As managing director of Jellyfish Originals, Llewellyn drives the development and strategy of Jellyfish Pictures’ original animated children’s content, curating long-form animated series, serials and family features with global commercial appeal.

Bringing over 20 years’ experience to the role, Llewellyn has extensive knowledge of original IP development, TV production, international sales and character licensing having successfully brought many children’s productions to market.

Before joining Jellyfish Pictures, Llewellyn spent five years with independent children’s production company, Platinum Films, as Head of Global Strategy. During this time Natalie managed the international TV distribution, rights negotiation and consumer products roll out of children’s content, including, Matt Hatter Chronicles (CiTV/Nick) and Bear Grylls Young Adventurer.

Prior to this, Llewellyn enjoyed a four-year stint as assistant producer and head of creative approvals on Everything’s Rosie (CBeebies) at independent children’s TV production and distribution company, V&S Entertainment.

In addition to her work with children’s IP, Llewellyn regularly lends her expertise and opinion to the children’s IP market. Llewellyn sits on the jury for the International Academy of television Arts and Sciences for Kids’ animation and is a regular contributor to the industry ’s trade press, with recent articles appearing in C21 and KidScreen. She is also an active member of Animated Women UK, often lending her insight on panels and recently was part of the Helen North Achieve Mentorship Programme.

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Patrick Lowe
Co-creator, co-writer and director of development and content producer, Encore

After completing his bachelor’s degree in Criminology, followed by a law degree, author Lowe spent five years working as a crown prosecutor in Montreal and two years working as a front-line lawyer at Legal Aid. But his love for writing never left him. After a year and a half of studying at INIS, where he received the Jutra scholarship, which allowed him to write Rien à déclarer (a medium-... read more

After completing his bachelor’s degree in Criminology, followed by a law degree, author Lowe spent five years working as a crown prosecutor in Montreal and two years working as a front-line lawyer at Legal Aid. But his love for writing never left him.

After a year and a half of studying at INIS, where he received the Jutra scholarship, which allowed him to write Rien à déclarer (a medium-length feature film that’s been broadcast on Télé-Québec since 2002). He then landed his first writing contract on the series Coroner (TQS). This project led him to write for several youth series where he co-created and co-wrote a critically acclaimed and multi-award show Les Argonautes (5 years at Télé-Québec) and Amélie et compagnie (3 years à TFO). He also wrote for prime-time shows like Providence (Radio-Canada), and Toute la vérité (TVA), nominated for a Gémeaux award for Best Writing in 2012 and 2015. He is also the co-creator of the multi-award-winning series Mémoires vives (Radio-Canada), and Prémonitions (TVA) which he wrote.

Director of development and content producer at Encore since 2016, Lowe is also the co-creator and co-writer of Encore’s drama series Dark Soul (Bête Noire).

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Christine Maestracci
VP acquisitions and international distribution, Quebecor Content

Maestracci is vice president acquisitions and international distribution at Quebecor Content. In this role, she is responsible for the content and format acquisition strategy for the platforms and business models of the group, while developing and maintaining partnerships with studios and distributors. She leads a team that scouts and acquires content across all major genres (films, series, docume... read more

Maestracci is vice president acquisitions and international distribution at Quebecor Content. In this role, she is responsible for the content and format acquisition strategy for the platforms and business models of the group, while developing and maintaining partnerships with studios and distributors. She leads a team that scouts and acquires content across all major genres (films, series, documentaries, formats, entertainment shows and youth content), to provide fresh, original, and exclusive content for Quebecor’s platforms.

With more than 20 years of experience in entertainment and digital media, Maestracci is a strong advocate for Quebec talent as she oversees the international distribution of the original content and formats developed and created by Quebecor Content in collaboration with local and international partners.

Recognized by her peers, Maestracci is also acting president of the board of Femmes du Cinéma, de la Télévision et des Médias Numériques, Quebec’s Women in Film & Television chapter (WFTI), which ensures a better visibility of women in the entertainment industry.

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Michael Mannes
Managing director, 12 Yard

Mannes is managing director of 12 Yard. With over 20 years experience in the television industry, he has produced an array of entertainment shows, both prime-time and daytime across all the leading UK channels. During his time at 12 Yard, he has produced primetime BBC One quiz shows Who Dares Wins and In It to Win It, ITV’s Big Star’s Little Star, and Insert Name Here on BBC Two. Prior to 12 Y... read more

Mannes is managing director of 12 Yard. With over 20 years experience in the television industry, he has produced an array of entertainment shows, both prime-time and daytime across all the leading UK channels. During his time at 12 Yard, he has produced primetime BBC One quiz shows Who Dares Wins and In It to Win It, ITV’s Big Star’s Little Star, and Insert Name Here on BBC Two. Prior to 12 Yard, Michael worked for the BBC, where he worked on the first series of Strictly Come Dancing, Pearson, At It Productions and Planet 24.

12 Yard, part of ITV Studios, has a diverse slate of original entertainment formats that includes BBC Two’s innovative panel show, I’ll Get This, Dave’s Comedians Giving Lectures, Celebrity Coach Trip for E4, Cruise Trip for Channel 4 and Catchpoint, its co-pro with fellow ITV Studios label, Possessed, for BBC One, which was recently recommissioned for a third series.

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Sherry Marsh
Executive producer, Marsh Productions and Entertainment

Marsh Entertainment is a production company, dedicated to producing quality TV and film that embraces a wide range of topics, with a focus on diversity and inclusion. Marsh is an executive producer on History Channel’s award-winning series, Vikings and the Viking’s spin-off Valhalla for Netflix. She’s also an EP on Pose, the award-winning FX drama with Ryan Murphy, EP on the Lionsgate mo... read more

Marsh Entertainment is a production company, dedicated to producing quality TV and film that embraces a wide range of topics, with a focus on diversity and inclusion. Marsh is an executive producer on History Channel’s award-winning series, Vikings and the Viking’s spin-off Valhalla for Netflix. She’s also an EP on Pose, the award-winning FX drama with Ryan Murphy, EP on the Lionsgate motion picture, Peeples and EP for the award-winning TNT movie, Crazy From the Heart.

Marsh has had the pleasure of working with many best-selling authors to help bring their books to the screen as both TV and film adaptations. She currently has multiple projects in various
stages of development at streamers, studios, and networks with major creative partners. Marsh holds dual citizenship in the US and Canada. She’s a participant of the BANFF World Media Festival, a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; Canadian Cinema and Television Academy; and British Academy of Film and Television.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Social Work at Antioch College and obtained a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts
in Cinema Production through the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC.

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Jon Mason
Creator of the Secret Story Draw campaign and Founder,, Jollywise

Mason has worked in digital media production for over 20 years. Following an early career as a creative producer at Walt Disney he founded Jollywise a creative digital studio. Their work for clients like Disney, BBC, PBS, DreamWorks and Sesame workshop has been dedicated to producing brilliant, thoughtful digital content that connects with children of all ages. During lockdown Mason developed a c... read more

Mason has worked in digital media production for over 20 years. Following an early career as a creative producer at Walt Disney he founded Jollywise a creative digital studio. Their work for clients like Disney, BBC, PBS, DreamWorks and Sesame workshop has been dedicated to producing brilliant, thoughtful digital content that connects with children of all ages.

During lockdown Mason developed a campaign that is optimistic in outlook and dedicated to creating more opportunities for illustrators and animators of colour in the children’s industry. The campaign called The Secret Story Draw has attracted incredible support from the industry including writers, broadcasters, VFX, animation and gaming studios, along with support from organisations like The BFI and BAFTA and the Children’s media Conference.

By his own admission Mason is not a diversity expert and doesn’t pretend to be, but he’s interested, asking questions about the challenges, speaking with the industry to learn more and is committed to taking some action. The projects outcome is to making repeatable and lasting impact on the industry.

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Georgie Mathew
Producer, Yellow Bird

Producer Mathew attended the National Collage of Film and Television, Film Producers program. After working at the independent film company StellaNova Film since 2010, he moved to Yellow Bird in 2016 where he produced the series Hidden for Viaplay. He has also produced the series Bäckström for TV4/C More based on the acclaimed crime novels by author Leif GW Persson. He is currently in production... read more

Producer Mathew attended the National Collage of Film and Television, Film Producers program. After working at the independent film company StellaNova Film since 2010, he moved to Yellow Bird in 2016 where he produced the series Hidden for Viaplay. He has also produced the series Bäckström for TV4/C More based on the acclaimed crime novels by author Leif GW Persson. He is currently in production with the six part series Snow Angels for SVT as well as the eight part show Two Sisters for Viaplay.

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Sharron Matthews
Co-creator and actor,

A fan favourite, Matthews stars in the CBC/UKTV hit period crime-drama Frankie Drake Mysteries, now in its fourth season and seen around the world. In 2019, she was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for playing the role of Flo Chakowitz on Frankie and this year Matthews, an acclaimed theatrical writer, has co-written an episode for the series. Matthews is also one of the executive producers... read more

A fan favourite, Matthews stars in the CBC/UKTV hit period crime-drama Frankie Drake Mysteries, now in its fourth season and seen around the world.

In 2019, she was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for playing the role of Flo Chakowitz on Frankie and this year Matthews, an acclaimed theatrical writer, has co-written an episode for the series.

Matthews is also one of the executive producers, writers, co-creators and voice artists on Mary and Flo on the Go, an animated series based on Matthews and Rebecca Liddiard’s characters on Frankie Drake Mysteries. Mary and Flo on the Go! follows the title characters as they travel around Canada solving mysteries, forging the bonds of sisterhood and introducing young audiences to amazing women who were already breaking down barriers in the 1920’s.

Also known for her portrayal of Joan The Secretary in Tina Fey’s iconic Mean Girls, Matthews is an excitingly diverse, award-winning Canadian artist, actress, singer, comedienne, writer and producer. Sharron has worked on stage and screen with artists like John Travolta, Andrea Martin, and Ron Howard as well as toured her award-winning one woman shows around the world from Africa to New York, Scotland and beyond.

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Jason Maza
CEO, Unstoppable Film and TV

Maza in an actor/producer that has many credits to his name, including roles in the BAFTA-winning Fish Tan’ and BAFTA-nominated Shifty. He received fantastic reviews for his performances in TV including Call the Midwife and Trial & Retribution, as well as having been in widely released action/thriller Welcome to the Punch and Rise of the foot soldier, which is one of the biggest selling ... read more

Maza in an actor/producer that has many credits to his name, including roles in the BAFTA-winning Fish Tan’ and BAFTA-nominated Shifty. He received fantastic reviews for his performances in TV including Call the Midwife and Trial & Retribution, as well as having been in widely released action/thriller Welcome to the Punch and Rise of the foot soldier, which is one of the biggest selling DVDs of all time.

He began work as a producer in 2011 and since then has produced 12 films. Titles include: Altitude Entertainment’s The Hooligan Factory, Terry, for Lionsgate and Raindance nominated Victim. In 2012, he teamed up with Noel Clarke, joining Unstoppable Entertainment, as co-CEO, after working with him on Universal Pictures brit-comedy The Knot. It was evident that the pair both shared a passion for discovering new talent and most of all, a love of cinema, so shortly after finishing post-production on The Knot, the pair merged companies; Think Big and UE. Most recently, Maza has produced Tallulah Riley’s Scottish Mussel and Brotherhood, the latter of which he stars in. Brotherhood was released by Lionsgate UK on the 29th of August 2016 and has also screened as part of the official selection at Toronto Film Festival and Urban World (New York) 2016. At the beginning of 2017 Unstoppable Entertainment produced ’10×10′ starring Luke Evans and Kelly Reilly and Songbird Starring Cobie Smulders and Noel Clarke.

Maza directed his first short film The Little Princess which has been in 14 festivals and counting. In 2020 Maza as exec produced the 4-part drama The Drowning, for Channel 5.

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Jennifer McCann
VP kids and family, Shaftesbury

A veteran producer with over 18 years of experience in multiplatform content production, international co-production, and development. McCann has worked in Europe and North America, overseeing projects in both documentary and entertainment programming. Beginning her career in Paris at Marathon Media, part of Zodiak Kids and one of France’s largest animation producers, she played a key role devel... read more

A veteran producer with over 18 years of experience in multiplatform content production, international co-production, and development. McCann has worked in Europe and North America, overseeing projects in both documentary and entertainment programming. Beginning her career in Paris at Marathon Media, part of Zodiak Kids and one of France’s largest animation producers, she played a key role developing the company’s overseas co-pro operations, helping to establish and manage two satellite studios in Montreal and Los Angeles. More recently McCann was director of development at 9 Story Media Group and senior producer at Toronto based Pubcaster TFO.

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Dan McDermott
President of original programming, AMC Networks Entertainment Group and co-president, AMC Studios

As president of original programming and co-president of AMC Studios, McDermott is responsible for content creation across the Entertainment Networks Group – AMC, BBC America, IFC, and SundanceTV – as well as AMC Studios. He is based in Los Angeles. McDermott is a multifaceted media executive with an industry-wide reputation for achievements in content creation, development and distribution. ... read more

As president of original programming and co-president of AMC Studios, McDermott is responsible for content creation across the Entertainment Networks Group – AMC, BBC America, IFC, and SundanceTV – as well as AMC Studios. He is based in Los Angeles.

McDermott is a multifaceted media executive with an industry-wide reputation for achievements in content creation, development and distribution. Before joining AMC Networks, McDermott was head of the Lionsgate and BBC Studios scripted TV partnership. Previously, McDermott was a successful producer, writer and partner in Di Bonaventura Pictures Television, with notable credits including The Real O’Neals, Jupiter’s Legacy, and more. For almost a decade, he served as DreamWorks’ first president of television, where he oversaw shows like Spin City, Freaks and Geeks, Band of Brothers, and more. He also held various roles at the Fox Broadcasting Network, where he developed and oversaw such series as In Living Color, Melrose Place, The X-Files, The Simpsons, Married…with Children, Martin, Party of Five, Mad TV, and Beverly Hills, 90210. He was also responsible for overseeing The Emmys, The Billboard Awards and dozens of other specials on the network.

McDermott received his B.A. in film and television from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and continued his education as a screenwriting fellow at the American Film Institute.

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Jane Millichip
Chief content officer, Sky Studios

Millichip is chief content officer at Sky Studios where she is responsible for editorial activities in the UK, including in-house and indie development on Sky Originals drama, scripted comedy and documentary. Millichip also oversees Sky Studios’ commercial activities, including; deficit funding and IP management. Previously, Millichip was managing director of Sky Vision, Sky’s production and d... read more

Millichip is chief content officer at Sky Studios where she is responsible for editorial activities in the UK, including in-house and indie development on Sky Originals drama, scripted comedy and documentary. Millichip also oversees Sky Studios’ commercial activities, including; deficit funding and IP management.

Previously, Millichip was managing director of Sky Vision, Sky’s production and distribution arm, which merged into NBCU in 2019. At Sky Vision, Jane and the team grew the business from £8m revenues to £250m in six years, building Sky’s investment into independent production companies and content distribution.

Millichip started her career as a journalist, and since moving into TV, has been a commissioning editor, producer and distributor.

Millichip is a Trustee of the Royal Television Society and a board member of the Edinburgh TV Festival. She is also a Trustee of the environmental educational charity SEEd.

Millichip has six sheep, Seamus the dog, two teenage boys, and a long-suffering husband – but not necessarily in that order of preference!

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Claire Mundell
MD and creative director, Synchronicity Films

Synchronicity Films’ Founder Mundell is a BAFTA and RTS award-winning film and television producer / executive producer and creative director with a renowned and respected track record. Mundell developed and exec-produced the UK hit BBC One mini-series, The Cry, a psychological thriller starring Jenna Coleman, adapted from Helen FitzGerald’s novel by Jacquelin Perske. Other recent production ... read more

Synchronicity Films’ Founder Mundell is a BAFTA and RTS award-winning film and television producer / executive producer and creative director with a renowned and respected track record.

Mundell developed and exec-produced the UK hit BBC One mini-series, The Cry, a psychological thriller starring Jenna Coleman, adapted from Helen FitzGerald’s novel by Jacquelin Perske. Other recent production credits include Karen Gillan’s 2018 directorial debut feature, The Party’s Just Beginning and Only You, a modern day love story.

Mundell’s feature film career started when she produced the 2009 BAFTA award-winning Crying With Laughter, followed by the double BIFA- winning, Weekend, written and directed by Andrew Haigh, and co-produced by Mundell. Mundell produced Not Another Happy Ending starring Karen Gillan in her first leading feature role, which closed the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Mundell has extensive experience in network television having developed primetime television drama as an executive producer for the BBC, spending10 years in the BBC in a senior leadership role. Prior to launching Synchronicity, Mundell was head of CBBC Scotland, originating, producing and exec-producing various TV shows including the BAFTA and RTS award winning Shoebox Zoo.

Mundell consults widely for film and TV organisations and is a Council Member and Board Director of PACT.

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David Nath
Co-founder, Story Films

Nath is a three-time BAFTA winning director. His 2015 trilogy The Murder Detetctive was hailed as the ‘documentary of the decade’ earning him a BAFTA Best Factual Director honour. Dave’s debut drama for Channel 4 The Watchman was described as a compelling cross between Hitchcock’s Rear Window and Tom Hardy’s Locke. Dave trained as a print journalist, working in newspapers bef... read more

Nath is a three-time BAFTA winning director. His 2015 trilogy The Murder Detetctive was hailed as the ‘documentary of the decade’ earning him a BAFTA Best Factual Director honour. Dave’s debut drama for Channel 4 The Watchman was described as a compelling cross between Hitchcock’s Rear Window and Tom Hardy’s Locke. Dave trained as a print journalist, working in newspapers before a long career at Granada where he catapulted Gordon Ramsay on to TV in Channel 4’s seminal Boiling Point. He spent four years as Head of Documentaries at indie betty and ran the company for a period. As a freelance executive producer he helped to create the first ever rig show The Family but in 2008 returned to directing. His Grierson winning BBC series on austerity Britain The Year The Town Hall Shrank was likened to The Wire, while his Channel 4 series on mental illness Bedlam won him the 2014 BAFTA for Best Factual Series.

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Simon Nicholson
Creator and writer,

Nicholson is a UK-Canadian screenwriter and novelist. He is the head-writer of PJ Masks, the internationally successful kids’ animation show for eOne/DisneyJr; his many other credits include Zack And Quack (Nick), Tracy Beaker (CBBC), Girls In Love (cITV) and others. His first script, Wargame (adapted from the Michael Foreman book) won the British Animation Award and he has been nominated for BA... read more

Nicholson is a UK-Canadian screenwriter and novelist. He is the head-writer of PJ Masks, the internationally successful kids’ animation show for eOne/DisneyJr; his many other credits include Zack And Quack (Nick), Tracy Beaker (CBBC), Girls In Love (cITV) and others. His first script, Wargame (adapted from the Michael Foreman book) won the British Animation Award and he has been nominated for BAFTA, RTS and Annie Awards.

Nicholson has also written for theatre, including two musicals with the composer Gary Carpenter: China Song (“a near perfect piece of musical theatre” Independent), and Nyanyushka (“a polished and witty satire” Daily Telegraph). His novels include Young Houdini (OUP and Sourcebooks) and The Oldmoor Orphans (Tick Tock).

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Victoria Noble
VP original content, factual, Discovery

Noble joined Discovery 14 years ago and is currently vice president, original content, factual for Discovery. Based in London, Noble commissions content for Quest, Discovery Channel and discovery+ which launches this November. She develops and executive produces some of Discovery’s most successful factual and specialist factual programming for its male-skewing channel brands, including Discovery... read more

Noble joined Discovery 14 years ago and is currently vice president, original content, factual for Discovery.

Based in London, Noble commissions content for Quest, Discovery Channel and discovery+ which launches this November. She develops and executive produces some of Discovery’s most successful factual and specialist factual programming for its male-skewing channel brands, including Discovery Channel which reaches viewers in more than 220 countries and territories around the globe.

Noble has been instrumental in broadening the reach of Discovery’s brands with the introduction of female faces in traditionally male environments in shows like Goblin Works Garage, a show that goes beyond a focus on cars. She’s also been influential in building a number of successful long-running returning series including Wheeler Dealers, Aussie Gold Hunters, and Salvage Hunters which is currently in its 13th series.

Noble’s recent credits include Richard Hammond’s BIG, Ed Stafford: Man Woman Child Wild, Idris Elba: Fighter, Ed Stafford: First Man Out, Salvage Hunters: Design Classics, Billy Buys Brooklyn, Born Mucky: Life on The Farm, Shed & Buried, Wheeler Dealers, Salvage Hunters, spin-off series Salvage Hunters: The Restorers and Salvage Hunters Classic Cars, Aussie Gold Hunters, Outback Opal Hunters, Combat Dealers, Slider: Ice Warrior Challenge, Body Bizarre, Goblin Works Garage, Wheeler Dealers spin-off Wheeler Dealers Dream Car, and Wheeler Dealers Trading Up

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Louise Pedersen
CEO, all3media international

Pedersen is the CEO of all3media international (a3mi). a3mi works with television producers to co-finance television programmes and is a leading global tv sales business, with offices in London, Singapore, New York and Miami and broadcast clients in over 200 countries. a3mi’s turnover has grown by 50% in the last three years to over £100m and Louise has overseen a tripling of investment into co... read more

Pedersen is the CEO of all3media international (a3mi). a3mi works with television producers to co-finance television programmes and is a leading global tv sales business, with offices in London, Singapore, New York and Miami and broadcast clients in over 200 countries.

a3mi’s turnover has grown by 50% in the last three years to over £100m and Louise has overseen a tripling of investment into content during this period. Pedersen started her distribution career at ITV and had an 18-month spell in drama production as Managing Director of Playground Entertainment in 2015/16. During her time in the distribution industry Pedersen has sat on PACT Council, mentored for Nesta and been part of Skillset’s industry training programmes. a3mi has twice been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade. Pedersen was appointed to the NATPE board of directors in 2019.

Pedersen has a degree in English Literature from London University.

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Helen Perquy
Producer, jonnydepony

Perquy (1972) is a Belgian executive producer and producer with a main focus on financing high-end television drama with international potential. She is responsible for developing and managing international co-productions for drama, connecting high quality content with a suitable financing strategy. She was producer of Quiz Me Quick (2012) and executive producer of Tabula Rasa (2017). Since 2018, ... read more

Perquy (1972) is a Belgian executive producer and producer with a main focus on financing high-end television drama with international potential. She is responsible for developing and managing international co-productions for drama, connecting high quality content with a suitable financing strategy. She was producer of Quiz Me Quick (2012) and executive producer of Tabula Rasa (2017). Since 2018, she is co-owner of jonnydepony and producer of the series Blackout (2020). She is also the co-producer of the Finnish-Flemish series Transport. Jonnydepony is working on multiple new series ; among them The Girl in my Diary, Years of Lead and Arcadia.

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Lisa Perrin
MD international productions, ITV Studios

Perrin joined ITV Studios in May 2020 as managing director, international production, charged with overseeing the day to day running of ITV Studios’ leading production labels outside the UK and US, developing business strategy and vision as well as identifying growth opportunities in new and existing markets. Reporting directly to Julian Bellamy, Managing Director ITV Studios, Perrin is part of ... read more

Perrin joined ITV Studios in May 2020 as managing director, international production, charged with overseeing the day to day running of ITV Studios’ leading production labels outside the UK and US, developing business strategy and vision as well as identifying growth opportunities in new and existing markets.

Reporting directly to Julian Bellamy, Managing Director ITV Studios, Perrin is part of the ITV Studios senior management team. She also works closely with the managing directors of ITV Studios’ international labels (ITV Studios Australia, France, Germany, Middle East, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and Norway, Tetra Media Studios in France, Talpa and Imago in Germany, Cattleya in Italy and United in Denmark) as well as local, international and global television networks and platforms.

Prior to joining ITV Studios, Perrin was CEO creative networks at Endemol Shine Group. A creative TV professional with more than 25 years’ experience in programme production and development, she played a pivotal role in the growth and profitability of ESG’s Scripted and Non-Scripted production and development across 65 countries. She has launched and rolled out formats including The Wall and All Together Now (16 territories and the biggest travelling format of 2019) and sustained the renewal of Big Brother and MasterChef.

Prior to her role as CEO Creative Networks at ESG, Perrin was creative director and MD Shine Creative Networks. She held the role of director of commissioning, entertainment at UKTV from 2008 – 2011 and prior to this had a number of production and development roles at progressive levels of responsibility.

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Moderator Michael Pickard
Editor, Drama Quarterly, C21Media

Pickard is a writer and editor of C21 Media’s Drama Quarterly magazine and website, which focuses on the craft behind international television drama. Formerly a senior news reporter at C21 and deputy editor of a local newspaper group, he has edited Drama Quarterly since July 2015, shining a light on the writers, directors, actors and other creative talents involved in scripted television.

Annabelle Poisson
Co-creator and co-writer,

After studying journalism, Poisson worked in the newsroom at TVA and LCN as a researcher and journalist. She also wrote for the women’s magazine Clin d’Œil before moving into TV scriptwriting in 2006. While working at the Institut national de l’image et du son (INIS), she met Patrick Lowe, who was a professor of screenwriting at the time, now co-author of Dark Soul (Bête noire... read more

After studying journalism, Poisson worked in the newsroom at TVA and LCN as a researcher and journalist. She also wrote for the women’s magazine Clin d’Œil before moving into TV scriptwriting in 2006. While working at the Institut national de l’image et du son (INIS), she met Patrick Lowe, who was a professor of screenwriting at the time, now co-author of Dark Soul (Bête noire) and a close personal friend.

A self-described eternal teenager, Poisson specializes in writing for young people and has written close to 100 episodes of various teen series since graduating from INIS—Ramdam, Tactik, Subito texto, Le Chalet, L’Académie, and Max and Livia, among others. For the past few years, she’s been writing for adult audiences, collaborating on series including Fugueuse, L’Échappée and Les Moments parfaits and driven by a desire to create strong narratives inspired by current social issues. Dark Soul (Bête noire), a drama series created and co-written with Patrick Lowe, is Poisson’s first original work.

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Katherine Pope
Head of Spectrum originals, Charter Communications

Pope is a highly respected television executive and producer with deep experience across creative development and execution, deal-making, windowing and acquisitions. She has held leadership roles at major networks, studios and production companies and has developed and overseen numerous hit dramas and comedies. Pope joined Charter Communications as head of original content in 2018. She oversees a... read more

Pope is a highly respected television executive and producer with deep experience across
creative development and execution, deal-making, windowing and acquisitions. She has held leadership
roles at major networks, studios and production companies and has developed and overseen numerous hit dramas and comedies.

Pope joined Charter Communications as head of original content in 2018. She oversees all original programming efforts, including the creation, design and launch of the Spectrum Originals’ VOD platform. The original series slate includes LA’s Finest, Curfew, and Mad About You. In 2020, Spectrum Originals expanded its slate with critically-acclaimed dramas like Temple, and the forthcoming Second Wave. She has excelled at attracting top talent to the new platform, and in 2021 Spectrum will produce A Spy Among Friends, starring Damian Lewis, Angela Black, created by the Williams Brothers, and George & Tammy, starring Jessica Chastain.

Pope joined Charter after launching the television division at Chernin Entertainment, where she was executive producer for several Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated shows including New Girl. Currently, she is executive producing the Hulu limited series The Dropout, starring Kate McKinnon.

Pope spent 10 years at NBC, where she helped develop hit shows Heroes, Friday Night Lights, 30 Rock, and The Office.

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Karen Radzyner
Partner and EP, Dragonet Films

Dragonet Films is the independent Sydney-based production company of Radzyner and Kate Riedl, producing quality Scripted content for Australian and international screens from diverse, visionary minds. Their respective series, documentaries and feature films have won awards and nominations including Logies and Australian Academy Awards (AACTAs) for ABC’s Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo; craft awa... read more

Dragonet Films is the independent Sydney-based production company of Radzyner and Kate Riedl, producing quality Scripted content for Australian and international screens from diverse, visionary minds. Their respective series, documentaries and feature films have won awards and nominations including Logies and Australian Academy Awards (AACTAs) for ABC’s Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo; craft awards from the Guilds for Nine’s Two Twisted; festival acclaim for feature film Being Venice; and the ATOM Award for Best Documentary for ABC’s The Man Who Saved A Million Brains. Paper Giants and The Man Who Saved A Million Brains, broke ratings records in their time slots for the ABC. Dragonet’s innovation arm is developing an ambitious narrative VR project with Sydney Dance Company and the Australian Chamber Orchestra; and a mystery mobile series with Screen Australia.

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Moderator Ade Rawcliffe
Group director of diversity and inclusion, ITV

Rawcliffe is group director of diversity and inclusion at ITV, and is a member of the management board. She has responsibility for all diversity and inclusion related matters across the group, including leading, developing and growing ITV’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy on and off screen. Prior to that, Rawcliffe led the creative diversity team at Channel 4 and spearheaded the delivery of... read more

Rawcliffe is group director of diversity and inclusion at ITV, and is a member of the management board. She has responsibility for all diversity and inclusion related matters across the group, including leading, developing and growing ITV’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy on and off screen.

Prior to that, Rawcliffe led the creative diversity team at Channel 4 and spearheaded the delivery of the broadcaster’s 360° Diversity Charter. She oversaw the creation of C4’s Commissioning Diversity Guidelines and developed programmes through diverse funding vehicle the Alpha Fund. Rawcliffe was also part of the team responsible for C4’s coverage of Rio 2016 Paralympics and London 2012 Paralympics, which broke records for employing
disabled presenters and production staff.

Rawcliffe also worked in the features commissioning team at C4 and as television producer at the BBC, ITV and in the independent sector working on shows including: Big Brother, The Big Breakfast and This Morning . She is a Chair of BAFTA’s Learning, Inclusion and Talent Committee, a Board Member of Women in Film & Television (WFTV), Founding Board Member of Times UP UK and a Trustee of the National Trust.

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Stacey Sher
Film/television producer and founder, Shiny Penny Productions

Film and television producer Sher has produced more than two dozen major motion pictures amassing nearly $2.2 billion at the global box office. Sher is a two-time Academy Award nominee and an Emmy Award nominee. Her many critically acclaimed production credits include Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight; Steven Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich, Out of Sight and... read more

Film and television producer Sher has produced more than two dozen major motion pictures amassing nearly $2.2 billion at the global box office. Sher is a two-time Academy Award nominee and an Emmy Award nominee. Her many critically acclaimed production credits include Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight; Steven Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich, Out of Sight and Contagion; Garden State; Reality Bites; and Get Shorty.

Sher has produced nearly a dozen television series and television movies. Most recently, she executive produced the FX limited television series, Mrs. America, alongside Cate Blanchett. The series, which tells the tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and the unexpected backlash, received a total of ten Emmy nominations this year, including in the category of Best Limited Series.

Currently, Sher is an executive producer on the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson and directed by Liesl Tommy. She is also working on the upcoming series Devil in the White City with Paramount TV and Hulu, and La Dictatrice with FX.

Sher recently served as co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios, launching the film and television division for the prolific game company. While there, Sher served as a producer on all three seasons of the Emmy-Award nominated Netflix series, Skylanders Academy.

Sher has been the recipient of many honors on behalf of her commitment to film and television, social justice, and the Los Angeles community, including from the ACLU, Chrysalis, Humanitas, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and Women in Film.

Sher is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, BAFTA, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Producers Guild of America.

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Irina Sosnovaya
Creative producer, START

Sosnovaya started her career at the main Russian news TV channel, NTV, then she became an executive producer for prime-time news and documentary films. Her first documentary film about the horrors of WW2, Rzhev, was awarded the leading annual national film award in Russia, Nika. Later she made more than 20 documentary films as a producer. She worked as CTC Media’s marketing director. Sosnovaya ... read more

Sosnovaya started her career at the main Russian news TV channel, NTV, then she became an executive producer for prime-time news and documentary films.

Her first documentary film about the horrors of WW2, Rzhev, was awarded the leading annual national film award in Russia, Nika. Later she made more than 20 documentary films as a producer.

She worked as CTC Media’s marketing director. Sosnovaya joined Yellow, Black and White team as a producer and showrunner at Start, YBW’s streaming service. Russian Affairs was the first TV series Irina made as a producer and showrunner. The series has become the first in Russia picked up by Amazon Exclusives and Walter Presents.

Another series produced by Sosnovaya, Storm, and A Good Man were also a great success. Storm attained the most popular awards in Russia and took second place in the New York Film Festival in 2020. And a phycological thriller A Good Man was selected for main competition at Serial Killer – an international TV festival and was included in 2020 Fresh TV Fiction.

Sosnovaya became a member of the International Emmy Awards jury in 2020 and the pitching team member of the major Russian film festivals Kinotavr and MIFF.

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Charlotte Surtees
Producer,

After 15 years producing documentaries, Surtees moved into scripted television. As script development executive at Darlow Smithson Productions she won commissions from the BBC and ITV, executive producing several of her projects. She then oversaw the scripting of a series for Netflix at Nutopia, before working with her comedy heroes, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, at Stolen Picture. Surtees then prod... read more

After 15 years producing documentaries, Surtees moved into scripted television. As script development executive at Darlow Smithson Productions she won commissions from the BBC and ITV, executive producing several of her projects. She then oversaw the scripting of a series for Netflix at Nutopia, before working with her comedy heroes, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, at Stolen Picture.

Surtees then produced the first series of Sky comedy Code 404 for Kudos and Water+Power – a glorious police procedural pastiche/sci-fi mash-up starring the incomparable Stephen Graham, Daniel Mays and Anna Maxwell-Martin. The series was a smash hit for the channel and Sky’s fastest binged boxset ever. Charlotte then produced Maisie Williams’ first television project since GoT, pairing again with Sky, Kudos and her Code 404 partner in crime, director Al Campbell. Two Weeks to Live is a riotous female-centric action comedy about love, lies…and just how messed up our world really is. Showcasing the extraordinarily funny double-act of Maisie Williams and Sian Clifford, supported by the phenomenal talents of Mawaan Rizwan, Taheen Modak, Thalissa Teixeira, Jason Flemyng and Sean Pertwee, the series became another smash hit. Charlotte is currently in post-production on the second series of Code 404.

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Cheryl Taylor
Head of Content, BBC Children’s

Taylor is Head of Content for BBC Children’s and commissions content for both the CBeebies and CBBC Channels Both channels continue to be the most popular for their age group in the U.K and are proud of their stealth learning expertise. CBeebies “Lights Up Little Learners” and ignites a sense of tolerance and inclusivity in our youngest viewers. The public service baton is passed up to CBBC ... read more

Taylor is Head of Content for BBC Children’s and commissions content for both the CBeebies and CBBC Channels

Both channels continue to be the most popular for their age group in the U.K and are proud of their stealth learning expertise. CBeebies “Lights Up Little Learners” and ignites a sense of tolerance and inclusivity in our youngest viewers. The public service baton is passed up to CBBC which also celebrates diversity and aims to reflect the lives of all UK children with a host of world class entertainers and explainers.

Both channels inspire, inform, and entertain with their unique multi-genre slates and cross platform content.

Standout and award-winning brands on CBeebies include; Hey Duggee, JoJo & Gran Gran, Molly and Mack, Waffle the Wonderdog, Something Special, Do You Know?, Swashbuckle, Justin’s House, Pablo and Andy’s Wild Adventures.

And on CBBC: Operation Ouch, Horrible Histories, The Dumping Ground, Jamie Johnson, Malory Towers, The Dengineers, Secret Life of Boys, My Life and So Awkward.

Previously Taylor was head of comedy for the BBC and was responsible for Mrs Browns Boys and Bad Education. She was head of comedy at Hat Trick Productions and at Channel 4 commissioned Spaced and Black Books.

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Enrique Urbizu
Creator and director,

Urbizu is one of the Spanish film-makers who has most successfully combined audience reach with a personal and defined style. In 1987 he directed his first feature film, Tu novia está loca, (Your Girlfriend is Crazy) a farce with classic references. In 1991 he directed Todo por la pasta (Anything for Bread) a violent thriller with a film noir touch. Urbizu moved to Madrid, where he directed two ... read more

Urbizu is one of the Spanish film-makers who has most successfully combined audience reach with a personal and defined style.

In 1987 he directed his first feature film, Tu novia está loca, (Your Girlfriend is Crazy) a farce with classic references. In 1991 he directed Todo por la pasta (Anything for Bread) a violent thriller with a film noir touch.
Urbizu moved to Madrid, where he directed two comedies adaptation from Carmen Rico Godoy’s novels: in 1994 Cómo ser infeliz y disfrutarlo and in 1995 Cuernos de mujer. At the same time, he adapted a short story by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Cachito, which would lead to also working on the screenplay of the film adaptation of another Arturo Pérez-Reverte novel, El club Dumas, which would be directed by Roman Polanski in 1999 titled La novena puerta (The Ninth Gate).

In 2002 he directed La caja 507 (Box 507), a thriller about politicians corruption. The following year he directed La vida mancha (Life Marks), a melodrama with a film noir approach. No habrá paz para los malvados (No Rest for the Wicked) in 2011 is, at the moment, his last film and was awarded with 6 Goya Awards including Best Director and Best Film. In 2018 he directed 2 seasons of a serial for TV: Gigantes (Giants), which Premiere took place in the Official Section of the San Sebastian Film Festival. In 2019 he shot another serial for TV: Libertad (Freedom) which will be released in 2021.

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Elly Vervloet
International drama executive, VRT

Vervloet is the international drama executive of VRT, the Flemish public broadcaster (Belgium). As part of VRT’s drama strategy, it is the ambition to make high quality drama with international appeal and potential. Therefore, Vervloet takes up the responsibility to find international financing partners and to set up international co-productions. It is her role to build an international network... read more

Vervloet is the international drama executive of VRT, the Flemish public broadcaster (Belgium). As part of VRT’s drama strategy, it is the ambition to make high quality drama with international appeal and potential. Therefore, Vervloet takes up the responsibility to find international financing partners and to set up international co-productions. It is her role to build an international network, to introduce VRT as a strong drama-partner and to share her expertise within the company, in order to create a sustainable drama strategy that reinforces the local ecosystem.

After a degree in Communication science at the University of Leuven, Vervloet began her career at VRT in 1994. She worked at the news department for 12 years. Later, she was commissioning editor for news, reality and fiction. She commissioned, amongst others, Salamander, Team Chocolate and Beau Sejour; series that travel the world.

Before taking up her current position, she was business manager TV. Vervloet combines her work for VRT with being coordinator of the EBU Drama Initiative; an initiative that helps European Public Broadcasters to network, coproduce and access world class drama.

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Christian Vesper
President, global drama , Fremantle

As Fremantle’s president of global drama, Vesper oversees the global scripted slate and the execution of Fremantle’s growth strategy in the drama space. Vesper has creative oversight across all territories, working in close partnership with Fremantle’s international network of scripted labels and territory drama heads. He also leads efforts to set up group projects and co-productions with U... read more

As Fremantle’s president of global drama, Vesper oversees the global scripted slate and the execution of Fremantle’s growth strategy in the drama space. Vesper has creative oversight across all territories, working in close partnership with Fremantle’s international network of scripted labels and territory drama heads. He also leads efforts to set up group projects and co-productions with US and UK networks and global platforms. Joining Fremantle in 2016, Vesper has worked across critically acclaimed shows including My Brilliant Friend, Luca Guadagnino’s We Are Who We Are, La Jauria, No Man’s Land and Baghdad Central to name a few.

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Moderator Ed Waller
Editorial director, C21Media

Waller is a media journalist working out of London, England. He is editorial director for C21 Media, which publishes the leading international TV trade website C21Media.net and print magazines Channel 21 International and C21 Kids. He also regularly contributes to UK national newspapers including The Guardian, The Independent and The Sunday Times. Waller previously worked at trade magazines Telev... read more

Waller is a media journalist working out of London, England. He is editorial director for C21 Media, which publishes the leading international TV trade website C21Media.net and print magazines Channel 21 International and C21 Kids. He also regularly contributes to UK national newspapers including The Guardian, The Independent and The Sunday Times.

Waller previously worked at trade magazines Televisual Magazine and Asia-Pacific Satellite.

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Filippa Wallestram
Chief content officer, NENT Group

Wallestam was appointed chief content officer at NENT Group on 1 October 2019. Prior to that, Wallestam served as CEO of NENT Group Sweden. Wallestam joined the company in June 2014 as head of strategy for MTG’s free-TV and radio businesses in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. She previously worked as a strategy consultant at Boston Consulting Group in London and New York, and at Daily Mail General Tr... read more

Wallestam was appointed chief content officer at NENT Group on 1 October 2019. Prior to that, Wallestam served as CEO of NENT Group Sweden. Wallestam joined the company in June 2014 as head of strategy for MTG’s free-TV and radio businesses in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. She previously worked as a strategy consultant at Boston Consulting Group in London and New York, and at Daily Mail General Trust.

Wallestam holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics.

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Moderator Jonathan Webdale
Editor, C21Media

Webdale is a journalist with more than two decades of experience covering digital media and the international television business. He joined C21Media in 2004 from New Media Age and oversees C21’s online presence, audiovisual output and special reports.

Piers Wenger
Controller, BBC Drama

Wenger was appointed controller of BBC Drama in late 2016. Prior to this, he was head of drama at Channel 4, and head of drama at BBC Wales. During his time as head of drama at BBC Wales, Wenger was an executive producer on Doctor Who, where he cast Matt Smith into the lead role. Wenger is responsible for overseeing more than 450 hours of drama across the year. He has outlined his strategy for BBC... read more

Wenger was appointed controller of BBC Drama in late 2016. Prior to this, he was head of drama at Channel 4, and head of drama at BBC Wales. During his time as head of drama at BBC Wales, Wenger was an executive producer on Doctor Who, where he cast Matt Smith into the lead role. Wenger is responsible for overseeing more than 450 hours of drama across the year. He has outlined his strategy for BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three and appointed a new team of commissioning editors and a head of development.

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Moderator Clive Whittingham
News editor, C21 Media

Whittingham is news editor at C21 Media and also edits C21’s Factual Weekly newsletter. Prior to joining the company as senior reporter in 2011, he reported on news and court cases for several regional newspapers in the UK. He also covers sport for The Daily Telegraph.

Ellen Windemuth
Chief executive officer, WaterBear Network

Windemuth is the CEO of WaterBear Network, overseeing the strategy and direction of the new interactive video-on-demand platform dedicated to life on earth. Prior to WaterBear, Windemuth was owner and CEO of Off the Fence, having founded the company in 1994. Under her leadership Off the Fence acquired, produced, and co-produced over 6,000 hours of content. Windemuth is a seasoned executive produ... read more

Windemuth is the CEO of WaterBear Network, overseeing the strategy and direction of the new interactive video-on-demand platform dedicated to life on earth.

Prior to WaterBear, Windemuth was owner and CEO of Off the Fence, having founded the company in 1994. Under her leadership Off the Fence acquired, produced, and co-produced over 6,000 hours of content.

Windemuth is a seasoned executive producer and distributor and has produced over 500 hours to date herself. She is the chair of the Jackson Hole Film Festival Board, Honorary President of the Sunnyside Doc 2019 festival in La Rochelle, France and is active in conservation and land development. Her experience in factual entertainment programming is extensive in both production and distribution. Windemuth was recently presented with Wildscreen’s Christopher Parson’s Outstanding Achievement Awards 2018. She has three children and a great passion for the outdoors.

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Terence Winter
Showrunner,

Winter is the creator and executive producer of Boardwalk Empire, HBO’s award-winning drama series; he also co-created and was the executive producer of the rock ‘n roll drama series Vinyl. Prior to those shows, Winter was one of the writers and executive producers of The Sopranos, for which he was honored with four Emmy awards as well as three Writer’s Guild Awards. In 2014, he was nominate... read more

Winter is the creator and executive producer of Boardwalk Empire, HBO’s award-winning drama series; he also co-created and was the executive producer of the rock ‘n roll drama series Vinyl. Prior to those shows, Winter was one of the writers and executive producers of The Sopranos, for which he was honored with four Emmy awards as well as three Writer’s Guild Awards.

In 2014, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for The Wolf of Wall Street directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Currently, he is developing films and television programs for Legendary Global, Netflix, Paramount, FX, Warner Bros. and HBO Max.

A native of Brooklyn, Winter received a B.A. from New York University and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.

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Femke Wolting
Co-founder, Submarine

Co-founder of Amsterdam and LA based studio Submarine, Emmy Award winner Femke Wolting has had a banner year so far, celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary in 2020. The prolific production house has been behind Amazon Prime’s break-out animated drama Undone, which is in production on its second season, and won the international Emmy for the critically acclaimed documentary Bellingcat: Trut... read more

Co-founder of Amsterdam and LA based studio Submarine, Emmy Award winner Femke Wolting has had a banner year so far, celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary in 2020. The prolific production house has been behind Amazon Prime’s break-out animated
drama Undone, which is in production on its second season, and won the international Emmy for the critically acclaimed documentary Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World.

Currently, Submarine is in production on Apollo 10 1⁄2: A Space Age Adventure for Netflix (2021) from director Richard Linklater, starring Jack Black, Zachary Levi, and Glen Powell, and The Kollective, which follows a citizen investigative journalist group inspired by Bellingcat, from Gomorrah and ZeroZeroZero showrunner Leonardo Fasoli. Submarine is also developing the adult animated series Echo Boy, which is based on the novel by acclaimed British author Matt Haig.

Femke has produced films, series, and transmedia projects across the globe, from the US and China, to Abu Dhabi, Russia, and Mexico. Wolting and Felix are experienced in coordinating international co-productions, and collaborating with co-producers, broadcasters, and distributors including VPRO, BBC, HBO, ZDF, Arte, Channel 4, Amazon, and Netflix.

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Moderator Adrian Wootton
CEO, Film London & British Film Commission

Wootton OBE, is chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission. Wootton is a programme advisor to the BFI London Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and Noir in Fest, Milan, and founding director of Shots in the Dark Festival, Nottingham. In 2012 Wootton received an Honorary Doctorate in the Arts and was appointed Visiting Professor of Film & Media at Norwich University of the... read more

Wootton OBE, is chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission. Wootton is a programme advisor to the BFI London Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and Noir in Fest, Milan, and founding director of Shots in the Dark Festival, Nottingham. In 2012 Wootton received an Honorary Doctorate in the Arts and was appointed Visiting Professor of Film & Media at Norwich University of the Arts. In 2014 Wootton received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia and in 2017 was awarded an OBE for Services to Film . Most recently, Wootton has led the BFC’s work to develop the COVID-19 Production guidance for Film and High-end TV drama, as part of the BFI’s wider COVID-19 Screen Sector Recovery Task Force.

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