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Africa in focus at Content London

As the demand for new stories continues to grow, and global platforms and broadcasters turn their sights to new territories, the International Drama Summit will showcase key projects and players from Africa; a hotbed for new talent and original drama.

AMC, Canal+ International, MultiChoice, EbonyLife Media and Fremantle discuss why Africa and why now and take us inside their strategies for content from the continent. Through the Hot Properties strand at Content London the teams behind Shaka and Sakho & Mangane lift the lid on two of the top drama properties coming out of Africa.

To view the International Drama Summit agenda CLICK HERE.

Speaking on these sessions are:

Mo Abudu, CEO, EbonyLife Media
Mo oversees all aspects of EbonyLife Media, including EbonyLife Studios, EbonyLife TV, EbonyLife ON, EbonyLife Productions Limited (UK) and EbonyLife Films. She launched EbonyLife TV in 2013 and produced aspirational series like ‘The Governor’, about Nigeria’s first female state governor; ‘Fifty’, the sequel to the 2015 hit film about four driven, professional friends reaching middle-age; ‘Desperate Housewives Africa’, based on Disney’s original series; and ‘Sons of the Caliphate’, a drama about the rivalry between rich and powerful families in northern Nigeria. Mo took the plunge into filmmaking, with the creation of EbonyLife Films. Her first film as executive producer was ‘Fifty’, Nigeria’s highest-grossing drama and the top film of 2015. Teaming up with The ELFIKE Collective in 2016, she produced The Wedding Party and its sequel, ‘The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai’ (2017), which became the highest-grossing franchise of all time in the Nigerian film industry (Nollywood). In March 2018, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced a three-year deal with EbonyLife TV that would include co-production of ‘The Dahomey Warriors’, a series about the legendary Amazons who took on French colonialists in a 19th century west African kingdom.
Mo was listed in Hollywood Reporter's 25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television in 2013 and 2017. The Business Insider listed Mo amongst the top 100 business visionaries creating value for the world.

Yolisa Phahle, CEO general entertainment, MultiChoice Group
Having started her career as a musician before moving into the radio business Yolisa’s South African roots and love for African music saw her join M-Net South Africa as head of Channel O. In 2013 she was appointed as M-Net SA CEO before taking over the reins for the business across sub-Saharan Africa in 2015. M-Net has local language channels in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.  

In 2017 Yolisa was appointed CEO of General Entertainment for the MultiChoice Group. In this role she drives the group’s content strategy that will deliver the best international content to the organisation’s 13 million subscriber homes, whilst increasing the focus on local story telling and industry development.

Teboho Mahlatsi, co-producer, co-creator Shaka
Teboho’s masterful short film Portrait of a Young Man Drowning, won him the coveted Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1999 and kick started his journey as one of South Africa’s most exciting filmmakers.
Teboho co-created and directed Yizo Yizo, undeniably the most celebrated  and controversial TV series made in post apartheid South Africa which went on the win awards world wide. In 2006 he won the Tribute Black Achiever in entertainment award and has been invited to speak at festivals, galleries and universities worldwide. He was president of the jury for the Corto Cortissimo at the Venice film festival in 2006 and his short film Sekalli Le Meokgo opened this prestigious event.
Teboho’s feature film project, Scar, was selected for both the Sundance Writers and Directors Labs as well as the Cannes “young directors forum”.
In 2018 Teboho was awarded the Usiba award by the minister of Arts and Culture for his significant contribution in TV, Film and storytelling. Teboho is a founding partner of Bomb TV and is at the centre of all Bomb creative projects, including the wildly successful Isibaya, which is the cornerstone of a prestigious pay TV channel,  Zone 14, Isithembiso, Ayeye, Jacob’s Cross and many more. Teboho is also a high regarded commercials director.

Angus Gibson, co-producer, co-creator Shaka
In 1985, frustrated by the politics of South African television, together with like-minded filmmakers, Angus founded Free Filmmakers, to make films that reflected what was happening in South Africa at the time. He produced & directed many documentary projects for European television, including the highly acclaimed Soweto, A History for Channel 4. In 1992, Angus directed 7UP – the South African chapter of Granada Television’s flagship documentary series, which has now continued to 14 UP, 21 UP and 28 UP and has been nominated for a BAFTA.
In 1994 he was invited by Jonathan Demme to co-direct the authorised biography, Mandela, which was nominated for an Oscar and won the Amnesty International Media Spotlight Award and the Pare Lorentz Award. Angus is a creative force. He co-created and co-directed the multi-award winning television drama series Yizo Yizo. He designed the 70 audio-visual elements for the highly acclaimed apartheid Museum. He co directed the powerful epic documentary La Toma set in Columbia. He is a founding partner of Bomb TV and involved in every one of Bomb’s projects, such as Zone 14, Shuga, Ayeye, Isibaya, bringing his creative eye and sharp storytelling skill to sculpt each show. His latest feature film, Back of the Moon is a love story set in Sophiatown 1958 and executive produced by Desiree Markgraaff and William Kentridge. He is in post-production with the film due for release in 2019.

Jean Luc Herbulot, director Sakho & Mangane
Jean Luc Herbulot is a Franco-Congolese director and screenwriter and director of Sakho and Mangane. He studied Multimedia in Paris, France and graduated in multimedia project management.

Alexandre Rideau, producer Sakho & Mangane, Keewu Production
Alexandre Rideau, founding member and director of RAES (African Network for Education, Health and Citizenship) since 2005, has developed a network of international partners with the production of cutting-edge media projects. Alexandre has worked with NGOs and organizations in the public and para-public sectors to produce audiovisual content focused on health and education.

Additionally, Keewu is partnered with 9 African film schools. Finding and training African talent is at the heart of Keewu’s activities, to produce stories from the continent that shed light on present-day issues faced by its audiences. Keewu’s productions include C’est La Vie, a series created by Marguerite Abouet, writer of the Aya Yopougon comics. All 26 episodes, lasting 26 minutes each, deliver health messages to African viewers (sponsored by WHO, UNICEF, UN Women, Bill Gates, Orange, and FSP MUSKOKA). Season 2 is currently in the works. Top Radio is a 13x26’ series from the Ivory Coast. Bruits de Tambour, a 26x26’ political thriller from the Sahel and Vent d’Hivernage a political thriller from the Sahel. Popenguine is a drama centered around African youth

Cecile Gerardin, head of drama, Canal+ International
Cécile started her TV career at WGBH-Boston. She spent 4 years in Los Angeles for the Acquisitions of French network TF1. After 7 years at TF1 and TF1 Consulting, she managed programs and acquisitions at French channels TV Breizh, TPS Jeunesse, and the launch of kid broadcaster Gulli.  In 2005, she joined producers on developing drama and innovative tv series, and turned to creative writing with her first detective TV series (created with 2 co-writers) broadcast in France in 2015.
She joined Canal+ International in 2015 as head of Drama to develop and coproduce original premium tv series, with a focus on the African Continent.

Kristin Jones, EVP international programing, AMC and Sundance TV
Kristin oversees the creation, development and production of innovative scripted programming from all territories outside the U.S. She is focused on identifying potential international scripted projects, including co-productions, format adaptations, series, limited-series acquisitions as well as developing projects for third parties through AMC studios. She brought notable titles to AMC, such as the Emmy and multiple Golden Globe award winning miniseries The Night Manager and recently The Little Drummer Girl, directed by Park Chan Wook, and stars Florence Pugh, Alexander Skarsgard, and Michael Shannon. She also oversees the much-anticipated State of The Union for SundanceTV, directed by Stephen Frears, written by Nick Hornby, and starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd. For AMC, Jones also bought and oversaw critically praised Humans starring Gemma Chan, and McMafia starring James Norton, which is preparing for its second. For SundanceTV, Jones presides over Liar, which after its fall 2017 premiere was the most successful show on ITV in three years, as well as the Abi Morgan- helmed critically acclaimed series The Split.

Sarah Doole, director of global drama, Fremantle
Sarah seeks to invest and bring the very best drama to the international marketplace. A member of the Fremantle Operating Board, reporting directly to Jennifer Mullin, she is responsible for the acquisition of all scripted content from in-house producers and third party drama partners, through development investment, distribution deals and co-production partnerships. Sarah also works with in-house and indie producers, writers, directors and owners of IP, to create and develop drama and comedy that will rate in its domestic market as well as providing an on-going revenue stream through commercial exploitation internationally, whether tape sales, digital activity or scripted remakes.

They join other confirmed speakers:

Erik Barmack
Vice president, international originals
Georgia Brown
Director european originals
Amazon Studios
Jon Wax
Head of drama series & movies
YouTube Originals
Mo Abudu
EbonyLife Media
Piers Wenger
Controller of drama
Natalie Dormer
Larry Tanz
Vice president, global television
Elizabeth Kilgarriff
Senior commissioning editor
BBC Drama
Kristin Jones
EVP of international programming
AMC and Sundance TV
Lorenzo De Maio
Endeavor Content
Ted Miller
Yolisa Phahle
CEO, General Entertainment
Fredrik Ljungberg
Program director Viaplay & Viasat nordic
Michael Wright
Sofia Helin
Executive producer
Marty Adelstein
Tomorrow Studios
Simon Cornwell
The Ink Factory
Nicola Shindler
Chief executive
RED Production Company
Yule Caise
Writer, director and producer
Superna Kalle
Executive vice president, international digital networks
Christian Rank
Head of drama
DR – Danish Broadcasting Cooperation
Aron Levitz
Head of
Wattpad Studios
Katie O’Connell Marsh
Platform One Media
Antony Root
EVP original programming and production
HBO Europe
Bryan Elsley
Managing director & writer
Balloon Entertainment
Paul Abbott
Abbott Vision
Kelly Edwards
SVP talent development
Nick Hornby
State of the Union
Stephen Frears
State of the Union
Matt Creasey
Executive VP, distribution
Endemol Shine International
Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein
Founder and head of international
ADD Content
David Davoli
Senior vice president
Bron Studios
Ismael Calleja
Head of production and business affairs
Hanne Palmquist
Commissioning editor and VP, original programming
HBO Nordic
Miguel Salvat
Commissioning editor of original programming
HBO España
Sydney Gallonde
CEO and executive producer
Make It Happen Studio
Dan Cohen
President, worldwide television licensing
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Marjan Alčevski
Ana Balentovic
Development executive
HBO Adria
Steve Matthews
VP and executive producer, drama development
HBO Europe
Jeremy Gold
Blumhouse Television
Marci Wiseman
Blumhouse Television
Moderator Walter Iuzzolino
Co-founder and curator
Walter Presents
Steve Stark
President, television production & development
Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios
Lars Blomgren
Executive producer and head of scripted EMEA
Endemol Shine Group
Emmanuelle Guilbart
Joint-CEO and founder
About Premium Content
Jörg Winger
Executive producer
Izabela Łopuch
Head of original production
HBO Poland
Sarah Doole
Director of global drama
Karen Hall
Writer, producer
New Voyage Productions
Sebastian Thiel
Director, writer, producer
Steve November
Creative director, UK television
Hilary Bevan Jones
Founder, producer
Endor Productions
James Richardson
Vertigo Films
Faye Ward
Creative director
Fable Pictures
Julian Dexter
Head of commercial affairs
Sky original content
Moritz Polter
Executive producer international television series
Bavaria Fiction
Karni Ziv
Head of drama and comedy
Pete Thornton
Head of scripted
Will Harrison
Managing director
Ingenious Media
Richard Scott
CEO, co-founder
Axis Studios
Peter Emerson
Cineflix Media
Sarah Phelps
Writer and EP
The ABC Murders
Damien Timmer
Executive producer
Mammoth Screen
James Prichard
Agatha Christie Ltd
David Farr
Sarah Adina-Smith
Andrew Woodhead
MD, Working Title Television
Executive producer, Hanna
Tom Coan
Executive producer
Kathy Ciric
Louise Hussey 
Executive producer
Industrial Light and Magic
Alexandra Rapaport
Executive producer
Nicola Söderlund
Managing partner
Eccho Rights
Birgitta Wännström
Tony Ayres
Tony Ayres Productions
Jude Troy
Wooden Horse Pty Ltd
Sebastian Burkhardt
Managing director, global content
Keshet International
Dr Simone Emmelius
Senior vice president
ZDF Feature Films
Nacho Manubens
Head of contents
Atresmedia Studios
Rola Bauer
Managing director
StudioCanal TV
Gonzalo Sagardía
Onza Entertainment
Ricardo Carbonero
Head of content acquisition
Amazon Prime Video Spain
Nick Betts
Director scripted production
BBC Studios
Marike Muselaers
Vidar Magnussen
Malin-Sarah Gozin
Tabula Rasa
Arvand Khosravi
Senior associate
Endeavor Content
Alexi Hawley
Creator, Showrunner
The Rookie
Adi Hasak
Alon Aranya
Writer, producer
Paper Plane Productions
Anders Tangen
CEO, producer
Bea Hegedus
VP global content, scripted
ITV Studios Global Entertainment
Brian Minchin
Executive producer
Hartswood West
Bruno Heller
Claire Mundell
Founder and creative director
Synchronicity Films
Dan May
Painting Practice
Hakan Kousetta
COO television
See-Saw Films
Indra Siera
Professor T
Jaimie D’Cruz
Creative director
Acme Films
Jamie Laurenson
Head of television
See-Saw Films
John Giwa-Amu
Red and Black Films
Justin Thomson
Executive producer
DoveTale Media
Måns Mårlind
Creator, writer, director
Peter Bowker
World on Fire
Ricus Jansegers
TV programming director
Susan Hogg
Head of drama
Studio Lambert
Marc Zicree
Josh Varney
Jane Moore
Vertigo Films
Fabian Haslob
Players Agency
Cécile Gérardin
Head of drama
Canal+ International
Rory Aitkin
Tom Bidwell
Watership Down
Eleonora Andreatta
Rai Fiction
Angus Gibson
Co-producer, co-creator
Teboho Mahlatsi
Co-producer, co-creator
Caroline Torrance
Head of scripted
Banijay Rights
Moritz von Kruedener
Managing director
Beta Film
James Carroll
Broadcast and brand licensing agent
Northbank Talent Management
Klaus Zimmerman
General manager
Dynamic Television
Helen Ziegler
Executive producer
Mammoth Screen
Hannah Griffiths
Head of literary acquisitions
Adam Cunningham
Chief digital officer
Allied Global Marketing
Anja Lundqvist
Executive producer, co-creator and actor
Eva Röse
Julia Dufvenius
Executive producer, co-creator and actor
Jean Luc Herbulot
Director, Showrunner
Sakho and Mangane
Alexandre Rideau
Sakho and Mangane
Sonia Purnell
Peter Micelli
Chief strategy officer, film & television
Paul Youngbluth
Joint managing director
TAPE Consultancy Ltd
Avril Blondelot
Head of content insight
Eurodata TV Worldwide
Silje Hopland Eik
Dan Erlij
United Talent Agency
Michelle Martin
Head of television
Justus Riesenkampff
Sales & acquisitions nordics & benelux
Beta Film
Kevin Comer
Alex Moody
Commissioning editor, comedy
Olivia Wingate
Mo Studios
Prentiss Fraser
EVP and MD content distribution
Fox Networks Group
Courtney Williams
European regional director
Parrot Analytics
Noam Murro
Watership Down
Alice Burden
On Solstice Hill
Samuel Garza Bernstein
The Secret World of Danny Rizik
Carolyn Kras
The Second City
Phil Mulryne
Jan Smith
David Engels
Belgian ancient historian
Peter Harness
Jess Brittain
Jesse Cleverly
Creative director
Wildseed Studios
Mika Watkins

Creator, writer, EP
Philipp Steffens
Head of fiction
Simon Mirren
Executive producer & screenwriter
Nathalie Biancolli
SVP director of international fiction
France Télévisions
Boudewijn Rosenmuller
Creative Producer
NL Film & TV BV
Kaja Wolffers
NL Film & TV BV
Roope Lehtinen
Executive Producer
Fire Monkey
Mia Ylönen
Head Writer
Fire Monkey
Helen Perquy
Executive producer
Emmanuelle Bouilhaguet
Managing Director
Lagardère Studios Distribution
Laura Immonen
Mette Heeno
Creator and scriptwriter
Happy Ending Film
Mie Andreasen
Michael Nakan
Founding partner
Clipper Media Capital
John David Coles
Talking Wall Pictures
Thierry Cassuto
Founder & executive producer
Both Worlds
Andy Harries
Left Bank Pictures
Alex Fraser
SVP of acquisition
Red Arrow Studios International
Sened Dhab
Head of digital drama
Nebojša Taraba
Producer and partner
Drugi Plan
Atar Dekel
VP Global Content
Keshet International
Cristina Pons
Script coordinator
Little Coincidences
Elly Vervloet
International drama executive
Cristina Pons
Little Coincidences
Moderator Stephen Armstrong
Freelance journalist
Moderator Adrian Wootton
Chief executive
Film London
Moderator Jimmy Akingbola
Actor and co-founder
Triforce Creative Network
Moderator David Quli
Partner and co-head
Wiggin's Film & TV group
Moderator Michael Pickard
Drama Quarterly
Moderator Carrie Stein
EVP, global scripted series
Kew Media
Moderator Jeremy Gawade
Lee and Thompson
Moderator Melanie Stokes
Managing director
Kindle Entertainment
Moderator Anna Allgrove
Creative PR and marketing consultant
Pole Star PR
Moderator Tendeka Matatu
CEO and producer
Ten 10 Films
Moderator Richard Kilgarriff
Editorial director and founder
Moderator Amy Annette
Comedian and producer
Moderator Holly Hines
SVP of content
Dynamic Television
Moderator Ben Keen
Analyst and advisor
Moderator Irene Jiménez
Spanish correspondent
C21 Media
Faith Penhale
CEO and creative director
Lookout Point
Melanie Stokes
Managing director
Kindle Entertainment
Dave Clarke
EVP content
DRG and Atrium TV
Antony Beaudoin
Managing director
Union Bank of California
Rob Bullock
Executive producer
Left Bank Pictures
Selma Turajlic
Little Dot Studios
Nimrod Geva
Head of development
Quizzical Pictures
Robert Delamere
Creative director
Russell T Davies
Years and Years
Sofia Helin
Naomi de Pear
Executive producer
Sister Pictures
Tilusha Ghelani
Commissioning editor
Sky Television
Christina Rezk
Head of comedy
Mark Talbot
Head of comedy development
Hat Trick Productions
Alexander Eik
Atlantic Crossing
Kyle MacLachlan
Atlantic Crossing

The multi-award winning Content London is made up of three standalone events: The International Drama Summit, The Unscripted Entertainment Forum and Kids Content Futures.

The International Drama Summit takes place on November 27/28/29, with Unscripted and Kids taking place on November 30.

TIER 4 tickets are available at £899, a £100 saving on the full ticket price of £999. To book your place at this price CLICK HERE.

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