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Honour and Watership Down join drama summit line-up

Sofia Helin is set to showcase her new project Honour, and Tom Bidwell brings Watership Down to Content London, adding both shows to the raft of drama series case studies at the event.

Honour, created and executive produced by four of Sweden’s most renowned actresses, Sofia Helin, Alexandra Rapaport, Julia Dufvenius and Anja Lundqvist. The latter three, alongside Eva Röse, play the leading roles in the series which is produced by Bigster for Viaplay.

The law firm Heder (named for the Swedish word for Honour) is run by four hungry, talented female lawyers, fighting on the behalf of those who need it most: the weak, the abused, those ignored by the rest of the society. However, in addition to dealing with the usual macho, sexist abuse that successful women in the public eye can expect to suffer, the women of Heder have a much greater, graver fight on their hands, as a dark secret held since their days in law school is about to be exposed... Honour is a thrilling, even frightening, drama, coming at a crucial time for a changing society.

We hear the development and production story behind the show and when we can expect it to hit screens.  Joining Helin will be executive producer Alexandra Rapaprt, producer Birgitta Wannstrom, Eccho Rights’ Nicola Soderlund and Viaplay’s Fredrik Ljunberg

New and innovative interpretation of Richard Adams’s classic novel, Watership Down, is the first animated drama mini-series ever made for television, and was the first major co-production between the BBC and Netflix. The story features a group of plucky rabbits who, after a foreboding premonition, abandon their warren in search of a new home.  It features an all star cast, including James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Sir Ben Kingsley, OIivia Colman, Gemma Arterton, Daniel Kaluuya and Rosamund Pike, amongst others. This four hour series explores the characters and themes in the book, bringing the story to a new generation of families to enjoy. We hear how the story has been re imagined and produced for television from writer Tom Bidwell, Netflix’s Larry Tanz, BBC’s Ben Irving, and 42’s Rory Aitkin.

To view the International Drama Summit agenda CLICK HERE.



Sofia Helin, executive producer and co-creator, Honour
Sofia was awarded the Swedish TV award Kristallen and the Danish TV award Robert for her critically acclaimed role as Saga Norén in the worldwide hit series “Bron” (The original version of the Bridge). In the UK, the Times thought Sofia was “outstanding” and the Guardian concluded that she was “in a class of her own.” As well as leading the cast, Sofia was a producer on the final season of Bron which aired in 2018. Alongside actors Alexandra Rapaport, Julia Dufvenius and Anja Lundqvist, Sofia Helin has co-created and is executive producer for upcoming Viaplay series Honour.

Alexandra Rapaport, executive producer,co-creator and actor, Honour
In recent years Alexandra has played the lead role in hugely successful Swedish TV series such as “The Sandhamn Murders” and “Gåsmamman,” her role in the latter winning her the Best Actress prize at Sweden’s most prestigious television awards ceremony, Kristallen, in September 2017. As Executive Producer she was fully involved in the creative process on each season of Gåsmamman, from shaping the scripts, to casting, to editing. Alongside Sofia Helin and co-stars Julia Dufvenius and Anja Lundqvist, Alexandra Rapaport has co-created and is executive producer for upcoming Viaplay series Honour.

Birgitta Wannstrom, producer, Honour
Birgitta is the producer of the award-winning series “Gåsmamman” for C More/Kanal 5 in Sweden. She has also produced several series of the international success story “Maria Wern”. In 2017 she co-founded production company Bigster.

Nicola Soderlund, managing partner, Eccho Rights
Nicola started out his career as a producer before founding Eccho Rights (formerly Sparks Network) with business partner Fredrik af Malmborg in 2004. The company has grown to be one of the world’s leading independent distributors, currently delivering over 12000 hours of international drama per year.

Fredrik Ljungberg, program director, Viaplay & Vissat Nordic
Fredrik has spent over 20 years in TV programming and acquisition, first at Kanal 5, then MTG/TV3 and since 2014 at Viaplay. In recent years Fredrik’s executive producer credits have included hit series such as "Swedish Dicks," "The Restaurant" and "Conspiracy of Silence."

Watership Down

Tom Bidwell, writer, Watership Down
Tom adapted Richard Adams’ Watership Down as a 4 x 1hr for BBC/ Netflix, and created & wrote the BAFTA nominated series My Mad Fat Diary for E4. Other credits include the Academy Award nominated short film Wish 143, and Jacqueline Wilson’s novel Katy as a three-part special for the BBC.   

Larry Tanz, vice president, global television, Netflix
Larry is an American entertainment industry executive. He has held executive positions with AOL Time Warner, and previously served as president and CEO of LivePlanet, as well as the president and CEO of Vuguru. He is currently the VP of Global Television at Netflix.

Ben Irving, commissioning editor, BBC
As a drama commissioning editor at the BBC, Ben oversees a slate of projects in development and production. Current productions include Doctor Who, Jack Thorne’s adaptation of His Dark Materials, and Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack. Previously Ben was VP development & production at David Heyman’s Heyday Films, working across both Film and TV projects. During his time at Heyday the company produced Gravity, Paddington, Paddington 2, The Light Between Oceans, Testament of Youth, and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Earlier in his career Ben worked with Ollie Madden in the London office of Warner Bros. Pictures and for Michael Kuhn at Qwerty Films.

Rory Aitkin, co-founder, 42
Rory is a producer, and a founding partner of London and LA based Management and Production Company 42. 42’s TV shows in production include Watership Down and Jerusalem, a 6-part drama series commissioned by Channel 4, written by Bathsheba Doran. 42 has numerous other series in development with UK and US broadcasters.
Films currently in post-production include André Øvredal’s Mortal, a fantasy adventure based on ancient Norwegian mythology; The Titan starring Sam Worthington and Taylor Schilling; and In Darkness, directed by Anthony Byrne and starring Natalie Dormer and Ed Skrein.
Previous film credits include Øvredal’s The Autopsy of Jane Doe starring Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox; Eran Creevy’s Collide, starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ben Kingsley; and Netflix Original war drama Sand Castle, directed by Fernando Coimbra, starring Nicholas Hoult and Henry Cavill; The Other Side Of The Door, directed by Johannes Roberts and financed by 20th Century Fox; London-based crime thriller Welcome To The Punch, exec produced by Ridley Scott; and the BAFTA- nominated feature film Shifty.

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

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