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Hornby and Frears on State of the Union at CL

Nick Hornby and Stephen Frears will discuss their new 10x10 minute high end show State of the Union as part the Newform Drama strand at Content London.

The 10x10-minute episodic series follows Louise and Tom who meet in a pub immediately before their weekly marital therapy session. Each episode pieces together how their lives were, what drew them together and what has started to pull them apart – exploring the complexities of marriage with Hornby’s inimitable honesty and humour. The series stars Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd and is produced by See-Saw Films for Sundance TV.

This case study will feature as part of a focus on new form drama at Content London.

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Speakers in this session include:

Nick Hornby, screenwriter, State of the Union
Nick is an Oscar®-nominated screenwriter and award-winning author. He recently adapted Nina Stibbe’s memoir Love, Nina into a BBC1 television series, and received an Academy Award® nomination for his screenplay adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s novel Brooklyn, which was directed by John Crowley. The film starred Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent, and received three Oscar nominations in total. Nick’s previous film and television projects include his Oscar-nominated adaptation of Lynn Barber’s memoir An Education, which was directed by Lone Scherfig and starred Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike and Emma Thompson, his adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s New York Times bestselling memoir into the film Wild, which starred Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, and his adaptation of his own memoir for the screenplay of Fever Pitch starring Colin Firth.
Nick’s best-selling books have served as a rich stream of inspiration for filmmakers: the British film of Fever Pitch was re-made by the Farrelly brothers, starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon; High Fidelity was directed by Stephen Frears, starring John Cusack and Jack Black; About A Boy was directed by the Weitz brothers, starring Hugh Grant, Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette; A Long Way Down was directed by Pascal Chaumeil, starring Pierce Brosnan, Aaron Paul and Toni Collette, and his young adult novel Slam was adapted into an Italian language feature directed by Andrea Molaioli. Most recently, Jesse Peretz has directed an adaptation of his novel Juliet, Naked, starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, and Chris O’Dowd. Nick’s other novels include How to be Good (2001), and Funny Girl (2014), and his non-fiction work includes Fever Pitch, 31 Songs, and The Complete Polysyllabic Spree, a collection of Nick’s book columns for US magazine The Believer, to which he continues to contribute a bi-monthly column. Among other recognition for his literature, Nick received the EM Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. In November 2010, he co-founded the children’s writing charity The Ministry of Stories, located in East London and now expanding to other UK cities.

Stephen Frears, director, State of the Union
Unanimously regarded as one of Britain's finest directors, Stephen has always embraced a wide variety of styles, themes and genres. He worked almost exclusively for the small screen in the first 15 years of his career, with programs such as One Fine Day by Alan Bennett and Three Men In A Boat by Tom Stoppard. Stephen’s more recent TV work includes Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight for HBO and Channel 4’s The Deal starring Michael Sheen and David Morrissey. In the mid-1980s he turned to the cinema, shooting The Hit (1984), starring Terence Stamp, John Hurt and Tim Roth. The following year he made My Beautiful Laundrette for Channel 4, which crossed over to big-screen audiences and altered the course of his career. After directing its companion piece Sammy and Rosie Get Laid and the Joe Orton biopic Prick Up Your Ears, he began working in Hollywood, with Dangerous Liaisons and The Grifters (for which he was Oscar®-nominated) among his most notable titles. Returning closer to home, he directed The Snapper and The Van, two Irish films based on Roddy Doyle stories and, after a second spell of making American films (The Hi-Lo Country and High Fidelity), based himself largely in Britain. Frears showed his versatility with two vastly different movies – Dirty Pretty Things, a realistic account of immigrant life in London, and Mrs. Henderson Presents, a nostalgic backstage comedy-drama. For his 2006 film The Queen he was again nominated for an Oscar. His subsequent films included Cheri and Tamara Drewe. He followed these with Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, which won one BAFTA and was nominated for three others, along with three Golden Globe and four Oscar nominations, The Program, which starred Ben Foster as seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, and Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, which received various accolades including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture and an Oscar nomination for Streep. Frears followed this with Victoria & Abdul, which starred Judi Dench, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. Frears most recently directed the acclaimed three-part BBC television series A Very English Scandal, which starred Hugh Grant as British MP Jeremy Thorpe, and Ben Whishaw as his lover Norman Scott.

Kristin Jones, EVP international programming AMC and Sundance TV
Kristin oversees the creation, development and production of innovative scripted programming from all territories outside the U.S. for AMC and Sundance TV. 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. Jones’ upcoming project, The Little Drummer Girl premieres on AMC this November. The series was 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. For AMC, Jones also bought and oversaw critically praised Humans starring Gemma Chan, and McMafia starring James Norton, which is preparing for its second season. 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. Prior to joining AMC, Jones served as chief creative officer for Vuguru. Before that, she served as senior vice president of international development, production and acquisitions for Miramax Films in New York, and prior to that, she was vice president of production and European acquisitions for Buena Vista International, based in London. She began her career as a film literary agent at ICM.

Hakan Kousetta, COO television, See-Saw Films
Hakan joined See-Saw in 2014 to co-run the TV division of See-Saw with its creative head Jamie Laurenson. Throughout his career Hakan has overseen the finance and production of hundreds of films and television programmes and brings a real depth of knowledge and experience to his role as chief operating officer. In addition to managing the day-to-day activities of the television division, Hakan is responsible for designing and implementing company strategy, overseeing the funding and production of all television programmes and controls all of the sales and marketing activity for the division’s output.
Hakan oversaw the production of ‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’, the highly acclaimed second instalment of Jane Campion’s Emmy and Golden Globe® nominated series ‘Top of the Lake’ starring Elisabeth Moss, reprising her acclaimed role, Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie. Hakan executive produced the live action television series ‘The New Legends of Monkey’ for Netflix, ABC Australia and TVNZ that launched to great reviews in Australia and on Netflix earlier this year. He is currently executive producing the company’s short form comedy series ‘State of the Union’; ‘The End’ starring Dame Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor currently in pre-production; and is in development on ‘The North Water’ to be written and directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years), adapted from the novel by Ian McGuire. Previously at See-Saw Hakan oversaw the production of mini-series ‘Love, Nina’ for BBC1 written by Nick Hornby and based on the bestselling novel by Nina Stibbe. Hakan is a council member of UK trade association PACT as well as the BFI launched commission to investigate the health of the UK independent film industry.

Jamie Laurenson, head of television, See-Saw Films
Jamie joined See-Saw Films in 2012 to head up its newly formed TV department. Prior to See-Saw Films, Jamie was an executive producer for BBC Films and Commissioning Editor for Drama BBC4 where he worked on such films as Quartet, Salmon Fishing In the Yemen, My Week With Marilyn, Project Nim, Brighton Rock, An Education and television dramas Enid, Room At The Top, Holy Flying Circus, Lennon. Jamie executive produced ‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’, the highly acclaimed second instalment of Jane Campion’s Emmy and Golden Globe® nominated series ‘Top of the Lake’ starring Elisabeth Moss, reprising her acclaimed role, Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie. He also executive produced the live action television series ‘The New Legends of Monkey’ for Netflix, and is currently executive producing the company’s short form comedy series ‘State of the Union’,‘The End’ starring Dame Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor currently in pre-production; and is in development on ‘The North Water’ to be written and directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years), adapted from the novel by Ian McGuire.
Previously at See-Saw Jamie executive produced the mini-series ‘Love, Nina’ for BBC1 written by Nick Hornby and based on the bestselling novel by Nina Stibbe.

Arvand Khosravi, senior associate, Endeavor Content
Arvand is a senior associate at Endeavor Content, a division of global entertainment leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG). In his role, he works with producers and distributors on all aspects of packaging, financing, sales and distribution for scripted television series.
Arvand was recently involved in the sale of Nick Hornby’s new 10×10 dramedy series starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd, “State of the Union,” to SundanceTV, as well as “A Discovery of Witches” to AMC’s OTT digital platforms. In addition, he consulted on the sale of Bad Wolf & BBC’s ambitious new series adaptation of “His Dark Materials” to HBO on behalf of BBC Studios.

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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