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David Farr
Writer, Hanna

David Farr is a playwright, screenwriter and stage director. In recent years he has moved into film and television, working on the long running BBC show Spooks and completing his first feature film, Hanna for Focus Features in 2009, which he is currently adapting into a television series for Amazon.

David’s directorial debut, The Ones Below, with Cuba Pi... read more

David Farr is a playwright, screenwriter and stage director. In recent years he has moved into film and television, working on the long running BBC show Spooks and completing his first feature film, Hanna for Focus Features in 2009, which he is currently adapting into a television series for Amazon.

David’s directorial debut, The Ones Below, with Cuba Pictures premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and was released in UK cinemas in March 2016.

His award-winning adaptation of John le Carré’s novel The Night Manager, starring Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston captured millions of viewers on BBC One in 2016. His episode of the Philip K. Dick series Electric Dreams, entitled Impossible Planet, aired the following year on Channel 4, and his BBC One and Netflix epic miniseries Troy: Fall of a City aired in February 2018.

David’s theatre career began in 1995 at the Gate Theatre, where his work as Artistic Director earned him a reputation as one of the most exciting new talents in British theatre. He then went on to become Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic in 2002 and won a TMA Award for Best Director for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In 2005, David moved to London’s Lyric Theatre. His tenure there established the Lyric as a driving force in high quality visual theatre. He wrote and directed a hugely successful adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis, as well as directing the acclaimed devised piece Water with Filter Theatre.

In 2009, David became Associate Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where his productions The Winter’s Tale, King Lear and The Homecoming all opened to critical acclaim.

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Mo Abudu
CEO, EbonyLife Media

Mo Abudu, founder and CEO of EbonyLife Media oversees all aspects of EbonyLife Media, including EbonyLife Studios, EbonyLife TV, EbonyLife ON, EbonyLife Productions Limited (UK) and EbonyLife Films.

Mo Abudu launched EbonyLife TV in 2013 and produced aspirational series like ‘The Governor’, about Nigeria’s first female state governor; ‘Fifty... read more

Mo Abudu, founder and CEO of EbonyLife Media oversees all aspects of EbonyLife Media, including EbonyLife Studios, EbonyLife TV, EbonyLife ON, EbonyLife Productions Limited (UK) and EbonyLife Films.

Mo Abudu 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.

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Marty Adelstein
CEO, Tomorrow Studios

Marty Adelstein’s career in Hollywood spans over 25 years as agent, manager and feature film and TV producer. As CEO of Tomorrow Studios (a partnership between himself and ITV Studios), Adelstein is currently producing Snowpiercer, starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs for TNT in the U.S. and Netflix internationally; a straight-to series-order for HANNA with Amazon Studios; and TNT’s ... read more

Marty Adelstein’s career in Hollywood spans over 25 years as agent, manager and feature film and TV producer. As CEO of Tomorrow Studios (a partnership between himself and ITV Studios), Adelstein is currently producing Snowpiercer, starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs for TNT in the U.S. and Netflix internationally; a straight-to series-order for HANNA with Amazon Studios; and TNT’s Good Behaviour, starring Michelle Dockery.

Adelstein’s active development slate at Tomorrow Studios includes the live action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop and One Piece as well as television adaptations of books including The Oracle Year, written by best-selling comic book franchise writer Charles Soule (Daredevil, She-Hulk) Jackie, Janet & Lee with critically-acclaimed author J. Randy Taraborrelli along with Keri Selig, five-time Emmy nominated producer (After Camelot, The Stepford Wives); and The Chemist, based on the successful book by New York Times best-selling author Stephenie Meyer (Twilight). The company also has an overall deal with creator and showrunner Chad Hodge and his company Storyland, Inc.

Adelstein’s previous television series credits include Aquarius, starring David Duchovny for NBC and Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen for ABC. Other television credits include the MTV series Teen Wolf, the FOX reboot of Prison Break, and he was previously responsible for Ally Mcbeal, The Practice, 3RD Rock From The Sun, 30 Rock and Prison Break. His feature film credits include producing a remake of the classic horror Black Christmas, Made of Honor, The Experiment and the critically acclaimed 2011 film Hanna, directed by Joe Wright and starring Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana.

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Sarah Adina-Smith
Director, Hanna

SARAH ADINA SMITH is a writer, director, and producer for film and television. The LA Times calls her “…an exciting, singular filmmaker, who seems able to use genre elements for storytelling that can often take on a more spiritual, mystical tone.” She just directed the pilot and second episode of HANNA for Amazon, starring Mireille Enos & Joel Kinnaman. She also s... read more

SARAH ADINA SMITH is a writer, director, and producer for film and television. The LA Times calls her “…an exciting, singular filmmaker, who seems able to use genre elements for storytelling that can often take on a more spiritual, mystical tone.” She just directed the pilot and second episode of HANNA for Amazon, starring Mireille Enos & Joel Kinnaman. She also serves as a Co-Executive Producer for the series. She’s directed two episodes of ROOM 104 for HBO, including the premiere episode as well an episode of LEGION for FX. Most recently, she sold a project to Fox Searchlight’s new television division.

Sarah’s last film BUSTER’S MAL HEART stars Rami Malek and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The LA Weekly raves that BUSTER is “Science fiction that’s complex, thoughtful, and funny, like 12 MONKEYS or PRIMER run through a FARGO filter.” Her first feature, THE MIDNIGHT SWIM, won six top prizes on the festival circuit, including the breakthrough audience award from AFI FEST.

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Rory Aitken
Founder, 42

Marjan Alčevski
Writer, Success

Marjan Alčevski is the writer of HBO Europe’s upcoming series Uspjeh (Success), one of two projects chosen as the winners of HBO Adria’s First Draft scriptwriting competition. The six-episode series is directed by Oscar-winner Danis Tanović and will premiere across HBO Europe territories at the end of 2018. Alčevski has an MA in script editing (ADU, University of Zagreb) and has develope... read more

Marjan Alčevski is the writer of HBO Europe’s upcoming series Uspjeh (Success), one of two projects chosen as the winners of HBO Adria’s First Draft scriptwriting competition. The six-episode series is directed by Oscar-winner Danis Tanović and will premiere across HBO Europe territories at the end of 2018. Alčevski has an MA in script editing (ADU, University of Zagreb) and has developed film and TV projects for PlanetB and Nukleus film in Zagreb. He co-wrote the screenplay for the animated-documentary Chris the Swiss which had its world premiere at Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, and developed the half-hour comedy Nuts through the Midpoint TV Launch programme. Alčevski made the shortlist of the BBC International Playwriting Competition in 2012, and was awarded best pitch at PitchADU event, Zagreb, 2015. He won the Dean’s Award at ADU, Zagreb for the TV mini-series Service in 2016.

 

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Melissa Aouate
President, Fabrik Entertainment

Melissa Aouate is president of Fabrik Entertainment, a Red Arrow Studios company, defining and executing the company’s creative vision across both development and production. Ms. Aouate joined Fabrik in 2014 as Senior Vice President and was appointed President of the company in 2017.

Prior to joining Fabrik, Ms. Aouate was a literary agent for ICM Partners representing television writ... read more

Melissa Aouate is president of Fabrik Entertainment, a Red Arrow Studios company, defining and executing the company’s creative vision across both development and production. Ms. Aouate joined Fabrik in 2014 as Senior Vice President and was appointed President of the company in 2017.

Prior to joining Fabrik, Ms. Aouate was a literary agent for ICM Partners representing television writers, novelists and personalities. She was an executive for Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers working on feature films including  Flight  starring Denzel Washington, Real Steel starring Hugh Jackman, the motion capture animation features  Polar Express and Beowulf, and the Fox Television Studios/Showtime  Emmy® Award-winning original series The Borgias.

Fabrik’s prestigious slate of projects includes the series Bosch (Amazon), The Killing (AMC & Netflix), 100 Code (WGN & HBO Nordic), The Comedians (FX), Burn Notice (USA), American Odyssey (NBC), and The Good Guys (Fox). Ms. Aouate and Fabrik CEO Henrik Bastin drive the company’s relationships with a vast array of domestic and internationally recognized television creators, writers and production entities.  Fabrik is known for its ability to translate international content to American audiences and vice versa.

“Today’s consumers demand an ever wider array of challenging and high quality entertainment choices,” said Ms. Aouate.  “Fabrik’s mandate to align with the leading figures in the global television and film arenas is the natural result of that consumer demand, brought about, to a certain degree, by advancing technologies.  The days of working exclusively with a small roster of content providers in the U.S. are over.  We actively embrace the larger international landscape of amazing talent.  We see an unlimited potential for new stories, new storytellers and compelling properties and we don’t have any preconceived notions about where those stories will originate.”

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Alon Aranya
Writer, producer,

Writer- Producer Alon Aranya has set up close to 40 scripted shows at studios and networks in the US, most of them based on foreign scripted formats and original developments. Alon recently made a two-year first look deal with CBS Studios International through his newly established company Paper Plane Productions. On the international side the company is working on ATROCITY creat... read more

Writer- Producer Alon Aranya has set up close to 40 scripted shows at studios and networks in the US, most of them based on foreign scripted formats and original developments. Alon recently made a two-year first look deal with CBS Studios International through his newly established company Paper Plane Productions. On the international side the company is working on ATROCITY created and written by Alon Aranya & Pieter Bart Korthuis – Official selection Series Mania Co-pro 2018, commissioned by the Dutch NPO, and District Y, an Israeli drama coproduced with the Israeli Public Broadcaster and CBS Studios International together with the writer and Producer of Fauda. Current US projects include: Your Honor (based on the Israeli format KVODO) ordered to series at Showtime with Kingsize Prods (The Good Wife) and Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice) writing, as well as Kilroy County based on the Dutch format Holland’s Hope with Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor and Miguel Arteta set up at Showtime, and Van Life (aka Laguna) in development at Apple with Laura Dern attached. Past projects include: Red Widow (based on the Dutch format Penoza) ABC / ABC Studios, Betrayal (based on The Dutch format Overspel) ABC / ABC Studios and Hostages (adapted and written by Alon Aranya from Bnei Aruba Israel) Warner Bros TV, Bruckheimer TV and CBS. Alon got his BFA at Tel Aviv University in Film and Television and later became a faculty member at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he got his MFA in Dramatic Writing.

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Axel Arno
Commissioning editor, SVT Documentaries

Axel Arno has been commissioning editor at Sveriges Television (SVT) since 1998. He was previousy a newspaper reporter, working in news, feature and current affairs. Since his move to national television, Axel has been reporter, editor and editoral excecutive. After a short break for music studies in London, Axel was appointed as the managing editor of SVT:s flagship current affairs magazine read more

Axel Arno has been commissioning editor at Sveriges Television (SVT) since 1998. He was previousy a newspaper reporter, working in news, feature and current affairs. Since his move to national television, Axel has been reporter, editor and editoral excecutive. After a short break for music studies in London, Axel was appointed as the managing editor of SVT:s flagship current affairs magazine Striptease. Later he created and managed the investigative documentary strand Dokument inifrån.

Axel has been a commission editor at SVT since 1998. At SVT’s documentary department he deals with international current affairs, special series and creative documentaries. He has commissioned numerous award winning international co-productions.

In 2006, Axel was elected chairman of the EBU Documentary Group. He is a regular at the big documentary festivals and forums where he is frequently seen as moderator.

Axel is 55, married, has three kids, two cats, six bikes and lives just outside Stockholm.

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Tony Ayres
Showrunner, TAP (Tony Ayres Productions)

Tony Ayres is an award-winning showrunner, writer and director in television and feature films, and is one of the founding members of Matchbox Pictures. Tony is the Executive Producer for shows such as Glitch s1 and 2The Family Law s1 and 2, Wanted s1 and 2 and Nowhere Boys s2 (winner 2015 International Emmy) and s3. Previously, Tony was... read more

Tony Ayres is an award-winning showrunner, writer and director in television and feature films, and is one of the founding members of Matchbox Pictures. Tony is the Executive Producer for shows such as Glitch s1 and 2The Family Law s1 and 2, Wanted s1 and 2 and Nowhere Boys s2 (winner 2015 International Emmy) and s3. Previously, Tony was the creator and showrunner on Nowhere Boys s1 (nominated for a BAFTA and International Emmy), and showrunner/director on The Slap, winning a multitude of awards, including 5 AACTA Awards and nominations for a BAFTA and International Emmy. Other EP credits include mini-series Seven Types of Ambiguity, and Barracuda, and feature films Ali’s Wedding, and Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows. Tony’s directing feature credits include Cut Snake (2015), The Home Song Stories (2007) winner of 24 international and Australian awards, and Walking on Water (2002), which premiered at the Berlinale.

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Ana Balentovic
Development executive, HBO Adria

Ana Balentovic is Development Executive at HBO Adria, with a remit of identifying and developing local talent and projects from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro.  Previously she led writers’ rooms across South East Europe as Head of Development for talent incubator ContentLAB & Factory, and was a producer on prime-time series at Croatian comme... read more

Ana Balentovic is Development Executive at HBO Adria, with a remit of identifying and developing local talent and projects from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro.  Previously she led writers’ rooms across South East Europe as Head of Development for talent incubator ContentLAB & Factory, and was a producer on prime-time series at Croatian commercial broadcaster RTL Hrvatska.

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Erik Barmack
Vice President of international originals, Netflix

Erik Barmack is Vice President, international originals at Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service. Barmack is responsible for developing programming strategies and producing original series and other content outside of the United States. Under his leadership, recent international original launches include Club de Cuervos and Ingobernable... read more

Erik Barmack is Vice President, international originals at Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service. Barmack is responsible for developing programming strategies and producing original series and other content outside of the United States. Under his leadership, recent international original launches include Club de Cuervos and Ingobernable (Mexico), Marseille (France), Dark (Germany), Sacred Games (India), Edha (Argentina), Las Chicas del Cable (Spain), 3• and O Mecanismo (Brazil), and Jack Whitehall’s Travels with My Father (United Kingdom). Upcoming series include The Eddy, Academy Award ® winner Damien Chazelle’s eight-episode musical drama that will be shot in France and feature dialogue in French, English and Arabic; as well as Italian original Suburra, Kingdom (Korea), and The Witcher saga (Poland) among other projects that represent Netflix’s commitment to investing in content and countries across the globe. Over his six years at Netflix, he has served in a variety of senior executive roles, where in addition to developing the original and first-run strategies for international content, he helped set the initial strategies for kids, independent film, anime and other genre programming.

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Marco Bassetti
CEO, Banijay Group

Bassetti serves as CEO of the world’s largest independent content producer and distributor, Banijay Group. With a catalogue that includes Survivor, Temptation Island, Versailles and Fort Boyard, the business operates across 16 territories globally with a portfolio that comprises of over 70 production entities.

With a strong track-record in the international content business, entrepr... read more

Bassetti serves as CEO of the world’s largest independent content producer and distributor, Banijay Group. With a catalogue that includes Survivor, Temptation Island, Versailles and Fort Boyard, the business operates across 16 territories globally with a portfolio that comprises of over 70 production entities.

With a strong track-record in the international content business, entrepreneur Bassetti’s television career took off in the early 1980s, as an executive producer for Mondadori’s Rete Quattro before moving to Mediaset. In 1986, he founded his own production company, La Italiana Produzioni, and a few years later, he set up Aran. Between 1994 and 1997, he was CEO of Pearson TV Italy and in December 1997, he started Endemol Italy, working as Managing Director and then President until May 2004, when he stepped down to dedicate more time to entrepreneurial activities in Italy and abroad. Still remaining on Endemol’s International Board, in October 2007, he returned to the Group as COO and in August 2009, was appointed President before taking over the responsibility of Group CEO. Stepping down in 2012, he then opened Ambra Multimedia before, in 2013, taking on the role of CEO at Banijay Group.

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Rola Bauer
Managing director, StudioCanal TV

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

A Golden Globe and two-time Emmy nominated producer, ... read more

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

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

Currently, Bauer and Tandem Productions/Studiocanal are collaborating with Bron Studios, ZDF, Viaplay and The Bridge co-creator Måns Mårlind to co-produce and internationally distribute the gritty, eight-part thriller Shadowplay.

In addition, StudioCanal will internationally distribute the Cattleya epic ZeroZeroZero, from the team behind hit crime-drama Gomorra and Suburra.

Also, Bauer is overseeing a number of additional projects, including Urban Myth Films’ War Of The Worlds, a co-production with C+ Group, Fox Network Group and AGC Studios; RED Production Company’s Years and Years, a co-production with Canal+  and BBC; SAM’s Below The Surface 2, a co-production with ZDF and Discovery; and YELLOWBIRD’s Sanctuary, a co-production with NC+, C+ Group; along with two Netflix Originals: Urban Myth’s The One and RED’s The Stranger.

Most recently, Bauer led the development of witty new detective series Take Two, a U.S./European co-production from Tandem Productions, ABC Studios, France 2 and Vox Germany. Take Two is a 13 x 1 hour procedural, created by the duo behind the hit series Castle, Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W. Marlowe.

In 2016 Bauer was presented with the prestigious Medaille d’Honneur for her outstanding contributions to the international television business and the development of the global TV community. In 2017, for the third consecutive year and fourth time since 2013, Bauer was named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television – executives from around the world who are rewriting the rules of how we watch TV. This year, Bauer has also been recognized in Variety’s first International Women’s Impact Report, honoring 50 women doing extraordinary things on the global stage, which marked International Women’s Day for the global content industry.

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

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Dan Berlinka
Co-creator, Th A List

Dan is a BAFTA-winning writer, director and producer. Past credits include Thunderbirds Are Go (ITV), The Sparticle Mystery series 3 (Sparticle Productions/CBBC), Shaun the Sheep (Aardman/CBBC), and Hollyoaks (Lime/C4), as well as being the head writer, producer and director of all four series of the BAFTA and C21 drama award-winning interactive drama Dixi (Kindle Entertainment/CBBC).

Mo... read more

Dan is a BAFTA-winning writer, director and producer. Past credits include Thunderbirds Are Go (ITV), The Sparticle Mystery series 3 (Sparticle Productions/CBBC), Shaun the Sheep (Aardman/CBBC), and Hollyoaks (Lime/C4), as well as being the head writer, producer and director of all four series of the BAFTA and C21 drama award-winning interactive drama Dixi (Kindle Entertainment/CBBC).

Most recently Dan has been co-head-writing, The A List, the new teen mystery series he co-created with Nina Metivier for Kindle Entertainment / BBC, and he is also the director of the two-part season finale.

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Nick Betts
Director scripted production, BBC Studios

Nick works with creative leads, production management and business teams to deliver BBC Studios’ world-class drama and comedy content. Nick oversees global brands such as Doctor Who, Our Girl and Silent Witness, dramas like Les Misérables and Press, War and Peace and Rillington Place, comedies like Good Omens, Mrs Brown’s Boys and This Country and radio comedies including News Q... read more

Nick works with creative leads, production management and business teams to deliver BBC Studios’ world-class drama and comedy content. Nick oversees global brands such as Doctor Who, Our Girl and Silent Witness, dramas like Les Misérables and Press, War and Peace and Rillington Place, comedies like Good Omens, Mrs Brown’s Boys and This Country and radio comedies including News Quiz and Just A Minute. He also looks after continuing dramas such as EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City.

Nick has a wealth of commercial experience in the TV sector. He was previously the BBC’s Controller of Business for Drama, Films and Acquisitions, and Managing Director, responsible for all business activities from production management through to business affairs and commercial strategy, working with independent production companies and BBC production.

Prior to this, he was Managing Director of NBC Universal Global Channels, UK and Northern Europe and Commercial Director and Head of Channel Management at UKTV. Nick started his BBC career in News and Current Affairs before heading up UK and Ireland Television for BBC Worldwide.

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Hilary Bevan Jones
Founder, producer, Endor Productions

Hilary has produced numerous ground-breaking and award winning dramas (Cracker; Red Dwarf; State of Play) and won a primetime Emmy for the acclaimed HBO film The Girl in the Café. In 2006, she was made Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the first woman in its then 60-year history to hold this position. She is also Chair of Watersprite, the Cambridge International Stud... read more

Hilary has produced numerous ground-breaking and award winning dramas (Cracker; Red Dwarf; State of Play) and won a primetime Emmy for the acclaimed HBO film The Girl in the Café. In 2006, she was made Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the first woman in its then 60-year history to hold this position. She is also Chair of Watersprite, the Cambridge International Student Film Festival.

Through her company Endor Productions she has produced many successful dramas including: Restless, written by William Boyd and starring Hayley Atwell, Rufus Sewell and Charlotte Rampling; The Escape Artist, a legal thriller written by David Wolstencroft and starring David Tennant; and Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot starring Dustin Hoffman, Dame Judi Dench and James Corden, which had an audience of 6.5 million viewers on BBC One on New Year’s Day.

Deep State – the first scripted drama series commission from Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa – was released in April 2018 starring Mark Strong and Joe Dempsie. A second season is in pre-production.

Gwen, a gothic drama film directed by William McGregor with a cast lead by Maxine Peake and Eleanor Worthington-Cox, is currently in post-production. This is backed by the BFI, Film Cymru and Great Point Media.

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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.

Lars Blomgren
Executive producer and head of scripted EMEA, Endemol Shine Group

Lars Blomgren was appointed head of scripted, EMEA Endemol Shine Group in July 2018. In this new role, Lars works closely with Endemol Shine Group’s unparalleled network of award winning scripted producers and companies across non-English language markets in Europe, Middle East and Asia, between them responsible for 41 productions in 2017. He is charged with enhancing this premium offering th... read more

Lars Blomgren was appointed head of scripted, EMEA Endemol Shine Group in July 2018. In this new role, Lars works closely with Endemol Shine Group’s unparalleled network of award winning scripted producers and companies across non-English language markets in Europe, Middle East and Asia, between them responsible for 41 productions in 2017. He is charged with enhancing this premium offering through increased collaboration, shared investment and opportunities across the group for talent. Blomgren is also co-founder and former Managing director of Filmlance International AB, the award-winning Swedish production company where he has produced or been executive producer of some 65 titles and most recently overseen the fourth and final series of global hit Bron/Broen (The Bridge).

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Peter Bowker
Writer,

Anne Brogan
Joint managing director, Kindle Entertainment

Anne’s career started at the BBC, where she produced the multi-award winning programmes Nice Girls Don’t Swear and Shakespeare Shorts. As Executive Producer, she looked after an exceptionally diverse and mind-stretching range of programmes which included Teletubbies and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. She moved to Granada Kids as Head of Drama and then became Controller ... read more

Anne’s career started at the BBC, where she produced the multi-award winning programmes Nice Girls Don’t Swear and Shakespeare Shorts. As Executive Producer, she looked after an exceptionally diverse and mind-stretching range of programmes which included Teletubbies and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. She moved to Granada Kids as Head of Drama and then became Controller in 2004 leading a thriving production department with a broad slate of programming, spanning pre-school, animation, entertainment and drama. The drama portfolio included over 100 episodes of the award winning My Parents Are Aliens which was frequently voted favourite kids’ show in the UK; Girls in Love, one of Granada International’s best-selling teen series, and the phenomenally successful single family drama from Jacqueline Wilson’s The Illustrated Mum, starring Michelle Collins, which won two BAFTAs as well as an International Emmy.

In 2007, Anne founded Kindle Entertainment together with Melanie Stokes. In just over eleven years, Kindle Entertainment has established a reputation in the market place for fresh, innovative content with a twist of comedy. Three times BAFTA-winning, Kindle Entertainment’s portfolio has a wide range of drama and comedy, spanning family, kids, primetime and young adult. Past shows include Treasure Island an action-adventure mini-series for Sky One and Syfy, starring Eddie Izzard, Donald Sutherland and Elijah Wood; Jacqueline Wilson’s Dustbin Baby, for BBC1, which won both an International Emmy and a BAFTA; and Hank Zipzer, starring Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler, CBBC’s top rating comedy drama which also won an International Emmy . While Jamillah & Aladdin, a magical action adventure series, the first ever CBeebies/CBBC co-commission, continues to captivate audiences around the world.

2018 promises to be an exciting year with drama series The A List, a psychological thriller and one of the BBC’s first teen commissions due to air in the Autumn, and the feature film Four Kids and It based on Jacqueline Wilson’s best selling book, with Michael Caine, Russell Brand, Paula Patton and Matthew Goode, currently filming in Ireland.

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Georgia Brown
Director european originals, Amazon Studios

Georgia Brown is the Director of European Originals for Amazon Studios where she oversees the development and production of scripted and non-scripted Prime Originals in Europe, including shows like Beat, Deutsch-Les Landes, Six Dreams and Good Omens. Brown joined Amazon in 2017 from FremantleMedia where she was Executive Vice President of Content and Co-Productions, overseeing acquisitions for ... read more

Georgia Brown is the Director of European Originals for Amazon Studios where she oversees the development and production of scripted and non-scripted Prime Originals in Europe, including shows like Beat, Deutsch-Les Landes, Six Dreams and Good Omens. Brown joined Amazon in 2017 from FremantleMedia where she was Executive Vice President of Content and Co-Productions, overseeing acquisitions for FremantleMedia International (FMI), the company’s distribution business, and working on a range of projects including Young Pope, D83, Apple Tree Yard and American Gods. Previously, Brown was SVP of Acquisitions at Shine International, where she worked on Broadchurch, Educating Yorkshire, One Born Every Minute, 24 Hours in A&E, Masterchef and Code of a Killer. Before Shine, Brown was a commercial manager at BBC Worldwide and worked with over 120 independent producers in the UK and internationally to manage rights acquisitions and early investment on BBC Worldwide-distributed programming including Africa, Mad Dogs, Misfits, Natural World, Primeval, Sherlock and Top Gear.

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Anders Bruus
Commissioning editor , DR2

Anders Bruus is commissioning editor for DR2 and have worked with international documentaries and factual programming at DR since 2008. Anders Bruus is the editor of DR2’s award-winning feature-documentary strand Dokumania and is also commissioning and buying current affairs documentaries, human interest and factual series.

Sebastian Burkhardt
SVP, Keshet International

Reflecting an increasingly integrated environment between traditional and digital content, Sebastian Burkhardt was named to lead Keshet International’s combined digital and acquisitions arm in 2016. Since arriving at Keshet International in April 2015 as Head of Business Development and Acquisitions, Sebastian has been identifying and executing distinctive new business opportunities for the ... read more

Reflecting an increasingly integrated environment between traditional and digital content, Sebastian Burkhardt was named to lead Keshet International’s combined digital and acquisitions arm in 2016. Since arriving at Keshet International in April 2015 as Head of Business Development and Acquisitions, Sebastian has been identifying and executing distinctive new business opportunities for the company to maximize the sales potential of its content across all platforms.

Under Sebastian’s guidance, Keshet has entered into a variety of deals encompassing deficit financing, co-productions and pre-sales across scripted and unscripted programming in both linear TV and digital. These include an attention-grabbing digital co-production and distribution arrangement with music label Interscope Geffen A&M, as well as leading a host of global distribution deals in his acquisitions role with partners Viacom, New Form Digital, Woodcut Media and others. He has also led the charge of acquisitions of third-party formats rights for KI’s production subsidiaries in both the US and UK.

Prior to joining Keshet, Sebastian was SVP International Distribution at Banijay International, having joined the company in early 2009. There, too, he played a key role in its expansion in leading a team of sales executives and successfully brokering format and finished program deals across Europe, North America, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia.

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Amy Buscombe
Commissioning editor, drama (independents), BBC Children’s

Amy Buscombe is the commissioning editor, drama (independents) at BBC Children’s, working to the head of content Cheryl Taylor across narrative comedy and drama for 6-16s.  Recent titles include So Awkward, Jamie Johnson, Joe All Alone, interactive comedy Secret Life of Boys, improvised iPlayer-only drama Logan High and new teen psychological thriller The A List.

Yule Caise
Writer, director and producer,

Yule Caise is an award-winning Writer, Director and Producer of Film, Television and New Media. Caise is co-Founder of BTB (Behind the Billboards), a US-based international co-production company, creating premium content for global audiences. His contributions to the NBC television series HEROES won an Emmy Award for Interactive Media Programming for The Heroes Digital Experience. Recently, Cai... read more

Yule Caise is an award-winning Writer, Director and Producer of Film, Television and New Media. Caise is co-Founder of BTB (Behind the Billboards), a US-based international co-production company, creating premium content for global audiences. His contributions to the NBC television series HEROES won an Emmy Award for Interactive Media Programming for The Heroes Digital Experience. Recently, Caise served as a Writer-Producer on BET’s “Tales,” a scripted Hip Hop anthology series. Previous writing credits include Showtime’s Free Of Eden starring Sidney Poitier, as well as the film Way Past Cool. He is currently developing a limited series, The James Baldwin Project, with Red Arrow Studios International. Caise is a graduate of Harvard University and earned his MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA.

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Ismael Calleja
Head of production & business affairs, Movistar+

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

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

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Ricardo Carbonero
Head of content acquisition, Amazon Prime Video Spain

Ricardo Cabornero Llorente is head of prime video content acquisition in Spain. In this position, Ricardo leads our local acquisition efforts and collaborates with top Spanish broadcasters (RTVE, Atresmedia and Mediaset Spain), producers and studios to deliver the best of local and international TV shows (scripted and unscripted) and movies to Prime Video customers in Spain. Prior to this role,... read more

Ricardo Cabornero Llorente is head of prime video content acquisition in Spain. In this position, Ricardo leads our local acquisition efforts and collaborates with top Spanish broadcasters (RTVE, Atresmedia and Mediaset Spain), producers and studios to deliver the best of local and international TV shows (scripted and unscripted) and movies to Prime Video customers in Spain. Prior to this role, Ricardo was responsible for content acquisition for the Amazon Appstore in Spain and Italy, and held several EU marketing and business development positions related to content at Orange. Ricardo holds an Executive MBA at London Business school and a Master of Science in Engineering at University of Valladolid.

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Gurinder Chadha
Producer, Bend It TV

Gurinder Chadha is one of the U.K.’s most respected film makers. She has produced, directed and written seven award-winning films, including BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, BHAJI ON THE BEACH, BRIDE & PREJUDICE and VICEROY’S HOUSE, which have been critical and international box office successes. Gurinder was recently named the most prolific female director working today by the BFI’s ... read more

Gurinder Chadha is one of the U.K.’s most respected film makers. She has produced, directed and written seven award-winning films, including BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, BHAJI ON THE BEACH, BRIDE & PREJUDICE and VICEROY’S HOUSE, which have been critical and international box office successes. Gurinder was recently named the most prolific female director working today by the BFI’s Filmography study.

Gurinder’s TV company, Bend It TV, recently joined forces with Fremantle Media to create diverse Scripted and Non-scripted TV content. Bend It TV currently has commissions for returning drama series with ITV, Sky Atlantic and BBC Drama. Gurinder recently presented a BBC documentary that was watched by over 5 million viewers in the UK.

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Belinda Chayko
Writer,

Belinda Chayko is a writer and director for film and television. Showrunner and head writer of Safe Harbour (SBS), she was also one of the key writers on the award-winning series Barracuda (screened on BBC Three). She co-created Secret City (Series 1 and 2) for Foxtel/Netflix and wrote for both series. She has written for a number of other series, including Fighting Season, Old School, Miss Fis... read more

Belinda Chayko is a writer and director for film and television. Showrunner and head writer of Safe Harbour (SBS), she was also one of the key writers on the award-winning series Barracuda (screened on BBC Three). She co-created Secret City (Series 1 and 2) for Foxtel/Netflix and wrote for both series. She has written for a number of other series, including Fighting Season, Old School, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Newton’s Law. She has directed two feature films – Lou, starring John Hurt (which she also wrote) and City Loop, starring Sullivan Stapleton. Both films screened internationally at major festivals.

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Kathy Ciric
Producer,

Kathy is a New York based freelance television producer whose credits include projects for Showtime (Happyish), USA Network (Royal Pains) and most recently, Z: The Beginning of Everything for Amazon Studios. She just completed Matthew Weiner’s globe spanning anthology series The Romanoffs also for Amazon Studios. The Romanoffs was a unique challenge as a limited series as each ... read more

Kathy is a New York based freelance television producer whose credits include projects for Showtime (Happyish), USA Network (Royal Pains) and most recently, Z: The Beginning of Everything for Amazon Studios. She just completed Matthew Weiner’s globe spanning anthology series The Romanoffs also for Amazon Studios. The Romanoffs was a unique challenge as a limited series as each of the 8 episodes was filmed in a different country using local production crews. The episodes feature completely different casts and range through diverse story genres. Kathy is delighted to be back at Content London with many of her global collaborators.

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Tom Coan
Executive producer, Hanna

Tom Coan is SVP of Scripted Programming at NBCUniversal International Studios. He is also executive producer on the Amazon Studios series Hanna, and BBC series The Long Song and The Capture.

In 2015, Coan relocated to London from Los Angeles to strengthen the company’s international scripted output, and work across the development, sale and production of orig... read more

Tom Coan is SVP of Scripted Programming at NBCUniversal International Studios. He is also executive producer on the Amazon Studios series Hanna, and BBC series The Long Song and The Capture.

In 2015, Coan relocated to London from Los Angeles to strengthen the company’s international scripted output, and work across the development, sale and production of original scripted programming for English language commissioners around the globe. In addition to overseeing an in-house studio slate of development and programming, Coan collaborates with the NBCUniversal International Studio’s portfolio of companies, including Carnival Films, makers of the acclaimed drama The Last Kingdom, and the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Downton Abbey; Heyday Television, the television banner from Oscar-awarding winning producer David Heyman with upcoming series The InBetween, The Capture and The Long Song; Working Title Television, the producers of Hanna; the Australian-based Matchbox Pictures, makers of critically-acclaimed drama series Nowhere Boys and The Slap; and the Vancouver-based Lark, which produced Motive for CTV.

Prior to joining NBCUniversal in 2012, Tom was Director, Creative Affairs at Fox21, where he worked on biker-drama Sons of Anarchy for FX, the critically acclaimed Terriers from The Shield-creator Shawn Ryan for FX, and the break-out Showtime series Homeland.

Coan began his career as a manager for Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Television.

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Melissa Cobb
Vice president, Kids and Family, Netflix

Melissa Cobb is vice president, Kids and Family at Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service. Cobb leads the content team responsible for bringing kids and family titles, both live-action and animated, to Netflix members in 190 countries around the world.  Prior to Netflix, Cobb was chief creative officer for Oriental Dre... read more

Melissa Cobb is vice president, Kids and Family at Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service. Cobb leads the content team responsible for bringing kids and family titles, both live-action and animated, to Netflix members in 190 countries around the world.  Prior to Netflix, Cobb was chief creative officer for Oriental DreamWorks, where she oversaw development and production, business strategy, production strategy and more for a slate of high-quality animated feature films targeted to a global audience. She also served as a producer at DreamWorks Animation, responsible for animated feature films, including the Academy Award-nominated Kung Fu Panda trilogy. Before joining DreamWorks, Cobb was at 20th Century Fox Feature Animation (Titan A.E. and Ever After)and Walt Disney Pictures, where she was responsible for discovering and developing live-action titles. Cobb earned an M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University.

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Dan Cohen
President, worldwide television licensing, Paramount Pictures Corporation

As president, worldwide television licensing for Paramount Pictures, Dan Cohen is responsible for the global licensing and distribution of all Paramount films, television series and other content across multiple platforms including mobile, pay television, broadcast, cable and SVOD as well as emerging digital arenas. He leads the television licensing teams in setting strategy and guid... read more

As president, worldwide television licensing for Paramount Pictures, Dan Cohen is responsible for the global licensing and distribution of all Paramount films, television series and other content across multiple platforms including mobile, pay television, broadcast, cable and SVOD as well as emerging digital arenas. He leads the television licensing teams in setting strategy and guiding negotiations across the global marketplace and finding strategic distribution opportunities.

Prior to joining Paramount, Cohen spent 20 years at Disney/ ABC where he served as executive vice president of pay television and digital sales for home entertainment and television distribution for The Walt Disney Studios. ln this role he distributed catalog and properties including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ABC and Disney Channel to businesses around the globe. Cohen was also responsible for securing two of the most significant pay television deals in history- Netflix in 2012 and Starz in 1999 – negotiating exclusive, multi-year deals and licensing agreements.

Before Disney/ ABC Cohen served as vice president of program acquisitions and scheduling for Tele-TV Media, vice president of film acquisitions and co-productions for Showtime Networks, and held roles at Viewer’s Choice, Palmer Cablevision and Post-Newsweek Cable.

Cohen holds a B.A. in Economics from Portland’s Lewis & Clark, a Master’s in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University and is on the Board of Trustees at Emerson College. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Lisa Black.

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Sumi Connock
Creative director of formats, BBC Studios

Sumi Connock, Creative Director of Formats, International Production + Formats – In her role at BBC Studios, Sumi has responsibility for an extensive formats catalogue of more than 200 titles, including popular entertainment brands such as Dancing with the Stars, The Great Bake Off and Top Gear, alongside scripted formats Luther, Doctor Foster and The Office.

Prior to joining BBC... read more

Sumi Connock, Creative Director of Formats, International Production + Formats – In her role at BBC Studios, Sumi has responsibility for an extensive formats catalogue of more than 200 titles, including popular entertainment brands such as Dancing with the Stars, The Great Bake Off and Top Gear, alongside scripted formats Luther, Doctor Foster and The Office.

Prior to joining BBC Studios, Sumi worked as Head of Entertainment at ITV Studios in Manchester, where she was responsible for multiple formats including Countdown, University Challenge and You’ve Been Framed!, as well as creating and developing new formats including the hidden-camera magic show and Broadcast Digital Award winning Tricked (ITV2), returning daytime cookery format, Yes Chef and children’s quiz, Top Class (CBBC).

Sumi has an extensive background in Entertainment, having previously spent three years as Commissioning Editor for Entertainment at BBC Daytime, where she oversaw output including Eggheads, Are You an Egghead?, Strictly It Takes Two and Through the Keyhole; and also as an Executive Producer in BBC Entertainment with credits including Just the Two of Us, The Big Finish with Graham Norton and Dear Father Christmas.

Further credits include: Streetmate, The Big Breakfast, MTV Europe Music Awards, Dirty Sanchez, An Audience with the Spice Girls, Animals Do The Funniest Things and Blind Date.

 

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Simon Cornwell
Co-CEO, The Ink Factory

Simon co-founded The Ink Factory with his brother Stephen. Simon was an executive producer of John le Carré adaptation The Night Manager, as well as The Ink Factory’s forthcoming production of The Little Drummer Girl, directed by Park Chan-wook and starring Florence Pugh, Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Shannon. Simon also produced Drew Pearce’s debut film Hote... read more

Simon co-founded The Ink Factory with his brother Stephen. Simon was an executive producer of John le Carré adaptation The Night Manager, as well as The Ink Factory’s forthcoming production of The Little Drummer Girl, directed by Park Chan-wook and starring Florence Pugh, Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Shannon. Simon also produced Drew Pearce’s debut film Hotel Artemis, starring Jodie Foster, Sterling K Brown, Dave Bautista and Jeff Goldblum.

His previous credits include Anton Corbijn’s 2014 adaption of A Most Wanted Man, as well as Our Kind of Traitor, directed by Susanna White and starring Ewan McGregor, Damian Lewis, Stellan Skarsgård and Naomie Harris; and Netflix Original, Message from the King, directed by Fabrice du Welz and starring Chadwick Boseman, Luke Evans, Teresa Palmer and Alfred Molina.

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

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Matt Creasey
Executive VP, distribution , Endemol Shine International

Matt Creasey is executive VP of distribution, based in Los Angeles.  He oversees sales, co-productions and acquisitions in the US, as well as leading the distribution teams in Latin America, Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

With over 22 years’ experience spanning a wide range of territories and genres Matt has been at the forefront of Endemol Shine’s scripted co-production b... read more

Matt Creasey is executive VP of distribution, based in Los Angeles.  He oversees sales, co-productions and acquisitions in the US, as well as leading the distribution teams in Latin America, Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

With over 22 years’ experience spanning a wide range of territories and genres Matt has been at the forefront of Endemol Shine’s scripted co-production business in LA since moving there in 2010 working across titles such as Peaky Blinders, Flowers, Frankenstein Chronicles, Grantchester, Tin Star among many titles.

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Jaimie D’Cruz
Creative director, Acme

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

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

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

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David Davoli
Senior vice president, Bron Studios

David Davoli is a senior vice president at Bron Studios, operating out of the company’s New York office. Davoli co-heads business affairs and heads the international television group. Since joining Bron, David has closed countless deals with respect to Bron’s active feature film and television slate and he has sourced and structured several international TV co-pr... read more

David Davoli is a senior vice president at Bron Studios, operating out of the company’s New York office. Davoli co-heads business affairs and heads the international television group. Since joining Bron, David has closed countless deals with respect to Bron’s active feature film and television slate and he has sourced and structured several international TV co-productions. Before joining Bron, David was in private practice for 13 years as an entertainment attorney where he worked as production, finance or distribution counsel on over 50 independent film, television and new media programs, and spent a decade developing a keen knowledge of the international marketplace. David is also a classically trained draftsman of the human figure and recently had his first show in NYC.

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Lorenzo De Maio
Partner, Endeavor Content

Lorenzo De Maio is a partner at Endeavor Content, a division of global entertainment leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG). In his role, De Maio oversees the Television Sales and Advisory group, focusing on packaging, financing and selling global television shows.

De Maio works with content creators, third-party financiers, and US and international networks to create optimal ownership and... read more

Lorenzo De Maio is a partner at Endeavor Content, a division of global entertainment leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG). In his role, De Maio oversees the Television Sales and Advisory group, focusing on packaging, financing and selling global television shows.

De Maio works with content creators, third-party financiers, and US and international networks to create optimal ownership and distribution solutions for projects.  Endeavor Content’s television series include the Emmy and Golden-Globe Award winning drama “The Night Manager,” the Emmy-nominated programs “Killing Eve,” “Chef’s Table” and “The Young Pope,” the critically acclaimed “Top of the Lake: China Girl,” global hit “The Grand Tour,” the new series “The First” from Beau Willimon, and upcoming projects “See” from Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence, and Damien Chazelle’s “The Eddy.”

Prior to joining Endeavor Content, De Maio was President of Production at the Dino De Laurentiis Company where he was an executive on the NBC series “Hannibal” and a producer across its film slate. De Maio sits on the board of the PGA International Committee and has worked with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office on the campaign to launch and support the California Film and Television Initiative program.

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Julien Degroote
Head of non-scripted commissioning and format development, France TF1

Julien Degroote currently serves as head of non-scripted commissioning, format development and program scouting for French leading network TF1 GROUP.

He is responsible for commissioning, developing and overseeing the new shows for the three national TF1 GROUP channels: TF1, TMC and TFX. His credits include: NINJA WARRIOR, THE WALL, BIG MUSIC QUIZ.

Degroote is also in charge of spo... read more

Julien Degroote currently serves as head of non-scripted commissioning, format development and program scouting for French leading network TF1 GROUP.

He is responsible for commissioning, developing and overseeing the new shows for the three national TF1 GROUP channels: TF1, TMC and TFX. His credits include: NINJA WARRIOR, THE WALL, BIG MUSIC QUIZ.

Degroote is also in charge of spotting the best ideas and trends around the world as head of scripted and alternative scouting.

Prior to joining TF1 in 2014, Degroote has been a TV producer for 12 years. As head of programs in the French independent TV production company COYOTE, he managed 200 hours of TV shows produced each year and multi-million budget for TF1 in different genres: FAMILY FEUD, FOUR IN A BED, PEOPLE’S QUIZ, 30+ live entertainment prime time shows.

Previously, Julien Degroote served as Creative senior executive of ENDEMOL FRANCE working on BIG BROTHER, STAR ACADEMY and overseeing the adaptation of THE CELEBRITIES’ FARM.

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Mary E. Donahue
Senior vice president, development and programming, History

Mary  E. Donahue is senior vice president, development and programming, History.  She is responsible for managing all production of History’s non-fiction series, specials, and megadocs, including the new hit competition formats Knife or Death and Truck Night in America; History’s record breaking Evel Live special; and megadoc series, including ... read more

Mary  E. Donahue is senior vice president, development and programming, History.  She is responsible for managing all production of History’s non-fiction series, specials, and megadocs, including the new hit competition formats Knife or Death and Truck Night in America; History’s record breaking Evel Live special; and megadoc series, including Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen and the recently announced project, Grant.

Donahue also  oversees the network’s returning series including The Curse of Oak Island,  Forged in Fire, and American Pickers, as well as Pawn Stars and Swamp People, two definitive hits which Donahue developed and launched during a previous stint at History as VP of Development and Programming .

Donahue also served as SVP Non-Fiction Programming at Lifetime, where she helped to develop new projects like True Tori, Bring It and Rap Game and oversaw returning series including Dance Moms.

Prior to joining A&E Networks, Donahue worked from 2004 to 2008 at Discovery Channel, serving as Executive Producer, Senior Executive Producer and Vice President. While there, she developed and launched a broad slate of shows, including Man vs. Wild, Storm Chasers, Cash Cab, Alaska Experiment and Future Weapons, as well as the Emmy nominated Expedition series with the BBC Natural History Unit. Donahue also oversaw Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs, growing ratings on both high-profile series. Donahue also worked at The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she was a producer/field director for six years and for ABC News, NBC News, USA Today and CNN.  In addition, Donahue also worked as a show runner on TLC’s A Wedding Story, guiding that long-running series to its first live event and first Emmy nomination and win.

She is a cum laude graduate of Williams College and holds MA degrees in American Studies with a specialty in film studies from both Boston University and The University of Sussex in Brighton, England, where she was a Rotary scholar. Donahue has been nominated for ten Emmys and won four times.  Programs she developed have earned 20 Emmy nominations in various categories.

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Sarah Doole
Director of global drama, Fremantle

As the director of global drama, 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 dea... read more

As the director of global drama, 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.

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Natalie Dormer
Actress,

Natalie Dormer was most recently seen in Amazon’s critically acclaimed Picnic At Hanging Rock, a multi-genre drama series based on Joan Lindsay’s classic novel. She was also seen this year in the leading role of ‘Sofia’ in the psychological thriller In Darkness which she co-wrote with the film’s director Anthony Bryne.

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Natalie Dormer was most recently seen in Amazon’s critically acclaimed Picnic At Hanging Rock, a multi-genre drama series based on Joan Lindsay’s classic novel. She was also seen this year in the leading role of ‘Sofia’ in the psychological thriller In Darkness which she co-wrote with the film’s director Anthony Bryne.

Dormer will next be seen in Icon Productions’ adaptation of the Simon Winchester best-seller The Professor and The Madman starring opposite Mel Gibson and Sean Penn.

Dormer starred in HBO’s multi-Emmy and Golden Globe winning series Game of Thrones as fan-favorite and would-be queen ‘Margaery Tyrell. Her previous credits include BBC’s highly successful The Scandalous Lady W, award nominated role as ‘Anne Boleyn’ in Showtime’s hit period drama The Tudors and the first female ‘Moriarty’ in CBS’ Sherlock Holmes reimagining Elementary. Previous film credits include The Forest, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2, The Riot Club, Rush, The Couselor, W.E and Captain America: The First Avenger.

Dormer was recently seen on the West End stage, receiving outstanding reviews for her portrayal of ‘Vanda’ in Venus in Fur directed by Patrick Marber.

It was recently announced that she will play the title role and Exec Produce a limited drama series on the iconic Vivien Leigh, with FreemantleMedia and Mainstreet Pictures.

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Kelly Edwards
SVP talent development, HBO

As the SVP of Talent Development for HBO Kelly Edwards oversees all above and below the line program initiatives for series, films, Cinemax and miniseries.

Edwards brought an innovative new approach to HBO when developing their writing and directing fellowships that has become an industry best practice. By marrying the two programs, material created by the writers i... read more

As the SVP of Talent Development for HBO Kelly Edwards oversees all above and below the line program initiatives for series, films, Cinemax and miniseries.

Edwards brought an innovative new approach to HBO when developing their writing and directing fellowships that has become an industry best practice. By marrying the two programs, material created by the writers is shot by the directors with a fully inclusive crew for air on the HBO digital platforms. The presentations have garnered festival awards, and will have a home on HBOGo, HBONow, and On Demand.

Prior to HBO, Edwards was a key corporate diversity executive at Comcast/NBCUniversal for over five years where she oversaw over 20 divisions, launched employee resource groups, and introduced diverse creative talent to NBC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and Telemundo.

Edwards’ career has spanned both television and film having produced the movie of the week A CHRISTMAS DETOUR for Hallmark, the one hour series SEX, LOVE, AND SECRETS for UPN, serving as a network executive for UPN and Fox, and as a creative executive in features. As an executive she helped to develop series such as GIRLFRIENDS, THE PARKERS, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, CLUELESS, and THE WILD THORNBERRYS.

In 2000, Edwards co-founded Colour Entertainment, a networking group for diverse creative executives in TV, Film, Digital, as well as assistants, all designed to connect current and future industry executives with one another.

Edwards graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater and serves on the Annenberg Inclusion Board, the Project Greenlight advisory board, a member of of NAMIC and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences having served for two years on the Television Academy Diversity Committee. She is also a former member of the Board of Trustees for NALIP, and served on the Los Angeles leadership council for the United Negro College Fund.

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Sarah Edwards
Creative director and head of future formats team, Sony Pictures Television

Sarah has a wealth of unscripted knowledge, keeping a head of the trends to spot and acquire the next big format hit for Sony Pictures Television (SPT) as part of her role, heading up the newly formed Future Formats Team. Sarah also works extremely closely with all of SPT’s indies to develop new unscripted formats (SPT formats include Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, The Dating Game, Dragons D... read more

Sarah has a wealth of unscripted knowledge, keeping a head of the trends to spot and acquire the next big format hit for Sony Pictures Television (SPT) as part of her role, heading up the newly formed Future Formats Team. Sarah also works extremely closely with all of SPT’s indies to develop new unscripted formats (SPT formats include Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, The Dating Game, Dragons Den/Shark Tank, Joker’s Wild, The Gong Show). Prior to joining SPT, Sarah was the Head of Development at Talkback Thames, the BBC and ITV Studios-owned 12 Yard. Sarah helped develop a number of key International hits including The Weakest Link, Hole In The Wall and Take Me Out. Most recently, the Future Formats Team acquired the Worldwide rights to Canada’s hit singing show The Launch.

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Bryan Elsley
Managing director & writer, Balloon Entertainment

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

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

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

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

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Peter Emerson
President, Cineflix Media

As president, Cineflix Media, Peter Emerson works with executive management to lead the company’s growth initiatives. In addition to building Cineflix’s existing revenue streams and brands, Emerson’s focus is on new content supply and distribution networks with third party creators, producers, and distributors. He’s based in the company’s Toronto office.

Previously, Peter was p... read more

As president, Cineflix Media, Peter Emerson works with executive management to lead the company’s growth initiatives. In addition to building Cineflix’s existing revenue streams and brands, Emerson’s focus is on new content supply and distribution networks with third party creators, producers, and distributors. He’s based in the company’s Toronto office.

Previously, Peter was president of eOne Television International where he oversaw all aspects of the company’s international television activities including sales, acquisitions, co-productions, production financing, and strategic partnerships. Prior to eOne, Peter built Oasis International and was a partner in Blueprint Productions, which were both acquired by eOne in 2008 to form eOne Television.

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Dr Simone Emmelius
Senior vice president, ZDF Feature Films

As svp ZDF Feature Films, Simone Emmelius is responsible for co-production and acquisition of international fiction programs for the ZDF company with its entities ZDF main channel, ZDFneo (entertainment channel for a younger target audience 25-50 years), 3sat (cultural channel, target audience German speaking territories), arte (cultural channel, target audience Germany and France), and funk (n... read more

As svp ZDF Feature Films, Simone Emmelius is responsible for co-production and acquisition of international fiction programs for the ZDF company with its entities ZDF main channel, ZDFneo (entertainment channel for a younger target audience 25-50 years), 3sat (cultural channel, target audience German speaking territories), arte (cultural channel, target audience Germany and France), and funk (nonlinear program offer, target audience 14-29 years). Until May, 2018, she was svp ZDFneo, responsible for one of the top 10 channels in Germany, basically focussed on drama, crime, and comedy series, feature films and on entertainment programs (e.g. “neoMagazin Royale” / Jan Böhmermann). From 1987 to 2009, Simone Emmelius was in charge in various functions for the strategic development of the upcoming digital market activities of ZDF, setting up digital channels and initial interactive programs.

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David Flynn
Co-founder, Youngest Media

David Flynn is a co-founder of Youngest Media, a global entertainment studio creating, producing and distributing formats across TV, digital video and apps and games. Youngest productions have included innovative dating reality series Game of Clones for E4, which has been picked up as a series by NRJ12 in France, RTL2 in Germany and 3C in China,  BBC daytime gameshow ... read more

David Flynn is a co-founder of Youngest Media, a global entertainment studio creating, producing and distributing formats across TV, digital video and apps and games. Youngest productions have included innovative dating reality series Game of Clones for E4, which has been picked up as a series by NRJ12 in France, RTL2 in Germany and 3C in China,  BBC daytime gameshow Hardball, Keshet gameshow The Search and Date or Dump, Unilad’s first dating show.

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James Fox
Joint managing director , Remarkable Television

James Fox was appointed Joint Managing Director of Remarkable in 2015, overseeing the company’s entertainment output. His remit includes expanding Remarkable’s line-up of primetime series, creating and producing new UK formats with international potential.

James is the co-creator and Executive Producer of All Together Now, which has become Endemol Shine Group’s latest travelling h... read more

James Fox was appointed Joint Managing Director of Remarkable in 2015, overseeing the company’s entertainment output. His remit includes expanding Remarkable’s line-up of primetime series, creating and producing new UK formats with international potential.

James is the co-creator and Executive Producer of All Together Now, which has become Endemol Shine Group’s latest travelling hit. Following its launch on BBC One in January, the format has sold to eight markets and counting including Brazil, Germany, Australia and more.

His other credits include BBC One smash hits game show Pointless and Pointless Celebrities, the recently rebooted £100K Drop for Channel 4 as well as other entertainment series The Million Pound Drop, Richard Osman’s House of Games, The Bank Job, Two Tribes and The Big Spell.

James started his career at BBC Entertainment working in development and production across a wide-range of Saturday night entertainment including Strictly Come Dancing. After a stint at Fever Media, he moved to Los Angeles to join BBC Worldwide Productions as Creative Director, securing a number of commissions for broadcast and cable network. On returning to the UK in 2010, James worked as an Executive and Series Producer for Initial, TwoFour and RDF before joining Remarkable as Head of Entertainment in 2012.

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Stephen Frears
Director, State of the Union

Unanimously regarded as one of Britain’s finest directors, Stephen Frears 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 Muham... read more

Unanimously regarded as one of Britain’s finest directors, Stephen Frears 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.

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Sydney Gallonde
CEO and executive producer, Make It Happen Studio

Sydney Gallonde began his career by working on branded content programmes with agencies such as TBWA, Carat, Omnicom Fuse, and Havas. A key player in the audiovisual market since 2006, he has worked in various fields and within diverse partnerships, including Elephant & Cie, Canal +, Andetcetera, 39 Productions, and JLA for broadcasters like TF1, M6, Canal +, and France 3. In 201... read more

Sydney Gallonde began his career by working on branded content programmes with agencies such as TBWA, Carat, Omnicom Fuse, and Havas. A key player in the audiovisual market since 2006, he has worked in various fields and within diverse partnerships, including Elephant & Cie, Canal +, Andetcetera, 39 Productions, and JLA for broadcasters like TF1, M6, Canal +, and France 3. In 2014, he took on the huge challenge of adapting Harlan Coben’s international best-seller “No Second Chance” for TF1, generating the best audience ratings for the channel in over 10 years. It also won the coveted ‘Best Serie’ Award at the 2015 TV Festival in La Rochelle and the Magnolia Award for ‘Best Foreign TV Miniseries’ at the Shanghai Television Festival. In 2017, the show – sold by TF1 Studio -, was nominated for the TVFI Awards. No Second Chance was one of the most exported French drama series and also it was sold to Netflix worldwide. The series’ international success has paved the way to Sydney Gallonde working on other productions and international co-productions. Make It Happen Studio confirmed its strategy with 4 European co-productions already greenlighted since the company was formed.

Make It Happen Studio is a Paris based independent production company launched by Sydney Gallonde in 2017. With the backing of heavy weight financial partner Alliance Entreprendre, a Private Equity subsidiary of Natixis group, Make It Happen Studio works with global broadcasters, partners and talents to produce an eclectic raft of premium drama for the French, European and international marketplaces. The company collaborate today with many best-seller talents like Paula Daly, Guillaume Musso, Alex Scarrow, Riad Sattouf, Tim Willocks and Harlan Coben.

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Jon Gisby
Managing director, WildBrain

Jon Gisby, managing director, WildBrain, has spent twenty years leading, building and advising major companies that create and distribute premium digital content. He was one of the many architects of the BBC’s strategy for online and on-demand services. As managing director of Freeserve, he built and monetized one of the UK’s largest online audiences via a portfolio of hundreds of partnersh... read more

Jon Gisby, managing director, WildBrain, has spent twenty years leading, building and advising major companies that create and distribute premium digital content. He was one of the many architects of the BBC’s strategy for online and on-demand services. As managing director of Freeserve, he built and monetized one of the UK’s largest online audiences via a portfolio of hundreds of partnerships in media, technology and ecommerce. He became managing director of Yahoo! UK and later ran their media and communications products across Europe. As a director at Channel 4, he transformed the broadcaster’s digital services and culture by building 4oD into the UK’s leading VOD business. He has subsequently helped launch several OTT video ventures including Rightster in the UK and Magine TV in Sweden and Germany. He was head of europe at Vevo, the joint venture between Sony Music and Universal Music Group which delivers 25 billion video views a month via OTT services and major partnerships. He also chairs the British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC), the UK’s leading forum for senior commercial and policy executives in TV, Film, Games and Digital Media, whose members include the major broadcasters, studios, platforms and producers. He started his career in strategy consulting having graduated from Oxford, Johns Hopkins and Harvard Business School.

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John Giwa-Amu
Producer, Red and Black Films

John Giwa-Amu runs production, distribution, financing company Red and Black Films. The company’s first feature, Little White Lies, won two BAFTA Cymru Awards and was BIFA nominated. Follow up feature, The Machine, was selected from over 6,000 films to premier in Tribeca and won three BAFTAs Cymru. The film was commissioned to be made into a TV Pilot by NBC Universal/SyFy which... read more

John Giwa-Amu runs production, distribution, financing company Red and Black Films. The company’s first feature, Little White Lies, won two BAFTA Cymru Awards and was BIFA nominated. Follow up feature, The Machine, was selected from over 6,000 films to premier in Tribeca and won three BAFTAs Cymru. The film was commissioned to be made into a TV Pilot by NBC Universal/SyFy which John Executive Produced in 2017. Brit List winning screenplay The Call Up premiered at BIFF 2016 and was released in cinemas by Altitude. Co Production, The Silent Storm, starring Damien Lewis & Andrea Riseborough was also released in cinemas in 2016 by Sony. Don’t Knock Twice has been sold internationally by Kew Media, was released in the UK by Red and Black Distribution and Kew Media during spring 2017 – the film generated $4m at the international box office. The Party, written/directed by Sally Potter stars Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall & Kristen Scott Thomas – it won the Guild Prize at Berlin 2017, a BIFA for Patricia Clarkson and grossed $3.5m theatrically. John has won the BBC Talent Award, honoured as a Breakthrough Brit, a Future Leader by Screen International & graduated from the globally acclaimed film initiative, Inside Pictures.

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Corentin Glutron
Director of acquisitions, RMC Découverte

Corentin Glutron is the director of acquisitions for the channels RMC Découverte, RMC Story and My Cuisine (Altice Group). He is responsible of the editorial selection and the acquisition of all content in the Drama and Factual genres. RMC Découverte is Today the number 1 channel in France for Factual content in Free Television, RMC Story is a multi-genre channel in Free Television which was ... read more

Corentin Glutron is the director of acquisitions for the channels RMC Découverte, RMC Story and My Cuisine (Altice Group). He is responsible of the editorial selection and the acquisition of all content in the Drama and Factual genres. RMC Découverte is Today the number 1 channel in France for Factual content in Free Television, RMC Story is a multi-genre channel in Free Television which was relaunched in September 2018 and My Cuisine is a basic-Pay Television focused on Cooking genre.

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Jeremy Gold
Co-President, Blumhouse Television

Jeremy Gold is co-President of Blumhouse Television. Gold (along with co-President Marci Wiseman) is growing the footprint of Blumhouse’s independent television studio, managing its portfolio of scripted and unscripted TV series, supervising creative development and production and overseeing distribution strategies across all platforms. Gold and Wiseman are leading the expansion of the Blumho... read more

Jeremy Gold is co-President of Blumhouse Television. Gold (along with co-President Marci Wiseman) is growing the footprint of Blumhouse’s independent television studio, managing its portfolio of scripted and unscripted TV series, supervising creative development and production and overseeing distribution strategies across all platforms. Gold and Wiseman are leading the expansion of the Blumhouse brand beyond horror content to explore not only genre material, but also dark, provocative subject matter with projects like Loudest Voice in the Room, the Roger Ailes story for Showtime with Oscar-winning writer/director Tom McCarthy, based on the book by acclaimed journalist, Gabe Sherman.

Since joining Blumhouse in 2016, Gold and Wiseman successfully concluded a capital raise of $40 million and currently have close to $100m in annual production revenue. During that time, the company has launched series including “Sharp Objects” for HBO (based on Gillian Flynn’s novel from Marti Noxon and Jean-Marc Valle and starring Amy Adams); “Sacred Lies” for Facebook Watch (from Raelle Tucker and Scott Winant); “The Purge” for USA/Syfy based on the successful Purge film franchise; and is currently in production on “Into The Dark,” a first-of-its-kind 12 episode monthly horror anthology series for Hulu; “No One Saw a Thing” (w/t), a true crime documentary series for SundanceTV; another documentary series for f/x with acclaimed “Jinx” producer, Marc Smerling and featuring Errol Morris, and an unnamed real-time crime investigative series for Oxygen. Blumhouse Television has also earned critical acclaim and numerous honors for its dark, edgy fare including Emmy awards for its productions of HBO’s “The Normal Heart” and “The Jinx,” as well as the prestigious Peabody award for “The Jinx” and the documentary “How to Dance in Ohio.”
Gold and Wiseman have also built a significant feature-length documentary division, with five projects currently in development and completed documentaries in the marketplace, including “This Is Home,” the 2018 Sundance Audience Award winner (World Documentaries), aired on EPIX in June of 2018 and “Bathtubs Over Broadway,” which was awarded the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and won the Documentary Feature Audience Award at 23rd annual Nantucket Film Festival.

Gold has had a long and successful career-launching popular television programming for broadcast and cable networks. He joined Blumhouse in 2016 from Endemol Shine Studios where he was Executive Vice President. During his tenure there, he introduced Endemol USA into the scripted television space first as a production company, and later as a studio, launching Endemol Studios in 2012. Gold oversaw the development, financing, and production of a broad slate which included the long-running award-winning AMC drama series Hell on Wheels, format adaptations Low Winter Sun (AMC) and Red Widow (ABC), Kingdom (ATT/DirecTV), and I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime).
Prior to Endemol, Gold held senior leadership positions at both Twentieth Century Fox Television and FOX Broadcasting Company, where he developed numerous comedy series including the Emmy Award winning Arrested Development and The Bernie Mac Show, as well as American Dad, and the hit reality show The Simple Life.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Gold began his career as an actor and theatrical producer. He founded and served as Artistic Director of New York City’s award-winning Zena Group Theatre.
Gold was featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation List of 2002.

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Malin-Sarah Gozin
Creator, Tabula Rasa

Malin-Sarah Gozin is an established television showrunner, creator, and writer in Belgium. She’s currently working as a creative producer at Caviar in their Film & Television department.

Malin-Sarah created the series Clan, a thrilling dark comedy about four sisters who plot to murder their brother-in-law. The show was one of Belgium’s greatest television successes and Malin-Sara... read more

Malin-Sarah Gozin is an established television showrunner, creator, and writer in Belgium. She’s currently working as a creative producer at Caviar in their Film & Television department.

Malin-Sarah created the series Clan, a thrilling dark comedy about four sisters who plot to murder their brother-in-law. The show was one of Belgium’s greatest television successes and Malin-Sarah was awarded the Author’s Prize from the Flemish Author’s Association for her work. Clan was selected for Best Series at Fipa Biarritz 2013 and won Best Drama, Most Popular TV Show and Best Actor at the Belgian equivalent of the Emmy’s/Bafta – The Night Of The Flemish TV Stars. Clan was broadcasted in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and in the UK as “The Outlaws” on Channel 4’s More4, and in Australia, garnering excellent reviews.

Following Clan, Malin-Sarah created Connie & Clyde – a 30-minute comedy that deals with the leading lady of a matchmaking agency who is ironically struggling with her own apocalyptic marriage. A second season of the show is now airing in Belgium.

Her latest signature drama is Tabula Rasa, an uncanny psychological thriller centering on a young woman with amnesia who is the sole key to solving a mysterious missing person’s case. Malin-Sarah created the story with acclaimed actress Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) who also plays the main lead in the series.

The series was one of the biggest highlights on Belgian television last autumn: topping the rating charts and an audience favorite on social media. It has already completed an impressive international tour, being selected at Série Series in Fontainbleu (France), Series Mania (Paris & Melbourne), MIPCOM (Cannes) and the leading genre festival Fantastic Fest in Austin (Texas, USA). The show is now available worldwide: earlier this year Tabula Rasa was broadcast in Germany (ZDFNeo). UK releases in May on Channel 4 & All4’s Walter Presents, all other territories are covered by Netflix which launched Tabula Rasa worldwide in March.

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Emmanuelle Guilbart
Joint-CEO & founder, About Premium Content

Emmanuelle Guilbart is joint-CEO of About Premium Content, a co-production and distribution company based in Paris and London focussing on European originated drama and animation, which she co-founded in 2014 with Laurent Boissel.

Prior to launching APC, Emmanuelle joined French public broadcaster France Télévisions in 2010 as Vice President in charge of Programming for the group and M... read more

Emmanuelle Guilbart is joint-CEO of About Premium Content, a co-production and distribution company based in Paris and London focussing on European originated drama and animation, which she co-founded in 2014 with Laurent Boissel.

Prior to launching APC, Emmanuelle joined French public broadcaster France Télévisions in 2010 as Vice President in charge of Programming for the group and Manager of the channel France 4.

In 2005, Emmanuelle joined Lagardère Active as General Manager of the kids’ channels, successfully launching GULLI. In 2007 she became CEO of the TV division, in charge of a portfolio of nine pay and free channels.

Emmanuelle started her television career in 1990 when she joined the CANAL+ Group, holding different positions over 15 years. Within the group’s International Division, she successfully launched CANAL+ Poland and became the channel’s Director of Programs. She was also Deputy General Manager of CANAL+ INTERNATIONAL ACQUISITIONS, in charge of all program acquisitions for the 15 CANAL+ channels across Europe. In 2002, she was appointed Director of Programs of leading multichannel platform CANALSAT.

 

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Cécile Gérardin
Head of drama, Canal+ International

Cécile Gérardin starts her TV career at WGBH-Boston. She spends 4 years in Los Angeles for the Acquisitions of French network TF1. After 7 years at TF1 and TF1 Consulting, she manages programs and acquisitions at French channels TV Breizh, TPS Jeunesse, and for the launch of kid broascaster Gulli. In 2005, she joins producers on developing drama and innovative tv series, and turns to crea... read more

Cécile Gérardin starts her TV career at WGBH-Boston. She spends 4 years in Los Angeles for the Acquisitions of French network TF1. After 7 years at TF1 and TF1 Consulting, she manages programs and acquisitions at French channels TV Breizh, TPS Jeunesse, and for the launch of kid broascaster Gulli. In 2005, she joins producers on developing drama and innovative tv series, and turns 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.

Cécile holds a MBA from Boston College Carroll School of Management, and an MBA from French Graduate Business School Sup de Co Reims (NEOMA Group)

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Karen Hall
Writer/producer, New Voyage Productions

Karen Hall graduated with a Bachelor’s in English from the College of William & Mary with a concentration in playwriting. After impressing Alan Alda with her talent, she got her first job: a freelance assignment on “M*A*S*H.” This led to her being brought on staff (as the first and only female writer) for “M*A*S*H,” which the Writers Guild of America has ranked it as th... read more

Karen Hall graduated with a Bachelor’s in English from the College of William & Mary with a concentration in playwriting. After impressing Alan Alda with her talent, she got her first job: a freelance assignment on “M*A*S*H.” This led to her being brought on staff (as the first and only female writer) for “M*A*S*H,” which the Writers Guild of America has ranked it as the fifth best-written TV series ever and which TV Guide has ranked it as the eighth greatest television show of all time.

She also wrote the final episode (“Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen”) which to this day remains the most watched television show in American history, both in ratings and share.

Among her many credits as a screenwriter, producer and “showrunner” are M*A*S*H, Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting, Northern Exposure, Quantum Leap, I’ll Fly Away, Roseanne, Grace Under Fire, Judging Amy, The Glades, The Brotherhood, and The Good Wife along with such movies as Toughlove, The Betty Ford Story and The Women of Brewster Place.

She has received 6 Emmy nominations, 7 Writer’s Guild of America Awards nominations and has won the Writer’s Guild of America Award for her work on Hill Street Blues, as well as the Women in Film Luminas Award, the Humanitas Award, and the Scott Newman Award. She has also written a novel titled Dark Debts currently out by Simon & Schuster.

She was also a professor of screenwriting at Appalachian State University and she is also currently developing several pilots.

JM Garcia – New Voyage Productions

He has spent 26 years in multiple situations as a strategic consultant, successfully engaged in projects involving advertising, film/television concept generation, creative co-production, creative-to-business synergy development and multilingual crossover analysis.

He has written extensively on media and television convergence; and has been featured in Chicago Monthly, Angeleno Magazine, Yahoo!, Mic’d Up! Pop Culturati, Men’s Book, The Atlantan, Manhattan, and been featured on TV/Radio Marti and Breitbart News. He and Karen Hall formed New Voyage in 2014 to pursue development of TV, film and media content.

He studied for his BBA (major in Finance) and his MBA (concentration in International Finance & Marketing) at Jenkins School of Business, University of Miami, and Mass Communications at the University of Alabama. He has native fluency in English and Spanish, and is a member of MENSA.

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Will Harrison
Managing director, Ingenious Media

Will Harrison is managing director of Ingenious Media, which is one of the largest independent investors in the UK’s creative sector, having invested in excess of £8 billion over the last 20 years across film, TV, games and live entertainment.  He also has a seat on the Ingenious Group board.

Will joined Ingenious from Wa... read more

Will Harrison is managing director of Ingenious Media, which is one of the largest independent investors in the UK’s creative sector, having invested in excess of £8 billion over the last 20 years across film, TV, games and live entertainment.  He also has a seat on the Ingenious Group board.

Will joined Ingenious from Warner Bros, where he was chief commercial officer for the Harry Potter Franchise Group, leading the development and commercial growth of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts brands globally.

Prior to this he was chief operating officer for HBO Europe, with responsibility for business development, affiliate sales, marketing, content acquisitions and network operations.

Other industry roles have included vp of equity ventures & business development at The Walt Disney Company, vp of business development & branded distribution for A+E Networks International, and director of UK business development for Turner Broadcasting.

Will has also served on the boards of a number of companies including Super RTL, FilmFlex, GMTV and HBO Central Europe.

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Adi Hasak
Showrunner,

Adi Hasak served as creator, executive producer and showrunner on USA Network’s critically acclaimed crime thriller “Eyewitness,” which he set up as a straight-to-series order. The series, which premiered in the U.S. in 2016, was adapted by Hasak from the Norwegian drama “Øyevitne”.

Hasak also served as creator and executive producer on the hit NBC drama “Shades of Blue,... read more

Adi Hasak served as creator, executive producer and showrunner on USA Network’s critically acclaimed crime thriller “Eyewitness,” which he set up as a straight-to-series order. The series, which premiered in the U.S. in 2016, was adapted by Hasak from the Norwegian drama “Øyevitne”.

Hasak also served as creator and executive producer on the hit NBC drama “Shades of Blue,” which he wrote on spec and got green lit straight-to- series, starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta, directed by Barry Levinson. The hit series’ third season premiered in June 2018. Hasak will serve as creator, executive producer and showrunner on the upcoming adaption of the German format “Tempel” which is straight-to- series with Dynamic Television.

Furthermore, Hasak and his Adi TV Studios banner are fast tracking several additional projects to be packaged straight-to-series. Hasak was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and raised in Israel and the U.S. Following seven years in the military, Hasak worked as a journalist before coming to Hollywood and writing for television and film.

In addition, Hasak was a frequent collaborator with Luc Besson. They jointly wrote and produced “3 Days to Kill,” starring Kevin Costner, and “From Paris With Love,” starring John Travolta. Hasak also wrote “Killer Elite,” which was the original pilot for “Generation Kill.”

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Fabian Haslob
Agent, Players Agency

Fabian is a lawyer turned agent from Players Agency based in Berlin representing writers, directors and cinematographers.  Players closely cooperates with several London based agencies. Among its clients are the directors of mini series such as Babylon Berlin (Henk Handloegten, Achim von Borries), Dogs of Berlin (Christian Alvart), Bad Banks (Christian Schwochow), 4 BLOCKS (Marvin Kren), Das B... read more

Fabian is a lawyer turned agent from Players Agency based in Berlin representing writers, directors and cinematographers.  Players closely cooperates with several London based agencies. Among its clients are the directors of mini series such as Babylon Berlin (Henk Handloegten, Achim von Borries), Dogs of Berlin (Christian Alvart), Bad Banks (Christian Schwochow), 4 BLOCKS (Marvin Kren), Das Boot (Andreas Prochaska), West of Liberty (Barbara Eder), GENERATION WAR, SS-GB (Philipp Kadelbach), Same Sky (Oliver Hirschbiegel) and creators / showrunners such as Deutschland 83/86 (Anna Winger) and Hackerville(Ralph Martin).

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Alexi Hawley
Executive producer, The Rookie

Alexi Hawley is the creator and executive producer for the ABC series, The Rookie. He previously created the drama State of Affairs for NBC. Originally focused on music, Hawley began writing as a creative outlet that didn’t involve carrying drums up and down the stairs at four in the morning. Hawley was the last writer standing on the infamous Exorcist prequel (Exorcist: The Be... read more

Alexi Hawley is the creator and executive producer for the ABC series, The Rookie. He previously created the drama State of Affairs for NBC. Originally focused on music, Hawley began writing as a creative outlet that didn’t involve carrying drums up and down the stairs at four in the morning. Hawley was the last writer standing on the infamous Exorcist prequel (Exorcist: The Beginning). From there, he segued into television, working on a number of shows, including The Unusuals, The Following, and Castle — the latter two where he served as executive producer and co-showrunner. Hawley was born and raised in New York City, and now resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Sofia Helin
Executive producer, Honour

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

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

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Bruno Heller
Showrunner,

Bruno Heller developed and serves as executive producer for the drama Pennyworth. Based on the DC characters, Pennyworth follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who is not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London.

Prior to Pennyworth, Heller develo... read more

Bruno Heller developed and serves as executive producer for the drama Pennyworth. Based on the DC characters, Pennyworth follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who is not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London.

Prior to Pennyworth, Heller developed and executive produced the drama Gotham, also based on characters from DC, which concludes its five-season run in 2019. Before that, he created and executive produced The Mentalist, and wrote many of the series’ landmark episodes. The drama ran for seven seasons and was a hit around the globe. Prior to The Mentalist, Heller was acclaimed for the epic drama series Rome. Heller co-created Rome, served as executive producer and head writer, and penned a total of 11 episodes for the series, including the pilot.

Before venturing into a writing career, Heller graduated from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, and spent years working various film jobs, eventually becoming a successful boom operator. He left England for New York, where he would meet his wife, Miranda Phillips Cowley. He made his screenwriting debut on the 1994 Portuguese film Pax, starring Amanda Plummer. Heller then moved to Los Angeles in 1997, where he began work on two television projects, Touching Evil and The Huntress.

Heller was born in London and currently resides in Los Angeles. His father was Lukas Heller, a successful German screenwriter and winner of an Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture for Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte.

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Polly Hill
Head of drama, ITV

Polly 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 Beckin... read more

Polly 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, Polly 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.

Polly joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer and then became a commissioning editor in 2008. Before joining the BBC, Polly 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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Susan Hogg
Head of drama, Studio Lambert

Susan Hogg joined Studio Lambert in 2015 to create a dynamic scripted department. Her first drama for Studio Lambert was the much-praised Three Girls, written by Nicole Taylor. Three Girls won multiple awards, including 5 BAFTAs.

Sue is currently in production with The Feed, a 10-part returning series written by Channing Powell (The Walking Dead). The first season is set in London in th... read more

Susan Hogg joined Studio Lambert in 2015 to create a dynamic scripted department. Her first drama for Studio Lambert was the much-praised Three Girls, written by Nicole Taylor. Three Girls won multiple awards, including 5 BAFTAs.

Sue is currently in production with The Feed, a 10-part returning series written by Channing Powell (The Walking Dead). The first season is set in London in the near future and centres on the British family of Lawrence Hatfield (David Thewlis), the man who invented an omnipresent technology called The Feed.  Implanted into nearly everyone’s brain, The Feed enables people to share information, emotions and memories instantly. But when things start to go wrong, and users become murderous, the family is driven apart as they struggle to control the monster they have unleashed. The Feed is a co-production for Amazon and Virgin.

Next up, is Nicole Taylor’s The Nest for BBC One, a six-part fictional drama that explores the consequences of a pact between a wealthy couple and a teenage girl that changes all of their lives forever. The Nest is an emotional thriller about love and money, and the price of being able to buy whatever you want.

Previously a senior executive at BBC Drama Production and head of drama at Granada Television and United Television, Sue has produced hundreds of hours of popular and award-winning drama. Her shows include the BAFTA-nominated The C Word, written by Nicole Taylor, the BAFTA-nominated Go-Between, written by Adrian Hodges, RTS-winner Five Daughters, written by Stephen Butchard and BAFTA-winner The Fades, written by Jack Thorne. Other titles include Larkrise to Candleford, Survivors, Waking the Dead, Touching Evil, Where the Heart Is, Grafters and BAFTA-winning No Child of Mine, written by Guy Hibbert.

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Brad Holcman
Senior director, non-fiction and alternative programming, A+E Networks

Brad Holcman joined A+E Networks in 2012 as senior director, non-fiction and alternative programming. In this role, Holcman oversees the development and production of many of U.S. channel A&E’s unscripted critically acclaimed projects “60 Days In,” “Intervention (Emmy Nominee – 2014, 2015, 2016), “Undercover High” and the recently announced seri... read more

Brad Holcman joined A+E Networks in 2012 as senior director, non-fiction and alternative programming. In this role, Holcman oversees the development and production of many of U.S. channel A&E’s unscripted critically acclaimed projects “60 Days In,” “Intervention (Emmy Nominee – 2014, 2015, 2016), “Undercover High” and the recently announced series “Employable Me” and “The Accused”. He has also overseen some of A&E’s past hits including “Duck Dynasty,” “Behind Bars: Rookie Year,” “Gangland Undercover,” and “Panic 9-1-1” to name a few. His passion is to build relationships with the world’s producers and broadcasters to develop and produce for A&E. Holcman came to A&E from fox21 where he served as Director of Creative Affairs, and was responsible for overseeing the development of all reality and alternative programming including “Countdown,” “Beauty and the Geek,” “Saved,” “Untitled Jamie Kennedy Project” and “Game Show in My Head,” as well as numerous pilots for broadcast and cable networks.  He also assisted with fox21’s slate of scripted projects, including “Homeland”, “Sons of Anarchy” and “Brickleberry.” Prior to fox21, Holcman worked in Drama Development at 20th Century Fox Television.  Brad received his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and Communication from the University of Michigan.

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Nick Hornby
Screenwriter, State of the Union

Nick Hornby 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 Broad... read more

Nick Hornby 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 Pitch31 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.

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Louise Hussey 
Executive producer, Industrial Light and Magic

Louise Hussey has many years experience working in entertainment for such companies as Molinare, Sci-Fi Channel, Aldis Animation, and Rushes (Deluxe Group). In 2013, Hussey joined Double Negative as a visual effects producer, growing the TV team over five years from 3 to 190 in London and 25 in Los Angeles, plus a small team in Mumbai. In 2018, while she was<... read more

Louise Hussey has many years experience working in entertainment for such companies as Molinare, Sci-Fi Channel, Aldis Animation, and Rushes (Deluxe Group). In 2013, Hussey joined Double Negative as a visual effects producer, growing the TV team over five years from 3 to 190 in London and 25 in Los Angeles, plus a small team in Mumbai. In 2018, while she was   DNegTV’s executive visual effects producer on Black Mirror “Metalhead, the team was awarded a BAFTA for special, visual and graphic effects for their work , and her team on the Netflix series ‘Altered Carbon’ received an Emmy nomination for ‘Outstanding Special Visual Effects’ .

In her current role as executive visual effects producer for Industrial Light & Magic’s recently-launched ILM TV division, Hussey leads strategy, production, and creative along with Stefan Drury, Hayden Jones, and Jonathan Privett.

Hussey is a founding board member and visual effects chair of Animated Women UK and sits on BAFTA’s Learning and New Talent Committee.

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Ben Irving
Head of drama development, 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 c... read more

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.

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Michael Iskas
President, Story Lab

Michael Iskas is the president of The Story Lab, a global entertainment company that launched in 2015, which funds, develops and distributes innovative TV formats, drama and feature films.

Working with forward thinking production and media companies, The Story Lab has accrued a varied slate of TV formats including Ninja Warrior (TBS), Game of Clones (youngest Media), read more

Michael Iskas is the president of The Story Lab, a global entertainment company that launched in 2015, which funds, develops and distributes innovative TV formats, drama and feature films.

Working with forward thinking production and media companies, The Story Lab has accrued a varied slate of TV formats including Ninja Warrior (TBS), Game of Clones (youngest Media), Evil Monkeys (Renegade) and All Star Driving School (Rumpus Media) among others.  Recently, The Story Lab has been investing in a variety of UK scripted projects set to launch in 2019, while also distributing Hollywood feature films in European territories, including John Wick, Sicario and Mechanic.

The Story Lab, which is part of Dentsu Aegis Network, operates in 25 territories, including the UK, France, Spain, Germany, US, Canada, Russia, Netherlands, China, India and Australia, and distributes content globally.

Michael is on the board of digital-first talent management company Gleam Futures. In his previous role, he was the Chief Innovation Officer at Dentsu Aegis Network.

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Walter Iuzzolino
Co-founder and curator, Walter Presents

Walter is a former commissioning editor at Channel 4 where he developed a string of factual hit formats before leaving to become Creative Director at Betty. There he spearheaded a quick growth trajectory of turnover and output which led to the company sale to Discovery Networks International in 2011. In 2014 Walter left Betty to pursue his dream of launching a foreig... read more

Walter is a former commissioning editor at Channel 4 where he developed a string of factual hit formats before leaving to become Creative Director at Betty. There he spearheaded a quick growth trajectory of turnover and output which led to the company sale to Discovery Networks International in 2011. In 2014 Walter left Betty to pursue his dream of launching a foreign language drama channel. Walter Presents launched January 2016 in the UK as a FREE video-on-demand service and is a joint venture between Channel 4 and Global Series Network, co-founded by Jason Thorp and Jo McGrath. Dedicated to showcasing award-winning foreign language drama, the service is named after Walter.  In March 2017 Walter Presents launched as an SVOD platform in the US with the New York Times hailing it as a ‘chic TV boutique with a foreign accent’. In November 2017 Walter Presents launched in Australia through pay-TV service Foxtel. Walter Presents will launch in Italy September 2018, it’s first rollout in mainland Europe, on Discovery’s Nove and Giallo linear networks, as well as offering a catalogue of Walter Presents  shows on its stand-alone Dplay streaming service.

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Ricus Jansegers
TV programming director, Medialaan

Kristin Jones
EVP of international programming, AMC and Sundance TV

As Executive Vice President of International Programming and Programming Innovation for AMC and SundanceTV, Kristin Jones 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 acquisitio... read more

As Executive Vice President of International Programming and Programming Innovation for AMC and SundanceTV, Kristin Jones 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. 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, 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.

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.

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Tony Jordan
Writer, Red Planet Pictures

Jordan started his writing career at the age of 32 when he submitted his first unsolicited script to the BBC. He has since become one of the UK’s most acclaimed, successful and respected drama writers and show runners. After writing almost 200 episodes for the UK’s premier soap EastEnders, Tony went on to create some of the most popular dramas of recent years including Life on... read more

Jordan started his writing career at the age of 32 when he submitted his first unsolicited script to the BBC. He has since become one of the UK’s most acclaimed, successful and respected drama writers and show runners. After writing almost 200 episodes for the UK’s premier soap EastEnders, Tony went on to create some of the most popular dramas of recent years including Life on Mars, Hustle, The Nativity, The Ark, Holby Blue, The Passing Bells, Dickensian Hooten & The Lady and most recently Babs, a biopic of the legendary Barbara Windsor.

After setting-up his own production company, Red Planet Pictures in 2005, the indie has become synonymous with producing groundbreaking and ratings-winning dramas including the BBC’s highest rating midweek drama Death in Paradise. Currently in production on its eighth series, Death in Paradise has become a huge global success selling to over 260 territories and pulling in audiences of well over 8 million each week for BBC One in the UK. Autumn 2016 saw the arrival of Hooten & The Lady, Red Planet’s rip-roaring action-adventure series for Sky One, which gripped an impressive audience on its premiere and finished its run on a high. This eight-part series took the audience on an epic romp around the globe in search of lost treasure and priceless artefacts.

With over 300 hours of commissioned television as a writer, Jordan continues to share his time between creating new series and being the driving force behind Red Planet Pictures.

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Marc Juris
President, WE tv

Marc Juris is a uniquely talented creative executive with a proven track record of creating and developing brands and compelling original content for television and digital platforms across numerous networks. As president and general manager of WE tv, Juris oversees all aspects of the network’s creative and business functions, including original program development and production, ... read more

Marc Juris is a uniquely talented creative executive with a proven track record of creating and developing brands and compelling original content for television and digital platforms across numerous networks. As president and general manager of WE tv, Juris oversees all aspects of the network’s creative and business functions, including original program development and production, scheduling and acquisitions, all marketing, advertising and promotional efforts and long and short-term planning and strategy.

Juris joined WE tv in 2013, and since then has increased the network’s viewership, its slate of original unscripted programming and led a network rebrand that reflects a broader focus on the communal power of “WE” in a digitally connected and social media driven world. WE tv’s unscripted shows are some of the most buzzed about in pop culture, from the Thursday night phenomenon “Braxton Family Values,” its popular franchise series “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars,” and its newest hit series “Growing Up Hip Hop.”  In a highly competitive environment, the network just had its best year, growing its primetime audience for the third year in a row. Today, WE tv continues to deliver high-quality unscripted programming with heavy social engagement, featuring diverse characters and voices that resonate with viewers. WE tv is the #1 cable network for African-American adults and women on Thursday nights and is continuing to establish Friday nights as a destination for compelling and addicting reality TV.

Prior to joining WE tv, Juris engineered the radical reinvention of CourtTV to truTV, creating a top-ten cable network in less than four years. Under his leadership, truTV experienced unprecedented momentum. Propelled by over 300 hours of original programming every year, with 30 unique series like “Hardcore Pawn,” “Impractical Jokers,” “Storage Hunters,” “Operation Repo,” “Full Throttle Saloon,” and “South Beach Tow,” truTV finished 2012 with its best-ever primetime deliveries of key demos.

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Superna Kalle
Executive vice president, international digital networks, Starz

Superna Kalle is executive vice president, international digital networks.

Kalle reports directly to Starz chief operating officer Jeffrey Hirsch and is based in the company’s Santa Monica office. Kalle leads the international expansion of Starz-branded digital and linear services and channels, overseeing strategy and operations.

Most recently, Kalle was a senior advisor to seve... read more

Superna Kalle is executive vice president, international digital networks.

Kalle reports directly to Starz chief operating officer Jeffrey Hirsch and is based in the company’s Santa Monica office. Kalle leads the international expansion of Starz-branded digital and linear services and channels, overseeing strategy and operations.

Most recently, Kalle was a senior advisor to several media companies guiding them on international SVOD strategy, digital operations, restructuring and global business development. Major clients included Starz, Lionsgate and CBS/Showtime.

Kalle spent 16 years at Sony Pictures Television (SPT) where she served as Senior Vice President and GM, Networks. Based out of SPT’s headquarters in Culver City, Calif., Kalle oversaw the company’s television networks portfolio and equity investments in the U.S. and Canada. For the U.S., she launched and served as general manager of the wholly-owned Sony networks, Sony Movie Channel, SPT’s first multi-platform television network; Cine Sony Television, SPT’s Spanish language movie network; and getTV, the Company’s first digital subchannel dedicated to classic programming. Kalle also served on the board of other popular cable and digital channels, including GSN (Game Show Network, LLC) and fearNET (a joint venture with Lionsgate and Comcast). In Canada, Kalle oversaw SPT’s partnership with Hollywood Suite, which carried the Sony Movie Channel brand.

Prior to her domestic role at Sony, she was promoted to Senior Vice President, International Networks in 2008 and held multiple Board positions at SPT’s television networks business in India, Japan and pan-Asia.  Prior to her promotion, she was SPT’s Vice President, International Networks since 2005. She joined SPT from parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), where she had served as Vice President, Corporate Development since 2004. She joined SPE as Manager, Corporate Development in 1999.

Among her honors and awards, Kalle has been recognized as one of Cablefax’s “Most Powerful Women in Cable” three times, and was named a Multichannel News/NAMIC Luminary for her accomplishments overseeing Sony Movie Channel.

Kalle holds a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.B.A. in management from Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University.

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Arvand Khosravi
Senior associate, Endeavor Content

Arvand Khosravi 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.

Khosravi was recently involved in the sale of Nick Hornby’s new 10×10 dramedy series starring Rosamun... read more

Arvand Khosravi 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.

Khosravi 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.

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Elizabeth Kilgarriff
Senior commissioning editor, BBC Drama

Liz Kilgarriff is a senior commissioning editor for BBC Drama in England and Scotland.

Liz joined as a commissioning editor in August 2015 and has been responsible for work across the breadth and range of BBC Drama including BBC One’s Sunday night thriller Bodyguard, the adaptation of BBC One’s Strike series based on the novels by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galb... read more

Liz Kilgarriff is a senior commissioning editor for BBC Drama in England and Scotland.

Liz joined as a commissioning editor in August 2015 and has been responsible for work across the breadth and range of BBC Drama including BBC One’s Sunday night thriller Bodyguard, the adaptation of BBC One’s Strike series based on the novels by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith, BBC One fan favourites Call The Midwife and Poldark, Mike Bartlett’s Doctor Foster (series 2) and the epic BBC One drama McMafia.

Liz’s upcoming dramas include psychological series The Cry, starring Jenna Coleman; six-part thriller Informer from upcoming writers Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani; a fifth series of award-winning Luther; Tom Rob Smith’s original drama series MotherFatherSon for BBC Two starring Richard Gere, Helen McCrory, Billy Howle and Sarah Lancashire; and Sarah Phelps’ brilliant adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders, starring John Malkovich.  Also coming up from her Scottish slate is contemporary legal thriller, The Victim, written by Rob Williams and starring Kelly Macdonald.

Liz was previously Executive Producer for BBC in-house Drama working on titles including Luther, BBC3’s Thirteen, Cranford, Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Upstairs Downstairs. She was promoted to Senior Commissioning Editor for England and Scotland in May 2017.

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Alison Kirkham
Controller of factual commissioning, BBC

Alison Kirkham became Controller of Factual Commissioning in 2015. Since then, the Factual department has garnered immense critical acclaim and many awards, including BAFTAs for Blue Planet II, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad and Murdered for Being Different; RTS Programme Awards for Hospital; Exodus, Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents and World War One Remembered: Passchendale – For the ... read more

Alison Kirkham became Controller of Factual Commissioning in 2015. Since then, the Factual department has garnered immense critical acclaim and many awards, including BAFTAs for Blue Planet II, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad and Murdered for Being Different; RTS Programme Awards for Hospital; Exodus, Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents and World War One Remembered: Passchendale – For the Fallen; and Grierson Awards for Muslims Like Us and Forces of Nature with Brian Cox.

Alison’s commissions include the the BAFTA award winning documentary, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad, and she was the Commissioning Executive Producer on the BBC’s coverage of the recent Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and secured their exclusive engagement interview.

Prior to her current role, Alison was Head of Commissioning, Formats and Features for BBC One and BBC Two for five years. In that role her commissions included Back in Time for Dinner, Eat Well for Less; Countryfile; DIY SOS; Antiques Roadshow.
Alison joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer of daytime programming and spent six months as acting Controller of BBC Daytime in 2006.

Before 2005 Alison worked in ITV Current Affairs on Tonight With Trevor McDonald. While there she worked as a producer/director on ITV’s 9/11 and Iraq war coverage. As well as working in current affairs at ITV she worked as a producer on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and This Morning. Her first job in broadcasting was on Radio 4’s Today.

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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 divisio... read more

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’ directed by Stephen Frears, written by Nick Hornby and starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd which is currently in post-production; ‘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.

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Jonas Kryger Hansen
Commissioning editor, DR Ultra

Jonas Kryger Hansen is the commissioning editor at Danish tween channel DR Ultra. Responsible for the development and production of all fictional TV-series we produce for the Danish market, on all platforms. Strictly focused on On-Demand success. His goal is to capture the attention of picky Danish tweens with popular, clickable fictional formats, to serve grains of perspective on everyday life... read more

Jonas Kryger Hansen is the commissioning editor at Danish tween channel DR Ultra. Responsible for the development and production of all fictional TV-series we produce for the Danish market, on all platforms. Strictly focused on On-Demand success. His goal is to capture the attention of picky Danish tweens with popular, clickable fictional formats, to serve grains of perspective on everyday life to them, with the goal to make it more interesting for Danish tweens to tackle and talk about dilemmas that fill their minds.

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Jamie Laurenson
Head of television, See-Saw Films

Jamie Laurenson joined See-Saw Films in 2012 to head up its newly formed Television 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 Flyi... read more

Jamie Laurenson joined See-Saw Films in 2012 to head up its newly formed Television 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.

Laurenson 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’ directed by Stephen Frears, written by Nick Hornby and starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd which is currently in post-production; ‘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.

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Jonathan Levi
Executive producer, Renegade Pictures

Jonathan Levi was the executive producer on celebrity game show Evil Monkeys. A highly experienced EP, he has spent the last four years with Warner Brother’s Renegade Pictures where his credits include the 2019 ITV factual drama series Hatton Garden, Ross Kemp and the Armed Police for ITV, the critically acclaimed Transformation Street for ITV and CBBC show School of Rock.

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Jonathan Levi was the executive producer on celebrity game show Evil Monkeys. A highly experienced EP, he has spent the last four years with Warner Brother’s Renegade Pictures where his credits include the 2019 ITV factual drama series Hatton Garden, Ross Kemp and the Armed Police for ITV, the critically acclaimed Transformation Street for ITV and CBBC show School of Rock.

Previous roles include Head of Arts and Popular Culture at ITV Studios and executive producer of The South Bank Show. Some career highlights include Broadmoor for ITV, Tulisa: The Price of Fame for BBC3, Ewan McGreggor: Cold Chain Mission for BBC2, Ronnie Corbett’s Comedy Britain for ITV and the BAFTA nominated 28 Up South Africa for Al Jazeera and ITV. Jonathan has a passion for access documentaries, celebrity fronted series and youth skewed factual formats and created several ITV2 returning strands including ‘Fearne And’, ‘The Parent Trip’ and ‘Utterly Outrageous’.

Jonathan began his career at BBC Radio 4 as researcher for Jeremy Paxman and Melvyn Bragg. Jonathan is also the author of Hatton Garden: The Inside Story and a forthcoming book about Broadmoor hospital, both published by Blink.

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Aron Levitz
Head of, Wattpad Studios

As head of Wattpad Studios, Aron Levitz connects the entertainment and publishing industries with new voices and original content on Wattpad. Leveraging data and community insights, Aron works with the industry to coproduce Wattpad stories for film, television,read more

As head of Wattpad Studios, Aron Levitz connects the entertainment and publishing industries with new voices and original content on Wattpad. Leveraging data and community insights, Aron works with the industry to coproduce Wattpad stories for film, television, print and digital formats.

Previously, as head of business development, Aron helped establish the companys monetization strategy and launched Wattpad Brand Stories, a native advertising solution. He was also instrumental in launching the Wattpad Stars program that gives top influencers access to a variety of opportunities.

Throughout his career, Aron has connected the entertainment industry with emerging technology and mobile platforms. As Senior Director of Strategic Alliances at Xtreme Labs, Aron developed business and mobile strategies for the worlds top media brands including MTV. Prior to Xtreme Labs, he was Director of Entertainment and Global Content Acquisition at BlackBerry where he worked with artists and other talent, as well as launched innovative music, movie, TV, and gaming services. Aron received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Waterloo.

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Fredrik Ljungberg
Program director Viaplay & Viasat nordic, Viaplay

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.

Tara Long
Executive vice president, eOne

Since establishing eOne’s U.S. Alternative Programming division in 2012, Tara Long has built from the ground up a highly successful division that has had almost a dozen projects go straight to series and a packed slate of long-running shows that continue to receive new season orders.

Many of Long’s projects involve partnering with celebrity talent on an extremely intimate level: whet... read more

Since establishing eOne’s U.S. Alternative Programming division in 2012, Tara Long has built from the ground up a highly successful division that has had almost a dozen projects go straight to series and a packed slate of long-running shows that continue to receive new season orders.

Many of Long’s projects involve partnering with celebrity talent on an extremely intimate level: whether it’s for docu-series centered on the private lives of stars who agree expose their most personal moments to a public audience, or for original ideas and passion projects that need to be developed in close concert with celebrity creators and/or hosts.

In her role, Long oversees all aspects of the division, with a focus on further developing, growing and diversifying its burgeoning pipeline, relationships and scope. Long is responsible for managing all TV development and productions in the alternative space on behalf of eOne and selling shows to a diverse list of US network partners including A&E, E!, Lifetime, BET, FUSE, MTV, truTV, FYI, WEtv, OWN etc. Long leads the newly acquired Whizz Kid Entertainment in London, UK, following eOne’s recent acquisition of a majority stake in the company.

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David Madden
President of original programming, AMC Studios

As president of programming for AMC, SundanceTV, and AMC Studios, David Madden oversees all scripted and non-fiction content development, bringing fans some of the most popular and culturally-relevant shows on television and an expanding studio operation. AMC is currently home to three of the top ten dramas on ad-supported cable with “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead” and “In... read more

As president of programming for AMC, SundanceTV, and AMC Studios, David Madden oversees all scripted and non-fiction content development, bringing fans some of the most popular and culturally-relevant shows on television and an expanding studio operation. AMC is currently home to three of the top ten dramas on ad-supported cable with “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead” and “Into the Badlands,” as well as other acclaimed series such as “Better Call Saul,” “Preacher,” “The Terror,” “Dietland,” and “Lodge 49.”

Since joining AMC Networks in late 2017, Madden has overseen an impressive new slate of programming for AMC, including the upcoming “The Little Drummer Girl,” based on the best-selling novel by John le Carré, “Dispatches from Elsewhere,” from actor and writer Jason Segel and producer Scott Rudin, and “NOS4A2,” a supernatural horror series based on the Joe Hill novel of the same name. At SundanceTV, Madden oversees a strong lineup of high-caliber dramas and documentary programming, including the Peabody Award-winning series “Deutschland 86.” Also central to his role is Madden’s oversight of programming for AMC Studios, which produces “The Walking Dead,” the highest-rated series in cable history and the number one drama on television among adults 18-49 for six straight seasons.

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Vidar Magnussen
Actor and writer,

Studied acting at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts, London Played at several theatres in Norway.  Won Comedy award for Mascarade in 2010, DNS. Won Hedda award for his role in Shockheaded Peter 2014, DNT. Won Comedy award for Shockheaded Peter in 2014, DNT
Regular castmember in Side by side, comedy at NRK since 2013. Director of the Norwegian version of Book of Mormon. Won Hedda aw... read more

Studied acting at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts, London Played at several theatres in Norway.  Won Comedy award for Mascarade in 2010, DNS. Won Hedda award for his role in Shockheaded Peter 2014, DNT. Won Comedy award for Shockheaded Peter in 2014, DNT
Regular castmember in Side by side, comedy at NRK since 2013. Director of the Norwegian version of Book of Mormon. Won Hedda award for best play Book of Mormon, DNT. Creator and plays lead in upcoming Science fiction Comedy drama Magnus.

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Arun Maljaars
Director, content & channels, Insight

As director of content & channels, Arun is responsible for all Insight TV channels, the content that goes on them and the direction of original content.

Arun joined Insight TV in Amsterdam, Netherlands when the company started in 2015. He was instrumental in the launch of the first global complete 4K-Ultra HD channel in the world which broadcasts linear in the UK, Germany, Spain, Por... read more

As director of content & channels, Arun is responsible for all Insight TV channels, the content that goes on them and the direction of original content.

Arun joined Insight TV in Amsterdam, Netherlands when the company started in 2015. He was instrumental in the launch of the first global complete 4K-Ultra HD channel in the world which broadcasts linear in the UK, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland and India and offers an SVOD version of the 4K-UHD channel. Commissions he has overseen include (but are not limited to): King of the Hammers: Ultra4Sagas, Around The World In 80 Tricks, Dracula; Escape The Castle, Extraordinary Humans, Power & …, MTB Heroes.

Arun is an experienced media professional and has held positions in renowned companies All3Media and Zodiak-Banijay.

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Nacho Manubens
Head of contents , Atresmedia Studios

Nacho Manubens started his career as Script Analyst in Mediaset in 2000. After moving to Los Angeles, California to study Screenwriting and Production at UCLA Extension, he worked as Director of Development, Production and Acquisitions at Arenas Entertainment. He later founded the production company U Rock Films where he was CEO for 5 years. In 2011 he joined Atresmedia where he served as SVP O... read more

Nacho Manubens started his career as Script Analyst in Mediaset in 2000. After moving to Los Angeles, California to study Screenwriting and Production at UCLA Extension, he worked as Director of Development, Production and Acquisitions at Arenas Entertainment. He later founded the production company U Rock Films where he was CEO for 5 years. In 2011 he joined Atresmedia where he served as SVP Original Drama until January 2018. He is now Chief Content Officer at Atresmedia Studios.

 

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Steve Matthews
VP and executive producer, drama development , HBO Europe

Steve Matthews is VP and Executive Producer, Drama Development at HBO Europe where he works with emerging and established writers on dramas across Scandinavia, Spain and Central Europe.  His credits include Umbre (Shadows), Pustina (Wasteland), Aranyélet (Golden Life), and the upcoming Uspjeh (Success), Beforeigners and Gösta.  Steve was previously Consulting Producer on all three series of... read more

Steve Matthews is VP and Executive Producer, Drama Development at HBO Europe where he works with emerging and established writers on dramas across Scandinavia, Spain and Central Europe.  His credits include Umbre (Shadows), Pustina (Wasteland), Aranyélet (Golden Life), and the upcoming Uspjeh (Success), Beforeigners and Gösta.  Steve was previously Consulting Producer on all three series of Neil Jordan’s series The Borgias for Showtime Networks, and produced four series of RTE’s award-winning Dublin gangster series Love/Hate. He was formerly Head of Development at Ray Winstone’s Size 9 Productions.  He worked as a script editor at the BBC on Silent Witness and was co-creator and producer of Channel 5’s late night horror series Urban Gothic.

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Dan May
Co-founder, Painting Practice

Painting Practice is a design studio working across film, television and advertising. Since forming 10 years ago, it has grown into a hub of unlimited creativity and original thinking. Dan founded painting practice with the goal of combining art department with visual effects. Credits include Black Mirror, Mowgli, Watership Down, Gravity and is currently working on His Dark Materials.o-founder

Anne Mensah
Head of drama, Sky

Anne is Director of Drama and Sky Studios, leading Sky’s drama commissioning slate as well as it’s creative production profile. Over the past seven years, Anne has led the growth of original drama on Sky including the critically acclaimed Enfield HauntingFortitude starring Michael Gambon and Dennis Quaid, Guerrilla written and directed by Academy award win... read more

Anne is Director of Drama and Sky Studios, leading Sky’s drama commissioning slate as well as it’s creative production profile. Over the past seven years, Anne has led the growth of original drama on Sky including the critically acclaimed Enfield HauntingFortitude starring Michael Gambon and Dennis Quaid, Guerrilla written and directed by Academy award winner John Ridley, as well as the five-time Emmy nominated Melrose starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Anne is also responsible for commissioning some of Sky’s biggest ever original commissions – such as Delicious with Dawn French and Emilia Fox, Riviera featuring Julia Stiles, Britannia starring David Morrissey and Kelly Reilly and Save Me with Lennie James and Suranne Jones. Upcoming shows include Curfew starring Billy Zane, Sean Bean and Miranda Richardson, Chernobyl with Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson and Temple featuring Mark Strong, Danny Mays and Carice van Houten

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

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Winona Meringolo
senior vice president of development, Investigation Discovery

Winona Meringolo is the senior vice president of development for Investigation Discovery where she develops original content for America’s leading true crime and mystery network. Currently the #1 network in the U.S. in total day for women and people, ages 25-54, ID is the preeminent true crime destination and is consistently a top 10 network in primetime. With suspense programming that fully ... read more

Winona Meringolo is the senior vice president of development for Investigation Discovery where she develops original content for America’s leading true crime and mystery network. Currently the #1 network in the U.S. in total day for women and people, ages 25-54, ID is the preeminent true crime destination and is consistently a top 10 network in primetime. With suspense programming that fully immerses and engages audiences, ID’s content resonates worldwide and is currently available in 178 countries and territories.

Alongside the EVP of development, Jane Latman, Meringolo navigates the creative vision for ID and oversees the curation of more than 650 premiere hours of mystery and suspense programming each year. Meringolo provides leadership and creative direction for the network and is responsible for the conceptualization and development of several hit ID series, including but not limited to: Evil Lives Here, People Magazine Investigates, American Monster, Village of the Damned, See No Evil, Home Alone, Dark Waters, The Devil Speaks and Someone You Thought You Knew.

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Nina Metivier
Co-creator, The A List

Nina is a BAFTA-winning writer, script editor and producer. Alongside co-creating and head writing BBC teen drama The A List, her most recent credits include working as script editor on Chris Chibnall’s new series of Doctor Who and producing and writing on four series of Dixi, CBBC’s first ever online drama and winner of the BAFTA for Best Original: Interactive, as well as the C21 Internati... read more

Nina is a BAFTA-winning writer, script editor and producer. Alongside co-creating and head writing BBC teen drama The A List, her most recent credits include working as script editor on Chris Chibnall’s new series of Doctor Who and producing and writing on four series of Dixi, CBBC’s first ever online drama and winner of the BAFTA for Best Original: Interactive, as well as the C21 International Award for Best Digital Drama.

Nina previously worked as Development Executive at Kindle Entertainment after script editing a range of shows, including The Life & Adventures of Nick Nickleby for BBC1 (the first modern retelling of a Dickens novel for television); two series of CBBC’s Leonardo (nominated for the Rose d’Or & Prix Jeunesse awards) and a series of CBeebies Big and Small (winner of the Kidscreen Best Writing award).

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Ted Miller
Partner, CAA

Brian Minchin
Executive producer, Hartswood West

Brian Minchin is an executive producer at Hartswood West where he is working on Steven Moffat’s adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife (HBO) and a slate of new shows. Previously he worked at BBC Wales as executive producer on DOCTOR WHO (BBC), Russell T Davies’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Class, Dirk Gently, Being Human, and award winning Children’s show The Sarah Jane Adventur... read more

Brian Minchin is an executive producer at Hartswood West where he is working on Steven Moffat’s adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife (HBO) and a slate of new shows. Previously he worked at BBC Wales as executive producer on DOCTOR WHO (BBC), Russell T Davies’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Class, Dirk Gently, Being Human, and award winning Children’s show The Sarah Jane Adventures.

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Jane Moore
CEO, Vertigo Films

Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein
Founder and head of international, ADD Content

Hadas spearheads all international partnerships and deals for ADD Content, a global content creation, distribution and talent management agency, headquartered in Israel. ADD’s slate spans television programming and feature films, and currently includes over 50 internationally successful unscripted and scripted projects. Deals include the sale of critically acclaime... read more

Hadas spearheads all international partnerships and deals for ADD Content, a global content creation, distribution and talent management agency, headquartered in Israel. ADD’s slate spans television programming and feature films, and currently includes over 50 internationally successful unscripted and scripted projects. Deals include the sale of critically acclaimed Israeli drama “Fauda” to Netflix, where the series is now in its second season, and acquiring distribution rights to Tom Salama and Daphna Levin’s “Miguel”, which premiered at the inaugural Canneseries Festival this April winning the Special Performance Prize. “Euphoria”, an A24-produced pilot for HBO starring Zendaya and penned by Sam Levinson (Wizard of Lies), is currently in production at the network through a deal brokered by ADD Content.

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Claire Mundell
Founder and creative director, Synchronicity Films

Claire Mundell is a BAFTA and RTS award-winning film and television producer and the founder and creative director of Synchronicity Films. She has recently executive produced THE CRY, an intense psychological thriller for BBC One starring Jenna Coleman (Dr Who, Victoria). Notable projects on Synchronicity’s slate include The Man Booker 2016 short listed novel, HIS BLOODY PROJECT, THE BODY, b... read more

Claire Mundell is a BAFTA and RTS award-winning film and television producer and the founder and creative director of Synchronicity Films. She has recently executive produced THE CRY, an intense psychological thriller for BBC One starring Jenna Coleman (Dr Who, Victoria). Notable projects on Synchronicity’s slate include The Man Booker 2016 short listed novel, HIS BLOODY PROJECT, THE BODY, by Hanif Kureishi and the 2018 international bestseller THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ, by Heather Morris. Claire’s recent feature film credits as producer include Harry Wootliff’s ONLY YOU (2017); Karen Gillan’s debut feature and Scottish BAFTA-nominated THE PARTY’S JUST BEGINNING (2017) and NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING (2012), written by David Solomons and directed by John McKay. A former executive producer for BBC Drama, Claire has extensive experience in primetime scripted television. Claire was also head of children’s BBC in Scotland, originating, producing and exec producing various long-running, returning network shows over a ten-year period. Claire is a former Chair of BAFTA Scotland, a full voting member of BAFTA and BAFTA LA, a member of the UK and US chapters of Women in Film & TV and a graduate of the prestigious film business professional development programme, Inside Pictures.

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Marike Muselaers
Co-CEO, Lumiere

Marike Muselaers started her career at Fortissimo Films and RTL Netherlands before joining the Lumière team. After more than 10 years in sales, acquisitions and co-productions, Marike has recently been appointed co-CEO of the Lumière Group, in her words “a full ecosystem in which production, financing, distribution, a digital platform, 3 cinemas and an animation studio are all wo... read more

Marike Muselaers started her career at Fortissimo Films and RTL Netherlands before joining the Lumière team. After more than 10 years in sales, acquisitions and co-productions, Marike has recently been appointed co-CEO of the Lumière Group, in her words “a full ecosystem in which production, financing, distribution, a digital platform, 3 cinemas and an animation studio are all working closely together to bring the best stories to the Benelux audience and the rest of the world”.

Recently co-produced are seasons of The Team, Occupied, Sthlm Requiem, State of Happiness, Bullets. Currently in development is Belgian repatriation drama/comedy SOIL.

Next to co-leading the Lumière Group and finding new compelling stories and characters, Marike is always looking for the sweet spot between creative and commercial. She is determined to create new innovative business models and partnerships in this fast-paced, challenging, but never boring industry.

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Måns Mårlind
Writer, Shadowplay

Well-known in the both the feature film and TV series circuit for both writing and directing, Måns’ credits include the award-winning series Midnight Sun, which has sold to more than 120 territories worldwide, and critically acclaimed series Bron (The Bridge), which has been shown in 161 countries and remade twice in the UK and USA. Together with Björn Stein, he has also codirect... read more

Well-known in the both the feature film and TV series circuit for both writing and directing, Måns’ credits include the award-winning series Midnight Sun, which has sold to more than 120 territories worldwide, and critically acclaimed series Bron (The Bridge), which has been shown in 161 countries and remade twice in the UK and USA. Together with Björn Stein, he has also codirected shorts and feature length films, including Swedish feature Storm, the Hollywood feature Shelter, starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and the successful Hollywood blockbuster Underworld: Awakening, with box office receipts of over $160 million. The duo is also behind the critically acclaimed Känn Ingen Sorg (Shed No Tears) for which they received two Guldbagge awards in 2013. Their Swedish feature Swoon, which Måns wrote, codirected and coproduced will open in Sweden in early 2019. The gritty, dramatic thriller series Shadowplay, created and written by Måns, who will also co-direct with Björn Stein, is Måns’ lastest creation and will be produced by Tandem Productions and Bron Studios.

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Rachel Nelson
Director of original content, drama, kids and factual, Corus Entertainment

Rachel Nelson is director, original content, drama, kids and factual, at Corus Entertainment.  In this role, Rachel leads a multi-platform strategy of the company’s scripted Drama, Kids and Factual programming in both production and development. Rachel manages a team overseeing 250 hours of content for several of the company’s national cable channels including History, Showcase, W, YTV, Te... read more

Rachel Nelson is director, original content, drama, kids and factual, at Corus Entertainment.  In this role, Rachel leads a multi-platform strategy of the company’s scripted Drama, Kids and Factual programming in both production and development. Rachel manages a team overseeing 250 hours of content for several of the company’s national cable channels including History, Showcase, W, YTV, Teletoon and Treehouse as well as the main conventional network Global Television. With deep relationships in television and digital content, Rachel has left an indelible mark on dozens of award-winning, top-rated shows in Canada, the U.S. and abroad.

Rachel’s current scripted production roster includes three seasons of the smash hit Private Eyes, with Jason Priestley, Ransom, an international co-production with CBS, the long-running international hit Vikings with History US as well as the much lauded six-part series Mary Kills People, in partnership with Lifetime.

Also managing the strategy for original programs in the unscripted space, Rachel continues to bring strong multi-season hit shows such as Ice Road Truckers with History US and the popular series, Yukon Gold, to Corus’ top-rated cable channel, History.  Rachel is also bringing several new series to History this year including two in the automotive space and a docu-soap in the noisy, newsworthy world of cannabis.

With two decades of experience in the Media industry, Rachel has also held the position of Director, Original Scripted Content, at Shaw Media.  As Executive in Charge of Production for the prime time series, Rookie Blue, she brought in top ratings for Global and ABC.  After six successful seasons Rookie Blue is, to date, the longest running Canadian show with a U.S. network partner.

Prior to that, Rachel was a Production Executive at CanWest (Global Television). She drove the success of Traders, one of Canada’s first major scripted series, and the critically acclaimed Durham County, among a long list of both scripted and unscripted series for Global and several of CanWest’s cable channels.

With a passion for content, Rachel not only oversees key creative decisions on a range of hit content, but also brokers complex international coproduction partnerships. Rachel is a regular speaker on international panels and also lends her time to mentor the next generation of creators and content executives at the Canadian Film Centre, Ryerson University and the National Screen Institute.

In addition to being a long-time broadcast executive, Rachel spent several years in the independent production sector. She has experience both in production on the studio floor as well as in development, working closely with creators overseeing concepts to bring to market.

Rachel has spent her career bringing series to life but she is most proud of the three real people she has developed.  Her favourite moments are spent with her family enjoying food, travel, art and…watching television.

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John Nolan
Managing director of entertainment ventures, Publicis Media

John Nolan is managing director of entertainment ventures at Publicis Media. Based in London, he has a global remit to collaborate with Broadcasters, Producers and Distributors to provide innovative funding solutions for Content Production and Distribution. He was previously at All3Media for over 20 years, as a Producer at North One and Managing Director of Apollo20.

Steve November
Creative director, UK television, Lionsgate

Steve began his career as a runner, production assistant and assistant director across a variety of music promos and commercials before making the move into drama on the first series of Sky 1’s DREAM TEAM in 1997. After two series of DREAM TEAM and spells on HOLLYOAKS and BROOKSIDE, he graduated to script and story editor of DREAM TEAM Series 3.

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Steve began his career as a runner, production assistant and assistant director across a variety of music promos and commercials before making the move into drama on the first series of Sky 1’s DREAM TEAM in 1997. After two series of DREAM TEAM and spells on HOLLYOAKS and BROOKSIDE, he graduated to script and story editor of DREAM TEAM Series 3.

Leaving DREAM TEAM in 2000, Steve joined Yorkshire Television as story editor of EMMERDALE. He became series producer in 2001, leading the BAFTA winning soap for four years and producing over 1100 episodes.

After EMMERDALE, Steve stayed with Yorkshire TV to produce ratings-winning hospital drama THE ROYAL before joining Granada TV in 2005 as series producer of CORONATION STREET. He lead the show from 2005-2008, producing over 550 episodes.

In 2008 Steve moved from production to network, becoming Head of Continuing Drama for ITV Channels with responsibility for a slate of up to twenty shows in production and development of new shows.

In 2013 he became Director of Drama, ITV Channels, where he oversaw the full slate of drama production and development and commissioned hit shows including VICTORIA, THE DURRELLS, COLD FEET, MARCELLA, GRANTCHESTER, UNFORGOTTEN, GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL, CILLA, LITTLE BOY BLUE, PREY and THE LOST HONOUR OF CHRISTOPHER JEFFRIES.

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Katie O Connell Marsh
CEO, Platform One Media

For the past 20 years, Katie O’Connell Marsh has held senior management positions covering all aspects of entertainment television programming.  Katie is currently CEO of Platform One Media – a television production and distribution studio backed by TPG and Liberty Global. Prior to Platform One Media, Katie was CEO at Gaumont Television, where she was responsible for launching the stud... read more

For the past 20 years, Katie O’Connell Marsh has held senior management positions covering all aspects of entertainment television programming.  Katie is currently CEO of Platform One Media – a television production and distribution studio backed by TPG and Liberty Global. Prior to Platform One Media, Katie was CEO at Gaumont Television, where she was responsible for launching the studio operation from the ground up in 2010. While there, she developed/produced leading series, including the Golden Globe nominated series Narcos, as well as Hannibal, Hemlock Grove, and F is For Family.

In 2015, Katie was recognised in Variety’s women’s impact report, and in 2014, she was recognised in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 power women in entertainment.

Prior to 2010, Katie spent four years at NBC Entertainment where opened the NBC NYC development office and was tapped as senior vice president, New York Development.  Among the projects Katie developed were the Emmy Award-winning comedy series 30 Rock and Lipstick Jungle.  In 2008, Katie was promoted to executive vice president, drama programming. Katie’s team oversaw series including Heroes, Law & Order: SVU, ER, and Friday Night Lights.

Katie came to NBC from Imagine Television where she was executive vice president of development and current programming where developed numerous comedy and drama projects, including the Emmy Award-winning Arrested Development, which was named Outstanding Comedy Series in 2005.

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Grace Ofori-Attah
Writer,

Grace was selected as the first ever Writer’s Apprentice for Carnival Film & Television in 2017 and was also selected for the Channel 4 Talent 4Screenwriting 2017 course. In March 2017 Grace was included on the BBC’s New Talent Hotlist as a writer to watch out for. Grace co-wrote five episodes of Idris Elba’s debut comedy series IN THE LONG RUN, and also has the only solo writing cred... read more

Grace was selected as the first ever Writer’s Apprentice for Carnival Film & Television in 2017 and was also selected for the Channel 4 Talent 4Screenwriting 2017 course. In March 2017 Grace was included on the BBC’s New Talent Hotlist as a writer to watch out for. Grace co-wrote five episodes of Idris Elba’s debut comedy series IN THE LONG RUN, and also has the only solo writing credit of the series on episode 4. The series, which recently aired on Sky One, won Best Comedy Programme at the 2018 Broadcast Digital Awards. Grace was recently selected for BAFTA Elevate’s 2018 writers’ initiative and she is currently working on a number of script commissions including her first feature film.

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Hanne Palmquist
Commissioning editor and VP, original programming, HBO Nordic

Hanne Palmquist is Commissioning Editor and VP, Original Programming, at HBO Nordic, overseeing a slate that currently includes Lukas Moodysson’s Gösta, and Beforeigners from Lilyhammer creators Anne Bjørnstad and Eilif Skodvin.

A Danish national with a Masters in Culture & Aesthetics from Århus University in Denmark, and further studies at Colombia University in New York and th... read more

Hanne Palmquist is Commissioning Editor and VP, Original Programming, at HBO Nordic, overseeing a slate that currently includes Lukas Moodysson’s Gösta, and Beforeigners from Lilyhammer creators Anne Bjørnstad and Eilif Skodvin.

A Danish national with a Masters in Culture & Aesthetics from Århus University in Denmark, and further studies at Colombia University in New York and the London School of Economics, Hanne has extensive industry experience across Scandinavia. Prior to joining HBO Europe she was Commissioning Editor for Feature Films at the Danish Film Institute, where she was responsible for script development and production of new feature film projects.  Previously she was Commissioning Editor, TV Drama & Feature Films at SVT in Stockholm, Sweden, and CEO of the Oslo-based Nordisk Film & TV Fond in Norway from 2007 to 2013.

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Lisa Perrin
CEO, Creative Networks, Endemol Shine Group

Lisa Perrin is CEO of Creative Networks, Endemol Shine Group, a role she was appointed to in March 2015. In this capacity she leads the International Creative Division, focusing on the co-ordination and acceleration of IP around the group, supporting a network of 120 companies across all the world’s major markets. Creative Networks provides both creative and commercial cross platform format s... read more

Lisa Perrin is CEO of Creative Networks, Endemol Shine Group, a role she was appointed to in March 2015. In this capacity she leads the International Creative Division, focusing on the co-ordination and acceleration of IP around the group, supporting a network of 120 companies across all the world’s major markets. Creative Networks provides both creative and commercial cross platform format support across non-scripted and scripted genres to companies within and partners of Endemol Shine Group.

Prior to the merger of Endemol and Shine Group, Lisa was appointed creative director of Shine TV in 2009 before joining the internal format division Shine Network where she was named MD in 2014. Prior to Shine, Lisa was Head of Entertainment Commissioning at UKTV notably overseeing the return of Red Dwarf; and was Director of Popular Factual at Tiger Aspect.

Earlier in her career, Lisa was an Executive Producer at the BBC’s in-house entertainment department and at Endemol. Lisa lives in North London with her husband and 13 year old son.

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Yolisa Phahle
CEO, M-Net SA

Born in the United Kingdom, Yolisa cut her teeth as a musician, first as a classical pianist and violinist at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and later as a founder member of Island Record’s Reggae Philharmonic orchestra. She has worked with Duran Duran, Soul II Soul, M People, Maxi Priest and other best-selling musicians.

In 1998 she joined the BBC World Service, befor... read more

Born in the United Kingdom, Yolisa cut her teeth as a musician, first as a classical pianist and violinist at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and later as a founder member of Island Record’s Reggae Philharmonic orchestra. She has worked with Duran Duran, Soul II Soul, M People, Maxi Priest and other best-selling musicians.

In 1998 she joined the BBC World Service, before moving to Radio 1 and later BBC 6 Music. Her TV career includes presenting, producing and sound and vision mixing for the BBC.

Her 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.

She holds an MBA from GIBS Business School.

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Sarah Phelps
Writer and EP,

Sarah is a British radio writer, television writer, screenwriter, playwriter and television producer. She is best known for her work on EastEnders, a number of BBC serial adaptations including Agatha Christie’s The Witness For the Prosecution and And Then There Were None – and currently The ABC Murders, Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, ... read more

Sarah is a British radio writer, television writer, screenwriter, playwriter and television producer. She is best known for her work on EastEnders, a number of BBC serial adaptations including Agatha Christie’s The Witness For the Prosecution and And Then There Were None – and currently The ABC Murders, Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, J. K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy and work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Phelps also wrote for the World Service Soap opera Westway before joining the BBC in 2002.

 

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Kate Phillips
Controller, entertainment commissioning, BBC

Kate is responsible for the BBC’s entertainment strategy and output of BBC One, BBC Two, and all digital entertainment including BBC Three and BBC Four.

She commissions more than 500 hours of original programmes a year, including shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, All Together Now, The Apprentice, Top Gear, The Graham Norton Show, Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You, Room 10... read more

Kate is responsible for the BBC’s entertainment strategy and output of BBC One, BBC Two, and all digital entertainment including BBC Three and BBC Four.

She commissions more than 500 hours of original programmes a year, including shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, All Together Now, The Apprentice, Top Gear, The Graham Norton Show, Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie To You, Room 101, Masterchef, Dragons’ Den, Robot Wars, Comic Relief and the BAFTA Film Awards.

Before taking up this role, Kate was Creative Director of Formats for BBC Worldwide. In this role Kate oversaw all of BBC Worldwide’s scripted and non-scripted formats, over 200 in total. She led the Formats team in London and worked closely with Sales and Production teams across all of BBC Worldwide’s Global Territories.

Prior to this Kate worked as Channel Executive for BBC1 and BBC3, working closely with the Controllers to oversee all editorial content on both channels, managing early development of commissions and formatting and liaising with scheduling, budgeting, marketing, press, and social media planning and strategy.

Kate’s extensive TV production experience was garnered through producing numerous comedy and entertainment shows for many broadcasters, as well as being a co-owner and Director of Mast Media, an award winning television formats company which developed multiple shows airing on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and across the globe.

Kate also created and ran the successful BBC training scheme Future Formats and resided as the BBC Formats Representative on the European Broadcast Union. In this role she helped devise and establish the annual Creative Forum in Berlin. Kate has a degree in Politics from Bristol University.

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Moritz Polter
Executive producer international television series, Bavaria Fiction, Bavaria Fiction

As executive producer international television series, Moritz Polter is responsible for Bavaria Fiction’s international co-production slate. Recently named among Variety’s Top 10 Global Creatives to Watch, Moritz leads the creation, development and funding for series such as “Das Boot” (Sky/Sonar Entertainment), “Deutsch-Les-Landes” (Deutsche T... read more

As executive producer international television series, Moritz Polter is responsible for Bavaria Fiction’s international co-production slate. Recently named among Variety’s Top 10 Global Creatives to Watch, Moritz leads the creation, development and funding for series such as “Das Boot” (Sky/Sonar Entertainment), “Deutsch-Les-Landes” (Deutsche Telekom/Amazon Prime Video France), Freud (Netflix/ORF),  and “Arctic Circle” (Elisa Viihde/YLE).

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

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

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James Prichard
CEO, Agatha Christie Ltd

James Prichard is Agatha Christie’s great grandson and became the chairman of Agatha Christie Limited in 2015, having been a director of the company since 2009. He took on the role of CEO in 2016. Agatha Christie Limited (ACL) has been managing the literary and media rights to Christie’s works around the world since 1955, working with the best talents in film, television, publishing, s... read more

James Prichard is Agatha Christie’s great grandson and became the chairman of Agatha Christie Limited in 2015, having been a director of the company since 2009. He took on the role of CEO in 2016. Agatha Christie Limited (ACL) has been managing the literary and media rights to Christie’s works around the world since 1955, working with the best talents in film, television, publishing, stage and on digital platforms to ensure that Christie’s work continues to reach new audiences in innovative ways and to the highest standard.

Driving an exciting, fresh direction for the brand, James oversees all divisions of the company, which includes a growing film slate. James was an Executive Producer on the major motion picture adaptation of Christie’s acclaimed mystery, Murder on the Orient Express, produced by 20th Century Fox and directed by five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh, who also starred as Poirot. Following the box office success of Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile is confirmed as the next film in the franchise. In addition to film, ACL recently announced a major television commission for seven new adaptations for the BBC. The first of these was the 2018 production of Ordeal by Innocence for BBC One and Amazon Studios. ACL produce alongside Mammoth Screen. James will hold an executive producer role on all seven productions.

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Christian Rank
Head of drama, DR – Danish Broadcasting Cooperation

Christian Rank has worked with television drama since his graduation from The National Film School of Denmark’s producer program in 2005.

From 2010 – 2014 he held a producer position with DR, where he produced season 1 of the acclaimed series The Legacy and season 1-2 of the comedy drama Happy Life.

Prior to joining DR as Head of Drama he spent four years as executive produc... read more

Christian Rank has worked with television drama since his graduation from The National Film School of Denmark’s producer program in 2005.

From 2010 – 2014 he held a producer position with DR, where he produced season 1 of the acclaimed series The Legacy and season 1-2 of the comedy drama Happy Life.

Prior to joining DR as Head of Drama he spent four years as executive producer with commercial broadcaster TV 2, where he worked on shows such as Rita, Norskov, A Fortunate Man and the upcoming miniseries Warrior.

On February 1st 2018 he joined DR as head of drama.

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Alexandra Rapaport
Executive producer, 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 shap... read more

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.

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James Richardson
Co-founder , Vertigo Films

Antony Root
EVP original programming and production, HBO Europe

Antony is responsible for all local original programming in its nineteen regional markets.

A graduate of Cambridge University, Antony started his career in the theatre before joining BBC Drama. He worked for the UK’s ITV, Working Title Films and was head of drama at major UK producer Thames Television.

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Antony is responsible for all local original programming in its nineteen regional markets.

A graduate of Cambridge University, Antony started his career in the theatre before joining BBC Drama. He worked for the UK’s ITV, Working Title Films and was head of drama at major UK producer Thames Television.

In 1996 Antony joined Granada Television as head of drama and, moving to Los Angeles, was appointed president of Granada Entertainment USA in 2000.

In 2005 Antony returned to the UK as senior VP, European production, for Sony Pictures Television.

He joined HBO Europe in October 2011.

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Hilary Rosen
Deputy director of commissioning, UKTV

Hilary Rosen is deputy director of commissioning and head of factual & factual entertainment at UKTV. She has commissioned and executive produced high profile and award-winning shows for the network, including Taskmaster, John Bishop: In Conversation With…, Unspun with Matt Forde, Monty Python Live and Inside the Ambulance.

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Hilary Rosen is deputy director of commissioning and head of factual & factual entertainment at UKTV. She has commissioned and executive produced high profile and award-winning shows for the network, including Taskmaster, John Bishop: In Conversation With…, Unspun with Matt Forde, Monty Python Live and Inside the Ambulance.

Prior to joining UKTV Hilary was creative director at Silver River devising formats including The Town That Never Retired, BBC 1 and overseeing Inside Gatwick, Sky 1.

Her career has also encompassed ten years as a senior executive producer at Lion Television where credits include The Real Cherie, BBC1, Bad Behaviour, Channel 4, Mum’s on Strike, ITV1, Ann Robinson’s Travels With an Unfit Mother, BBC 1 and Going Straight, Channel 4. Hilary began her career with a decade in BBC News and Current Affairs, including stints on Panorama and Newsnight. Hilary has also acted as a consultant for BBC Academy, training the factual development teams and helping to launch idea portal iCreate.

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Douglas Ross
Founder & President, Evolution Media

The founder of the independent production company Evolution Media (acquired by MGM in 2017), Douglas Ross heads up the company’s varied slate of reality programs. Currently, Ross is Executive Producer of MTV’s reboot of The Hills, E!’s Botched and Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and its spinoff Vanderpump Rules, as well as the franchise that started it all, The Real Housewi... read more

The founder of the independent production company Evolution Media (acquired by MGM in 2017), Douglas Ross heads up the company’s varied slate of reality programs. Currently, Ross is Executive Producer of MTV’s reboot of The Hills, E!’s Botched and Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and its spinoff Vanderpump Rules, as well as the franchise that started it all, The Real Housewives of Orange County.

Under Ross, Evolution has produced 60+ series, including ABC Family’s Beverly Hills Nannies, WE’s critically acclaimed High School Confidential, Disney’s hidden camera comedy, CODE: 9, MTV’s comedy Yo Momma, truTV’s action drama Ocean Force and TLC’s long-running Clean Sweep and 10 Years Younger.

Ross is considered an innovator in the “reality” television genre having created TV’s first teen docu-drama, Disney’s Bug Juice, and launching the first season of NBC’s alternative series Fear Factor, and the first season of CBS’s Big Brother. Ross is also known for challenging convention with Bravo’s controversial gay dating series Boy Meets Boy and the network’s docu-series Gay Weddings.

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Stuart Rowson
Head of discovery, BBC Children’s

Stuart Rowson is the head of discovery at BBC Children’s and is responsible for ensuring the commissioned content is delivered to young audiences across the best suited BBC Children’s platforms. He oversees the digital platforms including our raft of digital products for under-16s from websites, apps and games as well as the scheduling across the CBeebies and CB... read more

Stuart Rowson is the head of discovery at BBC Children’s and is responsible for ensuring the commissioned content is delivered to young audiences across the best suited BBC Children’s platforms. He oversees the digital platforms including our raft of digital products for under-16s from websites, apps and games as well as the scheduling across the CBeebies and CBBC Channels and iPlayer. He also oversees the TV presentation teams and the social media and YouTube strategies. Prior to joining Children’s, Stuart worked for BBC Sport for seven years, where he was the Digital Editor on the BBC Sport website overseeing the digital coverage of London 2012 and the Rio Olympics during a period of huge digital and social media growth.  Before joining Children’s, he spent a year as BBC Sport’s first Younger Audiences Editor, devising and implementing the strategy to target 16-34-year-olds.

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Gonzalo Sagardía
CEO, Onza Entertainment

Gonzalo is co-founder of Onza group and CEO of Onza Entertainment, the production and distribution arm of the group. His career in the industry began over 15 years ago following his great passion for TV. He started focusing on international distribution and after he specialized in production. He has been one of the executive producers of successful shows like Pequeñas Coincidencias... read more

Gonzalo is co-founder of Onza group and CEO of Onza Entertainment, the production and distribution arm of the group. His career in the industry began over 15 years ago following his great passion for TV. He started focusing on international distribution and after he specialized in production. He has been one of the executive producers of successful shows like Pequeñas Coincidencias”, “El Ministerio del Tiempo”, “Control de Fronteras”, “Fuera de Cobertura” or “Amazonas Clandestino”, among others. Gonzalo holds a Media MBA and a Ph.D in Media Management.

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Lindsay Salt
Head of development, Sky

Lindsay Salt joined Sky Drama as Head of Development in February 2016. Lindsay oversees all development for original drama for Sky, running the slate for both Sky One and Sky Atlantic and working with all the major independent production companies across the UK. Productions currently shooting for Sky Drama include Chernobyl (Sister Pictures), Temple (Hera Pictures), Gangs of London (Pulse Films... read more

Lindsay Salt joined Sky Drama as Head of Development in February 2016. Lindsay oversees all development for original drama for Sky, running the slate for both Sky One and Sky Atlantic and working with all the major independent production companies across the UK. Productions currently shooting for Sky Drama include Chernobyl (Sister Pictures), Temple (Hera Pictures), Gangs of London (Pulse Films/Sister Pictures) and The End (SeeSaw).

Prior to joining Sky, Lindsay spent eight years at Andy Harries’ production company, Left Bank Pictures. In her latest role there, Lindsay worked as a Producer, working across the development slate as well as on production, including shows such as Strike Back for Sky One/Cinemax, the BAFTA-award winning Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh for BBC1/BBC America and Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This starring David Threlfall for ITV.

Lindsay began her career in television at Talk Back Thames.

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Miguel Salvat
Commissioning editor of original programming, HBO España

Miguel Salvat is Commissioning Editor of Original Programming for HBO España, with responsibility for HBO Europe’s local original production activities in Spain. A wide range of projects are currently in development from HBO Europe’s newest producing territory, including an adaptation of Fernando Aramburu’s bestselling novel Patria.

Salvat started his television career at WBZ-TV B... read more

Miguel Salvat is Commissioning Editor of Original Programming for HBO España, with responsibility for HBO Europe’s local original production activities in Spain. A wide range of projects are currently in development from HBO Europe’s newest producing territory, including an adaptation of Fernando Aramburu’s bestselling novel Patria.

Salvat started his television career at WBZ-TV Boston, returning to Spain to join Canal+, where he was a producer and part of the team that successfully launched pay television in Spain in 1990.

After a period as General Manager of the Paramount Comedy Channel he returned to Canal+ as director of content. In 2010 he was appointed director of premium channels and services for Movistar+. He joined HBO España in 2016.

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Tom Sänger
Head of entertainment, daytime and daily drama series , RTL

Tom Sänger is Head of Entertainment, Daytime and Daily Drama Series at leading German broadcaster RTL. He’s held this post since 2002 and is responsible for bringing some of television’s biggest entertainment brands to the German market including “Idols”, “Got Talent” and “Dancing with the Stars”.

Tom also launched the new physical game show ‘Big Bounce’, collabor... read more

Tom Sänger is Head of Entertainment, Daytime and Daily Drama Series at leading German broadcaster RTL. He’s held this post since 2002 and is responsible for bringing some of television’s biggest entertainment brands to the German market including “Idols”, “Got Talent” and “Dancing with the Stars”.

Tom also launched the new physical game show ‘Big Bounce’, collaborating with Endemol Shine Group on the format which successfully premiered earlier this year, has been ordered for a second series and has sold to France. Other hit format adaptations include “Farmer wants a Wife” and “Who wants to be a Millionaire”.

Sänger has also successfully introduced prime time specials of daily drama series “Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten” – the German equivalent of “Coronation Street”.

He’s played an important role in spotting new talents, both on and off screen, re-developing and successfully establishing reality formats, quiz and game shows for RTL and RTLplus. Beside the work for the linear TV – channels, he also increasingly focuses on identifying and launching entertainment formats for SVOD channels.

Tom began his career at VOX before joining RTL2 in 1994, where he held numerous senior roles before moving to RTL in 2000.

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Nicola Shindler
Chief executive , RED Production Company

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

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

Nicola’... read more

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

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

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

Recent shows include Harlan Coben’s Safe starring Michael C Hall and Amanda Abbington for Netflix, Come Home by Danny Brocklehurst for the BBC, Butterfly by Tony Marchant, for ITV, starring Anna Friel, Trust Me series 2 written by Dan Sefton and Years and Years written by Russell T Davies. Nicola and Russell will also be making The Boys for Channel 4 in 2019.

RED Production Company became part of STUDIOCANAL’s international production network in 2013.

In September 2018 Nicola was appointed CEO of StudioCanal UK, which she will undertake alongside her work at RED and continue developing both TV and features.

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Indra Siera
Director, Professor T

Indra Siera graduated as a radio and television director at the ‘HRITCS’, the Flemish Higher Institute for Audiovisual Arts, and successfully finished his musical studies at the Antwerp Conservatory. He completed his education at the London Film School (Screen and Cast Direction). In 1997 Indra and editor Manu Van Hove started an audiovisual service company in Antwerp (Belgium) c... read more

Indra Siera graduated as a radio and television director at the ‘HRITCS’, the Flemish Higher Institute for Audiovisual Arts, and successfully finished his musical studies at the Antwerp Conservatory. He completed his education at the London Film School (Screen and Cast Direction). In 1997 Indra and editor Manu Van Hove started an audiovisual service company in Antwerp (Belgium) called ‘Het Digitaal Geweld’. Since then, Indra directed a large number of commercials, idents, and music videos, as well as docudrama, creative nonfiction and TV drama for various channels winning several awards. His mini-series ‘Oud België’ was nominated for a Rose d’Or, the Prix Europa and at the Monte Carlo TV festival in 2010. One of his most recent projects, ‘Professor T’, was a major hit in Belgium and the first Flemish series ever to be remade in both France and Germany, with a third remake in Czech Republic on the way. The series, into its third season in Belgium, won the Jury Award for Best International TV series at the Television Festival in La Rochelle. Indra is fluently trilingual: Dutch-French-English.

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

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

Nicola Söderlund
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 12 000 hours of international drama per year.

Steve Stark
President, television production & development, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios

Steve Stark is president, television production & development of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM) and is responsible for all scripted content, from concept to production; partnerships with multi-platform broadcasters; and the development of new productions, including reinvigorating MGM’s stellar library. Since 2011, Stark has elevated the studio through ... read more

Steve Stark is president, television production & development of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM) and is responsible for all scripted content, from concept to production; partnerships with multi-platform broadcasters; and the development of new productions, including reinvigorating MGM’s stellar library. Since 2011, Stark has elevated the studio through the creation of award-winning, network-defining series including The Handmaid’s Tale, Fargo, Vikings, Get Shorty, Teen Wolf and Condor.  Throughout his career, Stark has been responsible for overseeing or producing more than 2,400 episodes of television.

Stark joined MGM from Steve Stark Productions where he served as President and Executive Producer and led the company to an overall deal with NBC/Universal Television. His Executive Producer credits include Fairly Legal; The Event; Medium, a series he developed while serving as President of Grammnet Productions; The Game and the U.S. adaptation of The Sketch Show.

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Larry Tanz
Vice president, global television, Netflix

Cheryl Taylor
Head of content, BBC Children’s

Until November 2017 Cheryl was controller of CBBC but is now head of content for BBC Children’s and commissions content for both CBeebies and CBBC.

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 ig... read more

Until November 2017 Cheryl was controller of CBBC but is now head of content for BBC Children’s and commissions content for both CBeebies and CBBC.

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. Both Channels inspire, inform, and entertain with unique multi-genre slates

Cbeebies boasts world class pre-school content amongst its key brands such as Hey Duggee, Something Special, Biggleton, Pablo and Justin’s House:

Standout and award-winning brands on CBBC include Horrible Histories, Dangermouse, My Life Documentaries and Hetty Feather.

Previously Cheryl was Head of Comedy for the BBC and was responsible for Mrs Browns Boys, Cuckoo and Bad Education.  As Head of Comedy at Hat Trick Productions she co- created Drop Dead Gorgeous (BBC Three) and at Channel 4 commissioned Spaced, Black Books and The World of Derren Brown.

Cheryl was educated at the Quaker Mount School in York. She lives in West Yorkshire with her family and a characterful dog. 

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Sebastian Thiel
Director, writer, producer,

Sebastian Thiel is a writer, director and producer, who created BBC Three comedy drama Just A Couple, about a couple in a distinctly modern relationship, produced by Big Talk Productions. Born in Zambia, Sebastian was raised in Northwest London, which later provided inspiration for his first films, and in his late teens he founded Upshot Entertainment. Sebastian made his TV debut in 2... read more

Sebastian Thiel is a writer, director and producer, who created BBC Three comedy drama Just A Couple, about a couple in a distinctly modern relationship, produced by Big Talk Productions. Born in Zambia, Sebastian was raised in Northwest London, which later provided inspiration for his first films, and in his late teens he founded Upshot Entertainment. Sebastian made his TV debut in 2014 on London Live with his documentary Trap Town, and has since built an online following amassing over 10 million views for his self-produced work on his YouTube channel.

Sebastian has featured on TEDx Talks, was listed in the Evening Standard’s Top 25 Under 25 most influential Londoners and included on the BBC’s 2017 Hotlist for New Talent – unveiled by Idris Elba and Tony Hall.

Sebastian is represented by Femi Oguns of Identity Agency Group, and has recently signed to WME agency in LA.

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Justin Thomson
Executive producer, DoveTale Media

Pete Thornton
Head of scripted, UKTV

Pete Thornton is head of scripted at UKTV, Britain’s biggest multichannel broadcaster, where he commissions scripted comedy and drama for Gold, Dave, W, Drama and Alibi.

Comedy productions under his management include Zapped, Red Dwarf and Porters for Dave, and Murder on the Blackpool Express... read more

Pete Thornton is head of scripted at UKTV, Britain’s biggest multichannel broadcaster, where he commissions scripted comedy and drama for Gold, Dave, W, Drama and Alibi.

Comedy productions under his management include Zapped, Red Dwarf and Porters for Dave, and Murder on the Blackpool Express for Gold. He’s also responsible for UKTV’s first Original drama, the Anna Paquin fronted Flack, as well as Sharon Horgan and Lorna Martin’s comedy drama Women on the Verge, both due to air on W over the next 6 months.

Pete began his career at Spitting Image before moving to Aardman animations where he partnered with Nick Park on two of the Oscar winning Wallace and Gromit films, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave. He then joined the BBC as a producer on BAFTA award-winning series The Smoking Room and Roger and Val Have Just Got In, before becoming one of the key creatives within the in-house comedy team.

In 2012 Pete left the BBC to become a commissioning editor at Comedy Central where he commissioned and executive produced the broadcaster’s first ever scripted comedy, Threesome, and before joining UKTV, Pete was Head of Comedy at Tiger Aspect.

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Damien Timmer
Executive producer, Mammoth Screen

Damien established Mammoth Screen in 2007. Shows have included Poldark, Blandings, Remember Me, And Then There Were None, The Witness for the Prosecution, Ordeal by Innocence, The ABC Murders and the upcoming The War of the Worlds, World on Fire, Noughts and Crosses and The Serpent for BBC One, Parade’s End, NW and The City and the City for BBC 2, Best Possible Taste and Margot for... read more

Damien established Mammoth Screen in 2007. Shows have included Poldark, Blandings, Remember Me, And Then There Were None, The Witness for the Prosecution, Ordeal by Innocence, The ABC Murders and the upcoming The War of the Worlds, World on Fire, Noughts and Crosses and The Serpent for BBC One, Parade’s End, NW and The City and the City for BBC 2, Best Possible Taste and Margot for BBC 4, Vanity Fair, Endeavour, Fearless, Next of Kin, Victoria, Monroe, Lost in Austen and the upcoming The Singapore Grip for ITV, Tripped for E4, Falcón for Sky Atlantic.

Prior to this he was head of drama for ITV Productions for five years working on shows including Housewife 49, Lewis, Marple, Poirot, The History of Mr Polly, Walk Away and I Stumble, Jericho, If I Had You and Night and Day for ITV, and Ballet Shoes, Dracula, and Casanova for the BBC.

Damien worked at United Productions for three years as an executive producer on shows including Hearts and Bones for BBC One and Where the Heart Is and Touching Evil for ITV. Before this, Damien worked at Central Films and Carlton for four years, producing Peak Practice, developing projects including Frenchman’s Creek, Heat of the Sun, and The Unkown Soldier and script-editing Cadfael, Kavanagh QC and Inspector Morse.

Damien read history at Oxford University.

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Jude Troy
Director, Wooden Horse Pty Ltd

Under her own shingle, Wooden Horse which was launched in July 2018, Jude Troy is attached to a slate of exciting titles in development that she championed during her time at Entertainment One (eOne).

Jude moved into TV development and production for eOne in 2015, after serving many years there as a film and TV executive for the Company (before that she was a partner at eOne’s Australi... read more

Under her own shingle, Wooden Horse which was launched in July 2018, Jude Troy is attached to a slate of exciting titles in development that she championed during her time at Entertainment One (eOne).

Jude moved into TV development and production for eOne in 2015, after serving many years there as a film and TV executive for the Company (before that she was a partner at eOne’s Australian entity predecessor Hopscotch), and since then co-produced with Aquarius (Lion) the 6 x 30 comedy The Other Guy for SVOD platform STAN. The show recently sold to Hulu in the US and Super Channel in Canada and a second season is currently in advanced development.

Jude’s current slate also includes Sex in the West, a 6-part drama comedy for the ABC set in Sydney’s Arab community. She has projects in development with STAN and Foxtel

During her time at eOne, Troy developed and nurtured strong creative relationships working with some of Australia’s leading writers and has developed projects with Emily Ballou (Jerusalem, Taboo, Humans), Giula Sandler (Glitch, Devils Playground) and John Collee (Master & Commander, Happy Feet) and also optioned Emily Maguire’s critically acclaimed novel An Isolated Incident, shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Award and Stella Prize.

She has and is working with some of Australia’s finest producers including Andrew Mason (The Matrix, the Water Diviner), Goalpost, (Cleverman, The Sapphires) Robert Connolly’s Arena Media (The Warriors, The Turning, Paper Planes) and Aquarius Films (Lion, Wish You Were, Berlin Syndrome). Jude is working with exceptional talent including John Collee (Master & Commander, Tanna) , Sarah Lambert (Love Child), Sarah Walker (Wentworth), Greg Waters (Dance Academy, Soul Mates),  Witi Ihimaera (Whale Rider), Jane Espenson (Buffy, Jessica Jones), Samantha Strauss (The End, Dance Academy), Elise McCredie (Sunshine)  and a growing list of writing and directing talent through her professional networks around the globe.

Jude was an Executive Producer on All This Mayhem (from Oscar award-winning team James Gay Rees & Chris King – Senna, Amy) which won three AACTA awards in Australia.

Jude also played an integral role in the eOne Films theatrical acquisitions and enjoyed great success with her acquisition of Asif Kapadia’s, AMY.

Jude also handled Australian acquisitions for eOne Television for the international market.

Jude spent the previous decade as Managing Director of eOne and Hopscotch Home Entertainment, handling acquisitions, sales, marketing and distribution. A former partner in Hopscotch, Jude grew the business dramatically using her acquisitions acumen to broaden and strengthen the slate beyond theatrical titles to include top-rating TV, cutting edge documentary and classic and cult film re-issues. The bulk of Jude’s acquisitions have been at script stage. The TV slate included international phenomenon’s like the UK smash hit series The Inbetweeners, Miranda, Catastrophe, BBC drama hits such as Peaky Blinders with Cillian Murphy, Rectify and BBC’s Golden Globe nominated The Missing and Indian Summers, ITV’s Frankenstein Chronicles and cult series Hannibal & From Dusk ‘til Dawn and Bosch which was created for Amazon.  The catalogue boasted a range of ground-breaking UK comedies such as Peep Show, The Catherine Tate Show, IT Crowd and Green Wing, the Golden Globe nominated Jekyll, Secret Diary of a Call Girl as well as a host of top-rating local productions including Cleverman, The Broken Shore, The Slap and the eagerly anticipated series The Warriors for ABC 1.  Other titles Jude worked on and launched in Australia include Peppa Pig & The Walking Dead and many more.
Jude has also previously enjoyed a successful career building the home entertainment business at Shock locally and in marketing and promotions with EMI and Polygram (Universal) and was a former news journalist and features writer both in Melbourne and London.

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Bea Hegedus
ITV Studios Global Entertainment,

Bea joined ITV Studios GE in 2018 and is tasked with overseeing some of the most ambitious high-end dramas in the ITVS GE catalogue. Her remit includes financing and international co-productions of the upcoming World on Fire, Noughts and Crosses, War of The Worlds, Singapore Grip and The Serpent – she is also looking after the recently launched Vanity Fair and new seasons of returning series ... read more

Bea joined ITV Studios GE in 2018 and is tasked with overseeing some of the most ambitious high-end dramas in the ITVS GE catalogue. Her remit includes financing and international co-productions of the upcoming World on Fire, Noughts and Crosses, War of The Worlds, Singapore Grip and The Serpent – she is also looking after the recently launched Vanity Fair and new seasons of returning series Poldark and Victoria. Prior to ITV Studios GE, she was Head of Television for Swiss financier Silver Reel, leading financing of shows such as The Luminaries from Working Title Television and Fremantle. She has also held senior commissioning and distribution roles at MTG, Fox TV Studios and Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury. Bea started her television career in production.

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Josh Varney
Co-founder, 42

Josh Varney started his career in business television as an assistant producer creating content for Star TV, Euronews and Bloomberg before moving to ICM as an assistant to Literary agent Michael McCoy. At ICM, and then the rebranded Independent Talent Group, Josh represented and continues to rep a number of leading writers and directors including Academy awards winners and nominees Terry George... read more

Josh Varney started his career in business television as an assistant producer creating content for Star TV, Euronews and Bloomberg before moving to ICM as an assistant to Literary agent Michael McCoy. At ICM, and then the rebranded Independent Talent Group, Josh represented and continues to rep a number of leading writers and directors including Academy awards winners and nominees Terry George, William Monahan, Daniel Barber, Ruairi Robinson and Peter Cattaneo. He built a reputation for discovering new talent including Tom Harper, Daniel Wolfe, Nima Nourizedah, Ben Schiffer and Jay Basu, and structuring Indy finance on behalf of his clients. Josh left ITG in 2012 and founded 42, an integrated management and production company alongside partners Rory Aitken, Kate Buckley and Ben Pugh.

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Javier Veiga
Director, Little Coincidence

Javier Veiga is a professional hard to pin point: actor, writer, director, playwright, producer, host, and comedian. He alternates his jobs between television, movies and theater.

He began his career as an actor, reaching popularity by appearing in TV shows, such as “The Comedy Club”, “Moncloa, how may I help you?” “7 Lives”, “School of Seduction”, “The year of the flea... read more

Javier Veiga is a professional hard to pin point: actor, writer, director, playwright, producer, host, and comedian. He alternates his jobs between television, movies and theater.

He began his career as an actor, reaching popularity by appearing in TV shows, such as “The Comedy Club”, “Moncloa, how may I help you?” “7 Lives”, “School of Seduction”, “The year of the flea”, “Black Tuno”… At the same time, he maintained a successful career in theater; having done over 20 plays. It’s in the theater where he began to run the show. Releasing a dozen of plays that he wrote, produced, and directed. He began his career as a film director with shortfilms “Save Me” and “What are the hyenas laughing at?” Because of these two shortfilms he received more than 150 awards around the world. They represent two of the most awarded shortfilms in the filmmaking history of Spain. “GymTony” was the first TV show in which he was the showrunner. It was a daily sitcom broadcasted on the prime time of CUATRO. The show lasted five seasons, and in that time they recorded and broadcasted over 10.000 minutes.

“Little Coincidences” is his most personal project to date. It’s a TV show handmade for him, even the leading role has his name (and his second last name). Aside from that, he assures us that any resemblance to reality is just a… little coincidence.

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Faye Ward
Creative director, Fable Pictures

Faye Ward – Creative director of Fable Pictures and formerly film and television producer at Ruby Films. Known for fantastic films such as Suffragette, Jane Eyre, Golden Globe nominated Dancing on the Edge and Netflix’s award-winning TV series The Crown (Series 1). Most recently Faye has appeared at Toronto Film Festival with two of the most talked about feature films this year ... read more

Faye Ward – Creative director of Fable Pictures and formerly film and television producer at Ruby Films. Known for fantastic films such as Suffragette, Jane Eyre, Golden Globe nominated Dancing on the Edge and Netflix’s award-winning TV series The Crown (Series 1). Most recently Faye has appeared at Toronto Film Festival with two of the most talked about feature films this year ‘Stan & Ollie’ and ‘Wild Rose’, both of which are produced under her Fable banner. Fable are currently nurturing a bespoke slate of equally high end television projects, focusing on returnable series and prestige mini-series that burst with bold, beautiful character-driven stories.

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Jon Wax
Head of drama series & movies, YouTube Originals

 As head of drama series & movies for YouTube Originals, Jon Wax is responsible for building YouTube’s scripted drama slate as well as overseeing acquisition and production of its movie roster.  Since Jon arrived in late 2017, YouTube Premium has launched tentpole dramas in Step Up: High Water and Impulse, and he’s now at the forefro... read more

 As head of drama series & movies for YouTube Originals, Jon Wax is responsible for building YouTube’s scripted drama slate as well as overseeing acquisition and production of its movie roster.  Since Jon arrived in late 2017, YouTube Premium has launched tentpole dramas in Step Up: High Water and Impulse, and he’s now at the forefront of YouTube Premium’s expanding programming push with his involvement in the forthcoming drama On Becoming a God in Central Florida, which will star Kirsten Dunst and begin production in late 2018, and Vulture Club, a feature film starring Susan Sarandon and Edie Falco that will premiere on the platform in early 2019.

Jon was previously EVP at WGN America & Tribune Studios, where he oversaw WGNA’s first foray into scripted series with the hit drama Underground and critical darling Manhattan, among others.  Prior to WGNA, Wax spent nearly 15 years on the Fox studio lot, where in various roles at both TCFTV and FBC he helped shepherd some of the most popular series on television, including Prison Break, Bones, 24, Malcolm in the Middle, and Firefly”

Jon lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their three boys.

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Birgitta Wännström
Producer, Honour

Birgitta Wännström 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.

Alice Webb
Director, BBC Children’s and BBC North

Director of BBC Children’s since February 2015, Alice added the BBC in the North to her remit in May 2016.

Alice is responsible for the UK’s two most popular networks for our youngest audiences, CBeebies and CBBC, along with their associated websites, YouTube channels, apps and radio stations. In 2016, she launched th... read more

Director of BBC Children’s since February 2015, Alice added the BBC in the North to her remit in May 2016.

Alice is responsible for the UK’s two most popular networks for our youngest audiences, CBeebies and CBBC, along with their associated websites, YouTube channels, apps and radio stations. In 2016, she launched the BBC’s Big Digital Plan for Children, outlining how the corporation will keep pace with the rapidly changing way in which children consume content. This was followed by the launch of a dedicated children’s iPlayer app in 2016 and the largest new investment in content for children for a generation in 2017 – £34m over three years.

From 2011 to 2014, Alice was Chief Operating Officer (COO) for BBC North and successfully orchestrated the biggest BBC move outside of London when key BBC departments including Sport, BBC Children’s, 5 live and BBC Learning moved to Salford. Around 35,000 hours of output a year across TV, Radio and the Red Button are now made in the North, with 3,000 staff based at MediaCityUK.

 Originally Alice was a charted civil engineer – working on large scale engineering projects in the UK and overseas.

Alice supports a range of external organisations, including being a member of the Royal Foundation’s Cyberbullying Taskforce and a Trustee of BBC Children in Need.

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Piers Wenger
Controller of drama, BBC

Piers 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, Piers was an executive producer on Doctor Who, where he cast Matt Smith into the lead role.

As a producer, Piers closely collaborated with Victoria Wood for over a decade on her dramatic projects. ... read more

Piers 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, Piers was an executive producer on Doctor Who, where he cast Matt Smith into the lead role.

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

At Channel 4, Piers helped launch of a slate of popular and award-winning drama series, including Indian Summers, C4’s highest rating drama launch in 20 years, Paul Abbott’s No Offence and Humans, co-produced with AMC. Topical mini-series also featured strongly in C4’s drama slate during his tenure from Tony Grisoni’s BAFTA winning Southcliffe to Jack Thorne’s National Treasure, starring Robbie Coltrane, Andrea Riseborough and Julie Walters, as well as Peter Kosminsky’s The State, which tells the story of four radicalized Brits who travel to Syria to live as a part of Islamic state.

In his current role at the BBC, Piers 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. Piers’ BBC commissions include recent 2018 dramas A Very English Scandal by Russell T Davies, The Split by Abi Morgan, and David Hare’s Collateral. Upcoming 2018 titles include Black Earth Rising starring Michaela Coel and John Goodman from the BAFTA-winning Hugo Blick, The Wilsons written by Anna Symon and developed with Ruth Wilson, The Cry written by Jacqueline Perske and starring Jenna Coleman and BBC One’s next Le Carré title The Little Drummer Girl penned by Claire Wilson and Mike Wilson and directed by Chan Wok Park.

Further upcoming commissions include A Suitable Boy adapted by Andrew Davies, The Trial of Christine Keeler written by Amanda Coe, The Long Song from writer Sarah Williams, Dark Mon£y from Levi David Addai, Trigonometry by Duncan Macmillan and Effie Woods, North Water written and directed by Andrew Haig and Gold Digger from Marnie Dickens.

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Hugh Williams
Co-founder and director, Cirkus TV

Hugh Williams began his career as a producer and editor for the BBC before moving into senior management roles within the organisation. In the early 1980s, he was editor of the BBC’s main live early evening television news and current affairs show. He became the Corporation’s Head of Broadcasting at its important Manchester base, responsible for all its output, both radio and television, lo... read more

Hugh Williams began his career as a producer and editor for the BBC before moving into senior management roles within the organisation. In the early 1980s, he was editor of the BBC’s main live early evening television news and current affairs show. He became the Corporation’s Head of Broadcasting at its important Manchester base, responsible for all its output, both radio and television, local and national. He later took on a commercial role for the BBC and set up some of the BBC’s first international channels, including BBC World.

After leaving the BBC, Hugh Williams worked as a pioneer in VOD and IPTV, first as part of the team that set up Homechoice, Britain’s first IPTV service and then as Director of Content for TalkTalk. In 2013 he and Mark Bradford founded Cirkus, a company offering on-demand SVOD services to the Nordics and Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Cirkus owns two SVOD brands – Cirkus itself which is drama-based and Curio which offers premium documentaries.

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Emma Willis
Managing director, Twenty Twenty

Emma Willis joined Twenty Twenty in February 2015 and since then has taken the position of Managing Director. Her job is to set the tone, bring to life, define and deliver the company’s creative strategy. Emma drives development and is the key business winner. Previously Emma was Head of Commissioning, Documentaries at the BBC where she commissioned stand out multi-award winning hits such as ... read more

Emma Willis joined Twenty Twenty in February 2015 and since then has taken the position of Managing Director. Her job is to set the tone, bring to life, define and deliver the company’s creative strategy. Emma drives development and is the key business winner. Previously Emma was Head of Commissioning, Documentaries at the BBC where she commissioned stand out multi-award winning hits such as The Great British Bake Off, The Choir, The Secret History of Our Streets and The Tube.

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Jörg Winger
Producer, UFA

Jörg Winger is co-creator and executive producer of the award-winning, eight-part spy series DEUTSCHLAND83 as well as its sequel DEUTSCHLAND86. DEUTSCHLAND83 garnered numerous international and national accolades, including the International Emmy Award in the Drama Series category, the Golden Camera as Best German Multi-parter/Miniseries, the Grimme Award, the Peabo... read more

Jörg Winger is co-creator and executive producer of the award-winning, eight-part spy series DEUTSCHLAND83 as well as its sequel DEUTSCHLAND86. DEUTSCHLAND83 garnered numerous international and national accolades, including the International Emmy Award in the Drama Series category, the Golden Camera as Best German Multi-parter/Miniseries, the Grimme Award, the Peabody Award, two C21 Drama Awards as well as the Special Jury Award of the RomaFictionFest. At the Festival Seriés Mania DEUTSCHLAND83 was voted World’s Best Series. DEUTSCHLAND86 will be launched in the fall of 2018 on Amazon. Jörg Winger has produced 300 episodes of the multi-award-winning primetime series SOKO LEIPZIG for ZDF, 14 episodes in feature length and set in Moscow, Istanbul and Santo Domingo, as well as a crossover episode with THE BILL (ITV). Amongst Jörg Winger’s current projects is the German-Romanian cybercrime drama HACKERVILLE, on which he is both Creator and Executive Producer. The six-part series is an international coproduction with HBO Europe and TNT Serie and will launch in the fall of 2018. Before becoming a producer, Jörg Winger got a masters degree in Economics and worked as a journalist.

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Marci Wiseman
Co-president , Blumhouse Television

Marci Wiseman is co-President of Blumhouse Television. Wiseman (along with co-President Jeremy Gold) is growing the footprint of Blumhouse’s independent television studio, managing its portfolio of scripted and unscripted TV series, supervising creative development and production and overseeing distribution strategies across all platforms. Wiseman and Gold are leading the expansion of the Blu... read more

Marci Wiseman is co-President of Blumhouse Television. Wiseman (along with co-President Jeremy Gold) is growing the footprint of Blumhouse’s independent television studio, managing its portfolio of scripted and unscripted TV series, supervising creative development and production and overseeing distribution strategies across all platforms. Wiseman and Gold are leading the expansion of the Blumhouse brand beyond horror content to explore not only genre material, but also dark, provocative subject matter with projects like “Loudest Voice in the Room, the Roger Ailes story,” a limited series for Showtime with Academy Award-winning writer/director Tom McCarthy and starring Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Russell Crowe in the title role, based on the book by acclaimed journalist, Gabe Sherman.

Since joining Blumhouse in 2016, Wiseman and Gold successfully concluded a capital raise of $40 million and currently have close to $100m in annual production revenue. During that time, the company has launched series including “Sharp Objects” for HBO (based on Gillian Flynn’s novel from Marti Noxon and Jean-Marc Valle and starring Amy Adams); “Sacred Lies” for Facebook Watch (from Raelle Tucker and Scott Winant); “The Purge” for USA/Syfy based on the successful Purge film franchise; and is currently in production on “Into The Dark,” a first-of-its-kind 12 episode monthly horror anthology series for Hulu; “No One Saw a Thing” (w/t), a true crime documentary series for SundanceTV; another documentary series for f/x with acclaimed “Jinx” producer, Marc Smerling and featuring Errol Morris, and an unnamed real-time crime investigative series for Oxygen. Blumhouse Television has also earned critical acclaim and numerous honors for its dark, edgy fare including Emmy awards for its productions of HBO’s “The Normal Heart” and “The Jinx,” as well as the prestigious Peabody award for “The Jinx” and the documentary “How to Dance in Ohio.”

Wiseman and Gold have also built a significant feature-length documentary division, with five projects currently in development and completed documentaries in the marketplace, including “This Is Home,” the 2018 Sundance Audience Award winner (World Documentaries), aired on EPIX in June of 2018 and “Bathtubs Over Broadway,” which was awarded the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and won the Documentary Feature Audience Award at 23rd annual Nantucket Film Festival.

A significant majority of Wiseman’s TV career has been spent building and growing independent content play television companies. As a long-time executive at AMC, Wiseman launched AMC Studios, whose first series was the mega-hit “The Walking Dead” and for which Wiseman orchestrated the unprecedented day-and-date global release of the series. Wiseman was responsible for the growth of AMC’s library of owned content with series such as “Turn, Halt and Catch Fire,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Into the Badlands” and “Rectify;” and for launching AMC’s foray into international co-production with “Night Manager.” As the sole executive responsible for building AMC’s highly successful distribution business, Wiseman brokered the cable group’s first exclusive SVOD deal with Netflix in 2011, its 2015 SVOD deal with Hulu, as well as long-term distribution deals with eOne and Anchor Bay.

Before joining Blumhouse, Wiseman was Executive Vice President, Global Production and Business Affairs at eOne Television and was instrumental in negotiating key deals with Amazon for global rights to series such as “Fear the Walking Dead” and “Into the Badlands” and oversaw international co-production in Canada, France, and the UK.

From 2000-2010, Wiseman was the owner of a boutique, specialized business development consulting firm developing, designing and managing new business models for various clients. Major highlights include: launching fox21 (the first major studio arm to specialize in cable TV series); working for FOX on dozens of pioneering, breakout reality series, including American Idol and Joe Millionaire; building the business model for Fremantle’s entrée into scripted drama in the U.S. Wiseman previously ran business affairs at Pressman Films and served as a VP, Business Affairs on the feature side at Columbia (Sony) Pictures. Wiseman also took a brief leave from the entertainment industry and served in the Riordan administration as Assistant Deputy Mayor, Economic Development for the city of Los Angeles.
Wiseman was named to 2012 Variety Women of Impact List and was a 2013 Honoree at the JDRF LA Gala.

Wiseman received her law degree from New York University and began her career at O’Melveny & Myers and earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

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Andrew Woodhead
Executive producer, Hanna

Andrew Woodhead is the managing director of Working Title Television UK. He oversees the company’s slate of high-end scripted programming, which includes the TV adaptation of “Hanna” for Amazon Studios and the six part drama series, “The Luminaries” for BBC Two – both of which he serves as executive producer.

With a career spanning more than twenty years, Andrew has worked on... read more

Andrew Woodhead is the managing director of Working Title Television UK. He oversees the company’s slate of high-end scripted programming, which includes the TV adaptation of “Hanna” for Amazon Studios and the six part drama series, “The Luminaries” for BBC Two – both of which he serves as executive producer.

With a career spanning more than twenty years, Andrew has worked on a number of award-winning dramas. Whilst at Kudos Film and TV, he executive produced multiple series of the BAFTA-nominated “Spooks” and ITV’s “Law & Order U.K.,” as well as Sky Atlantic’s critically acclaimed psychological thriller “Fortitude” and Sky One’s “Sinbad.” He was also Series Producer on ITV’s “Marcella” and produced Abi Morgan’s BAFTA-winning film “White Girl”.

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Michael Wright
President, EPIX

Michael Wright is President of EPIX, responsible for overseeing all facets of the rapidly growing premium network including expanding its slate of original programming, growing distribution and leading creative and marketing efforts.

In his first six months, Michael worked with the team to increase the network’s overall distribution by nearly 50% and tripled the amount of original prog... read more

Michael Wright is President of EPIX, responsible for overseeing all facets of the rapidly growing premium network including expanding its slate of original programming, growing distribution and leading creative and marketing efforts.

In his first six months, Michael worked with the team to increase the network’s overall distribution by nearly 50% and tripled the amount of original programming available to EPIX subscribers. Under his leadership, EPIX announced new original series The Godfather of Harlem starring and produced by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, DC origin story Pennyworth from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, spy-thriller Deep State and a new version of the seminal competition series The Contender from EP Mark Burnett, along with Season 2 of critically-acclaimed dark comedy Get Shorty and Season 3 of renowned CIA drama Berlin Station.

Prior to joining EPIX, Michael was the chief executive officer of Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Pictures and Amblin Pictures, the latter which he helped launch in 2015. Under Michael’s management, the company released the hit films The Girl on the TrainOffice Christmas Party and A Dog’s Purpose, and prepared films The PostReady Player One, and The House with a Clock in its Walls, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett.

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Johnathan Young
VP original programming and production, HBO Central Europe

Johnathan Young is VP Original Programming and Production, HBO Central Europe, where his production credits include Hackerville, Uspjeh (Success), Wataha (The Pack), Pakt (The Pact) and Valea Mutea (Silent Valley).  A producer and executive producer with a long history in the television industry, Johnathan previously produced The Mill for Channel 4, prior to which he spent two years in the BBC... read more

Johnathan Young is VP Original Programming and Production, HBO Central Europe, where his production credits include Hackerville, Uspjeh (Success), Wataha (The Pack), Pakt (The Pact) and Valea Mutea (Silent Valley).  A producer and executive producer with a long history in the television industry, Johnathan previously produced The Mill for Channel 4, prior to which he spent two years in the BBC Drama Department as Executive Producer, simultaneously overseeing their two long-running one-hour dramas, Casualty and Holby City.  Both shows received BAFTA nominations during this time.  From 2005 to 2011 Johnathan was Head of Drama at Talkback Thames, part of the Fremantle group, where he oversaw 400 episodes of The Bill, winning BAFTA and Royal Television Society awards. He has also collaborated internationally with other Fremantle companies, such as Teamworx in Germany, on the miniseries The Sinking of the Laconia. Earlier in his career Johnathan held positions as production manager, first assistant director, director and commissioning editor.

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Marc Zicree
Showrunner,

Marc Scott Zicree is a showrunner who has written and produced hundreds of hours of series TV, pilots and feature films for most of the major studios and networks, including Paramount, Universal, Disney, Sony/Columbia Tri-Star, MGM, Warners, Castle Rock, New Line, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, WB, UPN, Showtime, PBS, Turner, USA Networks, Syfy, Discovery, Nickelodeon, the BBC, Marvel, Scholastic, ITV and... read more

Marc Scott Zicree is a showrunner who has written and produced hundreds of hours of series TV, pilots and feature films for most of the major studios and networks, including Paramount, Universal, Disney, Sony/Columbia Tri-Star, MGM, Warners, Castle Rock, New Line, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, WB, UPN, Showtime, PBS, Turner, USA Networks, Syfy, Discovery, Nickelodeon, the BBC, Marvel, Scholastic, ITV and NPR. Among his credits are classic episodes of Star Trek – The Next Generation, Sliders, Babylon 5 and Deep Space Nine, among many others. He’s been nominated for the Humanitas Prize, Hugo, Nebula and American Book awards and has won the TV Guide Award, Rondo Award, Saturn Award, Writers Guild Diversity Award and prestigious Hamptons Prize. Bestsellers include The Twilight Zone Companion, Magic Time trilogy and Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet Of Curiosities. His book Greenlighting Yourself will be published by Silman James in 2019. Currently, he and his wife Elaine are writing and producing the feature Subversive, based on current Member of Parliament Lord Peter Hain’s memoir about his apartheid-era activist parents. Additionally, they have just written, directed and produced the epic science fiction series pilot Space Command, with Doug Jones (Shape of Water, Star Trek Discovery), Robert Picardo (The Orville) Mike Harney (Orange is the New Black, A Star is Born), Bryan McClure (Atlanta), John Hennigan (Glow) and other stars.

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Karni Ziv
Head of drama and comedy, Keshet

Ziv joined Keshet Media Group in 2013 and in her current position, she heads Keshet Broadcasting’s Drama and Comedy Division, and is responsible for the development and management of creative processes in all of Keshet’s scripted productions. She also supervises content-related and creative aspects for all of Keshet’s international Drama collaborations. Notable titles under he... read more

Ziv joined Keshet Media Group in 2013 and in her current position, she heads Keshet Broadcasting’s Drama and Comedy Division, and is responsible for the development and management of creative processes in all of Keshet’s scripted productions. She also supervises content-related and creative aspects for all of Keshet’s international Drama collaborations. Notable titles under her belt include False Flag; When Heroes Fly; The Baker and the Beauty; Sleeping Bears and many more. Ziv began her professional career in 1992 by joining Israel cable company ICP as script writer and editor at the Israeli Children’s Channel. In 2000 she became CEO of Israel’s largest children’s channel and was also responsible for acquisition of international content, production of original content, and establishing content strategies for the children’s channel. She also founded Logi, the first “edutainment” channel in Israel.

In 2004, Ziv was appointed Deputy CEO for content at Noga Communications, and managed three channels. In 2007 Ziv became Director of the Israeli cable company HOT’s Content Division, and for three years, supervised over 150 content channels. She was responsible for channel and content acquisition strategies; oversaw the development of all the company’s original content, including dramas, films, documentary series, and children’s productions; and expanded the company’s successful VOD infrastructure. In 2010, she became Deputy CEO of Content at Israel’s 2nd largest commercial channel – Channel 10 – where she supervised large reality brands (Survivor, Beauty and the Geek, Extreme Makeover, among many other credits), game shows (including Who’s Still Standing which was sold extensively to international territories), and dramas (Allenby, Hostages, Friends).

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Izabela Łopuch
Head of original production, HBO Poland

Izabela Łopuch is Head of Original Production at HBO Poland, responsible for its slate of series and documentaries, where her credits include In Treatment, The Pack, The Pact and upcoming Blinded by the Lights, as well as 11 documentary films including Communion, which won the European Film Award for Best Documentary in 2017.

Prior to HBO Poland, Izabela was at leading Polish commercial... read more

Izabela Łopuch is Head of Original Production at HBO Poland, responsible for its slate of series and documentaries, where her credits include In Treatment, The Pack, The Pact and upcoming Blinded by the Lights, as well as 11 documentary films including Communion, which won the European Film Award for Best Documentary in 2017.

Prior to HBO Poland, Izabela was at leading Polish commercial station TVN, firstly as head of development, and later as producer and deputy director of the Production Department, responsible for TV series and feature films. A graduate of the Institute of Audiovisual Arts of Jagiellonian University, she gained professional experience as a programmer for Cracow Film Festival, was a member of the distribution team at the Polish Film Foundation, as well as being active in the academic field and lecturing at IAA.

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