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Changing the narrative at Content London

With the increasing challenges facing today’s world The International Drama Summit explores the role that scripted content can play in helping to inspire and compel social change with leading innovators in this space.

Key execs from Globo, Participant, Amnesty International and UN Environment are among a number of speakers taking part in panels and Case Studies.

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In one of a series of case studies, co-creator and director Estela Renner, will present Globo environmental thriller Aruanas.

A Globo and Maria Farinha Films coproduction, Aruanas goes far beyond the action-thriller genre by shedding light on the debate about the conservation of biodiversity and the future of life on Earth. Written and created by Estela Renner and Marcos Nisti, with the collaboration of Pedro de Barros, the series shines a spotlight on the importance of environmental advocates, who work at the risk of their own lives to defend justice, equality, and a more sustainable world for society and future generations. The fictional story has been informed by real world experiences and research, in partnership with over 20 global NGOs.

The 10-part series has a very clear goal: to warn against the global environmental crisis and promote the appreciation and protection of the extraordinary work of activists.

Joining Renner to discuss the story of concept to screen are Monica Albuquerque, head of artistic development, Globo, Guadalupe Marengo, head of global human rights defenders programme, Amnesty International and Niamh Brannigan, head of communications for environmental governance, UN Environment.

In addition Miura Kite, SVP, global television, Participant, Nicole Starr, vice president of social impact, Participant, Morgane Baudin, sustainable production specialist and actress Genevieve Barr join a panel to discuss and debate the invaluable role scripted content can play in altering perceptions and changing behaviours in areas such as the environment, mental health, inclusion and human rights.



Monica Albuquerque, head of artistic development, Globo
Albuquerque is in charge of all the content portfolio and artistic resources such as casting, directors and writers. She was previously head of corporate communications of Globo, responsible for strategic conceptualization of all communication actions in our programs and telenovelas. With over 20 years of experience in the area of corporate communications, she has worked at major media players. In 2019, Albuquerque was recognised in Variety’s International Women's Impact Report for her achievements.

Estela Renner, director, writer and co-founder, Maria Farinha Filmes
A film director and writer, Renner is also a co-founder of Maria Farinha Filmes. She lived in the United States for seven years, where she obtained her Masters in Motion Pictures and worked in writing and directing sitcoms. On relocating back to Brazil, Renner dedicated herself to helping promote social and environmental changes through film. She wrote and directed Way Beyond Weight, a documentary on the epidemic of childhood obesity, and Target Market: Kids, which deals with the effects of advertising on children. Both were viewed by over two million people and had great impact on public policy making. For TV Globo, Renner has co-created and directed 10 out of the 25 episodes of the series Young Inventors, about youth in need who pioneer inventions to improve life in their communities. The series currently airs to an audience of over 23 million people. As a writer, Renner’s credits include feature rom com She Makes Movies [Portuguese title: Ela Faz Cinema], and, for Fox International, the feature animation Lino. In 2016, Renner wrote and directed The Beginning of Life, a documentary about the importance of human relations in the first years of each person’s life. In 2019, she directed and scripted the fictional series Aruanas, a co-production between Maria Farinha Filmes and Globo, which explores activism and the global environmental crisis through the work of the titular organisation.

Guadalupe Marengo, head of global human rights defenders programme, Amnesty International
Marengo is from Mexico and has extensive experience in research, advocacy and campaigning to effect change in the human rights field, in particular in Latin America, where she did extensive field research for over two decades. In 2008 she headed Amnesty International’s Demand Dignity Campaign which focused on social and economic rights, and until 2015 was deputy director of the Americas programme at Amnesty International.

Niamh Brannigan, head of communications for environmental governance, UN Environment
Brannigan leads outreach and advocacy efforts to strengthen global environmental governance. Much of her work is devoted to promoting environmental rights and giving voice to environmental defenders on the frontlines of the battle to protect our natural resources from unsustainable use and degradation. Prior to this, Brannigan was engaged in conservation advocacy to end the illegal trade in ivory, humanitarian communications, and agency communications for the public sector. Brannigan also spent several years leading communications for an international NGO with a mandate to enhance socio-economic development by assisting governments to develop realistic and relevant policies for education and training systems through technology integration. Brannigan is passionate about strengthening rule of law and human and environmental rights in countries mired in corruption with weak institutions. Brannigan has an MSc in Technology and Learning from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Publishing from University of the Arts London.

Social Responsibility panel:

Miura Kite, SVP, global television, Participant
In her role at Participant, the global media company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll dedicated to entertainment that inspires audiences to engage in positive social change, Kite works to expand Participant’s narrative and documentary television slate by identifying, developing, packaging and executive producing high-end properties for premium cable, basic cable, digital and emerging platforms. At Participant, she has been involved in the development of Ava DuVernay’s Emmy Award®-nominated limited drama series, When They See Us, for Netflix; and Noughts and Crosses for BBC1. Kite joined Playtone in 2001 before being promoted in 2003 to head of development, a role she held until her departure from the company in 2011. In her role as head of development at Playtone, Kite co-produced the HBO Emmy Award®-winning film, Game Change, and HBO’s Emmy Award®-winning miniseries, The Pacific. She served as development executive on films Where the Wild Things Are, City of Ember, Starter For 10, Mamma Mia! and Participant’s Charlie Wilson’s War, and was involved in the development of five seasons of HBO’s series Big Love and the miniseries John Adams.

Nicole Starr, vice president of social impact, Participant
Participant is the leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires audiences to engage in positive social change. In her role, Starr oversees the development and execution of impact campaigns that bring together art and activism to accelerate progress around the world’s most pressing issues. Her passion for leveraging the power of storytelling to inspire action drives her work at Participant, which includes the creation of social impact and culture change campaigns for numerous films, such as the critically acclaimed RBG, On the Basis of Sex, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power and Academy Award®-winning Roma. Most recently, the impact campaign around Roma helped shift the narrative around domestic workers and inspired the cultural conditions for policy change in the U.S. and Mexico. Starr came to Participant with over a decade of experience in the entertainment industry, including a six-year stint at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment building corporate partnerships around film and TV properties such as Avatar, Life of Pi, X-men franchise and Glee. In addition, Starr is a founding member of Storyline Partners, an organization working in writers’ rooms to create authentic portrayals of underrepresented or misrepresented communities in pop culture.

Morgane Baudin, sustainable production specialist, Pixetik
Baudin’s mission is to promote and implement environmental and social sustainability in film & TV. She runs the French ethical product placement company she has co-founded, Pixetik. Pixetik creates partnerships between productions in need of financing and green solutions in need of promotion. These solutions are integrated into the content to inspire the audience to adopt sustainable behaviours. Behind the scenes, Baudin is a consultant and trainer in sustainable production in order to reduce the industry’s environmental impact. She contributes to initiatives such as Ecoprod or Green Screen.

Genevieve Barr, actress
Barr is an English actress best known for the role Amelia in the BBC award-winning series The Silence. She plays Debbie in Jack Thorne’s latest drama, The Accident for Channel 4. Further credits include playing psychopathic Lisa in Shameless, BAFTA award-winning The Fades, ITV's True Love alongside Jane Horrocks, Neal Street Productions’ Call the Midwife for BBC, Two Brother Pictures’ Liar for ITV and BBC's four parter Press. Barr was born deaf and was fitted with hearing aids aged four. Barr attended the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 2008 with an MA (Hons) in English Literature and History. Barr can also be seen in the Maltesers advert, part of a huge international campaign celebrating diversity. This was the first advert to ever be aired solely in British Sign Language with captions.

They join other confirmed speakers, including:

Kevin Reilly
Chief content officer, HBO Max and president
TBS, TNT and truTV
Sarah Aubrey
Head of original content
Sandra Dewey 
Business operations and productions
Nicole Clemens
Paramount Television
Kelly Luegenbiehl
VP of international originals
Georgia Brown
Director of European Prime original series
Amazon Studios
Courteney Monroe
National Geographic Global Television Network
Sarah Barnett
AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios
Michael Wright
Piers Wenger
Controller of drama
Monika Shergill
Director of international originals
Netflix India
Aparna Purohit
Head of India original
Amazon Prime Video
Julie McNamara
EVP of Original Content
CBS All Access
Nancy Cotton
EVP and head of scripted programming
Karen Bailey
Senior vice president, original programming
Julian Fellowes
Writer, director and novelist
Gareth Naeme
Carnival Films
Nina Lederman
Executive vice president, global scripted development
Sony Pictures Television
Scott Herbst
Head of scripted development
Lionsgate Television Group
Gina Marcheschi
Head of scripted TV
VICE Studios
Sally Wainwright
Writer, producer and director
Faith Penhale
Lookout Point
Cameron Roach
Director of Drama
Sky Drama
Jill Offman
Comedy Central and Paramount Network International
Anna Croneman
Head of Dramafilms
SVT - Sveriges Televison
Nils Hartmann
Director of original productions
Sky Italia
Nick Forward
Chief content officer
Philipp Steffens
Head of fiction
RTL Television
Superna Kalle
Executive vice president, international digital networks
Trish Williams
Executive director, scripted content
Ralph Lee
Director of content
BBC Studios
Tracey Pearce
President of distribution and pay
Bell Media
Reemah Sakaan
Group launch director
BritBox UK and Senior Vice President, creative and editorial, BritBox US
Soumya Sriraman
Jakob Mejlhede Andersen
EVP and Viaplay chief content office
Nordic Entertainment Group
Nathalie Biancolli
Director of acquisitions and international fiction
France Télévisions
Holt McCallany
Leading actor
Jamie Mustard
The Iconist
Piotr Kocel
Founder and CEO
Bombay Sour Films
Robert Delamere
Creative director
Tarun Katial
ZEE5 India
Nosa Eke
Writer and director
Anna Winger
Pascal Breton
Federation Entertainment
Krishnendu Majumdar
Co-founder and executive producer
Me+You Productions
Sebastian Burkhardt
Managing director, global content
Keshet International
Nathalie Morley
Chief content officer
TRACE Global
Karin Heijink
VP Pay-TV Channels
Viasat World
Jonathan Cavendish
Jenna Powell
Senior VFX producer
Milk Visual Effects
Guy Gadney
Marianne Furevold-Boland
Executive producer
NRK Drama
Sameer Nair
Applause Entertainment
Abhishek Rege
Endemol Shine
Elizabeth Koshy
Founder and CEO
INVAR Studios
Karen-Lise Mynster
When the Dust Settles
Ida Maria Rydén
When The Dust Settles
Dorte Høgh
When The Dust Settles
Stinna Lassen
When The Dust Settles
Milad Alami
When The Dust Settles
Christian Rank
Head of drama
Leye Adenle
Kemi Adesoye
Kris Thykier
Archery Pictures
Liisa Penttilä-Asikainen
Reindeer Mafia
Mika Kurvien
director and screenwriter
Reindeer Mafia
Pete Eklund
Reindeer Mafia
Olivier Jollet
Managing director Europe
Pluto TV
David M. Taghioff
Library Pictures International
Amanda Jenks
Greenacre Films
Sidharth Jain
Found and chief storyteller
The Story Ink
Estela Renner
director, writer and co-founder
Maria Farinha Filmes
Monica Albuquerque
Head of development
Guadalupe Marengo
Head of global human rights defenders programme
Amnesty International
Niamh Brannigan
Head of communications for environmental governance
UN Environment
Miura Kite
SVP, global television
Nicole Starr
Vice president of social impact
Morgane Baudin
Sustainable production specialist
Genevieve Barr

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

The International Drama Summit takes place on December 3/4/5, with Unscripted, Kids and Screenomi taking place on December 6.

The Drama Series Pitch at Content London is open for entries. For further information and how to apply CLICK HERE.

Stay at the Official Content London Hotel with discounted rates
We have taken over the entire St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel for the 2019 event, with a host of networking events taking place in the venue. You will not be able to get into the hotel without a Content London delegate badge.

We have negotiated discounted hotel rates at the hotel, which will be taken up entirely by Content London delegates. Once you have booked your delegate ticket, your unique booking code will be shared with you to enable you to book your room.

TIER 4 tickets are available at £999 + VAT. This is the final discount TIER saving £100 on the full ticket price of £1099. To book your place at this price CLICK HERE.