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Nigerian stories at Content London

In our Developing Markets strand at the International Drama Summit we take a look at how Nigeria is quickly becoming a source for new original content and fresh talent for the international business.

We hear from top Nigerian authors and writers about their development plans and ambitions to build global partnerships with platforms and producers.

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Speakers on this session include:

Leye Adenle, author and writer
Adenle is the winner of the first ever Prix Marianne in 2016, and is a Nigerian writer living and working in London. His short story, The Assassination, in the anthology, Sunshine Noir, was a finalist for the 2017 CWA Short Story Dagger award. Leye has written several short stories under his own name, and over a hundred satirical pieces under various other appropriated names. He is the author of the Amaka Series: Easy Motion Tourist and When Trouble Sleeps, published by Cassava Republic Press and the series has just been optioned by Big Talk Productions and Top Boy producer Yvonne Ibazebo.

His writing has appeared in publications such as the Big Issue, and he has written and recorded pieces for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. Leye has also appeared on stage in London in plays including Ola Rotimi’s Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again. Leye comes from a family of writers, the most famous of whom was his grandfather, Oba Adeleye Adenle I, a former king of Oshogbo in South West Nigeria. Leye’s latest novel, The Beautiful Side of the Moon, was published earlier this year (Hoatzin Books). He is currently writing the third novel in the Amaka Series.

Kemi Adesoye, writer
Originally trained as an architect, Adesoye’s interest in screenwriting began after discovering a screenwriting book in a university library. Over a ten year career, she scripted short films; Mama Putt, Prize Maze (Mnet) National Cake, The Line Up (Goethe institute). A New You, New Horizons (EbonyLife). Mnet /Endemol series Doctors’ Quarters, Tinsel S1-6, Hotel Majestic and Edge of Paradise.

In 2017, Adesoye was head writer for Mnet’s popular Nigerian series Battleground S1 and season 1 of MTV’s series Shuga Naija. She returned again this year to head write Shuga Naija S4. Kemi penned award winning Nigerian features; The Figurine, PhoneSwap, Omugwo, Lottanna and is currently developing content for local and international markets under her company BKProductions. Adesoye is enthusiastic about stories from a myriad perspectives. For five years she worked as a copywriter and radio on air talent before fully embarking on her “Adventures in storytelling”

Thomas Ermose Ikimi, writer
Ikimi was born in London and spent his childhood in Nigeria and England, before studying Literature, Philosophy and Creative Writing at Columbia University, New York. In 2010 he wrote, directed and produced his first feature length film Legacy for just 500K in 21 days starring Idris Elba. Legacy premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, and garnered the Best Film Award at the American Black Film Festival, was nominated for Best UK Feature at Raindance in London, was nominated for a British Independent Film Award, and won Best Director at the London Screen Nation Awards 2011.

Ikimi then wrote, directed, produced and edited the long short Nostradamus. It premiered at Tribeca in 2015 and was a Critics’ choice with critics tipping it for a 2016 OSCAR. His follow up in 2018 was another long form short as writer/director/producer/editor The Locksmith which has also met critical acclaim. Ikimi has sold projects to NBC Universal, Fox, Legendary Pictures and Sky and worked in both the UK and US markets consistently over the last decade. As a computer programmer and software developer, Ikimi released the cross platform movie review and rating application QURATOR in 2019 through his tech company.

Kris Thykier, founder, Archey Pictures
Thykier founded Archery Pictures in 2015.  Since its launch, Thykier has developed and produced the television series Riviera for Sky Atlantic, now shooting it’s third season, and the limited series The State for Channel 4 / Nat Geo. Thykier also recently produced the feature film Tolkien starring Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins for Fox Searchlight.
Thykier is currently executive producing the Netflix fantasy series Fate: The Winx Saga and is in pre-production on John Madden’s latest film Operation Mincemeat written by Michelle Ashford and starring Colin Firth.

Before launching Archery Pictures, Thykier headed PeaPie Films: one of the UK’s leading independent film producers. Films produced by Thykier under the PeaPie banner include the political thriller Miss Sloane starring Jessica Chastain; the epic love story Ali & Nino, written by Christopher Hampton; John Wells’ Burnt, staring Bradley Cooper; and Woman In Gold, directed by Simon Curtis and starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. Thykier also developed and produced Trash with Working Title, directed by Stephen Daldry and based on a screenplay by Richard Curtis. Other features produced by Thykier include One Chance, I Give It A Year, W.E., Ill Manors, The Debt, Summer Of ’92, Harry Brown, Kickass and Stardust.

They join other confirmed speakers:

Kevin Reilly
Chief content officer, HBO Max and president
TBS, TNT and truTV
Sarah Aubrey
Head of original content
HBO Max
Sandra Dewey 
President, business operations and productions
HBO Max
Nicole Clemens
President
Paramount Television
Kelly Luegenbiehl
VP of international originals
Netflix
Georgia Brown
Director of European Prime original series
Amazon Studios
Courteney Monroe
President
National Geographic Global Television Network
Sarah Barnett
President
AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios
Michael Wright
President
EPIX
Piers Wenger
Controller of drama
BBC
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
Epix
Karen Bailey
Senior vice president, original programming
Starz
Julian Fellowes
Writer, director and novelist
Gareth Neame
CEO
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
CEO
Lookout Point
Cameron Roach
Director of Drama
Sky Drama
Jill Offman
EVP, Comedy Central and Paramount Network International, and managing director
Viacom International Studios UK
Anna Croneman
Head of dramafilms
SVT - Sveriges Televison
Nils Hartmann
Director of original productions
Sky Italia
Nick Forward
Chief content officer
Stan
Philipp Steffens
Head of fiction
RTL Television
Superna Kalle
Executive vice president, international digital networks
Starz
Trish Williams
Executive director, scripted content
CBC
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
President
BritBox
Jakob Mejlhede Andersen
CEO
NENT Studios UK
Nathalie Biancolli
Director of acquisitions and international fiction
France Télévisions
Holt McCallany
Leading actor
Mindhunter
Jamie Mustard
Author
The Iconist
Piotr Kocel
Founder and CEO
Bombay Sour Films
Robert Delamere
Creative director
Storyglass
Tarun Katial
CEO
ZEE5 India
Nosa Eke
Writer and director
Anna Winger
Writer
Pascal Breton
President
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
Co-Founder
Imaginarium
Jenna Powell
Senior VFX producer
Milk Visual Effects
Guy Gadney
CEO
Charisma.ai
Marianne Furevold-Boland
Executive producer
NRK Drama
Sameer Nair
CEO
Applause Entertainment India
Abhishek Rege
CEO
Endemol Shine
Elizabeth Koshy
Founder and CEO
INVAR Studios
Karen-Lise Mynster
Actor
When the Dust Settles
Ida Maria Rydén
Writer
When The Dust Settles
Dorte Høgh
Writer
When The Dust Settles
Stinna Lassen
Producer
When The Dust Settles
Milad Alami
Director
When The Dust Settles
Christian Rank
Head of drama
DR
Leye Adenle
Author
Kemi Adesoye
Writer
Kris Thykier
Founder
Archery Pictures
Liisa Penttilä-Asikainen
Producer
Reindeer Mafia
Mika Kurvien
Director and screenwriter
Reindeer Mafia
Pete Eklund
Producer
Reindeer Mafia
Olivier Jollet
Managing director Europe
Pluto TV
David M. Taghioff
CEO
Library Pictures International
Amanda Jenks
Co-founder
Greenacre Films
Sidharth Jain
Founder and chief storyteller
The Story Ink
Estela Renner
Director, writer and co-founder
Maria Farinha Filmes
Monica Albuquerque
Head of development
Globo
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
Participant
Nicole Starr
Vice president of social impact
Participant
Morgane Baudin
Sustainable production specialist
Pixetik
Genevieve Barr
Actress
Sebastien Raybaud
Founder and CEO
Anton
Marvin Kren
Director, writer and executive producer
Freud
Moritz Polter
Executive producer, international TV series
Bavaria Fiction
Kateryna Vyshnevska
Head of development, co-productions and producer
FILM.UA Group
Valeriy Fedorovich
Director, TV-3, producer and head
PREMIER Studios
Lily Sheroziya
Marketing director
TV-3 and PREMIER Studios
Eleonora Andreatta
Head of drama
RAI
Dr Simone Emmelius
SVP international fiction - coproduction & acquisitions
ZDF
Mark Oliver
Chairman
Oliver & Ohlbaum Associates (O&O)
Susan Kresnicka
Founder and president
KR&I
Julien Leroux
SVP global scripted co-productions
Cineflix Media
Louise Pederson
CEO
All3 Media International
Johannes Jensen
CEO
Yellow Bird
Gjermund Erikson
Writer and executive producer
Monster Scripted
Howard Owens
Co-founder and co-CEO
Propagate Content
Roger Simpson
Original creator and writer
Rebecca Gibney
Lead actress and executive producer
Halifax Retribution
Anthony LaPaglia
Lead actor
Halifax Retribution
Andy Ryan
co-head of drama
Nine Network Australia
Mikael Borglund
Executive producer, Halifax and CEO & MD
Beyond International Ltd
Frank Doelger
Head
Intaglio Films
Peter Berry
Writer
Mike Walden
Writer
Jamie Brown
CEO
Grand River Productions
Cheryl Lynch
EVP international production, business affairs and scripted formats
Sony Pictures Television
Marja Pyykkö
Director
Matti Laine
Screenwriter
Ran Tellem
Head of international content development
The Mediapro Studio
Marko Röhr
Producer and CEO
MRP Matila Röhr Productions
Suvi Mansnerus
Producer
Yle Drama
Fran Perea
Actor
Ed Guiney
Company director and executive producer
Element Pictures
Emma Norton
Producer
Element Pictures
Lenny Abrahamson
Director
Alon Aranya
Producer and writer
Paper Plane Productions
Moshe Zonder
Writer
Moshe Zonder Productions
Aitor Gabilondo
Showrunner
Patria
Miguel Salvat
Commissioning editor of original programming, Spain
HBO Europe.
Iñaki González Esparza
Development director
Alea Media
Claire Mundell
Executive producer
Synchronicity Films Ltd
Sarah Brown
Creative director, drama
STV Productions
Gwenllian Gravelle
Drama commissioner
S4C
Nicola Shindler
Chief executive
Red Production Company
Amelia Bullmore
Writer and executive producer
Philippa Collie-Cousins
Commissioning editor, drama
UKTV
Laurie Nunn
Creator and showrunner
Sex Education
Ben Taylor
Director
Alex Sapot
Director of original series
Netflix
Jamie Campbell
Executive producer
Eleven
Koby Adom
Writer and director
Preethi Mavahalli
Executive producer
Mammoth screen
Erik Barmack
Founder
Wild Sheep Content
Elizabeth Kilgarriff
CEO
Firebird Pictures
Katie O’Connell Marsh
CEO
Platform One Media
Belinda Campbell
Joint managing director
Red Planet Pictures
Sophia Gibber
Development producer
Ugly Duckling Films
King Kaufman
Senior audio producer
San Francisco Chronicle
Aron Levitz
Head of
Wattpad Studios
Christina Henne
Producer
Bavaria Fiction
Gave Lindo
Executive director of OTT programming
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Jon Kramer
CEO
AfterShock Comics and Rive Gauche Television
Roye Okupe
Writer, director and founder
YouNeek Studios
Jack Davison
Executive vice president
3vision
Thomas Münzner
Director content acquisition
Joyn
Gena Konstantinakos
Vice president, development and video programming
Topic
Richie Mehta
Writer and director
Pooja Kohli Taneja
Managing Partner and producer
Golden Karavan
Kilian Kerwin
Head of production (South Asia & Latin America)
SK Global Entertainment
Gurinder Chadha
Director
Paul Mayeda Berges
Writer and director
Mona Qureshi
Commissioning editor, England
BBC
Warwick Thornton
Director
Michelle Martin
Head of television
Framestore
Kim-Leigh Pontin
Creative interaction director
Sky VR Studios
David Brady
CEO
Cream Productions
O.T. Fagbenle
Actor, writer and director
Sofie Palage
Producer
Warner Bros ITVP Sweden
Samantha Strauss
Creator
The End
Patrick Walters
Head of development
See-Saw Films
Ross Crowley
Director of content
Foxtel
Liz Lewin
Commissioning editor
Sky
Simon Allen
Lead writer and executive producer, The Watch
Rob Wilkins
Executive producer
Narrativia
Richard Stokes
Executive producer
Thomas Benski
CEO and co-founder
Pulse Films
Lucas Ochoa
Chief creative officer of scripted film and television
Pulse Films
Gabriel Silver
Commissioning editor
Sky
Sunder Aaron
Principal
Locomotive Global Inc
Corin Hardy
Director
Ben Irving
Commissioning editor
BBC Drama
Simon Pegg
Co-founder
Stolen Picture
Nick Frost
Co-founder
Stolen Picture
Miles Ketley
CEO
Stolen Picture
Holly Hines
Scripted lead
Spotify Studios
Rohit Jain
Managing director
Lionsgate South Asia
Gaurav Gupta
Founder and CEO
FutureWorks Media
Avril Blondelot
Head of content insight
Glance
Kate Harwood
Managing director
Euston Films
Lydia Hampson
Head of UK scripted
Amazon Studios
  


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.

 

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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.