Director of acquisitions and international fiction,
Biancolli is a graduate of Paul Valéry University (Montpellier) – LEA / LAE. She has 30 years of experience in the media – sales and program acquisitions. She began her career at CLT (RTL Groupe-Pandora), part of France and part of Luxembourg. She was in charge of sales management. She has notably developed the structure SND (Société Nouvelle de Distribution) – production, acquisition of feature films. She joined the TF1 Group in 2000 and more specifically AB Groupe, as Acquisitions Director to develop the catalog and supply the different channels. She participated in the development of channels and the launch of DTT (NT1 and TMC). She joined TF1 in 2010 and took the lead in the Group’s acquisitions (acquisitions of linear and non-linear rights). In April 2017 she joined the France Télévisions Group. Since May 2018, Biancolli has been director of acquisitions and international fiction at France Télévisions (acquisitions and co-productions). In 2018, she launches the Alliance (ZDF / RAI) for international co-productions.less
Breton is President of Federation Entertainment, the top independent production and distribution studio he founded in 2013, with offices in Paris, Los Angeles, Rome and Madrid. Federation Entertainment is behind productions such as Canal +’s highly acclaimed series, The Bureau, and the Netflix original series Marseille. Federation’s rich portfolio includes a range of successful international series, as well as an impressive slate of ambitious US and international co-productions.
Prior to creating Federation, Breton directed one of the largest and most successful French production companies, Marathon, which he founded in 1990 and directed for 18 years. Under his direction, Marathon grew exponentially, becoming one of the major player in the international audio-visual landscape. The group was then sold to De Agostini and merged with Zodiak, Magnolia and RDF to form Zodiak Media (now Banijay).
Breton recently appeared in Variety’s list of the 500 Most Influential Personalities of the Audiovisual World. He also received a Medal of Honor at MipTV 2018 for his contribution to the international program industry.
Managing director, global content,
Burkhardt serves as Managing director of global content for Keshet International (KI), the international production and distribution arm of Keshet Media Group, Israel’s biggest and most successful media company.
In his role, Burkhardt oversees the creative development, production, funding and acquisition of premium high-end dramas aimed at the global market. Tasked with growing KI’s scripted IP catalogue, Burkhardt is tapping into new financing models and revenue streams through creative and commercial partnerships. The division works with international creators, alongside local and emerging platforms on a mix of original development, co-producing opportunities and deficit financing models.
Additionally, Burkhardt and his team actively work with third-party producers on innovative funding models through investments drawn from the KI Content Fund, which KI launched in 2018 with several of Israel’s largest holding and asset management companies. To date, the $65M fund has invested in several projects, including Ecosse Films’ six-part drama The Trial of Christine Keeler for BBC One and the Blackfella Films political drama Black B*tch for Australia’s ABC.
Under Burkhardt’s guidance, KI launched Keshet Digital Studios, which developed and co-produced arguably Snap’s most successful and first Webby-nominated original scripted series, Dead Girls Detective Agency. The darkly comedic supernatural teen soap mystery racked up 15 million-plus viewers in its first season before being recently renewed for a second. Other original shows developed across a variety of platforms include Generation Boom for AMC/Sundance Now.
After studying Modern History at Oxford University, Cavendish began his career in advertising where he ran the marketing for the launch of Channel 4 in 1982. He released his first film as producer December Bride in 1991, winning over 30 international awards, and followed this with many other commercially successful and critically acclaimed films, including Into the West, Gangster Number 1, Ordinary Decent Criminal and Croupier. 2001 saw the release of the globally successful Bridget Jones’s Diary, followed by the equally successful Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and then the award-winning Elizabeth: The Golden Age. For television, Cavendish has produced a wide variety of successful projects including the ratings hit Irish famine series The Hanging Gale, Emmy-winning Dirty Tricks and multi-Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Bernard and Doris.
In 2011, Cavendish joined forces with Andy Serkis to found The Imaginarium. He produced its first TV production Fungus the Bogeyman for Sky, closely followed by its first two movies, Breathe, directed by Serkis, and The Ritual, in 2017. In 2018, Cavendish produced Death and Nightingales, starring Jamie Dornan and Matthew Rhys, which was broadcast on BBC2, and the Andy Serkis-directed Mowgli, released worldwide on Netflix in December 2018.less
As the President of Paramount Television, Clemens oversees a robust slate of over 22 shows on the air and in production. Current shows include Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Amazon), Catch-22 (Hulu), 13 Reasons Why (Netflix), The Alienist (TNT), The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix), and Boomerang (BET). Upcoming projects include The Angel Of Darkness (TNT), Sexy Beast (Paramount Network), Looking for Alaska (Hulu), Shantaram (Apple), Defending Jacob (Apple), and Home Before Dark (Apple).
Previously, Clemens was a producer at Anonymous Content, where she set up both film and television projects. Prior to joining Anonymous Content, Clemens was Executive Vice President and Head of Series Development for FX Networks where she guided a coveted roster of critically-acclaimed original series including Atlanta, Better Things, You’re the Worst, Baskets, Snowfall, Tyrant, and Mayans MC. Before that, Clemens was a partner and Head of the Motion Picture Literary Department at ICM Partners for 16 years. Prior to her tenure at ICM Partners, Clemens ran Rod Holcomb Productions and was a television executive at Spelling Television.
Delamere is a critically acclaimed theatre, television and opera director and a specialist in digital capture and screen arts. He is the creative director of Storyglass, a scripted podcast label from Fremantle.
Most recently, he co-wrote and directed all six episodes of Hang Ups (Slam Films) which aired summer 2018 on Channel 4. He founded Digital Theatre and Digital Theatre Plus, respectively the world’s leading digital platform for the arts and for arts education with audiences in more than 80 countries.
He currently works as an executive producer for Slam Films across their television and film work, including directing the forthcoming Bleak House Guest for Sky’s Urban Myths Series.
Delamere has also worked extensively in theatre, directing over 40 productions in theatres such as The Donmar, Royal Court, Almeida, Hampstead Theatre, RSC, The Royal Exchange Manchester, Sheffield Crucible Theatres, Liverpool Everyman and in the West End. As well as working in radio both as a director and writer, ‘Gone ’til the Satellites Turn Again,’ for BBC Radio 3.
He was recently announced by Creative Review as one of the UK’s top 50 Creative Leaders..
He was recently announced by Creative Review as one of the UK’s top 50 Creative Leaders.less
Writer and director,
Eke is a platform agnostic writer and director working in traditional and interactive storytelling. She was chosen for the Soho Theatre Writers Lab and then attended the National Film and Television school, receiving a scholarship from the Royal Television Society and Sky while studying. In 2017, Google Creative Labs’ Tea Uglow chose Nosa as a future creative leader, within the same year Nosa was spotlighted as a “next level gaming talent” by Apple for writing a real time narrative mobile phone experience. In 2018, she was picked for the BFI Flare/BAFTA mentorship programme. Eke has written episodic series on the Amazon Alexa for the BBC as well as worked on other experiences for BBC Voice and AI. She was chosen as a 2019 Trailblazer by Accenture and TCOLondon for her work in the cross-section between technology and storytelling. She is currently working on her debut interactive feature film in development with the British Film Institute, produced by Marshmallow Laser Feast. Eke is also an Artist In Residence at Blast Theory developing the AR technology for the feature film. She is in post production on her short film, Something In The Closet, funded by the BFI and Film London.less
Writer, director and novelist,
Fellowes is an award-winning writer, director, producer, novelist and actor. He received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2002 for Gosford Park, which was his first produced film. Fellowes is creator, sole writer and executive producer of the worldwide hit series Downton Abbey for which he won two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and is the recipient of a Special BAFTA Award and the International Emmy Founders Award. His film writing credits include Vanity Fair, Separate Lies (National Board of Review Directorial Debut Award), From Time to Time, The Young Victoria, The Chaperone and the Downton Abbey movie. His television writing credits include Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Prince and the Pauper, Titanic, Doctor Thorne and the upcoming Belgravia and The English Game. He is responsible for the ‘book’ of the Broadway musicals, Mary Poppins and School of Rock – The Musical for which he received a Tony nomination. He also wrote the books for Half a Sixpence and The Wind in the Willows, both of which played in the West End in 2017. He has written three best-selling books, Snobs, Past Imperfect and Belgravia. In January 2011, he was given a peerage and entered the House of Lords as the Lord Fellowes of West Stafford.less
Gadney, has been working at the intersection of media and technology for over 20 years, initially as the first Head of Digital for Penguin Books UK, then at the BBC, Fox and the Guardian, before setting up his first games company developing massively multiplayer games.
More recently, he produced the official mobile games for Sherlock, Home & Away and other TV series around the world. He is CEO of To Play For, the media technology platform behind Charisma.ai which is producing new forms of immersive stories powered by artificial intelligence.
The company is working with broadcasters and studios around the world to extend TV series and films into narrative games, and is currently adapting John Wyndham’s sci-fi classic The Kraken Wakes with Charisma.ai. He is Chair of Trustees of The Old Fire Station in Oxford, and a Fellow of the University of Bath, Bristol, Plymouth, Falmouth and Exeter researching the automation of creativity.
Director of original productions,
Hartmann was born in Hannover in 1967. He grew up in Milan, lived in Rome, London and Cairo, he speaks fluent German, Italian and English. He has been working for 25 years in Television Production and he has achieved a master at the London International Film School. Hartmann started as Promo Producer at Orbit Network Rome. He launched the movie channel Studio Universal as Creative Manager. In 2003 he launched Sky Italia in the role of Creative Director. He then moved into the position of Director of Original Productions and produced successful international TV series such as: Romanzo Criminale, Gomorra,1992, The Young Pope with Oscar winner Paolo Sorrentino andIl Miracolo directed and created by bestselling writer Niccolò Ammaniti.
Currently in postproduction with ZeroZeroZero, by the showrunner and director of Gomorra, Stefano Sollima, Diavoli, directed by Nick Hurran and starring Patrick Dempsey, the sequel The New Pope with Jude Law and John Malkovich, in production also with Romulus, an epic tale of the origin of Rome, and with over 35 projects in development.
He is also Executive Producer of X Factor, Masterchef Italia and Italia’s Got Talent.
VP Pay-TV Channels,
Heijink is Vice President Pay-TV Channels and Products at leading international broadcaster Viasat World. Her key focus is channel management across the company’s full portfolio of factual, drama and entertainment brands. Karin leads teams which define and roll out the content acquisition and aggregation strategy, harnessing the expertise within the business and building relationships with distribution and production partners to curate the company’s successful flagship content brands. She also oversees the planning and execution of creative marketing. In 2017, Heijink played a leading role in launching Epic Drama, now one of the fastest growing channels in Europe, and a destination for the very best, premium drama content from around the world. Previously, she worked at MTG AB between 2011 and 2015 as Vice President Pay-TV Channels East. She has a long-standing career in the media industry, having held senior roles at MTV Networks International as Senior Director, Music Content for Emerging Markets; Business Development Director for the EDL Foundation; Channel Director, Emerging Markets for Discovery Networks Europe; Marketing Manager for Endemol in the Netherlands; and Marketing and PR Manager for MBPA. She holds an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.less
Managing director Europe,
Jollet is a senior digital & media executive and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in the digital industry. Jollet has been Managing Director Europe at Pluto TV since November 2016. In this function, he is responsible for the development of an overarching strategy for and the business development of Pluto TV across Europe, the leading free OTT television service recently acquired by Viacom. Prior to this, Jollet was co-founder and Managing Director at Quazer, a unique digital TV-like service, acquired by Pluto TV in October 2016.less
Founder and CEO,
Bombay Sour Films
Kocel is a media tech entrepreneur with over 14 years experience building, financing and managing media businesses. As Founder of Bombay Sour he is currently building the world’s first audience-funded SVoD platform. He previously oversaw CEE’s largest SVoD platform VOYO (CME) and was responsible for several strategic digital media projects as VP Corporate Development and Integration at RTL Group where he was also part of the core team behind its EUR1.5 Billion IPO. He began his corporate career in the satellite industry where he was involved in the funding of Google-backed O3B Networks during his tenure at SES, among others. Prior to that he founded a digital lifestyle magazine and built location-based e-commerce applications.less
Co-founder and executive producer,
Majumdar is an EMMY winning Producer. He started in television making authored documentaries including the BAFTA nominated single documentary Who You Callin’ a Nigger? before moving into scripted drama and comedy. Majumdar trained on the BBC Production Trainee scheme, the ITN News Trainee scheme and the BBC Drama Series Directors Academy. Krish is the Deputy Chairman of BAFTA – he was chairman of the BAFTA Television committee since 2015 and sits on the Board of BAFTA Trustees. He was formerly on the Board of Directors UK and the PACT Council. His credits include the Dominic Savage drama series I am (C4), Sick of it (Sky), The Dali and the Cooper (Sky Arts), Hoff the Record (Dave), the BAFTA nominated An Idiot Abroad (Sky).less
Jakob Mejlhede Andersen
EVP and Viaplay chief content office,
Nordic Entertainment Group
Mejlhede Andersen was appointed EVP and Viaplay Chief Content Officer at NENT Group in April 2019. He was previously EVP and Group Head of Content at Nordic Entertainment Group from April 2018. He holds responsibility for content acquisition, programming and development for Nordic Entertainment Group’s streaming services, pay-TV channels and free-TV businesses. His role also includes format sourcing and co-productions. Before that Mejlhede Andersen served as EVP and Group Head of Programming and Content Development at MTG from March 2015. He joined MTG in 2005 and became SVP Acquisitions and Programming in 2009. Mejlhede Andersen previously worked as Programme Director for SBS TV in Denmark and as Executive Producer for TV2 Denmark. Mejlhede Andersenhas a journalism degree from the Danish School of Media and Journalism.less
Chief content officer,
After a head start in music videos, Morley helped creating FashionTV and operated as Chief Creative Officer worldwide for 12 years. She then joined the TRACE group 8 years ago, first as a consultant and a producer and then as Chief Content Officer.
In charge of all Acquisitions and Original Productions for all the TRACE TV medias – 21 paid TV channels, 4 FM radio stations, over 30 digital and mobile services –spearheads the creation of exclusive afro-urban entertainment, music, sport, culture, fashion and art, producing and commissioning over 300 fresh HD hours of exclusive original urban entertainment content focused on series, documentaries, TV shows and concerts, reaching 59M paid subscribers and 200M viewers, listeners and mobile users in 160 countries. Already the leading youth media brand in Sub-Saharan Africa and the signature afro-urban media brand in France, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean, TRACE has recently acquired 4 channels in the UK.
Recently, Morley has also developed personal ventures, working with international companies and a network of independent producers and creators in Africa, France and the UK as writer and producer but keeps operating at the same time as Head of Acquisitions and Originals for TRACE.less
Neame is a BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe award winning TV producer and executive. He has been CEO of Carnival Films since 2004 and responsible for many popular shows, most notably the global TV phenomenon Downton Abbey, winner of three Golden Globes and fifteen Primetime Emmys. With a total of 69 nominations Downton is the most nominated non-US show in Emmy history and the UK’s most successful scripted export. In a career spanning 30 years Neame has been behind numerous award winning and highly acclaimed shows such as Spooks, State of Play, Jamestown, The Last Kingdom, Page Eight and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies. In 2014 Neame was announced by 10 Downing Street as an Ambassador of the Great Britain campaign and was appointed OBE in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours list. He has been listed in the Variety 500 index of most influential business leaders in the global entertainment industry.less
Comedy Central and Paramount Network International
Offman is Executive Vice President of Comedy Central and Paramount Network International, Managing Director of Paramount Network, MTV and Comedy Central UK, and Managing Director of Viacom International Studios UK (VIS UK).
As Viacom expands its international production footprint to the UK, Offman was recently appointed to lead VIS UK.
As EVP of Comedy Central International, Offman is responsible for overseeing content and brand strategy for channels in nearly 150 countries outside the US. Since taking on the role in 2013, Offman has refocused the network to commission more of its own content by developing and localizing global versions of the network’s hit series.
Since 2017, Offman has overseen Paramount Network International, Viacom’s fastest growing international flagship brand, growing distribution +25%. By focusing on quality programming across all platforms, Paramount’s umbrella has expanded to include the SVoD service Paramount+.
Prior to joining Viacom, Offman served as SVP of Discovery Channel in the UK. Prior to this, she worked as a journalist and filmmaker for CBC Television in Canada.
Penhale began her career in drama production over 20 years ago and has worked on a broad range of shows; from a BAFTA-winning era of EastEnders and the multi award winning espionage series Spooks, to Andrew Davies’ critically acclaimed adaptation of War & Peace. Penhale worked for ten years at Kudos before running BBC Wales Drama from 2011-2016. Her track record there included the global phenomenon Sherlock and much loved Doctor Who, amongst many other authored pieces collaborating with some of the UK’s most exciting writing talent. From there she joined Lookout Point where, as CEO, she oversees a vibrant slate, including Sally Wainwright’s hugely successful Gentleman Jack for BBC and HBO, Andrew Davies’ recent, highly acclaimed adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic Les Misérables and the forthcoming, ground-breaking adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, directed by Mira Nair.less
Senior VFX producer,
Milk Visual Effects
Powell is a Senior VFX Producer at Milk Visual Effects and has been part of the team since the multi-award winning visual effects studio launched in 2013. Working across high profile TV and feature films, Powell’s credits include Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens (BBC/Amazon); YouTube’s sci-fi series Origin for which Milk created over 900 VFX shots; The Alienist (Paramount); Channel 4’s Phillip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams and independent feature An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn (Sundance Film Festival 2018).
Powell produced the BAFTA award-winning VFX for two episodes of Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary Special “Day of the Doctor” (2014) and “Deep Breath” (2015) and the RTS nominated VFX for ITV drama Beowulf.
Additional credits include the BBC’s BAFTA-winning Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell; BBC3 sci-fi series Class; Summit Entertainment’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent and director Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise.
Prior to joining Milk, Powell was VFX producer at The Mill TV & Film working on VES-nominated Skellig; Alice; The Hollow Crown; VES Award winner Elizabeth I; multiple series of Doctor Who earning three BAFTA nominations and an RTS Award; and feature film 28 Weeks Later. Powell began her career at Indestructible Production Company as VFX co-ordinator on CGI TV series Captain Scarlet.
Writer, producer and director,
Wainwright is a multi-award-winning English television writer, producer and director. She is best known for creating Scott & Bailey, Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley. In 2016 Wainwright wrote and directed a BBC1 drama called To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters. Most recently, she has written, executive produced and directed Gentleman Jack for BBC1 and HBO.
Controller of drama,
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, Wenger was an executive producer on Doctor Who, where he cast Matt Smith into the lead role.
Wenger is responsible for overseeing more than 450 hours of drama across the year.
Wenger’s recent BBC drama commissions include Gentleman Jack by writer Sally Wainwright, The Long Song from writer Sarah Williams, A Very English Scandal by Russell T Davies, Black Earth Rising from the BAFTA-winning Hugo Blick, Mrs Wilson written by Anna Symon and developed with Ruth Wilson, The Cry written by Jacqueline Perske and starring Jenna Coleman and BBC One’s follow-up Le Carré title The Little Drummer Girl.
Further upcoming commissions include The Trial of Christine Keeler written by Amanda Coe, Dark Mon£y from Levi David Addai, The North Water written and directed by Andrew Haig, Gold Digger from Marnie Dickens, A Christmas Carol by Steven Knight, A Suitable Boy adapted by Andrew Davies and Elizabeth is Missing adapted by Andrea Gibb starring two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson.
Winger is a British-American screenwriter, novelist and essayist, creator of the television series Deutschland83/86/89 (C4/Amazon) and founder of Studio Airlift, a series incubator in Berlin. Her new series, Unorthodox (Netflix), will release in early 2020. Winger was raised in Kenya, Massachusetts and Mexico, and studied at Columbia University in New York. She has received Emmy, Peabody and Adolf Grimme awards for her work.less