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. Adenle 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. Adenle has also appeared on stage in London in plays including Ola Rotimi’s Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again. Adenle 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. Adenle’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.less
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”
When The Dust Settles
Alami was born in Iran in 1982, grew up in Sweden, and graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 2011.
From 2012-2016 he directed 3 short films that were all selected for numerous film festivals, amongst other Director’s Fortnight in Cannes, Clermont Ferrand and Karlovy Vary.
In 2018 Milad directed his feature film debut The Charmer that premiered and won the critic’s award in San Sebastian before winning numerous awards in festivals like Chicago, Palm Spring, Wasaw, Lübeck and Gothenburg.
Milad is currently in production with the TV-series When the Dust Settles for DR.
Head of development,
Albuquerque is currently head of artistic development at Globo, 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.less
Founder and CEO,
Angus is the Chief Executive of ABM Communications, a company he co-founded in 2017. Together with business partners Nick Bullen and Edward Mason, ABM launched True Royalty TV, the world’s only subscription video on demand TV service (SVOD) dedicated to Royal factual content in 2018.
Dubbed by Variety as “the Netflix of Royal TV”, TrueRoyalty TV offers subscribers the best documentaries and factual dramas about royalty from around the world and through the ages. The service allows users to watch content whenever and wherever they want on a range of devices. True Royalty TV has grown rapidly since its launch, adding multiple original commissions to its original library of acquired content, and with further expansion planned into live coverage of events. In February 2018 it was the first UK-based online subscription video on demand service to be made available through a pay-TV provider in the US, with a launch on Comcast’s Xfinity X1. True Royalty is currently raising series A growth round to build scale, increase its investment in original content and expand its distribution footprint.
Prior to establishing ABM, Angus advised some of the world’s most famous and innovative brands in their transformations and marketing for the digital age.less
Head of original content,
Aubrey heads up original content for HBO Max, presiding over a robust slate that will offer programming options for every audience segment in the household. Previously, Aubrey was EVP of original programming for TNT, where she played an integral role in the network’s evolution into one of the premier destinations for prestige original dramas such as Patty Jenkins’, Am the Night, Claws, Animal Kingdom” and the award-winning The Alienist. Under her leadership, the number of women holding jobs at the highest levels on the average TNT scripted project more than doubled. TNT also jumped an impressive 320% on the annual GLAAD TV report rankings for LGBTQ representation. Prior to joining TNT, Aubrey was a prolific television and film producer, responsible for such projects as Friday Night Lights and The Leftovers while at Film 44, and films including Bad Santa and Lars and the Real Girl before that.less
Senior vice president, original programming,
Based in the company’s Santa Monica office, Bailey oversees creative development for a number of programs for the network including the critically-acclaimed Philippa Gregory novel adaptations of The White Queen, The White Princess and The Spanish Princess. She is also working on the new supernatural spy thriller The Rook, premiering this summer, and the fifth season of the hit series Outlander which is currently in production in Glasgow, Scotland. Bailey oversaw Howard’s End, a 4-part TV adaptation written by Academy Award® winner Kenneth Lonergan. She also served as the network executive on Golden Globe® and Emmy®-nominated limited series The Missing and its sequel, as well as the Starz original filmmaking experiment The Chair, winner of the TCA award for best unscripted series and the DGA award for best directing. Bailey joined Starz in 2006 as an executive producer, overseeing development, production and post-production for the company’s studio slate of television movies and mini-series for external networks, including SyFy, Lifetime and IFC. Bailey also served as executive producer on a number of projects for Starz’s home entertainment division, Anchor Bay films. Bailey was promoted to vice president of production in 2007, overseeing the physical production for the company’s newly launched original programming department. Bailey spent the next few years building the internal production department and focusing on the networks’ new slate of original series, including fan favorite Party Down, Crash, Boss and Starz’s first international series Spartacus. During her tenure in this position, the company increased its efforts to expand production into the global community, resulting in successful partnerships with production entities in New Zealand, Canada and United Kingdom. She was promoted to senior vice president in 2012.less
Barcroft Studios is an award-winning factual production company that specialises in producing amazing content, enjoyed and shared by millions of people worldwide. Its partners are platforms, broadcasters and media outlets around the world. Barcroft Studios’ strategy of developing and incubating hit digital series brands and adapting them for linear broadcasters has seen the company produce programming for partners including Netflix, Facebook, WEtv, Channel 4 and Discovery.The company’s digital channel Barcroft TV is one of the most popular factual channels on the internet. Its hugely successful series brands such as ‘Hooked on the Look’, ‘Shake My Beauty’, ‘Born Different’ and ‘Extreme Love’ have built passionate communities of over 50 million followers across Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat.
Barcroft is a proven entrepreneurial leader who is at the forefront of successful content for new audiences. His reputation as a global digital disruptor has been earned from a 25-year career across news, television and OTT.less
AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios
As president, AMC Networks Entertainment Group & AMC Studios, Sarah Barnett has oversight of four television networks, AMC, BBC America, IFC, and SundanceTV, as well as the company’s production arm, AMC Studios. She also oversees AMC Premiere, the premium, ad-free version of AMC.
The strength of AMC Networks’ original content under Barnett’s leadership was underscored this year with the company’s four entertainment networks combining to secure a total of 25 Emmy® Award nominations as well as wins for Killing Eve, (BBC America) with Jodie Comer winning Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama and State of the Union, (SundanceTV) which swept the short-form comedy/drama series category, winning Outstanding Series and Outstanding Actor and Actress for co-stars Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd.
Killing Eve, the Peabody, Golden Globe®, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning series developed at BBC AMERICA under Barnett’s tenure as President and General Manager, has been a significant critical, cultural and business success since it launched in 2018. It finished its first season on more critics’ top 10 lists than any other drama on TV and achieved an unbroken record of weekly ratings growth – something no other show on television has accomplished in the history of Nielsen live+3 ratings. Season two of Killing Eve had the highest rate of growth of any returning TV drama since the final season of AMC’s Breaking Bad 6 years ago.
During Barnett’s time as the head of BBC America, the network achieved record growth, receiving an Emmy for Tatiana Maslany in Lead Actress Drama category for buzzy fan favorite hit show Orphan Black, and enjoyed breakthrough ratings, awards recognition and critical success. Barnett launched the world-class natural history documentary series on BBC America, with landmark programming such as Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II and Dynasties, which together garnered 15 Emmy nominations and 3 wins for BBC America.
Prior to moving to BBC America, as head of SundanceTV, Barnett redefined the channel as a vital television brand by introducing distinctive dramatic series. Barnett launched the network’s scripted strategy in 2010 with the Golden Globe-winning Carlos, and oversaw a slate of high quality, auteur-driven series that consistently captured critical acclaim and industry awards, including Rectify, op of the Lake, The Honorable Woman and others.
Prior to this role, Barnett was senior VP of marketing for SundanceTV and oversaw all strategic and creative marketing for the brand, including spearheading SundanceTV’s pioneering branded entertainment short-form series and sponsorship creative executions. Barnett joined SundanceTV from her first stint at BBC America, where she served as VP of on-air and creative marketing. She also executive produced several original shows for the network. Before BBC America, Barnett spent 12 years with the BBC in London, working first for BBC radio and then BBC television.
Barnett was featured in The New York Times Corner Office column and has been profiled in a multitude of trade and consumer facing publications. She was WICT’s Woman Of The Year in 2017, a NYWFT Muse Honoree in 2015, and has been included in The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 List, Variety’s Women’s Impact Report and Gotham Power List and has been named as an Adweek Woman Trailblazer along with many other recognitions.less
Genevieve 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. Genevieve 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.
Carl Barât is a multitalented artist. A gifted musician and songwriter, he also has an impressive acting CV and several directorial credits to his name. Best known for founding the hugely successful indie band, The Libertine’s with Pete Doherty, the band have gone on to write three albums (with a fourth in the pipeline) and sell millions of records worldwide. Barât has also had success with his other bands, Dirty Pretty Things and The Jackals, as well his acclaimed self-titled solo album. Barât has also demonstrated a gifted ability with words outside of his famously erudite and poetic lyrics, having penned his biography and worked on his own short film scripts as well as lent his talent songwriting and producing for a plethora of pop stars and bands.less
As a professional actress, Barât appeared in numerous film, TV and theatre productions; including the feature film Troy, and was co-founder of Tenth Planet Productions, a theatre and film production company, securing patronage from Dame Judi Dench.
In 2009, Barât founded the award-winning independent press and production company, Little Episodes, under the mentorship of Little, Brown Book Group. Together, they published five anthologies and staged numerous plays and events, including contributions and performances from such established artists as Adam Ant, Sadie Frost and Melvin Burgess, all for various charitable causes.
Aside from her work published with Little Episodes, Barât’s short stories and poetry have also been published in anthologies by the Vagabondage Press and various literary magazines. She is also a supremely skilled screenwriter with a unique voice represented by Casarotto Ramsey and a recording and touring singer/songwriter.less
Sustainable production specialist ,
Baudin’s mission is to promote and implement environmental and social sustainability in film & TV. On-screen first: 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.less
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
Strategic partner manager, entertainment,
Biddle leads strategic partnerships with UK TV, film and digital publishers at Facebook. Prior to this, Biddle was Director of Strategic Innovation and lead TV Partnerships at Twitter for over four years. Prior to that, Biddle spent seven years leading digital and social media productions for TV and iPlayer at the BBC.
Producer and MD,
Helen Bowden is one of Austrailia’s most prolific and highly awarded television drama producers. She is currently in production on ‘The Secrets She Keeps’ starring Laura Carmichael, Jessica de Gouw and Michael Dorman. Other credits include ‘On the Ropes’ for SBS, starring Keisha Castle Hughes and Nicole Chamoun; ‘Wake in Fright’ for Network Ten, which screened in Official Competition at FIPA in 2018; ‘Devil’s Playground’ for Foxtel, which won the 2015 AACTA and Logie for best miniseries; ‘Underground’ also for Ten, was about the young Julian Assange; and ‘The Slap’ for the ABA which won five AFIs, a Logie and was BAFTA, and Emmy nominated in 2011.
She is the EP of ‘Lambs of God’ (starring Ann Dowd and Essie Davis) for Foxtel and of ‘Upright’ (starring Tim Minchin) for Foxtel and Sky Atlantic. Bowden was a founder and the foundation Managing Director of Matchbox Pictures, which sold to NBCUniversal in 2014. Bowden formed Lingo Pictures with Jason Stephens in 2015. She is the MD.less
Head of communications for environmental governance,
Brannigan is a communications specialist at the United Nations Environment Programme where she 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.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.
Director of European Prime original series,
Brown is the director of European Prime original series for Amazon Studios where she oversees the development and production of scripted and non-scripted Amazon originals in Europe, including shows like Good Omens, The Power, The Grand Tour, El Corazon de Sergio Ramos, La Templanza, El Sid, Bibi & Tina and more. Brown joined Amazon in 2017 from FremantleMedia where she was EVP 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.less
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 including the KI Content Fund. To date, the 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 and third series.less
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
Chief creative and content officer,
Chojnacka has 20 years of experience in the media and entertainment industries, having held senior executive roles in content, creative and strategy at MTV Networks, Viacom and Pearson. She has a strong track record of launching channels & brands, building winning teams and products across the globe. Today, as a Chief Content & Creative Officer at Hopster, the UK’s leading entertainment and learning app for pre-school kids, she is responsible for the creative direction and content strategy of the platform.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.
Two Rivers Media Ltd
Clements has had a successful career as a dynamic, creative leader in award winning television production and business management. He set up Two Rivers Media in Late 2018 backed by international production and distribution business Kew Media, merchant bankers Noble Grossart and the C4 Growth Fund. He has successfully recruited a senior leadership team all based in Glasgow. These include Mirella Breda, formerly Commissioning Editor at the BBC, Lizi Wootton, formerly Acting Head of Features at Channel 4, Mick McAvoy, formerly Head of Factual at STV and Lucy Bacon, formerly Development Executive at Wall to Wall.
Prior to forming Two Rivers Media, Alan ran STV Productions and, under his leadership, moved the company from one which made drama for ITV to one which makes programmes in all the genres for all the broadcasters. Before STV, Alan was Creative Director at the independent television production company IWC Media and before that was founder and MD of WarkClements Productions, where he grew the business from start up to £10m+ turnover. He has excellent links within the UK and international media industry and with business and policy makers across Scotland and the UK. Alan was formerly a freelance journalist and political researcher and journalist at BBC Scotland.less
EVP and head of scripted programming,
Cotton oversees development and production of all original scripted series on the network. Since joining EPIX in February 2018, she has greenlit new originals The Godfather of Harlem starring and produced by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker and created by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein (Narcos); DC origin story Pennyworth created by Bruno Heller (Gotham, Rome) and directed by Danny Cannon; Perpetual Grace, LTD starring Sir Ben Kingsley and created by Steve Conrad and Bruce Terris (Patriot) as well as the upcoming Julian Fellowes (Downton Abby) series, Belgravia. Under her purview, EPIX’s roster includes Season 3 of critically-acclaimed Get Shorty with Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano and season 2 of spy-thriller Deep State. Before EPIX, Cotton was President, Heyday TV. Working with David Heyman (Harry Potter, Gravity), she executive produced NBC drama The In Between. From 2007-2016, Cotton was SVP, Creative Affairs at Fox 21 TV Studios. She developed and oversaw multi-awarded drama The Americans (FX), Emmy-nominated The Killing (AMC, Netflix), Queen of the South (USA) with Alice Braga, Emmy winner Lena Waithe’s The Chi (Showtime), Veena Sud’s Seven Seconds (Netflix), The Comedians (FX) with multi-award winners Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, and Oscar-winner Holly Hunter’s Emmy-nominated Saving Grace (TNT). Prior, Cotton was head of Mel Gibson’s Icon TV, ep’ing 4 series. She began as an assistant at William Morris.less
Head of Dramafilms,
SVT - Sveriges Televison
Croneman, Producer of TV-Drama and feature films, has over 30 productions to her production credit. Anna has also held various industry positions such as Vice Chairman of the Swedish Film Institute and President of the Swedish Film & TV Producers Association (Film Section). She is currently Head of Drama at SVT – Sveriges Televison
Founder and CEO,
Tricycle Talent and Tricycle Media.
Tricycle Talent is talent management collective. The collective currently comprises the following talent management boutiques: Voicebank London & Dublin, Rachel Mills Literary, River Talent Management, Kudos Sports Management and Peach Pictures. Tricycle Media is an early stage investor/incubator for content companies and recently announced that it had taken a minority stake in Wildcard Films. Tricycle Media currently has positions in 8 production companies.
Prior, Curran was key executive and board director at YMU a leading talent management company for clients in Entertainment, Scripted, Sport & Music. Curran was also one of the co-founders of Kew Media Group and served on its board for the first two years. Previously, she was a key executive at Working Title, Universal Pictures International and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. Over the course of her career Curran has participated in the development and/or production of numerous hits from About a Boy and Bridget Jones to The Night Manager and The Favourite.less
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
Business operations and productions,
Dewey serves as head of business operations for HBO Max with oversight of WarnerMedia Entertainment’s business affairs and production teams for HBO Max, TBS, TNT and truTV. Dewey also continues to play a key role in the cable networks’ ongoing transition from a linear television company to omni-platform media brands with numerous revenue streams. Prior to her current position, Dewey served as EVP, head of business affairs for Turner Entertainment Networks and Cartoon Network Originals. In that role she was heavily involved with the growth and strategic evolution of the networks’ original programming, as well as its expansion in the global market. She is also a longtime champion of various gender and diversity initiatives at the company, including her role as the founding member of WarnerMedia’s Feminist Fridays, an initiative dedicated to empowering, informing and mentoring women across the organisation.less
Head of fund, young audiences content fund,
Edwards is head of the Young Audiences Content Fund at the BFI, and is responsible for the successful implementation of this game changing UK Government initiative to stimulate the provision of public service content for audiences of 0-18.
Edwards joined the BFI from BBC Children’s where she had been the head of acquisitions and independent animation, responsible for pre-buying and acquiring live-action and animated programming for CBeebies, CBBC and iPlayer. She joined the BBC in 2008 as content manager and executive producer. Prior to the BBC, Jackie was a producer in the independent sector. A passionate advocate for public service content, Edwards is living her dream job!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
Eklund has a long backround in the music industry. He has worked for multinational record companies such as Warner Music and Sony Music since 1998. Eklund has managed wide range of superstars and projects which have sold altogether 2 million album copies in Finland. Since 2008 he has worked with films and television, first with his own company Moshfish Helsinki and in 2013 he co-founded Kaiho Republic.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
Chief content officer,
Forward is Stan’s chief content officer. He joined the company as employee number 3 in late 2013, establishing the content strategy for the service. Forward oversees all aspects of original production, content acquisition and programming.
Forward left his hometown of Melbourne to spend over a decade working in media/entertainment in London prior to joining Stan. He spent five years at Virgin Media in a variety of roles, including editor in chief for the business’s suite of content products, and, as director of TV Product, managing the UK’s second largest Pay TV platform. Previously Forward worked in the Entertainment and Marketing divisions at BSkyB.less
Furevold-Boland was the producer of the web-drama series SKAM, and are now an executive producer at NRK Drama.
Besides currently working with different projects both in development and in production at NRK, she also oversees the various Skam re-makes that are being produced in more than eight countries around the world.
Furevold-Boland has worked in NRK for many years and has been working on various project as a producer, script doctor, writer, journalist and presenter, both in television and radio.
She also gives work-shops in insight work as a tool for developing scripts, and the production method on shortforms. Furevold-Boland is educated as an actor from LIPA, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
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
Head of scripted development,
Lionsgate Television Group
As Head of Scripted Development, Scott Herbst oversees the development of scripted series for Lionsgate’s Television Group, one of the largest independent television businesses in the world. He and his team are responsible for identifying and developing content for an ever-expanding array of buyers across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, and leveraging the Company’s production partnerships, including its 3 Arts Entertainment and Point Grey Pictures relationships, to create premium scripted shows.
Lionsgate Television is coming off its best development year ever and Herbst oversees many of the Group’s highest-profile scripted series. These include the eagerly-anticipated drama Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist for NBC, Love Life for HBO Max, a romantic comedy anthology series reuniting director Paul Feig and star Anna Kendrick, the television spinoff of Lionsgate’s blockbuster John Wick film franchise, The Continental, for Starz, and Fall and Rise, the limited event series about 9/11, for ABC.
Prior to joining Lionsgate, Herbst served as Vice President of Scripted Programming for NBCU International and Vice President of Development at Lakeshore Films. He has previously produced top series and films including You, Me and the Apocalypse, Glitch, London Spy, Hanna and The Lincoln Lawyer.less
Head of original,
YouTube in EMEA
Hyams previously served as Director of Global Content at The Walt Disney Company where he oversaw collaborations with the worlds best digital creators and legacy Disney brands to create original digital franchises for a variety of platforms. Luke has spent time in Asia partnering with brands to produce web-series and micro-movies and before that worked extensively as a writer and director creating award-winning interactive series including “Dubplate Drama,” and ‘Katemodern’, for which he earned the Broadcast Press Guild award for innovation.less
When The Dust Settles
Høgh, born in 1969, started her career as a successful journalist and radio and TV host during the nineties before graduating as scriptwriter from The National Film School of Denmark in 1999.
She collaborated with director Per Fly, co-writing three of his film The Inheritance, Manslaughter and The Woman Who Dreamed of a Man before showrunning three seasons of the popular crime tv-series Dicte for Danish TV2.
In 2009 she was nominated for an Oscar for her short film “The Pig”, which she both wrote and directed.
Høgh is currently writing the TV-series When the Dust Settles for DR.
Thomas Eromose Ikimi
Thomas Eromose 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, Thomas released the cross-platform movie review and rating application Qurator in 2019 through his tech company.less
Found and chief storyteller,
The Story Ink
Jain has founded India’s first story company – The Story Ink (2018) and in a span of 12 months, has also become India’s No.1 book to screen company, with over 75 book to screen adaptation deals. He has worked as producer in Hollywood & Bollywood, and as a serial entrepreneur, he founded the world’s first online auction portal for original Bollywood Memorabilia – BollywoodAuction.com (2001) (subsequently acquired by Baazee.com which is now Ebay India), he produced India’s first 5-country coproduction international film – Marigold (2005), founded India’s first script development company – IRock Films (2008), produced India’s first found footage horror film – Ragini MMS – shot on Digital (2010) and after a quick stint at India’s No.1 OTT platform – Hotstar.com (2015-17), he is currently running – The Story Ink & producing a slate of projects. He is a collector of pop-culture memorabilia, shoes and speaks at 15+ forums a year, hosts a monthly talk series at Soho House Mumbai, and is a TEDx Speaker.less
Toonz Media Group
An accomplished media and entertainment professional with close on two decades of proven managerial and strategic experience in the international animation content production and distribution industry. An inspirational and visionary leader providing strategic leadership, direction and management. Co-Executive Producer for many award-winning animated television shows, feature films and DVD releases for media production houses such as Walt Disney, Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studio’s, Lions Gate, Hallmark, BBC, Sony Entertainment and Cartoon Network. Over his career he been selected as one of the top twenty ‘toontitans’ in Asia by the Animation Magazine and was a jury member of the elite Emmy Award panel.
He is a member of the prestigious International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and member of the entertainment Committee of FICCI, a leading confederation of business organizations in India. He has served on various advisory profiles and consultant assignments for national and international organizations. Vastly experienced in project financial management and project funding with an exceptional track record in building partnership with considerable gravitas. He has served as financial consultant to various national and international organizations including the Aga Khan Foundation and to various missions connected with UNICEF, UNDP/World Bank etc.less
Jenks is an award-winning film and television producer and the co-founder of Greenacre Films. She recently produced Been So Long (BFI/Film 4) starring Michaela Coel (Dark Earth Rising) and Arinze Kene (Misty). After showcasing at Cannes, a global deal was negotiated with Netflix which was the largest single acquisition of a UK film by the streaming giant at that time. It then premiered at The London Film Festival before launching on the platform in October 2018. New additions to the Greenacre slate include the best-selling novel The Space Between us by Thrity Umrigar and the sequel The Secrets Between Us both set in contemporary Mumbai. Amanda’s recent television credits as a producer include The Girl (BBC/HBO) by Gwyneth Hughes, directed by Julian Jarrold, starring Toby Jones, Sienna Miller and Imelda Staunton: nominations included 3 Golden Globes, 9 Baftas and 6 primetime Emmys. Mysterious Creatures for ITV directed by David Evans winner of The Mental Health Media Award and An Englishman in New York directed by Richard Laxton, starring John Hurt, winner of the Teddy Award at Berlin and nominated for 3 BAFTA’s. Amanda is also on the PACT Film Policy group and a full voting member of BAFTA.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
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.less
Katial is responsible for steering ZEE5, India’s fastest growing OTT platform, towards gaining industry leadership position. Considered one of the most successful executives in the Indian media industry, he has a robust body of experience across television, radio and digital. Prior to joining ZEE5, Katial was Founder COO-CEO, BIG FM where he also set up Thwink BIG (content incubator) and TV channels – Magic and Ganga.
Katial has an established record of accomplishment through successful shows – KBC – Who wants to be a Millionaire – Lets make a deal India, daily fiction content at STAR and Indian Idol, Fear Factor, Fame Academy and Ugly Betty at SET.
Instrumental in revolutionizing the media and entertainment landscape in India, Katial is a TEDx speaker, part of industry forums – Jury chair for the Ad club Abby and DMAI, committee member – FICCI and CII, Ex-Com at IAAA and VP at Association of Radio Operators for India (AROI). He has been voted as NewsCorp Achiever for Asia, included among the best in the ‘India Today 30 on 30’ list and was part of the team that won the first Media Gold at Cannes.less
Kawaja produces with Julia Sereny under their Sienna Films banner. Their series Cardinal for Bell Media, starring Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse, is entering its fourth season on global platforms including Hulu, BBC4, Canal+ and NBC Universal. Recently completed is Ransom, a 3 season x 13 episode co-production between Canada and Hungary with eONE for CBS and Global Television. Previous television includes Can-UK co-pro Afghanistan-set limited series Combat Hospital (Global/ABC/Sony Int’l) starring Elias Koteas (The Killing, Zodiac) and Michelle Borth (Hawaii 5-0); Lookout Point mini-series Titanic (ITV/Global/ABC) written by Julian Fellowes; and mini-series Diamonds (CBC/ABC/Antennae) starring Derek Jacobi, James Purefoy, Nicholas Pinnock and Judy Davis. Sienna built their reputation as producers of quality, independent content with documentaries like Hidden Children, Erotica and Black Bold and Beautiful: Black Women and the Politics of Their Hair, and feature films including most recently Sweetness in the Belly with director Zeresenay Mehari, which premiered at TIFF 2019, Marion Bridge, starring Molly Parker (Film Movement, TIFF/Rotterdam), How She Move, starring Rutina Wesley (Paramount/Sundance), Touch of Pink, starring Kyle McLachlan (Sony Pictures Classics/Sundance), and breakout comedy New Waterford Girl (Alliance; TIFF/Sundance). In postproduction is Helen Shaver’s debut feature Happy Place.less
SVP, global television,
Participant, the global media company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll dedicated to entertainment that inspires audiences to engage in positive social change. In her role, 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.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
Founder and CEO,
Koshy is a serial entrepreneur with a vast range of experience founding successful companies in the media entertainment space. She pioneered the creative outsourcing /co-production animation industry between Hollywood and India, launched Cause Celebre, the first celebrity management and entertainment consultancy company in India. She was also involved in setting up Jadoo Works- CGI animation company/ Animation Dimensions, India’s largest flash animation company. Koshy has produced animation projects such as Much Lucha (Warner Studios), Growing up Creepie (Discovery Kids), Higgley Town Heroes (Disney), Chloe’s (Turner Network) and NFL Rush Zone. She was also the head of the Media and Entertainment vertical for iGate Technologies, which was acquired by Cap Gemini (French IT consulting company).
Elizabeth is currently the founder and CEO of INVAR studios, an original content creation company focusing on multi-platform distribution models, whose first project was the award-winning VR narrative film ‘Rose Colored’. Currently under Elizabeth’s leadership, two series for OTT platforms have been green-lit for development along with a slate of movie projects that are in pre-production.less
director and screenwriter,
Kurvinen is a director and screenwriter from Finland. He has directed TV series e.g. Welcome to Texas (10×42`) and Soundtrack of Love (2 seasons, 22×58`). His latest work is the first Finnish-Chilean co-production INVISIBLE HEROES (6×52`) where he was a conceptual director. Mika Kurvinen studied film directing in Helsinki Film School in Aalto University.
When The Dust Settles
Lassen, born in 1984, graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 2011 and co-founded Good Company Films in 2014.
Lassen has produced all of Milad Alami’s award winning short films as well as his successful debut feature The Charmer. Other credits include season 1 of European TV-series The Team as well as the family fantasy film Wildwitch. Lassen is currently in production with the TV-series When the Dust Settles for DR.
Co-creator and co-showrunner,
Streel Films’ Michelle Latimer is the showrunner, director and writer of the Viceland breakout series RISE, which premiered at the Sundance Festival and won Best Documentary Program at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. A Toronto based filmmaker, showrunner, producer, actor and activist, her films have screened at festivals internationally including Sundance, TIFF, Berlin, Rotterdam and Cannes. Her recent film Nuuca, was Executive Produced by Lara Poitras for Field of Vision. Nuuca premiered at Tiff 2018, as well as Sundance Film Festival and Berlinale Festival. Selected films include Choke (Sundance Festival Jury Honourable Mention), The Underground (TIFF), Nimmikaage (Oberhausen, National Gallery of Canada), and the feature doc Alias (nominated for a Canadian Screen Award). Latimer is currently working on the dramatic feature Forgotten, adapting the bestselling novel Inconvenient Indian (TMN/BELL/ NFB), and show running the series Red Nation Rising, in development with Sienna. Latimer has directed episodes of the drama series Burden of Truth (CBC/CW/Hulu) and comedy series Little Dog (CBC), and has written for Frontier (Netflix/Discovery). Latimer was selected by Playback Magazine as one of Canada’s Top Ten Filmmakers to Watch, and the CBC recently named her among the ‘Great Canadian Filmmakers of the Future.’less
Executive vice president, global scripted development,
Sony Pictures Television
Based in SPT’s Culver City headquarters, Lederman facilitates creative and logistical partnerships between SPT’s US and international production teams to expand SPT’s slate of TV series in the US and around the world. Lederman works closely with SPT’s portfolio of international production companies to foster relationships and sales to US-based platforms and works in association with SPT’s US development teams in identifying and developing US projects for international buyers. In this capacity, she is focused on developing opportunities for cooperation between the studio’s domestic and international groups.
Lederman joins SPT from All3Media America, where she was EVP, Scripted Programming. In that role, she advised on scripted development slates for labels under the All3Media umbrella and developed the sales strategy on UK originals. She also served as Executive Producer on international co-productions, formats and original series, including Kaos (Netflix). Prior to that, she was at Lifetime Television for eight years, most recently serving as SVP, Scripted Programming and Development and was responsible for developing UnREAL. Lederman got her start in the industry as Vice President, Production, for NBC Studios.less
Director of content,
As director of content, Lee has overall control of BBC Studios Productions’ creative strategy in the UK. His immediate team consists of the key genre managing directors in Factual, Scripted, Factual Entertainment and Events, and Entertainment and Music. Together they deliver over 2000 hours of content annually to the BBC including key titles EastEnders, Doctor Who and Strictly Come Dancing along with new programming across the BBC portfolio. Since BBC Studios Production became a commercial subsidiary it also serves non-BBC clients including Five, Channel 4, PBS, National Geographic and Discovery.
Prior to joining BBC Studios Lee had 25 years’ experience in the UK television sector. He was acting chief creative officer at Channel 4, where he also held a number of commissioning roles including Head of Factual and Head of Specialist Factual. During his tenure, the business enjoyed notable impact and awards for programmes which included: The Secret Life of Four Year Olds, Grayson Perry: All Man, Gogglebox, First Dates, Benefits Street, Richard III: the King in the Car Park, 24 Hours in Custody and Educating Yorkshire.
Prior to his commissioning roles Lee was a producer/director of documentaries specialising in history, arts and biography working both at the BBC and in the independent sector. Lee reports into CEO Tim Davie and sits on BBC Studios’ executive committee.
VP, kids programming,
Disney Channels Europe and Africa/UK & Ireland
In this role, Levine is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of kids programming including the development of the linear and multi-platform programming strategy. Additionally, he is responsible for determining the direction of original production and commissions all originally produced content, acquisitions and co-productions for Disney kids platforms. He has developed and commissioned Emmy-nominated Evermoor, First Class Chefs, The Lodge and 101 Dalmatian Street.
Levine oversees programming strategy for pan-regional Disney Junior and Disney XD, reaching over 110 countries and 70 million households.
Levine has operational responsibility for UK & Ireland kids programming, and regional responsibility for kids channel performance across the region. Levine also serves as an Executive Sponsor of the Pride UK&I business resource group for Disney’s LGBT+ employees.
A 15+ year Disney veteran, Levine has served in a variety of roles, including GM UK/Nordics Disney Channels; VP/GM, Disney XD Worldwide; VP, Worldwide Programming Strategy, Acquisitions and Co-Productions. Levine has been an OUTStanding/Financial Times Top 100 LGBT+ Executive for the past three years and serves as a Trustee for anti-bullying charity ‘Ditch the Label.’less
VP of international originals,
Luegenbiehl oversees the development and production of Netflix’s non-US based series, which launch simultaneously around the world in 190 countries. Luegenbiehl has been responsible for the creative and has overseen the launches of numerous shows including, Suburra, Cable Girls, Jack Whitehall’s Travels With My Father, Ingobernable, Marseille, Club de Cuervos seasons 2 and 3, 3%, and German production Dark. She is a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as well as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Luegenbiehl was also head of the comedy jury for the Rose D’Or Festival 2013.
Prior to Netflix, Luegenbiehl worked at ABC as VP, comedy development and international scripted, ABC Entertainment Group. Some of the shows she was directly responsible for include ABC’s comedy series Fresh Off The Boat, Cristela, The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, Suburgatory, as well as The Middle. She was also on the team that developed Modern Family and Black-ish. Prior to ABC, Luegenbiehl worked for Bravo as manager of development and production, where she won a Primetime Emmy Award for her work on Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List. Other series developed at Bravo include Millionaire Matchmaker and Flipping Out as well as numerous stand-up specials. While at Bravo she was also part of NBC’s prestigious Associates Program. In 2010 Luegenbiehl was selected as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 35 Executives Under 35,” and in 2011 Variety profiled her in their inaugural list of “Hollywood’s New Leaders.”less
Creator and writer,
François Létourneau is an actor, playwright and screenwriter. His first television series which he co-wrote with Jean-François Rivard, Les Invincibles, has won many awards during its three seasons and has become a cult favorite in Quebec. Série noire, his second series, also won many awards, including the Gemini Award for Best Writing. Létourneau just finished writing and shooting a new series, C’est comme ça que je t’aime, which will air next year on CBC/Radio-Canada. Létourneau stars in all of his tv shows. He won the Gemini Award for Best Actor for his performance in Série noire.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
Director, content & channels,
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.less
Head of scripted TV ,
Gina Marcheschi currently serves as Head of Scripted TV for VICE Studios, an international television and feature film production facility from VICE Media, encompassing the development, production, financing and distribution of multi-platform content for audiences globally.
Prior to joining VICE, Marcheschi was an Executive Vice President at StudioCanal TV and Vice President of Scripted Television Series at Condé Nast Entertainment. Marcheschi’s previous positions include serving as SVP at Caryn Mandabach Prods (Peaky Blinders), where she led worldwide TV development, and as head of development at Leverage (In Treatment, Boardwalk Empire, How to make it America).less
Head of global human rights defenders programme,
Guadalupe Marengo is the Head of Global Human Rights Defenders Programme at 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.less
Children’s commissioning editor, 6-16,
Margrie is the Commissioning Editor for 6-16 non-scripted content in the BBC Children’s Department. She has been committed to working with young people through the Arts for over 30 years. She is responsible for some of the BBC’s most successful factual brands for young people including the multi award-winning My Life documentary series and the BAFTA-winning Operation Ouch! More recently she has commissioned iPlayer and podcast content for 12-15s, including Mimi on A Mission: Sex Ed.less
In a film career spanning over 30 years, McCallany has appeared in well over 100 films and television shows, working with some of the world’s most storied directors. Throughout his varied and versatile career, McCallany has worked for David Fincher, David O’Russell, William Friedkin, Lawrence Kasdan, Walter Hill, Clint Eastwood, Brian De Palma and Michael Mann among many others. McCallany currently stars in the Netflix series Mindhunter for director David Fincher where he plays Bill Tench, a complex, real life FBI agent researching serial killers in the late 1970s. Mindhunter is one of the most critically acclaimed shows on television and is a cinematic international hit for Netflix. McCallany has appeared in notable and pivotal supporting roles in movies like Fight Club (“His name was Robert Paulson!”), Three Kings, Black Hat, Alien III, Justice League, and Sully, to name a few. He has consistently worked alongside the film industry’s most influential actors including Tom Hanks, Sigourney Weaver, George Clooney, Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Sylvester Stallone and Sean Penn. In 2011, McCallany was the star of one of the most critically acclaimed and innovative television series of the decade, the raw and gritty Light’s Out on FX where he played an ex-world champion boxer with pugilistic dementia who must go to work for the mob to continue to support his family. A fluent French speaker, McCallany’s first French language film, Le Dandon, is in post-production and scheduled for release in 2019 from award winning director Jalil Lespert. He lives in New York City.less
EVP of Original Content ,
CBS All Access
In her position, McNamara oversees all current and future original series for the CBS All Access subscription service. CBS All Access first expanded into providing subscribers with exclusive original programming in 2017 with the new edition of “The Good Wife,” titled The Good Fight, Star Trek: Discovery and No Activity. CBS All Access also launched the period drama Strange Angel in the summer of 2018, and Kevin Williamson’s Tell Me a Story, a dark, modern twist on fairy tales, in the fall. Upcoming series include the reimagining of The Twilight Zone from Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg, Why Women Kill from Marc Cherry, true-crime series Interrogation, and a new “Star Trek” series based on Jean-Luc Picard, with additional programming to be announced.
McNamara joined CBS All Access after spending 10 years at CBS Television Studios, most recently as Executive Vice President, Drama Development, overseeing development for all primetime drama series for broadcast television. In that role, McNamara shepherded The Good Wife, Elementary, Scorpion, Jane the Virgin, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary, Under the Dome and NCIS: Los Angeles, among others. Prior to that, she served as Vice President, Drama Development, at ABC Network, where she developed Alias, Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy.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
National Geographic Global Television Network
Monroe oversees global programming, operations and marketing for the portfolio of National Geographic channels around the world, which includes National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo People and Nat Geo MUNDO. Monroe is also responsible for all operations, including the development and production of branded content, of National Geographic Studios, the in-house television production unit. Collaborating with A-level creative talent, Monroe works to harness the power and reach of the National Geographic brand to position National Geographic channels as the world’s premium science, adventure and exploration networks. Since 2017, Monroe has launched four of the most viewed series in network history, including One Strange Rock from the visionary Darren Aronofsky, which was viewed by 81 million people globally, and The Hot Zone, which became Nat Geo’s most watched scripted series to date. Under her leadership, the network has garnered more critical acclaim and awards recognition than ever before. For the 2019 Emmys, National Geographic received 15 nominations, including nods for critically acclaimed documentary film Free Solo and for the unscripted series Hostile Planet and Life Below Zero – the third year in a row it has been among the top 12 outlets nominated. Currently, Monroe serves on the board of Makers, a partnership program for the advancement of female leadership in the workplace, and she has been appointed to the advisory board for the Peabody Awards.less
Wildcard Films is a production company Morane-Griffiths co-founded with Joe Hill and Adam Wimpenny. Morane-Griffiths has produced film, TV and theatre. He began his film career as a script- reader for Intermedia Films in 2000, and then spent several years in production and development at Working Title and DNA Films, where he worked with Eric Fellner, Lindsay Doran, Duncan Kenworthy and Emma Thompson; and on the feature films Wimbledon, Nanny McPhee and the Oscar-winning Iris.
Morane-Griffiths completed the UK Film Council’s producer training scheme in 2007 and then produced the multi award-winning film ROAR and the feature film Blackwood (London Film Festival 2014). Morane-Griffiths wrote and produced the comedy drama Behold The Monkey for Sky and The Investigator series for ITV/Netflix (2016-18.) He produced the feature film In Darkness in 2018 with 42mp and Madonna & Basquait with Sarah Solemani for Sky in 2019. Morane-Griffiths’ theatre credits include the sell-out West End shows The Leisure Society (with Agyness Deyn in her stage debut), I Found My Horn, and Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Road, all in Trafalgar Studios. Tricycle Media recently announced it had taken a minority stake in Wildcard Films.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
Mustard is an expert on standing out and making something endure. He is a leading authority on brand, art, design, and media perception in the physical world and the economics of attention. Steeped in the worlds of technology, product engagement, and the creative arts, Mustard consults with leading companies, CEO’s, creative artists, public servants, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders, getting their messages, products, brands, and ideas to stand out to their desired audiences. An avid consumer of popular culture and a graduate of the London School of Economics with a degree in economics and economic history, Mustard has almost two decades of experience in technological and industrial public relations both nationally and abroad. He has expertise in strategic messaging, demand generation, product development, creative production, story and branding, and has consulted for Intel, Cisco, Symantec, and Adidas, to name but a few. As a creative artist, Mustard has worked in music, fine art, and documentary film production. His work has screened at the Lincoln Center in New York City, and Kevin Turan of the Los Angeles Times called the film he produced, Showbiz is My Life, Beguiling. With the publication of his first book, The Iconist: The Art and Science of Standing Out, Mustard’s work is an explanation of what causes something to draw and hold attention based on the primal laws of human perception called Blocks. He has spoken, educated, and inspired others with his work prolifically, including Ted at the creative giant, Wieden + Kennedy. He is currently working on a large-format art exhibition and an experimental opera album—both using his signature—the primal laws of Blocks.less
When the Dust Settles
Mynster graduated as an actor from The Danish National School of Performing Arts and Aalborg Theatre in 1975. Since her breakthrough role as Eliza in ’My Fair Lady’ in 1978 at the Royal Danish Theatre, she has appeared on almost every Danish theatre scene, playing the title roles in Medea and Hedda Gabler as well as queen Gertrud in Hamlet. In addition to the theatre, Mynster is also well known for her roles for her film and tv roles in ‘Matador’ and ‘Krummerne’. Mynster has received numerous awards and merit awards for her work and for her cultural impact in Denmark for the past 40 years. Mynster plays Elisabeth, the minister of justice, in When the Dust Settles.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
An industry veteran, Nair’s illustrious media career spans three decades with him holding key positions at leading media houses. Highlights in his career include the launch of KBC, the Indian adaptation of Who wants to be a Millionaire?, the Balaji soap operas and the launch of Star One.
Leaving Star after a 12-year stint (as programming head, COO and finally CEO), Nair setup NDTV Imagine Ltd, which he later sold to the Turner Group in 2011. Nair then joined Balaji Telefilms Ltd. as group CEO devising an expansion strategy for the company’s foray into digital with ALT Balaji, an SVOD video streaming service launched in April 2016.
In August 2017, Nair co-founded Applause Entertainment – a media, content and IP creation studio, promoted by Aditya Birla Group Chairman – Kumarmangalam Birla. With an innate ability to blend creativity with business smarts, Nair is building a new ecosystem for content creation and monetization bringing together talent, producers and platforms.
Since inception, Applause has produced 20 premium drama series, including the Indian adaptations of The Night Of, Hostages and The Office, Original series like City of Dreams, Rasbhari & Hasmukh, and inked streaming deals with Hotstar, Amazon and Netflix.less
Executive producer and founder,
Awesome Media & Entertainment
Norton is an award-winning author, writer-producer, and the founder of Awesome, a UK based IP and production company backed by Kew Media Group and Tricycle Media. Norton’s debut novel, MetaWars: Fight For The Future (Hachette), is a high-tech thriller about the fight for the internet that has spurred three sequels. His next novel is Looking Glass, a Victorian-era revenge thriller about the search for a kidnapped girl in London’s seedy underworld. Norton optioned the rights to Susan Hill’s The Small Hand: A Ghost Story and is presently serving as Executive Producer, in a co-production between Awesome and Two Rivers Media for Channel 5 and Kew Media. Awesome is also co-developing family drama Eternal with Fiction Factory Films and the four-quadrant fantasy Knights of Panterra with OmniFilm / The Jim Henson Company, based on Norton’s latest novel.
Previously, Norton was SVP of Chorion Ltd., which managed the literary estates of Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie, and where he acquired and developed new intellectual property, including the The Octonauts. Norton also developed and executive produced 80 episodes of pre-school animation called Trucktown (based on the NYT best-selling books) with Nelvana. Norton is a graduate of Queen’s University and Harvard Business School.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.
International distribution and executive producer,
Charles Ohayon has worked in the television, advertising and film industries since 1979. From 1994 to 1998, he was Program Director at Radio-Canada, where he was responsible for all programming sectors with the exception of news and current affairs. He then provided consulting services in film and television production, in addition to handling distribution and sales at Productions Casablanca.
He was Chairman of the APFTQ (Producers Association), sat on the board of directors of the Canadian Television Fund, was the chair of the Quebec board of directors of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television from 2006 to 2012 and for the last 11 years till 2018 Chairman of the board of directors of the Independent Production Fund.less
President of distribution and pay,
As President, Distribution and Pay, Pearce oversees the subscription portfolio and revenue derived from the distribution of Bell Media’s television networks, video and audio on-demand content, cable, satellite, IPTV, mobile and digital platforms, and direct to consumer.
As part of her portfolio, Pearce is responsible for the overall performance of multi-million dollar portfolio on demand services Crave and Starz, including HBO Canada. An architect behind the all-new Crave, she helped drive its immediate 20% subscription increase when it relaunched in 2018. In addition, Pearce oversees Bell Media’s corporate strategy and digital teams.
Pearce serves on the boards of Discovery Channel Canada as chair, CTV Specialty Television Inc. as director; is a member of advisory boards of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and York University’s Schulich School of Business MBA program in Arts, Media & Entertainment Management. She is also Programming Chair and Director of Canadian Club Toronto.
Pearce holds a Masters in Business Administration from York University, and Bachelor of Laws from University of Toronto.
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
Penttilä-Asikainen has worked as a producer since 2001 and founded Kaiho Republic with Pete Eklund in 2013. Penttilä-Asikainen has produced awarded short films, TV series, and feature films and has beeen actively co-producing, e.g. Lars Von Trier’s Dogville (2003), Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015) and upcoming Zaida Bergroth’s feature film Maria’s Paradise (2019). Most recent tv-series Invisible Heroes (6 x 50´) was released in Finland April 2019 and ganster drama Reindeer Mafia (8 x 42´) is currently in developmenless
Head of acquisitions,
Perez is currently responsible for all acquisitions, across factual and drama. She works with producers and partners to find, develop and invest in programming that has international appeal. Recent dramas are The Hunting; My Life is murder; Jack Irish, On the Ropes, Striking Out. She is currently spearheading an exciting new slate of projects at various stages of development, finance and production.
Prior to joining DCD Rights, she worked in various production roles starting her career at Planet 24 and soon after landing at multi genre producer Zenith Entertainment, one of the biggest independent factual and drama producers in the UK at the time. In 2013 she graduated from the NFTS with a Diploma in Script Development.
Throughout her career she has worked alongside emerging as well as established film makers, writers, directors and producers engaging at all levels of the creative process from idea to script into production, helping deliver compelling stories.
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.
Head of India original,
Amazon Prime Video
Purohit is the Head of India original at Amazon Prime Video. She has developed and launched all Indian Originals on Amazon Prime Video including Inside Edge (International Emmys Nomination, 2018), Breathe, Comicstaan (S01 & 02), Four More Shots Please!, Mirzapur and Made In Heaven.
Purohit was the first person to join the Originals’ team in India in 2016. Prior to this she was the creative head at Mumbai Mantra where she ran the Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in collaboration with the Sundance Institute from 2010-2015. She also had the additional responsibility of being the he Creative Head – Productions at Cinestaan Film Company, a boutique film studio where she supervised production on the company’s maiden production Mirzya, created by the national award winning director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and was also developing several other projects. She has also worked with UTV Motion Pictures (which later merged with Disney), Reliance Entertainment and Sony Entertainment Television. She has also worked with National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) as a consultant on Film Bazaar 2010 and managed all the aspects of the film market. Purohit is an alumni of the APJ Kidwai Mass Communication Research Center (MCRC), Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi and has been working in the Mumbai film industry for over 16 years now.
Head of drama,
As Head of Drama at DR, Rank oversees the development and production of the public service broadcaster’s primetime drama, as well as scripted content aimed at children and youth audiences.
Author, screenwriter and actor,
Rasmussen is a northerner living in South East London. After a pit-stop via New York illegally pulling in cash beneath any table available, they came back to London with dreams of being a writer. And, after picking up an editor of a notable online blogging platform while selling spiced cider on an East London stall, they published their first piece of online writing and officially became a writer.
Rasmussen is now a freelance journalist, Contributing Features Editor at i-D, Contributing Editor at LOVE Magazine, columnist at Refinery29 and co-founder and editor of Cause & Effect Magazine. Their journalistic work focuses on queerness, class and community. Rasmussen is also a singer in drag band Denim, and forms half of the queer performance duo ACM.
The Diary of a Drag Queen was published in the UK by Ebury in February 2019, and by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in North America in early 2020. Rasmussen is adapting their memoir for television with Wildcard Films. They are part of the drag girl band Denim, Rasmussen’s solo show The Bible 2 was in British Comedy’s Guide’s top 20 best reviewed shows of Edinburgh Festival 2019, and Diary of A Drag Queen was recently named one of the fifteen funniest books ever written by Penguin.less
Rege was appointed CEO of Endemol Shine India in November 2017 and under his leadership the company has transformed itself from being just a non-scripted content company to a company serving content across screens, languages and genres in TV, Films, and Digital.
Rege previously served as COO of Endemol Shine India’s television business, business strategy and operations of film business in India.
Prior to Endemol Shine, Rege was a director of business operations for Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd, New Jersey, USA. In this role Rege directed all business operations for the Americas (United States, Canada, Caribbean, and South America). Under his direction there was a boost in revenues by 50% in less than one year, expanded market reach and footprint by initiating distribution in Caribbean region and distribution in United States and Canada by negotiating deals with various platforms and operators.
Rege started his career at Star India where he scheduled and acquired content for premium and exclusive channels for the Tata Sky DTH service in addition to handling key commercial and compliance roles for the STAR group of channels.
Chief content officer, HBO Max and president ,
TBS, TNT and truTV
One of television’s most influential leaders, Reilly leads all of WarnerMedia Entertainment’s top-rated cable networks including TNT, TBS and truTV. Reilly also oversees the robust content strategy for the WarnerMedia direct-to-consumer offering HBO Max as Chief Content Officer, for which Reilly is charged with defining the non-HBO originals, library and licensed content that will make up the service.
The only executive to have run two broadcast and now four cable networks, Reilly is widely cited as an industry innovator and has been known for championing some of the most culturally influential programs in television history, including Empire, The Office, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, The Sopranos, The Shield, Nip/Tuck, ER, Law & Order and Glee. He was among the first television executives to make meaningful investments in digital and social media content and push for multi-platform ratings measurement. In recognition of his ongoing career accomplishments, in 2016 Reilly was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and in 2018, he received the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award from NATPE.
Since joining WarnerMedia in November 2014, Reilly has aggressively led major brand evolutions for TBS and TNT. Under his leadership, TBS has focused on creating distinctive originals and late-night shows, such as Full frontal with Samantha Bee and Search Party, while TNT has rolled out premium, award-winning dramas such as The Alienist, I Am the Night and Claws. Reilly has led efforts to expand partnerships with talent such as the new joint venture with Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco, and improve the consumer experience by significantly reducing commercial inventories in originals. He has also spearheaded new businesses such as ELEAGUE, and the recently announced new All Elite Wrestling league to grow the company’s portfolio.
Before joining TBS and TNT, Reilly served as president of entertainment for FOX (2007-2014), president of entertainment at NBC (2004-2007), president of entertainment at FX (2000-2003), and president of television at Brillstein-Grey Entertainment (1994-2000).less
director, writer and co-founder,
Maria Farinha Filmes
Estela Renner 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 organisationless
Director of Drama,
In 2013, Roach joined Sky Drama as commissioning editor and was appointed director of Drama in early 2019. Roach worked with Anne Mensah over the past six years to establish an internationally acclaimed slate for Sky’s original drama across Sky One and Sky Atlantic. Key recent titles include Chernobyl, Britannia, A Discovery of Witches, Bulletproof, Tin Star, Riviera and Curfew; forthcoming shows include Catherine the Great, Temple and Gangs of London.
Roach began his career in script and series editing on long-running drama series such as Casualty, before landing his first producing job on Series 6 of the hit prison drama Bad Girls for Shed Productions. He went on to produce two series of Footballers’ Wives. In 2007 Roach moved to Kudos Productions to produce the International EMMY award-winning second series of Life on Mars, and in 2009 produced BBC2’s critically acclaimed Moses Jones. Other BBC credits include Silk and Young James Herriot. In 2011 Cameron was asked to oversee the move of Waterloo Road from Rochdale to Glasgow; as EP he worked on fifty episodes of the show. Roach has worked in development for Tiger Aspect Productions, Shed Productions and for BBC Productions.
Michael Robotham’s psychological thrillers have been translated into 25 languages and sold more than six million copies around the world.
Born in country NSW, he began his working career as a journalist and went on to write for newspapers and magazines in Australia, Britain and America. In 1993 he quit journalism to become a ghostwriter, collaborating with politicians, pop stars, psychologists, adventurers and showbusiness personalities to pen their autobiographies. Twelve of these non-fiction titles were Sunday Times bestsellers in the UK.
Michael’s first psychological thriller, The Suspect, caused a bidding war at the London Book Fair in 2002 and was sold into more twenty languages in three hours. He has since won multiple awards, including the coveted UK Crime Writer’s Association Gold Dagger in 2015, beating a shortlist that included Stephen King and Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling). He has also twice won Australia’s Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel and the Australian Book Industry Award for best fiction.
A six-part TV series based on The Secret She Keeps made by Lingo Pictures will screen in early 2020 with an international cast.less
Zoë Rocha is the founder and Creative Director of television production company RubyRock Pictures. Established in February, the company is currently in development on a number of projects and is working with companies such as A+E Network and Sky.
Prior to setting up RubyRock, Rocha spent five years as Creative Director at LittleRock Pictures. Whilst there she oversaw the development and production of shows such as Ch5 and Netflix’s hit series Borderline and the International Emmy Award nominated Sky/Showtime original series Urban Myths. Rocha’s production credits also include five years as COO of Stephen Fry’s company, Sprout Pictures, acting as executive producer on all of Sprout’s projects. Notable examples are the Playhouse Presents series, starring Emma Thompson and Idris Elba. Her greatest success at Sprout came developing Moone Boy, which won an International Emmy.less
Ida Maria Rydén
When The Dust Settles
Rydén, born in 1970, graduated as scriptwriter from The National Film School of Denmark in 1999, and began her career writing for both television, film and the theatre. Her theatre credits include amongst other Make Up for The Royal Theatre, which won the Reumert prize in 2002.
Rydén has written several feature films and TV-series including The Hotel, Far from Las Vegas and Nikolaj & Julie before show running three seasons of the popular crime tv-series Dicte for Danish TV2.
Rydén is currently writing the TV-series “When the Dust Settles” for DR.
Group launch director,
BritBox UK and Senior Vice President, creative and editorial, BritBox US
Reemah Sakaan is currently leading ITVs set-up of BritBox in the UK and its interests in the US joint venture of ITV and BBC subscription video service, BritBox. She spent the last 18months based in New York driving the brand’s impressive subscriber growth (surpassing 600k subs in its first 2 yrs) alongside its Canadian launch in Feb 2018.
Prior to this as ITV’s director of marketing and media her remit covered all UK and international TV channels, digital on demand brands and pay services. She spearheaded the 2013 ITV rebrand, relaunching ITV’s UK Network brands, in 2014 she delivered the networks new channel launches ITV Encore and ITV Be, and the 2015 relaunch of ITV’s VOD service ITV Hub. She previously worked at the BBC for eight years, holding posts including Head of Marketing for BBC One and BBC Drama and BBC Film. Prior to this Reemah was Head of Marketing for BBC Three, BBC Comedy and BBC Entertainment and held roles in BBC Digital Marketing, working on product and platform brands such as BBC iPlayer, BBC HD and the BBC’s role in Freeview and Freesat launches. Reemah started her career in FMCG marketing with roles at Diageo & Reckitt Benckiser.less
Director of international originals,
Shergill heads the International Originals series team in India. Shergill is a seasoned media professional with over two decades of experience as a Journalist, Producer & Network Executive. She was earlier at Viacom 18 Digital Ventures as EVP and Head Content for VOOT. Prior to this, Shergill headed the network Non-Fiction programming & strategy for Star India Network. In this role, she helmed the biggest network multi lingual content project, the series, `Satyamev Jayate’ for Star Plus & 9 other network channels. Shergill has worked across genres in all major broadcast networks including Zee (2001-2002) & Sony Entertainment Television (2002-2007) in key Programming roles creating successful scripted and unscripted series.less
Sriraman is president for BritBox, a joint venture between BBC Studios, the subsidiary arm of BBC, and ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster. In this role, Sriraman is responsible for the overall strategy and operation of BritBox, with a focus on bringing the best British content to the service through acquisitions, licensing, co-productions, and key partnerships, with an emphasis on reach, engagement, and retention. Earlier, Sriraman served as executive vice president of franchise and digital enterprises at BBC Worldwide North America (now BBC Studios Americas), where she expanded brand platforms, maximized distribution outlets, developed new product and grew the home entertainment and licensing businesses to record breaking heights; adding a new distribution line-up of theatrical events for the key BBC brands including Doctor Who and BBC Earth. Prior to joining BBC Worldwide North America, Sriraman was president and chief executive officer for Palisades Tartan US and UK where, she spearheaded the releasing of independent and arthouse films, relaunched the Tartan brand, and increased sales against a declining market. Sriraman was named among Home Media Magazine’s 40 Under 40 executives and held positions at Warner Home Video and Universal Home Entertainment. Sriraman was also the senior vice president of theatrical marketing at Universal Music and Video’s filmed entertainment arm, Vivendi Entertainment. She is a member of the British American Business Association and is delighted to serve on the Advisory Board of the Bentonville Film Festival.less
Vice president of social impact,
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.less
Head of fiction,
Steffens has been head of fiction at RTL Television since March 2014 and is responsible for productions including Starfighter, Der Lehrer, Duell der Brüder and the series Deutschland 83, which won a Grimme Award in 2016. Immediately following his graduation from the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in 2006, Steffens started his own production company (greenskyFILMS) with several fellow students, with which he also produced the international co-production 8 with renowned directors such as Gus Van Sant, Jane Campion, Wim Wenders and many others. The film won the Cinema for Peace Award in 2009 and was shown at festivals around the world. This was followed by the successful television series Der letzte Bulle (The last cop), which won both the Bavarian Television Award in 2011 and the German Television Award in 2012, and was successfully adapted in France, Russia and Japan. Steffens then started another company (Twenty Four 9 Films) and produced international cinema co-productions and series including the TNT production Weinberg, for which he received a Grimme Award in 2016.less
David M. Taghioff
Library Pictures International
Taghioff leads Library Pictures International (Library), a global local-language content financier. Library was launched in May 2019 to support industry-leading filmmakers across the globe by investing in local production slates. Taghioff operates from the company’s Los Angeles headquarters. Taghioff was previously co-head of global client strategy at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), where he worked across the agency identifying new business opportunities for the agency’s clients, with an emphasis on the international marketplace. He advised corporate clients on their international initiatives, and he also worked with film and television clients on cross-border opportunities, brokering multiple film slate deals as well as packaging episodic content and film deals for Netflix and Amazon in India. Taghioff came to CAA in 2011 from Octagon, Inc., where he was chief operating officer of its entertainment division. Prior to this role, Taghioff served as the co-head of William Morris Agency’s London office. Taghioff graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California. He received his Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University and is a member of the California State Bar.less
Since Archery Pictures’ launch, Thykier has developed and produced the television series Riviera for Sky Atlantic, now shooting its 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.less
Akul Tripathi is an Indian media personality with over 20 years of experience in the business of content creation, curation, and management. An alumnus of Bournemouth University, UK; he is currently COO of Docubay – a global, membership video-on-demand service designed to stream non-fiction documentaries; and heads content and programming for EPIC Television Networks Pvt. Ltd – an Indian broadcaster acclaimed for premium India-centric content.
As writer and content creator, he has written and curated content for popular television shows including the Indian adaptations of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’, ‘The Power of 10’, ‘Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader’, amongst others. Till date, Tripathi has worked on the content, concept, story, and script of a number of television shows and web series. An impassioned traveller, photographer, and seeker, he writes regularly for several print and online publications.less
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.
Phillip Webb is originally from the UK where he worked at ITV Productions on a number of factual reality hits. Since moving to Canada he has produced over 150 hours of documentary, lifestyle and reality programming. At OUTtv, Webb is responsible for the operations of the company, with a specific focus on the technical and delivery side of the business. He also continues to oversee the development and production of OUTtv’s original programming.less
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.
Manager, kids and family international originals, EMEA,
Alexi Wheeler leads a team responsible for producing, commissioning and acquiring kids and family content for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Prior to joining Netflix, Wheeler was Vice President for Animation Production and Development at Viacom International. In his almost two decades in children’s entertainment, Wheeler has produced content aimed at pre-schoolers, and 6-12-year olds both in live-action and animation. His credits include a number of international hits and family favourites such as Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, Fireman Sam and Nella the Princess Night.less
Executive director, scripted content,
As executive director, scripted content at CBC, Williams oversees the public broadcaster’s drama, comedy and film teams across all broadcast and streaming original long-form programming. Williams most recently served as vice president, Temple Street, where she oversaw the creative execution of series for production as well as the sourcing and development of IP and new original series for primetime cable, pay, conventional and OTT platforms. She also served as co-executive producer of ongoing drama series Killjoys. Prior to joining Temple Street, Williams was director, drama, at Bell Media. There she lead a team of executives handling all development and production of original drama series and movies across CTV, Space, Bravo, TMN/HBO Canada, and MUCH, a highlight being creative oversight of several new series such as Orphan Black, Saving Hope, Motive, Sensitive Skin, and The LA Complex. She learned the ropes as a production executive on the international hit series Flashpoint and Degrassi.less
Founder and CEO,
Off the Fence
Windemuth, founder & CEO of Off the Fence which was recently acquired by ZDFE, teamed with Axonista to launch The WaterBear Network, the world’s first video on demand platform dedicated to the planet. She is a seasoned EP, chair of The Jackson Hole Film Festival Board and produces feature documentaries for impact.
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
Wright is President of EPIX, responsible for overseeing all facets of the network including original programming, distribution and leading creative and marketing efforts.
In his first year, Wright worked with the teams to increase the network’s overall distribution by nearly 150% 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; Pennyworth, the origin story of Batman’s butler Alfred from DC and WBTV; Steve Conrad’s Perpetual Grace, LTD, starring Sir Ben Kingsley, Belgravia, from Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame; Slow Burn, based on the hit podcast; PUNK, from Iggy Pop and John Varvatos; and NFL: The Grind, from NFL Films and hosted by Rich Eisen, along with spy-thriller Deep State and Seasons 2 and 3 of Get Shorty.
Prior to joining EPIX, Wright was the CEO of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, where he oversaw the release of such films as A Dog’s Purpose, Ready Player One, The Post, and The House with a Clock in its Walls. Before Amblin, Wright was President of TBS, TNT, and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). During Michael’s tenure at Turner, he led TNT and TBS to the top of the cable charts for 10 straight years, programming some of the biggest hits on cable television including the The Closer, Into the West, and Men of a Certain Age for TNT, and Conan, My Boys, and Angie Tribeca for TBS. For TCM, Wright oversaw the production of the Emmy nominated documentary Moguls and Movie Stars: The History of Hollywood, the acclaimed TCM: A Night at the Movies franchise, and the Emmy winning AFI: Lifetime Achievement Award specials.
Wright is part of the Television Academy Foundation, the Executive Board of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and is on the Board of Governors for The Paley Center.less