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SPEAKERS

Milad Alami
Director, 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 ... read more

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.

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Sarah Aubrey
Head of original content, HBO Max

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, A... read more

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. 

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Karen Bailey
Senior vice president, original programming, Starz

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 w... read more

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.

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Nathalie Biancolli
Director of acquisitions and international fiction, France Télévisions

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, acq... read more

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.

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Pascal Breton
President, Federation Entertainment

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 inter... read more

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.

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Georgia Brown
Director of European Prime original series, Amazon Studios

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 an... read more

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.

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Sebastian Burkhardt
Managing director, global content, Keshet International

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 I... read more

Burkhardt serves as Managing director of global content for Keshet International (KI), the international production and distribution arm of Keshet Media Group, Israel’s biggest and most successful media company.
In his role, Burkhardt oversees the creative development, production, funding and acquisition of premium high-end dramas aimed at the global market. Tasked with growing KI’s scripted IP catalogue, Burkhardt is tapping into new financing models and revenue streams through creative and commercial partnerships. The division works with international creators, alongside local and emerging platforms on a mix of original development, co-producing opportunities and deficit financing models.
Additionally, Burkhardt and his team actively work with third-party producers on innovative funding models through investments drawn from the KI Content Fund, which KI launched in 2018 with several of Israel’s largest holding and asset management companies.  To date, the $65M fund has invested in several projects, including Ecosse Films’ six-part drama The Trial of Christine Keeler for BBC One and the Blackfella Films political drama Black B*tch for Australia’s ABC. 
Under Burkhardt’s guidance, KI launched Keshet Digital Studios, which developed and co-produced arguably Snap’s most successful and first Webby-nominated original scripted series, Dead Girls Detective Agency. The darkly comedic supernatural teen soap mystery racked up 15 million-plus viewers in its first season before being recently renewed for a second. Other original shows developed across a variety of platforms include Generation Boom for AMC/Sundance Now.

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Jonathan Cavendish
Co-Founder, Imaginarium

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, Ordinar... read more

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.

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Nicole Clemens
President, Paramount Television

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... read more

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.

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Nancy Cotton
EVP and head of scripted programming, Epix

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... read more

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.

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Anna Croneman
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

Robert Delamere
Creative director, Storyglass

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 ... read more

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.

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Sandra Dewey 
Business operations and productions, HBO Max

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 serve... read more

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.

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Nosa Eke
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... read more

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.

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Pete Eklund
Producer, Reindeer Mafia

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 Repu... read more

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.

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Julian Fellowes
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 Aw... read more

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. 

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Nick Forward
Chief content officer, Stan

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 Med... read more

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.

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Marianne Furevold-Boland
Executive producer, NRK Drama

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... read more

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.

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Guy Gadney
CEO, Charisma.ai

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 i... read more

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.

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Nils Hartmann
Director of original productions, Sky Italia

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 ... read more

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.

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Karin Heijink
VP Pay-TV Channels, Viasat World

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 dist... read more

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.

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Luke Hyams
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... read more

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.

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Dorte Høgh
Writer, 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 fo... read more

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.

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Sidharth Jain
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 – ... read more

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.

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Amanda Jenks
Co-founder, Greenacre Films

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 Lond... read more

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.

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Olivier Jollet
Managing director Europe, Pluto TV

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 ... read more

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.

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Superna Kalle
Executive vice president, international digital networks, Starz

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, restruc... read more

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.

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Tarun Katial
CEO, ZEE5 India

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 chan... read more

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.

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Piotr Kocel
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... read more

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.

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Elizabeth Koshy
Founder and CEO, INVAR Studios

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 com... read more

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.

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Mika Kurvien
director and screenwriter, Reindeer Mafia

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.

Stinna Lassen
Producer, 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-... read more

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.

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Ralph Lee
Director of content, BBC Studios

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 alon... read more

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.

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Krishnendu Majumdar
Co-founder and executive producer, Me+You Productions

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 chai... read more

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).

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Holt McCallany
Leading actor, Mindhunter

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 curr... read more

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.

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Julie McNamara
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 ... read more

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.

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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 sour... read more

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.

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Courteney Monroe
President, 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. Collab... read more

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.

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Nathalie Morley
Chief content officer, TRACE Global

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 a... read more

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.

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Jamie Mustard
Author, The Iconist

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 t... read more

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.

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Karen-Lise Mynster
Actor, 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 we... read more

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. 

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Gareth Naeme
CEO, Carnival Films

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 ... read more

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.

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Sameer Nair
CEO, Applause Entertainment

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, w... read more

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.

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Jill Offman
EVP, 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 ... read more

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.

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Tracey Pearce
President of distribution and pay, Bell Media

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 serv... read more

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.

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Faith Penhale
CEO, Lookout Point

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 ph... read more

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.

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Liisa Penttilä-Asikainen
Producer, Reindeer Mafia

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). Mo... read more

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 developmen

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Jenna Powell
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. ... read more

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.

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Aparna Purohit
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 t... read more

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.

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Christian Rank
Head of drama, DR

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.

Abhishek Rege
CEO, Endemol Shine

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 Ind... read more

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.

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Cameron Roach
Director of Drama, Sky 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 show... read more

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.

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Ida Maria Rydén
Writer, 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 ... read more

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.

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Philipp Steffens
Head of fiction, RTL Television

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, w... read more

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.

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David M. Taghioff
CEO, 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 Crea... read more

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.

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Sally Wainwright
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.

Piers Wenger
Controller of drama, BBC

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 commissi... read more

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.

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Trish Williams
Executive director, scripted content, CBC

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 primet... read more

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.

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Anna Winger
Writer,

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... read more

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.

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