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Paul Abbott
Writer, Abbott Vision

Paul Abbott is a BAFTA award-winning television writer, series creator and producer. Abbott has become one of the most critically and commercially successful television writers working in Britain today. He is responsible for the creation of some of the most highly acclaimed television dramas of the last thirty years, including Reckless, Touching Evil, Best of Both Worlds, Clocking Off, State of P... read more

Paul Abbott is a BAFTA award-winning television writer, series creator and producer. Abbott has become one of the most critically and commercially successful television writers working in Britain today. He is responsible for the creation of some of the most highly acclaimed television dramas of the last thirty years, including Reckless, Touching Evil, Best of Both Worlds, Clocking Off, State of Play and Shameless. Most recently, he created, wrote and produced the filthily funny No Offence for Channel 4.

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Lenny Abrahamson
Director,

Some of Abrahamson’s work include; Garage (won the awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Script and Best Actor at the 2008 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs), Adam & Paul (won the Best First Feature award at the 2004 Galway Film Fleadh and the Grand Prix at the 2005 Sofia International Film Festival, as well as the best Director 2005 Irish Film and Television Awards), What Richard... read more

Some of Abrahamson’s work include; Garage (won the awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Script and Best Actor at the 2008 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs), Adam & Paul (won the Best First Feature award at the 2004 Galway Film Fleadh and the Grand Prix at the 2005 Sofia International Film Festival, as well as the best Director 2005 Irish Film and Television Awards), What Richard Did and Frank. Frank premiered to great praise at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Both Frank and What Richard Did won numerous awards at the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTAs), including best director for both.

Abrahamson is the director of the critically acclaimed Room starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress for which Brie Larson won and Best Adapted Screenplay. In addition, Room won the People’s Choice Award at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, was one of the AFI Awards Movies of the Year, and appeared on numerous critics’ top ten lists. Room is Abrahamson’s fifth feature film.

He is currently in production on Normal People a 12×30 mins series for BBC, HULU and RTE adapted by and based on Sally Rooney’s Man Booker long-listed novel of the same name. His latest feature The Little Stranger was released in 2018, based on the novel by Sarah Waters and stars Domnhall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter and Charlotte Rampling. He is also in development on a number of projects, Neverhome an adaptation by Lucy Kirkwood of Laird Hunt’s civil war novel, with Element Pictures and Film4, A Man’s World, which he is adapting from Donald McRae’s book with co-writer Jon Raymond for Element/Film4.

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Mo Abudu
CEO, EbonyLife Media

Mo Abudu, founder and CEO of EbonyLife Media oversees all aspects of EbonyLife Media, including EbonyLife Studios, EbonyLife TV, EbonyLife ON, EbonyLife Productions Limited (UK) and EbonyLife Films. Mo Abudu launched EbonyLife TV in 2013 and produced aspirational series like The Governor, about Nigeria’s first female state governor; Fifty, the sequel to the 2015 hit film about four driven, profe... read more

Mo Abudu, founder and CEO of EbonyLife Media oversees all aspects of EbonyLife Media, including EbonyLife Studios, EbonyLife TV, EbonyLife ON, EbonyLife Productions Limited (UK) and EbonyLife Films.

Mo Abudu launched EbonyLife TV in 2013 and produced aspirational series like The Governor, about Nigeria’s first female state governor; Fifty, the sequel to the 2015 hit film about four driven, professional friends reaching middle-age; Desperate Housewives Africa, based on Disney’s original series; and Sons of the Caliphate, a drama about the rivalry between rich and powerful families in northern Nigeria.

Mo took the plunge into filmmaking, with the creation of EbonyLife Films. Her first film as executive producer was Fifty, Nigeria’s highest-grossing drama and the top film of 2015. Teaming up with The ELFIKE Collective in 2016, she produced The Wedding Party and its sequel, The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai (2017), which became the highest-grossing franchise of all time in the Nigerian film industry (Nollywood).  

In March 2018, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced a three-year deal with EbonyLife TV that would include co-production of ‘The Dahomey Warriors’, a series about the legendary Amazons who took on French colonialists in a 19th century west African kingdom.

Mo was listed in Hollywood Reporter’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television in 2013 and 2017. The Business Insider listed Mo amongst the top 100 business visionaries creating value for the world.

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Moderator Steven Adams
Partner and head of management division, Buffalo 8

Award winning producer, Adams develops new business, produces and consults for international media and finance companies. Producer of the Netflix Original adaptation of Roger Guenveur Smith’s solo performance piece Rodney King, directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee. Adams recently collaborated on the marketing of Spike Lee’s hit series She’s Gotta Have It, and the Academy Award winning... read more

Award winning producer, Adams develops new business, produces and consults for international media and finance companies. Producer of the Netflix Original adaptation of Roger Guenveur Smith’s solo performance piece Rodney King, directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee. Adams recently collaborated on the marketing of Spike Lee’s hit series She’s Gotta Have It, and the Academy Award winning Blackkklansman, as well as such series as Delhi Crime Story and the Sundance indie pilot It’s Not About Jimmy Keene.

He also served for 4 years as a VFX executive producer representing Paris-
based VFX house BUF to the US Studio system. Adams brought in such Academy Award winners as James Cameron’s Avatar, Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi, Thor for Marvel Studios, as well as Green Lantern, Green Hornet, Stephen Sommers’ Odd Thomas, and Tim
Burton’s Dark Shadows.

Adams is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Television Academy, Board Ambassador for the Blackhouse Foundation, Advisory board member for Content London and the Los Angeles Art Association.

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Marty Adelstein
CEO, Tomorrow Studios

Marty Adelstein’s career in Hollywood spans over 25 years as agent, manager and feature film and TV producer. As CEO of Tomorrow Studios (a partnership between himself and ITV Studios), Adelstein is currently producing Snowpiercer, starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs for TNT in the U.S. and Netflix internationally; a straight-to series-order for Hanna with Amazon Studios; and TNT’s Goo... read more

Marty Adelstein’s career in Hollywood spans over 25 years as agent, manager and feature film and TV producer. As CEO of Tomorrow Studios (a partnership between himself and ITV Studios), Adelstein is currently producing Snowpiercer, starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs for TNT in the U.S. and Netflix internationally; a straight-to series-order for Hanna with Amazon Studios; and TNT’s Good Behaviour, starring Michelle Dockery.

Adelstein’s active development slate at Tomorrow Studios includes the live action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop and One Piece as well as television adaptations of books including The Oracle Year, written by best-selling comic book franchise writer Charles Soule (Daredevil, She-Hulk) Jackie, Janet & Lee with critically-acclaimed author J. Randy Taraborrelli along with Keri Selig, five-time Emmy nominated producer (After Camelot, The Stepford Wives); and The Chemist, based on the successful book by New York Times best-selling author Stephenie Meyer (Twilight). The company also has an overall deal with creator and showrunner Chad Hodge and his company Storyland, Inc.

Adelstein’s previous television series credits include Aquarius, starring David Duchovny for NBC and Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen for ABC. Other television credits include the MTV series Teen Wolf, the FOX reboot of Prison Break, and he was previously responsible for Ally Mcbeal, The Practice, 3RD Rock From The Sun, 30 Rock and Prison Break. His feature film credits include producing a remake of the classic horror Black Christmas, Made of Honor, The Experiment and the critically acclaimed 2011 film Hanna, directed by Joe Wright and starring Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana.

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Leye Adenle
Author,

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... read more

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.

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Kemi Adesoye
Writer,

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

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, Phone Swap, 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”

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Sarah Adina-Smith
Director, Hanna

Sarah Adina-Smith is a writer, director, and producer for film and television. The LA Times calls her “…an exciting, singular filmmaker, who seems able to use genre elements for storytelling that can often take on a more spiritual, mystical tone.” She just directed the pilot and second episode of Hanna for Amazon, starring Mireille Enos & Joel Kinnaman. She also serves as a Co-Execut... read more

Sarah Adina-Smith is a writer, director, and producer for film and television. The LA Times calls her “…an exciting, singular filmmaker, who seems able to use genre elements for storytelling that can often take on a more spiritual, mystical tone.” She just directed the pilot and second episode of Hanna for Amazon, starring Mireille Enos & Joel Kinnaman. She also serves as a Co-Executive Producer for the series. She’s directed two episodes of Room 104 for HBO, including the premiere episode as well an episode of Legion for FX. Most recently, she sold a project to Fox Searchlight’s new television division.

Sarah’s last film Buster’s Mal Heart stars Rami Malek and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The LA Weekly raves that Buster is “Science fiction that’s complex, thoughtful, and funny, like 12 Monkeys or Primer run through a Fargo filter.” Her first feature, The Midnight Swim, won six top prizes on the festival circuit, including the breakthrough audience award from Afi Fest.

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Koby Adom
Director,

Adom who graduated from the London Film School on the tail end of 2016. He has made three short films all which have been selected for prestigious film festivals globally including the BAFTA qualifying London Short Film Festival, BAFTA qualifying Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, Africa International Film Festival and many more. Since graduating from film school, he’s been developing a debut feature... read more

Adom who graduated from the London Film School on the tail end of 2016. He has made three short films all which have been selected for prestigious film festivals globally including the BAFTA qualifying London Short Film Festival, BAFTA qualifying Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, Africa International Film Festival and many more. Since graduating from film school, he’s been developing a debut feature film as well as working on a host of honourable events most notably a BFI short film screening which he curated.

Adom was listed as one of Screen Daily’s 2018 ‘Stars of Tomorrow. His latest short film Haircut was selected by David Yates as best film on the slate and premiered at London Film Festival as well as getting longlisted for a British Short Film BAFTA. Currently Adom is directing three episodes of Mammoth Screen/BBC 1 drama Noughts and Crosses based on the best selling novel by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman.

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Rory Aitkin
Co-founder, 42

Rory Aitken is a producer, and a founding partner of London and LA based Management and Production Company, 42. 42’s TV shows in production include Wild Bill, a six parter for ITV starring Rob Lowe as a straight-talking US cop who lands in Boston Lincolnshire as the new police chief with his daughter; Traitors, a 6-part drama series starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Keeley Hawes, and Emma Appleto... read more

Rory Aitken is a producer, and a founding partner of London and LA based Management and Production Company, 42. 42’s TV shows in production include Wild Bill, a six parter for ITV starring Rob Lowe as a straight-talking US cop who lands in Boston Lincolnshire as the new police chief with his daughter; Traitors, a 6-part drama series starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Keeley Hawes, and Emma Appleton, commissioned by Channel 4, written by Bathsheba Doran; and Watership Down, a 4 x 1 hour animated drama for BBC and Netflix, adapted from the global best-selling book by Richard Adams, written by Tom Bidwell and starring James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega, Sir Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Rosamund Pike, Tom Wilkinson, and Olivia Colman. 42 has a first look distribution deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Films currently in production include Ironbank, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Greville Wynne, the British businessman who helped the CIA penetrate the Soviet nuclear program during the Cold War; and Military Wives, starring Kristin Scott-Thomas and Sharon Horgan, inspired by the true story of the RMB Chivenor Military Wives, who formed the first Military Wives Choir in 2010 as a way to cope with their husbands’ deployment to Afghanistan. 42 recently agreed a multi-year first-look deal for films with Netflix.

Previous film credits include In Darkness, starring Natalie Dormer; Andre Øvredal’s The Autopsy of Jane Doe starring Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox; Welcome to the Punch starring James McAvoy and Mark Strong; and Shifty starring Riz Ahmed, Danny Mays and Jason Flemyng.

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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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Monica Albuquerque
Head of development, Globo

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 Communi... read more

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.

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Foz Allan
Creative director, Bryncoed Productions

Foz has a strong history of delivering record-breaking high end drama and children’s series for the major networks; his productions have won a total of 18 BAFTAs and 2 RTS awards. He has recently Executive Produced the new Sky Kids Tween Drama The Athena. He was Series Producer for Riveria – Sky Atlantic’s most downloaded original commission. He led the production process for ITV’s Jek... read more

Foz has a strong history of delivering record-breaking high end drama and children’s series for the major networks; his productions have won a total of 18 BAFTAs and 2 RTS awards. He has recently Executive Produced the new Sky Kids Tween Drama The Athena. He was Series Producer for Riveria – Sky Atlantic’s most downloaded original commission. He led the production process for ITV’s Jekyll & Hyde and is currently Consulting Producer on the Chinese adaptation of the series by Huace, due to air in 2019. Foz co-created Robin Hood – BBC Worldwide’s best-selling drama from 2008 to 2010 – with Dominic Minghella for BBC1, as well as creating the BAFTA-winning Belonging which ran for 10 series for the BBC in Wales. He has extensive experience in Children’s Drama, as the originating producer behind BAFTA-winning series: Wolfblood, The Dumping Ground, Hetty Feather and Harriet’s Army.

 

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Foz Allan
Executive producer on As Dead As It Gets and creative director , Bryncoed Productions Ltd

Allan has a strong history of delivering record-breaking high-end drama and children’s series for the major networks; his productions have won multiple awards. He is the executive producer on the BFI funded development ‘As Dead As It Gets’ and has recently executive produced the new Sky Kids Tween Drama The Athena, which has received BAFTA and Broadcast award nominations. He was seri... read more

Allan has a strong history of delivering record-breaking high-end drama and children’s series for the major networks; his productions have won multiple awards. He is the executive producer on the BFI funded development ‘As Dead As It Gets’ and has recently executive produced the new Sky Kids Tween Drama The Athena, which has received BAFTA and Broadcast award nominations. He was series producer for Riveria – Sky Atlantic’s most downloaded original commission and led the production process for ITV’s Jekyll & Hyde. Allan co-created Robin Hood – one of the BBC best-selling drama – with Dominic Minghella for BBC1, as well as creating the long running series Belonging for the BBC in Wales. He has extensive experience in Children’s Drama, as the originating producer behind BAFTA-winning series: Wolfblood, The Dumping Ground, Hetty Feather and Harriet’s Army.

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Simon Allen
Lead writer and executive producer, The Watch,

Allen recently served as a writer/producer on the acclaimed television sequel to Wolfgang Petersen’s Das Boot for Sky/Sonar/Hulu, having previously served as a showrunner on The Musketeers for BBC One. In addition to showrunning The Watch for BBC Studios and BBC America, he is developing a number of new projects with multiple producers including Left Bank Pictures, Scott Free, Endeavour, Conten... read more

Allen recently served as a writer/producer on the acclaimed television sequel to Wolfgang Petersen’s Das Boot for Sky/Sonar/Hulu, having previously served as a showrunner on The Musketeers for BBC One.

In addition to showrunning The Watch for BBC Studios and BBC America, he is developing a number of new projects with multiple producers including Left Bank Pictures, Scott Free, Endeavour, Content, Fremantle Media and Two Brothers Pictures.

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Callan Allen
Actor and originator of As Dead As It Gets,

Allen is a 19 year old from Croydon, South London. His acting career started at the age of 9 where he appeared as a Young Shenzi in the west ends Lion King. He later appeared in a number of tv shows and commercials. Aged 16 he wrote, produced, directed and starred in his own feature length film Clued Up, now available on Amazon Prime. Allen wants to tell new, exciting, authentic stories about y... read more

Allen is a 19 year old from Croydon, South London. His acting career started at the age of 9 where he appeared as a Young Shenzi in the west ends Lion King. He later appeared in a number of tv shows and commercials. Aged 16 he wrote, produced, directed and starred in his own feature length film Clued Up, now available on Amazon Prime.

Allen wants to tell new, exciting, authentic stories about young people, written by young people. Bryncoed Productions’ gave Callan the opportunity to workshop some of his ideas with other new young writers. This workshop process resulted in As Dead As It Gets, a series about a group of 16 year old friends living in Croydon who have just completed their GCSEs.

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Jonas Allen
Producer and CEO, Miso Film

Allen is specialised in development of feature films and TV series and takes care of the creative side of production in Miso Film. As a Fulbright scholar Allen has studied at the producer’s program at UCLA’s School of Film and Television, Los Angeles, USA and holds furthermore an M.A. in film studies from the University of Copenhagen. Allen has previously worked as a producer at Yellow Bird Fi... read more

Allen is specialised in development of feature films and TV series and takes care of the creative side of production in Miso Film.
As a Fulbright scholar Allen has studied at the producer’s program at UCLA’s School of Film and Television, Los Angeles, USA and holds furthermore an M.A. in film studies from the University of Copenhagen. Allen has previously worked as a producer at Yellow Bird Films, FilmPeople, Per Holst Film/Nordisk Film and as creative producer in one of Denmark’s leading advertising agencies Wibroe, Duckert & Partners.
In 2004 Allen co-founded Miso Film with business partner Peter Bose.

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Marjan Alčevski
Writer, Success

Marjan Alčevski is the writer of HBO Europe’s upcoming series Uspjeh (Success), one of two projects chosen as the winners of HBO Adria’s First Draft scriptwriting competition. The six-episode series is directed by Oscar-winner Danis Tanović and will premiere across HBO Europe territories at the end of 2018. Alčevski has an MA in script editing (ADU, University of Zagreb) and has developed f... read more

Marjan Alčevski is the writer of HBO Europe’s upcoming series Uspjeh (Success), one of two projects chosen as the winners of HBO Adria’s First Draft scriptwriting competition. The six-episode series is directed by Oscar-winner Danis Tanović and will premiere across HBO Europe territories at the end of 2018. Alčevski has an MA in script editing (ADU, University of Zagreb) and has developed film and TV projects for PlanetB and Nukleus film in Zagreb. He co-wrote the screenplay for the animated-documentary Chris the Swiss which had its world premiere at Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, and developed the half-hour comedy Nuts through the Midpoint TV Launch programme. Alčevski made the shortlist of the BBC International Playwriting Competition in 2012, and was awarded best pitch at PitchADU event, Zagreb, 2015. He won the Dean’s Award at ADU, Zagreb for the TV mini-series Service in 2016.

 

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Eleonora Andreatta
Head of drama, RAI

Andreatta is the first woman to head RAI Fiction, the department of the Italian public broadcaster in charge of producing and co-producing TV drama and docudrama for all RAI channels and the RAI Play platform, with a yearly output of some 500 hours. After a degree in Italian Literature at Bologna University, she began her career with Academy Pictures, one of Italy’s most qualified movie distrib... read more

Andreatta is the first woman to head RAI Fiction, the department of the Italian public broadcaster in charge of producing and co-producing TV drama and docudrama for all RAI channels and the RAI Play platform, with a yearly output of some 500 hours. After a degree in Italian Literature at Bologna University, she began her career with Academy Pictures, one of Italy’s most qualified movie distribution companies. At RAI she formerly headed the programming of Cinema and Fiction at RAI1 and then managed the International Series and Co-productions at RAI Fiction.

As Head of Drama RAI, along with the successful production of high-end prime time domestic TV series awarded internationally and broadcasted throughout the most prestigious foreign channels (e.g. Montalbano, Rocco Schiavone, Maltese, The Hunter, Close Murders among the others), she established a major expansion of the Italian TV series into the global arena thanks to high profile international co-productions: My Brilliant Friend, co-produced with HBO and based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling novels; The Name of the Rose, based on Umberto Eco’s masterpiece and co-produced with AMC and TeleMunchen Group; Frank Spotnitz’s Medici saga, sold worldwide in more than 100 countries. Since 2018 Andreatta represents RAI in the European Alliance, an initiative launched along with the pubcasters France TV (France) and ZDF (Germany) to jointly produce internationally competitive and high quality TV series and act as a European actor alongside the new global players.

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Gregor Angus
Founder and CEO, TrueRoyalty TV

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”, True Royalty TV offers subscribers the best documentaries an... read more

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”, True Royalty 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.

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Alon Aranya
Producer and writer, Paper Plane Productions

Aranya has set up 40 scripted shows at US and international studios and networks. His shows include Red Widow and Betrayal for ABC and Hostages at CBS. He’s currently in production on Your Honor starring Brian Cranston at Showtime with Peter Moffat writing and Robert and Michelle King co-Producing, as well as Tehran, an international drama thriller from Israel in association with Cineflix Right... read more

Aranya has set up 40 scripted shows at US and international studios and networks. His shows include Red Widow and Betrayal for ABC and Hostages at CBS. He’s currently in production on Your Honor starring Brian Cranston at Showtime with Peter Moffat writing and Robert and Michelle King co-Producing, as well as Tehran, an international drama thriller from Israel in association with Cineflix Rights and Kan, Israel’s public broadcaster.

Aranya‘s company, Paper Plane Productions made a two-year first look deal with CBS Studios International for the purpose of producing original international drams. Alon has helped launch CBS Studios International original drama slate with Districtly, an Israeli drama co-produced by the Israeli Public Broadcaster and CBS Studios International created by Leora Kamenetzky (Fauda) as well as Best Seller Boy, an original Dutch dramedy based on a best-selling book by Mano Bouzamur, a co production with the Dutch NPO.

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Alon Aranya
Writer, producer, Paper Plane Productions

Writer- Producer Alon Aranya has set up close to 40 scripted shows at studios and networks in the US, most of them based on foreign scripted formats and original developments. Alon recently made a two-year first look deal with CBS Studios International through his newly established company Paper Plane Productions. On the international side the company is working on Atrocity created and written... read more

Writer- Producer Alon Aranya has set up close to 40 scripted shows at studios and networks in the US, most of them based on foreign scripted formats and original developments. Alon recently made a two-year first look deal with CBS Studios International through his newly established company Paper Plane Productions. On the international side the company is working on Atrocity created and written by Alon Aranya & Pieter Bart Korthuis – Official selection Series Mania Co-pro 2018, commissioned by the Dutch NPO, and District Y, an Israeli drama coproduced with the Israeli Public Broadcaster and CBS Studios International together with the writer and Producer of Fauda. Current US projects include: Your Honor (based on the Israeli format KVODO) ordered to series at Showtime with Kingsize Prods (The Good Wife) and Peter Moffat (Criminal Justice) writing, as well as Kilroy County based on the Dutch format Holland’s Hope with Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor and Miguel Arteta set up at Showtime, and Van Life (aka Laguna) in development at Apple with Laura Dern attached. Past projects include: Red Widow (based on the Dutch format Penoza) ABC / ABC Studios, Betrayal (based on The Dutch format Overspel) ABC / ABC Studios and Hostages (adapted and written by Alon Aranya from Bnei Aruba Israel) Warner Bros TV, Bruckheimer TV and CBS. Alon got his BFA at Tel Aviv University in Film and Television and later became a faculty member at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he got his MFA in Dramatic Writing.

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Avi Armoza
Founder and CEO, Armoza Formats

The pioneer of the Israeli formats industry internationally, and the Founder and CEO of Armoza Formats, Avi Armoza is one of Israel’s leading film and television producers. Avi has been working in television and film business for more than 20 years. He began his tenure when he founded JCS Productions, which has grown to be Israel largest independent production house. Prior to Armoza, Avi wa... read more

The pioneer of the Israeli formats industry internationally, and the Founder and CEO of Armoza Formats, Avi Armoza is one of Israel’s leading film and television producers.

Avi has been working in television and film business for more than 20 years. He began his tenure when he founded JCS Productions, which has grown to be Israel largest independent production house. Prior to Armoza, Avi was the VP of Content and Business Development at Israel’s leading Media Company, the Jerusalem Capital Studios.

In 2005, he founded Armoza Formats, and under his leadership it has become a key player in the international formats market, successfully establishing it as a leading independent format development and distribution company that aims to innovate in distribution methods and format creation. In addition to driving the company forward, Avi has served as Executive Producer on several of Armoza’s hit shows, including prime-time entertainment show I Can Do That!, which has become a well-known brand aired in over 85 territories, including in the US on NBC and the recently-launched prime time singing competition The Four, which has now had two hit seasons on FOX.

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Moderator Stephen Armstrong
Freelance journalist,

Stephen Armstrong is a journalist and author. He writes extensively on film and television for the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph, Wired and the Guardian. He contributes to the Radio Times, Monocle and Sky Arts Discovering Film series. He has written five non-fiction books and inevitably has a screenplay in development, where he confidently expects it to remain.

Axel Arno
Commissioning editor, SVT Documentaries

Axel Arno has been commissioning editor at Sveriges Television (SVT) since 1998. He was previousy a newspaper reporter, working in news, feature and current affairs. Since his move to national television, Axel has been reporter, editor and editoral excecutive. After a short break for music studies in London, Axel was appointed as the managing editor of SVT:s flagship current affairs magazine Strip... read more

Axel Arno has been commissioning editor at Sveriges Television (SVT) since 1998. He was previousy a newspaper reporter, working in news, feature and current affairs. Since his move to national television, Axel has been reporter, editor and editoral excecutive. After a short break for music studies in London, Axel was appointed as the managing editor of SVT:s flagship current affairs magazine Striptease. Later he created and managed the investigative documentary strand Dokument inifrån.

Axel has been a commission editor at SVT since 1998. At SVT’s documentary department he deals with international current affairs, special series and creative documentaries. He has commissioned numerous award winning international co-productions.

In 2006, Axel was elected chairman of the EBU Documentary Group. He is a regular at the big documentary festivals and forums where he is frequently seen as moderator.

Axel is 55, married, has three kids, two cats, six bikes and lives just outside Stockholm.

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Rachel Ashdown
Commissioning editor, BBC

Rachel has worked in BBC Entertainment Commissioning for four years. In 2017 she commissioned a pilot of All Together Now and continues work closely with the team who deliver the show. Her other current projects include the BAFTA Nominated Michael McIntyre’s Big Show for BBC1 a one-off celebrating Ken Dodd for BBC2 and an entertainment documentary for BBC1 looking back on 30 years of Take That. ... read more

Rachel has worked in BBC Entertainment Commissioning for four years. In 2017 she commissioned a pilot of All Together Now and continues work closely with the team who deliver the show.

Her other current projects include the BAFTA Nominated Michael McIntyre’s Big Show for BBC1 a one-off celebrating Ken Dodd for BBC2 and an entertainment documentary for BBC1 looking back on 30 years of Take That. Previous commissions include Let It Shine for BBC1, Junior Doctors for BBC3 and Love In the Countryside for BBC2 which will return in 2019

Prior to joining the BBC Rachel was a freelance Executive Producer. Rachel is one of a number of commissioners who work to Controller of Entertainment Kate Philips.

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Solange Attwood
EVP, Blue Ant International

In her role as EVP, Blue Ant International, Solange Attwood oversees the strategic direction of Blue Ant Media’s transatlantic distribution arm. Attwood spearheads and oversees co-productions for the sales division, pre-sales and worldwide sales activities, while leading the business’ ongoing expansion and sales offices in London (UK) and Toronto (Canada). Under her leadership, Attwood has bui... read more

In her role as EVP, Blue Ant International, Solange Attwood oversees the strategic direction of Blue Ant Media’s transatlantic distribution arm. Attwood spearheads and oversees co-productions for the sales division, pre-sales and worldwide sales activities, while leading the business’ ongoing expansion and sales offices in London (UK) and Toronto (Canada). Under her leadership, Attwood has built the division organically as a leader in premium content distribution with over 3,500 hours of award-winning content across its tent-pole categories: Factual Entertainment, Kids & Family, Nature & Wildlife, Scripted & Digital Studios and High Impact Documentaries. Blue Ant International is a global leader in 4K programming, with the largest library of wildlife and nature content in the world.

Attwood’s former roles include VP, International at Si Entertainment where she headed up the development and launch of the company’s distribution arm. Prior to that, she was Manager, International Sales and Acquisitions at Tricon Films & Television.

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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, An... 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, Lars and the Real Girl before that. 

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Tony Ayres
Showrunner, Tony Ayres Productions

Tony Ayres is a multi-award winning executive producer, showrunner, writer and director in television and feature films.  He has been nominated for 4 International Emmys (winning in 2015 for Nowhere Boys s2), 3 BAFTAs, and in Australia has won 5 Logies and 6 AACTA Awards amongst numerous others.  He was showrunner on The Slap, which was remade in the US by NBC and on season one of Nowhere Boys. ... read more

Tony Ayres is a multi-award winning executive producer, showrunner, writer and director in television and feature films.  He has been nominated for 4 International Emmys (winning in 2015 for Nowhere Boys s2), 3 BAFTAs, and in Australia has won 5 Logies and 6 AACTA Awards amongst numerous others.  He was showrunner on The Slap, which was remade in the US by NBC and on season one of Nowhere Boys. He has also executive produced TV shows such as Glitch, Wanted, Seven Types of Ambiguity, Barracuda, The Family Law, Nowhere Boys (seasons 2 to 4), Underground- The Julian Assange Story. He’s also executive produced feature films- Ali’s Wedding, Lou, Nowhere Boys- the Book of Shadows.   Tony’s directing credits include feature films Cut Snake (2015), The Home Song Stories (2007) winner of 24 international and Australian awards, and Walking on Water (2002), which won two awards at the 2002 Berlinale. One of the founding members of NBCU-owned Matchbox Pictures, in 2018 Tony formed TAP (Tony Ayres Productions) which is also backed by NBCU.

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Karen Bailey
Senior vice president, original programming, Starz

Based in the company’s Santa Monica office, Bailey oversees creative development and production on a number of programs for the network including the critically-acclaimed Outlander which is currently in production in Glasgow, Scotland; The Spanish Princess, the third in the series of adaptations based on the popular Philippa Gregory novels now filming in Bristol, UK; American Gods, the popular f... read more

Based in the company’s Santa Monica office, Bailey oversees creative development and production on a number of programs for the network including the critically-acclaimed Outlander which is currently in production in Glasgow, Scotland; The Spanish Princess, the third in the series of adaptations based on the popular Philippa Gregory novels now filming in Bristol, UK; American Gods, the popular fantasy series based on Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel of the same name currently filming in Toronto, Canada; and the newly announced Dangerous Liaisons, which is slated to begin filing in the EU the Spring of 2020.

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. She 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 & Camelot.

In 2011 she transitioned to creative development and was promoted to SVP of original programming in 2012. Since then she has worked on a number of international co-productions including Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated STARZ Original Miniseries The White Queen and the critically acclaimed STARZ Original Limited Series, The White Princess. Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated limited series The Missing and its sequel; Howard’s End, a 4-part TV adaptation written by Academy Award® winner Kenneth Lonergan and Starz’ first movie for television, The Dresser starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins.

Bailey has been invited to speak at several events and conferences including BAFTA Women Director’s Panel in London, Create and Cultivate Panel in Los Angeles and the College TV Summit at the TV Academy of Arts and Science in North Hollywood. Among her honors and awards, Bailey has been recognized as one of Cablefax’s “Most Powerful Women” and “Top Women in Cable” many times over.

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Alison Bakunowich
Senior VP and general manager for Milkshake! and Nickelodeon UK and Ireland, Viacom International Media Networks

Alison Bakunowich is responsible for the entire kids business at Viacom International Media Networks. She is the SVP General Manager for Nickelodeon UK and Ireland, is in charge of Channel 5 Milkshake! and has brand oversight for Nickelodeon Nordics, CEE, Russia and Israel. Alison’s remit covers all channels (PSB, Pay TV, SVOD, AVOD), digital, social, consumer products, partnerships and sponsors... read more

Alison Bakunowich is responsible for the entire kids business at Viacom International Media Networks. She is the SVP General Manager for Nickelodeon UK and Ireland, is in charge of Channel 5 Milkshake! and has brand oversight for Nickelodeon Nordics, CEE, Russia and Israel.

Alison’s remit covers all channels (PSB, Pay TV, SVOD, AVOD), digital, social, consumer products, partnerships and sponsorship. She is also responsible for all events and real-life experiences for the Nickelodeon and Milkshake! brands including Slimefest, the Milkshake! Live Tour and recently announced Nickelodeon Big Base Camp.

Alison joined Nickelodeon UK & Ireland in 2011 as Vice President, Creative, Marketing and Communications.

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Ana Balentovic
Development executive, HBO Adria

Ana Balentovic is Development Executive at HBO Adria, with a remit of identifying and developing local talent and projects from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro.  Previously she led writers’ rooms across South East Europe as Head of Development for talent incubator ContentLAB & Factory, and was a producer on prime-time series at Croatian commerci... read more

Ana Balentovic is Development Executive at HBO Adria, with a remit of identifying and developing local talent and projects from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro.  Previously she led writers’ rooms across South East Europe as Head of Development for talent incubator ContentLAB & Factory, and was a producer on prime-time series at Croatian commercial broadcaster RTL Hrvatska.

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Sam Barcroft
CEO, Barcroft Studios

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 progr... read more

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.

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Dr Shahidha Bari
Professor of fashion cultures , London College of Fashion

Dr Shahidha Bari is Professor of Fashion Cultures and Histories at the London College of Fashion. She is one of the regular presenters of the BBC Radio 3 Arts and Ideas programme Free Thinking and an occasional presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. She is a Fellow of the Forum for European Philosophy at the London School of Economics. Her academic work moves between philosophy, psychoanalysi... read more

Dr Shahidha Bari is Professor of Fashion Cultures and Histories at the London College of Fashion. She is one of the regular presenters of the BBC Radio 3 Arts and Ideas programme Free Thinking and an occasional presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. She is a Fellow of the Forum for European Philosophy at the London School of Economics. Her academic work moves between philosophy, psychoanalysis, literary theory and visual culture. Her book “Dressed: The Secret Life of Clothes” was published in 2019. She is currently working on a philosophical study of beauty.

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Erik Barmack
Founder, Wild Sheep Content

Barmack has recently left Netflix to start his own production company focused on international series. Prior to this move, Barmack headed international originals for Netflix, and was responsible for the strategy, budget, and creative vision of a team of over forty executives that has helped create over 100 productions in more than twenty-five countries.  These productions — including Dark, ... read more

Barmack has recently left Netflix to start his own production company focused on international series.
Prior to this move, Barmack headed international originals for Netflix, and was responsible for the strategy, budget, and creative vision of a team of over forty executives that has helped create over 100 productions in more than twenty-five countries.  These productions — including Dark, Elite, The Protector and Casa De Las Flores – have consistently reached large audiences outside of their home territories, and have been nominated for, and won, multiple national and global awards, including the International Emmys. Prior to serving in this position, Barmack served in a variety of senior roles at Netflix, including vice president of independent content.  He has also worked at ESPN/Disney in strategy and business development, and created a start-up, Small World Sports, which was later sold to Vulcan Ventures.
With his new venture, Barmack has set up shows with producers in Spain, Brazil, India, and Holland, and will be announcing his first slate of international productions shortly.  

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Erik Barmack
Vice president, international originals, Netflix

Erik Barmack is Vice President, international originals at Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service. Barmack is responsible for developing programming strategies and producing original series and other content outside of the United States. Under his leadership, recent international original launches include Club de Cuervos and Ingobernable (Mexico), Marseille (France), Dark (G... read more

Erik Barmack is Vice President, international originals at Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service. Barmack is responsible for developing programming strategies and producing original series and other content outside of the United States. Under his leadership, recent international original launches include Club de Cuervos and Ingobernable (Mexico), Marseille (France), Dark (Germany), Sacred Games (India), Edha (Argentina), Las Chicas del Cable (Spain), 3• and O Mecanismo (Brazil), and Jack Whitehall’s Travels with My Father (United Kingdom). Upcoming series include The Eddy, Academy Award ® winner Damien Chazelle’s eight-episode musical drama that will be shot in France and feature dialogue in French, English and Arabic; as well as Italian original Suburra, Kingdom (Korea), and The Witcher saga (Poland) among other projects that represent Netflix’s commitment to investing in content and countries across the globe. Over his six years at Netflix, he has served in a variety of senior executive roles, where in addition to developing the original and first-run strategies for international content, he helped set the initial strategies for kids, independent film, anime and other genre programming.

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Sarah Barnett
President, AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios

As president, AMC Networks Entertainment Group & AMC Studios, 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 comp... read more

As president, AMC Networks Entertainment Group & AMC Studios, 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 six 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, Top 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.

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Genevieve Barr
Actress,

Barr is an English actress best known for the role Amelia in the BBC award-winning series The Silence. She plays Debbie in Jack Thorne’s latest drama, The Accident for Channel 4. Further credits include playing psychopathic Lisa in Shameless, BAFTA award-winning The Fades, ITV’s True Love alongside Jane Horrocks, Neal Street Productions’ Call the Midwife for BBC, Two Brother Pictures’ ... read more

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.

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Carl Barât
Executive producer, The Heartless

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 oth... read more

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 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.

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Lucie Barât
Writer, The Heartless

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... read more

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.

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Larry Bass
CEO and exec producer, ShinAwiL

Bass is an award-winning media practitioner and entrepreneur with 40 years experience in entertainment and business. ShinAwiL is the production powerhouse behind the biggest TV shows in Ireland including Dancing with the Stars, The Apprentice, MasterChef, The Voice of Ireland and Dragons’ Den, with offices in Dublin and Belfast. A strategic visionary, Bass has continuously diversified and innova... read more

Bass is an award-winning media practitioner and entrepreneur with 40 years experience in entertainment and business.
ShinAwiL is the production powerhouse behind the biggest TV shows in Ireland including Dancing with the Stars, The Apprentice, MasterChef, The Voice of Ireland and Dragons’ Den, with offices in Dublin and Belfast.
A strategic visionary, Bass has continuously diversified and innovated within his company to cater to ever changing markets. He launches his first drama in Autumn 2019 Miss Scarlet and The Duke for A&E Networks and has numerous series in development with global co-producers in Canada, France, Germany, Scandinavia, UK and USA.
Bass has been appointed to every media governance body in Ireland including The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Screen Ireland, (Irish Film Board) Screen Skills Ireland, Screen Producers Ireland, and has served on international juries for the International Emmys, Rose d’Or, BANFF and Real Screen Television Awards. Bass has lectured and spoke about television production all over the world, where his specialist subject is strategic planning for production companies.
Bass is married to Catherine and they have 4 adult children. He is the chairman of Airtricity National League club, Cabinteely FC.

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Arnauld de Battice
Producer, Extravagance,

Morgane Baudin
Sustainable production specialist , Pixetik

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 s... read more

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.

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Rola Bauer
Managing director, StudioCanal TV

Rola Bauer’s responsibilities as managing director, StudioCanal TV include leading the television activities for the studio’s production and partnership companies’ scripted formats and co-productions in the U.S. market, as well as exploring synergies with Universal Music Group which is also part of Vivendi. A Golden Globe and two-time Emmy nominated producer, Bauer is responsible for strateg... read more

Rola Bauer’s responsibilities as managing director, StudioCanal TV include leading the television activities for the studio’s production and partnership companies’ scripted formats and co-productions in the U.S. market, as well as exploring synergies with Universal Music Group which is also part of Vivendi.

A Golden Globe and two-time Emmy nominated producer, Bauer is responsible for strategic alliances with writing/show-running talent in the U.S. for the studio’s television division; overseeing the company’s extensive line-up of European co-productions and all third party acquisitions. StudioCanal offers a full studio service including international co-production strategy, business affairs, finance and worldwide sales to support its growing roster of production companies across the global market. Currently, Bauer and Tandem Productions/Studiocanal are collaborating with Bron Studios, ZDF, Viaplay and The Bridge co-creator Måns Mårlind to co-produce and internationally distribute the gritty, eight-part thriller Shadowplay.

In addition, StudioCanal will internationally distribute the Cattleya epic ZeroZeroZero, from the team behind hit crime-drama Gomorra and Suburra. Also, Bauer is overseeing a number of additional projects, including Urban Myth Films’ War Of The Worlds, a co-production with C+ Group, Fox Network Group and AGC Studios; RED Production Company’s Years and Years, a co-production with Canal+ and BBC; SAM’s Below The Surface 2, a co-production with ZDF and Discovery; and Yellowbird’s Sanctuary, a co-production with NC+, C+ Group; along with two Netflix Originals: Urban Myth’s The One and RED’s The Stranger.

Most recently, Bauer led the development of witty new detective series Take Two, a U.S./European co-production from Tandem Productions, ABC Studios, France 2 and Vox Germany. Take Two is a 13 x 1 hour procedural, created by the duo behind the hit series Castle, Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W. Marlowe. In 2016 Bauer was presented with the prestigious Medaille d’Honneur for her outstanding contributions to the international television business and the development of the global TV community. In 2017, for the third consecutive year and fourth time since 2013, Bauer was named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television – executives from around the world who are rewriting the rules of how we watch TV. This year, Bauer has also been recognized in Variety’s first International Women’s Impact Report, honoring 50 women doing extraordinary things on the global stage, which marked International Women’s Day for the global content industry.

StudioCanal’s parent company, Canal+ Group, is fully-owned by Vivendi, a global media and content production and distribution group.

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Helen Baxendale
Actor,

Baxendale’s long and varied television career began in 1993 and made step change in 1994 when she was cast as Doctor Claire Maitland in World Production’s comedy Cardiac Arrest for BBC. Baxendale has since gone on to star in some of the UK and US’ most popular dramas including Big Talk’s long-running comedy drama Cold Feet for ITV and Bright/Kaufmann/Crane Productions and Warner Brothers u... read more

Baxendale’s long and varied television career began in 1993 and made step change in 1994 when she was cast as Doctor Claire Maitland in World Production’s comedy Cardiac Arrest for BBC. Baxendale has since gone on to star in some of the UK and US’ most popular dramas including Big Talk’s long-running comedy drama Cold Feet for ITV and Bright/Kaufmann/Crane Productions and Warner Brothers universally-adored, multi award-winning comedy Friends for NBC. More recently, Baxendale has played Lorna Thompson in the Sky comedyCuckoo, Eleanor Richmond in Law and Order UK for ITV and Susan Harmison in Dirk Gently for BBC. Her most recent project, Noughts + Crosses is produced by Mammoth Screen for BBC One and is the much anticipated TV adaptation of former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman’s best-selling novel series.

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Fayssal Bazzi
Actor,

Bazzi is an accomplished Australian actor with extensive credits in TV, film and theatre. In 2020, Bazzi will star in the ABC’s Stateless, Directed by Emma Freeman and Jocelyn Moorhouse and STAN’s The Commons; other television credits include Chosen, Mr Inbetween, Rake, Wake in Fright, The Let Down, Top of the Lake: China Girl, East West 101, Stupid Stupid Man and All Saints. Bazzi’s feature... read more

Bazzi is an accomplished Australian actor with extensive credits in TV, film and theatre.
In 2020, Bazzi will star in the ABC’s Stateless, Directed by Emma Freeman and Jocelyn Moorhouse and STAN’s The Commons; other television credits include Chosen, Mr Inbetween, Rake, Wake in Fright, The Let Down, Top of the Lake: China Girl, East West 101, Stupid Stupid Man and All Saints.
Bazzi’s feature film credits include Measure for Measure opposite Hugo Weaving, which premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival in 2019. Other feature film credits include the voice role of Mr Todd in the animated feature film Peter Rabbit, The Merger, Down Under, 6 Days, Emulsion, We’re Not Here To F**k Spiders and Cedar Boys. In 2018 Bazzi was nominated for the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in The Merger.

Bazzi has performed extensively with many of the national theatre companies. Selected credits include: Mary Stuart, The Other Way, Look the Other Way (Sydney Theatre Company); a national tour of The Merchant of Venice (Bell Shakespeare); Sami in Paradise, Food and Back at the Dojo, Ivanov, The Government Inspector (Belvoir); Blasted (Malthouse); Good Cook. Friendly. Clean, The Pigeons (Griffin Theatre Company); The Motherf**ker With the Hat (Black Swan State Theatre Company) and All the Blood and All the Water (Riverside Theatre).

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Kate Beal
CEO, Woodcut Media

Kate Beal is Chief Executive Officer of Woodcut Media, a member of the Anthology group of businesses and one of the fastest growing Indies in the UK, producing a broad range of unscripted programming. A leading true crime producer in the UK (How I Caught the Killer, Jo Frost on Killer Kids, World’s Most Evil Killers, Britain’s Most Evil Killers, The Krays: The Prison Years), Woodcut’s growin... read more

Kate Beal is Chief Executive Officer of Woodcut Media, a member of the Anthology group of businesses and one of the fastest growing Indies in the UK, producing a broad range of unscripted programming.

A leading true crime producer in the UK (How I Caught the Killer, Jo Frost on Killer Kids, World’s Most Evil Killers, Britain’s Most Evil Killers, The Krays: The Prison Years), Woodcut’s growing catalogue also includes specialist factual series ( Royals on the Frontline, Wings of War, Combat Machines, Football: A Brief History by Alfie Allen), premium documentaries (Fiennes: Return to the Nile, The Ivy, Cut From A Different Cloth and Mandela, My Dad and Me featuring Idris Elba) factual entertainment shows (How Hacks Work, Around the World in 80 Tricks, World’s Scariest Hauntings).

With Kate at the helm, Woodcut has also recently concluded a deal with National Geographic to co-produce (alongside The Development Partnership), Fiennes: Return to the Nile, a documentary series featuring Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his cousin, actor Joseph Fiennes. This follows on from an on-going relationship with talent agency TDP, as the two companies continue to jointly develop and produce a broad range of unscripted talent-led content with global appeal. Kate Beal entered the TV industry at just 15 years old, and her impressive list of achievements and expertise spans 23 years.

Her foray into the business began when she joined UK broadcaster ITV as a runner in 1995, and worked her way up the ladder, learning all aspects of the production business. Her talent and ambition took her from researcher, to producer/director, culminating in the shooting of her first ever show as series producer Firefighters for ITV, when she was just 25 years old. Over the years, she worked on a variety of productions, with credits for popular programmes such as The Real London’s Burning’ (for Channel Five), and ITV’s ‘That’s Esther’ and ‘Faith and the City’ (which is still used within schools today as a top-rated educational tool).

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Antony Beaudoin
Managing director, Union Bank of California

Beaudoin started his career in corporate finance at Hughes Network Systems in San Diego. After graduation from law school, he launched his 20-plus year career in the film and television industry. As a business affairs executive, he worked in film production and distribution on the Universal Studios lot. In 2000, he joined the entertainment finance group at French bank Natixis. Beaudoin was recruit... read more

Beaudoin started his career in corporate finance at Hughes Network Systems in San Diego. After graduation from law school, he launched his 20-plus year career in the film and television industry. As a business affairs executive, he worked in film production and distribution on the Universal Studios lot. In 2000, he joined the entertainment finance group at French bank Natixis. Beaudoin was recruited to open the Los Angeles office of Bank of Ireland where he served as SVP & Manager and oversaw the U.S. film finance team. Following the financial crisis, he worked as the CFO for film and TV production and finance company Tower Hill Entertainment. In 2011, he returned to banking where he currently serves as Managing Director with the entertainment finance group at MUFG Union Bank. While at Union Bank, Beaudoin arranged production financing for Lionsgate for the entire Hunger Games franchise and for Quinten Tarantino’s Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight.

Beaudoin teaches Commercial Banking at Loyola Marymount University’s College of Business Administration as an adjunct professor. He received his LL.M. from New York University School of Law, J.D. from Whittier Law School and B.B.A. in finance from the University of San Diego. He remains an active member of the California State Bar and holds his FINRA Series 79 and 63 securities licenses.

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Paul Mayeda Berges
Cheif creative officer, Bend It TV & Films

Mayeda Berges is a screenwriter, director and producer who has often collaborated with his partner, Gurinder Chadha. Bend It Networks develops effortlessly multicultural stories for international audiences. Bend it like Beckham (2002) was the highest grossing British-financed, British- distributed film, ever in the UK box-office. The film received a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Picture (M... read more

Mayeda Berges is a screenwriter, director and producer who has often collaborated with his partner, Gurinder Chadha. Bend It Networks develops effortlessly multicultural stories for international audiences.

Bend it like Beckham (2002) was the highest grossing British-financed, British- distributed film, ever in the UK box-office. The film received a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), a BAFTA Nomination for Best British Film and a Writers Guild of America Nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Bride and Prejudice (2004) was the first film ever to open at Number One in the UK and India on the same day. In 2005, Berges directed The Mistress of Spices, other popular titles include Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008), It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (2010), Viceroy’s House (2017). In 2015, Berges and Chadha mounted the stage musical version of Bend it like Beckham in London’s West End to 5-Star Reviews and critics’ awards.

Beecham House is a returning 6-part drama series set in India in 1795 for ITV and Masterpiece/PBS, which premiered in the UK in June 2019 and in North America early 2020. Blinded by the Light, inspired by the songs of Bruce Springsteen, opened to rapturous reviews and broke sales records at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was released worldwide by Warner Brothers in August 2019.

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Dan Berlinka
Co-creator, The A List

Dan is a BAFTA-winning writer, director and producer. Past credits include Thunderbirds Are Go (ITV), The Sparticle Mystery series 3 (Sparticle Productions/CBBC), Shaun the Sheep (Aardman/CBBC), and Hollyoaks (Lime/C4), as well as being the head writer, producer and director of all four series of the BAFTA and C21 drama award-winning interactive drama Dixi (Kindle Entertainment/CBBC). Most recentl... read more

Dan is a BAFTA-winning writer, director and producer. Past credits include Thunderbirds Are Go (ITV), The Sparticle Mystery series 3 (Sparticle Productions/CBBC), Shaun the Sheep (Aardman/CBBC), and Hollyoaks (Lime/C4), as well as being the head writer, producer and director of all four series of the BAFTA and C21 drama award-winning interactive drama Dixi (Kindle Entertainment/CBBC).

Most recently Dan has been co-head-writing, The A List, the new teen mystery series he co-created with Nina Metivier for Kindle Entertainment / BBC, and he is also the director of the two-part season finale.

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Carolyn Bernstein
EVP, global scripted content and documentary films, National Geographic

Bernstein has built a robust scripted slate for the network, including its first-ever scripted global anthology series, Genius, which dramatizes the fascinating untold stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators. The series has garnered 17 Emmy nominations in its first two seasons, Genius: Einstein and Genius: Picasso, and the upcoming season, premiering Spring 2020, will focus on Aretha Fr... read more

Bernstein has built a robust scripted slate for the network, including its first-ever scripted global anthology series, Genius, which dramatizes the fascinating untold stories of the world’s most brilliant innovators. The series has garnered 17 Emmy nominations in its first two seasons, Genius: Einstein and Genius: Picasso, and the upcoming season, premiering Spring 2020, will focus on Aretha Franklin, starring Cynthia Erivo. Last summer, Bernstein launched the network’s most-watched scripted series to-date, The Hot Zone, an adaptation of Richard Preston’s eponymous non-fiction bestseller that recounted the terrifying true origin story of the deadly Ebola virus and its first arrival on U.S. soil in 1989.

Coming up for Bernstein is The Right Stuff, based on Tom Wolfe’s best-seller that looks at what would become America’s first “reality show,” as the ambitious astronauts and their families become instant celebrities in a competition that either will kill them or make them immortal in the quest to be a part of Project Mercury. Also in the works is Barkskins, based on the bestselling novel by Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Proulx that follows a disparate group of outcasts in the 1600s New France, who must navigate the brutal hardships, competing interests, and tangled loyalties in the unforgiving wilds of North America.

Since launching three years ago, National Geographic Documentary Films has come to be known for excellence in nonfiction storytelling, releasing acclaimed films such as the Academy Award®, BAFTA Film Award and Emmy Award-winning Free Solo, TIFF audience award winner and fellow THR Docs to Watch nominee The Cave, Sundance and SXSW Audience Award-winning Science Fair, Emmy award-winning LA 92 and Jane (both LA 92 and Jane were included in the top 15 documentaries considered for an Oscar® in 2017), and Dupont Award-winning Hell on Earth.

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Peter Berry
Writer,

Berry has written for HBO, Warner Bros., Fine Line, Film Four, BBC Films, Renaissance Films. His work for television includes Prime Suspect (“The Last Witness”), which was nominated for 3 Emmys, 2 BAFTAs, and picked up the Gold Medal at the New York Television Festival and the BAFTA nominated A Life for a Life for which he won the RTS writer award. He has just finished work as a writer and co... read more

Berry has written for HBO, Warner Bros., Fine Line, Film Four, BBC Films, Renaissance Films. His work for television includes Prime Suspect (“The Last Witness”), which was nominated for 3 Emmys, 2 BAFTAs, and picked up the Gold Medal at the New York Television Festival and the BAFTA nominated A Life for a Life for which he won the RTS writer award.

He has just finished work as a writer and co-executive producer on Gangs of London for Sky-Atlantic / HBO. Berry is currently involved in developing two productions for Intaglio Films. He is co-show runner and writer on Doing Good, a six-part thriller set in Berlin, Africa and New York. He is also scripting Quasimodo, adapted from Victor Hugo’s Notre-Dame de Paris.

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Nick Betts
Director scripted production, BBC Studios

Nick works with creative leads, production management and business teams to deliver BBC Studios’ world-class drama and comedy content. Nick oversees global brands such as Doctor Who, Our Girl and Silent Witness, dramas like Les Misérables and Press, War and Peace and Rillington Place, comedies like Good Omens, Mrs Brown’s Boys and This Country and radio comedies including News Quiz and Just A... read more

Nick works with creative leads, production management and business teams to deliver BBC Studios’ world-class drama and comedy content. Nick oversees global brands such as Doctor Who, Our Girl and Silent Witness, dramas like Les Misérables and Press, War and Peace and Rillington Place, comedies like Good Omens, Mrs Brown’s Boys and This Country and radio comedies including News Quiz and Just A Minute. He also looks after continuing dramas such as EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City.

Nick has a wealth of commercial experience in the TV sector. He was previously the BBC’s Controller of Business for Drama, Films and Acquisitions, and Managing Director, responsible for all business activities from production management through to business affairs and commercial strategy, working with independent production companies and BBC production.

Prior to this, he was Managing Director of NBC Universal Global Channels, UK and Northern Europe and Commercial Director and Head of Channel Management at UKTV. Nick started his BBC career in News and Current Affairs before heading up UK and Ireland Television for BBC Worldwide.

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Hilary Bevan Jones
Founder, producer, Endor Productions

Hilary has produced numerous ground-breaking and award winning dramas (Cracker; Red Dwarf; State of Play) and won a primetime Emmy for the acclaimed HBO film The Girl in the Café. In 2006, she was made Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the first woman in its then 60-year history to hold this position. She is also Chair of Watersprite, the Cambridge International Student... read more

Hilary has produced numerous ground-breaking and award winning dramas (Cracker; Red Dwarf; State of Play) and won a primetime Emmy for the acclaimed HBO film The Girl in the Café. In 2006, she was made Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the first woman in its then 60-year history to hold this position. She is also Chair of Watersprite, the Cambridge International Student Film Festival.

Through her company Endor Productions she has produced many successful dramas including: Restless, written by William Boyd and starring Hayley Atwell, Rufus Sewell and Charlotte Rampling; The Escape Artist, a legal thriller written by David Wolstencroft and starring David Tennant; and Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot starring Dustin Hoffman, Dame Judi Dench and James Corden, which had an audience of 6.5 million viewers on BBC One on New Year’s Day.

Deep State – the first scripted drama series commission from Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa – was released in April 2018 starring Mark Strong and Joe Dempsie. A second season is in pre-production.

Gwen, a gothic drama film directed by William McGregor with a cast lead by Maxine Peake and Eleanor Worthington-Cox, is currently in post-production. This is backed by the BFI, Film Cymru and Great Point Media.

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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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Nathalie Biancolli
SVP director of international fiction, France Télévisions

Dan Biddle
Strategic partner manager, entertainment, Facebook

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.

Tom Bidwell
Writer, Watership Down

Tom adapted Richard Adams’ Watership Down as a 4 x 1hr for BBC/ Netflix, and created/ wrote the BAFTA nominated series My Mad Fat Diary for E4. Other credits include the Academy Award nominated short film Wish 143, and Jacqueline Wilson’s novel Katy as a three-part special for the BBC.

Paula Bird
Supervising producer, Axis Studios

Bird joined Axis Studios as producer in 2005 from a Fine Art and Advertising background. Now as supervising producer and member of the studio’s senior leadership team, Bird works at the core of Axis, planning for new projects and supporting the production and development teams with live and upcoming productions. Driven by a love of creativity and aptitude for problem solving, Bird has succes... read more

Bird joined Axis Studios as producer in 2005 from a Fine Art and Advertising background. Now as supervising producer and member of the studio’s senior leadership team, Bird works at the core of Axis, planning for new projects and supporting the production and development teams with live and upcoming productions.

Driven by a love of creativity and aptitude for problem solving, Bird has successfully led teams on some of Axis’ most challenging projects, delivering content of diverse styles and complexities at the highest quality whilst always ensuring the integrity of stories have been respected and their ambitions fulfilled.

Credits include theatrical feature releases for Mattel / Universal, cinematic trailers for Bungie, Microsoft Studios/343industries and Sony Computer Entertainment, and Netflix/ C4 TV series ‘Kiss Me First’, winner of a 2018 RTS Craft & Design award for Programme Content Sequences.

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Cate Blanchett
Co-creator, executive producer and actor,

Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning actress, producer, humanitarian, and dedicated member of the arts community. In recognition of her continued advocacy for the arts and support of humanitarian and environmental causes, Blanchett has been awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia in the General Division; the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society through A... read more

Blanchett is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning actress, producer, humanitarian, and dedicated member of the arts community. In recognition of her continued advocacy for the arts and support of humanitarian and environmental causes, Blanchett has been awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia in the General Division; the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society through Acting; and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture. Her countless extraordinary film performances have garnered Blanchett three BAFTAs, two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. In 2018, she was the President of the Jury of the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Blanchett is equally accomplished on the stage, having led the Sydney Theatre Company as co-Artistic Director and CEO for six years alongside Andrew Upton. For her onstage roles, she was nominated for a Tony and honored with the Ibsen Centennial Commemoration Award. Blanchett is a patron of the Sydney Film Festival, an ambassador for the Australian Film Institute and The Old Vic theatre, and a lifetime ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation. She is also a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and was honored with the Crystal Award at the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos. She is co-founder and president of production company Dirty Films and a mother to four children.

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Lars Blomgren
Executive producer and head of scripted EMEA, Endemol Shine Group

Lars Blomgren was appointed head of scripted, EMEA Endemol Shine Group in July 2018. In this new role, Lars works closely with Endemol Shine Group’s unparalleled network of award winning scripted producers and companies across non-English language markets in Europe, Middle East and Asia, between them responsible for 41 productions in 2017. He is charged with enhancing this premium offering throu... read more

Lars Blomgren was appointed head of scripted, EMEA Endemol Shine Group in July 2018. In this new role, Lars works closely with Endemol Shine Group’s unparalleled network of award winning scripted producers and companies across non-English language markets in Europe, Middle East and Asia, between them responsible for 41 productions in 2017. He is charged with enhancing this premium offering through increased collaboration, shared investment and opportunities across the group for talent. Blomgren is also co-founder and former Managing director of Filmlance International AB, the award-winning Swedish production company where he has produced or been executive producer of some 65 titles and most recently overseen the fourth and final series of global hit Bron/Broen (The Bridge).

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Avril Blondelot
Head of content insight, Glance

Glance is the leading global TV audience and content research company. Blondelot heads a team of 20 people, experts in all genres of programmes and audience analysis worldwide. Among her remit, is the service NoTa which exhaustively tracks and detects all the new series launched on 550+ platforms and channels in the world. She joined Glance in 2010, working initially on the UK and Netherlands mark... read more

Glance is the leading global TV audience and content research company. Blondelot heads a team of 20 people, experts in all genres of programmes and audience analysis worldwide. Among her remit, is the service NoTa which exhaustively tracks and detects all the new series launched on 550+ platforms and channels in the world. She joined Glance in 2010, working initially on the UK and Netherlands markets before continuing as research manager, research director and head of content insight. Previously, she worked at Eurosport, France Télévisions and Louvre Museum.
Blondelot specialised in the management of cultural organizations at Paris Dauphine. She also graduated from a tri-national programme from SKEMA Business School / Plekhanov Russian University of Economics / HTW Dresden and studied literature.

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Avril Blondelot
Head of content insight, Eurodata TV Worldwide

Avril Blondelot is head of content insight at Eurodata TV Worldwide. Avril heads up a team in charge of new content monitoring (NOTA), TV audience-based studies, digital and in-depth genre-focused analyses. She joined Eurodata TV Worldwide in 2010 to develop its business in the UK and Benelux. Passionate about cultural matters, she graduated from Paris Dauphine (Management of Cultural Organisation... read more

Avril Blondelot is head of content insight at Eurodata TV Worldwide. Avril heads up a team in charge of new content monitoring (NOTA), TV audience-based studies, digital and in-depth genre-focused analyses. She joined Eurodata TV Worldwide in 2010 to develop its business in the UK and Benelux. Passionate about cultural matters, she graduated from Paris Dauphine (Management of Cultural Organisations) and SKEMA Business School/ Plekhanov Russian University of Economics/ HTW Dresden (trinational program).

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Mikael Borglund
Executive producer, Halifax and CEO & MD , Beyond International Ltd

During an outstanding career in the film and television industry Borglund has executive produced a number of Australian feature films including KISS OR KILL, Lantana, Manny Lewis and Deepsea Challenge 3D. Borglund has been executive producer of hundreds of hours of television for broadcasters from around the globe. His credits include a host of internationally successful shows including Beyond 20... read more

During an outstanding career in the film and television industry Borglund has executive produced a number of Australian feature films including KISS OR KILL, Lantana, Manny Lewis and Deepsea Challenge 3D.

Borglund has been executive producer of hundreds of hours of television for broadcasters from around the globe. His credits include a host of internationally successful shows including Beyond 2000, Beyond Tomorrow, Deep Probe, Hot Property/Hot Auctions, Stingers, Good Guys/Bad Guys, Medivac, South Side Story, Damage Control and the AFI Award winning Day Of The Roses, Halifax FP, Blood & Thunder: The Sound of Alberts, Selling Houses Australia, MythBusters and Beat Bugs.

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Mia Marie Borup
Producer, Mastiff

Helen Bowden
Producer and MD, Lingo

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... read more

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.

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Peter Bowker
Writer, World on Fire

Peter Bowker was born in Stockport and was a Special Needs Teacher for twelve years while writing and failing to sell short stories, novels, plays and poetry. He finally got his break writing for Casualty in 1991 and has, since then, written for many long-running series including, Where the Heart is and Clocking Off. His original work has included Undercover Heart, Flesh an Blood, for which he won... read more

Peter Bowker was born in Stockport and was a Special Needs Teacher for twelve years while writing and failing to sell short stories, novels, plays and poetry. He finally got his break writing for Casualty in 1991 and has, since then, written for many long-running series including, Where the Heart is and Clocking Off. His original work has included Undercover Heart, Flesh an Blood, for which he won Best Writer at the RTS Awards, Blackpool which was awarded BANFF Film Festival Best Mini-Series and Global Television Grand Prize and Occupation which was awarded Best Drama Serial at the BAFTA Awards, Best Short-Form Drama at the WGGB Awards and Peter was awarded Best Writer at the RTS Awards. He has since written Eric and Ernie for which he won Best Single Drama and Best Writer at the RTS Awards and Best Short-Form Drama at the WGGB Awards and Marvellous which was awarded the BAFTA for Best Single Drama, the RTS Award for Best Writer and Best Short Form TV Drama at the WGGB Awards and became the most popular BBC2 single drama of the last twenty years. Most recently he has written an adaptation of John Lanchester’s novel Capital and two series of the acclaimed THE A WORD. His current project, produced by Mammoth for BBC One is seven part WW2 Series World on Fire.

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David Brady
CEO, Cream Productions

With offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Cream develops, finances and produces distinctive and award-winning content for a wide range of TV and digital platforms in North America and internationally. The company’s many credits include Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan (Animal Planet, BBC), BTK: A Killer Among Us (ID), Fear Thy Neighbor (ID), Blood and Fury: America’s Civil War (American Heroes... read more

With offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Cream develops, finances and produces distinctive and award-winning content for a wide range of TV and digital platforms in North America and internationally. The company’s many credits include Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan (Animal Planet, BBC), BTK: A Killer Among Us (ID), Fear Thy Neighbor (ID), Blood and Fury: America’s Civil War (American Heroes), Paranormal Emergency (Travel), Survivorman (Discovery Channel) as well as the upcoming Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan (Netflix) – among dozens more.


Cream is also a world leader in VR/AR technologies and storytelling. Since 2015, they’ve produced an array of content and products including VR series in coproduction with Hulu, American Heroes Channel, Investigation Discovery, Lexus-Toyota, the Globe and Mail, SIRT and various industrial partners. Cream is currently developing a proprietary technology to create high-fidelity, low-computational A.I.-backed virtual humans. Among their VR/AR credits are A Curious Mind with Dominic Monaghan for Hulu as well as Oak AR, an augmented reality game, among others.

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Niamh Brannigan
Head of communications for environmental governance, UN Environment

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 th... read more

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.

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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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Darrel Bristow-Bovey
Head writer, Dark Hearts,

Jess Brittain
Writer,

Jess Brittain’s original television series Clique was developed with Balloon Entertainment for BBC Scotland, and broadcast by BBC Three in Spring 2017. The second series of Clique was broadcast in the Winter of 2018 with Jess acting as writer, creator and executive producer. Jess is currently developing an original drama with Jamie Brittain for Merman. She is also developing an original drama w... read more

Jess Brittain’s original television series Clique was developed with Balloon Entertainment for BBC Scotland, and broadcast by BBC Three in Spring 2017. The second series of Clique was broadcast in the Winter of 2018 with Jess acting as writer, creator and executive producer. Jess is currently developing an original drama with Jamie Brittain for Merman. She is also developing an original drama with The Forge. Jess joined the Skins writers’ room in 2012 and wrote two episodes of the sixth series as well the opening two-parter of the seventh and final series in 2013.

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Anne Brogan
Joint managing director, Kindle Entertainment

Anne’s career started at the BBC, where she produced the multi-award winning programmes Nice Girls Don’t Swear and Shakespeare Shorts. As Executive Producer, she looked after an exceptionally diverse and mind-stretching range of programmes which included Teletubbies and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. She moved to Granada Kids as Head of Drama and then became Controller in ... read more

Anne’s career started at the BBC, where she produced the multi-award winning programmes Nice Girls Don’t Swear and Shakespeare Shorts. As Executive Producer, she looked after an exceptionally diverse and mind-stretching range of programmes which included Teletubbies and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. She moved to Granada Kids as Head of Drama and then became Controller in 2004 leading a thriving production department with a broad slate of programming, spanning pre-school, animation, entertainment and drama. The drama portfolio included over 100 episodes of the award winning My Parents Are Aliens which was frequently voted favourite kids’ show in the UK; Girls in Love, one of Granada International’s best-selling teen series, and the phenomenally successful single family drama from Jacqueline Wilson’s The Illustrated Mum, starring Michelle Collins, which won two BAFTAs as well as an International Emmy.

In 2007, Anne founded Kindle Entertainment together with Melanie Stokes. In just over eleven years, Kindle Entertainment has established a reputation in the market place for fresh, innovative content with a twist of comedy. Three times BAFTA-winning, Kindle Entertainment’s portfolio has a wide range of drama and comedy, spanning family, kids, primetime and young adult. Past shows include Treasure Island an action-adventure mini-series for Sky One and Syfy, starring Eddie Izzard, Donald Sutherland and Elijah Wood; Jacqueline Wilson’s Dustbin Baby, for BBC1, which won both an International Emmy and a BAFTA; and Hank Zipzer, starring Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler, CBBC’s top rating comedy drama which also won an International Emmy . While Jamillah & Aladdin, a magical action adventure series, the first ever CBeebies/CBBC co-commission, continues to captivate audiences around the world.

2018 promises to be an exciting year with drama series The A List, a psychological thriller and one of the BBC’s first teen commissions due to air in the Autumn, and the feature film Four Kids and It based on Jacqueline Wilson’s best selling book, with Michael Caine, Russell Brand, Paula Patton and Matthew Goode, currently filming in Ireland.

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Jamie Brown
CEO, Grand River Productions

Brown is CEO of Grand River Productions, a new development-focused content incubator for the international market, with financing and distribution capabilities. Jamie has a long track record in film and television, with substantial experience in utilising the synergies between his production businesses and the international sales market. UK-based, but Canadian-born, and with 30 years of experienc... read more

Brown is CEO of Grand River Productions, a new development-focused content incubator for the international market, with financing and distribution capabilities. Jamie has a long track record in film and television, with substantial experience in utilising the synergies between his production businesses and the international sales market.

UK-based, but Canadian-born, and with 30 years of experience in film and television producing feature films and multiple high-budget television series, Brown is an executive producer on Mammoth Screen’s upcoming War of the Worlds for the BBC. He has also produced, or executive produced a number of renowned feature films, all of which debuted at major international film festivals and were successfully sold worldwide – credits include Country of My Skull (Juliette Binoche, Samuel L. Jackson, Brendan Gleeson), Captive (Isabella Huppert) and The Barber (Macolm McDowell). Brown has also written several successfully produced screenplays, supervised the story department on major television series’ and has had five published novels, including a Canadian best-seller.

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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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Georgia Brown
Director european originals, Amazon Studios

Georgia Brown is the Director of European Originals for Amazon Studios where she oversees the development and production of scripted and non-scripted Prime Originals in Europe, including shows like Beat, Deutsch-Les Landes, Six Dreams and Good Omens. Brown joined Amazon in 2017 from FremantleMedia where she was Executive Vice President of Content and Co-Productions, overseeing acquisitions for Fre... read more

Georgia Brown is the Director of European Originals for Amazon Studios where she oversees the development and production of scripted and non-scripted Prime Originals in Europe, including shows like Beat, Deutsch-Les Landes, Six Dreams and Good Omens. Brown joined Amazon in 2017 from FremantleMedia where she was Executive Vice President 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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Sarah Brown
Creative director, drama, STV Productions

Brown joined STV Productions in 2014 and oversees a wide-ranging slate of scripted projects as Creative Director, Drama. STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses with ambitious plans for domestic and international growth. Most recently in her role as creative director, Brown was executive producer on critically-acclaimed BBC One drama series, The Victim starring Kelly Macdon... read more

Brown joined STV Productions in 2014 and oversees a wide-ranging slate of scripted projects as Creative Director, Drama. STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses with ambitious plans for domestic and international growth. Most recently in her role as creative director, Brown was executive producer on critically-acclaimed BBC One drama series, The Victim starring Kelly Macdonald; and is currently in production on an adaptation of the bestselling novel Elizabeth is Missing also for BBC One, starring two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson in the lead role.

Brown worked in factual television for ten years in the UK and the US before moving into scripted programming, mainly at the BBC in London. As a script editor, script executive and head of development, she worked on a raft of high-profile shows, including the BAFTA winning TV film Care, Peter Bowker’s Blackpool and Tony Marchant’s Passer By. She went on to produce shows such as Oliver Twist (starring Tom Hardy) and The Family Man. As an executive producer at the BBC, her credits include the Sunday night BBC hit show, Lark Rise to Candleford, The Song of Lunch (starring Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman) and The Interceptor.

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Amelia Bullmore
Writer and executive producer,

Bullmore studied Drama at Manchester University. She started out as an actress and began writing professionally in 1994. Her first play, Mammals, directed by Anna Mackmin, had an extended sell-out run at The Bush (2005), went on a national tour (2006) and was staged in Los Angeles (2009). Mammals was short-listed for the What’s On Stage Best New Comedy award and co-won the Susan Smith Blackb... read more

Bullmore studied Drama at Manchester University. She started out as an actress and began writing professionally in 1994. Her first play, Mammals, directed by Anna Mackmin, had an extended sell-out run at The Bush (2005), went on a national tour (2006) and was staged in Los Angeles (2009). Mammals was short-listed for the What’s On Stage Best New Comedy award and co-won the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Her adaptation of Ibsen’s Ghosts, directed by Anna Mackmin, had a sell-out run at The Gate in 2007 and has since been produced at The Citizens Theatre, Glasgow. She wrote a short play for the Old Vic’s 24 Hour Plays (2009). Her recent work includes the play Di And Viv And Rose, originally at the Hampstead before transferring to the West End.

For television, Bullmore has written episodes of This Life, series 2 (Writers Guild Best Television Drama), Attachments and Scott and Bailey series 2, 3 and 4. She devised and co-wrote a series of ten minute films, Black Cab. She was a Dennis Potter Award finalist (2000) for her television screenplay, The Middle. Bullmore ‘s radio writing includes four series of Craven, a Fact to Fiction; Cashflow and the afternoon plays The Middle, Family Tree and The Bat Man.

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Rob Bullock
Executive producer, Left Bank Pictures

Rob joined Left Bank in 2016 to produce the sci fi pilot Oasis for Amazon Studios, directed by Kevin Macdonald.  He went on to executive produce Origin, Mika Watkins’ blazing series debut for You Tube Premium.  A multilingual sci fi space horror, the first two episodes were directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Origin is YouTube’s first major UK TV drama commission. Prior to joining Left Ban... read more

Rob joined Left Bank in 2016 to produce the sci fi pilot Oasis for Amazon Studios, directed by Kevin Macdonald.  He went on to executive produce Origin, Mika Watkins’ blazing series debut for You Tube Premium.  A multilingual sci fi space horror, the first two episodes were directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Origin is YouTube’s first major UK TV drama commission.

Prior to joining Left Bank, Rob produced the multiple Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning The Night Manager for BBC/AMC directed by Susannah Bier. The adaptation of John le Carré’s novel by David Farr, starring Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Coleman, was a global hit.

Rob started his career as a graduate trainee at Granada TV, becoming a producer in the comedy department. He completed an MBA at London Business School, and went on to produce a string of successful dramas including the much loved Monarch of the Glen series for BBC, Wild at Heart, and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.

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Sebastian Burkhardt
Managing director, global content, Keshet International

Reflecting an increasingly integrated environment between traditional and digital content, Sebastian Burkhardt was named to lead Keshet International’s combined digital and acquisitions arm in 2016. Since arriving at Keshet International in April 2015 as Head of Business Development and Acquisitions, Sebastian has been identifying and executing distinctive new business opportunities for the com... read more

Reflecting an increasingly integrated environment between traditional and digital content, Sebastian Burkhardt was named to lead Keshet International’s combined digital and acquisitions arm in 2016. Since arriving at Keshet International in April 2015 as Head of Business Development and Acquisitions, Sebastian has been identifying and executing distinctive new business opportunities for the company to maximize the sales potential of its content across all platforms.

Under Sebastian’s guidance, Keshet has entered into a variety of deals encompassing deficit financing, co-productions and pre-sales across scripted and unscripted programming in both linear TV and digital. These include an attention-grabbing digital co-production and distribution arrangement with music label Interscope Geffen A&M, as well as leading a host of global distribution deals in his acquisitions role with partners Viacom, New Form Digital, Woodcut Media and others. He has also led the charge of acquisitions of third-party formats rights for KI’s production subsidiaries in both the US and UK.

Prior to joining Keshet, Sebastian was SVP International Distribution at Banijay International, having joined the company in early 2009. There, too, he played a key role in its expansion in leading a team of sales executives and successfully brokering format and finished program deals across Europe, North America, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia.

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Anna Burns
Development producer, Buccaneer

Burns has built a slate of television and film projects with talent including Niels Arden Oplev, Ingeborg Topsøe, Charley Miles, Harry Wootliff and Sandhya Suri. Alongside original projects, Burns is developing adaptations from authors Irvine Welsh, Rose Tremain and Elizabeth Macneal. Prior to joining Buccaneer, Burns was creative executive at Blueprint Pictures for three years. There, she worked... read more

Burns has built a slate of television and film projects with talent including Niels Arden Oplev, Ingeborg Topsøe, Charley Miles, Harry Wootliff and Sandhya Suri. Alongside original projects, Burns is developing adaptations from authors Irvine Welsh, Rose Tremain and Elizabeth Macneal.

Prior to joining Buccaneer, Burns was creative executive at Blueprint Pictures for three years. There, she worked across films including Three Billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Riot Club. In development, she sourced a number of novels for the slate and worked with talent including David Farr, Juliette Towhidi and Matt Haig, on projects in partnership with Studio Canal, BBC Films, Film4 and The Kennedy/Marshall Company, amongst others.

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Amy Buscombe
Commissioning editor, drama (independents), BBC Children’s

Amy Buscombe is the commissioning editor, drama (independents) at BBC Children’s, working to the head of content Cheryl Taylor across narrative comedy and drama for 6-16s.  Recent titles include So Awkward, Jamie Johnson, Joe All Alone, interactive comedy Secret Life of Boys, improvised iPlayer-only drama Logan High and new teen psychological thriller The A List.

Robert Butler
Writer, executive producer and co-creator, Creeped Out

Robert is an experienced writer and executive producer for television drama, comedy and young-adult/ children’s series. Robert is currently in production on the second season of his original horror-anthology drama series Creeped Out (with co-creator Bede Blake) for CBBC and DHX, which Robert is also Executive Producing. This comes off the back of the hit 13-part first season which launched in 20... read more

Robert is an experienced writer and executive producer for television drama, comedy and young-adult/ children’s series. Robert is currently in production on the second season of his original horror-anthology drama series Creeped Out (with co-creator Bede Blake) for CBBC and DHX, which Robert is also Executive Producing. This comes off the back of the hit 13-part first season which launched in 2017 and Netflix have recently picked up the worldwide streaming rights. Robert is also currently developing an original drama series based on the book series The Red Harlequin by author Roberto Ricci, which Robert is attached to show-run.

Robert wrote the BBC3 docu-drama Is This Rape? Sex on Trial which was nominated for Best Original Programme at the Broadcast Awards 2017. Rob also writes regular episodes for BBC1’s Eastenders. Previously, Robert was a core-member of the writing team for Channel 4’s Hollyoaks from 2010-2014, clocking up a whopping 75 episodes over a five-year-period, as well as a 60-minute episode for the E4 spin-off series Hollyoaks Later.

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Yule Caise
Writer, director and producer,

Yule Caise is an award-winning writer, Director and producer of Film, Television and New Media. Caise is co-Founder of BTB (Behind the Billboards), a US-based international co-production company, creating premium content for global audiences. His contributions to the NBC television series Heroes won an Emmy Award for Interactive Media Programming for The Heroes Digital Experience. Recently, Caise ... read more

Yule Caise is an award-winning writer, Director and producer of Film, Television and New Media. Caise is co-Founder of BTB (Behind the Billboards), a US-based international co-production company, creating premium content for global audiences. His contributions to the NBC television series Heroes won an Emmy Award for Interactive Media Programming for The Heroes Digital Experience. Recently, Caise served as a Writer-Producer on BET’s Tales, a scripted Hip Hop anthology series. Previous writing credits include Showtime’s Free Of Eden starring Sidney Poitier, as well as the film Way Past Cool. He is currently developing a limited series, The James Baldwin Project, with Red Arrow Studios International. Caise is a graduate of Harvard University and earned his MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA.

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Andrea Calderwood
Producer, Potboiler

Head of drama at BBC Scotland, then head of production at Pathé Pictures between 1994 to 2000, Calderwood has produced, and executive produced over 40 award-winning feature films and TV series to date. Having established Slate Films in 2000, Calderwood has won the BAFTA for Best British Film for the Academy Award-winning The Last King of Scotland as well as receiving an Emmy Award nomination for ... read more

Head of drama at BBC Scotland, then head of production at Pathé Pictures between 1994 to 2000, Calderwood has produced, and executive produced over 40 award-winning feature films and TV series to date. Having established Slate Films in 2000, Calderwood has won the BAFTA for Best British Film for the Academy Award-winning The Last King of Scotland as well as receiving an Emmy Award nomination for the acclaimed HBO TV series Generation Kill.

Calderwood joined forces with Potboiler Productions in 2009 and has since produced I Am Slave, directed by Gabriel Range and written by Jeremy Brock; Half of a Yellow Sun, based on the Orange prize winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton; Andrew Bovell’s adaptation of John le Carré’s A Most Wanted Man; A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts; Trespass Against Us, starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson, and most recently Woman Walks Ahead written by Steven Knight and directed by Susanna White starring Jessica Chastain, Michael Greyeyes and Sam Rockwell; an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel The Little Stranger, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, YULI, inspired by the life of Carlos Acosta written by Paul Laverty and directed by Iciar Bollain, and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind.

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Ismael Calleja
Head of production and business affairs, Movistar+

Ismael Calleja is head of production & business affairs at Movistar+, Pay TV unit of Telefónica in Spain. He joined Telefónica in 2004 to be essentially involved in the Pay TV unit at the telco giant. Previously he worked at Canal+ Spain for 3 years as new services & business development manager. Through these last 13 years at Movistar he played different roles such as Pay TV services Ma... read more

Ismael Calleja is head of production & business affairs at Movistar+, Pay TV unit of Telefónica in Spain. He joined Telefónica in 2004 to be essentially involved in the Pay TV unit at the telco giant. Previously he worked at Canal+ Spain for 3 years as new services & business development manager. Through these last 13 years at Movistar he played different roles such as Pay TV services Manager, Pay TV offer & content strategy senior manager or content acquisition senior manager. Calleja is currently responsible for production supervision, business & international affairs of Movistar+ Originals, an area dedicated to produce exclusive TV series and films for Movistar customer base.

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Jamie Campbell
Executive producer, Eleven

Campbell serves as executive producer across Eleven’s factual and drama output. Alongside Joel Wilson, he steers the company’s creative direction. Campbell went to London Film School in 2001, after which he directed, produced, and appeared in multiple primetime documentaries for Channel 4, ITV, the BBC and Sky 1 – including Candid Cameron, Martha & Me, 24 Hours With… and Osama �... read more

Campbell serves as executive producer across Eleven’s factual and drama output. Alongside Joel Wilson, he steers the company’s creative direction. Campbell went to London Film School in 2001, after which he directed, produced, and appeared in multiple primetime documentaries for Channel 4, ITV, the BBC and Sky 1 – including Candid Cameron, Martha & Me, 24 Hours With… and Osama & US. Campbell has directed dozens of commercials for 2AM Films in the UK and Waitemata Film in Australia and New Zealand. His writing has included cover stories for the New Statesman and The Guardian. Campbell started out writing and directing theatre, taking his plays to the Edinburgh Festival in 1993 and to London’s Finborough Theatre in 2001.

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Belinda Campbell
Joint managing director, Red Planet Pictures

Campbell is joint managing director of Red Planet Pictures having joined in 2011 as executive producer before becoming head of drama. Prior to Red Planet Pictures, Belinda was an executive producer at the BBC. A dynamic and truly independent TV production company, Red Planet Pictures was founded by award-winning writer Tony Jordan in 2005 and has produced some of the UK’s most popular drama cont... read more

Campbell is joint managing director of Red Planet Pictures having joined in 2011 as executive producer before becoming head of drama. Prior to Red Planet Pictures, Belinda was an executive producer at the BBC. A dynamic and truly independent TV production company, Red Planet Pictures was founded by award-winning writer Tony Jordan in 2005 and has produced some of the UK’s most popular drama content of recent years.

Campbell has been instrumental in all of Red Planet Pictures’ acclaimed drama content; working as executive producer on the ratings smash and sun-soaked hit crime drama Death in Paradise, which has recently been commissioned for series 10, The Passing Bells, The Ark, Sky One action-adventure series Hooten and the Lady and the critically acclaimed 20-part series Dickensian. Campbell is also the executive producer of Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sanditon, the bold and exciting new drama for ITV and Masterpiece. Campbell oversees all of Red Planet Pictures drama development and productions.

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Joe Caporoso
SVP, Whistle

As SVP of content and brand platforms at Whistle, Caporoso manages the day-to-day posting strategy on all social media platforms, as well as the rollout of new direct to consumer initiatives such as merchandise. He also supervises the wider content and production team, oversees the budgeting behind original productions and content investments, and works closely with the sales and marketing teams t... read more

As SVP of content and brand platforms at Whistle, Caporoso manages the day-to-day posting strategy on all social media platforms, as well as the rollout of new direct to consumer initiatives such as merchandise. He also supervises the wider content and production team, oversees the budgeting behind original productions and content investments, and works closely with the sales and marketing teams to productize Whistle’s content. Additionally, Caporoso runs point on the company’s working relationship with social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram.

Caporoso has been at the company for six years, originally starting as a cross platform editor before moving up to director of social media, then being promoted to vice president of social media and head of content. In the past year, Whistle has had its strongest period of growth on YouTube, rolled out over ten shows per week for Snapchat Discover, and were one of the 12 media companies included in Facebook’s Matchmaker program for 2019.

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Ricardo Carbonero
Head of content acquisition, Amazon Prime Video Spain

Ricardo Cabornero Llorente is head of prime video content acquisition in Spain. In this position, Ricardo leads our local acquisition efforts and collaborates with top Spanish broadcasters (RTVE, Atresmedia and Mediaset Spain), producers and studios to deliver the best of local and international TV shows (scripted and unscripted) and movies to Prime Video customers in Spain. Prior to this role, Ri... read more

Ricardo Cabornero Llorente is head of prime video content acquisition in Spain. In this position, Ricardo leads our local acquisition efforts and collaborates with top Spanish broadcasters (RTVE, Atresmedia and Mediaset Spain), producers and studios to deliver the best of local and international TV shows (scripted and unscripted) and movies to Prime Video customers in Spain. Prior to this role, Ricardo was responsible for content acquisition for the Amazon Appstore in Spain and Italy, and held several EU marketing and business development positions related to content at Orange. Ricardo holds an Executive MBA at London Business school and a Master of Science in Engineering at University of Valladolid.

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Cash Carraway
Playwright and author,

Cash Carraway is an author and playwright from South East London. Her debut memoir SKINT ESTATE IS a transgressive “gonzo from the gutter” rampage through the chaotic loneliness of modern poverty. She has been called the “new voice of a generation” by The Times and “the definition of edgy, a truly distinctive voice” by Lionel Shriver, a woman who “gives powerful voice to Britain’... read more

Cash Carraway is an author and playwright from South East London. Her debut memoir SKINT ESTATE IS a transgressive “gonzo from the gutter” rampage through the chaotic loneliness of modern poverty. She has been called the “new voice of a generation” by The Times and “the definition of edgy, a truly distinctive voice” by Lionel Shriver, a woman who “gives powerful voice to Britain’s current fracturing”(The Observer). In 2018 her play “Refuge Women” which she billed as “poverty porn,” was nominated for ‘Best Innovation’ at the British Journalism Awards before winning ‘Innovation of the Year’ at the Drum Online Media Awards. She has a number oftelevision and radio commissions in development.

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James Carroll
Broadcast and brand licensing agent, Northbank Talent Management

James Carroll is Northbank Talent Management’s ‘books to broadcast’ agent. He represents clients working for major broadcasters in scripted and non-scripted film and television, original audio, live events and brand endorsements. In the last year he has placed scripted projects with producers including Big Talk, Mammoth Screen, Lionsgate, Ecosse Films, Endemol Shine, Freemantle Media, the Ro... read more

James Carroll is Northbank Talent Management’s ‘books to broadcast’ agent. He represents clients working for major broadcasters in scripted and non-scripted film and television, original audio, live events and brand endorsements. In the last year he has placed scripted projects with producers including Big Talk, Mammoth Screen, Lionsgate, Ecosse Films, Endemol Shine, Freemantle Media, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Audible. Northbank’s clients include Sunday Times Bestselling author Katerina Diamond, Anna Fargher whose modern classic The Umbrella Mouse is published by Macmillan Children’s in 2019, debut sensation Will Dean who was shortlisted for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize 2018 and Liverpool-based thriller writer Mary Torjussen whose latest book The Pact is published by Penguin next year. James joined agenting from the Clinton Foundation in New York and Chicago. His first job in television was as a runner with Lime Pictures.

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James Cator
Head of podcast partnerships EMEA, Spotify

Cator has always been involved in music. Having started out as a DJ and promoting events while still at school, he went on to run record labels, produce music, and DJ internationally. Cator later joined YouTube as manager of content partnerships, music. Running music in the UK, he was responsible for managing relations with labels, artists and managers, broadening his experience into wider content... read more

Cator has always been involved in music. Having started out as a DJ and promoting events while still at school, he went on to run record labels, produce music, and DJ internationally. Cator later joined YouTube as manager of content partnerships, music. Running music in the UK, he was responsible for managing relations with labels, artists and managers, broadening his experience into wider content and user engagement. After a short period leading a music start-up, Cator joined Spotify in 2015 to build its growing podcast business in the UK. He is now head of podcast partnerships, EMEA, and manages UK partnerships and original commissioning. He continues to produce music.

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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 & 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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Gurinder Chadha
Director, writer and producer, Bend It TV & Films

Chadha is one of the U.K.’s most proven and respected filmmakers whose award-winning films have earned over $300 million at the international box office. The British Film Institute’s recent filmography study on British Cinema history named Chadha as the U.K’s most prolific female director working today. Her first feature, the landmark comedy-drama Bhaji on the Beach, received a BAFTA Nominat... read more

Chadha is one of the U.K.’s most proven and respected filmmakers whose award-winning films have earned over $300 million at the international box office. The British Film Institute’s recent filmography study on British Cinema history named Chadha as the U.K’s most prolific female director working today.

Her first feature, the landmark comedy-drama Bhaji on the Beach, received a BAFTA Nomination for ‘Best British Film’ and the Evening Standard British Film Award for ‘Best Newcomer to British Cinema’. Her next film, Bend it like Beckham (2002), was the highest grossing British-financed, British-distributed film ever at the UK box office and topped box office charts internationally. The film received a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), a BAFTA Nomination for Best British Film, a European Film Academy Nomination for Best Film, and a Writers Guild of America Nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Her other hit films include Bride and Prejudice (2004) , Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008), It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (2010 and Viceroy’s House (2017).

Her most recent film, Blinded by the Light (2019), is inspired by the songs of Bruce Springsteen. It opened to rapturous reviews and broke sales records at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Chadha recently created Beecham House, an epic, returning drama series set in India in 1795 for ITV and Masterpiece/PBS, which premiered in the UK in June 2019 and in North America early 2020.

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Juliet Charlesworth
Producer,

Charlesworth is a drama and comedy/drama producer and has worked in the industry for over 35 years, mostly working in the North West region and at production companies such as Red Production Company, Hattrick and Calamity Films, to name a few. She has produced series which have gone on to win BAFTAs, Royal Television Society and Comedy awards. Charlesworth has worked on shows including, Happy Vall... read more

Charlesworth is a drama and comedy/drama producer and has worked in the industry for over 35 years, mostly working in the North West region and at production companies such as Red Production Company, Hattrick and Calamity Films, to name a few. She has produced series which have gone on to win BAFTAs, Royal Television Society and Comedy awards.

Charlesworth has worked on shows including, Happy Valley, Clocking Off and Danny and the Human Zoo for BBC, Leaving for ITV, Hit & Miss and Brassic for Sky, and Traces for UKTV’s Alibi channel.

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Miki Chojnacka
Chief creative and content officer, Hopster

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 entertainmen... read more

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.

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Kathy Ciric
Producer,

Kathy is a New York based freelance television producer whose credits include projects for Showtime (Happyish), USA Network (Royal Pains) and most recently, Z: The Beginning of Everything for Amazon Studios. She just completed Matthew Weiner’s globe spanning anthology series The Romanoffs also for Amazon Studios. The Romanoffs was a unique challenge as a limited series as each of the 8 episo... read more

Kathy is a New York based freelance television producer whose credits include projects for Showtime (Happyish), USA Network (Royal Pains) and most recently, Z: The Beginning of Everything for Amazon Studios. She just completed Matthew Weiner’s globe spanning anthology series The Romanoffs also for Amazon Studios. The Romanoffs was a unique challenge as a limited series as each of the 8 episodes was filmed in a different country using local production crews. The episodes feature completely different casts and range through diverse story genres. Kathy is delighted to be back at Content London with many of her global collaborators.

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Noel Clarke
Actor, screenwriter, director, producer and comic book author,

Sean Clarke
Managing director, Aardman

Clarke joined Aardman as head of consumer products in 1998, after several years as UK licensing director for Disney Consumer Products. In 2008, he became head of rights and brand development, responsible for global brand development and distribution of Aardman and third-party rights across all platforms: film, TV, DVD & digital, merchandising and licensing, and themed attractions and live eve... read more

Clarke joined Aardman as head of consumer products in 1998, after several years as UK licensing director for Disney Consumer Products. In 2008, he became head of rights and brand development, responsible for global brand development and distribution of Aardman and third-party rights across all platforms: film, TV, DVD & digital, merchandising and licensing, and themed attractions and live events. He was instrumental in developing Aardman’s rights and marketing team, which now includes 30 people and works across 170 territories worldwide; the launch of the studio’s YouTube channels, which currently exceed 1.2 billion views annually; and the studio diversifying into new areas of immersive storytelling, including its first Shaun the Sheep Land which opened in Sweden in 2015. In 2018, when Aardman became an employee owned organisation, Clarke was appointed a member of the newly formed Aardman executive board.

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Dave Clarke
EVP content, DRG and Atrium TV

Dave Clarke is a media executive with 20 years experience covering broadcast, commissioning, distribution and production. He is currently is evp content for drg and atrium tv. He was most recently head of scripted acquisitions and co-productions at itv studios global entertainment, where he was responsible for managing the distribution business’s in-house and 3rd party pipeline of scripted conte... read more

Dave Clarke is a media executive with 20 years experience covering broadcast, commissioning, distribution and production. He is currently is evp content for drg and atrium tv. He was most recently head of scripted acquisitions and co-productions at itv studios global entertainment, where he was responsible for managing the distribution business’s in-house and 3rd party pipeline of scripted content.

This followed stints at shine group as head of global format acquisitions, cineflix media as vp of strategic planning and as the controller of uk cable/satellite channels bravo and challenge, where he was responsible for all commissioning, acquisitions and scheduling.

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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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Alan Clements
Managing Director, 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 B... read more

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.

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Jesse Cleverly
Creative director, Wildseed Studios

Jesse Cleverly is the creative director of BAFTA winning Wildseed Studios, a scripted IP incubator which produces digital pilots of scripted ideas from emerging creators and sells them to premium platform partners. Of the 20 pilots Wildseed has published, 60% have led to deals, and Wildseed is currently working with a range of partners including BBC3, Channel4, Netflix, Sky, Fullscreen, Disney, F... read more

Jesse Cleverly is the creative director of BAFTA winning Wildseed Studios, a scripted IP incubator which produces digital pilots of scripted ideas from emerging creators and sells them to premium platform partners. Of the 20 pilots Wildseed has published, 60% have led to deals, and Wildseed is currently working with a range of partners including BBC3, Channel4, Netflix, Sky, Fullscreen, Disney, Frederator Networks, Shaw Communications, Wildbunch, and Teletoon. Prior to founding Wildseed Jesse ran a creative services company and showran for companies including Aardman, Method and Working Partners, as well as selling a film adaptation of the novel The People’s Act of Love to Johnny Depp’s Production company Infinitum Nihil. Prior to this Jesse spent 10 years in a range of senior editorial positions at the BBC including BBC Films (where he developed the film Eastern Promises dir. David Cronenberg), head of development at BBC Fictionlab (the BBC’s digital storytelling unit) and as head of coproductions and acquisitions at BBC Childrens.

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Tom Coan
Executive producer, NBCU

Tom Coan is SVP of Scripted Programming at NBCUniversal International Studios. He is also executive producer on the Amazon Studios series Hanna, and BBC series The Long Song and The Capture. In 2015, Coan relocated to London from Los Angeles to strengthen the company’s international scripted output, and work across the development, sale and production of original scripted programming for English... read more

Tom Coan is SVP of Scripted Programming at NBCUniversal International Studios. He is also executive producer on the Amazon Studios series Hanna, and BBC series The Long Song and The Capture.

In 2015, Coan relocated to London from Los Angeles to strengthen the company’s international scripted output, and work across the development, sale and production of original scripted programming for English language commissioners around the globe. In addition to overseeing an in-house studio slate of development and programming, Coan collaborates with the NBCUniversal International Studio’s portfolio of companies, including Carnival Films, makers of the acclaimed drama The Last Kingdom, and the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Downton Abbey; Heyday Television, the television banner from Oscar-awarding winning producer David Heyman with upcoming series The InBetween, The Capture and The Long Song; Working Title Television, the producers of Hanna; the Australian-based Matchbox Pictures, makers of critically-acclaimed drama series Nowhere Boys and The Slap; and the Vancouver-based Lark, which produced Motive for CTV.

Prior to joining NBCUniversal in 2012, Tom was Director, Creative Affairs at Fox21, where he worked on biker-drama Sons of Anarchy for FX, the critically acclaimed Terriers from The Shield-creator Shawn Ryan for FX, and the break-out Showtime series Homeland.

Coan began his career as a manager for Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Television.

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Melissa Cobb
Vice president, Kids and Family, Netflix

Melissa Cobb is vice president, Kids and Family at Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service. Cobb leads the content team responsible for bringing kids and family titles, both live-action and animated, to Netflix members in 190 countries around the world.  Prior to Netflix, Cobb was chief creative officer for Oriental DreamWorks, where she oversaw development and production, ... read more

Melissa Cobb is vice president, Kids and Family at Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service. Cobb leads the content team responsible for bringing kids and family titles, both live-action and animated, to Netflix members in 190 countries around the world.  Prior to Netflix, Cobb was chief creative officer for Oriental DreamWorks, where she oversaw development and production, business strategy, production strategy and more for a slate of high-quality animated feature films targeted to a global audience. She also served as a producer at DreamWorks Animation, responsible for animated feature films, including the Academy Award-nominated Kung Fu Panda trilogy. Before joining DreamWorks, Cobb was at 20th Century Fox Feature Animation (Titan A.E. and Ever After)and Walt Disney Pictures, where she was responsible for discovering and developing live-action titles. Cobb earned an M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University.

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Dan Cohen
President, worldwide television licensing, Paramount Pictures Corporation

As president, worldwide television licensing for Paramount Pictures, Dan Cohen is responsible for the global licensing and distribution of all Paramount films, television series and other content across multiple platforms including mobile, pay television, broadcast, cable and SVOD as well as emerging digital arenas. He leads the television licensing teams in setting strategy and guiding negotiatio... read more

As president, worldwide television licensing for Paramount Pictures, Dan Cohen is responsible for the global licensing and distribution of all Paramount films, television series and other content across multiple platforms including mobile, pay television, broadcast, cable and SVOD as well as emerging digital arenas. He leads the television licensing teams in setting strategy and guiding negotiations across the global marketplace and finding strategic distribution opportunities.

Prior to joining Paramount, Cohen spent 20 years at Disney/ ABC where he served as executive vice president of pay television and digital sales for home entertainment and television distribution for The Walt Disney Studios. ln this role he distributed catalog and properties including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ABC and Disney Channel to businesses around the globe. Cohen was also responsible for securing two of the most significant pay television deals in history- Netflix in 2012 and Starz in 1999 – negotiating exclusive, multi-year deals and licensing agreements.

Before Disney/ ABC Cohen served as vice president of program acquisitions and scheduling for Tele-TV Media, vice president of film acquisitions and co-productions for Showtime Networks, and held roles at Viewer’s Choice, Palmer Cablevision and Post-Newsweek Cable.

Cohen holds a B.A. in Economics from Portland’s Lewis & Clark, a Master’s in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University and is on the Board of Trustees at Emerson College. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Lisa Black.

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Philippa Collie-Cousins
Commissioning editor, drama, UKTV

Collie-Cousins is UKTV’s first dedicated drama commissioner. She joined the multi-channel broadcaster in May 2018 and is responsible for overseeing all original drama series. Collie-Cousins’ first commission for UKTV is Traces. The six-part series stars Martin Compston (Line of Duty) and Molly Windsor (3 Girls, Cheat) and is written by Amelia Bullmore (Scott & Bailey). RED Production Comp... read more

Collie-Cousins is UKTV’s first dedicated drama commissioner. She joined the multi-channel broadcaster in May 2018 and is responsible for overseeing all original drama series. Collie-Cousins’ first commission for UKTV is Traces. The six-part series stars Martin Compston (Line of Duty) and Molly Windsor (3 Girls, Cheat) and is written by Amelia Bullmore (Scott & Bailey). RED Production Company (Happy Valley and Years and Years) has produced the series and it will air later this year on the broadcaster’s leading crime drama channel, Alibi. Collie-Cousins has also commissioned “We Hunt Together” by Gaby Hull (Cheat), a six part Thriller directed by Carl Tibbetts (Black Mirror, The Feed).

Prior to joining UKTV, Collie-Cousins was the head of drama development at Hartswood West, head of drama Development at Fresh One and head of production for BBC Series and Serials in BBC Indie Drama Commissioning. She won best european director for her film Happy Now, starring Jonny Rhys Myer and Paddy Considine, and is the BAFTA-award winning director behind The Deadness of Dad starring Rhys Ifans.

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Kevin Comer
Co-founder, Psychonaut

Producer Kevin Comer is a member of the PGA and DGA. He most recently produced the feature film Breakable You, starring Holly Hunter, Tony Shalhoub, Cristin Milioti and Afred Molina, which premiered at Palm Spring Film Festival and was sold to SONY Worldwide. Kevin produced the hit TV show, Doll & Em, starring Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, which ran for 2 seasons on HBO an was commissioned b... read more

Producer Kevin Comer is a member of the PGA and DGA. He most recently produced the feature film Breakable You, starring Holly Hunter, Tony Shalhoub, Cristin Milioti and Afred Molina, which premiered at Palm Spring Film Festival and was sold to SONY Worldwide.

Kevin produced the hit TV show, Doll & Em, starring Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, which ran for 2 seasons on HBO an was commissioned by SKY. He produced the film, Expecting starring Michelle Monagham and Radha Mitchell, which premiered at SXSW in Austin an was theatrically eleased by Tribeca Films. He co-produced The Time Being starring Frank Langella, which screened at the Toronto Film Festival and was released by Tribeca Films. Kevin is also a Film Independent alumni and a producing fellow with his film, Before You Say Goodbye. Kevin is in development on the TV Show Piece x Peace, which was optioned byt the Showtime Network, and is currently in pre-production on the feature film Mercy starring Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham, Hiam Abbass, Emun Elliot, Yasmin Paige and Sarah Snook.

Additionally, Kevin has produced a number of short films that have traveled to international film festivals. His company, Psychonaut, continues to produce high profile commercials for top global advertising agencies. For his commercial work, Kevin was most recently awarded 7 Cannes Lions and 2 Clios for the branded film he produced for Gilette.

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Sumi Connock
Creative director of formats, BBC Studios

Sumi Connock, Creative Director of Formats, International Production + Formats – In her role at BBC Studios, Sumi has responsibility for an extensive formats catalogue of more than 200 titles, including popular entertainment brands such as Dancing with the Stars, The Great Bake Off and Top Gear, alongside scripted formats Luther, Doctor Foster and The Office. Prior to joining BBC Studios, ... read more

Sumi Connock, Creative Director of Formats, International Production + Formats – In her role at BBC Studios, Sumi has responsibility for an extensive formats catalogue of more than 200 titles, including popular entertainment brands such as Dancing with the Stars, The Great Bake Off and Top Gear, alongside scripted formats Luther, Doctor Foster and The Office.

Prior to joining BBC Studios, Sumi worked as Head of Entertainment at ITV Studios in Manchester, where she was responsible for multiple formats including Countdown, University Challenge and You’ve Been Framed!, as well as creating and developing new formats including the hidden-camera magic show and Broadcast Digital Award winning Tricked (ITV2), returning daytime cookery format, Yes Chef and children’s quiz, Top Class (CBBC).

Sumi has an extensive background in Entertainment, having previously spent three years as Commissioning Editor for Entertainment at BBC Daytime, where she oversaw output including Eggheads, Are You an Egghead?, Strictly It Takes Two and Through the Keyhole; and also as an Executive Producer in BBC Entertainment with credits including Just the Two of Us, The Big Finish with Graham Norton and Dear Father Christmas.

Further credits include: Streetmate, The Big Breakfast, MTV Europe Music Awards, Dirty Sanchez, An Audience with the Spice Girls, Animals Do The Funniest Things and Blind Date.

 

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James Cooper
Co-creator and co-host, My Dad Wrote A Porno

Cooper is co-creator and co-host of award-winning British comedy podcast, My Dad Wrote A Porno. The show has been an international hit with more than 200 million downloads across 5 seasons, spawning an HBO comedy special, 2 world tours across 11 countries (including shows at the Sydney Opera House, New York’s Radio City Music Hall and the Royal Albert Hall), as well as a best selling book. B... read more

Cooper is co-creator and co-host of award-winning British comedy podcast, My Dad Wrote A Porno. The show has been an international hit with more than 200 million downloads across 5 seasons, spawning an HBO comedy special, 2 world tours across 11 countries (including shows at the Sydney Opera House, New York’s Radio City Music Hall and the Royal Albert Hall), as well as a best selling book. By day, Cooper is also a television producer, most recently creating the BAFTA-nominated Eating With My Ex for BBC Three, airing its second series in January 2020.

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Simon Cornwell
Co-CEO, The Ink Factory

Simon co-founded The Ink Factory with his brother Stephen. Simon was an executive producer of John le Carré adaptation The Night Manager, as well as The Ink Factory’s forthcoming production of The Little Drummer Girl, directed by Park Chan-wook and starring Florence Pugh, Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Shannon. Simon also produced Drew Pearce’s debut film Hotel Artemis, starring Jodie Foste... read more

Simon co-founded The Ink Factory with his brother Stephen. Simon was an executive producer of John le Carré adaptation The Night Manager, as well as The Ink Factory’s forthcoming production of The Little Drummer Girl, directed by Park Chan-wook and starring Florence Pugh, Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Shannon. Simon also produced Drew Pearce’s debut film Hotel Artemis, starring Jodie Foster, Sterling K Brown, Dave Bautista and Jeff Goldblum.

His previous credits include Anton Corbijn’s 2014 adaption of A Most Wanted Man, as well as Our Kind of Traitor, directed by Susanna White and starring Ewan McGregor, Damian Lewis, Stellan Skarsgård and Naomie Harris; and Netflix Original, Message from the King, directed by Fabrice du Welz and starring Chadwick Boseman, Luke Evans, Teresa Palmer and Alfred Molina.

Simon came to The Ink Factory from top European venture capital firm Amadeus Capital Partners, where he was a senior partner. Prior to that he was founder and CEO of a pioneering company in the field of interactive television. His early career included stints at Granada in the UK, at the Boston Consulting Group in the US, and running refugee relief programmes for the UN in Thailand.

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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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Sarah Cox
Executive creative director, Aardman

Cox is responsible for the development slate of new content aimed at kids and family audiences. She currently is overseeing the latest Shaun the Sheep series 6 directed by Tom Parkinson. Prior to joining Aardman, Cox was the co-owner of ArthurCox, an award-winning film and animation production company, which she launched in 2002 alongside Sally Arthur. During this time, she established a close wor... read more

Cox is responsible for the development slate of new content aimed at kids and family audiences. She currently is overseeing the latest Shaun the Sheep series 6 directed by Tom Parkinson.
Prior to joining Aardman, Cox was the co-owner of ArthurCox, an award-winning film and animation production company, which she launched in 2002 alongside Sally Arthur. During this time, she established a close working relationship with Aardman, collaborating with the studio as a commercials director. She directed the award winning film The Itch of the Golden Nit in 2011, which was created under the ground-breaking and BAFTA-award winning Tate Movie Project, with the participation of 34,000 children across the UK. She also co-directed the road safety mini-series The Peculiar Adventures of Hector, which won her a second British Animation Award in 2008, her first was for her Animate! Short 3 Ways to Go. Her first stop motion film Don’t Let it All Unravel, was made in conjunction with Aardman Animations as one of the 60 environmental films commissioned for the Live Earth concerts and has since won 11 international film awards and has been screened at numerous festivals including the Grand Prize at Tricky Women in Vienna 2008. Cox created and directed the BAFTA-nominated animation pre-school series Nina Needs to Go! for Disney Junior, and the educational BAFTA-nominated online series Search It Up for Azoomee. Her short film Heavy Pockets was also nominated for BAFTA’s Best Short Animation Award in 2004.

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Matt Creasey
Executive VP, distribution, Endemol Shine International

Matt Creasey is executive VP of distribution, based in Los Angeles.  He oversees sales, co-productions and acquisitions in the US, as well as leading the distribution teams in Latin America, Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. With over 22 years’ experience spanning a wide range of territories and genres Matt has been at the forefront of Endemol Shine’s scripted co-production business in... read more

Matt Creasey is executive VP of distribution, based in Los Angeles.  He oversees sales, co-productions and acquisitions in the US, as well as leading the distribution teams in Latin America, Canada, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

With over 22 years’ experience spanning a wide range of territories and genres Matt has been at the forefront of Endemol Shine’s scripted co-production business in LA since moving there in 2010 working across titles such as Peaky Blinders, Flowers, Frankenstein Chronicles, Grantchester, Tin Star among many titles.

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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

Ross Crowley
Director of content, Foxtel

In his content role, Crowley oversees investments in drama and unscripted production, and on-demand first viewing, across Foxtel and its entertainment products. Crowley also oversees movies, the 4K content pipeline and content and trends for new platforms. He holds a business degree in finance, statistics and human behaviour and has worked at both the Nine Network and the former Star Group in Asia... read more

In his content role, Crowley oversees investments in drama and unscripted production, and on-demand first viewing, across Foxtel and its entertainment products. Crowley also oversees movies, the 4K content pipeline and content and trends for new platforms. He holds a business degree in finance, statistics and human behaviour and has worked at both the Nine Network and the former Star Group in Asia.

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Adam Cunningham
Chief digital officer, Allied Global Marketing

Adam Cunningham began his career as a Hollywood talent manager, working with A-list talent at the cusp of digital technologies transforming traditional business models in the in the entertainment industry. Noting this development, Adam began to consult for various entertainment entities conceiving and implementing a number of IP based solutions to these new challenges. From this, Adam founded 87AM... read more

Adam Cunningham began his career as a Hollywood talent manager, working with A-list talent at the cusp of digital technologies transforming traditional business models in the in the entertainment industry. Noting this development, Adam began to consult for various entertainment entities conceiving and implementing a number of IP based solutions to these new challenges. From this, Adam founded 87AM in 2010, a full-service digital agency focused on the entertainment, arts and culture industries. This strategic digital approach proved extremely effective, leading 87AM to be acquired by Allied Integrated Marketing in 2016. Adam and his team have since become leaders in emerging entertainment platforms, including all streaming services and work across all major media companies from around the globe in some capacity. Allied Integrated Marketing is the largest agency for the entertainment industry. Adam, now based out of London, currently serves as chief digital officer for Allied across North America, Europe and China.

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Sara Curran
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... read more

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.

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Jos Cushing
Head of factual U.K, October films

Cushing heads up the factual department of October’s U.K offices in London where he’s responsible for overseeing and producing the shop’s core productions for the U.S. and international networks. Cushing began his career working in live sports production before transitioning into both UK and American factual programming. At Raw Television he made the first 3 seasons of hit American show; Gol... read more

Cushing heads up the factual department of October’s U.K offices in London where he’s responsible for overseeing and producing the shop’s core productions for the U.S. and international networks. Cushing began his career working in live sports production before transitioning into both UK and American factual programming. At Raw Television he made the first 3 seasons of hit American show; Gold Rush before executive producing Jungle Gold and Siberian Cut, all for the Discovery Channel. In late 2014 he moved to October where he executive produce the company’s biggest shows, including critically acclaimed and nominated series such as Channel 4′s Walking The Nile, Walking the Himalayas and The Bulger killers: Was justice done, National Geographic’s Mygrations, and History’s Emmy nominated Barbarians. Cushing has recently delivered the Amazon Prime Original series; ‘This is Football’ which filmed in 15 countries around the world with a production crew of 160 people.

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Jaimie D’Cruz
Creative director, Acme Films

Until 2010 Jaimie was based at Keo Films where he produced and directed a range of documentary films and factual and fact. ent. series, as well as making a feature length documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop, with the graffiti artist Banksy. Exit was released around the world theatrically in 2010, and saw Jaimie nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA as well as winning many other awards inc... read more

Until 2010 Jaimie was based at Keo Films where he produced and directed a range of documentary films and factual and fact. ent. series, as well as making a feature length documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop, with the graffiti artist Banksy. Exit was released around the world theatrically in 2010, and saw Jaimie nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA as well as winning many other awards including a Grierson and an Independent Spirit Award.

Jaimie launched his independent production company, Acme Films, in 2011. Over the past six years Acme has produced a varied slate of programming for the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky Arts, including live music shows, an original drama series, and a range of single docs, doc dramas and short form factual series. Acme’s most recent production, CLA’AM, is a psychological horror film about gentrification seen through the lens of coffee.

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Jack Davison
Executive vice president, 3vision

Davison is a content and Pay TV professional with a unique ability to predict and explain the implications of industry changes on stakeholders. Davison is Executive Vice President of leading international content firm 3Vision. He advises major global content owners and broadcasters on optimising their distribution strategy and increasing their revenues. Davison has helped many leading and new vide... read more

Davison is a content and Pay TV professional with a unique ability to predict and explain the implications of industry changes on stakeholders. Davison is Executive Vice President of leading international content firm 3Vision. He advises major global content owners and broadcasters on optimising their distribution strategy and increasing their revenues. Davison has helped many leading and new video operators to launch new services across satellite, IPTV and OTT, often in challenging markets.

Prior to joining 3Vision, Davison was head of VOD product at Virgin Media, the UK’s leading cable operator. Davison was a pioneer of IPTV and VOD whilst VP of content at Yes Television and has worked for IMG Media, the world’s largest independent producer and distributor of sports programming.

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David Davoli
Senior vice president, Bron Studios

David Davoli is a senior vice president at Bron Studios, operating out of the company’s New York office. Davoli co-heads business affairs and heads the international television group. Since joining Bron, David has closed countless deals with respect to Bron’s active feature film and television slate and he has sourced and structured several international TV co-productions. Before joining Bron,... read more

David Davoli is a senior vice president at Bron Studios, operating out of the company’s New York office. Davoli co-heads business affairs and heads the international television group. Since joining Bron, David has closed countless deals with respect to Bron’s active feature film and television slate and he has sourced and structured several international TV co-productions. Before joining Bron, David was in private practice for 13 years as an entertainment attorney where he worked as production, finance or distribution counsel on over 50 independent film, television and new media programs, and spent a decade developing a keen knowledge of the international marketplace. David is also a classically trained draftsman of the human figure and recently had his first show in NYC.

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David Davoli
EVP of international television, BRON Studios

Davoli co-heads the television group. Prior to joining the television group, Davoli was senior vice president of business affairs where he closed countless deals with respect to BRON’s active feature film and television slate and sourced and structured several international TV co-productions. Before joining BRON, Davoli was in private practice for 13 years as an entertainment attorney where he w... read more

Davoli co-heads the television group. Prior to joining the television group, Davoli was senior vice president of business affairs where he closed countless deals with respect to BRON’s active feature film and television slate and sourced and structured several international TV co-productions. Before joining BRON, Davoli was in private practice for 13 years as an entertainment attorney where he worked as production, finance or distribution counsel on over 50 independent film, television and new media programs, and spent a decade developing a keen knowledge of the international marketplace. Davoli is also a classically trained draftsman of the human figure and continues to train every morning at his studio in Chelsea.

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Lorenzo De Maio
Partner, Endeavor Content

Lorenzo De Maio is a partner at Endeavor Content, a division of global entertainment leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG). In his role, De Maio oversees the Television Sales and Advisory group, focusing on packaging, financing and selling global television shows. De Maio works with content creators, third-party financiers, and US and international networks to create optimal ownership and distribut... read more

Lorenzo De Maio is a partner at Endeavor Content, a division of global entertainment leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG). In his role, De Maio oversees the Television Sales and Advisory group, focusing on packaging, financing and selling global television shows.

De Maio works with content creators, third-party financiers, and US and international networks to create optimal ownership and distribution solutions for projects. Endeavor Content’s television series include the Emmy and Golden-Globe Award winning drama The Night Manager, the Emmy-nominated programs Killing Eve, Chef’s Table and The Young Pope, the critically acclaimed Top of the Lake: China Girl, global hit The Grand Tour, the new series The First from Beau Willimon, and upcoming projects See from Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence, and Damien Chazelle’s The Eddy.

Prior to joining Endeavor Content, De Maio was president of production at the Dino De Laurentiis Company where he was an executive on the NBC series Hannibal and a producer across its film slate. De Maio sits on the board of the PGA International Committee and has worked with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office on the campaign to launch and support the California Film and Television Initiative program.

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Lorenzo De Maio
Partner, Endeavor Content

In his role, De Maio oversees the television sales and advisory group, focusing on financing and selling global television shows. De Maio works with content creators, in-house and third-party financiers, and US and international networks to create optimal ownership and distribution solutions for projects. Endeavor Content’s television series include the Emmy and Golden-Globe Award winning drama ... read more

In his role, De Maio oversees the television sales and advisory group, focusing on financing and selling global television shows. De Maio works with content creators, in-house and third-party financiers, and US and international networks to create optimal ownership and distribution solutions for projects. Endeavor Content’s television series include the Emmy and Golden-Globe Award winning drama The Night Manager, the Emmy-nominated programs Killing Eve, Chef’s Table, Apple’s See from Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence, and Damien Chazelle’s The Eddy.

Prior to joining Endeavor Content, De Maio was president of production at the Dino De Laurentiis Company where he was an executive on the NBC series Hannibal and a producer across its film slate. De Maio sits on the board of the PGA International Committee and has worked with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office on the campaign to launch and support the California Film and Television Initiative program.

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Julien Degroote
Head of non-scripted commissioning and format development, France TF1

Julien Degroote currently serves as head of non-scripted commissioning, format development and program scouting for French leading network TF1 GROUP. He is responsible for commissioning, developing and overseeing the new shows for the three national TF1 GROUP channels: TF1, TMC and TFX. His credits include: NINJA WARRIOR, THE WALL, BIG MUSIC QUIZ. Degroote is also in charge of spotting the best id... read more

Julien Degroote currently serves as head of non-scripted commissioning, format development and program scouting for French leading network TF1 GROUP.

He is responsible for commissioning, developing and overseeing the new shows for the three national TF1 GROUP channels: TF1, TMC and TFX. His credits include: NINJA WARRIOR, THE WALL, BIG MUSIC QUIZ.

Degroote is also in charge of spotting the best ideas and trends around the world as head of scripted and alternative scouting.

Prior to joining TF1 in 2014, Degroote has been a TV producer for 12 years. As head of programs in the French independent TV production company COYOTE, he managed 200 hours of TV shows produced each year and multi-million budget for TF1 in different genres: FAMILY FEUD, FOUR IN A BED, PEOPLE’S QUIZ, 30+ live entertainment prime time shows.

Previously, Julien Degroote served as Creative senior executive of ENDEMOL FRANCE working on BIG BROTHER, STAR ACADEMY and overseeing the adaptation of THE CELEBRITIES’ FARM.

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Atar Dekel
VP Global Content, Keshet International

Working out of the Global Content division, Atar Dekel oversees a diverse scripted slate with partners in all corners of the world, from Brazil, Germany, Italy, France, Canada, Belgium and Argentina. Her latest projects include Blackfella Films Black B*tch starring Rachel Griffiths and Deborah Mailman for Australia’s ABC and Ecosse Films’ The Trial of Christine Keeler starring Sophie Cookson... read more

Working out of the Global Content division, Atar Dekel oversees a diverse scripted slate with partners in all corners of the world, from Brazil, Germany, Italy, France, Canada, Belgium and Argentina.

Her latest projects include Blackfella Films Black B*tch starring Rachel Griffiths and Deborah Mailman for Australia’s ABC and Ecosse Films’ The Trial of Christine Keeler starring Sophie Cookson (Christine Keeler) for BBC One – both of which have been supported by the recently launched KI Content Fund. Prior to that, Atar was handling business development for all US scripted projects.

Before joining Keshet International, Atar served as the Israeli Cultural Attaché in Los Angeles, covering all cultural exchanges between Israel and the Southwestern region of the US, specifically overseeing business opportunities within the Hollywood community. Previously, she headed the International Department at Kneller Artists Agency, Israel’s largest literary agency, representing some of the country’s most internationally renowned screenwriters, directors and authors.

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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 the... 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..

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Sandra Dewey 
President, 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 serv... 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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Julian Dexter
Head of commercial affairs, Sky original content

Julian has over 20 years’ experience in the television industry at Sky, first as a lawyer working on content deals before making the transition to concentrate on deal-making and commercial aspects of Sky’s original content portfolio. As Sky’s investment in original content has grown, Julian’s focus in recent times has been on deals for the development, production and financing of Sky’s o... read more

Julian has over 20 years’ experience in the television industry at Sky, first as a lawyer working on content deals before making the transition to concentrate on deal-making and commercial aspects of Sky’s original content portfolio. As Sky’s investment in original content has grown, Julian’s focus in recent times has been on deals for the development, production and financing of Sky’s original drama output, working with producers, distributors, broadcasters and other financiers on a variety of different funding models. Recent projects include Patrick Melrose, a co-production with Showtime starring Benedict Cumberbatch; and series through Sky’s co-production arrangements with HBO, including Catherine The Great starring Helen Mirren, and Chernobyl, a drama about the Russian nuclear power station disaster.

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Sened Dhab
Head of digital drama, FranceTV

Sened Dhab is Deputy Digital Director in Charge Of Content at France Télévisions, France’s leading TV public service. He is in charge of finding, fostering and overseeing all drama content destined for France Télévisions’ digital channels : Slash and France.tv Sened Dhab has had a long carreer spanning all facets of the entertainment business. Formerly a writer and script-doctor for both t... read more

Sened Dhab is Deputy Digital Director in Charge Of Content at France Télévisions, France’s leading TV public service. He is in charge of finding, fostering and overseeing all drama content destined for France Télévisions’ digital channels : Slash and France.tv

Sened Dhab has had a long carreer spanning all facets of the entertainment business. Formerly a writer and script-doctor for both the TV and Movies industry. He also worked for numerous years as a marketing and creative strategy executive, creating daring and impactful campaigns for numerous movie distributors in France (Pathé, UGC, 20th Century Fox, Disney, Studiocanal, Gaumont, Paramount). Before he arrived at France Televisions, he took the helm of Social Media and Content at groundbreaking french entertainment agency Dare.Win, where he successfully launched the agency’s activity on the German Market, and  helped create and launch a large slate of award-winning and media-attention grabbing campaigns for among others, Netflix.

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Frank Doelger
Creative director, Intaglio Films

Doelger worked as an executive at Columbia Pictures, ABC, Westinghouse Broadcasting/Group W Productions, and HBO, overseeing the development and production of a multitude of award-winning documentaries, children’s films, television movies, mini-series, and series. In 1996, Doelger founded Trinity Productions, for which he produced the Emmy and BAFTA Award winning Conspiracy, The Gathering S... read more

Doelger worked as an executive at Columbia Pictures, ABC, Westinghouse Broadcasting/Group W Productions, and HBO, overseeing the development and production of a multitude of award-winning documentaries, children’s films, television movies, mini-series, and series.

In 1996, Doelger founded Trinity Productions, for which he produced the Emmy and BAFTA Award winning Conspiracy, The Gathering Storm, My House In Umbria, Rome and John Adams.

In 2006, Doelger co-founded Rainmark Films, producing various projects including Into The Storm, Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, and The Frankenstein Chronicles. In addition, Doelger served as executive producer for all eight seasons of Game Of Thrones.

In 2018, Doelger was named creative director of Intaglio Films, a new scripted venture launched by Beta Film and ZDF Enterprises which will develop, finance and produce drama for the international market.

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Mary E. Donahue
Senior vice president, development and programming, History

Mary  E. Donahue is senior vice president, development and programming, History.  She is responsible for managing all production of History’s non-fiction series, specials, and megadocs, including the new hit competition formats Knife or Death and Truck Night in America; History’s record breaking Evel Live special; and megadoc series, including Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen and th... read more

Mary  E. Donahue is senior vice president, development and programming, History.  She is responsible for managing all production of History’s non-fiction series, specials, and megadocs, including the new hit competition formats Knife or Death and Truck Night in America; History’s record breaking Evel Live special; and megadoc series, including Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen and the recently announced project, Grant.

Donahue also  oversees the network’s returning series including The Curse of Oak Island,  Forged in Fire, and American Pickers, as well as Pawn Stars and Swamp People, two definitive hits which Donahue developed and launched during a previous stint at History as VP of Development and Programming .

Donahue also served as SVP Non-Fiction Programming at Lifetime, where she helped to develop new projects like True Tori, Bring It and Rap Game and oversaw returning series including Dance Moms.

Prior to joining A&E Networks, Donahue worked from 2004 to 2008 at Discovery Channel, serving as Executive Producer, Senior Executive Producer and Vice President. While there, she developed and launched a broad slate of shows, including Man vs. Wild, Storm Chasers, Cash Cab, Alaska Experiment and Future Weapons, as well as the Emmy nominated Expedition series with the BBC Natural History Unit. Donahue also oversaw Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs, growing ratings on both high-profile series. Donahue also worked at The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she was a producer/field director for six years and for ABC News, NBC News, USA Today and CNN.  In addition, Donahue also worked as a show runner on TLC’s A Wedding Story, guiding that long-running series to its first live event and first Emmy nomination and win.

She is a cum laude graduate of Williams College and holds MA degrees in American Studies with a specialty in film studies from both Boston University and The University of Sussex in Brighton, England, where she was a Rotary scholar. Donahue has been nominated for ten Emmys and won four times.  Programs she developed have earned 20 Emmy nominations in various categories.

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Sarah Doole
Director of global drama, Fremantle

As the director of global drama, Sarah seeks to invest and bring the very best drama to the international marketplace. A member of the Fremantle Operating Board, reporting directly to Jennifer Mullin, she is responsible for the acquisition of all scripted content from in-house producers and third party drama partners, through development investment, distribution deals and co-production partnership... read more

As the director of global drama, Sarah seeks to invest and bring the very best drama to the international marketplace.

A member of the Fremantle Operating Board, reporting directly to Jennifer Mullin, she is responsible for the acquisition of all scripted content from in-house producers and third party drama partners, through development investment, distribution deals and co-production partnerships.

Sarah also works with in-house and indie producers, writers, directors and owners of IP, to create and develop drama and comedy that will rate in its domestic market as well as providing an on-going revenue stream through commercial exploitation internationally, whether tape sales, digital activity or scripted remakes.

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Natalie Dormer
Actress,

Natalie Dormer was most recently seen in Amazon’s critically acclaimed Picnic At Hanging Rock, a multi-genre drama series based on Joan Lindsay’s classic novel. She was also seen this year in the leading role of ‘Sofia’ in the psychological thriller In Darkness which she co-wrote with the film’s director Anthony Bryne. Dormer will next be seen in Icon Productions’ adaptation of the Sim... read more

Natalie Dormer was most recently seen in Amazon’s critically acclaimed Picnic At Hanging Rock, a multi-genre drama series based on Joan Lindsay’s classic novel. She was also seen this year in the leading role of ‘Sofia’ in the psychological thriller In Darkness which she co-wrote with the film’s director Anthony Bryne.

Dormer will next be seen in Icon Productions’ adaptation of the Simon Winchester best-seller The Professor and The Madman starring opposite Mel Gibson and Sean Penn.

Dormer starred in HBO’s multi-Emmy and Golden Globe winning series Game of Thrones as fan-favorite and would-be queen ‘Margaery Tyrell. Her previous credits include BBC’s highly successful The Scandalous Lady W, award nominated role as ‘Anne Boleyn’ in Showtime’s hit period drama The Tudors and the first female ‘Moriarty’ in CBS’ Sherlock Holmes reimagining Elementary. Previous film credits include The Forest, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2, The Riot Club, Rush, The Couselor, W.E and Captain America: The First Avenger.

Dormer was recently seen on the West End stage, receiving outstanding reviews for her portrayal of ‘Vanda’ in Venus in Fur directed by Patrick Marber.

It was recently announced that she will play the title role and Exec Produce a limited drama series on the iconic Vivien Leigh, with FreemantleMedia and Mainstreet Pictures.

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Haley Drage
Vice president corporate affairs, EMEA, Starbucks

Julia Dufvenius
Executive producer, co-creator and actor, Honour

Julia made her breakthrough in the TV –series Glappet and she joined the Royal Dramatic Theater in 2000 where she made her debut in Ingmar Bergman’s Maria Stuart. The role of Karin in Bergman’s TV production Saraband was written for her. In 2016, Julia was among the creators and writers of comedy series Mammor for Sweden’s TV3, alongside her Honour colleague Anja Lundqvist. Julia h... read more

Julia made her breakthrough in the TV –series Glappet and she joined the Royal Dramatic Theater in 2000 where she made her debut in Ingmar Bergman’s Maria Stuart. The role of Karin in Bergman’s TV production Saraband was written for her. In 2016, Julia was among the creators and writers of comedy series Mammor for Sweden’s TV3, alongside her Honour colleague Anja Lundqvist. Julia has worked on a number of important plays at the theater and we have also seen her in numerous TV series such as Modus, Oskyldigt dömd, Gynekologen in Askim etc.

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Erik Durbin
Lead Writer, Borderline,

Jackie Edwards
Head of fund, Young Audiences Content Fund, BFI

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 li... read more

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!

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Sarah Edwards
Creative director and head of future formats team, Sony Pictures Television

Sarah has a wealth of unscripted knowledge, keeping a head of the trends to spot and acquire the next big format hit for Sony Pictures Television (SPT) as part of her role, heading up the newly formed Future Formats Team. Sarah also works extremely closely with all of SPT’s indies to develop new unscripted formats (SPT formats include Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, The Dating Game, Dragons Den/... read more

Sarah has a wealth of unscripted knowledge, keeping a head of the trends to spot and acquire the next big format hit for Sony Pictures Television (SPT) as part of her role, heading up the newly formed Future Formats Team. Sarah also works extremely closely with all of SPT’s indies to develop new unscripted formats (SPT formats include Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, The Dating Game, Dragons Den/Shark Tank, Joker’s Wild, The Gong Show). Prior to joining SPT, Sarah was the Head of Development at Talkback Thames, the BBC and ITV Studios-owned 12 Yard. Sarah helped develop a number of key International hits including The Weakest Link, Hole In The Wall and Take Me Out. Most recently, the Future Formats Team acquired the Worldwide rights to Canada’s hit singing show The Launch.

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Kelly Edwards
SVP talent development, HBO

As the SVP of Talent Development for HBO Kelly Edwards oversees all above and below the line program initiatives for series, films, Cinemax and miniseries. Edwards brought an innovative new approach to HBO when developing their writing and directing fellowships that has become an industry best practice. By marrying the two programs, material created by the writers is shot by the directors with a f... read more

As the SVP of Talent Development for HBO Kelly Edwards oversees all above and below the line program initiatives for series, films, Cinemax and miniseries.

Edwards brought an innovative new approach to HBO when developing their writing and directing fellowships that has become an industry best practice. By marrying the two programs, material created by the writers is shot by the directors with a fully inclusive crew for air on the HBO digital platforms. The presentations have garnered festival awards, and will have a home on HBOGo, HBONow, and On Demand.

Prior to HBO, Edwards was a key corporate diversity executive at Comcast/NBCUniversal for over five years where she oversaw over 20 divisions, launched employee resource groups, and introduced diverse creative talent to NBC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and Telemundo.

Edwards’ career has spanned both television and film having produced the movie of the week A Christmas Detour for Hallmark, the one hour series Sex, Love, and Secrets for UPN, serving as a network executive for UPN and Fox, and as a creative executive in features. As an executive she helped to develop series such as Girlfriends, The Parkers, Malcolm in the Middle, Clueless and The Wild Thornberrys.

In 2000, Edwards co-founded Colour Entertainment, a networking group for diverse creative executives in TV, Film, Digital, as well as assistants, all designed to connect current and future industry executives with one another.

Edwards graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater and serves on the Annenberg Inclusion Board, the Project Greenlight advisory board, a member of of NAMIC and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences having served for two years on the Television Academy Diversity Committee. She is also a former member of the Board of Trustees for NALIP, and served on the Los Angeles leadership council for the United Negro College Fund.

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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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Angharad Elen
Writer, producer and executive producer of Person/a,

Elen is a writer and producer and develops drama for Cwmni Da television company in Caernarfon, north Wales. She is creator and producer of Deian a Loli (79×15′) a Welsh language live-action preschool series for S4C about twins who have superpowers. She was associate producer on William McGregor’s feature, Gwen(Endor/BFI) and was translator and Welsh language advisor on episode 30... read more

Elen is a writer and producer and develops drama for Cwmni Da television company in Caernarfon, north Wales. She is creator and producer of Deian a Loli (79×15′) a Welsh language live-action preschool series for S4C about twins who have superpowers. She was associate producer on William McGregor’s feature, Gwen(Endor/BFI) and was translator and Welsh language advisor on episode 306 of The Crown (Left Bank/Netflix). Her projects have won her Bafta Cymru awards, Celtic Media awards and most recently, a Broadcast Award. She is the executive producer on the live-action multi-platform drama, Person/a which was recently awarded funding from BFI’s YACF and will commence shooting in spring 2020.

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Bryan Elsley
Managing director & writer, Balloon Entertainment

Bryan Elsley is a television writer who created the Channel 4 show Dates and is best known for co-creating teen drama Skins with his son Jamie Brittain. His other writing credits include 40, Nature Boy and the award winning adaptation of Iain Banks novel The Crow Road. Dates was the first production by Balloon Entertainment, the independent production company set up by Bryan and Harry Enfield in 2... read more

Bryan Elsley is a television writer who created the Channel 4 show Dates and is best known for co-creating teen drama Skins with his son Jamie Brittain. His other writing credits include 40, Nature Boy and the award winning adaptation of Iain Banks novel The Crow Road.

Dates was the first production by Balloon Entertainment, the independent production company set up by Bryan and Harry Enfield in 2012. It has gone on to produce two Harry Enfield specials for BBC2, Clique in 2017 for BBC3 and upcoming E4/Netflix production Kiss Me First, made with Kindle Entertainment. Bryan is a writer, showrunner and executive producer on the show.

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Peter Emerson
President, Cineflix Media

As President, Cineflix Media, Peter is focused on the Company’s growth initiatives. In addition to building on the existing revenue streams and Brands, Emerson is leading the dramatic growth of the company’s scripted television slate at Cineflix Studios.  Cineflix Studios co-produces and distributes the WGNA/Hulu/Super Channel/CBC dramatic series Pure set in the world of Mennonite drug runne... read more

As President, Cineflix Media, Peter is focused on the Company’s growth initiatives. In addition to building on the existing revenue streams and Brands, Emerson is leading the dramatic growth of the company’s scripted television slate at Cineflix Studios.  Cineflix Studios co-produces and distributes the WGNA/Hulu/Super Channel/CBC dramatic series Pure set in the world of Mennonite drug runners, which just completed its second season. Cineflix Studios also co-produces and distributes the highly anticipated CBC/NBCU Network series CORONER, which is presently shooting Season 1 in Toronto. 

Previously, Peter was President of eOne Television International where he oversaw all aspects of the company’s international television activities, including the international roll-out of the Walking Dead, and many other high profile shows through an output deal with AMC Studios. Prior to eOne, Peter built Oasis International and was a partner in Blueprint Productions, which were both acquired by eOne in 2008 to form eOne Television.

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Dr Simone Emmelius
SVP international fiction - coproduction & acquisitions, ZDF

Dr Simone Emmelius is responsible for the ZDF company with its entities ZDF main channel, ZDFneo (entertainment channel for a younger target audience 25-50 years), 3sat (cultural channel, target audience German speaking territories), arte (cultural channel, target audience Germany and France), and funk (nonlinear program offer, target audience 14-29 years). Until May, 2018, she was SVP ZDFneo, res... read more

Dr Simone Emmelius is responsible for the ZDF company with its entities ZDF main channel, ZDFneo (entertainment channel for a younger target audience 25-50 years), 3sat (cultural channel, target audience German speaking territories), arte (cultural channel, target audience Germany and France), and funk (nonlinear program offer, target audience 14-29 years). Until May, 2018, she was SVP ZDFneo, responsible for one of the top 10 channels in Germany, basically focused on drama, crime, and comedy series, feature films and on entertainment programs (e.g. “neoMagazin Royale” / Jan Böhmermann). From 1987 to 2009, Emmelius was in charge in various functions for the strategic development of the upcoming digital market activities of ZDF, setting up digital channels and initial interactive programs. After her studies of literature, economy and film in Mainz and Konstanz (degrees: M.A. and Dr. phil.) accompanied by several freelance contracts for ZDF, SWR, Südkurier and FAZ, she started her career in ZDF as a trainee, and later on as an editor in the Social Affairs Department.

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Dr Simone Emmelius
Senior vice president, ZDF Feature Films

As svp ZDF Feature Films, Simone Emmelius is responsible for co-production and acquisition of international fiction programs for the ZDF company with its entities ZDF main channel, ZDFneo (entertainment channel for a younger target audience 25-50 years), 3sat (cultural channel, target audience German speaking territories), arte (cultural channel, target audience Germany and France), and funk (nonl... read more

As svp ZDF Feature Films, Simone Emmelius is responsible for co-production and acquisition of international fiction programs for the ZDF company with its entities ZDF main channel, ZDFneo (entertainment channel for a younger target audience 25-50 years), 3sat (cultural channel, target audience German speaking territories), arte (cultural channel, target audience Germany and France), and funk (nonlinear program offer, target audience 14-29 years). Until May, 2018, she was svp ZDFneo, responsible for one of the top 10 channels in Germany, basically focussed on drama, crime, and comedy series, feature films and on entertainment programs (e.g. “neoMagazin Royale” / Jan Böhmermann). From 1987 to 2009, Simone Emmelius was in charge in various functions for the strategic development of the upcoming digital market activities of ZDF, setting up digital channels and initial interactive programs.

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David Engels
Belgian ancient historian,

David Engels, born 1979 in Verviers, is a Belgian Ancient Historian. From 1997 to 2002, he studied History, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Aachen (RWTH) and completed his PhD in 2005 with a dissertation in Roman history, thanks to a scholarship of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. After working as assistant professor in Ancient History at the University of Aachen from 2005... read more

David Engels, born 1979 in Verviers, is a Belgian Ancient Historian. From 1997 to 2002, he studied History, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Aachen (RWTH) and completed his PhD in 2005 with a dissertation in Roman history, thanks to a scholarship of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. After working as assistant professor in Ancient History at the University of Aachen from 2005 to 2008, he was professor and chair for Roman History at the Free University of Brussels from 2008 to 2018 and redactor in chief of the journal “Latomus”. Since 2018, he works as research professor at the Instytut Zachodni in Poznan. Engels is mainly interested in the philosophy of history and is mostly known for his 2013 monograph “Le déclin” (Paris, Toucan), where he outlined parallels between the Late Roman Republic of the 1st century BC and the current crisis of the Western societies, a book translated into numerous languages and stirring a considerable debate. For more information, cf. his homepage under: www.davidengels.be.

 

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Gjermund Erikson
Writer and executive producer, Monster Scripted

International Emmy-winner as a writer, creator and executive producer for Mammon 2 (NRK) together with his brother. Mammon has also been remade by HBO in both Poland (Pakt) and Czech (Mamon). He is also creator of light-hearted legal series Aber Bergen (Viapilay) and currently developing two new shows for Monster Scripted. One happy noir, the police procedural For Life (NRK), and Furia (Viaplay/ZD... read more

International Emmy-winner as a writer, creator and executive producer for Mammon 2 (NRK) together with his brother. Mammon has also been remade by HBO in both Poland (Pakt) and Czech (Mamon). He is also creator of light-hearted legal series Aber Bergen (Viapilay) and currently developing two new shows for Monster Scripted. One happy noir, the police procedural For Life (NRK), and Furia (Viaplay/ZDF), a thriller-series about fighting right-wing extremism in an ever polarizing political climate in Europe.

His background is from English/American- and Nordic literature and language, and Culture-studies at the University of Oslo, where he also worked as a teacher until the communication industry grabbed him. There he worked as both creative and a strategist. After 9 years of communications work for media-, consumer- and finance-clients – he finally got his first script sold to the public broadcaster NRK in 2010.

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Dan Erlij
Partner, United Talent Agency

Dan Erlij is the Co-Head of the Television Literary Department at United Talent Agency. Erlij joined UTA in 1996 in UTA’s Agent Training Program. He was promoted to agent in the television literary department in 1998, was upped to Partner in April of 2008, and named Co-Head of the department in January of 2018.  Prior to joining UTA, Erlij practiced law for several years as a litigator at the ... read more

Dan Erlij is the Co-Head of the Television Literary Department at United Talent Agency. Erlij joined UTA in 1996 in UTA’s Agent Training Program. He was promoted to agent in the television literary department in 1998, was upped to Partner in April of 2008, and named Co-Head of the department in January of 2018.  Prior to joining UTA, Erlij practiced law for several years as a litigator at the Herzfeld & Rubin law firm in New York City.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for NATPE, The Hollywood Radio & Television Society, and Inner City Arts.

Erlij represents various television creators, showrunners, and producers such as Barbara Hall (Madame Secretary), Charlie Covell (End of the F****** World, Kaos), Danny Futterman (Looming Tower), David Schulner (New Amsterdam), Jennie Snyder-Urman (Jane the Virgin, Charmed), Jesse Armstrong (Succession), Jonathan Lisco (Animal Kingdom), Leonardo Fasoli (Gomorrah), Lior Raz & Avi Issacharoff (Fauda, Hit & Run), Liz Tigelaar (Casual, Little Fires Everywhere), Melissa Rosenberg (Jessica Jones), Micah Bloomberg (Homecoming), Neil Cross (Luther), Rashida Jones & Will McCormack & Le Train Train (Claws), Richard Price (The Night Of), Steven Moffat & Hartswood Films (Sherlock, Dracula, The Time Traveler’s Wife), SunnyMarch & Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose), Temple Hill (Looking for Alaska), Tony Basgallop, David Farr (The Night Manager, Hanna) and Escape Artists (The Servant).

 

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Iñaki González Esparza
Development director, Alea Media

Esparza graduated in Audiovisual Communication from the University of Navarra and received a Diploma in Screenwriting from the Madrid Film School (ECAM). He was a professional screenwriter until 2008 after which he worked at the drama department of Antena 3 in Madrid until 2017.

O.T. Fagbenle
Actor, writer and director,

Fagbenle is an award-winning writer, actor, composer and director for radio, stage and screen. He can be seen starring opposite Elisabeth Moss in HULU’s drama series The Handmaid’s Tale winning no less than 8 Emmy Awards and a BAFTA in 2019. Fagbenle has recently been welcomed into the Marvel Universe and will be appearing in the new Black Widow franchise. Fagbenle has been the titular lead i... read more

Fagbenle is an award-winning writer, actor, composer and director for radio, stage and screen. He can be seen starring opposite Elisabeth Moss in HULU’s drama series The Handmaid’s Tale winning no less than 8 Emmy Awards and a BAFTA in 2019. Fagbenle has recently been welcomed into the Marvel Universe and will be appearing in the new Black Widow franchise.

Fagbenle has been the titular lead in two flagship UK shows, The Interceptor for the BBC and on Harlan Coban’s The Five for Sky TV. In theatre he led the National Theatre cast of August Wilson’s New York Drama Critic Circle Award-winning play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, to the prestigious Olivier Award.

Fagbenle hit the scene as a writer / director by winning Best Horror Sci-Fi at the London Film Festival for his debut Short Film Moth. His horror comedy Big Bad Blood was developed by Channel 4 before they green-lit his debut TV series Maxxx. Fagbenle now has a number of projects in development and production for BBC, HULU and Channel 4.

Fagbenle founded OTT Lion, independent television company, with his brother Luti Fagbenle, executive producer. OTT focus on producing high quality scripted drama and comedy productions from diverse voices for global audiences.

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David Farr
Writer, Hanna

David Farr is a playwright, screenwriter and stage director. In recent years he has moved into film and television, working on the long running BBC show Spooks and completing his first feature film, Hanna for Focus Features in 2009, which he is currently adapting into a television series for Amazon. David’s directorial debut, The Ones Below, with Cuba Pictures premiered at Toronto Internati... read more

David Farr is a playwright, screenwriter and stage director. In recent years he has moved into film and television, working on the long running BBC show Spooks and completing his first feature film, Hanna for Focus Features in 2009, which he is currently adapting into a television series for Amazon.

David’s directorial debut, The Ones Below, with Cuba Pictures premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2015 and was released in UK cinemas in March 2016.

His award-winning adaptation of John le Carré’s novel The Night Manager, starring Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston captured millions of viewers on BBC One in 2016. His episode of the Philip K. Dick series Electric Dreams, entitled Impossible Planet, aired the following year on Channel 4, and his BBC One and Netflix epic miniseries Troy: Fall of a City aired in February 2018.

David’s theatre career began in 1995 at the Gate Theatre, where his work as Artistic Director earned him a reputation as one of the most exciting new talents in British theatre. He then went on to become Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic in 2002 and won a TMA Award for Best Director for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In 2005, David moved to London’s Lyric Theatre. His tenure there established the Lyric as a driving force in high quality visual theatre. He wrote and directed a hugely successful adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis, as well as directing the acclaimed devised piece Water with Filter Theatre.

In 2009, David became Associate Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where his productions The Winter’s Tale, King Lear and The Homecoming all opened to critical acclaim.

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Jane Featherstone
Co-Founder and head, Sister London

In September 30th 2019, Featherstone along with Liz Murdoch and Stacey Snider co-founded Sister, a global production and development company formed focused on championing bold storytellers and visionary talent. Sister is built upon the foundation of Featherstone’s Emmy Award winning scripted indie, Sister Pictures (in which Murdoch became a minority shareholder) founded in November 2015. The ind... read more

In September 30th 2019, Featherstone along with Liz Murdoch and Stacey Snider co-founded Sister, a global production and development company formed focused on championing bold storytellers and visionary talent.

Sister is built upon the foundation of Featherstone’s Emmy Award winning scripted indie, Sister Pictures (in which Murdoch became a minority shareholder) founded in November 2015. The indie, has in four years, grown to be one of the leading, international drama producers. The recent world-wide phenomenon and winner of 10 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Limited Series, Chernobyl (HBO/ Sky Atlantic), adds to the critical and audience acclaim the company has achieved for its work, which includes Giri/Haji (currently TX’ing on BBC Two and set to launch on Netflix in the new year) The Split (BBC One/ Sundance AMC) Cleaning Up (ITV), Flowers S2 (Channel 4) and Don’t Forget the Driver (BBC Two).

Forthcoming titles include Gangs of London (Pulse Films, Sky, Cinemax), the adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s literary phenomenon The Power for Amazon, and Adam Kay’s adaptation of his international best-seller This Is Going To Hurt for the BBC and

During her tenure as former chief executive of Kudos and co-chairman of Shine UK, Jane executive produced some of the UK’s most ground-breaking and best-loved dramas. From BAFTA-winning television series Broadchurch, Humans, Life on Mars and Flowers, through to Hustle, Spooks, The Hour and River, Featherstone’s pioneering vision brought quality drama to the mainstream whilst growing Kudos into one of the UK’s most recognisable and formidable indies.

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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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Danny Fenton
CEO and executive chairman, Zig Zag Productions

Danny Fenton is CEO and Executive Chairman of Zig Zag Productions. He founded Zig Zag in 1999 and has established the company as an innovative transatlantic television production company, respected for its eclectic approach to over 700 hours of programme making. The company is one of the largest remaining truly independent UK production companies. Prior to Zig Zag Danny began his career at the BBC... read more

Danny Fenton is CEO and Executive Chairman of Zig Zag Productions.

He founded Zig Zag in 1999 and has established the company as an innovative transatlantic television production company, respected for its eclectic approach to over 700 hours of programme making. The company is one of the largest remaining truly independent UK production companies.

Prior to Zig Zag Danny began his career at the BBC and spent a brief time working with a number of UK production companies.

Danny is renowned in the international TV industry not only as a pioneer of audacious ideas, but he has a strong track record of unearthing new TV talent. Recent discoveries include magicians Dynamo and Troy and adventurer Richard Parks, whom he has taken to international audiences.

Danny is executive producer on all Zig Zag productions. Recent shows he has created include ‘I Wanna Marry Harry’ for Fox, ‘Scam City’ and ‘Apocalypse 101’ for National Geographic, ‘Troy’ for Channel 4 and ‘Xtreme Endurance: Race to the Pole’ for Channel 5. Other recent hit productions include ‘Body Bizarre’ for Discovery, ‘Split Second’ for Nickleodeon and ‘Ultimate Brain’ for CBBC.

Danny is a regular speaker at a major industry conferences, judge for several industry awards and a commentator in the international trade media.

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Olga Filipuk
Chief content officer, KinoPoisk HD

After graduation from the Russian State University for the Humanities and later Tokyo University, Filipuk started her career as an international project manager and producer at DLE inc in Tokyo, in charge of international animation co-productions (GI Joe series, Power Puff Girls Z, Heroscape etc.). In mid 2007 Filipuk joined Carmen Film in Moscow as head of acquisitions, in charge of theatrical, v... read more

After graduation from the Russian State University for the Humanities and later Tokyo University, Filipuk started her career as an international project manager and producer at DLE inc in Tokyo, in charge of international animation co-productions (GI Joe series, Power Puff Girls Z, Heroscape etc.). In mid 2007 Filipuk joined Carmen Film in Moscow as head of acquisitions, in charge of theatrical, video and TV acquisitions worldwide, where she stayed till the beginning of 2014. Filipuk Joined IVI.RU in early 2014 as head of acquisitions, then becoming a head of content in June 2014, followed by the position of VP for content strategy in November 2014.

In July 2016, Filipuk joined a Russian branch of Chinese giant LeECO to establish content business in Russia and Eastern Europe for LeECO devices and supervise content export and co-production initiatives between Russia, China, India and North America. Due to the business shut down for Chinese HQ of LeECO, in March 2017 Filipuk joined Yandex Mediaservices as a head of business development. Since early 2018 Filipuk took a position of CEO for Yandex Studio – a production hub of Yandex Mediaservices. Major responsibilities include content strategy and licensing, media partnerships, M&A initiatives and production initiatives.

KinoPoisk is the most popular Russian-language service about cinema. The audience of the service is more than 2,500,000 unique visitors per day and more than 40,000,000 unique visitors per month. KinoPoisk HD streaming catalog includes about 9,000 movies and TV shows, while the number of paying viewers reached half a million monthly.

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David Flynn
Co-founder, Youngest Media

David Flynn is a co-founder of Youngest Media, a global entertainment studio creating, producing and distributing formats across TV, digital video and apps and games. Youngest productions have included innovative dating reality series Game of Clones for E4, which has been picked up as a series by NRJ12 in France, RTL2 in Germany and 3C in China,  BBC daytime gameshow Hardball, Keshet gamesho... read more

David Flynn is a co-founder of Youngest Media, a global entertainment studio creating, producing and distributing formats across TV, digital video and apps and games. Youngest productions have included innovative dating reality series Game of Clones for E4, which has been picked up as a series by NRJ12 in France, RTL2 in Germany and 3C in China,  BBC daytime gameshow Hardball, Keshet gameshow The Search and Date or Dump, Unilad’s first dating show.

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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 Me... 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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James Fox
Joint managing director , Remarkable Television

James Fox was appointed Joint Managing Director of Remarkable in 2015, overseeing the company’s entertainment output. His remit includes expanding Remarkable’s line-up of primetime series, creating and producing new UK formats with international potential. James is the co-creator and Executive Producer of All Together Now, which has become Endemol Shine Group’s latest travelling hit. Follow... read more

James Fox was appointed Joint Managing Director of Remarkable in 2015, overseeing the company’s entertainment output. His remit includes expanding Remarkable’s line-up of primetime series, creating and producing new UK formats with international potential.

James is the co-creator and Executive Producer of All Together Now, which has become Endemol Shine Group’s latest travelling hit. Following its launch on BBC One in January, the format has sold to eight markets and counting including Brazil, Germany, Australia and more.

His other credits include BBC One smash hits game show Pointless and Pointless Celebrities, the recently rebooted £100K Drop for Channel 4 as well as other entertainment series The Million Pound Drop, Richard Osman’s House of Games, The Bank Job, Two Tribes and The Big Spell.

James started his career at BBC Entertainment working in development and production across a wide-range of Saturday night entertainment including Strictly Come Dancing. After a stint at Fever Media, he moved to Los Angeles to join BBC Worldwide Productions as Creative Director, securing a number of commissions for broadcast and cable network. On returning to the UK in 2010, James worked as an Executive and Series Producer for Initial, TwoFour and RDF before joining Remarkable as Head of Entertainment in 2012.

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Moderator Nico Franks
Editor , C21Kids

As a senior reporter, Franks writes daily news, features and perspective pieces for C21 Media, the UK-based provider of breaking news and industry analysis to the international entertainment community. He has been editor of C21Kids magazine since 2016 and is also part of the team that organises C21 Media’s award-winning conference Content London, including oversight of Kids Content Futures. ... read more

As a senior reporter, Franks writes daily news, features and perspective pieces for C21 Media, the UK-based provider of breaking news and industry analysis to the international entertainment community. He has been editor of C21Kids magazine since 2016 and is also part of the team that organises C21 Media’s award-winning conference Content London, including oversight of Kids Content Futures. He joined C21 Media in 2012 following stints writing for the BBC online and music magazine Clash.

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Prentiss Fraser
EVP and MD content distribution, Fox Networks Group

Prentiss Fraser heads the global distribution business representing the award-winning, high-quality scripted and unscripted programmes and formats from the Fox Network Group and National Geographic channels.  Reporting to 20th Century Fox Television Distribution and based in London, she manages a growing team across 18 offices worldwide. Prior to joining Fox in 2014, Fraser served as Senior Vice... read more

Prentiss Fraser heads the global distribution business representing the award-winning, high-quality scripted and unscripted programmes and formats from the Fox Network Group and National Geographic channels.  Reporting to 20th Century Fox Television Distribution and based in London, she manages a growing team across 18 offices worldwide.

Prior to joining Fox in 2014, Fraser served as Senior Vice Present at Entertainment One Television International where she successfully led television sales and acquisitions activities across the division’s six international offices, developing strategies to maximize exploitation of eOne Television International’s original and third-party portfolio.

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Alex Fraser
SVP of acquisition, Red Arrow Studios International

Alex Fraser is SVP of acquisitions at Red Arrow Studios International, based in London. Alex is responsible for driving international acquisitions and distribution deals across all genres, and developing new programming opportunities globally. Alex also manages Red Arrow’s London and Munich acquisitions teams, reporting to Henrik Pabst, President of Red Arrow Studios International. Previous role... read more

Alex Fraser is SVP of acquisitions at Red Arrow Studios International, based in London.

Alex is responsible for driving international acquisitions and distribution deals across all genres, and developing new programming opportunities globally. Alex also manages Red Arrow’s London and Munich acquisitions teams, reporting to Henrik Pabst, President of Red Arrow Studios International.

Previous roles include running his own consultancy, working with companies in the UK, US and Australia; and Head of Acquisitions – Scripted, Entertainment & North America at Sky Vision, where he led the company’s investment into Sky’s first Original Drama Productions Fortitude and The Last Panthers.

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Stephen Frears
Director, State of the Union

Unanimously regarded as one of Britain’s finest directors, Stephen Frears has always embraced a wide variety of styles, themes and genres. He worked almost exclusively for the small screen in the first 15 years of his career, with programs such as One Fine Day by Alan Bennett and Three Men In A Boat by Tom Stoppard. Stephen’s more recent TV work includes Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Figh... read more

Unanimously regarded as one of Britain’s finest directors, Stephen Frears has always embraced a wide variety of styles, themes and genres. He worked almost exclusively for the small screen in the first 15 years of his career, with programs such as One Fine Day by Alan Bennett and Three Men In A Boat by Tom Stoppard. Stephen’s more recent TV work includes Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight for HBO and Channel 4’s The Deal starring Michael Sheen and David Morrissey. In the mid-1980s he turned to the cinema, shooting The Hit (1984), starring Terence Stamp, John Hurt and Tim Roth. The following year he made My Beautiful Laundrette for Channel 4, which crossed over to big-screen audiences and altered the course of his career. After directing its companion piece Sammy and Rosie Get Laid and the Joe Orton biopic Prick Up Your Ears, he began working in Hollywood, with Dangerous Liaisons and The Grifters (for which he was Oscar®-nominated) among his most notable titles.

Returning closer to home, he directed The Snapper and The Van, two Irish films based on Roddy Doyle stories and, after a second spell of making American films (The Hi-Lo Country and High Fidelity), based himself largely in Britain. Frears showed his versatility with two vastly different movies – Dirty Pretty Things, a realistic account of immigrant life in London, and Mrs. Henderson Presents, a nostalgic backstage comedy-drama. For his 2006 film The Queen he was again nominated for an Oscar. His subsequent films included Cheri and Tamara Drewe.  He followed these with Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, which won one BAFTA and was nominated for three others, along with three Golden Globe and four Oscar nominations, The Program, which starred Ben Foster as seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, and Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, which received various accolades including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture and an Oscar nomination for Streep. Frears followed this with Victoria & Abdul, which starred Judi Dench, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. Frears most recently directed the acclaimed three-part BBC television series A Very English Scandal, which starred Hugh Grant as British MP Jeremy Thorpe, and Ben Whishaw as his lover Norman Scott.

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Elaine Frontain Bryant
Executive vice president and head of programming, A&E Network

Frontain Bryant is EVP and head of programming at A&E Network, a position she has held since March 2015. She manages the A&E programming team and is responsible for overseeing the development, creation and execution of all programming for the network. She is also charged with integrating new programming with digital initiatives and developing ways to expand the brand across multiple plat... read more

Frontain Bryant is EVP and head of programming at A&E Network, a position she has held since March 2015. She manages the A&E programming team and is responsible for overseeing the development, creation and execution of all programming for the network. She is also charged with integrating new programming with digital initiatives and developing ways to expand the brand across multiple platforms. She reports to Rob Sharenow, President, Programming, A+E Networks.

Under Frontain Bryant, the A&E programming team has developed a bold and critically acclaimed non-fiction programming slate, garnering her back-to-back Emmy Awards®. Frontain Bryant launched the 2017 Emmy Award winner Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, and the 2016 Emmy Award winner and recipient of a 2016 Television Academy Honors, Born This Way. She developed the cutting-edge live documentary series, Live PD, as well as the network’s second live franchise Live Rescue, which ranks among A&E’s top new series over the past two years.

Frontain Bryant was previously senior vice president of programming and development at HISTORY where she oversaw series. Prior to joining HISTORY, Frontain Bryant served as senior vice president of non-fiction and alternative programming for A&E Network, responsible for such hits as Wahlburgers, Duck Dynasty and Storage Wars. Earlier in her career, Frontain Bryant served as vice president, creative development and production at Magna Global Entertainment.

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Nick Frost
Co-founder, Stolen Picture

Frost is a well-known writer, actor, author and producer having recently founded the production company Stolen Picture with his long-term collaborator, Simon Pegg. Having started his career with Pegg in the hit comedy series Spaced, Frost has since gone on to star in The Cornetto Trilogy movies, comprising of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and, The Worlds End whilst also co-writing and starring in th... read more

Frost is a well-known writer, actor, author and producer having recently founded the production company Stolen Picture with his long-term collaborator, Simon Pegg. Having started his career with Pegg in the hit comedy series Spaced, Frost has since gone on to star in The Cornetto Trilogy movies, comprising of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and, The Worlds End whilst also co-writing and starring in the alien comedy film Paul. Frost has just finished shooting the Amazon Prime series which he wrote with Pegg and writing team Truth Seekers, the first production under the Stolen Picture banner.

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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 v... 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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Aitor Gabilondo
Showrunner, Patria

Gabilondo is one of the most prominent showrunners in Spanish TV drama and has been responsible for some of the most successful series in recent years, such as El Príncipe, Allí Abajo and Vivir sin permiso. In 2017, together with Mediaset España, he founded his production company, ALEA MEDIA. He is currently finishing post-production on Patria, HBO Europe’s first drama series commissioned in ... read more

Gabilondo is one of the most prominent showrunners in Spanish TV drama and has been responsible for some of the most successful series in recent years, such as El Príncipe, Allí Abajo and Vivir sin permiso. In 2017, together with Mediaset España, he founded his production company, ALEA MEDIA. He is currently finishing post-production on Patria, HBO Europe’s first drama series commissioned in Spanish.

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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 is... 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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Sydney Gallonde
CEO and executive producer, Make It Happen Studio

Sydney Gallonde began his career by working on branded content programmes with agencies such as TBWA, Carat, Omnicom Fuse, and Havas. A key player in the audiovisual market since 2006, he has worked in various fields and within diverse partnerships, including Elephant & Cie, Canal +, Andetcetera, 39 Productions, and JLA for broadcasters like TF1, M6, Canal +, and France 3. In 2014, he took on ... read more

Sydney Gallonde began his career by working on branded content programmes with agencies such as TBWA, Carat, Omnicom Fuse, and Havas. A key player in the audiovisual market since 2006, he has worked in various fields and within diverse partnerships, including Elephant & Cie, Canal +, Andetcetera, 39 Productions, and JLA for broadcasters like TF1, M6, Canal +, and France 3. In 2014, he took on the huge challenge of adapting Harlan Coben’s international best-seller “No Second Chance” for TF1, generating the best audience ratings for the channel in over 10 years. It also won the coveted ‘Best Serie’ Award at the 2015 TV Festival in La Rochelle and the Magnolia Award for ‘Best Foreign TV Miniseries’ at the Shanghai Television Festival. In 2017, the show – sold by TF1 Studio -, was nominated for the TVFI Awards. No Second Chance was one of the most exported French drama series and also it was sold to Netflix worldwide. The series’ international success has paved the way to Sydney Gallonde working on other productions and international co-productions. Make It Happen Studio confirmed its strategy with 4 European co-productions already greenlighted since the company was formed.

Make It Happen Studio is a Paris based independent production company launched by Sydney Gallonde in 2017. With the backing of heavy weight financial partner Alliance Entreprendre, a Private Equity subsidiary of Natixis group, Make It Happen Studio works with global broadcasters, partners and talents to produce an eclectic raft of premium drama for the French, European and international marketplaces. The company collaborate today with many best-seller talents like Paula Daly, Guillaume Musso, Alex Scarrow, Riad Sattouf, Tim Willocks and Harlan Coben.

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Dominic Gardiner
CEO, Jetpack Distribution

Dominic is the chief executive officer (CEO) of kids and family content distribution company Jetpack Distribution Ltd. He founded the company in 2014 with studio production partner Samka Productions and it has gone on to become a leading distributor of global kids shows including Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed, The Cul de Sac, Wolf, Pip Ahoy! Talking Tom and Friends, Yoko and Kitty is Not a Cat. T... read more

Dominic is the chief executive officer (CEO) of kids and family content distribution company Jetpack Distribution Ltd. He founded the company in 2014 with studio production partner Samka Productions and it has gone on to become a leading distributor of global kids shows including Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed, The Cul de Sac, Wolf, Pip Ahoy! Talking Tom and Friends, Yoko and Kitty is Not a Cat.

The company prides itself on working in partnership with kids’ content producers. As well as finding the best homes for their shows, it consults on a range of areas from financing to marketing, helping producers build the profile of their work. Jetpack offers a bespoke and flexible service tailored for the individual needs of each producer.

Prior to that Dominic held various senior level roles in London and Tokyo at global TV and entertainment companies including: The Walt Disney Company (director of acquisitions) and Turner where he was the channel manager of Cartoon Network. Dominic’s areas of expertise within the media industry include: acquisitions, programming, scheduling, creative, production, operations, marketing, digital and business development. Dominic lives in London.

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Rachel Gardner
Executive producer, See-Saw Films

Rachel Gardner joined Academy and Bafta Award winning independent production company See-Saw Films to run the Australian film and television slates after producing John Maclean’s Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winning feature film Slow West (2015) alongside Iain Canning and Emile Sherman. Gardner is a talent focused creative producer, executive producing (television) or producing (film)... read more

Rachel Gardner joined Academy and Bafta Award winning independent production company See-Saw Films to run the Australian film and television slates after producing John Maclean’s Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winning feature film Slow West (2015) alongside Iain Canning and Emile Sherman. Gardner is a talent focused creative producer, executive producing (television) or producing (film) across See-Saw’s Australian content, from acquisition and development through to production and creative delivery. See-Saw’s recent Australian productions include Top of the Lake: China Girl, Academy Award nominated feature film Lion, The New Legends of Monkey and The End. Prior to joining See-Saw Films, Gardner was a partner in Great Southern Television, a dynamic and independent production company based in New Zealand, executive producing or producing over a hundred hours of prime-time programming in the seven years she drove the drama and factual slates.

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Nimrod Geva
Head of development, Quizzical Pictures

Nimrod Geva
Head of development, Quizzical Pictures

Nimrod Geva is head of development at Quizzical Pictures, a Peabody and Rose D’Or winning production company in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nimrod has developed, created and executive produced numerous shows across a wide range of genres, including comedy, drama and reality. He is a producer of Showmax, the South African SVOD service’s first original drama, The Girl from St. Agnes. He was an ... read more

Nimrod Geva is head of development at Quizzical Pictures, a Peabody and Rose D’Or winning production company in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nimrod has developed, created and executive produced numerous shows across a wide range of genres, including comedy, drama and reality. He is a producer of Showmax, the South African SVOD service’s first original drama, The Girl from St. Agnes.

He was an executive producer of iNumber Number, the first South African film ever to secure a Hollywood remake deal. The film was also spun off into a TV series. Before joining Quizzical Pictures, Nimrod was a Commissioning Editor at the South African Broadcasting Corporation. He holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University.

 

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Tilusha Ghelani
Commissioning editor, Sky Television

Tilusha Ghelani commissions and executive produces scripted comedy titles for Sky Television. Operating across Sky1, Sky Atlantic and Sky Arts, plus On Demand (home of Sky’s award-winning Comedy Shorts), Tilusha works on established brands such as Stella and Trollied. Newer titles include Living the Dream, Reluctant Landlord and Sky Arts Urban Myths strand. She is also briefed to unearth the mos... read more

Tilusha Ghelani commissions and executive produces scripted comedy titles for Sky Television. Operating across Sky1, Sky Atlantic and Sky Arts, plus On Demand (home of Sky’s award-winning Comedy Shorts), Tilusha works on established brands such as Stella and Trollied. Newer titles include Living the Dream, Reluctant Landlord and Sky Arts Urban Myths strand. She is also briefed to unearth the most exciting new shows and very best talent that Sky customers love.

Previously with Comedy Commissioning at the BBC, Tilusha commissioned and oversaw scripted comedy created by both independent and in-house production companies. Prior to this role she spent 12 years as a comedy producer working across sitcoms, stand-up, sketch and talk shows for BBC Radio Comedy and Television.

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Rebecca Gibney
Lead actress and executive producer, Halifax Retribution

Gibney is one of Australia’s most beloved and respected actresses. Gibney recently finished production on Paul Murphy’s feature Lowdown Dirty Criminals and starred in the third series of the popular Seven Network and Netflix drama, Wanted, which she also co-created and produced. In 2018, the show received eight nominations at the NZ TV Awards including Best Drama Series and Best Actress, and... read more

Gibney is one of Australia’s most beloved and respected actresses. Gibney recently finished production on Paul Murphy’s feature Lowdown Dirty Criminals and starred in the third series of the popular Seven Network and Netflix drama, Wanted, which she also co-created and produced. In 2018, the show received eight nominations at the NZ TV Awards including Best Drama Series and Best Actress, and was also nominated for a 2017 International Emmy® Award for Best Drama Series.

The title character of Dr. Jane Halifax in Halifax f.p. was created especially for her by the producers of her previous show Snowy. Halifax f.p. debuted in 1994 with the episode Acts Of Betrayal and continued with a further 20 telemovies leading up until 2002. The series was an immense success and cemented Gibney’s status as a household name within Australia.

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Angus Gibson
Co-producer, co-creator, Shaka

In 1985, frustrated by the politics of South African television, together with like-minded filmmakers, Angus founded Free Filmmakers, to make films that reflected what was happening in South Africa at the time. He produced & directed many documentary projects for European television, including the highly acclaimed Soweto, A History for Channel 4. In 1992, Angus directed 7UP – the South Afric... read more

In 1985, frustrated by the politics of South African television, together with like-minded filmmakers, Angus founded Free Filmmakers, to make films that reflected what was happening in South Africa at the time. He produced & directed many documentary projects for European television, including the highly acclaimed Soweto, A History for Channel 4. In 1992, Angus directed 7UP – the South African chapter of Granada Television’s flagship documentary series, which has now continued to 14UP, 21 UP and 28UP and has been nominated for a BAFTA.

In 1994 he was invited by Jonathan Demme to co-direct the authorised biography, Mandela, which was nominated for an Oscar and won the Amnesty International Media Spotlight Award and the Pare Lorentz Award.

Angus is a creative force. He co-created and co-directed the multi-award winning television drama series Yizo Yizo. He designed the 70 audio-visual elements for the highly acclaimed apartheid Museum. He co directed the powerful epic documentary La Toma set in Columbia. He is a founding partner of Bomb TV and involved in every one of Bomb’s projects, fsuch as Zone 14, Shuga, Ayeye, Isibaya, bringing his creative eye and sharp storytelling skill to sculpt each show. His latest feature film, Back of the Moon is a love story set in Sophiatown 1958 and executive produced by Desiree Markgraaff and William Kentridge. He is in post-production with the film due for release in 2019.

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Angus Gibson
Producer and director, Bomb Productions

Jon Gisby
Managing director, WildBrain

Jon Gisby, managing director, WildBrain, has spent twenty years leading, building and advising major companies that create and distribute premium digital content. He was one of the many architects of the BBC’s strategy for online and on-demand services. As managing director of Freeserve, he built and monetized one of the UK’s largest online audiences via a portfolio of hundreds of partnerships... read more

Jon Gisby, managing director, WildBrain, has spent twenty years leading, building and advising major companies that create and distribute premium digital content. He was one of the many architects of the BBC’s strategy for online and on-demand services. As managing director of Freeserve, he built and monetized one of the UK’s largest online audiences via a portfolio of hundreds of partnerships in media, technology and ecommerce. He became managing director of Yahoo! UK and later ran their media and communications products across Europe. As a director at Channel 4, he transformed the broadcaster’s digital services and culture by building 4oD into the UK’s leading VOD business. He has subsequently helped launch several OTT video ventures including Rightster in the UK and Magine TV in Sweden and Germany. He was head of europe at Vevo, the joint venture between Sony Music and Universal Music Group which delivers 25 billion video views a month via OTT services and major partnerships. He also chairs the British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC), the UK’s leading forum for senior commercial and policy executives in TV, Film, Games and Digital Media, whose members include the major broadcasters, studios, platforms and producers. He started his career in strategy consulting having graduated from Oxford, Johns Hopkins and Harvard Business School.

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John Giwa-Amu
Producer, Red and Black Films

John Giwa-Amu runs production, distribution, financing company Red and Black Films. The company’s first feature, Little White Lies, won two BAFTA Cymru Awards and was BIFA nominated. Follow up feature, The Machine, was selected from over 6,000 films to premier in Tribeca and won three BAFTAs Cymru. The film was commissioned to be made into a TV Pilot by NBC Universal/SyFy which John Executi... read more

John Giwa-Amu runs production, distribution, financing company Red and Black Films. The company’s first feature, Little White Lies, won two BAFTA Cymru Awards and was BIFA nominated. Follow up feature, The Machine, was selected from over 6,000 films to premier in Tribeca and won three BAFTAs Cymru. The film was commissioned to be made into a TV Pilot by NBC Universal/SyFy which John Executive Produced in 2017. Brit List winning screenplay The Call Up premiered at BIFF 2016 and was released in cinemas by Altitude. Co Production, The Silent Storm, starring Damien Lewis & Andrea Riseborough was also released in cinemas in 2016 by Sony. Don’t Knock Twice has been sold internationally by Kew Media, was released in the UK by Red and Black Distribution and Kew Media during spring 2017 – the film generated $4m at the international box office. The Party, written/directed by Sally Potter stars Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall & Kristen Scott Thomas – it won the Guild Prize at Berlin 2017, a BIFA for Patricia Clarkson and grossed $3.5m theatrically. John has won the BBC Talent Award, honoured as a Breakthrough Brit, a Future Leader by Screen International & graduated from the globally acclaimed film initiative, Inside Pictures.

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Jeremy Gold
Co-president, Blumhouse Television

Jeremy Gold is co-president of Blumhouse Television. Gold (along with co-President Marci Wiseman) is growing the footprint of Blumhouse’s independent television studio, managing its portfolio of scripted and unscripted TV series, supervising creative development and production and overseeing distribution strategies across all platforms. Gold and Wiseman are leading the expansion of the Blumhouse... read more

Jeremy Gold is co-president of Blumhouse Television. Gold (along with co-President Marci Wiseman) is growing the footprint of Blumhouse’s independent television studio, managing its portfolio of scripted and unscripted TV series, supervising creative development and production and overseeing distribution strategies across all platforms. Gold and Wiseman are leading the expansion of the Blumhouse brand beyond horror content to explore not only genre material, but also dark, provocative subject matter with projects like Loudest Voice in the Room, the Roger Ailes story for Showtime with Oscar-winning writer/director Tom McCarthy, based on the book by acclaimed journalist, Gabe Sherman.

Since joining Blumhouse in 2016, Gold and Wiseman successfully concluded a capital raise of $40 million and currently have close to $100m in annual production revenue. During that time, the company has launched series including “Sharp Objects” for HBO (based on Gillian Flynn’s novel from Marti Noxon and Jean-Marc Valle and starring Amy Adams); “Sacred Lies” for Facebook Watch (from Raelle Tucker and Scott Winant); “The Purge” for USA/Syfy based on the successful Purge film franchise; and is currently in production on “Into The Dark,” a first-of-its-kind 12 episode monthly horror anthology series for Hulu; “No One Saw a Thing” (w/t), a true crime documentary series for SundanceTV; another documentary series for f/x with acclaimed “Jinx” producer, Marc Smerling and featuring Errol Morris, and an unnamed real-time crime investigative series for Oxygen. Blumhouse Television has also earned critical acclaim and numerous honors for its dark, edgy fare including Emmy awards for its productions of HBO’s “The Normal Heart” and “The Jinx,” as well as the prestigious Peabody award for “The Jinx” and the documentary “How to Dance in Ohio.”
Gold and Wiseman have also built a significant feature-length documentary division, with five projects currently in development and completed documentaries in the marketplace, including “This Is Home,” the 2018 Sundance Audience Award winner (World Documentaries), aired on EPIX in June of 2018 and “Bathtubs Over Broadway,” which was awarded the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and won the Documentary Feature Audience Award at 23rd annual Nantucket Film Festival.

Gold has had a long and successful career-launching popular television programming for broadcast and cable networks. He joined Blumhouse in 2016 from Endemol Shine Studios where he was Executive Vice President. During his tenure there, he introduced Endemol USA into the scripted television space first as a production company, and later as a studio, launching Endemol Studios in 2012. Gold oversaw the development, financing, and production of a broad slate which included the long-running award-winning AMC drama series Hell on Wheels, format adaptations Low Winter Sun (AMC) and Red Widow (ABC), Kingdom (ATT/DirecTV), and I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime).
Prior to Endemol, Gold held senior leadership positions at both Twentieth Century Fox Television and FOX Broadcasting Company, where he developed numerous comedy series including the Emmy Award winning Arrested Development and The Bernie Mac Show, as well as American Dad, and the hit reality show The Simple Life.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Gold began his career as an actor and theatrical producer. He founded and served as Artistic Director of New York City’s award-winning Zena Group Theatre.
Gold was featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation List of 2002.

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Jeff Goldman
Head of business development , Premiere Digital

Jeff Goldman serves as The Head of Business Development for Premiere Digital (in which Clarion Capital recently invested into), one of the largest servicing vendors and aggregation partners in the world.  Jeff oversees business development and sales, working with rights-holders of film and television content of all sizes  (Disney, Universal, Lionsgate, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Paramo... read more

Jeff Goldman serves as The Head of Business Development for Premiere Digital (in which Clarion Capital recently invested into), one of the largest servicing vendors and aggregation partners in the world.  Jeff oversees business development and sales, working with rights-holders of film and television content of all sizes  (Disney, Universal, Lionsgate, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures) and 1000s of independent providers (mini-majors, distribution companies, broadcasters, sales agents, individual filmmakers, etc.), assisting them in global servicing and/or aggregation to exploit their content rights online as well as service their content to all End Points worldwide. Outside of general servicing of content, Jeff works with high level content and content owners/distributors (especially those with “Kids Content” since it performs so well) to strategically exploit their content through Premiere’s 30+ Aggregation deals, both non-exclusively and exclusively, depending on the strategy and platform – giving them the ability to earn revenue in territories outside of traditional linear distribution to earn revenue and/or up until such time that those rights are required by a larger distributor or linear broadcaster.

Prior to Premiere, Jeff served as the Managing Director of Eyeworks Distribution where he curated and managed international and domestic team members while overseeing all Intellectual Property, Rights, Distribution, Deals, Marketing and Branding for all 16 of Eyeworks International Territories, until the entity was acquired by Warner Brothers at which point Goldman moved over to Eyeworks US entity (3 Ball) as the Chief Business Officer and Board Member where he oversaw all business development; including: branding, merchandising, international acquisitions and distribution, new business opportunities and new media collaborations.

Before working with Eyeworks/3 Ball, Goldman practiced law and worked at The William Morris Agency.

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Malin-Sarah Gozin
Creator, Tabula Rasa

Malin-Sarah Gozin is an established television showrunner, creator, and writer in Belgium. She’s currently working as a creative producer at Caviar in their Film & Television department. Malin-Sarah created the series Clan, a thrilling dark comedy about four sisters who plot to murder their brother-in-law. The show was one of Belgium’s greatest television successes and Malin-Sarah was awar... read more

Malin-Sarah Gozin is an established television showrunner, creator, and writer in Belgium. She’s currently working as a creative producer at Caviar in their Film & Television department.

Malin-Sarah created the series Clan, a thrilling dark comedy about four sisters who plot to murder their brother-in-law. The show was one of Belgium’s greatest television successes and Malin-Sarah was awarded the Author’s Prize from the Flemish Author’s Association for her work. Clan was selected for Best Series at Fipa Biarritz 2013 and won Best Drama, Most Popular TV Show and Best Actor at the Belgian equivalent of the Emmy’s/Bafta – The Night Of The Flemish TV Stars. Clan was broadcasted in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and in the UK as “The Outlaws” on Channel 4’s More4, and in Australia, garnering excellent reviews.

Following Clan, Malin-Sarah created Connie & Clyde – a 30-minute comedy that deals with the leading lady of a matchmaking agency who is ironically struggling with her own apocalyptic marriage. A second season of the show is now airing in Belgium.

Her latest signature drama is Tabula Rasa, an uncanny psychological thriller centering on a young woman with amnesia who is the sole key to solving a mysterious missing person’s case. Malin-Sarah created the story with acclaimed actress Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) who also plays the main lead in the series.

The series was one of the biggest highlights on Belgian television last autumn: topping the rating charts and an audience favorite on social media. It has already completed an impressive international tour, being selected at Série Series in Fontainbleu (France), Series Mania (Paris & Melbourne), MIPCOM (Cannes) and the leading genre festival Fantastic Fest in Austin (Texas, USA). The show is now available worldwide: earlier this year Tabula Rasa was broadcast in Germany (ZDFNeo). UK releases in May on Channel 4 & All4’s Walter Presents, all other territories are covered by Netflix which launched Tabula Rasa worldwide in March.

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Dan Grabiner
Head of unscripted, UK, Amazon Studios

Grabiner oversees the development and production of unscripted originals for Amazon Prime Video. This includes returning brands such as The Grand Tour and All or Nothing, and a broad range of original programming across entertainment, documentary, formats and factual entertainment. Previously he was head of development at ITN, where he oversaw a slate of factual series and films including Michael ... read more

Grabiner oversees the development and production of unscripted originals for Amazon Prime Video. This includes returning brands such as The Grand Tour and All or Nothing, and a broad range of original programming across entertainment, documentary, formats and factual entertainment.

Previously he was head of development at ITN, where he oversaw a slate of factual series and films including Michael Palin in North Korea, Interview with a Murderer, The Queen’s Green Planet and easyJet: Inside the Cockpit.

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Gwenllian Gravelle
Drama commissioner, S4C

After a successful and long standing career at the BBC, producing high end dramas such as Casualty and Keeping Faith, Gravelle is the newly appointed drama commissioner for Welsh-language broadcaster S4C. Building on the recent renaissance of Welsh drama and the S4C led invention of Celtic noir, Gravelle is focused on commissioning original drama that not only has a local feel but also a global wo... read more

After a successful and long standing career at the BBC, producing high end dramas such as Casualty and Keeping Faith, Gravelle is the newly appointed drama commissioner for Welsh-language broadcaster S4C. Building on the recent renaissance of Welsh drama and the S4C led invention of Celtic noir, Gravelle is focused on commissioning original drama that not only has a local feel but also a global world -class appeal.

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Lucas Green
Head of content, Banijay Group

Lucas Green joined Banijay Group in January 2018. As Head of Content across the Group’s footprint of 16 production territories, he is responsible for creativity and championing new and existing formats. Hits in the group’s catalogue include enduring global formats such as Survivor, Temptation Island, Secret Life of 4 Year Olds and Wife Swap, as well as long-running hits Crystal Maze, Tipping P... read more

Lucas Green joined Banijay Group in January 2018. As Head of Content across the Group’s footprint of 16 production territories, he is responsible for creativity and championing new and existing formats. Hits in the group’s catalogue include enduring global formats such as Survivor, Temptation Island, Secret Life of 4 Year Olds and Wife Swap, as well as long-running hits Crystal Maze, Tipping Point and Eat Well for Less in the UK.

Prior to joining Banijay Group, Lucas was Head of Development at Thames, the Fremantle UK label behind The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. With 20 years’ experience behind him, Lucas rose through the ranks of Princess Productions and So Television and in 2011 launched his own successful start-up, Superhero Television, which sold and produced formats for all the major UK networks.

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Hannah Griffiths 2
Head of literary acquisitions, All3Media

Hannah Griffiths joined All3Media in 2016, in the newly created role of head of literary acquisitions. She works across all the businesses in the group, scouting for new literary talent, nurturing relationships with publishers and agencies, and advising on rights acquisitions. Her brief is to bring the best books and writers to the attention of producers across the group. Hannah has twenty years o... read more

Hannah Griffiths joined All3Media in 2016, in the newly created role of head of literary acquisitions. She works across all the businesses in the group, scouting for new literary talent, nurturing relationships with publishers and agencies, and advising on rights acquisitions. Her brief is to bring the best books and writers to the attention of producers across the group.

Hannah has twenty years of experience working in book publishing, most recently as Fiction Publisher at Faber & Faber. There, she looked after a list of stellar literary talent and estates including Eimear McBride, Barbara Kingsolver, Max Porter, Rachel Cusk, Kazuo Ishiguro, PD James, William Golding and Stewart Lee as well as overseeing the launch of the crime and thriller list. Prior to this she was a literary agent at Curtis Brown.

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Hannah Griffiths
Head of literary aquisitions, All3 Media

Hannah Griffiths joined All3Media in 2016, in the newly created role of Head of Literary Acquisitions.She works across all the businesses in the group, garnering new literary talent, nurturing relationships with publishers and agencies, and managing rights acquisitions. Her brief is to bring the best books and writers to the attention of producers across the group. Hannah has twenty years of exp... read more

Hannah Griffiths joined All3Media in 2016, in the newly created role of Head of Literary Acquisitions.She works across all the businesses in the group, garnering new literary talent, nurturing relationships with publishers and agencies, and managing rights acquisitions. Her brief is to bring the best books and writers to the attention of producers across the group. Hannah has twenty years of experience working in book publishing, most recently as Fiction Publisher at Faber & Faber. There, she looked after a list of stellar literary talent and estates including Kazuo Ishiguro, PD James, William Golding and Stewart Lee as well as overseeing the launch of the crime and thriller list. Prior to this she was a literary agent at Curtis Brown.

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Emmanuelle Guilbart
Joint-CEO and founder, About Premium Content

Emmanuelle Guilbart is joint-CEO of About Premium Content, a co-production and distribution company based in Paris and London focussing on European originated drama and animation, which she co-founded in 2014 with Laurent Boissel. Prior to launching APC, Emmanuelle joined French public broadcaster France Télévisions in 2010 as Vice President in charge of Programming for the group and Manager of... read more

Emmanuelle Guilbart is joint-CEO of About Premium Content, a co-production and distribution company based in Paris and London focussing on European originated drama and animation, which she co-founded in 2014 with Laurent Boissel. Prior to launching APC, Emmanuelle joined French public broadcaster France Télévisions in 2010 as Vice President in charge of Programming for the group and Manager of the channel France 4. In 2005, Emmanuelle joined Lagardère Active as General Manager of the kids’ channels, successfully launching GULLI. In 2007 she became CEO of the TV division, in charge of a portfolio of nine pay and free channels.

Emmanuelle started her television career in 1990 when she joined the CANAL+ Group, holding different positions over 15 years. Within the group’s International Division, she successfully launched CANAL+ Poland and became the channel’s Director of Programs. She was also Deputy General Manager of CANAL+ International Acquisitions, in charge of all program acquisitions for the 15 CANAL+ channels across Europe. In 2002, she was appointed Director of Programs of leading multichannel platform CANALSAT.

 

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Ed Guiney
Company director and executive producer, Element Pictures

BAFTA-winning producer Guiney co-founded award-winning international production company Element Pictures with Andrew Lowe in 2001, which has offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition. As joint Company Director of Element Pictures Guiney oversees the development of the company’s film and television slate and produces, or oversees the production, of all ... read more

BAFTA-winning producer Guiney co-founded award-winning international production company Element Pictures with Andrew Lowe in 2001, which has offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition. As joint Company Director of Element Pictures Guiney oversees the development of the company’s film and television slate and produces, or oversees the production, of all green-lit projects. Through Element Pictures, Guiney has spearheaded the production of several critically acclaimed films including Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English-language film, The Lobster, staring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Brie Larson, and recently The Favourite, also directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Oliva Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. His work across these films saw Guiney nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards and BAFTA Awards.

Prior to Element Pictures, Guiney produced several projects under Temple Films including Paddy Breathnach’s Ailsa, Stephen Bradley’s Sweety Barrett, and Kirsten Sheridan’s Disco Pigs. His credits also include television dramas Quirke, Charlie, Ripper Street and Blood. Guiney started his career as development manager at Dublin’s Windmill Lane Productions.


Guiney is executive producing Normal People, the highly anticipated TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s international literary phenomenon, for BBC Three and Hulu, and Dublin Murders for BBC and Starz.

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Gaurav Gupta
Founder and CEO, FutureWorks Media

Gupta is an entrepreneur with two decades of successful experience working in the Indian motion picture industry. He specializes in media technologies and workflows and has positioned FutureWorks as the most sought after and complete service provider for camera rental, post-production and visual effects services in India. A few of the recent titles they have worked on include Lost in Space, Sacred... read more

Gupta is an entrepreneur with two decades of successful experience working in the Indian motion picture industry. He specializes in media technologies and workflows and has positioned FutureWorks as the most sought after and complete service provider for camera rental, post-production and visual effects services in India. A few of the recent titles they have worked on include Lost in Space, Sacred Games, Typewriter for Netflix and Inside Edge, Mirzapur & The Family Man for Amazon Prime Video.

From introducing cutting-edge technologies like Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision in the Indian market to designing workflows for some of the most challenging productions, Gupta is equally at ease with directors, cinematographers, sound designers and visual effects supervisors. Gupta is an alumni of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an active member of the EO Mumbai Chapter.

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Cécile Gérardin
Head of drama, Canal+ International

Cécile Gérardin starts her TV career at WGBH-Boston. She spends 4 years in Los Angeles for the Acquisitions of French network TF1. After 7 years at TF1 and TF1 Consulting, she manages programs and acquisitions at French channels TV Breizh, TPS Jeunesse, and for the launch of kid broascaster Gulli. In 2005, she joins producers on developing drama and innovative tv series, and turns to creative wr... read more

Cécile Gérardin starts her TV career at WGBH-Boston. She spends 4 years in Los Angeles for the Acquisitions of French network TF1. After 7 years at TF1 and TF1 Consulting, she manages programs and acquisitions at French channels TV Breizh, TPS Jeunesse, and for the launch of kid broascaster Gulli. In 2005, she joins producers on developing drama and innovative tv series, and turns to creative writing with her first detective TV series (created with 2 co-writers) broadcast in France in 2015.

She joined CANAL+ INTERNATIONAL in 2015 as head of drama to develop and coproduce original premium tv series, with a focus on the African Continent.

Cécile holds a MBA from Boston College Carroll School of Management, and an MBA from French Graduate Business School Sup de Co Reims (NEOMA Group)

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Minna Haapkylä
Head of scripted content, Rabbit Film

Karen Hall
Writer, producer, New Voyage Productions

Karen Hall graduated with a Bachelor’s in English from the College of William & Mary with a concentration in playwriting. After impressing Alan Alda with her talent, she got her first job: a freelance assignment on “M*A*S*H.” This led to her being brought on staff (as the first and only female writer) for “M*A*S*H,” which the Writers Guild of America has ranked it as the fifth best-w... read more

Karen Hall graduated with a Bachelor’s in English from the College of William & Mary with a concentration in playwriting. After impressing Alan Alda with her talent, she got her first job: a freelance assignment on “M*A*S*H.” This led to her being brought on staff (as the first and only female writer) for “M*A*S*H,” which the Writers Guild of America has ranked it as the fifth best-written TV series ever and which TV Guide has ranked it as the eighth greatest television show of all time.

She also wrote the final episode (“Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen”) which to this day remains the most watched television show in American history, both in ratings and share. Among her many credits as a screenwriter, producer and showrunner are M*A*S*H, Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting, Northern Exposure, Quantum Leap, I’ll Fly Away, Roseanne, Grace Under Fire, Judging Amy, The Glades, The Brotherhood, and The Good Wife along with such movies as Toughlove, The Betty Ford Story and The Women of Brewster Place.

She has received 6 Emmy nominations, 7 Writer’s Guild of America Awards nominations and has won the Writer’s Guild of America Award for her work on Hill Street Blues, as well as the Women in Film Luminas Award, the Humanitas Award, and the Scott Newman Award. She has also written a novel titled Dark Debts currently out by Simon & Schuster. She was also a professor of screenwriting at Appalachian State University and she is also currently developing several pilots.

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Brian Hamilton
Principal and executive producer, Omnifilm Entertainment

Brian Hamilton has executive produced more than 60 television projects in both scripted and non-scripted genres, representing over 350 hours of broadcast programming since he joined Omnifilm Entertainment in 1994. Brian is responsible for Omnifilm’s kids, family and primetime scripted programming slate. In the kids & family genre, Brian is currently an Executive Producer on Season 1 of Gabby... read more

Brian Hamilton has executive produced more than 60 television projects in both scripted and non-scripted genres, representing over 350 hours of broadcast programming since he joined Omnifilm Entertainment in 1994. Brian is responsible for Omnifilm’s kids, family and primetime scripted programming slate. In the kids & family genre, Brian is currently an Executive Producer on Season 1 of Gabby Duran & the Unsittables as well as Season 1 of Fast Layne, both for Disney Channel, as well as Season 2 of Mech-X4 for Disney XD. Recent primetime scripted series which Brian executive produced include: The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco for Britbox, ITV, CITY-TV and Netflix, Primeval: New World for Space, ProSeiben and UKTV; CBC’s Arctic Air; Defying Gravity, for CTV, BBC, ProSeiben, and ABC, Robson Arms for CTV and Make Some Noise for CBC, which won the Gemini for Best Youth Non-Fiction series, as well as the Shaw Rocket Prize and the Japan Prize for Youth Programming. Brian is the founding Chair of the Pacific Screenwriting Program, and a past Chair of the BC Branch of the Canadian Media Production Association. He serves on the Executive Committee of CMPA’s National Board. Brian holds a First Class Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and received his television training from the Banff Centre for the Arts.

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Lydia Hampson
Head of UK scripted, Amazon Studios

Hampson works as part of Georgia Brown’s (Director of European Originals) London-based team. Within her role, she’ll be working on dramas like the forthcoming The Power– based on Naomi Alderman’s best-selling novel, – which will launch globally on Amazon Prime Video, as well as on co-productions with UK broadcasters for series that will launch on Amazon Prime Video in the US, like the up... read more

Hampson works as part of Georgia Brown’s (Director of European Originals) London-based team. Within her role, she’ll be working on dramas like the forthcoming The Power– based on Naomi Alderman’s best-selling novel, – which will launch globally on Amazon Prime Video, as well as on co-productions with UK broadcasters for series that will launch on Amazon Prime Video in the US, like the upcoming Small Axe, from award-winning director Steve McQueen. Hampson joined Amazon from Two Brothers Pictures, the All3Media-backed producer, where she produced Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Emmy-winning Fleabag, which aired in the US on Amazon Prime Video and in the UK on BBC. Whilst at Two Brothers Pictures, she also produced the ITV drama Cheat starring Katherine Kelly and Molly Windsor, which was the second highest rating new drama in the UK so far this year.

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Corin Hardy
Director,

Hardy made his directorial debut in 2015 with The Hallow which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and went on to win Best Horror Film at the UK’s Empire Film Awards 2016 and multiple Festival accolades, including Best Direction, Cinematography, Score, Visual FX and Practical FX at Los Angeles Scream Fest. Hardy was also nominated for the Douglas Hickox Directing Award at the BIFA Awards. Hi... read more

Hardy made his directorial debut in 2015 with The Hallow which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and went on to win Best Horror Film at the UK’s Empire Film Awards 2016 and multiple Festival accolades, including Best Direction, Cinematography, Score, Visual FX and Practical FX at Los Angeles Scream Fest. Hardy was also nominated for the Douglas Hickox Directing Award at the BIFA Awards. His second feature The Nun broke franchise records in its September 2019 opening weekend, landing at No.1 at the U.S and International Box Office, becoming the 6th highest grossing horror movie of all time according to Forbes. The film marked the biggest debut in The Conjuring series to date, amassing $365 million globally. Most recently Hardy has directed multiple episodes of the forthcoming Pulse Films series Gangs of London due for release on Sky Atlantic & HBO Cinemax in 2020.

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Peter Harness
Writer,

Peter was the writer and executive producer of Wallander and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell for BBC1. He has written episodes for various other series, including Doctor WhoCase Histories and McMafia, as well several single dramas and feature films. His new version of The War of the Worlds airs in2019 on BBC1. He divides his time between Yorkshire and Sweden.

Andy Harries
CEO, Left Bank Pictures

Andy Harries is Chief Executive and co-founder of Left Bank Pictures, a multi award-winning, UK-based film and television production company. Established in 2007, and a majority stake acquired by Sony in 2012, Left Bank Pictures has produced a huge range of award-winning TV and film including Wallander, Mad Dogs and Strike Back and most recently the multi award winning NETFLIX show, The Crown... read more

Andy Harries is Chief Executive and co-founder of Left Bank Pictures, a multi award-winning, UK-based film and television production company. Established in 2007, and a majority stake acquired by Sony in 2012, Left Bank Pictures has produced a huge range of award-winning TV and film including Wallander, Mad Dogs and Strike Back and most recently the multi award winning NETFLIX show, The Crown, written by Peter Morgan and directed by Stephen Daldry.

Prior to establishing Left Bank Pictures, Harries was Controller of Drama, Comedy and Film for Granada Productions. During this period, he produced countless British classics including Prime Suspect, Cold Feet and The Royle Family, winning Golden Globes, Emmys and BAFTAs and receiving an Academy Award nomination as a producer of The Queen, which saw a run of six Academy Award nominations. In 2007, Andy was awarded the Special Achievement award by BAFTA and, in May 2011, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Television Society for outstanding contribution to the broadcasting industry.

Harries is also a theatre producer whose credits include the Tony and Olivier award-winning play The Audience, which starred both Helen Mirren and Kristin Scott Thomas.

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Will Harrison
Managing director, Ingenious Media

Will Harrison is managing director of Ingenious Media, which is one of the largest independent investors in the UK’s creative sector, having invested in excess of £8 billion over the last 20 years across film, TV, games and live entertainment.  He also has a seat on the Ingenious Group board. Will joined Ingenious from Warner Bros, where he was chief commercial officer for the Harry Potter Fra... read more

Will Harrison is managing director of Ingenious Media, which is one of the largest independent investors in the UK’s creative sector, having invested in excess of £8 billion over the last 20 years across film, TV, games and live entertainment.  He also has a seat on the Ingenious Group board.

Will joined Ingenious from Warner Bros, where he was chief commercial officer for the Harry Potter Franchise Group, leading the development and commercial growth of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts brands globally.

Prior to this he was chief operating officer for HBO Europe, with responsibility for business development, affiliate sales, marketing, content acquisitions and network operations.

Other industry roles have included vp of equity ventures & business development at The Walt Disney Company, vp of business development & branded distribution for A+E Networks International, and director of UK business development for Turner Broadcasting.

Will has also served on the boards of a number of companies including Super RTL, FilmFlex, GMTV and HBO Central Europe.

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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 and Il Miracolo directed and created by bestselling writer Niccolò Ammaniti. 

Currently in post-production 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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Kate Harwood
Managing director, Euston Films

Harwood is MD of Euston Films and the executive producer of Baghdad Central, Dublin Murders and Because the Night. She was the executive producer on Hard Sun and was previously Head of Drama (England) at the BBC. Her early career began in in-house BBC drama production, starting as script editor and then producer and executive producer (Twenty Thousand Streets, Cranford). Her career includes BAFTA-... read more

Harwood is MD of Euston Films and the executive producer of Baghdad Central, Dublin Murders and Because the Night. She was the executive producer on Hard Sun and was previously Head of Drama (England) at the BBC. Her early career began in in-house BBC drama production, starting as script editor and then producer and executive producer (Twenty Thousand Streets, Cranford). Her career includes BAFTA-winning shows such as Holding On and Charles II.

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Adi Hasak
Showrunner,

Adi Hasak served as creator, executive producer and showrunner on USA Network’s critically acclaimed crime thriller Eyewitness, which he set up as a straight-to-series order. The series, which premiered in the U.S. in 2016, was adapted by Hasak from the Norwegian drama Øyevitne. Hasak also served as creator and executive producer on the hit NBC drama Shades of Blue, which he wrote on spec a... read more

Adi Hasak served as creator, executive producer and showrunner on USA Network’s critically acclaimed crime thriller Eyewitness, which he set up as a straight-to-series order. The series, which premiered in the U.S. in 2016, was adapted by Hasak from the Norwegian drama Øyevitne.

Hasak also served as creator and executive producer on the hit NBC drama Shades of Blue, which he wrote on spec and got green lit straight-to- series, starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta, directed by Barry Levinson. The hit series’ third season premiered in June 2018. Hasak will serve as creator, executive producer and showrunner on the upcoming adaption of the German format Tempel which is straight-to- series with Dynamic Television.

Furthermore, Hasak and his Adi TV Studios banner are fast tracking several additional projects to be packaged straight-to-series. Hasak was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and raised in Israel and the U.S. Following seven years in the military, Hasak worked as a journalist before coming to Hollywood and writing for television and film. In addition, Hasak was a frequent collaborator with Luc Besson. They jointly wrote and produced 3 Days to Kill, starring Kevin Costner, and From Paris With Love, starring John Travolta. Hasak also wrote Killer Elite, which was the original pilot for Generation Kill.

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Fabian Haslob
Agent, Players Agency

Fabian is a lawyer turned agent from Players Agency based in Berlin representing writers, directors and cinematographers.  Players closely cooperates with several London based agencies. Among its clients are the directors of mini series such as Babylon Berlin (Henk Handloegten, Achim von Borries), Dogs of Berlin (Christian Alvart), Bad Banks (Christian Schwochow), 4 Blocks (Marvin Kren), Das Boot... read more

Fabian is a lawyer turned agent from Players Agency based in Berlin representing writers, directors and cinematographers.  Players closely cooperates with several London based agencies. Among its clients are the directors of mini series such as Babylon Berlin (Henk Handloegten, Achim von Borries), Dogs of Berlin (Christian Alvart), Bad Banks (Christian Schwochow), 4 Blocks (Marvin Kren), Das Boot (Andreas Prochaska), West of Liberty (Barbara Eder), Generation War, SS-GB (Philipp Kadelbach), Same Sky (Oliver Hirschbiegel) and creators / showrunners such as Deutschland 83/86 (Anna Winger) and Hackerville(Ralph Martin).

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Alexi Hawley
Creator, Showrunner, The Rookie

Alexi Hawley is the creator and executive producer for the ABC series, The Rookie. He previously created the drama State of Affairs for NBC. Originally focused on music, Hawley began writing as a creative outlet that didn’t involve carrying drums up and down the stairs at four in the morning. Hawley was the last writer standing on the infamous Exorcist prequel (Exorcist: The Beginning). From... read more

Alexi Hawley is the creator and executive producer for the ABC series, The Rookie. He previously created the drama State of Affairs for NBC. Originally focused on music, Hawley began writing as a creative outlet that didn’t involve carrying drums up and down the stairs at four in the morning. Hawley was the last writer standing on the infamous Exorcist prequel (Exorcist: The Beginning). From there, he segued into television, working on a number of shows, including The Unusuals, The Following, and Castle — the latter two where he served as executive producer and co-showrunner. Hawley was born and raised in New York City, and now resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Pat van Heerden
Creative producer, Bomb Productions

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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Sofia Helin
Executive producer, Honour

Sofia Helin was awarded the Swedish TV award Kristallen and the Danish TV award Robert for her critically acclaimed role as Saga Norén in the worldwide hit series Bron (The original version of the Bridge). In the UK, the Times thought Sofia was “outstanding” and the Guardian concluded that she was “in a class of her own.” As well as leading the cast, Sofia was a producer on the fina... read more

Sofia Helin was awarded the Swedish TV award Kristallen and the Danish TV award Robert for her critically acclaimed role as Saga Norén in the worldwide hit series Bron (The original version of the Bridge). In the UK, the Times thought Sofia was “outstanding” and the Guardian concluded that she was “in a class of her own.” As well as leading the cast, Sofia was a producer on the final season of Bron which aired in 2018. Alongside actors Alexandra Rapaport, Julia Dufvenius and Anja Lundqvist, Sofia Helin has co-created and is executive producer for upcoming Viaplay series Honour.

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Bruno Heller
Showrunner, Pennyworth

Bruno Heller developed and serves as executive producer for the drama Pennyworth. Based on the DC characters, Pennyworth follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who is not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London. Prior to Pennyworth, Heller developed and ex... read more

Bruno Heller developed and serves as executive producer for the drama Pennyworth. Based on the DC characters, Pennyworth follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who is not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London.

Prior to Pennyworth, Heller developed and executive produced the drama Gotham, also based on characters from DC, which concludes its five-season run in 2019. Before that, he created and executive produced The Mentalist, and wrote many of the series’ landmark episodes. The drama ran for seven seasons and was a hit around the globe. Prior to The Mentalist, Heller was acclaimed for the epic drama series Rome. Heller co-created Rome, served as executive producer and head writer, and penned a total of 11 episodes for the series, including the pilot.

Before venturing into a writing career, Heller graduated from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, and spent years working various film jobs, eventually becoming a successful boom operator. He left England for New York, where he would meet his wife, Miranda Phillips Cowley. He made his screenwriting debut on the 1994 Portuguese film Pax, starring Amanda Plummer. Heller then moved to Los Angeles in 1997, where he began work on two television projects, Touching Evil and The Huntress.

Heller was born in London and currently resides in Los Angeles. His father was Lukas Heller, a successful German screenwriter and winner of an Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture for Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte.

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Christina Henne
Producer, Bavaria Fiction

Since Henne began working as a producer, she has been inspired to create moving stories, find innovative approaches to content sourcing and develop television of the future. In addition to taking long-running TV series, movies and feature films through all stages of production, Henne is actively involved in the acquisition and implementation of projects that go beyond classic linear media usage. S... read more

Since Henne began working as a producer, she has been inspired to create moving stories, find innovative approaches to content sourcing and develop television of the future. In addition to taking long-running TV series, movies and feature films through all stages of production, Henne is actively involved in the acquisition and implementation of projects that go beyond classic linear media usage. She played a crucial part in bringing together the multi-platform entertainment company Wattpad and production company Bavaria Fiction and is driving this exciting collaboration forward.

Henne studied Communication and Media Sciences at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and the Dublin Institute of Technology. She undertook editorial and public relations work for several organisations including Red Bull, ProsiebenSat.1, the Bavarian State Center for New Media and ZDF and has also been a producer at Bavaria Fiction since 2013.
Bavaria Fiction is one of the most successful production companies in Europe. It is renowned for ambitious event television including multi-partner productions Bella Germania and Brecht and international co-productions such as “Das Boot” and “Freud”. Bavaria Fiction also produces long-running daily and weekly series, movie collections such as Tatort, Inga Lindström and a wide range of TV movies.

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Rod Henwood
Chief strategy officer, The Ink Factory

Henwood is an experienced media and digital executive and entrepreneur. In April 2018, he joined the board of The Ink Factory as Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for strategic development, partnerships and story worlds (beyond film and TV into new areas, from games to brand partnerships), having been an adviser to the company beforehand. Over a 30-year career, he has held CEO and other leaders... read more

Henwood is an experienced media and digital executive and entrepreneur. In April 2018, he joined the board of The Ink Factory as Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for strategic development, partnerships and story worlds (beyond film and TV into new areas, from games to brand partnerships), having been an adviser to the company beforehand. Over a 30-year career, he has held CEO and other leadership roles with major European and US TV companies, including Zodiak Media, Channel 4, ITV and Fox Kids. He has been responsible for major IP-based digital innovations, from launching 4oD/All4 while at Channel 4; through negotiating its involvement in the Project Kangaroo VOD joint venture with BBC Worldwide and ITV; to being launch CEO of Pottermore, JK Rowling’s online world of Harry Potter. He achieved a successful turnaround of Premium TV (now Perform Group, the leading online sports content platform) and was an investor in Bin Weevils (the kids online social world), which he sold in 2014. He is a governor of Ravensbourne University of London, and chairman of InQuisiTiVe Media, a subscription video on demand venture, specialising in intelligent quiz shows, which he co-founded in 2017.

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Scott Herbst
Head of scripted development, Lionsgate Television Group

As Head of Scripted Development, 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,... read more

As Head of Scripted Development, 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.

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Jean Luc Herbulot
Director, Showrunner, Sakho and Mangane

Herbulot started drawing and writing stories at an early age. His activities included writing, drawing, composing music, working on video games and graphic design. In 2004 while studying editing in part of his multimedia studies in Paris, he directed a first short-movie called Vierge(s). He graduated as a multimedia project manager and started to work for TF1 as a graphic designer and AD. Meanwhi... read more

Herbulot started drawing and writing stories at an early age. His activities included writing, drawing, composing music, working on video games and graphic design. In 2004 while studying editing in part of his multimedia studies in Paris, he directed a first short-movie called Vierge(s). He graduated as a multimedia project manager and started to work for TF1 as a graphic designer and AD. Meanwhile, he created his own production company, which made music videos exclusively for independent artists, in order to maintain high creative standards for low budget productions. This dedication for creative contents will lead him to win one the first award for a Hip hop music video in the prestigious IMVF in Paris for his music video Blokkk Identitaire, a song by Medine and Youssoupha.

In 2009 he co-produced and directed Concurrence Loyale (Loyal Competition). The cast included famous French actors such as Thierry Fremont, Sagamore Stévenin. The film was bought by Canal Plus, Orange and distributed in Italy, Spain, Russia, North Africa. Jean Luc moved to Los Angeles, working with producers like Jeremy Kleiner (Plan B), Walter Parkes (Parkes and McDonald) or Steven Wegner (Alcon).

In 2013, Jean Luc came back to France to write and direct his first feature : Dealer, independent feature which premiered in FANTASIA festival in Canada and opened the ETRANGE FESTIVAL in Paris. Following the success of Dealer, Herbulot signed for various feature film projects between France and the U.S. In 2016, he directed the opening of the last season of FALCO, working for the first time on TV for TF1. Later in the year, he then flew in Morroco to help creating the first action serie of morrocan TV : GHOUL. Being the first french director working for Morrocan TV. In 2018, he has directed Sakho & Mangane a TV serie for Canal + International, produced in Dakar by Keewu Production.

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Lucinda Hicks
COO, Endemol Shine UK

Endemol Shine UK is the UK arm of the global production group Endemol Shine Group, responsible for TV hits including MasterChef, Black Mirror and Hunted as well as a large portfolio of digital properties and talent. Prior to this Hicks was managing director of Dragonfly Film and Television and held a number of strategy and commercial roles at Shine Group, FremantleMedia, C4 and the BBC. She bega... read more

Endemol Shine UK is the UK arm of the global production group Endemol Shine Group, responsible for TV hits including MasterChef, Black Mirror and Hunted as well as a large portfolio of digital properties and talent. Prior to this Hicks was managing director of Dragonfly Film and Television and held a number of strategy and commercial roles at Shine Group, FremantleMedia, C4 and the BBC. She began her career as a management consultant.

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Patricia Hidalgo
Chief content officer, Turner EMEA and international kids strategy, Turner

Patricia Hidalgo is Chief Content Officer EMEA and International Kids Strategy for Turner. In this role, she acts as Turner’s editorial head for its strong portfolio of kids’ content and channel brands across EMEA including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing and Cartoonito – as well as representing Turner International with the kids’ production teams in the U.S. Hidalgo oversees all owned, ... read more

Patricia Hidalgo is Chief Content Officer EMEA and International Kids Strategy for Turner. In this role, she acts as Turner’s editorial head for its strong portfolio of kids’ content and channel brands across EMEA including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing and Cartoonito – as well as representing Turner International with the kids’ production teams in the U.S.

Hidalgo oversees all owned, co-funded and acquired content as well as the programming and digital strategies, branding and franchise management for Turner kids platforms and IPs. She is also responsible for the production of Cartoon Network’s global hit series, The Amazing World of Gumball.

Hidalgo joined Turner in London following a 15-year career at The Walt Disney Company, most recently as Vice President, Content & Programming Strategy, EMEA, with responsibility for directing content, programming and acquisitions strategies for Disney across EMEA.

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Holly Hines
Scripted lead, Spotify Studios

In her role, Hines is responsible for all scripted fiction content on the platform which now has a global audience of more than 248 million monthly active users. Prior to joining Spotify, Hines was SVP at Dynamic Television where she developed and sold scripted series and mini-series to networks in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. Before Dynamic, she served as SVP, scripted programming for Pivot... read more

In her role, Hines is responsible for all scripted fiction content on the platform which now has a global audience of more than 248 million monthly active users.

Prior to joining Spotify, Hines was SVP at Dynamic Television where she developed and sold scripted series and mini-series to networks in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. Before Dynamic, she served as SVP, scripted programming for Pivot where she oversaw the production and development of original series including Fortitude and Please Like Me. Her resume includes work at FremantleMedia North America, TLC, Bull’s Eye Entertainment and Reveille. She has been involved with more than a dozen hit television series including The Office, Tudors, Trading Spaces, American Chopper, Ugly Betty and Nashville Star.

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Susan Hogg
Head of drama, Studio Lambert

Susan Hogg joined Studio Lambert in 2015 to create a dynamic scripted department. Her first drama for Studio Lambert was the much-praised Three Girls, written by Nicole Taylor. Three Girls won multiple awards, including 5 BAFTAs. Sue is currently in production with The Feed, a 10-part returning series written by Channing Powell (The Walking Dead). The first season is set in London in the near fut... read more

Susan Hogg joined Studio Lambert in 2015 to create a dynamic scripted department. Her first drama for Studio Lambert was the much-praised Three Girls, written by Nicole Taylor. Three Girls won multiple awards, including 5 BAFTAs.

Sue is currently in production with The Feed, a 10-part returning series written by Channing Powell (The Walking Dead). The first season is set in London in the near future and centres on the British family of Lawrence Hatfield (David Thewlis), the man who invented an omnipresent technology called The Feed.  Implanted into nearly everyone’s brain, The Feed enables people to share information, emotions and memories instantly. But when things start to go wrong, and users become murderous, the family is driven apart as they struggle to control the monster they have unleashed. The Feed is a co-production for Amazon and Virgin.

Next up, is Nicole Taylor’s The Nest for BBC One, a six-part fictional drama that explores the consequences of a pact between a wealthy couple and a teenage girl that changes all of their lives forever. The Nest is an emotional thriller about love and money, and the price of being able to buy whatever you want.

Previously a senior executive at BBC Drama Production and head of drama at Granada Television and United Television, Sue has produced hundreds of hours of popular and award-winning drama. Her shows include the BAFTA-nominated The C Word, written by Nicole Taylor, the BAFTA-nominated Go-Between, written by Adrian Hodges, RTS-winner Five Daughters, written by Stephen Butchard and BAFTA-winner The Fades, written by Jack Thorne. Other titles include Larkrise to Candleford, Survivors, Waking the Dead, Touching Evil, Where the Heart Is, Grafters and BAFTA-winning No Child of Mine, written by Guy Hibbert.

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Brad Holcman
Senior director, non-fiction and alternative programming, A+E Networks

Brad Holcman joined A+E Networks in 2012 as senior director, non-fiction and alternative programming. In this role, Holcman oversees the development and production of many of U.S. channel A&E’s unscripted critically acclaimed projects “60 Days In,” “Intervention (Emmy Nominee – 2014, 2015, 2016), “Undercover High” and the recently announced series “Employable Me” and “T... read more

Brad Holcman joined A+E Networks in 2012 as senior director, non-fiction and alternative programming. In this role, Holcman oversees the development and production of many of U.S. channel A&E’s unscripted critically acclaimed projects “60 Days In,” “Intervention (Emmy Nominee – 2014, 2015, 2016), “Undercover High” and the recently announced series “Employable Me” and “The Accused”. He has also overseen some of A&E’s past hits including “Duck Dynasty,” “Behind Bars: Rookie Year,” “Gangland Undercover,” and “Panic 9-1-1” to name a few. His passion is to build relationships with the world’s producers and broadcasters to develop and produce for A&E. Holcman came to A&E from fox21 where he served as Director of Creative Affairs, and was responsible for overseeing the development of all reality and alternative programming including “Countdown,” “Beauty and the Geek,” “Saved,” “Untitled Jamie Kennedy Project” and “Game Show in My Head,” as well as numerous pilots for broadcast and cable networks.  He also assisted with fox21’s slate of scripted projects, including “Homeland”, “Sons of Anarchy” and “Brickleberry.” Prior to fox21, Holcman worked in Drama Development at 20th Century Fox Television.  Brad received his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and Communication from the University of Michigan.

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Silje Hopland Eik
Founder, Cinenord

Silje Hopland Eik is the founder of the Scandinavian production company Cinenord, with offices in Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Since the establishment of Cinenord in 2004, Silje Hopland Eik has been the main producer of 21 feature films and 3 TV series, and is currently in production with prime crime show Wisting and high end drama Atlantic Crossing. Silje Hopland Eik also serves on the board o... read more

Silje Hopland Eik is the founder of the Scandinavian production company Cinenord, with offices in Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Since the establishment of Cinenord in 2004, Silje Hopland Eik has been the main producer of 21 feature films and 3 TV series, and is currently in production with prime crime show Wisting and high end drama Atlantic Crossing. Silje Hopland Eik also serves on the board of the Norwegian Producers´ Association, and regularly lectures at Norwegian and international film schools.

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Nick Hornby
Screenwriter, State of the Union

Nick Hornby is an Oscar®-nominated screenwriter and award-winning author. He recently adapted Nina Stibbe’s memoir Love, Nina into a BBC1 television series, and received an Academy Award® nomination for his screenplay adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s novel Brooklyn, which was directed by John Crowley. The film starred Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent, and re... read more

Nick Hornby is an Oscar®-nominated screenwriter and award-winning author. He recently adapted Nina Stibbe’s memoir Love, Nina into a BBC1 television series, and received an Academy Award® nomination for his screenplay adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s novel Brooklyn, which was directed by John Crowley. The film starred Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent, and received three Oscar nominations in total. Nick’s previous film and television projects include his Oscar-nominated adaptation of Lynn Barber’s memoir An Education, which was directed by Lone Scherfig and starred Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike and Emma Thompson, his adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s New York Times bestselling memoir into the film Wild, which starred Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, and his adaptation of his own memoir for the screenplay of Fever Pitch starring Colin Firth.

Nick’s best-selling books have served as a rich stream of inspiration for filmmakers: the British film of Fever Pitch was re-made by the Farrelly brothers, starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon; High Fidelity was directed by Stephen Frears, starring John Cusack and Jack Black; About A Boy was directed by the Weitz brothers, starring Hugh Grant, Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette; A Long Way Down was directed by Pascal Chaumeil, starring Pierce Brosnan, Aaron Paul and Toni Collette, and his young adult novel Slam was adapted into an Italian language feature directed by Andrea Molaioli. Most recently, Jesse Peretz has directed an adaptation of his novel Juliet, Naked, starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, and Chris O’Dowd.

Nick’s other novels include How to be Good (2001), and Funny Girl (2014), and his non-fiction work includes Fever Pitch, 31 Songs, and The Complete Polysyllabic Spree, a collection of Nick’s book columns for US magazine The Believer, to which he continues to contribute a bi-monthly column. Among other recognition for his literature, Nick received the EM Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. In November 2010, he co-founded the children’s writing charity The Ministry of Stories, located in East London and now expanding to other UK cities.

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Kirsty Hunter
Managing director and founder, StoryHunter

Hunter is an Emmy award winning executive who’s worked on some of TV’s biggest brands on all platforms. She’s twice been named to BIMA’s Hot 100 a peer voted poll of Britain’s digital leaders. Past credits include: The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Made in Chelsea, Grand Designs, Downton Abbey, Sherlock, American Gods, Britain from Above, Horrible Histories and Castaway. After senior... read more

Hunter is an Emmy award winning executive who’s worked on some of TV’s biggest brands on all platforms. She’s twice been named to BIMA’s Hot 100 a peer voted poll of Britain’s digital leaders. Past credits include: The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Made in Chelsea, Grand Designs, Downton Abbey, Sherlock, American Gods, Britain from Above, Horrible Histories and Castaway. After senior roles at Fremantle, Sony Television Pictures and All3Media’s Lion Television she founded audio/video studio StoryHunter in July 2019. StoryHunter’s remit is to tell stories, build audiences and create IP.

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Konnie Huq
Television presenter and writer,

Henrietta Hurford-Jones
Director of children’s, content partnerships , BBC Studios

Hurford-Jones is responsible for managing the children’s original programming portfolio for BBC Studios globally. Hurford-Jones joined BBC Studios in July 2010 as part of the company’s on-going strategy to work with the UK and international production community to source, develop and executive produce global and locally relevant content for the global CBeebies branded services and the wider co... read more

Hurford-Jones is responsible for managing the children’s original programming portfolio for BBC Studios globally. Hurford-Jones joined BBC Studios in July 2010 as part of the company’s on-going strategy to work with the UK and international production community to source, develop and executive produce global and locally relevant content for the global CBeebies branded services and the wider commercial and brand businesses.

Hurford-Jones works closely with all of the company’s operating divisions. In addition to having editorial oversight of all new productions she also leads commercial negotiations and works to extract maximum value from BBC Studios children’s intellectual property. Hurford-Jones actively seeks returnable global content which can run in all markets. Original productions for BBC Studios so far include Bluey, Hey Duggee, Sarah & Duck, Go Jetters, Andy’s Adventures and Dinopaws.

With a focus on pre-school programming Hurford-Jones is also tasked with strengthening the overall Children’s catalogue for the business covering older children, tween and teen groups.

Before joining BBC Studios, Hurford-Jones worked in programming and sales for RDF Kids and Family, as director of programming Europe and Latin America at Disney and Fox Kids. Prior to that she was Head of Sales at HIT Entertainment plc.

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Louise Hussey 
Executive producer, Industrial Light and Magic

Louise Hussey has many years experience working in entertainment for such companies as Molinare, Sci-Fi Channel, Aldis Animation, and Rushes (Deluxe Group). In 2013, Hussey joined Double Negative as a visual effects producer, growing the TV team over five years from 3 to 190 in London and 25 in Los Angeles, plus a small team in Mumbai. In 2018, while she was DNegTV’s executive visual effec... read more

Louise Hussey has many years experience working in entertainment for such companies as Molinare, Sci-Fi Channel, Aldis Animation, and Rushes (Deluxe Group). In 2013, Hussey joined Double Negative as a visual effects producer, growing the TV team over five years from 3 to 190 in London and 25 in Los Angeles, plus a small team in Mumbai. In 2018, while she was DNegTV’s executive visual effects producer on Black Mirror “Metalhead, the team was awarded a BAFTA for special, visual and graphic effects for their work , and her team on the Netflix series ‘Altered Carbon’ received an Emmy nomination for ‘Outstanding Special Visual Effects’ .

In her current role as executive visual effects producer for Industrial Light & Magic’s recently-launched ILM TV division, Hussey leads strategy, production, and creative along with Stefan Drury, Hayden Jones, and Jonathan Privett. Hussey is a founding board member and visual effects chair of Animated Women UK and sits on BAFTA’s Learning and New Talent Committee.

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Luke Hyams
Head of originals, 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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Ben Irving
Commissioning editor, BBC Drama

Irving has been a commissioning editor in BBC Drama since November 2017, having previously joined the BBC as head of drama development. During this time he has overseen dramas including His Dark Materials, Giri/Haji, The Capture, and Gentleman Jack, as well as Doctor Who and Casualty. Upcoming productions include Dracula from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Noughts & Crosses based on the novel... read more

Irving has been a commissioning editor in BBC Drama since November 2017, having previously joined the BBC as head of drama development. During this time he has overseen dramas including His Dark Materials, Giri/Haji, The Capture, and Gentleman Jack, as well as Doctor Who and Casualty. Upcoming productions include Dracula from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Noughts & Crosses based on the novel by Malorie Blackman, and Life by Mike Bartlett. As part of his role, Irving oversees network drama in Wales, and works closely to support Welsh indies. Prior to joining the BBC, Irving was an executive for David Heyman’s production company Heyday Films, and worked on features including Gravity, Paddington 1 & 2, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Jack Thorne’s forthcoming adaptation of The Secret Garden.

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Michael Iskas
President, Story Lab

Michael Iskas is the president of The Story Lab, a global entertainment company that launched in 2015, which funds, develops and distributes innovative TV formats, drama and feature films. Working with forward thinking production and media companies, The Story Lab has accrued a varied slate of TV formats including Ninja Warrior (TBS), Game of Clones (youngest Media), Evil Monkeys (Renegade) and Al... read more

Michael Iskas is the president of The Story Lab, a global entertainment company that launched in 2015, which funds, develops and distributes innovative TV formats, drama and feature films.

Working with forward thinking production and media companies, The Story Lab has accrued a varied slate of TV formats including Ninja Warrior (TBS), Game of Clones (youngest Media), Evil Monkeys (Renegade) and All Star Driving School (Rumpus Media) among others.  Recently, The Story Lab has been investing in a variety of UK scripted projects set to launch in 2019, while also distributing Hollywood feature films in European territories, including John Wick, Sicario and Mechanic.

The Story Lab, which is part of Dentsu Aegis Network, operates in 25 territories, including the UK, France, Spain, Germany, US, Canada, Russia, Netherlands, China, India and Australia, and distributes content globally.

Michael is on the board of digital-first talent management company Gleam Futures. In his previous role, he was the Chief Innovation Officer at Dentsu Aegis Network.

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Moderator Walter Iuzzolino
Co-founder and curator, Walter Presents

Walter is a former commissioning editor at Channel 4 where he developed a string of factual hit formats before leaving to become Creative Director at Betty. There he spearheaded a quick growth trajectory of turnover and output which led to the company sale to Discovery Networks International in 2011. In 2014 Walter left Betty to pursue his dream of launching a foreign language drama channel. Walte... read more

Walter is a former commissioning editor at Channel 4 where he developed a string of factual hit formats before leaving to become Creative Director at Betty. There he spearheaded a quick growth trajectory of turnover and output which led to the company sale to Discovery Networks International in 2011. In 2014 Walter left Betty to pursue his dream of launching a foreign language drama channel. Walter Presents launched January 2016 in the UK as a FREE video-on-demand service and is a joint venture between Channel 4 and Global Series Network, co-founded by Jason Thorp and Jo McGrath. Dedicated to showcasing award-winning foreign language drama, the service is named after Walter.  In March 2017 Walter Presents launched as an SVOD platform in the US with the New York Times hailing it as a ‘chic TV boutique with a foreign accent’. In November 2017 Walter Presents launched in Australia through pay-TV service Foxtel. Walter Presents will launch in Italy September 2018, it’s first rollout in mainland Europe, on Discovery’s Nove and Giallo linear networks, as well as offering a catalogue of Walter Presents  shows on its stand-alone Dplay streaming service.

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Helen Jackson
Executive chair, The Media Investment Company

Jackson established and built BBC Worldwide’s indie production business, investing start up capital and sitting on the boards of many of the UK’s most successful indies including Left Bank, Big Talk, Baby Cow, Clerkenwell and Lookout Point. She also managed the company’s £180million plus programming fund, backing the creative development and production of hundreds of hours of content annual... read more

Jackson established and built BBC Worldwide’s indie production business, investing start up capital and sitting on the boards of many of the UK’s most successful indies including Left Bank, Big Talk, Baby Cow, Clerkenwell and Lookout Point. She also managed the company’s £180million plus programming fund, backing the creative development and production of hundreds of hours of content annually, including Sherlock, Doctor Foster, Gentleman Jack and Killing Eve.

She is now executive chair of The Media Investment Company which was recently set up with Simon Vaughan and Jonathan Norman to invest in talent driven companies.

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Sidharth Jain
Founder 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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Rohit Jain
Managing director, Lionsgate South Asia

Leading media executive and entrepreneur, Rohit Jain is a 25-year media industry veteran in South Asia. Jain is a certified Charted Accountant and is currently the Managing Director at Lionsgate South Asia. He spearheads incubation and growth of all Lionsgate business from licensing to local linear and digital platforms in the territory from feature films, television series and library content und... read more

Leading media executive and entrepreneur, Rohit Jain is a 25-year media industry veteran in South Asia. Jain is a certified Charted Accountant and is currently the Managing Director at Lionsgate South Asia. He spearheads incubation and growth of all Lionsgate business from licensing to local linear and digital platforms in the territory from feature films, television series and library content under the Lionsgate and Starz brands. Lionsgate India will work closely with the studio’s theatrical distribution partners to maximize box office for Lionsgate films, and will partner with local production companies to develop intellectual property for theatrical release as well as distribution across other media platforms. It will also explore investment opportunities throughout the Indian media market.

Prior to joining Lionsgate, Jain was the Deputy CEO of Videocon d2h, a media company that he helped grow from a start-up to over a billion dollar in annual revenues through a combination of organic growth and strategic transactions. During his seven-year stint with the organisation, Jain helped orchestrate Videocon’s successful listing on NASDAQ in 2015 followed by the announcement of its merger with Dish TV India in 2016. Prior to his tenure at Videocon, Jain worked at Aon, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte.

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Dr Rahul Jandial
Dual-trained brain surgeon and neuroscientist ,

Ricus Jansegers
TV programming director, Medialaan

P Jayakumar
CEO, Toonz Media Group

Jayakumar is 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... read more

Jayakumar is 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.

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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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Johannes Jensen
CEO, Yellow Bird

Jensen is CEO of Yellow Bird, a Banijay group company, and also serves as deputy CEO for Banijay Nordic. Jensen has been working in the TV industry since 1992 and became CEO of Yellow Bird in 2014. During his time at Yellow Bird, known for its production of Millennium and Wallander, the business has grown rapidly and this year, Yellow Bird was responsible for eight scripted productions across Swed... read more

Jensen is CEO of Yellow Bird, a Banijay group company, and also serves as deputy CEO for Banijay Nordic. Jensen has been working in the TV industry since 1992 and became CEO of Yellow Bird in 2014. During his time at Yellow Bird, known for its production of Millennium and Wallander, the business has grown rapidly and this year, Yellow Bird was responsible for eight scripted productions across Sweden, Norway, and in the UK; Hidden and Occupied season 3 for Viaplay, Bäckström and Rebecka Martinsson season 2 for TV4 and ARD/Degeto, Thin Ice, also for TV4 together with France TV, and Sanctuary for TV4 and Studio Canal.

In the past year, Yellow Bird also launched two new offices, one in London and one in Los Angeles, with a joint goal to produce English content for the UK, US and the international market. At the end of 2018, it was confirmed the first production from Yellow Bird UK would be Young Wallander for Netflix.

Prior to joining Yellow Bird as CEO, Jensen primarily worked within the unscripted business for large groups like Zodiak and Strix, and he was part of the team behind the very first Survivor production in the world for Swedish pubcaster SVT.

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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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Hilary Bevan Jones
Founder and producer, Endor productions

Jones has produced numerous ground-breaking and award-winning dramas. A firm believer that scripted programmes can influence as well as entertain, Jones produced the acclaimed BBC/HBO film The Girl in the Café which won three primetime Emmys. The film was about extreme poverty and transmitted at the same time as the G8. Mary and Martha, another BBC/HBO film by Richard Curtis starring Hilary Swank... read more

Jones has produced numerous ground-breaking and award-winning dramas. A firm believer that scripted programmes can influence as well as entertain, Jones produced the acclaimed BBC/HBO film The Girl in the Café which won three primetime Emmys. The film was about extreme poverty and transmitted at the same time as the G8. Mary and Martha, another BBC/HBO film by Richard Curtis starring Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn, focused on malaria, and ways to conquer this.
Through her company Endor Productions, a Red Arrow Studios Company, she produced shows including Restless, written by William Boyd, That Day We Sang, by Victoria Wood, and Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot starring Dustin Hoffman and Dame Judi Dench. Other productions reach back to Cracker, Red Dwarf and State of Play.
Feature Films include Richard Curtis’ The Boat That Rocked. More recently, Gwen, a gothic drama film, was directed by William McGregor and produced with Tom Nash premiered at TIFF 2018. Matthew Parkhill’s returning series Deep State was the first scripted drama series commission from Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa and also shown on EPIX. Vienna Blood, co-produced with Jez Swimer, a co-production with Austria’s MR Film, was produced in 2019 for ORF & ZDF. Vienna Blood aired on BBC2 from November.
In 2006, Jones became chair of BAFTA, the first woman chair in its then 60-year history. She is also chair of Watersprite International Student Film Festival.

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Kristin Jones
EVP of international programming, AMC and Sundance TV

As Executive Vice President of International Programming and Programming Innovation for AMC and SundanceTV, Kristin Jones oversees the creation, development and production of innovative scripted programming from all territories outside the U.S. She is focused on identifying potential international scripted projects, including co-productions, format adaptations, series, limited-series acquisitions ... read more

As Executive Vice President of International Programming and Programming Innovation for AMC and SundanceTV, Kristin Jones oversees the creation, development and production of innovative scripted programming from all territories outside the U.S. She is focused on identifying potential international scripted projects, including co-productions, format adaptations, series, limited-series acquisitions as well as developing projects for third parties through AMC studios.

She brought notable titles to AMC, such as the Emmy and multiple Golden Globe award winning miniseries The Night Manager. Jones’ upcoming project, The Little Drummer Girl premieres on AMC this November. The series was directed by Park Chan Wook, and stars Florence Pugh, Alexander Skarsgard, and Michael Shannon. She also oversees the much-anticipated State of The Union for SundanceTV, directed by Stephen Frears, written by Nick Hornby, and starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd. For AMC, Jones also bought and oversaw critically praised Humans starring Gemma Chan, and McMafia starring James Norton, which is preparing for its second. For SundanceTV, Jones presides over Liar, which after its fall 2017 premiere was the most successful show on ITV in three years, as well as the Abi Morgan- helmed critically acclaimed series The Split.

Prior to joining AMC, Jones served as chief creative officer for Vuguru. Before that, she served as senior vice president of international development, production and acquisitions for Miramax Films in New York, and prior to that, she was vice president of production and European acquisitions for Buena Vista International, based in London. She began her career as a film literary agent at ICM.

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Duane Jones
Co-founder, Renowned Films

Duane Jones is a multi-award winning producer of innovative, engaging and thought-provoking factual entertainment, documentaries and formats. Alongside his partners Max Welch and Tim Withers, Jones launched Renowned Films in 2012 and has since become one of the fastest growing independent producers globally. The company has exponentially climbed the top 100 list of independent producers ranked by ... read more

Duane Jones is a multi-award winning producer of innovative, engaging and thought-provoking factual entertainment, documentaries and formats. Alongside his partners Max Welch and Tim Withers, Jones launched Renowned Films in 2012 and has since become one of the fastest growing independent producers globally. The company has exponentially climbed the top 100 list of independent producers ranked by turnover; having climbed 50 places in the last 12 months reaching number 4 of 5 ranking in the fastest growing producers for 2018; and most recently awarded with the Indie of the Year Award at the 2019 Edinburgh TV Festival.

Prior to Renowned Films, Jones was headhunted by the BBC to spearhead the launch of BBC Radio 1Xtra in 2002. He worked at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra for 11 years where he won a Sony Gold Award.

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Marc Juris
President, WE tv

Marc Juris is a uniquely talented creative executive with a proven track record of creating and developing brands and compelling original content for television and digital platforms across numerous networks. As president and general manager of WE tv, Juris oversees all aspects of the network’s creative and business functions, including original program development and production, scheduling and... read more

Marc Juris is a uniquely talented creative executive with a proven track record of creating and developing brands and compelling original content for television and digital platforms across numerous networks. As president and general manager of WE tv, Juris oversees all aspects of the network’s creative and business functions, including original program development and production, scheduling and acquisitions, all marketing, advertising and promotional efforts and long and short-term planning and strategy.

Juris joined WE tv in 2013, and since then has increased the network’s viewership, its slate of original unscripted programming and led a network rebrand that reflects a broader focus on the communal power of “WE” in a digitally connected and social media driven world. WE tv’s unscripted shows are some of the most buzzed about in pop culture, from the Thursday night phenomenon “Braxton Family Values,” its popular franchise series “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars,” and its newest hit series “Growing Up Hip Hop.”  In a highly competitive environment, the network just had its best year, growing its primetime audience for the third year in a row. Today, WE tv continues to deliver high-quality unscripted programming with heavy social engagement, featuring diverse characters and voices that resonate with viewers. WE tv is the #1 cable network for African-American adults and women on Thursday nights and is continuing to establish Friday nights as a destination for compelling and addicting reality TV.

Prior to joining WE tv, Juris engineered the radical reinvention of CourtTV to truTV, creating a top-ten cable network in less than four years. Under his leadership, truTV experienced unprecedented momentum. Propelled by over 300 hours of original programming every year, with 30 unique series like “Hardcore Pawn,” “Impractical Jokers,” “Storage Hunters,” “Operation Repo,” “Full Throttle Saloon,” and “South Beach Tow,” truTV finished 2012 with its best-ever primetime deliveries of key demos.

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Óskar Jónasson
Director and writer,

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 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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King Kaufman
Senior audio producer, San Francisco Chronicle

Kaufman oversees the Chronicle’s podcasts, including the daily history show he created and hosts, Not Your Century. In 2017 Kaufman created, wrote, produced and hosted Can’t Win 4 Losing, a narrative podcast about losing in sports. He was a key early employee of Bleacher Report, where he oversaw journalism training and writer coaching as well as hosting the SiriusXM interview show R... read more

Kaufman oversees the Chronicle’s podcasts, including the daily history show he created and hosts, Not Your Century. In 2017 Kaufman created, wrote, produced and hosted Can’t Win 4 Losing, a narrative podcast about losing in sports. He was a key early employee of Bleacher Report, where he oversaw journalism training and writer coaching as well as hosting the SiriusXM interview show “Content Is King”. For seven years, Kaufman wrote a daily sports column for Salon, where he was also a key early employee. Kaufman is the only person known to have interviewed both author Elmore Leonard and basketball player Leonard Elmore.

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Jennifer Kawaja
Executive producer, Sienna Films

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 tele... read more

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.

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Ruth Kenley-Letts
Executive producer, Mrs Wilson

Ruth trained as an actress working in the theatre before moving across into production. After winning an Academy Award and a BAFTA for the short film Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life alongside writer/director Peter Capaldi, she went on to produce Peter’s first feature, Strictly Sinatra for which she was nominated for a Carl Foreman BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer in Feature Films. ... read more

Ruth trained as an actress working in the theatre before moving across into production.

After winning an Academy Award and a BAFTA for the short film Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life alongside writer/director Peter Capaldi, she went on to produce Peter’s first feature, Strictly Sinatra for which she was nominated for a Carl Foreman BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer in Feature Films.  Another BAFTA nomination followed for The Tale of the Rat that Wrote, written and directed by Billy O’Brien, with whom she went on to work with on his first feature, the horror film Isolation, produced alongside Bertrand Faivre of The Bureau.

Ruth’s TV credits include Silent Witness (BBC), C4’s contemporary retelling of Penny Woolcock’s Exodus, Tony Jordan’s The Nativity, for both Kudos & Red Planet Productions, Series 1 and 2 of Abi Morgan’s multi award winning series The Hour for Kudos, and for Sky Atlantic the award-winning The Tunnel.  Producing The Casual Vacancy for Brontë she remained as Head of Drama and is the Executive Producer of the hit television series Strike for the BBC/Cinemax, based on the bestselling novels of J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith.

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Kilian Kerwin
Head of production (South Asia & Latin America), SK Global Entertainment

Kerwin is head of production (South Asia & Latin America) for SK Global Entertainment, where he oversees local-language projects in various territories as well as particular international English-language motion picture and television ventures, including the development of the global phenomenon, Crazy Rich Asians. Kerwin is EP of two Hindi-language projects streaming on Netflix, Delhi Crime a... read more

Kerwin is head of production (South Asia & Latin America) for SK Global Entertainment, where he oversees local-language projects in various territories as well as particular international English-language motion picture and television ventures, including the development of the global phenomenon, Crazy Rich Asians. Kerwin is EP of two Hindi-language projects streaming on Netflix, Delhi Crime and Ghoul, as well as a third which in post-production, BETAAL. He is also co-producer of The Sky is Pink, which will premiere at TIFF 2019 and stars Priyanka Chopra.

Having started in production (as assistant to acclaimed director Tony Scott), Kerwin moved into the development arena, first as an executive and then as a screenwriter. Over a ten-year span he wrote feature film projects for Universal Pictures, Miramax, Paramount Pictures, Fox 2000, Dreamworks Animation, and Twentieth Century Fox. Kerwin also wrote and directed a feature film, Learning Curves, which premiered on Showtime Networks and stars Sophia Bush.

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Miles Ketley
CEO, Stolen Picture

Ketley comes to Stolen Picture having previously been the COO of the independent TV production company Bad Wolf. Before that, he co-founded the Film and TV Group at the UK’s largest media law-firm, Wiggin LLP, having spent some time in Los Angeles as an executive at Fox Searchlight Pictures. Ketley is the CEO of production company Stolen Picture as well as a partner in the media financing compan... read more

Ketley comes to Stolen Picture having previously been the COO of the independent TV production company Bad Wolf. Before that, he co-founded the Film and TV Group at the UK’s largest media law-firm, Wiggin LLP, having spent some time in Los Angeles as an executive at Fox Searchlight Pictures. Ketley is the CEO of production company Stolen Picture as well as a partner in the media financing company Stone Story Media, a trustee of the Independent Cinema Office.

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Arvand Khosravi
Senior associate, Endeavor Content

Arvand Khosravi is a senior associate at Endeavor Content, a division of global entertainment leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG). In his role, he works with producers and distributors on all aspects of packaging, financing, sales and distribution for scripted television series. Khosravi was recently involved in the sale of Nick Hornby’s new 10×10 dramedy series starring Rosamund Pike and... read more

Arvand Khosravi is a senior associate at Endeavor Content, a division of global entertainment leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG). In his role, he works with producers and distributors on all aspects of packaging, financing, sales and distribution for scripted television series.

Khosravi was recently involved in the sale of Nick Hornby’s new 10×10 dramedy series starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd, State of the Union, to SundanceTV, as well as A Discovery of Witches to AMC’s OTT digital platforms. In addition, he consulted on the sale of Bad Wolf & BBC’s ambitious new series adaptation of His Dark Materials to HBO on behalf of BBC Studios.

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Richard Kilgarriff
Founder , Bookomi

A former senior television executive and producer (BBC, Rapture, Turner Broadcasting), Richard founded Bookomiin 2011 to pursue a new career of diverse, continuous learning in the company of brilliant minds. To date he has introduced over 350 of the world’s brightest thinkers and innovators, from neuroscientists such as David Eagleman to historians including Sapiens author Yuval Harari, to priva... read more

A former senior television executive and producer (BBC, Rapture, Turner Broadcasting), Richard founded Bookomiin 2011 to pursue a new career of diverse, continuous learning in the company of brilliant minds. To date he has introduced over 350 of the world’s brightest thinkers and innovators, from neuroscientists such as David Eagleman to historians including Sapiens author Yuval Harari, to private audiences in clubs (Soho House, Annabel’s Ministry) and companies (Google, Facebook, HSBC, Improbable). The “OMI” in Bookomi stands for “Original Memorable Insights” and he has designed Screenomi to give the entertainment industry a fresh perspective on content and audiences.

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Elizabeth Kilgarriff
CEO, Firebird Pictures

After 18 years at the BBC, Liz Kilgarriff founded Firebird Pictures in April 2019 with fellow BBC Exec, Craig Holleworth. Firebird Pictures was set-up to support and work with the best creative talent to produce distinctive and entertaining stories for a global audience. During her time at the BBC, Kilgarriff was the senior commissioning editor for BBC Drama in England and Scotland. Responsible f... read more

After 18 years at the BBC, Liz Kilgarriff founded Firebird Pictures in April 2019 with fellow BBC Exec, Craig Holleworth. Firebird Pictures was set-up to support and work with the best creative talent to produce distinctive and entertaining stories for a global audience.

During her time at the BBC, Kilgarriff was the senior commissioning editor for BBC Drama in England and Scotland. Responsible for generating, developing and commissioning creative ideas, she oversaw multiple shows from conception to transmission across the breadth and range of BBC Drama.

Kilgarriff’s track record in picking stories and creative talent that attract large audiences is evident in her portfolio of work to-date. Her successes as a commissioner include BBC One hit Bodyguard; The Cry, starring Jenna Coleman;  J.K. Rowling’s Strike series; Doctor Foster 2; The ABC Murders, starring John Malkovich; The Victim; Tom Rob Smith’s MotherFatherSon; McMafia; Informer and Neil Cross’s Hard Sun. In this role, Kilgarriff was also responsible for BBC One favourites Call The Midwife and Poldark.

Prior to joining the BBC Drama commissioning team, Kilgarriff was an Executive Producer for BBC Drama Production working on titles including the award-winning Luther and BBC Three’s Thirteen, which starred Jodie Comer. She also worked on Cranford, Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Upstairs Downstairs.

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Elizabeth Kilgarriff
Senior commissioning editor, BBC Drama

Liz Kilgarriff is a senior commissioning editor for BBC Drama in England and Scotland. Liz joined as a commissioning editor in August 2015 and has been responsible for work across the breadth and range of BBC Drama including BBC One’s Sunday night thriller Bodyguard, the adaptation of BBC One’s Strike series based on the novels by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith, BBC One fan favourit... read more

Liz Kilgarriff is a senior commissioning editor for BBC Drama in England and Scotland. Liz joined as a commissioning editor in August 2015 and has been responsible for work across the breadth and range of BBC Drama including BBC One’s Sunday night thriller Bodyguard, the adaptation of BBC One’s Strike series based on the novels by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith, BBC One fan favourites Call The Midwife and Poldark, Mike Bartlett’s Doctor Foster (series 2) and the epic BBC One drama McMafia.

Liz’s upcoming dramas include psychological series The Cry, starring Jenna Coleman; six-part thriller Informer from upcoming writers Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani; a fifth series of award-winning Luther; Tom Rob Smith’s original drama series MotherFatherSon for BBC Two starring Richard Gere, Helen McCrory, Billy Howle and Sarah Lancashire; and Sarah Phelps’ brilliant adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders, starring John Malkovich.  Also coming up from her Scottish slate is contemporary legal thriller, The Victim, written by Rob Williams and starring Kelly Macdonald.

Liz was previously Executive Producer for BBC in-house Drama working on titles including Luther, BBC3’s Thirteen, Cranford, Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Upstairs Downstairs. She was promoted to Senior Commissioning Editor for England and Scotland in May 2017.

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Alison Kirkham
Controller of factual commissioning, BBC

Alison Kirkham became Controller of Factual Commissioning in 2015. Since then, the Factual department has garnered immense critical acclaim and many awards, including BAFTAs for Blue Planet II, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad and Murdered for Being Different; RTS Programme Awards for Hospital; Exodus, Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents and World War One Remembered: Passchendale – For the Fal... read more

Alison Kirkham became Controller of Factual Commissioning in 2015. Since then, the Factual department has garnered immense critical acclaim and many awards, including BAFTAs for Blue Planet II, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad and Murdered for Being Different; RTS Programme Awards for Hospital; Exodus, Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents and World War One Remembered: Passchendale – For the Fallen; and Grierson Awards for Muslims Like Us and Forces of Nature with Brian Cox.

Alison’s commissions include the the BAFTA award winning documentary, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad, and she was the Commissioning Executive Producer on the BBC’s coverage of the recent Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and secured their exclusive engagement interview.

Prior to her current role, Alison was Head of Commissioning, Formats and Features for BBC One and BBC Two for five years. In that role her commissions included Back in Time for Dinner, Eat Well for Less; Countryfile; DIY SOS; Antiques Roadshow.
Alison joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer of daytime programming and spent six months as acting Controller of BBC Daytime in 2006.

Before 2005 Alison worked in ITV Current Affairs on Tonight With Trevor McDonald. While there she worked as a producer/director on ITV’s 9/11 and Iraq war coverage. As well as working in current affairs at ITV she worked as a producer on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and This Morning. Her first job in broadcasting was on Radio 4’s Today.

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Miura Kite
SVP, global television, Participant

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 P... read more

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.

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Anders Rønnow Klarlund
Author and screenwriter,

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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Pooja Kohli Taneja
Managing Partner and producer, Golden Karavan

Kohli Taneja is a Partner in the joint venture company Golden Karavan, which was formed by prominent entertainment executives/producers from the U.S. and India, in 2017. She served as a producer on the Netflix procedural drama series, Delhi Crime. Golden Karavan is a first-of-its-kind, Indian-focused streaming television production company headed by leading TV producer Aaron Kaplan, prominent me... read more

Kohli Taneja is a Partner in the joint venture company Golden Karavan, which was formed by prominent entertainment executives/producers from the U.S. and India, in 2017. She served as a producer on the Netflix procedural drama series, Delhi Crime. Golden Karavan is a first-of-its-kind, Indian-focused streaming television production company headed by leading TV producer Aaron Kaplan, prominent media investor Jeff Sagansky, producer Florence Sloan with principals from Indian digital distribution company FilmKaravan including Pooja, Apoorva Bakshi and Sanjay Bachani.

The company’s goal is to produce provocative Indian-theme original content targeting a global audience through over-the-top services.
Kohli Taneja has 20+ years of experience in content acquisitions with a specific focus on business development, niche marketing and media production/operations across North America, the UK, and India. A ferocious guardian of good content, Kohli Taneja has served on various international juries and launched the MIAAC Film Festival. In her dual role, she also serves as managing director and CEO of India’s FilmKaravan, which aggregates and seamlessly distributes high quality content across digital platforms. Kohli Taneja earned her Master’s degree from Emerson College in Boston and a Bachelor in Commerce degree from the University of Delhi. She is based in Mumbai.

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Gena Konstantinakos
Vice president, development and video programming, Topic

Topic is the new streaming service from First Look Media, set to launch in the fall of 2019. In this role, Konstantinakos crafts and implements the end-to-end video strategy, developing and leading projects across multiple formats including scripted and non-scripted episodic, shorts and films, through development, creation and release. Konstantinakos joined Topic from VICE Media’s VICELAND, whe... read more

Topic is the new streaming service from First Look Media, set to launch in the fall of 2019. In this role, Konstantinakos crafts and implements the end-to-end video strategy, developing and leading projects across multiple formats including scripted and non-scripted episodic, shorts and films, through development, creation and release.

Konstantinakos joined Topic from VICE Media’s VICELAND, where she was executive producer, development and current series. At VICELAND, Konstantinakos developed ideas internally, collaborated with external partners, and oversaw a diverse slate of original unscripted and documentary series. Konstantinakos has produced for ABC, MTV, PBS, A&E, BET, MSBNC, Fusion, The New York Times, and independent film. She was producer of the Peabody Award®-winning, ABC News documentary series Hopkins, and series producer on the CINE Golden Eagle Award-winning, ABC News documentary series Boston Med. She was awarded an Emmy® for her work on MTV’s Made, which she directed and supervised. Additionally, she created, directed and executive produced the independent mockumentary The Internet Must Go.

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Dan Korn
VP programming and head of history and crime+investigation, A+E Networks UK

Dan Korn joined A+E UK in November 2016, from STV Productions, where was creative director, overseeing projects ranging from BBC and Channel 4 documentaries, to the Channel 5 entertainment series, Tour de Celeb. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as senior vice president and head of programming for Discovery Channel UK and EMEA, which he joined, in 2005, from leading independent production company, ... read more

Dan Korn joined A+E UK in November 2016, from STV Productions, where was creative director, overseeing projects ranging from BBC and Channel 4 documentaries, to the Channel 5 entertainment series, Tour de Celeb.

Prior to that, he spent 10 years as senior vice president and head of programming for Discovery Channel UK and EMEA, which he joined, in 2005, from leading independent production company, 3BM Television Ltd. At 3BM, Korn was Managing Director and Executive Producer, winning a BAFTA for the film, Nuremberg: Goering’s Last Stand for Channel 4, a Broadcast Award for the series Age of Terror for Discovery, as well as producing the Emmy Award-nominated Holocaust on Trial and RTS-nominated Boy With a Tumour for a Face.

As vice president, programming, and head of history and crime+investigation, he heads up a team responsible for all the Pay TV brands for the A+E UKJV, sourcing, acquiring and commissioning over 3000 hours of content a year. Recent commissions include James Nesbitt: Disasters That Changed Britain, World War 2 Treasure Hunters, and Murdertown with Katherine Kelly.

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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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Hakan Kousetta
COO television, See-Saw Films

Hakan joined See-Saw in 2014 to co-run the TV division of See-Saw with its creative head Jamie Laurenson. Throughout his career Hakan has overseen the finance and production of hundreds of films and television programmes and brings a real depth of knowledge and experience to his role as Chief Operating Officer.  In addition to managing the day-to-day activities of the television division, Hakan ... read more

Hakan joined See-Saw in 2014 to co-run the TV division of See-Saw with its creative head Jamie Laurenson. Throughout his career Hakan has overseen the finance and production of hundreds of films and television programmes and brings a real depth of knowledge and experience to his role as Chief Operating Officer.  In addition to managing the day-to-day activities of the television division, Hakan is responsible for designing and implementing company strategy, overseeing the funding and production of all television programmes and controls all of the sales and marketing activity for the division’s output.

Hakan oversaw the production of Top of the Lake: China Girl, the highly acclaimed second instalment of Jane Campion’s Emmy and Golden Globe® nominated series Top of the Lake starring Elisabeth Moss, reprising her acclaimed role, Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie.

Hakan executive produced the live action television series The New Legends of Monkey for Netflix, ABC Australia and TVNZ that launched to great reviews in Australia and on Netflix earlier this year. He is currently executive producing the company’s short form comedy series ‘State of the Union’ directed by Stephen Frears, written by Nick Hornby and starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd which is currently in post-production; ‘The End’ starring Dame Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor currently in pre-production; and is in development on ‘The North Water’ to be written and directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years), adapted from the novel by Ian McGuire.

Previously at See-Saw Hakan oversaw the production of mini-series ‘Love, Nina’ for BBC1 written by Nick Hornby and based on the bestselling novel by Nina Stibbe. Hakan is a council member of UK trade association PACT as well as the BFI launched commission to investigate the health of the UK independent film industry.

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Jon Kramer
CEO, AfterShock Comics and Rive Gauche Television

Kramer has extensive experience in the production and distribution of scripted TV and theatrical films worldwide. He was responsible for the production of 40 TV movies including 17 for HBO with stars such as James Spader, Kiefer Sutherland, Naomi Watts, Jason Bateman and Jeff Daniels. Kramer (with partners of equally extensive backgrounds) formed AfterShock Comics in 2014. AfterShock was named S... read more

Kramer has extensive experience in the production and distribution of scripted TV and theatrical films worldwide. He was responsible for the production of 40 TV movies including 17 for HBO with stars such as James Spader, Kiefer Sutherland, Naomi Watts, Jason Bateman and Jeff Daniels. Kramer (with partners of equally extensive backgrounds) formed AfterShock Comics in 2014. AfterShock was named Small Publisher of the year in 2017 and has been very effective in converting comic book IP to TV and Film. Thus far AfterShock has published 63 books and has 7 options with major studios and producers with another 10 IP’s in play. In 5 years Aftershock will house over 165 IP’s. Kramer is also in charge of Rive Gauche Television overseeing the acquisition and distribution of a catalog of 1700+ hours of unscripted content. Its brands include The Dog Whisperer, Homicide Hunter, Something Is Killing Me and “Very Scary People”. Rive Gauche has been involved in the inception of “Pitbulls and Parolees” and “True Crime With Aphrodite Jones. Rive Gauche serves as the distributor for AfterShock Comic IP either for the placement of the rights or as the distributor when rights can be held.

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Marvin Kren
Director, writer and executive producer , Freud

Kren first gained recognition through the ZDF feature programme Kleines Fernsehspiel, premiering his horror movie Rammbock in 2010, which won Kren the Vienna Film Award and the Max Ophüls Award for ‘Best Feature’. Immersing himself further into the horror genre, his second movie Blutgletscher premiered at the TIFFs Midnight Madness two years later. The movie received high praise and won s... read more

Kren first gained recognition through the ZDF feature programme Kleines Fernsehspiel, premiering his horror movie Rammbock in 2010, which won Kren the Vienna Film Award and the Max Ophüls Award for ‘Best Feature’. Immersing himself further into the horror genre, his second movie Blutgletscher premiered at the TIFFs Midnight Madness two years later. The movie received high praise and won several awards and commendations (Max Ophüls Preis, Austrian Film Award).

Following this success, Kren directed three episodes of Tatort (ARD), Germany’s longest-running police procedural, as well as crime drama Mordkommission Berlin 1, which was nominated for the German television award in 2016. It didn’t take him long to take home the well-deserved prize: in January 2018 he was awarded Best Director for his multi award-winning TV series 4 Blocks (TNT). In the 2nd Season he was the executive producer. His crime-driven feature film Grenzfall (ORF/ZDF), premiered at Diagonale – Festival of Austrian Film in March 2018.

Kren recently became showrunner of eagerly-anticipated crime thriller series FREUD (Netflix/ORF) which he also directed, co-wrote and executive produced. FREUD sees a young, unknown Sigmund Freud investigate mysterious murders and political intrigues in the extravagant Vienna of the 1890s.

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Moritz von Kruedener
Managing director, Beta Film

As Beta Film’s managing director, Moritz von Kruedener oversees the company’s national and international distribution and production activities. Establishing Beta as a renowned co-financing and co-producing partner for high-end drama in Europe and abroad, Kruedener also helms its strategic alignment through acquisitions and joint venture structures. The group represents a portfolio of over 15.... read more

As Beta Film’s managing director, Moritz von Kruedener oversees the company’s national and international distribution and production activities. Establishing Beta as a renowned co-financing and co-producing partner for high-end drama in Europe and abroad, Kruedener also helms its strategic alignment through acquisitions and joint venture structures. The group represents a portfolio of over 15.000 hours of program including numerous award-winning productions for TV and cinema. Recent projects are acclaimed TV series such as, Alex Pina’s The Pier, Tom Tykwer’s Babylon Berlin and Gomorrah by Stefano Sollima. Currently in preparation or production are The Net together with Red Bull Media, German Moon by Nadav Schirman, the Sky original Pagan Peak and M – A City Hunts a Murderer based on the Fritz Lang classic. Beta Cinema represents several Academy Award winning feature films and, most recently, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away. Founded in 1959, Beta Film is part of Jan Mojto’s company group since 2004.

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Jonas Kryger Hansen
Commissioning editor, DR Ultra

Jonas Kryger Hansen is the commissioning editor at Danish tween channel DR Ultra. Responsible for the development and production of all fictional TV-series we produce for the Danish market, on all platforms. Strictly focused on On-Demand success. His goal is to capture the attention of picky Danish tweens with popular, clickable fictional formats, to serve grains of perspective on everyday life to... read more

Jonas Kryger Hansen is the commissioning editor at Danish tween channel DR Ultra. Responsible for the development and production of all fictional TV-series we produce for the Danish market, on all platforms. Strictly focused on On-Demand success. His goal is to capture the attention of picky Danish tweens with popular, clickable fictional formats, to serve grains of perspective on everyday life to them, with the goal to make it more interesting for Danish tweens to tackle and talk about dilemmas that fill their minds.

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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 Invisable Heroes (6×52`) where he was a conceptual director. Kurvinen studied film directing in Helsinki Film School in Aalto University.

Anthony LaPaglia
Lead actor, Halifax Retribution

LaPaglia is a multi-award winning actor who has an extensive and diverse list of credits across film, television and theatre. He played the role of Joe in the coming-of-age comedy Empire Records and John in the film Autumn In New York, as well as FBI agent Jack Malone on the American television series Without a Trace, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama... read more

LaPaglia is a multi-award winning actor who has an extensive and diverse list of credits across film, television and theatre. He played the role of Joe in the coming-of-age comedy Empire Records and John in the film Autumn In New York, as well as FBI agent Jack Malone on the American television series Without a Trace, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama. He also appeared in eight episodes of Frasier as Daphne Moon’s alcoholic brother Simon. LaPaglia starred in the Australian films Looking for Alibrandi, Holding the Man, Lantana and Balibo. For the latter two films he won AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2001 and 2009.

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Matti Laine
Screenwriter,

Laine is a Finnish, Helsinki-based screenwriter, novelist, and an actor. He has studied literature and dramaturgy in the Tampere University and acting in the Theatre Academy, Helsinki. He is the head-writer of the Finnish-Spanish co-production Paradise and also one of the writers of the TV-series Bordertown and Bullets. He has published nine crime-novels (among others: The Elias Vitikka -series) a... read more

Laine is a Finnish, Helsinki-based screenwriter, novelist, and an actor. He has studied literature and dramaturgy in the Tampere University and acting in the Theatre Academy, Helsinki. He is the head-writer of the Finnish-Spanish co-production Paradise and also one of the writers of the TV-series Bordertown and Bullets. He has published nine crime-novels (among others: The Elias Vitikka -series) and written theatre-plays and he does some acting too, when the time is right.

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Sarika Hemi Lakhani
Managing partner, One Fine Day Films

Christine Langan
CEO, Baby Cow Productions

Langan is an Academy nominated and BAFTA award winning producer of TV drama, comedy and feature films. She began her career as a copywriter in London but moved to Manchester to work as a script editor for Granada Television in the ’90s. Moving into comedy, she went on to develop and produce the multi-award winning show, Cold Feet. In 2000, she doubled as producer and director on BBC1 romant... read more

Langan is an Academy nominated and BAFTA award winning producer of TV drama, comedy and feature films. She began her career as a copywriter in London but moved to Manchester to work as a script editor for Granada Television in the ’90s. Moving into comedy, she went on to develop and produce the multi-award winning show, Cold Feet. In 2000, she doubled as producer and director on BBC1 romantic drama, Rescue Me. She returned to Granada in 2002, where she produced the acclaimed dramas The Deal and Dirty Filthy Love. During this period, she also produced her first feature film, Pierrepoint, which earned her a Carl Foreman Award nomination at the 60th British Academy Film Award. An Academy nomination came soon after for the film, The Queen, for which she won a Best Film BAFTA. In 2005, she took up a new role as executive producer at BBC Films. By 2008, she was running the division, where she developed and executive produced a wealth of British films from We Need To Talk About Kevin and Brooklyn, to Bright Star, In The Loop, Fish Tank, Woman In Gold and Philomena.
In 2016, she left BBC FILMS to join forces with Steve Coogan as CEO of Baby Cow Productions, where she now oversees a rich and diverse slate of TV comedy, drama and film.

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Michelle Latimer
Executive producer and director , Trickster

Streel Films’ 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 ... read more

Streel Films’ 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.’

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Jamie Laurenson
Head of television, See-Saw Films

Jamie Laurenson joined See-Saw Films in 2012 to head up its newly formed Television department. Prior to See-Saw Films, Jamie was an executive producer for BBC Films and Commissioning Editor for Drama BBC4 where he worked on such films as Quartet, Salmon Fishing In the Yemen, My Week With Marilyn, Project Nim, Brighton Rock, An Education and television dramas Enid, Room At The Top, Holy Flying ... read more

Jamie Laurenson joined See-Saw Films in 2012 to head up its newly formed Television department. Prior to See-Saw Films, Jamie was an executive producer for BBC Films and Commissioning Editor for Drama BBC4 where he worked on such films as Quartet, Salmon Fishing In the Yemen, My Week With Marilyn, Project Nim, Brighton Rock, An Education and television dramas Enid, Room At The Top, Holy Flying Circus, Lennon. Jamie executive produced Top of the Lake: China Girl, the highly acclaimed second instalment of Jane Campion’s Emmy and Golden Globe® nominated series Top of the Lake starring Elisabeth Moss, reprising her acclaimed role, Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie.

Laurenson executive produced the live action television series The New Legends of Monkey for Netflix, ABC Australia and TVNZ that launched to great reviews in Australia and on Netflix earlier this year. He is currently executive producing the company’s short form comedy series State of the Union directed by Stephen Frears, written by Nick Hornby and starring Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd which is currently in post-production; The End starring Dame Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor currently in pre-production; and is in development on The North Water to be written and directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years), adapted from the novel by Ian McGuire.

Previously at See-Saw Jamie executive produced the mini-series Love, Nina for BBC1 written by Nick Hornby and based on the bestselling novel by Nina Stibbe.

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Nina Lederman
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’... read more

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.

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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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Julien Leroux
SVP global scripted co-productions, Cineflix Media

Leroux leads Cineflix’s scripted co-production initiatives, setting up creative partnerships with producers, talent, and networks to deliver hit drama for the global market. Based in London, he also works closely with the sales and acquisitions team at Cineflix Rights to acquire and license scripted content for distribution to all media platforms. Leroux is based in the London office and reports... read more

Leroux leads Cineflix’s scripted co-production initiatives, setting up creative partnerships with producers, talent, and networks to deliver hit drama for the global market. Based in London, he also works closely with the sales and acquisitions team at Cineflix Rights to acquire and license scripted content for distribution to all media platforms. Leroux is based in the London office and reports to Peter Emerson, President, Cineflix Media. 

Prior to joining Cineflix, Leroux was EVP, content development & sales at the UK arm of France’s Newen Group, the company behind Osmosis, Ouro, Emmy®-award winning Spiral, and Witnesses. Previously, he was deputy managing director, international sales, acquisitions & marketing of Paris-based Newen Distribution where he worked with broadcasters and platforms including Netflix, Disney, BBC, Channel4, National Geographic Channels, Discovery, ZDF, Mediaset, AMC Networks, and NBC. Leroux also served as VP, international sales & acquisitions at AB International Distribution.

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Jonathan Levi
Executive producer, Renegade Pictures

Jonathan Levi was the executive producer on celebrity game show Evil Monkeys. A highly experienced EP, he has spent the last four years with Warner Brother’s Renegade Pictures where his credits include the 2019 ITV factual drama series Hatton Garden, Ross Kemp and the Armed Police for ITV, the critically acclaimed Transformation Street for ITV and CBBC show School of Rock. Previous roles inc... read more

Jonathan Levi was the executive producer on celebrity game show Evil Monkeys. A highly experienced EP, he has spent the last four years with Warner Brother’s Renegade Pictures where his credits include the 2019 ITV factual drama series Hatton Garden, Ross Kemp and the Armed Police for ITV, the critically acclaimed Transformation Street for ITV and CBBC show School of Rock.

Previous roles include Head of Arts and Popular Culture at ITV Studios and executive producer of The South Bank Show. Some career highlights include Broadmoor for ITV, Tulisa: The Price of Fame for BBC3, Ewan McGreggor: Cold Chain Mission for BBC2, Ronnie Corbett’s Comedy Britain for ITV and the BAFTA nominated 28 Up South Africa for Al Jazeera and ITV. Jonathan has a passion for access documentaries, celebrity fronted series and youth skewed factual formats and created several ITV2 returning strands including ‘Fearne And’, ‘The Parent Trip’ and ‘Utterly Outrageous’.

Jonathan began his career at BBC Radio 4 as researcher for Jeremy Paxman and Melvyn Bragg. Jonathan is also the author of Hatton Garden: The Inside Story and a forthcoming book about Broadmoor hospital, both published by Blink.

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David Levine
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 commiss... read more

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, qcquisitions 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.’

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David Levine
VP, programming, production and strategic development, Disney Channels EMEA

David Levine is vice president, programming, production and strategic development, Disney Channels EMEA, and general manager, Disney Channels UK & Ireland, Nordics. As vice president, he is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of programming across Disney Channels EMEA, including the development of the linear and multi-platform programming strategy. David is responsible for th... read more

David Levine is vice president, programming, production and strategic development, Disney Channels EMEA, and general manager, Disney Channels UK & Ireland, Nordics. As vice president, he is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of programming across Disney Channels EMEA, including the development of the linear and multi-platform programming strategy. David is responsible for the direction of original production and overseeing the development and production slates of originally produced content, acquisitions and co-productions. His team is responsible for developing and commissioning innovative and tailored content that listens to what kids want. Recent successes include Disney Channel’s ratings hit The Lodge, and upcoming 101 Dalmatian Street, a new animated series inspired by the classic novel and animated film.

As general manager of Disney Channels UK & Ireland, Nordics, David leads a team that utilises these key platforms to drive familiarity and awareness for the Disney brand and content, through key partnerships with Sky Broadcasting, Virgin Media and more. David also serves as the Executive Sponsor of Pride UK&I, the company’s resource group from LGBT+ and ally employees, and has been listed #29 on the Financial Times Outstanding list of LGBT+ Executives.

David joined Disney in March 2004, serving multiple roles in US Programming, Worldwide Programming and Channel GM. Prior to Disney, David worked for Ragdoll USA as Vice President Business Affairs and Development.

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Aron Levitz
Head of , Wattpad Studios

As Head of Wattpad Studios, Levitz connects the entertainment and publishing industries with new voices and original content on Wattpad. Leveraging data and community insights, Levitz works with the industry to co-produce Wattpad stories for film, television, print and digital formats. Previously, as head of business development, Levitz helped establish the company’s monetization strategy and la... read more

As Head of Wattpad Studios, Levitz connects the entertainment and publishing industries with new voices and original content on Wattpad. Leveraging data and community insights, Levitz works with the industry to co-produce Wattpad stories for film, television, print and digital formats. Previously, as head of business development, Levitz helped establish the company’s monetization strategy and launched Wattpad Brand Stories, a native advertising solution. He was also instrumental in launching the Wattpad Stars program that gives top influencers access to a variety of opportunities.

Throughout his career, Levitz has connected the entertainment industry with emerging technology and mobile platforms. As Senior Director of Strategic Alliances at Xtreme Labs, he developed business and mobile strategies for the world’s top media brands including MTV. Prior to Xtreme Labs, he was director of entertainment and global content acquisition at BlackBerry where he worked with artists and other talent, as well as launched innovative music, movie, TV, and gaming services. Aron received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Waterloo.

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Aron Levitz
Head of, Wattpad Studios

As head of Wattpad Studios, Aron Levitz connects the entertainment and publishing industries with new voices and original content on Wattpad. Leveraging data and community insights, Aron works with the industry to co–produce Wattpad stories for film, television, print and digital formats. Previously, as head of business development, Aron helped establish the company’s monetization strategy... read more

As head of Wattpad Studios, Aron Levitz connects the entertainment and publishing industries with new voices and original content on Wattpad. Leveraging data and community insights, Aron works with the industry to coproduce Wattpad stories for film, television, print and digital formats.

Previously, as head of business development, Aron helped establish the companys monetization strategy and launched Wattpad Brand Stories, a native advertising solution. He was also instrumental in launching the Wattpad Stars program that gives top influencers access to a variety of opportunities.

Throughout his career, Aron has connected the entertainment industry with emerging technology and mobile platforms. As Senior Director of Strategic Alliances at Xtreme Labs, Aron developed business and mobile strategies for the worlds top media brands including MTV. Prior to Xtreme Labs, he was Director of Entertainment and Global Content Acquisition at BlackBerry where he worked with artists and other talent, as well as launched innovative music, movie, TV, and gaming services. Aron received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Waterloo.

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Liz Lewin
Commissioning editor, Sky

Lewin has been working in the British Television industry for the last 25 years as a script editor, producer, executive producer and latterly a commissioning editor for Sky. As a script editor and producer she has worked with some of the most influential British writers around including Sally Wainwright, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Stephen Beresford and Kay Mellor. She has a long standing working relat... read more

Lewin has been working in the British Television industry for the last 25 years as a script editor, producer, executive producer and latterly a commissioning editor for Sky. As a script editor and producer she has worked with some of the most influential British writers around including Sally Wainwright, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Stephen Beresford and Kay Mellor. She has a long standing working relationship with writer Lisa McGee which culminated in her developing and executive producing two series of Derry Girls for Channel 4, and she is currently developing series 3 alongside her commissioning responsibilities at Sky. After a stint commissioning at Channel 4 in both the comedy and drama teams where she looked after a diverse range of shows including The End of the F***ing World, Raised By Wolves and Ackley Bridge, Lewin joined Sky’s drama team as a commissioning editor. Alongside looking after a number of pre-existing shows she is developing a new strand of programming which is ambitious, provocative and has real emotional scale. The End is the first piece to emerge from this strand, and I Hate Suzie created by Lucy Prebble and Billie Piper is in production.

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Gave Lindo
Executive director of OTT programming, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Gave Lindo leads the content strategy for the public broadcaster’s over-the-top streaming service, CBC GEM, and oversees its slate of original digital content for all platforms. Prior to his appointment, he served as senior director and chief of staff of programming where he oversaw CBC’s programming operations and content partnerships. Previously, Lindo has served as the executive director of... read more

Gave Lindo leads the content strategy for the public broadcaster’s over-the-top streaming service, CBC GEM, and oversees its slate of original digital content for all platforms. Prior to his appointment, he served as senior director and chief of staff of programming where he oversaw CBC’s programming operations and content partnerships. Previously, Lindo has served as the executive director of Reelworld Film Festival, as a business executive at CBC, and began his career as a corporate media lawyer. Lindo currently serves on a number of boards including Ontario Creates, the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, and Laidlaw Foundation. He holds BA, MBA, and JD degrees from the University of Toronto.

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Fredrik Ljungberg
Program director Viaplay & Viasat nordic, Viaplay

Fredrik has spent over 20 years in TV programming and acquisition, first at Kanal 5, then MTG/TV3 and since 2014 at Viaplay. In recent years Fredrik’s executive producer credits have included hit series such as Swedish Dicks, The Restaurant and Conspiracy of Silence.

Tara Long
EVP, alternative programming, television, Entertainment One

Since establishing eOne’s U.S. Alternative Programming division in 2012, Tara Long has built from the ground up a highly successful division that has had almost a dozen projects go straight to series and a packed slate of long-running shows that continue to receive new season orders. Many of Long’s projects involve partnering with celebrity talent on an extremely intimate level: whether it’s... read more

Since establishing eOne’s U.S. Alternative Programming division in 2012, Tara Long has built from the ground up a highly successful division that has had almost a dozen projects go straight to series and a packed slate of long-running shows that continue to receive new season orders.

Many of Long’s projects involve partnering with celebrity talent on an extremely intimate level: whether it’s for docu-series centered on the private lives of stars who agree expose their most personal moments to a public audience, or for original ideas and passion projects that need to be developed in close concert with celebrity creators and/or hosts.

In her role, Long oversees all aspects of the division, with a focus on further developing, growing and diversifying its burgeoning pipeline, relationships and scope. Long is responsible for managing all TV development and productions in the alternative space on behalf of eOne and selling shows to a diverse list of US network partners including A&E, E!, Lifetime, BET, FUSE, MTV, truTV, FYI, WEtv, OWN etc. Long leads the newly acquired Whizz Kid Entertainment in London, UK, following eOne’s recent acquisition of a majority stake in the company.

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Kelly Luegenbiehl
VP of international originals, Netflix

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 pr... read more

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.”

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Anja Lundqvist
Executive producer, co-creator and actor, Honour

Anja Lundqvist has most recently been seen in Viaplay’s Alex, the latest Scandi crime drama to appear on British screens, on Channel 4 earlier in 2018. Before then, she played in the TV series Gåsmamman, the Sune movies, Våra vänners liv, De halvt dolda, Oskyldigt dömd, Offside, Stormen and Tusenbröder. In 2016, Anja was among the creators and writers of comedy series Mammor for Swede... read more

Anja Lundqvist has most recently been seen in Viaplay’s Alex, the latest Scandi crime drama to appear on British screens, on Channel 4 earlier in 2018. Before then, she played in the TV series Gåsmamman, the Sune movies, Våra vänners liv, De halvt dolda, Oskyldigt dömd, Offside, Stormen and Tusenbröder. In 2016, Anja was among the creators and writers of comedy series Mammor for Sweden’s TV3, alongside her Honour colleague Julia Dufvenius. She currently works both at the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theater and Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm where she has played a number of important roles in recent years.

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Cheryl Lynch
EVP international production, business affairs and scripted formats, Sony Pictures Television

Cheryl Lynch is executive vice president of international television production, business affairs and scripted formats. Based in Los Angeles, Lynch oversees business affairs for 21 production companies across the globe. In that capacity, Lynch has crafted deals on original scripted and unscripted programming with local broadcasters such as the BBC, CTC, and Rai as well as with global SVOD services... read more

Cheryl Lynch is executive vice president of international television production, business affairs and scripted formats. Based in Los Angeles, Lynch oversees business affairs for 21 production companies across the globe. In that capacity, Lynch has crafted deals on original scripted and unscripted programming with local broadcasters such as the BBC, CTC, and Rai as well as with global SVOD services.

In addition to her business affairs duties, Lynch oversees scripted formats for the group. Recent examples include local language remakes of Mad About You in China and Everybody Loves Raymond in Russia (which is the world’s longest-running adaptation of a TV series). Previously, Lynch was senior vice president, business affairs for international production. Before joining SPT, Lynch was a vice president of business and legal affairs at FOX. She also held the role of director of business and legal affairs at Showtime.

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François Létourneau
Creator and writer,

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... read more

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.

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Mark MacDonald
Head of broadcast, Little Dot Studios

MacDonald’s team specialises in identifying and cultivating audiences on YouTube and other social platforms, working with broadcasters and rightsholders to expand the reach of their shows, grow new revenue streams and engage with audiences beyond the confines of traditional linear TV. The team manage over 100 channels that collectively accrue over 1.5 billion views per month.

Lachlan MacKinnon
Executive producer, Bad Wolf

MacKinnon is responsible for the SKY adaptation of A Discovery Of Witches now in its second series, and for the HBO/BBC drama Industry as well as originating content. Before joining Bad Wolf in 2017 MacKinnon produced the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated single drama Burton And Taylor for BBC and BBC America and The White Princess for US cable network Starz.

Kyle MacLachlan
Actor, Atlantic Crossing

Kyle MacLachlan is an actor who has brought indelible charm and a quirky sophistication to some of film and television’s most memorable roles. MacLachlan is best known for his performance as FBI Agent ‘Dale Cooper’ in David Lynch’s groundbreaking series TWIN PEAKS, for which he received two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe Award in 1990. 27-years later, in 2017 MacLachlan reprised his ... read more

Kyle MacLachlan is an actor who has brought indelible charm and a quirky sophistication to some of film and television’s most memorable roles. MacLachlan is best known for his performance as FBI Agent ‘Dale Cooper’ in David Lynch’s groundbreaking series TWIN PEAKS, for which he received two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe Award in 1990. 27-years later, in 2017 MacLachlan reprised his role in David Lynch’s critically acclaimed TWIN PEAKS REVIVAL, which earned him a 2018 Golden Globe nomination.

He most recently starred in the Universal and Amblin feature, “The House with a Clock in its Walls” opposite Cate Blanchett and Jack Black. He was also recently starred as the gregarious and enthusiastic Mayor of Portland, alongside Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, in the eighth and final season of the cult-hit-comedy “Portlandia.” The series finale aired on March 22nd on IFC. He recently wrapped production on Josh Trank’s film “FONZO” and Steven Sodorbergh’s film “High Flying Bird.”

In 2015, MacLachlan voiced the role of “Dad” in Disney Pixar’s award winning film, “Inside Out.” The film was released on June 19, 2015 and made record-setting box office numbers for an original film. The animated film received an Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Satellite Award, amongst others. MacLachlan had regular appearances on ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” CBS’s “The Good Wife,” and NBC’s “Believe” which was produced by JJ Abrams. HE also had reoccurring guest roles as “The Captain” on “How I Met Your Mother.” The role was loosely based on some of MacLachlans’s early sitcom heroes, such as Thurston Howell III and Jethro Bodine.

MacLachlan reprised his role as “Dr. Orson Hodge” on the eighth and final season of ABC’s highly rated Emmy-nominated television series, “Desperate Housewives.” MacLachlan joined the cast in 2006 and appeared regularly on the show until 2011. In 2012, MacLachlan appeared in IFC’s Film’s “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding,” directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Olden and Catherine Keener. In 2010, MacLachlan appeared in “Mao’s Last Dancer,” a film he shot in Australia in 2009 that was based on the true story of ballet dancer Li Cunxin. MacLachlan played Charles Foster, the immigration attorney responsible for keeping Li from being forcibly removed from the US by the Chinese government while helping him gain his citizenship. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford and released by Samuel Goldwyn Films and ATO Pictures.

MacLachlan also starred in two seasons of HBO’s highly successful comedy series “Sex and The City” as Charlotte’s husband, “Dr. Trey MacDougal.” He has also appeared in a recurring guest-starring role in “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.”

MacLachlan’s other television credits include “In Justice” for ABC (2006); TNT’s “The Librarian: Quest for the Spear” (2004); HBO’s award-winning film “Against the Wall,” the story of the 1971 Attica prison riots (1994); and Showtime’s original film “Roswell,” based on the infamous story of an alleged UFO sighting in 1947 Roswell, New Mexico (1994). Maclachlan made his feature film debut in 1984 in the futuristic drama “Dune,” directed by David Lynch. This was followed by his second collaboration with Lynch in 1986 in the uniquely disturbing film, “Blue Velvet,” opporite Isabella Rossellini and Dennis Hopper.

Other film credits include “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” (2008); “Touch of Pink” (2004); Miramax’s “Hamlet” (2000); “Timecode” (2000); “One Nigh Stand” (1997); “The Trigger Effect” (1996); Paul Verhoeven’s cult classic “Showgirls” (1995); “The Flinstones,” produced by Steven Spielberg (1994); “The Trial” (1993); “The Trial” (1993); “Rich in Love” (1992); and Oliver Stone’s 1990 film “The Doors,” where he portrayed legendary keyboardist Ray Manzarek. MacLachlan made his directorial debut in 1993 with an episode of the darkly comic HBO hit series “Tales from the Crypt.”

In the fall of 2003, MacLachlan made his Broadway debut as “Aston” in Harold Pinter’s “The Caretaker,” starring opposite Patrick Stewart and Aidan Gillen. The play, which tells the story of two brothers and an elderly derelict in close quarters, was directed by David Jones for the Roundabout Theatre Company and was nominated for “Best Rival of a Play” by the Outer Critics Circle that 2003/2004 season. In 2002, MacLachlan made his London stage debut in the West End production of “On an Average Day,” opposite Woody Harrelson. The two-character piece by John Kolvenbach revolves around two troubled brothers who reunite with explosive consequences. Directed by John Crowley, the play returned MacLachlan to his theater roots after a 14-year absence.

MacLachlan is the ambassador of Callway Golf Foundation and is a supporter of many charities including God’s Live We Deliver, American Foundation for AIDS Research, Elton John AIDS Foundation, The Humane Society and UNICEF. MacLachlan has a passion for winemaking and created his own wine, “Pursued by a Bear,” a Cabernet blend crafted from grapes sourced in and around Washington, MacLachlan’s home state. He added a second wine to his arensal called “Baby Bear,” a Syrah named in honor of his son Callum, who was born in 2008, the year of the first harvest. In 2015, he released his Rose called “Blushing Bear.”

MacLachlan currently divides his time between Los Angeles and New York with his wife Desiree and their son Callum.

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Vidar Magnussen
Creator, Magnus

Studied acting at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts, London Played at several theatres in Norway.  Won Comedy award for Mascarade in 2010, DNS. Won Hedda award for his role in Shockheaded Peter 2014, DNT. Won Comedy award for Shockheaded Peter in 2014, DNT Regular castmember in Side by side, comedy at NRK since 2013. Director of the Norwegian version of Book of Mormon. Won Hedda award for b... read more

Studied acting at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts, London Played at several theatres in Norway.  Won Comedy award for Mascarade in 2010, DNS. Won Hedda award for his role in Shockheaded Peter 2014, DNT. Won Comedy award for Shockheaded Peter in 2014, DNT
Regular castmember in Side by side, comedy at NRK since 2013. Director of the Norwegian version of Book of Mormon. Won Hedda award for best play Book of Mormon, DNT. Creator and plays lead in upcoming Science fiction Comedy drama Magnus.

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Teboho Mahlatsi
Co-producer, co-creator, Shaka

Teboho Mahlatsi’s masterful short film Portrait of a Young Man Drowning, won him the coveted Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1999 and kick started his journey as one of South Africa’s most exciting filmmakers. Teboho co-created and directed Yizo Yizo, undeniably the most celebrate and controversial TV series made in post apartheid South Africa which went on the win awards world wide... read more

Teboho Mahlatsi’s masterful short film Portrait of a Young Man Drowning, won him the coveted Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1999 and kick started his journey as one of South Africa’s most exciting filmmakers.

Teboho co-created and directed Yizo Yizo, undeniably the most celebrate and controversial TV series made in post apartheid South Africa which went on the win awards world wide. In 2006 he won the Tribute Black Achiever in entertainment award and has been invited to speak at festivals, galleries and universities worldwide. He was president of the jury for the Corto Cortissimo at the Venice film festival in 2006 and his short film Sekalli Le Meokgo opened this prestigious event.

Teboho’s feature film project, Scar, was selected for both the Sundance Writers and Directors Labs as well as the Cannes “young directors forum”.

 

In 2018 Teboho was awarded the Usiba award by the minister of Arts and Culture for his significant contribution in TV, Film and storytelling. Teboho is a founding partner of Bomb TV and is at the centre of all Bomb creative projects, including the wildly successful ISIBAYA, which is the cornerstone of a prestigious pay TV channel, Zone 14, Isithembiso, Ayeye, Jacob’s Cross and many more. Teboho is also a high regarded commercials director.

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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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Marika Makaroff
CEO, Gutsy Animations

Arun Maljaars
Director content and channels, Insight TV

As director of content and channels, Maljaars is responsible for all Insight TV channels, the content that goes on them and the direction of original content. Maljaars 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, Portuga... read more

As director of content and channels, Maljaars is responsible for all Insight TV channels, the content that goes on them and the direction of original content. Maljaars 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. Maljaars is an experienced media professional and has held positions in renowned companies All3Media and Zodiak-Banijay.

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Elena Malkova
Producer, FILM.UA Group

Lucy Mangan
Tv Critic, The Guardian

Nacho Manubens
Head of contents, Atresmedia Studios

Nacho Manubens started his career as Script Analyst in Mediaset in 2000. After moving to Los Angeles, California to study Screenwriting and Production at UCLA Extension, he worked as Director of Development, Production and Acquisitions at Arenas Entertainment. He later founded the production company U Rock Films where he was CEO for 5 years. In 2011 he joined Atresmedia where he served as SVP Orig... read more

Nacho Manubens started his career as Script Analyst in Mediaset in 2000. After moving to Los Angeles, California to study Screenwriting and Production at UCLA Extension, he worked as Director of Development, Production and Acquisitions at Arenas Entertainment. He later founded the production company U Rock Films where he was CEO for 5 years. In 2011 he joined Atresmedia where he served as SVP Original Drama until January 2018. He is now Chief Content Officer at Atresmedia Studios.

 

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Guadalupe Marengo
Head of global human rights defenders programme, Amnesty International

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 ... read more

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.

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Kez Margrie
Children’s commissioning editor, 6-16, BBC

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 ha... read more

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.

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Michelle Martin
Head of television , Framestore

Joining the company in 2015, she has overseen VFX for ground-breaking projects such as MARS and the Darren Aronofsky-produced One Strange Rock (both for National Geographic), as well as Black Mirror (Netflix), The Boys (Amazon) and His Dark Materials (BBC/HBO). Prior to this, Martin held positions with companies such as MPC (where she worked on Tim Burton’s acclaimed Big Fish), Lola & Star... read more

Joining the company in 2015, she has overseen VFX for ground-breaking projects such as MARS and the Darren Aronofsky-produced One Strange Rock (both for National Geographic), as well as Black Mirror (Netflix), The Boys (Amazon) and His Dark Materials (BBC/HBO).

Prior to this, Martin held positions with companies such as MPC (where she worked on Tim Burton’s acclaimed Big Fish), Lola & Stargate, as well as founding her own VFX production support service, Ruby VFX.

Martin is committed to helping broadcasters and streamers meet the growing demand for Hollywood-calibre VFX on the small screen. To this end she is working with her expert, highly-talented team to meet the global industry’s needs and expectations, delivering unique, high-quality VFX from pre-production to delivery of the final shot.

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Michelle Martin
Head of television, Framestore

Michelle Martin is head of television at Framestore. Joining the company in 2015, she has overseen VFX for ground-breaking projects such as MARS and the Darren Aronofsky-produced One Strange Rock (both for National Geographic), while current projects include the upcoming BBC/HBO adaptation of Philip Pullman’s beloved His Dark Materials. Prior to this, Michelle held positions with companies such ... read more

Michelle Martin is head of television at Framestore. Joining the company in 2015, she has overseen VFX for ground-breaking projects such as MARS and the Darren Aronofsky-produced One Strange Rock (both for National Geographic), while current projects include the upcoming BBC/HBO adaptation of Philip Pullman’s beloved His Dark Materials.

Prior to this, Michelle held positions with companies such as MPC (where she worked on Tim Burton’s acclaimed Big Fish), Lola and Stargate, as well as founding her own VFX production support service, Ruby VFX. Michelle is committed to helping broadcasters and streamers meet the growing demand for Hollywood-calibre VFX on the small screen. To this end she is working with her expert, highly-talented team to meet the global industry’s needs and expectations, delivering unique, high-quality VFX from pre-production to delivery of the final shot.

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Raimon Masllorens
Managing director and owner, Brutal Media

After 20 years as executive producer working for several companies, Raimon founded Brutal Media in 2010. He is responsible for overseeing the company’s business strategy and managing the relationships with funders and broadcasters. He leads the creative team and enjoys developing and executive producing unscripted and scripted projects. Productions include: Felipe y Letizia (Mediaset), La Barone... read more

After 20 years as executive producer working for several companies, Raimon founded Brutal Media in 2010. He is responsible for overseeing the company’s business strategy and managing the relationships with funders and broadcasters. He leads the creative team and enjoys developing and executive producing unscripted and scripted projects.
Productions include: Felipe y Letizia (Mediaset), La Baronesa (Mediaset), We shall return (TVE), El Foraster (TV3, 7 seasons), This is Opera (TVE, Beta Films), Laia (TV3), El Paisano (TVE, 2 seasons), This is Art (TV3, Movistar), This is Football (Amazon Prime), La Paisana (TVE), Las del hockey (TV3, Netflix, 2 seasons), I love you, stupid (feature film 2020).
Masllorens is the president of PROA (Spanish Federation of audiovisual producers) and the director of the executive production master at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.

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Steve Matthews
VP and executive producer, drama development , HBO Europe

Steve Matthews is VP and executive producer, drama development at HBO Europe where he works with emerging and established writers on dramas across Scandinavia, Spain and Central Europe.  His credits include Umbre (Shadows), Pustina (Wasteland), Aranyélet (Golden Life), and the upcoming Uspjeh (Success), Beforeigners and Gösta.  Steve was previously Consulting Producer on all three series of Ne... read more

Steve Matthews is VP and executive producer, drama development at HBO Europe where he works with emerging and established writers on dramas across Scandinavia, Spain and Central Europe.  His credits include Umbre (Shadows), Pustina (Wasteland), Aranyélet (Golden Life), and the upcoming Uspjeh (Success), Beforeigners and Gösta.  Steve was previously Consulting Producer on all three series of Neil Jordan’s series The Borgias for Showtime Networks, and produced four series of RTE’s award-winning Dublin gangster series Love/Hate. He was formerly Head of Development at Ray Winstone’s Size 9 Productions.  He worked as a script editor at the BBC on Silent Witness and was co-creator and producer of Channel 5’s late night horror series Urban Gothic.

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Preethi Mavahalli
Executive producer, Mammoth screen

Mavahalli joined Mammoth Screen in 2011. During that time, she has executive produced Tripped for E4, NW for BBC2 which was nominated for two BAFTAs, The City & The City for BBC2 which won two RTS awards and Next of Kin for ITV. Upcoming productions include adaptations of The War of the Worlds and Noughts + Crosses and The Serpent, all for BBC One.

Dan May
Co-founder, Painting Practice

Painting Practice is a design studio working across film, television and advertising. Since forming 10 years ago, it has grown into a hub of unlimited creativity and original thinking. Dan founded painting practice with the goal of combining art department with visual effects. Credits include Black Mirror, Mowgli, Watership Down, Gravity and is currently working on His Dark Materials.

Jason Maza
Actor and producer,

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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Alastair McKinnon
Managing director, Matchbox Pictures

Matchbox Pictures is the multi-award winning Australian production company responsible for a diverse slate of programming, including acclaimed dramas Seven Types of Ambiguity, Safe Harbour, Glitch, Wanted, Secret City and the upcoming Stateless. Matchbox Pictures is owned by NBCUniversal International Studios. Prior to this, McKinnon was the head of content investment and planning at the Australia... read more

Matchbox Pictures is the multi-award winning Australian production company responsible for a diverse slate of programming, including acclaimed dramas Seven Types of Ambiguity, Safe Harbour, Glitch, Wanted, Secret City and the upcoming Stateless. Matchbox Pictures is owned by NBCUniversal International Studios.

Prior to this, McKinnon was the head of content investment and planning at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) where he was responsible for overseeing content production, business and planning activities across all genres and platforms for ABC’s entertainment and specialist division. Whilst at the ABC, McKinnon also served as the deputy head of production for ABC TV, executive producing popular drama Harrow, starring Ioan Gruffudd and the supernatural drama Glitch. McKinnon also oversaw production on the TV version of Indigenous thriller, Mystery Road.

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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 of 201... 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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Richie Mehta
Writer and director,

Mehta’s first feature film, Amal (2007), starred Naseeruddin Shah, Roshan Seth, and Seema Biswas. The film won over 30 international awards, was nominated for 6 Genie awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay, and was named one of the top ten Canadian films of the decade by Playback Magazine. He then wrote and directed I’ll Follow You Down (2013), a science-fiction... read more

Mehta’s first feature film, Amal (2007), starred Naseeruddin Shah, Roshan Seth, and Seema Biswas. The film won over 30 international awards, was nominated for 6 Genie awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay, and was named one of the top ten Canadian films of the decade by Playback Magazine. He then wrote and directed I’ll Follow You Down (2013), a science-fiction drama starring Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell, and Victor Garber, and Siddharth (2013), a Hindi-language film starring Rajesh Tailang and Tannishtha Chatterjee, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Siddharth received over 25 International Awards, and was shortlisted for best foreign language film at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. Mehta then directed the Google-produced feature documentary India In A Day, tracking a day in the life of India, and produced by Ridley Scott. Mehta recently created, wrote, and directed the 7-part Netflix series Delhi Crime, revolving around the Delhi Police’s investigation of the infamous gang-rape of a young medical student on a bus in 2012. The series has garnered widespread critical acclaim, and has been commissioned for another season.

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Jakob Mejlhede Andersen
CEO, NENT Studios UK

Mejlhede Andersen was appointed CEO of NENT Studios UK on 1 October 2019. He is responsible for setting up and building NENT Studios UK into a leading European integrated content studio with a focus on storytelling excellence and high-end productions. Mejlhede Andersen was previously EVP and Viaplay Chief Content Officer at NENT Group with responsibility for content acquisition, programming and de... read more

Mejlhede Andersen was appointed CEO of NENT Studios UK on 1 October 2019. He is responsible for setting up and building NENT Studios UK into a leading European integrated content studio with a focus on storytelling excellence and high-end productions. Mejlhede Andersen was previously EVP and Viaplay Chief Content Officer at NENT Group with responsibility for content acquisition, programming and development. Before that Mejlhede Andersen served as EVP, group head of programming and content development at MTG from March 2015. He joined MTG in 2005 and became SVP of acquisitions & programming in 2009. Mejlhede Andersen previously worked as programme director for SBS TV in Denmark and as EP for TV2 Denmark. Mejlhede Andersen has a journalism degree from the Danish School of Media and Journalism. He is a member of both the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and BAFTA Los Angeles.

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Winona Meringolo
senior vice president of development, Investigation Discovery

Winona Meringolo is the senior vice president of development for Investigation Discovery where she develops original content for America’s leading true crime and mystery network. Currently the #1 network in the U.S. in total day for women and people, ages 25-54, ID is the preeminent true crime destination and is consistently a top 10 network in primetime. With suspense programming that fully imm... read more

Winona Meringolo is the senior vice president of development for Investigation Discovery where she develops original content for America’s leading true crime and mystery network. Currently the #1 network in the U.S. in total day for women and people, ages 25-54, ID is the preeminent true crime destination and is consistently a top 10 network in primetime. With suspense programming that fully immerses and engages audiences, ID’s content resonates worldwide and is currently available in 178 countries and territories.

Alongside the EVP of development, Jane Latman, Meringolo navigates the creative vision for ID and oversees the curation of more than 650 premiere hours of mystery and suspense programming each year. Meringolo provides leadership and creative direction for the network and is responsible for the conceptualization and development of several hit ID series, including but not limited to: Evil Lives Here, People Magazine Investigates, American Monster, Village of the Damned, See No Evil, Home Alone, Dark Waters, The Devil Speaks and Someone You Thought You Knew.

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Nina Metivier
Co-creator, The A List

Nina is a BAFTA-winning writer, script editor and producer. Alongside co-creating and head writing BBC teen drama The A List, her most recent credits include working as script editor on Chris Chibnall’s new series of Doctor Who and producing and writing on four series of Dixi, CBBC’s first ever online drama and winner of the BAFTA for Best Original: Interactive, as well as the C21 Internationa... read more

Nina is a BAFTA-winning writer, script editor and producer. Alongside co-creating and head writing BBC teen drama The A List, her most recent credits include working as script editor on Chris Chibnall’s new series of Doctor Who and producing and writing on four series of Dixi, CBBC’s first ever online drama and winner of the BAFTA for Best Original: Interactive, as well as the C21 International Award for Best Digital Drama.

Nina previously worked as Development Executive at Kindle Entertainment after script editing a range of shows, including The Life & Adventures of Nick Nickleby for BBC1 (the first modern retelling of a Dickens novel for television); two series of CBBC’s Leonardo (nominated for the Rose d’Or & Prix Jeunesse awards) and a series of CBeebies Big and Small (winner of the Kidscreen Best Writing award).

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Peter Micelli
Chief strategy officer, film & television, eOne

As Chief strategy officer for eOne’s film and television business, Peter Micelli leads the company’s content strategy, leveraging his deep industry relationships to drive innovative talent-driven partnerships around the world. Prior to joining eOne, Micelli served as co-head of the television department and an agent at the leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA).... read more

As Chief strategy officer for eOne’s film and television business, Peter Micelli leads the company’s content strategy, leveraging his deep industry relationships to drive innovative talent-driven partnerships around the world.

Prior to joining eOne, Micelli served as co-head of the television department and an agent at the leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). There he represented many of the world’s leading writers, producers, and directors including: Damon Lindelof, Jon Favreau, Jenji Kohan, Seth MacFarlane, Alex Kurtzman, Simon Kinberg, Jordan Peele, Sacha Baron Cohen, David Ayer, Misha Green, Todd Philips, James Patterson, Mitch Hurwitz, Sam Esmail and Dan Harmon. As well, Micelli helped build and represent production companies and independent studios such as Platform One Media, Gaumont International Television, The Mark Gordon Company, Will Packer Productions, Cedar Park Entertainment, and Sonar Entertainment, among others.

Recognized as one of the most innovative agents in Hollywood, he has had a huge influence on the design and creation of independent television finance.  His innovation has created new paths to production that helped streaming platforms develop their original programming slates.  He was instrumental in the packaging and sale of Netflix’s initial original series including House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Hemlock Grove, Narcos and Sense8 and has continued to sell them projects, including Glow, Frontier and Arrested Development. He has also sold projects to, and helped develop the original programming slates for many other influential content platforms, including Apple (Planet of the Apps, Dickinson, Outlaws), Facebook Watch (Queen America starring Naomi Watts, and an Untitled Christian Ronaldo project), Amazon (Bosch, The Connection), and YouTube Red (Cobra Kai, Weird City).

Before joining eOne, Micelli represented Molly Bloom’s novel Molly’s Game and also worked with eOne to package ABC series Designated Survivor and The Rookie. Micelli also helped Spearhead efforts to bring The Chronicles of Narnia to Netflix. Micelli began his career at CAA in 1995 as a mailroom trainee.

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Martin Miehe-Renard
Writer, director, producer, actor, singer-songwriter and musician,

Ted Miller
Partner, CAA

Miller is partner and head of International Television at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Miller works in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the world’s leading television producers, writers, directors, and showrunners, including Jason Bateman(Ozark, Arrested Development), Balloon (Bryan Elsley-Clique, Kiss Me First, Skins), BBC Studios LA, Tom B... read more

Miller is partner and head of International Television at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Miller works in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the world’s leading television producers, writers, directors, and showrunners, including Jason Bateman(Ozark, Arrested Development), Balloon (Bryan Elsley-Clique, Kiss Me First, Skins), BBC Studios LA, Tom Bidwell (The Irregulars, My Mad Fat Diary), Jess Brittain (Clique), Charlie Brooker/Annabel Jones (Black Mirror), Matt Charman(Black Work, Bridge of Spies), Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch, Doctor Who), Simon Donald (Fortitude), Matthew Graham (Spanish Princess), Noah Hawley (Fargo, Legion), Hypnotic(Doug Liman, David Bartis, Gene Klein-Impulse, Nightflyers, Suits), Alex Kurtzman (Hawaii 5-0, Star Trek Discovery), Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers, Lost, The Watchmen), Justin Lin (Fast & The Furious, Magnum, Swat, Warrior), Moonage Pictures(Matthew Read, Will Gould, FrithTiplady-Curfew), New Pictures(Charlie Pattinson, Elaine Pyke, Willow Grylls-Catherine the Great, The Missing), David Nicholls (Patrick Melrose, One Day), Dan Sefton (Good Karma Hospital, Trust Me), James Strong (Broadchurch, Vanity Fair), Tandem/Studio Canal(Take Two), Tiger Aspect (Good Karma Hospital, Peaky Blinders), Urban Myth (Johnny Capps, Julian Murphy, Howard Overman-Misfits, Crazy Head, War of the Worlds).

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Kelly Miller
VP of International Strategy, Endeavor Content

At Endeavor Content, Miller is leading local language efforts to supercharge foreign language productions around the globe to supply to the streaming players. Endeavor Content currently has in production Damien Chazelle’s eight-part musical drama The Eddy for Netflix, featuring dialogue in French, English and Arabic, and will begin production next year on Japan-set Tokyo Vice starring Ansel Elg... read more

At Endeavor Content, Miller is leading local language efforts to supercharge foreign language productions around the globe to supply to the streaming players. Endeavor Content currently has in production Damien Chazelle’s eight-part musical drama The Eddy for Netflix, featuring dialogue in French, English and Arabic, and will begin production next year on Japan-set Tokyo Vice starring Ansel Elgort and is based on Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat. Miller recently developed a partnership in Latin America and Spain with leading film and TV studio Exile (El Chapo) focusing on Spanish language efforts.
Prior to Endeavor Content, Miller lead international co-productions and originals for Vimeo and was part of the content acquisitions team at Hulu, working across premium licensing from major US network and studio partners as well as leading international programming efforts. At Hulu, she was instrumental in developing content strategy and key acquisitions including iconic network hits such as This is Us, Empire, Power, and Homeland as well as the FX output deal, in addition to Peabody award winning Deutschland 83 and National Treasure from Jack Thorne.

Prior to Hulu, Miller worked in the comedy department at 21st Century FOX Television Studio, where she was part of the team that developed broadcast TV hits New Girl, Last Man Standing and Don’t Trust the B**ch in Apartment 23.
She began her career at ICM talent agency, working in both the television literary and feature talent departments.

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Brian Minchin
Executive producer, Hartswood West

Brian Minchin is an executive producer at Hartswood West where he is working on Steven Moffat’s adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife (HBO) and a slate of new shows. Previously he worked at BBC Wales as executive producer on DOCTOR WHO (BBC), Russell T Davies’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Class, Dirk Gently, Being Human, and award winning Children’s show The Sarah Jane Adventures.... read more

Brian Minchin is an executive producer at Hartswood West where he is working on Steven Moffat’s adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife (HBO) and a slate of new shows. Previously he worked at BBC Wales as executive producer on DOCTOR WHO (BBC), Russell T Davies’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Class, Dirk Gently, Being Human, and award winning Children’s show The Sarah Jane Adventures.

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Simon Mirren
Executive producer & screenwriter,

Simon Mirren, a former plasterer, is now a successful Hollywood screenwriter and showrunner. Before his relocation to LA, Simon was a screenwriter on British hits such as Waking the Dead. He was a key contributor on series 1 and 2 of Spooks and was responsible for sourcing much of the research that gave the opening seasons such authenticity. Simon worked on Without a Trace and Third Watch before s... read more

Simon Mirren, a former plasterer, is now a successful Hollywood screenwriter and showrunner.

Before his relocation to LA, Simon was a screenwriter on British hits such as Waking the Dead. He was a key contributor on series 1 and 2 of Spooks and was responsible for sourcing much of the research that gave the opening seasons such authenticity. Simon worked on Without a Trace and Third Watch before spending six years on the hit series Criminal Minds culminating as showrunner.
Simon has executive produced the new glossy and sexy 10-part Canal Plus series Versailles with David Wolstencroft which started in France in November 2015 and on BBC Two in May 2016. Season three of Versailles began filming in April 2017, a second season of The Escape Artists by David is in development as is a straight to series order about the life of Timothy McVeigh, an AI series with Hulu, a genetic procedural drama series set in Montreal, a gangster series set in 60′s London, Mexico-set Bad Hombre and drama series The Art of War set in Berlin.

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Jo Monk
Producer and founder, Apogee Pictures (UK)

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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Alex Moody
Commissioning editor, comedy, BBC

Alex joined the BBC Comedy Commissioning team in 2016 and has commissioned shows including The Young Offenders, There She Goes, Cunk on Britain, The Other One, Pls Like and Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out; her slate also includes Motherland, People Just Do Nothing, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, Cuckoo, Detectorists. Prior to becoming a commissioner, Alex was a freelance producer worki... read more

Alex joined the BBC Comedy Commissioning team in 2016 and has commissioned shows including The Young Offenders, There She Goes, Cunk on Britain, The Other One, Pls Like and Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out; her slate also includes Motherland, People Just Do Nothing, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, Cuckoo, Detectorists. Prior to becoming a commissioner, Alex was a freelance producer working in both scripted comedy and comedy-entertainment. She produced the Bafta-nominated short film Elephant at Happy Tramp for BBC iPlayer. Before that she worked in production and development at BBC Comedy, CPL, Tiger Aspect, Princess, Open Mike and Pett Productions.

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Jane Moore
CEO, Vertigo Films

Jane Moore is CEO of Vertigo Films, an integrated film and television production and distribution company. Prior to Vertigo, Jane has held senior positions within the film industry at PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Universal Pictures and Ingenious.

Adam Morane-Griffiths
Executive producer, Wildcard Films

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 Thompso... read more

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.

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Nicole Morganti
Head of unscripted Italian originals, Amazon Studios

Morganti oversees the development and production of non-scripted Amazon Originals in Italy, including shows like Celebrity Hunted – Caccia all’uomo. She joined Amazon in February 2019 from Discovery Italia where she was VP talent and productions, overseeing talent management, content development and original productions for 4 free to air channels (Real Time, Nove, Dmax, Food Network) working o... read more

Morganti oversees the development and production of non-scripted Amazon Originals in Italy, including shows like Celebrity Hunted – Caccia all’uomo. She joined Amazon in February 2019 from Discovery Italia where she was VP talent and productions, overseeing talent management, content development and original productions for 4 free to air channels (Real Time, Nove, Dmax, Food Network) working on a range of projects including Bake off Italia, First Dates, Kitchen Nightmares, Ninja Warriors and Top Chef.

Previously, Morganti has worked for 6 years for Sky Italia, supporting the launch of entertainment channels and premium content as a commissioning editor on shows including X Factor, Italia’s Next top model and Masterchef. Before Sky, Morganti was an executive producer at MTV Italia producing music live events and live music shows such as TRL, Supersonic and helping in the start up and launch of Mtv Spain and Portugal in South Europe.

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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 ... 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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Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein
Founder and head of international, ADD Content

Hadas spearheads all international partnerships and deals for ADD Content, a global content creation, distribution and talent management agency, headquartered in Israel. ADD’s slate spans television programming and feature films, and currently includes over 50 internationally successful unscripted and scripted projects. Deals include the sale of critically acclaimed Israeli drama Fauda to Netfli... read more

Hadas spearheads all international partnerships and deals for ADD Content, a global content creation, distribution and talent management agency, headquartered in Israel. ADD’s slate spans television programming and feature films, and currently includes over 50 internationally successful unscripted and scripted projects. Deals include the sale of critically acclaimed Israeli drama Fauda to Netflix, where the series is now in its second season, and acquiring distribution rights to Tom Salama and Daphna Levin’s Miguel, which premiered at the inaugural Canneseries Festival this April winning the Special Performance Prize. Euphoria, an A24-produced pilot for HBO starring Zendaya and penned by Sam Levinson (Wizard of Lies), is currently in production at the network through a deal brokered by ADD Content.

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Sarah Muller
Vice president of children’s and youth programming, Sony Pictures Television

Sarah Muller is vice president of Children’s and Youth Programming (Western Europe International Networks) at Sony Pictures Television with responsibility for the Pop and Sony Music Channels. Prior to that, she was Head of Children’s at Channel 5 where she was responsible for the Milkshake! brand refresh, content portfolio overhaul and studio reorganisation. Sarah was Creative Director, Script... read more

Sarah Muller is vice president of Children’s and Youth Programming (Western Europe International Networks) at Sony Pictures Television with responsibility for the Pop and Sony Music Channels. Prior to that, she was Head of Children’s at Channel 5 where she was responsible for the Milkshake! brand refresh, content portfolio overhaul and studio reorganisation. Sarah was Creative Director, Scripted, Animation and Co-Productions for CBBC In-House before that, a role that grew from her work as Head of CBBC Acquisitions, Animation and Drama Development. Passionate about all Kids’ content, but especially Drama and Animation, commissioned projects include Danger Mouse, Strange Hill High, Creeped Out, Harriet’s Army, Wolfblood, The Dumping Ground, The Worst Witch, Katie and Just William.

Prior to joining BBC Children’s, she was Managing Director of Elephant Productions. As a producer, credits include 6 series of the multi-award winning, ratings success Grizzly Tales For Gruesome Kids (CITV), Animal School (CBBC), Pop Skool (BBC1), 3 Brothers Diamond (C4), and New Willo The Wisp (Disney) as well as developing the BAFTA-winning drama series The War Diaries of Alastair Fury (BBC1).

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Claire Mundell
Managing director and creative director, Synchronicity Films Ltd

Mundell is a BAFTA and RTS award-winning screen executive and managing director/creative director of Synchronicity Films. Synchronicity has an active slate of high-end international TV projects including a scripted adaptation of Hanif Kureishi’s The Body and a series based on the global hit and Sunday Times / New York Times bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Mundell exec-produced the BAFTA a... read more

Mundell is a BAFTA and RTS award-winning screen executive and managing director/creative director of Synchronicity Films. Synchronicity has an active slate of high-end international TV projects including a scripted adaptation of Hanif Kureishi’s The Body and a series based on the global hit and Sunday Times / New York Times bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Mundell exec-produced the BAFTA and International Emmy nominated BBC One series, The Cry, a psychological thriller starring Jenna Coleman, adapted from Helen FitzGerald’s novel by Jacquelin Perske, which debuted to critical acclaim and a UK overnight audience of 7.3m.

Credits include; Karen Gillan’s directorial debut, The Party’s Just Beginning; modern-day love story Only You starring Laia Costa and Josh O’Connor, written and directed by Harry Wootliff, produced in collaboration with The Bureau; double BIFA-winning, Weekend, written and directed by Andrew Haigh; Not Another Happy Ending starring Karen Gillan; and 2009 BAFTA award winning Crying With Laughter, written and directed by Justin Molotnikov.

Prior to establishing Synchronicity Claire spent over 10 years at the BBC as both Head of CBBC Scotland and an executive producer in BBC Drama. Claire is a former BAFTA Scotland Chair and Council Member / Board Director of PACT.

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Claire Mundell
Founder and creative director, Synchronicity Films

Claire Mundell is a BAFTA and RTS award-winning film and television producer and the founder and creative director of Synchronicity Films. She has recently executive produced The Cry, an intense psychological thriller for BBC One starring Jenna Coleman (Dr Who, Victoria). Notable projects on Synchronicity’s slate include The Man Booker 2016 short listed novel, His Bloody Project, The Body, by H... read more

Claire Mundell is a BAFTA and RTS award-winning film and television producer and the founder and creative director of Synchronicity Films. She has recently executive produced The Cry, an intense psychological thriller for BBC One starring Jenna Coleman (Dr Who, Victoria). Notable projects on Synchronicity’s slate include The Man Booker 2016 short listed novel, His Bloody Project, The Body, by Hanif Kureishi and the 2018 international bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris. Claire’s recent feature film credits as producer include Harry Wootliff’s ONLY YOU (2017); Karen Gillan’s debut feature and Scottish BAFTA-nominated The Party’s Just Beginning (2017) and Not Another Happy Ending (2012), written by David Solomons and directed by John McKay. A former executive producer for BBC Drama, Claire has extensive experience in primetime scripted television. Claire was also head of children’s BBC in Scotland, originating, producing and exec producing various long-running, returning network shows over a ten-year period. Claire is a former Chair of BAFTA Scotland, a full voting member of BAFTA and BAFTA LA, a member of the UK and US chapters of Women in Film & TV and a graduate of the prestigious film business professional development programme, Inside Pictures.

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Lucy Murphy
Head of kids content, UK & ROI, Sky

Noam Murro
Director, Watership Down

Over the last two decades, Noam Murro has directed award-winning spots for brands including Guinness, Land Rover, Got Milk?, Saturn, Volkswagen, Nike, Adidas, Comcast, HBO, DirecTV, Jameson and Heineken, among others, picking up many Gold Lions from Cannes, AICP Awards and One Show Pencils along the way. He has been nominated for DGA Director of the Year seven times, and took home the honor in 200... read more

Over the last two decades, Noam Murro has directed award-winning spots for brands including Guinness, Land Rover, Got Milk?, Saturn, Volkswagen, Nike, Adidas, Comcast, HBO, DirecTV, Jameson and Heineken, among others, picking up many Gold Lions from Cannes, AICP Awards and One Show Pencils along the way. He has been nominated for DGA Director of the Year seven times, and took home the honor in 2005 and in 2011. In 2008, Noam made his feature debut with Miramax’s critically acclaimed Smart People. His second feature, Warner Bros.’ 300: Rise of an Empire, debuted at #1 in March 2014. In 2015, he was invited to participate in the 25th anniversary of the Saatchi New Director Showcase at Cannes, and was shortlisted for Director of the Year by Shots Magazine. Most recently, he helmed Lyft’s “It Matters How You Get There” campaign starring Jordan Peele, Tilda Swinton, and Jeff Bridges; the moving “General Howe’s Dog” for Pedigree; and “A Race Car Set Free” for Seat. He is currently in production on a miniseries adaptation of Watership Down through the BBC and Netflix, starring James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega, and Sir Ben Kingsley.

Noam co-founded Biscuit Filmworks with Managing Director Shawn Lacy in 2000; the company is highly regarded for its smart, sophisticated work.

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Marike Muselaers
Co-CEO, Lumiere

Marike Muselaers started her career at Fortissimo Films and RTL Netherlands before joining the Lumière team. After more than 10 years in sales, acquisitions and co-productions, Marike has recently been appointed co-CEO of the Lumière Group, in her words “a full ecosystem in which production, financing, distribution, a digital platform, 3 cinemas and an animation studio are all working closely ... read more

Marike Muselaers started her career at Fortissimo Films and RTL Netherlands before joining the Lumière team. After more than 10 years in sales, acquisitions and co-productions, Marike has recently been appointed co-CEO of the Lumière Group, in her words “a full ecosystem in which production, financing, distribution, a digital platform, 3 cinemas and an animation studio are all working closely together to bring the best stories to the Benelux audience and the rest of the world”.

Recently co-produced are seasons of The Team, Occupied, Sthlm Requiem, State of Happiness, Bullets. Currently in development is Belgian repatriation drama/comedy Soil.

Next to co-leading the Lumière Group and finding new compelling stories and characters, Marike is always looking for the sweet spot between creative and commercial. She is determined to create new innovative business models and partnerships in this fast-paced, challenging, but never boring industry.

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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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Måns Mårlind
Creator, writer, director, Shadowplay

Well-known in the both the feature film and TV series circuit for both writing and directing, Måns’ credits include the award-winning series Midnight Sun, which has sold to more than 120 territories worldwide, and critically acclaimed series Bron (The Bridge), which has been shown in 161 countries and remade twice in the UK and USA. Together with Björn Stein, he has also codirected shorts and ... read more

Well-known in the both the feature film and TV series circuit for both writing and directing, Måns’ credits include the award-winning series Midnight Sun, which has sold to more than 120 territories worldwide, and critically acclaimed series Bron (The Bridge), which has been shown in 161 countries and remade twice in the UK and USA. Together with Björn Stein, he has also codirected shorts and feature length films, including Swedish feature Storm, the Hollywood feature Shelter, starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and the successful Hollywood blockbuster Underworld: Awakening, with box office receipts of over $160 million. The duo is also behind the critically acclaimed Känn Ingen Sorg (Shed No Tears) for which they received two Guldbagge awards in 2013. Their Swedish feature Swoon, which Måns wrote, codirected and coproduced will open in Sweden in early 2019. The gritty, dramatic thriller series Shadowplay, created and written by Måns, who will also co-direct with Björn Stein, is Måns’ lastest creation and will be produced by Tandem Productions and Bron Studios.

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Darren Nartey
Programme acquisitions executive, ITV

Darren is responsible for leading negotiations on a range of Acquired Series, Films and Kids deals across the ITV portfolio (ITV1, ITV2, ITVBe, ITV3, ITV4, CITV and littleBe). For CITV & littleBe, Darren has acquired a range of live action and animated comedies such as Sooty, Pip Ahoy, Massive Monster Mayhem, Mr Bean and Mr Magoo.

Darren’s previous role was at Channel 5, as an Acqui... read more

Darren is responsible for leading negotiations on a range of Acquired Series, Films and Kids deals across the ITV portfolio (ITV1, ITV2, ITVBe, ITV3, ITV4, CITV and littleBe).

For CITV & littleBe, Darren has acquired a range of live action and animated comedies such as Sooty, Pip Ahoy, Massive Monster Mayhem, Mr Bean and Mr Magoo.

Darren’s previous role was at Channel 5, as an Acquisitions Executive for Channel 5, Five USA and Five Star.

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Gareth Neame
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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John Nolan
Managing director of entertainment ventures, Publicis Media

John Nolan is managing director of entertainment ventures at Publicis Media. Based in London, he has a global remit to collaborate with Broadcasters, Producers and Distributors to provide innovative funding solutions for Content Production and Distribution. He was previously at All3Media for over 20 years, as a Producer at North One and Managing Director of Apollo20.

Jonathan Norman
Partner, Stella EOC

Norman has lived and worked extensively in both the US and Europe. Over his 25-year career he has advised a variety of public and private companies, financial institutions and family offices on a range of transactions in the US, Europe and Asia. Norman started his career at JP Morgan (1994-1999) in New York and Los Angeles before returning to the UK as a founding member of LongAcre Partners (2000)... read more

Norman has lived and worked extensively in both the US and Europe. Over his 25-year career he has advised a variety of public and private companies, financial institutions and family offices on a range of transactions in the US, Europe and Asia.

Norman started his career at JP Morgan (1994-1999) in New York and Los Angeles before returning to the UK as a founding member of LongAcre Partners (2000), a leading European digital media corporate finance advisory boutique. LongAcre sold to Jefferies in 2007 where Norman was a MD in the global media and internet team.

Norman left Jefferies in 2011 and joined Stella EOC, helping to scale the company from a team of 8 to c 50 today, covering Media & Tech Advisory, principal investment and wealth management.

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Alison Norrington
Founder, creative director and storyteller, Storycentral

Norrington is a best-selling novelist, playwright and journalist, and a PhD researcher with a masters in creative writing and new media. She is conference chair for StoryWorld Conference LA, EPr of virtual reality sessions for CMC and a two-time TEDx speaker. She is a BAFTA Guru and member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Writers Guild of Great Britain and Women in... read more

Norrington is a best-selling novelist, playwright and journalist, and a PhD researcher with a masters in creative writing and new media. She is conference chair for StoryWorld Conference LA, EPr of virtual reality sessions for CMC and a two-time TEDx speaker. She is a BAFTA Guru and member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Writers Guild of Great Britain and Women in Film & TV.

She is founder and chief creative director of storycentral, a London-based entertainment studio that incubates and develops ground-breaking transmedia properties with global partners in film, television, animation, publishing, advertising, branding, theme parks, Virtual Reality and gaming.

As CEO/CCO of storycentral, Norrington has worked on a range of intellectual properties that are founded on robust story worlds with strong core themes and have genuine and relevant touch points across a host of media channels. She specialises in storytelling that amplifies fan incubation and engagement, experience design, extending IP and franchises, community build through story and storyworld strategy, incubation and development – all centred around a strong robust core of story architecture, theme, awareness of audience and experience design.

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Emma Norton
Producer, Element Pictures

Norton became an in house producer at Element Pictures in 2017 when she produced the feature film ROSIE, starring Sarah Greene, directed by Paddy Breathnach and written by Roddy Doyle in 2018. She is currently executive producing Normal People (12×30′) mins series for BBC, HULU and RTE directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie MacDonald, and was one of the producers on The Souvenir Part 2... read more

Norton became an in house producer at Element Pictures in 2017 when she produced the feature film ROSIE, starring Sarah Greene, directed by Paddy Breathnach and written by Roddy Doyle in 2018. She is currently executive producing Normal People (12×30′) mins series for BBC, HULU and RTE directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie MacDonald, and was one of the producers on The Souvenir Part 2 (BBC/BFI) directed by Joanna Hogg, which is in post-production.

Norton joined Element in 2008 as development executive and was promoted to head of development in 2011. Norton has enjoyed 11 brilliant years working across all of Element’s projects from What Richard Did to Room to The Favourite. In 2014, Norton worked as an executive producer on A Date For Mad Mary and has since transitioned into producing in order to follow a select number of projects through to completion.

Before joining Element, Norton worked at Film4 and prior to that was a freelance script reader for a range of UK production companies and theatres, including Kudos, Scott Free, the BFI and the Soho Theatre. Emma has a degree in English Literature from University College London.

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Jeff Norton
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 searc... read more

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.

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Steve November
Creative director, UK television, Lionsgate

Steve began his career as a runner, production assistant and assistant director across a variety of music promos and commercials before making the move into drama on the first series of Sky 1’s Dream Team in 1997. After two series of Dream Team and spells on Hollyoaks and Brookside, he graduated to script and story editor of Dream Team Series 3. Leaving Dream Team in 2000, Steve joined Yorkshire... read more

Steve began his career as a runner, production assistant and assistant director across a variety of music promos and commercials before making the move into drama on the first series of Sky 1’s Dream Team in 1997. After two series of Dream Team and spells on Hollyoaks and Brookside, he graduated to script and story editor of Dream Team Series 3.

Leaving Dream Team in 2000, Steve joined Yorkshire Television as story editor of Emmerdale. He became series producer in 2001, leading the BAFTA winning soap for four years and producing over 1100 episodes. After Emmerdale, Steve stayed with Yorkshire TV to produce ratings-winning hospital drama The Royal before joining Granada TV in 2005 as series producer of Coronation Street. He lead the show from 2005-2008, producing over 550 episodes. In 2008 Steve moved from production to network, becoming head of continuing drama for ITV Channels with responsibility for a slate of up to twenty shows in production and development of new shows.

In 2013 he became director of drama, ITV Channels, where he oversaw the full slate of drama production and development and commissioned hit shows including Victoria, The Durrells, Cold Feet, Marcella, Grantchester, Unforgotten, Good Karma Hospital, Cilla, Little Boy Blue, Prey and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries. 

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Laurie Nunn
Creator and showrunner, Sex Education

Nunn is a writer of film, television and theatre. She was born in London and grew up in Victoria, Australia. She studied writing and directing at the VCA school of Film and TV in Melbourne, and then completed an MA in screenwriting at the National Film and Television School in the UK. Since graduating in 2012, Nunn has developed original projects with Eleven Film/Channel 4, Kudos Film and Televis... read more

Nunn is a writer of film, television and theatre. She was born in London and grew up in Victoria, Australia. She studied writing and directing at the VCA school of Film and TV in Melbourne, and then completed an MA in screenwriting at the National Film and Television School in the UK.

Since graduating in 2012, Nunn has developed original projects with Eleven Film/Channel 4, Kudos Film and Television, Wigwam Films and Revolution Films. Nunn’s first play King Brown was workshopped at the National Theatre Studio and went on to win a Judges award at the 2017 Bruntwood Prize. The first series of her original dramedy series Sex Education is currently streaming on Netflix. The series stars Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield and is in pre-production for series two. Laurie is represented by Jennie Miller at Independent Talent Group

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Andrew O’Connell
Vice president of development and production, Discovery

Katie O’Connell Marsh
CEO, Platform One Media

For the past 20 years, Katie O’Connell Marsh has held senior management positions covering all aspects of entertainment television programming. Katie is currently CEO of Platform One Media – a television production and distribution studio backed by TPG and Liberty Global. Prior to Platform One Media, Katie was CEO at Gaumont Television, where she was responsible for launching the studio ope... read more

For the past 20 years, Katie O’Connell Marsh has held senior management positions covering all aspects of entertainment television programming. Katie is currently CEO of Platform One Media – a television production and distribution studio backed by TPG and Liberty Global. Prior to Platform One Media, Katie was CEO at Gaumont Television, where she was responsible for launching the studio operation from the ground up in 2010. While there, she developed/produced leading series, including the Golden Globe nominated series Narcos, as well as Hannibal, Hemlock Grove, and F is For Family.

In 2015, Katie was recognised in Variety’s women’s impact report, and in 2014, she was recognised in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 power women in entertainment.

Prior to 2010, Katie spent four years at NBC Entertainment where opened the NBC NYC development office and was tapped as senior vice president, New York Development.  Among the projects Katie developed were the Emmy Award-winning comedy series 30 Rock and Lipstick Jungle.  In 2008, Katie was promoted to executive vice president, drama programming. Katie’s team oversaw series including Heroes, Law & Order: SVU, ER, and Friday Night Lights.

Katie came to NBC from Imagine Television where she was executive vice president of development and current programming where developed numerous comedy and drama projects, including the Emmy Award-winning Arrested Development, which was named Outstanding Comedy Series in 2005.

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Katie O’Connell Marsh
Founder and chairman, Platform One Media

O’Connell Marsh is founder and chairman of Platform One Media. Since launching in 2017, the studio is in production on three projects: a 10-episode sci-fi series created and co-written by Simon Kinberg and David Weil for Apple; a series for Showtime entitled Rust starring Jeff Daniels and created by Oscar-nominated writer Dan Futterman; and a pilot Rita for Showtime starring Game of Thrones act... read more

O’Connell Marsh is founder and chairman of Platform One Media. Since launching in 2017, the studio is in production on three projects: a 10-episode sci-fi series created and co-written by Simon Kinberg and David Weil for Apple; a series for Showtime entitled Rust starring Jeff Daniels and created by Oscar-nominated writer Dan Futterman; and a pilot Rita for Showtime starring Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey and created by Christian Torpe. The company has additional projects set up at Amazon, Netflix, and Freeform.

Platform One Media has secured first-look deals with Laura Dern’s Jaywalker Pictures and Simon Mirren/David Wolstencroft’s Atlantic Nomad. The company is also working with Misha Green, Jennifer Fox, Laurence Fishburne, Zak Penn, Tate Taylor, Scott Derrickson, Steven Soderbergh, Andrew Lazar, Akiva Goldsman, Josh Gad and others.

Prior to Platform One Media, O’Connell Marsh was CEO at Gaumont Television responsible for launching the studio operation where she developed/produced the Golden Globe-nominated series Narcos, as well as Hannibal, Hemlock Grove, and F is For Family. O’Connell Marsh also served as EVP, Drama Programming for NBC.

In 2015, O’Connell Marsh was recognized in Variety’s Women’s Impact Report, and in 2014, she was recognized in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Power Women in Entertainment.

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Kate O’Connor
Executive chair, Animation UK

Having worked with the key animation studios to establish Animation UK as part of the newly formed UK Screen Alliance representing VFX, post production and film studios, Kate was appointed as executive chair of Animation UK in 2017 and leads on all policy and strategy for the sector. Animation UK is the voice of the sector in the UK, representing production companies, studios, service providers an... read more

Having worked with the key animation studios to establish Animation UK as part of the newly formed UK Screen Alliance representing VFX, post production and film studios, Kate was appointed as executive chair of Animation UK in 2017 and leads on all policy and strategy for the sector. Animation UK is the voice of the sector in the UK, representing production companies, studios, service providers and distributors. In 2013 Animation UK secured the Animation Tax Relief and continues to represent on all issues impacting on business as well as advocacy. Key current developments include the new Young Audiences Content Fund, a new Animated shorts fund programme and support for exports and profile raising at key markets.

Kate also runs a consultancy practice in the creative industries offering support for strategy & business development and research & policy development and has over twenty year’s experience of working across the creative industries at a senior level. Kate also chairs the BFI Research Funding Council is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of BAFTA and co-director of creative media labs an R&D programme to support immersive storytelling.

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Lucas Ochoa
Chief creative officer of scripted film and television, Pulse Films

In his role, Ochoa is the creative driver of the division, producing and developing the scripted slate of films and TV shows, as well as show running. Prior to his promotion to CCO, Lucas Ochoa was the managing director of the division. Ochoa has developed and produced Pulse Films’ scripted film and TV projects such as Gangs of London created by Gareth Evans (The Raid) for Sky Atlantic & HB... read more

In his role, Ochoa is the creative driver of the division, producing and developing the scripted slate of films and TV shows, as well as show running. Prior to his promotion to CCO, Lucas Ochoa was the managing director of the division.
Ochoa has developed and produced Pulse Films’ scripted film and TV projects such as Gangs of London created by Gareth Evans (The Raid) for Sky Atlantic & HBO’s Cinemax and the forthcoming Atomic Bazaar created by Gregory Burke (’71, ENTEBBE). Ochoa’s film credits also include: Cannes Jury Prize winner American Honey directed by Andrea Arnold, the Emmy winning Trophy, BAFTA nominated 20,000 Days On Earth with Nick Cave and the seminal Shut Up And Play The Hits (Sundance 2012).

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Jill Offman
EVP, Comedy Central and Paramount Network International, and managing director, Viacom International Studios UK

Offman is executive vice president of Comedy Central and Paramount Network International and managing director of Viacom International Studios UK (VIS UK). As Viacom expands its international production footprint to the UK, Offman leads VIS UK as Managing Director, covering all English-speaking markets. In this role, Offman is at the helm of Viacom’s London-based production house and production ... read more

Offman is executive vice president of Comedy Central and Paramount Network International and managing director of Viacom International Studios UK (VIS UK). As Viacom expands its international production footprint to the UK, Offman leads VIS UK as Managing Director, covering all English-speaking markets. In this role, Offman is at the helm of Viacom’s London-based production house and production office, both of which are focused on securing English-language commissions from third party broadcasters and distributors based in the 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. Under Offman’s leadership, Comedy Central International commissioned and executive produced the Rose d’Or winning scripted comedy Threesome, as well as Brotherhood starring Johnny Flynn, Ben Ashenden, Gemma Chan, and Ellie Taylor.

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 VoD 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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Charles Ohayon
International distribution and executive producer, Productions casablanca

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 Chai... read more

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.

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Adesua Okosun
director and producer, Black Verse Studios

Okosun is a Nigeria American film director and producer, developing a world-class reputation for thought provoking storytelling. Okosun specialises in creating deeply moving projects that push the boundaries of everyday stories within African communities. She will make her directional debut with the Other Side, a series based on years of research gathered through her travels all over the African c... read more

Okosun is a Nigeria American film director and producer, developing a world-class reputation for thought provoking storytelling. Okosun specialises in creating deeply moving projects that push the boundaries of everyday stories within African communities.

She will make her directional debut with the Other Side, a series based on years of research gathered through her travels all over the African continent. The mesmerizing series, tastefully brings to light some of the most controversial topics avoided within traditional African media and humanises its characters in a light that any viewer will create a connection.

Okosun is the co-founder of Blackverse Studios, a film and creative production company that challenges the established and celebrates the uncommon stories. To date, Blackverse Studios has worked on projects in a growing list of countries such as; Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Kenya, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Cuba, Thailand, Germany, the US. Headquartered in Lagos Nigeria, Blackverse is establishing itself as an authority in global media and as a gateway for showcasing the best of the continent.

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Roye Okupe
Writer, director and founder, YouNeek Studios

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Okupe is an award-winning filmmaker, author, speaker and entrepreneur whose passion for comics and animation led him to found YouNeek Studios in 2012, an avenue that would allow him to pursue his dream of creating a diverse library of superheroes. Under that umbrella, Okupe wrote, produced and directed several animated productions including, but not limited to, the award-wi... read more

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Okupe is an award-winning filmmaker, author, speaker and entrepreneur whose passion for comics and animation led him to found YouNeek Studios in 2012, an avenue that would allow him to pursue his dream of creating a diverse library of superheroes. Under that umbrella, Okupe wrote, produced and directed several animated productions including, but not limited to, the award-winning and critically acclaim Malika – Warrior Queen Animated Short. These productions have allowed Okupe to attain many prestigious recognitions such as being number 5 on Ventures Africa’s list of 40 African innovators to watch (2016) as well as being part of New African Magazines’ 100 most influential Africans two years in a row (2016 & 2017).

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Howard Owens
Co-founder and co-CEO, Propagate Content

Owens is the Co-founder and co-CEO of Propagate Content, one of the world’s fastest-growing independent content creation and distribution companies. Propagate’s series include Chopped for Food Network, Running Wild With Bear Grylls for National Geographic, Jane the Virgin and Charmed for The CW, Adam Ruins Everything for truTV, Kings of Pain for History and Haunted for Netflix. Upcoming titles... read more

Owens is the Co-founder and co-CEO of Propagate Content, one of the world’s fastest-growing independent content creation and distribution companies. Propagate’s series include Chopped for Food Network, Running Wild With Bear Grylls for National Geographic, Jane the Virgin and Charmed for The CW, Adam Ruins Everything for truTV, Kings of Pain for History and Haunted for Netflix. Upcoming titles include the scripted comedy series Best Intentions for PopTV and unscripted series Prank Encounters, hosted by Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo for Netflix. Propagate’s expanding portfolio of companies includes Electus, Big Breakfast, Notional, Incognito, and talent management firms Artists First and Authentic Talent & Literary Management.

Owens previously served as president of National Geographic Channels (NGC), where he oversaw all aspects of corporate strategy and was responsible for unscripted series including Wicked Tuna, Brain Games and Life Below Zero, and introduced scripted programming including Killing Lincoln, the Emmy®-nominated Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus.

Prior to NGC, Owens was co-founding partner of Reveille, where his production credits included Nashville Star, The Biggest Loser, MasterChef and American Gladiators. He began his entertainment career as an agent at the William Morris Agency.

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Hanne Palmquist
Commissioning editor and VP, original programming, HBO Nordic

Hanne Palmquist is commissioning editor and VP, original programming, at HBO Nordic, overseeing a slate that currently includes Lukas Moodysson’s Gösta, and Beforeigners from Lilyhammer creators Anne Bjørnstad and Eilif Skodvin. A Danish national with a Masters in Culture & Aesthetics from Århus University in Denmark, and further studies at Colombia University in New York and the London S... read more

Hanne Palmquist is commissioning editor and VP, original programming, at HBO Nordic, overseeing a slate that currently includes Lukas Moodysson’s Gösta, and Beforeigners from Lilyhammer creators Anne Bjørnstad and Eilif Skodvin.

A Danish national with a Masters in Culture & Aesthetics from Århus University in Denmark, and further studies at Colombia University in New York and the London School of Economics, Hanne has extensive industry experience across Scandinavia. Prior to joining HBO Europe she was Commissioning Editor for Feature Films at the Danish Film Institute, where she was responsible for script development and production of new feature film projects.  Previously she was Commissioning Editor, TV Drama & Feature Films at SVT in Stockholm, Sweden, and CEO of the Oslo-based Nordisk Film & TV Fond in Norway from 2007 to 2013.

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Jonathan Pascoe
Head of digital video, MTV International

Jonathan Pascoe is responsible for all video content across MTV’s social channels, emerging platforms and MTV.co.uk. Based in London, Pascoe manages a wealth of daily video content, including MTV events, news, shows, music, celebrity, movies and travel. Pascoe is also responsible for the creative direction of the video team in their production of original short and medium-form series. Pascoe rep... read more

Jonathan Pascoe is responsible for all video content across MTV’s social channels, emerging platforms and MTV.co.uk. Based in London, Pascoe manages a wealth of daily video content, including MTV events, news, shows, music, celebrity, movies and travel. Pascoe is also responsible for the creative direction of the video team in their production of original short and medium-form series. Pascoe reports into Joanna Wells, VP of Digital Content for MTV and Comedy Central International.

Prior to his role at VIMN, Pascoe was the Head of Short Form at ITN Productions where he oversaw TV, digital and audio content including entertainment news shows FYI Daily for ITV2/4 and Access for Channel 5. Previously, Pascoe worked as a Producer at Heart London.

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Daniel Pearl
Commissioning editor, Channel 5

Daniel Pearl has been a commissioning editor at Channel 5 since February 2018 and is responsible for a wide variety of topical factual programmes including The Wright Stuff, The Dog Rescuers, Bad Tenants: Rogue Landlords and 5 News. Forthcoming commissions for the channel include: Shop Smart Save Money, The Train that Saved Britain’s Railways and Supermarket Secrets Revealed. Prior to joining ... read more

Daniel Pearl has been a commissioning editor at Channel 5 since February 2018 and is responsible for a wide variety of topical factual programmes including The Wright Stuff, The Dog Rescuers, Bad Tenants: Rogue Landlords and 5 News.

Forthcoming commissions for the channel include: Shop Smart Save Money, The Train that Saved Britain’s Railways and Supermarket Secrets Revealed.

Prior to joining Channel 5, Pearl produced, commissioned and edited some of the country’s highest profile television at Channel 4 and the BBC. Whilst at Channel 4, he was Editor of its current affairs strand Dispatches and oversaw the Channel 4 News. Prior to this, Pearl spent 15 years at the BBC and was Editor of the first ever Prime Ministerial Election Debate in 2010 as well as Deputy Editor of BBC’s Panorama, Newsnight and both the BBC Six O’Clock and Ten O’Clock News.

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Louise Pedersen
CEO, All3 Media International

Pedersen is the CEO of all3media international (a3mi). a3mi works with television producers to co-finance television programmes and is a leading global tv sales business, with offices in London, Singapore, New York and Miami and broadcast clients in over 200 countries. a3mi’s turnover has grown by 47% in the last two years to over £100m and Pedersen has overseen a tripling of investment into c... read more

Pedersen is the CEO of all3media international (a3mi). a3mi works with television producers to co-finance television programmes and is a leading global tv sales business, with offices in London, Singapore, New York and Miami and broadcast clients in over 200 countries.

a3mi’s turnover has grown by 47% in the last two years to over £100m and Pedersen has overseen a tripling of investment into content during this period. Pedersen started her distribution career at ITV and had an 18 month spell in drama production as managing director of Playground Entertainment in 2015/16. During her time in the distribution industry Louise has sat on PACT Council, mentored for Nesta and been part of Skillset’s industry training programmes. a3mi has twice been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade. Pedersen has a degree in English Literature from London University.

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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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Faith Penhale
CEO and creative director, Lookout Point

Faith 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, to the multi award winning espionage series Spooks, to more recently Andrew Davies’ critically acclaimed adaptation of War & Peace and the forthcoming adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic Les Miserables. Faith worked for ten years at Kudos before run... read more

Faith 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, to the multi award winning espionage series Spooks, to more recently Andrew Davies’ critically acclaimed adaptation of War & Peace and the forthcoming adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic Les Miserables. Faith 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 she is CEO and creative director and oversees a vibrant slate including Mike Bartlett’s Press and Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack.

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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 development.

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Fran Perea
Actor,

Perea is a Graduate of the Dramatic Arts, specialized in acting at the Escuela Superior de Arte Dramatico (ESAD) in Málaga. Perea came into the limelight thanks to the TV series Los Serrano, Al salir de clase and Hospital Central, productions that discovered a new generation of Spanish young actors. His most recent works on television include the series La sonata del silencio, B&B or Luna, e... read more

Perea is a Graduate of the Dramatic Arts, specialized in acting at the Escuela Superior de Arte Dramatico (ESAD) in Málaga. Perea came into the limelight thanks to the TV series Los Serrano, Al salir de clase and Hospital Central, productions that discovered a new generation of Spanish young actors. His most recent works on television include the series La sonata del silencio, B&B or Luna, el misterio de Calenda. In cinema, Perea has appeared in the long feature films 13 Roses, De Tu Ventana a la Mía, Los Managers and he was the leading role in Summer Rain, directed by international actor and Perea’s countryman Antonio Banderas. His theatre credits include classics such as Fedra, Don Juan, El burlador de Sevilla, Electra or Todos eran mis hijos.

Perea created his very own company called Feelgood Teatro, which has brought to the stage screenplays such as Feelgood from Alistair Beaton and La Estupidez by Rafael Spregelburd. In addition, he made his debut as a theatre director with the stage play Souvenir from the playwright Pablo Díaz Morilla. He has also worked in several short films including Life Vest Under your Seat, nominated for the Goya Awards (Spanish Film Academy Awards) in 2013, and El Bailarin, also directed by him.

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Pilar Perez
Head of acquisitions, DCD Rights

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 productio... read more

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.

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Lisa Perrin
CEO, Creative Networks, Endemol Shine Group

Lisa Perrin is CEO of Creative Networks, Endemol Shine Group, a role she was appointed to in March 2015. In this capacity she leads the International Creative Division, focusing on the co-ordination and acceleration of IP around the group, supporting a network of 120 companies across all the world’s major markets. Creative Networks provides both creative and commercial cross platform format supp... read more

Lisa Perrin is CEO of Creative Networks, Endemol Shine Group, a role she was appointed to in March 2015. In this capacity she leads the International Creative Division, focusing on the co-ordination and acceleration of IP around the group, supporting a network of 120 companies across all the world’s major markets. Creative Networks provides both creative and commercial cross platform format support across non-scripted and scripted genres to companies within and partners of Endemol Shine Group.

Prior to the merger of Endemol and Shine Group, Lisa was appointed creative director of Shine TV in 2009 before joining the internal format division Shine Network where she was named MD in 2014. Prior to Shine, Lisa was Head of Entertainment Commissioning at UKTV notably overseeing the return of Red Dwarf; and was Director of Popular Factual at Tiger Aspect.

Earlier in her career, Lisa was an Executive Producer at the BBC’s in-house entertainment department and at Endemol. Lisa lives in North London with her husband and 13 year old son.

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Yolisa Phahle
CEO, General Entertainment, MultiChoice

Born in the United Kingdom, Yolisa cut her teeth as a musician, first as a classical pianist and violinist at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and later as a founder member of Island Record’s Reggae Philharmonic orchestra. She has worked with Duran Duran, Soul II Soul, M People, Maxi Priest and other best-selling musicians. In 1998 she joined the BBC World Service, before moving t... read more

Born in the United Kingdom, Yolisa cut her teeth as a musician, first as a classical pianist and violinist at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and later as a founder member of Island Record’s Reggae Philharmonic orchestra. She has worked with Duran Duran, Soul II Soul, M People, Maxi Priest and other best-selling musicians.

In 1998 she joined the BBC World Service, before moving to Radio 1 and later BBC 6 Music. Her TV career includes presenting, producing and sound and vision mixing for the BBC. Her South African roots and love for African music saw her join M-Net South Africa as head of Channel O. In 2013 she was appointed as M-Net SA CEO before taking over the reins for the business across sub-Saharan Africa in 2015. M-Net has local language channels in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

In 2017 Yolisa was appointed CEO of General Entertainment for the MultiChoice Group. In this role she drives the group’s content strategy that will deliver the best international content to the organisation’s 13 million subscriber homes, whilst increasing the focus on local story telling and industry development. She holds an MBA from GIBS Business School.

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Sarah Phelps
Writer and EP, The ABC Murders

Sarah is a British radio writer, television writer, screenwriter, playwriter and television producer. She is best known for her work on EastEnders, a number of BBC serial adaptations including Agatha Christie’s The Witness For the Prosecution and And Then There Were None – and currently The ABC Murders, Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, J. ... read more

Sarah is a British radio writer, television writer, screenwriter, playwriter and television producer. She is best known for her work on EastEnders, a number of BBC serial adaptations including Agatha Christie’s The Witness For the Prosecution and And Then There Were None – and currently The ABC Murders, Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, J. K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy and work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Phelps also wrote for the World Service Soap opera Westway before joining the BBC in 2002.

 

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Moritz Polter
Executive producer, international TV series, Bavaria Fiction

Polter is responsible for Bavaria Fiction’s international co-production slate. Named among Variety’s Top 10 Global Creatives to Watch, Polter leads the creation, development and funding for series such as Das Boot (Sky), Arctic Circle (Elisa Viihde/ZDF) and Freud (Netflix/ORF). Previously Polter spent nine years with Tandem Productions (formerly Tandem Communications), ultimately as vice pres... read more

Polter is responsible for Bavaria Fiction’s international co-production slate. Named among Variety’s Top 10 Global Creatives to Watch, Polter leads the creation, development and funding for series such as Das Boot (Sky), Arctic Circle (Elisa Viihde/ZDF) and Freud (Netflix/ORF).

Previously Polter spent nine years with Tandem Productions (formerly Tandem Communications), ultimately as vice president of production. In this capacity he supervised numerous outstanding productions, including the internationally successful TV series Crossing Lines, starring Donald Sutherland and William Fichtner, and the critically acclaimed Spotless, a CANAL+ Création Originale series. Polter graduated from King Alfred’s College in Winchester, England in Business, Media and Film Studies.

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Moritz Polter
Executive producer international television series, Bavaria Fiction

As executive producer international television series, Moritz Polter is responsible for Bavaria Fiction’s international co-production slate. Recently named among Variety’s Top 10 Global Creatives to Watch, Moritz leads the creation, development and funding for series such as Das Boot (Sky/Sonar Entertainment), Deutsch-Les-Landes (Deutsche Telekom/Amazon Prime Video France), Freud (Netflix/O... read more

As executive producer international television series, Moritz Polter is responsible for Bavaria Fiction’s international co-production slate. Recently named among Variety’s Top 10 Global Creatives to Watch, Moritz leads the creation, development and funding for series such as Das Boot (Sky/Sonar Entertainment), Deutsch-Les-Landes (Deutsche Telekom/Amazon Prime Video France), Freud (Netflix/ORF),  and Arctic Circle (Elisa Viihde/YLE).

Previously Moritz Polter spent nine years with Tandem Productions (formerly Tandem Communications), ultimately as vice president of Production. In this capacity he supervised numerous outstanding productions, including the internationally successful TV series Crossing Lines, starring Donald Sutherland and William Fichtner, and the critically acclaimed Spotless, a CANAL+ Création Originale series.

Moritz Polter graduated from King Alfred’s College in Winchester, England in Business, Media and Film Studies.

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Cristina Pons
Screenwriter , Little Coincidences

Cristina Pons, screenwriter and actress. Member of the board of ALMA, spanish writters guild.  Headwriter for Pequeñas Coincidencias.  She also was head writter for the daily spanish show “Centro Medico” (TVE – Seasons 4 through 7) and screenwriter for programs such as “Gym Tony”, “Con el Culo al Aire”, and the feature “Girl Seeks Girl” (Shoreline).  In 2017 she won Conec... read more

Cristina Pons, screenwriter and actress. Member of the board of ALMA, spanish writters guild.  Headwriter for Pequeñas Coincidencias.  She also was head writter for the daily spanish show “Centro Medico” (TVE – Seasons 4 through 7) and screenwriter for programs such as “Gym Tony”, “Con el Culo al Aire”, and the feature “Girl Seeks Girl” (Shoreline).  In 2017 she won Conecta Fiction pitch competition with the Project “Desmadres”. She has also developed her career as a novel editor (Apaches, Volver a Canfranc, Palmeras en la Nieve).  In 2009 she received a grant for her first feature film from the Ministry of Culture. As an actress, she has worked both on theater and televisión.

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Kim-Leigh Pontin
Creative interaction director, Sky VR Studios

Pontin specialises in directing interactive volumetric capture experiences, as well as systems design thinking for VR. Pontin’s background is in interactive TV, emerging technology interaction design, and interactive storytelling. Starting at Sky in 2013 as lead interaction designer on Sky Q, Pontin now brings ideas of embodied interaction to the world of television production. Previously she wa... read more

Pontin specialises in directing interactive volumetric capture experiences, as well as systems design thinking for VR. Pontin’s background is in interactive TV, emerging technology interaction design, and interactive storytelling. Starting at Sky in 2013 as lead interaction designer on Sky Q, Pontin now brings ideas of embodied interaction to the world of television production. Previously she was at the BBC, Amazon and Apple. She studied Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art. Kim-Leigh has won a BAFTA, Emmy & D&AD for interactive TV work, and three VR pieces that Pontin directed were recently shown at the Venice Film Festival (2017, 18 & 19).

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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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Philip Pratt
Head of German originals, Amazon Studios

Pratt is responsible for all German Amazon Original series which launch on Amazon Prime Video. Previously, Pratt was in charge of content licensing for Prime Video Germany, acquiring shows such as American Gods, Kevin Can Wait, Grey’s Anatomy as well as The Walking Dead. Prior to joining Amazon, Philip led the content division of Watchever GmbH and founded and managed Jakun Media UG, where he s... read more

Pratt is responsible for all German Amazon Original series which launch on Amazon Prime Video. Previously, Pratt was in charge of content licensing for Prime Video Germany, acquiring shows such as American Gods, Kevin Can Wait, Grey’s Anatomy as well as The Walking Dead.

Prior to joining Amazon, Philip led the content division of Watchever GmbH and founded and managed Jakun Media UG, where he specialized in the production and licensing of digital content.

Pratt studied film and television production at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg, working within the film industry during as part of his studies across various companies including LICHTBLICK Filmproduktion, ZDF – Das kleine Fernsehspiel, PROGRESS Filmverleih, and the film20 pool. During this time, he produced several short and feature-length films with his own company, winning the German Film Prize and the Studio Hamburg Young Talent Prize.

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James Prichard
CEO, Agatha Christie Ltd

James Prichard is Agatha Christie’s great grandson and became the chairman of Agatha Christie Limited in 2015, having been a director of the company since 2009. He took on the role of CEO in 2016. Agatha Christie Limited (ACL) has been managing the literary and media rights to Christie’s works around the world since 1955, working with the best talents in film, television, publishing, stag... read more

James Prichard is Agatha Christie’s great grandson and became the chairman of Agatha Christie Limited in 2015, having been a director of the company since 2009. He took on the role of CEO in 2016. Agatha Christie Limited (ACL) has been managing the literary and media rights to Christie’s works around the world since 1955, working with the best talents in film, television, publishing, stage and on digital platforms to ensure that Christie’s work continues to reach new audiences in innovative ways and to the highest standard.

Driving an exciting, fresh direction for the brand, James oversees all divisions of the company, which includes a growing film slate. James was an Executive Producer on the major motion picture adaptation of Christie’s acclaimed mystery, Murder on the Orient Express, produced by 20th Century Fox and directed by five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh, who also starred as Poirot. Following the box office success of Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile is confirmed as the next film in the franchise. In addition to film, ACL recently announced a major television commission for seven new adaptations for the BBC. The first of these was the 2018 production of Ordeal by Innocence for BBC One and Amazon Studios. ACL produce alongside Mammoth Screen. James will hold an executive producer role on all seven productions.

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Matt Pritchard
Executive vice president, unscripted programming, television, eOne

Pritchard joins eOne from Boomerang, where he served as managing director since 2016. While there, he oversaw the successful launches of award-winning international hits What Would Your Kid Do? (ITV) and Extreme Cake Makers (Channel 4). Prior to that, he was the group director of development at Twofour, where he championed the development of some of the company’s most successful shows, including... read more

Pritchard joins eOne from Boomerang, where he served as managing director since 2016. While there, he oversaw the successful launches of award-winning international hits What Would Your Kid Do? (ITV) and Extreme Cake Makers (Channel 4). Prior to that, he was the group director of development at Twofour, where he championed the development of some of the company’s most successful shows, includingThe Jump (Channel 4), This Time Next Year (ITV), The Real Marigold Hotel (BBC One), Ibiza Weekender (ITV2), and Royal Marines Commando School (Channel 4). Before that, Pritchard was head of development at BBC Worldwide and was also a senior member of the ITV Entertainment team.

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Oscar Prol
Senior development executive, Amazon Studios

Prol looks after Unscripted in Spain, overseeing the development and production of non-scripted Amazon Originals in Spain, including shows like El Corazon de Sergio Ramos. Prior to that, Prol served as head of development at Boxfish TV for three years and before that was in charge of the development department at Warner Bros. ITVP Spain. During his time in those roles, Prol acquired, adapted and p... read more

Prol looks after Unscripted in Spain, overseeing the development and production of non-scripted Amazon Originals in Spain, including shows like El Corazon de Sergio Ramos.

Prior to that, Prol served as head of development at Boxfish TV for three years and before that was in charge of the development department at Warner Bros. ITVP Spain. During his time in those roles, Prol acquired, adapted and produced formats like Kitchen Nightmares, Undercover Boss, First Dates, The Great Spanish Bake Off and others.

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Sonia Purnell 2
Author,

Sonia Purnell is an author, journalist and broadcaster known for her investigative skills and lively writing style. Her first book Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition was longlisted for the Orwell Prize for its insightful and ground breaking portrait of Boris Johnson. Her second book, First Lady: The Life & Warts of Clementine Churchill, tells the astonishing but previously untold story of... read more

Sonia Purnell is an author, journalist and broadcaster known for her investigative skills and lively writing style. Her first book Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition was longlisted for the Orwell Prize for its insightful and ground breaking portrait of Boris Johnson. Her second book, First Lady: The Life & Warts of Clementine Churchill, tells the astonishing but previously untold story of Clementine Churchill. Sonia has extensive event experience and is a very confident speaker (she’s often on national news commenting on topical stories). Her new book A Woman of No Importance (March 2019) is the incredible untold story of Virginia Hall, an American woman with a wooden leg who infiltrated Occupied France for the SOE and became the Gestapo’s most wanted Allied Spy, which been optioned for film by JJ Abrams/Paramount and already have Daisy Ridley attached to star as Virginia Hall.

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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 ... 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 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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Marja Pyykkö
Director,

Pyykkö is an experienced director of popular TV series and feature films that have also been sold abroad, including the award-winning series Hooked and Black Widows. Furthermore, she received the Finnish TV award Golden Venla for both series. Her third feature, the comedy Man and a Baby, was released in October 2017 and was among most watched domestic films of the year. It received the Best Nordi... read more

Pyykkö is an experienced director of popular TV series and feature films that have also been sold abroad, including the award-winning series Hooked and Black Widows. Furthermore, she received the Finnish TV award Golden Venla for both series. Her third feature, the comedy Man and a Baby, was released in October 2017 and was among most watched domestic films of the year. It received the Best Nordic Feature Award in the New York Nordic Film Festival in 2017. Her first feature film, Run Sister, Run!, received several national Jussi film award nominations, and was well-received by the audience in 2010. Her second feature, Village People, was released in 2013. The forth feature Fly With me and the latest TV series The Paradise will both be released in 2020.

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Mona Qureshi
Commissioning editor, England, BBC

Qureshi joined the BBC as a Commissioning Editor in 2017 and has been responsible for work across the breadth and range of BBC Drama. Her recent work includes Les Miserables, The Little Drummer Girl and Press, and her upcoming slate includes A Christmas Carol and A Suitable Boy for BBC One and The Luminaries for BBC Two, in addition to continuing series Call the Midwife, and Our Girl. Forthcoming ... read more

Qureshi joined the BBC as a Commissioning Editor in 2017 and has been responsible for work across the breadth and range of BBC Drama. Her recent work includes Les Miserables, The Little Drummer Girl and Press, and her upcoming slate includes A Christmas Carol and A Suitable Boy for BBC One and The Luminaries for BBC Two, in addition to continuing series Call the Midwife, and Our Girl. Forthcoming projects include Sitting In Limbo, a single film for BBC One about the betrayal of the Windrush generation; This is Going To Hurt, an adaptation of Adam Kay’s bestselling memoir for BBC Two, and Red Rose, an original horror series from writers the Clarkson twins, for BBC Three.

Previously, Qureshi served as head of development and production at The Ink Factory, where she worked on Susanne’s Bier’s adaptation of John le Carre’s The Night Manager. Prior to that she worked as programme director for the JJ Charitable Trust/ BAFTA Screenwriting Bursary, and as head of development for Ruby Films & Television, where credits included Peter Morgan’s The Other Boleyn Girl, Abi Morgan’s Brick Lane and Small Island for BBC Drama. She began her career at BBC Films & Single Drama, working as a reader and script editor.

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Simon Raikes
Commissioning executive producer, National Geographic

Simon joined National Geographic in May 2018 as commissioning executive producer. He oversees and commissions a broad range of singles and series for the US and international channels including hit returners Drain the Oceans, Car SOS, and Nazi Megastructures. Before joining Nat Geo, Simon was Creative Director, Factual at Tony Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures, where he developed and delivered the hi... read more

Simon joined National Geographic in May 2018 as commissioning executive producer. He oversees and commissions a broad range of singles and series for the US and international channels including hit returners Drain the Oceans, Car SOS, and Nazi Megastructures.

Before joining Nat Geo, Simon was Creative Director, Factual at Tony Jordan’s Red Planet Pictures, where he developed and delivered the hit series Secrets of the SAS: In Their Own Words and Inside Windsor Castle; before that, he spent 3 years as a factual Commissioning Editor at Channel 5 where he commissioned some of the channel’s most defining shows, including Can’t Pay – We’ll Take it Away, The Yorkshire Vet, Gangland, Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty, 10,000BC, Body Donors and the Inside….and Year in the Wild strands.

Before Channel 5, Simon was co-founder and Creative Director of Wildfire TV, where he developed and delivered more than 100 hours of factual programming for international and UK broadcasters. Credits include: The Big Royal Dig Live, Who Downed Douglas Bader, Digging the Great Escape, Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, Combat Cars, and Walking Through History with Tony Robinson.

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Christian Rank
Head of drama, DR – Danish Broadcasting Cooperation

Christian Rank has worked with television drama since his graduation from The National Film School of Denmark’s producer program in 2005. From 2010 – 2014 he held a producer position with DR, where he produced season 1 of the acclaimed series The Legacy and season 1-2 of the comedy drama Happy Life. Prior to joining DR as Head of Drama he spent four years as executive producer with commercia... read more

Christian Rank has worked with television drama since his graduation from The National Film School of Denmark’s producer program in 2005.

From 2010 – 2014 he held a producer position with DR, where he produced season 1 of the acclaimed series The Legacy and season 1-2 of the comedy drama Happy Life.

Prior to joining DR as Head of Drama he spent four years as executive producer with commercial broadcaster TV 2, where he worked on shows such as Rita, Norskov, A Fortunate Man and the upcoming miniseries Warrior.

On February 1st 2018 he joined DR as head of drama.

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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.

Alexandra Rapaport
Executive producer, Honour

In recent years Alexandra has played the lead role in hugely successful Swedish TV series such as The Sandhamn Murders and Gåsmamman, her role in the latter winning her the Best Actress prize at Sweden’s most prestigious television awards ceremony, Kristallen, in September 2017. As executive producer she was fully involved in the creative process on each season of Gåsmamman, from shaping... read more

In recent years Alexandra has played the lead role in hugely successful Swedish TV series such as The Sandhamn Murders and Gåsmamman, her role in the latter winning her the Best Actress prize at Sweden’s most prestigious television awards ceremony, Kristallen, in September 2017. As executive producer she was fully involved in the creative process on each season of Gåsmamman, from shaping the scripts, to casting, to editing. Alongside Sofia Helin and co-stars Julia Dufvenius and Anja Lundqvist, Alexandra Rapaport has co-created and is executive producer for upcoming Viaplay series Honour.

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Sebastien Raybaud
Founder and CEO, Anton

Anton is a global content provider of high quality commercial product for multiple platforms, with offices in London and Los Angeles. In 2011, Raybaud structured the first co-production slate financing deal ever done in the European film industry with StudioCanal, which led to the international hit features Non-Stop, Shaun The Sheep and the Paddington franchise. The company is currently co-financi... read more

Anton is a global content provider of high quality commercial product for multiple platforms, with offices in London and Los Angeles. In 2011, Raybaud structured the first co-production slate financing deal ever done in the European film industry with StudioCanal, which led to the international hit features Non-Stop, Shaun The Sheep and the Paddington franchise. The company is currently co-financing a high-end drama fund with the BBC that has produced the acclaimed series: McMafia, Les Misérables, Gentleman Jack, North Water and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

Anton recently established a long-term development partnership for short form projects with the BBC and Clerkenwell Films commencing with the series, Cheaters, currently in production. The company also has multi-project co-financing agreements with leading European production and distribution companies Federation Entertainment and Newen. In 2019, Anton launched a feature film production arm with titles currently in post-production including: Greenland, starring Gerard Butler; The Night House, starring Rebecca Hall; and Naked Singularity, starring John Boyega

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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 India.... 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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Kevin Reilly
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 ... read more

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).

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Estela Renner
Director, writer and co-founder, Maria Farinha Filmes

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 wi... read more

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 organisation

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Christina Rezk
Head of comedy, NRK

Christina became head of comedy at NRK in 2011. She works hands on as an executive producer, content developer and as a talent scout. The comedy department produces annually 15 shows inhouse and co-produce on about 10 shows with production companies. Two of those shows, Magnus and Norsemen, are represented on this year’s C21 summit. NRK’s comedy department deliver the top three ranked come... read more

Christina became head of comedy at NRK in 2011. She works hands on as an executive producer, content developer and as a talent scout. The comedy department produces annually 15 shows inhouse and co-produce on about 10 shows with production companies. Two of those shows, Magnus and Norsemen, are represented on this year’s C21 summit. NRK’s comedy department deliver the top three ranked comedy shows in Norway right now and is known for exploring new talent and alternative ways of publishing and producing. Christina got her BA from the University of Oslo and graduated with an MA in television journalism from the Ohio State University and have worked in the television business since 1992. She is also a member of the International Academy of Television.

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James Richardson
Co-founder, Vertigo Films

James Richardson co-founded Vertigo Films with Allan Niblo in 2002. He and Allan have produced or Exec produced over thirty feature films including Monsters, The Sweeney, Bronson and StreetDance. Vertigo has become one of the most successful and long running independent production companies in the UK having also set up its own UK distribution arm (now called Vertigo Releasing), an international... read more

James Richardson co-founded Vertigo Films with Allan Niblo in 2002. He and Allan have produced or Exec produced over thirty feature films including Monsters, The Sweeney, Bronson and StreetDance. Vertigo has become one of the most successful and long running independent production companies in the UK having also set up its own UK distribution arm (now called Vertigo Releasing), an international sales company with Channel 4 and Ingenious Media (Protagonist Pictures) and a post production and VFX company (Post Republic and Automatik). With Vertigo’s move into TV, James initiated and is the co-creator on Britannia, bringing Jez Butterworth (Spectre, Edge of Tomorrow) in to do his first TV show. He is also the lead Exec on the TV adaptation of Gareth Edwards’ debut feature Monsters, which Ronan Bennet (Top Boy, Public Enemies) is showrunning.

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Alexandre Rideau
Producer, Sakho and Mangane

After working at the Online Journalism Review (OJR) of the University of Southern California (USC) as Director of Development and Marketing, Alexandre joined Senegal in 2003 where he founded the non governmental organisation RAES, specialized in public awareness campaigns and communication for development. He has initiatives in 12 African countries, using TV, radio, web and mobile projects and cra... read more

After working at the Online Journalism Review (OJR) of the University of Southern California (USC) as Director of Development and Marketing, Alexandre joined Senegal in 2003 where he founded the non governmental organisation RAES, specialized in public awareness campaigns and communication for development. He has initiatives in 12 African countries, using TV, radio, web and mobile projects and crating entertaining contents to strengthen information and advocacy programs in health, education and citizenship. In 2014, Alexandre becomes the director of Keewu Production where he develops TV series and transmedia environments, including C’est la vie!(62x26mn), Sakho & Mangane (8x52mn), Area Daddy (10x7mn), Bruits de Tambours (12x52mn) and Stigma (10x26mn). His series are broadcasted on panafrican tv networks such as Canal + and TV5 Monde Afrique, or on local tv stations. The identification of African talents and their trining is at the heart of Alexandre’s productions, which tell the stories of the continent while providing the public with a useful insight into contemporary issues.

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Justus Riesenkampff
Sales & acquisitions nordics & benelux, Beta Film

Justus Riesenkampff joined Beta Film in 2009 and is overseeing Beta Film’s expansion in the Nordic countries, where Beta Film is currently coproducing drama series such Agent Hamilton (TV4 Sweden)  through its newly founded joint venture with Patrick Nebout (Dramacorp) as well as Atlantic Crossing (NRK Norway) with Silje Hopland’s Cinenord. Beta Film’s recent slate coming from the Nordics i... read more

Justus Riesenkampff joined Beta Film in 2009 and is overseeing Beta Film’s expansion in the Nordic countries, where Beta Film is currently coproducing drama series such Agent Hamilton (TV4 Sweden)  through its newly founded joint venture with Patrick Nebout (Dramacorp) as well as Atlantic Crossing (NRK Norway) with Silje Hopland’s Cinenord. Beta Film’s recent slate coming from the Nordics include Emmy award winning drama series Mammon (NRK Norway) as well as the teen-hit SKAM (NRK Norway) which is currently being remade in various European territories. Before joining Beta Film Justus Riesenkampff worked as a lawyer in Berlin.

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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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David Robert
Co-writer, Tyin

Paul Robinson
Executive vice president,