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International drama commissioners line up for Content London

Viaplay, CBC, RAI and ABC are the first broadcasters and platforms to join the drama commissioners strand at Content London.

Content London remains the most important development marketplace in the world, and the place the world’s drama commissioners come to share their future plans and meet with potential partners.

Speed meetings will also return to Content London this year as well as a full three-day Formats & Factual strand alongside Drama making this the number one place to access and network with the global commissioning network.

Registered delegates gain access to all Development Marketplace meeting areas, sessions, pitch competitions, complimentary breakfast, lunch and networking cocktail parties. They also join the My Content London digital community to connect with 3000 other delegates, and receive C21’s annual Content Trends Report – the most comprehensive analysis of the global content business (worth £1250). Content London delivers the best ROI you’ll make this year. Be part of the story and support this creative, cost-effective event:

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Joining the Content London speaker line-up:

Filippa Wallestam, EVP and chief creative officer, Viaplay Group
Wallestam is executive vice president & chief content officer at Viaplay Group, the international streaming challenger. Prior to taking on this role in October 2019, Wallestam held positions including CEO of the company’s Swedish operations and head of strategy for free-TV and radio in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. She joined the company in 2014 having previously worked as a strategy consultant at Boston Consulting Group in London and New York, and at Daily Mail General Trust. Wallestam holds an MSc in economics and business administration from Stockholm school of economics.

Trish Williams, executive director, scripted content CBC
As executive director, scripted content at CBC, Williams has creative oversight of the public broadcaster’s distinctive slate of drama, comedy, film, radio comedy and YA digital original programming. Williams was appointed to the role in 2019. Working with the best Canadian talent from around the country, recent additions to the scripted programming line-up are the breakthrough Peabody-winning comedy Sort Of featuring Bilal Baig as a gender-fluid nanny and the delightfully hilarious ratings hit Son of a Critch starring Benjamin Ainsworth, Mark Critch and Malcolm McDowell. Recently announced new drama programming includes the epic and ground-breaking mini-series Bones of Crows by Indigenous writer/director/producer Marie Clements, the adaptation of Quebecois hit series Plan B starring Patrick J Adams and Karine Vanasse and Essex County, based on the graphic novels by celebrated author Jeff Lemire. Current airing and streaming programming highlights on CBC, GEM and Radio One include Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convenience, Workin’Moms, Pretty Hard Cases, Because News and The Debaters.

Sally Riley, head of Scripted Productions, ABC Australia
Riley oversees the development and production of all scripted series for drama, comedy, indigenous, and non-scripted series for Entertainment. A proud Wiradjuri woman, Riley is a leading advocate for indigenous and diverse perspectives which champion the shifting cultures and attitudes of Australia today. In 2010, Riley was appointed as the inaugural head of the indigenous department at ABC where she pioneered ground-breaking productions including Cleverman, Gods of Wheat Street, Black Comedy, 8MMM, The Warriors, and Redfern Now, the first series to be commissioned, written and produced by indigenous Australians.    Since her appointment to head of DEI in 2016, Riley has presided over the production of a slate of premier ABC programming including AACTA-award winning Stateless; Mystery Road; Total Control; Aftertaste; Rosehaven; Frayed; Fisk and Wakefield.
The Newsreader, an upcoming 1980s period drama, starring Anna Torv and Sam Reid, and gripping six-part anthology, Fires, which chronicles the unprecedented Australian bushfires of 2019/2020, is slated to premiere later this year.
In the uphaul of our television infrastructure in the current times, Riley is driven to attract a unique audience to iView and strengthen partnerships with international exhibitors, across OTT services, linear and co-producer partners to advocate for Australian content with broad reach.

Maria Pia Ammirati, head of drama, RAI
Ammirati is a TV executive, writer and journalist, and now head of drama at Rai.
After work experience as a journalist and militant reviewer, she entered at Rai in 1992 and from 1993 she led radio and television programmes as author and presenter.
In 2000 she moved from Rai educational department to Rai 1, covering various positions until eventually being appointed deputy director. From 2014 to 2020 she was head of Rai Teche while from 2016 to 2019 she was assigned responsibility for the Rai Play Content.
In November 2020 she was appointed Head of Drama.
Ammirati has written a number of novels and publications and received several awards, including the 2001 Strega Award Selection, 2011 Campiello Award Selection, Procida Award and Basilicata Award.
She is also a member of various literary juries, including Premio Strega, Premio Viareggio, Premio Rapallo.
Ammirati is a member of the board of directors of Rai Pubblicità; from 2017 to 2020 she was a member of the board of directors of Rai Cinema S.p.A. and from 2020 to 2021 she was president of Istituto Luce-Cinecittà.

They join other confirmed speakers:

Channing Dungey
Warner Bros. Television Group
Mike Darnell
Warner Bros. Unscripted Television.
Cécile Frot-Coutaz
Chief executive officer
Sky Studios
Chris Rice
Endeavor Content
Superna Kalle
President, international networks
Rob Wade
President, alternative entertainment and specials
FOX Entertainment
Michael Thorn
President, entertainment
FOX Entertainment
Kate Phillips
Director of unscripted
Filippa Wallestam
EVP and chief content officer
Viaplay Group
Trish Williams
Executive director, scripted content
Sally Riley
Head of Scripted Production
ABC Australia
Maria Pia Ammirati
Head of drama
Jennifer Dettman
Executive director, unscripted content
Fabrizio Battocchio
Head of formats and factual
Niklas Vestberg
Head of formats and development
Bernadette McDaid
Global head
Red Bull Studios
Julien Degroote
Head of content development
TF1 Group France
Ana Cueto
Head of research

More speakers will be announced soon for the commissioners strand across both Drama and Formats & Factual.

Content London is the world’s leading development marketplace and conference. It runs across three days with two concurrent strands in Drama, Formats & Factual and spans across four venues.

All delegates receive access to the My Content London digital network, which allows them to connect with each other.

Alongside the most progressive conference programme in the business, there are screenings, premieres and complimentary networking cocktails across the three days.

This year ClubC21 will also be part of Content London, connecting delegates late into the night.

The Content London Development Marketplace has also been extended this year to provide meeting tables and private space for meetings.

Contact C21 for more details.

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