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Major players put India in focus at Content London

Applause Entertainment, Locomotive Global, Case Closed, Tantra Worldwide and Metacru/BTB will discuss a raft of exciting new coproduction and fresh scripted initiatives that are putting India in the spotlight at Content London this year.

From the new wave of procedural drama through to large scale international coproductions, leading execs, producers and creatives will discuss what’s hot for 2023 from India and the growing opportunities for the international collaboration and coproduction.

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Joining the line up:

Sameer Nair
Applause Entertainment
Nair joined the Star Network in 1994 at the cusp of the satellite TV revolution. Over a 12-year career at Star, he went on to handle a variety of creative and business portfolios and became the chief executive officer in 2006. He was responsible for bringing some of the most loved shows on TV such as Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, Koffee with Karan, The Great Indian Comedy Show and Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, among others. However, it was Kaun Banega Crorepati (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire) that redefined prime time reality shows and celebrity hosts. Currently CEO at Applause Entertainment – a venture of the Aditya Birla Group, he continues to bring breakthrough shows to the audiences, his most recent being Tanaav, Rudra: The Edge of Darkness, Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story, Undekhi, Hostages, Criminal Justice – Adhura Sach, and Mithya among others. Amongst the past few releases, Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta story on SonyLIV went on to becoming the highest rated drama series in 2020 with path breaking records and awards. Rudra: The Edge of Darkness became the highest viewed Disney+Hotstar Originals in March 2022 and Criminal Justice: Adhura Sach (season 3) shot to the top in its finale week becoming the number 1 original show on Disney+Hotstar in October 2022. With a robust pipeline in development including an ambitious biopic series on Mahatma Gandhi, a global animation series based on ACK’s Mahabharata and an exciting movie slate, Applause and Nair have much to look forward to the future.

Sunder Aaron
Locomotive Global
Aaron has lived and worked in India for the past 19+ years. Aaron is a principal with Locomotive Global Inc. (LGI), the media company he founded with its investors in 2012. LGI’s primary focus is to incubate and launch new India oriented media and entertainment businesses. Its present activities in India via Locomotive Global Media, its Indian subsidiary, include content development and production, programming sales and distribution, and television broadcast and OTT platforms. LGI was acquired in 2021 by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (NASDAQ: CSSE). LGI has several premium scripted projects in various stages of production, financing, and development, including Rana Naidu, the Hindi language adaptation of Ray Donovan, the long running and award-winning Showtime series. The series was commissioned by Netflix India and stars Rana Daggubati and Venkatesh. It’s planned for release on the global platform in first quarter 2023. He also co-owns and manages The Q India, a Hindi language general entertainment television channel aimed at Young Indians, 20-30 years old. The channel is broadcast nationwide in India. Earlier, Aaron served as EVP for Sony Pictures Television Networks India. He was country manager for both AXN and Animax from 2005 to 2008, and his primary responsibility was as general manager for PIX, the Sony network group’s English language movie channel in India, which he conceptualized and launched in 2006.

Simon Mirren
Case Closed
Mirren began his career writing the film Greenwich Mean Time for Mel Gibson’s Icon Productions. Mirren transitioned to the British medical drama Casualty, Waking The Dead, and Spooks for BBC with David Wolstencroft and is credited with the series’ real-world authenticity by bringing in former intelligence agents who consulted on the show. In 2003, Mirren relocated to Hollywood, where he worked on Without A Trace, Third Watch, and Criminal Minds, where he eventually served as showrunner. Mirren then reteamed with Wolstencroft to create Versailles for Canal plus. Most recently, Mirren started up Case Closed productions with Benjamin Anderson. Case Closed focuses on creating long-running procedural dramas in existing and emerging global markets. To date, Case Closed is filming and developing shows in Lagos, Nigeria, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Melbourne, Australia, and Los Angeles with Anthony Hemingway and Applause in Mumbai, India, with a full 20-episode commitment filming in April 2023.

Benjamin Anderson
Case Closed
Last year, Anderson joined forces with esteemed international showrunner Simon Mirren to launch Case Closed Entertainment. With a focus on local language procedurals around the world. Their process-based approach of empowering storytellers to run their shows has grown significantly. Currently, Case Closed is in development on eight series in India, APAC and EMEA. Anderson has just completed two anthology series, The Rule’s Of Crime based on true crime author Ann Rule’s library for A&E and the TV adaptation of Urban Legend for HBOMax with Eli Roth. Anderson is an advisor to several media companies guiding them on international and domestic SVoD strategy and global business development. Anderson spent 12 years at Phoenix Pictures, where he served as executive vice president of development and production. Anderson oversaw the company’s film and television slates, developing and producing several projects including The 33, The Promise, and National Geographic’s The Long Road Home as well as managing its relationships in China. Before Phoenix, Anderson was an entertainment lawyer.

Farook Singh
CEO and executive producer
Tantra Worldwide
Singh is the CEO of Tantra Worldwide, a multi-genre global production house that creates unique concepts and turns them into high quality productions. Since 2010, Tantra has produced shows around the world, creating an expansive slate ranging across factual, scripted, wildlife, and recently, film. Farook created and produced 9 seasons of the internationally award-winning television series Music Voyager, as well as Colors of the Islands, RockStar Diaries, VYNL, Taste, and Music Box. He is currently in pre-production and coproducing Zenana with ZEE Entertainment India as well as a slate of dramas with roots in the Indian market. He is deep in production and pre-production on multiple global series: Night of the Tiger, In God We Trust and Holy Hunters.

Nick Bain
Metacru/Behind the Billboards
Bain is a Scottish screenwriter/producer across live-action and animation with 15 years in the TV and film industries. He co-founded global production conglomerate MetaCru and international coproduction company Behind the Billboards. His work includes Tamil/London gangster feature Jagame Thandhiram (2021 – writer, English language) the record Netflix acquisition for a Tamil film – No 1 movie on Netflix in eight countries. The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016 – associate producer) Warner Bros and Pressman films, starring Oscar Winner Jeremy Irons and Oscar Nominee Dev Patel. Bain has worked in India since 2010, where he began developing animated series for animation studio Kahani World and has established a niche working on Indian projects targeting the global market. He is currently developing Zenana, an epic historical series with Farook Singh of Tantra Global and ZEE Entertainment India.

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Other confirmed Content London 2022 speakers include:

Channing Dungey
Warner Bros Television Group
Pearlena Igbokwe
Universal Studio Group
Mike Darnell
Warner Bros. Unscripted Television
Cécile Frot-Coutaz
Chief executive officer
Sky Studios
Chris Rice
Fifth Season (formerly Endeavor Content)
Superna Kalle
President, international networks
Rob Wade
Chief executive officer
Fox Entertainment
Michael Thorn
President of entertainment
Fox Entertainment
Kate Phillips
Director of unscripted
Damian Lewis
Executive producer, actor
A Spy Among Friends
Louis Theroux
Chief creative officer
Mindhouse Productions
Beatrice Springborn
Universal International Studios and UCP
Toby Gorman
Universal Television Alternative Studio
Erin Underhill
Universal Television
David Stapf
CBS Studios
Jana Winograde
President of entertainment
Showtime Networks Inc.
Kevin Beggs
Chair of the Lionsgate Television Group and chief content integration officer
Lauren Anderson
Head of AVoD original content and programming
Amazon Studios
Dr. Markus Schäfer
President and CEO
ZDF Studios
Larry Tanz
VP content, EMEA
Liam Keelan
SVP original productions, Europe & Africa
The Walt Disney Company
Daisy Lilley
Director, unscripted series, UK
Álvaro Díaz
Director, non-fiction series, Spain
Dolores Emile
Manager, non-fiction series, France
Pauline Dauvin
VP programming, production and acquisitions
The Walt Disney Company, France
Benjamina Mirnik-Voges
VP original production
The Walt Disney Company, Germany
Alessandro Saba
Director original production
The Walt Disney Company, Italy
Scott Herbst
EVP and head of scripted development
Lionsgate Television Group
Tiffany Faigus
SVP, unscripted and alternative entertainment
ABC/Walt Disney TV
Meghan Lyvers
Director of original drama, UK&I
Sky Studios
Nils Hartmann
Sky Studios Deutschland & Italia
Mary Donahue
SVP, development and programming
The History Channel
Bruna Papandrea
Founder and CEO
Made Up Stories
Mark Linsey
Managing director, scripted
BBC Studios
Cailah Scobie
Chief content officer
Matt Graham
General manager
AMC Networks' Acorn TV
Susanne Simpson
Executive producer, Masterpiece
Jane Turton
Thomas Dey
Founder and CEO
ACF Investment Bank
Marina Williams
Co-founder and co-CEO
Asacha Media Group
David Davoli
President, international
Anonymous Content
Jane Tranter
Founder and CEO
Bad Wolf
Julie Gardner
Founder Bad Wolf
CEO Bad Wolf America
Henrik Pabst
Chief content officer
Seven.One Entertainment Group
Filippa Wallestam
EVP and chief content officer
Viaplay Group
David Eilenberg
VP and head of Roku Originals
Rodrigo Mazon
EVP, general manager - SVoD
ViX+ at TelevisaUnivision
Trish Williams
Executive director, scripted content
Nicola Shindler
Executive producer and CEO
Quay Street Productions
Solange Attwood
Blue Ant International
Andy Serkis
The Imaginarium
Jonathan Cavendish
The Imaginarium
Sally Riley
Head of drama, entertainment and indigenous
Adrian Padmore
Commissioning editor, unscripted
Channel 5 & Paramount+
Christian Vesper
President, global drama
Carrie Stein
President, global scripted television
Dynamic Television
Marc Helwig
Head of Worldwide TV
Quan Phung
SVP of Original Series
Topic Studios
Sharon Hughff
Creative director of scripted television, UK
Entertainment One (eOne)
Poppy Dixon
Director, documentaries and factual
Mark Garner
EVP, content licensing and business development
A+E Media Group
Diederick Santer
BritBox International
Dawn Olmstead
Anonymous Content
Owain Walbyoff
Chief commercial officer
Scott Greenberg
Blockchain Creative Labs, Fox Entertainment
Caroline Hollick
Head of drama
Channel 4
Alexander Cary
Creator and executive producer
A Spy Among Friends
Ben Macintyre
A Spy Among Friends
Anna Maxwell Martin
A Spy Among Friends
Lauren Stein
EVP, drama development
Sony Pictures Television Studios
Maria Pia Ammirati
Head of drama
Fabrizio Battocchio
Head of formats and factual entertainment
Niklas Vestberg
Head of formats and development
Sue Vertue
CEO, company director and executive producer
Hartswood Films
Walter Iuzzolino
Eagle Eye Drama
Jo McGrath
Eagle Eye Drama
Patty Ishimoto
Executive producer and managing partner
Element 8 Entertainment
Kelly Webb-Lamb
Founder and CEO
Mothership Productions
Thorsten Haas
Deputy SVP entertainment, head of development
Manuel Alduy
Head of cinema and international development
France Télévisions
Joe Mace
Commissioning editor
Beth Anderson
GM, FAST channels
BBC Studios Americas
Rodolphe Buet
Newen Connect
Karni Ziv
Head of drama and comedy
Keshet Broadcasting
Julien Degroote
EVP, content development
TF1 Group
Ana Cueto
Head of research
Marianne Furevold-Boland
Head of drama
Jarmo Lampela
Head of drama
Dr. Simone Emmelius
SVP international fiction, coproduction and acquisition
Tim Mutimer
CEO rights
Cineflix Media
Diego del Pozo Rosa
Manager of fiction content
Atresmedia TV
Piodor Gustafsson
Director of scripted content
TV4 Media
Philippa Collie-Cousins
Senior drama commissioner
Jon Petrie
Director of comedy
Geertje Hoek
Talpa Concepts
Arron Fellows
Co-founder and creative director
Mindhouse Productions
Sumi Connock
Creative director of formats
BBC Studios
James Townley
Global head of content development
Martha Holmes
Chief creative officer, natural history and science
Bill Malone
Director of content
Virgin Media Television, Ireland
Jennifer Ebell
SVP, EMEA sales
Fifth Season (Formerly Endeavor Content)
Karl Warner
Head of youth and digital
Channel 4
Dominique Cutts
Director of documentary & factual commissioning
Red Bull Studios
Beatriz Campos
SVP global sales and production financing
Sened Dhab
VP streaming scripted
France Télévisions
Ari Mark
Ample Entertainment
Gary Woolf
EVP of strategic development
All3Media International
Bea Hegedus
Executive managing director, distribution
Vice Media Group
Paul Heaney
Founder and CEO
Phil Gurin
President/ CEO The Gurin Company
Co-Chair FRAPA
Jan Salling
Head of BBC Studios Nordics - formats and production
Co-chairman of FRAPA
Hayley Babcock
Founder and CEO
Hayley Babcock Media Consulting
Lisette van Diepen
Acquisitions consultant Germany & Benelux
All3Media Germany
Mike Beale
MD, Global Creative Network
ITV Studios
Nick Smith
EVP formats
All3Media International
Danny Cohen
Access Entertainment
Jacqui Barcos
Spitfire Creative
Yule Caise
Writer and co-founder
Behind the Billboards LLC
Simon Howley
CMAK Films
Amy Jephta
Writer/ director
Nagvlug Films, South Africa
Jess Ruston
Benjamin Hoffman
Empreinte Digitale
Cécile Gérardin
Head of drama
Canal+ International
Joachim Landau
Empreinte Digitale
Roopak Saluja
Founder & executive chairman
Bang Bang Mediacorp
Kunal Nayyar
Actor/ producer
Good Karma Productions
Nimrod Geva
Head of development
Quizzical Pictures
Serena Cullen
Iain Glen
Timo Vierimaa
Funfar Oy
Francesca Archibugi
Picomedia SRL
Roberto Sessa
Picomedia SRL
Sophie Deraspe
Writer and director
Nicola Merola
President and executive producer
Sameer Nair
Applause Entertainment
Sunder Aaron
Locomotive Global Inc.
Simon Mirren
Co-founder and showrunner
Case Closed Entertainment
Benjamin Anderson
Case Closed Entertainment
Farook Singh
Tantra Worldwide
Nick Bain
Metacru/Behind the Billboards
Candice Carty-Williams
Writer and author
NneNne Iwuji
Head writer and director
Chudor House Productions
Peres Owino
Nyar Nam Productions
Tom Manwaring
Founding partner
Helion Partners LLP
Timo Argillander
Managing partner
Hugo Heppell
Senior portfolio manager - Indie Growth Fund
Channel 4
Elly Vervloet
International drama expert
Kelsey Balance
SVP, scripted programming
Universal International Studios
Emma Ayech
Channel director
UKTV Drama and Alibi
Alexandre Piel
Deputy head of drama
Arte France
Adam Fratto
Executive producer/ scripted TV consultant
Chaotic Neutral Entertainment
Elisabeth d’Arvieu
Mediawan Pictures
Lindsey Bender
Agent (scripted TV and film)
Creative Artists Agency
Marianne Bjørn
Format manager
TV 2 Denmark
Kenton Allen
Big Talk
Angie Stephenson
SVP, scripted development
BBC Studios Los Angeles
Alberto Fernández
Founder and director, Playz
RTVE Digital
Philipp Schild
Managing director
funk/ ARD and ZDF
Charlene McKenna
Actress and EP
Clean Sweep
Larry Bass
Founder/ CEO/ EP
Yi Qiao
Director drama
ZDF Studios
Dermot Horan
Director of acquisitions & co-productions
Aurelie de Troyer
Head of content, UK and Canada
Sam Bryant
Director, original content & head of comedy
Lydia Shamah
Director of original content, scripted
Audible UK
Claire Broughton
Head of podcasts
Hat Trick Productions
Paul Gilbert
SVP international formats
Paramount Global Content Distribution
Avi Armoza
Armoza Formats
Paul Cohen
Group commercial director
Hat Trick Productions
Howard Gordon
Executive producer, showrunner
Marlee Matlin
Michael Chiklis
Director, actor
Tejas Shah
SVP, commercial strategy & analytics
Alon Aranya
Executive producer
Paper Plane Productions
Minna Haapkylä
Head of scripted content
Rabbit Films
Georgia Arnold
Senior vice president, international social responsibility
Miura Kite
EVP of global television
Dimitri Doganis
Chief creative officer and founder
Raw TV
Jodi Flynn
The Content Group
Jo Clinton-Davis
Controller of factual
Stephen Segaller   
VP Programming
The WNET Group
Camilla Cope
Commercial director
Greenbird Media
Ed Havard
Senior vice president, unscripted programming
Universal International Studios
Ivan Kavanagh
Writer, creator
Park Films
AnneMarie Naughton
Executive producer
Ana Habajec
Executive producer
Park Films
Clelia Mountford
Co-founder/ executive producer
Philip Barantini
Director, writer and producer
Made Up Productions
Hester Ruoff
Actress and producer
Ascendant Fox
Bart Ruspoli
Ascendant Fox
Lee McMurray
Commissioning editor, factual entertainment
Channel 4
Ellie Heydon
Director for TV & Theatre
Kate Teckman
Head of factual entertainment development and commissioning
Joe Fraser
Producer and director
Baby Cow Productions
Clare Laycock
SVP head of content, networks & streaming
Warner Bros Discovery
Cat Lawson
Creative director
Remarkable Entertainment
Cosima Spender
Georg Tschurtschenthaler
Chief creative officer
Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion
Gave Lindo
Head of content programming
TikTok, North America
Avril Blondelot
Head of content insight
Glance – Mediametrie
Amit Devani
Director of insights (EMEA)
Parrot Analytics
Richard Broughton
Executive director
Ampere Analysis
Liisa Penttilä-Asikainen
Kaiho Republic
Jack Davison
Hamish Fergusson
Commissioning editor for documentaries
Sarah Peat
Executive producer
National Geographic Wild International
Jenn Batty
European head of content acquisitions
Samsung TV Plus
Jessica Schmiedchen
Director of development, unscripted content
Jono Bergmann
Director & producer
Lucy Brodie
European manager programming
Seven Network Australia
Wendy Darke
CEO and founder
True to Nature
Nick Lee
Head of acquisitions and international
Channel 4
Michelle Chappell
Alex Mathias
Death in the Family
Drama Series Script Competition
Jess Edwards
Drama Series Script Competition
Laurence Turnbull
I Am Bird Gurl
Drama Series Script Competition
Russel McLean
Drama Series Script Competition
Salim Allybokus
Sacrificial Lambs
Drama Series Script Competition
Tobias Hussey
The Truth
Drama Series Script Competition
Nahrein Kemp
Creative diversity partner
Jaimie D’Cruz
Creative director
Acme TV
Guillaume Pommier
Co-head of distribution
Federation Studios
Rohan Dickson
Writer and executive producer
Polly Scates
Senior acquisitions manager
Channel 4
Michele Zatta
Commissioning editor, international coproductions
Rai Fiction, Italy
Vanessa Berlowitz
Co-founder/ chief creative officer
Wildstar Films
Moderator Adam Cunningham
Chief strategy officer
Allied Global Marketing
Moderator Adrian Wootton
Film London & British Film Commission
Moderator Bernard P Achampong
Founder and creative director
Moderator Bo Stehmeier
Off the Fence
Moderator Christoph Fey
Managing director
Entertainment Master Class
Moderator Chukwudi Iwuji
Actor and founder
Chudor Films
Moderator Dominic Schreiber
Executive producer
Moderator Emma Cox
Freelance journalist
Moderator Emma Smithwick
Writer and producer
Rockfleet Productions Managing
Moderator Esther Austin
TurningPoint Magazine
Moderator Holly Hines
Co-CEO & founder
Happy Accidents
Moderator Irina Ignatiew-Lemke
All3Media Fiction Deutschland
Moderator J.C. Mills
President and head of content
Cineflix Productions
Moderator Roma Khanna
Executive chair and head of scripted content
HiddenLight Productions
Moderator Steven Adams
Founding partner
Alta Global Media
Moderator Stephen Armstrong
Freelance journalist

More speakers will be announced soon.

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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