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Top format execs from Disney, Talpa, BBC Studios and Banijay join Content London

Walt Disney and ABC Entertainment’s Tiffany Faigus, Talpa’s Geertje Hoek, BBC Studios’ Sumi Connock and Banijay’s James Townley are the latest key industry execs to join the line up for the new Formats & Factual strand at Content London 2022.

These leading executives will discuss the opportunities and challenges of finding the next big hit and how they’re discovering and developing new IP and working with talent.

This year Content London will run a full three-day Formats & Factual strand alongside Drama, enhancing its offering as the most important development marketplace in the world.

Register now for the Earlybird Rate of £899 by CLICKING HERE.

Joining the Content London speaker line-up:

Tiffany Faigus
SVP, unscripted and alternative entertainment
ABC Entertainment and Walt Disney Television Alternative
In her role, Faigus helps to build on the success of the company’s existing unscripted brand by identifying new ideas and concepts for series, collaborating with the creative community as well as new and existing talent, and supervising creative production on unscripted series and pilots. For the newly formed unscripted unit Walt Disney Television Alternative, Faigus is responsible for both increasing the output and inventory of owned and distributed unscripted programming across all platforms, as well as expanding the production unit’s team. Since joining ABC in 2015, Faigus has managed some of the network’s most notable and successful projects, including Shark Tank, Judge Steve Harvey, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, Holey Moley, the upcoming Celebrity Jeopardy!, The $100,000 Pyramid, The Disney Family Singalong franchises and, through close partnership with Disney Parks, the specials The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60, Mickey’s 90th Spectacular and The Magical Holiday Celebration.

Geertje Hoek
Managing director
Talpa Concepts
As managing director of Talpa Concepts, Hoek is in charge of Talpa’s creative heart. With a dedicated team of creatives and a proven methodology, she leads the team with the sole purpose of creating unique non-scripted content that can conquer the world such as The Voice, Marble Mania and more recently Million Dollar Island. Hoek is also in charge of Talpa’s Creative Partnership; a solid network of creative partnerships throughout the global industry that aims to co-create and bring content to a next level. Hoek started her career in TV production for public television. Before joining Talpa in 2009, Hoek worked as head of production for international advertising agency BBDO, where she was tasked with bringing a more unconventional way of producing into the agency. Switching between advertising and television has given her the benefit of combining the best of both worlds in managing a creative team and creating content.

Sumi Connock
Creative director of formats
BBC Studios
In her role at BBC Studios, Connock has responsibility for an extensive formats catalogue of more than 300 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, Connock 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). Connock 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.

James Townley
Global head of content development
Townley is Banijay’s global head of content development, responsible for driving the development and creation of original non-scripted IP and format acquisition across the 22-territory group and its production entities. Co-leading creative networks and the group’s central marketing activity, he supports and champions a strong pipeline of new formats with international appeal. He also manages internal creative incentivisation and pilot schemes, plus development for new platforms. Most recently, Townley was global head of creative networks at Endemol Shine Group following his role as Endemol Shine UK’s director of operations. He has also held roles at Princess Productions and Sky.

Content London is the world’s leading development market and conference. It features three days packed with sessions, screenings and networking opportunities that connect the global content business. Speed meetings return to Content London this year, together with a full three-day Formats & Factual strand alongside Drama, making Content London the number one place to get deals done.

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 up to 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:

Register now for the Earlybird Rate of £899 by CLICKING HERE.

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
Michael Thorn
President of entertainment
FOX Entertainment
Rob Wade
President of alternative entertainment and specials
FOX Entertainment
Kate Phillips
Director of unscripted
Beatrice Springborn
Universal International Studios and UCP
Toby Gorman
Universal Television Alternative Studio
Erin Underhill
Universal Television
Lauren Anderson
Head of AVOD original content and programming
Amazon Studios
Nicole Clemens
Paramount Television Studios, Paramount+ original scripted series
Jana Winograde
President of entertainment
Showtime Networks Inc.
David Stapf
CBS Studios
Larry Tanz
Vice president, original series for Europe, Middle East and Africa
Daisy Lilley
Director, unscripted series, UK
Dolores Emile
Manager, non-fiction series, France
Álvaro Díaz
Director, non-fiction series, Spain
Tiffany Faigus
SVP, unscripted and alternative entertainment
ABC Entertainment and Walt Disney Television Alternative
Mary Donahue
SVP, development and programming
The History Channel
Jane Turton
Thomas Dey
Founder and CEO
ACF Investment Bank
Marina Williams
Co-founder and co-CEO
Asacha Media Group
Danny Cohen
Access Entertainment
Filippa Wallestam
EVP and chief content officer
Viaplay Group
David Eilenberg
Vice president and head of Roku Originals
Rodrigo Mazon
EVP, general manager - SVOD
ViX+ at TelevisaUnivision, Inc.
Trish Williams
Executive director, scripted content
Sally Riley
Head of drama, entertainment and indigenous
Adrian Padmore
Commissioning editor, Unscripted
Channel 5 & Paramount+
Poppy Dixon
Director, documentaries and factual
Alf Lawrie
Head of factual entertainment
Channel 4
Maria Pia Ammirati
Head of drama
Jennifer Dettman
Executive director, unscripted content
Fabrizio Battocchio
Head of formats and factual entertainment
Niklas Vestberg
Head of formats and development
Jennifer Collins
Acting/director entertainment and specialist
Thorsten Haas
Head of development entertainment / deputy SVP entertainment
Joe Mace
Commissioning editor
Clare Sillery
Head of commissioning, documentaries
Axel Arnö
Head of documentary and science
Bernadette McDaid
Global head
Red Bull Studios
Julien Degroote
EVP, content development
Ana Cueto
Head of research
Marianne Furevold-Boland
Executive producer
Jarmo Lampela
Head of drama
Dr. Simone Emmelius
SVP international fiction, coproduction and acquisition
Diego del Pozo Rosa
Manager of fiction content
Atresmedia TV
Piodor Gustafsson
Director of scripted content
TV4 Media
Geertje Hoek
Managing director
Talpa Concepts
Sumi Connock
Creative director of formats
BBC Studios
James Townley
Global head of content development
Martha Holmes
Chief creative officer, natural history and science
Ari Mark
Ample Entertainment
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
Managing director, Global Creative Network
ITV Studios
Nick Smith
EVP formats
All3Media International

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.

Content London 2022 will sell out. Book your ticket for just £899 now by CLICKING HERE

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