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Content London Speakers 2022

 

SPEAKERS

Sunder Aaron
Partner, Locomotive Global Inc.

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 producti... read more

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 Executive Vice President 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.

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Moderator Bernard P Achampong
Founder and creative director, Unedited

Unedited is an audio-first scripted and non-scripted production company working with BBC, Spotify, Amazon Music and Audible UK. Achampong’s work has received over 30 industry honours and nominations, including eight Radio Academy Awards, and a Rose d’Or award. Unedited is backed by Pat Younge (BBC, Cardiff Productions, Travel Channel) and is nominated for Audio UK Production Company of the... read more

Unedited is an audio-first scripted and non-scripted production company working with BBC, Spotify, Amazon Music and Audible UK. Achampong’s work has received over 30 industry honours and nominations, including eight Radio Academy Awards, and a Rose d’Or award. Unedited is backed by Pat Younge (BBC, Cardiff Productions, Travel Channel) and is nominated for Audio UK Production Company of the Year 2022.

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Moderator Steven Adams
Founding partner, Alta Global Media

Award winning manager/producer Adams is a founding partner at Alta Global Media where he represents and produces alongside talent, writer/directors and international media companies with many projects in active development. Adams represents such talent as director Mandla Dube who has the first multi-project deal from Netflix Africa, writer Sabelo Mgidi who has a series development deal with Netfl... read more

Award winning manager/producer Adams is a founding partner at Alta Global Media where he represents and produces alongside talent, writer/directors and international media companies with many projects in active development.

Adams represents such talent as director Mandla Dube who has the first multi-project deal from Netflix Africa, writer Sabelo Mgidi who has a series development deal with Netflix Africa, and actors including Pedro Alonso and Luka Peros of the Netflix hit series La Casa de Papel, Tamara Tunie, best known for her work on the legendary Law & Order: SVU, actor/producer Jimmy Jean-Louis of Heroes & Heroes Reborn, frequent Spike Lee collaborator Roger Guenveur Smith, amongst others.

Adams is a producer on the Netflix Original adaptation of Roger Guenveur Smith’s solo performance piece Rodney King and the Peabody Award winning A Huey P Newton Story for Starz, both directed by Academy Award winner Spike Lee. Adams recently served as an executive producer on Goat Days by top Indian director Blessy, which just wrapped production in India, Jordan and Algeria, Redemption Day, starring Andy Garcia shot in Morocco, and Zero which was shot in Dakar, directed by Jean Luc Herbulot.

Adams was VFX executive producer with Paris-based VFX house BUF for 4 years. His VFX EP credits there include 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. Steven was also VFX executive producer for French VFX house Digital District whose credits include the Academy Award winning features The Artist & The Intouchables.

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Freema Agyeman
Actress,

Manuel Alduy
Head of cinema and international development, France Télévisions

During his media career spanning almost 25 years, Alduy has helped broadcasters to acquire, market and promote the best scripted content to their audience. Alduy took on different roles within the Canal+ Group ranging from management control to head of Cinema and Foreign Series acquisitions (2008-2014) to Head of Canal+’s OTT division (2014-2016) in charge of SVOD and web content. In 2019, Alduy... read more

During his media career spanning almost 25 years, Alduy has helped broadcasters to acquire, market and promote the best scripted content to their audience. Alduy took on different roles within the Canal+ Group ranging from management control to head of Cinema and Foreign Series acquisitions (2008-2014) to Head of Canal+’s OTT division (2014-2016) in charge of SVOD and web content.

In 2019, Alduy joined The Walt Disney Company via the acquisition of Twentieth Century Fox where he was locally responsible for the sale of Fox & FX content to broadcasters and SVOD services in France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Africa and Switzerland as well as locally managing scripted format sales since 2016. At Disney, Alduy became SVP Content Sales for Europe, Russia and Africa.

In 2021, Alduy was appointed head of cinema and international development at France Télévisions, and is currently in charge of cinema strategy and acquisitions, young adult and international series coproductions and acquisitions. He was elected to the EBU TV Committee in April 2021.

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Kenton Allen
CEO, Big Talk

Allen is the CEO of Big Talk – one of the UK’s leading film and television production companies, winner of Best Independent Production Company at the 2017 Broadcast Awards. Allen is a multi-award-winning producer who holds the record for most individual awards for Situation Comedy in the history of BAFTA, with BAFTAs for Rev., The Royle Family and Him & Her. In recognition of his outstand... read more

Allen is the CEO of Big Talk – one of the UK’s leading film and television production companies, winner of Best Independent Production Company at the 2017 Broadcast Awards. Allen is a multi-award-winning producer who holds the record for most individual awards for Situation Comedy in the history of BAFTA, with BAFTAs for Rev., The Royle Family and Him & Her. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to television, Kenton was awarded the Fellowship award by the Royal Television Society in 2019.

Allen’s other notable credits include Martin McDonagh’s Oscar-winning film Six Shooter, as well as a host of critically acclaimed television series in comedy and drama.

Allen has led the dynamic growth of Big Talk over the past fourteen years, including BBCW’s investment in Big Talk in 2008, which culminated in the sale of the company to ITV Studios in 2013. He has continued to lead Big Talk’s strategic growth in North America via changed format, international co-production and US originals. With numerous comedy and drama projects in active development at SVOD, premium cable and broadcast networks, Allen (supported by an exceptional team) oversees an increasingly dynamic international portfolio.

Allen is married with two children, one dog and four iPads.

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Salim Allybokus
Sacrificial Lambs, Drama Series Script Competition

Allybokus is a new writer from North London, represented by Revolution Talent. After graduating from the BBC Writersroom’s Comedy Room development scheme in 2017, he was placed on the BBC’s New Talent Hot List. In the same year, Salim was chosen by the BBC to contribute a short monologue for Radio 3’s Music Day, and collaborated with Beano Toons and The Connected Set to write the children’... read more

Allybokus is a new writer from North London, represented by Revolution Talent. After graduating from the BBC Writersroom’s Comedy Room development scheme in 2017, he was placed on the BBC’s New Talent Hot List. In the same year, Salim was chosen by the BBC to contribute a short monologue for Radio 3’s Music Day, and collaborated with Beano Toons and The Connected Set to write the children’s cartoon Evil Deputy Headmaster.

Allybokus’s dark TV Comedy Death of a Ladies’ Man won best scene at the Wildsound Writing and Film Festival Review Competition and was later optioned to LA Productions. In 2019, Allybokus was chosen from over 300 writers to work as a development writer for Particle 6 Productions, writing and producing seven sketches for BBC Bitesize’s Fresher’s Week online series.

Allybokus is currently developing his debut Horror feature Comfort Box with the Director Neville Pierce and his new TV Comedy Drama series Rotting Fish with Capture.

Following a Law Degree and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Allybokus also previously practiced in Criminal Defence.

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Maria Pia Ammirati
Head of drama, Rai

Ammirati is a TV Executive, writer and journalist, now head of drama at Rai. After a work experience as a journalist and militant reviewer, she entered at Rai in 1992 and from 1993 she led radio and television programs as author and presenter. In 2000 she moved from Rai Educational Department to Rai 1, covering various positions to eventually being appointed deputy director. From 2014 to 2020 she ... read more

Ammirati is a TV Executive, writer and journalist, now head of drama at Rai. After a work experience as a journalist and militant reviewer, she entered at Rai in 1992 and from 1993 she led radio and television programs as author and presenter. In 2000 she moved from Rai Educational Department to Rai 1, covering various positions to 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 wrote a number of novels and publications and received several awards, including 2001 Strega Award Selection, 2011 Campiello Award Selection, Procida Award, Basilicata Award. She is also a member of various literary juries, including Premio Strega, Premio Viareggio, Premio Rapallo.

From 2019 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.

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Lauren Anderson
Head of AVoD original content and programming, Amazon Studios

Anderson is the head of AVoD original content and programming for Amazon Studios, overseeing all programming, including creative development, production, licensing, scheduling, research, and strategy for Amazon Freevee and Prime Video’s ad-supported FAST linear channels. Additionally, Anderson recently assumed responsibility for the unscripted programming strategy across all of Studios, includin... read more

Anderson is the head of AVoD original content and programming for Amazon Studios, overseeing all programming, including creative development, production, licensing, scheduling, research, and strategy for Amazon Freevee and Prime Video’s ad-supported FAST linear channels. Additionally, Anderson recently assumed responsibility for the unscripted programming strategy across all of Studios, including SVoD and AVoD programming. She joined Amazon Studios in 2019 as the head of strategic content, managing such series as the Savage X Fenty Show for Prime Video. In 2020, she became Co-head of content and programming for IMDb TV (now Freevee). Early accomplishments for Freevee included bringing the iconic Judge Judy Sheindlin to a streaming audience, shepherding Amazon’s first partnership with prolific creator Dick Wolf—his only half-hour crime procedural—and developing the AVoD spinoff of Prime Video’s longest-running series, Bosch. In 2020, Anderson was named to Next TV’s The Watch List as well as Business Insider’s AVoD Industry Leaders, and, in 2021, was named as one of Broadcast & Cable’s Wonder Women.

Before joining Amazon, Anderson was the Chief content officer for Indigo Development and Entertainment Arts, the joint venture studio between NBCUniversal and Snapchat. As CCO, she was responsible for all aspects of the studio’s business and creative development. During her tenure, Anderson helped launch Snap Originals on the Discover platform, making key contributions to the inaugural slate of programming, including the Webby-nominated The Dead Girls Detective Agency.

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Beth Anderson
GM, FAST channels, BBC Studios Americas

As GM, FAST channels, Anderson leads BBC Studios’ global FAST initiative, developing audience and platform relationships and serving a dynamic selection of channel brands across the Americas, EMEA, and beyond. Anderson manages a growing team of business development, scheduling, and account management staff to develop meaningful paths to content distribution and advertising revenue generation. Wi... read more

As GM, FAST channels, Anderson leads BBC Studios’ global FAST initiative, developing audience and platform relationships and serving a dynamic selection of channel brands across the Americas, EMEA, and beyond. Anderson manages a growing team of business development, scheduling, and account management staff to develop meaningful paths to content distribution and advertising revenue generation.

With over a decade of experience within BBC Studios, Anderson has held a number of leadership roles, most recently as VP, digital strategy & business development, where she was responsible for identifying opportunities for BBC Studios to expand its footprint in the Americas and executing deals to increase the reach of the company’s content and products in the digital space. Anderson also negotiated the company’s first FAST and AVOD deals with Pluto TV, Roku, Samsung, and Amazon’s IMDb TV, and was instrumental in establishing BBC Studios’ global EST business, working with Apple, Amazon, Samsung, Sony, Vudu, and more to launch content, develop insights tools, and develop industry leading marketing campaigns.

Anderson previously served as head of business development at Sony New Media Solutions, where she was responsible for developing premium relationships with linear and OTT platforms globally, and building partnerships with platforms to tailor end-to-end supply chain solutions. Anderson holds a First Class degree in Directing from Rose Bruford College in London.

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Benjamin Anderson
Co-founder, Case Closed Entertainment

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 an... read more

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.

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Alon Aranya
Executive producer, Paper Plane Productions

Producer and writer Aranya has set up more than 50 scripted shows at US and international studios and networks. He founded Paper Plane Productions in 2018 for the purpose of producing and financing premium international drama series around the world. The company is currently collaborating with producers, writers and broadcasters in Ireland, Israel, Holland, Germany, India, Poland, Australia and th... read more

Producer and writer Aranya has set up more than 50 scripted shows at US and international studios and networks. He founded Paper Plane Productions in 2018 for the purpose of producing and financing premium international drama series around the world. The company is currently collaborating with producers, writers and broadcasters in Ireland, Israel, Holland, Germany, India, Poland, Australia and the US to help co-finance and develop local shows for the global market.

Aranya’s current international shows include Tehran, an Israeli Apple TV+ thriller which won an International Emmy for Best Drama Series and is in production on season three; Bestseller Boy, an original Dutch dramedy with CBS Studios International and the Dutch NPO in post-production; and The Vanishing Triangle, an original Irish crime-noir series in production. In the US, the company is filming season two of Your Honor for Showtime. Paper Plane will have four shows on the air in 2023.

Aranya received his BFA at Tel Aviv University in Film and Television and later became a faculty member at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

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Francesca Archibugi
Director, Picomedia SRL

The renowned Italian writer and director Archibugi started her career as an actress, studying acting while also graduating in Film Direction from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. From 1980 to 1983, she directed short films, such as La Piccola Avventura (1981), and acted in The Fall of the Rebel Angels (1981), directed by Marco Tullio Giordana. She filmed the short Un Sogno Truffa... read more

The renowned Italian writer and director Archibugi started her career as an actress, studying acting while also graduating in Film Direction from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. From 1980 to 1983, she directed short films, such as La Piccola Avventura (1981), and acted in The Fall of the Rebel Angels (1981), directed by Marco Tullio Giordana. She filmed the short Un Sogno Truffato in 1984 and played the neurotic intellectual woman in Giuseppe Bertolucci’s film Secrets Secrets (1986).

Her feature film debut as a director was Mignon Has Come To Stay in 1988. The film won five David di Donatello Awards in the categories Best New Director, Best Actress (Stefania Sandrelli), Best Supporting Actor (Massimo Dapporto), Best Script, and Best Sound.

She received numerous accolades for her films, including for the social dramas Shooting the Moon (1998) and Vivere (2019). The latter premiered out of competition at the 76th Venice International Film Festival, while her documentary La Strana Storia di Banda Sonora (1997) won the UNESCO award. Her ensemble drama Tomorrow competed in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes film Festival in 2001.

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Timo Argillander
Managing partner, IPR.VC

Argillander is managing partner and co-founder at IPR.VC, an investment fund manager specializing in global media and entertainment content investments. Argillander has a long background in media and tech industries as an entrepreneur, Apple executive and management consultant.

Avi Armoza
CEO, Armoza Formats

The pioneer of the Israeli formats industry internationally, and the CEO of Armoza Formats, Armoza is one of Israel’s leading film and television producers. Armoza 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, he was the VP of Con... read more

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

Armoza 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, he 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 format development and distribution company that aims to innovate in distribution methods and format creation. In addition to driving the company forward, Armoza 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 prime time singing competition The Four, which had two hit seasons on Fox and aired in 15 other major territories.

In 2019, Armoza propelled Armoza Formats to the next stage in its evolution, with the company becoming part of ITV Studios under his continued leadership.

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Moderator Stephen Armstrong
Freelance journalist,

Armstrong is a journalist and author. He writes extensively on film and television for the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Radio Times. He contributes on other topics to a range of national newspapers, Wired, the BMJ 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.

Georgia Arnold
Senior vice president, international social responsibility, Paramount

Arnold is the executive director of MTV Staying Alive Foundation, head of VIS Social Impact, and senior vice president of International Social Responsibility at Paramount. Arnold co-founded the MTV Staying Alive Foundation in 1998, and originally sat as a Board Member, until she was appointed as executive director in October 2007. MTV Staying Alive is a US, UK and South African charity, set up to ... read more

Arnold is the executive director of MTV Staying Alive Foundation, head of VIS Social Impact, and senior vice president of International Social Responsibility at Paramount.

Arnold co-founded the MTV Staying Alive Foundation in 1998, and originally sat as a Board Member, until she was appointed as executive director in October 2007. MTV Staying Alive is a US, UK and South African charity, set up to tell stories to save lives, creating movements with purpose to improve young people’s health and well-being globally.

Over the last two decades, Arnold has established a strong track record of pioneering the use of mass media for purposeful behavior-change and demand-creation on HIV and reproductive health issues affecting young people worldwide, including the Staying Alive documentaries, the award-winning Meeting Mandela, as well as conceiving and creating the multi-award winning campaign MTV Shuga, on-going since 2009 across Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire and India.

In July 2021, Arnold launched and has since been heading up, the latest division of Paramount International Studios, VIS Social Impact. The studio is dedicated to creating content with purpose and impact.

As senior vice president of international social responsibility for Paramount, Arnold is responsible for developing social initiatives for Paramount’s portfolio of brands internationally. She has conceived and led campaigns such as Generation Change, a global campaign that gives voice to young activists around the world.

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Solange Attwood
EVP, Blue Ant International

Attwood is EVP of Blue Ant Media’s global distribution group, Blue Ant International, headquartered in Toronto, with hubs in New York, London and Miami. Drawing on her expertise as a leader in the world of international content financing, Attwood oversees the strategic direction and operation of the business, while also spearheading and managing co-productions, pre-sales and worldwide sales acti... read more

Attwood is EVP of Blue Ant Media’s global distribution group, Blue Ant International, headquartered in Toronto, with hubs in New York, London and Miami. Drawing on her expertise as a leader in the world of international content financing, Attwood oversees the strategic direction and operation of the business, while also spearheading and managing co-productions, pre-sales and worldwide sales activities. Since launching the division in 2014, Attwood has built Blue Ant International from the ground up into a leading global distributor of high-quality content that engages audiences worldwide, across multiple platforms. The company continues to adapt to global market trends by expanding its support to producers with a wide range of financing models that include commissioning, co-productions, pre-sales and gap financing.

Attwood is on the board of directors of The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and serves on the board of the Canadian Association of Content Exporters. She was formerly VP at Si Entertainment where she headed up development and launch of the company’s global distribution arm. Prior to that, she held numerous producing and directing roles and subsequently joined the International sales and acquisitions team at Tricon Films & Television.

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Moderator Esther Austin
Editor-in-chief, TurningPoint Magazine

Austin is first and foremost a mother and grandmother.  An award-winning British Talk Show Host, Television Producer, Motivational Speaker and Publisher, of Barbadian heritage.  She is best known for her in-depth off-the-cuff interviews, on her signature Show On the Sofa with Esther and is often praised for her ability to ask questions that get to the heart and soul of her interviewees. Austin h... read more

Austin is first and foremost a mother and grandmother.  An award-winning British Talk Show Host, Television Producer, Motivational Speaker and Publisher, of Barbadian heritage.  She is best known for her in-depth off-the-cuff interviews, on her signature Show On the Sofa with Esther and is often praised for her ability to ask questions that get to the heart and soul of her interviewees.

Austin has cultivated a career that prompts some of the world’s most recognized legends in entertainment, legacy acts, and notable figures to request her on press runs.

Austin is an eclectic entrepreneur, adventurous and passionate about living life to the full.  As an international speaker, moderator/facilitator, editor-in-chief and & publisher of transformational lifestyle magazine – TurningPoint: Your Lifestyle, Your Well-being (www.turningpointmag.com), and radio personality and TV host; Austin has travelled the world sharing her creativity and engaging personality.  She has trekked The Amazon as part of a Leadership Building Expedition and also The Inca Trail in Peru.

In her spare time Austin loves to dance, listen to music, visit the theatre, travel, explore life in general and have fun.  She loves animals, especially dogs and horses and she is also an animal communicator.

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Emma Ayech
Channel director, UKTV Drama and Alibi

Ayech joined UKTV in 2008 and has been the channel director for Drama and Alibi since 2017. She is responsible for the editorial and marketing strategy for both channels – two of the network’s biggest brands. Both have experienced growth under Ayech’s leadership and in particular, Drama, the number one non-PSB owned channel in the UK. Ayech has overseen the introduction of original conte... read more

Ayech joined UKTV in 2008 and has been the channel director for Drama and Alibi since 2017. She is responsible for the editorial and marketing strategy for both channels – two of the network’s biggest brands. Both have experienced growth under Ayech’s leadership and in particular, Drama, the number one non-PSB owned channel in the UK.

Ayech has overseen the introduction of original content on Alibi and the launch of the channel’s first UKTV Original commission, Traces, which was recommissioned for a second series. Alibi’s second outing, We Hunt Together, was Alibi’s highest rating show in 2020 and the Nicola Walker-fronted series Annika drove Alibi’s highest ever viewing figures and is currently in production for series 2.

She was previously General Manager for Really, Home, Good Food and Eden. During her time at UKTV, she has also worked on W (previously Watch) and Yesterday as a scheduler, and as a Programme Manager on Dave where she brought the hugely popular Red Bull Soapbox strand to the channel, as well as titles such as American Pickers and Storage Hunters’ UK.

Prior to UKTV, Ayech worked at Living and Discovery in a variety of roles including Scheduler, Continuity Producer and Presentation Scheduler.

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Hayley Babcock
Founder and CEO, Hayley Babcock Media Consulting

Babcock is a highly respected television executive known for her exceptional mix of creative and business skills, worldwide network of contacts and expertise in formats. Her extensive background is in unscripted development, production, acquisitions, management, business strategy and oversight of global franchises. Babcock runs Hayley Babcock Media Consulting, which is built upon the foundation o... read more

Babcock is a highly respected television executive known for her exceptional mix of creative and business skills, worldwide network of contacts and expertise in formats. Her extensive background is in unscripted development, production, acquisitions, management, business strategy and oversight of global franchises.

Babcock runs Hayley Babcock Media Consulting, which is built upon the foundation of her career developing and producing television in the US and abroad and her unique expertise building new business divisions within existing companies.  Babcock’s career began at ABC Television, then she gained international experience in Germany at RTL Television and Fremantle Media. Once back in the US Babcock ran the global format production businesses at 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Television and A+E Networks, overseeing global productions of iconic formats such as Shark Tank (aka Dragons’ Den); Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, Temptation Island; Wheel of Fortune, Beauty and The Geek, Joe Millionaire, Hollywood Squares and Seven Year Switch.

Babcock sits on the Advisory boards of Content London, FRAPA and The David Lyle Foundation. She is a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and is lead mentor for Horsepower, the Canadian format incubator from Media Ranch and TVA in Canada.

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Nick Bain
Creator/showrunner, 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 co-production 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 ... read more

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 co-production 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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Kelsey Balance
SVP, scripted programming, Universal International Studios

Balance is senior vice president, scripted programming, Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group. In this role, Balance is charged with building on the studio’s track record of creating premium scripted content with global appeal and developing series with emerging and diverse voices. Based in LA, she reports to Beatrice Springborn, President, Universal Internati... read more

Balance is senior vice president, scripted programming, Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group. In this role, Balance is charged with building on the studio’s track record of creating premium scripted content with global appeal and developing series with emerging and diverse voices. Based in LA, she reports to Beatrice Springborn, President, Universal International Studios.

Balance oversees development of the studio’s expansive slate of scripted programming, which includes International Emmy® Award-winning Safe Harbour, Peabody and BAFTA-winning We Are Lady Parts, The Capture, Stateless, Clickbait, Everything I Know About Love, Dodger, Transplant, The Undeclared War, as well as upcoming series Apples Never Fall, Things I Know to Be True and more. She also covers the studio’s exclusive talent deals with Quoc Dang Tran and Buendía Estudios.

Prior to joining International Studios, Balance was head of programming at NBCUniversal’s comedy streaming venture Seeso, where she had oversight of all originals, acquisitions and co-productions, including the critically acclaimed Flowers, Take My Wife and HarmonQuest. Before NBCUniversal, she was at Participant Media, where she worked on award-winning projects, such as Please Like Me, HitRecord On TV and Fortitude.

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Philip Barantini
Director, writer and producer, Made Up Productions

Barantini is an award-winning BAFTA and BIFA nominated director who started his career in 1996 as an actor appearing in Band of Brothers, Ned Kelly and Chernobyl. Barantini’s critically acclaimed second directorial feature Boiling Point nominated for four BAFTAs, including Outstanding British Film, and received 11 BIFA nominations. The film received six nominations at the 2022 The Big Screen Aw... read more

Barantini is an award-winning BAFTA and BIFA nominated director who started his career in 1996 as an actor appearing in Band of Brothers, Ned Kelly and Chernobyl.

Barantini’s critically acclaimed second directorial feature Boiling Point nominated for four BAFTAs, including Outstanding British Film, and received 11 BIFA nominations. The film received six nominations at the 2022 The Big Screen Awards, including Best British Film of the Year and Breakthrough British Filmmaker.

Barantini has recently finished directing all five episodes of ITV’s upcoming thriller series Malpractice and is in post-production on Accused, his latest film. He will soon commence filming a BBC-commissioned series sequel of Boiling Point.

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Jacqui Barcos
Creator/writer, Spitfire Creative

Barcos is an award-winning filmmaker specializing in developing fresh, character-driven, socially conscious content for the global market. Most recently, Barcos created the wildlife crime drama, Shadowland. Developed in association with Athena Pictures and Executive Produced by Starlings Television and Ben Silverman, Shadowland is an elevated crime series based on the true-life exploits of two... read more

Barcos is an award-winning filmmaker specializing in developing fresh, character-driven, socially conscious content for the global market. Most recently, Barcos created the wildlife crime drama, Shadowland. Developed in association with Athena Pictures and Executive Produced by Starlings Television and Ben Silverman, Shadowland is an elevated crime series based on the true-life exploits of two of the world’s top wildlife crime operatives. Barcos also co-created the historical drama TV series, The Amazons with Fred Fuchs (Godfather 3, Tudors) as executive producer. She is currently in development on several international formats including Lodestar, a series the explores the dark underbelly of investigative journalism. Barcos is also collaborating with two world-class Neuroscientists on a grounded sci-fi thriller, Of Love and Neural Dust, which delves into the fascinating world of Neurotech. Barcos sold her first television project, The Misfits to Graham King’s GK-TV.

A USC film school graduate, Barcos won a DGA award for her short film, Mala Sangre. She was selected as a finalist for the Warner Brothers Directing Workshop, the Sundance Episodic Lab and ABC/Disney Directing Fellowship. Barcos is the co-founder of The Salon for Global Content and is a founding Emeritus Board Member of the Alliance of Women Directors.

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Larry Bass
Founder/ CEO/ EP, ShinAwiL

In 1999 Bass established ShinAwiL, now one of the largest independent production companies in Ireland. Bass has executive produced the PBS Masterpiece series Miss Scarlet & The Duke or LA studio Element 8 and A&E International in 2019. He is the producer of the forthcoming Feature Film The Miracle Club starring Dame Maggie Smith, Kathy Bates and Laura Linney , and the forthcoming drama cri... read more

In 1999 Bass established ShinAwiL, now one of the largest independent production companies in Ireland.

Bass has executive produced the PBS Masterpiece series Miss Scarlet & The Duke or LA studio Element 8 and A&E International in 2019. He is the producer of the forthcoming Feature Film The Miracle Club starring Dame Maggie Smith, Kathy Bates and Laura Linney , and the forthcoming drama crime series for RTE/Sundance/ZDF Studios Clean Sweep. He is also EP on forthcoming series, The Catch for Channel 5 UK, Maryland for ITV UK, and Doll Factory for Paramount+ UK.

He has also executive produced the Irish versions of the multi award winning series’, The Apprentice that won 2 Irish Film and Television Awards, Dragons’ Den, MasterChef Ireland, The Voice of Ireland and most recently the hugely successful Dancing With The Stars also an IFTA winner. Other recent productions include Home of the Year, What are you Eating?,  Meet the McDonagh’s and Tested on Humans.

The ShinAwiL development team is currently in development on original series’ for the Irish, UK and USA market, both scripted and non-scripted.

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Fabrizio Battocchio
Head of formats and factual entertainment, RTI

Battocchio has been running the format department since 1999 and was appointed head of factual entertainment and documentaries in 2013. He is a lecturer at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milano, where he teaches Languages and Creativity in Meda and Television formats. He is also a writer of essays on communication pragmatics, television production, formats and genres.

Jenn Batty
European head of content acquisitions, Samsung TV Plus

Batty is currently the head of content acquisition for Samsung’s free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) service, Samsung TV Plus. Launched across Europe in 2019, Samsung TV Plus has more than 1000 channels across 16 markets in Europe across news, entertainment, sports and movies. It offers a free next generation of TV experience to help brands engage with hard-to-reach streaming audiences via a C... read more

Batty is currently the head of content acquisition for Samsung’s free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) service, Samsung TV Plus. Launched across Europe in 2019, Samsung TV Plus has more than 1000 channels across 16 markets in Europe across news, entertainment, sports and movies. It offers a free next generation of TV experience to help brands engage with hard-to-reach streaming audiences via a CTV platform. Prior to joining Samsung, Batty held senior roles across multiple regions including North America, Asia and Europe, always at the forefront of programming and channel development.  Prior to returning to Europe, Batty was based in Asia as chief content officer of HOOQ, one of Asia’s 1st OTT players, a joint venture between Singtel, Sony and Warner Bros. As chief content officer at HOOQ (a joint venture between Singtel, Sony and Warner Bros) Batty lead the company’s content acquisition, programming, viewership and engagement strategies and drove original productions across their diverse markets.  She has also worked across many mentoring programs in North America, Europe and Asia, sharing her experiences in media across the three continents and offering support to help develop young women in media.

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Mike Beale
MD, Global Creative Network, ITV Studios

Beale heads up the Global Creative Network at ITV Studios, overseeing all development and acquisition of third party formats into the group of 30+ non-scripted labels worldwide. Beale joined ITV Studios in June 2011 to oversee creation and production of all ITV Studios formats. He managed the company’s slate of new and established formats, including The Chase, I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of ... read more

Beale heads up the Global Creative Network at ITV Studios, overseeing all development and acquisition of third party formats into the group of 30+ non-scripted labels worldwide.

Beale joined ITV Studios in June 2011 to oversee creation and production of all ITV Studios formats. He managed the company’s slate of new and established formats, including The Chase, I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, Hell’s Kitchen, Come Dine With Me and rolled out the latest reality hit, Love Island.

He has extensive experience working in production and formats at a range of producer/broadcasters and production companies including NBCUniversal (Minute To Win It, Top Chef), BBC (WeakestLink, Friends Like These), Hat Trick (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Confessions).

Beale also previously co-founded the independent production companies – 12 Yard Productions and Alchemy Reality. His earlier career began in production where he worked with a number of companies including Clear Idea TV, Planet 24, LWT andBunim Murray Productions.

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Kevin Beggs
Chair of the Lionsgate Television Group and chief content integration officer, Lionsgate

Beggs is chair of the Lionsgate Television Group and Lionsgate chief content integration officer, overseeing development and production of all scripted and non-scripted programming. A 24-year veteran of the company and a member of its corporate senior management team, he has spearheaded the strategic expansion of Lionsgate’s television production operations into one of the largest independent t... read more

Beggs is chair of the Lionsgate Television Group and Lionsgate chief content integration officer, overseeing development and production of all scripted and non-scripted programming. A 24-year veteran of the company and a member of its corporate senior management team, he has spearheaded the strategic expansion of Lionsgate’s television production operations into one of the largest independent television businesses in the world.  Additionally, Beggs helps oversee the company’s “Lionsgate 360” efforts, the cross-collaborative approach to developing new content from iconic Lionsgate intellectual properties across all of its businesses. Since joining Lionsgate in 1998, Beggs has guided the Television Group’s growth into the leading independent supplier of premium content to streaming, cable and broadcast networks. The studio is coming off one of its most successful years with 14 new shows picked up to series and 15 current series renewed for additional seasons, adding to a slate of more than 100 series across its Lionsgate scripted and unscripted, Debmar-Mercury and 3Arts Entertainment businesses.  Recent successes include the hit comedy Ghosts (CBS), the biggest new broadcast network comedy in four years, Home Economics, ABC’s highest rated new comedy and recently renewed for its third season, the hit series Love Life, Julia and Minx for HBO Max, Mythic Quest, already renewed for its third and fourth seasons on Apple TV+, and the hit series Power Book II: Ghost, P-Valley, Blindspotting, Run the World and Power Book III: Raising Kanan heading a pipeline of 15 series in production for or airing on Starz.

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Lindsey Bender
Agent (scripted TV and film), Creative Artists Agency

Bender is a scripted television agent in the London office of Creative Artists Agency. Bender represents international screenwriters, directors, production companies and podcast studios. Working as part of the global group, connecting all facets of the agency, including books, music, sports, motion picture and podcasts to build international scripted television series. Before CAA Bender worked as ... read more

Bender is a scripted television agent in the London office of Creative Artists Agency.

Bender represents international screenwriters, directors, production companies and podcast studios.

Working as part of the global group, connecting all facets of the agency, including books, music, sports, motion picture and podcasts to build international scripted television series.

Before CAA Bender worked as a screenwriters’ agent at United Agents and Berlin Associates.

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Jono Bergmann
Director & producer , BABKA

BABKA is the production company founded by brothers Benji & Jono Bergmann. They are based between New York, Berlin and Vienna. Camp Confidential, their animated Netflixn original documentary about a secret US military camp during WWII, was nominated for two Emmys, the Critics Choice Documentary awards and made it onto the shortlist for the Academy Awards 2022. Their most recent film is Wirecar... read more

BABKA is the production company founded by brothers Benji & Jono Bergmann. They are based between New York, Berlin and Vienna. Camp Confidential, their animated Netflixn original documentary about a secret US military camp during WWII, was nominated for two Emmys, the Critics Choice Documentary awards and made it onto the shortlist for the Academy Awards 2022. Their most recent film is Wirecard The Billion Euro Lie (nominated for Deutscher Fernsehpreis, Grimme Preis) and is the first German Sky Studios original documentary. They won the 2022 Blauer Panther Award for their directing work.

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Marianne Bjørn
Format manager, TV 2 Denmark

Bjørn is the Format Manager at TV 2 Denmark. She is responsible for scouting the international market for great new format ideas that fit TV 2’s content needs, and she works closely with the commissioners across genres. At TV 2, she works within the Acquisitions & Formats team and has also covered acquisitions of factual and lifestyle programming. Before joining TV 2 in 2021, Marianne was a... read more

Bjørn is the Format Manager at TV 2 Denmark. She is responsible for scouting the international market for great new format ideas that fit TV 2’s content needs, and she works closely with the commissioners across genres. At TV 2, she works within the Acquisitions & Formats team and has also covered acquisitions of factual and lifestyle programming. Before joining TV 2 in 2021, Marianne was at Banijay Nordic for 7 years as the Head of Content & Acquisitions, overseeing the content pipeline and format acquisitions from the Nordic production companies. Marianne holds a Master’s Degree in Media and Communication.

TV 2 Denmark is the company behind Denmark’s most-watched TV channel, TV 2, and behind the country’s most-watched channel family including a handful of niche channels and the streaming platform TV 2 Play. TV 2 Denmark is owned by the Danish state and operates as a commercially funded public service broadcaster. TV 2’s range of programmes includes news, entertainment, reality, lifestyle, documentaries and current affairs, sports, Danish fiction, films, and children’s television.

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Avril Blondelot
Head of content insight, Glance – Mediametrie

Blondelot is head of content insight of Glance. She heads a team of 20 people, experts in all genres of programmes and audience analysis worldwide. Her team oversees the publication of genre-themed reports such as Scripted Series, Entertainment, Kids TV and Beyond TV Reports as well as the service NoTa which exhaustively tracks and detects all the new series launched on 550+ platforms and channel... read more

Blondelot is head of content insight of Glance. She heads a team of 20 people, experts in all genres of programmes and audience analysis worldwide. Her team oversees the publication of genre-themed reports such as Scripted Series, Entertainment, Kids TV and Beyond TV Reports as well as the service NoTa which exhaustively tracks and detects all the new series launched on 550+ platforms and channels in the world. Her remit also covers TV Performances, the audience-based consultancy service dedicated to producers. 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.

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Lucy Brodie
European manager programming, Seven Network Australia

Brodie has over 35 years of experience in the broadcast industry working with a range companies, starting her career at the BBC, then moving to the UK independent sector, then international channels. She is currently european manager programming for Seven Network Australia, the largest commercial broadcaster in Australia and part of Seven West Media. She is responsible for sourcing formats and pri... read more

Brodie has over 35 years of experience in the broadcast industry working with a range companies, starting her career at the BBC, then moving to the UK independent sector, then international channels. She is currently european manager programming for Seven Network Australia, the largest commercial broadcaster in Australia and part of Seven West Media.
She is responsible for sourcing formats and primetime specials worldwide for Seven Network. Prior to this Lucy was instrumental in setting up Seven Studios UK, Seven Network Australia’s UK production companies which they went on to create and produce new drama and formats for local and international broadcasters. She has been a Board member of a number of Seven’s production companies both here in the UK and abroad.

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Claire Broughton
Head of podcasts, Hat Trick Productions

Broughton is head of podcasts across Hat Trick Productions where she oversees shows such as Queen Bees with Jane Horrocks and Esther Coles, Twice Upon A Time with Janet Ellis and The Real Sex Education, as well as scripted offerings London Pub Reviews (feat. Tim Key), and Whistle Through The Shamrocks written by Camilla Whitehill and Nicola Coughlan.  For HTM Television Ltd she produces scripted ... read more

Broughton is head of podcasts across Hat Trick Productions where she oversees shows such as Queen Bees with Jane Horrocks and Esther Coles, Twice Upon A Time with Janet Ellis and The Real Sex Education, as well as scripted offerings London Pub Reviews (feat. Tim Key), and Whistle Through The Shamrocks written by Camilla Whitehill and Nicola Coughlan. 

For HTM Television Ltd she produces scripted audio dramas such as Zoetrope starring Daisy Ridley and another soon to be announced drama, both for Audible. She has previously worked across film, TV and radio on titles such as Episodes with Matt LeBlanc, Plum House for Radio 4, The Constant Gardener (Potboiler Productions), Vera Drake (Thin Man Films), Black Books and Spaced (both Big Talk Productions for Channel 4).

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Richard Broughton
Executive director, Ampere Analysis

Broughton has over a decade of experience in analysing the television, film and communications industries, and has worked with and advised a huge range of the top international media, sports, telecoms and technology companies. He has a background in financial modelling, quant research and strategy. As executive director at Ampere, Broughton has led custom consulting projects for senior stakeholder... read more

Broughton has over a decade of experience in analysing the television, film and communications industries, and has worked with and advised a huge range of the top international media, sports, telecoms and technology companies. He has a background in financial modelling, quant research and strategy. As executive director at Ampere, Broughton has led custom consulting projects for senior stakeholders in a wide selection of blue-chip organisations, including major studios and producers, channel groups, tech vendors and pay TV & telecommunications groups – as well as regulatory and governmental bodies.

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Sam Bryant
Director, original content & head of comedy, Audible

Bryant is the comedy director of original content at Audible. He commissions and exec produces Audible’s comedy podcasts, which have been awarded Best Comedy at the British Podcast Awards for three consecutive years. Recent projects include From The Oasthouse: The Alan Partridge Podcast, French & Saunders Titting About, The Kurupt FM Podkast, and Jamali Maddix’s Spooky Sh*t. Prior to Audib... read more

Bryant is the comedy director of original content at Audible. He commissions and exec produces Audible’s comedy podcasts, which have been awarded Best Comedy at the British Podcast Awards for three consecutive years. Recent projects include From The Oasthouse: The Alan Partridge Podcast, French & Saunders Titting About, The Kurupt FM Podkast, and Jamali Maddix’s Spooky Sh*t. Prior to Audible, Bryant was an exec producer at BBC Comedy.

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Rodolphe Buet
CEO, Newen Connect

For several years, Buet has led the French and international distribution teams of major European Studios including Studiocanal (Canal+ Group) or Mediawan Kids&Family. A key figure at Studiocanal, Buet led business activities in fiction and cinema on various major projects: family and animated films (Paddington, Shaun the Sheep), arthouse films (Tinker Soldier Spy), action films (Non-Stop) and... read more

For several years, Buet has led the French and international distribution teams of major European Studios including Studiocanal (Canal+ Group) or Mediawan Kids&Family.

A key figure at Studiocanal, Buet led business activities in fiction and cinema on various major projects: family and animated films (Paddington, Shaun the Sheep), arthouse films (Tinker Soldier Spy), action films (Non-Stop) and series (Baron Noir, Midnight Sun, The Five, Crossing Lines, The returned…) in coordination with TV production subsidiaries based abroad (Red in the United Kingdom, Sam in Denmark, and Tandem in Germany).

He has also contributed to the influence and growth of Studiocanal, establishing distribution operations in London and Beijing. CEO of Studiocanal Germany between 2012 and 2015 he managed successful international Ips such as Hunger Games and launched the German production arm with successes such as Heidi or My Blind Spot.

President of international films at Mediawan Kids & Famil from 2018 to 2020, Buet also led the strategic development of various animation projects.

In 2020, he was appointed chief distribution officer of TF1’s distribution arm Newen Connect. Since his nomination, he has contributed to the international success of various IP’s (HIP, DNA, Christian, L’Opéra…) along with the development of the company’s slate, building partnerships with Newen Studios’ production companies (Izen, Flare Film, Ringside Studios…) as well as talented third-party producers (Andy Serkis’ The Imaginarium,  UGC, Lucky Red, etc.).

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Yule Caise
Writer and co-founder, Behind the Billboards LLC

Caise is an award-winning writer, director and producer of Film, Television and New Media. He is co-founder of Behind the Billboards, a TV development company specializing in diverse global content. Awarded the 2021-2022 Santa Monica Artist Fellowship, he’s currently writing a play about James Baldwin and Nina Simone. Formerly a writer-producer on BET’s scripted Hip Hop anthology series Tal... read more

Caise is an award-winning writer, director and producer of Film, Television and New Media. He is co-founder of Behind the Billboards, a TV development company specializing in diverse global content. Awarded the 2021-2022 Santa Monica Artist Fellowship, he’s currently writing a play about James Baldwin and Nina Simone.

Formerly a writer-producer on BET’s scripted Hip Hop anthology series Tales, Caise previously had a development deal at FX Networks, in conjunction with Fox Broadcasting Co and 20th Century Fox Television. Caise is also a Film Independent Fellow, having participated in the Screenwriters Lab with Snail Trails, his screenplay about growing up in the shadow of the Black Panther Party.

A digital pioneer, Caise’s prior work and contributions to the NBC television show Heroes won an Emmy Award for Interactive Media Programming for The Heroes Digital Experience.

His short films Shoes and Boys’ Night Out have played festivals worldwide. Other writing and producing credits include Showtime’s Free of Eden starring Sidney Poitier and the award- winning film Way Past Cool, Executive Produced by Milos Forman and Norman Lear.

Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Caise graduated from Harvard College and earned his MFA from UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television.

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Beatriz Campos
SVP global sales and production financing, Studiocanal

Campos started her career at ITV Global Entertainment as sales executive in 2007 where she spent 5 years covering finished and format sales for Spain, Portugal, and The Middle East. In 2012 Campos moved to Shine as senior sales manager handling finished and format sales for a handful of territories inc. Iberia, Italy, Mena, Greece, Turkey & Israel also responsible for the sale of big commercia... read more

Campos started her career at ITV Global Entertainment as sales executive in 2007 where she spent 5 years covering finished and format sales for Spain, Portugal, and The Middle East. In 2012 Campos moved to Shine as senior sales manager handling finished and format sales for a handful of territories inc. Iberia, Italy, Mena, Greece, Turkey & Israel also responsible for the sale of big commercial brands inc. Broadchurch, Masterchef and Biggest Loser. In 2015 the merger between Shine and Endemol resulted in Campos being appointed as Sales Director.

In 2016 Campos joined the Studiocanal family as VP of Sales followed by a promotion to head of global sales for TV Series in 2017. In 2019 Campos was appointed SVP global sales and production financing responsible for driving the sales strategy for Studiocanal’s growing roster of productions such as Daytime Emmy® Award winning animated series Paddington 1, 2 and (soon) 3. Campos is also responsible for production formats and production financing with All Those Things We Never Said and Two Lives notable production highlights. Under her global sales remit, SCTV won the Broadcast Award for Best Distribution following the sales of Years and Years.

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Candice Carty-Williams
Writer and author,

Carty-Williams is best known as the writer and author of the Sunday Times bestselling novel Queenie, which has been described as vital, disarmingly honest, and boldly political, and has been shortlisted for the Waterstones, Foyles and Goodreads Book of 2019, as well as selected as the Blackwell’s Debut of the Year. Queenie also won Book of the Year at the 2020 British Book Awards. Next year, C... read more

Carty-Williams is best known as the writer and author of the Sunday Times bestselling novel Queenie, which has been described as vital, disarmingly honest, and boldly political, and has been shortlisted for the Waterstones, Foyles and Goodreads Book of 2019, as well as selected as the Blackwell’s Debut of the Year. Queenie also won Book of the Year at the 2020 British Book Awards.

Next year, Carty-Williams’ first major TV series Champion will air on BBC One and Netflix. The eight-part series is set to be followed by Carty-Williams’ second TV show, an adaptation of her 2019 novel Queenie, which will be available to watch on Channel4 and Disney.

In 2016, Carty-Williams created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, the first inclusive initiative of its kind in book publishing. Candice has written for Guardian, i-D, The Face, Vogue, every iteration of the Sunday Times, BEAT Magazine, Black Ballad and more. She will probably always live in South London.

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Alexander Cary
Creator and executive producer, A Spy Among Friends

Cary is a London born former soldier who resigned his commission after seven years and enlisted in the film school at UCLA where he learned he had stories to tell and that writing his own material might open doors into film and television faster than a degree. Fifteen years and a marriage later he got his first television writing job on The Riches (for FX, starring Eddie Izard and Minnie Driver). ... read more

Cary is a London born former soldier who resigned his commission after seven years and enlisted in the film school at UCLA where he learned he had stories to tell and that writing his own material might open doors into film and television faster than a degree.

Fifteen years and a marriage later he got his first television writing job on The Riches (for FX, starring Eddie Izard and Minnie Driver). Since then, he has written and produced several different pilots and shows and won an Emmy for his work on the first series of Homeland (for Showtime, starring Claire Canes and Damian Lewis).

A Spy Among Friends is the first of several books by Ben Macintyre that Cary is adapting. It has reunited him with Damian Lewis and is also the first show he has written and produced in the UK, which has made it somewhat of a homecoming, and a happy one at that.

Cary has two grown sons of whom he’s very proud and is married to the love of his life.

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Jonathan Cavendish
Founder, The Imaginarium

Cavendish is a prolific producer known for the 2007 Academy Award-winning historical epic Elizabeth: The Golden Age starring Cate Blanchett, and the 2001 global smash hit Bridget Jones’s Diary and its subsequent sequel. Cavendish began his career in advertising where he ran the marketing for the launch of Channel 4 in 1982 and made his producing debut with December Bride in 1991. Following this ... read more

Cavendish is a prolific producer known for the 2007 Academy Award-winning historical epic Elizabeth: The Golden Age starring Cate Blanchett, and the 2001 global smash hit Bridget Jones’s Diary and its subsequent sequel.

Cavendish began his career in advertising where he ran the marketing for the launch of Channel 4 in 1982 and made his producing debut with December Bride in 1991. Following this were many other commercially and critically successful projects including the Irish famine series The Hanging Gale, Emmy-winning Dirty Tricks and multi-Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Bernard and Doris.

In 2011, Cavendish co-founded the production company and performance capture studio The Imaginarium with actor Andy Serkis. He produced its first film Breathe in 2017; a biopic starring Andrew Garfield opposite Claire Foy based on his father’s inspiring struggle with polio. This was directed by Serkis as was Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle which Cavendish produced for The Imaginarium and Netflix. His other projects include The Ritual, Death and Nightingales and Netflix’s No One Gets Out Alive.

Recently, Cavendish worked on Marvel’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage which grossed $506M worldwide and his upcoming productions are The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself‍ for The Imaginarium and Netflix due for release later this year and the 2023 Taika Waititi-directed film Next Goal Wins.

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Michelle Chappell
MD, Workerbee

Chappell is managing director of Workerbee responsible for overseeing the company and both the Films and Formats divisions of the business. Prior to this she was Creative Director helping to build the company’s slate of hits which include shows like The Bridge (C4), Idris Elba’s Fight School (BBC 2), Janet Jackson(Sky, Lifetime and A+E) and Bruno Vs Tyson (Sky) and Peter Crouch: Save Our Game ... read more

Chappell is managing director of Workerbee responsible for overseeing the company and both the Films and Formats divisions of the business.

Prior to this she was Creative Director helping to build the company’s slate of hits which include shows like The Bridge (C4), Idris Elba’s Fight School (BBC 2), Janet Jackson(Sky, Lifetime and A+E) and Bruno Vs Tyson (Sky) and Peter Crouch: Save Our Game (Discovery +).

Before joining Workerbee, Chappell spent 10 years as a commissioning editor in the Channel 4 Documentaries department and Channel 5 Factual, responsible for a wide range of series such as The Supervet, Secret Life of the Zoo, Rich House Poor House and World’s Toughest Prisons. Prior to commissioning, she was a programme maker launching factual shows for BBC1, ITV, C4 and C5.

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Michael Chiklis
Director, actor, Accused

Chiklis is an Emmy and Golden Globe winner best known for his role in the acclaimed drama series The Shield. He will next be seen in the cable drama Winning Time: The Rise of The Lakers Dynasty; and The Senior, a football drama from Rod Lurie. Chiklis also has appeared in the films Don’t Look Up, from Adam McKay; the Fantastic Four franchise, in which he played Ben Grimm/The Thing; and in titles... read more

Chiklis is an Emmy and Golden Globe winner best known for his role in the acclaimed drama series The Shield. He will next be seen in the cable drama Winning Time: The Rise of The Lakers Dynasty; and The Senior, a football drama from Rod Lurie. Chiklis also has appeared in the films Don’t Look Up, from Adam McKay; the Fantastic Four franchise, in which he played Ben Grimm/The Thing; and in titles such as Eagle Eye. Additional TV credits include Coyote, Fox’s Gotham, American Horror Story, Vegas and The Commish. Chiklis can currently be seen staring in HBO’s Winning Time.

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Jo Clinton-Davis
Controller of factual, ITV

As ITV factual controller Clinton-Davis’ commissions include: BAFTA award winning Long Lost Family/Born Without Trace; Diana Our Mother; Queen’s Green Planet; 56 & 63 Up; Crime and Punishment series including an Hour to Catch a Killer with Trevor McDonald; Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road and major single docs e.g Kate Garraway Finding Derek; Kevin McDonald’s Story of Us. At the B... read more

As ITV factual controller Clinton-Davis’ commissions include: BAFTA award winning Long Lost Family/Born Without Trace; Diana Our Mother; Queen’s Green Planet; 56 & 63 Up; Crime and Punishment series including an Hour to Catch a Killer with Trevor McDonald; Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road and major single docs e.g Kate Garraway Finding Derek; Kevin McDonald’s Story of Us.

At the BBC, Clinton-Davis was head of independent commissioning and commissioned Masterchef and Hairy Bikers amongst many other shows. Clinton-Davis series directed & produced BBC One’s 7 part award winning documentary series Making Babies and 6 parter – The Shop about Selfridges, plus many single docs for award winning strand 40 Minutes and Inside Story. Cut (long) teeth on Newsnight, Crimewatch etc.

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Danny Cohen
President, Access Entertainment

Paul Cohen
Group commercial director, Hat Trick Productions

Cohen oversees legal, commercial, rights and focuses on financing and co-production for high-end productions. He is also responsible for corporate and business development.

 

Philippa Collie-Cousins
Senior drama commissioner, UKTV

Collie-Cousins is UKTV’s dedicated drama commissioner. Since joining in 2018, she has commissioned seven high-performing original series, including two series of the hit forensic programme Traces and two series of detective thriller We Hunt Together, as well as the dark and original Ragdoll – a serial killer thriller based on the bestselling novel by Daniel Cole, co-commissioned with AMC, ... read more

Collie-Cousins is UKTV’s dedicated drama commissioner. Since joining in 2018, she has commissioned seven high-performing original series, including two series of the hit forensic programme Traces and two series of detective thriller We Hunt Together, as well as the dark and original Ragdoll – a serial killer thriller based on the bestselling novel by Daniel Cole, co-commissioned with AMC, produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd. Next up, she has commissioned UKTV’s first European based drama series, The Diplomat, written by Ben Richards and executive produced by World Productions.

  

Collie-Cousins commission of Annika S1, a co-commission with US network Masterpiece, has become Alibi’s highest rating show ever with the launch episode consolidating to over 1.3 million viewers – the top programme on the UKTV network. Annika S2 is currently shooting in Glasgow.

  

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 and is the BAFTA-award winning director behind The Deadness of Dad. 

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Moderator Tara Conlan
Journalist,

Conlan has been writing about media for The Guardian and the Observer since 2005 and was previously the Daily Mail’s TV Editor with her own column. She also written columns for The Observer Media & Business section and Grazia magazine and worked on the Evening Standard and Daily Mail city desks and Londoner’s Diary. Other newspapers and broadcasting she’s contributed to about media and t... read more

Conlan has been writing about media for The Guardian and the Observer since 2005 and was previously the Daily Mail’s TV Editor with her own column. She also written columns for The Observer Media & Business section and Grazia magazine and worked on the Evening Standard and Daily Mail city desks and Londoner’s Diary.

Other newspapers and broadcasting she’s contributed to about media and the arts include The Sunday Times, The Independent, Radio Times, Radio 4’s The Media Show, The Media Podcast, the Today programme, BBC Ten O’Clock News, ITV’s News at Ten, BBC News Channel and LBC. Conlan began in journalism on The Stage newspaper and also worked on Broadcast magazine – which she still writes for.

She has hosted sessions at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, is a juror and writer for the Royal Television Society, a member of the Broadcasting Press Guild, has been a consultant for the newspaper industry’s marketing body Newsworks and TV industry body Screenskills.

Conlan contributed to the book ‘Is the BBC in Crisis?’ and has also been a reviewer for Mr & Mrs Smith, the UK Club Guide and the London Restaurant Guide.

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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 re... read more

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.

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Camilla Cope
Commercial director, Greenbird Media

Cope is the commercial director at Greenbird Media, a UK TV production company incubator, investor and business accelerator working across all genres of content including entertainment, factual entertainment, factual, drama and comedy. With a background as a producer and developer of global formats Cope focusses on production finance, IP exploitation and driving commercial revenues for the Greenbi... read more

Cope is the commercial director at Greenbird Media, a UK TV production company incubator, investor and business accelerator working across all genres of content including entertainment, factual entertainment, factual, drama and comedy.

With a background as a producer and developer of global formats Cope focusses on production finance, IP exploitation and driving commercial revenues for the Greenbird Indie network.  The changing TV landscape has meant an increased focus on working within new funding models; brokering international co-production deals and pre-sales, securing deficit finance through distribution and working with 3rd party financiers and brands to get shows into production.

Over the years, Cope has held a number of senior development roles across various international TV groups and UK companies including ITV, BBC Worldwide and Banijay. In 2015 she launched a new consumer TV festival with the Radio Times and has also worked in talent management.

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Moderator Emma Cox
Freelance journalist,

Cox is a freelance journalist who writes for outlets including Radio Times, Daily Mail, The Sun, and Daily Telegraph. She also moderates panels and provides copy for press packs for a number of broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Discovery, Netflix, Amazon and UKTV. She has also sat on judging panels for awards including BAFTA, Edinburgh TV Festival, and RTS, and is a member of the Br... read more

Cox is a freelance journalist who writes for outlets including Radio Times, Daily Mail, The Sun, and Daily Telegraph.

She also moderates panels and provides copy for press packs for a number of broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Discovery, Netflix, Amazon and UKTV.

She has also sat on judging panels for awards including BAFTA, Edinburgh TV Festival, and RTS, and is a member of the Broadcasting Press Guild.

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Ana Cueto
Head of research, Atresmedia

Cueto has been working in the audiovisual industry for more than 20 years and is a passionate fan of trends in television and media since her beginnings in pay TV. In Canal Satélite Digital, she was in charge of Programming and Acquisitions of various channels, such as Viajar or the pioneer Channel C. Later, she joined NBC Universal for the set up and launch of the group’s channels in Spain, Ca... read more

Cueto has been working in the audiovisual industry for more than 20 years and is a passionate fan of trends in television and media since her beginnings in pay TV. In Canal Satélite Digital, she was in charge of Programming and Acquisitions of various channels, such as Viajar or the pioneer Channel C.

Later, she joined NBC Universal for the set up and launch of the group’s channels in Spain, Calle 13 and Studio Universal, where she was responsible for Programming and Acquisition (films, series and documentaries). From 2005 to 2014, she worked at the production company Plural as head of R&D, both buying and developing all kinds of formats for national and regional networks. She joined Atresmedia in February 2014 as head of research and new projects in the Programs area, where she screens markets and trends in search for the best formats for Atresmedia (both linear and digital).

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Serena Cullen
Producer,

Cullen has worked in film television and online for over 30 years. She worked for World Productions with Tony Garnett on series including This Life and The Cops.  She spent 10 years at BBC Drama Series credits include Grease Monkeys and Elmina’s Kitchen. In 2008 she created Sofia’s Diary, the first UK cross platform drama and in 2010 her feature film Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll went on ge... read more

Cullen has worked in film television and online for over 30 years. She worked for World Productions with Tony Garnett on series including This Life and The Cops.  She spent 10 years at BBC Drama Series credits include Grease Monkeys and Elmina’s Kitchen. In 2008 she created Sofia’s Diary, the first UK cross platform drama and in 2010 her feature film Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll went on general release.  In 2009 Cullen launched Serena Cullen Productions Ltd and since then has made several series including Me and Mrs Jones for BBC1 and Lady Chatterley’s Lover for BBC1, with Jed Mercurio, starring Richard Madden, Holliday Granger, James Norton. In 2018 Cullen produced Four Lives for BBC1 starring Sheridan Smith and Stephen Marchant.  She completed production on 2 series of the ITV drama The Larkins by Simon Nye. 

After 10 years of development Cullen produced 8 part South African psychological thriller Reyka starring Iain Glen and Kim Engelbrecht.  The series opened the 60th Monte Carlo Film Festival in June 2021 and transmitted in South Africa in July 2020, thereafter, being distributed globally in 175 territories.  Reyka has so far received 4 Safta awards, is nominated for 2 International Emmys and is long listed for the Rose D’Or 2022.

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Moderator Adam Cunningham
Chief strategy officer, Allied Global Marketing

Starting his entertainment career in talent representation, Cunningham bootstrapped his own digital agency, 87AM, out of his New York City studio at the peak of the economic crisis. The agency grew rapidly, and in 2011 was acquired by Allied Global Marketing, the leading entertainment, culture and lifestyle marketing agency.  Since then, Cunningham has led all of Allied’s digital capabilities a... read more

Starting his entertainment career in talent representation, Cunningham bootstrapped his own digital agency, 87AM, out of his New York City studio at the peak of the economic crisis. The agency grew rapidly, and in 2011 was acquired by Allied Global Marketing, the leading entertainment, culture and lifestyle marketing agency.  Since then, Cunningham has led all of Allied’s digital capabilities and was named chief strategy officer in 2020, marking him as the youngest C-suite executive to hold this title at the company.  In his time at Allied, Cunningham has built world-class teams covering digital media, influencers, social, creative and tech development and has worked with major media companies to develop proprietary technology and data systems.  Allied Global Marketing’s clients include almost every major media company around the globe from Netflix, Amazon and Disney to Warner Bros. Discovery, Paramount Global and NBCUniversal. Cunningham leads the agency’s global strategy, as well as those of his clients.

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Dominique Cutts
Director of documentary & factual commissioning, Red Bull Studios

As commissioning executive for Red Bull Studios, Cutts oversees a broad mix of programmes from premium sports, music and character-led documentaries to high-octane global formats. Based out of the UK, she co-commissions with other UK broadcasters as well as fully financing a slate of international shows. Prior to joining Red Bull Studios, Cutts’ previous work included executive producing the Spo... read more

As commissioning executive for Red Bull Studios, Cutts oversees a broad mix of programmes from premium sports, music and character-led documentaries to high-octane global formats. Based out of the UK, she co-commissions with other UK broadcasters as well as fully financing a slate of international shows. Prior to joining Red Bull Studios, Cutts’ previous work included executive producing the Sports Emmy nominated The Last Ascent and over a decade in development both in-house at the BBC, and for a number of the UK’s top independent production companies, across a number of award winning factual series.

 

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Wendy Darke
CEO and founder, True to Nature

True to Nature Limited (TTN) was founded in 2016, specialising in innovative, premium nature and specialist factual productions, to date securing over 25 commissions including the Sky/Netflix co-production, Predators narrated by Tom Hardy, 5 x 60, set for release in Winter 2022. Whale with Steve Backshall, 4 x 60’, for Sky Nature, currently in production and set for premier in Winter 23, follow... read more

True to Nature Limited (TTN) was founded in 2016, specialising in innovative, premium nature and specialist factual productions, to date securing over 25 commissions including the Sky/Netflix co-production, Predators narrated by Tom Hardy, 5 x 60, set for release in Winter 2022.

Whale with Steve Backshall, 4 x 60’, for Sky Nature, currently in production and set for premier in Winter 23, follows the success of Shark with Steve Backshall, 4 x 60’ for Sky Nature. TTN have also produced 20 x 60’ Expedition with Steve Backshall films which have been distributed to over 160+ territories worldwide and was the first UKTV series to be carbon offset. Wendy has an impressive track record of over 1,000 credits on children’s nature programmes including the BAFTA nominated Deadly 60. TTN has secured commissions for over 100 children’s programmes including the hugely successful One Zoo Three series, 26 x 22’, for CBBC and the spin off Ozt Goes Wild In Britain.

Darke has a PhD in Marine Science, from the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences and James Cook University, Australia and a BSc Joint Honours Geology and Zoology, University of Bristol.

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Mike Darnell
President, Warner Bros. Unscripted Television

Darnell serves as president of Warner Bros. Unscripted Television. Regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of reality television, Darnell joined the studio in 2013 and has since grown the unscripted portfolio exponentially, elevating the division to become the #1 producer of unscripted primetime television in America. Darnell and his team produce nearly 60 series across broa... read more

Darnell serves as president of Warner Bros. Unscripted Television. Regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of reality television, Darnell joined the studio in 2013 and has since grown the unscripted portfolio exponentially, elevating the division to become the #1 producer of unscripted primetime television in America.

Darnell and his team produce nearly 60 series across broadcast, cable, streaming, digital and first-run syndication, consisting of over 2,000 hours of programming annually. Hit series include The Bachelor and The Bachelorette (ABC), multi-Emmy winner The Voice (NBC), Paris in Love (Peacock), Friends: The Reunion (HBO Max), Harry Potter 20thAnniversary: Return to Hogwarts (HBO Max) and The Real Housewives of New York City (Bravo), plus new daytime talk show Jennifer Hudson and the Emmy-winning first-run series Extra. The division also specializes in high-end documentaries, including Greg Berlanti’s Equal (HBO Max) and Helter Skelter (EPIX), among others.

Prior to Warner Bros., Darnell spent 19 years as president of alternative entertainment at Fox Broadcasting, developing and overseeing hundreds of iconic and top-rated shows, including American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, The Simple Life, The X Factor, Joe Millionaire, Hell’s Kitchen and Family Guy.

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Pauline Dauvin
VP programming, production and acquisitions, The Walt Disney Company, France

Dauvin is vice-president programming, production and acquisitions at The Walt Disney Company France since January 2020. She oversees programming, acquisition, original productions for the linear TV (Family & Kids Channels and National Geographic channels) and Disney+. She is also in charge of the original productions, of which the activities are highly strategic at a time when audience are inc... read more

Dauvin is vice-president programming, production and acquisitions at The Walt Disney Company France since January 2020. She oversees programming, acquisition, original productions for the linear TV (Family & Kids Channels and National Geographic channels) and Disney+. She is also in charge of the original productions, of which the activities are highly strategic at a time when audience are increasingly oriented towards local programs.

Dauvin joined The Walt Disney Company France in 2011 as director of programs & acquisitions for all of the group’s channels.

Graduated with a Master 2 in intellectual property law from the Sorbonne University and a bachelor of medias and communication from Sciences Po Paris. Dauvin worked previously for France Television before joining the NBC Universal Group as the program and broadcasting director, first in France then internationally for the entire EMEA region.

 

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Jack Davison
EVP, 3Vision

Davison is a TV industry professional with extensive knowledge of the content ecosystem and a unique expertise in Pay and Free TV, AVoD, SVoD and FAST. Davison is executive vice president of leading global TV content consultancy 3Vision. With an ability to predict, analyse and explain the implications of industry changes on stakeholders, he advises major global content owners and broadcasters on o... read more

Davison is a TV industry professional with extensive knowledge of the content ecosystem and a unique expertise in Pay and Free TV, AVoD, SVoD and FAST.

Davison is executive vice president of leading global TV content consultancy 3Vision. With an ability to predict, analyse and explain the implications of industry changes on stakeholders, 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
President, international, Anonymous Content

Davoli is the president of international at Anonymous Content where he oversees their international division, including its various global joint ventures – Anonymous/Federation, AC Nordic, AC Brazil, and Chapter One in the UK – and will continue to build out the visionary media company’s international expansion. He started this role in early September and is a member of the senior le... read more

Davoli is the president of international at Anonymous Content where he oversees their international division, including its various global joint ventures – Anonymous/Federation, AC Nordic, AC Brazil, and Chapter One in the UK – and will continue to build out the visionary media company’s international expansion. He started this role in early September and is a member of the senior leadership team.

Formerly, Davoli was the president of television at BRON Studios where he oversaw development, production, co-productions, financing, and sales. He pioneered BRON’s international television strategy, where he identified IP, cultivated key relationships with creators and production companies, managed complex international co-productions, raised over $125M in production financing, built out and provided a full studio service, and sold into territories across the world. Projects produced during his time leading BRON Television include The Idol for HBO; the Irish crime drama, Kin, now in production on its second season for AMC+; Ten Percent, the English-language remake of Call My Agent!, for Amazon Prime UK and SundanceNow; That Dirty Black Bag, for AMC+; and The Defeated, for Netflix.

Prior to BRON, Davoli was in private practice for 13 years as an entertainment attorney, licensed in both New York and California.

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Julien Degroote
EVP, content development, TF1 Group

Degroote currently serves as EVP, content development for French leading network TF1 Group. He is responsible for commissioning, developing or creating and overseeing the new shows for the three TF1 Group national channels: TF1, TMC and TFX and the digital platform MyTF1. His credits include: The Masked Singer, Ninja Warrior, The Wall, Tattoo Fixers, 1000+ daily shows including docu-soap Large Fam... read more

Degroote currently serves as EVP, content development for French leading network TF1 Group.

He is responsible for commissioning, developing or creating and overseeing the new shows for the three TF1 Group national channels: TF1, TMC and TFX and the digital platform MyTF1. His credits include: The Masked Singer, Ninja Warrior, The Wall, Tattoo Fixers, 1000+ daily shows including docu-soap Large Families. Degroote is also in charge of spotting the best ideas and trends around the world as head of scouting (Scripted and Alternative).

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, 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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Diego del Pozo Rosa
Manager of fiction content, Atresmedia TV

Degree in Business Administration and Management (UC3M, 2011), Master’s Degree in Direction of the Audiovisual Company (UC3M, 2011) and Master’s Degree in Management of the Audiovisual Company (EAE, 2015). Since 2011 he has been working at Atresmedia Televisión, where he currently holds the position of manager of fiction content, overseeing the search, launch and development of the original f... read more

Degree in Business Administration and Management (UC3M, 2011), Master’s Degree in Direction of the Audiovisual Company (UC3M, 2011) and Master’s Degree in Management of the Audiovisual Company (EAE, 2015). Since 2011 he has been working at Atresmedia Televisión, where he currently holds the position of manager of fiction content, overseeing the search, launch and development of the original fictions of Series Atresmedia, mainly for ATRESplayer Premium, the group’s SVOD platform. In addition, he has also developed a teaching work being a professor of several master’s degrees and programs in different universities and audiovisual business schools.

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Sophie Deraspe
Writer and director, Pixcom

Visual arts and literature led Deraspe to filmmaking. As a screenwriter, director and cinematographer, she worked on documentaries before producing, writing and directing her realism-bending first feature film, Missing Victor Pellerin (2006). After critical acclaim and multiple screenings around the world, Deraspe went on to direct a second feature film in 2009, Vital Signs that premiered at the... read more

Visual arts and literature led Deraspe to filmmaking. As a screenwriter, director and cinematographer, she worked on documentaries before producing, writing and directing her realism-bending first feature film, Missing Victor Pellerin (2006). After critical acclaim and multiple screenings around the world, Deraspe went on to direct a second feature film in 2009, Vital Signs that premiered at the IFFRotterdam. In the year that followed Vital Signs won 14 prizes at some 30 international festivals. Deraspe released two films in 2015: The Wolves (FIPRESCI Prize in Torino), and The Amina Profile, a feature-length documentary that premiered at Sundance before becoming a festival darling. In 2019, Deraspe wrote and directed Antigone, a contemporary interpretation of the Sophocles tragedy. Named Best Canadian Feature Film in Toronto (TIFF) and Canada’s official selection for the Oscars, Antigone was a theatrical success in Quebec, at festivals and in international sales. Among many other honors, it took home Best Motion Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards. Deraspe also directed Bête Noire (2021), a 6-episode miniseries that was a critical and commercial success with distribution in more than a hundred countries. Deraspe is the co-author and director of Motel Paradis, which is airing in Canada this fall.

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Amit Devani
Director of insights (EMEA), Parrot Analytics

Devani serves as director of insights in EMEA at Parrot Analytics based in London. In his current role, he oversees initiatives that transform data into insights at every step of the content life-cycle, including commissioning, marketing, acquisition & distribution. Prior to Parrot Analytics, Devani spent over half a decade at public service broadcaster, Channel 4 helping to build out the digi... read more

Devani serves as director of insights in EMEA at Parrot Analytics based in London. In his current role, he oversees initiatives that transform data into insights at every step of the content life-cycle, including commissioning, marketing, acquisition & distribution. Prior to Parrot Analytics, Devani spent over half a decade at public service broadcaster, Channel 4 helping to build out the digital analytics and insights team that served its VOD channel, All 4.

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Thomas Dey
Founder and CEO, ACF Investment Bank

Dey is the founder and CEO of ACF, a leading global Investment Bank, specialised in selling, buying, fundraising, and pre and post deal services for brands and businesses in intellectual property, content creation and international distribution. With offices in the UK and USA, Dey and the ACF team have advised on over 100 transactions in the media and entertainment sector with a combined transacti... read more

Dey is the founder and CEO of ACF, a leading global Investment Bank, specialised in selling, buying, fundraising, and pre and post deal services for brands and businesses in intellectual property, content creation and international distribution.
With offices in the UK and USA, Dey and the ACF team have advised on over 100 transactions in the media and entertainment sector with a combined transaction value of over $6 billion plus.
Some of Dey’s high profile transactions include, sale of NENT Studios to Fremantle, sale of Critical Content to SK Global, advising Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones (Black Mirror creators) on the sale of their company, Broke and Bones to Netflix, advising Plimsoll Productions on its fundraise from Lloyds Development Capital, the sale of Left Bank Pictures (Crown creators) to Sony, Bear Grylls Ventures to Banijay, Paddington Bear Intellectual Property to Studio Canal, Pilgrim Studios to Lionsgate, Leftfield Entertainment to ITV Plc, Love Productions to Sky, and Top Gear on behalf of Jeremy Clarkson to BBC.
Dey is also listed in the 2022 Variety500 – an index of the 500 most influential global business leaders in the entertainment industry and has been honoured for the last decade by Variety in its Dealmakers Impact Report which annually lists the industry’s top Hollywood dealmakers.

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Sened Dhab
VP streaming scripted, France Télévisions

Dhab is VP Streaming Scripted 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’ streaming platform : France.tv. Dhab has had a long career spanning all facets of the entertainment business. Formerly a writer and script-doctor for both the TV and movies industry. He also worked ... read more

Dhab is VP Streaming Scripted 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’ streaming platform : France.tv.

Dhab has had a long career 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 Télévisions, 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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Rohan Dickson
Writer and executive producer,

Dickson is an internationally acclaimed screenwriter/showrunner based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dickson is an International Emmy Award nominee, Best Drama Series for Reyka, and was nominated for a Palm d’Or Award in screenwriting from the Cannes International Film Festival. His film Husk was invited in Official Selection to the international film festivals of Edinburgh, Toronto, Telluri... read more

Dickson is an internationally acclaimed screenwriter/showrunner based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dickson is an International Emmy Award nominee, Best Drama Series for Reyka, and was nominated for a Palm d’Or Award in screenwriting from the Cannes International Film Festival. His film Husk was invited in Official Selection to the international film festivals of Edinburgh, Toronto, Telluride, Rio de Janeiro, Palm Springs and the African Film Festival in New York.

In 2021 Dickson created, wrote and executive produced Reyka an 8-part TV drama for M-Net (SA) and Fremantle Media International (UK) starring Iain Glen and Desert Rose an 8-part TV drama for M-Net (SA) which he created, wrote and produced. The World Premiere screening of Reyka opened the 60th Monte-Carlo Television Festival on 18 June 2021 and at the 16th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) Reyka won four awards, including Best Scriptwriting for a TV Drama.

Dickson holds a PhD in Creative Writing from The University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, a Screenwriting Diploma from The School of Visual Arts in New York and an Honours Degree in Dramatic Arts at Rhodes University, South Africa.

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Poppy Dixon
Director, documentaries and factual, Sky

Dixon is Sky UK’s director of documentaries and factual, where she is responsible for all original commissioning for Sky Documentaries, Sky Nature and Sky Crime.  Since the launch of the factual channels in 2020, Sky has forged a path as a destination for premium narrative driven box-set series, feature documentaries and bold natural history programming, with Sky Documentaries winning the B... read more

Dixon is Sky UK’s director of documentaries and factual, where she is responsible for all original commissioning for Sky Documentaries, Sky Nature and Sky Crime.  Since the launch of the factual channels in 2020, Sky has forged a path as a destination for premium narrative driven box-set series, feature documentaries and bold natural history programming, with Sky Documentaries winning the Broadcast Digital Award for Best Factual Channel, only a year after its launch. Some of the key successes for the factual channels since launch include The Princess, Liverpool Narcos, Ghislaine Maxwell: Epstein’s Shadow, Tina, Murder in the Valleys and Shark: with Steve Backshall.

Before joining Sky, Dixon had been a producer and development executive for over 15 years, with credits including Misha and the Wolves, Untouchable, The Imposter, American Animals and Three Identical Strangers.

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Dimitri Doganis
Chief creative officer and founder, Raw TV

Doganis started his career as an award-winning television documentary director making films in Iraq, the West Bank and other hotspots around the world. He founded RAW in 2001 with a small development deal from a UK broadcaster. Since then the company has grown into one of the UK’s leading production companies, making over 100 hours of film and television a year including narrative features, shor... read more

Doganis started his career as an award-winning television documentary director making films in Iraq, the West Bank and other hotspots around the world.

He founded RAW in 2001 with a small development deal from a UK broadcaster. Since then the company has grown into one of the UK’s leading production companies, making over 100 hours of film and television a year including narrative features, short series and long-running returning series for broadcasters, streamers and financiers in the US, UK and internationally. Notable recent successes include Tinder Swindler, Searching for Italy with Stanley Tucci, and Trainwreck: Woodstock ‘99.

Doganis continues to oversee the company’s creative strategy as well as being closely involved with many of the scripted and unscripted projects from inception through development and production to delivery. He has served as Producer on long running reality hits such as Gold Rush (Discovery), high-end limited series such as Don’t F**K With Cats (Netflix), documentary features like The Imposter and Three Identical Strangers and narrative features such as American Animals (Film4), and Encounter (Amazon).

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Mary Donahue
SVP, development and programming, The History Channel

Donahue is SVP, development and programming for History Channel. She is responsible for managing all production, overseeing a slate that includes premium drama documentaries and new and returning series.  Donahue’s slate of returning series includes Curse of Oak Island, Secrets of Skinwalker Ranch, Food That Built America, Mountain Men and American Pickers.  She is also developing spin-... read more

Donahue is SVP, development and programming for History Channel. She is responsible for managing all production, overseeing a slate that includes premium drama documentaries and new and returning series. 

Donahue’s slate of returning series includes Curse of Oak Island, Secrets of Skinwalker Ranch, Food That Built America, Mountain Men and American Pickers.  She is also developing spin-offs of Pawn Stars and Swamp People, two definitive hits she launched. Prior to History, Donahue served as SVP non-fiction programming at Lifetime, where she helped produce The Rap Game and the Little Women series.  

Recent History projects include Grant with executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio and Abraham Lincoln with Pulitzer Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin. Committed to diverse storytelling, Donahue and the History team are currently producing projects ranging from Titans of the Ancient World to Sitting Bull and Harlem Hell Fighters. 

Prior to joining A+E, Donahue worked at Discovery Channel. There, she developed and launched a broad slate of shows, including the Emmy nominated Expedition series with the BBC Natural History Unit, Man vs. Wild, and Cash Cab. She also worked at The Oprah Winfrey Show for six years and for ABC News, NBC News, USA Today, TLC, and CNN.   

Programs Donahue developed have earned 20 Emmy nominations, Donahue has been nominated for ten Emmys and won four times. 

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Channing Dungey
Chairman, Warner Bros Television Group

Highly esteemed TV industry leader, Dungey serves as chairman, Warner Bros Television Group. In this role, she has creative responsibility for all of Warner Bros’ unrivalled television production activities, including scripted and unscripted programming for streaming services, cable, and the U.S. broadcast networks. As of May 2022, the studio is producing more than 100 series. Select signature s... read more

Highly esteemed TV industry leader, Dungey serves as chairman, Warner Bros Television Group. In this role, she has creative responsibility for all of Warner Bros’ unrivalled television production activities, including scripted and unscripted programming for streaming services, cable, and the U.S. broadcast networks. As of May 2022, the studio is producing more than 100 series.

Select signature shows include Warner Bros Television’s global hit comedy Ted Lasso, new breakout comedy hit Abbott Elementary, All American, All Rise, Animal Kingdom, Bob♥Abishola, The Cleaning Lady, The Flash, The Flight Attendant, Gossip Girl, Kung Fu, Lucifer, Maid, Manifest, Peacemaker, Queen Sugar, Riverdale, The Sex Lives of College Girls, Shining Vale, Superman & Lois, Sweet Tooth, Westworld, You, and Young Sheldon, plus Warner Bros. Unscripted Television’s The Bachelor franchise (including The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise), Paris in Love, The Voice (U.S.), and more. Upcoming series include Bad Monkey, Mrs. Davis, Night Court, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, The Sandman, Shrinking, and The Wheel, among many others.

Dungey was previously vice president of original series at Netflix. Before that, she was president, ABC Entertainment, after working in drama development at ABC and ABC Studios. She was a partner at Dexterity Pictures and president of film production company Material, after five years as a Warner Bros Pictures production executive.

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Álvaro Díaz
Director, non-fiction series, Spain, Netflix

Díaz joined Netflix in 2020 as director of non-fiction series for Spain. Previously, Díaz was CEO of Zeppelin since July 2016 and spent almost 20 years linked to the company as director of content, executive producer, program director and screenwriter. Throughout his career, he developed the role of director and executive producer at the helm of pioneering formats such as Big Brother, Fama ¡a ... read more

Díaz joined Netflix in 2020 as director of non-fiction series for Spain. Previously, Díaz was CEO of Zeppelin since July 2016 and spent almost 20 years linked to the company as director of content, executive producer, program director and screenwriter. Throughout his career, he developed the role of director and executive producer at the helm of pioneering formats such as Big Brother, Fama ¡a bailar! or Supermodelo and participated in the development of series and innovative programs such as El Puente, claimed by critics and the audience.

From Netflix in Spain, Díaz leads the company’s commitment to innovative and diverse entertainment through original formats such as Insiders (with iZen), Guaranteed Love (with Fremantle) or Georgina (with Komodo Studio), as well as promoting Spanish docuseries such as Where is Marta?, directed by Paula Cons or 800 Meters, directed by Elías León Siminiani.

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Jaimie D’Cruz
Creative director, Acme TV

D’Cruz is creative director of Acme TV an independent production company based in London. In 2011 he was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA for Exit Through The Gift Shop the feature length documentary he made with Banksy. D’Cruz has executive produced multiple films for Acme such as The Alternativity for BBC Two, following director Danny Boyle as he tries to stage a Nativity play i... read more

D’Cruz is creative director of Acme TV an independent production company based in London. In 2011 he was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA for Exit Through The Gift Shop the feature length documentary he made with Banksy. D’Cruz has executive produced multiple films for Acme such as The Alternativity for BBC Two, following director Danny Boyle as he tries to stage a Nativity play in the car park of Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem and a Grierson Award-winning documentary about the devastating impact that the death of Damilola Taylor had on the lives of his community. He has also directed many films including Lawful Killing, a 90 minute drama doc for BBC One about the police shooting of Mark Duggan a young Black man in 2011 which triggered the worst disturbances ever seen in Britain, The Last Pirates celebrating the untold story of how pirate radio changed the face of British pop culture in the 1980s and Hip Hop World News a feature length doc for the BBC which looked at big issues like education, politics, religion and the police though the lens, lyrics and lifestyles of Hip Hop.

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Jennifer Ebell
SVP, EMEA sales, Fifth Season (Formerly Endeavor Content)

Ebell serves as SVP, EMEA Sales at Fifth Season (formerly Endeavor Content), responsible for overseeing the EMEA sales team, garnering commissions, pre sales and managing co-productions across the region with a focus on selling directly to the UK. Prior to joining Fifth Season, Ebell held multiple roles at ITV Studios Global Distribution, ascending to SVP of EMEA. Ebell began her career at NBCUniv... read more

Ebell serves as SVP, EMEA Sales at Fifth Season (formerly Endeavor Content), responsible for overseeing the EMEA sales team, garnering commissions, pre sales and managing co-productions across the region with a focus on selling directly to the UK.

Prior to joining Fifth Season, Ebell held multiple roles at ITV Studios Global Distribution, ascending to SVP of EMEA. Ebell began her career at NBCUniversal’s E! Entertainment Television as a sales representative.

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Jess Edwards
Clitorati, Drama Series Script Competition

Edwards is a Queer writer and director who splits her time between Margate and North London. Her first play, Spooky Action at a Distance, was runner up for the ATG Playwriting Award 2022, and she is currently developing a new musical with Trafalgar Entertainment Group. Clitorati is her first piece of work for screen. As a director, her work has appeared at the Soho Theatre, the Bush Theatre, the... read more

Edwards is a Queer writer and director who splits her time between Margate and North London. Her first play, Spooky Action at a Distance, was runner up for the ATG Playwriting Award 2022, and she is currently developing a new musical with Trafalgar Entertainment Group. Clitorati is her first piece of work for screen. As a director, her work has appeared at the Soho Theatre, the Bush Theatre, the Arcola, BKA-Theater in Berlin, on Radio 4, many times at Edinburgh Festival and in the West End. She directed smash hit shows Hotter and Fitter which re-opened the Soho Theatre after the pandemic in June 2021. Other recent directing credits include: Elephant (Bush Theatre), Funeral Flowers (Roundhouse), and Passengers, which won the Summerhall Lustrum Award. She is currently on the London Library Emerging Writers Programme and has been supported as a writer with a DYCP grant from Arts Council England.

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David Eilenberg
VP and head of Roku Originals, Roku

Eilenberg is the vice president and head of Roku Originals. He is leading the charge to establish Roku’s free ad-supported streaming service The Roku Channel as a destination for both scripted and unscripted original content. He is responsible for overall strategic vision, creative strategy, go-to-market execution, as well as long-term growth goals and target audiences, both domestically and in ... read more

Eilenberg is the vice president and head of Roku Originals. He is leading the charge to establish Roku’s free ad-supported streaming service The Roku Channel as a destination for both scripted and unscripted original content. He is responsible for overall strategic vision, creative strategy, go-to-market execution, as well as long-term growth goals and target audiences, both domestically and in international territories for Roku Originals. His team is bringing highly anticipated titles including: WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story, To Paris For Love: A Reality Rom Com, Slip, Die Harter, Honest Renovations, and many more to millions of streamers to enjoy for free.

Before joining Roku, Eilenberg most recently served as chief creative officer at ITV America, responsible for the company’s creative strategy and growth opportunities across six production labels – ITV Entertainment, Leftfield Pictures, Sirens Media, Thinkfactory Media, High Noon Entertainment and Good Caper Content – and leveraging global formats for the U.S. market. Among the many series he has spearheaded are the multi-Emmy-winning Queer Eye (Netflix); Love Island (CBS and now Peacock in 2022); Hell’s Kitchen (Fox); The Chase (ABC); My Mom, Your Dad (HBO Max); and Rat in the Kitchen (TBS).

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Dolores Emile
Manager, non-fiction series, France, Netflix

Emile joined the Netflix France team in 2020 as manager, non-fiction for France. Previously general manager of Vice Media (TV & studios) for 4 years, she was in charge of French productions, programming and marketing. She also worked for 8 years in the TV division of the NRJ Group, on program acquisitions at the beginning, then as marketing & communications director.

Dr. Simone Emmelius
SVP international fiction, coproduction and acquisition, ZDF

As SVP international fiction – coproduction and acquisition, 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 1... read more

As SVP international fiction – coproduction and acquisition, 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). Untill 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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Tiffany Faigus
SVP, unscripted and alternative entertainment, ABC/Walt Disney TV

Faigus serves as 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 serie... read more

Faigus serves as 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.

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Arron Fellows
Co-founder and creative director, Mindhouse Productions

Fellows has been making documentaries since 2005, including directing popular series such as The Met: Policing London (BBC1) and Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (Channel 4); as well as singles for the BBC’s Modern Times strand and Channel 4’s Cutting Edge. Fellows began working alongside Theroux in 2017, including directing and series producing the BAFTA-winning Louis Theroux’s Altered St... read more

Fellows has been making documentaries since 2005, including directing popular series such as The Met: Policing London (BBC1) and Big Fat Gypsy Weddings (Channel 4); as well as singles for the BBC’s Modern Times strand and Channel 4’s Cutting Edge.

Fellows began working alongside Theroux in 2017, including directing and series producing the BAFTA-winning Louis Theroux’s Altered States, moving on to become his series editor and then executive producer.

Since co-founding Mindhouse, Fellows continues to executive produce across Louis Theroux projects, as well as other singles and series including the Grierson-nominated Gods Of Snooker for BBC2, Sex Actually With Alice Levine for Channel 4 and The Bambers: Murder On The Farm for Sky. He is responsible for the delivery of programmes across the Mindhouse slate.

 

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Hamish Fergusson
Commissioning editor for documentaries, BBC

Fergusson has been a commissioning editor for BBC Documentaries for four years. Responsible for a range of series and singles from Once Upon a Time in Iraq, Surviving 9/11 and Our Falklands War: A Frontline Story, to Fever Pitch: Rise of the Premier League and High: Confessions of an Ibiza Drug Mule, as well as continuing brands The Detectives, Reported Missing and Murder Case, and recent new seri... read more

Fergusson has been a commissioning editor for BBC Documentaries for four years. Responsible for a range of series and singles from Once Upon a Time in Iraq, Surviving 9/11 and Our Falklands War: A Frontline Story, to Fever Pitch: Rise of the Premier League and High: Confessions of an Ibiza Drug Mule, as well as continuing brands The Detectives, Reported Missing and Murder Case, and recent new series Trawlermen: Hunting the Catch. Previously a series producer, series director and series editor primarily on documentary series including the BBC’s School and Channel 4’s Genderquake, The Trial: Murder in the Family and Educating Yorkshire.

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Alberto Fernández
Founder and director, Playz, RTVE Digital

Fernández is the founder and director of Playz, RTVE’s youth channel, which in its five years of existence has become a benchmark in the creation of quality content for young adults in Spain, winning two Ondas awards (the main audiovisual recognition for national level) and several international awards. In addition, he is responsible for launching the OTT platform RTVE Play, which has origi... read more

Fernández is the founder and director of Playz, RTVE’s youth channel, which in its five years of existence has become a benchmark in the creation of quality content for young adults in Spain, winning two Ondas awards (the main audiovisual recognition for national level) and several international awards.

In addition, he is responsible for launching the OTT platform RTVE Play, which has original and exclusive quality content, and is a specialist in the development of transmedia strategies and interactive content, with recognized success cases such as El Ministerio del Tiempo, spanish transmedia strategy of Eurovision Song Content or the interactive content and web documentaries in RTVE Lab.

During his professional career he has led multidisciplinary content creation and innovation teams, developing 360 distribution strategies for them and being an agent of change within the Spanish Radio and Television Corporation.

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Moderator Christoph Fey
Managing director, Entertainment Master Class

Fey is an experienced copyright lawyer, internationally recognized for his work in the business of film and television.After working at Unverzagt Von Have, he founded his own law firm in 2020, with Harro von Have: Von Have Fey. Alongside being a lawyer, he heads the Entertainment Master Class (EMC), a not–for–profit, peer–to–peer executive education program, which he founde... read more

Fey is an experienced copyright lawyer, internationally recognized for his work in the business of film and television.
After working at Unverzagt Von Have, he founded his own law firm in 2020, with Harro von Have: Von Have Fey.

Alongside being a lawyer, he heads the Entertainment Master Class (EMC), a notforprofit, peertopeer executive education program, which he founded, together with Roland Willaert, John Gough and David Lyle, back in 2005, as the first Format Academy worldwide.

His entry into the global television business was in 2001, when he was hired to set up the Format Recognition & Protection Association (FRAPA). While building FRAPA’s dispute resolution program from 2002 to 2005, he also acted as the association’s first managing director. In 2005, he was inducted into the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; and, in 2009, elected to the board of governors of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership. He has been a voting juror
for the International Emmy Awards and the Rose d’Or Awards. A sought after speaker, he teaches at film schools, delivers keynotes at conferences around the world, and has been a regular commentator and analyst of the business, giving interviews featured in many leading newspapers, such as Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, The New York Times and The Guardian, among others.

Fey is the author of several essays and books on copyright law, format protection and the business of television entertainment. His most recent book is Trading TV Formats, published by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

Fey lives in Berlin.

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Jodi Flynn
President, The Content Group

Flynn is the president of The Content Group (TCG), an Asylum Entertainment Group (AEG) company. In her role, Flynn oversees a diverse slate of both scripted and unscripted programming for broadcast channels, cable networks and OTTs. She also manages TCG’s many joint ventures, including Big City TV (Lori Rothschild Ansaldi), Breaklight Pictures (Dan Johnstone) and 72 Steps Media (Ben Salter). Sin... read more

Flynn is the president of The Content Group (TCG), an Asylum Entertainment Group (AEG) company.

In her role, Flynn oversees a diverse slate of both scripted and unscripted programming for broadcast channels, cable networks and OTTs. She also manages TCG’s many joint ventures, including Big City TV (Lori Rothschild Ansaldi), Breaklight Pictures (Dan Johnstone) and 72 Steps Media (Ben Salter).

Since joining the company in 2019, TCG has developed and produced multiple series including Celebrity Beef with Joel McHale for E!, King of the Con for discovery+ and Sins of the Amish for Peacock. Other recent titles include Breaklight’s premium series and specials, Breaking Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed, American Cartel and Detective Diaries for discovery+ as well as Big City TV’s hit series Doubling Down with the Derricos for TLC and The Program: Prison Detox for discovery+.

Previously, Flynn served as president of Outpost Entertainment, an ITV company, where she executive produced the cult hit History series Forged in Fire and its spinoff Forged in Fire: Knife or Death. Prior, she was executive vice president, development and programming at Cineflix Productions. She also served as vice president, development, for Screaming Flea Productions, shepherding juggernaut series like Hoarders (A&E) as well as the international drinking format Three Sheets (Spike).

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Joe Fraser
Producer and director, Baby Cow Productions

Fraser is a producer and director at the multi award-winning Baby Cow Productions. This year he has produced The Alan Partridge Podcast: From the Oasthouse for Audible, The Witchfinder starring Tim Key and Daisy-May Cooper for BBC2, and directed the online series What’s Happening? and The Train. Past credits as editor include Camping, Scissored Isle, Zapped and This Time With Alan Partridge.... read more

Fraser is a producer and director at the multi award-winning Baby Cow Productions. This year he has produced The Alan Partridge Podcast: From the Oasthouse for Audible, The Witchfinder starring Tim Key and Daisy-May Cooper for BBC2, and directed the online series What’s Happening? and The Train. Past credits as editor include Camping, Scissored Isle, Zapped and This Time With Alan Partridge.

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Adam Fratto
Executive producer/ scripted TV consultant, Chaotic Neutral Entertainment

Fratto is a TV consultant, award-winning executive producer and creative executive with an extensive track record in TV development and production, features and new media. He recently ran the scripted department for The History Channel, overseeing shows like Project Blue Book and Vikings, and has produced drama series including Cleverman, Haven and Greek. He is also a partner in science-oriented p... read more

Fratto is a TV consultant, award-winning executive producer and creative executive with an extensive track record in TV development and production, features and new media. He recently ran the scripted department for The History Channel, overseeing shows like Project Blue Book and Vikings, and has produced drama series including Cleverman, Haven and Greek. He is also a partner in science-oriented production company Cognito Entertainment and Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication.

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Cécile Frot-Coutaz
Chief executive officer, Sky Studios

Frot-Coutaz is CEO of Sky Studios, Sky’s original programming arm across Europe. In addition to developing, commissioning and producing Sky Original comedy and drama, Frot-Coutaz has responsibility for Sky Studios’ factual output as well as its global portfolio of production companies which includes Blast! Films, Jupiter Entertainment, True North and Love Productions, creator of the Great Brit... read more

Frot-Coutaz is CEO of Sky Studios, Sky’s original programming arm across Europe. In addition to developing, commissioning and producing Sky Original comedy and drama, Frot-Coutaz has responsibility for Sky Studios’ factual output as well as its global portfolio of production companies which includes Blast! Films, Jupiter Entertainment, True North and Love Productions, creator of the Great British Bake Off. She also oversees Sky Studios Elstree, the new, state-of-the-art film and TV studios that will house 13 sound stages and is set to be the world’s most sustainable film and TV studio when it opens later this year.

She started her career in strategy consulting at Mercer Management Consulting, in London, where she stayed for four years. In 1994, after obtaining her MBA, she joined the Pearson group headquarters in London. She was subsequently named Corporate Strategy Executive for Pearson TV, where she spearheaded the acquisition and integration of All American Fremantle into the Pearson Television group.

In 2001, she relocated to Burbank as the US commercial lead for the renamed FremantleMedia Group and was responsible for delivering some of the production company’s biggest shows including American Idol and America’s Got Talent. She held several executive roles and positions within the group, eventually ending as Chief Executive Officer in 2012. There she led a restructuring of the business and the strategy maintaining Fremantle’s position as one of the world’s leading content producers, while expanding its capability to enable it to compete in the world of high end drama, with shows like Deutschland 83, American Gods and The Young Pope. She joined YouTube in October 2018 as Head of EMEA, responsible for all aspects of the business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including forging partnerships with and supporting YouTube’s growing community of content creators. She is a graduate of ESSEC (B.A., 1988) and of INSEAD (M.B.A., 1994).

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Marianne Furevold-Boland
Head of drama, NRK

Furevold-Boland has for the last 4 years worked as an executive producer at NRK Drama overseeing series such as Exit, State of Happiness, For life and I am Earth. Furevold-Boland was the producer of the web-drama series Skam and 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 wor... read more

Furevold-Boland has for the last 4 years worked as an executive producer at NRK Drama overseeing series such as Exit, State of Happiness, For life and I am Earth. Furevold-Boland was the producer of the web-drama series Skam and 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 workshops 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 in UK.

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Julie Gardner
Founder Bad Wolf, CEO Bad Wolf America

Gardner co-founded Bad Wolf with Jane Tranter in 2015 after they had worked together on both sides of the Atlantic at the BBC. Originally from South Wales and now based in LA, Gardner’s career started as a secretary on the BAFTA winning BBC series Our Friends in The North. After a stint in BBC drama series on titles such as Silent Witness, Gardner moved to London Weekend Television where, she fi... read more

Gardner co-founded Bad Wolf with Jane Tranter in 2015 after they had worked together on both sides of the Atlantic at the BBC. Originally from South Wales and now based in LA, Gardner’s career started as a secretary on the BAFTA winning BBC series Our Friends in The North. After a stint in BBC drama series on titles such as Silent Witness, Gardner moved to London Weekend Television where, she first worked with writers Russell T Davies and Andrew Davies. In 2003 she returned to the BBC as head of drama, BBC Wales where she spearheaded the revival of Doctor Who and launched new series Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Since launching Bad Wolf, Gardner has developed and executive produced the acclaimed I Hate Suzie (Sky Atlantic/HBO Max); and in 2019 set up and runs sister company Bad Wolf America. In 2014 Gardner was made an MBE for her contribution to the growth of the television industry in Wales.

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Mark Garner
EVP, content licensing and business development, A+E Media Group

Garner is EVP, content licensing and business development at A+E Networks. Garner’s focus is on the monetization of A+E Networks’ vast offering of owned and original content through partnerships with traditional and emerging content distribution platforms. He is also charged with optimizing A+E Networks’ creative IP through new business initiatives, inclusive of co-productions, FAST channel ... read more

Garner is EVP, content licensing and business development at A+E Networks. Garner’s focus is on the monetization of A+E Networks’ vast offering of owned and original content through partnerships with traditional and emerging content distribution platforms. He is also charged with optimizing A+E Networks’ creative IP through new business initiatives, inclusive of co-productions, FAST channel development, podcasting and global expansion.

Prior to joining A+E Networks, Garner worked as an executive at several start-up ventures, including a satellite broadcast network based in Johannesburg, South Africa where he successfully built the network’s distribution in 22 sub-Saharan countries. Prior to his time in South Africa, he led business development efforts for a direct-to-consumer, online automotive sales venture. Garner has also held positions at Lifetime Entertainment Services, MTV Networks and AT&T in sales, marketing and product management.

Garner currently serves on various boards including The Black News Channel (BNC), MIPCOM’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG). He recently served on the board of directors for the industry association CTAM and has served as a Governor on the board of the South Orange Performing Arts Center. Early in his career he chaired and served on the executive committee of NAMIC, the media industry’s leading organization for advocacy on behalf of people of color.

Garner earned his B.A. in Economics and Sociology from Stanford University. Born in Detroit and raised in the New York metropolitan area, he now resides in South Orange, New Jersey.

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Nimrod Geva
Head of development, Quizzical Pictures

Geva is head of development at the Peabody Award winning production company Quizzical Pictures. He has been an executive producer of numerous hit films and shows including Savage Beauty, iNumber Number and its upcoming sequel coming to Netflix, The Girl from St Agnes, Reyka and many others. Earlier this year, he and writer Darrel Brystow-Bovey won the Series Mania Pitching Contest for Paradys, a m... read more

Geva is head of development at the Peabody Award winning production company Quizzical Pictures. He has been an executive producer of numerous hit films and shows including Savage Beauty, iNumber Number and its upcoming sequel coming to Netflix, The Girl from St Agnes, Reyka and many others. Earlier this year, he and writer Darrel Brystow-Bovey won the Series Mania Pitching Contest for Paradys, a murder mystery set in an all-white town. He is also a former co-chair of the Independent Producers Organisation in South Africa.

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Paul Gilbert
SVP international formats, Paramount Global Content Distribution

Gilbert is senior vice president, international formats, Paramount Global Content Distribution.  His group is responsible for the licensing of the Paramount library of scripted and non-scripted formats. Prior to joining Paramount, Gilbert was with Sony Pictures Television International where he had worldwide responsibility for Sony’s catalog of non-scripted formats. He was a veteran of 11 y... read more

Gilbert is senior vice president, international formats, Paramount Global Content Distribution.  His group is responsible for the licensing of the Paramount library of scripted and non-scripted formats.

Prior to joining Paramount, Gilbert was with Sony Pictures Television International where he had worldwide responsibility for Sony’s catalog of non-scripted formats. He was a veteran of 11 years at Sony and was originally hired to get them into the format business which didn’t exist at the time.  When Gilbert began his career at Sony, the studio had a vast library of shows on the shelf just waiting to be licensed.

Prior to joining Sony, Gilbert headed up international program development for King World Productions where he was responsible for hundreds of their local productions including Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and Hollywood Squares.  He also doubled as a development executive for the U.S. television market.

Gilbert’s career began at Merv Griffin Productions where he produced many shows including Wheel of Fortune.

Gilbert is one of the co-founding members of FRAPA and was a member of its Steering Committee for 10 years.  He is also a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild of America.

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Iain Glen
Actor,

Glen left the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1985, having won the prestigious Bancroft Gold Medal. He rose to prominence with an acclaimed performance as a charismatic gang leader in The Fear, followed by his multi award winning tour de force as imprisoned Scottish poet Larry Winters in the film Silent Scream.  Award winning stage performances include Macbeth, Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company... read more

Glen left the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1985, having won the prestigious Bancroft Gold Medal. He rose to prominence with an acclaimed performance as a charismatic gang leader in The Fear, followed by his multi award winning tour de force as imprisoned Scottish poet Larry Winters in the film Silent Scream.  Award winning stage performances include Macbeth, Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company), Streetcar Named Desire (National Theatre), the musical Martin Guerre and The Blue Room (West End /Broadway). More recently Glen starred in Uncle Vanya and The Crucible in London’s West End which both won a host of awards. He is well known for playing Ser Jorah in Game of Thrones. Other popular film and television credits include Downton Abbey, Titans, Jack Taylor, Reyka, Delicious, Mrs. Wilson, Tomb Raider, Resident Evil, Kidnapped, Small Engine Repair, Ripper Street, Eye in the Sky, Glasgow Kiss and Song for a Raggy Boy.

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Howard Gordon
Executive producer, showrunner,

Gordon is a television writer, producer and author whose credits include some of TV’s most prolific series. Gordon co-created Homeland, one of the biggest hits in Showtime’s history. The series has broken ratings records and won multiple honors, including the Emmy Awards for Best Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, two Golden Globe Awards for Best Drama Series, Program of ... read more

Gordon is a television writer, producer and author whose credits include some of TV’s most prolific series. Gordon co-created Homeland, one of the biggest hits in Showtime’s history. The series has broken ratings records and won multiple honors, including the Emmy Awards for Best Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, two Golden Globe Awards for Best Drama Series, Program of the Year at the AFI Awards, Best New Series at the Writers Guild Awards, Outstanding New Program at the Television Critics Association Awards, Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television Drama at the Producers Guild Awards and received the prestigious Peabody Award for Outstanding Achievement in Electronic Media.

Howard was a showrunner and executive producer of the long-running hit television series, 24, for which he received both the Golden Globe and the Emmy Award for Best Drama Series in 2006. Gordon first gained national attention for his work on Fox’s ground-breaking series The X-Files, for which he won multiple Golden Globes. Other credits include Tyrant, Legends, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Beauty and the Beast, and Spenser: For Hire.

Gordon’s currently in production as showrunner/EP on Accused, which is scheduled to premiere on Fox in early 2023.

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Toby Gorman
President, Universal Television Alternative Studio

Gorman is president of Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS), a division of Universal Studio Group. The studio—which is a leading supplier of premium unscripted content and formats—creates, develops, and produces a diverse slate of original game shows, competition programs and documentary series for a variety of platforms. Gorman reports to Pearlena Igbokwe, Chairman, Universal Studio... read more

Gorman is president of Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS), a division of Universal Studio Group.

The studio—which is a leading supplier of premium unscripted content and formats—creates, develops, and produces a diverse slate of original game shows, competition programs and documentary series for a variety of platforms.

Gorman reports to Pearlena Igbokwe, Chairman, Universal Studio Group, and has oversight over all aspects of the studio, including development, production, business and creative affairs. Notable projects under Gorman’s purview include hit comedy variety series That’s My Jam hosted by Jimmy Fallon, which has been adapted in France, Italy and soon in the UK fronted by BAFTA-winning comedian Mo Gilligan; Making It, starring three-time-Emmy®-nominated hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman; the Emmy-nominated music event series American Song Contest, hosted by Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson; and Hollywood Game Night, for which Jane Lynch has won two Emmy Awards as host.

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Matt Graham
General manager, AMC Networks' Acorn TV

Graham is the general manager of AMC Networks’ Acorn TV and Sundance Now. Joining Acorn TV in 2014, Graham oversaw Acorn TV’s rise to North America’s largest streaming service specializing in premium British and international television, then guided the global expansion, growing the service’s audience exponentially. Acorn TV is decorated with two Emmy Awards, a #1 Consumer Reports ranking ... read more

Graham is the general manager of AMC Networks’ Acorn TV and Sundance Now.

Joining Acorn TV in 2014, Graham oversaw Acorn TV’s rise to North America’s largest streaming service specializing in premium British and international television, then guided the global expansion, growing the service’s audience exponentially. Acorn TV is decorated with two Emmy Awards, a #1 Consumer Reports ranking across top streamers, Best SVoD Service from Cynopsis and PC Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for Best On-Demand Video Streaming Service. The network produces standout hits including Harry Wild, starring Jane Seymour, Dalgliesh, starring Bertie Carvel and Whitstable Pearl, starring Kerry Godliman.

Prior to Acorn TV, Graham founded and led PBS Digital Studios, winning 5 Webby awards and a Mashie. PBS Digital Studios has gone on to build an audience of more than 25 million subscribers and 2 billion views. Graham began his career in advertising as a commercial editor, working for Fortune 500 clients.

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Scott Greenberg
CEO, Blockchain Creative Labs, Fox Entertainment

Greenberg is CEO of Blockchain Creative Labs (BCL), Fox Entertainment’s creative technology company, which partners with content creators, IP owners and brands to build, launch, manage and sell NFTs and fungible token content experiences directly to consumers. At BCL, Greenberg oversees a $100 million creator fund to cultivate creative content experiences within Web3. The company recently launch... read more

Greenberg is CEO of Blockchain Creative Labs (BCL), Fox Entertainment’s creative technology company, which partners with content creators, IP owners and brands to build, launch, manage and sell NFTs and fungible token content experiences directly to consumers.

At BCL, Greenberg oversees a $100 million creator fund to cultivate creative content experiences within Web3. The company recently launched krapopolis.com, the dedicated digital marketplace for Fox’s upcoming animated comedy Krapopolis, from Emmy Award winner Dan Harmon. Earlier this year, BCL launched the Web3 experience Dollyverse, in partnership with Dolly Parton, to release certified NFTs, including limited-edition collectibles of Parton’s Run, Rose, Run album. Dollyverse launched during the 2022 SXSW Conference, for which BCL served as the first-ever Blockchain Sponsor, providing concierge services and technology to the event’s roster of artists and filmmakers to tokenize their work and make them available for purchase at the SXSW x BCL NFT marketplace.

In addition, BCL oversees the digital marketplace The MaskVerse for Fox’s hit singing competition program, The Masked Singer, WWE Moonsault, an NFT marketplace for licensed digital WWE tokens and collectibles, and the new United States Football League (USFL) on its innovative NFT marketplace that mints and sells official digital tokens for the League, its teams, players and coaches.

Greenberg also is co-founder/CEO of Bento Box Entertainment, Fox Entertainment’s Emmy-winning animation studio, where he oversees the creative development, animation production, and business operations of the company.

Greenberg is a member of the Producers Guild of America, The Television Academy and Young Presidents’ Organization.

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Phil Gurin
President/ CEO The Gurin Company, Co-Chair FRAPA

Award-winning producer/writer/creator and president & CEO of The Gurin Company, Gurin creates, acquires, sells and produces entertainment programs all over the world.  Gurin has won four Prime Time Emmy Awards as an executive producer on ABC’s Shark Tank, and an international Rose d’Or (Golden Rose) for the comedy game show Oh Sit! which he co-created for The CW.  His The Singing Bee is ... read more

Award-winning producer/writer/creator and president & CEO of The Gurin Company, Gurin creates, acquires, sells and produces entertainment programs all over the world.  Gurin has won four Prime Time Emmy Awards as an executive producer on ABC’s Shark Tank, and an international Rose d’Or (Golden Rose) for the comedy game show Oh Sit! which he co-created for The CW.  His The Singing Bee is one of the Top 30 most produced original formats in the world.  He has also produced and written over 3000 hours of television that have been seen in more than 185 countries, and many other formats, including Fridge Wars, Weakest Link, Lingo, Test The Nation, Candid Camera, Double Dare, Remote Control, Before They Were Stars, Your Chance To Dance, Wanna Bet?, All-New 3’s A Crowd, Make The Grade, Win Lose or Pawn, So You Think You’d Survive, FOX’s New Year’s Eve Live, Women Rock, US Olympic Hall of Fame, KISS: Live, Miss America, Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss Universe.

Gurin has executive produced 9 NAACP Image Awards and he recently executive produced Friday Night Vibes with Tiffany Haddish and Deon Cole for TBS, and Honoring Our Kings: A Celebration of Black Fatherhood starring Oprah Winfrey and Sterling K. Brown for OWN. His latest format, Canada’s Ultimate Challenge, debuts on the CBC in early 2023.  Gurin is also co-chair of FRAPA and serves on the Board of NATPE.  He speaks, moderates panels and writes frequently about the world of formats and the international television business.  He also makes wine (visit: www.gurinwines.com ).

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Piodor Gustafsson
Director of scripted content, TV4 Media

Gustafsson has more than thirty years’ experience within the film, TV and advertising industry. Since September 2020, he has been working at TV4 Media as director of scripted content for the Nordic territory. Piodor has also been running Black Spark Film & TV since March 2016, a film and television company mainly focusing on development and production of local originals. He has recently prod... read more

Gustafsson has more than thirty years’ experience within the film, TV and advertising industry. Since September 2020, he has been working at TV4 Media as director of scripted content for the Nordic territory. Piodor has also been running Black Spark Film & TV since March 2016, a film and television company mainly focusing on development and production of local originals. He has recently produced Tigers by Ronnie Sandahl and Lamb featuring Noomi Rapace. Previously Gustafsson produced STHLM Requiem, Moscow Noir, The Wife and The Snowman among other series and films. Before this, he used to work for the Swedish national broadcaster SVT as head of programming and commissioning editor for Drama Series, Culture, Feature Films and Documentaries and was also member of SVT’s board of directors. Examples of programmes commissioned by Piodor are: The Bridge, Real Humans, Anno 1790, The Condemned, Death of a Pilgrim and many more. Previous to SVT Gustafsson was for four years a commissioning feature film consultant at the Swedish Film Institute. He was involved in the films Let The Right One in, The King of Ping Pong, Metropia, In a Better World, The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, Burrowing, Beyond etc. Recent releases at C More/ TV4 include The Congregation, Likea, Blinded and Hamilton.

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Cécile Gérardin
Head of drama, Canal+ International

Gérardin starts her career with honing her skills across the spheres of television broadcasters (WGBH Boston, TF1 Acquisitions, TF1 International, TPS Jeunesse and Gulli). She works with producers on developing drama and innovative tv series, and turns to creative writing with her first detective TV series (co-created with 2 co-writers) broadcast in France in 2015. She joined Canal+ International... read more

Gérardin starts her career with honing her skills across the spheres of television broadcasters (WGBH Boston, TF1 Acquisitions, TF1 International, TPS Jeunesse and Gulli). She works with producers on developing drama and innovative tv series, and turns to creative writing with her first detective TV series (co-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, launching the new label Canal+ Original with a focus on the African Continent including Invisibles, Sakho & Mangane, Agent, Oasis, L’Amour à 200m, Cacao, Manjak, Mami Wata, De plus en plus loin, Eki and soon in 2023 Spinners.

Gérardin holds an 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 Films

Haapkylä has been the head of scripted content in Rabbit Films from 2018 and she has producer two feature films Mc Helper and Bubble and two long tv series Summer of Sorrow and Mobile 101. She is also an actress and has won several Finnish and International awards.

Thorsten Haas
Deputy SVP entertainment, head of development, ZDF

Haas is deputy SVP entertainment at ZDF since 2012. As head of development, he is also responsible for acquisition, development and commissioning of non-scripted formats in all genres of the department (primetime shows, factual entertainment, talk, comedy). After studies in theatre, film and journalism in Mainz and London, he began working in television in 1998 as a commissioning editor in the chi... read more

Haas is deputy SVP entertainment at ZDF since 2012. As head of development, he is also responsible for acquisition, development and commissioning of non-scripted formats in all genres of the department (primetime shows, factual entertainment, talk, comedy).

After studies in theatre, film and journalism in Mainz and London, he began working in television in 1998 as a commissioning editor in the children’s and youth department of ZDF. He then worked as a programme consultant to ZDFs Chief content officer before moving to the channel’s entertainment department, where he was responsible for developing and producing various primetime shows and factual entertainment programmes for ZDF and the channels various digital platforms. He developed e.g. together with Warner Bros. the successful daily format Bares für Rares for ZDF, which is currently selling to various international territories (The Bidding Room, BBC / Affaire Conclue, France2) .

Haas has already led numerous lectures and seminars, including for the Grimme Academy, the Goethe Institute, and the International Film School Cologne (IFS).

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Ana Habajec
Executive producer, Park Films

Habajec has 10+ years of experience in TV broadcast and production. Habajec has worked in Fremantle for eight years as executive producer and managing director (as a part of Nordics and CEE territories). While developing, pitching, producing and managing Fremantle extensive International slate (non-scripted & scripted shows), Habajec was looking for opportunities to secure commissions and deve... read more

Habajec has 10+ years of experience in TV broadcast and production. Habajec has worked in Fremantle for eight years as executive producer and managing director (as a part of Nordics and CEE territories). While developing, pitching, producing and managing Fremantle extensive International slate (non-scripted & scripted shows), Habajec was looking for opportunities to secure commissions and develop co-production models to gain access to global content rights from producers and local studios with a focus of securing international co-productions.

Habajec has joined Park Films in 2018. as a business partner and executive producer to expand the Companies TV pipeline by developing and producing high-end TV content. She’s currently producing new locally developed 6-part TV drama series, The Vanishing Triangle, and has completed a feature film SON which was shot in US.

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Nils Hartmann
EVP, Sky Studios Deutschland & Italia

As EVP Sky Studios Deutschland & Italia, Hartmann leads the development, commissioning and production of Sky Original dramas and scripted comedies for Sky Deutschland as well as overseeing the production of Sky Originals features for Sky Italia. In his previous capacity as Director of Original Productions at Sky Italia, Hartmann produced a range of ground-breaking shows and series, from The Yo... read more

As EVP Sky Studios Deutschland & Italia, Hartmann leads the development, commissioning and production of Sky Original dramas and scripted comedies for Sky Deutschland as well as overseeing the production of Sky Originals features for Sky Italia.

In his previous capacity as Director of Original Productions at Sky Italia, Hartmann produced a range of ground-breaking shows and series, from The Young Pope and Romanzo Criminale to Gomorrah and Devils franchises, that won critical acclaim, awards, and fans around the world.

A German native, Hartmann grew up in Milan, Italy and has been with Sky Italia since its inception in 2003, contributing to its success, most notably by identifying, nurturing and developing ideas, as well as talent.

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Ed Havard
Senior vice president, unscripted programming, Universal International Studios

Havard spearheads the unscripted strategy for Universal International Studios (UIS), a division of Universal Studio Group, as SVP, unscripted programming. Based in London, Havard is responsible for the studio’s unscripted partnerships with UK creators, producers and on-screen talent to source and create shows with global scale and appeal. He drives unscripted projects originated in the UK, worki... read more

Havard spearheads the unscripted strategy for Universal International Studios (UIS), a division of Universal Studio Group, as SVP, unscripted programming. Based in London, Havard is responsible for the studio’s unscripted partnerships with UK creators, producers and on-screen talent to source and create shows with global scale and appeal.

He drives unscripted projects originated in the UK, working closely with Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS) in LA and other key stakeholders across NBCUniversal’s ecosystem including NBC and Peacock.

Tapping into NBCUniversal’s global talent roster and rich library of IP, Havard is also responsible for identifying new opportunities to build on the company’s unscripted super brands and is currently developing a number of major projects in the UK built around key NBCUniversal IP and talent. This includes the upcoming UK version of Jimmy Fallon’s hit NBC series That’s My Jam, which will be hosted by BAFTA-winning comedian Mo Gilligan for BBC One and produced by Monkey, in partnership with UTAS.

Prior to joining the company, Havard held senior unscripted roles at Channel 4 and the BBC, as well as in the independent production sector.

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Paul Heaney
Founder and CEO, BossaNova

Heaney is the founder and CEO of BossaNova, a company that brings together the producers and buyers of unscripted TV in an integrated hub, creating a community that enables all of the stake-holders in the content chain to meet, create and do business. Heaney has a strong track record in helping producers to establish successful factual franchises. Over the last 20 years, as CEO of two previous dis... read more

Heaney is the founder and CEO of BossaNova, a company that brings together the producers and buyers of unscripted TV in an integrated hub, creating a community that enables all of the stake-holders in the content chain to meet, create and do business. Heaney has a strong track record in helping producers to establish successful factual franchises. Over the last 20 years, as CEO of two previous distribution operations, he has built up a huge network of producer and commissioner/buyer relationships. In August 2021, Night Train Media got on board as partners, providing BossaNova with a content fund to invest in projects from an early stage highlighted by the Development Days occurring every January.

Previously Heaney founded factual distribution company TCB Media Rights, which started trading in 2012. Having grown into one of the UK’s most successful independent distributors, TCB was acquired by the Kew Media Group in October 2017.

Prior to launching TCB, Heaney served as president and managing director of Cineflix Rights, which he started in 2002 and also built from a boutique operation into a major distribution force. Heaney’s CV also includes stints at BSkyB, where he served as commercial director, and Southern Star, he worked as head of sales. Prior to entering the television industry, he worked in advertising and media sales for 15 years.

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Bea Hegedus
Executive managing director, distribution, Vice Media Group

Hegedus is global head of distribution at Vice Media Group. She is leading the company’s global distribution and licensing strategy with a focus on building new U.S. domestic and international partnerships maximising the value of Vice’s IP around the world. Hegedus joined Vice in 2020 to launch the company’s Distribution division and has swiftly quadrupled the group’s content licensing rev... read more

Hegedus is global head of distribution at Vice Media Group. She is leading the company’s global distribution and licensing strategy with a focus on building new U.S. domestic and international partnerships maximising the value of Vice’s IP around the world. Hegedus joined Vice in 2020 to launch the company’s Distribution division and has swiftly quadrupled the group’s content licensing revenues. The new division has forged ground-breaking international partnerships, significantly grown the group’s existing content relationships, most notably its successful channel distribution partnership with SBS-Viceland in Australia, increased video monetisation on digital and launched Vice’s FAST Channels on multiple platforms.

Before joining Vice, Hegedus held senior content and commercial positions at ITV Studios, Swiss film financier Silver Reel, Pinewood Pictures, Viaplay and Lionsgate. Hegedus started her career in television production and was the recipient of the International Emmy’s Joan Wilson Drama Award. She is an active member of BAFTA, the International Emmys and the Royal Television Society. She also sits on the advisory board of Realscreen West and the 2022 RTS London Convention.

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Marc Helwig
Head of Worldwide TV, Miramax

Helwig is currently the Head of Worldwide TV for Miramax. He oversees teams in Los Angeles and London, and a slate of over 50 projects in active development, including both US and Global facing content. Current projects in production include The Turkish Detective for Paramount+, Project Greenlight for HBOMax, and The Gentleman, based on the film by Guy Ritchie for Netflix. Helwig has extensive exp... read more

Helwig is currently the Head of Worldwide TV for Miramax. He oversees teams in Los Angeles and London, and a slate of over 50 projects in active development, including both US and Global facing content. Current projects in production include The Turkish Detective for Paramount+, Project Greenlight for HBOMax, and The Gentleman, based on the film by Guy Ritchie for Netflix.

Helwig has extensive experience in the international TV landscape, previously acting as EVP of Scripted Programing for NBC Universal International Studios. Prior to that, Marc was in an overall deal at Legendary Entertainment where he produced series such as the current reboot of Lost in Space for Netflix and the Hellboy reboot for Lionsgate. He was a literary agent for many years, both in LA at ICM and in previously in the UK.

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Hugo Heppell
Senior portfolio manager - Indie Growth Fund, Channel 4

Heppell joined Channel 4 in April 2020 and was previously at Screen Yorkshire where he ran the content funds for 16 years, investing in over 80 film and TV projects, including iconic Film4 and Channel 4 productions from This is England to National Treasure and Ackley Bridge. He was also responsible for setting up the £15m Yorkshire Content Fund which launched in 2012 with Peaky Blinders. At the I... read more

Heppell joined Channel 4 in April 2020 and was previously at Screen Yorkshire where he ran the content funds for 16 years, investing in over 80 film and TV projects, including iconic Film4 and Channel 4 productions from This is England to National Treasure and Ackley Bridge. He was also responsible for setting up the £15m Yorkshire Content Fund which launched in 2012 with Peaky Blinders. At the Indie Growth Fund Hugo works with both scripted and unscripted companies, attending board meetings and advising on strategy.

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Scott Herbst
EVP and head of scripted development, Lionsgate Television Group

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 premium content for an ever-expanding array of buyers and leveraging the company’s production partnerships to create premium scripted shows. Lionsgate Television Group recently repo... read more

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 premium content for an ever-expanding array of buyers and leveraging the company’s production partnerships to create premium scripted shows. Lionsgate Television Group recently reported one of its best years ever, with 14 new shows picked up to series and 15 current series renewed for additional seasons with Herbst overseeing key shows. Herbst shepherded four series for HBO Max including Love and Death, Minx, Santa Inc., and Love Life, one of the streamer’s most-viewed series. He also helped deliver all of Lionsgate’s broadcast series including BBC adaptations Ghosts for CBS, the highest-rated new comedy, and Welcome to Flatch for FOX coming midseason; as well as the comedy hit Home Economics for ABC. Herbst also oversees the critically-acclaimed fan favourite Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist which ran on NBC and became a holiday feature-length film Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas for Roku. Herbst also leads a number of Starz original series including Blindspotting and The Serpent Queen. He also oversees the company’s production partnerships with 3 Arts Entertainment and BBC Studios Los Angeles, as well as managing Lionsgate’s relationships with A-list producers Point Grey Pictures, Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly, The Tannenbaum Company, Temple Hill Productions, Rebecca Cutter and Susannah Grant.

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Ellie Heydon
Director for TV & Theatre, Merman

Heydon is a director/creator with a background in theatre and dramaturgy, with a passion for female-led stories, particularly in the comedy genre. For theatre, she has worked across a variety of genres at The King’s Head Theatre, The Pleasance, Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe and The Cambridge Theatre. Her move to screen work came in early 2016 with comedy web-series Digs, and since then s... read more

Heydon is a director/creator with a background in theatre and dramaturgy, with a passion for female-led stories, particularly in the comedy genre. For theatre, she has worked across a variety of genres at The King’s Head Theatre, The Pleasance, Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe and The Cambridge Theatre.

Her move to screen work came in early 2016 with comedy web-series Digs, and since then she has made several multi-award winning Shorts including: Fred Forever, a dark comedy about the confusing middle ground sandwiched between laughter and grief; and Pelicans (Best of Fest for BIFA-qualifying The Shortest Nights Festival, and Judge’s 6 at Exit6 Festival), starring Edward Bluemel (Killing Eve, Sex Education).

Heydon’s most recent Short Film, PRAGMA, was Exec Produced by Academy Award Winner Jason Sudeikis and stars 2021 SAG & Emmy Award nominees Nick Mohammed (Intelligence) and Phil Dunster (Strike Back, Ted Lasso).

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Moderator Holly Hines
Co-CEO & founder, Happy Accidents

Hines is the co-CEO and founder of Happy Accidents, a mini studio specializing in films, scripted and unscripted series, and formats. The studio develops, finances, produces and distributes global content, and has extensive experience with entrepreneurial structures, including treaty co-productions Hines currently serves as executive producer for the Netflix series phenomenon Ginny & Georg... read more

Hines is the co-CEO and founder of Happy Accidents, a mini studio specializing in films, scripted and unscripted series, and formats. The studio develops, finances, produces and distributes global content, and has extensive experience with entrepreneurial structures, including treaty co-productions

Hines currently serves as executive producer for the Netflix series phenomenon Ginny & Georgia. In its first 28 days, over 52 Million unique subscribers completed the first season, and the series was in the Top 10 most Googled shows in the world. The first season went on to break the record for the longest consecutive days in First Place on Netflix’s Global Top 10 Ratings, and Season 2 has finished production with an airdate to be released soon.

Hines previously served as the head of network development for Spotify Studios. In her role, Hines was responsible for procuring all scripted fiction and unscripted content on the platform which has a global audience of more than 248 Million monthly active users.

Prior to joining Spotify, Hines was senior vice president at Dynamic Television where she developed and sold scripted series and mini-series to networks in the US, UK, Canada and elsewhere, including Australia’s ABC hit Troppo. Before Dynamic, Hines served as senior vice president, scripted programming for Participantmedia’s Network Pivot where she oversaw the co-production and development of original series including Fortitude with Sky and Please Like Me with ABC.

Other notable engagements include FremantleMedia North America, TLC, Bull’s Eye Entertainment and Reveille. Hines has developed, packaged and produced more than a dozen hit television series including The Office, Tudors, Trading Spaces, American Chopper, Ugly Betty and Nashville Star.

A native of Louisiana, Hines is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and has an International Baccalaureate from Leysin American School in Switzerland.

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Geertje Hoek
MD, 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. Geertje is also in charge of Talpa’s Creative Partnership; a solid ne... read more

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. Geertje 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.

She 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.

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Benjamin Hoffman
Showrunner, Empreinte Digitale

Born in 1986, Hoffman is a documentary filmmaker and a photographer with a journalistic education and background. His essays have been published in several newspapers and his documentaries broadcast on television internationally. His books have gathered international interest including Beta Israël, the Remnant of Ethiopian Jewry, Testament Manouche, Au Bord, Farewell Cape Town and The Bay. Hoffma... read more

Born in 1986, Hoffman is a documentary filmmaker and a photographer with a journalistic education and background. His essays have been published in several newspapers and his documentaries broadcast on television internationally. His books have gathered international interest including Beta Israël, the Remnant of Ethiopian Jewry, Testament Manouche, Au Bord, Farewell Cape Town and The Bay.

Hoffman likes to focus on documenting issues related to cultural migrations and population displacements. He is a lecturer and gives photo and film workshops for various art schools and foundations. He is also the founder of the production company Asterias Productions dedicated to commercial and advertisement contents and the curator of the Studio Kameni project.

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Caroline Hollick
Head of drama, Channel 4

Hollick is head of drama at Channel 4, and lives in Leeds.  Recent successes include ground-breaking series It’s A Sin by Russell T Davies, and BAFTA-winning drama Help by Jack Thorne. Newer shows include Screw by Rob Williams, which has been recommissioned for a second series, Chivalry by Sarah Solemani and Steve Coogan and The Undeclared War by Peter Kosminsky alongside ongoing series Ackley ... read more

Hollick is head of drama at Channel 4, and lives in Leeds.  Recent successes include ground-breaking series It’s A Sin by Russell T Davies, and BAFTA-winning drama Help by Jack Thorne. Newer shows include Screw by Rob Williams, which has been recommissioned for a second series, Chivalry by Sarah Solemani and Steve Coogan and The Undeclared War by Peter Kosminsky alongside ongoing series Ackley Bridge and Hollyoaks.

Previously, she was creative director at Studio-Canal owned Red Production Company. Before that she was head of development at Red and she began her career as a production trainee at Yorkshire Television.

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Martha Holmes
Chief creative officer, natural history and science, Plimsoll

Holmes is chief creative officer of Natural History & Science. A BAFTA and Emmy award-winning producer, she runs a 150 strong Natural History department, overseeing wildlife and adventure productions from landmark blue-chip series such as Tiny World (Apple TV+), Animal (Netflix), Night on Earth (Netflix) and Hostile Planet (Nat Geo), to hosted series including On the Edge with Alex Honnold (Di... read more

Holmes is chief creative officer of Natural History & Science.

A BAFTA and Emmy award-winning producer, she runs a 150 strong Natural History department, overseeing wildlife and adventure productions from landmark blue-chip series such as Tiny World (Apple TV+), Animal (Netflix), Night on Earth (Netflix) and Hostile Planet (Nat Geo), to hosted series including On the Edge with Alex Honnold (Disney+) and John Bishop’s Great Whale Rescue (ITV). Holmes also heads up the environmental and conservation shows such as Patagonia: Life on The Edge Of The World.

Holmes’ scientific knowledge (she holds a PhD in marine biology), combined with celebrated storytelling skills and a hunger to embrace and develop the latest technology in filmmaking has put her at the forefront of her genre. She was instrumental in creating two recent series for National Geographic: Super/Natural, a James Cameron-executive produced and Benedict Cumberbatch-narrated series that deploys the latest technology to delve into the secret powers of the world’s most extraordinary creatures; and Great Migrations, which tracks several species’ dramatic annual journeys to locate food, shelter and safe breeding territories.

Prior, Holmes worked for BBC Natural History Unit where her credits include the acclaimed series Blue Planet and Life.

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Dermot Horan
Director of acquisitions & co-productions, RTÉ

Horan is director of acquisitions & co-productions at RTÉ, Ireland’s Public Service Broadcaster. In his acquisitions role he has secured for RTÉ the likes of The Handmaid’s Tale, Killing Eve, The People Vs O.J.Simpson, The Big Bang Theory, and Homeland. He is also responsible for international co-productions, and pre-buys including the likes of Normal People, The Fall, and Death and Ni... read more

Horan is director of acquisitions & co-productions at RTÉ, Ireland’s Public Service Broadcaster.

In his acquisitions role he has secured for RTÉ the likes of The Handmaid’s Tale, Killing Eve, The People Vs O.J.Simpson, The Big Bang Theory, and Homeland.

He is also responsible for international co-productions, and pre-buys including the likes of Normal People, The Fall, and Death and Nightingales. He has recently put together the deals on behalf of RTÉ for Smother with BBC Studios and Kin with Bron Studios.

He has the role at RTÉ to invest in Irish feature films, including the likes of Oscar nominated Brooklyn with Saoirse Ronan, Rosie with Sarah Greene and The Guard with Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle

He co-ordinates RTÉ’s partnerships with outside bodies and represents RTÉ in its dealings with the Screen Ireland (formerly the Irish Film Board), SPI (Screen Producers Ireland) and Animation Ireland. He is also a vice president of the EBU TV Committee which commissions the Eurovision Song Contest and has its own co-production and development fund.

Recently he has taken on the role of being responsible for the RTÉ Archive, which is the largest audio and audiovisual library in Ireland and a major project to digitise the entire catalogue has just been agreed.

He is former chairman and currently a member of TIF Broadcasting and Content Distribution Industry of IBEC, the Irish employers’ federation. He is a board member of the St. Patrick’s Festival.

Horan is married to Patricia and has three sons. His interests include history, travel, rugby, cricket and wine.

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Simon Howley
CEO, CMAK Films

Howley is an award winning factual producer who moved fully in to scripted production in 2018 as an Executive Producer. He is currently in South Africa in production on Catch Me A Killer a 10 x true crime series starring Charlotte Hope, based on the book by South Africa’s first serial killer profiler Micki Pistorius. Howley started his career as a journalist in Yorkshire before as spell at the B... read more

Howley is an award winning factual producer who moved fully in to scripted production in 2018 as an Executive Producer. He is currently in South Africa in production on Catch Me A Killer a 10 x true crime series starring Charlotte Hope, based on the book by South Africa’s first serial killer profiler Micki Pistorius.

Howley started his career as a journalist in Yorkshire before as spell at the BBC working on DEF II working on Reportage and Rough Guide to the World – one of his current scripted projects is set in Marseille, a city he grew to love after spending time their on Rough Guides. His 30 year career has also seen him make films on Evel Knievel, Don Simpson and The Great Train Robbery, as well as spending time on the streets of Detroit chasing down dog fighters and drug dealers.

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Sharon Hughff
Creative director of scripted television, UK, Entertainment One (eOne)

Hughff is the creative director, Scripted Television, UK at Entertainment One (eOne) where she oversees the scripted team and pipeline in the UK while spearheading the company’s efforts to expand its slate of impactful stories to international buyers in Europe and Asia. With more than 20 years’ experience in UK scripted drama, she spent the last nine years as Executive Producer at Left Bank P... read more

Hughff is the creative director, Scripted Television, UK at Entertainment One (eOne) where she oversees the scripted team and pipeline in the UK while spearheading the company’s efforts to expand its slate of impactful stories to international buyers in Europe and Asia. With more than 20 years’ experience in UK scripted drama, she spent the last nine years as Executive Producer at Left Bank Pictures. During her tenure there, she was responsible for the development and delivery of The Halcyon (ITV), Strike Back (Sky and HBO), White Lines (Netflix), Three Pines (Amazon) and most recently, The Fear Index (Sky and Showtime). Previously, she served as executive producer at Shed Media, producing the long-running series Waterloo Road. Over the course of her career, she’s produced such hits as EastEnders, Holby City and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

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Tobias Hussey
The Truth, Drama Series Script Competition

Hussey is a former Jehovah’s Witness, photographer and frontman of an alt-rock band. After travelling the world with his guitar and camera, he returned to London to begin his writing career, with a focus on communities shrouded in mystery.

In addition to Studio21, Hussey is also an Austin Film Festival International Pitch finalist and an Edinburgh TV Festival New Voice Drama nominee.

Pearlena Igbokwe
Chairman, Universal Studio Group

Igbokwe is chairman, Universal Studio Group (USG), where she leads four powerhouse studios: Universal Television, UCP, Universal Television Alternative Studio and Universal International Studios that produce over 3,000 hours of programming currently airing or streaming around the globe. Igbokwe reports directly to Jeff Shell, CEO, NBCUniversal. In her capacity as Chairman, Igbokwe and her team sup... read more

Igbokwe is chairman, Universal Studio Group (USG), where she leads four powerhouse studios: Universal Television, UCP, Universal Television Alternative Studio and Universal International Studios that produce over 3,000 hours of programming currently airing or streaming around the globe. Igbokwe reports directly to Jeff Shell, CEO, NBCUniversal.

In her capacity as Chairman, Igbokwe and her team support a slate of ambitious storytellers, including Jordan Peele, Sam Esmail, Nahnatchka Khan, Tina Fey, Seth MacFarlane, Julie Plec, Amy Poehler, Tanya Saracho, Michael Schur, Alan Yang, David Heyman, Selwyn Hinds, Tarell McCraney, Lorne Michaels, Gareth Neame, Tony Ayres, Debra Martin Chase, Nick Antosca, John Legend and Dick Wolf, among numerous others.

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Moderator Irina Ignatiew-Lemke
MD, All3Media Fiction Deutschland

Since October 2022 Ignatiew-Lemke is managing director of All3Media Deutschland Fiction and responsible for All3Media Deutschlands scripted productions including its sublabel filmpool fiction. Before that she founded her own company Boxworks Media, a boutique production, development and consulting firm, where she worked with clients such as Deutsche Telekom’s SVOD streaming service Magenta TV, f... read more

Since October 2022 Ignatiew-Lemke is managing director of All3Media Deutschland Fiction and responsible for All3Media Deutschlands scripted productions including its sublabel filmpool fiction. Before that she founded her own company Boxworks Media, a boutique production, development and consulting firm, where she worked with clients such as Deutsche Telekom’s SVOD streaming service Magenta TV, for whom she also served as Executive Producer of

Magenta TVs first original drama series Wild Republic, which was coproduced with ARD (WDR, SWR, ONE) and ARTE.

Before launching her own company she served as managing director of Red Arrow International, where she led the international sales and financing of highly acclaimed TV productions such as Netflix’s Lilyhammer, Amazon’s Bosch and Roald Dahls Esio Trot(BBC, ARD Degeto). She also acted as executive producer on drama series Cleverman for ABC Australia and Sundance TV and The 100 Code showrun by Oscar Winner Bobby Moresco (Million Dollar Baby, LA Crash) for SKY Germany, HBO Nordics and Kanal 5 Sweden.

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Patty Ishimoto
Executive producer and managing partner, Element 8 Entertainment

Ishimoto has worked as an executive in the television and telecom industries for more than 20 years, primarily focusing on developing and financing international co-productions. She is the executive producer of the acclaimed series Miss Scarlet and The Duke (airing on PBS/Masterpiece, Alibi) as well as Clean Sweep (Sundance Now, RTE), an Irish thriller drama. She has multiple projects in developme... read more

Ishimoto has worked as an executive in the television and telecom industries for more than 20 years, primarily focusing on developing and financing international co-productions. She is the executive producer of the acclaimed series Miss Scarlet and The Duke (airing on PBS/Masterpiece, Alibi) as well as Clean Sweep (Sundance Now, RTE), an Irish thriller drama. She has multiple projects in development, among them The Bronte Girls with ZDF Studios and Fitz and Merryweather with Abacus Media Rights.

Prior to joining Element 8 Entertainment as managing partner, Ishimoto served as general manager of AUDIENCE network at DIRECTV. There she was responsible for all aspects of network strategy, content development, commissioning and operations for all platforms. She is known for “saving” popular series like Friday Night Lights and Damages and launched the network’s foray into original series with Rogue (Thandie Newton), Full Circle (Kate Walsh) and Kingdom (Nick Jonas).

Ishimoto is a member of BAFTA – Los Angeles and is a self-proclaimed linguaphile. She speaks French, is currently studying Spanish, and knows enough Swahili, Japanese and Serbian to get by.

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Walter Iuzzolino
CEO, Eagle Eye Drama

In November 2019 Iuzzolino joined forces with his fellow Walter Presents co-founders Jo McGrath and Jason Thorp to launch Eagle Eye Drama. The company has grown significantly in the past two and a half years and now has a number of globally successful returnable drama series on its slate. Eagle Eye Drama have also branched into animation with two Christmas specials already under their belt for C4 ... read more

In November 2019 Iuzzolino joined forces with his fellow Walter Presents co-founders Jo McGrath and Jason Thorp to launch Eagle Eye Drama. The company has grown significantly in the past two and a half years and now has a number of globally successful returnable drama series on its slate. Eagle Eye Drama have also branched into animation with two Christmas specials already under their belt for C4 (Quentin Blake’s Clown and Terry Prachett’s The Abominable Snow Baby.) In addition, Eagle Eye recently won a 6-part BBC commission, Quentin Blake’s Box of Treasures. Iuzzolino is also Chief Creative Officer of The Writers’ Room Publishing, an ideas company he co-founded with Jo McGrath. Iuzzolino is a former commissioning editor at Channel 4 and in 2015 he co-founded Walter Presents, a global streaming service dedicated to showcasing award-winning drama from around the world. Since launching in the UK, Walter Presents has gone from strength to strength, rolling out in several territories including US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Nordics and Walter remains the curator for the service.

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NneNne Iwuji
Head writer and director, Chudor House Productions

Whilst maintaining a successful career as a Diplomat in both Latin America and Africa, Iwuji studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, King’s College London. She has won several prizes for her short films and has also been short-listed in Steven Spielberg’s competition for new directors. Iwuji is director at Chudor House Productions, head writer on the Chudor team, and has various TV se... read more

Whilst maintaining a successful career as a Diplomat in both Latin America and Africa, Iwuji studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, King’s College London. She has won several prizes for her short films and has also been short-listed in Steven Spielberg’s competition for new directors.

Iwuji is director at Chudor House Productions, head writer on the Chudor team, and has various TV series in development as well as writing on several third-party projects. She is currently writing on Netflix’s hybrid docuseries African Queens from Westbrook Studios and Nutopia, as well as Anyway Content’s thriller series City of Graves. She is also about to complete her first novel, Anika’s Daughter.

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Moderator Chukwudi Iwuji
Actor and founder, Chudor Films

An extraordinary actor both on screen and on stage, Iwuji continues to captivate audiences with his versatility and establish himself as one to watch. Iwuji currently stars opposite John Cena in James Gunn’s spinoff series Peacemaker for HBO Max and DC. Next, he will reunite with director James Gunn and make his debut in the Marvel universe starring in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, as the v... read more

An extraordinary actor both on screen and on stage, Iwuji continues to captivate audiences with his versatility and establish himself as one to watch.

Iwuji currently stars opposite John Cena in James Gunn’s spinoff series Peacemaker for HBO Max and DC. Next, he will reunite with director James Gunn and make his debut in the Marvel universe starring in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, as the villain, The High Evolutionary.

Iwuji also co-stars in Abi Morgan’s hit BBC series, The Split, which is currently streaming.

Selected additional film and tv credits include, The Underground Railroad directed by Barry Jenkins, John Wick: Chapter 2, When They See Us, Doctor Who, and Shine Your Eyes.

An accomplished theater veteran, Iwuji has worked as multiple leads at The Public Theatre, including starring as Othello in Shakespeare in the Park and The Low Road, for which he was awarded an Obie.

Other stage credits include Ivo van Hove’s Obsession opposite Jude Law, and Hedda Gabler opposite Ruth Wilson, both for The National Theatre. Iwuji is an associate artist for the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company.

Iwuji is also a founding member of Chudor House Productions, his family’s production and management company. He currently resides in New York.

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Amy Jephta
Writer/ director , Nagvlug Films, South Africa

Jephta is a screenwriter and director who lives and works in Cape Town. Her feature film screenwriting includes South Africa’s official 2018 Golden Globes submission, Ellen: The Ellen Pkkies Story and her directorial debut, Barakat. The latter marked a first time selection for a South African woman of colour when it became the country’s official entry for the Academy Awards. She was lead wri... read more

Jephta is a screenwriter and director who lives and works in Cape Town. Her feature film screenwriting includes South Africa’s official 2018 Golden Globes submission, Ellen: The Ellen Pkkies Story and her directorial debut, Barakat. The latter marked a first time selection for a South African woman of colour when it became the country’s official entry for the Academy Awards. She was lead writer on Catch Me A Killer (Night Train Media/M-Net) and writer and associate producer on Devils Peak (BBC Studios/Lookout Point), both currently in production for 2023 release. Amy has previously been named one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Top Young South Africans, is the recipient of South Africa’s highest art accolade, the Standard Bank Young Artist Award (for Theatre), and is a recipient of the Baumi Prize for screenwriting presented at the 2020 Berlinale by Pandora Film and Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. She now focuses on producing for film and television via her company, Nagvlug Films, with series and feature projects in development for Fremantle, Amazon and Netflix and collaborations with Morgan Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment, 42, and David and Jessica Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon Productions in the works. She is repped by CAA and 3Arts Entertainment.

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Superna Kalle
President, international networks, Starz

Superna Kalle is president of international networks for Starz. Kalle reports directly to Starz president and CEO 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, including Lionsgate+, overseeing strategy and operations. Most recently, Kalle was a senior advisor to several media co... read more

Superna Kalle is president of international networks for Starz.

Kalle reports directly to Starz president and CEO 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, including Lionsgate+, 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, CA., Kalle oversaw the company’s television networks portfolio and equity investments in the U.S. and Canada. For the U.S., she launched and served as general manager of the wholly-owned Sony networks, Sony Movie Channel, SPT’s first multi-platform television network; Cine Sony Television, SPT’s Spanish language movie network; and getTV, the Company’s first digital subchannel dedicated to classic programming. Kalle also served on the board of other popular cable and digital channels, including GSN (Game Show Network, LLC) and fearNET (a joint venture with Lionsgate and Comcast). In Canada, Kalle oversaw SPT’s partnership with Hollywood Suite, which carried the Sony Movie Channel brand.

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Ivan Kavanagh
Writer, creator, Park Films

Kavanagh is a multi-award winning writer and director best known for Son (2021) The Canal (2014) and Never Grow Old (2019). He was born in Dublin, Ireland. 2021 saw the release of Ivan’s latest critically acclaimed film Son (Park Films), which he wrote and directed, a psychological horror film, starring Andi Matichak and Emile Hirsch. At the 2021 Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festiv... read more

Kavanagh is a multi-award winning writer and director best known for Son (2021) The Canal (2014) and Never Grow Old (2019). He was born in Dublin, Ireland. 2021 saw the release of Ivan’s latest critically acclaimed film Son (Park Films), which he wrote and directed, a psychological horror film, starring Andi Matichak and Emile Hirsch.

At the 2021 Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival Kavanagh was presented with the George Byrne Maverick Award by the Dublin Film Critics Circle and at the Brussels International Fantastic Festival 2021, SON won the Silver Raven Award for Best Film. He has a number of feature film and TV projects in the works.

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Liam Keelan
SVP original productions, Europe & Africa, The Walt Disney Company

Keelan has been the senior vice president for original productions in EMEA since early 2020. He is responsible for commissioning original content across all genres for Disney + and Star. To date, more than a dozen titles have launched on the platform across the region. Prior to joining Disney, Keelan was the director of scripted at BBC Worldwide from 2014. He led the team responsible for securing ... read more

Keelan has been the senior vice president for original productions in EMEA since early 2020. He is responsible for commissioning original content across all genres for Disney + and Star. To date, more than a dozen titles have launched on the platform across the region.

Prior to joining Disney, Keelan was the director of scripted at BBC Worldwide from 2014. He led the team responsible for securing and developing drama, comedy and children’s content from BBC Television, UK and overseas indies.

Previous to this, Keelan was controller, BBC Daytime and Early Peak from February 2008. Under Keelan’s tenure, the schedule was revamped, with an emphasis on drama, consumer/current affairs and event-led programming.  His commissions included the Jimmy McGovern drama Moving On, quiz show Pointless, and Father Brown.

Before this, Keelan held positions as controller for Daytime at ITV, head of scheduling and planning for BBC One and Two and channel editor at UKTV. He has also acted as a media consultant for Amazon Studios and a number of independent production companies.

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Nahrein Kemp
Creative diversity partner, ITV

Kemp is creative diversity partner at ITV working with commissioners and producers to help diversify ITV programmes both on and off screen and delivering ITV’s Diversity Acceleration Plan. She leads on Step Up 60 which elevates underrepresented talent into senior roles (so far, 123 people have ‘stepped’ up on ITV programmes) and created Amplify- ITV’s first senior leadership programme for ... read more

Kemp is creative diversity partner at ITV working with commissioners and producers to help diversify ITV programmes both on and off screen and delivering ITV’s Diversity Acceleration Plan. She leads on Step Up 60 which elevates underrepresented talent into senior roles (so far, 123 people have ‘stepped’ up on ITV programmes) and created Amplify- ITV’s first senior leadership programme for People of Colour (POC.)

At Film London, she founded the Equal Access Network with support from the Mayor of London and HBO, finding 390+ roles for underrepresented talent. She also created the Return to Work Programme (now in its fourth iteration) which ‘retrained’ Parents/Carers and placed them in Returnships, Breaking the Glass Ceiling- a mid level leadership programme for POC and Getting Into Film & TV programme for new entrants.

Kemp is also a member of the Mayor of London’s Skills for Londoners Business Partnership Group, BAFTA’s Learning, Inclusion & New Talent Committee and SIGN/XR Stories EDI Advisory Board. In 2020, she joined BAFTA’s Diversity Steering Group which met with over 450+ professionals to conduct a major review to improve representation in BAFTA’s film awards.

In December 2021 she was awarded Achievement of the Year at the Women in Film and TV Awards (WFTV.)

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Moderator Roma Khanna
Executive chair and head of scripted content, HiddenLight Productions

Khanna is a content innovator, executive and entrepreneur, with proven success growing global businesses in TV, broadcast, digital, film and distribution.  She believes in the opportunities that content provides when it intersects with technology across infinite platforms. From 2017 to 2020 Roma was the CEO at REVOLT Media and TV, responsible for leading strategy and operations of the real-time, ... read more

Khanna is a content innovator, executive and entrepreneur, with proven success growing global businesses in TV, broadcast, digital, film and distribution.  She believes in the opportunities that content provides when it intersects with technology across infinite platforms.

From 2017 to 2020 Roma was the CEO at REVOLT Media and TV, responsible for leading strategy and operations of the real-time, multi-platform brand and network, reporting directly to the Chairman, Sean Combs, and the Board.  She remained on as advisor to the board after she chose to step down as CEO.

From 2011 to 2015, Khanna was president of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) Television Group and Digital where she oversaw creative development and production as well as worldwide TV and digital distribution for branded channels. Under Khanna’s leadership, MGM Television developed and delivered several award-winning series, including The Handmaid’s Tale to Hulu, Fargo to FX, Vikings to HISTORY and Teen Wolf to MTV.  Before joining MGM, Khanna served as president, Universal Networks International & Digital Initiatives, with NBC Universal, where she oversaw and grew a portfolio of 70+ NBC Universal international television channels, including the Syfy Channel, 13th Street, Universal Channel, Hallmark Channel, Divatv and Movies24 brands.  Khanna has also served as senior vice president, content and co-head of television for CHUM in Canada. Khanna began her career in digital media with Snap Media and in music at Sony Music Canada.

Khanna has received The Euro 50 award from Eurodata and was the first recipient of Reed MIDEM’s “MIPCube Media Architect of the Future Award” for her pioneering work in the use of new digital platforms.

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Miura Kite
EVP of global television, Participant

In her role as executive vice president of global television for Participant, Kite oversees Participant’s narrative television slate by identifying, developing, packaging and executive producing high-end properties for premium cable, digital and emerging platforms.  At Participant, she helped develop Ava DuVernay’s limited drama series When They See Usfor Netflix, and executive produced two s... read more

In her role as executive vice president of global television for Participant, Kite oversees Participant’s narrative television slate by identifying, developing, packaging and executive producing high-end properties for premium cable, digital and emerging platforms.  At Participant, she helped develop Ava DuVernay’s limited drama series When They See Usfor Netflix, and executive produced two seasons of Noughts + Crosses for BBC1 and the docuseries Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey for Netflix.  Current projects include Interior Chinatown set up at Hulu and other shows in development at FX, Netflix, AMC and Sky UK.  Previous to Participant, in her role as Head of Development at Playtone, Kite co-produced HBO’s Emmy Award®-winning miniseries, The Pacific and the HBO Emmy Award®-winning film, Game Change and served as Development Executive on five seasons of HBO’s series Big Love and the miniseries John Adams as well as films Where the Wild Things Are, Mamma Mia! and Charlie Wilson’s War.  Kite serves on the Advisory Board of WeForShe, a women’s advocacy group that strives to find practical ways to bring about a gender-balanced landscape in television.

 

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Jarmo Lampela
Head of drama, YLE

Lampela has worked as the head of drama at YLE since 2015. He graduated from ELO, Finnish Film School in 1992 and has worked as director, scriptwriter and producer with numerous productions for cinema, television and theatre. 2007-2014 Lampela was working as the professor of film directing and head of the department of film, television and scenography at Aalto University, Helsinki.

Joachim Landau
Producer, Empreinte Digitale

Landau produces drama and documentaries feature films and series. He often works with partners such as Warner, OCS, Canal+, Groupe M6, Multichoice and France Television. Landau is very involved in the development and production of projects with strong and underrepresented human stories from African countries like South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, but also projects from the Middle East and th... read more

Landau produces drama and documentaries feature films and series. He often works with partners such as Warner, OCS, Canal+, Groupe M6, Multichoice and France Television.

Landau is very involved in the development and production of projects with strong and underrepresented human stories from African countries like South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, but also projects from the Middle East and the Caribbean.

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Cat Lawson
Creative director, Remarkable Entertainment

Lawson is creative director of Remarkable Entertainment, the company behind shows including Starstruck, The Wall, Pointless, Richard Osman’s House of Games and Sunday Brunch. Previously holding senior roles at Studio Lambert and Two Four, Lawson has exec produced formats including This Time Last Year, Dating in the Dark and The Jump.

Clare Laycock
SVP head of content, networks & streaming, Warner Bros Discovery

In her newly appointed role, Laycock leads content across linear channels and SVoD, covering Commissioning, Programming and Media Planning at Warner Bros. Discovery in the UK & Ireland. Previously, she held a dual role at Discovery UK & Ireland; firstly overseeing the Programme Planning and Consumer Insights team across Discovery’s portfolio of linear channels and non-linear products; an... read more

In her newly appointed role, Laycock leads content across linear channels and SVoD, covering Commissioning, Programming and Media Planning at Warner Bros. Discovery in the UK & Ireland.

Previously, she held a dual role at Discovery UK & Ireland; firstly overseeing the Programme Planning and Consumer Insights team across Discovery’s portfolio of linear channels and non-linear products; and secondly leading on Entertainment and Lifestyle Content Commissioning for the portfolio.

Some of the biggest titles commissioned by Laycock that launched this year include 90 Day Fiancé UK, Beauty and The Geek UK, Written in The Stars, a new series of Faking It Specials and Johnny vs Amber: The US Trial. Later this year, discovery+ viewers will also be able to watch more from the highly successful vs franchise, Vardy Vs Rooney: The Wagatha Trial and Jamie vs Britney: The Father Daughter Trials. Next year, we can look forward to season 2 of the reality hit 90 Day Fiancé UK as well as a reboot of Say Yes to the Dress with new host Tan France.

During her time at Discovery, Laycock led the company’s lifestyle and entertainment channels – free-to-air networks Really, Quest Red, Food Network, and HGTV and pay television channels TLC and ID – to record growth.

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Nick Lee
Head of acquisitions and international, Channel 4

Lee is head of acquisitions and international for Channel 4. Leading the broadcaster in licensing on all acquired series and the theatrical film slate for both their linear portfolio and VOD platform. In addition, Lee is responsible for driving wider content partnership deals and prebuying drama from script to supplement the Channel 4 commissioned drama slate. He seeks both US and internationally ... read more

Lee is head of acquisitions and international for Channel 4. Leading the broadcaster in licensing on all acquired series and the theatrical film slate for both their linear portfolio and VOD platform. In addition, Lee is responsible for driving wider content partnership deals and prebuying drama from script to supplement the Channel 4 commissioned drama slate. He seeks both US and internationally packaged opportunities for early stage collaboration and co-production.

With C4 for 8 years and been responsible for bringing iconic shows to the channel from The Handmaids Tale, Rick & Morty, Modern Family; as well as managing C4’s enviable slate of catalogue content deals, he has delivered on new growth driving VOD collections such as True Crime on 4 and Adult Swim. More recently Lee has an evolved approach to scripted pre-buying for C4; reshaping the economics of drama co-production’s and bringing a new scripted commercial tone; highlights under this model include Catch 22, Spreadsheet, Close To Me, The Light In The Hall.

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Damian Lewis
Executive producer, actor, A Spy Among Friends

Lewis is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actor who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television making his mark as one of this generation’s most respected and sought-after actors.    In Fall 2022, Lewis will star and serve as executive producer on ITV’s upcoming spy thriller A Spy Among Friends opposite Guy Pearce, based on the novel by Ben Macintyre.    Most recently on te... read more

Lewis is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actor who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television making his mark as one of this generation’s most respected and sought-after actors. 

 

In Fall 2022, Lewis will star and serve as executive producer on ITV’s upcoming spy thriller A Spy Among Friends opposite Guy Pearce, based on the novel by Ben Macintyre. 

 

Most recently on television, Lewis led Showtime’s highly successful series Billions, opposite Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff and Asia Kate Dillon. The critically acclaimed series had the biggest original series debut in Showtime history. On film, Lewis recently played Steve McQueen in Quentin Tarantino’s Academy Award-winning Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. He also appeared in the political drama Run This Town as infamous Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and the John le Carré spy thriller, Our Kind of Traitor, directed by Susanna White and written by Hossein Amini. 

 

On stage, Lewis has appeared in West End productions of The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, American Buffalo and The Misanthrope. As a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he performed title roles in both Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, in addition to many other notable productions.

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Daisy Lilley
Director, unscripted series, UK, Netflix

Lilley works in Netflix’s Unscripted team in London. She joined Netflix in April 2020 and has been working with UK producers to find returnable entertainment formats. She’s part of the team overseeing F1: Drive To Survive, The Circle and Too Hot To Handle as well as other upcoming titles. Prior to Netflix, she was a BAFTA-winning Executive Producer spending 2 years at Studio Lambert where she ... read more

Lilley works in Netflix’s Unscripted team in London. She joined Netflix in April 2020 and has been working with UK producers to find returnable entertainment formats. She’s part of the team overseeing F1: Drive To Survive, The Circle and Too Hot To Handle as well as other upcoming titles.

Prior to Netflix, she was a BAFTA-winning Executive Producer spending 2 years at Studio Lambert where she developed and produced The Circle for both Channel 4 and Netflix. She also spent 13 years at ITV Studios working on notable titles such as Love Island, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Hell’s Kitchen and Come Dine With Me.

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Gave Lindo
Head of content programming , TikTok, North America

Lindo is an experienced executive, lawyer, and board director within the media and cultural sectors where he has developed, commissioned, and structured projects across film, TV, streaming, social, gaming, and live events. As the head of content programming for North America at TikTok, he leads the team responsible for original live production, in-app editorial, trends, and off-platform content... read more

Lindo is an experienced executive, lawyer, and board director within the media and cultural sectors where he has developed, commissioned, and structured projects across film, TV, streaming, social, gaming, and live events.

As the head of content programming for North America at TikTok, he leads the team responsible for original live production, in-app editorial, trends, and off-platform content collaborations such as TikTok Radio.

Previously, he led CBC’s digital content offerings including CBC.ca, CBC Kids, and launched the streaming service CBC Gem, as executive director of OTT programming. In this role, he created CBC’s first YA content strategy and was responsible for commissioning a slate of series from some of Canada’s most talented new voices.

Lindo also served as executive director of the Reelworld Film Festival, worked as a business affairs executive at CBC, and began his career as a media and entertainment lawyer at a corporate law firm. Lindo has been appointed to the boards of a number of organizations and currently serves on the boards of Just for Laughs Toronto and TO Live. He is a frequent speaker on the intersection of media, content, and innovation and has been featured in outlets including The Today Show, Toronto Life, Deadline, Variety, Playback, and SHARP Magazine. He holds BA, MBA, and JD degrees from the University of Toronto and is called to the Bar of Ontario.

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Mark Linsey
Managing director, scripted, BBC Studios

Linsey is managing director, scripted overseeing BBC Studios’ teams in Drama Productions, Daytime, Continuing Drama Series and Comedy Productions, alongside its scripted labels (Lookout Point, Sid Gentle, Clerkenwell Films, Baby Cow Productions, House Productions), and the Scripted indie minority shareholdings and distribution relationships. He took up the role in February 2022 when BBC Studios ... read more

Linsey is managing director, scripted overseeing BBC Studios’ teams in Drama Productions, Daytime, Continuing Drama Series and Comedy Productions, alongside its scripted labels (Lookout Point, Sid Gentle, Clerkenwell Films, Baby Cow Productions, House Productions), and the Scripted indie minority shareholdings and distribution relationships.

He took up the role in February 2022 when BBC Studios combined its Productions and Content Partnerships businesses to create a single content powerhouse for all productions, talent relationships, and content investment.

Prior to this Linsey was the chief creative officer at BBC Studios having joined from the previous BBC Studios (formerly BBC in-house production) after it merged with BBC Worldwide in April 2018. Before this, Linsey held a number of senior positions across both the BBC and the independent production sector, working for companies including Talent Television, Zeal TV and Tiger Aspect.

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Meghan Lyvers
Director of original drama, UK&I, Sky Studios

Lyvers is director of original drama, UK and Ireland at Sky Studios, Sky’s development, production, and commissioning arm. Lyvers oversees a diverse slate of premium Sky Original dramas and has strategic oversight over all drama series. Before Sky Studios, Lyvers was senior vice president and head of international co-productions and development at CBS Studios (Paramount). Developing for global m... read more

Lyvers is director of original drama, UK and Ireland at Sky Studios, Sky’s development, production, and commissioning arm.

Lyvers oversees a diverse slate of premium Sky Original dramas and has strategic oversight over all drama series.

Before Sky Studios, Lyvers was senior vice president and head of international co-productions and development at CBS Studios (Paramount).

Developing for global markets, Lyvers oversaw and executive produced Oderbruch for ARD, Munich Games for Sky Studios, Ze Network for RTL+, Bestseller Boy for Avrotros (NPO), The Darkness for Siminn, and Gold Diggers for The ABC. Before moving to International, Lyvers was senior vice president of Cable/Digital in the US, developing Unbelievable, Your Honor, American Vandal, Bull and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Lyvers was also a producer at Management 360, building the company’s slate, including The Terror (AMC). Lyvers served as vice resident, development and production at Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Productions. She shepherded Tribeca’s film and television slate, including About a Boy, Meet the Fockers, The Good Shepherd, Little Fockers, Being Flynn and NYC 22. Lyvers was part of the founding team that created the Tribeca Film Festival and Institute.

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Joe Mace
Commissioning editor, ITV

Mace is a Commissioning Editor at ITV responsible for amongst others, Masked Singer, Masked Dancer, Beat The Chasers, The John Bishop Show and Epic Gameshow. He previously worked as Head of Development for ITV and BBC studios and as a Producer for Endemol and CBBC.

Ben Macintyre
Author, A Spy Among Friends

Macintyre has written a weekly column in The Times since 1998 on history, espionage, art, politics and foreign affairs. Before taking up his current post as writer at large and associate editor on the newspaper, he was the editor of The Times Weekend Review, a weekly supplement covering the arts and literature.  He joined the newspaper in 1992 as New York Correspondent and went on to become Paris... read more

Macintyre has written a weekly column in The Times since 1998 on history, espionage, art, politics and foreign affairs. Before taking up his current post as writer at large and associate editor on the newspaper, he was the editor of The Times Weekend Review, a weekly supplement covering the arts and literature.  He joined the newspaper in 1992 as New York Correspondent and went on to become Paris Bureau Chief and then US Editor, based in Washington, before returning to the UK in 2002 as parliamentary sketch-writer.

He is the author of fourteen non-fiction history books, including the bestselling wartime trilogy Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat and Double Cross.  Operation Mincemeat, shortlisted for the National Book Awards, was the number one Sunday Times bestseller in hardback and paperback, remaining in the top ten for 21 weeks.  A Spy Among Friends was also a number one bestseller, as was SAS: Rogue Heroes, which remained in the top ten paperback bestseller chart for 15 weeks.  His last six books have each been New York Times and Sunday Times bestsellers.   The Spy and the Traitor (2018), was described by John le Carré as “The best true spy story I have ever read.”  Agent Sonya (2020) was also a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic.

Macintyre’s books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, and have been translated into more than 25 languages.

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Bill Malone
Director of content, Virgin Media Television, Ireland

Malone is director of content, Virgin Media Television and has held some of the most high-profile positions in Irish broadcasting over the past decade across Virgin Media Television, TV3 and RTE. Malone oversees the content strategy across Virgin Media Television’s Free To Air, Pay TV and On Demand platforms. He has been responsible for a growing slate of high-end coproductions, from dramas ... read more

Malone is director of content, Virgin Media Television and has held some of the most high-profile positions in Irish broadcasting over the past decade across Virgin Media Television, TV3 and RTE.

Malone oversees the content strategy across Virgin Media Television’s Free To Air, Pay TV and On Demand platforms. He has been responsible for a growing slate of high-end coproductions, from dramas Blood, Holding and The Deceived; docs like Finding Jack Charlton and unscripted formats such as Eating With The Enemy and Generation Dating.

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Tom Manwaring
Founding partner, Helion Partners LLP

Manwaring is one of the pre-eminent M&A advisers to the TV production and content sectors having advised on over 45 deals across the last 20 years, many cross border, worth over £1bn in value. In the last 2 years alone, he has advised on 10 transactions, working with leading scripted and non-scripted producers including Element Pictures, House Productions, Eleven Film, Neal Street Productio... read more

Manwaring is one of the pre-eminent M&A advisers to the TV production and content sectors having advised on over 45 deals across the last 20 years, many cross border, worth over £1bn in value.

In the last 2 years alone, he has advised on 10 transactions, working with leading scripted and non-scripted producers including Element Pictures, House Productions, Eleven Film, Neal Street Productions, New Pictures, Silverback Films, Raw TV and Love Productions. Tom often provides comment in the UK’s trade magazines for his insights on M&A activity in the TV production sector and speaks at industry events.

Manwaring is ACA qualified and received a 1st in Economics from Bristol University.

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Ari Mark
Co-founder, Ample Entertainment

Mark is co-founder of AMPLE Entertainment, a production company dedicated to hands-on, handcrafted and filmmaker led premium content. Among the company’s many credits include The Invisible Pilot (HBO) with Adam McKay, Queen of Versailles Reigns Again (discovery+), Murder in the Heartland (discovery+), 9 Months with Courteney Cox (Facebook), The Lost Women of NXIVM (ID), Cooper’s Treasure with ... read more

Mark is co-founder of AMPLE Entertainment, a production company dedicated to hands-on, handcrafted and filmmaker led premium content.

Among the company’s many credits include The Invisible Pilot (HBO) with Adam McKay, Queen of Versailles Reigns Again (discovery+), Murder in the Heartland (discovery+), 9 Months with Courteney Cox (Facebook), The Lost Women of NXIVM (ID), Cooper’s Treasure with Amblin Entertainment (Discovery), Cold Case Files with Blumhouse Television (A&E), Could You Survive the Movies with Jake Roper (YouTube), the upcoming natural-history film Kangaroo Valley (Netflix), among many more.

Previously, Mark served as SVP of original programming for Xbox Entertainment Studios where he was challenged to jump start a digital platform’s ambitious move into non-scripted filmmaking. There, he executive produced Xbox’s first event series Every Street United, Zak Penn’s Atari: Game Over, and Greg Barker’s The Thread.

Prior to Xbox, he worked at AMC where he oversaw Small Town Security, The Pitch, Talking Dead, Comic Book Men, Game of Arms, and developed AMC’s first docudrama, Making of The Mob. Mark began his career at Sundance Channel where he developed hit series Iconoclasts, Architecture School, and Peabody winners, Nimrod Nation and Brick City.

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Alex Mathias
Death in the Family, Drama Series Script Competition

Born in West Wales, Mathias studied English Literature at Cardiff University before beginning his professional life as the projectionist and manager of an independent cinema where he gained an education in screenwriting through the porthole of the projection booth. Following placements in the semi-finals of international screenplay competitions, he was selected from over 3,500 applicants for the B... read more

Born in West Wales, Mathias studied English Literature at Cardiff University before beginning his professional life as the projectionist and manager of an independent cinema where he gained an education in screenwriting through the porthole of the projection booth. Following placements in the semi-finals of international screenplay competitions, he was selected from over 3,500 applicants for the BBC Drama Room in 2019/20. He’s been a finalist for the BBC TVDWP and shortlisted for the BBC Academy.

Mathias writes drama marbled with off-kilter humour and grounded sci-fi which often explores themes of family, ambition and class. He’s had short films made for BBC Two and The Oxford School of Drama and currently has a feature film in development with Ffilm Cymru Wales, where he’s also shadowing on a feature produced by Dan Hine and written by Matt Redd.

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Marlee Matlin
Director,

Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her motion picture debut in Children of a Lesser God, a performance the film community chose to recognize with its highest honor—the Academy Award® for Best Actress. At age 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar® and one of only four actresses to receive that honor for a film debut. Matlin was honored by the HFPA with the ... read more

Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her motion picture debut in Children of a Lesser God, a performance the film community chose to recognize with its highest honor—the Academy Award® for Best Actress. At age 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar® and one of only four actresses to receive that honor for a film debut. Matlin was honored by the HFPA with the Golden Globe® Award for Best Actress in a Drama.

Matlin was recognized for her work in the independent feature film CODA. The film earned multiple Academy Awards, notably Best Feature Film, Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actor. Other awards include: the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, NBR, NAACP Image Award, HCA and AFI Honor. Independent Spirit, Critics Choice, BAFTA, Gotham, and International Press Academy.  Reasonable Doubts earned her two Golden Globe Award nominations and a People’s choice Award. Matlin’s other notable TV credits include critically acclaimed series, West Wing, The L Word, and Family Guy and Emmy nominated appearances on Seinfeld, Picket Fences, The Practice, and Law and Order: SVU.

Matlin is making her directorial debut with the network series Accused, co-production by Sony Pictures Television and Fox.

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Anna Maxwell Martin
Actor, A Spy Among Friends

Maxwell Martin is a multi-BAFTA-award winning British actress, known for her wealth of work across TV, film and stage. Her broad body of work showcases her versatility. Some of her best-known TV credits include Beelzebub in Good Omens (BBC/Amazon), with Michael Sheen; And Then There Were None; The Mysterious Case of Agatha Christie (Sky Arts); Death Comes to Pemberley (BBC); The Accused (BBC); The... read more

Maxwell Martin is a multi-BAFTA-award winning British actress, known for her wealth of work across TV, film and stage. Her broad body of work showcases her versatility.

Some of her best-known TV credits include Beelzebub in Good Omens (BBC/Amazon), with Michael Sheen; And Then There Were None; The Mysterious Case of Agatha Christie (Sky Arts); Death Comes to Pemberley (BBC); The Accused (BBC); The Bletchley Circle(ITV); The Nightwatch (BBC); Dr Who (BBC); Bleak House (BBC); Midwinter of the Spirit (ITV); North and South (BBC); Sky’s Code 404 as well as the ITV thriller Hollington Drive.

Her film credits include Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield, with Dev Patel; Stephen Frears’ Philomena, with Judi Dench; comedy-drama The Duke; The Alan Partridge Movie, with Steve Coogan; and Enduring Love.

Maxwell Martin starred in BBC’s Line of Duty and reprised her role as the main character, Julia, in the third series of the BBC’s hit comedy Motherland. She starred Marianne, opposite Chris O’Dowd, in Nick Payne’s beautiful and heart-breaking romance Constellations, which will be revived with a twist in the West End at the Donmar Warehouse.

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Rodrigo Mazon
EVP, general manager - SVoD, ViX+ at TelevisaUnivision

Mazon is EVP, general manager of ViX+ (SVoD -Subscription Video on Demand) at TelevisaUnivision, the world’s leading Spanish-language media and content company. Mazon is responsible for TelevisaUnivision’s global SVoD service, ViX+, its content and programming strategy, original content production, talent relations, content acquisitions, subscriber growth and retention. With over two decad... read more

Mazon is EVP, general manager of ViX+ (SVoD -Subscription Video on Demand) at TelevisaUnivision, the world’s leading Spanish-language media and content company. Mazon is responsible for TelevisaUnivision’s global SVoD service, ViX+, its content and programming strategy, original content production, talent relations, content acquisitions, subscriber growth and retention.

With over two decades of entertainment industry experience, including 10 years in streaming, Mazon is a seasoned content executive specializing in programming strategy, TV/film productions and acquisitions for audiences in Latin America, Spain and the U.S. Hispanic market. He spent the last six years at Netflix, most recently serving as VP of content, where he and his team acquired or produced hit series such as La Casa de Papel, Luis Miguel, La Serie, as well as El Chapo, a co-production with Univision. Before joining Netflix, Mazon was director of content acquisition at Hulu, where he launched Hulu Latino early in his tenure. He started his career in 2001 at MGM Studios, when he worked in corporate development managing the film greenlight process.

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Dan McCulloch
Head of content, Bad Wolf

For five years McCulloch has served as executive producer on His Dark Materials. He is proud to have been integral in the beginnings of new Television dramas that have gone on to have become global success – such as Endeavour and Victoria for ITV. He started as a receptionist and worked his way up through short and low-budget films.

Jo McGrath
CCO, Eagle Eye Drama

McGrath is responsible for the Eagle Eye Drama development slate which to date has an extraordinarily high conversion-to-commission hit rate. With thirty years’ experience across all television genres under her belt, she is a hands on executive producer across all series for Eagle Eye. McGrath is also CEO of The Writers’ Room, a publishing ideas company which recently won a 4 book deal with Si... read more

McGrath is responsible for the Eagle Eye Drama development slate which to date has an extraordinarily high conversion-to-commission hit rate. With thirty years’ experience across all television genres under her belt, she is a hands on executive producer across all series for Eagle Eye. McGrath is also CEO of The Writers’ Room, a publishing ideas company which recently won a 4 book deal with Simon & Schuster. The company has already launched two books, with two more due to be launched next year. A former Channel 4 commissioning head of department for Features and Daytime, head of production for Fox International Europe and head of factual at Tiger Aspect Television, McGrath is a co-founder of the successful global drama service Walter Presents where she oversees the generation of all international marketing assets for the critically acclaimed global streaming service.

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Charlene McKenna
Actress and EP, Clean Sweep

McKenna’s career began in 2004 with her breakout role in Breakfast on Pluto starring opposite Cillian Murphy and Liam Neeson. She has won various accolades including two Outstanding Actress Awards at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, Best Actress in a Lead Role in Television at the IFTA Awards as well as numerous nominations. In 2022 McKenna reprised her roles in the highly anticipated final ... read more

McKenna’s career began in 2004 with her breakout role in Breakfast on Pluto starring opposite Cillian Murphy and Liam Neeson. She has won various accolades including two Outstanding Actress Awards at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, Best Actress in a Lead Role in Television at the IFTA Awards as well as numerous nominations.

In 2022 McKenna reprised her roles in the highly anticipated final series of Peaky Blinders as well as in the second seasons of Bloodlands and Vienna Blood.

In the thriller drama Clean Sweep, created by Gary Tieche, McKenna stars in the lead role as Shelly Mohan, a housewife and mother, married to a Garda detective, who kills her former partner in crime when he threatens to expose her dark past. With her unsuspecting husband hunting for the killer, Shelly must cope with pressures of the tightening noose. Inspired by true events, it is a compelling story of the price paid for long-buried sins.

The series is being co-produced in Ireland by indie producers ShinAwiL (Dancing with the Stars Ireland, Miss Scarlet and the Duke) and Canada’s Incendo (Be Mine Valentine, Terror Train). It is set to premiere on Sundance Now in the US and RTÉ in Ireland in 2023.

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Russel McLean
Shadowlands, Drama Series Script Competition

McLean is a novelist, screenwriter, and freelance development editor from Glasgow, Scotland. He is the author of seven crime novels—including the darkly comedic Ed’s Dead, which was described as “a really authentic and remarkable read” by bestselling novelist, Martina Cole—and several short stories that have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the UK and the US. His screenplay for t... read more

McLean is a novelist, screenwriter, and freelance development editor from Glasgow, Scotland. He is the author of seven crime novels—including the darkly comedic Ed’s Dead, which was described as “a really authentic and remarkable read” by bestselling novelist, Martina Cole—and several short stories that have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the UK and the US. His screenplay for the pilot of Shadowlands was a quarterfinalist in the WeScreeplay TV Pilot Competition, 2022, and a semi-finalist in the TSL Free Screenplay Competition, 2022. In 2018, he was part of the Write4Film course run by The Scottish Film Talent Network.

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Lee McMurray
Commissioning editor, factual entertainment, Channel 4

McMurray has wide-ranging, comprehensive experience of working on all sorts of popular factual programming, from live events, to studio shows, to large-scale reality series and documentary. As an executive and series producer, he was responsible for The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone (BBC2), Secret Eaters (Channel 4), What Happens in Kavos (Channel 4) and the Grierson-nominated Life is Toff (BBC3)... read more

McMurray has wide-ranging, comprehensive experience of working on all sorts of popular factual programming, from live events, to studio shows, to large-scale reality series and documentary. As an executive and series producer, he was responsible for The Naked Choir with Gareth Malone (BBC2), Secret Eaters (Channel 4), What Happens in Kavos (Channel 4) and the Grierson-nominated Life is Toff (BBC3). His eclectic mix of other TV credits includes Castaway (BBC1), Paradise Hotel (Fox Reality) and Loose Women (ITV). As a programme maker, he has contended with all the various aspects of production, including casting, talent management, format development, management of crews/production teams, editing/post-production, oversight of shoots, budgets, schedules and maintaining a good relationship between producer and broadcaster.
Lee joined Channel 4 as a commissioning editor in 2017, and has been the commissioning editor on Married at First Sight for the past three series, overseeing its successful revamp and move to E4. He has also commissioned Caroline Flack: Her Life & Death, The Accused: National Treasures on Trial, Gemma Collins: Self Harm & Me, The Love Trap, Celebrity Call Centre, The Posh Frock Shop and Famous & Fighting Crime for Channel 4, as well as previously being the commissioner for Made in Chelsea and The Sex Clinic on E4. In 2020, he commissioned a deep fake Queen to deliver Channel 4’s annual Alternative Christmas Message.

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Nicola Merola
President and executive producer, Pixcom

Merola is president & executive producer of award-winning Montreal-based production company, Pixcom, where he oversees, with his business partner Charles Lafortune, all scripted and non-scripted production.  Since his arrival to Pixcom in 1997, Merola has extensively developed the company’s global television business and production output, and along with Pixcom’s team, has produced ov... read more

Merola is president & executive producer of award-winning Montreal-based production company, Pixcom, where he oversees, with his business partner Charles Lafortune, all scripted and non-scripted production.  Since his arrival to Pixcom in 1997, Merola has extensively developed the company’s global television business and production output, and along with Pixcom’s team, has produced over 100 scripted and factual series for dozens of networks in Canada and abroad. He was promoted to his current title of president & executive producer in 2013. Merola is an elected member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (IATAS); a member of the Quebec English Language Council; a voting member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television; and is a sought-after speaker in the global content industry.

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Moderator J.C. Mills
President and head of content, Cineflix Productions

Mills leads scripted and unscripted content strategy for Cineflix Productions and oversees the deal making process with networks and third parties. He curates the development slate, boosting growth through internally generated ideas as well as partnerships with outside creatives, and is responsible for building the division’s emerging feature doc business. As part of the Cineflix Media executive... read more

Mills leads scripted and unscripted content strategy for Cineflix Productions and oversees the deal making process with networks and third parties. He curates the development slate, boosting growth through internally generated ideas as well as partnerships with outside creatives, and is responsible for building the division’s emerging feature doc business. As part of the Cineflix Media executive team, Mills drives new commercial opportunities, such as joint ventures and overall deals, across the company.

Mills’ executive producer credits with Cineflix Productions include Nancy Buirski’s acclaimed film Desperate Souls, Dark City and the Midnight Cowboy; Summer Qamp, a feature documentary chronicling the stories of LGBTQIA2S+ campers and counselors for Super Channel and Quebecor Content; Hallmark Channel’s Undercover Holiday; discovery+’s powerful and unflinching follow-docuseries Fight or Flight; and a soon to be announced true crime event series for A&E.
Previously, Mills was president and general manager of Glass Entertainment Group, increasing its content portfolio to 12 new networks and platforms while producing more than 160 individual episodes. Prior to Glass, he was an agent at ICM Partners—selling over 30 projects across cable TV. As a director of development at National Geographic, Mills developed 100 plus hours of content and, at Shine International, he sold formats while managing third-party producer relationships. Mills is also admitted to practice law in New York, and he serves as a Realscreen DIALOG mentor.

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Benjamina Mirnik-Voges
VP original production, The Walt Disney Company, Germany

Since the beginning of 2021 Mirnik-Voges, VP original productions, is responsible for the development and production of local content for the streaming platform Disney+ (incl. STAR) at The Walt Disney Company (Germany) GmbH. Previously, she was managing director of Entertainment One Germany GmbH (eOne Germany) from 2017 to 2020, responsible for setting up and building the German subsidiary of the ... read more

Since the beginning of 2021 Mirnik-Voges, VP original productions, is responsible for the development and production of local content for the streaming platform Disney+ (incl. STAR) at The Walt Disney Company (Germany) GmbH.

Previously, she was managing director of Entertainment One Germany GmbH (eOne Germany) from 2017 to 2020, responsible for setting up and building the German subsidiary of the Toronto-based international media group, Entertainment One Group. She has been active in a wide variety of areas in the film industry since 2005. After starting her own business as a producer in 2005 and (co-)producing e.g. the feature film Lebanon, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival 2007, she was, among other things, the head of local and international feature film acquisition and co-production at Universum Film (now part of the Leonine Group) for almost 11 years.

Mirnik-Voges graduated from law school in London and worked for the international law firm Simmons & Simmons in the London head office and the Shanghai office. She specialised in commercial law. Subsequently she completed an MBA business degree at INSEAD University in Fontainebleau, France.

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Simon Mirren
Co-founder and showrunner, Case Closed Entertainment

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 w... read more

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 up 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.

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Clelia Mountford
Co-founder/ executive producer, Merman

Having co-founded Merman in 2014, with co-founder Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Mountford develops and produces a multitude of projects. Recently, Mountford executive produced dark comedy thriller Bad Sister (Apple TV+), which was co-written by Sharon Horgan and comedy-drama Dreamland (Sky), which stars Lily Allen and Freema Agyeman. Mountford’s other executive producer credits include Frayed (Sk... read more

Having co-founded Merman in 2014, with co-founder Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Mountford develops and produces a multitude of projects.

Recently, Mountford executive produced dark comedy thriller Bad Sister (Apple TV+), which was co-written by Sharon Horgan and comedy-drama Dreamland (Sky), which stars Lily Allen and Freema Agyeman.

Mountford’s other executive producer credits include Frayed (Sky One/ABC Australia), written by and starring Sarah Kendall, three series of the BAFTA-award winning comedy Motherland (BBC Two), including the critically acclaimed Motherland Christmas Special, Frank of Ireland (Ch4/Amazon), created by Brian and Domhnall Gleeson and Michael Moloney; Shining Vale, Housebroken (Fox), starting Lisa Kudrow, both series of This Way Up (Channel 4/HULU) written by Aisling Bea and starring Bea and Horgan and the award-winning There She Goes (BBC Two) written by Shaun Pye and starring David Tennant.

As producer, Mountford has worked on David Cross’s Bliss (Sky One), The Circuit (Channel 4), Todd Margaret (IFC), Cockroaches (ITV2), Mr Sloane (Sky Atlantic) and A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories (Sky Arts) starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe.

Previously, Mountford held roles as Head of Comedy at RDF and Head of Radio and TV Script Associate at TalkbackThames. Mountford began her career in theatre and radio, where she produced comedies/dramas and no1 West End shows.

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Tim Mutimer
CEO rights, Cineflix Media

Mutimer leads Cineflix Rights, the UK’s largest, truly independent distributor, with a growing catalogue of premium scripted series, movies, and long-running factual brands from some of the world’s most creative producers. As CEO of Cineflix Media’s sales and acquisitions division, overseeing a 40-strong team spanning the UK, Canada, Ireland, Spain and Australia, Mutimer is responsible for d... read more

Mutimer leads Cineflix Rights, the UK’s largest, truly independent distributor, with a growing catalogue of premium scripted series, movies, and long-running factual brands from some of the world’s most creative producers.

As CEO of Cineflix Media’s sales and acquisitions division, overseeing a 40-strong team spanning the UK, Canada, Ireland, Spain and Australia, Mutimer is responsible for developing and executing Cineflix Rights’ strategy to maximize IP opportunities for its television content portfolio with producer partners, broadcasters, streamers, and digital platforms worldwide.

With more than 5,500 hours of programming across multiple genres, Cineflix Rights’ slate includes International Emmy® Best Drama Award-winning Tehran starring Glenn Close, Last King of The Cross with Lincoln Younes and Tim Roth, Irvine Welsh’s Crime starring International Emmy nominee Dougray Scott, and Reginald the Vampire with Spider-Man’s Jacob Batalon in the lead role; alongside some of the world’s biggest, longest-running factual franchises like Mayday: Air Disaster and Property Brothers.

Prior to joining Cineflix Media in 2021, Mutimer held various leadership roles including CEO at Banijay Rights; SVP EMEA, sales and distribution at BBC Worldwide; and director of sales at Granada International (now ITV Studios Global Entertainment).

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Sameer Nair
CEO, Applause Entertainment

A media and entertainment industry veteran, Nair has had several highs in his career spanning more than 30 years. Born and brought up in Mumbai, and belonging to a family whose maternal side is full of teachers, Nair dreamt of getting into the IITs and wanted to become an astrophysicist at NASA. Growing up and leaving scientific pursuits behind, Nair set his eyes on the advertising industry and fi... read more

A media and entertainment industry veteran, Nair has had several highs in his career spanning more than 30 years. Born and brought up in Mumbai, and belonging to a family whose maternal side is full of teachers, Nair dreamt of getting into the IITs and wanted to become an astrophysicist at NASA.

Growing up and leaving scientific pursuits behind, Nair set his eyes on the advertising industry and first joined Yellow Pages before moving on to Goldwire Communications. Later, he 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. It was also the reinvention of superstar Amitabh Bachchan. The world sat up and took notice of Nair and he has not looked back since.

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.

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AnneMarie Naughton
Executive producer,

Dublin-based Park Films was founded in 2007 by Naughton, who produced Tara Road with Andie MacDowell, Situations Vacant, directed by Lisa Mulcahy, and four feature films with Company partner, writer / director Ivan Kavanagh ; Tin Can Man, The Fading Light  World Cinema section, PUSAN International Film Festival, The Canal, premiered at TRIBECA, and most recent feature SON, starring Andi Matichak ... read more

Dublin-based Park Films was founded in 2007 by Naughton, who produced Tara Road with Andie MacDowell, Situations Vacant, directed by Lisa Mulcahy, and four feature films with Company partner, writer / director Ivan Kavanagh ; Tin Can Man, The Fading Light  World Cinema section, PUSAN International Film Festival, The Canal, premiered at TRIBECA, and most recent feature SON, starring Andi Matichak and Emile Hirsch., released by AMC / RLJ in US cinemas in March 2021.

A founding member of the board of Women in Film & Television Ireland and a past participant of EAVE,  Naughton has a Masters in Film from IADT.

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Kunal Nayyar
Actor/ producer, Good Karma Productions

Nayyar is best known for his work as the loveable astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali on television’s #1 comedy, The Big Bang Theory. It is the longest running multi-cam comedy ever, exceeding Cheers. He can currently be seen as the lead of the new Apple TV thriller series entitled Suspicion opposite Uma Thurman and the lead of the independent film entitled The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry which is ... read more

Nayyar is best known for his work as the loveable astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali on television’s #1 comedy, The Big Bang Theory. It is the longest running multi-cam comedy ever, exceeding Cheers. He can currently be seen as the lead of the new Apple TV thriller series entitled Suspicion opposite Uma Thurman and the lead of the independent film entitled The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry which is now in theaters. He is also the guest lead in an episode of the Netflix UK series Criminal for which he was nominated for a BAFTA award. Nayyar recently filmed the Netflix feature Spaceman opposite Adam Sandler, Carey Mulligan and Paul Dano and starred in the independent film Sweetness in the Belly opposite Dakota Fanning which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2019. On stage, Nayyar was the co-lead opposite Jesse Eisenberg in The Spoils in London’s West End Trafalgar Theater and the Pershing Square Signature Center in New York.   In addition to his acting career, Atria / Simon & Schuster released his first book, Yes, My Accent is Real, in September 2015. The book is a memoir focused on his experiences growing up in India and his journey to becoming an actor. Through his production company Good Karma, he’s focused on telling redemptive stories from underrepresented storytellers.

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Dawn Olmstead
CEO, Anonymous Content

Olmstead is the CEO and partner of Anonymous Content, the visionary global media company that produces multi-platform premium content and boasts an exceptional client roster which includes many of the world’s most renowned and innovative directors, writers, and actors. Olmstead joined Anonymous Content from Universal Content Productions (UCP) where she served as president overseeing all creati... read more

Olmstead is the CEO and partner of Anonymous Content, the visionary global media company that produces multi-platform premium content and boasts an exceptional client roster which includes many of the world’s most renowned and innovative directors, writers, and actors.

Olmstead joined Anonymous Content from Universal Content Productions (UCP) where she served as president overseeing all creative and business operations of scripted and non-scripted content for the studio, making her the first female head of a traditional media studio to oversee both. While there, she oversaw a range of critically acclaimed and award-winning scripted and unscripted series across the NBCU Cable Entertainment portfolio and shepherded the development and production of key projects including: Emmy® & Golden Globe® award-winning Mr. Robot, Golden Globe-nominated shows The Sinner, Homecoming (Amazon), and Dirty John (USA Network), as well as the Emmy nominated series The Girl From Plainville (Hulu) and Candy starring Jessica Biel, among many others. On the unscripted side, she partnered with Academy Award winner Errol Morris on A Wilderness of Error and with Academy Award nominee Joe Berlinger for the highly rated Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers. She also launched UCP Audio, a new podcast network.

She began her career as a segment producer for Saturday Night Live and The Jon Stewart Show, and also served as an executive producer on Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Fox’s Prison Break among others. Olmstead lives in Los Angeles with her husband, writer Matt Olmstead, and their five children.

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Peres Owino
Writer/director, Nyar Nam Productions

Owino is the award winning Kenyan-American writer/director of Bound: Africans vs African-Americans, winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at PAFF, The Basket Weaver; winner of the NYWIFT Writer’s Lab supported by Meryl Streep and Seasons of Love nominated for an NAACP Image Award in writing. Her latest film projects, include the short films Stray, produced by 20th Century Fox Digital... read more

Owino is the award winning Kenyan-American writer/director of Bound: Africans vs African-Americans, winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at PAFF, The Basket Weaver; winner of the NYWIFT Writer’s Lab supported by Meryl Streep and Seasons of Love nominated for an NAACP Image Award in writing. Her latest film projects, include the short films Stray, produced by 20th Century Fox Digital as part of Hulu’s Best of Huluween and Glimpse.  She has also developed various works for the stage. Owino is currently working on the Jada Pinkett Smith produced series African Queens for Netflix and developing projects for WBTV and Gaumont TV.  She is repped at Creative Artist Agency.

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Henrik Pabst
Chief content officer, Seven.One Entertainment Group

Pabst is chief content officer and managing director of Germany’s Seven.One Entertainment Group. In this role, he is responsible for ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s range of premium entertainment content for viewers and consumers on all platforms. He also oversees the company’s production business es well as program acquisitions. Pabst has held various positions at ProSiebenSat.1 Group since 2011... read more

Pabst is chief content officer and managing director of Germany’s Seven.One Entertainment Group. In this role, he is responsible for ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s range of premium entertainment content for viewers and consumers on all platforms. He also oversees the company’s production business es well as program acquisitions. Pabst has held various positions at ProSiebenSat.1 Group since 2011. At Red Arrow Studios in Munich, he managed sales and was responsible for the global scripted strategy, among other things. After several functions, he took over responsibility for Red Arrow Studios international as managing director in November 2014. January 2019, he moved to ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE as chief commercial officer Entertainment and to the management of ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland, which was renamed into Seven.One Entertainment Group in 2020.

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Adrian Padmore
Commissioning editor, unscripted, Channel 5 & Paramount+

Padmore is commissioning editor, Unscripted, Channel 5 & Paramount+ At Channel 5 he is responsible for commissioning peak-time factual and factual entertainment series including Inside the Force, Nick Knowles Big Railway Adventure, Lost Boy: Murder of James Bulger and ABBA: The Missing 40 Years. Padmore has overseen a number of popular documentaries and series for Channel 5 including: World’... read more

Padmore is commissioning editor, Unscripted, Channel 5 & Paramount+

At Channel 5 he is responsible for commissioning peak-time factual and factual entertainment series including Inside the Force, Nick Knowles Big Railway Adventure, Lost Boy: Murder of James Bulger and ABBA: The Missing 40 Years.

Padmore has overseen a number of popular documentaries and series for Channel 5 including: World’s Most Expensive Cruise Ship; Who Killed Billie Jo; Secrets of the Royal Palaces; New York: The City that Never Sleeps; Inside Hotel Chocolat and Traffic Cops. At Paramount+ he has recently commissioned Panda: Call of the Wild and The Challenge.

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Bruna Papandrea
Founder and CEO, Made Up Stories

Emmy-winning producer, Papandrea is the founder and CEO of Made Up Stories, a development, production and finance company that amplifies distinctive voices to tell unforgettable stories about the diversity of human experience, driven primarily by multifaceted females on and off-screen. Through Made Up Stories, Bruna has recently produced a number of television series including: Netflix’s hit sho... read more

Emmy-winning producer, Papandrea is the founder and CEO of Made Up Stories, a development, production and finance company that amplifies distinctive voices to tell unforgettable stories about the diversity of human experience, driven primarily by multifaceted females on and off-screen. Through Made Up Stories, Bruna has recently produced a number of television series including: Netflix’s hit shows Pieces of Her starring Toni Colette and Anatomy of a Scandal starring Sienna Miller; the anthology Roar for Apple TV+; and the genre-bending romantic comedy Wolf Like Me for Peacock that was recently renewed for a second season. Together Papandrea and Made Up Stories also executive produced The Undoing, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, directed by Susanne Bier and created by David E. Kelley, which was HBO’s most watched series of 2020. Upcoming, she produced the Amazon series The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart starring Sigourney Weaver and the Netflix film Luckiest Girl Alive starring Mila Kunis. Prior to Made Up Stories, Papandrea executive produced the HBO hit series Big Little Lies.

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Sarah Peat
Executive producer, National Geographic Wild International

Peat is an executive producer with National Geographic Wild International, working across both development and production. She is responsible for Snakes in the City, Destination Wild and Africa’s Deadliest. Prior to joining the Nat Geo team, Peat was an award-winning freelance showrunner and producer. Her credits include Netflix’s Great National Parks with Barack Obama, Dian Fossey: Secrets in... read more

Peat is an executive producer with National Geographic Wild International, working across both development and production. She is responsible for Snakes in the City, Destination Wild and Africa’s Deadliest.

Prior to joining the Nat Geo team, Peat was an award-winning freelance showrunner and producer. Her credits include Netflix’s Great National Parks with Barack Obama, Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist for National Geographic Channel and Countdown to the Rains for BBC2.

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Liisa Penttilä-Asikainen
Producer, Kaiho Republic

Penttilä-Asikainen has produced short films, TV series and feature films since 2001. International co-productions include e.g. Lars Von Trier’s Dogville, Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein in Guanajuato and Henk Handloegten’s Summer Window. Recent tv-series include Invisible Heroes (6 x 50´) which was awarded with Prix Europa award for Best European TV Fiction series in 2019.

Kate Phillips
Director of unscripted, BBC

Phillips was appointed director of unscripted in May 2022. She is responsible for the overall commissioning strategy for the full range of unscripted content, encompassing Entertainment, Documentaries, Specialist Factual, Arts & Classical Music, Factual Entertainment & Events and Daytime & Early-Peak. During the pandemic Phillips was acting controller of BBC One, working and commission... read more

Phillips was appointed director of unscripted in May 2022. She is responsible for the overall commissioning strategy for the full range of unscripted content, encompassing Entertainment, Documentaries, Specialist Factual, Arts & Classical Music, Factual Entertainment & Events and Daytime & Early-Peak.

During the pandemic Phillips was acting controller of BBC One, working and commissioning with many genres including all of Factual, Current Affairs, Sport, Comedy, Drama and Entertainment.

Previously, Phillips was controller, entertainment where she oversaw the entertainment strategy across BBC television and iPlayer. She commissioned more than 500 hours of original programmes a year, including shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK, Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof, The Apprentice, Top Gear, The Graham Norton Show, Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel, and Eurovision.

Before taking up this role, Phillips was creative director of formats for BBC Worldwide and prior to this Phillips worked as channel executive for BBC One and BBC Three, across all editorial content on both channels.

Phillips’s extensive TV production experience was garnered through producing numerous comedy and entertainment shows for many broadcasters, as well as being a co-owner and director of Mast Media, an award-winning television formats company.

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Quan Phung
SVP of Original Series, Topic Studios

Phung is SVP of Original Series for Topic Studios, where he further builds the studio’s presence in the television marketplace by sourcing, developing, and packaging premium ongoing and event series for the broadcast, cable, and streaming community. Before joining Topic Studios, he was a senior consultant for STXtv, the scripted television division of STX Entertainment, where he advised the comp... read more

Phung is SVP of Original Series for Topic Studios, where he further builds the studio’s presence in the television marketplace by sourcing, developing, and packaging premium ongoing and event series for the broadcast, cable, and streaming community. Before joining Topic Studios, he was a senior consultant for STXtv, the scripted television division of STX Entertainment, where he advised the company on their global content strategy and sourced Asian content to take to market. Prior to that, he helped launch Slingshot Global Media, an independent television studio backed by private equity; and was Head of Television for Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass Films. He started his entertainment career at NBC Entertainment, and later moved to News Corporation, rising to SVP, Creative Affairs, Twentieth Century Fox Television. Some of the Emmy®-winning series he developed during his tenure at Fox include How I Met Your Mother; My Name Is Earl; Arrested Development; The Bernie Mac Show; and House. He was also one of the executive producers of the NBC series Whitney. Quan received a B.A. from Stanford University.

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Alexandre Piel
Deputy head of drama, Arte France

Piel has a background in the television industry dating back to 1997 within the international sales division of France Télévisions Distribution. He joined Télé-Images/Marathon in 2006 to develop international coproduction in the documentary and animation field, and then oversaw development and acquisition. In 2011, Piel was the MD of the Zodiak Rights Paris office, handling the scripted sales ... read more

Piel has a background in the television industry dating back to 1997 within the international sales division of France Télévisions Distribution. He joined Télé-Images/Marathon in 2006 to develop international coproduction in the documentary and animation field, and then oversaw development and acquisition. In 2011, Piel was the MD of the Zodiak Rights Paris office, handling the scripted sales and acquisitions. He then joined Arte in September 2013 as deputy head of drama, reporting to the head of the drama department, Olivier Wotling.

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Guillaume Pommier
Co-head of distribution, Federation Studios

Pommier began his media career as chief editor, he developed and created TV programs before stepping into the distribution sector as sales manager. He started with Newen Distribution, then joined Lagardère Studios Distribution and Federation Studios three years ago. In charge of France and other territories, he was also involved in the acquisition side for both Kids & Family and Documentaries... read more

Pommier began his media career as chief editor, he developed and created TV programs before stepping into the distribution sector as sales manager. He started with Newen Distribution, then joined Lagardère Studios Distribution and Federation Studios three years ago. In charge of France and other territories, he was also involved in the acquisition side for both Kids & Family and Documentaries projects.

In September 2022, Pommier was appointed co-head of distribution along with Monica Levy, supervising Sales, Business Affairs, Servicing & Finance.

He is now more focused on the strategy of Federation’s distribution arm and helping to develop Federation Studios worldwide.

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Yi Qiao
Director drama, ZDF Studios

Qiao is director drama at ZDF Studios, the commercial arm of German public broadcaster ZDF. There, she is responsible for sales and acquisitions of scripted projects across Scandinavia and worldwide English-speaking territories. Prior to joining ZDF Studios in February 2020, Qiao worked as a senior sales manager for Red Arrow Studios International in London, where she oversaw sales into the UK, Be... read more

Qiao is director drama at ZDF Studios, the commercial arm of German public broadcaster ZDF. There, she is responsible for sales and acquisitions of scripted projects across Scandinavia and worldwide English-speaking territories. Prior to joining ZDF Studios in February 2020, Qiao worked as a senior sales manager for Red Arrow Studios International in London, where she oversaw sales into the UK, Benelux, Scandinavia, Middle East and Africa.

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Moderator James Rampton
Journalist,

Rampton has written twelve books about the arts. He was a staff arts feature writer on the Independent for a decade. He has subsequently written features for the Independent, the i, the Daily Telegraph, the Times, and the Radio Times. He is also a regular newspaper reviewer for the BBC News Channel, as well as chairing Q and As for Bafta, the BFI and the BBC.

Chris Rice
Co-CEO, Fifth Season (formerly Endeavor Content)

Rice is Co-founder and Co-CEO of Fifth Season (formerly Endeavor Content), one of the world’s leading independent film & TV studios. Fifth Season creates, produces and distributes over 40 feature films and television series a year. In television, the studio produces series including Severance, Tokyo Vice, Nine Perfect Strangers, Life & Beth, See and Truth Be Told and distributes award-wi... read more

Rice is Co-founder and Co-CEO of Fifth Season (formerly Endeavor Content), one of the world’s leading independent film & TV studios.

Fifth Season creates, produces and distributes over 40 feature films and television series a year. In television, the studio produces series including Severance, Tokyo Vice, Nine Perfect Strangers, Life & Beth, See and Truth Be Told and distributes award-winning series including Killing Eve, Normal People, The Morning Show, Pachinko and The Night Manager amongst many others. EC’s recent film titles include the multi-Oscar nominated The Lost Daughter from Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lin Manuel Miranda’s, In the Heights, The Michael B. Jordan starring Just Mercy and Michael Bay’s, Ambulance.

Prior to the formation of Fifth Season, Rice was a partner at WME IMG where he led WME’s international television group and oversaw entertainment financing and distribution for IMG. Before joining WME, Rice was Co-founder of Cinnamon Entertainment, a financing, production, and sales company.

Rice has been an advisor to multiple media and distribution businesses and was part of the investment team at Creative Capital Fund, a venture capital fund focused on media investments. Rice received an MBA with distinction from London Business School.

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Sally Riley
Head of drama, entertainment and indigenous, ABC

Riley is the head of drama, entertainment and indigenous for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). A proud Wiradjuri woman, Riley is a leading advocate for Indigenous perspectives, voices and stories. Riley’s previous role was the inaugural head of ABC TV’s Indigenous Department where she pioneered ground-breaking productions such as Cleverman, Gods of Wheat Street, Black Comedy, 8M... read more

Riley is the head of drama, entertainment and indigenous for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

A proud Wiradjuri woman, Riley is a leading advocate for Indigenous perspectives, voices and stories. Riley’s previous role was the inaugural head of ABC TV’s Indigenous Department where she pioneered ground-breaking productions such as Cleverman, Gods of Wheat Street, Black Comedy, 8MMM, The Warriors, and Redfern Now, the first series to be commissioned, written, acted and produced by Indigenous Australians.

Riley plays an integral role in re-shaping the slate by commissioning titles that not only champions muscular Australian content but ensures a broad reach such as AACTA award-winning Stateless (currently on Netflix), Mystery Road (Bunya Productions), The Newsreader starring Sam Reid & Ann Torv, Fires which chronicles the unprecedented bushfires of 2019/2020 and Blackfella Films’ Total Control

Stateless and Mystery Road S2 received their world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival 2020 and were the only Australian television series that were selected to premiere at this prestigious event.

In the uphaul of our television infrastructure in the current times, Riley is driven to attract a unique audience to view and strengthen partnerships with international exhibitors, across OTT services, linear and co-producer partners to advocate for Australian content with broad reach.

In 2020, Riley was inducted as a new member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for her advocacy to strengthen the diversity of voices across age, race, gender and ability both on and off the screen.

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Hester Ruoff
Actress and producer, Ascendant Fox

Actress and producer, Ruoff, began her career on the other side of the camera producing a variety of award-winning shorts, including Bafta-longlisted Gerry starring Joan Collins. She moved into features with the ground-breaking one shot drama Boiling Point, starring Stephen Graham and its incredible ensemble cast, which received eleven 2021 BIFA nominations (4 wins), and 4 Bafta nominations incl... read more

Actress and producer, Ruoff, began her career on the other side of the camera producing a variety of award-winning shorts, including Bafta-longlisted Gerry starring Joan Collins.

She moved into features with the ground-breaking one shot drama Boiling Point, starring Stephen Graham and its incredible ensemble cast, which received eleven 2021 BIFA nominations (4 wins), and 4 Bafta nominations including an Outstanding debut producer.

She recently merged her production company Burton Fox Films with producing partner Bart Ruspoli to become Ascendant Fox producing Gassed Up for Amazon Prime, (Stephen Odubola, Taz Skylar, Steve Toussaint, Mae Muller) – their first movie in the newly formed company. They are now in prep for their debut TV series with The BBC and BBC Studios as a follow up to the film with Matriarch and Made up.  Ruoff is passionate about making films that matter and creating a safe and inclusive environment on set that allows cast and crew to flourish in their gifting.

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Bart Ruspoli
Producer, Ascendant Fox

Following a successful career as an actor, Ruspoli moved behind the camera in 2009. Since then he has been nominated for 2 BIFAs and a BAFTA. Recent projects include 2020 crime drama Villain starring Craig Fairbrass and Robert Glenister which hit British cinemas weeks before the global lockdown, and was met with a deluge of incredible reviews, culminating in being elected Critic’s Choice in th... read more

Following a successful career as an actor, Ruspoli moved behind the camera in 2009. Since then he has been nominated for 2 BIFAs and a BAFTA.

Recent projects include 2020 crime drama Villain starring Craig Fairbrass and Robert Glenister which hit British cinemas weeks before the global lockdown, and was met with a deluge of incredible reviews, culminating in being elected Critic’s Choice in the New York Times the week of release in the USA and topping the Netflix UK film charts for over a week.

In 2022, one-shot drama Boiling Point – starring Stephen Graham – became the most successful British Indie of the pandemic era, culminating in 11 BIFA nominations (Winning 4) and 4 BAFTA nominations including Best Actor for Stephen Graham and Outstanding British Film. It has now been turned into a TV series by the BBC and will hit the small screen end of 2023.

Ruspoli’s company Ascendant Films then merged with Hester Ruoff’s Burton Fox Films to form Ascendant Fox. Their first project is coming of age crime story Gassed Up for Amazon UK. It is currently in post-production.

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Jess Ruston
Writer, Freelance

Ruston is a novelist turned screenwriter whose TV credits include Harlots S3 for Hulu, Young Wallander for Netflix, and Sanctuary for Monumental/AMC. She has multiple book adaptations in development, including Why Not Say What Happened? for Little Island/Legendary, The Shelf for Monumental, To The Lions for Character 7, Endell Street for Euston Films and Frontline for Wild Mercury. She rewrote an ... read more

Ruston is a novelist turned screenwriter whose TV credits include Harlots S3 for Hulu, Young Wallander for Netflix, and Sanctuary for Monumental/AMC. She has multiple book adaptations in development, including Why Not Say What Happened? for Little Island/Legendary, The Shelf for Monumental, To The Lions for Character 7, Endell Street for Euston Films and Frontline for Wild Mercury. She rewrote an episode for Around The World In 80 Days for Slim Film/BBC. Her original procedural crime drama Splinters is in active development with Expanded Media and was originally developed for ITV of which 2 episodes were commissioned. She is in active development with Fired Up Films/ Channel 4 on her original idea Lady Justice, 42/Sky on Killseekers, 42/Lionsgate/Channel 5 on Unfit Mother and Monumental on Fortune. She is developing her original scripted thriller podcast Preservation set in the art world for Story/vrse. She has numerous other projects in paid development (including but not limited to) with Dancing Ledge, Two Brothers and Carnival Films.

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Alessandro Saba
Director original production, The Walt Disney Company, Italy

Saba is the head of original production at The Walt Disney Company Italia. In this role he selects, develops and creates original productions of all genres (Scripted, Unscripted, Factual), for all brands (Disney, Star, National Geographic) and for all the Group’s platforms. Previously, he was vice president at Fox Network Group for 4 years, responsible for Channel Planning, Research and Orig... read more

Saba is the head of original production at The Walt Disney Company Italia. In this role he selects, develops and creates original productions of all genres (Scripted, Unscripted, Factual), for all brands (Disney, Star, National Geographic) and for all the Group’s platforms.

Previously, he was vice president at Fox Network Group for 4 years, responsible for Channel Planning, Research and Original Production.

From 2001 to 2016 he worked in the Mediaset Group, first as head of Prime Time Programs, then as head of content of Italia1: Entertainment, fiction, sit-com, web entertainment and branded content.

He graduated from “Alma Mater” University in Bologna in Communication Sciences with Umberto Eco.

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Jan Salling
Head of BBC Studios Nordics - formats and production, Co-chairman of FRAPA

In March 2019 Salling joined BBC Studios Nordics, where he is in charge of all formats and productions in the Nordics. This includes titles like Strictly Come Dancing, Bake Off, Top Gear and many more. In June 2015 he left his role as COO to start up his own format company called Missing Link Media – with the simple business model to be ‘the missing link’ between IP owners and international ... read more

In March 2019 Salling joined BBC Studios Nordics, where he is in charge of all formats and productions in the Nordics. This includes titles like Strictly Come Dancing, Bake Off, Top Gear and many more.

In June 2015 he left his role as COO to start up his own format company called Missing Link Media – with the simple business model to be ‘the missing link’ between IP owners and international distributors. With his extensive know-how of producing and distributing, Salling use his broad TV-background to shape

TV-ideas coming from independent producers and right holders to better suit the international TV-market and to broker the best possible deals with international distributors on behalf of the owners.

Salling has been on the board of FRAPA since September 2012 and now serve as Co-chairman of FRAPA.

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Roopak Saluja
Founder & executive chairman, Bang Bang Mediacorp

Saluja is founder & CEO of Mumbai-Los Angeles production company, Bang Bang, also known as India’s International Storytelling Company, a global entertainment studio being built on the back of South Asia’s leading producer of commercials and branded content over the past decade and a half. With a global roster of directors and strong physical production capabilities to shoot anywhere, B... read more

Saluja is founder & CEO of Mumbai-Los Angeles production company, Bang Bang, also known as India’s International Storytelling Company, a global entertainment studio being built on the back of South Asia’s leading producer of commercials and branded content over the past decade and a half. With a global roster of directors and strong physical production capabilities to shoot anywhere, Bang Bang continues to deliver some of the finest advertising and short-form content out there. Saluja has executive produced five seasons of The Tara Sharma Show for Disney, Rann VJ Run for Viacom, Hungarian feature film, Overnight and 800+ commercials and music videos including for the likes of Coldplay, Google, Netflix, Instagram, Unilever, Emirates, IKEA, Unilever and tons more. Bang Bang currently has a slate of a dozen projects including scripted series, documentaries and features.

Listed in Campaign Asia-Pacific’s 2014 40 Under 40’, Saluja is also Founder & Chairman of The 120 Media Collective, a leading communications and content group, working with some of the world’s most iconic brands. He is a fellow of The Aspen Institute, holds an MBA from INSEAD and has lived in 13 cities in 10 countries on 6 continents and he speaks 10 languages.

 

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Diederick Santer
CCO, BritBox International

Santer took up his current post as chief creative officer, BritBox International, in September of this year. He began his TV career in 1996 script editing ITV dramas. He joined BBC in 2000, where he developed and produced a number of series including Cutting It and the Emmy-nominated Jane Eyre. In 2006 he became executive producer of EastEnders and over the next four years (and 700 plus episo... read more

Santer took up his current post as chief creative officer, BritBox International, in September of this year.

He began his TV career in 1996 script editing ITV dramas.

He joined BBC in 2000, where he developed and produced a number of series including Cutting It and the Emmy-nominated Jane Eyre.

In 2006 he became executive producer of EastEnders and over the next four years (and 700 plus episodes) delivered a consistent period of ratings and awards success. He stepped down in 2010 following the show’s 25th anniversary live episode.

Santer then set up his own production company, Lovely Day, a label within Kudos, which went on to produce the hugely popular crime series Grantchester (still in production seven years later).

In 2015 Santer became chief executive of Kudos. Under his leadership, Kudos thrived with a string of hits including the International Emmy Awards-winning Man in an Orange Shirt, Channel 4 and AMC returner Humans, International Emmy-nominated Apple Tree Yard, Gunpowder for BBC One, BBC Two’s The Boy With The Topknot, and the Sky Atlantic hit, Tin Star.

In 2017 he had the honour of chairing the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

He left Kudos in 2019, and spent much of the last year working with the commissioning team at BBC Drama, helping to oversee a number of their 2021 titles (including Time, The Pursuit of Love and Ridley Road).

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Polly Scates
Senior acquisitions manager, Channel 4

Philipp Schild
Managing director, funk/ ARD and ZDF

Schild became managing director of funk, the German public broadcast youth content-network, as of November 1, 2020. Previously, he built up the content department for funk at the start of 2016 and was responsible for all ARD content. The professional video journalist worked for many years as a TV journalist with a focus on the topics science, technology and entertainment. From 2011 to 2016, he hea... read more

Schild became managing director of funk, the German public broadcast youth content-network, as of November 1, 2020. Previously, he built up the content department for funk at the start of 2016 and was responsible for all ARD content. The professional video journalist worked for many years as a TV journalist with a focus on the topics science, technology and entertainment. From 2011 to 2016, he headed an editorial department in the television entertainment department of Hessischer Rundfunk (HR), a German public broadcast service. For the broadcaster, he also developed a strategy for the nonlinear distribution of content. In addition, Schild has been working as a lecturer for various public broadcasters, publishers and the ARD.ZDF Media Academy since 2004.

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Jessica Schmiedchen
Director of development, unscripted content, CBC

Schmiedchen oversees development of original content and formats in the genres of factual, entertainment and documentary series at CBC – on both linear television and on the public broadcaster’s streaming service, CBC Gem. She is responsible for sourcing the best new formats from around the world, and working with the independent production community in Canada to bring their ideas to l... read more
Schmiedchen oversees development of original content and formats in the genres of factual, entertainment and documentary series at CBC – on both linear television and on the public broadcaster’s streaming service, CBC Gem. She is responsible for sourcing the best new formats from around the world, and working with the independent production community in Canada to bring their ideas to life.
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Moderator Dominic Schreiber
Executive producer, Colliderscope

Schreiber is an experienced consultant and exec producer who has worked with leading independent production companies, distributors and broadcasters to develop, package and finance numerous international co-productions. Schreiber was most recently SVP of co-productions and acquisitions for Newen Connect, the international distribution arm of France’s leading producer of audiovisual content. Duri... read more

Schreiber is an experienced consultant and exec producer who has worked with leading independent production companies, distributors and broadcasters to develop, package and finance numerous international co-productions.

Schreiber was most recently SVP of co-productions and acquisitions for Newen Connect, the international distribution arm of France’s leading producer of audiovisual content. During his time at Newen, he was responsible for scripted co-productions across the group, working closely with Newen’s in-house production companies as well as third-party producers and creators. In addition, he oversaw the acquisition of scripted series from independent producers in the UK and other English-speaking territories.

Schreiber also set up and oversaw a slate of drama series at Reel One Entertainment, which was acquired by Newen in 2019, including an English language remake of the award-winning Belgian drama series Team Chocolate.

Schreiber was previously international development manager at Channel 4, where he was responsible for developing the channel’s drama co-production strategy and helped to structure its first international co-production with Kudos Film and Television, for the hit supernatural drama series Humans.

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Dr. Markus Schäfer
President and CEO, ZDF Studios

After completing his doctorate in nuclear physics at the University of Göttingen, Schäfer began his professional career in 1997 as a consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Munich before joining TV-Loonland AG in 2000 as its COO and later head of the Business Unit Home Entertainment. In 2004, he moved to All3Media Deutschland GmbH in Munich. There he held various management positions... read more

After completing his doctorate in nuclear physics at the University of Göttingen, Schäfer began his professional career in 1997 as a consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Munich before joining TV-Loonland AG in 2000 as its COO and later head of the Business Unit Home Entertainment. In 2004, he moved to All3Media Deutschland GmbH in Munich. There he held various management positions, including that of CFO from 2010 until his appointment as CEO in 2014. From 2018 to 2022, Schäfer was also deputy chairman of the Board of Directors of Allianz Deutscher Produzenten – Film & Fernsehen e. V. Since July 2022, the proven expert in corporate development, portfolio management and strategic growth has been the president and CEO and spokesman of the Executive Board of ZDF Studios GmbH.

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Cailah Scobie
Chief content officer, Stan

Scobie has worked with Nine & Stan for over 14 years. With an extensive legal background, Scobie started her broadcast media career as corporate counsel at Nine Network Australia, where she supported the business with a focus on content acquisitions and production of unscripted and scripted content. She joined Stan in 2014, prior to its launch, working in various roles including, general couns... read more

Scobie has worked with Nine & Stan for over 14 years. With an extensive legal background, Scobie started her broadcast media career as corporate counsel at Nine Network Australia, where she supported the business with a focus on content acquisitions and production of unscripted and scripted content. She joined Stan in 2014, prior to its launch, working in various roles including, general counsel, head of content acquisition and commercial director – content; before moving into her current role as chief content officer.

Stan’s chief content officer, Scobie oversees the acquisition, commissioning and programming of Stan’s entire drama, comedy, film, entertainment, factual and kids programming slate.

Before her career in broadcast media, Scobie worked as a lawyer in intellectual property, media and telecommunications. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Degree from the University of Newcastle.

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Stephen Segaller   
VP Programming, The WNET Group

Segaller oversees all national programming produced by WNET for PBS national broadcast. This includes Great Performances, Nature, American Masters, Secrets of the Dead, Cyberchase, and Amanpour & Company; documentary series such as Women, War & Peace, Time For School, Inside The Met, and presenter led series: Shakespeare Uncovered; Ascent of Money,  War of the Worlds and Ne... read more

Segaller oversees all national programming produced by WNET for PBS national broadcast. This includes Great Performances, Nature, American Masters, Secrets of the Dead, Cyberchase, and Amanpour & Company; documentary series such as Women, War & Peace, Time For School, Inside The Met, and presenter led series: Shakespeare Uncovered; Ascent of Money,  War of the Worlds and Networlds, all with Niall Ferguson;  Many Rivers To Cross, and Finding Your Roots, both with Dr Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; and The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama among others.

As a film-maker in the 1990s he produced & directed Triumph of the Nerds and Nerds 2.0.1 – A Brief History of the Internet, for PBS and Channel 4, as well as Return to the Lion’s Den with Terry Anderson, for CNN and PBS. He joined WNET in 1999 as head of News & Public Affairs programming, creating the international documentary series Wide Angle and the investigative journalism series Exposē. In 2013, Segaller helped to expand the PBS NewsHour broadcast in creating PBS NewsHour Weekend newscasts, and in 2018 launched the unique collaboration with CNN, Amanpour & Company – produced by CNN in London and by WNET in New York.

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Andy Serkis
Founder, The Imaginarium

Serkis is an award-winning actor who has earned acclaim from both critics and audiences for his work, notably as Gollum in the Academy Award-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Serkis gained legions of fans around the globe for his performance and won an Empire Award and several Outstanding Ensemble Cast Awards. He also starred as Kong in the epic retelling of King Kong, taking performance capt... read more

Serkis is an award-winning actor who has earned acclaim from both critics and audiences for his work, notably as Gollum in the Academy Award-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Serkis gained legions of fans around the globe for his performance and won an Empire Award and several Outstanding Ensemble Cast Awards. He also starred as Kong in the epic retelling of King Kong, taking performance capture to another level. In 2020, Serkis was honored by BAFTA with one the organisation’s highest honour, the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award.

In 2011, Serkis co-founded The Imaginarium – a performance capture studio and production company. Under this, Serkis made his directorial debut with the 2017 inspiring biopic Breathe starring Andrew Garfield opposite Claire Foy and in 2018 directed the feature film Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. His other acting credits include Ulysses Klaue in Black Panther, Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and as Alfred Pennyworth in the 2022 The Batman.

Recently, Serkis helmed Marvel’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage in 2021, which grossed $506M worldwide, and in 2022 will star in the upcoming feature installment of the acclaimed crime series Luther alongside Idris Elba and Cynthia Erivo.

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Roberto Sessa
Producer, Picomedia SRL

Former CEO Italy at FremantleMedia, former board member at FremantleMedia Espana, former vice president CEPI (European Coordination Independent Producers), co-Founder and member of the Board of A.P.A. (Italian Association Television Producers), Founder, Co-owner and CEO of Picomedia.

Tejas Shah
SVP, commercial strategy & analytics, FilmRise

Based in New York, Shah is SVP of commercial strategy & analytics for FilmRise. In this role, he manages FilmRise’s direct-to-consumer offering. Shah also manages their Analytics infrastructure; driving FilmRise’s data-driven approach to content acquisition, curation, and programming. Prior to joining FilmRise in 2019, Tejas held various strategy & finance positions at JPMorgan, PepsiC... read more

Based in New York, Shah is SVP of commercial strategy & analytics for FilmRise. In this role, he manages FilmRise’s direct-to-consumer offering. Shah also manages their Analytics infrastructure; driving FilmRise’s data-driven approach to content acquisition, curation, and programming. Prior to joining FilmRise in 2019, Tejas held various strategy & finance positions at JPMorgan, PepsiCo, and Bloomberg. Shah is a proud Canadian, hailing from Toronto & Ottawa, and a graduate of Indiana University. Shah was recently a featured panelist for FAST/AVoD at BANFF 2022 and for Variety VIP+ Exchange The A to Z of Free Streaming.

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Lydia Shamah
Director of original content, scripted, Audible UK

Shamah began her career as a literary agent in New York, before moving to Realm Media where she commissioned and produced e-book and audio originals, and IP spin-offs such as Orphan Black: The Next Chapter. At Audible Shamah is the director of original content (scripted) for the UK, where she leads on a varied list of original series, and IP adaptations such as Neil Gaiman’s NYT bestseller, The ... read more

Shamah began her career as a literary agent in New York, before moving to Realm Media where she commissioned and produced e-book and audio originals, and IP spin-offs such as Orphan Black: The Next Chapter. At Audible Shamah is the director of original content (scripted) for the UK, where she leads on a varied list of original series, and IP adaptations such as Neil Gaiman’s NYT bestseller, The Sandman, and Ubisoft titles including Assassin’s Creed, The Division, and the forthcoming Far Cry.

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Nicola Shindler
Executive producer and CEO, Quay Street Productions

Shindler OBE is a prolific, multi award-winning British television producer, who has worked with some of the most lauded names in television and created some of its most memorable series. With over 25 years’ experience in television, Shindler has produced some of the UK’s most successful and award-winning dramas, including It’s A Sin (Ch4/ HBO), Harlan Coben’s The Stranger (Netflix), Years... read more

Shindler OBE is a prolific, multi award-winning British television producer, who has worked with some of the most lauded names in television and created some of its most memorable series.

With over 25 years’ experience in television, Shindler has produced some of the UK’s most successful and award-winning dramas, including It’s A Sin (Ch4/ HBO), Harlan Coben’s The Stranger (Netflix), Years and Years (BBC/HBO), Happy Valley (BBC), Queer As Folk (Channel 4), Ridley Road (BBC/ Masterpiece), Traces UKTV), Last Tango in Halifax (BBC), Butterfly (ITV), Finding Alice (ITV) and most recently Harlan Coben’s Stay Close for Netflix, No Return for ITV, and Traces series 2 for UKTV. Forthcoming series include the first Quay Street Productions drama Nolly, written by Russell T Davies and starring Helena Bonham Carter, for ITV.

Renowned for her relationships with writers, Shindler has worked with an array of the UK’s most prolific and exciting writing talent including Russell T Davies, Sally Wainwright, Lenny Henry, Paul Abbot, Dan Sefton, Tony Marchant, Amelia Bullmore, Danny Brocklehurst, Matt Greenhalgh and Sarah Solemani, on series starring some of the world’s leading on-screen names.

In 2019, Shindler was awarded an OBE and took home one of BAFTA’s highest honours, the Special Award, for her services to British Broadcasting.

Prior to launching Quay Street Productions in 2021, Shindler founded RED Production Company in 1998, where she was chief executive for over twenty years, and she also previously served as chief executive and chief creative officer at StudioCanal UK.

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Susanne Simpson
Executive producer, Masterpiece, WGBH/PBS

As executive producer of Masterpiece, the iconic PBS drama series, Simpson commissions original U.K. productions, including the upcoming Tom Jones with Hannah Waddingham, Jane Austen’s Sanditon, and Magpie Murders, written by Anthony Horowitz and starring Lesley Manville. Simpson coproduces many U.K. programs such as All Creatures Great and Small, Around the World in 80 Days, and the long-runnin... read more

As executive producer of Masterpiece, the iconic PBS drama series, Simpson commissions original U.K. productions, including the upcoming Tom Jones with Hannah Waddingham, Jane Austen’s Sanditon, and Magpie Murders, written by Anthony Horowitz and starring Lesley Manville. Simpson coproduces many U.K. programs such as All Creatures Great and Small, Around the World in 80 Days, and the long-running detective series Endeavour and Unforgotten. She is currently developing Miss Austen, adapted by Andrea Gibb for Bonnie Productions, as well as other series.

Simpson is a two-time Academy Award® nominee and two-time Emmy®-winner for documentary and dramatic films. As an executive producer of Downton Abbey, Simpson was in charge of all aspects of the U.S. broadcast of the most watched drama in PBS history and recipient of 59 Emmy® nominations and 12 wins. She also oversaw co-productions such as Sherlock, Wolf Hall, and Victoria.

She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, the Television Academy, and former member of WGA, East. Simpson is the executive producer of Masterpiece Studio, a podcast with more than 20 million downloads since 2016.

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Farook Singh
CEO, 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 Vo... read more

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 co-producing 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. Singh is based in Denver Colorado, where he enjoys exploring the Rockies, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife and two-adult children.

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Nick Smith
EVP formats, All3Media International

Smith, executive vice-president of formats at All3Media International, has more than 15 years of experience in the formats industry. His CV spans development — he was part of the team that devised Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars) – production and distribution. He currently oversees All3Media’s format portfolio, which includes 30-plus local versions each of Gogglebox, Kitc... read more

Smith, executive vice-president of formats at All3Media International, has more than 15 years of experience in the formats industry.

His CV spans development — he was part of the team that devised Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars) – production and distribution.

He currently oversees All3Media’s format portfolio, which includes 30-plus local versions each of Gogglebox, Kitchen Nightmares, Cash Cab and Undercover Boss, alongside format acquisition and strategy.

Smith is also visiting professor of TV formats at the University of Sunderland and a founder member of Reed MIDEM’s diversity advisory board.

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Moderator Emma Smithwick
Writer and producer, Rockfleet Productions Managing

Smithwick is a writer and producer with over 15 years experience in the industry. Smithwick started her career at the BBC, producing comedy and drama and later became a commissioning editor before moving into writing. Smithwick wrote on dramas including The Cut (BBC) and was showrunner on Channel 4’s flagship drama, Hollyoaks for Lime Pictures. In 2019, Emma founded Rockfleet Productions where s... read more

Smithwick is a writer and producer with over 15 years experience in the industry. Smithwick started her career at the BBC, producing comedy and drama and later became a commissioning editor before moving into writing. Smithwick wrote on dramas including The Cut (BBC) and was showrunner on Channel 4’s flagship drama, Hollyoaks for Lime Pictures. In 2019, Emma founded Rockfleet Productions where she has made shows for Channel 4 and Sky and runs a slate of scripted shows that are in active development with both UK and US buyers.

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Cosima Spender
Director,

Spender was born and grew up in Siena in an English artists’ family. Spender moved to England at fourteen. Following a university degree (BA 1st Class Hons) in anthropology and art history at the University of London, Spender graduated from the UK National Film and Television School’s Documentary direction course in 2001. Spender’s latest series, The Gymnasts (Corpo Libero) is a 6 part f... read more

Spender was born and grew up in Siena in an English artists’ family. Spender moved to England at fourteen. Following a university degree (BA 1st Class Hons) in anthropology and art history at the University of London, Spender graduated from the UK National Film and Television School’s Documentary direction course in 2001.

Spender’s latest series, The Gymnasts (Corpo Libero) is a 6 part fiction series she has directed for Paramount Plus Italy. Spender has directed the 5 part documentary series Sanpa, Sins of the Savior, as a Netflix Originals- the first Italian documentary series to launch with critical acclaim. Sanpa won a Nastro Argento for best documentary in 2021. It portrays the beginnings of the biggest rehab commune in Europe, San Patrignano, and its charismatic but controversial leader, Vincenzo Muccioli.

In 2015, Spender’s film Palio was theatrically distributed in the UK and shown at twenty film festivals. It was awarded Best Editing at Tribeca film festival. It was broadcast on BBC and Netflix. It is available on Amazon Prime.

Spender’s film Without Gorky on her great grandfather, Arshile Gorky, the Abstract Expressionist painter, was acquired by BBC Storyville and Netflix and screened at many festivals including MoMa documentary fortnight.

She has directed several other documentaries for BBC Storyville that were sold internationally (Dolce Vita Africana, The Importance of Being Elegant). Dolce Vita Africana, a portrait on the Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, is available on BBC iPlayer.

Spender is represented by Lara Sackett at CAA.

 

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Beatrice Springborn
President, Universal International Studios and UCP

Springborn is president of UCP and Universal International Studios, divisions of Universal Studio Group. She reports to Pearlena Igbokwe, Chairman, Universal Studio Group. Springborn oversees all aspects of UCP and Universal International Studios’ award-winning slate with a primary focus on growing the studios’ global production output. UCP is responsible for critically acclaimed scripted and ... read more

Springborn is president of UCP and Universal International Studios, divisions of Universal Studio Group. She reports to Pearlena Igbokwe, Chairman, Universal Studio Group. Springborn oversees all aspects of UCP and Universal International Studios’ award-winning slate with a primary focus on growing the studios’ global production output. UCP is responsible for critically acclaimed scripted and unscripted docuseries programming, including The Act, Chucky, Dr. Death, Homecoming, Mr. Robot, The Umbrella Academy, and limited series Gaslit, starring Julia Roberts and Sean Penn. Universal International Studios’ productions include hit series Everything I Know About Love, The Undeclared War, Clickbait, acclaimed music comedy We Are Lady Parts, BAFTA-winning reality show Made in Chelsea, Emmy Award-nominated series Hanna, the worldwide TV phenomenon Downton Abbey and Dodger for the BBC.

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David Stapf
President, CBS Studios

Stapf was named president, CBS Studios in September 2004. In his position, Stapf oversees all of the Studio’s program development, production and international co-productions for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. CBS Studios is one of the industry’s leading suppliers of programming with nearly 70 series currently in production. The Studio’s expansive portfolio spans a diverse slate o... read more

Stapf was named president, CBS Studios in September 2004.

In his position, Stapf oversees all of the Studio’s program development, production and international co-productions for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

CBS Studios is one of the industry’s leading suppliers of programming with nearly 70 series currently in production. The Studio’s expansive portfolio spans a diverse slate of commercially successful and critically acclaimed scripted programming, genre-defining franchises including the ever-growing Star Trek universe, award-winning late night and daytime talk shows, and an extensive library of iconic intellectual property. CBS Studios is also expanding its slate of local language and international series outside of the U.S., with projects in production across the U.K., Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Australia and Asia.

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Moderator Bo Stehmeier
CEO, Off the Fence

Stehmeier is the CEO of Off the Fence. Stehmeier’s professional journey started in the UK with BA degrees in media production, finance and distribution, then to Rome for an MBA in film and on to London for a job in content sales for factual specialist TVF International and prolific UK producer Optomen. For the next 15 years his upward progress eventually led him to Red Arrow Studios Internationa... read more

Stehmeier is the CEO of Off the Fence. Stehmeier’s professional journey started in the UK with BA degrees in media production, finance and distribution, then to Rome for an MBA in film and on to London for a job in content sales for factual specialist TVF International and prolific UK producer Optomen. For the next 15 years his upward progress eventually led him to Red Arrow Studios International, where he served as president of Germany’s €500m multi-genre production and distribution giant. That kept him busy until 2020, when he was enticed to Amsterdam to head up Off the Fence (OTF) — returning to run a company at which he had worked as a MD of distribution in a previous incarnation. His love for all things visual, enchantment with the natural world and his intrigue with the Nordic mystical cultures has inspired him to write two books — Wake Up! Rise & Shine and Borealis — “to help adults reconnect with their true self and prevent little people from losing the innate knowledge we are all born with”.

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Carrie Stein
President, global scripted television, Dynamic Television

Stein has worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years in all phases of the business, including feature film, television development, and production. Stein’s specialty over the last 15 years has been developing and packaging scripted series for the global market, including co-productions, pre-sales and original production in local markets. Stein is one of a handful of executives who is... read more

Stein has worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years in all phases of the business, including feature film, television development, and production. Stein’s specialty over the last 15 years has been developing and packaging scripted series for the global market, including co-productions, pre-sales and original production in local markets. Stein is one of a handful of executives who is able to navigate the US, UK, Canadian and European markets both creatively and commercially. Stein is currently heading up global scripted series for Dynamic Television, charged with expanding their slate across original series, co-productions, and acquisitions. Stein just ended a two year consultancy for AfterShock Media, leading their Global Film and TV business. Prior to this, Stein was EVP of global scripted content for eOne where she was responsible for expanding the company both corporately and commercially in the global space, forging strategic alliances with global producers as well as packaging and overseeing production for international co-productions. Earlier in her career, Stein ran the longform packaging department at ICM, representing producers, writers, and talent.

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Lauren Stein
EVP, drama development, Sony Pictures Television Studios

Stein serves as executive vice president, drama development for Sony Pictures Television Studios. In this role, she guides the development of scripted programming for drama series, working with over 30 partners across all streaming, cable, and broadcast platforms. Stein joined SPTS in 2015 as a senior vice president and was promoted to her current position in senior management in 2017. During her ... read more

Stein serves as executive vice president, drama development for Sony Pictures Television Studios. In this role, she guides the development of scripted programming for drama series, working with over 30 partners across all streaming, cable, and broadcast platforms.

Stein joined SPTS in 2015 as a senior vice president and was promoted to her current position in senior management in 2017. During her tenure, Stein has been responsible for the development of such shows as Wheel of Time, The Boys, The Good Doctor, For All Mankind, Them, and the upcoming Accused and A Spy Among Friends. She is also responsible for the next series from Vince Gilligan, Shawn Ryan, Carla Kettner, David Shore, and John Eisendrath.

Prior to her time at SPTS, Stein served as a producer and the head of drama development at Chernin Entertainment. As one of the first employees at Peter Chernin’s new venture, Stein was instrumental in the company’s growth into one of the largest production companies.

Before joining Chernin, Stein served in various roles at NBC Universal Studios and Network, leaving as vice president, drama programming. While at the NBC Network, Stein headed up the Diversity Writer Program where she worked with diversity coalitions and showrunners to add minority writers to their staffs.

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Angie Stephenson
SVP, scripted development, BBC Studios Los Angeles

As senior vice president, scripted development for BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions, Stephenson oversees the creative development and production of scripted shows across both comedy and drama, identifying and developing content for U.S. buyers on all platforms, including streaming, broadcast, and premium channels. Stephenson currently serves as an executive producer for BBC Studios on the hig... read more

As senior vice president, scripted development for BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions, Stephenson oversees the creative development and production of scripted shows across both comedy and drama, identifying and developing content for U.S. buyers on all platforms, including streaming, broadcast, and premium channels. Stephenson currently serves as an executive producer for BBC Studios on the highest rated new broadcast comedy Ghosts for CBS, adapted from the hit BBC series of the same name, the docu-comedy Welcome to Flatch for Fox, directed by Paul Feig, and adapted from the BAFTA-winning BBC series This Country, as well as Call Me Kat for Fox, starring Mayim Bialik, and adapted from the acclaimed, award-winning BBC series Miranda.  Stephenson also served as an executive producer on the Emmy award winning series The Night Of, created by Steven Zaillian and Richard Price for HBO, and co-producer on David Goyer’s Da Vinci’s Demons for Starz. In addition to working closely with U.S. writers, talent, and production partners, Stephenson actively collaborates with U.K. producers within BBC Studios, and with top independents, to create content for the U.S. market, developing existing IP and originals.

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Larry Tanz
VP content, EMEA, Netflix

Tanz is VP of Content for Europe, Middle East and Africa, based out of Amsterdam. Since joining Netflix in 2014, he has worked across commissions, co-productions, and acquisitions, from US, Europe, Latin America, and Asia, including shows such as The Stranger, Bodyguard, El Chapo, Fauda, and Castlevania. Tanz previously served as CEO of Michael Eisner’s digital studio Vuguru (now Tornante Te... read more

Tanz is VP of Content for Europe, Middle East and Africa, based out of Amsterdam. Since joining Netflix in 2014, he has worked across commissions, co-productions, and acquisitions, from US, Europe, Latin America, and Asia, including shows such as The Stranger, Bodyguard, El Chapo, Fauda, and Castlevania. Tanz previously served as CEO of Michael Eisner’s digital studio Vuguru (now Tornante Television), CEO of LivePlanet (with founders Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Sean Bailey and Chris Moore), and held senior positions at AOL Time Warner and Mercer Management Consulting. He is a founding board member of Water.org which has helped provide safe water and sanitation to over 20 million people around the world. He received his BA and MA from Harvard University and his MBA from The Warton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Kate Teckman
Head of factual entertainment development and commissioning, ITV

Teckman joined ITV from Channel 4. Since joining, Teckman has been responsible for the BAFTA nominated 9pm Fact Ent hit The Real Full Monty and in March 2018 followed its success with The Real Full Monty Live and the RTS and Broadcast Award winning The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night. She has recently commissioned Harry’s Heroes: The Full English in which Harry Redknapp gets a team of ... read more

Teckman joined ITV from Channel 4. Since joining, Teckman has been responsible for the BAFTA nominated 9pm Fact Ent hit The Real Full Monty and in March 2018 followed its success with The Real Full Monty Live and the RTS and Broadcast Award winning The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night.

She has recently commissioned Harry’s Heroes: The Full English in which Harry Redknapp gets a team of ageing unfit England legends of the 1990’s and vows to get them back in shape and back in their old kits for one last grudge match against their old rivals, the Germans.  Other 9pm Fact Ent commissions include The Savoy and Gone To Pot.

During her seven years at Channel 4 as a Commissioning Editor in Features, her commissions included Realscreen winner and BAFTA-nominated George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Three In A Bed and many, many more.

Teckman was also responsible for looking after other iconic Features brands, including the BAFTA winning Grand Designs, BAFTA and Broadcast and Emmy award-winning Embarrassing Bodies, Location, Location, Location, How Clean Is Your House, How To Look Good Naked, and Restoration Man.

 

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Louis Theroux
Chief creative officer, Mindhouse Productions

For nearly three decades Theroux has been a fixture of British television, bringing his own style of first-person storytelling to a host of memorable documentaries on subjects as diverse as San Quentin prison, the world of adult film in Los Angeles, and the lawless streets of Lagos, Nigeria. He got his start in television in America, working as a correspondent on Michael Moore’s TV Nation. Sinc... read more

For nearly three decades Theroux has been a fixture of British television, bringing his own style of first-person storytelling to a host of memorable documentaries on subjects as diverse as San Quentin prison, the world of adult film in Los Angeles, and the lawless streets of Lagos, Nigeria.

He got his start in television in America, working as a correspondent on Michael Moore’s TV Nation. Since then, in addition to his own long-form TV films, he has also released a theatrical feature (My Scientology Movie), had a hit podcast series (the critically acclaimed Grounded), and published several books.

He has been the recipient of three BAFTAs, an RTS award, and a coveted Grierson Trustees’ Award. The launch of Mindhouse has allowed him to fulfil a long-held dream of developing new talent and documentary ideas alongside making the authored programmes he has always been known for.

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Michael Thorn
President of entertainment, Fox Entertainment

As president of entertainment for Fox Entertainment, Thorn is responsible for all scripted programming and development, as well as casting at Fox, and oversees original scripted live-action and animated content for Fox Entertainment’s streaming AVoD service, Tubi. Fox series Thorn oversees are the hit dramas 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star; The Cleaning Lady, Fox’s most-watched drama premiere in tw... read more

As president of entertainment for Fox Entertainment, Thorn is responsible for all scripted programming and development, as well as casting at Fox, and oversees original scripted live-action and animated content for Fox Entertainment’s streaming AVoD service, Tubi.

Fox series Thorn oversees are the hit dramas 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star; The Cleaning Lady, Fox’s most-watched drama premiere in two years; The Resident; and highly-anticipated dramas Monarch, starring Susan Sarandon, Trace Adkins and Anna Friel, which is fully owned by Fox Entertainment; and Accused, from Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and David Shore. Fox comedies under Thorn’s purview include Call Me Kat, the 2020-21 season’s #1 new comedy; Pivoting; and Welcome To Flatch, from Jenny Bicks and Paul Feig.

Thorn also is responsible for overseeing Fox’s slate of iconic animated hits, including The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Duncanville, The Great North, Housebroken and upcoming Krapopolis, from Dan Harmon; and Grimsburg, starring and executive-produced by Jon Hamm. Both Krapopolis and Grimsburg are 100% owned by Fox Entertainment.

Before Fox, Thorn was executive vice president of development at 20th Century Fox Television, where he led scripted development efforts on This Is Us, Empire, Life in Pieces and Speechless, among others.

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James Townley
Global head of content development, Banijay

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 ... read more

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.

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Jane Tranter
Founder and CEO, Bad Wolf

Tranter’s impression and contribution to British television has had a global impact. Her involvement in Doctor Who back in 2005 skyrocketed it to the top and the creation of Torchwood (2011) made an everlasting fanbase. Tranter has been an executive producer on a long list of successful shows and TV movies since 1995 and eventually created the global production company, Bad Wolf, back in 2015. S... read more

Tranter’s impression and contribution to British television has had a global impact. Her involvement in Doctor Who back in 2005 skyrocketed it to the top and the creation of Torchwood (2011) made an everlasting fanbase. Tranter has been an executive producer on a long list of successful shows and TV movies since 1995 and eventually created the global production company, Bad Wolf, back in 2015. Since then, Tranter has executively produced an array of series from A Discovery of Witches (2018-2022), I Hate Suzie (2020), Succession (2018-2021), Industry (2020-2022) to His Dark Materials (2019-2022).

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Georg Tschurtschenthaler
Chief creative officer, Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion

Tschurtschenthaler is an Emmy–nominated and Grimme Prize awarded producer, writer, and showrunner for feature documentaries and doc series. He earned nominations for the International Emmy Award for The Wagner Files in2014, and for the Emmy Award for the Sundance–premiering documentary The Cleaners in 2019, in addition he was awarded twice with the Grimme Award, the most prestigious G... read more

Tschurtschenthaler is an Emmynominated and Grimme Prize awarded producer, writer, and showrunner for feature documentaries and doc series. He earned nominations for the International Emmy Award for The Wagner Files in
2014, and for the Emmy Award for the Sundancepremiering documentary The Cleaners in 2019, in addition he was awarded twice with the Grimme Award, the most prestigious German TV award. In 2020 he earned a writer and director credit for the first German Netflix Original docu series Rohwedder A perfect crime. And in the fall of 2022 he launched the awardwinning 5×43 min true crime series Reeperbahn Special Unit65, were he acted as director and showrunner.

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Laurence Turnbull
I Am Bird Gurl, Drama Series Script Competition

Born in Liverpool but grew up in Blackpool, I work in documentaries. Highlights include ‘Gods of Snooker’ (series editor) which was nominated for a Grierson award, Confronting Holocaust Denial with David Baddiel (director), Born to be Different (series producer) and Crackhouse, a documentary that focused on the plight of three crack addicted women in Liverpool, which won a Grierson award. I’... read more

Born in Liverpool but grew up in Blackpool, I work in documentaries. Highlights include ‘Gods of Snooker’ (series editor) which was nominated for a Grierson award, Confronting Holocaust Denial with David Baddiel (director), Born to be Different (series producer) and Crackhouse, a documentary that focused on the plight of three crack addicted women in Liverpool, which won a Grierson award.

I’ve also been a showrunner on hit global shows like Young Apprentice and Big fat Gypsy Weddings and also directed on Wife swap series 2 which won a BAFTA.

I’m Dad to four kids and bide by something a Dad of seven said to me when I was working on Wife swap USA – ‘keep up with the younger ones and stay ahead of the older ones and you’ll be ok.’

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Jane Turton
CEO, All3Media

Appointed CEO in 2015, Turton has built All3Media, owned jointly by Warner Bros. Discovery and Liberty Global, into a fast-growing, world-class content business of more than 40 award-winning independent production, distribution, and digital media companies, producing content for broadcasters and digital platforms globally. All3Media’s productions span scripted, factual, natural history, entertai... read more

Appointed CEO in 2015, Turton has built All3Media, owned jointly by Warner Bros. Discovery and Liberty Global, into a fast-growing, world-class content business of more than 40 award-winning independent production, distribution, and digital media companies, producing content for broadcasters and digital platforms globally.

All3Media’s productions span scripted, factual, natural history, entertainment, children’s, sports, and digital content.  All3Media International, the Group’s distribution division, sells a catalogue of over 25,000 hours of content to more than 1,000 broadcasters and platforms worldwide.  Little Dot Studios, All3Media’s digital business, hosts over 6000 titles, has 34 channels and reaches over 25million global YouTube subscribers a year.

Turton joined All3Media in 2008 as deputy COO, becoming COO in 2011.  She has held the positions of Director of Commercial and Business Affairs and Director of Business Affairs at ITV Studios and then ITV Network, as well as roles at Granada Television, United Productions, and Meridian Broadcasting.

Turton is a fellow of the Royal Television Society and Chair of the Trustees; she also sits on the Edinburgh TV Festival board.  She was awarded an OBE in the 2022 Queen’s Jubilee birthday honours for her services to the television production industry.

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Erin Underhill
President, Universal Television

Underhill is president of Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group. She reports to Pearlena Igbokwe, Chairman, Universal Studio Group, and oversees creative affairs, casting and production for one of the largest and most successful studios in the world. With Underhill at the helm, Universal Television currently produces more than 50 primetime comedies and dramas as well as late... read more

Underhill is president of Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group. She reports to Pearlena Igbokwe, Chairman, Universal Studio Group, and oversees creative affairs, casting and production for one of the largest and most successful studios in the world.

With Underhill at the helm, Universal Television currently produces more than 50 primetime comedies and dramas as well as late-night programs for a variety of network, cable and digital platforms. Acclaimed series produced by Universal Television include Dick Wolf’s enormously successful Law & Order, Chicago and FBI-branded series, Russian Doll, New Amsterdam, Little America, Never Have I Ever, Mr. Mayor, The Equalizer, Young Rock, Rutherford Falls, Girls5eva, Hacks, Schmigadoon!, La Brea, Harlem and Bel-Air.

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Sue Vertue
CEO, company director and executive producer, Hartswood Films

Vertue is CEO, company director and executive producer at Hartswood Films. Sue began her producing career at Tiger Aspect in 1991 and thus followed multi award winning shows like Mr Bean, The Vicar of Dibley and Gimme Gimme Gimme. In 1998 she moved to Hartswood and continued to produce incredibly successful comedies and dramas, including four series of the hugely popular Coupling. She is the Serie... read more

Vertue is CEO, company director and executive producer at Hartswood Films. Sue began her producing career at Tiger Aspect in 1991 and thus followed multi award winning shows like Mr Bean, The Vicar of Dibley and Gimme Gimme Gimme. In 1998 she moved to Hartswood and continued to produce incredibly successful comedies and dramas, including four series of the hugely popular Coupling.

She is the Series Producer on the worldwide smash hit, Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, which has not only won numerous awards, including Emmys, but has been on many top 100 show lists for the 21st Century –  Sherlock is co-created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.  In 2019 she and the creators joined together again and made another hit – Dracula for BBC/Netflix. In 2021-2022 Vertue has been busy as Executive Producer on three shows – The Time Traveler’s Wife for HBO, Inside Man for BBC/Netflix and The Devil’s Hour for Amazon.

She is also a board member for the NFTS and PACT.

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Elly Vervloet
International drama expert , VRT & EBU

Vervloet is the international drama expert of VRT, the Flemish public broadcaster (Belgium).  As part of VRT’s drama strategy, it is the ambition to make high quality drama with international appeal and potential. Therefore, Vervloet takes up the responsibility to set up international co-productions and represent VRT as a strong drama partner internationally. She commissioned, amongst others, ... read more

Vervloet is the international drama expert of VRT, the Flemish public broadcaster (Belgium).  As part of VRT’s drama strategy, it is the ambition to make high quality drama with international appeal and potential. Therefore, Vervloet takes up the responsibility to set up international co-productions and represent VRT as a strong drama partner internationally. She commissioned, amongst others, Beau Séjour and Team Chocolate and more recently Arcadia and This Is Not A Murder Mystery. 

Vervloet combines her work for VRT with being international drama expert for the EBU (European Broadcasting Union), helping European Public Broadcasters to network, coproduce and access world class drama.

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Christian Vesper
President, global drama, Fremantle

As Fremantle’s president of global drama, a role he was promoted to in 2020, Vesper oversees the company’s efforts to grow the slate of prestige and mainstream dramas further cementing Fremantle’s emerging position as the home for high-end international drama. He joined the company 2016 as part of Fremantle’s ongoing expansion plan to carry out the company’s ambitions in becoming a glo... read more

As Fremantle’s president of global drama, a role he was promoted to in 2020, Vesper oversees the company’s efforts to grow the slate of prestige and mainstream dramas further cementing Fremantle’s emerging position as the home for high-end international drama.

He joined the company 2016 as part of Fremantle’s ongoing expansion plan to carry out the company’s ambitions in becoming a global leader in the scripted arena.

Vesper was previously drama chief at Sundance TV where he oversaw critically-acclaimed international productions including Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake and Hugo Blick’s The Honourable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Deutschland 83, and domestic series Hap And Leonard, created by novelist Joe R. Lansdale, and Ray MacKinnon’s Rectify, a huge critical success made with Breaking Bad producer Gran Via and ran for four seasons.

Vesper also held roles at HBO, entertainment industry start-up iFilm, October Films and USA Film.

 

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Niklas Vestberg
Head of formats and development, TV4

Vestberg heads up the department of formats and development at TV4, commissioning the non-scripted titles for the channel and its platforms – from documentaries and talk shows to international format successes such as The Masked Singer, Survivor and Masterchef. After studies in media, communications and journalism Vestberg joined TV4 in 2006, starting out as executive producer for Who Wants To B... read more

Vestberg heads up the department of formats and development at TV4, commissioning the non-scripted titles for the channel and its platforms – from documentaries and talk shows to international format successes such as The Masked Singer, Survivor and Masterchef. After studies in media, communications and journalism Vestberg joined TV4 in 2006, starting out as executive producer for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Come Dine With Me, among other formats. In 2010 he added responsibility for both production and acquisitions of kids content at TV4, before taking the role as format manager, acquiring international formats for the channel.

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Timo Vierimaa
Producer, Funfar Oy

Vierimaa is a producer at Funfar, a production company focusing on developing international drama based in Helsinki, Finland. In the past 12 years, he has worked on projects co-produced with Nordic countries, US, China, Germany, Canada, France, Italy and Belgium. Besides his own projects, he has consulted companies in the administration and financing of international co-productions. Vierimaa is al... read more

Vierimaa is a producer at Funfar, a production company focusing on developing international drama based in Helsinki, Finland. In the past 12 years, he has worked on projects co-produced with Nordic countries, US, China, Germany, Canada, France, Italy and Belgium. Besides his own projects, he has consulted companies in the administration and financing of international co-productions. Vierimaa is also a founder of the leading Finnish production service company Film Service Finland.

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Rob Wade
Chief executive officer, Fox Entertainment

Wade joined Fox Entertainment as president, alternative entertainment and specials, in 2017. He oversees Fox’s unscripted programming, specials and alternative development slate, and its in-house studio, Fox Alternative Entertainment (FAE). Under Wade, Fox has launched numerous hit series, including The Masked Singer, which is produced by FAE. Along with Studio Ramsay Global, FAE produces Gordon... read more

Wade joined Fox Entertainment as president, alternative entertainment and specials, in 2017. He oversees Fox’s unscripted programming, specials and alternative development slate, and its in-house studio, Fox Alternative Entertainment (FAE).

Under Wade, Fox has launched numerous hit series, including The Masked Singer, which is produced by FAE. Along with Studio Ramsay Global, FAE produces Gordon Ramsay’s cooking competition, Next Level Chef, this season’s #1 new entertainment program. Other FAE programs include Fall 2021’s #1 new unscripted series, Alter Ego; last season’s #1 new unscripted program, I Can See Your Voice; Domino Masters; Name That Tune; Crime Scene Kitchen, Summer 2021’s #1 new series (with Fly on the Wall Entertainment); Lego Masters; and Beat Shazam.

Wade also is responsible for overseeing TMZ, including its hit programs, TMZ and TMZ LIVE. Moreover, he is responsible for all series produced by Studio Ramsay Global, the production entity launched by Gordon Ramsay and Fox Entertainment.

Prior to Fox, Wade served as showrunner on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and was the head of entertainment development at BBC Worldwide. He was an executive producer on Fox’s The X Factor and NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and was head of TV at SyCo Entertainment North America.

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Owain Walbyoff
Chief commercial officer, Banijay

In his post as chief commercial officer, Walbyoff is charged with the group’s overarching commercial strategy, leading on licensing, merchandising, gaming, gambling, music and secondary rights. Driving market penetration and revenue growth, he maximises monetisation opportunities across the business’ extensive and high-profile IP portfolio. Having spent almost 20 years working in the commercia... read more

In his post as chief commercial officer, Walbyoff is charged with the group’s overarching commercial strategy, leading on licensing, merchandising, gaming, gambling, music and secondary rights. Driving market penetration and revenue growth, he maximises monetisation opportunities across the business’ extensive and high-profile IP portfolio.

Having spent almost 20 years working in the commercial space, he has a strong track record in the sales, licensing, and marketing of brands and technology, having created partnerships with companies like LVMH, and Formula 1. He has also provided consultancy to ITV across its brand portfolio, and once served as MD for Endemol Shine Group’s global licensing business.

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Filippa Wallestam
EVP and chief content 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 consultan... read more

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.

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Karl Warner
Head of youth and digital, Channel 4

Warner is head of youth & digital at Channel 4, where he leads the creative vision and commissioning of young skewing content across E4, E4 Extra, the Box 5 Music channels and digital commissioning for C4’s social channels (YouTube, TikTok, Instagram and Facebook). Recent hits have included Married At First Sight UK, E4’s biggest unscripted show ever, and digital-first bangers, Secret Sauc... read more

Warner is head of youth & digital at Channel 4, where he leads the creative vision and commissioning of young skewing content across E4, E4 Extra, the Box 5 Music channels and digital commissioning for C4’s social channels (YouTube, TikTok, Instagram and Facebook). Recent hits have included Married At First Sight UK, E4’s biggest unscripted show ever, and digital-first bangers, Secret Sauce, Celebrity Rebrand and the award winning, Boy Who Climbed The Shard.

Prior to joining Channel 4 Warner was the managing director of Electric Ray, a joint-venture with Sony Pictures Television, producing shows such as The Class of 92, Million Pound Menu, and Bromans. Before launching Electric Ray, Warner was a commissioning editor at the BBC, where he commissioned a range of shows including, The Undercover Princes, Russell Howard’s Good News and Junior Doctors for BBC Three, and John Bishop’s Britain, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Live at the Apollo for BBC One.

Before joining the BBC, Warner was Head of Development at Monkey Kingdom and a senior producer on Big Brother and Soccer Aid.

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Kelly Webb-Lamb
Founder and CEO, Mothership Productions

Webb-Lamb founded Mothership Productions in August 2022 to focus on global formats and ideas of scale across the unscripted genres. Across Webb-Lamb’s career, she has been involved in creating, selling, producing and commissioning a multitude of unscripted award-winning hits on UK television, including The Apprentice, Hunted, the Great British Bake Off, The Island with Bear Grylls, Mary Queen of... read more

Webb-Lamb founded Mothership Productions in August 2022 to focus on global formats and ideas of scale across the unscripted genres.

Across Webb-Lamb’s career, she has been involved in creating, selling, producing and commissioning a multitude of unscripted award-winning hits on UK television, including The Apprentice, Hunted, the Great British Bake Off, The Island with Bear Grylls, Mary Queen of Charity Shops, and The Circle.

She was formerly Deputy Director of Programmes at Channel 4, where as well as looking after a vast roster of shows (including Gogglebox, Naked Attraction, Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, A British Tribe Next Door, Murder Island), she also developed new and diverse talent – including Mo Gilligan, Sophie Willan and Yinka Bokinni when they were unknown, as well as nurturing some of the channel’s biggest names such as Sandi Toksvig, Jamie Oliver, Ashley Banjo, Emma Willis, Joe Lycett, Anna Richardson, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood.

Additionally, in her final year at Channel 4, Webb-Lamb passionately drove and landed the hugely successful Black to Front Project – the most radical diversity programme in the channel’s history.

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Marina Williams
Co-founder and co-CEO, Asacha Media Group

Prior to co-founding Asacha Media Group, Williams was COO of international operations at Endemol Shine Group (2015-2019), overseeing the company’s growth across Central and Eastern Europe, India, the Middle East and Africa. Before the merger with Shine Group, Williams led Endemol’s operations in Central and Eastern Europe as regional CEO, while also overseeing the MENA region (2008-2013). She ... read more

Prior to co-founding Asacha Media Group, Williams was COO of international operations at Endemol Shine Group (2015-2019), overseeing the company’s growth across Central and Eastern Europe, India, the Middle East and Africa. Before the merger with Shine Group, Williams led Endemol’s operations in Central and Eastern Europe as regional CEO, while also overseeing the MENA region (2008-2013). She was previously executive vice president and a member of the management board of Central European Media Enterprises (CME). Before joining CME, Williams played leading roles in launching and overseeing businesses in Central and Eastern Europe for Fox International Channels, Fox Kids and Turner International Channels.

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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 c... read more

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 Sonof a Critch starring Benjamin Ainsworth, Mark Critch and Malcolm McDowell. Recently announced new drama programming includes the epic and groundbreaking 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. Williams has held senior creative roles in media since 2008 when she joined CTV/Bell Media. Before joining CBC in 2019, Trish served as Vice President, Temple Street, where she oversaw the creative execution of series for production as well as the sourcing and development of IP and original series for primetime cable, pay, conventional and OTT platforms. As Director of Drama at Bell Media, she led a team handling all development and production of original drama series and movies across CTV, Space, Bravo, TMN/HBO Canada, and MUCH. Some select highlights include greenlighting the international hit Orphan Black, as well as rating successes Saving Hope and Motive and the critical darlings Sensitive Skin and The LA Complex.

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Jana Winograde
President of entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.

Winograde serves as president of entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. She is responsible for developing and supervising all aspects of Showtime Networks programming across all genres, including comedy, drama, unscripted, documentaries and films. In addition, Winograde oversees the company’s production, program operations, business affairs, casting, scheduling, research and home entertainment, a... read more

Winograde serves as president of entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. She is responsible for developing and supervising all aspects of Showtime Networks programming across all genres, including comedy, drama, unscripted, documentaries and films. In addition, Winograde oversees the company’s production, program operations, business affairs, casting, scheduling, research and home entertainment, and serves as liaison to ViacomCBS Global Distribution. She works closely on all programming related matters with the network’s marketing, creative, digital media, acquisitions and entertainment communications departments.
Winograde joined Showtime in 2017 as president, business operations, West Coast, and had oversight of business affairs, production, distribution operations and the financial and business strategy relating to the acquisition, development and distribution of SHOWTIME content. She also held key responsibilities with respect to the development of new business models and content monetization domestically and internationally.

Winograde previously spent 23 years at ABC Entertainment in numerous senior roles, most recently as executive vice president, head of business operations. There, she oversaw the network’s business endeavors, including managing the network’s operating, development and programming budgets and playing a key role in strategic planning. She also oversaw business related to the development and acquisition of all primetime, daytime and late-night programming for the ABC Television Network and first-run syndication, as well as all related deals and agreements, including marketing, digital and music. Prior to joining ABC, Winograde was an associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson. Born and raised in California, Winograde graduated Order of the Coif from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and holds a B.A. in Sociology from the
University of California, San Diego.

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Gary Woolf
EVP of strategic development, All3Media International

Woolf is currently EVP strategic development at All3Media International where he is responsible for researching and implementing new and innovative commercial strategies, while building on the considerable success that All3Media International has achieved in the digital arena. He leads our digital innovation unit – a3mi² – which is focused on the fast growing digital publishing space incl... read more

Woolf is currently EVP strategic development at All3Media International where he is responsible for researching and implementing new and innovative commercial strategies, while building on the considerable success that All3Media International has achieved in the digital arena.

He leads our digital innovation unit – a3mi² – which is focused on the fast growing digital publishing space including AVoD, SVoD and FAST services on a global basis, along with our consumer facing social media and EST opportunities, and a growing range of apps based on a3mi programming. The team is responsible for the a3mi partnerships with the latest tranche of major VoD players including the likes of Pluto TV, Tubi TV, The Roku Channel, alongside publishing opportunities with Amazon Prime Video Direct.

Woolf’s career spans roles in digital, business development and insight, including spells at BBC Worldwide (now Studios) Zodiak Rights (now part of Banijay), and ITV Global Entertainment. He also had a prior spell at all3media International as SVP digital and business development driving growth in both the SVoD and EST lines of business as they evolved.

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Moderator Adrian Wootton
CEO, Film London & British Film Commission

Wootton OBE is chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission. Wootton is a programme advisor to the BFI London Film Festival; Venice Film Festival and Noir in Fest, Milan; founding director of Shots in the Dark Festival, Nottingham and Curator of the annual Cinema Made In Italy programme, London. Wootton is a recognised authority in various film/TV and literature subjects (Hollywo... read more

Wootton OBE is chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission. Wootton is a programme advisor to the BFI London Film Festival; Venice Film Festival and Noir in Fest, Milan; founding director of Shots in the Dark Festival, Nottingham and Curator of the annual Cinema Made In Italy programme, London. Wootton is a recognised authority in various film/TV and literature subjects (Hollywood, crime and mystery and Italian Cinema amongst others) and regularly lectures, writes broadcasts and curates programmes on them. In 2012, Wootton received an Honorary Doctorate in the Arts and was appointed visiting professor of Film & Media at Norwich University of the Arts. In 2014, Wootton received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia and in 2017 was awarded an OBE for Services to Film. Most recently, Wootton has led the BFC’s work to develop the COVID-19 Production Guidance for Film and High-end TV drama, as part of the BFI’s wider COVID-19 Screen Sector Recovery Task Force.

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Michele Zatta
Commissioning editor, international coproductions, Rai Fiction, Italy

Former travel-guide, copywriter and lawyer, I started my career in television as an editor of tv-movies and series. The turn in life happened in 1994, when I developed together with the Australian writer Wayne Doyle the first italian soap (Un posto al sole), which started in october 1996 and is still on air. I worked 12 years as co-headwriter and producer and in the meanwhile I dealt with a pri... read more

Former travel-guide, copywriter and lawyer, I started my career in television as an editor of tv-movies and series.

The turn in life happened in 1994, when I developed together with the Australian writer Wayne Doyle the first italian soap (Un posto al sole), which started in october 1996 and is still on air. I worked 12 years as co-headwriter and producer and in the meanwhile I dealt with a prime-time cop-series (La squadra) that lasted 8 seasons (221 episodes of 100’ each), another soap (Cuori rubati) and a couple of tv-movies.

In 2008 I became headwriter of the soap Agrodolce. Soon after Rai offered me an employment as an executive in the fiction department. In this position I deal with the editorial and productive process of various projects (tv- movies, mini-series, long running series), keeping a strong focus on the narrative development.

The most recent series I’ve worked on are La porta rossa (The red door), a paranormal thriller in which the protagonist has to find out who killed him, Di padre in figlia (From father to daughter), an intense family saga that takes place in Italy and Brazil, the second season of Non uccidere (Close murders), the first Italian Nordic- noir and Il cacciatore (The hunter), that won the price for the best actor at the recent Canneseries.

Now I’m in charge of international coproductions and in this position I worked on the series The name of the rose as on Survivors, a series that is co-developed by Zdf and FranceTv.

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Karni Ziv
Head of drama and comedy, Keshet Broadcasting

As head of drama and comedy, Ziv is responsible for the development and management of the creative processes of all scripted projects destined for Keshet 12, Israel’s most-watched commercial TV channel. In addition, Ziv also supervises the production aspects related to content and creativity for all international drama projects of Keshet’s co-productions with foreign content producers. Sin... read more

As head of drama and comedy, Ziv is responsible for the development and management of the creative processes of all scripted projects destined for Keshet 12, Israel’s most-watched commercial TV channel. In addition, Ziv also supervises the production aspects related to content and creativity for all international drama projects of Keshet’s co-productions with foreign content producers.

Since joining Keshet in 2013, Ziv has focused on developing content with great international potential: including the romantic comedy The Baker and the Beauty, which Amazon acquired the global rights to; the double Canneseries-winning False Flag which has recently been adapted by Keshet Productions for Apple TV+ as Suspicion; the psychological thriller Sleeping Bears, which premiered internationally at Berlinale 2018; the action-packed drama When Heroes Fly, winner of the Best Series award at Canneseries; HBO’s limited drama series Our Boys, winner of 14 Israel Academy Awards and Peabody Nominee; and most recently, Line in the Sand, the highest rating drama in Israel since 2015.

Ziv began her career in 1992 as a scriptwriter for kids’ content for the Israeli cable company ICP, and in 2000 became the CEO of the country’s largest kids’ channel. She was later appointed Deputy CEO of Noga Communications Media Group and became the Head of the content division at Israel’s major cable company, HOT. In 2010 she was appointed Deputy Executive Director for Content for Channel 10.

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Elisabeth d’Arvieu
EVP, Mediawan Pictures

D’Arvieu is the executive vice president of Mediawan Pictures, which includes the cinema and animation activities of Mediawan, as well as the international production companies including Drama Republic in the UK, Palomar in Italy, Weekend Studio, Good Mood, Boomerang TV, Veranda in Spain. Previously, d’Arvieu was COO in charge of operations, finance and strategy at Studio Canal and COO in ... read more

D’Arvieu is the executive vice president of Mediawan Pictures, which includes the cinema and animation activities of Mediawan, as well as the international production companies including Drama Republic in the UK, Palomar in Italy, Weekend Studio, Good Mood, Boomerang TV, Veranda in Spain. Previously, d’Arvieu was COO in charge of operations, finance and strategy at Studio Canal and COO in charge of strategy and development for Lagardère Studios.

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Aurelie de Troyer
Head of content, UK and Canada, Audible

De Troyer is Audible’s head of content for UK & Canada. Since joining Audible in 2019, she’s brought award winning audio content globally including Coupledom with Idris and Sabrina Elba, Climate of Change with Cate Blanchett and Danny Kennedy, French and Saunder’s Titting About, the Graham Norton Book Club and Alan Partridge: From the Oasthouse to name a few.

Lisette van Diepen
Acquisitions consultant Germany & Benelux, All3Media Germany

Working in the international format arena for more than 20 years, van Diepen has worked as a senior acquisitions executive for Endemol International (now Banijay) and Sony Pictures Television. Her key expertise is identifying and acquiring third party IP in scripted and non-scripted genres for single or multiple territory production or worldwide distribution. She has been involved in acquiring som... read more

Working in the international format arena for more than 20 years, van Diepen has worked as a senior acquisitions executive for Endemol International (now Banijay) and Sony Pictures Television. Her key expertise is identifying and acquiring third party IP in scripted and non-scripted genres for single or multiple territory production or worldwide distribution. She has been involved in acquiring some of the most exciting television entertainment brands, such as Masterchef, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Dragons Den, Survivor, Drag Race. In 2016 she launched consulting company Marphes Media, focusing on her international format expertise. Prior to her taking on the consultancy role at All3Media, she was working for networks: Talpa Network (Holland) Fox Entertainment (USA) as well as for indie prodco companies: Vincent TV (Benelux), Monday Media (Scandi), Brot und Butter (Germany) and Sidecar (USA)

Started 1 August 2022 as consultant for All3Media Germany. Focusing on sourcing and acquiring IP for their German and Benelux production group.

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