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AT-A-GLANCE AGENDA

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DETAILED SESSIONS AGENDA

  • 17:00 - 18:30
    Registration and all3media international opening night cocktail (Kings Place)

    Registration and all3media international opening night cocktail (Kings Place)

  • 18:30 - 19:30
    SPONSORED SCREENING: Mrs Wilson, opening night premiere (all3media international) (Hall 1 - Kings Place)

    SPONSORED SCREENING: Mrs Wilson, opening night premiere (all3media international)

    How well do you know the one you love?

    Golden Globe®-winning actress Ruth Wilson stars in this powerful three-part drama inspired by the memoir of her grandmother about her family’s history.

    Set in London in the 1940s and 1960s, and in India in the 1930s, the series follows Alison Wilson, who thinks she is happily married until her husband, Alec, dies and a woman turns up on the doorstep claiming that she is the real Mrs Wilson. Alison is determined to prove the validity of her own marriage – and Alec’s love for her – but is instead led into a world of disturbing secrets.

    Starring Ruth Wilson,  Iain Glen, Keeley Hawes and  Fiona Shaw

    Ruth Wilson
    Executive producerMrs Wilson
    Ruth Kenley-Letts
    Executive producerMrs Wilson
  • 19:30 - 22:00
    International Reception & Party (St Pancras Hotel)

    International Reception & Party (St Pancras Hotel)

    Kick things off in style at The international Reception & Party between 7.30pm and 10pm. There will be food, wine and fine company, and you can get to check out our new St Pancras Hotel venue.

  • 08:00 - 09:00
    Registration (Kings Place only) and continental breakfast

    Registration (Kings Place only) and continental breakfast

  • 09:00 - 10:00
    Drama Series Script Competition Final (Hall 1 - Kings Place)

    Drama Series Script Competition Final

    The annual Drama Series Script Competition, coproduced between C21, Script Angel and C21 WritersRoom attracted hundred of entries this year. The chosen finalists pitch their projects to a panel of international drama executives to win the $10,000 prize and a development deal with C21 WritersRoom.

    Moderator: David Jenkinson, Editor in chief and managing director, C21 Media

     

    Judges:

    Hayley McKenzie, founder and CEO, Script Angel
    Will Johnston, head of development, Lookout Point
    Paula Cuddy,
    creative director, Eleventh Hour Films
    Adam Fratto, SVP, series, Reel One Entertainment
    David Wolstencroft, writer & producer

     

    Finalists:

    Samuel Garza Bernstein
    WriterThe Secret World of Danny Rizik
    Alice Burden
    WriterOn Solstice Hill
    Carolyn Kras
    WriterThe Second City
    Phil Mulryne
    WriterSwitches
    Jan Smith
    WriterParasomnia
  • 10:00 - 10:30
    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: Movistar+ (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: Movistar+

    In conversation with Ismael Calleja, head of production & business affairs, Moviestar +

    Moderator: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

    Ismael Calleja
    Head of production and business affairsMovistar+
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 10:00 - 11:30TRENDS: The Big Picture – State of The Drama Nation (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    Streaming Hall 1 Session (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    • Hall 1 - Kings Place
      TRENDS: The Big Picture – State of The Drama Nation

      TRENDS: The Big Picture – State of The Drama Nation

      Leading social and economic commentators, historians and key drama executives set the agenda for three days of intensive debate about the current issues and future trends impacting the global scripted business. Drama isn’t produced in a vacuum, but how is the world changing, and what should storytellers do to capture the zeitgeist and make programming that matters? This compelling opening ‘super session’ aims to bring the Big Picture into focus.

      Moderator: David Jenkinson, editor in chief and managing director, C21 Media

      Philipp Steffens
      Head of fictionRTL
      David Engels
      Belgian ancient historian
      Steve Stark
      President, television production & developmentMetro Goldwyn Mayer Studios
      Katie O'Connell Marsh
      CEOPlatform One Media
      Faith Penhale
      CEO and creative directorLookout Point
      Simon Cornwell
      Co-CEOThe Ink Factory
      Moderator David Jenkinson
      Editor-in-chief and managing directorC21 Media
    • Hall 2 - Kings Place
      Streaming Hall 1 Session

      Streaming Hall 1 Session

  • 10:30 - 11:00
    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: DR (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: DR

    In conversation with Christian Rank, head of drama DR, Danish Broadcasting Cooperation.

    Moderator: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

    Christian Rank
    Head of drama DR – Danish Broadcasting Cooperation
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 11:00 - 11:30
    NETWORKING BREAK (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

    NETWORKING BREAK

  • 11:30 - 12:15
    DEVELOPMENT: HBO Europe (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

    DEVELOPMENT: HBO Europe

    HBO Europe has been producing local original drama in Central Europe since 2010, in 2016 expanding its production activities to Scandinavia and Spain, and in 2017 to the Adria region. With a history of embedding themselves in the local industry and discovering and working with the best local talent, the company has a track record of producing shows that are audience hits in their country of origin, which also resonate internationally – from topical border guard drama The Pack (Poland) to Agnieszka Holland’s international award-winner Burning Bush (Czech Republic).  Antony Root and his team give their unique insights into producing drama across territories with very different industrimoderatroes and talent pools, the importance of striving for ‘localness’, and what defines an HBO show.

    Moderator: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

    Antony Root
    EVP original programming and productionHBO Europe
    Hanne Palmquist
    Commissioning editor and VP, original programmingHBO Nordic
    Miguel Salvat
    Commissioning editor of original programmingHBO España
    Izabela Łopuch
    Head of original productionHBO Poland
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 11:30 - 13:00TRENDS: Drama by Numbers (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    Streaming Hall 1 Session (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    • Hall 1 - Kings Place
      TRENDS: Drama by Numbers

      TRENDS: Drama by Numbers

      Three consecutive presentations provide the facts, figures and insight that puts the international drama business in perspective. Who’ watching what around the world and how are audience behaviour changing?

      Moderator: David Jenkinson, editor in chief and managing director, C21 Media

       

       

      International Drama: The Global Picture
      The manner in which drama is consumed is changing, but some principles remain the same. The right content can deliver high ratings, audience success and an appetite for more. But what do we need to keep in mind from the past season in the US and abroad? Eurodata TV Worldwide and Tape Consultancy join forces to provide a quick overview of key new shows and to highlight their most important common features.

      Avril Blondelot, Eurodata TV Worldwide, Mediametrie
      Paul Youngbluth, TAPE Consultancy Ltd

       

       

      Content In Demand Today
      In a recent study, Parrot Analytics looked at what drives consumers to seek out new programming. At the top of the list wasn’t OTT platforms’ recommendation engines, not did heavy social or conventional marketing campaigns come out on top. In fact, word of mouth still persists as the number one way consumers discover what to watch.

      In this session, Parrot Analytics’ European Regional Director Courtney Williams will look at the drama series that successfully travel across borders, as well as the difference between the flashy new series vs truly great series and the shows that remain in demand even when off-season or long past their glory days.

      Courtney Williams, Managing director, Parrot Analytics

       

       

      How data has changed everything…again
      Allied Global Marketing has been hard at work creating a ‘Moneyball’ for film and TV, using computational engines to help major media companies make decisions on every aspect of content, including predictive box office, broadcast and streaming performance, P&A and greenlighting decisions, all the way to distribution efforts. This session examines how media companies have changed the way they make decisions on commissioning, production and distribution of drama, and how real-time analysis is now central to most major decisions.

      Adam Cunningham, Allied Global Marketing

       

      Avril Blondelot
      Head of content insightEurodata TV Worldwide
      Paul Youngbluth
      Joint managing directorTAPE Consultancy Ltd
      Courtney Williams
      European regional directorParrot Analytics
      Adam Cunningham
      Chief digital officerAllied Global Marketing
      Moderator David Jenkinson
      Editor-in-chief and managing directorC21 Media
    • Hall 2 - Kings Place
      Streaming Hall 1 Session

      Streaming Hall 1 Session

  • 12:15 - 13:00
    CASE STUDY: Success (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

    CASE STUDY: Success

    Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Danis Tanović (No Man’s Land), Success follows the intertwining stories of four strangers who are bound together irrevocably by a violent event. As the consequences of their actions threaten to catch up with them, these four ordinary people, from diverse backgrounds, decide to regain control of their lives​. We get inside this first original series from the ‘Adria’ region for HBO Europe.

    Moderator: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

    Marjan Alčevski
    WriterSuccess
    Steve Matthews
    VP and executive producer, drama development HBO Europe
    Ana Balentovic
    Development executiveHBO Adria
    Nebojša Taraba
    Producer and partnerDrugi Plan
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 13:00 - 15:00
    NETWORKING LUNCH (Across both venues)

    NETWORKING LUNCH (Across both venues)

  • 13:30 - 14:30SPONSORED SCREENING: Walter presents: Norwegian drama – Straight from the Heart (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    SPONSORED PRESENTATION: Screen Scotland (Kings Place - St. Pancras Room)
    • Hall 2 - Kings Place
      SPONSORED SCREENING: Walter presents: Norwegian drama – Straight from the Heart

      SPONSORED SCREENING: Walter presents: Norwegian drama – Straight from the Heart

      Over the last years Norwegian drama series have won international awards, and there is an ongoing line-up of strong dramas. What is the recipe? Walter Iuzzolino presents the people behind the series Beforeigners, Kielerstreet, State of Happiness and Home Ground. Introduction by Ivar Køhn (head of drama NRK). Hosted by The Norwegian Film Institute.

       

    • SPONSORED PRESENTATION: Screen Scotland (Kings Place - St. Pancras Room)

      SPONSORED PRESENTATION: Screen Scotland (Kings Place - St. Pancras Room)

      Home to world-class talent, crews, facilities and breath-taking locations, Scotland also offers a range of financial incentives, including UK Tax Relief, newly enhanced Production Growth funds and a brand new Broadcast Content Fund. Join us at Content London 2018 and find out why there’s no better time to film in Scotland.

      Screen Scotland is the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland.  With £20 million from Scottish Government and the National Lottery, Screen Scotland is driving the cultural, social and economic development of all aspects of the sector in Scotland, through enhanced funding, services and support.

      Lunch provided and all delegates welcome.

      www.screen.scot
      @screenscots

       

       

       

  • 15:00 - 15:30
    ONE-ON-ONE: Karen Hall​ (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

    ONE-ON-ONE: Karen Hall​

    In conversation with Karen Hall.  Karen started her TV career with a freelance assignment on “M*A*S*H.” This led to her being brought on staff, as the first and only female writer, for “M*A*S*H,” which the Writers Guild of America has ranked as the fifth best-written TV series ever and which TV Guide has ranked it as the eighth greatest television show of all time.  She also wrote the final episode (“Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen”) which to this day remains the most watched television show in American history, both in ratings and share. Among her many credits as a screenwriter, producer and “showrunner” are M*A*S*H, Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting, Northern Exposure, Quantum Leap, I’ll Fly Away, Roseanne, Grace Under Fire, Judging Amy, The Glades, The Brotherhood, and The Good Wife along with such movies as Toughlove, The Betty Ford Story and The Women of Brewster Place. She has received 6 Emmy nominations, 7 Writer’s Guild of America Awards nominations and has won the Writer’s Guild of America Award for her work on Hill Street Blues, as well as the Women in Film Luminas Award, the Humanitas Award, and the Scott Newman Award. She has also written a novel.

    Moderator: Adrian Wootton, chief executive, Film London

    Karen Hall
    Writer, producerNew Voyage Productions
    Moderator Adrian Wootton
    Chief executiveFilm London
  • 15:00 - 16:00
    DEVELOPMENT: Film to TV (Hall 1 - Kings Place)

    DEVELOPMENT: Film to TV

    Leading producers from film and tv companies take us inside their development slates to unveil new productions and new partnerships. They discuss how the film and tv business are getting ever closer and explain their strategies for further scripted development.

    Moderator: Steven Adams, partner and head of management division, Buffalo 8 Productions

    Hilary Bevan Jones
    Founder, producerEndor Productions
    James Richardson
    Co-founderVertigo Films
    Faye Ward
    Creative directorFable Pictures
    Claire Mundell
    Founder and creative directorSynchronicity Films
    Kevin Comer
    Co-founderPsychonaut
    Moderator Steven Adams
    Partner and head of management divisionBuffalo 8 Productions
  • 15:00 - 16:30
    Drama Series Pitch (Hall 2 - Kings Place)

    Drama Series Pitch

    The Drama Series Pitch is back for a 2nd year at Content London. From approaching 100 submissions, eight projects have been selected to pitch for the first time to the international drama business.

    Moderator: David Jenkinson, Editor in chief and managing director, C21 Media

     

    Judges:

    Philipp Steffens,  head of fiction, RTL
    Yolisa Phahle, CEO, general entertainment, Multichoice
    Christian Rank, head of drama, DR
    Anne Pivcevic, executive producer, BBC Drama
    Atar Dekel, VP Global Drama, KI

     

    The eight shows selected to pitch are:

     

    After Life

    NL Film

    In an attempt to defy death, an elderly female billionaire sets up an experiment to implant her memories into the stolen body of a thirty-year-old woman. When the young woman’s husband joins the experiment to try to rekindle his wife’s memories of him, a battle for the young woman’s mind ensues.
    After Life is a high concept futuristic drama series by NL FILM, the creators of TV and Film hits such as Penoza and The Resistance Banker. The Netherland’s rising star, Shariff Korver (Fenix, Infiltrant) will direct this sophisticated, complex science fiction series fuelled by mystery and suspense. The series is set in the Netherlands in the 1950s and 2040 and explores human behavior and relationships, our universal fear of death and the relationship between body and soul. How far will you go to win back the love of your life? If your mind could live forever by changing bodies, would you do that? And are you still ‘you’ if your memories live on in another body?

    Speakers:  Boudewijn Rosenmuller, Creative Producer NL Film & TV BV

    Kaja Wolffers, Producer NL Film & TV BV

     

    Bad Apples
    Fire Monkey

    Paranoia, pyromania or prostitution – we will find a method for your madness.

    Bad Apples takes place in a fictional mental asylum in the Helsinki archipelago. In 1973, a young, driven student activist is sent to the institute against her will. The authorities – and even her husband – paint Onerva as an aggressive troublemaker; Onerva sees herself as an idealist fighting for justice. Who’s in the right? While trying to maintain her sanity, Onerva investigates the reality behind the controversial treatment practices. Will she find out the truth before the institute’s mind-bending treatment breaks her?

    Bad Apples creates an uneasy alternative history not far from the truth. The story is inspired by the Finnish island of Seili, which was used as a mental asylum for women until 1962. The series is driven by a core question: Were these women sent to the island to be silenced, or are they actually mentally ill? Are they rotten apples who need to be prevented from infecting healthy fruit?

    Welcome to the madhouse.

    Speakers: Roope Lehtinen, Executive Producer

    Mia Ylönen, Head Writer

     

    Blackout 

    LagardèreStudios, jonnydepony
    A nuclear plant gets sabotaged during winter, and causes a nationwide blackout. Not for a few hours, but for a few days.

    The belgian power grid is down and the nation relies on prime minister, annemie hillebrand, the first female prime minister in belgium, to handle this crisis.

    What nobody knows, but we do know, is that moments before the blackout she received footage of her daughter elke who appears to be held captive. The video comes with a message: “if the lights turn back on, your daughter dies.”

    Annemie hesitates. She is trapped between her sense of duty and the love for her daughter. But can she risk the life of her daughter in favour of the country?

    Annemie decides to prolong the blackout and let one person in on her secret. A man she can trust. A man she had an affair with: michael dendoncker, who is in charge of the counter terrorism unit and investigating the sabotage of the nuclear plant. His police inquiry will take place in a special world, a world where 11 million people are stuck in the cold dark winter without electricity, light or heating.

    Speakers: Helen Perquy, Executive producer & owner at jonnydepony

    Emmanuelle Bouilhaguet, Managing Director at Lagardère Studios Distribution

     

    Happy Hour of the Wolf
    Warner Bros. International TV Production Finland

    Happy Hour of the Wolf is a quirky comedy drama about divorce, bizarre therapy methods and one woman’s a hunt for a missing husband. Can we ever truly understand our partners?

    Couples counsellor Heta believes in love and relationship. Divorce counsellor Tony, Heta’s ex, believes in life after separation and that no one can truly know their significant other. It is an illusion and a major cause of divorces and consequent heartbreak, and Tony has the battle scars to prove it. One day Heta’s husband Janne suddenly disappears. The police won’t do anything, they tell a distraught Heta that no crime has been committed and an adult is allowed to disappear! In her search for her husband, Heta finds a single and disturbing clue, Janne had attended a radical divorce therapy group for men, led by her ex, Tony. Why would Janne have gone to divorce counselling and why would he disappear all of sudden? Heta’s only option is to join Tony’s all-male “Happy Hour of the Wolf” therapy group to find out for herself. What Heta finds will change her and other group member’s lives forever.

    Speakers: Seija-Liisa Eskola, Producer

    Laura Immonen, Writer

     

    Pot Luck
    Kindle Entertainment

    Brothers Adrian and Matty Collins are close to rock bottom: sick of the sight of each other and barely scraping a living from the only job they have ever known: crab fishing off the south coast. Every day is a depressing repeat of the one that has gone before – until a discovery in a remote spot of the English Channel changes everything. It could be the best thing that has ever happened to them – or the worst? Set in the fishing community of Weymouth, Pot Luck is a thriller with sinister twists and a raggedy mob of opportunists and bottom-feeders, drowning in an ocean of bad blood.

    Speakers: Melanie Stokes, Joint Managing Director

     

    Snow Angels
    Happy Ending Film

    Snow angels is a character driven crime drama mini series, that centers around the disappearance of Lukas, a five-week-old infant, and the investigation that follows when he is found frozen to death in his stroller at the

    cemetery. Who left him there? And why? The story is set in Stockholm during a cold and snowy winter and it primarily focuses on the 3 female characters, that are all involved in or connected to the death of Lukas. The series will be told both backwards and forwards with the disappearance of Lukas as a starting point, the discovery of his dead body at the end of episode 4 and the revelation of the killer in episode 5. This unique structure allows us to give the characters a past, a present and a future – and explore the guilt, shifting morality and darkness in all of them.

    Speakers: Mie Andreasen, Producer

    Mette Heeno, Screenwriter

     

    The Emerald Eye 

    Clipper Media
    Emerald Eye is a serialized thriller based on the international best-selling Pekkala book series by Sam Eastland. The story is told through the eyes of the enigmatic Arno Pekkala, once the most trusted enforcer and loyal confidant of the Tsar, as he navigates an extraordinary moment in history that shook the world and birthed the bloodiest of centuries: the collapse of Tsarist Russia and the rise of the Soviet regime.

    The story unfolds in dual timeframes. In 1916, we follow Pekkala as he goes undercover in a terrorist cell in an attempt to subvert the growing revolution from within. Moving from the unimaginable luxury of the Winter Palace to dark, fervent streets humming with talk of revolution, Pekkala is forced to confront the inequities and suffering of a world divided.

    Seven years later, we see Pekkala’s emaciated form emerge from the Gulag as he is dispatched by the new regime to hunt down the last Romanov. In an epic journey across Russia, Pekkala grapples with his own true loyalties and the shattered ethics of a shifting landscape. Soon our audience will come to the realization that Pekkala’s world is terrifyingly similar to our own.

    Speakers: John David Coles, Producer, Talking Wall Pictures

    Michael Nakan, Founding Partner, Clipper Media Capital

     

    Unarmed

    Both Worlds

    When terrorists pull off an audacious heist at one of the world’s largest stores of highly enriched uranium, and a representative of the International Atomic Energy Agency is brutally murdered, the world’s eyes are turned to Southern Africa and the threat of a dirty bomb. Mike Ndlovu, an ex ANC secret operative, turned jazz teacher, and Emma Fischer, a scientist working for an international disarmament NGO, are the best hope for solving the murder, and recovering the stolen uranium – and a forgotten nuclear warhead.
    Unarmed reveals what happens when South Africa finally agrees to hand over its weapon-grade uranium stores, a legacy from the atomic bombs the apartheid regime made in defiance of UN sanctions, and thirty years of secrets get revealed.

    Speaker: Thierry Cassuto, Producer

     

     

     

    Boudewijn Rosenmuller
    Creative ProducerNL Film & TV BV
    Kaja Wolffers
    Producer NL Film & TV BV
    Roope Lehtinen
    Executive ProducerFire Monkey
    Mia Ylönen
    Head Writer Fire Monkey
    Helen Perquy
    Executive producerjonnydepony
    Emmanuelle Bouilhaguet
    Managing DirectorLagardère Studios Distribution
    Melanie Stokes
    Managing directorKindle Entertainment
    Mette Heeno
    Creator and scriptwriter Happy Ending Film
    Mie Andreasen
    Producer
    John David Coles
    ProducerTalking Wall Pictures
    Michael Nakan
    Founding partner Clipper Media Capital
    Thierry Cassuto
    Founder & executive producer Both Worlds
  • 15:30 - 16:00
    ONE-ON-ONE: Kathy Ciric (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

    ONE-ON-ONE: Kathy Ciric

    In conversation with Kathy Ciric.  Kathy is a New York based freelance television producer whose credits include projects for Showtime (Happyish), USA Network (Royal Pains) and most recently, Z: The Beginning of Everything for Amazon Studios. She just completed Matthew Weiner’s globe spanning anthology series The Romanoffs also for Amazon Studios. The Romanoffs was a unique challenge as a limited series as each of the 8 episodes was filmed in a different country using local production crews. The episodes feature completely different casts and range through diverse story genres. We find out more about the complexities of producing a global show across multiple filming locations.

    Moderator: Adrian Wootton, chief executive, Film London

    Kathy Ciric
    Producer
    Moderator Adrian Wootton
    Chief executiveFilm London
  • 16:00 - 16:45
    CASE STUDY: Hanna (Hall 1 - Kings Place)

    CASE STUDY: Hanna

    Writer David Farr takes us inside Hanna for an exclusive case study at Content London.  Written by Farr, who co-wrote the original film and directed by lead director Sarah Adina Smith, Hanna is a pan-European, high-concept thriller and coming of age drama for Amazon Studios. It follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl, as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is.

    Moderator: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

    David Farr
    WriterHanna
    Sarah Adina-Smith
    DirectorHanna
    Andrew Woodhead
    MD, Working Title TelevisionExecutive producer, Hanna
    Tom Coan
    Executive producerNBCU
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 16:00 - 17:00
    CASE STUDY: Shadowplay (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

    CASE STUDY: Shadowplay

    From the co-creator of The Bridge, Måns Mårlind brings his latest show, Shadowplay to Content London. A character-driven thriller set in Berlin, Shadowplay centres on the story of Max McLaughlin, an American cop who arrives in the city in the summer of 1946 to help create a police force in the chaotic aftermath of the war. Max’s goal is to take down Englemacher Gladow, the Capone of post-war Berlin. At the same time, Max undertakes a secret crusade to find his missing brother, who is killing ex-Nazis in hiding. However, Max is completely unaware that he is being used as a pawn in what is the very beginning of the Cold War. In this case study we hear how the show came about and how it has been developed and packaged for the international business from those closest to the project.

    Moderator: Jimmy Akingbola, actor and co-founder, The Triforce Creative Network

    Måns Mårlind
    Creator, writer, directorShadowplay
    Rola Bauer
    Managing directorStudioCanal TV
    David Davoli
    Senior vice presidentBron Studios
    Dr Simone Emmelius
    Senior vice presidentZDF Feature Films
    Fredrik Ljungberg
    Program director Viaplay & Viasat nordicViaplay
    Moderator Jimmy Akingbola
    Actor and co-founderTriforce Creative Network
  • 16:45 - 17:30
    KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: EbonyLife Media (Hall 1 - Kings Place)

    KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: EbonyLife Media

    One of the most prolific producers in Africa, Mo Abudu launched Nigerian broadcaster and producer EbonyLife Media in 2013, producing over 1000 hours of original programming each year including projects; The Governor, Fifty, Sons of the Caliphate and Castle & Castle. In March 2018 Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced a three project deal with EbonyLifeTV, the first of its kind between SPT and a Nigerian television company, which will include coproduction of a TV series inspired by the Dahomey Warriors. Abudu will outline her current and future scripted strategy for EbonyLifeTV and provide delegates with an insight into one of Africa’s prime drama creators.

    Moderator: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

    Mo Abudu
    CEOEbonyLife Media
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 16:45 - 17:45
    TERRITORIES: Belgium Drama Focus (Hall 2 - Kings Place)

    TERRITORIES: Belgium Drama Focus

    From the darkly comic crime drama Clan to supernatural hit Hotel Beau Sejour and psychological thriller Tabula Rasa, Belgian drama productions are enjoying increasing international success, thanks to their innovative storytelling and an anarchic approach to blending genres.  So how did this small corner of Europe become such a creative powerhouse? And what new series can audiences look forward to seeing in 2019?  Walter Iuzzolino, the founder of Walter Presents, is joined by a line-up of leading creative talent and senior TV execs, to shine the spotlight on Belgian creativity and find out what makes Belgian drama so bloody brilliant!

    Producer: Dominic Schrieber, global drama executive, Reel One International
    Moderator: Walter Iuzzolino, chief creative officer, Walter Presents

    Malin-Sarah Gozin
    CreatorTabula Rasa
    Indra Siera
    DirectorProfessor T
    Ricus Jansegers
    TV programming directorMedialaan
    Elly Vervloet
    International drama executive VRT
    Marike Muselaers
    Co-CEOLumiere
    Moderator Walter Iuzzolino
    Co-founder and curatorWalter Presents
  • 17:00 - 17:45
    CASE STUDY: WORLD ON FIRE (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

    CASE STUDY: WORLD ON FIRE

    World On Fire is a heart-stopping, multi-stranded drama telling the story of World War Two through the lives of ordinary people from all sides of this global conflict. The first series of seven episodes tells the story of the first year of the war, starting with the German invasion of Poland in September 1939 and ending with the Battle of Britain.

    Moderator: Jimmy Akingbola, actor and co-founder, The Triforce Creative Network

    Damien Timmer
    Executive producerMammoth Screen
    Peter Bowker
    WriterWorld on Fire
    Helen Ziegler
    Executive producerMammoth Screen
    Bea Hegedus
    VP global content, scriptedITV Studios Global Entertainment
    Moderator Jimmy Akingbola
    Actor and co-founderTriforce Creative Network
  • 17:30 - 18:30
    SPONSORED SCREENING: Sky Vision Screening & Q&A: The Flatey Enigma (Hall 1 - Kings Place)

    SPONSORED SCREENING: Sky Vision Screening & Q&A: The Flatey Enigma

    Based on Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson’s bestselling novel, The Flatey Enigma is an evocative mystery set in 1971, which follows a strong-willed university professor, Johanna, who returns home to Iceland from Paris for her father’s funeral.   Johanna seizes a chance to conclude her father’s work by solving the riddle buried deep in an ancient manuscript ‘The Book of Flatey’, even moving to the isolated island of Flatey itself to immerse herself in her work.  However soon after her arrival, events take a murderous turn, and Johanna finds herself having to delve into darkness and heartache to solve the riddle, and clear her name.

    Kjartan Thor Thordarson
    Executive producer The Flatey Enigma
  • 18:30 - 19:30
    NETWORKING COCKTAIL (Music Foyer - Kings Place)

    NETWORKING COCKTAIL (Music Foyer - Kings Place)

  • 20:00 - 23:00
    WriterSlam Final (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

    WriterSlam Final

    WriterSlam is a competition, organised by TriForce Creative Network designed to help TV prodcos and broadcasters access new and established writers from diverse backgrounds. It provides routes of access to writers from all backgrounds, across the UK, solving many of the obstacles that diverse or emerging talent face. Open to all and with a focus on tangible outcomes (direct commissions, development, mentoring with execs) the competition receives thousands of entries, from a plethora of young talent and an incredibly broad spread across ethnicity, gender and class.

    In this WriterSlam final, five selected finalists will have extracts of their work performed by actors and the winner will be selected by a panel of judges from C21 WritersRoom. The winner will receive a paid development option through C21’s WritersRoom programme. All finalists will also come to Content London to meet and network with the global drama business.

    Moderator: Jimmy Akingbola, actor and co-founder, The Triforce Creative Network

     

    Entry is free to Content London delegates, but space is limited so please RSVP to [email protected] if you’d like to join us.

     

    Yule Caise
    Writer, director and producer
    Simon Mirren
    Executive producer & screenwriter
    Elizabeth Kilgarriff
    Senior commissioning editorBBC Drama
    Katie O'Connell Marsh
    CEOPlatform One Media
    Kelly Edwards
    SVP talent developmentHBO
  • 08:00 - 09:00
    Continental breakfast (Across both venues)

    Continental breakfast (Across both venues)

  • 09:00 - 10:00Financing high end drama: the opportunities and challenges of international partnerships. (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    DEVELOPMENT (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    • Hall 1 - Kings Place
      Financing high end drama: the opportunities and challenges of international partnerships.

      Financing high end drama: the opportunities and challenges of international partnerships.

      The session will discuss some of the international partnerships formed by regional broadcasters to compete for high value scripted content in an increasingly competitive and globalised market, with insight into the challenges and opportunities from the perspective of a broadcaster, distributor, producer, investor and bank.

      PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH WIGGIN

      Moderator: David Quli, partner, Wiggin

      Dave Clarke
      EVP contentDRG and Atrium TV
      Julian Dexter
      Head of commercial affairsSky original content
      Jane Moore
      CEOVertigo Films
      Will Harrison
      Managing directorIngenious Media
      Antony Beaudoin
      Managing directorUnion Bank of California
      Moderator David Quli
      Partner and co-headWiggin's Film & TV group
    • Hall 2 - Kings Place
      DEVELOPMENT

      DEVELOPMENT

      In this session, we break down the development process that is responsible for bringing to the screen an array of increasing number of epic scripted series produced with cinematic quality. How are projects identified and secured; how involved are broadcast and streaming partners; what role do distributors now play; and what are the challenges producers face at each stage? We will also look at securing writers, directors, cast and other talent; the importance of IP and rights; how to pitch; and the importance of packaging in getting a green light.

      Moderator: Michael Pickard, Drama Quarterly editor, C21 Media

      Marty Adelstein
      CEOTomorrow Studios
      Alon Aranya
      Writer, producerPaper Plane Productions
      Matt Creasey
      Executive VP, distributionEndemol Shine International
      Klaus Zimmerman
      General managerDynamic Television
      Moderator Michael Pickard
      EditorDrama Quarterly
    • Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel
      DRAMA COMMISSIONERS

      DRAMA COMMISSIONERS

      Leading drama commissioners outline their development agendas and strategies for 2019. This session will uncover the latest development news and explore opportunities for coproduction partnerships.

      Moderator: Carrie Stein, EVP, global scripted series, Kew Media

      Pete Thornton
      Head of scriptedUKTV
      Karni Ziv
      Head of drama and comedyKeshet
      Sened Dhab
      Head of digital dramaFranceTV
      Moderator Carrie Stein
      EVP, global scripted seriesKew Media
  • 10:00 - 10:30
    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: BBC (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: BBC

    In conversation with Piers Wenger, controller of drama, BBC.

    Moderator: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

    Piers Wenger
    Controller of dramaBBC
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 10:00 - 11:00TRENDS: Agents of Fortune? (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    CASE STUDY: Watership Down (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    • Hall 1 - Kings Place
      TRENDS: Agents of Fortune?

      TRENDS: Agents of Fortune?

      This session will explore the changing roles of agents, in addition to their pure representation roles.  It will consider the differences in the roles of US, UK and European agents, and look at the packaging role of US agents and whether it has any relevance in the UK, European and international TV drama market place.  We will also discuss the pros and cons of talent led/owned production companies and the involvement of agencies with the same.  What is the relationship between producers/production companies and talent agencies and how is it changing? The increasing involvement of talent agencies in their own production set ups, the reasoning behind this, potential conflict of interest with the talent clients and potential conflict with producers/production companies and commissioning broadcasters.

      PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH LEE AND THOMPSON

      Moderator: Jeremy Gawade, partner, Lee and Thompson

      Ted Miller
      PartnerCAA
      Lorenzo De Maio
      PartnerEndeavor Content
      Dan Erlij
      PartnerUnited Talent Agency
      Josh Varney
      Co-founder42
      Fabian Haslob
      AgentPlayers Agency
      Justin Thomson
      Executive producerDoveTale Media
      Moderator Jeremy Gawade
      PartnerLee and Thompson
    • Hall 2 - Kings Place
      CASE STUDY: Watership Down

      CASE STUDY: Watership Down

      This new and innovative interpretation of Richard Adams’s classic novel, Watership Down, is the first animated drama mini-series ever made for television, and was the first major co-production between the BBC and Netflix. The story features a group of plucky rabbits who, after a foreboding premonition, abandon their warren in search of a new home.  It features an all star cast, including James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Sir Ben Kingsley, OIivia Colman, Gemma Arterton, Daniel Kaluuya and Rosamund Pike, amongst others. This four hour series explores the characters and themes in the book, bringing the story to a new generation of families to enjoy.

      Moderator: Michael Pickard, Drama Quarterly editor, C21 Media

      Noam Murro
      DirectorWatership Down
      Rory Aitkin
      Co-founder42
      Tom Bidwell
      WriterWatership Down
      Larry Tanz
      Vice president, global televisionNetflix
      Moderator Michael Pickard
      EditorDrama Quarterly
  • 10:30 - 11:00
    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: Starz (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: Starz

    In conversation with Superna Kalle, EVP International Digital Networks, Starz.

    Moderator: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

    Superna Kalle
    Executive vice president, international digital networksStarz
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 11:00 - 11:30
    NETWORKING BREAK (Across both venues)

    NETWORKING BREAK (Across both venues)

  • 11:30 - 12:00
    ONE-ON-ONE: Natalie Dormer (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

    ONE-ON-ONE: Natalie Dormer

    Natalie Dormer starred in HBO’s multi award winning Games of Thrones and most recently has been seen in Amazon’s critically acclaimed Picnic At Hanging Rock. Next on the cards we will see her opposite Mel Gibson and Sean Penn in The Professor and The Madman and recently announced she will play the title role and exec produce a series based on Vivien Leigh, with FremantleMedia and Mainstreet Pictures.

    In this in-conversation session Dormer will discuss why and how she is taking more control behind the camera.

    Moderator: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

  • 11:30 - 12:15KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Youtube Originals (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    GENRES: Visual Spectacle in High End Television Drama (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    • Hall 1 - Kings Place
      KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Youtube Originals

      KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Youtube Originals

      In conversation with Jon Wax. As Head of Drama Series & Movies for YouTube Originals, Jon Wax is responsible for overseeing YouTube’s scripted drama slate as well as managing acquisition and production of its movie roster. Since Jon arrived in late 2017, YouTube Originals have launched tentpole dramas in Step Up: High Water and Impulse, and is at the forefront of YouTube Premium’s programming with his involvement in the forthcoming drama On Becoming a God in Central Florida, which stars Kirsten Dunst.

This session will also focus on the recently released YouTube Premium sci-fi drama Origin from Left Bank Pictures. Joining Jon to discuss the series will be creator Mika Watkins and executive producers Rob Bullock and Andy Harries.

      Moderator: Melanie Stokes, managing director, Kindle Entertainment

      Moderator: Melanie Stokes, managing director, Kindle Entertainment

      Jon Wax
      Head of drama series & moviesYouTube Originals
      Mika Watkins

      Creator, writer, EPOrigin
      Rob Bullock
      Executive producerLeft Bank Pictures
      Andy Harries
      CEOLeft Bank Pictures
      Moderator Melanie Stokes
      Managing directorKindle Entertainment
    • Hall 2 - Kings Place
      GENRES: Visual Spectacle in High End Television Drama

      GENRES: Visual Spectacle in High End Television Drama

      How the challenges of visual storytelling for today’s demanding TV audiences are being met through a combination of evolving development strategies, designing visuals early, on-set technology and advances in visual effects. We discuss how time lines are changing, new partnerships are developing, un pick how producers keep up and how writers are adapting and of course look at how to make the money work.

      PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH AXIS STUDIOS

      Producer: Paul Schleicher, executive producer, Axis Studios
      Moderator: Anna Allgrove, creative PR and marketing consultant, Pole Star PR

      Louise Hussey 
      Executive producerIndustrial Light and Magic
      Richard Scott
      CEO, co-founderAxis Studios
      Dan May
      Co-founderPainting Practice
      Michelle Martin
      Head of televisionFramestore
      Moderator Anna Allgrove
      Creative PR and marketing consultantPole Star PR
  • 12:00 - 13:00
    CASE STUDY: Honour (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

    CASE STUDY: Honour

    The law firm Heder (named for the Swedish word for Honour) is run by four hungry, talented female lawyers, fighting on the behalf of those who need it most: the weak, the abused, those ignored by the rest of the society. However, in addition to dealing with the usual macho, sexist abuse that successful women in the public eye can expect to suffer, the women of Heder have a much greater, graver fight on their hands, as a dark secret held since their days in law school is about to be exposed… Honour is a thrilling, even frightening, drama, coming at a crucial time for a changing society, created and executive produced by four of Sweden’s most renowned actresses, Sofia Helin, Alexandra Rapaport, Julia Dufvenius and Anja Lundqvist. It is produced by Bigster for Viaplay.

    Moderator: Michael Pickard, Drama Quarterly editor, C21 Media

    Sofia Helin
    Executive producerHonour
    Nicola Söderlund
    Managing partnerEccho Rights
    Fredrik Ljungberg
    Program director Viaplay & Viasat nordicViaplay
    Alexandra Rapaport
    Executive producerHonour
    Julia Dufvenius
    Executive producer, co-creator and actorHonour
    Anja Lundqvist
    Executive producer, co-creator and actorHonour
    Eva Röse
    ActorHonour
    Moderator Michael Pickard
    EditorDrama Quarterly
  • 12:15 - 13:00DRAMA FOCUS: Blumhouse Television (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    GENRES: The Future of Science Fiction (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    • Hall 1 - Kings Place
      DRAMA FOCUS: Blumhouse Television

      DRAMA FOCUS: Blumhouse Television

      In conversation with the co-presidents at Blumhouse Television, Marci Wiseman and  Jeremy Gold. Wiseman and Gold are growing the footprint of Blumhouse’s independent television studio, managing its portfolio of scripted and unscripted TV series, supervising creative development and production, and overseeing distribution strategies across all platforms.  They are leading the expansion of the Blumhouse brand beyond horror content to explore not only genre material, but also dark, provocative subject matter with projects like Loudest Voice in the Room, the Roger Ailes story for Showtime with Oscar-winning writer/director Tom McCarthy, based on the book by acclaimed journalist, Gabe Sherman. In this session we hear more about what Blumhouse has coming down the line and how they leading the agenda for taking feature film franchise models and super-sizing them for TV.

      Moderator: Melanie Stokes, managing director, Kindle Entertainment

      Marci Wiseman
      Co-presidentBlumhouse Television
      Jeremy Gold
      Co-presidentBlumhouse Television
      Moderator Melanie Stokes
      Managing directorKindle Entertainment
    • Hall 2 - Kings Place
      GENRES: The Future of Science Fiction

      GENRES: The Future of Science Fiction

      As we move even further into the era of “Peak Television” Science Fiction has matured and found it’s footing on the global stage in a way few could have predicted, gaining deep credibility, critical acclaim and world audiences for a previously undervalued broadcast genre. We will explore that evolution, current trends and predictions for the future.

      Moderator: Steven Adams, partner and head of management division, Buffalo 8 Productions

      Susan Hogg
      Head of dramaStudio Lambert
      Marc Zicree
      Showrunner
      Brian Minchin
      Executive producerHartswood West
      John Giwa-Amu
      ProducerRed and Black Films
      Nick Betts
      Director scripted productionBBC Studios
      Moderator Steven Adams
      Partner and head of management divisionBuffalo 8 Productions
  • 13:00 - 15:30
    NETWORKING LUNCH (Across both venues)

    NETWORKING LUNCH (Across both venues)

  • 13:30 - 14:30SPONSORED SCREENING: Space Command Screening, created by Star Trek writer Marc Scott Zicree (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    SPONSORED PRESENTATION: Korean drama travels the world (St Pancras Room - Kings Place)
    • Hall 2 - Kings Place
      SPONSORED SCREENING: Space Command Screening, created by Star Trek writer Marc Scott Zicree

      SPONSORED SCREENING: Space Command Screening, created by Star Trek writer Marc Scott Zicree

      Space Command is a series of epic adventures set in a hopeful vision of the future. Millions worldwide know this IP and thousands have funded the pilot. Space Command’s cast is a Who’s Who of TV and film genre stars, including: Doug Jones (Star Trek Discovery, The Shape of Water), Mike Harney (Orange is the New Black, Project Blue Book), Bruce Boxleitner (Babylon 5, Tron), Bill Mumy (Lost In Space, Babylon 5), James Hong (Blade Runner), Mira Furlan (Lost, Babylon 5), and John Hennigan (Glow). Designs by Iain McCaig (Star Wars). Created by Star Trek writer Marc Scott Zicree.

       

    • SPONSORED PRESENTATION: Korean drama travels the world (St Pancras Room - Kings Place)

      SPONSORED PRESENTATION: Korean drama travels the world (St Pancras Room - Kings Place)

      With the increasing popularity of Korean dramas, this presentation examines the local and global Korean drama successes from the major broadcasters such as; MBC, KBS – award winning Good Doctor (KBS), CJ EnM – Mr Sunshine (tvN/CJ ENM) – distributed by Netflix worldwide. Focusing on Korean drama trends and broadcasters’ programming strategies, we explore potential international partnerships for future collaboration.

      This presentation and networking lunch is hosted by KOCCA (Korea Creative Content Agency) in The St Pancras Room at Kings Place.

      Moderator: Marc B. Lorber (TV consultant, Lionsgate UK, Juror for SDA multiple times)

      Kang Min-Kyong
      Producer, Drama Production DivisionKBS
      Park Jae-bum
      Chief producer, global drama co-production teamMBC
      Seo Jang-ho
      General manager, Global Content DivisionCJ ENM
  • 13:30 - 15:30
    SPONSORED SCREENING: Sony, Into the Dark (Gallery Room - Kings Place)

    SPONSORED SCREENING: Sony, Into the Dark (Gallery Room - Kings Place)

    Into The Dark is a horror event series from prolific, award-winning producer, Jason Blum’s independent TV studio, Blumhouse Television. The series includes 12 super-sized episodes, with a new instalment released each month inspired by a holiday and will feature Blumhouse’s signature genre/thriller spin on the story.

     

  • 15:00 - 15:50NEWFORM DRAMA (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    TERRITORIES: A Focus on Drama from Africa (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    DEVELOPMENT: Next Year’s Models (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    • Hall 1 - Kings Place
      NEWFORM DRAMA

      NEWFORM DRAMA

      As drama evolves, what are the leading players experimenting with to take the medium to the next level? We hear about fresh forms, new approaches, and different perspectives that are defining next generation scripted programming.

      Moderator: David Jenkinson, editor in chief and managing director, C21 Media

      Selma Turajlic
      Co-founderLittle Dot Studios
      Jesse Cleverly
      Creative directorWildseed Studios
      Robert Delamere
      Creative directorStoryglass
      Moderator David Jenkinson
      Editor-in-chief and managing directorC21 Media
    • Hall 2 - Kings Place
      TERRITORIES: A Focus on Drama from Africa

      TERRITORIES: A Focus on Drama from Africa

      As international broadcasters and streamers turn their sights on new territories, this panel takes an in-depth look at original drama from Africa; who are the new talent discoveries? And, what can we expect from the African continent in the near future.

      Moderator: Tendeka Matatu, CEO and producer, Ten 10 Films

      Mo Abudu
      CEOEbonyLife Media
      Yolisa Phahle
      CEO, General EntertainmentMultiChoice
      Kristin Jones
      EVP of international programmingAMC and Sundance TV
      Cécile Gérardin
      Head of dramaCanal+ International
      Sarah Doole
      Director of global dramaFremantle
      Moderator Tendeka Matatu
      CEO and producerTen 10 Films
    • Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel
      DEVELOPMENT: Next Year’s Models

      DEVELOPMENT: Next Year’s Models

      How are some of the world’s most progressive drama players adapting to a changing market and how does their development agenda reflect changes in audience appetite and demand and the fast moving global marketplace?

      Moderator: Michael Pickard, Drama Quarterly editor, C21 Media

      Bryan Elsley
      Managing director & writerBalloon Entertainment
      Steve November
      Creative director, UK televisionLionsgate
      Jude Troy
      DirectorWooden Horse Pty Ltd
      Tony Ayres
      ShowrunnerTony Ayres Productions
      Moderator Michael Pickard
      EditorDrama Quarterly
  • 15:50 - 16:50NEWFORM DRAMA CASE STUDY: State of the Union (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    HOT PROPERTIES: Africa (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    HOT PROPERTIES: Years and Years, Pennyworth and Atlantic Crossing (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    • Hall 1 - Kings Place
      NEWFORM DRAMA CASE STUDY: State of the Union

      NEWFORM DRAMA CASE STUDY: State of the Union

      Written by Nick Hornby, Stephen Frears directs Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd in State of the Union; a 10 by 10-minute episodic series following Louise and Tom who meet in a pub immediately before their weekly marital therapy session. Each episode pieces together how their lives were, what drew them together and what has started to pull them apart – exploring the complexities of marriage with Hornby’s inimitable honesty and humour.

      Moderator: David Jenkinson, editor in chief and managing director, C21 Media

      Nick Hornby
      ScreenwriterState of the Union
      Stephen Frears
      DirectorState of the Union
      Kristin Jones
      EVP of international programmingAMC and Sundance TV
      Hakan Kousetta
      COO televisionSee-Saw Films
      Jamie Laurenson
      Head of televisionSee-Saw Films
      Arvand Khosravi
      Senior associateEndeavor Content
      Moderator David Jenkinson
      Editor-in-chief and managing directorC21 Media
    • Hall 2 - Kings Place
      HOT PROPERTIES: Africa

      HOT PROPERTIES: Africa

      In our Hot Properties strand Content London shines a light on upcoming dramas expected to have an impact on the international business in the coming year and meets those responsible for developing them to find out more. Hear how they were created, developed, packaged and sold from those closest to the project, and see clips from the shows.

      Moderator: Tendeka Matatu, CEO & producer, Ten 10 Films

      This session currently features new projects: ShakaSakho and Mangane and The Girl from St Agnes

       

      Shaka

      Mandela might be the best known African in the contemporary world but the most enigmatic and mythologized African is Shaka.

      Born in 1787 of a forbidden affair between a prince and princess, his tormented early years of exile and persecution, moulded his overpowering and charismatic personality.

      Surviving assassination attempts from evil rulers and powerful witches, he took the Zulu throne by killing his brother. From a volunteer army of 200 and a territory, no more than a small local district, Shaka in ten years built a formidable army of 70 000 highly trained men, conquering and uniting the southern Nguni kingdoms. Challenging past practise, he gave the dispossessed a voice against the aristocracy.

      In 1828, when Shaka was killed by those closest to him, he had been preparing to resist the inevitable invasion of European settlers. Indeed it was the army created and trained by Shaka that fifty years later at Isandlwana, inflicted one of the most dramatic defeats the British army ever suffered.

      Viewed by some as a visionary saviour and by others, a brutal dictator, he was undeniably Africa’s military genius and revered King. In the moment that the world has embraced the mythological Africa of Wakanda, no better time for an epic drama series to tell this riveting true story.

      Speakers: Angus Gibson, Teboho Mahlatsi and Yolisa Phahle

       

      Sakho and Mangane

      In Dakar, the bustling capital of Senegal, there’s a thin line between ordinary daily life and the supernatural. Where the two worlds intersect, an old, lone wolf by the name of Commander Sakho has been keeping invisible yet deadly enemies at bay for the past 20 years. But now they seem to have caught up to him.

      In a case where dark, destructive forces are intent on plunging the world into chaos, Sakho is thrown together with Mangane, a young pup who acts without thinking. Now, the fate of the continent—maybe even all of humanity—is in the hands of this unlikely cop duo.

      Speakers: Alexandre Rideau and Jean Luc Herbulot

       

      The Girl from St Agnes

      The mysterious death of a schoolgirl at an elite boarding school sets in motion a thrilling series of events. At St Agnes, a prestigious all-girls boarding school in the Midlands of South Africa, one of its most popular students is found dead at the bottom of the clock tower. Fearful of the scandal it might cause, the school is quick to declare that young Lexi Summerveld drunkenly slipped and fell to her death in a tragic accident. But drama teacher Kate Ballard doesn’t believe it. On the night of her death, an upset Lexi had been trying to contact her about something, and Kate had ignored her. Now wracked with guilt, Kate attempts to piece together the events of that fateful night. The Girl from St Agnes is a sexy, moody drama that deals with universal issues around gender, identity, race and class.

      Speakers: Nimrod Geva and Alex Fraser

      Yolisa Phahle
      CEO, General EntertainmentMultiChoice
      Angus Gibson
      Co-producer, co-creatorShaka
      Teboho Mahlatsi
      Co-producer, co-creatorShaka
      Alexandre Rideau
      ProducerSakho and Mangane
      Jean Luc Herbulot
      Director, ShowrunnerSakho and Mangane
      Nimrod Geva
      Head of developmentQuizzical Pictures
      Alex Fraser
      SVP of acquisitionRed Arrow Studios International
      Moderator Tendeka Matatu
      CEO and producerTen 10 Films
    • Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel
      HOT PROPERTIES: Years and Years, Pennyworth and Atlantic Crossing

      HOT PROPERTIES: Years and Years, Pennyworth and Atlantic Crossing

      In our Hot Properties strand Content London shines a light on upcoming dramas expected to have an impact on the international business in the coming year and meets those responsible for developing them to find out more. Hear how they were created, developed, packaged and sold from those closest to the project, and see clips from the shows.

      Moderator: Jimmy Akingbola, actor and co-founder, The Triforce Creative Network

      This session currently features new projects: Years and Years, Pennyworth and Atlantic Crossing.

       

      Years and Years

      As Britain is rocked by unstable political, economic and technological advances, we follow the Lyons family as their complex lives converge on one crucial night in 2019. Then, over the next 15 years, the twists and turns of everyday life are explored as we find out if this ordinary family could ever change the world.

      Years and Years is written by Russell T Davies, and is a RED Production Company production, in co-production with BBC One, HBO and CANAL+, and stars Emma Thompson, Jessica Hynes, Rory Kinnear, Ruth Madeley, T’Nia Miller, Anne Reid and Russell Tovey.

      Speakers: Nicola Shindler and Russell T Davies

       

      Pennyworth

      Pennyworth, the new Epix original series from warner horizon television and based on dc characters created by bob Kane with bill finger, will premiere in 2019. The 10-episode, one-hour drama follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon), a former British SAS soldier in his 20’s, who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London.  Pennyworth also stars Paloma Faith as villainess bet Sykes and Jason Flemyng as Lord Harwood.  Pennyworth is from executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (Gotham, the mentalist, Rome) and executive producer/director Danny cannon (Gotham, CSI series).

      Speakers: Bruno Heller and Michael Wright

       

      Atlantic Crossing
      Inspired by a true story, Atlantic Crossing is the incredible adventure of the Norwegian crown princess Märtha, who fights to save her country – and her marriage – during the Second World War – a unique and never before seen perspective on the tragic events of World War II. Märtha is a heroine who rose from her obligations of a caring princess and a loving mother to an influential figure in world politics, a popular icon as well as an important influence on President Roosevelt’s decision to enter World War II, which would ultimately lead to its end.

      Speakers: Silje Hopland Eik and Justus Riesenkampff

       

      Nicola Shindler
      Chief executive RED Production Company
      Russell T Davies
      WriterYears and Years
      Michael Wright
      PresidentEPIX
      Bruno Heller
      ShowrunnerPennyworth
      Kyle MacLachlan
      ActorAtlantic Crossing
      Silje Hopland Eik
      FounderCinenord
      Justus Riesenkampff
      Sales & acquisitions nordics & beneluxBeta Film
      Alexander Eik
      directorAtlantic Crossing
      Moderator Jimmy Akingbola
      Actor and co-founderTriforce Creative Network
  • 16:50 - 17:40KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Netflix (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    Streaming Hall 1 Session (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    Streaming Hall 1 Session (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    • Hall 1 - Kings Place
      KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Netflix

      KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Netflix

      Erik Barmack will discuss Netflix next generation originals in a keynote one-on-one session. As the platform continues its prolific roll-out of original series from around the world, Barmack will discuss the anatomy of a Netflix International hit and learn how more originals are being developed in new markets.  Using case study examples from recent projects he will explain what the platform looks for when backing new scripted series with international partners.  Taking best practice from the shows that have resonated with audiences around the world, what can international drama producers learn about how best to develop with the platform in mind. This in-depth session provides delegates with a deep dive into the Netflix Originals approach to international content and aims to uncover what the global internet entertainment service is aiming to do next.

      Moderator: David Jenkinson, editor in chief and managing director, C21 Media

      Erik Barmack
      Vice president, international originalsNetflix
      Moderator David Jenkinson
      Editor-in-chief and managing directorC21 Media
    • Hall 2 - Kings Place
      Streaming Hall 1 Session

      Streaming Hall 1 Session

    • Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel
      Streaming Hall 1 Session

      Streaming Hall 1 Session

  • 17:30 - 19:00
    C21Media's International Drama Awards Cocktails - invitation only (Grand Staircase - St Pancras Hotel)

    C21Media's International Drama Awards Cocktails - invitation only (Grand Staircase - St Pancras Hotel)

  • 18:00 - 19:00
    SPONSORED SCREENING: London Kills, ZDF Enterprises (Hall 1 - Kings Place)

    SPONSORED SCREENING: London Kills, ZDF Enterprises

    The world’s most exciting city is the backdrop for a series of killings – all investigated by an elite murder squad. This specialist group is headed by hugely experienced Detective Inspector David Bradford, who has just returned from compassionate leave, following the disappearance of his wife three months ago.

    As the detectives solve each murder case – the staged suicide of an MP’s son, the mysterious death of a man on his stag night, a killing on a house-boat, a woman’s body washed up by the Thames, and the stabbing of one of the detectives – the one case David can’t crack is the one most personal to him; what has happened to his wife?

    London Kills is a gripping, stylish new detective series filmed in iconic London locations. Written by Paul Marquess (Suspects), Sarah-Louise Hawkins (The Bill), Jake Riddell (Suspects), Sally Tatchell (Casualty) and Claire Fryer (Crime Stories). Starring Hugo Speer (Britannia) and Sharon Small (Trust Me).

     

  • 19:00 - 20:00
    ZDF Enterprises Cocktail Reception (Music Foyer - Kings Place)

    ZDF Enterprises Cocktail Reception (Music Foyer - Kings Place)

  • 19:30 - 20:30
    C21Media's International Drama Awards (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

    C21Media's International Drama Awards (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

  • 21:00 - 23:00
    Federation Party, invitation only (Ladies Smoking Room - St Pancras Hotel)

    Federation Party, invitation only (Ladies Smoking Room - St Pancras Hotel)

  • 08:00 - 09:00
    Continental breakfast (Across both venues)

    Continental breakfast (Across both venues)

  • 09:00 - 10:00DEVELOPMENT: The Changing Face of Books to Screen (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    GENRES: Make them laugh, make them cry: deconstructing Comedy Drama (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    CREATIVE: International Showrunning Models (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    • Hall 1 - Kings Place
      DEVELOPMENT: The Changing Face of Books to Screen

      DEVELOPMENT: The Changing Face of Books to Screen

      TV dramas adapted from books attract an average 1 million more viewers per episode than dramas based on original material, according to a survey of the top 100 dramas broadcast on UK free-to-air channels between 2013-17. So, as competition for rights and options intensifies, how do authors, producers and agents adapt to audience demand and cultural change across international markets?

      PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH BOOKOMI

      Moderator: Richard Kilgarriff, editorial director and founder, Bookomi

      Claire Mundell
      Founder and creative directorSynchronicity Films
      James Carroll
      Broadcast and brand licensing agentNorthbank Talent Management
      Hannah Griffiths
      Head of literary acquisitionsAll3Media
      Moderator Richard Kilgarriff
      Editorial director and founderBookomi
    • Hall 2 - Kings Place
      GENRES: Make them laugh, make them cry: deconstructing Comedy Drama

      GENRES: Make them laugh, make them cry: deconstructing Comedy Drama

      With hits like Killing Eve, Shameless, No Offence, Fleabag, The Bisexual, Catastrophe, Atlanta, and Orange is the New Black, audiences have an appetite for shows that have both wit, pathos and aren’t afraid to challenge. This session tries to put some grammar around how we talk about comedy drama and looks at the pitching, commissioning and selling processes behind them.

      PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH ROCKFLEET PRODUCTIONS 

      Producer: Emma Smithwick, founder, Rockfleet Productions
      Moderator: Amy Annette, comedian and producer, Tiger Aspect

      Naomi de Pear
      Executive producerSister Pictures
      Alex Moody
      Commissioning editor, comedyBBC
      Paul Abbott
      WriterAbbott Vision
      Tilusha Ghelani
      Commissioning editorSky Television
      Olivia Wingate
      Co-presidentMo Studios
      Moderator Amy Annette
      Comedian and producer
    • Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel
      CREATIVE: International Showrunning Models

      CREATIVE: International Showrunning Models

      A mainstay of US television production, the role of showrunner has now integrated itself in the European industry, in various forms. In this panel, leading showrunners from both sides of the Atlantic discuss their approaches to creating, writing and producing international TV drama. This session will explore different models and styles of showrunning for different platforms and territories and provide context for how the space is opening up opportunities for entrepreneurial writers.

      Moderator: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

      Alexi Hawley
      Creator, ShowrunnerThe Rookie
      Adi Hasak
      Showrunner
      Mika Watkins

      Creator, writer, EPOrigin
      Moderator Stephen Armstrong
      Freelance journalist
  • 10:00 - 11:00KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Wattpad (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    HOT PROPERTIES: Comedy Drama (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    CREATIVE: Inside HBO Talent Development (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    • Hall 1 - Kings Place
      KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Wattpad

      KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Wattpad

      As head of Wattpad Studios, Aron Levitz connects the entertainment and publishing industries with new voices and original content on Wattpad. Leveraging data and community insights, Aron works with the industry to co–produce Wattpad stories for film, television, print and digital formats. We find out the latest about the talent that the platform are nurturing and the ideas they are developing.

      Moderator: Richard Kilgarriff, editorial director and founder, Bookomi

      Aron Levitz
      Head ofWattpad Studios
      Moderator Richard Kilgarriff
      Editorial director and founderBookomi
    • Hall 2 - Kings Place
      HOT PROPERTIES: Comedy Drama

      HOT PROPERTIES: Comedy Drama

      In this Hot Properties session Content London shines a light on two upcoming comedy dramas expected to have an impact on the international business in the coming year and meets those responsible for developing them to find out more. Hear how they were created, developed, packaged and sold from those closest to the project, and see clips from the shows.

      Moderator: Jimmy Akingbola, actor and co-founder, The Triforce Creative Network

      This session currently features new projects: Magnus and Flack.

       

      Magnus

      Magnus is a sci-fi crime thriller set in Norway. Magnus, an idiotic genius detective, tries to solve a murder rooted in Norse mythology. The crime thriller story explores many genres, from slapstick comedy to heartfelt drama.

      Magnus teams up with a suicidal partner and the scrawny neighbour boy. These three outcasts embark on an adventure that gets increasingly strange as the story unfolds. To call it purely a comedy would do it injustice, this is more like a ‘’strangedy”. The show attempts to create real drama, shying away from parody, built around absurd and unexpected characters. As Magnus gets closer to solving

      the case, the world as we know it changes, as mythical creatures trickle out from the wintery forests of Norway…

      Speakers: Anders Tangen, Vidar Magnussen and Christina Rezk

       

      Flack

      Flack centres on an American PR executive living in London, who must figure out how to make the best of bad situations and somehow manage to get out unscathed. Oliver Lansley’s (Whites) series introduces Robyn (Anna Paquin), a hugely capable American PR executive working in London who specialises in clearing up the monumental messes caused by her hapless and selfish clients. Although utterly in command of her job, her personal life is spinning out of control.

      Speakers: Pete Thornton and Mark Talbot

       

      Anders Tangen
      CEO, producerViafilm
      Vidar Magnussen
      CreatorMagnus
      Christina Rezk
      Head of comedyNRK
      Pete Thornton
      Head of scriptedUKTV
      Mark Talbot
      Head of comedy developmentHat Trick Productions
      Moderator Jimmy Akingbola
      Actor and co-founderTriforce Creative Network
    • Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel
      CREATIVE: Inside HBO Talent Development

      CREATIVE: Inside HBO Talent Development

      Kelly Edwards oversees all above and below the line program initiatives for series, films, Cinemax and miniseries at HBO. Edwards brought an innovative new approach to HBO when developing their writing and directing fellowships that has become an industry best practice. By marrying the two programs, material created by the writers is shot by the directors with a fully inclusive crew for air on the HBO digital platforms. The presentations have garnered festival awards, and will have a home on HBOGo, HBONow, and On Demand. In this one-on-one session we get inside the HBO talent development strategy and learn how they are leading the way.

      Moderator: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

      Kelly Edwards
      SVP talent developmentHBO
      Moderator Stephen Armstrong
      Freelance journalist
  • 11:00 - 11:30
    NETWORKING BREAK (Across both venues)

    NETWORKING BREAK (Across both venues)

  • 11:30 - 12:15
    FINANCE: Drama Distribution, Where's the Money? (Hall 1 - Kings Place)

    FINANCE: Drama Distribution, Where's the Money?

    With the ever changing landscape we lift the lid on some of the latest innovative ideas for global drama financing and hear more about opportunities to access new money.

    Moderator: Melanie Stokes, managing director, Kindle Entertainment

    Dan Cohen
    President, worldwide television licensingParamount Pictures Corporation
    Peter Emerson
    PresidentCineflix Media
    Sebastian Burkhardt
    Managing director, global contentKeshet International
    Prentiss Fraser
    EVP and MD content distributionFox Networks Group
    Moderator Melanie Stokes
    Managing directorKindle Entertainment
  • 11:30 - 12:30
    CREATIVE: Next Generation Writers and Producers (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

    CREATIVE: Next Generation Writers and Producers

    How are some of the most progressive producers and writers breaking through.  What do they have in development, who are they working with and how are they breaking into the international drama market.  We hear from leading players about how they are developing the next generation of talent and international drama and examine the strategies they are employing to ensure success.

    Moderator: Holly A Hines, senior vice president of content, Dynamic Television

    Sydney Gallonde
    CEO and executive producerMake It Happen Studio
    Jaimie D'Cruz
    Creative directorAcme Films
    Sebastian Thiel
    Director, writer, producer
    Moderator Holly Hines
    SVP of contentDynamic Television
  • 11:30 - 13:00
    TRENDS: Non English Language Drama (Hall 2 - Kings Place)

    TRENDS: Non English Language Drama

    As premium non-English language shows gain traction from international networks and streamers, we hear from some of the key creators, producers and distributors responsible for recent successes. Why now, and what’s the key to making regional drama work on a global scale?

    Moderator: Carrie Stein, EVP, global scripted series, Kew Media

    Lars Blomgren
    Executive producer and head of scripted EMEAEndemol Shine Group
    Eleonora Andreatta
    DirectorRai Fiction
    Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein
    Founder and head of internationalADD Content
    Jörg Winger
    Executive producerUFA
    Moritz von Kruedener
    Managing directorBeta Film
    Caroline Torrance
    Head of scriptedBanijay Rights
    Moritz Polter
    Executive producer international television seriesBavaria Fiction
    Emmanuelle Guilbart
    Joint-CEO and founderAbout Premium Content
    Moderator Carrie Stein
    EVP, global scripted seriesKew Media
  • 12:15 - 13:00
    One-on-one: in conversation with eOne’s Peter Micelli (Hall 1 - Kings Place)

    One-on-one: in conversation with eOne’s Peter Micelli

    In a momentous move that caught the industry’s attention this year, leading television agent Micelli joined Entertainment One from CAA to lead the studio’s film and television content strategy, joining forces with his longtime client producer-extraordinaire Mark Gordon. What Micelli saw was an opportunity to further optimize the deep offering of the global independent, that is today focused on being talent-driven above all else. In his first nine months, Micelli has made it clear that eOne is serious about being a beacon for talent, striking true partnerships and leading the pack in innovative deal-making. This session gives a unique insight into the super-agent turned studio executive and the opportunities for producers and buyers in a new content universe.

    Moderator: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

    Peter Micelli
    Chief strategy officer, film & televisioneOne
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 12:30 - 13:30
    CASE STUDY: The ABC Murders (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)

    CASE STUDY: The ABC Murders

    It’s 1933 and a killer travels the length and breadth of Britain via the ominous rumble of the train tracks. They strike in a methodical pattern, leaving a copy of the ABC railway guide at the scene of each of murder. As Poirot attempts to investigate he is thwarted on every front. If he is to match his most cunning nemesis, everything about him will be called into question; his authority, his integrity, his past, his identity. Writer Sarah Phelps and Agatha Christie Chairman James Pritchard lead this case study to uncover the story behind the the latest Agatha Christie TV adaptation.

    Moderator: Michael Pickard, Drama Quarterly editor

    James Prichard
    CEOAgatha Christie Ltd
    Sarah Phelps
    Writer and EPThe ABC Murders
    Damien Timmer
    Executive producerMammoth Screen
    Elizabeth Kilgarriff
    Senior commissioning editorBBC Drama
    Moderator Michael Pickard
    EditorDrama Quarterly
  • 13:00 - 15:00
    NETWORKING LUNCH (Across both venues)

    NETWORKING LUNCH (Across both venues)

  • 13:30 - 14:30
    SPONSORED SCREENING: AMC Studios Unspeakable Screening, Lunch and Q&A with Robert C. Cooper and Sarah Wayne Callies (Hall 2 - Kings Place)

    SPONSORED SCREENING: AMC Studios Unspeakable Screening, Lunch and Q&A with Robert C. Cooper and Sarah Wayne Callies

    Unspeakable is a powerful and riveting drama based on true events that follows the story of two families impacted by the 1980s tainted blood scandal and is a passion project for creator Robert C. Cooper — who himself was a victim, having contracted Hepatitis C from tainted blood. Join AMC Studios for the first look at this unmissable ripped from the headlines story followed by a short Q&A with Robert C. Cooper and Sarah Wayne Callies. (all attendees will be provided with lunch).

    Check out this video for a sneak peek of Unspeakable.

  • 15:00 - 15:50European Drama Renaissance (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    CASE STUDY: Little Coincidences (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    • Hall 1 - Kings Place
      European Drama Renaissance

      European Drama Renaissance

      Leading public service broadcasters discuss their strategies to develop new partnerships, strategies and approaches to creating, financing and distributing scripted programming. How are they fighting back against changes in audience tastes and behaviour, increased SVOD penetration and other changes in the global marketplace.

      Moderator: Ben Keen, analyst & advisor

      Dr Simone Emmelius
      Senior vice presidentZDF Feature Films
      Eleonora Andreatta
      DirectorRai Fiction
      Nathalie Biancolli
      SVP director of international fictionFrance Télévisions
      Moderator Ben Keen
      Analyst and advisor
    • Hall 2 - Kings Place
      CASE STUDY: Little Coincidences

      CASE STUDY: Little Coincidences

      Little Coincidences is an atypical romantic comedy which follows the relationship between a woman in her late 30s who is reluctant to settle down with a partner and a 40-year-old bachelor who enjoys his hedonistic life as a food critic. Suddenly a little 8-year-old girl starts appearing in his life as a manifestation of his unconscious, revealing his repressed feelings of becoming a parent.  The show marks one of the first commissions for Atresmedia Studios, which has been on the look-out for international projects and partnerships since launching in January. A coproduction with MedioLimón and Onza Entertainment, the series will premiere on Amazon Prime Video internationally before airing on Atresmedia Televisión in Spain. In this case study we explore the story from concept through to screen.

      Moderator: Irene Jiménez, Spanish correspondant, C21 Media

      Ricardo Carbonero
      Head of content acquisitionAmazon Prime Video Spain
      Gonzalo Sagardía
      CEOOnza Entertainment
      Nacho Manubens
      Head of contentsAtresmedia Studios
      Cristina Pons
      Screenwriter Little Coincidences
      Moderator Irene Jiménez
      Spanish correspondentC21 Media
  • 15:50 - 16:40KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Amazon Prime Video’s director of European Originals, Georgia Brown (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    Streaming Hall 1 Session (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    • Hall 1 - Kings Place
      KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Amazon Prime Video’s director of European Originals, Georgia Brown

      KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Amazon Prime Video’s director of European Originals, Georgia Brown

      Georgia Brown, director of european originals for Amazon Studios, will outline her current and future scripted agenda in this one-on-one keynote interview.
      Brown oversees the development and production of scripted and non-scripted Prime Originals in Europe, including shows like Beat, Deutsch-Les Landes, Six Dreams and Good Omens. She joined Amazon in 2017 from FremantleMedia where she was EVP of content and coproductions, overseeing acquisitions for FremantleMedia International (FMI), the company’s distribution business, and working on a range of projects including Young Pope, D83, Apple Tree Yard and American Gods.

      Moderator: Ben Keen, analyst & advisor

      Georgia Brown
      Director european originalsAmazon Studios
      Moderator Ben Keen
      Analyst and advisor
    • Hall 2 - Kings Place
      Streaming Hall 1 Session

      Streaming Hall 1 Session

  • 16:40 - 17:25
    ONE-ON-ONE: EPIX (Hall 1 - Kings Place)

    ONE-ON-ONE: EPIX

    Michael Wright is responsible for overseeing all facets of the rapidly growing premium network including expanding its slate of original programming, growing distribution and leading creative and marketing efforts. In his first six months, Wright worked with the team to increase the network’s overall distribution by nearly 50% and tripled the amount of original programming available to EPIX subscribers. Under his leadership, EPIX announced new original series The Godfather of Harlem starring and produced by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, DC origin story Pennyworth from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, spy-thriller Deep State and a new version of the seminal competition series The Contender from EP Mark Burnett, along with Season 2 of critically-acclaimed dark comedy Get Shorty and Season 3 of renowned CIA drama Berlin Station.

    Moderator: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

    Michael Wright
    PresidentEPIX
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 16:40 - 17:30
    Streaming Hall 1 Session (Hall 2 - Kings Place)

    Streaming Hall 1 Session

  • 17:25 - 17:30
    International Drama Summit Wrap (Hall 1 - Kings Place)

    International Drama Summit Wrap

  • 17:30 - 20:00
    Drama Summit Closing Cocktail (Battlebridge Room - Kings Place) Sponsored by Series Mania

    Drama Summit Closing Cocktail (Battlebridge Room - Kings Place) Sponsored by Series Mania