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Monday 26 November

  • 05:00 PM

    Registration and all3media international opening night cocktail (Kings Place)

  • 06:30 PM
    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 producer
    Mrs Wilson
    Ruth Kenley-Letts
    Executive producer
    Mrs Wilson
  • 07:30 PM

    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.

Tuesday 27 November

  • 08:00 AM

    Registration (Kings Place only) and continental breakfast

  • 09:00 AM
    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
    Writer
    The Secret World of Danny Rizik
    Alice Burden
    Writer
    On Solstice Hill
    Carolyn Kras
    Writer
    The Second City
    Phil Mulryne
    Writer
    Switches
    Jan Smith
    Writer
    Parasomnia
  • 10:00 AM
    Hall 1 - Kings Place

    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 fiction
    RTL
    David Engels
    Belgian ancient historian
    Steve Stark
    President, television production & development
    Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios
    Katie O'Connell Marsh
    CEO
    Platform One Media
    Faith Penhale
    CEO and creative director
    Lookout Point
    Simon Cornwell
    Co-CEO
    The Ink Factory
    Moderator David Jenkinson
    Editor-in-chief and managing director
    C21 Media
  • 10:00 AM
    Hall 2 - Kings Place

    Streaming Hall 1 Session

  • 10:00 AM
    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 affairs
    Movistar+
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 10:30 AM
    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 AM
    Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel

    NETWORKING BREAK

  • 11:30 AM
    Hall 1 - Kings Place

    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 insight
    Eurodata TV Worldwide
    Paul Youngbluth
    Joint managing director
    TAPE Consultancy Ltd
    Courtney Williams
    European regional director
    Parrot Analytics
    Adam Cunningham
    Chief digital officer
    Allied Global Marketing
    Moderator David Jenkinson
    Editor-in-chief and managing director
    C21 Media
  • 11:30 AM
    Hall 2 - Kings Place

    Streaming Hall 1 Session

  • 11:30 AM
    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 production
    HBO Europe
    Hanne Palmquist
    Commissioning editor and VP, original programming
    HBO Nordic
    Miguel Salvat
    Commissioning editor of original programming
    HBO España
    Izabela Łopuch
    Head of original production
    HBO Poland
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 12:15 PM
    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
    Writer
    Success
    Steve Matthews
    VP and executive producer, drama development
    HBO Europe
    Ana Balentovic
    Development executive
    HBO Adria
    Nebojša Taraba
    Producer and partner
    Drugi Plan
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 01:00 PM

    NETWORKING LUNCH (Across both venues)

  • 01:30 PM

    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

     

     

     

  • 01:30 PM
    Hall 2 - Kings Place

    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.

     

  • 03:00 PM
    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, producer
    Endor Productions
    James Richardson
    Co-founder
    Vertigo Films
    Faye Ward
    Creative director
    Fable Pictures
    Claire Mundell
    Founder and creative director
    Synchronicity Films
    Kevin Comer
    Co-founder
    Psychonaut
    Moderator Steven Adams
    Partner and head of management division
    Buffalo 8 Productions
  • 03:00 PM
    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 Producer
    NL Film & TV BV
    Kaja Wolffers
    Producer
    NL Film & TV BV
    Roope Lehtinen
    Executive Producer
    Fire Monkey
    Mia Ylönen
    Head Writer
    Fire Monkey
    Helen Perquy
    Executive producer
    jonnydepony
    Emmanuelle Bouilhaguet
    Managing Director
    Lagardère Studios Distribution
    Melanie Stokes
    Managing director
    Kindle Entertainment
    Mette Heeno
    Creator and scriptwriter
    Happy Ending Film
    Mie Andreasen
    Producer
    John David Coles
    Producer
    Talking Wall Pictures
    Michael Nakan
    Founding partner
    Clipper Media Capital
    Thierry Cassuto
    Founder & executive producer
    Both Worlds
  • 03:00 PM
    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, producer
    New Voyage Productions
    Moderator Adrian Wootton
    Chief executive
    Film London
  • 03:30 PM
    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 executive
    Film London
  • 04:00 PM
    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
    Writer
    Hanna
    Sarah Adina-Smith
    Director
    Hanna
    Andrew Woodhead
    MD, Working Title Television
    Executive producer, Hanna
    Tom Coan
    Executive producer
    NBCU
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 04:00 PM
    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, director
    Shadowplay
    Rola Bauer
    Managing director
    StudioCanal TV
    David Davoli
    Senior vice president
    Bron Studios
    Dr Simone Emmelius
    Senior vice president
    ZDF Feature Films
    Fredrik Ljungberg
    Program director Viaplay & Viasat nordic
    Viaplay
    Moderator Jimmy Akingbola
    Actor and co-founder
    Triforce Creative Network
  • 04:45 PM
    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
    CEO
    EbonyLife Media
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 04:45 PM
    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
    Creator
    Tabula Rasa
    Indra Siera
    Director
    Professor T
    Ricus Jansegers
    TV programming director
    Medialaan
    Elly Vervloet
    International drama executive
    VRT
    Marike Muselaers
    Co-CEO
    Lumiere
    Moderator Walter Iuzzolino
    Co-founder and curator
    Walter Presents
  • 05:00 PM
    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 producer
    Mammoth Screen
    Peter Bowker
    Writer
    World on Fire
    Helen Ziegler
    Executive producer
    Mammoth Screen
    Bea Hegedus
    VP global content, scripted
    ITV Studios Global Entertainment
    Moderator Jimmy Akingbola
    Actor and co-founder
    Triforce Creative Network
  • 05:30 PM
    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
  • 06:30 PM

    NETWORKING COCKTAIL (Music Foyer - Kings Place)

  • 08:00 PM
    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 editor
    BBC Drama
    Katie O'Connell Marsh
    CEO
    Platform One Media
    Kelly Edwards
    SVP talent development
    HBO

Wednesday 28 November

  • 08:00 AM

    Continental breakfast (Across both venues)

  • 09:00 AM
    Hall 1 - Kings Place

    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 content
    DRG and Atrium TV
    Julian Dexter
    Head of commercial affairs
    Sky original content
    Jane Moore
    CEO
    Vertigo Films
    Will Harrison
    Managing director
    Ingenious Media
    Antony Beaudoin
    Managing director
    Union Bank of California
    Moderator David Quli
    Partner and co-head
    Wiggin's Film & TV group
  • 09:00 AM
    Hall 2 - Kings Place

    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
    CEO
    Tomorrow Studios
    Alon Aranya
    Writer, producer
    Paper Plane Productions
    Matt Creasey
    Executive VP, distribution
    Endemol Shine International
    Klaus Zimmerman
    General manager
    Dynamic Television
    Moderator Michael Pickard
    Editor
    Drama Quarterly
  • 09:00 AM
    Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel

    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 scripted
    UKTV
    Karni Ziv
    Head of drama and comedy
    Keshet
    Sened Dhab
    Head of digital drama
    FranceTV
    Moderator Carrie Stein
    EVP, global scripted series
    Kew Media
  • 10:00 AM
    Hall 1 - Kings Place

    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
    Partner
    CAA
    Lorenzo De Maio
    Partner
    Endeavor Content
    Dan Erlij
    Partner
    United Talent Agency
    Josh Varney
    Co-founder
    42
    Fabian Haslob
    Agent
    Players Agency
    Justin Thomson
    Executive producer
    DoveTale Media
    Moderator Jeremy Gawade
    Partner
    Lee and Thompson
  • 10:00 AM
    Hall 2 - Kings Place

    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
    Director
    Watership Down
    Rory Aitkin
    Co-founder
    42
    Tom Bidwell
    Writer
    Watership Down
    Larry Tanz
    Vice president, global television
    Netflix
    Moderator Michael Pickard
    Editor
    Drama Quarterly
  • 10:00 AM
    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 drama
    BBC
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 10:30 AM
    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 networks
    Starz
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 11:00 AM

    NETWORKING BREAK (Across both venues)

  • 11:30 AM
    Hall 1 - Kings Place

    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 & movies
    YouTube Originals
    Mika Watkins

    Creator, writer, EP
    Origin
    Rob Bullock
    Executive producer
    Left Bank Pictures
    Andy Harries
    CEO
    Left Bank Pictures
    Moderator Melanie Stokes
    Managing director
    Kindle Entertainment
  • 11:30 AM
    Hall 2 - Kings Place

    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 producer
    Industrial Light and Magic
    Richard Scott
    CEO, co-founder
    Axis Studios
    Dan May
    Co-founder
    Painting Practice
    Michelle Martin
    Head of television
    Framestore
    Moderator Anna Allgrove
    Creative PR and marketing consultant
    Pole Star PR
  • 11:30 AM
    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

  • 12:00 PM
    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 producer
    Honour
    Nicola Söderlund
    Managing partner
    Eccho Rights
    Fredrik Ljungberg
    Program director Viaplay & Viasat nordic
    Viaplay
    Alexandra Rapaport
    Executive producer
    Honour
    Julia Dufvenius
    Executive producer, co-creator and actor
    Honour
    Anja Lundqvist
    Executive producer, co-creator and actor
    Honour
    Eva Röse
    Actor
    Honour
    Moderator Michael Pickard
    Editor
    Drama Quarterly
  • 12:15 PM
    Hall 1 - Kings Place

    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-president
    Blumhouse Television
    Jeremy Gold
    Co-president
    Blumhouse Television
    Moderator Melanie Stokes
    Managing director
    Kindle Entertainment
  • 12:15 PM
    Hall 2 - Kings Place

    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 drama
    Studio Lambert
    Marc Zicree
    Showrunner
    Brian Minchin
    Executive producer
    Hartswood West
    John Giwa-Amu
    Producer
    Red and Black Films
    Nick Betts
    Director scripted production
    BBC Studios
    Moderator Steven Adams
    Partner and head of management division
    Buffalo 8 Productions
  • 01:00 PM

    NETWORKING LUNCH (Across both venues)

  • 01:30 PM

    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.

     

  • 01:30 PM

    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 Division
    KBS
    Park Jae-bum
    Chief producer, global drama co-production team
    MBC
    Seo Jang-ho
    General manager, Global Content Division
    CJ ENM
  • 01:30 PM
    Hall 2 - Kings Place

    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.

     

  • 03:00 PM
    Hall 1 - Kings Place

    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-founder
    Little Dot Studios
    Jesse Cleverly
    Creative director
    Wildseed Studios
    Robert Delamere
    Creative director
    Storyglass
    Moderator David Jenkinson
    Editor-in-chief and managing director
    C21 Media
  • 03:00 PM
    Hall 2 - Kings Place

    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
    CEO
    EbonyLife Media
    Yolisa Phahle
    CEO, General Entertainment
    MultiChoice
    Kristin Jones
    EVP of international programming
    AMC and Sundance TV
    Cécile Gérardin
    Head of drama
    Canal+ International
    Sarah Doole
    Director of global drama
    Fremantle
    Moderator Tendeka Matatu
    CEO and producer
    Ten 10 Films
  • 03:00 PM
    Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel

    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 & writer
    Balloon Entertainment
    Steve November
    Creative director, UK television
    Lionsgate
    Jude Troy
    Director
    Wooden Horse Pty Ltd
    Tony Ayres
    Showrunner
    Tony Ayres Productions
    Moderator Michael Pickard
    Editor
    Drama Quarterly
  • 03:50 PM
    Hall 1 - Kings Place

    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
    Screenwriter
    State of the Union
    Stephen Frears
    Director
    State of the Union
    Kristin Jones
    EVP of international programming
    AMC and Sundance TV
    Hakan Kousetta
    COO television
    See-Saw Films
    Jamie Laurenson
    Head of television
    See-Saw Films
    Arvand Khosravi
    Senior associate
    Endeavor Content
    Moderator David Jenkinson
    Editor-in-chief and managing director
    C21 Media
  • 03:50 PM
    Hall 2 - Kings Place

    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 Entertainment
    MultiChoice
    Angus Gibson
    Co-producer, co-creator
    Shaka
    Teboho Mahlatsi
    Co-producer, co-creator
    Shaka
    Alexandre Rideau
    Producer
    Sakho and Mangane
    Jean Luc Herbulot
    Director, Showrunner
    Sakho and Mangane
    Nimrod Geva
    Head of development
    Quizzical Pictures
    Alex Fraser
    SVP of acquisition
    Red Arrow Studios International
    Moderator Tendeka Matatu
    CEO and producer
    Ten 10 Films
  • 03:50 PM
    Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel

    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
    Writer
    Years and Years
    Michael Wright
    President
    EPIX
    Bruno Heller
    Showrunner
    Pennyworth
    Kyle MacLachlan
    Actor
    Atlantic Crossing
    Silje Hopland Eik
    Founder
    Cinenord
    Justus Riesenkampff
    Sales & acquisitions nordics & benelux
    Beta Film
    Alexander Eik
    director
    Atlantic Crossing
    Moderator Jimmy Akingbola
    Actor and co-founder
    Triforce Creative Network
  • 04:50 PM
    Hall 1 - Kings Place

    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 originals
    Netflix
    Moderator David Jenkinson
    Editor-in-chief and managing director
    C21 Media
  • 04:50 PM
    Hall 2 - Kings Place

    Streaming Hall 1 Session

  • 04:50 PM
    Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel

    Streaming Hall 1 Session

  • 05:30 PM

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

  • 06:00 PM
    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).

     

  • 07:00 PM

    ZDF Enterprises Cocktail Reception (Music Foyer - Kings Place)

  • 07:30 PM

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

  • 09:00 PM

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

Thursday 29 November

  • 08:00 AM

    Continental breakfast (Across both venues)

  • 09:00 AM
    Hall 1 - Kings Place

    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 director
    Synchronicity Films
    James Carroll
    Broadcast and brand licensing agent
    Northbank Talent Management
    Hannah Griffiths
    Head of literary acquisitions
    All3Media
    Moderator Richard Kilgarriff
    Editorial director and founder
    Bookomi
  • 09:00 AM
    Hall 2 - Kings Place

    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 producer
    Sister Pictures
    Alex Moody
    Commissioning editor, comedy
    BBC
    Paul Abbott
    Writer
    Abbott Vision
    Tilusha Ghelani
    Commissioning editor
    Sky Television
    Olivia Wingate
    Co-president
    Mo Studios
    Moderator Amy Annette
    Comedian and producer
  • 09:00 AM
    Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel

    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, Showrunner
    The Rookie
    Adi Hasak
    Showrunner
    Mika Watkins

    Creator, writer, EP
    Origin
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 10:00 AM
    Hall 1 - Kings Place

    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 of
    Wattpad Studios
    Moderator Richard Kilgarriff
    Editorial director and founder
    Bookomi
  • 10:00 AM
    Hall 2 - Kings Place

    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, producer
    Viafilm
    Vidar Magnussen
    Creator
    Magnus
    Christina Rezk
    Head of comedy
    NRK
    Pete Thornton
    Head of scripted
    UKTV
    Mark Talbot
    Head of comedy development
    Hat Trick Productions
    Moderator Jimmy Akingbola
    Actor and co-founder
    Triforce Creative Network
  • 10:00 AM
    Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel

    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 development
    HBO
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 11:00 AM

    NETWORKING BREAK (Across both venues)

  • 11:30 AM
    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 licensing
    Paramount Pictures Corporation
    Peter Emerson
    President
    Cineflix Media
    Sebastian Burkhardt
    Managing director, global content
    Keshet International
    Prentiss Fraser
    EVP and MD content distribution
    Fox Networks Group
    Moderator Melanie Stokes
    Managing director
    Kindle Entertainment
  • 11:30 AM
    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 EMEA
    Endemol Shine Group
    Eleonora Andreatta
    Director
    Rai Fiction
    Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein
    Founder and head of international
    ADD Content
    Jörg Winger
    Executive producer
    UFA
    Moritz von Kruedener
    Managing director
    Beta Film
    Caroline Torrance
    Head of scripted
    Banijay Rights
    Moritz Polter
    Executive producer international television series
    Bavaria Fiction
    Emmanuelle Guilbart
    Joint-CEO and founder
    About Premium Content
    Moderator Carrie Stein
    EVP, global scripted series
    Kew Media
  • 11:30 AM
    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 producer
    Make It Happen Studio
    Jaimie D'Cruz
    Creative director
    Acme Films
    Sebastian Thiel
    Director, writer, producer
    Moderator Holly Hines
    SVP of content
    Dynamic Television
  • 12:15 PM
    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 & television
    eOne
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 12:30 PM
    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
    CEO
    Agatha Christie Ltd
    Sarah Phelps
    Writer and EP
    The ABC Murders
    Damien Timmer
    Executive producer
    Mammoth Screen
    Elizabeth Kilgarriff
    Senior commissioning editor
    BBC Drama
    Moderator Michael Pickard
    Editor
    Drama Quarterly
  • 01:00 PM

    NETWORKING LUNCH (Across both venues)

  • 01:30 PM
    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.

  • 03:00 PM
    Hall 1 - Kings Place

    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 president
    ZDF Feature Films
    Eleonora Andreatta
    Director
    Rai Fiction
    Nathalie Biancolli
    SVP director of international fiction
    France Télévisions
    Moderator Ben Keen
    Analyst and advisor
  • 03:00 PM
    Hall 2 - Kings Place

    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 acquisition
    Amazon Prime Video Spain
    Gonzalo Sagardía
    CEO
    Onza Entertainment
    Nacho Manubens
    Head of contents
    Atresmedia Studios
    Cristina Pons
    Screenwriter
    Little Coincidences
    Moderator Irene Jiménez
    Spanish correspondent
    C21 Media
  • 03:50 PM
    Hall 1 - Kings Place

    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 originals
    Amazon Studios
    Moderator Ben Keen
    Analyst and advisor
  • 03:50 PM
    Hall 2 - Kings Place

    Streaming Hall 1 Session

  • 04:40 PM
    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
    President
    EPIX
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 04:40 PM
    Hall 2 - Kings Place

    Streaming Hall 1 Session

  • 05:25 PM
    Hall 1 - Kings Place

    International Drama Summit Wrap

  • 05:30 PM

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