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AT-A-GLANCE AGENDA

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DETAILED SESSIONS AGENDA

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MY AGENDA

  • 17:00
    Registration and all3media international opening night cocktail (Kings Place)
    ENDS 19:00

    Registration and all3media international opening night cocktail

  • 18:30
    Sponsored screening - White House Farm (all3media international) (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 19:30

    Sponsored screening - White House Farm (all3media international)

    An infamous true crime story

    Over thirty years ago, three generations of one family were murdered at their isolated farm. Initial evidence pointed the finger at the daughter of the family who had a history of mental illness, however one detective refused to accept this and delved deeper into the investigation. His determination uncovered new evidence that shed suspicion on the only surviving member of the immediate family, the son, who was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment. This is a dramatised true crime story based on extensive research, interviews and published accounts, looking at the mystery behind what happened that fateful day, only made more contentious as the son still protests his innocence to this day.

    New Pictures for ITV, UK in association with all3media international
    Duration: 6 x 60 mins


    Q & A with key cast and executives
    Writer: Kris Mrksa (Requiem)
    Director: Paul Whittington (Hatton Garden, The Crown)
    Executive Producers: Willow Grylls, Charlie Pattinson, Elaine Pyke, Kris Mrksa

    Cast:
    Jeremy: Freddie Fox (Year of the Rabbit, Cucumber)
    Taff: Stephen Graham (The Virtues, Line of Duty)
    Stan: Mark Addy (New Blood, Game of Thrones)
    Ann: Gemma Whelan (The Crown, Game of Thrones)
    Colin: Mark Stanley (Game of Thrones, Love, Lies and Records)
    Sheila: Cressida Bonas (Doctor Thorne, The Bye Bye Man)

  • 19:30
    International Reception & Party (St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 22:00

    International Reception & Party

  • 08:00
    Registration (Kings Place only) and continental breakfast (served at both venues) (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 09:00

    Registration (Kings Place only) and continental breakfast (served at both venues)

    Registration will be open 8am-4pm.

  • 09:00
    NEW VOICES: C21 Drama Series Script Competition (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 10:00

    NEW VOICES: C21 Drama Series Script Competition

    The annual C21 Drama Series Script Competition, coproduced between C21, Script Angel, Studio21 and WritersRoom. Six finalists pitch their projects to a panel of international drama executives to win the $15,000 option from Studio21.
    Projects and finalists to be announced.
    Moderated by: Ruth Palmer, head of event programming, C21 Media

    Moderator Ruth Palmer
    Head of event programmingC21Media
  • 10:00
    NEW VOICES: Shorts2Series (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 11:00

    NEW VOICES: Shorts2Series

    Content London showcases eight award-winning short films that are perfectly positioned to be made into TV series. Creators will be on hand to share their visions of how these fantastic projects could develop, and with rights available this is one not to miss if you are looking for the best new voices from the world of shorts to partner with.
    Produced in association with Hollyshorts.
    Moderated by: David Jenkinson, editor-in-chief and managing director, C21 Media

    Moderator David Jenkinson
    Editor-in-chief and managing directorC21Media
    10:00
    Drama Series Pitch (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 13:00

    Drama Series Pitch

    The Drama Series Pitch showcases 15 of the most exciting development projects from the professional community that are looking for partners to take them to the next level. Each of the projects will present a 10-minute pitch with the winner receiving a marketing package through C21Media worth £30,000.

    The Drama Series Pitch is back for a 3rd year at Content London. From over 100 submissions, 15 projects have been selected to pitch for the first time to the international drama business.
    Moderator: Jamie Mustard, author, The Iconist & Jimmy Akingbola, actor and co-founder, TriForce Creative Network

    Judges:
    Nadine Nohr, acquisitions consultant, Huanxi Media
    Meghan Lyvers, SVP, co-production and development, CBS Studios International
    Rola Bauer, managing director, Studio Canal TV
    Philipp Steffens, head of fiction, RTL Television
    Gina Marcheschi, head of scripted television, VICE STUDIOS

    The fifteen shows selected to pitch are:

    Alive: The Mystery of MOAG Station
    Film UA (Ukraine)

    Some time in the future, after the humanity had to abandon Earth, kids are being raised by AI on a spaceship floating in the depths of the universe. There are no adults around, as they are supposed to be on the upper deck running the ship. The teens eagerly wait till they turn 15 as they then take exams – a rite of passage of sorts – based on which they are allocated their place in the adult society. Except that it turns out there are no adults on the upper deck – everyone over fifteen just gets killed by the main computer. Children of the Underground – a group of teenagers, who managed to survive, have to fight for their lives and for the lives of all the other children on the station. What happened to the adults? Why are some portions of the spaceship sealed off? Are robots and AI the enemy they think them to be? Or is there something bigger and more sinister going on? This is a story of a group of brave teens coming of age and finding what it means to be ALIVE in a world that is nothing like they thought it to be.
    Speakers: Kateryna Vyshnevska, Head of Development and Co-productions and Producer, FILM.UA Group
    Elena Malkova, Producer, FILM.UA Group

    Beyond Nature
    Gutsy Animations (Finland)

    Beyond Nature is a psychological thriller in six episodes. It reveals what happens to a person when the mind shatters, our link to nature is severed and ego takes over. Genre: psychological thriller Length: 6 x 50 minutes Language: English / Finnish When a young and successful visual artist Stella returns from London to her roots in Finland, her life changes completely. Dark childhood memories, Finnish mythology and disturbing visions of horror intertwine and result in works of art that seem to carry a curse and cause a series of dark incidents. Stella’s mind is shaken, and she starts to believe that she has caused the events. But are they caused by Stella’s dangerous art that has come to life, her shattered mind, or is there a murderer who is using Stella to further their own ends?
    Speakers: Paavo Westerberg, Cinema Director
    Marika Makaroff, CEO, Gutsy Animations

    Borderline
    Ochre Moving Pictures (South Africa) and About Premium Content (France)

    Daniel, an American lawyer who’s built a new life in South Africa, feels guilty about Jessica, his ailing wife who he feels he broke. Desperately looking for ways to pay for her expensive treatment, Daniel crosses legal line after moral line in his job. It all finally catches up with him when he finds himself at the centre of an embezzlement scandal. Disbarred, in debt and in serious physical danger, he has no choice but to flee Johannesburg to the Eastern Tripoint Border, a hot bed of international smuggling, to hide on Jessica’s family game farm, their last remaining asset. In dire need of money and with his back against the wall, Daniel becomes a smuggler and teams up with Jessica’s childhood friend Laylani, an ambitious ex-game ranger who will guide him through this dangerous and unpredictable world in exchange for ownership of his ancestral land, located on Jessica’s farm. A dysfunctional crime family is born. Borderline is an adventure fuelled and layered human drama that shines a new light on modern-day South Africa, revealing its many racial, social and environmental complexities.
    Speakers: Erik Durbin, Lead Writer
    Robbie Thorpe, Creator & Writer

    Dark Hearts
    ZDF Enterprises (Germany), Mnet (South Africa) and Quizzical (South Africa)

    Edie, an investigative journalist, is stunned by the brutal murder of her estranged brother.
    She is quickly drawn into the nightmarish aftermath when she’s reunited with her orphaned teenage niece and nephew. But then the two become suspects of the unimaginable crime themselves. The supposed motive? A huge inheritance.

    Edie determines to find the real killer, digging deep into the contradictory world of post-Apartheid South Africa. In the leafy suburbs white privilege continues untouched while gang violence ravages desperately poor neighbourhoods. Edie follows elusive clues across these apparently impassable divides.
    Meanwhile, she grapples with her own sense of guilt: she gave up her boy to be raised by her brother as his own. She is also at loggerheads with Detective Forty, who is fighting his own battle for justice in a crumbling police service. Suspects slowly emerge: the beloved housekeeper who was ‘part of the family’. A deranged high school student who was infatuated with the mom. A drug-addled hired killer from the badlands. But in the end it is a secret closer to home that holds the key.
    The story dissects a tight community, structured around a very personal journey, in the vein of Big Little Lies or Sharp Objects. Dark Hearts is at once a gripping mystery, a complex family drama and a searing indictment of a country struggling to redeem itself from the sins of the past.
    Speakers: Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Head Writer
    Nimrod Geva, head of development, Quizzical Pictures

    Extravagance
    AT-Prod (Belgium) and Zeitsprung Pictures (Germany)

    In 2008, a global financial crisis is shaking the markets. It was impossible to predict the crisis that struck without warning. But was it really? A look in the history books would have been enough to learn from the first world stock market crash, the first financial crisis and the fate of a particular man: John Law – The Man Who Turned Gold into Paper The series tells in 8 episodes the true story of the visionary Scotsman John Law, the first man in Europe to introduce paper bank notes and founder of the first stock company in France. He became immensely wealthy before going bankrupt. “John Law” is a financial thriller, a love story, an historical drama, and a lesson on greed, power, and going beyond limits. What Law has created has never existed before, and by the time he finally realizes the dangers of the project, he has lost control of it. It’s already too late. Extravagance brings together historical facts and characters in a breathless race dictated by the ever rising, the ever faster, the ever further. It shows characters who lose control over events they themselves provoked. Desperate, they try to lay rails that are immediately in danger of being knocked down by a train.
    Speakers: Till Derenbach, CEO and Producer, Zeitsprung Pictures
    Arnauld de Battice, Producer

    Ice
    Frontier Film, Viaplay and REinvent Studios International Sales (Denmark)

    When the Arctic sky opens, obliterating an Inuit hunter in a bloody explosion, sole witness and cold war veteran, Viggo Lundsten realizes that everything he has believed in and fought for in his entire life, may have been a mere castle in the ice.
    And now that ice is melting..
    ICE is a thrilling action drama set and shot in Ilulissat, Greenland. When an old cold-war vet is wrongly accused of his friend’s mysterious murder, he launches an investigation together with his son and a talented young ice-core scientist to clear his name. However, the group quickly learns that much greater and more cynical powers are at work than they could ever imagine. Their investigation is no longer a question of finding the truth, but a matter of life and death. In a flurry of drones, AI weapons, deceit, politics, and ice-cold action, ICE tells a story about the expendable individual, about collateral damage and the great political play for the Arctic.
    Speakers: Thorkil Lodahl: Producer and Director
    Martin Miehe-Renard: Writer, director, producer, actor, singer-songwriter and musician

    Meat Market
    Unstoppable Film and TV (UK)

    Meat Market is a drama series with huge international potential looking for commission. The series takes us on a thrilling ride through the world of modelling as we follow Jana Novak, a 16-year-old girl of Polish descent and from a South London council estate, as she starts her career and eventually hits the big time as a model. The series of hour-long episodes will follow awkward, yet witty, Jana after she is scouted by a top modelling agency and is plunged into the frenetic world of fashion. Set to take the YA generation by storm, Meat Market is a gripping expose and triumphant story tackling huge contemporary themes such as the hyper-sexualization of girls and discovering the power of your voice in the age of #MeToo and #TimesUp. From an almost monosyllabic schoolgirl, Jana becomes a young woman who, in the final episode of the series, makes a brave decision that will shape the rest of her life…
    Speakers: Jason Maza, actor/producer
    Noel Clarke, actor, screenwriter, director, producer and comic book author.

    My Lionheart
    Kindle Entertainment (UK)

    My Lionheart is a 4x 60’ thriller. When far-right terrorists hijack a bus full of six-year-olds, teenage driver, Kamila, becomes drawn into a dark and twisted bond with white supremacist, Mark, as she battles to protect the children. Adapted from the YA classic After the First Death by BAFTA-winning Tahsin Guner, My Lionheart is a twisted love story played out against today’s violent and dangerous times.
    This is a tense and adrenalized ride. There are no easy villains here. There are shades of grey. There is ambiguity. There is bleakness. But in Kamila’s bravery, in her willingness to reach out to the enemy, there is also hope.
    Speakers: Tahsin Guner, Writer
    Emma Stuart, Executive Producer, Kindle Entertainment

    Nokia
    Rabbit Films (Finland)

    Year 1988. NOKIA invests in mobile phones to spearhead international expansion. Freshly out of law school, Katarina Tammi and Aki Makkonen get their first jobs forming the core of NOKIA’s new legal team. When NOKIA launches their newest phone, the market-leading Motorola smells NOKIA’s potential and sues the company in a patent court. Just before Christmas NOKIA’s CEO commits suicide. At a time when the destiny of the whole company is at stake, NOKIA suffers from catastrophic leadership vacuum. Katarina and Aki, the newbies, are left to survive on their own. Due to lack of cash, NOKIA panicks and cuts its investments into new mobile technology development. A young gifted engineer Salminen is furious and decides to continue his development work secretly at nights. Katarina and Aki travel under enormous pressure to the United States to defend NOKIA and the only help they receive is engineer Salminen, who joins them in Washington. Season one ends with a grand finale: Salminen helps the gladiator-like Aki and Katarina save Nokia with a last-minute revelation. And due to his secret work Nokia wins the race to make the first GSM call in the world in the summer of 1991.
    Speakers: Minna Haapkylä, Head of Scripted Content, Rabbit Film
    Olli Suominen, CEO, Rabbit Film

    Shades
    Bomb (South Africa)

    Based on Marguerite Poland’s bestselling novel, “Shades” is an epic romance set on the tumultuous eve of the Anglo-Boer War.
    It is 1899 when Walter Bromley, a young priest fresh from England, travels across the magnificent but daunting vastness of the Eastern Cape to St Matthias Mission where Christianity chafes against traditional Xhosa beliefs. He is instantly entranced by the lovely and wilful Frances Farborough, daughter of the priest under whom he is to serve – but she is promised to another.
    Frances and her brother Crispin have grown up with Benedict Matiwane, a Xhosa orphan taken in by the mission. They are inseparable friends, but Benedict is caught between two worlds, the mission and the surrounding community who revere the shades (ancestors). When Benedict falls in love with beautiful Nomakwezi Pumani, her family reject him, this boy of no ancestry – and then an act of heinous racism rebaptizes him as an activist.
    As Walter enters their world their lives are all about to implode. A series of tragic clashes – of different Gods, colonial wars, dispossession, natural disasters and the beginning of gold mining with its voracious hunger for labour – reverberate into our characters’ lives whilst they grapple with forbidden love, betrayal, rebellion and the weight of guilty consciences.
    Speakers: Angus Gibson, Producer and director, Bomb Productions
    Pat van Heerden, Creative producer, Bomb Productions

    Signals
    SagaFilm (Iceland)

    Bombs explode in the middle of the night. People are shot in broad daylight. Simultaneously Iceland is the target of cyber-attacks by an unknown extremist group. The police detective MAGNEA (37 years old) finds it hard to concentrate on the investigation; she has left her husband for many years to start living with a younger woman, SALKA (31 years old).
    Salka is offered a job at an independent media company. Her beat is culture-journalism, but she intends to work her way into the hard news. She is tempted to go under the radar to get a real scoop. Not only does Magnea have to fight homophobia at work but also accusations that she is leaking information to the media – through her girlfriend.
    Magnea and Salka cannot discuss work, if their relationship is supposed to work out. They both investigate the same case in different ways – without being able to compare their information. The intensity of the cyber-attacks increases. Daily life becomes difficult. The banking system is injured, the telephone companies are attacked – and eventually the country’s connection to the internet closes down. The society is close to collapse.
    Speakers: Kjartan Thor Thordarson, Executive producer and co-owner, SagaFilm
    Óskar Jónasson, Director and writer

    The Aviatrix
    Aquarius Film (Australia) and Apogee Pictures (UK)

    Based on a remarkable true story, THE AVIATRIX explores the fascinating life of Jessie Miller, a Melbourne housewife who in 1927 meets RAF pilot Bill Lancaster who’s planning to set the world record by flying from England to Australia. She asks if she can accompany him: he agrees. They embark upon one of the most dangerous flights ever undertaken and travel across the world together. After been shot at over Libya, surviving a crash in the Sumatran jungle, and narrowly avoiding an emergency landing in the shark-infested Persian Gulf, they finally arrive in Australia a global sensation, and secret lovers. Lured to Hollywood by the promise of a film career, they soon become part of the Golden Era of Aviation and are riding the wave of fame and fortune when the Great Depression hits. Down on their luck, they become embroiled in a fatal love triangle that ends in murder. The celebrity trial of the decade begins: with Bill facing the electric chair, Jessie must sacrifice herself to get him acquitted. Bill goes missing shortly after, and it’s only thirty years later, when his diaries are found next to his mummified body, that Jessie finally discovers the devastating truth.
    Speakers: Jo Monk, Producer and founder, Apogee Pictures (UK)

    The Death of a Mermaid
    Mastiff Denmark (Denmark)

    Behind every fairytale, there is a nightmare Based on the book ’The Death of a Mermaid’ by best-selling authors Rydahl & Kazinski. Copenhagen 1834. He is young, penniless and a complete fiasco. Yet he has dreamt of becoming world-famous his entire life. But all dreams crashes when the 29-year-old Hans Christian Andersen finds himself accused of a gruesome murder he didn’t commit. Only if he finds the real killer can he avoid a death sentence. With help from Molly, a prostitute, and a little girl, the hunt for the killer leads him into the filthy underworld of Copenhagen and later to the Royal Family. When Hans Christian and Molly sneaks into the masquerades at the castle, they find the sad and horrifying truth about more gruesome murders. It is a tale of broken hearts at a time when the love between two men was utter taboo. It is a tale of a man who has attempted sex change and committed murder in the name of love. While unraveling the crime Hans Christian has to face his deepest fears and finds himself as a human and an artist. The sad tale of changing yourself for love becomes the inspiration for his first fairy tale, The Little Mermaid.
    Speakers: Mia Marie Borup, Producer, Mastiff,
    Anders Rønnow Klarlund, Author and screenwriter

    The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
    Ginger Ink. Films Africa (Kenya)/One Fine Day Films (Germany)

    When do we belong?
    Vikram Lall, the Kenyan-born grandchild of an Indian railway engineer, lives in exile on the blank shores of Lake Ontario, Canada. One of “the most corrupt men in Africa, a cheat of monstrous and reptilian cunning,” he has fled the Kenya he loved, the Kenya he betrayed.
    1953. Kenya. The Mau Mau uprising & Kenya’s struggle for independence. Vik (8) and his sister Deepa (6), play outside their parents’ shop with their friends; Njoroge, the son of the gardener, and Bill and Annie Bruce, children of a white farmer.
    Amongst the adults, loyalties are tested, as power shifts from British to African hands. The Indians are left in-between, doubting their future, and each other. The Bruce family are murdered, and Vik, harbouring a secret that could ruin his family, begins a life of cold-hearted corruption, an expression of the otherness he feels. Even the assassination of his best friend Njoroge, does not push Vik to take a stand for anyone but himself.
    Based on the best-selling novel by M.G. Vassanji, spanning Canada, India and Kenya through the revolutionary 60’s, turbulent 70’s & 80’s, to present day, this universal tale is of how the experience that we don’t really belong, shapes the actions we take.
    Speakers: Ginger Wilson, Founder, Ginger Ink Films Africa
    Sarika Hemi Lakhani, Managing Partner, One Fine Day Films

    Tyin
    Ango Productions at Lagardère Studios (France)

    2004, Nice. Isabelle, Paul with their two kids Thomas and Eve, are a happy family of four. Until tragedy strikes: Paul and Eve disappear while on a hiking trip in Norway. Despite an intensive search, their bodies are never found.
    15 years later. Isabelle (49) and Thomas (31) have made a new life in Cassis, when Paul and Eve’s bodies are discovered frozen near Lake Tyin in Norway. Isabelle and Thomas thought they were dead, but it turns out Paul and Eve are actually alive.
    As soon as they get the news, Isabelle and Thomas head straight to Norway. But when they get there, they’re in for a shock: Not only are Paul and Eve alive after all these years, but they haven’t aged in the slightest. Paul is still 34, and Eve, 15. The same age they were in 2004.
    Speakers: Ivan Sadik, Producer, Lagardère Studios
    David Robert, Co-writer

    Kateryna Vyshnevska
    Head of development, co-productions and producerFILM.UA Group
    Elena Malkova
    ProducerFILM.UA Group
    Paavo Westerberg
    Cinema Director
    Marika Makaroff
    CEOGutsy Animations
    Erik Durbin
    Lead Writer, Borderline
    Robbie Thorpe
    Creator and writer, Borderline
    Darrel Bristow-Bovey
    Head writer, Dark Hearts
    Nimrod Geva
    Head of developmentQuizzical Pictures
    Till Derenbach
    CEO and producerZeitsprung Pictures
    Arnauld de Battice
    Producer, Extravagance
    Thorkil Lodahl
    Producer and director, Ice
    Martin Miehe-Renard
    Writer, director, producer, actor, singer-songwriter and musician
    Jason Maza
    Actor and producer
    Noel Clarke
    Actor, screenwriter, director, producer and comic book author
    Emma Stuart
    Executive producerKindle Entertainment
    Minna Haapkylä
    Head of scripted contentRabbit Film
    Olli Suominen
    CEORabbit Film
    Angus Gibson
    Producer and directorBomb Productions
    Pat van Heerden
    Creative producerBomb Productions
    Kjartan Thor Thordarson
    Executive producer and co-ownerSagaFilm
    Óskar Jónasson
    Director and writer
    Jo Monk
    Producer and founderApogee Pictures (UK)
    Anders Rønnow Klarlund
    Author and screenwriter
    Mia Marie Borup
    ProducerMastiff
    Ginger Wilson
    FounderGinger Ink Films Africa
    Sarika Hemi Lakhani
    Managing partnerOne Fine Day Films
    Ivan Sadik
    ProducerLagardère Studios
    David Robert
    Co-writerTyin
    Moderator Jamie Mustard
    AuthorThe Iconist
    Moderator Jimmy Akingbola
    Actor, producer and co-founderThe TriForce Creative Network
  • 11:00
    State of the Drama Nation (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 12:00

    State of the Drama Nation

    Leading drama executives set the scene for three days of intensive discussion and debate about the biggest current issues and opportunities and future trends facing the global scripted business. How are business models evolving? Who’s buying what? What are the threats, opportunities? In a world of constant change what does the next five years look like for the global scripted business, and what happens next?
    Further speakers to be announced.
    Moderated by: David Jenkinson, editor-in-chief and managing director, C21 Media

    Michael Wright
    PresidentEPIX
    Nina Lederman
    Executive vice president, global scripted developmentSony Pictures Television
    Sebastien Raybaud
    Founder and CEOAnton
    Lorenzo De Maio
    PartnerEndeavor Content
    Sofia Helin
    Actor and producer
    Gary Davey
    Chief Executive OfficerSky Studios
    Moderator David Jenkinson
    Editor-in-chief and managing directorC21Media
  • 12:00
    IN CONVERSATION: Stolen Picture (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 13:00

    IN CONVERSATION: Stolen Picture

    In this creative in conversation session actors and writers, Pegg and Frost and industry veteran Ketley will take us inside their London based production company Stolen Picture. We hear more about their move into production, what they are working on, who they are working with, how they balance their worlds of on and off screen and film and tv and how they are looking to work with the international business.
    Moderated by: Emma Smithwick, managing director, Rockfleet Productions

    Simon Pegg
    Co-founderStolen Picture
    Nick Frost
    Co-founderStolen Picture
    Miles Ketley
    CEOStolen Picture
    Moderator Emma Smithwick
    Managing directorRockfleet Productions
    12:00
    HOT PROPERTIES: Non English Language Drama (Hall 2- Kings Place)
    ENDS 13:00

    HOT PROPERTIES: Non English Language Drama

    This Hot Properties strand shines a light on three upcoming non english language dramas expected to have an impact on the international market over the next 18 months. We hear the stories of created, developed, packaged and sold from those closest to the project.
    This session features new projects: Reindeer Mafia, Freud and Rurik
    Moderated by: Walter Iuzzolino, chief creative officer, Walter Presents/Global Series

    Reindeer Mafia
    Reindeer Mafia is a story about the son of a reindeer lord in northernmost Lapland. He starts an outlaw snowmobile club in order to fight back against the tyrannical power of his father who rules the fells through corruption and blackmail. At stake is not just the control of the fells, but the future of nature and Lapland.
    Speakers: Liisa Penttila-Asikainen, Pete Eklund and Mika Kurvinen

    Freud
    Freud is a German-language Netflix Original coproduction with ORF, Satel Film and Bavaria Fiction. The series is directed by award-winning filmmaker Marvin Kren (4 Blocks), who also wrote the scripts together with Stefan Brunner (Tatort), and Benjamin Hessler (4 Blocks). Heinrich Ambrosch (A Fortunate Man) at Satel Film, Moritz Polter (Das Boot) of Bavaria Fiction and Marvin Kren (4 Blocks) are executive producers. ZDF Enterprises handles international distribution.
    Blending a period setting with contemporary storytelling, Freud is a modern, mystery crime thriller series based on the life of the celebrated doctor. The extravagant Vienna of the 1890s, famous for its decadence and the dark underbelly of its high society, is the backdrop for mysterious murders and political intrigues in the eight 45-minute episodes.
    Following the world premiere on ORF, Freud will be available on Netflix in spring 2020. Freud is supported by Creative Europe Media, Filmfonds Wien, Fernsehfonds Austria and the Czech Film Fund.
    Speakers: Moritz Polter and Marvin Kren

    Rurik
    Billed as the most ambitious Russian language drama yet, Rurik is a dramatic and adventurous story of one of the greatest rulers of Ancient Rus, updated for the modern audiences and uniting the best onscreen and offscreen talent to come out of the region. Gloomy Middle Ages. Blood is being spilled everywhere. Rurik is growing up without a father in slavery and poverty, as the Vikings ravage the coast in the West, and a community of Slavic clans grows in the East, on the great trade route from Scandinavia to Greece. The clans need a leader who can unite them and make them stronger, and Rurik needs glory and power that will help him fight back against the offenders.
    Speakers: Kateryna Vyshnevska, Valeriy Fedorovich and Lily Sheroziya

    Liisa Penttilä-Asikainen
    ProducerReindeer Mafia
    Pete Eklund
    ProducerReindeer Mafia
    Mika Kurvien
    Director and screenwriterReindeer Mafia
    Marvin Kren
    Director, writer and executive producer Freud
    Moritz Polter
    Executive producer, international TV seriesBavaria Fiction
    Kateryna Vyshnevska
    Head of development, co-productions and producerFILM.UA Group
    Valeriy Fedorovich
    Director, TV-3, producer and headPREMIER Studios
    Lily Sheroziya
    Marketing directorTV-3 and PREMIER Studios
    Moderator Walter Iuzzolino
    Chief creative officerWalter Presents/Global Series Network
    12:00
    TERRITORIES: Coproducing with Russia (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 13:00

    TERRITORIES: Coproducing with Russia

    In a country that has a wealth of top talent and rich stories, and where audiences have traditionally favoured Hollywood productions, we look at the opportunity emerging with the fast growing home-grown streaming platforms. What are these local streamers looking to buy, produce and coproduce and who from? How can multi-faceted deals bring Russian and International producers together and who’s got the money?
    More speakers to follow.
    Moderated by: Ali May, writer, creator, presenter

    Olga Filipuk
    Chief content officerKinoPoisk HD
    Sofia Kvashilava
    Genral producer, Okko Ent. and CCORambler Group
    Moderator Ali May
    Writer, producer and creator
  • 13:00
    Networking Lunch (served at both venues) (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 15:00

    Networking Lunch (served at both venues)

  • 13:30
    Sponsored Screening - The Commons (Sony Pictures Television/ Playmaker) (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 14:30

    Sponsored Screening - The Commons (Sony Pictures Television/ Playmaker)

    In the near-future, a neuropsychologist and her family attempt to live a normal life in a world disrupted by climate change, limited resources, disparity between classes, disease, and cutting edge science/technology.

     

    Starring: Joanne Froggatt (Eadie Boulay), David Lyons (Lloyd Green), Ryan Corr (Shay Levine),
    and Rupert Penry-Jones (Dominic Boulay). 
    Executive Producers: David Taylor, David Maher, Graham Yost, Shelley Birse, Fred Golan.

    Panel: David Taylor, Playmaker MD and The Commons EP, David Maher, Playmaker MD and The Commons EP, Shelley Birse, Showrunner and Rupert Penry-Jones, Actor

    Moderator: Wayne Garvie, President, International Production, Sony Pictures Television

    13:30
    Sponsored Screening - Society Bites (Norwegian Drama Showcase) (Hall 2- Kings Place)
    ENDS 14:30

    Sponsored Screening - Society Bites (Norwegian Drama Showcase)

    Can drama series help us understand our Society better? In this session we will discuss a bundle of Norwegian drama series in which social awarness does not stand in the way for engaging a broad audience. Rather, these works constitute a trend in Norwegian drama that utilizes current societal themes in the making of compelling and captivating drama series.
Meet the people behind the brand new series: 22. July, Witch Hunt, Furia and Nudes and executives from NRK and NFI.

    Photo credit from the series: 22.July, Photo: NRK.


    Speakers:
    Ivar Køhn Head of Drama NRK
    Anna Bache-Wiig Creator WITCH HUNT
    Siv Rajendram Eliassen Creator WITCH HUNT
    Nina M. Barbosa Blad Producer NUDES
    Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen Creator FURIA
    Pål Sletaune Creator and Director 22. JULY
    Moderated by: Mona B. Riise Norwegian TV and Radio Host

    13:30
    Sponsored Screening - The Finnish 25% Cash Rebate (Audiovisual Producers Finland) (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 14:30

    Sponsored Screening - The Finnish 25% Cash Rebate (Audiovisual Producers Finland)

    Panel discussion: Would Finland’s incentive work for your next production? Financing and production practicalities in Finland

    Finland’s production incentive allows for more opportunities to shoot, co-produce and do post-production in Finland. Our panelists will reveal why Finland appealed to them, and what their experiences were in the fields of scripted drama and VFX. The session will also preview trailers from highly anticipated upcoming shows like SHADOW LINES and returning Netflix series DEADWIND season2 and BORDERTOWN season3.

    Come and learn about generous incentive opportunities, locations, post-production and what services Finland can offer your next production!


    Panelists:
    David Berron (SWE), Director CRYPTID
    Matti Halonen (FIN), Producer / Fisher King
    Antti Kulmala (FIN), CEO / TrollVFX
    Alan Sim (UK), Executive Producer / Elisa Viihde
    Moderator:
    Kati Royle (FIN), Independent TV and Film Script Consultant

  • 15:00
    IN CONVERSATION: Jamie Mustard and Holt McCallany (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 16:00

    IN CONVERSATION: Jamie Mustard and Holt McCallany

    Jamie Mustard, author of The Iconist and Holt McCallany, lead actor, David Fincher’s Mindhunter discuss why some of the most innovative and critically acclaimed shows are getting lost and how producers and creators ensure their shows stand out and reach their audience.
    Moderated by: Melanie Stokes, MD, Kindle Entertainment

    Jamie Mustard
    AuthorThe Iconist
    Holt McCallany
    Leading actorMindhunter
    Moderator Melanie Stokes
    Founder and managing directorKindle Entertainment
    15:00
    CASE STUDY: When The Dust Settles (Hall 2- Kings Place)
    ENDS 16:00

    CASE STUDY: When The Dust Settles

    Writers Ida Maria Ryden and Dorte Hogh take us inside When The Dust Settles, a multi-plot drama for pubcaster DR that portrays the lives of eight Copenhagen citizens, during the days before and after a tragic terrorist attack shocks the city. As the stories of the eight characters interweave throughout the season, it becomes apparent that their lives are connected in unexpected ways. In this case study we explore the story from concept to screen with those closest to the project and see exclusive footage.
    Moderated by: Michael Pickard, editor, Drama Quarterly

    Ida Maria Rydén
    WriterWhen The Dust Settles
    Dorte Høgh
    WriterWhen The Dust Settles
    Milad Alami
    DirectorWhen The Dust Settles
    Stinna Lassen
    ProducerWhen The Dust Settles
    Christian Rank
    Head of dramaDR
    Karen-Lise Mynster
    ActorWhen the Dust Settles
    Moderator Michael Pickard
    Editor, Drama QuarterlyC21Media
    15:00
    CASE STUDY: Halifax Retribution (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 16:00

    CASE STUDY: Halifax Retribution

    From original creator and writer Roger Simpson, Jane Halifax returns to profile a killer no one can see. A sniper who leaves no trace is terrorising the city and Jane Halifax (Rebecca Gibney) is approached by the head of Task Force Stingray – inspector Tom Saracen (Anthony LaPaglia) – to help find the killer.

    It’s almost 20 years since Jane worked with the police. Her life now is what many would describe as complete. Does she really want to change all that now? When Jane receives a threatening letter she dismisses it as the work of a crank. But when someone close is shockingly murdered, she has to confront a terrible possibility that 20 years later the worst of the criminals she helped put away are finally being released. Forced to go back into the files and nightmares of her past, another possibility emerges… the murder may be linked to the shooter, or worse, to secrets from the past.
    Moderated by: Gabriel Tate, freelance journalist

    Roger Simpson
    Original creator and writer
    Rebecca Gibney
    Lead actress and executive producerHalifax Retribution
    Anthony LaPaglia
    Lead actorHalifax Retribution
    Andy Ryan
    co-head of dramaNine Network Australia
    Mikael Borglund
    Executive producer, Halifax and CEO & MD Beyond International Ltd
    15:00
    CREATIVE KEYNOTE: Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 15:45

    CREATIVE KEYNOTE: Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame

    The pair that created Downton Abbey sit down to discuss the creative and commercial challenge of how to create and sustain global hits.
    Moderated by: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

    Julian Fellowes
    Writer, director and novelist
    Gareth Neame
    CEOCarnival Films
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 15:45
    CREATIVE KEYNOTE: Sally Wainwright and Faith Penhale (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 16:30

    CREATIVE KEYNOTE: Sally Wainwright and Faith Penhale

    Celebrated writer and director Sally Wainwright has created a string of breakout drama hits including the BAFTA winning series Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax. Faith Penhale, CEO of drama studio Lookout Point, is responsible for some of the most successful UK shows of recent years, from War and Peace to Doctor Who. Most recently they joined forces to create the genre-busting global hit Gentleman Jack for BBC and HBO. In this session they discuss how British story-telling can have a global resonance.
    Moderated by: Miranda Sawyer, journalist and broadcaster

    Sally Wainwright
    Writer, producer and director
    Faith Penhale
    CEOLookout Point
    Moderator Miranda Sawyer
    Journalist and broadcaster
  • 16:00
    TRENDS: Navigating the SVoD Landscape as it Heads Towards ‘Peak’ (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 17:00

    TRENDS: Navigating the SVoD Landscape as it Heads Towards ‘Peak’

    Based on exclusive research from O+O on the current SVoD landscape this panel examines the current state and future prospects for the SVoD market. International executives and creatives discuss the rise of global, local and niche SVoDs/AVoDs and debate whether this is sustainable or whether this has now reached peak and saturation point. How do producers and creatives navigate their way through the landscape and ensure the best deals, maintain position on IP and ensure that their shows find the best audience and are seen?
    Further speakers to be announced.
    Moderated by: Mark Oliver, chairman, O&O

    Susan Kresnicka
    Founder and presidentKR&I
    Julien Leroux
    SVP global scripted co-productionsCineflix Media
    Louise Pedersen
    CEOAll3 Media International
    Rod Henwood
    Chief strategy officerThe Ink Factory
    Moderator Mark Oliver
    ChairmanOliver & Ohlbaum Associates (O&O)
    16:00
    TRENDS: Mining the Drama Data for Success (Hall 2- Kings Place)
    ENDS 17:00

    TRENDS: Mining the Drama Data for Success

    Leading international analysts from Glance and Parrot Analytics present their latest findings into the numbers behind the world’s most successful scripted shows. What is working best around the world and what can producers, financiers, distributors, platforms and broadcasters learn from the data?

    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 increase platform penetration. What are the rules of the converging linear and nonlinear worlds, and how will audiences navigate this unprecedented explosion of choice? While recapping the key facts and figures about the current drama landscape, this presentation highlights the main trends to keep in mind, and identifies shows which are most likely to break through. It includes exclusive insights coming from Glance’s Scripted Series Report.

    New Insights, New Metrics for Producers: Leveraging the Power of Content Demand
    In a market filled with noise, jargon, confusion and summaries of what just happened, Parrot Analytics works with partners to deliver insights that inform and facilitate the decision-making process. In this presentation, Courtney Williams, head of partnerships, will introduce the best ways to address your most pressing questions with the world’s largest content consumption dataset. Specifically, Courtney will take you through the easy-to-understand new metrics Parrot Analytics has developed to help complement your creative talent and expertise and highlighting much sought after attributes like longevity, travelability and franchiseability.
    Moderated by: Ben Keen, analyst & advisor

    Avril Blondelot
    Head of content insightGlance
    Courtney Williams
    Head of partnershipParrot Analytics
    Moderator Ben Keen
    ChairmanMediaXchange
    16:00
    CASE STUDY: TEAM CHOCOLATE - Creating an International Format Success with Diversity at its Heart (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 17:00

    CASE STUDY: TEAM CHOCOLATE - Creating an International Format Success with Diversity at its Heart

    After proving a hit with audiences and critics in Belgium, award-winning drama series Team Chocolate (distributed internationally by Wild Bunch TV) is following in the footsteps of other successful Flemish formats, with an Italian version – Everybody Is Perfect – debuting on Rai in November and an English language remake in the works. But what makes this heartwarming series so unique is it’s groundbreaking approach to working with disabled talent. Hear from the producers of the original series, as well as the creative teams behind the Italian and UK remakes, as they discuss the secret to the show’s success as well as the wider issue of on-screen representation.
    Moderated by: Michael Pickard, editor, Drama Quarterly

    Pieter Van Huyck
    Head of scriptedDe Mensen
    Sophie Gardiner
    Managing directorChapter One Pictures
    Lou Stein
    Artistic directorChickenshed Theatre
    Michele Zatta
    Commissioning editor, international coproductionsRai Fiction, Italy
    Moderator Michael Pickard
    Editor, Drama QuarterlyC21Media
  • 17:00
    DEVELOPMENT: Non-English Language Drama (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 18:00

    DEVELOPMENT: Non-English Language Drama

    As premium Non English language drama cements itself as a key priority or global platforms and international networks, we hear from the leading creators and producers making local global. What are they working on? Who are they partnering with? Who are they selling to, and how do they choose between local and global platforms?
    Moderated by: Gabriel Tate, freelance journalist

    Pascal Breton
    PresidentFederation Entertainment
    Johannes Jensen
    CEOYellow Bird
    Gjermund Erikson
    Writer and executive producerMonster Scripted
    Jonas Allen
    Producer and CEOMiso Film
    17:00
    DEVELOPMENT: Shortform Drama (Hall 2- Kings Place)
    ENDS 18:00

    DEVELOPMENT: Shortform Drama

    As more shortform platforms emerge we hear from leading producers about what they are making, and who they are selling to. What is the potential to reach new audiences, engage top creative talent and does the business model stack up?
    Moderated by: Selma Turajlic, co-founder/COO, Little Dot Studios

    Sebastian Burkhardt
    Managing director, global contentKeshet International
    Marianne Furevold-Boland
    Executive producerNRK Drama
    Howard Owens
    Co-founder and co-CEOPropagate Content
    Neely Shamam
    EVP of programming and developmentFicto
    Moderator Selma Turajlic
    Co-founderLittle Dot Studios
    17:00
    IN CONVERSATION: Frank Doelger, Intaglio Films (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 17:45

    IN CONVERSATION: Frank Doelger, Intaglio Films

    Multi Emmy-award-winning producer Frank Doelger takes us inside the content strategy of Intaglio Films, a joint venture between Germany’s Beta Film and ZDF Enterprises. In this session we hear more about the strategy for producing high quality English language shows with global appeal out of Germany, and meet some of the writers Intaglio Films is working with on its current development slate.
    Moderated by: Hayley McKenzie, founder and CEO, Script Angel

    Frank Doelger
    Creative directorIntaglio Films
    Moderator Hayley McKenzie
    CEO/FounderScript Angel
  • 18:00
    Networking Cocktail (Music Foyer - Kings Place) (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 19:00

    Networking Cocktail (Music Foyer - Kings Place)

    Sponsored by:

    18:00
    Sponsored screening: Miss Scarlet and the Duke (A+E Networks) (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS

    Sponsored screening: Miss Scarlet and the Duke (A+E Networks)

    Title: Miss Scarlet and the Duke
    New/Returning: New
    Genre: Drama/Scripted
    Number of Episodes/Length: 6 x 1 hour
    Language: English
    Production Company: A+E Networks International & Element 8 Entertainment
    Status: In Production
    Synopsis: Set in 1850s London, this British detective drama features a fearless, independent heroine played by Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders). Miss Scarlet has always been more interested in running her late father’s detective agency than behaving like a proper lady. But she is not prepared for the dangers she is about to face.

  • 08:00
    Registration (Kings Place only) and continental breakfast (served at both venues) (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 09:00

    Registration (Kings Place only) and continental breakfast (served at both venues)

    Registration will be open 8am-4pm.

    08:00
    Sponsored Networking Breakfast: Screen Scotland (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 09:00

    Sponsored Networking Breakfast: Screen Scotland

    Start your Wednesday with Screen Scotland: Home to world-class talent, crew, facilities and breath-taking locations. Scotland also offers a range of financial incentives, including: the UK Tax Relief, newly enhanced Production Growth funds and a Broadcast Content Fund. Join us for breakfast at Content London 2019 to meet some of the team, and find out more about why there’s no better time to film in Scotland.

    Screen Scotland is the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland. With funding 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.

    Breakfast provided and all delegates welcome.
    www.screen.scot
    @screenscots

  • 09:00
    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: SKY ITALIA (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 09:30

    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: SKY ITALIA

    In conversation with Nils Hartman, director of original productions, Sky Italia, who’ll be discussing his content strategy, new slate and opportunities for collaboration across the international business.
    Moderated by: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

    Nils Hartmann
    Director of original productionsSky Italia
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 09:30
    FINANCE: New Models of Drama Finance (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 10:15

    FINANCE: New Models of Drama Finance

    What are the most effective models for financing drama in the SVoD world? Who has the money, and how can you best manage the risks and opportunities at large in the market? We hear from leading distributors, producers and financiers about how they are adapting and diversifying their finance models to stay ahead in the growing SVoD world.
    Moderated by: Valerie Creighton, president and CEO, Canada Media Fund

    Jamie Brown
    CEOGrand River Productions
    Cheryl Lynch
    EVP international production, business affairs and scripted formatsSony Pictures Television
    David Davoli
    EVP of international televisionBRON Studios
    Kate Harwood
    Managing directorEuston Films
    Moderator Valerie Creighton
    President and CEOCanada Media Fund
    09:30
    CASE STUDY: The Paradise (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 10:30

    CASE STUDY: The Paradise

    Murders shake the Finnish community of Fuengirola, which made this tiny corner of Málaga their own little paradise on the shores of the Mediterranean. Hilkka Mäntymäki, a veteran crime detective aged 60, is travelling from Oulu Finland to help the local police on a case that will soon claim new victims. Because escaping the cold and the dark is much easier than leaving your own past behind.

    This 8×50 minute drama is written by Matti Laine and produced for YLE. We hear from those closest to the project ahead of a sponsored screening on Thursday 5 December.
    Moderated by: Mike Pickard, editor, Drama Quarterly

    Matti Laine
    Screenwriter
    Ran Tellem
    Head of international content developmentThe Mediapro Studio
    Marko Röhr
    Producer and CEOMRP Matila Röhr Productions
    Suvi Mansnerus
    ProducerYle Drama
    Moderator Michael Pickard
    Editor, Drama QuarterlyC21Media
    09:30
    TERRITORY FOCUS: UK Nations and Regions (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 10:30

    TERRITORY FOCUS: UK Nations and Regions

    A session exploring what it takes to make high impact programming with global appeal for mainstream channels and platforms fully based out of the nations and regions. Areas up for discussion include – where is the balance of power in commissioning between network and local? Who is making content? And who is funding?
    Moderated by: Dominic Schreiber, global drama executive, Reel One International Limited

    Claire Mundell
    Managing director and creative directorSynchronicity Films Ltd
    Sarah Brown
    Creative director, dramaSTV Productions
    Gwenllian Gravelle
    Drama commissionerS4C
    Lachlan MacKinnon
    Executive producerBad Wolf
    Larry Bass
    CEO and exec producerShinAwiL
    Moderator Dominic Schreiber
    Global drama executiveReel One Entertainment
    09:30
    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: SVT (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 10:00

    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: SVT

    In conversation with Anna Croneman, head of drama SVT, who’ll present her 2020 slate – the first out of her new content strategy, plus she’ll discuss co-pro opportunities for producers.
    Moderated by: James Rampton, TV feature writer, The i, The Independent

    Anna Croneman
    Head of dramafilmsSVT - Sveriges Televison
    Moderator James Rampton
    TV feature writerThe i, The Independent
  • 10:00
    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: BBC (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 10:30

    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: BBC

    In conversation with Piers Wenger, controller of drama BBC, who’ll reveal details of his new slate, ways to collaborate and his new content strategy.
    Moderated by: James Rampton , TV feature writer, The i, The Independent

    Piers Wenger
    Controller of dramaBBC
    Moderator James Rampton
    TV feature writerThe i, The Independent
  • 10:30
    KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: HBO Max (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 11:00

    KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: HBO Max

    One of television’s most influential leaders, Kevin Reilly oversees the robust content strategy for the WarnerMedia direct-to-consumer offering HBO Max as chief content officer, for which Reilly is charged with defining the non-HBO originals, library and licensed content that will make up the service.
    Reilly also leads all of WarnerMedia Entertainment’s top-rated cable networks including TNT, TBS and truTV. In this keynote session Reilly sets the scene for HBO Max’s strategy and how they are positioning themselves in context of the ever growing and evolving industry landscape.
    Moderated by: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

    Kevin Reilly
    Chief content officer, HBO Max and president TBS, TNT and truTV
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 11:00
    KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: HBO Max (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 12:00

    KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: HBO Max

    Two of the most influential women in the business, Sarah Aubrey and Sandra Dewey take part in this keynote interview to discuss HBO Max’s strategy and approach for HBO Max originals. As the platform readies for launch Aubrey and Dewey will highlight what they are seeking in terms of original, fresh and inclusive content for the US service and how this will grow and evolve across the international business over the coming 18 months.
    Moderated by: Rola Bauer, managing director, STUDIOCANAL TV

    Sarah Aubrey
    Head of original contentHBO Max
    Sandra Dewey 
    President, business operations and productionsHBO Max
    Moderator Rola Bauer
    Managing DirectorSTUDIOCANAL TV
    11:00
    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: US (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 12:00

    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: US

    Top US commissioners outline their development agendas and commissioning strategies. What are they looking for from the international business and how are they changing their business models to ensure that they stay ahead of the game with fresh and quality original content?

    Moderated by: Carrie Stein, EVP global scripted series, Kew Media

    Carolyn Bernstein
    EVP, global scripted content and documentary filmsNational Geographic
    Karen Bailey
    Senior vice president, original programmingStarz
    Julie McNamara
    EVP of original content CBS All Access
    Nancy Cotton
    EVP and head of scripted programmingEpix
    Moderator Carrie Stein
    EVP, global scripted seriesKew Media
  • 12:00
    CASE STUDY: Stateless (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 13:00

    CASE STUDY: Stateless

    Co-created by Cate Blanchett, Tony Ayres and Elise McCredie, Stateless is a powerful and timely series about four strangers whose lives collide at an immigration detention centre in the middle of the desert. It centres on an airline hostess on the run from a dangerous cult, an Afghan refugee and his family fleeing persecution, a young father escaping a dead-end job and a bureaucrat running out of time to contain a national scandal. Each character deals with the contradictions of protection and border control from a unique perspective, offering topical insight into issues that countries are grappling with around the world.

    Commissioned by the ABC and backed by Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation, the six-part limited series stars a multi award-winning cast including Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney, Asher Keddie, Fayssal Bazzi, Dominic West and Cate Blanchett. It is a co-production between NBCUniversal International Studios’ Matchbox Pictures and Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton’s Dirty Films, written by Elise McCredie and Belinda Chayko.
    Moderated by: Michael Pickard, editor, Drama Quarterly

    Cate Blanchett
    Co-creator, executive producer and actor
    Jeff Wachtel
    PresidentNBCUniversal International Studios
    Alastair McKinnon
    Managing directorMatchbox Pictures
    Moderator Michael Pickard
    Editor, Drama QuarterlyC21Media
    12:00
    HOT PROPERTIES: Normal People, Tehran and Patria (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 13:00

    HOT PROPERTIES: Normal People, Tehran and Patria

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

    This session features new projects: Normal People, Tehran and Patria

    Normal People
    Normal People, the highly anticipated TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s international literary phenomenon, has been produced by award-winning production company Element Pictures (The Favourite, Room, The Lobster, Dublin Murders) as a 12-part drama for BBC Three and Hulu.
    Adapted by Sally Rooney, Alice Birch with Mark O’Rowe and directed by Oscar nominated director Lenny Abrahamson and award-winning director Hettie Macdonald, it stars Daisy Edgar Jones (War of the Worlds, Cold Feet) as Marianne and Paul Mescal as Connell. An exquisite and compulsive modern love story filmed in Dublin, it tracks the tender but complicated relationship of Marianne and Connell from the end of their school days in small-town west of Ireland to their undergraduate years at Trinity College.
    Further speakers to be announced.
    Speakers: Ed Guiney, Emma Norton Lenny Abrahamson

    Tehran
    Tehran is the story of Tamar Rabinyan, a Mossad computer hacker-agent undertaking her very first mission in the heart of a hostile and menacing city, which also happens to be the place of her birth. Tasked with disabling an Iranian nuclear reactor, her mission has implications not just for the Middle East, but for the entire world order. When the Mossad mission fails, Tamar goes rogue in Tehran as she rediscovers her Iranian roots and becomes romantically entwined with a pro-democracy activist. Tamar’s soul-searching leads her to become even more conflicted about her mission, while the tension mounts as Iranian authorities tighten the net in their desperate search to locate her and her Mossad colleagues.
    Tehran is created by Moshe Zonder, Dana Eden and Maor Kohn. The series is written by Zonder and Omri Shenhar. The Gordin Cell and Stockholm director Daniel Syrkin directs the series, which is exec produced by Alon Aranya, Eden and Shula Spiegel. Tehran is produced by Donna Productions and Shula Spiegel Productions in association with Paper Plane Productions
    Speakers: Alon Aranya and Moshe Zonder

    Patria
    Patria tells a story – over three decades – of the Spanish Basque Country threatened by the separatist terrorism of ETA, through the eyes of two families divided by the violent conflict. The lives of Bittori and her family implode the day ETA kills her husband, Txato, on his doorstep. The relationship with her close friend Miren, whose son belongs to an ETA command, also comes to an end. Both families must deal with grief and moral contradictions while life goes on. Will they be able to someday forgive, put aside their differences, and move forward?
    Speakers: Aitor Gabilondo, Miguel Salvat, and Iñaki Gonzalez
    Moderated by: Gabriel Tate, freelance journalist

    Ed Guiney
    Company director and executive producerElement Pictures
    Emma Norton
    ProducerElement Pictures
    Alon Aranya
    Producer and writerPaper Plane Productions
    Moshe Zonder
    WriterMoshe Zonder Productions
    Aitor Gabilondo
    ShowrunnerPatria
    Miguel Salvat
    Commissioning editor of original programming, SpainHBO Europe.
    Iñaki González Esparza
    Development directorAlea Media
    12:00
    TERRITORIES: Nigerian Stories (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 13:00

    TERRITORIES: Nigerian Stories

    As the demand continues for new and original stories with international reach and appeal, broadcasters, streamers and producers are turning their sights to Nigeria to find and develop talent. We hear from some of the hottest nigerian writers about the stories they have to tell and the opportunity to engage and work with the wealth of talent Nigeria has to offer. Also joining the panel will be leading international producers to discuss how they are sourcing and developing projects with Nigerian writers.
    Further speakers to be announced.
    Moderated by: Enyi Omeruah, founder, My Management Company (MMC)

    Kris Thykier
    FounderArchery Pictures
    Moderator Enyi Omeruah
    FounderMy Management Company (MMC)
    12:00
    CASE STUDY: Traces (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 13:00

    CASE STUDY: Traces

    UKTV Original Traces is a suspense-filled crime thriller based on an original idea by best-selling crime writer Val McDermid (Wire In The Blood, A Place Of Execution) and set in the world of forensic science in Dundee, Scotland. The series explores the world of SIFA, the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science and Anatomy and introduces us to three compelling and very different female characters – Emma Hedges (Molly Windsor), Prof. Sarah Gordon (Laura Fraser) and Prof. Kathy Torrance (Jennifer Spence) – who together will use the rigors of forensics to uncover the truth about an unsolved murder case.

    When 23-year-old Emma (Windsor) returns to Scotland to take up a new position as a lab assistant at SIFA, she signs up to a MOOC – Massive Open Online Course – which teaches the principles of forensic science. But she soon discovers that the fictitious case study has a strikingly similar and shocking link to her past. As Emma’s sleuthing takes her into darker corners and unpicks more and more secrets, it becomes clear that she should trust no-one. It will be Sarah and Kathy’s exacting minds that reward Emma’s faith in the science that has fuelled her imagination and who will ultimately bring a killer to justice.

    Running alongside Emma’s central story, other cases and different forensic disciplines will shine a spotlight on science’s contribution to solving the mysteries of human existence.
    Writer Amelia Bullmore and executive producer Nicola Shindler lead this case study to explain the story from concept through to screen.
    Further speakers to be confirmed.
    Moderated by: Emma Cox, journalist

    Nicola Shindler
    Executive producer and CEORed Production Company
    Amelia Bullmore
    Writer and executive producer
    Philippa Collie-Cousins
    Commissioning editor, dramaUKTV
  • 13:00
    Networking Lunch (Served at both venues) (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 15:00

    Networking Lunch (Served at both venues)

  • 13:30
    Sponsored Screening - Top Dog (ZDF Enterprises) (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 14:30

    Sponsored Screening - Top Dog (ZDF Enterprises)

    The TV series Top Dog is based on the trilogy by best-selling Swedish author Jens Lapidus. A mysterious disappearance brings together two completely different worlds – ambitious business lawyer Emily Jansson (Josefin Asplund) and the local mafia’s number-one crook, Teddy Maksumic (Alexej Manvelov). She wants to move up; he wants to leave his old life behind. The pair end up in a tricky situation where the past catches up.

    Additional information:
     
    Top Dog is produced by Anna Wallmark, Olof Spaak and Teresa Alldén at Filmlance, a part of Endemol Shine Group, for C More and TV4 in co-production with ZDF and Film Capital Stockholm Fund, and is distributed internationally by ZDF Enterprises.

    The series premieres in 2020.

    Internationally acclaimed leading actors Josefin Asplund (Sanctuary, Vikings) and Alexej Manvelov (Sthlm Requiem, Chernobyl, Before We Die) are the main cast.

    Based on the series of books by best-selling Swedish author Jens Lapidus, “VIP-rummet”, “Stockholm Delete” and “Top Dogg”.

    The cast also includes Gustav Lindh, Peter Gardiner, Christian Hillborg, Joel Spira, Kardo Razzazi, Mahmut Suvakci, Bekzod Kuliev, Amanda Ooms, Lina Englund and Felice Jankell.  

    The script for Top Dog has been written by lead screenwriter Veronica Zacco together with Josefin Johansson, Amanda Högberg, Linnea Möller Lindh, Dunja Vujovic, Lovisa Milles, Gunnar A.K. Järvstad and Alexis Almström. Molly Hartleb (Vår tid är nu, Hinsehäxan) and Alexis Almström (Pink Cloud Syndrome) directed, with Molly providing conceptual direction.

    13:30
    Sponsored Presentation: Canadian Media Producers Association (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 14:30

    Sponsored Presentation: Canadian Media Producers Association

    Diversity and Inclusion in Canadian Screen Content
    The presentation will focus on diversity and inclusion in the Canadian screen based content industry. The panel discussion will explore the steps our industry has taken to champion equal representation both in front and behind the camera and how those efforts have enriched creative storytelling.
    Panelists include:
    Valerie Creighton, President & CEO, Canada Media Fund, Amy Cameron, Executive Producer, Cameron Pictures (Mary Kills People, Little Dog); Floyd Kane, Producer/Showrunner, Freddie Films (Diggstown) Julia Langlois, Producer, Trio Orange (Do You Hear Me?) Moderated by Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC.

    13:30
    Sponsored Screening: The Sommerdahl Murders (Dynamic Television) (Hall 4 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 14:30

    Sponsored Screening: The Sommerdahl Murders (Dynamic Television)

    Please join us for a Dynamic Television the premiere of The Sommerdahl Murders. We will be screening the full first episode
    The Sommerdahl Murders
    Commissioned by TV2 Denmark and co-produced by ZDF, The Sommerdahl Murders (8 x ’45) is a blue-sky crime procedural based on the best-selling novels from Anna Grue. Set in Helsingor, the picturesque and famous town from Hamlet, the series is a unique combination of mystery and suspense, emotion and relationship, and levity and humor, making it accessible for a global audience. Premieres in March 2020.Lunch will be provided.

  • 15:00
    KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Paramount Television (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 15:45

    KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: Paramount Television

    As President of Paramount Television, Clemens oversees a robust slate of more than 27 shows on the air and in production. In this keynote interview, we find out more about what we can expect to see from Paramount Television over the next 18 months, who they are working with, and the opportunities to engage with the wider international business going forward. Clemens has an interesting perspective on the current television landscape, given her varied career trajectory as both a TV and film agent, head of development at FX, a manager at Anonymous Content and now the head of one of the major studios. This session gives a unique insight into Clemens’s vision and strategy to ensure continued growth and success within the ever changing, consolidated and evolving landscape.
    Nicole has an interesting perspective on the current television landscape, given her varied career trajectory as both a TV and film agent, a buyer at FX, a Producer/Manager at Anonymous Content and now the head of one of the major studios.
    Moderated by: Carrie Stein,EVP global scripted series, Kew Media

    Nicole Clemens
    PresidentParamount Television
    Moderator Carrie Stein
    EVP, global scripted seriesKew Media
    15:00
    Hot Properties: Happily Married, The Small Hand, Diary of a Drag Queen (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 16:00

    Hot Properties: Happily Married, The Small Hand, Diary of a Drag Queen

    In our Hot Properties strand at Content London we shine a light on upcoming dramas expected to have an impact on the international business in the coming year and meet those responsible for developing them to find out more. Hear how they were created, developed, packaged and sold from those closest to the projects, and see exclusive clips from the shows.
    This session features new projects: Happily Married, The Small Hand, Diary of a Drag Queen
    Moderated by: Melissa Williamson, president, Pier 21 Films

    Happily Married
    In 1974, in the quiet suburb of Sainte-Foy, near Québec city, two troubled couples drive their kids to summer camp. Upon returning home, they realize what a terrible state their marriages are in.
    Infidelity and betrayal come to light. But in a society where divorce is still rare, what do the Delisles and the Paquettes do? They become the most prolific killers in the history of organized crime in Quebec City.
    It is in a context of a major society turmoil, that we find the four protagonists: Gaétan, Huguette, Serge and Micheline. Despite their conservative, suburban lives, they dream of major changes. Nothing satisfies them anymore: not their relationships, their family lives, their bungalows or their above-ground pools.
    Happily Married is a playful, funny show full of twists. Despite their many flaws, the Delisles and Paquettes are sympathetic and their story is touching. You want them to succeed in their descent into the criminal underworld. And you hope, as they do, that they’ll be able to find happiness one day.
    Speakers: Charles Ohayon and François Létourneau

    The Small Hand: A Ghost Story
    Adapted from the Susan Hill novel this is an Awesome/Two Rivers Media Co-Production for Channel 5 in the UK.
    Antique book dealer Adam Snow (Douglas Henshall, Shetland, Outlander) leads an empty life, infatuated with Alice (Louise Lombard, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), the wife of a wealthy client (Adrian Rawlins, Chernobyl) and barely present for his older brother, Hugo (Cal MacAninch, TheVictim), who is suffering a mental breakdown. But when Adam stumbles upon a dilapidated mansion near his client, he feels the presence of the ghost of a small child.

    Adam soon receives increasingly sinister visits from the ghost, causing him to question his own sanity. He struggles to repair his fractured relationship with Hugo and excise the spirit from his life, but the ghost will not be ignored, ultimately revealing a haunting secret from his childhood. Also starring Neve McIntosh (Stan Lee’s Lucky Man) and Paul Barber (The Full Monty).
    Speakers: Jeff Norton and Alan Clements

    Diary of a Drag Queen
    On the back of their rave 5* reviews for their one-person show The Bible 2 at Edinburgh Festival 2019, and Penguin Publishing declaring that Diary of a Drag Queen is in the top 15 funniest books ever written (along with Scoop, Adrian Mole and Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy), Tom and Crystal Rasmussen continue their rise to international super-stardom in the TV adaptation of the book.

    As described in Vogue: “Are we ever really one thing? One personality, one political belief, one gender? Or are we many things at once, in constant conflict with ourselves?”
    Unflinching, heartfelt and hilarious, Diary of a Drag Queen follows the life of a queer, broke and non-binary aspiring fashionista alongside the life of their outrageously glam, staggeringly outspoken, drag queen alter-ego. They explode the myth that a queer life can be narrated by a catch-all idea. To file it neatly under “gay and fabulous” erases the daunting task of getting from A to She, and all the ups, downs, tucks and sucks it takes to get there.
    Speakers: Tom Rasmussen, Adam Morane-Griffiths and Sara Curran

    Charles Ohayon
    International distribution and executive producerProductions casablanca
    François Létourneau
    Creator and writer
    Jeff Norton
    Executive producer and founderAwesome Media & Entertainment
    Alan Clements
    Managing DirectorTwo Rivers Media Ltd
    Tom Rasmussen
    Author, screenwriter and actorWildcard Films
    Adam Morane-Griffiths
    Executive producerWildcard Films
    Sara Curran
    Founder and CEOTricycle Talent and Tricycle Media.
    Moderator Melissa Williamson
    PresidentPier 21 Films
    15:00
    TERRITORIES: Indian Platforms (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 15:45

    TERRITORIES: Indian Platforms

    As India opens up to the international market we hear from leading players about the evolution of the platform market and opportunities for partnership.
    Further speakers to be announced.
    Moderated by: Melanie Stokes, MD, Kindle Entertainment

    Tarun Katial
    CEOZEE5 India
    Rohit Jain
    Managing directorLionsgate South Asia
    Kilian Kerwin
    Head of production (South Asia & Latin America)SK Global Entertainment
    Moderator Melanie Stokes
    Founder and managing directorKindle Entertainment
    15:00
    DEVELOPMENT: Wattpad and Partners (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 15:45

    DEVELOPMENT: Wattpad and Partners

    Wattpad, Bavaria Fiction, and the CBC discuss the explosion of innovation and technology in entertainment. Looking at how technology and data are helping the industry discover new voices and stories, the panel will cover innovative approaches to finding and develop IP with data and audience insights. The panelists will also discuss how how Bavaria and CBC have worked with Wattpad to leverage the company’s unique data-backed approach.
    Moderayed by: Emma House, international consultant

    Aron Levitz
    Head of Wattpad Studios
    Christina Henne
    ProducerBavaria Fiction
    Oliver Vogel
    Chief Creative OfficerBavaria Fiction
    Gave Lindo
    Executive director of OTT programmingCanadian Broadcasting Corporation
    Moderator Emma House
    International consultantOreham Group
  • 15:45
    CASE STUDY: Sex Education (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 16:45

    CASE STUDY: Sex Education

    Writer Laurie Nunn and director Ben Taylor take us inside critcially acclaimed teen comedy-drama Sex Education for an exclusive case study at Content London. Otis Milburn – an inexperienced, socially awkward high school student, who lives alone with his mother, a sex therapist. Having grown up surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, Otis is unwittingly an expert on the subject. Set on keeping this secret from everyone except his nerdy best friend Eric, Otis is horrified when the class bully finds out and tells the entire school during the first week of 6th year. Otis thinks his life is over until brainy bad-girl Maeve discovers he is an untapped goldmine of sexual wisdom and sets up an underground sex therapy service in an abandoned restroom on campus where Otis can dispense advice to students. In the process of helping their peers, Otis and his friends will undergo their own transformations – both sexual and emotional.

    We hear how the show came about, learn more about the focus on finding and developing new talent both on and off screen, understand how the production dealt with sensitive and delicate subject issues and find out what’s in store for season two.
    Moderated by: Emma Smithwick, managing director, Rockfleet Productions

    Laurie Nunn
    Creator and showrunnerSex Education
    Ben Taylor
    Director
    Alex Sapot
    Director of original seriesNetflix
    Jamie Campbell
    Executive producerEleven
    Moderator Emma Smithwick
    Managing directorRockfleet Productions
    15:45
    TERRITORIES: Producing in and with India (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 16:45

    TERRITORIES: Producing in and with India

    A world of new opportunity beckons. Find out how you can be part of it.
    Moderated by: Sunder Aaron, co-owner and partner, Locomotive Films

    Abhishek Rege
    CEOEndemol Shine
    Deepak Segal
    Head of contentApplause Entertainment
    David M. Taghioff
    CEOLibrary Pictures International
    Amanda Jenks
    Co-founderGreenacre Films
    Elizabeth Koshy
    Founder and CEOINVAR Studios
    Sunder Aaron
    PrincipalLocomotive Global Inc
    15:45
    DEVELOPMENT: Books to Screen (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 16:45

    DEVELOPMENT: Books to Screen

    As the appetite from audiences, broadcasters and global platforms for new content continues to rise, an increasing amount of this content is being taken from existing IP. In this revealing conversation, leading global producers working across the books and comics to screen space discuss how the world of literary IP for screen is evolving. Topics up for scrutiny include rights, working with agents, sourcing new authors and developing relationships with creative talent, plus ways to seek out and harness new sources of IP and how this varies in different geographies.
    Moderayed by: Emma House, international consultant

    Sidharth Jain
    Founder and chief storytellerThe Story Ink
    Jon Kramer
    CEOAfterShock Comics and Rive Gauche Television
    Roye Okupe
    Writer, director and founderYouNeek Studios
    Anna Burns
    Development producerBuccaneer
    Christine Langan
    CEOBaby Cow Productions
    Moderator Emma House
    International consultantOreham Group
  • 16:00
    DEVELOPMENT: Next Year’s Models (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 16:45

    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?
    Moderated by: Mike Pickard, editor, Drama Quarterly

    Erik Barmack
    FounderWild Sheep Content
    Elizabeth Kilgarriff
    CEOFirebird Pictures
    Katie O'Connell Marsh
    Founder and chairmanPlatform One Media
    Belinda Campbell
    Joint managing directorRed Planet Pictures
    Carrie Stein
    EVP, global scripted seriesKew Media
    Moderator Michael Pickard
    Editor, Drama QuarterlyC21Media
  • 16:45
    CASE STUDY: Noughts + Crosses (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 17:30

    CASE STUDY: Noughts + Crosses

    Adapted from the first book in Malorie Blackman’s bestselling series, the much-anticipated Noughts + Crosses is a gripping story of first love set in a dangerous, alternate world where racism divides society. Separated by their colour but united by forbidden love and burning injustice, Sephy Hadley (Masali Baduza) and Callum McGregor (Jack Rowan) are fighting for more than simply the right to be together. Sephy is a ‘Cross’, a member of the black ruling class and daughter of a prominent politician. Callum is a ‘Nought’, a white member of the underclass. The two have been friends since childhood, but, under the strict laws of the state, that’s as far as it can go. Their relationship grows ever more complicated as they come of age and against a backdrop of prejudice, distrust and rebellion, the passionate romance that builds between them will lead them both into terrible danger. An iconic love story of two families separated by power and prejudice but forever entwined by fate,Noughts + Crosses features an exceptional cast including Paterson Joseph, Bonnie Mbuli, Kike Brimah, Helen Baxendale, Ian Hart, Josh Dylan, Shaun Dingwall and guest appearance by Stormzy.
    Moderated by: Jimmy Akingbola, actor and co-founder, TriForce Creative Network

    Koby Adom
    Director
    Preethi Mavahalli
    Executive producerMammoth screen
    Miura Kite
    SVP, global televisionParticipant
    Ben Irving
    Commissioning editorBBC Drama
    Moderator Jimmy Akingbola
    Actor, producer and co-founderThe TriForce Creative Network
    16:45
    DEVELOPMENT: The Podcast Report (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 17:30

    DEVELOPMENT: The Podcast Report

    Podcasts are increasingly being used to test and launch drama franchises. We hear from some of the most progressive players about how they are making best use of the audio experience.
    Moderated by: Steven Adams, partner and head of management division, Buffalo 8

    Robert Delamere
    Creative directorStoryglass
    Sophia Gibber
    Development producerUgly Duckling Films
    King Kaufman
    Senior audio producerSan Francisco Chronicle
    Steve Carsey
    Senior director, original content (UK) Audible
    Holly Hines
    Scripted leadSpotify Studios
    Moderator Steven Adams
    Partner and head of management divisionBuffalo 8
    16:45
    TRENDS: European Broadcasters Unite to Fight Back (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 17:30

    TRENDS: European Broadcasters Unite to Fight Back

    France Televisions, Rai Fiction and ZDF discuss their ongoing partnership through The Alliance and take us inside their upcoming slate of new original content. How is The Alliance establishing itself against the growing competition from the FANGS and what can other Broadcasters learn about working more closely together.
    Moderated by: Ben Keen, analyst and advisor

    Nathalie Biancolli
    Director of acquisitions and international fictionFrance Télévisions
    Eleonora Andreatta
    Head of dramaRAI
    Dr Simone Emmelius
    SVP international fiction - coproduction & acquisitionsZDF
    Moderator Ben Keen
    ChairmanMediaXchange
    16:45
    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: BRITBOX (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 17:30

    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: BRITBOX

    In this intimate session, heads of BritBox US and UK discuss operational strategy across the platform, provide clarity on the windowing strategies between the UK and US and define their content plan for the two services and opportunities for originals and coproductions.
    Moderated by: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

    Soumya Sriraman
    PresidentBritBox
    Reemah Sakaan
    Group launch directorBritBox UK and Senior vice president, creative and editorial, BritBox US
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 17:30
    BBC and Keshet screening cocktail reception (Music Foyer- Kings Place) (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 18:30

    BBC and Keshet screening cocktail reception (Music Foyer- Kings Place)

    17:30
    Netflix cocktail reception - Invitation only (Grand Staircase- St Pancras Hotel) (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 19:30

    Netflix cocktail reception - Invitation only (Grand Staircase- St Pancras Hotel)

  • 18:30
    Sponsored screening: The Trial of Christine Keeler (BBC one and Keshet) (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 20:00

    Sponsored screening: The Trial of Christine Keeler (BBC one and Keshet)

    London 1963.  A gunshot is fired in a Chelsea Mews, propelling the 20 year-old Christine Keeler into the headlines—along with her affair with the Minister for War.

    This drama tells the fresh and epic story of Christine’s fight to be heard and her refusal to play by the rules, despite attempts by the male-dominated establishment to silence and exploit her.
    Cast to be confirmed.
    Photo credit: Sophie Cookson as Christine Keeler in BBC One’s THE TRIAL OF CHRISTINE KEELER, coming soon to BBC One
    Photographer: Ben Blackall / © BBC / Ecosse Films 2019

  • 08:00
    Registration (Kings Place only) and continental breakfast (served at both venues) (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 09:00

    Registration (Kings Place only) and continental breakfast (served at both venues)

    Registration will be open 8am-4pm.

  • 09:00
    FINANCE: How to Finance and Sell Production Companies – The Different Types of Deals (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 10:00

    FINANCE: How to Finance and Sell Production Companies – The Different Types of Deals

    This session will explore how to raise start-up investment capital for a production company – the different types of deals and the nature of the ongoing relationship with the Investor, and how and when to sell production companies.
    Moderated by: Jeremy Gawade, law and business affairs advisor, Lee & Thompson

    Andrea Calderwood
    ProducerPotboiler
    Jonathan Norman
    PartnerStella EOC
    Helen Jackson
    Executive chairThe Media Investment Company
    Hilary Bevan Jones
    Founder and producerEndor productions
    Lucinda Hicks
    COOEndemol Shine UK
    Moderator Jeremy Gawade
    PartnerLee and Thompson
    09:00
    HOT PROPERTIES: INDIA (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 10:00

    HOT PROPERTIES: INDIA

    In this Hot Properties session we focus on content from India. Starting with a look at Delhi Crime, we hear from the creators behind the show and understand how this helped to put India on the international drama map. We then delve into two new projects expected to have similar global success in 2020 and beyond and hear from those closest to the projects to find out more.
    This session features Delhi Crime, The God Man and A Suitable Boy.

    Delhi Crime
    When the bloodied—but breathing—bodies of a young woman and man are found naked in a ditch by the road, an emotionally fraught investigation begins its race against the clock. At the forefront is a no-nonsense female police commissioner who begins to uncover the horrifying details of the victim’s gang rape. The inquiry becomes a serpentine quest for clarity amongst corruption and pervasive cultural misogyny. In a country with a history of denial and victim blaming, is due process possible?
    Based on real events from 2012, in which the fatal assault of a young woman on a bus exposed the role the Indian government and police played in crimes against women, Delhi Crime Story takes on the American tradition of ripped-from-the-headlines crime dramas. Indo-Canadian director Richie Mehta presents a compassionate look at law and order in a developing world, highlighting a heartbreaking crime with a sense of realism and an eye toward justice.
    Speakers: Richie Mehta, Pooja Kohli Taneja, and Kilian Kerwin

    The God Man
    The God Man is a ten episodes, English/Hindi original international drama series about the inception, rise and fall of Swami Sadhak, a Indian Holy Man who is the magnetic spiritual leader at the head of a growing religious community in India.
    The series features intertwining stories of people closest to the God Man and those outside the ashram who come into his orbit, including politicians, celebrities, journalists, foreign devotees, skeptics aiming to topple him, and other God Men (and God Women). Through multiple seasons, we will be witness to how a man whose sole starting possession was his Spirit, is eventually distorted by the very World he creates.
    Let there be no mistake, ashrams and religious communities in India are not only spiritual havens, but they are big businesses too, which outwardly appear to operate with transparency and a public mission, but actually are more shadowy and complex. We will watch as the Ashram grows from a small and dedicated group, into a community of gathering power and prominence. Eventually, Sadhak’s organization will become a multinational EMPIRE.
    Worldwide interest in Eastern mysticism and spirituality stretches back from the Beatles with their Mahareshi Mahesh Yogi, and culminating recently with the popularity of the Netflix documentary, Wild, Wild Country. So far, we have only scratched the surface when it comes to stories, characters and conflicts about this unique, racy and strangely surprising world!
    Speakers: Gurinder Chadha, Sunder Aaron, and Paul Mayeda Berges

    A Suitable Boy
    Written by Andrew Davies (War & Peace, Les Misérables) and directed by internationally acclaimed director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake), this is the first ever screen adaptation of Vikram Seth’s bestselling novel.
    The cast of the six-part BBC One drama is led by Bollywood leading man Ishaan Khatter and Indian screen legend Tabu alongside rising star Tanya Maniktala in the central role of Lata. It is being produced by Lookout Point (Gentleman Jack) and shot entirely on location in India.
    A Suitable Boy tells the story of spirited university student Lata coming of age in North India in 1951 at the same time as the country is carving out its own identity as an independent nation and is about to go to the polls for its first democratic general election. It is a vast, panoramic tale charting the fortunes of four large families and exploring India and its rich and varied culture at a crucial point in its history.
    Lata’s mother is determined to find her a husband – a suitable boy – but Lata, torn between family duty and the excitement of romance, embarks on her own, epic journey of love and self-discovery.
    Speakers: Faith Penhale and Mona Qureshi

    Richie Mehta
    Writer and director
    Pooja Kohli Taneja
    Managing Partner and producerGolden Karavan
    Kilian Kerwin
    Head of production (South Asia & Latin America)SK Global Entertainment
    Gurinder Chadha
    Director, writer and producerBend It TV & Films
    Paul Mayeda Berges
    Cheif creative officerBend It TV & Films
    Sunder Aaron
    PrincipalLocomotive Global Inc
    Faith Penhale
    CEOLookout Point
    Mona Qureshi
    Commissioning editor, EnglandBBC
    Moderator Michael Pickard
    Editor, Drama QuarterlyC21Media
    09:00
    GENRES: Maximising Advances in VFX to Create Groundbreaking TV Drama (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 10:00

    GENRES: Maximising Advances in VFX to Create Groundbreaking TV Drama

    As the lines between film and TV continue to blur raising the expectation of special effects in TV drama, leading VFX pioneers discuss with showrunner Bryan Elsley how collaboration is key when bringing cutting-edge visual spectacle to the small screen. With a focus on practical, take-away tips including how to utilise time and budget, this session explores how to maximise the advances in VFX to bring stories to life as never before.
    Moderated by: Bryan Elsley, managing director and writer, Balloon Entertainment

    Jenna Powell
    Senior VFX producerMilk Visual Effects
    Jonathan Cavendish
    Co-FounderImaginarium
    Gaurav Gupta
    Founder and CEOFutureWorks Media
    James Whitlam
    VFX Executive ProducerFramestore
    Paula Bird
    Supervising producerAxis Studios
    Moderator Bryan Elsley
    Managing director and writerBalloon Entertainment
    09:00
    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: STAN (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 09:30

    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: STAN

    In conversation with Nick Forward, chief content officer, STAN. Forward who oversees all aspects of original production, content acquisition and programming will reveal his new content strategy plans, slate and opportunities for co-production.
    Moderated by: James Rampton, TV feature writer, The i, The Independent

    Nick Forward
    Chief content officerStan
    Moderator James Rampton
    TV feature writerThe i, The Independent
  • 09:30
    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: SKY (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 10:00

    DRAMA COMMISSIONERS: SKY

    In conversation with Cameron Roach, director of drama, Sky Drama. Roach who’s forthcoming shows include Temple and Gangs of London, will discuss details of his new slate and what he’s looking for when it comes to collaboration.
    Moderated by: Emma Cox, journalist

    Cameron Roach
    Director of DramaSky Drama
  • 10:00
    New Platforms, New Opportunities: Local Heroes (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 11:00

    New Platforms, New Opportunities: Local Heroes

    A data-led overview of the state of the international SVoD market, exploring the emerging trends within a landscape of consolidation and focus of originals from the global SVOD players from 3Vision. Key local players who are making waves in their territories and holding their own against the FAANG’s will then discuss their unique business models, content strategies, upcoming slates and opportunities for collaboration across the international business.
    Moderated by: Irina Ignatiew, MD, Boxworks Media GmbH

    Jack Davison
    Executive vice president3vision
    Jakob Mejlhede Andersen
    CEONENT Studios UK
    Tracey Pearce
    President of distribution and payBell Media
    Thomas Münzner
    Director content acquisitionJoyn
    Piotr Kocel
    Founder and CEOBombay Sour Films
    Moderator Irina Ignatiew
    Managing directorBoxworks Media GmbH
    10:00
    TRENDS: Changing the Narrative (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 11:00

    TRENDS: Changing the Narrative

    With the increasing challenges facing today’s world we explore the role that scripted content can play in helping to inspire and compel social change with leading innovators in this space. How can drama and scripted comedy help to alter perceptions and change behaviours in areas such as the environment, mental health, inclusion and human rights and why is it important to do so?
    Moderated by: Jamie Mustard, author, The Iconist

    Miura Kite
    SVP, global televisionParticipant
    Nicole Starr
    Vice president of social impactParticipant
    Morgane Baudin
    Sustainable production specialist Pixetik
    Hilary Bevan Jones
    Founder and producerEndor productions
    Moderator Jamie Mustard
    AuthorThe Iconist
    10:00
    GENRES: New Opportunities in Immersive Drama (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 11:00

    GENRES: New Opportunities in Immersive Drama

    Following the success of Blackmirror’s Bandersnatch this session explores how advances in artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality are creating new opportunities for drama writers and producers in interactive storytelling. Gamechangers in this space reveal the skills needed to create ground-breaking, immersive content in an exciting new landscape where the boundaries between scripted and unscripted, TV, film, gaming and theatre merge.
    Moderated by: Muki Kulhan, managing director, Muki International Ltd

    Guy Gadney
    CEOCharisma.ai
    Nosa Eke
    Writer and director
    Kim-Leigh Pontin
    Creative interaction directorSky VR Studios
    David Brady
    CEOCream Productions
    Moderator Muki Kulhan
    CIO, executive XR producer and creative tech analystMuki-International Ltd.
    10:00
    INTERNATIONAL DRAMA COMMISSIONERS (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 11:00

    INTERNATIONAL DRAMA COMMISSIONERS

    Leading international commissioners outline their development agendas and commissioning strategies for 2020. How are they changing their business models to stay ahead, what are their key priorities and what are they looking for from the international business?
    Moderated by: James Rampton, TV feature writer, The i, The Independent

    Philipp Steffens
    Head of fictionRTL Television
    Superna Kalle
    Executive vice president, international digital networksStarz
    Trish Williams
    Executive director, scripted contentCBC
    Jill Offman
    EVP, Comedy Central and Paramount Network International, and managing directorViacom International Studios UK
    Moderator James Rampton
    TV feature writerThe i, The Independent
  • 11:00
    New Platforms New Opportunities: The Niche Trailblazers (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 12:00

    New Platforms New Opportunities: The Niche Trailblazers

    Leading niche and themed platforms discuss their acquisition and original content strategies, how they’re designing business models which are disrupting the disruptors, and reveal opportunities for coproduction with international partners to drive audiences and maintain their unique market position.
    Moderated by: Ben Keen, chairman, MediaXchange

    Nathalie Morley
    Chief content officerTRACE Global
    Olivier Jollet
    Managing director EuropePluto TV
    Karin Heijink
    VP pay-TV channelsViasat World
    Gena Konstantinakos
    Vice president, development and video programmingTopic
    Moderator Ben Keen
    ChairmanMediaXchange
    11:00
    CASE STUDY: Aruanas (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 12:00

    CASE STUDY: Aruanas

    Environmental thriller Aruanas from Globo and Maria Farinha Films is now available worldwide in more than 150 countries. The 10-part series has a very clear goal: to warn against the global environmental crisis and promote the appreciation and protection of the extraordinary work of activists.

    Three idealistic friends – Nathalie (Débora Falabella), Luiza (Leandra Leal) and Veronica (Taís Araújo) – set up Aruana, an ENGO that investigates the activities of a mining company operating in the Amazon rainforest. It is a place of harsh reality where strange events occur: an anonymous cry for help, people mysteriously falling ill, assassination and threats to indigenous people. The activists, each one following their own investigative leads, have discovered evidence of a renowned national mining company running an illegal project. While these women unravel a dangerous web of environmental crime and secrets, they also must deal with their own ghosts and personal dramas. The fictional story has been informed by real world experiences and research, in partnership with over 20 global NGOs.
    Moderated by: Ade Rawcliffe, head of diversity, ITV Commissioning

    Monica Albuquerque
    Head of developmentGlobo
    Estela Renner
    Director, writer and co-founderMaria Farinha Filmes
    Guadalupe Marengo
    Head of global human rights defenders programmeAmnesty International
    Niamh Brannigan
    Head of communications for environmental governanceUN Environment
    Moderator Ade Rawcliffe
    Head of diversityITV commissioning
    11:00
    GENRES: Making Comedy Drama - The Good, The Bad and The Funny. (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 12:00

    GENRES: Making Comedy Drama - The Good, The Bad and The Funny.

    With shows like Succession, Fleabag, Sex Education and Killing Eve blurring the line between the genres, this session asks how creators, producers and buyers are responding to the ever-increasing audience demand for shows that deliver on the funny as much as the pathos.
    Moderated by: Emma Smithwick, managing director, Rockfleet Productions

    O.T. Fagbenle
    Actor, writer and director
    Lydia Hampson
    Head of UK scriptedAmazon Studios
    Sofie Palage
    ProducerWarner Bros ITVP Sweden
    Krishnendu Majumdar
    Co-founder and executive producerMe+You Productions
    Moderator Emma Smithwick
    Managing directorRockfleet Productions
  • 11:15
    IN CONVERSATION: AMC (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 12:00

    IN CONVERSATION: AMC

    Up close and personal with one of the most creative network execs in the world. In this fireside chat, Barnett will set out her content strategy and vision for AMC, BBC America and the other entertainment networks she runs, and will discuss how AMC Networks is positioning itself to succeed in the current landscape as well as opportunities for international collaboration.
    Moderated by: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

    Sarah Barnett
    PresidentAMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
  • 12:00
    DEVELOPMENT: The Majors (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 13:00

    DEVELOPMENT: The Majors

    What are the leading studios developing and producing? How are their finance models changing? who are they selling to, how are they working between local and global?
    Moderated by: James Rampton , TV feature writer, The i, The Independent

    Ralph Lee
    Director of contentBBC Studios
    Scott Herbst
    Head of scripted developmentLionsgate Television Group
    Kelly Miller
    VP of International StrategyEndeavor Content
    Moderator James Rampton
    TV feature writerThe i, The Independent
    12:00
    THE CRAFT: Managing the Creative Challenge (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 13:00

    THE CRAFT: Managing the Creative Challenge

    Leading international writers and directors discuss their approaches to creating, writing, producing and directing international TV drama. In the session we will explore different styles and approaches, different showrunning models, moving between film and TV, working for different platforms and territories, how you ensure your shows reach their audience and explore the opportunities ahead for new ideas and new talent.
    Further speakers to be announced.
    Moderated by: Hayley McKenzie, founder and CEO, Script Angel

    Gurinder Chadha
    Director, writer and producerBend It TV & Films
    Rob Williams
    Writer and producer
    Toby Haynes
    Director
    Moderator Hayley McKenzie
    CEO/FounderScript Angel
    12:00
    CASE STUDY: The End (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 13:00

    CASE STUDY: The End

    A coproduction between Sky and Australia’s Foxtel airing on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV next year, The End is about three generations of a family with separate but intersecting obsessions – trying to figure out how to die with dignity, live with none and make it count.

    O’Connor plays Dr Kate Brennan, an Australian-based specialist in palliative care. Euthanasia is a hot-button topic in Kate’s field of work and she is passionate in her opposition. On the other side of the world, Kate’s mother Edie Henley (Walter) feels just as strongly about her right to die. Kate has little choice but to ship Edie out from England and deposit her in a nearby retirement village in the Gold Coast – Edie’s worst nightmare. While Kate struggles with her own problems, her children are trying to work out who they are, and who they want to be. What follows is a story about parents and children, ethics and emotion, and mostly how it’s never too late to start again.
    Moderated by: Jimmy Akingbola, actor and co-founder, TriForce Creative Network

    Samantha Strauss
    CreatorThe End
    Rachel Gardner
    Executive producerSee-Saw Films
    Patrick Walters
    Head of developmentSee-Saw Films
    Ross Crowley
    Director of contentFoxtel
    Liz Lewin
    Commissioning editorSky
    Moderator Jimmy Akingbola
    Actor, producer and co-founderThe TriForce Creative Network
    12:00
    CASE STUDY : The Watch (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 13:00

    CASE STUDY : The Watch

    BBC AMERICA’s new original scripted series, The Watch, is coproduced by Narrativia and BBC Studios. Set in the fictional city of Ankh-Morpork, where crime has been legalised, The Watch is a uniquely anarchic drama. The series centers on a group of misfit cops as they rise up from decades of helplessness to save their corrupt city from catastrophe. The Watch is an inclusive genre-bending series inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s bestselling “Discworld” novels and its many iconic characters.

    The Watch, comprised of eight episodes, began filming in Cape Town, South Africa on September 30th and is part of BBC AMERICA’s 2020 slate that includes the Emmy® Award-winning Killing Eve, Jodie Whittaker’s second season of Doctor Who and Seven Worlds, One Planet, presented by Sir David Attenborough.

    The show’s lead writer is Simon Allen (The Musketeers), joined by Joy Wilkinson (Doctor Who), Catherine Tregenna (Torchwood), Amrou Al-Kadhi (Little America) and Ed Hime (Skins), as writers on the series. Craig Viveiros (The War of the Worlds) is set to direct.
    Moderated by: Michael Pickard, editor, Drama Quarterly

    Sarah Barnett
    PresidentAMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios
    Simon Allen
    Lead writer and executive producer, The Watch
    Rob Wilkins
    Executive producerNarrativia
    Richard Stokes
    Executive producer
    Moderator Michael Pickard
    Editor, Drama QuarterlyC21Media
  • 13:00
    Networking Lunch (Across both venues) (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 15:00

    Networking Lunch (Across both venues)

  • 13:30
    Sponsored Screening - Love Me (Warner Bros International Television) (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 14:30

    Sponsored Screening - Love Me (Warner Bros International Television)

    Love Me is a six part romantic drama series about love and relationships at three distinct times of life. How do people experience love and passion across different generations? A warm and humorous series about love, sex, fear and pain. A series about life, from start to finish.

    Love Me premiered on Nordic streaming service Viaplay in October this year, and will be broadcasted on SVT in the spring. A second season is currently in production and a US pilot is in development with ABC. The series was written and directed by Josephine Bornebusch, who also plays the lead role in the show.

    13:30
    Sponsored Screening - The Paradise (MRP Matila Röhr Production, THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO and Yle) (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 14:30

    Sponsored Screening - The Paradise (MRP Matila Röhr Production, THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO and Yle)

    Two murders shake the Finnish community of Fuengirola, a group that made this tiny corner of Málaga their own little Finnish paradise on the shores of the Mediterranean. Hilkka Mäntymäki, a veteran crime detective aged 60, is traveling from Helsinki to help the local police on a case that will soon claim new victims. Please join us for a networking lunch.
    Speakers include: Marja Pyykkö (director), Matti Laine (writer), Ran Telem (Mediapro), Fran Perea (actor), Marko Rohr (producer), Suvi Mansnerus (YLE producer).

  • 15:00
    KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: NETFLIX (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 16:00

    KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: NETFLIX

    How has the way we consume entertainment changed? As Netflix broadens the scope of popular entertainment and increases production across Europe, Middle East and Africa, David Jenkinson talks to Kelly Luegenbiehl, Netflix’s Head of International Originals and asks what does the future hold and is local authentic storytelling the secret to success?
    Moderated by: David Jenkinson, editor in chief and MD, C21 Media

    Kelly Luegenbiehl
    VP of international originalsNetflix
    Moderator David Jenkinson
    Editor-in-chief and managing directorC21Media
    15:00
    CASE STUDY: Gangs of London (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 16:00

    CASE STUDY: Gangs of London

    Complex, contemporary and visually stunning, Gangs of London produced by Pulse Films & Sister Pictures, is set in one of the world’s most dynamic, multicultural cities – one which is torn by the turbulent power struggles of the international gangs that control it. When the head of a criminal organisation is assassinated, the sudden power vacuum his death creates threatens the fragile peace between the intricate web of gangs operating on the streets of the city.
    Further speakers to be announced.
    Moderated by: Mike Pickard, editor, Drama Quarterly

    Thomas Benski
    CEO and co-founder Pulse Films
    Lucas Ochoa
    Chief creative officer of scripted film and televisionPulse Films
    Gabriel Silver
    Commissioning editorSky
    Jane Featherstone
    Co-Founder and headSister London
    Corin Hardy
    Director
    Moderator Michael Pickard
    Editor, Drama QuarterlyC21Media
  • 16:00
    KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: AMAZON ORIGINALS (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 16:45

    KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: AMAZON ORIGINALS

    Georgia Brown, director, european Amazon Originals and Aparna Purohit, head of indian Amazon Originals, will outline their current and future scripted strategies and slates in this keynote interview. This session will take us inside what to expect to see over the next 12 months and what the two execs are looking for from the international content businesses in Europe and India.
    Moderated by: Stephen Armstrong, freelance journalist

    Georgia Brown
    Director of European Prime original seriesAmazon Studios
    Aparna Purohit
    Head of India originalAmazon Prime Video
    Moderator Stephen Armstrong
    Freelance journalist
    16:00
    HOT PROPERTIES: The Secrets She Keeps, Trickster, The Heartless (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 17:00

    HOT PROPERTIES: The Secrets She Keeps, Trickster, The Heartless

    In our Hot Properties strand at Content London we shine a light on upcoming dramas expected to have an impact on the international business in the coming year and meet those responsible for developing them to find out more. Hear how they were created, developed, packaged and sold from those closest to the projects, and see exclusive clips from the shows.
    Moderated by: Jimmy Akingbola, actor and co-founder, TriForce Creative Network

    This session features new projects; The Secrets She Keeps, Trickster, The Heartless

    The Secrets She Keeps
    Two women have a chance encounter in a supermarket in an affluent Sydney suburb. They are the same age, both heavily pregnant and due at the same time. Meghan (Jessica De Gouw) is a glamorous online ‘influencer’ on the rise with an ambitious television sports reporter husband Jack (Michael Dorman). Agatha (Laura Carmichael) works in the supermarket as a shelf stacker.

    Although they live near each other, the two women’s lives could not be more different … Agatha is a loner, barely subsisting above the poverty line. She’s ecstatic to be pregnant, pinning all her hopes and dreams on this much longed-for ‘miracle baby’. Yet the father of her child, Hayden (Michael Sheasby), a sailor on active duty, remains oblivious to her condition.

    Meghan is a sophisticated mother-of-two who uses her website to reframe her imperfect life into a glossier, more aspirational existence. Despite posting enthusiastically about her pregnancy to her avid followers, including Agatha, behind closed doors this third baby is putting pressure on a strained marriage.

    Both women have secrets. And both will risk everything to conceal the truth. But their worlds are about to collide in one shocking act that cannot be undone.
    Speakers: Helen Bowden, Michael Robotham, and Pilar Perez

    Trickster
    Trickster is based on the best-selling novel Son Of A Trickster, the first of a trilogy by Haisla/Heiltsuk author Eden Robinson, and created by award winning Métis/Algonquin filmmaker Michelle Latimer (RISE, Nuuca) and Tony Elliott (Orphan Black). Michelle Latimer directs all six episodes.

    Jared (Joel Oulette) is an Indigenous teen struggling to keep his dysfunctional family above water, holding down an after-school job and selling ecstasy to support his partying mum, Maggie (Crystle Lightning, Outlander), and his unemployable dad, Phil (Craig Lauzon, Royal Canadian Air Farce). But when Jared starts seeing strange things – talking ravens, doppelgängers, skin monsters – his already chaotic life is turned upside down. At first, Jared thinks he’s losing his mind, but to his relief and terror, the supernatural events are all too real. Spirits, ancient magic, deadly rights of passage – it’s a coming-of-age story unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
    Speakers: Michelle Latimer and Jennifer Kawaja

    The Heartless
    A searingly honest and compulsively entertaining drama featuring an original soundtrack by Lucie and Carl Barât.

    When Sally finds herself in London, after a year away, the last person in the world she wants to call is Anna. But when she is left homeless she has no one else to turn to. Anna is a liability, she bounces from gig to gig and job to job, never settling, always partying. Sally, on the other hand, craves order and is desperate to get as far away from the instability of the council estate she grew up on where she first met Anna and her brother Asher. She is reticent when Anna agrees to have her move in with her and her brother in Camden, but she has no other option, and it’s been years since they all fled their childhoods.

    As their worlds collide, Asher’s band, The Heartless, teeters on the brink of success, carving out new and exciting territory on the London indie scene. Still harbouring a secret childhood crush on Asher, Sally finds herself seduced by a gang of intense and desperate artists. On the other hand, the siblings, who had carefully reconstructed their past to escape the trauma of a broken home, now find themselves living with someone who knows them ‘from before’.

    But while Asher sees an opportunity to rekindle a childhood crush and better the boy he was, Anna feels Sally’s presence is reawakening too many buried demons. Reacting the only way she knows how, Anna begins a steady decline into drink and drugs as Asher tries to keep his world from turning upside down.
    ,
    And then there’s the problem of The Heartless’ explosive, unpredictable front woman, Marion, a loose cannon who’s determined to keep his attention…
    Speakers: Carl Barat, Lucie Barat, and Zoe Rocha

    Helen Bowden
    Producer and MDLingo
    Pilar Perez
    Head of acquisitionsDCD Rights
    Michelle Latimer
    Executive producer and director Trickster
    Jennifer Kawaja
    Executive producerSienna Films
    Carl Barât
    Executive producerThe Heartless
    Lucie Barât
    WriterThe Heartless
    Zoë Rocha
    ProducerThe Heartless
    Moderator Jimmy Akingbola
    Actor, producer and co-founderThe TriForce Creative Network
  • 17:00
    Drama Awards Cocktail Reception (Music Foyer) (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 18:00

    Drama Awards Cocktail Reception (Music Foyer)

    17:00
    The Finger Awards - Invitation only (Hall 3 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 18:30

    The Finger Awards - Invitation only

    The first-ever international Finger Awards has been created to provide a platform for comedy professionals who have gone out of their way to try to make the world a better place using their craft. It represents an industry recognition of these efforts by an international panel of over 50 A-list judges, all members of the Comedy for Change community.
    Nominations for the first Finger Awards included 80 candidates from over 30 countries. In addition, the community will grant a lifetime achievement award for outstanding contribution to society to someone who has been tireless in their efforts to raise awareness of issues of importance using comedy.
    The ceremony will be hosted by comedian and former senior TV executive, Cally Beaton.

  • 18:00
    C21Media’s International Drama Awards (Hall 1 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 19:00

    C21Media’s International Drama Awards

    18:00
    International Drama Summit Closing Cocktail (Music Foyer) (Hall 2 - Kings Place)
    ENDS 21:00

    International Drama Summit Closing Cocktail (Music Foyer)

    Sponsored by:

  • 20:30
    The Heartless Launch Party - Invitation only (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 22:30

    The Heartless Launch Party - Invitation only

    Invitation only.

  • 21:00
    SERIAL EYES: POSH PITCH CIRCUS (The Royal Suite) (Hansom Hall - St Pancras Hotel)
    ENDS 22:00

    SERIAL EYES: POSH PITCH CIRCUS (The Royal Suite)

    SEAN’s Amazing Traveling Pitch Circus is coming to Content London and becomes… the POSH CIRCUS!

    Put on your fancy clothes and come drink and laugh with us in the Royal Suite of the St Pancras Renaissance hotel. Invitations only.

    Hosted by alumni of the Serial Eyes writing program in Berlin, the Pitch Circus is a comedy open mic show where writers can tell their craziest ideas, free from formatting and rules. After successful editions in Munich, Berlin, Helsinki and Lille for Série Mania; the Circus stops for the first time in London!