Programme / Speakers 2018

Speakers

Stephen Frears
Stephen Frears
Director
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Stephen Frears
Stephen Frears
Director / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Intervention: presentation of "A Very English Scandal"

One of Britain’s finest directors, Stephen Frears has always embraced a wide variety of styles, themes and genres. He made his name in TV drama, working almost exclusively for the small screen in the first fifteen years of his career. By the mid-1980s he turned to the cinema, shooting “The Hit” (1984) starring Terence Stamp, John Hurt and Tim Roth. The following year he made “My Beautiful Laundrette” for Channel 4, which corsed over to big-screen audiences and altered the course of his career. After directing its companion piece “Sammy and Rosie Get Laid” and “Prick Up Your Ears” with Gary Oldman as Joe Orton, he began directing films in Hollywood including “Dangerous Liaisons” and “The Grifters” for which he was Oscar-nominated.
Returning closer to home, he directed two Irish films, “The Snapper” and “The Van” based on Roody Doyle stories, before a second spell in America with “The Hi Lo Country” and “High Fidelity” based on the novel by Nick Hornby. Since then he has been based mostly in Britain directing films with widely differing subjects such as “Dirty Pretty Things”, a realistic account of immigrant life in London and “Mrs. Henderson Presents” about the creation of the Windmill Theatre during World War II, “Cheri” based on the book by Colette, “Tamara Drewe”, “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” for HBO about his refusal to report for induction into the US army for the Vietnam war, the award winning “Philomena” with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and “The Program” with Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong, “Florence Foster Jenkins” with Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, “Victoria and Abdul” with Judi Dench as Queen Victoria He is now working on another Nick Hornby project “State of Union”.

Peter Kosminsky
Peter Kosminsky
Writer, director
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Peter Kosminsky
Peter Kosminsky
Writer, director / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Talk: masterclass

Peter Kosminsky has joined BBC as General Trainee in 1980, working as an assistant producer on Nationwide, Breakfast Time and Newsnight. He moved to Yorkshire Television in 1985 as a Producer/Director on First Tuesday. His programmes included the documentaries The Falklands War - The Untold Story and Afghansti and the two-part drama Shoot to kill.
Since 1995, he has worked as a freelance drama director. TV Dramas include No Child of Mine by Guy Hibbert, (BAFTA Best Single Drama), Warriors by Leigh Jackson, (BAFTA Best Drama Serial) and the TV serialisation of the Hilary Mantel, Booker Prize winning Wolf Hall for BBC2, (Golden Globe, Peabody, BAFTA Best Drama) – adapted by Peter Straughan and starring Sir Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis and Claire Foy.
He wrote or directed for: The Government Inspector, about the death of biological weapons inspector Dr David Kelly, (BAFTAs for Best Single Drama, Best Actor (Mark Rylance) and Best Writer), Britz - a two part drama about being second generation Muslim in Britain today, (BAFTA for Best Drama Serial), The Promise, a four-part drama about Israel/Palestine, (BAFTA Nomination for Best Drama Serial), and The State for C4 and National Geographic in the US, which tells the story of British Muslims who travel to Syria to join the Islamic State, (BAFTA Nomination for Best Drama Serial).
He has directed two feature films for Hollywood studios: Wuthering Heights for Paramount, starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche, and White Oleander for Warner Bros, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright and Renée Zellweger.
He is fellow, Royal Television Society and he has received a BAFTA Lifetime Award for Outstanding Creative Contribution to TV.
 

Chris Lang
Chris Lang
Writer, producer, acteur
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Chris Lang
Chris Lang
Writer, producer, acteur / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Talk: Masterclass

 

After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Chris Lang started his career by writing The Jockeys of Norfolk, alongside Hugh Grant (and later joined by Andy Taylor). He then earned his stripes on long running British series : The Bill (for which he won a Writer’s Guild award), Casualty, Soldier Soldier… before going on to create an original series for ITV in 2002 called The Glass, which starred John Thaw and Sarah Lancashire in the title roles. He has since written many episodes of various series: The Tunnel, Torn (nominated for an RTS Award), Amnesia (nominated for an Edgar Award), A Mother’s Son (nominated for a Broadcast Award).
He has created several series like Unforgotten (3rd season on its way) or Innocent (broadcast in the Spring of 2018). Several of his works have been adapted into French: A Mother’s Son, Torn, Undeniable.
He created and co-wrote the next French Netflix series, Generation Q, directed by Noémie Saglio, the shooting of which has just finished. The series Dark Heart will be broadcast on ITV this Autumn.
 

Marguerite  Abouet
Marguerite Abouet
Writer
France
 
Marguerite  Abouet
Marguerite Abouet
Writer / France

Talk: One Vision “Passing stories”
Marguerite Abouet was born in Abidjan. After a legal career, she decided to focus solely on writing and created Aya, a character through which she tells an unpretentious and gently humorous story of an Africa we rarely see—spirited, hopeful, and resilient. The 6 volumes of Aya of Yop City, illustrated by Clément Oubrerie, were published by Gallimard from 2005 to 2010. The series tells the story of a group of teenagers in Yop City, Abidjan, near the end of the 70’s. She then decided to adapt it for the silver screen. The film, Aya of Yop City, co-directed by Clément Oubrerie, was presented as an official selection of the FIFF in 2013 and was nominated at the 2014 Césars. She also published the graphic novels Akissi (7 volumes), Commissaire Kouamé and Terre Gâtée. She created the TV series C’est la vie (2 seasons), the first of which has been broadcast on A+ and TV5 World/Africa, the RTI and several national African channels.

Walter Iuzzolino
Walter Iuzzolino
Co-founder and curator, Walter Presents
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Walter Iuzzolino
Walter Iuzzolino
Co-founder and curator, Walter Presents / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Talk: One Vision “Fuck the formula:start taking creative risks again!”
Walter is a former Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 where he developed a string of factual hit formats before leaving to become Creative Director at Betty. There he spearheaded a quick growth trajectory of turnover and output which led to the company sale to Discovery Networks International in 2011. In 2014 Walter left Betty to pursue his dream of launching a foreign language drama channel. Walter Presents launched January 2016 in the UK as a free video-on-demand service and is a joint venture between Channel 4 and Global Series Network, co-founded by Jason Thorp and Jo McGrath. Dedicated to showcasing award winning foreign language drama, the service is named after Walter. In March 2017 Walter Presents launched as an SVOD platform in the US with the New York Times hailing it as a ‘chic TV boutique with a foreign accent’. In November 2017 Walter Presents launched in Australia on Foxtel, the second stage of a planned global roll-out.

Walter is a former Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 where he developed a string of factual hit formats before leaving to become Creative Director at Betty. There he spearheaded a quick growth trajectory of turnover and output which led to the company sale to Discovery Networks International in 2011. In 2014 Walter left Betty to pursue his dream of launching a foreign language drama channel. Walter Presents launched January 2016 in the UK as a free video-on-demand service and is a joint venture between Channel 4 and Global Series Network, co-founded by Jason Thorp and Jo McGrath. Dedicated to showcasing award winning foreign language drama, the service is named after Walter. In March 2017 Walter Presents launched as an SVOD platform in the US with the New York Times hailing it as a ‘chic TV boutique with a foreign accent’. In November 2017 Walter Presents launched in Australia on Foxtel, the second stage of a planned global roll-out.
Walter is a former Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 where he developed a string of factual hit formats before leaving to become Creative Director at Betty. There he spearheaded a quick growth trajectory of turnover and output which led to the company sale to Discovery Networks International in 2011. In 2014 Walter left Betty to pursue his dream of launching a foreign language drama channel. Walter Presents launched January 2016 in the UK as a free video-on-demand service and is a joint venture between Channel 4 and Global Series Network, co-founded by Jason Thorp and Jo McGrath. Dedicated to showcasing award winning foreign language drama, the service is named after Walter. In March 2017 Walter Presents launched as an SVOD platform in the US with the New York Times hailing it as a ‘chic TV boutique with a foreign accent’. In November 2017 Walter Presents launched in Australia on Foxtel, the second stage of a planned global roll-out.
Murray Gold
Murray Gold
Composer
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Murray Gold
Murray Gold
Composer / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Murray Gold was born in Portsmouth, England and educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He has many awards and nominations for his music including

Grand Prix de la Meilleure Musique Original at the Festival International du Film d’Aubagne, RTS for Queer as Folk and five BAFTA nominations. He has written three ballets with poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Ballet Lorent. His concert work ‘When my brother fell into the river’ was performed at The Barbican in 2014. Murray Gold has been the musical director and composer of the music for Doctor
Who from the series’ relaunch in 2005 to 2017. He also scored the main theme for Shameless and is the composer for A Very English Scandal, presented during Série Series’ opening ceremony. He currently lives in New York where he is working on a musical.
 

Hilary  Salmon
Hilary Salmon
Head of drama, BBC Studios
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Hilary  Salmon
Hilary Salmon
Head of drama, BBC Studios / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Talk: “BBC: a European example?”
Hilary became an Executive Producer for the BBC in 1998 and has been responsible for titles as diverse as “To the Ends of the Earth” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Long Firm” starring Mark Strong and “Byron” starring Johnny Lee Miller. Her shows “Shoot the Messenger”, “Eroica” and “Criminal Justice” all won the prestigious Prix Italia. Hilary’s iconic show Criminal Justice (now reworked by HBO as the hit series “The Night of”) also won both the BAFTA and the Broadcast Award for Best Mini-Series, the International Emmy and RTS for Best Actor for Ben Wishaw and the BAFTA Writer’s Award for Peter Moffat.

Hilary has co-produced shows with American network HBO: “Five Days and House of Saddam”, which won the Grierson Award. Since her HBO success, Hilary has been responsible for the thrillers “Inside Men”, “Undercover” and “One Child” and three series of the hugely popular legal series Silk starring Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones. Recently Hilary was Executive Producer of the highly acclaimed BBC1 drama “Three Girls” about the victims of the Rochdale grooming scandal. “Three Girls” has won a multitude of awards, including 5 BAFTAS and 4 RTS Awards. She is currently Executive Producer on Tom Rob Smith’s ambitious new thriller for BBC2, “MotherFatherSon”.
Talk: focus on BBC

Hilary became an Executive Producer for the BBC in 1998 and has been responsible for titles as diverse as To the Ends of the Earth, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, The Long Firm, starring Mark Strong and Byron, starring Johnny Lee Miller. Her shows Shoot the Messenger, Eroica, and Criminal Justice, all won the prestigious Prix Italia. Hilary’s iconic show Criminal Justice (now reworked by HBO as the hit series The Night of) also won both the BAFTA and the Broadcast Award for Best Mini-Series, the International Emmy and RTS for Best Actor for Ben Wishaw and the BAFTA Writer’s Award for Peter Moffat.

Hilary has co-produced shows with American network HBO: Five Days and House of Saddam, which won the Grierson Award. Since her HBO success, Hilary has been responsible for the thrillers Inside Men, Undercover and One Child and three series of the hugely popular legal series Silk, starring Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones. Recently Hilary was Executive Producer of the highly acclaimed BBC1 drama Three Girls about the victims of the Rochdale grooming scandal. Three Girls has won a multitude of awards, including 5 BAFTAS and 4 RTS Awards. She is currently Executive Producer on Tom Rob Smith’s ambitious new thriller for BBC2, MotherFatherSon.

Christian Rank
Christian Rank
Head of drama, DR
Denmark
 
Christian Rank
Christian Rank
Head of drama, DR / Denmark
Paul Baeten Gronda
Paul Baeten Gronda
Writer
Belgium
 
Paul Baeten Gronda
Paul Baeten Gronda
Writer / Belgium

Talk: Over Water’s case study (“In the Pipeline” session)
Paul Baeten Gronda (1981) grew up in Belgium but lives in Italy since 2012. He published his debut novel in 2008, which became a critical success as well as a
bestselling top ten novel. In the years that follow, he wrote four more books, revolving around the themes that have become a staple of Baeten Gronda’s work: family tragedies, unresolved conflicts, crime and punishment and impossible love. Baeten Gronda’s books also got published in Germany, Switzerland and Austria by German publishers Luchterhand Literaturverlag, a subsidiary of Random House Deutschland. Since 2006, Baeten Gronda has also worked as a writer on several tv-shows, ranging from late night talk shows, quiz shows and comedy.
 

Alix Poisson
Alix Poisson
Actress
France
 
Alix Poisson
Alix Poisson
Actress / France

Talk: Case Study of "The Inside Game" ("In The Pipeline" session)

Brigitte Dithard
Brigitte Dithard
Head of the film and culture department, SWR
Germany
 
Brigitte Dithard
Brigitte Dithard
Head of the film and culture department, SWR / Germany
Anna Zackrisson
Anna Zackrisson
Director
Sweden
 
Anna Zackrisson
Anna Zackrisson
Director / Sweden

Talk: presentation of The White Wall (“What’s Next” session)
Anna Zackrisson directed “The Doll Adventures” for SVT, the public swedish broadcaster, in 2010 until 2011. She then started to write series of short stories and directed “The Butchers Walz” produced by Eyefeed company. In 2014, she continued to work for SVT on TV series produced by SF studios and Jarowskij. She directed seven episodes of the second season of “The Restaurant”, and two episodes of the third season, which is actually in pre-production.
 

Anna Croneman
Anna Croneman
Head of drama, SVT
Sweden
 
Anna Croneman
Anna Croneman
Head of drama, SVT / Sweden
Anne Edyvean
Anne Edyvean
Head of BBC Writersroom
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Anne Edyvean
Anne Edyvean
Head of BBC Writersroom / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Talk: BBC, a European exemple ?

Liselott Forsman
Liselott Forsman
Executive producer international projects, YLE
Finland
 
Liselott Forsman
Liselott Forsman
Executive producer international projects, YLE / Finland

Talk: Presentation of "Invisible Heroes" (In The Pipeline" session)

Today Liselott Forsman is the Executive Producer of International Drama Projects within the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle. She networks actively internationally as the President of the EBU Fiction Expert Group, the program director of the international series event Helsinki Script, a co-producer within the Northvision Drama group and a member of the International Emmy Academy. She has lectured on or moderated drama series sessions on all continents. On the feature film side she is planning and moderating discussions for the international Midnight Sun Film festival. Liselott has written for TV and radio as well as for theater and opera stages. She works in Swedish, Finnish and English and has a background as the Head of Fiction within the Swedish part of Yle. She has a MA from The University of Helsinki that combines Theatre Science with Film and TV studies.

   

Mikko Pöllä
Mikko Pöllä
Co-creator, producer
finlande
 
Mikko Pöllä
Mikko Pöllä
Co-creator, producer / finlande

Talk: presentation of The White Wall (“What’s Next” session)
Mikko Pöllä (b.1975) has created Finland's most widespread scripted television formats ever; Black Widows and Easy Living that have gained remakes by big players like HBO Europe, Viaplay and Univision. His work as writer and producer has been acknowledged with numerous national and international awards, including four "best drama series of the year" titles in Finland. Also, Mikko has helped turn the gaming world phenomenon Angry Birds into an entertainment franchise, co-writing the Angry Birds Movie story. In 2016 Mikko co-founded drama development and production company Fire Monkey. 

Wim Janssen
Wim Janssen
Content manager, VRT
Belgium
 
Wim Janssen
Wim Janssen
Content manager, VRT / Belgium
Michele Zatta
Michele Zatta
Producer
Italy
 
Michele Zatta
Michele Zatta
Producer / Italy

Talk: Presentation of "Survivors" ("What's Next" session)

Federico Llano
Federico Llano
Head of international coproduction, TVE
Spain
 
Federico Llano
Federico Llano
Head of international coproduction, TVE / Spain
Jan De Clercq
Jan De Clercq
Producer, Lunanime
Belgium
 
Jan De Clercq
Jan De Clercq
Producer, Lunanime / Belgium

Talk: presentation of Soil (“What’s Next” session)
Jan De Clercq is co-founder and CEO of Lumière Group, which focuses on the Benelux distribution of European art house and crossover films, and of many successful Scandinavian TV-series such as “Borgen”, “The Killing”, “Wallander”, “The Bridge”, “The Legacy”.
Lumière Group owns cinemas in Belgium (Antwerp and Bruges) and facilitates production (Lunanime) in the Benelux.
Lunanime produced art house films (“Meisje” by Dorothée Van Den Berghe, Offline & “Le Ciel Flamand” by Peter Monsaert), animation movies (“A Cat in Paris and Phantom Boy” by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol; Funan by Denis Do), short films (“The tie by An Vrombaut”) and TV series (“The Team”, Occupied 2). Jan De Clercq was delegate producer on “The Team” and is co-producer on “Occupied” 2 and “The Bridge” 2 and 3.
He is also a frequent member of the jury for film and TV series at VAF (Flemish Audiovisual Fund) and is a member of the jury at the World Cinema Fund of the Berlinale.
         

Françoise Mayor
Françoise Mayor
Head of drama productions, RTS
Switzerland
 
Françoise Mayor
Françoise Mayor
Head of drama productions, RTS / Switzerland

After training as a political scientist, Françoise Mayor joined TSR in 1989, first on the Press Department that she ran from 1991 to 1994, then on the Drama Production Unit where she was in charge of projects development and TV series production. She went on to select Swiss short and feature films and as from 2006, together with the web Team at RTS she started two original websites dedicated to Drama -www.rtsfiction.ch and www.moncinema.ch., the latter a participative virtual 2.0 film theatre. Since 2010, she has been in charge of the In-House Drama Unit at RTS where she develops and supervises all the Drama projects. She also works with independent production companies and the Swiss and international audio-visual institutions. Since December 2017 she has been heading the new Unit formed by the merging of Drama, Documentaries and New Formats at RTS.
 

Wannes Cappelle
Wannes Cappelle
Writer, actor
Belgium
 
Wannes Cappelle
Wannes Cappelle
Writer, actor / Belgium

Wannes is a singer, musician and actor. He studied performing arts at the acclaimed Herman Teirlinck Institute and is the driving force behind the band “Het Zesde Metaal”. Besides music, Wannes mainly works in theatre, writing and playing in various productions alongside Wouter Deprez, Kristien Hemmerechts, Manou Kersting and others. He co-wrote the scenario for the TV series “Bevergem” in which he also played a part. 

Helen Perquy
Helen Perquy
International drama expert, VRT
Belgium
 
Helen Perquy
Helen Perquy
International drama expert, VRT / Belgium

Helen Perquy is a Belgian executive producer with a main focus on financing high end television drama with international potential. She is responsible for developing and managing international co-productions for drama, connecting high quality content with the suitable financing strategy.
 

Peter Arrhenius
Peter Arrhenius
Screenwriter, Brain Academy
Sweden
 
Peter Arrhenius
Peter Arrhenius
Screenwriter, Brain Academy / Sweden

Talk: presentation of Conspiracy of Silence 


Peter is a screenwriter with a broad list of credits and genres, ranging from the children’s feature film “LasseMaja - Shadows over Valleby” (SF), through the international comedy series “Welcome to Sweden” (NBC/TV4) and thriller/horror series “Black Lake” (TV3/Viaplay) to creating his own thriller drama “Conspiracy of Silence” (Viaplay original). For nine years Peter worked at SVT (Swedish public service TV) as a Script Editor for Drama and Head of Development for Children & Youth programming. He is also the author of 15 children’s books to date, published in Sweden, Denmark, US and Japan.
 

Martichka Bozhilova
Martichka Bozhilova
Producer, AGITPROP
Bulgaria
 
Martichka Bozhilova
Martichka Bozhilova
Producer, AGITPROP / Bulgaria

Talk: Presentation of "Father's Day"

 

Martichka Bozhilova is producer of AGITPROP, Bulgaria. Her films have been selected and awarded at Cannes, Berlin, IDFA, Toronto, Sundance, Tribeca, Pusan and many others, and broadcast all over the world. Her filmography includes: Georgi and the Butterflies (IDFA winner), The Mosquito Problem and other stories (Cannes), Corridor #8 (Berlinale), Omelette (Sundance), The Boy Who Was a King (Toronto IFF), Love and Engineering (Tribeca), Touch Me Not (Golden Bear Winner, Berlinale 2018). She is currently working on the limited TV series Father's Day (in post-production) produced for Bulgarian National Television, supported by Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme and pitched at a number of distinguished European TV events such as Serie Series and Venice Gap-Financing Market.

Nicola Lusuardi
Nicola Lusuardi
Screencriter
Italy
 
Nicola Lusuardi
Nicola Lusuardi
Screencriter / Italy

Talk: workshop within the framework of Series Stories
Since 1990, Nicola Lusuardi has been working as a playwright and screenwriter. He is script consultant and supervisor for several Italian and European broadcasters and producers. Since 2013 he consults the original scripted contents produced by Sky Italy. Head of study for the SeriesLab program created by TorinoFilmLab and Séries Mania. Teaches at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome and SerialEyes in Berlin. Holds masterclass and workshops in different countries. He founded Nightswim, production company in association with Stefano Sardo and Ines Vasjlievic.
 

Philipp Steffens
Philipp Steffens
Head of fiction, RTL
Germany
 
Philipp Steffens
Philipp Steffens
Head of fiction, RTL / Germany
David Forrest
David Forrest
Researcher
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
David Forrest
David Forrest
Researcher / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Talk: “Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain”
Dr David Forrest is Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of Sheffield, UK. His main research area is British social realist cinema, with a particular interest in the functions of space, place and landscape in realist texts. David has published work on British television drama, the British New Wave and contemporary British cinema. David's publications include the books Social Realism: Art, Nationhood and Politics (CSP, 2013); Filmurbia: Screening the Suburbs, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 (co-edited with Graeme Harper and Jonathan Rayner)); Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 (co-edited with Beth Johnson)); Barry Hines: ’Kes’, ‘Threads’ and Beyond (Manchester University Press, 2017 (co-written with Sue Vice)); and the forthcoming book New Realisms: Contemporary British Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, due 2019). David is a Co-Investigator on the AHRC project ‘Beyond the Multiplex: Audiences for Specialised Films in English Regions’, working alongside colleagues from the universities of Liverpool, Newcastle and York.

Elly Vervloet
Elly Vervloet
VRT Netherlands
Netherlands
 
Elly Vervloet
Elly Vervloet
VRT Netherlands / Netherlands
Sylvie Coquart-Morel
Sylvie Coquart-Morel
Head of drama, RTBF
Belgium
 
Sylvie Coquart-Morel
Sylvie Coquart-Morel
Head of drama, RTBF / Belgium
Kato Maes
Kato Maes
Producer
Belgium
 
Kato Maes
Kato Maes
Producer / Belgium

Talk: Over Water’s case study (“In the Pipeline” session)
Kato Maes was a co-founder and partner of production company Caviar. As an executive producer she created several television series and movies such as ‘De Smaak van De Keyser’, ‘Clan’ and ‘Dirty Mind’. Apart from being Panenka’s business manager, Kato Maes is also the Executive Producer of this series.
 

Viola Rispoli
Viola Rispoli
Screenwriter
Italy
 
Viola Rispoli
Viola Rispoli
Screenwriter / Italy

Talk: presentation of Survivors (“What’s Next” session)
Viola Rispoli was born around 40 years ago in Naples, which he misses. But he loves being in writers’ room so much that he doesn’t think of going back home, where there aren’t enough of them. As screenwriter and head writer, he has worked for, supervised and run several series like: “La Mafia Uccide Solo d’Estate”, “Non Uccidere”, “Il Paradiso delle Signore” and many others, broadcasted mostly on the Italian national television network Rai.
 

Ludovica Fonda
Ludovica Fonda
Head of international development, Mediaset
Italy
 
Ludovica Fonda
Ludovica Fonda
Head of international development, Mediaset / Italy
Marco Poccioni
Marco Poccioni
Producer
Italy
 
Marco Poccioni
Marco Poccioni
Producer / Italy

Intervention : présentation de Survivors (session “What’s Next”)
Marco Poccioni est né à Rome le 2 Novembre 1960. Il obtient un diplôme de Droit à l’Université “La Sapienza” de Rome en 1984. Il commence à travailler à Medusa Distribution, société appartenant à son père - Franco Poccioni - et à Felice Colaiacomo. Il est en charge de la production, du marketing et de la distribution des films produits par Medusa, jusqu’en 1988. En 1991, il crée Rodeo Drive en partenariat avec Marco Valsania, une société de production avec laquelle il commence son voyage dans le cinéma italien indépendant, produisant ainsi de nombreux films avec certains des plus grands auteurs italiens.
 

Tone C.  Rønning
Tone C. Rønning
Executive Producer / Commissioning Editor, NRK
Norway
 
Tone C.  Rønning
Tone C. Rønning
Executive Producer / Commissioning Editor, NRK / Norway

Executive Producer and Commissioning Editor on NRK- series such as Nobel, Valkyrien, The Heavy Water War and Lilyhammer, and international co-pros like The Bridge. Has been directing, producing and writing shows in many genres, developing and teaching at filmschools. Executive Producer for the EBU and the Nordvision and running workshops on storytelling worldwide.
 

Aleksi Salmenperä
Aleksi Salmenperä
Director
Finland
 
Aleksi Salmenperä
Aleksi Salmenperä
Director / Finland

Talk: Presentation of "The White Wall" ("What's Next" session)

Jarmo Lampela
Jarmo Lampela
Head of drama, YLE
Finland
 
Jarmo Lampela
Jarmo Lampela
Head of drama, YLE / Finland
Marike Muselaers
Marike Muselaers
Co-CEO, Lumière Groupe
Belgium
 
Marike Muselaers
Marike Muselaers
Co-CEO, Lumière Groupe / Belgium

Marike Muselaers has been working in film and TV for almost 15 years. She gained her spurs at Fortissimo Films and RTL Netherlands before joining the Lumiere team. As Head of Sales, she transformed a successful DVD distributor into an all rights powerhouse. After more than 10 years in sales, acquisitions and co-productions at Lumiere, Marike Muselaers has recently been appointed co-CEO of the Lumiere Group, in her words “a full ecosystem in which production, distribution, a digital platform, 3 cinemas and an animation studio are all working closely together to bring the best stories to the Benelux audience and the rest of the world”. Next to co-leading the Lumiere Group and finding and developing new compelling stories and characters, Marike is determined to create new innovative business models in this fast-paced, challenging, but never boring industry.
 

Jan Maxa
Jan Maxa
Head of programme development, Czech Television
Czech Republic
 
Jan Maxa
Jan Maxa
Head of programme development, Czech Television / Czech Republic

Talk: participation to the Broadcasters' Conclave & presentation of “Sherlock 84” (“What’s next” session)

As Content Development Director of Czech TV, a public broadcaster, Jan oversees a group of 15 creative producers and approximately 500 projects in development in all TV genres, including drama, entertainment, factual and documentary, as well as children programs. His team is responsible both for in-house development and production, as well as commissioning from independent producers. In addition, the development team also manages co-production of cinema projects and international co-productions and presales.

The development team creates all premiere, non-acquisition content for four channels, representing, for example, over 100 hours of drama per year. In recent years, Czech TV consistently keeps a market share around 30% with high viewer satisfaction. Czech TV regularly co-produces with ARTE and public broadcasters in Austria, Germany and Slovakia.
Previously, Jan worked as Content Development Director at CME Group, in print media and in information technology consulting.

 

His creative producer credits include the event TV films and miniseries “Maria Theresia” (Czech TV + ORF + MTVA + RTVS + Maya, in production), “Rašín” (Czech TV, in production), “The Story of a Pilot” (Czech TV, in production), “The Death Mass Victim” (Czech TV, 2017), “The Vote for the King of the Romans” (Czech TV + Beta Film, 2016), “Jan Hus” (Czech TV + ARTE, 2015), TV series “Manor House” II and III (Czech TV, in production) and comedy mini-series “Cosmic” (Czech TV, 2016).

 

Zouzou Ben Chikha
Zouzou Ben Chikha
Writer, actor
Belgium
 
Zouzou Ben Chikha
Zouzou Ben Chikha
Writer, actor / Belgium

Zouzou is an actor, musician, director and playwriter. Together with his brother Chokri and artistic partners Mourade Zeguendi and Ruud Gielens he established the theatre company “Union Suspecte” in 2003. Today he’s running the collective “Action Zoo Humain” together with his brother Chokri and became known to the general public for his role in the comical TV series “Bevergem”.

Malin Nevander
Malin Nevander
Head of development, SVT
Suède
 
Malin Nevander
Malin Nevander
Head of development, SVT / Suède
Dries Heyneman
Dries Heyneman
Writer, actor
Belgium
 
Dries Heyneman
Dries Heyneman
Writer, actor / Belgium

During his psychology studies in 2000 Dries co-founded the cabaret duo “Ter bescherming van de jeugd” together with Tim Goditiabois. After building up an impressive repertoire and touring for many years Dries started working behind the scenes and directing shows by stand-up comedians like Han Solo, Piv Huvluv and Freddy De Vadder. Around that time he also participated in writing the comical collage program “Superstaar” by Gunther Lamoot. As a screenwriter and actor he contributed to the critically acclaimed TV series “Bevergem”.   

Alexandre Piel
Alexandre Piel
Deputy head of drama, Arte
France
 
Alexandre Piel
Alexandre Piel
Deputy head of drama, Arte / France
Stefan Baron
Stefan Baron
Executive Producer, Nice Drama
Sweden
 
Stefan Baron
Stefan Baron
Executive Producer, Nice Drama / Sweden

Stefan held numerous leading positions at Swedish pubcaster SVT and was notably involved in The Bridge, The Millenium Trilogy, Real Humans, Death of a Pilgrim… Since May 2014, Stefan is Executive producer Nice Drama where he worked on titles as Midnight Sun, Thicker Than Waterand Hassel.

Katharina Schenk
Katharina Schenk
Head of series production, ORTF
Austria
 
Katharina Schenk
Katharina Schenk
Head of series production, ORTF / Austria
Ib Bondebjerg
Ib Bondebjerg
Professor emeritus
Denmark
 
Ib Bondebjerg
Ib Bondebjerg
Professor emeritus / Denmark

Talk: “European Drama: Cultural Policy and Everyday Life”
Ib Bondebjerg professor emeritus Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, UNCPH, director of the Centre for Modern European Studies (2008-2011), member Standing Committee for the Humanities and Social Sciences, ESF (1993-1997), and chairman of The Danish Film Institute (1997-2000). Co-editor of the book series Palgrave European Film and Media Studies. Co-director of the research projects “Changing Media – Changing Europe” (2000-2005) and “Mediating Cultural Encounters Through European Screens” (2013-2016). Recent books: “European Cinema and Television: Cultural Policy and Everyday Life” (2015), and “Transnational European Television Drama: Production, Genres and Audiences” (2017).
 

Mylene Verdurmen
Mylene Verdurmen
Drama editor in chief, Avrotros
Netherlands
 
Mylene Verdurmen
Mylene Verdurmen
Drama editor in chief, Avrotros / Netherlands
Beth Johnson
Beth Johnson
Researcher
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Beth Johnson
Beth Johnson
Researcher / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Talk: “Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain”
She is the author of Paul Abbott (Manchester University Press, 2013) and has published widely on screen representations of gender and class. She is the editor of Television, Sex and Society (Continuum, 2012) and recently co-edited a dossier on ‘English Television Stardom and Performing the North’ (with David Forrest) for Journal of Popular Television (2017, 4:2). Again with Forrest, she co-edited the book collection Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Her latest collection, Teenage Dreams: Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Other Media (with Bentley and Zieleniec), was published in April 2018. Beth's research interests concern representations of gender, sex, class and place on film and television.

Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Executive Producer
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Executive Producer / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Talk: Presentation of "A Very English Scandal"

Dominic read English Literature at Oxford University before assistant script editing ITV’s Midsomer Murders. He then became Story Producer on Channel 5’s “Family Affairs” and later BBC’s “EastEnders” before joining Kudos’ Lovely Day production company as Head of Development. There he developed to green light the series “Grantchester” for ITV and BBC2’s “The Man In An Orange Shirt”. In 2014 Dominic returned to “EastEnders” as Executive Producer, reinvigorating the show, winning a BAFTA, RTS, National Television and British Soap Awards and helming its thirtieth anniversary Live Week, which aggregated twenty million viewers in February 2015. Dominic joined Blueprint Pictures as Head of Television in June 2016 – “A Very English Scandal” is his first television drama with Blueprint Television.

Paul Rognoni
Paul Rognoni
Producer
France
 
Paul Rognoni
Paul Rognoni
Producer / France

Talk: Presentation of "Over La Nuit"

Tarja Kylmä
Tarja Kylmä
Screenwriter
Finland
 
Tarja Kylmä
Tarja Kylmä
Screenwriter / Finland

Talk : Presentation of "Invisible Heroes" ("In The Pipeline" session)

A Finnish screenwriter with experience on both TV drama (eg. “Hyväntekijä”, YLE, 2014) and the big screen (“Sisters Apart”, 2008). Story developer and partner in production company Filmimaa oy, and visiting lecturer of TV drama in ELO, Film School Helsinki.
 

Björg Magnúsdóttir
Björg Magnúsdóttir
Screewriter
Iceland
 
Björg Magnúsdóttir
Björg Magnúsdóttir
Screewriter / Iceland

Talk: presentation of The Minister (“What’s Next” session)
The Minister is Björg's first television script, inspired by interest in political fiction and turbulent reality regarding power, society and mental health. Currently working on an another script, Sisterhood, a psychological drama focusing on the struggle of three women trying to hide a dark secret from their past. Björg´s creative-writing career took off after the publication of two novels, both available in Icelandic and German. Björg has worked over a decade in media and is currently hosting a daily afternoon show at the National Broacasting Service in Iceland (RÚV).
 

Julien Meynet
Julien Meynet
Director
France
 
Julien Meynet
Julien Meynet
Director / France

Julien Meynet - Director - France
Talk: screening and case study of Over la nuit
After obtaining a Master in Cinema at Rennes University and studying editing at INSAS in Brussels, Julien Meynet returns to live in Corsica, the Island where he grew up. He shoots his first drama short film: La Terre Brûlée, rewarded in many festivals. Then he shoots his first documentary: Luco di Morte. In this movie, he explores an aspect of island life which is most of the time concealed: road accidents involving young Corsican. Today, he’s preparing a drama medium-length film called Le Puissant Royaume.

Anne Landois
Anne Landois
Screenwriter and Showrunner
France
 
Anne Landois
Anne Landois
Screenwriter and Showrunner / France

Member of Série Series’ editorial committee
Anne Landois began her career as a screenwriter in 1994. Her interest in the judiciary world and thrillers is very present in her work, even though she also co-authored sentimental comedies for Belgian television. Her taste for judicial realism and field investigations came to the fore through the writing of various projects: Rendez-moi justice (France 3) and Spiral (CANAL+), for which she wrote the seasons 3 and 4, before becoming showrunner of the seasons 5 and 6. The 5th season received the Emmy Award for Best International Drama Series in 2015. Aired in Autumn 2017, the season 6 marks the end of 10 a year-old adventure. Since January 2018, Anne Landois develops new projects of series within her own production company Sortilèges, created with the producer Vassili Clert. 

Birkir Blær   Ingólfsosn
Birkir Blær Ingólfsosn
Screenwriter
Iceland
 
Birkir Blær   Ingólfsosn
Birkir Blær Ingólfsosn
Screenwriter / Iceland

Talk: presentation of The Minister (“What’s Next” session)
Birkir Blær Ingólfsson is a Reykjavík based writer and saxophone player. Birkir holds a Ba. Jur. degree from the University of Iceland and has worked for years as a journalist for RUV (the National broadcasting service). Birkir has published a poetry collection, short story and non-fictional essay with Icelandic publisher Partus Press. Birkir has translated lyrics for the Icelandic adaption of the musical ‘The Producers’. Birkir is one of the writers of the series ‘The Minister’ and currently working on a pan-nordic TV series which is to be co-produced by Sagafilm and Yellowbird.
 

Hervé Hadmar
Hervé Hadmar
Co-president of the editorial comitee, Screenwriter and Director
France
 
Hervé Hadmar
Hervé Hadmar
Co-president of the editorial comitee, Screenwriter and Director / France

Hervé Hadmar started his career as a graphic designer. He then worked for more than ten years in the advertising industry before starting to write and direct, first, feature films (Comme Un Poisson Hors De L'Eau), and then series: Les Oubliées (France Télévisions), Pigalle La Nuit, (CANAL+), Au-delà des Murs (Arte) and Les Témoins 1 and 2 (France 2). He is now preparing is first feature film Silence of the Moon.
 

Christian Wikander
Christian Wikander
Producer, Twelve Town
Sweden
 
Christian Wikander
Christian Wikander
Producer, Twelve Town / Sweden

Talk: presentation of Conspiracy of Silence
Christian was formerly Head of Drama with SVT, Sweden’s public broadcaster, where he commissioned international sensations: “The Bridge”, “Real Humans”, & “Midnight Sun”. Previously, he was Head of Drama & Entertainment at SVT Gothenburg, where he developed the local infrastructure for production, commissioned international Emmy winning “The Truth About Marika”, & established SVT Play online. As Founder & CEO of TV Spartacus, Christian created one of the first independent production companies in Sweden. He was Creator, Producer, Writer, & Director on many popular series: “Hotel Caesar”, “Seven Sisters”, “Three Crowns”. At Twelve Town, Christian drives co-production strategy outside of the UK, developing, producing & financing high-end drama series. He sources projects looking for finance & takes Twelve Town’s projects to international partners.
 

Aurélien Gabrielli
Aurélien Gabrielli
Actor
France
 
Aurélien Gabrielli
Aurélien Gabrielli
Actor / France

Talk: screening and case study of Over la nuit
Aurélien Gabrielli was trained by Bruno Blairet at the Cours Florent, and then by Michel Fau at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique. He was pre-nominated for César Award for Most Promising Actor for his part in Quand je ne dors pas by Tommy Weber. He played alongside Albert Dupontel in “En Équilibre” by Denis Dercourt and for the theatre alongside Michel Bouquet and Michel Fau in Molière’s “Tartuffe”. He is currently working on the series “Over la nuit” commissioned by France 3 Corse, directed by Julien Meynet and produced by Mareterraniu productions.Intervention: screening and case study of Over la nuit

Florence Pernel
Florence Pernel
Actress
France
 
Florence Pernel
Florence Pernel
Actress / France

Talk: presentation of Conspiracy of Silence 
At fifteen, Florence was nominated at the Césars, in the ‘Best Feminine Hope’ category, for her part in “Que les gros salaires lèvent le doigt!”, by D.Granier Deferre. Her co-starring next to Juliette Binoche in “Trois Couleurs - Bleu”, by Krzysztof Kieslowski, owed her a second nomination. She's starred in numerous TV series and films: “Le juge est une femme”, “Jalna”, “Les Steenfort”, “Les Thibault”, “Lagardère”, “Le voyageur sans bagages”... In cinema she's worked with Eric Rochant, Cédric Klapisch & Sam Karmann, among others. She embodies Cécilia Sarkozy in “La Conquête”, with Denis Podalydès. “Conspiracy of Silence” is her fifth collaboration with Charlotte Brandström.
 

Harald Hamrell
Harald Hamrell
Director
Sweden
 
Harald Hamrell
Harald Hamrell
Director / Sweden

Member of Série Series’ European steering group
Throughout the years, Harald Hamrell has established himself as one of the most successful and well-known directors of mini-series and feature films in Sweden. He has been conceptual director to many of the most popular films and television series (The Restaurant, Real Humans, BECK...). As a teenager, Harald was already interested in making short films and when very young, acted in films and for television.

Bénédicte Lesage
Bénédicte Lesage
Head of Shine Films, Endemol Shine France
France
 
Bénédicte Lesage
Bénédicte Lesage
Head of Shine Films, Endemol Shine France / France

Member of Série Series’ editorial committee

After producing clips, documentaries, drama and being editorial manager for M6 and youth at France 2, Bénédicte Lesage has co-managed Mascaret Films from 1999 to 2016 and produced feature films such as La journée de la jupe and drama series such as Guyane for CANAL+. In 2017, she becomes head of Shine Films Label (EndemolShine France). In parallel to the production of Guyane / Ouro season 2, she develops 52-minute, 26-minute and 5-minute drama series for the French and international market, including the African market. She has been awarded many times and she was President of the SPI (2012-2013), President of ARECOA and President of the Commission for the Selective Support Account at the CNC (2009-2010). In 2018, she has participated to the setting-up of Série Series Ouagadougou.
 

Philippe Triboit
Philippe Triboit
Director
France
 
Philippe Triboit
Philippe Triboit
Director / France

Philippe Triboit began his career as an assistant director and a screenwriter for both cinema and television. Today he alternates between creating TV series (Avocats et Associés, Engrenages / Spiral, La Commune, The Line…) and directing and writing for one-off, many of them award-winning. He now works in partnership with Frédéric Krivine at Terego, and he is also the co-producer of The Line along with Tetra Media. He has recently directed several episodes of Ouro for CANAL+.
 

David Kodsi
David Kodsi
Producer, K'Ien
France
 
David Kodsi
David Kodsi
Producer, K'Ien / France

After 10 years as assistant director, David Kodsi founds K’ien Productions with Patrick Poiré, which produces feature films (Michael Kohlhaas, Sexes très opposés), series or collections (Strictement Platoniques, Marjorie) and prestigious drama (La Loi, Elles… Les Filles du Plessis). David has been, for 25 years, at the heart of media production and even won the award for best French TV producer in 2004. 

Nicole Jamet
Nicole Jamet
Screenwriter
France
 
Nicole Jamet
Nicole Jamet
Screenwriter / France

Nicole began her career as an actress playing both classics and more modern plays, before turning into writing. She wrote about sixty TV series and soaps (e.g. Dolmen, Research Unit, Un et Un font Six, Une Fille dans l’Azur, Docteur Claire Bellac) and three novels with Marie Anne Le Pezennec. She has published her first solo novel, L’air de rien, at Albin Michel.
 

Jed Mercurio
Jed Mercurio
Showrunner
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Jed Mercurio
Jed Mercurio
Showrunner / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Jed Mercurio is a British TV showrunner. He is the creator, writer and producer of Line of Duty and Bodies, both of which have won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama Series. He has been nominated 4 times for a BAFTA Award, 4 times for the Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama Writer and 3 times for a Writers' Guild Award. His other credits include Strike Back, Critical and Cardiac Arrest.
 

Lars Lundström
Lars Lundström
Author and Producer
Sweden
 
Lars Lundström
Lars Lundström
Author and Producer / Sweden

Lars started his career as an actor and screenwriter and then went on to found Matador Film. Lars is one of Sweden's most well-known screenwriters and has written several popular TV series and films, such as Real Humans, Wallander, Brotherhood (Tusenbröder), Pistvakt, Labyrint and Cops (Poliser).
 

Nicolas Jorelle
Nicolas Jorelle
Composer
France
 
Nicolas Jorelle
Nicolas Jorelle
Composer / France

Nicolas Jorelle has worked for television on series such as Le Silence de l’Épervier, Les Cordier, Femmes de Loi, Vertiges, Agathe Koltes… and on fifty or so one-off drama. He has also worked on feature films (Fanfan, Oui, 8…) and on plays (L’Adieu à la scène, Anquetil tout seul…). Nicolas Jorelle’s compositions have received awards at the Festival de Luchon, at the Festival de la fiction TV in La Rochelle and at the RITV in Reims.
 

Jean-François Boyer
Jean-François Boyer
Producer / President of Tetra Media Studio
France
 
Jean-François Boyer
Jean-François Boyer
Producer / President of Tetra Media Studio / France

Jean-François Boyer studied history before taking over Tetra Media Studio, within which he produced series (The Line for France 3, Spin for France 2, Beautiful Loser for OCS, Vernon Subutex for CANAL+...) documentaries and magazines. Since 2017, the British group ITV is the majority shareholder in the company.

Andreas Bakka Hjertø
Andreas Bakka Hjertø
Programme director, MTG TV
Norway
 
Andreas Bakka Hjertø
Andreas Bakka Hjertø
Programme director, MTG TV / Norway
Pavel  Vesnakov
Pavel Vesnakov
Director
Bulgaria
 
Pavel  Vesnakov
Pavel Vesnakov
Director / Bulgaria

Talk: Presentation of "Father's Day"

Asger Leth
Asger Leth
Head writer, creator
Denmark
 
Asger Leth
Asger Leth
Head writer, creator / Denmark

Talk: Presentation of "Liberty"

Karoline Leth
Karoline Leth
Producer, Apple Tree Productions
Denmark
 
Karoline Leth
Karoline Leth
Producer, Apple Tree Productions / Denmark

Talk: Presentation of "Liberty"

Leth has produced more than 20 short and documentaries and several feature films. Leth produced the first 2 seasons of the drama series “RITA” for TV2 Denmark, created by Christian Torpe. Leth developed the disruptive crime Danish series “NORSKOV” by Dunja Gry Jensen. Leth produced 3 seasons of “THE LEGACY” created by Maya Ilsøe which received Danish Film Academy awards for all 3 seasons plus the FIPA Award. Leth has produced the mini drama series “LIBERTY” based on the bestseller by Jakob Ejersbo, created by Asger Leth and directed by Mikael Marcimain.
 

Simon Kaijser
Simon Kaijser
Director
Sweden
 
Simon Kaijser
Simon Kaijser
Director / Sweden

Talk: Presentation of "The Days The Flowers Bloom" ("In The Pipeline" session)

 

Simon Kaijser is a Swedish director based in Stockholm. Simon directed the miniseries Those Half Hidden (2009), awarded with a Kristallen Award for Best Drama Series, and his debut feature film Stockholm East (2011) got three nominations at the Swedish Guldbagge Awards. The miniseries Don’t You Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves (2012) was a huge hit both with the public and critics, and won a Kristallen Award for Best Drama Series. Simon also directed the BBC series Life in Squares (2015). One of his latest productions is Before We Die (2017), he is currently directing The Days the Flowers Bloom.

Maria  Nordenberg
Maria Nordenberg
Producer, SVT
Sweden
 
Maria  Nordenberg
Maria Nordenberg
Producer, SVT / Sweden

Talk: Presentation of "The Days The Flowers Bloom" ("In The Pipeline" session)

 

Maria Nordenberg has been in the business since 1985 working in different fields of filmmaking. Since 1997 Maria has mainly been working for SVT in Stockholm developing concepts and producing TV-drama.
Three of her series has been nominated to Banff Rocky Awards: Death of a Pilgrim (2013), The Fourth Man (2014) and Before We Die (2017). Maria has also produced Those Half Hidden (2009), Don’t You Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves (2012) and are currently working with The Days the Flowers Bloom and in preproduction of Before We Die 2.

Christine de Bourbon Busset
Christine de Bourbon Busset
Producer, Lincoln
France
 
Christine de Bourbon Busset
Christine de Bourbon Busset
Producer, Lincoln / France

Talk: Presentation of "HP" (session "In The Pipeline")

Angela Soupe
Angela Soupe
Writer
 
Angela Soupe
Angela Soupe
Writer /

Talk: Presentation of "HP" (session "In The Pipeline")

Matthieu  Belghiti
Matthieu Belghiti
Producer, WHAT'S UP FILMS
France
 
Matthieu  Belghiti
Matthieu Belghiti
Producer, WHAT'S UP FILMS / France

Talk: Presentation of "Jeux d'influences" ("In the Pipeline" session)

 

After studying literature and film at the Sorbonne University, he started as work experience on different feature films and built his way up to production manager for different companies.

In 2000, he became associate producer of short films and drama documentaries in Bertrand Tavernier and Frédéric Bourboulon’s company, Little Bear. While there, he produced over 20 documentaries that were broadcast in several countries and some of which were awarded in the big international festivals.

In 2004, he joined Maha Productions, started working with Denis Poncet and Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. He produced a dozen documentaries a year, some of which received the most prestigious awards: Oscar for Best Documentary Film, Peabody Awards, Albert-Londres Prize, Lauriers du Sénat… Together they produced many prime-time documentaries, documentary series and dramas.

In 2009, with Maha Productions, he received the award for best documentary producer. In 2008, he created a company called What’s Up Films. Originally it specialised producing new media with projects that bring together documentaries, drama, publications, DVD’s and multimedia platforms. In early 2011, he quit Maha to start managing What’s Up Films full time.

He is also a member of the EURODOC, the USPA, the commissioning board of the CNC, the PRODIREP and has been the president of C7 since 2011.
 


 

Isabelle  Razavet
Isabelle Razavet
Cinematographer
France
 
Isabelle  Razavet
Isabelle Razavet
Cinematographer / France

Talk: Presentation of "The Inside Game" ("In The Pipeline" session)

 

Isabelle Razavet studied at the Fémis. She then went on to work as director of photography on numerous films and documentaries directed by Sólveig Anspach, whom she met whilst studying at the Fémis. She twice collaborated with Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, notably in 2002 on Murder On a Sunday Morning which won the Oscar for Best Documentary Film. She also worked with Mathieu Amalric, amongst others, on the successful television adaptation of The Screen Illusion in 2010.
 

James Penny
James Penny
Commercial Director, Mammoth
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
James Penny
James Penny
Commercial Director, Mammoth / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Talk: Presentation of "World On Fire" ("What's Next" session)

James is Commercial Director of Mammoth Screen. Mammoth’s current productions include “Vanity Fair” for ITV/Amazon, “The War of the Worlds and Poldark” for BBC1, and “Victoria and Endeavour” for ITV. Projects due to start filming shortly include an adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s “Noughts & Crosses” for BBC1, an adaptation of JG Farrell’s “The Singapore Grip” for ITV, Agatha Christie's “The ABC Murders” for the BBC and Amazon, Peter Bowker’s WW2 epic “World on Fire” for BBC1 and “The Serpent” an 8-part mini-series set in 1970’s Asia about serial killer Charles Sobhraj.
 

Helen Ziegler
Helen Ziegler
Executive Producer, Mammoth
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Helen Ziegler
Helen Ziegler
Executive Producer, Mammoth / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Talk: Presentation of "World On Fire" ("What's Next" session)

Pieter Van Huyck
Pieter Van Huyck
Producer, De Mensen
Belgium
 
Pieter Van Huyck
Pieter Van Huyck
Producer, De Mensen / Belgium

Talk: Presentation of "Lost Luggage" ("What's Next" session)

Martina Bigert
Martina Bigert
Writer
Sweden
 
Martina Bigert
Martina Bigert
Writer / Sweden

Talk: Presentation of "Summer of 68" ("In The Pipeline" session)

Martina Bigert forms a screenwriter duo with Maria Thulin. They are well known in Sweden for their award winning TV series about a burnout gynecologist, ”The Doctor Bares It All”. Maria and Martina have worked together since 2005 and made the provocative feature film ”All About My Bush” together. Martina has worked as a director and was one of the first feminist cartoonist in Sweden. Now Martina and Maria are planning to become a director duo as well. For the moment, they are shooting their tv series about two young women in 1968, which should be ready for Christmas.
 

Emma Akesdotter Ronge
Emma Akesdotter Ronge
Producer, Anagram
Sweden
 
Emma Akesdotter Ronge
Emma Akesdotter Ronge
Producer, Anagram / Sweden

Talk: Presentation of "Summer of 68" ("In The Pipeline" session)

Emma Åkesdotter Ronge, born1984, studied film producing through an International master's program at Lund University. After graduation she worked two years as a junior producer at the Malmo based company Hepp Film, before joining Anagram in 2011 – working as production manager, line producer and producer on several of the company’s productions. For Anagram, Emma has produced the feature film “The Yard”, the short film “The Nurse” and the animated TV series “Snip, Snap, Snut”. She received the Lorens Award for Best Nordic Producer at the 2016 Gothenburg Film Festival for her work with The Yard and was awarded Promising Producer by Marché du Film Festival de Cannes at Baltic Event 2016.
 

Emmanuel Dauce
Emmanuel Dauce
Producer, Tetra Media Fiction
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Emmanuel Dauce
Emmanuel Dauce
Producer, Tetra Media Fiction / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Talk: Presentation of "World On Fire" ("What's Next" session)

 

Graduated from ESSEC and « La FÉMIS », Emmanuel Daucé is a French TV series producer, leader of the company Tetra Media Fiction since 2005. In 2007, he has produced « La Commune » a 8x52’ show for CANAL+, written by Abdel Raouf Dafri. He has also produced with Charline de Lépine (Macondo) “Spin” (“Les Hommes de l’Ombre”), a 18x52’ political series (3 seasons). In 2008, he has created, with Frédéric Krivine and Philippe Triboit, « Un Village Français ». The 72x52’ show is exported in more than 40 countries under the name « The Line ». Since septembre 2013, Emmanuel Daucé is one of the leader of the department « TV Series Creation » at the prestigious school « La FÉMIS ».
 

Perrine Gauthier
Perrine Gauthier
Producer, Thuristar
France
 
Perrine Gauthier
Perrine Gauthier
Producer, Thuristar / France

Talk: Presentation of "Mon Chevalier et moi" (Série Series Kids)

Joeri Christiaen
Joeri Christiaen
Director
France
 
Joeri Christiaen
Joeri Christiaen
Director / France

Talk: Presentation of "Mon Chevalier et moi" (Série Series Kids)

Cilvy  Aupin
Cilvy Aupin
Producer
 
Cilvy  Aupin
Cilvy Aupin
Producer /

Talk: Presentation of "Milly Miss Question" (Série Series Kids)

Virginie Boda
Virginie Boda
Writer
France
 
Virginie Boda
Virginie Boda
Writer / France

Talk: Presentation of "Mily Miss Question" (Série Series Kids)

Johanna Goldschmidt
Johanna Goldschmidt
Head Writer
France
 
Johanna Goldschmidt
Johanna Goldschmidt
Head Writer / France

Talk: Presentation of "Zip Zip" (Série Series Kids)

Emmanuel De Franceschi
Emmanuel De Franceschi
Producer
France
 
Emmanuel De Franceschi
Emmanuel De Franceschi
Producer / France

Talk: Presentation of "Zip Zip" (Série Series Kids)

Angelin Paul
Angelin Paul
Producer and director
Côte d'Ivoire
 
Angelin Paul
Angelin Paul
Producer and director / Côte d'Ivoire

Talk: Presentation of Akissi (Série Series Kids)

 

Angelin directs institutionnal movies and animated clips. He also directs and produces the pilot of animated series Akissi and directs a short-movie for Handicap International (J’ai six ans). He created the company GHWA Productions // Autopromo A+ // Concepteurrédacteur
 

Camille Rosset
Camille Rosset
Screenwriter
France
 
Camille Rosset
Camille Rosset
Screenwriter / France

Talk: Presentation of "HP" ("In The Pipeline" session)

Tomáš Baldýnský
Tomáš Baldýnský
Creator, scripwriter
Czech Republic
 
Tomáš Baldýnský
Tomáš Baldýnský
Creator, scripwriter / Czech Republic

Talk: presentation of Sherlock 84 (“What’s next” session)
Started out as the journalist and film critic for the most respected Czech media. After this career peaking in founding Czech edition of the world-known film magazine Premiere and then serving first as a member and then as the Chairman of the Czech Film Fund he left and started anew as the showrunner and screenwriter of TV shows. His work ranges from commercial project (he wrote and produced first Czech successful sitcom “Comeback” and headed screenwriters department for the biggest Czech daily TV series “Ulice”) and quality TV. His miniseries “Kosmo” just recently won the Golden Kingfisher Award at film and TV festival in Pilsen and was nominated for the Czech Lion Award, his new project, family comedy/crime series “Three Cops and a Baby” is currently in production with premiere set for autumn 2019.
 

Jean Emmanuel Pagni
Jean Emmanuel Pagni
Actor
France
 
Jean Emmanuel Pagni
Jean Emmanuel Pagni
Actor / France

Talk : screening and case study Over la Nuit
Jean Emmanuel was born in Corsica and works and lives between Paris and London. He performed in plays directed by Luke Dixon with Théâtre Nomad’ company: “Macbeth” by W. Shakespeare (Théâtre de Calgary, Hong Kong Festival and Grahamstown – South Africa), “As You Like It” by W. Shakespeare (Grahamstown, Hong Kong Festival and European tour). On the occasion of Lille 2004, he performed in “Trois Nôs d’Irlande” by W.B Yeats, directed by Christophe Maltot, presented at Aix en Provence Festival. Jean-Emmanuel Pagni is also Butoh dancer: “Curious Fish” in 2005 directed by Katsura Kan at Edinburgh Festival, and by Yoshi Oida on the occasion of London International Workshop Festival. Then he starts shooting with the documentary “Banga Palace” commissioned by France O in 2013. He is the winner of Youth Jury Award at CorsicaDoc Festival and screened on the occasion of Documentaires sur Grand écran at MK2 Quai de Loire. For cinema, he works alongside Jacques Audiard, Danielle Arbid, Thierry de Peretti, Orso Miret, Jean Breschand and for television alongside Gabriel Aghion, Harry Cleven, Frederic Mermoud, Stéphanie Murat, Antoine Santana among others.
 

Amaury Chabauty
Amaury Chabauty
Composer
France
 
Amaury Chabauty
Amaury Chabauty
Composer / France

Talk : screening and case study Over la Nuit
Amaury Chabauty started his musical journey playing cello and chamber music from a young age. As a teenager, he started playing guitar and joined the alternative rock scene with different bands. He then started studying cinema at EICAR and working in the audiovisual sector as a movie editor for 10 years or so (drama, documentaries…). In parallel, he began scoring to bring his two passions together in 2006 and created his own group for live screening « KFX Orchestra ». He composed several programmes for short and long movies from Japanese silent movie heritage. The group with classical, rock and electro influences performed concerts in France, Europe and Canada. He is now devoted to scoring for movie. He has worked on many broadcasted and rewarded feature films and TV documentaries.
Talk: Presentation of "Over la nuit"

Cédric Appietto
Cédric Appietto
Actor
France
 
Cédric Appietto
Cédric Appietto
Actor / France

Talk: screening and case study Over la Nuit
Actor and musician Cédric Appietto has worked with Thierry De Peretti for the feature film “Une vie violente”, with Jacques Audiard for the film “A Prophet” and with many other directors such as Julie Lopes Curval, Richard Berry, Philippe Faucon… He also contributed to a high number of series: “Mafiosa”, “Spiral”, “Malaterra”, “Research Unit”... He has just finished the shooting of “Over la nuit” and is about to record his album with his band “Kanaï”.
 

Simon Burke
Simon Burke
Creator and screenwriter
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Simon Burke
Simon Burke
Creator and screenwriter / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Talk: Presentation of "The Family' ("What's Next" session)

Simon Burke was born into a London-Irish family in the post-industrial North of England; he studied German at Oxford and after living in Berlin for some years he settled in London. His debut play, “The Lodger”, won the prestigious Mobil Prize and was performed in Manchester, London and Europe. He wrote the hit TV show “Chancer” and is well known for adapting classics including “Tom Jones”, “Sons and Lovers”, “White Teeth” and Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”, starring Sally Hawkins. He also created the “Zen trilogy” for Rufus Sewell as well as the London-New York love story “Ny-Lon”, starring Stephen Moyer and Rashida Jones. His short film “Jealousy”, starring Paul Nichols, has just been included in the Palm Springs, Rome and Austin, Texas film festivals and his most recent feature film, “The Exception”, starred Christopher Plummer and Lily James and was David Leveaux’s screen directorial debut. Simon is currently working on a feature film about the master forger Han van Meegeren for Steve Coogan’s company Baby Cow. Married with two children, he divides his time between Rome, Perugia and London.

Patrick Spence
Patrick Spence
Director Drama, Tiger Aspect, Managing Director, Fifty Fathoms
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Patrick Spence
Patrick Spence
Director Drama, Tiger Aspect, Managing Director, Fifty Fathoms / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Talk: Presentation of "The Family" ("What's Next" session)

 

Patrick Spence est le directeur général de Fifty Fathoms et Tiger Aspects Drama.
Les productions récentes et à venir de Fifty Fathoms sont : The Eddy pour Netflix, écrit par le lauréat du BAFTA et du Tony Award, Jack Thorne, et réalisé par l’oscarisé Damien Chazelle. Cette série raconte l’histoire d’un club de jazz dans le Paris moderne ; Adult Material, une série en quatre épisodes pour C4, créée par la lauréate du Olivier Award, Lucy Kirkwood, avec Sheridan Smith ; Guerrilla pour Showtime et Sky Atlantic, écrit et réalisé par l’oscarisé John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), avec Idris Elba, Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay, Rory Kinnear, Denise Gough et Danny Mays ; les saisons 1 et 2 de The A Word par le lauréat d’un BAFTA Peter Bowker et pour la BBC1 et Sundance, avec notamment Chris Eccleston, Lee Ingleby et Morven Christie ; les saisons 1 à 3 de Fortitude, une série d’horreur qui se déroule en Arctique pour Sky Atlantic et Amazon, avec Stanley Tucci, Dennis Quaid, Michael Gambon, Sofie Grabol et Richard Dormer ; et Marvellous, un film des années 1990 de Peter Bowker pour la BBC2, avec Toby Jones et réalisé par Julian Farino, qui a remporté trois BAFTA en 2015 (meilleur film, meilleur réalisateur, meilleure actrice dans un second rôle) et deux nominations aux BAFTA (meilleur scénario et meilleur acteur) ainsi que plusieurs prix RTS, BPG et Writers Guild Awards.
Parmi les productions actuelles de Tiger Aspects figurent la série plusieurs fois récompensée aux BAFTA Peaky Blinders, une co-production avec Caryn Mandabach Productions, écrite par Steven Knight et avec Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory et Paul Anderson ; The Good Karma Hospital, écrite par Dan Sefton, avec Amanda Redman et Amrita Acharia.
Jusqu’en 2010, Patrick a été Directeur de la fiction à la BBC Northern Ireland. A cette époque il a notamment géré et produit le film Occupation (de Peter Bowker), récompensé aux Bafta, RTS, WGA et Sundance Film Award, ainsi que Five Minutes of Heaven (de Oliver Hirschbiegel), lauréat aux Bafta, RTS et Sundance Film Award, le drame nominé aux Bafta Hancock and Joan (Rik Cottan), Beaucoup de bruit pour rien (David Nicholls) et Murphy’s Law (Russell Lewis). Il a également été le producteur exécutif pour Meurtres en sommeil, Silent Witness, et scénariste pour Cracker.
 

Emmanuel Rys
Emmanuel Rys
Producer
France
 
Emmanuel Rys
Emmanuel Rys
Producer / France

Talk: Presentation of "En Sortant de l'école" (Série Series Kids)

Arnaud Malherbe
Arnaud Malherbe
Creator, screenwriter and director
France
 
Arnaud Malherbe
Arnaud Malherbe
Creator, screenwriter and director / France

Talk: Presentation of "Moloch" ("What's Next" session)

Marion Festraëts
Marion Festraëts
Screenwriter
France
 
Marion Festraëts
Marion Festraëts
Screenwriter / France

Talk: Presentation of "Moloch" ("What's Next" session)

Xavier Matthieu
Xavier Matthieu
Producer, Calt Studios
France
 
Xavier Matthieu
Xavier Matthieu
Producer, Calt Studios / France

Talk: Presentation of "Moloch" ("What's Next" session)

Gurinder Chadha
Gurinder Chadha
Director and screenwriter
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Gurinder Chadha
Gurinder Chadha
Director and screenwriter / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Gurinder Chadha is one of the U.K.’s most respected filmmakers. She has produced, directed and written seven award-winning films, including “Bend it like Beckham”, “Bhaji on the Beach”, “Bride and Prejudice” and “”Viceroy’s House”, which have been critical and international box office successes. Gurinder was recently named the most prolific female director working today by the BFI’s Filmography study.
 

Jónas Margeir Ingólfsson
Jónas Margeir Ingólfsson
Screenwriter
Iceland
 
Jónas Margeir Ingólfsson
Jónas Margeir Ingólfsson
Screenwriter / Iceland

Talk: presentation of “The Minister” (“What’s Next” session)
Jónas Margeir Ingólfsson is a Reykjavik based writer and lawyer. Jónas Margeir is one of the writers of the series 'The Minister' which is to be produced later this year by Sagafilm in Iceland. In addition to this Jónas Margeir is currently working on a new series with Sagafilm and Yellowbird in Sweden. Jónas has traveled through Greenland and taught creative writing workshops at the infamous children's home in Uummannaq. Jónas Margeir holds a Mag. Jur. degree from the University of Iceland and has worked in journalism, diplomacy and business. He’s also a pilot.
 

Daniel  Martin Saez de Parayuelo
Daniel Martin Saez de Parayuelo
Coordinator of the creation and project development department, Diagonal TV
Spain
 
Daniel  Martin Saez de Parayuelo
Daniel Martin Saez de Parayuelo
Coordinator of the creation and project development department, Diagonal TV / Spain

Talk: screening and case study “Matadero”
Daniel began his career in film and TV in the directing crews on feature films such as “Éxtasis", "Malena es un nombre de tango", "El Ángel de la guarda", "Atilano presidente" and "El misterio Galíndez"), as well as TV series. Combining work as director’s assistant with writing scripts, he grew himself into screenwriting through an autodidactic process, followed by formal studies in creative writing techniques at the Escuela de Letras de Madrid (EDLM), where he consolidated his academic training in the world of writing. At the same time he headed the short stories section of the EDLM’s writing journal, and contributed regularly as a literary critic on a number of websites and magazines. As a film screenwriter he co-wrote the script of the feature film "Las Olas” (2011), which premiered at the Moscow International Film Festival, receiving the Golden George Award for best film, along with the FIPRESCI international critics’ award. He has participated in the writing of several high-rating TV series, such as “La Señora”, “República” or “Isabel”. He is currently coordinator of the department of project creation and development for independent producer Diagonal TV, where he develops new projects for television, among which the second season of drama series “Matadero”. He declares himself to be a reader before a writer and a lover of music and nature above all things.

Montse García
Montse García
Executive Manager, Diagonale TV
Spain
 
Montse García
Montse García
Executive Manager, Diagonale TV / Spain

Talk: case study of “Matadero”

With an extensive track record behind her, prior to her post at Diagonal TV she developed projects as Head of Production for other high-profile Spanish production companies such as Globomedia and Boca-Boca. She later joined SPTI (Sony Pictures Television International) as Head of Production, Delegate of SPTI Spain in Los Angeles and Delegate Producer in the adaptation of TV formats for Sony Spain, supervising the adaptations of a number of series for Spanish primetime such as Los Simuladores (Argentina), Matrimonio con hijos (USA), Mesa para cinco (USA) and De Moda (Italy).
Since leaving her post at Sony Pictures International Spain to join Diagonal TV as Executive Manager, Montse García has specialized in the selection and negotiation, as well as the development, production and sales of TV drama series such as La Señora (TVE), República (TVE), Isabel (TVE), Carlos Rey Emperador (TVE), Sin Identidad (Atresmedia) , La Catedral del Mar (Atresmedia) y Matadero (Atresmedia) among others.

Jordi Frades
Jordi Frades
Director, executive producer and writer
Spain
 
Jordi Frades
Jordi Frades
Director, executive producer and writer / Spain

Talk: case study of “Matadero”
Born in Barcelona in 1961. Studied stage direction in Institut del Teatre of Barcelona.
Two times Spanish Academy Award winner for Best Director. New York ACE Award for Best Director. His recent works include the film: “The Broken Crown”, and TV series “Cathedral of the Sea”, “Isabel” (1,2,3), “Republic”, “La Senora” and the last series “Matadero”. He is Head of Development for Diagonal TV Endemol Shine Iberia.
 

Christian Vesper
Christian Vesper
EVP Creative Director Global Drama, Fremantle Media
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Christian Vesper
Christian Vesper
EVP Creative Director Global Drama, Fremantle Media / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Talk: Presentation and case study of "Beecham House" ("What's Next" session)

 

Christian Vesper is the EVP and Creative Director, Global Drama at FremantleMedia. He reports to FremantleMedia’s Director of Global Drama, Sarah Doole, and maintains a base in both London and New York. In his role Christian works closely with FremantleMedia’s production companies as a development partner with a focus on bolstering the international scripted development slate. He also cultivates his own projects within the company. The position provides Christian with a platform to connect leading international writers, producers, directors and actors with FremantleMedia’s production teams to develop scripted programming of the highest calibre.
Christian is a highly experienced media executive with a track record in identifying projects with broad international appeal nd developing highly successful partnerships. Prior to joining FremantleMedia, he spent 14 years at Sundance TV, most recently overseeing all international projects for the network, spearheading premier co-production partnerships for SundanceTV. His credits include The Last Panthers, with Sky Atlantic and CANAL+; Rebellion, with Zodiak Rights, RTÉ and Touchpaper TV; The A Word, with BBC One and Keshet and the critically acclaimed Deutschland 83 with UFA Fiction and FremantleMedia.
As senior vice president of scripted development and current programming at the network he was instrumental in the development and production of the first three seasons of Peabody Award-winning Rectify, and oversaw the development and production of the first season of Hap and Leonard, the highest rated original series in Sundance TV history. He also oversaw the Golden Globe® Award-winning mini-series The Honorable Woman as well as the Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning mini-series Top of the Lake, the second season on which, Vesper will act as executive producer for Sundance TV. His other achievements include Golden Globe®-winning Carlos; the critically acclaimed Appropriate Adult and Restless and the acquisition of hundreds of titles across a range of genres, such as Jean Xavier de Lestrade’s The Staircase; Loic Pringent’s Marc Jacobs, Michael Winterbottom’s In This World and Peter Bogdonavich’s Runnin’ Down a Dream. Christian was also executive producer of David Cross’ The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.
He previously held roles at HBO; entertainment industry start-up iFilm; October Films and USA Films.
Christian began his career as a lawyer at the Wall Street law firm Brown & Wood, having earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley.
 

Sarah Doole
Sarah Doole
Director of Global Drama, Fremantle Media
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Sarah Doole
Sarah Doole
Director of Global Drama, Fremantle Media / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Talk: presentation of “Beecham House” (“What’s Next” session)
As the Director of Global Drama, Sarah seeks to invest and bring the very best drama to the international marketplace. A member of the FremantleMedia Operating Board, reporting directly to Cecile Frot-Coutaz, she is responsible for the acquisition of all scripted content, from in-house producers and third party drama partners, through development investment, distribution deals and co-production partnerships.
Sarah also works with in-house producers, indie producers, writers, directors and owners of IP, to create and develop drama and comedy that will rate in its domestic market as well as providing an on-going revenue stream through commercial exploitation internationally, whether tape sales, digital activity or scripted remakes.

Before joining FremantleMedia, Sarah worked at BBC Worldwide as Creative Director for Drama /Head of Indie Drama and as Director of Drama, Comedy and Childrens, collaborating with independent producers to finance, distribute and export the best of British fiction and comedy around the world including Sherlock, Misfits, Call the Midwife, Wallander Gavin and Stacey, Friday Night Dinner and The Royle Family.

Sarah began her career at Yorkshire Television as a researcher, producer and Head of Development, and as Director of Enterprises at Yorkshire Tyne Tees she oversaw the worldwide exploitation of shows such as Heartbeat, Darling Buds of May, Emmerdale and The Tube. She set up the international operations for The Family Channel (now ABC Family) while in the US and returned to the UK as Creative Director for Commercial Ventures, brand managing programming ranging from Emmerdale to Popstars. She joined BBC Worldwide‘s joint venture DVD arm - 2Entertain - as Head of Independents, before moving to the Indie Unit at BBCW in 2007. 

Michaela Kráľová
Michaela Kráľová
Creative producer, Piknik Pictures
Slovakia
 
Michaela Kráľová
Michaela Kráľová
Creative producer, Piknik Pictures / Slovakia

Talk: presentation of “Protiúder / Fighback” (“Spotlight on Trailers by Série Series”)
Michaela was born in 1989 and holds a Master of fine arts. She studied stage and costume design on Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Nowadays she works as a creative producer in Piknik Pictures. She works on the serie “The Parentes”, an adaptation of popular Canadian comedy sketches between 2016 and 2018, on “1890”, an original historical crime series, and also “The Traffic Light”, an adaptation of Isreali series, all three for the Slovakian broadcaster TV JOJ. javascript:void(0)

Peter Begani
Peter Begani
Producer, CEO of Piknik Pictures
Slovakia
 
Peter Begani
Peter Begani
Producer, CEO of Piknik Pictures / Slovakia

Intervention : présentation de “Protiúder / Fighback” (“Les B.A. de Série Series”)
Peter est producteur et réalisateur. Il est né en 1980 et détient un master en art. Il a étudié le documentaire à l'Académie des arts du spectacle de Bratislava (VŠMU). De nos jours, il travaille comme producteur et PDG de Piknik Pictures. Il a travaillé sur des documentaires comme “Pornoromantik” (2005), “Dance Studio” (2003) ou “The Exhibition” (2013) ainsi que des séries télévisées: “1890”, une série originale d’enquêtes historiques (2017), “les Parentes”, une adaptation de sketchs populaires canadiens, ou, “The Traffic Light”, en 2018, une adaptation d’une série israélienne, toutes les trois diffusés à la télévision JOJ.

Sarah Santamaria-Mertens
Sarah Santamaria-Mertens
Co-creator, screenwriter
France
 
Sarah Santamaria-Mertens
Sarah Santamaria-Mertens
Co-creator, screenwriter / France

Talk: presentation and case study of "Mental" ("In the pipeline" session)

Emilie Noblet
Emilie Noblet
Director
France
 
Emilie Noblet
Emilie Noblet
Director / France

Talk: presentation and case study of "Mental" ("In the pipeline" session)

Gunnar Carlsson
Gunnar Carlsson
Producer
Sweden
 
Gunnar Carlsson
Gunnar Carlsson
Producer / Sweden

Talk: presentation and case study of "West of Liberty" ("In The Pipeline" session)

Harold Apter
Harold Apter
Showrunner
Czech Republic
 
Harold Apter
Harold Apter
Showrunner / Czech Republic

Talk: presentation and case study of "The Lynching" ("In the pipeline" session)

Alexandre Rideau
Alexandre Rideau
Producer
France
 
Alexandre Rideau
Alexandre Rideau
Producer / France
Cécile Gérardin
Cécile Gérardin
Broadcaster, CANAL+ INTERNATIONAL
France
 
Cécile Gérardin
Cécile Gérardin
Broadcaster, CANAL+ INTERNATIONAL / France

Talk: presentation and case study of 'Sakho and Mangane" ("In the pipeline" session)

Tomáš Chvála
Tomáš Chvála
Screenwriter
Czech Republic
 
Tomáš Chvála
Tomáš Chvála
Screenwriter / Czech Republic

Talk: presentation and case study of "The Family" ("What's Next" session)

Delphine Maury
Delphine Maury
Producer, Tant Mieux Prod
France
 
Delphine Maury
Delphine Maury
Producer, Tant Mieux Prod / France

Talk: Screening and case study of "En sortant de l'école"

Pierre-Alain Chartier
Pierre-Alain Chartier
Director
France
 
Pierre-Alain Chartier
Pierre-Alain Chartier
Director / France

Talk: Screening and case study of "Arthur and the Minimoys" (Série Series Kids)

 

Born in 1969, Pierre-Alain Chartier is a graduate from l’Ecole Emile Cohl. In 1992 he joined Concept Art’s team for Luc Besson’s film The Fifth Element. Following this experience, he leaves for Los Angeles where he worked on numerous animated movies’ projects for Concept Art. Back in France, Pierre-Alain worked for various companies on series using CGI (Disney Channel, TF1, France Télévisions..) and collaborated with the gaming industry (Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Arkane Studio…)
In 2006 Pierre-Alain joined the ranks of On Entertainment to direct the series Freefonix (40*26 CGI for the BBC and Canal J), followed by Robin Hood (52*13 CGI for TF1 and ZDF) in artistic direction. In 2009 he works on the serial adaptation of The Little Prince and directs the three seasons (78*26 CGI for France Télévisions, WDR).
Since 2015 Pierre-Alain is working for the company Studio 100 Animation to co-direct Nils Holgersson (52*13 CGI for BRD) and continued with EuropaCorp to work on the adaptation and direction of the series Arthur and the Minimoys (26*26 for Disney, Gulli).
 

Stéphane Martinet
Stéphane Martinet
Paris region
France
 
Stéphane Martinet
Stéphane Martinet
Paris region / France

Talk: Série Stories "Filming in the Paris Region"

 

A former art conferencier, Stephane Martinet joined the cabinet of the Ile-de-France Paris Region president in 1998 as cultural advisor. In 2004 he becomes the deputy-director of the Île-de-France Film Commission. A now very experienced film commissioner, he is the organizer of the Paris Image Location Expo, an event enabling the discovery of the best locations of the major filming territory of France.

Giovanni Galassi
Giovanni Galassi
Screenwriter
Italy
 
Giovanni Galassi
Giovanni Galassi
Screenwriter / Italy

Talk: presentation of Survivors (“What’s Next” session)
Giovanni Galassi graduated in Linguistics and worked as assistant director on several movies. He worked as consultant story-editor for Rai; he is a screenwriter and story editor for cinema and TV. He co-created the tv-series “Survivors” (in development for Rodeo Drive - Rai, 12x50’). Among his works: the feature film “Mangiafuoco” (in production for theaters), the tv-movie “Sons of 'ndrangheta” and the awarded documentary “A Ruthless Professional”.
 

Dominic Schreiber
Dominic Schreiber
Consultant
France
 
Dominic Schreiber
Dominic Schreiber
Consultant / France


Dominic Schreiber is the Global Drama Executive at leading independent drama producer and distributor, Reel One Entertainment.
Headquartered in Montreal with offices in London, Los Angeles and Vancouver, Reel One Entertainment develops, finances, produces and distributes commercial scripted programming for a worldwide audience.
Dominic was previously Executive Producer, Scripted, for Motion Content Group, where he served as EP on the Sky 1 drama The Last Dragonslayer, a co-production between Blueprint Pictures and GroupM Entertainment.
Prior to that, Dominic was International Development Manager at Channel 4, where he was responsible for developing the channel’s drama co-production strategy and helped to structure its first international co-production with Kudos Film and Television, for the hit supernatural drama series Humans.

During his time at Channel 4, Dominic built up a development slate of ambitious drama projects, including a major new adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, from leading British screenwriter Alan Bleasdale; Rainmark Film’s period crime thriller The Frankenstein Chronicles; and Australian supernatural series The Kettering Incident.
He was also instrumental in the acquisition of the Bafta-nominated series Les Revenants.
 

Amund Harboe
Amund Harboe
Actor
Norway
 
Amund Harboe
Amund Harboe
Actor / Norway

Talk: Screening and case study of "State of happiness"

 

Norwegian actor Amund Harboe plays Christian Nyman, one of the main characters in State of Happiness. Amund is 20 years old, born in Stavanger. In addition to acting, he is also a musician and singer. This is his first major role.
 

Petter Naess
Petter Naess
Director, Maipo
Norway
 
Petter Naess
Petter Naess
Director, Maipo / Norway

Talk: Screening and case study of "State of happiness" 

 

Film and theatre director for 30 years who directed 9 feature films, among them the Oscar nominated movie Elling, and has staged around 40 theatre productions. State of Happiness is his first TV series as conceptual director.
 

Per Kjerstad
Per Kjerstad
Actor
Norway
 
Per Kjerstad
Per Kjerstad
Actor / Norway

Talk: Screening and case study of "State of happiness"

 

Kjerstad is an experienced Norwegian actor, both from theater, feature films and TV drama. He plays factory owner Fredrik Nyman in State of Happiness. Recent work includes Monster (NRK), Eyewitness NRK) and The Half Brother (NRK).
 

Pia Tjelta
Pia Tjelta
Actress
Norway
 
Pia Tjelta
Pia Tjelta
Actress / Norway

Talk: Screening and case study of "State of happiness"

 

Pia Tjelta plays Ingrid Nyman, one of the central characters in State of Happiness. Tjelta is one of Norway’s most prominent actresses, with a wide experience both from feature films, TV drama and theater. She graduated from the Norwegian National Academy of Theatre in 2006, and her recent work includes the female lead of the National Theater of Norway’s production of Ibsen’s play Little Eyolf, the drama series Beck and Next Summer, as well as the feature films 90 Minutes, Amnesia and the upcoming Blind Spot.
 

G. Thomas Esmay
G. Thomas Esmay
Director of Business delevopment
United States of America
 
G. Thomas Esmay
G. Thomas Esmay
Director of Business delevopment / United States of America

G. Thomas Esmay presently serves as the Director of Business Development at SingularDTV, a blockchain entertainment studio. Esmay is a New York-based filmmaker & educator. He has worked on a variety of documentaries, live broadcasts, and short films, including the Susan Sarandon-produced Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story; BBC Politics’ live coverage of the 2015 UK general election, and a sci-fi short shot entirely in an abandoned nuclear power plant. Prior to his career in entertainment, Esmay taught mathematics. Esmay most recently worked at a large talent agency, but left to join the blockchain revolution and bring the transparency and logic of mathematics to the entertainment industry.

Nathalie Basteyns
Nathalie Basteyns
Creator and screenwriter
Belgium
 
Nathalie Basteyns
Nathalie Basteyns
Creator and screenwriter / Belgium

Talk: Presentation and case study of "Lost Luggage"

Ben Caudell
Ben Caudell
Executive producer, BBC Studios
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Ben Caudell
Ben Caudell
Executive producer, BBC Studios / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Fabienne Bichet
Fabienne Bichet
Casting director
France
 
Fabienne Bichet
Fabienne Bichet
Casting director / France

Speaker: Café Series on actors and actresses

Synnøve  Hørsdal
Synnøve Hørsdal
Producer, CEO
Norway
 
Synnøve  Hørsdal
Synnøve Hørsdal
Producer, CEO / Norway

Talk: case study of “State of Happiness”
Synnøve Hørsdal is the CEO and producer at Maipo Film and has been with the company since its beginning in 2000. She has experience from producing both features and TV-series, and has several productions attached to her name, such as: All for One (TV2, 2005), Alfie Atkins (2014) or State of Happiness (2018). She has produced Shameless (directed by Petter Naess in 2004), Sundance winner Happy Happy (directed by Anne Sewitsky in 2010), or Miss Julie (2014, directed by Liv Ullmann, starring Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain)
She is currently in production with Anne Sewitsky’s Queen of Ice and Louis & Luca: Mission to the Moon.

 

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