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Speakers

Russell T. Davies
Russell T. Davies
Screenwriter, producer
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Russell T. Davies
Russell T. Davies
Screenwriter, producer / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Masterclass

 

Born in Swansea, Russell worked as a producer at Children’s BBC and Granada before becoming a full-time writer. He created Queer As Folk in 1999 (Red Productions for Channel 4) and his work includes The Second Coming, Bob & Rose and Casanova. In 2005, he brought back Doctor Who for the BBC, and created spin-offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Since then, he’s written Cucumber and Banana (Channel 4), A Very English Scandal and Years and Years (BBC One) and his forthcoming series Boys (Channel 4).

Charlie Covell
Charlie Covell
Writer, Actress
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Charlie Covell
Charlie Covell
Writer, Actress / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Masterclass

 

Charlie Covell is a writer and actress who is best known for her BAFTA nominated, RTS Award winning hit  Channel 4/Netflix series THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD. Currently she is show running an original 10-part series, KAOS for Netflix, which is due to start filming early next year. Charlie's first feature film, BURN, BURN, BURN premiered at the London Film Festival and was nominated  for a BIFA award in 2015. Charlie was a 2015 BAFTA Breakthrough Brit and one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in the same year." 

Sofia Helin
Sofia Helin
Actress, Executive Producer
Sweden
 
Sofia Helin
Sofia Helin
Actress, Executive Producer / Sweden

Masterclass 

 

Sofia got her international breakthrough with the role of Saga Norén, a homicide detective in the Swedish/Danish crime series "The Bridge". Now, Sofia is also a Producer. She was one of the Executive Producers for the series “Heder” (“Honour”) which aired in Sweden last year. This year, Sofia is starring in the World War II drama series “Atlantic Crossing” and in the second season of the Australian series “Mystery Road"

Edward Berger
Edward Berger
Director, screenwriter
Germany
 
Edward Berger
Edward Berger
Director, screenwriter / Germany

Masterclass 

 

Born 1970 in Germany, Edward Berger graduated in directing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in
1994. After gaining experience working for the US independent production company Good Machine,
including films by directors Ang Lee and Todd Haynes, he wrote and directed his first feature, GOMEZ,
in 1997. In 2012 he won the prestigious German Grimme Award for his film A GOOD SUMMER.
His film JACK was invited into the competition of the Berlin International Film Festival and was
nominated in three categories for the German Academy Award (Best Picture, Best Director, and Best
Screenplay). It went on to win the German Academy Award in Silver for Best Picture, as well as Best
Director and Best Picture at the German Director’s Guild Awards.
In 2015 his 8-part television series DEUTSCHLAND ’83 premiered at the Berlin International Film
Festival and aired to rave reviews on Sundance TV as the first German television show ever to be
released in the US. It won the award for Best International Drama Series at the renown Séries Mania
Festival in Paris, the International Emmy and the Peabody Award as well as the Goldene Kamera. It
also sold to Canal+ in France, Channel 4 in England, as well as to Scandinavia, Russia and many other
territories around the world.
At the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival Edward was named one of Ten Europeans to Watch by
Variety Magazine. Most recently, Edward directed all five episodes of Showtime’s limited series
PATRICK MELROSE starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving. The
show was nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards, including Best Limited Series and Best
Directing as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actor. In 2019 Edward received a BAFTA for Best Limited
Series for the show.
His next feature film ALL MY LOVING played at the Berlin International Film Festival in the Panorama
Section.

Richard Brown
Richard Brown
Executive Producer - Passenger Pictures
États-Unis
 
Richard Brown
Richard Brown
Executive Producer - Passenger Pictures / États-Unis

Masterclass 

 

Richard Brown is the founder of newly launched production company PASSENGER.
Brown was the driving force behind HBO’s globally successful anthology series True Detective and has served as executive producer on all three seasons of the critically acclaimed, multiple award- winning show. Most recently, Brown developed and executive produced the highly acclaimed Hulu / Sky Italia / Channel 4 limited series Catch-22, starring George Clooney, Kyle Chandler, Christopher Abbott and Hugh Laurie. Brown is also known for producing the Netflix action drama Outlaw King, directed by David Mackenzie and starring Chris Pine.
Born is Scotland, Richard began his career as an A&R executive for Island Records in London. Upon relocating to the U.S., he transitioned into working in film and television, starting at Nick Wechsler’s Industry Entertainment and subsequently at Chris Blackwell’s Palm Pictures where he created and produced the highly successful Directors Label Series with Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Anton Corbijn. Between 2008 - 2019 Richard had an overall deal at Anonymous Content where he initiated and worked closely with Steve Golin on the company’s highly successful expansion into television which yielded global successes including TRUE DETECTIVECATCH-22MR ROBOTHOMECOMINGTHE KNICK and 13 REASONS WHY. Brown launched Passenger in Summer 2019, partnering with global producer and distributor, Fremantle on an exclusive multi-year deal. Based in New York and London, Passenger will develop and produce scripted drama series and films with Fremantle co-producing and distributing the projects worldwide."

Aline   Brosh McKenna
Aline Brosh McKenna
Screenwriter, director, producer
United States of America
 
Aline   Brosh McKenna
Aline Brosh McKenna
Screenwriter, director, producer / United States of America

Podcast : Scripnotes special episode

 

Aline Brosh McKenna is best known for adapting the popular novel, "The Devil Wears Prada” and for co-creating and showrunning the Emmy-Award-winning comedy series, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” McKenna also directed the finale episodes of all four seasons. McKenna’s other feature film credits include "27 Dresses," "Morning Glory,” and "We Bought a Zoo.” McKenna recently launched a production company, Lean Machine, to provide a home for material that is character-driven, inclusive, human and which puts writers and writing at its center.

John August
John August
Screenwriter
United States of America
 
John August
John August
Screenwriter / United States of America

Podcast: Scripnotes special episode

 

 

John August’s screenwriting credits include the live-action Aladdin,Go, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and both Charlie’s Angels movies. He received a 2004 BAFTA nomination for his screenplay for Big Fish and wrote the book for the Broadway musical version. He received a 2006 Grammy nomination for lyrics for “Wonka’s Welcome Song.” His middle-grade novel series, Arlo Finch, is currently published in 13 languages, with the third book in the trilogy, The Kingdom of Shadows, released in February 2020. He co-hosts the weekly Scriptnotes podcast with Craig Mazin, and runs the company that makes the popular screenwriting apps Highland 2 and Weekend Read. He’s a member of the Academy and serves on the board of directors of the WGA West." 

"John August’s screenwriting credits include the live-action Aladdin, Go, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and both Charlie’s Angels movies. He received a 2004 BAFTA nomination for his screenplay for Big Fish and wrote the book for the Broadway musical version. He received a 2006 Grammy nomination for lyrics for “Wonka’s Welcome Song.”
His middle-grade novel series, Arlo Finch, is currently published in 13 languages, with the third book in the trilogy, The Kingdom of Shadows, released in February 2020.

 

He co-hosts the weekly Scriptnotes podcast with Craig Mazin, and runs the company that makes the popular screenwriting apps Highland 2 and Weekend Read. He’s a member of the Academy and serves on the board of directors of the WGA West."
Manda Levin
Manda Levin
Senior commissioning editor for development - BBC
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Manda Levin
Manda Levin
Senior commissioning editor for development - BBC / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Discussions : Dialogue with Lars Blomgren

 


Manda started out at BBC Drama, script editing CUTTING IT by Debbie Horsfield and the BAFTA-winning CHARLES II before producing Billy Ivory’s A THING CALLED LOVE. She joined Kudos as Head of Development for Film where she worked on David Cronenberg’s EASTERN PROMISES, Simon Beaufoy’s MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY and SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, and Abi Morgan’s drama about the Boxing Day Tsunami.

Returning to the BBC Manda was Creative Director of in-house Drama Production, where she oversaw what was the largest drama development slate in the UK (including Luther, Five Daughters, The Fades, Criminal Justice, Great Expectations), and Executive Produced Debbie Horsfield’s ALL THE SMALL THINGS. Ricocheting back to Kudos she was an Executive Producer on three series of Sky Atlantic’s bilingual drama THE TUNNEL, Abi Morgan’s RIVER For BBC One and Netflix, THE BOY WITH THE TOPKNOT for BBC Two and the four part adaptation of literary thriller APPLE TREE YARD starring Emily Watson.

She now works with the commissioning team at BBC across the drama slate with a particular eye on strategy, as Senior Commissioning Editor for Development.

Manda started out at BBC Drama, script editing CUTTING IT by Debbie Horsfield and the BAFTA-winning CHARLES II before producing Billy Ivory’s A THING CALLED LOVE. She joined Kudos as Head of Development for Film where she worked on David Cronenberg’s EASTERN PROMISES, Simon Beaufoy’s MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY and SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, and Abi Morgan’s drama about the Boxing Day Tsunami.

Returning to the BBC Manda was Creative Director of in-house Drama Production, where she oversaw what was the largest drama development slate in the UK (including Luther, Five Daughters, The Fades, Criminal Justice, Great Expectations), and Executive Produced Debbie Horsfield’s ALL THE SMALL THINGS. Ricocheting back to Kudos she was an Executive Producer on three series of Sky Atlantic’s bilingual drama THE TUNNEL, Abi Morgan’s RIVER For BBC One and Netflix, THE BOY WITH THE TOPKNOT for BBC Two and the four part adaptation of literary thriller APPLE TREE YARD starring Emily Watson.

She now works with the commissioning team at BBC across the drama slate with a particular eye on strategy, as Senior Commissioning Editor for Development.

Toumani Sangaré
Toumani Sangaré
Director, producer
France, Mali
 
Toumani Sangaré
Toumani Sangaré
Director, producer / France, Mali

Masterclass 

 

Toumani Sangaré is a director/producer based in Bamako, Dakar and Paris. He is a founding member in 1995 of Kourtrajmé Productions with Romain Gavras, Kim Chapiron  and Ladj Ly. The African universe has always fascinated him and is his greatest source of inspiration. In 2000, he moved to Mali and revolutionised music videos, TV credits, launched the first short film festival and created Kourtrajmé Africa. Subsequently, many artistic collaborations enabled him to work with musicians such as Salif Keita, Mokobé, Ali Farka Touré, Nouvel R; renowned actors like Vincent Cassel with Kourtrajmé Stories; innovative directors like Kim Chapiron (Sheitan), Romain Gavras (Adidas All in One). Toumani Sangaré worked with Ladj Ly on the artistic direction of two documentary projects that stood out for the honesty: 365 Jours à Clichy Montfermeil and 365 Jours au Mali. These two projects show unedited and neutral images that aim to show global problems from a different perspective, from the suburbs of Paris to northern Mali. In 2016, it is as a producer and director that he makes his mark in Mali with the comedy series Taxi Tigui. A popular success, these 3-minute shortcoms follow taximan F-One’s adventures. The series was produced solely thanks to the support of local economic players. Since 2017, he has been directing series and feature films in Africa in collaboration with Canal+, Orange Studio, Keewu… 2020 will see the broadcasting of the TV5 Monde series Wara and the opening of the Kourtrajmé school in Senegal.

Anna Gomis
Anna Gomis
Screenwriter, literary consultant
France
 
Anna Gomis
Anna Gomis
Screenwriter, literary consultant / France

Masterclass with Toumani Sangaré 

 

Born in the Paris region in 1978, French/Bissau-Guinean Anna Gomis graduated with a Masters in Management and Business Affairs.
She worked for nearly 6 years (2002-2008) in TF1’s Fiction department, where she assisted commissioning editors and coordinated festivals. Then, she joined the JLA group and for one year, she was a TV host on the IDF1 channel.
After that, she joined the Lagardère group in 2011. As a response to the group’s wish to develop outside of Europe, she created in 2014 the African unit within the International department. There, she was overseeing development and coordination. Her missions consisted in spotting, recruiting and gathering talent from both Africa and the diaspora, in order to allow African works to be written, produced and distributed
In November 2019, she left Lagardère and became a Literary and artistic Consultant.

Eric Demarsan
Eric Demarsan
Composer
France
 
Eric Demarsan
Eric Demarsan
Composer / France

Masterclass: Wonderland

 

Eric has been a composer for 50 years. He just finished the TV series Romance, written and directed by Hervé Hadmar, with whom he works regularly ever since the mini-series Les Oubliées (2007), the series Pigalle la nuit and Signature, or the series co-directed by Marc Herpoux The Witnesses and Beyond the Walls (2016).
Eric Demarsan composed for some of the biggest classics of French film noir, including for Jean-Pierre Melville’s L’Armée des ombres (1969) and Le Cercle Rouge (1970). Incidentally, he has just scored music for Melville, le dernier samouraï (2020), a documentary about Jean-Pierre Melville, directed by Cyril Leuthy.
"A unique sense of melody, wicked harmonies, mind-blowing orchestrations, Eric Demarsan’s music amazes, surprises and deserves to be appreciated in its full originality”, said Stéphane Lerouge.
These striking scores led him to meet Guillaume Nicloux in the 2000s and become his official composer, working on Une affaire privée (2002), Cette femme-là, Le concile de pierre and more recently The End or the TV drama L’Affaire Gordji, histoire d’une cohabitation (2012).
He also worked for seven of Jean-Pierre Mocky’s films, including L’Ibis rouge but also for numerous other directors and films: Christian Gion’s C’est dur pour tout le monde, Costa-Gavras’s Section Spéciale, Pierre Zucca’s Roberte or Patrice Leconte’s Les Spécialistes. He also distinguished himself in television with Pierre Granier-Deferre’s La dernière fête and Jacques Deray’s Clarissa.
Eric Demarsan made a name for himself in the audiovisual sector (arthouse cinema and television) as early as the 70s, particularly through his work as orchestrator for renowned film music composers such as Michel Magne (from 1965 to 1967) or François de Roubaix. Alongside them he learns his craft on Bernard Borderie’s Angélique collection, André Hunebelle’s Fantômas, François Villiers’s Les chevaliers du ciel, as well as Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le samouraï or Julien Duvivier’s Diaboliquement vôtre.

Hervé Hadmar
Hervé Hadmar
Screenwriter, director
France
 
Hervé Hadmar
Hervé Hadmar
Screenwriter, director / France

Co-president of Série Series’ editorial committee

Discussions: Wonderland

 

Hervé Hadmar started his career as a graphic designer and artistic director. In 1999, he wrote and directed his first feature film, Comme un poisson hors de l’eau, starring Monica Bellucci, Tcheky Karyo, Dominique Pinon and Michel Muller. He then focused for a few years on writing feature films. A series creator and showrunner, he created, co-wrote and directed his first series in 2018 : Les Oubliées (6x52’) for France Télévisions, starring Jacques Gamblin. He then co-wrote and directed Pigalle La Nuit (8x52’) for CANAL+ in 2010, and Signature (6x52’) in 2011, starring Sami Bouajila and Sandrine Bonnaire. In 2013 and 2017, he co-wrote and directed seasons 1 and 2 of The Witnesses for France Télévisions. The series has been broadcasted in more than 105 countries (available on BBC4 and Amazon). In 2015, he wrote and directed Beyond the walls, a 3x52’ fantasy tale for ARTE, starring Veerle Baetens and Géraldine Chaplin. In 2019 and 2020, he wrote and directed Romance (6x52’) for France Télévisions, starring Pierre Deladonchamps et Olga Kurylenko. He is currently writing is first series for a platform.

Flemming  Nordkrog
Flemming Nordkrog
Composer
Denmark
 
Flemming  Nordkrog
Flemming Nordkrog
Composer / Denmark

Masterclass 

 

 

Danish composer Flemming Nordkrog’s vivid music is full of body and texture, but it truly comes to life when accompanied by images, empowered by the medium. Led by his Scandinavian origins, he worked on several projects for Lars Von Trier’s production company, Zentropa; but Flemming Nordkrog’s work shows a certain variety, having taken on a warmer and more lighthearted style (Swinger, Happy Ending).
In addition to feature films, the composer regularly works on series, notably the acclaimed series Follow the Money by Jeppe Gjervig Gram (who also wrote Borgen) as well as season 2 of Chefs (France 2) by Arnaud Malherbe and Marion Festraëts; a writing duo that he has continued to collaborate with on Moloch, coming soon to ARTE.
With regards to French films, he was involved in all of Philippe Lioret’s latest films, Erik Zonka’s White Soldier, Matthieu Vadepied’s La Vie en Grand, as well as the multi-award-winning Arab Blues by Manele Labidi.
The Dane’s refined and organic sound undoubtably evokes his influences, which he himself recognises, including Toru Takemitsu, Arvo Pärt and Jon Brion. From the touch of a string to a thud of a keyboard, Flemming is always mindful of the human aspect and the reality of sound. An awareness that is vital in finding the right beat for a project. This flair, stemming from a duel ended youth, one end him playing the guitar in a band and on the other his tuba in hand for chamber music, makes him an atypical musician who prefers smaller bands to grandiose orchestras.
 

Peter Albrechtsen
Peter Albrechtsen
Sound Designer/Music Supervisor
Denmark
 
Peter Albrechtsen
Peter Albrechtsen
Sound Designer/Music Supervisor / Denmark

Masterclass with Flemming Nordkrog

 

Peter Albrechtsen is a Danish sound designer and music supervisor based in Copenhagen, where he works on both feature films and documentaries. His recent credits include the Oscar nominated "The Cave", the Sundance hit “The Killing of Two Lovers” and the Tribeca winner “Materna”. He also worked as a sound effects recordist on Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.” Peter became a member of AMPAS in 2017 and has been nominated for the MPSE Golden Reel Award six times. Flemming and Peter have collaborated on several movies, including the Brazilian feature film Shine Your Eyes which screened at the Berlin Film Festival this year - one of three films at the Berlinale with Peter's name on it this year. Along with his sound work, Peter Albrechtsen has worked as a music supervisor and has collaborated closely with globally acclaimed musicians such as Antony and the Johnsons, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Efterklang. Peter has also written about music and movies for different Danish and international magazines and has been lecturing about sound design around the world.

Ruth Barrett
Ruth Barrett
Composer
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Ruth Barrett
Ruth Barrett
Composer / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Masterclass

 

Ruth Barrett’s repertoire is unmissable, both with varied collaborations and on several of the most remarkable British series (The Durrells, Legacy, Victoria…). Over 12 years, she composed more than 30 scores for film and television, and has collaborated with the most emblematic creators. From Jed Mercurio with the brilliant Bodyguard, Critical and at the moment Bloodlands, to David Hare on Collateral, the list of her compositions is impressive. We are delighted to have you hear from this artist, who did her scales at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music of London, nominated at the Emmy Awards and with an eclectic and brilliant repertoire, to discuss her tools and method.
 

Anna Croneman
Anna Croneman
Head of Drama - SVT/Sveriges Television
Sweden
 
Anna Croneman
Anna Croneman
Head of Drama - SVT/Sveriges Television / Sweden

Case Study : The Hunt for a Killer and Kalifat

 

Anna Croneman (Producer of TV-Drama and feature films) has over 30 productions to her production credit. Anna has also held various industry positions such as vice chairman of the Swedish Film Institute and President of the Swedish Film & TV Producers Association (Film Section). She is currently Head of Drama at SVT/Sveriges Television.

Tomas Michaelsson
Tomas Michaelsson
Producer
Sweden
 
Tomas Michaelsson
Tomas Michaelsson
Producer / Sweden

Case Study : Kalifat 

 

 

Tomas joined Filmlance in 1995 and was a partner from 2000 until 2003 when the company was acquired by Metronome.Tomas has been involved in all 42 “Beck” films and has produced 34 of them. He has also produced multi awarded “Patrik, Age 1.5”, awarded animated short “Love & War”, three times Guldbagge-awarded “The Crown Jewels”, “Ego”, “Dyke Hard” and was executive producer for “Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder”. His two latest productions are the awarded feature film Run Uje Run (official premiere postponed to September due to Covid-19) and the critically acclaimed series “Caliphate”, which is the biggest streaming success ever on SVT Play.

 

"Tomas joined Filmlance in 1995 and was a partner from 2000 until 2003 when the company was acquired by Metronome. 
 
Tomas has been involved in all 42 “Beck” films and has produced 34 of them. He has also produced multi awarded “Patrik, Age 1.5”, awarded animated short “Love & War”, three times Guldbagge-awarded “The Crown Jewels”, “Ego”, “Dyke Hard” and was executive producer for “Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder”. His two latest productions are the awarded feature film Run Uje Run (official premiere postponed to September due to Covid-19) and the critically acclaimed series “Caliphate”, which is the biggest streaming success ever on SVT Play.

 

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Wilhem Behrman
Wilhem Behrman
Scriptwriter
Sweden
 
Wilhem Behrman
Wilhem Behrman
Scriptwriter / Sweden

Case Study : Kalifat

 

Wilhelm Behrman is a scriptwriter for film and TV series and has written scripts to feature films such as Four more years and TV-series such as Before we die and Skeppsholmen.

Wilhelm also works as psychologist in Stockholm, and during the years between 1991 – 2001 he was a political reporter at the morning paper Svenska Dagbladet and the news program Ekot.
 

"Wilhelm Behrman is a scriptwriter for film and TV series and has written scripts to feature films such as Four more years and TV-series such as Before we die and Skeppsholmen.
 
Wilhelm also works as psychologist in Stockholm, and during the years between 1991 – 2001 he was a political reporter at the morning paper Svenska Dagbladet and the news program Ekot.

 

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Sened Dhab
Sened Dhab
Director of Digital Drama - France Télévisions
France
 
Sened Dhab
Sened Dhab
Director of Digital Drama - France Télévisions / France

Work in progress : focus France Télévisions digital

 

Sened Dhab is VP Digital Scripted at France Télévisions, France’s leading TV public service. He is in charge of finding, fostering and overseeing all drama content destined for France Télévisions’ digital channels : Slash and France.tv.

Sened Dhab has had a long carreer spanning all facets of the entertainment business. Formerly a writer and script-doctor for both the TV and movies industry. He also worked for numerous years as a marketing and creative strategy executive, creating daring and impactful campaigns for numerous movie distributors in France (Pathé, UGC, 20th Century Fox, Disney, Studiocanal, Gaumont, Paramount). Before he arrived at France Televisions, he took the helm of Social Media and Content at groundbreaking french entertainment agency Dare.Win, where he successfully launched the agency’s activity on the German Market, and helped create and launch a large slate of award-winning and media-attention grabbing campaigns for among others, Netflix.

Marianne Furevold
Marianne Furevold
Executive Producer - NRK Drama
Norway
 
Marianne Furevold
Marianne Furevold
Executive Producer - NRK Drama / Norway

Case Study : Normal People (moderator)

 

Marianne Furevold-Boland was the producer of the web-drama series SKAM, and is now an executive producer at NRK Drama.
Besides currently working with different projects both in development and in production at NRK, she also oversees the various Skam re-makes that are being produced in more than eight countries around the world.
Marianne has worked in NRK for many years and has been working on various project as a producer, script doctor, writer, journalist and presenter, both in television and radio.
She also gives workshops in insight work as a tool for developing scripts, and the production method on shortforms.
Marianne is educated as an actor from LIPA, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in UK.

Dominic Schreiber
Dominic Schreiber
Global Drama Executive - Reel One Entertainment
France
 
Dominic Schreiber
Dominic Schreiber
Global Drama Executive - Reel One Entertainment / France

What's Next : Arcadia


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.
 

Ed Guiney
Ed Guiney
Executive producer - Element Pictures
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Ed Guiney
Ed Guiney
Executive producer - Element Pictures / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Case study : Normal People

 

Ed Guiney co-founded award-winning international production company Element Pictures with Andrew Lowe in 2001. With offices in Dublin, London and Belfast, Element’s activities encompass production, distribution and exhibition. As joint Company Director of Element Pictures Ed oversees the development of the company’s film and television slate, and executive produces, or oversees the production, of all green-lit projects.
Recent productions include Yorgos Lanthimos’ Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning The Favourite and Lenny Abrahamson's Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning Room. Previous productions include all of Lenny Abrahamson’s films (Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did, Frank, Room) most recently The Little Stranger, and Yorgos Lanthimos’s English language films The Lobster (Academy Award nominated and winner of the Jury Prize in Cannes, 2015) and The Killing of A Sacred Deer, as well as Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience. Current film productions include Sean Durkin’s The Nest starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon, Phyllida Lloyd’s Herself and Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir: Part 2 staring Tilda Swinton, Honor Swinton Byrne and Joe Alwyn. Current TV productions include The Dublin Murders, an 8-part series for BBC and Starz, and the highly anticipated Normal People, a 12 x 30-minute series for BBC and Hulu, based on Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie McDonald and adapted by Sally Rooney and Alice Birch. Element Pictures have announced a second collaboration with Sally Rooney, to adapt her hit novel Conversations With Friends for the BBC, with Guiney executive producing.
Ed Guiney has been nominated for two Academy Awards (The Favourite and Room) and has won two BAFTAs (The Favourite and Omagh). He was also awarded the Prix Eurimages at the European Film Awards in 2014." 

"Ed Guiney co-founded award-winning international production company Element Pictures with Andrew Lowe in 2001. With offices in Dublin, London and Belfast, Element’s activities encompass production, distribution and exhibition. As joint Company Director of Element Pictures Ed oversees the development of the company’s film and television slate, and executive produces, or oversees the production, of all green-lit projects.
 
Recent productions include Yorgos Lanthimos’ Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning The Favourite and Lenny Abrahamson's Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning Room.
 
Previous productions include all of Lenny Abrahamson’s films (Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did, Frank, Room) most recently The Little Stranger, and Yorgos Lanthimos’s English language films The Lobster (Academy Award nominated and winner of the Jury Prize in Cannes, 2015) and The Killing of A Sacred Deer, as well as Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience.
 
 
 
Current film productions include Sean Durkin’s The Nest starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon, Phyllida Lloyd’s Herself and Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir: Part 2 staring Tilda Swinton, Honor Swinton Byrne and Joe Alwyn. Current TV productions include The Dublin Murders, an 8-part series for BBC and Starz, and the highly anticipated Normal People, a 12 x 30-minute series for BBC and Hulu, based on Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie McDonald and adapted by Sally Rooney and Alice Birch.
 
Element Pictures have announced a second collaboration with Sally Rooney, to adapt her hit novel Conversations With Friends for the BBC, with Guiney executive producing.
 
Ed Guiney has been nominated for two Academy Awards (The Favourite and Room) and has won two BAFTAs (The Favourite and Omagh). He was also awarded the Prix Eurimages at the European Film Awards in 2014.""Ed Guiney co-founded award-winning international production company Element Pictures with Andrew Lowe in 2001. With offices in Dublin, London and Belfast, Element’s activities encompass production, distribution and exhibition. As joint Company Director of Element Pictures Ed oversees the development of the company’s film and television slate, and executive produces, or oversees the production, of all green-lit projects.
Recent productions include Yorgos Lanthimos’ Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning The Favourite and Lenny Abrahamson's Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning Room.
Previous productions include all of Lenny Abrahamson’s films (Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did, Frank, Room) most recently The Little Stranger, and Yorgos Lanthimos’s English language films The Lobster (Academy Award nominated and winner of the Jury Prize in Cannes, 2015) and The Killing of A Sacred Deer, as well as Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience.
 
Current film productions include Sean Durkin’s The Nest starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon, Phyllida Lloyd’s Herself and Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir: Part 2 staring Tilda Swinton, Honor Swinton Byrne and Joe Alwyn. Current TV productions include The Dublin Murders, an 8-part series for BBC and Starz, and the highly anticipated Normal People, a 12 x 30-minute series for BBC and Hulu, based on Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie McDonald and adapted by Sally Rooney and Alice Birch.
Element Pictures have announced a second collaboration with Sally Rooney, to adapt her hit novel Conversations With Friends for the BBC, with Guiney executive producing.
Ed Guiney has been nominated for two Academy Awards (The Favourite and Room) and has won two BAFTAs (The Favourite and Omagh). He was also awarded the Prix Eurimages at the European Film Awards in 2014."
Lenny Abrahamson
Lenny Abrahamson
Director, executive producer
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Lenny Abrahamson
Lenny Abrahamson
Director, executive producer / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Case Study : Normal People

 

Lenny Abrahamson is the director of the critically-acclaimed Room, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Room was Abrahamson’s fifth feature film. Abrahamson’s other work includes Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did and Frank. His latest feature, The Little Stranger, was released in 2018 and based on the novel by Sarah Waters.
Recently, Abrahamson directed the highly anticipated Normal People, a 12 x 30-minute series for BBC and Hulu, adapted by and based on Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel. Abrahamson is also in development on a number of projects: Neverhome, an adaptation by Lucy Kirkwood of Laird Hunt’s civil war novel with Element Pictures and Film4, A Man’s World based on the true story of Boxing legend Emile Griffith, which he’s writing with co-writer Jon Raymond for Element/Film4, and Ourselves, a coming of age story set in 1980s Ireland, written by Mark O’Halloran.

"Lenny Abrahamson is the director of the critically-acclaimed Room, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Room was Abrahamson’s fifth feature film. Abrahamson’s other work includes Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did and Frank. His latest feature, The Little Stranger, was released in 2018 and based on the novel by Sarah Waters.
 
Recently, Abrahamson directed the highly anticipated Normal People, a 12 x 30-minute series for BBC and Hulu, adapted by and based on Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel.
 
Abrahamson is also in development on a number of projects: Neverhome, an adaptation by Lucy Kirkwood of Laird Hunt’s civil war novel with Element Pictures and Film4,  A Man’s World based on the true story of Boxing legend Emile Griffith, which he’s writing with co-writer Jon Raymond for Element/Film4, and Ourselves, a coming of age story set in 1980s Ireland, written by Mark O’Halloran."Lenny Abrahamson is the director of the critically-acclaimed Room, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Room was Abrahamson’s fifth feature film. Abrahamson’s other work includes Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did and Frank. His latest feature, The Little Stranger,
 was released in 2018 and based on the novel by Sarah Waters.
Recently, Abrahamson directed the highly anticipated Normal People, a 12 x 30-minute series for BBC and Hulu, adapted by and based on Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel.
Abrahamson is also in development on a number of projects: Neverhome, an adaptation by Lucy Kirkwood of Laird Hunt’s civil war novel with Element Pictures and Film4,
A Man’s World based on the true story of Boxing legend Emile Griffith,
which he’s writing with co-writer Jon Raymond for Element/Film4, and Ourselves, a coming of age story set in 1980s Ireland, written by Mark O’Halloran."  
"Lenny Abrahamson is the director of the critically-acclaimed Room, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Room was Abrahamson’s fifth feature film. Abrahamson’s other work includes Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did and Frank. His latest feature, The Little Stranger, was released in 2018 and based on the novel by Sarah Waters.
 
Recently, Abrahamson directed the highly anticipated Normal People, a 12 x 30-minute series for BBC and Hulu, adapted by and based on Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel.
 
Abrahamson is also in development on a number of projects: Neverhome, an adaptation by Lucy Kirkwood of Laird Hunt’s civil war novel with Element Pictures and Film4,  A Man’s World based on the true story of Boxing legend Emile Griffith, which he’s writing with co-writer Jon Raymond for Element/Film4, and Ourselves, a coming of age story set in 1980s Ireland, written by Mark O’Halloran.""Lenny Abrahamson is the director of the critically-acclaimed Room, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Room was Abrahamson’s fifth feature film. Abrahamson’s other work includes Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did and Frank. His latest feature, The Little Stranger, was released in 2018 and based on the novel by Sarah Waters.
Recently, Abrahamson directed the highly anticipated Normal People, a 12 x 30-minute series for BBC and Hulu, adapted by and based on Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel.
Abrahamson is also in development on a number of projects: Neverhome, an adaptation by Lucy Kirkwood of Laird Hunt’s civil war novel with Element Pictures and Film4, A Man’s World based on the true story of Boxing legend Emile Griffith, which he’s writing with co-writer Jon Raymond for Element/Film4, and Ourselves, a coming of age story set in 1980s Ireland, written by Mark O’Halloran.""Lenny Abrahamson is the director of the critically-acclaimed Room, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Room was Abrahamson’s fifth feature film.
Abrahamson’s other work includes Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did and Frank. His latest feature, The Little Stranger, was released in 2018 and based on the novel by Sarah Waters.
Recently, Abrahamson directed the highly anticipated Normal People, a 12 x 30-minute series for BBC and Hulu, adapted by and based on Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel.
Abrahamson is also in development on a number of projects: Neverhome, an adaptation by Lucy Kirkwood of Laird Hunt’s civil war novel with Element Pictures and Film4,
A Man’s World based on the true story of Boxing legend Emile Griffith, which he’s writing with co-writer Jon Raymond for Element/Film4, and Ourselves, a coming of age story set in 1980s Ireland, written by Mark O’Halloran."  
"Lenny Abrahamson is the director of the critically-acclaimed Room, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Room was Abrahamson’s fifth feature film. Abrahamson’s other work includes Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did and Frank. His latest feature, The Little Stranger, was released in 2018 and based on the novel by Sarah Waters.
 
Recently, Abrahamson directed the highly anticipated Normal People, a 12 x 30-minute series for BBC and Hulu, adapted by and based on Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel.
 
Abrahamson is also in development on a number of projects: Neverhome, an adaptation by Lucy Kirkwood of Laird Hunt’s civil war novel with Element Pictures and Film4,  A Man’s World based on the true story of Boxing legend Emile Griffith, which he’s writing with co-writer Jon Raymond for Element/Film4, and Ourselves, a coming of age story set in 1980s Ireland, written by Mark O’Halloran.""Lenny Abrahamson is the director of the critically-acclaimed Room, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Room was Abrahamson’s fifth feature film. Abrahamson’s other work includes Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did and Frank. His latest feature, The Little Stranger, was released in 2018 and based on the novel by Sarah Waters.
Recently, Abrahamson directed the highly anticipated Normal People, a 12 x 30-minute series for BBC and Hulu, adapted by and based on Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel.
Abrahamson is also in development on a number of projects: Neverhome, an adaptation by Lucy Kirkwood of Laird Hunt’s civil war novel with Element Pictures and Film4, A Man’s World based on the true story of Boxing legend Emile Griffith, which he’s writing with co-writer Jon Raymond for Element/Film4, and Ourselves, a coming of age story set in 1980s Ireland, written by Mark O’Halloran.""Lenny Abrahamson is the director of the critically-acclaimed Room, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Room was Abrahamson’s fifth feature film. Abrahamson’s other work includes Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did and Frank. His latest feature, The Little Stranger, was released in 2018 and based on the novel by Sarah Waters.
Recently, Abrahamson directed the highly anticipated Normal People, a 12 x 30-minute series for BBC and Hulu, adapted by and based on Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel.
Abrahamson is also in development on a number of projects: Neverhome, an adaptation by Lucy Kirkwood of Laird Hunt’s civil war novel with Element Pictures and Film4, A Man’s World based on the true story of Boxing legend Emile Griffith, which he’s writing with co-writer Jon Raymond for Element/Film4, and Ourselves, a coming of age story set in 1980s Ireland, written by Mark O’Halloran."
Emma Norton
Emma Norton
Executive producer - Element Pictures
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Emma Norton
Emma Norton
Executive producer - Element Pictures / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Case Study : Normal People 

 

Emma Norton became a Producer at Element Pictures in 2017 when she produced the feature film Rosie, starring Sarah Greene, directed by Paddy Breathnach and written by Roddy Doyle in 2018. Rosie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and received widespread critical acclaim. Recently, she served as executive producer on the acclaimed Normal People, a 12 x 30-minute series for BBC and Hulu, based on Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie McDonald and written by Sally Rooney and Alice Birch. Current film productions Norton is producing include The Souvenir: Part 2, the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Souvenir, directed by Joanna Hogg. Norton is currently working on Element’s next collaboration with Sally Rooney and will executive produce Conversations With Friends for the BBC.

Norton joined Element Pictures in 2008 as Development Executive and was promoted to Head of Development in 2011, and has worked across all of Element’s projects from What Richard Did and The Lobster, to Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning films Room and The Favourite. In 2014, Emma executive produced on A Date for Mad Mary, written and directed by Darren Thornton. Before joining Element, Norton worked at Film4 and prior to that was a freelance script reader for a range of UK production companies and theatres, including Kudos, Scott Free, the BFI and the Soho Theatre.

"Emma Norton became a Producer at Element Pictures in 2017 when she produced the feature film Rosie, starring Sarah Greene, directed by Paddy Breathnach and written by Roddy Doyle in 2018. Rosie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and received widespread critical acclaim.
 
Recently, she served as executive producer on the acclaimed Normal People, a 12 x 30-minute series for BBC and Hulu, based on Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie McDonald and written by Sally Rooney and Alice Birch. Current film productions Norton is producing include The Souvenir: Part 2, the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Souvenir, directed by Joanna Hogg.  Norton is currently working on Element’s next collaboration with Sally Rooney and will executive produce Conversations With Friends for the BBC.
 
Norton joined Element Pictures in 2008 as Development Executive and was promoted to Head of Development in 2011, and has worked across all of Element’s projects from What Richard Did and The Lobster, to Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning films Room and The Favourite. In 2014, Emma executive produced on A Date for Mad Mary, written and directed by Darren Thornton.
 
Before joining Element, Norton worked at Film4 and prior to that was a freelance script reader for a range of UK production companies and theatres, including Kudos, Scott Free, the BFI and the Soho Theatre.""Emma Norton became a Producer at Element Pictures in 2017 when she produced the feature film Rosie, starring Sarah Greene,
directed by Paddy Breathnach and written by Roddy Doyle in 2018. Rosie premiered
 at the Toronto International Film Festival and received widespread critical acclaim.
Recently, she served as executive producer on the acclaimed Normal People, a 12 x 30-minute series for BBC and Hulu,
based on Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel,
directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie McDonald and written by Sally Rooney and Alice Birch.
Current film productions Norton is producing include The Souvenir:
Part 2, the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Souvenir, directed by Joanna Hogg.
Norton is currently working on Element’s next collaboration with
Sally Rooney and will executive produce Conversations With Friends for the BBC.
Norton joined Element Pictures in 2008 as Development Executiv
e and was promoted to Head of Development in 2011, and has worked across all of
Element’s projects from What Richard Did and The Lobster, to Academy Award
, Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning films Room and The Favourite. In 2014,
Emma executive produced on A Date for Mad Mary, written and directed by Darren Thornton.
Before joining Element, Norton worked at Film4 and prior to that was a freelance script reader for a range of UK production companies and theatres, including Kudos, Scott Free, the BFI and the Soho Theatre." 
Stefan Baron
Stefan Baron
Head of Business Affairs/Executive Producer - Yellow Bird
Sweden
 
Stefan Baron
Stefan Baron
Head of Business Affairs/Executive Producer - Yellow Bird / Sweden

Member of the European Steering Group

Case study : The Hunt for a Killer

 

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… Between 2014 and 2018, Stefan was Executive producer Nice Drama where he worked on titles as Midnight Sun, Thicker Than Water and Hassel. He recently joined Yellow Bird.

Helene Lindholm
Helene Lindholm
Executive Producer, producer, screenwriter
Sweden
 
Helene Lindholm
Helene Lindholm
Executive Producer, producer, screenwriter / Sweden

Case Study : The Hunt for a Killer 

 

Helene Lindholm developed the award-winning SVT mini-series The Laser man (considered one of the best mini-series ever made in Sweden and listed as one of the most important cultural events in Sweden in the last 150 years) and Habib (winner BANFF). Lindholm’s She Monkeys was awarded Best Film, Best Screenplay at the Swedish Academy Awards (Guldbaggen) 2012 (winner of the World Narrative Competition at Tribeca Film Festival, Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film and FIPRESCI award at Gothenburg Film Festival, and a Special Mention from the Berlinale jury). Lindholm’s Family Dinner was the only Swedish film in competition in Cannes in 2012. Lindholm is currently in post-production on The Hunt For a Killer, a 6-episode true crime drama premiering on SVT in fall 2020, and her 4-episode thriller The One-Eyed Rabbit premiered on the Swedish Radio in March. 

Mikael Marcimain
Mikael Marcimain
Director
Sweden
 
Mikael Marcimain
Mikael Marcimain
Director / Sweden

Case Study : The Hunt for a Killer 

 

Mikael Marcimain is one of Scandinavia’s most sought-after directors. After his success with the mini-series The Laser man (winner Prix Italia), and How soon is now (winner Prix Italia), he made his feature film debut with Call Girl which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival (won the FIPRESCI award). Marcimain most recent feature Gentlemen (which premiered at TIFF, was nominated for 13 Swedish Film Awards and won 3), is an adaptation of Klas Östergren’s novel, which has also been released as a critically acclaimed mini-series, Gentlemen & Gangster, on SVT. Mikael´s Danish mini-series Liberty premiered in 2018 on DR. Marcimain is currently in post-production on The Hunt For a Killer, a 6-episode true crime drama premiering on SVT in fall 2020, as well as his international action/adventure feature film Horizon Line.

Melike Leblebicioglu
Melike Leblebicioglu
Screenwriter
Norway
 
Melike Leblebicioglu
Melike Leblebicioglu
Screenwriter / Norway

Case Study : Immigrant-ish

 

Melike Leblebicioglu is currently a writer and producer at NRK, where she has worked with developing, writing and producing/executive producing teen dramas (such as 17, Lovleg, Nudes) and co-created her own series Norsk-ish (Immigrant-ish) which will air fall 2020. Her previous work includes head writer of the long running soap Hotel Cæsar, and writer of the TV2/Netflix thrillerdrama Grenseland (Borderliner).

Bahareh Badavi
Bahareh Badavi
Screenwriter
Norway
 
Bahareh Badavi
Bahareh Badavi
Screenwriter / Norway

Case Study : Immigrant-ish

 

Bahareh Badavi is an Iranian born Norwegian writer based in Oslo. She has been a staff writer on shows like Alle sammen sammen and Hotel Cæsar, as well as head writer on Mot (Courage). She is also the co-creator of Norsk-ish (Immigrant-ish), which airs in the fall of 2020 on NRK.

Emmanuel Dauce
Emmanuel Dauce
Producer - Tetra Media Fiction
France
 
Emmanuel Dauce
Emmanuel Dauce
Producer - Tetra Media Fiction / France

Ca tourne : Paris Police 1900

 

Graduated from the ESSEC and « La FÉMIS », Emmanuel Daucé is a French TV series producer and has been leading Tetra Media Fiction since 2005.
In 2007, he has produced « La Commune » a 8x52’ show for CANAL+, writtten by Abdel Raouf Dafri. He has also produced with Charline de Lépine (Macondo) « Les Hommes de l’Ombre », a political series of 18x52’ (3 seasons), exported under the name « Spin ». In 2018 he co-produced with JE Films VERNON SUBUTEX, an 8x30' series by Cathy Verney, an adaptation for Canal + of the novel by Virginie Despentes.
In 2008, he 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 ».
From 2013 to 2018, Emmanuel Daucé is one of the leader of the department « TV Series Creation » at the prestigious school « La FÉMIS ».
 

Julien Despaux
Julien Despaux
Director
France
 
Julien Despaux
Julien Despaux
Director / France

In the Pipeline : Paris Police 1900

 

Julien Despaux is a French director born in 1981.

In 2016, he directed multi-awarded series Black Spot (Zone blanche), a mystery thriller set in an isolated small city where strange things start to happen. The 2nd season, which goes further into genre and fantasy, will be aired by Netflix in 250 countries.

In 2018, he directed two episodes of the second season of Guyane, an adventure/western series which confirmed his taste for genre. In 2019, he collaborated with Fabien Nury on Paris Police 1900, a new Creation Originale CANAL+. This period drama is a mix between political thriller, spy film and crime à la Ellroy, and aims to be the Belle Epoque’s noir fiction.

He is currently developing his first feature film, La Courbe a love story paying tribute to noir films and set in the world of curling.

Fabien Nury
Fabien Nury
Director, producer
France
 
Fabien Nury
Fabien Nury
Director, producer / France

In the Pipeline : Paris Police 1900

 

 

Born in 1976, Fabien Nury is a scriptwriter, a comic book author and a director.

His bibliography includes some forty albums, including The Death of Stalin, Once Upon a Time in France, Tyler Cross, Katanga, The Man Who Killed Chris Kyle... His albums have been translated into some twenty languages and sold more than 3 million copies.
In 2017, The Death of Stalin was adapted for the silver screen by Armando Iannucci (VEEP, In the Loop) with an international cast (Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, Olga Kurylenko): the film was nominated several times for the BAFTAs and banned in Russia.

In the audiovisual field, Fabien Nury is also the creator of the series Guyane and Paris Police 1900 for Canal +. 

Mikko Pöllä
Mikko Pöllä
Creator - Fire Monkey
Finland
 
Mikko Pöllä
Mikko Pöllä
Creator - Fire Monkey / Finland

Case Study : Bad Apples

 

Mikko Pöllä is Fire Monkey's co-founder and the creator of nine produced dramas, among them Finland’s most widespread scripted television formats, Black Widows and Easy Living that have gained remakes by HBO Europe, Viaplay and Televisa among others. He was also the co-writer of the global pop-culture phenomenon, The Angry Birds Movie. Mikko's latest works are fish out of water comedy Californian Commando and scifi mystery White Wall.

Pierre Langlais
Pierre Langlais
Journalist - Télérama
France
 
Pierre Langlais
Pierre Langlais
Journalist - Télérama / France

15-year anniversary of Spiral

 

Pierre Langlais is a journalist at Télérama specialising in TV Series, and a reporter for Le Cercle Séries.

Tasja Abel
Tasja Abel
Producer - Made for films
Germany
 
Tasja Abel
Tasja Abel
Producer - Made for films / Germany

Member of the European Steering Group

Masterclass with Charlie Covell

 

Tasja is a producer at MadeFor Film, a company part of the EndemolShine Group. MadeFor Film is producing several shows such as "Tatort" for German broadcasters and platforms. Tasja works with a focus on international coproductions. Previously, she was Vice President for acquisitions and co-production at Dynamic Television. One of her projects at the company was "The Day" where she has been responsible for the global acquisition and coproduction with ZDF Neo. Previously, she has worked on and executive produced several international projects such as Tabula Rasa (VRT/ZDF Enterprises/ZDF Neo), The Bridge (SVT/DR/NRK/ZDF/ZDF Enterprises), Inspector Beck (TV4/ZDF/ZDF Enterprises) or Sandhamn Murders (TV4/ZDF/ARTE).

Roope Lehtinen
Roope Lehtinen
Executive Producer - Fire Monkey
Sweden
 
Roope Lehtinen
Roope Lehtinen
Executive Producer - Fire Monkey / Sweden

Case Study : Bad Apples

 

Lehtinen a créé et produit certaines des séries (comédie et drame) finlandaises qui ont eu le plus de succès au cours des 20 dernières années. Il a remporté 5 Venla Awards finlandais de la meilleure fiction. Parmi ses oeuvres, on peut citer Easy Living, Black Widows, Hooked et White Wall.

Nathalie Biancolli
Nathalie Biancolli
Director of acquisitions and international fiction - France Télévisions
France
 
Nathalie Biancolli
Nathalie Biancolli
Director of acquisitions and international fiction - France Télévisions / France

Ca tourne : Le Tour du monde en 80 jours

 

Nathalie Biancolli is a graduate of Paul Valéry University (Montpellier) - LEA / LAE. She has 30 years of experience in the media - sales and program acquisitions. She began her career at CLT (RTL Groupe-Pandora), part of France and part of Luxembourg. She was in charge of sales management. She has notably developed the structure SND (Société Nouvelle de Distribution) - production, acquisition of feature films. She joined the TF1 Group in 2000 and more specifically AB Groupe, as Acquisitions Director to develop the catalog and supply the different channels. She participated in the development of channels and the launch of TNT (NT1 and TMC). She joined TF1 in 2010 and took the lead in the Group's acquisitions (acquisitions of linear and non-linear rights). In April 2017 she joined the France Télévisions Group. Since May 2018, Nathalie Biancolli has been director of acquisitions and international fiction at France Télévisions (acquisitions and co-productions). In 2018, she launches the Alliance (ZDF / RAI) for international co-productions.

Elvire Muñoz
Elvire Muñoz
Screenwriter
France
 
Elvire Muñoz
Elvire Muñoz
Screenwriter / France

Spotlight on trailers : Gangsystem 

 

Right after obtaining her screenwriting degree (INSAS), Elvire met 10:15 ! Productions with whom she has developed her first two films as a director. Her short, Brûle (The Spark), will begin its career at the Brussels Short Film Festival and in Palm Springs. She is now writing her first feature, Culpa, an erotic thriller about coming-out. Etienne Chédeville and Elvire share the same passion for television and have been co-creating projects together, such as Gangsystem, along with Ego Productions. Aside from that, she love diving into colorful minds while working for various authors and projects.

Caroline Palmstierna
Caroline Palmstierna
Founder, Producer - SHOOT FOR THE MOON AB
Sweden
 
Caroline Palmstierna
Caroline Palmstierna
Founder, Producer - SHOOT FOR THE MOON AB / Sweden

Spotlight on Trailers

 

Formerly TV-host and journalist based in Spain. Today moderator, documentary producer and drama series consultant based in Sweden since 1996. More recently, Director of Business Development at Eccho Rights. Director of Sales at Filmlance International, responsible for the international launches of TV series like The Bridge, Arne Dahl and Murder in Sandham. Previously, several years at MTV, STRIX, CNN and as an editor/researcher for Stina Dabrowski and Folke Rydén.

Ivan Knezevic
Ivan Knezevic
Screenwriter, producer, editor
 
Ivan Knezevic
Ivan Knezevic
Screenwriter, producer, editor /

Spotlight on Trailers  : Starman

 

Born 1984 in Novi Sad, Serbia. Works as a screenwriter, editor and producer. Currently developing a number of series for HBO Europe, the Munich-based H&V Entertainment, and Belgrade-based Firefly Productions.  

Etienne Chedeville
Etienne Chedeville
Screenwriter
France
 
Etienne Chedeville
Etienne Chedeville
Screenwriter / France

Spotlight on Trailers :  GangSystem

 

Etienne met Elvire Munoz when he was studying cinema in Paris, and they have been working together on their favourite TV projects since then. Etienne has a Masters degree in screenwriting (INSAS) and he followed a one-year course in International TV screenwriting (FIEST). He took part in well-known writers programmes : UGC Writers Campus and Cannes Storytelling. Now, he is working on the World’s Writers Room project. These experiences confirmed he very much enjoys international collaborations and, in a way, contribute to the international dimension of his screenwriting path. In the creative process, he feels that cultural differences show us quicker where universality lies.

Thomas  Vincent
Thomas Vincent
Screenwriter, director
France
 
Thomas  Vincent
Thomas Vincent
Screenwriter, director / France

In the Pipeline : Possessions

 

Thomas Vincent has been working as a writer and director for feature films as well as television since the beginning of his career. His debut film, Karnaval, in 1999, won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. After his second film, Je suis un assassin, which was shown at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes, he began a fruitful collaboration with Canal+ in 2015, with Le SAC: des hommes dans l'ombre starring Tcheky Karyo and Mister Bob with Clovis Cornillac. These shows paved the way for international English language series such as Borgia, Tunnel and Versailles. During the same period, he wrote and directed two more French language feature films: Le nouveau protocole and La nouvelle vie de Paul Sneijder. In 2018, Bodyguard was his first time directing a non-coproduction UK show. He recently directed Possessions, a Franco-Israeli production for CANAL+.
 

Guy Bisson
Guy Bisson
Executive Director - Ampere Analysis
Royaume-uni
 
Guy Bisson
Guy Bisson
Executive Director - Ampere Analysis / Royaume-uni

Discussions et débats : Ampere Analysis

 

Guy Bisson has more than 25 years’ experience as a leading entertainment market analyst with a specialisation in the global television business. He is a regular speaker and moderator at many of the World’s leading entertainment business conferences, a frequent media commentator and author of numerous reports and research articles on the business and strategy of the television industry with a particular recent focus on content trends. Guy is a co-founder of Ampere Analysis, a London-based research company with a focus on television and content.

Lottie Towler
Lottie Towler
Senior analyst - Ampere Analysis
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Lottie Towler
Lottie Towler
Senior analyst - Ampere Analysis / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Discussion : The Ampere Analysis mornings

 

Lottie runs the Analytics product, responsible for Ampere’s Video-on-Demand content tracking across nearly 40 countries globally. An expert in the global content market, she is responsible for the day-to-day upkeep of the service and its analytical output. She also previously led the build-out of Ampere’s Channels service, and was responsible for the scoping, development and execution of the service. She has led several consults in the content space, particularly those relating to VoD catalogues and content availability/quality, and is critically involved in all research Ampere undertakes in the area. Lottie graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Biochemistry.

Alice Thorpe
Alice Thorpe
Analyst - Ampere Analysis
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Alice Thorpe
Alice Thorpe
Analyst - Ampere Analysis / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Discussion : The Ampere Analysis mornings

 

Alice joined Ampere in October 2019 as part of the Analytics - Commissioning team, and is primarily responsible for the tracking of global commissioning activity and trends. She holds an MPhil in Screen Media & Cultures from the University of Cambridge and has previously worked for leading international film blog Women and Hollywood, where she produced coverage and analysis of the global film industry.

Sachar Magen
Sachar Magen
Screenwriter
Israel
 
Sachar Magen
Sachar Magen
Screenwriter / Israel

In the Pipeline : Possessions

 

SHACHAR MAGEN was born in 1976 in Israel and has a master's degree in film and television from Tel Aviv University. He has worked as a journalist for the Maariv daily and as a cultural editor for the website of Israel's largest daily newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth. He went on to direct numerous documentaries, then turned to writing with his first novel, a thriller, before writing for television. He was a writer on the series Exposed, he created the series Prime Minister's Children with Noa Rotman, about the life of a Prime Minister's family. More recently, he was the showrunner of the series Sirens, one of the biggest hits on Israeli television, which ran for 3 seasons. He recently created and wrote in collaboration with Valérie Zenatti the miniseries Possessions for Canal + which was directed by Thomas Vincent (Bodyguard) and is currently working on a fantasy series, Metamorphosi.

Philippe De Schepper
Philippe De Schepper
Producer, showrunner - Jonnydepony
Belgium
 
Philippe De Schepper
Philippe De Schepper
Producer, showrunner - Jonnydepony / Belgium

What's Next : Arcadia

 

Philippe is a Belgian showrunner, producer and writer who used to work at Eyeworks Film & TV Drama. He created the series Missing Persons Unit (7 seasons), Double Life, Lucky Number Six, Homegrown (3 seasons) and The Infiltrator. In 2015 he founded his own production company jonnydepony where he is showrunner and producer of Blackout (2020) and Arcadia.

Helen Perquy
Helen Perquy
Producer - Jonnydepony
Belgium
 
Helen Perquy
Helen Perquy
Producer - Jonnydepony / Belgium

What's Next : Arcadia

 

Helen Perquy is a Belgian executive producer and 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 a suitable financing strategy. She was producer of Quiz Me Quick (2012) and executive producer of Tabula Rasa (2017). Since 2018, she is co-owner of jonnydepony and producer of the series Blackout (2020) and Arcadia.

Elly Vervloet
Elly Vervloet
International drama executive - VRT
Belge
 
Elly Vervloet
Elly Vervloet
International drama executive - VRT / Belge

What's Next : Arcadia

 

As international drama executive of VRT, it is Elly's responsibility to find international financing, to set up international co-productions and to look for international cooperation in general. She tries to build a strong international network and share her expertise within the company. The aim is to make high-quality drama with international appeal, create a sustainable drama strategy and reinforce the local ecosystem. From 2008 untill 2014, she was commissiong editor drama for the first channel. Elly commissioned, amongst others, Professor T and Beau Sejour; series that traveled the world.

Mascha van Erven
Mascha van Erven
Head of Drama - KRO-NCRV
Pays-bas
 
Mascha van Erven
Mascha van Erven
Head of Drama - KRO-NCRV / Pays-bas

What's Next : Arcadia

 

Mascha started her career as an assistant producer in 1995 at Joop van den Ende TV productions during her final year at the University of Amsterdam, were she studied Film and Television Science.

From then on, she worked at several production companies – mostly Endemol related companies – at the non-scripted department. In 2009 she started working for Dutch public broadcaster Omroep MAX, as head of television. There, she started a new branch of MAX; a scripted department. She co-produced multiple shows like Moeder ik wil bij de revu and the BANF Award winning The Bone Collector (De Zaak Menten).

In 2017 Mascha chose to work for the scripted department full time and teamed up with public broadcaster KRO-NCRV were she now runs the drama department.

"Mascha started her career as an assistant producer in 1995 at Joop van den Ende TV productions during her final year at the University of Amsterdam, were she studied Film and Television Science.
 
From then on, she worked at several production companies – mostly Endemol related companies – at the non-scripted department. In 2009 she started working for Dutch public broadcaster Omroep MAX, as head of television. There, she started a new branch of MAX; a scripted department. She co-produced multiple shows like Moeder ik wil bij de revu and the BANF Award winning The Bone Collector (De Zaak Menten).
 
In 2017 Mascha chose to work for the scripted department full time and teamed up with public broadcaster KRO-NCRV were she now runs the drama department.
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Tarja Kylmä
Tarja Kylmä
Screenwriter
Finland
 
Tarja Kylmä
Tarja Kylmä
Screenwriter / Finland

Créateurs Inside

 

A Finnish screenwriter, story consultant and visiting lecturer of TV drama in ELO, Film School Helsinki.
Her latest series, Finnish-Chilean co-production ""Invisible heroes” (6 x 50 min) written with Manuela Infante, won Prix Europa for best European TV fiction series of 2019. 

Andreas Reinhardt
Andreas Reinhardt
Screenwriter
Germany
 
Andreas Reinhardt
Andreas Reinhardt
Screenwriter / Germany

Spotlight on trailers : Heimat

 

Andreas Reinhardt was born in Braunschweig, in 1991. He is the second head writer / director of HEIMAT. Reinhardt studied anglistics, as well as film studies at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena. Afterwards he moved to Berlin and worked in the AD and location department on numerous shows and films. Parallel to this he started to develop the pilot for HEIMAT with his writing partner Tim Burek. His strength lies in the development of complex characters and multifaceted worlds.

Martin Rohé
Martin Rohé
Producer
Germany
 
Martin Rohé
Martin Rohé
Producer / Germany

Spotlight on trailers : Heimat

 

Martin Rohé was born in Braunschweig in 1985. He lives in Leipzig, is married and father of three daughters. In 2015, his diploma film Dr. Illegal won several international awards. He won the Civis Media Preis, the Cine Eagle in gold and was nominated for the No Fear Award. In 2016 he founded the film production company Paxfilm and finished bigger projects. In 2018 he sold his company and has been responsible as a producer for the new subsidiary of the company Neue Bioskop Film since then.

Jane Marlow
Jane Marlow
Writer
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Jane Marlow
Jane Marlow
Writer / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Spotlight on trailers : They Them Us

 

Jane’s TV career began as a storyliner on CORONATION STREET and she went on to write over 50 episodes of the UK’s most-watched dramas including EASTENDERS, HOLLYOAKS, DOCTORS, THE BILL & BAD GIRLS. Her work has been nominated at the British Soap Awards and as a team Writers’ Guild Award for Best Continuing Drama. She was selected for MediaXchange’s masterclass course ‘Advanced TV Writing’ and has developed ideas with some of the UK’s top production companies. A trained actor, Jane won Best Actress & Best British Drama for her short film DANCING ALONE at Discover Film 2017. Her second short TAKE ME BACK won Best Editor at LIFA & Catfish Shorts’ Best Cinematographer. Her first novel MADDIE & ANNA’S BIG PICTURE was published by Diva Books.

Virginia Orr
Virginia Orr
Producer
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Virginia Orr
Virginia Orr
Producer / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Spotlight on trailers : Them They US

 

Virginia’s first project as producer was with Jane on short film TAKE ME BACK which won Best Editor at LIFA and Best Cinematographer laurels at Catfish Shorts in 2019. A natural producer, she collaborated with Jane again on THEY THEM US. Virginia started her career at Browns, the luxury fashion retailer where she managed projects with Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Donna Karen, Comme des Garcons and Jill Sander amongst others. More recently she worked as a consultant with emerging brands looking for investment or collaborations. The skills she’s acquired in 30 years of business management in the luxury fashion/interior design sectors transfer perfectly to her roles as producer and production designer.

Simon Pirron
Simon Pirron
Producer - Junique Productions
Germany
 
Simon Pirron
Simon Pirron
Producer - Junique Productions / Germany

Spotlight on trailers : Terror

 

Simon Pirron is the co-founder and co-producer of Junique Productions GmbH. As a creative writer-producer duo, the emerging company develops concepts for TV and VoD providers, new media, VR/AR, social media and audio. Simon draws on years of experience as a freelance producer in the agency and advertising industry and has a broad creative network at his disposal. His main clients include ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE and the in-house agency, Creative Solutions. Simon was a participant in the European Creators' Lab 2019 of the Bavarian Film Center, organized by Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme and the Bavarian State Ministry of Digital Affairs. He is an alumnus of the University of Television Munich in the field of production and media business. 

Jette Volland
Jette Volland
Writer, Producer - Junique Productions
Germany
 
Jette Volland
Jette Volland
Writer, Producer - Junique Productions / Germany

Spotlight on trailers : Terror

 

Starting in 2012, Jette studied production and media business at the renowned University of Television and Film Munich. In 2014/15 she spent a year in LA and London, where she worked in the development team at FilmNation Entertainment and at Recorded Picture Company, among others. Back in Germany, in 2016/17 she assisted in the international sales department of Beta Cinema. In 2017, Jette successfully completed her studies. Since then, she has increasingly developed as a screenwriter, primarily for English High-End series. Jette also writes in German. She is the creator and writer of an innovative social series for Instagram where the followers experience everything directly. The project will be implemented in summer 2020. Jette is also the director of this project.

Marike Muselaers
Marike Muselaers
Co-CEO - Lumière Groupe
Belgium
 
Marike Muselaers
Marike Muselaers
Co-CEO - Lumière Groupe / Belgium

Case Study : Dumb (moderator)

 

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.
 

Christophe La Pinta
Christophe La Pinta
Composer
France
 
Christophe La Pinta
Christophe La Pinta
Composer / France

Créateurs Inside

 

 

Classically trained, Christophe La Pinta started studying percussions at the Toulon Conservatory when he was 8 years old. Later he graduated from the University of Nice in ethnomusicology. In 1995, he won the Peter Carpenter Fellowship, a contest organised by the BMI Foundation, thanks to which he was able to work with Mike Post on composing and writing for TV, through the series NYPD Blue. In 2015 he composed the original soundtrack to the award-winning – internationally and nationally – L’Affaire SK1,  directed by Frédéric Tellier. He then worked on Sauver ou Périr starring Pierre Niney. He scored for the comedies Prêt à tout and La chance de ma vie, directed by Nicolas Cuche. He also composed for him the original soundtracks to David Nolande, Inquisito, Prof T or the TV film Deux gouttes d’eau, starring Sylvie Testud.

 

He also scored the original soundtrack for Sabrina Van Tassel’s enlightening documentary The Texas vs Melissa about a death  row judicial error in Texas, which was selected for the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2020. Christophe scored for several TV series such as Frédéric Tellier’s Spin (Les hommes de l’ombre), aired in the UK and starring  Nathalie Baye; not forgetting Boulevard du Palais, Diane femme flic, Section de recherche, Nina and numerous TV films. He is currently working on Alice Nevers’s new adventures,  while preparing a TV film for TF1 too. 

 

"Classically trained, Christophe La Pinta started studying percussions at the Toulon Conservatory when he was 8 years old. Later he graduated from the University of Nice in ethnomusicology.
In 1995, he won the Peter Carpenter Fellowship, a contest organised by the BMI Foundation, thanks to which he was able to work with Mike Post on composing and writing for TV, through the series NYPD Blue.
In 2015 he composed the original soundtrack to the award-winning – internationally and nationally – L’Affaire SK1, directed by Frédéric Tellier. He then worked on Sauver ou Périr starring Pierre Niney.
He scored for the comedies Prêt à tout and La chance de ma vie, directed by Nicolas Cuche. He also composed for him the original soundtracks to David Nolande, Inquisito, Prof T or the TV film Deux gouttes d’eau, starring Sylvie Testud.
He also scored the original soundtrack for Sabrina Van Tassel’s enlightening documentary The Texas vs Melissa about a death row judicial error in Texas, which was selected for the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2020.
Christophe scored for several TV series such as Frédéric Tellier’s Spin (Les hommes de l’ombre), aired in the UK and starring Nathalie Baye; not forgetting Boulevard du Palais, Diane femme flic, Section de recherche, Nina  and numerous TV films.
He is currently working on Alice Nevers’s new adventures, while preparing a TV film for TF1 too. 
""Classically trained, Christophe La Pinta started studying percussions
at the Toulon Conservatory when he was 8 years old. Later he
graduated from the University of Nice in ethnomusicology.
In 1995, he won the Peter Carpenter Fellowship, a contest organised
by the BMI Foundation, thanks to which he was able to work with Mike
Post on composing and writing for TV, through the series NYPD Blue.
In 2015 he composed the original soundtrack to the award-winning –
internationally and nationally – L’Affaire SK1, directed by Frédéric
Tellier. He then worked on Sauver ou Périr starring Pierre Niney.
He scored for the comedies Prêt à tout and La chance de ma vie,
directed by Nicolas Cuche. He also composed for him the original
soundtracks to David Nolande, Inquisito, Prof T or the TV film
Deux gouttes d’eau, starring Sylvie Testud.
He also scored the original soundtrack for Sabrina Van Tassel’s
enlightening documentary The Texas vs Melissa about a death
row judicial error in Texas, which was selected for the Tribeca
Film Festival in April 2020.
Christophe scored for several TV series such as Frédéric Tellier’s
Spin (Les hommes de l’ombre), aired in the UK and starring
Nathalie Baye; not forgetting Boulevard du Palais, Diane femme
flic, Section de recherche, Nina and numerous TV films.
He is currently working on Alice Nevers’s new adventures, while
preparing a TV film for TF1 too.
Stephen Mowbray
Stephen Mowbray
Head of SVT International / Head of the Acquisition and Sales team - SVT International
Sweden
 
Stephen Mowbray
Stephen Mowbray
Head of SVT International / Head of the Acquisition and Sales team - SVT International / Sweden

Let's talk about acquisitions

 

Stephen is the Head of SVT International and oversees the Acquisition and Sales team. His department is responsible for the acquisition of around 3000 first run hours per year across Feature Films, Factual, Childrens and Fiction. Prior to SVT Stephen has worked for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK and, upon coming  to Sweden, for various broadcasters including TV4, C More and K World. He does not have a favourite acquisition as such but when asked Homeland, ITV’s Unforgotten and BBC’s Happy Valley are always cited.
 

"Stephen is the Head of SVT International and oversees the Acquisition and Sales team. His department is responsible for the acquisition of around 3000 first run hours per year across Feature Films, Factual, Childrens and Fiction. Prior to SVT Stephen has worked for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK and, upon coming to Sweden, for various broadcasters including TV4, C More and K World.
He does not have a favourite acquisition as such but when asked, Homeland, ITV’s Unforgotten and BBC’s Happy Valley are always cited.

 

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Nicola Lusuardi
Nicola Lusuardi
Screenwriter
Italy
 
Nicola Lusuardi
Nicola Lusuardi
Screenwriter / Italy

Case Study : The Hunt For a Killer

 

Since 1990, Nicola Lusuardi has been working as a playwright and screenwriter. He is script consultant, supervisor and creative producer for several Italian and European broadcasters and production companies. From 2013 to 2019 he consulted the original scripted contents produced by Sky Italy. Since 2020 is Head of Development at The Apartment Pitcures, a Fremantle company focused on development of international projects. Head of study for the SeriesLab (TorinoFilmLab and Séries Mania).  Teaches at SerialEyes in Berlin. Holds masterclass and workshops in different countries.

Lars Blomgren
Lars Blomgren
Head of Scripted EMEA - Endemol Shine
Sweden
 
Lars Blomgren
Lars Blomgren
Head of Scripted EMEA - Endemol Shine / Sweden

Discussions : Dialogue with Manda Levin

 

"As Head of Scripted EMEA at Endemol Shine Group, Lars Blomgren works closely with the company’s unparalleled network of award-winning scripted producers and companies across non-English language markets in Europe, Middle East and Asia, between them responsible for 69 productions in 2019. He is charged with enhancing this premium offering through increased collaboration, shared investment, and opportunities across the group for talent.
Blomgren is also co-founder and former Managing director of Filmlance International AB, the award-winning Swedish production company behind Caliphate, the thriller which was SVT’s biggest ever success on SVT Play and is now available globally on Netflix. During his time at Filmlance Lars produced or was executive producer of some 65 titles, and most recently oversaw the fourth and final series of global hit Bron/Broen (The Bridge)"

David Steiner
David Steiner
Scénariste, producteur - Parallell Cinema
France
 
David Steiner
David Steiner
Scénariste, producteur - Parallell Cinema / France

Spotlight on trailers : In our image

 

David Steiner is a French and Canadian writer and producer living between Paris and Los Angeles (O1 visa). He is one of the founders of Parallell Cinema, a Paris-based independent features and technical services production company with produced  or coproduced features selected in Sundance, TIFF and other major festivals.  His latest production is Katie Says Goodbye  (88min., TIFF, Rotterdam, Deauville, Stockholm’s  IMPACT Award Winner, numerous festival awards) He has directed four shorts, selected in HollyShorts, Cinequest, Leiden, Miami, Worldfest Houston, San Jose, Richmond, St. Paul, garnering 5 wins and 9 nominations. Over the years his screenwriting endeavors  have been selected by Torino Film Lab, Sources2 / FilmCamp, preselected by Sundance/Sloan Fellowship, Sundance Development Track, and Canadian Film Centre's Director's lab, awarded 3rd place in Simon Kinberg's Screenwriting Competition, selected by Aubagne Festival's Kiosk, invited to Nisi Masa's residence programs etc. 

Jörg Winger
Jörg Winger
Executive producer, screenwriter
Germany
 
Jörg Winger
Jörg Winger
Executive producer, screenwriter / Germany

Masterclass with Richard Brown

 

Jörg Winger is Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the award-winning, eight-part spy serie DEUTSCHLAND83/86/89. DEUTSCHLAND83 garnered numerous international and national accolades,  including the International Emmy Award in the Drama Series category, the Grimme Award, and the Peabody Award. Jörg Winger has produced 300 episodes of the multi-award-winning primetime series SOKO LEIPZIG for ZDF. He also created and produced the award-winning German-Romanian cybercrime drama HACKERVILLE (HBO Europe & TNTSerie). Before becoming a producer, Jörg Winger got a masters degree in Economics and worked as a journalist.
 

Audrey Fouché
Audrey Fouché
Screenwriter
France
 
Audrey Fouché
Audrey Fouché
Screenwriter / France

Masterclass with Russell T Davies

 

Born in 1981, winner of the 2005 SCAM Award for Creative Writing, she joined La Fémis Screenwriting Department from which she graduated in 2007. After directing her first feature film in Japan, MEMORIES CORNER, she was chosen by Canal+ in 2012-2013 to train in TV series showrunning in the USA with Tom Fontana. She co-wrote with him several episodes of BORGIA, for which she was also involved in shooting and post-production. Back in France, she co-wrote with Fabrice Gobert the second season of the successful French series THE RETURNED. In 2018, she created OSMOSIS for Netflix. 

Thomas Malmonte
Thomas Malmonte
Producer - Tant Mieux Prod
France
 
Thomas Malmonte
Thomas Malmonte
Producer - Tant Mieux Prod / France

Spotlight on trailers : The Last Abbess

 

Thomas Malmonte is a Producer born in 1981. After studying direction of photography and cinema, he worked as a camera assistant for a few years between Paris and Brussels. In 2008 he developed his first feature film, “The Hunters”, an action thriller distributed worldwide.
After this experience he joined Titra Film, a Paris based post-production company, for 3 years. There he discovered the wonders of the Animation world. Since 2015 he has been working as a producer at Tant Mieux Prod, along with Delphine Maury and Emmanuel Ryz. In 2017 the company was awarded “Best animation production company of the year” by the Procirep, the French society of producers. Together they started the production of “Fresh out of school”, a collection of animated short films based on poems (France Télévisions – 8 seasons, 13X3’) and serialized animated series “Tobie Lolness” (France Télévisions/ZDF – 13X52’). They are also developing a feature film, “The hermit and the bear”, based on the novel by John Yeoman and Quentin Blake, and another serialized programme, “Vango” (10x52’). More recently, they initiated the development of live-action contents, such as “The Last Abbess”, a historical mini-series of 6x52’."

Caroline Torelli
Caroline Torelli
Screenwriter
France
 
Caroline Torelli
Caroline Torelli
Screenwriter / France

Spotlight on Trailers : The Last Abbess

 

Caroline started as a theatre actress before coming to writing. She chose to train as a screenwriter and passed the entrance examination of the European Conservatory of Audiovisual Writing (CEEA) from which she graduated in 2014. Since then, she has worked as a screenwriter on various animated series (Zig and Sharko, Magic, Oscar and Malika, etc...) and she also works as a writer-director ("Best bugs", Je suis bien Content ; "The Galactic Agency" Studio 100). She has developed several projects of live-action fictions, and "The Last Abbess" is her first collaboration with Tant mieux Prod.

Patrick Suhner
Patrick Suhner
Producer - RTS Radio Télévision Suisse
Switzerland
 
Patrick Suhner
Patrick Suhner
Producer - RTS Radio Télévision Suisse / Switzerland

Case Study : Winter Palace

 

Born 1980, Patrick Suhner studied Film and Journalism at the Lausanne University (Switzerland). He worked for 10 years as a film critic at Radio Television Suisse (RTS), the Swiss national broadcaster. Since 2016, he is a commissioning editor for the fiction department. He oversaw the development of seasons 1 & 2 of Banking District (6x52’), as well as Helvetica (6x52’) and now Winter Palace (8x52’). He is a member of the EBU’s fiction experts bureau since 2019.

Odile McDonald
Odile McDonald
Producer
Canada
 
Odile McDonald
Odile McDonald
Producer / Canada

Masterclass with Ruth Barrett (moderator)

 

Canada-born Odile McDonald has a solid track record in French drama, as the former partner of Paris-based independent producer PM, a company she co-founded in 1992. There she has developped a strong expertise over the different genres of French fiction, producting cast-driven primetime series such as three seasons of France 2 landmark crime show Frank Riva, featuring movie star Alain Delon ; along with procedurals such as supernatural cop show Greco, or the long lasting series Le Commissaire Moulin. Her filmography includes a wide range of successful one-off TV movies and mini-series, including award-winning romantic comedy Un Divorce de Chien, featuring Elie Semoun and Julie Ferrier, the psychological dramedy La Balade de Lucie, starring Sandrine Bonnaire and Ange de Feu with Frédéric Diefenthal. McDonald has diversified PM’s portfolio, moving into theatrical feature film by producing Fonzy, an adaptation of Ken Scott’s Canadian movie Starbuck for French cinema, starring José Garcia and Audrey Fleurot. In 2015, Odile McDonald starts Madame Films in Canada, and its subsidiary in France : Wildcats Productions, aiming at taking advantage of her dual North American and European culture in order to extend her scope to international series. The goal was met with Ransom, a series based on the experience of crisis negotiators Laurent Combalbert and Marwan Mery. Co-produced with Frank Spotnitz for TF1, RTL-TVI, CBS, Global, the series was and shot between Nice, Toronto and Budapest. The last production in progress, Lucas a disparu, is currently filming for M6, with Laetitia Millot and Assad Bouab.

Nathaniel Méchaly
Nathaniel Méchaly
Composer
France
 
Nathaniel Méchaly
Nathaniel Méchaly
Composer / France

Créateurs Inside

 

 

Nathaniel Méchaly is currently composing the soundtrack for Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein's new series Shadowplay, starring Taylor Kitsch and Michael C. Hall. Before that, he composed for Roschdy Zem’s latest feature film Persona Non Grata (released in July 2019). In 2018, he composed the score for Netflix’ first French documentary series, 13 novembre, directed by Jules and Gédéon Naudet. He also worked with director Madeleine Sackler on the score for her first feature OG, and composed the original soundtrack of Swedish film Swoon, directed by Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein. Before that, he scored Farren Blackburn’s second film Opression (Shut In) as well a Midnight Sun, a Franco-Swedish series starring Leila Bekhti, aired on CANAL+ and SVT. In 2017, after composing the soundstrack for Kaboul Kitchen season 3, he pursued his collaboration with Wong Kar Wai with See You Tomorrow; a collaboration initiated alongside Shigeru Umebayashi on The Grandmaster.
Nathaniel Méchaly started to compose for film in 2004 with Raphael Nadjari’s Avanim, followed by Guy Ritchie’s Revolver. He contributed to the success of the Taken film trilogy.
He is behind numerous musical brandings for TV and radio : CineCinema, Paris Première, TF1 Jeunesse, France 3, Arte, Radio France… He has composed music for ads and short films.
His inspiration translates much beyond film, as he also composes for theatre and contemporary dance. Born in 1972, he trained on the cello, chamber music and electroacoustic composition at the Paris, Boulogne and Marseilles Conservatories. 

Alain Modot
Alain Modot
Co-founder, Vice-president - Media Consulting Group
France
 
Alain Modot
Alain Modot
Co-founder, Vice-president - Media Consulting Group / France

Prospects for the creation of series in Africa : coproductions and funding EU-ACP

 

"Alain Modot co-founded Media Consulting Group in January 2002, and is the company’s Vice-President. He has been developing MCG’s activities in Paris, Brussels and Rome. He has worked as a consultant for the European Commission and many international public institutions and private structures. He took part in several missions in many EU, African and Middle-Eastern countries.
MCG has a distribution mandate for the catalogue of Italian public broadcaster Rai on French territories. Alain Modot also launched DIFFA (Distribution of African Films and Fictions) in 2011, with the support of the OIF. Since February 2020, he is the CEO of DIFFA, which has became a leader in promoting and distributing African content. 141 producers and directors from 32 African countries have joined DIFFA’s catalogue which represents more than 1400 hours of films, series and documentaries."

Lou Jeunet
Lou Jeunet
Director, screenwriter
France
 
Lou Jeunet
Lou Jeunet
Director, screenwriter / France

Masterclass with Edward Berger 

 

After graduating from Idhec (Femis) in 1986 specialising in directing and editing, Lou Jeunet was a trainee script on Frantic by Roman Polanski, which is where she met Gérard Brach who encouraged her to start writing. Claude de Givray, François Truffaut's screenwriter, gave her the opportunity to write and direct her first film All That Glitters starring Annie Girardot and Isabelle Carré. In 2001, La Fille Préférée was nominated at the International Emmy Awards and won two awards at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, as well as receiving the Prix Talent Télévision SACD. She has written and directed four standout TV films, a web series and a short film, Le Beau Pavel with Jeanne Balibar which was selected at the Clermont-Ferrand Festival. Her first feature film, which she wrote and directed, Curiosa starring Noémie Merlant and Niels Schneider was released in April 2019 in France, and distributed in 20 different countries by Memento International. Lou Jeunet is a board member of the FERA (Fédération Européenne des Réalisateurs de l'Audiovisuel) and leads the way for gender equality in directing for the Groupe 25 Images.

Samantha Biffot
Samantha Biffot
Director, screenwriter, producer
France
 
Samantha Biffot
Samantha Biffot
Director, screenwriter, producer / France

Prospects for the creation of series in Africa : coproductions and funding EU-ACP

 

 

Samantha Biffot is a Franco-Gabonese director, screenwriter and producer. She grew up between Asia and Africa and the multiculturalism she experienced since her young age translated into her first documentary feature The African who wanted to fly (2016), selected in several festivals and nominated for the Francophone Awards 2016. After studying Film in Paris, she moved backed to Gabon in 2010; there, she founded her production company, Princesse M Productions, with Pierre Ceccaldi. In 2013, she won the Best Series award at FESPACO for L’Oeil de la cité, co-produced with the Gabonese Institute of Image and Sound. Since 2016, she co-writes and directs the African remake of popular series Parents mode d’emploi broadcast by TV5 Monde and now in its 6th season. She directed Kongossa Telecom for CANAL+ Africa. Since 2016, she has been producing talk shows for TV5 and CANAL+. Her latest production, Boxing Libreville by Amédée Pacôme Nkoulou, world premiere at the Visions du Réel festival.

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Samantha Biffot is a Franco-Gabonese director, screenwriter and producer. She grew up between Asia and Africa and the multiculturalism she experienced since her young age translated into her first documentary feature The African who wanted to fly (2016), selected in several festivals and nominated for the Francophone Awards 2016. After studying Film in Paris, she moved backed to Gabon in 2010; there, she founded her production company, Princesse M Productions, with Pierre Ceccaldi. In 2013, she won the Best Series award at FESPACO for L’Oeil de la cité, co-produced with the Gabonese Institute of Image and Sound. Since 2016, she co-writes and directs the African remake of popular series Parents mode d’emploi broadcast by TV5 Monde and now in its 6th season. She directed Kongossa Telecom for CANAL+ Africa. Since 2016, she has been producing talk shows for TV5 and CANAL+. Her latest production, Boxing Libreville by Amédée Pacôme Nkoulou, world premiere at the Visions du Réel festival."
Bert Van Dael
Bert Van Dael
Screenwriter
Belgium
 
Bert Van Dael
Bert Van Dael
Screenwriter / Belgium

Créateurs Inside

 

Bert Van Dael received a master's degree in screenwriting at Sint-Lukas Brussels, and a master's degree in philosophy at KULeuven. In 2012 he co-wrote "Clan", a tv-series created by Malin-Sarah Gozin, directed by Kaat Beels and Nathalie Basteyns. He then went on to write several award-winning short films with Sanne Nuyens: "Dura Lex" by Anke Blondé, "Skunk" and "Buddy" by Raf & Jan Roosens. In 2017 he was head writer and creator of the tv-drama series "Beau Séjour", together with Sanne Nuyens, Kaat Beels & Nathalie Basteyns. "Beau Séjour" won the public prize at Séries Mania festival in Paris and is the first Flemish series shown on Arte France. The series was acquired by Netflix as the Netflix original "Hotel Beau Séjour". In 2019 he won best screenplay at the Canneséries festival for his new tv-drama "The Twelve", together with Sanne Nuyens. "The Twelve" was the most-watched new series of the year in Belgium and will be available worldwide on Netflix in late 2020. 

Alexandre Boyer
Alexandre Boyer
Producer
France
 
Alexandre Boyer
Alexandre Boyer
Producer / France

Case Study : Think Big! 

 

Alexandre Boyer, 33, is a graduate of Paris European Business School. He started his career in advertising. After a stint at Publicis then Havas Productions he joined BETC agency to take care of the 360 ° communication of several big brands. In 2014 he joined the Tetra Media Studio group to manage digital and new media and produce audiovisual programs of several genres (fiction, magazine, animation, etc.). In 2016 he becomes a series producer within Tetra Media Fiction (Une Belle Histoire, Vernon Subutex, Vampires, Beautiful Loser, Spin, A French Village…) to produce and develop series projects in all formats and genres. Among the programs that Alexandre produced, there are Platonique (10x26') soon on OCS, Reboot (8x8') for France Télévisions, Les amis de Boubi (40x3') for France Télévisions, Ce sera moi (13x26') for Gulli or Bad Clown (58x3 ') for Dailymotion.

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

Member of the 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.

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

Member of the European Steering Group

Case Study : Immigrant-ish

 

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.
 

Bénédicte Lesage
Bénédicte Lesage
Producer
France
 
Bénédicte Lesage
Bénédicte Lesage
Producer / France

Co-president 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.
 

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

Member of Série Series’ editorial committee

Case Study : Kalifat

 


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, 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 producer Vassili Clert, including La Promesse (6x52’), currently shooting.

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

Member of Série Series’ editorial committee

 

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

Member of Série Series’ editorial committee

 

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. 

Lars LundstrÖm
Lars LundstrÖm
Author and Producer
Sweden
 
Lars LundstrÖm
Lars LundstrÖm
Author and Producer / Sweden

Member of the European Steering Group

 

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

Member of Série Series’ editorial committee

 

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.
 

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

Member of European Steering Committee

 

 

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.
 

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

Member of Série Series’ editorial committee

 

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.

Lindsay Shapero
Lindsay Shapero
Screenwriter
Switzerland
 
Lindsay Shapero
Lindsay Shapero
Screenwriter / Switzerland

Work In Progress - Winter Palace

 

"Lindsay Shapero’s feature film ‘Red Joan’ starring Judi Dench was released in April 2019 and took million at the box office. She has also written 'In Her Element' for Oscar-winning director Volker Schlondorff and ‘Under the Frog’ for American director Steve Shainberg. Her script ‘Trigger’ was nominated on the Brit List of best unproduced scripts.
For TV, her BAFTA-nominated TV biopic 'Enid' for the BBC, starred Helena Bonham Carter and won an International Emmy. Since then, she has written ‘Royal Wives at War’ for the BBC; plus episodes of ‘Barbarians Rising’ for the History Channel.
In France, she has written ‘Madame Tussaud’ for Arte/Gedeon and ‘The Battle for Tea’ for Arte/Les Taxis Brousses. In Germany, she wrote the outline for ‘Freud’ for UFA/WDR and ‘The Man who Saved the Beetle’ for Content Media/Telepool. She is currently showrunning the TV series ‘Winter Palace’ for Point Productions in Switzerland. Her next showrunner series will be for Endor/Topkapi and is called ‘American Princess’.
Lindsay left school at 16 to be a punk rocker and by the time she was 20, was writing for magazines like the NME and Time Out, before working at MTV when it first started in the UK as a producer and director. She has produced several award-winning documentaries for the BBC and C4. Lindsay has lived and worked in the US, Hong Kong, Sydney and Amsterdam, where she ran the film unit at Greenpeace International."

Stéphane Mitchell
Stéphane Mitchell
Screenwriter
Switzerland
 
Stéphane Mitchell
Stéphane Mitchell
Screenwriter / Switzerland

Work in Progress - Winter Palace

 

Born in Geneva, Stéphane graduated with a BFA in Film and TV from NYU, an MA in French Literature from UNIGE. Her writing debut is Back for more by Vincent Pluss, winner of the Best Swiss Film Prize 2003. Cocreator/headwriter of the successful financial thriller Quartier des banques S01 & 2, she is the principal author of the European teen reboot Heidi 15. She penned UnleaSHEd a TV movie with Adèle Haenel and Irène Jacob, winner of Erasmus Euromedia Awards, Medal of Excellence-Fictionnal Programme 2010 and TV5 Best French language TV movie 2009. She recently cowrote 2 episodes of Winter Palace, under the direction of its creator Lindsay Shapero.
 

Claire Armstach
Claire Armstach
Script executive
Switzerland
 
Claire Armstach
Claire Armstach
Script executive / Switzerland

Work in progress - Winter Palace

 

Claire joined the development team at STV Productions in 2011 after working as a script editor and producer for the BBC. Whilst at the BBC, she produced Waking The Dead and developed a wide range of shows. In 2011, she produced Whistle and I’ll Come To You starring John Hurt. Claire was the Script Executive on The Level for ITV and has most recently developed the BAFTA nominated Elizabeth is Missing for the BBC. She is currently Head of Drama Development at STV Productions and the Script Executive on The Winter Palace for Point Prod.
 

Jean-Marc Fröhle
Jean-Marc Fröhle
Producer - Point Prod
Switzerland
 
Jean-Marc Fröhle
Jean-Marc Fröhle
Producer - Point Prod / Switzerland

Work in progress - Winter Palace

 

Founded in 1996, Point Prod is one of the leading production company in Switzerland producing fictions, documentaries, TV magazines, news. In 2005, the company created a fiction unit (television and cinema) – led by Jean-Marc Fröhle – whose development and production of TV series is a mainstay of the company’s activities. Point Prod has since positioned itself as a major player in the development, production and coproduction of fictions in Switzerland, in partnership with the Swiss and European broadcasters. Since 2011, Jean-Marc Fröhle has developed and produced five successful original series. The latest productions « Banking District » was sold in many countries, picked up for a US remake and greenlighted for a second season. « Winter Palace » and « Alpha » are the latest shows development in progress.
 

Serena Cullen
Serena Cullen
Executive Producer - Serena Cullen Productions Ltd
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Serena Cullen
Serena Cullen
Executive Producer - Serena Cullen Productions Ltd / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

In the pipeline - Reyka

 

Serena Cullen has worked in film and television in both comedy and drama for 30 years in the UK. She worked at World Productions and BBC Drama Series and in 2009 she set up her production company Serena Cullen Productions Ltd. Her credits include Elmina’s Kitchen for BBC4, Grease Monkeys for BBC 3 and the Afternoon Play strand for BBC Daytime. She co-produced Sex and Drugs And Rock and Roll, a film about Ian Dury and through her company has made Me and Mrs Jones for BBC1, Lady Chatterley’s Lover for BBC1. Most recently she produced Four Lives with Jeff Pope, a 3-part docu-drama for BBC1. She is set to produce Reyka for FMI/MNET, an 8-part drama series later this year and Darling Buds of May for ITV1 in 2021.

Anke Stoll
Anke Stoll
VP Acquisitions - Keshet International
Germany
 
Anke Stoll
Anke Stoll
VP Acquisitions - Keshet International / Germany

In the Pipeline - Furia

 

Anke est l’une des rares professionnelles du monde de la télévision à avoir travaillé à la fois sur la production, les ventes, les acquisitions, le développement et les coproductions et ce, pour tous les genres. Elle a produit au sein de plusieurs sociétés allemandes, été en charge des acquisitions et coproductions pour Sky Germany, dirigé l’équipe de ventes germanophone de BBC Worldwide, coordonné les acquisitions, le développement et la coproduction pour le distributeur NENT. Elle a rejoint Keshet International en 2016 pour travailler sur les acquisitions, le développement et les coproductions sur des projets aussi bien documentaires que fictionnels, comme par exemple World Most Evil Killers pour Woodcut Media et The Trial of Christine Keeler pour la BBC.

Jakub Košťál
Jakub Košťál
Producer - Bionaut
Czech Republic
 
Jakub Košťál
Jakub Košťál
Producer - Bionaut / Czech Republic

Spotlight on Trailers - Different

 

After many years spent working in the monasticism of Czech Television, Jakub eventually decided to spread his wings. His love for cinema took him first to FAMU, where he studied production, and then to Bionaut, where he currently works as a Producer. He produced the short film Leshy (more than 70 festivals worldwide and acquired by HBO Europe). He has twice taken part in the MIDPOINT Script Development Programme and also attended ACE Training Days 2019. He is part of the Planet Dark fanzine.

Petr Koubek
Petr Koubek
Creator, head writer (Screenwriter)
Czech Republic
 
Petr Koubek
Petr Koubek
Creator, head writer (Screenwriter) / Czech Republic

Spotlight on Trailers - Different

 

Petr Koubek is a passionate observer, reader, and motorcyclist. He is a graduate from the FAMU scriptwriting department. He took part in several short student films : Leshy, Holčička, Která neplakala, Smyčka. Outside of school, he wrote for a few TV series for Czech Television: Lynč (The Lynching), The Manor House, Národní klenoty, as well as TV Nova’s Ulice, Dáma a Král and a number of commercials. His medium feature screenplay Libverdy won the RWE prize.
 

Dustin Loose
Dustin Loose
Director, screenwriter
Germany
 
Dustin Loose
Dustin Loose
Director, screenwriter / Germany

Case study - Rampensau

 

"Dustin Loose is an award-winning feature film director and screenwriter for film and television.

Born in 1986 in former German capital Bonn, he started working as an actor and assistant director in theater, where he met and worked with inspirational directors such as Werner Schroeter and Christoph Schlingensief. In 2006 he directed his first film ROLLTREPPE ABWÄRTS, that became an unexpected success in German cinemas.

From 2007 - 2014 he studied directing at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, listed among the “Top 15 international film schools“ by THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. His films premiered on remarkable international film festivals and won numerous awards. With ERLEDIGUNG EINER SACHE (""The Last Will""), an adaptation of best-selling novelist Håkan Nesser, Dustin Loose was awarded with the STUDENT ACADEMY AWARD by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2015.

At the age of 30, he was the youngest direct to work on the most popular German TV series TATORT (Crime Scene). The TATORT episode „Déjà vu” (2017) received remarkably positive reviews and was a great popular success. „Déjà vu” was followed by his second TATORT, „Der höllische Heinz” in 2018. The TV series „Rampensau” (2019) was highly acclaimed by the media as well as the audience. After finishing his next feature „Mein Altweibersommer” with well-known actress Iris Berben in the leading rôle, he is currently preparing his next TV series."

Arne Nolting
Arne Nolting
Screenwriter
Germany
 
Arne Nolting
Arne Nolting
Screenwriter / Germany

Case study - Rampensau

 

"Arne Nolting and Jan Martin Scharf are currently among the most successful screenwriters in Germany. Together, they were responsible for the VOX hit series ""Club der roten Bänder/Red Band Society"", which was twice awarded the German Television Award for Best Series, as well as the Grimme-Award.

In 2019 they continued working with VOX by adapting the Israeli show “Dumb” – which resulted in the series “Rampensau” that just won the German Television Award for best music.

Their original mystery series ""Weinberg/The Valley"" (for pay-TV channel TNT Serie) also won the Grimme-Award and was sold to many countries.

Nolting and Scharf have been writing television series and films since 2005, including several thrillers and crime stories (“Tatort”, “Der letzte Bulle”, ""Wilsberg"", ""Friesland”) and are currently writing and showrunning a period drama for Netflix called “Barbaren”."

Jan Martin Scharf
Jan Martin Scharf
Screenwriter
Germany
 
Jan Martin Scharf
Jan Martin Scharf
Screenwriter / Germany

Case study - Rampensau

 

"Arne Nolting and Jan Martin Scharf are currently among the most successful screenwriters in Germany. Together, they were responsible for the VOX hit series ""Club der roten Bänder/Red Band Society"", which was twice awarded the German Television Award for Best Series, as well as the Grimme-Award.

In 2019 they continued working with VOX by adapting the Israeli show “Dumb” – which resulted in the series “Rampensau” that just won the German Television Award for best music.

Their original mystery series ""Weinberg/The Valley"" (for pay-TV channel TNT Serie) also won the Grimme-Award and was sold to many countries.

Nolting and Scharf have been writing television series and films since 2005, including several thrillers and crime stories (“Tatort”, “Der letzte Bulle”, ""Wilsberg"", ""Friesland”) and are currently writing and showrunning a period drama for Netflix called “Barbaren”."
 

Michal Sikora
Michal Sikora
Producer - Lonely Production
Czech Republic
 
Michal Sikora
Michal Sikora
Producer - Lonely Production / Czech Republic

Spotlight on Trailers - Stuntmen Ltd.

 

Michal is the founder of Lonely Production, a Prague-based production. His portfolio includes Bloody Fairy Tales, a short film that has screened in 40 festivals in 20 countries, Kanya, an experimental, coming-of-age short film shot in India, Stuntmen Ltd., an upcoming, high-octane, action-comedy television show. In addition, Michal has executed production on international documentaries Batalives and Circus Rwanda. Currently, Michal is focused on feature projects, with an exciting roster of upcoming titles, including CAMERRAMAN, a documentary about iconic cinematographer Robert Richardson.

Fabík Jiří
Fabík Jiří
Director, cinematographer
 
Fabík Jiří
Fabík Jiří
Director, cinematographer /

Spotlight on Trailers - Suntmen Ltd.

 

Jiří runs an audiovisual production in Brno. He graduated from the Film School in Zlín and the Baltic Film School in Tallinn. He has so far largely devoted his career to commercial work and has viral and award-winning advertisements in his portfolio. With an experimental interactive video for Business Factory, he was awarded the Recruitment Award for Best HR Video of the Year 2019. His most significant project is an action-comedy series Stuntmen Ltd. He was virally successful with short action stunt films, and at the moment he is also focused on the launch of a sketch show for online tv.
 

Ondráček Luboš
Ondráček Luboš
Director, editor
Czech Republic
 
Ondráček Luboš
Ondráček Luboš
Director, editor / Czech Republic

Spotlight on Trailers - Stuntmen Ltd.

 

Luboš is a director and editor in production company Epicture. He graduated from the Film School in Zlín. At that time, he edited short film Mlýn (dir. Robert Hloz) that won Kodak Student Gold Award and The Night of Film Talents. Nowadays, Luboš is mostly working with Jiří Fabík as a directing duo. They created vast portfolio of successful commercials and viral videos.

Hakon Briseid
Hakon Briseid
Executive Producer - Monster Scripted
Norway
 
Hakon Briseid
Hakon Briseid
Executive Producer - Monster Scripted / Norway

In the pipeline - Furia

 

Håkon was CEO for Monster Scripted for ten years while producing drama series such as THE HALF BROTHER (2013), NOBEL (2016), BORDERLINER (2017) and FOR LIFE (2020), amongst others. Starting 2020 he has taken the full-time role of Executive Producer with a strategic focus on international drama productions such as upcoming FURIA and WHAT HAPPENED IN OSLO (2021).

Nanna Mailand-Mercado
Nanna Mailand-Mercado
Head of originals - Viaplay
 
Nanna Mailand-Mercado
Nanna Mailand-Mercado
Head of originals - Viaplay /

In the pipeline - Furia

 

"Nanna Mailand-Mercado is the Head of Originals at Viaplay. Viaplay is a streaming platform in the Nordic region that covers Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland and has existed for nearly a decade. In recent years, Viaplay has started to make its own original series – with the ambition of becoming the leading provider of Nordic TV series. The goal is to launch 20 original series a year by 2020, and currently there are more than 80 projects in development.

Nanna has been with Viaplay since 2017. Prior to that, she worked as a producer at The Danish Film Institute, the primarily public funding entity in the film and TV industry in Denmark. She carries a producing degree from The American Film Institute and has worked in Los Angeles for The Mark Gordon Company as a story editor. Nanna’s been in the film and TV business for more than 25 years, where she’s worked on films like ‘Breaking the Waves’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘House of Mirth’ and the Oscar winning short film ‘Election Night’ among others."

Rohan Dickson
Rohan Dickson
Screenwriter
South Africa
 
Rohan Dickson
Rohan Dickson
Screenwriter / South Africa

In the Pipeline - Reyka

 

Rohan Dickson is a screenwriter and show runner based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has just completed scripting four episodes of “The Professionals”, Africa’s biggest co-production to date, an action/thriller television series depicting the high-risk lives of private military contractors.

With 20 years experience as head writer for SATV, Rohan has worked with all of South Africa’s major broadcasters and has been show runner on the highly successful dramas “Scandal,"" “Zone 14,"" “Jacob’s Cross” and “High Rollers”.

Rohan was executive producer & show runner of the long running “Isidingo,"" a multi-award winning, multiracial drama series with a huge fan base across the whole of Africa. He has overseen a 300% increase in viewership since he joined in 2013. “Isidingo” depicts post–Apartheid society in South Africa.

Rohan is the only South African to be nominated for a Palm d'Or Award in screenwriting from the Cannes International Film Festival. His film ""Husk"" was invited in Official Selection to the international film festivals of Edinburgh, Toronto, Telluride, Rio de Janeiro, Palm Springs and the African Film Festival in New York.

He was creator & head writer of M-Net's award winning daily drama, ""The Wild"", which received international recognition when nominated for a Rockie Award at the Banff World Television Festival in Canada and premiered on The Africa Channel in April 2019.

Rohan created and wrote “Reyka” an 8-part TV drama for M-Net (SA) and Fremantle Media International (UK) to be shot in 2020 for international release.

Currently, Rohan is working with M-Net (SA) developing “Desert Rose” into an 8-part TV drama series he created, wrote and will co-produce. He has also co-created with Ann Peacock the TV series “Jo’burg"" with Appian Way (USA) producing.

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

Guido Reinhardt
Guido Reinhardt
Executive Producer - UFA Serial Drama
Germany
 
Guido Reinhardt
Guido Reinhardt
Executive Producer - UFA Serial Drama / Germany

Case study - Rampensau

 

"Guido Reinhardt was born in Bensberg near Cologne in 1967. He was trained as an actor in Cologne from 1989 to 1992 and worked at theatres for a while until he decided to study medicine.

On detours he got back to film: At first, he worked as a unit manager at UFA Serial Drama (at that time called GrundyUFA), later on he worked as a director and producer. In 2005 he was taking on responsibility as an executive producer for the daily series GUTE ZEITEN, SCHLECHTE ZEITEN (GOOD TIMES, BAD TIMES), UNTER UNS (AMONG US) and HINTER GITTERN (BEHIND BARS).

Almost at the same time he developed a completely new idea for a series: ALLES WAS ZÄHLT (ALL THAT MATTERS) for RTL should deal with the sport of figure skating as first German series and a large part of the scenes should be shot on ice.

Among numerous other series and movie projects for UFA, Guido Reinhardt developed the crime-dramedy series RAMPENSAU in 2019, which is based on the Israeli series מטומטמת (METUMTEMET) by the actress Bat Hen Sabag."

Hauke Bartel
Hauke Bartel
Head of Fiction - Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland
Germany
 
Hauke Bartel
Hauke Bartel
Head of Fiction - Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland / Germany

Case study - Rampensau

 

"Hauke Bartel, who was born in Hamburg in 1985, has been Head of Fiction at Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland since January 2020.
After obtaining his school-leaving qualification in Hamburg, Bartel began his career as a theatrical drama assistant and dramaturge. From 2008, he completed a Bachelor's degree in Media Management and Communication Studies in Hanover and Örebro (Sweden) and a Master's degree in Media Studies at Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. While studying, Bartel directed the Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival in 2013, before starting work as a commissioning editor at Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland in 2014. Here he was initially responsible for series acquisitions at VOX and from 2015 for series acquisitions and co-productions for Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland. Two years later, he moved to the newly created position of Head of Fiction at VOX, with responsibility for original series such as Milk & Honey, Das Wichtigste im Leben (The Best Things in Life) and Rampensau (Dumb). Since January 2020 he has been co-heading the fiction department at Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland together with Frauke Neeb, overseeing the development and production of original series for RTL, VOX and TVNOW."

Frederik Hunschede
Frederik Hunschede
Producer, head writer
Germany
 
Frederik Hunschede
Frederik Hunschede
Producer, head writer / Germany

Case study - Think Big!

 

Frederik Hunschede was born in Dortmund in 1986 and a permanent cast member in the sitcom "Mein Leben und ich" from 2001 - 2009. During his school days and beyond he appeared in front of the camera in more TV and cinema productions. After graduating from high school in 2006, he worked for two years as an assistant director and at the Kassel State Theatre. From 2009 - 2010 he gained his first practical experience as a writer at Sony Pictures Germany. From 2011 – 2014 he worked as a freelance script writer for various production companies and TV stations bevor he joined ITV Studios Germany as a Fiction Producer in September 2014. He produced the sitcom "Nix festes" for ZDFneo and the comedy "Scheidung für Anfänger" for Degeto Film before creating the comedy series "Think Big!", which was shot in 2019 and which he supervised as showrunner.
 

Christiane Ruff
Christiane Ruff
Managing director - ITV Germany
Germany
 
Christiane Ruff
Christiane Ruff
Managing director - ITV Germany / Germany

Case study - Think Big!

 

Christiane Ruff, born 1960 in Gelsenkirchen, has been managing director of ITV Studios Germany GmbH and ITV Studios Germany Holding GmbH since 2014. She began her career as an editor at RTL. Becoming Head of Entertainment and Comedy she had strong impact on the channel's show formats. In 1996 she moved to „Sony Pictures Film und Fernseh Produktions GmbH“. As the managing director she was responsible for successful TV series such as "Nikola", "Rita's World" and "The Teacher" as well as "Post Mortem". From 2011 onwards Christiane Ruff worked as a freelance producer for Constantin Film as well as for Columbia Tristar Film Germany. In 2014, Christiane Ruff was announced managing director of ITV Studios Germany. In addition to this function she teaches as a volunteer lecturer at various film academies and universities. She was awarded the Grimme Prize for her services to the further development of German comedy. From 2011 she was on the jury of the German Television Prize, and in 2013 to 2014 she was its chairperson. 

Constance Dollé
Constance Dollé
Actress
France
 
Constance Dollé
Constance Dollé
Actress / France

Speaker at Série Series Online

 

At the age of 20 years old, Constance Dollé enrolled at the Conservatory of the 10th Arrondissement in Performing Arts, in addition to her studies in Philosophy. After obtaining her master's degree, she decided to take a gap year at the end of which she auditioned for the free class course at the Cours Florent, which she got into to. Upon finishing the course, she played at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint Martin alongside Robert Hirsh and Marina Hands in ‘London Assurance’. She continued to work on contemporary works by authors such as Martin Crimps, David Hare and Aland Ball, at the Théâtre de L’Atelier at the same as beginning a career in film and television. She alternated comedies and dramas, ‘films d’auteur’ and popular films. She worked on ‘L’Affaire Villemin’ by Raoul Peck, André Téchiné’s ‘The Witnesses’, ‘Our Heroes Died Tonight’ by David Perrault, selected at Cannes for Critics' Week. But also in ‘Boudu’ by Gérard Jugnot, ‘The Whistler’ by Philippe Lefebvre and ‘Three Friends’ by Michel Boujenah. She showed the same range in her television roles, where, for 10 years, she played Suzanne, the communist resistance fighter in ‘Un Village Français’, Sandrine, the neurasthenic mother in ‘The Returned, a multi-award winning series by Fabrice Gobert, as well as playing Aurore Dupraz, a leftist defector in ‘Baron Noir’ on Canal Plus. It was in 2011 that she returned to theatre with Stéphane Hillel in ‘Sunderland’ by Clément Koch. Since then, she has performed in several plays including "Le Dindon", "Un petit jeu sans consequences" and "Le plus beau jour" respectively staged by Bernard Murat, Ladislas Chollat and Anne Bourgeois. All three of which were broadcast live during the Molières Ceremony. As well as writing and directing her first short film ‘Femme de Personne’ and then a documentary on ‘Un Village Français’, she has been teaching Series Writing at the Femis since 2015. In 2019, she was awarded the Molière du Seule en Scène for ‘Girls and Boys’ by Dennis Kelly, directed by Mélanie Leray at Le Petit Saint Martin.

Caroline Proust
Caroline Proust
Actress
France
 
Caroline Proust
Caroline Proust
Actress / France

Speaker at Série Series Online

 

After her studies at the Conservatory of Montpellier and then at the CNSAD in Paris, Caroline Proust worked in the theater with the likes of Jean-Pierre Vincent, Stuart Seide, Philippe Adrien, Anne Théron, Jean-Louis Martinelli, Alain Françon, and more recently with Ivo Van Hove in “A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller and with Christine Letailleur in “Eden Cinema“ by Marguerite Duras which she will continue in December 2021 at the Théâtre de la Ville. In 2004, Canal + introduced the series "Spiral". For 8 seasons, she played Commander Laure Berthaud, a loyal and tenacious team leader, whose hectic private life and investigations she intensly pursues, illustrate the difficulties of a being police officer. "Spiral" is an internationally recognised series, mainly written by women, whose season 5, written by Anne Landois, was awarded an Emmy in 2015 in the ‘Best Series’ category. Caroline began directing and producing in 2017 with a short film, “Journaliste(s)” co-directed with Etienne Saldès. She is currently making a documentary about "Spiral".

Niels Rahou
Niels Rahou
Screenwriter
France
 
Niels Rahou
Niels Rahou
Screenwriter / France

Speaker at Série Series Online

 

Niels RAHOU ​​is a French screenwriter who was born in Paris.

After studying at the Sorbonne, he joined the Conservatoire Européen d'Écriture Audiovisuelle (C.E.E.A) and obtained his professional title of Screenwriter in 2011. Since then, Niels Rahou has worked on numerous series for French television. He has also written for the theater, cinema and taken part in several web and photo projects.

In 2018, he created and wrote alongside José CALTAGIRONE the mini-series Fiertés, directed by Philippe FAUCON (Arte). He also became the Collection Manager for Skam France (France TV - Slash) from season 3 and he staged Lavéant Machine, Yohann LAVÉANT’s first show, which is still playing (Théâtre du Marais).

Today, in addition to his work on Skam France, he is developing various projects for film and television. His first feature, Trois fois rien, produced by SRAB Films and co-written by Nadège LOISEAU, is currently in post-production.

Caroline Benjo
Caroline Benjo
Producer
 
Caroline Benjo
Caroline Benjo
Producer /

Work in progress : Possessions

 

Caroline joined Haut et Court in 1995 as associate producer. She produced over 50 feature films and
launched a TV department in 2011 and went on producing critically acclaimed series such as THE
RETURNED for Canal + (International Emmy Award for best foreign TV Series) or THE YOUNG POPE by
Paolo Sorrentino. In 2020 THE NEW POPE and POSSESSIONS will be released on Canal + and NO
MAN’S LAND on Arte and Hulu.

Hanna Plaß
Hanna Plaß
Actress
Germany
 
Hanna Plaß
Hanna Plaß
Actress / Germany

Case Study : Think Big ! 

 

Hanna Plaß was born 1989 in London. From 2008 to 2011 she studied acting at Otto-Falkenberg Schule in Munich. Subsequently she first encountered director Armin Petras at Münchner Kammerspiele, whom she followed to Staatstheater Stuttgart where she started her work as an ensemble member in 2013.
Until 2017 she remained in the ensemble working with directors as Frank Castorf, Armin Petras, Sebastian Baumgarten, Sebastian Hartmann, a.m.o.. During her time in Stuttgart she developed her career as a director for several Musical Theater productions like Cosmic American Music Revue or Chelsea Hotel.
From early age Hanna Plaß played in several bands and released an LP and EP with her solo project Ginger Redcliff. Her musical talent brought her to the opera. She worked at Staatsoper Stuttgart with Calixto Bieto on Purcell’s A summer nights dream. And took the role of Aksinija in Schostakowitsch’s Lady Macbeth of Mzensk at Theater am Goetheplatz in Bremen. With Tilly in Wahlverwandschaften at Theater am Goetheplatz and Die Schneekönigin at Deutsche Oper Berlin she premiered in new classical compositions.
Additionally Hanna Plaß stars in cinema and TV-films as in Brechts Dreigroschenfilm 2017 and Hirngespinster in 2013. Her most recent TV productions include Nord Nord Mord, the Soko Wismar Special - Nach der Ebbe kommt der Tod and the series Think Big!.

Tony McNamara
Tony McNamara
Showrunner, Executive producer
Australia
 
Tony McNamara
Tony McNamara
Showrunner, Executive producer / Australia

Scriptnotes Special guest

 

Tony McNamara is the creator, showrunner, and executive producer of “The Great” a 10-episode series starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, which is based on his stage play, and debuted to critical acclaim on Hulu on May 15, 2020.
McNamara wrote the critically acclaimed film “The Favourite,” for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He also won Best Screenplay at the British Independent Film Awards, a BAFTA Film Award for Best Original Screenplay, and Screenwriter of the Year at London Film Critics’ Awards. The film starred Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicolas Hoult and Olivia Colman, and was directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
In addition, McNamara wrote the most recent version of the upcoming film “Cruella” starring Emma Stone for Disney.
Other features include “Rage on Placid Lake,” which McNamara wrote and directed. The film stars Rose Byrne, Miranda Richardson and Ben Lee, and won the Audience Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival, an AFI for Best Screenplay and two AWGIE Awards. McNamara’s American feature directing debut, “Ashby,” starring Mickey Rourke, Sarah Silverman, Emma Roberts and Nat Wolff, was released by Paramount.
McNamara served as a writer on some Australia's most memorable television series, including “The Secret Life of Us,” “Love My Way,” “Doctor Doctor,” and “Spirited,” which earned him several AFI Award nominations. He also served as showrunner of the popular series “Puberty Blues,” which won the AFI for Best Drama Series.

Alejandro  Hernandez
Alejandro Hernandez
Screenwriter
Spain
 
Alejandro  Hernandez
Alejandro Hernandez
Screenwriter / Spain

Case study : La linea Invisible

 

 

Alejandro Hernandez is one of the most prolific Spanish screenwriters. He participated in more than twenty movies with renowned filmmakers.
From his latest work, the movie “ADÚ” directed by Salvador Calvo, and the TV series “CRIMINAL” (NETLIX), “LA LÍNEA INVISIBLE“ and “EL DIA DE MAÑANA” (MOVISTAR +), all of them directed by Mariano Barroso, stand out, as long as the films “MIENTRAS DURE LA GUERRA” from Alejandro Amenábar, “EL AUTOR” and “CANIBAL” directed by Manuel M. Cuenca or “LOS BUENOS DEMONIOS” from the Cuban director Gerardo Chijona.
Alejandro Hernandez received several awards, among which the Best Adaptation Goya for “TODAS LAS MUJERES”, he competed the same year for the same prize with “CANIBAL”, as well as the Biznaga de Plata at the Málaga Festival for Best Screenwriter with “LOS BUENOS DEMONIOS” and the Cinema Writers Circle Award for Best Adaptation for “CANIBAL”.
Alejandro also teaches screenwriting at the Carlos III University in Madrid, at the Escuela de Cine de Madrid (ECAM) and at the Prague Film School.

Joris  Charpentier
Joris Charpentier
Producer - Aux Singuliers
France
 
Joris  Charpentier
Joris Charpentier
Producer - Aux Singuliers / France

Focus France TV Digtial : Les Mains Bleues

 

In 2012, after obtaining a Masters in History of Film, Joris Charpentier began his career at Studiocanal as an assistant to Ron Halpern, Head of International Productions and Acquisitions. In 2013, he was entrusted with the Editorial Coordination of the new TV series production organisation based in London for Studiocanal , and in particular worked on the Studiocanal film catalogue to develop TV adaptations. There, he worked for Studiocanal on the series developped and produced by the London branch, notably on the Cucumber, Banana and Tofu series (Channel 4 and E4), and by the Scandinavian branches (Svensk in Sweden and SAM Productions in Denmark). In 2014, he became Development and Acquisition Manager for Studiocanal TV in Paris, working with key European series producers such as Red Production, Tandem, Urban Myth, SAM, Bambu, etc. He worked closely with the Original Content team at Canal+ to develop in-house series projects. In 2017, he went to Los Angeles to work on series for blackpills as Head of Development. A year later, he was heading up series development for Merlin Productions (Lagardère Studios). In 2019, he founded Aux Singuliers at Telfrance. Since then, he has announced the development of an modern French version of Queer As Folk, as well as the first English co-production for France TV - Slash, called Les Mains Bleues (4x52), a fantasy thriller with a social commentary.

Louis Lagayette
Louis Lagayette
Author
France
 
Louis Lagayette
Louis Lagayette
Author / France

Focus France Televisions Digital / Les Mains Bleues

 

Louis Lagayette is a screenwriter/director based between Europe and the US. He studied at Queen Mary University of London and Columbia University in New York. Originally from Corsica, he grew up in Paris where he practiced street art and started to make short films. He then moved to London in 2010, where he directed music videos before writing and directing his first feature film: Trendy. Trendy’s script won the Live Script Reading Award at the British Urban Film Festival in 2015. The film premiered in competition at Raindance Film Festival in 2017. Since then, Louis has written the series Nine, currently in development, and he is co-writing the series BRI alongside Jérémie Guez, currently in development at Canal +. Louis continues to develop projects for film and TV. He is 28, lives in London, he is French and bilingual (French/English), so he writes in both languages.

Ana Ballo
Ana Ballo
Producer, Director - RTI Distribution
Côte d'Ivoire
 
Ana Ballo
Ana Ballo
Producer, Director - RTI Distribution / Côte d'Ivoire
Alexander  Lindh
Alexander Lindh
Screenwriter, creator
Germany
 
Alexander  Lindh
Alexander Lindh
Screenwriter, creator / Germany

Case Study : MaPa

 

Alexander Lindh, born in Helsinki in 1988, is half German, half Finnish/Swedish. After studying creative writing, cultural and media studies in Hildesheim, Germany, Lindh began to work as a staff writer for the daily drama series “Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten”. In 2013 Lindh participated in the showrunner programme “Serial Eyes“ at “Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)” and the “London Film School (LFS)”. Since graduating, Lindh has written for severals German shows: he co-created and wrote for NBC Germany’s first in-house produced series "Culpa", co-wrote the feature film "Red Band Society – the movie" (Universum Film) and was head writer and creative producer of "DRUCK" – the German adapation of the Norwegian teen drama "Skam". His first originally created series "MaPa" premiered in April 2020 on the streaming platform Joyn and was nominated for best drama series at the "German Television Award“.

Anna Winger
Anna Winger
Producer
United States of America
 
Anna Winger
Anna Winger
Producer / United States of America

Scriptnotes Special guest

 

Anna Winger is a British-American writer, producer, creator of the television shows Deutschland83 and Unorthodox, and founder of Studio Airlift, a production company in Berlin. Winger was raised in Kenya, Massachusetts and Mexico, and studied at Columbia University in New York. She has received Emmy, Peabody and Adolf Grimme awards for her work.

Mohamed Issolah
Mohamed Issolah
Screenwriter - Les Films Balthazar
France
 
Mohamed Issolah
Mohamed Issolah
Screenwriter - Les Films Balthazar / France

Focus France Tv Digital

 

After studying theatre in Lyon between 2000 and 2002, Mohamed Issolah studied cinema at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français in Paris, specialising in directing, between 2002 and 2004. He directed and produced several short films before founding, in 2015, the production company Les Films Balthazar. In 2014, he co-wrote the film FASTFIFE directed by Thomas Ngijol. Then he co- produced in 2015 the season 1 of CRAIGNOS directed by Jean-Pascal Zadi, in 2017 the sketch show TÊTE DE WAM, the film LES GENS ILS CROIENT TROP directed by Jean-Pascal Zadi and finally in 2020 the season 2 of CRAIGNOS: CARRÉMENT CRAIGNOS. 

Kamel Guemra
Kamel Guemra
Screenwriter
France
 
Kamel Guemra
Kamel Guemra
Screenwriter / France

Focus France TV Digital

 

Kamel GUEMRA is a French screenwriter. After pursuing a career as an IT Manager for Vivendi and having spent 4 years in NYC, USA, he made a career change and dedicated himself to writing Movies and TV shows.
In theaters and networks:
« C’EST TOUT POUR MOI » by Nawel Madani and Ludovic Colbeau- Justin, released in 2017. « MADE IN CHINA » By Julien Abraham released in 2019. « BALLE PERDUE » By Guillaume Pierret, released on Netflix June the 19th, 2020. « TOUT SIMPLEMENT NOIR » By Jean Pascal Zadi and John Waxx, released July the 8th, 2020. Kamel has been the script doctor for « Qu’Allah bénisse la France » by Abdel Malik released in 2015.
TV Shows:
He wrote 2 Episodes storylines and the french Bible of « ACCUSED » adapted from BBC’s Jimmy McGovern acclaimed tv show. It was Broadcasted on France2 in 2015. He developped with Jean Pascal Zadi « CARREMENT CRAIGNOS », the second season of CRAIGNOS, the show created by Jean Pascal ZADI. Today he writes several movie scripts for 2021 and 2022 releases.
He will also direct his first short feature film : CARLA.

 

Camille Moulanguet
Camille Moulanguet
Producer, writer
France
 
Camille Moulanguet
Camille Moulanguet
Producer, writer / France

Focus France TV Digital

 

Camille Moulonguet is a producer and author. After working for 10 years as a journalist, she wrote her first documentary in 2006 on the agro-food sector in Rwanda broadcast on NBC in the United States. Then she created her production company and produced the feature films "AFRICAN GANGSTER" (2010) and "SANS PUDEUR NI MORALE" (2011). From 2013 to 2014 she wrote a weekly magazine for TV5 Monde. Passionate about actuality, she produced for Canal + and then for Radio France discussion and debate shows "C KOI LES BAYES". In 2015, she wrote the documentary "CREATION CONTEMPORAINE AFRICAINE" broadcast on TV5 Monde. She then coproduced in 2015 season 1 of CRAIGNOS directed by Jean-Pascal Zadi, in 2017 the sketch show TÊTE DE WAM, the feature film LES GENS ILS BELIENT TROP directed by Jean- Pascal Zadi and finally in 2020 the season 2 of CRAIGNOS: CARRÉMENT CRAIGNOS for France.TV platform.

Jean-Pascal Zadi
Jean-Pascal Zadi
Writer
France
 
Jean-Pascal Zadi
Jean-Pascal Zadi
Writer / France

Focus France TV Digital

 

Born from Ivorian parents in 1980 in Bondy, Jean-Pascal Zadi is a selftaught. He draws his inspiration from the elements around him, as well as from his childhood spent in the Parisian suburbs and in Normandy. In 2006, Jean-Pascal embarked on the production of his first feature film "Cramé". This urban road movie is becoming cult and imposes a new genre. "African Gangster" followed by « Sans Pudeur Ni Morale" confirm his talent as an author-director. In 2014, Jean-Pascal Zadi produced and presented a short daily program on Canal +: “C koi les Bayes? ", The same year, his first thriller was published " Bastos à Crédit ". He wrote and directed Season 1 of the Craignos series in 2015, it will be finally released on Youtube in January 2019. He finishes his last feature film « Some people believe" in 2019 and presents it at international festivals. In 2020, his film "Tout Simplement Noir" was released in theaters and produced by Gaumont. He is currently preparing the second part of the “Craignos” series for France Télévision: “Carrément Craignos”.

Anthony Alleyne
Anthony Alleyne
Screenwriter
Belgium
 
Anthony Alleyne
Anthony Alleyne
Screenwriter / Belgium

Spotlight on trailer : Under

 

Anthony Alleyne is an award-winning writer/producer/director who has had projects in development with the BBC in the UK, and worked on feature film rewrites both in the UK and America. In 2015, Anthony received a writing credit on Enemy of England, a low budget British thriller, and in the first quarter of 2015 Anthony completed Directing and Executive Producing duties on Kerry, a short film/TV Pilot exploring Modern Day Slavery. In January 2020, Sunburn, a psychological horror/ thriller feature film set in Spain, which Anthony wrote, produced and directed, was released on VOD in North America and Canada. He has a Finnish-French Noir TV series called Red Swamp, currently in development with international television distributor, EcchoRights attached, and is also close to starting a TV Series Adaptation of The Last Poets, the group who founded hip-hop, for Paul Brett’s Flying Tiger Entertainment. Anthony is a voting member of BAFTA, and is represented by Abram Nalibotsky (Film) and Roy Ashton (TV) at The Gersh Agency.

Zee Ntui
Zee Ntui
Director
South Africa
 
Zee Ntui
Zee Ntui
Director / South Africa

In the Pipeline : Reyka 

 

Being a mixed-race British born, South African filmmaker naturally comes with a unique perspective. Zee has an intense passion and love for storytelling and cinema, and uses this perspective to give his work a distinctive edge. He is equal parts focused on the human and the aesthetic, and loves nothing more than delving into character and psychology while developing a symbiotic stylistic approach. Zee is a writer and director that works in film, television and commercials, and has had his feature film and short films in selection in Cannes; BFI London Film Festival; Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival; New York International Film Festival; Fantastic Fest; Hong Kong International Film Festival; SHNIT; Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur; DIFF, amongst other prestigious festivals

Kristian Van der Heyden
Kristian Van der Heyden
Screenwriter
Belgium
 
Kristian Van der Heyden
Kristian Van der Heyden
Screenwriter / Belgium

Spotlight on trailers : Under

 

I was born in 1984 and grew up in an inspiring art deco neighborhood of Antwerp with an arthouse video store around the corner. I grew up watching a broad range of auteur films which inspired me to become an artist. I enrolled at the KASK in Ghent, where I got my Master degree with highest grades for my performance piece “Belching”, a one hour improvised film on a stage screened for a live audience in which I acted myself. After moving to Los Angeles, I became a producer, got into film finance, and took screenwriting classes with Gordy Hoffman. In 2016 I moved back to Belgium and started my own production company, Harald House. My recent work A punk Daydream, a docu on street punk in Indonesia, premiered at Rotterdam Film Festival in 2019. As co-producer, The Last Front, a war drama starring Liam Cunningham from Game of Thrones is going into production in 2020. 

Harriet Gavshon
Harriet Gavshon
Producer - Quizzical Pictures
South Africa
 
Harriet Gavshon
Harriet Gavshon
Producer - Quizzical Pictures / South Africa

In the pipeline - Reyka

 

Harriet Gavshon is one of South Africa’s most experienced producers. She runs Quizzical Pictures, one of South Africa’s most foremost film and television production companies, creators and producers of some of South Africa’s most highly regarded work. Drama series that Harriet has produced has won numerous awards including a Rose D’Or award for Best drama series and a Peabody Award. She has taught in the psychology and drama departments of the University of the Witwatersrand and has a MA degree in cinema studies from New York University. 

Paco Wiser
Paco Wiser
Producer - Cinematographer – Screenwriter coach
South Africa
 
Paco Wiser
Paco Wiser
Producer - Cinematographer – Screenwriter coach / South Africa

In the Pipeline : Reyka

 

Paco Wiser, Franco American, famous Cinematographer in France and a primed screenwriter,
nurtures his passion to film stories revealing emotional journeys. Son to a renowned American
fiction writer, William Wiser, he naturally turned to screenwriting.
He became the international organizer for the WeFilmGood.com platform, selecting scripts, the
best stories wherever they are, worldwide.
He has filmed all over the world, and he is married to a diplomat. He has written,
filmed, directed, and produced in India for 4 years and is now living in South Africa.
He focuses on choosing universal stories that will matter on our journeys in this time and age
and develops them into produced films. 

Pierre Barrot
Pierre Barrot
responsible for audiovisual - l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie,
France
 
Pierre Barrot
Pierre Barrot
responsible for audiovisual - l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, / France

Prospects for the creation of series in Africa: co-productions and funding EU-ACP

 

Pierre Barrot is a programme specialist in charge of the audiovisual sector at the OIF (International Organisation of French speaking countries). Before that, in the 90s and 2000s, he was a series producer in Benin and Burkina Faso.

Simon Crawford Collins
Simon Crawford Collins
Executive producer - Slim Film + Television
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Simon Crawford Collins
Simon Crawford Collins
Executive producer - Slim Film + Television / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Around the world in 80 days

 

Former Joint Managing Director of Kudos, Simon was instrumental in the company’s meteoric rise, having developed and produced its first hit show the multi-award winning, international series Spooks, before going on to produce Hustle and then exec Ashes to Ashes. Simon oversaw over 250 hours of channel defining series at Kudos. In November 2011, Simon started his own company Slim Film + Television, to get back to the best part of the job, being in a room with inspirational writers generating great ideas.

Yolisa Phahle
Yolisa Phahle
CEO of General Entertainment - MultiChoice Group
South Africa
 
Yolisa Phahle
Yolisa Phahle
CEO of General Entertainment - MultiChoice Group / South Africa

In the Pipeline : Reyka

 

Yolisa is the chief executive officer of General Entertainment for the MultiChoice Group. She started her career in music, as a classical pianist and violinist before joining the world of television in 1998 as a presenter, producer and sound and vision mixer for the BBC. She has held several senior roles within MultiChoice South Africa and she is now the driving force behind the General Entertainment strategy to be the world’s leading and most-loved African storyteller. This means delivering the best international and local content to the organisation’s more than 19.5 million customers across 50 African countries, with a strong focus on innovation and industry development. MultiChoice has 24 local and 8 international channels. Yolisa is a member of the MultiChoice Group executive team and serves as an independent non-executive director of the Phuthuma Nathi board. Phuthuma Nathi is one of the country’s most successful Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) schemes which owns a 25% stake in the South African operations of the MultiChoice Group. She also holds an MBA from GIBS Business School.

Jana Burbach
Jana Burbach
Screenwriter
Germany
 
Jana Burbach
Jana Burbach
Screenwriter / Germany

Face to Face with German Films

 

Born 1985 in Munich, Jana Burbach lives and works in Berlin as a freelance script writer, with a special focus on developing TV series. From 2004-2007, she completed a BA in Classics and English at the University of Oxford and from 2009-2011 an MA in Expanded Theater at the Bern University of the Arts. After several years of working in theater as an assistant director, director, performer, writer and dramaturg, she turned her focus to scriptwriting. From 2013-2014, she participated in the Drehbuchwerkstatt München and subsequently in Serial Eyes at the dffb. Since then, Jana Burbach has been both a staff writer and head writer for several TV shows, in German and English, including BAD BANKS and TRIBES OF EUROPA

Rafael Parente
Rafael Parente
Screenwriter
Germany
 
Rafael Parente
Rafael Parente
Screenwriter / Germany

Face to Face with German Films


Rafael Parente, born 1983, studied Financial Mathematics at the University of Konstanz and Economics atthe LMU Munich. In 2012 he successfully completed his studies of Production and Media Economics at the HFF Munich, during which he founded NEUESUPER together with Simon Amberger and Korbinian Dufter in 2010. Alongside his work as a producer, he has also been a showrunner (8 DAYS) and screenwriter for several projects NEUESUPER produced. He is regularly invited as a guest speaker at various film schools, including HFF Munich, Film Academy Baden- Württemberg and Zurich University of the Arts. Starting 2019, he is a member of the jury for the Bernd Burgemeister Film Award. In 2018 NEUESUPER won the Bavarian TV Award as best upcoming producer, as well as the Austrian TVAward (Romy) for best series for HINDAFING, which was followed up by a second Season in 2019. His serial drama 8 DAYS, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky and Michael Krummenacher, premiered at Berlinale 2018. The drama series BREAKING EVEN (WT) and HAMBURG HUSTLING, a late 70s period drama, are currently in development.

Frank Seyberth
Frank Seyberth
Commissioner - Series and International Co-Productions - ZDF
Germany
 
Frank Seyberth
Frank Seyberth
Commissioner - Series and International Co-Productions - ZDF / Germany

In the Pipeline : Fury (Furia)

 

Frank Seyberth is an executive producer at ZDF within the department that is overseeing the international fiction programs for all entities and channels of the ZDF group. He is focussing on international co-productions mainly for the second prime time but also commissioning shows at ZDFneo and event programmes for the primetime. He has been lately responsible for successful shows such as The Bridge, Beck or La Zona.
He is involved in the strategy development of the department and therefore also a member of the European Alliance between RAI, FTV and ZDF.

Laetïtia Eïdo
Laetïtia Eïdo
Actress
France
 
Laetïtia Eïdo
Laetïtia Eïdo
Actress / France
Mehdi Meskar
Mehdi Meskar
Actor
France
 
Mehdi Meskar
Mehdi Meskar
Actor / France
Olivier Kissita
Olivier Kissita
Actor
France
 
Olivier Kissita
Olivier Kissita
Actor / France
Sandra Luce
Sandra Luce
Actress
France
 
Sandra Luce
Sandra Luce
Actress / France
Pierre Kiwitt
Pierre Kiwitt
Actor
France
 
Pierre Kiwitt
Pierre Kiwitt
Actor / France
Kevin Elarbi
Kevin Elarbi
Actor
France
 
Kevin Elarbi
Kevin Elarbi
Actor / France
Michael Polle
Michael Polle
Head of TV (executive producer) - X-Filme Creative Pool
Germany
 
Michael Polle
Michael Polle
Head of TV (executive producer) - X-Filme Creative Pool / Germany

In the pipeline : Fury (Furia)

 

Michael Polle is working as Producer and Head of TV at Berlin based X Filme Creative Pool GmbH. He studied Production and Media Business at University of Television and Film Munich. After his diploma, Michael was working at Bavaria Film GmbH, Geiselgasteig, as a junior producer at first and later as producer. Between January 2007 and April 2010 he worked as a Producer at H & V Entertainment, Munich on Projects like Crime Scene: Munich and, as Executive Producer, on the well known TV Series KDD – Kriminaldauerdienst. He joined X Filme in 2010 and developed the TV Department where he produced TV Series like The lost daughter (ZDF), Crooks, Ltd (ARD) and Babylon Berlin (X Filme, ARD Degeto, Sky, Beta Film)

Lionel Uzan
Lionel Uzan
Co-Founder, MD of Federation Entertainment - Federation Entertainment
France
 
Lionel Uzan
Lionel Uzan
Co-Founder, MD of Federation Entertainment - Federation Entertainment / France

In the Pipeline : Around the world in 80 days

 

Former acquisitions, productions and intl. distribution director at SND, the production and distribution label of French network M6, Lionel Uzan has joined Federation Entertainment in 2014 as co-founder and Managing Director, a central position overseeing the studio’s full production and distribution activities for France, Europe and the US.
Only six years after its creation, Federation has offices in Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Madrid and Berlin, boasts 120 fulltime employees, and is active in the drama, documentary, kids & family and light entertainment space.
 

Jarmo Lampela
Jarmo Lampela
Head of Drama - Yle
Finland
 
Jarmo Lampela
Jarmo Lampela
Head of Drama - Yle / Finland

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Jarmo Lampela’s is currently the Head of Drama at YLE and has been since 2015. He has worked as scriptwriter and directed numerous productions for cinema, television and theatre since 1992. Jarmo’s background includes working as the Professor of Film Directing and Head of the Department of Film, Television and Scenography at Aalto University, Helsinki (2008 – 2015) whilst simultaneously running production companies Lasihelmi Filmi (1994 – 2013) and Vegetarian Films (2010 – 2015). Jarmo has over 40 productions in film, television and theatre, serving as the director, writer or producer.
 

Oriana Kujawska
Oriana Kujawska
Producer - TVN
Poland
 
Oriana Kujawska
Oriana Kujawska
Producer - TVN / Poland

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After many years in script department as Head of series development at TVN, Oriana is currently producer, now shooting Polish adaptation of British series “Cold Feet” for TVN and TVN’s VOD service – Player.pl. [TVN is the leading broadcaster in Poland, a part of Discovery]. Recent success: “The Trap”, 6 episodes series with more than 2,6 million viewers and 22,8 % share of the commercial audience. Producer, screenwriter and script consultant.  

Mar Díaz
Mar Díaz
Fiction Executive Producer - RTVE
Spain
 
Mar Díaz
Mar Díaz
Fiction Executive Producer - RTVE / Spain

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A journalist for more than 25 years, now works at de Fiction area of RTVE, in charge of coproductions, and executive producing series like Fugitiva, The Hunt Monteperdido and second season The Hunt Tramuntana, Néboa, Ana Tramel, Boundless, HIT, and other projects now under development as Doctor Garcia´s Patients.

Pierre Zéni
Pierre Zéni
Journalist - CANAL+
 
Pierre Zéni
Pierre Zéni
Journalist - CANAL+ /

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Pierre Zéni began his career on the editorial team of Telessone, hosting a weekly cultural programme and later, the daily news and election coverage, before becoming editor-in-chief. He then moved to TPS and Sorties en salles, a weekly programme of cinema news, which won the ITEMS best cinema magazine and best host. Lastly, for the CANAL+ Group he took part in creating television for the Cannes Film Festival which he continues to host today and he also developed the magazine accompanying the channels CINECINEMA and CINE INFO. Since then, he has been assistant director of programmes and editor-in-chief of the CINE+ channels, CANAL+’s cinema channels and he hosts, amongst others, L’instant cinéma.  

Gwenllian Gravelle
Gwenllian Gravelle
Drama commissioner - S4C
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 
Gwenllian Gravelle
Gwenllian Gravelle
Drama commissioner - S4C / United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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After a successful and long standing career at the BBC, producing high end dramas such as Casualty and Keeping Faith, Gwenllian Gravelle is the Drama Commissioner for Welsh-language broadcaster S4C. Building on the recent renaissance of back- to- back English/Welsh drama and the S4C led invention of Celtic noir, Gwenllian is focused on commissioning fresh talent, ideas and innovative approaches to series development.

Jan Maxa
Jan Maxa
Director, content development and new media - Czech TV
Czech Republic
 
Jan Maxa
Jan Maxa
Director, content development and new media - Czech TV / Czech Republic

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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. As of April 2020, Jan´s responsibilities also include the new media activites of Czech TV. Previously, Jan worked as Content Development Director at CME Group, in print media and in information technology consulting.

Charline De Lépine
Charline De Lépine
Producer
France
 
Charline De Lépine
Charline De Lépine
Producer / France

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In 1984, Charline de Lépine moved to Colombia where she worked on numerous Colombian and International productions, after studying Communication and Journalism. Upon her return to France, she worked with producer Christian Fechner (Camille Claudel, Mes Meilleurs Copains, Palace, David Lansky) and then joined the Son et Lumière team. She collaborated with Alain Clert on numerous tv films and series, including Avocats et Associés and Spiral.
In 2006, she set up Macondo and focused on producing mini-series, including Spin and Speakerine.
Currently, she is developing Piste Noire with France 2, a 6x50 crime thriller about the hidden side of a ski resort, and Compostelle, a thriller set on the Camino de Santiago.

Mia Ylönen
Mia Ylönen
Series Creator & Headwriter
Finland
 
Mia Ylönen
Mia Ylönen
Series Creator & Headwriter / Finland

Case Study : Bad Apples

 

Mia Ylönen has previously worked as a screenwriter on Moscow Noir, a Swedish thriller series set in Russia (Spark Film&TV, 2019), and the feature biopic Tom of Finland (Helsinki-filmi, 2017), the Finnish Oscar nominee of that year. Ylönen is currently working as a producer/screenwriter at the Finnish production company Helsinki-filmi, heading the company’s TV drama development since September 2019. Ylönen earned her Screenwriting MA at Screen Academy Scotland and writes fluently in Finnish and English. She has previously worked as a newspaper journalist and a foreign news reporter. 

Sara Johnsen
Sara Johnsen
Norway
 
Sara Johnsen
Sara Johnsen
/ Norway

Case Study : 22 July

Pal Sletaune
Pal Sletaune
Norway
 
Pal Sletaune
Pal Sletaune
/ Norway
David Dusa
David Dusa
Director
Sweden
 
David Dusa
David Dusa
Director / Sweden

In the Pipeline : Possessions 

 

DAVID DUSA is a multilingual writer director (English, French, Swedish, Hungarian), currently developing UNIT 8200 with Leora Kamenetzky for Keshet (Israel) & Elephant International (France), VIOLENCE WITHIN for KHM Film (Hungary), WHITE GOLD, THE MISSING CHAPTER and PARADISE INSTITUTE for Sciapode (France). Intermediary in Mandarin, David worked in China with superstar Feng XiaoYue and for Sony Pictures Asia Pacific. He won European Filmmaker to Watch by Variety for his first feature FLOWERS OF EVIL and co-wrote Sundance award-winning THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED.

Valérie Zenatti
Valérie Zenatti
Screenwriter
France
 
Valérie Zenatti
Valérie Zenatti
Screenwriter / France

In The Pipeline : Possessions 

 

Valérie Zenatti is a writer, screenwriter and translator. She notably wrote Une bouteille dans la mer de Gaza, (L’École des loisirs, 2005, translated into 15 languages that she adapted for cinema alongside Thierry Binisti) and novels including Jacob, Jacob ( France Inter book award 2015). Her latest book, Dans le faisceau des vivants (ed. de l’Olivier, 2019, France Télévisions award 2019 for non-fiction) is about the echos between her literary relation and friendship with Aharon Appelfeld, of whom she is the official translator in France.

Julie Hodge
Julie Hodge
Editorial Director - Fremantle
 
Julie Hodge
Julie Hodge
Editorial Director - Fremantle /

In The Pipeline : Reyka 

Laura Bull
Laura Bull
Producer
Germany
 
Laura Bull
Laura Bull
Producer / Germany

Case Study : MaPa

Jano Ben Chaabane
Jano Ben Chaabane
Director
Germany
 
Jano Ben Chaabane
Jano Ben Chaabane
Director / Germany

Case Study : MaPa

Mariano Barroso
Mariano Barroso
Director
Spain
 
Mariano Barroso
Mariano Barroso
Director / Spain

Case Study : La Linea Invisible

Montse  Garcia Alvarez
Montse Garcia Alvarez
director of Fiction - Atresmedia TV
Spain
 
Montse  Garcia Alvarez
Montse Garcia Alvarez
director of Fiction - Atresmedia TV / Spain

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Montse García is currently the director of Fiction of Atresmedia TV. She arrives at Atresmedia TV after serving in recent years the position of Executive Director in the production company Diagonal TV belonging to the group Endemol Shine Iberia. Throughout his career he has specialized in television fiction participating in the development and production of titles such as 'La Señora' (TVE), 'Republic' (TVE), 'Isabel' (TVE), 'Carlos Rey Emperador' (TVE), 'Sin Identity' (Antena 3), 'La Catedral del Mar' (Antena 3), 'Matadero' (Antena 3) and recently 'El Nudo' (Atresmedia). He also participates in the production of the film 'La librería', directed by Isabel Coixet, Goya Best Film 2018. He is also responsible for the handover and continuity of the series 'Love in Scrambled Times' (TVE); renewing and adapting the format for Atresmedia as 'Love is forever'. He specializes in television production in Los Angeles in the studios of SPTI (Sony Television Productions International) covering all the areas that make up the audiovisual production of fiction. She later joined the SPTI group (Sony Producciones Television International) as Director of Production and delegate of Spain, participating in the adaptation of television formats for Sony Spain such as: 'Los Simuladores" (Four), 'Marriage with children' (Four), 'Mesa para cinco' (Telecinco) and 'De Moda' (Forta). As Head of Production at Globomedia Television carried out some of the first prime time in Spain such as: 'More than friends' (Telecinco), 'Compañeros' (Antena 3) and 'Abogados' (Telecinco) with Boca-Boca Producciones. His experience and professional skills drive his objectives of supporting and creating new projects and formats, betting on a clear line of commercial and quality fiction linked to the different emission options that exist today.

Éric Neveux
Éric Neveux
Composer
France
 
Éric Neveux
Éric Neveux
Composer / France
 

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