Festival Programme

Break Out Talks

Wednesday 23rd August

Delivering Diversity: From 90210 to E20

Wednesday 23rd August 16:30 - 17:15

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

CHAIR: Deborah Williams, CEO Creative Diversity Network

SPEAKERS: Charlie Pheby, Head of Casting October Films; Jamie Hindhaugh, Chief Operating Officer BT Sport & BT TV; Laura Korkoian, Executive Producer Bunin-Murray Productions

This session will follow shortly after publication of Diamond: The First Cut, with leading creatives and execs from the US and UK providing their hands-on experiences of successfully increasing diversity on and off screen, as well as discussing where more work needs to be done. Are there different approaches in the US and what can we learn from broadcasters and producers there? What does success look and feel like both sides of the Atlantic?

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Making TV for China: Top Ten Tips 

Wednesday 23rd August 15:00 - 15:45

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

CHAIR: Alex Connock,

SPEAKERS: Ms Lei Ying, senior adviser for strategy & development Hunan Broadcasting System (Hunan TV); Jean Dong, founder Zespa Media; Qiudi Jiang, bureau chief China Central Television, Europe

What are the ten most indispensable things delegates need to know about making TV for the massive Chinese market ? Our expert panel are here to tell you - including commissioning, best genres to target, how deals work, how to find the right partners and much else.

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Show me the money! Winning audiences and revenue with free VOD

Wednesday 23rd August 12:50-13:45

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

CHAIR: Richard Davidson-Houston, ‎Head of All 4 Channel 4

SPEAKERS: Walter Iuzzolino, Walter Presents; Selma Turajlic, Co-Founder Little Dot Studios; Craig Mawdsley, Joint Chief Strategy Officer AMV BBDO; Sam Asante, Head of Marketing UNILAD

Navigating the rapidly changing world of video on demand can be quite a feat, but the exposure to big audiences and big finances is proving to be a lucrative investment. Walter Iuzzolino, curator of All 4’s Walter Presents joins Chair Richard Davidson-Houston and Selma Turajlic, COO of Little Dot Studios to host a discussion about commissioning, curating and commercialising free on demand video content.

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Thursday 24th August

Meet the International Commissioners

Thursday 24th August 15:50 - 16:35

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

CHAIR: Georg Szalai, international business editor The Hollywood Reporter

SPEAKERS: Andrew O’Connell, vice president of development and production Discovery; Laura Fleury, SVP/head of programming international A+E Networks; Chris Loveall, vice president of international programming AMC & SundanceTV

Meet the International Commissioners is a new session that gives delegates the chance to meet the top decision-makers from US broadcasters within the male-skewing genre, to hear about new business opportunities and take part in exclusive match-made pitch meetings with the commissioners.

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Meet the US Entertainment Channels

Thursday 24th August 10:35 - 11:20

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

CHAIR: Peter Salmon, chief creative officer Endemol Shine

SPEAKERS: Sarah Barnett, president & general manager BBC America; Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vice president & head of programming A&E Network; Dan Cohen, president, worldwide television licensing Paramount Pictures Corporation

The Meet the US Entertainment Channels is a new session that gives delegates the chance to meet the top decision-makers from US broadcasters within the entertainment genre, to hear about new business opportunities and take part in exclusive match-made pitch meetings with the commissioners.

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Meet the US Female Channels

Thursday 24th August 12:05 - 12:50

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

CHAIR: Henry Chu, international editor Variety

SPEAKERS: Sara Kozak, senior VP, head of production Investigation Discovery & American Heroes Channel; Laura Fleury, SVP/head of programming international A+E Networks

The session will feature a clear briefing from each of the channels where they will be laying out their immediate needs and give insights into how their commissioning process works. They will discuss current trends in their genres; how best to understand the global market and the challenges of launching new formats followed by a brief Q+A.

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Moving Stories Forward Through Successful Brand Partnerships

Thursday 24th August 14:35 - 15.20

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

CHAIR: Caressa Douglas, Senior Vice President, Content & Branded Integration BEN

SPEAKERS: Dominic Burns, senior vice president, brand management & commercial NBCUniversal International Studios; Ed Simpson, EVP Business Development & International ITV America; Jordan Passon, Director of Product Placement and Branded Integration Microsoft; Alex Connock,

Brand integration has been supporting the creative community for years and as the globalization of content continues to rise through OTT platforms, more and more producers are experimenting with storytelling with big brands in unprecedented ways. But although the promise of large investment is alluring, can producers really take full advantage of branded integration without a massive workload it may entail or a creative compromise? This panel answers all the questions about what it’s really like to work with brands! 

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Friday 25th August

Move over Nordic Noir: meet the new Nords on the block

Friday 25th August 11:05 - 11:50

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

CHAIR: Nancy Tartaglione, International Editor Deadline

SPEAKERS: Jarmo Lampela, Head of Yle Drama Yle; Riina Hyytiä, CEO and Producer Dionysos Films; Merja Salonen, Product Manager Tekes (The Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation); Roope Lehtinen, Executive Producer & Chairman Fire Monkey Ltd 

Whilst Denmark and Sweden have helped place the Nords on the international drama map to launch the Nordic Noir genre, countries such as Norway and Iceland are making waves - and now Finland is getting in on the action and gaining even more international success in other genres too.

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