Agenda - Scripted 2017

W Hollywood Hotel | Los Angeles

November 7-8, 2017

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Tuesday, November 7

11:15 AM

Meet the New Buyers

Great Room

The competition for worldwide hits is greater than ever and new buyers, from telcos to techcos and TV networks, are making waves in the digital content arena. In this session, we’ll talk to some of the players in VOD, and find out the type of programming they’re looking for, as well as valuable intel on how to successfully work in the digital-first content space.

Moderating:


Jeff Gaspin
President
Primary Wave Entertainment

Featuring:

Dustin Davis
Head of Comedy Development & Current Programming
YouTube Red

Julie McNamara
EVP, Head, Programming, CBS All Access
CBS: All Access

Steve Woolf
Head of Programming, OTT Video
go90

1:15 PM

Shopping your show: What's right for your production?

Sponsored by

Great Room

How do you decide to get into business with a broadcast, cable network, or SVOD, and what does each option provide with regards to financing and rights retention?  Who are the current players in the distribution business and how to they differ, and what should you consider when producing a show for an overseas network?  From financing, to disruption, and global reach, we’ll explore what it’s like being an independent production company shopping a show today.

Moderating:


Alan Gasmer
Co-President
Alan Gasmer & Friends / Veritas Entertainment Group

Featuring:

Pippa Lambert
Founder
Endeavor Content

Nina Lederman
EVP, Global Scripted Development & Programming
All3Media America

Julie Meldal-Johnsen
EVP Global Content
ITV Studios Global Entertainment

Katie O'Connell Marsh
CEO
Platform One Media

2:15 PM

New Funds, New Initiatives: Keeping up with the drama boom

Sponsored by

Great Room

The thirst for premium drama continues to need quenching, and new funds and commissioning initiatives are being announced regularly, opening the door to opportunities to make your high-end drama dreams a reality.  Here, we’ll speak to the representatives of a few of these initiatives to explore how they differ, how to think creatively about sourcing funding for your production, and what opportunities these initiatives provide for U.S. producers.  


Moderating:


Carrie Stein
EVP, Global Scripted Series

Featuring:

Helen Jackson
Chief Content Officer
BBC Worldwide

Quinn Taylor
Creative Consultant
Atrium TV

Simon Vaughan
Chairman & Joint CEO
Lookout Point

3:15 PM

Commissioners Roundtable

Sponsored by

Great Room

Our yearly exploration of what the world’s leading drama commissioners are buying, and the opportunities and challenges they currently face in the global TV marketplace. Join us as we dive into the world’s content and co-production hot spots, and what our panelists’ respective networks are looking for in television with international appeal.

Moderating:


Damian Keogh
Managing Director
Lookout Point

Featuring:

Rebecca Eaton
Executive Producer
MASTERPIECE

Kristin Jones
EVP, International Programming & Programming Innovation
AMC/SundanceTV

Chris Salvaterra
SVP, Miniseries & Cinemax Programming
HBO

Philipp Steffens
Head of Fiction
RTL

Piers Wenger
Controller, Drama Commissioning
BBC

4:30 PM

Comedy Spotlight: Bliss

Great Room

Join us as we chat with Bliss creator, director and executive producer, David Cross (Arrested Development), Big Talk Productions' Kenton Allen (Friday Night Dinner, Raised By Wolves), Merman’s Clelia Mountford (Todd Margaret, Catastrophe), executive producer and writer Jonathan Glatzer (Better Call Saul, Bloodline) and Sky’s Head of Comedy, Jon Mountague about the creation of the Heather Graham and Stephen Mangan-starrer, premiering on Sky Atlantic early 2018. Here, we’ll explore questions to help you understand writing and producing in the UK, including the differences in writing for a U.S. versus a UK production, what you need to know about securing U.S. talent for a UK production as well as the differences in writer’s guild rules that you need to know to successfully navigate the process.


Moderating:


Christian Vesper
EVP & Creative Director, Global Drama
FremantleMedia

Featuring:

Kenton Allen
CEO
Big Talk Productions

David Cross
Executive Producer, Creator
Bliss

Jonathan Glatzer
Executive Producer, Writer
Bliss

Jon Mountague
Head of Comedy
Sky

Clelia Mountford
Co-Founder
Merman

Wednesday, November 8

11:15 AM

One Year Later

Great Room

If you were tracking new programming over the last year, you might notice a number of trends: political dramas and military dramas, underrepresented families, and a gravitation towards happy stories.  How is both the direction and popularity of content shifting in relation to the social and political climates in the U.S. and abroad? Was there a strategy at play in revealing this content now, or does it simply come down to good timing?

Moderating:


Christina Davis
President, Original Programming
Maniac Productions

Featuring:

Jeremy Gold
Co-President
Blumhouse Television

Tana Nugent Jamieson, Panelist
Senior Vice President
A+E Studios

Sarah Timberman, Panelist
Partner
Timberman/Beverly Productions

Elizabeth Yost, Panelist
SVP, Programming & Development
Hallmark Channel

2:15 PM

The New Alchemy of a Hit

Great Room

Everyone wants the hottest talent making the loudest buzz, but recent breakout hits are proving that the next hot, sustainable talent may be where you aren't looking. The right chemistry of creative voices leading the direction of a show is imperative in creating content that strikes a chord with audiences, from producer to writer to director, but how do you achieve the magic formula to make it all click?  Is it finding creative partners based on personal background, is it their experience, or does it all come down to passion?  Are you seeking talent who think differently about how to best tell a story, or have the drive to produce it in a unique and compelling way?  Here, we’ll take a look at how cultivating diverse voices is good for business, and how out-of-the-box thinking when choosing who should champion your production can fuel the formula for creating a hit.

Moderating:


Bryn Elise Sandberg
Staff Writer
The Hollywood Reporter

Featuring:

Jacquie Katz, Panelist
Agent, TV Literary
Creative Artists Agency

Joanna Klein
SVP, Scripted Development
Lifetime

Kari Skogland
CEO
Mad Rabbit

Aisha Summers
VP, Scripted Programming
Warner Horizon Television

3:15 PM

Beyond the Books: Alternative Sources of IP

Great Room

With the ability to share a wealth of content online comes the opportunity for new inspiration, and hits from the digital world have been making their way to television. Here, we’ll look at alternative sources of intellectual property, from webseries, to podcasts and online storytelling, and how producers are bringing new life to tried and true stories in their search for must-see TV.

Moderating:


Jocelyn Johnson
Director of Membership & Digital Video News
Videoink

Featuring:

Chris Giliberti
Head of Multiplatform
Gimlet Media

Brett-Patrick Jenkins
Executive Producer & Creator
Propagate Content

Aron Levitz
Head of Wattpad Studios
Wattpad

Drew Worobow
VP Original Programming
IFC

4:15 PM

Drama Spotlight: American Gods

Great Room

In a case study on international hit American Gods, we'll be joined by executive producer Fremantlemedia's Stefanie Berk, co-showrunner Michael Green and series star Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon) where we'll dive into topics ranging from the years of creative development of the series, collaborating with the author of the best-selling novel, to finding the right talent to bring the IP to life. Here, we'll explore what has made the show resonate with audiences worldwide, and insights into how it will be brought back for future seasons.


Featuring:

Stefanie Berk
EVP, Scripted Development
FremantleMedia North America

Michael Green
Executive Producer, Showrunner
American Gods

Ricky Whittle
Actor
American Gods

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