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Drama Summit West publishes full agenda

Drama Summit West has published its final agenda, with a raft of sessions designed to explore the future of global scripted content.

Don’t miss this great event over two days on May 17 and 18 in Hollywood.

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The full agenda is:

DAY 1 – THURSDAY 17 MAY

 

8am

Registration and light breakfast

 

9am

STRONG FEMALE LEAD
With an increasing amount of focus on the role of women in entertainment, we hear from mainstream leading media players about the challenge ahead, and the strategies they employ to build a more inclusive future. What are the key steps being taken and what is the impact of this both on and off screen?
PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH ALL3MEDIA INTERNATIONAL
Moderator: Nina Lederman, EVP scripted programming, All3Media America

9.45am

RISE OF THE NEW SVODS
Scripted success across platforms

Executives from leading streaming and SVoD platforms discuss their fresh approach to developing, commissioning and buying drama from the global market.They share insights into their creative process and strategy for scripted content, taking into account requirements for different genre and brand considerations.
Moderator: Kim Moses, Executive producer, Sander/Moses Productions

10.30am

One-on-One with
CARMI ZLOTNIK, President of programming, STARZ

In this ‘fireside chat’ with Carmi Zlotnik, the President of Programming for Starz reveals how he defines a hit on the premium service, the development of buzzworthy new series Vida and Starz’s strategy of developing other programming for underrepresented groups where authenticity and cultural specificity are crucial.
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH HRTS
Moderator: Melissa Grego, CEO, HRTS

11am

Coffee break


11.30am

NEXT GENERATION PRODUCERS
What is on the development of the most progressive producers in the business including those who are now moving from film to TV, what are they bringing with them, and how will they alter the landscape? We hear from leading players about how they are creating a new style of high end drama and examine the strategies they are employing to ensure success.
Moderator: David Jenkinson, Editor-in-chief & managing director, C21Media


12.15pm

FACT in FICTION
Even better than the real thing?

Audiences may already know how a story ends, but that’s not stopping programmers from racking up ratings and awards for real life-based dramatic programming. This high-level panel of leaders behind some of the most successful projects in U.S. broadcast and cable dive deeply into the breakthrough value of truth in fiction today.
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH HRTS
Moderator: Melissa Grego, CEO, HRTS

1pm

Lunch


2pm

DEVELOPING FOR NEW PLATFORMS
The A-Z of creating shows for a new scripted landscape

Leading writers and executive producers share their perspectives on developing and producing drama on new SVoD and digital platforms.
Moderator: Quan Phung, Strategic adviser, STX television and executive producer


2.45pm

THE FUTURE OF NETFLIX’ INTERNATIONAL DRAMA
As Netflix continues its prolific roll-out of original series from around the world, we discuss the anatomy of a Netflix International hit and learn how more originals are being developed in new markets. Using case study examples from recent projects: Dark in Germany, The Rain in Denmark, 1983 from Poland, and fresh dramas out of India and Brasil, Erik Barmack explains what the platform looks for when backing new scritped series with international partners. What can we expect from Netflix International Originals in future and what is the platform aiming to achieve in the coming years? Taking best practice from the shows that have performed well, what can international drama producers learn about how best to develop with the platform in mind.
Moderator: David Jenkinson, Editor-in-chief & managing director, C21Media


3.30pm

CASE STUDY: DAS BOOT
An inside look at the $32.8 million TV epic set in the fall of 1942, one year after Wolfgang Petersen’s 1981 movie ended. The German, French, and English-language series plays out on paycaster Sky in late-2018. Bavaria Fiction, Sky Deutschland, and Sonar Entertainment produced the eight-parter. The show tells dual stories: there is the journey of the U-boat, and the story of the Resistance movement in La Rochelle. The multilingual series was filmed in German, French and English. We speak to the driving forces behind the project.
Moderator: Ed Waller, Editorial director, C21Media


4.15pm

GLOBAL EXPANSION
Bridging the gap between the American and the international market

What is the commercial and creative mission for entertainment and related companies that have expanded offices to different locations? We catch up with four of the most progressive players to see how they are building new partnerships and providing fresh finance for drama development having built a US base.
Moderator: TBC

5pm

ITV STUDIOS, GLOBAL DRAMA PRODUCTION FOCUS
As global streaming platforms and broadcast channels continue to invest in original, global drama, find out how ITV Studios’ network of creative labels, based across the world, is responding to the opportunity for the best global content. This fast-moving session will feature leading creative execs from Cattleya, Tomorrow Studios and Mammoth Screen amongst others, with a keynote intro from Maria Kyriacou (President, ITV Studios International). And, you’ll see unseen clips from content currently in development as well as seeing how ITV Studios is evolving for the future of global drama production.
Moderator: David Jenkinson, Editor-in-chief & managing director, C21Media


6pm – 8pm

DRAMA SUMMIT WEST NETWORKING COCKTAIL WITH ITV STUDIOS
ITV Studios


DAY 2 – FRIDAY 18 MAY


9am

THE POWER OF IP
Revivals and Remakes Renaissance

This panel of high-level players examines how IP is driving development, the business models behind revivals, reboots and adaptations, the value of intellectual property in today’s market and who owns what.
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH HRTS
Moderator: Scott Hervey, Shareholder, Weintraub Tobin


9.45am

BOLDLY GO
Fund It, Own It, Sell It.

An increasing number of drama creators are looking for new ways to tell their stories, finance their scripted series and source and maintain hold of their IP . From fresh partnerships with streamers, to crowd-funding and money from the international market there has never been a better time to create a new approach to funding scripted television. We hear from entrepreneurial showrunners and creatives about evolving models for funding drama through a variety of channels, including fan bases, before deciding where to sell the project on.
Moderator: Ed Waller, Editorial director, C21Media


10.30am

NORTHERN EXPOSURE
Coproducing, filming and developing drama with Canada

Canada continues to be a preferred partner for global scripted series. What are the leading channels and financiers looking to back and how is the coproduction marketplace changing North of The Border.
PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE VANCOUVER FILM COMMISSION
Moderator: Joseph Chianese, EP, Entertainment Partners Financial Solutions


11am

Coffee break

11.30am

TRENDSPOTTING
Next Year’s Models

Key players from US studios, production and distribution houses outline their development agendas and share thoughts about how each are breaking new ground in both US and international drama co production. What is in their development pipeline and who are they looking to work with?
Moderator: David Jenkinson, Editor-in-chief & managing director, C21Media


12.15pm

HOT PROPERTIES
The scripted series set to define 2018

Shining a light on two upcoming international dramas expected to have an impact on the world over the next 18 months and meet those responsible for developing them to find out more. Hear how they were created, packaged and developed, and what further opportunity there is for other partners to get involved.
Moderator: Jimmy Akingbola, Actor and co-founder, Triforce Creative Network

ULTRAVIOLET
Inspired by the book “The Skeleton Crew” by Deborah Halber, Ultraviolet follows 30-year-old Ola Serafin who is forced by circumstances to leave her husband and London and return to her hometown of Lodz (Poland). When a body lands on the hood of her car and the police investigation is sidelined, an amateur detective is born. She reaches out to an existing online community devoted to solving crimes, and discovers a kinship in a diverse and odd collection of sleuths. Through a mashup of hi-tech and lo-tech means, cases are solved and lives are changed. This crimefighting by crowdsourcing show is DIY CSI, where a scrappy search for justice gradually transforms ordinary people into powerful voices for the dead. Ultraviolet was produced by Opus Films and is an AXN Original Production. The series was shot in Poland, aired in local language, and was executive produced by veteran US producers Wendy West (Dexter, The Blacklist), who also created the series, and Barry Josephson (Bones, Turn).


TAKE TWO:
​​From the creators of ‘Castle” Take Two is an entertaining private investigator procedural with a unique balance of comedy and drama. Sam Swift (Rachel Bilson), the former star of a hit cop series is fresh-out-of-rehab following a bender of epic proportions. Desperate to restart her career, she talks her way into shadowing rough-and-tumble private investigator Eddie Valetik (Eddie Cibrian) as research for a potential comeback role. Though lone wolf Eddie resents the babysitting gig, high-spirited Sam proves herself to be surprisingly valuable, drawing on her acting skills and 200 episodes of playing a detective.
Produced by Tandem Productions and Milmar Pictures in coproduction with ABC Studios. This is a straight to series order from ABC (USA), VOX (Germany) and France 2 (France)

1pm

Lunch


2pm

TERRITORY FOCUS
Norwegian Drama
Fresh creativity from this hotbed of scripted development

With the success of Norwegian drama series abroad, this session will provide an increased understanding of the talent and projects coming out of Norway’s fertile creative community.
Norway’s preeminent creators discuss the challenges facing the industry in the building of new drama series for the next generation.
Moderator: Brian Seth Hurst, President, chief storyteller, StoryTech Immersive

3pm

One-on-One with
David Madden

AMC has built an extraordinary reputation for rich, character-driven, tonally ambitious shows like Better Call Saul and Halt and Catch Fire, not to mention the shows that launched AMC; Mad Men and Breaking Bad. AMC is staying that course with new series Dietland, Lodge 49, The Terror and McMafia, but what else has the network’s president of original programming got up his sleeve?
Moderator: Mike Schneider, Indie Wire


3.30pm

AGE OF THE ENTREPRENERIAL SHOWRUNNER
Writers take charge of the commercial agenda

Entrepreneurial writers and showrunners – and the partners backing them – are bidding to create a new style of international drama. We hear from established and emerging writers about creating drama for the world market, and the new opportunities to own and control their work.
Moderator: David Jenkinson, Editor-in-chief & managing director, C21Media


4.15pm

REDEFINING DRAMA FINANCE
Lifting the lid on the latest innovative ideas for global drama financing. What are the opportunities to access new money to create next generation drama?
Moderator: Ed Waller, Editorial director, C21Media


5pm

LATIN DRAMA FOCUS
As Latin America continues to define its place in the international scripted market, we take a closer look into how the region is opening up to reinforce itself as one of the world’s most dynamic production hubs. New channels and enhanced interest from OTT players are increasing opportunities for producers and attracting more international companies to the region.

We meet some of the key players at the heart of this and discover why now is the time and what opportunities lie both within and from this growing creative hub for the international drama market.
Moderator: Joseph Chianese, EP, Entertainment Partners Financial Solutions


6pm

CONFERENCE CLOSE