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Scripted

08:30-09:00

Registration

09:05-09:10

Welcome

09:10:10:00

Transatlantic Scripted: Zai Bennett in conversation with Showtime’s Robin Gurney

The dynamic duo share the stage to discuss high-end drama with global appeal, their programming strategies, and how Sky and Showtime can work together in the future. Plus they reveal the way in which they nurture projects and their approaches to working with creatives.

Zai Bennett
Director of Sky Atlantic
Sky

Robin Gurney
SVP, Programming
Showtime

10:05-10:55

Looking for laughs

After a year of high profile revivals and some critically acclaimed new titles, the top comedy commissioners outline the ambitions for their channels. Can they harness the power of viral video clip, and where is the next generation of talent coming from?

Chaired by: Ash Atalla, Producer & Founder, Rough Cut

Jon Mountague
Head of Comedy
Sky

Saskia Schuster
Commissioning Editor – Comedy
ITV

Iain Coyle
Senior Commissioning Editor
Dave/UKTV

Louise Holmes
VP – Director of Programming
Comedy Central & MTV

Kristian Smith
Commissioning Editor – Comedy
BBC

Nerys Evans
Deputy Head of Comedy
Channel 4

11:00-11:20

Break

11:20-12:00

UKTV – Breaking New Ground

UKTV’s director of commissioning discusses how Britain’s fastest growing broadcaster is opening up new opportunities in scripted drama and comedy. What is this potential new customer looking for and how do the opportunities differ across its portfolio of channels?

Richard Watsham
Director of Commissioning
UKTV

12:05-12:55

Writers and producers: the crucial relationship

The relationship between writer and producer is key to scripted success. Our multi-award-winning panel share the secrets of collaborative relationships and techniques that add the most value to scripts and productions.

Seetha Kumar
CEO
Creative Skillset

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Peter Bowker
Writer
The A Word

Patrick Spence
The A Word

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Howard Burch
Executive Producer,
The A Word &
Head of Drama
Keshet UK

Manda Levin
Executive Producer
Kudos

Amanda Coe
Writer

13:00-13:45

Lunch

13:45:14:15

How I Got This Commissioned

Discover how hit drama went from an initial idea to critical success. From proposal to pitch, producers and commissioners discuss high profile case studies.

Chaired By: Paul de Carvalho, Head of Sales Marketing, 3 Mills

Tony Wood
Drama Producer
Buccaneer Media
(Marcella)

Victoria Fea
Senior Drama Commissioner
ITV
(Marcella)

14:15-15:00

Drama On Sky

Sky’s head of drama shares her vision for the genre and reveals what she’s on the hunt for. Discover how Sky works with its American partners to build global brands and push its ambitions, as well as focusing on more domestic commissioning priorities.

Interviewed by: Boyd Hilton, Entertainment Director, Heat Magazine

Anne Mensah
Head of Drama
Sky

Boyd Hilton
Entertainment Director
Heat Magazine

15:05-15:50

Phil Clarke In Conversation with Greg Davies

Channel 4’s acting head of drama and head of comedy reveals how he is cueing up drama for incoming head Beth Willis and discusses the importance of international projects and co-pros. Also on the agenda is the opportunity to build on critical comedy smash Catastrophe, his thoughts on edgy comedy and satire, and the role of online shorts.

Phil Clarke
Head of Comedy & Acting Head of Drama
Channel 4

Greg Davies
Actor/Comedian/Producer

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15:50-16:10

Break

16:15-17:00

Polly Hill in conversation with Jane Featherstone

Polly Hill and Jane Featherstone share the stage to talk drama trends and ITV strategy. Hill, who started at ITV in August this year, will give her early impressions of the challenges and opportunities that come with her role as head of drama. Featherstone a prominent producer who has also recently taken on a new role, having founded Sister Pictures at the start of the year, will question Hill about writer relationships, ITV’s mix of drama sub-genres, and her future ambitions for the channel.

Polly Hill
Head of Drama
ITV

Jane Featherstone
Founder
Sister Pictures

17:00-19:30

Drinks Reception

Non – Scripted

08:30-09:00

Registration

09:05-09:10

Welcome

09:10:10:00

ITV’s New Entertainment Duo

How will ITV reinvigorate its key genre and what new slots and opportunities are up for grabs? Talent shows and talk shows, physical formats and glossy quizzes will all be discussed, as well as the challenge of hitting the ground running with a first series.

Chaired by: Chris Curtis

Peter Davey
Head of Comedy Entertainment
ITV

Siobhan Greene
Head of Entertainment
ITV

10:05-10:55

The Secret Life of Documentary Commissioners

It has been hailed as a golden era for documentary, but what is the next turn of the wheel for fixed-rig, cops & robbers and benefits exposés?  The UK’s leading non-scripted documentary commissioners share their shopping lists for prestige projects, irresistible access and funny factual.

Chaired by: Simon Ford, Freelance Executive Producer

Amy Flanagan
Deputy Head of Factual
Channel 4

Jo Clinton – Davis
Controller of Factual
ITV

Guy Davies
Commissioning Editor, Factual
Channel 5

Clare Sillery
Acting Head of Commissioning, Documentaries
BBC

Celia Taylor
Head of Non-Scripted Commissioning
Sky

11:00-11:20

Break

11:20-12:00

New Kids On The Block

Recently installed at Channel 4 and ITV respectively, the pair will reveal their strategies for 21st century factual entertainment and what they hope the indie community will be pitching in 2017.

Chaired by: Andrew Mackenzie – Chief Creative Officer – Twofour Group

Sue Murphy
Head of Factual Entertainment
ITV

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Kelly Webb-Lamb
Head of Factual Entertainment
Channel Four

12:05-12:55

Daytime: Deal or no deal?

The UK’s key daytime commissioners lift the lid on their schedules and outline their shopping lists. What is the scope for transferring daytime shows to peak, the appetite for stripped ideas, and the potential for long-running returners ?

Chaired by: Richard Farnborough, Chief Executive, Reef TV

Helen Warner
Director of Daytime
ITV

Dan McGolpin
Controller of BBC Daytime
BBC

David Sayer
Head of Daytime
Channel 4

12:55-13:25

How I Got This Commissioned

Producers and commissioners unpick the origin of some key unscripted shows. From proposal to pitch, the session will lift the lid on several high profile case studies.

Chaired by: Naomi Carter, Group Director of Production, Mentorn

Will Daws
Managing Director and Co-Founder
Plum Pictures

Rachel Morgan
Controller
BBC

Dom Bird
Head of Formats, Music & Education
Channel 4

Tim Harcourt
Creative Director
Studio Lambert

13:25-14:15

Lunch

14.15-15.00

International Trendsetting

Producers with impeccable international pedigree discuss trends around the world and the key to winning commissions or format deals in high profile territories.

Chaired by: Alison Sharman, Creative Director, Thoroughly Modern Media

Tom Brisley
Co-Founder & Creative Director
Arrow Media

Melanie Leach
Chief Executive
Twofour Group

Hamish Mykura
EVP of Programming and Development
National Geographic Global Networks

Lisa Perrin
Managing Director
Endemol Shine Creative Networks

15:05-15:50

Five Go Shopping

Channel 5’s irrepressible supremo Ben Frow and his top team discuss titles, talent and tone in non-scripted commissioning. Can he shift perceptions of the channel – and what kind of programming might help him do just that?

Chaired by: Simon Andreae, Chief Executive, Naked Entertainment

Ben Frow
Director of Programmes
Channel 5

Sean Doyle
Commissioning Editor
Channel 5

Lucy Willis
Commissioning Editor, Factual
Channel 5

15.50-16.10

Break

16:15-17:00

Charlotte Moore in Conversation with Tim Hincks

Two TV heavyweights debate the future for BBC content and commissioning. In the year of its charter renewal the BBC’s director of content discusses trends in non-scripted programming and how best to understand the BBC’s drive for distinctiveness.

Charlotte Moore
Director of Content
BBC One

Tim Hinks

17:05-19:30

Drinks Reception