2019 Agenda


Registration and light breakfast

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Let’s Move Together

Winner of 17 International Emmys and more than 80 nominations, the Brazilian producer opens Content LA sharing its creative vision for the future and presents a diverse and powerful drama development slate.
Moderator: Ed Waller, Editorial director, C21Media

Silvio de Abreu Head of drama, Globo Studios

Monica Albuquerque Head of development, Globo Studios

Moderator: Ed Waller Editorial director, C21Media


Mark Oliver: Three tribes go to war

What the three-way global fight between media, telcos and Silicon Valley will mean for video content business over the next 10 years – and who might be the main winners and losers. This Content Economics keynote sets the scene for the fast-changing global economy.
Moderator: David Jenkinson, Managing director, C21Media

Mark Oliver Chairman, Oliver & Ohlbaum Associates (O&O)

Moderator: David Jenkinson Managing director, C21Media


New Producers/New Models

How are some of the most progressive producers in the business adapting to a changing market. We hear from leading players about their new business models and strategies for creating new and fresh content out of the US with global appeal.
Moderator: Steven Adams, Partner and head of management division, Buffalo 8 Productions

Erik Barmack Founder, Wild Sheep Content

Deniese Davis Producer/COO, Issa Rae Productions/ColorCreative

Mark Montefiore President & executive producer, New Metric Media

Lindsey Liberatore EVP of television, Rideback

Moderator: Steven Adams Partner and head of management division, Buffalo 8 Productions


Cracking the US with Unscripted

Unscripted programming is back in the hotseat, as SVoD players inject new energy into the genre, several US cable nets refocus on reality, and fresh ideas are developed by a new generation of production companies. This session explores what it takes to create an unscripted hit in this new, exciting environment.
Moderator: Danny Fenton, CEO and executive chairman, Zig Zag Productions

Craig Plestis President and CEO, Smart Dog Media

David Eilenberg Chief creative officer, ITV America

Lauren Gellert Executive vice president, development & original programming, WE tv

Elaine Frontain Bryant Executive vice president and head of programming, A&E Network

Moderator: Danny Fenton CEO and executive chairman, Zig Zag Productions


Coffee break


In conversation with Beatrice Springborn and Ramy Youssef

Writer, actor and comedian Ramy Youssef will discuss with Beatrice Springborn how to navigate and execute critically-acclaimed content in the media landscape today. Hear how content creators and talent work together to develop contextually relevant series, more about Hulu’s plans for comedy as well as their content and talent development strategy and Youssef’s plans for what next.

Beatrice Springborn Vice president of content development, Hulu

Ramy Youssef

Ramy Youssef Writer, actor and comedian



Leading players from the US television business discuss how to solve the writers/agents dispute.
The discussion will focus on the wider issues at play in the changing and turbulent ecosystem and how all sides might be able to come together to move forward in this most challenging of times.
The panel will consider what positive steps can be taken to progress with as much input from the audience as possible.

Todd P. Leavitt Managing director, Tulip Media Ltd

Tracy Christian President, TCA MGMT

Darrell Miller Chair of the Entertainment Department, Fox Rothschild LLP

Jonathan Handel Entertainment and technology lawyer, TroyGould and contributing editor, The Hollywood Reporter

Moderator: Pat Quinn Founder, Quinn Media Management




Next generation Israeli hitmakers

From format innovators to global hit makers. Hear from those behind some of the most successful Israeli hit formats and how they are now creating and developing the next generation of Israeli creative success with the US and beyond.
Moderator: Danna Stern, MD Yes Studios

Alon Aranya Producer and writer, Paper Plane Productions

Meghan Lyvers Senior vice president, co-productions and development, CBS Studios International

Gideon Raff Director, writer and producer

Rachel Kaplan Executive vice president of scripted, Keshet Studios

Moderator: Danna Stern Managing director, yes Studios


Scripted series set to define 2019 and beyond

Shining a light on two international dramas expected to have an impact on the world over the next 18 months. Hear from those responsible for creating and developing them to find out more about how they have been imagined, financed, packaged and developed.
This session features two exciting new projects: Alex Rider and NOS4A2
Moderator: Jeff Norton, author, writer-producer, founder, Awesome Media & Entertainment

ALEX RIDER is an 8 part, young adult, drama series based on the bestselling novels by Anthony Horowitz and directed by acclaimed “Das Boot” director, Andreas Prochaska.

A thrilling coming-of-age spy serial; when teenager Alex loses his uncle in what he thinks is a freak car accident, his world is turned upside down when he discovers his uncle was in fact one of MI6’s most respected agents. Searching for answers will have to wait however as Alex must carry on his uncle’s work for MI6. Tasked with infiltrating a mysterious academy for the wayward teens of the uber rich and powerful; his mission is to discover the sinister true purpose of the academy, whilst also being forced to question everything he thought he knew about himself. Growing up has never been so dangerous…

Alex Rider is adapted for screen by Guy Burt and is produced by Eleventh Hour Films and Sony Pictures Television’s International Production and Worldwide Distribution divisions. Sony Pictures Television will handle sales globally.

Wayne Garvie President of international production, Sony Pictures TV

Anthony Horowitz Novelist and screenwriter

Jill Green CEO, Eleventh Hour Films

NOS4A2 Based on the 2013 novel by Joe Hill, NOS4A2 introduces Vic McQueen, a gifted young woman who discovers she has a supernatural ability to find lost things. This ability puts her on a collision course with the evil and immortal Charlie Manx. Manx is a supernatural villain who feeds off the souls of children and then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – a twisted place of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Vic strives to defeat Manx and rescue his victims – without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself.

David Madden President of programming, entertainment networks, AMC networks

Jami O’Brien Showrunner, executive producer and writer

Kari Skogland Director

Moderator: Jeff Norton Author, writer-producer, founder, Awesome Media & Entertainment


Deal or no deal?

In the increasingly complex new TV market how do producers and content makers put together deals with the US that best protects their position and IP?  Where does the money and the balance of power now sit? What is the role of the distributor and how should you approach deals with global streamers versus local broadcasters.
Moderator: John Morayniss, president, JDM Media

Matt Creasey Executive VP, distribution, Endemol Shine International

Thomas Dey Chief Executive Officer, president and founder, ACF Investment Bank

Tracy Christian President, TCA MGMT

Christian Vesper EVP and creative director, global drama, Fremantle

Abel Lezcano Partner, Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano

Moderator: John Morayniss President, JDM Media


Creating for the new content landscape

Leading showrunners discuss their new projects, how they are adapting to meet evolving audience and channel demands and models of working in the US v internationally. They will also discuss their experiences of working with the top global streamers and A list talent.
Moderator: Carrie Stein, EVP, global scripted series, Kew Media

Emma Frost Showrunner

Nichelle Tramble Spellman Showrunner

Dara Resnik Showrunner

Tonya Lewis Lee Producer and writer

Moderator: Carrie Stein EVP, global scripted series, Kew Media


New models, new approaches

Leading channels discuss their current commissioning strategies and priorities set against the global streaming landscape while leading producers discuss how the changing market affects their content development decisions.
Moderator: Jeff Norton, author, writer-producer, founder, Awesome Media & Entertainment

Nancy Cotton EVP and head of scripted programming, EPIX

Nina Lederman Executive vice president, global scripted development, Sony Pictures Television

Melissa Aouate President, Fabrik Entertainment

Soumya Sriraman President, Britbox

Howard Owen Founder and CEO, Propagate Content

Moderator: Jeff Norton Author, writer-producer, founder, Awesome Media & Entertainment