2017 Agenda

8am – 8.55am

Registration and light breakfast

9am

Opening remarks

9.15am

WHAT’S NEXT FOR SCRIPTED TELEVISION? THE BIG QUESTIONS

Fresh from the Upfronts and looking ahead to the LA Screenings, three of the industry’s leading players discuss the state of play in US and international television drama. This session will include Upfronts & Screenings trends and analysis as well as looking at questions including: Has the industry been ‘out of touch’ with demographics and its audiences and how is it rethinking its scripted strategy in the current political climate? How is the industry competing with the blockbuster budgets of Netflix, Amazon and the film industry and what are the new financial structures being created to fund ambitious shows? Who will take the crown in high-end drama? Will 2017 be the year we reach peak TV? The session aims to foster lively debate to set the tone for the day.
Moderator: David Jenkinson, Editor in chief and Managing director, C21Media

10am

CABLE NETWORKS PRESIDENTIAL FORECAST

Programming chiefs at Showtime, AMC, Starz and TNT discuss the challenges of breaking drama hits in the new landscape, outline their programming priorities and discuss their 2017 slates, which include Twin Peaks, Billions and Homeland (Showtime) Loaded and The Son (AMC) American Gods, The Girlfriend Experience and The Missing (Starz) and The Alienist and Good Behaviour (TNT).
Moderator: Melissa Grego, Founder, Melinc

11.15am

NETFLIX: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

VP of Content Elizabeth Bradley and VP International Originals Erik Barmack discuss Netflix’ strategy for global coproduction and international originals.
Moderator: Melissa Grego, Founder, Melinc

12.15pm

SHOWRUNNER Q&A WITH DAMON LINDELOF

The esteemed television showrunner and film screenwriter and producer behind Lost, Prometheus and Star Trek Into Darkness talks up the third and final season of his HBO critically acclaimed series The Leftovers, discusses forthcoming work and his approach to the craft.
Moderator: Libby Hill, Entertainment Reporter, LA Times

1pm

Lunch

2pm

LATIN AMERICA’S DRAMATIC RENAISSANCE

As Latin American channels and producers bid to make more international drama we meet the players taking scripted to the next level. Beyond the telenovela there is a renewed appetite to create drama series for a global audience and acquire and coproduce a new style of scripted programming. What are the opportunities within and from this dynamic market?
Moderator: Ed Waller, Editorial director, C21Media

3pm

SHOWRUNNING THE FUTURE

Leading showrunners discuss how creating, writing and producing drama is changing and how they are developing stories in new ways to meet evolving audience and channel demands. How are they juggling multiple series, honing their craft and keeping audiences tuned in in the changing landscape? This session provides context for how the most entrepreneurial writer– producers are creating next generation drama.
Moderator: Melissa Grego, Founder, Melinc

4pm

NEXT GENERATION PRODUCERS

Up close on how some of the industry’s hottest independent studios and seasoned producers are developing, producing and packaging next generation drama, defining new models akin to the feature film world, finding new stories in a saturated market and working with creatives and writers.
Moderator: Michael Pickard, Editor, Drama Quarterly

5pm

COPRODUCING INTERNATIONAL DRAMA WITH THE US

As funding high-end hit television series requires more cash than ever, we talk to leading international players on how they are pulling together an increasing patchwork of finance, how they are coproducing in the USA and take a glimpse towards new projects for 2017 and beyond.
Moderator: Peter A. Sussman, Executive chairman, Kew Media Group

5.45pm

Conference close

5.45pm – 9pm

NETWORKING PARTY

In association with CAA