New commissioning models investigated at Content LA

Leading executives from Britbox, Epix, Sony Pictures TV and Fabrik Entertainment join the line up at Content LA to discuss the current state and future shape of commissioning models in the US.

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In this session we will hear from channels and producers about how they are adapting commissioning and development strategies to stay ahead in the changing global streaming landscape and ensure the best content makes it to screen.

Speaking on this session are:

Soumya Sriraman, president, Britbox
Sriraman is president for BritBox, a joint venture between BBC Studios, the subsidiary arm of BBC, and ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster. In this role, Sriraman is responsible for the overall strategy and operation of BritBox, with a focus on bringing the best British content to the service through acquisitions, licensing, co-productions, and key partnerships, with an emphasis on reach, engagement, and retention.
Earlier, Sriraman served as executive vice president of Franchise and Digital Enterprises at BBC Worldwide North America (now BBC Studios Americas), where she expanded brand platforms, maximized distribution outlets, developed new product and grew the home entertainment and licensing businesses to record breaking heights; adding a new distribution line-up of theatrical events for the key BBC brands including Doctor Who and BBC Earth.
Prior to joining BBC Worldwide North America, Sriraman was president and chief executive officer for Palisades Tartan US and UK where, she spearheaded the releasing of independent and arthouse films, relaunched the Tartan brand, and increased sales against a declining market. Sriraman was named among Home Media Magazine’s 40 Under 40 executives and held positions at Warner Home Video and Universal Home Entertainment. Sriraman was also the senior vice president of theatrical marketing at Universal Music and Video’s filmed entertainment arm, Vivendi Entertainment. She is a member of the British American Business Association and is delighted to serve on the Advisory Board of the Bentonville Film Festival.

Nancy Cotton, EVP, head of scripted programming, EPIX
Cotton oversees development and production of all original scripted series on the network. Since joining EPIX in February 2018, Cotton has greenlit new originals The Godfather of Harlem starring and produced by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker and created by Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein (Narcos); DC origin story Pennyworth created and executive produced by Bruno Heller (Gotham, Rome) and executive produced and directed by Danny Cannon; Perpetual Grace, LTD starring Sir Ben Kingsley, Jackie Weaver and Jimmi Simpson and created and executive produced by Steve Conrad and Bruce Terris (Patriot) as well as the upcoming Julian Fellowes (Downton Abby) series, Belgravia. Under Cotton’s purview, EPIX’s growing roster of original scripted series also includes Season 3 of critically-acclaimed dark comedy Get Shorty starring Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano and season 2 of spy-thriller Deep State starring Joe Dempsie and Karima McAdams.
Prior to joining EPIX, Cotton was President, Heyday TV USA. Working with David Heyman (Harry Potter, Gravity, The Light Between Oceans), she oversaw series targeted for broadcast, cable, and streaming, including The In Between, a dramatic series from showrunner Moira Kirland, picked up to series by NBC. At Heyday TV, Cotton also had projects in development with Emmy and Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier, Oscar-nominated writer Richard Lagravenese, Oscar-nominated director Jamie Donoughue, and celebrated actor Patrick Dempsey.

Nina Lederman, EVP global scripted development, Sony Pictures Television (SPT)
Based in SPT’s Culver City headquarters, Lederman facilitates creative and logistical partnerships between SPT’s US and international production teams to expand SPT’s slate of TV series in the US and around the world. Lederman works closely with SPT’s portfolio of international production companies to foster relationships and sales to US-based platforms and works in association with SPT’s US development teams in identifying and developing US projects for international buyers. In this capacity, she is focused on developing opportunities for cooperation between the studio’s domestic and international groups.
Lederman joins SPT from All3Media America, where she was EVP, scripted programming. In that role, she advised on scripted development slates for labels under the All3Media umbrella and developed the sales strategy on UK originals. She also served as executive producer on international co-productions, formats and original series, including Kaos (Netflix). Prior to that, she was at Lifetime Television for eight years, most recently serving as SVP, Scripted Programming and Development and was responsible for developing UnREAL.

Melissa Aouate, president, Fabrik Entertainment (SPT)
Aouate joined Fabrik in 2014 as senior vice president and was appointed president of the company in 2017 where she is responsible for defining and executing the company’s creative vision across both development and production.
Prior to joining Fabrik, Aouate was a literary agent for ICM Partners representing television writers, novelists and personalities. She was an executive for Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers working on feature films including Flight, starring Denzel Washington, Real Steel starring Hugh Jackman, the motion capture animation features Polar Express and Beowulf, and the Fox Television Studios/Showtime Emmy® Award-winning original series The Borgias.
Fabrik’s prestigious slate of projects includes the series Bosch (Amazon), Interrogation (just acquired for CBS All Access) The Killing (AMC & Netflix), 100 Code (WGN & HBO Nordic), The Comedians (FX), Burn Notice (USA), American Odyssey (NBC), and The Good Guys (Fox). Aouate and Fabrik CEO Henrik Bastin drive the company’s relationships with a vast array of domestic and internationally recognized television creators, writers and production entities. Fabrik is known for its ability to translate international content to American audiences and vice versa.

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They join other confirmed speakers including:

Beatrice Springborn
Vice president of content development, Hulu

Ramy Youssef

Ramy Youssef
Writer, actor and comedian

David Madden
President of programming, entertainment networks, AMC networks

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

Wayne Garvie
President of international production, Sony Pictures TV

Erik Barmack
Founder, Wild Sheep Content

Jami O’Brien
Showrunner, executive producer and writer

Silvio de Abreu
Head of drama, Globo Studios

Monica Albuquerque
Head of development, Globo Studios

Anthony Horowitz
Novelist and screenwriter

Rachel Kaplan
Executive vice president of scripted, Keshet Studios

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

Tracy Christian
President, TCA MGMT

Deniese Davis
Producer/COO, Issa Rae Productions/ColorCreative

Emma Frost

Abel Lezcano
Partner, Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano

Soumya Sriraman
President, Britbox

Mark Montefiore
President & executive producer, New Metric Media

Nancy Cotton
EVP and head of scripted programming, EPIX

Christian Vesper
EVP and creative director, global drama, Fremantle

Alon Aranya
Producer and writer, Paper Plane Productions

Lindsey Liberatore
EVP of television, Rideback

Jill Green
CEO, Eleventh Hour Films

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

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

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

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

David Eilenberg
Chief creative officer, ITV America

Craig Plestis
President and CEO, Smart Dog Media

Matt Creasey
Executive VP, distribution, Endemol Shine International

Gideon Raff
Director, writer and producer

Dara Resnik

Kari Skogland

Tonya Lewis Lee
Producer and writer

Melissa Aouate
President, Fabrik Entertainment

Todd P. Leavitt
Managing director, Tulip Media Ltd

Moderator: Danna Stern
Managing director, yes Studios

Howard Owen
Founder and CEO, Propagate Content

Darrell Miller
Chair of the Entertainment Department, Fox Rothschild LLP

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

Moderator: John Morayniss
President, JDM Media

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

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

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

Moderator: Pat Quinn
Founder, Quinn Media Management

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

Moderator: Ed Waller
Editorial director, C21Media

Moderator: David Jenkinson
Managing director, C21Media