Q&As and Conferences

A wide range of conferences and Q&A sessions will be organized between 18-21 April, covering the latest developments in the TV industry.



How a network can kill a show
American Emmy awarded writer and executive producer James Manos Jr (Dexter, The Sopranos, The Shield) knows what creates success and what hinders it. In this unique case study, he will focus on the latter. What can we learn from things gone wrong? The session is created by James Manos Jr and Liselott Forsman, Executive Producer of International Drama at Yle.

Literary Adaptations New for 2017!
Discover a selection of literary works with TV series rights available. This session is organized in partnership with Best-seller to Box-office.
1. Le Protocole Pélican by Richard Marazano (writer) and Jean-Michel Ponzio (artist)
Contact: Laurent Duvault, Media Participations (FR)

2. The Ben O’Keeffe Mysteries series by Andrea Carter
Contact: Susanna Lea, Susanna Lea Associates (US / FR)

3. Succession by Anna Whitelock
Contact: Katie Haines, The Agency (UK)

4. The Trilogy of Guilt by Empar Fernández
Contact: Valentine Lechevallier, Sandra Bruna Agencia Literaria (ES)

5. Mike Logan series by Tom Marcus
Contact: Emily Hayward-Whitlock, Head of Book to film department, The Artist Partnership (UK)

European Drama: Trends, exports & next hits – Case studies in the UK, Scandinavia, Italy, Germany
In collaboration with Eurodata TV Worldwide – Mediametrie
How does European drama manage to make a difference? Where is it exported, where is the market potential? What are the editorial trends? What are the upcoming hits?
Nordic Comedy Drama Showcase 11H45 – 12H30
With recent successes like SKAM (NO) the game plan has changed for Nordic drama series. Is there more undiscovered gems out there and could it be comedies? TV Drama Vision – Göteborg Film Festival will present a showcase of 9 comedies from the deep north.
INCAA: Incentive to series production in Argentina
Incaa new innovative contest system calls for international alliances and coproductions participation.
“¿Hablas español ?” The challenge of adapting Spanish speaking formats in Europe
In collaboration with Conecta Fiction.
Through concrete case studies, panelists describe the process of adapting spanish TV formats and the audience reaction in Europe.
Case Study : Gone par TF1 – RTL
TF1 and RTL Germany talk about their collaboration and present Gone, the first American series production by two major European broadcasters.
ZDFE.Drama matinée
An early bird introduction to ZDFE.drama´s latest projects and this season’s highlights featuring Before we die, Maltese and Tabula Rasa.
Skills and tools 11H30 – 12H30
Coproductions, pre-sales, distribution partnerships, private financing funds, etc. The financing models for audiovisual programs have become more complex as the global industry has changed in recent years. The Co-Production Forum offers a new professional tool to producers present.
The art of comedy : the Quebec touch
Each year, Québec increases its comedies, with creative tones and remarks. Where does this creativity come from?
The art of teenage shows
Bryan Elsley, the creator of the hit teen show Skins, will talk with his daughter Jess Brittain about her new show Clique and the art of writing for a teenage audience.
Focus on : collaboration between directors and scriptwriters
In partnership with the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD)
Diversity of patterns, collaborations and creations. What room for directors and scriptwriters?



Meeting with Christian Vesper
FremantleMedia Executive Vice President, Creative Director of Global Drama Christian Vesper will present the international strategy of the company. Before joining FremantleMedia, Mr. Vesper played a major role at SundanceTV and HBO.
Meeting with Christophe Thoral
For the first time since his appointment as Lagardère Studios’ President, Christophe Thoral will present the international goals of the company. Before, Mr. Thoral was Managing Director of Strategy, Development and Finance at Lagardère Active.
Meeting with Entertainment One
Global independent studio, Entertainment One (eOne), has made significant strides in growing its business by investing in development and production teams across Los Angeles, Toronto, Sydney and London to continue delivering high-profile, bold programming around the world. Join eOne’s Polly Williams, Head of Scripted Drama in the UK, and Jude Troy, Executive Vice President TV Development and Acquisitions for Australia in an exclusive presentation as they discuss new projects in development and expanding into the UK, European and Asian market. This session will be moderated by Anna Carugati, Group Editorial Director at World Screen.
Meeting with Julia Kenyon – BBC Worldwide
Julia Kenyon, Director of Brands & Content Marketing, will talk about the foundations of building global franchise brands and how she has worked to develop and grow some of BBC Worldwide’s most successful brands around the world including BBC Earth; Planet Earth; Doctor Who and Sherlock. Starting with audiences and insight through to developing the big ideas that sit at the heart of a successful global brand this session will look at how franchise brands are developed, creating impactful brand campaigns and working with partners to grow global franchises.



Upcoming series from french-speaking Belgium
A showcase of upcoming series projects from French-speaking Belgium: from drama to comedy through romance and football.
Country of origin: Slovakia / Year of production: 2017 / Episode screened at Series Mania: special cut / Duration of the episode: 30 minutes / Number of episode in the season: 13 /Languages: Slovak with English subtitles / Creator: Peter Begányi / Writer(s): Peter Nagy, Rastislav Boroš & Soňa Čermáková Uličná/ Director: Peter Begányi / Cast: Ján Koleník, Stanislav Majer, Anikó Varga, Łukasz Kos/ Producers: Piknik Pictures / Slovak broadcaster: TV JOJ
Set in the aristocratic mansion of Betler, the story follows an ingenious if arrogant detective who arrives from Budapest to investigate a gruesome murder