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FÍS TV Summit 2020 – Announcing Michael Zam and Rachael New

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First Speakers Announced for FÍS TV Summit

Prolific television screenwriters Rachael New and Michael Zam are the first speakers to be announced for the FÍS TV Summit taking place on Thursday 23rd January 2020.

In conversation with writer/director Dathaí Keane, New and Zam will explore the ups and downs of working in the TV world. From getting their first commissions to showrunning their own TV projects, they will discuss the development process, the US and UK systems, working with other talent and building their careers.

The 2020 edition will focus on Developing TV Drama as its theme and promises a host of case studies, panels and key-note interviews tackling this crucial phase in the genesis of any project. Speakers will include Irish, UK and US Commissioners, Distributors, Writers, Producers and Directors with representatives from organisations such as TG4, RTÉ, Virgin Media, BBC, BBC Studios, Kew Media, about Premium Content and many more to be unveiled. A pitching competition has been added to the line with the successful projects to be announced shortly.

Organised by the Galway Film Centre in partnership with Screen Ireland and TG4 with support from Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), Gréasán na Meán, Screen Skills Ireland, Creative Europe Media Desk,  GMIT and the WRAP Fund, Fís looks at the television landscape and the current trends, challenges and opportunities as well as creating a chance for Irish talent to connect and network with Irish and international television professionals. Now in its third year, past guests at this Galway event have included Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Beau Willimon (House Of Cards), Jimmy McGovern (Cracker) and Amy Huberman (Finding Joy). FÍS has also become a key component in the UNESCO City of Film/Ceantar Scannán calendar.

Early Bird Tickets are available HERE.

Fís takes place on Thursday 23rd January 2020 from 10.00 – 18.00 in The Taibhdhearc Theatre, Galway (lunch and a networking reception are included).

About the Speakers

Rachael New is a highly versatile screenwriter in both drama and comedy. She has just finished showrunning her original 6 part drama for PBS MASTERPIECE Miss Scarlet And The Duke and is currently writing season two. She has written episodes on Grantchester for ITV, The Mallorca Files for BBC and co-wrote with Jed Mercurio on Lady S, a pilot for CBS.  Rachael has considerable series experience, having written on New Tricks for BBC1, Trollied for Sky 1, The Job Lot for ITV2, Eastenders for BBC1, as well as creating the comedy drama series Monday Monday for ITV.

Michael Zam was co-creator, writer and co-producer on the FX miniseries, Feud: Bette & Joan, which was nominated for 18 Emmys, including two for Zam, which was based on his Black-Listed screenplay, Best Actress. Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon starred in the 2017 series. Other projects include Grace, a Limited Series at HBO, which will soon begin shooting; Vivling, a Limited Series about Vivien Leigh starring Natalie Dormer, as well as series for HBO Max, MRC, 7 Stories, among others. He teaches screenwriting, television writing and film and theater studies at NYU, and has twice been given his department’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Dathaí Keane (Moderator) is a director and writer. He began his career as an editor and worked for over a decade cutting projects for both TV and film. His first projects as writer and director were documentaries and he has written and directed a number of award-winning documentary series for Irish television. In 2015, he created and directed a Western Drama series called An Klondike that ran for two seasons on Irish national television. The series has been distributed internationally and is available on Netflix under the title Dominion Creek. Dathaí was awarded the IFTA for Best Director Drama at the 2017 Irish and Film Television Awards for his work on the second season of An Klondike. In 2019 he completed his first feature film, Finky, which premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh. He is currently in prep to direct Smother, a six-part domestic-noir thriller shooting in Clare in 2020.

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