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APC, BBC, BBC Studios, TG4, RTÉ and many more confirmed for FÍS

08/11/2018 Steven Davenport Inward Production Manager Screen Ireland, Áine Walsh Head, Language Broadcast Fund, Sarah Dillon WRAP Fund, Eibhlin Ní Mhunghaile Creative Europe Desk MEDIA , Galway in the G Hotel for the FíS TV Summit . The Annual TV summit features national and international industry leaders, presented by Galway Film Centre.  Photo:Andrew Downes, xposure .
08/11/2018 Steven Davenport Inward Production Manager Screen Ireland, Áine Walsh Head, Language Broadcast Fund, Sarah Dillon WRAP Fund, Eibhlin Ní Mhunghaile Creative Europe Desk MEDIA , Galway in the G Hotel for the FíS TV Summit . The Annual TV summit features national and international industry leaders, presented by Galway Film Centre.
Photo:Andrew Downes, xposure .

 

The full schedule for the FÍS TV Summit (FÍS) has been announced and the organisers are delighted to confirm the final details of the industry experts who will speak at the annual conference.  Taking place in The Taibhdhearc Theatre, Galway on Thursday 23rd January, a limited number of tickets are still available. 

11.30: About Premium Content Presentation

TV distribution companies are increasingly becoming more and more involved in the development and production of TV series. While their primary role is to sell the programmes to market they are now taking on projects at development stage and can be vital when trying to secure funding. About Premium Content (APC) is an independent boutique based in Paris France, that specialises in distribution of TV programmes of international quality. Their clients include Netflix, Sky, Channel 4 and Disney among others.  Laurent Boissel, Founder and CEO, will do a presentation on APC to provide the audience with a stronger understanding of the company and its slate as well as to give practical information on how Irish talent can engage with APC moving forward.

12.00: Going Global: The International Perspective brings together three international industry experts from across the spectrum to discuss the potential journey of a project from script to screen from their perspectives as well as showcasing their recent successes, talking about their plans for 2020 and revealing the best ways to stand out from the crowd and work with them. Going Global will include input from BBC (Manda Levin), BBC Studios (Michael Parkes) and About Premium Content (Laurent Boissel) with moderation by Eibhlín Ní Mhunghaile (Creative Europe Media Desk)

14.15: Getting the Green Light will be an exciting opportunity to catch up with the Irish Commissioners and funders on what lies ahead for them in 2020. With their unique perspectives of the marketplace, our panel of Irish commissioners and funders will discuss the opportunities for Irish talent in the evolving television landscape offering practical advice and insight. They will talk about their recent highlights, outlining their strategies and wish lists for the year ahead and crucially, giving us an insight into their development policies and how best to approach and pitch to them. The panel will include representatives from TG4 (Alan Esslemont), Screen Ireland (Dearbhla Regan), RTÉ (Dermot Horan) and Virgin Media (Andrew Byrne) and be moderated by Siobhán Ní Ghadra (Danú Media).

FÍS is 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. 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.

FÍS takes place on Thursday 23rd January 2020 from 10.00 – 18.00 in The Taibhdhearc Theatre, 19 Middle Street, Galway (lunch and a networking reception are included). 

Purchase your tickets HERE.

For more details and the schedule see www.galwayfilmcentre.ie

About the Speakers:

About Premium Content:

Laurent Boissel 

Before creating About Premium Content in 2014 with his business partner Emmanuelle Guilbart, Laurent held top level positions in media groups such as Havas Advertising, EMAP PLC and Zodiak Media, for which he acted as group CFO and COO until March 2014.

Getting The Green Light

Alan Esslemont

Director General of TG4, Alan was born in Scotland and holds an MA in French from Edinburgh University and a postgraduate MBA from the Open University. After working in France, Switzerland and the Isle of Skye, Alan moved to Ireland in 1984 to a teaching position at University College Galway. In 1989 he became a member of the start- up team for Telegael, the pioneering audio-visual company in the west of Ireland. Alan was appointed in 1995 to the senior management group of Teilifís na Gaeilge which launched TnaG in October 1996. He was a founding board member and treasurer of the Irish Film and Television Academy (1997-2000) and played a key role in the successful re-launch of TnaG as TG4 in 1999. He was appointed Director of Television for TG4 in 2000 and then in December 2007 Alan returned to Scotland to help set up and successfully launch BBC ALBA, the Scots Gaelic television channel, where he was Head of Content for almost nine years. In October 2016 Alan came back to work in Ireland to undertake the chief executive role at TG4 and in 2019 he was elected to the position of Chair of the Celtic Media Festival. TG4 became the 6th most watched channel in Ireland in 2019, its highest ever audience ranking.

Dearbhla Regan

As a Project Manager with Screen Ireland, Dearbhla is responsible for a broad slate of content which covers Feature Film, Feature Docs, TV Drama, International Co-Production and TV Animation. Most recently she worked on Malgo Swumowska’s The Other Lamb; John Butler’s Papi Chulo; Aoife Crehan’s The Last Right; Paddy Breathnach’s Rosie and David Freyne’s Beards. Irish and international film-making talent she is currently working with include Emer Reynolds, Aishling Walsh, Peter Foott, Neasa Hardiman, Jim Sheridan, Piotar Donalewski and Kevin Barry. During her time with Screen Ireland she is part of a team which has initiated a number of key schemes to support film makers, including POV – a production scheme for female directors and writers – as well as The New Writing Scheme. Previously, Dearbhla was Creative Consultant for Screen Skills Ireland and has an extensive background as a development producer and script editor.

Dermot Horan

Dermot Horan is Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at RTÉ, Ireland’s Public Service Broadcaster. In this role he is responsible for acquiring all of the international programming for RTÉ, and well as negotiating  co-productions and creating international partnerships. In his acquisitions role over the years he has secured key international programming most recently the likes of Killing Eve, The Handmaid’s Tale and Homeland among others, most of which have played ahead of all other Irish and UK channels. He is also responsible for RTÉ’s investment in Irish feature films including the likes of Rosie, Sea Fever, Brooklyn, The Guard and Handsome Devil. Co-funded and co-produced series include Dublin Murders, The Fall, Death and Nightingales, and Paula. He has brokered and is Exec Producing Smother for RTÉ. He negotiated RTÉ’s ongoing co-production agreement with Arté, the Franco-German public broadcaster. He has recently taken over responsibility for the RTÉ Archive, which is the biggest sound, music and audiovisual archives in Ireland, for which there is a major project to digitise the entire collection. He is a Vice President of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) Television committee.  He is former chairman and currently a member of TIF Broadcasting and Content Distribution Industry of IBEC, the Irish employers’ federation. He is a board member of the St. Patrick’s Festival. Dermot is married to Patricia and has three sons. His interests include history, travel, rugby, cricket and wine.

Síobhán Ní Ghadhra (Moderator)

Siobhán is CEO of Danú Media and Executive Producer for Ros na Rún for TG4. Her numerous credits include Executive Producer of the feature film “Sanctuary” which won the Best Irish Feature at the Galway Film Fleadh 2016. Siobhán has many years’ experience as a Producer. She has won two EMMY awards, an IFTA award and the Annecy prize, as well as receiving BAFTA, IFTA, Kidscreen and Puncinella nominations over the years. Siobhán is a former member of the Board of the Irish Broadcasting Authority, and is a member of the US Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and IFTA. She is on the Steering Board of the Blue Teapot Theatre Company in Galway and is Chair of Media Antennae, Creative Europe Desk in Galway. She is currently a member of the Board of TG4 and was recently appointed to the External Strategy Board of NUIG.   She has acted as a judge for IFTA and the Galway Film Fleadh and a guest lecturer in GMIT and NUI Galway. She has degrees in Irish and Economics, Law and Applied Communication from National University of Ireland, Galway.

Going Global: The International Perspective

Laurent Boissel 

Before creating About Premium Content in 2014 with his business partner Emmanuelle Guilbart, Laurent held top level positions in media groups such as Havas Advertising, EMAP PLC and Zodiak Media, for which he acted as group CFO and COO until March 2014.

Manda Levin started out at BBC Drama, script editing Cutting It by Debbie Horsfield and the BAFTA-winning Charles II before producing Billy Ivory’s A Thing Called Love. She joined Kudos as Head of Development for Film where she worked on David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, Simon Beaufoy’s Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day and Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, and Abi Morgan’s drama about the Boxing Day Tsunami. Returning to the BBC, Manda was Creative Director of in-house Drama Production, where she oversaw what was the largest drama development slate in the UK (including Luther, Five Daughters, The Fades, Criminal Justice, Great Expectations), and Executive Produced Debbie Horsfield’s All The Small Things. Ricocheting back to Kudos she was an Executive Producer on three series of Sky Atlantic’s bilingual drama The Tunnel, Abi Morgan’s River for BBC One and Netflix, The Boy With The Topknot for BBC Two and the four part adaptation of literary thriller Apple Tree Yard starring Emily Watson.  She now works with the commissioning team at BBC across the drama slate with a particular eye on strategy, as Senior Commissioning Editor for Development.

Michael Parke is an Executive Producer for BBC Studios Drama. He is originally from Dublin and studied at Trinity College Dublin and Goldsmiths, University of London. He began his career in theatre in London but after six years he moved into film/TV production working on a number of international film and television projects in the UK, Morocco and Thailand. In 2003 he became head of development at Cougar Films where his projects included

feature film ‘Imagine Me and You’. Following this, he spent 8 years at Ecosse Films as Executive Producer where his credits include ‘He Kills Coppers’ (ITV), five series of ‘RAW’ (RTE), ‘Life of Crime’ (ITV) and ‘Fleming’ (Sky Atlantic). He joined BBC Studios in 2016. Current productions include ‘Smother’ a new 6 part drama for RTE which shoots in February 2020 and a soon to be announced three part drama for BBC1 which will shoot in May 2020.

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