The Drug of The Show - Making Television that Matters

DATE: Thursday, 10th December 2020, 4pm GMT, 90 Minutes

Hosted by writer/director Victor Levin (Mad Men, Survivor’s Remorse).

Fees:  the first two sessions are complimentary

A series of Webinar Sessions to run throughout 2021 on a bi-monthly Schedule

The Series will however be launched this December 2020:

“What do I, uniquely, have to say? How can I, uniquely, say it?” Finding those answers is the most important part of the journey toward creative and commercial success

The purpose is to bring together experienced and passionate scripted professionals to discuss and interrogate what makes certain television shows unique, compulsive and irresistible, the better to create such shows ourselves.

It’s our belief that every creative and commercial blockbuster attains that status by giving its audience a unique brand of pleasure — the “drug of the show,”. We believe that in today’s cluttered and crowded media world, such singularity is the only way to break through.

For more details, please see our  Brochure

All Online Programmes will be conducted in English

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Writing, Structuring, and Developing a Hit TV Show with John Yorke

A course dedicated to the nature and craft of storytelling. John Yorke has been behind some of the biggest hits in television (Inc. Wolf Hall, Shameless, Life on Mars) and has distilled that knowledge into a detailed step by step course for both Writers and Executives.

Dates

Storytelling for Television Workshop:

Module 1, Advanced Structure & Story Rules: Monday 25th – Friday 29th January 2021 

Module 2, Advanced Character, Dialogue & Multiprotagonism: Monday 15th – Friday 19th February 2021

Understanding the nature and make up of storytelling is essential for developing and producing successful TV programming. John Yorke, who is behind some of the biggest hits in television (inc. Wolf HallShamelessLife on Mars), has distilled his knowledge and experience into a detailed step by step course.

Over two modules, each fifteen sessions over five days, we’ll explore technique, structure and theory, as well as the methodology to transform knowledge into concrete application for writing, structuring and developing hit TV dramas.

Who should apply:
·  Writers
·  Script Editors
·  Story Editors
·  Development Executives
·  Executive Producers
·  Commissioners

Workshop Brochure with session times and module content
Registration Page for full registration terms and programme fees

All Online Programmes will be conducted in English

“This is a marvellous analysis of screenwriting and, with any luck, should help a great many people achieve their dreams

Julian Fellowes

Creator of DOWNTON ABBEY

“Love storytelling? John Yorke dissects the structure of stories with a joyous enthusiasm allied to precise, encyclopedic knowledge.  Guaranteed to send you back to your writing desk with newfound excitement and drive

Chris Chibnall

Creator of BROADCHURCH

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THE INTERNATIONAL FILM BUSINESS with Angus Finney

THE FILM BUSINESS – Today and into the Future

Marketing and Distribution (28th September – 1st October, 2020)

International film expert – Executive Producer, Lecturer and Author Angus Finney delivers for the first time an exclusive opportunity to learn and discuss with him the core subjects of his renowned programme and best-selling book ‘The International Film Business’.  The sessions will reflect the fast-evolving changes in the Entertainment Value Chain, to in turn promote solutions and opportunities for those participating.

In a series all independent of each other (Film Finance, Development and Production,  Marketing and Distribution), Angus will introduce to participants the key aspects of  development, production, marketing and distribution.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of each session

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All Online Programmes will be conducted in English

“His in-depth knowledge of the international film business is highly respected. Any course designed, directed and delivered by Angus is a course well worth taking.”

Phil Hunt

Co-owner and founder of Head Gear Films, Bankside Films, Bohemia Media

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The Role of the Showrunner - Breaking the Mould

The Role of the Showrunner – Breaking the Mould 

A new Showrunner workshop series with a dual focus on international trailblazers as well as female creative leaders in scripted drama series.

Dates: 22nd September – 5th November 2020

The package of 12 x 60mins webinar sessions will take place each Tuesdays & Thursdays, starting Tuesday, September 22nd and ending on Thursday, November 5th, 2020. 

Sessions will focus on creative models and challenges faced by writers and executive producers working in European markets and the new directions being forged by leading women creatives drawn from across the globe.

Each speaker will address their experience in evolving the creative and management leadership role so essential to the success of original scripted drama series

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED 

David Simon, USA THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA, THE DEUCE, THE WIRE

Sarah Treem, USA IN TREATMENT, THE AFFAIR

Frank Spotnitz, USA/Europe LEONARDO, RANSOM, MEDICI, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE

Emma Frost, UK/USA THE SPANISH PRINCESS, THE WHITE PRINCESS, THE WHITE QUEEN, JAMAICA INN

Curro Royo, Spain HERNÁN, DESAPARECIDOS

Malin-Sarah Gozin, Belgium CLAN, TABULA RASA

Veena Sud, USA THE KILLING, SEVEN SECONDS, THE STRANGER

Peter Blake, USA, EL CANDIDATO, ZEROZEROZERO, BILLIONS

Erik Skjoldbjaerg, Norway OCCUPIED

Vicki Madden, Tasmania/Australia THE KETTERING INCIDENT, THE GLOAMING

Alon Aranya, USA/Israel YOUR HONOUR, TEHRAN

Register Now 

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For priority Registration, you may contact london@mediaxchange.com now

All Online Programmes will be conducted in English

Phase Concluded

The Role of the US Showrunner – Meet the Creatives

Dates: 1st July – 12th August, 2020

A package of  8 weekly sessions premiering on Wednesday July 1st and continuing through Wednesday August 12th, 2020

MediaXchange takes a step into the future and celebrates 21 years of its Showrunner Drama Exchange by introducing a new online format for connecting with experienced US showrunners

Each session will be led by US showrunners and executive producers who will be sharing their creative perspectives and management experience of the development and production process for scripted drama produced for broadcast, cable and streamers

 

 SPEAKERS INCLUDE 

 Erik Barmack CEO, WILD SHEEP CONTENT

 John Wirth  WU ASSASSINS, HELL ON WHEELS, TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES

 Liz Craft and Sarah Fain THE FIX, THE 100, DOLLHOUSE

  Mark Goffman THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, WHITE COLLAR, WEST WING

  Jeff Rake MANIFEST, THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA, BOSTON LEGAL

TJ Brady and Rasheed Newson THE CHI, SHOOTER, ARMY WIVES

Matt Graham  BUTCHER OF BENARES, OLIVER STONE’S UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES 

Zak Shaikh  SULLIVAN & SON, ONE NIGHT

Victor Levin SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, DEVIOUS MAIDS, MAD MEN

Ben Stephenson HEAD OF TELEVISION, BAD ROBOT PRODUCTIONS

 

Click here for: Brochure & Terms & Conditions

Contact us: london@mediaxchange.com

All Online Programmes will be conducted in English

“It’s important to have people who are absolutely willing to say you’re wrong or who have a totally different perspective than you do on everything. Fresh ideas are hard to come by, and good ones are even harder.”

Shonda Rhimes

“There’s nothing more powerful to a showrunner than a truly invested writer.”

Vince Gilligan

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Streaming Platforms Accelerate your options

Streaming Platforms – Accelerate your options   

Join MediaXchange’s new webinar series examining the opportunities in this arena

We refocus our attention on how the streamers have pivoted their process for the commissioning, development and production of drama series since our first Webinar on this topic in the summer.

Briefed by our sessions, line up your OTT strategies in preparation to advance your plans for 2021 with a new sense of purpose and direction

Session Dates: 10th – 26th November 2020

Package of 6 x 90mins webinar sessions

Scheduled from 10.30am – 12.00pm UK (GMT) each Tuesday and Thursday

November 10th, 17th, 19th, 24th and 26th, 2020

Please note that the session on Tuesday, November 12th will start at noon and end at 1:30pm UK (GMT)

Assess the creative and business elements necessary to building your business plan and to take advantage of the expanding opportunities presented by the SVoD, AVoD, BVoD and TVoD streamers

Speakers sharing their insights will be drawn from international players focused on the development and coproduction of content for local, regional and global streamers.

All Online Programmes will be conducted in English

Register now 

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For any queries please contact london@mediaxchange.com 

NOVEMBER SCHEDULE

Speakers Bios

Tuesday, November 10 – Analysis and Landscape – Ben Keen (Industry Analyst & Non-Executive Chair, MediaXchange)

Thursday, November 12 – Forecasting the changing needs of global streamers – Julien Leroux, (CEO/Founder, Paper Entertainment), Christian Wikander, (Commissioning Editor & VP Original Programming, HBO Nordic), Yulia Poltorak, (Head of Int’l Content Distribution, Roku Inc.) 

Tuesday, November 17 – Identifying your partners and buyers: broadcasters, studios, co-producers, local and regional streamers – Jens Richter, (CEO International, Fremantle Media), Elly Vervloet, (Drama Executive, VRT), Nanna Mailand-Mercado, (Senior Executive Producer, Viaplay) 

Thursday, November 19 – Pitching to streamers: including the construct and materials –                            Tom Winchester, (President, Heyday Television UK), Jörg Winger, (Managing Director, Big Window Productions),  Matti Halonen, (Executive Producer, Fisher King)

Tuesday, November 24 – Deal terms: principal terms for talent, IP and future rights exploitation –   Phil Rymer, (Consultant, Lewis Silkin LLP), Robin Kerremans, (Head of International CoProductions, Caviar), Rodolphe Buet (Chief Business Officer, Newen Connect)

Thursday, November 26 – Optimising your strategy – Ian McKee, (CEO/Founder, Vuulr), Moritz Polter, (Executive Producer, Int’l Series, Bavaria Fiction), Justin Judd, (Consultant/Content Advisor, i-Rights/Hulu)

SUMMER WEBINAR – COMPLETED  JUNE 30 – JULY 16, 2020

Schedule History

Streaming Platforms – Understanding your options

Session 1 – Analysis and Landscape – Ben Keen, Senior Analyst, Non Executive and Chairman (MediaXchange), UK

Session 2 – Perspectives of the “Big Streamers” – Steve Langdon, Regional Director EMEA (Parrot Analytics), UK

Beyond the Big 7 – Additional Opportunities – Wendy Bernfeld, Founder & MD (Rights Stuff), The Netherlands

Session 3 – Creator and Writing Aspects – Anna Winger, Creator/Writer/Producer, (Unorthodox), Germany/USA, Daniel Lägersten, Producer (Brain Academy), Sweden, Emmanuelle Guilbart, Joint-CEO, (About Premium Content), France and Andreas Gutzeit, CEO/Writer (StoryWorld), Germany

Session 4 – Deal making structures – Jeremy Gawade, Partner (Lee & Thompson), UK Cathy Payne, CEO (Banijay Rights), UK and Justin Thomson, Exec. Producer (Dove Tale Media), UK

Session 5 – Indie Production Companies – Tim King, EVP Production (SF Studios), Sweden, Heinrich Ambrosch, CEO (Satel Films), Austria, and Neil Duncan, Head of Development (The Lighthouse), UK

Session 6 – Studios & Global Players – Robert Franke, SVP (ZDFE.Drama), Germany, Jennifer Ann Anschütz, Lead Legal Affairs and Content (Joyn), Germany and Marc Lorber, SVP International Co-productions and Acquisitions (Lionsgate), UK

“When you are able to bring great stories to people in a way which is how they want to consume those stories –– how they want, when they want, the device of their choosing –– that is something that is incredibly compelling”

Keith Le Goy

President of Networks and Distribution, Sony Pictures Television

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In light of continually expanding opportunities provided by the international markets, please contact us to review your corporate interests and projects for coproduction to build business and creative strategies to expand your international presence