Los Angeles/Munich – Further details of the International Co-Production Summit, co-hosted by NATPE||Content First and Tandem Communications (a Studio Canal company), were announced on May 21. The Summit entitled Now, the Story Starts in Europe will be held on June 24 from 8.30 am to 10 am, at the Hilton Prague Hotel during the forthcoming NATPE||Europe, June 23-26.

Confirmed panellists for the Breakfast Summit represent a pre-eminent group of executives in international production including Rola Bauer, President/Partner, Tandem Communications; Caroline Benjo, Co-Managing Director, Haut et Court; Andrew Critchley, Managing Director, Red Production Company; Thomas von Hennet, Vice President International Co-Production & Documentaries, ProSiebenSat.1; writer/producer Frank Spotnitz, CEO, Big Light Productions, Matthew Stillman, Managing Director, Stillking Films and Tomas Krejci, Executive Producer, Milk & Honey Pictures.

The International Co-Production Summit will cover all aspects of developing a global narrative and moving the international production industry to re-think how the business is run. The Summit panellists are industry leaders, including network and production executives actively involved in international co-productions, show-runners who are breaking the mold and whose narratives are going global, and European production companies who are developing creative strategies. In addition to Tandem Communications, sponsors of the Co-Production Summit include Barrandov Studios, Stillking Films and Universal Production Partners, Inc. (UPP).

In response to demand from the region’s production community, NATPE||Content First organisers have also unveiled a special Producer’s Day Pass, which is now available for producers, development executives and service providers wishing to attend the Co-Production Summit.

Rod Perth, President and CEO of NATPE||Content First, commented, “Commercially viable co-productions are no longer an afterthought in content development – with new global opportunities these production models must be the original thought. As a result, we are extremely pleased to facilitate the coming together of many of the foremost and groundbreaking co-production players in Europe today. Their combined experience and knowledge will be a vital tool for those looking to move into this flourishing yet challenging part of the international content business. We are keen to have as many producers from across the region and beyond join us and anticipate that they will take advantage of the generous Producer’s Day Pass which is now available.”

Rola Bauer added, “Our aim is to stimulate a compelling, informative discussion that will be useful to those interested in the development of co-productions made in Europe, with a global narrative, and to assess the state of the industry and the opportunities ahead.”

A Welcome to Prague cocktail reception will top off the day on June 24. Sponsored by all the major Czech TV channels including Czech TV, Nova, Prime and TV Barrandov, the reception will be held at the Cloud 9 Sky Bar & Lounge from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Taking place from June 23-26, NATPE||Europe is set to launch for the first time in Prague where the facilities of the Hilton Prague Hotel will enable the market, screenings, special events, networking and social events to take place under one roof.  NATPE||Europe replaces NATPE Budapest the long running event which was previously known as Discop, and offers buyers and sellers throughout Central and Eastern Europe an opportunity to meet in a relaxed atmosphere.

PANELLIST BIOGRAPHIES

Rola Bauer – President / Partner, Tandem Communications

Golden Globe and two-time Emmy nominated producer Rola Bauer, was recognised this year by the Hollywood Reporter as one of ‘The 25 Most Powerful Women in Global TV.’ She has pioneered international co-productions since 1985.  Bauer is Executive Producer of the one-hour crime series Crossing Lines, which recently wrapped production on Season Two, starring William Fichtner, Marc Lavoine and Donald Sutherland. Sex, Lies and Handwriting, a new Tandem co-production with Lionsgate, is the second one-hour drama series they are producing since joining the Studio Canal family in 2012.  Most recently at MIPTV, Tandem announced that Canal+ has green-lit their new one-hour drama series, Spotless.

Caroline Benjo – Co-Managing Director, Haut et Court

Caroline Benjo is co-managing director of Haut et Court based in Paris. Benjo has recently overseen the production of both seasons of International Emmy Award-winning TV series Les Revenants (The Returned) airing on Canal+ and sold to The Sundance Channel in the U.S. It is also working with U.S. cable network A&E to remake The Returned for the U.S. This English-language version is set to be a co-production with Fremantle Media North America.

Andrew Critchley – Managing Director, Red Production Company

Andrew Critchley