Speakers at NATPE Budapest

Mike Beale – Confirmed Panelist Mike Beale - Panelist 
EVP of Global Development and Formats, ITV

Overseeing international production and the commercialization of its formats, Beale plays an integral role for the giant U.K. production/distribution company that delivers more than 40,000 hours of television worldwide. Credits include THE CHASE, COME DINE WITH ME, DANCING ON ICE, FOR BETTER OR WORSE, HELL'S KITCHEN and LOVE ISLAND. Previously he worked at NBCUniversal, overseeing the roll-out of MINUTE TO WIN IT and executive producing its Indian, Malaysian and Middle Eastern versions. Beale has also held positions at the BBC, Bumin/Murray, Hat Trick Productions, and co-founded 12 Yard Productions.

Panel Breakfast Session: Global Formats - What's Working, What's Failing, What's Next?: Doors Open 8A, Session 8:30A - 9:15A

Stewart Clarke – Moderator Stewart Clarke – Moderator
Editor, TBI Magazine and TBI Vision, Informa Telecoms and Media


Stewart is the Editor for TBI Magazine and TBI Vision at Informa Telecoms & Media. His day-to-day responsibilities include editorial control of a range of publications including TV International, TVI Daily and TBI magazine (Television Business International). He also plays an active role in organizing several of Informa’s TV-related industry events. He has worked in various guises at the UK-listed company, including reporter, deputy editor and editor, since joining in 2001. Previously, he was a journalist with PJB Publications’ The Regulatory Affairs Journal, compiling a regular European Union-focused news section. Stewart has written news and features for magazines including Campaign in the UK and regularly contributes to a range of titles including AsiaCom, Screen Finance and Cable and Satellite Europe. He has also been interviewed for academic and commercial projects focusing on the international TV business. He graduated from the University of Reading in 1996.

Broadcaster 1-on-1: RTL's Hungarian Vision with Peter Kolosi:  9A - 9:45A

Pascal Dalton - Confirmed Panelist Pascal Dalton - Panelist 
Regional Sales Director, Formats, CEE, Endemol Shine Group


As Regional Sales Director, Pascal Dalton is responsible for licensing scripted and non-scripted formats, as well as digital content from Endemol Shine Group’s IP across Central and Eastern Europe. In this role, Dalton supports Marina Williams, COO of International Operations at Endemol Shine Group, in the implementation of regional strategies and plans, joint ventures and partnerships, for the development and growth of non-operational company business. Pascal extended his remit at the beginning of 2016 consulting Endemol Shine Polska for production commissions and supporting their business growth. Dalton joined the company in January 2009 and during his time at Endemol Shine Group he has been instrumental in business growth in CEE, including the successful continuation of the MASTERCHEF brand, two seasons of PAN- BALKAN BIG BROTHER produced from Serbia, as well as being pivotal in the rollout of the hit format YOUR FACE SOUNDS FAMILIAR. Prior to Endemol Shine Pascal worked as Head of Distribution for The Last Word, specializing in Advertiser Funded Programing, corporate production and TV Distribution.

Panel Breakfast Session: Global Formats - What's Working, What's Failing, What's Next?: Doors Open 8A, Session 8:30A - 9:15A

Nico Franks – Confirmed Presenter Nico Franks – Moderator
Senior Reporter, C21, UK


Nico Franks is a senior reporter at C21Media in the UK, covering the international drama, formats and children's content businesses for C21's daily newsfeed, weekly newsletters and magazines. He is also the editor of C21Kids magazine and contributes to C21's sister title Drama Quarterly.  C21Media.net is everything about content in the 21st Century, from television to web, mobile, tablet and beyond. We provide breaking news, first sight of new shows in development and analysis of global industry trends to the international entertainment community.  

Case Study Lunch Session:  HBO - ARANYLET ("Golden Life"): 12P - 1:30P
Mark Gordon – Confirmed Presenter Mark Gordon – Moderator
Partner / Head of international Scripted Television


Mark Gordon is a partner and head of international scripted television at ICM Partners. Mark manages the agency’s international scripted television business in addition to representing a prestigious group of television creators, showrunners, and producers including Emmy Award® winner Vince Gilligan (BREAKING BAD, BETTER CALL SAUL), John Shiban (HELL ON WHEELS), Andrew Chambliss (ONCE UPON A TIME), Gennifer Hutchison (BETTER CALL SAUL, THE STRAIN), Graham Wagner (PORTLANDIA, BASKETS) and playwright Neil LaBute.   

The Practicalities of Making a European Co-Production Workshop, 3P - 3:45P
Tim Halkin – Panelist Tim Halkin – Panelist
COO / Partner TANDEM Productions


Bringing years of entertainment marketing, business affairs and development experience with him, Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated producer, Tim Halkin, joined forces with Rola Bauer founding TANDEM in 1999. Halkin was previously employed by the German television network, ProSieben. First hired as Managing Director for their video arm, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of the International Fiction division where he played a key role in setting up businesses in international theatrical co-productions. He also ran the Animation Department and was Deputy for the entire division. Prior to his work in television, Halkin headed up marketing and helped launch Buena Vista Home Entertainment Germany. During his tenure at Buena Vista, he implemented operations in both Switzerland and Austria in the areas of theatrical and Home Entertainment. 

The Practicalities of Making a European Co-Production Workshop, 3P - 3:45P


Pavlina Hatoupis – Panelist
Producer, Ministry of Content


PAVLINA HATOUPIS splits her time between the US and abroad, producing features and television. Her film credits include WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD (2014), THE PYRAMID (2014), MANIAC (Cannes 2013), KABOOM (Cannes/Sundance 2011), LITTLE BIRDS (Sundance 2011), FLY AWAY (SXSW 2011), PERFECTION, NEW GUY, FRANKIE GO BOOM (SXSW), and SASSY PANTS. Her most recent TV producing credits include TYRANT (FX); THE SPOILS OF BABYLON (IFC); THE UNTITLED LENA WAITHE PROJECT (SHOWTIME) and OUTCAST (CINEMAX.) She is currently producing Tyrant Season 3 for FX.

The Practicalities of Making a European Co-Production Workshop, 3P - 3:45P
Danny Kershaw – Confirmed Presenter Danny Kershaw – Presenter
International Research Manager - K7 Media


Danny is K7 Media's International Research Manager, responsible for producing K7’s weekly European Report, which brings together the key developments in television from across the continent. In addition to this, Danny works individually and alongside collaborators to produce K7’s suite of Territory Reports, which provide an oversight on content trends in geographical areas from Latin America to Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, and most recently Germany. Within the business Danny also contributes to writing K7’s monthly kids’ programming release The Little Report, and supervises ongoing research projects for K7’s extensive client base. 

CEE Content Showcase:  Games, Talent and the Hottest Shows in Central and Eastern Europe:  2P - 2:45P
Peter Kolosi – Panelist Peter Kolosi – Panelist
Deputy CEO, Director of Programming,
 RTL Hungary

Mr. Peter Kolosi has been Deputy Chief Executive Officer of RTL Hungary at RTL Group SA since July 03, 2015. Mr. Kolosi is responsible for the programming of RTL Hungary's family of channels, including the market-leading flagship channel RTL Klub and the seven cable channels for Hungarian-speaking audiences. He started his career in 1994 as a reporter, senior editor and presenter on several programs on Magyar Televizio. He has been working for RTL since the launch of RTL Klub, RTL Group's first channel in Hungary, in September 1997. He joined as Editor in chief and presenter of the daily magazine show, FOKUSZ, and became Programming Director in July 2001. He is also responsible for PR and Communications at RTL Hungary. He has been a member of the RTL Hrvatska Supervisory Board since March 2013.

Broadcaster 1-on-1: RTL's Hungarian Vision with Peter Kolosi:  9A - 9:45A

Gabor Krigler – Confirmed Panelist Gabor Krigler - Panelist 
Creative Executive, HBO Hungary


Gabor Krigler started his career in 1999 as a storyliner at the Hungarian version of a Grundy-UFA daily drama. He left the company 2004 as a story editor, then spent the following years as a tutor on writing in various Budapest film and media institutions while working as a freelance writer and story editor before co-founding his own company, Fade In Script Consulting. Since January 2011, he has been working for the Budapest office of HBO Europe as a creative producer, having worked on the development and production of multiple seasons of several drama series. 

Case Study Lunch Session:  HBO - ARANYLET ("Golden Life"): 12P - 1:30P
Girts Licis – Judge Girts Licis – Judge 
Head of CEE, Formats & Content Development, Modern Times Group

Girts Licis has been Head of CEE, Formats & Content Development at MTG (Modern Times Group) since 2014. He has worked in the television industry for over 20 years, in production and acquisition roles, and has extensive experience in local adaptations of international formats. In his current role based in MTG’s London office, he’s responsible for acquisitions of international format licences for MTG’s broadcasting platforms in Scandinavia and CEE, implementing the Group’s own production strategies on regional and national level for MTG’s CEE territories. He also runs the MTG’s Angel Fund initiative aimed at scouting paper format ideas for development and piloting on MTG’s CEE free-TV channels and online platforms. Prior to his current position and his previous role as Acquisitions Manager at MTG, Girts was running his own production company, producing such internationally acclaimed formats as “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire”, “The Bar” and “The Blind Date” in the Baltic region and further afield. He has also been a key member of the production team behind the Eurovision Song Contest in Riga, hosted numerous entertainment shows, including “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” as well as headed the Acquisitions & Film department of Latvian TV.

Pitch & Play "LIVE" Lunch: Presented by NATPE, CEETV and TVBIZZ: 12P - 1:30P

Amos Neumann - Confirmed Panelist Amos Neumann - Panelist / Judge
Chief Operating Officer of Armoza Formats

Amos joined Armoza Formats in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer, where he manages the company’s ongoing activities. Formerly VP Programming at Israel's Reshet Channel 2, Amos is a media and TV Programming executive who has worked in the TV and media business for 20 years. Amos brings a vast experience in TV programming and scheduling, content development and all aspects of TV management, having held key positions including Programming Director at Channel 10 and Chief Producer at Tevel International Communications, Israel's largest cable company. His TV philosophy is "Show me the twist": create the next format that delivers something new, clever and unique, that has never been seen before. Amos lives in Tel Aviv, has a BA in Political Science from Tel Aviv University, is a proud father of three, and rides mountain bikes whenever he can.

Panel Breakfast Session: Global Formats - What's Working, What's Failing, What's Next?: Doors Open 8A, Session 8:30A - 9:15A
Pitch & Play "LIVE" Lunch: Presented by NATPE, CEETV and TVBIZZ: 12P - 1:30P

Can Okan – Judge Can Okan - Judge 
CEO/President of ITV Inter Medya

Beginning a career very early in Can Okan’s youth, he became an active operative in many levels of the family company Fono Film, assuming a wide range of responsibilities. This experience and accumulation culminated in the formation of ITV Inter Medya which he has founded in 1992. ITV Inter Medya started out as a film distribution company serving solely within the domestic market. Beginning with 2001, the company expanded its range to cover Central and Eastern European markets, Russia and the CIS countries, Central Asia and Baltic States. By starting distribution of Turkish dramas and feature films, eight years ago, the company started to draw broad interest from all markets as well as the Middle East and North Africa. As the next step ITV Inter Medya gained a foothold in North and South America and became a worldwide active player. The company has recently stepped into Game Show Formats business and diversified the product catalogue with its own creation.

Pitch & Play "LIVE" Lunch: Presented by NATPE, CEETV and TVBIZZ: 12P - 1:30P

Merrily Ross – Confirmed Panelist Merrily Ross - Panelist 
Vice President of Formats and Content Development, Modern Times Group

Merrily Ross has been Vice President of Formats at Modern Times Group since May 2013. Working closely with UK-based and international content producers, she has been accelerating the sourcing of original formats at the development stage, for MTG’s portfolio of off- and online entertainment channels across Europe. Merrily has previously worked at ITV, where she was most recently VP of Format Sales, and with international format production. Prior to this Merrily held producer jobs with UK free-TV broadcasters like ITV, BBC and Five.

Panel Breakfast Session: Global Formats - What's Working, What's Failing, What's Next?: Doors Open 8A, Session 8:30A - 9:15A
Judit Stalter – Confirmed Panelist Judit Stalter - Panelist 
Series Producer, Laokoon Films


She is running a market leader film production company in Hungary, called Laokoon Filmgroup with 2 co-owners Gabor Sipos and Gabor Rajna. They are mostly known for their groundbreaking holocaust-drama, Son of Saul that has won most of the awards of the world, including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, a Golden Globe and the Grand Prix in Cannes. Their focus is the development and production of high-quality auteur feature films, creative documentaries and shorts, but they work with a wide range of genres from art-house features to commercials, TV-series and documentaries. They have worked together with Fernando Trueba, PenAlope Cruz, Fernando Bovaira, Federico Brugia and Antonio Banderas among others, as a service production company. Stalter graduated from MegaPlus 2010 (Media Business & Audiovisual Business Affairs MA) and has participated in "Producers on the Move" and in several other international workshops and trainings. She is a member of EFA (European Film Academy).

Case Study Lunch Session:  HBO - ARANYLET ("Golden Life"): 12P - 1:30P

Clive Wittingham – Confirmed Moderator Clive Wittingham - Moderator 
News Editor, C21 Media


Clive Whittingham is news editor at C21 Media, responsible for the firm's daily newsfeed which is e-mailed directly to industry professionals around the world covering the content industry. He also edits C21's Factual Weekly newsletter. Clive is a regular on the TV industry's events circuit and has previously hosted panel sessions and one on one discussions at C21's Content London, NATPE Europe (now NATPE Budapest), MipDoc and Kiev Media Week. Prior to joining C21 as senior reporter in 2011, he worked for several regional newspapers in the UK, including the Northants Evening Telegraph. He has also covers European football for The Daily Telegraph.

Panel Breakfast Session: Global Formats - What's Working, What's Failing, What's Next?: Doors Open 8A, Session 8:30A - 9:15A

Anna Zavorszky – Confirmed Panelist Anna Zavorszky - Panelist
Production Executive, HBO Hungary


Anna Zavorszky started her career in 1998 and has been working as a company based line-producer/producer for 15 years. Besides producing commercials she attended many European professional workshops, worked for foreign film productions shooting in Hungary and line-produced local TV dramas and Feature Films. Anna joined HBO Europe Original Productions department in 2013 and work as a Production Executive of local Series and Documentaries since then.

Case Study Lunch Session:  HBO - ARANYLET ("Golden Life"): 12P - 1:30P
Barbara Vallant – Confirmed Panelist Barbara Vallant - Panelist 
Sales and Acquisitions Manager, Formats, Global Screen

Barbara Vallant has been active in the format business for a decade now. Her debut in the formats world began at Distraction formats where she successfully sold formats for three years. She then started her own format outfit aroma-TV where she represents various production companies mainly from her native Canada. She joined GLOBAL SCREEN one year ago, distributing formats worldwide from Munich where she has been based for many years now. Global Screen distributes hit formats such as COUNTRY WOMEN COOKING from SRF which has travelled to several countries with huge success. Remake rights for the Italian romantic series TUTTI PAZZI PER AMORE have been picked up recently by NBC Universal and NATURE'S BEST INVENTIONS the number one science show from Bavaria Entertainment will entertain viewers in France. Barbara is a proud mother of one and loves to spend her free moments taking in the fresh air from the Bavarian Alps.

Panel Breakfast Session: Global Formats - What's Working, What's Failing, What's Next?: Doors Open 8A, Session 8:30A - 9:15A

Eric Welbers – Confirmed Panelist

Eric Welbers – Panelist
CEO, Neue Deutsche Filmgesellschaft mbH

Eric Welbers was born on February 5, 1968, in Cologne, Germany. After earning a business and economics degree at Cologne University, he went on to receive an MBA degree from the IESE business school of Barcelona in 1996. That same year, he took on the post of “International Sales Executive” for Beta Film. At Beta Film, he was head of Business Development until 2001, managing sales and co-productions to and with Latin America, Italy and Spain. He then left the Kirch Group together with Jan Mojto to found Eos Entertainment. Ever since the merger of Eos Entertainment with Beta Film, Eric Welbers was part of the Beta group’s executive board with multiple functions in the operational levels of the company. Among other things, Eric Welbers was head of Beta’s television activities overseeing international distribution, production and co-production. Eric Welbers left BetaFilm in May 2015 to join ndF: as one of their chief executive officers. ndF: is one of the leading German production companies, being responsible for television hits as MOUNTAIN MEDIC, FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE or CRIMEWATCH.

The Practicalities of Making a European Co-Production Workshop, 3P - 3:45P


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