Co-Production Summit

NATPE||Europe registered attendees are welcome to join us for a special breakfast program -- Now, the Story Starts in Europe! -- to be held Tuesday, 24 June, at the Hilton Prague Hotel. NATPE is pleased to partner with Tandem Communications, Barrandov Studios, UPP, and Stillking to host this Co-Production Summit, covering all aspects of building a global narrative and moving the international production industry to re-think how the business is run. 

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The Co-Production Summit breakfast program will feature a line-up of eminent contributors including network executives actively involved in international co-productions, European showrunners whose narratives are going global, U.S. showrunners who are breaking the mold and European production companies who are developing creative strategies. 

Featuring speakers:
Rola Bauer, President and Partner, Tandem Communications
Caroline Benjo, Co-Managing Director, Haut et Court 
Andrew Critchley, Managing Director, Red Production Company
Tomas Krejci, Owner/CreativeFilmmaker/Producer, Milk & Honey Pictures, 
Thomas von Hennet, Vice President International Co-Production & Documentaries, ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland. 
Frank Spotnitz, Award-Winning Writer/Producer/Showrunner
Matthew Stillman, Managing Director, Stillking Films
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Co-Production Summit: Now, the Story Starts in Europe! 
Breakfast Program Co-Hosted by NATPE & Tandem Communications (a STUDIOCANAL Company)
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
8:30 to 10:30
Hilton Prague Hotel

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Rola Bauer – President / Partner, Tandem Communications

Golden Globe® and two-time Emmy® nominated producer Rola Bauer, was recognized 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 STUDIOCANAL 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 US. This English-language version is set to be a co-production with Fremantle Media North America.

Andrew Critchley - Managing Director, Red Production Company
Andrew has overseen all of the company’s output since the first production – Queer As Folk – in 1998. Red has returning series on BBC1 (Last Tango in Halifax) and ITV1 (Scott & Bailey) and is in production on a major new series written by Russell T Davies for Channel 4. At the end of 2013 Studio Canal acquired a majority share in the company. In 2014 Red will produce and deliver 50 hours of primetime drama to UK broadcasters and is currently working on the development of a number of international co-productions.

Thomas von Hennet -- Vice President International Co-Production & Documentaries, ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland 
Having studied History and Political Science, Thomas began his media career as a freelance producer and AD for television productions. In 1994 Thomas joined ProSieben Television as commissioning executive for documentaries and later headed the documentaries department, with a growing focus on factual co-productions, and, since 2007, also including drama co-productions.

In his current position Thomas von Hennet oversees international drama and factual co-productions across the channels SAT.1, ProSieben and kabel eins as well as factual licence acquisitions for all Free TV channels of the ProSiebenSat.1 Media group. Recent drama co-productions include The Pillars of the Earth (miniseries, 2010), Treasure Guards (TV movie, 2011), World Without End (miniseries, 2012), Labyrinth (miniseries, 2013), Primeval (series, 4 seasons 2007-2010) and, most recently, Crossing Lines (series, 2013-)

Frank Spotnitz – CEO, Big Light Productions
An award-winning writer, producer and showrunner, Spotnitz is best known for his work on The X-Files. His latest series, Hunted, aired on BBC1 and HBO Cinemax in autumn 2012. His other credits include Strike Back: Project DawnNight Stalker, Michael Mann’s Robbery Homicide DivisionThe Lone GunmenHarsh Realm and Millennium. He is currently writing and executive producing a series based on the popular Transporter feature films for M6, HBO Canada and TNT. Spotnitz serves as chief executive of Big Light Productions Ltd, a London-based production company specializing in trans-Atlantic drama series. Hunted, produced by Big Light in association with Kudos Film, was an international spy thriller starring Melissa George. He created, wrote and executive produced the eight-part series. HBO Cinemax has commissioned a spinoff.  Spotnitz served as executive producer, directed two episodes and wrote or co-wrote more than 40 episodes of The X-Files. He shared three Golden Globes for Best Dramatic Series and a Peabody Award for his work on The X-Files. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award for writing and three times for Outstanding Drama Series.

Spotnitz began his professional life as a journalist, writing for United Press International, Associated Press and Entertainment Weekly, among others, as well as reporting for the seminal French pop-culture TV series, Rapido. Born in Japan, he received a B.A. in English Literature from UCLA and an M.F.A. in screenwriting from the American Film Institute.

Matthew Stillman - Managing Director, Stillking Films

Matthew Stillman is founder and ceo of Stillking Film Holdings. The SFH group currently holds 12 operating companies internationally and is one of the largest private companies involved in the production of tv and digital advertising, feature films and music videos.   Group companies have won many of the top advertising awards for their creative advertising campaigns and been involved in the production of over 40 feature films. Matthew has also served in a producing capacity on productions including Casino RoyaleMission Impossible 4Narnia:The lion, the witch and the wardrobePrince Caspian, The Bourne IdentityXXXVan HelsingThe IllusionistShanghai Knights and others.   Music videos include Beyonce, Kanye West, Duran Duran, David Bowie, Linkin Park and Madonna.     

Tomas Krejci - Executive Producer, Milk & Honey Pictures

Dynamic, creative film producer and founder of Milk & Honey Pictures and Prague Studios in Prague, Czech Republic. Has participated as Executive Producer as well as producer on several feature films as well as Television Series which have aired all over the world. 

Since opening its doors in 1999, TANDEM Communications has established itself as a leading provider of quality drama television productions that have garnered nominations and awards such as Golden Globes® and Emmys®.

The end of 2011 marked a new chapter in TANDEM’s history with STUDIOCANAL taking a majority stake in the company, effectively making TANDEM the television production and distribution arm of the European studio.

Tandem develops, finances, produces and distributes primetime programs for the worldwide market. Emmy & Gemini Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated, The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End are just two examples of TANDEM’s award-winning and critically acclaimed productions. In addition to distributing its programs worldwide, TANDEM also distributes quality, third party productions.

STUDIOCANAL’s involvement enabled TANDEM to strengthen its one-hour series strategy, leading to Tandem’s most recent production of the one-hour procedural crime series, Crossing Lines, which was created by Edward Allen Bernero (Criminal Minds), and recently wrapped production of 12 new episodes for its second season.

TANDEM COMMUNICATIONS, based in Munich, Germany, was founded by President Rola Bauer and COO Tim Halkin, both company Partners. Executive VP Jonas Bauer became a partner in the company in 2007.

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