The Practicalities of Making a European Co-Production Workshop
Monday, 27 June, 3P - 3:45P

This unique “how to” session is designed to provide detailed information about the steps required to reach global co-production success. Our panel of experts will cover this topic from beginning to end, starting with how to best design an effective pitch right through to with choosing the proper distribution platform. From understanding the criteria involved picking the best team, from talent to legal representation, right down to how to properly deliver creative notes, our industry-leading professionals will take you through the process. Issues specific to the CEE, including financing plans and union relations, understanding global co-production treaties, and even insurance and completion bonds will be discussed. More than just a panel, this NATPE Budapest session will be a master class in global co-production best practices.

Mark Gordon - Moderator 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.   
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.
Pavlina Hatoupis – Confirmed Panelist 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.

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.

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