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Canada – UK Audiovisual Business Development Days
March 14-18, 2022
With financial support from Canadian Heritage, the CMPA is working with the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom to offer CMPA members the opportunity to gain foreign market insight through roundtables with UK-based distributors, analysts, journalists and commissioners, as well as the opportunity to expand their professional networks and explore co-production opportunities through a series of 1:1 meetings.
Registered members will have access to signing up for roundtables. A full list of roundtables is available below. Members will also have access to our online B2B meeting platform to set up meetings and will also be provided a curated list of companies based on the company profiles submitted.
To register create a profile on the B2B platform, please click on the link below. Once you created your online profile, you can start browse and download producer profiles and request meetings, send messages right away.
Breakout 1: 11 AM ET / 8 AM PT Spotlight on UK Scripted
Despite Covid and Brexit the UK remains a primary production hub of Europe responsible for a string of scripted global hits. With UK channel budgets stretched to the limit, scripted producers are turning to distributors for co-production support. UK distributors share details of upcoming scripted projects & explain co-pro models and reveal what they are looking for in international co-productions across drama, feature and comedy for 2022.
- Jon Webdale c21
- Kate Barnes/William Johnson, scripted content, ITV Studios.
- Maartje Horchner, head of scripted All3Media International.
- James Drurie – head of scripted Cineflix
Breakout 2: 11 AM ET / 8 AM Anatomy of an Award-Winning Factual Co-Production
UK high-end factual indie Talesmith and leading international content producer and distributor Cineflix Media co-produced Takaya: Lone Wolf a documentary special for BBC4, CBC, and ARTE which explores humankind’s historic relationship with wolves. This session takes a forensic look at how this award-winning UK-Canadian co-production was produced and we explore the project’s journey from conception to delivery & the challenges and hurdles encountered en route.
- Martin Williams, Founder & Creative Director, Talesmith
- Richard Life, Head of Acquisitions, Cineflix Rights
Breakout 1: 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT Spotlight on Scotland
The shared heritage, connections and economic ties between Canada and Scotland have been long lauded. In a world emerging from Covid and the impacts of Brexit, we reveal the dawn of an extended drive for shared networking opportunities and co-production partnerships between the two nations.
In this enlightening panel David Harron, Commissioner for BBC Scotland, and Kieran Hannigan of Creative Scotland deliver a snapshot of the Scottish content landscape across all genres and reveal the latest opportunities for Canadian producers and co-production opportunities for 2022 and beyond.
- Hannah Demidovitz – Director of Development, Candour, Experienced Unscripted Commissioning Editor & Intl Media Consultant
- David Harron, Commissioning Editor, BBC Scotland, Factual
- Kieran Hannigan, Creative Scotland
Breakout 2: 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT Meet the commissioners
Dan Korn commissions, co-produces & acquires content across all of A&E UK’s portfolio of channels including Sky, History, Crime + Investigation and Blaze. He will be providing unique insight into A&E’s latest requirements & opportunities.
National Geographic’s Ben Noot is responsible for sourcing, acquiring and co-producing content worldwide for global programming across the National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo People and Nat Geo Kids. Here’s an opportunity to discover the latest requirements for these acclaimed channels.
- Richard Middleton, Editor, TBI
- Dan Korn, Commissioning Editor A&E UK,
- Ben Noot, National Geographic Channels
Breakout 1: 11 AM ET / 8 AM PT The Kids are alright…
The kids are certainly all right: there’s never been more viewing choice, local and international SVODs have contributed to the boom in kids and family content, with more platforms hungry for the next big hits. Canada’s very own kids’ animation Paw Patrol has dominated the charts recently, and in the UK there’s been a welcome renaissance for diverse scripted content for 7+. What’s next for kids’ content in the UK, and what are the opportunities in this sector for Canada and the UK to collaborate?
- Richard Middleton, editor TBI
- Angelo Abela, Head of Kids at Lime Pictures
- Melanie Stokes, Kindle Entertainment, co-founder
- Sacha Whitmarsh, Kindle Entertainment, Head of Production
Breakout 1: 11 AM ET / 8 AM PT Logistics and Mechanics of funding a Co-Production
The BFI’s Anna Mansi shares her vast knowledge of co-production from, features to High end doc, animation and kids. Benefit from her expertise, advice and guidance on the Creative Sector tax relief opportunities and the potential in the context of a Canadian/UK co-production. Jasper James, UK Indie content creator and co-pro veteran, provides insight from the Producers angle and Attica Dakhil gives a first-hand update of the latest BFI Co-Production fund and advice on how to access the fund.
- Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE, MD Business & Global Strategy PACT
- Anna Mansi, BFI,
- Attica Dakhil, International Co-production Fund Manager
- Jasper James Screen Glue Ltd
Breakout 1: 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT Spotlight on Animation
Animation in the UK covers a wealth of content, from character-led cartoons, to complex feature-film VFX, and Oscar nominated feature animation films – the UK is one of the global leaders across all of this. Animation UK chairman and Blue Zoo founder Oli Hyatt, Denitsa Yordanova, Global Screen Fund and Andrew Baker, Cantiliver look at what’s fuelling the animation boom and the synergies between Canada and the UK in this sector.
- Richard Middleton, TBI Editor
- Dentisa Yorodova, Global Screen Fund, BFI
- Andrew Baker, Cantilever Productions
- Oli Hyatt OBE, Animation UK chairman, Co-Founder and creative director Blue Zoo
Breakout 2: 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT Cutting the Deal
A roundtable discussion covering the complexities of the legal processes required for a transatlantic co-pro deal. UK Industry experts from Sheridans and Saffrey Champnes take us through the process from A to Z and highlight the essentials, shortcuts and pitfalls to be wary of during this critical part of the co-production process.
- Sammy Nourmand, Plan 9 consultancy
- Robin Hilton, Sheridans
- Anton Berdichevksy, Saffrey Champness