'Movers and Shakers' Newsletter

Autumn 2016

No. 46
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As we bid farewell to the extended summer, we’re pleased to announce our recent placements and congratulate the latest ‘Movers and Shakers’. We also shine a spotlight on our recent client, Keshet TV, whose first UK coproduction The A Word aired on BBC One this spring.

We live in uncertain times and it’s reassuring to know that to some extent it’s business as usual and the Media Sector remains in rude health as the recent RTS Conference on Streaming and OTT shows. Viewing figures are up and the UK remains a powerhouse for original scripted content–on whatever platform it is viewed. Whilst viewing habits are changing, the appetite for good content is growing exponentially, and the outlook is bright.

We’ve put together a quick round up of some of the key sessions, and it's worth checking out more highlights on the RTS website too.

This Autumn we are hosting a senior HR Director event, for leaders in the Media Sector. Invites have already gone out but if you are a senior HR Director for a medium to large Media organisation, then do please contact us and we will endeavour to squeeze you in if we can. The event is organised with our Associates Lewis Silkin LLP, and as you would expect, Brexit will be top of the agenda. A report will appear in the next newsletter.

For those of you who aren't familiar with this report, it’s brought to you as a useful service to keep you up to date with the ever-revolving door. Here at Lumina, it’s our business to know who is where - and since we’re collecting this information anyway, we’re happy to share it with you, free of charge. All contributions welcomed.
Anne Fenton - MD, Lumina Search

Lumina is a specialist international search consultancy working on retained C level searches exclusively in media & entertainment. 
Mover of the Month: Jago Lee

We'd like to congratulate Jago Lee who has been appointed as the Creative Director of Antenna Pictures, the UK production studio for Blue Ant Media.

Blue Ant create and distribute content worldwide ranging from nature to DIY, outdoor living to music, engaging fans across television, digital, magazines and live events. Jago will be tasked with starting up the UK Production office and sourcing, developing and financing new projects for global distribution.

We wish them all the best and will be following their next projects closely. Visit here to read more about Blue Ant Media and our other recent placements on our blog.

'Movers and Shakers'

United Kingdom
- Appointments

Kevin Bakhurst
Content Group Director

Carol Eymery
Sonar Entertainment
EVP International Distribution EMEA

Simon Gillis
See Saw Productions
Head of Commercial

Jacquie Hughes
Director of Content Policy

Tom Leggett
House Productions
Development Producer

Alix Pryde
Director of Service Strategy & Operational Delivery

Robb Smith
Audio Network
Group Chief Executive

Eric Stevens
Pinewood Studios Group
Global Sales Director

Anke Stoll
Keshet International
Director of Acquisitions and Coproductions

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EMEA & Asia-Pacific
- Appointments

Marc-Antoine d’Halluin
M7 (Luxembourg)

Alan Esslemont
TG4 (Ireland)
Director General

Franck Firmin-Guion
ITV Studios France

Jessica Haagmans
A+E Networks (Netherlands)
MD for Benelux

Michael Hildebrandt
Dewynters Germany
Managing Director

Christoph Mühleib
Astra Deutschland
Managing Director

Michael Porseryd
SF Studios (Sweden)

Paras Sharma
Viacom International Media Networks (Singapore)
SVP and GM, Southeast Asia

Hans Troelstra
M7 (Luxembourg)

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- Appointments

Bela Bajaria
Netflix (USA)
VP Content
Kristen Campo
Chernin Entertainment (USA)
EVP Television

Lyor Cohen
YouTube (USA)
Global Head of Music

Jim Harvey
Covert Media (Canada)
SVP of International Sales
George Kliavkoff
Jaunt (USA)

Steve Maich
Rogers Media (Canada)
SVP Digital Content and Publishing

Gillian Rose
Sky Vision (USA)
SVP Sales and Acquisitions
Ray Warren
Telemundo Deportes (USA)
Stephanie Sperber
White Space Entertainment (USA)
Chairman and CEO

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Client Spotlight: Keshet
The A Word, courtesy of Keshet International

Keshet International (KI) is one of the world’s leading producers and distributors of quality television and digital content. Established in 2012, KI is headed by CEO Alon Shtruzman and is rapidly expanding its global footprint with offices across the world including the UK, Israel, US and Hong Kong.

Its first UK co-production, The A Word, aired on BBC One this Spring and was a standout success both in terms of ratings and critical acclaim. The series, which was based on the Israeli series Yellow Peppers, created by Keren Margalit, was co-produced with Fifty Fathoms and written by BAFTA winner and Golden Globe nominee Peter Bowker (Marvellous, Blackpool), and was also the subject of glowing reviews.

Click here to read more about Keshet on our Client Spotlight page

Step into the Future of TV: The Arrival of VR

It’s been imagined for decades in sci-fi movies, and touted in recent years by developers around the globe, but at last it seems Virtual Reality has finally arrived for the mass market, and people are beginning to take notice.

Once considered mere fantasy, the notion of VR and “360 storytelling” has become widely accepted as a very real concept that could swiftly change the landscape of the media sector – with the worlds of TV, film and gaming all gearing up to take a slice of the virtual cake.

Click here to read our article about the latest VR developments.

The VR & AR World and Apps World conferences are taking place at ExCel London between October 19 - October 20.

RTS London Conference
As patrons of the Royal Television Society, we were delighted to attend the annual RTS Conference on 27th September at King's Place, London. It was an extremely well-planned event and we heard some great industry leaders’ insights. Here is a bite-sized round up of what was discussed.
1. Diversity and the BBC charter

Ofcom chief executive Sharon White pledged to ramp up the focus on diversity in the requirements placed on the BBC, although she’s confident that these efforts won’t result in any punishments on the broadcasters for failing to fulfil their duties. “With the industry and regulator working together we can do the right thing”, she said.
2. Millennials and Pay TV

Steve Burke, the CEO of NBCUniversal, is adamant that while millennials currently aren’t by and large subscribers of Pay TV, they will enter the fold as they get older “when they start to earn a decent amount of money”. He highlighted that viewers are no longer limited to linear television, and this is a permanent change. Ultimately, international business growth is vital if they are to compete with the big US media rivals such as Fox, Walt Disney Company and Time Warner.He also mentioned the partnership between NBCU and Buzzfeed (which NBCU has an investment in) to create a Snapchat discover channel. He emphasized that Millennials are spending a large portion of time on social media, therefore companies like NBCU need to invest in modern two way communications with audiences if they are to entice younger viewers to primetime.

3. Bake Off

The most column inches undoubtedly went to the on-stage spat between Jay Hunt and James Purnell over the UK’s hottest property, the Great British Bake Off. Purnell suggested the deal between Love Productions and Channel 4 was at odds with Channel 4’s Born Risky strategy, and called for tighter regulations on C4, claiming there is a “chasm” between the 100+ regulations governing the BBC and the way Ofcom oversees C4. To which, Hunt reiterated that C4 takes no public money, and attested that the baking format will play into their cross-subsidy model. She called for the BBC to “[think] long and hard about how that situation has arisen”.

4. Brexit

Josh Berger warned that broadcasters could pull out of the UK to reach audiences in continental Europe, claiming that about half of the 1100 licensed British channels are aimed at audiences outside of the UK. Since each country and sector has to be negotiated separately, the will-they-won’t-they nature of the Brexit discussions show no sign of dying down.

5. Netflix and original British programming

Meanwhile, Netflix is committing to commissioning British original programming and developing coproduction partnerships. Ted Sarandos affirmed that a dozen Netflix buyers will be attending Mipcom this year, and that Netflix are extremely engaged with British content producers, hinting that there is more to come for original British programming on the platform beyond The Crown and Our Planet.

6. Netflix and the golden age of television

Also, two thirds of viewing time is now spent on TV series rather than films on Netflix, according to Ted Sarandos. He affirmed the importance of commissioning originals rather than licensing high profile content, but also defended making both film and TV. He said that in the modern age, waiting months for a film to appear on a streaming site “doesn’t make a lot of sense”, and therefore Netflix will continue to invest in films that consumers can watch when they open. He claims that this strategy will distinguish Netflix as a “destination” rather than an outlet for programming available on other services.

7. Art and technology
More praise for the British TV sector, as Matt Hancock, the UK’s new culture secretary, praised it as “one of the UK’s greatest success stories”, having grown at twice the rate of the rest of the economy, and generating more than £13 billion in revenue annually. He also discussed the challenges and opportunities that changing viewing habits present, such as the fact that there are 4.4 million Netflix UK subscribers and the growing synergies between art and new technologies; “the rules are being rewritten. This can and should be another golden age of creativity”.
We’d like to congratulate the RTS on hosting such a thought-provoking and worthwhile event.
Events Calendar
17th – 20th October, Cannes, France
“MIPCOM is the year’s most anticipated global market for entertainment content across all platforms. Each October, the industry’s major players converge in Cannes to turn every moment into an opportunity, transforming four days of meetings, screenings and conferences into deals, from blockbuster programming to groundbreaking partnerships.”

Broadband World Forum
18th – 20th October, London, UK
“Each year we design the BBWF conference agenda to reflect the latest challenges, solutions and innovations across the industry. This year we have introduced new topics, whilst still incorporating our core areas of fixed access evolution and virtualization.”

Huawei Connect Europe
20th – 21st October, Paris, France
“HUAWEI CONNECT | EUROPE is an integrated conference for the Europe ICT ecosystem, which focus on business innovation & open partnership. Under the theme of “Shape the Cloud”, policy makers, industry leaders, academics and technology elites will be assembled together to share, discuss and debate the future technologies and new business models that are driving the world's Digital Transformation.”
TV Connect MENA
31st October – 1st November, Dubai, UAE
“TV Connect MENA in 2016 will deliver unparalleled networking opportunities with the region’s frontrunners within the connected entertainment industry due to the innovative structure of the conference content as well as the TV Connect MENA Awards ceremony.”
American Film Market
2nd – 9th November, Santa Monica, USA
“The business of independent motion picture production and distribution – a truly collaborative process – reaches its peak every year at the American Film Market. Over 8,000 industry leaders converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making, screenings, seminars, networking and parties.”

TV Connect Africa
15th – 17th November, Cape Town, South Africa
“The most influential senior level discussion group focused on the monetisation of African video content in the new digital and pay-TV age.”

Belfast Media Festival
17th – 18th November, Belfast, Ireland
“Now in its seventh year, the festival is a firmly established event in the broadcast and creative sector calendar and will be attended by companies and individuals from across the spectrum of the industry.”

Content London
29th November – 1st December, London, UK
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Newsletter EditorNatalie Ray, Marketing and Operations Coordinator
Newsletter Contributor - Fred Palmer, Research Consultant

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