'Movers and Shakers' Newsletter

Spring 2016

No. 44
With Easter now a fading memory we look forward to a very busy few months.

Our annual HR Forum takes place this month with a packed line-up of speakers at a new prestigious venue in Regent Street. Our topic, ‘valuing diversity and the wider community', seems to have struck a chord with places being filled fast.

We’re fortunate to have Darren Childs, CEO of UK TV as our keynote speaker. UK TV is the first broadcaster ever to be named as one of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for – and he will be sharing his secrets with Pat Younge (Sugar Films) who is kindly chairing this session. We also have speakers from Netflix, Turner, BBC and others still to be announced.

Thanks go to all our sponsors and speakers who have been involved in organising this with us.

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 each month, free of charge. All contributions welcomed.
Anne Fenton - MD, Lumina Search

Lumina is a specialist search consultancy working exclusively in media & entertainment. 
A Morning With... Sarah Wright
Sarah Wright, Director of Acquisitions at Sky TV
Spring was in the air and the daffodils were in bloom at the Osterley campus where we met Sarah Wright. Bubbly, engaging and very knowledgeable about all things content – her passion shines through as does her encyclopaedic knowledge of international TV series. Sarah certainly has her finger on the pulse when  it comes to understanding what programmes viewers will switch on for.

Her recent promotion to Director of Acquisitions at Sky TV represents another upward step for Sarah which has seen her work for three leading UK broadcasters: the BBC, UK TV and now Sky.
'Movers and Shakers'

United Kingdom
- Appointments

James Baker
Red Arrow Entertainment Group

Georgia Brown
Fremantle Media
EVP Global Scripted & Factual Content

Charles Gurassa
Channel 4

Aleks Habdank

Maria Kyriacou
ITV Studios
President of International

Anna Mallett
BBC Studios

Debbie Manners
Tigerlily Productions
Non-Executive Director

Yu-Fai Suen
Pinewood Pictures
Managing Director

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EMEA & Asia-Pacific
- Appointments

Ara Aprikian
TF1 (France)
EVP Content

Michael Kollatschny
Endemol Beyond (Germany)
Managing Director

Sam Lloyd
Telenet (Belgium)
Chief Information Officer

Pete Paavolainen
ITV Studios (Finland)

Marc Shmuger
EuropaCorp (France)

Bo Stehmeier
Red Arrow International (Germany)
SVP Global Sales

Jørgen Steinheim
Snowman Productions (Norway)
Managing Director

Elizabeth Trotman
StudioCanal (Australia and New Zealand)

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- Appointments

David Eilenberg
ITV Entertainment (USA)

Allen Etherton
Warner Bros Worldwide Television Distribution (USA)
SVP Planning & Analysis

Andrew Essex
Tribeca Enterprises (USA)

Valeria Fanego
FilmSharks (Argentina)
SVP International Sales

Shyama Friedenson
STX Entertainment (USA)
EVP International Marketing

Sarah Harden
Otter Media (USA)

Nina Lederman
All3Media (USA)
EVP Scripted Programming

Michael Robson
D Films (Canada)
SVP Acquisitions and New Business Development

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Upcoming Events
HR Forum 2016
A Great Place To Work: How Valuing Diversity and the Wider Community Makes Business Sense
The Regent Street Cinema, University of Westminster
We're pleased to announce the annual HR Forum we're organising with our sister company Searchlight on 28th April at the newly-refurbished Regent Street Cinema at the University of Westminster. This historic venue in the art deco style is often described as "the birthplace of British film", as in 1896 the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe was first presented to a paying audience, making it the first place in Britain to show moving pictures.

Our programme will examine the importance of diversity within organisations, and the positive impact this has on both internal and external communities. Within this remit, we’ll also look at performance management and corporate social responsibility, as well as have an update on the latest employment legislation. We have speakers confirmed from UKTV, Netflix, Turner Broadcasting and Lewis Silkin, amongst others.
This is a complimentary event for those working in HR in the Media & Entertainment sectors – or for those with some HR responsibilities who would like to expand their knowledge. Early booking is recommended; to enquire about places, or for additional information, please contact us at hrforum@searchlight.com by 18th April.
Lumina Updates
C Level Networking Evening at the Shard

At the end of January we hosted a C Level Networking Dinner kindly sponsored by our clients at Prime Focus Technologies. It took place at the fabulous Hutong on the 33rd floor of the Shard. Senior Executives from Lionsgate, Arts Alliance Media, MTG World, Netflix, IMG, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, and many other organisations attended, and some very insightful conversations were had.

The menu was delightful and modern, with a whole Roasted Peking Duck carved at the table by the chefs. The red lanterns suspended from the ceiling as a Chinese symbol of celebration and the striking flower arrangements made for an warm, intimate ambience which contrasted beautifully with the stunning panoramic views of London.

A big thank you to all our guests and our friends at Prime Focus, and to the Hutong Private Dining team. Their cocktails weren’t bad either!

Unleash the Niche: The Rise of Genre-Specific SVODs
As the BBC and ITV hold discussions to launch a Netflix-style streaming service, and Thinkbox reveals that UK SVOD viewing nearly doubled in 2015, it is clear that enjoying our content on demand has become very much the norm. And while streaming giants such as Netflix and Amazon offer a broad range of movies and popular series, the industry is now seeing a rise in niche SVOD services. Media companies are eager to test audience willingness to pay for specific types of content, and viewers have been happy to oblige.
RTS Event: David Baddiel in conversation with Danny Baker
This month saw another fantastic industry event hosted by the Royal Television Society. Factual-Entertainment lovers gathered at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden to see David Baddiel speak to Danny Baker about his experiences making the Discovery Channel travelogue series “David Baddiel on the Silk Road”.
Events Calendar
MIPTV (with MIPDocs and MIPFormats)
2nd – 7th April, Cannes, France
“MIPTV gathers the world’s most successful distributors, buyers and producers to strike distribution and co-production deals, attend high-level conferences and network with the global entertainment industry.
NEW this year: MIPDrama Screenings is a brand new invitation-only event aimed at curating the best of scripted content premiered at MIPTV.”

TV Connect 2016
26th – 28th April, London, UK
“TV Connect 2016 is the principal global based show focusing on the evolution of the Connected Entertainment industry, bringing together a unique mix of leaders in OTT TV, Pay TV, Broadcast, Cable, Broadband and Telco, with leading Technology Providers.
Taking place in at London's ExCeL Centre on 26th - 28th April 2016, this market leading industry event translates trends, experiences and meetings into actionable business insight through focused content and concentrated networking opportunities, enabling the development of Next Generation Entertainment on a global scale.”

Drama Summit West
20th May, Los Angeles, USA
“Drama Summit West connects the US and international drama business to facilitate new production, coproduction, finance and creative partnerships. This one-day networking event is all about new models and a fresh approach.
• Leading showrunners talk shop • Keynote sessions define the dramatic future • International buyers outline acquisition plans • Drama commissioners explain their scripted strategy • Global financing • Drama Screenings and copro marketplace.”

Sundance Film Festival: London
10th – 12th June, Picturehouse Central, London, UK
“Sundance Institute and Picturehouse will host the Sundance Film Festival: London from 2 to 5 June 2016 at the recently launched Picturehouse Central. The festival will feature the international and UK premieres of films from the 2016 edition of the renowned Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah… Hosted at Picturehouse Central for the first time, the Sundance Film Festival: London will build on the success of Sundance London, hosted from 2012 to 2014, which featured the international and UK premieres of films including Fruitvale Station, Obvious Child, Frank, The Trip to Italy, The Queen of Versailles, Blackfish, Upstream Color and The Look of Love. ”
Sheffield Doc/Fest
10th – 15th June, Sheffield, UK
“The Sheffield Doc/Fest film programme offers filmmakers an essential platform to launch their films at one of world’s leading documentary festivals, and allows audiences to experience these first through World, European and UK premieres. The Festival screens 150 films – features and shorts – with the 2015 programme featuring documentaries from the UK, Europe, North America, Asia, Latin America, and Africa, with close to 50% of screened films directed and/or produced by women.”

Edinburgh International Film Festival
15th – 26th June, Edinburgh, UK
“Established in 1947, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is world renowned for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema - and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in its scale, ambitious in its scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema in all its manifestations, EIFF seeks to spotlight the most exciting and innovative new film talent, in a setting steeped in history.”
NATPE Budapest 2016
27th June – 30th June, Budapest, Hungary
“NATPE Budapest 2016 Market and Content Summit returns to the great city of Budapest to demonstrate its continued belief in the strength and growth of the Central & Eastern European (CEE) region. With a history of sold-out viewing boxes, stands and meeting tables and a new, ambitious conference program, this premiere event has been repositioned to deliver a robust market and conference experience for buyers, exhibitors and participants. With emphasis on regional content, NATPE provides the perfect forum for the exchange of cutting edge ideas on a global stage and numerous opportunities within the market floor to experience the local region’s creative, production, and distribution communities.”
Cable Congress
28th – 30th June, Warsaw, Poland
"Working in close partnership with CTAM Europe and CableLabs, our reimagined Cable Congress will bring together a mix of plenary sessions with the brightest stars of industry and deep dive masterclass and workshop opportunities with the focus on debate and interaction. We will be embracing SME, start-up and emerging market developments alongside the biggest players and competitors, to create the unrivalled meeting place for cable, content and connectivity."
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