TV Drama Festival 2023

  • 9 a.m. EDT
    Dramatic Choices
  • Our trademark opening session features key scripted buyers from across the globe: Sky’s Katie Keenan, RTÉ’s Dermot Horan, MultiChoice’s Waldimar Pelser, TV 2 Denmark’s Lars Erik Nielsen and SVT’s Karolina Stallwood.

  • 11 a.m. EDT
    ZDF Studios’ Scripted Edge
  • Robert Franke and Yi Qiao, VP Drama and Director Drama, respectively, at ZDF Studios, showcase the rising importance of English-language content and U.S. and U.K. partnerships to the company’s scripted strategy.

  • 12 p.m. EDT
    Banijay’s Christian Wikander
  • In his post as global head of scripted at Banijay, Christian Wikander leads IP creation and collaboration across 60 labels at the company.

  • 1 p.m. EDT
    Two Brothers Pictures’ Sarah Hammond
  • An Emmy-, PGA- and Golden Globe Award-winning television producer, Sarah Hammond has worked on such Two Brothers Pictures hits as Angela Black and The Tourist.

  • 3 p.m. EDT
    Universal Television’s Erin Underhill
  • As president of Universal Television, Erin Underhill oversees a unit that produces the Law & Order, One Chicago and FBI-branded series, among a raft of other broadcast, cable and streaming hits.

Wednesday, October 4

  • 9 a.m. EDT
    Window Watching
  • All3Media International’s David Swetman, A+E Media Group’s Alexandra Finlay and Global Screen’s Ulrike Schröder weigh in on how windowing and financing strategies are evolving in the age after peak TV.

  • 11 a.m. EDT
    Fremantle’s Christian Vesper
  • Across such acclaimed outfits as Miso Film, The Apartment and Euston Films, Christian Vesper, CEO of global drama, is driving the expansion of Fremantle’s scripted output across films and series.

  • 1 p.m. EDT
    Distribution Evolution
  • Dan March, managing partner of Dynamic Television, will showcase how the role of the independent producer-distributor is evolving in the scripted business today.

  • 3 p.m. EDT
    Fresh Hits
  • Bertrand Villegas, co-founder of The WIT, will close out the TV Drama Festival by showcasing the brands that are resonating with audiences.

Thursday, October 5

  • All3Media International’s Mayflies
  • A nostalgic, poignant series adapted from Andrew O’Hagan’s best-selling novel by Synchronicity Films. Set on the beautiful Scottish coast and led by outstanding performances from Line of Duty’s Martin Compston and Your Honor’s Tony Curran, love and loyalty are pushed to the limit in this intimate portrait of a life-defining friendship.

  • All3Media International’s The Long Shadow
  • From Lewis Arnold, the BAFTA-winning director of Sherwood, Time and Des, and George Kay, acclaimed screenwriter of Hijack and Criminal: UK, New Pictures’ powerful drama is a definitive depiction of the desperate five-year hunt for serial killer Peter Sutcliffe.

  • All3Media International’s The Catch
  • From Projector Pictures and Night Train Media, this captivating melodrama follows a close-knit family who begin to come undone when the father’s mistrust of his daughter’s new boyfriend appears linked to secrets from his own past.

  • All3Media International’s Detective #24
  • B-Reel Films’ character-led detective series explores the compelling, complex relationship between a unique and distinctive duo—the complacent and recently fired prosecutor Tilda and Somalian refugee Ibrahinn, who is also an exceptional detective known as Number 24. Their worlds collide when the case of a missing teenage girl arises and solving it gives them both something to gain.

  • All3Media International’s Better
  • From the award-winning team at Sister, this captivating, human, crime-filled story follows corrupt police officer Lou in her search for redemption. Lou has worked for Col McHugh, a powerful crime boss, for decades, but when her son experiences a sudden illness that almost kills him, it leads to her decision to fight and atone for her past misdeeds. And the only way to complete her redemption is to bring Col down.

  • All3Media International’s Far North
  • An epic, entertaining, ratings winning new drama from South Pacific Pictures. Star Wars’ Temuera Morrison and Top of the Lake’s Robyn Malcolm deliver exceptional performances as an everyday couple from the Ahipara community who foiled an international crime ring’s largest-ever deal in the Pacific.


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