Cinema, TV, SVOD, Games - what are the producers looking for, how can you attract finance and what are the trends in screen right now.
Helen Searle is a leading intellectual property lawyer and business advisor. She has been instrumental in forging and guiding the careers of many superstars and has a particularly strong reputation for representing recording artists, from established household names to emerging talent.
Co founder Walden Media and co-founder epiphany Lab
Michael Flaherty co-founded Walden Media, a film company focused on adapting award-winning literature into award-winning films. Flaherty served as the President of Walden Media for fifteen years. During that time, Walden co- financed and produced nearly two dozen movies that grossed over $3 billion at the global box office, including ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, ‘Bridge to Terabithia’, ‘The Giver’, ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and ‘Amazing Grace’.
Co-founder Epihany Lab
Valerie McGowan is a Boston-based entertainment producer and entrepreneur. She jumped into the film world in 2014 at Walden Media. In 2017, she co- founded the production company Epiphany Story Lab with Micheal Flaherty. She is currently writing her first book and original screenplay with her brother set in the American Gilded Age.
Deputy Executive Producer, Masterpeice, WGHB
Susanne Simpson is a two-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Emmy winner for her documentaries and dramas for television and theatres. As Deputy Executive Producer of Masterpiece on PBS, Simpson is part of the executive team making programming decisions. In addition, she supervises all promotion and marketing online and on air for shows such as Downton Abbey.
MD, Very Nice TV
Andrew Robertson is the MD of Very Nice TV, Scotland’s only entertainment indie. He is an experienced Executive producer and has won multiple awards for TV as well as for innovative online multiplatform content. Andrew has worked on many of the biggest UK entertainment shows from the ‘Big Breakfast’, ‘I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here’ and Big Brother.