TV Beats Forum
TV Beats Forum powered by Elisa , a part of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is the newest addition to the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event conference. The forum reacts to the real demand of the industry as a drama series’ market takes over and the need, for content by global streaming platforms increases. Local stories can travel universally as language barriers are no longer a problem and authenticity rules over generic and universal.
TV Beats Forum is the place to meet the key international players in the region. Starting from small steps from 2018, we have an aim to build a drama series co-production market in the coming years. The forum’s prime objective is to inspire and facilitate the entry of regional producers and service providers into the international series co-production industry. With this in mind, TV Beats Forum explores global success stories from multinational productions. Scriptwriters, directors, composers, producers will share their experience as well as tips and tricks for creating a successful drama series. During the event, participants get a comprehensive overview of industry trends and are invited to attend a range of masterclasses. The organisers also make the best of local original formats available by presenting a catalogue of the most successful works.
To gather new talents among drama series scriptwriters, TV Beats Forum partnered up with an international script competition programme, Script Pool Tallinn. 2019 edition of Script Pool TV had six finalists presenting drama series scripts from all across Europe.
TV Beats Forum 2019 programme
In 2019 TV Beats Forum took place for the second time including various discussion panels, keynote interviews, presentations and workshops, as well as crossmatching events with other Industry@Tallinn activities. The two-day event was moderated by Wendy Mitchell and Kathleen McInnis.
09:00-09:30 Registration & Coffee
09:45-10:30 KEYNOTE – WHEN LOCAL GOES GLOBAL
Global media consultancy K7 Media will unveil their new report on the latest trends in global drama from the perspective of European producers. This keynote presentation will showcase some of the hottest dramas from Europe, and identify recent co-production and partnership models across the region. Girts Licis (Head of Strategy, K7 Media)
10:30-11:15 FIRESIDE CHAT: It All Begins with a Story
11:15-11:45 Coffee break
11:45-12:30 CASE STUDY: ALL THE SINS
A deep dive into the making of Finnish crime drama series All The Sins, co-created and directed by Mika Ronkainen. We follow the project from pitch to screen, including what the plans are for season two. Kris Taska (Producer, Taska Film), Ilkka Matila (Producer, MRP Matila Rohr Productions ), Laura Kuulasmaa (Executive Producer for Original Programming, Elisa Corporation), Merja Aakko (Scriptwriter) Moderator: Wendy Mitchell
12:30-13:00 ELISA’S OUTLOOK
Leading communications company Elisa unveils its new spy thriller Reetur, which is the first Estonian original VOD series produced by Elisa. With this series and others, how is Elisa impacting the market in Estonia, Finland and beyond? Martin Algus (Writer), Toomas Ili (Head of TV Content Acquisitions, Elisa), Toomas Luhats (Head of Acquisitions and VOD, ERR), Moderator: Wendy Mitchell
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-14:45 FIRESIDE CHAT: Smart Music Licensing*
Music publishing and synch licensing expert Prof. Dr. Christian Baierle lays out the world of licensing, agreements and contractual contexts that are relevant for film and TV composers and film production music departments alike.
This session will explain the various licensing concepts for music in film and TV and will tell the audience what works, how to license smart and how to avoid risks and how to even gain back from licensing costs. There will be a strong emphasis on production music and its value for both composers and film production companies. Prof. Dr. Christian Baierle (CEO of ROBA Music Publishing) Moderator: Michael Paert
14:45-15:30 CASE STUDY: Jussi Jaakonaho – Tolerance of “music nationality” within Film and TV scoring*
With a vast range of visual styles and cultures within the film industry, the understanding of “nationality” within a film score often results in a generic approach. Finish composer Jussi Jaakonaho explores this nuanced thought process – often overlooked, and discusses how much local flavour a film score can tolerate. Moderator Michael Paert.
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-16:30 FIRESIDE CHAT WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
How has this leading channel evolved since its beginnings and what does the future hold? How do National Geographic executives see the future of non-scripted factual series and science programmes? Sille Ruus (Marketing and PR manager for Baltics, Fox International Channels) Moderator: Kathleen McInnis
16:30-17:00 KEYNOTE: TRENDS IN DRAMA FINANCING AND CO-PRODUCTIONS
A look at how European and international TV series are being financed in 2019 and beyond, and why co-productions are essential. How is the rise of the platforms impacting TV financing and production? Marike Muselaers (Co-CEO; Lumier) Moderator: Wendy Mitchell
*In collaboration with Music Meets Film
09:30-10:00 PRESENTATION: THE BALTIC ADVANTAGE
A look at how shooting in the Baltics offers low cost and high efficiencies. The presentation about successful TV dramas from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will be followed by the launch of a new print publication about working in the Baltics. Ilmar Raag
10:00-11:00 PITCHING SESSION: Script Pool Tallinn finalists pitch their projects
Script pool jury: Benjamin Harris, Kamila Zlatušková, Dominic Schreiber
11:00-11:30 Coffee break & networking
11:30-12:00 FIRESIDE CHAT: ICELAND HEATS UP
The tiny nation of Iceland punches above its weight in the creative industries, and TV drama is the latest sector to see an international boom. Leading Icelandic producer and production services company Truenorth discusses the changes in local TV production and co-production and offers a case study of the first Icelandic Netflix Original series, The Valhalla Murders, which will launch in January. Kristinn Thordarson (Head of Production) Truenorth David Oskar Olafsson (Producer and Director) Moderator: Wendy Mitchell
12:00-12:45 CASE STUDY: CHERNOBYL
The groundbreaking HBO series Chernobyl has put Lithuania on the map in a new way. Lineta Miseikyte, the Lithuanian producer of the award-winning show, shares her experience and lessons learned from this international co-production. Lineta Miseikyte (producer, Baltic Film Services) Moderator: Kathleen McInnis
12:45-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:00 DISCUSSION: BRAVE NEW WORLD
With the TV landscape changing rapidly month by month, what do the experts predict will happen in the next five years? What place will linear TV have compared to the rise of the platforms? How will this distribution evolution affect finance and production? How long can this golden age of scripted drama last? Lily Sheroziya (Marketing Director of TV-3 and PREMIER Studios), Benjamin Harris (Writer and Producer), Girts Licis (Head of Strategy, K7 Media), Laura Kuulasma (Executive Producer for Original Programming, Elisa Corporation, Acquisitions Executive, Elisa Viihde) Moderator: Wendy Mitchell
15:00-16:00 DISCUSSION: EASTERN PROMISES: TRENDS FROM RUSSIA AND UKRAINE
This panel of experts examines how the market is evolving in Eastern Europe, looking at co-production opportunities, political sensitivities, and the performance of linear TV in comparison to other platforms. Lily Sheroziya (Marketing Director of TV-3 and PREMIER Studios), Evgeni Nikishov (General Producer of TV-3, Head of PREMIER Studios), Igor Mishin – Vice President of MTS Media , Maria Grechishnikova (VP, Sales, International Projects, Star Media) Moderator: Kathleen McInnis
16:00-16:15 Coffee break
16:15-17:00 CASE STUDY: CALL CENTER
An exclusive sneak peak at the TV3 and Premier Studios drama series Call Center. The creators talk about creating content specifically for the Russian VOD market. Natalya Merkulova (Writer and Director), Alexey Chupov (Writer and Director) Moderator: Katleen McInnis
17:00-17:30 CASE STUDY: THE FEED
This panel offers a sneak preview of the new Amazon Prime series The Feed, a London-set psychological thriller from The Walking Dead writer Channing Powell. Learn about how this production as set up with Studio Lambert, Liberty Global and All3Media. Laura White (Acquisitions Executive – Scripted, all3media international) Debra Bergg (Sales Manager, all3media international) Simon Lewis (Producer) Moderator: Kathleen McInnis