TV Beats Forum
TV Beats Forum powered by Elisa is the newest addition to the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event conference programme held during Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, reacting to the real demand of the industry as the series market is taking over from film and the demand for content by global streaming platforms is ever increasing. Local stories can travel everywhere as language barriers are no longer a problem and authenticity rules over generic and universal.
The Forum’s prime objective is to facilitate the entry of regional producers and service providers into the international series co-production industry. Already successful in the international co-production of films – resulting with a Foreign Language Oscar nomination – there is certainly the talent and capacity to do so.
TV Beats Forum is planned as an annual conference providing a comprehensive overview of industry trends and offering a range of masterclasses for local producers and screenwriters, whose work is of paramount importance to the whole industry’s success. We will also make available the best of local original formats by presenting a catalogue of the most successful works.
The primary target markets for collaboration are the Baltic Sea countries: Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Sweden, and Iceland, Norway and Ukraine. Inviting broadcasters, VOD platforms, producers, screenwriters, and other industry professionals, 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.
TV Beats Forum will take place on November 25 and 26, 2019. Over the two days, various discussion panels, keynote interviews, presentations and workshops, as well as crossmatching events with other Industry@Tallinn activities will take place.
Sneak peek of the programme’s themes as follows:
- K7 presenting a report on the latest global drama trends from the perspective of European producers — showcasing some of the hottest dramas from around Europe, identifying recent co-production and partnership models across the region, whilst exploring challenges and opportunities for the future of scripted
- thorough case studies on the HBO Chernobyl series as well a successful Finnish crime drama series All the Sins
- discussion panels on new trends from Russia and Ukraine
- international drama series script competition Script Pool finalists pitch their projects to selected audiences
- Icelandic drama series keynote
- Keynote interview on the Amazon series The Feed
- Premier Studios will showcase its new titles in Russia
- joint discussions with our Music Meets Film programme on creating soundtrack for drama series
The two-day event is 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
The panel focuses on the importance of a story over visual effects and explores the work of scriptwriters and directors of the series by focusing on the rights and obligations of both sides.
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.
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?
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-14:45 FIRESIDE CHAT: Production Music Licencing – 101*
West One Music Moderator: Michael Paert
14:45-15:45 CASE STUDY: Jussi Jaakonaho (All The Sins)*
Is there any difference between film and drama series music? “All the Sins” composer Juss Jaakonaho shares his experience.
15:45-16:15 Coffee break
16:15-17:00 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. Valery Fedorovich (producer), Evgeni Nikishov (TV3 & Premier Studios), Maria Grechishnikova (VP, Sales, International Projects, Star Media)
Moderator: Kathleen McInnis
17:00-17:30 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)
*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
10:00-11:20 PITCHING SESSION: Script Pool Tallinn finalists pitch their projects
11:20-12:00 Coffee break & networking
12:00-12:30 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
12:30-13:15 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
13:15-14:15 Lunch break
14:15-15:00 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?
15:00-15:30 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
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-17:00 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.
16:30-17:00 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. Stephen Driscoll (EVP EMEA & European Co-Productions, all3media international); Laura White (Acquisitions Executive – Scripted, all3media international) Debra Bergg (Sales Manager, all3media international) Moderator: Kathleen McInnis