Commissioners from UK networks including the BBC, ITV and Sky will converge at the inaugural Realscreen London in October, where they will join a host of U.S. counterparts in offering insights on their respective markets.
The British commissioners secured for the event thus far include Richard Klein (pictured above), director of factual for ITV; Martin Davidson, head of history and business commissioning for the BBC; and Siobhan Mulholland, commissioning editor of factual and features for Sky Entertainment.
Other UK execs set to attend include Heather Jones, VP of programming for A+E Networks UK; and Catherine Catton, senior commissioning editor of factual and features for UKTV.
The group will be available at sessions such as luncheon roundtables, which – much like their corresponding events at the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West – will provide opportunities to connect British and international producers, as well as global buyers and distributors.
Meanwhile, some of the U.S. commissioners attending the two-day event include Bill Gardner, VP of programming and development for PBS; Mary Ellen Iwata, VP of program development for The Weather Channel; and Christian Barcellos, exec VP of unscripted entertainment (global) for Fox International Channels.
Realscreen London will offer brand staples such as “30 Minutes With…” and speed pitching, in addition to the Talpa Open Pitch competition - which offers the winning pitch contestant up to £25,000 (US$41,900) in development funding – and panels such as “Taking the Plunge, Crossing the Pond” and “The Cold Hard Truth: Busting Myths about the U.S. and UK Markets.”
Closing the event will be a keynote conversation with Leftfield Entertainment CEO Brent Montgomery, who – in an interview with Arrow Media creative director John Smithson – will discuss the strategy and creative inspiration behind the growth of the company and his future aspirations.