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BossaNova reveals details of second Development Day event

UK-based content and distribution company BossaNova has announced details of its second Development Day event, which will be held on January 11-12 with an open call to indie prodcos who ...
December 9, 2021

UK-based content and distribution company BossaNova has announced details of its second Development Day event, which will be held on January 11-12 with an open call to indie prodcos who would like to be considered for participation.

The goal of the event is to offer indies a platform to pitch their ideas to key buyers with an eye towards securing the pre-sales needed to fund those projects, while also giving buyers early access to new ideas from factual producers.

The two-day hybrid pitching event set for 2022 will be made up of two strands, combining in-person and virtual pitches and buyer participation as well as accommodating a dedicated true crime strand to sit in parallel with the wider genre of factual pitches.

The live part of the event will take place in a screening suite based in Soho where interactive voting will be used to collect data from buyers and provide the ground for greenlighting projects based on the strength of the editorial and its international potential. Each day will see select pitches from indies presented to global factual buyers and commissioners.

The Development Day concept was created by BossaNova founder Paul Heaney, who pioneered the idea at TCB Media Rights to bring together buyers and sellers and fast-track stand-out projects. The hybrid version for 2022 was conceived by BossaNova marketing head Jasmin Joseph (pictured left) and Olivia Morgan (pictured right), who was recently named BossaNova’s first acquisitions and coproduction executive.

“Our Development Day is the backbone for our upcoming slate of projects we will be championing next year,” said Morgan in a news release. “We’re aiming to bridge the commissioning gap by putting the right projects in front of key factual buyers, and — using the responses gathered to provide us with clear data for investment criteria — create a slate based on this forensic data. After all, producers just want to produce great TV, and our aim with the Development Days is to streamline the often-bumpy road to a greenlight. With the explosion in interest in true crime, we wanted to concentrate the efforts of our producers and buyers and so we have a day focused purely on the genre to address the growing demand.”

The first Development Day took place this past January and connected 55 buyers with 29 producers pitching 77 new projects, with 20% of those projects now in production or advanced funded development. Among them are the recently announced Hidden Histories of WW2 from UK regional producer Bright Button and Secrets of the Lost Liners from Canterbury-based indie Content Kings, both of which were included in BossaNova’s latest factual slate.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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