Screen South FREE Event – Finance & Development, Maidstone Studios, 26th October

The Development and Finance jigsaw discussed and explained!

Screen South in association with Skillset, North Sea Screen Partnership, BFI, and Maidstone Studios presents an afternoon panel session of the truths, myths and realities of what ‘Development Hell’ (including the Finance jigsaw) is really all about! This is event is FREE but has a limited audience capacity so please book immediately!

This session is aimed at Producers, Directors and Writers who are serious about  further professional progression for themselves and their projects within the film industry.

What does it mean when they talk about development – What’s actually included in that? How and when does finance fit in? How do you know when the project is ready to go to market, who and where is the market? Where do I start, who do I need to help me? How do I know the value of what I have?  You all know that this list of questions goes on and on &hellip This session is designed to answer these and many other questions!

Date: Wednesday 26th October 2011
Time: 2pm – 5.30pm (followed by networking drinks)
Location:  Maidstone Studios ( Map ) Parking available on site.

Limited spaces please book immediately:

Register here

Jo Nolan (CEO of Screen South) will be moderator.

Current panellists include:

Pippa Cross  - Producer
Previous experience includes: Head of Feature Film Development Granada Media, Manager of Factual Programmes and a member of the senior management group, TVS Television, Drama Manager, Features Manager, Granada Television
Films Include:  Chalet Girl (currently no1 on ITunes), Bloody Sunday (1 BAFTA 4 nominations Berlin Golden Bear, 2 BIFA’s 3 nominations Sundance Audience award plus many other awards), Shooting Dogs (BAFTA and BIFA nominee), My Left Foot (2 Oscars, 3 nominations, 2 BAFTAs 3 nominations),The Field, Jack and Sarah, Girls’ Night Out, Rogue Trader, Longitude (TV), The House of Mirth, Ghost World, The Hole, Heartless.

Jane Wright  - Producer
Jane Wright has almost 30 years experience in the feature film business, spanning distribution, production and financing. Much of that time has been spent at the BBC where she was Managing Director of BBC Films, Vice President of Co-Productions & Sales for BBC Worldwide Americas. BBC Films as Head of Business Development I for BBC Films specialising in raising co-production finance.  Seconded to International film distributor The Sales Company as interim C.E.O.  During this period she commissioned Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham and sold Danis Tanovic’s No Man’s Land which went on to win the Academy Award Best Foreign Film. West Is West, the sequel to East Is East, Scott Hicks’s The Boys Are Back and Stephen Poliakoff’sGlorious 39. She developed a strong reputation for her work with independent producers in helping them to create and execute finance strategies for their films and in securing third party financing and distribution. Accordingly, she was honoured with a Women In Film Award in 2007 for being an “Unsung Hero”.

Nicki Parfitt, – Partner Lee and Thompson (Media Law company)
Previous experience: Head of Legal and Business Affairs for Pearson Television Productions in continental Europe and Latin America. There Nicki developed expertise in setting up and managing long running drama serials and game shows in a number of different countries, including Scandinavia, Italy and Spain. Head of Legal and Business affairs for Portman Entertainment Group established itself as a prominent packager, executive producer and sales agent of international feature films and television drama programming and enabled the financing, production and distribution of high profile UK and international productions and co-productions, including the feature films Saving Grace and Bloody Sunday.