Helen Mirren set for BritWeek

Actress to cap summit with chat

A chat with Helen Mirren will cap the film and television summit part of BritWeek, set for April 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The media summit kicks off with a keynote conversation with producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ashok Amritraj, moderated by Variety president Neil Stiles.

Co-productions and formats will be explored at the television drama panel, while the non-scripted TV panel will discuss cultural differences in making shows such as “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Biggest Loser” for different countries.

Film panels will cover independent film in both territories, digital distribution, and cross-cultural do’s and don’ts in pitching projects. A presentation on U.K. film production incentives is also on the sked.

Speakers at the summit, which is organized in association with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles, will include Dick Wolf, Basil Iwanyk, producer of “Clash of the Titans,” IM Global CEO Stuart Ford, director Taylor Hackford, Dick Clark Prods. president Orly Adelson, BBC exec VP of programming Jane Tranter and CAA’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones.

This year’s BritWeek program runs from April 17 to mid-May, showcasing British music, film, food, fashion and sports with events including Peter Gabriel and Jeff Beck in concert, a Ricky Gervais performance and a screening of “A Shine of Rainbows.” On April 22, a gala dinner will honor Richard Branson, benefitting Save the Children and Virgin Unite.

For the first time, BritWeek will also program events in San Francisco.

For details on BritWeek’s film and TV summit, visit Britweek.org/film.

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