Berlin: EFM Industry Debates Analyze Korean Outreach, Producer Strategies, Cross-Atlantic TV Series

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Berlin: EFM Industry Debates Analyze Korean Outreach, Producer Strategies, Cross-Atlantic TV Series

Now a fixture at Berlin’s European Film Market, its 10th Industry Debates will home in on Korea’s forceful industry outreach in South-East Asia and movie producer strategies in challenged international markets.

But in a sign of the paramount importance of TV production for many still jobbing film producers, two more panels analyze cutting-edge trends in high.-end TV production.

A third EFM Industry Debate takes on cross-Atlantic TV production against the background of a booming market high-end TV series.

Part of the Berlinale’s TV Drama Days, a fourth panel will see pay TV heads in Europe discuss creative and industry trends in international TV drama development.

The EFM Industry Panels run 4pm-5pm Feb. 13-15 at the Gropius Mirror Restaurant, just across from the Martin Gropius Bau.

Co-organized and moderated by Variety’s Asian editor Patrick Frater, Cross Border Currents: The Growing Influence of Korea on South East Asian Cinema, will pick up on one of the major industry builds in South-East Asia: Shifting balances of industry power as Korean firms acquire cinema chains in Indonesia, Vietnam, build plexes in Myanmar and China and establish production ventures throughout the region.

Sol Bondy (One Two Films), Natasha Dack (Tigerlily Films), Guneet Monga (Sikhya Entertainment) and Agnes Johansen (RVK Studios) figure among panelists at Produces as Entrepreneurs, a Feb. 14 panel moderated by Wendy Mitchell at Screen International/British Council. It analyzes sustainable business models, tactics and tips on how to keep small production ventures going.

Presented by Germany’s Film-und Medienstiftung NRW, and moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Roxborough, Cross-Atlantic Series Success: (Re)Making TV for Europe and the World, takes another bull by the horns.

Questions asked include: What does a show need to stand out? What are international broadcasters looking for and how can you make – or remake – a world-class series on a European budget? Answers will be delivered by Caroline Benjo (Haut et Court), Piv Bernth (Danish Broadcasting Corporation), Philipp Steffens (RTL), Bruce Tuchman (AMC/Sundance), among others.

Running 10 am-11:30 am on Monday Feb. 15, and presented by HBO Europe, Commissioning Strategies – the Trendsetters analyzes recent TV trends from broadcasters’ POV. A high-powered panel features Marcus Ammon (Sky Deutschland), Andrea Scrosati (Sky Italia), Antony Root (HBO Europe). They will showcase some upcoming projects and discuss how they underscore latest trends in storytelling, genre, production and distribution.

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