Screen Skills Ireland Announce Further Details For Co-Pro Lab – Connect/Create/Produce

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Screen Skills Ireland is delighted to announce the speakers for the upcoming Co-Pro Lab Conference, run in partnership with Screen Skillnet.

Co-Pro Lab is day-long exploration of successful co-production structures, which aims to equip producers with knowledge and insight through a mixture of panels and case studies covering film, TV, and animation. The lab will focus on both Creative Co-productions and Service Co-productions. The day will also feature a panel of international funding bodies advising on accessing partners and funding in their territories. The event includes a networking lunch and will conclude with networking drinks.

9.30 – Registration

10.00 – Welcome and Introductions

10.15 – Creative Co-production Panel

Susan Mullen (Producer, Parallel Films)

Susan Mullen joined Parallel Films, based in Dublin and London, in 1997 and since that time has worked on the wide-ranging Parallel slate of feature films, television series and mini-series. Susan was co-producer on the feature film Brooklyn, a producer on Canadian-Irish feature Maudie, and  is currently in post-production on the Canadian-Irish co-production My Salinger Year.

Jacqueline Kerrin (Producer, Ripple World)

Jacqueline Kerrin is co-founder and co-managing director of Ripple World Pictures. Ripple produces features and TV Drama in a variety of genres. Recent productions include 10 x 1 hour Nordic crime TV drama series WISTING starring Carrie- Anne Moss and Sven Nordin; Ivan Kavanagh’s western Never Grown Old starring Emile Hirsch and John Cusack, Alexandra McGuinness’ New Mexico set thriller She’s Missing starring Lucy Fry, Eiza Gonzalez and Josh Hartnett; and Colin McIvor’s Belfast-set wartime family adventure Zoo with Art Parkinson, Penelope Wilton and Toby Jones

John Keville (Producer, Savage Productions)

John Keville is an award-winning Producer. John’s most recent feature The Hold In The Ground, Lee Cronin’s debut horror film, featuring Seana Kerslake (A Date For Mad Mary), James Cosmo (Games Of Thrones) and Kati Outinen (Le Havre) was premiered at the Midnight Section of SUNDANCE 2019. It was picked up for North America by A24 Distribution and was released on March 1st  2019 in USA, UK and Ireland. Currently on his slate, there is a varied selection of Film & TV.

Alan Maher (Producer, Cowtown Pictures)

Alan Maher runs Cowton Pictures, a film and television production company, with John Wallce. Cowtown Pictures’ feature film Riatlo, written by Mark O’Halloran and directed by Peter Mackie Burns, premiered in the Orizzonti Competition of the Venice Film Festival in September 2019 and will be released internationally in 2020. Alan’s other recent productions include: Tom Burke’s feature documentary Losing Alaska; Pat Collins’ feature film Song of Granite E; Maya Zinshtein’s Emmy Award winning feature documentary Forever Pure; and Anthony Wonke’s Being AP.

11.15 – Creative Co-production Case Study – ‘The Racer’  

Yvonne Donohoe (Producer, Blinder Films)

Since joining Blinder Films in June 2012, Yvonne Donohoe has worked across the development and production of Blinder’s extensive and award winning feature film, documentary and television slate. She is currently in post-production on The Racer a feature film directed by Kieron J. Walsh starring Louis Talpe, Matteo Simoni and Iain Glen, and Boys From County Hell, from writer/director Chris Baugh.

Robin Kerremans (Head of International Co-productions, Caviar)

Over the last 10 years, Robin Kerremans has worked as a business lawyer and legal affairs manager, advising and helping businesses in various fields, such as international film production, financing and distribution, online video production, marketing, and more. Robin joined Caviar in 2016. Among his most recent projects are The Street Party, The Forgotten Battle, and The Racer.

Jesus Gonzalez Elvira (Producer, Calach Films)

In 20 years, Jesus Gonzalez-Elvira has (co)produced more than 50 films. Since 2012, he focused on co-productions (Mammal, Dreamland, The Racer), films from Luxembourgish directors (Toy Gun, Skin Walker), short movies (The Heat Wave, Traces, Faleminderit), documentaries (River Tales, Sperm Whales) and TV series (routwäissgro, Zëmmer ze verlounen, Move).

Kieron J. Walsh (Director, The Racer)

Kieron J. Walsh has directed projects for the BBC, Working Title, Channel 4, ITV and RTÉ including the hit series The Young Person’s Guide To Becoming A Rockstar which won the RTS award for Best Series. In 2006 he founded Bl!nder Films where he co-conceived and directed The Savage Eye, a comedy sketch show for RTÉ starring David McSavage. In 2012, Kieron directed the feature film Jump which had its international premiere at TIFF and its US premiere at the Palm Springs Film Festival in January 2013 where it won the Cinema Without Borders award. In 2013 he directed The Psychopath Next Door for Sky starring Anna Friel and in 2015 Rapt, a pilot for a futuristic thriller drama series for RTÉ and the Irish Film Board. The show won the Raindance Critic’s Choice Award in London. Recent projects Kieron has directed are a Black and White comedy, My Life for Ireland, James Joyce: A Shout in the Street and a six part series, Finding Joy for RTE.

11.45 – Coffee Break

12.00 – TV Co-production Case Study – ‘Blood’  

Bill Malone ( Director of Content, Virgin Media Television)

Jonathan Fisher (Executive Producer, All3Media)

Ingrid Goodwin (Producer)

12.30 – Service Co-production Panel 

Aoife O’Sullivan (Producer, Subotica)

Aoife O’Sullivan is an award winning film-maker working in the film industry for the past twenty years. Aoife joined Subotica in 2000 and has since produced and co-produced numerous international feature films and television dramas. Recent productions include Young Ones (Jake Paltrow, 2014) with Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and Michael Shannon, Michael Inside (Frank Berry, 2017), Terminal (Vaughn Stein, 2018) starring Margot Robbie and Mike Myers and The Other Lamb (Malgorzata Szumowska, 2019) with Michiel Huisman and Raffey Cassidy.

Julie Ryan (Producer, MK Productions) 

Julie Ryan is the Managing Director of MK1 Studios. She has produced film and TV in Ireland, Los Angeles and Vancouver. MK1 recent produced Christmas Perfection (Hulu/Lifetime) with A Bend In The River, There You’ll Find Me and I Never Cry releasing in 2020. Julie previously produced The Young Offenders movie which played in cinemas for 24 weeks and was then released on Netflix in over 180 countries. MK1 specialises in TV Drama and feature film production internationally and homegrown.

Catherine Tiernan (Producer, Metropolitan Films)

Catherine Tiernan has been working with James Flynn at Metropolitan Films since April 2016.  From 2011 to 2016 she was Business Affairs Executive with Screen Producers Ireland.  She was Co-Producer of the film ‘Inside I’m Dancing’ starring James McEvoy, directed by Damien O’Donnell and oversaw the development of the Oscar® nominated short ‘The Door’ and the feature film ‘As If I Am Not There’ by writer-director Juanita Wilson. Between 1989 and 2002 she ran her own production company Ocean Films and produced the feature film ‘The Fifth Province’ starring Brían F. O’Byrne, the famine set TV drama ‘Poorhouse’ written by Michael Harding, five prime-time documentary series and eight one-off creative documentaries on a broad range of issues for broadcasters including Channel 4, RTÉ and TG4.

13.30 – Lunch 

14.30 – Animation Co-production Panel

Paul Young (Co-founder and Producer, Cartoon Saloon)

Paul Young is a co-founder of Cartoon Saloon, an IFTA winner and Oscar, Emmy and Bafta nominee. He produced the animated features, The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea & The Breadwinner. Paul also produced two seasons of Puffin Rock, an original TV series which has been dubbed into over 25 languages and was nominated for an International Emmy.

Alix Wiseman (Senior Vice President Distribution & Acquisitions, 9 Story Media Group)

Alix Wiseman is responsible for heading up 9 Story’s sales operations and sourcing third party content from across the globe. Her remit also includes securing financing for 9 Story’s new IP’s and working closely with the development team to shape them for the international market.

Andrew Kavanagh (Producer, Kavaleer Productions)

Andrew Kavanagh is a multi-award-winning writer-director, producer and show-creator. His children’s TV shows can be seen in 23 languages in 140 countries worldwide and are watched every day by thousands of children. His short films have won awards on three continents and have screened at hundreds of festivals. The company he founded, Kavaleer, is in its eighteenth year of business and produces content for BBC, Netflix, Nickelodeon and dozens of other terrestrial and cable broadcasters.

15.30 – Co-production Deal Structures & Contracts Panel  

Mark Byrne (Group Head of Business Affairs, Element Pictures)

Mark Byrne has been Head of Business Affairs at Element Pictures since 2012. Element’s recent productions include Yorgos Lanthimos’ Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning The Favourite and Lenny Abrahamson’s Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning Room. Mark is also a member of the European Film Academy.

16.15 – Coffee Break

16.30 – International Funders Panel

Edith Sepp (Director, Estonian Film Institute)

Edith Sepp has been the CEO of the Estonian Film Institute since 2013. In 2010, she became a film adviser to the Estonian Minister of Culture and lead the creation of the Estonian Film Institute’s 2013-2020 strategy. Today she is in charge of the Estonian film industry strategy until 2030. She has been a member of EFADs’ board since 2014, has chaired the EFADs Think-Tank since 2015 and became vice-president of EFADs in 2018.

Prem Gill (CEO, Creative BC)

Prem Gill is CEO of Creative BC. The agency is designated by the Province of British Columbia to focus on uniting, sustaining and growing British Columbia’s creative sector including motion picture, music and sound recording, interactive and digital media, and magazine and book publishing. Prem has been named one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women, Vancouver Magazine’s “Power 50” and received the Community Catalyst award from the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

Guy Daleiden (Managing Director, Film Fund Luxembourg)

Guy Daleiden started his professional career as a civil servant in 1990 when he joined the Prime Minister’s office, and has been managing director of Film Fund Luxembourg since 1999. He is member of the EFAD (European Film Agency Directors Association) and sits on the Boards of the Luxembourg Film Academy, EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) and Luxembourg City Film Festival

Agnieszka Moody (Director, Creative Desk Europe UK at The BFI)

Agnieszka Moody is the Director of Creative Europe Desk UK, a promotion and information office of the European Union’s funding programme Creative Europe, led in the UK by the British Film Institute and British Council.  Previously the Director of MEDIA Desk UK, Agnieszka has helped hundreds of British companies secure funding for their projects from the EU and also organised a range of industry events and conferences promoting co-production and wider international cooperation.

17.30 – Networking Drinks