Executive Producer & Head of Co-Productions, Scripted. Keshet UK
The Israeli production company Keshet have produced successful shows like Prisoners of War (remade into Homeland by Showtime) and last year opened the doors to its London offices, where Johnson joined as responsible for the scripted slate. She has worked in British TV drama production for 20 years, and prior to joining Keshet UK held roles at NBC, the BBC, was the Head of Development at La Plante Productions and the Head of Drama & Comedy for Sky.
In her keynote, Johnson will give us an insight into the remake and branding process of Prisoners of War.
Screenwriter and author
Hedaya is a novelist and screenwriter who wrote the character of Na’ama for the successful and acclaimed Israeli TV drama series BeTipul (remade as In Treatment by HBO). She teaches screenwriting and is head of the Screenwriting program in the film school at Sapir College in the south of Israel and has written five novels.
In her session, we will put Hedaya on the therapy couch and have her take us into the writing process of the ground-breaking format BeTipul, tell us how they developed their ideas from inception as well as give us an understanding of what impact the series has had on the local society.
Sara Johnsson and Yael Hedaya are supported by SVT and presented in collaboration with MediaXchange
Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson
Managing director of RVK Studios
Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson is a prolific producer with more than 20 years of experience of producing movies, documentaries, non-scripted, comedy and drama TV-series for various distributors around the world, including BBC, ARTE, CANAL+ and National Geographic Channel. RVK Studios, set up by internationally acclaimed Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakúr (101 Reykjavik), the 2014 recipient of Göteborg Film Festival´s newly constituted Nordic Honorary Award, has several upcoming projects on their slate, amongst them the thriller series Trapped and First Degree.
In his session, Sigurdsson will show us exclusive clips of RVK Studios upcoming projects, inform us of the challenges and advantages of producing TV drama in Iceland and tell us about the trends in content and production within the production landscape of Icelandic TV drama.
Presented in collaboration with Creative Europe Desk MEDIA, The Erich Pommer Institute and MediaXchange.