SPA confirms 2015 Screen Forever UK delegation

06 October, 2015 by Brian Karlovsky

Screen Producers Australia has confirmed its official UK delegation for the Screen Forever 2015 International Partnership Market.

The delegation will be led by PACT (Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television) and will feature 10 key British production companies.


The delegation will include Commercial Director, ZigZag Productions, Matthew Graff; Head of Acquisitions, All3 Media International, Maartje Horchner ; Senior Sales & Acquisitions, Argonon International, Bea Tammer; Creative Director, Humble Bee Films, Stephen Dunleavy ; MD & Creative Director, Free@Last TV, Barry Ryan ; CEO, Keo Films, Deborah Manners; First Look TV, Will Hanrahan, Director Of International Development at PACT, Dawn Mccarthy-Simpson, and representatives from Popkorn and Duchess St Productions.

Screen Producers Australia CEO Matthew Deaner said the participation in 2015 of the UK delegation, led by PACT, reflects the significant work SPA has done to connect and build creative and commercial partnerships for Australian producers with international markets.

PACT Chief Executive, John McVay,  said the contemporary need to co-produce with natural partners like Australia had never been more apparent. 

"The opportunities that it provides in terms of innovation and job creation in both screen industries are invaluable,” he said.

Production companies include ZigZag Productions, which was formed in 1999 by Danny Fenton and Kevin Utton.

It is an independent UK television production company and has produced over 600 hours of non-scripted programming for international markets including BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Five, TLC, MTV, FOX, Discovery and more. 

Keo Films has 45 full-time members of staff across four UK offices. It has produced over 350 hours of programming since 1996 for the BBC, Channel 4, Foxtel and more. 

Keo Films has won 4 BAFTAS, an International Emmy and an Oscar nomination.

Humble Bee was set up in 2009 by Stephen Dunleavy. 

It is a Bristol-based independent production company that produces factual television focusing on nature, science and history for a range of broadcasters in the UK and internationally. 

Duchess Street, which was ecently launched by London’s Bob & Co,  develops and produces high-end television original drama and adaptions with commercial and global scope.

Members of the UK delegation will also be involved in a session entitled UK Grand Panel Factual Session.

This will focus on doing business with UK producers, finding partners and an overview of the production landscape. 

The market will also include representatives from Canada, China, South Africa and the USA.

Latest international sales agents, distributors, financiers, commissioners and producers participants announced include Agnes Augustin , President & CEO, Shaw Rocket Fund;  Steven DeNure, President & COO, DHX Media;  Kylie Munnich , Director of Drama & Comedy, Sky Vision;  Peter Pas, Senior Sales Manager, Sky Vision; Jon Kuyper , independent film producer, and Jenny Zhang, Founder and CEO, Totem Pictures. 

They join previously announced participants including Paddy Murphy, Development Executive, Material; Adrian Ward, Division Manager, Pacific Mercantile Bank; Natalie Chaidez, Executive Producer/Showrunner, Matchbox UCP Productions;  Holly Hines (SVP, Dynamic Television;  Josh Black, CEO – APAC Content Division, GroupM;  Simon Maxwell, Head of International Drama, Channel 4; Babacar Diene, Vice President, Acquisitions & Development, Voltage Pictures;  Matthew Bires, Chief Operating Officer, A24,  and Emily Gotto, Acquisitions Executive, Protagonist Pictures. 

Screen Forever will be held from November 17-19 at the Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne.

Applications for Australian producers to take part in the IPM have been extended to October 6.