This afternooon’s activities

Lunch ends at 2.30pm, and the next panel runs until 3.30pm.

WRITERS RESPONSE I: Interventions on writers issues
• Chuck Slocum, associate executive director of the WGA West will outline the American deal following the strike
Robert Staats, managing director of VG Wort will examine the complex question of reciprocity and multi-territory licences
• Cécile Despringre, executive director of SAA, the new organisation of Audiovisual Authors’ collective management societies in Europe, will talk about European collective management societies’ collaboration to improve writers’ remuneration
• Maureen Parker, executive director of WGC will discuss the issue of collection from the writers perspective looking at how and what to collect? How can writers best arrange to collect what is paid to them?

The following panel will run from 3.30pm – 4.30pm.

WRITERS RESPONSE II: What are the key issues for writers?
What are the key issues for writers in the context of the scenarios outlined over the last day and an half? How can writers enhance their status worldwide?
• Lowell Peterson, executive director of WGA East (chair)
• Tim Pye, president of the AWG
• Bernie Corbett, general secretary of the WGGB
• Peter Henning, board member of the VDD
• Daniele Cesarano, president of SACT
• Olivier Lorelle, president of UGS
• Marcilio Moraes, president of the Screenwriters Association of Brazil
• Leora Kamenetzky, chair of the Scriptwriters Guild of Israel

A coffee break will last until 5pm, and the final session will last until 5.30pm.

Closing session: GLOBAL RESPONSE
• Christina Kallas, president of the FSE
• Michael Winship, chair of IAWG/President of WGA East


Participant profile: Lars Boom

We leave Greece temporarily to travel to the Netherlands to meet Lars Boom.

Lars Boom

Lars Boom

Lars Boom has been writing since 1990 for television, film and theatre.

In theatre he has written musical plays like the award-winning In the shadow of Brel (about Jacques Brel through the eyes of his driver and friend Jojo) and two libretti for opera: Van Gilse and Slauerhoff, the Dutch poet.

Lars has also written about 100 episodes for comedy serials such as: Zeg ‘ns Aaa, Oppassen, Victorie, Sam Sam, Flodder, Bradaz and Sprint; drama and police serials Westenwind, DOK 12 en Baantjer; and a variety of drama formats for companies like Eyeworks and Endemol.

His feature film screenplays include Frans, a man with mental damage who runs away with his favourite pig because of the swine flu, and Rikshawboy, a romantic comedy about a Rikshawboy from India who becomes a cyclist in The Netherlands.

This morning’s agenda

The bus will leave at 9am in front of the Titania hotel.

The first session will take place from 9.30am – 10.45am

CONGLOMERATES AND OTHER PLAYERS I: Role of the multinational conglomerates in the digital future
Will the multinational conglomerates continue to dominate production and distribution worldwide or will the telecoms, ISPs etc. step in in the digital world? Will smaller companies have any real opportunities in the context of lower production costs and lower costs to enter online distribution? Will independent producers, sales agents, distributors, broadcasters and other players change their behaviour in response?
• David Kavanagh, FSE board member (chair)
• Cameron McCracken, deputy managing director of Pathe
• Frederik Stege, head of legal affairs of TrustNordisk
• Chuck Slocum, assistant executive director of WGA West

Immediately afterward, from 10.45am – 11.30am:


• Jacqueline Woodman, executive director of the AWG will consider whether the aspirations of the multinational conglomerates can be understood through an examination of trade agreements particularly bilateral agreements.
• Dr. Eva Inés Obergfell, professor of law at the RWTH Aachen University will address the issue of how consumers will pay for product – the German Green proposal for a flat rate for culture and other models.

The coffee break is from 11.30am to noon.

Followed by the next panel from noon to 1.30pm:

SECOND DEBATE: Has the independent production model failed?
Has the Independent Producers System Failed and What Are the Alternatives? Development i.e. Notes and Moral Rights – How Do we develop and does it ensure Original Writing?
• Gino Ventriglia, FSE board member (chair)
• Milcho Manchevski, writer/director, Razvan Radulescu, writer, Peter Mohan, writer/producer, Jan Sardi, writer, Stefano Rulli/Nicola Lusuardi, writers, Robin Swicord, writer, Larry Karaszewski, writer

Lunch will take place from 1.30pm – 2.30pm.

Acropolis photos

Sandwiched between old and newI’ve added some photographs to the Conference’s Event page on Facebook, and I’ve also created a Picasa Album with some of my images.

The low light comined with my average camera meant that they are good for viewing on the web only.I spotted a number of fancy gadgets among the conference members so I’m sure many of you took better quality images.

Feel free to upload your favourite pictures to Facebook. If you wish to add pictures to the Picasa Album, and have a Google account, then drop me an email to wcosblog [at] and I’ll enable sharing on the album.

Or send the images to me at that email address and I’ll add it to the blog myself – make sure you let me know what attribution you would like.

I like this picture because of the juxaposition of the old Athens city under the shiny New Acropolis Museum, with screenwriters as a conduit in between.

Tomorrow morning’s schedule

Tomorrow the bus leaves the Titania Hotel at 8.45am for the conference venue.

The first session will begin at 9.30am and run until 10.30am

Opening session: GLOBAL CHALLENGE
Welcoming speeches and opening of the conference
• Representatives of the Greek Government and Government Agencies
• Michael Winship, chair of IAWG/president of WGA East
• Christina Kallas, president of the FSE

The next panel will run from 10.30am – 11.30am

PRODUCTION I: Global trends in production
An assessment of global trends in production for cinema and television – volume of production, budgets, how the production will be funded and how (and when) this will change in the digital age.
• Sven Baldvinnson, vice president of the FSE (chair)
• Michael Gubbins, film industry analyst and former Screen International editor
• Caterina d’Amico, CEO of RAI Cinema
• Jonathan Davis, coordinator of the EFAD
• David N. Weiss, writer

There will be a break for coffee from 11.30am  – noon.

The last session before lunch will run from noon until 1.30pm.

PRODUCTION II: Interventions on production related issues
•Yomi Ayeni, creative lead of Expanding Universe will discuss writing and producing for the net: new formats, new dramaturgies, new procedures.
•Kelly Sweeney, head of original productions at Bebo will address new decision making for production and the building of new audiences.
•Alison Taylor & Peter Mohan, writers, will address the role and form of drama for television considering such questions as: will reality continue to be important; will the pilot season model in the US continue; will seasons of half hour or one hour drama continue to be the structure and the reality and future of the “created by” (showrunner) model.

Lunch will occur from 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Participant profile: Francesco Ranieri Martinotti

On the eve of the conference it’s time to meet Italian film director Francesco Ranieri Martinotti.

Francesco Ranieri Martinotti

Francesco Ranieri Martinotti

Francesco is a film director, an independent producer and recently the director of Festivals such as France Odeon in Florence.

He started in the industry in the ‘90s and with his production company Iterfilm, and its films quickly won several awards, such as two David di Donatello, a Nastro d’Argento, the Prix du Jury at Montreal and the Prix du Publique at the Annecy Festival. His first feature film Abissinia (1993) also participated at the Cannes Film Festival and at the Sundance Film Festival.

His other films include Downdelions (1990), Artichokes will grow in Mimongo as writer and co-director with Fulvio Ottaviano (1997), Gills (1999), Ti lascio perché ti amo troppo (2007), and La seconda volta non si scorda mai (2008)

He is an active member of A.N.A.C. (Italian Author’s Guild) and co-founder of Venice Days, the new section of the Venice Film Festival.

Participant profile: Marcílio Moraes

We’re just in time to meet with Brazilian writer Marcílio Moraes.

Marcilio Moraes

Marcilio Moraes

Marcílio was born in Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and writes short stories, novels and screenplays for television.

He has written for famous Brazilian soap operas (known as telenovels) like Roque Santeiro, Noivas de Copabacana, Mandala, and Roda de Fogo among others.

Recently he has written for the television series Vidas Opostas (2006 – 2007) and the sixteen-episode crime drama Lei e o Crime (2009).

He is also the President of the Associação dos Roteiristas (Screen Writers Guild).