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


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.

This afternoon’s session

After lunch, the first discussion will kick off at 2.30pm, and end at 3.30pm.

FIRST DEBATE: Working with directors
(the first of two debates on issues of particular interest to writers)
Whose film is it anyway and what does it matter?
• Stanislav Semerdjiev, FSE board member (chair)
• Srdjan Koljevic, Peter Hedges, Scott Alexander, Guillaume Laurant, Guy Hibbert, Sergio Sanchez, Mateo Gil, Olivia Hetreed, writers

The following discussion will run from 3.30pm – 4.15pm

DISTRIBUTION I: New distribution methods and the implications for writers
Digitisation and the net have changed distribution of content. What are the implications of the changed distribution structures for production in general and how does this impact writers?
• Rebecca Schechter, president of the WGC (chair)
• Arvind David, producer and CEO of Slingshot Studios
• Lucinda Engelhart, head of production at Aramid Capital
• Julian Friedmann, agent
• Fred Breinersdorfer, writer

There will be a coffee break from 4.15pm – 4.45pm.

The last dicussion of the day will take place from 4.45pm – 5.30m.

DISTRIBUTION II: Interventions on distribution issues
• Anita Ondine, founder of Seize the Media, will make a presentation on the different possible models for monetisation of the internet. Will it be advertising supported, streaming, subscription?
• Tilman Scheel, CEO of Europe’s Finest will look at the digital future of cinema and TV distribution.

There are no other events planned for the day.

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: David Kavanagh

We’re in Ireland for a late, last swift one with David Kavanagh.

David Kavanagh

David Kavanagh

David Kavanagh is the Executive Officer of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild.

He has been Film Officer of the Irish Arts Council, Chief Executive of the Irish Film Institute, and General Secretary of the European Script Fund.

David is also a board member of the Light House Cinema Exhibition and Distribution Company. He is a board member of the Federation of Scriptwriters in Europe and a member of the Policy Review Group of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds.

He is a member of the Irish Film and Television Academy and the European Film Academy.

Final agenda for the conference online

The final Agenda for the World Conference of Screenwriters has been released.

It includes the programme of discussions, and the speakers assigned to them.

You can read the Agenda on our site, download it, or download and/or embed it into your blogs from Scribd or .docstoc.

Participant profile: Jonathan Davis

We arrive in Germany to meet film consultant and advisor Jonathan Davis.

Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis

Jonathan was born in London in 1957. At university he decided that film history was more interesting to him than art history because, with film, the technological and economic process was much clearer than it was for painting or even architecture. Accordingly, on completing his art history degree at the University of Bristol in England, he left for New York University to do his masters in film history and theory.

Jonathan worked on a number of features and then went to Columbia Pictures. In 2002, he was hired as Director of Marketing at another new distributor, Teleculture and spent much of the next two years getting ready the theatrical release of Berlin Alexanderplatz. Then he returned to London and began a career devoted to film and television policy.

Since 2002 he has been an advisor to the UK Film Council, working on European audiovisual policy and co-coordinating the European Film Agency Directors network, an informal organisation that brings together the heads of the national film funds from around Europe.

Since May 2009, he has been working as an advisor to the Polish film industry.