Is releasing your web series free on an online video platform the only option available to creators? Are there other options? In this panel we will cover other ways beyond the web that creators can not only gain new audiences but potentially make money through licensing of their series.
Moderated by: Jesse Whittock (Television Business International)
With: Mark Benmore (Content Media Group); Alex Feldman (Pixiu); Ben Grass (Pure Grass Films); TBC
Based in London, Mark is responsible for digital sales of Content Media’s TV and feature film portfolio for major international subscription and ad funded VOD platforms as well as overseeing the UK and international new release TVOD/EST business. Mark’s role also encompasses VOD, television and feature sales in Italy, Central and Eastern Europe, including Russia, CIS and Turkey. He also leads exciting and original new content initiatives as part of the continued growth of Content Media, expanding the company’s portfolio through development and acquisitions in genres such as live sport. Mark has a wealth of valuable experience in digital distribution, having previously co-founded digital media business MoMedia; managing global distribution of content across multiple platforms. Prior to this, Mark was Head of Digital Media at advertising and marketing consultancy Liquid Communications and Co-Founder and Director of innovative viral marketing agency Vitamin E Media.
Having produced countless specialist music shows and documentaries for the BBC, Alex set up Pixiu, an agency leading the field in the production of podcasting and audio for online. Alex has been responsible for the audio offerings of the UK’s major broadcasters including Channel 4 and UKTV and currently produces a wide range of award winning content, including literary programming for British Airways, comedy for Dave and news for Channel 4.
Ben Grass is CEO of Pure Grass Films, a production company partly owned by Christophe Charlier, Chairman of the Brooklyn Nets NBA Basketball team. Pure Grass Films are currently developing and producing television series with partners including Tim Kring (Heroes), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious), James Manos (Dexter) and Stephen Hawking (A Brief History of Time). Select Pure Grass Films production credits include Kirill, which was nominated for a Digital Emmy, and Beyond the Rave, starring Jamie Dornan. Ben previously headed Sony Pictures Digital Division in Europe and prior to that was Senior Advisor, Corporate Strategy at the BBC. Ben studied Modern History at Oxford, and did an MBA at INSEAD in France.
Jesse Whittock is the deputy editor of Television Business International, the leading news and features publisher for the global television production and distribution industry. He has written about international TV for a variety of publications for number of years and also worked at Travel Trade Gazette and Bauer Media.