Ivar was appointed as Head of Drama at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) in November 2013, after six years leading the Development and Production Department at the Norwegian Film Institute. Ivar is a significant figure of Norwegian Drama with global hits as Lilyhammer, Skam, Norsemen, Homeground, Lykkeland (State of Happiness), Twin, Magnus and many more in his portfolio.
Liselott Forsman works as an Executive Producer of international drama at Finnish YLE. She is the Head of the Eurovision Fiction Expert Group of European Broadcasting Union and a long time Northvision co-producer. Her MA combines film, drama and TV studies. She has a background in fringe theatre and radio drama, in heading and producing fiction, culture and children’s programming. She’s been a speaker and moderator at film and TV forums on five continents and lectured at European master educations. Liselott was recently appointed the new CEO of the Nordisk Film and TV fond where she will start working in October 2019.
European Broadcasting Union
Jeroen Depraetere was born and raised in the world of media. He remembers playing hide and seek as
a boy in the studio stages of his father’s TV productions. After his economy and communication
studies, Jeroen started working at the public radio, but quickly changed gear to television. As a
producer, he realised televised game shows and magazines, growing towards major live events like
fundraising shows and award ceremonies.
Jeroen explored the international dimension of television as executive supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovision Young Musicians and the Eurovision Dance Contest. He founded the Television Academy of Flanders to reward best talent and television programs. Jeroen was also managing director of a production company, part of Sony Pictures Television International. Currently he continues his creative journey as Head of Eurovision TV and Future Media at the European Broadcasting Union exploring the collective rights acquisitions for fiction and developing models for international co-productions.
Elly Vervloet is the International Drama Executive of VRT, the Flemish public broadcaster in Belgium. As part of VRT’s drama strategy, it is the ambition to make high quality drama with international appeal and potential. Therefore, Elly takes up responsibility to find international financing, set up international co-productions and to look for international cooperation in general. It is her role to build an international network and share her expertise within the company in order to co-create a sustainable drama strategy that reinforces the local ecosystem. After a degree in Communication science at the University of Leuven, Elly began her career at VRT in 1994. After 12 years of working in the news department, she became program manager for Eén, channel one, in 2006, and later was vice channel manager for 6 years. During that time, she was commissioning editor for news, reality and fiction. She commissioned, amongst others, Salamander and Hotel Beau Sejour. Both series were very well received internationally.
Web Series World Cup
Joël Bassaget lives in Berlin and is a TV writer since 1990. In 2014, he created the blog Web Séries Mag for the French paper Liberation online edition where he reviews web series from all over the world. He is also a founder of the Web Series World Cup – circuit of festivals dedicated to both narrative and documentary short-form episodic content. Joël is the host of the Hollyweb magazine and a freelance consultant, advising and assisting producers and broadcasters. He recently published, along with Meredith Burkholder, an e-book Short, Narrative & Serialized: A complete guide to the web series phenomenon.
Joël is also an author of the section God is a She and so is the Web on WorldWideWebseries.com devoted to web series directed and/or written by women: „Why? Because web series are doing better with gender equity than Cinema and Television, with about 30% of last year productions written or directed by women, but there is still some way to go,“ he says.
Estonian Film Institute, European Film Agency Directors
Edith Sepp started her film career in early 1990s as an Assistant Director. After studying at graduating from the Northern Media School in UK in film and TV drama, she worked in the film and TV industry as director and producer. In 2010, she became a film adviser of the Estonian Minister of Culture. Edith has been a CEO of the Estonian Film Institute from 2013, claiming Estonian film industry might be small in size but is strong in its vision. Apart from that, she is also a chairperson of the Film New Europe Association, is chairing the Think-Tank of European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) and was elected Vice-President of the EFADs in 2018. She is Estonian, worked as a lecturer at the Baltic Film and Media School and has been a long-time member of European Documentary Network..
Leif Holst Jensen
Faculty of Film, TV and Games, Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology
Leif Holst Jensen is a Dean of Faculty for Film and Media at Westerdals Institute in Oslo, with around 600 students in film, scriptwriting, visual effects, 3D-graphics, game design, TV and more. He is also a Chairman for two different leading production companies, one doing animation and the other documentaries, as well as Chairman of Music Norway representing Norwegian music abroad.
National University of Ireland, Galway
Rod Stoneman is an Emeritus Professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He was the Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Chief Executive of Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board and previously a Deputy Commissioning Editor in the Independent Film and Video Department at Channel 4 Television. He has made a number of documentaries for television including Ireland: The Silent Voices and Italy: Image Business. He is the author of Chávez: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, A Case Study of Politics and the Media, Seeing is Believing: The Politics of the Visual a Educating Filmmakers: Past, Present and Future with Duncan Petrie.