Lille Transatlantic Dialogues

The Lille Transatlantic Dialogues aims to bring together major political, corporate, creative, and economic players from the TV and culture sectors in Europe and the USA for informal exchanges on developments and challenges in this cultural field. Leading figures from the TV industry will be invited every year to connect with their counterparts and international decision-makers. It will be an informal club for media and policy-makers, a kind of European “Sun Valley Conference”, event that has brought together political and economic leaders along with philanthropists every year since 1983.
This annual rendezvous will be held within the framework of the Series Mania Lille Hauts-de-France Festival, and more precisely, as part of the European Project and Talent Forum, the industry arm of the festival. The event will focus on bilateral EU/USA relationships relating to TV and culture.

The event will benefit from both the appeal of Series Mania and the location of the city of Lille, at the heart of Europe between Paris, London, and Brussels. The first edition will be held on Thursday 3 May 2018 at the Lille Grand Palais conference center.

Three categories of participants will be invited to take part:

  • US studios and platforms
  • European creators, producers, and broadcasters
  • Representatives from the European Institutions, miniters from different EU countries and members of parliaments

The Lille Transatlantic Dialogues is a joint initiative of:

  • The Series Mania festival as organizer
  • The CNC, representing the Ministry of Culture and thus the French government
  • The European Commission (Europe Creative  - MEDIA), which is partnering the event

The Lille Transatlantic Dialogues are opened to all the accredited, limited to the number of seats available.


From 8.00
Welcome at registration desk
Welcome Hall, Lille Grand Palais

Location: Auditorium Pasteur, Level 1, Lille Grand Palais
Opening address
by Rodolphe Belmer – President of Series Mania
Keynote: Stéphane Richard
CEO, Orange, France
The European Series Landscape
Presentation and statistics on the European market
by Alexandra Lebret, Managing Director, EPC (European Producers Club) & Gilles Fontaine, Head of the Department for Market Information, EAO (European Audiovisual Observatory) 
Keynote: Paul Lembrechts
CEO, VRT, Belgium
How women make a difference in the TV series industry?
The presence of women in the TV industry as decision-makers or creators, has brought to television more diversified and complex female characters winning prestigious awards and acclaimed by international audiences. Are TV series a way to raise consciousness in modern society about gender equality?
Introduction: Alessia Sonaglioni, Network Director, EWA (European Women’s Audiovisual Network)
Moderator: Paula Vaccaro, Producer, Pinball London, UK
Confirmed speakers include:
Anna Croneman, Head of Drama, SVT, Sweden
Veena Sud, Showrunner, USA
Sarah Treem, Showrunner, USA
Caroline Benjo, Producer, HAUT ET COURT, France
12.00-1.00 PM
Copyright policy and cultural diversity in a global market
Fiction has lived through two major changes: the rise of TV series and the digital revolution. In this new environment, important questions arise concerning the future of copyright and creation: how to ensure a fair remuneration for authors? How to maintain a strong copyright protection and preserve the financing of culturally diverse creations? How to support the circulation of TV series and fictions?
Moderator: Pascal Rogard, general director, SACD, France
Expected speakers include:
Séverine Jacquet, Screenwriter, France
Doreen Boonekamp, CEO of the Netherlands Film Fund, Board member of the European Film Agency Directors (EFAD)
Nicolas Curien, President, CSA, France
Tony Grisoni, Screenwriter, UK

2.30-2.50 PM
In conversation with Sophie Turner Laing
CEO, Endemol Shine Groupe, UK
Q&A with David Jenkinson, Editor in Chief and Managing Director, C21
2.50-3.05 PM
Keynote: Delphine Ernotte
President, France TELEVISIONS, France
3.05-4.05 PM
Diverse together: new opportunities to reach international audiences with local content
While content is now accessible worldwide, figures show that audiences are attached to local stories. In this age of globalization, the challenge is to produce locally for an audience without borders. What are the many issues opened by this contents’ revolution?
Moderator: Marjorie Paillon, journalist, France 24, France 
Expected speakers include:  
Alex Berger, Producer, The Oligarchs, France
Antony Root, EVP of programming and production, HBO Europe, UK
Claire Sumner, Director of Policy, BBC, UK

Gudny Hummelvoll, Producer, Hummelfilm/Yellow Bird, Norway 
4.20-5.00 PM
In conversation with Reed Hastings
Co-founder, Chairman & CEO, Netflix, USA
Q&A with Marjorie Paillon, Journalist, France 24, France
5.15-5.30 PM
Keynote: Gilles Pélisson
Chairman & CEO, Groupe TF1, France
5.30-6.00 PM
Official addresses
Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, France
Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Single Market

Information et contact
+33 (0)1 76 70 45 01

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