date: 27.09.2022, 14:15-15:00 CEST
venue: KINOTEKA / KKI platform (session available on-site / online)
- Filippa Wallestam, EVP & Chief Content Officer, Viaplay Group (Sweden)
- Orion Ross, VP, Original Programming, Animation, Media Networks Europe & Africa, Disney EMEA (UK)
moderation: Michael Gubbins, Analyst, Journalist and Consultant, SampoMedia (UK)
Streaming services are the biggest commissioners of film and series productions in Europe and their appetite for original local content keeps growing.
A new ecosystem is emerging, led by major streaming platforms, including Viaplay Group, Netflix, Amazon, HBO, and Disney. All the majors are extending their territories, opening up new production hubs, and creating demand for original content and for new producers. There are unprecedented opportunities to develop projects and build businesses. Countries like Poland have been beneficiaries of the boom but this exciting production environment comes with challenges, and questions remain about its long-term viability.
Who is it for: everyone interested in content developments for streamers.
EVP & Chief Content Officer, Viaplay Group (Sweden)
Filippa Wallestam was appointed EVP and Chief Content Officer on 1 October 2019. Prior to that, Filippa served as EVP and CEO of Viaplay Group Sweden. Filippa joined the company in June 2014 as Head of Strategy for MTG’s free-TV and radio businesses in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. She previously worked as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in London and New York, and at Daily Mail General Trust, owner of Mail Online. Filippa holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Photo credit: Peter Knutson
VP, Original Programming, Animation, Media Networks Europe & Africa, Disney EMEA (UK)
Orion Ross and his team develop and produce animated content originated in Europe and Africa, working with independent studios and producers across the region, for Disney’s global platforms including Disney Junior, Disney Channel and Disney+.
Recent and upcoming projects include the Disney+ Originals Chip ’n’ Dale: Park Life and the African sci-fi anthology Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire; pre-school series PJ Masks, Gigantosaurus and Kiya & The Kimoja Heroes; original children’s series Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, 101 Dalmatian Street, The Unstoppable Yellow Yeti, Viking Skool, Counterfeit Cat, Furiki Wheels and Space Chickens in Space; and the BAFTA-winning Disney XDFC shorts program.
Analyst, journalist and consultant, SampoMedia (UK)
Michael Gubbins is an international analyst, journalist and consultant, who has been working in the film, audiovisual and media sector for more than 15 years. He works across the film value chain, and is an advisor to Europa Cinemas, EUROVOD and Europa Distribution. He served for seven years as chair of regional screen agency Ffilm Cymru Wales until 2019. His business SampoMedia has worked with business and industry organisations in more than 30 countries on developments in the audiovisual, media and cultural sectors. He was editor of business titles, including Screen International and Screen Daily, and Music Week in a 25-year career in newspapers and magazines and led the West Midlands Screen Bureau creative clusters initiative in 2018-2019.
During lockdown, he has written a major report on independent VOD, led a Zoom series and report on New Realities in Film for UniFrance, and workshops in Venice, Rome, as well as online workshops in the US, Poland, Sweden and Colombia.