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What’s New in Web Series and Who Moves and Shakes it?

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In a special collaboration with Raindance Webfest, we ask a panel of industry executives where the commissioning power for web-based content lies. Who controls the market? Do decisions exist outside of the algorithms? And where can we expect it all to go next? A panel discussing the past, present and future of web series. Amongst our guests we welcome THE WALL OF COMEDY, the BBC, and web series experts from London, to Canada and China!


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PANELLISTS

Michael Bao - CEO of Dreamax Media

Michael has produced many Films and Web Series in China. One of
Dreamax’s successful Web series, The Examiner Dr. QIN on the Tencent
website has had up to 2 billion hits. Michael is also responsible for
commissioning and remaking The Full house & Beautiful format from
Korea and Sword from Japan.

Simon Nelson Development Executive BBC Writers’ Room

Simon looks after writer development and talent searches, development schemes, partnerships and production projects including the Continuing Drama Directors' scheme and Writers' Festival.

Darren Chadwick Hussain - Head of Talent at DCH Management

Darren Chadwick-Hussein as a writer, producer and theatrical agent based in London. After graduating the University of Arts MA Screenwriting program, he created the multi-award winning web series ‘The Bloody Mary Show’ in 2012, considered one of the UK’s first online narrative dramas with views of over five million. He cofounded Digital Creators UK and taught the very popular ‘Create and Market Your Web Series’ course for Raindance for many years. After years working for other talent agencies, he created the independent DCH Management in 2016; an agency dedicated to treating actors ‘like people, not commodities.’ He continues to take a keen interest in online content, supports and nurtures new talent and loves seeing the evolution of shows and where the future will lead.

Geoffrey Goodwin Sr Director, Video and Studios, Verizon Media, EMEA

Geoffrey Goodwin is a TV and digital media executive who has been active for 20 years in both the UK industry and his native Canada. Geoffrey was Head of Strategy for Drama, Entertainment, Comedy, Children’s and Film at the BBC from 2003 to 2007.[1] He also wrote the BBC’s under 18s strategy with Andy Parfitt that helped set out the case for the BBC’s license fee negotiations in 2007. In 2007 Geoffrey set up BBC Switch; a multi-platform brand aimed at teenagers, which he ran for four years. In January 2013, after working for the then CEO of BBC Worldwide John Smith, Geoffrey founded his own production and talent management company, 40 Partners LTD. Fast forward to June 2017, Goodwin, now Sr Director, Video EMEA at Oath (Verizon owned company that merged AOL and Yahoo!) continues to oversee video, highlighted by significant commercial growth in the company's brand funded video output, including video series delivered with RYOT for IHG Hotels, Doritos, Danone, Shell, Kellogg's, Compare the Market, etc. Over 2 years at the newly named Verizon Media, Goodwin has, with RYOT, delivered over 30+ brand funded, video-led campaigns in addition to over 750+ hours of premium video editorial content shot in our brand new studio; shows include the entertainment series Build, The Royal Box, The Football Show and Yahoo Play App shows such as Beat the Street and Room of Doom - both of which are interactive shows shot in native vertical video. Next up is the 5G challenge of building a 2nd London-based studio to support next gen MoCap, VolCap and Broadcast AR immersive content. Geoffrey lives in London and is also the proud Vice Chairman of the Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts ("LIPA"), the university that Sir Paul McCartney set up in 1996 to educate and inspire artists and creativity in the North of England.

Jo Smith -Executive Producer at BBC

Jo Smith is an Executive Producer at BBC Three with over a decade's experience working on leading fact and popular docs for Channel 4 and BBC. Her credits include Embarrassing Bodies, How to Look Good Naked, 24 Hours in A&E and One Born Every Minute. Jo’s experience of the digital space has seen her create bespoke content for platforms, with a particular focus on YouTube, and lead on campaigns for leading brands, charities and some of the world's biggest creators and brands such as Google, ASOS, BMW and Cancer Research UK. At BBC Three, Jo is charged with creating original, innovative content across all BBC Three platforms that resonates with the channel’s young audience.

Taf Makopa - Managing Director - The Wall of Comedy

Percelle Ascot - Co-founder- The Wall of Comedy

Percelle Ascott is an Actor, Writer, and Producer. Ascott is a co-founder of the online platform The Wall of Comedy. Since its launch in 2015, the platform has spanned over 5 billion views, reaching over 107, 000, 000 people per week. Alongside his production company ‘Wall of Productions’ recently signing a first-look development deal with Channel 4. Ascott received his training from the prestigious BRIT School, a performing arts school that boasts an illustrious alumnus that includes Adele, Amy Winehouse, and Tom Holland. Most notably Ascott played the co-lead in the Netflix original The Innocents. He has also been seen in BBC shows Excluded, Silent Witness, New Tricks, Doctors and The Coroner; he played the lead in Beat Girls feature film. E4’s drama-comedy; Youngers, BBC comedy Pompidou alongside Matt Lucas, he can be seen alongside David Walliams in Walliams & Friend, and Idris Elba produced Little Big House. Ascott plays the co-lead in the feature film The Weekend Movie released in cinemas 2016. Ascott has also written and produced much of his own work. Audiences recently saw Ascott star and exec-produce the three-part musically-narrated short film Shiro’s Story, which has amassed over 15.8 million views and led to creator Rapman signing with Jay-Z’s ROC Nation. Ascott has left an impact on online audiences, with short films RWD FWD, Deep It and Drawn Out accumulating 10 million views. Screen Terrier/ IMDB named Ascott as one of the UK’S rising teenage stars and most recently he has won best newcomer at the Movie Video & Screen Awards for his performance in The Innocents.

Pasa Mustafa - Creative Director, Digital of Gunpowder and Sky

Gunpowder & Sky is an award-winning independent global studio, dedicated to creating, marketing and distributing video content unrestricted by form, genre or platform. Gunpowder & Sky collaborates with both emerging and established talent to generate premium video content ranging from 90-second to 90-minute stories on all platforms. With in-house development, production, marketing and distribution capabilities, the company operates as a full 360-studio and oversees a library of more than 1500 titles. In 2018, Gunpowder & Sky released 15 films including Brett Haley’s (I’ll See You In My Dreams, The Hero) critically acclaimed feature, Hearts Beat Loud, and Summer of 84 from award-winning directors RKSS - both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Gunpowder & Sky also debuted Cam on Netflix, winner of Best First Feature and Best Screenplay at Fantasia Festival. The company also produced “Too Stupid To Die”, MTV’s next generation stunt series. Gunpowder & Sky is also committed to building modern entertainment brands that super-serve global audiences in key genres. Each brand creates, distributes and markets compelling short films, series and feature films across theatrical, TVOD, traditional networks and new platforms such as Roku, YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, DirectTV and Samsung. DUST is the first premium sci-fi entertainment brand that reaches passionate fans across all platforms, giving voice to emerging, diverse and established filmmakers. In 2018, DUST theatrically released its first feature film, the sci-fi western Prospect (starring Pedro Pascal and Jay Duplass), winner of SXSW’s Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award, and also debuted “Glimpse”, an original series on Facebook Watch. Gunpowder & Sky’s newest brand, ALTER focuses on horror films and series which explore the human condition through warped perspectives from the most innovative minds in the genre. Also, the company remains invested in CUT, a viral content pioneer and leader with multiple hit franchises and content brands. Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in NY and London, Gunpowder & Sky was founded by Van Toffler and Floris Bauer, in partnership with The Chernin Group and AT&T.

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CHAIR

Funke Oyebanjo - Raindance Webfest Curator

Funke Oyebanjo is a script consultant, lecturer and scriptwriter. After receiving her Masters in
Screenwriting from the London College of printing, she became one of the Founder members of the Talawa theatre writers’ group and had her first play reading at Soho theatre. Apart from having various shorts produced, her television script The Window was produced for Channel Four’s Coming up season. She also has three screen feature projects in development with a London film-based company. One of her projects The Land, was selected by the German-based script development company, Script house for development at the Berlin film festival’s talent campus. As a lecturer and script reader, she has worked extensively at the University of the Arts, London, Queen Mary University of London, Arts University Bournemouth, University of Greenwich, BBC writer’s room, BBC World service, The UK Film Council and Creative England. She was selected as a juror for prestigious Skillset Creative and innovative award for Women in Television and film and the I will Tell film festival. Until recently was a Development consultant with the Arena Majicka in Norway. Funke is one of the writers on the Archery pictures drama production Lagos, the web fest programmer for the Raindance film festival and a PhD candidate at Middlesex University.

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