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Maria Feldman

Mentor „High Concept, Low Budget“

Maria Feldman is the producer and co-creator (with Amit Cohen) of the Israeli series „False Flag“. The series premiered at Berlinale’s Special Series section alongside such series as „Better Call Saul“ and „Follow the Money“. It went on winning the Grand Prize (sharing it with „Olive Kittredge“) at Series Mania Festival of Forum des Image in Paris. False Flag was acquired Canal + and by Fox International Channels. Deal marked Fox Intl. Channels’ first acquisition of a foreign-language series on a global scale.

„False Flag“ was produced by Tender Productions, one of the top Israeli production companies founded by Maria Feldman together with producer Liat Benasuly. The company produced such successful shows as „Prisoners of War“ (Keshet Broadcasting), „Fauda“ (Yes) and more; as well as provided production services for the Israeli shoot of „Homeland“.

Lately, Maria founded her new production company – MASHA Productions. These days the company is producing the second season of „False Flag“ and “Absentia”, a 10-episode crime thriller greenlighted by Sony Pictures Television Networks’ AXN. The series will begin filming early next year for a 2017 premiere on AXN’s worldwide channels.

Prior to establishing her own companies, Maria co-produced and line produced award winning features, documentaries and TV series, among them „Intimate Grammar“ by Nir Bergman and „Gay Days“ by Yair Qedar.

 

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Simone Höller

Producer of the Writers‘ Room | FFP New Media

Simone Höller studied History, Political Science, German Studies and Philosophy in Aachen and Cologne. As well as spending significant periods of time in New York and Palermo she also completed various further training courses in screenwriting, directing and production (fiction and documentary). After finishing her doctorate she worked as a freelance consultant in the Institute of Media and Communication Policy and was also involved in material development with HMR Produktion GmbH (both in Cologne/Berlin). In 2010 Simone Höller moved to FFP New Media GmbH, where she deals with fictional productions in her capacity as a producer and head of story development. Simone Höller is co-writer of the international docu-drama “The Real American – Joe McCarthy” and producer of various films that are based on true stories such as “Forever a murderer – The Ritter Case” and the award-winning thriller-drama “The White Rabbit”.

 

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Christian Jeltsch

Headwriter of the Writers‘ Room | FFP New Media

Christian Jeltsch, *1958 in Cologne, screenwriter and novelist.

Realizing that he would never make it as a professional football player Christian Jeltsch in 1979 started to study. After four boring semesters of psychology, arthistory and dramatics, he decided to work as an assistant director in theatre and as a free-lance journalist for broadcast and newspapers.

In 1981, after an interview with Billy Wilder – published in several German newspapers and broadcasts – Christian Jeltsch left theatre behind and started to work for film.

In 1987 he finished an education as film-technician and worked as an assistant-director for several TV-movies. 1990 Christian Jeltsch directed a short TV-documentary about the ‚Cinemateca Uruguaya; Montevideo‘. 1991 he directed two short-movies and started to write screenplays. Up until now Christian Jeltsch has written 50 feature films and two tv-series. He received several nominations and awards for his work.

2011-2013, together with Olaf Kraemer, Jeltsch wrote the three-part novel ‚Abaton‘.

 

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Anemone Müller

Development Producer of the Writers‘ Room | FFP New Media

Anemone Müller has been working in the film industry since the year 2000. After completing her education in Romance Studies and German Studies in Hamburg and Bordeaux she worked with the company Cinecentrum in Hamburg as Junior Producer. In 2002 Anemone Müller moved to FFP New Media in Cologne as a producer for both documentary and fictional productions. Amongst other TV movies she produced the docu-drama „Tote haben keine Lobby“ and the mini-series „Pinocchio“ starring Mario Adorf, Ulrich Tukur and Sandra Hüller. Since 2015 she is responsible for story development and dramaturgy in her capacity as a development producer.

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 Harold Valentin

Mentor „High Concept, Low Budget“

After working for the Centre national de la Cinématographie as deputy director for audiovisual, Harold Valentin worked for France 2. As head of magazines he launched a variety of shows such as „Rendez-vous en terre inconnue“, „Toute une histoire„, „On n’est pas couché“ and „Un jour un destin„. Later he became Head of contemporary fiction and was involved the in the creation of „Fais pas ci fais pas ça„, „Clara Sheller„, „Aïcha“ and others. In 2011 Harold Valentin founded the production company Mother production, where he produces feature films („Lou!„), and TV séries  such as the award-winning „dix pour cent“ for France 2. He is now developing several different new shows, with partners like Arte.

Website: http://www.motherproduction.fr/home

 

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David Varela

Transmedia expert Writers‘ Room | FFP New Media

David is a UK-based writer and producer of interactive projects, bringing together games, theatre and video.

His recent work includes writing the mobile adventure „Sherlock: The Network, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman; a series of site-specific plays called „The Seed“ for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad; writing the iOS murder mystery game „The Trace; script consultancy on the chart-topping mobile game „Zombies, Run!“ (nominated for a Writers’ Guild Award); and the Live Writing Series, which saw him writing live in front of an audience of 4,000 people at the National Portrait Gallery in London. He is currently developing a Scandinavian TV drama, a VR series, and a new „Sherlock“ project.

David teaches residential courses for Arvon and speaks at film schools, universities, festivals and conferences around the world.

Website: www.davidvarela.com

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John Yorke

Mentor „High Concept, Low Budget“

John Yorke is a drama producer, author and teacher. As former Head of Channel Four Drama, Controller of BBC Drama Production and MD of Company Pictures, John has shaped stories that have attracted some of the biggest audiences for drama in UK TV history. He has overseen some of the UK’s most enduring and popular programmes, from “Shameless” and “Life On Mars” to “EastEnders” and “Holby City”, alongside award-winners like “Bodies” and the internationally acclaimed “Wolf Hall”.

John has worked with a vast array of talent, from Paul Greengrass and Paul Abbott to Debbie Horsfield and Jimmy McGovern, making him uniquely placed to watch, learn and analyse the work of the finest writers in British television. In his book “Into The Woods” John argues that once we recognise why story structure is common to all narratives (from tales heard at our parent’s knee to Hollywood blockbusters), we become able to tell all stories – and communicate – better. John is also the founder of the hugely successful BBC Writers Academy – 85 per cent of graduates are in professional work.

John is currently exec-producing an adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ much-loved novel “The Moonstone” for King Bert Productions. It will be screened on BBC1 in November and is written by two alumni of his Writers Academy course. Last year John co-exec produced “Red Rock“, Ireland’s first new soap opera for 20 years. It was sold to Amazon Prime and BBC Daytime.

Website: http://www.johnyorkestory.com/