Pascal Breton (FR) | RACCONTI #6 | Jury member
Founder & CEO of Federation Entertainment
In 1990, Pascal created his own production company, Marathon, in association with Olivier Brémond. Beginning in 2006 after Olivier Brémond’s departure from the company, Pascal Breton served as president of Marathon Group where, among others, he produced Babar, St Tropez, and more. In the 18 years since the creation of Marathon in 1990, Pascal Breton was able to build the company into the most ‘international’ of French production companies – and also the most profitable, when the company was sold to De Agostini, united with Zodiak In 2008. After his 5 – year contract with Zodiak ended in early 2013, Pascal Breton launched Federation Entertainment.
Sarah Brown (UK) | RACCONTI #6 | Jury member
Sarah worked in radio and factual television for ten years in the UK and the US, before moving into scripted programmes, mainly for the BBC in London. As a Script Editor, Script Executive and Head of Development there, she worked on a wide range of dramas, including the BAFTA winning TV film Care, Peter Bowker’s Blackpool and Tony Marchant’s Passer By. She went on to produce shows such as Oliver Twist (starring Tom Hardy & Sophie Okonedo), and The Family Man, (starring Trevor Eve). As an Executive Producer at the BBC, her credits include the BBC hit Sunday night show Lark Rise to Candleford; The Song of Lunch (starring Emma Thompson & Alan Rickman); and action crime thriller The Interceptor for BBC1/BBC Worldwide. Sarah joined STV Productions in 2014 as Head of Drama, where she is developing projects for the UK and international market, working with some of Britain’s top writing talent.
David Schalko (A) | RACCONTI #6 | Jury Member | RACCONTI #2 & #3| Guest Lecturer
David Schalko is an Austrian author and director known for the series “NoNameProgram”, the fictional feature „Aufschneider – Carve the Joint“, the mockumentary „Das Wunder von Wien – The Miracle of Vienna“, the feature „Wie man leben soll“ and the mini-series “Braunschlag”, which is in fact the most successful series in Austria for 20 years and was shown at the Cologne Conference in the category „10 most important international works“ among well-known HBO and BBC productions. The mini-series „Old Money“ attracted international attention and was awarded at the Cologne Conference as well as at 13th Sichuan TV Festival in Chengdu in 2015. In 2016, he directed „Hoehenstrasse“, a TV thriller of the „Landkrimi“ series of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation.
Current work in progress include US adaptations of „Braunschlag“ and „Old Money“ as well as the multi-part TV adaption of „M“ by Fritz Lang from 1931.
Anna Winger (US) | RACCONTI #6 | Jury member
Anna Winger is an American writer who lives in Berlin, Germany. She is creator of the television drama „Deutschland 83“ and author of the novel „This Must Be the Place“ (Riverhead). Her personal essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Michele Zatta (IT) | RACCONTI #2, #3, #6 | Jury member
Drama Development Executive, Rai Fiction, Italy
Former travel-guide, copywriter and lawyer, I started my career in television as an editor of tv-movies and series.
The turn in life happened in 1994, when I developed together with the Australian writer Wayne Doyle the first italian soap (‘Un posto al sole’), which started in october 1996 and is still on air. I worked 12 years as co-headwriter and producer and in the meanwhile I dealt with a prime-time cop-series (‘La squadra’) that lasted 8 seasons (221 episodes of 100’ each), another soap (‘Cuori rubati’) and a couple of tv-movies.
In 2008 I became headwriter of the soap ‘Agrodolce’.
Soon after Rai offered me an employment as an executive in the fiction department.
In this position I deal with the editorial and productive process of various projects (tv-movies, mini-series, long running series), keeping a strong focus on the narrative development.
Since 2015 I’m in charge of the international coproductions of Raifiction.