The curated conversations, in which producers explore the challenges they faced getting their shows made during the Covid-19 pandemic, detail how they learned to work within the myriad global safety regulations, and how their ability to pivot during these uncertain times may end up changing business models moving forward.
- Bradley Bell, president of Bell-Phillip Television Productions, who’s the nine-time Emmy-winning producer and head writer of The Bold and the Beautiful
- Producer Yolanda Cochran (The Blind Side, Transcendence) had three scripted shows that were in mid-season or were about to start that were interrupted by the shutdown: The Astronauts, which was shot in Vancouver and was among the very first to return to production there; Danger Force, which shot in Los Angeles, and S
- Producer Pavlina Hatoupis (The Alienist, Tyrant)
- Lori McCreary, CEO of Revelations Entertainment, whose producing credits include Madam Secretary, Invictus and the upcoming Hunting Atlantis
- Gareth Neame, executive chairman of Carnival Films, whose producing credits include TV’s Downton Abbey TV series and the upcoming Downton Abbey 2
- Jane Root, founder and chief executive producer at Nutopia, whose credits include The World According to Jeff Goldblum and Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist.
The taped session will be available free-of-charge to all PGA members and industry professionals, debuting at 9 a.m. PT Saturday, June 19, and will be available thereafter via producersguild.org/PGAatMonteCarlo, as well as at the festival’s site.
“Producing During Unprecedented Times” is part of the festival’s program of business panels, conversations and keynote speeches that run throughout the five-day event. Other key sessions, which are also available virtually, include:
- The Cultural Divide: Actors & Producers at Work on a Global Playground
- From True Crime to Docu-dramas to Nature and Wonder: The Explosive Growth of Unscripted Content in the Streaming World
- The Shape of International Co-Productions to Come
- Upending the Global Film Distribution Model: The Migration from Movie Theater to Streaming
The Monte-Carlo Television Festival, which runs June 18-22, was created by Prince Rainier III of Monaco and now is held under the auspices of the Prince Albert II.
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