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Brown Bag with the Board: A View from Across
the Pond &
Around the World 

Friday, May 29, 2020 | 12:30-1:30 PM PST

This event is complimentary to all Corporate and Individual Members at every level.

Members of the HRTS Board of Directors and Advisory Council came together for this second edition of HRTS’ new series of casual, off-the-record “brown bag” Q&A events for a view into the U.K. and international production and distribution landscape. London-based HRTS Advisory Council Member Ian Moffitt (ICM Partners) moderated the discussion among fellow London-based HRTS Advisory Council Member Jeff Wachtel (NBCUniversal International Studios); L.A.-based HRTS Board Member Gary Marenzi (Marenzi & Associates); and special guests, London-based Gareth Neame (Downton Abbey) and Jane Turton (All3Media).

Discussion topics included:

  • Our speakers’ own experiences adjusting to realities of the pandemic
  • How the TV and entertainment industry is approaching getting back to work and into production in the U.K. and around the world
  • Plus more topics submitted for consideration by our members

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Featured Panelists:

Jeff Wachtel
President, NBCUniversal Intl Studios

HRTS Advisory Council Member

Jeff Wachtel serves as President of NBCUniversal International Studios. With an impressive track record as an award-winning television executive and producer, he began his role in January 2018 and is charged with driving international production growth worldwide.

Gary Marenzi
Founder/CEO, Marenzi & Associates

Member, HRTS Board of Directors

Gary Marenzi is the founder and CEO of Marenzi & Associates, which provides strategic management advice and implementation for the media and entertainment industry. Marenzi’s clients have included Starz Media, Dreamworks Animation, Lucasfilm Ltd, Media Rights Capital, The Chernin Group, New Regency Productions, IMAX Corporation, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Content Partners, Defy Media, Constantin Film, IM Global, Ed Pressman Films, Shaftesbury Entertainment, The Blade Runner Partnership, ProSieben/Sat1, TV 4 Sweden, TV 2 Norway, TV 2 Denmark, TeleFilms Argentina and Amedia Russia.

Gareth Neame
Executive Chairman, Carnival Films & Producer,
Downton Abbey

Gareth Neame is a BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe award winning TV and film producer and executive. Neame is the Executive Chairman of Carnival Films, the production company he sold to NBCUniversal in 2008 as the cornerstone of their new international TV studio. Neame is one of the UK’s leading producers and is responsible for the global TV phenomenon Downton Abbey, winner of three Golden Globes, including Best Mini Series and fifteen Primetime Emmy Awards, including Best Mini Series. With a total of 69 nominations, it is the most nominated non-US show in the history of the Emmys and probably Britain’s most successful scripted television export. Among numerous national and international awards, including three Screen Actors Guild Awards and four National Television Awards the show has even garnered a Guinness World Record for highest critical ratings for a TV show. The subsequent movie released in September 2019, produced by Neame, was No.1 in the box office in North America and the UK, and is Focus Features’ most successful release. Neame has also been recognised by the Producers Guild of America with the David L.Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of long-form television. In August 2015, Neame accepted the show’s Special BAFTA award in recognition of Downton’s unique contribution to television in Britain and around the world.

Jane Turton
CEO, All3Media

Jane Turton is Chief Executive Officer of All3Media, responsible for setting and implementing the Group’s global strategy.

Jane became CEO in 2015 and has built All3Media, which is owned jointly by Discovery Communications and Liberty Global, into an international network of more than 30 award-winning independent production, distribution and digital media companies, producing content for broadcasters and digital platforms globally.

With a deep understanding and experience of broadcasting and production, combining business acumen and creativity, Jane is focused on ensuring All3Media’s federal structure of companies have the best talent working in an environment that has creative excellence at its core.

Moderated By:

Ian Moffitt
Agent, ICM London

HRTS Advisory Council Member

Ian is an agent at ICM Partners, working in the international scripted and unscripted television businesses based in London. Ian works with international production companies, directors, writers and talent across scripted and unscripted programming to help them build their business with US buyers and the global SVOD entities.

Scott Hervey and Ian Moffitt

About the Series:
The HRTS Virtual: Brown Bag with the Board series is designed to connect, inform and support our members coast to coast and around the world as we all adjust to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is free to current Individual Members of HRTS at all levels (HRTS Executive, HRTS Associate, JHRTS, and HRTS Academic) and expanded Corporate Member ticket benefits apply. Attendees may submit questions during registration.