A Drama Nirvana: How to Create a Multiplatform Hit
Monday, March 16
12:30PM - 1:30PM
98 San Jacinto Blvd
A new golden – and global – age of drama is unfolding before us. With so many top-quality series and miniseries premiering across platforms and networks every month, it's virtually impossible to keep up. Award winners like THE GOOD WIFE, GAME OF THRONES, HOUSE OF CARDS and SHERLOCK and DOWNTON ABBEY on MASTERPIECE create stiff competition among each other — and for new entries. How do established drama powerhouses like HBO, PBS, CBS — and now Netflix — develop strategies to break out of the content clutter and nurture current and potential hits, all while the “next big thing” could be waiting in the wings? Join David Levine, SVP programming, HBO; Sue Vertue, producer, SHERLOCK; and David W. Zucker, producer/writer, THE GOOD WIFE on CBS; Beth Hoppe, head of programming, PBS; and a top drama show runner for a glimpse into the highly competitive world of drama production in a multiplatform world.
Chief Programming Exec/GM
Pres of Television
Scott Free Productions
Producer & Board Dir
Hartswood Films Ltd
Sue began her producing career at Tiger Aspect in 1991 with MR. BEAN. She went on to Produce Emmy Award winner THE VICAR OF DIBLEY, HOSPITAL (which was the opening night comedy for Channel 5 and a...Show the rest
Sue began her producing career at Tiger Aspect in 1991 with MR. BEAN. She went on to Produce Emmy Award winner THE VICAR OF DIBLEY, HOSPITAL (which was the opening night comedy for Channel 5 and a winner at Banff), and THE LAST ENGLISHMAN which was a Bafta nominated single drama starring Jim Broadbent. She then had an idea for a flat share between a gay man and a straight girl, got Jonathan Harvey on board and they created GIMME, GIMME, GIMME which was frequently top of the BBC2 ratings and subsequently moved to BBC1.
In 1998 Sue left Tiger Aspect to produce Comic Relief and then joined Hartswood. She continued to exec produce Gimme with Tiger and for Hartswood also produced four series of the very popular COUPLING which was created and written by Steven Moffat, her husband. Sue has produced several more comedies – FEAR STRESS AND ANGER, CARRIE AND BARRY, THE SAVAGES, SUPERNOVA and THE CUP, and is the Series Producer for the multi-award winning, hit drama SHERLOCK for BBC1, which is co-created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Sherlock's third series was filmed in 2013 and the much anticipated first of the three episodes aired in the UK on New Year's Day and was the highest rated drama over the Christmas period, with the biggest consolidated increase ever in the UK. It was recently announced that it was the most watched drama programme on BBC I-Player in the UK in 2014. Sherlock, The Special has just finished filming and is currently in post-production.Hide the rest