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Key Takeaways from our Coproduction Panel at Wildscreen 2018

How to Coproduce with Asian Partners ?

On October 16, 2018, Wildscreen Festival hosted a panel in co-production with Sunny Side of the Doc to discuss new developments in coproduction for the natural history storytelling community.

With the help of established wildlife commissioners and experienced producers from across Europe and Asia, discover how to navigate the international co-production landscape and build long, creative and mutually beneficial relationships with Asian partners. From creating content that is capable of crossing borders to learning how to tap into new opportunities and platforms in the Asian market, this session will teach how to make your content go further, literally.

 

THE SPEAKERS

Director, Panda TV Limited (UK /China)

 

JADE XIA
Award winning TV producer with 26 years’ experience of filming in China for international mainstream broadcasters such as BBC, National Geographic, PBS, CCTV, as well as theatrical release.
pandatv.uk

 

 

 

Senior Producer – Head of International Coproductions, Gedeon Programmes (France)

 


NICOLAS DESCHAMPS

Nicolas joined GEDEON Programmes as Senior Producer and Head of International Co-Productions in November 2015. Previously, Nicolas was Associate Producer at MC4, Head of Productions at ITV Studios and before that Head of Development at Boreales. Nicolas also worked for Arte as Head of the Acquisitions Department and Commissioning Editor and served as Commissioning Editor at France Televisions in the Nature, Science and Discovery division. He has produced over 50 documentaries spanning co-productions with USA, UK, China, Canada, Japan such as ‘ Japan from Above’ for ZDF Arte, Voyage and NHK , ‘ DAY, Sunken Secret’ for WGBH, France 3, Channel 5 , ‘Land of the Panda’ with CICC for France 2 or ‘Birth of an Ocean’ with Beijing Shinning for RMC Discovery.
gedeonprogrammes.com

 

Executive Producer, NHK Enterprises (Japan)

 

MASA HAYAKAWA
Executive Producer, NHK

 

 

 

 

Managing Director, NHNZ (New Zeland)

 

KYLE MURDOCH (Moderator)
Kyle has 15 years of experience working around the globe in factual television as a producer, director and writer. In 2007, Kyle was NHNZ’s Director of Business development for China, Asia and the Middle East, responsible for NHNZ’s significant China production presence. He took over the Managing Director role in 2013, and since then has built on NHNZ’s production slate and diversified the company’s role as a content provider, working across apps, building Channels and stepping into the gaming industry.
nhnz.tv


THE SETTINGS

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

1. “We are at a turning point in Asia where the multiplication of networks and partners are incredible oportunities of collaborations that we must imagine in a concern for sharing and openness. Asia has so much to share with us, its talents, its technologies and especially its strong stories that make the salt of our films. International co-production is learning to work together beyond our differences, it is this closeness to others that I love above all in my job as a producer.” Nicolas Deschamps

2. “China has changed enormously on wildlife conservation since the last three years. As someone who grew up there and traveling back for productions few times every year, I have consistently been blown away by new stories. I would definitely encourage wildlife film crews to go and explore China. However, choosing a right partnership or even a fixer is not always easy and straight-forward due to language, culture and political barrier. My advice is to check thoroughly before entering a co-production relationship. It’s not only what your partners can do, it’s also about helping you to choose the right strategy and help you to grow your reputation there, because you will want to go back again!” Jade Xia

3. “East-West international co-production encounters tremendous difficulties due to the differences in languages, cultures, and forms of storytelling. However, once we understand each other, I do think that it creates the most exciting and fruitful collaborations.The strong relationship built between NHNZ and NHK for over 20 years proves it.” Masa Hayakawa

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