Academy Award Winners Julian Fellowes and Sir Tom Stoppard to Keynote the 2015 PromaxBDA Europe Conference

Leading entertainment and media executives will gather in Berlin March 23-24.

“As two of today’s most acclaimed writers and creative minds, Julian Fellowes and Sir Tom Stoppard have a unique ability to create entertainment that connects with audiences around the world,” said PromaxBDA President and CEO Steve Kazanjian. “We look forward to welcoming them to the 2015 PromaxBDA Europe Conference in Berlin so they can share their thoughts on the opportunities provided by today’s rapidly evolving media landscape with the region’s entertainment executives.”

Julian Fellowes is the creator, writer and executive producer of the wildly popular drama series Downton Abbey, whose fifth season premiered in January on PBS. Downton Abbey has won numerous honors, including Emmys, Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. In addition to his work on Downton Abbey, Fellowes won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film Gosford Park. He is now working with NBC to create, write and produce The Gilded Age, described as “an epic tale of the princes of the American Renaissance and the vast fortunes they made—and spent—in late nineteenth century New York.”

Sir Tom Stoppard’s award-winning works include Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia and The Real Thing. Sir Tom has been a key voice of contemporary theater ever since his first full-length play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, was staged by the National Theatre in 1967. Frequently honored by both Broadway and The West End, in addition to his two Olivier Awards, Sir Tom has won four Tony Awards for Best Play—more than any other playwright. His latest play, The Hard Problem, opened at the National Theatre last month. Sir Tom was awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1998 for Shakespeare in Love.

In addition to Fellowes and Stoppard, expert brand strategist Lee Hunt and groundbreaking German artist and designer Michael Schirner will also keynote the conference, the association announced today.

Lee Hunt, whose New York-based consultancy focuses on brand strategy, on-air architecture, competitive analysis and personnel training, began his career in the 1980s by launching and branding U.S. cable networks Lifetime, VH1 and TNT. Hunt’s work in launching and positioning numerous channel brands, as well as his innovations in the field of audience management, are considered standard-setting by many industry observers.

Michael Schirner is the CEO of Berlin’s Schirner Zang Institute of Art and Media. Schirner earned worldwide recognition for his campaigns and projects as CEO and creative director of the legendary GGK Advertising Agency, including work for global brands Adidas, IBM Germany and Volkswagen. He is a member of the German Advertising Hall of Fame.

The PromaxBDA Europe Conference is the European entertainment industry’s premier event for marketing, promotion and design professionals to share ideas, discover cutting-edge marketing techniques and network with colleagues from across the region. Hundreds of executives representing leading global media brands and creative agencies, such as the BBC, Disney, Viacom, NBCUniversal, Canal Plus and ITV will gather in Berlin for sessions on the state of marketing, branding and design in a global entertainment industry undergoing unprecedented change.

The detailed program is available here: