COPENHAGEN TV FESTIVAL | August 14-15, 2014

The Copenhagen TV Festival has been the annual must-go event in the Danish television industry since 1999 attracting independent producers, journalists, program planners and broadcasters. With a unique dedication to content, Copenhagen TV Festival (TvFestival) is a two days event crammed full of inspiration for professionals working with television covering all genres from TV-News to TV-drama.

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COMEDY MASTER CLASS: “It’s Television. But Not As We Know It.”
Meet the Showrunner of Ricky Gervais’ ‘Life’s Too Short’, ‘Derek’ and ‘Extras’

Friday, August 15  | 1pm 

Speaker: Charlie Hanson, CEO Tantrum Films 
Interviewed by Romy Kraus, Creative Director, EMC

Charlie Hanson’s work as a producer and director spans over three decades of television drama and comedy and includes Ricky Gervais’ ‘Life’s Too Short’, ‘Derek’, ‘Extras’ and ‘Cemetery Junction’.  In this session, Hanson will give insights on the evolving role of the „talent turned showrunner“ and new opportunities, especially for comedy talent, to find an audience across tv, online and vod platforms.

Gervais’ iconic character David Brent from cult tv show ‘The Office’ returned after a 10 year hiatus as a one-off for the charity event Comic Relief. The online video and music performance with comedian and rapper Dom Johnson became an overwhelming success and led to the resurrection of the David Brent character on Ricky Gervais’ YouTube channel which depicted David Brent’s new life as guitar teacher. After the huge success online, Ricky is now writing a new film which Charlie will produce, exploring life on the road with David Brent ten years later, as a salesman and with his band Foregone Conclusion.

Hanson will also talk about Gervais’ television series Derek’ - “a bittersweet comedy drama about a group of outsiders living on society’s margins”. Derek had its critically acclaimed début on Channel 4 and was picked up in the US by Netflix. ‘Derek’ is set in a care home and was inspired by Gervais personal relations: “Half my family are care workers. My sister works with kids with learning difficulties. My sister-in-law works in a care home for people with Alzheimer’s. And four or five of my nieces work in old people’s homes. I always write about what I know.”

To follow all things David Brent – check out Radio Times for a timeline of events and news.

David Brent rocks a sold out tour.

“I’m going to do a few more gigs,” Ricky Gervais confirmed about touring with his Foregone Conclusion. “I’m thinking of filming a documentary of David Brent trying to be a pop star – he thinks it’s like Scorsese doing the Rolling Stones, but really it’s a Where Are They Now? “It’s going to be tragic – it’s not going to be what he thinks it is.”

Derek – #KindnessIsMagic

“If there is a theme, it’s kindness. Kindness trumps everything. Derek is so non judgmental but he sees through bullshit too. He only has one agenda – “What’s the right thing to do?” And he doesn’t even know it’s an agenda.” #KindnessIsMagic was trending on Twitter as when the show aired on Channel 4.


Meet the producer and the host of this much buzzed-about German sex education format

Thursday, August 14  | 2pm – Creative Corner
Speakers: Christian Beetz, Ann-Marlene Henning
Moderator: Romy Kraus

50 years after the sexual revolution, you might think that we are by now sexually educated. In everyday life we are inundated with sexual images, sex has become a consumer good. The internet creates the illusion of an open society. Everyone has actually seen it all before. Satisfaction seems to be only a click away. In reality however, we know little about our own sexuality. We all know sex sells, we all know TV is full of sex-formats. BUT does any of you know a good one?

MAKE LOVE is an audacious and highly visual yet poetic and entertaining production without taboos. MAKE LOVE is classy and natural – it relieves sex from porn and performance pressure and recaptures it as very fundamental interpersonal communication; it allows grown ups “to learn how to make love” without any shame and embarrassment. In Copenhagen, Christian Beetz, award-winning documentary producer and CEO of gebrueder beetz filmproduction and Danish-born host Ann-Marlene Henning – model, bestselling author and multi-graduated sexologist - join us to tell the inside story of getting MAKE LOVE from scratch to screen.

In Germany, MAKE LOVE broke the records and increased the broadcasters audience rate up to 250 % partially achieving a market share of 25%. With 3,5 mio unique visits the appendant website was nominated for the Grimme Online Award. The success of the highly innovative and trimedial format was echoed by the press with 120 articles in all major newspapers.




Copenhagen TV Festival and Copenhagen Film Fund present a Masterclass with True Detective screenwriter and producer Nic Pizzolatto. The HBO-series about a seventeen year long search for a serial killer in Louisiana is widely regarded as a masterpiece in modern TV history and earned critical acclaim for Pizzolatto’s writing, Cary Fukunaga’s direction and lead actors Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey.




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