FOCUS, the end of year meeting place for the international production community, is back in full force for its eighth edition.

The traditional two-day in-person event takes place at the Business Design Centre London on 6/7 December, offering a packed programme of conference sessions, networking events, facili-tated meetings and exhibition zones. FOCUS Virtual will run 8/9 December enabling delegates from across the globe to engage online.

FOCUS remains free to attend for industry professionals and embraces the increasing conver-gence of all audiovisual disciplines, attracting thousands of attendees from across the creative screen industries – including film, TV, advertising, animation, games and XR. It is the only UK trade event where attendees can meet with content makers and facilitators from over 100 coun-tries.

Delegates can discover millions of dollars of filming incentives and find the most up-to-date advice on the current filming situation around the world. Over 200 companies are exhibiting at the Business Design Centre this year, with an A-Z of stands from APU Productions Peru right through to the Zagreb Film Office.

One of the centrepieces of FOCUS is its conference programme, presented in association with media partner Variety and sponsored by CCS Rights Management. It is developed in consulta-tion with a Content Advisory Board featuring representatives from leading industry bodies in-cluding Pact, The Production Guild, BFI, BFC, UK Screen Alliance, ScreenSkills, Directors UK, Advertising Producers Association and Games London.

This year’s programme offers over 60 free-to-attend, in-person programme sessions, panel dis-cussions, workshops and presentations featuring more than 180 leading industry experts. It will reflect key industry talking points of 2022, from the challenges of financing and crewing pro-jects in turbulent times, through to boosting diversity, making best use of new production tech-nology, creating content sustainably and improving training.

THIS JUST IN: THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL CONTENT will look at the trends for both scripted and unscripted content and the challenges that this rapidly evolving industry is facing with Marc Lorber (SVP, International TV Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Lionsgate), David Cornwall (Managing Director, Scorpion TV), Maartje Horchner (EVP Content, All3media In-ternational), Karen Young (Founder/Managing Director, Orange Smarty)

Sessions include THE ROLE OF THE SHOWRUNNER in association with MediaXchange, which will offer an overview of current showrunner styles in the UK and Europe in compari-son with US practices. Speakers include Willem Bosch (Showrunner/Creator/Screenwriter, Pupkin), Pedro Lopes (General Content Director, SP Televisão & Spi/Screenwriter), writ-er/producer Sumerah Srivastav (Lupin, Manifest), Sydney Gallonde (CEO/Executive Producer, Make It Happen Studio)
‘In Conversation’ sessions will include founder of IMDb Col Needham, new CEO of BAFTA Jane Millichip and founder of Good Chaos, Mike Goodridge (Triangle Of Sadness Quo Va-dis, Aida?) and new

In his ‘MEET THE PRODUCER’ PODCAST, in association with The Production Guild of Great Britain, presenter/producer Jason Solomons will talk to inspirational producers of film and TV to find out the many ways to do this most mysterious of jobs, featuring Roopesh Pa-rekh (Willow, His Dark Materials: The Subtle Knife) and Lightbox Co-Founder Simon Chinn.

Jean-Frédéric Garcia, FOCUS Managing Director, said, “In these very fast-changing times for the creative industries, FOCUS provides a crucial space to catch up with trends, connect with old and new industry friends and access the right information to help projects move forward.”

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Pippa Considine

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