Tomorrow’s Fiction

Cologne Conference Lectures


Tuesday, May 23, 14:00 – 18:00 hrs


Presentation: Torsten Zarges, kress report, Cologne


14:00 hrs – 14:45 hrs | Studio der SK Stiftung Kultur | Lecture

Serious, Challenging, Big Budget – New Approaches to Made-for-TV-Movies
TV movies have come of age not only as an optimal platform for genuine creative expression. Their increasingly important role for TV channels as symbols for program quality recently facilitated well marketed, high budget TV feature films. Meanwhile, alternative forms of narration, that mix reality, documentaries and fiction, have come of age. The British producer Nicolas Brown (WHITE TEETH/Channel 4) is invited to take a look at the aesthetic and thematic potentials of the genre.

Nicolas Brown, Producer, London


14:45 hrs – 15:00 hrs | Studio der SK Stiftung Kultur

Coffee Break


15:00 hrs – 15:45 hrs | Studio der SK Stiftung Kultur | Lecture

Dramedy, Sitcom & Co. Trends in Fictional Series
Fictional serial programming is constantly discovering and portraying new sub-milieus in contemporary society. In addition, technology has altered aesthetics dramatically. In this situation, Stephen Garrett, who took an innovative approach to serial drama in series such as SPOOKS and HUSTLE, is requested to explain his view of how the genre can evolve in the following years.

Stephen Garrett, Joint Managing Director, Kudos Film and Television Ltd., London


15:45 hrs – 16:00 hrs | Studio der SK Stiftung Kultur

Coffee Break


16:00 hrs – 17:00 hrs | Studio der SK Stiftung Kultur | Lecture

HBO’s Fiction Strategy
SEX AND THE CITY, ROME, SIX FEET UNDER – HBO is rightly seen as one of the leading TV companies worldwide. Through its groundbreaking and innovative TV films and series, it established itself as a determining force in the US media industry. Richard Plepler is invited to discuss HBO’s special approach in fictional programming as well as up and coming programs of the pay TV network.

Richard Plepler, Executive Vice President, HBO Inc., New York


16:45 hrs – 17:00 hrs | Studio der SK Stiftung Kultur

Coffee Break


17:00 hrs – 18:00 hrs | Studio der SK Stiftung Kultur | Cologne Conference® Summit

Stephen Garrett, Joint Managing Director, Kudos Film and Television Ltd., London

Jon Helmrich, President, International Broadcast Communications, Los Angeles

Richard Plepler, Executive Vice President, HBO Inc., New York

Paul Jackson, Director Entertainment and Comedy, ITV, London

Nicolas Brown, Producer, London

Steve Burns, EVP & Chief Science Editor, Discovery Communications Inc., Silver Spring