Virtual Festival Schedule
Hope and Mercy with Mark Roybal of HBO’s Mare of Easttown
“Classic Meets Modern”: Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building
Steve Martin, Martin Short, and… Selena Gomez? Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building brings together three unlikely characters in a true-crime parody that Hulu Originals president Craig Erwich says is the platform’s “most watched comedy of all time.”
This Q&A with co-creator and showrunner John Hoffman walks through the casting decision of matching Selena Gomez to her character Mabel Mora and how to find humor in the mundane — and even morbid — moments of life.
Sera Gamble of Netflix’s “YOU” on how to make “bingeable” content
“YOU” co-creator and showrunner, Sera Gamble, on how to make “bingeable” content in today’s world where everyone is competing for viewer time. Adapted from the book series by Caroline Kepnes and originally created for Lifetime, “YOU” was given a second life when Netflix picked up its second and future seasons. Sera discusses the opportunity to deliver “a really intense experience of a story from beginning to end” and what makes TV revolutionary in 2022. “YOU” co-creator and showrunner, Sera Gamble, on how to make “bingeable” content in today’s world where everyone is competing for viewer time. Adapted from the book series by Caroline Kepnes and originally created for Lifetime, “YOU” was given a second life when Netflix picked up its second and future seasons.
Sera discusses the opportunity to deliver “a really intense experience of a story from beginning to end” and what makes TV revolutionary in 2022.
Ubisoft’s Mathilde Bresson on how to create the first ‘playable’ theme park
As the global gaming market continues to gain market share in the attention economy, one industry leader is going beyond the digital world to maintain their competitive advantage. In November 2021, Ubisoft, the video game company headquartered in France, announced their plans to build the world’s first “playable” theme park by 2025.
Mathilde Bresson, the location-based entertainment manager behind the project, paints a picture of the gamified experience visitors can expect; one that brings to life gaming IP such as Assassin’s Creed, the Tom Clancy Universe, and Just Dance in a way that engages gamers and non-gamers alike.
The “Powerful Combinations” behind Money Heist’s Global Success, according to actor Enrique Arce
Enrique Arce, better known to millions around the world as the antagonistic Arturo Roman in Netflix’s Money Heist, reveals the “powerful combination” of genres that make up the award-winning Spanish series.
Parrot Analytics’ VP of Applied Analytics Alejandro Rojas discusses with Enrique the “pinch-me” moments throughout the five-season journey of the show from relatively unknown local production to global streaming sensation.
Cobra Kai’s Martin Kove wants you to know “John Kreese is Misunderstood”
In this interview with Cobra Kai actor Martin Kove, we discuss the skills required to evolve a character like John Kreese from an 80’s villain to a modern-day nuanced nemesis.
Season 4 of the YouTube-turned-Netflix series topped global charts upon its debut, proving the inherent value of franchise stories about redemption, mercy and nostalgia.
Authenticity and Artistry on The Voice, a conversation with Carson Daly and Audrey Morrissey
The Voice host and producer Carson Daly, alongside executive producer Audrey Morrissey, highlight what makes NBC’s competition reality show a consistent fan-favorite year after year as the series celebrates its 21st season. One example: a unique approach to coaching. With a focus on mentorship over judging, four celebrity coaches bring experience, warmth, and fun in what they have described as “the best job they’ve ever had.”
Jeremy Zag: “No one feels lost when they watch Miraculous Ladybug”
ZAG Entertainment’s CEO and Founder Jeremy Zag on the inspiration behind global children’s hit Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir and the future of children’s entertainment.
With a Parisian setting and Japanese manga-like illustration style, Miraculous appeals to global audiences far beyond France. The series was the first TV property to join the Roblox metaverse, an early step in ZAG’s goal to expand the Miraculous IP beyond traditional storytelling methods.
The “relatable reality” of NBC’s New Amsterdam
With demand for medical dramas soaring in 2021, NBC’s “New Amsterdam” stands out by taking a critical eye of the social issues that bring people into the American medical system.
Actor Ryan Eggold and Executive Producer David Schulner on their distinct approaches to creating a realistic medical drama in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unmasking the truth with Cullen Hoback, creator of HBO’s Q: Into the Storm
Documentary filmmaker Cullen Hoback opens up about his process of unlocking the mystery of who was operating behind the scenes of conspiracy collective QAnon, the subject of his docuseries for HBO, Q: Into the Storm.
Cullen discusses his role as an investigator, storyteller and editor over several years of research in order to create an in-depth series about a global organization whose existence helped perpetuate political and social turmoil over the last few years.
Allen v. Farrow creator on true-crime’s “illusion of justice”
Amy Ziering, creator and director of HBO’s documentary series Allen v. Farrow on how the true-crime genre provides a completed snapshot of a case to viewers, which can lead to an “illusion of justice.”
In 2021, Amy and her team of investigative journalists and filmmakers told the story of Dylan Farrow, adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, and the allegations of sexual abuse against Allen involving Dylan. The series has sparked many conversations in and outside of Hollywood against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement.
Flexibility and Speed: AI-Driven Advertising with Ryff
Ryff provides a 21st century solution to a form of advertising that is almost 100 years old: Product Placement. With AI-driven technology that can instantly scan content and determine viable media space, the company provides advertisers new options in today’s increasingly virtual world.
In this Q&A, Ryff’s EVP of Media and Strategy, Marjolein Duermeijer, provides the do’s and don’ts behind product placement in TV and film, live events and even social media content. Listen as Mar shares a recent case study about utilizing Parrot Analytics’ brand affinity data to successfully pitch a surprising solution to a long-term client.