The annual FÍS TV Summit (FÍS) takes place in Galway on January 23rd. The one day conference features speakers and panel discussions which examine the current television landscape, trends, challenges and opportunities. It also creates a networking opportunity for Irish talent to connect and network with Irish and international television professionals.
The latest addition to the lineup is an exciting panel ‘Making A Dublin Murder’ which will take us through the development and production of Dublin Murders, the thrilling BBC/RTÉ series that gripped audiences last year. Creator Sarah Phelps and producer Noemi Spanos will share their journey, in discussion with Chelsea Morgan Hoffman. The conversation will shine a light on the adaptation process and how the Tana French Dublin Murder Squad books became a Dublin Murder TV Series.
FÍS 2020 will focus on ‘Developing TV Drama’ as its theme and in addition to panel discussions will include case studies and key-note interviews tackling this crucial phase in the genesis of any project. Speakers will include Irish, UK and US Commissioners, Distributors, Writers, Producers and Directors with representatives from industry leaders including BBC, BBC Studios, RTÉ, TG4, Virgin Media and About Premium Content. A pitching competition has been added to the schedule this year allowing for the possibility of exciting new TV content to be unveiled at FÍS.
FÍS is organised by the Galway Film Centre in partnership with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry. and TG4 with support from Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), Gréasán na Meán, Screen Skills Ireland, Creative Europe Media Desk, GMIT and the WRAP Fund. Now in its third year, past guests at this Galway event have included Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Beau Willimon (House Of Cards), Jimmy McGovern (Cracker) and Amy Huberman (Finding Joy). FÍS has also become a key component in the UNESCO City of Film/Ceantar Scannán calendar.
Tickets are limited and available now at GalwayFilmCentre.ie
Making A Dublin Murder – About the Speakers
Sarah Phelps is an award-winning British screenwriter. Her recent successes include breathing new life into Agatha Christie classics with groundbreaking versions of The ABC Murders, Ordeal by Innocence, And Then There Were None for BBC and Witness for the Prosecution for BBC and Amazon. Previous adaptations include JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy for BBC and HBO, Charles Dickens Oliver Twist and Great Expectations for BBC and Masterpiece. Her original work includes The Crimson Field for BBC 1 and she has written on The White Princess for Starz.
Noemi Spanos is Executive Producer at Euston Films working on the crime series Dublin Murders for BBC1. She left the BBC in 2014 to join Kate Harwood in re-launching Euston Films as the label’s Creative Director. Previously, Noemi has worked both within the BBC and independent sector; undertaking development exec roles for BBC Drama Production, Kudos Film & Television and BBC Wales.
Chelsea Morgan Hoffman (Moderator) is a Development Producer for Element Pictures is run by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition. Element Pictu... More, across both film and television projects, including having recently been the Script Editor on NORMAL PEOPLE, based on the acclaimed book by Sally Rooney, which finished shooting in Ireland last Autumn. She re-joined Element in 2017 after previously working there as PA to Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, and Lenny Abrahamson from 2012-2014; in between, she worked as script editor on two series of the hit television drama Red Rock and as Development Executive at Blinder Films. Originally from New York, Chelsea started her career in theatre, acting, sound designing and stage managing Off and Off-Off Broadway shows before moving to Ireland, where she worked for New York University’s Dublin study abroad program while completing her Masters, and interned as a writer and editorial assistant at Jezebel.com. She has a B.F.A. in Theatre from the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University and an M.Phil from Trinity College Dublin in Irish Film, Theatre & Music.