LA Screenings busy amid ‘seismic tremors’

Screen | 5/26/2019 | Staff
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This year’s Los Angeles Screenings took place against a backdrop of what Warner Bros TV distribution chief Jeffrey Schlesinger described as “seismic tremors” moving through the television industry.

And the 1,200 or so programming buyers who attended from around the world were eager to see how the effects of consolidation – particularly the unification of Disney and Fox’s TV operations – and the impending launches of Disney, Warner and NBCUniversal streaming services, might be felt in the international TV sales sector.

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At the Latin America-focused LA Screenings Independent segment of the event, where around 85 distributors pitched programming to buyers from hotel suite offices, there were signs that the region’s big players are keen to reach out to international partners.

Brazilian TV giant Globo took the opportunity to unveil an English-language co-production deal with Sony and to make a presentation to other potential US production partners.

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The idea, said Raphael Correa Netto, Globo’s head of international business, was to let US producers “take a look at our content strategy, our slate and our unique capacity to create ideas and unite them with talent, and from there to leverage co-productions and other business.”

In the Screenings’ second half, buyers paid their usual visits to each of the Hollywood studios – plus a few independents – to see pilot episodes of recently-ordered broadcast network shows and a handful of upcoming cable and streaming series.

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Among the studios, Disney Global Content kept a lower profile than usual, skipping its traditional glitzy opening gala, but its bulging slate of around 20 new shows – from ABC Studios, 20th Century Fox Television, and FX Productions – meant long screening days for buyers.

New broadcast series praised by buyers included Warner Bros Worldwide’s criminal psychologist drama Prodigal Son, with Michael Sheen; CBS Studios International’s Edie Falco police procedural Tommy; and Disney’s Southern Gothic...
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