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Pictured futures: connecting content, tech & policy in audiovisual Europe


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As part of Estonian Presidency of the EU Council, Estonia is holding a visionary conference on audiovisual content, technology and policy, entitled 'Pictured futures: connecting content, tech & policy in audiovisual Europe' on 27-28 November 2017 in Tallinn.

The conference aims at taking a broader view of the European audiovisual sector beyond provisions in the Audiovisual Media Services Directive or funding schemes of film funds and the MEDIA program. Discussions include where the European audiovisual market is going long-term, where should we strive to and how new business models based on algorithms and big data analytics are impacting the industry and our culture more broadly.

The two-day high-level event, held within the framework of the Black Nights Film Festival hosts talks and panels on the impact of new business models and big data on culture; how policy makers envision film funding in Europe; the European Union’s potential with emerging storytelling technologies, such as virtual reality and augmented reality and many other topics.

The conference features many exciting speakers such as Barak Berkowitz, Director of Operations and Strategy, MIT Media Lab, who will present a short overview on the impact of technology and exponential growth to society, business and culture especially focusing on changes in the audiovisual and media industry. Kat Borlongan, CEO, Five By Five / Director, Open Data Institute elaborates on how understanding big and open data opens up new opportunities for business and policymaking alike. Jeremy Darroch, CEO, SKY Group is speaking about the state of the European content and technology digital sector and whom will will analyse the dynamics of broadcasting and audiovisual media in the context of future technologies and Efe Çakarel, the founder and CEO of MUBI, a company focused on the streaming of art-house films.

The opening keynote of the second day of the conference by Monika Bielskyte, Founder at Allfutureeverything; Creative and Strategy advisor at Kenzo Digital Media; Board of Advisors at Red Pill VR;  frames the discussion of how cinema has transformed into a contemporary multi-faceted experience that plays with formats, technologies and narratives to deliver novel experiences to the audiences. The conference is closed by Lord David Puttnam, a British film producer who won an Academy Award for Best Picture for Chariots of Fire and has been the head of Columbia Pictures and a deputy chairman for Channel 4. Lord Puttnam takes a closer look at Europe from inside out and sees new digital developments as adding value for good filmmaking.

As the seats are limited, registration to the conference 'Pictured futures: connecting content, tech & policy in audiovisual Europe', (27- 28 November) is now closed

Estonian Presidency Conference "Pictured Futures", 27-28 November, Tallinn


Kosmos IMAX

Kosmos IMAX, Pärnu maantee 45, 10119 Tallinn, Estonia


Jennifer Bernal

Public Policy Strategy Manager, Google

Jennifer Bernal is a manager on Google's public policy strategy team for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. She is based in London and primarily works on media regulation and intellectual property issues. Most recently before that, she worked in Google's Washington, D.C. office, where she conducted outreach to the U.S. Congress across all the company's issues and managed relationships with various nonprofit and advocacy groups.

Barak Berkowitz

Director of Operations and Strategy, MIT Media Lab

This decade Barak Berkowitz led two successful consumer AI companies. In 2010 he became the Managing Director of Wolfram Alpha the ‘Computational Knowledge Engine’. In 2012 he joined the Cambridge England based True Knowledge as its CEO. Soon after joining True Knowledge it changed its name to Evi, to focus on its virtual personal assistant that later became Amazon the core in Amazon’s Alexa. Barak Berkowitz is currently the Director of Operations and Strategy at the MIT Media Lab as well as a consultant, advisor, and investor in many start-ups.

Monika Bielskyte


A futurist with an artist's eye and an inventor’s mind, Monika Bielskyte prototypes culturally diverse, socially and environmentally engaged future world designs for the entertainment industry, technology companies, and cities. A large part of her time is devoted to research and strategy in the immersive media technology space (augmented, mixed and virtual reality). Monika Bielskyte's work consists of connecting bleeding edge technological innovation with some of the world's most original creative visions. She is also a co-founder of ALLFUTUREEVERYTHING, an agency and a platform for prototyping futures.

Kat Borlongan

Co-founder, Five by Five

Kat Borlongan co-founded Five by Five, an upstart innovation consultancy, helping organisations of all stripes understand how to work both with and like startups. As founding partner, Kat Borlongan’s focus is on helping corporate clients build organisational capacity for open innovation – her expertise, ranging from startup-corporate partnerships to go-to-market for open APIs. Her other specialties include French Tech Ticket Ambassador, founding director of the City of Paris’ Resilient Paris Innovation Fellowship and being Techstars’ entrepreneur-in-residence.

Wolf Bosse

Director of Innovation, ARRI

Efe Cakarel founded MUBI, a curated streaming service, after he discovered that he couldn't watch 'In the Mood for Love' in a café in Tokyo. Previously, Efe Cakarel was with Goldman Sachs in London and New York, where he worked on IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity investments. He currently advises Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Vice-President of the European Parliament, on Turkey’s accession negotiations with EU.

Efe Cakarel

Founder, MUBI

Kristen Davis is an ambassador for women in tech, Secretaire for Quelques Femmes du Numérique, and on the US board of APOPO HeroRats – who help rid the world of landmines and TB. She has also worked with the New York Times International as their IT director and headed up an intrapreneurial Innovation and Development Lab funded by Google. Prior to moving to France, Kristen Davis worked for Ziff-Davis APN in Australia and for Future Publishing in the UK.

Kristen Davis

CEO, CinqC

Kristen Davis is an ambassador for women in tech, Secretaire for Quelques Femmes du Numérique, and on the US board of APOPO HeroRats – who help rid the world of landmines and TB. She has also worked with the New York Times International as their IT director and headed up an intrapreneurial Innovation and Development Lab funded by Google. Prior to moving to France, Kristen Davis worked for Ziff-Davis APN in Australia and for Future Publishing in the UK.

Jeremy Darroch

Group Chief Executive, Sky plc

Jeremy Darroch is the Group Chief Executive of Sky plc. Jeremy Darroch joined Sky plc as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2004 and was appointed CEO in December 2007.

He has extensive experience in the retailing and fast-moving consumer goods sectors. Prior to joining Sky, Jeremy Darroch was group finance director of DSG International plc (DSG), formerly Dixons Group plc and prior to DSG, he spent 12 years at Procter & Gamble in a variety of roles in the UK and Europe. Jeremy Darroch is the senior independent director of Burberry Group plc. He was previously a non-executive director and the chairman of the Audit Committee of Marks and Spencer Group plc.

Peter Dinges

CEO, German Federal Film Board

Peter Dinges has been the CEO of the German Federal Film Board since April 2004. Peter Dinges is a member of the advisory board of German Films, the national information and advisory centre for the promotion of German films worldwide, as well as of the general assembly of Vision Kino, a non-profit organisation that promotes cinema and media literacy for children and adolescents. In September 2016, the members of the pan-European network EFAD (European Film Agency Directors) – a non-profit association of the national public film funding institutions in Europe – re-elected him chairman of the board (president).

Gilles Fontaine

Head of the European Audiovisual Observatory’s Department for Market Information

Gilles Fontaine has been the head of the European Audiovisual Observatory’s Department for Market Information since June 2015. He was previously the deputy director of the French media research institute IDATE. In his previous positions, he also dealt with capital investment in the media industries for the SOFIRAD (a French public company set up to manage state investment in the media) and the Caisse des dépôts et consignations. He has also held posts within the French Ministry of Culture and the French Embassy in Havana

Jörgen Gren

Cabinet Member, Andrus Ansip, Vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Single Market

Jörgen Gren is a member of the cabinet of Andrus Ansip, a vice-president of the European Commission and responsible for the digital single market. His career in the Commission started in 1996 and he has held administrator posts in DG TREN and DG REGIO, and head of unit post in DG INFSO/CONNECT. Jörgen Gren served as head of the press/media unit for the 2009 Swedish Presidency. Directly prior to the Swedish Presidency, he was a member of the cabinet of Danuta Hübner, Polish commissioner for regional policy

Michael Gubbins

Co-founder, SampoMedia

Michael Gubbins is the co-founder of the analysis and consultancy company SampoMedia and the chair of UK film fund, Ffilm Cymru Wales.

Michael Gubbins was the editor of titles, including Screen International and Screen Daily, and Music Week as part of a 25-year career in newspapers and magazines. He is an honorary visiting fellow of the University of Exeter, a member of the West Midlands Film Bureau, and sits on the advisory boards of Power to the Pixel and the Met Film School.

Indrek Ibrus

Professor, Tallinn University

Indrek Ibrus is professor of media innovation at the Baltic Film, Media, Arts, and Communication School (BFM) at Tallinn University. He is also the head of the Tallinn University Centre of Excellence in Media Innovation and Digital Culture (MEDIT). He has authored several publications on media innovation and evolution, media standardisation, mobile media, cross- and transmedia and data management. He advises the Estonian Government, EU Commission and the Council of Europe on media and cultural policy making, on a regular basis.

Guillaume Klossa

Director of Public Affairs & Communications, European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

Guillaume Klossa is the Director of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in charge of Public Affairs and Communications; Guillaume Klossa is also responsible for media research, knowledge management and strategic events. Since June 2015, he has been the EBU big data initiative project leader, with the objective to develop an interdisciplinary, innovative, cooperative and open ecosystem on big data challenges between European public service media.

A writer, Guillaume Klossa published ‘Une jeunesse Européenne’ in 2014. He also created the EuropaNova think tank, and the EU 40under40 European young leader programme.

Marc Goldberg

Founding partner, Maslow Capital Partners

Marc Goldberg is the founding partner of Maslow Capital Partners a global growth merchant bank focus on the information industry. Prior to founding Maslow, Marc Goldberg was a founding member of the Reuters Greenhouse Fund and Occam Capital. He sold Occam Capital to Bryan Garnier & Co. to launch BGPI. Marc Goldberg brings more than 20 years of investment experience in TMT Europe/USA with more than 50 transactions as principal and 50 transactions as advisor, as well as 15 years of IT operation background in Europe/USA as the former chief architect of Reuters. Marc Goldberg is also the executive producer and co-host of Kinnernet Europe.

Matthijs Wouter Knol

Director, European Film Market (EFM)

Matthijs Wouter Knol has been the director of the European Film Market (EFM) since 2014. At the helm of the EFM since 2014, his main focus has been adapting the world’s second-largest film market to the quickly changing film industry. The EFM is constantly expanding its portfolio with new innovation platforms, in which new distribution, sales, and marketing strategies can be developed and the newest relevant technological and forward-looking trends can be discovered.

Domenico La Porta

Journalist and author

Domenico La Porta is a film journalist and Transmedia author/producer. He manages Wallimage Creative, a new media fund in Belgium and he is also the founder and director of the R/O institute, a storytelling incubator for narrative intellectual properties designed to be unfolded across platforms.

Lord David Puttnam

Producer, Chair of Atticus Education

Lord David Puttnam is a British film producer and educator. Lord Puttnam set up his own production company, Enigma Productions, in 1976; and he also chairs Atticus Education, his online education company which he founded in 2012. Atticus Education delivers audio-visual seminars to students all over the world, In addition to this; he is a member of the House of Lords where he pursues an active role in a variety of areas, from educational and environmental issues to digital skills. He is the recipient of over 50 honorary degrees, diplomas and fellowships from the UK and overseas.

Toomas Luhats

Board Member and Commercial Director, Cinamon Holding

Toomas Luhats is a board member and Commercial Director of Cinamon Holding, one of the leading cinema chains in the Baltics. Previously as a content acquisitions director, he looked after smartTV channels and VOD offerings in Telia. In Estonian Public Broadcasting, where he worked as a buyer, he was responsible for choosing movies and TV shows for ETV and ETV2, he was also an executive producer for the documentary series ‘9th graders’ and has hosted different shows in ETV, Radio 2 and Vikerraadio for 11 years. Before his time in public broadcasting he worked in the field of PR and for different teams of private TV channel shows. Toomas Luhats has graduated from the Estonian School of Diplomacy and the Concordia International University’s media department.

Charlotte Lund Thomsen

Legal Counsel, FIAPF

Charlotte Lund Thomsen provides legal, policy and strategic advice to FIAPF and its members, on all relevant matters of international, EU and national policy and legislation.

Following her LL.M. (cand.jur.) from the University of Copenhagen with a specialisation in intellectual property law and EU competition law, Charlotte Lund Thomsen practiced EC competition law for a number of years with the law firm Forrester Norall & Sutton, now White & Case Brussels, before focussing her work on legal, policy and strategy advice in the film and audiovisual sector.

Alessandro Mantelero

Professor, Polytechnic University of Turin

Alessandro Mantelero is professor of law at the Polytechnic University of Turin and the programme coordinator of the double degree program in management and IP law (Polytechnic University of Turin - Tongji University of Shanghai). In 2016, he was appointed as an expert consultant by the Council of Europe to draft the guidelines on personal data in a world of big data (2017).

His research interests cover the field of law and technology, with a special focus on data protection, big data, AI, IoT, robotics and smart cities. He is member of the editorial board of computer law and security review and associate editor at the European Data Protection Law Review.

Stan McCoy

Managing Director, Motion Picture Association (MPA)

As a specialist in intellectual property, Stan McCoy’s key responsibility is to work with partners across the region to promote policies and enforcement practices that help the region to enjoy the jobs, growth, and cultural dividends of a vibrant creative sector.

Stan McCoy joined the MPA in 2014 as senior vice president and regional policy director. He became president and managing director on 1 January 2015.

Prior to joining the MPA, Stan served as an assistant U.S. trade representative for intellectual property and innovation in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Kay Meseberg

Head of VR/360, ARTE

After contributing to Polylux at ARD, reporting for ARTE formats as well as other positions, he spent many years as an online editor and TV author for ZDF’s investigative magazine Frontal21. Parallel to his career in television, he has been involved since the late nineties in conceiving and implementing numerous award-winning online projects.

He moved to ARTE in 2013, where he developed the platform ARTE Future and later joined the editorial board of the magazine SQUARE IDEE. Following the success of Polar Sea 360°, he continued exploring content from a 360° video and virtual reality perspective.

David Rowan

Editor-at-large, WIRED UP

David Rowan is founding editor-in-chief and now editor-at-large of WIRED’s UK edition, and a technology columnist for The [UK] Sunday Times. He’s taken 125 flights in the past year to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, recently spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other ambitious startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. For a book, he’s currently on a global quest for successful examples of corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption.

At WIRED he has extended the brand into conferences and a consulting business. He's an early-stage investor in 40 tech companies and co-founder of FlowJourneys.com, taking amazing people for weekend adventures in the world’s most extraordinary locations. And he is still searching for the future.

Amber Price

Assurance Senior Manager at PwC

Amber Price is an US audit manager who consults public clients (including Fortune 50 and 500 companies) and private clients primarily in the technology industry to solve complex financial and business process issues. Her primary experience includes identifying and responding to business and financial reporting risks and assessments of internal controls through the completion of audits under US GAAP, US GAAS and PCAOB requirements. Her technical skill set includes accounting for business combinations, business valuations, and audits of carve outs businesses and IFRS audits. She manages 8+ team members across multiple projects with emphasis on providing on the job coaching and real time feedback.

Indrek Saar

Minister for Culture of the Republic of Estonia

Indrek Saar is the Minister for Culture of the Republic of Estonia, incumbent since April 9, 2015. Indrek Saar is a member of the Social Democratic Party and has been the deputy chairman of the party since 2015.

Sten-Kristian Saluveer

Estonian film and audiovisual media producer

Sten-Kristian Saluveer is the Estonian film and audiovisual media producer, festival manager and content and technology entrepreneur focusing on East-Asian cinema and film industries specifically Japan and South-Korea.

He has served as the industry director and Asian programmer for Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – one of the 15 ‘A’ class film festivals in the world, the festival director of Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, the CEO of Plektrum - the Festival of Visual Sound, and has served as a jury member, consultant, and advisor for several festivals, and governmental organisations including the European Commission, the European Capital of Culture, the Cannes Marche du Film film market, Estonian National Broadcasting, and the Udine Far East Film Festival on co-productions, film, restoration, technology and media digitalisation and innovation.

Edith Sepp

Head of the Estonian Film Institute

Since 2013, Edith Sepp has headed the Estonian Film Institute. She has been a board member of EFAD since 2014.

She has studied film directing at Lòdz, graduated with a Master's degree from Norhern Media School. Upon completing her studies, she has worked as a director and producer in film production companies in Estonia and in the UK – developing feature films, making documentaries, TV–shows, short films. She has worked at the Estonian film studio Tallinnfilm as an Assistant Director. Since 2007, she has worked as a lecturer at the Baltic Film and Media School (BFM) and as the head of Tallinn Summer School at the University of Tallinn. In 2011, while working as the Adviser for Film at the Estonian Ministry of Culture, she initiated the Development Plan for the film sector for the period of 2012-2020.

Janneke Sloetjes

Director for European Public Policy, Netflix

Janneke Sloetjes is Netflix’s director for European Public Policy and has been working for Netflix since 2014. Her work focuses on building relations with key EU member states as well as EU institutions with respect to issues around net neutrality, AV legislation, copyright and competition. Prior to joining Netflix, Janneke Sloetjes worked as a digital rights advocate and practised law as an attorney.

Eric B. Stein

Founder, Impact Global Media;

Eric Stein is the Founder of Impact Global Media – one of the leading digital distribution consulting firms in the industry, managing and optimising media transition. Eric Stein has been a lecturer at USC and UCLA on the topics of cinema, entertainment studies, and performing arts as well as guest speaker to the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) New Technology Opportunities Committee, and panellist at Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and SXSW 2013. Eric Stein is a member of Coleman Research Group’s Elite Executive Forum on Entertainment Industry and New Media to aid institutional investors.

Guido van Nispen


As CEO of ANP, Guido van Nispen created one of the most efficient news agencies and increased digitalisation and entry in to the SaaS-based B2B market of news and information management. A dynamic area with substantial growth potential. ANP is the largest independent B2B news and information supplier to all Dutch media and organisations in public and private sectors.

Guido van Nispen was one of the fund managers of the Dutch Creative Industry Fund investing seed funding software companies with Sanoma, Telegraaf Media Group, V-Ventures and IDG Netherlands participating as equity partners.

Ville Vilén

Creative Director, Yle

Andreas Wiseman

Deputy Editor, Screen International

Andreas Wiseman has been at Screen International since 2009. He is currently deputy editor, but previously served as a reporter, chief reporter and news editor. His stories have been picked up by hundreds of news outlets including the BBC, The Guardian, The Huffington Post and CNN, and he has been interviewed by the BBC, Al Jazeera, TF1 and The Guardian, among others. Prior to joining Screen, Andreas Wiseman worked on film productions including Jane Campion’s Bright Star and Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus. He also worked at the Literary Review.





Kai-Ines Nelson

Kai-Ines Nelson

Ministry of Culture / Spokesperson



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