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A Tale of Two Cities: forging television drama links between London and Paris

Date posted: 03.11.2014

Last month, we put a call out for London-based producers working on television drama projects that might be a good fit for a UK-French co-production. Following weeks of deliberation, we are delighted to announce the successful producers, who will be joining us for six-day business programme A Tale of Two Cities.

Masterminded by Film London and Ile de France Film Commission, the event spans six days, two countries and offers a cross-channel business session aboard the Eurostar. It aims to open doors and make new creative and financing connections to increase collaboration between the two great cities.

In partnership with our Parisian counterparts the Ile de France Film Commission we selected 12 television drama producers in total - six based in London and six from Paris.

Each producer will come armed with a television drama project they are developing that they think would be a good fit for a UK-French co-production. If the co-production goes ahead, these projects would be able to capitalise on the UK tax relief for high-end television drama and the French Tax Rebate for International Production (TRIP).

Find out more about UK tax reliefs for high-end television drama

The successful producers

The six London-based producers selected to take part are:

  • Dominic Barlow, Barlow Pallis Films (Garrow's Law, The Revolution Will Be Televised)
  • Ben Grass, Pure Grass Films (Twist, The Drake Equation)
  • Lachlan MacKinnon, Intrepido (Burton And Taylor, Spooks)
  • Stewart Mackinnon, Headline Pictures (Quartet, The Invisible Woman)
  • Kate Sinclair, Feet Films / Company Pictures (Shameless, The White Queen)
  • David Tanner, Rainmark Films (The Other Man, The Special Relationship)

And from France, we have:

  • Christine de Bourbon Busset, Lincoln TV (Pigalle la Nuit, Tony's Revenge)
  • Marie Dours, Marilou Films
  • Aurélie Meimon, Mademoiselle Films (The Odissey, The Invicibles)
  • Lauranne Bourrachot, Chic Films (A Prophet, Kabul Kitchen)
  • Clémentine Dabadie, Chabraque Films (The Source)
  • Katia Raïs, Kelija

Meet me in Paris

In the French capital, delegates can look forward to attending a series of meetings and networking receptions with French producers, as well as enjoying industry information sessions, production facility tours and location visits.

London calling

The London leg of the trip sees the delegation head to Content London, a conference attended by international producers, broadcasters, commissioning editors and financiers. There, they will hear a seminar on UK tax relief  before going on a tour of some of London's top locations.

A Tale of Two Cities is presented by Film London with funding from the Mayor of London, and Ile de France Film Commission with funding from Ile de France Region. The event is also supported by The Langham, London, Hôtel Scribe Paris and Eurostar.

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