An annual staple in the Irish screen events calendar, the FÍS TV Summit (Fís) promises to deliver an array of interactive events, panels and interviews from 25th – 27th January 2022 on the subject of television drama. Returning as an online conference again in 2022, the record-breaking symposium will host Anne Mensah, VP of Original Content at Netflix, as its keynote speaker.
Presented by the Galway Film Centre, the 2022 Conference offering is designed to support and connect the Irish television community in light of what has been another challenging period, and will deliver the flagship moments, with bespoke industry initiatives, that have become integral to Fís.
Speaking directly to Irish content creators, Fís will welcome Netflix’s Anne Mensah. Currently the Vice President of Original Content at Netflix, prior to this Mensah was Director of Drama and Sky Studios at Sky UK. Before joining Sky, she was the Head of Independent Drama at the BBC as well as Head of Drama for BBC Scotland. Anne has commissioned a wide variety of internationally acclaimed dramas such as the BBC’s Wallander with Kenneth Branagh, BAFTA award winning Patrick Melrose starring Benedict Cumberbatch for Sky/Showtime, John Ridley’s political drama Guerrilla as well as BAFTA and Emmy award winning Sky/HBO drama, Chernobyl.
Following the successful 2021 virtual format which attracted an audience from across the world, Fís will offer Irish screen professionals a series of online sessions across three days from January 25th – 27th, 2022 covering essential topics including tv drama development and the creative process, financing, production, broadcast and distribution. An extended version of the Fís Project Clinic in association with MediaXchange and the National Talent Academy for Film & Television will also return for 2022.
Jade Murphy, Fís Programmer said: “2021 was an outstanding year for Irish television drama and creative talent despite the adversities presented. We are excited to continue to support the sector through the FÍS TV Summit with the return of some of our most successful webinar formats as well as some new and innovative additions. Our priority is to ensure that Fís is widely accessible to the screen community and we encourage those under-represented to join us in January 2022. We are especially excited to welcome Anne Mensah of Netflix this year. I would like to thank our partners, sponsors and advisory committee for their continued support, advice and guidance”.
Further details on the Fís schedule will be announced in due course as will details of participants and speakers. Registration for Fís is now open. Tickets for the virtual Summit are free but will be limited so be sure to register early HERE.
More about Fís:
Organised by the Galway Film Centre in partnership with Screen Ireland and TG4 with support from Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), Gréasán na Meán Skillnet, Screen Skills Ireland, Creative Europe Media Desk, GMIT and the WRAP Fund, Fís looks at the television landscape and the current trends, challenges and opportunities as well as creating a chance for Irish talent to connect and network with Irish and international television professionals. Now in its fifth year, past guests at this Galway event have included Georgia Browne (Amazon Studios), Jed Mercurio (Line Of Duty), Sarah Phelps (Dublin Murders), 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.
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About Anne Mensah, Netflix
Anne Mensah is Vice President, Original Series at Netflix. Prior to this, she was Director of Drama and Sky Studios at Sky UK. Before joining Sky, Anne served as Head of Independent Drama at the BBC as well as Head of Drama for BBC Scotland. Anne has commissioned a wide variety of internationally acclaimed dramas such as the BBC’s Wallander with Kenneth Branagh, BAFTA award winning Patrick Melrose starring Benedict Cumberbatch for Sky/Showtime, John Ridley’s political drama Guerrilla as well as BAFTA and Emmy award winning Sky/HBO drama, Chernobyl.
Currently, Anne is an Independent Governor and Chair of the Diversity Committee at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, on the Board of the schools based educational charity, Into Film – as well as sitting on the Board of ScreenSkills, a UK based charity dedicated to training in the television and film sector. She is a member of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute