Digital platforms are allowing content creators to forge new paths in independent content, but how do these portals decide to spotlight or even commission this work? What draws their attention and favor? And how can ambitious creators get in on the action? Join some of the taste and decision makers in this field for an illuminating conversation of how digital short form work surfaces to the top and where the business of this still rapidly developing medium is heading.
Ben Relles (Youtube Originals, Head of Unscripted Programming)
Alex Malmet (Director of Development and Production, New York Post)
MaiLing Matthews (Manager of Television Development, SuperDeluxe)
Moderator: Laura Prudom (IGN)
Alex Mamlet is the director of production and development at the NY Post. He oversees internal and third party video production of documentaries, series and branded content. The NY Post digital network had 56 million unique viewers last month and 1 billion video views over the past 18 months. The Post network is the 12th most visited news/information site in the U.S. In a former life, Alex was also known as Kid Protocol, the world's greatest party crasher.
Mai Ling Matthews serves as Manager of Television Development at Super Deluxe, a disruptive entertainment brand dedicated to taking creative risks and pushing cultural boundaries. The company, which is a two-year-old division of Turner, is described by the Los Angeles Times as shaping the future of television. Fast Company has included Super Deluxe on its list of the Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Hollywood, alongside Netflix, Marvel and A24. And Variety has declared that Super Deluxe’s television department is on a hot streak, with series on AMC Networks, Netflix, Facebook Watch and more. At Super Deluxe, Mai Ling specializes in cultivating diverse auteurs and amplifying unconventional voices across several genres – Comedy, Sci-Fi, Gritty Drama, Thriller, and Coming-of-Age, among others. She has several shows in development including a one-hour drama series adapted from the 1980s classic film My Beautiful Laundrette.
She’s also worked on This Close, Super Deluxe’s groundbreaking dramedy series written by and starring deaf creators that’s been described by The New York Times as “funny and poignant in ways we haven’t seen before.” The show, which got a straight-to-series order from AMC Networks’ Sundance Now after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Season 2 returns in 2019.
Laura Prudom is the Executive TV Editor for IGN, overseeing all broadcast, cable, and streaming coverage for the global entertainment brand. She previously served as Mashable's TV Editor and the TV News Editor at Variety, and is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.