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The Art of Adaptation


Monday, June 28 10:00AM - 11:00AM


Panelists: Jason Altman (SVP, Film & TV, Ubisoft Film and Television), Danielle Kreinik (Director of Television Development, Ubisoft Film and Television), Kelly Garner (Founder & CEO, Treefort Media), Heather Karpas (Director of Development at EDEN Productions), Henrik Bastin (CEO, Fabel Entertainment). Moderator: Liz Shannon Miller (Senior TV Editor, Collider).

What goes into adapting critically acclaimed books, video games, and podcasts into hit TV shows? And how are some companies successfully elevating this process by covering multiple storytelling mediums? Join SeriesFest for an in-depth conversation with entertainment executives and leading producers behind today's adaptations.


Liz Shannon Miller is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor and has been talking about television on the Internet since the very beginnings of the Internet. She is currently Senior TV Editor at Collider, and her work has also been published by Vulture, Variety, The AV Club, The Hollywood Reporter, IGN, Paste, The Verge, Thought Catalog, and more. She is also a produced playwright, a host of podcasts, and a repository of X-Files trivia. Follow her on Twitter at @lizlet.
As CEO under Fabrik Entertainment and now continuing his legacy under Fabel, Henrik Bastin has executive produced several series including Bosch (Amazon), American Odyssey (NBC), The Comedians (FX) and 100 Code (HBO Nordic). Past credits also include My Generation (ABC), Breakshot (FOX) and Sunny Side (ABC). Prior to immigrating to the US, Henrik founded STO-CPH, one of Swedens most acclaimed television production companies which earned several Kristallen Awards (Swedish Emmy Award) to its name. In 2007, Bastin sold STO-CPH to The Metronome Group and remained as CEO and Creative Director until 2010.
Heather Karpas is the Director of Development for EDEN Productions. Founded in early 2020 by Richard Plepler, former chairman and CEO of HBO, EDEN has an exclusive multi-year deal with Apple TV+ to develop and produce meaningful original series, feature films, and documentaries. Karpas joined EDEN from the Publications department of ICM Partners in New York where she represented acclaimed novelists and non-fiction writers. A graduate of Middlebury College, Karpas is now based out of EDEN's Los Angeles headquarters.
Kelly Garner is the Founder and CEO of Treefort Media, an award-winning independent podcast studio focusing on audio-first storytelling across genres. Treeforts original series Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood hit #1 on Apple Podcasts and has garnered over 20M listeners and was included on Apple's "Most Downloaded New Series". The company's creative partners include Audible, Spotify, Disney Music, Universal Music Group, iHeartMedia, NBCU, Horizon Media, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wondery, and LA Times Studios. In Q1 of 2021, Treefort announced a deal with Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (VREG) to cross-develop and produce a slate of scripted and unscripted podcasts and television series. Previous to founding Treefort, Garner was a television producer and Vice President of Development & Current with posts at Syfy Network, Wilshire Studios / UCP at NBCUniversal, and Pilgrim Studios.
Danielle Kreinik is the head of television development at Ubisoft Film & Television. In her role, Kreinik oversees the television adaptation, development, and production of Ubisoft's award-winning games and develops original stories set in the world, culture, and community of gaming for television, including Ubisoft's first ever live-action TV series, Mythic Quest for Apple TV+, with the second season premiering on May 7. The series was created by It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia veterans Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Megan Ganz and is produced in partnership with 3 Arts Entertainment and Lionsgate Television, and Kreinik executive produced. Kreinik is also executive producer on the upcoming Assassin's Creed live-action series coming to Netflix. Kreinik focuses on securing relationships with key creative partners, while also making a concentrated effort to create more opportunities for women in the video game adaptation space. She oversees the Television portion of Ubisoft's Women's Film & Television Fellowship, the first of its kind in the game industry. Now in its fourth year, the fellowship sees two women, non-binary, trans, gender-nonconforming, and gender-variant people explore Ubisoft's library over a paid, non-exclusive, six-month period for potential story ideas, engage in one-on-one mentorships and pitch their own takes. The program is reflective of Ubisoft Film & Televisions dedication to fostering original, underserved voices in the IP adaptation and gaming spaces. Prior to joining Ubisoft, Kreinik was the director of scripted development at Thunderbird Entertainment, where she worked on over 200 episodes of produced television, including Package Deal (Hulu/Rogers), Mr. Young (Disney XD/Family Channel), Some Assembly Required (Netflix) and Endgame (Hulu/Shaw). Her straight-to-series show, Somewhere Between (ABC Co-EP), was the first ever Korean scripted format to be adapted for American television.

As head of Ubisoft Film & Television, Jason Altman leads the Los Angeles-based division in the development and production of Ubisoft's feature films and television series. Altman's approach is twofold, both adapting Ubisoft's award-winning video games and telling original stories set in the world of gaming. With a background that includes 14 years of leading video game teams at Activision and Ubisoft, Altman saw the convergence of gaming culture and mainstream culture as an opportunity to break stereotypes and tell authentic stories about gaming. This helped to define Ubisoft Film & Televisions slate and originals strategy. This initiative originated Ubisofts first live-action TV series, Mythic Quest (Apple TV+), a workplace comedy set in a video game development studio. Altman executive produced the series for Ubisoft in partnership with RGC, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Lionsgate. The originals strategy is complemented by a strong slate of Ubisoft video game adaptations. This includes producing Ubisofts first independent feature film, Werewolves Within, an ensemble horror-comedy based on the virtual reality game. Werewolves Within will be distributed by IFC Films and released in the summer of 2021. Other projects Altman currently oversees are the upcoming Assassin's Creed live-action TV series and The Division feature film, both for Netflix.

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