One-on-One Expert Sessions

The One-on-One Expert Sessions are an exclusive opportunity for established and emerging talents to get feedback and advise from seasoned experts.

This format provides participants with the exclusive chance to pitch their projects to senior executives from major international public and private broadcasting companies and hence facilitates professional collaborations and opens up business opportunities.


Do you want to book a 10-minute slot?


Send an email to Sophie Schneider at s.schneider(at) stating a maximum of 6 experts you wish to speak to and include a description or marketing material of the projects you would like to discuss.

Please note that only registered participants of Avant Première can access the expert session and that slots are assigned on a first come first served basis. 

Wednesday 21 Feb 201815:00 - 16:30Scandic Hotel Potsdamer Platz,
Conference Hall


Yasuko Kobayashi

Senior Producer at NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation

Since joining NHK in 1995, she has established multi-camera directing skills for TV. Currently, as Senior Producer at NHK Music & Theatre Programmes Division, she is in charge of international TV co-production in classical music

Marcelo Lezama

Film & Arts General Producer at AMC International – Latin America

Since 2008 Marcelo Lezama is General Producer of Film & Arts, managing the content acquisition and programming design for this channel that broadcast cultural content to all Latin America. Additionally, he has made art documentaries like ‘Revelaciones’, ‘Mozarteum 60’ and ‘Concierto Para 4 Pianos’.

Rita Lombardi

Performing Arts Sales Manager at RAI COM

Lombardi performs tasks for international platforms interested in broadcasting live from the main Italian theatres as well as in producing or coproducing in Italy. Also an expert in the legal and copyright aspects of music.

Jyrki Nokkonen

Acquisitions Executive/Music & Entertainment at YLE – The Finnish Broadcasting Company

Since 1990 Jyrki Nokkonen has acquired music and dance programmes from classical to popular, as well as performances and documentaries for YLE’s three national TV channels TV1, TV2 and the cultural channel YLE Teema ( since 2001) and also for Yle’s free online service Yle Areena (since 2007).

Dieter Schneider

Commissioning Editor for ZDF/ARTE and Head of Department Theatre, Pop, Event/ARTE at ZDF

Dieter Schneider studied History, Theatre & Film in Bonn & Mainz. He has worked as a director’s assistant for theatres in Bonn & Hamburg and as a freelance filmmaker for ZDF, 3sat & ARTE. Schneider is Commissioning Editor for ZDF/Arte and since 2012 Head of Department Theatre, Pop, Event/Arte at ZDF.

Henrik von Sydow

Acquisitions Executive at SVT – Swedish Television

With a background as teacher, presenter, network director and head of the online promo department at SVT, Henrik von Sydow is currently SVT’s buyer of music and fine arts. He is also responsible for scheduling the weekly primetime broadcast slot Kulturstudion (“The Culture Studio”).

Jan Younghusband

Head of Music & Events Commissioning on BBC Television

As part of the TV Factual Commissioning Team, Jan has commissioned and acquired live events, concerts and documentaries since joining the BBC in 2009. Additionally, she also works alongside Bob Shennan, Director of Music, to deliver the pan-BBC music strategy. Before joining the BBC Jan was Head of Arts and Performance at Channel Four Television for ten years where she also commissioned a number of award-winning series.