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One-on-One Expert Sessions

Get a meeting with the experts of your dreams in the online One-on-one Expert Sessions!

Once again, Avant Première 2022 will offer its highly demanded speed-dating format – this time via b2match!


Get in touch with Sophie Schneider (2022(at)avant-premiere.net) to book your One-on-one Expert Sessions! 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.

2022's hand picked industry professionals are available according to their field of expertise:

Meet the Buyers

This highly popular speed-dating format facilitates professional collaborations and opens up business opportunities! Pitch your project to buyers at broadcasting companies and streaming platforms + seize this unique opportunity to learn first-hand about what major buyers want: What is their editorial line? What types of programmes are they looking for?

Meet the Cross-Sector Experts

This fast-paced, engaging event provides you with a seat at the table of a seasoned expert of neighbouring sectors. Use your slot to build bridges with representatives of other industries, share information about each other's sector and explore ways to collaborate with or learn from each other.

Stay tuned: More experts will be announced in the course of January!
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Meet the buyers


Senior Producer at NHK - Japan Broadcasting Corporation

Since joining NHK in 1997, Mari has worked for more than 20 years as a program director for NHK's music programs and became a producer in 2020. Currently in charge of international co-productions and international program acquisition.

Stephen James-Yeoman

Commissioning Executive, Digital & Festivals at BBC Arts

Stephan Königfeld

Founder of and Director at CHANNELFACTORY.TV

After business studies in Germany, USA and Austria, Stephan worked among others at TaurusFilm, PrimaCom, PrimaTV and NetworkServices. 2005 he founded CHANNELFACTORY.TV, a company developing TV channels, VOD platforms and tech services in GAS, Benelux, France and Latin America.

Ulrike Köstinger

Chief Content + Partnership Officer at Arts Consolidated ApS

From 2012-2014, Ulrike Köstinger worked in the casting office of the Salzburg Festival, before becoming a product manager at L’Oréal Austria. She was executive assistant to Alexander Pereira at Teatro alla Scala, followed by Director of Cooperation + Development for the streaming platform takt1 until 2020. Today, she is Chief Content + Partnership Officer at Arts Consolidated ApS (Operabase, CueTV).

Isabelle Pasquesoone

Chief Revenue Officer at QWEST TV

With over 18 years of experience in the music and media industry, Isabelle Pasquesoone joined Qwest TV by quincy Jones in January 2021 as CRO. This new professional experience reinforces Isabelle's expertise in the world of medias and music, adding digital and CTV to her career path, after having collaborated for more than 10 years in the international development of the pay-TV channel Mezzo, as well as previously at Radio Classique and Le Monde de la Musique/Classica magazine as Ad & Partnership Director. A musician trained at the conservatory (harpist), this music lover with a very business-like temperament is now in charge of developing the revenues of Qwest TV, including the distribution of the FAST channels and SVOD platform, the EDU project, ads and sponsoring departments as well as the Auditorium Films sister company of Qwest TV.

Dieter Schneider

Commissioning Editor for ZDF/ARTE and Head of Department ARTE Culture and Music at ZDF – German Television

Dieter was a freelance filmmaker for ZDF, 3sat and ARTE before working as Head of Department Theatre, Pop, Event/ARTE at ZDF from 2012 to 2017. Since April 2017 he is Head of Department ARTE Culture and Music at ZDF.

Meet the cross-sector experts

Nathaniel Brendel

Senior Director, Emmy® Judging at International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Nathaniel Brendel joined the International Academy in 2009. As Senior Director of Emmy® Judging, he is responsible for a team who oversees all the International Academy’s competitions- including the International Emmy® Awards, the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award and the JCS International Young Creatives Award. Over 1,000 leading television executives and producers from around the world participate in the judging process every year.


Director of FEDORA

Fiona Morris

Creative Director + Chief Executive at The Space

Fiona is a multi-award-winning music and arts producer with over 25 years’ experience producing and commissioning programmes. She has extensive experience of working with cultural institutions in the UK and provides consultancy services to the arts and the digital sectors.


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